YOUNGER LOOKING HANDS IN 10 STEPS

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As we grow older, our bodies start to show signs of aging. One of the first parts of our bodies to show these signs are our hands (and necks of course), which is why it is absolutely important to practice effective hand and skin care regimens. Unfortunately, however, we remember the skin care part but do not take hand care too seriously (wrong!).

It is absolutely important to care for our hands as great looking hands and nails not only look beautiful but also gives the impression of youthfulness.

Wondering what steps to take to keep your hands looking amazing for decades? Here are 9 steps.

1. EXFOLIATE: Exfoliate palms and hands with a scrub that contains alpha-hydroxy acids which boost cell turn over and brighten the skin of the hands.

2. MOISTURISE: Moisturise hands morning and night with a great hand and nail cream.

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*Recommended Product: Oriflame Nature Secrets Hand Cream

3. SEAL IN MOISTURE: Use an oil such as Argan, Coconut, Olive etc after washing hands to seal in moisture through out the day.

4. PROFESSIONAL MANICURES: Get a manicure. Our advice; slow down on nail extensions a these may cause nails to become brittle and tired if done too frequently.

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5. LOVE NEUTRALS: Embrace neutrals, nudes and lighter colors when it comes nail polish.

6. HEALTHY MEALS: Eat healthy meals. Diet should include fruits and veggies as well as biotin rich foods such as oats, walnuts, green peas, soya beans etc.

7. PROTECT NAILS: Do not use your nails as tools for picking food out of your teeth, or cleaning your ears.

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8. DOMINICAN NAIL CARE SECRET: Embrace the Dominican secret to healthier nails by rubbing garlic on nails twice daily. Not too thrilled about this? Dice up a clove of garlic and add to your favorite nail hardener. You will experience amazing results in a matter of days. Related Article: Why You Should Try The Garlic Nail Strengthener

9. WATER: Drink at least 8 glasses of water to prevent hands from getting dehydrated.

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10. DRY HANDS: For extremely dry hands, apply a very good moisturizing lotion to palms then wear gloves (to trap in the moisture as you sleep) before bed. You’ll wake up with softer, smoother, more moisturized hands.

Do you have any hand/nail care secrets or products that have worked for you? Please share.

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NAIL-SPIRATION:THE NAILASAURUS

Hey guys,

Not really the best of sports when it comes to getting a manicure as I could go weeks without getting any (I am lazy like that, lol) but I just came across this great blog THE NAILASAURUS that has the most amazing nail art ever!! It makes me want to do my nails every single day. Here are some amazing-inly creative pictures from her blog.

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Inspired by the Mehndi patterns traditionally associated with Hindu weddings

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Glitter!

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Gradient!

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Black and White Gradient

The Great Gatsby Nail Art

The Great Gatsby Nail Art

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I am particularly in love the Great Gatsby Nail art. Which is your favorite?

Please visit THE NAILASAURUS blog for more nail-spiration and tutorials.

Till Next Time,

Stay Organically Beautiful.

Vivianne

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DID YOU SAY COCONUT? THE BEAUTY BENEFITS OF COCONUT OIL

Hi guys, It’s another fine Wednesday and I hope you are having a great day. I have tried to think of a post to put up when I realized that I hadn’t done any write-up on the benefits of coconut oil which forms almost 15% of my beauty regimen. Yep!! A whooping 15%. Many of you might have coconut oil just sitting in your kitchen cabinets wondering what you can do with it so I have decided to give you a rundown of the top beautifying qualities of coconut oil.

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BENEFITS OF COCONUT OIL

HAIR CONDITIONER, HAIR MOISTURIZER AND SEALANT : Coconut oil which is rich in fatty acids is one of the few oils that can both double as a moisturizer and sealant as it penetrates deep within the shaft and provides conditioning properties to weak, damaged and overly processed hair. This oil can also be used as a daily moisturizer to strengthen all textures from straight to wavy, curly, coily and even kinky hair.

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COCONUT OIL CONDITIONS, MOISTURISES, STRENGTHENS AND SEALS

MANAGES FRIZZ: This is almost impossible to avoid especially for curly, coily and kinky hair and on humid days. Coconut oil helps to manage frizz on bad hair days.

COCONUT OIL CONTROLS FRIZZ

COCONUT OIL CONTROLS FRIZZ

MAKE UP REMOVER/CLEANSER: Coconut oil is a great option for make up removal as it is gentle on the skin and actually gets the dirt and grim off your face. I have also experimented with using coconut oil as a cleanser and I can swear by this method as it leaves my skin feeling moisturizer and balanced. Would you like to know how I cleanse my face with coconut oil? Send an email to viviannesblog@gmail.com and I will be more than delighted to guide you on application tips and product suggestions/buy.

COCONUT OIL FOR PERFECT SKIN

COCONUT OIL FOR PERFECT SKIN

SOOTHES SKIN CONDITIONS: Coconut is a great moisturizer for all skin types including sensitive skin. It is also known to rid the skin of acne and blackheads and is strongly advised to be used as a night cream over other chemical concoctions as it is known to slow down the aging process and prevent premature aging. Coconut oil can also be used in preventing stretch marks during and after pregnancy.

BEAUTY FLUID: Coconut oil can be used in place of lip balm to soften and moisturize lips and is great in manicure as it helps keep the cuticle soft therefore improving nail growth.

SCRUBS AND EXFOLIANTS: Coconut oil is a great addition to home-made scrubs as it increases exfoliation effectiveness while being gentle at the same time. It is also a wonderful additive to foot scrubs because it has anti-fungal properties. (New post coming soon on home-made scrubs recipes).

D.I.Y SPA OIL: Coconut oil is perfect for massaging the skin and good for aroma-therapy. It can also be used after shaving to soothe razor cuts and burns.

AT HOME SPA TREATMENTS

AT HOME SPA TREATMENTS

SUNSCREEN: The natural sunscreen properties of coconut oil prevents burns and injury before and after sun exposure  as it has SPF 13. This however doesn’t mean that you should skip sunscreen (yes, You!).

COOKING:  Coconut oil is great in cooking as an oil with a high smoke point. Great for baking, stir-frys or as a diary free replacement to butter which lowers cholesterol and enables you keep up a healthy body weight. Coconut oil is also rich in Vitamin D and can be swallowed as a supplement.

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Do you have any more secret uses of coconut oil? We would love you to share.

Thank you.

Till next time,

stay organically beautiful,

Vivianne.

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‘OPI Number One Nemesis’

I absolutely love this metallic shade. Thoughts guys?

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It’s pretty hard not to know about OPI, nail polish giants, who offer a plethora of colours in tongue-in-cheek names. I decided to try out this brand by buying their ‘The Amazing Spiderman’ mini gift set that launched last summer. This set is perfect for those who like to paint their nails in quirky, fun colours.

The shade that I am wearing now is called ‘Number One Nemesis’ and it is a deliciously dark shimmering nickel shade. You can see the sparkles a mile off but they’re not tacky, the glitter is very small and delicately shines as the light hits your nails. With a rich texture that glides on easily, painting my nails was effortless and the drying time was quick. ‘Number One Nemesis’ is quite sheer though, so I applied three coats to darken the tinge of the polish.

The nail lacquer is 3.75ml – 1/8 Fl Oz…

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MY 5 ABSOLUTE SPRING 2013 BEAUTY MUST-HAVES

Hey beauties,

Yes! Today I will be counting down and predicting the 5 latest trends from spring-summer of 2013. Yeah yeah, I know I live in the tropical climates where it’s summer all year-long, but where is the fun in that?! These are just some spring trends I am totally obsessed with this period and you do not have to agree with me on everything (please do) lol.

Here We Go:

1. STRIPES-ON-STRIPES: I am really not a huge fan of colour and it gets kind of monotonous sometimes but with this trend, you can switch up your look without feeling like a fool with basic black and white stripes or even wear colour that is not over-kill with these kind of patterns because they just pretty much balance you out.

STRIPE PATTERNS

STRIPE PATTERNS

LOVE YOUR COLOURS WITH STRIPES

LOVE YOUR COLOURS WITH STRIPES

2. MIDI SKIRTS: These are fabulous as they take you back to the vintage era while keeping it modern and fresh. Midi Skirts are quite tricky to pull off by the designers because these skirts have to be accurately cut at exact lenghts, but if executed properly; absolute perfection.

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FOR THE LOVE OF MIDI

3. PRINTS: These amazing patterns are rocked by African women all year round and the reason is not far-fetched, they are simply aaaaamaaaazing!!! Switch up your style with prints and show a fresh new side to your fabulousness. Still not sure about rocking the print look from head to toe? Try print accessories like chic print bangles, shoes or bags.

PRINT DRESSES

PRINT DRESSES

ANKARA PRINT BANGLES

ANKARA PRINT BANGLES

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ANKARA SHOE

3. LIQUID EYELINER: My spring make-up absolute must-have. This versatile make-up is just amazing this season. It comes in various types, so pick that which you are really able to work with for the look you wish. For a more fresh-faced look, refrain from lining below your eyes and just stick to lining your upper-lash line. You will thank me. ( I use Kiko Eyeliner, if you care. lol)

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EYELINER

5. BOLD LIPS: A bold lip says a thousand words. You can go from drab, all alone at home to fab, ready for a night out with just a swipe of your favourite bold lipstick or lip gloss (I prefer lipstick, don’t ask why *wink*). not saying you shold hop on the ‘blue’ lipstick bandwagon, that’s just a little too out there if you know what I mean.

BOLD LIP SHADES

BOLD LIP SHADES

GORGEOUS BLACK WOMEN ROCKING THE BOLD LIP

GORGEOUS BLACK WOMEN ROCKING THE BOLD LIP

NAIL ART: This is possibly the best invention since nail polish. Absolutely stunning creations. Every girly girl needs to try this out. Express yourself!

STUNNING NAIL ART

STUNNING NAIL ART

….. And it’s a wrap. I hope you enjoyed reading my absolute spring beauty crushes, would certainly love to hear yours.

Stay Organically Beautiful,

Vivianne.

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