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How to Get Kissable Lips

Lips, by far, are one of the most neglected parts of our beauty routines. Even I was a victim of this. But with conscious practice, I made sure that I pamper my lips as much as I do the other parts of my body. Who doesn’t want kissable lips right?

 

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When you don’t take care of your lips, they get chapped, dry and dark. This will throw your overall appearance off balance. When you try and use lipstick to cover it, it’ll get caked up or hidden in the cracks. And that’s so much worse!

If you want to have appealing and kissable lips then it’s time to show them so love.

 

Exfoliate

Just the way you have dead skin cells on the skin on your face, the same goes for your lips. Exfoliation helps to remove the dead cells and reveal new and fresh skin. When you exfoliate your lips, it makes your lips smooth, brighter and plump.

There are so many exfoliating scrubs specifically for your lips. However, I’m a great fan of natural products you can get straight from your kitchen cupboard.

Sugar makes an excellent exfoliating scrub. It not only removed the dried and dead skin from your lips, it also nourishes your lips and make them extra soft.

Apply your favourite lip balm or a dollop of Vaseline on your lips. Take a pinch of sugar and pat it all over your lips. The sugar will stick to the balm or Vaseline. Next use your fingers to gently scrub your lips. If you don’t like the feel of sugar on your lips, you can use an old toothbrush and brush your lips with water. This gives the same effect as exfoliating with sugar. But make sure that you don’t scrub too hard and injure your lips.

 

Stay hydrated

To have those lush, plump lips, you need to make sure that you stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water. Of course, staying hydrated depends a lot on the environment as much as how much fluid you take into your system. To be on the safe side, always make sure you drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day.

 

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Don’t lick your lips

Dry lips are usually the beginning of unhealthy looking lips. Unknown to many, in an attempt to keep your lips moist, there is a tendency to lick your lips. It sounds pretty logical as saliva is liquid which will keep your lips moist. However, that is a huge misconception.

Licking your lips can make your lips very dry. The elements contained in your saliva makes your lips dry up quickly.

 

Moisturize

For kissable lips, moisturizing balms must be your best friend. Moisturize your lips daily, especially immediately after exfoliating or accidentally linking your lips so that your lips don’t dry out. If possible, moisturize multiple times a day to maintain lush lips.

One hack I use while moisturizing my lips is to apply a little water to my lips before applying a generous amount of lip balm or more Vaseline to my lips. This will help lock in the moisture longer.

Don’t think moisturizing your lips is something that is restricted to day time use. Make sure you moisturize every night too. In fact, I advice you be extra generous with the lip balm or Vaseline at night.

 

Do you have any others ways of achieving kissable lips? Please share in the comments section.

 

 

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How to Whiten your Teeth at Home

There’s nothing as attractive as a smile. But a smile that reveals a set of sparkling white teeth is quite alluring.

However, the food we eat and the beverages we drink can stop us from having snow-white teeth. This is because such foods and beverages tend to stain our teeth. Beverages like tea or coffee are well-known culprits in this. When your teeth get stained, your teeth assume varying shades of yellow or at the very worst brown!

 

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To get white teeth, most people go to dentists for a teeth whitening treatment. Some go for teeth whitening stripes. Most times, these methods are quite expensive.

Before you opt for these expensive teeth whitening treatments, you could try whitening your teeth using the some items you have in your kitchen cupboard? These natural methods of whitening your teeth are safe and have no known side effects but it is always safer to speak with your dentist before trying any of these methods.

So with the disclosure above out-of-the-way, here are some of the ways you can whiten your teeth at home.

 

Baking soda + lemon juice

Baking soda has been know to be a very useful item in your kitchen. It can perform a lot of wonders in the area of cooking and cleaning. When baking soda teams up with the juice of a lemon, it makes an effective teeth whitening paste.

Take some baking soda and mix it into a clean bowl. The baking soda you pour in the bowl should be enough to clear all your teeth and make them whiter. The next thing to do is to squeeze out the juice from half a lemon. The baking soda should come to the consistency of a paste. The baking soda will bubble but don’t worry, it’s pretty safe to use.

Apply the paste on your teeth with your finger or use your toothbrush and brush your teeth. Do this consistently for a couple of days and your teeth will be several shades whiter.

 

Brush with Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar is getting quite popular these days with its various health benefits and versatile uses. Apple Cider Vinegar can help whiten your teeth too. It is quite acidic which is good to help breakdown plaque and fight germs in your mouth.

Take some Apply Cider Vinegar, use it to brush your teeth everyday until you get your teeth to the desired shade. Make sure that you brush your teeth with your regular toothpaste immediately after brushing with Apple cider vinegar as the acids in the apple cider can be very strong and destroy the enamel.

 

 

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Strawberries

This is the most delicious solution to get white teeth. Strawberries have great teeth whitening ability and the mode of application is very simple. All you have to do is to mash-up about 5 strawberries. Apply the mashed strawberries on your teeth. Use your fingers to rub the mashed strawberries all over your teeth. With consistent use, your teeth will become whiter and whiter.

 

What do you think of these methods? Have you tried any?

Beauty Secrets to Stay Pretty at 45000 Feet

Summer is here, and that means it is holiday time! Many of us have holidays booked and that means many long flights ahead. Looking good on a flight can be hardwork sometimes. The stress of travelling, especially with young children, can be a little too much. Most times our skincare/beauty routine is out of the window by the time we board, and every beauty rule is broken by the time the plane takes off!

 

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If you’re the type who travels a lot, then you need to make sure you take extra care of your skin. But how can we know what’s the best way to take care of our skin when nobody lives thousands of feet in the sky?

While flying through a couple of countries, I observed that the air hostesses were always so radiant and gorgeous. What was so interesting was how beautiful they looked despite the stress(dealing with demanding passengers)  and long hours of work on the airplane.

After a bit of probing into the beauty secrets of the air hostesses, I finally cracked their code. If you’re curious like I was or if you’re the type who loves travels and wants to maintain a beautiful skin, then this article is for you.

 

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  1. Moisturize

I wasn’t surprised when I found out that air hostesses moisturize more than usual. Keeping your skin healthy and glowing for long hours means that you need to make sure that your skin retains as much moisture as possible.

  1. Drink plenty of water

This goes hand-in-hand with moisturizing. Moisturizing will make sure that your skin is not starved off water but you need to note that real beauty starts from the inside out. Staying hydrated reduces the chances of your skin getting dry, plus it flushes out toxins from your body. Toxin build up can find its way to your skin, so drinking water is one of the easiest ways to get clear skin.

  1. Layer your skin care products

The weather 45000 feet away can be really harsh on the skin especially when it is a long flight. I remember my Emirates flight to Dubai last Christmas, I had to layer my skincare products to get the shine and glow I wanted.

The secret is in the layering. For example, before applying foundation, they make sure they moisturize really well. The same goes for applying lipstick. Use a lip balm first then layer it with your favourite coloured lipstick. The idea is to keep the skin-rejuvenating products beneath all the makeup to get double dose of beauty.

  1. Choose your makeup wisely

Makeup can enhance your beauty. But if you’re looking for the long-term effect of beautiful skin then you need to choose makeup that will help your skin.

Don’t go for anything heavy. Choose makeup that’s light on the skin. Plant and mineral makeup can do wonders on your skin while still preserving that natural look. It’s easy on your skin while it hides away your blemishes.

 

What do you think of these tips? Do you have any to add? Please do so in the comments section below.

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