Category: Beauty & Fashion

Fringe Benefits, the Bangs

Fashion

Fringe Benefits, the Bangs

Having grown up in the Philippines, I call the fringe as bangs.  The fringe or bangs suits almost everyone.  It can shape your face, it can high a multitude of sins like small forehead or wrinkles. With the right style of fringe, you can lose years of your age 🙂

Being a very young miss in the late 70s, when rollers are the height of hair styling, I have learnt that rolling your bangs can be fatal to your hair-style.  Overly rolled fringe is a no-no.  It has that outer-spacey look 🙂

Deciding to have a fringe can be quite a feat or NOT.  Start off with the longer bangs, below your eyes.  When you have gotten used to it, then shorten it a little bit until you have a style suitable to your needs.

 

Hair Care

Hair Care

Hair Care

Hair Care

Woke up and having a bad hair day?

Try adding a teaspoon of baking soda to your shampoo.

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When to stop colouring grey hair?

When and why is totally up to you but as a guideline, when your hair is 80 percent grey then it might be better to surrender to the greys! 🙂

Soft, Beautiful Hands

4323565-dwie-ręce-kobietThere are many movie stars who are so unbelievably gorgeous but only to be let down by their hands.  The hands can tell on you.

Soft, Beautiful Hands

Angelina Jolie, Madonna and Sarah Jessica Parker have bony and veiny hands.  These probably have to do with their fluctuating weight and in Madonna’s case, her over-exercising.

At a certain age, the  hands become naturally drier and liver spots also known as age spots start to appear at the back of the hands.

Look after your hands and it will look after you.  We owe it to our hands that they are properly cared for.  Often we take them for granted; forgetting how versatile they are, that they complete us as human beings. No other species have”hands’ that are wonderfully made and perfectly formed.  😉

There are many secrets to beautiful hands.  Some of these secrets were regimen practised by many previous generations.  Some are old wives tales and yet some are so obvious, it is overlooked.

Hands that Warm the Heart

Here are my favourites:

1. Wearing of rubber gloves to do the housework, especially washing up, scrubbing surfaces, polishing using the hand, etc.

2. Have some oatmeals at the ready.  Once or twice a day, your hands should be rubbed with oatmeals.  It will whiten the hands as well as make them soft and flexible.

3. Roughened hands can be made softer by rubbing then with almond oil or olive oil before going to bed.

4. To moisturise the hands, generously apply a good moisturising cream in bed, wear glove overnight.  The next morning, the hands will be soft, smooth and moisturised.

5. The length and shape of the nails  should exactly correspond with the tips of the fingers.

6. Biting the nails should be avoided as a dirty and disagreeable habit, and one utterly destructive to their beauty, strength, and usefulness.

7. To remove stains and discolorations of the nails, a little lemon juice or vinegar and water is the best application.

8. The skin, as a rule, should never be cut, pared, picked or torn off, as is commonly done, and the less it is meddled with, otherwise than in the way just mentioned, the better.

Sewing Kit Essentials

Sewing kit, photo by PH Morton

Sewing kit, photo by PH Morton

Sewing kit, photo by PH Morton

Sewing kit, photo by PH Morton

We have forgotten the art of mending through sewing.  If it is ripped, we throw.  If the seams had unravelled, we go to a professional tailor.  But why?  Sewing is the easiest to do.

Many shops providing mending and alterations are springing up left right and centre; they have cornered the market, knowing people have no desire to mend their own clothes if it can be helped. Aware of this, tailorshops sometimes charge a small fortune for their services.

Surely basic sewing was part of Home Economics (HE) lessons at school?  I used to be rather indifferent to the lessons but I found out now how relevant it is to go about your everyday life, no matter what your station in life. 🙂

It is therefore convenient and money efficient to have a sewing kit at hand, so that you can make a favourite dress, skirt or trousers last that much longer.  Darn minor wear and tear.  You could also start a new sewing project.  It could be a start of small cottage industry 😉

What should be in the sewing kit?

Sewing Kit Essentials:

Set of needles in various sizes, i.e. thickness

A pair of sharp scissors

Threads of various colours, especially white, black, beige and brown

A needle threader, even if the eyes are still sharp, a needle threader is still very useful.

A thimble – some materials are thick and hard to sew.  They can be a pain to your digits.  This is when a  thimble come into their own.

Dressmaker’s pin.  They are so useful, especially when you need to shorten a skirt, dress or a pair of jeans or trousers.

A tape measure.

Button collections

 

Strawberry Foot Scrub Recipe

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As it is summer, strawberries are not at their dearest.  So why not pamper yourself and your feet with strawberries and luxuriate in their opulence.  Afterall, the feet work very hard to support us all day.  They are often neglected but I think, they need tender loving care now and again.

And a good start is a foot scrub.

Below is an easy recipe for a foot scrub.

Strawberry Foot Scrub Recipe

Ingredients:

8-10 ripe strawberries

2 tbsp olive oil

3 tbsp sea salt

Method of preparation:

Mashed the strawberries with the olive oil.

Stir in the sea salt.  Mix thoroughly.

Application:

Apply the scrub to your feet.  Massage to the areas which are particularly rough such as the heels and the ball of the feet. Work it.  Expoliate.  Indulge those feet.

Wash the feet and then dry.

Do not forget to apply foot cream for a thorough pampering.

Wash & Shampoo, the Lowdown

Indian Girl

Indian Girl

I thought it was only me; I find using the same shampoo over and over, no matter how good it is, make my hair lifeless.

I read somewhere from some hairdresser site that the hair get used to the shampoo and once this happens, the hair would not be responding to the bounce and shine that  shampoos are supposed to provide.

I myself have a stock of different shampoos which I alternate using.

There are plenty of celebrities who think that washing and shampooing hair is over-rated.  I think I once read somewhere that Nigella Lawson only washes her hair twice a week.

The young actress, Shailene Woodley said in an interview that she only shampoos her hair once a month.  She likes her hair oily.

Gems: The Pearl

Pearls, Photo by JMorton

Pearls, Photo by JMorton

Gems: The Pearl

I am very partial to pearls.  I love them.  I suppose it has something to do with coming from the Philippines, which is known as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’ lol.

The last time I ws in the Philippines, I treated myself with some pearls.  I have to admit that the pearls were first class but unfortunately how it was set needs polishing.

I was told that to tell whether a pearl is real, plastic or whatever, you need to rub the pearl in your teeth.  Real ones will have ridges or rather rough while fake ones are smooth.  Actually this is a good advice.  I have tried this with my pearls. 😉

Apparently pearls should always be worn.  It takes a lovely healthy lustre when it is against skin.

Skin Basic Regimen

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Skin Basic Regimen

From the age of 30, we start to see visible changes to the skin.  At this time a good skin regimen should now be in place.  Gone are the days that you leave your make up on to go to bed, when too tired to do the basic cleansing.

Dryness of the skin begins to appear which means wrinkles are hard on its heels.  Pores are more enlarged.  Skin colours are less vibrant nor supple.  Capilliaries break out.

But having said that with proper care, we can delay the signs of aging.

Here are some of the basic skin care:

Hydration – ensure to drink lots of water; at least two litres a day.  Water flushes out the toxins.

Exercises – it has been found that regular exercises has some therapeutic effects on the body.  The more you exercise, the faster the skin heals itself.

Stop the Stress – Relax; stress makes the skin sag.  It gives you eye bags for starter.

No to Smoking – Next to the punishing effect of too much sun, smoking is aging to the skin.  Smoking can take away your healthy colour, leaving you rather gray.  It also gives premature aging along the mouth and lips; constant pursing of the lips to inhale and exhale a smoke can effect wrinkles.

Sleep – It is when one is asleep that the cells repair themselves.

And the most basic regimen is to CLEANSE, TONE AND MOISTURISE.

DID you know?

The ideal time to moisturise is after having a bath or taking a shower.  Moisturising damp skin ensure that the moistures are locked in.

More skin regimen:

Before you shower, dry brush your body, everywhere you can reach, which a coarse loofah to buff of dead cells and at the same time stimulate your circulation and aid lymphatic drainage.

Home-made Body Scrub

There is a very inexpensive way to smooth-en the body, you do not have to go to salon or buy expensive products when you can easily make your own at home and scent it with whatever scented oil you have got lurking in the back of your cupboard from last Christmas!

The ingredients for a good scrub are already in your food cupboard. 🙂

Salt/Sugar
 

saltplus

Olive Oil

Olive Oil

plus

lavander

Lavender oil

equals

 

 

 

 

 

 

Body Scrub

Ingredients:

1 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp salt (if running low on salt, use granulated sugar)

3 drops of scented oil (lavander, grapefruit, bergamot, cedarwood, sandalwood, citronella, jasmine, eucaliptus or any of your favourite)

Method of preparation:

Mix the olive oil with the salt or sugar.

Then add a few drops of any of the essential oils you have got in your cupboard or by the bath tub.

Mix it well.

Gently massage over your arms and legs this scented oily salt or sugar.  Give is a vigorous scrub all over before you  hit the shower.

Rinse off with warm water.

You will be left with a supple, soft, clean skin.

Do this once a week.