Ming Xi for Vogue China January 2014 photographed by Boo George
Emirati teen Zahra Lari made figure skating history this week.
The 17-year-old not only became the first figure skater from the Gulf to compete in an international competition but the first to do so wearing the hijab, an Islamic headscarf.
YES YOU CAN!!!
Gorgeous Eartha Kitt.
MIRACLE FOOD: COCONUT OIL!
**To start off, I would like to apologize for my hiatus. College apps are in, which means I can start posting again! Yay!**
I discovered the benefits of coconut oil when my mom randomly brought home a huge tub of it from Costco. Naturally, the first thing I wonder is whether it has beauty benefits! (don’t you?) So I looked it up.
Coconut oil is deeply absorbed, and is extremely hydrating and nourishing, especially in the winter! It also has antibacterial properties, which are great for skin and hair. Not to mention that it smells delicious!
NOTE: try and get pure, unrefined, extra virgin coconut oil. You want the pure stuff!
ANOTHER NOTE: Don’t try this if you’re allergic to coconuts!!!
- Hair conditioner! (This works wonders! Simply warm up some coconut oil between your palms and work it into your hair, especially the ends. Put it up in a bun and wait about 30-60 min, then shampoo. You’ll see the difference immediately!)
- Makeup remover! (Warm some up in your hands, and apply to your face. Wipe off with a towel!)
- Moisturizer! (The fatty acids found in the oil benefit your skin’s lipid barrier, increasing hydration retention. ** keep in mind, this might be too much if you have oily skin)
- Shaving cream! (It moisturizes AND gets the job done!)
- Foot scrub! (Mix with some sugar and slather your feet! Coconut oil has anti-fungal properties)
On another note, I’d like to share some personal experience with the use of coconut oil.
I got a “wind burn” right before Christmas (I didn’t even know it exists!), which made my skin dry, flaky, scaly, and straight out nasty. My BB cream would flake and everything looked crusty and… just ew. I finally got the idea of applying some coconut oil to the burn, and did so every night… and the dryness disappeared after less than a week! I was so impressed, and that really compelled me to write this post.
Also, let me share with you some pictures of the effectiveness of coconut oil as a hair conditioner:
My hair is dry in the last photo, and it’s soft, smooth, and smells amazing! I’m telling you this stuff is a miracle! And, let’s not forget that you can use it as a healthier alternative to margarine, butter, or oil.
Try this out guys, and let me know your thoughts!
Many people have commented on how “long,” “dramatic,” and “sharp” my eyeliner always is. Whether such statements are compliments or criticisms, I embrace my sharp eyeliner. Growing up as a monolided Asian American, I was taunted in the same way most Asian and Asian American children were, with people pulling back the sides of their eyes to make “chinky” eyes (don’t use this term because it’s a slur), and people asking if I saw in widescreen. Like most Asian children growing up in a hate-filled place, I grew to hate my eyes, since they always turned me into a vulnerable target that tempted taunts. Leering faces in the hallway as they slanted their eyes, students asking if I could actually see out of my eyes, it was enough to grate on a person.
My eyeliner is long and sharp for a reason. One of the beautiful things about makeup is that it can make you turn into anyone and anything. You can draw in fuller brows to appear more youthful, or you can draw them in thinner and arched to become lush and sexy. You can make your skin appear dewy and radiant, or matte, mature, and mysterious. Same thing with eyeliner. You can choose to draw in your eyeliner to make then bigger and rounder. For a while, I followed this trend, creating rounder and bigger eyes with eyeliner and double-eyelid glue and tape to counter their slanted, narrow nature. Now, however, I’ve opted otherwise. Instead of hiding my natural monolid beauty, I enhance it.
The length of my eyeliner emphasizes my monolid eyes’ narrow appearance. It stays close enough to my natural eye shape to further emphasize the shape. My eyeliner wings are sharp and bold, daring those to come forth and say something about my eyes again.
It’s odd to think of my makeup style as being a weapon of war against ignorant racism, but I will proudly wear my sharp and angry monolid eyeliner.