Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 | My year in review

Hello everyone!

It's the end of the year, and you know what that means – it's time to look back at the year that was 2016.  In today's post I want to talk about my 2016.  For me, this was a year characterised by change...    

Twenty-sixteen was the year in which I became a vegan.  I've been on a "mostly vegan" diet all my life.  I've never liked meat, eggs or dairy, but I did occasionally eat chicken breast and egg fried rice.  Also, if you read my blog you know that I did use honey in my DIY beauty recipes.  Now I do not eat or use any animal products.  The reason why I am even mentioning my diet (and lifestyle) on this blog is because my skin has changed significantly since I altered my eating habits.  

My acne went away completely, which is something I was hoping for.  But not only that, my acne scaring is also fading away, which took me complete by surprise.  I was not expecting this at all and I'm not sure how or why it happened but I'm not complaining, in fact I couldn't be happier!  

This is also why I haven't blogged much this year; I did not try out different beauty recipes like I used to, because my skin has not looked this good since childhood.  For the same reason, I haven't been wearing much make-up either.  And since I'm on the subject of not wearing make-up, for some reason this year I stopped wearing nail polish altogether, I don't know when exactly, I sort of grew out of the habit.  Now I keep my fingernails quite short and "naked".     

This was also the year I changed my hair, again.  Back in summer 2016 I cut my hair to collarbone length (as I mentioned in my end of summer favourites) and I loved it so much that I keep trimming it regularly to keep the same length.  I'm obsessed with my lob because it's the easiest haircut I've ever had (and I've had a wide variety of cuts; from pixie to knee length).  It's easier to cleanse, easier to dry, easier to style and easier to manage!  Oh, and it's also easier to
dye at home.  I've also been dying it a few shaded lighter than I used too.  My new colour (6.1) is closer to my natural hair colour.     

I could say much more about this past year, but this post is getting a bit too long and I don't want to bore you, so I'm
going to end it here.

Life has its ups and downs, but I'll try my best to make 2017 an amazing year. 

How was your 2016?  What type of posts would you like to see on this blog in 2017?  Let me know in the comments section below!

May your new year sparkle and shine!

Sunday, November 06, 2016

DIY: Orange zest body scrub

Hello everyone!

Today I'm back with another DIY beauty recipe.  There is nothing easier, or cheaper, then making your own DIY scrubs.  I’ve tried quite a few and this orange zest one is my new favourite!

Here's the recipe...

  • 1/2 cup raw cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup sweet almond oil
  • 1/8 cup sea salt
  • 3 drops orange essential oil
  • Orange zest

Almond oil is light in texture, and can easily penetrate deep into the skin, softening and removing the dirt and debris accumulated in the skin pores.  This prevents blackheads and acne.  The Vitamin A content in the oil may even help reduce acne flare-ups.

Orange essential oil is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory which makes it an ideal ingredient in your skin routine.  However, this oil isn't just for acne-prone skin.  It's been shown to increase the ability to absorb vitamin C, collagen production, and blood flow, all of which are essential for anti-ageing.

  1. Mix the sugar and salt.
  2. Slowly combine the almond oil.
  3. Add the essential oil and then grate your orange peel over bowl until you feel there is enough zest.
  4. Mix all together and store in container.
  5. Use as needed all over your body.
  6. Rinse and towel dry.

Do you make your own scrubs?  Let me know in the comment section below!

Saturday, October 08, 2016

DIY: Cranberry face mask

Hello everyone!

When you think cranberries, you probable think of cranberry sauce side dishes.  But, what you should be thinking about is skin care!  Rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, cranberries are considered a superfood.  Cranberries are also great when applied topically to help ward off wrinkles, reduce redness and prevent signs of skin damage.

To bring the benefits of cranberries to your skin, whip up this easy anti-ageing facial mask.  Here's the recipe...


  1. Blend the cranberries to a pulp. 
  2. Mix in all other ingredients thoroughly. 
  3. Apply to face and leave on for 15 minutes. 
  4. Rinse thoroughly. 

I hope you are enjoying the autumn inspired DIY beauty recipes I've been posting. 


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