Best Face Forward: What’s My Skin Type?

This is something interesting that I did not know. Enjoy.

Fabulous Bella

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The first step to taking proper care of your skin is knowing your skin type. Many people choose the wrong products for their skin because they don’t know the difference between their skin type and their current skin condition. Your skin type is genetically predetermined and is the same from the day you’re born until the day you die.

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Acne Causing Makeup Brushes!

imgresIf you are like me when I’m in a rush, I’m messy and I often forget to put away my makeup brush so it stays on my dresser or on the sink, sometimes overnight exposed to millions of bacteria. Even if you are putting your brush away in your bag, your bag may not be the cleanest. The next day you grab your brush and apply your make up oblivious to the germs you are transferring. This cross contamination leads to acne, rather than throwing away your expensive brushes, I offer you an inexpensive solution:

How to clean your makeup brushes!

Mix a small solution that is half olive oil and half hand sanitizer in a small bowl.  Work the dirty brush into the mixture by rubbing the brush around in the solution or in the palm of your hand.  Do this without wetting the part of the brush where the bristles meet the ferrule (this is the metallic part in the picture) this is because you don’t want it to loosten up the glue that holds the bristles in.  Angle the brush down and rinse under water that is not very hot or very cold until the water runs clear.  Lastly when you are drying put your brushes on an angle so that the water does not go towards the ferrule but rather towards  the bristles.

Me

I usually put a paper towel down and then put the paper towel roll on top and put my brush through the hole (faced bristle down,) so that my brush is standing almost completely up right.  I do this about once a week. I hope this works for you!

-sam♥

Just added coconut oil to my shopping list!
-sam

Bliss With Beauty

The power of Coconut Oil is something that isn’t hyped enough! The amount of useful things you can do with this beauty is enough to keep anyone happy…

I thought it might be helpful to compile a list of a few of the benefits of this natural oil that I have been loving for a while and the different ways you can use it:

Benefits for your hair:

If your hair is feeling a little glum and needs a bit of extra love and care, take a small amount of coconut oil and apply, concentrating mainly on the ends, making sure not to put too much on, as this can become very greasy and hard to remove when washing! (Believe me, I’ve been there, it isn’t fun and you end up looking like you have bathed in grease for a week!). Coconut oil comes in a solid substance, but when…

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These are some great tips! I will definitely be trying a few!

Morning Mooooo Monday!

This weekend I decided to be extra vain and indulged myself in the world of beauty remedies made in the comfort of my own kitchen. Being a product junkie, I’ve learned that more $$$ doesn’t always mean better results, so without further ado, I’d like to share with you guys some of my own frugal tips!

bakingsodaBaking Soda as a Clarifying Shampoo

Everybody knows that a good clarifying shampoo is a must. If your hair looks flat, limp, greasy, or just unimpressive in general, it might do a bit of good to wash your hair with baking soda. It essentially gets rid of all the gunk that accumulates on the hair shaft from the products we use.

Mix: 1 TBSP baking soda with 1 cup of warm water.
Directions: Slowly pour rinse over hair and massage in. Leave in for 5 minutes. Wash out, and condition.

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My Hair Care Regimen

I have very curly hair, previously I would only shampoo my hair once a week just recently I started this new shampoo diet that my aunt told me about, I am only shampooing my hair the first day of every month now.  I condition almost every day sometimes I skip a day, conditioning is always my first and last step, you will understand in a few.  When I condition I make sure to scrub and massage my scalp for about a minute (since shampoo does most of the actual cleaning, I want to make sure I get all the nasty stuff off of my scalp with out over drying). Then I comb my hair with my fingers and tie my hair up in to a bun while I wash my face, body, and brush my teeth. Last I flip my head over, take out the hair tie and rinse off all the conditioner by scrunching my hair.  When I am done I dry my hair with a paper towel by once again, scrunching.  Towels create frizz while the paper towel locks in moisture.  I feel that the most important  steps are to RINSE YOUR HAIR UPSIDE DOWN AND DRY WITH PAPER TOWEL!  I have not yet gotten any complaints about  smelly hair and I ask my boyfriend and roommate to sniff my head all the time!

I just got my hair cut, I am starting a hair growth journey and will be trimming my hair every 3 months.  Even though I look nasty in some of these pictures, here are some pictures that show the type of hair I have.

-sam♥

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The Secret to Curly Roots is in the Rinse!

rinseThe way you rinse out your shampoo and conditioner determines your volume for the day.  I think I may have founded this idea and I live by it, rinse your hair upside down.  When you are standing upright and rinse your hair your hair rests flat on your head, on the other hand when your hair is flipped over it is being lifted off of your head.  Make sure you are standing with your legs apart to keep your balance then flip your head so that the top of your head is nearly parallel to the ground and let the water run, you may run your fingers through your hair a few times and make sure you scrunch it a lot.  Then flip your hair upright and dry it.  Comb your hair in the shower before you rinse it because if you wait until you are out of the shower, you risk flattening the hair on the top of your head again.  My hair strands near my roots used to be straight and the rest of my hair would be curly, since I started doing this my curls now start at my roots.

-sam♥

Brushing, the When and How

http://psyxologiya.ru/Did you know that the worst time to brush your hair is when it is dry, and when it is wet it’s most likely to break?  So when is the right time to brush your hair you ask? The answer is to NEVER brush it.  Combing curly hair is the best way to detangle with little to no damage.  Water makes your hair get tangled easily and friction is caused between dry hair and your brush this is one of the reasons why your hair gets frizzier when you brush it.  The best way to comb your hair is while you are in the shower with your fingers or a wide tooth comb like this after you have applied conditioner.  The conditioner acts as a a de-tangler and it is heavy so there is little to no friction.

-sam♥

To Shampoo or Not to Shampoo hmmm

shampooDid you know that your scalp makes natural oils that nourish your hair, these oils help to moisturize and keep your hair healthy and strong. People who have straight hair usually have to wash more often because it  gets oily fast.  However when you have curly hair the oils take longer to reach the tips because it has to go through all the winds and curves it the hair strands, this can take a few days depending on the person.  Washing your curly hair every day can lead to dry and weak hair, when you do shampoo your hair only apply shampoo to the roots! NEVER THE ENDS! Many people think that the more suds that you get while scrubbing mean your hair is getting cleaner, this is WRONG, actually the suds are the enemy.  The suds in your shampoo are caused by sulfates, sulfates are in

“90% of soaps, shampoos, conditioner, shower gels, shaving cream, facial cleansers, detergents, toothpastes, mouthwash, dish soap, cleaning products, cosmetics, lotions and other products that “foam” and “bubble.”-Lana Loketff

Do you really wanna use the same chemical that is in detergent and cleaning products on your scalp?! I don’t think so.. Sulfate has alcohol in it that dries out your hair and scalp, this is why your hair feels so nasty after shampooing.  An easy fix is to buy a sulfate free conditioner.  Remember, moisture is the key to healthy hair, and dry hair will surly lead to split ends!

-sam♥