If you’ve been reading this blog for a hot minute or you’ve seen a picture of me, you probably know that I have chemically straightened hair. It grows out of my head curly, but I’ve been straightening it for 25+ years – to the point where I’m embarrassed to admit that I can’t even remember what the natural texture of my hair is anymore.
So it might seem ironic that I’m posting about Paul Mitchell’s new line of products for curls. But it actually makes a lot of sense. Waves and curls require serious moisture (frizz is not fab), but in a lightweight formulation – as not to weight the hair down. My fine, relaxed (aka damaged) hair demands the same – so I’ve been incorporating two of the more universal products into my routine.
The Spring Loaded Detangling Shampoo is ultra-moisturizing and sulfate-free. Whenever possible, I prefer to use sulfate-free shampoos because they don’t strip. However, many sulfate-free shampoos just don’t lather up the way the way that traditional shampoos do – and it’s a bummer for a bubble-lover like me. The great thing about the Spring Loaded Detangling Shampoo is that it gives a rich lather, so it’s the best of both worlds. (more…)
L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream is a #1 international best-seller from L’Occitane, and one of my personal favorites. Enriched with 20% shea butter, this super-creamy hand balm quickly penetrates to protect, nourish and regenerate dry skin. The scent is light, yet intoxicating. Smooth even the most hard-working hands with a blend of nourishing ingredients including almond oil, honey, coconut oil and antioxidant vitamin E.
Whenever I buy the Shea Butter Hand Cream, I opt for the trio – so I can keep one tube on my vanity, leave the second tube in my desk drawer at work, and stash the third tube in my purse so I’m never without this little luxury.
Why am I telling you all this? Well, because starting October 1st, you can score a tube for free! (more…)
My skin has been in serious need of detox. My pores are perpetually clogged – it’s like my face is the IT hangout for blackheads. So when I saw the Boscia Black Luminizing Mask on QVC a few months ago (it’s no longer sold there), the demonstration was so compelling that I bought a bottle.
The mask – made with “premier-quality clay” – promises to draw out deeply lodged dirt and oil, exfoliate, shrink pores, firm skin and reduce inflammation. But does it actually deliver? You betcha! As Wesley Snipes said in Passenger 57, “Always bet on black.”
Before I apply, I like to exfoliate my skin with my Clarisonic. The instructions don’t suggest you do that, but I find that exfoliating helps the mask ‘get all up in there,’ so to speak. Next, I apply an even layer (not too much, but not too little) to my clean, dry skin. It’s important to avoid your eyebrows, hairline and lips. Also avoid your eye area by applying below orbital bone. Then you let that baby dry for 15 to 20 minutes. I’ll admit that for the first couple of minutes, it makes my eyes tear up a tiny bit (my eyes are sensitive); but after that, I’m totally fine. Once the mask is completely dry, it takes on a rubberized quality – and you remove it by peeling off from the outer edges. (more…)
A few months ago, I found this video created by photographer Peter Hurley. In it, he explains and demonstrates an effective and genius tip for looking lean in photos. I’ve been using this tip – with much success – ever since, so I wanted to share with you.
Say sayonara to your dreaded double chin (well, in photos at least) by stretching your neck and bringing your forehead forward and down slightly. This accentuates your jawline and takes away those pesky ten pounds that the camera adds. It feels a bit awkward, but I swear it works.
The video is on the long side, but it’s definitely worth a watch. Just fast forward to 8:50 for some amazing before-and-afters, and tell me this guy doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
Try this technique in the mirror or snap some photos of yourself on your phone – I swear you’ll see a difference. If it works for you, I’d love for you to share in the comments.