Sunday, April 21, 2013

Tips for strong and healthy nails

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:


Photo from here.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

DIY: Blotting sheets

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

Photo from here.

Saturday, April 06, 2013

DIY: Simple hand/body scrub


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

Similar post:

Photo from here.

 

Protected by Copyscape