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By S on September 18, 2014
Activated charcoal has so many health and beauty benefits see here and here. However it is most commonly known to remove all the impurites and toxins from the human body. So one of my favorite things to do it with it when i'm not drinking it out of a bottle mixed with water and lemon juice to detoxify is to make a face mask out of it. I use a lot of face masks to recharge and hydrate my skin, and once in a while I like to actually make one at home, it can be fun, and the results really are amazing!
1 tsp of Activated Charcoal which can be bought from here
1 tsp of Cocoa Butter (any brand of your choosing)
Simple Exfoliating Face Wipes placed in the fridge at time of applying mask.
Mix into a paste in your palm, (steer clear of wearing whites as the powder has a tendency to disperse and land where it shoudn't!) and apply to whole face avoiding eyes and lips. Lie down and relax for 15-20 minutes and then grab your exfoliating wipes out of the fridge and wipe away the mask and dispose of wipe. Placing your face wipes in the fridge adds to the spa effect of this DIY mask at home and it feels amazing too. The reason why I prefer to use an exfoliating wipe is that it is a little gritty and not only takes the mask of swiftly but also gives your face that little bit of extra buffing. You can alternatively just wash your face off with warm water but be warned it witll get messy. Afterwards your face will feel clean, super soft, exceptionally hydrated and plump but not tight and definitely display that inner glow that we are all after.
Image via Viktoria Stutz
By S on September 16, 2014
1. Alterna | Caviar Replenishing Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner 40 ml
I have very unruly hair that needs a lot of taming, which means that those little hotel shampoo and conditioners, or gasp! a 2 in 1 shampoo and condiitoner is sadly not going to cut it for me. I have used the larger sized versions of the Alterna Caviar shampoo and conditioner periodically and adore the way my hair feels after use. So I was absolutely thrilled when I saw these mini versions, they are perfect for trips to the gym or for accompanying you on vacation. The formula allows for super silky more manageable hair.
2. L'Occitane | Cleansing Shower Oil with Almond Oil 35ml
This little gem makes shaving a breeze and works as a brilliant make-up remover too, and I am talking, heavy wedding make-up removal, with no tugging or pulling at the skin at all, it takes everything right off. The oil works into a light lather and is very hydrating as it contains almond oil, which makes your skin super soft and not greasy at all. I also found that this is exceptionally handy if you have to skip moisturizing.
3. Ole Henriksen | Truth Serum, Invigorating Night Gel and Sheer Transformation Créme
I regularly use these products in the full size for my weekly facial cleaning process and these little sizes do not take up any room and are the perfect accompaniment to your travel toiletries bag. You ALWAYS need a serum, night gel which aids in break outs, and moisturizer, and this provides all three in miniature sizes and are perfect for on the go. Henriksen's products always provide fantastic results and I love how my face feels brighter and calmer after usage.
4. Vichy | Thermal Spa Water (link is for larger size, however smaller size can be found at Target or CVS Pharmacy)
I am NEVER without some type of thermal water spray, whether it is the Evian brumatizer, or Lush hydrating Rose Water spray I always carry one around with me, and I usually leave one in my car too, they come in handy on long road trips where you feel swety from driving for 5 hours straight and need to perk up. The reason why I keep one in my travel toiletries bag is that I like to spritz my face with one post make-up removal as a sort of mild toner and also after make-up application so that it can sort of blur everything I have just added onto my face and give me a dewy finish. This little spray is seriously a jack of all trades. Buy one!
5. Indeed Labs | Pepta-Bright (Can be found in Boots in the UK)
This product only recently released in the US and it honestly is hands-down my secret for making a tired, dull, and scar dotted face turn into a bright, perky, and well nourished one come morning. The formula is just a basic cream but the ingredients really help diminish the scarring I have from old spots and its also helps even out my skin tone too.
6. Glamglow | Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment
Again I use the large pot of this stuff regularly, but when you are on a trip with friends, your boyfriend, fiancé, whoever, you always want to make sure you look your best, and alongside clothes and make-up, you want your skin to look and feel amazing. Escpecially post-partying when everyone is hanging out sans make-up! I usually apply this to my T-Zone if I have time or the night before on any pesky spots that have cropped up from eating the wrong foods. I mean, who doesn't occasionally over indulge on cake when they are on holiday?
By S on September 4, 2014