Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Sprayed Back Into Submission

I have this ish where I don't like to wash my hair everyday. It's just too much of a hassle, with all of the blowing and drying and straightening--plus I always look better the day after a wash. Well sometimes I take it to the extreme (that can only be blamed on laziness). Well, it came to haunt me in a big way last Friday, when I was just about ready to spend the evening with some friends. The dress was on, earrings in, and makeup just about finished...and then I saw it. Greasy roots. The kind that makes you think everyone else will wonder if you rode your bike to the bar, because you have a sort of helmet headish thing happening.

I don't really like slicking my hair back into a ponytail for a night out, so happy was I, that only a couple of weeks earlier I had picked up one of my favorite products to-date. Ojon Rub-Out Dry Cleanser had been under the sink just waiting for a disaster like this. I whipped it out and started spraying like mad--making sure to pay extra attention to the roots (at one point, spraying a little too close and appearing as though I had dropped baby powder on my tresses--lesson learned). Now I remember the dry shampoos from the mid-nineties, and boy have we come a long way! This formula absorbs oil slicks, clears up excess residue, and fixes the result of a heavy hand on styling products. All it took was a handful of spritzes plus a little massaging of the head, and I was back to having Beyonce-esque volume once again. Ingenious! (And might I add, I smelled wonderful--the whole line leaves you smelling most desireable).

Tip: You don't have to wait until your hair needs a washing...you can also use this gem to give your roots a little extra volume any time of the week!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Weekend Inspiration

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye." -Miss Piggy

Friday, June 20, 2008

Orange You Glad I Review, Too?

I rarely stray from my trusty faves. And that includes DiorShow. I reference it in every 5 posts, as the one and only way to complete the perfect eye. But this past week I was tempted like a girl on prom night. Everything I have learned about how to stay true and fast to the things I know to be good and right, totally flew out the window. Actually, I've been flirting with this idea for a while, and I finally gave in with a 2 minute phone call. My sister-in-law called me with a "Have you tried the new Lash Blast by CoverGirl?" That was all I needed to hear. Straight to the drugstore I drove, and picked up the fat orange tube of greatness that I had read about for months now. What I have to speak about, is a mascara that's completely different from the ones we're used to. The wand consists of a rubbery brush, and a blunt edge. I've now used it many times (in the car too--which is always a good test--I've yet to smudge it on my eyes), and there are a few key things I'm lovin. It coats your lashes easily, but not so thickly that you end up with black flakes and smears. Also, it comes off quickly at the end of the night (you'd be surprised how much product ends up on your cotton). One swipe is perfect for daytime, in that it doesn't give you the fake-lashes look, but you would need multiple swipes for evening. The only gripe I have with it, is that if you want some extra oomph, you definitely need to use your curler first. Although it claims to give good curl, it seems to me that it actually battles it. All in all, I will never turn my back on my beloved DiorShow, but this is definitely what's holding my attention.

Art Steady..

My goodness, can I take any longer to post something new? Well, it's been a slew of one-thing-after-the-nexts, and so here I find myself with a little update from almost two weeks ago...ah, well.

The bestie came into town, and what did I find on her nails? None other than some multi-colored leopard print, of course! No, they weren't press-on's...and to be honest, I really couldn't stop staring. At first I teased her, "Remember when we used to go down and get our acrylics airbrushed?..are you bringing it back?" (this of course was circa-1999, when we would venture down to the toughest neighborhood we could find, because we were just trying to "keep it real" out in the suburbs). Well, my teasing turned into reminiscing, and my reminiscing into curiosity. It was really growing on me. What would happen if I mixed a great sense of style, with just a slight sense of the other? Come on, you see Rihanna doing it at the Grammy's, and well...okay, maybe that's the only example I can think of.
So off I went, down to New York Nails, to pick out the first design I've had grace my fingertips since my Senior year of high school. Back then, it was a run-in with 1-inch fading blue lightning bolts. 15 minutes later (I kid you not--these folks are experts at this stuff..apparently mine was a very simple design!), I left sans acrylics, but with a custom-made variation of something I'd seen on the wall. It lasted much longer than they had predicted (1.5 weeks, as opposed to 3 days), and I'll definitely be back to experiment with the rasta colors I'm diggin' next. That's right, I keeps it reals.
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