CHOPPED: A NEW MOUSSE FOR A NEW ‘DO

I did it! I cut my hair.  Four inches shorter and it feels amaze-balls. Ok, so it’s not like I’ve cut a foot off or anything, but for those of you who’s long hair is your security blanket, then you know how big a deal this can be.  I have now entered the world of the mid-length ladies.  It’s a long lob, if you will.  I posted a little while back that I was having problems with thinning hair from my wacky hormones, and collected styles because I was contemplating a chop. Well, I can now say that I no longer feel like I have 10 hairs on my head.  My new length is more blunt and creates an illusion of fullness.  And, I have found the best mousse for my new ‘do.  Oribe Graniose Hair Plumping Mousse really delivers.  It’s light and airy and creates fullness without leaving my hair sticky or crunchy.  Plus, it has that oh-so-fab signature scent.  It’s best used before a blow-dry but I can say that it works wonders on air-dried hair as well.  Cue sigh of relief.

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MAKEUP HACK

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I was thrilled to be included on RackedLA today in their Seven Superstar Makeup Artists Reveal their Best Beauty Hacks.  When I was asked what shortcuts or little beauty tricks I had up my sleeve, two came out on top.

Now that the weather is getting warmer, I’m wearing a lot more sandals.  And although I try to keep my pedicure looking fresh, my heels take a beating.  To combat the dryness and cracks, I found an easy and painless trick to keep them nice and soft.  Lucas’ Papaw Ointment is a miracle cream and I’ve written about it before (as have many others), but it’s truly the best stuff.  I use it on everything from rashes to cuticles and dry lips, or as a highlighter on cheekbones.  But it makes the best foot cream.  At night, I slather a generous amount onto my heels and cover with cotton socks.  (I cut the toes off an old pair so that my feet stay cool.)  When I wake up in the morning, my feet are soft and my heels look like new!

My go-to drugstore favorite right now is Maybelline’s Fit Me Shine-Free Foundation.  They make great contour sticks, blending seamlessly into skin and come in a variety of colors.  They are super affordable and easy to find, making them even better!

BROW DUTY

Eyebrows are a big deal.  If you’re not dying, penciling, shading, or even getting extensions (yes – eyebrow extensions are a thing), then you either have freak of nature amazing brows, or you’re behind the times and need to catch up.  A nicely groomed brow can make you look brighter, younger, and instantly more polished. The products you choose are personal (for example, I prefer to use a pencil with a small tip to emulate tiny hairs), but there are many on the market and it’s hard to navigate where to go.  So I’ve rounded up my favorite shadows, pencils, gels, and tools for getting those perfectly groomed brows.

Brows

From top to bottom: Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil, Dior Diorshow Brow Styler, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo, Armani Eye & Brow Maestro, Benefit Speed Brow, Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel

BrowToolsMAC Cosmetcs Angled Brow Pencil #208, Sonia Kashuk Core Tools Brow Brush #119, Nyx Cosmetics Eyebrow Shaper, Tweezerman Ultra Precision Slant Shaper, Jane Iredale Deluxe Spoolie Brush, Surratt Beauty Expressioniste Brow Pomade, Marc Jacobs Beauty Brow Tamer Grooming Gel