Remember I asked you all here for your remedies for yellowing nails because of nail-polish abuse on the Facebook page? Thank you all for pouring in your responses. I tried one of the methods, and it worked.
If you also have yellow nails because of constantly wearing nail polish, chances are, you would need to use this at-home nail bleach too.
I hope you have all had a good look over my makeup brushes collection by now 😛 if not, please do have a look at that post! In this post, I’m sharing with you all 3 methods I employ for cleaning makeup brushes. This post was also requested by Samannita, so here we go!
Personally for me, cleaning makeup brushes almost everyday is as important as applying makeup itself. Clean brushes= infection free brushes= no infections on the face. Brushes are potential breeding grounds for infection-causing organisms, and using dirty brushes can lead to skin irritation, acne, etc. And you’d think your makeup product is breaking you out! Next time, keep a tab on your brushes too! Also, regularly cleaning makeup brushes ensures your brushes last you a long time 🙂
I keep my brushes clean by spot-cleaning them after every use, and every 10-14 days, they are washed and sanitized thoroughly.
Yesterday, I was sorting stuff in my cupboard and shelves, and realized the need to prettify brush storage for the dresser. I use make-up brushes daily, so it is important to keep some of them on the dresser at all times, so as to save time searching for them. Below are some makeup brush storage ideas- some of these are the way I store brushes, and some ideas I’ve taken off the internet.
To begin with, that’s my brush collection in the below pic. I have some 35 brushes with me as of today 🙂
I know, a ‘Sunday Pamperings’ post after a bit of a gap.. Mainly because I was running out of ideas on DIY, and then, I also need to test things on myself before penning them down here for you guys!
So, today I’m gonna share with you all a tip, a trick, a method, call it whatever, but this is something that I’ve found to be a miracle for my skin!
And, the best part is, we all know about it since forever, but somehow ignore it (well, atleast I had been doing it all this time).
I’m talking about STEAM!
- a pinch of turmeric (Haldi). Just be careful to not pick turmeric from the regular spice-rack at home. You should keep some turmeric separate at all times. You don’t want chilli-mixed turmeric on your face 😛
- 1-2 tablespoons chick-pea flour (Besan)
- Curd (2-3 tablespoons)
- A few drops of fresh lemon juice
Steps: Mix all ingredients together to form a smooth paste.
|1. Take turmeric in a bowl|
|2. Measure chickpea flour|
|3. Add chickpea flour to turmeric and mix|
|4. Add curd to the above mix|
|5. Add lemon juice|
The application is easy. Just apply the paste/ ubtan to cleansed face (leaving out the eye and mouth area), and leave for 15 minutes. Wash off after 15 minutes.
Repeat twice a week for best results. Expect to see results in atleast 2 weeks.
It is advisable to prepare a fresh batch for each application.
Avoid too much of turmeric, or the skin may get stained.
In this post I’m going to share with you all the tricks to creating your own neon nail polish!
This was also my feature for Cosmopolitan India April’13 issue.
Neons have been a hot trend in the fashion scene of late, and while not all of us are comfortable donning a bright neon outfit (not me, atleast!), a pop of color here and there can surely do justice to the trend, and keep you stylish! A neon nail paint is a great way to imbibe this trend in your life!
- A bottle of clear nail paint. You can pick up a new one, or even use the one lying in your cabinet.
- A few shades of neon powder eyeshadows in colors of your choice- Use any bright shade that may be lying unused in your make-up kits. You can also get a host of options from Kryolan, Inglot, etc. The refills from these brands are particularly affordable, good quality and come in a variety of shades. The shade I have used are:
- Yellow: Inglot Freedom System eyeshadow refill- Matte 370
- Blue: Kryolan Eyeshadow Compact MATT UV-Blue.
- Collect all the items.
- On a piece of stick-on paper, scrape the powder eyeshadow in the color of your choice with the help of a tooth-pick. This will ensure you get fine, powdered shadow.
- Make a funnel with another piece of stick-on paper (since one side of the paper has a sticky end, we will not need to use tape/ glue to create a funnel).
- Place the funnel over the mouth of the bottle of the clear nail paint.
- Through the funnel, put the powdered eyeshadow into the bottle.
- Close the lid of the bottle, and roll the bottle between your palms to mix the contents together. Let the bottle rest for about an hour for the contents to integrate with each other. Your DIY neon polish is ready!
- A soft magnetic sheet (the ones used for crafts)
- Any empty box which you think will be suitable for storing your make-up refills
- A scissor
- The box is sturdy, made of cardboard
- It looks pretty- turquiose and blue colors
- It has a leather tassle/ ribbon to pull out the box from within, very classy, and totally functional!
- Inside, there’s a lot of space!
- The box is deep enough (around 1.5 inches in height) for me to make a 2-tier palette 😛
|DIY palette vs. Inglot 5-refill palette|
- Inglot 5-refill magnetic palette: Rs. 850; can store 5 round refills only
- DIY magnetic palette: Rs. 40-50; can store 15-20 round refills, or some round refills + square refills + blush refills, etc. You can customise as per your requirement.
- Magnetic sheet: Rs. 90, from which I have used just 1/3rd of the sheet. Price for one palette: Rs. 30
- Box: Free. You can use any box lying at home
- Scissor: Well, free. We all have atleast one scissor at home, always!
This is the amount of magnetic sheet left-over with me from one A4 sized sheet. I can make 2 more of such palettes with this sheet.
Now, the most important question- from where can we buy these sheets! I bought these sheets from a craft retailer by the name of Creativita. I contacted them on Facebook. You can contact them here: Creativita.
One A4 sized sheet cost me Rs. 90, since I bought these with a couple of friends in Delhi (if you buy 6 sheets or so, it costs you Rs. 90 each, else Rs. 120-130 each sheet) + shipping. Prices may vary, so the retailer would be the best person to let you know the latest quotes. Please don’t treat this as the final price. It’s been some time since I bought these sheets.
I hope you liked the post!
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Another Sunday, another Sunday Pamperings post from Ritu 😛
Well, first of all, let me tell you, I’m a huge fan of trying out home made recipes for my skin. And, I get bored with things at the drop of the hat. So, I need some variety and constant change (if that means something! constant-change!), and hence I keep trying different things constantly. All this chatter, for a question at the end of this post, but don’t skip to the end of the post just yet!
Today I tried a simple yet effective, coffee and brown sugar scrub on myself (remember the kinda disaster the Nyassa Belgian Chocolate Sugar Scrub was? Read full post here. After using that scrub, I wanted a scrub with coffee in it. I’m more of a coffee person than a chocolate person). I saw some brown sugar lying in the kitchen cabinet yesterday, so I was itching to try out something with it. And I’m badly addicted to coffee, so mixing up both these things made perfect sense to me.
What you need:
- 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar (the one I’m using is Demerera sugar from Dhampur, a brand easily available in India). Now, you could use the regular sugar, but if you have brown sugar, nothing like it! PS: You can sneak-out some sachets of brown sugar from CCD or Costa next time 😛 One sachet will last you once.
- 1/2 teaspoon coffee. I used the regular Nescafe coffee!
- Some rose water as a diluting and binding agent. I’m using the Dabur Gulabari Premium Rose Water (review HERE).
- Brown sugar: Exfoliates the skin. (Just pick up something with small granules. We don’t want a very coarse scrub, especially for the face). Removes dead skin cells from the surface.
- Coffee: Coarse coffee granules act as mild exfoliants, plus the added heavenly aroma therapy! Gosh, you wouldn’t want to miss this one for anything! helps tighten pores and remove oil from the skin. The caffeine in the coffee acts to reduce puffiness on the skin, and imparts shine to the skin
- Rose water: Tones the skin, cools the skin, and tightens pores.
- I could write 4 points here, but in essence, you just have to mix all ingredients together. Just use approriate quantity of rose water, adjusting the consistency as per your requirement.
|1. Take brown sugar|
|2. Add coffee|
|4. Add rose water and mix|
Remember I recently gushed about a DIY face mask on Facebook HERE? This mask soothes the skin, and makes it soft and smooth…Well, here it is!
I was home the other day, and was thinking about doing an interesting yet easy mask which would target the following issues (these are the ones I am plagued with):
- Oil control (summers, sigh!)
- Acne-control (my skin is behaving these days, but is still ‘prone’ to break-outs, and prevention is better than cure, right?)
- Dull skin (lol, we girls can forever complain about dull skin, we’re never too happy)
- Hydration: hydrated skin = good skin, is what I’ve learnt in all these years!
- A ripe banana– take a 2 inch piece of banana… The one that I had was over-ripe, and hence was easy to mash
- Effect: Bananas are known to be rich in vitamin A, B and E, are potent anti-ageing agents, and leave the skin feeling firm and soft!
- Honey: 1 teaspoon. I’m using organic honey here, but you can use the regular honey too, though I’d advise that you seriously invest in a bottle of organic honey. It is better than the regular honey, both for consumption and application.
- Effect: Honey is good at hydrating and nourishing the skin, helps in removing blemishes and spots, it has anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties, and fights signs of ageing too! Also known to impart a natural glow to dull skin.
- Tea-tree essential oil: 2-3 drops. The one that I’m using is The Body Shop Tea-tree oil (reviewed HERE). You also get tea-tree oil from Aroma Magic, Soulflower, etc.
- Effect: Tea-tree is a potent anti-acne agent because of it’s anti-bacterial properties. It also works well for oily skin, keeping it clear of infections.
PS: Any left-over mask can be applied to the hands and feet. No harm in getting soft skin on the hands and feet too, right? Just saying!!!
Hope you liked the post!
Have a great Sunday!