Bridal beauty count down

Bridal beauty
Plan ahead with your bridal beauty.
Hair & make-up by Tina Prajapat

With so much to organise when planning a wedding (especially an Asian wedding) it’s quite easy to forget about yourself when it comes to preparing your skin so it’s at it’s best when the big day arrives. Make-up is great for hiding imperfections on the skin and sculpting and enhancing your features but there are a few things that you can do in the months and weeks building up to the wedding to create the perfect canvas for that flawless finish to your look. More…

How to do a DIY facial

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How to do a facial at home

The inspiration for this post has come from my bridal clients who regularly ask me how they can look after their skin at home, while you can’t quite match the relaxing effects of a professional facial you can recreate the sequence of a basic facial at home with products you can easily purchase on the high street. By doing a facial at home you can save yourself time and money and create yourself a good skin care routine. More…

Weleda Skin Food

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Weleda Skin Food

Weleda is one of my favourite brands for natural skin care, I regularly use Skin Food when my skin is feeling dry whether it on my hands, face or body. Made with organic sunflower seed oil, and extracts of wild pansy, chamomile, calendula, revitalising rosemary extract and delicately fragranced with refreshing essential oils including sweet orange and lavandulae it’s the natural choice for everyday care of the face and body. More…

Various ways to use coconut oil

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Coconut oil

Coconut oil is probably one of the most versatile oils in both the kitchen and bathroom cabinet. It’s a saturated fat made up of medium-chain fatty acids which are very easily digested when taken internally and is the only oil that I use to cook with as it has the highest burn point of all the oils, it also makes a good skin moisturiser or base for adding essential oils to. It’s important that you get a good quality oil that is not hydrogenated (all hydrogenated oils should be avoided as they have been proven to be very damaging to your health). Look for ‘cold pressed raw virgin coconut oil’ when buying to make sure you are getting a good quality oil, I like Biona coconut oil which I buy in an 800g tub from Amazon.  It’s solid in cold temperatures and liquid in warmer temperatures so the consistency will change depending on the weather. More…

Crystal deodorant sticks

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crystal deodorant stick

I’m always on the look out for natural hair and beauty products and have recently been looking for a more natural type of deodorant, I’ve heard of crystal deodorant sticks before but never really took them seriously as the thought of a crystal doing anything for perspiration just seemed impossible. So last week I was ordering some faith in nature products as I wanted to try a new brand and stumbled across their crystal deodorant stick, I would have normally scrolled straight passed it but the reviews for it caught my attention as they were all pretty high and after reading them I became convinced it might be worth a try. So I added it to my basket with the thought that it probably wont work but I’m only wasting a few pounds. More…

Oil cleansing

I’ve been oil cleansing for a few years now and I find it suits my skin much better than any of the other cleansers I’ve tried in the past, I also love making my own products as they are so much more purer and natural than the majority of the shop bought ones. Everyone’s skin is different and reacts to different products in different ways so what works for one person my not be suitable for another so experiment and see if it suits you. Some experience mild detox reactions and find their skin takes a few weeks to settle down before they see the full benefits of oil cleansing.

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Jojoba oil

Jojoba oil (pronounced ho ho ba) comes from the jojoba bean and is actually a liquid wax, it’s structure is the closest match to our own natural oil (sebum) produced by the skin, this is what makes Jojoba oil perfect for all skin types.  It will moisturise dry skin and help to balance oily skin by tricking it into thinking its already produced enough oil, so if you have oily skin or oily areas then after cleansing apply a little Jojoba oil to those areas to help prevent excess oil being produced. The anti-inflammatory properties of the oil make it good for acne skin too, a useful website if you are suffering with acne is acne.org

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Jojoba oil and Jojoba and Tea Tree

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Home made skin serum

You can’t beat making your own skin care, your skin absorbs everything you put on it so it makes sense to be in control of the ingredients going into your products. I don’t use skin serums every day but I do like to add them into my skin care routine a few times a week usually at night under a light moisturiser or an aromatherapy facial oil (always home made).  Skin serums give your skin a boost of nourishment and allow your moisturiser to penetrate further into your skin preventing moisture loss therefore hydrating your skin. Here are the ingredients for the home made beauty serum that I make.  More…

My favourite product for dry lips

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Elizabeth Arden Eight hour cream

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant is my go to product for dry cracked lips or even just dry rough skin. Its the best product that I have found for keeping lips moist and it actually penetrates the skin, I’ve tried quite a few lip products over the years and found that they either just sat on top of the lips, felt too waxy or came off too quickly. If your lips are feeling dry and starting to crack then apply this product liberally for best results. If you want to wear lipstick then apply the Eight Hour Cream followed by your lipstick then finish with another layer of Eight Hour Cream to really lock in the moisture and in place of lip gloss to finish with a shine. More…