Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Lush-ious Lip Scrub DIY

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE to wear lipstick. If I had to choose two makeup products I would choose mascara and lipstick. But I do find that my lips dry out really easily, especially wearing as much lipstick as I do. Even worse, I often find that the pigment won’t come off my dry lips and lasts into the next day or longer.
I have seen lip scrubs before at my favourite store (Lush, if you’re wondering). Unfortunately, I can’t justify dropping $10 on a teeny tiny pot of the sweet stuff, no matter how cute it may be.
Thus, I decided to make my own!
It’s less fancy looking, but tastes just as good (and works too).
It’s super easy to make as well.
1/2 tsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp liquid honey
I’m serious. That’s it. Just mix the two together in a resealable container and you’re set. I used a mason jar, but anything with an airtight lid will work just fine.
This is what the finished product will look like:
To use it, just apply a small amount to your lips with your finger and let it sit for a few seconds. Then scrub in a circular motion or rub your lips together for another minute to slough off all the dead skin cells that are keeping your lips from being perfectly smooth. Rinse (or lick) it off, and finish with a balm. I use pure beeswax from an apiarist (beekeeper) who lives near me.
The trick in this is that the honey moisturizes while the sugar exfoliates. Now, I originally made a HUGE pot of the stuff, and found it to be completely useless once the sugar dissolved.  So make a small amount and try to use it quickly, within a day or two.  

I really do highly recommend this lip scrub to anyone and everyone, it is truly fantastic.

Rating: 8/10 

Monday, 29 July 2013

Coconut Oil Hair treatment- Test and Tutorial

So the other day I tried a coconut oil treatment on my hair and I thought I would share my experience with you because I know a lot of people have been raving about how wonderful coconut oil is and how amazing the hair treatment works.
I used this oil below for my treatment.  This is a solid oil, but you can buy it in liquid form as well, and I melted it before putting it in my hair.  That took about thirty seconds in the microwave, but heat it in five second increments to prevent burning yourself.  I used a basting brush to put it through my hair, and I think it would have been much less messy to just scoop it out as a solid and run it through, as it has a really low melting point so it would have worked just as well. (And yes, I realize it says Ideal For Cooking on the label.)
I have really thick and frizzy hair with quite a bit of damage, so I left it on for two hours (too long) and covered it with a plastic shower cap and a towel. This did help to trap some heat and open up the hair follicle, so I did like that.
Here’s a tip: When you are doing this treatment, do it when you have 48 hours where you don’t have to leave your house.  I let mine sit then hopped in the shower and shampooed twice and my hair was still disgusting.  It took another shower to fix it.  But don’t over shampoo, wait for at least 12 hours so you don’t strip away all of the oils that naturally occur on your scalp because that reverses what you’ve just tried to achieve with the coconut oil.
I also recommend laying down a towel on your bathroom floor when applying the oil, especially in liquid form, and either wearing a shirt you don’t care about or not wearing one at all.  This was a very messy endeavor.
In the end, I'm not super impressed with the results and thought it was messy and annoying.  I didn't even notice a huge difference in my hair afterwords.
Verdict: 5 stars/10

Sunday, 28 July 2013

In the beginning...

Hello there! I'm Laura.  Just your everyday, average girl really, with a small room and a big dream, and an even bigger love for fashion and beauty.

This blog is going to feature some of that passion I have.  There will be tons of beauty and fashion picks, things I am loving, things I didn't love so much, and heaps of recommendations.  And there will also be the occasional tutorial!  I promise, if you follow this blog there will always be something for you to love (hopefully just as much as I do).

Feel free to interact with me.  Respond to my posts, tell me your own thoughts on the products I recommend.  I want to hear from you! Because this blog is just as much about you as it is about me :)

See you all soon! <3