Blow-drying Hacks For Fabulous Hair
May05

Blow-drying Hacks For Fabulous Hair

Blow-drying feels like an essential part of almost any beauty routine, but it can seriously damage your hair. Not to mention that it takes so much time and it can get tedious and make you late for work or that party. Follow these brilliant hacks to blow-dry your hair like a pro. Minimize heat damage by cutting your blow-drying time When you get out of the shower, squeeze the excess water out of your hair and then let it air-dry almost completely. Then, while your hair is still damp, but no longer wet, use your blow-dryer to dry it completely and style your hair like you usually do. If you don’t have the patience to air dry, use a microfiber towel to pat your hair dry. Microfiber is twice as absorbent as cotton and it’s gentler on your hair. This means that your hair will dry faster and you’ll minimize breakage. In a pinch and no microfiber in sight? Paper towels. Pat your hair with paper towels to dryi it up 30% faster. Always use a heat protectant Heat from the blow-dryer or other styling tools will dehydrate your hair, which will not only cause frizz, but also make it brittle and prone to breakage. Have a heat protectant at hand before drying and spray it on the section you are working on. This will keep moisture in your hair and maintain your locks looking healthy and shiny. Flip your hair for instant volume If you are trying to create volume and texture, flip over your hair and dry it using only the blower and your hands. You will get that wild “I’ve just been driving around my convertible” look in record time. Angle the nozzle straight down If you are blow-drying your straight hair, always angle the nozzle from the top-down. Blowing your hair from the roots will not only train it so it’s easier for you to style it straight, but it will also be gentler on the cuticle of the hair. When you blow-dry from the bottom-up, you will end up ruffling it and causing annoying frizz. Embrace the diffuser If you have wavy or curly hair and are looking to dry your locks and define them, a blow-drier can be a nightmare. Until you meet the diffuser, that is. Use one with a low heat setting to distribute the heat evenly throughout your hair without dehydrating it as much. You will get defined curls with no frizz in record time. Get a hood-drier effect at home Instead of going to the salon, put your hair up in velcro rollers, poke a few holes in a...

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Easy Hacks To Make Your Thin Hair Look Thick
May01

Easy Hacks To Make Your Thin Hair Look Thick

We all want that luscious, thick mane of shampoo commercial hair that the media tells us is the ultimate symbol of femininity. However, some of us are more genetically challenged and no matter what we do, our hair will remain thin. Don’t worry, though, you can still make it look thick, and nobody will even notice. Learn how to care for your thin hair A lot of the beauty tricks making the rounds on the Internet work great… for thick hair. Thin hair has different needs and you need to cater for them. For example, silicone and oil coatings (such as the magic coconut oil) will do nothing but weigh your hair down, reduce volume and make it look even thinner. Steer clear. You should look for sulfate-free shampoo, which will be gentler in your hair and prevent breakage, as well as be mindful of how bleach and color can damage your locks. In the same vein, be careful about heat drying or styling your thin hair. Avoid it if possible and if not, invest in a good, light protective coating. Furthermore, over-stretching your hair with irons or brushes can reduce its natural bounciness and change its texture, making it look thin. Find a hairstyle that works for you Super-long hair can look nice if properly cared for, but this is very difficult with thin hair. Damaged ends and brittle texture will make you lose hair, which will make your mane thinner. Besides, the weight of the long strands pulls them down, taking away from your volume. You should also figure out and embrace the natural texture of your hair. If you have thin, curly or wavy hair, work those curves! Give it more volume instead of straighten it every day, which will also damage it. Flip your part Style your hair on the opposite direction of what you usually do it. Your hair actually gets trained to fall a certain way when you part it in the same place for a long time. Shake your hair’s world and flip the script. Apply a teeny bit of hairspray on the root to keep the flip in place and voila: instant volume. Pancake your braids Braids are beautiful but if you have thin hair they can look almost sad. Not anymore, with the magic pancaking technique. Once you finish the braid, simply pull each loop on one side. Gently, only a tiny pinch will do. Bam, you have that Elsa braid going. Prop up your ponytail With the help of a couple of bobby pins, your ponytails can look instantly thicker and fuller. Tie your hair up and use two...

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Plus Size Model Fights Against Online Bullying
Apr24

Plus Size Model Fights Against Online Bullying

Here’s some shocking news for you: people are mean on the internet! I know, I wasn’t very shocked either! The truth is that we’ve allowed online bullying to become so normal that we barely even think consciously about it. We kind of accepted it as part of ‘internet culture,’ and every time we hear about it we sort of think “yeah, it sucks… oh well”. And then move on with our lives. But some people can’t. Some people get their lives ruined by bullies on the internet. And this isn’t acceptable. This is what plus size model Tess Holliday, (aka, Tess Munster) is fighting for. She became the first model over size 16 to be signed to a major agency, when she got a contract with Milk Model Management in London. She is one of the people currently changing the face of fashion and that means she is continuously facing a lot of backlash due to her size. Even after absolutely killing it on her first campaign with Torrid, she is still the target of body-shaming, bullying and straight up hate from certain online communities, especially on Reddit and Instagram. However, this has done little to stop Tess from continuing to defy the odds in the fashion industry. In fact, it seems that they only managed to reinforce her motivation. Because even though she is strong enough to laugh in the face of internet trolls and continue being successful in her awesome life, the model is not the only one affected by online bullying. So she set out to shut down hateful communities. She said in a tweet that “Just so you trolls are aware, I’m in contact with Instagram an Reddit and your fat hate pages won’t be around much longer”. That’s right, there are people on the Internet who get together exclusively to hate on fat people. Because that’s productive and not at all sad. “So instead of bullying others, you might actually have time to work on yourselves and try to be happy instead of projecting your problems on others”, Tess continued. The sad truth is that all this vitriol and vicious, hateful comments coming from online bullies is just a way to cover up insecurities and making themselves feel better by putting others down. But this doesn’t mean we should stand for it. Tess definitely isn’t. And if she sets her mind to something, we know she is going to get it. “If I can defy the odds in my industry and be the first model to be signed to an agency, you better believe I will shut you all down and change the laws against this...

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The Three Types of Acne And What To Do About Them
Apr21

The Three Types of Acne And What To Do About Them

Not all acne is created the same, even if all different kinds share their awful inconvenience. When you see a couple (or more) spots on your face, you are probably only thinking about how to get rid of them. And the hell with letting anyone see you with them just hanging out all over your face! But knowing the different types of acne can help you find the appropriate treatment. 1. Teen acne Teen acne. The great equalizer. No matter who you are, no matter where you are. You will get it. It’s pretty much unavoidable. Your body is changing, producing all these weird hormones, adjusting to a new metabolism… Acne is a byproduct of that. Accept it as a fact of life and focus on treating it. There are things you can do to reduce its impact (like taking good care of your skin), but you will wake up to red spots on your face often enough. You can treat it with over the counter gels and creams. Look for products with Benzoyl peroxide, that will help kill the bacteria that produces acne. Other than that, exfoliate and cleanse your skin regularly, but remember to keep it hydrated and protected from the sun. And wait. Puberty doesn’t last forever. 2. Adult acne This isn’t fair. You paid your dues. You went through puberty already, you are a respectable member of society, with a job. Probably a blazer or a two-piece suit as well. You are not supposed to get acne anymore! If you want to enjoy the years between spots and wrinkles, you have to pay attention to your skin. Figure out what is triggering your spots. Make sure your make up is non-comedogenic, so it doesn’t clog up your pores. Change your pillow case every night (it really works). Cleanse your skin regularly and hydrate it. And stop touching your face. Your hands are filthy and bring nasty bacteria to your pores. When you do get the occasional spot, because you will, treat it topically. Find an over-the counter treatment that works for you, but avoid Benzoyl peroxide, as it has irritant effects on adults. 3. Chronic acne Even if suffering from acne is perfectly normal at any age, there comes a point where it becomes a medical problem. The occasional spot is expected, but when you are getting consistent, serious breakouts, it might be time to consult a doctor. Your dermatologist will work with you to determine the causes of your acne and the best course of action to treat it. For this, they might prescribe you strong drugs like Accutane, but make sure to discuss...

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Find The Perfect Eyeliner Style For Your Eye-Shape
Apr07

Find The Perfect Eyeliner Style For Your Eye-Shape

Eyeliner is one of those make-up basics that is always going to make you look good, no matter what. Okay, maybe raccoon eyes are questionable and sparkly gold eyeliner will not go over well in that job interview. But for the most part, it’s really hard to do eyeliner wrong. That doesn’t mean you can’t improve your liner game, though. Here are some tricks that will get your eyeliner from “not bad” to “amazing” based on the shape of your eyes. Small eyes If you want your eyes to look bigger and wider, start with eyeshadow, not liner. A soft taupe color over the eyelid up to the crease will do the trick. Next, use a black kohl pencil along the upper lashline and smudge it a little bit with your finger, so the line is not as defined. Top it off with brown eye shadow, especially in the outer corners. Use the same black liner and brown shadow for the lower lashline and you are ready to go. Monolids So that the fold on your lower lid doesn’t hide your liner, focus on the upper lid when applying it. Any waterproof black pencil liner will work well, as long as you neatly apply it along the line, from inner corner to outer corner. If you want, you may smudge the outer corners a little bit, with a small brush, to widen your eyes. Close-set eyes What you want with this look is to create the illusion that your eyes are wider apart than they really are. Nothing that a little bit of concealer on the inner corners can’t achieve. Illuminating that area will lighten it up and make it look more “open”. Combine this with black liner on the outer third part of your eyes to draw the eye towards the outer corners of your lids. Create a “V” shape with liquid liner to form a thick wing and your eyes will look farther apart than they are. Asymmetrical eyes No pair of eyes is perfectly even, but if yours are a little bit more noticeably uneven or you are self-conscious about it, there are ways to make them look like a perfect matching pair. Uneven eyes call for uneven make-up to equal the whole thing out. Your best bet is to use a black kohl eyeliner, applied along the upper lashline, from the inner corner to the outer corner. Leave it pretty undefined and, on the slightly smaller eye, increase the width of the line at the outer corner, to make it appear wider and the same size of the other...

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Beauty Products You Should Never, Ever Share
Mar31

Beauty Products You Should Never, Ever Share

I like to think of myself as a pretty generous person, especially when it comes to my friends. “What’s mine is yours” pretty much sums up my philosophy and my friends know that in an emergency they can raid my closet for dresses, shoes, jewelery, a curling iron or anything they need. That being said, there are some beauty products I wouldn’t share with my BFF, and neither should you.  Mascara and eyeliner  I shouldn’t need to tell you: eyes are super sensitive. This means that you should be extra careful with any product that goes near your eyes. Your eyelids and lashes are the playground of tons of gross bacteria, that then hitches a ride on your mascara wand and eyeliner. This makes it really easy to transfer harmful bacteria to your bestie (and for her to transfer bacteria back to you). To make matters worse, the mascara tube is a dark, damp place, just the kind of place bacteria love to breed in. Avoid awful infections like pink eye, and keep your mascara and eyeliner all to yourself.  Lip gloss  Lip gloss, lipstick, chapstick, anything that goes on your lips, really. I know, it’s almost second nature to reach into your friend’s purse when your lips are dry or your rouge needs retouching, but this is a really bad idea. These products make it really easy to transfer contagious infections and germs, like the common cold. More worrying, this is a great way to transfer the oral herpes virus (HSV-1). According to Planned Parenthood, more than half of adults carry this virus, and it can be contagious even when not showing sores. It’s not a specifically harmful virus, but it is annoying and unsightly when flaring out.  Anything that comes in a jar  Be honest, do you wash your hands every time you are going to apply lip butter or lip gloss? That’s okay, me neither. I try, but sometimes I’m in a hurry or I forget, so I end up sticking my dirty fingers in the jar anyway. Now multiply this by how many people are using the same lip gloss. No need to do the math, the answer is “gross”. The same applies to face lotion, foundation, primer and any other product that comes in a jar.  Razors  I’m sure you went over this in middle school health class. Never share any personal item that can draw blood, like razors. Sure, this is to avoid HIV, as your health ed teacher told you, but that’s far from the only thing you can catch from someone else’s blood. Used razors are a great way to spread...

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