The Free Nail Whitening Hack

I have always had an issue with my nails. I started applying nail polish 10 to 15 years ago and have done so religiously on a weekly basis. I do my best to apply a good base coat to protect my nails but somehow they seemed to turn yellow after each polish application and removal. My panic increased with each time, I knew I had to let my nails breathe but I would be so embarrassed by their yellowish tint that I’d apply another color to hide the shame, and so the vicious cycle continued. Any regular manicured gal will agree that this is the worst situation! I tried so many products, cosmetic and pharmaceutical; they can be quite pricey but to no avail. They only give the illusion of whiter nails but do little to fix the problem. read more

A Ritual For Soft Hands

Who among us doesn’t suffer from dry flaky skin during the winter? It truly is a dilemma when the harsh cold weather strips the moisture from our skin, causing damage. Our hands in particular are constantly exposed, and if you want something a bit more efficient than lotion, give the following a try.

Last night I thought of pampering my hands in a little scrub I made up. Now I’m sure this exists somewhere and it isn’t an invention, but here’s what I did.

1. I got a plastic bowl and filled it up with hot tap water. read more

DIY French Tip Nails

French tip nails are not impossible to do at home, and they are easier than they seem. On Sunday morning while chilling at home, I decided to give it a try. I have done this type of manicure before on my own but never with the Sally Hansen kit I had bought in the summer.

First I applied a base coat which is the hardener I always apply before painting my nails.

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Next I used the White Tip across the tip of my nails in an arch form without the use of tape. I applied it twice before using the Sheer Romance also twice. read more

D.I.Y. Body Scrub

If you don’t have a store bought body scrub, or simply want to try a natural one using household ingredients, it is easier than you think.

What you need is the following:

1 ripe banana

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix the ingredients in a bowl with a fork, but don’t allow them to lose the thick texture. Pat the mix all over your body in the shower, then rinse with warm water.

The sugar scrubs dead skin cells and rejuvenates the skin, and the vitamins in the banana help maintain the skin’s elasticity. Give this scrub a try and let me know what you think! 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

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

Shiny Hair Secret

What if I told you that the secret to healthy shiny hair is in your kitchen cabinet?

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Yep, olive oil and honey make for a perfect combination for your hair, be it frizzy, dull, rough, or even if it has dandruff and split ends. Olive oil has a fatty acid that coats each hair and protects it from being damaged with the use of hair dryers, flat or curling irons, and helps it look shiny. Honey is a conditioner and keeps the scalp healthy.

Try this Do-It-Yourself hair mask (I do it from time to time and it works wonders) from the comfort of your own home. read more