Wander Catch The Light Highlighter


Hi, there my lovelies! Hope you had a lovely Saturday! Today I want to take the time and talk about the Catch the Light Highlighter from Wander Beauty.

Descriptions: It is a precise soft-focus highlighter that retails for $25.  It’s great to apply to hard-to-reach areas, such as underneath the brows, the inner corner of the eye are, and the Cupid’s bow. It is also Infused with vitamins and antioxidants, as is made to nourish and hydrate the skin. Wear it on bare skin or over foundation for a glowy look.

Verdict: I love the highlighter. I specially wear it when I am not wearing when I am not wearing any makeup and going for a no-makeup makeup look and just want the subtle yet radiant finish. I bought the moon highlight and I really like it. It’s a subtle shimmer and that’s what I was looking for.  Most of all, it’s portable, hence you can just put it in your purse.

Would you prefer a portable highlighter? Please comment below. I would really like to hear your feedback.

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How I Saved My Hair?


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Hi there my lovelies! Happy Friday everyone! Hope you are having a wonderful day. Are you suffering to bad hair day every day? Then look no further. I will share with you some tips that helped me save my hair from blah and yeah.

Not too long ago I had limp, straw-like, lifeless hair. Every time I let my hair down my dad and will ask me why did I not brush my hair. It was so embarrassing. I would not show my face to anyone without heat styling first. I was losing hair like crazy. There are no hair products that I didn’t buy. Every hair products that different hair stylists told including, Keratanase, Nioxin, PHYTO PHYTOCYANE, I have tried. However, nothing working for me.

After all that trying, I started listening to my hair. My hair is thin and wavy. It did not like any of these products when it kept falling like crazy with all these products, I knew that those products are not for me. I needed natural products for my hair care.

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Conditioning: Coming from a South Asian background I have seen some of my family members rely on oil to condition their hair. However, since I have applied oil to my hair, I knew that I had to start small. I applied a mixture of Castor Oil, Avocado Oil, Jojoba Oil, Rosemary Essential Oil, Almond oil, Vitamin E Oil, Coconut Oil, and Sesame Oil. I warm the oil and apply to my scalp and hair for better absorption. I would apply it and massage the warm oil in my skull and leave it overnight and wash it next morning. I do this every other week for conditioning my hair. This has really made my hair softer and

Scalp Message: Messaging skull stimulates your hair follicles, which in turns help with hair growth. It also boosts circulation. Get a massage tool for an at-home too. You can also pop into a salon every two weeks for a professional treatment.

Washing Less Often: I know this may not sound hygienic. I thought the same thing when one of my stylists said the same thing to me. However, washing your hair your frequently often strips of the scalp of natural oils and dry out hair. Hence, go longer between washes by going with a dry shampoo, getting creating with your braids. Your hair will thank you. I love the Ouai Dry Shampoo Foam available for $28, where I don’t have to worry about any white residues. At first, my hair still seemed greasy but I realized I was using too much product. The smell is amazing. I also love Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk ($20) that is enriched with oat milk to cleanse hair in minutes without water.

Wash You Hair with Cold Water: This is one mistake that I used to make by washing my hair with warm water not know that it strips your hair of its natural oils and even causes hair loss. Hence, now I washing my hair with cold water to close the hair follicles and lock in the moisture.

Ditch the Heat: I know it is very to completely get rid of all the heating tools. However, if you are absolutely going to use them please use a lower heat setting. It may take longer but your hair will look much healthier and stronger. Additionally, don’t forget to use a heat protectant spray or cream.

Detangler: To avoid losing my hair of the first thing that I did I stopped brushing my hair when it’s wet. Remember, when your hair is wet, it soft and is very vulnerable to breakage. Wait until it’s dry. Additionally, trying to brush on tangled hair lead to pulling and breakage. Hence, you should use the right hair brush and detangler or order to ensure minimal breakage. Brushes with stiff bristles can create split ends and dry out ends. I love the Tangle Teezer Original Detangling Brush ($15), Living Proof restore perfecting spray ($28) that not only conditions my hair but also works as a detangler as well.

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Keep Your Hair Hydrated: You moisturize your body every day with lotion, so why not your hair. I apply Christophe Robin Moisturizing Hair Cream with Sandalwood ($45) on my ends every day in order to keep them hydrated. I have never been happier.

DYI Conditioner to Clean Impurities: In addition to the above steps, I make sure I use all natural shampoo in my hair, which include Loreal EverPure Volume Shampoo and Conditioner ($7.99 each). They are cruelty-free, vegan products. There are no harsh sulfates, salts, or surfactants that can strip dull and damage hair. Once I condition my hair I further wash my hair with apple cider vinegar. You can wash with dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse ($35). I use Eden Foods Organic Apple Cider Vinegar ($13.99) with a little bit of peppermint oil rejuvenating the hair follicles and increasing healthy hair growth and lemon juice to treat dandruff. Also, the two ingredients address the smell of vinegar.

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Thanks to all the above steps, my hair looks much healthier and smoother than before. I also hear from my family and friends how much they love natural hair and waves without any heat styling. With few little steps, I love my hair. It went from oh no to oh yeah!!!

What are you doing to bring the wow factor to your hair? Please comment and let us know. I would really love to hear your feedback.

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Get Rid of the Pesky Oily Residue from Your Powdered Makeup


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Hi there lovelies! Hope you are having a wonderful Tuesday. Have ever had to deal with pesky oily residues ruining your powered foundation and eyeshadow? I know I have. Which of the following methods have you used to get rid of pesky oily residue from your powered makeup?

It oily residue houses scores of bacteria and makes the powered makeup (whether foundation or eyeshadow) almost useless. If you have used a knife to scrape off the oily part, it leaves a whole in the area and wastes a lot of the product.  However, there a simple DIY way to get rid of the oily residue just using common office supply: yes I am talking about tape.

Just use tape to get off those pesky little oily residues and you will able to use them again without the worry of bacteria filled oily residue covered your powered makeup. Additionally, you don’t have to waste makeup product by scraping the oily part off with a knife.

As you can see from the picture above tape will get rid of the oily residues in just minutes and you will not waste any of your makeup products. Was this DYI tip helpful to you or will recommend this DYI tip to others?

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BH Cosmetics Haul Away


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Hi there! I hope you are having a wonderful Thursday! It’s a beautiful weather here in the Washington D.C. Metro area with just 3 days to Christmas. I am so excited. So, my beautiful readers, I thought I would start the day my reviewing latest my haul away BH Cosmetics. Happy Readings!

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Baked and Beautiful ($12 on sale): This  portable collection of 20 baked and beautiful eyeshadows comes in shades that range from warm to cool tones complements every skin tone. The palette features 10 single shades and 5 duo shades to give you double the options to highlight, enhance and line your eyes to your heart’s content. These creamy, lightweight powders can be used wet or dry for a velvety, smooth finish that lasts all day. Colors blend seamlessly for a natural daytime look or can be layered to bump up the intensity.

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Ingredients: Mica, Talc, Nylon-12, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Butylene Glycol, Silica, Polysorbate 80, Phenoxyethanol, O-Cymen-5-ol. May Contain/Peut Contenir [+/-: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77491), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035)] <41150>

Verdict: I starting to become quite fond of this brand. The biggest plus size is I don’t have empty my wallet to get beautiful range of colors. The shades are amazingly pigmented and easy to use. This product for the subtle look. Trust me, this does not mean that I am going to stop buying palettes from Urban Decay or Anastasia Beverly Hills, or Too Faces. However, for the price you can get amazing looks from this brand.

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BH Costmetics’ Supernova – 18 Color Baked Eyeshadow Palette ($14) The ultra-soft shadows are buildable, blendable and guaranteed to put a sparkle in your eyes. Launch exciting looks from day to night — the sky is the limit! This is a companion collection to our Galaxy Chic Baked Eyeshadow Palette. This star-struck selection of super-pigmented, high-shine shades includes moody blues and greens, eye-popping teal and turquoise, plus deep neutrals for definition. 

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Ingredients:  Talc, Mica, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Silica, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain/Peut Contenir [+/-: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Manganese Violet (CI 77742)] <6714> WARNING: For external use only. Avoid direct contact with eyes and keep out of reach of children. Discontinue use if signs of irritation or rash appear.

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Verdict: If you are thinking Déjà vu, then you are not wrong. I have written review about this palette before. However, I loved it so much, that I decided to get another of this as a gift this time. This is a beautiful to palette to own, and for just $14 it’s worth every single penny. This a beautiful palette to have for the holiday. The only two colors that aren’t super pigmented are both of the white shades, but they’re both still really pretty on the brow bones.

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Floral Blush – Duo Cheek Color in Fiji Fun ($5.50 on sale): Put a natural-looking bloom in your cheeks with this versatile Floral Blush — convenient, compact combos of two complementary bright and deep blushes bursting with fresh, petal-soft color. Apply the bright shade for a healthy flush, and the deeper shade for added intensity, or swirl colors together for a multidimensional glow. Blushes come in a mirrored, magnetic case that fits easily into even the smallest handbag and are available in tones of pink, coral, berry, and bronze.

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Ingredients: Talc, Mica, Kaolin, Nylon-12, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, O-Cymen-5-Ol. May Contain/Peut Contenir [+/-: Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Red 27 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 6 Lake (Ci 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090)] <6305>

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Verdict: This duo blush is quite pigmented and buildable. I absolutely love the color. You can make it as simple or bright as you’d like. I like it and the colors are very nice. Just remember to just a light hand because the dark shade is very pigmented. Again, for less then $6, who would not love this blush?

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Oil-Free Makeup Removing Towelettes ($4): Dirt, oil and makeup are no match for this gentle, oil-free makeup removing towelette. In this product you will find blend of papaya, pineapple, cucumber, marshmallow and chamomile extracts along with vitamin E instantly soothes and refreshes the skin on contact. This is perfect for all skin types.

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Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate, Lauryl Glucoside, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate <5102>.

Verdict: some nights I’m way too tired to do an oil cleansing before a regular cleansing and these wipes come in handy for days like those. There is no harsh scent or perfume that’ll linger and give me a headache like other cleansing wipes I have tried. I wish I could only by these without paying shipping fee.

What is you favorite haul away. I would love to hear about your experience. Hope you enjoy this post as much as I have loved writing it.

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Winter Skincare


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Hi There! I wanted to re-share this article from the past year. This past week reminded us in the east coast of the how cold this winter might be. If the winter is anything like last year, then we are in for a brutal cold season. In the cold winter season, our skin becomes dry, dull, flaky, and sometimes even more reactive. Who wants to look like this especially during the holiday season?

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I for one fall, am in huge predicament each winter. My skin is so sensitive to the cold that my face becomes red and flaky and sometimes, I get hives from the cold. When I come home to warm indoor my skin becomes dry from the heating systems. If you go through the same experience as I do each winter there is a solution for your predicament.

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We don’t need to hide ourselves during the harsh winter season. We too can winterize our skin and embrace the warmth of the holiday season with open arms. First of all, just remember not all skin types are the same. Hence, the best option of course would be to go to an esthetician or dermatologist who can analyze your skin type, troubleshoot your current skincare regiment and advice on the best product for you.  However, since I already knew my skin type, I went to my local Body Shop, and talk to a store person there and ask them what to do. Since my skin is extra sensitive, they recommended their Aloe Vera moisturizer along with their Vitamin C regimen. I have to say, I did see a difference in my skin.

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For the winter, the key to winterizing your skin is moisturizing and hydration. Make sure that you choose an oil-based moisturizer, not a water-based one. Just as an example, lotions labeled as “Night Creams” are oil-based.  I use natural organic essential oils on my skin, but I am very careful as to how much I use on my skin since my skin can breakout quite easily. According to WebMD, olive oil, avocado oil, mineral oil, primrose oil, or almond oil will not clog your pores.  You can apply small amount to your skin. I always wipe away extra with a soft wet cloth.  According to New York Dermatologist, Dr. Doris Day, a little bit of almond and coconut oils massaged gently around the eyes can help hydrate wrinkly skin under the eyes, but take care not to get it in your eyes, she said.

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Every other night, I wash my face with a homemade scrub of with mixture of organic raw honey, organic extra virgin olive oil, and sugar. The honey is anti-inflammatory and a great moisturizer as well, and the scrub leaves my face soft and smooth.  It is also great for acne treatment, eye de-puffing and exfoliating scrubs. It’s excellent for treating eczema as well.  On the alternate days, I use mask made with organic raw honey, pure almond oil, avocado oil, and little yogurt. Yogurt is full of lactic acid that has wrinkle banishing properties.

In addition to moisturizing, I use the Body Shop Vitamin C Energizing Face Spritz that always gives me a boost of vitamin C and the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster and Body Shop Tea Tree Night Lotion. Every morning, I apply the Vitamin C Spritz along with Aloe Soothing Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 15 under my Smashbox Blemish Control Primer and makeup. Those who want higher SPF, Vitamin C Glow Protection Lotion SPF 30 is also a great option.

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Using sun screen is another key to winterizing your skin. Just Like your face, you aIso need to protect your hands and feet during the brutal winter months. In order to protect your hands, aways make sure that you wear your gloves when you go out In the cold weather. Additionally, always make sure that your hands are always moisturized. l rely on my eos Refresh Everyday Lotion in Cucumber to keep my hands hydrated. Derma Topix lntense Hand Lotion is another hand lotion that will give your chapped hands the intense moisture the cold and hersh winter months without the greasy feeling. As for your feet, if you never seem to find the time (and/or hate wearing socks overnight to help your foot cream soak in, as dermontologists so often advise), multi-task this with your workouts. Apply Aquafor under your socks before going to gym to deeply moisturize and reduce calluses and blisters too. My grandma always wore socks after applying pretroleum jelly to her feet and she always had baby soft feet until the day she passed away on her 84th birthday.

In addition, always wear sunglasses in protect your eyes from the sun. Wear sunglasses to protect the area around your eyes and your eyes themselves. You can get sunspots and even skin cancer on your eyelid. Furthermore, also make sure that your lips are moisturized as well. As I have mentioned in a previous post, eos Smooth Lip Balm Sphere in Mint is my favorite. Smooth on the refreshing essence of sweet mint lip balm and give your lips the moisture they crave. This lip balm is 95% organic, 100% natural, and paraben and petrolatum free. Packed with antioxidant-rich vitamin E, soothing shea butter and jojoba oil, it keeps your lips moist, soft and sensationally smooth.

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In conclusion, just because it’s winter it does not mean that your skin does not need protection from harmful UV ray. Follow these steps and you and your skin are ready to face the harsh winter. Nevertheless, not all skin types are the same, talk to you esthetician or dermatologist, or product store specialist. I know I am and my skin for sure are finally in the looking forward to this winter so far. How do you prepare for the winter. Happy reading!

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Correct Ways to Do Your Nails


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Hi There! I know that we love going to a manicurist to get our nails done however, if you follow the following steps you get can get your own perfect at home manicure and pedicure. Today, I will go over the steps you can follow to correctly do your nails.

1. Wash Your Hands:

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Ever notice how nail technicians put polish remover on your nails before painting them, even if you didn’t have polish on them in the first place? That is because your nails have natural oils (usually transferred from your finger tips), which can prevent polish from adhering correctly. What is a quick fix for that? Just remember to swipe your nails with polish remover before breaking out your base coat.  Then wash your hands with soap and water to get rid of any remaining film or oil.

2. File Your Nail in One Direction:

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If you’re treating your nail file like a saw, you’re making your nails more susceptible to peeling and breakage. That is not good. Here’s the right way to even out your shape. “Gently run the file across the nail in one direction, beginning at the outside edge and pulling toward the center,” says celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann. If your nails are already on the thinner side, Lippmann recommends holding the file flush to your nail, and tilting it so you file from slightly underneath. “This allows you to see exactly what you’re doing and helps protect against over-filing,” she says.

3. Exfoliate Your Cuticle:

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Contrary to popular belief, cuticle oils and cuticle removers are not one and the same—nor can they be used interchangeably. Oils help moisturize, while removers act like an exfoliating treatment for your nail beds. Start by massaging a cuticle treatment like Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Remover ($20, Sephora.com) into your cuticles, and gently push them back with an orange wood stick. “Not only does this help get the cuticle off the nail plate, but it also helps get rid of dead skin cells safely and effectively,” Lippmann says. Apply a cuticle oil after to add hydration.

4. Buff Your Nail:

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Buffing your nails is kind of like brushing your teeth—it’s brightening, it makes nails look more youthful, and it gets rid of ridges. Use a standard sponge buffing block, such as Sani-Block Fine/Super Fine — it’s soft, smooth, and not too abrasive. You can also use them on the sides of your fingers when they start to get dry and peel.

5. Apply Base Coat:

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I know it’s a given but don’t forget to apply the base coat. Not only does it protect your nails from stains, it also fills ridges and strengthens nails too. A bonus of all that: It’ll lead to a smoother polish application, meaning your manicure is less likely to chip. We love the Caption Polish Base Coat ($12, dermstore.com).

6. Use a Special Base Coat for Glitter:

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While we are on the topic of base coat, when you use your glitter and textured nail polish there are now peel-off ones that work wonders for removing tough-to-get-off textures like glitter. They’re particularly game-changing if you want a little sparkle on the weekends, but can’t show up to the office on Monday with your nails looking like a Kesha concert. I particularly like the OPI Nail Polish Glitter of Base Coat (Jet.com for $7.90). I also recommend Sally Hansen Big Peel Off Base Coat ($5.99 Ulta.com).

7. Don’t Apply Too Much Polish:

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Too much polish takes forever to dry, and you’ll be left with a bumpy finish. Remember to load enough to polish in brush to cover the nail in one coat. Stripe the nail three times: once down the middle, once on each side, and then repeat until you get your desired opacity. Furthermore, if you are not waiting at least one or two minutes before applying another coat of color or a topcoat, you’re not giving the solvents in your polish enough time to evaporate.  The longer you wait between coats, the more it’ll keep your color locked in.

8. Top Coat:

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One thing you should not skip on is putting on top coat.  If you don’t use a topcoat, your polish won’t last as long. Glamour recommends Nails Inc. 45-Second Top Coat With Kensington Caviar ($15, sephora.com) for its sleek, shiny finish and quick-dry formula. However, don’t be sloppy with your top coat. You may think top coats are clear and hence, invisible. However, topcoats tighten as they dry, which is what can cause those little ridges if you don’t put it on properly. Another downside: Those areas will also end up chipping faster. Furthermore, nicks and chips tend to happen most at the tip of the nail, and yet, many women neglect to give that part a little extra topcoat love. Take a topcoat like Morgan Taylor Make It Last ($8.50, loxabeauty.com) and run a horizontal swipe of it over the bottom edge of your nail after you do your last coat.  Let it dry, and repeat one more time.

9. Clean Your Cuticle:

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Want to give your manicure a salon finish? When you finish applying your topcoat, dip a thin cleanup brush in nail polish remover and lightly skim around the outer edge of the nail to remove any excess lacquer. This will help make the paint job look sharper and your manicure last longer. If you don’t own a striper brush, you can use a pointed cotton swab. I use nail polish remover on a pointed Q-tip, such as Q-tips Cotton Swabs, Precision Tips 170 ct (Pack of 3) to clean up my edges and make sure there’s never a speck of polish on my cuticles. Don’t dip your hand in cold water or blow on them to dry your polish faster.  Dipping your nail in cold water only changes the consistency of the polish, and  blowing on them does nothing to speed up the process. You also risk tiny drops of saliva getting on your nail, which can create bubbles in the polish. What can you do to dry or polish? I recommend  using a quick-dry spray because it’s designed to make polish oxidize from the inside out. If you smudge, there’s a fix for minor smudges, and it doesn’t require repainting your nails. Enter Kur Instant Smudge Fix by Londontown ($14, londontownusa.com)—or as we like to call it, the Mani Saver. If the smudge is light enough that you can’t see the nail through the polish, just slick one coat of this stuff over your whole nail, and let it dry for 30 seconds. Then reapply your topcoat. Your polish will look good as new.

10. Moisturize Between Polish Changes:

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A major part of manicure maintenance is keeping your nails and cuticles hydrated, especially when you are using your hands often (i.e. washing dishes, doing laundry, constantly typing, etc.). Apply cuticle oil to your  nails and cuticles every other day. This will restore moisture and also help prevent chipping and splitting.

Hope this tips will help you give your a salon quality DYI manicure and pedicure. Please let me know what if you find these tips helpful.

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Home Remedies For Skin


Today I want to bring to you some simple at home things you can do to make your skin healthier and treat every day skin problems. I came across this article at Women’s Magazine and I will share this with you today.  “Many of these over the counter treatments contain harsh chemicals that could be doing you and your skin more harm than good,” says New York-based dermatologist David Bank, M.D. “Studies have shown that you can take care of your skin with natural ingredients found at home.” Solve all of your skincare needs with these DIY fixes. Hope you start the year with beautiful glowing skin. Happy reading.

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  1. For oily skin we have Banana and Honey mask. Excess oil in our face can lead to blemishes and pimples. Bananas are among the most widely consumed fruits on the planet and, according to the US. Department of Agriculture, Americans’ favorite fresh fruit. It is high in potassium, magnesium, vitamin C, and B6. It is also high in anti-oxidants, which can protect us from free radicals that are roaming around every day.   Moreover, according to Dr. Banks, “Banana contains zinc and vitamin C, which help fight and treat acne and control your skin’s natural oils.” The mask serves as the perfect acne prevention. Hence, in order to make this mask, mash one fully ripe banana, two tablespoons honey, and a few drops lemon juice together in a bowl. Apply to the face, and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove with a warm washcloth, and pat dry.
  2. pumpkinPumpkin Cream and Raw Honey Mask: “This mask is an amazing way to gently exfoliate your skin,” says Kimberly Smith, an aesthetician at Rejuvena Health and Aesthetics in Scottsdale, Arizona. The honey is anti-inflammatory and a great moisturizer as well. Because raw honey has anti-inflammatory benefits, it calms inflamed blemishes. In order to make this mask, mix one tablespoon organic canned pumpkin (not to be confused with pumpkin pie filling), a half-teaspoon organic full-fat cream or buttermilk, and one teaspoon raw honey. I use organic raw honey. Let the mixture sit for 15 minutes, and then rinse with warm water.
  3. DIY-HONEY-ASPRIN-FACE MASKThe next mask is Aspirin Face Mask. I myself have used this mask for blemished. According to Dr. Banks, this mask is great for treating specially meant for treating pimples or for soothing irritation caused by them. In order to make this mask crush one to three aspirin pills (or more if you need more coverage; I use uncoated aspirin) in a small dish, and mix in just enough water to turn the powder into a paste. Add a few drops of warmed honey (again I use raw organic honey). Apply the mixture to your face, and let it sit until it dries (about 10 minutes), then wash of
  4. plumRevitalizing Plum Mask: According to Smith, this mask is not only great mask for acne prone skin but also great for revitalizing all type of skin. On top of being a great source of vitamins A, C, E, K and B complex, it is also rich is beta carotene, iron, potassium, and magnesium as per Smith. When applied topically, plums “protect our cells from inflammation caused by free radicals and decrease the loss of elasticity that makes skin sag. People who suffer from acne also benefit because it helps to normalize oil production and revitalize dull, uneven-looking skin” says Smith. Hence, in order to make this make, puree three to four ripe plums, and mix with a half-teaspoon turmeric, one tablespoon raw honey, and one tablespoon organic Greek yogurt. Massage onto the skin, and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse with warm
  5. avocadoAloe Vera and Avocado Face Mask: According to Banks, avocadoes are filled with fatty acids and vitamins, which hydrates skin’s cells, locks its moisture, and heal dry and flaky skin, while aloe vera is known for its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. Hence in order to make this mask, mash half an avocado in a bowl. Mix in two tablespoons aloe vera gel, one tablespoon dry oatmeal, and one tablespoon warmed honey. Apply the mixture to clean, dry skin, and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and a warm washcloth.
  6. lotionHoney Spiked Lotion: This is a simple process, just a little raw organic honey to moisturizer. According to Smith “It will make it hydrate better because honey is a natural humectant.” Humectants are key ingredients in many creams and cleansers because they hold onto moisture. Just make that you do not add too much honey because it can make the moisture too sticky. Hence, just mix couple of drop of raw organic honey to your regular moisturizer before applying.
  7. 11-cucumber-oatCucumber and Oatmeal Face Mask: According to Dr. Banks, these two ingredients can significantly reduce inflammation in your face. Hence, in order to make this mask, just mix together one cup oatmeal with a finely chopped cucumber. Apply the mixture to you face for 20 minutes, and then rinse with a warm washcloth.

I would love to hear if any of these home remedies worked for you. If you have any home remedies of you own I would love to hear that as well.

Is Your Skin Ready For Winter?


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The past couple of days have been very cold reminding us winter is upon us. While we are getting to the cold, is our skin ready for the bitter cold of the winter season. If the winter is anything like last year, then we are in for a brutal cold season. In the cold winter season, our skin becomes dry, dull, flaky, and sometimes even more reactive. Who wants to look like this especially during the holiday season?

I for one fall, am in huge predicament each winter. My skin is so sensitive to the cold that my face becomes red and flaky and sometimes, I get hives from the cold. When I come home to warm indoor my skin becomes dry from the heating systems. If you go through the same experience as I do each winter there is a solution for your predicament.

We don’t need to hide ourselves during the harsh winter season. We too can winterize our skin and embrace the warmth of the holiday season with open arms. First of all, just remember not all skin types are the same. Hence, the best option of course would be to go to an esthetician or dermatologist who can analyze your skin type, troubleshoot your current skincare regiment and advice on the best product for you.  However, since I already knew my skin type, I went to my local Body Shop, and talk to a store person there and ask them what to do. Since my skin is extra sensitive, they recommended their Aloe Vera moisturizer along with their Vitamin C regimen. I have to say, I did see a difference in my skin.

For the winter, the key to winterizing your skin is moisturizing. Make sure that you choose an oil-based moisturizer, not a water-based one. Just as an example, lotions labeled as “Night Creams” are oil-based.  I use natural organic essential oils on my skin, but I am very careful as to how much I use on my skin since my skin can breakout quite easily. According to WebMD, olive oil, avocado oil, mineral oil, primrose oil, or almond oil will not clog your pores.  You can apply small amount to your skin. I always wipe away extra with a soft wet cloth.  According to New York Dermatologist, Dr. Doris Day, a little bit of almond and coconut oils massaged gently around the eyes can help hydrate wrinkly skin under the eyes, but take care not to get it in your eyes, she said.

Every other night, I wash my face with a homemade scrub of with mixture of organic raw honey, organic extra virgin olive oil, and sugar. The honey is anti-inflammatory and a great moisturizer as well, and the scrub leaves my face soft and smooth.  It is also great for acne treatment, eye de-puffing and exfoliating scrubs. It’s excellent for treating eczema as well.  On the alternate days, I use mask made with organic raw honey, pure almond oil, avocado oil, and little yogurt. Yogurt is full of lactic acid that has wrinkle banishing properties.

In addition to moisturizing, I use the Body Shop Vitamin C Energizing Face Spritz that always gives me a boost of vitamin C and the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster and Body Shop Tea Tree Blemish Free Nigh Lotion. Every morning, I apply the Vitamin C Spritz along with Aloe Soothing Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 15 under my Smashbox Blemish Control Primer and makeup. Those who want higher SPF, Essential-C Day Moisture SPF 30 is also a great option. Using sun screen is another key to winterizing your skin. Just because it’s winter it does not mean that your skin does not need protection from harmful UV ray. Follow these steps and you and your skin are ready to face the harsh winter. Nevertheless, not all skin types are the same, talk to you esthetician or dermatologist, or product store specialist. I know I am and my skin for sure are finally in the looking forward to this winter so far. Happy reading!