All posts for the month April, 2012

As ye know im obsessed wit make up … so here is my few tips for ye that i use to save time and mula!

Published April 25, 2012 by not so secret life of sarah

1 If your favourite nail polish is not looking so hot place a little nail polish remover into the bottle, put lid back on and shake well, this will give you a few more applications.

2 Applying eyeshadow on top of eyeliner with a damp cotton wool bud will keep the eyeliner in place for longer.

3 Lightly spraying a mist over a fully made up face will set the make up and keep it in place for longer – great for brides and nights out or those extra hours at the office!

4 Eye drops placed into the eye during the day will make the eyes sparkle and help to relieve tiredness from use of the computer – great to have in your bag or on the desk.

5 Vaseline applied to feet helps keep them soft and subtle – great for the summer – flippy floppy weather!

6 Exfoliate the body in advance of applying fake tan to give best results.

7 Eyelash curlers give a lovely curl, which enhances the eyes.

8 Vaseline massaged into the cuticles once a week will encourage growth by feeding the new nail.

9 Eyebrow tinting – great for fair skin and fair hair as it enhances the colour of the eyebrows and brings definition to eyes and face.

10 Massage is good for relaxing but it is also excellent for circulation, lymph drainage, toning, and the removal of toxins.

11 Steam your face over a bowl of hot water with a towel on your head to open the pores and draw out impurities, slosh with very cold water to close the pores and tighten skin – then apply a light moisturiser.

12 Buffing of nails encourages growth by improving the circulation

13 Vaseline on eyebrows and eyelashes applied before bedtime enhances shine.

14 Make sure you shave, wax or remove any unwanted hair at least 24 hours in advance of applying a fake tan for best results.

15 Only file your nails in one direction, otherwise it causes stress to the nail plate with causes breakages.

16 Vaseline used on eyebrows keeps them in place and looking tidy.

17 Always apply a moisturiser even if only at night – it is still important for greasy skin to be moisturised, as it protects the skin from UV rays.

18 Eyelash extensions – are great for the party season, can look natural on brides and/or are way out for parties and fun.

19 When applying false eyelashes try the glue on the inside of your arm with a plaster on top and leave for 24 hours to check for allergies.

20 Eye gel is best kept in the fridge – fantastic for puffy, tired eyes and to help after a big night out.

21 When applying a fake tan always tie back your hair and have a dark old towel at the ready.

22 Always apply a light good moisturiser to the body in advance of any fake tan application – pay special attention to hands, knees, elbows, toes etc.

23 Wear plastic gloves to stop getting orange palms when applying fake tan.

24 Moisturiser is an excellent base for the application of foundation as it stops it streaking and does not give a tidemark at the base of the face.

25 Never apply a fake tan in a hurry as it will end in tears – you need to take time and pay attention as you don’t want a streaky body! You should always leave 30 minutes before getting into bed or going out.

26 To help a fake tan fade evenly, apply a gentle exfoliator every day.

27 If you suffer with blocked sinuses try the following technique as often as you like – with your ring finger go from the top of the eye / nose area to the outer edge of the eyebrow and then under the eye area – repeat 10 times.

28 Brush your lips with an old toothbrush every day and apply Vaseline, as this will remove dead skin.

29 Don’t forget to use a water resistant SPF30 lip balm, as this will protect your lips from burning and keep them soft.

30 Never go to bed wearing your makeup as it clogs the pores that cause spots.

31 Dampen cotton wool pads with cold water and leave them in the fridge for days when your eyes need refreshing.

This can also be done with cold cucumber or cold teabags, as they relieve and refresh your eyes.

32 Blot lipstick with tissue when applying each layer – this prolongs the life of the lipstick.

33 Massage regularly from outside and around the eye area with moisturiser to help remove dark shadow and bags – this assists with lymphatic drainage around the eye area.

34 To lengthen the life of nail varnish always use a base coat, two coats of colour and a top coat. This give a professional shine and keeps the varnish on the nail for longer.

35 If plucking your eyebrows apply bongela to the area, wait for 20 minutes and then pluck – this should ease the pain.

36 Exfoliate the skin regularly as this keeps the skin soft, and stops ingrown hairs after waxing.

37 Do not sunbathe or go on a sun bed for 24 hours after waxing or sugaring as follicles are open.

38 Do not go into a hot bath or shower after waxing, as the pores are wide open and it can cause problems.

39 Do not use scented products on the body after waxing or sugaring, as this can cause allergic reactions.

40 Exfoliate face and neck twice weekly as this removes dead skin cells and make you look healthy and refreshed – it gives a youthful glow.

41 If you are having a waxing it is always best to have it done between 1pm and 3pm as the pain threshold is at its highest.

42 A face mask used weekly will help to draw out all impurities.

43 Eye lash tint – great to define the lashes especially for fair skins and for anyone sporty and in the Summer.

44 When plucking eyebrows hold the pencil vertically against the side of the nose and it will show you where to pluck from. Then as you move the pencil along it will show you where the arch should be and also where it should end.

45 Vitamin E helps to feed the skin and keeps it supple.

46 Aloe Vera is great for sunburnt skin, but never apply pure aloe vera from the plant to white skin as it is too strong.

47 During pregnancy rub olive oil into stomach, hips and thighs as it helps the elasticity of the skin thus reducing stretch marks.

48 Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day to help the complexion stay young looking and to remove toxins from the body.

49 If you are on your feet a lot, wear light support tights as they can help to reduce thread veins and varicose veins.

50 For tired feet – stand up and lift one leg at a time behind you and rotate the foot, repeat with each foot 10 times.


DIY sugar wax :)

Published April 25, 2012 by not so secret life of sarah

DO YOU ever make your own beauty products? I do, when the mood strikes or I’m bored out of my skull and don’t have anything else to do (not often)… hair oil, greek yogurt and avocado face mask, calendula toner (with flowers from my garden, natch), lavender water, baking soda and coconut oil facial exfoliant…

My favorite, though, is homemade sugar wax or DIY sugaring (however you refer to it).

It’s so quick and easy, dirt cheap (you have all the ingredients stocked in your presses already, swear), non-toxic, hurts less than both strip and hard wax, and rinses clean off, so you don’t have sticky spots on your skin when finished 😉 it doesn’t clog your pores (Hello?! It dissolves in hot water), and if you have a spill, it’s super easy to get off the floor/carpet/clothes (unlike regular wax).

My little friend jena  (the boxer-nail tech-college student) gave me this recipe after a moment of insipration struck while watching the movie Caramel.

Sugar Wax Ingredients

2 cups sugar

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup lemon juice

Seriously. That’s it.  [I’m as liable to drizzle it over a slice of cake as I am to use it as a depilator.]


Simmer all ingredients in sauce pan on medium-high heat until amber, but don’t scorch.

Cool until you can handle the wax without it being too runny or sticky.


  • Clean yer skin where you’re planning to wax. For real. Unless you want infections or spots or any number of things.
  • When the sugar wax has cooled to the non-runny/sticky point, scoop about an 1/8 of a cup out of the pan and start to work it between your fingers until it has a bit of a pearly sheen to it and a texture like taffy (you’ll know what I mean when you do it). This makes it pliable and easy to work with, which you need since you use the same piece repeatedly.
  • Rinse off hand you’re not using to wax (you’ll need that to hold your glass).
  • Take a sip of wine/beer (you poured yourself a drink, right?) and make sure you’ve got the TV tuned to 30 Rock.
  • Get comfy on the couch with your sugar wax in one hand, drink in the other.
  • Load sugar wax onto thumb or index finger on non-drink hand.
  • Next, apply the wad of sugar wax directly to hair, smoothing and smooshing it away from you in a bit of a ribbon in the opposite direction of hair growth (unlike traditional wax products).
  • Then quickly (no sitting around) pull the sugar wax off your skin in direction hair grows. Be sure to work closely to the skin, not pulling the wax up and away from the skin.
  • Keep doing the same thing all over using the same ball of sugar wax. This amount works for one full arm or one half leg (depending on how hirsute you are, sister).
  • Take sip break.
  • If necessary, repeate waxing in the same area (unlike with regular wax, this stuff doesn’t irritate or pull off your skin).
  • Sit back and marvel at your amazingly smooth skin.
  • Decide what you’re going to do with the $50 you saved on that salon leg wax.
  • Pour a second drink to celebrate your clever DIY skills.

Frankly, that sounds like a better night, to me, than a night on the tiles… My age is showing, isn’t it?

My very talented brother in law Peter Delaney.

Published April 25, 2012 by not so secret life of sarah

Peter Delaney is that rare breed; an Irish ukulele player inspired, in equal measure, by early archive recordings of Mississippi Delta Blues and Hawaiian Luau music. His songs are gentle parables formed from slightly skewed everyday observations sustained only by voice and instrument.

the sh*% my mother says

Published April 21, 2012 by not so secret life of sarah

whats more embarrassing than ur mother telling ya u look like a lesbian and to go down and change? my mother telling ya u look like a lesbian that’s what … where did she even learn these words?!!