Home Made Acne Treatment – (My Secret Recipe!)

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Millions of us out there suffer from acne prone skin, myself included and have suffered for nearly 10 years now.  I am constantly on the look out for new remedies, different ointments, lotions and treatments to help me maintain my difficult skin.

I prefer to use home remedies, or products that are as natural and organic as possible whenever I can.  I may have young looking skin now, but soaking my skin up with strong chemicals day in day out will only damage my skin in the long run which will age my skin faster than it should, and I certainly don’t want that!  For years I have used medication prescribed to me by my doctor, but had been made aware through internet research that this could possibly damage my skin and cause early ageing.  I have completely stopped using prescribed medication and now treat and maintain my acne with my own selection of cleansers, toners, moisturisers and topical treatments.

So, I have for a while been researching Camphor Oil which is extracted from the bark of the Camphor Tree which is then vacuumed and filter pressed.  Camphor can be used to treat many ailments such as muscular aches and pains, arthritis, sprains, coughs, cold, even depression and of course acne.

It is strongly recommended that camphor is not applied directly to the skin due to the potency of it.  This oil should always be diluted before application.  This brings me onto my secret home made potion especially for acne prone skin.

Here is my secret recipe:

I mix:

1 part Camphor Oil
1 part Hydrogen Peroxide
1 part Rose Water

I mixed all three ingredients into a small bottle, which you will find easy to use when applying this lotion to your skin.

How I use it:
I don’t use this lotion every day as my acne is not so bad anymore, and if I can avoid applying unnecessary products to my skin, I will do so.  I like to apply this every other day, or every 3 days.  If I am going through a phase where I am having a break out, I will use this on a daily basis until I have got the break out under control.

I recommend using this lotion as a night treatment due to the strong smell that unfortunately accompanies this oil.  Once I have cleansed my face at night, I soak a round cotton pad with my acne lotion and dab, not rub this into my problem areas, mainly my cheeks, forehead and along my jaw line.  I slowly dab this onto my skin, ensuring all problem areas have been treated. I then leave my skin for a few minutes, allowing the lotion to soak in and dry.  Once I am happy the lotion has soaked in, I go ahead and apply my night moisturiser or facial oil.

I have been using this lotion for a while now and really feel like it has improved the condition of my acne, keeping it under control and I certainly am not breaking out as much as I used to.

Please note: Camphor oil is very toxic, and can cause severe side effects if ingested.  Only ever use this product in dilution with other oils or lotions.

Let me know if you give this a go, or if you use Camphor Oil in other ways and do let me know if you have any secret acne solutions you like to use to treat your skin.

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My Top 5 Make Up Tips

We all have little tips, tricks and random makeup application methods that work for us when applying makeup. Whether it be the type of brush you like to use to apply your foundation, using your fingers to apply certain products or perhaps even the order in which we apply products.  Different things work for different people but I wanted to share my top five tips and tricks which I have stuck to for many years and have never let me down.

1.  Use two different brand mascaras 

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I like to use two different brands of mascara when coating my lashes.  It sounds strange, but when I use this method, my lashes appear longer, fuller, almost “false” like but not clumpy.   I am not sure of the exact reasons as to why my lashes appear this way, but I think the ingredients in the two different brands “react” somehow to give a much fuller effect than using one brand with the same number of coats.  I alternate between the two different brands for each coat and probably end up only applying 2 coats of each, sometimes 3 depending on how I feel.
My favourites: Benefit – They’re real!  and Maybelline The Falsies Volum’ Express Mascara

2.  Filling in eyebrows before plucking 

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I used to always get my eyebrows threaded at the beauty salon but out of shear laziness I have mastered my own little tweezing routine.  I simply fill my eyebrows in with my Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade, making sure I am happy with the shape.  I then simply tweeze any stray hairs around which are visible with my tweezermans.  Once I am happy, I clean away the pomade, which leaves me perfectly shaped eyebrows.
My favourites:  Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade and Tweezerman Tweezers

3.   Minimal Powder

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Powder is not always a must, and a lot of makeup artists will tell you this.  Powder can be very overbearing and if applied in the wrong way, can look dry, flat and cakey.  I have found the key to using powder is using it very sparsely.  Once I have applied my foundation and concealer, I like to slightly dust powder under my eyes with a small fluffy brush,  as well as the middle of my forehead to stop creasing and shine and just down the centre of my nose.  That is it.  I find you do not need to powder your whole face as most of the time your cheeks have been powdered with blush and/or bronzer.  Any added powder on top can take away the natural glow.  To set my makeup instead of powdering my entire face, I like to use a fixing spray.  This allows your makeup to stay put all day as well as still looking natural and dewy, which is my personal preference.  There is no harm in a little shine creeping up during the day, it’s just adds to the natural look.
My favourite: Banana Powder by Ben Nye

4. Using two different brands of foundation

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I only do this when I feel like I need a little extra coverage or for special occasions/nights out.  I like to apply one layer of one foundation and then another layer with a different brand.  I find this combination gives you an extremely flawless finish and I guess it works a little like the two brand mascara trick above.
My favourites: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation and Makeup Forever HD Foundation 

5.  Eye makeup followed by concealer/foundation

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I always apply my eye makeup first, followed by foundation and then concealer.  I find if you apply your eye makeup after foundation and concealer, no only are you at risk of fall out but also at risk of finger marks which can happen when applying eye makeup in this order.  Your makeup will look more fresh when doing it this way.

I would love to hear of any tips and tricks you may have.  What works well for you?  I’ll see you soon X.O.

Natural Hair Oils – Why They Are So Good For You

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Daily stresses, heat appliances, time constraints all lead to us neglecting the health of our hair.  But once the damage is done, it is irreparable and the long road to recovering healthy strong hair can be difficult and take months if not years.  Therefore, it is extremely important to maintain the strength and health of your hair at all times.

Hair is dead.  Yes, once the hair follicle reaches the skin’s surface, the cells within each strand of hair are not alive anymore. The hair on your head (and anywhere else on your body) consist of dead cells.  Therefore once damaged, the hair shaft is unable to repair itself.  It is imperative to factor in a haircare routine to ensure your hair is healthy inside and out.  One thing I have always sworn by is hair oil.

Hair oils have been used for many centuries in India and many other countries and used from a young age to promote and preserve long healthy dark hair.  Coconut oil is one of the mostpopular hair oils to use but there are so many out there that are just as good and still used today:

Coconut Oil
Olive Oil
Avocado Oil
Argan Oil
Almond Oil
Black Seed Oil
Amla Oil

The oil, when massaged into the scalp, is absorbed into each hair follicle which penetrates each new hair and nourishes and strengthens the growth of each individual hair shaft.  If you continue to do this regularly, whether it be daily, weekly or monthly depending on your preference, you will notice over time, the improvement in the health of your hair, including the thickness, shine and even length.

I personally massage the oil into my scalp at least twice a week.  I leave the oil in overnight and wash out the next morning.  When I am short on time or I just fancy a quick hair treatment during the week, I massage the oil into my scalp, taking it through the lengths of my hair, tie up in a bun and wash out about an hour later.  Even if you leave the oil in for 20 minutes, you will still benefit.  It all depends on your routine and lifestyle.  Some weeks, I don’t treat my hair, due to being busy or even forgetting and trust me, I notice the difference.  Sometimes, it’s just nice to massage the oil into your scalp after a hard day at work, that way you feel relaxed and your hair gets a mid-week treatment.  You will also find, with continued use of hair oils, hair fall will decrease, which is why, after some time you will notice an improvement in the thickness of your hair.

Remember, you don’t need to spend a huge amount on name brand hair treatments, when you probably have them right in your kitchen cupboard!

Do you use any particular hair oils to maintain the health of your hair? I’ll see you soon. X.O.

How I store my makeup brushes

So, if you are like me and have a ton of different makeup brushes, it can get quite disorganised and messy on the dressing table and quite frustrating when you are looking for a particular brush and you just can’t find it.  I used to get really annoyed with them being in a makeup bag, or a drawer or just lying around.  So here is a simple way to store your makeup brushes, looks cute on your dressing table and most of all actually stops them from getting damaged : )

I purchased these vases from Ebay, (you can get them in glass or acrylic but personally, I like the glass vases) which you can get  for a reasonable price.  I also purchased these clear pellet granules which are super duper cheap, and really help to keep the brushes separated, and standing upright.   Fill the vase about a third of the way, and pop your brushes in.  So simple, organised and pretty.

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I love how it looks on my dressing table. See?

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Another little trick I have is to clean out glass candle jars once they are finished, and store cotton buds and cotton pads in them, just like this : ) How cute!

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How do you store your makeup brushes? I’ll see you soon. X.O.

Shellac Manicure – At Home

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Are you fed up of chipped nail polish as soon as you have painted your nails? Or do you never seem to be able to obtain the high shine achieved in a nail salon? I Well say goodbye to chipped and smudged nail polish and say hello to professional high shine nails which you can achieve right in your very own home!

I recently discover Shellac Gel Polish and taught myself how to give myself a Shellac Manicure at home.  After mastering this technique, which is extremely easy, I cannot see myself going back to using normal nail polish ever again.  Why would I when my Shellac Manicure doesn’t chip, lose shine or smudge straight after it’s been done?  Perfect for ladies on the go who just don’t have time to deal with chipped nail polish.  I can say those days are well and truly gone!

So firstly, you need to purchase your kit.  At first it may seem a little pricey, but I can assure you it’s worth the investment.  If you are anything like me, you will become totally addicted and want to purchase every colour!

So for your kit you will need:

These are the products I have purchased for my kit but you can shop around for alternatives that are similar to the items listed above.

Here is a step by step guide of how I achieve gorgeous manicured nails which last up to two weeks!

  1. File your nails into the shape you want so they are neat and tidy. Push back/clean up your cuticles with your clippers so the nail bed is prepared for polish.  Rinse hands under warm water to remove any nail dust.
  2. Soak a cotton pad in CND Scrub Fresh, press onto each nail and rub for a few seconds.  This will remove any excess oil which we don’t want, otherwise the base coat will not adhere to the nail properly.  This step really helps the longevity of your manicure.
  3. Complete step 3 – 7 on one hand before moving onto the next.    Apply one coat of base coat onto each nail  and cure under the UV light for 15 seconds.
  4. Now you are ready for your first coat of colour.   Applying CND Gel polish is exactly the same as painting your nails with nail polish.  Try not to get too close to your cuticles as this will cause lifting of the gel after a few days.  Keep the coat thin, as I have noticed when the first coat gets to thick, it can cause wrinkling whilst curing.  Now cure your nails for 90 seconds.
  5. Repeat step 4 one more time.  Sometime, if I want a more opaque look, I add a third layer, this is totally up to you and as you get used applying Shellac nail colours, you will figure out what you like.
  6. Once you are happy with your colour coat, add a good amount of top coat on each nail and cure for 15 seconds.
  7. Soak a cotton pad in Isopropanol Alcohol and rub each nail to remove the sticky film and you will be left with super shiny nails, that won’t smudge at all.  Now you are read to move onto your other hand.
  8. Add a little cuticle oil to each nail and rub in.  You can do this every day to help keep your nails happy and healthy.

When you are ready to remove your manicure you can do so by either purchasing ready-made foil wraps which you soak in pure acetone, wrap around your nails and within minutes the gel will easily come off.  Or like me, you can make your own with cotton pads and foil at home.  Just cut up a cotton pad into quarters, place on a cut out rectangle of foil which will easily wrap around your finger, and wrap away.  Easy!

That is it.  You are now set for the next two weeks, and trust me you will get many many compliments.  I often get asked if I have had my nails done professionally.  I do my manicure every two weeks and I can tell you, it saves me a ton of money : ) Plus I really enjoy doing it.  There are ways of mixing colours and if you are interested on how I do this, do let me know.  I’ll see you soon. X.O.