Monday, October 27, 2014

Natural pre-dye hair treatment

Hello everyone!

Most people love to colour their hair, either for change or to cover white hair.  Unfortunately, the effect of hair dyes can be devastating.  All conventional hair colours contain hydrogen peroxide.  This causes severe damage to hair and scalp.

So what should you do?
Treat your hair naturally as much as possible and always prepare your hair for dyeing in advance.  
Coconut oil hair treatment before hair dyeing does miracles.  Trust me, I've done it several timesCoconut oil is the best choice for you to save your hair all the damaging consequences of dyeing and bleaching your hair.

How to use coconut oil as a pre-dye treatment:
  1. Cleanse hair from any other oil or conditioner.
  2. Apply warm coconut oil to dry hair.  
  3. Message the scalp with coconut oil then spread it to your whole hair.  
  4. Coat all of your hair with coconut oil from root to tip.
  5. Leave it for at least one hour then dye your hair as you usually do.  DO NOT WASH OFF THE COCONUT OIL!
I like to sleep with coconut oil soaked hair the night before, then colour my hair as usual the next day with the oil still in my hair.  This treatment leaves my hair soft and conditioned and my hair colour is even and vibrant.



How does it work:
  • The science behind it says that coconut oil is a natural chelating agent which chelates the damaging iron and copper produced by the chemical reaction which happens when you use peroxide on your hair.
  • It protects the hair from the damaging effects of peroxide, by making a natural protecting cover for hair.  It protects the hair from the outer layer to the deepest layer.
  • Coconut oil binds to hair protein molecules, thus protecting the hair from losing its main building block (protein).
  • An additional benefit from coconut oil is that, it increases the dye uptake by the hair which gives a harmonious and vibrant hair colour result.
Have you heard of this treatment before?  If you have tried it, share your experience below!





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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Tag post: Sweater weather!

Hello everyone!

Although it doesn't feel like autumn here in Malta, yet, I thought it would be fun to do the Sweater Weather Tag!  So, here are some of my autumn favourites...


Favourite candle scent?
I'm obsessed with Yankee Candle, especially the fruit and food and spice fragrances.  I can't get enough of the Sweet Strawberry smell!

Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?
I never drank coffee in my life.  I drink green tea, rooibos red tea and herbal teas.  But I also love my vegan hot chocolate (hot rice drink or oats drink with pure cocoa powder).

What's the best fall memory you have?
Watching horror movies and classic TV specials around Halloween.

Which make-up trend do you prefer: dark lips or winged eyeliner?
I wear both but if I had to choose I'd pick winked eyeliner. 

Best fragrance for fall?
When it comes to perfume, I like what I like regardless of seasons!

Favourite Thanksgiving food?
Malta doesn't celebrate Thanksgiving.  

What is autumn weather like where you live?
Mostly warm sunny days and slightly cooler evenings.  Currently the temperature is about 25°C (77°F).

Most worn sweater?
I love over-sized knitted sweaters but I'm currently still wearing summer clothes.  It's still way too hot to wear sweaters! :(
 
Must-have nail polish this fall?
My "must-have" for autumn and winter is always a red nail polish.

Football games or jumping in leaf piles?
I'm not into sports and I never jumped in leaf piles.

Skinny jeans or leggings?
Leggings are more comfortable!

Combat boots or Uggs?
Combat boots.  

Is pumpkin spice worth the hype?
I personally can't stand it!

Favourite fall TV show?
I watch so many shows, way too many!  I can't pick a favourite.  

What song really gets you into the fall spirit?
I don't think there's a particular song that gets me into the "fall spirit".  I'm currently loving PTX Vol III and That's Christmas To Me by Pentatonix but, it's way too early to listen to the second one over and over again.


P.S. I just realised that I also mentioned Pentatonix in last year's Winter tag! #superfan


Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did!  You can answer these questions in the comment section below!







Sunday, October 19, 2014

Weekly recap #5

Hello everyone!

In case you've been too busy to read my posts this week, now is the time to catch up!  It's time for another weekly recap...  


Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - Outfit inspiration - Spirit Day 2014
I've put together two purple outfit ideas for Spirit Day; a casual and a formal outfit.  Check them out!

This is a classic and very simple costume.  



Want to dress up as Ariel from The Little Mermaid this Halloween? 


Halloween NOTD posts:

Leave a comment below to let me know your favourite post!  






Thursday, October 16, 2014

Outfit inspiration (Halloween edition) - The Little Mermaid

Hello everyone!

Today's post is another Halloween "outfit inspiration".  Want to dress up as Ariel from The Little Mermaid this Halloween? - Easy!  


Just pick up a green maxi skirt and  pair it with a cute purple bandeau or a purple tank top, if you prefer.  Include some cute starfish or seashell accessories.  When it comes to make-up; a coral lipstick and sparkly nail polish will complement the outfit.  Oh, and don't forget to put on false lashes for that cartoonish effect!  You can also add a red wig if you feel your hair isn't mermaid-like enough.

Ariel - The Little Mermaid Halloween Costume


Cutie mint pleated maxi skirt
houseoffraser.co.uk



Charlotte Russe platform shoes
charlotterusse.com




Lipstick
nyxcosmetics.com


False eyelash
nyxcosmetics.com


Deborah Lippmann confetti nail polish
6pm.com



This costume is very colourful, the complete opposite of yesterday's!  Check it out : Outfit inspiration (Halloween edition) - Wednesday Addams

What do you think of my Halloween costume suggestions?  Leave a comment below and let me know.



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Outfit inspiration (Halloween edition) - Wednesday Addams

Hello everyone!

I'm a rabid fan of everything horror, supernatural and paranormal so understandably I love Halloween.  While every little girl wanted to be a princess, I wanted to be a witch! 

The Addams Family (1964-1966) was one of my favourite TV shows growing up.  In case you're wondering, I was born in 1985; as a child I watched re-runs on Italian television.  However, I'm not a fan of the movies.  


Wednesday was one of my favourite characters on the show, she was a pale, dark-haired, grim-looking little girl who was fascinated with death and the macabre.  

Today's "outfit inspiration" is a Wednesday Addams Halloween costume.  This is a classic and very simple costume.  

Wednesday Addams Halloween Costume



John Lewis intimate
johnlewis.com


Wet Seal black boots
wetseal.com



Essie black nail polish
boots.com
If you want to dress up as Wednesday, make sure to find a black dress with a white collar.  I like the flat boots because little Wednesday wore flat boots in the TV series.  Pigtail braids and black tights complete the outfit!  You can also wear black nail polish if you want to.  


The Addams Family (1964)

Are you dressing up this Halloween?  And, are you a fan of The Addams Family too?  Leave a comment and let me know!


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Outfit inspiration - Spirit Day 2014

Hello everyone!
I've put together two purple outfit ideas for Spirit Day; a casual and a formal outfit. 

Casual outfit recommendation:

On this day people wear the colour purple to show support for LGBT youth who are victims of bullying Purple symbolises 'spirit' on the rainbow flag.

Formal outfit recommendation:


Getting involved is easy!  Turn your social media pics purple here, and wear purple on October 16th and help create a world in which LGBT youth are accepted for who they are.

Which outfit do you prefer?  Are you going to wear purple on Thursday?  Answer in the comment section below! 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Quiz: How much do you know about cosmetics?

Hello everyone!

On Wednesday, October 1st, I blogged about carcinogenic ingredients found in P&G beauty products in a posed titled,  Tell P&G to remove cancer-causing chemicals from cosmetics!  If you have not yet signed the petition, please do so now! 

If you want to test your knowledge of toxic chemicals in make-up and personal care products you can take the Safe Cosmetics Quiz created by The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.


The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is a project of The Breast Cancer Fund.


So, how many questions did you answer correctly?

I got a perfect score! :)

Share your results in the comment section below.



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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Weekly recap #4

Hello everyone!

In case you've been too busy to read my posts this week, now is the time to catch up!  It's time for another weekly recap...  


Wednesday, October 01, 2014 - Adult acne and hormonal imbalances
In women, up to 60% of acne breakouts are hormone-related. 

Please, take a minute of your time to sign this petition.

Friday, October 03, 2014 - Styling Q&A #1
Do you like the outfits I recommended?  Which outfit do you prefer?

Sunday, October 05, 2014 (Today) - Got acne? There's an app for that!
A new app is claiming it can stop acne.  Would you try the Spruce app?


Leave a comment below to let me know your favourite post!