Wednesday, 28 October 2015

My love for Coffee

Are you are like me who cannot get through the morning without my coffee?
Well my lovely friends I have a recipe for a healthier Iced coffee to make at home for the summer time...
(Instant, Filter or Espresso pod)
Pinch of Salt
(reduce bitterness)
Sugar or Sweetener

Start by making a very small amount of strong coffee.
If you are using Instant or Filter coffee then I use a 1:3 ratio of coffee to boiling water.
Add the salt and sugar.
The amount of sugar is really up to you as to how sweet you like your Coffee.
Add the Ice to your drinking glass then add the coffee.
Top the glass up with milk.
Pop in a straw and enjoy!

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Nails on a Budget

So towards the end of the month our pockets start to feel pretty skinny but this won't stop us from letting our nails still look fabulous... Here's how I do it... 
 I cannot stress this enough, it is as important as looking after your own skin. Prepping is vital for taking care of the nail bed & for the lasting of your nail polish. Start by using a strengthening or moisturising nail polish remover and don't forget to remove all the dirt from under your nails (yuck). Once cleaned, file the edges of the nail then moving onto removing the nail ridges on the nail bed. Next smooth the nail bed and finally shine the nail. I personally don't shine my nails if I am going to put a polish over as it is enough shine for me.
It makes your nails look gorgeous when bare.
I love the Sally Hansen Cuticle Eraser & Balm. It softens the cuticles enough to remove them and create the perfect nail bed. I'd recommend you do this at least an hour before you start the painting process and clear it off the nail, as I find the balm is a bit 'waxy' and doesn't let the polish stick. simply put a little of the balm on your cuticles and push back with a nail stick.
I find this step as an added bonus, 'A personal relaxing step' if you will. Choose a good hand and nail cream, balm or butter and massage it into your hands and wrists. this just makes your little paws pretty and radiant. If you do this step, don't forget to use a cotton pad to remove the cream, balm or butter from your nails before you start the next step.
I have found an awesome long-lasting gel polish made by Essence. There is no need for a lamp and it gives an awesome gel finish. It's so good that often my friends have asked where I had my nails done.
The tip to getting an even polish is to start by wiping half of the brush on the inside of the polish bottle. Then start in the middle of the nail by the cuticle and pull down with firm pressure and move over to the furthest side from you and then back to the other side. Do a once over to smooth out any missed places and gathering of polish. Don't forget to leave the polish to dry each time you do a coat.
Lets start off with a Base coat. This preps the nail for the colour coat to stick better and reduce the chance of chipping.
 Once dry do a coat or two of your favourite colour polish depending on how strong the colour is and how strong you want the colour to be. Often two coats is just the right amount. You can use any colour polish by any brand.
Now to seal the deal, coat your pretty nail with the top coat to add shine and help reduce chipping.

Now to finish off, use a Corrector pen to take away any smudges or imperfections.

Your nails should last you up to a week or two, just don't forget to buy a pair of gloves to wash the dishes. Now go show off your beautiful nails.


Monday, 5 October 2015

Homemade Coffee Scrub

I have recently found this amazing homemade scrub which helps to fight against cellulite, leaves skin feeling gorgeous and it makes an amazing gift too! It is sometimes better than store bought, but that's between us girls.
We all have these ingredients laying around at home so why not try it?


Coffee Granules
Oil (Coconut, Almond or Olive)
Sugar (I like a finer variety)
Use a 2:1:1 ratio.
Depending on how much you are wanting to make. Just remember that when the weather is warm you should make it in small doses to prevent it from moulding.


Combine all the ingredients
Apply to your face and gently rub in circular motions otherwise apply it to your body, gently rub in circular motions for 10 min then leave to dry completely
Now rinse off!

Your bath/shower/bathroom should look like a muddy pig just ran through so be careful!
On the plus side, your skin will feel AMA-ZING!
Just don't forget to store it in an air-tight jar, tub or pot.
If you are wanting to give this lovely handmade scrub as a gift why not make it a little interesting? 
Add vanilla or cinnamon to make it smell extra lovely.
Finally place it in a cute little jar with a ribbon around it.
Who knows people might start buying it from you.