Now there’s confidence…or arrogance…one of the two. Regardless, it’s nice to feel that lovely once in a while.
– <3 A.
My hair isn’t the only thing that’s pretty much completely frazzled by December, but hair is one of the biggest things that can make you look so not pulled together for whatever you’re facing this holiday-season. Brigitte Bardot always seemed to pull off the perfect amount of messy in her stylings, and I’m hoping these tips will help fix the frazzle just enough to resemble some Bardot-chic for this Christmas/New Years without committing to a last-minute-certain-mistake-haircut for a new “self” for the holidays.
Have I convinced you to be in love with How to Look Expensive yet? That’s where I got all my tips for some easy things to do to your tresses despite traveling, shopping, wrapping, baking, party-hosting, and toasting:
There’s nothing worse than going through the trouble of making your hair look just-out-of-the-salon-fabulous for a party-night and then have it ruined by a steamy shower or a toss-and-turn night. Pomerantz offers these tips for making all that work on your hair worth it:
Hopefully that helps ease the frazzle for your holidays…at least, your hair-frazzle. Pomerantz is quite the guru, and I’m pretty sure she can get you looking like a Bardot-bombshell with these tips. Happy hair-styling!
– <3 A.
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Winter can be a rather painful time for your skin. I’m pretty sure come December it’s wondering why you can’t hibernate. I know I wonder that every year. Cold, dry air is a quick killer for the lovely mien you’ve been working on all year, and add to that some Christmas stress and dark evenings and you’ve made a recipe for some not so pretty things.
All the Christmas movies and holiday ads show sparkling faces in cozy sweaters, but this is real-life people, and I don’t know about you but I definitely don’t look like a beautiful snow bunny…I barely have the time, or the motivation, to add some mascara to these orbs.
So, if you’re out of time, out of caring, and SO out of money to run off to a spa for a nice facial before Christmas photos begin, here’s some cheap, quick, fix-your-skin tips:
While I was reading my new favorite beauty-book, How to Look Expensive, I kept running across some really fantastic tips. I picked out the ones you don’t need to buy another product for to share with you. I know some products do work wonders, but **confession** I am THE ABSOLUTE WORST with products. I buy them, see them on my shelf, and more often than not, never use them. For some reason, I can’t muster up the 20 extra seconds I would need to make them part of my routine. It’s terrible, I know, but it’s the truth. So, Without giving too many away, here’s a few of my no-new-product faves:
Lustig offers this little recipe for a DIY facial per the suggestion of Stacy Cox, a supposed skin-care guru. I was a little dubious, but since none of the ingredients sounded like they would have some horrifying side-effect, I gave it a try:
I was expecting the mixture to be a bit thicker but the book didn’t offer any additional mixing directions besides stirring them together so that’s all I did. I kept rubbing as much as I could onto my face and then let it sit for about 20 minutes. The egg tightens your skin and makes it feel pretty strange, but when I rinsed it off with some warm water my skin was fantastically smooth. So, what did it do?
This girl says milk is a fabulous skin softner and great for hydrating during the winter months. She should know too, since she’s a licensed esthetician. Natural things like apple juice also are rich in vitamins that your skin loves. And the egg? Even though I was a bit grossed out by slapping it onto my face, it actually serves as a firming mask. Reagan says natural ingredients are always the best, so when you do go out in search of new products, stay away from the chemicals. She says sodium laurel sulfate is in many intense cleansers that are meant to get rid of acne, but actually, it often dries the skin out too much causing more build-up of dead skin cells and clogged pores: yuck!
If you’re wanting to stay in the kitchen for your skin-care, Reagan says an avocado mask is always a great idea for hydration, and for a scrub? mix cornmeal, honey, olive oil, yogurt, and any type of fruit. I’m always excited to try out something new, especially if I can just wander into my pantry and emerge with a new face! Happy new complexion everyone-
– <3 A.
I celebrated my birthday over this past weekend. Even though I always say that I hate how the weather never cooperates with my dreams of being forced to snuggle inside to hide from the frigid outside, I have to say it’s pretty nice to be able to take the party outdoors even though I’m a November-baby. For once, thanks California.
This year I celebrated pretty casually. A game of croquet that suddenly became a race to who could beat the Birthday Girl the fastest-I lost, a lot –homemade bread and a pasta-dinner made by my wonderful mother, some black and white, pink and mint, brownies and lemon bars, trick-candles (thanks mum), and sharing the day with my favorite people.
I was showered with love and beautiful things. One thing I thought would be perfect to share with my blog-friends though was my gift from this girl:
She lived up to her reputation of impeccable candle scents. Her choice of Calvin Klein’s “Winter Fruit” was pretty spectacular. She also gave me the book How to Look Expensive by Andrea Pomerantz Lustig. The book is packed with info and tips on how to look expensive even if you have a very cheap budget.
Lustig gives the classic “splurge” and “save” suggestions so you can choose where you want to skimp a bit and where you want to spend more. While I was browsing through the makeup section, I kept noticing that a lot of her “save” suggestions were E.L.F. products.
I was kind of surprised actually. I’ve bought E.L.F products before but that’s mostly because I cringe at spending $10 on a new eye-shadow color that I will probably hate anyway so I try it out for $1 instead. According to Lustig though, they actually make pretty good stuff!
Two of her “save” options from E.L.F. really caught my attention:
She recommended these two products as a “save” option if you’re looking to try a primer or a highlighter. With all of the new makeup products now, by the time you’ve bought concealer, powder, foundation, primer, highlighter, eye-brightener, and moisturizer, you could have spent a small fortune and only have tackled skin products! According to Lustig though, with the primer you get a nice base to apply your more expensive foundation to, and the illuminator gives your skin some glow instead of covering it with a matte powder all the time.
It wasn’t in the book, but I use some of E.L.F’s brushes as well as their eyelash curler and you seriously cannot beat the price. And, unless you are a bit of a makeup snob, they are also perfectly good utensils. I don’t know about you but I’d much rather spend my cash on something other than a fancy eyeshadow brush.
– <3 A.
Pretty much everyday, regardless of what I’m doing, I have visions of my efforts turning out one way and ending up an entirely different way instead. I’ve begun to see it’s a slow exercise in learning to be satisfied with this instead of that.
My pursuit for “that” instead of “this” though is never one pursued quite as contentiously as the one for my hair.
Every morning, my first idea is for my hair to turn out something like that:
A one-woman war with a hair-dryer, straightener, and hairspray later though, this isn’t looking so good. Ok, so sometimes down doesn’t work. Option two: put it up! That usually works. Maybe something cute and out of my way like that:
This is seriously not working:
At this point, panic sets in. If down doesn’t look like that, and up looks like this, this is not going to be a a good day. Though I am loathe to say it, my hair has a very influential role in my daily mood. If it falls how I want, I march out the door almost giddy at how easy I had it that morning. If I’m still struggling 10000 bobby pins later for an up-do to appear “effortless” I leave with the darkest of clouds hanging over my head. Pretty sad, yes?
Today though, I am taking extreme measures. Today, I am going here:
I’m not holding my breath though. Mostly because as soon as I wake up instead of feeling like that:
I know that my day is going to look something like this:
And so, up it goes, better throw some extra pins in my bag because this up-do will probably come a-tumbling down at some point and I will have to continue to strive to be content with this instead of that.
Happy Friday everyone! Hope you all have an excellent weekend, regardless of what state your hair ends up in.
– <3 A.