6 Fast and Easy Hair Styling Tips for Busy Girls

6 Fast and Easy Hair Styling Tips for Busy Girls

Being busy is the epitome of today’s society. Even so, it is possible to have great looking hair no matter
how busy you may be. Hectic schedules often make girls forgo their beauty routines altogether. Even
the smallest change in your look however can drastically boost your confidence. Whether you are going
for a professional look or you prefer to keep it simple, here are 6 easy hairstyling tips that even the
busiest of girls can accomplish.

1. Braids are the go-to style for busy girls. Whether you like the sophistication of a french braidcute girl hairstyles
or you want to keep it simple and opt for double braids on each side of your head, a braid will
always give you an instant makeover look. If you are sporting a hat, try braids on each side   that
peek out from under your cap. A french braid will give you a good night look or something that
is perfect for the office. There are so many looks to be created with braids that you can literally
wear a braid every day of the week and never repeat the same look twice. Braids are perfect for
girls of all ages.

2. If you are looking to drastically change your look, consider a shorter do. Short hair gives you
an instant flirty look. Whether you like the bob look or prefer a pixie, you can never go wrong
with short hair. If you already have short hair and you are in a hurry to get where you are going,
simply dab some gel or wax into your locks and mix it up a bit.

quick hairstyles for girls3. Ponytails are another go-to style that busy girls just love. You can opt for the classic pony on the back side of the head or try something completely different and go for two ponies on each side. A ponytail with hair wrapped around the elastic band is the perfect choice for busy office gals
who simply do not have time to spend doing their hair. You can add a number of accessories to
dress up your look but however you wear it, a pony will never go out of style.

4. If you have longer hair in the front, take a small section from near the crown and backcomb it.
Add just a touch of hairspray and pull it back, securing it with a bobby pin or barrette. If you
want a really classy look you can create a small hive and pin it near the back of your head. This
style works best for longer hair but if you have shorter hair you can create your own version of
the hive, just with a bit less “poof”.

5. If all else fails and you simply have to get going without doing much with your hair, try a bun.
The bun is another classic look that will never go out of style. Buns are easy to create and can be
done in many different ways. Consider adding a braid around your bun or clip it together with a
nice comb. Whatever style you decide on, the bun is one of those easy dos that will always give
you a feminine look and feel.

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// 6. Hair extensions can be purchased in any size, shape, color and practically anything else you
want. These make great choices when you need a little something but do not have to do style
your own hair yourself. Just add an extension and see what you can do with it. Extensions come
in a variety of colours so if you are really feeling daring, consider adding a bold streak of blue
or red in your hair. You can also purchase them in the colour of your natural hair and use them
whenever you need a little something special.

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True Natural Sunscreens and Self Tanner

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While sunscreen is important year round, to help prevent sunburn and decrease the risk of cancer, it is a must for these long days spent at the pool, lake or beach. True Natural has an excellent line of natural sunscreens and even a natural sunless tanning lotion. These lotions are 100% mineral based and provide, broad spectrum UV protection. Their formula is all natural & biodegradable and contains no synthetic ingredients/chemicals. The unscented formula for babies and sensitive skin is given a rating of 1 (0 being the lowest 10 being the highest) from EWG’s Cosmetic Safety Database in their 2012 Sunscreen Report. The texture of theses lotions make for a quick & easy application, which is nice when you have little ones who are always on the go and don’t want to wait to be slathered in sunscreen.

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All Natural Sunscreen Lotion, Unscented for Babies and those with Sensitive Skin

SPF50

Price
$19.95 3.4oz

Ingredients
Active: Non-Nano, Zinc Oxide (20%)
Inactive: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Beeswax*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Deionized Water, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Stearate/Ethylhexyl Olivate, Hydrogenated Olive Oil/Olive Oil Unsaponifiables, p-Anisic Acid, Shea Butter, Silica, Sodium Lactate, Xanthan Gum, Yellow Iron Oxide *Certified Organic Ingredients

Water Resistant:
water resistant natural sunscreen

All Natural Sunscreen Lotion with vanilla coconut scent

SPF50

Price
$19.95 3.4oz

Ingredients
Active: Non-Nano, Zinc Oxide (20%)
Inactive: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Beeswax*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Deionized Water, Fragrance (natural), Glycerin, Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Stearate/Ethylhexyl Olivate, Hydrogenated Olive Oil/Olive Oil Unsaponifiables, p-Anisic Acid, Shea Butter, Silica, Sodium Lactate, Xanthan Gum, Yellow Iron Oxide *Certified Organic Ingredients

All Natural Anti Aging Self Tanner

Use:
Per the direction on the bottle I exfoliated my skin with a sugar scrub and applied the self tanning lotion in a light sweeping motion. I noticed the different with in just a few hours. According to the bottle typically the tanned effect visible within 3-4 hours. Tan can be built up to achieve desired intensity. As you can see it totally knocked the stark white paleness from my legs, I really love this stuff. I use it on my face and neck as well with no skin problems. I enjoy the citrus scent it has, it doesn’t have the usual smell of a sunless tanning lotion…a scent that I despise. I really love this sunless tanner, I have been using it for about 3 weeks, since I don’t want a super dark looking tan, I reapply when my color starts to fade which is about every 3 days or so just to keep the paleness away. Here are some before and after shots:

Before Use:                                         After 1 use:

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How does it work?
The combination of naturally occurring sugars found in certain fruits and vegetables are used in our The True Natural Self Tanner. The sugars react with amino acids found in the outer layer of the skin, creating a nontoxic reaction which gives skin a tanned look. Pretty cool, huh? This self tanner is also the first and only USDA 100% Certified Bio-based self tanner on the market!

Ingredients
Deionized Water, Glycerin*, Dihydroxyacetone, Soybean Oil*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Erythrulose, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Myristyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Jojoba Oil *, Sunflower Seed Oil*, Orange Oil*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lemon Oil*, Lavender Oil, Green Tea Extract*, Lavender Flower Extract*, p-Anisic Acid, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract*, Xanthan Gum (*Certified Organic)

Price
$17.00 3oz (I wish it came in bigger sizes)

I am completely happy with the performance and results of these 3 True Natural lotions! If you want to check out all the skin and beauty care products they offer and stay updated on specials and sales get connected with them:

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3 Makeup Trends For 2012: Guest Post

3 Makeup Trends For 2012

Like every year, makeup artists try to cope with the latest in fashion to create a look that is distinguishable from anything that has ever been presented before. This summer, the success is achieved by bringing forth a fusion of vintage with contemporary makeup trends, as rouge, timeless lipsticks are combined with glittery eye accents of the future.

Being a mom doesn’t have to mean that you cannot be as stylish as the ramp beauties.
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Staying updated with the latest makeup trends is all what looking trendy is about. Given below are 3 makeup trends of summer 2012 that will add the much-needed oomph to your daily outfits:

bold lips
1. High Impact Lips – One of the makeup tips online for the hottest looks this summer are bold lips. Color them with deep red burgundy and scarlet but combine these shades with a clean base. Enhance your lip makeup with just eyes to which mascara and a fine line has been added on the upper lashes. This will give you the retro inspired trendy look of the season. The result is bold high impact lips while your face only just flirts with color.
If you need inspiration, try the shades that were seen at Christian Dior, Yves Saint Lauren, Jean Paul Gaultier and Donna Karan.

 Image Credit: Pinterest via Tami Lopes

2. Smokey Eyes – If some preferred bold lips, then there were those who made dramatic eyes the focus of the looks. Smokey eyes were evident at almost all runways. They were the choice for designer like Rodarte, Moschio and L’Wren Scott who only showed them off with evening outfits but also demonstrated ways in which these dramatic eyes could be used with everyday daytime wear.

make up trends smokey eye winged linerAt the Rodarte show, smokey eyes were created with deep indigo. They had a metallic touch. This was combined with lavender lips and pearly eye shadow. This gave an overall look of sophistication that just flirted with colors.

3. Winged Liner –The cat-eye look was all over the runways of Spring 2012 and there were so many renditions of this look that you won’t have any trouble choosing the best one. This is not so difficult to achieve and you can also wear it everyday. Also known as the winged liner look, this classic makeup has been reinvented giving it a modern touch.

Image Credit: Flickr via TORIMBC

To get the winged liner look, draw a thick wing with your liner past your eyebrows. If you want to emphasize the look, then continue to draw till you reach the inner corner of your eyes. This will highlight the V-shape. A different take on the winged liner look has wispy wings reminiscent of the retro-look.

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// The only common make up trend this season was the clean base hinting at a healthy complexion that look fresh and glowing. The trends for eyes and lips varied from one show to another with each designer choosing to focus on either the lips or the eyes.

Tiffany Haryanto is a beauty expert and is also the owner of the website, http://www.costumesmegastore.com/, which is a popular portal to buy innovative costumes.

How To Use Almond Oil For Beautiful Skin

How To Use Almond Oil For Beautiful Skin

Almond Oil Beautiful Skin

Almond oil (also known as Sweet Almond Oil) is a light yellow, highly-lubricant oil used as a carrier oil in aromatherapy and massage, as well as being added to cosmetic products such as soaps, moisturizers, hair conditioners, and wrinkle creams.  An excellent lubricant, it is a favorite base oil for massage, used alone or in blends with other carrier oils and/or essential oils.

WARNING: If you’re allergic to almonds or other tree nuts, you should not use almond oil, since it can cause severe reactions in sensitive individuals.

Do not confuse almond oil with bitter almond essential oil. Bitter almonds are the source of the poison cyanide, and according to The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils by Julia Lawless, bitter almond essential oil “should not be used in therapy, either internally or externally.”

Almond Oil For The Skin

Almond oil is good for all skin types, since it moisturizes well but is light enough not to make oily or combination skin feel greasy. It relieves itching, irritation, and inflammation; softens, soothes, and helps to restore moisture to dry skin; and helps repair dry, flaky, or cracked skin on knees, elbows, or heels. Pure almond oil goes rancid quickly, so it should be used as soon as possible, or used in blends with an antioxidant oil such as vitamin E to help preserve it.

Wrinkles – used at night after cleansing the face, a light coating of almond oil will reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, as well as helping to tighten the skin

Under-eye circles – a few drops of almond oil mixed with a few drops of raw honey and gently applied to dark under-eye circles at night will reduce puffiness and lighten them. The skin under your eyes stretches easily, so be VERY gentle when applying this.

Psoriasis and Eczema – because of its ability to relieve itching, inflammation, and irritation; almond oil is an excellent base for psoriasis and eczema aromatherapy treatments. Two tablespoons of almond oil mixed with 2 drops of vitamin E oil, 5 drops of German Chamomile essential oil, and 5 drops of true Lavender essential oil; applied several times a day; will ease the symptoms and help heal the ugly, cracked skin that comes with these annoying skin problems.

Exfoliating the skin – almond oil is one of the best base oils for sugar scrubs for the face and body. For a simple, easy to make sugar scrub, mix 1/2 cup of fine sugar with 1 to 2 tablespoons of almond oil. Apply to your skin (preferably while in the tub or shower, since this is a messy process,) and rub until the skin feels smooth. (If using this on the face, be careful not to stretch the skin while rubbing, and stay away from the delicate skin around your eyes.) Follow with a bath or shower to remove all remaining traces of the sugar. Most of us know about the benefits of almond oil for hair, but this incredible oil also has a fantastic ability to help repair, revitalize and rejuvenate dry and damaged skin to help you look and feel gorgeous all the time. Try it for yourself and let us know how it works for you.

About The Author:

Daisy Raybould has a passion for sharing her homemade beauty treatments for skin and hair on her blog. Pop in, check out some of her posts and share your feedback by leaving a comment.

What’s in Your Cosmetics: Eve Organics Mineral Makeup Review

This hair journey of ours started with me being tired of only knowing how to do 2 or 3 simple styles, I got online to search for hairstyles for kids with kinky curly hair. From that search I also learned much more than just styles, I found information on ingredients and products…and discovered that the products I was using on my daughters hair were not good her or her tresses. From there, I learned how to read ingredient labels and which ingredients to stay away from. I also found that many of those ingredients are not just in certain hair products, but there are also many harmful ingredients in soaps, bubble baths, make-up, lotions, cleaners and many other household products. This knowledge has prompted my search for natural products and quest for a greener lifestyle. [Read more…]

Dread Loc Care, Maintenance and Styles

 

This is a guest post by Nichole  Bennett.

color and hairstyles for dred locs

The loc style more than just a hairstyle or the latest fad. They are a journey in self-love and patience.dred loc hairstyle with color The loc’ing of one’s hair should not be taken lightly. There are several stages that locs go through before the eventual stage of maturity. One must be willing to endure the “cons” that come along with this journey. Stares, criticism, questions and judgment are just a few things that one will encounter not only in their natural hair journey, but even more so with loc’ed hair.

The locs are formed with 100% virgin hair, an all natural loc’ing product, tapered end barber comb and by making partings known as a “grid” throughout the head. The comb coils are spring-like and shiny, however, they do not remain that way. The “ugly stage”, usually between months one and three, is where I personally dealt my own feelings of unattractiveness. During this stage, I refer to it as the Infancy Stage, they take on a life of their own. The hair isn’t used to being grouped in bunches, so it fights back. This gives somewhat of unkempt appearance. This is usually when most jump the proverbial ship. This is where the patience and self-love, not to mention hats, cute jewelry and makeup, come into play. The end will justify the means, trust me!

dred loc styles for kidsMaintenance is performed in two ways. The Palmroll Method, the hair is rolled between the palms of the hands after the locs have been shampooed and hydrated with sulfate free products, leave-in conditioner and product have been applied. The locs are anchored with duckbill or rollerclips, then the client is placed under the dryer, after which the clips are removed. Maintenance should be done every three to four weeks. The Interloc or Loc Stitching Method, the new growth of the loc is tightened with a crochet needle or loc’ing tool. Maintenance with this method, should be done every six to eight weeks.

Months three through six, the Teen Stage, are usually more forgiving. The hair doesn’t fight back as much. The hair has a matte appearance to the surface. The volume that the locs have look really cute when adorned with a flower on the side. You may go through a period of frustration due to hair length and limited style options, but hang in there!

Months six through twelve, the Mature Stage, are a breeze. The locs are fully fused, cylindrical and can be styled in a multitude of ways. Bantu Knots, creative buns and updo’s, crinkle sets, rod sets, roller sets and pipe cleaner sets are just a few options.  Colour techniques such as hi-lighting, lowlighting, “peek-a-boo” colour and panel colour, all take your look over the top. Cutting them into a hot, edgy bob is another style option. The loc’d journey is paved with struggle, patience and coming to terms with the true you. They are a beautiful commitment that you will not regret. Make sure you’re in the hands of a licensed professional when performing installation, maintenance, cuts and colour on the beautiful locs that you’ve worked so hard for!

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Nichole “LocStar” Bennett is a Chicago-based loctician/Makeup Artist. She has over 16
years of experience with natural hair and locs. Her work has been in several publications including Essence Magazine, Sophisticate’s Black Hair Magazine, Black Beauty Professional StyleBook, Encore Magazine and New Clientel Magazine. She can be contacted at locstarbaby@yahoo.com

Love True Natural: Natural Cosmetics Review

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Image Credit: Ashley Rose via Flickr

I know I’ve mentioned before that I don’t often wear a lot of make up. When I do put make up on it’s usually just a little eye liner and eye shadow. I tend to avoid mascara like the plaque…for one every mascara I’ve ever used has irritated my eyes, made them itchy, gave me the urge to rub my eyes and two I’d I forget I was wearing it and I WOULD rub my eyes and end up looking like I had a black eye…you know THAT look…Not to mention the summer heat that melts my mascara, so another reason I avoid it,  in the summer months especially, I usually just throw on some sunshades to cover my sleepy looking eyes. (You can  find fashionable sunglasses at discount prices here).

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Pretty on Pinterest: Diamonds in the Hair

There are several ways in which Diamonds and bling can be worn in the hair, from extensions to various types of accessories. Check out these Diamond hairstyles from around the web:

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