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Tips On Choosing The Right Foundation For Your Skin Type

Choosing the right foundation can sometimes feel like choosing the perfect icing for a cake, you want everything to be just right. I have had my fair share of problems with choosing the best foundation for my skin type and tone. You definately do not want to have too much foundation or too little.

As easy as it might seem, do not be fooled, choosing the right foundation can be a daunting task. One that requires research and some professional advice.

With that said, the trick with foundation is to first determine your skin type – oily, dry or combination skin or mature skin. Secondly your skin tone – pale, medium, brown or dark.

If you take anything from this, remember this, the right foundation or tinted moisturiser will look as if you aren’t wearing any at all. Foundation should disappear into your skin.

Here are some tips on choosing the right foundation:
– Do your research first before buying foundation (make-up)
– Go to buy from a department store where you can get the help of professionals
– Go to the make-up counter with a fresh clean face with no foundation on (clean canvass)
– Try out the foundation (make-up) before you buy it
– Remember the best shade for you is the one that blends and disappears on your face
– Consider using an SPF40 UV moisturiser before your foundation for added protection
– Ask the make-up professional on ingredients to look out for when purchasing foundation for your skin type
– To test, apply a stroke of up to 3 shades from your cheek to your jawline (to find a shade that fades into your skin best)
– Once you have found the right shade, take a mirror and step out of the department store into natural light to see how the foundation looks in natural light

If you consider these simple tips next time you look for your perfect foundation, you will walk away a winner with flawless looking skin.

Share with us your experiences with choosing the right foundation.

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Simple Face Masks For All Skin Types

Spring is at the door and you might want to get into a good skin care regime before summer. There are many home remedys you can try in the comfort of your own home, the trick is to find one that works well for your skin type.

Fear not for I have a few tips that can help you look radient this summer with just a few ingredients that you can find in your kitchen.
I love using simple ingredients that are readily available to me, because then everything is at arms length and it’s convinient.

I believe that natural products are a wise choice because they are less harmful (if at all) to your skin and good enough to eat, and if one doesn’t work for you you can substitute it with another natural product until you find your perfect fit. The fact that you find these very same ingredients in your store bought beauty products means they are essential to your beauty needs.

Before I proceed to give you the recipe to my simple face masks let me give you this face mask for distressed skin.

INTENSE FACE MASK

Ingredients:
– 1 Tsp plain yogurt
– 1 tsp liquid honey
– 1 tsp organic brown sugar
*If you would like to lighten your skin tone add 1 tsp of lemon juice.
Method:
Mix all these ingredients together. Apply to your face in small circular motion and leave it on for 15 minutes. Wash your face clean with warm water and end off with a splash of cold water.

Here are some simple masks to help you on your way to healthier looking skin:

MASK FOR DRY SKIN

Ingredients:
– 2 Tsp plain thick yogurt
– 1 egg yolk or 1 tsp liquid honey
– Few drops cocunut or olive oil

MASK FOR OILY SKIN

Ingredients:
– 1 ripe banana
– 1 egg white
– 1 tsp apple cider vinegar or citrus juice

METHOD:
Blend together or mix (mask for dry skin) the ingredients. Apply apply the mask to your face and leave for 10-15 minutes. Cleanse your face thoroughly with warm water then take a splash of cold water.

I hope you find these easy to make and of great use. Remember to share these beauty secretes with your friends and family.

Do you have a beauty regime that works wonders for you?

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Why Are Black Skinned African #Woman Labeled As #TrueAfricanBeauty And Not Simply Beautiful?

What is beauty? This seems like a simple question with an obvious answer , I feel silly even asking it. In reality though we know fact and truth are not necessarily the same thing. So, let us not even define the word beauty, instead let’s just focus on the perception or idea of beauty within society.

If you have read my blog much you will have come to the realisation that the topic of woman and beauty fascinates me. The idea or perception of +beauty has been the centre of many heated conversation and argument even on social media. A few days ago I uploaded a picture of a random model on my facebook page, it was of a beautiful dark-skinned¬†African model. She wore a lovely gold and cream designer dress – she had THE MOST AMAZING SKIN (that’s the first thing I noticed before focusing on her face) and bone structure. When I saw her picture I was excited, I thought I had to share it. She was a simple beauty with short hair.

The reaction I got from my facebook friends was of mixed reaction but nothing I did not anticipate. There are those who would like without commenting and a few who simply said true African beauty (I hate that term, beauty is beauty it is not African or western) and then came the expected comments from those who are ‘anti-black skin’, they went straight for the jagular and pointed out the fact that the model is too ‘black’ (too black for who? Or what?). Of the three types of people on +facebook I prefer the critics over the likes because with them at least I know what I’m getting.

The anti-black skin community believes if you are too dark (black) you are not beautiful, while the pro-black skin community embraces everything +African sometimes to a fault. Because in most cases they will pick a dark skin person over a light(er) shade or afro over a weave and African print over more contemporay attire. My only concern with people, friends and family that are pro African is they can get the lines between African beauty and African pride blurred.

Beauty is a universal term, there is no African beauty there is simply beauty and then there is African style or African inspired style. If a +model or woman from Africa is beautiful that should be because she looks appealing to the eye – she is a beautiful woman.
In many cases African beauty has been potrayed as that of a –¬†woman, I do not agree with this ideology. In Africa we have many +shades of skin from the darkest to very light skin and kinky coily hair to straighter wavy hair. Yet, of all these differences the one the western and the world community embraces as ‘true African beauty’ is the darkest tone with the most coiled hair and in almost all cases the hair is short (African women love their hair, I have no idea why these iconic black woman have short hair-it might be a coincidence). The world perception of isolating African beauty into a category of its’ own is a great source of division.

I will not point fingers at where and how all this came about, we all know enough about the history of Africa to know that this is the effects of years of oppression of the body and now of the mind. African people need to know that colour does not define a person. We need to steer away from cosmetic +skin lightener (that’s a topic for another day). The world should let Africa decide what is African and what is beauty. I just hope in time African people can see beauty before .

 

 

What is your experience on peoples perception of African beauty or the beauty of an African woman?

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Like All Things Beautiful Keep Calm And Know Pretty Hurts, Women Suffer For Beauty

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PRETTY HURTS, I never knew exactly what this statement meant until I became a woman. Growing up life was simple, but then you grew up and suddenly life got complicated. My mother use to say ‘you suffer for beauty’ she usually said that right after I did my hair and I complained of how much it hurts. The thought of getting my hair done was a great feeling. It usually meant I could style my hair as desired as opposed to having an afro or I could rock a set style like braids. Finally I would have hair that flows.

Everyone would tell you how pretty you will look afterward but no one tells you just how much it hurts. Whenever I had my hair relaxed I got burned by the relaxer creme. The hairdresser would tell me ‘be strong, hold on just a bit more, the longer you sit with the relaxer the straighter your hair will become’ I always did as advised. As you can imagine, the relaxer creme did burn my scalp, but my hair was dead straight and that my dear reader was THE BEST FEELING EVER! everyone would compliment you on how great your hair looks.

Fast Forward many years later, and a good relaxer is not the only thing that hurts. Now, all of a sudden you have things like weight, skin, diet, pose, make-up, hair, beauty and public perception to worry about…like your teenage years weren’t enough trouble. But, I have to say, my school years it seems were a walk in the park back in the 90’s. Today’s teenagers are too self aware, so much that their teenage years are literally based on their LOOKS more then their academics. And that alone makes me happy to be born in the 80’s.

The honest truth is we should all embrace who we are as INDIVIDUALS. We are all unique and beautiful in our own way. Being pretty is not everything. Beauty comes in many shapes and forms, pick one that agrees with you and be happy with your choice. If you asked me If I believe looks are important my answer would be ‘yes’. But the question is, are looks as important as we believe they are, what influence has media and society played in our perception of beauty? I believe the question of beauty is not one of shape or form but one of emotion and feeling. To me feeling beautiful and confident matters more then looking beautiful. But, beauty will always be admired and sought after just like the mystical fountain of youth.

Pretty hurts pretty much at any age for woman. Growing up I always thought at a certain age woman stop caring about their outer appearance. I now realise that this isn’t so, since my mother in her late 50’s is still so concerned about her APPEARANCE and wouldn’t mind losing a few kilo’s and having a smaller waist. Women love to be beautiful outside in.

The female form is God’s greatest work. She is a measure of all that is good, her proportions are just the right measure – from her body, to her mind, to her heart. Everything is proportioned with a good measure of love and care. But pretty always hurts, this BEAUTIFUL form was built to withstand hardship. Childbirth is one of the most beautiful gifts and like all things beautiful – it hurts.

 

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When Only The Best Will Do For Your Hair, Face And Body It’s Pure Essential Oils or Nothing – D.I.Y

This week I have been on a mission to begin my metamorphosis into more healthier hair, face and body products. I have read a lot of blogs and watched a lot of you tube video’s all of which is very helpful – but confusing at the same time. So, this whole week I dedicated my time to buying some really great oils with the intention to make my own hair, face and body products. I managed to get pure coconut oil, almond oil, linseed/flaxseed oil and castor oil (from my local pharmacy), olive oil, avocado oil, amla oil (from my local food store) and Olive Miracle growth oil (with a mix of essential oils) and a few great hair products (from my local health and home product store). Although I got a few oils on my list, I failed to get all the oils I needed and it proved to be quite a mission getting through my list. I realised this, my blogs are by Americans and it seems that they have a vast array of products available to them in their local stores and in large quantities at reasonable prices. Here in South Africa these very same products although some of which can be easily found, they cannot be located in one store nor can they be found in large quantities or variety – you will get the oils in small packaging at a high cost. And worst of all the staff can be of little help because they are unfamiliar with these oils or their use, they will not even know if the store stocks them or not. Keep in mind you will find these oils on different isles of the store, like the avocado oil will be on the food isle while the coconut oil will be on the cosmetic isle. One essential ingredient I was disappointed not to find is aloe vera, I did find one in powder form called Cape Aloe. But, since I was looking for the aloe in liquid form I just didn’t know how to incorporate the Cape Aloe into my other oils. Now I have all these oils lined up on my bedroom dresser along with all my other hair products – my dresser looks a mess. I have my beauty products, a lot of hair and body products and hair dyes (I rarely use). I just love a good sale I guess, because I get most of my products on sale. The reason I went on this ridiculous oil shopping spree is because I have a plan. I intend to use pure products from now on. While reading through all those blogs one simple fact became very apparent to me. We always want to but products that are going to aid our health and looks, this is the very trick product marketers use on us unsuspecting consumers. They sell us products and write in bold print coconut oil, almond oil or olive oil and even make the bottle look greenish like the olive and emphasise all the goodness of these oils to us on the cover/label – and we think yes! That’s exactly what I need AWESOME!!!. But hold on…turn that product around and look for the olive oil, almond oil or coconut oil on the ingredients list. You will run your eyes down the list until viaola there you go, you find it at number 11 or worse it’s the 27th on the list – WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? Well, it simply means you’ve been had. What you are buying is not olive oil but has trace elements of the oil in it. As a rule always look to see if the main ingredient is in the first 5 ingredients on the list because that is what makes up the bulk of your product. I now practice this rule every time I go shopping and I am usually disheartened to find that most products use false advertisement. Adding a few of these essential/carrier oils together with pure shearbutter (which I am still searching for) or on their own will give me varying consistencies and mixtures of oils that will serve differing purposes for my hair, face and body. I like following beauty regimes that work for me and trying some on recommendation. I enjoy my oil baths and or straight out of bath oil moisturizer, oil face cleansing, hot oil treatments, pre poos, essential oil shearbutter, creme hair treatments and adding carrier and essential oils to my hair conditioners or water based hair spray. As you can see there are so many uses for these essential and carrier oil. I have already made a mixture I use on my hair, body and for my soothing oil bath. FYI Adding rosemary does wonders for the scent. I simply want to give my hair, face and body the best that it needs. I am on the look out on how to effectively use these oils to serve me accordingly and therefore I welcome any and all suggestions. I have had a lot of fun doing this transition and I only hope changing my eating habits will be even more fun, I hope. Remember you can follow me on twitter @kellymthethwa