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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Nails Of The Day (NOTD): Birthday confetti

May 30, 2013 3 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today is my 28th birthday and this is a special NOTD post! (tutorial below J)



These are the perfect nails for your birthday or any fun spring/summer event.

  


I started with a coat of white polish, the white will make the bright colours on top of it pop!  Then I used a dotting tool/head of a bobby pin dipped in the polish to create the confetti.  I used neon pink, orange and orange glitter.  To create some contrast and add some sparkle, I finished with a gold glitter top coat.

I love the end result!  I hope you like it too.


XOXO
Euphrasie85

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Oily scalp and greasy hair!

May 25, 2013 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

If you have an oily scalp,  it can be tough to keep your hair from getting greasy.  Here are some easy things you can do to reduce greasy hair...

Cleansing & conditioning tips:
  • Wash your hair frequently but not every day.  It's recommended that you only wash it every 2-3 days.
  • Use a clarifying shampoo once a month.  This type of shampoo is designed to remove any build-up of grease and hair product.  Do not use a clarifying shampoo every day though, as this will over-strip your hair, causing it to produce more oil in response.
  • Try to use a conditioner just for the lower half of your hair.
  • If your hair is dry at the ends and oily at the roots then condition your hair first and then shampoo your roots.
  • If your hair is very oily, you may be tempted to not use conditioner.  However, if you have long hair, it is best to condition the ends to stop them from drying out.
  • Rinse your hair with warm water and then close the cuticle with cold water to add shine.  Try a small amount of apple cider vinegar as a final rinse (1 tablespoon per 8 fl oz /236 ml of water).  The smell goes away as the hair dries.
  • You can also use dry shampoo to make your hair look less greasy.
Styling:
  • Don't use too much styling products or you'll weigh your hair down and residue could accumulate.  Stay away from “wet look” gels, because they will make your hair look greasy when it's not!
  • Brush only as much as needed to make your hair neat.  Do not over-brush your hair as brushing  increases oil production.

  • Avoid touching your hair as much as possible.
  • Avoid straightening your hair.  The heat from the blow dryers and straighteners makes your scalp produce more sebum.
  • Embrace your curls!  Sebum moves more slowly through curly hair.  This is why curly haired people tend to have dry hair!  If you've have natural waves or curls, flaunt them! J
What causes "oily hair"?      
Excess sebum on the scalp causes "oily hair".  Here are some factors that can accelerate oil production:
  1. Intense heat and humidity 
  2. Sweating
  3. Puberty and other hormonal changes 
  4. Some medications that affect hormones
  5. Touching and playing with your hair frequently
  6. Frequent brushing
  7. Pollution
  8. Stress

Often greasy hair is an issue only during puberty and with time the problem fades, but unfortunately this is not always the case.
I hope you find this helpful!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

To mothers everywhere...

May 12, 2013 0 Comments
Today, many countries celebrate Mother’s Day around the world with varying traditions.  On this day I would like to wish all the loving mothers everywhere a very Happy Mother's Day!
The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness. 
- Honoré de Balzac

The phrase "working mother" is redundant.  - Jane Sellman

One good mother is worth a hundred schoolmasters. - George Herbert

All women become like their mothers.  That is their tragedy.  No man does.  That's his.  - Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, 1895

Love your mother, the most beautiful person on this earth.  Our best critic yet our strongest supporter. - Author Unknown

Check out last year's Mother's Day post: Mother's day at-home spa experience!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Tips for strong and healthy nails

April 21, 2013 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Check out this list of things you can do to maintain strong and healthy fingernails. 
P.S. - If you want more detailed information, check out the related posts linked at the end of this post! 
  • Stop biting and picking your nails.
  • When filing, always file in a single direction.  Never saw back and forth!
  • Make sure you’re using the right file; you don't want to use a grit that's too high for your nails.
  • Use an acetone free nail polish remover, acetone will dry out your nails.
  • Give your cuticles a much needed massage.  Use cuticle oil or olive oil to massage your cuticles and nails after you have removed polish.
  • Let your nails breath!  Try to give your nails a break from nail polish, at least for 24hrs once a week.  This will also help keep that dreaded yellow stain at bay. 
  • Buff once every couple of weeks.


  • If your nails are extra brittle and prone to breakage keep them short and use a nail strengthener consistently! 
  • Wear rubber gloves when using household cleaners to provide a barrier of protection against harmful chemicals.
  • Apply sunscreen before going under a UV light.  You can never be too safe!
  • Smooth away dryness with a moisturising hand cream.
  • Always keep a nail file handy for emergencies.
  • Never use your nails as a tool to peel or scratch anything off.
  • And last but not least, maintaining a healthy, balanced diet will also result in stronger nails.

For more details check out the related posts below!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

Related posts:


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Sunday, April 14, 2013

DIY: Blotting sheets

April 14, 2013 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Most of us deal with oily skin at one point or another, especially during the warmer months.  The most common way that people get rid of oil on their faces is by applying more product but this results in a "cakey face"!

A much better way to get rid of oil on your skin, without messing up your make-up is by blotting - using a paper-like material to soak up the oil on your face.

You can buy your blotting sheets, or you could also make your own for a much cheaper price.  Here’s how…
 
You will need:
  • Wrapping tissue paper - a type of thin, translucent paper used for wrapping presents and cushioning fragile items.
  • Scissors

Method:
  1. Find some wrapping tissue paper!  Even if you do not have old wrapping tissue on hand, buying a pack will be cheaper than buying the actual oil blotting sheets.
  2. You could either, fold the paper/s in half and cut along that line.  Repeat this process as many times as you see fit.  Store the sheets in a small envelop.  Or you could also cut the paper into circles and store the sheets in an empty loose powder case.
  3. Blot away! I find that these work just as well as any store brand I tried. 

Note:
Some people suggest using toilet seat covers as blotting paper.  That is a good idea only if you intend to buy a pack of toilet seat covers.  NEVER use those found at public restrooms.  Besides having contact with a lot of people’s hands, the cover dispenser is constantly sprayed by the toilet water (whenever the toilet is flushed).  Yuck!

Let me know if you try this DIY!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

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Saturday, April 06, 2013

DIY: Simple hand/body scrub

April 06, 2013 2 Comments

Hello everyone!

This is a recipe for a simple DIY scrub with few ingredients.  This scrub will remove dead skin cells and leave you with soft, touchable skin.  Scrubbing off the top layer of dry skin is the quickest way to soften the skin and take years off your hands.  Use on hands and feet, or whole body.

Ingredients:

White/Brown sugar or Salt
Olive oil
Water



Method:
  1. Mix half a cup of sugar or salt, 3 tablespoons of olive oil and 3 tablespoons of water in a bowl until fully blended.
  2. Apply mixture to your skin and rub in a circular motion.
  3. Rinse with water until you can no longer feel the grains of sugar/salt.
  4. Towel dry and apply a moisturising lotion.

Tips:
  • If you use sugar, you can even use it after shaving as the sugar doesn't sting like salt does.
  • Use on elbows and knees as well to reveal smoother skin.


Have an awesome weekend!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

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