Tips to reduce body odor

  1. Shave your underarms 

                Bacteria thrive in warm, moist environment and armpit  hair can create an ideal swampy habitat. Hair, along with dirt and oil that accumulate may promote the growth of odor causing bacteria.

2. Apply apple cider vinegar

       Acid inhibits the growth of bacteria including the kind that makes sweat smell gross. Just be cautious and use it sparingly, while apple cider vinegar may help reduce levels of odor causing bacteria it may also cause skin irritation. Make sure you have no minor  cuts or scraps.

3. Baking soda

     Baking soda helps absorb  moisture from the skin, it can absorb sweat and reduce body odor plus it kills bacteria and works like a natural deodorant. Mix 1 tablespoon  of baking soda  and lemon juice. Apply it to your underarms  and leave it for a couple of minutes and them wash off with cold water. Do this once daily for a few weeks.

4. Use anti bacterial  soap

       Washing thoroughly with anti bacterial soap  will reduce the bacteria count in turn reducing the body odor.

5. Keep yourself squeaky clean

  Shower at least once a day and you’ll wash away sweat as well as reduce the number of bacteria  on your skin.


Get rid of dark knees and elbows naturally and fast

Rough,darkened knees and elbows are a common problem. They become dark because of dead skin cells. To get rid of dark knees and elbows you don’t need to rush off to an expensive salon,you can lighten them with natural home remedies that bleach and exfoliate dark knees and elbows. Follow this remedies 

  1. Lemon
  •   It is an antioxidant and it has bleaching and exfoliating properties which can get rid of dark skin/dead skin cells on various parts of your body including the dark knees and elbows. Cut a large lemon into two equal halves,squeeze out a little juice from both halves so you that you can have two small cups. Scrub each lemon onto your elbows and knees for 10-15min. Rub away the pulp, keep the cleansed areas away from sunlight by staying indoor or covering them with some loose clothing. Do not put water on the cleansed areas, moisturize the areas with petroleum jelly or Vaseline. Repeat  this process every  day for a couple of weeks to see significant improvement 

2. Fresh lemon juice,  olive oil and salt 

  •   Mix two teaspoon  of fresh lemon juice with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and 1/2 cup of sea or table salt in a small glass bowl. Mix the ingredients well, and rub this mixed paste onto your dark knees everyday  for 10-15min to see a  significant difference in a few week’s time.

3.  Baking  soda mixed with milk

  •  Mix this two ingredients well into a thick paste. Apply the paste on the affected areas and rub in a circular motion. Repeat  this treatment  every alternate day till your dark knees and elbows are lightened.

Caution: if the affected areas on your elbows  and knees is bruised or cracked, avoid using lemon or salt ingredients there on.

If the lemon stings your elbow or affected  dark area unbearably, your skin might be super dry. If such is the case with you, moisturize the area with petroleum jelly or Vaseline a night before you use lemon.

How to apply makeup

             Makeup can look intimidating but it is quit easy to apply once you know what to do. Follow this process and be sure to look your best……

  1. Remove any old make  up

               When your applying makeup,it’s necessary to start with a clean palette. Remove any makeup that you might have slept in, and wash off makeup from earlier on in the day. If you try to apply more makeup over  makeup your end look will appear caked and more unnatural.Keep in mind that sleeping with makeup can clog your pores and cause blemishes.

        2. Prime your face.

             The purpose of a face primer is to enhance the appearance of makeup and increase the longevity. You can apply the primer with your fingers, covering  your whole face with a small amount. The primer will also help your makeup stay on all day. 

      3. Put on a coat of foundation 

          Liquid, cream and powder foundation all act to create a more even complexion, working to create an even base for your makeup.Use a foundation damp beauty sponge to apply foundation to your face blending it into your neck. Your foundation should be the same color as your natural skin tone.

        4. Apply concealer

          Concealer is to even out uneven skin tone as a result  of blemishes or dark under eye circles. It also helps to brighten dark areas or high points of your face.

       5. Apply a highlighter 

                You can use a cream or powder highlighter to brighten up the deepest areas of your face.The inside corners of your eyes,underneath  your eyebrows in the center of your cupids bow and on the top sides of your cheek bones.This will make your face look more bright and awake.

      6. Fill in your eyebrows

               Select a color of brow pencil that is close to your naturhailr color.Start by outlining the edges of your eyebrows  them fill in the center using the same small strokes.

      7. Put your eyeshadow 

            Use an eyeshadow brush to apply your eyeshadow to your eyelid. Starting in the center near your lashing and blend outwards. Fade your eyeshadow into your natural skin tone. 

     8. Apply your eyeliner.

            The purpose  of the eyeliner is to provide the illusion of a fuller lash line so choose a color that is similar to your natural hair color to go along your lashes.

     9. Smooth out your lips

              Apply lip balm, primer  or sealer to help make all lip products applies last longer and much more vibrant.

     10. Apply lip line

          This Will Help Even Out The Color Of Your Lips outlined, The Texture Of Your Lips Making It Easier  To Apply Lipstick later.

      11. Apply lipstick

               Pick a bright  lipstick  for a more bold appearance.

       12. Finish off your look

               After you have applied all makeup you should set your face with a setting spray. Now your  makeup Wil stay on longer than ever.

    How to care for your face(Males)

    As a guy you may have thought washing your face with a bar of soap and scrubbing it dry are the only steps you need to take care of your face. Taking care of your face doesn’t have to be a big ordeal but adding a few more steps to the routine can make a difference. Cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing and shaving will leave your skin looking and feeling great. Here are some steps to follow

    • Find a cleanser that work for your skin type

    A good cleanser will help deep clean and remove debris in the pores that can lead to blemishes. Don’t use a bar of body soap which can dry out your face and cause it to flake or create irritation. Look for a cleanser made with natural cleansing substances that is geared toward your skin type whether it’s dry,oily or in between. 

    • Wash your face once a day

           Washing the face more often than once can dry out your skin.Decide to cleanse your skin every morning or every night but not both.If you want to freshen up in between cleanses, splash cool or Luke warm water on your face without using the cleanser.Dont use hot water as it will dry out your skin,use cool or lukewarm water  and pat your face dry instead of scrubbing it with a towel.

    • Exfoliate your skin every few days

           Using a facial scrub  or facial exfoliating brush every few days will get rid of dead skin and dirt that doesn’t come off with your daily wash. Exfoliate helps prepare your face  for shaving by softening the hairs and skin,Making for a smoother,closer shave with fewer nicks and less irritation. 

    • Use a good razor

          Get a sharp,high quality razor to do the job. Your skin will feel and look better if you use a razor designed for a close even shave.If you use a disposable razor,be sure to choose a brand that makes razors with double blades. These are more efficient and create a cleaner shave than a single blade.

    • Apply shaving cream while your face is wet

        This will help lubricate your  face so that the  razor glides smoothly over its surface.Try a shaving cream or gel without a lot of chemicals which can dry out. Let the shaving cream sit on your face for a few minutes for further softening of your skin and hair before shaving.

    • Use the right shaving technique

      Don’t apply pressure to the razor when u draw it across your face.Make sure your shaving with the grain of your hairs  rather than against it for a safe and effective shave.Drip your razor in warm water to unclog it every minute while you shave.

    • Rinse your face when your finished 

        Use cold water to sooth your face and reduce bleeding from many nicks you might have gotten.pat it dry with a towel.

    • Apply moisturizer 

       Use a moisturizer  product that will sooth irritation from the shave. 

    • Trim your facial hair

    Use sharp beard trimmer  or scissors to trim your remaining facial hair into shape to keep it looking neat.

    How to apply false lashes

    1. SIze the lashes

                  Before gluing the lashes, you need to make sure they are not too wide for your eyes. Hold the stripes up against your eyelid and trim them down on the sides if necessary. If the lashes are too long for your personal taste, you can trim lashes down to have a more natural look.

      2. Apply the lash glue  to the outer Sean of the eyelash strip with an applicator or small brush.

             Allow the glue to dry for a moment before applying to your lashes. Alternatively you can squeeze  a thin line of lash glue onto the back of your dominant hand, then gently run the outer seam of the eyelash strip along it.

      3. Place the strip on your eyelid, positioning it as close as possible to your natural lashes. 

          This is to ensure that you get as close as possible to your lashline.

      4. Allow the glue to dry 

            Once the strip is in place, you do not need to press or hold it.

      5. Apply mascara to your lashes

         It will help blend your natural lashes with the false ones achieving a more natural look. You can use black,brown or dark gray liner.

      6. Apply liquid eyeliner along your upper lids.

             You can also use black,brown or dark gray liner.

      7. Use makeup remover to remove false lashes

        Dip a little cotton in the eye remover and gently rub it along your lash line. Allow the remover to sit for a minute and gently pull off.

      8. Finish.

      How to lighten skin naturally

      Dark and dull skin can be caused by over exposure to the sun, environment, pollution, medical condition, dry skin, stress, poor lifestyle  choices and prolonged use of chemical based cosmetic products. There are 5 ways to lighten the akin naturally 

      1) yogurt

         Yogurt has many nutrients that are good for the skin. It contains lactic acid that has bleaching properties.

      -Gently rub plain yogurt onto your skin. Leave it on for a few minutes  and then wash it off with Luke warm water.Do this once daily for several weeks to notice a change in your complexion.

      – Alternatively, mix 1 tablespoon of fresh yogurt with one half tablespoon of honey. Apply the mixture on your face and neck. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes  and then wash it off with water. Do this once daily to improve your skin tone. 

      2) Oranges

             Oranges have vitamin c which is good for skin care.Plus oranges have bleaching properties that can lighten your skin tone. To lighten your skin tone oranges can be used in two different ways

      – Combine 2 tablespoon  of orange juice and a pinch of powdered tumeric. Apply this mixture on your face and neck before going to bed.You can apply it on your hands and legs.Wash it off after 20-30 minutes daily.

      – Grind dried orange peeling into powder. Mix 1 tablespoon of the powdered peels with 1 tablespoon plain yogurt to make a paste. Apply the paste on your skin and leave it for 15-20minutes. Rinse off with water. This will help lighten spots and other marks on your face. Do this once or twice a week.

      3) Honey

             Honey helps bleach skin while also acting as a moisturizing agent. Honey also helps to fade aging spots and acne scars.

      -Apply pure honey to your face, leave it on for a few minutes and wash it off with Luke warm water to help remove dead skin cells making your skin appear brighter and fresher before.

      – To make a skin lightening mask, combine 1 tablespoon each of honey  and lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of powdered milk and one and a half teaspoon of almond oil. Mix them well and apply it gently on the skin. Leave it on for 10-15minutes and then wash  it off with cold water.

      4) Lemons

          Its acid properties in lemons work as a natural bleaching agent for the skin and the high amount of vitamin C in them encourages new cell growth.

      – Dip a cotton ball in freshly  squeezed lemon juice and apply directly on the face.  Leave it on for at least an hour and then wash your face with water. Do this once a daily. This remedy will lighten your skin complexion and also prevent the development of scars.

           Alternatively mix together 1 tablespoon each of lemon juice, powdered milk and honey. Apply it on your skin and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing it off.Do this daily.

      5) Aloe Vera gel

          Aloe Vera can alleviate hyperpigmentation and restore your skin’s original color and lighten dark spots

      – Cut the outer layers of an aloe Vera  leaf

      -Squeeze  out the thick, jelly like substance. 

      -Apply the gel thoroughly  on your skin

      -Leave it on for about 30minutes  and then wash it off with water.

      -Do this at least twice daily for 2 weeks.

      How to get natural red lips

      If u want lips that look red without a mess, start  by conditioning your lips to bring out their natural color 

      1) preparing your lip 

         Use a sugar scrub: you need to exfoliate your lips to uncover the fresh skin underneath.An easy way to do this is by mixing a homemade lip scrub with ingredients you already have at hand. Mix a teaspoon of sugar and a teaspoon of honey. Scrub the mixture over your lips using a circular motion. Rinse and repeat until your lips are dry and skin free.

      2) Brush your lips with a toothbrush

          If your lips are too flaky for a simple scrub to get thru the skin, try brushing them with a soft bristled toothbrush. Cover your lips in baseline, wet the toothbrush with warm water, then scrub your lips in a circular motion. Scrub each section of your lips for 20 to 20 seconds.

      3) Condition your lips with a serum

          Applying a serum overnight will give you even better results. Try using one of the following oils as a natural lip serum: coconut oil, almond oil and olive oil.

      4) Plump your lips to add natural color

         You can buy a lip plumper from the store. Try one of this natural lip plumpers;  cut a small piece of fresh ginger or cut a jalapeño pepper in half. Rub the cut part on your lips for 5 minutes.
      – Mix 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon or cayenne pepper with enough olive oil to make a paste.

      -Apply to your lips for 5 minutes  then rinse.

      5) Moisture  your lips

                Keeping your lips moisturized is essential to having good natural color. Use a good natural lip balm to ensure  your lips never dry out. You can make your own lip balm following this method: 

      – Melt 1 tablespoon  beeswax together with  3 tablespoon  coconut oil

      -Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil like peppermint

      – Pour the mixture into an old lip balm container and let it harden before use.

      For men as well, avoid smoking to have pink lips.

            Smoking tobacco products  can lead to lip discoloration. It also causes  lip wrinkles and use home remedies as the one above to have reddish and pinkish lips.

      The secrets to eyeshadow that lasts all day

      When it comes to making up your eyes,there are a few insider beauty tricks you can use to amp up your eye and your game.If you do it correctly your eye makeup will last all day.

      1) Apply concealer to your dark bits.This will even out the eye area.Apply 3 dots of concealer under each eye.Start at the inner eye where skin tends to be darkest.Pat,never rub with your ring finger because it tends to have softest pad untill  the concealer disappears.

      2) Prime your lids

              Just as you prime a wall before you paint,prime your face before you apply makeup.It goes on smoothly and lasts longer . eyeshadow  primer is the secret to keeping your shadow in place for hours.

      3) Line the eyes

               If your going for a casual look then you can skip this step. But liners help make your eyes pop and if you blend correctly it won’t be obvious. You can liquid liners or an eye pencil but the preferred is dark shadow as eyeliner.line eyes as close to the upper lashes as possible from the inner corner to the outer corner.

      4) A few swipes of eyeshadow 

             For daytime,a basic light eyeshadow  on the lid Is good. For a bit more drama try a three toned eyeshadow palette and build from lids to brow.You want to blend them into each other like a rainbow. Start with a light color that almost matches with your eyelid.

      5) Highlight the inner eye

             This involves only the inside part of the eye.Putting a bit of your lightest eyeshadow in the inner corner of your eye will brighten  it significantly.  This totally makes eyes “pop”.Dab a finger into your lightest eyeshadow  then press it into the inner corner  of your eye.

      6) Highlight your brow

         Take the same light eyeshadow and dab it on your browbone,concentrating on your mid brow outward . blend with your finger.

      7) Apply Mascara

            Place the wand of your mascara brush at the bottom of lashes and wiggle back and forth.

      How to choose a hairstyle

      When your looking for a new hairstyle to try, your hair texture, features and face shape should all factor into your decision 

      Choose a cut that will suit your face

      • Square face  

                 If you have a square facr, you should balance your sharp angles with soft layers or waves.Do a long  sleek cuts with graduated layers that begin at the jawline,angled bobs with longer hair  in the front and bangs that skim past.Avoid blunt cut bangs and one length Bob hairstyle which highlight your angular jaw rather than downplay it.

      • Round face

             If you have a round face,curls or waves created with a curling iron with thick side bangs and a long exaggerated bangs will do.

      • Heart shaped face

                If u have a heart faced shape draw attention away from the chin with side swept bangs or brow skimming bangs. A short fast cut is also a good choice.  Try a swept back updo that adds some volume to the top section of your hair.

      • Triangular shaped faceface

                  Get a cut that involved big side swept bangs that taper down to your jawline. Short haircuts with a lot of volume are ideal for triangular faces. Try a loose ponytail that will allow your hair to play around your faces. Avoid slicked back updos that pull your hair away from your face. 

      • Diamond face 

                Try some full,straight  bangs and a cut that adds width to your chin area such as a chin length  bob. Do a ponytail or bun a try if you have bangs.Watch out for styles where you part your hair down the middle or add extra height to the top of your head

        Long face/not

               Do a high ponytail or bun a try if you have bangs. Watch out for styles where you part your hair down the middle or add weight to your head.Do curls and waves work well when adding width.

      Before changing your hairstyle:

      1. Look at photos of celebrities/people with the same face shape as you 
      2. Talk to a professional 
      3. Think about maintenance 
      4. Put 1,2,3 all together. . 

      Christel’s fashionista tips

      Is your lipstick fading soon after you apply it?it could be that your not applying it properly. Read this tips on how to apply lipstick and make it last longer.

      Things you need;

      – lip balm


      -Compact powder

      -Lip liner



      1) Exfoliate your lips with a toothbrush or damp towel

      2) Apply some lip balm to make your lips smooth and soft.

      3) Even out your lips before applying the lip color.choose a concealer of the shade that  matches your lip color and then apply it.

      4)Ensure that you line your lip with a color that matches your lipstick. Apply it properly from 1 end to the other on both the upper and lower lip,drawing the line along the outline of your lips.

      5)Apply two coats of lipstick straight from the tube or with a lipstick brush.

      6) Pull your finger through your lips to remove excess lipstick 

      7)Fill the entire lip areas with the same pencil. This would hold the color of your lipstick in tact and it will make it last longer.

      The perfect lipstick 

      For the perfect lips