January 20th, 2015 · 3 Comments
This is sort of rite of passage, right?
I scheduled a haircut for this weekend, and in the morning, as I was getting ready, I looked at my insanely long hair, and suddenly realized… I was sick of it.
It was as simple as that: the ends of my hair have been growing for about a decade, nearly untouched. After a terrible crop my freshman year of college, I’ve pretty much let my hair grow with just bare minimal trims twice a year.
But now that I’d grown my hair out to nearly waist-length, I found myself looking in the mirror and it just suddenly looked… wrong.
I don’t know how to say this except this way: it was like finding a Metrocard in my wallet after we’d moved out of Manhattan. I looked in the mirror and my hair looked like a relic from a different life. These days, my hair is almost never curled, straightened, or blown out. Sure, long locks look great when you have time to style them, but most of the time, I don’t. Throw in a heaping dose of inevitable postpartum hair changes (none of them good) and I was just done with my long hair.
So I went to my hair appointment and told my stylist to chop of a whopping six inches.
And the result is above! It’s still long, but it’s shorter than my hair has been in years (practically since the beginning of this blog) and I love it.
I wrote last week that one of my 2015 beauty resolutions was to take more risks, and this is me, putting my money where my mouth is. And this feels fresher than my hair has felt in years, easier to style, and just right for where my life is, at this exact moment.
And, hey, great minds think alike! My friend Jordan from Ramshackle Glam went all the way to a bob over the weekend! She looks completely amazing, but more importantly, I have to give you a snippet of her post on the transformation below. I love how she describes the experience of having long hair:
All those long curls were such a security blanket for me — if I felt shy or tired or not like my best self I could sort of fluff them around my face and make my hair be what people saw, not me. And now I don’t have anything to hide behind, so whatever’s on my face — happiness, exhaustion, worry, whatever – is right out there in the open. And I like that.
It feels honest.
If that’s not the best reason I’ve heard to chop off your hair, I don’t know what would be.
Tags: beauty · hair
October 15th, 2014 · 2 Comments
Halloween is the chance for you to be anything you want for a night, and is the perfect time to show off your glowing skin! While everyone will be putting on lots of makeup, you can stand out with a sparkly, more natural look.
With that in mind, I created this “Fairy Beauty” tutorial. I love dressing up for Halloween, and I’m always on the lookout for costumes that are festive, feminine and cute. This look is the perfect match for a radiant and fun look!
Step One: Prime your skin with Simple Skincare 24-Hour Moisturizer. Fairies need radiant skin, so this step is a must!
Step Two: Dust your cheeks with a pastel pink blush. You want a shade that will compliment your natural skin tone, but not overwhelm it — the look should be about your beauty, not makeup!
Step Three: For the eyes, first swipe a purple eye shadow over your entire lids. Then apply a shimmery shadow to the inner corners of your eyelids and finish with mascara.
Step Four: Finish the entire look with a swipe of bright pink lip gloss. Reapply as needed through Halloween!
With this tutorial, you can look gorgeous, natural and ethereal for Halloween this year! Have a blast!
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Red lips are hard to get right.
Seriously, if I were to pick the two hardest makeup trends to pull off perfectly, red lips would be #2. (#1 would be the cat eye, which, to be totally honest, I still haven’t fully mastered, because it is really hard!)
But oh… that perfect red pout is just so pretty. I can never resist giving it a try.
So, if you’re struggling, here are a few little tips I’ve learned throughout my many, many attempts:
Pick the Right Shade:
Go to a makeup counter. Try on a dozen red lipsticks, then come back. Are you done? Ok, then go back and try on a dozen more. I can wear basically any shade of pink, but 99.9% of the red lipsticks I try on look terrible. For me, the best shades are light, bright and almost pink-ish, but there’s no substitute for trying a bunch of different shades and picking the one that’s right for you. (The silver lining? Once you have one you like, you’ll have your shade forever!)
Slow and Steady:
Red lipstick is not something you want to get all over your face. When applying, brace your hand on a countertop or against the mirror to prevent shaking (I use this trick for eyeliner too)! You don’t need to use a lipliner, but be sure to clean up any mistakes with a Q-Tip!
Keep It Simple:
You know the obvious advice — don’t play up your eyes if you’re playing up your lips! Sure, stay away from the smokey eye, but remember to also keep your nails and accessories minimal! A red lip is beautiful in its simplicity, and it pairs well with nude or blush tones for your eyes, blush and manicure.
And, of course, be sure your skin is fresh and smooth! A red lip draws tons of attention to your skin, so be sure you’re moisturized and luminous when you’re trying out this look!
Products: Clarins Rouge Eclat/Pink Fuschia; Q-Tips Precision Tips.