Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Vinegar Uses for You

I found a great website for uses of Vinegar. I was researching this because I heard that vinegar works on sunburn. Right now I am burnt to a crisp because I was dumb and sat at the beach for 3 1/2 hours (that being the first time getting sun in a year). The website is http://www.vinegartips.com/Scripts/pageViewSec.asp?id=9 I just copied all the info for this because it was all great tips. Check it out!

Stave off high blood sugar and other Alzheimer's risk factors with a daily dose of vinegar. According to researchers, there is evidence that vinegar sinks risk factors that may lead to memory decline and dementia -- namely, high blood sugar, insulin resistance, diabetes and prediabetes, and weight gain. While vinegar does not confront Alzheimer's directly, studies at Arizona State University have found that vinegar can curb appetite and food intake, helping prevent weight gain and obesity. Swedish investigators agree. In one study, downing two or three tablespoons of vinegar with white bread cut expected rises in insulin and blood sugar by about 25 percent. Pour on the vinegar -- add it to salad dressings, eat it by the spoonful, even mix it into a glass of drinking water. Any type of vinegar works because it's the acidity that counts.

Stop insect stings and bites from itching
by dabbing them with a cotton ball saturated with undiluted white distilled vinegar.

Soothe sunburn with a spray of white distilled vinegar, repeating as often as you like. Ice-cold white distilled vinegar will feel even better, and may prevent blistering and peeling.

For cuts and scrapes, use white distilled vinegar as an antiseptic.

Get rid of foot odor by washing feet well with antiseptic soap daily, then soaking them in undiluted cider vinegar for 10 minutes or so. Remember that cotton socks aid odor control more effectively than wool ones.

Clean a hairbrush by soaking in a white distilled vinegar solution.

Tone facial skin with a solution of equal parts white distilled vinegar and water.

If commercial aftershaves cause rashes and itching, try using undiluted white distilled vinegar as an aftershave lotion.

Lighten body freckles (not facial freckles) by rubbing on full-strength white distilled vinegar.

Eliminate bad breath and whiten your teeth by brushing them once or twice a week with white distilled vinegar.

Make nail polish last longer. Wipe fingernails with cotton balls dipped in white distilled vinegar before putting on nail polish.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

BH Cosmetics

I have been wanting to try BH Cosmetics for a little while now. I had a feeling that it was the same makeup as Coastal Scents (just with the BH stamp on them) and I have a few eye shadow colors from Coastal Scents that I love. So I figured I would give BH Cosmetics a try. On the day that NYX Cosmetics had their $1.20 sale (that barely anyone was able to purchase from), I decided to buy from BH instead. I had been staring at makeup on line for about 16 hours and I REALLY wanted new makeup (even though I didnt have a lot of money to spend). I know that there was various colors that I was interested in at the NYX site so I decided to buy one of those HUGE palettes from BH. I couldnt decide between the 88 Palette and the 120 Palette. So I bought both. I havent swatched all the colors as of yet, but so far the ones that I have used... I LOVE.
The palettes that I bought are the 88 Cool Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette, the 120 Eyeshadow Palette 3rd Edition (this is 2 palettes in one container... one on top of the other), and the Palette of 10 blushes. I dont remember the exact price I paid (and I cant find the receipt), but I do know that I got an additional 20% off because I have a student discount. I found the code online and just signed up using my school email address. I do know that I paid around $50.00 for everything (including shipping and tax)... which is a steal!
The colors that I have used are the oranges, yellows, pinks and teals. I have made some beautiful eye looks that I have never done before. The colors are extremely pigmented. Even the shimmer colors have shimmer throughout the shadow (so far). I would take pictures of the looks that I have done, but my camera is not great and it doesnt show how beautiful the colors really are. All I can say is that for the amount of money that you spend (which is not much) on these amazing palettes, you get so many color choices and the pigment is great.

Below are pictures of the palettes that I bought. If anyone else has these palettes or anything else from BH, please tell me your opinion. I am now a huge fan of BH and cant wait to try other products out.

88 Palette (Cool Shimmer)

120 Palette (3rd Edition... top palette)
120 Palette (3rd Edition... bottom palette)

10 Blush Palette

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Milani Lip Mixer

I was browsing around CVS waiting for a prescription to finish getting filled. I really didnt plan on buying anything but I saw such pretty lip glosses on the Milani display. I already own a few lip glosses from Milani and I love them, but this one was something totally different. It is called Milani Lip Mixer (color, shine & shimmer lip gloss). There were a total of 6 shades, but I only picked up 1. The one that I bought is called Lip Mingle 701. It has 3 layers of colors, stacked on top of one another. The top layer is like a frosty toasty pink, the middle layer is a glittery nude, and the bottom layer is a toasty brown, bronze shade with a heavy dose of golden shimmer.

The formula feels more like a lip cream rather than a lip gloss but has a glossy frosty finish. The one that I bought has a little bit of pigmentation, so the gloss can be worn alone or on top of your favorite lipstick. The texture is not tacky and feels creamy on your lips (there is nothing worse then a tacky gloss... YUCK). The glosses have a slightly fruity grape taste which, in my opinion, is quite pleasant. Each gloss is $5.49 and of course can be cheaper if there is a sale.

Before (no gloss)

After (with the Milani Lip Mixer on)

Sunday, May 1, 2011


I have wanting to get a new vanity for quite sometime. The one that I was using was way to small, and looking extremely cluttered. I finally found some time to go to Ikea the other day to look at what they had. I actually had a dressing table in mind that I wanted to buy, but when I saw it in person I didnt like what it looked like (it looked cheap). So I walked around Ikea brainstorming. I saw that they had an "L" shaped desk (Epedit for $50.00) coming off of a bookcase (Expedit for $69.99). I loved the way this workstation looked. And what a bonus... I already owned the bookcase, so all I had to buy was the desk portion for $50.00. I put together the desk and attached it today... and organized! I am also able to use a plastic slide organizer that I already had. It fits perfectly under the desk. (And what makes this whole set up perfect is that it's big enough for me to study there as well.) Here are a few pictures... one of the vanity that I was using before, and a few more of my set up. Hope you all love it as much as I do.