Glitch In Your MakeUp

Glitch In Your MakeUp

Mimi Choi, a 31-year-old makeup artist from Vancover, Canada takes this skill to a whole new level with her amazing designs.

Using her insane artistic talents, she creates optical illusions. “My face is a blank canvas where I can practise my art”, Choi was quoted in an interview with Metro. Her works of art have garnered her 396,3 followers on her Instagram account (@mimles).

Choi originally studied to be a teacher and worked in a preschool. In an interview, she shared that while she enjoyed teaching, it wasn’t her passion. “I felt like my creativity was suppressed … I needed a new challenge.”

Makeup wasn’t a new concept to her. “I’ve always been arty and had done bridal makeup before, which people really liked. I’d not done anything as crazy as the work I do now, though,” she was quoted as saying.

She enrolled at a local beauty college and honed her skills. But it was Halloween that gave her the creative edge she needed. “I wanted to do something different for October 31, so I had a look on Instagram and found a photo of a woman, who looked like her face was cracked.” She got out her black and white eyeliner and got to work.

Her talent is something else, using make-up and optical illusions, she creates shadows and designs on her face and body that make you take a second, and even third look. Perhaps not the kind of thing you want to be sporting this weekend, mind you….

 

 

Our Pick: Plump, Kissable Lips

Our Pick: Plump, Kissable Lips

All lips lose volume over time thanks to the natural loss of collagen, elastin and moisture levels. There are three factors – excessive sun exposure, genetics and smoking – that can accelerate this process and create less than the full kissable lips you desire. Wearing a daily SPF product on your lips will be of benefit, as will a healthy lifestyle. Research does show that any type of circulation-promoter can help slow the signs of aging in your lips. And if you are not keen on injecting fillers into your lips – there is recently launched product that  could be the answer for you. Lip Voltage contains a clinically-proven peptide collagen product that aims to increase the collagen in your lips by 20% – if used correctly over a 30-day time period. Plus, it leaves your lips with a natural-looking healthy glossy shine.

The latest version of Lip Voltage from www.lipvoltage.co.za has a precision, dual dispensing system that allows you mix seven custom formulations in one tube. You programme the system and can interchange the “tingle” sensations to get your perfect hybrid style of lip plumping. Simply pop into your handbag or make-up kit as use as the instructions direct.

Features:

  • Auto mix technology
  • Precision dual dispensing system
  • Easy to use & no mess
  • Seven custom formulations in one tube
  • Interchangeable tingle sensations (you can reset formulations to desirable strength)
  • Select your voltage: no tingle tor contouring, cool, to hot tingle, in preference to your sensitivity
  • Tested on scientists, NOT animals

R395

Visit www.lipvoltage.co.za for more information or to purchase this product.

The Beauty of Beauty

The Beauty of Beauty

Cosmeticinfo.org, sponsored by the Personal Care Products Council, and run by expert scientists shares that cosmetic usage throughout history can be indicative of a civilization’s practical concerns, such as sun protection and its conventions of beauty.

Some of yesterday’s practices are carried through to the products and practices we still use today.

Men and women in ancient Egypt used scented oils and ointments to cleanse, soften and moisturise their skin. Oils and creams were used to protect against the hot Egyptian son and dry wind. Myrrh, thyme, marjoram, chamomile, lavender, lily, peppermint, rosemary, cedar, rose, aloe, olive oil, sesame oil, and almond oil were the basic ingredients of most perfumes that Egyptians used in their rituals. In later years Egyptian women applied a combination of burnt almonds, oxidized copper, different coloured coper ores, lead, ash and ochre (the first kohl eye liner), to enhance an almond eye shape.

In ancient China, people stained their fingernails with gum, gelatin, beeswax, egg and colouring. This was used to represent social class with Chou dynasty royals wearing gold and silver and subsequent royals wearing black or red. Lower classes were not allowed to wear bright colours on their nails. Chinese and Japanese women used rice powder to whiten their faces.

Grecian women lightened their faces with white lead or chalk and applied crushed mulberries to their lips and cheeks.

Did you know? In 1800AD Queen Victoria publically declared makeup improper, it was viewed as vulgar and could only be worn by actors. In Edwardian society, pressure increased on middle-aged women to look as young as possible, increasing the popularity of cosmetics (although not completely out in the open). Beauty salons increased in popularity, although visiting these was not considered proper or acceptable. As many women didn’t want to admit they needed assistance in maintaining their youth, they often entered beauty salons through the back entrance.

Aren’t we glad times have changed?

Feed Your Hair

Feed Your Hair

Your dry, dull, brittle hair is trying to tell you something about your health and diet.  Your hair should grow around 0,35mm per day. There are three stages of hair growth: anagen, categen and telogen. Each strand of hair is at its own stage of development, once the cycle is complete, it restarts, and a new strand of hair begins to form. You have around 150 000 hair follicles – around 80% to 90% of your hair at any one stage is in the Anagen or Growing phase. This usually lasts between two to seven years. The Categen or Transition phase lasts around ten days. This is followed by the Telogen or Resting phase, which lasts around three months. Around 10% to 15% of your hair is in this stage, and when the old hair is resting, a new hair begins its growing stage. Exogen or the Shedding stage is when the old hair detaches and sheds, while the new shaft of hair begins to grow. On average, you lose between 50 to 150 hairs a day.

Hair grows from the root, or follicle, found underneath your skin. Your hair is fed by blood vessels at the base of the follicle, which gives it the nourishment it needs to grow. This is why it is so important to ensure that your diet is rich in nutrients to help maintain healthy hair growth.

Kim Snyder (www.kimberlysnyder.com), a nutritionist, yogini and the New York Times bestselling author of The Beauty Detox Solution, The Beauty Detox Foods and The Beauty Detox Power, explains that a healthy diet is vital.

She offers the following tips:

Thinning hair? You may not have enough protein in your diet.

Eat more: Broccoli, mushrooms, romaine lettuce, raw nuts (such as almonds, Brazil nuts, pecans, hazelnuts and pine nuts), legumes and beans.

Want a healthy scalp? Omega-3 and omega-6-rich foods help to nourish your scalp, necessary for thick, beautiful hair.

Eat more:  Spinach, kale and other salad greens. Brussels sprouts are another great source, as are pumpkin seeds (these contain zinc, B vitamins including biotin, and other vitamins and minerals that benefit hair health), chia seeds, avocados, flax seeds, acai berries and walnuts.

Does your hair not retain its colour? You may be deficient in Biotin (B8 and B12)

Eat more: Sprouts, pulses, pumpkin seeds and spirulina to boost your vitamin B intake. Also look to take a daily probiotic to help balance your gut, which allows B vitamins to be synthesised.

Dry and brittle hair? You need more vitamin A, beta-carotene and vitamin C as these help detox your liver and blood, which means that the nutrients get more easily to your scalp and hair.

Eat more: Carrots, spinach and other leafy greens, sweet potatoes, red peppers and squash

Dry scalp? If your scalp is dehydrated, it’s not a welcoming space for hair to grow.

Eat more: Watery fruit and veg, such as watermelon, cucumbers, tomatoes and celery. Also make sure you drink your eight glasses of water a day to ensure overall health and wellness.

Did you know? Just as food can help to nourish your hair, so too can it damage your hair. Snyder recommends that to keep your hair healthy and vibrant, cut back on “clogging” foods such as dairy, soy, wheat, animal fat, sugar and cooked vegetable oils, as these make it difficult for blood to get to your hair follicles.

 

 

Our Pick: Cleansing Naturally

Our Pick: Cleansing Naturally

Made out of soft microfiber, this smart mitten can gently cleanse even the most sensitive  skin. They have been created to be a safe, effective and simple solution to your skincare needs. You can use with warm water, or your favourite cleanser. The microfibre is able to penetrate even microscopic particles of oil, dirt and bacteria, “pulling” them into the cloth and away from your skin. The result – cleansing that helps eliminate the environments in which skin conditions and acne can erupt, without disrupting the pH of your skin. With daily use, this offers a gentle exfoliation, guaranteeing an effective removal of any excess grime. No chemicals are used within the mitten itself, and it is not treated with any harmful agents. There are three products in the range: Smittens for women; Smit for men and Smitty for babies and toddlers. The Smitten absorbs seven times its own weight in moisture, and dries three times faster. Plus it cleanses the skin without pulling or tugging, cleans out pores and removes excess oil and bacteria, which makes it a great option for those who suffer from allergies or acne, have dry, aging or sensitive skin. For more information and stockists, visit www.smittens.co.za