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Hey there folks!

As I mentioned in a previous post I’d been on annual leave the previous 9 days. I got into a bad routine of sitting up later & later each night watching films I’d seen countless times before until silly o’clock. My body clock was well & truely out of sync.

Last night I didn’t sleep a wink, not a one. As you’d imagine today has been a long & tiring one, but it was the pain in my eyes that was the real kicker. They were throbbing & bloodshot. Seeing as I was at work there was no magical fix I could go & procure from the shop or chemist.

All I wanted was one of those blue gel eyemasks you put in your fridge to chill so when you wear it it soothes tired eyes. Well that wasn’t going to happen so I’d to make do with the resources available. Tea bags. Yes, I said tea.

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So how would the humble tea bag help me feel better?!
Here’s how, tea cantains caffeine, which is an anti inflamitory.
So the next time you’re making a round of rosey lee put the used teabags in the fridge to chill. When they’re cold make yourself comfy & put one on each eye. Caffeine constricts blood vessels making it ideal for reducing redness in the likes of rosacea or puffiness so it’s perfect for under the eyes.
This is exactly what I did & I kid you not 30 minutes later I felt brand new. I was more awake & my eyes no longer throbbed or ached.

So before you run out & spend silly money on fancy creams give this a try first. I promise you won’t be disappointed & you have to agree it’s some serious value for money.

If you have tried this how did you feel after? I’d love to know.

Thanks so much for stopping by you cool cats.

~LoVe & huGs~

*MaRiA*
xO

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Putting Our Hair On A Diet!

HellO there!!

Tonight I want to talk about putting our hair on a diet!
A diet from chemicals & heat tools!!

If, like me, you are or have ever been overly enthusiastic with the bleach then you’ll know only too well how dry & brittle all that stripping leaves our tresses.
This past week I’ve had 9 days of annual leave so I decided there’s no better time to go commando as it were.
No hairdrying, no straightening, no curling & no hairspray, wax, gel or anything else that causes build up.( I also went one further & abstained from makeup. Well you know the saying, In for a penny in for a pound.)

I have noticed a difference, but the damage has still been done so is there anything we can do to try & repair it?
Well, I did some research & all fingers point to a popular item that’s in all our kitchen cupboards. Olive oil.

The benefits of using olive oil are many. First being it’s chemical & paraben free. Good quality olive oil will only have one ingrediant unlike pretty much every other hair product, so you can be sure there are no impurities. The fatty acids in the oil also tame frizz & moisturise those brittle ends. Not to mention how soft & shiny the oil will make it.

So what do we need?
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Good quality olive oil, a bowl, cling film & a hair dryer.

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Pour a good half a cup full into your bowl. I’m a bit rubbish with measurements but it’s all relative to the length & thickness of your hair so use whats best for you.

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Next pop it into the microwave for 30 seconds, enough just to warm it slightly.
I then wet my hair & massaged it into my scalp & all through the ends.

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After I squeezed off the excess wetness I wrapped my hair up in some clingfilm then used the hairdryer for 30 seconds all over my head to help the oil penetrate my hair.

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Then I put my trusty towel over the cling film to hold the heat in & also to prevent the oil staining my clothes. I left it on for 40 minutes, (until the end of my TV show). Then washed it twice with shampoo, I didnt use conditioner because the olive oil is doing that job instead.

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Et voila!
An hour of airdrying later here is the finished product.
It feels super soft & silky which is nothing short of a miracle considering it resembled sand paper before. Crazy how this little gem has been lurking in my kitchen cupboard all this time.

I’m going to do this once a week & hopefully will have Rapunzel like hair in no time.
Have any of you tried the hot olive oil treatment on your hair? What did you think of the results? Let me know your thoughts.

Thanks for stopping by my lovelies!

~LoVe & HuGs~

*MaRiA* xO