By Olivia |
It’s that time of year again. It’s hot, humid and soon rain will start falling every afternoon; you can almost set your clock by it. Forget spring cleaning — it’s time to do my hair! As in, give it another keratin hair treatment and keep the frizzies at bay.
A long while back, me and my long curly hair were treated to a free Brazilian keratin straightening. That was the best summer of my life. My newly smooth, silky locks went outdoors without fear and stayed frizz-free. Even in a slight drizzle, my mane didn’t fluff up. Pre-Brazilian, these acts were unthinkable unless I was willing to look like a walking Brillo pad. It’s like my strands wore a suit of armor. And as a manner of speaking, they did.
By Mandi |
NOW that you’ve styled your hair to perfection — be it with a Brazilian blowout or by wielding a titanium flat iron — it’s time to add some bling. (If you ask us, it’s always time for bling!) Here are a few of our favorite things.
By Olivia |
Ever since I developed an interest in makeup, which was forever ago, I’ve read that the best, the BEST, mascara, beloved my makeup artists the world over, is Great Lash by Maybelline.
So why, try as I might, did I think the little pink-and-green bottle was, um, crap?
Maybe because I’m not a model, not even close to model material. I’m just a girl with super-tangly, embarrassingly thin, curly hair, whose eyelashes are practically invisible. Great Lash did nothing for mine. I’d have to apply maybe 30, 40 coats (and in truth, it was probably a lot more than that) just to see a slight difference.
But surely makeup artists must know what they’re talking about, right?
I have a theory. Makeup artists mainly work on models, who have superior genes anyway, which probably means that to go along with their exquisite features, they probably have thick hair, which, by extrapolation, means they have thick eyelashes, too. Eyelashes that may sometimes be hard to see because they’re blond or light brown, but knock your socks off with a swipe of the “great” mascara.
I’ve tried other Maybelline mascaras and they’re not for me or women like me with sad, super-skinny lashes. I had to laugh after wasting my money on Lash Stiletto Voluptuous. Whoever named this product has a very different idea of what voluptuous means than I do — different from the dictionary, too, for that matter. It adds length, I’ll grant it that, but little else.
Of course, I’ve been tempted by Latisse. But the renowned eyebrow beauty Brooke Shields couldn’t persuade me to shell out all that money for it.
Then I heard of Careprost. If you haven’t, it is the generic equivalent of Latisse, which is itself a rebranded version of a glaucoma medication. Careprost is a fraction of the cost and provides the same results: longer, thicker eyelashes. What you don’t get are the applicators that come with Latisse, but with the savings you can well afford to get those yourself and pocket the considerable change.
Another option that can help give more fullness to your skimpy lashes if you don’t like the idea of using a prescription medication (you can get Careprost without a prescription at various online retailers) is — AminoGenesis Lash Genesis Eyelash Enhancement Formula
Have you used Careprost or Latisse? Tell us your experience with them — or recommend another great lash product — in the comments below.