Friday, 3 March 2017

DIY MAKEUP HACKS

1.Turn a pencil eyeliner into a gel formula with the help of a match or lighter.
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Hold your black, green, burgundy, etc., kohl eye pencil (which typically creates a thin, harder-to-apply line), under the flame for one second, let it cool for 15 seconds, and then watch the consistency change right before your eyes. Finally, glide on your newly made gel liner for an instantly smudgier formula.

2. Cover your eyelid with white liner to make any eyeshadow shade pop.
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To make a sheer or less pigmented eyeshadow appear more colorful on your eyelid, take a white eyeliner pencil, like Make Up For Ever Kohl Eye Pencil in White, and run it over your entire eyelid. The opaque consistency of the liner will intensify any eyeshadow shade and make it pop instantly against your skin.

3. Draw your cat-eye first, and then fill in the open space for a perfect winged liner application every single time.
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It's much easier this way. Use this tutorial as your guide.

4. Use a spoon to create the perfect winged liner.

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Holding the stem of a spoon against the outer corner of your eye, draw the straight line as the first step for your cat-eye. Then, flip the spoon so it's hugging your eyelid, and use the rounded outer edge to create a perfectly curved winged effect.

5. Draw a slanted hashtag at the outer corner of your eye, and then blend it for an instantly smokey effect.
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Left: Before; Right: After
To create a super-easy smokey eye, draw a hashtag symbol right before the outer corner of your eye and then blend it out with the smudger at the other end of your eye liner.

6. Use that same spoon to avoid mascara marks on your upper eye lid.


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Hold the spoon so it's hugging your eyelid, and then apply your mascara like you normally would. As you sweep the mascara wand against your lashes and back of the spoon, watch as the residue coats the back of the utensil rather than your skin.

7. Add saline solution to a flaky mascara formula to re-wet it.
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You're only supposed to keep mascara for three months, because beyond that point, it can collect bacteria and lead to eye infections. However, if your mascara dries up within those three months, revive it with a couple drops of saline solution.

8. Hit your eyelash curler with a hair dryer to heat it up, so your lashes curl easier.
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Blowing hot air on your eyelash curler will help your lashes curl easier and stay curled longer; it works the same way heat changes the pattern of your hair and holds a curl with a curling iron. To do it, hit the lash curler with your blow dryer until it heats up, wait until it cools slightly but is still warm (you want to be sure not to burn your eyelid), and then clamp down on your lashes to curl them.

9. Dust on translucent powder in between coating on mascara to plump up your lashes.


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The translucent powder helps grip the mascara in between coats, leaving you with fuller lashes. Try out this tip by following this tutorial.

10. Apply eyelash glue to false lashes with the tip of a clean bobby pin.

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Use the tip of a bobby pin to evenly disperse the glue along the base of your falsies. Then, wait a few seconds for the glue to get tacky and apply!

11. For long-lasting lip color, swipe on your shade, lay a tissue over your mouth, and then dust translucent powder over it to set the color.

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This process may seem extensive, but the payoff is worth it. Not only does the translucent powder set a bold shade, like Elizabeth Arden's Ceramide Lipstick in Rouge, making it instantly long-wearing, but the tissue acts as a shield to your lip color, protecting it from lightening or losing it's vibrancy. (Translucent powder, even though it's supposed to be clear, still has a subtle white tint to it that can alter your lip shade.) (Tip via makeup artist Lauren Cosenza.)

12. Mix loose pigments with a salve or petroleum jelly to make your own custom lip gloss.

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If you have loose eyeshadow pigments that you're obsessed with and want to wear as a lip shade, blend it with a little bit of a salve, like VMV Hypoallergenics Boo-Boo Balm, or petroleum jelly in a spoon and swipe it onto your lips. Voil!

13. Perfect your Cupid's bow by drawing an "X" on your upper lip first as a guideline.
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To make the Cupid's bow part of your pout look perfect, the easiest and quickest way is to take a lip liner in the same shade as your lipstick and create an "X" at your Cupid's bow. Then, apply your lipstick as you normally would and voil!

14. Conceal dark circles and puffy eyes the right way by creating a triangle with your cover-up.

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You might be a fan of dotting on your concealer in the spots you need it, but the best way is it to actually apply it in a triangular formation with the base of the triangle directly under your lashline and the point toward the bottom of your cheek. This shape helps conceal any redness at the bottom of your eye and at the sides, and then instantly creates the illusion that your face is lifted, since the brightest point is the most intense under your eye.

15. Make contouring look more natural by using a pencil, pen, or makeup brush handle as your guide to finding exactly where your cheekbone is.

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Not everyone's face is created equal, so where your BFF might be applying her bronzer might not be the best place for you to contour. To tell where you should be dusting on bronzer, roll a pencil, pen, or makeup brush handle right below your cheekbone (directly in the pocket underneath the actual bone) to find the right angle for your face. Once you've found the correct placement, dust some bronzer on your face using a contouring brush, and then diffuse the color so it looks natural.

16. Map the contours of your face with a gel eyebrow pencil, since it's easier to apply precisely and blend in.
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After you've applied your base, mark the areas you want to contour — the hollows under your cheekbones, your temples, along your hairline, jawline, the sides of your nose, the tip of the nose, and the crease of your eyes — with a deeply colored brow gel pencil, like IT Cosmetics Brow Power Perfector Gel Pencil in Auburn. Brow gel pencils are really concentrated, yet very smudgeable, and it's easy to control the placement of their dark pigment, making them perfect for contouring. Next, use an all-over cream highlighter, like Mac Cosmetics Cream Colour Base in Luna, on the tops of your cheekbones, on the center of your forehead, the bridge of your nose, the center of your chin, and on your Cupid's bow.

17. Blot your face in a pinch with a clean toilet seat cover.

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Initially, yes, this sounds gross, but both blotting papers and toilet seat covers are made out of similar fabrics and will help sop up excess oil on your skin. So, if you're in a pinch and headed to the bathroom to freshen up anyway, grab one of these covers and pat it over your skin to decrease any excess oil on your face.

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Friday, 17 February 2017

DIY HOW TO MAINTAIN SKIN TONE FOR DARK SKIN

Natural skin care for any skin tone, including black women, is no further away than our kitchen. Black skin has distinct characteristics and typically benefits from extra moisturizing in the form of natural, emollient-rich oils. Those with black skin should wash their face twice daily with a gentle, natural cleanser and never go to sleep with makeup left on their skin. Natural toning face masks will help your skin remain clear and develop a healthy glow.
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Step 1


Soak a wash cloth in hot water and place the wash cloth over your face for several minutes or until it cools. Do this first thing in the morning before washing your face to help open your pores.

Step 2


Wash your face with a natural, organic cleanser. Natural cleansers can be found at a health food store or in many chain drugstores. Look for a cleanser with a glycerin or castille soap base that cleans without stripping the skin's protective acid mantle. Other ingredients that are soothing and cleansing include essential oils, coconut, aloe vera, chamomile and oats.

Step 3


Apply a natural toner made from lemon juice and water. Fill a water bottle or other container with one part freshly squeezed lemon juice and five parts filtered water. Apply the lemon juice toner with a cotton ball and do not rinse off.

Step 4


Massage your face with nourishing oils -- sweet almond, coconut, olive and jojoba oils are good choices -- before going to bed. Black skin tends to be on the dry side, so allowing oils to soak into the skin overnight can contribute to glowing skin in the morning. Apply the oil to the skin using your fingertips. Use caution when massaging the sensitive tissues around the eyes.

Step 5

Apply a homemade, natural face mask once or twice per week. Mash one ripe banana with one egg white and coat your face, neck and decolletage with the mixture. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes, then rinse it off with warm water.
Things You'll Need


  • Oils, such as sweet almond, coconut, olive or jojoba
  • Egg
  • Banana
  • Wash cloth
  • Lemon
  • Water bottle
  • Cotton balls
Read previous post for more DIY treatments.

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DIY HOW TO MAINTAIN LIGHTER SKIN TONE



A flawless, lighter and younger looking skin is a dream for almost everyone of us. Isn’t it? But due to pollution, stress, food habits, aging, and harmful rays our skin gets darker, blemished and pigmented. Sun spots, freckles, birthmarks, and other discolorations can be difficult to cover with makeup; that’s where skin-lightening creams come in. But the brands sold in department stores can be so expensive & harmful chemicals like paraben, lanolin, BHA, and BHT present in brands can very harmful for our skin. Though they provide instant glow and fairness, it doesn’t stay for a longer time.. Luckily, you can make a DIY version at home with common ingredients from your kitchen and maintain for a longer period of time.

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A simple skin care routine can provide both safe and long lasting results. A good skin care routine includes

Cleansing – removing dust, dirt and oil from the skin
Exfoliation – scrubbing off the accumulated dead skin
Toning – Shrinking the open sores
Mask – to lighten the skin
Moisturizing – To nourish and lock moisture in the skin cells

Cleansing


Every day our skin gets exposed to dust, pollution, bacteria, sun and harsh wind. All the impurities clog the pores leading to various skin issues like blemishes, age spots, wrinkles, itching, acne and others. Cleansing helps in removing them. Here are some of the cleansers you can try…

1. Milk


Milk is an excellent cleanser. The fat soluble enzyme lipase removes the oil-soluble impurities and protein protease removes the protein based impurities. With regular use of milk as cleanser, the skin becomes smoother and radiant. It is suitable for all skin types.

How to Use Milk as a Cleanser?


Take some raw milk. Soak a cotton ball into it.
Wring out the excess and wipe the skin.
Leave the milk application until dry.
Rinse off with lukewarm water and pat dry.
Repeat 2 times a day.
Things to Remember:

Always use milk which is not boiled for effective results.
You can use chilled milk for a cooling effect. The cool effect reduces any inflammation present on the skin.
If your skin is allergic to lactose then avoid using milk. You can use almond milk or coconut oil instead of it.

2. Yogurt


Just like milk, yogurt also helps in removing the dirt, grime and oil from the deeper layers of the skin. Its bleaching properties decrease the production of melanin.

How to Use Yogurt as Cleanser?


Slather some plain yogurt on the skin and gently massage for few minutes.
Leave it on for 3 – 5 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water.
Repeat daily for best results.
For extra results, you can add honey or lemon juice in to yogurt.
Repeat 2 times in a day.
Things to Remember:

Use only unflavoured and unsweetened yogurt.

3. Activated Charcoal


Activated charcoal pulls out the dirt, dust and grime present in the skin pores. It absorbs the excess oil and toxins which are responsible for the breakouts.

How to Use Activated Charcoal as a Cleanser?


Take a 1 teaspoon of activated charcoal and slowly add few drops of water.
Stir the ingredients well to make a paste.
Apply the paste on face and neck.
Leave it on for 10 minutes.
Rinse off with lukewarm water.
Repeat once in a day.
Things to Remember:

Clothes, tiles or vessels can get stained when they come in contact with activated charcoal. So it is better to wear old clothes, wash the sink completely after rinsing off and use glass container for mixing.

4. Baking Soda


Baking soda deeply cleanses the skin pores removing dirt, dust or oil clogging it. Apart from that, it balances the pH levels. Its skin lightening properties whiten the dark spots.

Combine enough amounts of baking soda and water to make liquid consistency paste.
Apply it on the skin and massage for a minute.
Leave it on to dry completely.
Rinse off with water.
Repeat the process once in a day.

Exfoliation:


New skin cells are generated regularly by our skin, the old ones accumulate on the upper layer of the skin. Dead skin cells can also lead to dark discoloration. Exfoliation or scrubbing help in removal of accumulated dead skin cells. Scrubbing also helps in increasing cell turnover rate and better circulation. Let’s have a look at few scrubs you can try at home…

1. Sugar


Sugar is considered one of the products for exfoliation. The fine texture of sugar exfoliates the dead skin cells revealing the new skin underneath. It also helps in removing the cells damaged by the sun. It helps in increasing collagen production and blood circulation. For scrubbing, you can use either brown or white sugar.

Combine 3 tablespoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons of honey.
Mix the two ingredients well.
Apply a thick layer of the mixture on the skin.
Gently massage in circular motion for few minutes.
Leave it on for another few minutes.
Rinse off with lukewarm water.
Repeat the process twice in a week.
Alternatively, you can mix sugar with olive oil, coconut oil, essential oils, chocolate, oatmeal or any fruit pulp.

2. Salt


Epsom or sea salts can breathe a new life into a lifeless and tired looking skin. Epsom salts contain magnesium and sulfates which flush out toxins and reduce inflammation. Sea salts also have minerals that are beneficial for skin. The grainy texture of the salt exfoliates dead skin cells. You can use either Epsom salt, sea salt, kosher salt or plain salt for scrubbing purpose.

Method 1:


Take 1/2 + 2 tablespoons of salt (any one as per your preference) in a bowl.
Add 4 tablespoons of salt, juice of 1 lemon and few lavender buds (optional).
Mix the ingredients well and pour in an airtight container.
Take enough amounts of the mixture and gently rub on the skin.
After scrubbing for few minutes, rinse off with water.
Repeat the process twice in a week.

Method 2: With essential oils


By following this process you can make few a batch of skin whitening and store it in your bathroom. Use can use the scrub while bathing.

In a bowl, combine 1 cup of seal salt or Epsom salt, 1/2 cup of almond oil (or any choice of your choice and 5 – 10 drops of essential oil (lavender, peppermint, orange or geranium).
Mix the ingredients well and store the mixture in an airtight container.
While bathing, take enough amounts of scrub mixture and massage for few minutes.
Rinse off with water and pat dry.
Repeat scrubbing 2 times a week.

3. Oatmeal


Oatmeal is a gentle exfoliating agent which perfectly suits for people with sensitive skin. The gritty nature of oatmeal exfoliates the excess oil, sebum, dirt and dead skin. It reverses the damage caused by pollution, UV rays and harsh chemicals.

Grind oatmeal into a coarse powder.
Combine ground oatmeal and buttermilk to make a thick paste.
Apply the thick paste on the skin.
Gently massage the mixture in circular motion for 2 minutes.
Leave it on for another few minutes.
Rinse off with lukewarm water followed by cold water.
Repeat the process 2 – 3 times a week.
Alternatively, you can mix oatmeal with sugar, milk, yogurt or any fruit pulp.

4. Coffee


Apart from exfoliating, ground coffee also has anti-inflammatory properties, reduces cellulite temporarily, improves blood circulation and soothes the skin. The antioxidants present in it neutralize the free radicals, age spots and wrinkles.

Combine 1/2 teaspoon each of finely ground coffee beans and coconut oil (melted).
Apply the mixture on the skin and massage it gently in circular motions.
After scrubbing for few minutes, leave it on for another few minutes.
Rinse off with warm water followed by cold water.
Repeat the process 2 – 3 times a week.
5. Gram Flour

Gram flour exfoliates the dead skin and encourages new cell production. It absorbs the excess oil and sebum from the skin. It also helps in tightening the skin and removing fine lines and wrinkles.

Mix 3 teaspoons of gram flour and enough milk to make a thick paste.
Apply it over the skin and massage it for few minutes
Leave it on for another few minutes and rinse off with water.
Repeat the process 2 – 3 times a week.
For extra benefits, you can add 1 teaspoon of turmeric.
Things to Remember:

Be gentle while scrubbing as harshness can lead to skin damage.

Toning:


Toning process helps in removing any leftover bits of dirt and oil from the skin. It hydrates, soothes and most importantly restores the delicate pH level of the skin. It helps to shrink the open sores.

1. Cucumber


The astringent properties of cucumbers shrink the open pores. The high water content hydrates and cools the skin. Vitamin E counteracts the environmental factors which soften the skin.

Blend or grate cucumber to extract juice.
Apply cucumber juice to the skin.
Leave it to dry completely.
Rinse off with water.
For extra results, add some honey.
Repeat the process 2 times daily.

2. Witch Hazel


The astringent properties of witch hazel shrink the open pores, kill the bacteria present that live in skin pores, stop cellular damage and prevents aging.

Taking cotton ball, apply witch hazel on the skin.
Leave it to dry completely.
Rinse off with water.
Repeat the process 2 times daily.

3. Rose Water


Apart from giving your skin a fresh look, toning with rose water helps in tightening the pores. It also helps in removing the any dust and oil left out after cleansing.

Using a cotton ball, spread rose water on the skin.
Leave it to dry completely.
Rinse off with water.
Repeat the process daily.

4. Mint Leaves


Mint is well known for its astringent and salicylic acid which helps to remove any leftover dust, dead cells and tightens the pores.

Boil 1 1/2 cup of water.
Add 1 cup of shredded mint leaves to it and simmer for 5 minutes.
Remove from the flame and close the container to steep.
Strain and allow the solution to cool.
Using a cotton ball, apply mint leaves solution on your skin.
Leave it to dry completely.
Rinse off with water.
Store the leftover liquid in refrigerator.
Repeat the process daily.

Masks:


Apart from cleaning, exfoliating and toning, it is very important to apply a mask to lighten, hydrate the skin. It helps to heal any skin ailment from the layers beneath the top layers of the skin.  Masks also help in detoxifying and improving the blood circulation which add extra dimension to skin lightening routine. You can apply masks twice in a week for effective results.

1. Fruit Mask


Fruits are considered the best ways of lightening skin. A fruit mask helps to lighten the skin, prevent it from sagging, enhances the radiance, increase elasticity and luster. You can try face masks with any kind of fruits which include papaya, strawberry, pineapple, banana, kiwi, avocado, berries, apple and many others.

Blend any fruit as per your preference.
Apply the paste on your skin.
Leave it on for 15 – 25 minutes.
Rinse off with water and pat dry.
For extra effectiveness, you can add honey, gram flour, rice flour or oatmeal.

2. Clay Mask


Clays have amazing skin lightening and oil absorbing properties. It improves the firmness of the skin, strengthens the connecting tissues of the skin, lightens the scars and decreases the inflammation. There are different types of clays that include green clay, white clay, bentonite clay, kaolin clay and morocco clay. You can any clay as per your preference.

Combine 4 tablespoons of clay and enough water to make a paste.
Spread a thick layer of the paste and leave it on for 20 minutes.
Rinse off with water and pat dry.

3. Orange Peel Powder


The peel of an orange contains more vitamin C than its pulp. It provides relief from sun damage, harmful free radicals and oxidative stress. Apart from skin lightening, it is very effective in removing blackheads on nose.

Peel the skin of an orange and dry then under the sun until crisp.
Blend them to make a fine powder.
Combine 1 tablespoon each of orange peel powder and sandalwood powder.
Add enough water and stir well to make a paste.
Spread a thick layer of the mixture on the affected area.
Leave it on to dry completely.
Rinse off with water and pat dry.

4. Rice Flour


Rice Flour is very high in PABA (para amino benzonic acid) which acts as a very good sunscreen. Apart from that it repairs the skin and calms down the sunburn as well.

Combine 2 tablespoons of rice powder, 1 tablespoon of milk and few drops of olive oil.
Stir well to make a thick paste.
Spread it on the face, neck, hands or legs.
Leave it on for 20 minutes.
Rinse off with water.

Moisturizing:


After the process of cleaning, exfoliation and toning, due to water exposure to the skin, it becomes dry. Moisturizing maintains the protein and lipid texture of the dry skin. Moisturizing forms a protective layer on the skin.

1. Shea butter


The fatty acids and natural vitamins present in shea butter nourish and moisturize the dry skin and protect the skin’s natural oils. It reduces the inflammation and maintains the natural collagen production.

Take a small amount of shea butter.
Apply it over the skin.
Leave it to dry completely.
Repeat daily whenever required.
Alternatively, you can whip it for a creamy texture.

2. Cocoa Butter


Cocoa butter is easily absorbed and remains on the skin for hours. It locks the moisture and heals dry and cracked skin.

Blend cocoa butter with any carrier oil.
Store the blended mixture in any airtight container.
Apply some cocoa butter moisturizer to the skin.
Leave it to dry completely.
Repeat the application daily whenever required.

3. Oil


Vegetable oil like coconut oil, olive oil and almond oil are the oils which can be used as moisturizers. All these oils have amazing moisturizing properties. The nutrients present in these oils nourish the skin as well. Use any one of the oils as per your convenience.

Take a small amount of oil.
Spread a thin layer on the skin.
Leave it to dry completely.
Repeat the application daily whenever required.

Tips and Precautions for Lighter Skin:


Apart from following regular skin care routine, it is very important to remember to maintain the results.
  • Apply sun screen lotion before going out in the lotion. The SPF the better protection from the harmful sun rays.
  • Remove make up before going to bed. If not, it clogs the pores and causes acne, black spots and other skin ailments.
  • Say no to chemicals. Avoid applying lotions, creams or soaps that contain harmful chemicals like paraben, lanolin and other chemicals.
  • Choose natural creams and lotions that contain less to no chemicals.
  • Cover your skin with scarves, umbrella or caps before going out in the sun or dust.
  • Use soaps, face washes, creams or lotions that mild and gentle to your skin.
  • Avoid smoking, consuming alcohol and tobacco.
  • If you have oily skin, make sure to wash or wipe your skin regularly.
  • If you have dry skin, avoid taking bath in hot water. Daily apply moisturizer while your skin is still wet after the shower.
  • Cleanse your skin after coming home from a long and busy day. It helps to clean up the dust and grime accumulated on the skin.
  • Exercise regularly to reduce stress.

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Monday, 13 February 2017

SPICE UP YOUR LOOK THIS VALENTINE!

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Twist outs, bantu knots and wash ’n go’s!

While these may be your everyday natural hair staples, you have lots of room to be creative for your sultry Valentine’s Day plans. We want your natural curls so popping, so bouncy and so soft that your companion will have to suppress the urge to touch your hair all night.

So grab your water bottle,  brush and bobby pins and get to work ladies. Just promise us these hairstyles will see the light of day before getting – ahem – messed up.

How To : Finger Coils on Natural Hair

Finger coils are fun and perfect for the natural who desires curly definition. It takes some time to achieve but lasts for about two weeks, and stays looking fantastic .  This style is ideal for your TWA or naturals with shorter styles.  It’s fun, sexy and easy to maintain.   It’s a great look for Valentine’s Day and after so you’ll be looking lovely longer!


How to : Three Strand Twist

Trade in your two strand twists for a three strand twist? This method promises super defined and bouncy hair, sure to have your Valentine mesmerized.


Updo Hair Tutorial: Twisted Pompadour

Oh yes, we are ALL in love with the Pompadour.  Naturals are learning how easy as well as how beautiful this look is on our tresses. Why not rock it on Valentine’s Day? Bobby pins galore are needed but I’m sure you already have a stash.  This is a classic sophisticated look that looks great with big earrings and your own beautiful personality.


Marley Hair Bun

Don’t have the time to create an elaborate style? Pull your hair and create a bun using marley hair. Simple. Elegant. Quick.

Give life to your Locs

Take your locs and create a long side braid, bun, pompadour etc. Just make sure to show off your good side this Valentine!

Five beautiful natural hair styles perfect for Valentine’s Day.  Don’t worry if none of these works for you, you can create your own style and share with Us before He sees you......smiles.
I hope you all have a remarkable Valentine’s Day!

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Wednesday, 1 February 2017

2017 DIY BRIDAL MAKEUP APPLICATION

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Doing your own makeup for your wedding is a great idea because (1) it's cheaper and (2) no one knows your features better than you. With that said, being responsible for your own makeup on one of the most photographed days of your life can be intimidating. Pro makeup artists Matin Maulawizada, Joanna Schlip, and Colleen O'Neill know a thing or two about getting brides camera-ready for the big day. Here, all three share their secrets for making your makeup last and look flawless all day (and night) long.

Pick an Inspiration Photo

Nars lead makeup artist Phuong Tran says: "It's important for brides to do their own research and look up reference photos of different beauty looks. Sometimes I have them bring in a photo of the day they felt like they looked best before this. That helps us create the look that makes them feel like themselves." Here is my inspiration!

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Prep Your Skin

To get your skin ready, Phuong says, "Make sure to tone, because it dissolves the dead cells. And wear tons of lip balm—all day, every day, and to bed—the week before the wedding."
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Get Your Base Picture-Perfect

"Really spend time on your skin, getting your complexion perfect with concealer, foundation, powder, blush, and bronzer. Foundation should be applied with your fingers in a circular motion in sections on your face down to your neck. Wherever you see any darkness, apply concealer with a brush. Focus on the undereye area, around the nose, and then on any other red spots on the skin. Add highlighter where you want to add light to your face. Then, set all of the cremes you use with a loose powder, which will give you a light, even wash."

Concealing a Breakout

What to do if you have a blemish? "Put foundation on it, and then wherever you need more help, use a matte concealer. Then set it with powder. If you still don't have enough coverage, repeat with concealer and powder and layer it once more. Make sure to pat the concealer on instead of rubbing it."

Apply Some Bronzer

Here's a handy trick, when you apply bronzer, do it in the shape of a 3. "Start in the hairline, which will add warmth around your face. Then bronze your forehead, the perimeter of the face, and under the cheekbone. Next, around below the jawline. Start light and then build to more for the desired effect."

Add Blush

"You want to wear blush on your apples. Apply it a two-finger distance away from the nose, so you don't add redness [where you don't want it]. [To finish], do a little check-mark motion at your cheekbone for a natural blush."

Natural Eye Makeup

"Use eyeshadow base, which will [hold] your eyeshadow down. Then apply concealer to brighten the eye before [applying] on any color. For this look, we are using a light shadow color all over the eye and a medium-tone crease color. Take a little bit more eyeshadow and add it into the corner for some extra drama."

Here's How to Create a Wide-Eyed Look

"In order for your eyes to look big and open, use liner on the top and bottom. First, use a pencil to line the inside of your upper lash line, which will give definition to your eye and connect your lashes. Then use a liquid eyeliner around the shape of the lid. You want to extend the line in an upward slant to open up the eye. For the bottom lash line, use brown, which will look most natural."

Lashes That Pop

Phuong recommends two mascaras, a volumizing and then a lengthening. "This is the best option if you don't want to do fake lashes. After curling the lashes, apply mascara by wiggling from side to side from the root. Make sure you touch the tips too and wiggle at the top."

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Perfect Brows

"Brows help frame your face, [and] you want to go a little darker on your wedding day to [ensure they'll show up in] photos. Go with the natural line of the brow and fill in with brow powder, working it out to the tail. You want the tail to be as long as the eye to enhance the arch. Go with the angle of the hair, and then brush through with a spooly brush." Avoid any harsh lines!
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Lips That Last

When applying a bright lip, use a lip treatment that hydrates underneath so you don't see any dry lines. Fill in with your color almost to the edge of the lip, then use a lip liner to [define] the shape of the lip and to seal it all in. [Apply] a little more color to blend the liner and lipstick together." Pro tip: "Some women like to smash their lips together, but don't do that—it will make [your color application look] lopsided."
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Set With Powder.

Use light-reflecting setting powder to blend in the whole look and finish it. It will give the skin a softened glow. Plus, the camera loves this stuff." But take note: Some powders can look funky with a camera flash, so be sure to choose a very fine, skin-toned shade—and test it out beforehand in some DIY photos.
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For the perfect wedding glow, use highlighter.

To avoid a shiny face, choose a matte formula for most of your makeup (foundation, primer, concealer, bronzer, powder). Then, to give yourself that angelic red-carpet glow, take a shimmery cream highlighter, such as Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, and apply it with a fan brush across the tops of your cheekbones, down the middle of your nose, above your cupid's bow, in the middle of your chin, and over your brow bone. O'Neill notes that you should only apply the shimmer highlighter to the areas on your face that naturally catch the light to avoid looking like a disco ball. Also, avoid highlighting areas with breakouts because the product will, well, highlight your blemish.

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Finish with a setting spray to keep your makeup in place.

Spritz your face with a product such as Japonesque Color Makeup Setting Spray once you're completely finished, O'Neill says — your makeup won't budge.

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Monday, 23 January 2017

HOW TO SOFTEN NATURAL & COARSE HAIR AT HOME

Frizzy, dry and lifeless hair has always been a very common problem but this dilemma will end soon. The solution does not involve expensive hair treatments, using headwear or a load of nutritive pills. A few eggs, oils, honey and fruits are all that is needed to obtain beautiful, soft hair.
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How to Soften Hair At Home

1. Egg Treatment
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Eggs are the most commonly used for hair softening. Their protein content and lecithin helps in strengthening and moisturizing hair while adding shine and texture to it.

There are three ways one can use eggs:

Mix three eggs with one tablespoon of honey and two tablespoons of either coconut or olive oil. Damp your scalp and hair. After applying this mixture thoroughly, cover your hair with a shower cap for thirty minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water and a mild shampoo.
Mix a half cup of yoghurt with 1 ½ tablespoon of almond oil. Add this to two beaten eggs until the texture becomes creamy. Apply this to the hair and scalp. Cover your hair for thirty minutes and shampoo normally.
Take one tablespoon each of vinegar, olive oil and almond oil and mix with three eggs. Add a few drops of rosemary essential oil to this. Massage your hair and scalp with the mixture. Cover for approximately thirty minutes and then wash your hair as usual.

2. Hot Oil Treatment

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Natural oils are yet another amazing remedy when it comes to treating hair. Oils not only repair rough, crisp hair, but also strengthen it, preventing further damage. For dry hair, oils such as olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil and almond oil all are particularly proved to be miraculous. They can be used either individually or together as a blend. In order to enhance the effect of these oils, a few drops of lemon, lavender, rosemary, chamomile, sage, carrot, or yarrow essential oil are also sometimes added to the mixture.

The procedure for this remedy is simple. For normal-length hair, heat four tablespoons of oil over low heat in a saucepan until it is lukewarm. Massage your hair from the roots to the tips. Covering it with a hot towel will open the pores and help absorb the oil. Afterwards, leave for twenty minutes or overnight. Wash your hair normally.

3. Honey Hair Mask

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Honey is well known for its ability to moisten and nourish the hair by retaining moisture.

This can be used in three effective ways:

Wash hair and apply a half cup of honey while they are damp. Cover with a shower cap or towel and leave for approximately thirty minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.
Add about half of mashed avocado, a tablespoon of coconut oil and an egg yolk to half-cup honey. Apply to damp hair and leave for thirty minutes. As usual, wash afterwards.
Add honey to shampoo and utilize it regularly.

4. Avocado and Banana Hair Mask


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When mixed together, these two fruits make the perfect treatment for damaged hair. Where banana increases the elasticity of hair and prevents split ends, avocado moisturizes and nourishes the hair.

Mash one banana and one avocado. Add a half tablespoon of almond oil. Apply the mixture to the scalp and hair thoroughly. Leave for approximately thirty to sixty minutes. Ensure that the hair is covered and afterwards, wash with warm water.

5. Aloe Vera


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Another miracle of nature is Aloe Vera. Its function prevents dandruff and hair loss while restoring the shine and moisture of hair.

Cut leaves from the Aloe Vera plant first and ensure that a sharp knife is used when carefully removing the skin. Afterwards, scrape out as much jelly as possible. Take three to four tablespoons of this jelly and mix 1 ½ tablespoon of coconut oil and 3 tablespoons of yoghurt with it. Apply the mixture to the hair and leave for about twenty to thirty minutes. Wash with shampoo when done.

6. Apple Cider Vinegar

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Apple cider vinegar is a naturally occurring hair-conditioner. It not only moistens the hair but cleanses it thoroughly as well, removing any residues of synthetic hair products. It maintains the pH balance of the scalp preventing dandruff and dryness.

The first thing to do is mix a half cup of apple cider vinegar with a cup of water. Apply the mixture to damp hair and leave for around ten to fifteen minutes. Afterwards, rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.

7. Essential Oils

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Essential oils are widely used to soften the hair. They have the ability to stimulate sebaceous glands, which produce sebum responsible for the moisture and luster of hair. Lavender, rosemary, lemon, chamomile, geranium, birch, carrot, sage, yarrow and rosewood are some of the well-known essential oils.

Combine four drops of any of the essential oils with six tablespoons of another oil. Warm this mixture until it is lukewarm. Massage hair in circular motions with fingertips for about ten minutes. Then cover your hair and leave overnight.

8. Healthy Diet

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While all these remedies aid in bringing texture to the hair from the outside, long-lasting soft hair needs to be healthy from the inside as well. Therefore, foods such as fish, walnuts, spinach, blueberries, dairy products, lentils, eggs, which contain zinc, biotin, vitamin A, C and E, omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acid are highly recommended. Furthermore, drinking lots of water will help in removing various toxins from the body, thus preventing dryness from occurring.

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