Window 7 – 2014

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In this window I got…

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Moringa Beautifying Oil

I have tried a few of these oils, never actually gotten stuck on them. And I’m not sure I’ll use this one, since I’m not a fan of the Moringa scent.
But the beautifying oils usually feel nice on the skin.

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New haircut

Today I finally got the cut and color I’ve been planning.
I took before and after pictures, so here they are.

Before

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Long and washed out red, not very nice

After

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Shorter and browner

The red is still shining through, I’ll keep it like this for a while and when it’s a bit grown out, do a check to see if I’m going to recolor it.

I’m really happy with the result, it feels a bit weird though since it’s so much shorter.

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New things – photobomb

I went shopping with a friend today. Got a lot of fun new stuff.

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From The Body Shop
Honeymania bubble bath melt
Peppermint reviving foot soak
Test of gardenia shower gel

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Scholl Velvet smooth electric foot file

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A new hairdryer
(My old one is around 11years old and is giving up)

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A new epilator/ladyshaver/exfoliating brush.

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Make Up Store
Passionfruit/lemon twist body butter
Cover all mix (been after this for a while)

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A starting kit from Bare Minerals

I don’t know when I’ll review these products, but I’m going to try them pretty much before. If you want a fast review on any of these, give me a comment and I’ll fix it as fast as possible.

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Summer legs

I know it’s not really summer yet, here it’s not even spring. But I thought I’d write a post about how to get those mice smooth summer legs. Hair removal, peeling and moisturising.

Hair removal
There’s a lot of different ways to remove your leg hair. Shaving, waxing, depilatory creams and epilator are the ones I’m going to talk about.

Shaving
Shaving is possibly the first thing most people try. It’s quick, easy but sadly it needs to be done often but it’s easy to.make it a part if your shower routine. What you need is a razor and shaving cream. Apply the cream along the way the hair grows and then you can choose which way you want to shave. Shaving with the growth has less risk of ingrown hair, but shaving against the hairgrowth gives a closer shave. Never shave dry legs and shave in the end of your shower si the hairs have gotten a bit soft and you don’t have goose bumps since that might make the skin irritated.

Make sure to switch razors often. Most razors have a stripe on them that indicates when it’s time to switch. Also stretch the skin so it’s firm when you shave.
Shaving needs to be done pretty often if you want too jeep your legs smooth since it just takes a few days for the hairs to grow back.

Waxing
Waxing can get a bit messy the first time you try it yourself but once you get a hang of it it can be easy and depending on your technique, fast.
Melt the wax either in the microwave or in a hot water bath, be careful so no water enters the wax tub since that leaves the wax unusable. Personally I prefer microwave since that’s quicker.
Use the spatula that comes with the wax to apply a thin layer of wax along the hairgrowth on the part you want to wax. Grab a strip of fabric or the strips that usually comes with the wax. Stroke the strip along the hairgrowth, stretch the skin below the strip and pull against the hairgrowth. Do not hesitate! Pull fast, like a bandaid.
Waxing feels, depending on how sensitive you are to pain, this might not be the option for you.

A tub of wax is enough for about three waxes of the entire legs.
A wax holds for up to 14 days if you keep up with it, in the beginning you need to wax more often since hairs usually grows att different speed.

Depilatory creams
Depilatory creams are chemical creams that you apply on your legs and leave on for a few minutes. It works by dissolving the hairs and then you just cleans the cream of and the hairs are gone. You apply it on the area you want hairless and then rinse it of, some creams comes with a spatula for application and/or a sponge to help clean it of. There are depilatory creams that’s made for both dry and wet skin.

I’ve only bought depilatory cream once. I’m not annan of this particular method, mainly because of the smell. The scents are usually very chemical. The result last longer than waxing since the cream reaches a bit deeper.

Since its very chemical it’s a good idea to try on a small part first in case your skin reacts to the cream.

Epilator
An epilator is an electronic gadget with several tweezers that plucks the hair from the root. The results can last up to 4 weeks. It’s similar to waxing since you pull the hairs out. Epilating takes longer time, so if you think waxing hurts, you might not want to try this. You get used to the feeling though, the first time I’d worst. The epilator can be pretty loud. This takes time, so make sure you have some to spare.
There are different types of epilator, cord, cordless, dry use, wet and dry use.
You hold the epilator at a 90 degree angle on the leg and drag it against the hairgrowth, use one hand to hold the epilator and the other to stretch the skin before the epilator, both so the skin is stretched and the hand also helps to rise the hairs before the epilator gets to them.

I have one with a cord that’s for dry use. The cord is horrible, mainly because I have nowhere I can plug it in so I can use it in the bathroom. I’m thinking of getting a new one, cordless and for wet use.

This is both the most expensive and the cheapest method since it costs more than the other products but doesn’t need to be repurchased every other month. If you keep it well it can hold for years.

When you epilator it’s good to not do it right before you go out since the legs might get irritated. So do it a day you can stay home, wear pants or in the evening.

My preference
I prefer epilating or waxing since it lasts longer. Sure, it hurts a bit at first, but that’s not really a problem for me.

Peeling
To prevent ingrown hairs it’s good to scrub away dead skin, use a body scrub or a brush. There’s even an epilator where you get a brush to use with the epilator. Brushing can be done on both dry and wet skin.

Moisturise
After doing the above you should moisturise. If your legs are irritated you can use something soothing, like Aloe Vera gel. Otherwise you can use a normal lotion.

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Christmas Gala

I was at a gala tonight with work. Here’s how I looked.
I chose to focus this post on the hair since the makeup is pretty basic. The hair pictures are taken when I got home, after I removed my makeup (now).

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From the left side.

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The right side.

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The back

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The back, again.

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Entire look.

The make up was a silver smokey eyes and red lips.

Thanks to my lodger for help with the hair and my friends/fiancé for help with the pictures. Couldn’t have done this post without you all.

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Home Spa! Home Spa!

Now when Fall is here I’m starting to feel a bit gloomy, I think I might have seasonal depression, because this happens every year.
So what better way to get that chill out of your bones and get relaxed than indulge in a home spa?

In this post I’m going to include how I do my Home Spa days, but also how to satisfy all five senses during the experience.

I prefer having a bathtub available. If my fiancé ever suggests getting rid of our bathtub he’s crazy!

Pre-Spa day/night

Plan your spa day.
(this is prefferably done the day before)

Take a shower
Wash your hair and body the day before so you can focus on pampering yourself with treatments on the actual day.

Clean your bathtub/shower.

Scrub your tub and/or shower so they are clean and nice for your spa day.
Soaking in a tub that feels dirty is not a nice experience, and watching dirt on the shower walls are disturbing to the calm.

Remove clutter from the areas you’re going to use.
It’s easier to relax if the bathroom, bedroom, livingroom or other areas you’ll use are’nt cluttered.

Make sure you have everything you need/want.
Discovering in the middle of your spa night that you’re missing a drink, a snack, a product or anything else you’s want can annoying. Depending on what your missing it can also ruin your spa experience

Make sure you get the time you need for yourself.
If you have kids, see if you can find a babysitter.
See if your partner can leave the appartment/house or just make sure not to disturb you.
Turn of your cellphone, or at least put it on silent.

Remember, this day/night is for your relaxation.

Now on to the preparations you can do the same day

Prepare what your going to use/need
Take out the shower gel, body scrub, facial masks, hair treatments, a bath robe and other products you might want to use during the day.
This is so you won’t have to run all around your home in search for them.

Prepare snacks
Fresh fruit, wine, chocolate, anything you might want to eat or drink

Now on to the actual spa day.

Decide yourself what treatments you want to give yourself. This is the ones I usually do.

A relaxing Bath
Hair Treatment
Facial Mask
Body Scrub
Manicure
Pedicure
Massage*                       *If my fiancé feels nice that day

Relaxing Bath
-Start by drawing a nice relaxing bath.
-Light some candles in your clean, clutterfree bathroom
-Start some relaxing music
-Put some nice scented oil, bath salt or bath foam in the water. Or even coconut milk, helps smoothen the skin really well.
-Slobber a hair treatment on your hair and leave it on while you soak.
-Massage a facial mask on your face and leave on while you soak.

Soak for at least half an hour, nibbling on some snacks or sipping on a drink.

When done soaking, let the water out, start the shower and rinse the treatments of your hair and face, then take a nice body scrub and scrub your entire body. Then wash your body and dry off. Then put on your bathrobe and move on to the next part.

If you don’t have a shower, put the mask and treatment in and just listen to music or read a book by candlelight. Then take a nice long shower.

Pedicure
Soak your feet in a footbath, preferably with a foot salt for 5-10 minutes while listening to music, reading och wathing a movie.
take your feet out of the water and scrub them with a footfile and/or a foot scrub before returning them to the water for a little longer.
Dry your feet and massage in a foot lotion. Decide yourself how much you massage it in, but remember that the feet carries the rest of you the entire day, so they deserve some attention.
Take a cuticle pusher and push back the cuticles on your toes and massage in a cuticle oil and a cuticle cream, let that sink in, there’s no need to rush.
If you feel like it, paint your toenails or just buff them up with a shine file. Remember to use a base and top coat to make the polish last longer.
When you’re done painting just put your feet up end relax.

Manicure
File and shape your nails to a length and shape you feel comfortable with, then soak your fingers in some soapy or milky water.
Wash the soap of your hands and dry them on a nice towel before massaging in a hand cream.
Push back your soft cuticles and thoroughly massage in a cuticle oil and a cuticle cream on each nail.
Choose a happy nail polish and paint your nails, or just use a shine file to get a nice shine on them.

Massage
This is the slightly tricky part. You can give yourself a massage but it is not as nice as getting one from someone else.
Sometimes my fiancé is nice when I have my spa days and gives me a massage after I’m done, either full body or just back and shoulders. Otherwise I just massage my shoulders a little by myself.

After you’re done with all your treatments, don’t rush back to your everyday life. Put on a movie or read a book and just keep relaxing.
I myself prefer reading a book since I think that’s more relaxing than something including a screen.

 

So, how do we indulge all the senses while doing this?
Sight
De-cluttering the areas your going to use
Lighting candles to create a nice enviroment

Having tidy areas and nice lighting helps the brain relax since you wont be blinded bu strong lights ore thinking that the room needs to be cleaned
Hearing
Relaxing music.

Relaxing music during the treatments, especially the bath helps your mind relax because it won’t wander away and start thinking about what to make for dinner the next day or when the laundryroom might be free.
My personal favourite to listen to during spa days is Enya

Smell
Scented candles, bath oils or the products you use.

Relaxing smells like lavender or lemongrass helps with relaxation.
If you prefer you can also use a fruity smell like peach or if you want something more luxurious try chocolate scented products.

Touch
Warmth
Nice feeling products
Massage

The warm water loosens knots and tension to relax.
Nice feeling products feels luxurious.
The massage is relaxing, loosens knots (duh!) and human comtact makes us feel good.

Taste
Food
Drink

If you eat or drink something you like it makes you feel good because of hormons being released. But choose something light, don’t eat an entire pizza since you might fall into food coma. Some of my favorites are:

FoodI have three favourites
Fruit – It’s sweet, filled with vitamins and antioxidants
Chocolate – Does this really need an explenation, I mean, it’s chocolate.!
Brie Cheese – Brie Cheese and crackers are delicious and I don’t eat it so often so it’s more of a treat when I do.

Drink – Three choices here to
Water – Hydrating and I usually mix it with some citrusfruit.
Chai-Latté – I really enyoy my chai-lattés, so I indulge sometimes.
Wine – Just as the chocolate, no real explanation, it’s wine!

 

Now as an ending I’m going to show some of my favorite products to use for my spa nights.

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Hair treatments
Macadamia Deep Repair Mask
Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment

My alltime favourites, The Macadamia one doesn’t smell as chemical as the Lee Stafford one though, so it’s the favourite.

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Facial masks
TBS Warming Mineral Mask
TBS Vitamin E Sink In Mask

The Warming Mineral Mask is Deep Cleansing and the Vitamin E one is Moisturising

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TBS Vinyard Peach Shower Gel, Body Lotion and Body Scrub
TBS Chocomania Shower Cream, Body Butter and Body Scrub

These are the only series I have Shower Gel, Body Scrub and Lotion from, so these are the ones I usually use. I like having the same scent on all the products.
I opt for the chocolate one when I feel like a more luxurious night, but the Vinyard Peach Shower Gel works better as a bubble bath than the Chocomania Shower Cream ;P

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Shemen Amour Mineral Foot Cream

This cream is divine.

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TBS Almond, Rose and Hemp Hand butter

Usually use the Almond one as a Cuticle Cream and the Rose one as a Hand Cream

Well, this turned out to be a pretty long post, but I hope its helpfull

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