DIY hair colour booster

I have had my hair ombre/ balayage for a while now and I have gotten a bit bored with it. I also find that it looks more damaged than if it were just one colour. 

I am sick of commercial hair dyes and the damage that they do to my hair, therefore I thought that I might as well try a homemade solution to try and darken my locks a little. 

Ingredients 

15 black tea bags 

2-3 shots of coffee or 2-3 tablespoons instant coffee 

4 springs of rosemary 

1 tablespoon honey 

3 tablespoons dutch cocoa powder 

1 tablespoon black food colouring 

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 

10 tablespoons plain yoghurt 

2 tablespoons coconut oil

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 

pinch of ground cloves 

Method 

1. The evening before boil the coffee, tea bags and rosemary in 1 cup of water, and reduce till only 3-4 tablespoons of liquid remain.

2. Strain out the rosemary and takeout the tea bags.

3. Add the 1 tablespoon honey to the liquid mixture. Mix and leave overnight. 

4. Place the mixture in the fridge overnight.

5. The next morning add yoghurt, black food colouring, apple cider vinegar, cocoa powder, ground cloves, olive oil and coconut oil to the mixture. Mix to combine.

6. Put the mixture on to your hair until saturated and wrap in cling film or alternatively place a shower cap over your hair. Leave on hair for 3-4 hours. 

 

Result

This hair colour booster does make the hair feel a lot healthier and I do feel like a little colour has been deposited on my hair, I feel like my hair has redder undertones than it did before as well as darken up some of the blonder sections of my hair. I think the results might be better the more times that I do this so I will do it for the next month once a week to see if it makes a real difference. Otherwise I might have to go back to traditional hair dye, on the plus side even if this does not deposit any colour on to your hair it does make the hair feel silky soft and smell like a chocolate brownie. 

 

 

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                  Before                                                       After 

The photos do not really do the colour booster any justice especially since the first one was taken after a run when my hair was all sweaty and a little gross. Overall I am pretty pleased with the results, I am surprised that it did anything to be honest. 

 

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Homemade Larabars.

I am a terrible snacker, I don’t eat many big meals but I am constantly snacking.Therefore I am always on the hunt for tasty healthy or at least semi-healthy snacks.
My wonderful father brought me back a selection of Larabars from the United States of America a couple of months ago and I just fell in love with them, especially the Cherry Pie flavour, it is just the right amount of sweet and tart. Since you can not find these in Australia, well I have not found them anywhere, I decided to try and make them myself. It seemed an easy enough task especially because in most of the bars depending on the flavour there are only 3-4 ingredients. After some quantity tweaking I think that I got the recipe right.

Chocolate Chip Larabars
<Ingredients
1 cup raw Almonds, Cashews or walnuts
1 cup dried Dates or Figs
1/2 cup Chocolate chips

Method
1. Place the dates/figs and almonds/walnuts/cashews in a food processor.For the chocolate chip ones I used dates and cashews because thats the ingredients that are listed in the original Larabars.
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2. If making one of the variations listed below add the other ingredients and blend once again. For the chocolate chip bars, just add the chocolate chips and pulse till combined.
3. Spread out on a baking sheet lined with baking paper
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4. Once the mixture is cooled this should take a couple of hours, cut into bars. I cut mine into squares because I like them a bit smaller.
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Notes
In the bought Larabars they don’t use figs. I prefer figs both texturally and taste wise. If you do you figs remember to cut off the hard stem because this will not blend. Mixing figs and dates makes the bars really yummy.
Try not to use only walnuts when making these bars, it is better to use a mixture of almonds and walnuts. Using an entire cup of walnuts might make the bars slightly bitter.
Do not use a high speed blender to blend the mixture this will make the mixture too pasty. You want there to be little bits of nuts throughout the whole bar.

Variations
Apple pie- 1 Cup walnuts/almonds/cashews, 1 cup dried apple, 1 Cup dried figs/dates, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
Mint Chocolate- 1 cup Walnuts/almonds/cashews, 1 cup dried figs/ dates, 3 Tablespoons cocoa powder, 3-4 drops peppermint oil.
Cherry pie- 1 cup walnuts/almonds/cashews, 1 cup dried Cherries, 1 cup dried figs/dates, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (Optional). Make sure that the cherries are good quality, I used bed cherries once and the whole thing tasted like sultanas.
Banana bread- 1 cup walnuts/almonds/cashews, 1 cup dried Banana, 1 cup dried figs/dates,1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 cup chocolate chips (Optional). For a more banana bread flavour, use a mixture of walnuts and almonds.
Lemon chia (Inspired by organic cliff bars)- 1 cup almonds, 1 cup dried figs/dates, zest of 2 lemons, juice of 1 lemon, 3-4 tablespoons chia seeds. This works the best if you soak the chia in the lemon juice 15mins prior to adding them to the mixture.

I have not tried a Carrot cake version, I do not have a dehydrator and I expect for the carrot cake bar they use dried carrot.

My fave skin care product.

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For the better part of the last 6 months I have been using the Bioderma crealine H20 solution micellaire. I bought it in France and it is so cheap compared to here in Australia so I thought that I might as well try it out because it will not break the bank. I bought a pack of 2 500 ml bottles for 15 euro which is about 25 dollars for both which is amazing value.

I was using this product to instead of my normal facial cleanser mostly because I was too lazy to wash my face properly in the evening. After a few months of using this product I thought that my skin might be better if I started to wash my face properly. As soon as I stopped using this cleanser my face started breaking out, it was not bad but I started to get little blocked pores all over my face and a week after I started using this product again they were almost all gone.

This cleanser cleans better than anything else I have ever tried. Even after I have washed my face with my cleanser + clarisonic and I wipe a cotton pad soaked in the Bioderma solution it appears that it is still able to get some of the residual dirt off my face, using a cotton pad also adds some extra exfoliation which is always nice.

On a day to day basis I do not wear makeup and therefore this product works perfectly for my needs. I have tried to remove a full face of makeup bit the Bioderma solution several times in the past and it does work well but it is not as amazing as I thought it would be will all the hype around this product. I find that it doesn’t work that well for mascara especially waterproof mascara. To remove waterproof mascara any oil based makeup remover works much better or my favourite extra virgin olive oil any kitchen oil works great in my opinion. If I am removing my makeup with the Bioderma I will first remove my eye make up with an oil based cleanser or olive oil and them remove the residual oil and face makeup with the Bioderma cleanser.

Overall I love this product, it works for me because I rarely wear makeup and I have really sensitive skin. For those who wear heavy makeup on a daily basis I would recommend a different cleanser to remove eye makeup.