My Professional-ish Opinion

Every so often I realize that I do have a professional opinion about body, hair, and makeup products.  Obviously everyone has different hair textures, skin types/sensitivities, tones, and preferences, but these are my favorite products and/or brands that I use daily right now.

Body 

I recently became concerned about the ingredients in my body lotion.  The ‘largest organ’ really does soak up A LOT of chemicals and additives so it started to make me worry when I saw that even organic lotions had lots of ingredients I could not pronounce or recognize. My first solution – baby oil!
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Get Little Twig here – I’m such a sucker for packaging. (Source)

For the most part it is just mineral oil – which seriously has more uses than you could imagine.  Some brands have fragrance (that powder smell) other have rose/lavender or no smell at all.  You can buy organic, but that can be 8x the price.  It’s super moisturizing and if you use it after you shave it helps with any irritation.

Second (here comes a RANT) – I’ve become really interested in soap making. I haven’t taken the plunge (do you see how many damn hobbies I already have? calm down!), but I have looked at many ‘starter’ or basic soap recipes.  The only thing that bothers me is the use of Lye.  I know for a long long long long time we as humans have used Lye as as a substitute for certain sodium and potassium hydroxides safely to change the pH of things.  However, when I was taught about relaxers it always stuck that lye was used in the relaxing process to change the chemical structure of the hair.  I understand that used safely lye is completely fine.  BUT the worry wart in me just can’t let that go.  Anyone who has ever relaxed hair knows how scary it is (the speed, texture, hair integrity are all high risk factors of ruining someone’s hair).  To me lye is unnecessary and luckily there are a lot of people who don’t want to deal with it either since it can be unsafe to store with pets/kids.  So lye-free soap is in the works for me…. and I kind of want to make soap with loose tea in it like the boys at T-we Tea do.

Hair

I have been part of the Aveda ‘cult’ for five years now (time flies) and I still enjoy their products, but honestly in the humidity here in Chicago, the products are not working for me.  A fistful of Glossing Straightner starts out as great for my hair, but the first humid breeze and I have frizzy, poofy hair.  I was recommended a new line and I’m loving it for it’s anti-humid hold and Rx therapy.

Alterna is great at giving immense therapy to the hair (I’m super color treated at this point) and it just leaves the hair so soft and not frizzy. The Protein Creme and Blowout Creme are fabulous.

Also the Bamboo Line by Alterna is great for smoothing out that fussy texture I get.
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Don’t get me wrong I’m still an Aveda Fanboy, and Control Force, Pure Abundance Hair Potion, and Brilliant Humectant are always my finishers.

Makeup

I always use Aveda Foundation – it smells like roses and actually covers really nicely.  I find it very similar to MAC Foundation in my opinion for my extremely fair skin.  It covers my uneven spots and the little dark circles I always have under my eyes from allergies (thanks Ugly Tribe!).
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Eye shadow is a mix of Urban Decay and MAC.  I am however IN LOVE with the new MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot.  It goes on smooth, stays set ALL day long, and because of the natural contours on your eye it actually looks like you’ve added one if not two additional colors for contour. I just love it.  I’ve received so many compliments on it since I’ve started using it also.

For lipstick – in my opinion as long as you have a good pencil liner you can use whatever brand you want as long as you know when to reapply and are prepared to add a gloss.  I really love the Aveda lip liner that is ‘clear’ so you can use it for any shade you want.

SHAM-WOW!

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Would any readers like any tutorials on hair/makeup tricks or tips? Let me know I wouldn’t mind doing a few how-tos if they are desired!

Blue Hair Blues?

I’m currently debating my next move in the always important hair ‘aspect’ of my life.  For friends and family that have seen me through my pre-Aveda and Aveda Salon years, I’ve had a load of different colors.  Well I’ve generally had super dark hair (colored since my late teens to hide that pesky light blonde that tries to grow from my scalp), but mixed it up with bold panels whether certain colors were intentional or not is not up for discussion here. 

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My ‘Gray’ Hair.  Really a level 7-8 and toned blue/green within an inch of its life plus sprayed with white powder.

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My current ‘seafoam/blonde’ panels.  Last color extracted/bleached/color extracted/bleached again and then colored in February… not too shabby. HA!

If i could stand using another whole kit of Pravana Color Extractor and spending an entire day hovering over the bathroom sink and mirror with my arms above my head I would try for this look:

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— but that is not going to happen.  Why? Well for one I don’t have the patience or dexterity to finish this look the way I would be happy with it, two, my man would not walk next to me in public, and three…. I’ll explain now.

The reason why I’m having such a hard time figuring this next ‘trivial hair’ step out is because it ultimately ‘ends’ a certain part of my life.  You see, a ‘big-girl’ job that will probably not support bright, bizarre, or purple and blue hair is on the horizon.  I guess it’s still unknown what environment my future company will have (fingers crossed it allows exposed tattoos and blue hair), but I’m not counting on it – especially if I snag a consulting job and meet with actual clients.  Sigh – I know I have to just cover up my blue panels at some point this summer – they are so dull right now and recoloring them would only recolor our shower/bath tub blue… believe me I still have a lot of scrubbing to do before that tub is ‘white’ again!  

But – I can’t or won’t be sad for very long about going more ‘natural’ with hair, because there are loads of great color patterns and colors that will look just as neat if not better and brighter.  

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Obviously the cut is extreme, but with panels this color combo would be quite lovely.

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And I won’t lie – simple all over jet black is always classic. 

Perhaps a whole new hobby also is waiting in the wings, because I’ve discovered several Etsy sellers that make and sell very affordable wigs in all sorts of colors.  Although I’ve never really been into hair pieces or wigs, it might be the only way I can have those bright colors while having a career – or until I retire and finally become a little blue haired lady. 

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 I plan on doing several fun coloring techniques on some of my cousins – I’m just waiting for senior photos to be done and then I’ll post a tutorial here.