Author: Renata Ikonora

HOW TO NATURALLY STRAIGHTEN YOUR HAIR

Having straight hair in Brazil is something that most women want and we have loads of chemicals to make it happen. Products that contain formaldehyde are very popular and we even have the permanent blow dry, that literally breaks the natural shape of the hair and make it lay flat on your head without having to re-touch the ends again (only the roots when it’s growing). I can’t count how many stories I heard of people losing their hair, having severe allergies to the chemicals and even having problems with the hair growing back after awhile.

I will show you now something that a few Brazilian Boggers and women are testing and loving: how to straighten your hair using oil. We call it “humectation” in Brazil and I am amazed with the results everytime I see someone talking about it.

WHAT IS IT?

It is a process of restoring the natural lipids, vitamins, fat and healthy oil to your hair fibers using natural  extra virgin oil.

TYPE OF OILS TO USE

Any extra virgin oil: coconut oil (the best), olive oil, castor beans oil, 100% pure argan oil, corn oil, soy oil (these last two are not as good as the first ones), any vegetable oil you can find. It has to be pure (without any parafin, mineral oil, etc) and preferable extra virgin.

WILL IT MAKE MY HAIR OILY?

Not at all. If you already have oily hair, remember that oil combats oil. Which means that your hair needs a good amount of natural concentrated nutrients and vitamins to stop producing so much oil.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

It all depends on how damaged your hair is and how curly/wavy/straight it naturally is. The curlier the hair, the longer it takes. Some girls take up to 2 year doing it every week to have a long healthy and super straight hair. It you are more to the wavy to straight type of hair, it’ll take 6 months. If your hair is completely straight and you just want it to shine more and become healthier, then in a month you will see results. It must become something in your hair routine for a long period of time.

INSTRUCTIONS

There are a few ways to use those oils but the best one is this one:

  • apply oil to the dry hair and let it soak in for at least 3 hours (the longer, the better), then wash like you normally wash your hair afterwards. Do it ONCE every week.

You can’t do it more than once a week or your hair will receive more good fat than it can handle. It might become heavy looking and greasy.

I am posting this because I find it fascinating how natural pure vegetable oils can be used to straighten the hair. Here are some before and after photos from Brazilian ladies:

For those seeking a natural beauty routine, I recommend including coconut oil in your hair routine! I hope you like it!

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YOUTUBE CHANNEL!

Hi guys! I have something really amazing to tell you! For those who don’t know, I have not only my Blog in Portuguese, but a YouTube Channel, also in Portuguese. But I decided to start my English Channel to increase the viewers and to share everything I know with people around the world! English is such a magical language and I am in love with it!

My YouTube Channel in Portuguese has an amazing audience, people email me, like me on Facebook, like my videos, and the love I get is so true that I had to make it worldwide! I thought about uploading on my Portuguese Channel but I didn’t want to mix up everything together. So I had a YouTube account I wasn’t using and decided to start from there!

WELCOME TO MY ENGLISH CHANNEL!

5 Ways to Prevent Your Cell Phone From Causing Breakouts!

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So.. Are you having to deal with adult acne and breakouts and have no idea what to do anymore? I would spend tons of money trying to buy the best product to clear my skin, I would make natural facial masks and apply on my face, use my oatmeal trick to get rid of acne, but… What I didn’t know is that my iPhone was the main reason why my skin was breaking out! Obviously that acne can be caused by different reasons, such as: unbalanced hormones, allergy, dirty hair, very oily skin, bangs (yeah!).. But if none of these things happen to you or affect you a lot, maybe your phone is the villain here.

Let’s just stop for a second and think about it:

Your phone is always in your backpack, purse, bag, jeans pockets, on the table, in the car, on the bar table next to your food and drinks, sometimes you drop it and it touches the dirty sidewalk and streets around the city.. It happens to all of us.

And what do you do next? GET A CALL, ANSWER IT AND YOUR DIRTY PHONE TOUCHES YOUR FACE!

Now can you imagine the amount of bacterias that are touching your skin rght now? No wonder why you might get those breakouts all the time. If your breakouts appear always on a specific side of your face, take a look and think if it isn’t the same side you use to talk on your phone. Is it? Now you have your answer. Not only the bacterias on your phone, but a bunch of things together can be the reason why you can never have a clear skin. Stop using products that contain alcohol in its formula, stop touching your face all the time! Your hands are also really dirty throughout the day and it’s not healthy to touch your face and give a ride to the bacterias and gross things!

Ok, ,what can we do to avoid this, or at least minimize the consequences?

1. Try to avoid placing your phone in dirty places (such as public seats, benches, restroom sinks, bar and restaurants (when going out, try to put a napkin underneath your phone, it helps a lot!),

2. STOP TOUCHING YOUR FACE! Seriously, just stop. I am guilty because I am always supporting my big head with my hands on my chin or cheek, which is so unhealthy! Try to avoid doing it!

3. Use headphones whenever possible. If you are not used to using headphones to make or answer a call, at least try to keep a distance between your face and the phone while making a call. Or try to just touch the ears and not the whole cheek while talking on the phone.

4. Take advantage of apps and programs like Skype, Facetime, Viber, or any type of program that allows you to interact with people through video and voice at the same time! It brings people together, it is more fun and you are not touching your face with your dirty phone!

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5. Clean your phone regularly with a little bit of alcohol (liquid or gel). Take a very soft cloth or paper towels, napkins and wet with just a little bit of alcohol. Clean your phone and you will feel the difference right away! Do it at least once a week!

Step 5 for me is the most important of all. If you are always on the street, in bars and restaurants, put in your purse or backpack an alcohol gel and some tissues, for occasional cleaning! For example, if you drop the phone on the ground, immediately take it and clean it with alcohol you have in the bag :). Simple and super efficient!

Small actions can completely change the way we treat our bodies! Share this tip with friends!

Review: BH Cosmetics 120 Eyeshadow Colors Palette 2nd Edition

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Guess who’s back again? That’s right! Me! It’s really hard to keep up with two blogs, a YouTube Channel and a Facebook Page! Who said that a beauty blogger’s life is easy? No no no!

Today I will write a review about an eyeshadow palette that I recently purchased and am in love with it! Have you ever heard of a brand called BH Cosmetics? I found this brand on the internet when I was trying to purchase a good quality eyeshadow palette, for a cheap price! Yes, I always try to buy cheap-and-awesome things! So, they have several different palettes, good for every style, every look, everyone! Bh Cosmetics has 5 editions of their 120 eyshadows palette. It was really hard for me to choose one because they all look so pretty! I ended up buying the 2nd edition, and it looks like this:

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As you can see, the palette has all of the colors we can imagine! It has green, blue, pink, purple, brown, red, orange.. Every color! You can mix and play with it to create different looks! I already have lots of neutral single eyeshadows so I wanted something really bright and fun! The pigmentation is great, it blends really well and I am really happy with it! Here some of the swatches for you to see:

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I didn’t apply any primer before swatching it, so you can see that the colors by themselves are pretty pigmented and bright! Even the black, that tends to be chalky and grey-ish like. This palette has matte and satin finish colors!

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This palette was US$16.95 + $7.95 (shipping) = $24,90 which I thought it is a great price for the quality and the variety of eyeshadow! Checking the website now I realized it is even cheaper! It is 50% off and it’s $14.95 + shipping. If you want to get yours, go to their website (click here). This link is not an affiliate link or sponsored link, whatsoever. It is a true review about this product! I purchased with my own money and I just want to give you guys my opinion about it!

And they won my heart when I saw the Take Me To Brazil eyeshadow palette!!! It has the bright yellow, green and blue brazilian colors and the packaging is flawless!

Isn’t it pretty? I just did not buy this one because I wanted more colors and a big variety! Anyways, I really recommend this palette and company if you are looking for some cheap-and-awesome palettes! They also have neutral palettes, less eyeshadows, lots of different palettes for every style you might have!

REVIEW: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream – San Paulo

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I’ve been gone but I always come back after awhile. I have two blogs and my main blog is the one I write in Portuguese so I apologize for the lack of posts here. Today I am going to talk about a NYX Lip Cream I bought a few months ago. NYX gives famous cities names to their Lip Creams, they have 20 or 22 shades and I couldn’t say no to my compulsive soul.. I bought the Lip Cream San Paulo, only because it’s named after a Brazilian City! 😉

San Paulo is an awesome pink shade, not too bright, not too nude. It’s the perfect pink for when you need that pop of color in your lips without going too over the top with it!

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Those Lip Creams have a Matte finish and they are not dry like other Matte lipsticks I’ve tried before. Like the package says

“Neither lipstick nor lip gloss, this matte lip cream is a new kind of lip color that goes on silky smooth and sets to a matte finish. Soft Matte Lip Cream is surprisingly durable and, unlike some matte lipstick formulas, also moisturizing.”

And it’s true! It does not feel like a lipstick and it doesn’t feel like a lip gloss. It’s creamy, matte and smooth when applied. Like every matte lipgloss, you should treat your lips before (if they are flaky), and make sure it does not have any skin showing.

The only thing I don’t like so much about this lip cream is that it is hard to achieve the real color. You must really pay attention to the  details and apply it carefully. I need to apply several coats to build up the color, which can be annoying if you are in a hurry. But I am not easily annoyed with cosmetics in general so it doesn’t bother me. I love the fact that after you apply it, it dries pretty quick and you can even kiss your boyfriend and it won’t come off like a creamy normal lipstick.

I’m not sure if I would recommend it because I know some other people who have the same problem as me, and I’m talking about a light color. Can you imagine a darker color? It’s probably even worse to apply. I bought it at Target and the price range is around US$6,00. It’s worth trying it, maybe I will try another color just to make sure! 🙂

Try to avoid beauty products that contain alcohol!

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Do you love that dry clean sensation after cleansing or applying an alcohol based product on your face? We all do. Or at least, I used to. And I’ll explain why!

I’ve always had a toner or astringent containing a good percentage of alcohol in my beauty products. It was part of my beauty routine and I would die without it. I could feel my skin so clean and refreshed after. I used to apply the astringent with a cotton ball and I would feel that cool sensation on my skin. Who doesn’t love that? Well, our skin doesn’t.

Alcohol is very commom in beauty products, and it can be the most active ingredient. I have a Neutrogena astringent that contains 45% of alcohol in its formula! Can you believe that? It’s like applying pure alcohol on your face! I was shocked when I saw it. Alcohol is used by companies to make thick and sticky skin-care products more watery and pleasant to the skin. Nobody likes that thick cream and the more serum-like the product is, the more we like it! The alcohol also helps the skin product to last longer and prevent bacterias and fungus to develop in the product. Not only that, but alcohol helps the other active ingredients to penetrate the skin better, by breaking down the surface barrier of the skin, which… is not a good thing, let’s be honest.

We can think that alcohol evaporates quickly and it doesn’t stay long on the skin, but its effects are instant. The moment alcohol touches the skin, the problems begin. We feel our skin oil-free, dry, and apparently clean. But what we don’t know is that our skin loses its natural moisture and water. As a result, our skin freaks out and tries to balance this lack of moisture, by producing even more oil than normal. So the more you think you are getting rid of the oil in your face, the more your skin is producing oil to balance things. Then you apply more and more alcohol based products, and things get into a never ending cycle!! In a long term, this cycle causes many side effects such as wrinkles, fine lines, dryness, skin inflammation, itching, burning, skin flaking, roughness, etc. Yes, this is true!

Since I stopped using my astringent with alcohol I noticed an improvement even in my fine lines. My skin is not as oily as before and is healthier. Who knew that a product to stop the oil would be causing the skin to produce more oil? My tip for you is to avoid alcohol based products and choose the alcohol-free skin-care products instead. Now the beauty companies are aware that we have an eye on the ingredients and are trying to make healthier and more natural beauty products! We all love it!

And as always, stay beautiful!

I regret buying: Apricot Scrub? TERRIBLE PRODUCT.

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So.. I know that I’m not uploading as I should, and that my last post was on may. But I have lots of (excuses) reasons! I came back to Brazil and I’ve been working my ass off since then. June was the busiest and craziest month of my life and it was so much stress that even my body freaked out. Like.. literally. So I apologize for the lack os posts, but I promise I’ll try to be a good girl and talk to you guys more often. I enjoy writing in English and I love the blog! But let’s talk a little bit about a nightmare..

Why should we exfoliate our faces? Exfoliation is meant to remove the dead skin cells off of our body, the oldest ones. And why? So our pores are clean, it makes our body renew our skin cells and we feel the bright smooth skin after that. It is such a good feeling! I love it. I guess that everyone knows about the famous Apricot Scrub by St. Ives, right? Well, it is a scrub that…”Gently removes dirt, oil and dead skin cells without clogging pores. Oil free. Reveals smooth, healthy, more radiant skin with use of natural exfoliants that gently remove dull, dead skin cells.“. What a miracle product! I am Brazilian and I always on a budget so I decided to try the CVS Apricot Scrub, which is the same as the St. Ives one.

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I started to scrub my face everyday while I was taking a shower, it was an amazing feeling of rocks rubbing my face while I thought they were cleaning my skin and removing all dead skin cells! This scrub is really rough, it is not gentle AT ALL. It feels like those files that you use on the walls to remove the paint. But ok, it was for a good cause, and I was using it like I meant it. After awhile, still in USA, I saw that my face was so sensitive, so bumpy and soooooo bad. I couldn’t understand what was going on, because my face had never been so bad before.

Yes, my face looked like that when I came back to Brazil. I didn’t even want to take pictures so I apologize for the bad quality. I thought this was caused by the Revlon Colorstay Foundation, but even when I stopped wearing it, I was still getting those pimples and horrible bumps all over my face.

Making the story short…

I watched some videos and professional people saying that we shouldn’t exfoliate our skin everyday, especially if it’s a rough scrub, like the one I was using… Oh well, I was doing it everyday, I guess it wasn’t the right thing to do, hehe. THEN I saw a cosmetologist saying that nobody should ever use this Apricot Scrub, not even once a week. Because it is too rough and she wouldn’t recommend it to any of her worst enemies, ever! I was shocked when I watched this Youtube video and then I realized my problem could be caused by the Apricot Scrub. I decided it was time to stop.

After a loooong time without even touching the scrub, my face started to clear a little bit. I still suffer with blackheads and some bumps on my right cheek, but it is so much better now.

Now I’ve been using the Grapefruit Gentle Scrub by Neutrogena, and I only use it two or three times a week. It is a huge difference and I feel like people should stop using the Apricot Scrub. At leasy my skin suffered a lot with it. Be careful when you are exfoliating your skin, guys!!! It is a serious thing and I feel like it is supposed to be done only by professionals!

The dark side of French Manicure!

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So, everyone knows French manicure, right? The delicate and simple light color base and white on the tip of the nails. So pretty, feminine and clean! But.. I’m not a delicate person, so I made it dark and rebel 😉

I simply took a black nail polish and a matte black nail polish to make this look. I am not going to teach girls how to do their nails, BUT just to let you know a tip.. If you are like me and don’t know how to make those straight lines, wait for the nail polish to dry really well and just apply a tape to make the perfect line with the nail polish you’ll use to make the french thing. This post is more an inspiration post rather than a ‘how to’. I hope you find it awesome and try it!

If you don’t have a matte black nail polis around you, just apply a matte top coat 🙂

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How to make you concealer last forever! Quick and easy!

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Hey, I know.. I know that I’ve been gone, but I’ve been working so much lately. I even worked this sunday because of Easter, can you believe it? So I don’t have any free time not even to do my nails as often as I like to do them, hahaha! But I came here today to share with you something that I learned and it has been helping me a lot lately! Here in Brazil is really hot (I live in a city near Rio de Janeiro) and makeup is something that melts in 2 hours. Especially me, I have combination/oily skin and here is really humid. In USA I don’t have problems with oily skin, it actually gets really dry hahaha. But here is something awful. So I have to always keep an eye open for the tips and secrets to make the products last more than a couple of hours on my face! And I’ve found something very interesting to keep the concealer on for a long time! Let’s try it? You’ll need:

  • Your LIQUID concealer
  • Facial/Eye moisturizer
  • Primer (eyeshadow primer can be used as well!)

Did you get all these things? Promise? Let’s keep going then!

  1. Wash your face like you usually do, with your cleanser, tonic, astringent, etc.
  2. Apply your eye cream on your under eye area.
  3. Wait for your skin to absorb it, then re-apply the eye cream.
  4. Repeat the process.. Wait for it to dry and apply more eye cream.
  5. Apply a tiny little bit of primer under your eyes.
  6. Then apply your liquid concealer.
  7. IF you want, you can apply a little little little bit of powder, but it isn’t necessary!

What’s the big key? If you over hydrate your under eye area, it’ll be so smooth that your skin will not get dry and crease your concealer, especially because you applied the primer! And why do you need to use liquid and not cream or mousse concealer? Well, the liquid concealers usually dry really fast and don’t crease. Cream concealers are made to cover imperfections around the face, but once applied on the eyes, it tends to crease and show the little expression lines quickly. I tried those steps and my concealer lasted for longer than it usually do. And I live in a place where the makeup melts in two hours hahahahaha! I hope you will find this tip easy and awesome!

 

That’s it, guys! I’ll talk to you soon, I promise! Bye