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.

Goodbye January

I bet everybody who works in retail was looking forward to January. Believe me, December could be really exhausting for them!
I wouldn’t mind if shops were closed on Boxing Day. One day doesn’t really make a difference for customers, but it does for all retail workers and their families.

There are few pictures of my January this year:

Christmas remains. I made these little decorations (of polymer clay) for our Charity Of The Year.

  • I treated myself with new Dior Absolute Blooming. By doing that I betrayed my all time favourite Pure Poison!
  • We sold all of my Christmas tree decorations except for 1, so he came back to me:)
  • Scottie tin of shortbread biscuits was a good companion in January :).
  • There was just one snowy day this month, but we can definitely feel winter in the air.
  • I had decided to be more organised this year, so I bought that lovely Year Planner.  It’s so beautiful that I feel sorry when I need to write something! 😀

There were really foggy days last month.

And some lovely, sunny mornings.

I started blogging🙂 And it’s a big challenge for me to do it regularly. I appreciate every visit and every comment you leave here:)

  • My dog found a new relax- spot. Not very comfortable (in my opinion) storage box:D
  • New in- fish tank:)
  • I like lazy morning when I’m off from work! Just me, my coffee and giraffe slippers:).
  • I try to grow my natural hair, but roots are really dark. I’m looking forward to walking on sunny days- the sun makes my hair a bit lighter.

We also had a little anniversary with my dog in January. 3 years together! As you can see there is a big difference between these pictures:)

The film of the month (well not exactly film, but drama series) was Rome. You can read my short review of that historical show here: CLICK .

That’s it from me. Did you have a good month?:)

Film of the month- Rome

Waiting for the 7th season of Game of Thrones is not easy for anyone, so today I’m going to tell you about the other HBO production that is worth watching. You can treat Rome as a compensation for months of being patient:) Little SPOILERS in that post:)

This is a story of two  Roman soldiers, involved in historical events and great political changes.
They stay together for better and for worse, against all dramatic situations- even though, they don’t always agree with each other.

We observe the transformation of Roman Republic into the Roman Empire. But in Rome great history is just a background for personal problems,  betrayals, intrigues, and murders. Don’t worry there is also a lot of bitter humour, great costumes and the culture of ancient Rome.

 the best moments of the whole show are for me:
  •  Cleopatra’s negotiations with Octavian and what happens after,
  • Pullo’s fight on the arena and Vorenus’s decision,
  • “Punishing” slave – girl Gaia by Pullo and all the consequences.

O.K. -that last scene was one of the hottest I’ve ever seen.  Made me very emotional and angry, but let’s be honest: it was just perfect 😛 Despite the fact that I lost all my respect and big sympathy to Pullo. Just indifference left… and the broken heart.

There are so many fantastic characters such as Lucius Vorenus, Marc Anthony, Titus Pullo (badass), Ceaser and… “even you Brutus”.

But my absolutely favourite character is Cleopatra. She’s both: girlish and feminine and also crazy and sensible at the same time. Queen of the Nile, lover and mother.  Maybe not a classical beauty but a real woman. And she’s a perfect example to prove that you don’t need to have long hair to be gorgeous 🙂 She is sensual, charming and sexy and her feminity is just undoubted.
To be honest, the other female characters in the series were quite disappointing.

There are 2 seasons of Rome only (2nd is much more interesting and dynamic in my opinion) and it’s a shame that HBO didn’t decide to continue.

I can really recommend that great historical series full of ancient history, intrigues, real friendship, sex and blood. I hope my short review encouraged you to watch it.
Have a great day:)

Oily scalp and dry ends. How to deal with combination hair?

Someone asked me recently how to care for combination hair– with oily scalp and dry ends. Should it be washed more or less often? What about oil and oily masks?
First of all, you should know that greasy scalp and dry, matte length is a really common problem, especially if the hair was coloured or bleached in the past.
My tips can look a little complicated, but when you make them your routine, it’s gonna be super-easy.

  • Oil is always a friend of hair, not an enemy, although in that case it should only be used on the length and ends of hair, not on the scalp. Coconut oil or shea butter are not the greatest choices in the beginning because they are good for hair with lower porosity. If your hair is damaged and dry, those oils will probably make it more frizzy.  Try with olive oil, walnut, linseed or almond oil first.
  • You can wash your hair as often as your roots need it. Your shampoo could be a little stronger than I usually recommend, but it shouldn’t contain oils and silicones.  Basically, these ingredients build up on hair and can make it more greasy. Silicones will also stick to hair and block it against conditioner’s benefits.  What do I mean by stronger shampoo? It’s a product that contains one of the detergents with SULPHATE in the end, for example:

– Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS),
– Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES),
– Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS)
etc.

  • OK, but as you know, these ingredients can make your hair even more dry and brittle. There is an advice for that issue as well:) Before washing hair with shampoo, apply any conditioner onto the length (it will protect your ends against shampoo’s detergents). So the method is simple:
1.CONDITIONER- 2.SHAMPOO- 3.CONDITIONER

(number 3- again only for length and ends). The last conditioner could be really rich (it should contain emollients and moisturising ingredients).

 

  • Remember to only use warm but not hot water for washing hair, it could even be cool for the last rinsing.
  • It’s also important not to keep a towel on the head for a long time after washing- otherwise, it can increase sebum production by the scalp.
  • Always protect your ends with a drop of silicone serum.

These are just a few things, but I believe they will help! The method I mentioned (1.CONDITIONER, 2.SHAMPOO, 3.CONDITIONER) is good not only for combination hair, everybody can follow it. I DO! :).

Slow juicer vs regular juice maker. Andrew James Slow Juicer review

I always liked all kind of juices, but I was usually buying them in bottles or cartons from the supermarkets. Later I realised they are full of sugar and not healthy at all. The slow juicer wasn’t something that I could afford to buy, so I decided to have cheap, centrifugal juice maker.

Believe me, there were few really annoying disadvantages of it:

  • all the remains were still wet and I could make another glass of juice by using them only!
  • That kind of juicer creates some heat and it’s not neutral for nutrients,
  • it didn’t work well with leafy vegetables (for example spinach or kale),
  • it was very loud,
  • cleaning was a nightmare.

    Since I bought my Andrew James Slow juicer about 2 years ago, I try to make a different kind of juices at least few times a week.

My favourites are made from:
  • spinach or kale, apple, orange and ginger,
  • carrots, beetroot, apple, orange and a piece of lemon.

    Slow juicing is the best way to get all nutrients from vegetables and fruits, and you can be sure your body can absorb them easily. Unfortunately, there are some disadvantages of my juicer as well:
  • some bits of fruits and vegetables need to be pushed down,
  • it is quite loud, especially when I put some hard vegetables into it,
  • there was a problem with the silver ON-OFF button, but it was solved by the company.


Anyway, preparation and juice making takes about 15 minutes, so it’s not very long (slow juicing is just the name of technique, it’s not about time it needs:) ).

Since I started to drink those healthy juices I haven’t really got an appetite for sweets, I’ve also noticed that baby- hairs are healthy and shiny and my skin looks better.

Other advantages:

  • the pulp that comes out  is super dry, I wouldn’t be able to get any more juice of it;
  • juices taste fantastic, the flavour is always really deep;
  • I’m getting everything I could from my ingredients,
  • quality is really good for that price,
  • juicer looks nice on the kitchen counter,
  • it is super easy to use and clean.
    Andrew James Slow Juicer is not perfect, but it could be a good start to change diet for more healthy.Here you can read original description: CLICK
    Next time I’m going to show you how much juice you can get with some fruits and veggies.

Haircare essentials, part 1- PROTEINS

It’s not easy to recognise what type of ingredients we can find in our beauty products. Sometimes after the first use of the conditioner, our hair looks great, but when we keep using it, something is not right. There is no volume or hair looks dry and damaged (even if it’s not).

Basically, our hair likes diversity. It doesn’t mean we need dozens of hair cosmetics. We only should know what type of ingredient we currently need to make hair „happy and satisfied”:)

3 essential substances for our hair are PROTEINS, HUMECTANTS AND EMOLLIENTS.

Is your hair dull, lifeless with no volume? You probably need some proteins!

They are „responsible” for building our hair. Adding proteins allows your hair to temporarily fill elements that were missing in its structure. Be aware: it’s not possible to completely repair hair, that was once damaged, but you can try to hide it with the proper care.
Proteins are necessary to refill lack in hair’s texture.  
In the nutshell: They are components quite similar to bricks that you can build a house with or simply patch a hole in the wall :).

How to recognise them?
Check the ingredients label on your hair products. Here are some examples:

  • Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein,
  • Milk Protein,
  • Soy Protein,
  • Elastane
  • Collagen,
  • Hydrolyzed Keratin
  • Silk

Egg yolk could be a great base for your own, homemade, protein mask (and it’s my personal favourite).


Remember: it’s very easy to overuse proteins! In that case, your hair can look even drier and damaged. How is it possible?  Proteins always have to be balanced with humectant and emollient substances! Sometimes using proteins twice a month is absolutely enough.

You should try to learn what does your hair need at the moment and how does it react with specific ingredients.

Come back soon for more;)