Dry Damaged Hair? 3 DIY Masks

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

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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:

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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:

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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 <3 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

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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

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easy Whiten Teeth With One Ingredient?

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Make stained and yellow teeth a thing of the past. Wanna improve your overall mouth health and save money whilst doing this? Why not try out a more holistic way that will beat tooth decay, bad breath and get a whiter smile. Commercial teeth whitening doesn’t come cheap not to mention the damaging effects it causes to tooth enamel from the hydrogen peroxide, used in most teeth whitening procedures. Easy whiten teeth with one ingredient. What’s not to love?

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What You Will Need

Organic Cold Pressed Coconut oil ( sesame oil, olive oil any vegetable oil if you don’t like the taste of coconut oil)

A tablespoon

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It’s basically a coconut oil mouth wash referred to as oil pulling. Have you not heard this, it is treading everywhere with celebs like Miranda Kerr and Gwyneth Paltrow swearing by it. It removes toxins from your teeth and gums creating a healthier environment. This is what keeps teeth from developing tooth decay and loss aswell as making gums stronger, reduces inflammation and healing gum disease. So really it decreases the amount of bacteria in the mouth. Of course it sure does whiten teeth and prevent bad breath in the process too. This natural teeth whitening gives gradual results it’s not a quick fix but you will see the difference from regular use (daily or 4 times a week)  It’s a safer alternative to the commercial route.

Other benefits it has

  • Decreases headaches and migraines
  • Helps keep the skin clear (acne, eczema etc)
  • Improves hangovers
  • Improves immune system
  • Prevents heart disease
  • Helps joint pain/ arthritis
  • Helps with sinus infections
  • Detoxification

Interesting Fact

What is interesting is the mouth is a common place for bacteria streptococcus being one. This bacteria can travel to the bloodstream and stop in many parts of the body such as joints, heart etc. A growth of research has found that bacteria within the mouth can effect overall health aswell as causing heart attack and dementia. Sounds scary I know.

The reason I like using coconut oil for oil pulling is because it contains a high amount of lauric acid  which is great for killing germs and I find it good for a range of uses such as cooking. Plus I also like the taste.

Oil pulling is not a new thing, it has been used in India for centuries which is derived from the Ayurvedic technique. It is one of the best natural ways to keep your gums and teeth healthy.

Since using coconut oil for oil pulling I have noticed a difference in both the whiteness and overall health of my teeth and gums. I’m so happy I started using it now. High five to the Ayurvedic technique. The one I use is the Aldi Coco Loco Coconut oil which is reasonably priced at 4 euro.

Here are some studies that have shown oil pulling to be effective here, here and here

How To Oil Pull?

To see a short demonstration on how to oil pull click play

  1. Gather a tablespoon of coconut oil (or preferred oil) and place in the mouth.
  2. Start swishing it around the mouth for 20 minutes. Whilst waiting you can read, clean or even do a little dance LOL, do what you guys do. Be careful not to swallow it as it will contain all that bacteria from the teeth and gums.
  3. Spit in bin. This avoids blocking the drains. Remember the coconut oil will become solid again.
  4. Brush the teeth as normal.

Tips: When starting out you can build yourself up to the 20 minute time frame. Swish for 10 mins then spit and then add another tablespoon and swish for another 10 mins etc. You get what I mean.

Take it easy while swishing. You don’t need to overly swish with force, this will only put your jaw under strain.

Set the 20 minutes on your phone or alarm, that way you know exactly when to spit.

Try to avoid or limit your intake of anything that stains teeth etc coffee or smoking.

To lessen the taste of the coconut oil maybe add a few drops of essential oils that are safe to use in the mouth. Examples of such oils would be peppermint, cinnamon and tea tree. This also gives the gums and teeth more added anti bacterial benefits.

If you have any questions about oil pulling feel free to leave a comment below.

Keep smiling ; )

Thanks for reading,

Alli-Xx

*I am not a medical professional, I am just sharing my experience on what has worked for me.

Eco Fashion, How To be An Eco-Fashionista?

 

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Eco friendly fashion was once thought of and categorised into the hippy hey day era. That’s not the case anymore, now people are thinking of ways on how to be an eco-fashionista. Fashion designers such as Stella McCartney have paved the way for change. These days there is more knowledge into the background in which clothing is produced.

There is a lot to be made from clothing in general, there’s no doubt about that. Everybody needs clothing right? The fashion industry is definitely a profitable market.  The manufacturing of clothing can be a way of generating more sales through bad practices. The bad stories are:

child and adult workers being exploited whilst working in unsuitable conditions. Most recently the collapsing of a Bangladesh clothing factory in 2013. 

toxic chemicals being used in fabrics which are both dangerous to our health’s and the environment. The use of pesticides in fabrics can even leak into water supplies.

clothing in the landfill waste has increased worldwide.

Eco Fashion, How To Be An Eco-Fashionista

  1. Recycle Your Unwanted Clothing
  • Instead of throwing your unwanted clothing items in the bin. Bring them to your local clothing bank. Most charity shop nowadays are crying out for clothes, donations of unwanted clothing won’t go a stray. I know in Ireland and the UK, Marks and Spencer’s have bins in store, where you can put your unwanted clothing. In return you receive a 5 euro voucher when you spend 50 euro or more, this excludes the food hall. It is a nice little incentive. H & M have a similar campaign running in their stores.
  • Try swapping clothes with friends and family. You would all be saving money. Many sellers on Depop are open to clothes swaps with their customers too.
  •  The Jazzing up off dull lifeless clothes by DIY can be a fun way of creating quirky        fashionable pieces. You never know, it might even turn into a hobby.

    2. Avoid Buying On The Spur Off The Moment

  • I think everyone’s guilty for doing this, especially when reductions are on. Next time you find yourself running into this situation stop and think.  Ask yourself “Do you really need this? ”  Or wait a day or two. Remember that many stores are trying to sale items that are made of cheap materials, that won’t last. With this regular pattern, you may be throwing good money after bad. Think about shopping for pieces you generally need, that may cost more but in the long run last longer.
  • Next time you have an occasion why not rent a dress. There are many boutiques in Ireland that have a dress rental service. Check the boutiques in your area.

3. Second Hand Shopping

  • Go shopping around the charity shops in your town. It’s the best way to find good quality clothing at next to nothing prices.

4. Try A Hand At Making Your Own

  • Be aware of materials that last longer. Do your research and gather eco-friendly fabrics that last. Making your own clothes is a way of being able to wear quality. Start off small. Rome wasn’t build in a day.

5. Wash Your New Clothes Before Wearing Them

  • It’s always a good idea to wash your new clothing twice before actually wearing them. Natural fabrics like cotton are included in this aswell. Chemicals such as formaldehyde are used in the production of most clothes so it’s best to beware of this.

Finding ways on how to be an eco-fashionista is fun. Green fashion has that appeal, it’s definitely wearable. With ethical brands you can ensure that they are complying with employee rights and are fair trade. Choosing green fashion brands can be challenging if your not familiar with them. Here’s some websites: http://www.fatface.com   http://www.peopletree.co.uk       http://www.stellamccartney.com   http://www2.hm.com   http://www.asos.com      http://uk.monsoon.co.uk     https://www.seasaltcornwall.co.uk    http://jannjune.com          http://www.mayamiko.com      http://www.braintreeclothing.com

Thanks for reading,

Alli-Xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Furry Friend Tag!!

furry friend tagI do own a pet so I thought I would introduce y’all to her. Here it is the Furry Friend Tag. Woohoo!!

1… 2….3……..HERE WE GO

What is your pet’s name?

Bella

What breed is it?

Long haired Chinchilla Silver Persianfurry friend tag,

How long have you had your pet friend?

Around five years

How did you get your pet?

A breeder in the UK since there wasn’t any breeders in Ireland, at that time.

I did  do some research on persian cats and came across the chinchilla breed. I was like yup I want one of these.

How old is your pet?

In cat years she’s 33.

What are some quirky things about your pet’s personality?

There is so many quirky things about Bella’s personality. Here are a few to mention.

She likes to be noticed, if I’m reading a magazine she will jump up and just meow and rub her head off the magazine until I say her name.

She is so playful and loves learning new tricks. She learns them almost instantly. She’s very smart.

She snores when sleeping.

What does your relationship with your pet mean to you?

It does mean alot. She definitely has brought alot of happiness. I just love her to bits.

We are some of your favourite past times with your pet?

Definitely teaching her tricks.

What are the nicknames that you call your pet?

Bells and Ella.

Thanks for reading,

Alli-Xx

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