D.I.Y COFFEE SCRUB

Hi ! I’ve been seeing coffee scrubs posted all over Instagram and Pinterest for a while now, and have been wanting to try it out myself as it claims to have positive effects on scars, acne and cellulite (let’s not judge until we’ve tried it). Obviously I don’t expect it to work miracles but after researching the the individual purposes of the ingredients I can understand why it is supposed to work;

ground coffee– for reducing any swelling and redness and has toning properties

sugar– for exfoliation which increases blood flow

extra virgin olive oil– an excellent moisturiser

cinnamon– because it smells so damn good.

You can change the amount of each ingredient you use, depending on how exfoliating/moisturising/thick  you want your scrub. I used; 3 heaped tsps of coffee, 3 tsps sugar, 2 tsps cinnamon and about 3 ‘glugs’ of olive oil and then realised this wasn’t enough when it came to applying, so make sure you don’t skimp if you want to keep the skin on your face !

I was going to have a shower while this was on my face anyway and got a little carried away, applying it to my whole body. It felt a little strange at first but after getting used to the sensation it was a lovely experience, especially on the elbows and legs I found! I now get why this is good for blood circulation and reducing cellulite (along with healthy eating and exercise of course-maybe I should work on those first…)  as the scrub feels quite spikey but nice and I couldn’t believe how soft my skin was- reaaally soft. I know some people use this on damaged hair so I may as well give this a try too at a later date!

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Overall, I would probably make this again if I was having a good pamper session, its quick, cheap and easy to make and the only con for me personally was all of the cleaning up afterwards (I got it up the walls and everything)! Thanks for reading-

Lauren x

 

 

 

D.I.Y COFFEE SCRUB

BIOTIN TABLETS FOR HAIR & NAIL GROWTH

Hello! So basically, I was watching Leanne Lim Walker’s ‘How to grow your hair & nails longer fast’ Youtube video that she made in response to all of the questions about how she grows her hair and nails long and healthy, as you may have guessed. Since she looks so amazing and I am so gullible (desperate), I went to purchase some immediately. Holland and Barret is the place that she recommended and so off I went to the Intu Metrocentre store and got 2 bottles of the ‘1000’ strength tablets that were currently on offer for half price at £6.99 each! They also had some of the 300 strength ones in the penny sale but I think I need all the help I can get to be honest.

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As you can see my hair is layered and the longest section falls just above my bra strap, which may not sound mega short to some people, but after wearing different forms of extensions for around 8 years, not going to lie but I feel a lil’ bit like a boy! I don’t particularly mind my current length as such, although I would prefer my layers to grow out to the same length for a thicker look, but my barnett could definitely do with some extra TLC after all of those glues and beads I used to use for longer locks!

The back of the bottle advises that you can take 1-2/day but doesn’t specify how long you should be using the product before you will notice a difference. I will personally be taking two a day, starting from today (27.11.16), and since there are 100 tablets in a bottle I should be getting over three months worth. Depending on how noticeable the results are, I will maybe post an update in about 6 weeks to give them some time to kick in. Fingers crossed! Thanks for reading and let me know your thoughts if you’ve tried Biotin or something similar!

Lauren x

BIOTIN TABLETS FOR HAIR & NAIL GROWTH

FIRST IMPRESSIONS- NYX COSMETICS

Hi! So, I’m not quite sure why/how I’ve reached November 2016 and not tried any NYX make-up (I know, right?) especially since I’ve heard nothing but positive things about the ‘budget brand’. I think people are referring to it as this because some of the products are amazing dupes for the pricier Kylie range, especially the lip glosses, etc. However, I think I might finally be down with the kids now, as I purchased a few things from the Boots store in Eldon Square in Newcastle…

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‘Matte but not Flat’ liquid foundation, ‘Sculpt and Highlight’ face duo visage (almond), ‘Cosmic Metals’ lip cream  (08 speed of light), ‘HD Studio Photogenic’ finishing powder.

Firstly, I opted for this foundation in particular as I have been using the Maybelline ‘FIT ME Matte + Poreless’, which is great for my skin that is generally quite oily (the joys), as it does what it says on the tin- mattifies and reduces the look of my pores and scarring. I was pleasantly surprised that the NYX foundation does much the same thing but I personally find that the same amount goes further on my face and is slightly more buildable- and all for a couple of pound extra at £10. I chose a light/medium cool tone as I have yellowy/olive undertone to my skin and I love how true the pigments are so I will be purchasing more shades in the future!

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The Highlight and Contour duo stick is very much like having two contrasting concealers-which is a positive as they are easy to apply for someone that is fairly new to the contouring game, plus there is a little example photo on the box which demonstrates where to use the different shades for the best result. I find that the darker shade is harder to blend as I’ve tried with both my fingers and a brush, however the highlighter is great for around the eye area and does seem to brighten it. For some reason it hasn’t shown up in photos too much which tells me that I’m probably not applying enough- note to future self!

The ‘HD’ finishing powder is very fine, pure white powder which claims that it does not affect the colour of your foundation, even if you have darker skin. However, I mentioned earlier that my skin and foundation is usually yellow toned, after applying this powder my skin definitely has a chalky/talc powder sort of look (maybe this is why my contouring doesn’t show up too well). This being said, it also does mattify and set your foundation and I will still be using this powder either just in the ‘highlight’ areas or for paler make-up looks!

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Last but not least, the ‘Cosmic Metals’ lip cream- I would firstly describe more as a gloss as it has that sticky feel and I find it slips out of place even with liner on. However, the pigment is amazing and this particular colour gives an orangey, reddish, bronzy effect, which is actually something that I would prefer on my eyes (I’m pretty sure people actually use this for a metallic eye)! Overall, great product for those who are more daring with their make-up, whereas I think I prefer/suit a more natural look so will stick to dabbing this onto my eyelids for a more subtle bronzed feel.

On an end note, I personally think that these products are a great buy for the price and quality and I literally cannot wait to get back to the Boots store in Newcastle and pick up some of the lip lingerie’s, eye shadows and more foundation! Thanks for reading-

Lauren x

FIRST IMPRESSIONS- NYX COSMETICS

D.I.Y FEATHER LAMPSHADE

 

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Hello! Thought I’d share this quick, easy and very affordable idea to jazz up your bedroom/living room (anywhere tbh), by adding some feather boas to a lamp or light shade you already own…best thing is- it’s reversible! I’ve done this several times now when my bedroom needed a little change-up and whenever I fancy changing it back, I have my lamp back to normal so it’s sort of like having two-in-one.

Equipment;

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A LAMP OR  LIGHT SHADE
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PINS (USUALLY USED IN SEWING)
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FEATHER BOA X2

I ordered my 1.5 meter feather boas from Ebay for around £1 each and two of these covered my lamp shade (25cm in diameter) that was purchased last year from B&M, perfectly. I think you can purchase the pins from places like Wilkinsons or maybe even the pound shop!

Lets get started…

Firstly, take the end of your feather boa and stick the pin through the rope that holds the feathers together. After this, stick the pin through the shade with the feathers still attached.

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That’s basically all there is to it! Leave around a couple of inches until you pin the next section on and just keep on pinning the boa around the circumference of the shade and you should end up spiralling down (if you started at the top) until your length runs out. You then just pick up where you left off and start on your second boa and could add more if you wanted an extra thick look or if you are using a larger shade.

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Remember- the pins do not leave noticeable marks so its fine if you have to shuffle them about or decide you don’t like it/want to change it back. I think this is the best- and possibly the safest method as the heat from the light may melt the glue if you were to use a glue gun. Also, it’s just so quick with the pins, it literally took me about 5 minutes!

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And there you have it! Thanks for reading my first post! 🙂

Lauren x

D.I.Y FEATHER LAMPSHADE