Rainy day hair mask

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Today was the most rainy, grey day… Not the kind of bank holiday you want to venture outdoors! We spent the most of the day indoors, snuggled up watching movies, and organizing the house after the holiday. I used the time indoors to do my favourite DIY beauty treat for post sun, sea or chlorine hair. The past week wasn’t so much sun and sand, but my hair certainly had its fair share of sun and chlorine from the spa pools in Baden-Baden, and really was in need of some hydration. I’ve posted about this mask before, but wanted to give you the how-to again and a few photos for you to see the results! It’s truly amazing, so give it a try!

Here’s my how to guide!

Step one – start with 2 tablespoons of full-fat mayonnaise

Step two – add 2 tablespoons of olive oil

Step three – add 2 egg yolks

Step four – Mix it all together really well, until you have a smooth texture.

And that’s it!

I then (with the help of my boyfriend) massaged it through the lengths and ends of my hair, and then put a shower cap on over the top. I always keep these from hotel rooms when they have them as they come in so handy! I left it on for about an hour and then rinsed with cold water (Always use cold water or you’ll cook the egg!).

My hair feels so great after this mask, and my boyfriend can’t keep running his hands though it! The colour looks brighter and more vibrant too.

Give it a try! x

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Aspirin mask

DIY beauty essentials for every travel girl! 

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Backpacks are great, everything you need on your back, leaving you hands free to roam any mountain. However, they leave scarce space for your toiletries. The usual lotions and potions stacking the shelves of your bathroom cabinet are reduced to the bare essentials. But, there are a few cheap and easy DIY tricks that can deliver just as good a treatment as the expensive products you left behind. Pack, or pick up along the way, the below, and let the hostel, tent or plane-ride pamper commence.

Aspirin mask

Aspirin mask

– Coconut oil –

So many beauty products in one. Use it as a make-up remover, cleanser, moisturiser, hair conditioner, frizz controller, lip balm, cuticle oil, shaving cream, to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy, and even for oil pulling (rinsing your mouth with oil)! My favourite is Biona Organic Raw Coconut Oil.

Biona Coconut oil

Biona Coconut oil

– Tea –

Cold green tea bags are great for reducing puffiness under the eyes, and a green tea spritz or applied with a cotton pad twice a day helps draw out impurities, detox the skin and give it a healthy glow. I also like using the good old fashioned cucumber trick for parached eyes. It sorts out redness and jet-lag bags better than any eye drops or expensive creams.

– Baking soda –

It comes in handy sachets which are perfect for rucksacks. Add this to any toothpaste and it naturally whitens teeth! It is also often used as a gentle exfoliator for congested skin, just mix it with water and apply in circular motions to the face and then rinse. And as a desperate ‘in the jungle’ measure it can even be used as a dry shampoo!

– Rosehip oil –

My ultimate skin saviour. Moroccan women have been using it for centuries, and Miranda Kerr hails it as the reason for her dewy complexion. An excellent moisturiser for adding the glow back to travel exposed skin, use it nightly, or add it to your usual moisturiser in hot weather when an oil seems too heavy. Adding a few drops to a water spray makes a great skin mist to refresh and soothe skin throughout the day. Try Trilogy’s Organic Rosehip Oil, available here.

Trilogy Natural Certified Organic Rosehip Oil

Trilogy Natural Certified Organic Rosehip Oil

– Coffee scrub –

I’ve raved about this before. Simply mix your used coffee granuals with olive or coconut oil and voila, the best, most organic scrub for your body. Plus, coffee is known to reduce cellulite, so the benefits go deeper than simply glowing soft skin.

– Asprin mask – 

This is my favourite rejuvenating peel, which costs just pennies and the results rival £100+ masks. See my how –to guide here!

– Honey –

Honey is one of my staples to carry when travelling. It spruces up breakfast, is a great natural sweetner for coffee, is great for the throat if you get a flu, and works wonders as a natural beauty product. It works wonders on dry skin and as is a versatile ingredient to add to a face mask for an extra soothing treatment. As well as in the aspirin mask, you can add honey to a few teaspoons of milk for a gentle mask. Also, for a mid-trip pamper add a few drops of lavendar oil and honey to a bath and relax!

– Surf spray –

For gorgeous, textured surfer-girl waves, surf-spray is a must. Use on damp ends, and let the beach breeze or your fingers do the work. Keep a conditioning spray to hand to refresh throughout the day to stop your hair from drying out. My favourites are Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, Schwarzkopf got2b Beach Matt Texturizing Salt Spray, and John Frieda Beach Blonde Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray. I prefer however to make my own. Use saltwater and lavender oil and store in a spray bottle… it’s an authentic surfer girl hack!

Let me know if you’ve tried any of the above, and of course feel free to share your own DIY travel beauty hacks!

Go travel and be beautiful!

14 Creative Things To Do Indoors This Autumn

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Idea 10: Egg Mayo Hair Mask

Another beauty one for this cold weather. I’ve covered face and body care, so now I’m bringing you an easy DIY beauty secret for hair. And it may sound strange, and more like a sandwich, but I promise it works! Not only was I recommended it by my hair dresser, but I’ve tried it several times and it works wonders.
It restores damaged dry hair, gives it shine and makes it extra silky. And for the price of, well, a sandwich.

How does it work?

Mayonnaise contains a lot of ingredients that are actually found in shop bought hair treatments. Oils and proteins give hair a much needed treat by moisturising and smoothing follicles; adding luster and shine. The nutrients it contains completely rejuvenate hair.

Egg yolk is a great source of protein and is rich in vitamins, and super-nurturing fatty acids. They make hair softer, shinier and much healthier. Vitamins A, D, and E help thicken thinning hair and prevents split ends.

Olive oil strengthens and softens hair and is the perfect addition if your hair is over styled and dry. It even acts as an exfoliator, making colour fresher.

Sounds good!

So, what you need:
– 2 tablespoons of full-fat mayonnaise
– 2 tablespoons of olive oil (you can also use coconut oil if you prefer)
– 2 egg yolks

Separate the egg yolks from the whites and mix together with the mayonnaise. Add the oil and hey presto, that’s it! You will notice that it’s actually a lovely texture not dissimilar to shop bought hair masks. Should you wish you can add a few drops of vanilla essence to make it smell nicer. Put onto dry hair, focussing on the lengths and ends, and wrap with cling film or use a shower cap afterwards to maximise the benefits. Leave it on for 15 minutes, no longer. Finally rinse with cold water (make sure it’s cool in temp not hot, as the egg will cook) and shampoo as usual. You will notice the results immediately!

Let me know how you get on!

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14 Creative Things To Do Indoors This Autumn

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Idea 7: DIY Aspirin Facial

This is my absolute go to, skin reforming, miracle mask! I have just got back from a week in London, and it was all about catching up with friends and having fun, so my skin really suffered as a consequence. I admit that although I usually take my makeup off at night, there was the odd night this week I didn’t, and that along with the pollution and the alcohol – well it just played havoc on my skin. A great way to clear pores and reset your skin is using aspirin. You get the effects of a professional peel but for a slither of the price!

So why does it work?
Well aspirin is made from Salicylic Acid which is a main ingredient in acne products and other wrinkle reducing skin care products. It takes away the the cells of the epidermis, the skin’s outer layer, and reveals the new skin underneath.
Honey is a soothing healing product, and can do wonders for skin. Using a little honey along with the aspirin reduces redness and inflammation and is a natural antioxidant, so works just as hard to give your skin a much needed treat.

I would recommend that for your first time using this mask you do a small patch test on a discreet part of your skin. It really is not as scary as it seems, and is rather gentle, however it is still an acid peel treatment and it is good to make sure you do not have any reactions to it. Of course if you are allergic to aspirin do not do it.

To make this mask, I use uncoated aspirin. It is important as the coating can contain ingredients that you don’t want to put on your face, but mainly that they take a very long time to dissolve. I really like using Aspar aspirin as they dissolve well but not completely, leaving a little grain which works well as an exfoliant as well.
I put two tablets in a shallow dish, add a few drops of water to dissolve (no more than one teaspoon) and once dissolved mix with a teaspoon of honey.
Apply to a cleansed face. I like using The Body Shop aloe vera cream cleanser beforehand and rinsing off to remove all makeup gently. Leave the mask for 10-15 minutes and then wash off. Like I mentioned, I like to leave it a little grainy, and then gently exfoliate in circles when I rinse.
Your skin will be baby soft, taught, fresh, and feel amazing. Don’t be surprised to feel a slight tingling sensation afterwards, and try not to use anything heavy on your skin afterwards – a gentle moisturiser works best. I prefer to do it at night and leave my skin for a few hours before putting anything on it.
Lastly, make sure you use sun cream afterwards. It is a peel, so skin will need protection from UVA and UVB afterwards.

Give it a try, and let me know what you think. I promise it works! My post-party skin is feeling fresh and healthy again – not a blemish in sight.

Enjoy!

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