DIY Egg White and Honey Face Mask - Recipe and Review!


As mentioned a billion times before, I suffer from THE WORST acne, blackheads and oily skin ever experienced by mankind. As a glasses wearer this sucks even more because I'm washing my face, cleaning my glasses and disgustingly feeling them slip down my nose all day long.

I have tried and reviewed face masks in the past but this can easily become a costly experiment. Upon researching homemade versions of high-street and high end face masks, I delved even further into budget beauty...DIY face masks with things found in the kitchen cupboard.

Today's face mask was as simple as 2 ingredients. Eggs and Honey. More so, Egg Whites and Honey.

What it does...

According to Bellatory "Egg white is great for tightening and toning skin. It works for greasy skin by shrinking large pores on the skin surface, thereby reducing excess sebum. Large pores are also potential breeding grounds for bacteria that cause bulbous zits and cysts, which means pore-tightening egg white can help reduce acne."

They also went on to include this funky informative table:

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Although I found the egg white theory recipe from another source, the idea to make it even more beneficial for my skin by adding honey to the recipe was found at the above linked website. (I didn't have any lemon juice available and so left that bit out.)

According to Bellatory, by adding one simple teaspoon of honey makes the mask have "antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Also a wonderful moisturiser and skin-lightening agent."

Ingredients 

Now that you know what it claims to do. Onto the actual product. I made this for 2 people. Jamie, once again, agreed to be my test subject as we have completely different skin types. 

You will need:

1. 2 Eggs (I originally thought 4 for some reason).



2. 1 teaspoon of honey


Recipe

1. Grab a bowl and whisk your egg whites until they become frothy.

2. Stir in the teaspoon of honey.



3. Before application, wash your face with warm water to open up the pores for cleansing. 

4. I used a tissue but you can use hands, brushes, cotton pads - anything that will lift the product and spread it evenly on your face.

5. Leave the mask for at least 15 minutes or until completely dry.

As you can see in the following photos, Jamie is delighted to take part in this experiment.



Review

Whilst jotting down my thoughts, I asked Jamie his. Jamie suffers from skin that has bouts of dryness. After the experiment, I actually realised that you probably don't want to use this mask if you're prone to dry skin because, well, it dries your skin...sorry Jamie. Ha!

He did say that his skin was smoother and drier (his nose flaked a little after removal), he hated the feel of the product going on to his face because it was "cold and gloopy" and that for his skin type, it didn't really make a difference. Well, we proved that it definitely dries your skin! 

*****

As a sufferer of oily and greasy skin prone to breakouts...I actually thought this mask worked really well! 

The first thing I noticed was the oily greasiness that is permanently on my face was completely gone and replaced with supple, soft, hydrated skin that glowed.

The mask itself set quickly, didn't pull on the fine hairs that the human body naturally has and wasn't painful in the slightest but actually rather cooling. It also reduced redness and spot size although it didn't really impact my blackheads. 

 I wash my face regularly because I have to but I haven't had to since taking the mask off and my glasses have stayed put. It's not banished completely (after several hours, I started to feel it coming back) but I feel that I could regularly do one of these masks and instead of washing my face with warm water, do a steam session (wear you put boiling hot water into a large bowl, place your head over and then a towel over your head, like a mini sauna) and then apply the mask as my pores would be as open as ever to cleansing. 

Although I feel refreshed, I feel that I should have applied a thicker layer. I think I was a little sparse on application because the thought of applying egg to my face and the actually act of doing so was a little disgusting. (I feel this was psychological.)

Although it could get messy upon application, removing the product was as simple as washing and drying the face. There was no residue, no bits stuck to my face and I felt instantly refreshed. I was also conscious of an egg smell appearing at some point but none of that happened either. 

I rate this a 3.9 out of 5. Super effective for budget DIY job but I feel I need to mess around with the recipe more for the amount of oil that my skin produces. I would completely recommend this to my friends (the one's without dry skin) as a cheap alternative.

Don't we look pretty in our homemade face masks?


I couldn't move my face at all. I'm not as pissed off as I look in this photo.

What DIY face masks have you tried? How do you banish oily/greasy skin? Comment below or find me on social media!

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Fashion Wishlist - June Edition


It has been such a long time since I blogged about anything fashion related. When I started this blog, it was solely on bargain hunted bits and OOTD's and I kind of stopped out of boredom.

Not boredom of blogging because I adore that but boredom with my wardrobe. I solely wear dresses and pencil skirts which I don't mind but I haven't changed anything about my style in over a year. I just wear the same kinds of things over and over and even if I introduce a new accessory or mix up the items of clothing I have, it just feels like the same old thing. 

With this in mind and my entire life changing...again, in around 4 months time, I will have a little more money to play with so I thought...shopping


This has been my face for the last 6 months. I want adventure, I want fun, I want to re-do my entire image. I have grown out of the last one and I think I've kind of planned my next one.

The Wishlist 

1. Blazers

I fucking adore blazers. It stems from my love for 80's movies and their ridiculous fashion sense. I have 1 over-sized blazer and I want a wardrobe solely dedicated to them. It's kind of like Sims where you have an item and can enable the emotional aura. If I'm wearing a blazer, I feel like I can take on the world - and they look professional so win,win.




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2. Tulle Skirts

This probably stems from thinking I should marry into royalty or I am some form of lost Princess not doomed to live the rest of her life in the lower class system. 

Tulle skirts just look magical. I think if Disney princesses were real, they would be rocking tulle skirts.



Or probably because I relate to the Sex and City girls more and more as I delve into adulthood.


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3. Waterfall (Dip Hem) everything

Although I just said that all I wear is dresses and skirts, I don't want to stop wearing them either. I own your bog standard straight cut dresses and one dip hem 'waterfall' styled dress. I am infatuated with it and wear it quite often meaning that of course, I desire more.

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4. Skinny Jeans

As a fat girl (I fucking hate that word, I have fat, I'm not fat), I used to live and breathe skinny jeans and always get comments off people (either directly, indirectly or in passing) that 'fat people shouldn't wear skinny jeans.' Why? Why can I not wear something that is available in my size? Designed for people of my size? In general existence because, believe it or not, there are no rules in fashion. If I want to wear a 6 year old dress that is still in tact, I will. For prom I wore my Grandma's ball gown. Fashion is not specific or dated, there are trends, like with everything. 

Not related to the above text but I did stop wearing jeans and trousers for around 2 years. This was because I was sick of living and breathing skinny jeans and wanted a style change. That style change became the current one of dresses and skirts. 

I own one black pair of skinny jeans but I desire more...colour? Texture? Pattern? I don't know. I just don't want plain black although they'll come in handy with some outfit choices. 

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My only issue is that went I went through the 'alternative rock chick emo whatever you want to call it' phase that I hope every teenager went through as well as me, all I wore were outrageous jeans and trousers so I don't want to be traumatised with nostalgic memories that I have since suppressed.  

5. Denim shorts 

I purchased a long pair for Spain and then never wore them. I don't why! I have a small fear of wearing them which is completely illogical as I wear short/medium/long dresses and skirts EVERY SINGLE DAY.

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6. Bralet 

I have always wanted to own a bralet. When I was younger, I would 'reblog' so, so many on Tumblr and then as I grew older and started blogging, I would read post after post of people praising their new bralet. They are effortless and simple, ideal for a girl as lazy as me when it comes to fashion.

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7. Corsets 

I know a few burlesque dancers who live in corsets and all look amazing! Although I have no wish to pursue the art of burlesque, I want the fashion sooooo bad.

To be honest, just check out the entire website linked and if anyone loves me, BUY ALL OF THEM! I'll share them with you :D

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8. Slogan T-Shirts 

I already own a Netflix and Chill Tee which is just out of this world on the cheese level but now I feel like I need a whole collection of awful slogan tees to reflect whatever mood I'm in.

For example, I could make a collection purely out of Mean Girls tees.

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9. Over-sized shirts 

Again, from binging 80's shows and movies and having a history of wanting to become a 'famous artist' (don't judge me, I was 12), I live for the over-sized shirt. I used to steal my Mum's when I was in college because she was a bigger size than me (sorry Mum, don't take that the wrong way) and attempted to purchase some lately but they're all too...fitted. I'm talking over-sized to the point where it looks about 20 years old and not designed for human usage. Not "A bit baggy but will hug every curve you have."


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 10. Vintage vibing

This is a very generic end to the post but I loooooove vintage fashion. I follow a lot of people on Instagram who look like they belong in a different era. 

I shop at mainstream budget stores so don't expect much but I'm feeling expanding my horizons. Vintage and vintage inspired fashion is just so glamorous. I often feel that I was born in the wrong period of time but I'm opinionated, loud, having neon colours in my hair and I'm a woman sooooo...maybe not. I would love to go back in time for day or two just to experience the fashions first hand though!


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What style are you currently rocking? Any obsessions new or old? Comment/link me below or find me on social media! 

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Red to Pink Hair - Caring for Bleached/Coloured Hair


I have done it. I have made the decision to adopt pink hair! Although, admittedly, I'm making a transition as opposed to straight up bleaching and redying - my usual route.

Whilst naturally fading (I'll discuss that in more depth later) and phase 1 dying my hair, I thought I would post my own ways that I get rid of one colour, introduce another and ways that I care for my bleached/coloured/bright hair.

Here's my hair after phase 1 of hair dying. I am changing from red to adopt a more pink look. I don't desire neon pink hair or my alternative phase dying wouldn't quite work.


- Always towel dry hair/naturally dry hair

I tried to remove all heat based hair caring procedures from my routine as they can cause irreversible damage. I rarely hair dry or straighten it and when I do (nights out, or when I'm in a rush and HAVE to wash my hair) then I will use it on the lowest settings. Never let your hair 'smoke' or singe whilst using heating products as this is the number 1 cause of heat damage to hair...duh.

- Cold water is essential

Think of your hair like washing the dishes. If you have made food that is stuck to the dish then you naturally soak it in steaming hot water to get the food off. If you soak it in cold water, it will have little to no effect. Hair care should be thought of the same way. If you soak your hair in hot water then it will remove the colour from the hair as it makes the hair molecules expand and the colour dissipate. Cold water will still remove colour as any water or insane amounts of humidity will but the colour is less likely to leave as the molecules will remain close to their original size 'trapping' the colour inside. 

Once you've dyed your hair, rinse it with cold water to 'seal' your molecules back up again.

- Don't drown it

When washing your hair, rinse it rather than keeping your hair under the water. It is said that up to 80% of colour loss is in water alone so rinse as opposed to soaking.

- Protect your hair against heat

There comes a time where heat products are a neccessity. On nights out I wear mine as straight as possible. I will use products designed to protect my hair against heat and will use the straightener (this applies to curlers too) on the lowest setting. A good tip is to find alternative ways to style hair. Rock updo's and curl hair overnight with some alternative strategies

- Trim regularly 

My hair grows at insane rates and I have bleached and dyed hair that is layered. I trim it every 6 weeks on average. Trimming dead and split ends is a necessity as hair becomes damaged at the bottom of your hair quicker than at the top. If you have split/dead ends and leave them then the damage can quickly work it's way up your hair causing knots and other, more permanent damage. If your hair is undyed, unbleached or not layered then you can even wait up to 12 weeks as your is less damaged to begin with. Different textures and what you have done to your hair all contribute to the recommended time scales of trimming and cutting your hair. Research your hair type or ask your hairdresser.

- Bleach bath

If you are dramatically changing your hair colour (I went from bright blue to bright red hair) then bleaching is a key process to remove all of the previous colour. Blue is such a bitch to get out and I had patches of the colour (colour build up) for months after. Instead of mixing the bleach and applying to hair, I researched a 'better way' (no bleach is good for your hair, let's face it) to bleach my hair for dramatic changes like this. 

A bleach bath reduces the concentration and intensity of bleaching. 

* Set up your bleach as normal - 1 part bleach and 2 parts developer
*Add an equal amount of "clean" clarifying shampoo (head and shoulders is my usual choice, that bad boy strips everything).

Apply to hair and leave as long as you would the normal bleach.

You can make your own ratio (i.e. more shampoo) of the product. More shampoo equals more dilution and so less damage to the hair but it may not be as 'bleached clean' as a less diluted concoction. 

A 'natural' but lengthy way of stripping hair colour which I have used a lot lately is to use "clean" and clarifying shampoos such as head and shoulders. Good old dish soap, I'm talking Fairy liquid, I'm talking what you use to clean and wash your dishes. It's designed to break down tough substances which also works well on the hair!

My hair was bright red when I started stripping it. 


I used the clarifying shampoo over a period of time.


You can see how dull it got to be.

Below is the day that I dyed it 'Raspberry Rebel' by Live.


Such an awkward angle but you can see how much of the original colour has been removed with it almost blonde at the bottom. Bleach is not a requirement if you're going the same kind of colour. My hair is partially damp here. A requirement of the particular dye that I was using. 

- Semi Permanent vs Permanent 

I tend to choose semi permanent dyes over permanent dyes. If I have a colour change, I will dye it once 'permanently' and then continue to 'top it up' with semi permanent dyes for as long as I rock that colour. 

Semi permanent dyes don't tend to contain bleach, ammonia or harsh chemicals that cause damage to your hair and 'stain' your hair rather than altering it's structure. 

Permanent hair dyes use a process called oxidation (with chemicals such as hydrogen peroxide) combined with a 'para-dye' and other colouring agents and chemicals to make it permanent by altering the structure of your hair. This entire process and the make-up of the permanent hair dyes contain harsher chemicals (such as ammonia) that are stronger and more damaging to hair. 

- Top up roots over full head dyes 

This doesn't really need explaining in too much depth. Avoid dying your hair unless you need to. If you're only dying your roots to match the rest of your hair then you don't need to dye your hair. Simple and yet effective.

- Wash your hair once a week/week and a half

Hair takes care of itself. Hair produces it's own oils that cleanse, clean and replenish your hair more than any salon/store bought product ever will. If you continuously wash your hair, you are removing vital agents that your hair needs to keep itself maintained and you are making it harder to maintain as a whole.

Colour will also last much, much longer as you are not opening up the molecules for the colour to dissipate. Shampoos and conditioners contain sulphates and other chemicals that remove colour and cause it to fade quicker. 

- Protein shampoos

Standard shampoos or "cleaning" clarifying shampoos will strip the colour pigments right out of your hair. To replenish your hair from all of the bleaching and dying, protein shampoos or 'specialist' shampoos are highly recommended.

Protein shampoos are designed to 'reinstate' what colouring and bleaching have removed. They cleanse, strenghten and increase elasticity (so when you brush your hair, you are less likely to break it, particularly after bleaching). 

They typically contain several proteins, keratin (what your hair and nails are naturally made up of), collagen, silk and amino acids. 

I use bedhead which was gifted to me by my super bff Dannii. Both hair dye/bleach fanatics, and it has made my hair feel salon soft. My hair was really damaged the last time I was getting the blue colour build up and had to apply more bleach in a shorter time period than ever recommended and this has recovered my hair almost back to full health. 



This also applies to conditioners. Find a conditioner that is designed for damaged or coloured hair and allow your hair to 'soak' in conditioner when you do wash it. Conditioner hydrates and moisturises your hair just like a face moisturiser replenishes your skin. It will always leave it silky smooth and easy to brush, preventing breakages and lasting damage.

- Use hair oils/masks

I use hair oils to rehydrate my hair and every now and then treat my hair to a mask that will restore the protein lost in dying/bleaching. 

- Find the right brush for your hair

As well as brushing your hair regularly to prevent knotting, finding the right hair brush is also essential. I have straight, layered, short to mid-length (just above the shoulder) hair and have found that boar bristle brushes and wide tooth combs are perfect for my hair type. 

- Dry shampoo is your best friend

As well as cold water and not washing your hair for periods of time, your hair may naturally fall flat in between this. To give it that bit of extra life, use sulphate free dry shampoo to give it a boost and preserve your much loved colour.

- Pick your colour wisely

Red hair is my go to colour and has been since I was 12. The first time I dyed my hair was red highlights and have always gone back to my beloved red (or close colours such as pink and orange) ever since. 

Red hair is the hardest to maintain as it has the largest molecules. The molecule size makes it harder to penetrate deeply into the hair and so fades quicker meaning more upkeep. 

Below is a series of pictures of me getting my hair from the neon red above to a pinker colour. This isn't my final destination. To achieve my full pink colour with very little damage will take a series of months.


Freshly dyed, it appeared to have a more red tint which was expected as I applied it onto a red base.

My hair is super fluffy naturally and this is an incidence where I did hair dry my hair.

After a week, I gave it it's first wash and more of a pink colour came out.


In the future, as I continue to replenish my hair back to full health, I plan to 'top it up' with brighter pink dyes but I'm pretty happy with the way it is for now.

Do you have any hair care advice? How do you care for coloured hair? Post a comment/link below or find me on social media!


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