Hey guys! So today I must admit I felt beautiful. My whole look came together in a way that doesn’t always happen. I got a lot of positive feedback so I thought it would be fun to dissect the look so that you could try it out. This is something new for the blog so let me know what you think.
The whole look is based on starting out with straight hair. Some of the rules for straightening hair as curly and as long as mine is
1. It must be completely dry. Any rain or moisture will make it curl up quickly.
2. Have at least an hour (I don’t do it very often because it takes a long time and to be honest my arm gets sore holding up the hair and flat ironing it.)
3. Make sure to use an iron guard to protect your hair from getting too fried.
So let’s start with the flat iron. I have several but when I am straightening all my hair and it’s as long as it currently is (haven’t cut it since September) I use my full size iron. These are hard to find and I couldn’t find a great link for you.
I got mine probably 5 years ago from a beauty supply shop that my stylist got me into. This is the closest I found http://www.target.com/p/conair-infiniti-pro-tourmaline-2-ceramic-flat-iron-black/-/A-14653495
I like to start with dry hair. I usually shower the night before and then do the treatment in the morning. It wouldn’t make a huge difference but saves you from having to blow dry your hair and given the beating it’s going to take that is a good thing.
Make sure to get the back of your hair and the underneath layers (that’s the part that takes the longest). I also have it on the highest setting because my hair is so curly that’s what it takes which is why…
You must use some protecting treatment on your hair. My 2 favorites are:
CHI Iron Guard- I’ve had this bottle for years so it is $14 well spent. It protects your hair from the heat and helps it look silky and smooth. It looks like hair spray but it’s not. You can’t feel it after it is applied and then your flat iron is used, and I put it on quite liberally. http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod4730015
and VO5 Make It Straight Gel with Heat Protection. A little of this goes a long way, but I couldn’t even tell you how long I’ve had this bottle. This is also hard to find but here’s a link but they are out of stock. http://www.medshopexpress.com/095863.html
There are several different variations now of V05 straightening products but the reviews aren’t as good so I don’t know whether to recommend them.
I also make sure my hair is as tangle free as possible. This usually means it is puffy and a mess before starting. I have been enjoying this dry conditioner I got as a birchbox bonus item. http://www.birchbox.com/shop/serge-normant-meta-luxe-dry-conditioner
Then I literally spend an hour taking each section spraying iron guard and then flat ironing it. Once I’m finished a section I use a high quality hair spray to set the area.
For today’s look I added blue streaks throughout using my latest friend Hot Huez Hair Chalk (any hair chalk will work fine but this is wildly available at Wallgreens and is under $15 for 4 colors). http://www.amazon.com/Hot-Huez-Temporary-Chalk-Set-Colors/dp/B00DRA91A0
Once you’ve applied the chalk set with hairspray again. Also use a little bit of rubbing alcohol and a cotton swab to get rid of any chalk on your face. This wears down after a few hours so I wouldn’t recommend it for an all-day affair like a wedding unless you have blonde hair but for an evening out or afternoon it’s a lot of fun.
Another good thing about the hair chalk is that it is just subtle enough to surprise people without being garish or over-the-top. I love it.
So that was my hair. Now for my makeup, which I think turned out great too.
First I used my borghese brightening cream foundation. I got this in one of my boxes and I love it. It’s light and helps with my redness without feeling cakey. http://www.amazon.com/Borghese-Splendore-Brightening-Body-Ounce/dp/B000A85FP2
Next, I used Avon You’re Blushing Plum stick. I’ve had this forever too, so definitely worth the cost. It’s so easy to apply and doesn’t look heavy (I’m not normally a blush fan). http://www.amazon.com/Avon-Youre-Blushing-Cheek-Color/dp/B00ADX52P2
For lips I used a Lip Do from Model and Co, which is one of my favorite brands of late. A birchbox favorite I actually got this duo in my recent Popsugar Must Have box and I really like both the lipstick and lip gloss. The feel is really good. It lasts a long time and doesn’t dry out my lips.
Here’s a great deal for all 3 color sets and their mascara http://www.modelcocosmetics.com/shop/lip-lash-kit
For my eyes I used 2 products-
NYC Eyeliner Duet You’ve Got the Power 883. In this case I just used the gray not the black side. I got this in a box at some point but it is a low cost very useful liner. http://www.amazon.com/N-Y-C-Eyeliner-Duet-Youve-Power/dp/B000W99X4I
Next I used Covergirl Bombshell Shine Shadow Ice Queen as the eye shadow above the liner. This is a sample I got in my Birchbox Finds box which featured products from your local pharmacy such as Wallgreens. It’s a really good shadow and not overly glittery or clumpy (I crease really bad with my eye shadow) http://www.target.com/p/covergirl-bombshell-shine-shadow-eye-shadow/-/A-15013236 I think that is everything. Let me know what you think of this concept. Is this something you’d like to see more of?
Some of the photography I will try to do better next time. The samples are small that the camera struggles to, but I enjoyed experimenting with it.
Have any of you used any of these products or companies? Do you flat iron your hair? What do you think of the look? I really felt beautiful and that’s of course more important than anything else.