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.

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

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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!

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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.

Hooray!!

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?