ROCK YOUR DIRTY HAIR… 1950s style.

Let’s get real; no one washes their hair anymore.  Is anyone still pretending they wash daily?  I’m not.

Can’t lie, though – sometimes the situation gets a little dire.  A day or two is good, but after that it’s just a mess up there.  Thankfully I’ve gotten pretty damn good at hiding it — adorable pin-up girl style.

It’s simple, quick, effective, and cute.  Here’s the breakdown.

you need: bobby pins, dry shampoo, a teasing comb, a hair elastic, and a cute bandana (or scarf).

1. dry shampoo your hair, brush it through, and tease your roots.
2. pull your hair into a ponytail at the top of your head — give it a little tug so the elastic isn’t too tight; you’re not going for the slicked back look.
3. tease the ponytail, then roll the hair backward and pin it down.  As someone with relatively short hair I find this is the best way to make a nice full looking bun.
4. fold your bandana and tie it, then tuck the ends in.  I like to leave it fairly wide at the back.
5. add a few pins to keep it in place.

BAM, your greasy roots are hidden from the world and you look adorable.  Add a pop of red lipstick to really give yourself some vintage flair – the one I have on is The Red from Sephora.

Oh, and btw, please please please do not waste 20 dollars buying a bandana from Aldo -you can get one like this at the dollar store for, you guessed it, a dollar.  They have all sorts of colours.  Just don’t tell anyone I buy my hair accessories from Dollarama, k?  That can be our little secret.

I’m currently on a bus (YES, this bus has WIFI!!!!) to Stratford (Biebs’ hometown, for the record) for a visit with a friend and of course to see a show at the Stratford festival.  I’ve never been before, but I’m beyond excited.  Summer adventures, here I come!  I definitely won’t be washing my hair while I’m there so the world is about to see a lot of bandana moments.

love love love – L

A MAGICAL EXPLOSION OF STARS ON YOUR FACE!

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I’ve been kind of obsessing over lilac highlighter lately.  It’s just so… magical-looking. It’s high fashion and it’s edgy and it’s different but somehow it’s still not weird, you know?  I love toeing that line.

So yeah, I decided it’s time to bite the bullet and try one out.

I have my fair share of powder highlighters, so I went for something new – the Milk holographic stick in supernova.  And – yeah, it’s super.

but before I go on… can we talk about the fact that there is actual stardust in this stuff?  Like, really.  Don’t believe me?  Check the website.

Anyway, magical stardust aside, this stuff is fabulous.

It’s chocked full of mango butter, coconut and avocado oil, and something the website calls “twilight pearls”.  Whatever those are, they lend your skin a gorgeous dewy glow in a luminous lilac colour that is TO. DIE. FOR.

A little dab is natural and dewy and delicious.  A few layers?  BAM glowy unicorn goddess.

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ok calling myself a glowy unicorn goddess feels like a lot but..?

My only complaint is that if you swipe this on over your foundation it can move your base around a bit; best way to counter it?  Swipe it over your finger and dab it on your cheeks.  I also like to give my foundation a bit of time to dry on my skin before I go in with this product – it just seems to work better.

What do you think about the holographic highlighter trend?  Are you as into it as I am?  What’s your fave?

ANYWAY, I’m back on the Scandal bandwagon, so I’m gunna toast an everything bagel and continue watching the US government destroy itself…. you know, not that it’s remotely realistic, or anything.

love + stardust,

– L

PS, how cute are these beaded bracelets?  I bought the supplies at Michaels yesterday and have been beading up a storm ever since.

SKIN CARE for when you’re broke + lazy.

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I don’t know about you guys but when I get home at the end of a long day the last thing I want to do is go through some extensive skincare routine.  Like, it probably should seem nice and refreshing and like an ideal way to prep for sleepy time but it just… isn’t?

That’s why I like to keep it as simple (and cheap) as humanly possible – difficult because my skin doesn’t love cheap products.  SO after much experimentation here are my three favourite, SUPER gentle ride-or-die products… all under ten dollars.

1. I’ve tried a few different makeup removers, but right now I’m loving this micellar water from L’Oreal (9.99).  I love this stuff because it’s soothing, refreshing, and takes off everything.  It’s awesome because you don’t technically need to wash/rinse it off (in fact that whole point of micellar water is to keep your hard tap water from messing with your skin) – so if it’s really one of those nights you can just wipe and go, ya know?

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2. Even though you don’t really need to, I always wash my face after I take off my makeup – it just makes me feel so ready for bed.  I like Nivea’s gentle cleansing cream ($7.77) for this.  This stuff is so creamy and smooth and smells so sweet – plus it’s pink so, like, #onbrand.  On a serious note though this cleanser is amazing and feels so luxurious on your face.

3. I always finish with a bit of moisturizer and my honest to god ride-or-die is this $4 tube from St.Ives.  It’s simple, unscented, and super gentle – plus it’s full of collagen, which theoretically will ward off wrinkles (although I’ve kind of accepted my wrinkly-forehead fate tbh).

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That’s it!  99.9999% of nights I do these three things and then pass the heck out – and it seems to be working pretty well for me.  If I really want to go the extra mile I’ll slap on a facemask before I shower — either a clay mask (which I will write about soon) or my all time favourite, straight up organic honey (so good for redness + inflammation!!!).

So there you go; if you’re broke and lazy like me, you can still be a dewy, glowing goddess — I promise!  What are your favourite cheap skin care products?  I’m always down to try something new.

scrub-a-dub,

– L

PS, let’s ignore the massive amount of time that has passed since my last post.
PPS, still very much obsessed with the new Harry Styles and Paramore sooo

BEAUTY: best! primer! ever!

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GUYS, I’ve cracked it.

It’s been a long, hard road but I have finally – FINALLY! – found the absolute best green primer in all the land.  If you have redness that drives you nuts, then you have come to the right place because this is life changing.

….. okay I’m getting a little extra about the whole thing, but honestly I need you to understand how obsessed I am.

The primer is NYX colour correcting liquid primer in green.  I bought it at the NYX store in the eaton centre for… 18.99 I think?  In terms of NYX products it’s on the pricey side, but truly for me it is so so so worth it.  Not only does it neutralize your redness BIG TIME, but it’s got a really shimmery luminous finish to it that will shine through your foundation and give you the most glamorous dewy look EVER.  I used to be SO about the matte look because… I’m sweaty?  and I thought that powdering my face like mad was the answer.  But anyway I am officially so over it, and very much into the dewy sex bomb look.  So yeah, if you are too, this primer + rimmel wake me up foundation (my drug store fave) is the ultimate combo.

On an unrelated note, I’m currently listening to a stream of Gala Darling and one of the Astro Twins talking about Venus retrograde.  Fun because venus rules love/sex/etc (all the good stuff really), and everyone could use more of that.  I am really into reading my horoscope and knowing what’s going on with the stars and all that, even though my horoscope never seems to be all that applicable to me – which is weird because the Sagittarius “profile” fits me so well?  Anyway, who knows – it’s fun to read either way.  I’m a sucker for anyone or anything telling me things about myself and/or telling me what to do with my life.

Alright I’m off – so much homework to do.

love love love,

L

 

BEAUTY: some recent faves.

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looooooving these lately!

It’s been a while since we had a frivolous chat about my favourite things to put on my face/body, so I thought we should do that.

I’ve been trying desperately to save money lately, so I have had to seriously limit my time spent in the cosmetics aisle of the drug store – not to mention Sephora, firey hell that it is.    Still, my beauty routine changes pretty regularly, so what I use most does too.  Lately I’ve been reaching for these:

✨ I have been obsessed with my MAC dual-fibre brush for literal years – so long that the number has actually worn off, but I’m fairly certain it’s 188?  Anyway, I love this brush for a nice light foundation – it blends any brush marks, smudges, or general imperfections – it’s just so good.  When I use a heavier foundation (like my Urban Decay All Nighter) I apply it with a firmer brush but I still take this over it in big circles when I finish just to keep everything smooth and *~flawless~*

✨ I’ve been searching forever for a dark red lipstick that isn’t maroon, and I’ve landed on e.l.f.’s matte lipstick in wine.  I’d prefer it to be just a little darker, but for $3.49 I can’t complain.  Plus it wore through my entire shift at work!  How could you go wrong?

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✨ Because I am just a normal human being and cannot afford to be using $48 foundation every day of my life (twice a day if I work), I just bought myself a drug store foundation for casual days.  I bought Rimmel’s wake me up foundation just on a whim, and I’m actually very impressed!  It’s got a tiny bit of shimmer in it, which I quite like, and it also has a really faint smell?  Which some people might not be into but I think it’s quite nice.  It does a decent job of covering my redness, which I didn’t expect for $13, and it doesn’t seem to oxidize too much.  It isn’t exactly what I’d call long wear – by the time I get home it’s mostly gone – but for a drug store foundation I’m very happy with it.  I like to put it on with my dual fibre brush or a sponge.

Essie nail polish in bordeaux.  So seasonal, right?  I love a good dark nail colour, and Essie is the very best (especially when it’s on sale!)

✨ lastly, this perfume!!!!!  I am obsessed.  I bought it at Sephora during Christmas break – merry christmas to me?  It’s called La Vie La Mort, from Tokyo Milk’s Dark Line.  It’s floral, but very different from any other florals I’ve used before?  It’s really deep and heady and kind of creamy almost – I want to use the word intoxicating, but that feels a little dramatic.  This is my work/night out/date perfume for sure.

✨ much like my foundation dilemma, I am just not in a position to wear real adult perfume all day every day, so lately for just a casual day about the town I’ve been using this body spray from Bath and Body Works.  It’s called Pink Chiffon, and I think it was about $8 – but it smells great, soooo?  Also very flowery but much lighter and more daytime-friendly than La Vie La Mort.  I’m also a big fan of a little Egyptian Musk essential oil ($6 at your local import shop or health food store!!) for the day-to-day.  The vial is so cute and little, I keep it in my purse.

Tell me, my little beauty gurus – what are you loving lately?

I’m off to do endless piles of homework – trying desperately to get ahead of things (including blog posts……) before Saturday when my lovely lovely friend Sophie arrives!  She’s been living in Australia for the last two years and I haven’t seen her since NYE of 2015!!! so a visit is long overdue.  I anticipate a lot of brunch, a lot of cheap wine, and potentially some trouble……I’ll keep you posted.

happy friday! – L

TOP TIPS FOR RED HAIR | Blogmas Day 3

My hair has been through a lot of…. things.

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me as a little blonde babe.

When I was young I couldn’t imagine changing it.  I had spent years growing it out, nearly to my hips, and while I was never particularly excited about being a natural blonde a lot of other people seemed to think it was a pretty big deal.  I used to get told by strangers all the time that I should never dye it – “you’ll never get that back,” they would say.

That was fine for a while – I always considered myself somewhat of a tomboy.  I didn’t have much interest in changing my hair anyway.  But then ninth grade came along, and with it came a whole slew of self-discovery.  Over the next two years I discovered a whole new world and a whole new side of myself; I fell in love with punk music, I found new idols, and I started changing up my look.  My biggest inspiration?

Paramore’s Hayley Williams.

It came as a surprise to absolutely no one when I said I wanted to go bright red, a la Hayley.  My uncle gave me a gift certificate to a local salon and I went for it.  I started with a rich bright red that could almost pass for natural, and I loved it.

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just a lil 15 year old with newly red hair (and the most emo scarf I could find)

As I got older I started experimenting.  I sought out brighter shades of red, and tried out a few brunettes and oranges.  There was even a brief purple phase.  With each change I felt a little more comfortable in my skin – a little more like me.

I think at the end of the day my favourite thing about dying my hair was that it made me feel like how I looked matched how I felt (ie, weird).

Anyway, I’ve been at this for years now.  Since tenth grade I’ve chopped, dyed and recently even attempted (aka was VERY UNSUCCESSFUL) to bleach my locks… and I think I’ve done it.  I think I have finally – FINALLY!! – managed to find my perfect red.

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And hey, along the way I have picked up a few tips and tricks.

Red dye calling your name?  I got your back.

✨ if you’re going to go red, my fave is Vidal Sassoon’s Runway Red – I’ve been using it for years and it is the richest red I’ve come across so far

✨ the heat from your head will make dye on your roots work faster, so if this is your first time dying it and you just slather it all over you’re going to end up with a bright red streak down the middle of your head – trust me.  If your hair is naturally a light colour and you want to dye it for the first time by yourself, I’d recommend you start applying dye to the hair about an inch from your scalp.  THEN cover your roots for about the last fifteen minutes.

✨ the truth about red: it fades fast.  Like, the fastest.  If you want to keep your hair colour looking fresh for as long as possible the best thing you can do is cut down on washes.  I use a shower cap to keep my hair dry, and stock up on dry shampoo!

✨ hot water is the enemy!!!  When it does come time to wash, cold water is best.  I like to do mine in the sink because ruining the sanctity of my hot shower is just so wrong.

✨  I probably properly colour my hair with the vidal sassoon dye about once a month… in between those sessions I start getting creative.  Once a week (ish) I add a dab of manic panic in pillarbox red to my conditioner and clip it up while I wash my body, shave my legs, etc.  I use it just like regular conditioner, after my shampoo.  This keeps the colour from looking too faded and washed out.  Because MP is only semi-permanent it doesn’t have peroxide in it, which means it’s not damaging to your hair.

✨ usually about two weeks after I’ve coloured it I’ll put the manic panic/conditioner combo straight onto my hair when it’s dry and leave it for about half an hour.  The conditioner keeps the colour toned down just enough – I’m not going for cartoon character red, here – and makes my hair so nice and soft.  A word to the wise, though: this shit stains everything (rip to my fireworks shirt!!).  Make sure you wear gloves or you’ll have pink hands for days.

✨ really though, the number one most important tip?  Don’t be scared.  If you mess it up you can change it – it’s just hair!  Go for what you want and don’t worry about what people will think or what could go wrong.  Have fun and express yourself!  Who knows, you might fall in love with a whole new you.

Have you done much experimenting with your hair?  What tips have I missed?

– L

PS, I know this isn’t Christmas related…. but it’s still a post!  Sorry.

BEAUTY: last night I trimmed my eyebrow hair.

…and it was the most terrifying thing I have ever done.

Listen, I’d like to think I’m a fairly modest woman, but if there is one part of my appearance that I will take pride in it’s my eyebrows.  I think part of my eyebrow pride is a product of the fact that, back in middle school, I used to actually be made fun of for my brows – they’re thick, and they’re a lot darker than my natural hair colour, and oddly enough they grow in completely uneven.

So yeah, middle school was a tough time for my eyebrows.  I cleaned them up a little bit in high school, but honestly eyebrows weren’t a thing then like they are now – at least, I don’t think they were.

When I actually started shaping and filling in my brows I learnt from this video on Rookie (side note: I just read an interview with Tavi Gevinson the other day… I want to be her).  Ever since then I’ve had what I’d consider to be some pretty serious brow game… but here’s the thing: eyebrow hair keeps growing.  And I could ignore it for a long time, but it finally got to be too much.

So last night, for the first time, I took some scissors to my precious eyebrows.
And honestly?  It worked out pretty well, I’d say.
If your brows are getting a little unruly too, here’s what I did – it’s super simple:

the brow pencil that I use (the NYX one, of course) came with one of those little spooly things on the end, so I used that to brush all my eyebrow hair upwards.  If you don’t have one of those you can actually just use a fine-tooth comb.
Brush the hair so it points straight up and then take a pair of little scissors.  You can buy scissors specifically for trimming your brows at the drug store but… why?  I used these little nail scissors that I had lying around.  I tried using my hair shears but they were a bit big.

Follow the line of your brow shape and trim all the hair that stands up above it.  No, really, that’s it!  Move slowly – it’s easier to cut more hair off than it is to wait for it to grow back. When you think you’re done just brush the hairs back with the spooly/comb/your fingers, and clean up anything you missed with your scissors or tweezers.

Whoa!  That easy.

You’re welcome.

I wanted to write this post last night after I did this, but my eye literally started twitching, so I figured it was time for bed.  I’ll be back to posting every day soon, I promise.

Sooo… what’s your go-to eyebrow routine?  Have I gone about this all wrong?

– L

PS, ignore the weird face I am making in this photo and focus instead on the glorious state of my eyebrows.  What do you think?  Success?
Yeah, me too.