Teezing your tangles

Teezing your tangles

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Having long, course, frizz-prone and wavy hair, I always dread brushing my hair after I wash it. Brushing out the waves, especially in the winter, leaves me with nothing but unhealthy looking, frizzy hair. Detangling my hair is my worst nightmare! With a regular hair brush,frizz every time i brushed out my hair, I would find broken hair on the floor because the brush bristles were too harsh and would take a very long time to remove all the knots.

I was extremely pleased to have discovered the Original Tangle Teezer in Plum Delicious. I found that it does not break my hair, and less hair falls out too. The best part: it is gentle and soft on the hair strands, and prevents my hair from becoming frizzy!

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Benefits

The Tangle Teezer might look strange at first, for those of you who have not come across it before, it may look like a brush for pets. But I promise you, it is by far the best tool that has been designed for curly and frizzy hair. It works wonders on super curly hair too and somehow makes the hair soft and silky. The bristles are extremely soft in comparison to most regular brushes. It is light weight and also comes in a smaller size (Compact Styler), perfect for handbags and small travel cases.

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Most hairdressers advice against brushing your hair when it is freshly washed, as the hair strands are prone to damage as they are at the weakest when wet. It is also designed to be used on wet hair but as my hair is thick I let it  air dry slightly before using the Tangle Teezer to remove all knots. The Tangle Teezer glides through the hair, preventing hair breakage and fall out, and it is also painless. Yes those of you with curly or course hair know the struggle using a regular brush to remove knots in the hair, not only does it take forever, but also is very painful. With the Tangle Teezer, it takes less than half the time to brush your hair and is totally pain-free! There are currently 6 different types of brushes, each with a unique purpose, such as the Aqua Splash, designed for after swimming.

Drawbacks

It was difficult for me to actually find any drawback for this product. I have to section my hair to brush it out as the bristles are shorter than regular brushes, but it worth the effort (I just section my hair). The Tangle Teezer does not have a handle like most regular brushes so it may take time getting used to. I personally would not really class these as drawbacks, as i did find ways to work around them.

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For £10.60 I would definitely recommend this tool as it saves a lot of time and pain when it comes to brushing those knots out of your hair!

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What are your thoughts on The Tangle Teezer? Have you tried any of the other types of brushes? Share your experiences below…

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First impressions Silk’n Review- silky smooth legs for the summer :)

First impressions Silk’n Review- silky smooth legs for the summer :)


Having tried out various permanent laser hair removal methods, it was difficult to believe that this actually worked upon the first session. This at home laser hair removal machine is the Silk’n Pro Intense Pulse Light Hair Removal Device

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http://www.amazon.co.uk/Silkn-Intense-Pulsed-Removal-Device/dp/B0036WS5YC

Being a ‘at home’ kit, Silk’n is relatively small in size, which is not only easy to store, but also straightforward to use. The instructions any salon or at home kit suggests to shave prior to using a laser for hair growth. Do not wax or epilate as this removes the hair from the follicle, therefore the laser has nothing to target. The Silk’n Pro uses a technology called HPL or home pulsed light, as opposed to other light based laser treatments which are used in salons. The HPL technology is FDA approved and therefore safe for at home use as the treatment is weaker than other laser machines. It works by targeting and destroying the root of each hair strand. HPL only targets hairs that are in an active growth phase, this is why multiple treatments are needed to eliminate all hairs.

 

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Having only tried it on legs and underarms, I can definitely see some results. I have done a total of two sessions on my legs and underarms. After the first session, I noticed a few patches where there were no hairs growing. In-between the first and second treatments, the hairs took a longer time than normal to grow. I could see that it was already working. Therefore I cranked up the energy one level higher (level 2) and proceeded with the second session. Two weeks after the second treatment, I noticed that the areas which previously had little/no hairs growing, seemed to get bigger. I have noticed a decrease in hair growth (the empty areas with no hair seemed to be more prominent and visible).

 

Have any of you had luck with at home laser machines? Comment below…

Spring clean your make up!

Spring clean your make up!

As with everything, make up too can expire! Yes, as strange as it sounds, it is important to keep checks on make up and how long you’ve had it for. Using make up that may have expired can affect our skin as the chemicals in the products tend to change over a period of time as they have been exposed to oxygen, and microbes from the air around us. These are some of my top tips to keep your make up in check, and how often you should keep certain products. Eye and lip make up particularly is prone to contamination if you have shared it or let some one borrow it.

Start off by gathering all make up products, and arrange everything such that you have all lipsticks in one pile; eyeshadows in another, foundations in another… I’m sure you have got the hang of it now! 😉

Any opened products that you have had for over two years – chuck them straight into the bin!

Make up that has any musky or weird smells, that goes straight to the bin too.

Make up application tools such as brushes that may be falling apart; sponges and puff that are broken, throw them out too.

Liquid products that are runny or separated need to be tossed away. Liquid make up such as foundations tend to separate over time as the chemical compositions change, in oil based foundation, the oil separates into a separate layer from the other liquid.

For those colours that you may have purchased to match with certain outfits, but haven’t worn in over 6 months, dispose them. You haven’t used them and it is very unlikely that you will wear them again.

Avoid storing any make up or beauty products on the window sill or in the bathroom as the heat of the steam ruins make up.

Bobbi Brown suggests the following life spans for products that have been opened:

Cream cleanser – 1 year

Gel cleanser – 1 year

Cream moisturisers – 1 year

Oil-based foundations – 1.5 years

Water-based foundations – 1 year

Lipstick – 1-2 years

Mascara – 3-4 months

Powder – 2 years

Shadows – 2 years

Brushes – wash every fortnight if your using it on yourself. Make up artists need to wash/clean after every client.

Sponges – same rule as the brushes, but wash weekly if its personal use.

Having clean make up applicators prevents all those nasty break outs, and you will also notice that it will be a lot easier to apply the make up.

Get in there and spring clean your beauty products!

What are your make up/ applicator cleaning tips?

🌸Happy Spring Cleaning 🌸

Love

Akruti

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Un-chapped smiles…

Un-chapped smiles…

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Love bright, vibrant lip colours? Using makeup-remover wipes doesn’t always clean off all the pigment thats left by lipsticks. And if you’re using bright colours like I do…we know how annoying of a problem it can be. Exfoliating lips regularly (not more than once a week) removes the dead skin cells as well as stimulates new cell growth. This vital process conditions you lips, keeps them healthy and retains moisture. Particulary in the cold, dryness and dehydration is common, leading to chappiness.

So, HOW should we exfoliate? You can either use shop-bought products, or you can make them at home- just with 1 teaspoon honey, and 2 teaspoons Demerara sugar. The honey is super conditioning and the sugar granules buff off flaky skin. You can substitute honey by using equal parts of olive oil and Demerara sugar. If you don’t have any of these ingredients, you can always resort to your handy toothbrush and some vaseline or a lip moisturiser/lipbalm. Preferably use an old toothbrush, you’re not currently using, as we wouldn’t want any dead skin cells ending up between our teeth, would we?! Toothbrush on its own may be too harsh, therefore use a tiny amount of vaseline with it.

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As usual, start off by removing your lipstick and make up. I just use ordinary make up wipes…

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Dab some lukewarm water onto your lips to soften them.

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Now, using a lip scrub/exfoliator of your choice (I like Mint Julips from Lush), take a small amount onto your finger…

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Mint Julips tastes like choc chip ice cream, the peppermint & vanilla together with sugar crystals provide the best exfoliator (in my opinion). The peppermint aids in the healing process- no more chapped lips!
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…And gently rub the scrub onto your lips as you would normally do with a face exfoliator.  You will notice the granules change colour as they pick up the lipstick pigment residue that was not removed by the make up wipe. Be careful not to use excessive force (don’t scrub too hard) as this can be damaging to your lips. Over exfoliation could also worsen the dryness!
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Rinse the scrub off your lips, and dab the excess water away with a towel. Don’t rub, DAB!

The final step is to condition and moisturise your exfoliated lips using a natural beeswax lip balm which also contains peppermint, further aids in the healing process of chapped lips.
Photo 01-02-2015 16 22 33I, personally try and exfoliate once a week. If you exfoliate too often it can be damaging for your lips.

Removing excess dead skin also helps lip cosmetics to stay on for much longer, and they apply with better ease.

Say goodbye to chapped lips this winter…

 

Akruti x

 

❄My Top 5 Winter Essentials❄

❄My Top 5 Winter Essentials❄

We’re almost half way into November, and its finally getting cold (yes after the exceptionally warm October we had in England!). This isn’t the best season for our skin, as well as hair. With the festive season it is not always easy to stay on top of a well balanced diet. Therefore it is important to keep our bodies hydrated and nourished with the vital nutrients and vitamins. Our skin, nails and hair also tend to dry out and get damaged.

These are my top 5 essentials to survive through the cold winter months. I am not a health expert, but these essentials may prove useful to you as they have to me.

 

1) Coconut oil hair mask: It is a white solid in the jar, but melts quickly in the palm of our hands. This oil can be used as an alternative to olive oil, or vegetable oil, as well as a great skin moisturiser. I have recently purchased the cold pressed Chi  100% Raw Organic Coconut Oil, retailing at £9.44. Personally I am not too fond of the smell on my skin, so I prefer to use it as a conditioning hair mask, to prevent my hair drying out in the winter. I try to use this hair oil mask once a week on dry hair, applying it the night before I wash my hair. Take some in your fingers and gently massage it through the whole scalp, making sure the whole head is covered with some oil. Whatever you have remaining in your hands, run it through the length of your hair, comb it through using a wide toothed comb and tie a loose braid. Keeping it on overnight helps to condition and soften your hair. Use a shower cap or a towel on the pillow if you are worried about greasing up your pillowcase, and pillow! don’t drench the hair with the oil, excess oil will just run down your face as it melts! Make sure you wash it out thoroughly with shampoo, it takes a few goes to remove all the oil. It cannot, however, be used as an alternative to a conditioner because it doesn’t rinse out well with water alone. If you do have extremely frizzy or heat damaged hair, take a small pinch (smaller than the size of a pea), rub between your palms, and pull it through the length of your dry hair (remember to use a small amount or you will end up with a greasy mess).

Chi coconut oil

 

2) Aloe Vera Gel: Click here for my post on Benefits of Aloe Vera. You can also use this as a full body moisturiser.

Aloe Vera Gel from Boots

 

3) Lip Balm: My favourite is the one with Burts Bees Beeswax Vitamin E & Peppermint for £3.69. Having used Vaseline and other lip moisturisers in the past, discovering Burts Bees was the best thing the could happen. It stays on for long, you do not need to keep reapplying it the way you would with Vaseline, it is super moisturising, the Vitamin E soothes dry chapped lips, and the Peppermint oil refreshes the lips. The fact that the product is made from a natural ingredient, bees wax made it even more attractive. The tube is more hygienic than using a lip balm from a tub, and it also fits easily into your small clutch bags or pocket. Its good value for money as you don’t need to keep re-applying it and it softens and conditions the lips, especially in the winter. I also apply it before I do my make up, and keeps my lipstick from cracking.

Burts Bees

 

4) Green Juice: Check out my Greeeench Juice recipe. I like to have this every morning for breakfast, as I get my 5 a day as well as a good intake of water to kick start my day.

Green Juice

 

5)Lip Scrub: Mint Julips by Lush Handmade Cosmetics for £5.50. I try to use this once every fortnight (frequent use can have negative effects). This lip scrub tastes like mint chocolate chips, and also acts as a moisturiser. It eliminates all those cracks, rough bits and bleeding of the lips. You only need a minimal amount of the scrub, rub it gently on your chapped and cracked lips, and you can lick it off after using it. The small pot lasts a long time, I have had mine for 2 months, and its not even near the half way mark.

It contains:

Caster Sugar (coarse): helps to exfoliate and hydrate the skin

Peppermint Oil: Cools the skin by stimulating nerves and dilating blood vessels

Organic Jojoba Oil (from the jojoba seeds): Readily absorbed by our skin epidermis is the nourishing and softening

Vanilla extract: For flavour

Tagetes Oil (from the marigold flower): Contains antimicrobial and anti fungal properties keeping the skin clear.

Mint Julips Lush

 


 ❄Comment with your views or any suggestions of your Top 5 Winter Essentials❄

Share the goodness with friends and family 😊

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Review: Coastal Scents 88 Original Palette

Review: Coastal Scents 88 Original Palette

Having heard a lot of positive comments and recommendations, I recently purchased my first Coastal Scents eyeshadow palette. It is the 88 Original Palette that consists of a mix of matte and satin/shimmery colours. I was rather impressed with their delivery as it came packaged in a pretty looking box, along with my other purchases, which I will be reviewing soon. The packaging was really good, all of my purchases were intact and neatly packed. The 88 Original Palette cost me $10.95 on sale (approx.  £6.50) from their website (http://www.coastalscents.com/pl-001.html). The only drawback is that they don’t deliver to the UK, but can be easily purchased on Amazon, or eBay costing between £17 – £22.

 

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Coastal Scents postage packaging 🎁
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The box was colourful and full of life!

 

The palette has a strong hard shell plastic case. The case is good quality and does not look cheap at all. I love that its black and sleek, and does not have any fancy prints on it. The palette looks really professional and does not take up much room, making it easy to store. The black case has a latch in the centre, which holds the palette tightly shut, keeping everything in place.

 Inside the palette, along with the 88 eyeshadows is an inbuilt mirror, and two dual-tipped applicator sponges, which I haven’t tried out (I prefer to use the Real Techniques Starter Set 1406 brushes and a few brushes from Coastal Scents: they are much better!!! 😉). There is also a plastic sheet on top of the eyeshadows that comes with the pack, and I would suggest keeping this as it doesn’t smudge the shadows.

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The colours are bright and vibrant. One of the reasons I purchased this palette is because of the large range of colours available – in satin as well as matte. Most colours are strongly pigmented, however you may need a shadow primer depending on your natural skin tone for the colours to stand out on the eyelid. I have found the shadows easy to blend and layer on effortlessly. One of my biggest concern before purchasing any eyeshadow was the fall out upon application- the Coastal Scents palette has minimal fall out, similar to the Mac eyeshadows. This palette can be used to create any sort of look – bridal, smokey, natural, or even funky.

For Halloween, I created a heavy smokey eye, bat girl inspired look using the bright yellow, purple, black, and a neutral/nude shade was used as a transition colour. The shadows stayed on for the whole evening, and did not smudge or slide at all (I did use my concealer before applying any eyeshadow).

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The complete look!

I suggest you try this eyeshadow palette as not only is it inexpensive but you get a wide range of colours that are amazing quality.

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Benefits of Aloe Vera

Benefits of Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera PlantAloe vera gel is found in the inner part of the aloe leaf. whereas the yellow aloe vera latex is found right under the skin. Aloe vera gel is more commonly used compared to the latex. The latex has been known for asthma, colds, bleeding, diabetes, varicose veins as well as vision related problems.

Having personally used aloe vera gel topically for two years continuously, I can definitely see the benefits of this wonderful natural product. Because I have extremely sensitive skin, I use aloe gel as a facial moisturiser. Applying it right after I wash my face, avoiding the eyes, it initially feels like a face mask when its setting into the skin, however, after a few minutes, that stretchy feeling disappears, leaving me with soft glowy skin. This product has really helped enrich and moisturise my skin and prevent any breakouts, pimples and acne. I use the Life Plan Organic Aloe Vera Gel from Boots for £7.49, which you can purchase in bulk when they have the ‘3 for 2’ offer (which is on almost all the time! 😃).

Aloe Vera Gel from Boots

This product can be purchased at:

http://www.boots.com/en/Life-Plan-Aloe-Vera-Gel-200ml_1133817/

If using fresh aloe vera gel from the plant, I would suggest applying it on once you have washed your face (straight out the shower), leave it on for 20 minutes and then wash off. This is because the gel direct from the plant can be quite heavy as it is not formulated or adapted for a specific use. However, it does leave the skin feeling extremely moisturised.

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Cut the leaf near the stem, with a sharp knife. It gets quite messy as the latex and gel oozes out.

Cooling of the skin is essential to all humans, especially when exposed to excessive sunlight. Aftersun skin care is important to prevent further skin damage, hence if you are looking for a natural product which has minimal chemicals, try out aloe gel, and even better if you can use one straight off the plant. Aloe vera is excellent for burns, and being a natural product, doesn’t cause further damage to the skin.

It can be used to prevent and treat stretch marks. Prevention is always easier and better than treating. When treating stretch marks, mix aloe gel with Vitamin E and Vitamin A, for best results on older stretch marks. Promoting skins natural regeneration, as well as protecting the skin from free radical damage.

As it helps reduce stretch marks, it also helps with redness and darker spots on the skin.

Helps reduce and get rid off eczema and psoriasis by reducing the inflammation, irritation and redness of the skin.

Aloe vera can also be ingested (a small piece, or juice), which cools the body internally and nourishes the digestive system. The aloe latex cells contain properties which are use as a natural laxative.

It is the only known natural, vegetarian source of Vitamin B12.

 

Side Effects

Aloe gel is more likely to be safer to use than aloe latex, especially when used or consumed at high or unknown doses for long periods of time.

Seek medical device if you do experience any other side effects upon use of aloe vera gel or latex.

 

 

Disclaimer: 

These are my experiences and opinions on the use of aloe vera gel and latex.

It is best to contact your General Practitioner before consumption or the topical use of products, especially if your currently taking other medication.

 

Love,

Akruti x