Friday, May 6, 2011

Cutting away split ends!

I hate getting haircuts! I love my hair long and I just hate going into a hair salon and saying "I just need a trim" and you end up with a whole different hair cut! I try to cut my own split ends every month. (I was constantly cutting my own hair in high school so I'm not afraid of chopping away at my own hair, however, if you are, you should probably just go get it done!)

First take a strand of hair and twist it all the way down. You may notice a ton of hairs sticking out on the sides if you have layered hair. You're going to want to cut the down the twisted strand to get the ends of those layered hairs as shown by the black dotted line (I don't always bother with those hairs.) Next you can just cut straight across on the bottom.

Next, take that same strand of hair and loop it. This will expose all of the other little hairs that might have been caught in the twisting. Cut the ends of those hairs. Finally, loop to the other side so that the rest of the hidden hairs are also cut down.

Repeat on the rest of your hair. Although it seems like it might be very time consuming, it's not! I did this today and took about five minutes :)

Also painted my nails today! I LOVE these nail polishes because they last me about a week without chipping when I top it with a Sally Hansen anti-chip top coat! For some reason this color has been a hit! I've gotten tons of compliments on it O_O it's nuts!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Mascara then curl? OR Curl then Mascara?

Yesterday I was looking around's Beauty Tricks section and one caught my eye:
Lovely Lashes
When you curl your lashes put the mascara on first then curl. as the mascara dries it will stay in the curled position and solidify. it will stay curly all day long with no retouching!

Elly, Colchester

My take on this is, from experience, if you apply mascara and then curl, you'll clump up your mascara and lashes wont separate.

What I do (although I have short lashes) is curl, apply mascara and then BLOWDRY.

You have to have a blowdryer with a COLD setting though, otherwise, you'll be burning your eyes with the hot air. First blowdry with the air blowing upwards lifting your lashes for a few seconds. Next, blowdry with the air blowing forward for a few seconds to push your lashes back for a more lifted look. This not only helps give a bit of volume but it also dries your mascara quicker so it'll hold longer.

It's sad but true that this is what my lashes look like when I only wear mascara and curl them. You can barely see on the picture on the left because they're not lifted, they're just flat and curling AFTER applying mascara takes away the thickening aspect of the mascara.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Leopard Nails

VS Silky Eyeshadow in Bunny
VS lipgloss in Ripe (on sale for only $5!) - Once it dries out on your lips it still leaves a tint, which I LOVE!
MAC Ever Hip lipstick
Neutrogena moisturizer (Nordstrom Rack had them for $10)

I was really into the Sally Hansen nail polish strips until I saw their leopard print was too yellow. So I went online and ordered these. NOT impressed. They don’t go on evenly on my nails & they bubble up at the edges. It doesn’t even look like they’ll last more than nail polish does!