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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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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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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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What Mascara Effect Are You Looking For?

Determining what you need; Mascara’s are generally designed for three types of lashes; thin and sparse, full and short, or thick and long. Since it is possible to have a combination of the lash types (ie. Thin and short, thick and short) you really want to focus on what feature you want to change the most. You need to really look objectively at your lashes. Most mascara users believe that their lashes are too short and not full enough. Close inspection might make you think otherwise.

What effect are you looking for?

Thickening/Volumizing – Thickening mascara is used to make your eyelashes look thicker and more full. The formula contain a higher amount of silicone polymers and waxes that coat lashes and the tight brush applies helps with applying a thick layer. For best results, apply two coats and move the wand in a back and forth as it applied to ensure mascara is applied to sides of lashes. Recommended for those with thin/sparse lashes 

Lengthening – This is most popular mascara among consumers. The denser bristles allow for heavier application of product, especially at the tips. This gives off the illusion of longer lashes.Some formulas add fibers to the tips making them stronger so they become longer. Be aware though, they’ve been known to cause irritation around the eyes, especially if you wear contacts.Recommended for those with short/ sparse and short/full lashes.

Curling – The curve in the wand acts as a mini curler per say. There do happen to be a lot of complaints associated the actual effectiveness of many these products though…

Non-clumping – A more recent type of mascara, the non clumping formulas contain glycerin and/or silk extracts to take away from the “crispy” feeling. They tend to have longer wands for a more even application.

Defining – This is to enhance those with full and thick lashes while still preserving a soft, natural look. For best results, apply no more than 2 coats. Overdoing it can a lead to a cakey/clumpy look. Ideal for those with naturally full/thick lashes looking to add a little UMPH to what they’re working with.

Nourishing – Designed with key ingredients to help promote growth and thickness. Has a tendency of creating lashes that are smeared and clumsy. These products can generally be used with other mascaras.

Waterproof – Made with a special formula, waterproof mascara is made to repel water. It can be harsh on the lashes and may lead to breakage so it’s recommended that you keep use at a minimum. I like to use it when I go to the beach or hit the club scene. Some recommend it if your interestedin holding a curl longer.

BRUSHES AND such and such…

Straight brushes – Straight brushes are popular for their versatility and they’re easy to use. The shape of the brush makes it easier to apply product to the small lashes located around the corners of your eye. Beginners tend to favor this brush because it’s easy to use and typically forgiving of mistakes.

Curved brushes – Curved brushes encourage curl and lift to lashes. Sweeping the brush from side to side while simultaneously moving the wand up from the root to tip encourages curl. This gives off the effect of bigger, brighter eyes.

Combs – Combs are small and flat. Individual tines are designed to separate lashes and discourage clumping.

Bristles – Unlike combs, brushes that are straight or curved have bristles, which are also important for achieving the desired lash style. A brush with short, tightly spaced bristles will be ideal for adding volume to lashes, whereas a brush with long, loosely spaced bristles is best for lengthening and separating lashes. Rubber bristles attempt to combine the qualities expressed by both long and short bristles. A mascara brush with rubber bristles coats even the tiniest lashes, which adds volume, but is also strong enough to coat lashes from root to tip, which adds length. The sturdiness of the rubber bristles also mimics the effects of a comb and separates the lashes.

 

Also check out my article on How to Apply Mascara

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Types of Eyeliners

Eyeliners are used to bring out the mirrors to your soul; your eyes! Thick or fine lines can be used in different varieties to define the contours and features of your eyes. Eyeliner can be used alone, or to compliment a look.

Here’s the general types of eyeliners available:

Liquid Eyeliner

Liquid Eyeliner – This is one of the more difficult eyeliners to apply as it is very bold and slick. I definitely wouldn’t recommend this for beginners.

  • You need a steady hand and should apply by brushing very short strokes close to the lash line. I like to begin towards the middle of the lash line and proceed towards the outer lash using short strokes. I then fill in the rest of the line starting at the inner lash line and finishing at the middle where you began, maybe going over it once for corrections.
  • It works great with Arabic make up, cat eyes, and dramatic looks.
  • It’s provides a well defined, thin line that gives off the illusion of thicker lashes.
  • I known for being difficult to apply well. It takes a steady hand, patience and practice!
Pencil Eyeliner

Pencil Eyeliner – This is the most commonly used eyeliner because it is easy to manage and control. Much like a regular pencil, you sharpen when needed.

  • To apply, simply draw a line at your lash line.
  • Pencils are perfect for coloring your waterline. I’d recommend picking a brand that’s ophthalmologist tested in order to reduce the chance of eye irritation.
Gel Eyeliner

Gel/Cream Eyeliner – This type of eyeliner is preferred more by make – up artists than mainstream consumers. They generally come in a pot that you can dip an angled brush, fine tipped brush, or even a pencil to get the product out. Sometimes it’s even used a base underneath eye shadows.

  • With a steady hand, slowly glide the brush using small strokes across your lash line.
  • Product takes a little longer to dry, so be aware of that.
  • Gel eyeliner creates a great effect, awesome for smokey eyes.
Powder Eyeliner

Eye shadow as an eyeliner – This is the easiest and fastest way to apply liner. With a stiff angled or pencil brush, dip the brush into the powder and dab or draw a line along your lash line.

  • Not recommended for the water line as it will not stick and it really irritates your eyes.
  • Great for subtle daytime looks and the color possibilities are endless!
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Determining Your Skin Type

Knowing your skin type is crucial when it comes to fighting breakouts and taking care of your skin. Use the wrong product and it might make your skin look worse! Your skin type will always be the same considering it’s genetically predetermined for you. Your best bet is to make do with what you have and give yourself the proper treatment your skin needs.

There are 5 general skin types:

Normal Skin – If you’ve been blessed with normal skin, you are one lucky duckling. Normal skin is vibrant, elastic and supple. This skin type has the least amount of problems, at least when it comes to zits. Your skin looks clean and smooth, has great circulation and a healthy complexion. Even with minimum care, it’ll look great well into your latter years.

Dry Skin – Dry skin feels rather flacky, dry and tight. It’s easy for those with this skin type to develop sallow tone, wrinkles, and fine pores. This skin type is very prone to aging and irritating so it’s a MUST to keep this skin type hydrated and thoroughly moisturized.

Oily skin – Oily skin appears greasy, shiny and has fairly large pores.  It’s very easy for those with this skin type to fall victim to- duhduhduhhhhhhh acne. The good thing about this skin type is that it is age resistant so it’ll be a long while before you notice any sign of wrinkles and aging. It’s recommended that this skin type stays away from rich, creamy moisturizers because they do have a tendency to cause breakouts.

Combination Skin – Combination skin falls smack dab in the middle of dry and oily skin. This is my skin type right hurrr, represent yo. The nose and forehead are generally oily, while the cheeks and around the eyes are more on the dry side. There are plenty of products out there that cater to this skin type. You can also just pay more attention to your T-zone come cleaning time and paying more attention to your dry areas when it comes to moisturizing.

Sensitive Skin – Sensitive skin is very dry and tight. It is very easily irritated and inflammation is common. This skin type develops reddish and scaly areas, can be itchy and tingly and is very prone to break outs. It is fragile and the most problematic of all skin types so the utmost care is essential to having clear skin.

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Undertones

Not only is knowing your skin tone important for choosing your hair color, it’s also helpful for choosing colors and shades when picking out make-up and clothing.

The most simple and easy way to figure out your undertone is by checking out the veins in your wrists.

If they are blueish, you have a cool undertone like these lovely ladies.

If they are greenish you have a warm undertone.

If it falls somewhere in between, you might have a neutral undertone.

Warm undertones look better in ivory, while cool undertones appear better in pure white. Neutral gets the best of both worlds!

If you’re a foundation user and every shade you choose is too pink or too yellow, start looking for nuetral shades.

Still having trouble figuring out your skin tone? Put the orange and mauve slides in your hand or by your face and choose the one that better enhances your radiance and healthy glow.

COOL UNDERTONES

WARM UNDERTONES

Pink based foundation Yellow based foundation
Brown or bronze with a tan Golden brown with a tan
Pale with pink undertones Pale with peach ow3r gold undertones
Pale with no color in cheeks Medium with golden undertones
Medium with faint pink cheeks Brown with golden undertones
Medium with no color in cheeks Very dark brown with golden undertones
True olive
Brown with pink undertone
Very dark brown with reddish or blue undertones

                     

I, myself, have a neutral undertone, so luckily I have very few limitations to my personal color spectrum. A lot of multi-ethnic and biracial individuals share this undertone.

Skin tones and undertones are different. Skin tones change and can be influenced your environment. Things like UV rays, geographical location, illnesses, etc. Undertones are set and can never change.

Hair tips according to your undertone:

COOL UNDERTONES

WARM UNDERTONES

Raven Black Light honey blonde
Coffee and Mid Level Blonde Strawberry blonde
Auborgine, Mahogany, and Burgundy Reds Golden Mid Level blonde
Blue/green dark brown or black Warm Chocolate browns
Blue Black Dark Brown with a hint of rust
Deep Coffee Brown Golden Brown
Cool Ash Browns Auburn
Fire Engine Red for a dramatic look Red and colors with orange highlights
AVOID: AVOID:
Gold, Bronze, or warm reds; Also yellow based colors Violet, blue and white colors; too much ash in your hair can make you look older and pale

Tips for neutral colors:

  • Choose colors that enhance your eye tone
  • Enhance dark eyes with exotic colors like dark wine
  • Try colors like sandy blonde, beige blonde, chocolate brown and mahogany
  • Any shade of red will work with you!
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Body Types

BODY TYPES

When it comes to toning your body and getting fit, it’s important to educate yourself about your body type. Each type gains and loses weight different, and it’s all based on how your metabolism and hormones react with each other.  Knowing your body type will not only allow you to lose weight more efficiently, it will also help you shape out the perfect work out routine accustomed to your needs.

GYNAEOID BODY (SPOON/PEARS) –

Females with pear shaped bodies generally gain weight only below the waist. They have small to medium shoulders, small waist and breasts vary in size. Studies show that women with this body type tend to have more of the hormone oestrogen which targets the uterine regions, hips, thighs and breasts. Excessive amounts of this hormone promote fat deposition around the lower body and as well as cellulite. Diets will help with weight loss the upper body but not so much the lower parts. Your best bet is too exercise and weight train especially focusing on your booty and legs and embrace the fact that god blessed you with a donk!

ANDROID (TRIANGLES)-

Ladies with this body type have wide, broad shoulders, a larger rib cage and narrow hips and pelvis. Android women have an anabolic metabolism which leads to body building tendencies and strength both mentally and physically. When androids gain weight, it tends to all go to the tummy and upper body area which leads to a kind of apple effect. These girls are amazing athletes and make amazing swimmers and body builders.

THYROID (BANANAS) –

Women of this body type are characterized by long limbs with fine, narrow bones. They are equipped with a high metabolism which allows them to eat in excess with little to no weight gain. Fat, for this group of girls, gathers in the lower abdomen, butt and thigh area. Of all body types, thyroids are less likely to obtain cellulite, but if it does occur it will most likely be in the back of the thighs and butt area. These ladies make fine models and dancers.

LYMPHATIC BODY(

Weight gain in this body type doesn’t occur in any specific area. It is very easy for girls of this body shape to gain weight because of their low metabolism accompanied by a dysfunctional lymphatic system. Cellulite is common for this group. Visiting a nutritionist is a good option to help with the process weight loss.

HOURGLASS –

These girls have evenly proportioned hips and bust with a waist that measures 10+ inches less. Many bikini ads feature models with this body type. Fat is distributed evenly through the upper and lower body but scarcely at the waist leaving these girls with a nice figure at any weight.

H FRAMES –

This body type has very little to no difference between the bust, waist and hips measurements. They possess a kind of squared off, blocky shape. They’re athletically built and lack symmetry. To even out proportions, its recommended that those with H frames should work on trimming the upper body and adding muscle to the lower body.

A study of shapes of over 6,000 women conducted by researchers at NCU circa 2004 found that 46% percent of the pool were banana shaped, just above 20% were pears, roughly 14% were apples, and last but not least 8% were hourglasses.

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