Thursday, 28 June 2012

Smokey eyes!

Hello beauties!

Since I started doing makeup, I've found that incredibly few people really know what a smokey eye is. Most people carry the illusion that it's simply black or grey eye makeup! Just the other day I was doing someone's makeup, and both she and her mom thought I was crazy when I said a brown smokey eye would look great with her blue eyes.

So I thought I'd do a post on it, to explain it a little. I know this is going to bore a lot of you, but it needs to be explained.

A smokey eye is a technique, just like cutting the crease or winging liner are techniques, and just like cutting the crease and winging liner, it has nothing to do with colour. Smokey eyes can be done even in light neutral tones or purples and blues and greens and browns...! I actually do smokey eyes on a daily basis, since it's softer and more blended than cutting a crease!

 So, what is a smokey eye then? It's like this picture shows. two (or how many ever you'd like) colours are applied to the two halves of the eyelid, meeting in the middle, where it is blended into a gradient. With smokey eyes, you also have to bring some of the colour underneath the eye, to give it that smoked effect. This dark colour can be brought at the way to the tear duct, or it can be stopped halfway.

This differs from cutting the crease, where the darker colour is applied in a C or V shape at the outer corner, and taken partially or all the way, through the crease. This means that only the crease and the outer C or V will be dark, and not, like the smokey eye, half of the lid. You also don't need to bring any colour underneath the eyes.

It's as simple as that! I really hope this helped you!

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Nails nails nails!!!

Hello beauties!

I have another inspiration post for you, on some amazing nail looks I found on Pinterest. I really hope you like these, and try some of them out! My nails are chewed to almost nothing at this stage, due to all the stuff I have going on at the moment, our Visa applications not being the least of this.


I love all of these designs! So amazing! I'm just not sure how I would function with a tail on my nail... Please send me pictures of your designs!

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Crazy hair!

Hello beauties!

I've found some hair treasures on Pinterest, and I thought I'd share. Some of them are crazy, some are beautiful and some are helpful. I hope you find something that you like!

I love this one for a bride or a black tie or cocktail event! So classy and sassy!!

Let me know what you think!

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals!

Monday, 25 June 2012

Home acne remedies

Hello beauties!

I hope your weekend was fantastic! It's freezing in South Africa, and we had some Winter rain in Jozi over the weekend. My heart goes out to everyone housed in a shack, or on the street. We're blessed to have a roof over our heads and a bed to sleep in. My weekend was spent mostly working on my book, which is about halfway done now. While it isn't a literary prize winner or even close to Tolkien, I'm happy with it. Will let you know how it goes in the future. :)

So, I recently went off my birth control medication. More specifically, just more than a month ago. This means adult acne, which sucks! I never had a problem with bad skin in high school, but as soon as I hit 20, that was over, with a sudden and uncontrollable onset of heavy acne. Since I went on contraceptives, it got a lot better, but now it's back with a vengeance.

I've been looking in to a bunch of ways to treat it, and I've found some other helpful tips on the interwebs as well, which I thought I'd share with you. This seems to be a much bigger problem than just for me! If you have a method of treating spots that you find works, please comment and share it with us all.

I'm also not going into the whole list of things you have to do to have a nice skin. Because, honestly, when it's caused by hormones, drinking water, getting enough sleep or exercise isn't going to make a big difference. Ask any woman on the planet, and she'll tell you the same!

Something I have found works for me, is using tea tree oil or vitamin E oil on my skin before bedtime. I usually put it on after taking a bath, and then I let it sit and be absorbed by my skin before I go to sleep, to prevent it from just rubbing off on my pillow. I'm a side sleeper, sue me! :) A lot of acne sufferers go out of their way to avoid products containing any sort of oil, thinking this will help clear up their already oily skins. This is wrong!  Both tea tree and vitamin E oil fight scarring, and tea tree oil is antibacterial and anti inflammatory. This means it's actually going to fight acne.
Not only that, but when you apply oils like the above mentioned two onto your skin, you're actually 'fooling' your oil glands into thinking (yup, they can think folks... ;P) they've already produced enough oil, which will prevent more oil from being produced. Also, I've seen people with bad acne who use products that are so drying to the skin, that the skin actually breaks open, which makes the acne and the whole problem so much worse. Every skin type needs moisturising, even oily ones!

Try honey. Honey, like tea tree oil is antibacterial and anti inflammatory. You simply dot some of it onto the spots after cleaning your face, and let it sit for around 15 minutes before washing it off again. This process can be repeated for as long as you need to. Honey can fix almost anything!!

Mash up some aspirin, mix it into a paste with water, and use it as an intensive spot treatment by dabbing it onto the spots and letting it sit for about 15 minutes before washing it off. You can also thin out the mixture with more water, and use it as a face scrub.

Gelatin is a great blackhead remover! Pure, unscented gelatin can be used to create a face mask or pore strips by mixing equal parts in water or milk and applying it on the face. Leave it to dry completely before washing it off. There is another blackhead remover recipe here.

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals!

Friday, 22 June 2012

Cruy Cruy Out!

Hello beauties!

I'm, sorry, but I couldn't help myself here. Jan was on some of his IT forums, where some of these videos were posted. It was hilarious. If you don't know who Riaan Cruywagen is, You're probably not South African. Click here, it's his wiki page... Because he is that famous! ;)

Now, during the last few days, a series of videos were uploaded to YouTube, urging South Africans to learn from the master of awesome, and be awesome. Cruy Cruy (AKA R-Creazy) goes on to give lessons in awesome.

I laughed so hard at lesson 7, I couldn't breathe. My hubby obviously skipped to the funniest place a few times, and we LOL'ed and ROFL'ed for almost half an hour.

If you are acquainted with Cruy Cruy, enjoy this with me. If you are in some other counrty around the world, and you miss your home land of sunny (not today though. Misty, windy, cold...) SA, laugh and wonder how in the world this was allowed to happen. If you don't understand this at all, I really am sorry! :)

Yup, that's what I said... I'm featuring three of the seven lessons, 1,6 and 7. The others didn't have me in stitches like 7, though.


Have an amazing weekend! Stay warm if you share the Southern Hemisphere with me, enjoy the beaches and sunshine if you're up North, and have a generally fabulous time.

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Do's and Don'ts for healthy nails

Hello beauties!

I did this post about what your nails say about your health last week. Today I want to quickly touch on what you can do to keep your nails in a good condition.

Don't chew your nails. Not only are you damaging your nails when doing this, but you can damage your teeth too... And because of the germs that can be found underneath your nails, you could actually become sick because of nail biting! It's a very bad habit, but like all habits, it can be broken.

Try taking a calcium supplement or chewing gum to keep your mouth busy.
 Don't chew the skin around your nails. This usually goes with nail biting and is just as bad. Chewing the skin around your nails can cause bacterial and fungus infections, which can be very painful.

You also shouldn't pick off nail polish with your teeth, or using whatever other things you can find. You can thin out and split your nails by doing this!

 Don't use your nails as tools! Rather use the correct tool for the job... :P

You should be using the right tools for keeping your nails healthy too.

Try to keep the nails clean and dry. This will help prevent fungal infections, and will also help keep the nails strong, preventing breakage, splitting and softness.

Trim back and file the nails regularly. Find a lenght you're comfortable with, and keep the nails there. The longer the nail, the easier it will break. The shorter the nail, the more sensitive the skin underneath the free edge will be, since some of the nerves are exposed.

If you have a bad ingrown nail or toenail, don't try to treat it yourself, especially if it is infected. See a dermatologist!

The same goes for any infections you might pick up, so why not treat your nails like you treat your body?

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Makeup is art

Hello beauties!

Makeup is usually used to accent beauty. Except when it is applied as art on a living, breathing canvas. Don't get me wrong, I think it's art every time I apply makeup on someone. But this is special. :)

Artist Hyuna Shin has done this range of photographs, featuring models with some strange looking makeup, all in the name of art. Bright pink makeup all over the chin and up to the eyes, anyone?

What are your thoughts on makeup applied in this way?

Sorry for the short post, I'm on my way to have my interview with the British Consulate for my visitor's visa. Wish me luck!

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,