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Get Yourself Ready for the Summer

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So the Summer is almost upon us, and yet we are still so used to the gloomy weather, we aren’t even ready for the sun yet. But don’t worry, it’s not as difficult to prepare yourself as you may think. It’s actually very simple as long as you have the tools you need to stay fresh, flirty, and on fire.

You can expect to change your regular routine into something more fun and colourful now that the sun is making an appearance.

Here’s what you need to do.   

 

The nails

You may still have that leftover burgundy covering your nails because there’s been no sun – making us all feel like we’re stuck in the Autumn/Winter season. But that just isn’t the case anymore, so get rid of that grungy shade and choose a lighter, more playful coloured nail polish to suit your environment. You can never go wrong with pinks, peaches, and oranges, whether they be pale or fluorescent, so don’t be afraid to command some attention. You will also want to make sure that your cuticles have been taken care of too, because people will notice and it’s never a good look.

 

The eyes

The fun thing about the Summer is that you don’t need to go all out on the eyes like you may have done a few months ago. A simple sheen or shimmer over the eyelid will reflect the sun nicely and give the appearance of your eyes being bright and present. If this is a little too subtle for you, you can add a slight flick at the end with some liquid eyeliner if you need a bit more drama. Or you can merely stick some lashes on without any other business going on. It will keep them looking open and sultry, without having to do much work.

 

The skin

Depending on your skin type will determine what you can do, but the lighter the coverage, the better. Bear in mind the weather will get hot and you may sweat. Now of course there are tricks for this with setting mists and translucent powder, but you might not want to be that heavy. So a simple BB cream is always nice, evening out your complexion without too much product. Understandably, some of you may not have this option due to acne or dark blemishes, but colour correctors can do a lot of the work for you so you don’t necessarily need a full coverage foundation.

 

The additions

Highlighter and blusher are absolute must-haves. Opt for a liquid highlighter rather than a powder. You will barely need any product and you can easily apply it with a fingertip and just dab it onto the tops of your cheekbones, the arch of your brow, down the centre of your nose, and on your cupids bow for a radiant glow. Pair that up with a little blush on the apples of your cheeks and you will be ready to hit the runway.

How are you getting your skin ready for summer?

 

*Collaborative post.

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How to Care for Crotchet Braids Bantu Twist

I have had my crotchet braids with bantu twist for over a week now and I have found it quite tricky to care for. This is my first time having this type of hairdo. I usually have crotchet braids on because I find them easy to install and gentle on the hair. It is a great protective style to rock so you can always catch me rocking some kind of crotchet braids

I have gotten a lot of complements thanks to my big hair. It seems you either love it or hate it with hairstyles like this. And I am happy to confess I love it. The hair is – Curly Afro Twist Crochet Braid Ombre Havana Mambo Synthetic Hair Extensions. I used 4 packs.

 

How to Care for Crotchet Braids with Bantu Twist

 

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Don’t bother with a hair net or bonnet

I tried to pop my big hair in a hair net and a few bonnets but was very unsuccessful. It was way too big, so I wrap my hair loosely in a silk scarf for bedtime.

 

Tie nylon bag for shower time

I also tried popping a couple of shower caps on my hair for shower, but I couldn’t get any shower caps over. So I settled for wrapping nylon bags over my hair for shower time. Very unattractive but it does the work perfectly.

 

Oil and trim everyday

I oil my bantu twists lightly with hair oil. Any hair oil should do, and a little is all you need. I also trim all the dead ends every day, to keep it looking good. The major issue with bantu twists is the fact this hair is prone to having dead ends. So you have to pay attention to the ends and get the trimming right to having good-looking hair.

 

Mositurise your roots

The hair roots need to be moisturised everyday. I use a mixture of almond oil and water in a spray bottle to keep my roots moisturised. I also use this hair styling water to keep my roots healthy.

 

Overall, I like my bantu twist crotchet braids. It is a great protective style and it suits me. Having said that, it is a bit high maintenance. It takes me ages to get ready these days thanks to the time I spend getting my hair in order. All the time I spend on the hair is worth it in the end though.

What do you think of this hair-do?  What is your favourite protective hair style? Please share in the comments section.

 

 

 

 

Why you should avoid alcohol in your skincare products

I’m always on the lookout for products that will help improve my skin. And if you’re like me, you’re extremely careful with the kind of skincare products you buy and apply on your skin. No matter how positive the reviews on a product are, I make sure I read through all the ingredients to check if the product contains ingredients that would be harmful to my skin.

 

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One of the ingredients I watch out for is alcohol. Although there are negative views about cosmetics that contain alcohol, it has proven quite beneficial in some circumstances. For example, some of the ingredients some skincare products contain are not water-soluble and thus can only be dissolved in alcohol. Alcohol helps give our creams its creamy consistency but it has its downsides too. And depending on how you look at it, alcohol is an ingredient you should be wary about. Here are some of the reasons why.

 

  1. It dries the skin

Contrary to what many people think, not all types of alcohol are bad for your skin. Fatty alcohol like cetearyl, cetyl and stearyl alcohols actually help to improve the condition of your skin. However there are some types of alcohol that are harmful to your skin like denatured alcohol (Alcohol Denat.), SD alcohol and isopropyl alcohol that can irritate and dry out your skin. When your skin gets dry, it promotes the over production of sebum which makes your skin oily and lead to blemishes.

 

  1. Reduces the skin’s ability to retain moisture

If you want healthy and youthful skin, then you need to make sure your skin is constantly hydrated. What alcohol based products do to your skin is to degenerate your skin’s protective layer. This drastically reduces your skin’s ability to retain moisture. The protective layer of your skin helps to shield your skin from environmental damage like the harsh ultraviolet rays. This will cause your skin to go red or feel raw after applying a skincare product.

 

  1. Alcohol in skincare products leads to breakouts

We’ve all had our fair share of struggles with pimples and the blemishes they leave behind. Using alcohol based products can trigger acne breakouts. Breakouts come as a result of the pores on your skin getting clogged with sebum and those clogged pores get infected and inflamed.

Alcohol helps to kill acne-causing bacteria. It also helps to reduce the presence of oil. If used in moderation, alcohol based skincare products can help reduce the presence of acne. However excessive use of alcohol can strip your skin off its natural oils and this will lead to over production of oil which then leads to break outs.

 

  1. It kills the cells on your skin

Your skin is constantly renewing itself. The production of new skin cells helps you have healthy and youthful skin. The new skin cells will help protect the skin from environmental hazards. However, when you continuously apply alcohol on your skin, it not only removes the dead skin cells, it takes the new skin cells along with it thereby reducing the protective ability of the skin.

 

Do you look out for alcohol in skincare products?

 

 

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