“French twist” is a catch-all term for an easy and adaptable type of updo. The basic French twist can be modified into any number of updo hairstyles – but it’s beautiful all on its own! This is a great choice for a prom or wedding hairstyle, and if you’re brave and can do anything with pin curls or braiding, you can modify it to no end. Here’s how to create the basic French twist all by your wittle self at home. C’mon baby, let’s do the Twist!
1.Use a thin, oily serum or hair gel like Garnier Sleek & Shine and grease your hair up top to bottom. Classically, this look is very finished, so we recommend greasing the front up as well. Start with a side part that has more hair on the left side of your head when looking in the mirror. (It doesn’t have to be extreme, just enough to give us some excess hair on that side.) Slick your hair back into a low ponytail at the nape of your neck and slightly off to the right – but don’t use your hairtie yet; just hold it there. Thaaaaat’s right. Keep holding it. Yeah. You’ll do what I say just ’cause I say so.
2. Okay, I’m off my power trip. Bend the ponytail up against the back of your head and fold the ends of your hair down underneath the ponytail. (Note: If you have unusually long hair, first: I hate you, and second: you may have to fold your hair down a couple more times to get the top of the twist even with your head. Oh wahhh, I have to fold my long luxurious hair down more than a regular person. Poor you.) The top of the ponytail where the ends are folded under should fall right below your crown. Smooth the hair on the right side (this should be the side with less hair, if you parted as directed) against the back of your head.
Ever since we turned twelve and our faces went haywire with oil and blemishes, skincare has been complicated for us women. Should you use astringent? What if you have dry skin? What age should you begin moisturizing? Should you moisturize all over? Luckily, Philosophy, the hippest name in skin care, has one easy solution in a box – and it works! The Makeup Optional Skincare Mini kit includes the following giant array of products:
Confession: my Chanel foundation has turned me into a snob. I tried Rimmel’s new and improved version of Lasting Finish 16 HR Foundation with Minerals, fully expecting it to kind of suck just because it’s from the drugstore. What’s happened to me? I used to be so open-minded…well, that and cheap. But this product managed to surprise me!
The color (I used Soft Beige) matched my skin perfectly. The texture was creamy, but not too thick, and blended easily. The coverage is full but not at all fake-looking, and it somehow manages to look both matte and dewy. (Yeah, I know, what’s that about?)
Bonus: as we speak, it’s lasting all day, even without finishing powder. Is that even possible? Most drugstore foundations are too sticky and disgusting to wear without powder, and rub off at every chance. Kudos, Rimmel! I knew you got Kate Moss somehow! (Sidebar: don’t they have the best taste in spokeswomen? Zooey Deschanel, Lily Cole and the queen of 2D herself?)
I abuse my hair like crazy. I blow-dry daily, and before I became a regularly-henna’ed redhead, I colored it light blonde at home myself about once a month. So I’m probably not the best spokesperson for healthy color – but I am likely the best person to talk to if you’re buying home haircolor. I tried Clairol’s new gem Perfect Ten, and I’m proud to say I adored it!
I got Lightest Blonde #10 and followed the directions to a T. I never wore ash blonde well, so I loved the warm, rich color this gave me. If you’re looking for ash blonde or find that warmer/brassier tones wash you out, keep looking.
This product dealt with every problem I’ve ever had with drugstore haircolor. It even came with a brush tip for the colorant bottle so you could evenly comb the product through your hair. I loved that since I’ve always done the same thing myself at home by simply using a plastic wide-toothed comb while coloring!
Spoiler alert: I love these shadows! I got this Lancome eyeshadow palette as a gift with purchase with the shades Latte (off-white), Suntouched (beige-gold), Designer (shiny olive green) and Lezard (deep brown). The Latte and Lezard are matte, while Suntouched and Designer are shimmery (they call the Designer shade metallic).
These eyeshadows feel silky and luxe to apply, and actually stay in place, unlike the wealth of drugstore shadows scattered throughout my giant makeup case. There are tons of shades to choose from, too! They blend easily, have rich, intense color, and don’t bunch up in your crease. In fact, this might be my new favorite eyeshadow. *hides from the MAC gods who are no doubt throwing down lightning bolts*
The only problem I have is the price – $17 for one shade is pretty steep. (Not like MAC’s any cheaper…please forgive me, MAC! I still love you!) Man, I’m getting spoiled by this department store schwag. Will Maybelline ever be the same for me again?