As an Asian, my eyebrows weren’t that noticeable and ideal as I wanted (first world problems, right?). I grew up with light and thick eyebrows that would grow quickly—they were practically bushes. I thought it would be too expensive to get them professionally done all the time, so I did what I’m sure many of us did: went tweezer and scissor crazy. I admit I did both and that was a very BAD decision. Using razors is a big no-no unless you want intentionally bald eyebrows and because of my “efforts,” I always had to fill in my eyebrows before going out. So when my sister recommended getting an eyebrow tattoo, I gave it a chance.


One thing you should know, the waiting list is long. I had to wait around 1 to 1 ½ years for my long-awaited appointment! Luckily, my sister had a friend who worked at the parlor who gave me a discount. The price was £150 in total, with a £50 deposit.



When the day arrived, they placed cream on my eyebrows that was supposed to numb the eyebrows to prevent pain (spoiler alert: it didn’t!). The people were very nice, and the place was cozy, but chic. Not to mention there was free tea and coffee. Luckily, when I had to pick the color, I had the help of my sister and the person who did my eyebrows—without them, I wouldn’t have a clue! The eyebrow tattoo artist also measured my eyebrows and filled them to get the ideal shape. There was a template to show me what the outcome would be. Once I approved it, we started the procedure. Many people react to pain differently; for me, it was very painful. My eyes prickled with tears several times.


My eyebrows looked great. However, they warned me I couldn’t wash them for two weeks to ensure the ink wouldn’t wash out. This was extremely heartbreaking to hear. My skin around my eyebrows started to dry out and peel and became severely itchy. Those two weeks were a nightmare. You weren’t supposed to scratch them, but I admit I did on several occasions. However, the eyebrows were worth the agony. My advice is to not make any plans after you get your eyebrows done. Despite getting them done, I still had to use my eyebrow pencil to fill them out. They told me I could get a top up annually that cost around £50. However, I haven’t got the chance to as they are very busy.

Overall, my experience was great and I would recommend to any vinas to try it out!

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The vinas of this generation are flossy, bossy and living for the highlighted, glossy cheekbone trend. Which is why we cannot get the brand Glossier out of our minds.

Women-empowered Glossier has quickly become one of the most popular makeup and skincare brands. Yes, the company’s branding is iconic, and yes, the quality of their products is amazing, but there is something about this company that is revolutionary.

Glossier’s Get Ready with Me videos on YouTube embody the whimsy and simplicity of the company’s vision perfectly. ICYMI, the videos feature gorgeous women of all shapes and sizes that walk you through their daily morning routine.

What I love most about these short videos is that they’re realistic and relatable. These women have their regimens DOWN, and it’s not like they use every Glossier product on the market. But when they do use Boy Brow or Haloscope or Cloud Paint, you get to watch how easy and subtle these products are in highlighting their natural features.

Every woman has a completely different style and look, and that my vinas, is what true beauty is all about. Some wear little to no makeup while others like to do a full face. Ultimately, it’s clear in their videos that Glossier understands that makeup preferences are incredibly unique to you.

But let’s back up to the year 2010. Every 13-year-old girl, including myself, is (unbeknownst to them) preparing to embark on the tumultuous journey of self-discovery —a journey that is reminiscent of that of your sister, mother, grandmother, and future tweens to come. Now, in case you have forgotten what it’s like inside the head of a pubescent tween, let us return (devolve?) to that exciting, horrifying, and crazy time.

You have begun a new chapter of life. Middle school feels different, and the weight of it all can be sensed amongst your peers. However, it’s also an exciting time. Unsure of what is to come, you carry yourself with all the sureness you can muster. Yet now, your body, your emotions, and your relationships are changing constantly. Regardless of your academic or social success, there is a growing awareness that you don’t know yourself at all. And with that angst-inducing revelation comes an understanding that this is an opportunity to discover yourself, to recreate, to translate the you that embodies the rest of the world. But … you don’t know who you are! You’ve only been a conscious being on this Earth for barely a decade. So, like the angsty sponge that you are, you begin absorbing everything that you consume.

Unfortunately, this is when things get hard.

Tried and true throughout history, trends build and build to the point of consumer worship. Then as quickly as they came, they are forgotten, destined to join the graveyard where perms, frosted tips, and skinny brows reside. Maybe one day, generations from now, one will be resurrected. But… hopefully not.


Beauty standards when I was growing up (eight years ago) were relatively tame, given how ruthless pop culture has been. But when thigh gaps were thriving, straight hair was the only reality, and low rise skinny jeans were the tragic uniform, I was (like all 13-year-old girls) exceptionally susceptible to those expectations. Beauty ‘standards’ have always encouraged women to fit into a narrow and unforgiving box, encouraging us to alter our appearance to the point where we are almost unrecognizable to ourselves.

I am proud to say that today, 2018 is the Year of the Woman. There has been a beautiful wave of self-love and acceptance taking over popular culture.

Women are building themselves and each other up and natural curls, bushy brows, and real curves are dominating the beauty universe. Obviously, there is still MUCH to be done, but there is no doubt in my mind that Glossier has been at the forefront of this beauty revolution.

With high school still fresh in my mind, my girlfriends and I often find ourselves looking back at our fried hair and excessive under eyeliner in horror. But then we sigh in relief because young girls today, who are in the thick of just-trying-to-figure-it-out, are growing up with Glossier.

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Summer is here☀️ and if you’re not already by the poolside, we bet you’re planning on being there very soon.

All vinas know to protect our skin by using sunscreen, and to protect our body by staying hydrated by drinking lots of water, but did you know our hair needs some extra love in the summertime, too? Personally, I keep it simple with chlorine removal shampoo, dry shampoo between washes, texture spray to get beachy waves when not at the beach, and hair treatments to protect my tresses while restoring its moisture. I’m all for ballin’ on a budget, so most of what I use is pretty budget-friendly.

Here are a few of my must-have summer hair products:


This is super important if you’re going to be in the pool since chlorine is super damaging to all hair types. Even if your hair is like mine and already damaged, let’s not make it any worse, mmkay?

What I’m loving: I’m going with old faithful here, Ultra Swim Chlorine Removal Shampoo which you can get for under $4.


So maybe you’re landlocked and can’t get to the beach, but want to feel like a mermaid with salty, beach-wave hair. Well, lucky for you, there are quite a few brands that make a spray to help us out. These types of products are made with sea salt to give your hair the texture you would have if you spent the day at the beach. Perfect for those beachy waves!

What I’m loving: Not Your Mother’s Beach Baby Soft Waves Spray, Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray, and John Frieda Beach Blonde Sea Waves.

Side note: NYM also has a texturizing dry shampoo that works just as well (Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Dry Shampoo).

Side-side note: Another option instead of the spray is a shampoo that is infused with the salt. One great example would be Bumble & Bumble Surf Foam Wash Shampoo and Conditioner. With this type of shampoo, you would want to let your hair air dry for best results.



Being at the beach or the pool all day means we probably aren’t trying to wash our hair every day. I know when I go on vacation, I don’t think there would be a point to wash and dry it, just to get it back in the pool the next day. So this is where a dry shampoo would really come in handy. Plus, its just nice to use in-between washes.

What I’m Loving: Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing Dry ShampooBatiste Dry Shampoo.


We’re spending all day in the pool, at the beach, in the sun and yes, our hair definitely needs some love after all that. I’m a huge fan of hair masks and treatments that help make my hair feel healthy again.

What I’m loving: Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask (this stuff is AMAZING!), Sun Bum 3 in 1 Leave-In Treatment, Herbal Essences Wild Naturals Intensive Treatment.

Now it’s your turn! What is your go-to summer haircare product(s) you just can’t get through the summer without? 

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Summer is here! For me, that means tan lines paired with bronzed and glowy skin. I don’t know about ya’ll, but summer is where my skin looks the best. It’s something about tan lines and a glow that makes me feel incredibly sexy. I’ve curated 10 products that I am obsessed with and recommend for any vina’s summer makeup bag.


A lot of us forget to protect our skin with an SPF before makeup application. My first must-have product is Aveeno Positively Radiant Moisturizer. This moisturizer contains SPF 15, perfect for all skin types. Plus, it’s inexpensive and lightweight.


I’ve officially converted to brow powders. I’ve spent a ridiculous amount of money on brow products, and I always find myself falling back on NYX Brow Cake Powder. This product provides you with two brow colors and wax to hold your brows in place. A little product goes a long way because it’s incredibly pigmented. For a beautiful natural brow, I use this product with an angle brush and mimic my hair strokes. If you’re feeling fancy, you can use your concealer to clean up your brow for a clean and crisp look.


Maybelline Instant Rewind Eraser Concealer has saved my life, ya’ll; this concealer is perfect for those late nights and early mornings. The concealer provides full coverage, diminishes dark circles and puffiness.



I love luminous, gold bronze, and even rose gold eyes for the summer. For those of you who have not shopped with Colourpop, head over to their site and purchase The Perception Palette. I must admit I am a makeup hoarder, but since I bought this palette, this is all I’ve reached for in every makeup look I’m doing. For a quick summer eye look, I blend culture in my crease and choose my lid color of choice. This eye look is so natural you can do it in your car! I usually add a couple of coats of  Maybelline Big Shot Mascara to make my eye pop even more.


For a sun-kissed glow, I’m obsessed with Milani Baked Blush. The blush provides you with a naturally radiant flush of color with gold reflects. If you’re not a blush girl but love a glow, hit the high points of your face with Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter for good measure. Anastasia Beverly Hills released a couple of bronzers this past spring that will completely round out your sun-kissed summer look. Spritz and set your face with the Urban Decay Chill Cooling and Hydrating Setting Spray which will provide 12 hours of flawless dewy skin.

The last two steps are to apply the Sol De Janeiro Sunset Glow Oil, Fenty Glow Bomb to your lips. And voilà—you’re ready for any plans with your vinas!

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The little light hairs on my eyebrows had bothered me for a while. Sun exposure? Stress? Natural aging? I wasn’t sure how they had come about, but I was certain they needed to go! Having never had my eyebrows tinted before, I decided the best way to do it was to go full steam ahead without much research at all.


After talking to the beautician on the phone, I learned I needed a patch test on my skin 24 hours beforehand to determine whether I’d be sensitive to the dye or not. Sounding not too keen on this as I planned to do it on my one day off work, the beautician noted if I had dyed my scalp before then it should be OK. “Yes, I’ve dyed the hair on my scalp before,” I lied. I thought the convenience of going that afternoon was far more important than my skin potentially burning off (don’t judge me, vinas!).


I hadn’t really thought about what color I wanted, and I wasn’t shown some sort of swatch I had imagined would be similar to wall paint swatches. Disappointingly unable to choose a color named something along the lines of ‘storm warning’ or ‘dark night’ like the paint varieties I had seen in a warehouse store, I concluded my eyebrows were naturally dark and followed suit.


My eyebrows turned out dark. Too dark. My eyes must have expressed my concern as the beautician assured me the color would fade. I hadn’t counted on resembling a character from Sesame Street, as the dye was visible under the hairs and a little bit around. “The dye underneath will come off after you’ve had a shower,” the lady told me. “Do you like them?” she smiled at me. “Mmmm hmmmm,” I answered, my lips pressed tightly together. How could I say no? There was no changing it now anyway. My already thick and large eyebrows looked even more so as every little hair was incredibly visible.



My advice? Don’t go out after an eyebrow tint while you’re still looking like a muppet. I wish I knew this while I strolled the corridors of a busy shopping center as I needed to buy something afterwards. I felt a spotlight was shining on me and feared everyone was staring at my intensely dark eyebrows. I rushed to the nearby bathroom and scrubbed at my own eyebrows vigorously with some water and paper towel, hoping this would miraculously make them go back to the way they’d been before.


Most likely there’ll be an ad featuring Cara Delevingne in there somewhere, because once you see her thick dark eyebrows, you’ll feel a little better and think you’re super cool for having the same. In the end, it’s just a bit of hair dye — it’ll fade away. Don’t over-stress it, vina!

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We all know sleep is essential for the body. However, it is restorative sleep that is the most important. Sleep helps us recharge. Without it, our cells wouldn’t regenerate and our immune system would be depleted. Not to mention that your thyroid would also suffer, which is in charge of steroids and adrenaline, resulting in less energy and imbalanced hormones. If you experience sleep problems, I’d suggest going to your doctor and getting a blood test. You could be deficient in minerals and vitamins, so it is best to focus on fixing the root of the problem instead of sleeping pills, which are short-term solutions.

  • Magnesium helps prevent sleep disturbances.
  • Teas: chamomile, passion flower and valerian teas can all help reduce stress and prep you for a good night’s rest.
  • Banana tea: banana peels are rich in potassium and magnesium (great to help relax muscles). Boil a banana: cut both ends of the banana then boil it in water for eight to 10 minutes. Add a bit of cinnamon.
  • Melatonin: a hormone that tells your body when it’s time to sleep and wake up. It’s best to surround yourself with natural light when you wake up to train your brain. Melatonin supplements are available over-the-counter. It’s best to aim for one to five mg. However, do not use them excessively and longer for a month without consulting your doctor.
  • Avoid sugary foods and refined carbs before going to bed, the sugar will keep you up.
  • Vitamins: vitamin D, B6, B12 and minerals such as zinc and iron help promote deep sleep.
  • 5-HTP: a good supplement to replenish the serotonin we lose as we age. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter Once again, do not use it long-term. 5-HTP is a naturally occurring chemical in the body. Supplemental 5-HTP is an African herb that is made from L-tryptophan (amino acids).
  • Milk: warm milk (or almond milk or soy milk) with honey helps.

Hope you find this helpful and get better sleep!

One of the best ways to find solutions to common problems like this is to talk to friends and hear about what they’ve found helps them. Find your new besties on Hey! VINA today to talk about everything from the best brunch places in town to the best sleep remedies.


We all want picture perfect skin that’s bright, but not too bright. There’s a million face masks out there that claim to do the trick, but we all know how expensive those products can be! So why not make the masks yourself?

Here’s a few fun, quick, and easy masks you and your VINA can whip up!

Fight your acne, scars, & clear your pores!



image @RevitaliseYourSkin

  1. 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  2. 1 Egg white
  3. 1/3 teaspoon turmeric

In a small bowl stir up the egg white until its light then mix in the lemon juice and Turmeric powder. Apply the mixture to your skin for 10-15 minutes then when the mask is completely dry rinse it off with warm water and pat your face dry!

Antioxidant filled mask!


  1. 1/4 ripe avocado
  2. 1 tablespoon raw honey


    image @HealthMagazine

Mash the avo up until its lump free and smooth! Next add in the honey and mix it up. Once its ready spread the mix all over your face and leave for 15 minutes. Now rinse with water and pat dry your face!

For the acne that just keeps coming back!


  1. 1 mashed banana
  2. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  3. 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

Mash up the banana until you have a pretty lump free mix then mix in the baking soda and turmeric. Apply the mask for 10-15 minutes then rinse with warm water!

For stubborn oily skin!


  1. 1/2 cup cooked (cooled) oatmeal
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Stir up the egg then add the egg and the lemon juice to the oatmeal. Mix it all up and apply to your face for 10-15 minutes. Rinse the mask off with warm water and softly dry your face!

Get rid of those blackheads! 



image @ImageMagazine

  1.  1 tablespoon of organic raw honey
  2. 1 teaspoon of milk
  3. Clean strip of cotton

Mix the honey with the milk, heat it up in the microwave for 5 to 10 seconds, then mix it again to make sure its blended well. When the mixture is cooled down apply to all your troubled blackhead areas and firmly apply the (clean) strip of cotton. Wait about 20 minutes to let the mask dry then peel then slowly peel the strips away. After those stubborn guys are gone rinse your face & make sure to apply a moisturizer!

Now go get those ingredients and get to beautifying!


image @LaEspanolaOliveOil



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Friend:  Wow, your skin is glowing!! You look so fresh! Did you just come from the spa?

Little did she know I had actually just taken a bath in some used ground coffee beans in the comfort of my own home… 😉

If you have never woken up feeling puffy, dull, or older than you really are, I’m pretty sure you are not a human being.  You must be like a porcelain doll or something, but definitely not human.  And if you are like me, and that day comes around more often than not, (and a trip to the plastic surgeon is not in the cards) then trying out all sorts of DIY tricks at home is exactly what you need to feel younger and refreshed. So I went on a little rejuvenation journey and tried everything I could get my hands on on the trusty old Internet.

Here are 6 DIYs you can do to make you look and feel younger instantly.


To get super soft hair that isn’t over conditioned, try making this easy peasy hair mask:

  1. Mix one egg, half an avocado, and half a cup of mayo.  Adjust measurements according to your hair length.  I have long hair and this is enough for me.
  2. Apply mask thoroughly to dry hair, focusing on the ends.
  3. Cover your hair with some cling wrap and leave on for one episode of Friends (or any 23-minute episode of a TV show of your choosing 😜).
  4. Rinse everything off and shampoo two to three times.  You won’t need conditioner after this.
  5. Dry as usual!  This will leave your hair feeling fluffy and soft just like you had spent a whole day at the salon.  For added natural shine, squeeze a lemon into your rinsing water to give your hair a natural glow.


For the face, make a mask of honey and freshly ground coffee beans.  Apply to face, neck and décolletage area and leave on for about 10-15 minutes.  The caffeine will give your skin a wake up boost and the honey will leave it feeling super smooth!


Everyone knows that a big part of aging involves losing youthful facial fat.  Restoring a little plump to your lips can make a big difference in your appearance.  But if the disastrous Kylie Jenner Challenge, or actual lip fillers, aren’t your thing, there’s a website I found with some natural lip plumper recipes.  One might not work for all and all might work for one so try them out and let us know what you think!


If only because they remind us of the time we over-plucked our brows way back when, thin brows are a signifier of the older generation. Thicker eyebrows are the in-thing now and when I tried it, I was wowed with the results.  I asked my beautician to try a new shape, high arches and tinted with a blue-black colour.  I completed my look by defining it a little more with my brow-liner.  The result?  Thicker brows that have a youthful feel.


Bathing in freshly ground coffee beans will have the same invigorating effect as the face mask mentioned above.  However, you will have to use a lot of it.  I used 2 cups of ground coffee beans and I soaked in it for about 20 minutes.  Follow it up with an anti-aging body cream. I use anything with royal jelly it makes my skin feel ah-mazing.


For your hands and feet, soak in luke warm olive oil for 5-10 minutes and rinse off.  If you can, splurg on regular mani-pedis to really keep your hands and feet youthful and looking their best. For a “younger-looking” colour, blues and purples are the way to go. Reds and browns tend to look more mature.

I really enjoyed taking care of myself and the end results were amazing.  Not only did I feel like I was my own 2.0 version, but I also felt ready to tackle life.  The best part was, of course, that everyone noticed that I look more relaxed and rejuvenated!  I’ll be honest, I loved the compliments.  The most important trick, I suppose, would be to learn how to put yourself first.  Everything else will come naturally!

(Featured image via Byrdie)


As I sit here typing this, I am strapped into my third waist trainer. For three years I have been wearing one of these puppies to work and the gym. You may be waist training yourself, or you’re thinking about it, or you think it’s hella weird and have some questions. Whatever your position is, there’s a lot of information out there on the subject. I have tried to condense some of the history of this craze, along with my own personal experience.

A few years ago this fad swept the nation. It was endorsed and made popular by fitness models and celebrities. So naturally, everyone else was soon talking about it, either saying they were way cool or way dangerous. Many people likened them to their predecessors; the corset. People thought waist trainers were too constricting and would harm internal organs, along with the bone structure that protects those organs.

While ancient corsets might have had negative long term effects on a person’s body, waist trainers have been re-designed to possibly circumvent those harmful affects.

The corsets most of us are familiar with are the ones we’ve seen in film. Who else remembers that iconic scene in the Titanic in which Rose’s mother keeps cinching the corset tighter and tighter until you fear for Rose’s breathing capabilities. It looked mad painful right?

Corsets have been around for centuries. Many cultures around the world utilized them as a beauty enhancer. With the ever-changing world of fashion and fad, corsets were not immune. Some focused on enhancing the fullness of the breasts, while others focused on accentuating the hips. Corsets of those days were obviously problematic. The materials used to create this cavelike structure ranged from wood and metal, to whalebone and ivory. Not exactly materials that are known for their flexibility. While the fabric was beautiful, it too was extremely tight. Corsets were made to give women a strict posture and a tiny waist. Beauty standards that we don’t have to subscribe to anymore. Even when they began marketing themselves as more flexible, for the modern woman (in the late 19th century) they were still pretty unforgiving.

So what makes a waist trainer different? Well I can promise you that none of today’s trainers are made with whalebone or wood. In fact the waist trainer’s purpose is altogether very different from corsets. Waist trainers are marketed and designed to improve posture and help enhance natural curves. Despite the hype, they aren’t actually meant to help you lose weight or change the natural shape of your body in any permanent way. They are now made from plastics and elastics. Materials that can be worn to the gym and are fine at work.

Since I began a few years ago, I have noticed how much better my posture has become and how much stronger and higher my core feels. I am happier now with the way my curves look both in and out of my trainer. I know other vinas who love it as much as I do; and I have friends who have zero interest in the product. It’s truly not everyones cup of tea. Plus, you have to use your waist trainer correctly in order to steer clear from any harmless side effects, so be careful!

Maybe your beauty standards are the polar opposite of mine, maybe you like your curves free and unrepressed. To each her own right? I don’t see myself tossing my waist trainer out anytime soon, but I totally get it isn’t for everyone. The real lesson is, don’t believe everything you read. Are waist trainers as bad as old-fashioned corsets? No. Should everyone use them? Of course not! Do your own research and find out what’s best for you.

Comment below if you have tried one or at least thought about it. Download the Hey! VINA app to meet other fitness oriented vinas in your area.

(Feature image via @kyliejenner)


Everyone always says that “confidence is key,” and it has become pretty much engrained into our minds. Although, we all know gaining confidence when you have little (or none) is one of the hardest things to do. Like myself, it is a challenge we are faced with everyday.  But here’s why we should put our confidence issues aside and own our bodies– as well as their gifts and imperfections.

  1. You are super unique (no matter how basic you may sometimes feel).
  2. Your confidence can be seen from miles away and you’ll automatically feel more attractive when your confidence radiates.
  3. You are too good to worry about what others may be thinking about you.
  4. You are loved.
  5. Others will more readily believe in you if you believe in yourself.
  6. Along with confidence, comes a sense of drive that will make you test your limits, which is never a bad thing.
  7. More confidence means the haters will affect you less.
  8. You are worthy no matter what your social status or Instagram followers amounts to.
  9. Beauty matters less and less everyday in this new wave of feminism.
  10. But… you are, in fact, beautiful.

Now, if you are one of us who lacks the right amount of confidence to truly succeed in life, at least you know have some tips on how to gain it! Confidence is like a sport, you can learn it and practice it; and with practice comes perfection, and with perfection comes even more confidence! Now go look your mirror right in the face (your face) and tell yourself some of these affirmations. Remind that vina staring back at you that you’re one of a kind and no one can take that away from you. Don’t let the world (or your own brain) tear you down. Life’s too short.

Comment below if you have any other good tips on how to boost self-confidence and then download the Hey! VINA app to meet some friends near you.

(Featured image via @torimumtaz)