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DIY Skincare - Make Your Own, Haircare / Styling

My Hair Saviour – Olive Oil & Egg Hair Mask

My has been going through a bit of a dry spell lately. I blame hormones. Of course, I blame those on just about everything :) As you can gather I spend a lot of money on hair care products but I did wonder if I could revert to my old ways and use something from my kitchen to improve the quality of my hair.

I settled on this recipe and have been delighted with the results.


  • 4 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 eggs

Apply to dry hair. Leave on hair for at least 15 minutes (I waited 30 minutes). Then wash you hair as normal.

I tried this three times over the past week and my hair feels soft, shiny and manageable. It’s not greasy or dry. It’s just right. It’s almost like the mask normalised my hair.

Definitely worth a try!

Any home remedies to share??

Image from here

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.

Nail Care, Nail Polish/Care, Tutorials

Beauty Tips: Beautiful Nails

Even if my skin looks awful or I’m having a fat day, groomed nails make me feel better. Here are a few tips I have picked up over the years. Don’t forget to comment with your tips, I’d love to see hot everyone else looks after their nails.

1. If I use polish regularly I use an acetone free nail polish. Acetone is too harsh for my delicate nails.

2. I leave a hand cream beside the soap in my bathroom so that everytime I wash my hands I use cream. M&S are great for the soap and lotions duos in cute containers.

3.If you’re doing garden work drag your nails over  a bar of soap before you go outside. The back of the nails will load up with soap and stop dirt getting down there.

4. Always wear rubber gloves when washing dishes. Water is hard on nails.

5. Never file your nails after a bath, they split (I have done this so many times!)

6. Soak your nails before using an orange stick to push down the cuticle, or use cuticle cream.

7. Use a nail hardener if you’re nails split easily.

8 I swear by Vaseline Intensive Care hand and nail cream (the pink tube). I rubbed this on my nails 3 times a day and 2 months later my nails are long and strong.

9. From my experience, acrylics ruined my nails. It took nearly 6 months to get them back into good condition after having them removed.

What are your nail tips?

DIY Skincare - Make Your Own, Skin Care, Tutorials

DIY Beauty Recipe – Peaches & Cream Glow Mask

I am posting my first natural beauty recipe. This one is great for dry, dehydrated, sensitive or mature skin.It’s nourishing and moisturising. It takes 5 minutes to make and is so much cheaper than buying a mask. Best of all, it has no harsh chemicals and preservatives.

This recipe makes one treatment.

  • 1 tbsp heavy cream
  • Half of a very ripe, small, peeled, peach

Use a pestle and mortar or a bowl and fork tomash the peach, combine cream and smooth.

Smooth mixture on to your face and neck lie down and leave for 30 minutes. Because of the creamy consistency use a towel on your hair in case it drips. Rinse with a  warm cloth (muslin is best if you have one but an ordinary face cloth will be fine)

Enjoy gorgeous skin!

I will post mask recipes for other skin types soon.

Amy x


Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you enjoyed your night.

I thought I’d share my beauty resolutions, shallow but necessary.

1.  I will no longer use make-up wipes to removed my makeup. This is hard one for me since I am often too lazy to do the whole 3 step palaver before bed. I will be banning them in 2010 and embarking on a year or taking good care of my skin.

2. I will also be banning non natural body and bath products completely, it’s just not worth the rash anymore. I better get cracking on some more soap making.

3. I will giving myself a fortnightly facial. Yes, it’s work but I have decided that this will be the year that I take time out to take care of myself.

I have never made resolutions before so I will have some will power on stand by.

On a more serious note, this year I will be taking more time to relax and take care of myself.

What are your resolutions?

Bridal Series, Tutorials

Beauty Tips for Brides


I’ve decided to do a Bridal series, I’ve been meaning to do one for ages. I love doing bridal makeup, it makes me giddy to be around brides on one of the biggest days of their lives. The energy is fantastic!

I’ll be posting tutorials on YouTube and tips posts here on my blog over the next month. Continue Reading


Tuesday Poll

I saw this on Lexs blog and decided to give it a try

1. Mood:
Excited. I’m on holiday in Chicago so I’m looking forward to hotel breakfast, shopping and fine dining. After a bit of work though :)

2. Do you make your bed?
No, one of the benefits of staying at a hotel!

3. Have you started holiday shopping?
That’s why I planned this trip. I made my list on the flight on the way over. I plan to be finished Christmas shopping by the time I leave the US. Continue Reading

Foundation, General, Make-up, Product Revivals

Bottom Drawer Make-up Revival: Lancome Photogenic Foundation

I have decided in these recessionary times that it would be a good idea to revive make-up I have sent to my bottom drawer.

Anything products that end up in my drawer are liked enough not to give away but not liked enough to put in my train case. Mostly products end up there when I don’t try them enough. Enter a new project.


I closed my eyes and did a sort of ‘lucky dip’ in my drawer. I’ll do this every week and use the proudct all week long. At the end of the week I’ll decide if the item gets bumped up to my train case for use or gets passed on to my friends/sister. It’s such a waste leaving all of that make-up there, untested, unloved and going off!

Without much further ado this weeks revival product is Lancome Photogenic Foundation. I used this once, thought it was average, didn’t give it a fair try and inevitably tossed it into my bottom drawer. What a waste you might say, well not any more.

I pledge to use this product daily for one week before deciding it’s fate!

Amy x


Make-up and Beauty archive

I’ve been busy transferring my old posts from Blogspot to the new website. I have compiled a list for you in case you missed any of them or are new to my blog :) Let me know what you think!

Lancome Le Crayon Kohl – Product rave & Review

Breakouts Sorted! – Clearasil 3 Day Acne Treatment

Fashion Buys –

MAC Paint Pot Experiment – Dark V Light

The Product that changed my skin is…

Accessories Haul

Dry Hair Rescue: John Frieda Review

What’s in my MAC Palettes

My Favourite Nail Polish

Johnson’s Holiday Skin Review

Pink Eye’s Looks

Body Shop Haul

False Tan-Off: St Moriz V St Tropez

Waist Cinching Belts

Autumn Style

Giveaways / Competitions, Tutorials

WIN FREE Make-up Makeover & Goodie Bag


I’m looking for 5 ladies who are up for a bit of fun. I’ve decided to run a little make over day (completely free of course). It will be held in a professional photo studio in Dublin city centre, so it’d be best if you’re local. I hope it’ll be a relaxed afternoon with some nibbles, music and plenty of chat :) whilst I tend to your make-up needs. You will have your make-up done and if you’d like you can have an ‘after’ photo taken. Oh and each person will receive a little goodie bag.

It’ll be held between the 15th and 20th of December. I will notify you in advance of exact date and time. Unfortunately I will only be able to take a few ladies this time around but if more ladies are interested I’ll run  more days like this.

If you’re interested apply to Remember to send me a photo of yourself so I can plan ahead. Oh and let me know if you live locally :)

The 5 girlies will be randomly chosen.

I’m so excited!!

Amy x