Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Concealing under eye circles like a pro

Hello beauties!

Another request for a blog from my readers was on this topic. It's a problem we all struggle with, specially when we get older, or haven't slept much. So, I found this awesome video by Kandee Johnson, that shows step by step how to conceal under eye circles.

This is an excellent technique, and it works in most cases. We'll talk about deep, sunken under eye circles, en eye bags after the video.

Now if you have sunken under eye circles, of puffy bags, there are a lot of treatments on the market you can try. But nine out of ten times you simply need more sleep and to eat more healthy foods. Vitamin supplements can help this problem too, and this alone seems to solve the problem for many people. I know some folks use haemorrhoid cream (yup, it's the good stuff!) on their under eye bags, and apparently it really works. If you have tried different treatments, and none work for you, surgery might be the only option.

Under eye circles
Under eye bags

I really hope you learned something from this post! Don't forget to vote in the poll, which is connected to Monday's post. And if you have any ideas for future blogs, please let me know!

Now, on to a different topic. Some of you know I finally got my drivers licence yesterday! Whoop whoop! Now I've been getting a lot of mails on Facebook and emails asking why I only got it now, since I'm a bit older than the usual drivers licence applicant. Well, in South Africa, it works like this : you struggle your behind off to get the thing. I know very few people who got their licence on the first try, and then it was mostly at one particular testing station. Most of my friends and family had to go over and over again, and I know some folks who had to go test as many as seven or eight times.

I know more people who bribed testing officers than you can imagine, some even with stupid things like a cake! I also know some people who lost hope and illegally got their licences, some of these have been caught too. You can literally sit outside the testing station and watch the learner drivers do their thing, make a failing mistake, hand the officer a package, and happily go on with their tests.

Why? Simply because of heavy corruption in our testing officers. I'm not saying all of them are corrupt, but since I was asked straight out for a bribe at my first licence attempt, I know first hand that there are some of them out there. And sadly, this includes most of them. Some testing stations have been closed down all together due to the incredible corruption that went on there and a lot of testing officers get fired yearly, but this doesn't seem to stop the problem. I'm not willing to bribe anyone for anything, since this goes in against my moral code and plainly, there are a lot of idiots on South African roads with legal licences. If they can get it, so can I!

This is incredibly sad, since it is making honest people do things they don't approve of simply to beat the system.

I tried for my licence 3 times before yesterday, the last attempt being 5 years ago, and each time I had a terrible experience. This made me very negative about trying again, and negativity turned to fear. So I procrastinated heavily and didn't even try to get a test appointment for a very long time (which, in itself, is a hectic process)!

I was very lucky to get an appointment and go test yesterday, since my Learner's licence would have expired in March. And having prayed over this licence thing endlessly, I knew I was being helped from Above when it was my turn to go. In fact, I parked perfectly in the centre of the parking space each time! The Lord's hands were holding the wheel yesterday. I was so nervous I nearly passed out!

My message to you is this : if you have struggled with this particular thing in your life, don't give up. There are still good people out there, like the testing officer I got yesterday. There is always hope. Never give up like I did! If I had faith as small as a mustard seed, I would have believed, and tried again sooner. All things are truly possible! Now to find a new mountain to climb!

Stay beautiful,

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Makeup from the Oscars!

Hello beauties!

So the Oscars were on Sunday night in LA, and was on local TV last night. I wanted to do an in-depth discussion on the stars' makeup, just to realise, I already have. Makeup trends at the Grammys and Oscars were identical, so there isn't a lot I can say about it...

Nude eye makeup ruled the evening. A few went daring and paired it with a bold lip, Like Angelina Jolie, but most sticked with nude lips too. Octavia Spencer rocked a two toned eye makeup look, and was one of the only stars who did something different.

At this point I have to say that while Google-ing for images of the stars, I came across this article by Bella Sugar, that shows close up pics of all the stars and their makeup. I was shocked at how OLD some of the stars look up close. I mean, they promote age defying products, and yet look years older than they are. Don't they take care of their skin?! You really should check it out. I was amazed at Sofia Vergara's skin. The woman is 40 (can you believe that?) and looks years younger than women half her age!

So here are the pics!

White dresses ruled the evening

Gwynneth Paltrow went with nude makeup, and rocked a white dress and cape.

Meryl Streep was a golden goddess, and also had on nude makeup.

Even Miss Piggy had on nude makeup!! :P

Penelope Cruz was a vision in a pale blue dress, and, wait for it... Nude makeup!

Sofia Vergara in all her glory at the Vanity Fair after party. She went for a lashy look with nude lips.

Angie went for nude eyes and red lips, which is something, because she usually only wears nude lips!

Cammie went for black rimmed eyes and nude lips, keeping with her low maintenance vibe.
Jenny from the block was one of few who did something cool! Her double winged liner was a hit!

Michelle Williams was gorgeous in this corally colour dress, paired with nude makeup and a pink lip.

A lot of people are split about Natalie's look, because of the polka dots. In my opinion, this is one of the most amazing looks I've ever seen on her! Again, nude makeup and lips, though she went a bit more lashy.

Octacia Spencer looked stunning! I love the two toned makeup she rocked!

Sandy B also went with the nude.

Tina Fey looked too cute with the high bun in her hair and nude makeup.
I hope you enjoyed this post! Please don't forget to vote in the poll.

Stay beautiful,

Monday, 27 February 2012

Beauty Myths : True or False?

Hello beauties!

Hope you had an awesome weekend! I did everything from makeup to a pamper party, and I'll put up some pics as soon as I have them.

One of my friends and readers, Odette, suggested that I do a post about beauty myths last week when I asked what you want to see on the blog. I thought it was a good idea, so I got together some of the myths and old wives tales we all believe in, or have tried at some point, and found out if the're true or not. Does toothpaste clear spots? Can you get varicose veins from crossing your legs? Lets find out!

1) If you want strong, shiny hair, brush it out 100 times before you go to bed. FALSE.
Brushing your hair excessively can cause fallout and breakage, because you are pulling on hair that wasn't ready to fall out. Instead of using a comb all the time, finger comb your hair! Also, don't brush your hair when it's wet, because it's at its weakest when it is wet. Use a wide tooth comb or wait until its semi dry before combing it out.

2) Chocolate and other greasy foods cause acne. FALSE.
Greasy food can't be blamed for something hormones and genes cause!

3) Crossing your legs cause varicose veins. FALSE.
This again, is due to genes. It has been proven however, that standing a lot can cause this problem, because your veins have to pump harder to get blood to the legs.

4) Green tea boosts your metabolism. FALSE.
While green tea is good for your health, it does nothing for your metabolism. There is no proof of this! The best way to promote a faster metabolism is exercise.

5) Drinking 2 litres of water a day will erase wrinkles / keep your skin moisturised. FALSE.
While drinking a lot of water IS good for you, your skin is the last organ to get some of that water! Your other organs need it to function properly, and so your skin is left out of this. You need a good moisturiser in the morning and evening to keep your skin in good health.

6) Shaving your leg hair makes them grow out thicker. FALSE.
The truth is, you just cut off the ends of the hairs, removing the fine point. The hair grows out with a blunt point now, that appears thicker, but is the very same hair you shaved off before. It doesn't grow out thicker, the fine tip of the hair just isn't repaired, so it seems that way!

7) Plucking your eyebrows will prevent them from growing back. TRUE.
But only after a few years of regular plucking. This won't happen over night, so if you are starting to pluck for the first time, you can experiment and find an eyebrow shape you like. I've been plucking for more that 10 years now, and I still have hair growing back!

8) Use toothpaste on a zit to get rid of it. FALSE.
While there is a tiny amount of the stuff they use to remove blemishes in toothpaste, there's a lot of other stuff in it too. And the other stuff can actually CAUSE breakouts, by blocking the pores.

9) It's safe to share makeup with my friends / sister. FALSE.
You can pass around all kinds of bacteria doing this, and cause breakouts and infections.

10) If your skin is oily, you don't need to moisturise. FALSE.
Moisturising can actually help your problem! Oily skin obviously produces more oil than normal skin. But by applying something that contains oil on your skin, like moisturiser or vitamin E oil, you're 'fooling' your skin into thinking it's produced enough oil, so it stops for a while! All skin types need moisturising!

11) Darker skins don't need protection from the sun. FALSE.
While darker skins don't get sunburnt as easily, they need protection from UV rays, which cause cancer.

12) Leaving on makeup overnight is bad for your skin. TRUE.
If you do this occasionally, it won't do too much damage, but leaving on your makeup overnight regularly can cause blocked pores, breakouts and infections. The same goes for mascara here, it can block the oil glands on your eyelids and cause infections.

13) Rubbing Vaseline on your lashes will make them grow quicker and longer. FALSE.
The fact is, the Vaseline keeps the hair moisturised, so it doesn't fall out as quickly, seeming to grow longer. But is doesn't stimulate hair growth in any way.

14) Putting cucumber or damp teabags on your eyes will remove puffiness. FALSE.
It does nothing. Seriously. It may feel good, but it doesn't pull out the water that makes the eyes look puffy. There are some creams and serums on the market that can help with puffiness, but cucumber and teabags don't.

15) Your body repairs and rejuvenates itself while you sleep / you can never catch up on lost sleep. TRUE.
But the 'eight hour sleep' rule may not apply to everyone. I know people who function better with around five to six hours sleep than, for example, I do with eight to ten hours sleep. Your body will let you know how long it needs.

16) Filing your nails in one direction will prevent splitting and other damage. TRUE.
Start from a certain point and move the file in one direction. Don't file back and forth.

17) Storing perfumes in the fridge will make them last longer. FALSE.
In fact, the oils in the perfumes will permeate the fats of the foods in the fridge, actually causing contamination. Store perfumes in a cool, dark place.

18) You're fat if you have cellulite / cellulite can be removed permanently. FALSE.
You can be any shape, size or weight and have cellulite. The truth is, scientists don't know what actually causes cellulite, so it can't be explained. And because they don't know what causes it, they can't really treat it!

19) Your pores can be shrunk. FALSE.
Your pores are a genetic thing. You can apply products that will shrink them for short periods of time (or the product will make them seem smaller), but the size can never be altered permanently.

20) Split ends can be repaired. FALSE.
The only way to get rid of split ends, is to cut them. There are some serums and things on the market that can 'join' the ends, making the hair seem healthier, bit the truth is, it's still split. And don't think split ends are just because of bad hair maintenance, this can be genetic too! But conditioning your hair after each wash helps the hair retain moisture, and prevents it from splitting as soon as unconditioned hair.

21) Your hair grows used to your shampoo, so you need to change it up every once in a while. TRUE.
Though changing your shampoo and conditioner twice a year will be sufficient here. Remember your hair needs more moisture during the Winter months, so getting a deep conditioning treatment then will be great too.

22) Wait two days before washing your hair after colouring, as this will keep the colour longer. FALSE.
Sadly, this isn't true. The staying power of the hair colour depends on the health of your hair, hormones and a bunch of other stuff. If it's washing out, it's washing out, even if it's days or months after your colour.

23) Pinching your cheeks is a great blusher. PARTIALLY TRUE.
As in, if you do it once or twice, it's fine, but prolonged pinching can caused broken capillaries which will lead to uneven colouring.

24) Whitening your teeth is bad for you. WE DON'T KNOW.
There have been records of people having sensitive teeth for short periods of time after whitening.

25) Washing your hair every day will dry it out. FALSE.
Maybe when our mom's were kids, this was true. But because of new technology and formulas, you can safely wash your hair every day.

Hope you found this as interesting as I did! If you have any ideas for me to blog about, please let me know. I'm going to be doing posts on concealing under eye circles, funky and wacky makeup, celebrity makeup looks and girls night ideas. The Oscars were last night in LaLa land, showing tonight on local TV, so I'll post about what the celebs had going for the event tomorrow.

Stay beautiful,

Friday, 24 February 2012

Two cool manicure tutorials

Hello beauties!

To end off the week with, I found two really cool manicure tutorials while I was browsing Pinterest. Yes, I found something new and now I'm obsessed, but Pinterest is really cool! :)

Anyway, both tutorials come from The Beauty Department, which is an awesome site with lots of tutorials and posts on beauty related things. Go check it out! You can see the original posts on their site here and here.

Awesome huh? Even though Valentines is passed, you can experiment with these in different colours and it'lll look awesome! Send me pics of your manicures!

I'm off to the Home Makers Expo. Have an awesome weekend and stay beautiful,

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Weird, wild and wonderful hairstyles

Hello beauties!

Here are some of the treasures I've found on Pinterest, where you can follow my pins now! I have to say, I kind of love being able to put all the images I love online together on my pinboards, instead of having to download them and NOT DELETE them. This takes some concentration on my side!

Have a look at these hairstyles for inspiration, laughs and ideas. Some are great, some are wacky, and some are indescribable :

Now, I'm thinking of getting my hair cut, and I'm considering a a-symmetrical cut funky bob. What do you think?

Stay beautiful,

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

The Hunger Games makeup : Effie Trinket

Hello beauties!

I was going to blog about my daily skincare routine, and then I saw this video! I'm a HUGE Hunger Games fan (well, the first book, the rest of the trilogy was kind of bland in my opinion...) and I'm awaiting the arrival of the movie, which will be released on 23 March! (EDIT : It seems, after trying to see if I can book tickets early, that in wonderful, third world South Africa, this movie is only being released 13 April 2012. Sucks huh>) And the filming on the second book in the trilogy, Catching Fire, has started!

No idea what The Hunger Games is? Click HERE and HERE.

You are getting sleepy... Sleeeeepyyy... When I count to three you will click this video and watch the trailer or else your forehead will sag into a mess of wrinkles... One, two, three...

Looks awesome, dunnit'? So one of my favourite YouTube guru's Klair de Lys (you really should subscribe to her if you like awesome makeup tutorials and makeup with a twist.) made this awesome makeup tutorial for Effie Trinket, who is one of the characters in the books.

Let me know what you think! I'm getting super excited about this movie! :)

Stay beautiful,