How I Got Rid of My Split Ends

How I got Rid of my Split Ends

How I Got Rid of My Split Ends

There’s so much information about split ends, that you would think no one would have split ends by now. The Split End Mystery would be solved and articles like this one would be irrelevant…

I would have liked to title this article “how to get rid of split ends once and for all”, but who knows if my dance with split ends is over (because I am liable to do something silly to my hair in all of the years to come).

Here’s what has worked for my hair and my suggestions to get rid of split ends. 

1. Stop Putting Heat in your Hair!

I used to be a flat iron advocate. I would flat iron my hair at least every 3 days. You know what I learned when I decided to stop? That I was wasting a ton of time and I was using the wrong products. I wasn’t using products that allowed me to wear my hair naturally. A lot of people think that they have what I call in-between hair. It’s not curly, but it’s not straight. It’s not straight, but it’s wavy. What I want you to do is to picture your hair the last year it was healthy. What were the strands like? That’s how your hair should look.

I still love a good blow dry and flat iron, but let’s save those for special occasions, that is, if you want healthy hair. Now you will not see results right away because of the next thing….

2. Cut your Hair

“OMG NO!!! I’m not going to cut it!!” Why not? If it’s not healthy, it probably looks it which means it doesn’t look good. You don’t have to do the big chop, but a progressive one.

3. Start being Kinder to your Hair

Treatments. You have to do treatments. I have yet to find a drugstore treatment that works. I usually go to the Beauty Supply store and purchase one of those little “Intensive Repair” packets. You can also research natural conditioners. I like the honey ones.

4. Repair the Bond

Someone told me to use Olaplex No. 3 for my hair. This is the best bond-builder I have ever used. It is a bond-builder, not a conditioner. It took about 3 uses for me to see amazing results. It is expensive, but worth it. 

I don’t use it the way that it is suggested. I leave it on for 24 hours, after I shampoo my hair. This works for my hair. I was using once a week. Now I use every 2 weeks. It is a little pricey! 

5. Dusting

Yes dusting actually works after you cut your hair. If you have a lot of split ends, just dusting is not going to get rid of your split ends. Do a trim and then a couple weeks later dust your hair. You can go to a salon or if you are like me, ask a friend.

6. Find the Right Products

It honestly seems like harley anyone actually gets my hair; so, now I am Sherlock Holmes, searching for the right hair product that is affordable. The great thing about 2019, you can take pretty much anything back easily. Let me tell you, I do and this helps when experimenting with hair products.

Learn about hair products and what works with your hair. I am still learning, but now I know which products will make my hair look dried out. Which products to put at the ends vs scalp. I also know when I need to do a clarifying rinse.

7. Stop Bleaching your Hair

Okay this is the hard one… Stop bleaching your hair. Again 2019 is so great because wigs are everywhere. Get a colored wig.

If you are going to bleach your hair, know that it will never look as great as it possibly can. I have bleach in my hair and I have to keep it short for it to look healthy. This is okay for me right now, but if I ever wanted a really nice and thick, shoulder length bob, I would have to stop dying it.

8. Get the right Hair Accessories

The right brush for wet or dry hair. The right hair bands that won’t pull out your hair and a Silk Pillowcase.

This is how I got rid of my split ends.

Now my hair is far from perfect, but it is healthy and the ends look great. It took me about a year and half to get to this point, so patience is key unless you do the big chop.

Tips for Helping Your Skin Survive Winter

6 Tips for Helping Your Skin Survive Winter

Tips for Helping Your Skin Survive Winter

The winter weather can be atrocious on our skin. Dry, flakey skin is no one’s friend and can cause patchiness and other skin issues. 

Here's our Top Tips for Helping Your Skin Survive Winter

1. Use a sleeping mask

A sleeping mask is super hydrating and a great way to hydrate your skin as you sleep. Only use 1-2 times a week. 

“I love a good sleeping mask. I wake up with baby soft skin which is a miracle in the winter time,” -Ana Editor-In-Chief.

2. Invest in a good Toner and Hydrating Serums

A toner is super important during the winter. Make sure it is not stripping (alcohol is not in the first several ingredients). The right toner will moisturize the skin and normalize pH levels. Serums are amazing for facial skin. It gives the skin an extra boost.

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“Serums have really saved my skin this winter.” -Ana

3. Use a High Quality Bronzing Oil

Just because it is winter, doesn’t mean your skin has to have a nice glow. A bronzing oil will instantly give you vibrant skin.  

“This bronzing oil gives me a subtle glow.”- Ana

4. Use a good primer

The extra barrier will help keep makeup from “caking” and will seal in your moisturizer. 

“I do not step out without primer during the winter, regardless of wearing makeup or not.” -Ana

5. Make sure your Body Scrub/ Wash is Hydrating

Check the ingredients in your soap and make sure your soap is helping your skin survive winter, instead of stripping it. 

“Brevity’s body scrub is extremely hydrating.” -Ana

6. Make sure your Masks are Non-Drying

Once again, check the ingredients. Also, a sheet masks will be your friend during the winter. 

“I love a good sheet mask during the winter. Super hydrating.”- Ana

Winter Nail Trends

Top Winter Nail Trends 2018

Winter is almost officially here and so are the new Winter Nail Trends

10-18-2018
Winter Nail Trends

Here are the winter nail colors and winter nail trends you should be wearing this season. 

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Beauty Today: Proactive vs. Reactive

Botox

Botox and fillers have been around for a long time, but the common users of these treatments are transforming.

At a time where one’s look is constantly on display, millennials are understanding that the steps for long-term beauty are more of a proactive process than reactive.

In February 2018, Forbes reported that plastic surgery and cosmetics spending in the United States alone hit the $15 Billion-mark last year and that the most cost-effective solution to anti-aging was…to start young.

 

Millennials are flocking to the cosmetics industry, and Botox in particular, as part of their anti-aging regimen.

“Getting work done” has become not only socially acceptable at a younger age but it is being highly touted on social media, blogs and in everyday conversation. We see this shift happening also partly because our current society is driven by instantaneous results. In the beauty world this translates to a desire for quick procedures with minimum downtime — Botox and filler are just that. Preventative care is so popular these days amongst younger women that it is seen more as a means of upkeep; such as coloring one’s hair or receiving a facial. Annual statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons confirm this trend. As reported, Botox procedures have increased 28 percent since 2010 amongst 20 to 29-year-olds.

There’s no “right” age to get Botox or to begin such preventative care — everyone begins showing signs of aging differently. With a proactive stance, beginning sooner yields better results. When considering Botox and filler, it is important to research a skilled injector who understands the look a younger clientele is wanting to achieve.

As noted by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Botox is the most popular nonsurgical option with more than 4.5 million procedures performed in 2016. Botox is no longer seen strictly for mature patients; Millennials are increasingly getting the treatment done. Within the past five years, Botox use among people aged 19 to 34 increased by 87%.

So, are you going to be proactive or reactive with your beauty?

Face Serum Ingredients Explained

Face Serums Ingredients Explained

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Face Serum Ingredients Explained

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10-09-2018
Face Serum Ingredients Explained

Face Serums have become extremely popular this year. They are the secret ingredient to a great glow and hydrated skin. They are a moisturizer for under your moisturizer. Facial Serum also have active ingredients that reduce signs of aging and even out skin tones. 

You apply Facial Serums after you cleanse, and before you moisturize.

With the popularity of facial serums rising over the last year, more and more companies are making serums, but just like everything else, all products are not created equal.

Here are Face Serum Ingredients explained. 

Top Ingredients in Face Serums:

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid is used for replenishing moisture.  It is a humectant (moisture-binding ingredient) and a carbohydrate found inside of the human body.

It is very easy on the skin.

When used, it absorbs and locks in moisture. It is a highly known to plump the skin and smoothes wrinkles.

If you have oily skin, use it alone otherwise use it under moisturizer.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that repairs cellular damage and collagen repair. It brightens the skin and also evens the skin tone by fading age spots and acne scars. It relieves puffiness and reduces inflammation. It also improves the skin’s hydration and moisture.

Vitamin C also protects the skin from elements like UV Rays (it is not a sunscreen replacement) and other pollutants in the environment like cigarette smoke and even stress.

When using Vitamin C, apply before moisturizer, allowing at least 2 minutes for it to penetrate your skin.

Retinol (Vitamin A)

Retinol is a popular Anti- Aging ingredient. It is found in food and topical creams. It tightens pores with its cell rejuvenation properties and evens out skin tones.

It is also known to greatly improve wrinkles and fine lines.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)

AHAs are natural acids that are found in citrus fruits like lemons and oranges and cane sugar.

This acid is a natural exfoliant that bonds together the intercellular glue that holds cells on our skin together. This aids the skin’s natural shedding (exfoliating) process.

By exfoliating, your skin is able to rid debris and any build up. In return, your skin will be able to absorb products easier.

You may find AHAs moonlighting as: lactic acid, glycolic acid, sugar cane extract, triple fruit acid, and malic acid.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is another antioxidant. It works well with Vitamin C and it also brightens the skin tone and evens out the skin.

 It has been used many years as an under eye ointment.

Peptides

Peptides are two or more branching amino-acid. Amino-acids are protein building bonds; so, peptides are very small protein molecules. Proteins are the building block of cellular reproduction and collagen. 

Glycerin

Glycerin works to increase moisture and is a humectant. It locks in moisture and also attracts  moisture.

Glycerin is naturally found in plant based oils, is water-soluble, odorless, and colorless.

It is used frequently in setting sprays. 

Natural Homemade Hair Conditioners

Natural Homemade Hair Conditioners Rated

Natural Homemade Hair Conditioners Tested

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10-04-2018
Natural Homemade Hair Conditioners

You may want to try natural homemade hair conditioners because you are a naturalist, or because you want to save money, or because you want to explore different options or maybe because you ran out of conditioner and do not feel like going to the store to get more… Whatever your reason is, these natural homemade hair conditioners are safe to try since they are not damaging and have already been tested by our Editor.

Heres our Top Tested Natural Homemade Hair Conditioners

1. Natural Homemade Hair Conditioner With Honey And Olive Oil

The Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp Honey (any type)
  • 4 tbsp Olive Oil (make sure it is Olive oil)

Mix all of the wet ingredients together and put on your hair. Use a warm towel to help penetrate. Make sure to thoroughly rinse. 

Leave in Hair for 30 minutes – 1.5 hour

“This was by far the best natural homemade hair condition that I have tried. It was perfect for my fine, curly hair. I will actually add this to my weekly routine.” -Ana Editor-In-Cheif

2. Natural Homemade Hair Conditioner With Egg And Olive Oil

Homemade Hair Conditioner With Egg
Mix together
  • 2 Egg Yolks (Make sure it is just the Yoke)
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil (Make sure it is pure olive oil)
  • 2 tbsp Water

Mix all of the wet ingredients together and put on your hair. Use a shower cap to prevent any egg from dripping. 

*Leave in hair 1 -3 hours and then rinse with Cold Water

“This mask was kind of gross. I didn’t want to rinse it out because I didn’t want the yoke to slide down my face.” -Ana

3. Natural Homemade Hair Conditioner With Coconut Oil

Coconut Natural Hair Conditioner
The Ingredients
  • 3 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • Hot Towel

Put the Coconut Oil on your Hair. Put on your shower cap and then a hot towel over the shower cap.

*Leave in hair 45 minutes – 1 hour and rinse. Wash and Condition hair afterwards. 

“This was just okay.  Almost to heavy for my fine hair.”- Ana

4. Natural Homemade Hair Conditioner With Baking Soda

The Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup Baking Soda
  • 1/2 cup of Your Conditioner

Mix all of the ingredients together and put on your hair. Use the shower cap to prevent anything from dripping. 

*Leave in hair for 45 minutes – 1 hour.

“Not bad. I would try it again. It took some of the oil buildup out.” -Ana

5. Homemade Hair Conditioner With Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar Uses
The Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 cup Water

Mix all of the ingredients together and put on your hair. 

*Do this after you wash and conditioner your hair. Do not rinse out. 

“I would try it again. It wasn’t super nourishing, but I did feel like it woke my hair up a bit.” -Ana

6. Natural Homemade Hair Conditioner With Yogurt And Egg Yoke

The Ingredients
  • 2 Egg Yokes
  • 1/4 Cup Yogurt
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil (Pure Olive Oil)

Mix all of the ingredients together and put immediately on your hair. Use a shower cap to prevent dripping. 

*Leave in for 25-45 minutes

“The Yoke and Yogurt are gross elements to deal with on my head. If the results were magical, I would use again. Not worth raw yoke dripping down when rinsing.”- Ana


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5 Beauty Trends for Fall

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5 Beauty Trends for Fall

The 5 beauty trends for Fall 2018

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Beauty Trends for Fall

1.Glossy Lids

This is one of the top trends of Fall 2018. Very easy to create: Eyeshadow and then Lip Gloss. Just Make sure the gloss isn’t too sticky. 

Glossy Lid for Fall 2018 Beauty

2. Glitter Eye Shadow

There’s a lot of emphasis on eye shadow and designs on the lid this season. 

Glitter Lids for Fall Beauty Trends

3. Glossy Lips

More gloss, less matts is definitely a huge Beauty Trend for Fall.

4. Pink Eyeshadow

Super Feminim and Vibrant. Use loose eyeshadow with glitter for a fresh change. 

Pink Eyeshadow Fall 2018 Beauty

5. Red and Gold

Red Lips and Gold Hints 

These two color combinations are perfect for fall and winter.

Gold is the dominate glow color this season (over the silvers and purples).

Red Lips for Fall 2018 Beauty

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How to Save Money on Beauty Products

11 Ways to Save Money on Beauty Products

Save Money on Beauty Products with these Innovative Tips

How to Save Money on Beauty Products

There seems to be a Beauty Product for everything now a days making the cost of Beauty Products quickly add up. If you are trying to stay pretty and keep Mr. Piggy full you must know how to be innovative. 

Here are 11 ways to Save Money on Beauty Products:

1. Make your Mascara last longer

Mascara is one of the most frequently bought beauty item.

Hold on to it longer by sitting it in hot water to get the clumps out and then adding a couple of drops of Eye Drops to thin it out. The hot water trick works for  the dried clumps and the Eye Drops thins it out.

2. Save money on liquid foundation by applying with a brush instead of a sponge

Yes the sponges are trendy and an easy way to put on foundation, but fingers and brushes can work great as well. Sponges soak up liquids.

3. Prevent Compacts from Breaking

You put blush or powder foundation in your purse for re-application and when you go to retrieve it, it is broken and product is every where. To prevent compacts from breaking in your purse, put a cotton ball or round inside the compact. This will give it a cushion for the inevitable falls.

4. Make your own Body Scrub

Scrubs are nice, but you can make your own with brown sugar and honey. You can also get creative and add oils.

5. Don't buy items without looking over what you already have and being innovative

Use Eye Shadows as highlighters and eyeliners. Finish and pan items before purchasing another similar items. There will always be the new next thing, don’t get sucked into the hype. Use what you already have. 

6. Do your nails at home

If you are a Gel Nail person, there are plenty of great kits that will give you the salon results. A good UV light is around $25.oo and a polish set is around $20.00 too. This is the price of one nail session at a beauty salon.

Do your own pedicures at home too. If you miss the massages, go to a reflexology place. The massages last longer and are not expensive. 

7. Make your own makeup remover

Save money by not purchasing every single beauty item.

Here’s a great recipe:

8. Make your own Clay Mask

9. Use dupes

There are so many great dupes for expensive products. There are many Beauty Bloggers that will provide detailed reviews of High End Dupes.

Do your research and you will save tons.

10. Use all of the product before throwing out the contatiner

You will be surprise by how much product is wasted in containers. Use all of the product by cutting the container in half (if you can) or by taking the bottom out.

10. Don't purchase expensive Teeth Whitening Systems

Instead, use charcoal from a vitamin capsule or Oil Pull with Coconut oil.

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BB creams, CC creams, and tinted moisturizers

The Difference between CC creams, BB creams, and Tinted Moisturizer?

BB creams, CC creams, and tinted moisturizers

With so many foundation alternatives how do you decide which one to use? Which one is the best one for your skin? What’s the difference between BB creams, CC creams and Tinted Moisturizers? 

Here’s the Guide:

Tinted Moisturizer- Moisturizer with a hint color

A Tinted Moisturizer contains moisturizer and a bit of foundation. It is great for people with dry skin that want a little bit of color to even their skin tone. If your only skin issue is dry skin, this is great for you.

BB Creams –a Beauty Balm thats main purpose is to even out skin tone

A BB Cream contains moisturizer, primer, some level of SPF and foundation. The color is light and the formula is also lightweight. Great to wear outdoors since it feels great on the skin.

CC Creams- Color Correction Cream

A CC Cream has everything that a BB cream has, but also includes a color correcting ingredient to brighten the skin or to get rid of redness. A common brightening ingredient is Vitamin C. CC creams also have a little more coverage than a BB creams and is a better option for people with uneven skin tones or acne. If you want minimal coverage this is great for you.

Tips:

CC Creams are the most popular foundation Alternatives. 

Maybelline and IT Cosmetics have some of the highest rated CC creams.

Tinted moisturizers are the easiest to make. Just mix your favorite moisturizer and foundation together. Make sure that they have the same base (oil , not oil ect.; so they blend together). 

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Best Under-Eye Concealers for Dark Circles

Best Under Eye Concealers for Dark Circles

No more baggage....(under your eyes)

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Best Under-Eye Concealers for Dark Circles

Dark Circles can be the result of many thing such as sleep deprivation, sinus problems, nutritional problems and can also come from your hereditary. However it happens, it is nice to be able to get rid of them. Here are the Best Under Eye Concealers for Dark Circles. 

But first, here are tips for concealing Dark Circles:

  • When you are using a heavy concealer you must hydrate under your eyes. This is a must! If you do not hydrate, just don’t do it. It will look worse than leaving your under eyes alone. 
  • If you have dark circles, you must have a great mirror with accurate lighting. 
  • You must have the right utensils (makeup brushes). A stippling brush is necessary otherwise you may just be rubbing it off and on.

This cream pallet also has a color corrector color in each one that combats dark under eye circles:
Light- has a color named Banana (pale yellow) – great for dark circles
Fair – has Shadow (caramel latte), and Soft Light (pale peach) that are great eye concealers for dark circles
Medium has Warm Coral (orange pink) for dark circles
Deep has Coral which is a reddish orange to combat dark circles

Tips:
  • This particular pallet is very heavy, therefore using an oil like vitamin E to blend into the product really helps with a smooth application.
  • You also need a great setting powder since it is a heavy formula.

This is probably one of the easiest to use full converge concealers out there . Even great for contouring. It is on many “Best Under Eye Concealers for Dark Circles” lists. Buy a light and a skin tone color for those days you want to look natural vs full face.

Kat Von D Lock It Concealer

One of the easiest formulas to use. Provides full coverage for under eye concealing. Contains a brightener. Easy to set and apply. 

The formula is a cream and is build-able. One of the most affordable drug store concealers. 

Under Eye Concealers for Dark Eyes

This is not technically a concealer, although you can use it that way and you will see a difference, but this one of the best Under-Eye Concealers for Dark Circles. It brightens the under eye and is best used under a concealer. If you have a concealer that doesn’t have a brightener built in, make sure you use this one. If you are going to take pictures, this is a must. 

dark eye concealer
Here’s an easy way to apply…
1. Moisturize
2. Foundation
3. Becca Under eye Brightening Concealer
4. Let it sit for a couple of minutes 
5. Concealer
6. Powder

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