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Tips for the Curly Haired: Natural or Not

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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A Rihanna-inspired Make-up Tutorial

Are you a fan of Rihanna? Well, I am; especially with her consecutive hit singles like What’s my name, Rude Boy, and Only Girl in the World. This bad Girl is making it big! Not only is she creating a big impact on other people like Willow Smith in reference to Style, she is also starting to create a trend in fashion and make-up.

So here is my take on her look! It’s flashy, glamorous, and BAD. I hope you enjoy the tutorial and don’t forget to check out my Youtube channel and subscribe!


How to Create this look:

What you need:

4u2 Spotlight Foundation Primer

Ever Bilena Advance Stick Foundation in Studio Finish (Creme)

Dollface Cosmetics Concealer Palette

Nichido finishing Powder (Natural)

Fashion 21 Eyebrow liner in black

Ever Bilena Advace Smoothe eyes cream eyeshadow in Champagne

Lancome Paris palette (beige yellow eyeshadow)

Fashion 21 eyeshadow palette (yellow, coral, brown, dark brown, black, white)

gold glitters

LA colors black liquid liner

Ever Bilena Kohl pencil in black

Fashion eyes Fake lashes

Dollface Cosmetics Blush palette (bronzer and pink blush)

LA Colors lip gloss in Orchid

LA Colors lip glitter in fuchsia pink

Steps:

  1. Prep your face with the foundation primer, foundation, concealer, finishing powder, and eyebrow liner.
  2. Apply Ever Bilena Advance Smooth eyes cream eyeshadow in Champagne all over your lids including the inner corners of your eyes all the way to the upper part of your nose. This will hold the eyeshadows better and help enhance the colors.
  3. With a flat brush, apply the beige yellow eyeshadow from the lancome palette all over your lids, staying under your crease area. Include the inner corners of your eyes and the upper part of the side of the nose.
  4. With a dome-shaped brush get the coral eyeshadow from the Fashion 21 palette and apply it a little higher than your creasesocket bone and create an outer V on the outer corner of your eyes. This will create an almond-shaped eye.
  5. From the same palette, use the brown shadow and deepen the crease.
  6. Use a clean brush and blend the colors.
  7. Using the dark brown eyeshadow from the same palette, line the lower edge of the crease you just made to give more depth and to create a gradient effect.
  8. Using the same flat brush you used earlier, apply the yellow shadow from the palette over the beige yellow, emphasizing the yellow since it’s the highlight of the look.
  9. Using lash glue, apply some on top of the yellow and then press the gold glitters with a flat brush.
  10. Using eye drops, mix it with the glitters and pat on top of the yellow.
  11. line your upper lashline. Exaggerate the line and create a flick on the inner and outer corners of the eye to attain a “Cat eye” effect.
  12. Line the upper and lower waterline with a black kohl pencil.
  13. apply black eyeshadow on top of the liner to hide the harsh lines. extend the show a little beyond the outer flick.
  14. apply matte white on the brow bone and upper part of the inner corners of the eyes.
  15. use the same dark brown you used earlier and apply it on the  outer corner of your lower lash line just below the black liner.
  16. Curl your lashes and apply mascara and fake lashes.
  17. Contour your face, exaggerate your cheeks.
  18. Apply hot pink bluch  on the apples of the cheeks all the way to the temples.
  19. Blend with the foundation.
  20. apply Lip gloss in Orchid and then the glitter gloss in Fuchsia Pink.

And you are done…


Color of 2010: Turquoise — Make-up Tutorial! Plus an easy 5 minute Summer Hairstyle!

MAKE-UP TUTORIAL click me

These are some of the pictures from the tutorial. I included an awesome look by my friend Kimmy!

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So the color for 2010 is TURQUOISE! According to Pantone. See link here: Pantone

This news is a little annoying because as far as my wardrobe is concerned, I barely have any turquoise. So I guess it is time to shop for at least 2 or 3 items in that color… besides, it goes well with anything anyway and it gives instant color to any boring outfit.

Check out the make-up tutorial I did for the color and what other colors complement it when it comes to eyeshadow.

Plus this awesome super-easy Summer hairstyle. it’s sexy but sweet. Perfect for every girl out there!

Make-Up Basic: Applying Foundation & Concealer


For all make-up enthusiasts out there, I made a video tutorial on how to apply foundation and concealer. This is the very first step you have to learn in doing make-up. Take note that products depend on what kind of skin you have. So, in case you missed the important details during the video, here are a few reminders:

  1. You have to moisturize. This will protect your skin from all the products you put on your face. Make sure you know your face well. By that, I mean…you should know if you have oily or dry skin. There are appropriate moisturizers for specific skin types so don’t ever hesitate to ask the saleslady about that detail!
  2. Most videos you watch on Youtube tell you to put sun screen on. You can do that, especially if you are exposed to the sun a lot. UV rays will increase the rate of wrinkle formation and it will make your face look dull. To identify the SPF number of your sunscreen, Google it! Lol.
  3. If you are  not a make-up artist you don’t have to concern yourself with make-up primers. The main idea is you want your make-up to stay on for hours without having to retouch every 5 minutes. Do the first 2 steps properly. You will avoid caking and creasing on your face. If you are not the type of person who uses foundation before putting on make-up, you might notice that it will smudge and eventually disappear before the night is over…and most of the time it doesn’t look right in pictures. Putting foundation and concealer on doesn’t mean you are trying too hard or doing too much; it’s HOW IT’S DONE!
  4. After moisturizing, use your foundation of choice. There are different types of foundation: Cream, liquid, and powder. When shopping for your foundation color, use the testers! rub a little of the product on your jaw close to your neck, not on your hands. You have to make sure it matches your neck. Out of the three, I prefer the cream foundation.  I usually use Nichido make-up stick. If you are using the powder form, don’t settle for patting it on. Use a sponge, add a little water and then apply it on your face. Make sure to include your neck!
  5. When applying concealers, you can do this after putting foundation on when you used cream or liquid ones. For powder foundation, you can apply it before. Once you have blended the concealer, pat the powder on top; don’t rub! For the video I used Dollface cosmetics concealer palette. Youc an check out Beauty Bar for other product options.
  • Green concealer – cancels out redness
  • salmon concealer – perfect for dark circles under the eye
  • purple concealer – for Asian (Yellowish) skin color

6. After blending the concealer and foundation, pat on the finishing powder or ordinary powder then blend with a powder brush.

DIY in 10 Steps: Boyfriend Shorts

I am a huge fan of fashion and trends but I don’t necessarily follow every trend that comes out. I have to be comfortable wearing them and most importantly, I have to look good! Most of the time I insert a little of my own style and of course ingenuity to make it more personal. I usually browse these pages for reference and style inspirations: Lookbook.nu and Polyvore. Anyway, I’ve already noticed since Spring and Summer that boyfriend shorts or some may call them cropped denim shorts have become popular.

Style sets using boyfriend shorts

You can mix and match them with any style set and it still looks great. I have a hard time finding them in stores or online so I figured I could make my own. So I did and I just wanted to share how I did mine.

Materials:

  1. worn out denim jeans/any type of jeans available
  2. marker/pen
  3. scissors
  4. sewing materials/sewing machine

Steps:

  1. Choose the type of jeans you want to use. It could be a fitting type or the loose type. It could also be high-waist or hipster style. It all depends on you. You can even make one for each style.
  2. Wear your jeans and measure your desired length for your boyfriend shorts.
  3. Make markings to guide you once you start cutting.
  4. Lay down your jeans on an even surface. Make sure you flatten any uneven areas.
  5. Make your markings clear so that you won’t go wrong when you start cutting.
  6. Fold your jeans halfway vertically. This will ensure that both legs will have the same length.
  7. Start cutting the jeans taking note of the markings.
  8. Your jeans will now look like this. At this point you can choose whether you would like to fold the ends or just loosen a few threads to look like it has tassels for a more rugged look. Making tassels will take time and needs some skill. I chose to fold the ends for a neater look.
  9. After cutting the jeans, fold the ends at about 1/2 inch just to hide the ends.
  10. Then fold another 1 inch to secure it.
  11. You can choose either to use a needle and a thread or a sewing machine to secure the folds. I chose to use a needle and a thread because I wanted to go for the messy work path so it’s not too clean. I chose running stitch; however, you can decide what kind of stitch you want.

  • That’s it! 10 easy steps to follow and you’re one step closer to creating that fashionable look. You can also choose to bleach your jean shorts to have that faded look if your chosen denim is similar to mine.

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