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Haircare / Styling, Skin Care, YouTube Videos

Video: Beauty Tips

It’s been a while since I recorded a beauty tips video so here’s the fourth instalment. I included the other beauty tips videos below too in case you missed them.

Beauty & Make-up Tips #2

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Beauty Tips #1

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Acne/Breakouts, Aging, Bath & Body, Organic / Natural, Tutorials

Rose Hip Oil: Wonderous for the skin?

Rose hip oil is something I use often on my sensitive skin. I read an article some months ago detailing the benefits of the oil for use on the skin.This is mainly down to the fact that it consists of 80% essential fatty acids.

I have heard that many people drink Rose hip tea as it’s chocker full of Vitamin C and epa’s. Apparently the Incas used it because of it’s nutritious nature. Who am I to argue with the Incas. No doubt they also used the oil on their battle scars for healing. Ok so I don’t have battle scars but I do have acne marks! I shall be popping a box in my shopping basket on my next visit to the health shop.

Enter Google image of rose hips – I had no idea what they looked like. Here are some of the benefits of the oil:

  • Scars – acne scars and old scars
  • Dry eczema
  • Skin burns
  • Sun burn
  • Rehydrates very dry skin
  • Repairs damaged skin cells
  • Reduces wrinkles
  • Benefits dry, mature or ageing skin

I’m converted. I bought a bottle of body oil with rose hips whilst on holiday. It left my skin soft and healthy.

Rose hip oil is used in lots of skincare products but I’d be willing to put money on the fact that most of them only contain tiny proportions. From my experience many high end skin care products  say they contain a nutritious oil tend to contain a minuscule amount and then pad the product out with plenty of cheaper ingredients and synthetic chemicals. This is certainly not true of all but unfortunately too many.

I have to admit that I like the fact I’m not inhaling any synthetic chemicals. My cells would like to avoid molecular damage thank you.

Look at me talking like I have a clue about molecular damage ha ha

Let me know your thoughts.

Happy Saturday everyone!

Health & Wellbeing, Health & Wellbeing

Beauty from the Inside out: Breakfast for beauty

In the interest of promoting beauty from the inside diet cannot be ignored. I decided to start with Breakfast beacuse, well, I just love breakfast. I would happily eat breakfast foods at every meal time. I found this recipe last year in Carol Vorderman’s detox book. It’s great for those trying to loose some weight before Summer or for those of you after a morning detox. I love it  because it’s nutritionally balanced and provides lots of beauty benefits.

The ingredients in this breakfast really fill you up but they also promote healthy looking skin. Oats are rich in soluble fibre which improves digestion and encourages clear skin (it also lowers cholesterol). Oats contain magnesium and zinc, necessary for skin healing and immunity. They provide slow release energy leaving you fuller for longer. When I have porridge for breakfast I eat less rubbish during the day. The almonds and the seeds provide essential fatty acids. These balance hormones and will help alleviate any hormonal breakouts.

Banana porridge with honey:(makes 4 servings)

  • 175g Rolled Porridge Oats
  • 250ml of Soya, rice, sesame or almond milk – Cows milk is a no no for a detox breakfast
  • 250ml Water Continue Reading
Health & Wellbeing

Beauty from the inside: The effects of Vitamin C on the skin

I love this series of Beauty from the inside posts. Today I’m looking at the effect Vitamin C has on the skin. Vitamin C is the building block of collagen, the protein that gives the skin elasticity, structure and tone. It also protects the skin from free-radical damage which can lead to disease and on a smaller scale, free radical damage to the skin.

Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, this means that our bodies don’t store it. We need to get enough vitamin C from our diet.  Vitamin C is necessary for the growth and repair of tissue. It is essential for healing wounds so if like me you are trying to get rid of that lingering pimple mark, get the juicer going.

Vitamin C can be found in:

  • Kiwi (Highest), oranges, mango, papaya, lemons, limes, grapefruits, papaya…
  • Broccoli
  • Peppers
  • Berries: Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries etc
  • Tomatoes

I have on occasion resorted to ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) supplement. According to researchers many of us are mildly deficient in it since our bodies can’t sythesise or store it. When I feel a cold coming on I always get a breakout, this tells me that my immunity is low. My immunity, or often lack there of, has a very obvious effect on my skin, epic breakouts. As a result I try to boost my immunity as best I can; exercise, balanced diet, water, sleep and plenty of vitamin C from my diet.

General, Skin Care, Toners, Tutorials

Toner: Is it a Beauty Necessity?

Whilst tidying my bathroom shelf I counted not one but three toners. As you can probably guess, I rarely use one. The mantra ‘cleanse, tone & moisturise’ was passed on from my mother at a very young age but I’m afraid to say, I never took heed.

I decided to consider using a toner for a while to see if it improved my complexion in any way. Before doing that I decided to do a little research. It has become clear that toners have multiple benefits:

  • Stimulate circulation
  • Removes remaining dead skin cells
  • Removes gease and oil form the skin
  • Refreshes the skin
  • Helps to restore the skins natural pH balance
  • Can help lessen the appearance of pores
  • Toners that contain humectants help prevent the evaporation of moisture from the skin
  • Alcohol based astringents dry out oily skin

It is clear that I need to incorporate a toner into my skincare regime.

What are your thoughts on toner?

DIY Skincare - Make Your Own, Skin Care, Tutorials

Smooth Lips Mission

Right, I am sick of dry, flakey winter lips! I find it so irritating that every lipstick I apply looks awful because of the state of the skin underneath. Usually I apply Carmex at night and that does the trick. In Winter it’s not enough, thank you fussy lips!

Why? It’s probably because down to freezing temperatures, icy winds and central heating. No doubt there are thousands of you in the same boat. So I am on a mission to get rid of the dead skin and have smooth lips.

Today I raided the kitchen presses to find something I could use as an exfoliant. I wouldn’t use an abrasive scrub since the skin on lips is quite thin and fragile (I did try it a few years ago and my lip started bleeding, ooops!)

Get to it: I settled for baking soda. I put half a teaspoon into the palm of my hand and rubbed a damp toothbrush on it. I gently rubbed the toothbrush back and forth for about 15 seconds. Rinse and done!

Result: It loosened the  flakey, dead skin and left my lips softer. Brushing my lips seemed to  increase circulation temporarily and left my lips plump for a while, I love delightful side effects.

I’ll be doing this regularly, I love the feeling of smooth lips. I would advise that you do this over the sink to avoid mess.

Skin Care

Liz Earle Skin Care Haul

Since one of my New Years Resolutions is to take care of my skin to work on my arsenal. I did some research, read articles, consulted blogs and watched many YouTube videos. Since I am a fan of natural skincare I finally settled on the Liz Earle range because she’s a fan of natural ingredients.

I ordered myself a nice little package of her best goodies (as recommended by you). I have to admit that I didn’t buy these from the website. I actually bid on them on Ebay and go the set and a few more goodies for €45.

So far I’ve tried Cleanse and Polish with the Muslin Cloth. I really like it, I can see why it’s a bit of a cult product. It feels very thick and rich which feels lovely but worries me a little since my skin is prone to breakouts, especially when I try new products. But so far so good. It says on the label that its suitable for all skin types. This always makes me skeptical. Maybe it’s just me.

I really love the peppermint and rosemary foot scrub and cream. The scent is gorgeous and my feet feel so smooth. It is expensive though so I think I’ll make my own using similar ingredients.

I’m looking forward to trying the Brightening Mask and the face scrub. I’ll keep you posted!

Tutorials, YouTube Videos

Beauty Tips 1


Whiter Teeth: This is the best tip I’ve ever received! Makes a huge difference. (I use Sensodyne F)

Bio Oil: This is a fantastic healing product! Great for scarring, stretchmarks and fantastic for really dry skin.

Mitchem Deodorant Stick: Just try it, it does exactly what it promises!

Holland and Barrett Detox Tea