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FBV: Inspired by Spring

9 Mar

March officially does roll in like a lion! My house has been buried in snow- making my new commute to work extremely frightful- testing every ounce of driving skill I have (and believe me, I’m just not that skilled)! Since the weather refuses to warm up around here, it’s time to bring some spring into my life via my makeup case. If you’re anything like me, you wear the same makeup look almost every day. I rock my nude shadow, black liner, and peach blush glow about 28 days in the month. It’s time to mix it up- so I can at least feel some small measure of hope that warm weather is in fact on its way

Here are some popular beauty trends (only those worth following) that we will see everywhere this spring.

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1. Pink is the new Red

Toss those red lipsticks you’ve been hoarding and replace them with a lovely shade of pink! It’s less daunting, daring, and can be more universally flattering. Stores are rolling out shades and shades of pink lipsticks and consumers are snapping them up like candy. You will see the fashion world’s most influential females walking the streets with these feminine shades! Still attached to your red? Go one shade to two shades lighter or switch to something with a bit more orange to brighten your look for spring. Here are some of my absolute favorite options:

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·      MAC Pink Pigeon Lipstick – Limited Edition (a whopping 26 bucks- but so worth it!)

·      Revlon- 423 Pink Velvet (just 5$)

·      Clarins Joli Rouge- Baby Pink (22$ but great for anyone who needs something hypoallergenic like yours truly)

 

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2. Violet Eyes

I’ll admit it, purple is probably one of my least favorite colors on the planet. I much prefer a gorgeous green, bold indigo blue, or vivacious coral. Even I however am intrigued by the soft, violet shades popping up on my Pinterest feed. It might be worth a try… If you have green eyes- purple will make this hardest eye color to genetically re-create sparkle like an emerald!

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  • Pur Naturals in Lavender (8$- available online, and safe for contact wearers)
  • Maybelline NY in Lawless Lavender (only 2$!)
  • Too Faced Exotic Color Intense in Violet Femme (18$ This one will last forever- the color is super-pigmented so beware! Use sparingly!)

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3. An obsession with Mint-Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Probably the most standout spring obsession right now is the focus on the minty green color reminiscent of one of America’s favorite ice cream flavors. Clothes in this flattering color are flying off the racks. Recently I was at TJ Maxx, searching through the haphazard clearance section when I discovered a gorgeous mint nail polish I just HAD to have. Normally, I rock my dark “Lincoln Park at Midnight” by OPI on an almost daily basis but I haven’t taken the pale green off my nails since I brought it home.

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  • Butter London in Fiver (15 whopping dollars but my absolute favorite- if I can afford it!
  • Revlon Top Speed in #320 Jaded (5$ and dries quickly for those days you’re in a rush)
  • Essie Mint Candy Apple (5-7$ depending where you get it

Happy Weekend Ladies!

~AJ

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The Weekend Edition: A Stately Tower

2 Feb

Her neck is like a stately tower —Thomas Lodge

Her neck rose [from folds of a shawl] like a column of slightly discolored Cararra marble —Arthur Train

Neck … as a tower of ivory —The Holy Bible/Song of Solomon

Bahahahahaha! I can’t help but laugh out loud when reading these. Can you believe that the aforementioned phrases are actually romantic expressions from ages past? If my boyfriend told me I had a neck like a stately tower, I’d probably clobber him. Ummm, if he said anything like “slightly discolored marble”? He’d be lying on the floor, knocked into oblivion (I’m really not a violent person, really I’m not). A compliment from a guy (in my personal opinion) should be something like, “wow, you look amazing! Stunning. Marvelous…. I’m speechless- come over here and kiss me.” But that’s just me…

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So you’re probably wondering why I’m talking about the the neck. My biggest jewelry obsession this past year has been- NECKLACES. I’ve acquired far too many in space of 12 months… and I am not yet satisfied. Here are my new baubles- if you look closely, you can really see how many are actually hanging there…

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My pinboard on Pinterest is chock full of beautiful, glitzy, fantastic statement pieces…. Follow the board here: http://pinterest.com/ajlepard18/fantastic-baubles/

Pearls

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I love, love, love pearls. there is nothing as classy- or cool- as a string of white, iridescent circles hanging from your neck. Below is a necklace I made myself…. and I am NOT a crafty lady. If you like it, get the tutorial here (I changed it up a bit to match my personal style): http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/diy-pearl-necklace

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Here Are some examples for how to wear them:

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  1. 1. With Ribbon. Get the tutorial for how to make these here: http://www.thecraftyblogstalker.com/2011/07/ribbon-pearl-necklace.html
  2. String a bunch of different strands together.
  3. If you make one investment, buy a super long strand of pearls like this- there are over 20 different ways to wear this necklace. Tie it in a huge knot, wrap it around your wrist, or wear it as is with a plain chain- there are ENDLESS possibilities.
  4. Take a long strand of pearls (or two) and secure it with a brooch- the finished look is elegant and chic!

All that Glitters

What could brighten your day more than wearing some vicious sparkle close to your face. You can find great rhinestone necklaces everywhere!

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  1. Beaded or jeweled collars are huge right now. This one is only 26 dollars and its perfect for spring. http://us.asos.com/countryid/2/ASOS-Rossetti-Floral-Collar-Necklace
  2. This one is my personal favorite. It has colors, sparkle, and has an eclectic, tribal yet girly vibe. This one is more expensive but check out forever21 or Love21 for very similar styles. http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/haskell-necklace-silver-tone-multi-color-bead-statement-necklace
  3. Again, color and rhinestones make a huge statement. I love this bib-like acrylic version from Anthropologie. http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=26437897
  4. If you want to keep it simple and girly- this one is only 12 dollars ladies. http://store.delias.com/product/neon+rainbow+necklace+with+stones+307234.do?sortby=ourPicks

Charmed, I’m Sure

If you don’t like to make a huge statement with necklaces, stick with a tried and true charm necklace. There are hundreds of options to reflect any personality. I just got a gold giraffe for Christmas that suddenly goes with everything- I haven’t taken it off since I opened the package.

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  1. The luck of the Irish- at least we Irish like to think we’re lucky. $12.20 http://www.delias.com
  2. Anchors away! Nautical is always a classic look. $12.50 http://www.delias.com
  3. A wise owl for 3.99? I think I can do that. http://www.cutratecrafts.com/product.php/sku/359587
  4. Can you crochet? Try making yourself a charm. I wish I had learned! Look for ones to buy on http://www.etsy.com if you’re thus unskilled like myself.
  5. Check out some vintage stores for old lockets. I have had mine forever- and it’s still cool.

Metallic Cool

If you like a more classic look, still with these simple metallics. They’re understated, sleek, and will never go out of fashion.

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  1. Get your name engraved- or another cool saying you’re famous for. Several sites online do this. Check out http://www.etsy.com for a cheaper option than a jewelry retailer.
  2. Be a mix metal master- the rules stopping us from wearing gold and silver together have flown out the window! http://www.poshlocket.com/products/necklace-45
  3. I love anything from the Art Deco Era- and this one is perfect.  http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=f21&Category=acc_necklace&ProductID=1023802891&VariantID=
  4. A twisted box chain? Oh yes! especially when its under $15. http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=f21&Category=acc_necklace&ProductID=1022927241&VariantID=

Here are a few necklaces on my radar- definite future purchases for me!

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Happy Weekend!

~AJ

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From The Beauty Vault: Unwanted Visitors in your Beauty Box

31 Jan

I don’t know about you, but I am kinda a germaphobe. Thoughts of creepy, crawly bacteria make the hairs stand up on the back of my head and propel a desire to run for some bleach and boiling water! You may not possess the same fear of germs as I however, there are some important facts about bacteria and beauty products that you must know about. If unaware, these cantankerous creepers just may be lurking in your beauty boxes and wreaking havoc on your face.

Brush Strokes

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You know those tools you use to paint your face every day? Those bristly brushes that help you achieve complexion perfection (well, almost perfection)? When was the last time you cleaned them? Think about it- these brushes touch your skin EVERY single day (or every time you apply makeup). Each time you use them, the brush picks up a little more oil and bacteria no matter how clean your face is. Multiply that by 365 if you haven’t cleaned your brushes in a year- GROSS! Cleaning your beauty tools on a regular basis will help anyone with acne or excessive oil. You will be amazed at how fast your skin clears once they are cleaned regularly. Storage is also important. It is best to keep your brushes in an enclosed container, protecting them from any bacteria in the air, or germs from your other makeup bottles.

Check out this site here: This girl shows us just how quickly the bacteria on your brushes can multiply- with a microscope no less. http://makeuputopia.com/magazine/makeup-microbiology-or-why-dirty-makeup-brushes-are-disgusting

How to Clean your brushes:

1. Boil some water

2. In a small cup (or two, if you have a lot of brushes), place one tablespoon of vinegar and top off with the boiling water. Stir together with a spoon.

3. Place your brushes in the cup and swish them around a little bit. Then, leave the brushes to soak for 20 minutes. Note: Clean larger foundation or blush brushes, such as a Kabuki brush in their own cup- especially if you are a mineral makeup user.

4. After soaking, rinse the brushes with hot water, then switch the temperature to cold and rinse again.

5. Pat dry with a clean towel. I always like to leave them to dry completely overnight laid out on a flat surface on yet another towel

** please repeat every other week if possible

Check the Date!

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When was the last time you bought Mascara? Foundation? Eye shadow? Did you know that all makeup products have expiration dates? If you’re anything like me, you refuse to listen to those little dates. Makeup is so expensive now that I want to use every drop and get my money’s worth! So why shouldn’t we take the plunge and continue to use the blush we bought for 25 bucks four years ago?

  • The use of expired cosmetics may cause skin rashes, irritation and reddening.
  • In some cases individuals with sensitive skin develop allergic reactions.
  • The use of old mascara can lead to bacterial infection in the eye.
  • Expired lipsticks can cause swelling, itching and allergies in the lips.
  • The use of expired eye shadows leads to eye infections. At times an eye condition called the red eye can occur due to the use of old cosmetics.

True Story: When I was living in Paris, I refused to spend my money on something so trivial as new makeup (I think the mascara I used was over 6 months old). I wanted to travel, to eat really good food, and buy clothes I could brag about when I returned to the states (What was so wrong with that right?). Towards the end of my studies at the Sorbonne, I developed a huge bump on my eyelid. It felt like I had a constant grain of sand skimming my iris, causing my eyes to tear up 24/7. Needless to say, I had to see a weird french eye doctor who prescribed me some smelly yellow eyedrops to get rid of my lovely stye. Upon my return to the states, I went to see my eye doctor for a routine checkup before classes began. My eyes were still not in good shape. Dr. Renee ended up having to scrape the old makeup off my eyelids with a metal tool and pluck out a few of my eyelashes! My checkup ended with a strict lecture about makeup use and how irreplaceable my eyes are. Ouch….

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(What a stye looks like)

Here’s a guide to how long you should use your products via timelessfinance.com

  • With the exception of perfume and nail polish, if you bought it more than two years ago, toss it. Most perfumes are made with a lot of alcohol so it’ll typically last quite a few years (which is good news since perfume is expensive).
  • Eye products like mascara and liquid eyeliner should not be used more than three months after the date of purchase. These products will grow bacteria. Your eyes are one of the most sensitive parts of your body so protect them and keep them clean. And definitely don’t put moldy makeup on them!
  • Cream foundation and concealers will only last 6 to 12 months. These can become toxic and cause rashes, irritation, and infections if used too long after opening.
  • Liquid foundations only last 3 to 6 months. If you notice that a liquid foundation has started to settle, separate, thicken, or thin then it has gone bad.
  • Powdered foundation can last up to two years if kept clean and dry.
  • Garbage your powdered eye shadows and blushes after about one year. I’ve read some sites that say they can last up to two years if they’re good quality and kept in ideal conditions. I would err on the side of caution – these tend to look the same for ages so it might be hard to tell if they did go bad after a year.
  • Lip glosses and lipsticks can last a full year, but only if you don’t let dirt and gunk get into them. Again, err on the side of caution because expired lip glosses and lipsticks can give you mouth sores. Nasty.
  • Pencil-like products including lip liner and eyeliner also last a solid year.  If you notice one of these products starting to dry out or crumble, then it’s no good. Ditch it.
  • Cleansers and moisturizers last about 6 months. These often have natural ingredients and decay faster as a result. Note that if you’re using a thin layer of Vaseline to moisturize before bed, this particular product lasts a very long time (it’s petroleum-based).

Confessions of the Lazy Lady

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We’ve all done it. When I get home from a late night with my boyfriend or a girls night out THE LAST thing I want to do is wash my face. I’d much rather fall into bed, full clothed and sleep for the next ten hours. Unfortunately, One of the best things you can do to invite creepy, crawly bacteria into your life is to sleep in your makeup. For those of you with acne (Comme moi!) its the absolute worst thing you can do for your face. Think about it. You’ve already worn the makeup for 14 hours, and now you’re going to tack on another 8 or so? Throughout the day, your makeup picks up dirt, bacteria, and free radicals that, if left untouched, enter your skin and cause some harmful side effects! Not to mention the disgusting residue you are leaving on your pillow…

“Sleeping in your makeup can result in unnecessary exposure to the free radicals in the environment, which the makeup holds on to,” says Dr. Eric Schweiger. “Free radicals cause the breakdown of healthy collagen, which results in fine lines on the skin. Additionally, makeup can clog the pores while you sleep, resulting in the development of acne.” (www.huffingtonpost.com)

Your nightly routine should look like this:

1. Cleanse with a good makeup remover. Almay makes a great one- check it out at your local Wal-Mart.

2. Cleanse or Exfoliate Excess dirt (only exfoliate once a day or every other day- over exfoliation causes just as much damage to your skin). Check out Neutrogena’s line of exfoliators which range from extra gentle, sand-like formulas for sensitive skin to harsher acne-busting ones.

3. Use an astringent/toner (non-alcohol based unless your skin is really oily). I would also recommend you check out Neutrogena for this.

4. Moisturize! Even if you have acne, moisturizing before bed is important. Use an oil free formula to prevent breakouts. If you don’t, your face will generate even more oil to make up for the loss of moisture- and that means more clogged pores!

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Lessons Learned Here:

  • Clean your makeup brushes on a regular basis
  • Don’t use expired makeup
  • Stop being lazy- wash your face every night, no matter how tired you are. Sleep in the ten minutes you will lose the next morning! The benefits of washing regularly completely outweigh the satisfaction of a nice flop into bed.

There you have it ladies, lessons from a true germaphobe!

~AJ

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The Weekend Edition: My Favorite Places for Unusual Finds

26 Jan

We’ve all felt this way at some point: You walk into church/work/class feeling pretty snazzy in a new top. It’s super cute, trendy, and positively, perfectly you! After walking into one of the aforementioned environments, your face falls at some other girl wearing the exact same thing! Immediately the piece is hidden in the hallowed halls of your closet, taking up some valuable space. What was once perfect has taken on some kind of plague- only to be worn when you haven’t done laundry in a month. Is this the right attitude to have? Absolutely not! I do however admittedly go out of my way to avoid this by shopping at some very unusual places online. Here are three of my favorite places to buy things NO ONE else will have.

1. MODCLOTH (http://www.modcloth.com/)

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a bit about the company via their homepage:

“ModCloth is democratizing fashion one indie, vintage, and retro-inspired style at a time! The fashionable fun of vintage clothing and modern designs is always in season here. We welcome you to our wonderful world of retro clothing, accessories, handbags, and shoes, where fresh floral patterns and flirty designs flourish, and cute dresses, fun frocks, and vintage swimwear spring into style. ModCloth provides an exciting and engaging online shopping experience for everyone in search of cute clothing designed with vintage fashion flair. Dozens of darling designs are added daily, so check back often for our perfect pieces of statement jewelry, our ravishingly retro dresses, and even more hot hits in indie clothing. We’re your sweetest source for women’s clothing and vintage-inspired fashion!”

This company is a lot like Anthropologie (a personal favorite of mine) – without the huge price tags on most items. You can find everything here from jewelry and dresses to college dorm stuff. I looove their tops and dresses. If you’re a cardigan gal, snag a cute embroidered pick from here before they sell out!

Pros:

  • A wide selection of unusual pieces- especially dresses
  • Free shipping after $50
  • Each piece is named and described in a fun, almost poetic way- I could just read their descriptions for hours without even buying anything.
  • Be the Buyer- sign up on their site and help the company choose what to sell. They usually have a large gallery of possible clothing selections that you can vote yes, no, or maybe to. It makes you feel like you’re making the decisions.
  • New styles are added- Every, Single Day!

Cons

  • Sizes go fast- if you find something, buy it as soon as you see it
  • They have some overpriced items- watch out for fabrics (stay away from acrylic)
  • If you’re a size 0 or 2, the selections are very small. Most of their clothing only has a S-XL range
  • Read reviews before you buy!

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2. SheInside (http://www.sheinside.com)

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A bit about the company: “Sheinside.com was one of the web’s first online stores and has been helping the fashion-conscious look fabulous since 2008. Based in China, Sheinside offers the latest street style dresses, coats, boots & more. If you’re tired of going out and finding someone else with the exact same outfit, or if you’re looking for a new, fresh look that nobody else has then you’re at the right place. We offer the latest (almost daily) in women’s fashion from the high-streets of London, Paris, Tokyo, Shanghai &New York at a price you can afford.. Our target audience is the fashion conscious 18-35 women’s wear market. We aim to be exciting and innovative, offering our customers the fashion they want, when they want. To stay in touch with the ever changing trends within our market we have developed a dynamic and very responsive organisation.”

Pros:

  • Free International shipping
  • A unique points system for members, giving you access to further discounts
  • Live chatting and a swift customer service department
  • A trends and lookbook section that will help you style their pieces

Cons

  • This is an international company, so the sizing tends to be tricky. Make sure you check out the size guides and check the inches/centimeters against what you already own.
  • Again, small girls beware. XS is not offered on a lot of items. I find the smalls fit me as far as tops go but I have yet to be successful with bottoms from here.
  • A lot of polyester is used. Enough said.

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3. LuLu’s (http://www.lulus.com)

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Lulu’s was my very first shopping online shopping venture outside of the GAP or my personal favorite, JCrew (yeah, yeah, I know its overpriced- so does my bank account). I especially love their inexpensive shoes. A bit about the company: “LuLu*s started with the vision of providing the latest for the fashionably hip along with providing exceptional value, quality, and superb customer service. Since its inception in 1996, LuLu*s has grown from a mother-daughter dream to one of the web’s most outstanding shopping experiences. We offer a select choice of clothing, shoes and accessories. Our brands consist of emerging new designers and our buyers travel the world so that you can find a style to call your own. We buy in limited quantities as many of our items come fresh from our designers’ studios. We welcome you and hope that you visit often.”

Pros:

  • Cheap, cute shoes and jewelry
  • Dresses galore! Plus a modest selection of jackets- oh how I wish they had more.
  • Free shipping AND free returns (free returns are a plus since you just never know if you’ll like something)
  • Fast service!

Cons

  • Not all of the selections here are modest. Some dresses have cutouts at the waist or hang really low. Watch out for super short hemlines as well.
  • Website has a tendency to take forever to load! At least for me.
  • As always, check size guides and read all reviews before you buy. I have to size up at this site for most of their clothes.

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Other options:

http://www.forever21.com – I tend to stay away from this store because I hate the quality and lack of organization! But, I know many fashionable women who shop here

http://www.6pm.com – If you want discount designer duds, visit here. You can find skirts from Calvin Klein or DKNY for 20 bucks sometimes. And last year’s North Face jacket is sold here for 60 (instead of 200). Just beware of cookies from here on your browser. After visiting the site, clean them out or you’ll be seeing their ads everywhere you go online.

Places for our fabulous plus sized ladies: http://www.torrid.com or http://www.alloy.com in their extended sizes section. Both of these stores have things that are current, fashionable, and fit well.

There are so many places to shop online, it’s impossible to hit in them all. Hopefully, you’ll be inspired to find some unique, inexpensive finds here as spring swings in with its windy vigor!

~AJ

Romans 15:13 ESV

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

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From the Beauty Vault: Tackling Winter Hair

24 Jan

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Bonjour Winter! The white stuff has finally descended down upon my humble home, bringing frigid below 0 temperatures along with it- blech. Above is a view from my window on day 1 of the snow brigade- we are currently on day 4. Brrrrrrr! Snow and I have an agreement- it can come down as long as I don’t have to drive in it. The only problem is that snow never likes keeping that agreement. My prayers for safety go out to each and every on of you battling this onslaught!

Joshua 1:9 ESV

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Inspired by the cold weather, I decided to share some of my hair tips for surviving the winter with shiny locks.

Tips for Gorgeous Winter Hair

Let me begin by saying I am blessed with great hair genes. I have long, thick red hair that has been through hell and back (I will explain the sordid story later- let’s just say it involved a terrible purple dye job and 1 year of recovery) yet has still miraculously survived. Even if you don’t feel your hair is quite so resilient, there are so many tricks of the trade out there to protect those locks.

1. Don’t wash your hair every day, and when you do…

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Believe me on this one ladies- I am a true convert to the two-day wash. For years, I made a point to wash my hair every day and suffered all of the dry, cracked, and frizz infested symptoms that come with over-washing. I refused to believe that washing was the problem. Oh how wrong I was! My hair is 10x shinier, smoother, and softer since I stopped.

As I lack scientific knowledge in this department, here’s what the Experts say (Via Web MD):

“… Dermatologists and stylists agree that there’s little reason to shampoo every day.’Hair is a fiber,’ Dr. Mirmirani says. ‘Think of a wool fiber: The more you wash it, the worse it’s going to look. There’s no need to wash your hair every day.’ The longer, thicker, curlier, and more processed your hair, the longer it can go between washes. ‘This is because the oils from the scalp do not travel down the hair shaft as quickly, so the hair tends to be dry and requires less frequent shampooing,’ says Heather Woolery-Lloyd, MD, director of ethnic skin care at the University of Miami. Even most unprocessed, short, thin, straight hair can skip a day.

Click on the link for the full article: http://www.webmd.com/healthy-beauty/features/how-often-wash-hair

When you do wash your hair, place the emphasis on where most of the oils collect. For most of us, this is the part closest to our scalp, as well as any hairs close to the face. Condition only the ends of your hair (typically from the ears down). This will cut down oiliness, and will keep only the dry parts moisturized.

If you think you ABSOLUTELY must wash your hair- try a dry shampoo. I use this after I run sometimes when I still have to make a public appearance with little time to spare (but please don’t tell anyone). It’s the most amazing invention in haircare ever- and it’s not expensive. I get mine for three bucks from Suave (the one with the yellow cap- it smells the best). Baby powder also works as a dry shampoo (and its even cheaper) but I can’t stand that smell.

2. The Cold Water Rinse

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This is probably the absolute last tip anyone wants to hear during the cold winter: Rinse your hair in tepid water. After a long winter day, all I want is a hot, steaming shower. The problem is that hot water damages your hair by rinsing away the oils holding your hair together, making it dull, stringy, and full of tangles. If you want shinier, less frizzy locks, turn that temperature dial waaaaay down when rinsing (especially conditioner).

3. Stopping the Static

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Have you ever had those days where your hair sticks to everything? Have you ever pulled off your winter hat, only to discover your hair has decided to stick straight up on its own accord? Yep, you’ve got static issues! This happens when humidity leaves the air- a huge problem for those of us living in cold, dry places. Here are a few ways to get rid of static cling:

a. “Rub a dryer sheet on your hairbrush and then brush your hair. Dryer sheets are formulated to discourage static electricity production in the dryer. You can also rub the dryer sheet directly on your hair to encourage the hair to lie flat against your head.” I have never tried this but think its a novel idea! Read more: Source:  eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4830450_rid-static-cling-hair.html#ixzz2IvGJ4Pab

b. Spray your hairbrush with hairspray and brush out your locks while they’re damp. This is the method I use most often. I am such a hairspray addict that I never run out of it.

c. If you’re away from your bathroom sink, hand lotion is the best way to take care of an emergency static problem. Rub the lotion into your hand and run your fingers through the static-infested hairs before it dries on your skin. Make sure you only use the tiniest of bits and the lotion rub well into your hands to avoid clumps (dried clumps of lotion look like you spit toothpaste in your hair- gross).

d. I use a hair serum on my wet hair to prevent this problem. John Freida makes a great anti-frizz serum, and so does Garnier Fructis. Currently I have a bottle of coconut hair oil I’m testing out that my sister found for me at Wal-Mart. If my hair is extra dry, I slap it on my finished style before I waltz out the door. It helps my otherwise wavy hair stay straight without too much hairspray.

4. Never underestimate the power of the EGG

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 I know what most of you are thinking- an egg in my hair? Eeeeew! Get over it. Eggs are wonderful for all types of hair- plus, you can guarantee that your mom has a dozen just sitting in the fridge (and they don’t cost a lot to replace).

For dry hair- Use the egg yolks only- this is where all the conditioning nutrient are. This How-to is via thedailyglow.com

  • Crack open one egg (two if you have very long hair) and separate it so the yolk remains, then pour the yolk into a mixing bowl. Beat the egg yolk quickly with a fork or whisk until it is completely broken up and watery.
  • Add one tablespoon of olive oil to your egg yolk. Beat again with the whisk or a fork until it is completely combined. If you don’t have olive oil, you can use baby oil instead, as it makes hair especially smooth and smells lovely!
  • Next, slowly mix in one cup of lukewarm water. This is necessary in order to dilute the egg yolk and oil, which makes it easier to spread evenly throughout your entire head of hair.
  • Wet hair completely in the bath or shower, then cleanse with a gentle shampoo. Rinse with cool water and squeeze excess water from hair.
  • Pour half of the homemade egg yolk conditioner on top of your head. Use hands to apply the other half of the conditioner to the bottom of hair.
  • Comb your homemade conditioner through your hair using a wide-toothed comb or your fingertips. Be sure to coat hair evenly Let it sit for five minutes (I do fifteen).

BEWARE: Do not rinse your hair with hot water- unless of course you want gobbly bits of cooked egg stuck between your locks.

For Oily hair: Use egg whites only

  • Whip an egg white (two if you have long hair) with a fork until its foamy (you can also add a little lemon juice to help clean out the stubborn oils)
  • apply it to the scalp, working the egg down to the ends your hair strands with your fingers- be careful not to make too much of a mess as egg whites can be very runny. Better yet, grab a friend and have her pour the mixture into the scalp for you.
  • Leave it on for about thirty minutes and shampoo
  • Again- rinse with cold/tepid water.

There will be more to come from the beauty vault soon. I’ve been getting lot’s of questions lately- especially about hair. I think we are due for some styling tricks next.

~AJ

 

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The Weekend Edition: 8 Simple (non)Rules

19 Jan

The Weekend Fashion Edition 2

Let’s focus this weekend on some simple fashion guidelines I personally like to follow. You are perfectly welcome to think I’m wrong, crazy, or old-fashioned on this matter. Feel free to comment.

1.Rear Protection: Please, always cover your tooshie if not wearing real pants. No one, save guys who shouldn’t be looking in the first place, wants to see it.

-Leggings are not pants, I repeat, NOT PANTS. Always cover your rear, especially in something skin-tight. Any bumps, bubbles, or jiggles you hate will show through these babies.

-If you can’t bend over like a lady in your skirt or dress- it’s probably not a good idea. If you must, please add tights- for the rest of us poor souls who happen to be in your vicinity.

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2. If it doesn’t fit- GET RID of IT and don’t be caught dead in it.

-Too small: If you have to tuck, squeeze, or suck yourself into an item of closing it’s time to toss it in the Goodwill bin or sell it to a secondhand shop. Keeping clothes around that remind you of a smaller size is no motivation to lose weight plus, it just takes up important closet space. Have you seen a muffin-top lately? I have.

-Too large: Clothes that are too large also take up closet space. Style Alert: Large clothes often make a body look LARGER. That cute, oversized sweater? Keep- only if it looks good belted neatly at the waist. Otherwise, you’ll just look like a little girl in adult clothing.

3. Pajamas in public- I think not!

If you have to roll out of bed to get something at the store or go to class at least do the general public a favor by dressing. I can’t tell you how much it really bugged me to see girls in college walking around in their pjs for a 3pm class. Really? You just couldn’t get dressed? Grab some jeans, a T, sunglasses, and a scarf and go! Pjs belong in your home, apartment, bedroom, or dorm. The only excuse for this kind of behavior is being sick. It’s perfectly common to see the occasional pajama-clad individual in the pharmacy section.

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4. Don’t wear anything you’ll regret 20 years later

It’s totally ok to follow the latest fashion trends; fashion set in stone can be incredibly boring. Here’s my simple warning however: if you’ll regret seeing yourself in that cool neon track jacket or striped tights in your thirties- it’s best to leave it on the rack. Sometimes trends seem cool at the time but when you actually think about how you look, the stupidity explains itself. I like to think of myself as a very fashion-forward person but even I look back at some of my outfits and shake my head. Trust me, it’s best to save yourself from having to destroy/unlink/untag pictures later.

5. A scarf will make any outfit better

Take it from someone who lived in Paris (as yours truly has)- the scarf is a quintessential accessory that will make anything look better as well as solve many fashion dilemmas. Have a boring black coat that’s super warm but lacks zing? Add a scarf. Is a v-neck sweater too low? add a scarf. Did your friend buy the same blazer you came home with after Christmas? Add a scarf. Scarves come in all shapes, sizes, and fabrics these days and are acceptable in any season (I even wear one to the beach- it’s an instant hair accessory or coverup).

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6. Individuality Wins

No, this rule is not a contradiction of #4. We should always dress in a way that expresses who we are rather in the way society would like to press upon us. There is something to be said for individuality and creativity. Start a new Trend yourself! Important To Note: Coco Chanel came up with The Little Black Dress in an era where that sort of thing was unheard of.

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7. Modesty is the best policy

I hate to sound motherly, really I do, but sometimes a girls just needs to be reminded that covering up is better than showing off. I’m not into the whole turtleneck with a skirt to your ankle deal (no way- ugh!) but I do believe in dressing your body without showing it off. Girls with low tops or super short bottoms are asking for wrong attention and showing a small sign of desperation. Are you desperate? I think not!

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8. Be careful how you spend.

Everything is expensive these days- I mean everything! Put your money into something spectacular, something that will last for several years (unless of course you’re fortunate to still be growing). I love to spend my money on coats. Being from the snowy, wintery state of Michigan, I have an embarrassingly large collection of beautiful coats that will never go out of style. If you’ve got your eye on that new Fossil leather bag then save your money on those polka-dot jeans from the GAP (costing you 70 bucks) and you’ll soon find yourself hoofing it over to Macy’s, cash in hand. Believe me- those jeans will be shoved in the back of your closet after a few months (or year). Taking the risk of sounding like a broken record I will finish with this adage: Quality is better than Quantity.

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Have a stupendous weekend! It looks like my home is due for another round of frigid, white fluff- aka. I’m staying indoors and close to home ~AJ

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The Weekend Edition: Stripes

11 Jan

Welcome to my first weekend edition. To start off everyone’s 48 hours of freedom each week from work, school, or any other responsibility they must perform Monday-Friday, I would like to focus on one of my favorite subjects in life- Fashion!

The closet staple: A Striped Knit Shirt

A striped shirt is an absolute wardrobe must! Not only does it go with just about anything, it never goes out of style. Purchase one, and I guarantee you will find yourself wearing it more than once a week.

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To buy this exact shirt click here: http://www.lagarconne.com/store/item.htm?itemid=11679&sid=1178&pid=

Cheaper options (because not even I can afford it!):

Forever 21: Essential Striped Rib Knit Top, Striped Ruched Sleeve Top, Striped Pocket Top (www.forever21.com)

Stores you can also find similar items at with a bit better quality: Gap.com, jcrew.com, or stylemint.com

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Want to look like a French girl? Just add some skinny black pants, flats, and red lips with your top, et Voila! ma Cherie, Vous etes Francaise (and voila! my dear, you have become French)!

Other Looks to try:

Understated and Glamorous

Striped Shirt

Casual, Comfortable, and Fashionable

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Preppy

working girls stripes

Sweet and Pretty

Preppy Stripe

Individualistic

Feminine Stripe

To find these looks, where to buy these pieces, and catch some other ideas, follow me on Pinterest!

Have a great weekend!

~AJ

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