After being sick for over a week yesterday morning I woke up just wanting to feel pretty.
The last few days I’ve barely brushed my hair let alone styled it. Makeup? Just tapped on a little powder and blush before dashing out the door.
Okay, so actually that routine isn’t so different from what I do when I’m not sick to be honest! My “beauty” routine has always been pretty simple. I blow dry my hair and I go for a really natural makeup look.
Recently I’ve been wanting a bit of a change. It may sound ridiculous but ever since I received my promotion at work I’ve been thinking I should put more effort in when it comes to my hair and makeup. Since most of my girlfriends aren’t super girly, I started watching some beauty videos on YouTube a couple of months ago to get ideas. (I subscribe to Amelia Liana, Essie Button, Hey Claire and Clothes Encounters.)
I recently watched this video from Claire (who’s also asian) where she added a little wave to her straight hair and I decided I wanted to try that too! A VERYYYYY long time ago I permed my hair … it was not a good look. Because my hair is super straight and stubborn I had to get a perm with really tight curls…. I’m shuddering just thinking about what that looked like!
Anyway, Claire’s video showed me how I could (potentially) achieve a nice loose curl so I headed out to Ulta for some new styling products!
I came home with just a few things.
Okay, so not ALL of those things are new, but a lot of them are.
The hairdryer is new (it’s professional grade which means it should dry my hair 50% faster … or so the box says), the diffuser pieces are new, the curling iron is new, the TIGI Catwalk root boost is new, as is the Fructis Curl Construction moose, the Loreal Sleek It cream and the Tresemmé Karatin Smooth oil.
(Claire’s video recommended some higher end styling products but I did a little research to find cheaper alternatives.)
I’ve learned it takes a lot to make stubbornly straight hair a little bit wavy!
… ta da!
It sort of worked!
I think it’s hard to tell how much curl is really there in the pictures since my hair is dark and the lighting isn’t perfect, but there is wave and it held up for a few hours! I don’t know how often I’ll be recreating this look since it took way more effort than I’m willing to put in every morning, but I’m glad to have it in my arsenal for special work days.
I also picked up a few new makeup items while I was out.
I threw out old makeup pots and brushes that needed to go and re-organized my counter top.
I used to be a MAC girl through-and-through but one day I decided I was tired of spending a small fortune on foundation and I went back to drugstore brands. Honestly, I really think Loreal, Rimmel and NYX are just as good!
Those Real Technique brushes are AMAZING. Seriously, I kept hearing all of the YouTube beauty vloggers talk about them and when I tried them out yesterday I was like whoa! I like that they’re really dense.
Anyway, I know this post is quite different from what I normally write about, but I’m pretty excited about all of my new hair and makeup things and I wanted to share!
I’ll be back with some running talk tomorrow because I need to tell you about my June plans and goals!
Do you spend a lot of time on hair and makeup every day? Favorite products/brands? I’m asking for a friend ; )