Friday, May 27, 2011

Color brightening tea rinse

Keeping on the tea trend from my last post, I want to talk about how tea can be used to brighten any shade of hair from red to blonde to brown. There is a type of tea that works for every shade.

Brunettes – Just brew two cups of strong black tea and use as a rinse for your hair after shampooing. Let it sit for 10 minutes. It will darken the hair a bit, so don't use this if you have very light brown that you want to keep light. Rinsing your hair with black tea will add shine and highlights to your beautiful brown locks.

Blondes (or light brown) – All you need to do is make a batch of chamomile tea. Just use 3 or 4 tea bags in about 2 cups of water. You need the tea for your hair to be a lot stronger than tea you would drink. Let it steep until strong. After shampooing wring the excess water out of your hair and saturate your hair with the chamomile tea. Allow the tea to sit for 10 minutes before rinsing. This will also lighten a bit and add shine. If you put chamomile in your hair before sitting out in the sun, it will add highlights.

Red heads – Lighter shades of red can use chamomile, but to bring out more red highlights you can use rooibos tea or hibiscus tea. Rooibos tea is a very lovely shade of red orange which is perfect for enhancing highlights for those with red hair. It also adds lovely shine. Just let the tea sit for 10 minutes after shampooing.

Tea can also improve the general health of hair and leave it in a much better condition. You can use a tea rinse once a week.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Lingering nail color? No problem!

I know I've posted a lot about the power of lemons in the past, and today's post is no stranger to the yellow citrus fruit that I love so much! In the Spring and Summer I never go bare – nail wise that is. I always have to have a bright, fun color on my toes and fingers. If you're like me, you may notice that sometimes bright, or even dark nail polishes can stain the surface of the nail and leave a not so pretty mess behind.

Well, lemons are the easy fix for stains. All you have to do is cut a lemon in half and stick your nails in it for 5 minutes. This trick will help brighten your nails instantly, leaving you with a stain free natural nail! Easy, huh? Now you can feel free to experiment with stubborn colors this upcoming season!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Oil, be gone!

Have you ever been out to dinner, running errands, shopping or at work and notice you're looking more like an oil slick than the chic glamourista you started the day out looking like? Forget caking on powder or blotting the shine with pricey oil absorbing sheets because I have an easier, cheaper solution for you. Just head towards any public restroom and grab a toilet seat cover. That material works exactly the same as mass marketed blotting sheets. Just dab the seat cover over your oily areas and voila! The matte look you love is back! Try it out – you'll love it! I promise!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Spots no more.

If you’ve been reading my blog since the beginning you know all about my adoration for honey and it’s magical healing properties. Honey is incredibly nourishing and beneficial for most skin types, especially oily or acne prone skin.

When you mix 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of wheat germ together you get a super face cleanser. Wheat germ in this case is used as an antiseptic and toner. This mask is amazing for those who have acne. Combine the two ingredients and get your face wet with warm water (warm water opens the pores). Just gently rub the mixture on your face with your fingers and leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and your skin will feel refreshed and clean.

If you don’t want to apply the mixture to your entire face, you can dab it directly onto blemishes following the same instructions as above.