Sunday, August 28, 2011

101 to dry, dull, lifeless Hair

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Are you unhappy with your hair? Do you wonder what happened to it, why is it dry?, why does it break? why is it too flat, or too frizzy? Have you kind of randomly tried some hair shampoos and played around with some conditioner, but it doesn't do you good. Have you ever though that hair product commercials are projecting false images of how your hair would look like after you use this, or that?
Let me tell you gorgeous, the answer lies in understanding what your hair is, how it reacts, how it looks like, and how to handle it.

I have made an extensive research, and tested successfully everything I am writing about. this actually came as a request from Naida Mohamed. Am sorry for the late response. I really hope you all find this helpful, and that I would contribute a little bit more to managing your beautiful locks :D


Hair facts:

An average person has about 100,000 hairs on their scalp. Redheads have 90,000 while blonds have 140,000, and brunettes fall in between.

Each hair shaft has three layers, two inner layers protected by the cuticle (outside layer). Each hair grows an average of 9 inches a year.
Hair growth actually differs in the summer times from the winter times. Hair growth increases during the summer by 10% because warm weather facilitates blood circulation, which nourishes hair cells. In cold weather, blood is needed for warming internal organs and less is circulated to the skin.

Most people shed 50-100 hairs a day :S this is kind of scary for me.


Definition:
Hair porosity, Is the ability for hair to be able to absorb and retain moisture.

How does my hair look like??!!


Under a microscope, A hair cuticle is similar in appearance to shingles on a roof. When the hair is in good condition and has good porosity the cuticle layers (tiles) are tight together and have a perfect shape, But when hair is in bad condition or has poor porosity, the cuticle layers are lifted and they become damaged and broken. Thus hair looks dry and lifeless.



Where is my shinny hair!!? HELP

When the cuticle layers are in good health, (the hair has a smooth appearance)  the layers of the cuticle are so tightly knit together that the light is able to reflect off the cuticle. This is what makes the hair shine!

When the cuticle layers are not tight together, the hair will feel coarse and brittle. The hair will then absorb the light and not reflect. This will give a surface appearance of dull and lifeless hair.

How should I treat my hair then?

First of all, I can’t stress enough how important this is, but please; Treat your hair very gently when it's wet, because then It's at it most fragile condition.
Do NOT brush it or comb it vigorously when it's wet. It is way easier to detangle it when it's dry anyways :)

Second,
Wet hair stretches, again that makes it vulnerable to breakage and cuticle damage. So if you have dry hair it’s a good idea to wash it 2-3 times weekly. It’s very exhausting for your hair to get stripped away from its moisture and natural oils every day. One of the reasons why Indian girls have pretty long, smooth, shinny, amazing hair is because they wash their hair rarely and apply loads of oils. Am not saying you should do this, but do the math and find out what's suitable for your hair and your lifestyle.

Third, Regular haircuts help your hair grow longer & prevents split ends. Always remember that your hair ends are very old (age wise I mean). So maintain them properly for your hair to look healthy and shinny

Forth, Brittle hair can be improved by avoiding the use of shampoos that contain alkaline or alcohol. So look through the ingredients of your shampoo before you buy it. Do a little research bout what goes into the products you use. Educate yourself. Try and avoid products that contain sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, or SLS, propylene glycol, mineral oil or dimethicone.

Fifth, PLEASE DO NOT OVER STYLE YOUR HAIR. Always use heat protective products before applying any heat source. Use protective serums or sprays. There are lots of brands, to use on wet and dry hair. These will also protect your hair from the Sun's UV rays, which also contribute to dry & damaged hair.

Finally, Using a conditioner containing moisturizing ingredients such as provitamin B5, panthenol, keratin, sea kelp and coconut oil can help reduce dryness and breakage in the hair shaft. Adding moisture back into the hair shaft is essential to maintaining the moisture and lustre in the hair.

Here are some easy home made DIY dry hair remedies:

Milk and Honey


Warm 2 cups of whole milk with 1 teaspoon honey.  Pour the mixture on to dry hair and let it sit for 15 minutes.  Shampoo and rinse as usual.

Coconut or Olive Oil



Rub a little oil into your scalp.  Cover with a cap and leave in overnight.  In the morning, shampoo and rinse as usual.
If you don't want to leave it over night or can't stand the greasy feeling, then after you cover it with a shower cap (or rap it with those clear film plastic wrappers you use in the kitchen) and then wrap a towel on top of it to lock the heat and make the hair absorb all the moisture of the oils. Leave for 30-40 minutes then shampoo and rinse as usual. (ONLY APPLY OILS TO YOUR SCALP AND NEVER TO THE WHOLE HAIR CUZ IT MIGHT ACTUALLY DRY IT)

Baking soda


Product build-up is a major cause of dull hair and baking soda is great for removing build-up as well as washing away water impurities. Mix ¼ cup of water with 1 tablespoon of baking soda until you have a paste. When you’re in the shower, smooth the mixture onto wet hair and spread it through you curls using your fingers. Then rinse with cool water, shampoo  & condition as you normally would. Don't do this more than twice monthly.

Avocado Goodness

Combine a mashed avocado with a 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of honey to help condition your hair and keep your scalp healthy.

Strawberry cake :D


Combine strawberries with an egg and 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil in your food processor for a good all-around natural hair mask

Here are some products I love using on my hair :D

I really like 3 Herbal Essences product range, they are
  • Hello Hydration (very nourishing and softening)
  • Beautiful ends (so wonderful to restore split ends, your hair will be harder to break)
  •  Ignite my colour (it keeps your gorgeous color safe, and even gives it a boost) 


I also really love the Nature Infusion product range from Pantene.  Specially the hair mask, is it such a great deal and for a cheap price :D It makes my hair so soft and shinny, it's a blessing :D



Trevor Sorbie Beautiful Curls range and the Beautifully straight range, they smells like the tastiest sorbies ever. Unfortunately, it only sells at the UK.

Another amazing and very affordable product range is the Lee Stafford Poker straight product range. Also sells in the UK, but it’s so worth buying and shipment. Worth the wait!! The hair mask works wonderfully as a deep conditioner. It smells like expensive perfumes, and the scent really lasts in your hair


There is also another very, extremely, amazingly good hair mask from L’Oreal  Kerastase. Made out of keratin, only the BEST for your BEUTI-FULL hair ;) .This is by far the best I have ever used. I cannot describe enough how good it is. I once had short, dry, overly dyed, and overly styled, broken, & lifeless hair. 
Am not even exaggerating here, but I have used this hair mask for a month every 2-3 days and my hair NEVER LOOKED ANY BETTER. You will not believe your eyes from the softness & the shine this gives to your hair. My hair looked so healthy and fluffy and manageable and everything I ever wanted my hair to be. 
It’s more expensive than the others I mentioned, but it’s so worth every penny. I went to a wedding party, in the wedding tape, you could always spot me in the crowds from my shinny head!!!!

Here is a link so you can check it out


Notes:
  •     Do not use the same shampoo, conditioner, etc. for more than a month.

Always shift between products, after a while you hair actually build resistance against the product used. They then don’t become effective on your hair the way they were before. Have you used a product for long that u have loved at first but then shifted to another because it is not that good to your hair anymore?? Well, thats the reason why :D
  •    Use products from the same range.

When you use the same brand of shampoo, conditioner, hair mask, and serum, all together, this is best for your hair. These products are made to complement each other. They work best together.
  •   Always moisturize

Yes, moisturizing your hair is conditioning it. Always use a conditioner every time you wash your hair. Leave it on for 2-3 min and rinse. Give your head some cold water before you get out of the shower so it closes the hair cuticals, & locks moisture and shine. Have a deep conditioning hair mask once a week. Twice if you can :D

"Embrace your hair, love it, understand it, and most importantly, be kind to it. It's the crown on top of your head." I quote Me :D

I really, really hope that you'd find this useful. Let me know it you have any questions or comments.

Have amazing shine & softness, 

Thank you for dropping by Loveliess <3 <3 <3

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Who???

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A very Good Morning to you Beauties,


I've been looking in magazines lately for makeup inspirations, and I came across my old issue of Elle UK July 2011, and I see a beautiful girl on the cover, I wounder, Who is she?? Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.


Am like, mmmmm, I heard that name before. And, Oh! I saw a makeup tutorial of her on youtube. But I still had no clue who she is :S
Briefly, She is an English model and actress, best known for her work for Victoria's Secret, Burberry (the new face for Burberry body), and her role as Carly Spencer in the 2011 film Transformers: Dark of the Moon.


I just loved her look, sultry but easy and very classic sexy smokey


My failed attempts to imitate her make up look :s

Duck face!!!

FOR THE VIDEO TUTORIAL, PLEASE FOLLOW:
http://www.beautylish.com/v/sciig/rosie-huntington-whiteley-inspired-look-
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list of the products used:
1-MUA matte shadow
2-sleek i-divine makeup palette the matte brown shadow 
3-sleek i-divine makeup palette the bronzy gold shadow
4-Beauty UK shadow palette no4
5-Arch De Triumph by Soap & Glory 
6 (my best friend, AYSHE, got me this. I love you girl)
6-Volum Express Lift Up Mascara
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 For the face
1-L'Oreal Studio Secrets anti-dull skin primer in medium colour
2-Makeup 4ever HD concealer.
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3-Natural Collection Bourbon cream blush
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4-Benefit moon beam highlight
5- Sleek Contour kit in medium





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For the Lips:
1- a no name medium brown lipliner
2-Flormar true colour lipstick no 12 (it's a nude with a peachy undertone)
3- a no name nude/beige lip gloss (matching to the lipstick)


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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Earthy Harmony (Brown & Green)

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Hey Beauties,


It's been a while since I have posted anything here, been a bit busy :)
I have created this look for you, it's is simple & flattering for the morning, or you can apply it more heavily for the night (add black eyeliner :D )
with flash




To see the video follow the link at the bottom of the page.
Here is a list of the products used:


Eyes:
1-shadow primer, stay don't stray by Benefit (not shown in Vid.)
2-Soufffleye mint mousse shadow (from Primark)
3-No.7 eye-shadow in 40 Khaki
4-L'Oreal chrome shine shadow in 175 silver brown
5-Beauty UK shadow palette no.4 (for the tan brown in the crease)
6-Benefit moon beam highlighter
7-Beauty UK shadow palette no.1 (for the mint/grass green on top of the highlighter)
8-Mascara: 1st L'Oreal volume million lashes, 2nd Maybelline Volum' Express
9-Falsies by Revlon no. 91155 intensifying 
10-Urban Decay 24/7 glide on eye pencil in Rockstar & Band of Bold ever green eye pen (from Primark)


from left, the upper grassy green, the lower tan brown, then the khaki green & on the far right the L'Oreal  silver brown
Face:
1-L'Oreal Studio Secrets anti dull primer (medium skin)
2-Ruby & Millie Concealer Duo 2 (3+4)
3-Natural Collection warm translucent loose powder
4-Sleek Contour kit in Medium
5-NYC color wheel mosaic face powder in pink cheek glow


Lips:
Maybelline Color Sensational 250 in Mystic Mauve




without flash & facing natural light




For the Tutorial: 
http://www.beautylish.com/v/spama/earthy-harmony-pop-those-hazel-brown-green-eyes


Thank you loads Lovelies <3 <3 <3
Didilicious ;)

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

An Easy Modern Pin Up

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Hey Beauties,


So, I've been working on this the whole day, I really hope you enjoy.
classic lips & liner. Short Betty fringe, sharp 50's eyebrows, and a bit more modern hair with  1960's & 2006  Bob cut
for a video tutorial, follow the link at the end. here is a list of the products :D

For my eyes, I have used:

1-No7-Stay-Perfect-Eye-Base
2-Make up Academy Shade 16 Matt
3- 17 makeup eye shadow trio in Barely there (only used the soft taupe one)
4- Sleek makeup, Storm palette, the brown matte shadow to define the crease more
5-Benefit cake eyeliner, I mixed the brown and black together. Pin ups never really had a harsh black line :)
6-Arch De Triumph by Soap and Glory (the white pencil in my water line)
7-Mascara, L'Oreal Volume Million lashes.
8-False lashes, Nicola by Girls Aloud (u totally dont have to wear a whole set of lashes, side lashes (wispies) are fine, or just apply tones of mascara to your outer eye corner lashes)
9-Eyebrow powder from too faced, diamond edition exclusive (not shown, but draw your brows with a V, not a soft arch curve)

No 7 primer, 17 eyes the soft taupe brown, on the right the dark brown  in the crease, and on the top right the matte all over color. The red liner and gloss on top


Face:

1-L'Oreal studio secrets smoothing primer

The best concealer ever

2-Revlon ColorStay foundation for combo/oily skin in 330 Natural tan shade.
3-MUFE high definition concealer in no 340
4- Sleek make up contour kit in medium
5-Benefit Moon bean liquid highlighter





Lips:
1-Victoria's Secret red lip liner
2-L'Oreal Glam shine no.204 (only center of lips).

For the Video Tutorial, please follow:
http://www.beautylish.com/v/jvrwq/modern-easy-pin-up-look


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Monday, August 8, 2011

Pin it UP Girls

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"A woman should be pink and cuddly for a man." Jayne Mansfield 



Pin Ups, Beautiful, breathtaking, classy and yet ultimate sexy. They have always been amazing figures. In the WW II era, The idea of pin ups came strong on the spot light to motivate the soldiers to fights,& stay strong. They were reminders for troops of what was waiting for them back home ;)

Bettie Page
stunning figure & her famous cone bra
Not know by many, but how can we forget about “the queen of Pin-ups”!  
She started up doing small amounts local modelling and stage acting. She became famous quickly.  She was featured as Play boy’s Miss January 1955, people came to believe that she is the dark counterpart of Marilyn Monroe.


She became the first famous bondage model (NOT a pornographer) photographed my Irving Klaw, she became known as the queen of curves” and “the dark angel”.


 According to MTV, Uma Thurman’s hairstyle in Pulp Fiction and the entire career of Dita Von Teese would not have been possible without Bettie Page. She also influenced Madonna’s fetishism.

Some of Her famous movies include: Strip-o-Rama, a burlesque film, the famed Vegas showgirl, & Teaserama. Can you see the pattern here ;)


Marilyn Monroe
I sure can NOT EVER talk about classic 50’s Pinups without talking about the everlasting beauty of "The Blonde Bombshell", Marilyn Monroe. 
She was Born as Norma Jeane Mortenson, she never knew her real father. Her mom got sick so she went on to live with a friend of her mum, Grace McKee. Grace loved & cared for her dearly, but got married later on, and because there wasn’t enough money, Marilyn had to be placed at an orphanage for two years.

Marilyn’s 1st appearance was in a photo shoot while she was working in a factory inspecting parachutes in 1944. And since then she started picking up fame rapidly.
She then starred in many movies including "The Asphalt Jungle", "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (my favourite) & “some like it hot”.

 She was featured on the cover if the 1st issue of play boy magazine in 1953 and inside was a nude photo of her take back in 1949. That was a pretty smart and stronge promotion for the magazine, who wouldn’t but it??!!

















Veronica Lake
“I will have one of the cleanest obits of any actress. I never did cheesecake like Ann Sheridan or Betty Grable. I just used my hair.” Veronica Lake

Known for her iconic hair that obscured one heavy-lidded eye, and mesmerizing looks, Veronica Lake is The peek-a-boo" pin up of Hollywood's golden age.


 She had a sad life story starting from a troubled childhood, broken marriages, schizophrenia, and a drinking problem that was most likely her attempt to self-medicate. Unfortunately her fame & work ended up quickly, but she sure lives forever in history.
"I wasn't a sex symbol, I was a sex Zombie" Veronica Lake

Everybody loves them, all girls strive to look like them, & all men want them.

Inspired by their beauty, and fascinated by their stories, I will do my best (and i know it's not even close to being enough) to create a look that portraits their beauty. 

so coming up, an easy Pin Up look <3 <3 <3
Katy's Betty Page inspired bangs & classic black liner.
pink instead of red 4 a more modern look

Modern Pin Up looks
Cristina in Burlesque 
And Of course, Dita Von Teese



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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Do's & Don't (requested by Monica :D )

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DO DO DO THISSSS 


Do take your make up off every night before you sleep
Do moisturise day and night (a slightly richer/heavier cream for the night)
Do apply an under eye cream (even if it’s a simple soothing cream)
Do weakly facial masks
Do sun tan SAFELY (mornings until 11:00 and from  4:00 in the afternoon)
Do change perfumes between summer (light ones) and winter (warmer, heavier ones)
Do feet scrubs weekly
Do deep clean your makeup brushes twice a month and spot clean them after every use
Do use hand moisturizers (I love Vasiline hands  nails)
Do change your powder blush to a cream one or a cheek tint (softer for summer)
Do gently buff your nail, as part of a weekly care routine, & file them lightly every 2 days.
Do find a beauty regime that's right for you (morning and night)
Do trim your hair about 1 inch every 2 months (no more split ends)
Do throw away old make up, it has bacteria that will give you bad skin.
Do put eyeliner properly, please fill in the gaps between the liner and your lash line (if u cant, just use eye shadow on top or instead)
Do curl your lashes before mascara (remember to open it completely before you pull it out), it makes the best out of your mascara
Do smile and laugh as much and as hard as you can, it gives you a healthy heart and a glowy face.
Do drink plenty of water, it’s excellent for your internal system, soft skin, & radiant face.
Do use a shaving cream (when shaving your legs or whatever :D ), if you run short of it, use a hair conditioner.
Do wear heals with skinny jeans ;)
Do wear more orangey, peachy, coraly, bronzy, and gold shades of make up in the summer.
Do hair condition after every wash, and deep condition once a week (hair mask)
Do apply a skin moisturizer after every shower
Photo from Elle.com

Do body scrubs weekly (a simple one is made of brown sugar, olive oil & cinnamon)
Do use a facial toner (or better, pure rose water with no alcohol, it does wonders to the skin)
Do know your skin type & use products that match.
Do get messages whenever you can
Do use hot hair oil treatments ONLY on your scalp, they are made to nourish the roots of your hairs (otherwise it will dry out your hair)
Do apply a heat protective hair serum before apply any heat source.
Do use baby oils after showers while your skin is still slightly wet.
Do always have neat trimmed eyebrows, they frame your face
Do set all your liquid make up with powder. Foundation & concealer/Powder, Eyeliner/Eye shadow, etc.
Do always apply a protective base coat on your nails before any nail polish. Keep the polish on longer by applying a top coat when your done.
Do wear false lashes on occasions (or on a normal day for extra glamour ;) ) BUT PLEASE WEAR THEM PROPERLY, NO ONE WATS TO SEE THEY ARE FAKE :D
Do try a classic pin up look; red lips, black liner & a soft contoured face

wear it before make up too


And please just Don’t

Don’t forget sunscreen (summer AND winter)
Don’t use metal nail files; they will break your nails
Don't cut fingernails with scissors or clippers, just file them
Don't ever allow your skin to burn in the sun. (The damage made is irreversible, sun spots, discoloration)
Don’t bite your finger nails or the skin around it (cuticles)
Don’t touch your face all the time, the germs from your hands will clog your pores and gives you pimples.
Don’t cut your cuticles; just push them backwards after applying cuticle oil (or some olive/almond oil).
Don’t fuss too much about your hair style in the summer, messy big hair is always sexy.
Don’t use disposable shaver more than 2-3 times maximum
Don’t apply heavy eye and cheeks and lips make up. Choose only a mix of two if you have too.
DON’T POWDER TOO MUCH.
DON’T WEAR HEAVY FOUNDATION IN THE SUMMER
DON’T WEAR A LIGHER FOUNDATION THAN YOU ARE (one shade lighter is ok, as long as it doesn't show & blend it down your neck please)
Don’t wear too light under eye concealers they will look fake and grey.
Don’t wear a lipstick that is a different colour than your lip liner (unless you want to be mistaken for a stripper), like, don’t wear a brown lip liner and a purple lipstick. NO!
Don’t over use teeth whiteners, they have strong abrasives that will strip your teeth off calcium
Don’t pop a zit/pimple, it will leave a scar and could spread to the rest of your skin
Don’t leave mascara smudges on your eye lids after application
Don’t bleach/dye your hair too much, it will damage your hair AND you’ll grow white hair faster :(
Don’t put your lap top on your lap!! not for long, not for a little while, it causes skin cancer. (my sweetheart taught me this)
why leave them to look like this!!!

Don’t leave your old nail polish on looking cracked and chipped, it looks really bad. The least you could do is remove the old colour & just apply a shinny clear coat.
Don’t wear dark colours all the time; you will be amazed at how a little pink, red, orange or yellow would do to your look.
Don’t tease your hair with a comb, use a round brush instead. It will even give you more volume.
Don’t peel off your old nail polish; you peel off a layer of your nail while doing so.
Don’t use too much hair spray, & when you do, wash it off/brush it out ASAP.
Don’t leave your mascara clumpy, don’t put too much on your lower lashes or you will have spider eyes :S
Don’t wear all the accessorise you have at once. Match earring with a bracelet or some rings, or a necklace with bangles or rings.
Don’t wear plastic accessorise with metal ones. Or gold metals with silver ones. Only do so if you can pull of a rocker chic look :D

And of course,


Thank you very much lovelies <3 <3 <3

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