Thursday, 22 March 2012

How to apply false eyelash extensions at home for only 10p

How to apply false eyelashes at home
for 10p

False eyelashes can be annoying and irritating to wear, not when you apply them the way I do.
Here’s how : (details on best places to purchase later)

Wash or cleanse face make sure no residual oil is left on the eyelids.
Apply your normal mascara to front and back of the top lashes first, this way you don’t disrupt the lashes when there glued on.

Cut one of the lashes in half across the middle, you now have 2 lashes, if the lash is a longer sweep at one corner, just cut another pair too and swap them so you have one for the left eye and one for the right, the other pair you can use another time.
Apply tiny amount of glue across the strip of lash at the base, now carefully stick one of the lashes to the outer part of the eyelid, close to were the natural hair grows, take off and re-apply if not happy, it can take some practice.

Apply mascara to the lash underneath the lash gently.
Lashes can be purchased in a large box, 10 pairs for only around 2.00. That’s 20 times you can wear false lashes for a very small fee. Look on ebay, there’s lots of shops selling them.

Glue can be purchased from Sally’s beauty store or boots, use the pva type in a tube, it’s better than the cheap clear glue you get with the traditional lashes sold and it lasts a long time too.

Happy nights out looking glam for a fraction of the cost

Why the beauty world is raving about argan oil

Why the Beauty world is raving about argan oil
Argan oil is called “Moroccan gold” it comes from the nut of the argan tree grown in Morocco and Algeria and is traditionally harvested by the woman who crush the nut and extrude the oils by using a mortar and pestle by hand, it is a cottage industry which helps to make them a living.

Actress and Model Eva Mendes and Singer Taylor Swift stocks up on the oil and swear by its effect on their skin keeping it more supple and radiantly glowing.
Argan oil is the hottest flavor of the year, so why is everyone raving about argan oil ?

Berber women have used argan oil for centuries to protect their skin from the harsh conditions of the desert, they also applied it to their hair, used it in salads, one interesting fact was evident   the elderly women harvesting and pulverizing the nuts had hands that were beautifully soft remarkably wrinkle-free and youthful.

 Argan oil contains more than tree times vitamin E than olive oil, therefore lowering cholesterol and studies have even shown that growth of three types of vitro human prostate cancer cells was inhibited as quickly as 48 hours after being treated with polyphenols and sterols from argan oil.
Brits have been bringing bottles of argan oil home from vacations, one Brit Liz Earl, uses organic ingredients in her skincare products had the oil analyzed in the UK and the results were very encouraging she started to add it her beauty products. Rich in hydrating fatty acids and antioxidant polyphenols, remarkably high in vitamin E, it is believed that argan oil has the highest content than any other oil.
The claims for this wonderful oil have been analyzed there’s no denying that argan oil has
 age-defying, moisturizing and skin-healing properties.
For the face :

 Moisturises dull, dry, lifeless skin and can be used under makeup as a base for foundation.
Protects and renews skin damage and pollution from environmental factors
Regulates oily skin as studies have shown on those with oily and combination skin
Moisturises dull, dry, lifeless skin and can be used under makeup as a base for foundation.
Argan Facial serum compex can be found here

Benefits of Goat's Milk acknowledged by skincare companies

Benefits of goat’s milk acknowledged by
 skin- care industry

Goat milk has been used for centuries, Cleopatra was known to have bathed in Milk for it’s cleansing properties.  Goat milk is a natural cleanser with excellent emollient properties and not surprisingly when you see the chemical makeup :  vitamin A, vitamins B6, B12, riboflavin, niacin, alpha-hydroxy acids in the milk are believed to have rejuvenating effects on the skin cells and the butterfat helps to soften and moisturizes.
Alpha hydroxy acids can easily penetrate the lower and upper epidermis skin layer, helping to slough of old skin cells, which allows newly regenerated skin cells to take their place, in effect  ‘anti-aging’.
The PH of goat milk is very similar to our own making it great for sensitive skin, less irritation, with a calming effect.
Goat Milk is added to many skincare cosmetics has and is becoming a hot ingredient with formulators , popular among people with skin conditions - eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.
 Goat Milk is an excellent addition to soap, lotions, creams and anti-aging products especially  when oils high in natural oleic, linoleic acids, Omega oils and vitamins it’s no wonder .
Lily Bee have been producing skin creams targeted at people with sensitive and problematic skin and added to their potions are skin calming and protective beeswax and honey,  herbs : chamomile, calendula, chickweed and nettle all known throughout history to calm irritated skin and reduce inflammation .

Blogs to come in the future:  Beeswax, Chickweed, comfrey, calendula and chamomile

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Nettle's for food and medicine

 Nettles free food & medicine source vitamin and energy packed
It’s Spring again and the buds are peeking out from hibernation and the lane at the bottom of my garden is covered in fresh young nettles, it’s official, it’s Spring.
As a herb lover and strong believer in their medicinal qualities, I’d like to share more details on why nettle’s are so useful as both a food and medicine.
At the end of the winter months were a little sluggish and run down, were generally less active, and a detox of cleansing and nourishing nettle’s can be just the thing. Nettles are nutrient dense wild foods available to us as free food and medicine, high in calcium, magnesium, chromium, zinc, iron, potassium, trace minerals, selenium, protein, vitamin A and C, nettles are a good all round tonic herb.
Nettle has a good reputation of being an iron tonic due to the high levels of amino acids and vitamin C, nettles contain tannins which can tone mucus membranes of the digestive tract and prevent too much iron absorption in a balanced way.
Nettle is high in flavonoids, quercein and rutin, which help the blood and circulatory system.
Practitioners of Chinese medicine use it to treat blood deficiency.  The hair and nails also benefit from nettles as it feeds the follicle’s, it’s amazing how strong these grow when nettle is taken regularly.
The medical fraternity do frown upon herbs, they want to dissect every component, but  an explanation of why the herb works isn’t always easy to pinpoint because by nature, and the holistic in the way they act and this is the beauty and wonder of herbs.
Nettles are used as a prime remedy for treating fatigue and blood sugar balancing and can help to regulate the body’s metabolism , from balancing the thyroid, strengthening adrenal function and restoring the productive organs.  Nettles work to balance sugar levels, by energizing and increasing vitality, it reduces cravings for artificially stimulating foods like sugar and caffeine
Nettle has astringent, toning and cleansing properties that enable the liver, kidneys, skin and lungs to worke more efficiently increasing natural detoxification.  We commonly turn to the nettle for atopic conditions such as eczema, asthma, allergies and hay-fever and though useful to many, it can in some cases cause allergies.

Some interesting ways to add nettle to your diet :
Nettle Tea : add two teaspoons of fresh nettle to a cup of boiling water for a refreshing drink, use 1 tsp if using dried nettle.
Juiced : throw some in the juicer with your regular vegetables and fruit
Nettle vinegar: simply place a fresh stems into cider vinegar and leave for a month to six weeks then take the nettle out and use on salads or to pep up other dishes.
Nettle hair rinse: make a strong infusion of nettles and boiling water and leave to steep over night, use as a rinse, to help make hair shiny and strong.

Nettle Soup
·  2 leeks
·  4 cloves garlic
·  Colander full of nettles
·  Veggie stock
·  Fresh herbs- I use parsley, a few sprigs
·  Drizzle olive oil
·  Sea salt and pepper to taste
chop and lightly fry the leeks, garlic and nettles add the veggie stock, enough to cover the contents plus a little more, boil and then use a blender, add chopped or dry parlsy add salt and perpper and a little milk to dilute and make it creamy
Nettle Pasta:
A bunch of fresh nettle tops,
1 onion
garlic to taste
salt and pepper
lightly fry the ingredients and add your own herbs, I like oregano, rosemary and basil

Boil pasta of your choice
place the cooked pasta on a warm plate an place the nettle Bolognese on top
You can vary this by adding tomatoes or cheese or any other favorites.

References:  The energetic of western herbs – Peter Holmes
The book of Herbal Wisdom – Matthew Wood


Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Treating the disease rocacea

Interesting  !!    Did You know ?

As some of you may know, I have a great deal of customer contact and feedback, it’s great  to find out what you Ladies and Gentlemen, suffer from and their various symptoms.  This helps me to formulate and produce the lovely skin healing balms, serums and creams that actually do calm skin irritation, giving relief to skin conditions such as, eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, rosacea, dry and red inflammation of the skin causing discomfort to many of you.
We have been asked many times for serums, creams to treat rosacea, many of our skin products do contain ingredients that help but we have embarked on formulating a cream and serum packed with all the skin loving ingredients of a  high percentage of the  vitamins that do, calm redness, inflamed and dry skin with the added benefits of oils high in vitamin E and antioxidants that do help to slow down the ageing of the skin cells, hence the anti – wrinkle and anti-aging  skin benefits are so good in these skin care products !!!
You can rest assured that all the skin care products at Lily Bee have been safety assessed by a chartered chemist and comply with the European Legislations and we hold all the relevant product insurance.  Our products are not tested on animals, as animal lovers ourselves against vivisection with a passion, why should we ?

What is Rosacea
Well if it’s something you’ve never suffered from, it’s worth knowing about because it can just appear later in life and many people don’t even know they have it until it’s set in to a pattern of regular re -occurrence’s.
Rosacea pronounced (roh – zay – sha )  is a life disrupting disorder usually of the facial skin, characterized by flare ups and remissions.  Typically beginning after the age of 30 as redness of the cheeks, nose, chin, forehead and sometimes, neck, chest, scalp or ears even around the eye’s.  over time becoming ruddier and more persistent, with visible blood vessels and broken veins.  Left untreated, pimples and bumps may appear, disfiguring the face.  This is a condition known as rhinophyma.
The disease is most common in Women but men also,” Rhnophyma” gave the late comedian W.C. Fields his bulbous red nose. Individuals with fair hair and fair skin who tend to blush or flush easily are believed to be at greater risk.  Symptoms can be reduced with early diagnosis and treatment before it reaches that stage.
Primary Signs of Rosacea
Flushing :
Many people who have a history of blushing frequently, this can be an early sign of the disorder.

Persistent  Redness
this is the most common sign of rosacea, and may resemble a blush or sunburn then does not go away.

Bumps and Pimples :
Pus filled pimples often develop, they may look like acne, burning or stinging may occur.
Visible Blood Vessels:
Small blood vessels near the surface of the skin become more visible
Eye Irritation :
 itchy sore patches around the eye’s, even the cornea in some severe cases. watery bloodshot eye’s known as ocular rosacea.  The eyelids may become swollen and styes are common. In severe cases, vision loss can occur without medical help.
Burning / Stinging :
An itchy sensation on the face can occur or a feeling of tightness.
Dry Appearance :
The face may be rough and appear to be very dry
Plaques :
Raised red patches may develop.
Skin Thickening :
The skin may thicken and enlarge from excess tissue, most common on the nose, this is known as rhinophyma and affects more men than women.
Swelling known as edema may occur.
How is Rosacea Treated ?
By applying a none irrelative  skin care product with very little abrasive or strong chemicals is required preferably with a sun protection factor, this can be by using product with natural minerals in such as zinc, or titanium dioxide. Which are often used in cosmetic products to cover and offer natural, sun protection.
By using natural oils rich in vitamin A such as Rosehip Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Argan Oil, Beeswax, a natural antibiotic and anti-allergen with anti-histamines  the natural balance of the natural acids in the skin such as GLA, Omega 3, 6. 7, 9, vitamin A and  C,
 Vitamin E, rich in antioxidants and contain anti-microbial anti – bacterial properties which can rejuvenate, strengthen capillaries, reduce spider veins, reduce redness, moisturize and protect against further damage, reduce wrinkles and help stimulate natural healing of skin cells at a lower molecular level.
Rosacea Rescue  contains all the above plus lashings of Coconut Oil, Hazel Nut Oil and Geranium essential oil to help give the skin elasticity, protection and help reduce wrinkles, redness and dry irritated skin.
Rosecea Rescue contains No Parabens or SLES.  We do not believe in contaminating our fresh, natural oils with harsh ingredients, so rest assured your skin is in for a real treat.
Available now online for fast next day dispatch.
I have been inundated by lots of  customers with Rosacea, so I thought I would write a little about it and to let you know that we have been formulating a face balm which is none greasy and a night serum that in tests  have been working to reduce inflammation, dryness, redness and wrinkles, giving a much brighter, clearer complexion.
Rosacea Rescue and Wild Fruit night Serum is now available online at www.lilybee.co.uk