Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tutoral Tuesday

15 Tips To Getting Long, Healthy, Barbie-like Hair

Tip #15
Try natural hair-dyes
There are natural options for hair dyeing. Henna has been used to dye hair for thousands of years in India. But you don’t have to travel to Asia nowadays! You can find henna kits (and other natural options) on Amazon or Drugstore.com

Tip #14
Keeping your body healthy is also a great way to improve the strength of your hair. Try to workout at least three times a week. Yoga is a great option because it also reduces stress, which can weaken your hair!

Tip #13
Deep Condition Once a Week
   Deep conditioning will make your hair soft and shiny. It will also improve the quality of your hair over time! I like to use "Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk - Instant Repair Treatment".

Tip #12
Take Vitamins
         Vitamin A will condition and moisturize your hair with antioxidants. It will also help your hair battle free radicals like pollution. Overall, taking vitamin A daily will make your hair stronger and thicker. I've been using "Hair, Skin & Nails - tablets.

Tip #11
Braid Your Hair When It's Wet
Braids are a fun summer style! Add a little leave-in conditioner before plaiting your hair to lock in moisture all day. Don’t forget to tie your style with a metal-free ponytail holder.

Tip #10
Eat Hair-Healthy Foods
Some foods that will strengthen hair are dark green vegetables, nuts, and salmon. Overall, a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains will make your locks shiny and full of bounce!

Tip #9
Don't Wear Ponytails & Buns To Bed
Ponytail holders and scrunchies can damage your hair when you sleep. When getting ready for bed, free your tresses! If it’s hot or your hair gets tangled in the night, you can put hair in a loose braid, tied with a strip cut from knee-high stockings. Or wrap it around in a cirlce and cover your hair with a silk head scarf.

Tip #8
Get a Trim Every Six to Eight Weeks
Even if you are trying to grow out your locks, regular haircuts will keep your ends healthy! In fact, getting trims every six to eight weeks should actually make your hair grow faster and stronger.

Tip #7
Protect Your Hair From Sun Damage
When spending the day on the beach, it’s important to protect your hair. Try spraying on Aveda’s Sun Care Protective Hair Veil before soaking up some sun. This will protect your color and prevent UV damage!

Tip #6
Don't Rub Wet Hair With Your Towel
After you shower, don’t rub your hair back and forth with a towel. Instead, squeeze excess water out, moving the towel down the hair shaft. Squeezing from roots to ends will prevent breakage and keep your hair healthy.

Tip #5
    Use a Wide Toothed Comb On Wet Hair  
   Your hair is most fragile when it is wet. Avoid brushing wet hair. Use a wide-toothed comb to untangle knots, and brush your hair when it is mostly dry. Goody has some great combs for wet hair! 

Tip #4
Protect Your Hair Before Heat Styling
If you are going to blow-dry, flat-iron, or curl your hair, remember to prep with a good product. This will protect your locks from styling damage!

Tip #3
Air Dry Your Hair
Whenever possible, let your tresses air dry. This will encourage natural curls and waves as well as reduce fly-a-ways and frizz in straight hair. It will also give you an excuse to treat yourself while you are waiting!           

Tip #2
Consider Going Dark
If you dye your hair a color that is lighter than your natural color, the bleaching process can severely damage your hair! Consider a darker shade. If you have naturally dark hair, try overdying another color (like red) - but not bleaching - to give your hair a glow in the sun!

Tip #1  
  Try Organic Products
Chemicals such as sulfates and parabens can dry out and damage your hair! There are organic products in every price range. Using organic shampoos, conditioners, and styling products will improve the health of your hair and scalp. "Olive Oil - Organic Root Stimulator" hair care products are my absolute favorite!          




Friday, June 15, 2012

Fashion For Relief: Anna Sui

Fashion Friday

"It's a touch of fantasy that you want. It adds just a touch of color, and you feel very feminine."

"Power may justly be compared to a great river; while kept within it bounds it is both beautiful and useful, but when it overflows its banks, it is then too impetuous to be stemmed; it bears down all before it, and brings destruction and desolation wherever it comes."

"You have to focus on your dreams, even if they go beyond common sense."

Anna Sui was born on August 4, 1964 in Detroit, Michigan. She took an interest in fashion at a very young age and began clipping fashion-magazine pages to fill her famous Genius Files. These have served as an inspiration for her line throughout her career. After moving to New York, she attended The New School's famous art and design college, Parsons The New School for Design. After leaving Parsons, she worked for a variety of junior sportswear companies. During this time she began designing clothing out of her apartment. With the encouragement of friends Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista, Sui launched her first runway show in 1991. Sui is known for her timeless designs and ability to transcend eras with historical and culturally inspired collections - and for being another one of my favorite designers.

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Fashion For Relief: Betsey Johnson

Fashion Friday

This is a blog I put together on a whim and decided that it would be a good feature to add on to my Fashion Friday's blog post. So, every Friday I'll post a little Fashion Montage of my favorite designers, along with fun quotes, and a little bio. I hope you dolls enjoy!

“Love is a disease of the heart - in the end, there is no treatment curable and it might just kill you.”

 On her “formula” for style: “Take a leotard and add a skirt”

“Girls do not dress for boys. They dress for themselves, and of course, each other. If girls dressed for boys, they’d just walk around naked at all times.”

Betsey Johnson was born in 1942 in Connecticut. Johnson graduated from Syracuse University and quickly joined the fashion world, working for magazines and boutiques in New York. She spent the ’60s and ’70s rubbing elbows with New York’s hippest crowd, including Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick. She finally released her own line in 1978. Today, she is one of the most recognized faces in the fashion industry, and one of my favs! She's known for her unique personality and over-the-top personal style. I always find myself drawn to people like her, but most of all I'm in love with her eye for color and drama - and the Barbie inspired look her fashion always seems to have.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Primped & Pampered

Tutorial Tuesday
Treat Yourself to an At-Home Facial

Facial treatments are one of the best ways you can pamper yourself and your skin. You don't have to spend a lot of money to give yourself a great facial treatment at home, and it will give you a chance to take some time and pamper yourself properly. Allow yourself one day a week to properly pamper yourself and your skin will thank you for it. You can give yourself an at-home facial in four easy steps.

Step One
Remove Makeup

Remove all traces of makeup including waterproof mascara with cleansing towelettes.

I use "Neotrogena: Pre-Moistened Makeup Remover". You can get these at any local Walgreens or CVS drug store for $4.97

When removing your makeup, use an upward motion starting at your neck up to your forehead.
This prevents future sagging and pre-mature wrenkles.

When removing mascara, never rub! Use an upward motion; kinda the same way you would apply your mascara.
Rubbing will cause your lashes to break off.

Step Two

Start your facial with a good cleansing. Use a product that is made just for your skin type, whether it's normal, oily, dry, or combination.

I use "Neutrogena: Oil-Free Acne Wash" cream cleanser for combination skin. You can get this at your local Walgreens or CVS drug store for $6.49

With an uplifting blast of grapefruit plus vitamin C, Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Cream Cleanser is a rich, creamy lather that powerfully clears blemishes and blackheads. Eliminate oil and dirt without over-drying or irritating skin. Formulated with MicroClear®, a patented technology proven to cut through oil quickly to speed acne medicine straight to the source of breakouts.

Wet face with water, then apply a small amount in your hand. Starting at your neck, use small circular motions and work your way upward to your forehead. Rinse.

Step Three

Once you have a good clean palette, you'll want to exfoliate your skin to remove excess oil, surface dirt, and skin cells and give your face a soft complexion.

I use "Neutrogena: Foaming scrub" for $6.49

I have a combination of normal to dry skin so this comes in handy - but I only exfoliate once a week to prevent over-drying of my skin.

Use the same upward, circular motion as you did with the cleanser. From your neck to your forehead. Rinse and towel blot to dry your face.

Step Four

Once you've cleansed and exfoliated your face, the final step in your "Primped & Pampered" at-home facial is to moisturize.

I use "Neutrogena: Intensified Daily Moisture" with SPF 15. You can buy this at any Walgreens or CVS drug store for $13.39

After towel blotting your face, appy a small amount of moisturizer to your finger tips. Starting at the neck, massage in cream using the same upward motion.

Make sure not to rub around your eyes. Instead, use a circular tapping motion around your them with your fingertips.

Now that you have the steps needed for a "Primped & Pampered" at-home facial, you can pick your day, turn on some relaxing music, then after a long bubble bath, you can throw on your PINK comfy robe, your fuzzy slippers, and enjoy your facial treatment.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Makeup Monday

 Doll Face
Pages from my cosmetics diary


Makeup has a magical quality. It brings to mind of being a real life Barbie doll; going to glamorous events. The magic of makeup is more powerful than ever. For most women, makeup application should be subtle. The main objective is to emphasize your most attractive facial features while minimizing those features that are less attractive.
There is no fixed pattern for applying makeup; application varies from woman to woman, based on her face and individual needs/desires. When applying makeup, you must take into cosideration the structure of your face; the color of your eyes, skin, and hair; how you want to look; and the results you can realistically achieve. You will be better equipped to make use of cosmetics when you have learned the chemical composition and preperations of cosmetics. Once you know these basics, you can use makeup to create optical illusions with shadowing, highlighting, and color. Your natural beauty can be enhanced by the blendings of facial makeup, hairstyle, and clothing colors.

Cosmetics for facial makeup

The cosmetics industry offers a wide range of products designed to inprove skins appearance as well as it's condition. The cosmetics available today meet the needs of every skin type.

Stay "blogged in" for next weeks "Makeup Monday" where I'll cover the Foundation section of my 'Doll Face' cosmetics diary!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Art Of Barbie

Barbie Inspired Art
By: Peihang Huang

I absolutely LOVE her work! Her use of so many vibrant colors are simply breathtaking, I had to share it with you!

Sweet Secrets

Whether in public or in private, a "doll" (woman) always looks her best.

In the privacy of my own bedroom, I have a whole range of delicate lingerie & glamorous nightwear to change into -- from satin nighties to lace. I even design them!