Growing fresh herbs, root vegetables and spices is a great way to add style and personality to your kitchen as well as making sure you know where the food you eat really comes from. If you don’t have a garden don’t be disheartened as you too can grow your own fresh veggies and herbs (most can be bought ready to plant in your local supermarket). I’m going to show you some great ways to recycle root veggies and create your own green space for fresh herbs and root veggies in your kitchen.

 

Regrow your scraps of green onion by placing the roots in water and changing the water every couple of days. To take the element of recycling even further, you can use old tea-light/candle holders or acrylic storage to keep your sprouts looking stylish.

Make the most of your celery scraps by leaving the large root in water. Green leaves will begin to grow which can be used in soups or salads for extra flavour. To regrow the sticks, place your celery root back into soil in a small pot. The same can be done with garlic, and the sprouts can be used in a stir fry or salad.

Save your chilli seeds! Replant them in soil, or a damp paper towel/cotton wool (to help germinate) and water regularly. Once your sprout turns into a little plant, place it in a larger pot and watch it grow. Chilli plants are self pollinating so will produce chillies in your kitchen. The photo below is a few of the Chilli plants I’ve grown from the seeds in the photo above. It really works!

This can be inexpensive, I’ve recycled my acrylic nail lacquer storage to regrow carrot greens (by cutting the tops off carrots and leaving them in water). You can also recycle old containers, water bottles, egg shells/cartons, jam jars and much more to give your green space a personal touch.

 

  
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Wash day can be a task but here’s what you can do to make it a breeze, and make sure you give your hair the BEST cleanse and condition.

Hot Oil Treatments

Applying Hot oil treatments the night before washing natural hair can help to reduce shedding and protect the hair (and scalp) from the harsh drying effects of shampoo. Hot oil treatments can be used on all hair types including coloured and relaxed hair. You can use any of your favourite hair oils such as olive oil, grape seed oil etc. and adding an essential oil can help to stimulate the scalp and promote growth (optional).

Work in Sections

Working in sections cuts down the entire wash time by almost half. Take one section, shampoo until clean then go straight in with conditioner and de-tangle (with fingers or a wide tooth comb). Once that section is done, move on to the next and continue until you have washed and conditioned all 4 sections (depending on thickness you may need 6 sections). All you’ll need to do next is finish with a cool rinse and you’re done!

Water Temperature : Hot Then Cold

I’ve written a post on the science behind water temperature in the past and it still remains a huge factor in washing natural hair effectively. [click here for post] Shampooing your hair with warm water helps to provide a deeper cleanse as warm water causes hair cuticles to lift, allowing the shampoo to fully clean. This also allows the conditioner to penetrate the hair shaft, giving you longer lasting moisture and extra shine. Rinsing out your conditioner with cool water does the opposite (closes the cuticle) so locks in conditioner and causes hair to appear smoother and shinier.

Happy washing!

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I’m back with another product review but this time I’ll be sharing my favourite summer skincare products that will give your face a smooth, radiant glow and encourage longer lasting makeup!

The Body Shop Seaweed Oil-Balancing Clay Mask which ‘clarifies, controls, mattifies’ – combination/oily skin

The Body Shop Seaweed Oil-Control Gel Cream – combination/oily skin

The Body Shop Facial Brush

Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub which ‘leaves lips soft, smooth and tasting delicious’

The seaweed collection from The Body Shop is amazing for combination skin, I myself find my cheeks and nose to the be slightly oilier ‘problem’ areas whereas my forehead and the bottom half of my face tend to be a bit drier. The seaweed line works to restore balance by adding enough moisture to the dry areas and mattifying the areas that produce excess oil. The face and body lotion has become my absolute favourite this summer as not only does it do exactly what it says, but it is a fantastic makeup primer- even on the hottest of days it works really well with my foundation (Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation) to prevent creasing/fading etc.  I also asked for a tester of the seaweed scrub which definitely gets a thumbs up too!

I love using the facial brush for a deeper cleanse as it is soft on the skin, increases circulation and helps cleanse your pores for a brighter complexion giving you the ‘ultimate spa glow’. I prefer the handheld brush as you have a lot more control and are able to brush gently (and at your own pace) around sensitive areas such as the eyes. For even better product absorption and to maximise your pampering experience, it’s great to use The Body Shop’s rubber facial massager to finish up the process.

Last but not least is the Lush popcorn lip scrub, a fantastic product for exfoliating lips, prepping them perfectly for lip balms, matte lipsticks and shiny gloss. This scrub gave me super smooth lips and increased circulation making my lips nice and vibrant under a touch of nude gloss. Did I mention this lip scrub is edible?! It literally tastes like caramel popcorn and is ‘al natural’, made from caster sugar, jojoba oil, sea salt, polenta, coconut oil and popping candy flavour.