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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The gel cast... Scrunch out the crunch!

November 28, 2012 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

As I previously told you, I have naturally (2c/3a) curly hair.  I haven’t straightened my hair in months and I’m loving my natural texture. J

Personally I prefer using gel over mousse and creams.  Why?  Because gel helps my hair stay frizz free and defines and holds my curls better.  That said, I DO NOT like the stiff, wet look at all!  I like my hair soft and touchable.  

I love Annalynne Mccord's curly hair

If you are using gel on your curly hair, chances are your hair dries hard and stiff.  This is called the gel cast. The gel crystallises and forms a barrier around the curl.  

How to get soft, touchable curls using hair gel:
  • Always apply (alcohol-free and silicone-free) gel to freshly cleansed and wet hair.
  • Do not touch your hair again until it dries.  This is key!  During the drying process the gel may harden and crystallise, forming a gel cast, but don’t worry.
  • When your hair is completely dry, simply break this gel cast by shaking hair at the roots, gently scrunching out the crunch to reveal luxurious, bouncy, soft, touchable curls!

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Some people like the hold and definition they get with the gel cast and don't scrunch out the crunch.  I think the difference that scrunching out the crunch makes, is simply amazing!  What do you think?  Leave a comment and let me know.


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Friday, November 16, 2012

Step by step blue-green smokey eye tutorial!

November 16, 2012 1 Comments

You will need:

  • eye primer/ foundation)
  • light blue eye-shadow
  • light green eye-shadow
  • creamy black eyeliner
  • blue eyeliner 
  • mascara

Step 1: Prime your lids with your foundation or eye primer.

Step 2Apply (creamy) black eyeliner.

 Step 3: Apply the light green shadow on top of the black liner.

Step 4: Apply the light blue shadow and blend.

 Step 5: Line lower lash line with black liner.

Step 6: Line upper lash line with blue liner.

Step 7: Apply mascara.

This is the finished look.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!


Friday, November 09, 2012

Nails Of The Day (NOTD): Half moon manicure

November 09, 2012 1 Comments

Hello everyone!  I have another NOTD post for you.  

This is what I'm wearing on my nails today...  

Here is how you can recreate this look/Tutorial:

You will need:

  • 2 nail polishes
  • reinforcement rings
  • top coat

Step 1:
Apply 1 or 2 coats of the bottom colour (pink). 

Step 2:
Once your nails are completely dry, place half a reinforcement ring on each nail. 

Make sure that your nails are completely dry before placing the reinforcement rings on them or else the stickers will peel off the polish.

Step 3:
Paint the top half of your nail with 1 or 2 coats of the top colour (black). Let this coat dry for at least 10 minutes.

Step 4:
Carefully pull the stickers off.

Step 5:
Finish with a clear topcoat.

I really like the end result.  What do you think?  Leave a comment and let me know!


Monday, November 05, 2012

Three methods to whiten yellow nails

November 05, 2012 1 Comments

Nail polish can leave yellow stains on your nails (and so can nicotine) that can make your hands look very unattractive.  If you have yellow nails, you can use one of these quick, easy and cheap methods to whiten them.

Method 1:
Dissolve a denture-cleaning tablet in a bowl of water and soak your nails for 10 minutes.

Method 2:
Brush your nails with a paste of lemon juice and baking soda.  

Method 3:
Make a paste of three tablespoons of baking soda and one tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide.  Apply the paste to each nail.  Leave on for 5 minutes.

  • Always wash and moisturise your hands and nails after applying any of these treatments.
  • Before applying nail polish, always apply a  base coat to prevent staining. 

Hope you find this helpful! J

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