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Friday, August 31, 2012

The beauty benefits of silk

August 31, 2012 1 Comments
Hello everyone!
Do you ever wake up with sleep lines/wrinkles?  If you sleep on your side, you must know what I mean.  What about messy, bed hair The silk pillowcase can be a simple solution for both issues...

Believe it or not, the weight of your head pushing your face against the pillow will create what are called sleep lines/wrinklesCotton pillowcases don’t let your skin move smoothly along their surface as you move through the night.  As we get older, our skin loses elasticity and this means that the lines we get overnight stay on our faces longer.  Sleep wrinkles can also worsen existing lines and wrinkles.  Silk pillowcases prevent sleep wrinkles and help delay worsening of existing facial lines.  
Additionally, cotton pillowcases can also absorb the natural oil and your night cream/moisturiser from your skin.  Silk, on the other hand, will not draw moisture from the skin.  Moisture is essential for healthy skin.

Women with curly hair have known about silk’s beauty benefits for years.  I actually learned about this on, years ago.  Tossing and turning causes friction which can lead to hair breakage.  Silk lets your hair slide across the pillowcase.  You will notice fewer hair tangles and less frizz after sleeping on silk pillowcases.  If you have curly hair, silk will also preserve your curls. 

Silk pillowcases may not be the fountain of youth, but if you want to wake up with wrinkle-free skin and tangle-free hair, silk pillowcases might just be what you are looking for.

Silk pillowcases = better beauty sleep.  Do you agree?


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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

DIY: Dark chocolate facial mask

August 29, 2012 3 Comments

Indulging in a chocolate facial mask is a luxurious experience that can nourish your senses and your skin simultaneously!

Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.  It contains Vitamins A, B-complex, D and E, copper, iron, potassium, magnesium and zinc (promotes cell growth and repairs tissue).  Cocoa is also a rich source of sulphur (sulfur), a necessary mineral for healthy skin.  All this make dark chocolate an excellent ingredient for a facial mask.

  • 2 pieces of dark chocolate bar
  • 2/3 cup of coconut milk (also full of antioxidants and is antibacterial in nature)
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt

  1. Melt the dark chocolate.
  2. Pour the coconut milk into a small bowl and add the sea salt.  Stir until the salt dissolves.
  3. Add the milk and salt to the chocolate and stir thoroughly.  
  4. Allow the mixture to cool to a comfortable temperature (not harden).
  5. Apply the mask to face and neck and allow it to set for about 20 minutes.
  6. Rinse the mask off with lukewarm water.

  • Use up to twice a week to keep skin looking young and soft.
  • For best results, always select dark, organic chocolate.
  • Beneficial for all skin types.

What do you think of this mask?  Have you tried it?  Will you try it?


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Monday, August 27, 2012

Celebrating a milestone (+ question)

August 27, 2012 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

I almost can’t believe it but this marks my 100th blog post!  

I want to thank each and every one of you out there reading my blog, visiting often, and also those of you who are reading Skin Care Suggestions for the first time.

I started this blog to share acne treatments and remedies.  Today the blog has developed into a more comprehensive beauty blog, including hair tips and tutorials, make-up tips and NOTD posts along with DIY beauty recipes.

I love reading your comments and answering your questions in the blog comments, on Skin Care Suggestions Facebook page and on Twitter.

Please, take a minute to answer this Facebook question: Which type of blog post do you enjoy the most?

If you have any questions or suggestions, leave a comment and I will answer you ASAP. J

for your support!


Sunday, August 26, 2012

Make your eyes look bigger

August 26, 2012 0 Comments

Hello everyone!  Do you want brighter, bigger eyes?  

Here are a few simple tips and tricks to make your eyes look bigger, with make-up!

  • Apply two coats of mascara instead of one to create a lifting effect.  To make sure that every lash is coated, use a mascara wand with angled bristles. 
  • Curl your lashes.  Place the curler at the root of your lashes and gently pulse three times.
  • Use eye shadow colours that complement your eyes
  • Use light colours on your lids to draw attention to the shape of your eyes, especially if you're wearing glasses.
  • Conceal under-eye circles.  
  • Your eyes will look bigger if you keep a clean shape by waxing, tweezing or threading your eyebrows.
  • If you want to add length and volume, try false eyelashes.  They're easy to apply and will make your eyes pop.
  • After you apply mascara, dot liquid eyeliner between your lashes to fill in any sparse spots. 
  • Apply white eyeliner in the inner corners of your eyes.
  • Tightlining or lining your waterline with black liner will make your eyes look smaller, so try to avoid that.
  • To make your eyes pop, line bottom lids with a shimmer eye shadow.  Stick with light, neutral colours for daytime and darker tones for night-time.
  • Trading in your eye make-up for a bright lip colour will actually make your eyes look bigger.  
Hope you find this helpful. J


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Thursday, August 23, 2012

The facekini craze!

August 23, 2012 2 Comments

First came the bikini, then the mankini (remember that?) and now the face-kini

What is a facekini, you might ask.  It’s the latest craze in sun protection to hit China.

In China fair skin is a desirable trait.  A tan represents a lower class citizen, one who works long days out in the field while pale skin signifies affluence.  The facekini is an excellent way to preserve pale skin.

Sun umbrellas/parasols are also very popular in China.  I have to admit that I've owned an SPF umbrella for a while and this summer I used it for the first time.  People did stare at me (as if I was some sort of alien) but I didn't mind.  However, I could never wear a facekini! J

What do you think: Is wearing a facekini too much?  What about parasols?  


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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Banana peel skincare?!

August 22, 2012 1 Comments

Bananas are amongst the top five most nutritious fruits.  They contain large amounts of magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, iodine and vitamin A, B, E and F.  Banana peels also contain antioxidants and plenty of potassium.  If you have skin problems such as; acne, psoriasis, warts or poison ivy, this post is for you.

Eat a banana, and save the peel.  Make sure that the peel is yellow/black and not green.  When it has a yellow/black mix it is usually most effective.

Rub the inside of the banana peel over your acne and it should improve within a few days.  
The inside part of the peel decays into black colour as you rub it on, and you should throw away the banana peel once it is completely black.  You should continue to do this for at least 10 minutes.
Do not wash your face after rubbing.  This is very important.  Leave it on as much as possible.  I recommend applying it at night and washing it off in the morning.
Use it every day.  After one day, you should see some improvements.

Rub the inside of a banana peel to the affected area and you should notice a difference in your skin within a few days.

Poison ivy
Rub the inside of a banana peel onto the poison ivy area and the itching should stop and the inflammation will go down.  Re-apply as needed.  

Rub the inside of a banana peel on the wart every night for a week and you will see improvement.

I hope you find this helpful! J


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Monday, August 20, 2012

Quick & easy back to school hair tutorials (no-heat)

August 20, 2012 0 Comments
Hello everyone! 

Summer is coming to an end and students are preparing to go back to school.  If you are looking for quick and easy (back to school) hairstyle ideas, I found 3 YouTube videos you must watch.  These videos will show you how to make 11 different hairstyles.  Those hairstyles do not require heat, so forget your blow dryer, flat iron and curling iron.  You can look good without damaging your precious locks!

Quick & easy back to school hair tutorials

Uploaded by carahamelie03

Uploaded by bebexo

Uploaded by beautybaby44

I am not a student but I love those quick, no-heat hairstyles!  Which one is your favourite?  And what is your go-to hairstyle?  Leave a comment and let me know!


Friday, August 17, 2012

Make-up crimes: Are you guilty?

August 17, 2012 0 Comments

None of us is perfect, especially when it comes to make-up.  Today’s post is about make-up mistakes or "crimes" as I like to call them.  Thank God there is no make-up jail! 

Here’s a list of make-up crimes and how you can avoid them…

Dark lip liner and light lipstick
Unless you are going to an 80’s themed party, you need to choose your lip liner in a shade close to your natural lip colour or the same colour as your lipstick/gloss.

Lip liner extending beyond the lip line
What have you learned in kindergarten? – Do not colour outside the lines!  Same thing applies to lip make-up.  Just line the border, not beyond.  If you want fuller lips apply a lip-plumping product and finish with a dab of clear or light gloss on the centre of your lower lip (this will reflect the light and make your lips appear fuller).

Drawn-in eyebrows
Women with lush, full brows should skip any added colour; all they need are tweezers for stray hairs and some brow gel/clear mascara.
To plump up sparse brows, apply brow powder with an angled brush.

Caked-on foundation
This will only draw more attention to the problem you’re trying to hide.  Instead, try this:
For fine lines: Mix in a little moisturiser with your foundation. Click here to find out more.
For blemishes: Apply your foundation lightly and evenly, and then use a full coverage concealer on the blemishes.
Visible foundation line
To avoid this mistake, choose the right shade for your skin tone.  Your foundation should match your skin tone.

Obvious blush line
Use a blush brush, not the small applicator that comes with some products, and blend, blend, blend.
If you apply too much, tone down the colour with a light dusting of translucent powder.

What make-up crimes have you committed?  I promise I won’t judge! J


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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tag post: About me

August 14, 2012 0 Comments

I've been having a bit of blogger's block lately so I thought I’d post this “About Me” tag post so you can get to know me better…
Do you have a middle name? 
No.  My full name is Cosette Zammit – First name and last name, no middle name.

What was your favourite subject in school? 
My favourite subject was Spanish but I have a BA Honours degree in Social Studies, so maybe I should say Social Studies! J

What’s your favourite drink? 
Water *yawn*

Favourite song at the moment? 
I love music and can’t go a day without it.  At the moment I love Ma vie au soleil by Keen’V (a French song). 

Fact: I love French music.  I listen to M Pokora, Shy’m, Keen’V, Sexion D’Assure, Tal….

What would you name your children? 
I have no idea.  Maybe a French name…to keep the family tradition going!

Do you participate in any sports? 
No.  I hoop, does that count?

Favourite book? 
I don’t really have a favourite book.  I usually read psychological thrillers!

Favourite colour
I don’t discriminate, I love all colours equally!

Guinea pig!  

L by Lolita Lempicka and I also love Playboy’s Play it spicy.


Have you graduated High School? 
I went to Kindergarten, Primary School, Secondary School, Post-Secondary School and graduated from University.  We don’t have (U.S. type) high schools here in Malta.

Have you been out of the country? 
Yes, but there are still plenty of countries I want to visit.

Do you speak any other languages? 
Malta’s official languages are Maltese and English.  Besides those two languages, I also speak Italian, Spanish and French.  So feel free to leave your comments in any of those languages!

Do you have any siblings? 
I have an older brother, Bertrand.

What’s your favourite store? 
Any store that sells cute clothes, shoes and accessories!

Favourite restaurant? 
My kitchen…I don’t like other people touching my food.

Did you like school? 
I guess…though I hated the uniforms! L

Favourite YouTubers?  
Cassandra (DiamondsAndHeels14), Andrea (AndreasChoice) and Kandee (kandeejohnson).

Favourite movie? 
I watch a lot of movies; I don’t have a favourite one though.

Favourite TV show?
I never miss an episode of How I Met Your Mother, Melissa & Joey, Gossip Girl or 90210.

PC or Mac? 

What phone do you have? 
Actually, I need to buy a new one.

How tall are you? 

Hope you enjoyed this tag post.  I tag all of you!  Leave a comment with your answers.


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Sunday, August 12, 2012

SOS - Sunburn

August 12, 2012 1 Comments

If you ended up with sunburn, here are some home remedies that can make you a bit more comfortable... 


As the sun burns your skin, it also dehydrates it.  Being well hydrated will help burns heal better. 

Take a bath

Adding a few tablespoons of baking soda to cool bath water makes a sunburn-soothing remedy.  Instead of baking soda, you could also use 1 cup oatmeal.  Avoid using soap, which can irritate and dry out the skin.  If you feel you must use soap, use a mild one.  Definitely skip the washcloth, bath sponge, and loofah.  Afterwards, pat your skin gently with a soft towel.


To prevent dry skin, apply moisturiser immediately after your bath/shower.  For cooling relief of pain and dryness, chill the moisturiser in the refrigerator before using.

Aloe vera

Aloe vera gel will take the sting and redness out of sunburn.

Cool compress

Soak a washcloth in cool water and apply it directly to the burned areas (do not apply ice or an ice pack directly to sunburned skin).


The tannic acid from tea is soothing for sunburn.  Save used tea bags and apply to burned area (at room temperature) or bathe in a cool bath with several tea bags in the water.


Soak in a bath with cool water and a gallon of milk or apply plain yoghurt directly to the sunburn.


Grate a potato and apply it to the burned area.  The starch will cool and soothe the burn.


Rub sunburned area with fresh cucumber slices.  They are very cool and will soothe the area.

Keep in mind, though, that when you get sunburn, your skin is actually damaged by UV radiation and your body is responding to the damage.  These remedies cannot reverse that damage.

Hope you find this useful.  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave a comment.


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Sunday, August 05, 2012

Make your nail polish last longer

August 05, 2012 0 Comments

Hello everyone!
For most of us, well-groomed nails are essential.  A common concern is how to make nail polish last longer and delay chippingI’ve learnt a few tricks over the years and I would like to share them with you…
Photos from previous NOTD posts

  • Before starting to apply nail polish, even if you don’t have any nail polish on, rub some nail polish remover on your nails to remove any traces of oil.  I recommend washing your hand afterwards because nail polish removers can dry and weaken your natural nails.
  • Apply a base coat before applying nail polish.  This will not only make your nail polish last longer but will also prevent staining.
  • Always apply a double coat of nail polish.  Apply the second coat only after the first is completely dry.
  • Apply your nail polish in thin layers.  Thick layers tend to peel off.
  • Apply nail polish to the tips of your nails.  Chipping usually begins on the tips of your nails.
  • Apply a clear top coat to seal your polish.
  • Allow your nails to dry one hour before handling anything.
  • You may also dip your nails in ice water (once your nails are dry).  The cold solidifies the nail polish.
  • Apply olive oil to each nail and wipe off the excess.  This helps hydrate the polish so that it won't chip, and olive oil is good for your cuticles.
  • Use top coat several times a week to discourage chipping.
  • Keep your hands always moisturised.  Apply a hand cream every night before you go to sleep.

If you have more tips, leave a comment and let me know!


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