Category Archives: Beauty

Day 15: Moisturizing Face Mask

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Since yesterday was St. Patrick’s Day, I took a break from my Pinterest Project to enjoy the day. Literally I napped and watched movies all day and didn’t even wake up until noon! It was a ridiculously lazy day and I missed out on all the Irish festivities, but I’m sure I”ll make up for it next year.

Today I spent the afternoon shopping in Soho and when I came home, I knew I wanted today’s project to be relaxing and beautifying. So, for Day 16 of the Pinterest Project, I am making a moisturizing face mask. This recipe was originally pinned from a TLC article, “50 All Natural Beauty Products you can make yourself.”  If you look at the TLC website, you’ll see that yogurt and honey are two important ingredients in any homemade mask because yogurt naturally exfoliates your skin and honey retains water, so it keeps your skin soft. Hopefully this mask turns out well and adds a little extra moisture to my face since it looks like we’re finally done with winter and having consistent warmer weather!

Moisturizing Face Mask

  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1-2 tablespoons cooked oatmeal

Mix everything together until it forms a smooth paste. Spread over your face and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Wash off with a warm washcloth.

Ok, before I even put the ‘paste’ on, I thought that this was pretty disgusting…It smelled like sour milk and was not a normal mask consistency. In hindsight, I think the oatmeal should have been blended in a food processor and I should have used double the amount because it wasn’t dense enough to thicken up the honey and oatmeal. The paste was too thin even with me using 2 tablespoons of cooked oatmeal. As you can see, the mask is too runny looking.

After about 5 minutes of wearing this mask, it started to dry on my face. My biggest fear was that the oatmeal pieces would start falling off my face, but luckily they didn’t. Instead I just had a stinky sour milk smelling mask on my face.

Fifteen minutes later and the mask was off! For the first 5-10 minutes after taking the mask off, my face was a little red and warm, which I didn’t expect. Even though the mask was pretty stinky, it did make my face really soft, so the moisturizing aspect of it definitely worked! If you can handle the smell, then try this mask out because your face will definitely be soft.

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Day 7: Twisted Sister

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First off, let me say that unless you are a professional hairstylist or you have someone helping you do this, there is no way that your hair will turn out looking like it’s supposed to. You really need another set of hands so that they can properly place the hair that you twist and in general make sure the back of your hair looks good. This hairstyle was originally pinned from the blog ‘The Beauty Department’ and it feature Lauren Conrad with this hairstyle. This leads me to the second problem I have with this style. Most starlets out there have unnaturally, perfectly wavy, extra thick hair i.e. hair extensions that are styled consistently, so it’s practically impossible to replicate this style perfectly unless your hair magically fits those specifications. Take me for an example, I have thick hair, but it’s fine and naturally straight, so the strands that I twist are not going to look voluminous. Anyway, enough ranting and on to the step-by-step instructions.

Step 1: Start with wavy hair. If you’re hair isn’t already naturally wavy, then the best way to make it wavy is by using a 1 1/2 – 2 inch barrel curling iron. Before beginning, sprtiz your hair with texturizing spray. Take 1 inch sections of your hair and wrap it around the barrel of your curling iron. Hold for 10-15 seconds and then release and you should have a spiral curl. I then use a bobby pin and pin the curl to my head until it cools to help the curl stay longer, but if you’re crunched for time, then skip this step. Continue wrapping sections of your hair around the curling iron until all your hair has been curled. Once cool, take bobby pins out of your hair and using your fingers, separate the curls to give them a more natural look. Spray with hairspray or hair serum and you’re done!

Step 2: Clip the front and top of your hair up. Create a messy bun at the nape of your neck with your remaining hair. [As you can see from the picture below, mine is a little messy indeed and I could have done a better job of parting the top of my hair as I did not end up with a straight part.]

Step 3: Take individual sections from the top and front of your hair and loosely twist.

Step 4: Pin that section of your hair into the messy bun. [I had a particularly hard time doing this as my pieces of twisted hair did not look like the original picture and I had to wrap the pieces around the bun multiple times so I didn’t have random pieces of hair flying out.]

Step 5: Repeat steps 3 and 4 until all sides have been twisted and secured and you reach the top section.

Step 6: Tease crown for subtle volume and then twist and secure into messy bun.  Loosen a few pieces around your face for a softer fell. [I skipped this entire step because I wanted to keep my side part. Instead, I added a little volume to the side and then pinned my bangs back behind my ear.]

As you can see, my hair did not look like the picture, minus the messy bun. I realized that the biggest mistake that I made, was that when I twisted the pieces, I did not twist them so they were all on the sides of my head. I should not have had the twists coming down the back of my head. I’ll definitely try this again when I have a bit more time, but before work I can’t spend an hour on my hair! Also, I would recommend trying this with dirty hair as it is more pliable. I washed and dried my hair before trying this, so it was too soft and silky.

Given that I spent time doing my hair, I wore it like this to work. I sprayed it with a little hair spray to keep the frizzies down before heading out. Not too shabby for only spending like 10 minutes doing it. Patience and time are definitely a key to making this a successful hairstyle.