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Hari Raya Beauty Essentials That You Will Need

Hari Raya Beauty Essentials That You Will Need

It's almost here! Hari Raya Aidilfitri is just around the corner. Whether you're a Muslim celebrating Aidilfitri or a non-Muslim looking forward to open houses and Hari Raya dishes, Hari Raya Aidilfitri is for everyone. We all know that new baju raya is a must, but do you know that the right skincare and makeup are as (if not more) important as new Raya outfits?…

[Beauty 101] Heads Up First Timers : Tips When Dyeing Your Hair

There will be times when you find yourself dreaming of luscious rainbow locks, ombre hair with the perfect gradient, striking highlights or pastel mermaid hair. Whatever it is, colourful dyed hair has become a major form of self-expression among youths, as evidently shown on Instagram and Tumblr. If you have never dyed your hair before, you might feel excited and nervous. But don't worry, here are the things recommended that you need to know when getting ready behind-the-scenes to achieve your desired mermaid tresses:

1. Get it professionally done at a saloon

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Dyeing virgin hair is a delicate task reserved for the professionals. You definitely do not want to end up getting stuck with a mistake. So unless you have done a thorough research to be sure that you want to do this on your own, it is recommended to go to the experts. Besides, hairstylists at the saloons will be more than happy to give you an advice or two about your hair. Once you have the experience, you will feel more confident dyeing your own hair at home the next time around.

 

2. Bleaching and perming cannot be done on the same day

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Before dyeing a certain colour, you may need to bleach your hair. Bleaching is a chemical process that removes pigment from your hair through oxidation which can be damaging to your hair. That is not to say that you shouldn't get it done at all, as this treatment can result in gorgeous locks if done correctly. For those with very dark hair, you may need to bleach several times (though not all on the same day) in order to lift your hair colour to the desired blonde shade. Very bleached hair often gains a yellowish tint, because keratin (the protein your hair is made of) is naturally a pale yellow. First time bleached dark hair will appear orange.

Perming also requires a chemical process, so most of the time, hairstylists will advise you against getting both your hair bleached and permed on the same day itself. Normally you would have to wait for a minimum of two weeks after bleaching to get your hair strong enough for the perming session. So now that you know, be sure to check your schedule and make sure you have enough time to get your hair done before any events.

 

3. Bleaching affects your hair dye colour...but that can easily be fixed

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As mentioned earlier, if you have dark hair and had it bleached - chances are your hair will gain a yellowish tint, or even orange. So if you are planning to dye it a certain colour, you need to remember that having a yellow tint will affect the resulting colour. This is based on the basic colour theory, choice of colour + yellow = resulting colour. For example, if you want to dye your hair blue, having a yellowish tinted hair will result in a bluish-green colour. If you want to fix this, you need to get yourself a hair tint product (it works just like a hair dye, but usually comes in purple tint to cancel out the yellow). Using this hair tint will significantly improve your desired hair colour. Hair tint is also useful if you are aiming for platinum blonde, as it results in a silverish look.

 

4. Blue, green and grey colour hair dyes are not as long-lasting

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We know! Sad, isn't it? But don't let that stop you from getting the turqoise hair colour you've always wanted. It is just that blue/green/grey hair colour particles are large, so your hair will not be able to absorb the dye for long as compared to other colours. These colours naturally fade within a month or so. 

 

5. Red, orange and brown last much longer

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On the other hand, these hair colours are sure to be longer-lasting. This is because their colour particles are smaller, and easily absorbed by our hair. These colours can last for more than a month and more, depending on how you take care of it.

 

6. Coloured highlights look equally cool

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If you don't feel like bleaching your entire head, then that's fine. You can still opt to bleach your ends instead, or selected strands of your hair and dye those parts. The result? You look like a character straight out of the X-Men comics. Seriously, dope. Let your creativity run wild by mixing it up with ombre looks, or multi-coloured locks.

 

7. Colour with caution at home

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If you are tight on budget, or for whatever reason - still insist on colouring your hair at home, then proceed carefully. Research thoroughly on hair products and the required hair set to dye-it-yourself. Look for colour treatment hair dyes or vegan hair dyes, as those are more gentle on your hair than drugstore box dyes. The easiest way to apply color to your hair on your own is with a dye brush, a bowl to mix the product, and some latex gloves for your hands. Put on an old t-shirt as DIY home application can get messy. To avoid staining the sides of your face or skin, apply vaseline cream over the area first. This makes it easier for you to clean up any stains after dyeing your hair.

 

8. Lastly, remember to care for your hair

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No matter what the colour you choose, aftercare is very important. Colour-treatment shampoos and nourishing hair masks will help your hair look and feel better while keeping your colour looking as fresh as possible. Avoid swimming in public pools as the water contains chlorine which can damage your bleached hair. In addition, wear hats or protect yourself from the sun to avoid your colour from looking dull. 

 

Sounds like a lot of work, right? But what is beauty without a little bit of sacrifice? Dyeing your hair requires both time and money commitment, but it goes a long way in improving your appearance. So have you decided to dye your hair after all? Share your experience and comments with me in the section below!

BB, CC, DD, EE? Your A-Z on Facial Creams

Let's face it: you've walked into the store a couple of times and noticed these double letters on many makeup products. These alphabet creams may be all the rage now, but what do they really mean? Do they even stand for something at all? And how do you know which letter to choose for your skin type? Fret not! Read on below to decode the meaning behind BB, CC, DD and even EE.

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1. BB, aka The Blemish Balm

BB, which stands for blemish balm, is a good face cream that you should consider if you want something that results in a natural look. It comes with sheer, hydrating coverage and all the benefits of a serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation and sunblock in one. The coverage is good enough for you to cover up blemishes and scars. BB cream may be limited in shades, but is recommended for sensitive skin, to minimize pores and to brighten up your complexion. (Suitable for: Dry/sensitive skin types)

 

2. CC, aka The Colour Corrector

CC stands short for colour correction. It is not that different from BB's properties, but is often more matte and has a heavier consistency when compared to its counterpart. With CC, you can colour-correct your skin tone. Tip: Purple/pink CC cream is used to correct yellow spots, green CC cream is used to cancel out redness, and orange CC cream can be used to counter bluish under eye circles. This does not mean CC is equivalent to concealer, however, as concealers have much more thicker coverage than CC creams do. CC cream is also recommended for those with acne and age spots. (Suitable for: Oily skin types)

 

3. DD, aka The Daily Defense or Dynamic Do-all

DD is short for daily defense. What it means by daily defense is the SPF it provides compared to both BB and CC. Some BB and CC creams may not come with sunscreen protection, so you can be sure to count on the DD cream - which always comes with SPF. It is not so different from BB and CC, as it is just a part of the companies' marketing strategy. DD is recommended for those who want to focus on anti-aging and are constantly outdoors. (Suitable for: Aging skin types) 

 

4. EE, aka The Extra Exfoliator

EE stands for extra-exfoliation, or even effect. Much like the previous three creams, EE comes with all those basic benefits mentioned, only with exfoliant. It claims to promote skin cell regeneration after exfoliating it, resulting in a youthful glow. EE however does not provide as much coverage as BB and CC creams -  it mostly utilizes silicones and polymers to blur the skin in order to hide pores and wrinkles. EE cream is not recommended for daily basis, as exfoliating your skin is a process that should only be kept to few times a week. (Suitable for: All skin types)

 

In conclusion, these double letter creams are meant to be added as the last step to your skincare regime, or to function as makeup primer before a heavy makeup routine. Nevertheless, these creams are definitely similar to one another, hence read lots of reviews before purchasing any of them in order to make a wise decision for yourself. 

So, are you the type to use these double letter creams? Or would you rather stick to tinted moisturizers and basic sunscreens? Let us know in the comment section below!

MLBB is Here to Stay

You have probably heard or even came across the term MLBB in beauty vlogs and blogs alike, but you may not know what that is. In case you don't, MLBB is a Korean trend that has been going on since 2016. It is an acronym for the words "My Lips But Better", referring to applying the lipstick colour that is the same shade as your own lips but with added depth and intensity to your pout. It often results in a natural, almost nude look and can be used for the no-makeup makeup style without looking washed out, or simply to complement your dramatic eye makeup.

So how do you go about choosing your MLBB shade to match the lips your mama gave you? Here are five helpful tips to achieve it.

 

1. Glitter is a no-no

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Obviously when it comes to finding a lipstick that looks natural, you do not want to get something that has extra shine or shimmer to it. Matte lipsticks and lip tints are usually preferred, but if you want your lips to look hydrated, a little gloss application would suffice.

 

2. Match it to your inner lip

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The easiest way to find your shade is to match the lipstick with your inner lip colour. Some beauty bloggers have also suggested matching it to your fingertips or even your nips (LOL) - but the inner lip colour is what will flatter your pout the most. 

 

3. Match it according to your undertone

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Knowing your undertone also helps in your search for a flattering lip colour. How to check? If the veins on your wrist appears blue/purple, then you are cool-toned. Pink and mauve shades will look great on you. If the veins on your wrist appears green, then you are warm-toned. Orange and brown shades will suit you. If you cannot tell whether your veins are blue or green, then do not worry - consider yourself neutral-toned and extremely lucky as you are able to pull off any shade.

 

4. Purchase it directly from the store

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You may feel tempted to buy your very first MLBB shade online, but it is so much better going to the store and compare the shade for yourself than guessing your correct shade online. This is because you might end up with the wrong shades that are too dark or too light for you. You can never depend too much on edited photos from the website. But if you are feeling lucky, then no one is going to stop you either.

 

5. Remember to care for your lips

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This is the most important step if you want to flawlessly pull off your MLBB shade. Do not forget to wear a lipbalm to avoid chapped lips and gently exfoliate your lips with a lip scrub or soft toothbrush. After all, the whole point of going MLBB is to enhance your lip's own natural beauty.

 

So, have you tried out the MLBB trend? Or are you yet to give it a go? Leave your comments below.

The Conscious Consumer: 3 Reasons To Go Cruelty-Free

It’s crazy how the beauty industry is taking our social media by storm nowadays. There’s the contour tutorial to look like a Kardashian, how to fill up your eyebrows and make it neat around the edges with a concealer, and how to plump up your lips with a lip-liner…you get the drill. But while many of us humans spend so much time to look beautiful and influence others with our beauty, we do not give much thought of what we put on our faces. Unfortunately, according to PETA, hundred thousands of animals are killed every year in lab testing.

Before we begin questioning each other’s humanity, we need to take steps of our own too. Here are three easy reasons to remember why we should forgo beauty products that apply animal testing:

 

1.     It’s healthier, obvi.

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What has been experimented on animals does not always mean the final product may be safe for us. So why risk your health when you can opt for all-natural ingredients used in products? Furthermore, it is non-toxic and suitable even for the most sensitive skin, with ingredients on the label you can easily identify.

 

2.     Lab testing is conducted on rodents, dogs and cats.

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Yes, believe it or not – not only mice, guinea pigs and bunnies are subjected to this unnecessary painful ordeal, but dogs and cats too. If you own a pet, you know you would never let anything harm your little best friend, what more to say animals out there.

 

3.     Guilt-free conscience.

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Making the right choices in life helps to make you feel psychologically, physically and spiritually better. While we might not always be able to avoid such products all the time, there should be no excuse for us to be more compassionate towards the living nature and to make the right choices.

 

Cruelty-free products lead the way when it comes to combining values with beauty. Why say no to something that can help you make a global impact? Be a conscientious consumer and be aware of what lies in store for you. With that said, what are your thoughts on going cruelty-free? Leave your comments below.