I’m literally turning into Tashina Combs over here. Bringing you some of my favorite VCF items. Continue reading “Cruelty Free Makeup Picks: All About the Base”
It’s been almost 2 years since becoming an imperfect vegan. Continue reading “Just the Veganing: Cruelty Free Zone pt. 1”
Unfortunately, there’s no magic spell or secret skincare ingredient that can instantly transform your skin and improve your complexion. However, combining different healthy habits that don’t have to take a lot of your time can definitely work that magic for you. There’s no easy way to a healthy and radiant complexion so pay attention to the following tips.
1. A healthy diet
You may be tired of hearing this, but if you don’t treat your skin and body the way they deserve from the inside, the outside won’t be able to recover with simple creams and lotions. Your skin needs vitamins and minerals from healthy foods to look youthful. Moreover, if you want to avoid texture issues and dearly want to improve your complexion, apart from eating a lot of fruit and veggies, try to avoid saturated fats, junk food and dairy.
2. Plenty of water
Another oldie but goodie. If you want your complexion to improve, you can’t have dry skin constantly, can you? Therefore, just like your skin needs a boost from the inside with food, it also needs hydration from the inside. That being said, make sure to drink a lot of water. However, not everyone should drink the same amount of water every day. Divide your weight in kg by 30 and the result will show just how many liters you need per day. Proper hydration is a form of detox. That being said, switching coffee for tea from time to time would also be a good idea.
3. Regular physical activity
You can’t escape this one either. After all, physical activity helps the body get rid of harmful toxins. Basically, if you don’t get rid of toxins they are going to make a mess out of your skin. There are plenty of benefits of regular exercising, even if it’s just for 15 minutes a day, but complexion-wise, your skin will also look more supple and radiant. This is because physical activity also boosts blood circulation.
4. A cleansing routine
You have to wash your face at least twice a day. You can choose your cleansing products based on your skin type. That way, even if your skin is naturally on the drier side, you can choose a mild face wash that won’t dry it out even more. Washing your face in the morning can be quick, but in the evening, you should definitely pay more attention to this step. You need to remove makeup and dirt as well as use a proper face wash afterwards.
Not washing your face in the evening can lead to texture issues. What’s more, another cause of texture and clogged pores is also the lack of exfoliation in your routine. Exfoliating your face is necessary at least once a week. You can use natural DIY scrubs or special face cloths and brushes – whatever works best for you. This will also improve your blood circulation and remove even the tiniest particles of dirt and sebum, thus revealing a healthy complexion.
6. Treat your skin well
Of course, there’s also the question of skincare in your routine. Obviously, you should use products that suit your skin type. Even if you have oily skin, don’t forget to moisturize. What’s more, make it a point to visit a cosmetic clinic from time to time, since you’ll get the best possible skin treatment as well as advice about changes you should make in your routine.
7. No fingers!
One of the main reasons your complexion doesn’t look as good as you want it to is because you’re constantly touching your face. You may think that your hands are clean, but the amount of dirt and bacteria that gather on your fingers and nails can be really damaging for your healthy complexion. For example, you may wash your hands and proceed to type something on your computer. You don’t think that your hands are dirty, but a computer keyboard is actually one of the biggest sources of dirt and bacteria in an average household.
Don’t observe the above-mentioned tips as something that will require too much effort on your part. If you think this through, you’ll see that the tips revolve around healthy habits that generally won’t take a drastic amount of time from your day. After all, you still have to eat, drink and treat your skin properly. That being said, the key to radiant, healthy and youthful complexion lies in your ability to lead a healthy lifestyle and have a regular beauty routine. Nothing scary about that, right?
I love that hashtag. I really do. I think people get too strung up on women’s hair length, its just so annoying. I can count on one hand the amount of people that think having short hair is JUST AS GREAT as having long hair. It’s hair and its fun! Stop taking it so seriously! I know I had to let go of that attachment most women have towards their hair real fast because mine falls out so much. That is why I got myself a pixie cut about 2 years ago. I hated watching my long tresses were falling out and with it my need to have long hair. With each strand I lost, a single fuck was also lost about society’s view on women with long hair.
I took the plunge and chopped it all off! The most liberating thing I have done as a grown woman. I basked in the new found joy I had because my attachment to vanity in long hair was gone. The obsessive need to make sure my hair was always on point and looked flawless was lying on the floor of the hair salon. I didn’t feel the weight of societal norms hanging on each thread atop my head. I could think about other things; No longer did I waste time thinking about superficial vanity. I was liberated and I was ready to live my life not tied down by the ponytails that constricted my happiness.
I decided once again to cut my locks, a little longer however, but I still got backlash by those “who care” and suggest I grow it long instead. To those people I’d like to say… HASHTAG SHORT HAIR DON’T CARE!
Short hair don’t care about a worry in world because I live my life the way I want to. Short hair don’t care about what any person thinks of me because I radiate love and acceptance. Short hair don’t care that I looked better with long hair because superficial things don’t define my worth.
I also want to congratulate my beautiful cousin and her recent marriage! My family has officially grown bigger and I couldn’t be happier! I wish you the best in your years together!
- Very Dense!
- Fun colors as well as natural colors.
- Multiple combs and adjustable straps
- 350°F – 400°F heat resistant
- VERY short lace front.
- Stiff lace/scratchy
Where to buy
This wig is probably my favorite wig OF ALL TIME! This wig is so much fun! It’s like having old granny hair but turning the sexiness up to 1000%! I got this wig because I was looking for a fun mid length grey wig, since I didn’t like my long witchy one too much. I knew that shorter wigs have more volume and I came across this one on YouTube. The bangs are super voluminous and feathery. The wig has loose body waves/curls that aren’t your typical ringlets or kinky curls. This wig looks like you got your hair professionally done at a celebrity hair stylist. If you were to buy a more natural color wig, it would look very retro glamorous, perfect for any party you’re looking to stand out in! The ONLY downside it the scratchy lace (its not Swiss lace or silk base) and its considered “lace front” but really only has less than an inch of lace. Most lace fronts come with at least a 2 inch lace front parting space. So you have to really work the hair to make it lay perfect so the tracks don’t show. But that being said, it’s a very dense wig! The layers and light yaki texture gives it even more volume.
“Organic” is much more than just one more buzzword in the beauty industry. There is a good reason why green makeup is one of the most talked about trends amongst super models, actresses, and artists. Unlike conventional products, organically produced ones can help your skin keep its youthful appearance for years to come and prevent many health problems that can be caused by toxins and chemicals found in synthetic skincare and makeup. Even synthetically produced makeup sponges and brushes can cause inflammations and allergies, why would you risk with your beauty that way? If organic makeup is still somewhat a mystery to you, here are a few facts that will shed light on it.
Reading Between the Lines
Some manufacturers tend to bend the truth a bit, so be sure to read the label carefully before you grab a supposedly 100 percent organic product. Avoid makeup with ingredients like isododecane, dimethicone, paraffin, sodium laureth sulfate, isohexane, mineral oil, methyl, ethyl, etc.
The True Meaning of Certification
When purchasing an organic (or seemingly organic) product, you will find various stamps on the label. Most of the certifications mean that the product contains organic ingredients – they can also mean they are fulfilling some other standards. For instance, the Soil Association certifies that the product is cruelty free and that it doesn’t contain parabens, propylene glycol, petrochemicals, and other potentially dangerous ingredients.
Different Certifications Have Different Meanings
There are several renowned certification bodies, and they have differently defined standards. Here are some basic things to know about them:
- Soil Association is the best-known certification board in the UK. It requires that 95% of the ingredients must be organic and that the non-organic part must be non-toxic. It also demands cruelty-free production.
- Ecocert demands that a minimum of 10% of all ingredients must come from organic farming.
- BDIH certifies the use of raw materials obtained from controlled biological or wild cultivation.
- Certech requires that the ingredients used in cosmetic products are certified as organic and that the products are free of any synthetic ingredients.
- Cosmos standard has come into force recently and it is a unifying standard of Europe’s top certification boards, becoming, as such, the most comprehensive and trusted certification yet.
Organic Makeup Is Just as Effective as Synthetic
Many women avoid organic makeup because they think it doesn’t provide enough coverage or doesn’t last as long as its synthetic counterpart, but the truth is that green makeup can be even more effective. Organic products contain a high concentration of active ingredients which nourish and beautify the skin. According to professionals from Hug Your Skin, synthetic makeup does quite the opposite, since it contains various dangerous chemicals that penetrate through the skin and travel into the body.
There Can Hardly Be a 100% Organic Product
If there is one ingredient that can’t be labeled as organic (except in exceptional cases) that would probably be water. In fact, this is claimed in National Organic Program (NOP) policy. These regulations state that the manufacturers of various products (including makeup) should exclude water when calculating the percentage of organically produced ingredients. That’s why it is more realistic when you see a 95% organic product, than a 100% one.
Both being healthy and beautiful is a matter of making the right choices. Decide to go green with your makeup and you will not regret a day. Just make sure you are well-acquainted with all the rules and regulations to make the best out of organic cosmetics.
Sooo…I did a thing. I’m sure you have all seen my arm, chest, and possibly stomach. I’m pretty “tatted” up. Well it’s been over a year since my last tattoo and I think I mentioned before how I have been itching for some new ink? Well this is a pretty unconventional way to scratch that itch.
I got my eyebrows microbladed! YUP! It’s a big trend right now with the demand of full looking brows but lacking the motivation to actually fill them in everyday. I am guilty of being one of those lazy make-up lovers that sometimes just want to cut out an extra step. That one extra step is m eyebrows. So I have patiently waited for this trend to improve on quality. Some microblading a few years ago were so shotty and bad that eyebrows everywhere looked like sharpie Nike logos. When one artist I have been following had broaden their experience, I finally made the decision to get my eyebrows “tattooed”
I have always had weird eyebrows. Yes I was a victim to over plucking. But even now after putting down the tweezers, my eyebrows still look like little sperm. I will say I have more hair than some people that get their eyebrows done. However I do not like the shape of my natural brows. So, for Christmas I asked my family for the funds to get my eyebrows done. Which was a big deal for me since every other kind of tattoo I have got I paid with my own money. $700 later, I got my perfect dream brows!
Overall the procedure was painless. The first 30 minutes was spent drawing up my new brows, making sure they are exactly as I want them, as well as what color I prefer them to be, the other was actual tattoo time. Roxanne is a brow genius, she looked at my brows and knew exactly how I wanted them done just by their natural shape. Then as far as the microblading, she numbed my eyebrows with one kind of numbing cream, began making the first “cat scratches” to open up the skin, which wasn’t very painful just uncomfortable. Then another numbing cream to completely numb the crap out of my eyebrows so I felt absolutely 100% no pain. The only thing that was unnerving was the sound of my skin being cut open…since it’s on your face, you can hear that shit! So we were in there at 12:30, out by 2:00. Roxanne was wonderful and actually saw me sooner than my appointment time. Which left me and Ryan enough time to hit Universal Studios! (only 1 mile form the salon I got my eyebrows done at)
- The most realistic looking!
- Cheap! Under $20.00! (price varies depending on where you get it from)
- Big head friendly
- No lace, full cap
- Multiple combs and adjustable straps
- 150°C heat resistant or 300°F
- Comes in a nice container (unlike my fashion wigs which their packaging was less than satisfactory)
- Big head friendly (had to sew the cap smaller since I have a petite head)
- Needed to be cut (bangs came a little bit long but I got to customize the look)
- Less dense, in some cases tracks can be seen
Where to buy
I dub this wig my Hermione Granger wig! It’s not as frizzy as it should be but I totally plan to rock this wig with a Hogwarts uniform this Halloween!
So this is one of the first wigs I bought that were not expensive “fashion wigs.” I was skeptical at first, buying such a cheap wig. But I think that’s what makes the “fashion wig” sellers thrive. People are more drawn to expensive “better quality” wigs that have a big following on social media. But I found that these cheaper wigs are just as good, sometimes better than the expensive wigs! I will say that you need to still be wary because the density of these cheaper wigs is a lot less than the $70-$100 front laces. However this wig has not let me down. I did have to sew the cap smaller which helped conceal the tracks that could have possibly been visible. But really, I love this wig. It is the most natural wig I own! If you are looking for a natural wig to just subtly change around your look, I think this would be the perfect first timer wig!
- Realistic looking!
- Very Dense!
- No lace, full cap
- Multiple combs and adjustable straps
- 150°C heat resistant or 300°F
- Tangles very easily
- Expensive!! (Shorter length, for the same price as my 26″ wigs!)
- Needed to be cut (bangs came SUPER long but I got to customize the look)
Where to buy
I personally love the look of bang wigs. They look the most natural on anyone especially if you have a larger forehead and middle parts seem to look a little funny. (like on me!) I did have to cut the bangs on this wig because they came super long out of the box, but that can be good and bad. I got to customize it, which I like because I made them into a statement fringe. But I know some people want them to be “out-of-the-box-ready-to-wear” So there is a little warning for you. I do also notice that this wig tangles really easily so I bring a mini brush with me to comb out the tangles throughout the time I wear it, to avoid a rats nest at the end of the day! I will note, EvaHair is hella expensive!*
*I have been investigating and some of the wigs on their website (as well as other expensive websites) and I was able to find them on amazon for 1/3 of the price. I plan to buy a wig off amazon to do a review and see how they hold up.