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Hair Dare!

21 Jun

Girls with bangs seem to have some trouble finding updos. Here’s one that I think is super cute and preppy yet easy to do. It takes about 5-10 minutes and keeps your hair out of your way all day. Well, in my first try, it actually took around half an hour to 45 minutes. It’s a great way to deal with second day hair if you just don’t feel like doing it in the morning but have to look prim + proper for work or school. Here’s how this bun is done:

  1. Start with dry hair. It doesn’t have to be perfectly clean. If your hair is on day 2, spray a little dry shampoo at the root before you start.
  2. Use this type of thick rubber band or something similar to gather all of your hair on the top of your head. Don’t worry about it being perfect, just make sure it won’t move.
  3. Take about 1/4 of the whole ponytail and drop it off to the side. Try taking this piece from the side, not all the way from the back– that way the best/thickest part of the braid will show up in the front.
  4. Leave the 1/4 section out and create a regular ballerina bun on top using the other 3/4 of the ponytail.
  5. Once you’ve secured the bun, take the 1/4 section you left out and braid it. Fishtail, regular braid, whatever kind you want. Tie that off with a small clear elastic. But in my opinion, doing the regular braid is the best!
  6. Secure the braid using small bobbypins. I like to put a bobby pin in every inch and a half to make sure it really stays put.
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Hair Dare!

4 Jun

Every one of us needs lots of ways to get your hair off your neck. Here’s one. It’s a new twist on a good old classic– the fishtail. It’s simple, quick and combines two of my favorite hair styles.

STEPS:

  1. Start with all of your hair down. It can be wet or dry and you can do this on any hair texture.
  2. Tease the crown a little so it doesn’t get completely flat up top. Sometimes, you would also want to give the top at least a little texture when doing a messy braid.
  3. Make a regular low ponytail using a thin clear elastic.
  4. Gently pull the clear elastic down about an inch to an inch and a half.
  5. Split the hair in two sections just above the clear elastic.
  6. Loop the whole ponytail up and around and through the hole.
  7. Fishtail the hair under the clear elastic.
  8. Gently pull the braid apart to give it some soft, messy texture.
  9. Carefully cut out the top clear elastic, but leave the bottom one.
  10. Wrap a little hair around the bottom clear elastic to hide it. Use a small bobby pin on the back side to secure.

VOILA! A new summer ‘do or if you’re from the Philippines, you just learned a new back-to-school hair ‘do! If you have a hard time doing the back, get a friend to help. It’s really sort of difficult to get a centered braid by yourself!

Very Berry!

1 Jun

For those of you concerned about what chemicals we’re putting in and on our bodies, you can’t get more natural than this homemade berry lip stain! I just totally love it because it adds the perfect “just-bitten” hint of color to fake that Snow White luscious lip!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 Blackberries (for their bright berry color)
  • 1 Raspberry (to get the feminine pink color)
  • 3 Pomegranate Seeds (to achieve the vibrant red color)
  • 1/2 teaspoon edible oil (Extra Virgin Olive Oil is good to use!)
  •  A small bowl + spoon (or mortar + pestle if you have)
  • Fork or sifter to drain
  • A small 5-gram Pot/Jar with screw top from any craft store

STEPS:

  1. Mash the blackberries and raspberry in the bowl thoroughly with the back of your spoon.
  2. Add the pomegranate juice into the mixture by individually squeezing them between your thumb and index fingers over the bowl.
  3. Pour the olive oil into the bowl and stir everything together with your spoon.
  4. Finish by draining the liquid from the mixture into your small portable jar.

HOW TO APPLY: Use your fingers, a lip brush or a Q-tip. It’ll only be good for a few days so refrigerate it for it to last longer. Have fun with it and also try different fruits! You can play with the ratios of each fruit to customize your desired shade but you’ll get the most color payoff from the blackberries.

Shining, Shimmering, Splendid!

27 Apr

Image from The Beauty Department

Our skin needs a little help after a long dry winter! After giving your body a good buff with our D.I.Y. brown sugar scrub, add a little shimmer to your lotion to get that perfect glow (without having to spend any money!).

TOOLS

  • Your favorite lotion
  • Small jar of gold loose mica mineral pigment (you can also crush up an old gold or pearl pressed eyeshadow to make it loose)
  • A mixing bowl or tumbler, chopstick + spoon
  • An empty travel-sized jar or bottle

STEPS

  1. Combine 4 parts lotion with ½ teaspoon gold shimmer (or measure by sprinkling the shimmer until desired shade is achieved).
  2. Stir with chopstick until color is consistent and then, direct it towards one side for scooping.
  3. Spoon out your creation and transfer it into the jar.

You can do this with coconut oil, tanning oils and many sunscreens. Please share any of your ideas + potions too!