How to Fix a broken Nail

Now for those of you that can naturally grow your nails this will help. For those that get wraps, tips or fake nails I’m not so sure.

Think of this as a sort of holiday helper type gift. Many of us who may not normally get our nails done through the year, may only get them done this month for as we visit friends and family. I get compliments on my nails, especially from the girls at the nail salon on the odd occasion I have them do my nails.

There are 3 things you will need for this, and you can purchase them below.



Multi-sided emery bufferIdb Filler  &  Idb Brush on Gel Resin

Product Review~ TimeStrip Monitoring

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I have been looking for these for years. I forget when and how I originally heard of them. I’ve looked on Amazon and even ebay. and found nothing. This time when I didn’t find anything and checked the company’s site, I found a way to contact them.

So I mentioned I had been looking for them and that I thought they would be great if marketed for beauty products to keep track of them easier.

Now I thought if I received a reply they would ask me how many subscribers I had, individual hits and all that. To my surprise they did not, and they surprised me again when the UK company sent me a package of complementary items of the product. Not to mention,they didn’t just send 1 or 2 of each of the strips, but they sent a little case with (I haven’t actually counted) I’d say 6-8 pieces each and not just of one time. They sent me a few  varying times of 1 month, 3, 6, & 12 month strips to test.

Time and temperature Monitoring Solutions

Upon opening the package there’s a brochure and now I know why I couldn’t find them. They have them listed for use in:

  • Blood Banks
  • Clinics
  • Medical Devices
  • Medical Testing
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Vaccinations
  • Veterinary
  • service reminders
  • maintenance

to sum it up, any thing that has an expiration or where you need to keep track of time, even if only to show the next time to take your car in for a check-up.

There are a couple of things to be mindful of:

The stock products run accurate to specification ( +/-15% tolerance ) at room temperatures of 22C  or 71.6 ferinheight .

As you’ll see there is no battery and they work by the movement of a liquid through a membrane. The engineering team calibrate and match the membrane and liquid (veg oils etc) so the timing is accurate.


My interest for them is mostly based on keeping track when to throw out my cosmetics after opening them; however you can use it for food too. There’s just one drawback… It needs to be at room temperature, which means no fridge or freezer. I do hope at some point they will find a way to make a line of them that can be used in the refrigerator as well as the freezer. They would great for the food that gets pushed to the back that you find a month or so later and is so gross you have to get rid of the storage container.

So I started one to try on my fairly new L’Oreal Lumi compact.

The time strips are easy to use, they have ‘power buttons’ just press until you see a red line and you are good to go. The 12 Month ‘button’ is on the back.

On the right you can see I used a 12 month strip and should be able to see the red line on the right.

Of course I had to wait a month or two so I could properly review the product and make sure it worked. Not to mention try and come up with ideas for other uses. I was also trying to think of ways that maybe I could get the company to sell the strips on amazon or in stores in the U.S. These would be good to keep track of medications, even if its to just remember when to order your refill.

So not only do they have the long term strips which a few ideas I came up for were…

1 month – good for organic/natural items (like if you make your own facials, hair masks etc)

3 months good for mascara

6 months Good for Foundations, creams (including the ‘cream and powder In one & liquid liners.

12 and 24 month tracker   great for powders (eyeshadows, bronzers, pressed setting powder)

aside from cosmetics (which while writing this review I have come across a version for by a company I’m guessing by the looks of the writing on their site is either Czech or Polish or somewhere within that region)

I also though that some Natural Lotions, soaps and such that you would buy at farmer markets, craft shows or even from my favorite body goodies, Lush where yes they do include an expiration date, but a time strip is easier to see especially for those that are optically challenged.

Another idea is I got was inspired by a few Halloweens ago. I dressed up as a mummy with my own costume I put together. For my face I used little gauze pads to stick to my face, but when I went to use my gum adhesive it was dried up. So the resourceful person I am I use some Elmer’s glue diluted with a bit with water. So I think the make-up FX industry could use these as well.

Then there are those crafters ie: artist’s paints, modeling paints, glues and others that use liquids for what they do and yes that stuff does have a shelf life (but that’s another post for another blog, but I will say climate, temperatures and so on go into that)

And as Timestrips has listed they are also useful to certain professions. Maybe they can even come up with extended years (at least a 5 or 10 year) for wines, or homemade beer, mead and that sort so you know its fermented yet and then when it should be drank by (if like my dad you only put a few beers in the fridge at a time.. just remember they are good at room temperature only… maybe I’ll come back to this at a later time and use a one month strip for something in the fridge (as I do have an aloe plant that has few leaves that need to be harvested.)

Also thankfully they sent the strips in small plastic containers so they arrived safe and were not accidentally activated while in transit. When I’m done with the strips, I can reuse the containers for beading projects.

So basically I guess I’m trying to say is that they can be used in a variety of ways in every day life. Personal, Professional, and hobby. Not to mention they can be used for food in some ways. Like when you make baked goods, does anyone still make bread from scratch? You can use one of the 7day strips.  Or for a Bake sale you’d likely need a 1-3 hour one depending on the item being sold.

Another idea, now In a way I am joking but for parents…  Whether you want quiet for awhile, or are giving them a time out, why not slap one on them, (not literally) and have the quiet time. Also as with anything  they should not be in reach of children, but you can always send them to their room and turn on one of the Hour strips for a little me time and time out for them.


You can find their Brochure  and other information attached on this Evernote document  I set up.

TS 201   – 1 Month

TS 172 –  3 Month

TS 019 –  6 Month

TS 121    12 Month

they also have short term time indicators. there’s 1 hour, 12 hours up to 7 days. (but why skip from 1 to 12 hours? Why not a 3 hour even a half hour? The 1/2 hour, 1 and 3 hour would be good for summer time outdoor recreation, especially a friendly or family gathering at the Beach. Those potato, Veggie and other  salads are not good to leave in the heat (and I know there are some and have seen them, just pick something up from a deli on the way and not even have a cooler of their own to bring it in. (and the coolers for each family are usually jam packed, if not with food then with ice.) 

Time strip make custom indicators (size wise), but the MOQ is high @ 100K

Their time strips for Hours as well as temperature strips, would be great for Buffet style restaurants. The time strip say  a half hour to and hour to leave the food in the buffet before it has to be refreshed. (too bad that can’t be a law everywhere if its not already, as well as all leftovers should be donated to shelters)

The temperature strips I think some can be used in a refrigerator

Now if only there could be one that can be reused for some of the uses. (of course not on food)



I will send YOU one of each strip to try yourself.

If anyone has a blog that this will fit in your niche topic, please send me the Link and your information in the form below.

I just ask that you pass the word on to contact them (through their site) and let them know we want these to be available to the public in stores In the U.S. and across the world.


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as always  I will only write reviews of my own honest opinion. That means good reviews cannot be bought. I do my best to include what I do and Do not like about what I am reviewing and why, as well as try to include ways I think It can be improved upon.

12 foods to eat when Feeling bloated

Ate too much and feeling gassy?

Or maybe its almost that time of the month?

These are the foods, herbs and spices to use to relieve the pressure


The quick list…

  • Bananas (the more ripe the better)
  • Pineapple
  • Watermelon
  • Papaya
  • Oatmeal
  • Yogurt
  • Cucumber
  • Celery
  • Turmeric
  • ginger
  • Rosemary
  • Fennel (esp. the seeds which you can brew a tea with)

Why not make your own Pineapple Yogurt or banana oatmeal, or salad with the items!


What is in them that does this?

12 foods to eat when Feeling bloated

Royal Fashion Hacks

What hacks do Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton and sister in law Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle use?

I have heard the royals can be clever and resourceful but adding small curtain weights into the hem of the Queen’s dresses (yes meaning it has to be re-hemmed or the dress is tailored for her).  I usually wear a pair of shorts underneath if I wear a skirt, and the first time I did that wasn’t because of weather. I did this as I was going to my first school dance and good thing I did. The boys were running and then sliding across the floor on their backs trying to look up skirts! When they did it to me, I laughed at them and asked what they think they see.

Before I get on to the Royal Hacks, I must touch upon the hats. Obviously used during special occasions, like Weddings, the Horse races (they even do it in Kentucky) but Is this the English’s way to let their Freak Flag Fly?

Those hats, one thing as an American, I don’t understand why some go from dainty to so

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Tea Tree Oil

My favorite Shampoo is this Tea Tree Oil one I always see at supercuts. So one time they had travel sizes and even though it was $5 and Tea Tree Special Shampoo 10.4 fl ozchange I think (maybe a little less) I bought it to try as I had the green tea treatment done there once and Loved how it felt.

Tee Tree Special Shampoo (pick your own size/price)

I love how it feels as it makes your head tingle and feel nice ad cool and most important….CLEAN! I use this to wash with every other washing or once a week if I have to wash a few times. (every other to every 2 days)

Besides your hair, tea tree oil is a multipurpose everyday product.

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Use it on insect bites especially mosquitoes which I’ve used it for.  I’ve heard it can be used for

  1. acne,
  2. Anti-fungal for nails and athlete’s foot
  3. Cold Sores
  4. Lice
  5. Anti-bacterial/antiseptic
  6. Disinfect
  7. Mold Remedy
  8. Toothaches
  9. Antifungal for Aquarium/fish care
  10. bedbugs & mites
  11. Body Odor (it has its own strong smell though)
  12. Boils Blisters and burns
  13. Dry Skin
  14. Humidifier
  15. Respiratory/congestion
  16. insect bites

100% Pure Tea Tree Oil

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The Best Homemade Remedy for Sunburn, According to a Dermatologist

Oh My.. I just realized I didn’t publish any posts last month.  Please do forgive me, as I wasn’t quite with it. my cat passed on and I’m still having up and down moods on top of my anxiety and depression. Anyway a little better now So I’ll see if I can get maybe 2 out this month

Always remember (and I can’t stress this enough) use no lower than a 30 SPF if you are only running errands. But if You will be out in the sun all day you need at least a 50 if not higher SPF with UVA/UVB protection. (the ‘a’ are the rays that make you age and the ‘b” is for the ones that make you burn.) If you are fairs skinned then you will need to put it on around every  half hour, more often if you are actually at the beach or in water. Those with Olive skin and darker need only  put it on once an hour. And Put more on when you are about to go in the water. (remember water is reflective. Frankly that’s the only time I do burn!)

However the best of us that safely sun still sometimes get a burn here or there (like I said I usually get one when I go IN the water at the beach.


 The Best Homemade Remedy for Sunburn, According to a Dermatologist

to  Zi’s Beauty Balm facebook page.

For as long as I’ve lived I can remember we always kept Noxema moisturizing cleanser in the refrigerator and when we got a burn We’d put it on as soon we got out of a nice cool shower.

Along with that we used to use those aloe gels, but a lot of them are just sticky feeling so I wouldn’t recommend those unless its a last resort.(and mixed with some of your favorite moisturizer)

Since I have an Aloe plant (and love when its gets big as I harvest it and just put the gel and water from it in a pot, with some lemon to preserve it and leave it in the back of the top shelf of the fridge. (It will keep for at least 6 months if yours is as cold as ours. Some things freeze sometimes on the top shelf.


P.S. Lemon is suppose to help reduce sun spots. (especially when you use it BEFORE you get them. Lemon is a natural bleach, when used on your hair to! Hint Hint