Tip Of The Day: Never Get A Pimple Again! (For Mild To Moderate Acne)

With this three-pronged attack, all those with mild to moderate acne will begin to see the end of breakouts and the beginning of perfect, clear skin. It’s that easy!

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Photoshoot Numero Uno And Hopefully More To Come!!!

Credit: Model and Photographer, Fatima Campbell (The Deviant Muse)

Location: Shaw Skate Park

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TIP OF THE DAY #5 ALCOHOL AND CURLS EQUALS A HAIR NO NO!!

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When I say alcohol, I’m not talking about a margarita or a shot of patron; I’m talking about the ingredients found in some of your hair products that can be detrimental to your beautiful hair!

Be sure to skim over the ingredients before you make any new product purchases. Here’s a list of the drying alcohols that your hair should avoid at all costs:

Denat. Alcohol,SD alcohol 40, Witch hazel, Isopropanol, ethanol,  SD alcohol, Propanol, Propyl alcohol;, Isopropyl

Here are a few fatty alcohols that act as a moisturizing agent that are OK to use:

Behenyl alcohol; Cetearyl  alcohol; Cetyl Alcohol; Isocetyl Alcohol; Isostearyl alcohol; lauryl alcohol; Myristyl alcohol; Stearyl alcohol; C30-50 Alcohols; Lanolin alcohol

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Tip of the Day #4 No matter how stressed you are, NO YANKING ON YOUR HAIR GIRLS!

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Some of us have to detangle our hair more than others but all of us come across those nasty, huge knots that are almost nearly impossible to get around. When you stumble upon these foes, don’t yank and pull at them with your comb; instead take your fingers and slowly comb through your hair to finger those knots out. If it’s really bad, spritz it with a little bit of water. I like to detangle while I’m conditioning, which helps make the process 10x easier. These little tips will help reduce hair breakage and help you keep a full, beautiful head of hair!

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How To Apply Mascara w/ a Video Guide (Revamped)

1. To start off, I take my lash curler and curl my lashes in three sections, holding each for about 2 seconds. Starting at the outer corner, then the middle, and then finishing off with the inner corner. I top it off with a coat of mascara to hold the curl and I do the same to the other eye.

***you want to make sure you scrape off any excess product off the brush to help avoid clumps. I do this by just scraping the brush on the inside of the tube top.

2. I like to take the brush and sweep it from side to side while also moving in an upward motion. This helps achieve nice, even coverage.

3. After I apply my first coat, I let it dry for about 30-60 seconds, then I apply the second coat to each eye.

4.Too finish my look off, I apply about 2 coats to my bottom lashes.

A Few Extra Tips:

  • To give your ends an extra coat, try blinking onto the brush. It may take some practice, but it’ll be the difference between longer looking lashes.
  • To help separate lashes, you might want to start off with a mascara primer. Make-up artists love this stuff, but you might find it inconvenient unless you consider your lashes important.
  • Do not pump the wand in and out of the tube. By doing this, you are pushing air into the tube which will cause your product to dry out before it should.
  • Having trouble getting those bottom lashes? Try placing a tissue or a card underneath them before applying. This prevents smudging on the lower lid.
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Tip Of The Day #3: Diffuse Those Curls Ladies!

Diffusers are a pretty nifty tool for any curly-haired beauty. The air force from a regular dryer is much too strong to keep your curls bouncy and in tact. What a diffuser does is help take the air force and spread it though out a wider surface area so that it’s still as warm, but just not as strong as a hair dryer with no add-on attachment. When I’m in a hurry, I find that blow drying my curls on a medium setting helps keep them frizz-less and bouncy. Another alternative is of course air drying, but the problem I find with air drying is as soon as I walk outside, my hair turns into a frizzy mess! I try to air dry as much as I can but my diffuser has turned into one of my best friends.

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TIP OF THE DAY #2: STAY AWAY FROM 2 IN 1’s FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR HAIR!

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For hair textures like my own (kinky/curly), you really want to keep the amount of times you shampoo to minimum. Unfortunately, using 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioners won’t really allow that. Our hair needs moisture 24/7 and shampooing everyday strips our hair of the natural oils that we need. Conditioners help replenish and basically acts as food for our beautiful locks. By avoiding shampooing with 2 in 1’s, you’re pretty much depriving your hair of the nutrients that it  needs; but if you condition everyday, you’re still (in a way) starving your hair of its food by consistently stripping it of it natural oils . It’s best to just use a separate shampoo on a weekly basis and and follow or use a condition on a daily basis.

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Combs and brushes: THE CURLY/KINKY HAIR ESSENTIALS!

Wide toothed combs are probably the most basic and most useful hair tool ever. They’re great for everyday detangling on curly or straight hair. When you get out of the shower, comb through damp hair starting at the bottoms, working your way to the top to get out unwanted tangles. If you come across any big knots, don’t yank at them! Instead, slowly and gently work your comb through the knot in a soft, gentle motion to avoid breakage. I like to use my wide tooth comb to evenly distribute product through my hair. You don’t generally want to use brushes (besides the denman) on wet, curly hair because your hair is most fragile when it’s wet. So next time you hop out of the shower or you’re dealing with damp hair, whip out your wide tooth comb for a more defined look.

Denmans are great for styling curly to wavy hair and doing a little extra detangling on all hair types. What makes the Denman brush so special is that the base is made with a particular rubber that creates a good type of friction on curly and wavy hair which in turn helps make your curls more bouncy. It also helps smooth the cuticle for healthier, shinier hair. It’s fantastic for detangling long, coarse hair. I use the Denman when I’m about to style damp hair. I wouldn’t recommend use on dry hair.

Boar bristle brushes are meant for spreading the sebum from your scalp to the rest of your hair. They’re not recommended for everyday use because they do have a tendency to cause split ends with super repetitive use. Once or twice a week should be good enough to help distribute your natural oils to the ends of your hair shafts without causing damage to your hair. I like to use this once a week towards the end of my straightening cycle, like maybe a day or two before I wash my hair out. It’s also useful for blow drying your hair straight if you have tight curls like me.

I generally just use my fine toothed comb to evenly separate my hairs and to hold my hair taut while flat ironing. Before running my flat iron through a section of hair, I take my comb and run the comb through the section first then immediate follow it with the flat iron. I found that this helps me achieve a much sleeker, straighter look.

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