Lazy Girl DIY: Make Your Own Clarifying Shampoo

I present to you a new “segment” here on the blog, Lazy Girl DIY! I don’t know about you, but I always see DIY projects online, and they all look so cool. The thing is, some take so much time, and, well… I’m lazy! Yup, I’m a lazy DIY-er. So, while I want to do DIY posts here (my mom knows the COOLEST little tricks and I was quite the project-doer as a kid), I’m gonna make sure mine are simple to do, with stuff you can find easily; and most of all, doesn’t take up a lot of your time. Let’s begin…

DIY: How to Make Your Own Clarifying Shampoo

Clarifying shampoo at the shops will set you back say… I don’t know, $15? Or worse if you go to Sephora, I saw one particular brand selling a clarifying shampoo for $40. Are they mad?! So here’s something you can do… make your own clarifying shampoo! Here’s how:

  1. Fill an empty spray bottle with 1 part apple cider vinegar and 4 parts water.
  2. In the shower, after wetting your hair, spray it on your hair and rub it through. Let it sit there for a couple of minutes, and then rinse out. (Make sure it doesn’t drip to your face, and STEER CLEAR of your eyes).

… That’s it. Super easy right? Once you get all your stuff together, it’ll take you 30 seconds to do; talk about a fast DIY project! I recommend applying the clarifying shampoo once a week if you style and use a lot of product for your hair.

Have you tried this before? What do you think?

SaferSkin Campaign + Great Natural and Organic Beauty Picks

When Olivia, co-founder of non-profit group Green Drinks contacted me about her new campaign she’s working on, SaferSkin, I knew I had to write about it. SaferSkin is a Singapore-wide online campaign to spread awareness about the ingredients in skincare and cosmetics, and to educate you on ingredients and help you make better choices.

And before anyone starts panicking, we know there are chemicals everywhere – you pretty much can’t escape it! But if you’re concerned about it in skincare and beauty products, I have some alternatives that Olivia and the SaferSkin campaign recommends.

SaferSkin - Natural organic beauty singapore

1. dr. Alkaitis Holistic Skincare Facial Cleanser: Mama dearest tried this out for me… I am not sure if I can do a full on organic skincare regime… yet. Stay tuned! Mom said it smelled lovely and did it’s job: clean the face. If you have normal to dry skin, this is something to check out.

2. Intelligent Nutrients Certified Organic Leave-In Conditioner: This light brown, watery lotion contains every type of oil imaginable! On the ingredients list I see everything from Lavender oil, Red Grape Seed oil, to Pumpkin seed oil. The product applies easily and sinks into hair, not leaving any greasy reside. The smell is something else, though – think rustic spa heaven in the middle of the woods – very woody, very Earthy… very nice!

3. Tallulah Jane Natural Perfumes in Misae: So you all know I love citrus scents, and this is THE organic citrus scent. As they say, it’ “a breath of Spring on the Cote d’Azur.” The scent is made of citrus and white and green florals, finished off with “hints of wood and balsam”. I smell more of the wood, so it’s not really my taste, but it’s still very nice – and very strong, a little goes a long way. If you like smelling “Earthy”; this is it.

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Foundation For Pale Skin

Hi Renee! I have very pale skin, and I’m looking for foundations that suit me. I find it really hard to find good foundations for my pale skin; they are normally too dark for me. Any suggestions? – Tina

Pale skin celebrities

I’ve actually got a lot of suggestions! I am a fellow pale skinned girl, although I am usually #2 in the foundation spectrum of colors, so shopping for foundation has always been fine for me. However, I have a ton of experience shopping for really light foundation colors as my BFF is super fair and I’ve gone shopping with her lots… and I mean lots. We tried everything, guys! On one particular shopping trip, we swatched colors on her arms, my arms, tissue paper, you name it.

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Clarins Beauty Chat Event + Final Thoughts on Double Serum


As you know from my last post on Clarins, I had a fun giveaway where the prize was an invitation to an exclusive beauty event hosted by me and some great anti aging goodies.

Well, last Thursday was the big event! At the Clarins SkinSpa at Wheelock Place, I co-hosted the Beauty Chat: The Secret to Younger Skin workshop and I think it was a big success! It was a full house (10 readers showed up); and it was a nice intimate evening of learning about our skin.

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Are BB Creams Worth the Hype?

Ah, BB creams. Loved by so many… giving confused looks to so many. And now with CC creams, the apparent “new generation” of BB creams, these BB creams, a huge fad in Asia, are now all over the world.

In my post, What Are BB Creams, I interviewed an expert about it, and as we probably know by now, stands for Blemish Balm. They are, in a nut-shell, a makeup foundation with a countless skin-care benefits; so it’s touted as a makeup and skincare all at one. They include whitening properties, sunscreen, anti-aging ingredients, skin soothing properties… you name it.

BB Creams worth the hype

But are BB creams worth the hype? Personally, I’d say yes. A huge, fat YES.

I love tinted moisturizers, so if I can get one with a very high SPF, and other anti-aging benefits and skin benefits, why the heck not? Some of the very first BB creams were ashy and gray, giving skin a mask-like, dull appearance (especially for those with darker skin tones), but today, BB creams have come leaps and bounds and are, in my opinion, a superstar product. Today, there are creams for every skintone, every skin concern, and every SPF imaginable.

So I want to ask – are BB cream worth all the hype? Do you use BB creams, and which ones are your favorites? Let me know your thoughts.