April 4th, 2011
When it comes to testing lotions and potions we at L’Onglex consider ourselves to be no more than human Guinea pigs for your beauty amusement.
Simply, if a product looks like it might beautify our pretty little faces we’ll slap it on no matter what the cost to our skin and post up the results on these very pages and having recently tried a compact containing what turned out to be toxic blusher toward the end of last week we thought it about time we made a healing face mask and let our skin calm down a little.
The face mask in question is a soothing Aloe Vera remedy designed to calm skin and can be made in a jiffy. Guaranteed to work for rashes, sensitive skin, breakouts and even sunburn you can get hold of the masks main ingredients (pure Aloe Vera) by buying online or at good pharmacies and all for a fraction of the price of most creams.
For our latest Mary Make and Do recipe is the following ….
3 tablespoons of aloe Vera Juice
1 table spoon of Aloe Vera gel
Rose essential oil
Here’s how it’s done ….
To make the mask simply mix the three ingredients in a bowl until they’ve blended and then apply to the face and neck. Allow the mix to work into skin for five minutes before rinsing away the mask with water and cotton wool.
And finally ….
Although it may cost a few quid Aloe Vera is one of those products that can be used neat and is great for hand repairs and intensive treatments. As a final reminder don’t forget to apply moisturiser afterwards as although it is good at repair, Aloe Vera can sometimes leave skin a little dry after use.
March 20th, 2011
In an ideal world L’Onglex would be eating our porridge in a Highland hideaway with a gentle but rugged scottish fisherman type who comes complete with his very own kilt, a soft lilting voice and a roaring open fire.
Given that such men are thin on the ground the reality is that L’Onglex is reduced to trawling the internet looking for homemade skincare recipes which might offer us the chance to use up those cobwebbed packets of porridge that sit at the back of the kitchen press.
Having left our trusty gloves on the Luas months ago and looking for something to undo the damage of tapping out our daily blog posts we found this recipe for an oatmeal hand mask which promises to smooth away the dry bits and give hands some serious conditioning.
You will need ….
1 + 1/2 teaspoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons of porridge oats
1 teaspoon of olive oil
1/4 of a cup of water
Here’s how it’s done ….
Mix the porridge with 1/4 cup of water and leave to soften for 10 minutes. Once the oats have soaked up the water add your lemon juice and olive oil to the porridge and mix well. Coat your hands with the treatment, place your hands in sandwich bags and put your feet up for ten before you rinse the mix with warm water and pat dry – eh volia – perfectly preened paws from porridge.
February 11th, 2011
Now that the weekend of lurve is finally upon us we at L’Onglex have been on the hunt for a beauty boost in time for Sunday. You know the sort of thing, romantic, decadent, luxurious and .. well … cheap ! Finding the above was not an easy task but after some dedicated searching we came across just the recipe.
Inspired by the Strawberries and Cream facial at none other than the Ritz Carlton Hotel ( our bank balance won’t stretch to actually buying five star spa luxuries) this delicious mask is great for waking up tired skin. The natural acid in the strawberries works as to gently exfoliate while the cream will moisturise and leave skin super soft ….
You will need….
1 cup fresh strawberries
2 tbsp. heavy cream
1 tbsp. cornstarch
To brew the mask simply pop your strawberries and cream into a blender and pulse blend until you have a thick even paste. Next add the cornstarch and blend on a low speed for about 20 seconds. Once the mixture is consistent pop it into a glass and let it set in the fridge for 8 hours. All that’s left to do is apply the mask onto a cleansed face, put your feet up for twenty and rinse with warm water !
December 13th, 2010
Of all the natural ingredients you can add to beauty remedies we’ve never actually come across one which features the humble spud. Until now !!
Having thought about the subject for the best part of an afternoon we at the L’Onglex blog can’t quite work out why it is exactly that every variety of fruit and vegetable should have a beauty product devoted to it but the noble potato should be left in the cupboard.
As we’re always on the lookout for the weird and wonderful we seem to have overlooked the obvious so when we finally came across a potato based remedy for getting rid of the dark circles around our eyes we were more than delighted.
So …. take 1 small waxy potato. Cut the potato into small squares and wrap the squares in a muslin cloth. Apply the cloth and potato to the eyes for 15-20 minutes and eh voila …. a cure for those dreaded dark circles which seem to appear out of nowhere and cloud everyones eyelids from time to time.
Quick, frugal and plentiful, why don’t more beauty recipes use the potato ? More Mary Make and Do’s coming soon !
November 24th, 2010
With the winter weather set to send thermometers dropping this week we at L’Onglex HQ have been on the hunt for something that might give a pick-me up to our by now fragile hands.
Being as were currently keeping our greedy peepers off the piggy bank because of the whole Christmas thing we’ve been on the lookout for something we could make ourselves that doesn’t cost much. As with all these things you never really get what you look for and finding a homemade hand cream for winter is proving difficult.
What we did find during the course of our trawl through the weird beauty world that is the web is a rather nice rinse for dry and inflamed cuticles which uses only milk and lemon juice.
Now, when we first looked at this the thought of rubbing lemon juice around our sensitive nails didn’t really appeal but once we’d worked out that the milk will neutralise the lemon and the remedy doesn’t sting we thought it might be worth a go – so here’s how it’s done …
Add 5 tablespoons of milk to 5 tablespoons of lemon juice, mix well and allow to curdle. Once the mix has curdled apply the mixture to your cuticles and leave for 15 minutes before rinsing thoroughly with warm water.
Cheap, cheerful, natural and effective …. whoever said being tight wasn’t fun. More Mary Make and Do’s coming soon !
November 5th, 2010
Seems like ages since we did a Mary Make and Do on the blog and with the cold weather bringing the chill factor to skin we thought we might find something homemade to bring our somewhat pallid winter complexion back to life.
Where we picked this up from we cannot quite say but as cracked lips, dry skin and chapped cheeks magically disappear we think it’s something of a keeper and since all you need to make this is baking soda and natural yoghurt it’s as easy as pie. So ….
Add 1 tablespoon of Yogurt to 1 teaspoon of Baking Soda
Mix together well
Apply to the face as you would a facemask
Leave for two minutes
Massage gently into the face
Rinse with warm water …. and you’re done.
Simple, quick, natural and a perfect-pick-me-up dry winter skin. You can do this anywhere but we think it’s best applied during the ad-breaks for X-Factor … more Mary Make and Do’s coming soon !
April 29th, 2010
We do love chance discoveries here at L’Onglex Towers so when the little tube of magic that is Weleda’s Skin Food landed on our beauty desk in a very discreet envelope with some no fuss instructions and a polite request we try a dab we were only too delighted to give it a go. We were pleased to do this for the following reasons.
Although it’s formulated for the hands and feet, it can be used all over as a sort of spot repair treatment which will work for rough, dry skin anywhere on the body. This got us thinking we don’t know of too many good products that do this for a reasonable price (€5.95 ) and for this reason alone it might be a very decent find.
Secondly, we heard a rumour that this is Alexa Chungs cult beauty ‘must have’ and she always keeps a tube in her handbag for emergencies. So, in a very sad, vain sort of way we figured that if it is good enough for Alexa Chung it must be good enough for us, and by default, good enough for readers on the L’Onglex blog.
Finally, although we on the L’Onglex blog like making our own hand repair cream out of leftover ingredients at the back of the press, we don’t have any control over how they smell and sometimes the results aren’t great. Skin food, on the other hand, smells absolutely gorgeous in a clean and a wholesome and a goodly sort of way.
So far I’ve tried a bit on my heels and on my elbows and as it sinks in quickly and goes about it’s business with a calm efficiency it’s just how I like it. No fuss, no bother, works and works well. Verdict …. approved – Miss Chung, we thank you.