The Best Brush for your Foundation

 

You have to agree, there are more brushes in a makeup tutorial than you can understand. How in the world are you supposed to know which one is used for what? If that wasn’t enough, each brush has multiple uses, which only complicates things further. The biggest problems come when you move to apply your foundation. With so many different types of foundations, which brush is best for which? Well, to help you out of all this confusion, here are the brushes that work perfectly for each kind of foundation.

Low coverage

For the best application of low foundation on those picnic trips and expeditions, the angled foundation brush works best. It has short and tough bristles that are perfect for spreading the product on your face evenly. Plus, the brush works amazingly with perfect strokes to smooth the foundation into the crevices of your face for a more toned look. A good foundation brush may apply the foundation, but a great one blends it perfectly onto your face for the perfect finish and the angled brush can do this for you.

Medium coverage

You may need the medium coverage foundation on those lunch outings or those formal meetings and the stippling brush is great for delivering the smooth look that you desire. Its dense nature makes it great for applying the product evenly, without consuming too much foundation. The brush is a great tool if you need that perfect airbrushed look on all of your beauty expeditions.

Pressed powder

The battle between powder and creme foundation is never ending, however, the brushes used to apply each product don’t agree with each other either. Pressed powder is best applied with the fluffiest, most bouncy brush that you can find. The fluffier the better, that’s the rule with powders!

High coverage

Then comes the ultimate challenge, your perfect, high coverage foundation. Now the trouble with these kinds of foundations is that if the foundation is not applied evenly, the uneven areas will show very prominently. Hence, the need to make it as smooth as possible is critical. The perfect weapon to battle with this product is the makeup sponge. It’s soft, it’s even and it does the job perfectly. So, whenever you are in need of that flawless makeup coverage, the makeup sponge is a great tool to use.

Now that you know which brushes go best with which foundation, it is much easier to unravel the mysteries of the makeup world. After all, every kind of makeup needs a special tool for perfection. So, just pick up the best brush for the job and blend your way to perfection!

The Most Fashionable Destinations in the World

Fashion is created all over the world and the new trends and fashion statements get together from a number of fashion states around the world. Just like you, we would love to visit these places and see the latest fashion trends brewing up. So, where does this fashion originate from?  Here we describe the top 4 fashion churning cities of the world that are a must see for all the fashion crazy ladies out there. You may have heard a lot about them, but never realized how much they have contributed to the fashion world. So, if you are looking to visit any of the fashion producers out there, be sure to pay these places a detailed visit! Trust us, you won’t regret it!

Paris

The city of style, known for its elite taste in the fashion industry, is one of the most exotic fashion states in the world. The annual fashion week held in this city has inspired fashionistas and style icons from all over the world. The Avenue des Champs-Elysees is full of an assortment of the world’s greatest designers from Louis Vuitton to Christian Dior. If that wasn’t enough, dine in some of the chicest restaurants in the world and satisfy your taste for luxury to the extreme.

New York

The rollercoaster of style, New York is the hub of fashion. Wherever you look, the city is bursting with new trends and fashion statements. Whether it’s the empire state building or some of the best shopping districts that the city has to offer, you can’t go wrong in New York. 5th avenue is the epicenter of fabulous designers. Versace, channel Dior and a number of other fashion names can be found in the area that makes it a fashion buzz to visit.

Milan

If the classics are your favorite, pay a trip to Milan and be mesmerized by the vintage beauty that the city offers. A number of the iconic fashion designers have their headquarters in this city of fashion. From Armani to valentine, Gucci and Versace, the entire city is bejeweled with notable brand names of the industry. If you want to live the fashion life in this city, pay a visit to the quadrilatero Della moda and be inspired by the exotic trends and beautiful fashion statements being conjured.

London

We can’t just round up the fashion cities without mentioning the queen of street wear, London. The city is simply the most amazing point to look at the world’s funkiest fashion trends. Harrods at Brampton road and Camden Market are fashionista’s favorite spots to look at the new fashion of tomorrow. It really is a magical place where everything is in full flow, conjuring up the latest fashion trends by the minute.

All these places are perfect examples of great cities in the world that you can visit to revel in the latest fashion crazes. We are mesmerized by the exotic beauty trends that each individual place has to offer. Certainly, it can be a one of a kind experience to visit all these different fashion destinations. We would love to travel to these locations and satisfy our desire for fashion, won’t you?

The Cruellest Cut

In some parts of Africa, the clitoris it’s believed is poisonous. A baby, its thought will die if it comes into contract with its mother clitoris during birth and even a man can sicken or die if his penis touches it.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a procedure that is performed on girls before they reach puberty and sometimes on women after marriage and/or childbirth. FGM sometimes is delayed until two months before a woman gives birth. This practice is based on the believe that the baby will die if it comes into contact with its mother’s clitoris during birth. Although there has not been any medical evidence to support this belief. Some girls undergo the procedure alone, but more often the mutilation is done in group i.e. sisters, close relative or neighbours.

Usually mothers request the ritual genital procedure for their daughter as they believe that it will promote their daughter integration into their culture, protect their virginity and thereby guarantee their desirability as a marriage partner.  The girls alone are unable to give their consent on the matter and, if the parents refuse for the girl to be circumcised, the girl is kidnapped and has the procedure forced on them either by relatives or community members.

The most severe form is infibulation (also known as pharononic circumcision). It is believed that an estimated 15% of all mutilation in Africa is infubulation. The procedure consist of clitoridectomy (where the entire clitoris is removed), excision (removal of all, or part of the labia minora) and cutting of the labia minora to create a raw surface which are then stitched together in order to form a cover over the vagina when they heal. FGM is widely practiced in Africa, where it originated, it was and remains, a cultural, not a religious practice. It usually happens in small villages where they are isolated and without any contact from the outside world, often in places where it is male dominated and men wanting to take control of women inside and outside of marriage.

The procedure can be carried out in a girl’s home, a hut or a heath centre. It is mostly practiced in a hut, although those who are financially better often request the procedure to be done in a health centre. The person who performs the procedure is usually an older woman, a midwife or a healer. In severe cases, the girl is taken to a dark hut, blindfolded and ordered to strip naked. Once naked, the girl is pinned to the floor, with usually three women holding her down. One sits on her chest to prevent her body from moving, the other two hold her arms and legs. Sometimes a cloth is put over the girl’s mouth to stop her screaming and the operation takes place.  Part or the entire clitoris is surgically removed. Because of poverty and lack of medical facilities, the procedure is frequently done under less than hygienic conditions, and often without anaesthetic. On the odd occasion the girl is told to sit in cold water in order to numb the area before the operation is to be performed.  Razor blades, knives or scissors are usually the instruments used and after each operation the instruments used are simply wiped with a piece of cloth, sometimes rinsed first with water before used again on another girl. The use of the same instrument on several girls without sterilisation can cause the spread of HIV and other known medical conditions.

After circumcision, the female legs are lashed together for   1 – 6 weeks while she heals. Any sort of drinking liquid is refused to discourage urination. She is sewn almost completely shut, leaving an inadequate opening for the passage of urine and menstrual blood. FGM is not only the beginning of a woman’s suffering but also of a lifetime of endless labour, early arranged marriages often to older men and few basic rights. After circumcision, the girl is officially considered to be a woman.  The side affects resulting from the operation includes; shock, painful scars (both internal and external), fibrosis, difficulty during childbirth and lack of sexual pleasure.  FGM is performed mainly to reduce feelings of sexual desire in women so that they cannot get involved with anyone else other than their husbands.  Women who have not been circumcised living in countries where FGM is done often have difficulty in finding a man or getting married because they are considered to be impure and more likely to be unfaithful.  The reasons given to justify FGM are numerous and it has not been possible to determine when or where it originated.  The reasons citied generally relate to tradition, power and inequalities or women and their communities.  These reasons include:-

  • The clitoris is dangerous and must be removed for health reasons. Some believe that it is poisonous organ, which can cause a man to sicken or die if contracted by a man’s penis. Others believe that men can become impotent by contacting the clitoris.
  • The milk of the mother will become poisonous if her clitoris touches the baby during childbirth.
  • Bad genital odours can only be eliminated by removing the clitoris and labia minora.
  • An uncircumcised clitoris can lead to masturbation or lesbianism.
  • If FGM is not done, older men may not be able to match their wives sex drive and may have to resort to illegal stimulations of drugs.

 

The importance given to virginity and an intact hymen in these societies is the reason why female circumcision still remains a widespread practice. Behind circumcision lies the believe that, by removing parts of girls external genital organ, sexual desire is minimised.  This permits a female who has reached the dangerous age of puberty and adolescence to protect her virginity and therefore her honour with great ease.  Similarly female circumcision is meant to preserve the purity of young girls by reducing their desire for sexual intercourse.

 

It also creates a bond in the community as all women who have gone through the procedure share the most important experience of their lives. The girl will never have her conscious troubled by lustful thoughts and they also believe that it makes the marriage stronger because the relationship between husband and wife is motivated by love instead of lust and there will be no physical drive for the woman to cheat on her husband.

Whatever reasons given for this practice, FGM is no doubt the most barbaric experience that can happen to any girl; there is no reason why the procedure should be forced on girls.

St Lucia Adventure

After 12 months of waiting finally the time has to come to go on my summer holiday for a glorious 10 days. The flight itself was smooth, we had a few bumpy moments but overall it was fine.

Hello Beautiful St Lucia

HOW HOT?

When I got off the plane, I felt like someone had thrown into a 100 degrees OVEN, I have been to St Lucia before, however the contrast of coming from a mild temperature weather to extremely hot it’s always a shock to the system. Customs clearance and baggage claim was actually very quick (so far the best I have experienced, the worse one was in South Africa Johannesburg where I waited for over an hour to go through customs alone).

The first two days of the holiday I didn’t do anything, I was jet lagged despite staying up late and trying to get my body adjusted, I found myself going to sleep and waking up on London time, which left me extremely exhausted. By the third day I was ready to start exploring I wanted to do try a few new things, sailing, waterfall abseil and the hardest of all of them, hiking up on the Piton Mountain.

Unfortunately hurricane Matthew was heading our way and for two days we couldn’t do anything or leave the resort. Despite all this, I have to say the staff at the hotel went beyond the call of duty to ensure all the guests were ok, the hospitality was second to none.

Hiking – Piton Mountain

I decide to conquer my fear of heights (again), today I’m going hiking at the Pitons Mountain.  The Gros Piton rises to a height of 786 m (2619 ft). It is the second highest peak on Saint Lucia, after Mount Gimie. Situated between the towns of Soufrière and Choiseul, Gros Piton and its smaller sibling, Petit Piton, are easy to spot from many points in the southwest.

We started at 9.30am, it takes approximately 2 hours to get up and 2 hours to get down. Although our tour guide said there was a local guy who climbed the Pitons in 39 mins, I would love to meet him and ask  ‘how did you do it’??

After an hour of hiking my heart rate was shooting through the roof, also there was so many rocks, I found myself using my hands more to help with the hike, on our way up, we bumped into a couple who decided to give up, the lady said to me: ‘Life is beautiful and short and I don’t intend on going back home in a box, so I gave up’. That worried me, but we can all this way and were so close to the top, the thought of giving up now wouldn’t make any sense. We marched on, we used everything we had in the tank, but our guide kept us motivated and when we arrived at the top, it was just WOW WOW WOW, you have to see it to believe it! Check this out

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The Piton Mountains

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The Pinton Mountain

Overall the Pitons was worth every single bit of it. I’m so glad when we got down there was a cold beer waiting for us. I couldn’t actually walk properly when we got down, I was limping, and my limps were absolutely killing me. Next stop we had the mud bath which I was told is going to help (I very much doubt that I said).

 Hot Springs and Mud Baths at the Sulphur Springs

 Soufriere Volcano  in St. Lucia is considered as the only “drive-in” volcano in the world! It is locally known as the Sulphur Springs.

Thinking about it, I have never been to a mud bath, this my very first time. The hot springs and mud baths  are hotter than the average bath. These bathing pools are blessed with volcanic minerals and health-giving properties, which are reputed to have therapeutic qualities for the skin.  I have to say I was very doubtful that it would help with the aches and pain from the hiking, but after staying in the springs for a few minutes, my skin was glowing and so soft and the aches in my limps went away. I was lost for words. I was so impressed I bought a lot of soaps/sulphur powder etc. to use as part of my everyday beauty regime.

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Hot Springs and Mud Baths at the Sulphur Springs

The adrenaline of the hiking has left me wanting more activity to conquer my fear of heights. What do I do? I signed up for ‘Waterfall Abseil’, what was I thinking???

The drive to the waterfall in Dennery was around 2 hours, when we got there we walked through the forest and found ‘start fruit’ tree, which we tried some together with cacao fruit look at this, can it be more beautiful?

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Cacao Fruit

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Star Fruit

After safety briefing and demonstration, I was the first one to go. You had to go backwards and DO NOT LOOK DOWN! My legs felt like jelly they couldn’t move, and my heart was beating to fast I’m surprised it didn’t come out of my chest!

A few deep breaths later, I decided it’s now or never! Slowly I went one step at the time, halfway through the guide downstairs was encouraging me ‘you are almost there’ oh that’s not bad I thought, well i found out later he as lying I was nowhere near it was a long way down. My arm was aching and just when I thought I couldn’t go on anymore I reached the bottom, what a great feeling. I cannot believe I did it.   Believe it or not I wanted to go back up and do it again, but I couldn’t as we had to get back to the resort, i needed to pack and head for the airport……..

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Watefall in Dennery

Overall St Lucia has been a very active holiday, I enjoyed every second of it and cannot wait to go back again.

Now my hair extensions has been through a lot in the past 10 days. As autumn approaches I feel it’s time for a change. I’m seeing my hairdresser on Tuesday to put new hair extensions in, I will be using the FlowBella Hair straight 18/20 inches.  I will of course keep you updated.

And time to go back to Barrys Bootcamp next week, i cannot wait.

SPRING CLEAN -TOXIC PEOPLE OUT OF YOUR LIFE!!!!!!!

There will come a time in your life when you must walk away from drama and the people who create it.

You realise that some people just drain your energy, put you down, betray your trust and start spreading gossip about you in order to make themselves feel better about their own unhappiness. When a toxic person can no longer control you, they will try to control how others see you.

Toxic people can be friendly, very seductive in order to win you over. However, once they have won you over, subtly they begin to undermine your self-esteem, they drain all your energy with unpleasant discreet observations.

If you are going through a difficult time because of your friends attitude, if your patience, compassion, advice does not seem to help them, you need to ask yourself  ‘what is this relationship doing to me?’

Toxic people in your life can:

  • Drain you
  • Be critical of you
  • Always negative
  • Show no empathy
  • They lie and are not honest with you
  • They manipulate you in order to exploit you
  • They stress you out

Constant drama and negativity are things that it’s never worth to live with. Toxic people do nothing but pollute everyone around you, including you, if you allow them. If you have tried to reason with them and they are not helping, leave them to their devices.

Toxic people will always try to make it out somehow that you did something wrong and because we as human beings, naturally have the ‘guilty button’, you can feel like you did something wrong. As a result, it can bring our confidence down and unsettle us mentally. Whatever you do, don’t let this happen to you.

You need to surround yourself with people who:-

  • Support you in good and bad times
  • Inspire you to be the best version of you
  • Are the source of your happiness
  • Pick you up when you are down

Life is too short, surround yourself with the best people in your life, you deserve the best and above all, ‘DO NOT SETTLE FOR SECOND BEST’

YOU ARE ALLOWED TO TERMINATE TOXIC RELATIONSHIPS

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