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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

How To Cut Hipster Bangs/Full Fringe

I don't know if we talk about this that much, but I am a professional hairstylist.  I still work behind the chair three days a week taking care of my awesome clients, some whom I've styled for a decade!  One of the things I know they will do, eventually, is hack at their in-between-cut too-long bangs.  Then I will have to fix them!  I offer complimentary bang trims between regular haircuts, but it isn't always easy getting in when you really need a fix!

I learned a long time ago that I would rather arm my girls with the necessary skills (we should all be able to take care of this ourselves if we must!) to achieve a decent fringe until the next time they see me, rather than walking around with jacked-up hair.  Bangs are a great way to change your overall look, but they do need maintenance to keep them looking, well, bangin'!

Here is a little tutorial I whipped up to teach you how to trim your fringe.  These techniques can be used for all types of bangs, just adjust your fingers accordingly!


Cheers to visible eyes,
L

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Easy-Does-It Eyeliner

I love trying new things, but different can also be scary.  As we speak, I am eating the most delicious almond butter and jelly sandwich, in place of my tried and true standard, peanut butter and jelly.  I was a little nervous about trying it, but I really wanted to see what the fuss was all about.  And I loved it!  I may not replace peanut butter entirely, but now I have another go-to sandwich topper in my arsenal.

Same thing with eyeliner.  I know most of us started with that little stub of a pencil we confiscated from mom or big sis, or that Cover Girl automatic pencil purchased with glee before the first day seventh grade.  And we put just that little line on the outside bottom corner, or we smeared it thickly across the top lash line, leaving visible lid between liner and lashes.

And I know for most of us, it's still business as usual even decades later.  But sometimes, you should try the almond butter, you know?

Here's a little tutorial on easy ways to do eyeliner...powder, pencil and even liquid.  These are basic techniques that may help you experiment and see if there is another way you like your eyeliner. 
Cheers to playing with your makeup or your lunch!
L

Friday, July 20, 2012

No-Beauty Rainy Day

Some days you just need to take a break from your beauty regimen. Today is my day...no hair dryer, no makeup, not even an eyelash curl to be done on this visage! Rainy, cozy, family day.

We still need to feel comfortable in our own skins and to do that requires practice! Pick a day and be your plain-old self. Enjoy it. Then get done up the next day and truly enjoy that, as well.

Cheers to naked faces,
L

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Victory Rolls and Pin Curls!

For all vintage and retro style lovers, let's nerd up!!  This video came from an impromptu hair setting session...pin curls and foam sponge rollers...and I didn't want to waste the opportunity to show you a little classic, vintage hair-o-glamour!!

Please enjoy the process of creation!  I had so much fun doing this hair!

Cheers to very vintage ladies,
L

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Vintage Hair: Victory Rolls and Pin Curls

This morning I filmed a tutorial on how to use pin curls and foam rollers to create a vintage, retro hairstyle!

I realized most of us have never worked with these old-school styling aids, and our finished styles are in no way like the polished, glamorous daily styles from generations gone by.

Today I created victory rolls, a style that was all the rage during the war, getting their name from the pursuit of, you guessed it, winning the war.

So many styles seem difficult, but really once you have the foundation, creating these looks is simple and fun.

I will have the video up ASAP, so until then,

Cheers to victorious pin curling!
L

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Beauty Prep!

Getting ready for a bit of retro comb out action! I set my hair in pin curls and foam rollers tonight, looking forward to a little retro hairstyling tomorrow morning! Can't wait for you to check it out!

Totally vintage, totally awesome,
L

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Easy Retro Updo!

This video shows how easy it is to add a little retro glamour to your style...make the leap from a simple ponytail, girly! 

I do this simple, retro style at least once a week, even if it's only at home.  You can try this with many variations; angle the roll to the side more, use it with a curly pony, put the bandana in more like the classic "Rosie the Riveter" style...the options are endless, but the basics are the same.
  • add body:  curl, tease, product
  • smooth and anchor:  soft-bristled brush or rattail comb and regular bobby pins work great
  • look fantastic!
Remember, it doesn't have to be perfect to be awesome!  My motto is if you try to hard, it never works.  Just roll with it (bahaha!) and you'll be Retro Glam in just a few minutes!

Cheers to bringin' sexy back!
L

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Retro Love

Just trying to figure out all of the options I have at my fingertips with this iPad2. Seems my blog is the final frontier of what I want to conquer with it! I clicked onto the picture icon and found this photo I had taken awhile ago...if you don't know already, I am obsessed with vintage and retro styles. Here's to more history repeating itself!
L