The Force Awakens Hair Tutorial

I have just seen The Force Awakens and I loved many things about it. The most spoiler free and beauty blog appropriate aspect was Rey’s hair. Remember, this is the same franchise that brought us the Leia buns so it’s not a surprise there’s another iconic look within the 7th instalment.

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This look is incredibly simple. I have recreated a very rough version for you. First you need to pin back the very front section of your hair.

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Then your hair will need to be separated into three sections. Take each section and tie it back into an easy loop bun. You can do this by just not pulling the ponytail all the way through.

Do do this for each section and leave two strands of hair free at the front in the ‘side burn’ area.

But for a much more comprehensive tutorial and a neater look, check out this video tutorial.

May the force be with you.

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Great Etsy beauty finds you (probably) had no idea existed

Etsy is a treasure trove of handmade and vintage items. It is more than just crafts and vintage clothes. There at thousands, even tens of thousands, of beauty shops. Because it is all handmade, almost everything out there is organic and vegan friendly. You will find things on Etsy you would never see in shops, some for good reason, but mostly items are original pieces made with love.

For an exhaustive range of sparkly nail polishes, the Vegas based shop ILoveNP has got you covered.

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At around £6.82 each, they’re slightly more expensive than a drug store brand, but in which drug stores would you find this colour?

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Etsy classic, Portland Black Lipstick Company, does exactly what it says on the tin. Great black lipstick for just £9.54. But they also have a range of other similarly ‘alternative’ colours. Their namesake, however, is their best seller.

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For cute soaps that you won’t find anywhere else, go to AubreyEApothecary and Soapopotamus. These guys have soaps AubreyE has soaps shaped like sushi:

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Gummy bears

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And even coal (a great stocking filler)

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And soapopotamus has deliciously realistic looking Cinnamon buns:

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Liquid ‘honey’ soap

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And a half-dozen of the glazed, please

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For just £4.77! Turn your bathroom into a mini bakery.

If price isn’t an object, For Strange Women has a delightfully gothic selection of vintage style perfumes in both solid and liquid form, in beautiful packaging. However the cheapest perfumes start at around £35, or you could spend around £100 on solid perfume necklaces.

Finally, Fat and the Moon is a cosmetics company that has natural beauty products from deodorants to lipsticks.

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This lip and cheek stain is just £8.18 and will have you going from zero to vamp in 3.5.

So if you are looking for gifts this holiday season, or just want to treat yourself, don’t forget to make Etsy one of your stops before heading out to the shops. You may be pleasantly surprised.

 

Wartime Beauty Tips

The best way to save money on beauty products is to follow some of the money saving beauty tips from the forties. These women knew how to economise as part of the war effort at home, however they still found ways to look glam on a budget. Some of these tips are redundant today because their are so many budget beauty brands that are cheaper and easier than, say, mixing charcoal and Vaseline to make mascara and applying it with a brush. But they’re still handy to know.

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Everybody knows of the famous drawn on seam trick (where women who couldn’t afford stocking would draw on a line down the back of their legs to look like a seam of a stocking). However that’s not the only thing these women did to give the look of smooth nylons.

Soaking teabags in warm water and then applying the tea coloured water to the legs would give the effect of tanned tights. Gravy browning was also used, but this seems less appealing.

Vaseline was a 40s woman’s best friend. Used under the eyes at night to reduce bags, or on the eyelids in the day to create a fresh faced look, it was the pillar of ever makeup bag. Vaseline was also used to soothe sore hands after a hard day working in the factory.

To keep hair glowing, women would rinse their hair in vinegar (brunettes) or lemon juice (blondes) after a wash. A homemade conditioning treatment of eggs or oil also worked wonders.

Despite austerity, glamour was encouraged in women. It supposedly helped ‘perk up’ the country, according to MPs. Although this is terribly sexist, women had their own reasons for wanting to glam up. Freedom. It was a mode of self expression in a world on the brink of oppression. Hitler didn’t like made up women, so British women made themselves up as much as they could.

If there was one thing to help achieve this look, it was red lipstick. When this was hard to find, women would stain their lips with beetroot.

You have to admire these women for their creativity and defiance. Even more so the ones doing all these things whilst also flying war planes and getting little to no credit for it. Keep fighting, women!

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Home remedies for bleaching facial hair

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Deciding whether to bleach that ‘stache is a choice. You can just rock it Frida Kahlo style (one of my idols). But if you do choose to lighten your facial hairs, here’s a home remedy that is less powerful than bleaching, but much friendlier to your skin.

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Lemon juice is natures bleach. Just mix lemon juice and honey to form a paste and apply to the area. Leave for 20 minutes before removing (unless you experience irritation).

According to livestrong.com, there are two other fruit based remedies that can also work.

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Tomatoes, believe it or not, can lighten facial hair. You just have to rub a cut tomato half over the areas you want to bleach and then leave the juice on for 4 minutes before washing off.

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And papayas. You can mix papaya pulp with milk to form a paste and then massage into the dark hairs for 10 minutes. After you have finished rubbing it in, leave it on for 5 minutes before rinsing.

Obviously, because these are all fruits that you can ingest, the bleaching effect is mild. You may have to repeat the process a few times for the lightest results. But it’s all safe to do because it’s food!

Good luck!

The evolution of the eyebrow

From Ancient Greece, to modern day, the eyebrow has undergone quite a lot of changes. Some of the trends are cyclical, some (hopefully) are one offs. But it’s definitely safe to say that eyebrows are not just a modern day obsession.

In Ancient Greece, the unibrow was king

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The 1920s saw the arrival of the pencil thin curved brow

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By the 1940s some sense had been recovered thanks to the gorgeous arches of stars like Lauren Bacall

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This trend has remained as a staple ever since. However there have been variations. For example the bushy brows of the 1980s

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They went super thin again in the 90s.

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Which brings us to the defined, albeit slightly over made up, arches of today.

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But when done properly, they can look pretty peng.

What’s next for the eyebrow?

Winter beauty trends 2015

Matte is out

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Gloss is back, in lips and foundation. Now people are ‘strobing’ (a revived 00s trend) instead of matte contouring, shimmery faces will be everywhere. As will glossy lips. Just like our school days.

Blushing beauties

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Bare faced looks with lots of blush seem to be everywhere. Think wind-beaten atop a mountain.

On the line

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Lining your waterline is back (for me, it never left). For ultra quick smokey eyes, bring back the kohl on your lower waterline.

Vamp lips

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This is a staple of every winter look since I can remember. And this year is no exception. Dark lipstick is very unforgiving to apply with a steady hand. And remember, a little goes a long way.

Zendaya’s hottest beauty looks

Zendaya is one of the coolest people on the planet hands down. Everything she does is just 👌🏼

And that includes her makeup. These are, in my opinion, her best looks.

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Those brown smokey eyes with the matte brown lips and perfect eyebrows.

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Pink lips with subtle brown eyeshadow and just a hint of pink blush.

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And lastly, my favourite…

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No makeup.

Expiration dates on makeup

We all know what a bummer it is, when your makeup collection is worth thousands, and then some magazine reminds you that it will be out of date in 6 months and you should throw it all away and start over. That just isn’t going to happen. If I’ve spent money on an item of makeup, I’m going to use it until it runs out. However here is a list of makeup products and when you should stop using them.

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Mascara: 2-3 months

Nail varnish: 1-2 years

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Liquid foundation: 6-12 months

Perfume: 8-10 years

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Lipstick: 2 years (1 year for lipgloss)

Lotion: 2 years

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Eyeshadow and other powders: 2 years.

So what happens if you don’t obey these rules? Well with any product you use on your eyes, there is a greater risk of infection. With foundation, more breakouts. But if you take good care of your makeup, don’t share it, store it properly and clean your brushes regularly, you might be able to keep using it for longer. Use your good judgement, and if in doubt, don’t put it near your eyes.

My Top 5 Stars who always have the best makeup

Celebrities, with their personal glam squads, are constantly giving us makeup envy. They can inspire our beauty looks. We all have our personal favourites, but these are my Top 5, in no particular order.

Nicki Minaj

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She has winged liner for dayyys. Her looks are always on point.

Ciara

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When Ciara does wear makeup, she keeps it very minimal. Its gorgeous and easy to recreate.

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And in her free time she doesn’t wear any makeup at all, which is my favourite look to copy.

Rihanna

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Her eyeshadows are always a beautiful array of nudes, browns and golds. And great winged liner.

Kehlani

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Winged liner, winged liner, winged liner.

Amber Rose

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Although we rarely see Muva without her signature sunglasses, we know underneath she is rocking that winged liner.

As you may have guessed, I like winged liner.

70s makeup tips

Seventies beauty trends are pretty easy to replicate. The makeup was slightly more relaxed than the sixties, before working its way up to the colour explosion of the eighties.

There were four main staples to the looks.

Number One: A ton of bronzer

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The seventies was the decade of bronzer. Over applied, and all over the cheeks. The golden goddess look was in.

Number two: Lower lashes

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The trend that started in the sixties kept on going, and lower lashes were often more defined than upper lashes.

Number Three: Amber lips

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The seventies’ love of bronze didn’t just end with the cheeks. Orange hued lips was the new natural.

Number four: Pastel eyeshadow

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Warming up for the bold colours of the eighties, the seventies were also all about coloured eyeshadows, but they tended towards a softer pastel palette.

Follow these steps and you’ll be looking like an extra from Mad Men series 7 in no time.