daisy nail art – something different

I love browsing YouTube beauty videos and coming across seriously great ideas that make me wonder ‘who in the world thought of doing this like that and why?!’

As you may already know, or noticed, I have a severe obsession with nail polish and nail design. I’m always on the lookout for interesting nail art. My nails are never left un-manicured. I just feel… naked. Oh the horror! So I was so happy when I came across this one video on YouTube by CutePolish in which she did a Nyan cat inspired nail design (if you don’t know what Nyan cat is, feel free to YouTube it, but please don’t blame me if it annoys you :p I am not responsible for the emotions that the video might stir up in you). She shows you a way of creating nail design without having to do it directly on your nail, making it a lot easier but slightly time consuming.

I hope you clicked the link of the nail tutorial, otherwise that last sentence and this next part might not make any sense to you whatsoever. The things you are going to need in order to create a nail design using the method that CutePolish implemented are:

* Dotting tool or bobby pin
* Tooth pick
* Plastic sandwich bags
* Tweezers

First, place your sandwich bag on a flat surface. Next, use your dotting tool/bobby pin, dip it in the nail polish of your choice, and create a design on the sandwich bag. Finally, use the tooth pick to clean up any design mistakes or maybe even enhance your design. Here is what I came up with on my sandwich bag:

I created the daisies with white nail polish using a bobby pin by making dots and connecting them in the middle, then I added a yellow dot in the center of the flower to make it look more realistic. I then used the tooth pick to create the spaces between each petal. Once you have the design you like, let it dry for an hour. Afterwards, using a pair of tweezers, peel the design off the sandwich bag slowly. It should come out in one piece if it was left to dry long enough. Your nails should already be painted with a base colour of your choice. I opted for Sally Hansen’s Xtreme Wear Hard as Nails in the colour Lacey Lilac. Place the design you made on whatever nail you want and press it gently into the nail. Use a top coat to seal it in place, wait for it to dry and voila! You got yourself a really cute nail design! This is what my accent nail looked like when it completely dried:

I recommend this way of creating nail designs for those of who have time on their hands, and don’t have a steady hand to draw something on their own nails. It’s a lot easier to draw it on the bag, as you can change it around however you like and if you make a mistake, you don’t have to repaint your nails all over again.

I hope this post was as interesting to you as it was interesting for me to make for you! If there is anything that was not understood, you can always refer to the video by CutePolish that I linked above and it will hopefully then be clearer to you.

Happy designing! xx

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honey, spice up your face!

I feel pretty, oh so pretty...

Since I did my first ever home-made face mask, I’ve been on the search for new ones with different ingredients and different benefits for my skin. I’ve come across a few good ones and I’ve added them to my D.I.Y list. I’ll be sharing those with you as soon as I try them out for myself. This second face mask that I’ve tried requires only three ingredients, but those three have an abundance of benefits for your skin. They are also probably already available in your kitchen cupboard, so you shouldn’t have any trouble accessing them. Tried, tested, and loved the outcome, it is now time to share it with you guys.

Here we go!

The ingredients you are going to need are the following:

* Nutmeg powder
* Cinnamon powder
* Honey – preferably organic
* A bowl and 2 spoons – a tablespoon and a teaspoon

The amount you use of each ingredient depends on how many people are going to be using this mask with you (because you know, your life is always a slumber party isn’t it?). My mom decided to join me on my face mask adventure this time so I made enough for the both of us. If you don’t have anyone to do this with, then you can just save the rest of it for some other night (but remember, keep it refrigerated).

You are going to need a tablespoon of honey, half a teaspoon of nutmeg powder, and half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Make sure you mix them very well so all the ingredients blend together. You should end up with a somewhat thick paste. Again, this would be enough for two people to use, so if you only want to make enough for yourself, just cut the amount of each ingredient in half.

               

Once you’re done mixing them, apply the paste to your face evenly but remember to avoid the eye and mouth area. Leave this mask on for 30 minutes, then with a face sponge (or if you don’t have one, just use your fingers) and lukewarm water, rinse the mask off by making a circular motion with either the sponge or your fingers. Once you wash it all off, pat your face dry with a towel and apply your moisturizer.

Reasons why this is good for you:
The mixture of these ingredients together really helps with getting rid of acne, as well as a number of skin infections. Also, it helps with exfoliating the skin when you rub the mask off using circular motions, getting rid of dead skin cells and rejuvenating your skin.

The specifics:
* Nutmeg powder helps with eliminating any blackheads or scars caused by acne, and reduces inflammation or redness of the skin. It has also been found that nutmeg contains an active chemical substance known as Macelignan which has been shown to increase the amount of fat (or adipose) tissue found beneath our skin, thus filling out any expression lines or wrinkles that may have formed over the years. It also helps with the development of this fat tissue, which naturally declines as we age.
* Cinnamon powder has many antimicrobial properties that can benefit your skin; it kills bacteria and prevents most types of skin infections from forming. One thing to keep in mind with cinnamon is to test it on a small patch of your skin to see if you are allergic to it as it may cause a burning sensation or an allergic reaction if used in large amounts as a topical remedy.
* Honey is the perfect cleansing agent. It absorbs any pollutants from the pores on your face, and acts as an antiseptic, anti-irritant, antioxidant, and a moisturizer. It protects your skin from any damage caused by the suns UV rays and sustains the skins ability to rejuvenate and refresh exhausted skin. It is also considered a natural humectant, which means it has the ability to attract moisture and retain it, thus preventing wrinkles and dryness as well as maintaining suppleness.

I hope you love this mask just as much as I did! If you did, do let me know :)

Happy masking! xx

face dessert… mmm!

Ladies (and gents), I’m going to try and make this as short and sweet as possible. I’m going to share with you a way in which you can indulge in chocolate without having to worry about how it might affect your thighs, belly, or bum.

All you’re going to need are the following ingredients:

* Cocoa powder
* Honey – preferably organic
* Yogurt
* A bowl and spoon to mix the ingredients together.

Make sure you are wearing something that is comfortable and that you don’t mind getting dirty because this could get messy! So, start off by taking a tablespoon of cocoa powder and a tablespoon of honey and mix them together. Then add a tablespoon of yogurt and make sure they are mixed together well; ensure that there aren’t any clumps anywhere in the mixture.

Once the mixture is ready, chill in the fridge for a few minutes (5-10 minutes tops); take it out and slap it on your face! (Don’t literally slap yourself… I’m sure you knew that though). Make sure to avoid the eye area (and mouth), and leave it on for approximately 20-25 minutes. There will definitely be enough left for a few more masks, so while you wait for it to do its magic on your face, cover the remainder of the mask that’s in the bowl and stick it in the fridge for later use. I recommend doing this mask once a day until you run out of it, otherwise it will spoil. If you feel like you might not have time to do this again any time soon, you can either cut the ingredients in half – for two uses – or quarter – for one use – (i.e. half or quarter of a tablespoon of each ingredient) OR you can always use the rest of it on your body and pamper yourself a little before a shower!

When the 20-25 minutes are over, rinse the mask off with lukewarm water, pat your face dry and immediately moisturize your face to lock in the moisture. Your skin should feel firmer and smoother!

Must get some chocolate! *Lick lick*

Reasons why this is good for you:
In general, this mask helps with increasing skin hydration. It helps tighten pores and protects the skin from every day damage and pollution that it might be exposed to. It is also a good way to detox and fights free radicals.

The specifics:
* Cocoa powder is extremely high in antioxidants and can be very moisturizing.
* Honey is used for its rejuvenating and reparative powers for skin cells. It helps with the treatment of acne and is also abundant in antioxidants.
* Yogurt helps brighten the skin, tighten pores, treat blemishes, fade scars, and treat irritated skin.

It’s like making dessert for your face!

Happy masking! xx

w.i.y ~ the results

It’s been 3 weeks since I’ve posted the W.I.Y (Whiten it Yourself)! post, and I thought it was about time to do an update on the results of my experiment.

Basically, this is how I went about it: For the first two weeks, I brushed my teeth every night with toothpaste and a layer of baking soda on top. For the last week, I left out a day in between each baking soda brush (so three days of baking soda brushing, and four of regular brushing). After the first week,

I started to notice a slight difference in my lower teeth. My upper teeth were already white enough (in my opinion) but the lower ones were a bit yellow-ish (people tend to focus more on brushing their upper teeth rather than their lower teeth in general). So here are the comparison pictures:

Before:                                            After:

I don’t know about you but I certainly do see a difference. It might not be a big difference, but my lower teeth are considerably whiter (keep in mind I did try to focus on brushing them more).

I don’t think I am going to keep doing this every night or every other night, as I’m not quite sure of the long-term effects it will have on my teeth. What I am going to do is brush my teeth with the baking soda only one day every week, as a continuous touch up.

So here’s how my experiment turned out, what about you? Did you try it? If yes, how did it turn out for you?

Keep smiling, you’re beautiful! xx

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