How To Cover Up A Bad Cold In 3 Easy Steps: Beauty Guide

How To Cover Up A Bad Cold In 3 Easy Steps: Beauty Guide


It is finally Fall! The first thing that I am reminded of is back to school, the second thing that reminds me of is pumpkin spice latte – which is now back at your local Starbucks if you haven’t already heard. Although I am all about season changes although this summer  was such a disappointment. I love hot weather and the highest we got was only around 30 degrees Celsius. One of the biggest things about weather change is adaptation. Lucky for me and my weak immune system, I almost always get a cold. So, two weeks ago, when I was sneezing and wheezing and still had to go to work, I covered up well to the point that my co-workers even said how I don’t even look sick.

STEP 1: FACE

There are tips and tricks that the power of makeup can help cover up a cold. One of the biggest thing is to keep your face bright. When you are sick, often times your face is often pink, or even a red. If you have a running nose and often irritating it, your nose will also be fairly red compared to the rest of your face. By using color corrector, you can get rid of the red nose. The brightness can also get rid of the bags under the eye. The brightener and color corrector will also help with lighting puffiness. I tend to find my face get rounder when I am going through a cold. At the same time you do want a bit of color so you look healthy! A little bronze on the face will do the trick! A light touch of shimmer on the nose and cheeks will give you a faint healthy glow. Nothing too dramatic and more of a natural look

STEP 2: EYES

Another tip is to use waterproof mascara. I am usually not one to use waterproof mascara on a regular basis. I know a few of my friends only use waterproof. Better Than Sex by Too Faced is one my all-time go to mascara. I bought the water proof one once and didn’t find the formula as consistent than the regular one. However, colds often make my eyes watery, especially when I am sneezing. So, with waterproof mascara, it avoids any black smudges or drippy black eyes! Another tip, sure you do your eyes! Now, I am not saying like full on smoky eye effect, but a lash curler and a light coat of mascara goes a long way! It is the easiest way to awaken tired eye. When your lashes are more full it will give you bigger and brighter eyes!

STEP 3: LIPS

Often times, especially, during the colder months, my lips get so dry and flaky. The weather is already dry, on top of a stuffy nose. My lips begin to crack, To avoid chapped lips the best way is to keep it dehydrated. Although not so much of a beauty trick, more of a skin care one! A lip night mask really helps with re-balancing the moisture level of the lips. One of my favorite is the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask! Surprisingly enough,  drinking a lot of water is also a great way to keep you away from dryness! 

October 19, 2017 — AN CAN

DIY Face Masks!

 

Tips & Tricks

DIY FACE MASKS 

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          Instead of spending a few dollars for a face mask or even forty dollars for a bottle, there are products around the house that can do the EXACT same thing. Believe it or not?! Give these facial masks a try. Nothing fancy here, all you need to do is dig around the kitchen to look for *most* of these products

       Different products help with different types of problems. For example, if you suffer from redness or wrinkles, there are different ingredients that can help with this, PLUS ITS NATURAL! And a lot of it is also edible! Whole fruits and vegetables are what a lot of these recipes aim for. Some really helps with anti-aging, and there is also vitamin C that can fight free radicals, prevent wrinkles, and give you firmer, younger-looking skin.

Red/Rough Skin Mask: 

1/2 Cucumber, Pureed in a food blender,1/4 Cup Of Milk, 1 Tablespoon Honey, 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar

Cucumber is the key to cooling which helps with reducing redness. This mask smells divine, and also the whole complete spa feels. The brown sugar helps with gentle exfoliation making the face softer!

Oily Skin Mask:

1/2 cup cooked oatmeal, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Oatmeal is also another great use to soothe the skin and get rid of redness. Although not as effective as cucumber. Oatmeal works great with lemon juice because it helps remove excess oil and dead skill cells.

Anti Aging Mask:

Pomegranate Seeds, Uncooked Oatmeal, Turbinado Sugar, Plain Yogurt Olive Oil 

In a food processor, combine 2 tablespoons of pomegranate seeds and 1 cup uncooked oatmeal. Transfer to bowl; stir in 2 tablespoons honey (an antiseptic) and 2 tablespoons buttermilk. Apply to face for a few minutes, then rinse. For rough patches (like elbows), add ¾ cup turbinado sugar.

The seeds of pomegranate are loaded with anti-aging compounds, like antioxidants and vitamin C, that’s why it’s super useful when it comes to beauty regimen! Since the seeds a bit rough, it works as a superb scrub!

Yogurt is also helpful! (Very common and easy too!)

Yogurt contains lactic acid, or in plain terms, it means that it helps clear blemishes, discoloration, and reduces fine wrinkles!

Mix 1 cup Greek yogurt with 2 to 3 drops of almond or olive oil and a tablespoon of honey; apply to face, leave on for 20 to 30 minutes, then rinse and pat dry.

Now that you know what these ingredients are used for or how they help the skin, you can also try mixing different ingredients together to match your skin. For example cucumber with honey works really well if you are looking to get rid of blemish and blotches!

 

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August 23, 2017 — AN Commerce

Top 5 Skin Care Procedures and Products You Should Definitely Invest In This Summer

If you’re anything like me, my skin is never consistent. A couple years ago I suffered from oily skin, to sensitive and acne-prone skin, to what I currently have — dry skin.  And to anyone who has dry skin, you know it’s not fun. The flakiness shows through your foundation, and just makes your make up look blotchy.

         My many trips to cosmetic stores had me spending great amounts on products I’ve never even heard of to combat this. For the longest time, I was under the impression that the flakiness was strictly a result of the past products I put on my face. And, as much truth there is behind that statement, there are other factors largely at play, too. (HYDRATION!) This post will focus on the top skin care procedures from home-made masks to gentle scrubs and lotions that won’t puncture a hole in your wallet.

         Before trying any sort of face care products, it helps to know what is in them and what your skin might be allergic to. If you don’t know, try testing a small amount on your hand to see if there are any sort of reactions. If not, you’re good to go!

         Skincare is so underrated, but it’s time we start focusing more on it! Skincare is one of your biggest investments, and as a result, you want to take care of it by using the right products, not products that will leave your skin dry and damaged (Apricot scrub, I’m looking at you!) The general rule of thumb here is that you want to opt for products that leave out harsh ingredients, and introduce more natural ones. Sometimes, this can get expensive. But it doesn’t have to be! Without further ado, here are the Top 5 Skin Care Procedures and Products You Should Definitely Invest In!

Coconut oil, sugar, and honey face mask

This mask is more of an exfoliate than anything, but nonetheless it definitely is one of my all-time favorites because it’s made out of everyday items. No extra expenses here!

Recipe: 1/4 cup sugar, 1/8 cup of coconut oil (solid),  and 1 tablespoon of honey

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*amounts can be adjusted based on how much you need

            What I really like about this face mask is how well it removes the dead skin off your face. Sugar is a gentle, non-abrasive scrub and can be used as frequently as needed. It is also a humectant, therefore it retains the moisture in your skin. Sugar is definitely my go-to ingredient when it comes to masks because of how easily it strips the dead skin. Honey makes for a great exfoliate as well due to its mild alpha-hydroxy acids. These acids loosen the bond between dead skin, making it much easier to shed this layer. Finally, coconut oil is an excellent all-natural moisturizer for your skin, so even when you scrub off the mask, you’re still left with skin as smooth as a baby’s bottom. Seriously. 

Clinique Pep-Start  2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser



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I swear by this cleanser. It is formulated without the use of parabens and phthalates, and although it is ideal for all skin types from normal to oily, it is definitely a dream come true if you suffer from dry skin. It’s gentle, and one of my more “everyday” products, but what I like most about this product is that you definitely get your moneys worth. Just lather a dime-sized amount on your face, and watch it work its magic. Did I mention it’s a 2-in-1? Meaning you can use it for make up removal while simultaneously exfoliating your skin. It’s definitely a must-have in your skin care regime.

Boscia Charcoal Deep-Pore Exfoliating Peel Gel with Volcanic Sand

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            I’ve never seen a product like this, and after one use I was hooked. A little bit on the expensive side, but again, it’s one of those products you can use for a long time. A little goes a long way with this peel, too. It’s also formulated without parabens, sulfates, phthalates, it’s free of preservatives, artificial fragrance, colour, gluten and ethanol alcohol.

         The way this peel works is that it lightly attaches to old dead skin cells and as you rub it on your skin, you can see it physically removing the dead skin thanks to its volcanic sand. The best part about it is that it doesn’t leave your skin feeling dry.  Just make sure you apply it on a clean, and dry face. This is not meant to remove make up. It does get a little messy, but its effective! I’d use this product 1-2 times a week for optimal results!

Sephora Collection, Intensive Instant Moisturizer + Cream

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            I am hooked on this moisturizer. This moisturizer provides 24 hour hydration to your skin. Ideal for dryness! Goodbye flakiness! If you have sensitive skin like me, you know that finding a moisturizer that doesn’t feel like it’s burning your face upon application is essential. This product does just that, and more. After exfoliating your face, this product not only provides the moisture your skin needs, but it acts as a good base for your makeup.

There are so many benefits to this product, I don’t know where to begin. It’s gentle as it can get, smells fantastic, and absorbs quickly into the skin. I’m on my second jar, and I can’t get enough!

Laneige Water Bank Serum

             

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               This serum is probably my secret go-to product. Use it after exfoliating, but before moisturizing for optimal results. This water-based serum delivers six moisture-maximizing minerals (zinc, magnesium, manganese, potassium, calcium, and sodium). It locks in moisture, without introducing more oil to your skin. It’s also not skin-type specific, but if you have dry skin, you will benefit a lot from Laneige’s Water Bank Serum. It goes on light as well, and does not leave behind any residue. It’s a simple serum where a little definitely goes a long way, and it leaves your skin feeling softer, smoother, more evenly toned, and ready for  whatever the day has in store!

FYI - Laneige does not test it’s products or the ingredients in it’s products on animals. And because of that, I just had to give it a 5/5 rating and the number one spot!

Remember, healthy skin starts internally. So upon exfoliating and moisturizing, make sure you’re getting enough hydration by drinking lots of water too - especially during these hot summer days! Healthy skin is happy skin!

August 17, 2017 — AN Commerce

Jade Rolling 101

       It seems like jade rolling is all the rage at the moment and it's no surprise with the rave reviews it's had! Ever since highlighters made their way to the top of the beauty chain, people have been trying to find ways to brighten their skin naturally, using all sorts of lotions, potions and devices. Although Jade Rolling may be a new concept to most, Chinese royalty have been using the stone for centuries to get their glow and heal their chi.

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So basically, Jade is associated with protecting against negative energy and balancing your chi and according to Chinese medicine (where this whole idea seems to have originated from) tons of physical and mental symptoms, e.g. tiredness, pain and anxiety, can indicate that your chi is a little off! It’s a great solution to try out if you’re a big believer in giving natural solutions a go. Now that's all good and well if you're into your stones and spirituality (it definitely intrigues me) but even if you're not, there are plenty of physical benefits to Jade Rolling!

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If you hadn't guessed by now, Jade Rolling is basically a device that allows you to simply roll a Jade stone across your face, which is said to increase blood circulation, helps with lymphatic drainage, reduces the appearance of fine lines, help the production of collagen and apparently banishes under eye circles(?!) – if this bit is true then I’m definitely game. If that isn't enough for you, it helps your skincare products penetrate your skin that little bit more! Of course you can use the roller on its own which will help with blood circulation, but it seems that people favor pairing it with their favorite moisturizer or serum which I guess kills two birds with one stone! To use it for maximum effect you need to start rolling upwards from your neck (which is always just as important as your face) towards your forehead – I don’t know the science behind it but it’s a common fact I’ve found.

From what I’ve seen myself, it’s rave reviews definitely base off of the fact that it helps banish under eye circles (I suffer terribly so I’m willing to try any solution) and people seem to be living for it. When it comes to using it for your under eyes I’ve seen a couple of different methods but I guess it’s all about what works best for you and figuring out what’s the most comfortable. Of course, with so many people claiming it to be a miracle worker, it must really work miracles (I mean I wouldn’t be shouting from the rooftops unless it made a huge noticeable difference). But that said, I can’t find any comparison photos in my search but if you have a scout over a few blogs you’ll get the gist of the general reaction Jade Rolling is getting!

So there you have it, a little bit of information and a few benefits of Jade Rolling. I think it's safe to say that even if you're not too into spiritual stuff, you can’t really go wrong with picking one up for yourself! Prices do vary quite a bit but even the most expensive options don’t fall into the ‘luxury/high end’ range, so perfect for those on a budget and even more reason to pick one up! Oh and if you do, have a go at keeping your Jade Roller in the fridge. The stone is naturally cold but the added temperature drop is said to make it more refreshing!

If you are interested in Jade Rolling, Check out our version Here!

 

 

August 16, 2017 — AN Commerce

How to Get Beach Waves for All Hair Types

I am literally writing this blog post as I wait to get my haircut. For the summer time, I like to chop off a few inches to get into the hot, sunny vibes. Hair is also so much easier to manger when my face isn’t hidden in endless strands of hair. One of my favourite look for summer is the beach waves, and there is something about that hair style that goes so nicely with the summer air. In the past, few years I have found a few hair styling products that help with capture the perfect beach waves. I have also learned that some hair type and length requires a little bit more work toe get the beach waves look. So, in today’s blog post I will be recommending some products, tips and directions on getting beach waves for different types of hair.

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If you have short hair you’re in luck because beach waves is as easy as 1-2-3 for you. That’s what I am kind of aiming for too, like a short but not too short lob bob type of hair, but I always get so scared cutting all my hair, it’s almost like fear of change problem… but anyways for short hair beach waves all you really need is hairspray to hold it in place. Since short hair is a bit more easy to manage, using a flat iron works best. I have heard others using a larger flat iron, but I find that a one inch clamp is the easiest to manage. Make sure your iron isn’t too hot, medium heat is perfect. Start from the scalp and then twist it 180 degrees. One common mistake is turning it 360 (I have too when I first started) but you should be turning the iron towards the back and not forward.

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TIP: start with dry hair with a small amount of products in it. Beach waves is hard to do when you are hair isn’t tame or too dry. I usually pull this look when I haven’t washed my hair for a few days, spray a bit of dry shampoo to make the hair a bit more workable.

For thick hair beach waves can sometimes get tricky too, the key to this is to use stronger products. Last year, I had super thick and almost coarse hair. I had to totally pick up a whole new set products. I also used both mousse and hairspray for a better and longer lasting look. I get a lot of my haircare and even home products from well.ca, they have some really great deals on their site sometimes. I remember using the Herbal Essences Set Me Up Extra Hold Mousse  and the TRESemme TRES Two Extra Hold Hair Spray . The TRESemme hairspray is actually on sale right now too! TRESemme is one of my favourite hair product, from their shampoo and conditioner to their hair styling products. I use their Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Hair Spray  too to keep my hair less damaged.

If you hair is especially hitting the super coarse or frizzy phase, give moisturizing cream or a hair oil to help style and even make it healthier in the long-run! The more product you use will also help soften your hair texture as well. I highly recommend (as does everyone else) Moroccan oil, a great pic up at Sephora and totally work it. Although I have never tried it myself because my hair hasn’t gone to that stage, a few of my friends live off of this!

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June 02, 2017 — AN Commerce

Favorite Hair Tools

If you have curly hair and hard to tame hair, having the correct hair tools is very important. It can really help with your everyday routine. Having the right hair tools that work will make your day a whole lot simpler and less hassle. No more giant knots, or ball of hair mess…. Check out all these great tools that will make life SO much easier.

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First thing first is to have the proper hair brush since this is something you will use everyday. The Hydrea London olive wood oval hair brush is made with pure wild boar bristle and a rubber cushion. The bristle of this brush really helps with thick locks. If you use it regularly the bristle also help stimulates the scalp and healthy growth of your hair. Sometimes using a thicker and a bit rougher bristles can be a brilliant thing. To buy click here

If you aren’t ready to try a boar bristle brush another alternative is The Tangle Teezer, this brush is great for medium to thick hair and designed for de-tangling. The distinctive shape of this brush is made from plastic bristles but super firm. It also comes in different colors and designs. Totally dig the Star Wars one! To buy click here.

For blowout, the Amika Bombshell Thermal Brush is a great way to save money while having a weekly blowout. This works fabulous on thick, coarse, fine and even curly hair. This brush was featured on the Birch Box and basically it is thermal ceramic round brush that help creates bouncy curls just like the salon minus the hefty bill at the end. It uses infrared heat and negative ion while preserving moisture for smooth and shiny locks. To buy click here. 

Other heating styling tools that are evilly good is the Sultra The Bombshell Rod Curling Iron. This is a favorite among many others because it is easy to use and holds curl flawlessly. The rod is right size of barrel for light curls. It is also very lightweight compared to other curling rods. To buy click here.

If you don’t really like curling your hair with a rod another option that is a bit newer to the market is the Conair Infiniti Pro Curl Secrete. Although there has been mixed review on this tool it does work. It is a bit challenging when you first start but once you get the hang of it, it gets easier. It curls super quick and saves so much time in comparison on a rod. To buy click here. 

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May 01, 2017 — AN Commerce

Solutions to Common Beauty Problems

Learn how to get out of those common beauty problems can help you save a lot of money and time. There are a lot of solutions out there that you might be able to Google search but not all of them are prone to work… it can be even more frustrating because you then realized you are still stuck with the problem and wasted even more time. But fear not!!! There are REAL solutions to your common beauty problems that can get your life back on track with no problems.

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It is one thing to jab your eye with the mascara --- so sorry, but cannot help you there, but it is another problem to get mascara on the eyelids. Do you spend half an hour on your eyeshadow then you put mascara on and BAM *shed a tear*. The reason behind this is because mascara break down when it comes into contact with oil on the skin. The solution to this is easy, before putting on your mascara, try creating a matte canvas on your lids with a primer. A top of translucent powder will help you absorb the oil on your face. No more worries on that hard art piece on your eyelids.

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Trouble getting your makeup off before bed? This is a serious problem 101 because sleeping with leftover makeup on your face is a BIG NONO. Not only does this clog up your pores, it is also key to breakout EKKS. And sometimes a cleanser is just not enough *SIGH*. What to do? No need to fret and use 3 makeup cloth, instead try using an oil-based formula makeup remover. Oil-based is better because it breaks up cosmetic better than traditional formulas. And no, a makeup remover shouldn’t be your only makeup routine, you should also use another cleanser along with it. Highly recommend the use of a Foreo Luna or Clarisonic device with it.

Skin condition got you red? That area around the nose is red? We all through this problem! This is a skin condition that a lot others go through too because it triggers a mild inflammation. As dermatologist Dr. Wu suggest, “you have dilated or "broken" capillaries, you can consider Intense Pulsed Light laser treatments to shrink the blood vessels”. This can cost up to $500. If you don’t want treatment, try seeking a mattifier and acne medication such as a light gel moisturizer!

Beautyblender taking up all your foundation? The use of sponge blender became the NEW thing a few years ago and everyone loves it. Problem? The bottle of foundation goes down the drain twice as fast as before! Instead of directly putting the foundation on your sponge, try dabbing your sponge into the product. You can put the foundation pumps on your hand. This will allow for less waste and the ability to make sure you have the exact foundation color and the correct amount of coverage. Try pressing the sponge around your face because it will create a more natural finish and more gentle on your skin in comparison to sweeping.

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April 12, 2017 — AN Commerce

Makeup for Various Face Shapes

Hey everyone, today’s blog post will be more make-up based. For different face shapes, there are ways to apply makeup that defines your assets better. I will be going over some tips and product that will work best for your face shape.

 

Oval face:

If you have an oval face you are already on the right track! Lucky you! According to New York makeup artist, Jessica Lauren – if you want to make your face appear a little bit shorter and thinner, you can apply foundation [along your jaw] one shade darker than your natural skin colour. Other than that, you should stick with using your normal foundation. As for highlighting the assets and best features, try using a highlighter in the center of your forehead, this is a great way to sharpen it. You can also dab a bit on our chin, temples, and eye bag too. 

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Heart face:

If you have a heart face, meaning that your forehead is wider and your chin is more narrow It is most ideal to draw attention away from the chin and cheekbones. Try using coral makeup for the cheeks. The incarnation of a sheer wash of colurs for the check is perfect. This will bring a gorgeous rosy glow and subtle plumping effect to the heart shaped face. One great product to try out is the Tarte Cheek Stain in glisten. Another way to keep the look subtler is to use nudes. A nude palette will help balance the proportions of the forehead and chin. It will also help with sharpening planes of the face. I suggest using a luminous matte shade that will help with a soft glow. Last thing, instead of a harsh liner like liquid, try something a bit more soft, I really like a gel or pencil linter. The MAC eye pencil is one of my favorite. 

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Round face:

This is when your forehead and lower face are the same width, and prominent cheeks. It is important to use makeup to help add definition to the face. I have a round face and one of my favourite thing to do is create a bronzy look. Bronzer is so important to contour the face. I usually apply bronzer to under my cheekbones along with a bit of highlighter on the top of my cheekbones. According to Vanessa Eckels, Senior Makeup Artist at Hourglass Abbot Kinney, she suggests focusing on the arch of the brow to bring some length to the face, it’s important to have a natural arch of the brow and not overdrawing it.

Square face:

The key to make up for a square face is shade and soften the corners of the face. This includes contouring the corners of the face with a bronzer or darker foundation. It is best when applied on the side of the jaw, blending it upwards and the side of the forehead. For the forehead play with the depth but blending bronzer around the hairline and with a deeper shade to create dimension. Add a bit of colour to the eyes and cheek. Try blending showdown on the eyes but keeping the shapes softer with no sharp edges.

 

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February 21, 2017 — AN Commerce

Easy Hairstyle Tutorials

There are a lot of stylish hairstyles around the internet, here is a list of some of the best hair style tutorial gathered.

This hair style is chic and great for blooming weather. 

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What You’ll Need:

- Mini hair elastics

- Bobby pins

- Sea salt spray

Step 1: Grab a one-inch section of hair from each side of your head just above your ears and twist them back to the center of your head. Secure with a mini hair elastic.

Step 2: Using hair underneath the elastic, braid a two-inch section of hair and secure with another elastic.

Step 3: Wrap the braid around the base of itself until it forms a flower shape, then use bobby pins to secure in place.

Step 4 (Optional): Use sea salt spray on the rest of your hair to give it a beach-y texture.

 

This is the classic messy bun look, it is not as easy as you would think!

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Step 1: Start off by sweeping the front part of your hair to one side as to create a fuller crown area. Use your fingers along with a paddle brush to direct both sides to the back of the head.

Step 2: Gather your hair into a loose pony and secure with an ouchless elastic (sides and back). The base of the pony should rest in the middle of the back of the head. Push your pony up slightly to create fullness at the top of your head. You can stick a bobby pin right underneath to give it some volume. Add some hairspray.

Step 3: Separate the pony into one inch sections, curling each section loosely. You don’t have to do this very carefully, as it is a messy bun, and you just want to get some waves. Holding the curler for about 3 seconds should be enough, depending on the hair thickness.

Step 4: After each section is curled, use a bobby pin to secure the curl loosely against your scalp. When pinning the curls, make sure that you pin some at the top as to form an even and balanced shape.

Step 5: Once you’ve finished pinning the curls, use your fingers to gently loosen up the curls, making it look messy. Finish off with a little bit of hair spray and you have a sexy, messy bun!

 

This one is a lazy yet fancy ponytail!

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Step One: Gather up a ponytail, but separate a section of hair on each side in the front and leave that loose.

Step Two: Take a section of hair on your left side of the head and separate it into a top layer and a bottom layer. Take the top layer in your left hand.

Step Three: Cross the section of hair over to the right side of your head, above the ponytail. Use a bobby pin to pin in place.

Step Four: Take the top section of hair on the right side of your head and cross over the left section. See that little tail hanging out of your first section? Grab that as you are crossing the right section of hair over. Pin in place.

Step Five: Take your remaining section of hair on the left side and cross that over to the right. Don't forget to grab that little tail and incorporate it into your section before you pin. Pin in place just over your ponytail elastic.

Step Six: Take your remaining section of hair on the right (and that little leftover tail, if you have one) and cross it over to the left side. Pin in pl ace.

Steps Seven: If you have a short tail hanging out of your last crossover piece, you can just pin it under the ponytail. If you have a long tail remaining, grab a section from each side of your ponytail and wrap around the elastic. Pin in place. Once you are done you should have a fancy ponytail!

Check out a few of the best Youtube videos for step by step tutorial of some of the most awesome hair styles. There are some great inspirations for everyday styles.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CMFV-J7nL0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAwJHW6agkk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eT5uwAriBnE - five minute hairstyles!

February 21, 2017 — AN Commerce

Travel Beauty Essentials

Being a bit of a beauty junkie can be a problem when it comes to travelling, whether it’s for a couple of days away or a week or two somewhere hot! I struggle enough deciding on what to use every day and it’s not like you can just pack up your entire dressing table and take it with you (unless you have a pretty big budget to cover the luggage costs)! There are a few things though that I think are absolute essentials to take with you on your travels and here they are!

Lip Balm
Lip balms, butters and scrubs are 100% essential wherever you go. They’re perfect for both hot and cold weather to keep your lips in top condition – chapped and dry lips will never be in fashion - or just to slick over your lips for a bit of a glossy look! No matter where I go, I always have a lip balm on me. Desk, dressing table, purse – you name it and I’ve got one!

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Moisturizers
Another must-have no matter where you go! I have oily/combination skin myself but I always need to make sure I moisturize morning and night. I have a day cream and a night cream that I will use religiously as part of my routine and they’re definitely essentials throughout the year. They keep my skin moisturized during the winter and help with the oils in the summer – I wouldn’t be without them!

 

Mascara
I don’t think I actually know anybody that doesn’t at least wear mascara every day? Of course I’ll occasionally nip to the shop bare-faced, but if I don’t fancy a full face of makeup but I want to look a little bit more ‘awake’, a dash of mascara usually does the trick! If I’m ever going away overnight, mascara is the first thing I pack. It’s a little pick-me-up that makes all the difference!

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Brushes
I guess this one kind of depends more on what else you’re taking with you (you may be taking just the mascara, who knows!) but I wouldn’t be without them personally. Brushes are a key part of my makeup routine and they make all the difference! I dread to imagine going away without them, I’d be left to use my hands! I have the Spectrum Bombshell set and it has pretty much every brush you’ll ever need. Even if I were to go away for one night, I’d at least be taking my brow and highlighting brushes with me!

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Palettes
‘Palette’ is definitely one of my favourite words right now. I use them every single day, sometimes more than one at the same time. The convenience of them is a major selling point for me because you can take them pretty much anywhere! Whether it’s a highlighter, eyeshadow, contouring or blush palette, you can take such a selection of colours and products on your travels making the task of whittling your makeup down to just priorities that little bit easier! One palette I’m definitely going to be taking on my travels is the Morphe x Kathleen Lights eyeshadow palette, there are so many different colours that I’ll be able to create a ton of different looks – and the light shimmer shade is perfect as a highlight too!

Sleep Aid
We all need our beauty sleep – me in particular – and sometimes sleep can be harder when you’re away from the comfort of your own bed! I’m not a fan of taking any kind of sleeping tablet, but I’ve found a few products that help me relax and drift off into a peaceful sleep lately. Any kind of sleep spray normally does the trick, I use the This Works spray or a Boots own brand one, but the Badger Sleep Balm is a god send when it comes to relaxing products. I’ve taken this away before and it definitely helped me drift off when I had a particularly uncomfortable hotel bed. Plus, with it being a balm it doesn’t count towards your liquid allowance if you were to catch a flight and you won’t have any spillages in your bag!

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February 17, 2017 — AN Commerce