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Wednesday, February 02, 2022

Is a widow's peak a flaw?

February 02, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


When I wrote about my large forehead, I didn't mention that I also have a widow's peak. Nevertheless, I never saw it as an imperfection. Growing up, I was surrounded by family members who shared this trait, thus I did not see it as a flaw. As a child, I was so used to widow's peaks that I used to find perfectly straight or rounded hairlines a little odd. 


widow's peak hairline


The name widow's peak comes from the hairline's likeness to the hoods that used to be worn by widows. In 18th century England, women mourning their husbands wore hoods or caps with triangular points that extended into their foreheads. For this reason, having this trait was considered an omen of early widowhood. In reality, this type of hairline is neither a bad omen nor a flaw!


A widow's peak is a dominantly inherited V-shape that dips down near the centre of the forehead. Female celebrities Marilyn Monroe, Alyson Hannigan, Fran Drescher, and Kourtney Kardashian also have widow's peaks.


In males, a receding hairline can sometimes result in a widow's peak hairline. For men that haven't had a widow's peak, if the hair thins at the temples, a receding hairline can take on that shape.


If you have a widow's peak, you can style your hair whichever way you like. The best way to show off your widow's peak is to slick your hair back or pull it into a ponytail. If you can't embrace your widow's peak, try side-swept bangs or a fringe to help conceal it. A pulled back ponytail parted down the middle can help balance the widow's peak's appearance. 


Do you have a widow's peak too? If so, do you consider it a flaw?


xoxo, Cosette



Monday, January 31, 2022

How to apply perfume to make it last longer

January 31, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


Applying your perfume is probably the fastest step in your beauty routine; a few sprays here and there, and you’re done. You may not even think about how to apply perfume, but you're probably applying it the wrong way. Yes, there is in fact a right and a wrong way to apply your fragrance. 


Here are some secrets to make your scents last:


Apply perfume right after taking your shower

Perfume is able to absorb better into the skin when it's warm and the pores are open. So it's a good idea to apply it post-shower once the skin is dry but still warm.


Apply perfume after using an unscented body oil or lotion

Dry skin doesn't hold perfume, as well as oily skin, does. The oilier your skin is, the better it holds scent. So layer on an unscented body oil or lotion, and then apply your perfume.


Make sure your deodorant is unscented too

When you're wearing a perfume, stick with an unscented deodorant to make sure the different aromas don't clash.


Try fragrance layering 

This consists of combining different fragrant products such as; body wash, deodorant, body lotion, perfume) either of the same fragrance or combining different ones. The more you layer the stronger the scent.


Apply perfume by spritzing, not misting

Many people spray perfume into the air and then walk through it. In my opinion, if you do that, you’re just wasting product. The scent will evaporate after a short amount of time. A direct spray onto bare skin is all you need.


perfume bottle


Apply perfume on your pulse points

To make your scent last longer, choose a couple of pulse points. These are warm areas that’ll help diffuse the fragrance across your entire body. Your pulse points on your body include the inside of your wrists, inner elbows, your neck, below your belly button, behind your ear lobes, and the back of your knees. 


Don’t rub your wrists together after applying perfume

Don’t dab the fragrance on your wrists after spraying. Dabbing perfume on your wrists and then rubbing them together, will cause the scent to disappear faster than intended.


Spray your clothes with perfume

Don’t just stick to spraying perfume on your body; spray it on your clothes too. Clothing fibres are able to hold in scents for a very long time.


Apply perfume on your hairbrush

Spraying an alcohol-based fragrance directly onto your hair will dry it out, so instead spray the fragrance on your brush before running it through your hair. This way, your hair will be lightly scented and undamaged.


Don't store perfume in your bathroom

Heat, light, and humidity will break down the perfume and lessen the quality and intensity of the fragrance. Instead, store your perfume bottles in a cool, dry place.



What's you favourite perfume? Tell me in the comments section below!


xoxo, Cosette


Sunday, January 30, 2022

Weekly blog recap 24 - 30 January

January 30, 2022 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Unfortunately, this past week, I experienced some problems with my blogging platform. I was having trouble uploading pictures and editing text; for this reason, I was only able to publish two posts instead of three. But, do not worry! Luckily, I figured out what the problem was and, so far, everything seems to be back to normal! I have plenty of posts coming up, which I'm sure you'll enjoy reading. So, stay tuned! 😉

Here are the links to the two posts I did manage to publish:

Weekly Recap

January 25, 2022 - The many uses of hot water bottles

January 28, 2022 - Different types of nail files


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Thank you for reading; come back tomorrow for a new post! 

xoxo, Cosette

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

The many uses of hot water bottles

January 25, 2022 1 Comments

Hello everyone!


I'm a big fan of old-school hot water bottles. A hot water bottle can save you energy and money without sacrificing thermal comfort. That is only one of the reasons why I believe that a hot water bottle is a must-have in every household. These days hot water bottles come in all shapes and sizes. 

 

Hot water bottles can be great for keeping you warm, in addition, hot water bottles can be great for helping you relax, relieve stress, ease aches and pains, and get a good night’s sleep. All of these can be great for both your short and long term health.


Here is the list of the top things you can do with a hot water bottle:


red hot water bottle on pillow and red blanket

Keep warm

There are two main ways to keep warm with a hot water bottle. The first is by resting it on or close to your body, and the second is to use it to heat the inside of your bed or sleeping bag before entering.


Improve sleep 

For help getting to sleep, place a hot water bottle under your blanket at least 5 to 10 minutes before you intend to enter. Once you are ready to get in, it is advisable to remove the hot water bottle first.


Reduce stress

Hot water bottles are great at aiding relaxation and reducing stress and anxiety. That is because the heat stimulates blood flow and improves circulation around your body. Also, heat has the effect of making you more comfortable in your surroundings.


Ease aches and pains 

If you are suffering from aches and pains, use a hot water bottle to:

soft toys in bed with a hot water bottle

Cold therapy works better for inflammation and helps to reduce swelling, while heat therapy is ideal for reducing cramping and muscle spasms. Many hot water bottles can provide both forms of treatment. Instead of filling your bottle with hot water, fill it with cold water from the fridge, immediately turning it into a cold pack.


Make your four-legged friends more comfortable - 

Hot water bottles are safe for dogs and can provide warmth when a dog is resting at night. They are also great for healing purposes and can help with inflammation. You can also put a hot water bottle in a puppy’s bed. They will enjoy cuddling up against it. 


Safety first!

  1. When using a hot water bottle, make sure you follow the safety instructions.
  2. When preparing a hot water bottle for your dog, do not use boiling water.
  3. To avoid burns and similar injuries, always use a hot water bottle with a cover or wrap your bottle with a towel or blanket. 

Have a great day!





Sunday, January 23, 2022

Weekly recap 17 - 23 January

January 23, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


How was your week? Today is Sunday, which means: it's time for my weekly blog recap! In case you did not have time to read all three blog posts this week, here’s what you might have missed:


January 17, 2022 - DIY: Soothing and collagen-producing (vegan) face mask

January 20, 2022 - How to prevent chapped lips caused by wearing face masks 😷

January 22, 2022 - Beauty hack | You need to put this on your lips!

weekly recap collage

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Which blog post was your favourite? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Thank you for reading; come back tomorrow for a new post! 



Sunday, January 16, 2022

Weekly recap 10 - 16 January

January 16, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone! 


It's Sunday again! Another week has gone by so quickly. So, start the week off right by reading this weekly recap.


On Monday, I shared a list of self-care tips that can help you during your period. Then, on Wednesday, I wrote about the many benefits of keeping a journal. And finally, on Friday, I posted a list of the best teas (tisanes) to have when you are feeling under the weather. (links below)


weekly recap collage


January 10, 2022 - Ways to practice self-care during your period

January 12, 2022 - Ten (10) benefits of journaling

January 14, 2022 - Best teas to fight cold and flu symptoms


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Thanks for reading, and come back tomorrow for a new post! 




Friday, January 14, 2022

Best teas to fight cold and flu symptoms

January 14, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


Cold and flu season is here once again. If you are fighting a cold or the flu or searching for home remedies to help you get better, you've come to the right place!


Did you know that a simple cup of tea might be just what you need? This old home remedy has been helping people feel better for thousands of years. The hot liquid can soothe your throat and break up congestion. And, another benefit of tea is that it keeps you hydrated. When you are ill, it is recommended to increase the intake of fluids; tea is one of the healthiest drinks to include in your daily diet. Drinking more liquids will also help your body flush out toxins and other harmful bacteria and viruses. Consuming three to four cups of tea a day whenever you have a cold or flu will benefit you enormously.


You might be wondering which is the best tea to have when you are feeling under the weatherHere are fourteen (14) of the most soothing varieties to try:


woman relaxing with a mug in her hands

  1. Green tea for immunity against viruses
  2. Peppermint tea for relieving cough and congestion
  3. Black tea for relieving body aches
  4. White tea for killing pathogens causing cold
  5. Ginger tea for relieving sore throat and nausea
  6. Elderberry tea for quick recovery
  7. Lemon tea for a boost of vitamin C
  8. Hibiscus tea for boosting immunity
  9. Clove tea for relieving excessive coughing
  10. Chamomile tea for better sleep
  11. Echinacea tea for prevention and faster recovery
  12. Cinnamon tea for easing a sore throat
  13. Slippery Elm tea for soothing a sore throat 
  14. Marshmallow Root tea for calming an irritated throat


These teas and tisanes (herbal teas) have many other health benefits; I only included those related to cold and flu symptoms. So, curl up on the sofa under a warm blanket with a cup of tea. These teas will provide you with instant relief from your cold and flu symptoms.


Related post: Six (6) teas I always have in my pantry 


If you are fighting a cold or flu, I wish you a speedy recovery!