tips for ladies with bangs

I have had bangs for probably, ten years. When you’re in the mid-twenties, ten years is basically almost half your life, especially if you don’t consider the bald baby period, which I am not. So realistically, I’ve had bangs since I started really making my own decisions about my appearance! There was maybe an 8-month stint a few years ago when I let them grow out, but I don’t like to think about that. Have I proved to you yet that I am an “expert” in dealing with bangs?

Unfortunately bangs can be pretty high-maintenance. They need special attention while blow-drying, and they are the first part of your hair to remind you that you need to wash your hair.  I try not to wash my hair every day, so over the years I’ve developed a few tips to keep my bangs in tip-top shape…ish.

tip #1: blotting pads

Sometimes I refer to my bangs as the grease curtains because they can get so lank and greasy well before the rest of my mop does. I think it’s a vicious cycle between your forehead and your bangs – as the day progresses, your forehead becomes oily because your bangs are resting on it, and then your hair gets greasy from your forehead, but wasn’t it the bangs’ fault in the first place?! Nobody knows. All I can tell you is that for the most part, my face doesn’t get too oily during the day, but that forehead? Thank goodness the bangs are completely hiding it because nobody wants to see that. Enter the humble blotting sheets. I swipe one over my forehead mid-day and I find my bangs have less oil to stick to, and will generally perk up a little bit.

tip #2: make friends with a shower cap

shower cap

I try to wash my hair every other day, but sometimes my bangs are just not having any of that, even though the rest of my hair is in good shape.  Instead of washing my whole head just to deal with my bangs, out comes the shower cap. I tuck the rest of my hair into it, leaving the bangs exposed and ready for their clean-up. It’s so simple but it makes such a difference for me.

tip #3: dry shampoo

This one’s pretty obvious, but when all-else fails, dry shampoo is your friend. I use it liberally on my bangs and really work it in with a brush. Sometimes I do have to reapply throughout the day, especially after a day at the office, but I can live with that. Now remember dry shampoo is not a miracle worker (if you need to wash your hair, wash your hair), but it can really do a lot to liven up your bangs and give the illusion that you’re super clean.

What other tips do you have for keeping your bangs in good shape?

the easiest eyes…ever

I’m back! Kind of. My right arm, which is my dominant hand, is still in a sling, but I’m doing much better. I’ll probably still be a sling for a few weeks at least, but I was missing makeup so much that I am starting to find ways to slap it on my face with my left hand. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, see here). I’m not one of those semi-ambidextrous people who is pretty good at using their non-dominant hand, so this is going to be quite a learning process!

I emerged from my recovery hibernation a few times this week and wanted to actually put some effort into my appearance. Since my accident and hospitalization, I would categorize a “good day” as when I wash my face in the morning and evening…and that did not happen every day. So the idea of busting out some very simple makeup and looking like a presentable human was an exciting one. Only problem: my left hand is useless! I was determined to face this challenge head-on.  And so I present to you: a quick eye makeup look that is so easy I literally did it with my left hand! Anybody can replicate this, even if you think you have no makeup skills and zero confidence. Let’s get started!

Quick and easy eye makeup
The finished look

You’ll only need two products: a soft eyeliner pencil and mascara.  My picks: Annabelle Stay Sharp Self Sharpening Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner, L’Oreal Silkissime eyeliner, and Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil. All of these pencils have a soft, creamy formula that is really easy to blend.

Start by drawing a line along the outer third of your top lash line. Don’t worry about being too precise with drawing it on, because next you’re going to smudge it out quite a bit using your ring or pinky finger (or you can use a small synthetic brush). Smudge it both along the lash line and upwards a little bit into the crease.  You can do this as many times as you want until you’re happy with the colour payoff. I do this about 2-3 times. After you’re happy with all your smudging, draw a final line along the outer third once more and this time, leave it as-is, don’t smudge it out. I also like to tight-line my upper lash line.

soft, easy eyeliner

Next, do the same along the outer third of your lower lash line. Draw on pencil, smudgy smudge with your finger, repeat. I like to keep the colour at its darkest at the outer corner so that it’s not too heavy on the inner corners, because this isn’t an intense eye look. Apply a few coats of volumizing mascara and you’re done!

soft, easy eyeliner

I think this look is a great opportunity to play with coloured eyeliners instead of the usual black or brown. You won’t be putting on any eyeshadow so it’s a good chance to really let your eyeliner stand out. In these pictures, the green shade I used is Annabelle Stay Sharp in Forest, and the purple is L’Oreal Silkissime in Plum.

And that’s it – an eye makeup look so easy, it can be done with your non-dominant hand!

 

 

what an honour!

A few weeks ago I got a note from the lovely Amy from TheMakeupCase17 – she nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award. What an honour – thank you, Amy! Make sure you check her blog out.

lovely-blog-award

So here are the rules:

The Rules:

  1. You must display the award logo at the top of the post.
  2. You must thank the person/people who nominated you and leave a link to their blog in your post.
  3. You must add this set of rules so your nominees will know what to do.
  4. You must add 7 facts about yourself in the post.
  5. You must nominate 5 other blogs and leave links to their blogs in the post.
  6. You must let the people know you’ve nominated them.
  7. You must follow the person who nominated you on Bloglovin

So here goes!

7 facts about me:

  1. My favourite animal are raccoons. They’re incredibly smart and so darn cute. As a result I receive raccoon-themed gifts all the time. I have raccoon socks, slippers, mugs, paintings…
  2. I am bilingual in English and French, and went to French school from kindergarten to grade 12
  3. I’ve had almost every hair colour – blonde, purple, yellow, orange, red, brown…
  4. If I’m not wearing nail polish, something’s wrong. I always wear nail polish
  5. I’m obsessed with One Direction
  6. I hate mushrooms and can always detect them in my food, even if they’re chopped into tiny pieces
  7. My eyesight is terrible – I wear extremely strong contact lenses

I nominate:

Living Disrobed

 For Seven Seasons

Gwenllian Branwen

Prairie Beauty Love

 The World of Cos

 

mascara mondays: mac zoom fast black lash

When I started doing mascara mondays, I knew I’d quickly go through my current fave mascaras and would have to start expanding my collection. I wanted to revisit old favourites as well to see if I still liked them. Years ago, I remember Mac Zoom Fast Lash being my absolutely fave for big dramatic lashes, so I popped into a Mac store to see if the love was still there.

Sadly, not.

I’m really torn on this mascara.

On the one hand, the formula can build quite full lashes, and the brush is a classic shape, natural bristles, no-nonsense brush which I like. But on the other hand – it’s just so damn hard to work with!

Mac Zoom Lash
see the clumpyness?

I remember this being my go-to mascara for high-impact lashes. I do not remember the extremely frustrating process of building it up on my lashes. The formula is just. so. clumpy.  It’s one of those really wet formulas so you really need to give it a minute or so between coats otherwise your eyes will be a hot black mess. Even so, the coats just really stick together – not in a good way – so that your lashes are all clumped together with visible “pieces” of mascara between the lashes. Now I actually don’t mind semi-clumpy lashes for the most part, because that helps with volume, but this formula really takes a while to get used to. What I’ve started doing it using a synthetic mascara wand after my desired number of coats of Zoom Lash, to kind of comb and separate things. I would think that a regular lash comb would do the same thing.

So why do I keep using it?

Well, the spiky factor is quite good.  It gives me nice spiky lashes.  Also, once you’ve wrestled with this stuff and are finally satisfied with your lashes, it has good staying power throughout the day, with very little of that “droop” of lashes you sometimes get throughout the day.

Zoom lash mascara

My verdict?

  • Formula: 5/10
  • Brush: 7/10
  • Overall look: 7/10

Disclaimer: these pictures were taken weeks ago before my accident, I did not apply that much mascara with my left hand (right arm is still in a sling!)

If you want an easy,  one and done mascara, this isn’t your guy. If you’re addicted to mascara like I am and are open to messing around a bit, this is worth considering.

What mascara do you want me to try next?

an unwanted break

hi everyone,

it’s been radio silence over here for the past few weeks unfortunately, and I just wanted to provide a little update. Just over two weeks ago I had a sudden accident that required a pretty long hospital stay, two surgeries, and quite a long recovery period. I’m much better now, but my right arm is in a sling – aka unusable, and I have limited mobility with my left. So, even typing this is kind of a challenge. I haven’t even been able to wear makeup. Of any kind. In over two weeks.

I know. Two weeks! 

Anyway, things will be back to normal in a few weeks I hope, depending on my recovery time.  Thank you for reading, I’ll be back soon!