Category: Beauty

How to Make an Origami Crane

Origami is one of the most creative DIY projects to carry out. You don’t need any special talent or equipment; you just need your hands, your ability to follow simple steps, and paper. Although to make it look really cool, you might want to use really light paper. Cardboard papers are difficult to fold and may make the process difficult.

In this article, I’m going to show you how to make an origami crane in a few simple steps. If this is your first time making origami, then you’re in luck, because you’re about to have really good background knowledge about the craft.

How to Make an Origami Crane – Step-by-Step

1. Get a square paper

The first step to creating an origami crane is getting a perfectly square piece of paper. If you can’t find anyone like that, you can simply pick any paper and trim the edges until you have a good square. Remember, not a rectangle but a square.

2. Folding the two triangles

You’ll need to fold the piece of paper into two separate triangles. Here’s how you do it. You try to connect two pointed tips of the paper. When you have connected one of the tips, you open it back up and connect the other two tips facing the opposite direction.

One thing you must do while folding the triangles is that you must ensure that you mark the lines because you would need to refold them later.

3. Folding the two rectangles

Fold the triangles just the same way you folded the triangles before, but this time you’ll not need the tips. You’ll connect the flat surfaces. Fold the paper to connect two edges of the four sides. By the time you’re done doing this, you’d have two rectangles of equal sizes. You must remember to fold two of them in opposite directions.

4. Fold the creases

Remember when I said you should mark the lines? Well, now’s the time for that. You’ll fold all the stretched sides in the exact direction that you first had them in. The important thing to know is that you’ll have to do all of them together. This may be a little daunting, but it’s the step you must take.

5. Form a kite by folding the two edges in. Do the same to the other side of the paper.

6. Fold the pointed edges till they connect with the bottom of the two edges you connected in step 5.

7. Pull the bottom corner above the top and fold it along the creases in step 4 and 5.

8. Flip the top layer on the right side over the left side, do the same to the left side.

9. Fold the top layer on both sides until it touches the tip of the bottom layer.

10. Repeat step 8.

11. Fold the wings down and also slightly bend one side of the long tips. That should represent the beak and the other side would represent the tail.

What you’ll have now is a neat and perfectly trimmed origami crane.

Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial

Are you thinking of trying out a special new look for your gallery? Or are you going for a function and just want to look exactly how you picture yourself? Is smokey eyes makeup what you want to try out? Well, hang on, you’ll learn exactly how to do it in simple steps.

You see a lot of people attempting to do the smokey eyes makeup ending up looking like they just gave the job to a 2-year old. Well, they may not realize this, but people who actually see them, especially experts like us who may be critics, would know they probably didn’t have any knowledge about the art. You’re going to get that knowledge now so that you can avoid looking like them.

How Do You Create Smokey Eye Makeup?

I always tell the people who have been privileged to learn under me that every makeup is an art. You’re an artist and all you’re doing is adding special effects to your already beautiful face. Below are the steps for creating the smokey eyes effects:

●      You would first have to apply a mid-tone shadow on your eyelids. For a better smokey base, it would be better to use the color grey or brown. You can find all-natural eyeshadow from Jane Iredale from Natural Healthy Concepts.

●      Pick up your eyeliner and apply it along the lash line. You must do this while ensuring that you’re able to get some color between the lashes in order to enable it to pop.

●      The next thing you have to do is to apply a dark tone shadow liner for example charcoal or espresso over the liner. Blend it into the lid shadow. Apply it to the lower lash line, in order to do this, you would have to press the bottom of the brush on the lashes, spread it out with your fingers to give you the smokey look.

●      You can add any finishing touch with the mascara to give it the full lash effect.

●      Add sparkle with your fingers

You must know that you may not end up with the exact same smokey effect that your friend got. That is not the goal. Your main goal is to have one that looks beautiful for you. There are lots of factors that influence the final look of your smokey eye makeup, most of them are in your choice of colors, your choice of lash and some others.

You must also know that the shape of your face differs from that of a friend. You are trying to create something that looks unique for yourself. For an extra little advice, before you embark on a journey of keeping yourself the smokey makeup, you can check out your favorite celebrity. Try to copy exactly what you see and try to do it perfectly. Remember, that you may not end up with the exact same thing but in the end, you will have something close to it.

In conclusion, remember that the shape of your face will greatly influence the final outlook of your makeup. I hope this tip is helpful.

Hair Highlights Tutorial

Hair highlights simply refer to those parts/strands of your hair that have a color tone (darker or lighter) applied to it to your hair in order to create some kind of beauty effect or attention. We’ve seen women and men apply this strategy so many times to enhance the beauty and color of their hair, and it has played out perfectly fine most of the time.

To be able to create outstanding hair highlights, you need to be acquainted with the procedures. You’ve clearly seen what highlights are. Let’s move to the benefits of highlighting your hair on your own.

Benefits of Hair Highlights

1. Gives you room for a change

If you are looking for a means of changing your style and serving new looks, then you probably need to start by highlighting your hair. This will cause you to observe a total change in your appearance, framing your face in an entirely new way.

2. Beats boredom

We’ve seen cases where people suddenly get tired of basic monotone hair colors. Now, highlights are there for you to get yourself out of that boredom by adding a whole lot of spice through your style decisions. Hair highlights will bring a much-needed change to your beauty routine and overall appearance.

Hair Highlights Tutorial

Knowing what highlights are isn’t enough. Soon, you will be finding out how you can comfortably highlight your hair in the absence of your stylist, using this short hair highlights tutorial below.

1. Get a good home hair highlighting kit, mix the content, and make sure that every ingredient is blended properly using a spatula. Ensure that your hair is dry before moving on to apply the blended mixture onto each section you intend to highlight. Remember, don’t let it touch your scalp.

2. Gently use your gloved fingers to massage in the mixture. When you get to the middle of your head, further create subsections on each section of your hair. This is to ensure that the solution thoroughly gets in as you wish.

3. When you get to the underlayer part of your hair, and the back, create smaller subsections and keep on with the application and massage.

4. Also, note that taking and applying the mixture in larger quantities does not guarantee a finer finish. What counts is your skill, expertise, and carefulness. So, to get the natural hair highlight look, be sure to master the basics before you proceed.

Things to Keep in Mind

●      Ensure that you apply the highlight 2 inches away from your roots and scalp.

●      Pull and keep your hair in a straight mode when the application is done. This is to ensure that the application is generously done.

●      Ensure to get gentle when you apply, don’t add too much pressure to avoid complications.

Hair highlights turn out beautifully well when applied properly. Listed above are the simple steps you can implement to make sure that you come up with the most beautiful hair highlights. Ensure that you follow them carefully.

Family-Friendly Hair Cutting Tutorial During Quarantine

The quarantine has got everyone staying in their homes to ensure they are safe. The spread of the COVID-19 virus is nothing to be relaxed about but then it comes with a lot of other consequences. Some of these include the closing of important places we visit on a regular and even forget how important they are such as the barber’s shop or the hair salon.

If you think to yourself, how do we get to cut the hair together as a family? It’s pretty simple. We’ve got you covered. The idea of having to cut your own hair or even that of your loved ones isolating with you can be pretty terrifying. You don’t want to have to live with a terrible hair style till your hair grows back, but let’s face it since it’s not presently possible to go for your weekly trim at the hands of a professional, you’ll have to take the clippers into your own hands.

For a Basic Trim

For a basic trim, you need a pair of sharp scissors and a mirror. Most importantly you need steady hands. What you want to do is to section your hair into small areas and hold them up with a comb or between two fingers. Then remember to trim just the tip. Nothing more except if necessary.

You can do this if your hair is wet or dry. It doesn’t really matter. However, keep in mind that wet it tends to be more elastic and would look a lot shorter when dry. You don’t want to cut it too short and regret it later.

For a Buzz Cut

Quite a number of people are relying on the buzz cut at this time. It’s no surprise, as it is a very easy style to maintain at home, and it takes a while to have to visit the barber again. It is important to lube your blades with oil, preferably a lightweight oil. This is very important to make the process go a lot smoother.

Again you need a mirror and steady hands. You can start at the top of your head to be sure on how low you want it to be. If you have bald spots you want to even out, you can model the rest of the head from it.

For a Shave

Getting a clean shave would also require a mirror, a clipper, and steady hands. The good thing about clean shaves is that you have lesser room for error. How bad can it go? You want it taken all out right?.

However, you need to be more professional about it by applying a pre-shave oil. This makes your hair a lot softer and easier to shave off.

Cutting your hair and that of a loved one first requires you to come to terms with it. You’re not a professional and you might make a few mistakes but try limiting them as much as possible with these easy steps.

Skeleton Face Painting Tutorial

Are you considering creating a great scary outlook for Halloween? Are you just a lover of skeletons and skulls? Did you know you could actually do it yourself with a little tutorial? You’re about to find that out.

In this article, we’ll go through a step-by-step process on how to create a skeleton face painting on your face for your collection.

Materials Required

In order to be able to draw the skeleton on your face appropriately, you would need a set of easy-to-get tools. Some of these include the following:

·       Face paints: Different colors matching your preference. To make a basic skeleton design though you’d need just white paint, grey paint, and black paint. If you decide to get more, it would probably depend on your creativity.

·       Paint brushes: You need a thick one for filling big spots and a tiny one for drawing lines.

·       Water: You would need it when you have to fade out some colors.

Steps to Creating a Skeleton Face Painting

1.              To create the background, you have to first of all properly draw out the shape of the skeleton on your face. Using your thin paintbrush, you would need to outline a circle around each of your eyes. Make sure that the circles are properly drawn, and if you feel like the lines are too thick, you could reduce them by dipping your brush in the bowl of water and fading out the edges.

2.              Still making the background, you have to outline the shape of the skeleton’s face on yours. You can do this by dipping your thin brush into your white paint and tracing out a neat outline around your face starting at the forehead, all the way down to your cheekbones, and then to your chin.

3.              Draw two triangles around your nostrils, and then you can use the larger brush with the white paint to fill in the area in the center. Remember to avoid filling the area inside the triangle. Also, do not paint the circled out area around the eyes with the same color as the one with the others.

4.              In order to have the original skeleton look, you have to get rid of the eyebrows, but don’t worry, you’re not chopping them off, you just have to cover them up with your grey paint.

5.              Draw lines just above your lips using the black paint, make sure they are short and well outlined.

6.              The work is almost finished, remember the circles you drew earlier around your face? They would represent your skeleton’s eye sockets. You’ll need to paint them black to create that hollow effect. Ensure that you do not run your eyes too early or you may get some of the paint in your eyes.

7.              When you’re done filling the eye sockets, you move down to the triangles previously drawn above your nostrils. The major reason why it is advised that you leave these areas first is so that the white lines would be a bit dry before the shading. Ensure though that you properly avoid getting the white paint-stained by the black paint while shading.

8.              Paint a rectangle around your mouth and draw straight black lines from the top of the triangle to the bottom of it. That represents the teeth.

If you followed these steps, you would have created a cute skeleton face.

Acrylic Nails Tutorial for Beginners at Home

Are you a beginner makeover artist looking to improve on your manicure skills? Or do you just want to be able to spend less at beauty salons by doing it yourself at home? Whichever category you fall into, this article is specially for you.

In this article, we will look at an acrylic nails tutorial for beginners at home. In case you don’t already know what acrylic nails are, they are actually artificial nails that are placed right on top of the natural ones and painted to look stylish and fashionable.

Being able to do this would greatly improve your fashion sense as well as your comfortability and confidence.

Tools you’ll need:

·       Acrylic powder

·       Clear acrylic powder

·       Liquid monomer

·       Non-wipe top coat

·       Nourish oil

These are basically the tools you’ll need and you can get all of them online.

How to Apply Acrylic Nails

Before we jump into the application of the artificial nails we have to first and foremost consider the finger we are applying the nails on.

1. Remove the shine of the natural nails.

Ensure that your fingernails are neatly filed and clean to avoid having raised bumps on your acrylic nails which could result in having it fall off too early. You also want to make sure you do this as carefully as possible in order to not hurt your fingers, which could make it harder to paint the edges.

2. Apply the tip

The tip of the artificial nails comes in different sizes and shapes. Most of them are usually big so if you wide fingernails, you would most likely find your nail size. On the other hand, if you have very slim fingernails, you should look for slimmer nails and if you can’t find one, just pick the one which is close to it and file it down. Make sure you do this as gently as possible and use only very little glue. You don’t want to have the glue dripping down your fingers.

3. Mix the acrylic liquid with the acrylic powder

This is where the major task begins. You should dip your brush into the acrylic liquid until it is fully soaked in it, after that, you press it on a surface to remove excess liquid. Touch the acrylic powder with the tip of the brush and apply it to the nails.

While you are doing that, ensure that you start at the bottom line of your fingers up, it is much easier that way.

4. Let it dry

After applying the mixture of acrylic powder and liquid to all the nails carefully, the next step is to leave it to dry. While you are waiting for it to dry out, do not be tempted to touch the surface with your hand as it could ruin the beauty of the whole work. Instead, tap it gently with the tip of the brush.

5. Trim off the edges

You are done with the work. All you have to do now is trim the nails to the preferred length.

By following these simple steps, you would have succeeded in creating your own acrylic nails. Always remember that cleaning the nails is the necessary first step, or the entire work could become useless.

Essential Oils Acne Recipe

Acne plagues people of all ages and genders, the treatments for acne are numerous and their effectiveness depends on various factors. Most people treat acne by using lotions that contain harsh chemicals, but these chemicals can damage the skin in the long run. There are other treatments available for acne, which do not involve the use of harsh chemicals. At the top of these treatments is using essential oils. There are different types of essential oils like peppermint essential oil and recipes for acne treatment. Try all-natural essential oils from NOW Foods or Plant Therapy to start.

Most people get how important it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle because it greatly impacts our skin. This healthy lifestyle includes eating healthy foods, sleeping well, good hygiene, drinking water, and reducing stress. Lack of this will negatively impact our skin and could lead to the breakout of acne over and over. No matter your age, your hormones will fluctuate. This coupled with stress can cause acne breakouts.

Treatment of Acne with Essential Oils

Essential oils treatment for acne can do the following:

1. They can kill bacteria on the skin.

2. Using essential oils can reduce scarring from acne.

3. When you use essential oils irritation will be reduced and redness from acne reduces.

4. The healing process is speedier when you use essential oils.

5. Using essential oils will balance the skin’s production of oil.

There have been various studies on the effectiveness of these oils in treating acne and they have positive results.

Best Essential Oils for Acne

·   Jojoba oil: This is a very powerful kind of oil that contains several good properties that are very good for the skin. Make sure you dilute this oil properly.

·   Tea tree oil: This oil can be used as an analgesic, antifungal, antibacterial, immune stimulant and various other uses.

·   Roman chamomile oil: This oil has various properties including antiseptic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory.

·   Lemongrass oil

·   Rosemary oil

·   Frankincense oil

·   Parsley oil

All these oils have potent properties that make them very good for treating acne. When essential oils are used correctly, they can be solutions to various ailments, including several skin conditions. When doing this, it is very important to use the right recipe – one that has been checked and proved.

Recipe for Acne Relief

Hold onto this recipe for when there is an outbreak of acne.

This recipe involves the use of the following ingredients:

1. Jojoba oil

2. Tea tree oil

3. Clary sage oil

The combination is an ounce of jojoba oil, at least four drops of clary sage oil, depending on the sensitivity of your skin, and finally at least four drops of tea tree oil. You can use more drops of the essential oils depending on the type of your skin, and if you have used essential oils before, check to know how sensitive you are to them. After mixing the oils, shake well and you are set to use it, apply it directly to your skin and the affected area, and you can still use a moisturizer or not depending on what you want.

This recipe works well for several reasons; the oils have various properties as earlier mentioned. They have antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, and other properties. It helps dry up the acne or blemish while enriching the skin.

No matter your age, the appearance of your skin that covers your body is very important to you. Acne can affect people for various reasons and can have devastating effects on your self-esteem. Try the above recipe, and you will be on your way to better treatment of acne and higher confidence in yourself.

Try This Hair Cutting Tutorial

Haircutting is one of the oldest parts of the beauty industry, whether male or female, the chances that you have had your haircut at one point or the other is very high. Some people like to get their haircut at salons while others like to do it themselves, no matter where you like it done and no matter your level of expertise this hair cutting tutorial article is sure to help you.

Since many barbershops and salons are closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, so many people are left without many options on how to cut their hair, this hair cutting tutorial will help them if they want to cut their hair themselves. Within four minutes, you can learn this method of cutting your hair.

Hair Cutting Tutorial

This tutorial is a step by step method of cutting hair. You would need certain tools, such as hair clippers, comb, sectioning clips, and scissors.

1.     First, you would have to clean and dry your hair.

2.     Comb the hair: It is advisable that you comb your hair thoroughly to help make the hair cut easier.

3.     Section your hair: This will help you know the areas of your hair you want to cut, since many people like to cut the sides and leave the top longer. If this is what you want, you would need to section the top part of your hair and clip them so they would be out of the way when you cut the sides.

4.     Reduce the sides: it is advisable that you use a clipper length that is not as short as what you usually use, this gives you room to play to help you not cut your hair shorter than you originally intended. You will start cutting from your temple, put the clippers against the temple area that you want to cut and move towards the top of your head, move your wrist accordingly as you take the strokes. Repeat this all over the temple area towards the back of your head, repeat from the other side of the head until it all blends.

5.     Make the fade: To do this, you repeat the step mentioned above with some slight variations. Stop halfway through the stroke with the clipper shortened, stopping at the ear level is advisable for a good fade.

6.     Balance the top: After you are done with the sides of the hair, release the top section of the hair and use scissors to trim it following how your head is shaped. Avoid cutting the hair straight, because that’s not the shape of the head.

7.     Trimming the top section: Use the previous method with your clipper in a rounded motion and shape and leave more length of hair. It is important that you leave extra hair, because you can easily reduce it later but if you cut it too short you cannot do anything about that.

8.     Cut the front section: Before you cut the front hair comb it upwards, trim it and style it however you want.

How to Use Essential Oils for Complete Health and Happiness

Essential oils are some of the most important ingredients to have in your home for so many reasons. They can be used for soaps, bath bombs, creams, and even body butter, as well as diffused into the air to help calm and relax or invigorate you. They also can be used for the skin and hair to make it shiny, long and healthy. This is because essential oils are beneficial for the complete health and happiness of the human body. Keep reading to learn how!

How Do Essential Oils Work?

Essential oils are usually inhaled via an aromatherapeutic diffuser or used topically manner on the skin. When used on the skin, it is easily absorbed as the skin takes in the active organic chemicals present in the oil. This is usually promoted by massaging the area before application to promote circulation. Be sure to only use a couple drops of essential oil and blend it with a carrier oil like jojoba oil or coconut oil, because these plant-based essences are very potent!

When inhaled through aromatherapy, the essential oils tend to interact with your olfactory system. The inhalation process allows molecules to affect your brain as it interacts with the limbic system. This system is in charge of controlling different primary functions of the body, including the blood pressure, breathing, heart rate, and also hormone balance. In this way, essential oils may help balance your mood.

The Many Uses and Benefits of Essential Oils

Essential oils are used for different conditions, both physical and mental, such as anxiety, depression, pain, and sleeping problems. A simple smell of rose water and lavender is enough to calm you down if you are feeling anxious.

Here is a list of some of the most common essential oils and their uses.

6 Common Essential Oils Used for Complete Health and Happiness

  • Eucalyptus – Used as a pain reliever when applied topically, it may help with respiratory infections.
  • Lavender – This is used in calming your body and promoting better sleep.
  • Lemon – This oil can be used as a household natural cleanser and disinfectant.
  • Bergamot – It is used for healing the skin and reducing anxiety.
  • Frankincense – It helps in lower stress levels and also helps balance your mood.
  • Rosemary – This can be used in improving the skin, hair, and overall health. It is also good with joint pain.

Other Uses of Essential Oils

Essential oils can be used for a whole lot of other things. For one, tea tree oil is a good antiviral and anti-inflammatory oil that is used in the killing of bacteria and helping with dandruff on the scalp. It can also kill the influenza virus and can be used in treating acne.

Other essential oils are great for therapeutic use and are sometimes used in the clearing of chest colds. A good example is cinnamon essential oil, which is usually applied topically to help with aches and pains.

One of the reasons essential oils are recommended in giving you complete health and happiness is because they are not just potent and efficient, but they are also affordable and accessible. You can make use of these essential oils in boosting your energy level, calming your nerves, relieving headaches, retaining your focus, reducing stress, and so much more. They also give you glowing skin and longer, stronger, and shinier hair.

To get started using essential oils, experiment with various essential oil blends by Plant Therapy and Simplers Botanicals. These brands are natural and safe to use.

What fragrance of essential oil will you try first?

Tips for Softer Baby Dolls Hair for American Girl Dolls

For children, each doll in their collection is unique in its own way, and each doll has its own style – including its hair, whether curly or straight and smooth. For kids, grooming is an instinct, so playing with baby dolls hair comes naturally to them.

Hair is very important to children who focus on playing and dressing their dolls. It is very important to give proper attention to these dolls and maintain their hair, so that they last for a long time. This is why a proper hair care regimen is important and also why you need to use the right products to achieve the right results for your baby dolls hair.

For the American Girl dolls, the only necessary thing you need for these realistic 18-inch toys is the brand’s hair care kit and a few other products and precautions to keep the baby dolls hair soft and manageable. Some of these include the following.

3 Ways to Maintain Baby Dolls Hair

1. Never Use Shampoos and Make Use of a Spray Bottle

Although shampoos might be used for everyday hair care for humans, it doesn’t work well with most doll hair. So if the hair gets dirty, find the areas and use a clean cloth and a spray bottle to get rid of any minor mess. This is a reason you need a misting hair bottle in your hand to handle the detangling process. Make use of a bottle that gives you super fine mists and nothing too forceful, which can drench the hair.

2. Avoid Heat and Rubber Bands

You should never make use of a curling iron or a hairdryer on your baby dolls hair. This is because heat will damage the hair and even burn it off. If you have a curly-haired doll and you want the curls to pop, make use of sponge rollers and a little water as it air dries. Also, avoid rubber bands, as they can get stuck or even create knots on your dolls’ hair. Instead, make use of the accessories designed for just kids, as they are a lot more gentle.

3. Make Use of Only the American Girl Doll Hair Picks and Brushes

The brushes you use on your doll should be those designed specifically fit the doll. This is because just as each doll has special hair, they also have different combs suited for them. Never make use of your own hair brushes, as this could damage or pull the baby dolls hair from the base on their heads.

These are the products and procedures necessary for taking proper care of your American Girl doll.

If you are a doll collector yourself and have a lot of jewelry for yourself and your doll collection, be sure to read about the must-have jewelers polishing tools you can use at home.