Juna’s curly hair routine

Hello everyone!

It’s Juna here 🙂

We’re back after a temporary hiatus with more posts!

Today I’m gonna do one on my hair and how I style it curly.

HAIR TYPE

My hair is naturally very curly. It’s not always been like this; I had pin-straight hair when young, a frizzy mop in my early teens, and then my hair finally evolved into what it is when I was 16 or so.

It can be pretty dry and frizzy, because curly hair is naturally a bit more coarse than straight hair. I used to tame the frizz by piling on excessive amounts of creams and mousse when styling, but this didn’t look too good. Through a process of trial and error (that took a couple of years :P) I have finally found a routine which makes my hair look good.

PRE-WASH

If I have the time, I try to massage my hair with some oil (I love Argan oil) and pile my hair into a bun and wait for an hour or so. I don’t comb or brush my hair at any stage when keeping my hair curly because I find that it makes it frizzy.

WASHING CURLY HAIR

I know a lot of people advocate curl-enhancing shampoos and conditioners, but I find that these do little for my hair. Instead, I use a normal shampoo (H&S, because my scalp can get dry) and a moisturising conditioner (I use H&S Smooth and Silky). One or twice a week a use a deep-conditioning mask. Most drugstore brands like Pantene have really good conditioning masks at cheap prices. I finger-comb through my hair and detangle it while in the shower; this is the only time I detangle it, but I normally never have huge knots in my hair.

POST-WASH

I squeeze excess water out of my hair and wrap a towel around my hair without rubbing it dry. I find that rubbing it causes my hair to become really frizzy even before styling. I keep the towel on for about 5 minutes, and then remove it (again, I don’t rub my hair). Next, I use my styling cream of choice. I use relatively fewer styling products than when I straighten my hair as excess product weighs down my hair and loosens the curls too much.

I use a pea-sized amount of product and work it through my damp hair. It’s always better to use a little product, because excess product causes the dreaded crunchy-curl, leaving your hair very stiff to the touch.

If I find that my hair has dried up a bit, I spritz it with some water. After applying the cream, I roll my hair into a tight bun on top of my head and keep it there for about 3 minutes. I don’t think many people would approve of this (some people go for the scrunch-and-dry approach), but it works better for me because I feel that my hair strands gather together, and when I dry them with my blowdryer I get thicker curls.

Currently, I use this product;

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Some of the other styling creams I have used and loved over the years are:

1. Kérastase Créme D’Huile Oléo-Curl (Lovely scent, leaves curls very softly styled)

2. Pantene Defined Curls Mousse (More definition than the product above, curls last a bit longer. Style lasts overnight)

STYLING

A diffuser is an absolute must-have in every curly-haired girl’s beauty arsenal. Replace the nozzle of your blow dryer with this and it performs wonders. It spreads the hot air out evenly while helping keep the shape of the curls.

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My weapon of choice: BaByliss Pro Speed Professional Expertise

I use a blow dryer with multiple speed and heat settings. I always use m diffuser on the lowest speed (wouldn’t want to lose the form of my styled curls!) and at medium heat.

I then roll out my bun (my hair still in the spiral) and tip my head over and collect my hair into the diffuser. While drying, i slowly separate the curls in thick sections as I go along. I like a bit of volume on top of my hair, which is why I tip my head over to dry my hair. 

If I want to have a uniform part, I part my hair while it is still damp (skipping the bun) and alternatively scrunch and blow dry (this is the method shown in the picture below).

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This process takes me anywhere from 15-25 minutes (takes patience ;)). 

FINISHING TOUCHES

After drying my hair, I sometimes use a curling iron on the few curls that frame my face, this makes it look more put-together, I feel.

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I then spray a light mist of medium-hold hairspray (not too much) to keep my hair in place. And that’s about it 🙂

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Any questions about this post? Feel free to drop a comment below!

Until next time, and stay fab! xx

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Crazy smokey purple look! Plus a surprise soon!

Hey guys!

We are back again, we had some technical issues lately and lost all the pictures of a very exciting makeover we have done recently! But don’t worry, we will definitely shoot another one soon and post it! Meanwhile, Ella recreated a crazy smokey eye purple look with a very sleek, sort of different hairstyle. We love experimenting and sharing it with you! These are the steps:

1. Apply your foundation. Use a blush brush or whatever brush you prefer and apply some bronzer in the hollows of your cheeks and on your temples. Apply a light pink blush with some shimmery highlighting pigments in it on the apples of your cheeks, slightly blending it with the bronzer.

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2. Using a dense flat brush (it helps prevent fallout), apply a matte dark lilac color all over the lid. Make sure you don’t take it too high up. Softly blend the edges with a fluffy brush( for better blending, you can use a tiny bit of a light tan color or pale orange with the brush you use for blending). Take a bit of the same color under the eyes all the way in as well. The color I used in this picture is the dark lilac color between the dark purple and the dark blue on the bottom row.

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3. Using the same flat brush, apply the darker purple color(right side from the dark lilac color in the earlier picture) in a ‘V’ shape in the outer corners of the eyes. This smokey eye is all about layering, you just want to darken slightly, you don’t need to see a huge difference when you apply the colors one after each other.

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4. Using a pencil( or powder, if you prefer) fill in your eyebrows slightly just to give some definition to your eyebrows and help make the eye makeup stand out.

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5. Use the same flat brush to apply an even darker purple in the outer corner in a ‘V’, similar to the earlier step.  Take a bit of the same color under the eyes, taking it only two-thirds in. I know that in the picture the color looks very blue, but I promise it is a very dark purple!

Apply some gel liner on your top and bottom waterlines and also just a tiny bit in the outer corner on your eyelid and under the eyes, to define the eyes even more. I also put a bit of a white matte shadow under my brow bone,nothing too crazy though.Apply a generous coat of mascara on your top and bottom lashes and top it up with a sheer sparkly light pink gloss. We don’t want to overwhelm the look with too much pigment on the lips!

For hair, all I did is to brush my hair back and hairspray it a bit so it stays in place. Play with it a little bit until you get the desired shape.  Add a shine spray if you want.  I feel like having your hair in the back or up in an updo really opens up the face and helps emphasize your eyes when you are wearing a smokey eye look. Hope you enjoy!

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Voila!  We hope you enjoyed!

Ok, and now about the surprise! Well actually there are two of them. The first one is that we will have a guest blogger very soon with fresh new looks for you. We are very excited to have her! She is blonde, with blue eyes and does great makeup!

The second surprise(it was a huge one for us as well!) is that we have been nominated for the Inspiration and also the Versatile Blogger awards by one of our readers, lovely Cross5Star! We are incredibly honored and still can’t believe it! We will definitely do a full post about it soon with more details but for now, thank you so much Cross5Star, we love your blog too!

Much love,

The FabPalette.

Ella’s look of the day

Hey guys!

We decided that we will try to take more pictures of our daily looks, literally what makeup we put on every morning,  so you can have a better idea of what we wear on a daily basis! Also, we hope that this is a way to keep in touch with you more, as it will allow us to post more during this busy time of the year for us at university!

Many of these looks will obviously be more natural and wearable than the slightly more dramatic looks that we often recreate here on the blog. We hope you enjoy it though, as many of you mentioned that you prefer to see more natural makeup looks that are easier to recreate when you are running late in the morning! We all try to take these pictures as soon as we can 🙂

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I(Ella)  used a medium coverage foundation, a natural bronzer and a bit of a pink blush. On the lid I applied a medium orange color in the crease and then a bit of a dark mauve color with some purple hints on top. I took a bit of the mauve under the eyes halfway in as well. On the lips, I applied a natural tan color and then topped it up with some brown shimmery gloss. I added a lengthening mascara and gel liner on my waterline and a bit under the eyes.

xoxo

The FabPalette

Valentine’s Day! The FabPalette style

A bit mysterious. A bit retro. A bit red.

That’s one way one of seeing Valentine’s Day!

Here are a couple of pictures of one look you could wear for Valentine’s day! It has a bit a drama with the thick eyeliner, a bit a shine in the eyes with a pop of gold in the inner corners and a bit of passion with the red lips! We hope you enjoy! 🙂

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How to: make your eyes look bigger( Soft brown makeup included)

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Hello!

We decided to show you a few steps that can help make your eyes appear bigger, as a couple of you requested. I(Ella) have very small eyes as well, and had to learn a few tricks over the years in order to ‘open’ my eyes and make them look bigger. I hope you find this useful!

Step 1:

I always say that the first step in making your eyes appear bigger is to cover your under eye circles and brighten that area, so that the eyes can really pop. Just use a bit of concealer 2 shades lighter than your natural skin tone and apply it in a triangular shape under your eyes. Blend it carefully using a brush or even your fingers. Add some powder to set the concealer.

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Step 2:

Apply a shimmery light beige color all over the lid using a flat brush. This step is probably present almost every day in my morning make up routine, it really helps open up my eyes and make them look more ‘awake’. I also recommend doing this for girls who have very small eyelids, such as mine(by that I mean that my crease is quite low, giving less ‘lid’ space).Image

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Step 3:

Using a small flat brush or a pointed brush, apply a bit of an even brighter shimmery white color in the inner corners of the eyes. This will also help the eyes pop and give the illusion of the eyes being more far away from each other.

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Step 4:

Another key to really emphasizing your eyes is ‘lifting’ the eyebrow. By combing and filling in the eyebrows, the eye will really stand out. Also, the brow can be lightly ‘lifted’ by applying a bit of a matte(or shimmery, if you prefer) light beige color under the brow.

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Step 5:

Using a fluffy brush, add a golden eyeshadow in the crease, not taking it too much in. This creates the illusion of a higher crease and makes the eyes look bigger.

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Step 6:

Using a smaller fluffy brush(or a crease brush), apply a darker shade of brown in the crease, this time only taking it two-thirds in. Use a flat brush or angled brush to apply the same color halfway under the eyes.

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 Step 7:

Add gel liner under the eyes halfway in and wing it a little bit on the top in the outer corners.

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Step 8:

Add a good coat of mascara on the top and bottom lashes. A lengthening mascara is preferred. I also added a bit of silver glitter eyeliner in the inner corners of my eyes, just to brighten the eyes even more. Then apply a natural shade of lipstick with some gloss on top, as a brighter shade might overwhelm the face and take the attention off the eyes. Don’t forget to smile, it is the best trick for making your eyes really pop! 🙂

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Things I loved this week (Ella’s version)

Hey loves!

I just wanted to share a few things that I used over and over this week! I hope you enjoy this new section we are introducing!

1. Vichy Dermablend Foundation

I wore this so much, that I am almost out of it now! High coverage, great lasting power and blends really well into the skin. I would probably say this is the best high coverage foundation I came across so far.

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2. L’oreal Duo Sun Powder in Brunette Harmony

I feel like during winter, my skin becomes really pale and I want to add a bit of color and warmth to my face. I prefer to use something  more like a bronzing powder, rather than an actual bronzer, as I like adding bit of color all over my face, instead of only in the hollows of my cheeks. This bronzing powder works really great for that.

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3. The Naked 2 Palette

I have really been loving this palette lately, as I am more into neutral colors for some reason. It  has some great crease colors and the black is  great! It is extremely pigmented and blends well, I often use it instead of a black kohl liner or liquid liner, for a softer look.

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Hope you enjoyed!

xoxo

Prom look!

Hey guys!

I have a prom look for you today! It is quite simple, elegant and fun! I would wear this look to prom or similar events, but you can wear it anywhere literally- a nice dinner, a cocktail party or out clubbing. I think the lip color really warms up and brings the whole look together, as it makes your face look less  harsh and gives a younger appearance. So, if you can get your hands on a similar rose color to complement this look, that would be great. Enjoy!

Step 1: Apply a white shimmery base all over the lid with a flat brush. Apply a grey color(with mauve hints) in the crease with a large fluffy brush or an angled crease brush. Apply a bit under the eyes as well.

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2. Using a fluffy brush, apply a grey color( it has slight hints of mauve and looks more mauve int he packaging actually, but the lighting unfortunately doesn’t catch it)  with an angled fluffy brush concentrating on the outer crease, creating a small ‘v’.

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3. Step 3: Using the same angled fluffy brush, I applied just a tiny bit of black in the crease, to darken the look. I used a black kohl pencil to line my waterline and added mascara (heavier on the upper lashes). I also applied a bit of a matte white eyeshadow under my brow bone. I used a pink creamy lipstick after I lined my lips( you can choose to apply it without lining your lips, but for evening looks I always feel that it looks better if you line your lips beforehand). Voila!

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Smokey Monochrome Eye

Quick post on a simple smokey eye makeup that is very versatile 🙂

You can use this monochrome look with most outfits, as it is very basic and complements most colours (outfits that is).

On to the steps!

1. Fill in your eyebrows with a dark brown eyeshadow or an eyebrow pencil.

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2. Apply a shimmery white or silver eyeshadow all over your eyelid. I used two shades: a white shade from my Estee Lauder palette and a white shimmery shadow from my Yves Saint Laurent palette on top of it to make it more shimmery.

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3. Next, I use the black eyeshadow on my Bobbi Brown palette and a flat liner brush and line the top of my eyelid. The line does not have to be super-precise and you can smudge it a bit as you go along.

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4. Using an angled blending brush and the same eyeshadow as before, I apply it to the crease of my eye.

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5. Now I am going to intensify the black liner by smudging gel-liner on the same line, applying it on my waterline, and smudging it on my lower-lid (half-way).

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6. Using a blending brush, I do another application of black eyeshadow on my crease and intensify it.

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7. I top off the look with mascara. To counter eyeshadow fall-out below your eyes, apply some concealer under your eyes. Add some dark lipstick to finish off the look.

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Stay fab! xx

Put a turban on it!

It’s gloomy and cold in England these days, and I really miss tropical weather.

To escape the freeze, Ella and I visited Morocco over Easter, and we tried out turbans almost every single day 🙂

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Here we are at Jardin Majorelle.

If you’re in warm weather, and it gets too humid and your hair frizzes up, a turban is the perfect way to look stylish (with bird’s nest hair underneath it :D) Plus, you don’t need any clips or pins to hold it down, and its super-easy and very fast!

I’ve done some videos on my four favourite styles of wrapping a turban. You will need a long shawl for these looks 🙂

ps. I did a voiceover because I was absent-mindedly playing Kenny Rogers in the background. You may disapprove of my choosing to listen to Kenny Rogers.

1. Moroccan Turban

A classic one, I learnt this while in Marrakech. This is a simpler version of the Moroccan turban that the Berbers wear when they are out in the desert.

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2. Moroccan Turban 60’s Style

This style was taught to me by some Bedouins who took me on a death ride on a camel. It is very simple, and looks very chic!

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3. Retro Turban

I came up with this after experimenting with the shawl for hours. This is the same style I did in the first photo of me and Ella 🙂

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4. African Turban

I looked at a couple of YouTube tutorials for this one, and came up with a style I am comfortable with 🙂

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There you have it! Try out a turban today 😉

Until next time, and stay fab! xx