Tips From Mama Niko.

Today is my mumsie’s birthday! Happy Birthday Mum! Over the years we’ve had our ups & downs {read: the teenage years} but she has always been one of my best friends and I cannot make a single life decision without checking in with her first. Tonight, we have a very special dinner planned at one of our favourite Italian nooks north of the city. After that it’s home to my parents’ for gifts & an i’m a little. first-time dessert, which hopefully turns out as lovely as the heart if was made by ;)…right mama?

I’m off to spend time with mama Niko today, but I will leave you with a few of her best kept beauty secrets. She has always given me excellent beauty advice and helped me blossom from a young ugly duckling in to the swan I am today.

Love you mum & happy happy birthday to you, xx!

1. The first beauty book you ever need: Bobbi Brown Teenage Beauty.
This was the first book I read on beauty and it is full of necessary basics and subtle reminders that you do not need a face caked with make-up to look your absolute, fresh-faced best. I still refer back to it from time-to-time for those essential beauty tips & tricks

2. How to create an at-home facial for sensitive skin.

My skin has always been sensitive. While all the other girls at the sleepover got to splurge with fun & fragrance-heavy store bought masks, I was left as the bubble girl with allergies. Luckily mom let me know that all you need to give yourself the spa treatment at home is 1/3 cup of oatmeal and one egg yolk. You can grind up the oatmeal or even leave it whole. Mix with one egg yolk and apply to your face for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with a gentle face clothe & water and you’ll be left with calm yet supple & soft skin.

3. Sticking to the kitchen: you don’t need a steam room to get a good steam.
Full disclosure: I had super bad acne as a teen. Combined with major allergies and sensitive skin, my face was a recipe for disaster. One thing my mum made me do on a regular basis was steam my face over a pot of hot water and a towel covering my head. {Sidenote: this is also amazing for a stuffy nose and head cold.} Let the water come to a covered boil. Drape a towel over your head and carefully remove the pot cover. Allow yourself to inhale the steam & let it absorb in to your skin. You’ll feel instant results and see the positive effects on your skin.

4. Naturally change your hair colour with everyday kitchen items.
Lemon, tea and coffee all gradually help change the colour of your hair. Obviously these are not drastic or permanent changes but in the sun they do offer a sharp contrast to your dull or dry coifs. As a teen this was always a fun thing to do: my sister & I would tan outside and spritz lemon juice or tea in our hair and see the highlights take throughout the summer months.

5. Always, always, ALWAYS carry Vaseline in your purse.
From moisturizer to highlighting features on your face, I have always had a small tube of Vaseline on hand for whatever life throws my way. Forget to apply mascara? A small slide of jelly on your lashes make them look instantly thicker & extended. In dire need of hand cream? Do not fret my pet, take a small dab of Vaseline and rub it in your hands, and you are good to go. Who needs lip chap when you have Vaseline? It protects and moisturizes on even the coldest days and is perfect to apply when going for a cold winter run. Vaseline: Get it, got it, goodies.

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