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There sure are a lot of pretty "up-dos" out there now. With hair that is below the shoulder, it is difficult to "style" it due to the weight of the hair itself. Plus the fact you have SOOOOOOOOO much hair to do something with...it can be difficult. Braids have always been a favorite of mine when dealing with longer hair. There are several different kinds of "rollers" available - bending rods, plastic things - however, that may be too time consuming since you are getting ready to go to school and all. I would suggest you go to a salon and ask to consult with one of the stylists who specializes in long hair plus while there, look at the style magazines to get ideas and talk with the stylist about the "how to's" necessary to achieve the look. Be sure to tell your friend to loosely braid her hair before bedtime to reduce the tangles that occur while sleeping and to get a satin pillow case which will also help keep the hair from tangling. And there is always the ol' pony tail look!!! Good luck and whatever y'all decide to do - enjoy your beautiful hair!

Hello Mocha. This is Gillian. I definitely agree with Grecia, natural is always cheaper to maintain. Don't be bothered if your other friends' hair are relaxed or straightened. You can actually stand out from the crowd and be viewed as being 'NATURALLY BEAUTIFUL.'

You can be very versatile or creative and find lots of nice styles for your natural hair. You can make your hair look very nice with great hair accessories such as hair woollies, grip combs, colorful hair clips or even colorful bandeaux/hair bands etc. You can even do nice, stylish corn rows in your hair. The possibilities are endless and being natural is very cheap!

Hope this helps you. Have a wonderful day.

Hello Mocha. This is Gillian. I definitely agree with Grecia, natural is always cheaper to maintain. Don't be bothered if your other friends' hair are relaxed or straightened. You can actually stand out from the crowd and be viewed as being 'NATURALLY BEAUTIFUL.'

You can be very versatile or creative and find lots of nice styles for your natural hair. You can make your hair look very nice with great hair accessories such as hair woollies, grip combs, colorful hair clips or even colorful bandeaux/hair bands etc. You can even do nice, stylish corn rows in your hair. The possibilities are endless and being natural is very cheap!

Hope this helps you. Have a wonderful day.

Caribbean Greetings to you Ree. I am Gillian. I think that for a good tan, you should have a safe tan plan as well. And the safest tan of all is one that comes out of a bottle!

There are three main ways to get a good tan:
1) BRONZING POWDERS-These are designed to be used on your face, and they act in the same way as a blusher. It should not be too pearlized, or you'll shimmer a little too much in the sunshine ( good for ladies to use).
2) WASH-OFF TANNERS-They offer a quick way to create an instant tan on your face and body. Simply smooth on the cream, then wash it away at the end of the day. Some good wash-off tanners include GARNIER AMBRE SOLAIRE NO STREAKS BRONZER WASH OFF. Also GUERLAIN TERRACOTTA JAMBES DE GAZELLE.
3) SELF-TANNERS-These products contain an active ingredient called DHA, which is absorbed by surface skin cells and turns brown in the presence of oxygen, creating the 'tan.' This process usually takes 3-4 hours, and the effects last until these skin cells are naturally shed, which can be from a few days right up to a week. CLINIQUE has good self-tanners such as SELF SUN BODY TINTED LOTION (light to medium). PEVONIA BOTANICA also has a SELF-TANNING EMULSION. PAULA"S CHOICE SKINCARE has the SUN 365 SELF-TANNING FOAM.

For a safe tan plan, please apply suntan lotion before you go into the sun and before you dress, to ensure that you don't miss any areas. If you have sensitive skin, choose hypoallergenic products, ask your pharmacist.. Please protect your lips with a good lip screen to prevent them from burning and chapping. Never be tempted to stay out in the sun too long, where your skin burns. Stay out of the sun between 12 noon and 3 pm when the sun is at its hottest, move into the shade or cover up with a T-shirt and broad-brimmed hat. If you're into alot of sports or swim alot, choose a special sports formula or waterproof formulation.

For a good tan, some self-tanning tips include:
1) Use a body scrub first to rub away the dead flaky skin that can create a patchy finish.
2) Massage plenty of body lotion into the area to be treated. This will combat any remaining dry areas, and give a smooth surface on which to apply the tanning lotion.
3) Use a small amount of the product at a time because you can apply a second layer later.
4) Work the product firmly into the skin until it feels completely dry. Any excess left on the surface is likely to go patchy.
5) While there are self-tanning products that offer some protection from the sun until you wash your skin, it's best to use them in conjunction with the best sunscreen for your skin type.

Hope these tips help you achieve a really good tan. Have a great day.

Hello Katie. I am Gillian. For very good makeup foundations, I would advise you to use MOTIVES COSMETICS. MOTIVES offers very high quality products at a reasonable price, their products are non-allergenic and friendly to the skin. They also offer many different types of foundations for different skin tones and preferences.

You have a choice of foundations ranging from ageless renewal foundation to liquid powder mineral foundation etc. Their foundations are available in a wide variety of different shades, instantly smooths fine lines and wrinkles, diminishes imperfections and provides even coverage. They also go on very smooth to create a perfect natural look and are long-wearing.

MOTIVES also offers two different makeup setting sprays to help keep your makeup intact: NO MORE SHINE MAKEUP SETTING SPRAY and TEN YEARS YOUNGER MAKEUP SETTING SPRAY. The first spray is for people with oily skin. It helps to absorb the excess oil and control surface shine, so that your makeup looks perfect for many hours. The TEN YEARS YOUNGER MAKEUP SETTING SPRAY, keeps your makeup intact and helps you look years younger. Both sprays help stop your makeup from sliding and meltdown and prevents your makeup from drying or slipping into pores, lines, wrinkles or scars. These sprays keep your makeup looking flawless.

For more information about the MOTIVES products, or to purchase them, you can email Katharina at koloursofbeauty@gmail.com. Hope this helps you. Have a wonderful day and enjoy the rest of your week.

Caribbean Greetings Mackenzie. I am Gillian. When choosing face powders, try and choose very good brand name products which usually lasts longer and the quality is very good.

There are products that you can use to help your makeup last longer such as CLARINS FIX MAKE-UP SETTING SPRAY, this has a hint of grapefruit and makes your makeup stay well on your face. There is also DIORSKIN AIRFLASH SPRAY FOUNDATION which is a long wear foundation. You also have the MOTIVES brand of cosmetics which is very good. You can choose to wear their LA LA MINERAL DUAL FOUNDATION or any of their PRESSED POWDERS. MOTIVES also offers you 2 special makeup setting sprays.

The first setting spray from MOTIVES is the NO MORE SHINE MAKEUP SETTING SPRAY that absorbs excess oil, controls surface shine to help your makeup look perfect for many hours. It cools down your makeup surface and stops it from sliding and meltdown, so you get a matte look for up to 6 hours (apply before any makeup for best results). The second makeup setting spray is the TEN YEARS YOUNGER MAKEUP SETTING SPRAY. This spray helps you look years younger by keeping your makeup from setting into fine lines and wrinkles. Makeup is held in place for hours, without drying and slipping into pores, lines, wrinkles or scars. Keeps makeup looking flawless day and night.

For more information about these special MOTIVES products or to purchase them, you can email Katharina at koloursofbeauty@gmail.com. Hope this information helps you and do enjoy the rest of your week.

Hi Katie. I am Gillian. So you sweat alot? Excessive perspiration can be extremely embarrassing and uncomfortable. Make sure to always keep your body hydrated by drinking 6-8 glasses of water daily. Try having a bath at least twice a day in summer. In winter, wash yourself up well in the evening. Always bathe using cool water (instead of using warm water). Always wear fresh, natural fibres next to your skin. A talcum powder which suits your skin should be enough to help you keep cool and odourless. If necessary, use an antiperspirant deodorant.

A very good antiperspirant deodorant is 'DRY IDEA ADVANCED DRY.' It is great for people who sweat alot. It offers 72 hour odour protection, it is hypoallergenic (safe for people with sensitive skin too), it stops wetness and malodour and is available in 3 different scents which are fresh, powder fresh and unscented. You can check them out here at http://www.dryidea.com.

Hope this helps you and do enjoy the rest of your week.

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Hey, try "Certain Dri" in roll-on version. You can find it at any drugstore & it's not expensive.

Also, do not use if you just shaved your underarms!!!!

Natural is always cheaper to maintain, no? :)

NEVER use lemon juice on your hair. It is way too acidic and has no emulsification properties. It will only damage your hair.
In a bind, you can use an egg (with yolk). The yolk has emulsifiers (lecithin) and the white has proteins. Both act to cleans your hair AND the proteins also condition.
Of course, you want to rinse it well.

I am curious; why are you switching brands that you have been using for a long time? Is it cost? Do you want to find something "better"? Do you not like the MK sales rep (lol)? If MK is working for you, why change?

Hello Katarina,
Since you are just starting to wear makeup, it will take at least a few tries before you find what compliments your complexion and style. I suggest you begin with mass-market products. Keep a log or diary of these products and note what you like and what you don't like about them.
Ask your friends with similar style what they use and why they use that particular brand (but don't share makeup, it is not a healthy practice). Just because it is "high end" doesn't mean it is the best product for you.
At your age, learning makeup technique far outweighs which product you choose.

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Hi Krista,

The primary focal point of using a brush is for more than just styling. Using a brush provides multiple benefits for hair including scalp massage and removing dirt.

Brushing stimulates the release of sebum (oil under the skin) created by the sebaceous gland attached to the hair follicle. The sebum protects the hair shaft by moisturizing and imparting healthy gleam to them.
There are many types of hair brushes. Choosing the right brush is the key. Your hair length and style you want to achieve, determine type of brush you should use. You can add a list of hair brushes in your collection according to the purpose and function they serve.

Brushes of varying shapes and sizes are made with natural bristles or synthetic bristles. The gold standard is the natural boar bristle, which is gentle on the hair, helps smooth the cuticle, and redistributes sebum throughout the strand to moisturize and create a beautiful, glossy finish.

Brushes with mix of natural and synthetic bristle, sometimes called porcupine brushes are good for normal to thicker hair, and combine the benefit of boar bristles with intermingled nylon spikes that help detangle coarser hair.

Here are the simple rules to use right brush for right purpose:

Paddle Brush: For Straight Hair
Round Brush: For Blowouts
Metal Brush: To Create Curls
Vented Brush: To Create Volume
Wide Tooth Comb: For Detangling
Fine Toothed Comb: To Smooth Hair

No matter which hair brush is best for certain styles, you can have at least one of every type. Changing your brush can make your morning routine faster. One thing to keep in mind is quality. A good brush is a worthwhile investment and it will help your locks stay healthy and in the best shape.

Hi :) if you already have a nice complexion I would recommend not wearing foundation, concealer, or anything to that extent. If not use make up with minerals or sylic acid in it. It should help your acne while covering it up. Mascara and lip gloss always look nice as long as you don't over do it.
I'm a senior in high school. When I was a freshman I went way overboard with my makeup now that I wear less makeup more people say how pretty I look.

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Hi Ree Saf

Extreme stretching and lack of skin protein collagen and elastin responsible for binding skin together, causes tearing of dermis of the skin. This leads to stretch marks. Hormonal change and steroid medication also causes stretch marks.

Topically applied vitamin E and Vit A and essential oils may help prevent the marks from forming. However, once they appear, treatment with a fractional laser, promoting collagen production and thickening of the dermis, can reduce their appearance but cannot remove them.