Tuesday, August 27, 2013

DIY: HOMEMADE PEPPERMINT TOOTHPASTE

Have you ever looked at the list of ingredients on the side of a toothpaste? If you have, you would probably have a question like me. Why do they put so many things in there? Most of which I can't even pronounce and many of them don't have very good reputations of being good for your health eg. SLS & Triclosan. Especially now that there's many studies about Fluoride, that it might be bad for you. It makes me wonder why I want to put these chemicals in my mouth (and possibly my stomach) at least twice a day.


So, I decided to make my own toothpaste with only a few ingredients most of which I can find in my kitchen & in my bathroom cabinet.

Here's what you need:


6 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1 Tbsp Glycerin
3 Tbsp Baking Soda
1 Tbsp Salt 
(I use sea salt but normal table salt would do)
1 Tsp Hydrogen Peroxide
(This is for whitening benefit. You can leave it out)
A few drop of liquid Stevia
(or a sachet of Stevia)
A few drops of Peppermint essence/oil

Mix everything together in a clear container with a lid. This should last for a few months.


It takes a while to get used to this kind of toothpaste; no bubbles and less cooling sensation. But I can tell you that I feel my teeth are as clean as using the normal toothpaste. The difference is that I know what's in there and they're safe for me.

Smile!



Be Peachy. Be Glamorous. Be You.


Thursday, August 22, 2013

TUTORIAL: PURPLE OCEAN EYES

I saw this beautiful makeup look on Farmers (NZ's Department Store) latest Beauty Catalogue & wanted to try to recreate the look. So, on a fine afternoon, I sat down and started to paint myself with these beautiful colours. 

From farmers website

Products used:
**FACE & CHEEKS**
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Ceylan (I'm a NC25)
MAYBELLINE Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer in Nude
 [I used this over the concealer to brighten up under my eyes]
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Dark
[I used this to put the colour back to my complexion & to set the foundation with a powder brush]
STILA Cheek Color in Tint
**EYES**
  URBAN DECAY Primer Potion (Eden)
BH COSMETICS Day & Night Eyeshadow Palette
[Shades used are circled in the photo]
URBAN DECAY 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero
[On the upper & lower lash line]
RIMMEL Eyebrow Pencil in Black Brown


**LIPS**
AVON Care Restore Lip Balm with Sunscreen
[I love this stuff underneath the lip products]
ZA Pure Shine Lips in Praline (BE01)
[This is one of a few nude lipsticks that suit my skin tone]
NYX Mega Shine Lipgloss in Natural



Hope you like this look.


Be Peachy. Be Glamorous. Be You.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Chek out my AVON Beauty Boutique on Facebook

Click this link for my AVON Beauty Boutique: How do I love beauty? Let me count the ways. 

My AVON Beauty Boutique

My favourite must have products, the latest trends and exclusive offers are all waiting for you to discover at my Avon Beauty Boutique.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

CINDERELLA'S GLASS SLIPPERS MOVE AWAY.....

If I were Cinderella, I wouldn't care for a pair of glass slippers! There are too many of gorgeous stilettos out there, that are way way way sexier & (probably) more comfortable than the fairy tale heels.

Here's a few of my DREAM shoes:

1) A pair of Christian Louboutin's Lady Peep pumps. Though, I wouldn't want to have a surgery to remove my bunions like VB. But If I have been given a pair of these beauties, I wouldn't wait, for a second, to say Yes! The spell of that signature Red sole always stops my heart.

 2) If I could pick only ONE pair of heels to wear for the rest of my life, these nude Manolo Blahnik's BB pumps would be it. The 4" classic pumps, inspired by Brigitte Bardot, will go with nearly everything you have in the wardrobe: skirts, jeans or tailored pants. I've been in love with them since I saw SJP worn them on Sex & The City.




3) You might be familiar with those cute Kitty flats that every female celebs seem to be waring. Charlotte Olympia's shoes are everywhere! But my pick would be these Paloma heels. The blue is my most favourite. The simple but yet seductive & sophisticated. Just looking at them makes me feel sexy & I'm serious!




All of these shoes are ridiculously expensive and that's the reason why they're my "dream" shoes. If I ever had enough money to own all these, I didn't think I can justify buying something for my feet with that kind of prices.


Thursday, August 15, 2013

AVON SPEED DRY NAIL ENAMEL IN STRAWBERRY

I have to tell you that I'm instantly in love with this nail colour. When I looked at the AVON brochure, the name "Strawberry" gave me the idea of it as a reddish pink. But NO, I was wrong. It's a very gorgeous fuchsia. Deep enough for Winter. The bright & bold also makes it great for Spring/Summer.


I used 2 coats + a top coat.

 The colour is brightened my skin very nicely. It gives my hand a very youthful look but not OTT for someone in her 30s. 



Saturday, August 3, 2013

REVIEW: SCHWARZKOPF ULTIMATE COLOUR MULTI-USAGE PERMANENT COLOUR FOAM

As much as I like my hair to be professionally coloured, I'm just a little too frugal to visit the salon every time I want to touch up my roots & cover my greys. The other day I went to get my usual Schwarzkopf hair colour products (either Brilliance or Live Salon Permanent), I saw this new Ultimate Colour Multi-Usage Permanent Colour Foam (Phew! quite a mouthful there) on the shelf. I decided to give it a go for a change.


The word multi-usage is what draw me to this product. It claims to be enough product for "regrowth application every 4 weeks for up to 6 months". That's like up to 6 times of root touch-ups. I would be happy just 2 times from 1 bottle. So, this sounds pretty good to me.


I picked the shade 400 Dark Brown as it's the closest one to my natural hair colour. And, it seems to be the closest one to the usual Schwazkopf hair colours I've used.


The foam applicator comes with 2 separate canisters. As you can see, there are 2 nozzles which pump out the 2 ingredients; one is a colour & one is a developer. When I squirted the foam out, I only saw very slight brown tint on one side. Well, it was more like white foam with a few streaks of light brown.


The thick foam was very easy to apply with no dripping at all. The mixture changed to a darker colour (more like what I expected) after leaving on my hair as instructed. Well, the process is pretty much like any other hair colouring products. The smell is not overpowering which is a good thing.

As it was the 1st time I used this products, I followed the full-head application & leave it for 30 minutes. I then rinsed off & conditioned as you normally do with an at-home hair colour. I have to say I was very disappointed with the result. It didn't cover any of my grey hair. What it did was slightly lightened my hair which makes the greys less obvious. 


I still have the rest of the products. So, I will redo it again, maybe next week & see if the second application will give me a better result than the initial one. 

I'll update you on that.