Category Archives: Health and Beauty

Scrubby Dub Dub

The skin on my legs was feeling dry and flakey and yuck. So, I figured I would exfoliate them.

Instead of buying a ready made product, I figured I would go ahead and make my own. With two simple products, which, by the way, you may ALREADY HAVE IN YOUR HOUSE.

First, check your pantry. You need sugar. I bought raw sugar, because I wanted it nice and grainy.


Next, tip in some good old baby oil. Does anyone else love the smell of baby oil?


As much as baby oil smells nice, and sugar is tasty, don’t go eating this stuff. Baby oil ain’t for nomming.

Give this all a mixeroo, and away you go! Super easy, super cheap, sugar scrub!


Rub it in circles on the offending skin, then rinse it off! Make sure you rinse thoroughly; it IS oil you’re putting on your skin… Soft and silky is one thing… Greasy oil slick is another.


With Flowers in Her Hair

I love wearing flowers in my hair. It’s kind of fun.

So over the weekend, I made these flower combs.

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Your Royal Flyness, I Dig Your Bangs!

Last week, I looked like this:

But on Sunday night, I got to thinking… I kind of like fringes. And what if I just… you know… got my scissors and… SNIPPED?!
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BEDA3: Setting Lotion, Nail Polish

I tried making a hair setting lotion last night – you know, for better staying curls? – but it didn’t work out. Too sticky, and I couldn’t brush them out this morning. So it’s back to the drawing board. I think the problem was that I used honey AND sugar, when only one probably would have sufficed.

Do you paint your nails? Do you have a signature colour? I do, out of a lack of other colours, haha. It’s red. A few weeks ago, I was talking to my grandma on the phone, and a lady who helps her out with her hair, and nails etc had just left, and instead of just doing a tidy-up on her nails, as usual, she’d painted them RED, and my grandma was loving it, but kept getting a shock when she caught a glimpse of them.

I told my grandma that I’d read that red and other bold nail colours make your hands look younger than if you use a pastel colour, because pastels draw attention to the HANDS, but bright, bold colours draw attention to the NAILS. She agreed.

BEDA*1: Henna, and What the Eff is BEDA?

Right now, I have henna in my hair (and on my neck, and on my top), and I am waiting for it to dry so I can go rinse it.

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Elizabeth Taylor

I assume if you’re reading this, you know that Elizabeth Taylor has died. But that won’t stop us appreciating what a beautiful woman she was!

Can you believe she was SIXTEEN when this photo was taken?Can you imagine being that elegant when you were sixteen? I don’t know about you… but I don’t think I’ve ever felt as elegant as she looks here!

What does your eyebrow maintenance consist of? I used to jusst have mine waxed, but I’ve taken to filling them in a little with brown eyeliner recently. Don’t be afraid of bold eyebrows! Be inspired by Ms Taylor’s!

You know, I don’t believe I’ve ever seen any of her films… if I can get my hands on them (all borrowed out, probably?), I’ll definately be renting some out this weekend!

Thou Shalt Endevour to Always Wear Red Lipstick

Today I became a graduate of the Lindy Charm School for Girls. By which I mean I went to a vintage hair and makeup workshop at Bell’s Belles Vintage shop.

Like the AWESOME blogger I am, I forgot my camera. Nice one. So you’ll just have to believe me when I say these photos taken in my bedroom are the result of the tutelage of Miss Chrissy and Miss Kim. [Edit, this PHOTO (singular). I have lost the knack of a good self portrait :P]

We learnt about setting hair, doing makeup, foundation garments, and some of the philosophy behind why the ladies of yesteryear wore their hair and makeup this way, etc.

I had a lovely time, though perhaps didn’t learn quite as much as I’d hoped – I already pincurl my hair, and the makeup we did is what I do every day! Regardless, it was a lovely atmosphere, and the misses were delightful!

Speaking of vintage hair, I’ve been thinking for a while of doing a pincurl tutorial here… there are plenty of them if you search online, but I think they’re a great way of curling hair even if you’re going a modern look. Thoughts?

Normal Schedule Will Resume Shortly…

So I got back from the First Overseas Trip the other week, and I keep meaning to post! But after not blogging for so long, I can’t think of anything to say!!

At the moment, I’m doing a crazy bit of research on natural hair treatments, because a few weeks before I left, my hairdresser friend and I tried to dye my hair. And the dye Did Not Take.

We realised it was because the shampoo I was using (Herbal Essences) has silicone in it, which coats the strand of hair, making it shiny and less tangly, and other lovely things, but it also means that they dye can’t stick to the hair.

Obviously, what I need to do before trying to dye my hair again is to swap hair products. But how was I to know which shampoos and conditioners are silicone-free? And come to think of it, how do I know what else in what I wash my hair with?

So this morning, I made some shampoo at home. I’ll let you know how it goes. I’ve also been looking at natural ways to DYE my hair. I’m contemplating henna, as well as rinsing my hair fifteen times with really strong black coffee, then letting it sit for twenty minutes. Then doing that every day for a fortnight. And then once a week after that. That’s not tooooo much effort, right? Hahaha, I’ll keep you posted.

Anyway, I’ll try to be more consistent with posts from now on! No more excuses, right? Now to only think of some content…

My Favourite Ways Not to Get Skin Cancer

Another post with the tag “summer”. What else would you expect? I told you that I’m super keen for it!

This time, it’s a list of my Favourite Ways Not to Get Skin Cancer. Because who wants skin cancer? Not me, that’s for sure. And I’m guessing not you, either.

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