Travel Must Haves

Inevitably, when you’re travelling you ALWAYS take more than you need/want/use – just because it’s cute and dinky does not mean you’ll use it people. Here’s my must have items for when you travel Europe.
This was requested by Tina a reader who’ll be travelling Europe this summer.

  • A dry shampoo;

this is a necessity if you’re going on longer trips. It can be hot and your hair gets greasy more easily.. you don’t want to wash your hair everyday – and usually you most definitely don’t want to use a hotel hairdryer/ take your own hair dryer. A cheap and effective brand of dry shampoo is Batiste, which come in travel friendly sizes

  • A Powder, Tinted Moisturizer or BB Cream;

during the summer you might not necessarily want to wear a heavy foundation, so I suggest getting a light mineral powder that will give you coverage but allow your skin to breathe. BB creams and tinted moisturizers with SPF in them are also good.

  • Waterproof Mascara;

this is good for if you’re going to any where with a beach, or high humidity. My favorite is;Loreal Power Volume 24 Hour. The last thing you want is to have panda eyes!

  • A Cheek/Lip stain;

this is a great little product that saves space in your cosmetic bag by doubling as a blush and lip stain. Benetint has good color and staying powder

  • A Lip Balm:

it’s essential to carry a lip balm with spf in it during summer, it will give protection from harmful UVB rays and will also finish off the lip-stain nicely to give you a perfect pucker.

  • Smokey Eye Pencils/Quads

For more dramatic make-up looks (perhaps if you’re going out for dinner etc) you’ll want to take products such as the CoverGirl smokey eye pencils.
For every day looks, you’ll want to pick up some eye shadow quads or trios of colors you wear every day – neutral. This is easier than taking your whole palette and you can easily create a NUMBER of looks.

NB: If you really worry about coverage or staying powder, you could also use primers and fixing sprays – but that’s not necessary.

I hope this helps you guys that will be travelling this summer!
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Happy travelling lovelies!
Jenny xox

How to Clarify Your Hair Using Baking Soda and Vinegar

So as a girl with natural curly hair, I’ve been looking for a good way to clarify my hair for a while. Using oils can sometimes cause build-up in your hair and that can be difficult to get out of your hair without using a shampoo containing damaging sulfates.

After doing some research,  I found Baking Soda and Vinegar. The most commonly used vinegar is Apple Cider, but Distilled White Vinegar may also be used.

Won’t using vinegar leave my hair smelling funny?

No, in my experience, once your hair is completely dry you shouldn’t experience any smell. If you do, you could dilute the recipe more. I actually noticed my hair smelled really nice and clean

Won’t vinegar dry out my hair?

No, this recipe is dilute enough to not harm the hair. My hair actually looked more moisturized and defined without any product in it whatsoever. Do this at night, not when you’re planning to go in direct sunlight.

This rinse can take the place of expensive shampoos and work twice as well.

How does it work?

It reduces frizz by smoothing the cuticle of the hair shaft. This adds shine and manageability. It also adjusts the pH of your hair as it is mildly acidic, as is your hair; whilst normal hair products are alkaline, and also strip your hair of moisture CAUSING FRIZZ.

The Recipe:

– 1 cup of warm water

– 1 teaspoon of baking soda

–  2 teaspoons of vinegar ( distilled white if you are blond, or apple cider)

– 1 cup of warm water

* You can do them as separate steps or you can do as I did and mix them together in a bottle at one time and apply to the hair.

Thoroughly saturate the hair, and then just tie in a pineapple, leave it for 5-10 minutes.

Rinse out with warm water, and use conditioner towards the ends of your hair (from ear down) if necessary.

I would recommend doing this once every week or fortnight, depending on your hair regime.

Here are the pics of my hair after using this and letting my hair air dry for around 2 hrs.

Apple Cider Vinegar can also be used to:

  • Give energy
  • Treat the skin
  • Treat Warts
  • Whiten Teeth
  • Lose Weight

Hope this helps! If you do it leave a comment, pictures/video response.

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 Happy Clarifying!

Jenny xox