The St. Louis (eyebrow) Arch

Getting your brows waxed occasionally is way easier than tweezing. The beautician will ask do you want a low-medium-high arch? I say ‘medium’. Beware “high” you may look like Joan Crawford! This style is pretty outdated. Also, outdated styles are called paisley or tadpole brows. These have a chunky area at the inside and sort of taper out. The wax is applied and then removed with a cloth in an outside-to-inside yank. It’s sort of like band-aid removal. Over time the hair root will gradually be destroyed and you won’t have to get it done as often. Beware home wax kits, my beautician told me she had a friend who tried this at home with bad results–the wax hardened and she couldn’t remove it. She had to go into the shop after hours and get it removed with a product the beautician had on hand.

Threading Brows vs Tweezing

0JENNIFER_CONNELLYBROWS (2)I don’t know exactly how threading works, or if it even hurts.  I should watch it on YouTube.  I saw a pop-up shop once working in a local mall and they were doing this to customers right in the middle of the mall!  It is probably quicker than tweezing and much faster.  Sometimes you see actresses (Jennifer Connelley as shown) with “boy brows”, if they are unnaturally straight across, you can tell.  I believe it might take quite a while to flatten the normal line and persuade everything to look straight.   You also see more and more male actors in movies with waxed and shaped brows.  A beautician needs a correct touch to do this, because a man can get by with thicker brows than a woman.

Rubber gloves-outdoor uses & misc.

Continuing on my other post, buy some thick black gloves from Tractor Supply or Lowes or a similar store. Some of them even have linings which makes them feel better! They run a bit bigger because more men buy them. I use them for multiple outdoor purposes, like washing the car or even my dog. They are thicker and last years. I even store them on the rail of the back deck, but you could store them inside. Just store them in the broom closet, not under the sink with your dishwashing gloves. They are especially great for household floor mopping. If you are accident prone as far as broken glasses or plates in the kitchen area, wearing gloves while you mop will prevent you from touching glass shards, (or even just gunk on the floor). You can even use hotter water while mopping.

invest in rubber dishwashing gloves

I didn’t use rubber gloves until about 10 years into my marriage. I just never gave them any thought. Then I started buying that blue grease cutting dishwashing liquid that starts with a “D”. It effectively stripped all oils from my hands and made my fingers crack. I think they changed the formula years later because these things quit ruining my skin. Using gloves also kept manicures lasting longer and stopped me getting nicked fingers/fingernails from chopping/slicing things like onions and garlic. Using while peeling garlic also, keeps the smell off your skin. I used to buy the Playtex brand from Walmart & the biggest size (XL) was always a bit small. They also tended to deteriorate underneath my sink over time. Now I buy them online, they are a bigger size and tougher.

Why you should build a house on a hill

My feet are always dry because I live on a hill. My father-in-law once said ” don’t go looking at property to buy on a sunny dry day. Go after a big rain.” Pay attention to this, folks! Buying land in a flood zone is a recipe for disaster. And sometimes later on, you are stuck with this house because savvy home buyers will pass you by.

Using deodorant stones- hygiene tip

Ok, you may never have used deodorant stones. I never heard of them until the local paper ran an article on them. The come in different styles: liquid spray-on, a solid rock, and a push-up stick. They are easier to find nowadays, but before the Internet I found them at vitamin shops, mail order catalogs, and health food places. To use (if a solid rock) you simply wet them with tap water and apply. Remember, they are only deodorant, NOT antiperspirant. I like them because they will not mark your clothing (especially good if you wear a lot of black). Also, they are popular with deer hunters and people who had had cancer and went to use non-chemical products the rest of their lives.  They are  prone to cracking and chipping, so be careful not to drop on a hard surface.

A Handy Yogurt tip

want to learn a new way to make your morning yogurt look more appetizing? Here it is–and it is very simple. For years I always ripped the lid off and began stirring. Since it is a milk product, it can separate. The tearing of the lid sometimes made a little annoying “splash” so I would do it over the sink. I noticed my husband one morning shaking his yogurt. Just hold it in your hand (cover intact) and give a few good shakes. Remove the lid and–TA DA- the ingredients are mixed! As a side note I also put on a few spoons of raw oatmeal to help my cholesterol.