Soft Vs. Hard Water: What Can It Do to Your Skin?

There are a lot of things that you need to take into consideration when it comes to skin care. Your skin type, the air that touches your skin, and also the water with which you bathe. The hard water vs soft water debate is usually limited to healthcare, however, the quality of water that you use can also have a major impact on your skin’s health. Depending on what kind of water you get, your products and the rest of your skin care regimen gets affected.

Water contains a variety of minerals and small particles. The amount and concentration of these particles depend on how hard or soft your water is. Over time, these particles can begin acting as free radicals (just like with air pollution) and can do a number on your complexion. This sounds pretty worrisome, luckily you can keep the damage under control with a bit of effort.

Hard water has a higher level of metal content, including minerals such as magnesium and calcium. These metals can dry up your skin quickly and rob it of its glow. They can also result in your skin becoming irritable in the long run. Hard water is especially bad for people with dry or sensitive skin, which is why it is important to take measures to prevent your water from hurting your skin.

You can fight hard water in a number of ways. There are specialised shower heads available in the market that filter water as it passes through them, making it softer and safer for your skin. You can also revise your skin care products line up in order to use products that nullify the effects of hard water. Products that have citrus in them help nullify hard water at microscopic levels and hence, they are pretty good to have. Products like these can help your skin retain moisture for longer and stay clear of hard water debris, allowing your body’s oil pores to work properly.

Products that have fermented ingredients in them are also useful in fighting the effects of hard water. Fermented products have probiotics in them that minimize the effects that hard water has on your skin.

If you are not sure what kind of water comes to your home then you should look for the following signs. If there is mineral build up on your showerhead or faucets then you are dealing with hard water. If soap scum builds up along your showering area’s walls then that means that your water has a higher level of minerals in it. Other signs include hazy spots appearing on your tableware, your clothes feeling rough and dull after being laundered and your water having a slightly bitter taste.

Hard water can be a pain to deal with, but with the right products on hand and a bit of precaution, you can keep its negative effects at bay and make sure that your skin stays as fresh and glowing as possible.

5 Great Fitness And Beauty Tips From a Victoria’s Secret Angel

Being a Victoria’s Secret Angel is a full time job that requires you to constantly monitor your physique, actively workout, and follow strict diet regimes all the time. At least, that how it is for most VS Angels. Elsa Hosk says that she does not give too much thought to gruelling workout sessions and crazy diet plans, as long as she feels relaxed she looks good. However, This VS model does not spend her whole day sitting around and doing nothing, it takes effort to look good.

Elsa Hosk has a very strong beauty routine game. Here is how she gets herself ready for every catwalk and manages to look pristine in general.

#1 Generous Facials

Hosk focuses a lot on her skin which she likes to keep as tight as possible. She admits that her skin does give her problems from time to time so she has to be extra regular with her facials. Elsa Hosk gets a facial once every week during the show season, and when she does not have any shows lined up, she gets facials one or two times every month.

#2 Prioritize Skin’s Well-Being

Being a VS Angel means loads of makeup. This is why Elsa Hosk is particularly choosy about what she puts on her face. She prefers products that have natural ingredients to ensure that her skin does not get harmed. Her make up routine starts off with a hyalauronic acid serum, after which she applies plenty of moisturizer. Then she moves on to applying a foundation, followed by a concealer, some eyeliner, and some rouge in the end.

#3 Enjoy Your Cardio Everyday

Hosk is known for going on runs to get ready for her fashion shows, but now she has started exploring other forms of cardio as well. Hosk has started developing a liking for dance cardio, which she thinks is really fun and also great for various muscle groups. Along with dance cardio, she also hits the gym when her show is closing in. Hosk’s gym routine lasts for a month, and she usually goes 6 to 7 times per week. She dislikes using weights during training since they make hr feel angry.

#4 Maintain a Balanced Diet

Hosk believes that dieting is more about balance than categorizing what is edible and what is not. She learns from her dieting every year and puts her knowledge to use. Hosk focuses on eating organic foods and actively avoids processed foods. She also makes sure to eat stuff that is energy packed so she can fuel her workouts and keep herself active on the catwalk.

#5 Try Crazy Products

When Hosk heard about blood cream for the first time she was both sceptical and cautious. As the name suggests, blood cream takes your own blood as an ingredient. She tried the cream out of desperation and it produced wonderful results, reviving her skin from being a dead grey to lively and glowing over the course of a night.

Moo Moo’s Signatures

Hey guys! Today I have a late night post, I have some really awesome collections to share with you and I’m swatching double time to get them to y’all in time for releases! Up next are 5 gorgeous polishes from Moo Moo’s Signature, I reached out to them a bit ago to see if they would be interested in being featuring on my weekly “But Do They Watermarble” and they agreed! Two of these polishes are currently sold out but fingers crossed you may be able to find them in a destash or in case they may be re-released.

Moo Moo’s Signatures swatches and review

Today’s post brings together two releases from Moo Moo’s Signatures. The first one is a trio and includes Dirty BathLilac Wool and Tomato Garden, the second one is a duo consisting of Maldives King Loves Coconut Boat and Dewberry Loves You.

Moo Moo’s Signatures Dirty Bath is a slightly “dirty” nude holo with rather sparse shiny microglitters and some fine flakie shimmer.

Great formula here, very nice opacity too – two thin coats are enough to cover any VNL. One coat of topcoat to completely even out the glitter and you’re good to go.

Moo Moo’s Signatures Lilac Wool is a lilac holo with added tiny red-pink flakie shimmer and silver shimmer.

Another great formula, opaque in two coats. Dries a bit dull, so use topcoat to add gloss. 2 coats + topcoat.

Moo Moo’s Signatures Tomato Garden is a muted tomato red holo with turquoise shimmer and golden flakes.

Good formula, opaque in two coats – I did add a third to see whether it will affect colour intensity. The difference is minor, I would say, so a two-coater it is. Dries a bit dull again, so topcoat to the rescue.

Moo Moo’s Signatures Dewberry Loves You is a complex dusty taupe holo with purple shimmer, red and bronze microflakes, gold holo microglitter and dust.

It’s a creamy, opaque formula, good to go in two thin coats. Again, dries a bit dull because of the strong shimmer, so use topcoat to bring out all the goodness inside. 2 coats + tc.

Moo Moo’s Signatures Maldives King Loves Coconut Boat is a sheer-ish sandy nude with strong, almost pearlescent turquoise shimmer, blue microflakes, subtle scattered holo and added gold holo dust.

This was a surprisingly stellar formula for a shade like this) I’m wearing two coats, you can see some slight VNL which didn’t bother me – if you’re absolutely against this kind of thing you’d better add a third coat =) A coat of topcoat is necessary for a glossy finish.

So what do you think of these? I think the last two are my favourites – very complex and unusual! Moo Moo’s Signatures polishes can be purchased at the official store with worldwide shipping.

Powder Perfect Exhilaration swatches and review

Powder Perfect Exhilaration isn’t a new polish, it was released a while ago in the Euphoria collection. I only got it now from Mei Mei’s Signatures, and I can definitely say I understand why it’s still popular!

Powder Perfect Exhilaration is a vibrant purple micro glitter polish, with differing shades of holographic glitter. It can look very different depending on the light, from a very cool, bluish purple, to intense magenta.

Despite being loaded with microglitter, the polish isn’t overly thick and is very easy to apply – you can get close to your cuticle and paint an even, thin layer. I’m wearing two coats here and they have dried very thin. Two coats of topcoat, too, as it’s a bit gritty – or you can embrace the texture and wear it as-is!

I couldn’t leave this beauty well enough alone, so I decided to add some stamping with the MAG 255 chrome polish and the BP-L 004 stamping plate from the Born Pretty Store.

So what do you think of this polish? I do love me a glitter bomb, so, unsurprisingly, I loved it!