Friday, January 25, 2019

INGREDIENT WATCH LIST: WHAT'S IN YOUR SKINCARE


NEED HELP DECODING PRODUCT LABELS?

Skincare brands market their products in quite deceiving ways. Making all kinds of wonderful, skin-enhancing promises.  But, if you don't understand most of the ingredients on the label, the chances are, it probably won't do what it says on the jar!  Some of these ingredients can be irritating, drying and damaging for your skin and even your health.

Especially if you suffer from eczema related skin issues, which can be made all the more worse during these cold, wintery months.  This is why it's so important to become an informed consumer and read the labels to know EXACTLY what you are buying and putting on your skin!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

KIDS SAFE NAIL POLISH: NON TOXIC & WASHABLE




THE DANGERS IN NAIL POLISH

Most little girls like to paint their nails. But, if you're concerned about the hidden dangers lurking in nail polish, you should be! Painting your child's nails with regular polish has shocking health risks. Especially for toddlers who put their painted finger nails in their mouths! Did you know that there are much safer options out there?  Including washable nail polish!  Brands like Lallabee and Suncoat Girl make natural nail polish for kids, that's water-based, non-toxic, and either washes off (Lallabee also washes off of clothes) or peels off.  Meaning the frequent colour changes kids desire need not include harsh nail varnish remover.

Monday, November 12, 2018

WINTER SKIN: FREE WINTER SKINCARE TIPS eBOOK

WINTER IS HERE
Which means it's time to beef up your beauty routine. The elements can be extremely drying and damaging for the skin.  And what with so much time spent indoors with the central heating cranked up, winter can quite literally suck the life right out of our skin! A little dramatic, I know, but it's important to pay attention to your skins's seasonal needs and adjust accordingly.

As the temperatures drop, and the air gets drier, our skin can become dehydrated and cracked.  When the skin loses it's moisture barrier it weakens its ability to protect itself.  This is why your summer beauty regime - when humidity is higher - just won't cut it during the cold winter months.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

NATURAL REMEDY FOR ECZEMA: DIY NEEM SALVE


WHAT IS ECZEMA?

Eczema is a very common inflammatory skin condition that causes the skin to become extremely irritated, itchy, dry and cracked. It occurs mostly on the face, hands, behind the knees, but can appear anywhere on the body. Those afflicted by eczema often suffer from other allergies like asthma and hay fever too. Eczema is used as a general term for allergic skin rashes caused by inflammatory skin disorders (dermatitis).

If you suffer from eczema you will know the struggle of trying to avoid anything and everything that will trigger a flare up. Which can be a living nightmare considering eczema is basically an allergic reaction brought on by abnormal sensitivities to a lot of things. But possibly the biggest trigger is dryness.

Monday, October 8, 2018

REVERSE THE SIGNS OF AGING WITH HYALURONIC ACID: 7 Organic Face Serums


WHAT IS HYALURONIC ACID?


MOISTURE BINDING

First off, don't let the word "acid" fool you.  Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is a hydrophilic gel-like, water-binding molecule that is naturally occurring in connective tissues throughout the body.  One molecule alone can hold up to 1,000 times it's weight in water!  50% of our body's total HA is found in the skin, where it helps to support and hydrate the skin due to it's amazing moisture-binding ability.  The layers of our skin are supported below the skin’s surface by fibers made up of collagen and elastin. These fibers form what is known as the connective tissue that contain primarily water, protein complexes, and hyaluronic acid.  HA is also considered a "smart nutrient" as it can adjust it's moisture absorption rate based on humidity - relative to season and climate.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

CLAY: THE ULTIMATE SKIN DETOX - DIY




WHAT IS MOROCCAN RED CLAY?

If you've ever had a fancy spa facial then you will have experienced the amazing detoxification effects of a clay face mask. There are many different groups of clays, from Bentonite, Zeolite, Pyrophillite, Kaolin and Rhassoul to European. They are all incredibly healing, detoxifying and mineral rich.  In fact Rhassoul clay, which is one of my favourite clays for homemade face masks, is unique in that it is composed of 100% minerals and trace elements. It has a higher content of silica, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, and other minerals making it extremely beneficial for the skin and hair.  These clays also have incredible detoxifying properties due to their extraordinary ability to draw out toxins, pesticides, chemicals and heavy metals from the body through a process called ionic exchange.

Friday, September 21, 2018

FALL NAIL COLORS WITH A TWIST - NON TOXIC BRANDS


WINTER IS COMING

Which means, it's time for fall nails!   If you live in colder climates you're probably pulling out your sweaters and jackets as the temperatures cool.  And if you're looking for some new color ideas as the season changes then here's some winter nail color inspiration with a twist!  Take a look at this selection of not-so-traditional autumn nail colors.  Just remember, November nails don't have to be all dark mauves and deep wine reds.  Even if Dior Nuit is calling your name!  Why not add a pop of color to your winter wardrobe?!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

THE OIL CLEANSING METHOD + DIY CLEANSING BALM RECIPE



WHAT IS THE OIL CLEANSING METHOD

I know, cleaning your face with oil may sound a bit strange if you haven't heard of the oil cleansing method (sometimes referred to as the OCM). Especially if you have oily or acne prone skin. But once you get it, it will make perfect sense, and you'll never buy makeup remover again!  Oil and it's use in skincare goes back a seriously long way. The ancient Greeks had a torturous way of cleaning their bodies at bath houses (before soap was invented) involving oil and a tool called a strigil. And the ancient Greek women used olive oil as part of their daily beauty regime, to cleanse the face and after bathing as a moisturiser.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

WHY YOUR FACE WASH IS AGING YOUR SKIN!



DOES YOUR SKIN FEELS TIGHT & DRY AFTER WASHING YOUR FACE?  

Face washes + cleansers can strip the fats (lipids) from the skin. Most face washes contain surfactants + alcohols as they're first ingredients. These ingredients disrupt the skin's barrier function by damaging the lipids that help to make up this protective barrier of our skin.


Lipids are the the skins natural fats and are really important for healthy skin, specifically epidermal lipids. There are three types of lipids that play a major role in maintaining the skin's barrier function. They are essential components in keeping the skin hydrated, by minimising moisture loss, and preventing environmental chemicals, allergens, impurities and UV light from entering the skin. Together they also aid the skin's natural repair process.

Friday, August 24, 2018

MANICURE TOOLS FOR SALON PERFECT NAILS


6 STEPS FOR A PROFESSIONAL MANI

We all love walking out of the nail salon with shiny, perfectly manicured fingernails, right? But then, after 5 or 6 days your cuticles are looking dry, you have a couple hangnails and your manicure has lost it's shine. Well, I'm here to tell that you can easily do your own nails just as good (if not better!) than a professional with the right manicure tools and products. It can be much more rewarding and even relaxing! So, here's a list of the best manicure tools and products you will need to get a perfect set of salon looking nails!

Friday, August 17, 2018

6 TOP TOXIC FREE NAIL POLISH BRANDS



WHY YOU SHOULD ONLY EVER USE NON TOXIC NAIL POLISH

There has been a lot of controversy in the nail industry over the years. From the New York Times shocking exposé on NY nail salons. To the 2015 Duke University study with the Environmental Working Group (EWG) on an ingredient used in nail polish called Triphenyl Phosphate (TPHP or TPP). A known endocrine disruptor that gets into women bodies causing reproductive issues and hormone problems. This article changed everything for me, and millions of women when it came to painting our nails. And things have never really been the same since. With nail polish brands steadily removing toxic ingredients from their formulas over the last 3 years. We now have much safer products, from 3 Free all the way up to 10 Free. So let's decipher what's in and out of these TOXIC FREE polishes, and a mention of a few brands to avoid that have chosen to stay toxic! (at the time I wrote this). Plus a list of my top favs!

Friday, August 10, 2018

HOW TO FIX A BROKEN NAIL WITH IBD FILLER POWDER (+ SUPERGLUE!)

SO, SOMETIMES I don't always practice what I preach, and this week I clean forgot to use my cuticle oil for 1 or 2 days. AND I left the house with bare, naked nails. A big no, no with nails as long as mine! 

SOMETIMES I DON'T PRACTICE WHAT I PREACH!

I forgot to use my cuticle oil for a couple days, AND I went out with bare, naked nails. Yikes! I always coat my nails in layers of strengthener, harder or polish to protect them. So, obviously I broke a nail. But as they say, every cloud has a silver lining, and now I get to blog about one of favourite, truly amazing nail products, IBD Nail Filler Powder. Normally I use it alongside IBD 5 Second Brush-On Gel Resin, but I was all out and had not got to the nail supply store. Double disaster! Lucky for me I had some superglue in the drawer. If you've broken your nail and it's not completely detached from your finger and you don't want to file ALL your nails down, then read on! Or, you can just scroll to bottom to watch how I fix my broken fingernails

Monday, July 30, 2018

8 SUPERFOODS FOR SUPER NAILS



8 BEAUTY-NUTRIENT RICH FOODS FOR HEALTHY NAIL GROWTH

A balanced diet is key for healthy, strong nails. Here's a list of 8 foods that are packed full of what I like to call "Beauty Nutrients". If you're trying to grow your nails, or you have weak, brittle nails then you need to put these items on your shopping list today!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

DIY - APPLE CIDER VINEGAR PH BALANCING TONER | RECIPE


WHY APPLE CIDER VINEGAR IS SO GOOD FOR YOUR SKIN
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a great addition to your DIY beauty regime.  Because it contains a bunch of fantastic ingredients that work together to promote really healthy skin.  ACV has many uses from cleaning house to weight loss to hair rinses and even treating thrush.  But I use it use it for a DIY toner. And here's why..

Friday, July 20, 2018

THE POWER OF FLAXSEEDS + DIY FLAXSEED GEL RECIPE


THIS TINY SEED PACKS A POWERFUL NUTRITIONAL PUNCH

Flax is one of the richest sources of plant-based omega-3 fatty acid, called Alpha-Linolenic Acid(ALA). Which supports skin health by decreasing skin cell inflammation & promoting cell regeneration.

Flaxseed has been around for thousands of years. Believed to have been cultivated in Mesopotamia as early as 4500 BCE, it was a common crop used in the production of nets, cloth, linseed oil and even pharmaceuticals. Fibres from flax were even found in linen used to wrap mummies in ancient Egypt.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

All Natural Anti-Aging Face Oil



IS IT TIME TO TRY A DIY?

If, like me you're sick of buying 'natural' skincare products that are marketed as natural, yet you still need to google most of the ingredients.  Then it might be time to try a DIY.  Store bought skincare can contain alcohols, toxic synthetic ingredients, silicones and fragrance, which totally defeat the purpose of a nourishing, hydrating serum or face oil!  These ingredients are incredibly drying and can be triggering for eczema suffers.

3 MINUTE DIY CUTICLE OIL + LONG NAIL TIPS + RECIPE



THE KEY TO STRONG NAILS

I massage cuticle oil into my nails anywhere from twice to five times a day. If I miss a day or two I risk breaking a nail as they get brittle quick.  It plays a big role in the reason my nails grow long and strong, because it nourishes, hydrates and strengthens my nails and surrounding area, especially the matrix.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

5 TIPS TO GROW YOUR NAILS LONG + STRONG



"Beautiful skin requires commitment, not a miracle" - Erno Laszlo

I don't have particularly strong nails but I'm 100% committed to having long, healthy nails.  That's why I love Erno Laszlo's quote from the 1920's.  If you are committed to your body and treat it well it will glow with health.  My nails are a testament to this, if I don't follow this list religously they get brittle, weak and end up breaking.  I tend to keep my nails shorter in the winter, so about 3 months ago it was time to get my summer nails back.  And this how is basically how i did it.  A list of the five main things I do to grow really strong, healthy nails, and also how I maintain them.

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