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Memories...

Have you ever tried to erase a memory?  But no matter how hard you try, it is still there?  But if you leave it there, it will start to fade with time.  Strange things, memories are.

 


Greece

Ahhh crystal clear blue waters, beautiful islands, fascinating villages, archaeological and historical sites, what more could you want. Greece is a country that I would love to visit and one day I am sure I will. Another thing I love about Greece is Greek Mythology, I think the knowledge of these gods is pretty universal. The beauty of the stories and the diversity of the different gods definitely intrigue individuals.

Fact: Greece is officially known as Hellenic Republic which this may sound stupid but I did not know however, I do know that this was the birth place of olympic games.

One thing that we found to be pretty prevalent in Greece for beauty regimens is,
Olive Oil. This oil can be used for hair, face, body, nails, lips, hands and feet. The main reason olive oil is used is to moisturize and nourish any part of the body from hair to lips. I’ve been reading that Cretan olive oil is preferred. This oil is an ingredient in some beauty products such anti-wrinkle creams.

Face: This product can be used as a makeup remover; it even gets rid of that stubborn
makeup. I tried it yesterday and it really worked!  Climate changes can be hard on your skin but slather on some oil and this will protect and moisturize your face. Make sure to apply in small circular motions. Also, men can use this on their face to shave and it works on different skin types.

Body: Not only is olive oil used to moisture but in can also be used as an ingredient in a scrub. Add salt, sugar and olive oil together to create this scrub. For your nails, warm olive oil in a small bowl and soak your nails for about 10 mins. This will leave your nails and cuticles healthy and soft. Feet can get dry and cracked very easily, rub some olive oil on your feet, put some socks on and go to bed. By morning they will be soft and definitely will reduce the cracking.

Hair: Olive oil is a great hair treatment if you have colored, dry, damaged or even getting rid of dandruff. Massage olive oil in your hair, cover your hair with either a plastic bag or cap and leave it in for about 20 – 30 mins.They say if you use olive oil that has hint of rosemary it works for dark hair. For lighter/fairer hair use olive oil with chamomile.

Now go try these. I have the olive oil in my hair as we speak!

Love,

Elma


Bed

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Sorry guys no country today, Elma and I were exhausted today. I had to carry Elma upstairs to the bedroom but of course it was no trouble at all, she is super light :D..

Anyways, tomorrow will be Greece! So make sure you drop by and learn some beauty tips!

Sweetdreams 🙂


Egypt

Pyramids, monuments, Cleopatra, and Nile River are some of the things I think about when I think of Egypt. Egypt is one of the oldest civiliations in the world going back to 3100 BC. Full of visual beauty and history, Egypt is definitely a country that you can never forget.

Beauty has been a big part of the Egyptian culture by looking at historical evidence. You see many images of the Egyptian people with perfect hair, dark eyes and beautiful clothing. They were definitely credited for their beauty rituals. However, this was not only used to look beautiful, it was a way to protect themselves from the climate which consisted of harsh sun. They used many types of oils, scrubs, makeup and perfumes to protect themselves. Cleanliness was very important, having hair in unnecessary areas considered to be unclean and a sign of impurity.

Egyptians are known for using body scrubs which helps to fully clean the body of any access dirt, dried skin and oils. A scrub made out of honey, natron (you can also use baking soda) and Eygptian salt (bath salts or Dead Sea salt) are added together to create a paste. The paste is then rubbed into the body and now you should have nice exfoliated skin!

I’ve loved that almond eye that ancient Eyptians created, now it has evolved into many different makeup looks. I was wondering what they used before such products like MAC charcol eyeliner was created. They used Kohl which, is a mixture of soot and galena. Red ochre was what they used to tint their lips and cheeks, this was a naturally tinted clay. The more makup you had on meant that you were of higher status.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Willis and I feel like watching Cleopatra now. So tootles till next time!

Elma & Willis


Thailand

Located in Southeast Asia, Thailand is one of my dream go to destinations. The culture is what intrigues me because it is so beautiful and rich, I always think of all the gold they wear. Thailand means the land of free or smiles because they are known for their smiles and they greet people being endearing and loving.  I definitely wouldn’t mind feeling loved! 🙂

Over 90% of Thailand practice Buddhism, they believe that every individual has several lives each depicted by their previous past lives. You could say Karma. I respect how they believe in compassion, selfishness and love. There purpose is to eliminate all desire which is known as Nirvana meaning that you are completely one with his or her surroundings.

The traditional costume that Thai people wear is normally a rich silk fabric that is properly tailored. The always look so neat and put together, not only do they look gorgeous but the food looks just as gorgeous as how the people look!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So I found two regimes that Thai people use to get that healthy glowing skin. I would like to stress that I love natural products and I find they work really well. Most products out there are full of chemicals, which I’m not going to lie, scare me.

Anyways, the first one that I’m going mention is Lemon grass. This is a great way to open your pores and get rid of any oil and dirt on your face. Grab a pot and boil the lemon grass in water, after this has been boiled place a towel over your head. The towel will hang over the head making sure the steam does not escape. It’s like sauna for your face.

The second is very simple, all you do is cut a papaya and scrub your face with the cut fruit. This will nourish the skin making it look healthy and brighter.

So there ya go! Enjoy some Thailand beauty secrets.

 

Tootles,

Elma


Japan

It is so beautiful when Japanese women dress up in their traditional clothing, the makeup looks so soft and angelic, and their kimonos are so colorful full of beautiful flower designs. Did you know that there are two types of Kimonos? Tomesode is worn by married woman and Furisode is worn by unmarried women. Tomesode do not have designs above the waistline and Furisode have extremely long sleeves. Geisha girls also come in my mind when thinking about Japan from watching the movie “Geisha” (great movie by the way). They are known for being graceful and beautiful performers.

I remember watching The Oprah Winfrey show one day and a woman from Japan was a guest. She was talking about what beauty regimes are often used in Japan. I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed but native Japanese woman have the smoothest skin. Do you want to know how to get flawless skin used by Japanese women?

Nightingale Droppings, yes it is poop but the acting agents such as nitrogen-rich urea and guanine is what helps with keeping moisture in your skin and making the face look brighter. They sterilize the poop by using UV light. Nightingale Droppings normally come in a powder form, by adding water it will turn to paste so it can easily be spread on the face. Guanine in Nightingale Droppings is what causes the natural bleaching action. Spread this on the face for a few minutes and wash it off, as simple as that.

I would have never thought that Nightingale poop would be such an amazing beauty tip for getting flawless skin.

Sincerely,

Elma!


India

When we first think of India we think of the bright bold colors, gorgeous outfits, Indian cuisine and hair. Being the second most populus country in the world, having 4,500 years of cultural history and of course Bollywood, India is most definitely an interesting country. When Willis and I started looking for beauty secrets from India, we found so many different tricks that it was hard to choose which ones to post. So we ended up choosing two that we found everyone could relate to.

Did you know that majority of hair extensions come from Indian woman, I learned this when I watched the movie “Good Hair”. Most Indian woman get blessed with long, thick and luxurious hair which most of us woman strive to achieve. Want to know how they achieve and maintain their hair? Coconut oil is most commonly used this however does not help with hair growth but it does keep the hair nourished, healthy and strong. Almond oil is another common oil used, this does help with hair growing longer quicker, keeps it healthy and looking shiny. Apply these oils all over the scalp, massaging these oil into the scalp helps with stimulating the sebaceous glands and stimulating the circulation of blood which in results to healthy growing hair. Results may vary with each hair type.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fun Fact: The Sikh religion does not cut their hair because it represents beauty and strength and they encourage one to be at natural state.

Contradictory to obtaining Indian hair, most Indians do spend time trying to get rid of their hair because it is thick, coarse and dark. Here are some techniques that Indian woman use for unwanted hair. Threading, Indians have been using this technique for hundred of years. This is done by pulling a twisted 100% cotton thread along the surface of the skin where the unwanted hair is, the thread pulls unwanted hair out of its follicle. I definitely recommend this since there are no chemicals used and it leaves a smooth surface however it is painful but so is waxing. A second technique is Sugaring, this is very similar to wax but the ingredients used is natural using sugar, honey and lemon juice. My mom used to make this, I personally liked the smell of it and it was fun making it with her. She would spread it with a popsicle stick, place a muslin strip and pull it in one quick motion. Lastly, Turmeric was used to remove unwanted hair in ancient India. A paste is made by adding Turmeric and basin paste together, the paste is rubbed on unwanted hair and with regular use the hair becomes less noticeable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that you’ve learned about some beauty tips from India, go try them!

Tootles till next time,

Elma!