Tuesday, June 20, 2017

DIY: Coconut and lime body scrub

Hello everyone!

If you have been visiting Cosette's Beauty Pantry, you might be aware of my fascination with sugar scrubs.  I will link other sugar scrub recipes at the bottom of this post, if you like, you can check them out!

Some of my earlier recipes are not vegan and I cannot use them any longer.  So today, I want to share a vegan-friendly coconut and lime body scrub recipe.  The sweet scent of coconut combined with refreshing lime is reminiscent of a tropical island getaway.


To make this coconut and lime body scrub, you will need the following items.

Ingredients (to make one cup of scrub):
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 6-8 drops of lime essential oil

Method:
  1. Melt coconut oil.
  2. Mix in with the sugar, until fully incorporated.
  3. Add the coconut and the lime essential oil.
  4. Mix together.

Monday, June 12, 2017

DIY: Vegan face mask for acne-prone skin

Hello everyone!

Like I always say; many store-bought beauty products are full of toxins and irritating ingredients.  Thankfully, nature provides effective alternatives for healthy skin that are gentle, cruelty free, vegan, and made with items you probably already have in your pantry!  Today I want to share one of my favourite beauty recipes with you; a vegan face mask for acne-prone skin!

You only need three ingredients, all of which I already used in previous DIY recipes I posted on this blog. 

Ingredients:
  • 1 banana (ripe)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

This face mask recipe with banana, baking soda and turmeric can reduce acne.

Here's how it works:

Bananas not only act as an astringent which balances oils in the skin, but also nourishes and rejuvenates the skin.  Baking soda pulls out oil and dirt from the pores and turmeric reduces inflammation and provides the skin with anti-microbial and anti-bacterial benefits.

Method:
  1. Mash the banana in a bowl. 
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
  3. Wash face and pat dry. 
  4. Apply paste onto damp skin and leave for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Rinse off with cool water.

Try this out and let me know if it works for you too!


Wednesday, June 07, 2017

The hidden toxins in your bathroom cabinet

Hello everyone!

Is your bathroom cabinet stuffed with toxins?  Is your make-up or toiletry bag a blend of chemicals that could harm you?  YES is probably the answer to both questions.  The skin is the body’s largest organ and up to 60% of some of the chemicals we put on it may be absorbed into our bloodstream.


It is actually worse to put toxins on your skin then it is to eat them.  Your liver contains detoxifying enzymes which break down toxic elements. What you apply to your skin can go directly into your bloodstream.

Check out the infographic below to find out which dangerous ingredients you should try to avoid and why.  

Always check  the ingredients list on your bottles and jars: the higher up the list these dangerous ingredients come, the greater the concentration.  Read the labels and the ingredients list very carefully before purchasing!


Monday, April 17, 2017

My experience with GlassesShop.com

Hello everyone!

I was recently offered the opportunity to choose a pair of eyeglasses from GlassesShop.com to try out and review.  I’ve always wondered how ordering glasses online would compare to the ones offered at the ophthalmologist’s office, so I jumped at the opportunity. 


GlassesShop.com offers prescription glasses and prescription sunglasses for much cheaper prices than those offered at the ophthalmologist’s.  As far as selection, GlassesShop.com can’t be beaten.  They offer a wide selection of styles and colours.  If you do not need prescription glasses and want to wear glasses as a fashion accessoryyou can also buy many pairs without prescription lenses.  The site also offers a tool that allows you to virtually try on glasses by uploading your photo.  It’s a great option for someone unsure of what shape would look best on them.  

I chose the GrandPrairie Wayfarer in pink/purple.  The colour and design are beautiful and the frame is really high quality and sturdy.





I love these glasses and I highly recommend GlassesShop.com to anyone who is on the market for a new pair of glasses.  Now, here is a special coupon code for you: GSHOT50 When using this code you can have 50% off on eyeglasses and sunglasses with free lenses (sale frames excluded). 

Have you tried GlassesShop.com before?  Let me know about your experience in the comments section below.



Sunday, March 12, 2017

DIY: Natural deodorant (spray)

Hello everyone! 
If, like me, you hate the chemical-laden, store-bought deodorants,  you can make your own natural deodorant from scratch – in both solid and spray form.  Since I’ve already posted a DIY solid deodorant recipe, I want to share my favourite spray deodorant formula, too.  This one is way easier and quicker to make.  Enjoy!


Ingredients:
  • 60 ml (2 fl oz) witch hazel (astringent)
  • 12 drops of essential oil - Choose an oil with antibacterial and anti-fungal properties such as, sweet orange, tea tree, lemongrass, lavender, etc.

Method:
  1. Pour your ingredients into a spray bottle and screw the top back on. 
  2. Shake well before use. 
It's super simple to make and it really does work!

Have you ever tried using a DIY deodorant?  Do you prefer a solid or a spray formula?

Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

DIY: Vegan solid perfume

Hello everyone!

A few years ago I posted a DIY recipe for solid perfume.  In that recipe I used beeswax (back then I was not a vegan), so today I decided to give you a vegan alternative.



Ingredients:
  • 2 tsp candelilla wax or soy wax 
  • 2 tsp sweet almond oil
  • 40-50 drops of your favourite essential oil(s)
Note - floral scents are uplifting and romantic, vanilla is warm and sweet, and wood scents can be grounding and calming.  

Method:
  1. Melt wax and carrier oil in microwave.  Or if you want to double boil, follow the method in this post:  DIY: Solid perfume
  2. Add essential oil(s).  
  3. While your perfume mix is still liquid, pour it into the tins. 
  4. Wait until the mix cools and hardens, before moving the tins or closing the lids.
Solid perfumes are easy to package, carry, and re-apply; also handmade perfumes make wonderful gifts.

What other kinds of DIY beauty recipes would you like to see on Cosette's Beauty Pantry?  

Sunday, March 05, 2017

DIY: Skin lightening serum

Hello everyone!
As many of you may already know, I struggled with acne for years.  I have spent a lot of time looking for ways to clear up my acne.  What eventually helped me clear my skin was a clean, vegan diet and using natural, homemade skincare products.  However, I'm still dealing with acne scars on my face.  
Before I became vegan, I used honey and yogurt (like my DIY: Greek yoghurt, oatmeal and honey facial mask and my DIY: Micro-dermabrasion pasteto help fade acne scars and both ingredients work really well, but now I'm only using plant-based ingredients.  
Today I want to share the all-natural, vegan facial serum I'm currently using.  If you have any form of hyperpigmentation on your skin, you are going to love this DIY!
Ingredients:
  • 1 tbs sweet almond oil 
  • 2 drops of lemon essential oil
  • 4 drops of sandalwood essential oil 

Sweet almond oil is a wonderful carrier oil and it’s been used for ages to lighten and brighten skin.

Lemon essential oil is well-known for its skin-brightening effects.  Lemon juice is also very effective.  

Sandalwood essential oil is a skin lightening, skin brightening oil.  It has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.  It is also high in antioxidants that can help reduce damage caused by free radicals, which promote ageing.

Method:
  1. Combine ingredients in a glass bottle (preferably with a dropper).
  2. Gently turn the bottle to allow the oils to mix well.
  3. Use 3-4 drops on damp, clean skin before bedtime.
  4. Optional - Moisturise as usual. 
  5. Use every day for best results.

Notes:
  • Lemon essential oil  increases photosensitivity - you need to protect your skin from the sun while using this serum!
  • This serum will not get rid of indentations or protrusions left behind by acne.  It will only fade the flat red or brown dots left behind by pimples aka post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.


Have a great day!


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Thursday, March 02, 2017

February 2017 favourites

Hello everyone!

I haven't written a favourites post in a while, almost 6 months to be exact, oops!  This was my last favourites post: End of summer favourites, back in September 2016.  But I have been trying out and loving some new things recently so today I want to share my current beauty essentials.  I'm absolutely obsessed with the four beauty products I mention below,  these are all great products that also happen to be very affordable!  Check them out...  


Denman Scalp Massage Brush

I use this brush in the shower to massage my scalp with the soft plastic pins while shampooing and to detangle my hair while conditioning.  I also use it to distribute my leave-in products evenly.  I even use this scalp massager when I colour my hair to make sure I remove any hair dye from my scalp.  

Cien All-In-One BB Cream  (light)

This product aims to correct imperfections, even out skin tone, soften the skin, reduce wrinkles and provide 24h hydration.  I have to say I'm very impressed with this BB cream, it matches my skin tone, blends really easily and evens out my complexion.  My skin looks hydrated and healthier after application.

Silicone Face Cleansing Brush 

This silicone brush is the best face cleansing brush I tried thus far.  It is extremely soft and flexible, making it very gentle on the skin.  If you’re new to cleansing tools and want to give one a try, this silicone pad is the easiest to use and the most budget-friendly.  The tiny bristles massage the debris out of the pores, while the larger bumps exfoliate and soften the skin.  I use the larger bumps to exfoliate my nose and chin.  Right now it's on sale at only $1.99 - Silicone Facial Cleaning Brush with Box.  I got one for my mum and she love it as well

Tinkle Eyebrow Razors 


These razors are meant to sculpt eyebrows and remove peach fuzz and that's precisely why I use them.  Since I started growing back my eyebrows, a few years ago, I stopped tweezing altogether and only shape them using these eyebrow razors: Tinkle Eyebrow Razors.  It's a very quick and simple way to shape your brows.

Related posts:
Re-grow over-plucked eyebrows! (part 1)
Re-grow over-plucked eyebrows! (part 2)
DIY: Eyebrow growth serum


Have you tried any of these beauty product?  I highly recommend giving them a try.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Tag post: Ride or die make-up tag

Hello everyone!

I haven't done a tag post in a while, so today I'd doing the Ride or Die Make-up Tag.  This tag was created by Jaclyn Hill on YouTube.  Her rules are simple: "List your ride or die cosmetic products from each category (foundation, blush, mascara, lip products, etc.).  If you could only take ONE from each category to a desert island, which would you choose?"




Here's a list of my ride or die cosmetics: 

PRIMER

NIVEA MEN Sensitive Post Shave Balm  
You can read my first "beauty secret" post to find out why this product works so well as a make-up primer. 

FOUNDATION

Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation in 101
This is my all time favourite foundation.  Shade 101 is my perfect match! 

CONCEALER

The Body Shop Concealer All-In-One in 01

FACE POWDER

The Body Shop Loose Face Powder in 01
I actually have 2 favourite powders, I also love Catrice Prime And Fine Mattifying Powder but I have to choose only one for this tag.

UNDER EYE SETTING POWDER

The Body Shop Loose Face Powder in 01
I use one of the two powders I mentioned before.  I don't use a specific powder for my under-eye area.

BLUSH
The Body Shop All-In-One Cheek Colour in 04 Marshmallow

BRONZER

Bourjois Delice De Poudre Bronzer

HIGHLIGHT

NYX Cosmetics Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator in Sunbeam

MASCARA

L'Oreal Paris Telescopic Mascara in Carbon Black 

EYELINER

L'Oreal Paris Super Liner Eyeliner Ultra Precision in Black

LIPSTICK

The Body Shop Colour Crush Shine Lipstick in 15 Fuschia Flirt

GLOSS

NYX Cosmetics Intense Butter Lipgloss in Napoleon

EYE-SHADOW PALETTE
Active Cosmetics Professional Eyeshadow Palette
As I already told you in a previous FOTD post. 

SETTING SPRAY

DIY Make-up setting spray
It has only 2 ingredients and it is healthy for your skin.  Check it out!

PERFUME

Playboy Play It Spicy Eau De Toilette Spray
I have a vast collection of perfumes by my go-to are still L by Lolita Lempicka and Playboy’s Play it spicy, as I told you in the about me tag.



I hope you enjoyed this tag post.  If you want you can list your ride or die cosmetics in the comments section below.  Are any of these products your favourites too?


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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Nails Of The Day (NOTD): Orchid Love & Silver Crackle

Hello everyone!

Just last Monday I posted my nails of the day and here I am again today, less than a week later, with another NOTD.

Today I'm wearing Orchid Love Gel Effect Nail Polish by Cien and Silver Crackle by W7.  Here are my freshly painted nails:

Left hand


Right hand


I'm loving this manicure; what do you think?  Don’t forget to comment – it would really make me happy! 

Talk to you soon!


Friday, February 24, 2017

Shhh... It's a beauty secret! #02

Hello everyone!

Remember my "beauty secret" post?  In this post I'm about to share another "secret"; aka the type of thing that people do not understand when you tell them or think you are crazy, but somehow I feel compelled to tell you, my readers, anyway! That's a mouthful!



So, my secret is... Here goes nothing... I use neat (undiluted) organic apple cider vinegar on my face as a sort of all-natural chemical peel!

Here's exactly how I use it:

I cleanse, rinse and towel dry my face and then I apply the undiluted ACV with a cotton ball.  This step is crucial: I only leave the organic apple cider vinegar on for about 2 minutes, then I rinse it off with plenty of cool water.  Do NOT leave it on for more than a couple of minutes or it will burn your skin!  However, it is completely safe to use for one or two minutes two to three times a week
Why I use it:

ACV works better than any other exfoliant I have ever tried and it does not contain any nasty ingredients.  It remove dead cells from the surface of the skin and leaves the skin super soft and glowing.  It also eliminates any blemishes you might have; including pimples, blackheads and pigmentation.  Apple cider vinegar also prevents the formation of acne and blackheads.  And it also eliminates fine lines and wrinkles!  I have been using apple cider vinegar both internally and topically, for years now and I absolutely love it.  I mean, how can you not love this powerful gift from Mother Nature!

Do you think that using neat apple cider vinegar on my face is crazy?  Would you give it a try?  Let me know in the comment section below!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

FOTD: Purple smokey eye

Hello everyone!

I was playing around with one of my favourite palettes, the Professional Eyeshadow Palette from Active Cosmetics, and I really liked the end result.  The lighting in not great and the eye make-up was much darker in person but I wanted to show you my Face Of The Day nonetheless.  Here are some photos of yesterday's FOTD!


Here's a list of everything I used:

Face - 
  • Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm (as a primer)
  • Essence Stay All Day 16h Foundation (20 Soft Beige) mixed with a little moisturiser for lighter coverage
  • Essence Stay All Day 16h Concealer (20 Soft Beige)
  • Yesensy Blusher  (07)
  • Catrice Prime And Fine Mattifying Powder - Waterproof
Eyes - 
  • Active Cosmetics Professional Eyeshadow Palette
I also used this palette in a previous FOTD post!

These are the colours I used for this smokey eye! (Dark brown, purple and a nude highlight colour)
  • Yesensy Retractable Eyeliner (01 Black)
  • L'Oreal Lineur Intense Brush Tip Liquid Eyeliner (Carbon Black)
  • Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara 

Eyebrows

  • Essence Eyebrow Stylist Set (01 Natural Brunette Style)
  • Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara (Browny Brows 02)

Lips -
  • Essence Long-lasting Lipstick (13 Love Me)

If you are interested, I reviewed some of these products in a previous favourites post.

I hope you enjoyed this post.  Talk to you soon! 


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Monday, February 20, 2017

Nails Of The Day (NOTD): Do you speak love? 💘

Hello everyone; I'm back!

Today's post is a nails of the day; I haven't done a NOTD post in ages!  As I told you in my year in review post,  I stopped wearing nail polish for a few months but recently I started painting my nails again.  This is what I'm currently wearing...  💅


Essence The Gel Nail Polish (14) do you speak love?


First I applied Essence's The Gel Nail Polish Base Coat, then I applied one coat of (14) do you speak love?.  This is the perfect colour for February; the month of Valentine's Day!  Lastly, I finished with a coat of The Gel Nail Polish Top Coat to protect, seal, and provide long-lasting shine.  You can read my review on Essence The Gel Nail Polish, here.

Have a great day! 💋

 

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