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As summer is already over and fall just around the corner, I wanted to try out some cute nail art ideas. Warm colours like warm brown hues, oranges like “aurora red” by Pantone or cool greens like “Cypress” by Pantone are in trend this season. Here is my take on cute nail designs for autumn:

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Fall design Turkey 🙂

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Fall design trees

which is your favourite design? Do you like nail art like this? Often, I’m just too busy to paint my nails, but when I have a minute, I’ll do it 🙂 I hope I could inspire you.

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On a lazy Sunday like today, I like to relax and pamper myself with a nice, fresh facial mask. The fridge is the best place to find all the right ingredients to pep up tired skin quickly. These are my favourite foodie masks. I hope you try them out, sit back, relax and have a nice lazy Sunday!

  • For normal skin

    Yogurt - honey mask

Mix a small pot of live yoghurt with the same amount of runny honey, spread it on your face, sit back and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water, pat dry and apply your favourite moisturiser. The yoghurt is super moisturising and leaves your skin feeling baby soft, while the honey has healing and antibacterial properties.

  • For dry skin

    Avocado-lemon-wheat germ mask

Mash an avocado with one teaspoon of lemon juice and two teaspoons wheat germ. Spread over face, avoiding eye area and leave for 10 minutes. The avocado is super moisturising, the wheat germ can even heal eczema and the lemon juice is a rich source of vitamin C and has brightening properties.

  • For combination and oily skin

    Egg and lemon mask

Beat together an egg white and juice of half a lemon. Allow to dry for about 15 or 20 minutes and then rinse off with warm water. The egg white will tighten your pores, draw oil out of these pores and even removes whiteheads. The lemon brightens the skin, which is great for acne scaring.

  • My favourite hair mask

    Avocado-egg hair mask

Why not also try my favourite hair mask? Mix an overripe avocado with the yolk of an egg. After shampooing, apply this mixture and leave on the hair for 30 minutes. Then rinse. This is perfect for dry and damaged hair, as the avocado is super moisturising while the egg yolk contains lots of protein which repairs damaged hair and makes it look shiny.

Enjoy your lazy Sunday 🙂

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Find beauty products in your kitchen!

There are so many products out there that promise us to get better skin, hair, nails and to get rid of all our beauty problems. Behind all the alluring advertisements where beautiful models promise us how good the products work and that we are “worth it”, we often forget that it’s just a beauty industry with the only aim to sell. Although there are lots of good products on the market with innovations launching every day, we don’t need to have them all, as we have lots of beauty products in our kitchen.

I have compiled a list of great beauty products you probably will find in your cupboards and that work just as good as the ones in the drugstores, saving you looots of money in the long-run!

Make your own hair mask by adding some mayonnaise to your favourite conditioner. It’s super moisturising and your hair will feel incredibly soft! No worries, you won’t smell  anything as the smell of the conditioner will be stronger and overpower your edible ingredient.

To make your own clarifying shampoo, mix a few drops of vinegar with your shampoo, which purifies your scalp and gets rid of every day built up caused by styling products that can weigh down your hair.

Make your own bath oil by simply adding milk to the water. Your skin will be as soft as a baby’s bum. Even Cleopatra knew this. If you suffer from dry skin or even ekzema, add some oats! They soothe and heal the skin while reducing inflammation.

Forget Crest Whithening strips! Normal baking soda is just as good to whiten your teeth. Just wet your toothbrush and dip it in some baking soda until the bristles are completely covered with the white substance. Put your toothpaste and the top and voilà! Your teeth should be remarkably whiter after 14 days of use.

Use coffee grounds as an anti-cellulite cream. Caffeine is used in all the expensive creams. Apply it to your skin in circular motions, wrap kitchen foil around it and leave it on for about 20 minutes.

Hopefully, you’ll realise that there’s no need to spend all your money on expensive beauty products. We can often make our own products which is fun, cheap and as effective as most of the products on the market.

This is only part one so watch out for my next post of the beauty kitchen! If you subscribe to my blog (the sign up button), you will get a notice everytime a new post is uploaded!

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So you wanted to see more DIY on my blog? Here it comes! I hope you enjoy trying these masks as much as I did.

Applying a facial mask 1-2 times per week can drastically improve the quality of your complexion.
But instead of running to your next facialist or spending several pounds on an over-the-counter mask, why not just make your own supply of homemade facial masks?
It’s fun, easy and can even be stored in the fridge and periodically dipped into for up to a month.

So for this article, I have compiled the best DIY masks for every skin type.

OILY SKIN – Avocado Mask

Ingredients:
1/2 avocado
1 tablespoon yogurt
1/3 teaspoon lemon juice
1 egg white

Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Apply to damp skin and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with room-temperature water. Pat dry and follow with non-comedogenic moisturizer.

ACNE/BLEMISH PRONE SKIN – Aspirin Mask

Ingredients:
1 Aspirin
Water/honey

Crush aspirin and mix it with water and if you want also with honey for a mask which will dry up your pimples fast!

DRY SKIN – Milk Mask

Ingredients:
1 tsp powdered milk
1 tbsp runny honey
1 tsp aloe vera gel
2 drops essential oil

Mix ingredients well. Apply to face and let sit for 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water and admire your baby soft moisturized skin.

SENSITIVE/IRRITATED SKIN – Oat Mask

Ingredients:
1 cup natural yoghurt
½ cup oatmeal

Mix the ingredients together. Apply to the skin for 10-15 minutes and rinse with a warm washcloth.This mask is great for soothing chapped, sunburned or otherwise irritated skin.

COMBINATION SKIN – Rose Mask

Ingredients:
(Optional: 6 fresh rose petals)
2 tbsps rosewater
1 tbsp natural yogurt, room temperature
1 tbsp runny honey (to get honey runny, you can warm it in a microwave for a few seconds)

Soak rose petals, then crush them in a bowl. Add the rosewater, yogurt and honey.
Mix well and apply to the skin. Leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse. This mask is perfect for balancing out the oily and dry areas of your skin.

ALL SKIN TYPES – Sugar Scrub

Ingredients:
2 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp warm water

Stir sugar into warm water so that it melts. Make sure that the granules are dissolved, otherwise they could tear your skin. Then apply to the face and gently massage around the skin. Rinse with warm water. This helps clear up clogged pores to give it a radiant glow.

Please let me know how it went.

Kim x

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If you are like me, you have plenty of old and unused make up products in your drawer or you even use your lip gloss you bought three years ago and can’t be bothered to throw it away because there is still something left. I guess we all have a tendency to hoard beauty products, especially when they were expensive. But unfortunately, they are not made to last forever and since expired cosmetics

Throwing away old make up is good for your skin!

can cause skin irritation and eye infections, it’s important to replace them. With spring around the corner, it is now time to spring clean your make up bag!

Of course, I did my internet research for you and put together a guide to help you decide what to keep and what to throw out.

General rules:

  • If anything has changed colour, become a strange consistency or smells different from when you bought it, then throw it out.
  • Store cosmetics in a cool, dry place outside the bathroom to extend their shelf life.

Out with the old

Clear up some space for new products, new colors, and new trends for spring. Your skin will thank you for it.

  • If you haven’t used a product for a year, you don’t really need it – get rid of it to make way for something new!
  • Always check the labels when a product expires and be especially careful with mascara or anything else with a wand as germs can pile up very easily.
  • This is a table I put together for you:
Mascara Every three months
Foundation One year
Concealer 12 – 18 months
Powder 18 months
Blush/Bronzer 18 months
Cream blush 12 – 18 months
Eye shadow 18 months
Eyeliner 18 months
Liquid eyeliner 6 months
Lipstick / lip gloss 18 months
Lip liner One year
Nail polish One year
Makeup sponges Wash after each use, throw away after a month.

In with the new

All the leading beauty companies are doing great credit crunch deals during spring, so buying new products has never been cheaper. Check out your favourite stores online to get an overview of their latest offers.

e.g. Boots are doing a three-for-two, mix-and-match offer on more than one thousand facial skincare products until April 21, which includes brands such as Olay, Roc and Garnier, as well as Boots’ own brands. You won’t miss your old stuff when you rewarded yourself with new treats.

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