A Surviving Young Adult's Rants and Raves.

As you can see from the photos above, I used to have straight hair. Early this year, I decided to curl it permanently. The main reason was because I wanted to have more volume and “oomph” to my hair. I also felt that it was sexier and easier to maintain because I didn’t need to brush, maintain or make sure it’s styled properly, etc. But lo’ and behold! I was dead wrong!

When I finally got my hair done, I realized that it looked different from what I expected. I assumed my natural shiny hair would come through, instead it looked dry and frizzy. I was in panic mode! I immediately went on my laptop and researched everything I needed to know to keep my hair from becoming a disaster!

The main issues are dryness and frizz. No, it won’t treat itself. You certainly have to do something about it! So, I have decided to list down the tips I have learned so far; hoping that I can help  all women out there who are naturally curly and have been struggling with it and those that are planning to curl their hairs.

  • Curly hair needs moisture. It hungers for it!
  1. Drink lots of water! This is generally healthy.
  2. Avoid washing your hair every day. Yes, that’s right. This will strip the hair of its natural oils which helps keep the hair from looking extra dry and reduces risks of breakage.
  3. Avoid direct sunlight. Protect your hair by wearing scarves, hats, etc when going out on a sunny day. If you have extra money, you can get a hair serum with silicone or Hair Cuticle coat to cover your hair and screen it from the harsh UV rays.
  4. Use Natural Oils after washing hair and massage your scalp with it and coat your cuticles: Rosemary, Cedar wood oil, Coconut oil, Sesame seed oil, Horseradish oil and Olive oil.
  5. Deep conditioning is really important. You can do it at least once every week or once a month. There are several commercial products you can choose from; however, these are some natural remedies:
  • eggs & mayonnaise – mix them together and apply on dry hair. Cover it with a shower cap for 30-45 minutes. For better conditioning, use gentle, low heat using a blow dryer and then rinse.
  • Avocado & Olive oil –  Mix half an avocado with a spoon of olive oil. Massage carefully into hair and leave for twenty minutes with an old shower cap to aid penetration.
  • Coconut Oil & Natural Honey – Place a half cup of coconut oil & natural honey in a plastic bag and place in a bowl of hot water to warm it. Then, apply on hair. Leave on for 30-45 minutes and rinse. For more recipes check this site.
  • Frizz is a huge issue with curly hair.
  1. Let your hair dry naturally. Avoid blow drying. If you insist, then use a diffuser before doing so.
  2. Use wide tooth combs instead of brushes. You can also use your fingers to get rid of tangles.
  3. When drying your hair, do not rub. Instead, pat it with a paper towel or your regular towel.
  4. When you go to sleep, braid your hair. This will keep it from going all crazy when you move around your bed and rub your head on your pillow.
  5. Use a leave on conditioner or a Curling lotion. This will group curls together and give more definition to it.
  6. Use creamy shampoos rather than gel-like ones.
  7. Avoid hair products that are alcohol and gel based.
  8. Avoid hair straighteners.
  • Styling curly hair can be very challenging.
  1. Choose the right hair style. Curly hair looks better when it’s long. Short curly hair tends to go everywhere and is less flattering. Layers also complement curly hair.
  2. Use hair serums when styling.
  3. You can also style your hair while damp and let it dry naturally.
  4. Choose hair products specific for curly, frizzy, or dry hair.
  5. flattering hair styles can be loose buns, half-up half-down, wearing headbands, loose ponytails, romantic up-dos, etc.

So those are some of the tips I have come across so far. For my personal routine, here it is:

  • I wash my hair every other day.
  • I use Watson’s smoothing treatment shampoo yoghurt in strawberry for curly frizzy hair

This is in Honey for permed hair

  • I use Beauty Formulas Honey Treatment Wax for my deep conditioner

The Beauty Formula's Deep conditioners

  • For my regular conditioner, I use Cream Silk Volume up conditioner

  • I also use a hair rinse which is The face Shop’s Cooling Mint Hair rinse in apple mint & pepper mint
  • After taking a shower and drying my hair by patting it with a towel, I apply Monea’s curl defining milk which is a hair lotion. I do this 2-3 times a week.

  • I also use Olive oil to massage my scalp and coat my hair strands to retain my hair’s natural moisture.

So, I hope this has been helpful and I wish you all luck in your journey to a better, healthy looking hair!

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Natural Beauty is Best!

Have you ever experienced feeling very ugly or imperfect? At times, you are too hesitant to spend more than 5 minutes in front of the mirror because you are too afraid to look at yourself because thoughts might run through your head like :

I’m too fat.

My face is too round, my nose is too big,

My eyes are too chinky.

My lips are too full.

I wish I looked like the girls in the magazines, or on TV.

I wish I wasn’t me.

There is a specific point in our life where we begin to notice our physical traits and that is our teenage years. I personally believe that being a teenager is the most challenging thing ever and I would think twice about going back there. Hormones start kicking in and we notice several changes. Some of them, actually, most of them are not good. Our faces become oily, we start getting pimples, and the dreaded menstrual period that I have to say, drives me absolutely insane.

These changes may stop around the end of our teen years but the struggle to become beautiful or satisfied with how we look is still a challenge. When I learned how to do make-up, I was so happy. I learned to cover the dark circles under my eyes, to conceal pimples, and to look different from how I really am.

Time passed I learned about the more important things like taking care of my skin, hair, face, and body. After everything that I have learned I have come out absolutely fabulous! I look and feel great, and I finally embraced my imperfections, and adored my own natural beauty. With this realization, I have grown less inspired to put on make-up so I can look like other people. Instead, I focused on emphasizing the traits that I already have and enhancing them to let my true beauty shine.

That is why this make-up tutorial is truly one of the best things I could share with you guys. It’s simple, and it is very easy to do. I want all of you to sit for a minute in front of your mirror and try to figure out what your assets are, then enhance it with the make-up tips I will be giving you. When it comes to your imperfections, conceal it, hide it with the products I will share with you. Be beautiful in your own way, that is the key to gaining self-confidence and a better outlook of yourself and things around you.

The products I used are available in local department stores and drug stores. I wanted to make sure I made it as easy as possible for every woman out there. So here is the list:

  1. Ever Bilena Advance Studio Finish Stick Foundation – P165.00
  2. Dollface Cosmetics Concealer palette – an alternative can be the Ever Bilena Advance Face Concealer P150.00
  3. Nichido Finishing Powder – an alternative can be your very own compact powder
  4. Ever Bilena 24 shadows palette
  5. Aido liquid eyeliner – P60.00
  6. Lover’s eyeshadow in Red Earth – an alternative can be any eyeshadow or matte blush a shade darker than your skin tone
  7. Ever Bilena blush in Raisin – P150.00
  8. Ever Bilena matte lipstick in skin – P125.00

For this look, you want less product as much as possible. We only need the basics. Don’t think that if you look like you don’t have anything on your face, then you failed. The point is, we want to look naturally beautifully, like we did not put in that much effort. So rejoice dear! You did great!

Here is a comprehensive tutorial on how to achieve the natural look.

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For this year, one of the make-up trends is bold lips. This displays an emphasis on supple, kissable, pouty, and attention-grabbing smackers. It’s flirty, sexy, classy, and simple all at the same time. This is perfect for girls that prefer to keep their make-up on the low. It’s all about flawless, glowing skin and a beautiful deep, bright lipstick.

If you would like to know how to achieve a flawless looking face, then check out my blog post about it here

The most important thing about this look is a clear, matte, and flawless face with contouring and highlighting to enhance the highest points of your face.

A Simple Guide

A Simple Guide

If you want to make something look smaller, contour and use dark colors. If you want to widen it then highlight or use light colors. That is the basic concept. This can be very useful when we want to reshape a person’s face and to cosmetically correct imperfections.

So let’s begin with the products I used to create this look:

  1. 4u2 Spotlight Make up Base
  2. Ever Bilena Pro Flawless Foundation in natural
  3. Dollface cosmetics color correcting concealer palette
  4. Nichido Finishing Powder in natural
  5. Avon neutral eyeshadow palette (for brows and eye lids)
  6. Avon Pencil liner in black
  7. ELF white liner
  8. ELF eyelash curler
  9. ELF Bronzing powder in Sun-kissed
  10. Green Tea Mascara
  11. Ever Bilena lip liner in no. 14
  12. Aido purple lipstick
  13. LA Colors lip gloss in Orchid

Just read and watch my post on how to get a flawless looking face. Refer to the picture above for a quick reference on how to highlight and Contour your face.

When you contour your face, you want to define and emphasize certain areas of your face that you feel, looks flat; like the cheekbone area the bridge of your nose, your temples, and forehead, if it’s too wide. Proper contouring would require the right shade of contouring powder. we want something slightly darker than our skin tone, not too much, but just enough to create the illusion. It will come off as shadows on your face so you have to be careful. A little comes a long way. Proper technique is beneficial. Try to apply the product at the right places, and at areas you feel will compliment your face.

For highlighting, it is important to remember that it will make your face glow in pictures or when light hits your face OR It will make your face look OILY! So you must be careful as well. Apply the highlights at specific areas that will flatter your face like in between your eyes, highest point of your cheeks, bridge of your nose, on top of your cupid’s bow, tip of your chin. Now remember, you can also highlight your forehead; however, you have to make sure that the product is matte, not shimmery! Why? because it can come off as an oily spot in pictures. Take note of that!

For the eyes:

  1. define your crease area using a neutral shade of eyeshadow.
  2. tight line your upper waterline to make your lashes look thicker.
  3. make your eyes look more awake and bright by applying white liner on your waterline.
  4. curl your lashes and apply mascara. Make sure to emphasize those lashes. The more they are curled the more bright looking your eyes will be.

For the Lips:

  1. If you have thin lips, you can cancel out the colors of your natural lips by using foundation or concealer and create your own lips. You have to practice though; it is NOT easy.
  2. If you are satisfied with your lips, just define the shape by lining the outer part with lip liner. it can be a shade close to your natural lips or a bit darker, or it can be the same color as your lipstick.
  3. You can fill in with the lip liner to help keep the lipstick last longer, or you can apply lipstick right away, it depends on you. But for an all nighter, or if you want it to stay on despite a huge meal or lots of smearing, then fill it in.
  4. Apply your preferred lipstick and lip gloss

Don’t be afraid to go all out on your lips, just make sure that the shape is perfect. Clean up the look and you are ready! Flash this look to your friends, co-workers, classmates, and be confident! You look beautiful 🙂

Watch my YouTube tutorial here.

Before you begin this look you have to take care of your face. Cleanse, tone, and moisturize. We want clear looking skin, not just for this look, but in general. If you have an acne-prone face then make sure the products you are using are non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, and especially made for you. Make sure that before you purchase any type of product that you apply on yourself, ask about it, be thorough and 100% sure it is safe and clinically-tested. It is better to pay more and get quality results than be cheap and regret about it in the end when you are sitting in your dermatologist’s clinic.

It’s always good to invest in skin care products because it’s healthy and you benefit from it. It boosts your confidence; gives you a blooming aura that people will definitely notice. You will also notice that people will continuously compliment you on how amazingly healthy looking your skin is and you can’t help but smile the entire day.

Not all of us have naturally flawless skin. For oily skin, there different natural regimens you can use. Rubbing lemon peels all over your face can reduce the oiliness. Rubbing ice all over your face will close your pores and will make your face look young and smooth. Before going to bed, moisturize your face. This will hydrate your face as you sleep. When you wake up, rub ice all over and rinse with cold water. You can then wash your face with your cleanser. Choose a cleanser that has pores reducing properties and oil control.

When applying make-up you can use cream or powder foundation. Just wet a sponge with little water to make blending easier. Make sure to keep oil strips with you and a compact powder for retouching in case your face starts getting shiny. The T zone, specifically the areas in between your eyes to the bridge of your nose is usually the first one that becomes oily.

Dry skin needs constant hydration. It usually looks flat and unhealthy. Drink lots of water, use a moisturizing body cream and concentrate on rough areas like elbows, ankles, and knees. You can also use Body Oil after taking a shower so your skin will have that healthy glow. Use liquid foundation, or you can apply moisturizing spray on your face once in a while to give that dewy finish the whole day.

To achieve a flawless looking face when applying make-up, use a face primer or a make-up base. This will condition your skin so your foundation will last longer. This will also even out your face, so you will have a clean canvas. I used 4U2 Spotlight Make-up Base in Green for the red areas of my face. Take note that you especially need to do this during our hormonal period, specifically that time before and during our menstruation. We tend to have red pigmentations around our nose, lips, and sometimes cheeks. No, that does not look pretty and it is NOT a natural Blush.

After the face primer, choose a full coverage foundation. I used Ever Bilena Pro Flawless Finish Foundation. Most products have labels that say studio finish, full coverage, high definition, or flawless finish. This means that it will have a thicker consistency; therefore, it has the best coverage for blemishes and scars on the face; sometimes, you don’t even have to conceal anymore.

For dark circles under the eyes, use an orange/salmon concealer, especially if your under-eyes are of bluish shade because orange shades cancels out blue. If they are more of a dark brown color, you can use the complementary colors of that in the color wheel. If you have sallow areas on your face then you can use pink or yellow concealer to cancel that out. Purple concealers can be used for bruises that are yellow or yellow areas on your face as well. These things are what you call Color correction. We need to learn this so we can achieve that perfect, healthy-looking, natural-looking face. I used a color correcting concealer palette from Dollface cosmetics.

After concealing, set everything with finishing powder. I used Nichido finishing powder in Natural. You may use powder foundation, loose powder, final powder, whichever you prefer, as long as it suits your skin and it effectively sets the foundation and concealer in without looking cakey and overdone.

For a healthy glowing skin, contouring and highlighting is handy. This is also very useful when you will be taking a lot of photographs. Just remember that constant flashes form the camera can melt your face and at the end of the night, you will look like a hot mess. So, make sure you retouch well and use products that are of high quality.

No one is perfect, but we are capable of achieving perfectness when it comes to how we look. That is why I love doing and wearing make-up. It’s not about looking great to other people. It’s about feeling good about ourselves. It’s about boosting our confidence and self-esteem. It’s all about self-satisfaction. So when people start telling you that you don’t need a lot of make-up, you shouldn’t put so much effort in looking beautiful, or it is better to look beautiful naturally, just breathe in and smile because you know better! Embrace your imperfections and make the most of what cosmetics, skin, hair, and body care products can do for you.

 

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,600 times in 2010. That’s about 6 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 35 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 114 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 15mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was August 10th with 47 views. The most popular post that day was YouTube – Charice acapella cover: All that I need to Survive.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, youtube.com, twitter.com, en.wordpress.com, and formspring.me.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for boxxy, shift dress, cropped jacket, dakota fanning eclipse, and boxxy without makeup.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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YouTube – Charice acapella cover: All that I need to Survive August 2010
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Fashion Basics: A Checklist To Create a Timeless And Versatile Wardrobe May 2010

3

Truth About Internet: The Boxxy Story August 2010

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Where to Eat: Simply J’s Cafe October 2010

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About me May 2010
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haha, I feel flattered but… NO.

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The Trends of 2011

I think that saying goodbye to 2011 does not only mean reflection, creating New Year’s resolutions that we most likely fail to keep up with; reminiscing the good and bad times that passed; new and forgotten friends throughout the year, or being excited about what the new year brings.

For me, it is also about keeping up-to-date about Trends. What’s in, What’s Hot, What is in Fashion! So I have decided that instead of coming up with a make-up look like everyone else; I will make a 2011 Trends 101. I figured it would save most girls from doing their own research and going through endless links and tabs.

If you’re the kind of girl who knows her stuff when it comes to Beauty and Fashion, then first and foremost, you need Basics. What do I mean by Basics? Well, Color of the year of course! And what better way to find out than to refer to Pantone.

If this is the first time you heard of this Brand name, well then let me educate you.

Pantone is a company best known for its Pantone Matching System (PMS), a proprietary color space used in a variety of industries; primarily printing, though sometimes in the manufacture of colored paint, fabric, and plastics. The Pantone Color Matching System is largely a standardized color reproduction system. By standardizing the colors, different manufacturers in different locations can all refer to the Pantone system to make sure colors match without direct contact with one another.

In 1999, the company announced The Millennium color. In 2005, they partnered with Michele Bernhardt of Colorstrology and announced violet tulip as the Colorstrology Color of the Year. Afther 2007 they began to continuously come up with a “Color of the Year”

For 2011, they have chosen Honeysuckle Pink, a version of Hot Pink as the Color of the Year.

The following are a few items in this color:

How do we apply this knowledge? It boils down to a few different categories such as Fashion and Styling, Make-up, Interior design, motifs for events and the like.

In Fashion, runways have been showing off a variety of things using the color. It could be the clothes themselves or the make-up of the models. These are only a few of the pictures of what I’m talking about.

Cynthia Steffe Spring 2011

Nina Ricci Spring 2011

Nanette Lepore Spring 2011

Lanvin 2011

If you are not bold enough to walk the streets in a pink ensemble then you can go for pink accessories and accents like these:

You have to make sure that you pair it with complementary colors. Here are some examples of colors that you can pair with pink without looking like a toddler or a preppy High School girl.

In make-up, runways have been showing off 4 different trends. These are:

  1. Bold Lips
  2. Natural make-up
  3. Bright Eyes
  4. Smokey eyes

The most common look would be the classic smokey eye. Recently, the bold lips and natural look have been constantly used on the runways. Models are cat-walking with less make-up and more attitude.

For Interior design, I have found so many divine pictures of living rooms, bedrooms, study-rooms, and more. I am absolutely in-love with them!

For hairstyles these are the following that have been seen quite rampantly on the runway, photo-shoots, and celebrities:

French braids

Messy/Modern Updo

Bangs and Bobs

Side-swept bangs

Short Bob

Natural-looking Waves


So those are some of the things that you need to take note of for 2011. It is going to be a bright, pink 2011.  Just the way I like it 🙂

Check out my YouTube Video about this post here!

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