It has been quite a while since my last blog post. I was so into reading The Ultimate Book of Household Hints & Tips by Cassandra Kent (ISBN 0 7513 0265 1) and finishing in 2 days the Korean TV series Flower Boy Ramyun Shop, and then starting on another Japanese series Zenkai Girl. Anyway, I found the book really interesting. It’s a short read in so many areas – from simple carpentry to facial care, the book has it. Amazing really. So let me share a few special parts. I feel that these tips go to waste if not shared. Of course, no copyright infringement intended…
- Softening nail varnish – stand the bottle in a bowl of hot water. Keep your nail varnish in the refrigerator to prevent it from thickening.
- Reviving dried mascara – pour a couple of drops of hot water into the mascara tube that is almost finished.
- Eyebrow pencils – placing them in the refrigerator for a while before sharpening them makes pencils less likely to break.
- Mending broken lipsticks – heat the two ends over a flame until they melt enough to be stuck together again, then cool the lipstick in a refrigerator.
- Perfume storage – store in a cool and dark place. Exposure to light and heat will cause it to deteriorate. Plus a cool spritz will surely freshen you up in the summer heat!
- Applying perfume – oily skin holds perfume better than dry skin. Rub a little petroleum jelly before applying perfume on dry skin.
- Keeping cosmetics – keep toners and moisturizing creams in the refrigerator if the weather is hot. They will be refreshing to use and those that contain natural ingredients will remain fresh for as long as possible.
- Treating puffy eyes – hold a peeled, grated potato against puffy eyes in a clean handkerchief. You can also use cucumber slices or cold, wet teabags.
- Growing thick eyelashes – encourage thick eyelash growth by dabbing castor oil on your eyelashes at night. Be careful not to get oil in your eyes.
- Whitening teeth – brush your teeth with bicarbonate soda and eat strawberries often.
- Freshen breath – chew parsley.
- Eliminating foot odor – dust baking soda over feet and sprinkle in shoes.
- Strengthen nails – soak fingertips in warm water and bicarbonate soda for 10 minutes once a week
- Softening cuticles – soak cuticles in a bowl of warm olive oil.
- Removing stains on skin – use the cut half of lemon to scrub on skin stains. Use vinegar to remove strong odors such as fish.
- Soft feet – rub in equal proportions of cooking oil and granulated sugar.
- Making varnish stick – wipe nails with vinegar before applying nail polish – this helps the varnish to adhere.
- Loosening nail polish bottle caps – rub a little petroleum jelly in the grooves of the cap to prevent it from sticking to the bottle.
- Sunburn – pat sunburned skin with cold, wet teabag or dab the area with cider vinegar. You can also apply a thin coating of plain natural yogurt to take away the pain. Adding 300ml cider vinegar to a tepid bath will also soothe sunburned skin.
- Making a cleansing scrub – add 5g of granulated sugar to your regular cream cleanser or to lather from regular body soap.
- Skin softener – put a handful of oatmeal in the bath water to smooth and soften skin. It will not produce the scum left by many bath oils.
- Elbows – rest your elbows in the skin of an avocado for a few minutes to lubricate dry skin. Rest them in lemon skins to whiten.
- Milk bath – sprinkle powdered milk into running bath water for a relaxing bath that will soften the skin.
- Facial scrub – make your own exfoliating scrub by mixing cornmeal, honey, and ground walnuts. Rub it on your face with your fingertips and leave for 5 minutes before rinsing off.
- Foundation – wipe a wet sponge over your face before putting on liquid make-up. This will prevent the make-up from dragging on your skin.
- Skin freshener – make from equal parts of rosewater and witch hazel and apply it to face with a cotton-wool pad. It won’t leave your skin feeling taut because it contains no alcohol.
- Dry skin remedy – cut an unpeeled cucumber and liquidize with a carton of natural yogurt. Spread on your face and rinse off. You can also mix one egg yolk with 2.5ml olive oil and lemon juice. Wash your face and spread on, avoiding the eyes. Leave for 10mins and rinse off.
- Oily skin remedy – mix one egg white with 30g cornflour. Spread on clean face and leave for several minutes until it feels dry and tight. Rinse with cold water. Apply beaten egg white on its own to tone skin and tighten pores.
- Scenting home with unwanted perfume – wipe a small amount over light bulbs. They will produce a scent when heated up.
- Leftover soap – save small pieces of soap in a screwtop jar and add the juice of a lemon. Fill up the jar with boiling water. Stir to dissolve then add 5ml glycerine. Allow to cool, and use for washing hands.
- Saving talcum powder – tape over all but three holes. This saves a mess too.
Aren’t these tips handy? Now you know why I haven’t been online lately. <3