There are three more beautiful shades: Citrus, Lips & Flowers, and Swans. Definitely what I'd name lip products <3.
Now the rules:
Last rule: You have to love the giveaway items!!!
I am so excited to be doing my first giveaway!!! I chose items that I personally will try at the same time as you + I grantee they'll be amazing, cause H E L L O it's Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie we're talking about. So lets get into the items first shall we?
First of all the name BUTTER is very promising and is programmed to put us in an imagining-beautiful-soft-skin zone. Pretty clever. I will allow myself to fully submit to this advertisement because this product contains rosehip oil, apricot oil, argan oil, and rose, which completely would draw me in even if the brand was called poop. I can safely remove my makeup with this after parties, daily condition my face with it as it is a light natural blend, and banish dryness with this aggressive weather.
Skinfood IS A KOREAN BRAND WHAT ELSE COULD YOU ASK FOR WHEN LOOKING FOR AN ORGANIC HOME MASK. Sorry but I'm so happy to buy this for myself (and you). It obviously has so much benefits, besides reducing redness. Tea tree is antiseptic, lavender is nourishing, together they provide haling powers, which leads to softer, glowing, and beautiful skin!
I saw that! I don't blame you - I was well taken aback when I read the magic words: "lip treatment"...?!?!? We all know red lips give our face a healthy fresh look, but to really benefit you in the long term? They are unfortunately not kidding me. +The designer is apparently an artist, fashion and accessories designer, so how cool? Also, the one element I adore most in beauty - Organicness! How does "beeswax, castor seed oil, jojoba seed oil, meadowfoam, avocado oil, sunflower seed oil" sound to you?
There are three more beautiful shades: Citrus, Lips & Flowers, and Swans. Definitely what I'd name lip products <3.
This is placed in the cutest honey bottle/plastic figure thing because it IS honey! It "gives body and manageability" to hair, which will help for styling. Other than that just look at it I and dare you not to hit 'Add to bag'. You just are humanely incapable.
That was all! I wanted to include lots of other things but that would be a ridiculous amount of money spent considering I'm getting two of each item. Whoever wins has to let me know what they thought of their Christmas present, because - yay - you'll be winning this officially on December 25, or at least I'll try having it mailed to your home by then!
Now the rules:
Also be following me on twitter, and at least two boards on my Pinterest - it's okay if you don't have one.
Last rule: You have to love the giveaway items!!!
You guys know I don’t stay away from Aristocratic Reign for a long time (a few days would be) unless something serious is going on, like last month I had to take more care of my grades because I really want to be doing this for a living, at, like maybe Elle? Vogue?? Pleaasssy??? Well I WILL make it there! And will be posting about how I organize my desk, beautifully, messily, next to my fellow correspondent people. And will be hosting giveaways like magazine-logo mugs and if there is, the Miss Vanity Fair Calendar, which alone, is a reason why you guys should help me out and share my posts!!!
Anywazyz, I was late because I had to work on this for a certain amount of time-->
Breaking the Habits
No makeup, creams, even moisturizers for a week. I have decided to give my face a healthy break from anything that could be pore-clogging, damaging in any way, or even just unnecessary.
I have a few acne scars on my forehead I’d like to get rid of, which will not happen with concealers and ANY kind of foundation, even if it was Estée Lauder, specifically the Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup SPF 25, which claims to better your skin, giving it firmness, brightness, hydration, medium to full coverage not only while you wear it, but also after 4 weeks, these things will be showing up on your skin naturally.
But I’m not using this week for bettering my skin, which I picked out of the year for it being pretty much home-time for me. I am trying to be as natural as possible to see where my skin can be by the end of the week without any toners, masks, oils, treatment, anything that can change it’s God-given state, which I guess should be studied in a time much longer than a week, but it’s all I've got.
How I planned it out:
I will only drink lots of water (not the detoxes and shakes that are supposed to improve my naked face) and put on my dermatologist-prescribed tretinoin cream at night, no masks no nothing, just to see where my real problems are. The only thing tretinoin can really do is just kill out acne, so….Maybe going a week with no moisturizer will bring out The Flakes, and however funny and embarrassing and hideous that sounds, it’s better for me that I finally resolve this than make it worse in the long run.
The only thing that’ll keep me tamed and sane through this little rehabilitation is a tiny promise at the back of my mind that I will be spa-ing with my mom, friends, and their moms at the end of this supposedly long week.
So just give yourself a treat or anything to look up to, if you’d ever like to make this noble commitment. A spa date would be the best since your preserving the little healthy break you gave yourself, like it won’t be wasted in the end. You really want your hard work to pay off, by the way. So also go to your appointment with no makeup, sunblock, or if you have to protect your skin that day, just take it off -thoroughly- once you get there.
And here’s how it went! ;o)
I HATE under-eye circles, why can’t I just stay up all night on Netflix and wake up like Barbie?!?!? But oh, life. Yeah I just literally sighed Oh, life. But I’ll be the bigger person and I WON’T cover them up! (I usually only curl my lashes and put on some eos and concealer in my mornings either way - also, some moisturizer - , since I’m not exactly a put-all-sorts-of-things-on-ma-face-and-transform/resculpt-my-look-every-time-I-stare-deeply-in-the-mirror type of guru.) But anyway, I think I feel so breathy without any concealer. I feel bad for y’all who put on The Foundation(s) every single day.
The tiny dry spot on my left cheek is itching without a moisturizer though, so I slathered on a baby dot of Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion, which, in it’s great ways, is the perfect thing for right now since it is non-comedogenic.
That’s all. But I just don’t know what to do about my forehead.
Like I don’t understand how you spend a portion of your years getting depressed over acne (which makes it worse, because one of the main causes of it is stress) so it eventually somehow and thankfully finally leaves! BUT it leaves...a scar.
WHYYYYYY?!?!?!? must nature be the most evil thing we have to discover right before our coming-of-age as little lost creatures in this world? I have counted them, 7, and they’re barely visible as little dark dots, but I WILL definitely not let a piece of my bitchness/dramaqueen go to waste during this situation. I should let my ungratefulness shine (well, I’ve seen much worse conditions on other beauty people)....
And while I did say I could use my tretinoin this week, I still never even use it every day, because that would be getting your face used to (and during some point, addicted and dependent on) very harsh chemicals. Shiver.
I only permit myself to rub it on every other day, (that also lets it work it’s magic) and yesterday was one, so technically, today’s a no for that.
Haven't I wrote more than enough for today? Anyway I drank two bottles of water (not in a row, since you won’t get any benefits that way, but the toilet will...sortah) and I should see a clearer canvas tomorrow….?
It worked!!! Water and anti-concealerness worked! My face looks much less detailed if you know what I mean. Like you can’t tell I have pores, everything is smooth, and even. I’m excited for keeping this up today!
Drank 3 bottles of water and did not even need my Cetaphil. And today’s a day for tretinoin, so my face really should impress me tomorrow morning. (DO NOT put tretinoin on your whole face ever. Just a baby lil bit on the ugly places, because it dries up whatever it touches. You don’t want your whole face peeling off the next morning)
And I feel so bored with myself (not really being able to see much people in this state, so I am locked up in my closet room for like right now - thank god I have a TV in here). So much so that I almost forgot that I’m allowed to do things to my body and hair (no, I did wax, just limited the amount of balms and lotion that go on my legs, elbows, etc) so today I’m doing a special hair mask! I’ll post about the how-to tomorrow, stay tuned! Also, I might have a bath around 8 pm, and if I do, I want to try this new cutie I recently hauled from Lush:
Why is it called Sex Bomb by the way? What's above is not enough as an answer...Companies are turning so much to these name trends now IDK why…
That-Too-Faced-really-amazing-mascara-to-the-point-where-it’s-”better”-than-a-certain-enjoyable-physical-thing ish. Or that NARS Orgasm collection??
I’m sure I’d much prefer a more story-earned name like the timeless Chanel perfume, No. 5
GUESS FREAKING WHAT.
Did I really need a zit? This week? It’s because of my period, which will TOTALLY without a doubt brighten up my mood and help while I suffer through this beauty therapy thing.
If I take care of that zit officially (on the bridge of my nose, bright pink and deliciously round), then everything will be ruined, since I did promise no masks, creams….I could literally cuss in the mirror right now, but let’s handle this goodly.
So first, I’m not sure I can use my Clarisonic on it, who knows if that will pop it or whatever (I don’t exactly have a blemish-and-acne-banishing-Clarisonic), and I can’t put on my GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD™ Clearing Treatment, even though it won’t ruin anything, it’ll actually improve, but I want to really see where my face goes after this “natural” route.
So I just decided to wait till tomorrow, my tretinoin day, and drank two bottles of water even though I know I needed more, but….IDK.
So this is where my cravings start to kick in, and my face, after this week, should be damned for good. You guys know that what you eat is basically how want your face to look. Chips, chocolate are like blemish-magnets, and more organic nutritious things are like the facial Lysol if you dig. But I have no choice but to make my way to Kroger right now, pick up 4 party-size Salt and Vinegar LAYS bags, brownies of every imaginable kind, a fattening plate of cheescake - who else hears that Ahhhhhhhhhh opera voice that comes on during Spongebob and other animations when they present The Item? And pray for me that no one I know sees me without me covering my juicy zit (I had to do some lash curling and eos, but that’s okay)
So I’m home, obviously today I can’t drink water while my dad keeps asking who wants coke, and I can say no this everyday, but you guys understand….
By the end of the day, I felt like, I dunno a hobo? A someone who knows none but Ugly Betty and calories for a whole 8 hours...Ewwey.
I ate nothing but proper food today, walked on the treadmill (running fast while blood is gushing out of your body is never a good idea). Watched some more Ugly Betty while preparing future blog posts. Drank a bottle of water but then felt like I’m about to barf it all out so I felt, enough water for today.
Being a girl is difficult, but its very worth it. Guys can easily have great skin and they can turn a box of pizza into fresh abs in a few hour’s worth of work, but they will never be as fun as ma homies. Guys can’t understand why we laugh at certain things, what we like to do…. It’s funner being a moi.
But hopefully tomorrow will be better….
My week is almost up and I haven't been able to score any major progress….today I drank 4 bottles, realized I forgot to use my tretinoin on Day 4, which was Wednesday, so I used that today, and a bit of Cetaphil, nothing else.
My family just had a little grilling party in the middle of the night, which caused our neighbor to get out and complain that we were all talking too loudly….Let’s just say my dad put him in his place, or somewhere next to that, definitely off the frow….
But staying up late and being stuffed with two burgers, four kabobs, and who know what is not not not not good for anything! My belly will be bloated tomorrow, since we digest slower after dark, and welcome back dark under-eye circles.
Ugh. I will never be successful in life. My little trip to the spa today will definitely not be great. I won’t be very happy, I did not reach my goal. Some of my forehead scars are clear, but the nose one is just smaller. I feel like there was no point trying this and I could have just continued to put on my usual “makeup”, which, now that I come to consider it, wasn't so much of a “damaging” process and I’m much better off doing my fancy masks and having some fun. I can’t wait to go back to being a cray shopper and telling my friend, who I only see during his shift at Forever 21, how this was.
As for the giveaway I announced last post, I’m still gathering up cute items to give you guys, and they (pics of them) should be up by the next two weeks. And if you guys want me to pick a winner on Christmas, which I would be so happy to do, comment down below or tweet me!
Well, of course I'll help you get cuter, softer, sandal-worthy feet doll! I feel like the most impressive thing a human can maintain is luxuriously and irresistibly smooth feet. The kind you can just touch for like as much hours as the kids from Victorious spent touching Trina' feet in that weird episode of, where she ended up getting herself and the other main characters sick because of that illegal fish tank pedicure.....Anyway, I promise you can do this legally, and healthily!
Clean. Your. Feet. Dirty feet are damn untouchable, unlookable, unsmellable, unanything! K? K. Like I don't care if you just finished cleaning your feet but you accidentally stepped barefoot on non-sparkly floors so now you're left with this nasty dull tint. We all hate that. That's why whenever I feel my feet are a bit dry and itchy (which will happen in this weather) I go wash them right away.
Which brings us to step two:
By clean your feet, earlier, I meant wash them thoroughly (I spray them with warm bathwater). You can do that twice a day or more. I definitely do it more...Whenever I feel the need, which is a nice habit to develop.
And you don't have to use a cleanser/soap/scrub every time, but when you do, make sure it's a moisturizing one. The best you could do for your feet is hydrate hydrate hydrate.
I've been loving these two body scrubs:
These two are like magic (to anywhere on your body, just not your face - I haven't made sure of that yet). My skin always feels already soft, without any lotion when I use these in the shower. The only thing I have to do then is lock the hydration in some socks, which can be so therapeutic for dry heels and flaking skin. But don't take matters of blisters and any other serious things into your own hands, you'll only do more damage. Leave that to the professionals or ask your dermatologist for cure.
SEPHORA COLLECTION Spa Socks $36.00|Slip on the Sephora Brand Professionnel Spa Socks for a genuine moment of pleasure and relaxation with the fringe benefit of moisturizing and soothing weakened, dry, or damaged feet. The socks are coated with a gel formulated with grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, and vitamin E, making them the ideal accessory for soft and silky feet.
I love how the green socks "are completely lined with a hydrating gel matrix that covers and actively moisturizes the entire foot-top to bottom, heel to toe.
The secret is in the proprietary Transdermal Gel Matrix & trade [TGM] & trade lining which continuously delivers a deep-nourishing moisture infusion to replenish and revive dry, damaged heels and feet.
These Gel Booties are made with a super-plush, super-comfortable fabric and have a non-skid surface. Your feet will feel softer, smoother, healthier. Gel Lining is latex-free and hypoallergenic. Fits most foot sizes."
Sounds so worth the $25 and I can't wait till my pair arrives!!!! (I actually discovered these in my blog research, and am now very impressed, but anyone know how to wash them without getting the treatment off?)
However, if you don't have sort of "medicinal socks" you can totally do what I do (until my new babes arrive!!!), which is get a cute pair of fluffy fat socks and before putting them on, massage your foot with some VASELINE® JELLY COCOA BUTTER, about 3 to 4 dollars in most places,
And once you take off your socks (which should be in the morning, since you're leaving them on overnight) your feet will be soooooo irresistible and amazing. And keep them clean so you won't lose the spaness!
Of course there are regular things you do to maintain anything. So, for this we'll start with the bath experience. You can weekly indulge in at-home things like:
Before getting into softening and smoothening and actual pampering, you will have to get some serial exfoliating in, but please DON'T use a pumice! It will trap the bacteria in, which can worsen any foot condition. So we wanna use a standard scrubbing puffy thing (I just can't remember what it's called) with this awesome potion:
Make sure to use the tea tree oil/scrub on your feet and have it properly washed before scrubbing on any moisturizing body wash or anything else! Every pedicure needs to begin with an antiseptic. Now for the more glamorous scrub. The pampering one which basically launches our spa-time:
I'll let the editor-person's beautiful input here carry you away:
"This luxurious body scrub gently sloughs away dead skin cells, leaving smooth, radiant, polished skin. Inspired by her French upbringing, Laura Mercier brings an authentic approach to the bath and body category, believing that fragrance is a personal signature. With Almond Coconut Body & Bath Collection, she has created playful, yet decadent and sophisticated formulas inspired by the aura and aroma of the French pâtisserie.
Almond Coconut Milk is a seductive, warm, and comforting blend of gourmand ingredients including succulent notes of milk, coconut, almond, and vanilla, combined with heliotrope and musk for a rich and alluring experience."
WOW. God bless that Laura lady.
So now your skin should be perfectly circulated, your pores open and clean, basically everything ready for the luxury.
This part is too fun. You'll prepare a huge bowl, pot, tub, anything really with warm pure water, add a bit of milk, and dip your feet in for as much as you think efficient, ten minutes or until the water's warm can work. Now while you wait, you either give your soul some relaxation with calm music or organize your files on your laptop, I don't think it matters this time as you're not exactly getting a massage, or have the mask on your face.
After you're done, don't rinse off the water, instead just dab it a bit with a soft fluffy towel, which you can find at Walmart or Target I'm sure.
Keep groomed and tidy. This can prevent dirt from gathering up in between your toes, in your nails (nasty, I know). Just clip your nails twice a week, and gently push your cuticles back.
Now you'll either want to moisturize and seal with socks, or mask (DIY or store-bought, which I'll talk about in a next post) and seal with socks, or just slip on your medicinal socks. Whichever way you're choosing, here are some good stuff to finish off our lovely evening:
First off, some great alternatives to my Vaseline (don't get me wrong I love it, but this is for the people that don't)
"We made Lemony Flutter to soften your dry, cracked cuticles and nourish your nails; it’s our thickest, zestiest cream yet. In fact, it’s so good at softening, our customers have been using it on other rough body parts, like feet, elbows and knees too. Fresh lemons infusion is lovingly blended in our rich butter base to brighten skin and lighten nails. Each batch contains twenty-two pounds of beeswax and cold-pressed avocado oil to moisturize and soften your skin. There are so many nutritious butters and oils in each pot, it’s no wonder that such a little amount can go such a long way."
This one unbelievable. I should just let you guys buy it and see for yourselves. I hope you guys enjoy a wonderful day treating your feet, and I promise you'll feel much better after your feet do! I always love pampering my body in any way possible, so this should seriously be a fun luxurious experience!
I do follow up with my beauty religiously. however, it does need more organization and concentration than you think, and mostly because most of it, for me, is multitasking. For example, if you're balancing a mask on your hair and a mask on your face and have your feet in some warm water and milk (next post: everything foot care), you've gotta have multiple alarms set up for each thing. And, okay, I'm not exactly balancing them around, but still....Leaving something on your skin/hair for more time than it's supposed to get can be disastrous. So see?
Well anyway, it even gets more complicated. So much so that I have not only to master time management, but also design myself a big intricate mental calender, which you can totally jot down too.
Like this week I have to focus more on split ends rather than get carried away with the lesser important: getting shiny hair. You have to think critically, do I need some help with my hair's health and well-being right now, or can I just start mixing up oils and egg yolk to get that polished finish? Well, you can't get a very polished finish unless your hair is 100% healthy and clean (I'm not saying strip your scalp and cuticles of your natural oils, but just avoid buildup and dandruff). And don't worry, during the week you start using Head and Shoulders, or what I was prescribed by my amazing dermatologist:
So I was saying, during the week you take more care of health, not glamorousness, even though you wanna give your head a break form heat, you can still pretend that everything is fine and you'll stay on point (even better than before, since you're not creating more damage). How? You get your hair to multitask, but still not all the way. Remember: we wanna focus more on important things.
If you're struggling with damaged hair, and had dryness in the past, use a daily anti-breakage shampoo, like this one I bought for no reason but ended up loving:
along with a moisturizing conditioner, like my lovely Organix Brazilian Keratin Therapy Conditioner, $7.99, which "Rich Brazilian cocoa nut oils combined with hydrolyzed keratin protein to instantly smooth and fortify your locks for a glossy, healthy-looking glow. Sulfate-free formula gently cleanses and hydrates for silky smooth hair. An exclusive blend of antioxidant rich organic coconut oil along with rich keratin proteins infuse to strengthen the hair, while organic avocado oils and cocoa butter smooth the cuticle for straight, strong tresses adding a brilliant glow and luminescent shine." + a nice perfume scent. In the best price ever. Thank me later. And don't forget to leave it in for 3 minutes before you rinse. So now, not only will you have more protected, shiny hair, but it will also be so smooth and graceful (in the bounce), and naturally straighter, but it can't really protect you from girly waves if you braid lots like me. That shower combo should help keep your hair clean, shiny, and boost repair. However, if you have damaged hair, and it's on the more oily side, avoid anything that says oil, obviously. You wanna use more teas, things that have fruits. Anything that "hydrates" and moisturizes is not your best friend.
For dandruff issues, just buy the Head and Shoulders Classic Clean shampoo, which is actually designed to help out with overly oily hair, not the Head & Shoulders Dry Scalp Care shampoo with Almond Oil, which, again obviously, treats oily hair dandruff. The multitasking for YOU begins with a tea mask every week to add volume, thickness, and a healthy glow. The conditioner you can use, that won't double up your troubles with grease, is a Cleansing Conditioner, which I learned about in a recent Vogue article, Breaking Up with Shampoo. They recommend using this every time you shower, 3 times a week I believe they're hinting (which is already how often I shower), and also using shampoo only once a week or even less. This might not work for all hair types. And I know this because I've deal with all changing conditions my head has been through all these years, from Japanese Sleek Drop to my Australian Waves to a point where I sort of suffered form African Thickness, while my hair was oily, and now it's just soft and wavy and sort of thick but a bit dry at the scalp. Maybe it's because my family moved so much and vacationed overseas nearly every summer. Climate affects everything.
Some cleansing conditioners Vogue recommends:
"WEN® Bamboo Green Tea Cleansing Conditioner is an incredibly revitalizing formula designed to bring out the best in your hair. Combining an exclusive, anti-oxidant rich green, black, white and red tea complex with an exclusive bamboo water complex rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids and silica essential for hair growth, WEN® Bamboo Green Tea is a nutrient-rich infusion for your hair. Chaz designed this formula from the ground up to repair, protect and strengthen your hair while improving elasticity, volume and shine in all hair types and textures."
Net-A-Porter's kind words:
"Purely Perfect Cleansing Crème is the "un-shampoo" - instead of harsh detergents, it harnesses the nourishing power of Aloe Vera and Essential Oils to gently wash and treat hair for silky-smooth results. This suds-free formula adds shine and body to your locks, leaving a light refreshing fragrance.
Suitable for all hair types
Nourishes, protects color and reduces frizz
Free from sulfates and silicone"
Urban Outfitters' wisdom:
"Purely Perfect Cleansing Creme is an un-shampoo is formulated without a trace of detergent and with pure Aloe Vera and essential oils instead for smoother, silkier, shinier hair with longer lasting color - practically zero-fade. It even soothes troubled scalps to promote flake-freedom. Purely Perfect Cleansing Creme works awesomely on all hair types - fine, thick, course, curly or straight and it is a star when it comes to color treated hair. It is simple to use and over time it restores hair to a state that most people can only dream about. All that, and it is biodegradable and doesn't pollute our water! Purely Perfect was born from a desire to return to a time when things were simple and pure. A hair care line focused on less is more, purity, simplicity and elegance, they present simple-yet-innovative products that turn traditional hair care on its... head."
To purchase it through Net-A-Porter, click on the first picture of it, to get it with the same price but form Urban Outfitters, click on the next one.
"This one-step wonder product is an ultra-gentle, yet powerful combination of 1/4 cleanser + 3/4 moisture. It's low-lather cleansing that reduces friction of the hair fiber to help minimize breakage. This innovative, ultra concentrated triple action conditioning formula, with Omega-3 and 6, leaves hair super soft and nourished without weigh-down. You're one step away from luxuriously soft, manageable hair. Perfect for all dry hair types."
You guys can do what you like with those amazing three....Now if you are struggling with dryness and limp, lifeless strands, and split ends you need some olive oil and, if you can get your hands on one, the bottle of magic: Dabur Amla Gold Hair Oil, which y'all know I swear by. This'll leave your hair softer, longer, stronger, thicker (basically you get to be shampoo commercial girl for now) and it contains the Amla fruit (Indian gooseberry), mineral and vegetable oils, and Canola oil. Fancy stuff.
But for the more important part, you can try these, from TRESemme's Split Mend Collection of products :
So why does that last one not have a glow? Interesting....
In the order of our gallery above:
"The TRESemmé Split Remedy™ Shampoo & Conditioner system gently cleanses and moisturizes so hair is healthy-looking and manageable, all while reducing split ends up to 80% after just three uses*. This unique system, with our innovative Reconstructing Complex™, binds split ends—and with continued use, this system fixes damage as it occurs. This hair care for split ends leaves strands looking salon fresh: soft, smooth and easy to style."
"Leave-In Conditioning Spray
This lightweight conditioning spray helps to detangle wet hair, preparing it for easier styling while reducing up to 80% of split ends in just three uses.* Use this split end repair product daily for smooth, silky and shiny hair that’s manageable—just like after a fresh cut."
"Leave-In Split End Conditioning Treatment
Protect your hair from the damaging effects of styling including breakage, frizz and dryness with this lightweight, leave-in split end repair formula. It works to restore moisturization and repair up to 80% of split ends*, leaving hair looking smooth, shiny and salon-fresh."
"Split End Sealing Serum
Get style maintenance throughout your day. This revolutionary split end repair serum reduces frizz and seals in shine for a polished finish with up to 80% less split ends in just three uses"
"Split Mend Intense Recovery Masque
Use a couple of times a week to provide an intense recovery to parched, dried out ends & lengths. This nourishing rinse out masque repairs up to 80% of split ends you have with regular use (as measured after three washes). The perfect intense treatment to restore overall hair health and condition."
I think I'll go with the Leave-In Conditioning Spray, just for now, as I don't have much split ends. But if you're a bit overwhelmed at what I'm throwing at you (first of all I don't blame you) thee is another easier way to get rid of split ends without chopping off that beautiful length. See for yourself:
The Most Unexpected Cure for Split Ends? Fire. Seriously .
So who's ready for velaterapia?!?! I will definitely ask about it next time I visit a professional salon.
Well, I think I've clarified what to use for what types...The rest of you with different hair conditions can assume your remedy by mixing the ones I talked about up. LOL, that sounds so rude, but seriously guys, I've worked way too hard on this and it's 1 p.m. I was planning on finishing the foot care post as well, but not really. Lack of sleep is so frickin' bad for my complexion. Bye.
And if we raise the currently 80-visits-a-day, there might be a giveaway!! Stay tuned! Love, a sleepy Aristocrat.
So ever since I was like 3 (yep, always been a beauty guru) - in fact, I think this all began when I was eavesdropping on my mother while she was pregnant with me as she discussed a lot of beauty with her little sister and cousin girlfriends (sorry, Mom, I'm making this sound way too weird). So yeah.
Anyway, I applied some hibiscus tea on my hair, to boost it up a bit along that redhead-glow route (I'm brunette but I mean add some tint). However, it sort of got not rough, like it was softer, but it got a bit frizzy in this static electricity sort of way, but not sticking t my clothes or anything. Like it wasn't all that bad. But I felt sooo betrayed, because "tea is very good for your hair!"
Well, I had to contact my 13 year old cousin, a.k.a. the dermatological creature (oh, hell yes, we gals in the fam keep that tradition thru the good and bad).
Guess what my terrible mistake was.
Tea is for oily hair. It dries it up in this glamorous way so that it still feels soft and healthy. But dry hair doesn't need that. Phew. 'Cause I had a feeling it had worked with me before, and so there! In case y'all ever come to assume that you always need tea for any hair issue.
But this girl know what she's doing, because not only did she put me in my place, but also recommended olive and coconut oils. Here's some good olive one:
Of course, you won't have to mix the two oils together at all. You can apply one before the other. You can just use a cocoa butter on your hair as a mask, and then -PLOT TWIST- rinse out with coconut water (found at a grocery store, perhaps?) not a shower! Exciting!
I would do this twice a week, since my locks are Rapunzel, if that makes sense. But if you have less hair, I don't think you'd need to bother.
Conclusion: oils for dry hair, teas for oily hair. Right. Careful around these kinds of matters!
But before we leave, just one more thing - if you do end up using the olive oil, do take a shower after like 30 minutes, but don't use a very harsh shampoo, because that, of course, won't have you indulge in all the benefits of our discussed mask.
Lol. Byeeee, xoxo
And although I don't recommend it for "normal" people (which means, I recommend it for everyone, technically, because What Is Normal?) It's pretty great.
I get to think about what to bake, what to try mixing up for my hair, while I drive to a The Salon (talked about later down the scroll) for my trim (the only occasion when I actually go to the salon - I do my own nails, makeup, and everything - it's an ego issue). So then, at home sweet place-with-fast-wifi (what's anywhere worth with no Internet??), I watch some beauty on YouTube while I get some Calculus off my non-important-things-to-do-list. Sit with a mask on my hair. My feet wrapped warmly and comfortably in a thin coat of VASELINE® JELLY COCOA BUTTER and thick fluffy sockies.
Usually if I've been online for hours, Pinning, blogging, reading, and doing my "chores" -addictions, more like - my under eyes WILL puff and make me look like a sick tired person...Oh well, I just stick these sheets of magic on and:
"A cooling transdermal gel patch infuses the eye area with icelandic glacial waters and concentrated doses of firming ingredients to de-puff, tone and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles." said Ulta, very accurately.
Always having something on me (to beautify, replenish, moisturize - anything along the lines) is becoming a habit that developed over my years of my obsession with perfectness. Phew. Don't even tell me in the comments that "no one is perfect", because, I believe, if I want to be Perfectly, A Perfection, that's something for me to consider and stress about, not you.
And something I do recommend for all you cutesies out there, is to use eos products -specifically, your classic lil sphere balm - everywhere. Cuticles, elbows, eyebrows (instead of a clear brow gel!), knees, some dry spots on your face (but careful-don't clog your pores!) feet, that little dry pit between you index finger and thumb, what is that even called? Don't forget your lips!!
My favorite ones from CVS Pharmacy are the Pomegranate Raspberry and Sweet Mint.
My before and after shower routine varies a lot. I sometimes boil a certain tea right after I come out of my rinse, so that by the time my hair is "slightly damp" the tea will be ready to apply. Chamomile is good for you dolls who want to naturally bleach your hair without any long-term damage. Just soak your ends in and spray some through your mid-shaft (daily, for a month) to get that sombré effect (DIY an old hairspray bottle into an at-home-treatment sprayer thingy!) It also adds this healthy Goddess glow. But if you're seeking that dark shiny Japanese texture, use black tea, which is easy to remember - black darkens my hair. (Tea can't really straighten your hair, but it can give it shade and smoothness). I find it also gives your hair that touch of cleanliness and you really feel F R E S H, if you dig. Also the scent! Who else loves a tea-perfume? Have they invented those? Chat down below!
Anyway, oils. So I hate a thick, greasy oil. I like a quick-absorbing, easy-to-wash-off, lightweight, fancy oil, like the Josie Maran 100 percent Pure Argan Oil, $48.00 from Sephora.
You just leave this in for the night, shower in the morning, and feel spa-ish. Plus, you can basically rub this on anywhere on your body for a dewy-smooth finish - not just your hair.
You already know I am a huge fan of my Dabur Amla Hair Oil, which can be thick and very oily for that one hour you need to keep it on, but I think it's all worth it. Plus, the smell is great, and it comes off with the first coating of shampoo, which I explain in this post: Hair-Care Routine + Tilting That Into a Fall-Based Structure... .
Other than that you can do what you like with essential oils....I know you can mix egg yolk with olive oil for full blast treatment, healing, and all that amazing stuff.
Just worry about either putting it on before you wash your hair/after - if before, then right before or 2 hours or more...After your shower right away, or like after a whole 24-hour wait? I believe that's really what'll make all the difference.
- Honestly, I feel like these basic things shouldn't be "beauty tips". It's more like, if you're all set with your glitzy materials, just do things to spoil yourself and your looks all the time. I basically follow with these little things not only to keep my hair and skin healthy, but also my esteem and inner beautyness, if you know what I mean -
Anyway, I deep-condition once every two weeks, which is what my long thick hair needs, with a natural mix of fruits and oils, sometimes egg yolk. Check out this link to DIY a good deep-condition at home instead of making your trip to a salon. 4 Ways To Deep condition Your Hair, or here: Beauty Secrets: Deep Conditioning Your Hair.
However, if you do end up leaving home to take care of your hair, go to a school; they have better authenticity since the students are under supervision and they do have great skills, its not really a risk to leave your hair in the hands of a "student". Give it a try! I go to this one (just for trims, but I still find it a Royal experience) --> Princess Beauty School.
You will definitely finds ways to pamper yourself no matter what/where you are. For some people it means watching Netflix all day in soft blankets with your one true love, Pizza, but for me it's definitely being obsessive over materialistic things and my looks. Not just that. If I don't feel luxurious and princessy, there's something wrong. So find stuff that make you happy, and that's really what'll keep you happy! I just gave y'all examples of how to be all-knowing and aware about your image, which sounds sooooo wrong and selfish and oblivious to everyone else around the world who has to suffer from starvation, abuse, and all kinds of other things, but it's what keeps me happy. Of course I give back (with magazines and cosmetic companies, but still), however, It's so fun to feel like a walking Barbie.
And I have been unfairly accused of seeking guys' attention from more people that I care to even count (including some former teachers). But all of this is for me. I dress fashionably to impress myself and my friends and my mom. If I wanna be in sexy red lipstick, that's intended towards my selfie camera, not necessarily always a guy.
<3 bye ^_^
And if you'd like more detailed tips or specific questions answered, tweet moi!
If, also, you want to be a skin-pro with super put-togetherness, look over this page -->
The Perfect Skin Diet: How to Eat and Drink Your Way to Your Clearest Complexion Ever
Water, my favorite "natural beauty" sort of thingie. And if you're really into all this herbal remedy, teas, and DIY realm, well, how can water hurt you?
It's just so complicatedly simple. While you use some oils on your hair to add a shine (or whatever), and maybe mix up a smart fruit mask for a clear, softly blushed complexion...you can't always grantee that ALL these non-chemical means have completely positive side-effects and results. You can be allergic. They can be poisonous. How many possibilities are there? Not with water. And if it doesn't give you the thoroughest cleanse (like without soap), it still is a symbol of purity.
If you're like me and think you can save a buck or two not buying this product, then listen up.
You'll boil a tea kettle with enough water so that the water's surface is close to the kettle's opening. (thats how you'll get the best results). Once the water is hot enough that bubbles are literally jumping and floating on it, turn off your stove so you wont get burned, and levitate your face and neck slowly over the steam. This will open up and cleanse your pores, allowing a moist and calming feeling to take over your face and soul. Continue to slowly move your face and neck around over the water until you feel
F R E S H ! Now you can't just be done and start walking around with open pores for the rest for the day. (that's what I actually thought was okay, just once LOL) That way, germs and other bad things can easily enter your skin and cause blackheads and ugliness. So what you'll have to do at this point is gently sweep a soft napkin across your chin, forehead, and cheeks. There should be some dirt or residue on the napkin.
You're still not finished. In order to reseal and protect your pores in the best way, you'll have to put on some moisturizer or, since this is a weekly thing, a mask! You can slather some honey on your face, do that mask I talked about in my first ever beauty post on Aristocratic Reign, here -->
Face-Brightening and Moisturizing DIY Mask
Next: this can be an obvious one. Drinking two water bottles a day will not only make your full body (hair and skin included) immensely healthier and young, also trimming down your weight, but it does have very apparent beauty solutions as well.
Drinking two bottles of water a day, and not necessarily The Best Water, will clean up the mess your makeup made, a.k.a., ACNE. Other than that, Dry areas anywhere on your skin. Dullness. I feel water does brighten up my tone some how. Like it is just soooo good, and not an expensive rare thing you need to order from the borders of this certain tropical area (whatever, okay? And that's what it sounds like when Paris Hilton-like-females talk).
Washing your face frequently will help with fighting acne. BUT don't wash it every five minutes. Twice a day is neutral. Once with a good cleanser (one with an exfoliating salicylic, glycolic, or lactic acid component) and once with only a cold splash (to revive and erase tiredness--puffiness) and you're fine. However, washing it more than three times will trip it of it's natural oils, leaving it even dryer than before.
Every time I tried to plan out a new hair-care routine (because my hair changes a LOT) on lined paper or Evernote, and include the "types of products I should probably get.." Yeah, that usually goes wrong.
So when my hair got totally messed up with the change of season recently, that saved my life-seriously.
I sort of didn't have preparations for the sudden effect, and just went to CVS and bought the best-looking (not graphically, but words) TRESemmé shampoo and conditioner:
These work sooooo extremely good together. Proof: I went to sleepover with my girlfriend auntie, who is really 18, so we're not much different, and I only and accidentally brought along one of these - I forgot which, but my hair was not so silky-shiny-thick-straight-and-braggable.
So yeah. And plus, the conditioner came with a sample package (including 3 fat, generously full samples) of their "7 Day Keratin Smooth System" which I have not yet tried. I will be reviewing that.
It was all to perfect not to purchase. I was even happier with my results, because as the TRESemmé People said, it "calms frizz and flyaways without weighing hair down". That explains it beautifully. My hair's volume was actually fluffed out in this runway way.
Thats another thing I used recently to perfect my hair further, by allowing the product to "strengthen, nourish, and condition" my long thick locks. Plus I feel it does straighten, moisturize, add an amazing and shiny glow, volumize (by making my hair more fatter, if you know what I mean, once you grab a portion, like you really feel it filling your hand with thick smooth strands) and make my hair even longer than the under-butt infinity it is reaching now.
Hmmm...It does sound like I'm crazy about my hair.
Oh well, then, how else do you expect me to lead others into thinking, "Damn, she robbed these extensions from a Goddess's head."
Anyway. So you put this great mask on all of your hair, especially your roots, an hour before your shower. You can wear a cap, or you can just roll your hair into a tight bun, uncovered, as I do. Get in the shower. Use a shampoo, and it should come off by that rinse.
Speaking of shampoos again:
Since I know the first shampoo I use in the shower is only meant to get the oil off my hair, I don't use a fancy one. And my hair is not necessarily damaged, but I like to use this every other day (I know it says daily, but first of all, y'all know you can't use a shampoo daily, no matter how "light" it is, second, I can't wash my hair daily, cause that'll strip it of it's natural oils) so that I'll have that personal satisfaction that my hair is 100% healthy - with everything I use.
So I lather that up. Let it cleanse my head, and rinse twice. I did mention earlier not to overwash, but as your in the shower (every other day, or so) if you rinse rinse rinse, that's actually a good thing. It'll give you moisture. Just make sure you aren't using very hot water on your hair, even though I heard it makes it longer, but I also heard it gives you dandruff....
So next, I apply my TRESemmé's, leaving the conditioner on for 3 minutes and then rinsing. After that, I do everything I need for soft, cleansed, and glowing skin....(tweet me/comment below if you wanna know what).
More tips for healthy hair -->DON'T use a towel. Use an old (but still soft) T-shirt and keep you hair in it till it's not "wet" just "damp". Then do your hair into one braid, using no elastics, just at the bottom to tie up ends. Still use a soft, non-metal-at-all elastic. Your hair is at it's most fragile state when wet/damp/associated with water (LOL, my language is fantastic). And when your hair is dry, continue using elastics with no metal to prevent damage/breakage.
Also, I found that braiding my hair at this point will get it dry easily and quickly, without me having to damage it with heat. Blow-dryers add frizz to my hair and pouf it up (not in a voluminous way). So this trick will help all the water come down to your ends, and you'll just have to dab that bit of hair on a soft tee again!
But wait!!! Don't forget to brush your hair before showering!!! It really helps keep your hair untangled after and during your shower. I believe a boar-bristle brush with a rubber base works for everyone! It will really smooth and straighten hair rather than make it frizzier and ever so nasty, like certain brushes we know...(gossip is not lady-like).