That head wrap look!

I just can’t get enough of the head wraps. There’s something about them that oozes elegance- to me, they just feel home 🙂  don’t you think so? You can buy them from any African or Indian shops. It’s just the little things in life…

Express yourself #Freedom!

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This was taken in Ireland. The Shirt is from H & M; and the head wrap is from an Indian scarves shop.

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The vest and the blazer are also from H &M; and the boots are from Aldo; one of my favourite shoe shops in London. The scarf is from a local market. Ahh you gotta love markets! I personally think the the scarf makes this outfit complete. #Happy days

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This was taken in Southern France, Ramatuelle, One of my favourite places of all times. You can also wear your head wrap/scarf when travelling. It goes perfectly well with jeans and a top.

 

 

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This was taken in Spain, Las Palmas; another favourite place of mine! Don’t you love the green 🙂 aoww and the hair too! will share some photos of this wonderful place soon 🙂

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This was in Holland, the tulip garden…I love love this place. It was heavenly- didn’t know a place like this existed on earth 🙂 if you go to Holland, check this place out!

 

Quote of the day:

True confidence is when you don’t compare yourself with anyone, you just arrive! #Queen things

 

Rice water toner for shrinking pores, moisturising and cleansing skin!

No rose water? No problem! We can now use rice water as a face toner/cleanser!

That’s right you heard me right! Rice water is a great substitute for your regular toner and helps in reducing the size of the pores on your skin. It made my skin so clean and super smooth, my skin glows after I use it; and it definitely helped my pores shrink too. I love eating rice and I guess my skin loves it too. Happy days 🙂

There are 3 different methods to make it:   boiling, fermenting and no-boil quick method. I use the no boil quick method and I sometimes use the boiling method as well when I want to add in extra flavours or things- in this case orange peel.

You’ll need:

A cup of any rice and 2 cups of water. I use brown rice and the beauty of it is that you get to choose the type of rice you want to use. *wink* *Wink*

Instructions:

No boil quick method: First rinse the rice with about a cup of water to remove any dirt or impurities. But don’t over clean it- just rinsing it once is enough. If you wash it out properly, you’re going to lose all the goodness we’re after. STOP IT! Once you rinse it, place the rice in a bowl and cover with a cup of water. Let the rice soak for about 45 minutes. Swirl it around every 5 minutes until the water turns cloudy. Done!

The boiling method: You can also boil the rice to extract rice water. All you need to do is boil the rice using more water than you would normally do. Once it starts boiling take out the excess water, let it cool and use. This rice water will be very concentrated, so make sure to dilute it with plain water until it is just slightly cloudy.

Fermenting method: this is where you get to leave the rice soaking overnight. I tried fermenting it and boy is it a long process or what. FORGET IT!

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Mine has that yellow-ish look as I put orange peel in it. I boiled the orange peel with the rice for 5 minutes and this is what gives it that orange color.

How to use it:

Dip in a cotton pad into the rice water and gently massage your skin with it for a minute. Use this every day- morning and evening after you wash your face. You can also use it to cleanse your skin after you use a mask. Don’t worry if you skip a day. I do it too.

Storage: you can store it in a fridge for up to a week and make sure you shake it well before using it. I keep mine for 7 days maximum. Please bin it after day 7, it starts to smell funky and I don’t trust it.

Benefits:

Rice water also has moisturising, antioxidant, and healing properties that help to improve circulation, prevents or fade age related spots, and ease inflammation to give you healthy, better moisturised and clear skin. As long as it’s left on the skin, rice water is even believed to offer mild protection from the sun.

Orange peel:

The abundant vitamin C and anti-oxidants in orange peels prevent your skin from getting too oily or dry. When applied to skin, they also work as a toner, removing dead cells and dirt and tightening pores.

Warning!

Although it’s generally okay to eat the skins of fruits, I advise only doing so with organically farmed fruit. Why? Most farms spray insecticides to keep pests away. These insecticides remain on the fruit skin and may even penetrate deep into the flesh of the fruit. When consumed, the effects can be ugly, especially for children. Organic fruits have a lower risk, though you should still make sure to thoroughly wash them before consuming.

After you’re done with the rice, you can still make a good dish out of it. Don’t throw it away.

Quote of the day!

“Abundance is not the absence of scarcity; it is the presence of abundant mentality.”
― Debasish Mridha