28 April 2017

The Ultimate Activated Charcoal Beauty Guide *guest post*

Heyyy my lovelies! I'm here today with something special. This post is brought to you by Zara. You can find her on highstylelife :) Without further due, I'll let you read her insightful article! I will see you soon and I hope you'll like this guest post and reading her overview on charcoal ♥

Although charcoal has been around for longer than we can all remember, the craze for it in the beauty world has only recently reached its peak. In search of the Holy Grail beauty products, especially those natural ones, we often forget to stop and do the research before jumping on the popular bandwagon of the day. This is why it is important to do some digging and see whether every trend, charcoal included, is worth pursuing and if the supposed benefits live up to the hype.

A Path to Pure and Glowing Skin
It seems as though a large number of cosmetics companies have taken note of the positive effects of using activated charcoal in skincare. However, if you have been paying closer attention to Youtube, you have seen how painful it is to actually peel the mask of your face, and people are left wondering whether they have any skin left. Still, as many skin experts agree that charcoal really does wonders to absorb excess oil and purify skin this beauty tool should not be dismissed yet. So, instead of turning to the now infamous peel-off, you can make your own mask with the addition of only water and make a mud mask that purifies and your skin safely. Another great solution is to leave your face in the hands of professionals and book a charcoal-based facial with someone who knows what they are doing. With all said, when it comes to your precious face, the verdict is: yes, this ingredient can do wonders, but make sure you use it properly.

The Picture-Perfect Smile
By now, you are probably all too well familiar with the alternative method of teeth whitening using activated charcoal. However, more often than not this alternative method is not just ineffective, but according to Dr. Peter Auster it can even be potentially harmful. While absorbing some of the stains, it might also strip your teeth off the good bacteria, causing more long-term harm than good. Australians are known for their love of natural and alternative methods, but they are also one of the top nations when it comes to dental health. They still largely rely on safe and effective conventional methods, such as the internal bleaching procedure. This is a well-known method of whitening the teeth, done by professionals in a controlled environment. If you are considering this procedure, the first step would be to turn to experts, such as Australian Dental Specialists, for advice. You shouldn't turn to using activated charcoal on your own, at least not without careful professional supervision from your dentist.

Scrub That Bod
If it can do wonders in purifying your face, why not indulge in a full and deep whole-body cleanse using charcoal as one of the ingredients. Since the texture of charcoal is slightly grainy, you can safely mix it with honey, essential oils, or a body wash of your choice and exfoliate that bod. And since there are no suggestions or evidence to the negative side effect, the verdict is yes, charcoal makes for a mean body scrub, so happy and safe scrubbing gals!

The Care for Healthy Hair
If you have the type of hair that gets greasy quickly at the root, but at the same time you are combating dry ends, using an activated charcoal hair mask could be a good solution for your problems, as it is powerful in absorbing oil. It is also beneficial for those fighting dandruff, and flat, lifeless hair. There is however, a catch. If you have a sensitive scalp, this routine might do more harm than good as it may strip your hair of good oils that naturally moisturize and nourish your hair. The best advice here is to give it a test run by adding a teaspoon of activated charcoal to your shampoo and use it as you normally would and compare the pre and post results. If you only see positive effects, then you are safe to commit to a charcoal based shampoo or mask.

Beauty From Within
The final craze under examination in this guide is the usage of activated charcoal for health purposes – putting your tummy at ease and collecting and absorbing any toxins related to food or alcohol poisoning. First off, when it comes to a poisoning of any kind, charcoal should be prescribed and administered by a medical professional. Doctors know exactly what dosage is required and allowed, and how often it should be taken, so leave it to them. As for regular detoxes and reduction of bloating, the only risk is that of an overdose, which can result in severe cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea, so before you buy this supplement consult your physician on the dosage and frequency of usage for the sake of benefits, but also safety.

Final Words
With everything said, it is safe to conclude that one element is not always the solution to all your problems. Charcoal can be highly beneficial as long as you are well-informed on how and in which forms to use it.

- Blogpost written by Zara Lewis.
( www.highstylife.com )

26 April 2017

Friendly reunion 2.0 ♣

Lille, France

Hello my lovely birds! I hope you're having a good week thus far. I spent Easter weekend in the cute city of Lille. I was lucky enough to spend my weekend with one of my bestfriends. She showed me around. We did a bit of strolling down the beautiful streets of Lille. We had a good catching up session. Oh boy, how much we had to catch up on! We ate a lot of good - not so healthy- food . We talked for hours, we laughed, walked around, ate a lot, went to cute coffee shops and did some shopping. The weather was great. It was absolutely lovely! I got to spend the weekend with one of my bestfriends and discover Lille. For what more can a girl ask for?

As for the city itself, I was so surprised. I didn't picture Lille to be this way at all. It's a mix between England & Netherlands. The people there are so friendly and polite. I could see myself living there. Maybe, if my life allows me I'll go back there for a week. I definitely want to see more of you, Lille! So until next time, Lille!

Let me know what you've been up to in the comments below! Thank you for reading and I'll see you soon ♥ x

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23 April 2017

Tiny Kiko haul + { review }

Hello lovebirds, It has been quite some time since I've purchased any makeup or even anything from Kiko. You & I both know this girl has expensive tastes. - Unfortunately. She loves pretty and expensive things. However, I'm never one against drugstore makeup. Some things I like to splurge on and some others things I prefer to save up on. Let's face it, I've tried so many makeup products now that I kinda know my shit. Basically, I know what to shop and where. I know what products I can purchase and not be disappointed.

This time, I picked up a few things. The brush cleanser is something I've always wanted to try. I want to compare it to the one from Sephora. The second item is Intensive Hand&Foot Scrub. I was seduced by the idea of a hand and feet scrub. I mean, who wouldn't ? It seems like such an awesome idea! The lipstick is a new edition of an old time favourite. It's Kiko's Unlimited Double Touch 122 lipstickin the shade : "burgundy". We all know this shade has my name written all over it... How was I supposed to resist? Last but not least, Coloured Balm 06 is a basic thing. The kind of things you lazily put on your lips on your way to work or in the bathroom of a small coffee shop. A splash of colour that hydrates your lips.

― Unlimited Double Touch 122.
I've now worn this lipstick for at least 4 times. I have found that this new formula is quite different from the old one. It's more liquid and less opaque. It doesn't dry as much as the old one. It lasts less. To be honest, I could wear the old version all day and not have to reapply it but this one I have to reapply if I drink too much teas. I definitely need a lipstick that don't vanish after a few drinks... If you have met any, please, send them my way...

― Brush Cleanser.
I was quite disappointed with this product. I don't feel like it works at all. At least, on the first try, it didn't clean my dirty brushes. They were only "wet". When swipped on a tissue, there are residue of makeup but that's all. It didn't really do the trick... It's a bit harsh as well. I wouldn't recommend this at all.

― Coloured Balm 06.
I don't have much to say on this product. It's a pretty basic thing. Nothing awesome to report. It doesn't add any colour to my lips. It's quite thick and sticky. It stays on my lips for quite some time. I'm not a big fan of that shinny/glossy/sticky effect but it feels like my lips are more nourished. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I didn't notice anything life changing. Nevertheless, it smells freaking amazing. It is sooo addictive!

― Intensive Hand&Foot Scrub.
I've tried this on my hands - Bare in mind that I've very dry hands. - and didn't have much hopes but still, I ended up being disappointed. I didn't notice much difference at first so I decided to keep using it. I'm thinking maybe it's more about how often you use it. Maybe if I use it often I will notice a difference?! I don't know... I will keep you updated. I guess, this review is TO BE CONTINUED!

Have you tried any of those products? Do you have any ideas on what I should try next?

Thank you for reading and I'll see you soon ♥ x

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13 April 2017


Hello my lovebirds,

I hope you're doing well. The last few weeks have been very hectic. I didn't get much sleep or time to myself but mostly, my biggest excuse for my lack of blogging is : the writer's block.

It seems like my mind has gone blank. I cannot figure out what I want to write about or what I want to do with this blog...

Did it ever happen to you? This feeling. Your mind is suddenly blank. It's like your brain is switched off. There is nothing. Nothing that can motivate you or nothing you could think of. It is all pointless. Why even bother?

I feel like I'm blogging poorly. My content isn't as good as I wanted it to be. I have lost my way.

I guess it has a lot to do with how I've been feeling lately but I'm not drowning yet. I refuse to sink. I'll not let life drag me down with her. I've gone too far. I've fought too hard to give up now. Blogging has always been my little escape.

So, I'm not giving up. I'm not giving up on you, my lovebirds.

I'll not surrender to the waves.

To cheer us up, here are 5 good things of these past few weeks :

1. I've reconnected with an old friend. I'm so so grateful for that. It's such a lovely feeling to reconnect with someone from your past.
2. I'm spending the weekend with one of my bestmates. She is my other half. We have not seen each other in years. I CANNOT WAIT!
3. After a week without hot water, I managed to take a bath. Everyone knows how much I love my baths. There is no trouble that cannot be cured by a hot bath.
4. I've made new awesome friends and met interesting people along the way. It has reminded me of how much I want and need to travel again. I need to find my home, discover new countries, new people and new ways of life ♥
5. Thank you for all the sleepless nights, the laughs, the drinks, the bagels, the dancing and the friendships.

What are your 5 good things? Do not hesitate to share it with us in the comments.
Thank you for reading and I'll see you soon ♥ x

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