A full ballet-style bun is a perfect hairstyle for nearly any occasion – prom, your wedding or just a weekend shopping trip. Plus, the basic bun is way easier than you think to make. Here’s how to style it yourself so you get a full, thick ballerina bun:
1. Pull your dry hair back into a ponytail positioned wherever you’d like the base of the bun to fall. (This is where you get to play – you can go as low as the nape of your neck or, my favorite, pull it straight up out of the top of your head and get a big poofy ball up there like the girl in the pic above.) Use a little Frizz-Ease or Garnier Sleek n’ Shine to tame flyaways; this look is sleek.
Why do I constantly switch haircolor products? I was perfectly happy with the color I got from Perfect 10. Well, I know why – because I’m obsessed with trying new things and reviewing them for you, that’s why. Revlon Colorist was one flavor I sampled in my blondie days, and here’s the rundown:
Back when I was channeling Marilyn I tried a lot of blonde hair colors, and they’re all pretty torturous on the senses. This one was no exception. It itched my scalp and the smell was all burny in my nose. No bueno. The color (#100, Extra Light Natural Blonde) came out pretty though: light but natural-looking, and blended well with my already Pam Anderson-colored ends. (I wasn’t a bimbo, so stop thinkin’ it. Seriously. I’ll cut you.)
Want a super cool, social way to try out new makeup products you’re interested in? GlamST is a new virtual makeup app that’s officially launching in December, but is now live in Windows 8. Use real makeup products from the biggest brands in beauty on a virtual model of your face to try before you buy. Search for products you’re interested in and apply them on your photo to see how they’d look! Brilliant, eh?
You can even save your favorite makeup looks and combos for a future Face of the Day you’re planning – or, try out the pre-configured looks the app offers. GlamST will give you the whole breakdown of the products used to get the look.
I was admiring the long, defined lashes on one of my coworkers, and I asked her for go-to mascara advice. The word was Lancome, Lancome, Lancome. Enticed, I decided to try this baby myself – I love the long, separated, million-lashes look. This little wonder didn’t disappoint!
Length is definitely this mascara’s greatest asset. My lashes poked my browbone (I love that).
Excellent. This mascara found all of my teeny blond lashes and coated them individually, making them stand out.
Meh. It doesn’t really curl very much, but it doesn’t leave my lashes completely shapeless either. Who needs curl when you’ve got length like this?
My eyelashes looked thin but that’s the look we’re going for here – definition, not big thick clumps. This is about the HD, super-separated look, not the voluminous Katy Perry look.
The verdict: 8/10 – Beautiful length and definition, so if that’s what you’re going for, snag one today.
Lancome Definicils High Definition Mascara sells at Amazon.com for $21.00.
Yet another beauty term you probably don’t know, but that likely touches your face every day: titanium dioxide. Sounds scary, doesn’t it? Not so much! Read on and don’t be afraid.
ti·tan·i·um di·ox·ide (ty-TAY-nee-um di-OX-ide) n. An ingredient found in many mineral makeup and skincare products, titanium dioxide is a naturally mined mineral considered to be a very effective sunscreen.
Titanium dioxide protects skin from sun damage by reflecting the sun’s rays. Its light reflecting qualities are only surpassed by diamonds! It also offers full coverage and helps makeup stick to your skin.
Three cheers for titanium dioxide! It just goes to show it doesn’t have to sound pretty to make you pretty.