Showing posts from March, 2013

Saturday Hair

Some Saturday mornings I just don't want to look like it's a weekend! I had to work yesterday, and I wanted to pump up the volume!

Friday night, I slept with my clean, dry hair up in a top knot. This assured me lots of texture all over, and plenty of fullness.

Next, I raked a palmful of Oscar Blandi Hair Lift Thickening and Strengthening mousse starting at the front and crown, and blasted it with my dryer to lock in all that love!

After that, I used my flat iron to define a few curls, and voila! A little Friday-night glamour on a Saturday morning!

Cheers for the love of big hair!

Fashion Flashback!

Ok, so as I've gotten to a more "mature" stage of life, I like to think my beauty and fashion sense has, well, grown up, too! Ive been known to go all-out retro at times, but I usually prefer simple, classic looks for most events. (Like this black, strapless number from Gap, and soft, glam, hair and makeup.)

 But, nearly two decades ago, I wore things like this:

Yes, Friends of the Nineties, that's a velvety vest you see there with my cut-off jean shorts! I guarantee I was wearing my canvas Keds, too! So fancy! But wait! How about this number:And here we have a lovely floral doll dress, complete with bodysuit and flouncy sleeves!  I totally love the addition of the black-cord lady Seattle! Haha!
I must say, these pictures do make me miss the good ol' days! Now if only I could dig up the one with the colored jeans and flannel...I could actually be on trend once again! Yay! The Nineties are coming back!!!?!!!
Cheers to feeling like a Fashion I…

Coconut Oil Beauty

You may remember I started my search for natural oil beauty methods last year. Olive oil, argan oil...face, hair, skin. (You can read about my first olive oil try here.)

It's not that I don't love regular moisturizers and other "normal" beauty products, just that I love trying to use everything in multiple ways! And I sometimes like to think I'm a little more earthy and natural than I probably am! Haha!

In case you missed my latest oil experiment, coconut!, here you go! doesn't start out pretty!

Cheers to greasing up!

Cheap Thrills

As a professional hairstylist, I have access to the best possible haircare products available. I know the benefits of using professional products for keeping my hair in optimum health...

But, in the name of research and nostalgia, there is something so thrilling about walking down the aisle at the local superstore or pharmacy, and buying the latest, greatest, heavily-marketed national brand shampoo. Or hairspray or anti-frizz treatment.

@@@When it comes to professional salon brands, you will never purchase those from these places, even though they are on blatant display in their beauty aisles. That is called diverted product, and these brands are only supposed to be sold by licensed salons, schools and distributors. Please do not buy professional products from the grocery store or pharmacy!@@@

But I know not all of my clients heed my recommendations on haircare products, some of them think I won't know, but I can always tell. It's in the way the color fades, the ends fray and …

Skin of the Day

A. L'oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream in medium, all over face.

B. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser for Dark Circles, under eyes, around mouth and nose.

C. Maybelline FIT me foundation in shades 120 and 220, blended on back of hand. Applied with elf powder brush (flat top) all over face, neck, even on my ears!

D. L'oreal Hydra Perfecte translucent powder, patted over T-zone and under eyes for all-day staying power.

E. Wet n Wild Coloricon Bronzers in Reserve Your Cabana and Ticket to Brazil. Cabana as highlight, Brazil as warm glow!

Cheers to a glowy Wednesday!

Wet n Wild Coloricon Bronzers and Megaimpact Mascara

Today I tried the Wet n Wild Coloricon Bronzers in Reserve Your Cabana and Ticket to Brazil, and their Megaimpact Mascara in Very Black.

The last time I used Wet n Wild cosmetics was way back in high school when I wore eyeliner just at the bottom lash line and no other product but Bonne Bell Lip Smackers. Yikes! So I didn't know what to expect from this low-cost cosmetics line in terms of quality.

I was surprised instantly! I loved everything about the bronzers! And the mascara gave a better first impression than some more expensive drugstore brands I've used! Keep reading for more details on these products!

Reserve Your Cabana: this is a light shade, with a soft shimmer. I used it as an all-over powder over my BB cream and concealer. It gave a beautiful highlight to the skin while adding a touch of warm glow. This would be great as just a highlight product, too.

Ticket to Brazil: this is a dark shade also with a soft shimmer. The tone is nice and gold without that brick or …

Happy Hair

As you may know, I am a professional hairstylist. I have been behind the chair for nearly eleven years now, which seems impossible!

As with any career choice, I have had my ups and downs with my decision to become, and remain, a stylist. But I have found that continuing my education in all aspects of the industry keeps my passion ignited!

I just started another round of advanced color classes, which are building blocks for a higher certification. I am so happy, so excited to be learning and challenging myself. Another plus is I get to meet other enthusiastic stylists from around my area and learn from them, too!

Here's to making yourself and your hair happy!