Tip of the Day – Go Nude!

jessicaalbaWe’ve all heard how lining your lower rim with white eyeliner will make you look more awake.  I’ve tried it, and frankly, white is way too garish.  I looked like an 80′s angel at a costume party.  To avoid looking like a party monster, try nude eyeliner instead.  I know what you’re thinking, “Why would I buy NUDE eyeliner?! It will blend in!” But you’re wrong – nude eyeliner brightens the eyes naturally, and makes your whites look, well, whiter.  Here are a few options, at any price range:

  • Wet n Wild Color Icon Kohl Liner Pencil – $0.99 at Walgreens.
  • Rimmel London’s ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner – $4.49 at Ulta.
  • Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes Inner Rim Liner – $19 at Sephora.


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The Haircut from Hell and the YouTube Heroine

1421775451065I recently decided it was time for a haircut.  My hair has been looking a big scraggly, and long, scraggly hair is not the look. My usual place (which I love, love, love) is Public Barber Salon in San Francisco, but since moving to Oakland, I felt like it was time to give an Oakland salon a shot. So I went to Le Rebelle Hair Team in Old Oakland. It’s a small, no frills salon with a good Yelp rating (4 stars), so I thought, why not?

The first time I went, I asked for a bob. The main stylist suggested that I don’t go too short in the back, since my hair is so thick.  I took his advice and walked out with a decent cut at a great price ($25).

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Please excuse my absence

Good morning.  As you may have noticed, things have been a bit quiet around here recently.  It’s not that I haven’t thought about posting; ideas have been swirling through my head for weeks. I’ve just been in a bit of a funk. I’ve shared my skincare struggles with you before, but lately, they’ve been at an all-time high.  My skin is aging fast and furiously, and breaking out like a teenager. In all honestly, I haven’t posted recently because I’ve been feeling like a fraud.  How can I give skincare advice when my skin is a wreck?

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Budget-Friendly Holiday Gifts

The holidays are upon us! This year, I chose not to go shopping on Thanksgiving or Black Friday. I love a deal as much as the next person, but I’m over elbowing strangers for a $40 DVD player. Which means I’ve still got a lot of shopping to do!

Here are my pics for beauty gifts under $25.

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Olay Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System

At just $21 (Amazon.com), the Olay Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System is perfect for those who want to try the Clarisonic, but don’t have/want to spend $200 on a facial brush.

Andis Ceramic Ionic Styler Hair Dryer

This hair dryer has made blowdrying my hair a breeze. With it’s easy to hold handle and detachable combs, it cuts my flatironing time in half.  (Find it at your local Target for about $20, or on Amazon.com for $15.79).

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