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
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.
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,