Winter Beauty

During the winter months we have a tendency to layer up, cover up and settle in. Your make-up and beauty routine is one aspect of your life that need not hibernate. Read on for 15 beauty tips to inspire your grooming routine. 
Coconut oil for deep moisture Coconut oil is a 'must-have' for any beauty buff. Use it as a hair conditioner, skin moisturiser and shaving balm. What most people don't know is it's an excellent make-up remover, lifting mascara effortlessly in one smooth gliding motion.  TIP: ADD TWO TABLESPOONS TO YOUR BATH AND YOUR BODY WILL BE INSTANTLY MOISTURISED. Breakfast facemask anyone? It's not only the most important meal of the day but breakfast ingredients offer important nutrients for your face as well. Combine honey, plain yoghurt and whipped egg whites and you have a facemask that leaves your skin glowing and restored. Honey holds many healing properties and helps diminish unwanted blemishes.  Winter tan  There's no need to look as pale and dull as the grey sky above you. Simply add two drops of self-tan to your daily moisturiser and get a sun kissed lasting hint of colour. Baking soda for a whiter smile  Expensive teeth whiteners are unnecessary when you can use a safe method with a simple ingredient. Brushing your teeth with baking soda is an effective way to whiten and brighten your teeth without the cost or effort.  Coffee solution for cellulite Use freshly ground coffee and combine with three tablespoons of hot water and two tablespoons of olive oil to create a paste. Massage your caffeine-spiked scrub in a circular motion to affected areas. The caffeine and antioxidants in coffee reduce the appearance of cellulite and help tone and tighten skin tissue. Green tea to calm eyes Green tea is loaded with antioxidants. Use green tea bags to soothe puffy and irritated eyes by steeping in warm water and placing them on top of the eyelids. The caffeine in the tea will shrink swelling and reduce fluid around the eyes. Eye drops for tired mascara  Refresh dry mascara and smooth out the lumps by adding 4-5 eye drops into your mascara tube. Mix it in by moving your mascara wand around and your old mascara will be good to go. Sweet sugar skin Exfoliation is key to tightening skin pores and improving circulation. Combine brown sugar and olive oil for an all round body scrub. Olive oil protects skin from damage and sugar removes dead cells left on the skins surface.  Never underestimate a lemon Lemons are a great cure for dry, flaky or scabbed skin. Cut half a lemon and rub on dry areas. It's most effective on elbows, knees and heels.  Longer lasting nail polish    Keep your nail polish in the fridge. It slows down discolouration, prevents spoilage and makes it easier to apply.  Brush up on hygiene   Make up brushes are prone to bacteria build up and germs, this is why it's so important they are cleaned regularly. Soak brushes for ten minutes in chemical free baby shampoo and water, the baby shampoo provides a gentle clean without damaging the bristles.  Stimulate hair growth  Combine Argan and Jojoba oil and massage into hair and scalp. Allow the oil to work on the hair for thirty minutes and then rinse thoroughly. Not only is this treatment relaxing but it also works wonders for hair growth and shine.  Make longer lashes Rinse out an old mascara container, refill with ' castor oil, ' aloe Vera and ' vitamin E oil. Apply to lashes every night as you would your mascara. The castor oil thickens the lashes while the Aloe Vera and Vitamin E oil accelerate length.  Restore razor blades Soak razor blades in baby oil after use, this stops the metal from oxidising and keeps blades sharper for longer. Bring on natural highlights For natural highlights that won't dry out your hair soak chamomile tea bags in water for ten minutes. Spray the tea onto the hair and leave for thirty minutes. Natural chemicals from the blooms enhance blonde undertones and add a gold effect to the hair. did you know? Using natural products like coconut oil or honey not only nourishes your body from the inside; they are also wonderful additions to your beauty regime. Reap the beautiful benefits without costing you, or the Earth.

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