The Eyebrow Game

Ever since I was 12, I’ve been up to bat at the Eyebrow Game. It’s a dangerous game. I’ve spent countless hours in front of the mirror tweezing, shaping, grooming and landscaping my eyebrows. I’ve gone through stages of over plucking and stages of hardly plucking. They look fine now but it’s taken years of work. I think I’m finally winning the Eyebrow Game. Yay!

You know how I know this? Big and bold eyebrows are now in style. This isn’t news. Every time I flip through a magazine, I see more and more ads for eyebrow pencils, brushes, tools, etc. Even on the internet there are videos everywhere for filling in your eyebrows and shaping them. I’m always struggling to keep mine in check and under control, and here the nation (or world?) is pushing for bold and big eyebrows.

I don’t have a problem with this trend at all, it’s less work for me. I actually LOVE it. I welcome it. I just find it a little funny. If only I could write a letter or send an AOL Instant message to my 12-year-old self and tell her it’s going to be okay. Big, but maintained, eyebrows will be in style someday so ease up on the fussing. You will survive this and it will work out.

Adios for now!

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Sticking Up for Girls with Glasses

I read a few stories about girls and glasses on Hello Giggles (like 20 Struggles People with Glasses Will Understand by Gina V.) and it got me fired up … in a good way.

I’m thinking back a few scenarios in college when I refused to wear my glasses — halloween and two semi-formal dances — because I wanted to look “pretty.” I can’t believe I’m even admitting I did that. Barf. How humiliating. Anyways, if I could write another letter to my younger self … THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH WEARING GLASSES. Glasses are a part of your life and a part of your style. They’re cool! Taking off your glasses doesn’t magically turn you into a new person. Putting on glasses isn’t like wearing a full-on face mask. People can still see who you are! 

Rachel R. at Hello Giggles has a great post (read Why Won’t Pop Culture Accept that Women in Glasses are Beautiful?) about how unfair it is that actresses in movies usually ditch their glasses when it’s extreme makeover time. Once I started thinking about it, this bugged the crap out of me. Why do glasses always have to be the first thing to go? (Remember in Princess Diaries when he snaps her glasses in half? IN HALF.)

You and me, we can’t control how they make movies. But we can control how see ourselves (pun intended!) in glasses. We shouldn’t ever be saying negative things when we have our glasses on — whether we’re a part-time glasses wear or a full-time glasses wearer. Make sense? Own it! Rock it! Live it.

I hope to someday get contacts because they have their perks, but right now I’m not ready for them. And that’s okay.

*End rant.*

Badlands Beauty

So a few weekends ago I took a short trip out west to Bismarck, ND to visit my brother. He’s working out there and I was dying for a chance to visit and take a little road trip. We explored Bismark and checked out bars, restaurants and parks. He makes a great tour guide!

My favorite part of weekend was driving out even further west to Medora, ND to see the Teddy Roosevelt National Park. I LOVED IT. From badlands to prairie grass to bison to prairie dogs — this park has it all! My brother and I would drive around and stop every so often and climb out of our cars. We loved hiking and walking up hills or through prairie grass just to get a better view. It’s one thing to look at the badlands from your car, but it’s another thing to walk out 10 minutes away from your car and take it all in. 

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It’s places like these that remind me how small we really are in this world. I mean I would stand up on a hill and see nothing but badlands, grass and valleys for miles and miles and miles. There was one point where it was nothing but badlands in every direction when I spun around 360 degrees.

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Don’t we make cute explorers? 

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I took this photo of Justin above “the gorge” where we kept making Lion King jokes and sang to a buffalo. I think the buffalo appreciated the gesture. 

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How beautiful are these wild horses? They were only a few feet away from our car. 

wpid-wp-1409072313514.jpeg(I saved the best for last.) This is my favorite photo from the trip. I took like 20 more photos but they all start to look the same after a while. I highly recommend visiting Teddy Roosevelt National Park! I’m looking forward to going back some day. 

The Best Buns

Buns are a great go-to hairstyle all year long. In the winter my hair is always full of static and sticking to my face, and in the summer my hair is really heavy and I want it off my neck. So, buns are the way to go! I don’t need to tell you this though. If your hair is longer than your chin, you catch my drift. I love a more formal bun for work (because I feel fancy and put together) and I love a messy bun for weekends and nights with friends.

 

 

 

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Well, there you have it! Have a great Saturday and wear a bun.

Three Grammy Red Carpet Trends to Steal

Last weekend when the Grammys were on, I saw a few beauty trends I knew I just had to write about. I didn’t catch the entire awards show (since I get really antsy after two hours), but I saw a good part of it. Anyways, enough about my TV habits, here are a few red carpet looks from Popsugar.com I want to steal and attempt to pull off this year:

I do not own any of these photos. I’m borrowing all of them from Popsugar.com.

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Miranda Lambert at the 2014 Grammy Awards, Popsugar.com

I love Miranda Lambert’s Hollywood glam makeup look. Holy crap! She looks like a million dollars, literally. Let’s work on sporting bold red lipstick and loose retro curls to be just like her. And don’t forget the bright statement earrings.

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Taylor Swift at the 2014 Grammy Awards, Popsugar.com

Words cannot express how much I love Taylor’s dress. She looks mature and classy while still staying modest. Modesty always gets bonus points in my book. This reminds me I don’t have a gold or champagne-colored dress…that might be something I need to invest in this year.

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Katy Perry at the 2014 Grammy Awards, Popsugar.com

I know what you’re thinking, and you’re right. Katy Perry’s bun is a little loud. But don’t let that distract you from checking out how stunning her makeup is. I love the light eye shadow paired with a soft pastel lip color. I think this makeup look would work well for spring or for a casual date night.

So there you have it! Those are my favorite looks from the Awards. What did you like the best?

 

Makeup Makeover at Macy’s

This morning I chugged my coffee and caught an earlier bus to arrive at the downtown Minneapolis Macy’s right when their doors opened. Why do you ask? They are having a 1-day sale (which extends to tomorrow morning, so technically a 1 and 1/2 day sale) with lots of great deals. I saw a Clinique makeup bag set for $39.50 in the weekly ad I just had to have.

Clinique "Party Favours" Makeup Set

Clinique “Party Favours” Makeup Set

So there I was, waltzing through Macy’s at 8 a.m. on a mission. Usually when I go this Macy’s I’m on my lunch break, so I’m wandering around without a purpose. If you haven’t been to this Macy’s, you need to go. There are so many floors (about 10?) and they’re all so brightly lit and the staff members are very helpful. The eighth floor has a Holiday theme now that anyone can go tour. I might take my parents there this weekend. If I do, I’ll definitely share Christmas explosion photos with you all.

Before I got sidetracked I was trying to tell you this…I ended up buying myself the makeup set you see here. Merry Christmas to me (early)! I usually wear crappy makeup when my Mary Kay stuff runs out, so I thought it was about time for me to upgrade being I’m a 23-year-old working girl and all. I think it was a pretty great deal for nail polish, eye shadow, eye liner, mascara and lip gloss. The best part? The hot pink and purple makeup bag! I love really bright things so this bag is right up my alley.

I’m thinking the darker eye shadow will make my eyes pop. Bam. Sometime I feel like my eyes are hidden behind my brown glasses and dark eyebrows. Maybe I’ll give myself a mini-makeover some night this week. Maybe you won’t even recognize me!  Maybe the dark cranberry lip gloss will make me look sophisticated. Like a woman who leisurely sips red wine, chats politics and throws her head back when she laughs. (I don’t know if lipstick can change your persona, but here’s to hoping!)

I gotta know: Do people buy themselves Christmas gifts? Am I really weird for doing this?

The Truth about Thick Hair

So you know how everyone wants thick hair? Here’s what they don’t tell you:

1. When you get your haircut, multiple hairdressers will tell you that your hair is thicker than their dogs’. They’ll also complain about how much they’ll have to sweep after you leave, which I think is ridiculous because aren’t they required to sweep anyways? What’s an extra dust pan?

2. You will stretch out (or completely snap)  80 percent of the hairbands you use. If you’re lucky, you’ll get 5 uses out of a hairband before it’s worthless. You will be paranoid to ask your friends for a hairband because you know there’s no going back. Their hairband will never be the same again. You might as well throw it in the trash.

3. You will shed uncontrollably at all times. Let’s just say vacuuming can get weird.

4. You will find it incredibly difficult to shower in less than 10 minutes if you want to both shampoo and condition your hair. In-and-out showers aren’t possible unless you want patches of conditioner leftovers. What’s worse than running your fingers through your hair mid-day and finding a greasy conditioner patch? Nothing. It’s terrifying.

hey, it's high school me!

hey, it’s high school me!

5. You’ll find the “getting ready” process can get very tiring when it takes 10 minutes to blow dry plus 10-15 minutes to straighten. Did I mention that curling your hair isn’t possible for an everyday look? Then you should add another 30 minutes. “Oh honey, just curl a few pieces! You don’t have to cover every strand!” Umm… that’s not possible with thick hair. You gotta be all in or not even try. Otherwise it looks like you’ve taken a nap and half your hair will be crazy. So let’s say I did want to curl my hair, now the “getting ready” process is potentially stacked up to 50 minutes without even tackling makeup and an outfit selection. Are you kidding me? Of course I’m not going to curl my hair before work! I enjoy sleeping much more.

6. The summer can get really hot. I mean think about having a few extra pounds on your head just swarming you and sticking to your neck in the severe heat. You bet I’m going to wear my hair in a bun all summer. It’s that or be smothered.

What they also don’t tell you is that you can throw your hair back in a pony tail without a fuss. You will have volume. You can go wild with layers. Your hair will look full. Your hair won’t tangle very easily. You will never need a wig for Halloween since you can transform your hair into anything. Don’t get me wrong, these are all good things!

I don’t know what point I’m trying to make with this blog post. You’re probably thinking I’m ungrateful for my hair. I’m not, I like my hair. I just think there’s too much emphasis on hair. Hair is hair people! You can cut it, it’ll grow back. You can color it and then color it again. Just make the best of what you’ve got to work with. Sometimes I wish I had curly hair since my hair is super straight, but I’m sure someone with curly hair could write a whole blog post about the truth behind curly hair.

Like I said, hair is hair. Don’t get too wrapped up in everyone else’s hair. Just own it.