She Bangs, She Bangs!

Hi! Yes I’m still alive! A few weeks ago I was up late staring at my large forehead, and I thought, “Hmmmm. I think I will wash the painful year and a half process of growing my bangs out down the drain.” I picked up the scissors and started chopping away at my hair, first starting with longer side swept bangs. The next night I felt this force compelling me to my scissors once again. Blunt bangs again for this girl. Snip, snip here and a snip, snip there. I posted these pics on Instagram – the first, right after the incident and the second yesterday with hair curled, cat headband in place. I’m beginning to really like this big change. They get pinned up when I’m working out or when I don’t have time to fuss with them, and it is nice to be able to switch your look around whenever you want. So far friend and family reviews have been positive. Thinking about bangs? I say go for it!

L’Oreal Feria Wild Ombre Review

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Last weekend I finally tried L’Oreal’s Wild Ombre after watching countless YouTube tutorials and reviews on the product over the last six months. I was becoming quite blasé about my solid dark brown, so I thought what the heck, if it doesn’t work out, I’ll just chop my hair short, which has happened a few times in the past due to bad DIY hair experiments. Having a professional do this costs major beaucoup bucks at the salon, and this nifty ombre-in-a-box is $9 at Walmart. So how’d it go? Well… me likey, me likey a lot!!! It was as easy as brushing your hair. I pretty much followed the directions, leaving it in for 30 minutes. I was nervous about damaging my hair, so I deep conditioned after rinsing it out, and no damage at all! I would definitely use it again and recommend it to friends. It was the highlight of my weekend for sure…is that sad? Oh well. Sorry I didn’t do a video on this, but there are a bagillion video tutorials on this product already. I’ll try to post more pics soon. Bye!!

Watercolor Nail Tutorial

Hi! Here is a simple and fun nail idea for you. I am obviously obsessed with using makeup sponge wedges to paint my nails. Trust me, it is not any more time consuming than painting your nails the traditional way. You can use any combination of colors – pastels, neons, glitters, metallics – the options are endless. I think pastels look best with this look, but use whatever floats your boat. Watch the tutorial in HD for best quality.

DIY Ombre French Tip Manicure Nail Tutorial

Hello! Here is a super easy nail tutorial on the ombre french tip manicure. You will see that this modern version of a classic nail look is much easier and less time consuming. I always have a difficult time getting the silly white line straight anyway. Lets face it, white nail polish is a stubborn color to work with. Nails will dry quickly because you are not using very much polish, and this method is basically fool proof. This look would be great for your wedding, no? Want to turn this into a gel nail manicure? Well that’s easy, click here for my DIY gel nail tutorial. Watch the video in HD for best quality.


NOTD: Silver Holo

Hello! Meet Urban Outfitter’s “Silver Holo”, a super cool holographic nail polish. I’ve always been hesitant to try UO’s nail polishes, but this one pretty much just jumped right into my little hand, and off to the cash register we went. As you can see in the photos, it truly IS holographic. From far away, it looks like a light gray color though. You really need to look at it in the sun to be able to see how special it is – rainbows and shiny unicorns come out! There were pink and green holo-color options also, but I thought silver was the coolest. It has a whopping $10 price tag, but if you are itching to try something different, this just might be it!

Current Beauty Favorites

Hey you! I picked my current favorite gab-worthy beauty products and made a little video. Watch it below (change the quality to HD please) and let me know what you think. Ta-ta!

Products: Pantene Overnight Miracle Repair Serum, Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Makeup, Lorac Perfectly Lit Highlighter, Nars Blush Exhibit A, BareMinerals All Over Face Color in Faux Tan, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Stash, Revlon Nail Enamels in Copper Penny and Heavenly, Color Club nail enamel in Age of Aquarius.

Gradient Ocean Glitter Nail Tutorial

Watch the tutorial in HD – it’s better that way. To make up for the lack of nail posts over the past few months, I’ve apparently made nails and nail art my main focus the past few weeks. Here’s another one for you, perfect for these upcoming summer months: ocean nails, mermaid nails, beach nails, whatever you want to call it. It took me five nail polish colors and some blotting action with the makeup wedge to create this gradient, glittery beach manicure, which sounds awfully time consuming, but it really didn’t take any longer than just normally painting my nails with one color. It is more sparkly in person – very eye-catching.

Here is the photo I posted on my Instagram. This was my first time working with makeup sponge wedges, a technique that always intimidated me. If you feel the same way, don’t worry- it is easy! You really can’t go wrong with these colors together, and the glitter is really the highlight of the look. Hope you give this manicure a try!

Nail of the Day

Hello! Just a quick peep. I stayed up late last night, and this happened. It’s been a while since I’ve had red nails (Revlon nail enamel in Craving Coral). I freehanded the silver/black chevrons to add some contrast, and there you go. Looks sassy! Have a happy weekend you.  :)

DIY Gel Nails (No UV light)

Hello! This is my fourth time doing my own gel nails at home, and let me tell you, this stuff is amazing. Did you know that you can do your own gel nail manicure at home using your own normal nail polish and no UV light? It will make your nails look thicker and freshly polished even after two weeks. Here’s how:

You will need GELOUS Advanced Nail Gel Coat from Sally Beauty Supply, ANY nail polish color of your choice, and ANY clear top coat of your choice.

1. Apply one coat GELOUS onto clean, smooth, dry nails. Let it set for a few minutes.
2. Apply another coat GELOUS. Let set.
3. Apply one coat nail polish. Let it dry.
4. Apply another coat GELOUS. Let it set for a couple minutes.
5. Apply another coat nail polish. Let it dry.
6. Apply one layer clear top coat. Let dry. DONE.

To remove your gel nails, use acetone nail polish remover, and it’s a breeze. Enjoy your beautiful nails! Watch in HD for best quality video.


Ipsy Glam Bag May 2013

Gosh! Another month has flown by in a flash. It’s time to show-n-tell my “Spring Fling” Ipsy Glam Bag for May. This one might just be the best one yet. It has a $50 value for cryin’ out loud! No duds in the bag for me – I’m in beauty product heaven. Watch the video in HD for best quality. I’m “super excited” about a bajillion times.

DIY Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair

Dry shampoo has been a MUST HAVE in my daily hair care routine for the past three years. I’ve gone through countless spray cans of different brands (Psst!, Tresemme, John Frieda, Garnier, Oscar Blandi, Batiste…to name a few), spending way too much for very little product. I started to use plain old baby powder, sprinkling it directly on my roots and rubbing it in, and I found that it worked just as well or even better at giving my hair added volume and combating greasiness. I continued to do this for months until one day I was at work, and I happen to catch a glance of my hair in the mirror. It looked like I had smeared a powdered doughnut all over my head. It was even more noticeable because I had my hair up in a ponytail, a voluminous, bouncy, GRAY colored ponytail. Horrified, I vowed to figure out a way to darken the powder… and that is just what I did. Oh, and your hair will smell a little chocolatey. Yum!

THE RECIPE: Mix 3 parts cocoa powder and 1 part cornstarch and/or baby powder in a small container. I lucked out and found an old Maybelline loose face powder container, which is perfect because it sprinkles just the right amount. Depending on how dark your hair is, you may need to tweak the recipe to make it lighter or darker. To darken the mixture a little bit more, add some cinnamon to the mix. Sorry for the lack of specific measurement, but I don’t measure anything. I just go freehand! Mmmm…my hair smells like cookies.Because this container works so well, I just hold the container in my hand and sprinkle the powder directly onto my roots and rub it in with my fingers. If you don’t have a nifty container like this one, you can just take a fluffy face powder brush and dip it into the dry shampoo and dab on to your roots. Other container ideas: salt/pepper shaker, mineral powder foundation containers (like BareMinerals), powdered sugar container/shaker, empty baby powder container.

QUICK TIP: Did you know that the best way to use dry shampoo is to apply it BEFORE you actually need it? If your hair is already oily before applying it won’t work as well. Apply at your roots and rub it in right after your hair is washed and dried. It will extend the life of your style, give you volume and thickness, and it will prevent your hair from becoming oily.

Watch in HD for best quality video! If you like this post, you should check out my DIY Mineral Veil! It’s the bomb :)