My Skincare Regime

Hello lovelies,

Now it’s not  like I profess to be a skin care professional.. or even have super amazing skin this is just what I have been doing, and what has allowed me to get to a relatively ‘pimple free’ complexion. If you’re wondering I have oily/combination skin, and usually suffer from black heads and hormonal acne; this is my routine to combat unsightly zits.


Daily

On mornings when I’m in the shower I simply rinse off my face with the warm water a few times.

When I get out  of the shower (because I really  can’t wash my face in the shower .. idk why) I wash my face with

Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser. I use this because I find it helps me to get rid of oiliness on my face for most of the day. Where I live, it’s a big deal if something cuts down on my face being greasy – it’s usually 30 degrees and super humid!

When I come home from school I again, just rinse off my face.

Before bed I use a cotton ball and essential-oil-skin-care-cartoon

apply some salt water to my face in circular motions.

After applying the sea salt, I wait until it dries (less than a minute) and I apply a moisturizer ; Simple Light Hydrating Moisturizer.


Weekly:

Throughout the week, I like to use a facial scrub or mask to help exfoliate my skin and draw out any imperfections.

I use my turmeric face mask 2x weekly , usually on Saturdays and Wednesdays.

If I feel like I need to exfoliate I use Queen Helene’s Oatmeal ‘n Honey Natural Face Scrub.

Hope this helped you guys!

Over the years of trying different stuff with my skin care routine I’ve definitely realized the simpler the better. Often you’ll find a lot of products break you out, that’s why I have a staple face wash, moisturizer and exfoliating scrub. I also advocate the use of natural products as I’ve found they’re less liable to break you out as there are no harsh chemicals.

I also have a post on the benefits of using salt water for the skin, if you guys are wondering why I do this every night.

Let me know YOUR skin care routine, and if you try this let me know how it works for you.

Jenny xox

Little Announcement!

Hello my lovelies,

 

Just wanted to write a quick post announcing to you guys that I’m officially going to be a Beauty VIP over at

another amazing beauty blog.

 

I’ll be posting regularly on Beauty O’Holic, run by an amazing woman called Meredith ; click here to check it out.

 

On the website, there are 5 other girls who post, so you can be sure that we’ll deliver the latest on beauty, fashion, hair and skin care – from all over the world.

 

I hope you guys will enjoy reading. I’ll be posting the material on this website as well as on Beauty O’ Holic, so there’s NO reason you should miss out on this.

 

 

Jenny xox

How to Get to Die For Skin ; Guest Blog by Kitty

Hi! My name is Kitty, or atleast that is what I go by, I run a Hair Care Blog but today I will be guest blogging about how I have gotten “to die for skin” as many of my friends call it.

We all want to be that girl with glowing skin, with no break outs and no makeup needed to look flawless. What if I told you that last summer, I was that girl?

That’s right! The only makeup I wore was eye shadow & mascara (no foundation, no cover up, no powder, nothing!) and I’m here to tell you how you can have flawless, pimple free skin.

 

Your Diet Is a Big Deal

I know most of you probably do not want to hear this, but our diet is a big deal when it comes to our skin, last year I went raw for the summer (meaning I did not eat anything that had been cooked) Since I was living at home with my parents my eating schedule was based around them. I would eat raw when my dad(who works away from home) wasn’t there, when he was I would still eat healthy, but I was a little more lenient.

  • Increase the amount of fruits and raw veggies you eat; I started each day with a strawberry- coconut smoothie : the coconut helps to flush out any toxins in your body and upped my intake of fresh fruits and veggies, as well as lots of “raw” cakes, made from nuts, honey and fruit most of the time.
  • Drink more water; Other than eating raw veggies and more fruit I was(and still am) drinking 8-9 glasses of water a day, half with fresh lemon juice(something that will help flush out toxins and help you lose weight!)
  • Take Dietary Supplements; taking “stinging nettle” pills(something I swear by to help get a flawless complexion)
  • Avoid Sugary/ Greasy Foods.  I also credit keeping away from sugary, greasy foods for three weeks at a time, taking a week off to eat bread and maybe a pizza, then going back to my “raw” eating.

Eating healthy isn’t the only thing we can do for our skin, If you shave, make sure you do it correctly and be gentle to the skin. I’ll walk you through my personal routine, which helps me to have super soft skin; everywhere on my body – not just my face.

  1. Hop in to warm-hot water and relax for a minute or two, this will give your pores time to open up; allowing for a closer shave.
  2. Grab some soap and a scrub brush(or anything you can exfoliate with) and get exfoliating! But be gentle, you don’t to kill your skin, just take off any dirt or dead skin so your razor won’t get clogged.
  3. Try to keep your razors new! they will work better. But now its time to shave! Try to shave as little as you can so you don’t irritate the skin. If you shave once a week, I suggest that you buy a new razor each week, or change your razor blades regularly.
  4. Once you have finished shaving grab your condition(yes the stuff you use for your hair) and massage it into your legs for a silky smooth finish!
  5. And just one last thing! Before getting out of the shower run your legs(or anywhere else you are shaving) under cold water to help close your pores back up and prevent the hair from growing back as quickly as normal.

Optionally: once you are out of the shower, a great at home “after shave” is lemon juice – be warned it will sting like a bitch the first couple times!  This is honestly the tip I recommend most as it makes my legs feel amazingly smooth after my skin absorbs it.

Bonus tip: Try waiting longer in between shaving, it will start to take longer for the hair to grow back, I promise this does work if you give it time! I only have to shave once every two weeks now! and I stay silky smooth(meaning no stubble) for 2-3 days!

Moisturizing

Showered and shave? Check.

Now a couple tips on moisturizing!I will be honest with you, I don’t even buy moisturizer any more, the 3 products I use for moisturizing are: Olive oil, Coconut oil and Shea butter, all of which are amazing.They are all great in their own way, but the oils can be, well a little oily so make sure you give yourself time to “dry” before putting on clothes, if you’re in a bit of a rush cocoa or shea butter will dry much quicker and get you out the door faster.

One of my favorite things to do if I want to make sure my skin stays silky smooth(mostly on my hands) is I will apply olive oil before going to bed and sleep in gloves or other tight clothing, I wake up the next morning and feel like I have  the softest skin ever!

Don’t forget to moisturize both from the inside and the out –  make sure to drink your water!

DIY

Lastly, I want to leave you with a few simple DIY skin treatments that I have used and swear they have worked wonders on me!

For Dry/Rough Feet

When I need to deal with rough/dry feet I warm up some olive oil and mix in a little coconut and peppermint(to get the blood flowing to my feet) and give myself a massage with the oil, apply a pair of socks and forget about it until I take the socks off, and my dry/rough feet are gone!

Exfoliating Facial Wash

Mix:

  • a little lemon juice
  • and brown sugar.

Use right away.

Exfoliating Body Wash

Mix

  • 1 tablespoon  lemon juice,
  • 1 teaspoon body wash,
  • and a pinch of oats together in a bowl,

Use right away.

I hope you enjoyed the post and I want to thank Jenny so much for giving me this opportunity!

Kitty.

My Summer Playlist ; Indie

The best songs I’ve found that will be on replay on my ipod this summer.. they’re not all new, but this is the mood that I usually have on summer evenings.

Hope You Enjoyed – Leave your favorite summer song in the comments! (:

Jenny xox

Are You Emotionally Wrecked By Season Finales?

Sitting in the house by myself.. I really realized how much of a simple pleasure in life it is. All I was missing was hot chocolate… but it being like 30 degrees out, I’m fairly sure I’d melt if I had it.

So after I’d blogged, DIY-ed, and cooked, I was asking myself what I should do… (LOL I say this like I completely don’t have to study)

I’m someone who watches TV series, not movies – so I was going to watch Criminal Minds and the shocking realization came to me that *insert dramatic music* it’s the season finale.

I don’t know if it’s just me… but I have to be emotionally prepared before I watch the season finale of things. Inevitably someone dies/leaves and it ends on a cliffhanger. I admit it, no matter how sad it is.. season finale’s emotionally wreck me. ESPECIALLY Grey’s Anatomy, but then again you kinda need to be prepared to cry for a general episode of that.

It did leave me to ponder WHAT I am actually going to do during summer considering all the series’ conveniently go on summer break >.< and what value is a summer without exceptionally brainy, emotionally damaged, sexy, gun toting man candy to drool over?

I mean, there’s always real life boyfriends… but it’s not the same is it?  LOL jk.

*sighs* oh well.

Let me know what you’re favorite series’ are and what your plans for the summer are..

Jenny xox

Exam Strategies/Tips

The Best Tips for Before, During and After your exams

Weeks Before:

  1. Plan a Study Timetable so you know when you’re supposed to be studying and what.. It makes it WAY easier to stick to a plan.
  2. Make Study Cards:  Study Cards are Index Cards which you write definitions and vocab on, so you can test yourself. The answer is on one side and the question or word is on the other
  3. Make Study Guides: These are Notes that you can make from condensing powerpoint presentations your teacher has given you, or by reading and outlining the main points from your textbook.
study cards, revision guides and highlighters are your BFFs for now!

After you’ve done most of your revision is the time to join/form study groups to help go over the information you’ve already learned at home. This is a good time to do past paper questions.

The Day Before:

  1. Don’t stress, Don’t cram. I usually go out, or do something else to take my mind off of the impending exam, and just take study guides and flash cards with me so I can flip through them.
  2. Going for some light exercise like a walk can clear your head. Or you could go for a run if you’re into that.
  3. Lay Out what you’re wearing the next day, If it’s your uniform, make sure you ironed it. If its normal clothes – make sure they’re super comfy.
  4. Pack Your Bag; make sure you’ve got all the stationary you need, any documents – like something with a candidate number on it; etc, a bottle of water, painkillers etc, your ‘Just In Case’. Put all of them in your bag, and leave your bag in a convenient place for the next morning.
  5. Don’t discuss what you know/don’t know with your friends before the exam. It can leave you feeling really freaked out.

In the Exam:

  1. If you’re religious you can say a prayer before it starts (:
  2. Write down any information you’re required to ( candidate number, name, whatever) when you’re told to do so.
  3. Read ANY instructions on the booklet carefully before starting. Usually I do this twice.
  4. Read through the whole paper first. This will give your brain a little time to think about the answers subconsciously while you go along reading the rest.
  5. Start answering away. Most times you needn’t necessarily answer them in chronological order, once you number them well. Do what comes easiest, and then go to the harder ones when you have a bit more confidence.
  6. If it’s multiple choice and you genuinely don’t know the answer.. guess. There are usually 2 which are similar, one correct and one incorrect. You still have a 50% chance of getting it right, and I kinda like those odds.
  7. If you finish early, check over it MULTIPLE TIMES, because honestly I’ve noticed so many careless mistakes by rushing.
  8. After you’re done checking.. you can go to sleep. That’s IT. you’re done (:  If I can’t sleep in an exam I sometimes plan what I want to do, eat or blog.

After the Exam:

  1. If you have spare time when you go home (e.g. you don’t have an exam for a week.) This is the opportune time you should write some blog posts, if you write your own blog. You can write a few and set them to upload across the next few days to buy you some time to study in.
  2. Relax for that night, if you have another exam in the morning, try and look over your study guides, if not.. CHILL.  You can resume studying from tomorrow if you have more exams.

I for one know I’ll praise the LORD when exams are done, but this helps me get through them as easily as I can. (: I seriously can’t wait :D!

What should I do to celebrate?

Jenny xox

Summer; Beach Bag Must Haves

It’s almost summer and a beach bag is a must have on your holidays. The beach is one of my FAVORITE places and I luckily live really near to one.

Being a summer time beach bum.. I’ve gained a bit of expertise on what you should take 🙂

Here’s what you need to pack;

  • Sunblock; at the very least SPF 15. It’s nice to get a tan, but you don’t need to go unprotected and risk getting skin cancer.
  • A towel; 1 per person that’s going. I always reccommend taking a towel even if there are loungers,because they are frequently un-comfy and you’ll need the towels to dry off in.
  • A makeup bag: If you can’t leave the house without makeup you’ll want your waterproof mascara and lippy or whatever in here, and it’s always good to have some essentials in case you go somewhere directly from the beach.
  • A hat/bandanna: Keeps the sun off your head/out of your eyes. The come in handy and can cover up a bad hair day.
  • A good book: If you’re planning to make this an all day trip, you should take some books/magazines with you to keep you going. I prefer a paperback to a kindle or tablet at the beach as I think it’s easier to take and you don’t have to worry about getting sand on it, or where to put it in your bag.
  • A small wallet: When I’m going to the beach I usually don’t like taking my whole wallet. I take a small wallet with some of my money, and maybe my ID, so that I can buy some food and drinks when I’m there. This way if you lose it or it gets stolen, all your worldly possessions.
  • A nice dress: It’s good to keep another outfit to wear in the bag that’s lightweight and easily carried so you can go and do anything else after going to the beach. If you’re planning to change you might want to take clean underwear too, so you can change out of your wet bikini , and avoid looking like you’ve wet yourself/ you’re lactating.
  • An emergency case: You should always have a couple sanitary towels/tampons in case mother nature creeps up on you at the beach. In this little case it’s good to carry alcohol wipes, wet wipes and band-aids/plasters if you’re going with kids or are accident prone like me.

What are your beach bag necessities?

Which bag are you taking to the beach this year?

Comment below and let me know (:

Jenny xox

Braided Headband Look

These are the pictures of the braided headband I made after reading a tutorial on http://www.thewonderforest.com
I was so in love with my headband I had to take pictures and show you guys!
Hers is a 5 strand, whilst I made a 3 strand braid from my old t-shirt.
With my favorite sock bun ever >.<

 

Colorful way of keeping the mane back

 

Boho/Festival  Chic ❤

Check out her tutorial for how to do the braid! All you need is an old t-shirt or some fabric you don’t want and a hair tie!

If you try it – link me your photos (:

Jenny xox

How to Make Your Hair Last Longer Between Washes

Part of getting healthier hair, is to wash it less. Here are my top 6 tips on how to go longer between washes.

  •  Dry Shampoo Can Be Your Best Friend!

A dry shampoo is a good thing to have handy. Dry shampoos get rid of those greasy roots, without you having to wash your hair. If you work out a lot these are helpful and are also handy if you’re travelling.

– A good dry shampoo for thinner hair is : Oscar Blandi Volumizing Dry Shampoo.

– The most cost effective brand of  shampoo for all hair types is : Batiste

  •  Satin Should Be in Your Wardrobe!

LOL not like that, but you should invest in a satin bonnet, head tie or pillowcase. Silk scarves work well too when wrapping the hair but can come off easily during sleep.

This technique is often used by women of color, but can also work for all different ethnicities, either to provide volume for curly hair or to prolong straightened hair.

 Straight: Smooth your hair around your head, pinning with bobby pins to keep it flat, and continue on. You may use a mesh head band to keep it secure and then put on your silk bonnet, scarf or whatever you choose. This helps prevent that annoying line in your hair where the hair tie was.

Curly: Tie your hair in a pineapple (ponytail close to the top of your head) and use your bonnet, scarf  or head-tie, or go to sleep on your satin pillowcase. This will help prolong your curls by keeping them moisturized and preventing frizz and will also give you more volume.

  •  Rock Those Up-do’s Girl!

Doing an up-do is the PERFECT way to go another day without washing your hair, and I say the bigger the better… “That’s why her hair’s so big.. it’s full of secrets”. Well. The secret is, updos such as messy buns, and all sorts of twists and braids look so much better on dirty hair!

I know I KILL a sock bun at least once a week.

If you live in a climate where you can get away with wearing hats/beanies etc… Do that! Trust me, not only are they stylish, they keep you warm and can hide all your hair hang-ups.

  •  Baby Powder Can Save Your Life!

I know when I had heat damage and was straightening my hair all the time, baby powder and I were inseparable. It hid my greasy roots for a while, and helped me not to wash my hair so often and prolong my style.

Although – you HAVE to rub this in properly, especially if you have dark hair like me.. ’cause let me tell you you do NOT want looking prematurely gray to your list of worries today.

  •  DITCH All Those Products!

One of the main reasons people need to wash their hair so much is – PRODUCT BUILDUP!

The necessary products you need are the ones that give moisture to your hair, like your condititoner etc, not  hairspray, gel and all that crap, especially not on first day hair.

Limit the amount of product you use, e.g. you can only use hairspray twice a week etc.. and you’ll find that your hair gets way less dirty in the same amount of time. Stick to using it only when you’re doing an up-do or you’re going out somewhere that you really need to look good for!

  •  Conditioner to the Rescue!

Co-washing can allow you to go more time in-between washes. Co – washing is quite simply the act of washing your hair with conditioner instead of shampoo. A lot of kinky/curly/coily haired girls use co washing to allow them to go up to 2-4 weeks between washing. It’s the action of massaging your scalp and the water running over your hair that cleans it.

The most important thing is to take baby steps. If you wash daily, do NOT jump into washing your hair only once a  week. Your hair will look disgusting and you’ll get disheartened. My advice is, increase what you’re doing by 1 day. So wash every other day, and keep going on until you get to a routine you’re happy with.

 How Long SHOULD I go between washes?

Depending on your hair type it varies, but I’d say:

1. Thin, light grease prone hair – every 2-3 days

2. Thinner curly/wavy hair like mine – 1 or 2 times per week.

3. Extremely thick kinky/curly or coily hair – every 2-4 weeks.

This is simply a guide, but wash your hair as often as YOU prefer. Train your hair to your wash routine!

Do I need to wash.. Is there no alternative to shampoo?

You can use products like clarifying and cleansing cremes;  you can even use natural products to clarify the hair, just make sure you do your research!

Let me know how your hair growth journey is going! (:

Also if you have any questions, comment below!

Jenny xox