DIY At Home Facial

Giving yourself a facial at home is a great way to keep your skin both looking and feeling it’s best; I love to treat myself once or twice a week to keep any spots at bay.

The first step I take is to remove any makeup I have on using the Soap and Glory ‘drama clean 5-in-1 micellar cleansing water’ (£4) on a cotton pad. This ensures my skin is being properly cleansed in the next step.

Next I cleanse using Murad’s ‘environmental shield essential-c cleanser'(£26) which washes away daily environmental aggressors and infuses skin with moisture.

I then remove any dry patches and brighten my skin using the Guinot ‘Facial Radiance Gommage Biologique Biological Peeling Radiance Gel'(£30). I use a pea sized amount and massage it into my face for a few minutes until it warms and turns into an oily texture, then I rinse it away and I’m left with soft, glowing skin.(Sample size)

After this I apply the Liz Earle ‘Deep cleansing mask'(£17.50) to my t-zone and on any blemishes to reduce oiliness and draw out impurities; I leave it on for 10 minutes then rinse.

The last step is to apply Origins ‘Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask'(£25) all over my face and 111skins ‘space defence bright eye lift gel'(£110) to my under eyes. When I wake up my skin looks radiant and clear and my dark circles are banished.

(Sample size)

Whats your at home facial routine?

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5 Step At Home Manicure

Doing your nails at home doesn’t have to be a chore and can save you a fortune!

Follow these 5 steps to the perfect at home manicure.

What you will need:

Nail varnish remover

Cotton pads

A nail file

Your favourite nail varnish

A clear nail varnish

Step 1: Remove any old nail varnish

Take off any nail varnish you already have on so that you’re starting with a clean smooth base, meaning a neater manicure.

Step 2: File your nails

Shape your nails in whatever way you prefer, I usually do round as I find it suits me best.

Step 3: Apply a base coat

Applying a base coat is such an important step as it prevents your nails from staining and evens out the texture so your colour goes on better.

Step 4: Colour

Apply two thin coats of varnish for best results and quicker drying. This is my favourite nail varnish at the moment, its in the colour ‘mink’ from M&S.

Step 5: Topcoat

Apply a topcoat to ensure your nails are shiny and help them to stay chip free for longer.

What’s your favourite nail varnish?

 

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Christmas Gift Idea: DIY Chocolate Pizza

I always look at the gourmet chocolate pizzas in Fenwicks food section and think they would be amazing stocking filler for a chocolate lover (or even someone difficult to buy for), but they seem really expensive for what they are. I decided I would try to make one at home and then I could decorate it any way I want to fit the occasion. The pizza turned out amazing and looked exactly like the ones in the shop, so I thought that I would share it with all of you.

All you need to do is find a round tin the size you want your pizza to be and fill it with any melted chocolate and toppings you like! I used dark and milk chocolate and chose marshmallows, malteasers, and grated chocolate and coconut to top it. I also drew in the lines showing the slices to make it look more like a Pizza.

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It’s extremely simple to make the chocolate pizza suit any occasion or person and is a great aternative to a box of chocolates!

Why not give it a try?

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Winter Skin Essentials

As much as I love the festive season, it brings about some awful skin issues. So I’m going to share with you products that have worked for me for my hands, feet, body and lips in case any of you endure similar issues.

Hands

My hands always get extremely dry, but the winter makes them 100x worse so it’s vital that i have a good quality hand cream. I’ve tried dozens of creams from brands such as The Body Shop and Nivea but nothing works quite as well as Soap and Glory’s ‘Hand food’. It smells divine, sinks in extremely well and makes my hands feel soft and healthy.

Another quick fix is slathering coconut oil all over your hands and popping on some cotton gloves, then go to bed and voila gorgeous hands in the morning! However, if you don’t own any coconut oil you could follow this as an alternative; http://youniquechic.com/2012/06/home-made-mask-for-soft-hands-and-feet/

Body

My elbows and knees are the bane of my life at this time of year, so i make sure that i use an extremely hydrating moisturizer. My all time favourite is The Body Shop’s ‘coconut body butter’ but I’ve recently been using the ‘daily moisturizing lotion’ by Aveeno and it works amazing! It leaves my skin soft and supple and sinks in quickly so i don’t have to wait to get dressed.

I also love to exfoliate once a week with Soap and Glory’s ‘pulp friction’ to get rid of any dead skin. It smells deliciously fruity and isn’t too harsh on my sensitive skin.

Feet

I haven’t really found a foot cream i swear by yet, but i always use either coconut oil or olive oil once a week before bed and then sleep with cotton socks on. This banishes any hard skin i have, leaving my feet feeling soft and looking great.

Lips

I use this lip scrub once a week to keep my lips in tip top condition; http://youniquechic.com/2011/12/diy-lip-scrub-stop-chapped-lips/

Then i follow up with Vaseline or my mango lip butter from The Body Shop as i find these to be the most hydrating (and affordable) lip balms on the market.

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DIY Manicure

Manicures can be expensive and sometimes you just can’t justify paying £20+ pounds for something you could do at home. So save your pennies this party season and learn how to give yourself the perfect at home manicure.

All you will need is:

Some nail polish remover
Clear nail polish (base coat)
The colour of your choice
A nail file
Cotton pads
Cotton buds

Step 1:

Use the nail polish remover to clean the nails of any old polish.

 Step 2:

Shape the nails to your liking using your file.

Step 3:

Apply a clear coat of polish to your nails to protect them from staining.

Step 4:

After waiting for the clear coat to dry, apply a coat of colour.

Step 5:

Apply another coat of colour after waiting for the first coat to dry completely. After it has dried, use a cotton bud dipped in nail varnish remover and neaten them up.

Step 6:

As an optional step you could add a cracking polish or glitter over the top of all or a few nails to add detail.

 And voila, the perfect manicure without the awful price!

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Weekly Favourite/DIY

Each week I’m going to tell you about my favourite thing; whether it be a person, product or something else.

My favourite this week is my DIY egg white face mask.

If you have oily, acne prone or old skin, this mask is for you. It tightens and smooths out the skin whilst leaving it incredibly soft. I’ve been using it once or twice a week for the past few weeks and have noticed a major improvement to my overall complexion. I also tried it on my mam to see if it would work for her, and it did. It left her skin both looking feeling younger.

All you need to do is whisk an egg white, apply it to your face and leave for 10-20 minutes until it is dry. Then wash off and voila, gorgeous skin!

Do any of you have any home made masks you love? Or have you tried this one?

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Home Made Mask For Soft Hands And Feet

With the summer holidays fast approaching I thought I would share my secret on how to prevent dry, cracked feet and ensure they are sandal ready! This mask will also keep your hands extremely soft and is easy and cheap too!

All you will need is:

  • Olive Oil
  • A pair of socks (or two if you’re planning on doing both your hands and feet with the mask)
  • Salt
Here’s how to do it:
1) Wash your hands/feet and remove any nail polish if you want to achieve the best results.
2) Pour two tablespoons of olive oil into a small bowl and then add a tablespoon of salt and mix them together.
3) Apply the mixture onto your hands/feet and rub on in circular motions focusing on the driest areas.
4) Rinse off the mixture with warm water.
5) Onto dry hands/feet, apply a thin layer of olive oil and massage it in.
6) Put the socks onto your hands/feet and relax and let the oil sink in. You should leave these on for 15 minutes at least, however I find it works best and is more convenient for me to do it overnight.
7) If you aren’t leaving the socks on overnight, remove the socks and rinse off the oil with warm water when you feel it has been on long enough and you’ll feel how soft and smooth your skin is straight away. Your nails will also look healthy and glowing.
Doing this once a week or whenever you feel your hands/feet need it will really help you to maintain soft healthy skin. This mask is extremely easy to do and can be done whilst you sleep; so there is no excuse not to try it!
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Miracle Olive Oil Hair Mask

Everyone wants soft, shiny hair, however this can be quite difficult to achieve due to horrible weather and using heated appliances on a regular basis. Like most of us, I’ve tried various home remedies and spent a fortune on products that don’t even work attempting to banish frizz and achieve healthy hair. Little did I know that the one ingredient I would need was sitting in my cupboard all along.

Olive oil is a brilliant treatment for dry, unruly hair of any length. It’s also really simple to do which is always a plus!
Here’s how you do it:
1) Apply the olive oil to the lengths and ends of dry hair until you feel it is saturated enough.
2) Use the oil left on your hands and massage it into the roots of your hair. This will be enough if you have quite thin hair, however if your hair is thicker you can add slightly more.
3) Put your hair up in a bun or clip it back so it is out of your face and leave for at least 30 minutes, I find it works best after about an hour.
4) Rinse out the olive oil and wash and condition your hair as normal, you will notice how much softer and easier to comb through it is.
5) Style your hair as normal.
Using this mask once a week will help to maintain healthy hair and improve its strength. You could also heat the oil up, apply it as normal and then cover your hair with a shower cap and leave for 30 minutes for extra nourishment if your hair is in really bad shape.

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DIY lip scrub – stop chapped lips!

Chapped lips are extremely common during the winter months, using a lip scrub once or twice a week can help to remove dead skin cells and prevent this from happening. However, it is not necessary to spend a lot of money on a lip scrub as they are simple to make at home using just a few household items.

To get soft,smooth lips you will need the following items:

1 tsp. natural honey
Small cup
1 tsp. olive oil, sweet almond oil or sunflower oil
2 tsp. granulated white sugar
1 to 2 drops essential oil (optional)
Cotton balls
Moisturiser or lip balm

Step 1:
First get a small, sterile cup and place in 1 tablespoon of natural honey. Warm the honey for around 4 minutes. Honey’s hydrating properties will give you soft lips.

Step 2:
Stir in 1 tablespoon of  oil such as olive oil or sunflower oil, which will create a protective barrier on the lips.

Step 3:
Add in two table spoons of granulated white sugar, this creates a gentle exfoliant which will remove dead skin cells.

Step 4:
Stir in a drop of lemon juice.

Step 5:
At this point you could flavour your lip scrub with mango or lemon flavoured oil.

Step 6:
With clean hands, use your fingertips to apply the scrub to your lips, use gentle circular motions. When you are finished, wipe the scrub off your lips with a damp cotton pad.

Step 7:
Finally, apply your favourite balm or moisturiser.

Using this recipe on a regular basis will stop dry, peeling lips for good!

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DIY Bows

Bows come in a variety of different sizes, colours and patterns, which makes them a great way to accessorise any outfit. They are also extremely simple and quick for you to make yourself.

The first thing you will need to do is purchase a ribbon with the width and colour you desire.Now you need to decide how long you want your bow to be, and cut the ribbon twice the size of that as it will be folded in half. Next hold onto both ends of the ribbon and put them together so that they are slightly overlapping each other in a loop, like this :

Now you have a few options; you can either glue the ends together in that loop, use double sided tape or simply pin it together.This means that it will be easier to hand stitch. You then get any coloured thread(as you wont be able to see it) and hand sew the two ends together to make sure it does not come apart.

Depending on the thickness of the ribbon you are using, you will have to cut a strip to go around the middle of your bow and tie the whole thing together. It is a good idea to cut the ribbon three times the thickness you want, this means you can fold the two edges under to prevent fraying. However, this depends on the size of your bow. If you have chosen to fold you the two edges under you will need to stick them together with a glue or double sided tape and then put a few stitches in to keep it together.

Once the strip which goes around the middle of the bow is your desired size you can get the bow so far and push the seam of it down into the middle so that it will be hidden by the other piece of ribbon. It is up to you whether you put a few stitches to keep it all together.

Lastly you get the ends of the small piece of ribbon and sew them together like you did with the larger piece. It is a good idea to wrap it around the larger piece first as it will give you an idea of how tight you need it. Then you simply push it onto the bow you have made so far and move it around until it sits neatly in the centre.

You are now able either slip a clip or small headband through the back of the bow on the smaller piece of ribbon. You could even put a safety pin through and pin it to an item of clothing.

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