Inspiration: The Beauty Department
Base: Essie’s Ballet Slippers
Am I the only one who finds DIY French manicures impossibly difficult? Over the years, I’ve bought at least a dozen packs of these drugstore nail guide stickers to try to master the perfect clean tip, only to experience a dozen frustrating fails. The polish never peels off just right, you know?
Solution? Ditch the polish and draw the tip color with a permanent marker.
If you goof, you can carefully clean things up with a small brush and rubbing alcohol.
I’ve wanted to give this DIY mani a try for the longest, and I finally gave it a go last night. I couldn’t find a Sharpie around the house, but the permanent Bic number I scoured from the kitchen junk drawer did the job. Next time I think I’ll use a gold or silver Sharpie!
Note: I didn’t have much luck with a topcoat; the black smeared when I brushed the polish over it. The Beauty Department suggests a topcoat, so maybe be sure the marker is completely dry before applying or skip it altogether.
When things get really busy at the flower shop (i.e., holiday weeks) my morning M.O. becomes maximize sleep, minimize beauty routine. These are the healthy paraben-free products I reach for in a groggy haze when I want a quick natural face.
pürminerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation with Skincare Ingredients: I love an all-in-one multitasker! This one scores extra points because it packs in skincare benefits and SPF with buildable coverage.
thebalm Cabana Boy powder blush: A perfect everyday dusty-rose that isn’t too shimmery.
Lorac Creamy Brow Pencil: Even on the laziest of mornings, I can’t neglect my eyebrows. I really like this creamy pencil; it quickly fills in my sparse spots and looks natural.
Too Faced Lash Injection mascara: My favorite mascara, three years going. I’m all about tubing mascaras. They don’t smudge or flake, and wash off easily at the end of a long day.
Fresh Sugar Lip Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 Rose: The best lip balm of all time, ever. You’ll going to balk at the $22 price tag (I did, too) but you’ll use it to the last drop. It’s that good.
Bite Beauty High Pigment Lip Pencil: I bought the four pack from Sephora last season, and I wear one of these pencils every day. The matte color sticks around for a long time, and the formula is packed with antioxidants. And they’re small enough to fit in my wallet!
Chopping your hair is such a thing right now, isn’t it? I jumped on the bandwagon late last week, after I realized all those topknots and tortured ponytails weren’t a fashion statement; they were a rut. I needed a makeover.
So I waltzed in to my hair appointment Thursday afternoon and declared to my stylist that it was time to freshen things up with a good old fashioned chop, “up to here.” [Insert dramatic hand-gestures to communicate desired length, somewhere between chin and shoulders.]
We agreed to compromise with a healthy three-inch snip. “We can always take more off later,” she reasoned. But when she finished, I asked her to lop off one more inch, which removed the last of my layers and left me with a long, one-length bob that falls to my collarbone. Hash tag: clavicut.