106 posts tagged beauty
Even though I had a very unfortunate experience with a green tea KitKat (look back in my archive, you’ll see!), I don’t think it has permanently put me off green tea - especially when you read about all the benefits of it on your skin!
Though I hate to admit it, I’m quite un-coordinated. I realised this quite young when I thought I was going to be an amazing drummer. This un-coordination extends to doing anything with my hair - I just can’t hold that and then move that there and then twist that… gah. This two strand twist seems to be right up my alley - surely I can twist two pieces of hair together!? Plus it apparently gives you nice beachy waves if you leave it in overnight. I’m sold!
If you’re wanting to try a new look in 2014, try going to the past for inspiration! The victory roll is a intricate 1940’s hairstyle which as you can see above, can be created and styled in many different ways. Molly Makes has rounded up four tutorials on how to achieve the look, from a casual take to a mix of styles. So get your bobby pins and teasing comb out and get to styling!
Dry shampoo is a beauty staple in my house - especially because I am a habitual snooze button hitter! But I don’t particularly love the spray cans because the spray can cause my asthma to flare up, and if you’re not a dab hand at it and you have darker hair you can end up with obvious white powder, This version is great because you can tint it to a darker colour and dust it on with a brush in the places you need it. Plus - it’s way cheaper to make than buy!
I have a terrible confession. I’m an Australian who hates the beach. I know, I know, we have amazing beaches with beautiful white sand and blue waves… ugh. All I see is sand stuck to everything, swallowing salt water, shark alerts, being stung by jelly fish, sunburn and seaweed wrapping around my ankles. What I do like about the beach is how my hair looks afterwards. Well now I can have the beach waves without all the fuss - and it’s so cheap! Yay!
Though I truly despise eating pumpkin, I absolutely love the smell of pumpkin pie! And there’s nothing better than a hand made sugar scrub - so easy and you can adjust the ingredients to suit. This would make a really good hostess gift for Thanksgiving too!
My friend Anna is getting married, so basically all our conversations at the moment are about that! I’m sure anyone planning one right now knows what I mean. In my wedooling (wedding googling) I came across these beautiful hair styles. Perfect for that big day, but also gorgeous for any important occasion. I could see the bottom style being perfect for a prom/formal!
There are so many long hair tutorials out there, but not a ton for short hair. So you can imagine how surprised i was to find a collection on all places as BuzzFeed! Crazy. But hey, there’s 20 of em, count em, 20, for us cropped locked gals. I absolutely love the first one pictured, the side knot. Check out the rest on the click through!
As a complete beauty novice, I completely adore The Beauty Department! Unlike other blogs that assume you know how to perfectly line your eyes and blend blush with bronzer, it gives tons of tutorials on how to get your basics right. I always stress out that my foundation isn’t blended in properly or I’ve got mascara clumps all over my eyelids. This article goes through all your basics and links to other tutorials on things like getting the right shade of foundation (match it to your neck, not your cheek!), how to apply cream foundation and applying concealer to blemishes. I’m thinking I might need to print it out and keep it in my bathroom!
Oh my gosh, this is exactly how I curled my hair when I was little! I was way too much of a wuss to sleep in curlers. Rag rolling is actually pretty easy once you get the hang of it, and isn’t going to damage your hair like a curling iron or hot rollers might. Just make sure of two things - that your hair is damp (not wet!) and that you give it enough time to curl. I usually did it before going to sleep. You wake up with pretty, soft wavy hair. This is also fantastic for little ones!
I love cherry blossom - in fact, I hope to go to Japan one day for the Cherry Blossom Festival (just need to keep saving those dollars!) Until that day, I’m just going to have to pretend I’m there with this delectable scrub. And it couldn’t be easier to make - click through for the whole tutorial.
There’s nothing worse than the feeling when you drop your favourite cake eyeshadow. You just know when you pick it up that it’s going to be a sad, crumbly mess. But don’t despair! OTLT has five fantastic solutions, from fixing it to making eyeliner. Click through for all five!
Tomorrow when I go into the city, I’m going to be going to the health food store and getting myself some coconut oil! I’ve been seeing so many amazing ‘recipes’ using it. And I really want to make some of these scrub bars which are full of coconut oil, chai tea, brown sugar, honey and vanilla. Perfect for scrubbing up my dry Winter skin!
Honey, Cinnamon & Nutmeg Mask | Homework
This mask sounds delicious. I know you’re not meant to eat it but if you’re putting it on your face and it gets in your mouth, at least it won’t make you sick! Here is a bit about the properties of the trio from Homework:
all the ingredients are natural and have demonstrated benefits - after, it’s said that Cleopatra bathed in milk and honey. Honey has been used for centuries for a variety of medicinal uses and it’s thought to have antibacterial properties and moisturizing effects. Nutmeg also contains substances that are believed to have antifungal and antibacterial properties. And cinnamon is used as a natural exfoliant and helps unclog pores (note: I did read that you should not use cinnamon if you have sensitive skin).
I’ve always had a penchant for dressing tables and the pretty bits and baubles we put on them. I’m always so rushed in the morning that I never take the time to sit down and pamper myself, but I make sure I do on the weekend. Plus sometimes just having pretty things around you makes you happy! Check out this post from etsy and maybe even purchase yourself some sweet things to put on your own dressing table (I love that pineapple!)