Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

10 Fragrance Tips

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   Here are some tips on wearing your special fragrance perfectly…Ready, Set, Spritz!

*Want just a touch of a fragrance?  Spritz it in the air and walk through the mist.  Not only will you smell  good but your room will too!

*Store fragrances out of direct sunlight and in a cool place. (in the original box is great)

*Citrus based fragrances usually disappear faster while musks and woody based fragrances tend to last longer because these oils evaporate slower.

*Fragrance should only be detectable to you and those who get within 2-3 feet of you. 

*Always apply perfume before putting on your clothes and jewelry. Some fragrances will leave permanent stains on fabrics, metals, and pearls. 

*Fragrances have a shelf life of about 3 years.  Keeping them in the refrig. can help them last longer.  (isn’t that a ‘cool’ tip!)

*As a general rule of thumb, fragrances will last 4 to 8 hours

*Gently apply your fragrance to pulse points behind your ears, knees, wrists. Your scent will last longer. You can also lightly mist your hair. Don’t rub wrists together after applying fragrance as it breaks down the oils.

*Layer your fragrance.  Use Body Mists and Lotions in the same scent.  

*Fragrance will last longer on skin that is well-moisturized, because oils on the skin trap the fragrance notes and make them last longer. I would suggest applying a body oil or moisturizer post-shower and then apply your fragrance.

What is your favorite fragrance?
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Thursday, October 13, 2016

The date my new granddaughter is expected!

     I was reading in an old Better Homes and Garden magazine about a woman who counted up all the days she celebrated in a year and came up with 65! So I thought I would count up all the days that I (we) celebrate. I came up with about 23. I'm thinking she must be celebrating a whole lot of smaller things.

     What's wrong with that? We should be celebrating more often I think. I could be celebrating the first day of summer, the first day that I see a tulip or daffodil in the spring, the anniversary of my first date with Jerry (I do remember it!) and other dates that aren't on a calendar but do deserve to be recognized. I'll add to that list the school break days that we get to spend with the grandkids.
     In our busy schedules we don't often make time to focus on the really important things in our lives. So here's a challenge for you. Make time for everyday special days. Even the most laid-back occasions can bring family and friends closer together. What surprising occasions do you celebrate?post signature
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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Monday, October 10, 2016

What Beautiful Eyes You Have

     Have you ever been told how nice you looked, how well you did a task or had someone give you a compliment and you brushed it off? I know I have. I've brushed it off with a glib comment or made some excuse. It seems hard to acknowledge that they might be right.
     Why is that? Shouldn't we be proud of what we do or how we look? I think we need to learn how to accept compliments graciously and to believe them! I try to be sincere when I compliment someone and hope they can tell.               
     We can learn a lesson from little children. When I compliment my little granddaughter she will sometimes say, "I know that,grandma." She not only accepts my compliment but she truly believes it herself! 
     I am going to try to be more gracious when someone gives me a compliment. I'm not going to try to belittle it by downplaying it. If someone is kind enough to let me know, than I can be kind enough to accept it. When was the last time you really accepted a compliment?post signature
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Friday, October 7, 2016

Lipstick Tricks

    Doesn't every little girl like playing with lipstick? I know I did--but mine was a fake tube made for kids. My granddaughters also like to play with some plastic toy lipsticks that I have. When you grow up you get to finally play with the real stuff! Here are some tips to keep your lips looking beautiful.

  1. To keep lip prints off your water glass, simply (& discreetly) lick the lip of the glass before drinking.
  2. Never use a test lipstick on your lips. It's just plain unhygienic. Instead, test lipstick on your fingertips. It's a closer fit to your lips than the back of your hand.
  3. Before applying any lipstick or lip liner, it is important to prep your lips. Brush your lips at night with a soft bristle toothbrush to get rid of any dull and dry skin.
  4. You can create a great lip color by blending lipsticks you don't like.
  5. Apply with a lip brush. When applying directly from the tube, you are really applying about 5-6 layers of color. About 4 layers more than you really need. A brush applies 1 even layer that stays on a lot longer
  6. Lightly take a small eye shadow brush, and brush loose powder over lipstick to set. On top of this, you can apply your lip gloss in the center of the lips. Powder applied after lipstick will keep lip gloss on longer.
  7. Broken lipsticks? This has happened to me so often! Don't throw them away. Press them back together and store them in the refrigerator till they look fixed. Store them in cooler places to avoid breaking again.
  8. Blot lips after applying lipstick, it will help set the color and remove excess of it. You can add a thin layer of loose or pressed powder and then apply color again. 
  9. To keep your lips going all day, first pencil all over lips with a soft lip pencil then apply lipstick over it and blot. 
  10. If it’s a hot, humid day, don’t leave your lipstick in your purse. Instead, store it in the fridge while you’re home. It will last longer, and will be much healthier for your lips.
  11. If your lips are thinned out and wrinkled, avoid matte or a gloss and stick with a creamy lipstilipstick.
  12. Give  them a try when you are applying lipstick next time! 
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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Pumpkin Trivia

  Tis the season for…Pumpkins!  A little pumpkin trivia and fun beauty recipes using pumpkin.

* In 2015 the largest pumpkin ever grown in North America weighed in at 2,230.5 pounds, with a circumference of 224 inches, garnering a $3,500 cash prize.

*Surprise! The pumpkin is actually a fruit, a member of the Cucurbitaceae family of plants with trailing vines.

*Six of the seven continents can grow pumpkins including Alaska! Antarctica is the only continent that they won't grow on.

*Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites.

*Pumpkins are 90 percent water. Pumpkins have zero cholesterol.  They’re also low in calories, fat, and sodium and high in fiber.

*Pumpkins contain enzymes that when applied to skin, loosen the bonds that keep dull outer skin cells clinging to the surface. Pumpkin also delivers a burst of nourishing and hydrating botanicals, leaving skin as smooth and glowing as a jack-o'-lantern.  So here are “beauty recipes” for you-- using some pumpkin!

                             Pumpkin Face and Body Mask

Mix together: ½ cup canned pumpkin, 1/4cup white clay,1T. honey, 2 T. water, 1 T. almond oil and 2 tsp. cinnamon

Apply evenly to your face or anywhere else that you’d like to smooth. Leave on 10 minutes before rinsing. Almond oil moisturizes, clay draws out impurities, honey replenishes collagen and cinnamon improves circulation.                                                                              
Pumpkin Face Scrub
  • 1 T canned or fresh pureed Pumpkin  
  • 1 T cut oats 
  • 1 T water 
  • 1 t Corn meal
 Directions:    In a small bowl, mix oats with warm (not hot) water. Let it sit for a minute or so and soak. Mix in the Pumpkin puree, blending well. Add the Corn meal and stir well.

 Apply a small amount at a time to a clean face while scrubbing in circular movements gently. After scrubbing the entire face, leave on for about 5 minutes longer or just until it is almost dry, but not entirely. Gently remove with a warm wash cloth. Moisturize like usual. This amount is enough for the face, neck, chest area and shoulders. Leaves skin silky soft!

Pumpkin carving tip:   Score the inside  rind of your Jack-o-lantern and then sprinkle with ground cinnamon, nutmeg or other spices so that as the rind heats it will emit a pleasant fragrance.

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