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Pretty New Year – My Beauty Resolutions for 2012

3 Jan

Happy New Year, readers! I can’t believe it’s already 2012! To be honest, I have no complaints about moving on to this year. I don’t know about you, but I’m in dire need of a fresh start. Do you make any New Year’s resolutions for this year? I’m pretty terrible at keeping resolutions myself, but I figure that if I make them beauty related, that I’ll be more likely to stick to them. (We all know that even if I intend to start working on my fitness, keep my room clean, or improve my math skills, somewhere around February my resolve to do any of those things will peter out.) Are you the same way? If so, here are seven pretty New Year’s resolutions that I’m going to stick with that will be good for me in the long run – some fun, some challenging – and feel free to take them for yourself!

Resolution No. 6: Play with My Hair

Resolution No. 6: Play with My Hair

  1. This may be a little gross, but I have a tendency to pick at my skin, often for no reason (i.e., even if I have no pimples). Sometimes I really can’t help myself. I’ve gotten a lot better at controlling this, but I am going to stop picking, poking, and squeezing this year. I have nice skin! I should leave it alone. (Science fun fact: this is called dermatillomania.)
  2. This is another bad one: I am not great at remembering to take my makeup off before I go to bed. Especially with the advent of so many makeup removal wipes on the market and the fact that I received a limited-edition Clarisonic Mia for my birthday this year, this is inexcusable behavior. (And the more regularly I remove my makeup at night, the better my skin will be – therefore, the less I will have anything to pick at. Good habits beget more good habits!)
  3. Moisturize with more regularity/frequency. I guess the importance of this is especially apparent to me in winter, when parts of my face (I have combination skin) are flaking off like a sfogliatelle and the rest of it is just drier than usual – but my face is the only part of my body that I give any moisturizer love to because of its high visibility. I need to moisturize my whole body ALL the time. I recently read somewhere that I should keep my moisturizer in the shower so I can apply it as soon as I towel off – and I’ve started doing that. I’m pretty forgetful, but this has worked out pretty well so far!
  4. Start an anti-aging skincare regime. I’m in my early twenties, sure, and I am very lucky that my skin is in the shape that it is, but I am getting a little anxious about my skin. I especially need to start taking care of the area around my eyes, my forehead, and around my mouth, because I am highly expressive. Related: I need to find my ultimate everyday SPF facial moisturizer. Recommendations, anyone?
  5. Switch up my beauty routine! I completely love the beauty look I have now, but sometimes I feel like I’ve taken the easy way out and that I’m too comfortable with it. I know there’s the whole adage, “find what works for you and stick with it,” but beauty is an art – and artists should take risks! I wear “crazy” lipstick shades often, but in high school I used to wear bright eyeshadow shades with way more frequency than I do now – I’m going to try to get back into doing that, at least once in a while.
  6. On a related note to the last, I NEVER experiment with my hair. I don’t mean cutting it all off, because I’ve had short hair, long hair, bangs, layers, and everything in between. My hair is ALWAYS straight, however, and I never take the time to curl it or make it wavy, so I want to play with my hair more this year. And I’ve never dyed my hair and I keep thinking about taking the plunge, or at least with semi-permanent dye – is this my year?
  7. Drink more water. You might be thinking this is an easy one, but only in the past year have I started to drink more water. I am really proud of myself about my hydration habits and this year, I’m keeping it up! I drink maybe three or four glasses a day, so I’m going to attempt to up the ante a little bit. It’s so good for the body and the skin – and I get migraine headaches, so I’m hoping that drinking more water will help them.

Okay, everyone – what do you think of my New Year’s beauty resolutions? Am I going to stick with them? Do you have any advice for me to help me keep my resolutions (I would love the help!)? Are there any on here that you are going to try to keep yourself this year?

Thank you so much for reading my blog in 2011. I’ve really appreciated all your visits and comments, and I hope you stop by in 2012!


A Plea for (Hair) Help and Advice

19 Sep

I’ve never claimed to know everything about beauty. I love you guys too much to not be honest with you. For heaven’s sake, I told you that I’ve attempted to give myself a Brazilian (and I don’t learn from my mistakes sometimes because I tried that two more times…)! My greatest weakness in the industry, friends, is hair. I have an embarrassing gaping hole in my knowledge about haircare, styling, products, you name it. I do have some limited knowledge! – but it’s not much. I can take care of my own, and I’m pretty lucky that I’m even capable of doing so. But I come to you now seeking advice.

A few months ago, a friend of mine casually dropped a bombshell that one’s hair texture changes every decade or so and that this is totally natural. She said hers was now super curly. I kind of scoffed at her. “There’s NO way,” I said. “My hair’s been like this since I was born. My mom’s hair has always been the same.” My mom has always had straight hair and I got that gene. My hair kind of does what it wants (which is do nothing but lie there), but that’s fine, because I don’t know how to do anything with it anyway.

About two years ago I went through some severe stress, which I don’t think has really stopped since that point. A LOT of my hair fell out, but I’m pleased (and grateful) to report that by now, most of it has grown back, though I didn’t think it ever would. HOWEVER – it seems to have grown back in a different texture.

Guys, what the hell? A lot of my hair is coarser and kind of wavy. How do I deal with this? Do I style the same way (which is not at all)? Is my hair going to be like Kim Kardashian’s (someone say yes)? Is it eventually going to grow in crazy curly like a poodle? What am I supposed to do here? I haven’t been handling this all that well. I’d just been pulling out some of the weird, abnormal hair, but I realized that at least 45% of my hair is like that now so I can’t really get away with that. Please help!

I appreciate any and all advice that you guys can give, and am anxiously awaiting your comments. Thank you.

Product Spotlight: Sebastian Volupt Spray

9 Aug

Hey there, readers! I have something a little different for you this afternoon: a haircare product! I may have mentioned previously that I’m not so into hair – mine is very straight and typically refuses to hold a curl. But if you have straight hair, you might deal with something that I find unacceptable – flatness. I know straight hair is the envy of many, but mine isn’t crazy thick and I need some volume in my every day routine.

May I introduce to you my hair volumizer of choice, Sebastian Volupt Spray!

Sebastian Volupt Spray

Sebastian Volupt Spray

I met this product through my hairstylist, Dena, who has been doing my hair since I was in single digits – really! She always has great advice for me and uses cutting-edge (bad pun?) products and tools. She told me about tourmaline brushes and hair dryers, ceramic flat irons (not that I need one, but still), and has told me about the coolest hair sprays and gels from Tigi BedHead to Redken. She also cuts my mom’s hair, and introduced her to Pureology (a great, trendy line for color-treated hair).

I’m sure if you’ve used different hair products, then you know that OMG SOME OF THEM SMELL LIKE POISON. Whenever I curl my hair (very infrequently, but for some special occasions), I am so afraid to inhale whatever spray I use to keep my hair in place. (Though it may be the magical hairspray elixir of life, I really don’t like the smell of Elnett. Yick.) Not to mention, older cans of products still have an active hand in ripping open the ozone layer.

But check out Sebastian Volupt Spray – it’s a spray gel (though it feels way lighter than any spray gel I’ve struggled to use in the past) and smells fresh and clean. Shake to activate! Spray on my damp hair – I use three to five squirts – and then blow dry as normal (which doesn’t look normal when I do it because my head is upside down). The result of this low-maintenance styling is soft hair (that stands up higher on my head!) with plenty of body to go around.

I checked out the ingredients for the first time today – I know, I know – and saw that there was something fishy about them. Not in a bad way, but literally fishy. One of the first ingredients is chitosan. I racked my brain when I saw this word and the first thing that came to mind was shellfish. That couldn’t be, could it?

It could and it is! Though I do know a decent amount about raw materials that go into cosmetics, I don’t know any chitosan distributors, so I had to Wikipedia this one. Chitosan is created by a chemical reaction that breaks down chitin – which is what makes the exoskeletons of crustaceans so strong. (Are you freaking out? Don’t. There are so many things in beauty products and food you might not even know about that are a little more disorienting than a bit of exoskeleton.) I poked around a little more to find out why chitosan is in my hairspray, and it turns out that not only can it strengthen the hair while making it softer (like some sort of mind-blowing suit of armor for hair), it also acts as an antistatic, protecting your hair from drying out.

Well, I don’t know about you, but I think that’s pretty awesome. I want to come up with a new campaign for this product…incorporating Poseidon sounds about right.

So there you go – another product that uses the awesome power of science to create something awesome and indispensable! (Honestly, if they had explain the uses of certain formulas in high school chemistry, maybe I would have paid closer attention.) Interested in checking out Sebastian Volupt Spray’s might yourself? Either check out Sebastian‘s website to find a salon distributing near you, or you can buy it here on Amazon.com.

(Disclosure: I bought Sebastian Volupt spray myself after it was recommended to me.)

Have you tried Sebastian Volupt Spray? Or have you found something better? Let me know in the comments!

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