Category Archives: Hair

It was a Frida Day

I’ll admit I was in a rush this morning. I thought I had all the time in the world, but when I glanced at the clock I realized I should have already been in the car, but I had just stepped out of the shower. Oops! So I do what I always do in situations like this, I quickly braided my hair, and pinned it back.  I thought it would keep me from entering my place of work with dripping wet hair for the hundredth time this year. I quickly threw on jeans and a black polo with my radio station logo on it, and was making a mad dash to the car with my 3-year-old in tow.

Me without any makeup on, and a severe middle part.

Me without any makeup on, and a severe middle part.

My intertwined braids in the back

My intertwined braids in the back

As I was talking to my daughter on the way to the babysitters, I glanced in the rear view mirror and did a double take. I noticed that my severe middle part and my twisted up braids reminded me of one of my favorite painter’s hairdos. Frida Kahlo.

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo

If only I had taken the time to wear very large earrings and intertwine ribbons or very colorful flowers in my up-do, I would’ve really made a statement. As it was, I looked like a tired, makeup-less woman who rushed out of the house.

I arrived at work late, and felt very bedraggled. As the day went on, I realized a few things, the more I thought of Frida, the more comfortable I was without pulling my “emergency” cosmetic case out of my purse. My “emergency” cosmetic case has everything I would need to put on a full face of makeup. Everything from face primer to liquid eyeliner. I have regular and waterproof mascara. I truly have everything in there. I usually carry 12-17 lipsticks and glosses in my purse. I spent the entire day in just Burt’s Beeswax lip balm. The more often Frida flitted through my mind, the more I remembered her unique sense of style and confidence. No everyone thought she was beautiful, but I do.

I’m not saying that I want to let my eyebrows grow together, or I’m going to let my mustache grow in, but Frida was a strong beauty. What she had worked for her, and she knew it. She didn’t try and change anything, and the older she got, the more she embraced it and reveled in it. My stark hair style today was very revealing. It showed every blemish and imperfection on my face. It made my dark circles even darker. It even made my roots evident of need for a dye job. Strangely enough at the end of the day, I felt stronger. I don’t know why. Maybe I withstood the mad desire to make the real me look like what I want to wake up looking like, but take 20 minutes to accomplish with cosmetics. I don’t know? Maybe I felt stronger because I didn’t judge myself for being in public without makeup. I end up in public fresh faced quite a lot these days, but I always berate myself for it.

Having a Frida day was awesome.

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo

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Favorite “New” Cosmetic Items for September 2012

Well, it’s been a while since I uploaded a video to my blog. I thought it might be a good way to share some of my favorite cosmetic picks for September. I know that these aren’t new products, but they are new to me. I love coming across things I haven’t tried before and deciding if it’s good for me or not. These are just the ones that I’ve tried and have been loving!

I hope you’re doing well and enjoying your weekend!

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Birchbox July 2012 Unboxing Video and Easy Summer Makeup

My Birchbox finally arrived today. I know, I know. You might have already received yours, or don’t care about all this unboxing business. I hope you’ll watch it anyway, because I use the contents of my Birchbox to create an easy/fast summer makeup look.

I hope you’ll realize that it’s hard to apply makeup without a mirror . . . while recording a video and talking off the cuff. It wasn’t easy, but I hope it’s at least entertaining.

I’m always looking for suggestions about specific things to blog about. If you have any ideas or comments, even criticisms, just let me know. I want this to be a blog that’s helpful to you, and fun to check out.

I hope your summer is going well, and you haven’t lost your favorite lipstick to the heat yet. I’m still waiting for my first lipstick casualty. It happens at least once every summer.

Until next time,


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I Might Be Crazy, But I’m Doing It Again! Part 2

So, nearly three hours later, I’m done coloring my hair with color from eSalon. Of course it didn’t take 3 hours to color my hair, but I wasn’t about to make a video with wet hair, or crazy-frizzy-just-dried-hair. I also wasn’t about to make a video without some makeup. This is my beauty blog after all. I needed a little time to primp.

The coloring process took about 55 minutes. It might take less time in the future if I get faster at applying color. I also had to invest the help of my husband. He’s always willing to help me with my crazy DIY projects, especially the beauty ones. Apparently they entertain him.

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I Might Be Crazy, But I’m Doing It Again!

A box showed up on my doorstep today. One I had ordered on Wednesday from eSalon. Yes, I’m attempting to color my hair at home again. I know I swore in previous posts I would never do this again, but I had to try it. If I kill my hair again, I know what to do, and where to go.

I decided to make a video that explains the eSalon process to you. Here it is.

I promise to make a follow up video no matter what the state of my hair. If it’s bad, I’ll still make a video. I might be crying during it, but I’ll make one. I’ve got my fingers crossed that it all turns out OK.

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I’ve Been Trying On Red Hair!

Just for fun, I’ve been trying on red celebrity hair. I’ve been laughing, and gasping in horror. It’s terribly entertaining. If you want to try it out, click here.

I’m due for a hair cut and color, and after my last color fiasco, I’m heading to the salon. I thought I’d think about updating my color. I was born with carrot red hair. By the time I was 6-year-old and in first grade, it was a dark auburn. At 12-years-old, I had chestnut brown hair, with lots of natural red highlights. Since I was born with red hair, and have spent most of my life with natural red highlights, I think I have the coloring to pull off red quite well. I had to “try” on the hair color to see if I was right. Here’s what I got.

Christina Hendricks’ red hair. My current favorite Hollywood redhead. I’m mad for Mad Men!

Emma Stone’s red hair

Julia Robert’s very wearable red

Nicole Kidman – Way too light for me, but I had to try it

Ashley Greene – This reminds me of my 1980s hair. VERY big, huge actually.

Kate Walsh

Looking at all the shades of red, there are some that are out of the running. I can’t pull off Nicole Kidman’s strawberry blond color, and although I love Christina Hendrick’s red, it’s a bit much for me. I’d have to commit to getting my roots touched up every 4 weeks if I went with Kate Walsh’s color. I love it, but I’m not sure I can afford it right now. So the darker reds, and Julia Robert’s red are looking more and more doable right now.

So tell me, do you color your own hair, or do you go to the salon? Is your color high maintenance, or can you let it go for a while in between colorings? Are you picky about your hair, or is it just something you deal with? Do you stick close to your natural color, or do you dye it the color you should have been born with?

Let me know if you try InStyle’s Hollywood Makeover tool. If nothing else, it’s great for a laugh! I suppose I could always be a blond.

Reese Witherspoon’s perfect blond hair

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My Favorite Way to Wear My Hair When I’m Rushed: Braids

I love to take the time to do my hair. But because my hair is very thick and naturally curly, I have to wet it down every day, apply product, and then dry it with a diffuser. When my hair is completely dry, I take a 1 inch curling iron to the ends of the bottom layer to make sure they don’t look too scraggly. This process can take 30-45 minutes depending on how nice I want my hair to look.

As the mom of two preschool aged girls, I don’t often find I have time for this perfect hair. I keep my hair long on purpose. When my hair is long I can quickly put it up, and it looks nice. I’ve been rocking a french twist for decades. I also find a low chignon works well. Because of my hair texture, I can’t just put my hair in a ponytail and run out the door. It looks sloppy and frizzy.

My mom taught me to braid my hair before I started first grade. I started with the simple braid, then worked up to doing french braids, dutch braids, and fish tail braids.

This looks uses two adapted french braids and a bun. It’s very pretty, perfect for summer and it only takes me 8 minutes to do. If you’re not an old pro at braids, this might take a bit more time. It’s still worth trying out because it looks much harder than it really is.

Easy braided updo for summer

1. I used two mini Spin Pins by Goody, three regular bobby pins, three clear elastics and one small claw clip to achieve this look.

2. I always start braiding my hair when it’s wet. It keeps me from having to deal with frizz, and I find I can get tighter braids that way. Start with a deep side part.

3. Take a small section at the front, twist away from your face and clip. This will give you a little height so you’re updo isn’t too flat near your face.

4. Right where the clip is, start your larger side braid. This is only half a french braid. When you are braiding, you only take hair from the side closest to your face to add to the braid. Continue until you’ve reached the nape of your neck on the opposite side. (you start on the right side of your head, keep braiding until you reach the nape on the left.) Tie braid off with clear elastic.

5. You should have a smaller section of hair on the opposite side. Make a small half french braid with it. Keep it as tight as possible. When you run out of hair to add, just keep braiding. I found that this is where my extra clear hair elastic came in handy. I have layered hair, and some if it was falling out of the braid. I used one of the elastics to tie it off. I brushed out the rest and started braiding until I got to the end. You might not have to do this. I couldn’t see the extra elastic in the end product, so I didn’t bother me.

6. Once you have both braids finished, it’ time to put them in a bun. I started with the larger braid, and made a bun out of it right at the nape, in the middle. I found it was easier if I gave it a bit of a twist as I was putting it in a bun. Here is where I used those two Spin Pins. They held everything in place. Pick up the smaller braid and wrap it around the bun, making sure to hide the ends. Secure with bobby pins.

7. Spray liberally with the hairspray of your choice. I also removed the claw clip. It was just to hold my hair in place while I braided it. If you use a decorative one like I did, you could certainly leave it in. I have before and it’s very pretty.

This is just what I did today with my hair. I’d never done it before. I braid my hair so often, I’m always looking for new and interesting ways to wear it. The next time I find a new way to braid it, and wear it, I’ll let you know.

Let me know if you try this style, or have any feedback for me on it.


P.S. It’s Sunday, so I’m not wearing much makeup. Concealer, mascara and tinted lip balm. Forgive my casual look.

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Mommy Zombie Went to Work Yesterday

I was so late getting ready for work yesterday that I only had time to take a shower, slap on some deodorant, brush my teeth and braid my hair. I managed to leave the house wearing the same pants from the previous day. It wasn’t until I made it to my office that I noticed the stain on them. Oops. By that time, it was too late.

I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m a radio DJ. No one sees me, I’m in the studio for 15 hours a week total, and most of the time I’m there, the rest of the staff are out at lunch. So when I say no one sees me, I mean literally no one. There is no web cam in the studio. My boss is almost always on the phone or in a meeting. The rest of the staff are so busy, they hardly ever notice me walk in. I tell you this just so you can understand how I’ve let myself be emboldened enough to walk into the office in pig tail braids. I’m a 37-year-old woman sporting a hairstyle that a child should be wearing. I’ve come to work in my fuzzy UGG slippers before on accident, and didn’t worry too much about it.

I managed to go to work yesterday not only in pig tail Dutch braids, but without make up. I’ve spent over $200 recently on new cosmetics, and I went bare-faced to work. Now that I look at it that way, I’m not sure what I was thinking.

When I got to work, one of my co-workers stopped me to ask for fashion and  cosmetic advice for her teenage daughter who was going to a school formal. She asked me about manicure options. What sort of hair style would I suggest. What type of makeup would look best on her daughter.

I gave her a few suggestions, and headed back into my “box of solitude” aka the studio. Right before I left a few hours later, she asked if she could bring her 17-year-old daughter in for a little beauty advice. “Sure, no problem.” I said. All I could think of was “How is any teenage girl in her right mind going to take fashion advice from me, looking like this?”

After asking about her dress, and personal sense of style, I made a few suggestions. I told her what to stay away from, and what to make sure her nail tech and hair stylist didn’t do that might ruin the over all effect of effortless beauty that is so easy for a 17-year-old to attain.

This morning when I made it into work, her mom showed me pictures of her daughter all dressed up in formal wear. She was so beautiful. Long black elegant dress with a low back, black nail polish with a very high shine top coat. She also convinced her hair stylist to skip the pageant updo, and go with something a bit more casual and less perfect. Her skin is perfection. The way a young teenage girl’s skin should be. She hardly needed any makeup.  The picture was incredible. With her date, looked like a princess in a fairy tale. She took every word of my advice and look amazing.

Her mom told me a funny story today. On the way out to their car yesterday after hearing my opinion, her daughter said “I never expected her to know so much about makeup and fashion. Especially the way she does her hair and makeup.”

Touche you young beautiful thing you, touche.

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Home hair color gone wrong

Well, I did it, I officially killed my hair. What started out as a great first home color in February, quickly turned into a terrible second attempt yesterday.

I was lured in by the fancy tubes of professional color at Sally’s Beauty Supply, and the assurance that it was much better hair color than what I was getting from the drug store. So I caved. I got two tubes of color, developer, and a mixing bowl and brush. I left assured that my color would be perfect.

One hour later, my hair was bright red at the roots, and black starting two inches away from my roots to the tips. It was a HORRIBLE color. I nearly started to cry. By this time, it was 9 pm at night. Too late to call anyone for help.

This is where the wash rinse repeat cycle started. I washed my hair 6 times with Neutrogena anti-residue formula. The least color safe shampoo I could think of. It did strip out quite a bit of color, but I still looked terrible. By 11 pm I made a run to Walmart to get Oops Color hair color remover. After applying that and rinsing for nearly 30 minutes as recommended for thick, long hair, I now have a light amber colored hair.

I’m not sure which color is worse. The black forest cherry, or the brassy burnt caramel color. They are both equally unacceptable. I’m waiting until the salons open for a moment to direct dial and panic on the phone with someone who knows my pain.

Did I mention that my stylist is on maternity leave, and now I have to trust my crazy hair to a complete stranger? I’m worried.

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Vintage Hair?

I remember watching “Gone with the Wind” at age 5.It made a huge impression on me. I instantly fell in love with movies from the Golden Age of Hollywood. I knew the names Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Jean Harlow, Irene Dunne, and Vivian Leigh before first grade. In middle school, I always won when we got the “old” movie category in Scattergories. When I discovered American Movie Classics in the late 80s I was in heaven. I watched every Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire movie ever made. I got to know Don Ameche and Claudette Colbert. I fell in love with Carry Grant just like every young girl should.  He took a back seat to Clark Gable who already owned my heart.

This morning, as I was getting dressed I got inspired to try a vintage hairstyle. Of course it’s nothing like what I saw in my favorite black and while films, but I thought I’d share it with you none the less. Let me know what you think.


Vintage inspired updo

P.S. I still miss the AMC of the late 80s. TMC is okay, but not the same. I am glad there is an outlet for classic films. My favorite colors are Black and White.

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