Product Review: Chanel Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil

When it comes to my skin tone, I would say I am neither pale nor tan, which makes it hard for me to understand why I have fine and light eyebrows. When applying make up they tend to fade under the foundation, so I must fill them with an eyebrow pencil. I had previously tried more than one type of product, and I finally settled on Chanel Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil. I use number 30 Brun Naturel, it suits my natural hair color and doesn’t make my eyebrows pop out in an overpowering way.

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This is the kit, it comes with a special Chanel sharpener. read more

How To Avoid Stretch Marks

If you are pregnant or thinking of getting pregnant one day, or if you tend to gain and lose weight a lot, read on for my tried and tested tip to avoid stretch marks.

Stretch marks happen when the skin is expanding but is too dry and loses its elasticity. Some types of skin are more prone than others to develop them, and once they happen it is near impossible to fix them. I was fully aware of this when I began my pregnant journey. I don’t exactly remember where I heard that almond oil is more efficient than any type of cream, so I went ahead and bought a bottle from the pharmacy. I had previously tried it for a short period of time when I was on my pre-wedding diet. read more

Pamper Your Feet

As summer approaches, so does the hot weather, implying sandal season. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for a woman’s feet to be properly cared for. I see cracked soles and dry toes so many times, its unattractive and gives off a vibe of someone who isn’t too keen on hygiene.

I am a freak when it comes to being properly groomed, and I am going to share with you my foot care ritual. I do this all year long and not just in summer, and I recommend you do the same for soft feet. read more

Product Review: Chanel Hydra Beauty

Who among us doesn’t love Chanel? When I got the chance to sample their skincare line, I couldn’t say no. A big thank you to the ladies at the Chanel counter at the department store, this is my review for their ‘Hydra Beauty’ range.

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It has been over a month that I have started using this line. I had been using a BB cream for a short while before, so I got used to the daily coverage. The first day or two without my BB cream was awkward, I felt naked.

The daily procedure is as follows: Mornings I put the serum followed by the cream on my face avoiding the eyes, at night I apply the serum (the cream is optional at night). My skin is normal to dry, and a tad sensitive, so I used the cream for dry skin. Both the serum and cream smell heavenly, Chanel should consider bottling them as perfume! You only need a small amount and it spreads a lot, I am still on one of the tubes. My face stayed hydrated throughout the day, and even after a warm bath when my skin usually dries out, the serum would help regain its moisture. read more

Salon Nails at Home

Why is it that when we get our nails done at the salon, they last for a week, but when we do them at home they chip within a couple of days?

The secret isn’t the nail polish brand or quality. Its the top coat.

If you are anything like me and have a busy lifestyle, then you can relate to the hassle of going to a salon. For starters, booking an appointment isn’t easy, especially if you work full time,  post 5 o’clock is rarely available unless you reserve over a week in advance. If you aren’t certain of your schedule, committing to an appointment that early isn’t guaranteed. A lot of times the chit-chat at the salons gets shallow and gossipy, and if you want to keep to yourself and just get your nails done and be out, you will feel like an outsider and a little bothered. Or maybe you want to paint your nails from the comfort of your own home, in front of the TV with your pjs on, perhaps during the night. Mind you I am not a salon hater, I do frequent them but there are times when I just rather be a lazy couch potato. Even if you are a regular at the salon, keep a top coat of your choice in your beauty drawer, you never know when you might need it. read more

Product Review: Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula

I am in constant search for the perfect hair product, the one that will end my frantic curly hair misery. A year or so ago I was seeking out a coconut based hair product, as they are known to decrease hair loss, reduce split ends, and give an overall shine. I found Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula – Gel Curl Activator. It wasn’t all that bad, it gave my hair a glossy coat and smelled great.

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After a while, the tube was almost over and I moved on to another product. However recently I went back and searched for another coconut based hair care and found the one and only Palmer’s, except this time the Coconut Oil Formula was Moisture Gro. Of course I grabbed it and rushed back home to try it. read more

Custom Bubble Bath

Do you ever get the feeling of being drained with a hint of a headache after a long week of work? Well I was there last Friday night and I scanned my room for items I could put together for what I figured would be a solution. Yep, I’m talking about a bubble bath. Since I don’t have any special product for this, I decided to scramble various types of body washes, kind of like mixing ingredients for a recipe.

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I started running hot water and squeezing a bit of each of the items until the bath was full. I used the following products: read more

Braid Craze

One of the big hair trends of the moment is the braid. On the runway, they range from perfectly neat to boho messy, but that doesn’t mean you should match the braid to the occasion. You can wear a neat braid to the office or a casual night out the same way you can wear a messy one to a formal event. What is great about this trend is that it can save you from a potentially bad hair day while still looking stylish. If you are doing it at home, and don’t want to risk a failed elaborate braid, casually take your hair back into a low loose braid. Or better yet, take a strand of hair on either side of your head, twist into a braid and tie at the back, and you have the perfect crown. Take a look at these pictures for inspiration. read more

Cheap and Effective Wrinkle Care

Its never too early to start worrying about wrinkles, and although its a natural result of aging, it doesn’t mean we can’t try to keep them at bay. One of the causes of wrinkles is dry skin, and as the skin ages, it loses its ability to retain moisture. By keeping your skin moisturized and hydrated, you can slow down the process. The trick is petroleum jelly, namely Vaseline. This household product can replace hundred dollar creams and is just as effective. Try spreading a thin layer under and around your eyes at night before sleep, it locks in the moisture, and if you already have some wrinkles it can puff and smooth them out. Be careful not to put too much as it might cause acne and breakouts depending on your type of skin. Jennifer Aniston uses this under her eyes, and Marilyn Monroe on her face, to name just a few celebrities. I haven’t tried it on my face though so I can’t recommend it, I just ran into my bathroom to try it as I am writing this post but one time doesn’t qualify for a review, but under my eyes is a routine I started following religiously. Give it a try tonight! read more

Pores and Blackheads Removal

Its annoying how sunlight can expose the flaws you’ve been hiding all winter. Every hair, every pore, and the list goes on. One of the natural techniques I am incorporating into my beauty routine right now, is facial cleansing and removal of blackheads.

1. Rub a coin size of olive oil on your face, focus on the nose and forehead or any spot that has blackheads. Massage for 1 minute.

2. Wet a cloth with hot water, and press it on your face for a few seconds until the heat subsides.

3. Rinse the cloth and wet it again with hot water and rub your face gently to remove the olive oil. read more