How to Make your Nails Grow Faster

So I royally messed up my nails. I have a tendency to peel them, and I have peeled a majority of them to the skin. I have hangnails and it’s just gross basically. So with my Sally Hansen growth nail polish down at my mom’s house, I need some at home remedies to make my nails grow longer faster, because they hurt.

The first thing I found from many sites was that milk is the best way to make your nails grow. Nails are protein deposits (like hair) and the more protein you have the stronger and longer your nails are. Also other protein rich foods like chicken will help nails grow.

Also stimulating blood to the nails is key. If you have a job where you are typing all day this is good news for you! Unfortunately I am a lifeguard which means that I would have to sit there tapping my fingers against my leg or a table and that is another habit I do not want to form. I think I’ll skip this piece of advice.

And the best way to make nails stronger and longer is to have weekly manicures. If you’ve ever noticed how much better your nails feel after manicure this is enough proof for you to try it. If I wasn’t a student most of the year I would do this, but I’m not rolling in any excess money.

I will definatly be trying the milk thing, I’ve been trying to eat healthier anyway and milk is an excellent way to do that. And maybe I’ll try getting manicures once a month at least. I’m 20 and I’ve only had two in my life!

Tomorrow will be something new,

The Average Girl

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How to Determine Your Shade of Bare Escentuals Foundation

I decided to blog about something I actually have expertise in. I worked at QVC (kind of like the home shopping network) as a phone operator and I was also a beauty advisor. Bare Escentuals is one of QVC’s best selling products, and I also love it! So below I will tell you the best way to tell what your shade is in the foundation!

First determine if you have warm undertones, neutral undertones, or cool undertones.

If you have cool undertones, you will look good in cool colors (blues, greens, and purples) and pure white over off-white and silver is your metal of choice. If you have warm undertones, you will look good in warm colors (reds, oranges, and yellows) and off-white over pure white and gold is your metal of choice. If you have neutral undertones you will look good in either warm or blue colors along with both shades of white and both metals.

Now, you will determine if you are fair to light, light to medium, medium to tan, tan to dark, or dark to deep.

If you are fair:

***Cool Undertone: FAIR, this is for fair porcelain skin with pink undertones

***Neutral Undertone: FAIRLY LIGHT, for porcelain to light skin with neutral undertones

***Warm Undertone: LIGHT OR GOLDEN FAIR, light is for light skin with yellow-olive undertones and golden fair is for fair porcelain skin with yellow-olive undertones

If you are medium:

***Cool Undertone: FAIRLY MEDIUM OR MEDIUM, fairly medium is for light to medium skin with pink undertones and medium is for medium skin with pink undertones

***Neutral Undertone: MEDIUM BEIGE, for medium skin with neutral undertones

***Warm Undertone: GOLDEN MEDIUM, for medium with yellow-olive tones

If you are tan:

***Cool Undertone: MEDIUM TAN, for medium to tan skin with rosy undertones

***Neutral Undertone: TAN, for tan skin with neutral undertones

***Warm Undertone: GOLDEN TAN OR WARM TAN, golden tan is for medium to tan skin with subtle yellow-olive undertones and warm tan is for tan skin with deep yellow-olive undertones

If you are dark:

***Cool Undertone: DARK, for tan to dark skin with rich red undertones

***Neutral Undertone: MEDIUM DARK, for dark skin with neutral undertones

***Warm Undertone: GOLDEN DARK OR WARM DARK, golden dark is for dark skin with yellow-olive undertones and warm dark is for dark skin with deep yellow-olive undertones

If you are deep:

***Cool Undertone: MEDIUM DEEP, for dark to deep skin with rich red undertones

***Neutral Undertone: DEEPEST DEEP, for the deepest skin with neutral undertones

***Warm Undertone: GOLDEN DEEP OR WARM DEEP, golden deep is for subtle yellow-olive undertones and warm deep is for deepest skin with intense yellow-olive undertones

If you are looking to purchase Bare Escentuals check out a store near you or http://www.bareescentuals.com for your foundation or starter kit!

Tomorrow will be something new

The Average Girl

How to Make Your Hair Grow Faster

So last week for my beauty post, I cut my own bangs. Let me repeat the advice I gave last time, never ever cut your own bangs, trim maybe, but cut from long hair, no. So my post for this week will be hair masks to make your hair grow faster!

The first mask I found is the honey and egg yolk mask. To make this, you will need one egg yolk and one tablespoon of honey. Mix this together and rub the mixture into your scalp and roots of hair. You will need to keep this in for 20-30 minutes and then rinse out with warm water.

The second mask is a honey and onion hair mask. For this you will need one onion and 4 tablespoons of honey. Olive oil can be added to the mix to soften if you have dry or brittle hair. Blend the onion and honey together rubbing the mask into your head for a half an hour, then rinse with warm water.

The third mask involves yeast and pepper vodka. The mixture in thirty grams of yeast with two tablespoons of pepper vodka. Apply this mask and leave in for 20 minutes. Wash this mix off thoroughly.

I got all of this information from the site linked to the below picture.

Tomorrow will be something new.

The Average Girl

Is it safe to wear someone else’s contacts?

I don’t have a contact prescription so I use my roommate’s contacts (of course they are not opened or used by her previously, ew). My boyfriend always tells me this is bad for my eyes and not to do it. Her contact prescription is the same as my glasses prescription and I do know usually these numbers don’t match up exactly, they aren’t that different.

So I got to thinking, is it safe to wear someone else’s contacts if their prescription is similar to your own?

As I started reading these things online, people were really freaking out about using someone else’s PRE-USED contacts. I’m not sure who would do that, but it seems like a bad idea from all of the things I have read, eye infections and what not so I you were thinking about doing this, I just wouldn’t

Another thing I found out is that the curve of the eye matters, and if your curve is not the same as the other persons then this can cause irritation to  corneal ulcers or abrasions. Yikes! I thought contacts were basically the same because they are produced in mass quantities but apparantly everyone is different.

Also there is the fact of the contacts causing your eyes to be over corrected or under corrected. If it’s not too big of a difference your eyes will adjust themselves, but remember the reason you started wearing glasses. If you get too crazy with the different contacts you will start to get headaches cause by your eye going through too much stress.

Those are the basic reasons why you shouldn’t wear other people’s contacts. While I’ve learned that this can cause eye irritation (which I get from time to time wearing them), for my the good outweighs the bad in this case. I will be getting my own contacts in about a month and since I don’t wear borrowed contacts often (about once every two weeks if that) I don;t think it should be a problem. But if you wear contacts every day, and believe me I can’t wait to, I suggest going to your doctor and buying your own. It will be worth it.

Tomorrow will be something new.

The Average Girl

Happy Easter!

How to Get the Perfect Brows

Did you ever wonder how those girls, those beautiful girls you see, have perfect eyebrows? These days eyebrows are generally thicker, not thin like they used to be, and no one uses pencil anymore.

I have a few steps on how to get the perfect brow that I use every time I do my eyebrows. These are instructions for plucking, though if you wax these steps will work too.

First look at your face in the mirror. Whether you have thick, thin, long, short, arched, or not, your eyebrows can be managed.

1. Find your inner tear duct. This is the invisible line you will use to determine the distance between your eyebrows. Go straight vertically to the top of your head and from the middle of your nose to that line (on each side) is where you will pluck and widen the brows. Some girls have more hair here which makes there face look smaller, just make sure you never pluck beyond that line! I’ve done it a few times, never turns out well.

2. Find your arch line. To do this, you find the point of your nose and draw a 45 degree angle towards the hairline. This will be the highest point in the brow. Now if you don’t have a distinguishable arch (I don’t) do this as well as possible, but don;t go overboard trying to get that perfect arch, some of us just don’t have a definite arch.

3. Find the end of the brow. To do this, draw another 45 degree line from the base of the nostril up to the hairline. The line should barely make it past the outside of your eye. Now pluck any hairs that fall beyond this point.

Make sure you shape the brows and don’t overpluck! This process takes time, no one just magically has perfect brows no matter what Hollywood says. If your brows are thicker, or thinner, embrace this! You’ll look better being you than looking like a mannequin.