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Water: The Key to Natural Beauty

WATER – We should all love this stuff, we should be using it to the best of it’s ability and stop taking it for granted. Water is so so so important for our beauty and yet many of us aren’t drinking enough of the stuff.

Our body is 70 percent water so when we don’t drink enough of it, our appearance will be affected. Any not in a good way. Drinking water is undoubtedly the easiest and most efficient way of preventing the signs of aging, maintaining smooth skin and keeping the body healthy.

HOW DOES WATER AFFECT OUR SKIN?

Water eliminates the toxins in our body that are built up through contact with pollutants, tobacco smoke, stress and other things that can affect our bodies, causing premature aging and skin decline.

Water not only gives skin a more youthful appearance but also eliminates all of these elements, which cause the appearance of acne. Acne is formed by the accumulation of bacteria, oil, dead skin and dirt on the skin. Even for those with oily skin and problems with acne, water is needed to wash away both internal and external impurities.

Water also helps vitamins and nutrients to easily flow throughout the body by working with the body’s organs to distribute vitamins E, C and B12, which help keep the skin smooth and young.

Commonly asked questions about water:

HOW MUCH WATER DO I NEED TO DRINK DAILY?

It’s usually advised that we drink at least 1 and half litres of water daily – about 8 glasses. However recent studies has found that we should think about increasing our water intake to around 2 -3 litres a day.

WHEN IS IT ESSENTIAL TO DRINK WATER?

It’s most important to drink water after doing activities which result in water loss, such as exercising or sunbathing. Don’t forget that water is good not only for your insides but also for your external looks.

WHAT TEMPERATURE SHOULD MY WATER BE?

When cleansing our face or body the water should be lukewarm. Too hot and our skin will dry out, too cold will shut all the pores in the skin, making it incredibly hard to clean properly. At the right temperature the cleansing power of water is AMAZING.

You should really be drinking water at around body temperature. Too cold can cause trauma to your body – it will try to cool down the body too quickly, and too hot will cause the body to try to warm up too quickly which could result in sweating.

When cleaning hair, make sure that the water is lukewarm again. You don’t want the water too hot to clean hair as you will be damaging it. Afterall we should be using heat protection everyday as all forms of heat are damaging (artificial heat like radiators and the sun etc)

ONE FINAL BEAUTY TRICK

Drinking water first thing in the morning, as part of your morning routine, will help to eliminate a puffy or swollen face, including eyes. It also helps to rehydrate you, as over night you will naturally sweat and lose water – plus if you end up sleeping with your mouth open then your mouth will definitely need water!

As you can see water really is the most underestimated products that actually has the most benefits to using it! The best part? It’s completely FREE for you to use, and the benefits are endless.

Do you use water to its full potential, or have you been forgetting about how important water is like most of us?

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Keeping Beauty Natural

Everybody longs for that healthy glow, for sparkling eyes and shiny hair that bounces with every step. Millions of dollars are spent every year in beauty products to make skin that much clearer, wrinkles that less visible and lips pout that much more.

And while there are cosmetics that do work, you shouldn’t underestimate the value of natural beauty products. Remedies that are available with nature. They’re easy to find, won’t put a hole in your pocket, and don’t have a trace of any harmful chemicals.

What’s even better is that Mother Nature has created these products for us to use, to help nourish our bodies, and make the most of nature and the natural world. After all what is more beautiful than nature? I can easily lose myself in nature, my daily walks I always find myself straying from the path to immerse myself in the place that I am in, to see something that has been untouched by humans (to an extent) and see if I can find any wildlife living in the bush.

Anyways, back to the purpose of this article. The gifts of nature that are PERFECT for your beauty regime!

Hair

Lemon juice:

Surprisingly Lemon Juice is a really effective treatment for dandruff, when used on hair. Its citrus property helps to cleanse the hair.

Simply squeeze a lemon onto your hair and massage into the scalp (like shampoo), and then wash it out using water. Follow up with your fave shampoo!

Coconut Oil:

Coconut oil has recently become something that all beauty gurus rave about. It has so many benefits for your body and hair alike, and if you haven’t tried using it yet, then this is definitely a must.

Coconut Oil is used in several parts of the world as an aid to beautiful hair. It has enriching vitamins and nutrients that help your hair to grow long and lustrous. In addition, it also combats dandruff.

Vinegar:

This one was a big surprise to me. I didn’t realise that I could use vinegar as part of my beauty products but it turns out it is great to add some bounce and vitality into dull and lifeless hair. Mix a little vinegar into warm water, and then rinse your hair with the solution. Your hair will look revitalized. (I don’t mean the dark stuff that you put on your chips, I mean the white vinegar that you use for cleaning products)

Skin:

Water:

The importance of water cannot be stated enough.

It is one of the most important contributors to beautiful skin. It flushes out toxins and battles breakouts. A person should drink at least eight glasses of water per day. Warm showers are also very beneficial to the skin. When your skin is well hydrated, it looks young and healthy.

I love water so much that I actually have an article all about the benefits that it has to your body.

Roses:

They’re more than just pretty flowers! Rosewater is extremely good for the skin. It purifies the skin, and leaves it wonderfully scented. Combined with hazel, it is especially good for oily skin.

Turmeric Powder:

If you want your skin to naturally get fairer and more radiant, you could try turmeric. Just mix a piece of turmeric with curd and apply it onto your skin. Leave the paste on for about ten to fifteen minutes, and then wash off using cold water.

Body:

Fruits:

Fruits are one of the best gifts that nature can give you. Most of them are low in calories, and can give you a whole lot of energy. In fact, almost all diets have fruits as an essential part of them.

Spinach:

Spinach leaves are very, very healthy. There’s a reason why Popeye enjoyed spinach so much! It helps to make your body stronger, and more resistant to illnesses and ailments.

An alternative for natural beauty that you could focus on, is taking vitamins. Every vitamin has amazing benefits for our skin, so why not take a peek at my post on vitamins here

Have you managed to find natural beauty products that work for you? Is there anything that you use that I haven’t mentioned here? If so let me know in the comments below!

Keep natural and beautiful my loves!

Much love

Emma Louise xx

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Finding Beauty

Beauty is not just physical, and it goes beyond makeup. Feeling beautiful is different from looking beautiful. Putting on a dress, and some makeup, maybe even doing my hair can make me feel beautiful, but for all I know my look could be completely wrong – orange foundation, bright pink blusher, hair a complete mess and in a style I do not suit, let alone the dress!

Beauty for me comes from within, we have to be beautiful as a person before we can even begin to look beautiful on the outside. I guess the saying goes, “wear your heart on your sleeve”, in other words show who you are inside, on the outside.

Here are 10 things I live by to find the beauty around me and feel my most beautiful self.

Smile

A smile will brighten your day and others around you will feel your energy. I often get complimented on my smile when I am at work as customers say that a smile behind the counters helps them to feel good for the rest of the day. It gives out good vibes and helps others to feel good.

And YES! even if a customer is moody and grumpy and out for a fight #KAREN I still smile and keep my good vibes. (perhaps a few remarks back at them, but they don’t get me down)

Stretch

Cats know that total body stretching does wonders. Follow their example and roll up slowly out of bed and stretch gently. A good stretch really helps to relax your body, and give you a sense of release, even if momentarily.

Whenever I feel stressed I stretch to help me relax a little and feel more myself. Plus I always feel a little brighter (as in bright faced and “fresh?” ) after a really good stretch.

Exercise

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At least 20 mins of any continuous activity will boost your energy level and reduce bad stressors. Any kind of movement will do, even dancing around the kitchen while cooking dinner!

Exercising in the morning helps to wake you up, and get you ready for anything the day will bring. Even if it is yoga poses (stretching) doing some mild exercise does absolute wonders for you. What’s more it somehow helps with keeping your skin looking healthy, meaning that you look absolutely devine!

Drink water

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No other liquid is quite like it.

Water clears out your system and removes all bad toxins. Aim for around 8 glasses a day, as recommended by scientists and doctors (all over the internet) and your skin will radiate.

Also drinking plenty of water helps to reduce any bloating you have, and I have proof! (See my post coming out at the beginning of May for more information) I ended up being so bloated that passers by thought that I was around 6 months pregnant!! I was absolutely shocked! Then I upped my water intake and the bloating almost disappeared completely!

Rest

You need to take breaks during the day, no one is able to be on the go all day, it’s just impossible and super tiring. Take breaks away from your work space to keep fresh and focused, I like to go outside and get some fresh air as well when I have a break from work. When at home I take a break by just sitting down and making sure I drink my cup of tea, or read a chapter of my book, or do some crafting.

Make sure you are getting sufficient sleep at night since your body regenerates while you are sleeping. If you are constantly letting your mind wander, make a conscious decision to put away thoughts till morning. It is amazing how good your subconscious mind listens to your conscious mind (so be careful what you tell yourself). We should all be aiming for around 7-8 hours sleep a night, and that’s all at once, not in short bursts.

Do good

When you do something for someone else without expecting anything in return you benefit in ways unimaginable. (the key is don’t expect anything in return!)

Exchange

Swap junk food for food that will enrich your body and soul. Start with a simple plan of exchange. Remember healthy food doesn’t have to be expensive, it’s just about finding the right places and knowing a good deal when you see one. Try out your local farm shops as you will be surprised by what bargains you can find.

“Stop and smell the roses”

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Look for good in everything. This is a toughie because most of us are “trained” to look for faults, errors, shortcomings, defects, etc. Begin with yourself. List all your assets (not just physical). Then realize all the good in being you. Move on to other things around you. Work on this consciously every day till it becomes a habit. There is something good about everything and everyone. Once you realize this you will be finding good everywhere without even trying.

Learn

Learn something new every day. Pick up a book, or search online. Learn to do something you have always wanted to do. You can even start for free by researching online. Search the subject and start stimulating and enriching your mind today.

Reward yourself

Set financial and personal goals and tag them with rewards for accomplishing them. (this one may be something special you have always wanted to do. and not necessarily a purchase) But if you have done all the above maybe go ahead and splurge a little. You deserve it!

Which ones of these do you do? Is there anything else that you do that helps you find beauty?

Let me know in the comment below, and don’t forget to check out my Youtube channel for more information on any of my posts!

Much Love

Emma Louise xx

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5 Simple Steps for Beautiful Hair

Beautiful hair is something EVERYONE strives for. Hair is our crown, and we should wear it with pride. But how do you make sure that your hair is looking and staying at its best? How can we make sure that our hair is BEAUTIFUL everyday?

Here I will show you a few things that we can do daily/ weekly/ monthly to keep and maintain our luscious locks, as well as a few things we should be avoiding to make sure that your hair stays super beautiful everyday with minimal effort.

How to get Beautiful hair

Brush your hair

  • Yes! the good old fashioned hundred strokes.
  • This stimulates blood supply to the scalp, removes dead skin cells from the scalp before they can get infected, and distributes sebum over the hair shaft for moisturizing and protection.
  • It is best to brush your hair with a wide-tooth comb as this is gentle on the hair so it will reduce breakage and split-ends.

Massage your scalp: 

Before you stop to groom and brush your hair during the day, make a point of doing a quick scalp massage first. You can even do this while washing your hair.

Give your hair a break:

  • Unless absolutely necessary, it is not healthy to wash your hair everyday.
  • This strips your hair of its natural oils and causes it to dry out.
  • Try to avoid using heat on your hair, or at least cut back the amount of times you do.
  • Don’t  use products every time you wash/style your hair; your hair needs to breathe.

Conditioning Treatments: 

  • Unless you have very fine, limp hair, get into the habit of applying a deep conditioning treatment to your hair once a week.
  • Deep conditioners are not the same as daily conditioners, and homemade preparations work really well.
  • Coconut oil is especially good for hair conditioning. 
  • Brush your hair, wash it lightly, and then towel dry.
  • Apply your deep conditioner and then wrap your head in a heated towel to open the hair cuticle and allow the conditioner to soak in. 
  • Leave for 10 minutes to half an hour. 
  • Then rinse thoroughly in warm water to remove the conditioner residue that remains, then cool water to close the hair cuticle. 
  • Rinsing your hair in cool water can be a little uncomfortable, but it can do amazing things for the appearance of your hair.
  • It closes the hair cuticle close to the shaft, which increases shine and manageability, and helps to keep hair strong. 
  • A mixture of cool water and lemon juice is even better for shine and strength (a half of a teaspoon of lemon juice in two quarts of cool water is sufficient).

Haircuts: 

  • Get into the habit of getting your hair trimmed when it needs to be, that doesn’t mean the hairdressers recommendation of every 6 months, just when it actually needs to be sorted, this is especially true if you are trying to grow your hair. 
  • Again, this reduces split ends and keeps excess weight off your hair (which can cause breakage). 
  • If your hair is pretty healthy, trim or cut it once every season.

And there you have it 5 simple steps to achieving perfect hair EVERY day, with healthy looking tresses your look will always look great no matter what.

Let me know if you do any of these steps already? And if there are any that you are going to start!

Love you lots

Emma xx

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10 Ways to De-Stress

There are so many things that can cause us to stress out EVERY day. Work, some lifestyles, having children, and of course COVID-19. Stress can be healthy for the individual, but not in excessive amounts.

Sometimes we need to realise that we are stressed and sit back and work out a way to de-stress and relax. Easier said than done, when you have a toddler.

Here are a few of my ideas to help you de-stress in a way that is achievable and approachable when you have a busy lifestyle and find you can be stressed a lot.

1. Take Vitamin D

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Vitamin D is a great way to help you de-stress, by helping your body regulate the chemicals involved in anxiety and depression, like adrenaline, serotonin, and even dopamine. What’s even better is that it’s also good for your muscle and bone health.

2. Have a laugh

Stress can effect our bodies and mood, which causes headaches, insomnia, and decreased productivity. If you are feeling stressed try meeting up with some friends or family and have a laugh. Or put a comedy on and feel your stress levels decrease. What’s more, meeting up with friends and family can also help to reduce anxiety which makes you feel much better all over.

3. Smile through it

This one is something I have always been told. I don’t find that this works for me, however I do know many who this really does work for.

The thought process behind this idea is that a smile can cause a psychological effect by engaging your brain into thinking happy. Therefore you end up feeling happy because you have been smiling.

4. Breathe

Deep breathing and slowing your breathing down can help you to turn off the “fight or flight” mode and relax a little more. Try doing this with some meditation or yoga, as this really helps to relax your body and mind alike.

5. Write

Writing our thoughts down can help us to get our problems off our chest, and make sense of the way we are feeling.

Writing some gratitude memos is also a good practise to help us unwind. With writing it is really easy to get lost in the world we create, and even better you don’t have to share anything which you write, it can stay completely private.

6. Art therapy

Crafts such as colouring or sewing, or making something from nothing is a really good way to take your mind off your demons and relax just a little bit.

Colouring has been proven to be a really good source of mindfulness, and for me I find cross stitch or crochet to be a good escape from the world around me, allowing me to relax.

7. Eat Bananas

Bananas are high in potassium which helps to regulate our blood pressure, and when we are stressed our blood pressure tends to be quite high.

Chronic stress can also tire us out and bananas are a great way of boosting our energy.

8. Light a Candle or Melt some Wax

Scented candles and Wax Melts are a really good way to let our minds switch off and relax just a little bit.

There is a reason Aromatherapy has been used for centuries as a cure for so many things.

Lavender is a great scent to help relieve anxiety and stress

9. Reflexology

Rubbing and applying pressure between your knuckles of your index and middle fingers helps to give you an almost immediate sense of relaxation.

10. Housework

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I know right!

When I am feeling super stressed I don’t want to even think about doing the house work, however, the repetitive motion which housework involves can actually help to sooth our brain and boost mental health.

So there you have it. My top 10 ways to De-Stress when you are super stressed. You don’t have to try all of these, or any at all, these are just the things that I have done and have found work for me when I am super stressed with my day-to-day life, and especially my part time job.

Is there anything else you can think of that I may have forgotten, or perhaps something that you do that helps you to de-stress?

Let me know in the comments below!

Much Love

Emma xxx

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3 Most Common Mistakes With Skin Care

Our skin is our largest organ. 

It’s living and breathing and it protects your internal organs from the invasive and dangerous elements of life: viruses, bacteria, pollutants, and harsh weather, including the sun.

Many people don’t understand or fully appreciate the role that our skin plays on our overall health and well being. 

Most of us focus on the end result, which is how our skin looks, rather than the process of reaching and maintaining that appearance through healthy choices. 

This results in the most commonly made mistakes with skin care:

1. Not Looking after our bodies inside and out

By not maintaining a well-balanced diet of foods and liquids rich in vitamins, minerals, and proteins, and by poisoning your system with too many harmful substances such as an overabundance of alcohol or cigarettes, you harm your skin.

Too much alcohol can dehydrate your skin and cigarettes deprive it of the oxygen it requires. 

Supplement your diet with Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) like cod-liver oil or borage, flax & coconut if you’re vegan. 

And remember to drink plenty of water! 

Add a slice of orange or sprig of mint to spruce up your water drinking experience.

2. Neglecting your skin when it’s young:

The sun and the wind can damage your skin.

This damage might not show when you’re young, but just like your favourite leather coat, the wrinkles and cracking will show with age.

If you treat your leather coat with moisturizers when it’s new and continue treating it throughout the years, you can wear that jacket for a very long time without it showing its age.

The same goes for your skin.

Moisturize it before it shows signs of needing the moisture and it will stay healthier as it ages. 

Use a heavier cream at night to re-hydrate your skin & assist with repairing cellular degeneration.

3. Using skin care products that promise instant results:

Most skin products that are manufactured and full of ‘instant improvement’ guarantees are just full of chemicals and broken promises.

If you listen carefully most of their marketing campaigns state that they will give you healthy-looking skin, which is a far cry from having skin that’s healthy.

Use all-natural creams and cleansers when taking care of your skin.

Avoid ingredients like mineral oil, alcohol, lanolin & parabens (preservatives).

So in short, the three things we need to make sure we remember when it comes to looking after our skin is:

  1. Eat a healthy balanced diet and drink water
  2. Start a skincare routine when you’re young – the sooner the better
  3. Use natural products with realistic expectations

Did you make any of these mistakes?

Is there anything you could improve on?

Let me know in the comments below! xx

Much love

Emma xx

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How Sleep Better When You Have KIDS

Having children is knackering. It is absolutely EXHAUSTING and as mums we need as much sleep as we can possibly get. However it’s not as simple as that.

Sleep brings about so many benefits, including better skin and health. But with children we can find it very difficult to get a good nights sleep, as they tend to have their own ideas.

Here are a few suggestions that can make a big difference….

Take Sleep Seriously


The first and most important point is simply to start treating sleep with the respect it deserves.

Don’t go to bed late thinking you’ll ‘make up for it later’.

Sleep will impact every aspect of the way you feel, look and perform and the negative effects can be cumulative with time.

Make getting enough, high quality sleep a priority. Where ever possible.

Drink Less

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If you are drinking even a couple of glasses of wine or beer a night, then this will be badly hurting the quality of your sleep.


Alcohol leads to dehydration, it increases your heartrate and it prevents you from getting fully restorative deep sleep. If you aren’t out socializing, pick a fruit juice instead.


Oh and the same goes for caffeine past 4pm as well!

Take a Hot Shower Before Bed

This is one easy change that can have a huge impact on your sleep.

A hot shower will stimulate the production of melatonin (the sleep hormone) in your body and thus help you to sleep like a baby.

It also naturally relaxes the muscles.

You could also use a scent like Lavender to help relax you and sleep well.

Avoid Screen Time


For an hour before bed, avoid looking at computer screens or phones.

Your brain registers this wavelength of light as sunlight because it’s a similar point on the spectrum. Try using the Blue Light filter instead if you need to be using a screen.

Spend the last hour reading quietly and you’ll reduce your cortisol and sleep much better as a result!

Many unnatural lights can cause this problem too – in fact, just going to the bathroom in the night can trigger the release of enough cortisol to have quite profound negative effects on your sleep subsequently.

Consider a Daylight Alarm


While you want to avoid screen time during the evening though, this same ‘blue light’ is actually very beneficial when you’re just waking up.

That’s because cortisol is one of the things that helps us wake up and it’s a lack of this natural light that often makes it hard to get up in winter.

Try getting a daylight alarm which works by simulating the effects of a sunrise first thing in the morning by producing light at just the right wavelengths and then getting gradually brighter. – I use an automated brightness setting on my phone, where it gradually gets brighter as the day goes by, and then dull again in the evening.

My Honest Advice to you?

Don’t worry too much about getting the best nights sleep just yet. We are all young, and while yes the signs of aging can’t be reversed, we can work on preventing them when our little cherubs are older, and we have more time to ourselves.

If you have a particularly bad night with your child then just enjoy the time you spend with them, even if it is 1o’clock in the morning. They grow up way to fast for us to be worrying about getting the “perfect nights sleep” right now.

I take a nap when Isabelle is at school, and try to go to bed early (being around 9-10pm), so I am ready for the day ahead. For me a good nights sleep is waking in the morning feeling ready to take on anything that my toddler (is she still a toddler?) throws at me.

Sleep Well xx

Emma xx

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3 Simple Ways to Wear Long Hair

The long hair style is hot, which is why many women prefer to have lengthy, free-flowing locks rather than the popular short styles of the day. But long hair can also become boring. In fact, boredom is the number one reason why women get tired of their long hair style and choose to try a different, shorter style. (Like ME!)

The truth is, though, that there are never-ending options when it comes to styling long hair. You just have to know when and how to change it up a bit to keep your long hair style looking fresh, stylish and up-to-date. Yes, it may take a little practice in the beginning, but in no time you will be able to quickly turn out exciting new looks with a few simple tricks.

All you need is 3 simple ways to wear your hair!

Straight and sleek long hair style

A good ceramic straightening iron can help you achieve sleek, silky and shiny tresses in just a few minutes..

The trick to achieving sleek long hair is in the tools and products that you use.

What you need is a high-quality ceramic iron, a shine product and finishing spray.

Simply apply the shine product to your dry long hair and smoothly run the flat iron through your hair from the roots to the tips using about ½” sections.

The ceramic iron will infuse moisture and shine into your long hair style leaving you with healthy, shiny locks that will be the envy of everyone you meet.

Finish off your long hair style with a little bit of finishing spray, and you’re beautifully prepared to face your day.

You can style your long straight hair in any way you like. Keep an eye out on my instagram account for my “how to’s” on various different straight hair styles.

Textured and curly long hair style

If your long hair already has some curl or wave, you can accomplish this style with very little effort.

All you need to do is use a little gel and scrunch your curl into place with a diffuser blow dryer.

Once you do that, simply spritz your long hair style with an extra hold styling spritz.

If you have been blessed with poker straight hair, you can achieve the same look with tools, such as rollers/ curling tongs/ curling wands or even a hair straightener.

The trick to making this long hair style look natural is in the products that you use and how you use them.

Be sure to use a good quality spritz and finishing spray.

Use the finishing spray to spray your long hair before and after you roll it, and use the spritz to add shine and finish your style.

By applying spritz to your long hair style and gently running your fingers through the curled locks, you can achieve a natural look with a lot of shine.

My Favourite product is : Umberto Giannini Mess Up Dry Texturising Spray

Updos and long hair style

An easy way to change your long hair style is to wear it up.

And I’m not talking about a simple ponytail here girls.

This may take a little creativity, but with a little practice you can have your long hair style swept up into an exotic style that only takes a few seconds to achieve.

French twists are always a classic as are bun variations and pulled-through pony tails.

Again check out my Instagram in the next coming months to see some of my updo’s for medium length hair (I’m trying to get long hair again, it just takes time haha x)

BONUS

Another fun way to make ANY hairstyle different is to accessorize! Adding in a scrunchy, a headscarf, a hat, or even gems and jewels gives any hairstyle a MUCH different look and feel.

Have a little play around with all kinds of hairstyles and keep posted as I will be putting up my top 20 hairstyles within the next month.

Now that you have a few different ideas on how to change your long hair style, it’s time for you to practice. Good luck. And remember that the long hair style never needs to be boring or predictable when you have all of these options.

Much love

Emma xxx

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Vitamins Explained

It’s no wonder we are pretty confused when shopping for vitamins.

We’ve been told, that a good vitamin supplement will boost our energy level. In fact, we’re told this constantly: in magazine articles, television and web sites, to name a few.

So when you arrive at the vitamin shop, you’re already at a complete loss (and may have forgotten altogether) why you’re even there, and end up like many of us, just not taking any vitamins at all because it’s all so…so…confusing!

There is a vast array of shops, whether online or on the high street which all beckon promising renewed everything. If you have any health problems or complaints known to man, you’ll find a good vitamin supplement (or 12 to 15 of them) to straighten- out your suffering right away.

The good thing about vitamins (just one of many) is that they’re really largely “natural,” with very few containing harmful or otherwise irritating, toxic chemicals.

To put it plainly, vitamins are good for us because they are derived largely from natural plants and minerals. That’s the basic fact. And the benefits are many; it’s difficult to take the “wrong” vitamin, and it certainly can’t hurt you, so why not give it a swing? But remember: Take everything in moderation.

What are each vitamins for?

Beta-carotene

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Is thought to protect against cancer and heart disease. It can dramatically boost the immune system and is a powerful antioxidant, which controls those “free radicals” we’ve all heard about and prevents them from causing damage to cells that lead to premature disease and aging.

You can find Beta-carotene in foods such as: Carrots, Tomatoes, Pumpkins and Tangerines.

Biotin

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Metabolizes protein, fats, and carbohydrates.

It also helps in energy production, and there is some proof that it can help people with diabetes by keeping glucose levels reduced.

Other benefits include healthy hair, skin and nails, and reducing fatigue, heartburn and some allergies.

This is one of my favourite vitamins to take, as it does so much.

You can find Biotin in foods such as: Eggs, Salmon, Mushrooms and Sweet Potato.

Folic acid

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This is a vitamin that women trying to conceive and pregnant women take to keep a healthy baby, and body. Other benefits include keeping your heart strong, increasing energy and helping ward off Alzheimer’s disease.

Midwives will advise women to take this vitamin because of all the benefits. Unfortunately for me, taking this vitamin made me very ill when I was pregnant so I had to stop taking them.

You can find Folic Acid in foods such as: Broccoli, Pinto Beans, Asparagus and Marmite (or other yeast spreads).

Vitamins and minerals are now seriously recognized in playing a role in the health and vitality of every organ in the body, from skin and bones to the nervous and immune systems, right up to the brain. Vitamins can lower cholesterol levels, help wounds heal more, raise your sperm count and make you more resistant to colds and flu, asthma, cataracts, and even gum disease.

Again, you really can’t go wrong with vitamins. Look beyond the fancy marketing and packaging. The key is to focus on your particular ailment and go straight to the natural remedy. Don’t let all the hype distract or confuse you; all you really need to do is keep it plain and simple.

Here are a few of my favourite multi-vitamins

NEW LEAF Multi-Vitamin Gummies


Bassetts Adult Multivitamins


Centrum Advance, Multivitamin Tablets

Do you take any vitamins? Have I helped you out with the kind of vitamins to take? Would you like to know more? Let me know in the comments below, or drop me an email. xx

Much Love

Emma xx

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Organic Shampoo

Going Organic is all the rage at the moment. With Vegan movements on the rise and a generation caring more for the well-being of the planet we are starting to see many products arising which are nature based and organic.

Organic shampoos are really easy to come by, as they are super popular at the moment.They offer immediate tangible benefits and really help you see the benefits of switching to a more organic lifestyle. It’s fun and easy, and it’s a great learning experience.

Why Use Organic Shampoo?


The big benefit of an organic shampoo is that it is much kinder to your hair, your skin and your overall health.

While you might not realise it, many of the unnatural shampoo and hair products you buy in stores will actually being doing more harm to your hair health than good!


This is due to a number of factors.

Many synthetic, chemical-based shampoos will use much too astringent ingredients. These are designed to help remove the bacteria that can otherwise smell, while also helping to eliminate grease.

The downside of that though is that they’re often just too efficient. – I know right! Surely if it’s too efficient it will be doing me a world of good? NOPE!

They can end up completely stripping the hair of all its natural moisture, which leaves it looking dry, coarse and more prone to splitting.

This makes your hair instantly appear a lot less healthy and the more you wash it, the worse it becomes! What’s more, is that these ingredients can also end up stripping the skin of its natural moisture too which can also lead to flaky itchy scalps.

Likewise, you’ll also be rubbing your hands and your face with the shampoos, which means that they can also affect other parts of your skin – possibly even leading to acne and other blemishes!

So what can you do instead?

BUY ORGANIC OF COURSE!!

Or if you can’t afford to buy organic (because lets face it organic products often come with a hefty price tag) why not make your own? It is really quite simple.


How to Make Your Own Organic Hair Shampoo


There are plenty of different ingredients and recipes you can use, each of which uses different natural ingredients to help you avoid chemicals and really support the natural health of your hair and scalp.


One that I have tried so far uses the following ingredients:


• Coconut milk
• Liquid castile soap – such as this Castile Liquid Soap Base 1 Litre
• Essential oils (peppermint, lavender, rosemary and orange
are all good)
• For dry hair, add a little almond oil


All you do is combine all the ingredients in an old shampoo bottle or jar. Shake well to mix and then keep in the shower for up to a month. Shake before each use and use about a teaspoon each
time you wash your hair.

While the coconut milk will moisturise your hair, the soap will kill off any bacteria and cleanse your scalp and the essential oils will help to provide a pleasant smell.

Use about ¼ cup of coconut milk, ¼ cup of soap and 20 drops for your essential oils.

That’s all there is to it! It really is that simple and you can play around with so many different ingredients to get the shampoo which is just right for you.

Let me know how you get on with your shampoo creating, and any organic products that perhaps you use, or want to know more about.

Much Love xx

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Thanks for your support.