Beauty · Personal

They put a needle through my nose!

After approximately ten years of going “oooh, they’re so pretty, I want one some day!”, “some day” finally arrived and I got my nose pierced!

noseI’d been mulling it over for a few days, and had researched the best piercing studios in the area as well as all the usual care instructions, “how painful is it” etc., so I guess you could say I was quite well-prepared. I was so sure I would chicken out but I went through with it – I had my heart set on getting it done today, and once I forced myself into walking to the studios, I found I couldn’t turn around so just bit the bullet and went in.

One of the things I made sure to do was to make sure I had some sugar in my system before getting pierced. One of my friends fainted when she got her nose pierced, and I was determined not to let it happen to me, so I went in there armed with Lucozade and a Twix. I was really really REALLY nervous and shakey, but having something to eat and drink while I waited for the studio to be set up actually made me feel a lot better.

My piercer, Sarah, was super lovely and put me right at ease. The last time I got pierced I was ten, and it was my ears done in Claire’s with a gun (a standard female childhood memory for many), so understandably I had no idea what I was about to get myself into! Sarah was so calm and friendly though, and clearly talked me through the procedure for my own peace of mind. I would definitely go back to her for any future holes (which could well happen, as I fancy a few more on my ears)!

And then came the scary part…Sarah told me to relax back and close my eyes while she put a metal tube inside my nose to catch the needle once it went through. I thought she was just doing that bit; turned out I was wrong, because a second later I felt a stingy pinching sensation. I’d read a lot of people’s reports saying that it was totally painless, so I’d been trying to comfort myself by saying “it won’t hurt! It won’t hurt!”…and well, it did hurt. Only a little bit though. Maybe a 4.5 on a 1-10 pain scale. It was more painful than I remember my ears being (they’d probably be a 2), but it was definitely bearable and the adrenalin rush afterwards, knowing that I’d been brave enough to finally go through with it, was absolutely amazing. It does still feel quite bruised, but that’s to be expected as swelling is completely normal.

So not only do I now have a lovely, lovely nose stud (complete with crystal!), I also have new-found knowledge that actually, getting pierced isn’t as scary as I had built it up to be. In fact, I might even be converted. Now, what should I get pierced next…?!

(I got my nose pierced at Tribal Body Art, just off Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Ch-ch-check ’em out!)

Beauty

Homemade body scrub – perfect for shiny, immaculately shaved legs!

This evening I decided to try making my own body scrub, using a recipe I found on Tumblr. It was created as an exfoliant to use when shaving your legs, and I had seen many enthusiastic comments on it about how amazing it was, so I decided to give it a go.

What you will need

1 mug of sugar (doesn’t matter what type but I use granulated as the particles were bigger and more scrubby)
1/2 mug of oil (olive, vegetable, sunflower…again, it doesn’t really matter. I think olive oil is meant to be the best though)
3 tablespoons of lemon juice

These measurements aren’t exactly as were listed in the Tumblr post, but I used these smaller quantities and I still had more than enough, so I’d suggest going with these ones.

What you need to do is soak in a nice hot bath for a few minutes to weaken the hair follicles, then shave your legs as usual. Then put a big dollop of this scrub on each leg and rub it all in – it’ll probably feel a bit tingly at this stage! Once you’ve done this, shave again with the scrub still in place – this helps remove all the dead skin. Wash it off. Finally, scrub your legs with it again, but this time just wash it off without shaving. You might want to wash your legs with normal soap/shower gel just to get rid of the oily feeling. Dry your legs off and rub in plenty of moisturiser. Et voilà, wonderfully silky legs!

It’s also good for anywhere else you want to shave – from underarms to, ahem, more private areas. I suppose you could use it as a normal body scrub as well, for when you’re not shaving.

I’ll be honest, my legs usually feel amazing after I shave them in the bath so I have come close to this level of smoothness before, but if you’re looking for a more exfoliating, deep-cleaning shave, then this scrub is a great alternative to the more expensive shop-bought scrubs. Another benefit of this one is that you know exactly what’s gone into it – you can lather it on without fear that you’re going to have a reaction to something that was only listed in the ingredients as an obscure chemical!

I’d highly recommend this but be warned – you won’t be able to keep your (and other peoples’) hands away from your legs! 😉