30 for 30: Things I’ve learned about Health and Beauty, Part 2!

Here’s part two!

16. Use decent shampoo/conditioner.

I used to always buy cheap shampoo or I bought it because it smelled nice.  Then, whoever was doing my hair would be like “why are you washing your hair with CRAP?!”  Basically, it was turning into straw.  Spend a few extra dollars on it and your hair will look better and you will spend less on deep conditioning treatments and all that other stuff that you wouldn’t need if you treated your hair better.

17. Protect your hair from heat damage.

So, I use a flatiron basically everyday.  I also turn it up to 375.  Clouds of steam usually leave my hair as I’m ironing it into submission.  This is bad.  But so is poodle hair.  Use a heat protecting spray that covers you up to 400 degrees.

18.  Hairspray after you curl your hair not before!

No one likes crunchy curls.

19. The wand curling iron will give you the curls of your dreams.

Seriously, before I tried the wand, my hair would hold a curl for 45 minutes.  The wand gives you the bounciest, sleekest curls ALL DAY.  Just try it.  Be careful though, it’s hard to not burn your fingers.  I gave myself a mean neck burn one time.  Totally worth it.

20. Find your perfect shades.

Every year, the beauty and fashion industry decide on the “hot colors”.  While it’s fun to try out new trends, it’s important to know what works on your OWN coloring and what doesn’t.  Every couple of years I feel the need to see if coral lipstick looks good on me yet.  Nope, still look like a clown.

21. Play up one feature.

If you decide to rock a smoky eye be sure to go with a natural or nude lip.  If you decide to go with a bold lip than go more natural with your eyes. (The same goes for outfits! If you are baring some cleavage cover up your legs and if you are showing off your gams than cover up the girls.)

22. Embrace what makes you unique.

What sets us apart is also what makes us beautiful!

23. Exfoliate.

This is especially important during the winter.  It’ll make your skin feel super smooth!  Don’t be afraid to exfoliate your face as well-just remember to moisturize!

24.  Find your perfect foundation.

Remember in high school when you had an orange line between your face and neck?  Yeah…don’t do that.  When you find your perfect shade and consistency it should look like you are not wearing ANYTHING.  It’s a magical feeling when you put on foundation that hides imperfections but still looks like you!

25.  Try to buy products that don’t test on animals.

This is a tricky one.  I am guilty of not always checking the label on the back to see if the product has been tested on animals.  Even if you switch one beauty product to a “non-testing” one, you are making a difference.  Just look for the bunny symbol on the back.  When in doubt, do a little internet searching or check out this list from PETA.  Trust me, you will feel better about what you are doing for this world and better about what you are putting on your body.

26.  Try to go meatless at least one day a week.

No, I’m not hear to preach about the horrors of the meat industry.  While this is reason enough to limit your meat intake it’s also great for your health.  Try meatless monday and see what it does for your digestive health!

27.  Get more sleep!

I know-SO obvious and EVERYONE says this.  But the older we get, the more obvious it is when we don’t get enough sleep.  So either invest in a eye cream or catch some more sleep!

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28.  Accept compliments.

  If someone compliments your hair or your lip gloss color say THANK YOU and SMILE.  The sooner you learn to do this, the better.  A confident girl is a pretty girl!

29.  Don’t be afraid to take risks.

I used to get nervous about wearing a bold lip color like bright red or hot pink.  But I really like the way it looks on me.  During these times I channel my inner Carrie Bradshaw.  Just go for it!

30.  Ignore the main stream media’s idea of beauty.

This may be the most important thing that any of us can learn.  It’s tough being a woman.  It’s even harder when we are constantly bombarded by the so-called “standards of beauty.”  Thankfully, the press is bringing more attention to photoshopping.  Beauty is not definable!

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Halloween 2013: ‘The Great Gatsby’ and vintage glam inspired costumes

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Since Bahz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F.Scott Fitzgerald’s American classic,The Great Gatsby came out this year, it’s safe to say that vintage looks are going to be really popular this Halloween.  This look is fun and glitzy and surprisingly easy to achieve.

Most of the makeup trends of this era aren’t too far off from what we wear now.  The foundation for this look is basically a bold deep wine colored lip and cat eyes.  The face should be monochromatic (no contouring) with a heavier blush.

If you have more time for your look there are ways to be more authentic.  True finger waves are a PROJECT.  Back in the day they didn’t have the luxury of irons so they had to improvise.  Authentic finger waves generally have a wet appearance as well because they used a lot of product to get them to stay.  In some old photos you will also see that the lips were done in a sort of permanent duckface (lol).  This look can be achieved by putting concealer on the lips and then drawing smaller lips over.  The effect is a kissy face without puckering.

Great Gatsby look-

What you’ll need: flat iron, hairspray, teasing comb, SHIT TONS of bobby pins, sparkly accessories

The top photo look is more time consuming than the bottom, mainly because you’ll have to create a faux bob if you don’t already have one.  I used a flat iron to create the look of finger waves.  Start right at the scalp (be careful it’s hot) and curve the flat iron back and forth in opposite directions all the way to the bottom.  I’m assuming a three barrel roller would have the same effect (early 2000s throwback hair look).

Once you’ve created the illusion of finger waves on the top half of your hair, you’ll want to prepare the bottom half.

Lauren Conrad has the best hair!

Here’s an excellent step by step with Lauren Conrad showing how to create the illusion of a bob.  Her pin curls will take longer than the faux finger waves but will have an excellent hold.

If you have shorter hair you can make a little bun with the lower half to stick the pins into.

The more teasing you do to the underside and bottom of your hair the better it will stay.  Seriously, damage your hair.  Just do a deep conditioning the next day. 🙂

For the headband I actually used tulle because I couldn’t find any black ribbon.  I also used an antique belt clip from my Great Grandmother for the sparkle in the middle.  You can use ribbon or your own headband just make sure to add some sort of sparkle, feathers or lace.  It can either go across the forehead or on top of your head.  If you have a statement necklace you can also drape that on your head.  The more sparkle the better!

Drape your neck in everyone pearl necklace or sparkly long necklace you have, the more the better.  Remember, this was the roaring 20s!  It was all about getting wasted and rolling around in diamonds.

For the outfit you can wear a flapper dress if you have time to get one.  If not, something silky or lacy works.  Go google some pics.  Fur wraps or jackets work too.

Old Hollywood Glamour look (bottom pic in dramatic black and white for extra effect)-

It literally took me 10 minutes to do the hair!  All you will need is your curling iron.  If you have hot rollers that will work too!

Start with a deep part before you begin.  When you are curling your hair you will want to hold the curling iron horizontally instead of vertically.  Just roll up from the bottom up to nose or eye level.  If you are using hot rollers make sure you roll them up too.  Once you have done this all the way around just simply brush it out.  The curls will smooth all together.  Tuck one side behind your ear.  If you have a sparkly clip you can use that to secure it.

Chandelier earrings are great for this look too.  Complete the outfit with a slinky gown (old prom dress) and opera gloves. OR switch it up and go for a Mad Men inspired look.  The nice thing about this hair is that it works with a lot of vintage looks.

If you have red hair PLEASE do Jessica Rabbit.  All you need is a red gown and purple gloves.

Makeup- I didn’t change my makeup too much for these looks.  For Hollywood glam you may want to do a sultrier eye (smoky eye).  I used purple for the smoky effect.  Just remember to do a cat eye.  If you look at pics of Carey Mulligan in The Great Gatsby you will see that she has a very simple cat eye.  For the lips it’s best to stick to a burgundy, which just happens to be super hot this fall!  A red lip always works too!

Have fun!