Have you just broken a nail? Or can you just not seem to get rid of the smell of cigarettes that has been progressively yellowing your nails? Or are they simply not growing fast enough for you? Here are a few practical tips that should give your nails a whole new lease of life!
1/ Eat a handful of almonds every day, to make your nails grow faster and stronger
A diet that is rich in nuts, particularly almonds, will help grow your nails (and also your hair) faster, while also strengthening them. They will be less brittle and they will grow easier. And almonds are not only good for your nails!
2/ Do regular whitening treatments on your nails with just two simple ingredients
Have you still not managed to give up smoking? And are your nails dull and yellow as a result? Revive their shine with this easy recipe: in a bowl, mix the juice of half a lemon with a dessertspoon of bicarbonate of soda, and immerse your nails in the mixture for around 3 minutes. They will come out stronger and whiter.
3/ Avoid putting dark nail polish directly on your nails
To spare your nails from the aggressive products in nail varnish, always apply a protective base coat before applying dark coloured nail varnishes.
4/ Stick some stickers to your nails to help create the perfect French manicure
By sticking simple round stickers to your nails, you will be able to create a professional looking French manicure, even if you’re a complete beginner.
5/ Rub your nails with vinegar before applying your nail varnish, to make it last longer
This will allow you to apply the colour more easily and more evenly. What’s more, the vinegar will help your manicure to last longer.
The hat is a timeless classic in terms of fashion, be it cotton, felt, wool or straw. We fish it out with pleasure on a bad hair day, when we’re too lazy to wash our greasy roots, or during summer to shield our eyes from the sun’s rays. And for certain fashionistas, a hat is an integral part of their style, and they wouldn’t be without it for the world! Here are 10 great ways to customise a hat, and change its style as you see fit. The possibilities are endless!
1/ With a little belt
Wrap your hat in a narrow leather belt to change its style completely. A whole new model, for a tiny cost!
2/ With feathers
Literally stick a feather in your cap! Insert them around the brim of the hat to rock your inner Cherokee!
3/ With an assortment of jewelry
To update a tired old hat, try adding a few jewels. Guaranteed effect!
4/ With a collar
Boost your hat’s fashion potential with a simple collar.
We can only imagine the draconian diets that celebrities are subjected to, to meet the needs of a film or a long tour. But sometimes such extreme self-denial can be the start of a hellish, frustrating journey. Eating healthily is a good thing for sure, but restricting yourself too severely and depriving yourself of all of life’s pleasures, is a bit too much to ask of anyone, celebs included. Here are 9 stars who put their body issues aside, and eased off on the dieting for a while…
If you know the joys of pregnancy, you are sure to have found yourself in this situation: feeling your tummy being kicked by the wannabe footballer inside it! And every time, it’s a joyful experience, that the daddies never get to experience. But have you ever gotten such a kick that you can actually see your bump distorting? This is what happened to one young mum-to-be, whose video is touring the web!
Baby kicking: a completely normal phenomenon
While certain babies stay very calm in their mother’s tummies, others are very dynamic, at all hours of the day and night! It’s usually between the fifteenth and twentieth week of pregnancy that the baby starts to kick. It can be an emotional experience for the young mum, who is excited to really feel her baby, but also relieved that they are healthy and moving.
Crazy distortions, like something out of science fiction
As time goes on, maybe Baby starts to feel a little constrained, and is quick to make their feelings known, with increasingly violent movements! So much so that it sometimes becomes visible on the outside, with the tummy completely deforming. But it is usually simply impressive looking, rather than being terribly painful. The mum to be in this video was quick to grab her camera at the crucial moment, and we can see her tummy deforming in ways you could never have imagined. You can’t help but imagine a foot coming out through the skin, alien style!
Comments from astonished web users
The movements look so strong that you could start to worry that the baby’s foot will come out through the mother’s bump! This is one of the reasons why the video went viral, getting more than 37,000 shares in just a few days. The comments weren’t long rolling in. Some people were amazed and in awe of the power of nature, while others were completely disgusted, going so far as to compare the video to a scene from a sci-fi film, if not a horror movie like Alien. Whatever the case, the video will provide the young woman and her family with unforgettable memories of her pregnancy!
Long distance relationships are not always easy. Whether it comes about by choice, whether it’s a temporary thing or whether it was a decision you found hard to come to, you won’t be long realising that this way of life is primarily virtual! At least until the next time you see each other in person. In the meantime, you are sure to have had a few ideas for how to keep up the carnal contact. Except that it doesn’t always go according to plan! Here are 5 tender and funny comics illustrating the lives of couples who are separated by distance.
Maybe the first time your other half caught a glimpse of your eyelash curler, you were met with a quizzical look, wondering what use you could possibly have for this instrument of torture! And maybe you even took pleasure in drawing out the suspense and making him guess. The same for the beauty blender, the little makeup sponge whose cosmetic use may not exactly be obvious at first glance. Here is a list of truly off-the-wall beauty tools, that will make you realise your own makeup kit is very mundane and ordinary!
1/ An anti-wrinkle mask
This strange mask is supposedly a great ally in getting rid of wrinkles and smoothing your face, by forcing your face into bizarre facial exercises!
2/ A false lash applicator
A 100% plastic instrument which promises a perfect false lash line! The white part takes the glue and the blue part allows you to hold the lashes.
3/ A curling pencil
Curl your hair without heat, with this tiny little instrument: a mini curler! By wrapping your hair around it and forming mini buns which you wear all day long, you can recreate some elegant vintage curls!
4/ A lip stamp
A somewhat surprising invention: a lip stamp. Apply it to your lips like a stamp, in the lip colour of your choice. We just hope the model matches the size and shape of your lips….
5/ A mascara applicator
To prevent your mascara from smudging during application, try out the Mascara Guard, a gadget that is quite frankly useless for holding your pose…
6/ The beauty spoon
The beauty spoon is an ingenious tool that means you will never again waste even a drop of your khol eyeliner. Thanks to its integrated spatula, say goodbye to waste!
7/ T-Rex clips
With such a name, these new-generation hair clips would have you running for the hills! That said, they could help you out when styling your unruly hair.
According to sex therapist Alain Héril, there are 6 psycho-sexual stages in a woman’s life, which correspond to her age. Because we don’t view sex and relationships in the same way when we are 15 as we do when we are 30 or 40. But rest assured, each stage has its advantages! From romanticism to post-menopausal orgasms, find it all out here.
1/ From 16 to 25: romanticism
Adolescence marks the beginning of sexual discovery. It is often a very intense time in which we learn and we experiment with what gives us pleasure, both physically and emotionally. But childhood is still firmly in our minds, and we hold on to some childlike defense mechanisms. Both seductive and romantic, women at this stage seek security as much as they seek adventure, looking for « the one » as well as seeking intense sexual experiences.
2/ From 25 to 38: creativity
Emotions settle down, we start to know our bodies better and understand what gives us pleasure (and how to give pleasure to our partners). Sexuality becomes more creative and can be very intense, as the sexual world opens up with our partners. After 35 years of age, the biological clock starts ticking, which leads to a very different type of sexuality, often with baby making in mind. We become more free and open about our desires, and live them fully and intensely.
3/ From 38 to 47: pleasure
Turning 40 can lead us to reflect on our personal and sexual lives. The children start growing up and maybe leave the nest, which leaves us more free time to indulge our pleasures. Femininity and desire start to take an important place in a woman’s life. At this stage, we have usually grown into our bodies, learned to take a balanced approach to them. We have also become confident in who we are. Many women have their first orgasms in this stage of life, as they can finally accept and deal with their emotions, no matter how strong they are, no longer trying to hide them.
4/ From 47 to 50: questioning
This period represents an important turning point in a woman’s life: she is soon to be in her fifties. This naturally leads us to asking ourselves many questions. But once we have found some answers, we can approach the future and our future pleasures with an air of serenity and calm. And if we are not satisfied in our sex lives at this stage, we may start to question the quality of our romantic relationships, not necessarily with a view to separation, but with a view to finding ways of improving them. This period is characterised by a period of deep intellectual ‘seeking’, in which we look to understand our femininity and incorporate it into our sex lives, to try and reach the heights of pleasure that are possible.
5/ From 50 to 55: a physical hurricane
In terms of sex, menopausal women can be veritable physical hurricanes! The body changes, periods stop, hot flushes start and are often accompanied by fits of self-doubt or irritability. But it doesn’t mean the end of your libido, quite the opposite in fact. Once your hormones settle, you will be able to rediscover a fulfilling sex life, returning with a great openness of spirit. You may find yourself appreciating erotic pleasures more from day to day, and notice that you find it easier to let go.
6/ From 55 years onwards: post-menopausal orgasms
From this age onwards, desire stays the same, going so far as to lead to extremely intense post-menopausal orgasms. Because your sex life is now focused uniquely on pleasure, and you have never been more open! You’ll see, everything has its time and place.
Do you simply never know what to do with your hair? Maybe a new cut, trying out a short crop would give you a fresh look. Or maybe not…. In terms of your expectations, the shape of your face and your lifestyle your hairstyle should reflect your personality, but shouldn’t get in your way. And for those who have no idea what suits them, here are a few styling inspirations that will work for everybody!
1/ The bun
Straight, thick or curly hair -the bun works for everyone! In fact it can open up the face and create volume in the roots.
2/ A scarf
We all have bad hair days, those days when we need to hide greasy roots. The scarf is your new dry shampoo!
3/ Double plaits
Fine or thick, straight or frizzy, these boxer braids work on all types of hair.
4/ The very high pony tail
Whether you have extra-straight hair, thick hair or frizzy hair, the result is always top!
5/ Shoulder length
Whatever your hair type and whatever the shape of your face, shoulder length hair will fit you like a glove!
When we wash our clothes, and close the door of the machine after adding the detergent, we have no idea what’s really going on in its metallic depths! And sometimes, the results aren’t exactly what we had hoped for: black jumpers that have gone grey, frayed towels or white socks with a pinkish tint -your washing machine can sometimes give you the runaround. And this will be further confirmed by hotel employees, given the amount of washing they must do! Here are their 5 top secrets for how to get the most out of your washing machine.
1/ For maximum efficiency, fill your machine only to 80%
If the machine is 100% full, it may not clean your clothes properly. On the other hand, if it is not full enough, your clothes could get damaged.
2/ There is no point in washing your clothes at higher than 60 degrees
The optimal temperature for disinfecting your clothes and removing stains is between 40 and 60 degrees. Any higher than that will not wash them any better, but rather run the risk of damaging them.
3/ Use white vinegar instead of fabric softener
Fabric softener builds up in your machine over time, and ironically it hardens your towels. To overcome this, you can replace it with white vinegar: add 100 mls to the fabric softener compartment during the rinse cycle. This technique is often used in hotel laundries. Are you slow to try it? Rest assured, your clothes won’t smell sour!
4/ Put a tennis ball into your tumble drier
If you can’t hang your clothes out to dry in the fresh air, it is highly recommended that you put a tennis ball in the tumble dryer before turning it on. This helps your towels stay soft.
5/ Dry your clothes out in the fresh air to keep them fresher and better disinfected
To make your laundry smell even better, there is nothing more effective than a molecule that is found in the fresh air, which disinfects your laundry, at the same time giving it a clean fragrance and making it pleasant to touch!
Are you already planning your spring cleaning, thinking about how to get rid of superfluous bits and bobs around the house that are only causing clutter? Well take the opportunity to have a look in your wardrobe as well. You can make things much more efficient by following the « less is more » principle! Because doing a good clear-out will help you feel more organised, and make it easier to decide what to wear every morning. Here are the essential questions to ask yourself if you have decided on a trip to the charity shop, inspired by the Konmari method.
Easily find the answer to the question: should I keep this or not?
1/ Does it really fit me?
Did you buy a pair of jeans in the sales, telling yourself that you’ll fit into them one day, when you’ve lost a few pounds? Or that they’ll come in handy if you ever get pregnant?! But it seems that they’ve been lying in the wardrobe for a few years now, untouched…
2/ Is the material comfortable?
Does this synthetic top do nothing for you but make you sweat? Does the Aran jumper start making you itch as soon as you look at it, even if you put a t-shirt under it? Any garment, regardless of how beautiful it is, should be comfortable and nice to wear. Otherwise, you’ll only wear it very rarely, if ever.
4/ Is it a pain to look after it?
Does your white linen dress with lace edging spend most of its time in the dry cleaners? Clothes that are complicated to clean, that stain easily or that can’t go in the washing machine, take up a ridiculous amount of time, which you could well spend doing other things.
5/ Is it practical to wear regularly?
You may love your little check blouse, but it’s so transparent that in the end, you have to wear a tank top under it, which ruins the look completely. Get rid of it. You’ll find another one that’s more wearable.
6/ Am I only keeping it out of guilt?
Are you only keeping it for sentimental value, maybe because it used to belong to your grandmother, and you haven’t the heart to throw it out? Or maybe you just can’t bring yourself to give away the pair of jeans your boyfriend bought you for Christmas a few years ago, even if they are far too small now. Are you keeping the Christian Dior bikini that doesn’t suit you because it’s a designer brand? (Although you could make a pretty penny by selling it…). Say no to guilt! Material goods do not replace memories, and the people who gave them to you would be happy to see them given a new lease of life, instead of gathering dust in your wardrobe. Maybe one of your friends would like what you no longer wear, or you could try selling online or giving things to a charity shop, instead of just throwing them out.
7/ Does the colour really suit me?
Maybe you bought a white top just because you fell head over heels for the the cute pattern, even though you know that white does absolutely nothing for your skin tone…. You may be hoping that one day you’ll get a tan (which is only likely to happen if you spend two months on holidays in the Carribean, given how pale you are!) Stop with the « just in case »s.
8/ Is this a style I can carry off? Does it go with my personality?
If you fell for a gothic style top just because you liked the tartan print, but in the end you are never brave enough to wear it, then don’t waste another minute! Give it away, recycle it or sell it!
9/ Am I ever really going to wear it again?
A garment with too much fuss and frill, as beautiful as it may be, can often seem a bit too much for us to actually wear it. Ask yourself if you are ever really going to put it on.
Do you already have a tattoo, and have recently fallen pregnant? Or are you already 6 months pregnant, and have decided you would really like to mark the moment in permanent ink? Or are you just curious to know what happens when someone with tattoos gets pregnant, whether the designs get deformed as the bump grows? Here are a few answers to such questions which might surprise you. So, do tattoos and pregnancy make a good mix?
The baby could feel the pain of the needle
Regardless of your stage of pregnancy, it is strongly advised that you do not get a tattoo. Why? The fear of the needle and the pain caused during tattooing could be felt by your baby. The same goes for dentist appointments, which several professionals advise against during pregnancy. What’s more, while you are pregnant, your immune system is weaker, and you have a higher risk of contracting fungal or bacterial infections. Wait until you have given birth.
Will my existing tattoo get deformed during pregnancy?
Maybe you have tattooed a little flower between your breasts, or an anchor at the base of your stomach, and you are getting worried about what it’s going to look like in a few months…. Can an existing tattoo become deformed during pregnancy? The answer is yes! Over the 9 months, your body changes, stretches and is constantly changing, and your tattoo is likely to do the same. Even if the tattoo was done carefully, it could change completely, especially if it is on your stomach, but also on your hips, thighs, bum or chest -areas in which we commonly gain weight during the nine months. If you have a tattoo on your stomach, moisturise the area very well with oil or creams.
Does my tattoo pose any risk for the baby if I am breastfeeding?
Fortunately, tattoos and breastfeeding are not incompatible. Breast milk cannot be altered by the ink that was injected. That said, if the tattoo was not carefully done (due to poor hygiene, unsterilised needles, etc.), you may have contracted a virus such as hepatitis, which can be transmitted to your baby via breast milk. In any case, whether you are pregnant or not, it is important to remember that getting a tattoo is not without risks, as the industrial inks contain harmful chemicals, which get into your bloodstream.
Tattooing the whites of your eyes? Seems a bit gory to us! Just thinking about it has us flinching… However, some women don’t seem put off by the idea… But why are they doing it? Let’s have a closer look at this dangerous fashion, that doesn’t come without risks for your eyes.
Catt Gallinger is a young Canadian model who tried it out. Nowadays, she deeply regrets having had it done, and is very sorry that she didn’t inform herself better beforehand. Because she is now at risk of losing the sight in her right eye.
A dangerous fashion consisting of tattooing the white of the eye
Tattooing the eyeball is a procedure that consists of tattooing the white of the eye, called the sclera in medical terminology. This practice is dangerous, and even more so if the correct equipment is not used, or is not sterilised, which is often the case. Unfortunately, the risks are far from harmless.
The main risk: losing your sight
The model, who is also the mother of a little girl, posted a number of photos of herself posing with her tattoo artist on Facebook, showing off a purple colour in her eye. A few days later, she continued to take selfies at home, and you can see her eye becoming progressively deformed. The reason for this? The ink used by the so called « artist » was not diluted, among other complications. Nowadays, she shares information about her daily life between surgeries, her GP’s office and the local pharmacy who provide her with a monstrous quantity of antibiotics and medication.
The long term consequences are still unknown
Scientists are still looking into the long term effects of this practice. What will happen when the colours migrate into other parts of the eyeball, or into the body? The phenomenon is too new to know what the long term effects might be, and the consequences are difficult to predict. The solution? Steer clear until more information is available!