Buttermilk Facial Recipe

Buttermilk Facial Recipe

 

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

How was your weekend Bloggee’s and Bloggette’s ? Did you get up to anything nice?

I was at Babylon at Kensington Roof Gardens on Friday night for a romantic dinner with the Beloved and afterwards we went to the club to shake a few legs. Unfortunately the music was much to be desired so we didn’t stay long but apart from that we had a lovely time and I can’t wait to return in the summer nearer my birthday so I can take full advantage of the beautiful 1 and a half acre landscaped gardens.

 Todays free recipe is for a facial mask. The time is now to get your face in ultimate condition for your holidays and this buttermilk mask will help you do that by not only rejuvenating your skin but giving it a boost of moisture and nourishment. It’s perfect to use all year round but it’s especially effective in winter. It only has a few ingredients in it so it should be easy peasy to do (no point in giving you a recipe with hundreds of ingredients in it as then you wouldn’t do it and that just would never do!). I personally love this recipe in particular for the buttermilk which is so good in skin recipes because of the amazingly silky texture it imparts.

Ingredients

3 tablespoons of fresh Buttermilk

2 1/2 tablespoons of Oatflour

1 tablespoon of Flaxseed or Carrotseed oil

Directions

Mix ingredients together. Apply to face and allow to dry before removing with lukewarm water and pat dry.

Don’t forget we’ve got another bank holiday to look forward to this weekend. Make the most of it and get your skin nice and lovely! 🙂

Till we speak again

Love,

Tori

 

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Truly Caring for your Natural Hair: An evening with Adornment and Curl Clinic

Truly Caring for your Natural Hair: An evening with Adornment and Curl Clinic

 

Hi There Bloggee’s and Bloggette’s!

Today I’m feeling very inspired! And I’m more proud then ever to be a woman of colour.

Yesterday I went along to a wonderful pop up event hosted by Curl Clinic and the natural hair experts at Adornment365 salon in Brixton for an evening of expert talks about natural haircare and healthy living.

Aswell as having a healthy (and extremely tasty!), range of canapés, herbal tea’s and wine on tap they also had representatives from Joico, Curl Clinic and Adornment there to give talks on natural hair maintenance, styling, safe colouring and healthy eating.

A representative from the professional hair colourant brand Joico spoke in depth about the best ways to look after your hair pre and post colouring, and was refreshingly transparent about the ingredients used in there haircare products. Joico are a brand that not only provide colouring but aim to maintain the integrity, strength and quality of the hair during the dyeing process.

Sophia, the lead stylist at Adornment spoke about her commitment to sharing knowledge not just about the ongoing hair concerns of afro haired women, but also about healthy eating habits and spiritual and personal health too. She provided us with examples of superfoods, such as chia and linseeds which are both excellent for the digestion system and full of nutrients and antioxidants and some rare and expensive natural oils (black castor oil etc) used in there homemade haircare range that have fantastic benefits for both the skin and hair. Sophia was really down to earth and very knowledgeable about her subject so it was a highly informative and hands on discussion where we not only got to see the best products to use in our haircare regime but to understand their benefits in the short and longterm too.

Then we had the resident tricologist Stephanie talk about the myths and misconceptions about black hair, and the multitude of ways that it is unique from any other hair type on the planet. As they specialise in natural hair it was a positive affirmation to see so many women of colour in the same room wearing there natural hair in a variety of different ways naturally and with pride. It made me ask myself why I didn’t go natural earlier?! But of course maintaining natural hair isn’t without it’s difficulties, it still is one of the most challenging hair types to care for, and the texture and curl pattern of afro hair varies wildly that she advised us that it’s as much about knowing your own hair then it is about just doing what you read in some magazine or on some blog. But somewhat reassuringly (as alot of these so called ‘hair experts’ have an absolutely shocking head of hair!), she herself had a beautiful mane of natural hair – it was big, it was bouncy and visibly healthy.

She also was giving one on one consultancies with anyone who wanted it – I had one as did my sister and I was told that I should up my water intake (I know, easier said then done huh?), as that was the root cause of dry, brittle hair. Thankfully though she said that my scalp was in good condition and didn’t feel dry but I know that I definitely need to drink more water as if I don’t oil it regularly it starts to look and feel dry.

In addition they gave out goodies bags to everyone in attendance. I know, amazing right? 🙂

So the evening was a great success! It’s so nice to see a company taking the health of black hair (and the bodies to which they belong to!) so seriously. They are committed to promoting the strength and beauty and individuality of afro hair and I love there positive message and the sheer professionalism that they displayed. I myself am a client of Adornment and I can agree that without a shadow of a doubt they don’t just do your hair, indeed they don’t just know your hair, they also CARE about your hair. And that for me is the most important thing of all.

The pop up evenings with Adornment and Curl Clinic are going to be running throughout the year at the Adornment salon so do heck out there website for more info:

Curl Clinic: http://curlclinic.london/

Adornment365: http://adornment365.com/

Until next time!

Love,

Tori

Candle Safety

Candle Safety

Fragrance is my passion, and in my personal opinion there is hardly a better gift to receive or to give then a beautiful scented candle. It’s why I make them and it’s why I have lots of them! 😉

But, just as it’s easy to enjoy the delights and simplicity of a burning candle there are still some very important safety concerns to bare in mind when using them and I have taken the liberty to list some here.

Candle Safety Instructions

  • Always keep a burning candle within your sight. Never leave it unattended and extinguish the candle when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Never burn a candle near anything flammable (bedding, curtains, books, paper, carpet, hair etc)
  • Keep burning candles out of the reach of children and pets
  • Trim candlewicks a 1/4 inch before burning. Long or uneven wicks can burn out before getting to the wax or cause dripping.

 

  • Always use a candleholder specifically designed for candle use. It needs to be sturdy, heat resistant, and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax.
  • Make sure your candle is placed on a flat, stable, heat resistant surface. This will help to minimise the impact of the glass shattering due to it becoming overheated.
  • Keep the wax pool free of matches, debris or wick trimmings at all times.
  • Always read and follow the candle manufacturers safety instructions carefully, and never burn the candle for longer then the recommended time.

 

  • Keep burning candles away from drafts, ceiling fans, vents and air currents
  • . This will help to prevent rapid uneven burning, flame flare ups or your candle being blown out.
  • Always burn candles in a well ventilated room and don’t burn too many candles in a small room where air exchange is limited.
  • Don’t burn a candle all the way down. Extinguish the flame if it comes too close to the wick holder or container. Discontinue burning the wax when it’s about 2 inches from the bottom.
  • Never touch or move a burning candle when the wax is in liquid form.

Never use a sharp object like a knife to remove wax drippings from the holder as it could scratch the glass causing it to weaken or break.

Place burning candles at least 3 inches apart from each other.

Use a candle snuffer to extinguish your candle – this is the safest way to prevent hot wax splutters.

Never extinguish candles with water.

Extinguish a candle if it splutters, spits, smokes or if the flame becomes too high. The candle isn’t burning properly. Extinguish, cool, check for drafts then relight.

Never use a candle as a night light.

So, if you want to get the best out of your candle experience please follow these safety instructions carefully then you can enjoy an age old tradition in comfort, safety and luxury.

Happy Scenting* 🙂

Remember, all of our beautiful scented candles (and other fragrant goodies), can be bought online at notonthehighstreet! http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/thesecretscentsociete

Frockalicious!

Frockalicious!

Beach-worthy, Praise-worthy, Lust-worthy Frocks Glooorious Frocks! And I want them all forthwith!

Jen’s Pirate Booty

I LOVE the light, flowing, slightly crushed material on this and the detailing on the sleeves and skirt trim. It’s got a slightly boho vibe and it looks really comfortable too. I would probably wear it somewhere glamorous like the South of France. All of Jen’s Pirate Booty clothing have a similarly relaxed, beachy style.

jens nitro

Lisa Maree

This white kaftan by Lisa Maree is lovely. It looks like it floats when you walk :). Delicate and very pretty – I like. Lisa Maree has lots of other knit and crochet dresses in her collection with patterns similar to this.

Lisa Maree Scene

Tatana Inglis

Backless dresses are by far my very favourite kind and this dress will flatter a nice toned back very well. I really like the pale peach silk material and thin crossed straps and I think it would look particularly good on someone with a tanned or a dark skintone. Nice.

Tatiana Plunge

The Jetset Diaries

I really like the name of this brand. Tis very apt I think, and I would definitely (were I a jetsetter), be wearing this dress on my travels. I know that it looks a little like lingerie (lol), but if you are a ‘lady that lunches’ then you can get away with wearing this kind of attire whilst you’re out and about. Saying that I would probably still find some occasion to wear it as I like it (I just need to locate the funds to pay for it!)

the jetset ruins

McQ

I don’t think I need to say much about this frock as I think it pretty much speaks for itself don’t you? From the McQueen family, reminiscent of one of Mark Fast’s complex dress designs. LOVE it!

MCQ Mesh

Indah

Here’s another label I’ve mentioned before and one I really like. I used to be quite disgruntled with the standard of swimwear design but lately it’s seemingly had a bit of a revival and there are lots of really good swimwear designers out now, including Indah which usually design frocks but have recently embarked on swimwear design too. This particular bikini also comes in white but I think it looks better in this salmon pink colour. I’m loving the contrasting bronze straps.

Indah Hapa Loop

Salt Swimwear

Yes please! Salt Swimwear is another swimwear company with lust-worthy wares. I like this strappy red bikini as it has the perfect combination of simplicity and originality. A very nice red colour too!

salt bailey

Bronze Goddess Tinted Lip Balm Recipe

Bronze Goddess Tinted Lip Balm Recipe

 

Good Arvo Bloggee’s and Bloggette’s!  How the devil are ya?

Today I have a most wonderful lip balm recipe for you inspired by the coming of Spring (yay!). Its called Bronze Goddess Tinted Lip Balm and I think you’re going to love it! It is super moisturising and will leave a subtle bronze tint on your lips so pucker up and enjoy! 🙂

You will need:

A suitable lip balm tube or pot to put your lip balm in

2 tsp. beeswax
2 1/2 tsp. coconut oil
1/2 tsp. cocoa butter
1 tsp. mango butter
1/2 tsp. vitamin E oil
1/2 tsp. castor oil
1 tsp. sweet almond oil
1 tsp. kukui nut oil
1 tsp. aloe vera oil
1/4 tsp. amber mica powder

A few drops of an Essential Oil (try to stay away from using Citrus Oils though as most are photosensitive which means that they are sensitive to the exposure of sunlight)

Directions:

Combine all butters and oils in a double boiler and melt them over gentle heat. Once all ingredients have melted remove pot from heat. Add essential oil if desired and then add the amber mica. Stir to blend well. Pour the mixture into pots or tubes. Let them cool and set.

 

Why you shouldn’t wear makeup whilst exercising

Why you shouldn’t wear makeup whilst exercising

 

To me, it seems quite ridiculous that we should even be discussing such a concept for I cannot see why anyone would wear makeup whilst they are exercising, alas apparently it is much more common then I thought! Ladies, please tell me that we are not so vain as to need the vanity of makeup whilst we are trying to improve our health and vitality? Help me out here.

As far as I can see, if you want to have a healthy lifestyle then just as it is pointless to smoke or to drink alcohol after you have done a good work out,  it is also pointless to wear makeup that clogs up your pores and causes it to have breakouts.

Skin Supremo Debbie Thomas explains what happens to our skin when we exercise: “When we get hot, several things happen to our skin. The first is sweating and the second is a slight relaxing and enlarging of the pores. Add a layer of even the best make-up on this and firstly you’ll end up with streaky make-up, but you’re also increasing the likelihood of a breakout,” she said. “Your skin needs to breathe – during a good workout even more so. Mix in sweat, heat and open pores and over time the skin will become blocked. Not everyone will get spots, but most will get blackheads coupled with dulling and possible uneven skin texture.”

Yuck, blackheads and spots – The very things that we are trying to avoid!

So what is the best way to keep our skin in peak condition post and pre work-out? Thomas suggests “Ideally cleanse the skin first, then I would probably just apply a light serum that is full of antioxidants which is suitable for your skin type and penetrates quickly. Because we create free radicals when we exercise, it is important to make sure there are enough antioxidants in the skin to counteract them. Then post-workout I would recommend a very light cleanse, so as not to strip the skin by over cleansing, then you can apply your normal creams depending on time of day. ”

So, (God forbid), if you absolutely must wear makeup on your workout then here’s the way to do it:

“If you must wear make-up during your work out try to use a light, oil-free, tinted moisturiser so that it’s not as heavy,” Thomas said. “Then cleanse your skin as soon as possible – preferably before your skin cools down and your pores tighten again, trapping the make-up and grime in the opening of the pore which can lead to breakouts.”

So, you’ve been told. Don’t wear makeup while you’re working out ladies. Leave the makeup wearing for the club! (where you’ll have even more radiant skin because you done so).

Educate me. Am I the only one who thinks makeup should be worn very occasionally and we should embrace our natural, clean skinned selves?

Answers below!