Facial In A Bottle||| Dr Hauschka Soothing Cleansing Milk Review

Facial In A Bottle||| Dr Hauschka Soothing Cleansing Milk Review

Facial In A Bottle||| Dr Hauschka Soothing Cleansing Milk Review

Facial In A Bottle||| Dr Hauschka Soothing Cleansing Milk Review

Since the winter weather has got my skin so dry I always like using facial cleansers that bring the moisture back into it. There is nothing more annoying than using a cleanser that drys out my skin. Now the Dr Hauschka Soothing Cleansing Milk on the other hand is one that does not disappoint and its for sensitive skin. It provides that extra moisture needed during those long winter months. I always find myself running back to this winter skin saver cleanser.

What I really like about this cleanser is that it is not heavy and doesn’t leave a greasy layer either. The main ingredients in this gentle cleanser are anthyllis, jojoba and almond oil which protect the skin from the daily elements. It’s the mix of fermented grains and the bentonite clay that cleanse.The texture of this cleanser is creamy and the smell is of a floral scent which I like. It can used as a make up remover but I will say that its better at removing light eye makeup then heavy eye makeup. Maybe this is because I tend to use cool water instead of applying a warm compress to prepare the skin as stated on the bottle instructions. It also works as a shaving lotion.

The cleanser itself stands in a 145ml glass bottle (€25.95)  which may not be very practical for travel but there is an alternative 10ml non- glass travel size (€3.49). I have noticed that a little goes a long way when using this product, 1-2 pumps per use. That’s all you need to notice the effects. At €25.95 it definitely is worth the price. It can be purchased at most health food stores.

From using this cleanser on a regular basis I can see that my skin has become alot more hydrated. It balances out my skin. It soothes the more sensitive areas of my face and  reduces redness aswell. It gives my skin that glow as if I have just had a proper facial. Amazing!!

Have you tried the Dr Hauschka Soothing Cleanser?

Thanks for reading,

Alli-Xx

Under €25 – Gals Christmas Organic Beauty Gift Guide 2016

So it’s that time of year again. Tis the season to be jolly  Fa la la la la. Christmas is nearly upon us so I thought I would do a christmas organic beauty gift guide for all you wonderful gals out there. The good news you don’t have to break the bank because all of which are under 25 euro and of course made of natural ingredients.Skin and Tonic Lip Kit

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Skin and Tonic Lip Kit. €17.60. Comes in four fun flavours peppermint, lemon, naked and rose. Lip balm size is 4.4g. Free standard shipping worldwide on Content Beauty Wellbeing website.

Lyonsleaf 100% Natural Body and Face Gift Set
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Lyonsleaf 100% Natural Body And Face Gift Set. €15.07. This product is suitable for all skin types. The kit contains beauty balm 30ml, body butter 30ml, a white cotton face cloth and a muslin 2 ply face cloth. Standard delivery worldwide from the Love Lula website is free when you spend 10 pounds. 

Bellapierre EXCLUSIVE Lip Makeup Set (worth £48) - Bellapierre

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Bellapierre Exclusive Lip Makeup Set. €21.11. This is a mark down price originally €56.31. Each item is full size these are the mineral lipstick in fierce (3.5g), gel lip liner in natural (1.8g), super gloss in vanilla pink (9ml) and the bellapierre clear make up case. The Naturisimo website offers free standard delivery to the UK, Europe and international countries.

Natural Perfumed Candle - Cinnamon Spice

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Isle of Wolf. Natural Perfumed Candle – Cinnamon Spice. €17.61. Definitely a candle that will set the scene of the christmas astmosphere. Made from pure plant wax and essential oils. GMO free. Burning time, 40 hours.  International delivery (Ireland is included in this) on the My pure website is 4.95 pounds converted into euros is 5.81. UK economy delivery is free. 

Organic Christmas Haircare Essentials

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Organic Christmas Haircare Essentials.€14.09. This gift set comes with three products and is for normal to dry hair. The superfood shine shampoo (60ml), superfood shine conditioner (60ml) and the nourishing hair elixir (10ml). Delivery charges for each country can be calculated before you checkout.Delivery charges for Ireland is 3.66 pounds converted to euros is 4.30. 

Madara Become Organic Set. €19.50. Theses products are suitable for all skin types. The set contains Madara purifying foam (150ml), Madara deep moisture fluid (25ml) and Madara regenerating night cream (25ml). On the http://www.onlynaturals.co.uk website UK express delivery is at 2.00 pounds and UK next day delivery at 5.95. Europe standard delivery is at 3.50 pounds, converted to euros is at 4.11. Worldwide standard delivery is at 5.95 pounds.
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ZAO Makeup – Matte Lipstick. €18.20. This matte lipstick is available in ten shades. Pink , red pink, pink red, red orange, dark red, chocolate, dark nude, plum, nude rose and dark purple. It provides a semi matte finish and can be refilled after the shade runs out. UK standard delivery is 3.95 pounds. International standard delivery is 5.95 pounds converted to euro is 6.67.

Beautiful Me Mineral Eyeshadow Wolf Howl

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Beautiful Me Mineral Eyeshadow. €8.69. The eyeshadows come in ten shades. Pink, white, red, black, purple, brown, cream, green, white and silver. Can be applied both dry and wet. There’s a buy one get one half price offer on these at the moment. The http://www.hollandandbarrett.ie website is only for deliveries in Ireland. Standard delivery is 3.10 or free over 20 euro. They offer delivery to your chosen store for 95 cent if ordered by 4pm.  On the http://www.hollandandbarrett.com website all Irish, UK and International deliveries are accepted. UK standard delivery is 2.99 pounds and free over 20 pounds. Also delivery to your chosen store for 95p if ordered before 7pm. International delivery at 6.95 pounds.

 

Light Reflecting Concealer
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Liz Earle Light Reflecting Concealer. €21.00. This product comes in fair, medium and medium to dark tones. Standard delivery to Ireland is free.

NATorigin Nail Enamel 8ml - peony
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NATorigin Nail Enamel 8ml. €12.91. Comes in 12 colours. Crystal clear, beige, peach, light pink, candy pink, shocking pink, bright red, dark red, purple, gold shimmer, aqua and royal blue.  States on website about nail polishes “

Up to 83% naturally sourced ingredients

A natural nail polish with an ecological formulation containing up to 83% natural-origin ingredients sourced from corn, potato, wheat and manioc. They are easy to apply and provide a long-lasting shine and perfect hold.

They are lanolin-free, sodium laureth sulfate-free, phthalate-free, no mineral oils or silicon, paraben-free, phenoxyethanol-free, toluene-free, formaline-free, formaldehyde resin-free, camphor-free, nickel-free, rosin-free, chrome-free, carmine-free, fragrance-free, preservative-free, no ingredients of animal origin.

UK standard Delivery is 3.00 pounds. EU standard is 4.00 converted to euros is 4.70.

Lavera Organic & Natural Cosmetics - Trend Natural Make Up Quattro Eyeshadow 01 Smoky Grey

Lavera Mineral Eyeshadow – Quattro Smokey Grey. €14.67. Long lasting. Shades can be applied both dry and wet.  On the http://www.pravera.co.uk delivery to Ireland is 5.00 pounds converted to euros is 5.87. UK delivery is free when over 10 pounds.

Humble Natural Beauty Hand Cream Gift Set
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Humble Natural Beauty Hand Cream Gift Set. €17.40. This set contains two hand creams. Rose and frankincense (75ml) and sweet pea and verbena (75ml). Standard delivery worldwide from the Love Lula website is free when you spend 10 pounds. 

(All pounds to euro conversions are of prices stated when the post was published, may vary after this date)

Happy Gift Shopping!!

Thanks for reading,

Alli – Xx

 

Sunshine Blogger Award

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I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by the amazing Lemons Lemonade. Her blog is full of inspirational reads. Sorry I am only getting round to it now, I am so grateful for the nomination Lemons Lemonade. Thank you🙂

Whoever is nominated must:

  • Thank the Blogger who nominated you
  • Answer questions given by the one who nominated you
  • Nominate fellow Bloggers
  • Give them 10 questions to answer

Questions given to me to answer:

  1. What inspires you to write?  For me going for a long walk ,  taking in all of nature has to offer just motivates me.
  2. What’s your secret talent? I can lip read if that counts. hehe
  3. How long have you been writing/Blogging? I have been writing for most of my life. I set up a blog when I was fourteen. It was fun until it updated and I unfortunately lost all the data.I began blogging again in February of this year. Loving it.
  4. What’s your favorite junk food? Cookies in moderation, I try to be healthy. LOL
  5. What country would you love to visit someday? Taipei.
  6. Who’s your biggest inspiration? I would have to say my mother.She has encouraged me and supported me throughout my life. 
  7. What’s your least favorite color? Green.
  8. What would you say is the biggest thing that has ever happened to you? I dunno, really can’t think of anything at the moment.
  9. What was the last movie you saw? Last Holiday on Netflix.
  10. What’s your favorite quote? For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone. – Audrey Hepburn.

I nominate:

https://lineaurea.wordpress.com/

http://justine-renee.com/

https://mahnoorblogsite.wordpress.com/

https://beautyoverforty.com/

https://thebeauparlour.com/

Gonna really enjoy reading your answers!!!

My Questions:

  1. Are you named after anyone?
  2. Designer or highstreet?
  3. Do you like to cook?
  4. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
  5. What’s your favorite book?
  6. What was your best subject at school?
  7. What’s one thing you want to do before you die?
  8. What’s your number one song on your iPod at the moment?
  9. Do you have any tattoos/piercings?
  10. Fears?

Thanks for reading,

Alli-Xx

 

 

 

 

 

Dry Damaged Hair? 3 DIY Masks

Wanna give your hair some therapy! Why not try out these super easy but effective DIY masks.

Dry Damaged Hair 3 DIY MasksImage via Unsplash

Coconut Oil and Sandalwood

Coconut is great for conditioning. Your hair will just soak it up. Yay! You could just use coconut oil on it’s own if you prefer. Using both the coconut and sandalwood gives your mane a more intensive conditioning treatment.

What you will need:

1/2 tablespoon to 1 tablespoon of coconut oil (depending on thickness and length of hair), 2 to 3 drops of sandalwood essential oil, shower cap/small plastic bag

  • Your going to want to melt the coconut oil before you begin. It’s just easier that way. Trust me! Place the coconut oil into a pot and heat til melts.
  • Place both into a bowl and mix.
  • Start from the top and work mixture into the ends of the hair.
  • Put hair into a bun and place shower cap/small plastic bag on hair.
  • Wash out after 40 mins.

Honey and Goats Yogurt

Both Honey and goats yogurt not only soften the hair but also add shine.

What you will need:

100g of goats yogurt, 1/2 tablespoon of honey, shower cap/plastic bag

  • Mix both ingredients into a bowl.
  • Work from the ends to the top of hair.
  • Put hair into bun and place shower cap/small plastic bag on hair.
  • Wash out after 30 minutes.

Egg Yolk and Olive Oil

Egg yolk is extremely nourishing to the hair. Reducing frizz and breakage and promoting strong, healthy, shiny hair.The olive oil is great for smoothing out split ends and just generally very moisturising for dry and damaged hair.

What you will need:

1 to 2 egg yolks (depending on thickness and length of hair), 1 tablespoon of olive oil,  shower cap/plastic bag

  • Mix both ingredients into a bowl.
  • Start from the top and work mixture into the ends of the hair.
  • Put hair into a bun and place shower cap/small plastic bag on hair.
  • Wash out after 60 mins.

Do you make DIY hair masks? Comment below I’d love to hear🙂🙂

Thanks for reading,

Alli-Xx

 

 

10 Ingredients To Avoid

The journey of discovering natural products is insightful to say the least. I have been using natural skin and hair care products for quiet some time now. The dangers associated with many mainstream skin and hair care products out there is scary! They are toxic and they are being absorbed into the skin. Here’s a list of 10 Ingredients To Avoid:

10 Ingredients To AvoidImage Via Death-To-The-Stock

Synthetic fragrances> They can be many ingredients put together, we are not told. Many of which can contain formaldehyde, benzene. The chemicals used in this term “synthetic fragrance” or “fragrance” can cause dizziness, skin irritation, nausea, headaches, cancer, stinging eyes, breathing difficulties and many more effects.

Petrolatum> The main name for this is petroleum jelly. Found in many soaps, cosmetics and skin care. This does the opposite to what it claims to do, which is to moisturise. In fact it messes with the body’s natural moisturising system leading to chapped and dry skin. The Organic Make-up Company states it decreases the oxygen absorbed through skin, basically suffocating it. Due to this it can cause premature aging.

Methyl, Propyl, Butyl and Ethyl Paraben> Parabens are used to stop microbial growth to  prolong the products shelf life. Found in shampoos, conditioners, cleansers. They discrupt the endocrine system, can lead to skin cancer, allergic reaction, reproductive and developmental difficulties.

Synthetic Colours> Used to make cosmetics have that bright eye catching colour. There could be more than 60 chemicals to make one colour. Including in these chemicals is often coal tar. Found in toothpaste, shampoos, styling gels, shower gels, soap, moisturisers, blushers, eye shadows and others. The chemicals used can build up on the skin leading to toxicity causing skin irritation, more acne breakouts. Labelled D&C, FD&C with a colour and number e.g D&C Blue 3.

Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate> This is widely used in shampoos. Also known as SLS. It is a  rough detergent used due to the foam properties it creates which is why it is used in shampoos and toothpaste along with other cleansing products. It’s effects are rashes, hormone imbalance, eye irritation, scalp irritation, swelling of the mouth and eyes.

Propylene Glycol> Naturally this is a mix of grain alcohol and vegetable glycerin. The petrochemical synthetic mix is usually used in most products today. It can cause allergic reactions, eczema, neurological symptoms.  Labelled as PEG or PPG (polypropylene glycol).

Diethanolamine (DEA), Triethanolamine (TEA)> Used in cosmetics for emulsifying and foaming properties. Found in products that will foam such as facial washes, bubble bath, shampoos aswell as foundations, mascara, eye shadows, blushers, hair dyes. If using on a continuous basis may increase cancer risk. Can cause dryness of both hair and skin, irritation of eyes and allergic reactions. Labelled as DEA and TEA.

PVP/VA Copolymer> This is a petroleum obtained chemical found in hairsprays, styling sprays and cosmetics. It is particularly dangerous if inhaled by sensitive persons, as it can cause serious damage to lungs. Therefore it is considered a toxic chemical.

Diazolidinyl UREA, Imidazolidinyl Urea> They are preservatives. They release formaldehyde which being a carcinogen can be toxic. Found in face moisturisers, eye creams, mascara, nail polishes, acne treatments, cleansers. Can cause dermatitis.

Stearalkonium Chloride> Used in conditioners and moisturisers. It was originally used as a fabric softener in the fabric industry. It is cheaper to use in hair care products than using better quality natural ingredients. It is proven to trigger allergic reactions.

Learning whats in our skin and hair care products can be a huge wake up call to what they actually contain. Knowing what they contain we learn what we our absorbing through the skin that can affect our health. How? Because everything we put on the skin is absorbed through the bloodstream. I have since found products I was using that I have contained such ingredients and have stopped using them. I have and will continue to look at labels of the products I buy in the future.

Always read the labels of what beauty and hair care products you purchase!

Thanks for reading,

Alli-Xx

Helpful Material:

http://www.safecosmetics.org

 

 

 

Bedtime But Ain’t Sleeping? Plus Solutions

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Sleep is an essential factor in our daily lifes. It is often that we are not getting enough of it due to the demanding factors of school work, college work or the workload in general.  This contributes to negative effects on health. Prioritise Sleep. Remember sleep is when the body repairs and regenerates. The best sleep time is 7 to 8 hours per night.

Lack of sleep causes:

  • Poor concentration and fatigue
  • Dark circles around eyes
  • Heart problems etc high blood pressure, heart disease
  • Poor skin quality etc frequent breakouts, dehydrated complexion, redness
  • Mood swings and irritability
  • Weight gain etc poor metabolism, obesity, type 2 diabetes
  • Reduction of healing new and old injuries
  • Frail hair
  • Poor immune system

Feeling Tired But Ain’t Sleeping?

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Being sleep deprived ain’t no fun, feeling tired but can’t seem to fall asleep. Maybe you could be disrupting your snoozes. Surfing the net on our tablets, smartphones that are back lit and laptops right before bed can disrupt the sleeping pattern. That means no more late night Facebook chats with friends. Noooo. The blue light from these devices make our brains think its daytime. Not to fear though you can always get orange tinted glasses to block out the blue light. You can get them on amazon and a website called Gunnar. But obviously the better bet would be to get more sleep.

Finding Solutions 

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Unwinding and relaxing before bed really is a big factor in getting a good night’s sleep.When we sleep well we feel refreshed and ready for the day. I know I do. The ideal situation is not bombarding yourself with work and that includes surfing the net after a certain point. Finding little things like reading, taking a hot bath, getting into your PJ’s, listening to gentle music on an ipod can distract and switch off your brain. You want to trick you brain into thinking it’s time for bed.

Use your bed for sleep time, avoid doing work or studying in your room. You want to create an atmosphere and a routine only for sleep. Also make sure its dark enough etc lined dark curtains and block out blinds. There is nothing worse then having light shining through windows at dawn.

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In the few hours before settling for bed try to use the lights you need. Lessening the exposure to bright lights before bed will help you wind down.

Running to the toilet in the middle of the night is another sleep discruptor, it may be best to limit the amount of fluid intake right before bedtime.

Don’t drink any caffeinated drinks.Drinking herbal teas that aid with sleep and that don’t contain caffeine are great.There are many bedtime teas out there in health food stores and Amazon have a few.Chamomile tea is a favorite of mine. Herbal supplements such as Valerian aid with sleep aswell.

Getting into a regular pattern of sleep is key, meaning waking and sleeping at the same times each day. This improves sleep. Avoid lying in at weekends although tempting, this will only mess up your sleep cycle.

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Try to get regular exercise in per day to tire yourself out. Light exercise such as walking. Developing these habits will in time, improve your sleep pattern.

I myself love lavender oil. I apply a few drops on my wrists and the sides of my pillow. The smell is just so calming and relaxing.

If you are stressed or anxiety is high steam inhalation of lavender oil and sandalwood oil may do the trick. A few drops of each in a bowl of hot water. Keeping a notebook and a pen close to your bed to write down your worries could help too.

I hope you guys are getting your beauty sleep😉

Thanks for reading,

Alli-Xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 Oils To Rescue Winter Skin

As the seasons change so does are skin.That is why it is really important to rescue winter skin, to keep are skin well hydrated this winter. Pure essential oils are ideal as they are light and simply absorbed into the skin, giving the skin that healthy firmness and plumpness.

The good thing about using pure essential oils is you really only need a few drops and still get the awesome properties that they contain. A little bit goes a long way for sure! 2-3 drops max.

When trying out new oils for the first time. It may be a good idea to apply a small amount to one area of the skin to test for sensitivity. Some oils do not suit everybody, really just the same as creams or moisturisers not being suitable.

4 Oils To Rescue Winter Skin:

To Rescue Winter SkinImage via Pixabay by Monicore

Lavender Oil

This is the top oil for any skin complaint. It is probably the most popular oil that many of us have in the household. Dry skin can benefit greatly by application of lavender oil on its own or by mixing coconut oil. Skin conditions such as eczema,acne or psoriasis can be relieved from using this oil also.

Rosehip Oil

It is a skin saver. This oil boosts many antioxidants creating a clearer and smoother complexion. Preventing dry skin here we come. Included in this wonderful oil is betacarotene, vitamin C and bioflavonoids. It gives the skin that radiant glow.

Vitamin E

This oil brings dry and dehydrated skin back to life. Containing high amounts of antioxidants it repairs any damage to the skin. With regular use, it fights free radical damage, making it a wonder oil. It’s great for sensitive skin.

Argan Oil

High in Vitamin E and also containing linoleic acid, antioxidants and omega 6 fatty acids. It is anti inflammatory and really moisturising on the skin. It is taken from the nuts of the Moroccan Argan tree.

I always find myself running back to one of these oils to rescue winter skin. Can’t get enough of them. I love how they are so light and don’t weigh down my skin. I also like using these oils as body and hair moisturisers too. Have you tried any of these oils?

Thanks for reading,

Alli-Xx

 

 

The Liebster Award

The Liebster AwardI was nominated for the Liebster Award. I would like to thank the beautiful Ayesha who nominated me❤ Her blog A Messy World is really cool. Go check it out.

The Liebster Award is an online award. Bloggers nominate each other. It is a way to support and connect within the blogging community.

The Rules:

  • Post 11 facts about yourself
  • Answer 11 questions from the nominated
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers with under 200 followers – let them know you nominated them.

11 Facts About Me

  1. I could watch animation movies all day long.
  2. I used to do ballet, irish dancing and drama when I was in primary school.
  3. I have read all the Harry Potter books and still have them to this day.
  4. I am mixed race.
  5. I dyed my hair plum red when I was seventeen. I was a bit of a rebel me thinks- not.
  6. I never had a tooth filling so far, maybe my teeth are made of rocks. haha
  7. I love online shopping.
  8. I can roll my tongue. Not the best ability but just thought I would include it🙂
  9. My nails grow super fast and strong. I’m talking about a week and a half, no jokey.
  10. I still have my strawberry birthmark, it never actually faded.
  11. I sing in the shower.

11 Questions For Me:

  1. What is your favorite food?
  2. Are you passionate about new gadgets?
  3. Do you like TV serials?
  4. Do you like sports?
  5. What is your favorite thing to do in weekend?
  6. What is the most significant part of your makeup?
  7. What do you always keep in your purse?
  8. Where are you living now?
  9. Favorite dress?
  10. Do you have any hobbies?
  11. Are you a social person?

My Answers:

  • Just plain mash potato with pesto. (I like simple dishes ok ; ))
  • I don’t really have a passion for gadgets as such, but who knows maybe in the future.
  • Yes, who can live without them.
  • Well, I’m not particularly good at them but I do like to watch them from afar. I mean on the TV. Sports like tennis and basketball interest me.
  • Spending time with my friends.
  • I have dry skin. Moisturiser or oils, its the one thing I apply all the time to avoid caking.
  • The main things include lip balm, sunglasses, nail file, nude lipstick and a compact mirror.
  • Ireland.
  • I have many favorite dresses so it’s kinda hard to choose.
  • I do. I am a creative person, I like to draw and paint.
  • Yes, I love getting out there, meeting new people and surrounding myself with positive people.

My 11 Questions:

  1. What has been your favorite holiday to this date?
  2. What/who inspired you to take up blogging?
  3. Have you ever had an embarrassing moment?
  4. Have you ever been to Disneyland?
  5. What are your pet peeves?
  6. Your favorite clothing store/s?
  7. What is the last book/magazine you read?
  8. The best movie you have seen in the cinema this year?
  9. Tea or coffee?
  10. Are you a early bird or late owl?
  11. Can you hula hoop?

My 11 Nominees:

  1. http://indistilling.wordpress.com
  2. http://lemonslemonade.com
  3. http://mrsstrawberryblonde.wordpress.com
  4. http://halfhudson.com
  5. http://tellmeyblog.com
  6. http://ellrachel.wordpress.com
  7. http://anspiring.wordpress.com
  8. http://melissaofford.wordpress.com
  9. http://elljt.wordpress.com
  10. http://bethxkate.wordpress.com
  11. http://kerinichole.wordpress.com

Can’t wait to hear your answers.

It’s so nice to get nominated for the Liebster Award, haven’t forgotten about previous nominations, they are still in progress. Thanks for reading,

Alli-Xx

 

The 10 Bad Beauty Habits

I think everyone including myself have at some point decided to take shortcuts in their beauty routines. Whether it’s all 10 bad beauty habits or just a few. And if you haven’t good for you gal!

1) Washing your make up brushes and sponges when they start to look really dirty

10 bad beauty habitsImage via Pixabay by annca

Cleaning your brushes and sponges may seem very tedious but who knows what kind of bacteria they are carrying. Waiting for breakouts and all kinds of rotten stuff to erupt on your face is not a good look. Just thinking this creeps me out and motivates me. What about you? Taking care of your brushes and sponges properly also extends their lifespan. Ensuring that your washing them effectively by using a natural shampoo or mild baby shampoo at least once a week, shall do the trick. Relying on one brush to do your foundation may make you want to speed up the brush drying time. This may mean using the blow-dryer. Always have another brush you can fall back on. Air drying keeps the brush heads in shape and in their best condition.

2) Going to bed with your makeup on

This is probably the most common bad habit. Most of the time it is not intended, your out late and too tired to wash it all off. This however is probably not the best thing to do, as it  does have an effect on your skin. During the night is when the skin renews itself, with a face full of makeup it can’t. The results are clogged up pores and lose of collagen leading to acne and wrinkles.

The eyes don’t escape it either, mascara can cause irritation and eye infections such as conjunctivitis.

Maybe stock up on make up wipes. Your skin will thank you. The next time you find yourself to tired just grab your compact mirror and a pack of make up wipes. Least it will take most of your make up off.

3) Sharing your besties make up products

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This seems harmless but your actually spreading germs. Sharing brushes without cleaning in between uses can spread infection, especially if you’re using them on your eyes and lips. Our skin regularly carries bacteria viruses and fungi. Think about it, our skin is exposed to all kinds of environmental factors such as pollution and dust.

If you like a make up product your bestie has, test it on your hand or go to the same store she brought it from and ask for a sample.

4) Trying to extend the lifespan of your make up, past it’s sell by date

Those expensive mascaras, foundations, gel eyeliners the list may go on. Sometimes you may never use all of it, or just opened it once forgetting to use it. Then you might try to extend the lifespan even though it’s out of date. I’ve heard stories from a few of my friends about what they use, when they find themselves in this situation. Using water and other liquids, need I say anymore.

If it is mascara or gel eyeliners you are probably at risk at developing eye infections. When buying make up maybe try to avoid over splurging in products that you aren’t necessarily going to use most often.

5) Fiddling with hair and face

10 bad beauty habitsImage via Death To Stock

You may have had a stressful week at work and before you know it, your twisting your hair with your fingers.

Wrapping your hair around your finger is that thing that happens probably unknown to ourselves. I know I find myself doing this from time to time but have recently stopped. This pulling of the hair causes damage to the root leading to thinning of the hair. Then there’s the split ends that arise, of course they ain’t pretty.

Can’t keep your hands off your face? Picking at your face spreads the bacteria from your hands to it. It can also cause redness, scars and eruptions.

Carrying a stress ball wouldn’t go a stray when finding yourself in a stressful situation.

6) Squeezing that spot

Whether its an important event your going to or somewhere special, you look in the mirror and see this huge spot. It’s not easy having the most annoying spot, you want to get rid of it. It’s so tempting to just pop it. This however just might cause damage to your skin if doing it all the time. Unfortunately there is no quick solutions😦

This only leads to acne scars and more acne forming on the surface. This happens because when you squeeze a spot, your just injuring your pore in that area. It looks as though the skin just heals over the area but in fact bacteria gets trapped within, resulting in more acne forming.

To reduce the redness, use eye-drops. Dip a cotton bud into the drops and gentle dap onto the spot. Make sure to get the eye drops that reduce redness in order for it to work its magic.

7) Lying in the sun all day long

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Everyone knows the dangers of lying out in the sun. Exposure to the sun for a long period of time and regularly can increase the risk of skin cancer. But not only that premature aging as the UV rays break down the collagen and elastic within the skin.

8) Lip picking

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Having dry and chapped lips doesn’t look good. That’s why we always have the urge to just peel off any flakes that may be present. It’s not as harmless as you may think though. This causes more flakes and dryness to happen again and again.

Looking after your lips by regularly exfoliating and moisturising will put them back on track. Keep a lip balm in your hand bag, that way you can easily reach for it when on the go.

Being dehydrated is another cause of dryness so drinking lots of water can help too.

9) Nail biting

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I’d say that nail-biting is probably the most hardest habit to quit. I know myself, because I was one. It’s not impossible though. Think about the route cause as to why your biting your nails, is it due to trauma, anxiety etc.

It takes time for your nails to recover from nail-biting, it doesn’t happen overnight. Just cause you feel that your nails haven’t grown in a week or two, doesn’t mean they aren’t.

You can keep your nails moisturised with jojoba oil.

10) Blowing money on new beauty trends

Beauty trends come and go but every year you may find yourself being enticed into buying them, even though you might only use them once or not at all. Every year there is new trends out there, available on beauty counters but really do those bright eye shadows or bold lip shades suit everyone. You buy them, rip open the packaging and slap it on and realise jeez that colour looks horrendous.

Always ask for a sample of something you find appealing before actually rushing for the cash.

Breaking those 10 bad beauty habits might not be easy but at least we can all try.Thanks for reading,

Alli-Xx