How To Make A Deep Conditioning Coconut Oil Hair Mask

HOW TO MAKE A DEEP CONDITIONING COCONUT OIL HAIR MASK

Girls, I’ve been posting a lot of reviews lately so I thought I’d switch it up a little and post an easy DIY Beauty Project for you all to try. I’m going to show you beauties how to make a deep conditioning coconut oil hair mask which is a quick, inexpensive & an easy way to deeply nourish and condition damaged hair without forking out on expensive hair products. Most hair products work to make hair LOOK healthier but they don’t work within like coconut oil which helps to prevent hair breakage, controls frizz, eliminates dandruff and soothes scalp psoriasis and it is also a great moisturiser for both the scalp and hair, helping to stimulate hair growth and make hair softer, shinier and healthier-looking.

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I use a deep conditioning coconut oil hair mask about once or twice a week and I always leave it on overnight to give it the deepest treatment possible. You can leave it on for however long you want but I’d recommend at least an hour to let the oil do its magic. Coconut oil can be hard to remove from the hair but a couple of washes will eventually get the oil out – just make sure to condition afterwards.


What You Will Need:

Coconut OilI’m using some 100% organic, extra virgin, raw cold pressed coconut oil which I got for £2.99 at B&M. Total Bargain! You can also get some HERE.

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A BowlI use a Tinting Bowl – you can get them cheap HERE.

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A Tinting Brush – You can get one HERE

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An Old T-ShirtCoconut oil gets very messy! Don’t wear your fave top.

ClingfilmThis will keep the heat in and stop any oil from dripping down your face.


How To Make The Coconut Oil Hair Mask:

Put on an old t-shirt because coconut oil can stain and it can be really messy.

Comb through hair and detangle any knots.

Put a few tablespoons of solid coconut oil into a bowl and melt for 10 seconds in the microwave. Turning the solid oil into a hot liquid oil which will penetrate hair better than a cold oil. Give it a good stir.

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Part hair into four sections and apply the coconut oil to the roots, mid-lengths and ends using the tinting brush for precise application.

If there is any left over oil just apply it to the hair with your fingers and massage in for a minute or two, paying attention to the scalp area to stimulate hair growth.

Comb through to ensure full coverage and even distribution.

Tie hair up into a bun and wrap the whole of your head with clingfilm.

Leave on for 1 hour + or overnight for an even deeper conditioning treatment. Make sure to place a towel over your pillow to prevent staining if you are leaving it on overnight.

To wash off – shampoo hair two or three times and condition as usual.  Coconut oil can be difficult to remove so it may require more than one wash to completely remove it from the hair.

Style hair as usual.

Use 1-2 times a week for lush, healthy hair!


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DIY Craft Project: Hanging Glitter Storage Box / Wall Art

OMG – this is my second DIY Craft Project that I have posted today! I’ve gone months without posting any craft tutorials but today I’m feeling crafty & creative so there ya go! I had some boring, plain boxes lying around and I ordered one too many rolls of Muriva Sparkle Glitter Wallpaper last week, (which I got here* for £16.39 a roll) when I was re-decorating my living room. The wallpaper was too pretty to throw away, so I thought I’d make some pretty little storage boxes with the glittery left-overs.

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What You Will Need

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a strong, sturdy box with a lid

wallpaper or pretty paper

scissors

PVA glue 

superglue

pretty birthday cards

a pen or pencil

How To Make The Glitter Storage Box:

Place the box lid in the middle of the wallpaper and cut around the box so you have enough to cover the front and the sides, add an inch on to overlap the edges.

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Put some PVA glue into a bowl/container. Using a small paintbrush, slather on the PVA glue on to the front of the box.

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Turn the box around and place it front down in the centre of the wallpaper, smooth ing it down with your hands to make sure it sticks.

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Using a pen draw a dotted line starting from the corners of the box, right down to the end of the wallpaper. Cut along the dotted line right up to the corners of the box.

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Press the overlapping wallpaper against the edges of the box and cut off the ‘triangle’, so the wallpaper has a straight edge against the box corner. Repeat this for all corners of the box. See pics below for example.

When you have finished tidying up the edges you should have something that looks like the picture below. Slather on PVA glue all over the overlapping paper and edges of the box then press down to make sure it sticks.

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Apply super glue along the inch of wallpaper and fold it over the edge, pressing down for a minute or so to make sure it sticks. Repeat this for all sides of the box.

Now the top of the box is done so repeat the same steps for the bottom of the box.

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The next step is optional. You can do whatever you want to design the front of the box. I used a pretty birthday card which I got from my sister and I cut out the pop up words ‘you’ve got that special something’ and used super glue to stick them down onto the box.

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Optional: You don’t have to add a handle if you don’t want to hang it up on the wall as wall art. But, if you do, take the bottom of the box and glue some ribbon or string to the top of the box. I had to use some strong duct tape as the glue wouldn’t stick to the glitter wallpaper because it is vinyl. I would have used my glue gun but I’ve run out of glue sticks. If you’re using ‘paper’ wallpaper – super glue should work fine.

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When the box has been covered with wallpaper and you have stuck your words / pictures / embellishments down, glued on a handle so you can hang it up & your happy with how it looks  – go ahead and fill the box up with some goodies.

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I’m using my glitter box to store some beauty samples, kirby clips and hair bobbles.

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I hope you guys have enjoyed this DIY Craft Project. If you like it please share it with your friends by clicking on the ‘Pinterest’ icon below and clicking share.

If you decide to make your own hanging glitter storage box – please tweet me your photo’s on Twitter – @KatieRoseLovesx or tag me on Instagram – @katieroseloves, you could also post to my wall on Facebook – here.
I would really love to see what you have made!

Mwah! x

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DIY Beauty Project: Activated Charcoal ‘Black Mask’

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In the last few years, activated charcoal has become a must have ingredient in skincare products, mainly because it has wonderful detoxifying properties, it’s great for cleansing the skin of dirt, drawing out impurities and its a godsend for getting rid of blackheads. It’s become very popular for teeth whitening too. I use activated charcoal about once or twice weekly to keep my teeth looking white and polished – check out my DIY Charcoal Tooth Whitening Toothpaste here.

What You’ll Need To Make The Black Mask?

For this DIY you will only need two activated charcoal capsules. If you haven’t got any you can buy some at most healthcare & vitamin shops. I got mine here on Amazon UK. I paid £15 for a bottle of 365 capsules and I only use activated charcoal on my skin and teeth so a whole years supply will last me for ages.

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You’ll also need some non-toxic PVA glue. I picked a bottle up from the kids craft aisle in Home Bargains for 89p.

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You will need something to mix it in such as a bowl or tub and a clean make-up brush or flat make-up sponge. I used a lid of one of my moisturisers which was big enough and I also used a make-up sponge as I didn’t want to ruin my make-up brushes.

How To Make The Black Mask?

Pour a dollop or two of PVA glue into the bowl and carefully open each activated charcoal capsule adding the black ‘ash’ to the bowl.

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Give it a good mix and your done.

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How To Use The Black Mask?

I recommend steaming your face with a facial steamer for five minutes beforehand. If you haven’t got a steamer just fill a large bowl up with hot kettle water, place your head over the bowl and cover with a bath towel to stop steam from escaping.

Using a brush apply the black mask to your t-zone, nose, forehead, cheeks and chin, or anywhere that has blackheads and blocked pores. Avoid your hair-line and your eyebrows as it will hurt like hell if you peel off hairs.

Leave the black mask on for 15 to 20 minutes, or until it has fully dried on the skin.

Peel off the mask starting from the bottom, gently pulling upwards. Once removed, you will notice all the gunk, dirt and blackheads stuck to it.

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Splash your face with cold water to close your pores.

Use once or twice weekly for best results.

Verdict:

At first I was a bit weary about putting glue on my face but it is perfectly safe just make sure you use PVA glue or any non toxic child glue. DO NOT use super glue ha ha. I’ve got to say, I’m very happy and impressed with this DIY, it was the easiest thing to make and I’m surprised at how much it looks like store-bought black masks, it works just as good too. It did work at removing blackheads from my t-zone, it didn’t hurt when removing and my skin didn’t feel irritated afterwards.

So, thumbs up this DIY Black Mask was a success!

Love

Katie

DIY Natural Beauty Project: Black Tea Hair Rinse To Speed Up Hair Growth & Add A Glossy Shine

I love a good cuppa I do.

To be completely honest I’m a bit of a tea tank and I can easily drink twenty cups a day. The last 3 weeks I have not only been sippin’ on cuppa’s but I have been using my teabags to make my own DIY Black Tea Hair Rinse to see if it can help reduce shedding of the hair, stimulate hair growth and thickness as well as enchance shine as I long for long, full and thick hair and I regret getting the chop.

You must have seen all these miracle hair growing shampoo’s that prevent hair falling out and helps to make your own hair grow back thicker, fuller and longer? Let’s take the well-known, Alpecin for example. Well basically, Alpecin is very rich in caffeine and well, Black Tea is extremely rich in caffeine too and it doesn’t contain any nasty ingredients or chemicals that some hair brand dump in their shampoo’s. Ït is completely natural and a lot cheaper than those miracle shampoo’s.

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Cup of freshly brewed black tea in a plain white china cup and saucer surrounded by scattered unused teabags

What You Need?

5 TEABAGS (just your regular PG Tips, Tetley, Yorkshire Tea, etc…)

A LARGE BOWL (A plastic dishbowl is perfect or just anything to put the tea into and then pour over your head.)

HOT KETTLE WATER(To steep & brew the teabags and extract all the goodness of the black tea into the hot water).

Let’s start:

1: Soak the teabags in hot kettle water for a few hours or for best results over night. (Don’t add sugar, don’t add milk, he he.)

2: When the Teabags have been steeped for 12-24 hours, take each teabag and squeeze all of the excess liquid back into the bowl. We want every drop!

3: Don’t be alarmed by this step. Its kind of similar to washing your hair in the sink, Ha. So. dip your head into the bowl leaving it submerged in the water for about 5 minutes and completely saturate your scalp and hair with the Black Tea. Or if you can’t be bothered dunking your head in a bowl for five minutes, simply pour the Black Tea water over your whole head, then follow with a shower cap – just make sure you do it in the bathroom otherwise you’ll have a puddle to clean up. Wear old clothes too. Tea stains are a bitch to get out.

4: When the five minutes of dunking is up, don’t squeeze out the excess water from your hair. Clamp your hair up into a loose bun and put on a shower cap, keeping a face towel near to wipe any black tea that falls down onto your face.

5: Leave the black tea water on your hair for a whole hour, then rinse and follow up with a nourishing conditioner.

6: Results will not be visible straight away but you will definitely see results by doing a Black Tea Rinse, week by week. Add the Black Tea Rinse into your beauty regime, its worth a try and the only thing your losing is teabags, hey. Forget the expensive ‘miracle’ shampoo’s. Black Tea works just as well.

REMEMBER: DONT USE HOT WATER ON YOUR HEAD. LET THE WATER COOL

Little tip: Keep the used tea bags and recycle them for your eyes to reduce dark circles, irritation and puffiness… They help to soothe and brighten your eyes too.

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My results after 3 weeks:

So, once a week I have been doing a Black Tea Rinse on my hair and so far I am very pleased with the results. My hair always feels soft, smooth and looks shiny afterwards and by week 3 of doing weekly rinses, I can feel how much thicker my hair is becoming and I can definitely see less hair loss after brushing.

You guys should give this a whirl, you probably have teabags at home so you can start right now if you wish. Let me know if you guys try it and continue to use it weekly. I’d love to see your results.

I’d love to hear some of your favourite DIY beauty Projects which you have found on the internet?

I adore crafting my own beauty recipes, so you guys will be doing me a BIG favour if you share some of your ‘makes’ below? I might even post about them on here.

Love

Kate x

DIY Beauty Project: Detox Your Skin With A Bentonite Clay Bath – Great For Psoriasis

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I’m going to show you all how you can detox your mind, body and soul by taking a bentonite clay bath which will eliminate all toxins and impurities from your skin making you a healthier, happier person with cleansed beautiful skin.

The internet is an amazing place for knowledge isn’t it. I have learned so much more from the internet than I ever did at school and thanks to google I have taught myself all about the amazing health benefits bentonite clay has. After learning how it can help not only the skin but mind, body and soul – I knew I had to use it more often, not just as a face mask.

I came across a post online about the benefits of taking regular clay baths and I couldn’t wait to give it a try. I’ve never had a clay bath before, I have never had a detox of any kind before but I have lost count of how many clay face masks I’ve had in the past so this was something completely new to me. After taking just a couple of clay baths, I can already see and feel the benefits of it and it is something I will be doing a lot of from now on. Maybe twice, three times weekly.

What is bentonine clay?

“Bentonite, also referred to as Montmorillonite, is one of the most effective and powerful healing clays. Bentonite can be used externally as a clay poultice, mud pack or in the bath and, in skin care recipes. A good quality Bentonite should be a grey/cream color and anything bordering “pure white” is suspect. It has a very fine, velveteen feel and is odorless and non-staining. Bentonite is a swelling clay. When it becomes mixed with water it rapidly swells open like a highly porous sponge. From here the toxins are drawn into the sponge through electrical attraction and once there, they are bound.” – Mountain Rose Herbs

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What Is a clay bath?

A clay bath is a bath with clay mixed in. It helps to eliminate toxins from the skin and body absorbing them into the water. When the clay is mixed with the water it will look dirty and similar to a muddy puddle but I can assure you it’s clean as can be. The very first time I used bentonite clay in my bath, I thought I would feel dirty and minging afterwards because of the colour of the water but I have never, ever, ever felt so clean and pristine after taking a bath in my whole life. It beats a normal bath any-day!

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What can a bentonite clay bath do?

Eliminate toxins and heavy metals in the body

Removes impurities from the skin

Boosts immune system

Deep cleanses the skin

Calms and reduces symptoms of psoriasis, eczema and other skin disorders

Helps clear acne and pimples

Speeds healing of cuts, wounds etc…

Helps to cool and soothe insect bites

Prevents & removes blackheads, whiteheads etc…

Reduces stress and anxiety

Calms skin allergies

Stimulates the lymph system

Soothes sunburn and sun rash

Gentle detoxification with no side effects

Relieves headaches

Relieves body aches

Great for fatigue

How to make a clay bath?

I ran a hot bath and sprinkled 1 cup of bentonite clay into the water, stirring well and making sure to squish any clumps of clay sat at the bottom of the bath, allowing it to melt into the water.

For first timers I would advise adding one cup of powder to your bath and for an intense detox add 2 or maybe 3 cups of clay. I wouldn’t add any more than 3 though as you may suffer from stressful detox symptoms.

Fill the bath up just enough to cover your whole body, the hotter the water the better as this will open your pores thus making it quicker and easier for toxins and impurities to be eliminated and absorbed into the water.

Bathe for no more than 30 minutes. As all the toxins are pulled from your body and absorbed into the water, I wouldn’t advise soaking for longer than this. I have heard people take intense hour-long clay baths but this is not something I have tried, YET.

All you gotta do is lie down in the bath, soak, close your eyes, put some relaxing music on, chill out and get detoxing!

Do’s & Don’ts:

Don’t soak in the clay bath for longer than 30 minutes. Lying in a detox bath for half an hour or more can cause over-detox symptoms such as feeling light-headed dehydrated, nauseous and weak. Same goes for the amount of clay you use in your bath too. I’d say anything from 1-3 cups of clay is ideal and won’t cause your body any stress.

Be careful not to slip in the bath tub. Clay, when mixed with water becomes very, very slippy so take care.

Drink a glass of water before and after your bath as this will keep you hydrated.

Tie your hair up in a bun or pony-tail or wear a shower cap when bathing. The clay can make your hair feel crap for days afterwards and dry it out. If clay does come in contact with your hair just wash it with a clarifying shampoo and condition it afterwards. The clay won’t harms your hair in any way but it will make it feel rough!

Don’t drink the clay water. I know you guys aren’t stupid and you obviously won’t drink the clay water but try to keep your hands away from your mouth when bathing. After sitting in the water for 30 minutes or more it becomes saturated with the toxins from your body so the water is toxic, so you really don’t want to swallow any of it.

Where to buy bentonite clay?

The clay I have been using for my clay baths is the Deep Pore Exfoliator 100% Bentonite Clay and I order it here from Natural Supplies for £12.99.

It is a huge 1kg tub and contains nothing but 100% pure bentonite clay. It can be used for face masks, clay baths, body wraps and foot masks. It has been sun-dried, is also cruelty-free and contains no fragrance, chemicals or additives.

I have some bentonite clay from Majestic Pure, but as it is a much smaller tub than the clay from Natural Supplies, so I prefer to use it just for my face masks.

So who else loves to detox their body with a clay bath? Has anyone with psoriasis tried one? It seems to be helping my skin!


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DIY Beauty Project: Double Egg Face Mask

Today I’m going to share a natural, home-made beauty recipe with you all! My ‘Double Egg Face Mask’ uses both the egg white and the yolk to tighten pores and give you a gorgeous complexion. It is very simple to make, gentle on the skin and contains zero chemicals unlike some store bought face masks.

It’s also SUPER CHEAP as you only need one egg!


Egg Whites

Egg whites have astringent properties that help shrink large pores by tightening the skin and eliminating blackheads. The egg white also help keep wrinkles at bay and cleanses, tones and brightens the skin.

Egg Yolks

Egg yolks lock huge amount of moisture into your skin cells, leaving your face soft and smooth. Egg yolks treat acne, pimples and repairs the skin as well as hydrating, moisturising and nourishing dry skin.


Let’s Do It!

Before you apply this facemask – it would be wise to do a simple patch test on your inner wrist or elbow to see if you have any allegic reactions to egg.


What You Will Need:

 1 EGG
2 SMALL BOWLS
A WHISK / FORK
2 SLICED CUCUMBERS* (optional)
OR 2 COLD TEABAGS* (optional)

*(FOR OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS SEE TIPS & TRICKS BELOW)*


Part 1 | Egg White

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1) Crack an egg and separate the egg white from the yolk – placing the egg white in one bowl and the yolk in another.

2) Whisk the egg white with a fork and apply to your face.

3) Leave on for around 15-20 minutes.

4) Peel the egg white off your face and cleanse with warm water to make sure all traces of egg are removed. Splash your face with cold water or run an ice cube across it to close your pores. Then pat dry with a towel.


Part 2 | Egg Yolk

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1) Whisk the yolk with a fork and apply it generously to your face.

2) Leave on for 10-20 minutes.

3) Wash your face with warm water to remove all of the yolk from your skin.

4) Finish by rubbing an ice cube / splashing cold water over your skin to close your pores.

All done. 😊

I recommend doing the ‘Double Egg Face Mask’ twice a week! ❤


Tips & Tricks

Facial Steam

1) Take a hot bath or shower before you apply the face mask. The steam produced by hot water will cleanse your skin and open up your pores. I steam my face the ‘old-fashioned’ way by placing my head above a large bowl of hot kettle water then cover my head with a bath a towel – this stops steam from escaping. You can do this for however long you want but for best results – I recommend 5 minutes!

2) Place a cucumber slice on each eye to soothe and refresh tired or bloodshot eyes. Cucumbers are very high in Vitamin E which helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes – acting like an anti-ageing treatment.

3) Recycle two used teabags. Put them into the freezer for 5-10 minutes to ensure there cold. Take them out of the freezer and place one teabag on each eye. You can use any type of teabags, my favourites being chamomile, green tea or just good old Tetley. Teabags contain tannins and caffeine which help by reducing puffiness, dark circles as well as tightening as soothing the delicate skin around your eyes.


Thanks for reading girls, I hope this works as good for your skin as it does for mine! Check out my other DIY Beauty Projects HERE.

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