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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Mascara 101

January 29, 2012 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

One question I get a lot from people is what mascara I use.  I love mascara, and I strongly believe that how you apply it makes all the difference.  Mascara frames your eyes and it gently intensifies the eye by thickening and darkening the lashes. 

mascara tube
I want to share my mascara tips and tricks with you.
How to properly apply mascara:
·     While applying mascara look straight into your mirror with your chin slightly lifted so you can see your lashes.
Twist the wand left to right at the base of the lashes.  It's the mascara placed near the roots (not the tips) that gives the illusion of length.

eye close up
I'm not wearing any make-up, just mascara.

Apply 2 or 3 coats of mascara?
What that means is to apply the coats of mascara all at once before the first coat dries.  Once the first coat dries, you'll get clumps if you attempt another swipe at the lashes.


  •  Do the top lashes first. 
  •  Make sure that the wand isn’t overloaded with mascara.
  • “Zigzagging” the wand back and forth during application helps reduce clumps.
  • After applying mascara try not to blink for a few seconds.
  • Always remove the mascara (and any other make-up you’re wearing) before going to bed, otherwise, your skin and eyes will become irritated.
  •  Discard mascara after about four months of usage.  Bacteria build-up can lead to eye infection and irritation.
  • Never curl your lashes after applying mascara because the eyelashes can stick to the curler.
  •  Never share your mascara.   This will contaminate the product.

Do you have any more tips or tricks on how to apply mascara?  Leave a comment!


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Nails Of The Day (NOTD): Egyptian gold

January 25, 2012 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

It’s Wednesday and the weekend is getting closer!  So, are you ready for another NOTD post?

This is what I’m wearing on my fingernails today.  I used three different colours to achieve this look.

First, I applied two coats of Egyptian Gold nail polish on all my nails, except the two ring fingernails!

I applied one coat of Tangerine polish to the ring fingernails.

Then, I applied a Gold colour on top of the Tangerine colour.  The Gold polish is very sheer, so I used the bright orange colour as a base.

Egyptian Gold/Tangerine

Egyptian Gold/Tangerine/Gold

I like this colour combination.  What do you think?


Monday, January 23, 2012

DIY: Honey and cinnamon facial mask/spot treatment

January 23, 2012 3 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today I want to share the latest DIY facial mask I’ve been trying out.  It’s the honey and cinnamon mask.

As you may know, honey has countless virtues.  Check this previous post: Honey face, for more information.  Cinnamon, also, contains powerful antioxidants and it has been used for thousands of years as an antiseptic, astringent and antifungal, amongst other uses.  The combination of these two powerful ingredients helps to kill the bacteria that cause pimples.

cinnamon sticks

This mask also helps to fade scars!

  • Wash your face with a facial cleanser and pat your face dry.  
  • Mix 3 tbsp. of honey with 1 tbsp. of cinnamon and apply a thin layer to the face as a mask and leave on for about 20 minutes.   
  • Or dab a small amount on blemishes and leave on overnight.
  • Rinse with warm water.  
  • Apply toner and moisturiser.

DIY: Honey and cinnamon facial mask/spot treatment
The cinnamon powder acts as an exfoliant.

DIY: Honey and cinnamon facial mask/spot treatment

DIY: Honey and cinnamon facial mask/spot treatment
The mixture will last you for about 4 mask applications.

  • Cinnamon can irritate the skin.  I recommend testing this mask on your inner wrist first before using it on your face. 
  •  Do not apply the mask more than once a week.

I love DIY beauty recipes (Click here to see more of them).  Do you have any DIY skin remedies that you love?


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Nails Of The Day (NOTD): Pearly pink

January 19, 2012 0 Comments
Hello everyone!  I have another NOTD for you.

This is what I am wearing on my nails today.  

I applied one coat of Oyster Pink nail polish.  

Then, I drew a single Pearly Pink diagonal stripe and sealed it with a topcoat.

I like this simple design and hope you enjoyed this NOTD post. 

So, what are your favourite nail polish colours at the moment?  


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Facial sauna

January 17, 2012 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

My favourite gift this Christmas was a facial sauna.  For those of you who don’t know what it is, it’s basically a facial steamer you can use at home.

The benefits of facial steaming:

  • Deep skin cleansing.
  • Softens the skin and removes blackheads, dead skin cells and pollution.
  •  Boosts blood circulation, which is essential for the reproduction of new cells.
  • Can reduce acne.
  • Unclogs stuffed sinuses. 

Facial sauna

Facial sauna

You don’t need facial sauna equipment to give yourself a steam facial at home.  Follow these instructions to safely steam your face at home, using a bowl and hot water.

·         Pull your hair away from your face.
·         Wash your face with a mild cleanser, and rinse well.
·         Put 5 cups of distilled water into a large pot and bring to a boil.
·         Transfer the hot water to a large glass bowl.  
·         Place your face over the bowl of steaming hot water.
·         Cover your head with a towel.  If at any point you feel the steam is too hot on your skin, move your face farther away from the water.
·         Stay over the steam for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until the steam cools. 
·         Wash your face with the cleanser of your choice, and then rinse with lukewarm water.
·         Final rinse your face with cool water.
·         Pat dry with a clean towel.


Be careful not to burn your face with the steam.  Stay as close to the steam, as it’s comfortable for you.  Remember, steaming should be a relaxing experience, not torture!

I use my facial sauna once or twice a week and I love the way it makes my skin glow!  Facial steaming can be beneficial to all skin types; however, I suggest reducing the frequency of steaming if you have very sensitive or very dry skin.  In that case, try steaming once every two weeks.

So, tell me what are your opinions on facial steaming?


Monday, January 09, 2012

My first Nails Of The Day (NOTD) post!

January 09, 2012 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

So, this is my first NOTD post. 

red glitter nail polish

red glitter nail manicure

I applied two coats of Angel Cosmetics London nail polish #660 and a clear topcoat. 

red glitter nail polish

It’s a clear nail polish with red and silver glitter. 

red glitter nail polish

red glitter nail polish

As you can tell from the above photo, I love this nail polish (I used quite a lot of it ;)).  What do you think?


Sunday, January 08, 2012

Tips for healthy cuticles

January 08, 2012 0 Comments
Hello everyone!  How is 2012 going so far?

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to take better care of your hands and nails, keep reading for some great tips!

When most people think of nail care they think of their nail problems like peeling.  Nevertheless, your cuticles (the skin immediately around the fingernail) also contribute to nail health and appearance.  Neglected cuticles are prone to hangnails and dryness, whilst bitten or badly cut cuticles may become infected.   Follow these simple steps to proper cuticle care:

·         Avoid using harsh soaps when washing your hands as they can cause dry cuticles.

·         Exfoliate your hands once a week.

·         Keep your cuticles moisturised.  Massage moisturising hand cream onto your cuticles, and slip on a pair of cotton gloves every night before you go to sleep.  Also, apply oil (olive oil or almond oil) on the fingertips and massage your nails with it.  

·         Never cut your cuticles!  Your cuticles perform an important job; they protect the roots of your nails from harmful bacteria.  Push the cuticles back with a non-metal tool, such as an orange stick.

·         Don’t push back dry cuticles.  Try pushing back your cuticles right after you get out of the shower, or soak your fingertips for a short time in a bowl of warm water.

·         There are three steps to the push back cuticles:
1.       Apply a cuticle remover
2.       Use an orange stick to gently push back
3.       Move the orange stick in a circular motion at the base of the nail to remove any dead skin.

·         Although it’s not a good idea to cut your cuticles, it’s fine to cut your hangnails.  Hangnails should usually be cut using nail scissors or a nail clipper; biting or pulling them frequently makes them worse.

using a nail file

It’s simple: healthy cuticles look better than unhealthy ones.  And healthy cuticles also help keep nails healthy.