Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Tell P&G to remove cancer-causing chemicals from cosmetics!

Hello everyone!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease.  Unfortunately a great amount of beauty products still contain cancer-causing ingredients.   

Even the lowest levels of carcinogenic chemicals, can be very harmful when found in products used every day like; make-up, skincare and hair products.

I just signed an online petition asking Mr A.G Lafleythe Chairman of the Board, President, and CEO of P&G, to remove cancer-causing chemicals from cosmetics.  Keep reading to find out more about this campaign!

"The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found cancer-causing chemicals in a number of cosmetics made by Procter & Gamble (P&G), including their Cover Girl blushes, mascara and eye shadows, Olay anti-aging creams, Max Factor mascara, and more.

Even P&G’s Pantene Beautiful Lengths Finishing Crème – which is marketed with a pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness – contains a chemical linked to cancer!

Carcinogens have no place in anyone’s beauty routine.  Even low levels of cancer chemicals add up to real harm when they are found in products used every day, from shampoos and other hair products, creams, blushes, and nail polish.

P&G can and already does make personal care products without toxic chemicals linked to cancer.  P&G can become a leader and a true champion for women’s health by making cosmetics without cancer the new industry standard."

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is a broad-based coalition, housed at the Breast Cancer Fund, working to clean up the beauty aisle through public advocacy and market campaigns designed to eliminate dangerous chemicals linked to cancer, 
reproductive harm and other adverse health impacts from cosmetics and personal care products.

Please, take a minute of your time to tell P&G to remove cancer-causing chemicals from cosmetics!  Take action!

Adult acne and hormonal imbalances

Hello everyone!
Although acne usually begins in puberty, it is not restricted to any particular age group.  Adults in their twentiesthirtiesforties even fifties can develop acne.  
Acne after puberty affects women more often than men.  Even women who managed to avoid breakouts as teenagers, can be affected by hormonal acne later in life.  In women, up to 60% of acne breakouts are hormone-related
Hormonal acne can be identified by the location of the blemishes.  Acne located beneath the cheekbones and along the jawline is often more likely to be related to hormonal issues than acne across the forehead or the bridge of the nose.

Hormonal imbalances can be caused by:
  • Emotional stress 
  • Physical stress
  • Hormones in animal products
  • Xenoestrogens 
  • Phytoestrogens
  • Contraceptive pills
  • Bad Diet/Poor Nutrition
  • Genetic predisposition

Watch what you eat!  Recent studies suggest that high- glycemic foods such as refined grains and processed sugars may, in fact, trigger acne breakouts.  Low glycemic foods such as whole grains, lean meat, and fish may keep acne at bay because they stabilise blood sugar and prevent insulin spikes.  
You can decrease the effect of hormonal acne by getting enough sleep, drinking plenty of water, eating lots of vegetables and exercising to reduce stress.

If you think you might have hormonal acne, the best thing to do is to discuss it with your health care provider.

Do you suffer from adult acne?  If you have more tips on how to deal with adult/hormonal acne, leave a comment below! 

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Weekly recap #3

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, September 23, 2014 - DIY: All-natural dry shampoo
This dry shampoo does not have any of the harmful chemical ingredients found in most store-bought dry shampoos.   

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - Headchains and style questions
Boho inspired outfit and inexpensive head chains

Friday, September 26, 2014  - What to wear with cut-out booties
Two recommended outfits; which one do you prefer?

Sunday, September 28, 2014 (Today) - Weightless jewellery!
Many celebrities are embracing this trend.  Did/Would you wear "weightless jewellery"? 

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

Weightless jewellery!

Hello everyone!

Decorative gold and silver jewellery inspired temporary tattoos have become a fashion phenomenon in recent months.  Metallic tattoos are perfect for the beach, the pool, parties, festivals, concerts and the club!  Even Beyoncé has sported various metallic tattoos while on holiday in Europe, including gold necklaces, bracelets and even peacock feathers!

How do you put them on?
Cut out the tattoo as close to the edge as possible and remove the clear sheet.  Place the tattoo face down on your skin and hold a wet cloth against it for about 30 seconds.  Peel the paper aside then pat gently with the wet cloth.
How long do these tattoos last?
If transferred carefully, your tattoos will last about 4-6 days depending on where you place them and how well you take care of them.  To care for your temporary tattoos avoid any soap, lotions or oils.

How do you get them off? 
Simply soak your skin in baby oil, olive oil or coconut oil for one minute then gently scrub off.

Where can you get them?
Flash Tattoos (from $20)

Born Pretty ($7.03/5.54 + Free Shipping Worldwide)
Other tattoo decals from $2.49/1.96
Set #1 - Set #2 - Set #3
When you shop at Born Pretty don't forget to use the discount code SETT10 at
the check out to get the 10% off discount!  

Lulu DK - Bloomingdale's (from $22/€21.99)

What are you thoughts on this weightless jewellery trend?  Did/Would you wear metallic temporary tattoos? 

Friday, September 26, 2014

What to wear with cut-out booties

Hello everyone!

This is a quick post to show you the latest outfits I recommended on WGWT.  I really like the ankle boots in the picture below!  I think they would look great with a dress and an open necklace or paired with skinny jeans and a top with lace detail.  What do you think?  

Click this button to ask me any style question: 

Which outfit do you prefer?  Answer in the comment section below!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Head chains and style questions

Hello everyone!

Back in June I talked to you about WGWT (What Goes With This?); an online fashion community where you can ask for and give fashion advice. 

Now you can simply click this button and ask me any specific style questions!

You can ask me what to wear with... anything! :)

What do you think of my latest recommendation?  One of the site users wanted to know what to wear with the head chain in the picture below, I suggested a boho inspired outfit.  Check it out!

If you love head chains too, take a look at these very affordable accessories from Born Pretty:

  1. Round Sheet Metal Headwrap Headband Hair Accessory
  2. Stacked Boho Kallaite Hair Band with Multi-Tassels 1pc Hair Band Copper 
  3. Fashion Punk Style Metal Chain Hair Clasp
  4. Aesthetic Multi-Tassels Hair Taenia Stylish Hair Accessory
  5. 1pc Hair Band Hair Clasp Fashion Gold Multilayer Metal Chain Design
  6. Delicate Round Sequins Hair Band Shiny Hair Clasp
  7. Glam Leave Shaped Hair Band Crystal Diamond Inlaid Hair Accessory
  8. Stunning Pearl Decor Hair Band Alloy Hair Clasp
When you shop at Born Pretty don't forget to use the discount code SETT10 at the check out to get the 10% off discount!  (More details)

I can't wait to answer your style questions on WGWT!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

DIY: All-natural dry shampoo

Hello everyone!

Today I want to share with you my all-natural dry shampoo recipe.  Dry shampoo cleanses and refreshes the hair and scalp without the use of water.

  • Arrowroot powder
  • Corn flour (cornstarch)
  • Cocoa powder (optional - for dark hair)
  • Essential oil 
Do the ingredients sound familiar?  All I did was add essential oil to my DIY translucent face powder recipe!

  1. Combine 2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder and 2 tablespoons of corn flour.
  2. Optional - Add in 2-4 tablespoons cocoa powder for dark hair.
  3. Add 6-10 drops of essential oil.
  4. Mix thoroughly.
How to use:
  • With a large make-up brush dust the powder on your roots, especially in the areas that tend to get oilier.  
  • Use your fingers to distribute the powder.  
  • Comb/Brush the excess powder out of your hair.
If you have curly hair massage the powder onto you scalp and do not brush your hair!

When to use:
  • After a workout.
  • On second or third day hair (between washes).
  • On clean hair for extra volume!
Don't use dry shampoo more than a twice in a row before washing your hair.

When used properly, not only does dry shampoo remove excess oil from your hair, it also adds texture and volume to your locks.  Dry shampoo is the perfect hair pick-me-upYou’ll have great-smelling hair and fabulous volume!

  • Use organic ingredients if possible.
  • Feel free to use any kind of essential oil you like.
This dry shampoo does not have any of the harmful chemical ingredients found in most store-bought dry shampoos.  

Will you be making your DIY all-natural shampoo?  Let me know in the comment section below!