Lashes, ladies

Well, brows may frame your face, but lashes frame your eyes.  If you have blonde lashes fine or limp lashes, and either don’t use mascara or hate your mascara, have people told you how tired you look or “You look sick!  Are you okay?”  Just what every 30-something wants to hear!

Fast forward to summer 2017: I decided to try eyelash extensions so that I didn’t have to wear mascara anymore, or hardly any makeup at all for that matter.  I tried the mink lashes, and at some point, ventured in to getting colored ones for the outside corners.  I tried blue because anyone that knows me, knows that blue is my favorite color.  My “lash lady” (that’s what she refers to herself as because she realizes what power is bestowed upon her) also had green, pink, and purple.  Everything was going great for the most part, but my hair grows rather quickly, so I was CONSTANTLY needing fills, which adds up.  Also, every once in awhile – about 1-2 times per week – they would randomly make my eyes water and burn.  If you decide on this route, do an eyelash extension patch test.  Ask your eyelash consultant if she gives free consultations for patch testing.

Details on that here: https://www.perfecteyelashesproducts.co.uk/blog/eyelash-extensions-glue-patch-test/

So, I eventually had to make like the movie, Frozen, and “let it go” regarding the eyelash extensions, and I went to work repairing my natural lashes.  I lost so many of my natural lashes (just like regular hair extensions can do to your head hair).  We put all this effort into our skin or head hair and then disregard our eyelashes completely.

ENTER: MONAT’s Eyewonder (https://tone03tone.mymonat.com/)

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Use it twice a day along the lashline (I also did my lower lash line and brows). Let it sink in 10 minutes before applying makeup. It’s cruelty-free and free of

  • Phthalates
  • PEG
  • DEA/MEA
  • Sulfates
  • Parabens
  • Harsh salt systems
  • Harmful colors
  • Harmful fragrances

For the most part, I started out doing it twice a day, but by the time I got to the third or fourth weeks, I was remembering only once.  Sometimes, I was even putting it over top of my makeup from the day.  WITHOUT following the instructions to a “t,” my lashes were coming in fuller and thicker. The stuff is a true miracle worker.  I also got it when it was buy one get one free!

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JUST to call in reinforcements, I went on my journey to find the ULTIMATE mascara.

ENTER: Too Faced’s Better Than Sex mascara

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This is top rated, cruelty-free, and 5-star reviewed on NUMEROUS sites! In addition, I was added to makeup and eyelash extension groups, and those allergic to lash extension glue were also looking for their holy grail in mascara.  What did EVERYONE tell them?  Too Faced’s Better Than Sex mascara.  There are waterproof and regular formulations. I use the regular and most of the reviews are for the regular – just look for the pink bottle!

Currently, Too Faced’s Website is having a 20-30% sale.  https://www.toofaced.com/home/

Just remember, take care of your lashes like you would your head hair or face!

Leave a comment or picture below with your fave mascara and your results.

Coconut oil led to argan oil which led to…BEARD OIL?

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This one is for the gents as well…scroll down if you must.

It seems right now (and possibly for the past 1 or 2 years) that everyone has been on the coconut oil train, but I’m not quite there yet completely in my commitment. It may be because any organic coconut oil I seem to find is a bit expensive for my taste for being not as effective for my needs. I have high end and drugstore brand skincare in my arsenal, but for some reason, I don’t want to buy coconut oil UNLESS it WOWS me. I can’t seem to find any cheaper brands at Homegoods either, although, TIP: I seem to discover more and more types of oils thanks to the food aisle of the Homegoods Gods.

Enter argan oil. I discovered this treasure about a year or two ago via late night QVC-viewing. Josie Maran was telling her story of this nut from an argan tree that takes 14 years to produce fruit in Morocco, where Moroccan women have been using it for centuries. You can view the process on YouTube , but the story was something compelling, like them hand cracking each nut one-by-one into a paste and then hand-squeezing out the oil. Well, she was selling it, and I was buying it…the good thing…she’s right! This is truly the process that wowed me, truly why this is expensive, and truly why this translates to “liquid gold”.

Now everything I’ve read on coconut vs argan oil will tell you that they are both excellent to add to your beauty regimen and that each have a place in your bathroom or vanity for different reasons. Coconut oil has anti-bacterial & anti-fungal properties, so it’s great for dandruff or headlice, even a method called “oil pulling” to help fight tooth decay, yet Argan oil, because of it being high in Vitamin E, has HUGE antioxidant benefits. Coconut oil is supposed to also be somewhat greasier, and so, better for the body than face and better for the hair if used less, like a treatment, than argan use in the hair daily.

Babe, you need beard oil? Here, use my Josie Maran Argan oil hair serum. Eventually I realized I couldn’t let him finish the bottle of my “liquid gold” so I began my pilgrimage for the perfect beard oil. I knew from looking at oils for myself in the past, that the beard oils I was seeing in stores was just as expensive, so I went out to explore Pinterest for ideas that would then lead me to retail to buy it for hopefully less than I had seen in the past. Tip: I came across this fantastic read to make your own beard oil. I have been wanting to make my own skincare for myself and have a few essential oils to start but haven’t gotten to it yet, so when I do, I’ll also try to make a beard oil as well and come back here to tell you all about it.

Back to my pilgrimage, aka, Amazon. Of the thousands of results, they share essentially the same roadmap of ingredients: (1) a carrier oil which is derived from a plant, normally, “carries” the essential oil in the product/is the base ingredient and (2) an essential oil – a thin, highly-concentrated oil, which one can think of as the scent (just to make it easier). It’s more complex than that, but I digress. So, typically you’re going to find a grapeseed oil or similar, then they add some masculine, woodsy-type essential oil to it. Behold! I had found a beard oil for under $10, and the second ingredient contained the essential oil that was perfect for him – vetiver – an essential oil sometimes used in aromatherapy to treat anxiety and stress.

And if all this isn’t “manly” enough for you, you can always use rendered bear fat…like this guy.