Monthly Archives: March 2013

Quick Beauty Tip!: Natural Tooth Whitening

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I stumbled across this recipe online, I found it here. I do really want to try it actually! It looks like a good way to whiten teeth without having to use bleach strips on them. Though of course I would still have to be careful not to damage my teeth by over-using it.

The basic idea is to mix strawberries with Baking Soda and make it into a pulp, then apply to teeth for 5 minutes. It’s a lot cheaper than going to a dentist or buying whitening strips. I wonder what it would taste like.

*~*Would you try it?*~*

Want: Animal Crossing New Leaf

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I got Animal Crossing on my DS several years ago and loved it. It’s such a cute game πŸ™‚ And I love all the sweet animal characters and being able to decorate and dress yourself. So finding out there will be a new game for 3ds was very exciting!

It’s isn’t released until June 14th 😦 So not for quite a while. Oh well, I still have Nintendogs to entertain myself with until then ;P

You can watch the trailer here. Or the Japanese trailer here. It looks like the biggest difference is that you can customise your town and become Mayor too. :O So cool. It also looks like there are more shops and also a Club. Plus multiplayer games! Unfortunately the Western trailer doesn’t show that many of the new features.

I’m really excited for this game. I can’t wait until June. I really hope I will be able to afford it :/

*~*Are you excited too?*~*

My Soft-Toy Bag Collection <3

My Vice in life is bags that look like cute soft toys, (Ok, They’re one of my many vices, others include chocolate, eBay and more things that look like other things.) So I have obtained a small collection over the years. I never aimed to collect them, it’s just what seems to happen when you have little self control while shopping (like me.)

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My first one was my skelanimals backpack, ie. The skeleton Bunny. I’ve had him for a really long time now and tend to use him for travelling as he has the best stuff-holding capacity to size ratio.

Next I got the white teddy bear from Accessorize and my slight obsession began.

The Care bear (Amazon) is one of my favourites, though I do love them all :3 I always get lots of compliments on him and one of my friends always cradles him like a baby. I love how he is pink and has hearts on his tummy, I also love the rainbow straps too.

I got Pikachu from Tokyo Toys in the Trocadero centre in london, it’s a really cool shopping centre. They have a shop that only sells things that looks like pandas πŸ™‚ I wore him for MCM Expo in London (It’s kind of like Comic-con for those of you outside the UK.) I was dressed as Misty from Pokemon, I do have a Togepi plush I could have taken but I was scared I would lose him, plus Pikachu can carry all my stuff, I am a notorious over-packer for everything.

I got Totoro in camden from a street stall, I love shopping in Camden and I always overspend. But he’s just so cute :3 He can carry quite a lot too which is useful, most of my bags here can only just hold essentials.

My most recent bag was Winnie the Pooh, it was an anniversary gift from my boyfriend and has quite a lot of sentimental value behind it. I think that makes it my favourite. Plus Winnie the pooh is just so charming.

You do sometimes get some odd looks when you carry a bag that looks like a soft toy, but I love them :3 When I have to take them off my back to sit down I can also cuddle them which is an added bonus since I’m kind of past the age of it being socially accepted for me to carry a soft toy. I reckon my collection will probably get some new members in the next few years, unless I learn to save money and control myself. (Ha! Does not seem likely)

*~*Do you collect anything?*~*

Review of Body Shops Blue Corn 3 in 1 Deep Cleansing Mask

I got this a little while ago, so I have had a few more opportunities to use it now. I got this product during a body shop sale, it’s probably not something I would have usually spent my money on because I have to budget tightly but the sale offer tempted me. It’s Β£10 (when there isn’t a sale on) and you do get a big tub for that amount.

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I love doing face masks and this one is really fun. It’s pale blue and it does feel like it is doing something. It contains clay to draw out impurities, corn oil to moisturise and other various essential oils.

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It has quite a sweet, powdery smell to it. Very clean smelling which I like for a cleansing product. There are quite big exfoliating bits (beads? kernels? Bits of Clay? I don’t know what they are) in it which means that it does work as a good exfoliator. Though that means it may be too tough on sensitive skin or aggravate acne. Definitely only apply to wet or damp skin, if you apply to dry skin it does hurt a bit applying it as it doesn’t glide over skin as well.

It’s recommended to be used on normal/oily skin. After applying it I did feel a bit of warmth and some “sting” (not painful though.) I don’t know if that’s just me or if that happens to everyone though. You can also feel it tighten after it’s been left on a little while, which is nice as it feels like it’s working.

After washing it off, my skin did feel smoother due to the exfoliation. I did not notice any moisturising effect from it though. I do think it has helped to cleanse my skin a bit too. I would recommend this to people wanting a very good exfoliator. Though as my skin is a little more sensitive to rough exfoliation I think next time I will try another one of the Body Shops mask range, possibly the Seaweed or Honey and Oat one.

Sunday Style Inspiration!: Venus Angelic

Venus Angelic, aka. Venus Palermo, is famous on YouTube for her doll-like looks. She currently lives in the UK. Some of her outfits are very lolita-like, others aren’t but are still cute and adorable. I really like her style and I think it really suits her. She speaks 5 languages :O I find that really inspirational and it’s nice that she works on being smart as well as cute.

You can find her twitter here, her blog here and her youtube channel here.

Here are some pictures of her (taken from her blog, all from the same post here.)

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A more lolita-esque look with minimal eye make-up.

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I love her eyes and hair here πŸ™‚ So cute!

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Doesn’t she look just like a doll?

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The pink top here goes really well with her blonde hair.

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I love her with dark hair too! Her eyes look so big here.

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Her make-up is so good πŸ™‚ I think it’s really impressive, especially for a 15 year old!

*~*See you next week for more Sunday Style Inspiration!*~*

St. Patricks Day Nail Tutorial

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It’s St Patricks Day tomorrow, So here is how to do some Irish themed Nails. I was going to post this tomorrow, but then I thought that all of you celebrating will probably be too drunk for nail art by then πŸ˜‰

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Start with a Green Base.

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You will need rainbow colours πŸ™‚ I don’t have a green here because I am just going to use the base for the green part of the rainbow.

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Draw a line with the red that kind of joins to your other nails in a rainbow arch shape. Repeat with all the others colours until you have a full rainbow πŸ™‚

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Using black, draw on the outline of your pot of gold.

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I did an orange background first for the gold. Then I added on yellow dots. Makes it look more like coins.

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On the thumb I drew a clover. This one is four leafed to make it lucky πŸ˜‰ I did a black outline and then used a smudge of yellow in the center of each leaf to give it more depth.

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I did the same on every nail on the other hand. Because the rainbow was enough of a struggle right-handed πŸ˜› Plus it does look more interesting have both hands different. Some are 3 leaf and some are 4 leaf.

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Here is the finished Rainbow with the Pot of Gold at the end πŸ™‚

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And you’re done! Irish themed nails ready for the day of green stuff and drinking that awaits!

*~*Hope you have a wonderful St Patricks Day everyone!*~*

Tips on taking Isotretinoin (aka. Roaccutane, Accutane)

A year ago I was taking Isotretinoin. For those of you who don’t know what it is, It is a very strong drug usually taken by people with Acne to help get rid of it. If you have found this and are reading it, then I assume that your dermatologist or doctor has mentioned the idea of taking it to you.

For me, It was a bit of a wonder drug. My Acne is all gone, I still have some red marks from where it was but these should fade over time and I feel comfortable enough with these to go out with no make-up on. I do not really get new spots now, even over half a year after stopping it. I have got like one tiny one during my “time of month” which is perfectly natural and after suffering years of acne was no problem at all.

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While I would recommend this drug to most people, there are some instances where it’s not recommended and your doctor should tell you about this. Such as if you are prone to depression, at risk of liver damage or trying for a baby.

Before taking the drug you will have to get a blood test and need to be using a contraceptive method (like the pill or implant) even if you are not sexually active. You will also be required to take pregnancy tests every month because Accutane is really harmful to embryo development.

The drug will have some unpleasant side effects, not everybody will get all possible side effects and they may be better or worse in some people. Though I can pretty much promise you that you will get dry flaky lips. The drug is a gradual build up, so you will not instantly get side effects, they will gradually creep up on you and become worse. They will go once you stop taking the drug though. Try to alter your routine to combat these side effects early, as it will help stop it becoming too bad. Here is some advice that I have learned through experience from my course of the drug:

  • Vaseline. Get lots of it. Small tubs to carry with you at all times and big tubs for places you frequently are at, such as next to your bed, at work desk, near your sofa. You will need to use it on your lips a lot. They will get very very dry. Not like how they sometimes get dry in winter, like flaking and sometimes painful dry. If you use the vaseline it does make it so much better so I would definitely make it a habit to start with. I found the Cocoa butter one was best for me, and avoid ones with a coloured tint as often you will need to go outside the line of your lips.
  • Avoid Exfoliation. The Accutane will make your skin very sensitive and exfoliating it will make it become red and sore. It is ok to use a gentle exfoliator once (perhaps twice) a week. But try to gradually cut down your use and swap to more gentle products. Once you are in the height of the drugs course, it will burn to exfoliate like you are probably used to. I always use an oil-free foam cleanser to clean my skin and I find it works well. One thing my doctor said to me was that “People often treat acne as though it is dirt on their skin, attempting to scrub it off, when they really should treat it like a wound and be gentle with it. You wouldn’t scrub a graze on your knee.”
  • Change your hair removal method. Waxing is not advised while using the drug. This is because of how much more sensitive your skin is. There is a risk of you damaging your skin from it. As your skin is more flaky, the wax may pull some of it off O.o Personally, I didn’t dare risk it while I was on the drug, but I imagine that waxing would have been painful. Shaving and Plucking is fine. I don’t know about hair removal creams, threading or epilating but I imagine they would be ok. Do ask your Dermatologist though.
  • Get a good moisturiser. Your skin will go dry anywhere dryness is usually prone. If you get dry hands during winter normally, you will probably get dry hands on accutane. Another thing that may get dry and sometimes tear are your “intimate areas.” They do have specific products for this too, ask a pharmacist. The sides of your mouth may also experience some tears, the vaseline should help with this.
  • Start drinking Cranberry Juice and make sure you are having enough water. The drug will dry out all mucus membranes in your body, including your urinary system meaning that UTIs are much more likely to occur. Cranberry juice changes the pH of your urine to reduce pain if you get an infection and also makes it mildly antibacterial to help prevent them.
  • Other Mucus membranes that get dry are eyes and nose. The inside of your nose can get dry and make nosebleeds more likely. Using Vaseline in your nose before bed can help protect and moisturise it. A eye spray or drops for dry eyes is also useful to carry around. It will help when your eyes feel dry and tired.
  • Sun protection. You will become more prone to sunburn, even in temperate months. Using a sunscreen or an oil-free moisturiser with sun protection will help prevent it making your skin red, drier, sore or burnt. Sunglasses are also a good idea as your eyes will probably become majorly sensitive to any brightness.
  • Keep an eye out for low mood. The drugs deplete serotonin, so if your mood gets low frequently mention it to your dermatologist and see what you can do to prevent it becoming too low. If you feel you cannot cope then tell somebody.
  • Be gentle on your joints. I got horrible joint pain and sometimes I wouldn’t even feel like moving. Exercise is good for helping with your mood, but don’t do anything too strenuous on your joints. Stick to something gentle like Yoga. Anything that puts a lot of weight or pressure on your joints, like running or jumping, may not be a good idea. Avoiding carrying heavy weight will also reduce pressure on them. I used to Trampoline which is probably why mine got so painful. Now is not the time to start a strenuous exercise routine! Wait until your joints recover.
  • Try methods to increase concentration. Accutane shortened my attention span by quite a bit. Making sure you aren’t hungry in lessons or at work will help. A good night sleep can also help, as can regular gentle exercise.
  • Don’t expect instant results. The results are gradual. You will probably be on the drugs for 6months-1year. Don’t expect everything to be cleared up after 2 months. The results are so gradual you probably won’t notice them yourself. I found that after 3 months people did start commenting that it looked much better but I didn’t think it did myself. Try taking pictures every month so you can see how much better it actually has got.
  • Wash your hair less. The drug will also dry your hair out. I liked this side effect because my hair would never get greasy. I could leave it over a week. (Though I didn’t often out of habit.) This meant the ends of my hair actually got more moisturised as I wasn’t stripping oil from them by washing it. I got several comments on how nice my hair looked. This was my second favourite effect of the drug (after clearing my skin of course πŸ˜› ) While you are showering, try to avoid shampoo and just condition your hair instead. Only use shampoo when your roots start to become greasy. Some people may suffer hair loss due to dry scalp, try to keep yours in good condition. I did not get this effect so I don’t know much about it.

If you look on other sites, I’m sure there are many more tips as some people will have gotten different side effects to me. You probably will not get the exact same effects at the same intensity at me. I hope you have found my tips useful though! When you are feeling annoyed at the drug because of these side effects, just try to remember how much it’s improved your skin already and how it will continue to do so. You will come off the drug and when you do your skin will be so much better but those side effects will go away. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment πŸ™‚

*~*Good Luck!*~*