All posts tagged: Beauty

My new discovery – JB Minerals

We are back from our honeymoon in Paradise! Just a month ago, Charlie and I got married on the beautiful Haena Beach in Hawaii, North Shore of Kaua’i. What a wonderful land. Since we were getting married on the beach, I didn’t want to look weird with bare foot and a ton of makeup sitting on my face. So I’ve been trying to look after my skin and hair before the trip and stocked up on some natural skincare treats to take with me to the islands. Have you ever tried mineral make up? It’s great, right?! I don’t use much of it, but I love a good product that sits nicely on my skin. Recently I discovered a new and fresh natural makeup line – JB Minerals. Their products are hand made, pure and organic, free from all sorts of nasties. A very pleasant discovery! On my wedding day I used the Light Olive mineral foundation and it was perfect for the sunset ceremony. After exfoliating my skin, I treated it to my own hand made …

Honey hair mask

What do you have in your ‘Spa at home’ cupboard? My kit usually contains honey, sugar, clay and lemon. Affordable and effective stuff. Sometimes that’s all you need to give yourself a little boost, right? The hair mask I treated my hair to yesterday is currently my number one. All you need is a squeeze of honey! You can also add a dash of juice of a fresh lemon, but I just use honey! Can it get any easier?! And so natural! Honey is glossed on your already washed hair, so you don’t really wash off the goodness of the honey with a detergent (shampoo). Here’s what you need: 2-3 tbs honey (you can use more if your hair is very long) optional: 2-3 tbs juice of a fresh lemon If using lemon, mix the two ingredients together. Wash your hair normally. Squeeze the excess water out and rub the mixture into your hair concentrating on your hair tips.  Keep it on for about 15-20 minutes. You can cover it with a shower cap. Rinse with warm water and don’t …

Luxury night moisturiser from scratch

The luxury night moisturiser I wanted to tell you about is 100% natural, lovely and very moisturising. It takes time to soak in and therefore I use it as my night cream. It’s a nice thought that after washing my face in the evening, my clean skin absorbs all the goodness while resting and regenerating overnight. After having a few drops of lovely oils left over from my other experiments, I decided to recycle them and make something lush and beautiful. So I whipped a little bit of Shea Butter and folded in the left over oils. Lovely result! You can use different oil variations and add essential oils if you wish. I literally just had a few drops of these oils: 5g Argan Oil 6g Rosehip Oil 4g Watermelon Seed Oil 4g Macadamia Nut Oil 5g Red Raspberry Seed Oil To make 100g of the cream, just add 76g of Shea Butter. It’s soft and easily manageable. Slightly melt the butter. Start whipping until soft and creamy. Add the oils. One by one. Fold in a …

Organic & natural beauty show

Organic & Natural Beauty Show is relatively new in London and not as big comparing to the Professional Beauty show I attended a few months ago. But I actually enjoyed not having to walk around hundreds of stalls and have the possibility to chat to the stall holders. Only a few brands were represented by the actual founders, but since it’s an international show, it’s understandable to have a representative who lives in London. Every stall was very colourful, vibrant and well presented, lots of interesting and beautifully designed brands and most importantly, lovely products. I am not a big make up wearer and I don’t particularly like wearing foundation and especially powder on my face, but I was assured by Samina’s Pure Makeup artist that the powder she used is ultra gentle, does not block pores and lets skin breath. It felt light on my skin and looked pretty natural, but still… not something I would wear everyday. But definitely worth checking out for special occasions. Tia & Anda’s stall attracted me with its …

Hot towel hair mask

Have you ever treated your hair to a hot towel mask? Here is what you need: 1 towel hot water juice of 1/2 fresh lemon 1-2 tbs honey 1-2 tbs almond oil  Make the mask first. I just used basic ingredients that everyone has in their kitchen. You can substitute almond oil with good quality olive oil or just use honey on its own. My hair tends to overproduce its natural oils (hence the ‘no shampoo’ hair challenge) so lemon works lovely here, it kind of controls the production of oil for a while and makes my hair shiny. I added a little bit of almond oil to moisturise my hair and the honey here works as a natural conditioner. Now that you have your hair mask ready, let’s get started. Run the hot tap or boil some water in the kettle. Be careful with the hot water and don’t burn your hands, make hand bearable temperature, not boiling hot. Soak your towel in the hot water while applying your hair mask. Massage the mask into your damp hair and …

Homemade sugar and cinnamon body scrub

I thought I’ll post a quick update on what I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this morning. As I like to say, small things bring lots of happiness! I’ve been busy and kind of tired lately to even mix up a simple face scrub. I kept nagging myself every evening and feeling guilty for not looking well enough after my skin, but after cycling home after work all I could think of was a comforting dinner and a lazy evening on the sofa… But enough is enough, this morning after having a nice cup of coffee I mixed up a coffee & honey face exfoliator and  this easiest in the world body scrub that cheered me up big time! I was planning on making a lovely sugar and cinnamon scrub and was convinced I had some ground cinnamon in my spice cupboard… But all I found was an empty bottle… luckily I had a drop of Cinnamon Essential Oil which worked perfectly. For some reason today I used spoons instead of scales… But then I thought it might be handier for the readers, as …

Soothing geranium cleanser

Our skin regenerates and rebuilds itself during the night and sleeping with makeup on we risk in depriving skin of the most quality time, resulting in premature ageing and I am definitely not up for it! Are you?! I love my oil cleanser, but from time to time I look for new and fresh ideas. I love cleansers that are easy to make, require as little as possible ingredients and are natural. This cleanser doesn’t last long so keep it in the refrigerator and use within 3 days. 1 egg yolk 25g oats a little bit of water 1 tsp sweet almond oil 5 drops geranium essential gil Start with the oats. In a bowl, cover the oats with water and leave them for about an hour. Whisk the egg together with the oil until you form a smooth paste. Add the essential oil and mix well. Strain the oats. Use the oat milk, discard the oats. Pour the milk slowly into the wash. Keep the face cleanser in a clean, preferably glass container with a lid. Oats have skin soothing and softening properties. They become …