Monday, February 15, 2010

Beauty rituals

With life very slowly getting back to normal, and more spare time available, I have started some of my beauty rituals again.  失戀也可以失得漂亮些...

1. Sugar scrub - Buy some inexpensive brown sugar (ideally fine sugar, and as natural as possible) and use as a mild scrub on face and body.  Do this in the shower to help the sugar melt faster after scrubbing, and leave on for 5 to 10 minutes (after melted) before rinsing off.  Helps to polish the skin by remove dead skin, and to bring back a glow to the skin.  Do this once or twice a week.

2. Yogurt mask - I still swear by this mask to bring extra glow and moisture to dry/ dull skin.  Particularly effective on sun-exposed skin, this natural remedy is very common in Indian culture.  Just use about one teaspoon of unsweetened plain yogurt and apply to entire face like a mask.  Wait until it dries (about 10 minutes) before rinsing off.  In Hong Kong, I prefer to use Natural Valley brand instead of Dairy Farm.

3. Kohl powder as eyeliner - in Arabic culture Kohl powder is often used as eye liner and to improve vision.  I got a bottle from Morocco and fell in love with it.  The ultra black shade really defines the eyes, while the powder texture gives it a soft effect.  It's lovely.  If you are worried about potential lead content in Kohl powder, you could try Guerlain's Terracotta Loose Powder Kohl Liner.  Comes in a beautiful moorish bottle, and the effect is supposed to be similar to authentic Kohl.  I haven't tried it yet but will check it out myself soon.
So much for now.  Will update more as I discover new beauty secrets.

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