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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

What is the best season to get pierced?

June 22, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


Summer has finally arrived, and this is the perfect time to show off a new ear or body piercing, especially since probably your clothes won’t be hiding it. Lucky, every time I post a piercing-related article on this blog, you seem to like it, which is great; because I love writing about this topic. In this post, I want to talk to you about when to get pierced. Is there a better season to get a piercing? Keep reading to find out!


black and while photo of woman with ear piercings

When is the perfect time to get pierced? What are the seasonal pros and cons to consider before going through with a piercing? Whether you choose to get your piercing during the hot summer months or the cooler winter once depends primarily on your lifestyle.


After your piercing, you can expect a 25-60% chance of slight swelling within the first 3 days. Circulation will increase, and blood will rush to the area. Areas with better blood circulation, such as earlobes, lips, nose and nipples, may experience up to 60% chance of swelling. 


During the warmer seasons, the steady blood flow to the pierced area increases, which can even speed up the healing process and flush away toxins on the skin. Remember that most piercings take around 6-8 weeks to heal. Most people want to head to the beach or pool for a swim but keeping the pierced area clean and dry (during the healing process) is vital. Therefore, getting your piercing in the springtime will allow enough healing time to show it off in the summertime!


piercing tools


During the colder seasons, certain areas like the ears and nose experience reduced blood flow due to the cold. However, less blood flow also means less possibility of swelling. When you get a new piercing, it’s best not to touch it to allow it to heal. One of the many benefits of getting a new piercing in the wintertime is that wearing layers of clothes will help prevent you from touching a new piercing. Still, you should be mindful of what winter clothes you wear; you want to avoid clothing that will catch on your piercing or rub against it.


As long as you follow the piercing aftercare, you can get a new piercing whenever is most convenient for you. 


I hope you found this post helpful. Are you planning any new piercings in the near future? Let me know in the comment section below!


Talk to you soon...




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 1 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

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!