Archive | December 2011

My 2012 Beauty Goals

Can you believe it’s New Year’s Eve already?    I don’t know about about you, but to me, this year FLEW by. The good thing about today is that I get to close a chapter on yet another year of my life.  2011 was good…but I have a feeling 2012 will be even better.  I […]

Good Morning! Puffy Face? Try this….

You wake up after a good night’s sleep.  Your body feels great, you feel nice and rested.  But then you take a look in the mirror and your face looks like it’s been beaten overnight by your pillow!  I don’t know about you, but the morning, puffy face is NOT A GOOD LOOK.  It’s natural (unless you suffer from a medical condition or on certain medications) because fluid accumulates in your face while you are lying down overnight.  However, there are some things you can do to take down the morning swelling.

Change Your Diet

Dehydration can be the cause of your puffy face.  Drink more water, eat more fruits and vegetables with a high water content and avoid caffeinated beverages and alcohol.  If you decide to drink a glass of wine or two at night with dinner, drink a couple of extra glasses of water afterwards to offset the alcohol.

Chill Your Moisturizer

Put your facial moisturizer or creme in the fridge for a few hours before you apply it to your face.  It will be a cool and refreshing way to set your make-up and will also take down the puffiness.

Preparation H will work in the same way.  I mentioned using Preparation H in an earlier post to take down your undereye bags.  You can also chill this hemorrhoidal cream to take down your swelling and tighten your face.  The things we are willing to do for beauty!  LOL

Slice Up a Cucumber

This is an oldie but goodie.  Buy a cucumber and put it in the fridge overnight.  In the morning, cut the cucumber into thin slices and place them onto a plate.  Lie down with the cool, cucumber slices on your face for at least 10 minutes.  Your face will thank you for it.

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SHHH….what your nail salon isn’t telling you!!

SHHH….what your nail salon isn’t telling you!!.

Holiday De-Stress Tips

Now that one half of the holiday season is over, you have a moment to breathe before you ring in the New Year.  Shopping, cooking and visiting family and friends can take a toll on your appearance, energy levels and overall state of well being.  But you don’t have to look like you’ve been run over by Santa Claus and his sleigh of reindeers!  🙂  Take a moment for yourself to de-stress this holiday season. YOU DESERVE IT!

Get Some Sleep!

This is the one, absolute best thing you can do to keep your under eye bags and circles at bay.  Do what you can to sleep at least 7 to 8 hours at bedtime. Get to bed an hour or so earlier to help you get the rest you need.  If you can’t do that, try to sneak in at least a half hour nap in the afternoon.  It does wonders for your energy levels and your complexion.

Get a Massage! 

Treat yourself to a massage with one of those gift cards you received for Christmas.  A deep tissue or Swedish massage will help to work out the kinks and tight muscles in your neck, shoulders and back.  If you can, get a foot massage….even better!

Get Some Vitamin D!

This is a really easy one to do.  All you need to do is take a 20 minute walk or jog outside in the sunshine.  The sun is an excellent source of Vitamin D…better than any supplement or pill you can take.  Clinical studies show that not only is Vitamin D great for your immune system, strong bones and your metabolism,  it also helps to reduce stress, tension, muscle aches and pain.

Turn your post holidays into pamper days!

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Homemade Nail and Skin Treatments

Now that we are at the height of the holiday shopping season, squeezing in a little time to pamper yourself may seem out of the question.  But with a little creativity and effort, you can spoil yourself right in the comfort of your own home.  In just about 20 minutes and with some items you can find in your own kitchen, you will be well on your way on soft, smooth skin and neat, trim nails.

Exfoliating Scrub

This is a great way to remove dry, dead, flaky skin from your hands and feet, according to

Two tablespoons of sea salt (fine texture)

• Two teaspoons of oatmeal

• One teaspoon of baking soda

Mix in a bit of water, so the scrub takes on a paste-like texture. Rub it over your hands or feet , then rinse and pat dry.

Strengthening Soak

Are your nails weak and brittle?.  This soak will help to reinforce stronger and longer nails, according to

One tablespoon of honey

• Two egg yolks (beaten)

• One quarter cup of milk

Combine all ingredients together, and soak your nails in the mixture for 10-15 minutes.

Moisturizing Soak

Many people choose to add essential oils, like lavender oil or chamomile oil, to their nail routine. Boil water and add a few tablespoons of each oil. Wait a few minutes till the water cools a bit, then stick your hands in for 10 minutes and rinse. These oils have a softening effect on your nails, making them easier to file, smooth and shape.

Another treatment involves olive oil.  It’s an excellent way to moisturize your nails and cuticles. Warm a few drops of olive oil in a bowl, but make sure it is not too hot. Then, dip in your hands for about five minutes. You can also aid in a few drops of lavender or rosemary oil if you don’t like the smell of olive oil.  Don’t t rinse your hands after soaking them in olive oil: it will leave a slight residue, but this helps seal in moisture. You can also put on a pair of gloves afterwards for even more hydration.  Works great on your feet too!

Whitening Treatment

Are your nails discolored and yellow?  You can whiten them, simply by using a teaspoon of lemon juice and two teaspoons of whitening toothpaste. Leave the treatment on nails for five minutes, and then rinse.

Have Rough, Dry Feet?

Apply a rich layer of coconut oil or plain ‘ole Vaseline to your feet at night.  Slide your feet in thick, cotton socks before you lay down for the night.  In the morning, your feet will be smooth and soft!

Pamper Wisely and Happy Holidays!

The BusyBella

SHHH….what your nail salon isn’t telling you!!

Millions of women get manicures and pedicures every year.  With the average price of a service ranging between $10 and $50, it’s no surprise that the nail salon industry grosses about 6 billion dollars a year. But what’s supposed to be a luxurious pleasure, could end up being anything BUT if you don’t take necessary precautions to safeguard your health. The spread of bacteria, fungal infections and other skin diseases are a real threat and should be taken seriously.  Even if you have been going to the same nail salon for years, there are still some things you may not know about your favorite manicure or pedicure.

Did you know the following secrets?

You should never choose a nail color if the bottle is only half way full.  Nail polish becomes clumpy over time or with exposure to the air.  To extend the life of the color, some salons will dilute those bottles with nail polish remover or other thinners to make the color easier to remove. In a week or less, you will be back at the salon spending more money for a touch-up. If you want your color to last more than a day or two, bring your own bottle.

Not everything can be sanitized.  The metal instruments like your nail clipper and cuticle scissors can be sterilized, if done so properly.  But not pumice stones, emery boards and nail buffers.  Even those toe separators could have been used before.  Bring your own tool kit so you won’t have to worry about getting sloppy seconds.

Don’t shave before your next pedicure.  Shaving opens and re-invigorates your pores and increases your chances of infections.  It’s okay to have a little stubble on your legs….no one will tell!  🙂

All customers are welcomed, therefore your health is always at risk. You can’t assume each customer that walks through the door is healthy and free from diseases.  You can’t also assume that all tools have been properly disinfected and sanitized.  Once again, to protect yourself, bring your own manicure and pedicure tool kits.  It’s the best way to ensure your safety.

This is not meant to alarm you. Nail spas and salons are a great way to pamper yourself. I frequent them regularly.  However, it’s always good to be in the know.  An informed customer is a wise one!

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Manicure Matters

I LOVE to get manicures and pedicures.  They are a regular part of my pamper beauty routine. I have been going to the same nail salon for almost five years and now I am confident in its cleanliness and the professionalism of my manicurist.  However, when I travel to another city and find myself in need of a quick touch-up, I am always cautious about the salon I choose. The last thing I want is to open myself up to the possibility of nail fungus and infections.  So, if you have the same concerns I do, keep the following pointers in mind the next time you get a manicure or pedicure.

1.   Don’t be afraid to give the nail salon a good look over to make sure it is clean and free of debris. How does the floor look?  Are the manicure stations neat and organized?  Are the sanitizers and disinfectant dispensers full? These are important things to look for.

2.  Bring your own manicure/pedicure kits. It’s the best way to reduce your risk of potential infections.  Clean and disinfect your kit after every use even if you are the only one using it.

3.  Get your pedicure in the morning or on days or during times when business is slower than usual.

4.   Bring your own base and top coat or nail color.

5.  If you are not using your own manicure kit, make sure the instruments are clean, fresh and sterilized after each and every use.  The same apples to the pedicure tub.

You deserve to treat yourself to a manicure and/or pedicure from time to time.  Just make sure you take the necessary precautions to protect your health.

Pamper Wisely,

The BusyBella