Friday, March 26, 2010

How to Make Your Hair Grow Faster

Sorry so much for beeing m.i.a. for a while, i've been busy as hell, cause i was studying on my history pre finals... Do you know, that something really boring happened to someone really ugly in the middle ages?
Anyway, i aced it, and i can dedicate slightly more time to blogging :)

So i was at the hair salon earlier this week, to get them dyed and trimmed. I dye my hair way too  much. The color of it changes more than the shape of my eyebrows... I can't really remember my natural hair colour. It has been strawberry blond, bright red, aubergine, brown, mahagony..... I can go on for a while actually..... So i decided to make it nice and natural now, i came out chocollaty brown. It's so different from what i've had.

So i'm in my hairdressers chair, we're chatting and she says to me, that she noticed that i am a lot thinner than i were (thanks, but that's not a compliment for me) and that i have alot of new baby hair growing (yay). I never really noticed that. But when i came home and analyzed my head i realised that she was right. I started thinking what made my scalp wanting to grow some new fellas, and i realised that i've been doing some stuff different recently that may have resulted it. Also, there are some things that can prevent hair you allready have loss. So there they all are:
  • First of all - i minimized my caffeine intakes. I wanted to cut it off all the way, but i'm a grad student which stays up all night long studying, so this is impossible. I drink 1 cup of coffee per week max on the most stressfull nights. Bur Mr. Caffeine is bad guy.
  • I don't drink sodas anymore too. Just plain water or milk. Lots of plain water btw.
  • Instead of washing my hair every single day i do it every second day. I used to wash them every single day for like a year. Due to the lack of time i do it every 2nd day and my hair got used to that, and doesn't produce that much oils anymore. And it's healthier to your scalp.
  • When my hair is wet, I brush them with wide tooth comb. So they won't get pulled out. Wet hair are extremely damagable.
  • I've red somewhere, that if you put conditioner on your scalp and your roots it makes it go greasear alot more fast, so i usually would just put it on the ends and the middle part of my hair lenghtwise. But i started to rub it on my scalp too, cause i've bought this ecological conditioner and it said that you should do that, and guess what? I didn't noticed that my  hair getting greasier.
  • Brush your hair carefully.Right before brushing, use your fingers to gently comb through your hair. And when you brush, start at the ends, and hold the strand that you're brushing with your other hand so that if you pull on the hair with a brush, you don't pull on the root (you pull from the grip of your hand instead).
    Each hair on your head grows for 2-5 years, slows down for about six weeks, and rests for 3-5 months before falling out so a new hair can grow in its place. Normally, 15% of your hair is at the resting phase, but a sudden change in nutrition can cause some hair follicles in the growing phase to switch into the resting phase prematurely, possibly raising the percentage to more than 30%.
Also, don't compare yourself with celebrities and complain that you don't have beautiful hair. They all have gorgeous hair cause of extensions...
And you can have naturally beautiful hair, just take care of them :)

Friday, March 19, 2010

Color 101 (part 5)

Part 1 - Basic Colour Theory
Part 2 - Colour Analysis. Spring
Part 3 - Summer
Part 4 - Autumn

Tam ta da daaaaam!
This is the last episode of the drawn-out series about colour theory.
I am going to show you the last type of the colour analysis type - winter and a little summary in the end, cause i saw that it was hard for you guys to determine which of the type are you.

Grab a mirror and let's go!

1. Deep Winter

  • Eyes: Black, black-brown, dark hazel.
  • Hair: Black-brown, medium brown, gray.
  • Skin: Black, medium beige, black-brown, olive with no pink or peach undertones.
2.Light Winter
  • Eyes: Bright blue, hazel, green.
  • Hair: Black, chestnut, medium brown or dark brown.
  • Skin: Black, deep brown, neutral beige, pale olive, milky (even transluscent) white.

3. Cold Winter:
  • Eyes: Charcoal gray, blue, dark brown.
  • Hair: Blue-black, silverish, no red tones.
  • Skin: Cool brown, olive, neutral beige.

Let’s imagine the situation that you can’t determine the color type you are.
The most contradicting fact is that you can see more or less pronounced contrast between the skin, hair and iris within one season type as far as every type has both delicate, light and saturated, dark hues.

Spring season type with golden dark tints in skin and hair can easily resort to the light nuances of the fall type in wardrobe and make up. And visa versa, one with tender and pale skin fall type can go perfect with soft and subdued tones of spring palette.Something similar happens to the summer type dark tints that can be quite good with delicate hues of winter palette. And – as a very rare exception to the rule – strongly pronounced winter type with rich strong contrast of the skin, hair and eyes color can make use of lively nuances of spring palette.

Remeber that you shouldn't match photos of celebrities with your skin/eyes/hair colour 100%. I was only able to found more or less fitting examples to the type. :)

Also, remember that the colors in my sample charts are not an all-inclusive list of the colors that will work for you, but they are some of the best colors that you should definitely try to incorporate into your wardrobe.
Even just a few new tops in those colors will make a huge difference.
Also, you may fit into a couple different categories. That’s okay, it’s normal and no big deal. The seasons are just supposed to give you a general idea of your colors – they’re not supposed to be strict rules that you need to follow religiously.
If you try on some clothes in your colors, you’ll quickly learn that wearing the right colors makes a huge difference in the way you look. I suggest you to experiment with different shades and see which ones look best on you, as well as which ones you like the most! Then buy these colors up whenever you spot them in stores. You can print your colors out and take it shopping with you, so you’ll always have your  at hand :)

That was insane amount of research i had to do for these series, but it was soo much fun!

What type did you turned out to be? 
Maybe you've even already tried some of your type colors in make-up or clothes? Share!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Color 101 (part 4)

Part 1 - Basic Colour Theory
Part 2 - Colour Analysis. Spring
Part 3 - Summer

Today is the day for Autumns
Just in time for St. Patrick's day - redheads :)

1. Deep Autumn
  • Eyes: dark brown, dark hazel, black, dark green.
  • Hair: Medium brown/- medium/deep auburn, dark brown, deep chestnunt, black.
  • Skin: Warm beige, neutral beige, golden brown, dark brown, olive.
 2. Soft Autumn
  • Eyes: light brown, soft hazel, blue or gray green.
  • Hair: Golden blonde/medium brown/mousy brown. Posibly with blonde or red highlights.
  • Skin: Ivory, neutral beige, warm beige, golden brown.

3. Warm Autumn

  • Eyes: brown, olive green, hazel or topaz.
  • Hair: Medium golden brown, red, auburn, strawberry blonde, golden blonde.
  • Skin: Bronze, golden brown, golden beige, ivory, warm beige.

Autumn color type is characteristic by the red or yellow-brown freckles and moles. All women of this color type have bright lips, brown or reddish eyebrows. They are thick but light. Autumn type women get the tan not so well - the skin becomes red but doesn’t tan.

So... Do i have any redheaded readers? :))

                                                 To be continued...

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Color 101 (part 3)

Part2 (updated)

Let's continue without further ado :)

1. Light Summer
  • Eyes: Blue, gray, green.
  • Hair: Light/medium ash blonde, light/medium ash brown
  • Skin: Pale beige, porcelain, ivory or pink beige (everything pink-tonned)
2. Pure Summer:

  • Eyes: Gray-blue, soft turqoise, hazel.
  • Hair: Light/medium ash brown, may have blond in it.
  • Skin: Light/medium neutral beige, ivory.
 3. Cool Summer:
  • Eyes: Gray, blue.
  • Hair: Medium/rich ash brown, little to no red tones.
  • Skin: Ivory, pink beige, gray beige, neutral beige.

The basic tone of summer types – blue.
The summer tone type gets the tan well (the exception is the extremely light summer skin variants). The skin tint becomes noble, cool olive. Never obtains a red subtone. Moles and freckles (if there are any) always have grey or ash gray hue (no gold or reed-brown tint). Cold pink lips.
Tip for Summers - avoid too dark or black colors when dyeing hair otherwise there will be a rough contrast between your hair and skin tone.

P.S. It was hard as hell to find the right celebrity cause they all wear colored lenses, and have dyed hair, so it may not be as matching to the type as it supposed to, so you should refer to your own specifics more than the pic of celebrity :)

                                                   To be continued...

Monday, March 15, 2010

Color 101 (part 2)

First post i ever did on my blog was about basic color theory.There's so much to talk when it comes to understanding colors... So i guess i'll just make few parts of it, lets call my first part Colors.The Prequel lol
Let's continue shall we? :)
So, if you’ve ever picked up the latest issue of some fashion magazine and red about this season’s "new black"- you know that "it colors" come and go in fashion.You went and bought alot of stuff in that color.. but it just doesn't.. look good? Happened to me....
You see, there are some shades that are always going to look good on you, and some that aren’t. No color looks good on everyone, and it’s just a fact. This has to do with your coloring, or the way your eye color, hair, and skin tone combine to give you a look. It’s really important to know what your perfect colors are, or you risk looking completely messed up!
The method called color analysis breaks people’s colorings down into Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. These color seasons are broken down even further, into 3 different categories per season. It’s not a perfect system, but it’s really helpful if you want to get a basic idea of what shades work for you.
How to know which one are you? Take this quiz:
If you’re having trouble with the first question, find a mirror placed in a well-lit place. Bring one item of clothing in each color. If you don’t have one of those, don’t worry, just use what you have. Put each piece of clothing up near your face, and observe what it does to your skin tone. If the color becomes the focus instead of your face, it’s not right. If it makes you light up, makes your eyes look brighter and your hair look better, you’ve found your winner!
If you are Asian, Latina or African, you will probably be an Autumn or Winter. If you are Caucasian, you will probably be a Spring or Summer.

As every season breaks down to three more categories i'm going to make this week dedicated to cover all these categories one season per day. I'll be starting with Spring today :)

1. Light Spring
  • Eyes: blue, green, turqoise or light hazel.
  • Hair: light/medium golden blonde, ash blonde, light/medium brown
  • Skin: Ivory with peach tones, pink beige.
 2. Pure Spring
  • Eyes: Turqoise blue, green, golden brown or topaz.
  • Hair: Medium/dark brown, brown/black, possibly with red highlights.
  • Skin: Bronze, deep warm brown, brown-black, light ivory, light peach or percelain.
 3. Warm Spring:
  • Eyes: Topaz, olive green, light hazel, warm turqoise.
  • Hair: Light golden brown, red, strawberry blonde, deep golden blonde
  • Skin: Golden beige, porcelain, possibly with freckles.

If there are freckles they are gold-brown. Lips – warm red. Eyelashes and eyebrows are of the same tint that the hair is (light or brown) but in fact they could be a bit darker than hair. Spring skin type acquires the tan pretty easy despite the delicate skin color. The skin gets the warm reddish-honey, gold-brown or dark-brow hue.

To be continued...
*insert "Baywatch" theme music*

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Best and Worst drugstore foundations. Maybelline vs. L'oreal.

I've been using drugstore foundations forever, cause i can't really afford high-end stuff. I'm a grad-student, and  i allready spend all my money on cosmetics. I live in Europe, so stuff like MAC or Lush is non-existant here. Well at least not in my country. (Let's make the "Aaaaaaw..." sound now all together). Let's not make it sound like the edge of the world though, we have kinda everything else here... most of the popular drugstore brands, most of the high end brands... Most of the popular clothing stores....except the Forever 21... (1...2....3... awwwww)
Anyway since i've used almost every drugstore foundation there is i'd liked to share my opinion of which i thought is best and which is.... well let's call it "not-so-much"....

So i'd like to give the name of Best Drugstore foundation to Maybelline's Dream Satin Liquid.
 It's cheaper than the foundation that i'd like to call "not-so-much", but it works wonders. I have combination skin, so it's hard for me to get even coverage. But Maybelline worked good for me. It claims to give you "an airbrush finish"... Well it didn't of course, but it was pretty good. Maybelline claims that the foundation gives a 100% Pore less look.... I guess for someone with light complexion, without any problem areas, but for me it worked good to, my pores weren't as visible and the skin looked smooth and even-toned. The feeling of it while rubbing on skin is nice and soft, it's easy to spread and a little pea size pump works a long way. Many people though have different experiences with this foundation. It's either loved or hated. I guess it depends on your skin type, i wouldn't recommend it on oily skin, as it leaves your skin shiny eventually. In this case you should try Maybelline's Dream Matte Mouse, but it was to dry for me, so i used only couple of times, but i heard that if it didn't made you brake out and you have oily skin - it's going to be purrrrfect for you. So, the pros of this product is that it's quite cheap, leaves skin soft and smooth, it's easy to use it, the packaging has the pump so it's hygienic. The cons - well it worked good for me, but some girls say that they didn't like the coverage of it, but you should remember that it's not "full coverage" foundation. I'd give it 8,5 out of 10. I'll be repurchasing it.

"Not-so-much" foundation - L'OREAL's true match.
 I was sooo excited about this, i red so may great reviews about it and had really high excpectations for it. It's quite pricey, but i bought it cause i was sure it's going to be great. Well.... it wasn't. I spent like an hour on l'oreal counter with consultant trying to find the right shade for me, after trying it on at store, the shade looked good, but when i applied it next morning at home, i noticed that i was looking patchy and streaky... It doesn't looked  orange in the bottle at all (shade beige rose) but on my skin it streaked in orange patchy lines. After 15mins of trying to apply it evenly i somewhat succeded. But the shade was definetly not right for me. Other con - it dried my skin. It even flaked a little bit. The coverage though is good (if it wasn't too orange- my biggest make-up pet peeve). However, even the name of this claims to be perfect for your skin tone, and texture - it failed on those factors for me. It worked on the reviewers which i had read good though. So my problem may be bad shade, but i checked out other shades in the store and couldn't found any that would match better. Though it has more shades that Maybelline's Dream Satin Liquid...
I'd give it 7 out of 10. I won't repurchase it.

So what's your favorite drugstore foundations?
Did the L'oreal worked good for you and Maybelline was "not-so-much"?
Share :)

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Louboutin Manicure. Classy or Trashy?

The thing that probably every girl has in her wishlist - a pair of Louboutin high heels with the magic red sole...
I was lying if i'd say i don't want 'em...
Ok, by show of hands who doesn't? 
Ok, either you are shy, or  i was right.
Louboutin's screams "girl power, sexyness, style, class"
...and that you are rich enough to purchase them.
Or you have a rich man beside you...

Anywaaaay, for those of us, who are not su lucky and don't have the possibility to buy them, can try interesting Louboutin manicure. It's simple yet so sophisitcated.
All you have to do is paint your nails in rich black color and paint your undersides ruby red. 
 I did my nails once like this in summer, and got lots of compliments.
Thats another thing every girl craves....
So this may be not so perfect for everyday wear, but perfect for a classy night out. 
Are you willing to try it until you get your shoes? :)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Beachy wavy SEXY hair

Congratulations, the spring has finally arrived! Well it's still a mess outside, but atleast it's oficial springtime :) That's something to be excited about. :)
The sun was shining all day today, and i was dreaming about beach... I live like half an hour  away to from it, so i am a total beach girl. I love it. I love the feeling after going to the beach. You know, salty, nice smelling skin, and nicely curled up messy hair.... My hair in winter time tends to look awful, they become flat, don't hold a curl... They are naturaly straight. So straight that people don't believe that i don't use flatiron to get them look like this.

So I was doing some reasearch today, inspired by my dreams, about how to get a wavy "just from the beach" hair look. I asked a girl at a salon if they do perms to this look. She said no. That didn't upset me too much... I'm a McGyver when it comes to beauty lol. Here's what else you can do to get your hair this nice messy wavy hair effect.
  •  After washing your hair blow dry the roots of your it with your head upside down, using the cool-shot button every few minutes to lock in some volume. Stop when your hair is damp, but not yet fully dry.
  • Spray some salt spray into your palms.You can buy it or make it yourself by adding a few tablespoons of salt(SEASALT not tablesalt!) into the spray bottle of lukewarm water and give it a good shake.The more salt you add, the more crunchy textured, and beach-like your hair will be. If you want to buy it try using  Bumble and Bumble's Surf Spray or John Frieda Beach Blonde Ocean Waves Sea Spray (it smells like coconuts!) These surf sprays are typically more reliable than home-made versions.
  • Run your palms over your hair, starting at the ends. Try not to get any directly on your roots.
  • Divide your hair into a few sections.
  • Starting at the top of your head, twist each section into a loose bun and secure the ends with a bobby pin.
  • Repeat with the remaining sections of hair.

  • Allow your hair to finish drying while twisted up in the buns for about 20 minutes.

  • Take out the bobby pins and finger-comb the waves into place, scrunching from the ends up.

    Use a curling iron to fix pieces that didn't take shape well or give the front sections a more defined wave. To get a relaxed wave rather than a tight curl, don't open the clip on the curling iron. Just twist a piece of hair and manually wrap it around the barrel, holding the ends in place.

    And Voila

    You can go out sporting nice messy sexy look :)