Beauty Tip #2: The Frizz Wars…Part I

September 16, 2007 at 4:34 pm (Beauty Tips, Bumble and Bumble, curls, Ouidad)

A “before” photo of an unfortunate red-head

Before I knew (or cared) how to handle my luxurious waves aka undulating frizz, I was in ignorant bliss. I went from Shirley Temple ringlets as a child (after my early bald-as-a-bowling-ball phase) to the wild lioness mane of my early teen years. Thankfully due to the intervention of my beauty savvy Mom and Aunt, who worked in tandem to pacify my many follicles’ reactive temper, I became quite a young goddess, if I may say so myself. 😉 Part of this intervention involved curling irons, conditioning treatments, and a cornucopia of barrettes. 😉

When the Bumble & Bumble salon burst open their doors in Manhattan’s swanky hood, in buzzed many savage beasts of mangy manes who surprisingly had human DNA. I was probably run over by this herd, but learned of this curl-tempering cure in time. Ouidad, a shop which many worship as a shrine, proved too shellac-ing for me, but Bumble & Bumble’s Leave-In Conditioner worked like a miracle worker. It held and shaped the curl, but allowed my hair to move like human hair.

Some typical AFTER photos (one is of my FAV Madonna):

PLEASE avoid the following look:

While still wet, I would massage in this white gold, coating from scalp to split end. My preference is always to do this in the shower, such that I can walk out with hair ready to dry/go. The technique I’d recommend is taking sections of hair, coating with a quarter size amount of Bumble, then combing with fingers spread, holding the hair. When getting to the ends, grab hold of the hair section, and shake lightly, to free the curl from it’s cage. Even though I personally didn’t like Ouidad products, after a visit to the salon which set me back $300 (yikes!), I did leave with one fantastic method: the Rake and Shake. Visit this link for a quick, helpful visual. CLICK HERE. I just use Bumble and Bumble on the hair instead of their products, and use their technique.

After all the hair is coated, I try to let my hair air-dry without much manipulation, to minimize heat damage, and to allow the curls to set.

I’d recommend testing different amounts on your hair, as for mine, which has fine, blond consistency, but is naturally ringlet-y, a moderate amount works just fine. This amount is clear to me, as I’ve been using this product for over 10 years. I can’t give an exact amount, but what works for one, is not so hot for another. You just get a sense after a bit.

The absolutely lovely thing about this product, is that it rarely gets that horrid crunchy, wet-all-day look that has people guessing if you just jumped out of the shower or if you’ve never jumped in or out of a shower. If you truly slather it on like my Dad puts cream cheese on his bagel aka in HEAPS, your do will probably do the wet or “greased” look. Often, you can put your hand underneath your hair and break apart these shellac-ed sections, unlike other products that permanently mold your hair like Vanna White in her glorious Oscar-worthy debut as a Greek statue in Goddess of Love.

Other perks are the deep conditioning you get all day long, which is often necessary for curly, naturally dry hair. The bottle states you can wash out the product, but as I’ve walked into the actual Bumble & Bumble salon, the experts say you can also leave it in.

PRODUCT: Bumble & Bumble Leave-In Conditioner

WHERE BUY: you can go straight to the source or a participating salon, but I’d recommend searching on Ebay for a heavy discount. Do a google search for discount sites as well. Compare and buy. Check out their site as it’s pretty helpful too. Especially if you have another hair type.

PROS: tames curls into beautiful, calm hair; holds curl add day; frizz is gone; very light, inoffensive scent; easy to wash off hair/hands without heavy goo-quotient; doesn’t mold hair into greasy, wet look; provides nutrients and conditioning all day long; salon and products very successful (celeb clientele) so product will be around for years to come; only product have used for 10+ years that actually works.

CONS: can be expensive if do not find on ebay or discount site; may not work on straight hair–unsure, but still try; may be trial and error period as all curls differ; also must accompany regular haircuts to keep hair healthy for maximum benefit.

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Organizational Tip #1: Post-traumatic Martha Stewart-itis syndrome

August 10, 2007 at 3:28 pm (Beauty Tips, Martha Stewart, Organizational Tips, solution, time management, Toodledo)

So, who feels more stressed out AFTER reading Martha Stewart’s mag? Maybe I have problems, but I find her small font and perfect home layouts and instructions for creating your own doily to be overwhelming. I just feel like an inadequate failure. And to boot, I can barely keep up with the millions of things I need to do involving daily life maintenance. I haven’t even gotten to the beauty routine I apparently should be doing. Alas, I seek to share life tips that will not add more weight to your to-do lists, but will actually lessen your load. I am also struggling to juggle multiple responsibilities as many other ladies are these days.

My first tip is not so much a tip as a change in mindset. As a female, we seek to please. When I get an email, I feel a compulsion not to offend the sender by waiting too long to write back. When the phone rings, I think, yikes, must get to it! When someone rings the door bell, I throw on whatever scraps are nearby and aim a slightly presentable appearance as not to scare away the villagers. When someone insults me, I USED to believe it, then think, how can I fix my hair, face, manner…you fill in the blank. What is wrong about all of this? I am considering everyone but myself. And why is SOMEONE ELSE’S opinion more valid than your own? Well, it’s not. Who could possibly understand your needs better than YOU? And jumping to attention at every available opportunity is not only exhausting, but it is rude to YOURSELF. So, the bigger picture gain by stopping this horrid behavior is a sense of empowerment. Stop dropping everything and getting completely stressed out and abandoning your responsibilities and dreams.

So, solution number 1 involves focusing on your own needs first. You are not selfish, you are not cruel, and lastly, being a martyr is boring. Relishing in telling for the 115th time how exhausted you are, and how you don’t have time is also boring. What would be interesting is being rested, feeling in control of your destiny, and accomplishing some of your personal goals. So, anytime the phone rings, the doorbell dongs, the email comes buzzing in, first STOP. Second, take a deep breath. Third, say to yourself, will the world explode into a million pieces if I don’t answer the phone? In the modern world, with caller ID, you will know if it’s the Secretary of State ringing. Unless you are Jack Bauer, this is unlikely. Obviously, turning off the lights and your tunes and hiding in the closet when the doorbell rings reeks of weirdness, and perhaps the UPS man has arrived with tasty treats. You may need to answer the door, but if you don’t feel like an hour-long chat with your blabby neighbor, cutting it short isn’t rude…her disrespect of your schedule IS. Not that people are to be cut off rudely or socialization is unhealthy…but if you are focusing and working and accomplishing, these interruptions should be kept quick and you should schedule in fun time with friends. Log your phone messages, important emails to return on your calendar or To Do list for a specific time of day. Pick a specified time to devote full attention, much like a doctor’s appointment. It is time limited, and whatever you don’t finish in that time (I’d suggest 1 hour), is for the To-Do list for tomorrow.

TAKING BACK YOUR LIFE AND TIME plan:

Interruption occurs (doorbell, phone, email, dog humping your leg, etc.)

1. STOP and take a breath
2. Ask yourself, “is this absolutely necessary to attend to at this very second?”
3. If the answer is no, which it should mostly be, then continue your work… If the answer is yes, you must divert attention, then do so, completing the task quickly and return to your previous activity.
4. Make a list of phone calls, emails, visits, and schedule the most vital for a daily block of time.

PROS: a sense of control, more work accomplished in less time, re-prioritizing YOU vs the rest of the world, less stress, fewer headaches

CONS: your change of behavior may surprise and disappoint others who are used to having you jump when they call (after time and reinforcement, they will get used to the new you)

FAB TIP: Toodledo has added great organizational joy to my life. You can add your To Do items, in addition to your schedule, which can all print into a little foldable list every day. Any item you must complete may be given a time of day and time limit as well. Just check out this awesome free tool. Click: Toodledo.com. Toodledo is an easy to use, web-based to-do list. Keeping track of all your tasks will help you avoid disorganization, stay motivated and be more productive. Check it out.

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Beauty Tip #1: Glowing Shiny Skin

August 9, 2007 at 9:35 pm (Beauty Tips)

Like many out there, I have been blessed/cursed with oily skin. They say it prolongs one’s youth, however in the same vein of finding positivity in bird poop on one’s windshield or worse, on one’s head, I am skeptical. (Expanding on the falling projectile topic…a very close hilariously accident-prone friend of mine had an unfortunate surprise when a squirrel tumbled and banged into her head, while on the way to work. Me, on the other hand, after 36 hours of solid doctoring work as a resident had a bird aim successfully for my head. On no other time in my life have I found such an obvious sign sent from above, both in the otherworldly sense and the actually sky. I felt pooped on after dealing with what seemed like 100 screaming patients and yes, I needed to have the point remade. Anyway, not to digress…) So, as a brilliant solution, I came upon Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser 6 fl oz (180 ml), seconded by a top beauty-mag, to relieve me of my ever-greasy complexion. It contains salicylic acid, as well, to treat the socially abhorent scourge, aka acne. The fabulousness is that this is hypoallergenic, oil free, non-pore-clogging, soap-free, and is in this fabulous foamy application. You push down on the pump and get a bubbly dollop, massage it onto your gorgeous face and after washing it off, your skin feels clean, and not overly dried out. Some gentler cleansers feel like cream and when you wash it off, you don’t get that squeaky clean feeling, that I absolutely crave, much like the itch in my ears relieved (wrongly) by a Q-tip. So, after using for about a week, I noticed a huge difference in my skin. Of course, there are other factors to having good skin. The old adage, you are what you eat holds. If you are hogging down fries and a big tub of Kentucky Fried Chicken every night, don’t expect your skin to glow and accuse your cleanser of laziness. Also, if you aren’t working on decreasing your stress or aren’t exercising or drinking water, your skin will reflect your lifestyle. So, treat yourself well, and you will feel good and your skin will reflect your good behavior.

PRODUCT: Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser

PROS: cool, foamy formulation, squeaky clean after feeling, clears up pimples, decreases grease quotient, inexpensive, readily available online and in drug stores, doesn’t clog pores, good for sensitive skin

CONS: may want to avoid if have very dry skin

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Beauty Tip #1: Glowing Shiny Skin

August 9, 2007 at 8:35 pm (acne, Aveeno, Beauty Tips, cleanser, cosmetics, product, skin)

Like many out there, I have been blessed/cursed with oily skin. They say it prolongs one’s youth, however in the same vein of finding positivity in bird poop on one’s windshield or worse, on one’s head, I am skeptical. (Expanding on the falling projectile topic…a very close hilariously accident-prone friend of mine had an unfortunate surprise when a squirrel tumbled and banged into her head, while on the way to work. Me, on the other hand, after 36 hours of solid doctoring work as a resident had a bird aim successfully for my head. On no other time in my life have I found such an obvious sign sent from above, both in the otherworldly sense and the actually sky. I felt pooped on after dealing with what seemed like 100 screaming patients and yes, I needed to have the point remade. Anyway, not to digress…) So, as a brilliant solution, I came upon Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser 6 fl oz (180 ml), seconded by a top beauty-mag, to relieve me of my ever-greasy complexion. It contains salicylic acid, as well, to treat the socially abhorent scourge, aka acne. The fabulousness is that this is hypoallergenic, oil free, non-pore-clogging, soap-free, and is in this fabulous foamy application. You push down on the pump and get a bubbly dollop, massage it onto your gorgeous face and after washing it off, your skin feels clean, and not overly dried out. Some gentler cleansers feel like cream and when you wash it off, you don’t get that squeaky clean feeling, that I absolutely crave, much like the itch in my ears relieved (wrongly) by a Q-tip. So, after using for about a week, I noticed a huge difference in my skin. Of course, there are other factors to having good skin. The old adage, you are what you eat holds. If you are hogging down fries and a big tub of Kentucky Fried Chicken every night, don’t expect your skin to glow and accuse your cleanser of laziness. Also, if you aren’t working on decreasing your stress or aren’t exercising or drinking water, your skin will reflect your lifestyle. So, treat yourself well, and you will feel good and your skin will reflect your good behavior.

PRODUCT: Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser

PROS: cool, foamy formulation, squeaky clean after feeling, clears up pimples, decreases grease quotient, inexpensive, readily available online and in drug stores, doesn’t clog pores, good for sensitive skin

CONS: may want to avoid if have very dry skin

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