Like putting on mascara with a rolling pin

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That’s just excessive, Cover Girl Lash Blast.

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Hair tutorial: Easy waves with no effort

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So, my hair’s long enough that if I don’t do something with it (at least blowing it dry), I look… not great. However, I’ve also mostly been taking showers at night and sleeping on wet hair — and I pull my hair out of my face to sleep. Most days, that equals weirdly kinky hair from being in a braid.

My solution? A more creative braid.

1. Divide hair into three sections.

2. Twist each section (but not enough that it curls up on itself).

3. Braid the sections starting at the base of the skull.

4. Wind the braid into a loose-type bun and pin with a few bobby pins.

5. In the morning, pull out the pins, unwind your hair and add some product. Walk out your door with about two minutes of effort.

(This hair routine — along with these e.l.f. eyeshadow sticks — have whittled my beauty routine to about 10 minutes. Which is great, considering I fill most of the time “getting ready” before I go somewhere with feeding Thomas and getting HIM ready.)

**Some day I will become more thorough with posts like these and do those cool graphics with the montage of steps and whatnot. Maybe I will even come back and update these posts. Maybe.**

DIY hair trim

So I have a confession to make: I HATE paying $50+ to have a quarter of an inch trimmed off my hair. HATE.

But, I still get split ends. And the only way to cure that is to cut them off. In the six years I’ve lived in LA, I still have yet to find a stylist I love. I’ve had a couple who have been acceptable, but no one I’d like to visit twice. I didn’t realize how fortunate I was before moving here to have amazing stylists. I just took it for granted.

I came across this post on the internets: How-to Trim Split Ends at Home.

It reminded me of a magazine article I read when I was 15 — probably in YM? — about how to cut your own hair in layers. That technique was similar to this one, with a few changes… You gather your hair into a high ponytail (no ponytail holder), twist it and then cut off the ends in a straight line with haircutting scissors. When you let your hair down, you have layers.

I never really tried it in high school. What I DID do was twist my hair together and cut off the dead ends that stuck out of the twist. Much like the technique in the article about trimming your split ends. And it worked really well. So much so that I gained a lot of (unearned) confidence about cutting my own hair and basically would do my own trims when I had a pixie cut for a year or so.

So, I bought hair cutting scissors, twisted my hair, trimmed the splits AND did a little chop on the ends (complete with point-cutting).

While Josh says he can see a difference, I didn’t notice too much of a change.

I’m happy with the results, so who knows when I’ll go to a salon again!

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A Pinterest Challenge

I came across a Pinterest challenge over at Merrick’s Art today.

Basically, you have six weeks to make/do six things you’ve pinned. As of this moment, I have 1,672 pins. That’s a lot of pins, you guys. (In my defense, I joined Pinterest EARLY. Like, way before it was the phenomenon that it is now.) The majority of them I’ve never looked at once since I pinned them. Others I’ve done.

So here are my picks:

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1. Hair clips. These are no-sew, but I might sew mine. At least partly.

2. A moon mani. I pinned this more than a year ago.

3. Embroidery-wrapped hoops. I saw these on a Haute Look sale one day, but I’d like to DIY them.

4. Quinoa and kale patties. I love a quinoa patty.

5. Two-tone dip dye. I pinned this shirt as inspiration for a white dress I have that needs a little perk.

6. Button-up refashion. I have a button-up that I bought in Ohio last fall that would be perfect. It’s green plaid. I think I’m going to do pre-bought bias tape around the neck and do the sleeves a bit different.

So there you go. Six pins to add to the “done” list before six weeks are over! I think it’s going to be helpful that I’m only going to be employed full time for one more week!

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