Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Strobing | The "anti-contouring"

Hello everyone!

For those who don't like contouring and those who never quite figured out how to contour, meet "strobing".  Basically strobing is an "anti-contouring" technique.  
Strobing uses highlighter to bring out your features and helps you achieve a dewy and neutral look.  This technique uses light to shape your face rather than contouring which primarily uses shadows.  Typically we pair highlighting with contouring but highlight is quite beautiful on its own, especially in the summer months. 
How to get the look:

With strobing, you simply apply a generous amount of highlighter in the inner corners of your eyes, under your brow bones, the tops of your cheekbones, your temples, your Cupid’s bow, the bridge of your nose and anywhere the light naturally hits your face and then blend.  The key is to find a liquid or powder highlighter that compliments your skin tone.


Here are some highlighters that are perfect for strobing:

I also like Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator by NYX.

Do you prefer strobing over highlighting and counturing?  I certainly do!  Comment below and share your favourite strobing products!  









Thursday, July 16, 2015

The amazing beauty benefits of honey

Hello everyone!

Today's post is dedicated to the sweetest skin-loving ingredient, and one of my personal favourites; honey!  Honey does not only have numerous health benefits, it has also been used for centuries as a natural beauty product.

Honey is... 
  • Naturally antibacterial, so it's great for acne treatment and prevention.
  • Full of antioxidants, it is great for slowing down ageing.
  • Extremely moisturising and soothing.



Check out these blog posts to learn more/view additional DIY beauty recipes using honey:
DIY: Milk and honey hair mask
DIY: Yummy facial scrub/mask
DIY: Greek yoghurt, oatmeal and honey facial mask

Tip: Always use pure raw honey.

And for more recipes, check out this infographic by Beauty Secrets Revealed: 12 amazing beauty benefits of  honey.


Is raw honey part of your beauty regime?  


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Sunday, July 5, 2015

The best sunglasses for your face

Hello everyone!

A while back, I posted a quiz to help you
 determine your face shape.  I also told you that knowing your face shape is essential when choosing your eyebrow shape and glasses, among other things.  


(If you are not sure what your face shape is, click here to take the quiz.  And to choose the most flattering eyebrow shape, click here.)  

Today's post will help you choose the best sunglasses for your face shape.  If you want to find out more keep reading!


Different sunglasses look better on different face shapes.  Sure, you could try different sunglasses out until you find a pair that work for you, but if you need a little help, check out these tips...




Heart-shaped face: Any frames that are wider on the top than they are on the bottom work well.





Round face shape: Oversized, rectangular, and angular frames set off roundness.



Oval face shape: You can pull off any round or square frame.  Keep proportion in mind, and try not to go too big or too small for your face.




Square face shape: To soften your strong features, choose sunglasses with soft lines or rimless edges. 


I usually wear retro square or oversized sunglasses.  Which style is your favourite?  







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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Sunscreen ingredients to avoid! | A safer alternative

Hello everyone!

My previous post was all about SPF and misconceptions about sunscreen.  Read it here.  Today's post is about sunscreen ingredients you should avoid!

So, what’s wrong with our sunscreens?
Research has found that many sunscreens contain chemicals that mess with our hormones and can play a significant role in cancer development.  You should avoid these chemicals and find a safer alternative.  


Active ingredients in sunscreens come in two forms, mineral and non-mineral/chemical filters.  Each ingredient has different uses for protecting the skin and keeping its stability under sunlight.  Yet each may be hazardous to human health

The most common sunscreens on the market contain chemical filters.  These products typically include a combination of two or more of these active ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzoneoctisalateoctocrylenehomosalate, octinoxateretinyl palmitate and paraben preservatives.  

Mineral sunscreens use zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide.  Also, a small amount of sunscreens combine zinc oxide with chemical filters.

Read the infographic below and learn why you need to skip sunscreen products that contain these chemicals.


Looking for a safer alternative?  Why not try to make your own sunscreen using the ingredients below?


You can find the recipe, here!


Does your favourite sunscreen contain any of the above mentioned hazardous ingredients?  Will you be making your own sunscreen this summer?  Do you want more DIY sunscreen recipes?  Do let me know in the comments below!  






Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Here comes the sun(screen)

Hello everyone!

Believe it or not, there are still a lot of misconceptions about sunscreen.  Today's post aims at clarifying some of those misconceptions.  Let's get started!


Truth or Fiction?

You don't need sunscreen if you have dark skin or already have a tan. 
Fact: Everybody, regardless of race, ethnic origins and skin type is subject to the damaging effects of exposure to the sun. 

Sunscreen, with SPF-30 provides twice as much protection as SPF-15. 
Fact: NO.  Here's an SPF guide:
SPF 15 - 1/15 of the UVB rays get through to your skin - blocking about 93%.
SPF 30 - 1/30 of the UVB rays get through to your skin - blocking about 97%. 
SPF 50 - 1/50 of the UVB rays get through to your skin - blocking about 98%.

Waterproof sunscreen provides "all day protection" and does not need to be re-applied. 
Fact: Waterproof sunscreens loses some of their effectiveness after 40 minutes. 

Cloudy days limit the power of the sun's rays. 
Fact: 80% of the sun's ultraviolet rays can pass through clouds. 

Using sunscreen will prevent skin cancer. 
Fact: NO.  Some researchers even blame sunscreen use for encouraging people to stay in the sun longer than they should.  You should also avoid some of the chemicals used in sunscreen such as para-aminobenzoic (PABA), and oxbenzone.
  • There is no rating system for UVA protection.
  • Most sunscreens are good at blocking UVB rays (the ones that burn) but not UVA (the ones primarily responsible for DNA damage and melanomas).
  • Very High SPF numbers (SPF-100+) are mostly marketing ploys.  SPF-30 is enough. 

Here Comes the Sun(Screen)
Via: Best Nursing Masters Degrees

Some positive effects of UVA
  • Helps with Vitamin D production: strengthens bones, muscles and the body's immune system.  It may lower the risk of getting some kinds of cancers such as colon cancer. 
  • Helps some skin conditions. 
  • Helps moods - sunlight stimulates the pineal gland in the brain to produce certain chemicals called 'tryptamines'.  These chemicals improve our mood.

Protection: A timeline
  • Ancient Egyptians used potions to ward off tan and also heal damaged skin.  Some of those ingredients were rice bran extracts (today, gamma oryzanol), jasmine and Lupine extract. 
  • Early 1930s: First sunburn cream produced by South Australian chemist HA Milton. 
  • 1936: First sunscreen debuts by Eugene Schueller, founder of L'Oreal Company. 
  • 1938: SPF factor developed.  First commercially available screen had SPF 2. 
  • 1944: Remember the Coppertone girl.  She took a first bow this year 
  • 1980: Coppertone developed the first UVA/UVB sunscreen.
If you want to make your own all-natural sunscreen, click here for the recipe!



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