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Perfect Big Hair

I refer to the technique as "backcombing", mainly because of the familiarity of the term. In actuality, I rarely ever use a comb. A small brush works far better (not one with knobules at the end of the bristles).

The tool I've used in these photos is specifically for backbrushing and updo styling (that's where the pointed tail on the end comes in handy). Great tool to have.

1. Start with a small (about 1 inch thick) triangular section at the front of your crown right where you want the part to end and the hair to start moving back.

If you're looking for volume right from the front hairline, then take your first section there and, in both cases...

Direct it forward so the section is about 45° from the scalp, and comb the hair down to the root in short, deep strokes. Only work in the bottom 2 or 3 inches.

Hold the section firmly near the ends so as not to pull down too much, which results in bulky, tangled clumps at the root and thin ends to display the unsightly mess p…

Skin Toning

Use astringent lotions with a piece of cotton wool but if your skin is looking worn off and tired, pat it on with a brisk slapping movement.
Moisten cotton wool with skin toning lotion and pat on the cheeks, chin and neck.
If you have normal, combination or dry skin, use very delicate and light preparation to refresh the skin. Never use a harsh astringent lotion for this purpose. Rose water based product is preferred.
For dry skin use rose water diluted with mineral water. Apply it gently with cotton wool avoiding the eye and upper cheek area completely.
For combination skin, light toning lotion should be used all over the face, except for the eye area. Then apply the astringent on the greasy areas with cotton wool. Never let the astringent spill over the dry cheek and eye areas.
Oily skinned people should tone with an astringent lotion, applying particularly to the oiliest places, i.e. sides of the nose, chin and forehead.
For a combination skin, refresh the skin by mixing 2 parts o…

Makeup Palettes

For one, someone does the work of choosing creative color combinations for me. Oh this eyeshadow looks good with this gloss? Great! These shadows look great with this base? Fantastic! This really makes for more quality time in applying makeup, rather than it being a race to finish before being interrupted.

I also love that I can take my palette with me when heading out for the day (or night if I am lucky). No need to pack separate powders, lipsticks, etc. It’s all in one easy to carry case. Makes life easy, no ?

One palette that caught my eye is by Pop Beauty. They make eye shadow palettes based on your eye color. I have hazel eyes, so Pop Beauty Eye Class for Green Eyes is perfect. I also love their Naturally Popette palette, which includes colors for eyes, lips and cheeks.

Hard Candy has an ultra cute makeup palette that opens to resemble a makeup train. It’s a tri-level makeup palette with eyeliners, blushes, shawdows, glosses, mini mascara and makeup applicators. They can fit ALL of …

Human Hair Extensions

Hair extensions are an amazing way to achieve a new look. What’s more, applying new hairstyles as well as washing them is simple and easy. One can find a wide range of hair types when choosing a hair extension, right from curly to straight.

True harmony is human hair extensions that perfectly match your own hair. True beauty is how gorgeous you will be when you are done having those extensions added to your hair. Really, there is no doubt about it. Human hair extensions are considered to be "the" best method of extending what you've got. Why? They're the best method to extend what you have simply because they ARE human hair. It just handles and bonds better than other methods - weaving, clip-ins, synthetic etc.

Choose the method you want when you have your extensions added in. It could be cold fusion or hot fusion, link and lock fusion or fusion loops. Without getting way too technical, all these methods are fairly easy for you to even do at home. However, the first t…

Dark circles

Dark circles under the eyeseyeseyes are most often caused by allergies, illness, a lack of sleep, or heredity. Knowing the cause of your dark circles can help you understand how to get ridridrid of them. For example, if allergies are the culprit, all you may need to see results is a more effective allergy medication. However, if you think your dark circles are the result of sleep deprivation, you may need to make an effort to go to bed earlier or reduce the amount of caffeine in your diet in order to get the rest you need.

If your dark circles are caused by heredity, you may find that they are almost impossible to completely eliminate. Fortunately, there are a few tricks you can use to reduce the puffiness and skin discoloration that make dark circles under the eyes more noticeable.

In the morning, wash your face with cold water to help blood vessels constrict. Then, apply an eye cream that contains Retinol and vitamin K. Since it may take several months of daily use to see maximum resu…

Dry skin makeup guide

Makeup can worsen dry skin conditions therefore dry skin should be prepared for makeup before applying it. It is essential to understand and follow the right methodology to apply makeup for dry skin.

Exfoliate: Exfoliating the skin will remove the dead cells. Therefore exfoliate face, neck and lips before applying makeup.

Moisturize: Moisturize your face after cleansing. Use a rich moisturizer that is non-greasy as oily formulations can clog the pores of the skin.

Primer: Apply a speck of makeup primer specially formulated for dry skin. Start applying from the center of your face outward.

Foundation: Use a liquid foundation, apply small dots and blend it into your skin using a makeup sponge. A base with very fine light reflective particles will give a natural look and dewy finish. Foundations with a reasonable degree of oil will retain moisture in the skin.

Concealer: Concealers that are liquid or creamy suit dry skin. Concealers can be used to hide birthmarks, dark spots, pimples and scar…

Hair extensions

Want long luscious locks but don't want to wait years for your hair to grow ? We help you work out which hair extensions are right for you.

Great Lengths hair extensions
Application: Attached to the natural hair with a patented keratin bond that the brand claims mimics your hair's molecular structure.
Removal: In salon-only. They're dissolved with a removal solution that promises not to damage your hair's natural cuticle.
Made from: It's 100 percent natural hair, available in 40 natural shades and 14 fashion colours.
Care factor: Be as cautious with blasting heat as you would with your natural hair. A Great Lengths soft-bristle brush is recommended to avoid tangling.
Cuts and colours: You can safely colour them with a semi-permanent or chemical-free highlights or lowlights.
Lasts: Two to three months and up to six if you use the Great Lengths home-care shampoos and conditioners.
You'll love them because: The cuticles are aligned in the same direction as your real hair…

Wet Hair Look

1. Wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner then rinse.
2. Squeeze out excess water, or use a towel to dry your hair.After this, your hair will have "curls"
3. Take about a teaspoon of conditioner and apply it to your hair, massaging it in. Apply more conditioner if needed.

1. If your hair is naturally straight, and you are going for the curly wet look, after applying the conditioner, do not comb or brush your hair.
2. Remember to leave the conditioner in your hair for about 10 -20 seconds before washing it off. 3. This goes with bleached and dyed hair. If you do it sooner most of the time your hair gets messed up.

1. Make sure you squeeze out all excess water, or lightly towel dry your hair as leaving it soaking wet will wet the clothes you are wearing, leaving an ugly mark on them.
2. If you have thick hair, it will take the whole day at school to dry on its own.

Your Own Body Spray

You can save a lot of money on body sprays by creating your own at home. The benefits to making your own body spray, other than saving money, include having complete control over the ingredients you use. You will know exactly what you are putting on your skin. This is especially helpful for anyone who suffers from allergies. Some commercial body sprays and perfumes have artificial colors and dyes, which can trigger reactions in those of us prone to allergies. Read on to learn how to make your own body spray.

1. Purchase ingredients to use for your body spray. Distilled water can be found in most supermarkets. Essential oils and other natural fragrances can be ordered online.

2. Prepare your fragrances. If you are making rose scented spray from fresh rose petals, for instance, blanch them with distilled water and then let them sit for a while. Filter the petals and pour the water, when cooled, into the glass spray bottle. If you are not using any flowers or herbs in the formula and are o…

Natural Curly Hair

Naturally curly hair needs moisture (not grease or drying alcohol) to restore its natural luster, beauty, and healthy state.

Unfortunately, most ethnic products contain cheap oils that coat and weigh down the hair. Non ethnic products contain drying ingredients that rob the hair it of its natural sheen. You won't find any cheap oils or drying ingredients in our products...just quality ingredients, such as whole oats, amino silk acids (protein), wheat germ, jojoba, avocado and coconut oil, as well as a new, patented ingredient, all natural ingredients to put the bounce back into your curl.

Conditioning your curly hair is one of the most important steps in your hair care regime. Curly hair is dry by nature and requires moisture. Continue to pump moisture, moisture, moisture back into your locs.

How to Properly Condition the Natural Curly Hair:

1. After completely rinsing shampoo out of your hair, apply a generous amount of conditioner into the palm of your hands. Start at the middle of …

Emu Shampoo

Emu Oil Shampoo is unique because it focuses of the root of the hair & adds rich moisture content. Emu Oil is known to awaken hair follicles for the best scalp and hair reproduction conditions. Super-moisturizing for all hair types.

Every hair must have Omega 3's to grow properly and Emu Oil is the only ingredient that we know we can moisturize the hair enough to get it back to 8% moisture rate as it is supposed to be. Extremely beneficial to the scalp and repairing damaged hair!

- Extreme Moisturizer Omega 3's prevent hair loss
- Nutrition for hair growth
- Nutrition and omega's for your hair
- This is our top selling shampoo and should be used with Emu Conditioner
- Works well to awaken hair follicles with nutrition including omegas
- It can be used with hair vitamins for ultimate growth including growing your hair out or growing your hair long fast

Emu Treatment Shampoo helps to awaken sleeping follicles for men and women ! Repairs dry scalp and dandruff! Emu oil has been …

Women's swimwear

The sun is shining, the days are getting longer, and summer is right around the corner. You can almost feel the heat now and the cool refreshment a dip in the pool provides. Before you dive in, though, you’re going to need a swimsuit.

Swimwear shopping doesn’t have to be a dreadful experience. In fact, it’s a great thing to do online, far from the harsh fluorescent lights of a department store.

Depending on your plans, you’ll want to choose from one of the following categories of swimsuits: competition, fitness, or fashion. While you can wear any of these suits for any purpose in a pinch, you’ll be more comfortable and find the features you need if you stick to the right category. Sierra Trading Post has outlined these categories and gathered information from our swimwear vendors to provide you with a useful guide to approaching this annual rite of spring.

Because swimsuit sizes can differ from lingerie and dress sizes, it’s a good idea to measure yourself every year before buying a swim…

Facial & Body Hair Removal

1. Apply a mask of a paste made of sugar, lemon and water in the direction of hair growth. Rinse after 10-15 minutes. Apply twice a week.

2. Apply a mask of a mixture of 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice and 4 teaspoons honey in the direction of hair growth. Rinse after 10-15 minutes. Apply twice a week.

3. To turn hair golden brown, apply before bedtime a paste of 2 teaspoon fresh lime juice and ½ teaspoon sugar, 3-4 times a week for 2 months.

4. Mix turmeric powder with milk and apply on the face. Scrub it off slowly moving your fingers in circular motion, and then wash with cold water.

5. Blend one egg white with 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1/2 tablespoon of corn flour until it becomes a sticky paste. Apply the mixture to your face. When it dries gently peel it off. Repeat this 3-4 times a week.

6. For Legs hair removal:Mix well ground white pepper with camphor and a few drops of kerosene. Apply on the legs and leave for a 10-15 minutes. The hair will fall off.

7. Body hair removal: Body Suga…

Straighten Curly Hair

- The top styles start with a great base begin with a good haricut that is well maintained. Treat your hair right by using only quality shampoos, conditioners and finishing products.

- Hair should be clean before styling. Thoroughly rinse out all hair conditioning products for best results. Blow or towel dry your hair (see Damp-to-Dry instructions).

- ALWAYS DETANGLE and section hair before using the InStyler.
- Section and clip your top layers of hair. Sections should be 2" to 3" wide and never wider than the cylinder. Always make sure to start with the InStyler fully heated to the desired temperature setting, with the rotation on. Start with the bottom layers working from back to front, then work on the top layers.

- Repeat through the hair as needed to create your desired style. Do not repeat excessively on the same section of hair for extended periods of time. Keep the InStyler moving through your hair as you style.

- When styling is complete, push the On/Off button until the…

Permanent Blow Dry Treatment

Permanent blow dry treatment will allow you to skip the salon blow dry and just wash and wear your hair for 3 to 4 months. The final result is calmer, more manageable hair without frizz.

Basically permanent blow dry is a chemical hair relaxing treatment. A solution with a caramel scent is applied to clean hair, combed through, roughly blow dried and then sealed in using straightening irons.

For two to three days you should not get your hair wet nor wear it in a tight ponytail band in order to prevent a ridge.

Wash out the solution after two days (if you want a straighter effect leave it on for one more day).

Your hair will not need teasing with a brush or using a lot of serum to feel very soft and look super glossy.

Permanent blow dry treatment costs about $400.

8 Honey Beauty Tips

Honey contains waxes, sugars, and traces of minerals. It is a natural moisturizer, as well as an anti irritant making it suitable for sensitive skin types. Honey can be found in many of the beauty products you find in your local drug store or favorite beauty supply store. Some of these products can be very expensive to purchase and many of these products can be made at home.

Try some of the following honey beauty tips below. Please be sure not to use honey on your skin if you are allergic to it !

1. Honey mask: Apply pure honey to your face and allow it to set until dry. This will take about 15 minutes. Once dry, rinse your face with warm water.

2. Body glow bath: To moisturize, smooth, and get an all over body glow, keep a jar of honey next to your bath. Apply honey on your skin and pat dry using both hands. While patting your skin, the honey will get sticky and gently pull up your skin. Rinse away the honey when you are done. The results will be great circulation and beautiful, glowing…

Popular Womens Scarves

Don't you agree that wool scarves are what make fall and winter months special ? Aaah, I love cozying up my neck with warm knit scarves.

If you already have the solid-colored plain ones, look for unusual or trendy wool scarves like: Crochet, ribbed wool with or without tassles.

You can find wool scarves in high quality fabric like alpaca wool or lambs wool; it's luxuriously, lightweight yet warm.

The fabric feels soft and luxurious on your skin. The most popular pashmina fabric are woven of 70% pashmina and 30% silk which give an elegant sheen and it drapes nicely around your neck.

Pashminas are available in different embroidered designs and every color possible. You can also find pashminas with simple details as well.

The ethnic design blends fabulously well with most styles. Wear it if you want to add a boho chic feel to your look.

Paisley is an oriental pattern motif shaped like a teardrop, rounded at one end with a curving point at the other. If you take not…

Five Tricks for Bridesmaid

Preparing to walk down the aisle as part of the wedding party requires a lot of preparation and planning. Simply picking out a bridesmaid dress can require multiple trips to the bridal salon. To make getting fitted and ready for your wedding day role as a bridesmaid easier, we’ve gathered a few tips every bridesmaid should know.

1. Have the proper undergarments on hand for your fittings. This includes having the strapless bra you plan on wearing underneath the bridesmaid dress so that your gown can be altered accordingly.

2. Do a test run with the complete ensemble to make sure everything fits properly. Trying on undergarments and hose with your gown will ensure you won’t run into any wardrobe difficulties during the ceremony or at the reception.

3. Have more than one spare set of hose on hand during the wedding day. A bridesmaid’s life during the day of the wedding is busy and hectic. It wouldn’t be unusual to find a snag in your pantyhose.

4. Have a touch up kit on hand. Pack it with na…

Eye Lash Tips

Wiggle, Wiggle
Mascara belongs on your lashes, not the brush. When applying, gently wiggle the brush from side to side (instead of up and down) as you work your way from root to tip. The extra movement provides a thicker coat.
Aim High
For a larger-than-life, wide-eyed look, apply mascara to the top lashes only.
Natural Curl
For a natural looking curl with an eyelash curler, give a couple good squeezes, once close to the eyelid, and then a second squeeze closer toward the tip.
Thick and Luxurious
For thick, luxurious lashes, apply two coats of MAC Prep + Prime Lash. For best results, allow it to dry between each coat.
Great Separation
For great separation with a light touch, try applying mascara with a MAC 204 Lash Brush. It’s a great tool for the job.

Anime Eyes
To give your eyes a rounder appearance, concentrate mascara in the center of both the top and bottom lashes.
Wide, Wide World
And to widen the eyes, use more mascara at the outside corners of each lash (the ends closer to your e…

Find a swimsuit that makes your hips look smaller

In order to draw attention away from your hips, try drawing attention toward a more flattering area of your body. For example, accentuate your great bust or sexy shoulders with a V-neck style bikini top in an exciting pattern. An exciting top will naturally draw eyes away from your hips. You should also consider pairing a lighter, more colorful bikini top with a darker bottom. The darker bottom will result in a natural slimming effect and drawing attention toward your shoulders and bust. The best tip for finding a flattering swimsuit bottom is to look for a bottom that sits directly on the hip. Try to avoid a suit that sits too high on the hip, as this type of fit will have a widening effect. Don’t go too extreme, however, and choose a bottom that is cut too low on the leg. This type of cut will have the effect of shortening the legs (never a good feature of an attractive swimsuit). Finally, avoid any features that pare down the waistline (such as a dark waistband). These features wil…

Eyelash Growth

Eyelashes are like every other hair on your body. They have a specific growth cycle that keeps them growing regularly. Like each other hair, they will grow to a specific length and then stop. Although most do not realize it, all of the hair on your body will replace itself every few years with new hair, including your eyelashes.

Understanding Eyelash Growth
There are a few things to realize about eyelashes. For example, consider the fact that each hair on your body has a specific length that it will grow to. Even the hair on your head will stop growing at a specific length. That is why not many people have hair that grows past their middle backs. Your eyelashes are a prime subject to consider for this. It is rare to find very long eyelashes that would cover your eyes! Still, some people have longer lashes than others. It’s all about the genetics!

Eyelashes Regrow
How do eyelashes regrow, then? When your eye lash falls out or you pluck it out, it will grow back. The eyelash growth cycle t…

Cheap Natural Dry Skin Care Tips For Dry And Damaged Skin

Dry skin can be due to a genetic condition but it's not common. If you break out on the skin around your eyes, it could be the shellac in your mascara; buy a shellac free mascara like Ecco Bella's. Dry skin can be caused by a deficiency of vitamin A, systemic illness, overexposure to sunlight or some medications.

Dry skin can also be a sign of an underactive thyroid. Serious skin complications, including a dry skin condition, can arise for people with type 2 diabetes. Environmental factors, such as exposure to sun, wind, cold, chemicals, or cosmetics, or excessive bathing with harsh soaps, can cause dry skin. Damaged skin can occur from many different causes; the sun being one of the most common causes.

It's especially important for people with dry skin, damaged skin, or acne to eat foods high in omega-3's. Eat an avocado every day, put it in your salad or mash it up and eat it with a spoon. Eat high-fiber snacks like raw nuts, raw seeds, fresh fruit or dried fruit like…

Cream rinse

Cream rinse, often simply referred to as conditioner, is a hair care product that is designed to make your hair softer and more manageable. Applying conditioner is the next step after shampooing your hair. Cream rinse can be purchased from discount stores, department stores, specialty shops, or beauty salons. Salon quality products can be substantially more expensive than other brands due to the company’s added advertising costs. However, these products often contain added ingredients that will make it easier to style your hair. If you’ve tried cheaper brands and been unsatisfied with the results, purchasing a salon quality cream rinse may be a worthwhile investment.

When choosing a conditioner, remember that cream rinse should be matched to your hair type while shampoo should be matched to your scalp type. Conditioner made for normal hair is best for people with healthy hair that shows no signs of damage. Volumizing cream rinse is a good choice for people with fine, limp hair. If your…

Natural Hair Gel

In 5 minutes you can make yourself a homemade natural hair gel that will give you smooth, wonderful hair. There are natural beauty treatments that you can rely on to take care of your hair.

Ingredients of Natural Hair Gel

To make natural hair gel you need:
- ½ tsp gelatin
- Warm water
How to use Natural Hair Gel
- Dissolve the gelatin in warm water.
- If you need more gelatin to reach the desired consistency, then add more gelatin to it.
- Add a few drops of essential oil for fragrance (optional).
- Your easy to use natural hair gel is ready.
- Store the gel in a refrigerator and use it whenever you want to.
Tips for using Natural Hair Gel - Use this homemade hair gel just like you would use any other hair gel.
- Rub the gel in between your palms and apply to hair.
- Comb your hair with a wide-toothed comb for even distribution of gel.
- Style your hair as you wish to.
- If you want to revitalize the gel in your hair simply rub wet hands onto your hair and through them.
Style your hair in all th…