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Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Make your lipstick last longer

October 09, 2013 6 Comments
Hello everyone!

Here’s how to make your lipstick last, so you don't have to keep re-applying throughout the day.  All you need to do is follow these few simple steps.

You will need:
  • lip scrub
  • lip balm
  • nude lip liner
  • your favourite lipstick
  • translucent powder




Method:

  1. Lightly scrub your lips. You can use one of my recipes; DIY Simple scrub or DIY Yummy scrub or you could also use a damp toothbrush to get rid of dull, dry skin cells. 
  2. Apply a moisturising lip balm on the lips to hydrate the skin.  Allow the product to sink in for a few minutes before moving on to the next step.
  3. Blot with a tissue to remove any excess cream.
  4. Line and fill in the entire lip with a pencil to create a base for the lipstick to cling to.  Choose a shade that’s close to your natural colour. 
  5. Using a brush, blend a layer of lipstick into the lips.  Apply your first coat, blot with a tissue, and apply again.
  6. Place a thin layer of tissue over the lips and apply loose or pressed translucent powder through the tissue to set the lipstick in place. 


Tip: If you are in a hurry, you can skip steps 1-3.  Just apply, blot, repeat and powder. 


If you have more tips on how to make your lipstick last longer, leave a comment below.


XOXO
Euphrasie85

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

5 Ways to use coconut oil in your beauty routine

September 28, 2013 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

A couple of weeks ago, I talked about different beauty oils.  Today, I wanted to expand on one of them in particular – coconut oil!  
Coconut oil is used in many natural beauty products, and for good reason:  It's naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal  it's an excellent moisturiser, it can penetrate hair better than other oils, and it also smells heavenly. 

Below are 5 different ways to incorporate coconut oil into your beauty routine.



To shave your legs
Coconut oil makes an amazing shaving cream substitute.  Conventional shaving cream is a cocktail of chemicals that you don't want on your skin.  Coconut oil, on the other hand, is all natural and smells divine. Plus, its skin-soothing properties will leave your legs looking hydrated (but never greasy).

As a deep hair conditioner
Coconut oil is one of the few oils that can be fully absorbed into the hair shaft, instead of just sitting on the surface.  Apply a quarter-size blob to your dry hair.  Once you've distributed it throughout your hair, wrap your hair on top of your head and wait 30 minutes (or you can even leave it on overnight). You'll want to place a soft towel over your pillow or sleep in a shower cap.  In the morning, cleanse and condition as usual.

To remove eye make-up
Coconut oil is one of the gentlest ways to remove make-up   Apply some to your eye area, and wipe off with a warm, damp towel.  You’ll be amazed at how fast it works!  The best part is that any leftover oil will hydrate the gentle skin around your eyes and even decrease fine lines.  And yes, coconut oil even works on waterproof mascara!  

As a body moisturiser
To give your skin a silky glow, apply coconut oil right after you step out of the shower.  Be careful though – a little goes a long way.

In a luscious body scrub
Who needs to buy body scrub when you can make your own?  Melt ½ cup of coconut oil at very low heat. Pour it over 1 cup of brown (or white) sugar and stir well.  Coconut oil also has anti-fungal properties, so it makes a great foot scrub as well.

Have you ever used coconut oil?  What are some other natural oils you use in your beauty routine?  Tell me in the comments below!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Nail bed rehab!

September 18, 2013 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Do you have short nail beds or long nail beds?  What’s the difference anyway?  


The size and shape of the nail should be in proportion to the size and shape of the nail bed.  When your nails are within proportion, they are at their strongest and most attractive.

I recently noticed that my nail beds are a lot shorter than they used to be.  How did this happen?



thought about it and I realised that I am constantly scooping under my nails every time I wash my hands (and that's like a gazillion times a day!).  Now that I am aware of this “bad habit” I am trying my best to stop doing it.  I hope that if I stop “scooping”, my nail beds can grow back to the length they used to be.  

I read somewhere that once you damage your nail bed it cannot grow back.  On the other hand, my mum used to bite her nails and she used to have short nail beds.  Now four years after she stopped biting her nails, her nail beds are much, much longer. 

Here is what I’m doing at the moment:
  • Not “scooping” under my nails when washing my hands.
  • Using a nail brush to clean under my nails.
  • I push back my cuticles and moisture my hands and nail (at least once a day).
  • Keeping nails at a shorter length to prevent breakage.
  • Not clipping my nails all the way down.
  • Using only a gentle nail file to shape my nails.
  • Keeping nails painted so that I am less likely to see anything under the nails and try to clean it out.


I really hope this works.  If you have any suggestions, leave a comment below!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Which beauty oil is best for your skin?

September 14, 2013 4 Comments
Hello everyone!

With tons of skincare products claiming to normalize your skin’s natural oil production, it might seems crazy to want to add more oil to your beauty routine.  But whatever skin issue you may be having, there is a natural oil that can help.  Check out these 16 amazing oils below



Do you use any beauty oils on you skin?  Write you favourite beauty oil in the comment section below!  My favourites are tea tree, olive, coconut and evening primrose. 

XOXO
Euphrasie85

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Nature's perfect skin care product?

September 11, 2013 6 Comments
Hello everyone!
After a long hiatus, I'm back with another natural DIY beauty recipe.
Watermelon isn't just a sweet summer treat; it makes a great ingredient for a DIY toner too. 
Watermelon can be used both internally and externally for its beauty benefits.  It can benefit both the skin and the whole body with its vitamins and nutrients.  Watermelon can act as an exfoliant and will cleanse and tone your skin as well.  Watermelons could just be nature's perfect skin care product.

Ingredients:
  • ½  cup watermelon
  • 1 tablespoon witch hazel 
  • 1 tablespoon distilled water




Method:
  • Blend the watermelon in a food processor or blender (including seeds), until smooth.
  • Pour the watermelon puree in a bowl, add the witch hazel and water, and mix well.
  • Pour the mixture into a clean container with a tight-fitting lid. 
  • Before applying the watermelon toner to your face, first test it on your inner arm
  • Pull your hair away from your face, wash and pat dry your face.
  • Soak a cotton ball/pad with the toner and apply to your face.
  • Allow the toner to stay on your face for a few minutes, rinse and moisturise as usual.  
  • The toner should last for about a week stored in your refrigerator.
If you try this DIY toner, leave a comment below.  I would love to know your opinion!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

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Tuesday, August 06, 2013

DIY: Enzyme peel mask

August 06, 2013 2 Comments
Hello everyone!

Here’s another kitchen “pantry” recipe, your very own home made enzyme peel mask.   There are plenty of different recipes, but this one is my personal favourites.
  

Why is exfoliation so important?  Dead skin cells, besides leaving behind a dull complexion, can clog your pores, causing breakouts and blackheads.
Fruit enzymes are the gentlest type of chemical exfoliation.  Enzyme exfoliation removes dead skin cells by biological action rather than physical abrasion. Unlike scrubs, this peel mask is safe to use on fragile capillaries and sensitive skin.

Ingredients (preferably certified organic):
  • 3 tablespoons of ripe papaya
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice


Why is a papaya-honey-lime mask a fantastic choice?  Papaya is naturally high in healing enzymes, which means that it literally “eats” dead skin cells.  Lime is known for its skin brightening properties, the citric acid will aid the papaya in the removal of dead cells, while honey is extremely hydrating and also helps to clear blemishes.  For more information, check out the related posts below! 

Method:
  • It is super simple to make this mask all you have to do it puree everything together and you are good to go.  
  • You can use a blender if you like, but a fork and a little elbow grease should do just fine.
  • Apply the mask evenly over your clean face, massaging with your fingers to increase circulation and to allow the enzymes to penetrate the skin.
  • Leave the mask on for 15 to 20 minutes and then rinse off with warm water.  
  • Gently pat dry with a soft towel.


If you decide to try this enzyme peel mask, leave a comment and let me know!  

XOXO
Euphrasie85

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