Hair

Hair to Stay | Cheveux à Rester – Pt. 2

Now that we know how to get wet – let’s talk about being dry but still sexy, of course.

I’ll give you a moment to visualize…

Done? Great. Clean up your panties quickly because we’re moving on.

I’ve got the goods to help you cut blow drying time if you do, or the right stuff to tame your aired-out tresses and whip thems into perfection.

KMS blowdry

This is your new best friend. KMS California is a brand out of Santa Monica that is constantly evolving and coming up with solutions for effortless hair for really real. This Quick Blow Dry formula cuts heat time by about half. I love science! A few mist pumps make your life easier and the product laaaaasts. $12-$18

Pravana

A new product from PRAVANA that restores, protects and shines up a storm. May be applied to wet or dry hair for ultimate shine. [Side note – no, I’m not partial because of my love for the Amazon.] I can proudly say that my hair and I are addicted and may never be the same. Test it for yourself. I dare you. $21.99

LIONEL Renard copy

This dynamic duo by Lionel Renard will make any hair its bitch! The whole luxurious line is perfection. These two, Thick-It and Relaxing Balm, when squeezed into the shape of a sunny-side-up egg and applied all over damp hair, will thicken AND tame. Win. Win. Win. Win. Win. Ding! $20-22

Smoothing Lusterizer

If enchanted crystals were a real thing this TIGI S factor Smoothing Lusterizer/Defrizzer Serum would be a wizard. Use on wet hair to protect from heat or dry hair to cheat and only show the world how gorgeous your hair can be. The smell is so yummy you’ll want to taste it. $25.50

Leonor Greyl

My friend Cathi had told me about this line some months back and until it showed up on my door…brain did not compute the absolute amazingness that is Leonor Greyl Paris. This Éclat Naturel Styling Cream, though intended for wet or dry hair, I use to recondition my dry, fried ends and give off the illusion of a freshly cut dome. $44

Now you have absolutely no excuse not to have perfect hair.

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Health, Hygiene, Makeup

Expiration | D’expiration

Unlike our foods, cosmetics don’t come with expiration dates.

I think it would be stellar to have it imprinted on the side of the actual lipstick, or engraved into the plastic casing of your shadow duo. Or someone just needs to come up with a makeup line called “Expiration” and part of their genius would be to stamp the exact moment of demise on each item. I know, I’m astonishingly brilliant.

So, without further adieu…

Mascara and Liquid Eye Liners: 3 months.

Liquid Face Makeup, Cream Eye Shadow: 3-6 months.

Natural/Mineral Cosmetics: 6 months, the shelf life for these is short due to the lack of preservatives in the product.

Powder Face Makeup, Powder Eye Shadows, Pencil Eye Liners, Lipstick, Lip gloss: 2 years.

Eye and lip pencils: discard when they become dry, crumbly, and hard to apply – otherwise you can prolong their lifespan if you sharpen them regularly.

Tips:

  • Make sure to always keep your makeup in a cool dry place – eye/lip pencils and lipsticks you don’t often use can be refrigerated.
  • Pumping your mascara will dry it out much faster and spread bacteria inside the tube – try swirling the wand instead.
  • If you have a stye in your eye or a cold sore on your lip – immediately discard of products you have used on the are, otherwise you are just spreading the love and perpetuate lack of healing.
  • Don’t share your cosmetics with anyone unless you are fully prepared to disinfect them instantly.

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