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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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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!

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!

Review: Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deeeeep Treatment

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Sometimes our hair likes to be a rebel kid right before that party or event we are waiting for moooonths and months, right? I know about you guys, but sometimes I just can’t get my hair the way I like. It seems like it has its own life with bad and good mood. Oh well.. I’ll show you guys a picture of when my hair used to be a rebel kid:

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I guess I don’t need to explain much. I had pink hair (even though in this photo the color was fading), a billions pounds more than right now and can you see how my hair was damaged? Damn, this picture is just too much to me.

So, after realizing that I was killing my hair and thinking that nature could do its job, that products won’t affect anything, I decided to stop and re-think my life. I started to really enjoy taking care of myself, even though I still have a lot to improve and perfect. I don’t spend lots of money buying products that are more expensive than what I earn every month (haha just kidding. Or maybe not). I found out that some cheap “drugstore” products can be good (in a short period of time). And that’s how I found the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deeeeep Treatment for those desperate moments.

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It is an intensive treatment that acts on the hair for 3 minutes. How does it work? Like it is written on the bottle, you apply on your hair after you washed it with shampoo and then you think about your life for 2:45 minutes (because the other 15 seconds you spent applying the product on the hair! Hahaha). The explanation of the packaging is really fun. After 3 minutes, just rinse it off and you’re good to go! You don’t need to apply hair conditioner after this treatment.

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Ok, this is a desperate treatment for when you need your hair perfect for some event (or just for the simple fact that you like to stay beautiful all the time). It’s not a long-term treatment, but it does make a difference. Especially if you do that every other day,or every three days, it’s a good ‘slap in the face’ for your hair (haha ah my brazilian expressions..), something to say ‘HEY, hair.. Wake up *slap*’. This product does not make your hair greasy or heavy, it makes the hair have a smooth finish, bright and soft. I really like it. And do you know the best part? It costs US$3,00 at Walmart. Say whaaat? Perfect, right? I don’t use this product all the time, but whenever I buy it and use it, ahhh, the magic happens! This is a photo of my hair right now:

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I couldn’t find a perfect photo of my hair so here you can see several different pictures! I think my hair still needs improvement but it’s WAY better than before! I wonder how people let me walk around with that colorful horrible and damaged hair. Hahaha! Ah, we grow up and become more mature and aware of what’s good and what is not good.

I’m not saying it  is all thanks to this Aussie treatment, but it helps a lot! 🙂

Ok, time to go! I’ll talk to you guys later! I’m heading back to Brazil on Saturday so I apologize in advance if I don’t post for a while. But don’t forget: stay beautiful!

 

Facial Collagen Mask Sheet

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I’ve always wanted to try those facial mask sheets that make you look like a serial killer (like Jason or something..), really scary for some minutes. Anyways, like I was saying, I’ve always wanted to try those masks, but I didn’t want to spend US$15,00 buying only one, because come on.. Really? So, I was trying to find “good deals” at the dollar store, and I stepped on those masks. “umm”, I said to myself, “why not?”, so I bought it!

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How much is this? At the dollar store, 1 dollar (Duh!). I know that there are several different brands and types of mask sheets, but to try for the first time, I thought this one was good enough. And I was right! What this mask is and what it does:

Moisturizing, Firming, Rejuvenating — for all skin types —

  • Revitalizes your skin by giving it an instant lifting effect.
  • Prevents and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

This mask is full of collagen, which is an important protein of the various connective tissues. I’m not going into details about it, because we all know this is not my main focus here. But collagen is something that we must increase the production in our body, for several different reasons, but my reason is simple: aging.

Collagen masks and creams improve the firmness and texture of your skin in the short term, but we need to try to make our bodies produce collagen by its own. Anyways, so.. the mask sheet! Hahaha. It comes in that package I just showed you guys and you must apply it on your clean face. Wash it, use your astringent or toner (if you have one) and apply the mask. I’m not gonna show you how it looks like on my entire face, because it’s just scary. So, here is a little bit of how it should look like:

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When you apply the mask sheet, be sure to try to get rid of any bubbles or wrinkles it might have. But we all know that every face shape is different,and this mask is big (maybe to fit all face shapes), so it was kinda hard to make it straight.

Once you have applied it, just let it set for 20 minutes. It’s funny to walk around the house looking like Jason (the serial killer). After the 20 minutes, just take off the mask and gently massage the rest of the moisturizer onto your face. This particular mask I did not have to rinse it off or wash my face afterwards.

It feels amazing after! I swear to God! The skin feels so bright and soft and you can feel the difference. Those masks are not something that you should expect it to work for wrinkles and like an anti-aging product. I think they are more to give your skin the emergency lifting! For 1 dollar? Damn, it is worth it! You should try. This one is really good 🙂

I’ll talk to you guys soon! Bye!

The benefits of Oatmeal to your skin

Hello, hello!

Before I start everything, I would like to invite you to read the ABOUT page of my blog to learn and understand a little bit more about me! Go ahead, click it, I’ll wait for you to read it before I start my post…

Did you read it? Promise? Ok, so let’s do this! 😉

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Oatmeal.. Our grandmas used to eat it, babies eat, I eat it (come on, it is delicious with fruits, milk and cinnamon, smoothies!), but.. What’s the point of writing about oatmeal in a Beauty Blog? I’ll show you right now! First, let’s understand the benefits of oatmeal to our skin health:

  • Treatment of Acne:

Oatmeal is a great remedy to treat acne, because not only it has anti-inflammatory properties, but it heals the skin and prevents the redness caused by acne.

  • Skin Moisturizer, Lightening and Cleanser:

Oatmeal is effective in fighting dull, flaky dryness, working as a natural moisturizer and scrub. Applying oatmeal to your skin is an excellent moisturizer, because it holds the natural water in your skin, providing the skin to stay healthy and preventing any dryness it may occur. Not only that, but it’s a natural gentle scrub, getting rid of dead cells, and healing your skin at the same time. Some scrubs can be harsh on the skin, but oatmeal is gentle and natural. It’s recommended to all skin types. Oatmeal is known as a natural lightening, being used in cosmetics nowadays to clear the dark spots caused by acne, sun or aging.

  • Relieves Itchiness:

It is clinically effective in healing dry and itchy skin. it can be mixed with warm water to form a thick paste and applied over itchy skin to get immediate relief from itching.

Why does oatmeal do all that to our skin? Well, basically, oatmeal is rich in skin friendly ingredients, such as A and B “oat” acid, pantothenic acid, salicylic acid, vitamins B1 and B2, beta-glucan and a high % of amino acids. It has anti-oxidants, which protects the skin from free radicals and it is anti-inflammatory. Oatmeal is great to all skin types. From oily to dry skin, it’ll work doing just what you need to achieve the clean, bright, healthy and perfect skin. I tried it, my face looked so much better after I started to wash it using oatmeal. I didn’t stop using my cosmetics, but I just added the oatmeal to my beauty routine.
Team oatmeal, yay!

Ok, Renata.. But how can I do this? Well, well, well, I’m here to teach you:

 Why do I talk like that? I guess it’s the video-phobia. Anyways, I’ll see you guys soon! 😉