DIY Beauty Products You Need To Try
May26

DIY Beauty Products You Need To Try

It’s not easy looking fabulous. Beauty routines are important and they make you feel as good as you look. But instead of spending insane amounts of money on new products every month, why don’t you try these DIY alternatives? These are natural ways to step up your routine that will make you feel crafty and are as good for your skin as they are for your wallet. Remove make-up with just three ingredients Make-up remover can be too harsh and end up drying or damaging your skin, especially around your eyes. You can actually make a very effective and gentle eye make-up remover with only three ingredients that will cost you almost no money. Mix half a tablespoon of No Tears Baby Shampoo with one quarter teaspoon of coconut oil (use olive oil if you are allergic). Pour into a small container with a lid and fill the rest with water. That is all. The oil and water will separate, so you need to shake the container before using it every time. Believe it or not, this remover will wipe even the most stubborn goop right of your eyes. And it smells fantastic. Apple and oats face scrub Apple is famous for its high content of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, which means it will renew your skin better than any store-bought anti-aging cream. That’s why it’s perfect for this face (and body!) scrub. Mix one cup of pureed apple (or organic, unsweetened applesauce) with one teaspoon of sweet almond oil and ¾ cup of plain rolled oats. The oats will be in charge of exfoliating of this scrub, you can substitute them for sugar or your favorite exfoliant. Finally, the almond oil will make your skin feel softer and keep it moisturized. To use, simply rub on your wet face with a circular motion, leave for 15 minutes and rinse with enough water to get rid of all the product. This scrub is also great to use on your legs before shaving, so you get a closer shave without unsightly red bumps. The mix can keep in your fridge for up to a week, so don’t worry if you don’t use it all up in one sitting. All-natural berry lip stain If you want to give your lips a touch of deep, red color, but you are not sure about the chemicals and artificial ingredients in store-bought products, you can make your own. And it doesn’t get more natural than this. Simply mash three blackberries and one raspberry together in a small bowl. Then, squeeze three pomegranate seeds to get the juice into the bowl and mix well. Finally, add...

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Five Easy Tricks To Look Instantly Fashionable
May13

Five Easy Tricks To Look Instantly Fashionable

You want to look like you came out of a fashion editorial spread, but don’t have the time or the resources to keep a team of stylists making you look flawless every second of the day. Don’t worry, most of us are in the same boat. Luckily, all those people working in fashion magazines came up with a bunch of tricks to make models look fantastic that require virtually no effort at all. And you are about to find out what they are. 1. Roll up your shirt sleeves Go to your closet and throw away all your short sleeved shirts. Just do it. If it has a collar, it needs to have long sleeves. Of course, this doesn’t mean your poor arms have to endure the summer heat all covered up. Simply roll your sleeves up. But don’t just do it willy-nilly, there’s a proper way. Fold the sleeve in half and then roll the fold up the arm until it’s just below the cuff, that should be sticking out. You will look more polished and chic than by sloppingly rolling up the whole sleeve. 2. Push up your blazer or jacket sleeves It is extremely flattering to push up the sleeves of your blazer. It is extremely un-flattering to be fiddling with them all day because they keep coming down. The solution? A couple of humble hair ties. Place a hair tie (or rubber band) around your elbow over the sleeve. Push up and gather the sleeve so it falls over the tie, hiding it in a natural way. 3. Roll up your jean cuffs Fashion is all about tucking and rolling. Next time you pair up your favorite pumps or stilettos with a pair of jeans, roll up the cuffs. It will make the jeans look more tailored (especially if you are wearing “boyfriend jeans” or looser cuts) and draw attention to your pretty shoes. Fold the cuff up a couple of inches and then fold again to leave only a little bit of the hemline visible to get that “flawlessly flawed” look. 4. Only tuck the front of your shirt If you want to show off your belt or jeans without looking to “stuck up” or prim, do a “mullet-tuck”. Simply tuck in the front half of your shirt, leaving the back half out. This look works best with jeans and collared, long-sleeve shirts. You will get an informal look that will flatter your figure and won’t make you look sloppy. 5. Tuck half of your shirt Another improvement to the regular tuck. Simply tuck in the side of your shirt that is under the...

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How To clean Everything In Your Makeup Bag
May09

How To clean Everything In Your Makeup Bag

You probably never thought about all the germs and bacteria that can accumulate in your makeup products but the truth is that you are definitely not cleaning them as much as you should. And cleaning and sanitizing everything in your makeup bag is not only, better for your health, it is also super satisfying. Eyelash curler – After many, many uses, your eyelash curler probably has a good buildup of old mascara, even if you rinse it a bit after every use. But you can wipe all that gunk right off with the help of a lighter. Hold the flame near the curler to heat it up for a few seconds. Then, wipe it off with a tissue. The heat of the flame will melt the old mascara so you can wipe it off, but it will also kill all the bacteria living in it. Of course, this method will not work with plastic curlers, as they can melt. Metal only! Lipstick – You don’t need to “clean” lipstick so much as “sanitize” it. Lipstick is a great place for virus and bacteria to hang out, multiply and get you sick. This is why you should freeze it. Once a week or so, stick your lipstick tube in the freezer overnight to kill all the bacteria and germs. The next morning, take it out and leave it until it reaches room temperature before applying it. Pressed powders – For obvious reasons, you won’t be able to wipe your pressed powders clean, but this doesn’t mean you can’t disinfect them. Find a small spray bottle and fill it with regular rubbing alcohol. Spritz it (lightly!) on your powder cosmetics and leave them to dry to disinfect them. Now you can put them on your face without worrying about germs. Makeup brushes – Good quality makeup brushes can last a lifetime, but this doesn’t mean you should deny yourself that “brand new” feel. Mix two parts of baby shampoo with one part olive oil. Pour into a small plate with a little bit of water and pick up the mixture with your brush. Swish it around a bit to get a nice lather going and then rinse thoroughly with water. Gently squeeze the excess water out and then let air dry, propping the handle of the brush so it’s higher than the bristles. As good as new. Metal tools – Scissors, tweezers, pencil sharpeners, clippers and even nail files. All your metal tools should be disinfected. You only need rubbing alcohol, cotton swabs and patience. Use the swab all of your tools with alcohol, making sure to get all the nooks...

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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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