12/7/2020 0 Comments
Pimple Problem? No problem!
Pimples are a pain. They get red, puffy, and can cause a big mess on your face. Every teen and tween girl gets them, so it’s not just you. And you know what the best part is? Every teen and tween girl grows out of them. When you get older, you will get less and less zits. Your face will clear up and you will only get occasional pimples. But until they clear up, I have some tips and tricks for you to hide and erase pimples! Are you ready? Just keep scrolling.
Easier said than done. Trust me, I know. It can be so tempting to pop a juicy pimple or blackhead. But please resist. Unless the pimple has grown so large that it has formed a big whitehead on top of a large red lump, do not squeeze them. When you squeeze a pimple it will send part of the puss shooting out, and the other part shooting under your skin. The part that is shot under your skin will slowly work it’s way up and cause another pimple. That is how breakouts happen.
Shrinking is the best way to get rid of a pimple. What I mean by shrinking is using different techniques to make the pimple dry out. The easiest way to shrink a pimple is by holding an ice cube against the pimple for a few minutes before you go to bed. When you wake up the pimple should be reduced. But if you have a pimple or a breakout that is really stubborn, you might want to consider getting a pimple cream. I recommend getting a high quality cream so that it doesn’t cause skin irritation.
Pimples can seem so embarrassing. They stick out and are a major pain. If you are allowed to wear makeup, put a little bit of green eye shadow on each pimple, then apply your makeup as normal. As weird as that seems, it works! Just apply a very little amount of green eye shadow, not a huge dab.
Use my method of “Resist, Shrink, Cover” every time you have a large pimples or a breakout. Come back next week to hear what A has to say about health and beauty!
11/30/2020 0 Comments
Give others health and beauty
Welcome back, ladies! Thanks for joining me. Today, we’re not just going to talk about pampering ourselves; instead, I wanted to do something a little different and encourage us to give the gift of health and beauty to others!
Every night, over 500,000 people in the US are homeless. They do not have a place to sleep, enough food or basic personal care supplies. Because of COVID, many more people are in need of food and supplies. As tween and teenage girls, we can help! Here’s what we can do.
The next time your family goes grocery shopping (or places a grocery order) buy a few extra items like:
Nonperishable food (cans of food, peanut butter, granola bars, etc)
Other supplies your local charities need (you could check their website or social media to find out)
Then, donate these supplies to your local homeless shelter or charity (if you need to find a good charity to donate to, you could see if your church partners with any). My neighborhood also has a few Little Free Pantries, which are small wooden boxes offering free food, household goods and personal care items to those who need them. You could consider dropping off a few health & beauty items at your local Little Free Pantry!
These ideas can help make this holiday joyful for everyone. It’s fun and important to take care of ourselves, but blessing others feels even more incredible!
11/23/2020 1 Comment
These past few weeks, we have been discussing outward beauty. How to stay hydrated, skin care, etc. (you should really check those posts out) but the inside can really effect the outside. What I mean by that, is that your heart, attitude and personality effect how people perceive you. Today I’m going to show you how to check your “heart status” and in the end, make you look beautiful.
1. What is your vibe?
To figure that out, maybe we should first ask, what is a vibe? A vibe is the feeling that you get when you are around someone. Your teacher might make you feel energetic, your mom might make you feel safe and secure, and your best friend might make you feel happy and adventurous. So, what is your vibe? That all depends on a few things. Your likes, dislikes, and personality all effect it. Think about all the people you know and figure out their vibe. What makes you feel the way you do around those people? Try to figure out what vibe you would like to have and what about other people make you feel that way. But I should warn you, it isn’t as easy “pick your personality”. You have to be true to yourself. If you are shy and quiet, striving to be bold and energetic might not be true to you. Instead try cultivating your personality to become shy and quiet, but in a way that makes other people feel happy and comfortable.
2. Happy looks great on you!
Maybe you have heard that saying before, but do you know what it means? When you choose to say hi to someone, why do you choose them? You might not realize it, but subconsciously most people choose to say hi and make friends with people that smile. Smiles are radiant and improve the look on your face. But you know what doesn’t? A fake smile. Smiles only help when they are genuine. Try to stay positive and always look for something to make you happy. It really helps!
I think that if you put these tips into practice, you will feel beautiful and look it too!
11/16/2020 0 Comments
5 Ways to Exercise Indoors
Snow is falling, fast and furious, outside the window. You know you’re supposed to exercise frequently, but how’s a girl supposed to get her body moving when she’s stuck inside? Well, she just finds ways to exercise indoors, of course! Here are five of my favorite ways to get exercise inside your house. For safety, make sure to only do fitness activities in large areas that are free of breakable objects, sharp corners, and tripping hazards.
Go For a Walk
Crank up the music and start walking around your house! If your house has a circular floor plan, then walk laps around it. If not, just keep a brisk pace following the walls. Make sure to switch directions occasionally, so you don’t get dizzy!
Stretch it Out
Pick some stretches and try them out! Stretching is the perfect break while doing your homework or when you feel anxious, frustrated, or tense. Make sure not to overstretch and hurt your body! You can find lots of stretching ideas on the internet.
Learn From the Pros
Need some more ideas? Pop in an exercise DVD or watch some tutorials on YouTube and follow along with the experts.
Jump & Spin
Make up a series of jumping jacks, hula hooping, and jump roping (just stay away from mom’s priceless vase!). Alternate all three exercises for a heart-pumping workout.
Have A Snowball Fight
This idea is just plain fun! Have an indoor snowball fight with your parents or siblings by using foam balls, crumpled paper, or plush snowballs. You’ll get in a lot of running around and movement and enjoy it!
What would you add to this list?
11/9/2020 0 Comments
Foot care basics: All the tips and tricks you need to know to have happy, healthy feet!
Our poor feet. Somebody should write a book from the point of view of feet. It would be quite the tale, filled with woe and agony!
Ok, so maybe I’m dramatizing a little bit, but how would you like to be someone’s transportation all day long? Our feet get thoroughly abused. They are the first to feel bumps, to get cut, to get wore out, and they are last to get cared for. Give your feet some TLC with my tips on how to have beautiful feet.
Grab a loofa and a special rock for callouses (you can find them in the beauty aisle) and get rubbing. Gently rub your heel and any other rough places. Be careful to not aggravate your skin. You just want to remove any dead skin cells on the surface.
Sometimes toenails can get a little beastly, so be sure to trim them as often as needed. When toenails are neglected they can become painful and in-grown. After you trim your nails, take your nail trimmers and carefully clip the hair on your big toes. That hair can get crazy if unkept just like any other hair on your body.
After your shower, grab a generous glob of lotion and apply a thick layer to your feet. Rub the lotion in thoroughly or until completely absorbed. If your feet are extremely dry, you can buy specialty foot lotion that might help a little better than body lotion.
Even though nobody will see your feet under your fuzzy winter socks, it still feels good to know that your feet look pretty. Paint your toenails with a pretty color or design, then seal it with coat of clear polish.
I hope your feet feel happy and healthy! Make my tips a part of your daily routine, or do them as needed.
11/2/2020 0 Comments
Dry Hand solutions
When the weather gets colder, and especially when I am washing and sanitizing my hands a lot, my hands get very dry. After a lot of trial and error, I have found a few things that help keep my hands hydrated even in the coldest months, and I am excited to share them with you! (Side note - weren’t we writing blog posts about summer activities like a week ago? How am I now writing a blog post in NOVEMBER about winter!) Are you ready to get started?
1. Wear Gloves
If you are going to go outside in chilly weather - even for just a second - put on gloves to minimize your hands’ exposure to the elements. Lotion beforehand for extra hydration!
All. The. Time. Before you leave the house. When you get back in the house. Before bed. LOTION! There are lots of lotions around, so find one that works well for you - it should absorb into your skin without feeling greasy or oily.
3. Sugar Scrub
A sugar scrub is a mixture of a natural oil and sugar designed to scrub off dead skin and smooth your hands. Not only will sugar scrubbing a few times a week make your hands feel like silk, but it will also gently remove the top layer of skin that is most susceptible to cracking and drying. You can find lots of DIY sugar scrub tutorials (recipes?) online!
10/26/2020 0 Comments
Treats or trick?
It’s fall y’all! And when fall comes, so do all those delicious snacks. Caramel apples, candy corn, chocolate, taffy, and lollipops........YUM! It sure is tempting to eat them all. But are those yummy fall foods treats or tricks? Today, I am going to dig deeper into the candy bowl to find out how fall sweets might be effecting your health.
- It tastes really good
- ...... (crickets chirping) ......
- Some candy can cause acne breakouts
- Sugar weakens your immune system and can cause “sugar crashes”
- Sugar can also cause cavities and unhealthy teeth
- Even “sugar free” candy can cause health problems
- Some people can have allergic reactions to food coloring and other ingredients in candy
I didn’t create those lists to totally discourage you from eating sweets. Eating a little bit now and then is ok, just try to have a little self control. Enjoy your fall and stay healthy!
Before we created our Health & Beauty category, B and I had written lots of related posts and placed them in other categories around our blog. Today, I'll be rounding up our best health & beauty-related posts from other sections of our blog. Are you ready to get started?
The Beauty Book by Nancy Rue
Check out our review of this great nonfiction book by clicking on the photo!
In this post, B shares some great tips for painting your nails!
4 of the Best Smoothie Recipes to Try
B did an awesome job with this post that is full of delicious and nutritious smoothie recipes!
Easy DIY Hair Helpers
Learn how to make a few super-simple hair accessories in this post!
Which of these posts will you be checking out first?
10/12/2020 0 Comments
Tame those burly brows
I hope you like the name of this post because I thought long and hard about it (actually my mom came up with the name). But seriously, sometimes eyebrows do need taming! Eyebrows are so important for the look of your face. They can show your mood, be playful, and set off your eyes...... if they are taken care of. Use my step-by-step guide lines to make them beautiful!
Get ready to beautify your brows by figuring out how they should look. Line a pencil up with the side of you nose to find the start, your nose to your eyes to find the end, and line those lines up to find the top. Take a look at the photo for this post to see an example.
Once your plan is done, find all you supplies. You will need tweezers, a mirror, and eyebrows.
Use your lines as a guide and tweeze all the hairs above the lines, in between your brows, and below the arch of your brows. Be careful to not tweeze too many hairs. Step back and take a look at your eyebrows after every few hairs that you tweeze.
Great job! I hope you are fully satisfied with your eyebrows.
10/5/2020 0 Comments
Sparkling Skin Basics
Hello ladies, and welcome back to our blog! Today, I'm super excited to talk to you about skin, following up on B's lovely post a few weeks ago. Trust me, it will be fun. Let's dive in!
While I'm no skincare expert, those in the know suggest that pre-teen girls (ages 9-12) should use a light cleanser and a wet washcloth to wash their face morning and night, and follow it up with a gentle moisturizer. Around the ages of 12-14, girls may wish to use a cleanser specifically designed for oily skin. If they wear makeup, they should also use a makeup remover before bed. Talking to an esthetician (skincare expert) can be helpful if you struggle with more intense acne or have questions about your product routine.
These steps will help you keep your skin healthy and glowing.
- Don't pick at pimples (I know, easier said than done!)
- Don't go to bed with makeup on (ever!)
- Do drink lots of water
- Do wear sunscreen
- Avoid strong soaps that could dehydrate your skin
Want more skincare secrets? Check out B's 3 Best Skincare Tips and her post on Homemade Facials!
Good job, girl! You are on your way to glowing skin!