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Health and beauty tips & tricks

The Dip-Powder Manicure fact check...

 It's being marketed with words like "safe," "natural," and "organic." However those claims aren't regulated, and choosing the powders over gel mani isn't necessarily a better choice.

So, how do dip powders differ from acrylic nails and gel manicures? The grains are finer, which allows them to be created in more vibrant colors. Dip powders are bonded using a glue called cyanoacrylate, which is also the main ingredient in Krazy Glue. "Acrylic nails", on the other hand, are applied by combining a liquid with a powder to form a gel. Similarly, the ingredients in gel manicures are like pre-mixed acrylics, and they undergo a chemical reaction once they are cured with a LED lamp.

Now, for the other shoe to drop: Dipping powder isn't exactly the healthiest choice you can make for your natural nails. It's oftentimes containing MMD, which is extremely harmful to natural nails and banned in NYC," "Dip powders are acrylic.Now just up to you to decided.

Beauty Hacks Using Vaseline

Keep perfume from fading.

Rub Vaseline on your wrists and behind your ears to make your perfume last longer.

Soothe dry heels

 Spread Vaseline on your heels before you go to bed, and cover with fuzzy socks. You'll wake up with soft heels.

Put pierced earrings in more easily

 When you haven't worn earrings for a while, it can be hard to get them through the hole?  Rub Vaseline on your lobes,  you'll have a much easier time.

 Protect your skin from hair dye.

 Vaseline blocks the color from seeping into your skin, so apply a little around your hairline first.

Protects chapped lips

 When Vaseline is applied to your lips, it protects the sensitive skin around your mouth. 

Grooms and styles eyebrows

  You can apply a thin layer of Vaseline to smooth the hairs into place and make sure they stay put.

Heal minor cuts and scrapes

Vaseline forms a protective layer that seals the area of your skin where you apply it. This protective barrier facilitates healing and keeps bacteria from invading a wound that’s working to heal.

Removes eye makeup

Since Vaseline is petroleum-based, it dissolves almost any kind of makeup gently and simply. Vaseline is safe to use around your eye area. It’s especially good at removing waterproof mascara.

Rooibos: Red head (very simple to use Rooibos on your hair)       


As you may have noticed, I can?t get enough of Rooibos tea! One of the great things about the ingredients we recommend on spotless is their versatlility. Rooibos is certainly no exception. As I?ve written about recently, along with making a very healthy and tasty drink, Rooibos is great for the skin for a number of reasons and is useful in caring for babies. It also promotes good sleep, eases stomach cramps, is anti-inflammatory and helps protect against cancer. All with zero negative side effects. As if all this were not enough, one of the most rewarding ways to use it is in hair care. It has a number of benefits for hair, and this post is dedicated to sharing them with you.

In brief, Rooibos has the following perks for hair:

  • It has been shown to both promote hair growth and reduce hair loss.

  • It protects the colour of your hair (whatever the colour, and whether natural or artificial) from fading and damage from sunlight etc.

  • It adds smoothness and shine to hair.

  • Its many skin benefits also extend to the scalp, making it a good treatment for itchy scalp and dandruff.

  • It can also be used to give a reddish sheen to hair, and to add deeper red tones to a henna treatment.

  • It helps balance oily hair without drying.

The best news is that it is very simple to use Rooibos on your hair and start benefiting from these great properties. Here are some ways:

  • Use it in place of water in your bicarb solution when washing your hair the no? poo spotless way (especially to benefit the scalp).

  • Mix it with apple cider vinegar for the conditioning part of the no? poo hair wash.

  • My favourite: After washing, do a final rinse using a strong pot of Rooibos, cooled to lukewarm. No need to rinse out. It gives your hair a lovely smell and beautiful sheen. (Probably not for you if your hair is a very light colour and you don?t want any reddish tint.)

  • Keep cooled Rooibos in a spray bottle and use as a quick spray-on, leave-in hair refresher and conditioner. This is also a very effective way to protect your hair from UV rays after or during sun exposure.

  • To red-up a henna treatment, either use a Rooibos infusion in place of water, or add loose leaves (two teaspoons or the contents of two teabags) to the henna powder.

Simple Tips to avoid Pimples

Keep your face clean

Cleansing shall be one of the most important steps of your skin care routine. Even if you are not having an acne problem washing the face twice a day helps in removing dirt, oil and dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. Less oil and dirt also means less acne. While washing your face never apply soap and always use a mild face cleanser.

Eat healthy

Mothers always tell us that no amount of cosmetic products can benefit our skin as much as eating a healthy diet comprising of fresh fruits and vegetables can. This is in fact true. Eating oily and greasy food like chocolates or junk food doesn?t do much good to our skin while eating grains, fruits and vegetables helps us in keeping it healthy and pimple free.

Keep your hands away from your face

Siting an unpleasant pimple makes us want to pop it immediately to get rid of it. But touching and popping pimples can only accentuate the problem. Don?t let your hands touch your face very often. It can spread bacteria, cause infections or further more pimples which you certainly don?t want.

Apply ice

Ice soothes the skin, particularly the affected area which can help your skin to become pimple-free. Applying ice on the skin will remove the oil and dirt trapped inside and reduces the redness and swelling. To get rid of an eruption, put an ice cube in a cloth and gently press it against the affected skin. Or one can also make it a routine to apply crushed ice or ice cubes to the skin in order to avoid pimples.

Apply honey

Honey masks are quite a common acne treatment. Applying honey on the face works both as a preventive method and as a treatment for pimples. It is a natural antiseptic that soothes and heals the skin. The antioxidants present in honey can help in reducing the inflammation over the skin and making it pimple free. Apply some honey on your face for 15-30 minutes and then wash it off. Not only will it work against your acne problem but it also makes the skin smooth and supple.

Use baking soda

A mixture of baking soda and lemon juice can be applied on the skin to make it pimple free. Baking soda is an amphoteric compound which means it can work both as an acid and as a base. It helps in neutralizing the skin?s pH, imbalance in which is often a cause behind acne. It also dries the skin removing any extra oil and mixing some baking soda with water works wonderfully in cleansing and exfoliating your skin.

Use Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a cactus like plant with anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-septic, astringent and a lot more useful medicinal properties. It can be used in a lot of ways- as a moisturizer, a face mask, shaving oil or it can also be included in your diet. Aloe Vera can work wonders for treating and preventing acne as it removes excess oil and dirt from the skin. It stimulates the cell growth, and helps the damaged skin for healing faster.

Take a chill pill!

Stress causes PIMPLES!! When our body produces the stress hormone, it leads to causing pimples in two ways. 1: The hair follicle lining thickens due to the hormone causing whiteheads and blackheads and if bacteria gets trapped inside of it, a pimple is formed. 2: Our body directs blood and oxygen to more vital areas leaving skin dehydrated and prone to clogged pores and breakouts. Hence in order to avoid pimples one also needs to reduce their stress levels. You may try yoga or meditation to stay stress-free and pimple-free.

Use dermatological products or treatments

If all else fails then this can be your backup plan. There is a huge variety of anti-acne products- face washes, creams, face packs etc., available in the market these days. Search a little, find a product that will best suit your skin type and give it a try. If still your pimples are unlikely to go away then don?t hesitate from going to a dermatologist.


The snacks that help prevent puckering and strengthen skin structure ,Eat them daily for a month, then at least once a week

ORANGES one a day to boost vitamin C , that the antioxidant builds collagen. Translation: fewer pimples.

RAW ALMONDS trade sugary bites for naturally sweet nuts. Sugar attacks collagen a elastin m causing sagginess, Almonds mitamE helps fight wrinkles.

AVOCADO antioxidants ;promote skin elasticity. Healthy fats also ward off weight gain, which can lead to cellulite production .


Go nuts for coconut oil

 Body scrub

Mix a half cup of sea salt or sugar with an equal amount of melted coconut oil, and then use your hands to rub it over any rough patches of skin. The scrub moisturizes while removing dead skin cells.

Makeup remover

Massage a dollop of warmed, liquified coconut oil straight onto skin and watch as makeup melts away, then rinse with warm water. To make your own coconut oil makeup remover wipes, melt 1 teaspoon of coconut oil per round cotton pad in a microwave-safe container. Then, lay the cotton pads in an even layer and let them soak up the oil overnight. Store them in the same container or in a plastic baggie and throw them in your carry-on or gym bag for easy makeup removal on the go.

Frizz fighter

Rub a pea size amount of coconut oil between your fingers to warm it up, and then apply it to the bottom couple inches of your hair for all day frizz protection. If you have thicker, coarser hair, apply the coconut oil from mid-shaft to ends for added frizz control. Bonus: It also leaves hair extra shiny and soft!

Under-eye cream

The skin under your eyes is thin and delicate, making it prone to fine lines, puffiness, and dark circles. If you hate the idea of dropping big bucks on expensive eye cream, then sub in coconut oil. Just rub a pinch in between fingers to warm it up before patting it underneath your eyes

Lip balm

Chapped lips don't stand a chance against ultra-hydrating coconut oil. Scoop some into a spare contact lens holder and throw it in your purse so you can dab it on with your finger throughout the day.

Cuticles softener

Chapped lips don't stand a chance against ultra-hydrating coconut oil. Scoop some into a spare contact lens holder and throw it in your purse so you can dab it on with your finger throughout the dayCuticle softener

Get double duty from your new DIY coconut oil lip balm case and say goodbye to ragged cuticles. Using your finger, swipe a small amount of the oil onto each of your cuticles and allow it to sink in.

Body oil

As a solid, coconut oil's creamy texture makes it the perfect light moisturizer to slather all over. Apply a quarter sized amount right after you get out of the shower so it can sink into your warm skin. The light tropical scent that lingers after it's applied.

Deep Conditioner.

You can use hot coconut oil as a pre shampoo treatment to soothe dry hair before you shampoo and condition. Leave in for at least an hour for an allover moisturizing treatment.A 2003 study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science showed that coconut oil is able to penetrate inside the hair shaft because of its fatty acid structure. If your hair feels dry or is prone to breakage ? which may be the case if you color it or use heat tools regularly ? try coconut oil as an all day treatment. Rub the oil into the palms of your hands and work your way towards the end of your strands. Follow by brushing with a wide tooth comb, then put your hair in a ponytail or bun , leave it on your hair all day,rinse with shampoo and conditioner ( you may have to shampoo more than one if it still feel greasy ).


Yes, it work, just little dab you are good to go.


A few tips to maintain healthy vision .

Reduce computer-related eyestrain with 20/20/20.

For every 20 minutes of screen time, look 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds.

Shade your eyes from the sun. UV rays can cause irreversible damage to your eyes, so be sure to wear sunglasses whenever you are out and about.

Feed your eyes with foods high in lutein, omega-3 fatty acids or lycopene. Eggs, nuts, carrots, spinach, watermelon, papaya and fish are all eye-healthy choices.

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