Peach Kernel Oil

Now my personally most hated season arrived: Winter! Being a person with a mild form of eczema, thus having fairly dry skin, this particular season is especially stressful to my skin with the cold outside and the “radiator air” inside. If you also suffer from eczema, other skin conditions that leave your skin dry or just generally suffer from dryness, you know what I am talking about. But even people with normal skin can experience unpleasant dry patches. No matter what you decide for, stay away from paraffinum liquidum

In order to combat this dryness caused by Winter, I prefer various kinds of oils. My personal favourite at the moment is peach oil (for more kinds of oil check out olive oil and almond oil). This oil made of peach kernels is an odourless, smoothly thin oil that very quickly soaks into your skin and therefore is ideal for sensitive skin, too. I particularly like this oil due to its non-greasy formula. It is widely said that peach oil makes your appearance looks supple and youthful. This is because this oil contains high amounts of Vitamin A and E, so peach oil is also great to be used as an anti-aging product. 

I particularly like to use it in the mornings, after I washed my face with sufficient cold water. Make sure your face is still mildly moist. This will help the oil to sink in even better! 

P. S. Peach oil is great as a lip balm, too!

Love,

Irina

The most beautiful make-up of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.

Yves Saint Laurent

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How to take good care of your manicure


For years the way I did my nails was to smear some nail polish on and call it done. However, this isn’t good for the health of your nails or for the looks of your manicure.
So here is what I do to maintain attractive and healthy long nails.

Take good care of your canvas!

  • Use vitamin E oil (very cheap, and available via amazon)
  • Use good quality nail files that don’t chip your nails (glass files are the best)
  • Use a good undercoat to prevent yellow stains on your nails. I prefer to use a nail strengthening base instead of a simple undercoat. Mine is by Sally Johnson. It helps if your nails tips are prone to cracking and this keeps your manicure for a longer time. Don’t go overboard with removing the cuticles. If you cut them too aggressively you can not only cut yourself, but also increase their growth, making them stronger and more prominent.
  • Don’t forget to buff the surface of your nails a bit to improve their smoothness: this, combined with the undercoat helps with easier application of the nail polish.

Cheap nail polish is also good!

  • It’s better to spend money on good items that benefit the health of your nails rather than on nail polish that lasts very little and might not be used much.
  • I have a lot of favorite brands from Flormar to Ms. Sporty which are around 1-2 pounds per bottle and honestly sometimes they have a better brush maybelline or rimmel for example.
  • I usually apply one good coat and then do a second one on the next day. The reason for this is that 2 coats take too long to dry and that usually leads to marks onto the nail polish. This is why I also generally don’t put a topcoat on.
  • A good tip for helping your nails dry is putting your hands under a stream of cold water (not too strong!), this helps the nailpolish harden faster.

For french manicure:

  • Do the same as above: strengthening undercoat, one layer of beige, and then use white nail polish.
  • I don’t use the guiding strips or angled brushes, I find them actually more difficult to use than a simple brush.
  • I hold the brush steady and drag my nail from left to right, without moving the brush.
  • If you don’t trust the steadiness of your hands, then don’t apply an undercoat at all, and if you make mistakes use pure acetone and a brush, like in this tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGzkRjt2TVA&feature=fvwrel;


I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls.

Audrey Hepburn


Hope this helps!
Love, Ina

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On the dark side of the moon

Today I want to write about my personal experience with dark eye circles. If you were born with them like me, trust me, I know how you feel… There is absolutely everything I tried to combat these nasty things that always make me look as if I only had a two-hour sleep. It is incredibly frustrating… That is one of the reasons I never ever have the courage to go out of the house completely without make-up.  Even if you weren’t born with dark circles, you will know how hard it is to cover them up with a concealer after having had a rough night.

I won’t lie to you. This is not going to be yet another blog post about “miracle” remedies for dark circles. I will tell you honestly what I think about those miracle cures and what really “helped” me, and I am not saying that I found something that completely vanished my dark circles. But there is some stuff that can make it EASIER for you to cover them up.

First of all the stuff that didn’t work for me. Cold slices of cucumber for example. There are brilliant for swollen eyes but showed no effect whatsoever on the dark shadows under my eyes. Also potato slices did not help to diminish the dark circles. However, here I have to stress again that I am only writing about my personal experiences, so these remedies might work for you. 

Now the stuff that worked for me. Relaxation and a lot of sleep are two of my personal favourites. I know, I know… you might think: Duuuh! Tell me something I don’t know… Well, I have to tell you that this is the most potent remedy I can offer you. Even if your dark shadows are innate, with a lot of sleep and a feeling of inner peace those nasty things under your eyes will be at least a little diminished. A healthy diet (I know…again “duuh”) will give you naturally a healthier complexion and so fewer people will notice your little predicament…

I mentioned in my last post that I normally use almond oil for my face and neck in the mornings as moisturizer. Now I have read that almond oil also helps you to diminish dark circles which came as a surprise to me. I never thought that my beloved almond oil could help me combating the shadows under my eyes. Well, it did not combat it, but slightly diminished it which is just great! (My boyfriend even told me that he did not notice any dark shadows in the mornings. Note: I was completely without make-up!)

Right, so after applying a thin (!) layer of almond oil under my eyes, I like to use a light eye cream. I usually use one with Vitamin E, SPF and glittery particles (don’t worry, you won’t look like the girls at the Carnival of Rio). The particles will just help to illuminate your eye area and thus give you an additional cover-up. Remember to always use your ring finger when you apply the cream and not your index finger that is able to press too hard on the delicate eye area and causes wrinkles. Now would be the time to apply your concealer or just keep it natural. Below I will show you a “before-after” picture of my own eye area, so you can judge for yourself whether you see a significant change or not.

Now, ladies, always remember to take great care of your eye area, but please don’t obsess with your minor flaws. At one point I got so paranoid about my dark eye circles that that was all I saw when I looked into the mirror. Find a lovely person who thinks you are the most beautiful person, with or without dark shadows under your eyes and you will feel like you are the most beautiful person in the world!

P. S. Check out Ina’s great post about how the right deodorant can make all the difference!

My eyes are an ocean in which my dreams are reflected.

Anna M. Uhlich


Love,

Irina

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