Showing posts with label #BEAUTY. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #BEAUTY. Show all posts

What’s so good about is Shea Butter?


Shea butter is like a skin superfood that comes from the seeds of the fruit of the Shea (Karite) tree and naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F.

Not only does it offer UV protection (it is SPF ~6) it provides the skin with essential fatty acids and the nutrients necessary for collagen production.
Shea butter is becoming a trendy ingredient featured in many beauty products on the market but has been used in Africa and other countries for years to improve skin and hair.

Shea Butter Benefits
The natural vitamins and fatty acids in Shea butter make it incredibly nourishing and moisturizing for skin so it is often used to remedy dry skin and protect the skin’s natural oils.

Shea Butter Uses
Shea butter is a super versatile natural beauty ingredient which had a number of uses. Below are a few:
Moisturizer face and body
Helps ward off stretch marks
Under-eye wrinkle remover and bag-reducer
Massage butter
Try whipping it to make your own body butter
As an SPF 6 skin lotion
Use to moisturize your scalp
Melt down and mix with your fave conditioner to give your hair an extra shot of moisture
As a natural cuticle cream
To help fade scars
On sore/raw noses during a cold or flu

What Kind of Shea Butter is best?
I purchased my Shea butter during Afro Hair and Beauty live and was told that it was told was (I will try to find the name of the vendor) unfortunately mine doesn’t have the nicest smell so I tend to use it on my skin at night then wash it off in the shower in the morning and use another moisturizer for the day
I have been told that you can purchase refined Shea butters that are odor free and bleached to be completely white, but I would guess that the refining process would remove some of the beneficial properties.

Handy tip
Warm the Shea butter until it melts and mix with honey (Make sure it is not warm not hot to the touch) add to wet hair after shampooing cover with a shower cap then wrap with a towel to keep in the heat. Leave on for about 15 mins then rinse off.

Your hair will feel super moisturized and smell amazing!

Isn't it time you declutter your wardrobe?

This is something I try to do on a regular basis but let’s face it it’s not the most exciting of household chores but there are some great benefits to taking on the task.

You’ll unveil things you probably haven’t seen in a while, reveal tops that have been hiding on hangers for months and have all the things you need to create style savvy new outfits as if you’ve just bought them from a shop. You will clear space in your wardrobe too (Cough a cough) get more clothes.

Sounds good right let’s get started
I like to use a clothing rail to separate the clothes I am defiantly getting rid of and the stuff I’m not sure about.
Anything I’m keeping obviously stays in the wardrobe.
This collapsible clothing rail cost me about £20 from Amazon and is great for when I’m going to the boot sale. When I’m not using it I simply take it apart and store it in a cupboard.
My first rule is if I haven’t worn it in over a year it can go – too often I am getting rid of stuff with tags on it but I know that if I haven’t worn it yet I probably never will so there is no need to keep it.
Does it still fit? - forget about waiting to gain or lose weight so you can wear it just let it go! And if you managed to stick to that New Year’s resolution diet well done you deserve a shopping spree!!
Does it look good on me? – You may want to get a second opinion from a friend here – clearing out your wardrobe is a great chance to reinvent your look so take advantage of it. You may think that that bodycon dress looks great on you but your GOOD friends may beg to differ.
Is it in good condition?- Lost buttons, faded from being washed to many times, rips snags. 
Most minor damage can be repaired by good dry cleaners but if can’t let it go
Winter woollies are bulky and take up a lot of space. I personally like to pack them away into boxes during the spring and summer months then get them back out in autumn,

I have found that investing in nonslip hangers has given a sense of uniformity to my wardrobe and browsing easier.
JML's flocked coat hangers are the business! They are nice and thin so you save a lot of space and the flocking prevents the clothing falling off.
They also come in a range colours and for £21 for 50 you really can’t go wrong!



What to do with unwanted garments?

Ebay it up 
Why not sell it online and make a bit of money? Take a photo of it on your smartphone and you can instantly upload it to one of the many online selling sites. Kerching!

Ebay.co.uk

Get car booting

Why not haul your booty to your local boot sale?

you get fresh air and exercise aw well as make some extra money
Check out my bootsale selling tips HERE
Give it to charity
If you are a Necter points collector you can collect extra Necter points when you donate items to Oxfam – check out the website for more info
http://www.oxfam.org.uk/donate/donate-goods/tag-your-bag


If you don’t like it, don’t have it taking up space in your wardrobe!
there’s probably someone else out there who would love it, a friend or relative perhaps?

Share the love 

Don’t forget to spring clean your drawers as well!

#MACTaraji MAC X Taraji P Henson Collaboration Coming Soon!

As much as I love their products I have I had started to grow weary of some MACs collaborations.
I mean trolls.. really and the Simpsons collaboration was cute but really who wore it?

Now when I heard they would be doing a collaboration with Cookie …! Ok Taraji P Henson either way I love her and I had to take notice.

The Golden Globe winner will be launching the #MACTaraji collection next month which will 

Highlight The Truth Mineralized Skin Finish


Taraji Glow Mineralized Skin Finish



Rapid Black Ultimate Pen Eyeliner



Haute & Naughty Too Black Mascara



And last but not least an 187 Brush to make sure you get your highlight right.

All of these items I feel would be the perfect staple addition to any woman’s makeup bag so I will defiantly make adjustments to my monthly budget so that I can invest.

MAC x Taraji P will be available on the 6th September 2016


How To Take Down Braids and Twists Without Experiencing Breakage

As A Lupus suffer, full time worker and a person who likes to hit the snooze button more than once in the mornings have chosen to opt for long term protective styles which are kept in place for several weeks. While they are for promoting hair growth retention keeping a style for that long, there is no pros without cons.  Whether you have cornrows, braids, weaves or any of the other fashionable protective styles, eventually you are going to have to take them out and detangle cleans and condition your locks.

I have on many occasions been up until dumb o’clock raking out my protective style and being so tired that I am tempted to rake a come through my hair so I can go to sleep.

NO!!

Never do this the correct planning, patience and having effect products (Hey three p’s)  help you avoid having a difficult time taking down the style and ending up with hair on the floor rather than on your head.

Here are some tips on how to minimise breakage from long term protective styles and keep the hair that you worked hard to retain.

Know your hairstyle limits: Do not keep the style for too long

When selecting your next protective style ask yourself these questions about your hair:

Is it is kinky or curly or both?

Do individual strands tend to mesh or not?

Are your strands are fine or average or thick?

Does your hair shrinks when washed or not?

The answers to this question swill help to determine how long you should keep your protective style for most textures this is about 2-4 weeks for twists or cornrows

It is important not to keep the style for overly long especially if you are regularly wetting the hair.

Braids can be stretched up to 8 weeks depending on your hair texture, and the thickness of your braid (thinner braids usually last longer than thicker ones), the way you maintain the braids will also make the world of difference. It is important to keep the braids and the scalp clean and redo the braids around the hairline every 2-3 weeks is usually advised.

Condition your hair before the take down
A lot of braid wearers wait until after they have removed their protective style before giving hair a proper wash and condition. My tip is to do this day before adding 10-15 minutes to your normal conditioning time and of If you like to deep condition with heat, then do so event better. Conditioning prior to taking down allows the hair conditioner to soften hair and add moisture to it making the hair flexible but strong as it is moisturised but not wet. Deposits on hair surface will also be left over from the conditioner which soften the strands allowing them to bend easily so you hair will be in an ideal state to resist breakage from the comb stabbing at the braids or any stretching and pulling. Once your style has been removed and your hair detangled you can wash and condition your hair again.

Unravel rather than comb
You can use a rat tail comb to undo your protective style but it is kinder and gentler to unravel your hair with your fingers (murder on you manicure I know).

Get the slip right
Slip is essential especially at the ends of twists or braids. You can use whatever is your favourite product that will allow your hair to feel slippery and let strands glide past each other. I like to use a mixture of oil, leave in conditioner mixed in an old, spray bottle with water.

Give your self-time time and more time
Give your self adequate time so that you are not temped to rush and undo all you good work. It’s not unlikely for me to take a Friday or a Monday off from work so I have a long weekend to make sure doing my hair doesn’t interfere with my usual weekend errands and chores.

Wash away tension and soak your way to relaxation


A long soak is defiantly one of my small pleasures in life but did you know that there are some amazing health benefits to what some consider an unproductive indulgent act.

1.It improves your blood circulation
Soaking the body in hot water to the neck exercises your blood vessels. This is because water creates physical pressure on the body and so increases the capacity of your heart. In other words, when we're inside the water, the heart works faster and stronger.

2.Helping you to fall asleep
Hot water relaxes the body and better prepares you for falling asleep. The hot water increases the body temperature and relaxes the muscle which not only soothes us physically, but also mentally, and many of us need that peace of mind at the end of the day.


3. Staying in shape
Over-stretched Muscles, small sports injuries and joint pain can be relieved with a hot bath.


4.Cleaning the skin
Ok shower lovers Yes a shower is cleaner than a bath, but a good soak in hot water after a shower can open up the pores in your skin, then the water can get in and do a more intensive job of cleaning out  some of the dirt and toxins. This can result in fresher and cleaner skin.


5. Feeling better about ourselves
Life is stressful people, throughout the day we have many conversations and wear many hats and juggle a number of tasks, a hot bath will not only provide you with the time you need to download all those thoughts and feelings from the day. But can think about you! How do you feel, what do you want and how are you going to get it.



Potentially this could be the only time you get to simply focus
on yourself so get sexy with it!
Here are a few tips...

Mood lighting
Candles can provide intimate lighting to make you forget the world and your worries plus turning off the lights is less strain for the eyes.

Relaxing Music
Find some of your favorite music to play. Playing relaxing music while you soak is a great way to transport you from your bathroom to spa-like oasis.

Product placement
The right bath products can definable take your experience to the next level so spoil yourself. If you can avoid artificial perfumes and fragrances as they do not provide the same relaxing experience as natural products. Try out a variety of oils, bath salts, essences and bubble-baths to find the key to your temporary bliss.

Don’t forget to get clean
When you have finished relaxing, use a flannel to wash yourself all over.

You could also try Dry Brushing before your bath to make your skin feel super soft and smooth. (There are also some great health benefits to body brushing) Look for a brush with soft natural, short bristles.

One you are relaxed and clean get out the bath an envelope yourself in a warm fluffy towel before blotting dry.

Seal in the moisture by applying your favorite body lotion or moisturizer. Coconut oil smells lovely, is super nourishing and will leaving your skin feeling silky and soft. Plus it is affordable, widely available.


Keep relaxing momentum going with warm cup of fruit or herbal tea. If tea isn't for you, have a hot drink that has no caffeine in it.

Now hop into bed for an early night, just read a book or watch a film. Do anything that is relaxing to you.

What are your tips for a relaxing bath?

Joyful Homemaking








How to survive a Lupus flare


I have been thinking about writing this post for some time now and had planned to do more research but I decide to avoid speaking like a doctor and just talk from my own experiences.

The best thing is to avoid having a flair at all now there is nothing you can do to prevent flares happen there are a few things you can do to make them less likely. 

Take medications regularly and carefully and talk to your doctor or pharmacist about which over-the-counter or medication to avoid because they could cause a flare.

Take Care of Yourself
Get plenty of rest, eat well, don't smoke, and exercise—these are keys to being your healthiest self.


Relax
 Stress can be a major cause of flares, but having a chronic disease like Lupus is itself stressful! So take time for yourself and be sure to not overdo it at work or around the house.
Stay Out of the Sun
This is hell for me because I’m a summer bunny bit it is crucial. Make Sunblock, hats and sunglasses part of your daily routine and keep your time under the sun brief, and if possible plan outdoor activities for later in the day.



Survival Tips
If you listen to your body over time, you may get to know your own body so well that you'll know what causes a flare and sense when one is coming on. The warning symptoms I get are feeling more tired than usual, weakness in my muscle weakness and pain, and brain fog, I’m sure the symptoms and warning signs are fore every in is I recommend that you take note of how you are feeling for future reference.



If you sense that something is wrong please call your doctor right away. He or she can often help control the seriousness of a flare.


Don’t feel guilty

I had a major flare the week I was due to exchange contracts on my first flat. Ok now looking back buying a house is one of the most stressful things you can do so in high insight I’m not surprised that I had a flare, I literally had to get my dad to drive me to pick up my keys and hobble to the flat. Then it was right back to bed.
This was a devastating anticlimax, especially as I had booked time off work to jump in and make the flat mine and unfortunately I couldn’t do it. But on the bright side the flat is all mine and it isn’t going anywhere...




Get that ME time

 Let it be all about you; every on likes different things when they are sick and one of the things I like is my own company. I can’t be bothered for having conversations or entertaining any one, I just need the following:

My bed /or sofa for a change in scenery

Electric blanket

IPAD –This is very important
Nexflix
Youtube
Lots of drinking water
Hot bath
Epsom salts
Naughty snacks

if you can’t have junk food when your body is attacking itself then when can you?

      My faves are:
Crackers with jam
Toast with jam or peanut butter
Cheese toasties
Jamme dogers
Or if someone is willing to go and get it for me
Mac Donalds

Get over the guilt
I hate calling in sick from work, it’s always at a time when I have a have a super heavy case load which will get fobbed off on to my colleagues who will obviously love me when I return the office. Or I’ve made an arrangement to meet a friend and now it is the third tie I have cancelled and I’m feeling anxious because I know she will be super pissed with me.

Oh well Life goes on or it won’t if you keep killing yourself to please everyone.

If your friend doesn’t understand then they are obviously not your friend. Work is a different matter, but it is a good idea to speak to your HR department to help you to explain you situation to your collogues

Ride the pain
for many autoimmune diseases, a flare means intense pain. Don’t feel any guilt about relieving it with medication. 
Although many of us have the goal to get off our meds, that takes time, too.       


Sleep 
 For many autoimmune diseases, a flare means intense fatigue. Don’t feel guilty, yes you probably have clothes in the washing machine that need to be hung and the flat looks like a bomb site.
Remember that it is during sleep that your body heals and regenerates. Go to bed early, sleep in late, take naps. Let your body heal

All of those chores will be around when you are feeling better so, take all the rest you need,

Of course I’m not suggesting you sleep in your own filth, why not call in one of those      “if you ever need anything” favours friends and family like to give or  I recently came across a company called Handy who will dispatch cleaners for all your domestic needs (one time I got them to do my ironing). They even have an app.. AN APP

You can read my blog review on

Handy HERE:
And if you would like to try there services

CLICK HERE

Rest up

I know that sometimes the symptoms of a flare can make sleep difficult. Prop yourself with pillows for greater comfort, and just do your best to rest, any way you can manage it.

Detoxify

Health is a constant balance of nourishment and detoxification, and during a flare, you need support in both areas. Try one of these gentle methods: a dry skin brushing then a detox bath with Epson salts you will feel amazing I promise I have even found that hot Epsom salt baths really help to soothe aching muscles and swollen painful joints

Don’t be afraid to cry
Don’t fight those tears let them out

Remember it’s not forever
Remember that flares are temporary. When you’re in the midst of one, it’s easy to forget. Every flare I had, I feared it wouldn’t stop, even though flares, by design, are temporary all you have to do is ride them out and live to fight another day.

and you are not alone..
You are not alone!! I’m sure you have friends and family around you that support you but at the same time it’s probably hard for them to understand what you are going through and probably don’t know the best way to offer help and support.

Lupus UK offers loads of information and tips to help with coping with Lupus. They even have downloadable fact sheets that you can print off and give to your family and friends. They even have one that you can give to your employer (This one came in handy for me)

They also have a support group in Healthunlocked where everything is up for discussion, medication, depression ect. On occasion I have asked questions and have gotten amazing advice, I also try to help other members out by answering there questions if I can.

A new community I have just found out is called My Lupus Team.  They have an app that you can download to you phone. I have not been on there for long but everyone has been super friendly and supportive.

I have found hundreds of groups on Instagram, Facebook and twitter

I’m not going to list them all but here is a few hashtags you can try:

#Lupus

#Lupuswarrior

#Lupussurvivor

People put up some of the most amazing and inspirational posts that have defiantly helped me when I have been feeling down or unmotivated.
What’s your best advice for surviving a Lupus flare?

Bloggers Hangout- The Bloggers Summer Hangout Event Review


My years have flown by!

It feels like only yesterday I attended my 1st Bloggers Hangout event well if I remember correctly it was also their first event, back in 2013 when they went by the name Bloggers Love and most of their events were held at Penthouse nightclub in central London.


I have always happy to attend Bloggers Hangout event because they are a great to network with both brands and other bloggers.


To celebrate their third birthday Bloggers Hangout hosted the Bloggers Summer Hangout at the Strand Gallery over three days (Three days three years get it?)

Unfortunately my schedule only permitted me to come down on the final day but I am more than glad I did.

Pride was also on the same day so the streets were buzzing with excitement and rainbow coloured banners and flags.

I have no idea what the British weather had in mind there was rain and thunder but yet humid and warm.

Not to worry Cocktail Mania were on hand with refreshing slushy drinks.




On the invitation there seemed to be more brands on the other days which were weekdays but the offering was still great


Sass and Bell

I was not familiar with this brand but I fell in love with their wonderfully kitsch offerings. As a recent home owner I initially planned to be grown up and sophisticated but if I’m honest I’m still a kid at heart, I love pink and fun girls things and I’m not ashamed of it.

Hell sometimes your décor calls for a light up cactus or a novelty pineapple.

I will defiantly be purchasing items from Sass and Bell in the future.



T-tox  



Ok now I swear down I’m not lying..

On route to the event health freak Celetia actually said “I hope there is a tea company at this event”

Hand on my heart!

So when I saw T-tox I had to laugh.

T-tox is a Matcha powder green tea mixed with healthy goodness (Right up Celetia’s ally) I tried the energise tea which was mixed with water which was actually quite pleasant and really refreshing. Defiantly something I can add to my morning smoothie to give me a little pep in my step.








Dinki Belle Nail Wraps
The words everything happens for a reason came into my mind when I introduced myself to Dinki Bell because my nails looked JANK!

Even though I only recently had a manicure typing and my daily vice of soaking my aching muscles in a hot bath at the end of the day means that my nail varnish rarely lasts as long as it should.
And I’m also super impatient and fidgety which often results in my nail varnish getting smudged before it has a chance to dry properly.
But it is looking like Dinki Belle Nail Wraps could be my savour, I have been aware of nail wraps for a while now but never got around to trying them out, Dinki Belle has so many lovely designs. I chose the Marble effect nails wraps which to give my nails a luxe vibe. Each pack comes with 20 nail wraps and lasts up to 14 days hopefully even I can’t mess them up!




Pink Parcel


I was actually introduced to Pink Parcel last year at another Bloggers Hang Out event and reviewed them for my blog

And since then ever month I curse myself for never getting around to setting up a subscription with them.

After a talk about the brand

Pink Parcel put us to work building out own mini Pink Parcel boxes selecting from a range of products to make the perfect box.
With some many great products on offer I was defiantly spoilt for choice.

My Pink Parcel box incl
uded the following items:

     Bourjois Dark Kohl Mascara

Opi Nail Lacquer in Lets do anything we want

English Tea Shop Cranberry Vanilla Delight Tea

Jelly Ping Pong Cosmetics Super Charged Eye Shadow Duo

Jealous sweets made exclusively for Pink Parcel

A drawstring bag containing some tampons

The Mini pink parcel box also came with a Tote bags (You can always use a tote bag right?)

https://www.dinkibelle.co.uk

Oh and the lovely guys at Pink Parcel also let me build a box for a lucky reader!!

To win all you have to do is  like my Wots Her Name Again? and Pink Parcels Facebook pages and leave a comment below to register your interest

The winner will be picked at random on Wednesday 6th July 2016

Simples