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Friday, January 28, 2022

Different types of nail files

January 28, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


As we all know, a nail file is a tool used to gently grind down and shape the edges of nails. Nail files may be emery boards, ceramic, glass, crystal, plain metal files or metal files coated with corundum. The surface of a nail file is referred to as its grit. The smaller the grit number is, the coarser a nail file is and vice versa. I’ve put together a list of nail file types available to help you select the best nail file for your nails.


getting a manicure


Emery board

Emery boards are the most accessible nail files. Their biggest downfall is that they cannot be cleaned as their base is cardboard. Emery boards are available with different grit sizes. The coarser side is used to file down the nails, whereas the finer side is used to shape them.


Double-sided nail file

These nail files have two grits, a lower and a higher grit. A double-sided emery board with a 180/240 grit, is strong enough to remove length but will not damage your nails. Anything less than 180 grit could damage your nails. 


Ceramic /Glass / Crystal nail file

A ceramic/glass/crystal nail file is the ideal file to use to smooth down your nails. These files can be cleaned, making them the most hygienic. Note that a lower grit nail file is still necessary to file down nails.


Metal nail file

The metal nail file comes in most manicure sets and is easily available. However, it is not ideal for natural nails. The low grit can be damaging, as it can weaken and cause splintering. It can be used on acrylic nails, though.


Buffing block

A buffing block usually has four different grits ranging from low grit to file nails and an extremely high grit to polish your nails. Buffer blocks are very versatile because they can smooth out ridges, make your nails look shiny and even polish them.



Remember never to file your nails back and forth as it will weaken the nails. 



Tuesday, January 25, 2022

The many uses of hot water bottles

January 25, 2022 2 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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Thank you for reading; come back tomorrow for a new post! 



Saturday, January 22, 2022

Beauty hack | You need to put this on your lips!

January 22, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


My previous post was about preventing chapped lips caused by wearing face masks. This post is also all about lip care. This time I want to share a beauty hack with you!


When it comes to anti-ageing skincare, lips tend to be neglected. Ironically, lips are one of the first and most prominent areas that show signs of ageing. As we age, lips start losing volume and lines and wrinkles accumulate over time. If you're a smoker or someone with the habit of puckering your lips, wrinkles can form sooner than you think.


female puckering lips


The skin around the eyes and on the lips is very similar. In fact, you can find many eye-lip combo creams on the market. Both areas are made up of the thinnest skin on the face. Because the skin is so thin, these areas also lack sebaceous glands. Since the skin on these areas doesn't produce any oil, both areas are more prone to dryness, which means that they’re also prone to showing signs of ageing faster than other parts of the face. Additionally, the lip area is constantly moving, so like the eye area, it's even more prone to lines and wrinkles.


Related posts: Eye cream or no eye cream?


This is why it makes sense to use your eye cream for both the eye and lip area. Eye cream is made with extra-nourishing ingredients. You just have to add your leftover eye cream or serum to your lips (and upper lip) after dabbing your eye area!



Will you be using eye cream on your lips too? 





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!



Monday, January 17, 2022

DIY: Soothing and collagen-producing (vegan) face mask

January 17, 2022 1 Comments

Hello everyone!


Today I want to share another vegan DIY beauty recipe with you, this time a soothing and collagen-producing face mask. All you need are three simple ingredients you probably already have at home.


Ingredients:


  • 1 ripe banana
  • ½ a cup of cooked oats
  • ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon

banana, cooked oats and cinnamon


Here's how it works:


  • Bananas are amongst the top three most nutritious fruits. They contain large amounts of magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, iodine and vitamin A, B, E, and F. Vitamin A in bananas promotes skin-cell turnover.
  • Applying cooked oatmeal to the skin can reduce skin redness and inflammation.
  • Cinnamon contains cinnamaldehyde (the organic compound that gives cinnamon its flavour and colour), which increases collagen levels. This means that when cinnamon is applied to the skin or ingested, collagen levels will increase.


Method:


  1. Cook the oatmeal.
  2. Mash the ripe banana in a bowl and add to the oatmeal.
  3. Add the cinnamon.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Allow the oatmeal to cool and then apply to the face. 
  6. Leave on for 10-15 minutes. 
  7. Rinse with tepid water.


Similar posts:


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DIY: Vegan face mask for acne-prone skin

DIY: Anti-ageing vegan mask

DIY: Banana hair mask

DIY: Honey and cinnamon facial mask/spot treatment

Cruelty-free ingredient swaps for DIY beauty recipes


Talk to you soon!