Katie Vibes
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DIY: 4-Ingredient Nourishing Nail Oil

I have a confession to make - over Christmas, I got Biosculpture gel nails. Although not natural, Biosculpture is free of certain toxins, completely vegan, and cruelty-free. My second confession is I don't feel too guilty about it, but what I do feel guilty about is that after I couldn't get an appointment to get them removed properly, I removed them myself *cue gasps*. It was a fairly simple process but my usually strong nails are hating me for it. After a couple weeks of super flakey and breaky nails, I decided to do something about it and DIY a super nourishing nail serum to help them grow and repair themselves. After consulting various ingredients I had laying about the house, I came up with this super simple and easy recipe. 

Avocado and argan oils help to moisturise the cuticles and repair the nails, while magical lemon and lavender essential oils helps to stimulate growth and strengthen. I used some carrier oils that I had laying around and don't really use but you can source cheaper (and still organic) options from supply stores such as Naissance - either from their website or select products are available via Amazon. This is also where I get the majority of my essential oils. Lavender and Lemon EOs are not too expensive so this DIY should be reasonable cost effective - you may even have some of the ingredients already! Check out the recipe below.

- 10ml argan oil
- 20ml avocado oil
- 10 drops lemon (citrus limonum) essential oil
- 15 drops lavender (lavandula angustifolia) essential oil
(essential oil amounts based on 30ml carrier oil - check dilution guideline information such as this for other amounts)

Remember: Lemon essential oil increases your sensitivity to sunlight so I would suggest only using this serum in the evening.

Do you DIY your own beauty products? Will you be trying this nail serum?

Review: Myroo Starflower & Orange Blossom Skin Boost Serum

Today, I'm going to be reviewing the brilliant Starflower & Orange Blossom Skin Boost Serum* from Myroo - a brand that I was introduced to at the Gorgeously Green Gathering this year. We were lucky enough to receive this little gem in our goody bag and frankly, I haven't looked back. Don't believe me? Look at how much I've used since September! And had I not already had so many facial oils to use up, I probably would have already made a repurchase. 

This wonderful serum is jojoba based - something that has always worked wonders for my fickle skin which is horribly prone to blocked pores and closed comedones. You've probably heard this already, but jojoba oil is very similar to our own sebum and so it is brilliant for cleaning out the pores of oily skin - AKA mine. I've been using this of an evening (layering over a floral water and under a moisturiser), and it has been keeping my skin super happy. My blackheads are nowhere to be seen and my skin has never been so glowy. My closed comedones are proving to be a little stubborn but this is balanced out by my unaffected skin, which has never looked better. 

I'm particularly impressed with the efficacy of this serum, because of the fact that it's such good value. This bottle will only set you back £15 and it is full of amazing ingredients. I've already mentioned the jojoba, but this is joined by wonderful rosehip, borage and raspberry seed, as well as others. You can find a full ingredients list below.

Overall, I've been super impressed by this serum and I've currently got my eye on another of Myroo's products: the oil cleanser. You should definitely check out Myroo and also follow Rachael on Twitter; I had the pleasure of meeting her at GGG, and she's such a lovely human!

Have you tried anything from Myroo?

Ingredients: Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Rosa Rubiginosa (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Borogo Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil, Olive Squalane, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Citrus Aurantium (Neroli) Flower Oil, Citral*, Geraniol*, Farnesol*, d-Limonene*, Linalool*, Rosmarinus Officinialis

* Naturally occurring in essential oils