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!

cat sleeping

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!