Film of the month- (for Mother’s Day) The Light Between Oceans

I had just watched that film and my first thought after was: “I must recommend it to my mommy”. Mother’s Day is on Sunday but unfortunately, my mom lives far away from me, so we can’t celebrate it together.

I must confess that I’m a little obsessed with Alicia Vikander.  She is one of the most talented young actresses and I always look forward to seeing her in the new roles. I also admire her beauty, style and… ability to speak English with no accent, despite the fact she grew up in Sweden.
I was so happy to see a cover of The Light Between Oceans at Sainsbury’s Entertainment Department.
I missed it in cinema, so it was a great chance to see Alicia again (I’ve already watched all of her interviews on Youtube, excluding those in Swedish of course:P).
I am definitely not a fan of melodramas so I only watched it because of Miss Vikander. And you know what? That film was so much better than I expected!

What is the story about? Don’t worry, I try not to spoil:)
Tom is an emotionally wounded former soldier, who took a part in the World War I. Now he tries to find peace of his mind and to forget about traumatic war memories.  Soon he takes a job of the lighthouse keeper and falls in love with a beautiful girl. Young couple starts a new, happy life on the isolated island. But after the devastating experience of Isabel’s miscarriage,  something unexpectable happens.

What is really charming about that film? There are true love, amazing colours, incredible landscapes, and of course perfect acting, but we also observe moral dilemmas, difficult life- changing choices and tough decisions. Maybe it is a little too sentimental, but I believe that we must expect it while watching a romantic drama;)
The light itself is very important in that film indeed. It creates a beauty of the picture but it also reflects main characters’ state of mind. Did you know that name Lucy (which is used in the film) has got the Latin origin and means Light as well? That makes the title of the movie significant.

In The Light Between Oceans mother’s love and sacrifice is an essential subject and I think it is a perfect film choice for Mother’s Day.

Have you seen that film yet? What would you choose to watch with your moms on Mothering Sunday?

Check my previous film reviews HERE 🙂

How to get soft hair? Try homemade linseed gel!

For someone who dyed their hair in the past, having shiny, soft hair is often just a dream. Does your hair stay matte and unhealthy even though you really try to nourish it? Let me introduce one of the best natural solutions for dry hair. Flaxseed/ linseed gel is a humectant and that basically means it gives your “thirsty” hair some moisture:)

The recipe to prepare that hair gel couldn’t be easier. It doesn’t  really matter if you use gold or brown seeds. There are few different methods, but here is the one I usually follow:

-put 1 full tablespoon of linseed in the pot,
-add 1 glass of water,
-slow boil and stir frequently until it gets thicker,
-strain the mixture through the sieve.
It’s done, you can get rid of seeds or use them in the kitchen. Keep your gel in the fridge for maximum 7 days.

What can you use it for?

  • As a moisturising base before oiling hair. Put a little bit of gel on your hair and scalp. Wait a couple of minutes and apply the oil on your hair as usual.
  • For the last rinsing after washing: 700 ml of warm water with a half glass of warm gel. It’s a great start if you plan to stylize your hair later.
  • As a mask or conditioners addition. Linseed gel is one of the best moisturisers.
    Adding it to mask with a little bit of oil (explanation below) will make your hair look softer.
  • For stylization: use gel to create or just define lovely curls.

    As you know humectants usually need an emollient cover. Don’t forget about adding some oily substances to conditioner or use a drop of silicon serum when your hair is already dried.

    What are your favourite methods to get soft hair? Do you like natural, homemade treatments? Or do you absolutely trust professional products from drugstores?

Drinking salted water. Is it crazy method to stay hydrated?

I’m sure that you are all aware how important it is to stay hydrated and to drink enough liquids during the day. Recently I’ve read some interesting, medical articles about the hydration and its influence on the general condition of the body.  We often forget how destructive could dehydration be.

Recent studies provide the evidence that people often mistake serious illnesses for simple dehydration, which is a deficit of total body water.
Did you know that migraine could be a result of water insufficient as well?
Some of the other symptoms are:

  • tiredness,
  • feeling dizzy,
  • dry mouth
  • and of course feeling thirsty.

I must admit that I didn’t really drink much water. Juices, tea, smoothies and coffee were always more attractive to me. They are not bad of course (they are still liquids!) but not as good as water in process of rehydrating. And it is essential for all body cells.
To stay hydrated you can put a small pinch of Himalayan salt on the tongue and drink a glass of water after that.

Why is it good?
Even drinking a lot of water won’t hydrate us as well as a water with salt.  Some people add salt straight into the filled glass, but I can’t drink it like that. I prefer to take a small pinch on my tongue and then drink a clear water after (as I mentioned above). Both methods are equally good.

Remember: it shouldn’t be the basic, refined kitchen salt,  but the one that contains a range of minerals (I’m using Himalayan because it’s really rich in those).
Salt increases an ability of the body to absorb water quicker. It also helps to keep important water and electrolyte balance in the body.

Since I started to drink water with a little bit of salt addition, I can feel some positive effects (my skin is not so dry, I have got more energy and nap is not a necessary point of my afternoon any more).

We loose minerals during the whole day and the night- it’s really important to replace them.
Bad news:  plastic bottles could be toxic for water (especially if they were left in the hot car for a few hours). A good choice is buying water in glass bottles, but let’s be honest: it is much more expensive.

Do you always remember about hydration?
I’m gonna challenge myself with drinking 1.5 l. of water daily. I’ll let you know how I am doing:D
Thank you for reading and see you soon 🙂

Haircare essentials, PART 3- EMOLLIENTS

Hello, everyone!  It’s another part of my Haircare Essentials series. We’ve already talked about humectants and proteins. Today, it’s time to look closer to emollients!  When does your hair need them? How can they be recognised on the cosmetic labels? Where else can we find them?

The emollient in the hair care is a substance responsible for keeping moisture that we supply with humectants. In the nutshell: emollients cover hair to keep it hydrated and protect it against damages.

IS YOUR HAIR DRY, DAMAGED and MATTE? YOU PROBABLY NEED SOME EMOLLIENTS in your haircare!

They are necessary ingredients when we want to keep hair moisturised. I must tell you that, adding emollients to my hair care was the first step to see the real improvement. And oils had a huge, positive influence on my hair’s condition.

As well as humectants we can find emollients not only in professional and expensive hair products but also in our kitchen cupboards.
How to recognise these substances on the ingredients’ lists? Here are some examples of emollients:

1. Natural oils:
(look for the elements with “oil” or “butter” in their name)

  • Argania Spinosa kernel oil (Argan oil),
  • Linum Usitatissimum Seed Oil (Linseed oil),
  • Olea Europaea Fruit Oil (Olive oil),
  • Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter (Cocoa butter)
  • Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Jojoba oil)
    and many others.
    2. Fatty alcohols:
    (that’s right, there are some good alcohols in hair products)
  • Cetyl Alcohol,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Stearyl Alcohol,
  • Lauryl Alcohol.
    etc.

    3.Fatty Acids:

  • Stearic Acid,
  • Oleic Acid,
  • Lauric Acid,
    etc.

    4.Silicons:

  • Dimethicone
  • Cyclopentasiloxane
  • Trimethicone,
  • Amodimethicone
    etc.

My favourite way of adding emollients to the hair care is oiling in the night time. Sometimes I add oil to the conditioner or mask in the washing process.
In the case of emollients overuse, hair starts to look greasy, lifeless and unwashed.

Remember: emollients don’t moisture hair by themselves, they need a moisturising base just to keep hair “hydrated”.

Examples of products rich in emollient substances:

Garnier Fructis Oleo Repair
Vatika Naturals Virgin Olive Hair Mask
Kallos Blueberry Hair Mask

or any other cosmetics that contain ingredients I mentioned above.
I think the easiest way to start using emollients is putting a little bit of oil onto the hair for a couple of hours. Then you can decide which oil works the best for you.

Thank you for reading and see you next time:)

Baking soda- health benefits and features

You probably have got one in your kitchen drawer right now!:) I’m sure you were using it not only for baking but also for cleaning (it’s very efficient!) or as a fridge odour solution.  But did you know that baking soda (which is an alkalizing agent) also has got fantastic features and different health benefits?

You can use it in so many  ways, for example:

  • as an antiseptic solution: soda shows antibacterial and antifungal activity.
  • A permanent cough and sore throat remedy: try an inhalation with hot water and 2 spoons of baking soda.
  • Hygiene: natural deodorant (trust me it’s really effective)- paraben and aluminium free. Mix soda with a few drops of 3 % hydrogen peroxide and apply under your arms like a usual antiperspirant. You can also try it as a mouthwash or toothpaste (by adding coconut oil and natural peppermint extract). It’s  fluoride free and neutralises acids!
  • Heartburn relief: a half teaspoon of bicarbonate soda to a half glass of warm water, about 2 hours before the meal, but that shouldn’t be done too often (*read the explanation below).
  • Detox: by adding baking soda to your bath (as much as you like). It promotes toxins elimination and gives a relief to muscles and irritated or itchy skin.  Bath with sodium bicarbonate addition leaves skin softer and thoroughly refreshed.  It’s also helpful in case of yeast infection.
  • Anti- Candida supportive treatment:  1 spoon of soda to a 1 glass of warm water for maximum 3 evenings. (*read the explanation under the picture).
*Remember: PH of stomach should be always acidic! Drinking water with a baking soda for a longer period is a very bad idea. it neutralises necessary stomach acids and that could be dangerous for our health. Moderation is the key!

Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) is a non-toxic, super cheap and really effective remedy for lots of problems. It balances our body PH and promotes healing.

Did you try any of those uses? Do you know other benefits of soda?

Split ends trimming- is it necessary while growing hair?

Hello guys:) Today I’m going to tell you a little bit more about trimming split ends.  Can we avoid it while growing hair? Or is it always absolutely necessary?

My hair grows really slowly. I always have to wait a couple of months to see any difference in the length. “Painful” thought about losing even an inch is never nice and easy for us, am I right girls?

In the beginning of my proper hair care, I was trying to avoid trimming because I believed “it’s not necessary” and “there is too much to lose”.  I also wanted to prove that everybody around is wrong:). Until the moment I saw that picture of my hair:
I must confess that, it was quite upsetting for me. I was trying really hard to nourish and moisturize my hair for a couple of months and the result was… pathetic. At least the top of my hair looks quite all right here, but split ends spoil everything:)
I decided to cut off a little bit of my hair (but I had no courage to get rid of all damaged part- today I regret it).

hair treatments can’t repair split ends completely! They can only mask the problem for a while, but not solve it. Basically, damaged and split ends “travel” further up, so despite the proper care, your hair will still look badly:(

After the first step of getting rid of split ends, I decided to cut them off every time they look dry and too frizzy or when I notice more breakage.
It’s still not too often, but at least I try to do it regularly. I know that I should cut much more off, but I’m so stubborn! Help!

I’ll describe my trimming accessories soon.

Does trimming make hair grow faster? The answer is no, but it is undoubted that it helps hair to be healthier and to look better. It also stops damaged part to go further up, so cutting should be an essential point of the hair routine. You can try to do it like me- less hair but more often, but I would advise cutting as much as you can bear at once:D

Of course, it’s also important to protect ends against heat and other damaging factors. You can read my basic hair tips HERE.

When you try to grow your hair it’s not funny and easy to cut your ends regularly.
I hated that thought of losing what I was waiting for at least a couple of months.
Today I know: shorter but healthy hair always looks better than hair long, but dry and damaged with split ends.

Do you agree? Do you cut your hair regularly?
See you soon and thank you for visiting:))

Film of the month- Little Miss Sunshine

Inspired by Miss Universe pageant and the beautiful winner, I decided to come back this month to one of my favourite films- Little Miss Sunshine.

By the way, Miss France looked absolutely stunning in her “Moulin – Rouge” national costume:).

But now, let me introduce Hoover family:

  • Richard and Sheryl:  he’s got an aspiration to become the motivational speaker ( no success yet).  She wants to be helpful for each family member.
  • Uncle Frank – gay and underrated Proust expert. He just tried to commit a suicide.
  • Dwayne- the teenager who is fascinated by Nietzscheanism.
  • Granddad- a drug addict and very liberal-minded person.
    And finally:
  • a candidate for a Beauty Queen in the Little Miss Sunshine pageant: Olive. Participation is her biggest dream.
    The whole family decides to go with her to the pageant, which in fact turns out to be a big vanity fair. The long road is not easy to anyone – they all have to deal with personal issues.

Each character in the film is very interesting and well shown. For example, Olive’s brother tries to keep a vow of silence until his dream comes true- he wants to become a pilot. It’s important that Dwayne is intrigued by Nietzsche’s philosophy. In the book that he’ s currently reading,  German philosopher proclaimed a death of the God. However, it was rather a destruction of positive values than a literal death of the Creator.

Dwayne observes the surrounding moral decline and rebels against it. He starts to practise tough discipline, that allows him to isolate himself from the “rotten” world. Routine of exercises and vow of silence make him stronger in both ways: physically and mentally.

I think that we all support  Olive during the pageant, although she is so different to other contestants. She doesn’t really achieve “standards” of little beauty queens.

We are convinced that it is her charm, grace, naturalness should be rewarded. Unfortunately, in those little miss events, other criteria are appreciated.

I watched a few episodes of Toddlers and Tiaras on YT and I was terrified how big pressure is on these girls. Of course, some of them are spoiled brats (:P), but most of them just try to please everyone around, especially their mothers. It’s the first step to psychological problems in the future (here is my post about self-imposed PERFECTIONISM)

If I liked the film, I often watch it more than once. Someone may say that it is a waste of time, but for me, some scenes should be watched again to catch all the meanings.
Little Miss Sunshine is one of those films. I’ve seen it a few times so far and it is still funny but also full of the life wisdom.


It’s a great mixture of dramatic moments, good humour and it shows family relations in an interesting way. I’ll definitely watch it again:)

Slow juicer- how much fresh juice can I get?

Hello there:) As I promised last month in my post, (Click) I’m going to show you, how much fresh juice you can get by using a slow juicer.
Ingredients are very simple to give you a clear vision:)

First juice is made of:

    • pack of baby- leaf spinach (that one is from the Lidl-250g.),
    • 2 oranges,
    • 3 apples,
    • 1 celery stick (2 halves),
    • a slice of ginger
    • a little bit of water.

      The result:

      2 glasses on the left- 2x 250ml
      glasses on the right- 1x 300ml +1x 150ml
      = 950 ml of juice

      Spinach is a great source of potassium, calcium, folate and B-vitamins. The taste of spinach is masked by all the other ingredients. That detoxifying juice is not very sweet, but I don’t mind- it’s full of antioxidants!

      My second fresh juice:

    • 2 big and 2 small carrots,
    • 2 oranges,
    • 2 apples,
    • a bit of ginger,
    • parsnip (it doesn’t give a lot of juice, but I like the flavour),
    • slice of lemon,
    • half celery stick.

      The result:
      2 glasses on the left- 2x250ml
      glass on the right-200 ml
      =700 ml

      Carrot juice is a source of potassium, calcium, magnesium, B complex vitamins and of course, beta-carotene and Vitamin A.  It slows down the skin ageing!  I love the taste of that juice, it is nice, delicate and sweet.

      And the third one:
    • pack of kale (Lidl again- 200 ml),
    • one celery stick (2 halves),
    • slice of lemon,
    • 2 apples,
    • 2 oranges,
    • a little bit of water.

      The result:

(Juice wasn’t so extremely dark- there was no good light that day:))
2 glasses on the left 2x 250 ml.
glass on the right- 300 ml
=800ml

Kale is known as the superfood- it is an amazing source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants (they help to protect the body from free radical damage).
Taste of that juice is specific, I think some people won’t like it. But you can always add more fruits to make it sweeter. For me, it’s OK as shown:)

I make my juices with Andrew James machine and I’m happy with it so far. Maybe I’ll change it for something different in the future. These look quite decent for a good price:

Let me know if you had any of them:)

I can really recommend juicing- it keeps me aways from sweets:)

Haircare Essentials, part 2- HUMECTANTS

As I mentioned last time, sometimes it is hard to understand what hair really needs. That’s why I decided to start “Haircare Essentials” series on my blog. In my previous post, I told you more about PROTEINS.  Today it’s time for humectants.  What are they? Why does hair need them? Where they can be found?
The humectant is a hygroscopic substance used to keep things moisturised.  “Hygroscopic” basically means ability to hold molecules of water from the surrounding environment.

IS YOUR HAIR DRY, Light, matte and brittle? YOU PROBABLY NEED SOME HUMECTANTS!

They are very important substances in process of moisturising our hair. One of their features is a capability of attracting water and absorb it to hair.

You can find them in professional skin and hair cosmetics or in your kitchen:)

How to recognise them? Here are some examples of the most popular:

  • honey/ (on cosmetic labels-” mel”)
  • sugar,
  • glycerin,
  • homemade linseed/ flaxseed gel,
  • aloe juice,
  • panthenol,
  • hyaluronic acid,
  • urea.

    My absolutely favourite way of giving hair moisture is adding honey to the mask.
    Humectants, as well as any other substances, are quite easy to overuse. In that case, hair looks a bit wet and lifeless with no volume.
    Be aware: if it’s very dry and hot outside (doesn’t happen in England!:P), humectants will give moisture back to the environment. It means that hair can look dry again.
    To avoid it, moisturisers need a good cover- emollients! I’ll tell you more about them in my next post of that series:)

    I’m currently using Russian hair and body soap (Grandma Agafia) instead of shampoo. It works fantastic as a moisturiser because one of the ingredients is Altai Mountain Honey. That soap is a product that I really like and can recommend (No, they didn’t pay me for saying that:)
    If you prefer moisturisers in conditioners, you can try one of those products:

    Garnier Ultimate Blends Strength Restorer Conditioner
    Faith In Nature Aloe Vera Shampoo Strengthening For Normal To Dry Hair
    Dr Organic Manuka Honey Conditioner

    or any other cosmetic that contains humectant substances.

    Please remember that balance between proteins, humectants and emollients is very individual. What does your hair need the most? In the beginning of your proper hair care, you should experiment to check what is the best for you:)

Yeast drinking for a hair growth. Is it safe and effective?

I know that method could be controversial for some of you. Yeast drinking sounds quite weird and maybe even disgusting:) I can assure you it is a popular tip in the communities of hair lovers! It’s been proven that yeast drinking has got undoubted, positive influence on the general condition of the body, making nails stronger and of course on faster hair growth.

dry yeast for hair growth

I was one of the “yeast drinkers” about a year ago- it was on my menu every day for a month. (It sounds like the AA meeting confession 🙂 ) I’m not going to encourage any of you to try, I only want you to do some further research and think about it. Of course only if you struggle (like me) to grow healthy, strong hair faster. High five!
Yeast contains:

  • vitamin B complex
  • minerals such as zinc, selenium, iron and magnesium,
  • amino acids.

In my opinion, the best is fresh yeast, but it’s really hard to find it in the UK.  Sometimes you can get it from ASDA or Sainsbury’s bakery department. But don’t worry, dried yeast should be OK as well- I was using it.

month of yeast drinking, result, before and after

My hair usually grows about 1-1.3 cm. per month. After drinking yeast I had about 2.3 cm. more.
For me, it’s a great result.

(On the first picture you can see a good example of PROTEINS overuse- don’t do it:P).
My hair also stopped to fall out (it was in the spring, I usually lose some hair in that season) and  I also had a new baby hair! It worked really nicely for nails- they were much stronger and not so breakable.

How to make a yeast-drink?

  • 1 tablespoon of yeast (could be more)
  • about 150 ml of boiling (!) water

Put your yeast into the glass, add water, stir thoroughly and wait about 30 minutes.
Done!

It’s very important to use boiling water- it kills the yeast so it won’t ferment in your stomach. But it doesn’t kill all the goodies (like vitamins and minerals) from the yeast.

I’ll be honest with you- it’s not tasty. Some people mix it with banana and add for example cinnamon. But for me, it was easier to drink it as fast as possible and just forget about it!:)

dry yeast, growing hair

Don’t worry- yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) that you can find in grocery aisles or bakery departments is completely different to Candida albicans. The last one is a pathogen which causes infections in the body.  Yeast that we use as a baking ingredient is safe and doesn’t make any harm to our health.