14 Creative Things To Do Indoors This Autumn

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

Idea 9: Make A Photo Book

I remember the days of printing photos from my holidays and sticking them in an album. Before digital cameras were around we only had so many snaps and we shipped the film off to Boots and back it came with a reel of negatives, half a dozen blurry photos and the odd good one. I used to spend hours peeling back the sticky film pages in a photo album, arranging them, and sealing them down in place. It is great to have your photos printed, especially in a book you are proud of and takes centre stage on your coffee table. When I got back from my recent travels I spent the same amount of time making my photo album but I did it all online and now have the most beautiful, glossy book of memories, no blurry photos in sight!
It’s not a new thing, but is a great thing to do in the Autumn as it takes a long time to create and is a great way of being transported back to the summer!

Where to start. Well you need to decide which company you are going to use. I love Photobox as they are competitively priced, great quality, and their customer care is superb. There are so many companies that do online photo books that it is important to do your research. I found a great offer on Groupon for example, yet when I researched the company read so many bad things about the quality I chose to continue looking. If you are going to spend hours arranging your photos and uploading them, you want to know the end result will be of excellent quality. Once you have chosen the company decide what size and style of book you want. I love the ‘Lay flat’ style as you can display it open on whichever page you like and it sits flat on the table.

Next, sort out your photos. I did all of this on my computer as I had so many photos, and then just uploaded the ones I wanted to use. I didn’t end up even using all of them, but organising them beforehand saved time and confusion once they were uploaded. I also organzied them by page, and worked out how many pages I’d need for each place I’d visited. This was really helpful when getting to the end of the book as I knew I had enough space to fit all of my pictures.

The rest is really fun to do. You choose the layout, the style, the background, everything! The whole process was fairly straightforward on http://www.photobox.com, and I found the designer tool easy to use. You can switch between themes as well, so you can have a totally unique book.

Have a go for yourself. It is addictive and you are left with a beautiful and professional book of memories that will look great on your shelf and be a treat to look at for years to come.

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14 Creative Things To Do Indoors This Autumn

Idea 8: DIY Bookclub

If you have been following these posts you will know that for the past week I have been bringing you creative ideas to do indoors during the Autumn whilst the weather is so miserable and we can’t quite bring ourselves to step outdoors yet unless we absolutely have to.

Plonking yourself in front of Netflix or the x-factor becomes a typical thing to do when it’s raining outside, but it really doesn’t bring much positivity into our lives. I love the interaction you can have by following television shows, such as following comments on Twitter whilst watching and discussing with friends. Reading doesn’t have to be an antisocial activity either. With so many websites and apps available now to discuss books and reading, it is a more social way to spend those long cold nights that you may have realised. Joining a book club does not mean leaving the house; you can join a global book club by using an app such as Goodreads that allows you to discuss and review books from the comfort of your own home.

I absolutely love the Goodreads app. You scan the barcode of your book and then can choose to shelve it for later, add it to your now reading list or review it. Thousands of book reviews are available for every book, and you can give a star rating, write your own review or even discuss with other readers. Once you have reviewed 20 books the app generates recommendations for you, so you’ll never be left wondering what to read next again. It also allows you to track your reading process and make your own ‘to read’ list.

Have a look online for an online book club, start one with your friends via Facebook or Twitter, or follow my advice and download the Goodreads app. Get reading and enjoy!

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Find the Goodreads website here

14 Creative Things To Do Indoors This Autumn

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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