Since I hit puberty, I’ve been cursed with hair bumps on my legs. Because the hair on my legs is coarse and grows in a curly pattern, sometimes as the hair grows out, it curls back under the skin into the same follicle. And because the hair is trapped under the skin, even after I shave, I still have many unsightly ingrown hairs.
The condition isn’t physically painful, like razor bumps; but it is emotionally painful, as I’ve spent many years hiding this condition beneath long skirts and pants – even during the dog days of summer.
For half of my life, I’ve had a serious case of leg envy. Every time I see a woman with silky smooth gams, I selfishly hope that she silently suffers from stretch marks, bacne or some other embarrassing ailment that isn’t apparently obvious. It just isn’t fair!
I’ve tried a million and one products and techniques to solve the problem…and while I’ve yet to discover a panacea, I have found a temporary solution.
To keep hair bumps to a minimum, here are my shaving suggestions:
1) Don’t start shaving as soon as you get into the shower/bath; allow the steam and warm water to soften the skin and hair.
2) Next, exfoliate (like all get out) with a scrub that won’t irritate skin. Right now, I’m enamored with LaLicious Coconut Cream Sugar Soufflé Scrub
, an all-natural sugar scrub made with coconut oil that absorbs quickly and easily into skin, leaving it moisturized and protected without feeling greasy. Pure cane sugar crystals buff away dead skin cells while sweet almond and vitamin-e oils condition, moisturize, and smooth you to perfection. And it smells amazing; if heaven has a tropical all-inclusive resort, this is probably what it smells like. By exfoliating, you will release the ingrown hairs that are trapped beneath the skin.
3) Slather your legs with an ultra-hydrating shave cream; I’m a fan of eos Shave Cream
, which is so moisturizing, you can shave wet or dry (though I recommend wet). Then shave with a new or relatively new razor; the sharper, the better. Gillette’s Venus Embrace razor
takes shaving to a whole new level of smoothness with 5 blades that deliver a dramatically close shave.
4) Finally, when you emerge from the bath/shower, don’t towel off completely. While your legs are still a smidge
wet, slather on lotion or body butter. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Lotion
is an excellent choice because it heals, softens, and tones – plus an 8.5 oz bottle costs less than $5!
Even if you don’t have issues with ingrown hairs (I hate you…just kidding…okay, not really), you can benefit from my bumpy journey to smooth stems. The above routine is highly recommended for achieving your closest shave ever.
Last night, Jerrod Blandino, creator of Too Faced Cosmetics, appeared on The Daily 10 – sharing tips to meltproof your makeup. Most of the tricks were somewhat obvious (like wearing waterproof mascara), but one was absolutely genius:
To keep perspiration from forming along the hairline, mix a small amount of clear antiperspirant with liquid foundation and apply.
Will you try this trick?
On his blog, Mario Dedivanovic shares how he created Kim Kardashian’s mermaid makeup:
I used Giorgio Armani Silk Luminous Foundation to get a more glowy look. I mixed a couple of the colors to get the exact match. It’s set lightly with Laura Mercier translucent powder.
The brows are filled in with Cork by MAC. On the lids I used Stars N’ Rockets by MAC. In the crease, outer corners and under the eye, I used Deep Truth – also by MAC. Right below the Deep Truth shadow, I blended Creme de Violet shadow (a lighter shimmery purple, MAC) all the way down to the cheek bones. I also swept a bit of it on the brow bone. The liner on the top is a very pigmented black liquid that I blended myself from Giella Cosmetics. In the inner rim of the eye, I used the black Powerpoint pencil from MAC and ALOT of mascara – Bad Gal mascara by Benefit. For this shoot, my assistant and I cut up a bunch of different lashes and I placed them in pieces all over the lash line so I wouldn’t be able to tell you the brand or style type.
For blush, I used Angelika by NARS and the Bronzing Powder by LORAC (framing the whole face and on the hollows of the cheeks). To get that glow all over the skin and on the bridge of the nose, I blended my own color with different pigments and shimmers but you can get a very similar effect by using Shroom shadow by MAC, or if your skin is darker, try Trace Gold blush by MAC.
For Kim’s lips, I used a little bit of the foundation on them, followed by a clear gloss. So easy.
To learn how to recreate Kourtney, Khloe and Kris Kardashian’s makeup, visit Mario’s blog
For more of Kim Kardashian’s beauty and makeup tips, click here.
Check out the cat eye I rocked last night at my friend’s dinner party. Wanna know how I did it? You know what they say about curiosity and the cat, but whatevs…
1) Apply MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study to lid, from lash line to brow bone.
2) With an angled eyeliner brush, trace the upper lash line with MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack, and flick at the outside corners.
3) Lightly apply MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study to the inner corners of eyes.
4) Coat top lashes with Prescriptives Motor-Eyes Instant Action Mascara.
And you’re done! Meow.
As a beauty expert, I have the skinny on which trends are going to blow up come next season. And one that I’m particularly excited about is matte nail polish.
Most of the upcoming matte nail polish formulations haven’t yet hit shelves, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait until fall to rock the trend. The June issue of In Style Magazine has a great tip:
“Simply use your base coat as a top coat to remove shine from your nail lacquer.”
Genius! Thanks, In Style!
Has the economy caused your relaxation and pampering to take a backseat? Beauty and style guru Bobbie Thomas gives tips on how to create a ‘spa-tacular’ sanctuary right in your home by using items that are inexpensive or found at your local drugstore. From lightly scented candles to homemade foot scrub, make an appointment to indulge your senses and to pamper yourself without putting a hole in your wallet.
I asked Bobbie to share her top five at-home pampering product recommendations, and she gladly dished the deets (just for Spoiled Pretty readers!):
Essence of Beauty Soy Lotion Candles ($9.99)
A luxe little secret! These soy lotion candles not only smell delish, but actually melt down to offer you a warm body indulgence. Burn for approximately 30 mins, and the special formulation can be used as a massage oil or body crème!
Venus Spa Breeze Razor ($11.99)
Transform your shaving routine into a treat! The Venus Spa Breeze is another scent-sational favorite of mine because it features flexible shave gel bars infused with the clean, fresh scent of white tea. With no shaving cream or soap needed, just add water to indulge your senses! You (and your legs) will feel beautiful and refreshed with a close, smooth shave, and lovely scent that lingers.
Aegean Apparel’s Shower Wraps ($38.99)
My must-have in the summer (and fall!) No need to overheat in a heavy robe. Blow-dry your hair or lounge by the pool in these one-size-fits-all towels-to-go.
John Frieda Frizz-Ease Overnight Repair Serum ($8.99)
Give bed head a whole new meaning! You can mend your mane without leaving residue on your pillow. Literally get your beauty sleep and wake up to silky smooth tresses.
White Pearl Teeth Whitening Pen ($19.95)
Another nighttime tool I love! So easy, brush on and smile for 30 seconds before bed. Then let the solution work its magic while you dream and brighten your smile before the break of dawn.
Click here for more of Bobbie’s fabulous tips and product picks for summer!
I’d like to give a shout out to my little sis, who graduated from college today. This summer, she’ll start graduate school at Georgetown, and I’m so proud of her!
This afternoon, while driving home from her graduation lunch, I marveled at Lauren’s lush lashes; so I grilled her about what mascara she was wearing. She told me that it was Maybelline’s Colossal Volum’ Express. After I complained that Colossal never gave me such a dramatic look, she let me in on her little secret.
When a mascara doesn’t exactly work out for my sister, she gives it a second chance…this time, using the disposable mascara wands from Sephora. “They make even drugstore mascaras look like a million bucks.”
My sister is so smart, y’all. Look out, Georgetown!
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