Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Winter Skin Spa !


Winter‘s stale indoor heat, low humidity, cold temperatures and windy conditions all take a toll on your skin. Dry, dead skin cells build up, oil imbalances cause an increase of clogged pores and wrinkles seem all the more pronounced.

Beat the winter beauty blues with these easy skin care recipes that use common kitchen ingredients. Of course, try to buy organic and local whenever possible!

Soup to Nuts Facial Scrub
  • ½ cup chopped cucumber (do not peel)–soothing, natural exfoliant
  • 1 teaspoon pineapple juice–toning, exfoliating
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda–ph balancer, gentle cleanser
  • 2 whole eggs–clears blemishes, tightens skin, helps with wrinkles
  • 2 tablespoons yogurt–hydrating, probiotic treatment
  • 2/3 cup ground almonds–natural exfoliant

Puree the cucumber until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and blend on medium-low speed for 1 minute. Apply to moistened face in a gentle, circular motion. Rinse thoroughly.

2. Nourishing Hydration Masque
  • ½ avocado (peeled & pitted)–moisturizing. vitamin-rich
  • 3 seedless grapes–tightening, toning, antioxidant
  • 1 egg–tightening, hydrating and adds protein value
  • 1 teaspoon mayonnaise–nourishing
  • 1 teaspoon honey–anti-blemishes & anti-wrinkle
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda–ph balancer, gentle cleanser
  • 2 teaspoons apple juice–exfoliating

Puree the avocado and grapes until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and blend on medium speed for 45 seconds. Apply evenly to face & leave on for 10-15 minutes.

3. Intense Hydrating Face/Body Lotion
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil–great natural hydrator
  • 1/3 teaspoon shea butter (found in natural food stores)–moisturizer
  • 1 teaspoon apple juice–exfoliating
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice–tonic
  • 1/3 teaspoon coconut oil–source of vitamins and rich nourishers

In a small saucepan, slowly heat ingredients together until warm.
Remove from heat and let cool. Note: oils and juices will separate.
Pour into small bottle and shake prior to use.
 Apply to face in circular massaging motion until thoroughly absorbed

New Hairstyles for your Face Shape!


Here are a feew hairstyles for you , see what suits your face shape the best !

Jennifer Lawrence1. Round   

Long layers that start below the chin lengthen round faces. Jennifer Lawrence’s subtle layers also help to keep her strands from falling flat. Her wispy bangs add body as well.


Julia Roberts2. Oval 

Oval faces can look very long, so it’s best to get a hairstyle that softens it. A center part like Julia Roberts’ opens up the middle of the face and draws attention away from the jawline. However, be aware that flyaways can look more pronounced with a center part, so be sure to use a flyawayer tamer .

Lea Michele3. Square  

Square face shapes can be harsh if they are not paired with a flattering hairstyle. Wearing your hair long and straight like Lea Michele’s softens the square angles, as well as her long layers and piecey bangs.

Miley Cyrus

4. Heart  
We seriously have been crushing on Miley Cyrus’ new bob. It brings focus to her cheekbones and also fills in the area around her narrow chin, a feature that is very pronounced in heart face shapes. To add body, use a round brush and spritz with volumizing spray .

10 Sexy Lip COlours!

Julianne Moore

Here are some really hot colours for you to try on your lips to grab the attention ! Stay sexy ;)

1. Julianne Moore    

Whoever said redheads couldn’t rock fuchsia didn’t see Julianne Moore at the premiere of her HBO film, Game Change. With a simple black and white gown, Moore paired her look perfectly with a hot sorbet  pink lip color.
Jennifer Freeman

2. Jenifer Freeman   

Pale purple is a surprisingly sexy color for the season because it gets  darker hues from winter  –a color that could work day or night.

Kourtney Kardashian

3. Kourtney Kardashian  

Barbie pink seems to have gotten a bad rap over the years, but at a recent event in L.A., Kourtney Kardashian showed everyone just how to wear the color. To complement her uber-feminine outfit with braids and frills, the reality star wore a peachy, Barbie pink lip shade.
Hannah Simone

4. Hannah Simone 

Hannah Simone sported what is seemingly becoming the most popular lip color of the season: coral red. The New Girl star paired her lipstick with a white top and long lashes, really allowing her lips to steal the show.

Kate Bosworth

5. Kate Bosworth 

Finally, the perfect transaction colour! Kate Bosworth rocked a pink lipstick with plum undertones recently, adding color to her face without going too bold.

Beauty Recipes! :)

Become A Kitchen BeauticianHello!

Get in side your kitchen and make your own recipes...not for cooking, ladies, ..for your beauty treatments !  Time to ditch the expensive parlours ;)

1.Whip up your Shampoo!

Use lemon or apple cider vinegar as a shampoo. They have the same acidic level as your hair so they help to rid your strands of product buildup.

    Make Your Own Two-In-One Rosy Tint
  •  Just mix the juice of one lemon or two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into a cup of water.
  • Apply all over hair in the shower and comb through.
  • Rinse hair and then condition as usual.

2. Two in one Rosy Tint : 

If there is only one ingredient you use, have it be beets. You can use the vegetable for a subtle pop of color on your lips and cheeks.
Just cut a small piece of raw beet and use the juice inside. Because they are translucent, they work on any skin tone!

3.  Your own Signature Fragrance:

Concoct A Sugar Exfoliator
Who said you need an expensive fragrance?
Make your own with organic vanilla extract.  Blend with any essential oil and carry in an atomizer. Use a dark bottle because it protects the liquid from the light.


4.  Sugar Exfoliator: 

We all know that too much sugar isn’t good to eat. But when used on the skin, it is the perfect exfoliante! 
  • Lather your face with a cleanser and a handful of sugar.
  • Rub in circular motions to polish and smooth away dirt and dead skin cells

Mix An Avocado Hair Masque

5.    Avocado Masque!

. We like it best in our hair because it stimulates growth and hydrates dry ends.
  •  Just mix one mashed avocado, the yolk of an egg and a tablespoon of olive oil,
  • then slather it over your scalp and the rest of the hair.
  • Place a plastic shower cap over your head and use a blow dryer to heat up your hair for a few minutes.
  • Let sit for 20 minutes.
  • Rinse and then shampoo and conditioner hair.


Sunday, 30 September 2012

The Grecian Goddess Updo!


We’re dying to copy Sarah Hyland‘s Grecian goddess Emmys updo, created by hairstylist John Ruggiero. And in case you are too, we got the scoop on how to recreate the look at home:

Step 1: Spray each section of hair with a volumnising hair spray.

Step 2: Create tight curls using a curler.

Step 3: Make a low bun at the occipital bone, then pin the curls loosely back into the bun.

Step 4: To add a Grecian feel, take two sections from behind the ears and braid them, pinning them into the bun.

Step 5: Finish with a styling spray , to keep the hair intact.

And ..this is what you'll get! :)

Sarah Hyland Emmys

Skin Savers in your Kitchen !

The ingredients you find in our kitchen are  natural, healthful, packed with vitamins, minerals and nourishment. Yes! A pretty good rule of thumb in terms of naturals is that if you can eat it, you can massage it into your skin. Here are some of my all time faves:

Luscious, high in vitamins C and E and a good source of essential fatty acids, avocado makes a nourishing, hydrating face masque especially great for dry or mature skin.
  • Mash 1/2 of a ripe avocado, adding a teaspoon of olive or sweet almond oil for extra moisture and spreadability.
  • Leave the mixture on your face for 10 to 20 minutes before rinsing off, preferably with a washcloth.

 Keep it in your kitchen to purify pores and help eliminate blemishes and fine lines. Honey can help hydrate the skin by drawing moisture from the air like a humectant, as well as exfoliate without irritation or scrubbing, so even the most sensitive people can use it.
 Honey makes a great cleanser or mask.

  • To use as a cleanser: Apply a small amount to damp skin and rinse well.
  • As a mask: Apply to dry skin until you can’t apply it any longer (i.e., it’s too darn sticky), leave on for 10 to 20 minutes and
  • then rinse off with damp cloth.

Lime juice
Fresh lime juice is a natural mild tonic astringent that removes excess oil without causing irritation or redness. The fruit’s antibiotic and antiviral properties also appear to fight the inflammation and infection linked to acne flare-ups.
  • Use straight on the skin after your cleanser or masque as a natural toner.
  •  Do not rinse.

Olive oil and sugar
Sugar is a natural alpha hydroxy acid and an excellent exfoliate.
A homemade sugar scrub will leave your skin looking and feeling soft, radiant and super smooth. Sugar is far superior to salt in that sugar has no rough edges.

  •  Mix together about a 1/4 cup of brown sugar and a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil.
  •  Rub gently in a circular motion, and rinse with warm water.
  •  While still damp from your shower or bath, take some of that olive oil and massage it all over (mix in some of your favorite scent or essential oil first).
  • Olive oil is highly nourishing and makes a fantastic body moisturizer!

The Textured Braid


Bored of the everyday pony tail ? and the everyday Braid ? Well, here's a new way of making a braid , looks very complicated but actually is not. Follow the steps below and get amazing results!

Step 1: Create volume at the crown of your head by backcombing with a round brush.

Step 2: Spray your entire head with hair spray, , to keep volume from deflating.

Step 3: Grab two large pieces of hair at the temples and cross one over the other so they end up on opposite sides of the head again.

Step 4: Start creating a fishtail braid, making sure to add pieces from the hair that’s hanging down as you go. Continue this until all of your hair is gathered into a single ponytail.

Step 5: Secure the ponytail with a very thin elastic.

Step 6: Take a piece of hair from the back of your ponytail and wrap it around the elastic to keep it hidden.

Step 7: Pin the end of the hair behind your ponytail with a bobby pin .