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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??

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Fashion & Accessories, YouTube Videos

Video – DIY Jewellery Organiser, Storage ideas & Collection

Thanks for requesting this video! I recorded it quite a while ago and didn’t get around to uploading. I left more instructions on how to make the  accessory holder below.

What  you need to make accessories storage thingy:

  • sheet of MDF – really cheap from local diy store
  • Cheap mirror or mirror frame (I got mine in a diy place) You could leave out the frame if you like
  • Cans of Spray colour if you want to change the colour of the MDF
  • Electric drill – borrowed :) I measured with a ruler and marked with a pencil before drilling the holes evenly spaced. I made sure the distance between holes matched the space between the metal prongs on the hooks.
  • Pop in your display hooks (got mine on ebay)

Thanks for watching!

DIY Skincare - Make Your Own, General

Make your own Healing Mask

This blend can be used on damaged, dry, mature or sensitive skin. The recipe will last for one month and it only takes 5 minutes to prepare. The ingredients are very especially beneficial for ageing skin. Expensive skin care products often use these ingredients, but in minuscule proportions. Making your own treatment costs a fraction of the price, you have the benefit of knowing exactly what your putting on your skin and you have everything you need to make the treatment again.

You need

  • Still bottled water
  • 9 drops Geranium Oil
  • 6 Empty Evening Primrose Oil Capsules (the oil inside)
  • 20ml Wheatgerm Oil
  • 20ml Rosehip Oil

Pour rosehip, wheatgerm and evening primrose oil into a dark, clean bottle. Add the Geranium oil, close and shake.

This treatment mask can be used twice a day. Apply to damp, clean skin using cotton wool. This recipe is suitable for the eye area. Apply a thin film and leave it to absorb for 20 minutes.

If you have dry or mature skin you can go ahead and apply your make-up after the allotted time. If you have normal skin I recommend some oil blotting paper first.

*Don’t forget – Click here to enter my MAC Stereo Rose giveaway

DIY Skincare - Make Your Own, Haircare / Styling

DIY Hair Care: Remove product build-up from your hair

If you are a hair product junkie like me you are familiar with the downside to this addiction – Build-up. It makes your hair look dull and lifeless. You can use a clarifying shampoo to sort out the problem but if you have colour treated hair I wouldn’t recommend this.

One of the quickest ways to remove product build-up from the hair naturally is to use Baking Soda. A baking soda hair wash cleans out the excess product, remove impurities, and cleanses your hair naturally.

All you have to do is put two tablespoons of baking soda into a cupful of warm water. Mix with a fork until the mixture resembles  a paste. Then apply the paste to damp hair. Massage and ensure even distribution. I wash it out immediately after massaging it in.

It feels weird  at first, especially when you are used to suddy shampoo. It feels a little gritty, exactly what you expect from putting baking powder in your hair I suspect :)

Take your time when rinsing to make sure the baking soda is completely washed out of your hair. You want to avoid any residue. You don’t have to follow with shampoo and conditioner as your hair should feel squeaky clean. That being said, I usually do. I’m not entirely sure what -probably because I’m a slave to routine.

Hair products work so much better after some clarification so I like to do this once a month to clear gunk out of my hair. Some people use baking soda as a shampoo. Personally I wouldn’t go that far but I’m happy with the effects once a month.

Acne/Breakouts, DIY Skincare - Make Your Own, Organic / Natural

How to: Make your own almond milk lotion

Almond milk has been used on the skin since ancient Egyptian times.  It’s  full of linoleic acids and minerals which help nourish and cleanses the skin. It leaves the skin soft and improves clarity. This is suitable for all skin types but particularly useful for those with normal to dry, dry or ageing skin.

It’s quick, easy and cheap to make. When I make a bottle of this lotion I use it twice daily for one week. I throw out the remainder after this time. I make a new bottle every 2 – 3 months and use as a treatment.


  • 40g ground almonds (almond meal)
  • 1.5 tablespoons of organic honey
  • 400ml of still bottled water

Add the honey and almonds to the water. Stir until the honey has dissolved. Leave to rest for 2.5 hours. Filter and pour into a covered bottle (I once used a small airtight lunch box). Store it in the fridge.

Apply the lotion morning and evening to clean skin and let it work it’s magic.


DIY Skincare - Make Your Own, General

Make your own Peanut butter Scrub

I’m having a Saturday night in. Sad, I know but I’m determined to enjoy my night regardless. Whilst many of you are out painting the town red, I’m elbow deep in peanut butter whilst wearing a t-shirt that reads  “and so the lion fell in love with the lamb”. Twilight nerding aside this mask is really delicious and I only used 3 ingredients from my kitchen. It left my skin silky smooth.

All you need:

  • 40g crunchy peanut butter
  • 20g finely ground sea salt
  • 25ml almond oil (use olive oil instead if you don’t have any)

I mixed the peanut butter with the sea salt. Then I stirred in the almond oil. I rubbed it on damp skin and massaged well.

Whether you’re out on the town or curled up on front of the tv I hope you have a spectacular night.

Le grá,

Amy x

Aging, DIY Skincare - Make Your Own, Skin Care

Make your own Fruit Enzyme Mask

It’s been a while since I posted a DIY skincare piece so I thought it was high time to share the recipe for a mask I have been making lately. This mask is full of AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids) which naturally exfoliate the skin leaving you skin supple and smooth.

What you need:

2 sliced strawberries

30g chopped apple
1 teaspoon of honey
2 tablespoons plain yoghurt
2 teaspoons of cosmetic clay (Health shop,some chemists, cheap online)

    It’s best to use organic fruit where possible to avoid covering your face in pesticide. Blend the honey, yoghurt and fruit until the mixture is smooth. Add in the clay until the mixture forms a paste. Cleanse your face and neck then apply the mask. For best results leave the mask on for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and your done! I usually follow with a home made toner and then my moisturiser.

    DIY Skincare - Make Your Own, General, Skin Care, Tutorials

    DIY Skincare: Rasberry skin brightener (Contains AHA’s)

    This is an old favourite of mine. My friend and I used to make this when we were 14 before the kiddie disco on a Friday evening, ah the memories (at that time I took my fashion inspiration from the Spicegirls, Baby Spice to be exact).

    This recipe is best suited for normal to oily skin which makes it great for  those prone to breakouts. You only need three ingredients, occasionally I have done it with only two (leaving out the essential oil). This recipe contains AHA’s and lactic acid. The AHA’s in the raspberries act as a gentle exfoliator and the lactic acid in the yoghurt (yes, that’s how we spell it this side of the Atlantic) brightens the skin.

    Aging, DIY Skincare - Make Your Own, Organic / Natural, Skin Care

    DIY Anti-Wrinkle Oil (30’s)

    I previously did a post outlining how to make a wrinkle preventative using ingredients suited to those in their twenties. Today I’m moving up a decade. This anti-wrinkle oil has ingredients prove to protect, sooth and nourish the skin whilst keeping the aul’ wrinkles away.

    Dilute the following ingredients in 2 tablespoons of almond or hazelnut oil.  Store it in a sterilised glass bottle (like the tincture bottles from natural shops).

    DIY Skincare - Make Your Own, Nail Care, Nail Polish/Care, Tutorials

    Make your own Nail Strengthener

    I pay a lot of attention to nail care but I often forget the importance of looking after the nail bed. Using particular essential oils on on the nail bed stimulates growth and encourages strong nails.

    Here is a synergistic blend of oils I have been using  to strengthen my nails. I have already noticed a difference. My nails were starting to split and peel, they much stronger now.

    I mixed the oils and pored it into a small, sterilized, dark bottle to stop the oils deteriorating. When I want to use the treatment I add 10 drops of the blend to a tablespoon of advocado oil and massage it into my cuticles. I leave it to soak in and take effect.

    • 2 drops Rosemary oil
    • 8 drops Lemon oil
    • 5 drops Jojoba oil
    • 2 teaspoon Grapeseed oil
    • 3 drops Carrot oil

    It’s best to use this treatment after you have given yourself a manicure.


    Aging, DIY Skincare - Make Your Own, Skin Care, Tutorials

    Wrinkle Prevention in Your 20’s: Essential Oils

    Cellular regeneration is said to be the key to youthful skin. Essential oils are used for this reason in thousands of high end skin care products. Why not make up yourself. It will be far more concentrated and completely natural, I’m all for keeping lab made preservatives out of my pores.

    This particular oil is best for people on their 20’s. After you have made the mixture store it in a tinted tincture bottle (available at the chemist). Continue Reading

    Acne/Breakouts, Bath & Body, DIY Skincare - Make Your Own, Tutorials

    DIY Scrub for a Blemished Back or Chest

    There is nothing worse than a breakout on the delicate skin on your chest or your back. I know this a common problem but that we ladies tend not to bring it up.

    I hate the idea of applying a shower gel designed for breakouts. They can dry the rest of your skin. It also means that you are using plenty of chemicals that you don’t need.

    I have come across quite a few men that suffer from breakouts on their back. In my experience this tends to be diet related. One of the worst culprits are protein shakes (for men who are trying to build muscle). The body reacts to excesses of any food. The skin often breaks out when the body is trying to get rid of these excesses. In these cases you will often see boils and blind pimples that are coming from inside the body rather then a blocked pore.

    If you regularly suffer from large, painful boils or acne or your back it could be down to a reaction to your skin care products. If Continue Reading