I let my Instagram followers choose my hair color. Given the option between red tips and hidden rainbow hair, the majority chose the later. I know what you’re thinking: this girl is crazy for letting strangers pick something as personal as her hair color. Honestly, I needed the change and I hadn’t done anything with my hair for over a year. I even asked for recommendations to local hair salons around Connecticut. Then, I picked a stylist at Sculptures Salon in Southington who was I was referred to via social media. Paula was amazing and helped make my vision come to life by mixing my Lisa Frank inspired colors.Continue reading “Hidden Rainbow Hair”
It is never too late to be able to improve your smile just in time to enjoy the warm summer months. The good news is that you don’t often have to spend that much money to make a considerable difference to your smile, unless you want to, of course. There are treatments that can help that will include teeth whitening, dental bonding and even freshening up old and stained fillings. Even just visiting a hygienist will help make your smile a bit whiter. So where should you start? Here are a few things to be thinking about.Continue reading “Improving Your Smile Just in Time for Summer”
Ensure You Have Kissable Lips This Summer
Regardless of whether it is a romantic kiss or one of greeting when you meet up with a good friend, no one wants to kiss lips that look chapped and sore. In fact, some people will shy away from your face in case there is some infection they do not want to catch.
Kissing can be fun, it can be sexy and for some people it is essential. You need to ensure that your lips are kissable this summer if you do not want people to pull away instead of giving you a smacker. Taking care of your lips will also make them more comfortable for you, as sore lips can be something you do not need to suffer.
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Influenster is an app where you review products, join community discussions, post photos in online galleries, and potentially earn free stuff and VoxBoxes. Best part is that you don’t have to be “insta famous” to be a part of it!
This is my personal experience with the app and yours may vary but if you’d like to give it a try sign up at www.influenster.com/r/3928328 or if you already have an account add me @honeybunnytwee for a follow back 🙂 Read further to see all the free stuff I’ve gotten from Influenster.
You can earn badges for writing reviews in your categories or topics of interest or by interacting with the brands that choose to collaborate with you. Badges are fun little achievements you earn for posting on social media / completing various Influenster tasks.
REVIEWS / DISCUSSIONS
You can write reviews about products you like/dislike. If you write enough reviews in a particular category you can level up your ranks as a: Reviewer (in general), Beauty Junkie, Eco-Warrior, Sweet Tooth, Wellness Guru, Foodie, Home Sweet Home, Globetrotter, Techie, Fitspiration, Happy Hour or Pet Lover. Also, once you’ve established your brand type you can ask and answer questions in the community discussion boards on topics that you are interested or are an expert in.
FREEBIES / FREE STUFF / VOXBOXES (9 VoxBoxes, Approx. retail value ~$373.43)
(Approx. retail value ~$32.93): Welch’s Fruit Rolls (3) (Boxed, pack of 42, $15.99; 3, $1.14), Garnier SkinActive Cleanser (Ulta Beauty, $12.99), Crest 3D White Whitening Therapy Toothpaste 4.1oz (Jet, $6.97), SinfulColors Halloween Nail Polish: If You’ve Got it, Haunt it (Amazon, set of 3, $13.95; $4.65), KISS Lashes: Noir (Ulta Beauty, $4.19), sample pack of Numi Organic Tea (Numi, pack of 8, $3.99, 6, $2.99)
L’Oréal Colour Riche Shine VoxBox
(Approx. retail value ~$29.97): Colour Riche Shine Lipstick: Enamel Red, Lacquered Strawberry, Burnished blush (Ulta Beauty, $9.99 each)
COVERGirl Vitalist VoxBox
(Approx. retail value ~$33.97): Vitalist Healthy Glow Highlighter : Moonbeam (Ulta Beauty, $10.99), Vitalist Healthy Powder : Buff Beige (Ulta Beauty, $11.99), Vitalist Healthy Concealer Pen : Light/Medium (Ulta Beauty, $10.99)
Milk Makeup Kush Mascara VoxBox
(Approx. retail value ~$24): Milk Makeup Kush High Volume Mascara (Sephora, $24)
x(Approx. retail value ~$100): Lancôme Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturizer (Sephora $48), Lancôme L’Asolu Lacquer Longwear Lip Gloss: Be Unique (Sephora, $26), Lancôme Tonique Confort Comforting Rehydrating Toner (Sephora, $26)
Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Shadow VoxBox
Rimmel London’s NEW Stay Satin Liquid Lipstick VoxBox
bareMinerals Blemish Rescue Skin-Clearing Spot Concealer
(Approx. retail value ~$22) Blemish Rescue Skin-Clearing Spot Concealer (Sephora $22)
Galentine’s Day Voxbox
(Approx. retail value~$66.58) Nature’s Bounty Moisture Treat Multivitamin Softgels ($17.99, Target), Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask(2 Ounce, $5.60, Amazon) Eva NYC Kween Glitter Spray – Silver Glitter (4.9 oz, $12, Target) Nature Box Body Wash – for Glowing Skin, with 100% Cold Pressed Apricot Oil($7.99, 13 oz, Amazon), PRETTY VULGAR Faux Reals Extreme Volume Mascara ($23, Sephora)
Overall, I highly recommend downloading the Influenster App. Especially, for up-and-coming makeup enthusiasts and MUA’s of all levels.
Sign up now at www.influenster.com/r/3928328 or if you already have an account add me @honeybunnytwee for a follow back. Also, feel free to message me at email@example.com for questions/tips/tricks on Influenster.
Originally, I used to get red hair by bleaching it and then adding the color in after. Unfortunately, not only is this damaging to hair, but it tends to leave the texture dry and prone to breakage if the change is too drastic (dark to blonde). Luckily, my hair is naturally thick and there was no long-term damage. Overall, if your hair is finicky, some hairdressers would recommend going to salons with professional products rather than wasting time and money to fix a blotched boxed color job.
However, I prefer coloring my hair at home, and have had no major issues. Therefore, I’ve used Ion permanent dye in ‘Black Cherry‘ and have been using lower developer strengths for each touch-up. Higher developers lift more and usually provide lighter colors. I prefer a darker shade of purplish red, but it also depends on your own preference.
I used a 10v developer and this is how it turned out:
As a result, my roots are well hidden now and just as a disclaimer, red is the hardest color to sustain. In other words, it fades quickly and I can guarantee that this time next month it will be a completely different shade. As of writing this, Sally’s beauty stores only has limited shampoos for red hair, but I’d recommend ordering Tressa Watercolors online for a shampoo that revives red shades after every wash.
Additionally, if you want a brighter red then use a higher developer.
Any tips for Red Hair?
Matcha Tea Mask
Obviously, I know I kind of look like a scary, green alien or Shrek in this picture. My mother gave me this recipe to try this facial matcha tea mask recipe she found on an Asian beauty blog. It may look scary, but it works wonders! There are only three ingredients and they are all natural.
- whole milk
- aloe vera
- matcha tea
You can get whole milk at the grocery store and you can buy matcha tea powder online from Amazon. It helps if you have your own aloe vera plant to cut a leaf from. You’ll just need the pulpy inside to give the mask the right consistency. Aloe vera can also be used to treat a sunburn. Just rub the aloe vera pulp on the affected area for an instant cooling sensation. You don’t need a lot of matcha tea, just enough to make it the light green color you see above. Also, you can drink the rest.
Make as much as you want, but it’s easier to put the mask into small condiment-sized containers for single use portions. Apply a layer to your face with a makeup brush, wait for it to dry, apply another layer, and repeat as necessary.
Finally, when you’re done wait 15 minutes and wash off the mask. It removes redness and reduces dark circles under the eyes. Remember to treat yourself once in a while to some facials and self-care. You don’t have to use this mixture every day, but I recommend facials at least once every two weeks.
What are your favorite at home beauty treatments? I’d love to try some new ones. Check out my other beauty/makeup tips on my Pinterest!
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I attended a belly dancing workshop on February 28th in 2015 led by Kalia Kellogg of Kalia Belly Dance CT. Kalia shared her personal background and told the class about how she got into the art of belly dancing. First, she was a ballet dancer. However, she felt that the pressure to maintain a certain image and to behave a certain way was too overbearing. Kalia is very in-touch with her self-esteem, body, and spirituality. Belly dancing is a part of Kalia’s identity and personality and her passion for it is apparent. Anyone can tell she enjoys doing and teaching what she does.
Overall, I learned a lot from the lesson, like:
- bend your knees slightly and align your feet with your nipples in the home-base position.
- having open elbows are one of the sexiest parts of a dancer’s body language.
- when you want to move faster you have to make your movements smaller.
- meditation is a soothing and relaxing way to recover after dancing.
I wanted to express myself through movement and joined kickboxing to increase my core and arm strength. Overall, I’m glad I went to the class because it was a valuable learning experience. Kalia was very insightful and the class increased my confidence in my abilities.
Belly Dancing and the Beauty Myth
The way that the belly dancing event relates to the beauty myth is by demonstrating body liberation. According to Wolf, the beauty myth is “… actually composed of emotional distance, politics, finance, and sexual repression” (Wolf, p. 13). Belly dancers are encouraged to explore their sexuality and sensuality through movement. However, belly dancing is not just about the sexualization; the dance can be an empowering form of sexual liberation.
Belly dancers tend to be strong, independent, and have a healthy mindset about their bodies. This is detrimental to the beauty myth because the system is dependent on women feeling like they are worth less than they actually are (Wolf, 1991, p. 18). Belly dancers are typically at peace with their bodies and see the dance as an extension of who they are.
Belly dancers aren’t confined to any one size or shape, as Kalia had mentioned, and in this way it challenges conventional beauty standards by showing that anyone can be a belly dancer and feel like they are beautiful/good enough. Kalia is not extremely thin, she is curvaceous and it is obvious that she is confident and appreciates her body and what it can do.
In conclusion, regarding the cult of beauty where a woman is typically considered beautiful if she is thin, undergoes pain, and potentially has surgeries to “fix” herself, Valenti suggests that women stop hating themselves despite impossible beauty standards (Valenti, 2007, p. 212). Kalia has probably taken this type of advice to heart, she doesn’t do yoga and belly dancing solely for the purpose of looking good; she feels good about herself because she is doing what she loves.
- Valenti, J., (2007). Full Frontal Feminism A Young Woman’s Guide to Why Feminism Matters. Berkeley, CA: Seal Press.
- Wolf, N., (1991). The Beauty Myth How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women. New York, NY: William Morrow and Company, Inc.
Have you ever tried Belly Dancing?
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Want to try a new, sweet look? Try rainbow sprinkle lips. Warning: this look can get a little messy and it’s really hard to resist licking the tasty sprinkles off. Nonpareils rainbow sprinkles are my favorite type and they would work best for trying this look. Don’t be afraid to experiment with other types of sprinkles too!
- lip-gloss (any kind will do, the stickier the better)
- nonpareils rainbow sprinkles
- 1 plate
It’s really easy! Put sprinkles on a plate, apply a generous amount of lip-gloss on your lips, and place your lips on the plate of sprinkles. Finally, remove the excess sprinkles and you’re ready to go.
Obviously, this look is just for fun and won’t last very long at a party, but enjoy it while it last and at least you have a light snack ;P. This look is lip-smacking good!
Speaking of lips, check out my article on how to Ensure You have Kissable Lips for Summer.
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