Slowly, she pulled herself up atop the rocky plateau, then stood tall and gazed out across the vast horizon. It seemed like all of eternity stretched out before her. She could see for hundreds of miles in every direction, the mountains, the rivers, the valleys and forests, the endless sky and the distant sea. There were towns and cities far below that looked like little dots. Suddenly, with every fiber of her being, she roared into the great beyond: “I DID MY HAIR TODAY!!!”
Honestly, I just needed to feel a little bit more like myself, ya know? — because I’ve had it up in a messy bun all week long. Seriously, I haven’t even bothered to run a brush through it. That’s how tired I’ve been, but when I woke up this morning, I was like, “Karen, do your damned hair.”
So I did. I did my damned hair. 🙂
Here’s a great hair tutorial on using the T3 Bodywaver to get BIG curls
I was randomly cruising “the YouTube” last night and looking for different ways to use my T3 Bodywaver curling iron when and came upon this short video by one of T3’s head stylists (head as in top, haha). It shows this technique where you slowly unwrap each section of hair from the barrel in such a way that the curls retain more of a wavy pattern at the ends.
I tried it this morning, and yay! Pretty good results.
So it’s all about the small victories. 🙂
Time to stock up on Aveda
I also wanted to do my hair today because I washed it last night (and I’m so happy about that!) partly because I wanted to try some things from Aveda. I’ve been stocking up on color preserving shampoos and conditioners because, ya know…I’m getting my hair done and colored tomorrow, and I figure that since I don’t know how long it’ll be before my next trip to the salon (kinda revolves around BG’s schedule), I want to get as many color preserving products up in the mix now as I can.
Ah… Both have that kind of warm herbal amber and cinnamon Aveda fragrance I love, with notes of rosemary, lavender and lemon thrown in.
Smells so refreshing and abso-friggin’-lutely delicious!
I’m also breaking in some new (well, new to me) Aveda styling products, which I put in my hair last night while it was still damp.
I had this long conversation about hair with my friend Christine, who has a two-year-old named Harry, at the baby shower last weekend. She said that even after two years since Harry’s arrival, some of her hair is still falling out. She was like, “Don’t worry too much about it. Just start using products to add volume now,” so last night I added some Aveda Thickening Tonic ($28), which I sprayed on my hair after I dried it with a towel. Then I combed it through with a wide-toothed comb and used the blowdryer.
The tonic is supposed to thicken the bejeezus out of your hair (so fingers crossed!) and, um…I also used Aveda’s Smooth Infusion Style Prep-Smother ($24), which is supposed to bolster your hair against high humidity for up to 12 hours.
Now…it hasn’t been very humid here lately at all, but I’m thinking that with El Niño in the house and the really, REALLY rainy season coming, things should get super humid up in here, so this is like hair preventative maintenance. Might as well also put some of this stuff in my hair! Maybe it’ll help whatever hairstyle I do this weekend last through the rainy season.
Have you used any of these or other Aveda products lately? They’re all part of the permanent line.
Also, what’s your official position on low-maintenance hair?
What constitutes “low-maintenance hair” for you? I know that many women cut their hair short after they have a baby. I have to be honest…I wish I could cut my hair short, but every time I have short hair, it ends up being higher maintenance for me because I can’t just put it back in a ponytail or straighten or curl it one day of the week, and then just use dry shampoo the rest of the time. And I can’t braid it before bed and wake up the next morning with waves. When my hair is short, I have to style it every day and get it trimmed every six weeks, so it ends up being a bigger pain in the butt.
But maybe I’m looking at it wrong. What do you think? What’s the best low-maintenance hair?
It was a Guerlain Spring 2016 kinda day…
I actually put on a little makeup today to see my OB/GYN (gotta go every week from here on out).
I decided that I could handle Guerlain spring 2016. Here’s what I wore…
- Guerlain Météorites Base ($74) — My makeup definitely looks a little smoother with this beautiful pearlescent face primer, which I wore with NARS matte foundation.
- Météorites Voyage Exceptional Compacted Pearls Of Powder ($179) — This refillable pressed powder has a combination of corrective and illuminating shades for a range of skintones… Seems a little light for me and kinda purple. I used it as a highlighter.
- Rose Aux Joues Blush Duo Smile Blush ($62) — A really pretty blush and highlighter duo with a deep pink blush on one side and a lighter pink highlighter on the other.
- Spring Glow Buttercup Eyeshadow ($34) — I used this pigmented gold shadow with Khaki Driver, one of the collection’s two eyeliners, which I used as a base. Then I put the shadow on top on my lids.
- Le Crayon Yeux in Blackjack and Khaki Driver ($31 each) — Both of these liners feel nice and smooth. I wouldn’t call them epic, but they get the job done.
The thing about Guerlain, though? They’re one of those lines that always makes me feel good when I wear it. I’m not always sure why (could be the vibe and the packaging), but it’s true.
Happy Friday, my friend. I hope your week wrapped up on a great note. I’m looking forward to getting my hair did tomorrow, and then after that I have a lot of puttering to do around the house. I’m in full-on nesting mode now, and I have nonstop baby prep to do. Other than that, it’s the SUPER BOWL!
Who’s gonna win? Tabs wants the Panthers, of course… 🙂
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,