Sunday, July 5, 2015

The best sunglasses for your face

Hello everyone!

A while back, I posted a quiz to help you
 determine your face shape.  I also told you that knowing your face shape is essential when choosing your eyebrow shape and glasses, among other things.  


(If you are not sure what your face shape is, click here to take the quiz.  And to choose the most flattering eyebrow shape, click here.)  

Today's post will help you choose the best sunglasses for your face shape.  If you want to find out more keep reading!


Different sunglasses look better on different face shapes.  Sure, you could try different sunglasses out until you find a pair that work for you, but if you need a little help, check out these tips...




Heart-shaped face: Any frames that are wider on the top than they are on the bottom work well.





Round face shape: Oversized, rectangular, and angular frames set off roundness.



Oval face shape: You can pull off any round or square frame.  Keep proportion in mind, and try not to go too big or too small for your face.




Square face shape: To soften your strong features, choose sunglasses with soft lines or rimless edges. 


I usually wear retro square or oversized sunglasses.  Which style is your favourite?  







Related posts:

Quiz: What's your face shape?
The best eyebrows for your face

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Sunscreen ingredients to avoid! | A safer alternative

Hello everyone!

My previous post was all about SPF and misconceptions about sunscreen.  Read it here.  Today's post is about sunscreen ingredients you should avoid!

So, what’s wrong with our sunscreens?
Research has found that many sunscreens contain chemicals that mess with our hormones and can play a significant role in cancer development.  You should avoid these chemicals and find a safer alternative.  


Active ingredients in sunscreens come in two forms, mineral and non-mineral/chemical filters.  Each ingredient has different uses for protecting the skin and keeping its stability under sunlight.  Yet each may be hazardous to human health

The most common sunscreens on the market contain chemical filters.  These products typically include a combination of two or more of these active ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzoneoctisalateoctocrylenehomosalate, octinoxateretinyl palmitate and paraben preservatives.  

Mineral sunscreens use zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide.  Also, a small amount of sunscreens combine zinc oxide with chemical filters.

Read the infographic below and learn why you need to skip sunscreen products that contain these chemicals.


Looking for a safer alternative?  Why not try to make your own sunscreen using the ingredients below?


You can find the recipe, here!


Does your favourite sunscreen contain any of the above mentioned hazardous ingredients?  Will you be making your own sunscreen this summer?  Do you want more DIY sunscreen recipes?  Do let me know in the comments below!  






Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Here comes the sun(screen)

Hello everyone!

Believe it or not, there are still a lot of misconceptions about sunscreen.  Today's post aims at clarifying some of those misconceptions.  Let's get started!


Truth or Fiction?

You don't need sunscreen if you have dark skin or already have a tan. 
Fact: Everybody, regardless of race, ethnic origins and skin type is subject to the damaging effects of exposure to the sun. 

Sunscreen, with SPF-30 provides twice as much protection as SPF-15. 
Fact: NO.  Here's an SPF guide:
SPF 15 - 1/15 of the UVB rays get through to your skin - blocking about 93%.
SPF 30 - 1/30 of the UVB rays get through to your skin - blocking about 97%. 
SPF 50 - 1/50 of the UVB rays get through to your skin - blocking about 98%.

Waterproof sunscreen provides "all day protection" and does not need to be re-applied. 
Fact: Waterproof sunscreens loses some of their effectiveness after 40 minutes. 

Cloudy days limit the power of the sun's rays. 
Fact: 80% of the sun's ultraviolet rays can pass through clouds. 

Using sunscreen will prevent skin cancer. 
Fact: NO.  Some researchers even blame sunscreen use for encouraging people to stay in the sun longer than they should.  You should also avoid some of the chemicals used in sunscreen such as para-aminobenzoic (PABA), and oxbenzone.
  • There is no rating system for UVA protection.
  • Most sunscreens are good at blocking UVB rays (the ones that burn) but not UVA (the ones primarily responsible for DNA damage and melanomas).
  • Very High SPF numbers (SPF-100+) are mostly marketing ploys.  SPF-30 is enough. 

Here Comes the Sun(Screen)
Via: Best Nursing Masters Degrees

Some positive effects of UVA
  • Helps with Vitamin D production: strengthens bones, muscles and the body's immune system.  It may lower the risk of getting some kinds of cancers such as colon cancer. 
  • Helps some skin conditions. 
  • Helps moods - sunlight stimulates the pineal gland in the brain to produce certain chemicals called 'tryptamines'.  These chemicals improve our mood.

Protection: A timeline
  • Ancient Egyptians used potions to ward off tan and also heal damaged skin.  Some of those ingredients were rice bran extracts (today, gamma oryzanol), jasmine and Lupine extract. 
  • Early 1930s: First sunburn cream produced by South Australian chemist HA Milton. 
  • 1936: First sunscreen debuts by Eugene Schueller, founder of L'Oreal Company. 
  • 1938: SPF factor developed.  First commercially available screen had SPF 2. 
  • 1944: Remember the Coppertone girl.  She took a first bow this year 
  • 1980: Coppertone developed the first UVA/UVB sunscreen.
If you want to make your own all-natural sunscreen, click here for the recipe!



Related post:

Sunscreen 101


Monday, June 29, 2015

Coconut craze | Homemade beauty products

Hello everyone!

Who needs toxic beauty products when you can make your own all-natural products for a fraction of the cost?!  Coconut oil beauty products are the most popular beauty products on the market.  I love coconut oil!  You can make everything from toothpaste to sunscreen using coconut oil as the main ingredient.  



Check out these blog posts to learn more/view additional DIY beauty recipes using coconut oil:

And for more recipes, check out this infographic by Health Perch:  A guide to homemade coconut oil beauty products.

10 Recipes for Homemade Coconut Oil Beauty Products - Make Your Own Coconut Oil Beauty Products
"A Guide to Homemade Coconut Oil Beauty Products" on Health Perch



I have tried all of these recipes, except two; the eyeliner and the sunscreen.  What's your favourite way to use coconut oil?  Also, if you like to try some DIY make-up recipes, check out: How to create your own make-up.







Saturday, June 27, 2015

{Haul} Born Pretty Store

Hello everyone!

I hope you had a great week!  Today I will be showing you what I bought from Born Pretty Store.  If you have never heard of BPS, read this first:  Have you heard of Born Pretty?


Let's get started!  The very first thing that I added to my shopping cart was this colour changing rose red lip balm.  I actually bought two and I'm very glad I did.  This lip balm is fantastic!  The green looking product you can see below, is actually a very moisturising, long-lasting pink lip balm.  And, it stays on for hours without fading!



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I also bought some jewellery and accessories, namely; four pairs of earrings, two necklaces and a wrist watch.  Take a look:

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And from the hair decorations section, I bought some hair pins.  The site shows a pack of 60 hair pins but instead I got three packs of 20.  It does not make any difference to me but I just wanted to let you know!


I also ordered 2 "mystery/lucky bags"; a jewellery and accessories lucky bag and a make-up lucky bag.  Here's what I got:


My jewellery and accessories lucky bag contained...

a spiky double ring...

a cute pair of earrings...

a multi-chain bracelet...

and a bunny ears silicone hair band.



Whereas my make-up lucky bag contained...

a make-up sponge...

a double layer make-up palette with mirror, 8 shimmery eye-shadows...

2 blush colours and a powder...

and a liquid eyeliner.


The products were true to photos for the most part, and the quality was impressive for such low, inexpensive prices.  You may find these items and many more at Born Pretty Store.  Use my coupon SETT10 for 10% off to save even more!


I will also post a FOTD using my make-up "lucky bag" products soon, so make sure you check back for that! 
Did you enjoy this haul?  What did you like the most?  Do let me know in the comments below.