Makeup & Beauty

Makeup & Beauty

A Little Help Over Here?

I'm breaking out.

I hate breaking out. Because on a day-to-day basis this 2-Minute New Mama Makeup routine is pretty much all I can muster, and breakouts mean...well, more.

Anyway, I'm going to blame the breakouts on ebbing pregnancy hormones mostly because a) last time they showed up was when the hormones first came out to say hi, so it makes sense that my skin would throw a party when they leave, too, and b) I refuse to believe that my 30-year-old self would be breaking out just 'cause. Either way, they must be gotten rid of.

This stuff* is helping so much. I'm wary of acne treatments because my major skin issue is dryness (oof, the dryness)...but so far, so good. One thin coat of the La Roche-Posay salicylic acid acne treatment over the problem spots (not every night, just when needed), and in the morning, the state of my skin is worlds better.

Makeup & Beauty

DIY French Manicure

funky french manicure

A little Friday fingernail inspiration: China Glaze in Dress Me Up with FingerPaints in Circus Peanuts.

Not that I'm the most talented person in the world at DIY French manicures - I used to do them all the time and was pretty good at them, but this one, as you can see, was a rush job completed during a much-shorter-than-I-expected-it-to-be nap - but there are a few little tricks that make them way easier:

1. Start with very little polish on the brush - you don't want any rolling down and glopping onto your nail.

2. Begin the line at the halfway point and go to one edge of the nail, then return to the halfway point and draw the other side of the line.

Makeup & Beauty

Speedy, Sleek Blow-Dry Tip

You know how, when you're a) in a hurry to dry your hair and b) want to add a little volume, you flip your head over and get it at least partially dry that way? Well, if you've got wavy or curly hair that's prone to frizz, this little trick is even better.

Take large sections of wet hair and twist as shown above, aiming the dryer at the roots: you'll get the lift you're looking for at your scalp while keeping the rest of your hair sleek and smooth. Do this until hair is damp, and then blow-dry as usual, dividing into sections and using a round or paddle brush.


How-To: Blow-Dry Perfect Bangs

Makeup & Beauty

Fabulous Beauty Find / Clinique Almost Lipstick New Spring 2012 Colors

From left: Black Honey, Shy Honey, Tender Honey, Spice Honey, Luscious Honey, Chic Honey, Lovely Honey, And Flirty Honey.

I rarely buy new lipsticks; I'm very creature-of-habit with such things and have a stockpile of my favorite nudes and reds. But at the salon on Saturday I was paging through InStyle, and did a double-take when I spotted the go-to tube of my youth (Clinique's Almost Lipstick in Black Honey was the very first piece of makeup I owned) in a gorgeous new hot-pink shade.

And as it turns out, when you walk a straight line from John Sahag Workshop over to my parents' place (where we met before heading to dinner), you pass straight by Saks. Which has a Clinique counter.

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