Thursday, 16 March 2017

Travel Diary : Secrets Cap Cana (March 2017)


I just got back from a trip to the stunningly beautiful Dominican Republic. While away I was talking to another couple and trying to recall a previous trip to another resort I had been to, and found my memory to be incredibly horrible. So, I decided to start a little travel diary for any trips I take in the future in hopes of being able to better recall certain aspects and sort of act as a personal review.

So let's begin. 

The resort we stayed at was Secrets Cap Cana a beautiful, quiet, almost secluded adults only resort.
The resort grounds are very well taken care of and always clean (note that the resort is also fairly new). There is a view from th outdoor main lobby overlooking the pool and beach area, and this spot is the backdrop to many photos.


The rooms were also very clean, and the bed was insanely comfortable.


The food... how could you complain. There is literally something for everyone. The buffet had a large variety of options, and was available for breakfast/lunch/dinner. You also had the option of resteraunts for dinner which didn't require reservations. Unfortunately, I don't have many food pictures but my favorite was the French and Italian.

And lastly the beach. I unfortunately cannot speak for the pool, as I am 100% a beach person so I did not ever make it into the pool... But the beach was STUNNING. The water is turquoise blue, and the sand is white. My only wish was to have been able to see the waters still, as I could only imagine how incredible it would have looked.


All in all the resort and staff were great. This was a beautiful, relaxing trip.

Lulu :)

Monday, 6 January 2014

D.I.Y: Avocado, Vinegar and Honey Hair mask

So I had to wash my hair the other day and thought why not apply a mask before the shower.
My original intention with this mask was to add something to my hair and scalp that wouldn't be too hard to wash off, as it usually takes a couple washes when I put oils in my hair, so I thought what could I use that technically is not an oil. And that was when I decided to use an avocado, but boy was I incorrect in thinking this would be lighter on my hair. Although in its solid form you can't really see the oils in this fruit, don't be fooled they are in there and they are just as nourishing and effective as olive oil or coconut oil.
Disclaimer: Since I am not a professional, please make sure to do your own research, and test this out on a small amount of skin to make sure you do not get any bad reactions.


Ingredients (enough for medium length hair):
  • 1/2 an avocado (helps moisturize hair and scalp promoting healthy hair growth)
  • 1 tbsp vinegar (helps remove product buildup allowing nutrients to get directly to the hair and scalp, also treats dandruff)
  • 2 tbsp organic honey (helps absorb and retain moisture)
  • 1 tsp organic coconut oil (helps condition dry hair, strengthening your hair and assisting in preventing breakage)
With an immersion blender, or fork mash up the avocado, and the coconut oil to a soft creamy texture. Next mix in the honey, and then slowly add in the vinegar. If you feel the mixtures consistency get too soft, maybe stop adding vinegar unless you do not mind having a bit of the mixture run down your neck as it sits on your head.

Work the ingredients into your scalp giving your head a little massage, and then through the rest of your hair especially the ends. Tie your hair up , and wrap it in a bag or with plastic wrap just to keep the heat locked in and get the ingredients absorbed by your scalp and hair. I kept this on my hair for about 2.5 hours, you can leave it on for as long as you feel comfortable. 
With this mask, I washed my hair with water until it felt like all the mask was out, and then I needed 2 washes to get it all out, I was unaware how much my hair actually soaked up the avocado oils until I was trying to shampoo it out. After this mask my hair looked much thicker/fuller.

If you try this mask out, let me know how you like it.
Lulu :)

Sunday, 22 December 2013

D.I.Y: Cinnamon, Coconut Oil, and Honey Hair Treatment

So as I said in my last post, I really want to work on pampering myself this break, and so here is another at home natural inexpensive hair mask. 
While searching for home ingredients that are great for dry skin, I came across cinnamon, with which I came up with this cinnamon concoction for repairing my skin. In my search I also read that cinnamon was great for your hair as it helps in increasing blood circulation on  your scalp and therefore assists hair growth. So I knew I would have to give this a try for my next homemade hair treatment. So lets begin.
DisclaimerSince I am not a professional, please make sure to do your own research, and test this out on a small amount of skin to make sure you do not get any bad reactions.


Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp cinnamon (helps increase blood circulation to your scalp, assisting with a healthy scalp for continual hair growth)
  • 2 tbsp organic honey (helps prevent hair from breaking, therefore assisting with hair growth)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil (assists with making your hair healthy, and shiny, also said to help with dandruff)
  • 1.5 tsp plain yogurt (helps prevent frizz, and also assists with hair growth)

In a bowl mix in the yogurt cinnamon and then honey first. You can either melt the coconut oil over extremely low heat, or just mix it in directly it will be chancy but will melt once you rub it into your scalp/ on your hair so it is fine either way. 


Once all the ingredients are mixed, begin by brushing your hair just so you don't have any knots. Then just massage your scalp with the ingredients, try and do this for 3 minutes or so just make sure to get your entire scalp, then use the left over ingredients on your hair especially your ends, the coconut oil will help moisturize any dryness. Leave it in as long as you feel comfortable. I am not sure if its okay to leave cinnamon in a long time, which is why I only mixed in a tsp, but I left this on my hair for 2.5 hours. After this you will probably need to shampoo your hair twice to get all the oil out, but you are left with soft, shiny and moisturized hair!


I loved this mask, if you are unsure about cinnamon, you can definitely remove this ingredient and just use the others without cinnamon, maybe add a little more yogurt. If you try this mask let me know how you like it 


Lulu :) 

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