Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Henna hair: how I hennaed.

In this post I'll tell you in detail how I hennaed my hair. The way I henna is sort of a combination of a full application and a gloss, meaning that I use a lot of henna, and I leave it in my hair for a long time, but I add conditioner to my mix as well. Because of that my method is not an all natural one, but you could simply leave the conditioner out if you like. Anyhow there are three sections here: mixing, applying, and rinsing.

Monday, 28 April 2014

Henna hair: about henna.

If you're into natural products, henna may be up your street! I'd been wanting to try dying my hair with henna for a long time, and last autumn, I finally went for it! By now it has faded and grown out a lot, so it was high time for a touch-up! In this and the next few posts I'll be sharing some info, my experience, and results.

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Natural skincare: cleansing.

I have never had great skin, and unfortunately I still don't. But all the cleansers, creams and toners that I've tried in the past didn't make any difference for my skin. I still use a few products such as a day cream with spf, a scrub and a serum when I need them. But for the purpose of cleansing my skin I use three natural 'products' now.

Friday, 25 April 2014

The ethics of food.

Earth week seems an appropriate time to focus on sustainability. In this case sustainability of our food. A few months back I read a tiny piece in the newspaper that made me think about where our food comes from. Most of my food comes from the supermarket. And whilst I prefer free range eggs to others, there's so much more to the food supply chain then we all think about whilst food shopping. Are we harming our planet and other people by consuming certain products?

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Easy Peasy Recipe: avocado mash up.

I've been having avocado a few times lately. Then my sister gave me a tip to make it a bit more substantial. Whilst it isn't the most attractive looking, it makes for a good lunch!

Monday, 21 April 2014

Jogging update.

It's been a month since the last jogging update, so it's high time for another one! Unfortunately jogging hasn't gone too well...

Sunday, 20 April 2014

NOTD: Greenish.

Good morning!
As a close to the nail themed week, here's a nail of the day.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Make nail varnish dry quicker.

I am always clumsy when it comes to freshly painted nails. the varnish is usually damaged before it has even dried up properly. A good top coat should be of help here, but I don't have a good one. So apart from having the patience of a saint, here's what I do in my pursuit for smoothly polished nails.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Easter nails: a chick and polka dots.

When A. and I were painting our nails together, we were looking at some colour combinations. But when I pointed out that my yellow varnish was very Easter like, she said that I could paint eyes an a beak on it so it looks like a chick. And so I did!

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Spring nails: Pistachio Ice Cream.

I don't have many pastel nail varnishes, so when I wanted to give it a try last year, I got myself an MUA £1 nail polish. I picked the shade Pistachio Ice Cream which is a pale green.

Monday, 14 April 2014

NOTD: Gold & Brown.

As you may know by now I like to paint my nails in more than one colour at a time. After a bit of nail painting with my friend A., I figured these two varnishes would make a good combo, and I still think they do.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Marvellous music: Alan Menken for Disney.

I'm a sucker for Disney films and one of my favourites is Beauty and the Beast. A long time ago someone pointed out to me that the music in the film was really good. So the next time I watched the film, I tried to pay attention to the music rather than sing along with the songs in my mind. Not just when the characters are singing, but also when there's background music during a conversation or during the battle in the castle - "battle on the tower" on the CD that is. And he was right, the music is absolutely beautiful!

Much later, when I was listening to the music from Tangled last spring, I could recognise the same style. So I did an internet search and found out I was right: the music of the two films was written by the same composer. It's written by Alan Menken, and clearly I'm not the only one who loves his music: he's received loads of awards! He has written music for Disney, but also for other films, musicals and for television.

But Disney is what I know him for and so here are a few of his Disney songs I found on YouTube:

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Easy Peasy Recipe: Italian sweet pepper and goats' cheese.

I'm still loving goats' cheese, so here's another recipe using it! I first tried this recipe with two friends of mine. We were cooking together and had this as a starter.
It was so delicious I've had it several more times since! 

Monday, 7 April 2014

An old favourite: Essence blush stain.

It's rather rare for me to use up a make-up product. And I haven't used up this one yet, but I thought I'd write about it before I do. The product I'm talking about is the Essence NATventURista blush stain. It was part of a limited edition collection which was sold in September and October 2011. 
It's almost empty now and here's why I love it so much.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Nail art for dummies #3.

Last weekend I decided to paint my nails and I did another attempt at "nail art". This is very much of a challenge for me. I think I just have bad fine motor skills since my handwriting is horrendous too and I cannot cut straightly with scissors. So it didn't turn out as well as I hoped for, but here it is.