February 10, 2012

Questions! Health, Hair & Confidence



How do you cut your hair? Do you color it?
One of the most asked questions I get is about my hair color :) My natural hair color is medium brown, which makes up about 90% of my hair color, the other 10% is highlighted. When I highlight (very small strands), I always get a blonde caramel tone and a gold toned highlight, and my stylist alternates them. I only highlight the top half of my hair. I haven't done this, however, since last August. I've recently been using honey and coconut oil to naturally lighten my hair. It works but takes a few times to see the effect. And my hair is cut in long layers in a V shape :)
My current hair color. As you can see the highlights have grown out since August :) Will continue with my natural honey lightening.

I would love your opinion on natural shampoos & conditioners that don't contain all those horrible ingredients like silicon & parabens. I have tried a few however they left my hair feeling really dry.
Shampoos are meant to clean, not really moisturize. So what you need is a good conditioner. Try at home ones, they work great and are completely natural! Read reviews about products before buying them (makeupalley is a great website for that). That helps eliminate lots of trial & error. Natural brands I like are Nature's Gate, Jason Natural and Giovanni. 


How much and what kind of exercise do you do? And how do you stay so strict on healthy food?
I try to be active every day eg. I'll use the stairs instead of elevator / escalator, I walk instead of taking a taxi or subway, I dance in my apartment (yes lol) etc... I do "formal" gym workouts whenever I get the chance, which is rare these days, so I try to incorporate as much natural exercise as I can (have also been doing workout DVD's at home and I love it). I eat healthy because I eat for my body, not for my emotions. I know what my body likes, and I feed it accordingly :)

I used to be 20kg (40lbs) heavier than I am now. I learned how to eat right and exercise, that is the only way :)

I’m a little bit insecure and I have low self-esteem. I would like to know what to do to get better and what are your tips for a person like me.
Having a good self-esteem and confidence is all about trusting yourself, being your best friend and knowing your own worth. You have to LOVE yourself (not in a conceited way, but in a healthy way). Get to know yourself and write down what you really admire and love about yourself, and start to think "Hey I'm a pretty good person!". Always know that you are more beautiful than you believe, smarter than you think and capable of anything in this world. Have a good attitude and you wont only be confident, but you will also attract positive things (people, situations, ideas) into your life.

When you're positive, you will attract positive like minded friends :)

You said you had stubborn acne on your forehead and chin, are you referring to blackheads and clogged pores? I have the same thing and i was wondering if "The Regimen" cured that for you?
The acne.org system really worked well for me. I am not sponsored or affiliated with them in any way, and purchase their products every 3 months or so. I am a loyal fan! The acne that I had before wasn't red or inflamed, but it was these stubborn little pimples under my skin that never went away.  The 2% BP treatment really helped with that. I've cut down on the amount of treatment since my skin doesn't need much anymore. The "glow" and overall health of your skin however, mostly derives from the food you eat. Include lots of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet and don't forget to drink water! :)


Do you use some light/lamp in front of the camera to record videos, or you're facing a window using natural light?
I just use natural light from my window :)

Filming can get a little messy sometimes :)


I am going to NY in about a month with a group of friends (a sex & the city trip ;)). I noted down all the products that you suggested which I found useful for my skin and I am struggling in planning where to find them. Do you have any particular suggestion where to go for beauty products (for makeup, haircare, visage creme)? 
Your trip sounds so fun! I am sure you and your friends will have a fabulous time here. Yes, Sephora is a must (you might get lost there for at least an hour)! The great time about the states are the drugstores (or in Europe we call them pharmacies). Here they're huge and stocked with lots of beauty products. Also check out Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales, they both have an entire floor dedicated to high end cosmetics. New York also has various Beauty Supply Stores that are always fun to look in and carry a really big selection of products. Have fun!


Thanks for all your questions! Keep them coming :)
XOXO

13 comments:

  1. nice post :)
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  2. Do you just mix a bit of honey and coconut oil together and smooth it onto the pieces of your hair you want lightened? How long do you leave it in for?

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  3. Hi Annie,

    I'm a massive fan of yours and love both your blog and youtube. I can't get over how beautiful you are, on both the inside and out! You're a massive inspiration and it's nice to know there are girls like you out there :)

    Like you, I'm a big health fan, and I would love to see some more posts/videos about that side of your channel - maybe some of the recipes you use or new exciting things to juice? (you have got me massively into juicing by the way and I now do it most days)

    Thanks for sharing all that you do with us and I wish you all the best x

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  4. How do you use the coconut oil and honey to lighten you hair? Seems like a great, natural idea!

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  5. Hey Annie :))

    What do you use to clean your brushes ? ... Is it okay to use normal shampoo or soup ? I don't really want to spend money on mac cleanser's....whatever.

    :)) Wish you a nice day

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  6. hey i just wanted to tell you guys about the shampoo brand ORGANIX. it makes your hair very shiny and natural. my favorite is the coconut milk!

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  7. and i was wondering how to use the coconut oil and honey n my hair? i am a natural blonde, but its turning brown now without being in the sun all the time. I love your blog and i think you are soooooooooo pretty:) thank you for all the info

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  8. Hey Annie! First of all I wanted to let you know that I love your blog and your videos, they are always super helpful! I was wondering how exactly you lighten your hair with honey and coconut oil? Could you please do a blog post or a video on it showing us how you do it I'm sure it would be really helpful for lots of people! :)

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  9. Dear ANnie, I hope my message finds you weel. You have an amazing blog and advices I LOVE it. I follow you since the beginning. I would like to knwon what what lipstick are you wearing in your video post on July 6 Eyebrow tutoral ? Thanks for your reply. XOXO from Paris

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  10. I really loove your hair !! Could you please please upload a picture of your hair from the back view so i can see how its cut, that would be so nice :)

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