Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Hisamitsu Lifecella Orange Face Mask review

I've always seen Hisamitsu Lifecella Orange Face Mask selling over the counter in many shops. But have not tried it before. Just recently, I've bought it, in fact i bought 8 of them. Ok, they were on sale, so that's why I bought so many of them.

The first time I tried it, I was quite surprise. This lifecella mask is not like other face masks which are normally wet and messy. The mask is a gel type. Imagine this, a piece of orange color cloth, inner side is a film of gel or jelly and the outer side is dry and clean cloth surface. The gel or jelly contains a lot of the good stuff for you skin. The longer you put it on the skin, you'll notice the thinner the gel or jelly will be as the nutrients are being absorbed through the skin. Also the mask is separated into 2 parts; top and bottom.

How to use:
After washing your skin (or for better effect, exfoliate your skin), pat dry your face and apply the gel mask on the skin. According to the instruction from the wrapper, leave it for 15 minutes. However, I like to leave it longer since it is so convenient and non messy. You don't have to rinse after using. Recommanded to use it twice a week. You can also use it everyday.

Benefits of Lifecella Orange Face Mask:
  • Simple and convenient to use
  • Non messy - you can even wear your spectacles (if you use them) and go about doing your daily routine in the house.
  • Skin have a nice cool feeling even long after removing it. Approximate 3 hours and longer.
  • Skin is well moisturized. Skin remained oil free even without moisturizer for half a day.
  • Relaxes the skin

However, it is required to use this mask often for a noticable effect on the skin. Have you use it before? If yes, what do you think about this face mask?

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Tips on plucking and shaping your eyebrows

Ouch... plucking eyebrow is never fun and always painful. But, unless you're born with perfect eyebrows plucking and shaping your eyebrow is a must to look presentable and give you a boost of confidence.

TOP 8 tips on plucking and shaping your eyebrows

  1. Ask for a professional help to shape for the first time (sort of getting the blueprint). Then, just trim or pluck the other newly grown hair outside the shaped eyebrow time after time.

  2. Use a good quality tweezers. It can fasten the procedure by avoiding it from slipping due to the oil or breaking the hair halfway.

  3. Consider threading your eyebrows instead of plucking using tweezer or waxing. Refer to the threading eyebrow post here.

  4. Plucking your eyebrow can be quite painful. Minimize the pain from plucking your eyebrow using the tip in my previous post here : Tips to minimize pain when plucking eyebrow

  5. If you have to shape your eyebrow yourself, do look at more tutorial first and understand fully how to nicely shape your eyebrow. Watch the the eyebrow shaping tutorial video here again.

  6. Always use a eyebrow pencil (white/black/other contrasting color of your skin and hair) to mark the area where hairs should be removed.

  7. Always check back the whole picture of your eyebrow after a few plucks. This will ensure that you don't over pluck. Less is more here. If you are doubtful whether to pluck a certain strand or not.. then don't pluck it. Wait till it really annoys you and you are certain that strand should not be there.. then pluck it.

  8. Practice makes perfect. The more you practice the more you'll know how to shape and pluck your eyebrow effectively.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Threading eyebrows tips and how to

Threading eyebrows is gainning popularity nowadays. Threading is an ancient method hair removal originated from China, Middle East and India. It can be used to remove not only eyebrows, also other facial hair from upper lips, cheek, sideburns, etc and even leg hairs:P.

How to thread eyebrows?
Basically, eyebrow threading uses cotton thread which tied together at the end to create a loop and then twisting it in the middle a few times. Using this cotton thread and your fingers, place the thread on the skin where you want to remove the hairs. Use your finger to move the twisted part of the thread over it to remove unwanted or stray hair.

Confused? I was before too. So, let's speed up thing by watching the video tutorial below. It also has very useful eyebrow shaping tips you should know before threading your eyebrows.

Eyebrows threading pros and cons
  1. Less painful compared to plucking eyebrows using waxing or tweezers
  2. Faster as it can remove a line of hairs in single movement
  3. Neat and precise. Since threading eyebrows method removes hair in a line, it is helps while shaping eyebrows.
  4. Better than waxing eyebrows because waxing takes off part of the upper layer of the skin and might cause premature wrinkle.
  5. Suitable for sensitive skin as theading does not use any chemical that might cause allergic reaction
  1. Eyebrow threading needs some skill and not as straight forward as using tweezers.
  2. It not done correctly, it might cause hair breakage, ingrown hair, out of shape brows and unnecessary pain. However this disadvantages also apply when shaping and plucking eyebrows using tweezers and wax.

Plucking and Shaping Eyebrows Tutorial Video

What is a better way to learn how to shape your eyebrows than watching a video tutorial on shaping eyebrows. Here's and informative video on how to shape your eyebrows by using tweezers.

Tips to minimize the pain when plucking eyebrows

Tweezerman Stainless Steel Slant Tweezer

Tips to minimize the pain of plucking eyebrows using tweezers.

  1. Invest in a good tweezers (e.g Tweezerman tweezers). Saves plucking time and avoid mistakes like slipping due to the oil or breaking the hair halfway.
  2. Rub ice on the eyebrows for about 1 minute to numb the skin around it. Repeat when required
  3. Wet a piece of towel with warm water and place it over the eyebrows for awhile open the pores. Alternatively, pluck your eyebrows after a hot shower. The hair will be able to be plucked with less resistance as the pores are opened.
  4. Pluck your eyebrows the week after your period begin. Skin is less sensitive toward the pain by then
  5. Tout the skin in the direction of hair growth while plucking the eyebrows
  6. Pluck one strand of hair at a time
  7. Pluck near to the roots with a short and fast action
  8. Pluck in the direction of hair growth
  9. Apply Anbesol, Orajel or any children teething gel on the brows to reduce painOrajel Mouth Sore Medicine - .18 ozAnbesol Maximum Strength Oral Anesthetic Gel, .33-Ounce Tubes (Pack of 3)
  10. Apply aloe vera gel after plucking to reduce the redness and soothes painFruit Of The Earth Aloe Vera 100% Gel 24 oz (680 g)Fruit Of The Earth Aloe Vera 

Monday, August 3, 2009

How to whiten yellow finger and toe nails naturally ?

Here's how to whiten nails naturally in just a few simple step. Yellow stained finger nail and toe nails are definately not flattering. Frequent use of dark nail polish are one of the main factors causing yellow nails. Also, for some part of Asian countries, where the food uses a lot of spices (especially tumeric or 'kunyit' in Malay language), this can easily cause yellow nails if they use their fingers to handle food.

If you are interested on how to whiten nails right at the comfort of your own home, below are several method on how to whiten nails naturally that you can try :)

Use baking soda and hyrogen peroxide to bleach nails
Mix1 tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide and 2 tablespoon of baking soda to create a paste. Apply the paste all over each nails and also under the tips on the nails. Leave it about 5 minutes and then wash off.
ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda - 12 lb. bagHydrogen Peroxide (3%) Plastic Bottle (4 oz)Hydrogen Peroxide (3%)

Use denture cleaner tablet
 Dissolve a tablet of denture cleaner and soak your nails for 15 minutes. Stain-Away Plus Dental Cleanser received good reviews in Amazon. It if can clean and brighten your denture well, it will work the to remove stains in your nails too:)
.Stain-Away Plus Dental Cleanser - 8.1 OzStain-Away Plus Dental Cleanser

Use toothpaste and toothbrush
Apply some toothpaste on your soft toothbrush and scrub your nails for a few minutes. You may leave them for another 5 minute for more effect.
Rembrandt Toothpaste, Intense Stain, Mint Flavor, 3-Ounce Tubes (Pack of 3)Rembrandt Toothpaste for removing intense stain

Lemon juice and peel to whiten nail naturally
You can opt to soak your nails with lemon juice diluted equal part with water for 10 - 15 minutes or rub the lemon peel or skin with their juice for 10 minutes. Lemon is a natural astringent to remove a lot of household stains also.

Use nail whitening pencil for a quick fix
Last but not least, if you want instant whitening effect, just use nail whitening pencil and run it underneath your nails. French manicure in a instant. You can find this nail whitening pencil from Amazon.

How to whiten teeth naturally?

Yellow teeth is not flattering. Do you wish you have those white sparking teeth to show whenever you smile? The ones like Simon Cowell's, it really stands out whenever he smiles in American Idol :P

Smile like you mean it:D

So, how can you whiten teeth naturally without spending a fortune on whitening kit? The best natural teeth whitening solution is to use baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Baking soda helps to kill bacteria causing plaque and reduce acids that harm tooth enamel. Meanwhile, hydrogen peroxide also assist in removing the stain from the teeth. Both works well to whiten teeth naturally.

Things you need to prepare:
Church & Dwight Co 01170 Arm & Hammer Baking SodaBaking Soda                 Heritage Products Hydrogen Peroxide Mouthwash, 16-Ounces (Pack of 4)Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 1 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 1 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide
  • Toothbrush
  • 1 small container with cover ( you may use small bowl with plastic wrapper also)

Steps to whiten teeth naturally:
  1. Before begin, it is not adviced to whiten teeth if you have cavities, gingivitis or any gum problems. See your dentist first.
  2. With that aside, take the containter and mix 1 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide together. You may add more baking soda till it has the concentration of the normal toothpaste.
  3. Apply the mixture on the toothbrush and brush normally. Leave the teeth whitener mixture for about 2 minutes and rinse it throughly afterwards. Do not swallow.
  4. Keep the remainder of the mixture for your next use. You can cover the containter with its lit or if you are using a bowl, cover it with a plastic wrapper to avoid the mixture from drying up.

Please take note that only use this natural teeth whitening solution ONCE a week only. Too often might cause damage to the gum tissue.