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.

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.

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!:)

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.

Garnier Ultimate Blends- conditioners review. Worth trying?

Hi guys:) Today I’m going to tell you more about 2 conditioners that you can easily get at drugstores in the UK.  I bought my Garnier Ultimate Blends products about 7 months ago at Superdrug, just for 2 pounds each.  I think it’s really OK for 400 ml of product, but it’s not a regular price.
I’ve chosen two:

  • Sleek Restorer Conditioner with coconut oil and cocoa butter,
  • Marvellous Transformer Conditioner with argan and camellia oils.
    I like the packaging, despite the fact it’s quite big, it’s also light and handy.
    The consistency of conditioner is nice and silky. Not very thick, but not too watery, it stays on hair with no problem.
    I was using these products regularly for some time. They were great in the beginning, but unfortunately,  I noticed that my hair started to look quite dry after a couple of weeks. I checked lists of ingredients (I don’t know, why I haven’t done it before) and they were not as perfect as I thought. For example, they both contain Isopropyl Alcohol– conservant which is never good for hair;( However, I’m still using these products,  but not at every washing.
    Sleek restorer version (coconut and cocoa butter) is silicone free so it doesn’t block hair against good ingredients. Sometimes I use it as the first conditioner.
    You can read more about that method  here: CLICK 
    The variant with argan and camellia oil has got one silicone (Amodimethicone), so it should cover the hair and help it to look smoother.
    And it’s true- both of these products worked pretty well- no tangles, hair was easy to brush and had a silky texture for some time.Advantages of conditioners:
  • lovely, not overwhelming  fragrance,
  • long lasting,
  • price,
  • common availability,
  • emollients are quite high on the ingredients list.
  • hair looks smoother.

    In my opinion, Garnier is a very good brand, one of the best you can find in supermarkets and drugstores. There is a great range of their products and you can often choose something nice.
    These conditioners are quite all right, but to be honest, lists of ingredients are not impressive.  Of course, there are oils, moisturisers and plant extracts, which are always great. However, we can also find some chemical additives that I would prefer to avoid.  Yes, they can make hair look silky and smooth, but they won’t nourish it deeply. If you have got low porosity hair Garnier Ultimate Blends should be really OK. If your hair is damaged and dry,  try not to use them every time – swap them with other, richer conditioners.