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DIY: Charcoal mask

Hey babes

Charcoal masks are all over the internet and on social media sites! These charcoal masks promises you different and flawless skin and boy! it does live up to those expectations. Long before charcoal masks become a trend I was already experimenting with it and I loved the way it looked and made my skin feel so I made it part of my beauty regiment.

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Throughout the day toxins from around the world we live in clog our pores. Once your pores are clogged it has a negative impact on your complexion. When activated charcoal is used in a face mask it helps to pull the dirt out of your pores and makes them less visible; this leaves your face super fresh and a radiant complexion. It also helps with oily skin, activated charcoal can pull the unwanted excess oils from your skin, leaving it super smooth.

Yours truly is here to share one of my favorites which always leaves my skin extremely glowy and fresh.

This mask is extremely easy and you will see a huge difference in your skin.

You will need:

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  • Two tablespoons of activated charcoal
  • enough honey to create a paste

I used the powdered activated charcoal, you can obtain activated charcoal at your local pharmacy, if you do have the capsules you can open it up and use the powder within the capsule, however the capsules are more expensive then the powder.

Mix the activated charcoal with a little bit of honey, add more if necessary until you obtain a paste. Once you’ve made a paste you can apply it directly to your face for about 30- 45 minutes and then wash off. Apply a moisturizer thereafter.

What these ingredients do:

Activated charcoal draws bacteria, poisons, chemicals, dirt and other micro- particles to the surface of the skin, helping you to achieve a flawless complexion and fight acne at the same time.

Honey : Honey is a naturally antibacterial, so it’s great for acne treatment and prevention, its full of antioxidants, it is great for slowing down aging. It is extremely moisturizing and soothing, so it helps create a glow and a flawless complexion. Honey is clarifying because it opens up pores making them easy to unclog.

Your pores will thank you later!

P.S. if you try out this mask, do let me know if it had the same effect on your skin, and you welcome.

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This is the Perfect Dupe for Huda Beauty’s Eyeshadow Palette

If you don’t who Huda is or the brand Huda Beauty, then you are definitely living under a rock! Huda Beauty is a makeup brand created by beauty mogul Huda Kattan, her makeup line is extremely diverse from lip liners to liquid illuminators. Her eyeshadow palettes are definitely a must have item in any beauty lovers collection and I’ve found the perfect dupe for you.

The Original Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette VS Huda Beauty Remastered Palette (Source: allure.com)

One of the first products she launched was an eyeshadow palette called The Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette, a year later and another palette which was very similar was launched, however it was called the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Remastered Palette. Now finding a palette has been quite challenging but I’ve managed to obtain a very similar one that doesn’t break the bank.

Now if you are familiar with the Huda Beauty brand, you ought to know that the products are extremely pricey, and an eyeshadow palette goes for +- R1 200, 00. Now I love makeup and you can literally sell me anything makeup related, but splashing that much of my hard earned money on a palette! That is just a complete NO! If it was a face product such as foundation then that’s a different story. So obviously I was curious and I really wanted to try it out but the price tag was holding me back. After spending alot of time searching, I finally found a palette on Makeup Shack that was quite similar and it cost like quarter the amount of the Huda Beauty palette. The Bad Habit Aphrodite palette is literally the perfect dupe and it costs only R499,99; like I could buy two palettes for the price of one Huda Beauty palette and I would still have change for some really expensive coffee plus cake! The pigments are to die for and I can’t even describe the shimmers! Its like glitter on your eyelids!

The Bad Habit Aphrodite Palette

The palette was introduced just after the original Huda Beauty Rose Gold palette was introduced, and even though the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Remastered was introduced afterwards the shades and colors are still extremely similar and really relevant.

If you would like to check out or shop this gorgeous palette, I’ve added a link for you – https://makeupshack.co.za/collections/bad-habit/products/aphrodite-eyeshadow-palette-by-bad-habit?variant=45455392905

This Is Why Sheet Masks Need To Be a Part of Your Skincare Regiment!

Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Sheet Masks- R49,95

I didn’t realize what I was missing out on, until I tried a sheet mask. If your skin is looking a little dull or feeling really dry then you need a sheet mask in your life. Sheet masks are these amazing pieces of cloth almost tissue like this is soaked into product and then applied to the face for a short period of time- the results are your skin looks extremely rejuvenated and it feels almost new and the best part is that you don’t have to spend forever wiping it off!

A sheet mask is like being your own beautician in the comfort of your home, without having to change or spend a hefty amount of money. Sheet masks are an extremely inexpensive way of treating your skin to get that glow. A sheet mask can be bought at a store or pharmacy and then applied to a clean face, every week or every other week. I prefer the latter.Once time has lapsed and you’ve taken out the mask, you can pat all the extra serum into you skin. The sheet mask is filled with serum such as hydraulic acid and vitamins, and when applied to the face it deeply penetrates the skin as it is left on the skin to soak in; its like applying 5 nights of serum but all in one go!

These babies give such amazing results to your skin all at once; its like an extremely fast way of making your skin look “wow”. Unlike applying a usual mask on your face which tends to dry out your skin as the ingredients have to dry out on the skin in order for it to work, whereas a sheet mask tends to keep the skin hydrated and nourished. The sheet mask you would choose, depends on the outcome you would like to achieve from the mask for e.g brightening, firming or hydrating skin. I love using a sheet mask for hydration and to make my skin appear plump. Garnier has some amazing sheet masks, which will not break the bank!

Have you tried sheet masking? or is sheet masking already part of your regiment?

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Why I wish I started wearing sunblock sooner!

When I thought of sunblock, I only thought of it as something that I would wear if I was going to be in the sun for a while for e.g. going for sport or going for a swim, little did I know that I had the complete wrong mentality. I literally thought sunblock was only to be used when I done the likes of the above activities, not realizing that each time I stepped out of the house I am in contact with the sun which is therefore affecting my skin.

I did not realize the damage that was being caused to my skin all these years that have gone by, not to mention the probability of cancer which had not dawned on me for an instant! Each time I look in the mirror and I am blinded by my hyperpigmentation and sunspots and I am filled with regret. I keep regretting this one little thing, which seemed like a little thing but years later I realize that it was actually a big thing.

There is no age limit or specific age when wearing sunscreen, but I do suggest you start wearing it at the soonest. Sunscreen will protect your skin against harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. These harmful rays can be divided into two forms, namely: UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are associated with aging and can help your skin look older, it also can pass through glass so you are exposed to UVA rays even when you are sitting in the car. UVB rays causes your skin to burn and change color. Both of these harmful rays could cause cancer. Skin that is exposed to the sun could become sunburnt and damaged; discolorations, dark spots as well as hyperpigmentation are just some of the downfalls.

I love the Xeroderm Sunscreen, its super affordable, doesn’t make your skin look pale and goes really well underneath makeup. If you would like to try it out, you can shop it here-
https://clicks.co.za/xeroderm_spf40-sunscreen-100ml/p/270071

If you’d like to maintain an even skin tone, then I suggest you start wearing sunblock immediately! Even when its rainy! Yes, you heard it right! Wear sunblock even when its rainy as ultraviolet rays can penetrate through the clouds and is more likely to cause even more damage to your skin.

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This DIY Hair Mask will give you Healthier, Shinier and Smooth Looking Hair Instantly!

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Yes, you read that right! Healthier, Shiner and Smooth looking hair may seem like a myth to some, but it shouldn’t! You also shouldn’t have to use hundred of products that contain chemicals and preservatives in order to obtain these results, that is why I’m going to be sharing on of go-to masks when my hair looks dull and sad.

I love this mask not only because I already have all the ingredients in my kitchen but also because it usually works wonders on my hair. You going to need two ingredients for making this mask, and I suggest you put on this mask when you gonna be at home for a while as it takes some time to get dry.

To make this mask, you will need:

  • 1 egg ( You can increase the amount of eggs, depending on your hair length,I use 2 because my hair is longer)
  • 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise

Beat these two ingredients together and then apply to dry hair. Leave on for about 45- 60 minutes. The mask will dry on your hair and that’s when you can wash it off with shampoo and conditioner.

Let me just break down the benefits of these two ingredients:

Egg:Egg yolk contains sulfur and this helps stimulate and nourish the scalp. The yolk contains fat and this helps to make your hair soft. Eggs are also extremely good for dry hair as they contain a lot of protein and the protein helps to nourish and allows your hair to shine.

Mayonnaise: Mayonnaise contains egg yolks, vinegar and oils which actually help to nourish and moisturize your hair. Because it contains an amino acid, it also helps with healthy hair growth. The vinegar inside the mayonnaise helps to seal in and maintain the color of your hair.

Now this may smell a little bit weird and it will feel even weirder but with all these benefits, why not try it? I mean what do you have to lose? Once you have washed your hair, it will feel like you have a new set of hair on your head. I promise! This mask will make your hair feel amazing, and it will look so much healthier, shinier and fuller. Your hair will be thanking you later!

If you do try this mask, let me know if works just as well for you as it does for me.

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How I wash my Makeup Brushes without breaking the bank!

I absolutely love using my makeup brushes to create gorgeous looks, but cleaning them can be such a tedious task! I absolutely hate cleaning my brushes. Sometimes I feel like buying more brushes so I don’t have to clean my already used ones, but then reality hits me and I realize no matter how much more brushes I own I will still have to wash them.

Not washing your makeup brushes means that your favorite brushes remains dirty, makeup also tends to remain within your brushes and especially if product has been left for while will stain your brushes. Also not forgetting that reusing the same brush is extremely unhealthy as the bacteria in the brush increases and this could cause breakouts.

This is why its so important to wash your brushes regularly! There are many ways to wash your brush but running them under a tap and using your hands to cleanse the brush does not clean the brush and often residue is still left in the brush, so technically your brush is not actually clean. A cleansing pad should be used alongside a product to really get into that residue. There are lots of different products available on the market to use to cleanse your brush. I personally do not want to break the bank or my wallet just to get a little something that will cleanse my brushes, and that’s when I discovered Baby Shampoo. Yes, Baby Shampoo!

I mean my brushes are just as delicate as a baby’s hair, so why not use baby shampoo? Baby shampoo is extremely inexpensive, is extremely gentle on those bristles, cleanses the brushes thoroughly while still maintaining the softness of the hair on the brush. And also my brushes have such a gentle fragrance once I’ve washed it, which I absolutely love! I love the Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, which can be purchased from literally anywhere.

Makeup Brush Cleansing Mat

I usually wet my brush and then I will apply the shampoo on it, thereafter I will cleanse it using a cleansing pad. I usually gently scrub it on the cleansing pad until all the product is gone, afterwards I rinse the brush with clean water and then squeeze the water out. I then leave it on a towel for a few hours to dry.

**The cleansing pad can be purchased from Dis-Chem for R49,95.

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This Product Literally Clears Acne Overnight!

Yes, you read it right! This little miracle in a bottle will clear away your acne while you sleep.

I discovered this little beauty called The Body Shop Tea Tree Anti- Imperfection Night Mask just as my acne was clearing and I wish I discovered it earlier; it literally would have saved my pockets so much money plus my face the misery that it had been endearing. I still had some acne on my face even though it was clearing up and I obviously wanted it to clear out much faster. I had heard some good reviews about this product, and I was curious to try it and see if it actually works it.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Night Mask Available at The Body Shop for R195,00

I love The Body Shop and I absolutely love the fact that their products are cruelty free. I haven’t really tried a night mask before, so I was extremely skeptical. The entire tea tree range was created for acne prone skin. Some of the ingredients of the mask include tea tree oil, obviously! and salicylic acid which works extremely well for blemished skin. Tea tree oil fights against the acne and the bacteria which then becomes on your face and it also helps reduces the level of acne break outs. Salicylic acid penetrates the skin thereby helping to clear clogged pores, keep oil at an arms length and also prevent any breakouts. Normally you will have to obtain these products separately, but The Body Shop just did the work for us in order to get amazing acne free skin!

The product comes in a pretty, little green glass bottle with a black lid. The product doesn’t really have a smell which is great, cos you really don’t want the smell of tea tree to be lingering around your pillow or bed sheets. The formula is kind of like gel and jelly like gelly, well I just made a new word! So the formula is gelly and feels a bit weird on your hand and skin but it kind of settles in. I usually apply it with a brush because I feel like using my hand, especially with all the germs around, can be unhygienic.

After applying the formula, it kinds of settles into the skin but doesn’t dry out completely. It also doesn’t feel tight on the skin and it actually feels pretty normal when you sleep with it.This formula works while you sleep; so you literally getting your beauty sleep and good skin while you sleep. I had quite a few pimples before I applied it, and when I woke up most of my pimples disappeared. No like it really disappear! If you have severe acne, then I suggest you use it for a few nights in order to obtain maximum results.

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Makeup Revolution Re-loaded Palette First Impression + swatches

I first came across Makeup Revolution a couple of years ago. It was already a big brand in many countries, however it was still extremely difficult to get your hands on a Makeup Revolution palette. I was aching to try it since I’ve heard such amazing things about it. Eventually I got my hands on a blush and highlight palette; and that was love at first sight!

Makeup Revolution Reloaded Palette

I was over the moon when I heard that Makeup Revolution was coming to SA although I knew there wouldn’t be a huge variety, I was extremely excited.I knew that my Clicks wouldn’t be stocking it so being the curious being that I am, when I went to Jo’burg I made sure that I went to Clicks to get my hands on some Makeup Revolution and one of the things that I picked up was their Re-loaded eye shadow palette in Iconic Vitality.

The eye shadow palette was R129,95. Like, how cheap is that? I was stoked! I always love a good deal. The palette is a rectangular shape and has 15 different colors of eyes shadow. 15 Colors for R129,95, I am amazed! Makeup is extremely expensive, so getting an eye shadow palette that is of a reputable brand at that price is really something. Getting back to the palette; the design is sleek, quite simple and compatible if you want to travel with it. I actually like the simplicity, as some brands are too over the top and the packaging comes off as tacky.

Most of the shades on the palette are matte and there are a few shimmers. Each shadow is extremely pigmented and the shimmers are extremely pretty. The eye shadow is extremely easy to wear, the colors are super pigmented and goes extremely well with my olive skin tone, there is not a lot of fall out when applying and they are easy to blend. When removing the eye shadow, all the color comes off your lid and literally nothing gets left behind which I absolutely love.

Swatches of the Makeup Revolution Reloaded Palette

My verdict: I will definitely be getting my hands on more palettes from Makeup Revolution as it doesn’t disappoint. The colors, the pigments, the versatility of the palette plus the price is a total catch and you should definitely try it.

Have you tried any Makeup Revolution eye shadow palettes? What are your thoughts about it?

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