Friday, May 28, 2010

Catch the Wave

One of my co-workers has naturally wavy hair ... like me, but hers is a bit tighter of a wave.  2 years ago, she spent a 1/2 hour to 45 mins straightening it every morning.  One day, she didn't have the time and walked in with still damp... beautifully waved hair.  It took me a bit, but now convinced that looking like she strolled into work after a morning on a salty beach, she's embracing the curls.

We talked product yesterday.  She uses a product from a salon, one that runs anywhere from $20 - $35 depending on what kind of sales she can catch.  And the bottle is right around the 5 oz range.  (woah...)

She agreed to try out the product I keep coming back to.  There's something about misting the product onto my hair versus rubbing it in that seems to make the curls lighter and more shapely than other solutions. And Garnier knows how to make things work.  In the past, rubbing a gel or cream onto my hair after showering has weighed down the delicate waves...

With the Garnier Fructis Wonder Waves and a bit of diffusing, beach goddesses do we become! 


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

One Color

pink eye
pink eye,
originally uploaded by painting faces.
Keep things easy for yourself. Choosing one color to cover your eyes, cheeks and lips not only ensures that the hues jive with each other, but it minimizes what you need for touch ups.

Since I was little, my grandmother grabbed her lipstick tube, spotted her lips, rubbed that in and then swiped the stick on her lips.

This tactic plus a little mascara, especially if you pick a brighter pink or coral, is a perfect look for a summer night. And if you're feeling a little sassy, try applying a bit to your lids and keeping your lips nude.

Be careful when dotting your cheeks with lipstick, though. As a cream, lipstick has more concentrated color than a powder blush. It's much easier to add a smidge more than to try to tone too much color down... trust me!


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Repairing Shoes

repairing shoes
repairing shoes,
originally uploaded by painting faces.
I'm on a shoe kick lately.

Scuffs happen. Sure, there's black, white and brown shoe polish to take care of the common colored shoe scuffs. But what about the really great pair of fuchsia peep-toe pumps with the big bow on the toe? What happens to those when a rock on the floor mat scuffs them when you're driving? Or when a heel gets stuck and scratched in a sidewalk crack?

All you have to do is walk into Walgreens, march down the nail polish isle. You're bound to find the right color to match any shoe wear. Although it may not be exact, as I am walking down the street, will anyone really know? Absolutely Not!

And now my pedicure matches! Gorgeous.


Friday, May 14, 2010

Shaving Cream... who needs it?

I can not remember the last time I purchased shaving cream.  Does it result in a silky smooth shave? Absolutely. But it also is just another item in my shower that can easily be replaced by one that's already in there.

Think about it.  The purpose of shaving cream is to lubricate your legs for an easily glided razor and to moisturize your legs, right?

Here are two easy substitutes and you likely have at least one of them in your shower already... if not both (like me).

I interchange Moisturizing Body Wash and Conditioner on my legs.  Depends on when I am shaving them in my shower routine, whether I'm in the process of applying conditioner to my hair or lathering up.  Both have moisturizing components sure to leave the legs soft and they have the ability to slippery the legs up to allow the razor to easily move along.

One less purchase you need to make, one less item in your shower.  It's a win-win situation!


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Shoe Inserts

Shoe Inserts
Shoe Inserts,
originally uploaded by painting faces.
I am a shoe addict. My sister has gotten to the point of making me throw a pair out or donate one to Goodwill if I get on a buying spree. And when I say shoe addict, I do not mean sneakers. I mean the pretty kind, the stylish kind, the high kind, the HEELS!

There are so many things to say about heels, many of which will (I am sure) be future posts.

The most annoying thing about wearing high heels is the pain and agitation it leads to on the balls of my feet. The thing I gave into early on was Shoe Inserts.

Not only do Shoe Inserts (Dr. Scholls has a GREAT selection of inserts for women and can be found at almost any store that sells shoes) lessen the pain you may feel wearing heels all day, but if you happen to have a shoe a bit big for your foot, it will allow for a better fit.

I sometimes will have issues being a bit of an in-between size of a foot. Having handy inserts snugs the shoe right up!

Comfy Fashion Fabulousness!


Sunday, May 2, 2010

Shameless Thriftiness

Watching the pennies these days is nothing to be ashamed of!  So when you find fabulousness at the Dress Barn, no need to lie to people, no need to tell them you got it at a flashy boutique.  Or when you are able to get a killer haircut at Cost Cutters or Great Clips, do it!  

For apparel, head to Marshall's or TJMaxx.  Also, sale racks at any department store.  Just because it's on the sale rack doesn't mean it is out of style - it was just the hot ticket a few weeks ago, fashion changes don't move that quickly!

As for hair, I head to the same salon time after time.  It's a chain salon, one of those you may be nervous about.  But, I trust it because it's in a really trendy part of the city.  I walk in and walk out, looking fabulous, pocketbook still in tact.

Deals are wonderful, don't feel guilty about them - tell your friends about them!  They'll thank you, trust me!