Wet Setting Hair for Beachy Waves

Wet setting is a method of curling hair, setting it in place while it is still damp, and allowing it to dry before releasing it. This method can be used to achieve a number of different looks, but it is most popular when it comes to giving yourself some beachy waves, as there are a number of different wet setting techniques that you can use for this.

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Braid Waves
Using braids to achieve beachy waves is one of the most popular methods out there, and is one of the easiest to do. Begin by applying your favorite styling product to damp hair, before parting it down the center and clipping half out of the way. The Dutch braiding technique is one of the best ways to start your waves from higher up, and detailed tutorials for this can be found online. Once you have created your braid, use a hair tie to fasten the end, before doing the same with the other half of your hair. Once this is done, gently pull on the sides of each braid to loosen them slightly, before waiting for your hair to dry. Then, simply remove the elastic bands and tousle your hair gently to give your waves some extra movement.

Twisted Waves
There are many different ways to wet set your hair into twists, but this is one of the easiest. Once you have applied a styling product to your damp hair, divide it into four sections, by parting it down the middle and then parting each half from the top of your head to behind your ear. Take the two back sections in each hand, twisting them towards each other before fastening the ends together with an elastic band. Do the same with the front sections, twisting them away from your face before fastening. Once your hair is dry, remove the bands and release the twists, shaking out your gorgeous new waves.

Woman using hair rollers

Rollers
Rollers are a great tool when it comes to wet setting hair, with sponge rollers being the best, as they are soft and comfortable enough to remain in your hair for a longer period of time. Choose the size of your rollers carefully, as this will have a huge impact on the size of each of your waves. After applying a styling product to damp hair, section off your hair into different sections, before winding a roller into each one, and securing with a hair pin. Once dry, release the rollers and give your waves a quick shake.

Compared to the techniques that use heat or a multitude of different products, wet setting is a styling method that is much gentler on your hair, and, since your hair is naturally setting into that style, it will also last much longer. While it is possible to use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process, this can often result in a slightly flatter finished texture. Whether you simply braid your hair after showering, or put in some rollers, these are some of the easiest wet setting styles out there.

Hawaii’s Flowers and Symbolism

Each Hawaii island is wonderfully diverse, and the same can be said for the state’s flowers. From the state flower of the hibiscus to the sweetly scented plumeria, these are some of Hawaii’s most beautiful flowers, along with the symbolic meanings behind them.

Hibiscus flower and extract

Hibiscus
The hibiscus was first adopted by Hawaiians as their Territorial flower in the 1920’s, and, in 1988, Hawaii’s legislature legally stated that the yellow hibiscus was now the official flower of the state. While only five hibiscus species are actually native to Hawaii, other varieties were brought in over the years and hybrids that were unique to the islands were soon created. In general, the hibiscus signifies beauty, but the way in which they are worn can allude to different meanings. When worn behind the left ear, the hibiscus shows that the woman wearing it is married, while if it is worn behind the left ear, then that is a sign that the woman is single.

Crown Flower
Signifying royalty, the crown flower resembles a crown when the petals of the blossoms are rolled back, which is what gave the flower its name. The flower was also a favorite of the last queen of Hawaii, Queen Liliuokalani.

Red Ginger flower

Red Ginger
The spiraled red ginger plant boasts vibrant red spiky blossoms, similar to that of a pineapple’s pointed foliage. The meanings behind the flower focus on wealth and diversity, which is why they are often used in flower arrangements intended for gifts, as well as window displays in homes around the state.

Plumeria
The sweetly-scented plumeria has a number of positive meanings, from birth and love to perfection and new beginnings. Since they are so fragrant, only royalty used to be allowed to wear them, but they are now cultivated in abundance in Hawaii and are commonly used in leis.

Orchid

Orchid
There are four varieties of orchid that are native to Hawaii, and these grow so abundantly here that Big Island, with its many orchid farms, is often nicknamed Orchid Isle. The blooms cultivated here are mostly for export, but the orchid is widely loved across the state. These bright flowers are often given as a 14th wedding anniversary present, and, in ancient Greece, signified virility. Today in Hawaii, the orchid symbolizes luxury and the refinement of beauty, which is not a surprise when you take a close look at just how exquisite these flowers are.

Queen Emma Lily
The Queen Emma lily is another flower that is associated with Hawaiian royalty, as it was a favorite of Queen Emma, the wife of King Kamehameha IV. While the flower may be native to the Seychelles and Mauritius, it is grown quite widely across the Hawaiian islands for its elegant beauty.

Hawaii is packed with stunning blooms, with different varieties of flowers blossoming at different points throughout the year, ensuring that the islands are always filled with bursts of color. Flowers have always been a huge part of life on the Hawaiian islands, and this is a part of their culture that the locals will never let go of.

Understanding Skin Tone

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Whether it be trying to match with the latest foundation formula’s shades or picking out a concealer that you can use on a daily basis, the only way that you will be able to select the best makeup hues is … Continue reading

On-the-Go Makeup

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When the clock is ticking and you only have five minutes to spare, it can be seriously frustrating rummaging around an overflowing makeup bag, haphazardly applying products to your face as you come across them. This is why every woman needs to have a few go-to makeup products that she can quickly turn to and easily apply in just a few minutes, but which still guarantee a polished and well-groomed look.

Concealer
A concealer is definitely a necessity in an on-the-go makeup bag, and your favorite concealer is the best product to go with, as you will already be confident in applying it. If you usually use a brush to apply your concealer, this is not something you need to worry about when you are in a rush. Instead, use your finger to dab it onto your skin, because while this may not be as precise as a brush, it will blend into your skin much quicker.

Woman applying mascara

Mascara
Mascara can quickly brighten up your entire face by opening up your eyes, and it takes less than thirty seconds to apply. A no-clump formula is always best, as you need to be able to simply swipe on a couple of coats as quickly as possible, and if you can find one that also gives your lashes a bit of a curl, then this will do away with the need for an eyelash curler.

Dark Eyeliner Pencil
An eyeliner is always useful when you need to quickly enhance your eyes. However, when you are applying your makeup with one eye on the clock, a liquid eyeliner should definitely be avoided, as any mistakes will eat up valuable time. Instead, a dark brown or black eyeliner pencil should be used, preferably one that is quite soft, as this will slide on easily and can quickly be blended if you are wanting a softer finish.

Woman applying lip balm

Tinted Lip Balm
You do not want to have to be dealing with lipstick when you are trying to be as quick as possible, which is why a tinted lip balm is a great product to turn to. This will keep your lips moisturized while giving you a subtle hint of color, and will only take a few seconds to apply.

Eyebrow Pencil
No matter how well-polished your face may be, untidy brows will always detract from your look, making an eyebrow pencil essential. Although a powder will give your brows a more subtle and natural finish, a pencil is much quicker to apply.

Needless to say, it is important to make sure that your go-to products are always in the best condition. This means keeping your eyeliner and eyebrow pencils constantly sharpened, and ensuring that no products are drying up or not working to their full potential, as this can be frustrating to discover at a time when you need them the most. Keeping all of your go-to makeup items together in a bag is the most convenient way to access them, and also means that the bag is easy to grab and take with you if you ever have to dash out in a hurry.

Results of Sleeping with Makeup On

Woman sleeping

Everyone has made the mistake of falling asleep and forgetting to remove their makeup, and while this may not seem as though it has caused much harm the next morning, doing this repeatedly leads to a world of damage. From premature aging to a dull complexion, this will all quickly begin to happen if you make the mistake of sleeping with your makeup on one too many times.

A Dull Complexion
Every night while you sleep, your skin renews itself, shedding any dead skin cells to reveal the fresh skin beneath. However, by sleeping with your makeup on, you prevent this natural turnover from occurring, because the makeup, oil and dirt that has built up on your face throughout the day remains on your outermost layer of skin, blocking the shedding of dead skin cells. This results in a dull and rough complexion, likely leading to even more makeup the next morning in order to brighten up the face.

Premature Aging
As mentioned earlier, sleeping with your makeup on traps all of the dirt and impurities into your skin, and this will soon begin to cause oxidative damage to your skin cells, breaking down their protective barrier. Without this, the rate of aging is drastically accelerated, resulting in wrinkles and fine lines that will be difficult to eradicate. After a while of sleeping with makeup on, you will notice that your skin will start to lose its firmness and tightness, and this is because the makeup will have caused your collagen levels to deplete, leading to sagging skin that nobody wants.

Woman having acne issues

Pimples and Acne
Leaving makeup on your skin while you sleep will clog your pores, which, in turn, can lead to chronic inflammation, resulting in pimples. Those who suffer from acne will notice an increase in breakouts after sleeping with makeup on, as thorough cleansing is especially important for those who suffer from such skin conditions.

Infections
Since sleeping with your makeup on compromises your skin’s protective barrier, your skin will be much more prone to infections. This is especially the case when it comes to mascara, as leaving this on overnight creates the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, and, if the bacteria is allowed to build up, this can soon lead to conjunctivitis. To top it all off, sleeping with mascara on will also cause eyelashes to become much more brittle and susceptible to breakages. Sleeping with other forms of eye makeup on can also lead to infections, as they clog the hair follicles and oil glands, once again creating the ideal environment in which bacteria can thrive.

All of the above issues usually arise after a more prolonged period of sleeping with your makeup on, whether this be a week or a month. While forgetting to remove your makeup for just one night may not cause any visible long-lasting damage, you should still be sure to cleanse your face thoroughly in the morning, before assessing your skin and examining its condition. A face mask is a great way to counter this mistake, as it will give your skin a deep cleanse, nourishing it from within, helping it to recover from the degradation that a night of makeup would have caused.

Choosing the Right Cover-Up

If you want your cover-up to look natural and flawless, rather than highlighting those very same issues that you were trying to hide, then you need to choose it very carefully. Not only do you have to pick the shade that will work best with your skin tone, but you also need to choose a formula that best suits your skin type, and, while it may seem difficult to achieve the ideal balance between the two, this is what you need for the most effective cover-up.

Woman applying makeup

Dry Skin
For those of you with dry skin, it is essential that the cover-up formula that you choose is hydrating, as your skin will need this extra moisture. Usually, the formulas that have the most moisture are either liquid and stick foundations or tinted moisturizers, so pick the one that will give you the level of cover that you need. There are also hydrating powders available, and these are blended with certain ingredients that deliver moisture to the skin whilst providing more coverage than regular powders would.

Woman applying blush

Oily and Combination Skin
Powder foundations are usually best for those with oily skin, as well as for those with combination skin and an oily T-zone, as they will help to absorb any excess oil, leaving you with a matte finish. Liquid foundations can also work for oily or combination skin, but you need to make sure that they are oil-free.

Woman applying concealer

Acne
Using a cover-up is a great way to hide acne, but it can also make your acne worse, so you need to be extremely careful when choosing cosmetic products. Not only should any formula that you use be oil-free, but it should also be hypoallergenic, meaning that it will not cause an allergic reaction, and noncomedogenic, meaning that the formula will not block your pores. There are some liquid foundations that contain salicylic acid, which help to fight your acne while giving you coverage at the same time.

Choosing a Shade
It is not usually a good idea to buy a new shade online for the first time, as it really does help to try before you buy when it comes to cover-up. Many stores will have trained makeup artists that will be able to guide you in choosing a shade, color matching you to a few different options. When testing out different shades, swipe the cover-up onto your jawline, so that you can also compare it to the skin on your neck, which tends to be lighter than that on your face. The color that best matches your skin tone should disappear seamlessly into your skin. However, don’t forget to do any testing in front of natural light, moving to the store window if you have to, as harsh overhead lights can often cast shadows that make it tricky to really see how well a shade suits you.

Navigating through the many cover-ups available in order to find the best one for your skin can be tricky, but you will soon learn what you need to look for and the task will become much quicker. If you are new to using cover-up, it is always a good idea to visit a cosmetics store and speak to a trained beautician, as they will be able to give you some fantastic advice on products and techniques.

Camouflaging Fine Lines

Woman with aging skin

There comes a time in every woman’s life when fine lines become unavoidable, and so begins the search into all of the different ways to cover them up. From skin care tips to makeup advice, here are some of the best ways to go about camouflaging fine lines.

Invest in a Primer
A primer, one that is silicone based in particular, is fantastic for camouflaging fine lines. A primer is applied as a base, before any of your other makeup, and works by filling in fine lines, wrinkles and other areas of uneven texture. By giving your skin this extra cushion, your subsequent makeup products will be able to lightly sit on top, rather than settling into those lines that you are trying to hide. You will also notice that your makeup products will be much easier to apply, and your overall look will seem and feel much more natural.

Woman moisturizing skin

Hydration
Skin becomes drier with age due to changing hormones, and extra dryness will only make fine lines even more visible. Frequently moisturizing your skin will give it the hydration that it needs, which, in turn, will help to keep it looking plump. Drinking plenty of water will also help, as this will hydrate your skin from the inside.

A Tinted Moisturizer Instead of Foundation
It can often be tempting to slather on the foundation to try to hide those pesky lines, but this will usually just make them look worse. A tinted moisturizer will be much more hydrating, and not as heavy, giving you enough coverage without settling into your lines and emphasizing them. You should also pay attention to the areas of your face that do not actually need the extra coverage, and only apply the tinted moisturizer to your problem areas.

Woman applying eye makeup

Emphasize Your Eyes
While this may not be so much about camouflaging fine lines, emphasizing your eyes will help to make them the focal point of your face, shifting attention away from any lines. However, make sure to not go too heavy on the eyes, as heavy makeup can easily be quite aging. A simple eyeshadow and maybe some subtle eyeliner is all that you should need.

Cream Instead of Powder
Whenever possible, using a cream-based makeup formula rather than a powder will really make a difference in hiding those lines. While powders are great for setting makeup, they can also draw more attention to your lines. Cream-based formulas will not only do a better job at camouflaging fine lines, but they will also give you a much more natural overall look. This works for everything from a cream blush to cream eyeshadows, and, if you still want to use a powder, you will be able to use it extremely sparingly, since you already have the cream underneath.

Fine lines can be frustrating to deal with, as many makeup products can often make them stand out even more. By keeping your skin properly hydrated, using a primer, and opting for products that are cream-based, you will definitely be able to camouflage those pesky lines.

Top Ways to Stay Pretty On a Plane

Woman in an airplane.

Don’t you miss the days when flying was glamorous? When the flight attendants wore neck scarves, the cocktails were served in glasses, and there were more high heels than flats on any given airplane…

But alas, those Mad-Men-style days are long gone. Flying is a much more pedestrian activity nowadays: dehydrating high altitudes, a less-than-glamorous security line, and strict TSA ounce regulations all impose significant barriers to beauty. But don’t fret: from figuring out how to fit your seventeen beauty products in a 3-1-1 bag to saving your skin from high-altitude dryness, this handy guide will help you stay beautiful from liftoff to landing!

Hydrate Your Heart Out
One of the most annoying parts about airplane travel is the havoc the circulated air system can wreak on your skin. Of course, the obvious solution to this is to make sure and hydrate like crazy before a flight: while you might be using the lavatory a bit more often, benefits like increased skin elasticity, brightness, and smoothness make it totally worth it.

And if you’re not too keen on hydrating on the inside (don’t worry, we won’t tell!) make sure to at least hydrate on the outside with a great hydrating facial treatment. We love facial spray formulas for their convenience and glamorous attitude…because there’s nothing more high-class than a gentle spritz of rosewater and sage to help keep your skin glowy and smooth!

Go Solid
From shampoo to facial cleanser, using solid versions of your favorite products helps narrow down your 3-1-1 bag so you can save that space for other liquids you need. Instead of a mini shampoo bottle, try solid shampoo bars as a space-saving (and money-saving!) alternative. Facial towelettes make a great alternative to cleanser, and you can even sub out your bulky deodorant for handy deodorant wipes. Our personal favorite? Lose the risk of carrying your expensive perfume bottle and try a solid perfume instead: you can even make these yourself!

Woman conditioning hair

Treat While You Fly
So you’re sitting in a chair doing practically nothing for a couple hours: why not use that time as a mini-spa experience? Before you head to the airport, massage some leave-in conditioner (coconut oil is my favorite!) into dry, dull hair that needs some love. Wrap it in a cute headscarf or turban and voila, instant hair mask.

Make Your Cosmetics Jostle-Proof
It’s not really a secret: your checked baggage isn’t exactly carried around on a silver platter in the cargo hold. It’s likely to be tossed around quite a bit, so if you value your beauty products, it’s important to package them appropriately. There are a few ways you can do this:

  • Keep your powder products from breaking by placing a clean cotton ball under the lid, taking the pressure out of the container.
  • Place a plastic wrap under the caps of shampoo, moisturizer, and other beauty products in order to prevent leakage.
  • Planning a short trip? You can easily pack a few days’ worth of product into empty contact lens containers. No more exploded foundation bottles!

For those of us who have early flights and zero motivation to pull a full face of makeup on our flights, use the opportunity to do a mini-facial mask while you’re in the air! After cleansing, try a travel-sized clear mask all over your face and neck. No one will even know about your secret in-flight spa session.

Give Yourself a Face Lift with Makeup

Makeup has the power to transform, and there are certain techniques that you can use to instantly give yourself a youthful and radiant appearance. From knowing how to contour to learning where to highlight, OROGOLD has put together some top tips on how to give yourself a facelift through the clever use of makeup.

Make Contouring Your Very First Step
When applying your makeup, contouring should be the first thing that you do, even before applying your foundation. To create the illusion of high cheekbones, OROGOLD suggests using a darker shade under your cheekbones and a lighter shade above. This will all help to accentuate your cheekbones, making your appearance immediately seem much more youthful.

Woman applying highlighter

Use A Pearlescent Highlighter
One of the best ways to give your face an instant lift is with the careful use of a pearlescent highlighter. This can be in the form of a powder, liquid or cream – OROGOLD suggests choosing the formula that best suits your skin type. Apply the highlighter to the tops of your cheekbones, as well as to the apples of your cheeks, the arch of your brows and the bridge of your nose. The pearlescent qualities of the formula will emphasize the way in which the highlighter catches the light, giving your face a bright and youthful appearance.

Minimize Age Spots
Age spots can be frustrating to cover up, but there are now many products on the market that are designed to do just so. Color correcting products come in many different forms, from serums to primers to concealers, so choose the ones that work best in your daily makeup routine. Age spots are usually best erased with an orange or peach corrector, while a green shade is extremely effective at hiding any redness. Once you have applied the corrector, layer your foundation over it, making sure that your foundation is a moisturizing one, to give your face a dewy appearance throughout the day.

Woman tweezing eyebrows

Maintain Your Brows
Well-sculpted brows that show no signs of thinning can really bring out the youthful qualities of a face. OROGOLD recommends brushing your brows upwards, tweezing away any stray hairs that are underneath the arch, as this can give the illusion of dragging your brows down and making you look older. If your brows have any sparse or thinning areas, OROGOLD would suggest filling them in carefully with an eyebrow powder or pencil. You should also use these products to make sure that your arch is well-defined, as this will give your whole eye area an instant lift. Once you have perfected your brows, don’t forget to apply a brow gel or a clear mascara to set them.

You don’t need to be an expert with makeup to understand how to give your face a bit of a lift with a few techniques. From contouring and highlighting to bring out your natural features, to using color correcting products to even out your skin’s appearance, these makeup tricks will each give you fantastic, and immediate, results.

Australian Beauty Trends

OROGOLD always finds it interesting to look at beauty trends from different countries, as you never know what exciting styles you may discover. Whether you are looking for a complete beauty overhaul, or simply want to add a unique twist to your own look, OROGOLD has put together some of our favorite Australian beauty trends to inspire you.

Metallic makeup

Metallic Makeup
Metallic makeup is a trend that seems to be making its way around the world, and has recently hit the shores of Australia. While you may have used gold shimmery body products and light reflecting illuminators in the past, this year will be all about turning it up a notch, opting for rich bronzes and bold golden sheens. From metallic smoky eyes to shimmering frosted lips, this is a beauty trend that OROGOLD believes we will be seeing plenty more of, no matter where in the world you are.

Natural makeup look`

Natural Beauty
A trend that is now becoming quite big in Australia is focussed on natural beauty with the bare minimum when it comes to makeup. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you need to face the world bare-faced. If you would still like some slight coverage, OROGOLD suggests dabbing some concealer underneath your eyes after applying an eye cream, before using some soft blush on your cheeks and a swipe of mascara for your lashes.

Woman with blue eyeshadow

Vivid Eyes
Bright eyeshadows are making beauty headlines in Australia, and it is easy to see why. Whether you simply go for an elegant line of colored shadow on your lids, or use a variety of bright bursts of color, this trend will definitely brighten up the winter months that Australia will soon be facing.

Woman wearing brown lipstick

Bold Brown Lips
You may think that brown lips are extremely 90’s, but they are now making a comeback in Australia. The great thing about this trend is that the shade and texture of the brown isn’t of importance, leaving it up to you to find a shade that works for your skin tone. Whether it be metallic brick or matte cocoa, brown lips are a gorgeous look that works for so many different people.

Dewy skin.

Dewy Skin
This season sees a huge emphasis being placed on the skin. Natural-looking, dewy skin is in, which is fantastic news for the health of your skin. Of course, it may take some time to naturally achieve this look, but this trend makes it a great time to focus on your beauty regime and ensure that the products that you are using are working for you in the way that you need them to.

Mini braids hairstyle

Mini Braids
With effortless, natural beauty being all the rage in Australia this year, mini braids are a trend that works well with this. It is an easy look to create and will instantly give you a cute, feminine, hippie vibe. Simply add a few thin braids at different points around your hair for this sleek look with just the right amount of texture.

Just like every other country around the world, Australia has their own beauty trends that become popular each year. From mini braids to metallic makeup, the trends this year are all ones that you can easily incorporate into your own look the next time you want to go for something slightly different.