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Thursday, January 20, 2022

How to prevent chapped lips caused by wearing face masks 😷

January 20, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

The pandemic is still with us and, mandatory mask orders are still in effect in various countries. This means that millions of people are, potentially, suffering from skin problems caused by face masks.

Related post: Prevent (and treat) skin problems caused by face masks

As we are covering up our mouths and noses to stop the spread of Covid-19, some of us are encountering new skin problems. We've all heard of “maskne” (mask-related acne). 

Masks are important, but unfortunately, wearing them can cause a range of skin conditions. Wearing a face mask for long hours can cause dry, cracked, chapped lips that come about due to the environment inside.

Like many things in life, if you can prevent your lips from getting chapped in the first place, you won’t have to suffer through the recovery process. Here are some tips to help prevent dry lips:

lipstick mark on face mask

  • Exfoliate your lips with a soft toothbrush or a sugar scrub.
  • Apply a lip mask after exfoliating. Try an overnight lip mask to moisturise, nourish and revive cracked, flaky and dry lips while you sleep.
  • Make sure to apply a lip balm regularly, especially after exfoliating. Consider using a lip balm that includes UV protection.
  • Avoid licking your lips. Frequent lip licking leads to chapped lips even in normal circumstances, and it’s even worse under a face mask.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water every day. 
(more tips below)

applying lip balm

Related post: Tips for staying hydrated during the colder months

Another good idea is to take “mask breaks” whenever you can. The more you can let your face air out, the better. Always change a damp mask ASAP! If you take it off to eat, replace it with a fresh one when you finish your meal. Taking good care of your skin and face masks will prevent many mask-related skin issues.


Related post: SOS - Chapped lips!

I suggest you read the linked related posts for more tips about face masks and skincare, hydration and caring for chapped lips.

Stay safe!

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

Six (6) reasons to keep your nails short

September 08, 2021 2 Comments

Hello everyone!

Long nails are perceived by many as being classy and stylish.  However, long nails may not be worth the looks.

Below are six (6) reasons to opt for short nails instead of long ones.

1.  Practical

Short nails give you the freedom to do all the things that you love without restrictions - you can easily do your chores, pull your zipper, buckle shoes, play with your pet or young children and wear contact lenses.  People with long nails know the pain of trying to do the simplest, everyday tasks.  Typing on a keyboard, opening containers, and even fiddling with buttons can prove to be difficult with long fingernails in the way. 

colourful manicure

2.  Fuss-free

The last thing you need on your worry list is the possibility of breaking a nail.  Keeping long nails also pose a health hazard to you and the people around you.  Constantly poking yourself in the eye - not fun!

3.  Hygienic

Health and hygiene go hand in hand.  Fingernails can harbour dirt and germs, leading to the spread of infections.  Longs nails are also a breeding ground for bacterial and fungal infections.  Ideally, you should trim your nails often and keep them short during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Considering that COVID-19 is primarily transmitted between people through respiratory droplets and contact routes, keeping our hands, and by extension our nails, clean is vital.  Regardless of COVID-19, studies have shown that nail extensions and artificial nails harbour more bacteria than natural nails.

4.  Stronger

As we all know, shorter hair that undergoes regular trims tends to be stronger (and healthier) than long hair, and the same can be said for fingernails.  

woman getting her short nails done

5.  Saves time and money

Just imagine all the money you can save on manicures and nail polish if you keep your nails short.  Plus, short nails are easier to maintain and save you a lot of time. 

6.  Versatile

You can never go wrong with short nails no matter the occasion be it, a party, work or anything in between.

I've been keeping my fingernails short for a while now; I find them more practical this way.  Do you prefer long or short fingernails?

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

How to beat your fear of flying & COVID-related travel anxiety

August 31, 2021 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

Travel stress and anxiety is nothing new but nowadays we’re not just talking about fear of flying or losing your passport.  As many people are travelling again, we’re facing a sort of new wave of travel anxiety triggered by COVID-19.
With pandemic restrictions easing up and vaccinated people eager to take a long-awaited vacation, a lot more people are travelling around this time.  However, many people are still reluctant to book a flight.

person at the airport

Fear of flying (aerophobia) can be caused by several factors, including claustrophobia or a fear of heights.  Many nervous flyers feel irrational anxiety that their plane will malfunction and crash.  Other travellers worry about terrorist hijackings or panic at the idea that they’re not in control of the plane.

To fly or not to fly is a personal decision and one that no one else can make for you.  But for those of you who are determined to go on holiday (vacation), below are a few tips for overcoming your travel anxiety.  

Figuring out the exact reasons (or triggers) behind your travel anxiety is the first step in feeling more confident about taking a trip.

Before your trip

  • Familiarise yourself with aeroplane noises.
  • Check the turbulence forecast.
  • Choose an aisle seat.

  • Think positive.

  • Bring a photo of your destination.
  • Drink water only (no coffee or alcohol).

  • Arrive at the airport early.

face mask over passport and boarding ticket

On the plane

  • Pay attention to the safety presentation.
  • Listen to music that relaxes you.
  • Distract yourself during the flight.
  • Think about where you're going and what you're going to do there.

Typical travel anxiety tends to anticipate what may happen in the worst-case scenario.  The problem is some of the anxiety about COVID is not irrational.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC), the more you travel, the more you risk becoming exposed to the virus.

To keep anxiety about COVID-19 in check, it’s important to distinguish between real risks and overblown scenarios.  Here’s how to prepare for a safer trip:

traveling by plane wearing a face masks

  • Do your research - Factors such as the COVID-19 infection rate where you live and in the location, you are travelling to, should be taken to consideration.
  • Check local rules ahead of time.
  • Get your paperwork in order. 
  • Offer proof (if needed) - Many countries require a vaccination certificate and/or a negative COVID-19 test result.
  • Don't forget your masks and hand sanitiser.

If your anxiety is particularly crippling and you’ve tried other relaxation techniques without success, ask your doctor about taking an anti-anxiety medication or a sleeping pill before you fly.  Nothing should stand between you and the vacation you deserve!

I hope you found this helpful!  Stay safe, wherever you are.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

My Sculptshe picks

April 18, 2021 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

Today’s post is another fashion related post.   We all know the confidence that the perfect outfit can give us, however, the underwear and/or shapewear that is worn underneath, is even more important to make us look and feel our best.  Shapewear is basically underwear that is designed to temporarily alter the shape of your body, typically to flatten the stomach and make you look slimmer in the outfit you're wearing on top of it.  I was recently introduced to Sculptshe - a brand that mainly focuses on women’s shapewear, bodysuits, waist trainers and activewear; garments that are break-through in their design, manufacturing techniques and materials.

One of the many consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the many lockdowns, is the fact that many of us have gained some weight; mainly due to stress-eating and watching too much Netflix (lack of physical activity).  Luckily, on Sculptshe’s website, you can find various waist and thigh trainers to enhance your appearance.  Such as the Sculptshe 3-in-1 Waist Thigh Eraser Booty Sculptor, linked below (click on the pictures to visit the site).


This 3-in-1 garment will trim your waist, and help you reduce the appearance of cellulite on your thighs as well.

And since we’re on the topic of shapewear, check out my two picks below…


shapewear shorts
Sculptshe Seamless Mesh Tummy Control Butt Lifter Shorts

These shorts are made for those who want to be comfortable and not constrained by their shapewear.  Make with lightweight medium control fabric that gives you the perfect shaping you need.


body shapwear
Sculptshe Seamless Body Sculpt Shapewear

Let me know if you heard of this site before and, your thoughts about shapewear!  Maybe you have one (or a few) in your wardrobe already or you plan to buy one soon.  So visit Sculptshe to find the best shapewear for tummy (your tummy).   

XOXO, Cosette

Sponsored by Sculptshe

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Finding a silver lining in Covid-19

March 24, 2021 1 Comments

 silver lining is a sign of hope or a positive aspect in an otherwise negative situation. 

Every cloud has a silver lining

Hello everyone!

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, I spent most of my time at home.  I work from home and I shop online so I rarely go outside anymore.  This is even more true now that more pandemic restrictions are in place and everything is closed down once again.  I spent most of winter "hibernating"; meaning I pretty much binge watched tv shows and true crime videos all day long.  And this explains why I haven't written a blog post in a while.  However, now that spring is finally here (although spring weather still has to make an appearance), I cannot wait to get out of the house.  

I'm fully aware that we are all currently living in odd and unsettling times, but it is so important that we take this rare opportunity and try to focus on the positive aspects.  Whenever possible at least.  Here are my silver linings:

  • Spending more time with my family and Rascal (my 2-year-old Maltipoo).

photo of Rascal at Christmastime

  • More time for cooking and baking; which I love!

Before these past couple of months, which I spent "hibernating", I used to do the four things listed below regularly, and that's exactly what I intend to start doing again!

  • Reading more than I used to pre-pandemic.  I'm constantly looking for good ebooks to download. My Goodreads lists keep getting longer.  My preferred genres are mystery, thriller and horror.
  • Practising the piano regularly and learning new songs.  There are various apps that I'm currently testing out and so far I think a couple of them are proving to be very helpful. 
phone screenshot

  • Trying new workout videos on YouTube.  I love dance workouts!  Who doesn't?
  • Blogging more frequently.  I even switched to a custom domain on January 1st!

The biggest thing that I'll be taking with me out of this experience is my appreciation for life.  I will never take the simple things for granted again like being able to walk Rascal without a mask and constantly having to cross the street to avoid direct contact with people, going shopping without stressing over everything I touch (the main reason why I shop online), going to the beach or the countryside.  Just so many things that I never thought would be taken away. 

I can't wait until it's possible to do all of these things once again and I know whenever those days come, I'll be so grateful.

What are the positive aspects of your life that you choose to focus upon during the pandemic?

xoxo, Cosette

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Prevent (and treat) skin problems caused by face masks

January 28, 2021 2 Comments

Hello everyone!

Wearing a mask to help protect against Covid-19 is a must.  By now we are all accustomed to wearing a face mask every time we step outside or whenever someone visits out household.  But wearing a mask can sometimes be a pain; literally.

Many have reported adverse skin reactions after wearing masks daily; the most common conditions include acne, facial itch and rash.  If you find that wearing a face mask is causing a skin problem or irritation, you may be able to treat it yourself. 

waitress wearing a face mask

Here’s what you can do to treat skin problems caused by face masks at home.

1. Follow a gentle skincare routine.  Skincare plays a vital role in healing your skin. 

2. Treat your skin.   Here’s what dermatologists recommend:

  • Acne: Wash your face after wearing a mask, being sure to use a non-comedogenic moisturiser after washing.  
  • Raw, irritated skin: Apply petroleum jelly or a diaper rash cream to irritated spots on your face before bed.  
  • Sore skin behind your ears: If you can, alternate the types of mask you wear.  Find masks with different types of ties and ear loops.  

People who are already living with skin issues, such as the ones listed below, might be more likely to experience face-mask-related irritations.

  • Rosacea
  • Acne
  • Atopic dermatitis/eczema
  • Sensitivity to humid or dry air
  • Allergies

3. Stop applying products and medications that can irritate your skin.  Until the skin heals, dermatologists recommend you stop using:

  • Acne treatments that contain salicylic acid
  • Anti-ageing products
  • At-home light devices
  • Peels or scrubs

4. Don’t wear makeup.  Until your skin heals, makeup can worsen skin problems.

Since no one will see the lower half of your face, it’s a perfect time to skip makeup that can aggravate your skin.  If you really must apply makeup, use a non-comedogenic product.

cloth face mask

5. Wash your cloth face masks.
  You can remove germs, oils, and particles that collect on the mask by washing a cloth mask in a washing machine or by hand.  Just be sure to:

  • Follow the washing instructions.
  • Wash the masks in hot water, unless the instructions say otherwise.
  • Use a fragrance-free, hypoallergenic laundry detergent. (I also use a laundry sanitiser.)
  • Store your masks in a bag to keep them clean.

Besides helping to keep your skin healthy, it is recommended that you wash your cloth face masks after each use to limit the spread of germs.

people wearing face masks at work

It’s important to continue wearing a mask, even when it causes skin irritation.

Take care and stay safe!

Sunday, August 16, 2020

FOTD: Do you wear makeup under your face masks?

August 16, 2020 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic situation, I haven't been wearing makeup; in fact, the last time I can remember putting on makeup was months ago!  I was never the type of person to wear makeup every day but since I've been staying home most of the time and I'm not attending any social events, I found myself missing wearing makeup and feeling more put together.  Whenever I need to go out I'm wearing a face mask and sunglasses or a face shield (aka visor) anyway.  Dermatologists advise that we skip wearing makeup under our face masks.  Beneath a mask, makeup is more likely to clog pores and lead to breakouts.  If makeup is necessary, use only products labelled “non-comedogenic” or “oil-free”.  I have acne-prone skin so for me that means face mask + makeup = breakouts - No thanks!

So yesterday I decided to put on some makeup and take some photos for upcoming blog posts.  If you look closely you can spot this makeup in my previous post and in my next one!  I'm wearing a bb cream because it's way too hot to wear foundation (38°C/100.40°F), grey and gold eyeshadow, a translucent powder, bronzer, concealer (as a highlighter), black mascara and eyeliner, tinted brow mascara and matte liquid lipstick.

Do you wear makeup under your face masks?  Let me know in the comment section below!