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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Mother's Day 2018 | 26 pieces of jewellery under $50

Hello everyone!

Mother's Day 2018 is just around the corner.  I'm sure most mums will be happy with a call, a card, or any small gesture you make on Mother’s Day.  However, if you want to give her something sparkling and personalised but have no clue what to get her, don't panic!  I chose 26 jewellery pieces that range in style (prices run between $15 and $50).  











Shop here 👇

I hope you liked my picks.  What will you be giving your mum this Mother's Day?



Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Boost your mascara with lavender oil

Hello everyone!

As I told you in previous posts, essential oils can promote healthy hair and scalp.  In fact, I put tea tree oil in my shampoo to prevent itchy scalp.  But did you know that you can also use essential oils to help promote healthy eyelash hair growth?  Here's how...

All you have to do is put one drop of 100% pure lavender essential oil in your mascara tube right when you open it for the first time.  One tiny drop of essential oil is enough.  Then you just apply as usual.

Just 1 drop of pure lavender oil:
  • extends the life of your mascara
  • kills mites and bacteria
  • promotes lash growth
  • strengthens your lashes
  • + it smells amazing!


Notes: 
  • Some people claim to have had issues with some kinds of mascara but it has worked well with the mascara brands that I use.  
  • Only use 100% pure lavender essential oil; no added ingredients!

I’d love to hear from those of you who have tried this!  Has lavender oil made your lashes longer and thicker too?


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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

DIY: Bug repellent spray 🐛🐜 🐌

Hello everyone!

Let's talk about... bugs.  Warm spring weather means that bugs and other pests come out of hibernation.  As a vegan, I don't want to kill any bugs, but they can be extremely annoying!

Of course, many people turn to chemical sprays to get rid of them.  Unfortunately, in addition to having a very unpleasant odour, conventional insect repellents can harm people who have allergies, and even cause health issues, not to mention the harmful effects to the environment.

Fortunately, you can repel pests with essential oils.  Here's a recipe for a DIY bug repellent spray!

Ingredients:
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons essential oil/s (list below)
  • 1 tablespoon vodka or rubbing alcohol
  • 1/2 cup  witch hazel
  • 1/2 cup water (or vinegar)
  • 1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin (optional)


Method:
  1. Place essential oils in a glass spray bottle.  Add vodka or alcohol and shake well.
  2. Pour in witch hazel and shake to combine.
  3. Add 1/2 teaspoon vegetable glycerin, if using.  This helps the ingredients stay combined.
  4. Add water and shake again.  Shake well before each use.


Below is a list of bugs and pests and the essential oils you can use to repel them:

Ants: Peppermint, Spearmint
Aphids: Cedarwood, Hyssop, Peppermint, Spearmint
Beetles: Peppermint, Thyme
Caterpillars: Peppermint, Spearmint
Chiggers: Lavender, Lemongrass, Sage, Thyme
Fleas: Peppermint, Spearmint, Lemongrass, Lavender
Flies: Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage
Gnats: Patchouli, Spearmint
Lice: Cedarwood, Peppermint, Spearmint
Mosquitoes: Lavender, Lemongrass
Moths: Cedarwood, Hyssop, Lavender, Peppermint, Spearmint
Plant lice: Peppermint, Spearmint
Slugs: Cedarwood, Hyssop, Pine
Snails: Cedarwood, Pine, Patchouli
Spiders: Peppermint, Spearmint
Ticks: Lavender, Lemongrass, Sage, Thyme
Weevils: Cedarwood, Patchouli, Sandalwood  


What do you use to repel bugs and pest from your home?



Sunday, April 15, 2018

Weekly recap | 15/04/2018


Hello everyone and happy Sunday!  

Start the week off right by reading my weekly recap, in case you missed a post. 

Friday, April 13, 2018

Nails Of The Day (NOTD): Let's get lost 🌊

Hello everyone!

Today's post is another nails of the day. You can view previous NOTD posts here.  This is what I'm currently wearing...  





Essence The Gel Nail Polish (128) let's get lost

First I applied Essence's The Gel Nail Polish Base Coat, then I applied one coat of (128) let's get lost Lastly, I finished with a coat of The Gel Nail Polish Top Coat to protect, seal, and provide long-lasting shine.  


Have a great day! 


Thursday, April 12, 2018

DIY: Moisturising dry scalp treatments (4 recipes)

Hello everyone!

If you suffer from dry, flaky, itchy scalp, deep treating with a moisturising oil blend, once or twice a week, can be just what you need.  All you need are a few ingredients to rub into your scalp, leave on for a little while, and then wash out. 


Ingredients:
  • 1 tbsp carrier oil (coconut, almond, argan or jojoba oil)
  • 8 drops of essential oil 

Recipe #1 - Use for dry, itchy scalp
  • 2 drops rosemary
  • 2 drops lavender
  • 2 drops tea tree
  • 2 drops cedarwood

Recipe #2 - Use for dry, flaky scalp
  • 4 drops lemon
  • 2 drops lavender
  • 2 drops peppermint

Recipe # 3 - Anti-fungal blend
  • 4 drops tea tree
  • 2 drops lavender
  • 1 drop geranium
  • 1 drop patchouli

Recipe # 4 - Simple recipe for children over 2
  • 1 tbsp carrier oil
  • 1 drop tea tree
  • 1 drop geranium

Method:
  1. Mix your carrier oil with the essential oils.
  2. Massage the mixture into your scalp.
  3. Leave on for at least 15-20 minutes.
  4. Wash out with a gentle shampoo.

Note: 

Anytime you try new essential oils, it is best to do a patch test first.  Mix one drop of the essential oil with a teaspoon of carrier oil and place a drop on the inside of your elbow or arm.  Watch for 24 hours to ensure there is no sensitivity or adverse reaction, such as rash or redness.


If you liked this post, check out more aromatherapy posts below!

Monday, April 09, 2018

Weekly recap 09/04/2018



Hello everyone!

Yesterday I forgot to post a weekly recap, so here it is now… in case you missed a post! 


Monday, April 02, 2018
Nails of the day (NOTD): True love

Tuesday, April 03, 2018
Spring2018 wishlist

Thursday, April 05, 2018
Shhh... It's a beauty secret! | DIY: Natural toothpaste 

Friday, April 06, 2018
Twelve uses of lavender essential oil

Monday, April 09, 2018
What do all the symbols on beauty products actually mean?


Thanks for reading!




What do all the symbols on beauty products actually mean?

Hello everyone!

Do you pay attention to the symbols on your beauty products?  I certainly do!  It is vital to know the signs used in cosmetic packaging when choosing a product.  Those symbols are meant to inform the customer.

Keep reading to find out more about the 12 most common symbols...


PAO (Period after opening)
The little container with a number is the recommended use-by time after opening the product.  Most of them will be 6 or 12 "m" (months).  

Estimated symbol
This symbol is used to specify that the product is packed using "average fill system".  This only means you will get "X" amount of product, shown in grams or millilitres.

UVA symbol
The UVA symbol means that the product contains the minimum recommended level of ultraviolet protection.

Leaping Bunny
The jumping bunny signifies a product that is cruelty-free.  Both the product and the ingredients will not have been tested on animals.  So always look out for this if you only shop vegan products.

Hands with booklet
This icon means there is a leaflet attached to the product, that will tell you more in-depth about the product warnings and conditions of use.  

Green Dot
It signifies that the business pays to recover and recycle the product.  


PETA bunny
Another icon to show that the product is cruelty-free and not tested on an animal at any stage.

Certified vegan
The item contains no animal products.

Flammable
The item should not be used close to an open fire nor should it be exposed to high temperature.

Certified organic (Bio)
The product contains only organic produced ingredients.

Folded arrows
It is, of course, the universal sign for recycling.  If the symbol is stand alone, it means the packaging is recyclable.  But if it has a percentage next to it, this indicates how much of the packaging is made from recycled content.

Eco-cert
The eco-friendly stamp means that the formula will be at least 95% made from natural ingredients and if accompanied by the phrase ‘Organic Cosmetic’, it means that 95% of the plant-based ingredients come from organic farming.  If it says ‘Natural Cosmetic’, this means that only 50% of its plant-based ingredients come from organic farming.


I shop for vegan, cruelty-free products, preferably organic!  What symbols do you look for in your beauty products? 



Friday, April 06, 2018

Twelve uses of lavender essential oil

Hello everyone!

I've posted about the many benefits of lavender essential oil before, and today I want to elaborate more on the subject.  Keep on reading to find out 12 amazing uses for lavender oil...


Acne
Take a drop of pure lavender essential oil and apply to acne or pimples.  It should heal within 2-3 days.  Also read: Treating acne with lavender oil  

A migraine headache
Mix 3-5 drops of pure lavender essential oil with 1 teaspoon carrier oil (coconut, almond or jojoba) and rub it on the affected area.  Also read: An introduction to aromatherapy   

Insomnia
Sprinkle a few drops of pure lavender oil on your pillow, a tissue or handkerchief.  You can also inhale its aroma straight from the bottle before going to sleep.  It also eases anxiety and makes you feel more relaxed.  Also read: Colouring: The secret to de-stress 

Air freshener 
Fill a spray bottle with 10 oz (300ml) distilled water, use less water if your spray bottle is small.  Add 25-30 drops of pure lavender essential oil and shake well.  Also read: Blending essential oils for beginners  

Wounds and cuts
Wash the area with clean water, pat dry with a cotton ball and apply pure lavender essential oil to the affected area.  Add a few drops to your favourite cream or carrier oil to use it for chapped lips, dry and itchy skin and other skin irritations. Also read: SOS - Chapped lips! 

Hair growth and dandruff
Use lavender essential oil to massage your scalp by mixing 5-8 drops with 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil.  It stimulates new hair growth and controls dandruff. Also read : DIY: Eyebrow growth serum 

Hay fever
Inhale pure lavender essential oil straight from the bottle or keep a tissue handy with a few drops of essential oil so that you can sniff it throughout the day to lessen the symptoms of hay fever.

Flavour enhancer
Add a few drops of pure lavender essential oil to your cooking and baking to get that floral aroma.  You can also add it to your teas, jams etc.

Bug bites
Apply a few drops of pure lavender essential oil to the bitten area, it reduces swelling and pain.  Also read: Those dreaded jellyfish stings!  

Sunburn
Lavender essential oil is a great sunburn soother.  Just mix a few drops with your favourite carrier oil and apply to the affected area.  It speeds healing and prevents scars.  But remember that lavender oil should never be applied if you are going out in the sun because it makes your skin photosensitive.  It is also useful for minor burns caused by steam or hot objects.  Also read: SOS - Sunburn   

Nausea
Inhale pure lavender essential oil straight from the bottle or use an air freshener using lavender essential oil to deal with nausea and motion sickness. 

Relaxing foot soak
Take a bowl of warm water and add 1 cup Epsom salt and 10-15 drops pure lavender essential oil.  Soak your feet in the water for 10-15 minutes.  It relaxes you and helps you sleep better.  Also read : DIY: Peppermint foot scrub 


I hope you found this helpful!  Have you used lavender essential oil before?  Leave a comment and let me know what you think.



Thursday, April 05, 2018

Shhh... It's a beauty secret! #03 | DIY: Natural toothpaste

Hello everyone!

Today I want to share another "beauty secret" with you.  As a matter of fact, I have a confession to make; I haven't used conventional toothpaste in YEARS! 


Wait, I do not mean that I don't brush my teeth.  In fact, I brush and floss every day.  I actually make my own natural toothpaste by simple mixing extra virgin organic coconut oil and baking soda.  I use a simple 50/50 mixture.


Advantages of using coconut oil and baking soda toothpaste:
  • antibacterial and antifungal
  • whitens and removes stains
  • stops tooth decay
  • no colourants
  • no chemical agents
  • no fluoride
  • easy and cheap to prepare

Coconut oil is a powerful, natural antibacterial and antifungal.  It kills harmful bacteria in the mouth, including bacteria that are responsible for gingivitis.  It's great for the gums and brushing with the oil regularly can heal and prevent bleeding gums.  Brushing your tongue with coconut oil helps with oral thrush, and it has been found to stop and even reverse some tooth decay.

Baking soda is used for two reasons.  It is mildly abrasive and therefore provides a gentle cleansing and it’s alkaline.  Being alkaline, baking soda can neutralise acids in the mouth that are often at the root of tooth decay.  Plus, it also absorbs odours.

Have you ever made your own toothpaste?  What ingredients did you use?


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Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Spring 2018 wishlist ☀️👗👚👙💅

Hello everyone!

Here in Malta, the weather is finally warming up.  I don't know about you but I am so ready to change up my wardrobe and go to the beach!  This season, I’m loving bright colours, pastels, and florals.  

Below you can find my current wishlist.  Rompers are one of my favourite spring staples.  I might even be a little obsessed!  



You can click on the images below to be redirected to the website from where the items can be purchased if you're interested.

What's on your spring wishlist?  Let me know in the comments!



Monday, April 02, 2018

Nails Of The Day (NOTD): True love 💕

Hello everyone!

Today's post is a nails of the day; I haven't done a NOTD post in ages!  I stopped wearing nail polish for a while but recently I started painting my nails again.  This is what I'm currently wearing...  ðŸ’…



Essence The Gel Nail Polish (10) true love

First I applied Essence's The Gel Nail Polish Base Coat, then I applied one coat of (10) true love.  Lastly, I finished with a coat of The Gel Nail Polish Top Coat to protect, seal, and provide long-lasting shine.  You can read my review of Essence The Gel Nail Polish, here.


Have a great day! 


Sunday, April 01, 2018

Happy Easter ⛪🐰🐣🍫 | Weekly recap 01/04/2018

Hello everyone!

I would like to wish you and your loved ones a happy Easter.  I hope you have a blessed and joyful day.  If you want to know a little bit about my Easter, check out my Easter tag.



And, in case you've been too busy to read my blog this week, now is the time to catch up!  Here's a recap of this week's posts: 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Friday, March 30, 2018

Sunday, April 01, 2018



Thanks for reading.