Saturday, June 28, 2014

Summer hair and skin care tips

Hello everyone!

When temperatures rise, your hair and skin need extra TLC.  Here are some summer hair and skin care tips for you:

  • If you ended up with sunburn, here are some home remedies that can make you a bit more comfortable! - SOS - Sunburn 
  • Here are some tips and tricks to ensure that your hair does not get damaged this season. - Summer hair care
  • A great way to get rid of oil on your skin, without messing up your make-up is by blotting.  Here’s how you can make your own DIY blotting sheets! - DIY: Blotting sheets  


Do you have any tips that work for you?  Share your beauty secrets in the comments section below! 






Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Outfit inspiration - Skater dresses

Hello everyone!

In the Summer I love wearing dresses, especially fit-and-flare silhouettes.  Skater dresses are my favourite at the moment; they are versatile, trendy, and universally flattering.  A skater dress is fitted at the waist and flared out into an A-line silhouette (fit-and-flare), reminiscent of a figure skating outfit.  

The cut of the dress is perfect for just about any body shape.  Just make sure to get the right dress size, nothing too loose or too tight.

How to wear skater dresses:
Skater dresses are really easy to style.  Just add a pair of shoes, and a slim belt to help accentuate the fitted waist even further.  I you want to accessorize, stick to only one patterned piece.  So, if you have chosen a printed dress, accessorize with solids, and vice versa.
What do you have to say about the skater dress?  Do you own any?  If so, how do you style them?






Sunday, June 22, 2014

Weekly recap #2 + Vintage makeover videos

Hello everyone!

It's time for another weekly recap!  In case you have been too busy to read my posts this week, now is the time to catch up!  I also found some interesting videos I want to share with you in this post!

Weekly recap:

Monday, June 16, 2014 - Have you been using bobby pins the wrong way?
Saturday, June 21, 2014 - DIY: Natural deodorant
Sunday, June 22, 2014 (NEW) - Bo-Po Nail Polish review + giveaway

While browsing through the British Pathé YouTube channel, I came across many vintage beauty and fashion related videos.  I thought I'd share three makeover videos from the 1930's and 1940's with you.

Check them out and leave your comments below. 

 

Pathé News was a producer of newsreelscine-magazines, and documentaries from 1910 until 1970 in the United Kingdom.  In April of this year, British Pathé uploaded the entire collection of 85,000 historic films to its YouTube channel to make the archive more accessible to viewers all over the world.




I want to know what caught your attention most during these videos!  What are your thoughts on the measuring tools and the vintage contouring?  The beauty industry has come a long way. :)

Don't forget to enter the Bo-Po Nail Polish 2 pack giveaway.  Click here for more details!





Bo-Po Nail Polish review + giveaway

Hello everyone!

I don’t know about you but I never understood why a lot of parents paint their kids' nails, on regular basis.  Most nail polishes contain a cocktail of harmful chemicals and require more chemicals to be removed.
I had the opportunity to try out Bo-Po (Brush on - Peel off); child-safe nail polishes and I couldn't wait to talk to you about them!




What makes Bo-Po nail polish so unique?


Bo-Po nail polish does not contain or require the use of any harmful chemicals for application or removal.  Bo-Po proprietary ‘peeling technology’ allows the colour to simply peel away from the nail.  

Bo-Po is a unique, non toxic, child safe formula that dries in seconds.  It comes in 10 vibrant colours to collect.  Kids can brush on their own nail polish then peel it off.  The new Bo-Po nail polishes are also great for the little ones to use without supervision because Bo-Po bottles are spill proof Any excess polish on skin, clothing or other hard surfaces can be easily peeled off or removed with soap and water

For more information, check out the frequently asked questionshere


Note: Bo-Po tints are semi-transparent. Create cool effects over Bo-Po solid coloured nail polish or use tints right on natural nails!


Kid safe ingredients:

Water, Methyl Methacrylate, Acetoacetate, Polyacrylic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone, Vanilla. 

May contain dyesTitanium Dioxide, D&C Yellow no.10 AL LAKE, D&C No.7 CA RED LAKE (Light), Ultramarine Blue, D&C Red No.6 BA LAKE, Iron Oxide Red, D&C Red No.36. 

Pros:
  • Child safe ingredients
  • Smells great
  • Vibrant colours
  • Quick drying time (under 1 minute)
  • Peels off instantly
  • No nail polish remover required
Cons:
  • None! :)
If you have any little ones in your family who love nail polish, Bo-Po is the perfect product for them.  Bo-Po is non-toxic and safe for ages 3+.  This nail polish is targeted for little girls but big girl like it too! :)  If you live in North America you can enter this giveaway for a chance to win this duo pack!


All you have to do is; leave a comment below, then click HERE to validate your entry and find more ways to enter!

Open to US and Canada residents only.  Confirmed winner will be contacted by email.  The winner has 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.  The sponsor will be responsible for product shipment to the winner of this giveaway.  Cosette's Beauty Pantry is not responsible for product shipment/delivery.  

Good luck!

Oh, and check out this cute commercial:


Bo-Po Nail Polish can be purchased from the following US retailers:

Amazon 
Nordstrom
Burlington Coat Factory

Bed Bath & Beyond
Learning Express Toys Store  
Bealls Florida Department Stores
The Johnson Smith Company

Find Bo-Po online:


Website 
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest


I absolutely love this product!  What do you think?  Leave a comment to enter the giveaway.  And click here for more chances to win!






I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

DIY: Natural deodorant (solid)

Hello everyone!
Many deodorants and  antiperspirants, including those labelled as "natural", contain a long list of chemicals that are not-so-healthy, including some that are potentially connected to breast cancer.
If you read my March favourites, you know that I raved about Nivea Deodorant Pure & Natural Action, which is aluminium-free.  Still, aluminium-free doesn't mean 100% natural and chemical-free and this is why I wanted to try a DIY recipe!  Here it is... 
You will need:
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp Shea butter
  • 3 tbsp of baking soda
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot powder
  • 6-10 drops essential oil/s of your choice
  • a glass gar or a deodorant container

Method:
  1. Melt the coconut oil and Shea butter on a stove top burner.
  2. Once melted remove form heat.
  3. Mix in the baking soda and arrowroot powder (this is one of the ingredients I use in my DIY translucent powder!). 
  4. Add the essential oil/s of your choice.
  5. Let the mixture cool for a little while, then pour it into the glass gar or deodorant container.  
The last step reminds me of the DIY: Blemish killer stick; that time I used a lip balm tube! :)

Tips:
  • You can reuse an old deodorant container or you can even buy some from Amazon or eBay. 
  • Keep the deodorant in the fridge, especially during the hot Summer months!
I hope you like my recipe.  Have you ever used a natural deodorant?  If you have a different recipe, let me know, I love trying out new stuff!






Monday, June 16, 2014

Have you been using bobby pins the wrong way?

Hello everyone!

Did you know that there is a right way, and consequently a wrong way, to use a bobby pin?  I recently learned that the correct way to insert a bobby pin in your hair is with the wavy side down!  It turns out; I've been wearing bobby pins the wrong way my entire life.


The wavy side is designed to grip your hair in place and the flat side is meant to push it down and hold it in place (duh!).  If you have a hard time keeping your bobby pins in place, try flipping them over.  Make sure the wavy side is facing down, against your head.  The straight side is slicker and won't grip as well as the wavy, more textured side.  This makes perfect sense, right?
Have you been using bobby pins the wrong way too?   Leave a comment and let me know!





Sunday, June 15, 2014

Weekly recap #1

Hello everyone!

If you have been too busy to read all my amazing posts this week, now is the time to catch up!


Sunday, June 08, 2014 - What Goes With This?
Check out the first two outfits I recommended on WGWT!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - Premier Dead Sea Eye Duet Kit Review
Whenever I use these two products, the skin around my eye area looks and feels smother and healthier.

My skin looks and feels fantastic after using this. 

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - Have you heard of Born Pretty?
Born Pretty overview and 10% coupon code.  Check out my picks!

I absolutely love this product!  If you are looking for a great clay mask I absolutely recommend this! 

Let me know your favourite post from the week!







Saturday, June 14, 2014

Jenny Lee Organic Nourishing Green Clay Face Mask Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Hello everyone!

I was offered a chance to try the Jenny Lee Organic Nourishing Green Clay Face Mask recently, and I was excited to try it out.

Jenny Lee salon is a small friendly family run salon based in the heart of Nottinghill  with its own line of beauty products.  All Jenny Lee  clay  masks  are made with organic products  were possible  and  are fresh and  invigorating.  Their range of masks  stimulates,  hydrates, nourishes  and may help the skin to restore its suppleness.

Product description:

Jenny Lee Organic Nourishing Green Clay Face Mask (sample)
A light, soft setting mask to energies dull tired complexions so to reveal a radiant and youthful glow.


sample packaging
Price:

 £9 from the official website (50ml)

Directions for use:

Apply a thin layer of mask on a clean face and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes.  Then, wash off completely.
This mask can be applied 2 to 4 times a week.  For best results, steam face for 10 minutes first.

Ingredients:

Rose Water Preservative, Eco-Organic Green Clay, Vitamin E Oil, Evening  Primrose Oil, Sandalwood Oil.

My experience:

I have acne prone skin and clay mask are a must for my skin type.  The Jenny Lee Organic Nourishing Green Clay Face Mask has a cooling effect on the skin, it feels incredible.  It has a distinct scent, but not overpowering.


This mask is "soft setting", meaning that it does not harden and crack on your face like many other clay masks I tried.  I was surprised by how easy it was to rinse off!  It left my skin feeling soft and silky smooth. 

I absolutely love this product! If you are looking for a great clay mask I absolutely recommend this!


To find out more about Jenny Lee products, check out their website and Facebook page!







I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Have you heard of Born Pretty?

Hello everyone!

I have an announcement to make.  I'm teaming up with Born Pretty Store!   

If like me, you love
jewellery and accessories, as well as hair decorations, here's your chance to get those items and much more at very low prices!  The prices are very affordable to begin with but even-so, I have a discount coupon for you. ;)  All you have to do is enter the code SETT10 at the check out to get the 10% off discount! :)  Although the prices are low the products are still good quality.  Keep reading for more details on when and how to use the code!  

If you are not familiar with Born Pretty; here's a little taste!  These are a few items I like and the links to the products.  Go and check out the prices, you won't believe your eyes.  I absolutely love Born Pretty Store; I can literally spend hours browsing through their products! 
  1. Earring Retro Tibetan Silver Blue Rammel Water Drop Tassels Design
  2. Earring Fashion Dazzling Rhinestone Metal Chain Multicoloured Gem Tassels Design Creative Crescent 
  3. Necklace Fashionable Gold Plated Sweater Necklace 
  4. Creative Crane Necklace Cute Necklace Boho Collar Necklace
  5. The Arrow of Love Bracelet Anchor Ship Thallium Multilayer Multielement Adorn Article
  6. Vintage Bird & Leaf Pattern Braided Bracelet Cute Bracelet
  7. 4Pcs/set Ring Cute Heart & Leaf Shaped Ring Boho Ring Gold Plated Ring
  8. Personalized Ring Retro Fashion Classic Gold And Silver Hollow Joints Rings


  1. Stylish British Romantic Olive Leave Hair Band Gold
  2. Stacked Boho Kallaite Hair Band with Multi-Tassels
  3. Women's Updo Hair Bun Twist Tool Braid Holder Clip Pull Sponge Hairdisk
  4. Stylish Bohemian Flower Hair Band Elegant Coloful Hair Band
  5. 1Pc Aulic Style Golden Hair Clip Rhinestoned Tassel Design Hair Comb


Note: The 10% discount is only applicable on non-sale items from those 2 categories.

Born Pretty Store also has lots of other things for sale and there is always FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE!  How awesome is that? 

Born Pretty Nail Art

Don't miss out on a great opportunity!  Enjoy shopping and don't forget to use the discount code SETT10.  

What do you think of my picks?  Leave a comment and let me know! 





Wednesday, June 11, 2014

GRATiAE Cosmetics Moisturizing Renewal Cream Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Hello everyone!

Another luxury skincare product I got to try is the GRATiAE Cosmetics Moisturizing Renewal Cream.  It's a moisturizing cream with anti-aging properties and I can honestly say that it is one of the best creams I have ever tried.

GRATiAE - Organic Beauty by Nature is specially designed for both men and women who care about true quality and appreciate natural, organic, and healthy skin-care products.  With GRATiAE your skin will glow with health and inner beauty.

Product description:

GRATiAE Cosmetics Moisturizing Renewal Cream (50ml)



An ultra-fine moisturizing cream specially formulated to instantly penetrate and treat the skin for immediate hydration.  Combining a blend of pure plant extracts and thermo-mineral water, it leaves the skin feeling intensively moisturized, smooth and soft with a youthful glow.

Price:

 €157.29 from the European website and  $129.99 from the USA website 

Directions for use: 

Onto cleansed skin, apply the cream in soft circular motions until absorbed.

Ingredients:

Aqua / Deionized Water, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Buxus Chinensis Oil / Jojoba Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil / Sweet Almond Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Isopropyl Myristate,Aqua / "Three Graces" Thermomineral Water, Avena Sativa Kernel Extract / Oat Extract, Citric Acid, Perfume / Fragrance, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Hamamelis Virginiana Extract / Witch Hazel Extract, Lecithin (Liposome Complex),Retinyl Acetate, Tocopherol, BHT, Mentha Piperita Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice / Aloe Barbadensis.

My experience:

The product comes in a light green, thick glass jar with a golden lid.  When you open the gold lid you find a seal that acts as a protective lid.  The product also comes with a small spatula.  Whenever a cream comes in a pot, like this one, do not put your fingers in it.  Always use the spatula when provided, or else use a cotton swab, to avoid contamination.



This moisturising cream is very rich.  It is thin and non-greasy once you apply it to the skin.  It is light weight and is quickly absorbed by the skin.  It instantly makes my skin soft, very smooth and hydrated.

You only need to apply a small amount, I only use the amount you see in the 3rd photo below.  It goes on very smoothly and there is no need to pull the skin.  This moisturiser did not upset my sensitive skin at all, in fact I saw an improvement in the overall appearance of my skin, after just one application!  This product is amazing!


My skin looks and feels fantastic after using this.  As I told you in my previous product review, if you can afford it, go ahead and buy it.  Your skin will love it, without a doubt. 

Visit  GRATiAE






I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Premier Dead Sea Eye Duet Kit Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Hello everyone!

I recently had the opportunity to try two amazing luxury skincare products from Dead Sea Premier Cosmetics Laboratories Ltd.

Dead Sea Premier Cosmetics Laboratories is an Israeli cosmetics and skincare company that manufactures its products using mineral components extracted from the Dead Sea.  It was founded in 1990 and is part of Hadan Group, which has been specializing in cosmetics since 1979. (Wikipedia)

Dead Sea Premier’s philosophy binds together two elements: the glorious wisdom of nature and advanced scientific technology.  Premier takes natural plant extracts and minerals from the Dead Sea and by utilizing patented and cutting-edge technology, makes luxurious, effective skin-care that far exceeds your best imagination about beautiful skin.

Product description:

Premier Dead Sea Eye Duet Kit Limited Edition - Eye Serum (35ml) and Eye Cream (35ml)


Eye Serum - A secret composition of soothing active ingredients specially adapted to nourish the sensitive skin around the eye area. It performs triple firming actions for rejuvenation, moisturisation, and anti-ageing. This unique Liposome Complex and oil-free serum moisturizes the skin causing a lifting effect. Thus, wrinkles are reduced, the skin is smoothed and rejuvenated, skin tone is restored, and its structure reinforced.
Eye Cream - This ultra-modern formula is suitable for all skin types. It consists of the best anti-ageing ingredients: Dead Sea minerals, Liposome Complex, Dunaliella Seaweed, natural Aloe Vera, Oxygen, Vitamins E and A. It moisturizes and hydrates the very delicate skin around the eyes. It helps diminish dryness and fine lines and reduces puffiness.
Price:

556.59  from the European website and $599.99 from the USA website

Directions for use:

Eye Serum - Prior to application cleanse the contour of the eye. Apply 2 to 5 drops onto fingertips and massage gently onto the delicate eye area. Use twice daily. For best results, Eye Cream should be applied after the serum has been absorbed into the skin.
Eye Cream - Gently massage the cream in circular soft movements around the eyes. Apply make-up as desired.
Ingredients:


My experience:

The limited edition box alone is enough to impress you.  The box is spacious and it holds the cream and serum intact.  From the packaging itself you can tell that it is a luxurious product.  Both the eye cream and eye serum come in a blue-green glass packaging with golden cap.  The eye serum comes in a bottle with pump while the cream comes in a round jar.

The eye serum is a clear gel and you need to dab only a small drop.  The serum spreads easily and dries quickly.


When you first open the eye cream jar you will find a seal which needs to be removed to take out the product.  There is an inner cap that keeps the eye cream from getting on the lid.  The eye cream is rich and creamy and it hydrates and moisturises the eye area.  Like the serum, it is also absorbed quickly by the skin.




I don't have any lines or wrinkles around my eye area but I can still see the difference on the days and nights I use these two products.  The skin around the eye area looks and feels smother and healthier.  My mother, who is 55, also tried this kit and she swears that her fine lines and wrinkles appear reduced.  

I know that this kit is pricey but if you really want to see instant results and can afford to splurge on high quality, luxury skincare products, the Premier Dead Sea Eye Duet Kit is definitely worth a try.

Visit Dead Sea Premier Cosmetics Laboratories Ltd.






I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

 

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