Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 | My year in review

Hello everyone!

It's the end of the year, and you know what that means – it's time to look back at the year that was 2016.  In today's post I want to talk about my 2016.  For me, this was a year characterised by change...    

Twenty-sixteen was the year in which I became a vegan.  I've been on a "mostly vegan" diet all my life.  I've never liked meat, eggs or dairy, but I did occasionally eat chicken breast and egg fried rice.  Also, if you read my blog you know that I did use honey in my DIY beauty recipes.  Now I do not eat or use any animal products.  The reason why I am even mentioning my diet (and lifestyle) on this blog is because my skin has changed significantly since I altered my eating habits.  

My acne went away completely, which is something I was hoping for.  But not only that, my acne scaring is also fading away, which took me complete by surprise.  I was not expecting this at all and I'm not sure how or why it happened but I'm not complaining, in fact I couldn't be happier!  

This is also why I haven't blogged much this year; I did not try out different beauty recipes like I used to, because my skin has not looked this good since childhood.  For the same reason, I haven't been wearing much make-up either.  And since I'm on the subject of not wearing make-up, for some reason this year I stopped wearing nail polish altogether, I don't know when exactly, I sort of grew out of the habit.  Now I keep my fingernails quite short and "naked".     

This was also the year I changed my hair, again.  Back in summer 2016 I cut my hair to collarbone length (as I mentioned in my end of summer favourites) and I loved it so much that I keep trimming it regularly to keep the same length.  I'm obsessed with my lob because it's the easiest haircut I've ever had (and I've had a wide variety of cuts; from pixie to knee length).  It's easier to cleanse, easier to dry, easier to style and easier to manage!  Oh, and it's also easier to
dye at home.  I've also been dying it a few shaded lighter than I used too.  My new colour (6.1) is closer to my natural hair colour.     

I could say much more about this past year, but this post is getting a bit too long and I don't want to bore you, so I'm
going to end it here.

Life has its ups and downs, but I'll try my best to make 2017 an amazing year. 

How was your 2016?  What type of posts would you like to see on this blog in 2017?  Let me know in the comments section below!


May your new year sparkle and shine!



Sunday, November 06, 2016

DIY: Orange zest body scrub

Hello everyone!

Today I'm back with another DIY beauty recipe.  There is nothing easier, or cheaper, then making your own DIY scrubs.  I’ve tried quite a few and this orange zest one is my new favourite!

Here's the recipe...



Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup raw cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup sweet almond oil
  • 1/8 cup sea salt
  • 3 drops orange essential oil
  • Orange zest

Almond oil is light in texture, and can easily penetrate deep into the skin, softening and removing the dirt and debris accumulated in the skin pores.  This prevents blackheads and acne.  The Vitamin A content in the oil may even help reduce acne flare-ups.

Orange essential oil is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory which makes it an ideal ingredient in your skin routine.  However, this oil isn't just for acne-prone skin.  It's been shown to increase the ability to absorb vitamin C, collagen production, and blood flow, all of which are essential for anti-ageing.

Method:
  1. Mix the sugar and salt.
  2. Slowly combine the almond oil.
  3. Add the essential oil and then grate your orange peel over bowl until you feel there is enough zest.
  4. Mix all together and store in container.
  5. Use as needed all over your body.
  6. Rinse and towel dry.

Do you make your own scrubs?  Let me know in the comment section below!

Saturday, October 08, 2016

DIY: Cranberry face mask

Hello everyone!

When you think cranberries, you probable think of cranberry sauce side dishes.  But, what you should be thinking about is skin care!  Rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, cranberries are considered a superfood.  Cranberries are also great when applied topically to help ward off wrinkles, reduce redness and prevent signs of skin damage.

To bring the benefits of cranberries to your skin, whip up this easy anti-ageing facial mask.  Here's the recipe...


Ingredients:

Method:
  1. Blend the cranberries to a pulp. 
  2. Mix in all other ingredients thoroughly. 
  3. Apply to face and leave on for 15 minutes. 
  4. Rinse thoroughly. 

I hope you are enjoying the autumn inspired DIY beauty recipes I've been posting. 


Thursday, September 29, 2016

DIY: Honey and fruit mask

Hello everyone!

Today I want to share another autumn inspired DIY beauty recipe with you - a honey and fruit face mask.  


This face mask nourishes and revitalises dry and tired skin.  It brightens the complexion and I highly recommend it as an anti-ageing treatment.  Here's the recipe!


Ingredients:
  • 2 tbsp honey - Honey is a natural humectant and anti-inflammatory. 
  • 1/2 skinned pear - Pear is rich in vitamin C and vitamin K; known anti-ageing vitamins.
  • 1/2 skinned apple - Apple smooths the skin and refines the pores. 
Method:
  1. Chop the pear and apple pieces in a food processor. 
  2. Add honey and refrigerate for 10 minutes. 
  3. Apply on cleansed face and neck for 20-30 minutes.
  4. Rinse with warm water.
This mask is gentle but very effective.  You can see results immediately after you wash it off.  If you want to try out more beauty recipes, click here!

Similar posts:
DIY: Pumpkin facial mask
DIY: Honey and cinnamon facial mask/spot treatment

Monday, September 26, 2016

DIY: Pumpkin cinnamon body scrub

Hello everyone!

Autumn is finally here!  I LOVE Autumn - It's my second favourite time of the year (after Christmas).  I love the weather, vegan hot chocolate, cosy sweaters, and of course, Halloween.  Autumn is also the season of pumpkin everything!  Pumpkin is packed with alpha-hydroxy acids that help with cell turnover and rapid exfoliation.  This makes it the perfect ingredient for a DIY scrub.  Here's the recipe!  


Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon jojoba, almond or olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
Method:

Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. 
Apply to dry skin - Take a warm bath, towel dry, scrub, and then rinse off.

This scrub is perfect to brighten skin and get rid of any rough areas on the body.  If you love pumpkin and cinnamon, check out the similar posts linked below!


What's your favourite time of the year?


Similar posts:

DIY: Pumpkin facial mask
DIY: Honey and cinnamon facial mask/spot treatment

Monday, September 19, 2016

Six year blogiversary

Hello everyone!

Guess what!?  Yesterday Cosette's Beauty Pantry celebrated its 6 year blogiversary!  I can hardly believe that it’s been six whole years! I published my very first post on September 18th, 2010.  


Check out the top 5 most viewed posts since last year's blogiversary:

  1. Acne update | DIY: Honey and Aloe vera mask
  2. Reverse hair washing
  3. Six beauty trends to ditch in 2016
  4. 💄Blog makeover 💅
  5. DIY: Micro-dermabrasion paste


A big THANKS to all of you who visit, read, comment and share!  If you have any suggestions, ideas, feedback or inquiries, don't hesitate to contact me!  



Friday, September 16, 2016

End of summer favourites

Hello everyone!

Summer is coming to a close, and in honour of all the summer days I've enjoyed these past months I thought I'd rave about my favourite beauty products.  Some, of course, I will keep using through autumn...


Hair care products
This summer I cut my hair several times, currently it's at collarbone length and I love it.  My hair is wavy and frizzy so I've been straightening it a lot this summer, since I find it easier to manage that way.  However my hair tends to look oily by the second day and I will not heat style my hair more than once a week.  Luckily I found three amazing products that solved all of my hair problems.



Yves Rocher Botanical Hair Repair Oil
This is a pre-poo (pre-wash) oil is enriched with restorative babassu, jojoba and macadamia oils to nourish the scalp and strengthen the hair.  Contains more than 99% natural ingredients.  I apply it twice a week to dry hair before shampooing, leave it on for 10 minutes and then wash my hair.  My hair feels soft, hydrated and virtually frizz-free!  

Aussie Miracle Recharge (Take the Heat Conditioning Spray)
This product is enriched with Australian jojoba seed oil, and also contains the hair-penetrating ingredient panthenol.  I've used quite a few heat protectants in the past and some tend to tangle my hair, this product does the exact opposite.  It is  both a heat protectant and a detangling leave-in conditioner.

Aussie Miracle Dry Shampoo (Mega Instant)
I love this dry shampoo!  It smells great and it cleanses and revives my hair in a matter of minutes!


Make-up
Here's a list of my top 5 summer make-up favourites:


Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara 
I'm obsessed with this mascara - It gives me the "false lash effect".

Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara (Browny Brows 02)
I've used all kinds of eyebrow products over the years and this is my everyday go-to brow product.   It makes my brows look denser and perfectly defined all day.

Essence Stay All Day 16h Concealer (20 Soft Beige)
A long-lasting concealer with light-reflecting pigments.  Its creamy, soft texture, makes it very easy to apply.  Makes all my skin imperfections disappear.  Love it!

Catrice Prime And Fine Mattifying Powder - Waterproof
This translucent powder withstands humidity and mattifies the skin for hours.

Catrice Made To Stay Smoothing Lip Polish (060 Mission PINKpossible)
This is my favourite lip colour.   This product is amazing; it combines the colour of a lipstick, the durability of stains and lustre of a gloss in one product.


Shower products
These two were my shower must-haves this summer:


Yves Rocher Exfoliating Shower Gel (Organic Raspberry)
The 100% natural fruit seeds gently exfoliate the skin.  Its gentle formula allows for daily use.  It's also paraben free and has a biodegradable formula

Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser (Indulging Honey)
I find in-shower lotions to be the most convenient way to moisturise.  This one if my favourite because I just adore the sweet honey scent.  

That's all for now.  These were my 10
favourites beauty product this summer.  What were your favourites of the summer? 


Monday, July 04, 2016

Ten effective acne home remedies and facts

Hello everyone!

Let's talk about acne!

Here are some facts. It may not be a serious threat to health, but it is the most common skin disease experienced by men and women.  It can be seen in different parts of the body - mostly in the face, neck, chest, and back.  Common types of acne are whiteheads, blackheads, pustules, papules, nodules and cysts. 


Studies show that acne affects over 50 million Americans.  40% of adolescents and approximately 85% of people between ages 12 and 24 experience at least a minor acne.

There are many factors that cause the formation of acne, which varies from one person to another.  One thing is genetics, wherein if many people in the family are prone to having acne that leads to pimples, a person will also have a greater chance of acquiring it.  Another cause can be hormonal changes including pregnancy and menopause.  Menstruation is also one common factor that triggers acne.  Other causes of acne are emotional stress, medication, food intake and overactive oil glands.


Acne Treatment

To this day, there is still no known way to prevent the development of acne.

However, you can help prevent acne by choosing healthier options of food.  For instance, you should avoid eating lots of dairy products, chocolate and gluten and increase you intake of fish oil, probiotics and green tea.  As we always hear it, “health is wealth”.  With healthier food choices, you can have lower chances of having acne.

Aside from that, there are also many effective home remedies to prevent acne.  With the infographic below, you will discover more ingredients that can help treat your acne and directions to guide you in maximizing the effectiveness of these home remedies.

No more covering and hiding!  Check out this infographic to discover amazing ways to prevent and treat acne in the comfort of your home. 



Via ihomeremedy.net

I hope you found this helpful! 




Sunday, June 26, 2016

DIY: Peppermint foot scrub

Hello everyone!

Cracked heels, also known as heel fissures, are a common foot problem, particularly during the warmer months when people like to wear sandals and flip flops.  Some of the causes of cracked heels are dry air, lack of moisture, improper foot care, prolonged standing on hard floors and wearing the wrong types of shoes.

There are several ways to heal cracked heels at home (read this); using a good foot scrub is one of them.  So today I want to share a simple, 3-ingredient recipe for an all-natural foot scrub.  Check it out!

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 12-15 drops peppermint essential oil

Method:
  1. Place the coconut oil in a medium sized bowl.  Coconut oil melts at about 24 °C (76 °F) - To melt the oil, simply immerse the bottom of the bowl in hot water for a couple of minutes.
  2. Add in the sugar and essential oil and stir until evenly combined.
  3. Store into an air-tight jar.

Use two to three times every week, in the shower or after soaking your feet in a basin of warm water for 10 minutes. 

Other scrubs you might be interested in checking out:

What's your favourite DIY scrub?

Thursday, June 09, 2016

The history and psychology of hair colour

Hello everyone!

O
ver a year ago I wrote a post titled A typical brunette? in which I mentioned common stereotypes about hair colour.  
Numerous stereotypes associated with our hair colour, texture and style still exist today.  Salons Direct created an infographic which looks deeper into the history and psychology of hair colour.  


They've taken a look at the stereotypes surrounding hair colour and have worked with a leading colour psychologist to examine these stereotypes.  They have also conducted a research and found some very interesting results supporting these preconceptions, including:

• Brunettes are considered more intelligent
• Blondes are considered the most attractive
• Redheads were seen to be the feistiest

Check it out:

Hair Colour Infographic

Via Salons Direct 


What colour is your hair?  Do you fit the stereotype of your hair colour?  Leave a comment below!






Sunday, May 22, 2016

RevivHair Stimulating Serum Review

Hello everyone!

I recently had the opportunity to try the  RevivHair Stimulating Serum from RevivSerums.  

RevivSerumslocated in San Francisco California, specializes in novel and innovative clinical treatment serums.  Their unique formulations are next-generation, high-performance, leading-edge, professional-grade treatment serums for skin, hair & lash rejuvenation.


Product description:

RevivHair Stimulating Serum with Redensyl, Stem Cells, Growth Factors & Peptides, is a novel next-gen leave-in serum can help significantly help boost the appearance of hair density, thickness, fullness, natural color, strength, and overall health.  Powerful key ingredients help both men and women.



Price:

€44/$49 (2 oz/60 ml) from RevivSerums




Directions for use:

Shake before use.  Apply once daily, to wet or dry hair, about one or two full droppers.  Part your hair and apply directly to the scalp in the areas that are thinning.  The measurement does not need to be exact, apply enough serum for good coverage.  Massage in with fingertips, then wash hands well.





Ingredients:

Water/Aqua/Eau (and) Glycerin (and) Sodium Metabisulfite (and) Glycine (and) Larix Europaea Wood Extract (and) Zinc Chloride (and) Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract [Malus stem cells], Tripeptide (AHK), Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17, Keratinocyte Growth Factor (KGF, rh-Polypeptide-3), Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3, Argania Spinosa Sprout Cell Extract, PEG/PPG-20/23 Dimethicone, Mannitol (and) Ammonium Glycyrrhizate (and) Caffeine (and) Zinc Gluconate (and) Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, D-Panthenol, Radix Polygoni Multiflori Preparata Extract, Grape Seed Proanthocyanidins (Vitis Vinifera Seed Extract), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Saw Palmetto (Serenoa Repens) Fruit Extract, Horse Chestnut (Aesculus Hippocastanum) Seed Extract, Nettle (Urtica Dioica) Root Extract, Indian Frankincense (Boswellia Serrata) Resin Extract, Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract, Triethanolamine, Beta-sitosterol, Copper Tripeptide-1, Prezatide Copper Acetate, Crithmum Maritimum Callus Culture Filtrate (CIC2), Pygeum Africanum, Methionine Sulfoxide Reductase, Soy Isoflavones, Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol (and) Sorbic Acid.



My experience:

I received a bottle of RevivHair Stimulating Serum from RevivSerums in exchange for an honest review.  This serum is clear and it leaves no residue after applying on wet or dry hair; I have tested it both ways.  Since I have an oily scalp, I was a bit concerned that this would make it even more so.  However, it turned out that my fears were unfounded.  RevivHair is not the least bit greasy, it’s not thick, and it doesn't feel heavy on my scalp or in my hair.  

I can honestly say that this product really works.  Lately I noticed that my hair was becoming thinner at the hairline, which was freaking me out.  I already have a large forehead and a thinning hairline would make it even more noticeable.  Thankfully RevivHair helped a lot.  I've been using this serum everyday for the past four weeks.  After only four weeks my hair is thicker, fuller, longer and stronger (less shedding)!  Check out my before and after photos below - pictures speak louder than words! 




My results:


Longer hair



Fuller hairline



Thicker ponytail



If you have shedding or thinning hair, RevivHair Stimulating Serum may be just what you need!  I highly recommend trying out this product and seeing for yourself how amazing it is! 

If you have any questions about this amazing hair stimulating serum, leave a comment below.




Wednesday, May 11, 2016

My birthday wishlist - 2016

Hello everyone!

With my parents' 35th wedding anniversary (7th May) and Mother's Day (8th May) over, it's time for my loved ones to focus on my 31st birthday (30th May)

Get ready it's almost Gemini season!  

I'm just kidding - I don't expect anything.  However I did put together a birthday wishlist; some things on the list can be bought, others can't.  Here’s what’s on my list this year:




1.  Birthday cards with a heartfelt handwritten message inside ðŸŽ‚



2.  Homemade vegan treats ðŸ° ðŸ« ðŸ¬



3.  Mystery books ðŸ“š 




4.  A travel hula hoop ðŸŽ



5.  Shoes that won't hurt my feet and cause blisters (size 36) ðŸ‘  ðŸ‘¡



6.  A little pom pom (aka a Pomeranian male puppy)! ðŸ¶ ðŸ¾ 



7.  Meeting someone special ðŸ’˜ ðŸ’‘ ðŸ’•



What's number one on your wishlist? 


Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Mother’s Day 2016 | 20 gifts for every type of mum

Hello everyone!

Mother's Day is just around the corner and there's no way you can repay your mum for caring for you and raising you.  However, these gifts will at least show her how much you appreciate her, whatever type of woman she is.  The gifts I selected vary in price (from $12.99 to $265), so I'm positive you'll find the perfect gift in your price range.


  1. MacKenzie-Childs White Butterfly Garden 4-Cup Teapot • Mackenzie Childs • $90
  2. Square Glass Teapot • $30
  3. Mason Jar Measuring Cups • Cost Plus World Market • $12.99
  4. Dogeared I Love Mom Large Pearl Necklace, 18" • Dogeared • $42
  5. Kate Spade New York How Charming Mother's Day Charm Bracelet • Kate Spade • $98
  6. Strivectin Mothers Day Kit Skin Restoring Essentials 4 Piece Collection- 161.00 Value • StriVectin • $89
  7. Clarisonic Mother's Day Smart Profile Set • clarisonic • $265
  8. Mother's Day Gift Set • iS Clinical • $99
  9. SKECHERS Skech - Air 2.0 - Cyclones • Skechers • $70
  10. Fitbit 'Alta' Wireless Fitness Tracker • Fitbit • $129.95
  11. Levtex 'First My Mother, Forever My Friend' Pillow • Levtex • $44
  12. PRIMITIVES BY KATHY 'Best Mom' Shadow Box • $24
  13. INC International Concepts Printed Wrap, Only at Macy's • INC International Concepts • $26.99
  14. Tolani Anamik Printed Silk Scarf with Fringe • Tolani • $100
  15. Bobbi Brown NM Exclusive Nourishing Lip Trio Set ($109 Value) • Bobbi Brown • $84
  16. Amazing Grace Mother's Day Set • philosophy • $57
  17. Lanc me La vie est belle Mother's Day Gift Set • $112
  18. Yves Saint Laurent Fragrance Black Opium Mother's Day Set (A $192 Value) • Saint Laurent • $120
  19. Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAB Tote • Rebecca Minkoff • $195
  20. BP. Textured Faux Leather Satchel • BP • $48

I hope you find this post helpful.  Have a great day!   


 

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