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20 December 2016
What did we do before Google?
I actually have no idea how we lived. In the past 2 days alone Google has helped me navigate my way to a new destination, pick a place to eat, told me I’m not dying from a cold and helped me find many hilarious GIFs.
THANK YOU GOOGLE GODS.
Now, Google Trends have made Christmas come early for nerds all over the world, releasing the, well trends Google has seen in all sorts of topics and categories throughout 2016.
One that caught my eye (because I have the substance of a Kardashian) was the most common beauty questions asked in 2016, because that’s something I can actually help you guys with! How to play Pokemon Go? Not so much.
Ok well that’s obviously not what people typed into Google but ‘how do I do a fishtail braid’ sounds way more boring.
I happen to be a master of the humble fishtail braid (I’m also quite good at bragging) and I promise on Herbie’s chubby little hooves that it’s SUPER easy.
We did a ‘how to’ video a few months back on braiding but here are step-by-step instructions:
LOL. Girl, who you think you are, Rapunzel?
Although nutritionists or questionable herbal gurus might bang on about vitamin concoctions GUARANTEED to make your hair grow, plus the plethora of terribly intoxicating infomercials selling all sorts of drugs and devices – nothing is actually scientifically proven to make your hair grow faster.
Of course, taking care of yourself is great and you’ll reap benefits left right and centre, but will it actually make you sprout faster? Don’t hold your breath.
Your best bet is to take really good care of the hair you have so it doesn’t break off once it reaches a certain length, tips below:
Something heaps of models seem to have and it looks good.
BASICALLY, it’s a very popular technique used by hairdressers to highlight the hair in a way that looks gradual, slightly worn in and natural. If done well (trust me there are some bad jobs out there), the effect is really soft and pretty.
With a curling wand you noob. JKS! I’m sorry, my sass pants are on. The struggle to get that ‘effortless’ curl is real. I mean, is it THAT hard to ask for curls like a Victoria’s Secret Angel (and the rig)!?
The easiest way to master your curl game is by watching someone else do it and then practicing.
Practice makes perfect amirite!
Desi always slays her hair so watch her (minus the incredibly long and tacky extensions – only Desi pulls them off cos’ she bomb). I’ve never used the curler she recommends but she’s an affiliate so might not necessarily be the best one, I personally don’t think you can go wrong with a ghd curling wand; they work magic and they last forever.
Blackheads are equal parts the bane of some people’s existence and also a provider of much entertainment.
Our obsession with blackheads (and pimples) is only growing, proven by the popularity of Dr. Pimple Popper and the slew of products on the market promising to banish them from your pores.
But firstly, what the devil ARE blackheads? WELL, they’re a combination of sebum (oil) and dead skin cells (I know, gross) which harden in your pore, causing the ‘plug’ i.e blackhead.
The reason it generally goes blackish in colour is because it’s exposed to air, causing it to oxidise. So what should you use?
YAS! For a short-time solution, these are a phenom option for the speckly noses amongst us. However, they’re simply ripping the bigger blackheads from their ‘plugs’, they’re not looking after the root cause of the issue, thus the blackhead will come back like a pesky old aunt.
I’m a recent GlamGlow convert and can’t sing their praises strongly enough. It’s $$$, but you only need to smear a small amount over the affected areas to see results.
Scrub a dub dub?
Pretty much EVERY skincare professional I’ve ever spoken to have advised to err away from physical scrubs on thy face. Scrubs are made up of teeny little granules that can cause microscopic injuries to your skin which can cause scarring. Body scrubs are fine as your skin isn’t so sensitive and delicate.
Oh yeah we’re getting serious now! AHAs (alpha hydroxy acid) and other salicylic/glycolic acids basically work by dissolving the plug and clearing out the sebum/skin cells/ general crap lurking around in there. You’ll see the best results by using it on the reg, so I recommend the Danné Montague King Micro Peel, expect slight tingling but it works like a #boss.
The BIG boy chemical?
I’m referring to retinoids. Long heralded as the best treatment of blackheads, the vitamin A derivative is a great way to clear clogged pores and prevent blackheads from forming. You can get prescription strength formulations from your DR but start with an OTC retinol as your skin will react big time if you’ve never used them before. Baby steps people.
Ugh, there’s nothing quite like the appearance of giant shopping bags under your peepers. Now I’m not going to give you the age-old advice to ‘sleep more’ (because duh) to help combat the unwanted baggage, rather things that I do that HELP.
Wake Me Up Collagen Eye Patches available at MECCA.
Brows are so hot right now. Thank goodness we’ve left malnourished caterpillars back in the early noughties where they belong. The tricky thing with a ‘how to’ regarding brows is the amount of options you have!
There’s powders, pomades, gels, pencils, crayons etc – but for the sake of newbies, I’m going to suggest a powder or pomade as they’re the easiest to work with as a beginner (in my opinion).
Brow game STRONG.
Girl I hope you know you should be doing this at LEAST once a week… Otherwise you’re just asking for congestion and breakouts! You don’t need a fancy product, just buy a natural clarifying shampoo from the pharmacy and gently soap up the brush hairs before rinsing and let them dry naturally.
Tip: DO NOT force the bristles into weird positions or ever store upside down as it will get misshapen and not do its job properly.
Concealer is probably the greatest makeup product ever invented as it hides a multitude of sins.
Acne, scarring, pigmentation and dark circles can all be diminished with a few swipes of concealer PLUS it can highlight your face making it look more dimensional i.e natural. But what formulas should you use and when do you apply different types?
Every time I foray down the acrylic path I end up picking them off. I know, I know, so bad but it’s sooooo satisfying! What you’re MEANT to do is go to the salon; it’s time-consuming, costs some $$ and the feeling of the fake nail under the gel one to hoist it off gives me the heebie jebbies. But it does the trick.
What you’re MEANT to do is go to the salon; it’s time-consuming, costs some $$ and the feeling of the fake nail under the gel one to hoist it off gives me the heebie jebbies. But it does the trick.
If you want to do it yourself at home, you’ll need some acetone, cotton wool and tin foil. Apply the acetone-soaked cotton wool to your nail, securing it with the foil for 15-20 minutes, before pushing the leftover gel off with one of those spare cuticle sticks.
So there you have it, answers to the most common beauty questions Google received in 2016. Let’s see what 2017 brings…
The main image belongs to @krishphotos – check them out, AMAZING!
Words by Kelly McCarren.
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