The 2014 Beleza Artistica Collection is here! It took many months to do, but Alhamdulillah (praise be to God) it is here! It's been a long time coming mostly due to the fact that I am an already busy person and that I just couldn't stop the creativity from flowing, lol. I would keep going to the craft stores and seeing all these things that I could do and make. I have always been like a kid in a candy store when it comes to arts and crafts.
So yeah, I just put up a load of pics in the picture section of this website (go check it out, if you haven't already :)). If you see something that sparks your interest, feel free to send me email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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I remember the first type of henna that I ever used... It was super hard to squeeze out of the cone. It had a dry texture and had a weird smell and the stain wasn't worth while. But despite these really frustrating obstacles, I kept on trying and working with what I had. I tell you! The henna cones that I had made me want to cry, lol. I used to watch henna tutorials and I used to see how silky and smooth their henna paste was and used to think, "Man, is my henna normal?! I just bought a whole box of this stuff! Urg!!!" But I just said, "Hey, I'll work with what I got for now. I'll look at it as hand exercise, lol". As I became more familiar with henna through Youtube videos, I found that the henna I was using was old and had lots of chemicals in it.Then I came across a couple of videos on how to make your very own henna paste and henna cones and why it is better to do so.
At that point I started to understand that I'd be better off making my own. So I went to my local international market and bought what I thought at the time, was one of the brands of henna powder that I saw in a henna tutorial. I also went and got some lavender essential oil and some other ingredients to make my own henna paste. I got it home, mixed it up, let it dye release, and boom! There was my henna paste! I was so happy! I rolled up a henna cone and filled it up with henna, I cut the tip, squeezed out the henna and it was so smooth and silky just like the ones I saw in the youtube vids. It also had the most beautiful smell, with a cool relaxing feeling on my skin, unlike the other premade henna cones I had bought before.
So now I knew how to make my own homemade henna, I was finally able to pull off more detailed henna designs and achieve a richer henna stain. But I still had a few issues with the henna paste. It kept clogging up the cone frequently. Then I found out that I was using Henna meant for hair, which had a lot of tiny stick fragments along with tiny bits of henna leaf. So I tried to sift them out using various methods but to no avail. Then I went online and bought some Body Art Quality Henna Powder. That made every difference in the world for my henna cones! And I was able to achieve an even darker henna stain that lasted longer when I used it with cajeput oil.
It's funny to me how long I kept going with those poor quality henna cones! They used to cramp my hand to (almost) arthritic proportions. But I was determined to get it right and to keep trying. I almost gave up, but here I stand today, happily doing henna. I love doing henna as I have mentioned many times before. And I want to encourage anybody out there that really wants to accomplish something, to keep going and to not give up just because it feels like it's going to be hard. It can be done as long as you keep the momentum going. Thanks for stopping by to read my blog. Come again soon ;)