Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Q's and A's: Beauty Edition

Q: My feet are dry and scaly! What can I do for a quick fix?

A: Do this in the evening: First, soak feet in warm water. Take a washcloth and scrub the softened skin, removing all dead skin. Lastly, slather feet with petroleum jelly, and put on some socks. In the morning, you will wake up to soft feet!

Q: My hair is dull, and I can't seem to get it to become shiny no matter how many "moisturizing" hair products I use.

A: You can do two things about this problem. First, mix a little bit of lemon juice and vinegar with quarter size dab of your shampoo, mixing with your fingers. This compound with thoroughly cleanse hair of any buildup. Next, let your conditioner sit in your hair for a full 3 minutes, rinsing out with cool water. Comb, and let dry in a loose braid.

Q: My nail polish keeps chipping, even though it's only been a day or so since I painted my nails.

A: My first recommendation is to buff your bare nails with a multi-sided nail buffer (you can find them for about a dollar!), then take some kind of oil and push back cuticles. Next, and most importantly, take a cotton ball dipped in either rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover and run it over nails. This will remove all moisture from between the nail and the paint, making it easier to dry and remain hard.

Q: What's the trick to getting the perfect red lip?

A: I've seen a lot of methods, but have come up with my own, which I find to be much simpler. First, moisturize about 30 minutes to an hour in advance, depending on how dry your lips are. Read: slather on the carmex, lip balm, petroleum jelly! Next, take a warm, damp wash cloth and scrub those lips. If you have any flaky, dead skin, red lipstick will make it show like crazy. Next, I apply a lip balm, like Burt's Bees, to help the lipstick apply evenly. Apply that color straight from the tube, focusing on the middle of the lip. If you heavily apply color to the edges of your lip, you will end up with a clownish look...not cute. Then, grab a paper towel and blot your lips, which means give that paper a KISS! Lastly, take your finger, rubbing a little bit lipstick onto it and dab this onto the middle of your lips. Press lips together, and you're ready to go! (Don't top with a shiny gloss, as this can look like too much. That lip balm will have provided all the moisture  you need for a red lip.)

PS Next week, I will return with a second round of questions. If you have a query, comment below, and I'll try to answer it.

PPS I'm also working on that Biscotti tutorial.


  1. I'm not sure how to pick colors for makeup that go with my skin tone. I have an especially hard time with picking lip-stick. I don't know if you could help with that or not.

  2. Actually, I can! I 'll include your question in my next article.

  3. How do you apply mascara so that it doesn't glop?? Also how do you get it to look natural??

  4. Thanks; I'll include your question in my next article.