Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I LOVE Girl's Generation

A friend of mine just posted this video up on fb.



SNSD is too cute. They kind of make me want that phone!



Monday, April 19, 2010

Let's make this about me right quick

Springtime is the hardest time to get through school. It's gorgeous outside, so I never want to go to class. Right now I should be working on a really quick paper, but I'm procastinating. I decided to give you followers (very few of them, I might pathetically add), a glimpse into my life.

This is where I work- Ali Baba's in Davis, Ca. See all those propinas? It's my smile :)


Favorite Hair Products and Tips

My hair is straight up f*ed up, but it didn't use to be like that. In high school, classmates would ask me what I did to get healthy, shiny hair, and I honestly never did anything other than shampoo and condition it. I took my hair for granted, and in the last five years I've dyed my hair four times. The last time I did, my hair started falling out in the shower, about 6 or 7 strands at a time, and I realized that the condition of my hair had gone to shit. My hair is about shoulder blade length now, and I want to get it back to lower back length. It'll be awhile before I have a whole head of undamaged hair, but these are the tips and products I live by to get myself to that goal.

Hair Products
I'm not even really gonna talk about shampoo and conditioner. I've used a lot, and I always like to switch it up and try something new. A standby is always Pantene Pro V, because it's cheap and it actually works great. I've tried professional shampoos that did nothing for me (like Biolage), but there is a difference between drugstore shampoos and professional ones. Drugstore shampoos can have all the same ingredients as professionl, salon ones, but the ingredients are in smaller amounts.
What really matters is that you get the shampoo that's right for you're hair type. If you need moisture, then that's what you gotta focus on. Save the volumizing shampoo for when your hair is more hydrated. But , if you're hair is limp, don't over do it with moisturizing products, which can weigh the hair down more. You'll end up having to style your hair for more volume, and that'll cause damage. If you're hair is oily, what are you doing using a creamy shampoo? You'll have to wash you're hair more often to get that greasy look out.

Because my hair is damaged, I always use some kind of leave-in or hair treatment after I hop out of the shower. These are my favorites:

It's a 10, Miracle Leave In Product, $16
This is my favorite leave-in. I like it because it conditions, detangles, and protects against heat. Downside? Not fond of the small, and it's freakin' expensive.

One n' Only Argan Oil, $8
Moroccan argan oil is da bomb for hair. I use to use jojoba oil, but this is way better. It makes my hair softer than any other treatment or mask can. It has a very (not to be racist, but) moroccan scent. The same product by Moroccanoil is more than double the price. I get this stuff from good ol' Sally's.

Sedu Moisturzing Heat Protecting Boost, $12
Nothing ultra special about this one, but it's what I'm currently using. I can never tell if heat protectants really are protecting my hair, so I can't say too much about how well this works. I just like it because it smells like citrus and doesn't make my hair stiff.

Biosilk Silk Therapy, $15
I bought this product thinking it would be a conditioning treatment, but it actually makes your hair dry if you use it a lot. The argan oil has replaced Biosilk as my treatment, but lately I realized that this product is really great for other reasons. It has reconstructing ingredients, like silk, and it adds shine and eliminates frizz without weighing down the hair, so I use this as a finishing serum more than a treatment. I love the smell, too.

Kenra Volume Spray 25, $22
I have this hairspray in the biggest size (that's why I have it priced so high). I never used hairspray because I've always hated that sticky feeling, but this one doesn't make hair sticky, and only a little bit stiff. Best hairspray ever. Period.

Hair Tips
Number one tip is take care of yourself from the inside. Everything on the outside- your hair, skin, nails- are reflections of your health and what's going on on the inside. Just eat well and drink water. What else can I say. I hardly follow this rule myself... hehe

You can try to stimulate hair growth when you shampoo your hair by massaging your head. You gotta give yourself like 5 min. massages daily, which is so tedious, so I rarely do this, but I do think it works.

Don't go get your hair cut. I give myself trims when I really can't stand the condition of the ends of my hair, but I wouldn't let a hairstylist anywhere near it right now (they get scissor-happy). If you do get your hair cut, try to get only 1/4"-1/2" of hair cut off the ends. It takes hair about 2 months to grow one inch, so if you're trying to achieve great lengths, keep what you can!

In the end, I think the simple fact that you are even giving you're hair so much attention, makes it grow, because you're treating it more gently, trying to keep it moistured, and paying attention to you're overall health and appearance.

Aight, fools. That's it for now. Peace!

--Nancy Fancy

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Curling Hair: Curling Iron Vs. Flat Iron

If a curling iron does the job of curling your hair perfectly, why would you ever try to curl your hair with a flat iron? And, if a flat iron straightens your hair, and can curl it, too, why would you ever buy a curling iron? It's one of those things where it just comes down to preference. This is what I've notice with both:

Flat Iron for Curling Hair


Pros: 

  • In my opinion, it's faster than a curling iron because you don't have to hold the tool in place while the curls are setting.
  • You can get tighter, Shirley Temple curls if you pull your hair through the iron slower.
  • You can wave or crimp your hair, in addition to curl or straighten it.
Cons:

  • If you pull the iron through your hair too quickly, a curl won't even form. 
  • If hair slides out from between the plates, you won't get a tight spiral.
  • You gotta learn a new technique in order to use a flat iron to curl you're hair.
  • It's more difficult to switch the direction of the curls. With a curling iron, you can curl one set of strands one way, and another set in the other direction.
Curling Iron for (duh!) Curling Hair


Pros:

  • You get uniform curls all throughout your head. They are all the same diameter and tightness.
  • It's easier to switch the direction of the curls (I mentioned this).
  • It's a simpler technique, so you won't have hair sliding out from the barrel. 
  • Generally, curling irons are cheaper than flat irons.
Cons:

  • You can only curl with a curling iron, so it's not as versatile as a flat iron. 
  • You'll need a bunch of different sized curling irons to do a mixture of tight and loose curls.
I like having both (I guess I like spending money on unnecessary things), but in the end, you get roughly the same look with either tool. My curling iron is 1 1/2", so I grab for it when I want loose curls. You can create loose curls with a straightening iron, but it's difficult with 1" plates. You'll need a professional flat iron with larger plates to make loose curls nicely. It's strange because I can justify having two or three different curling irons of different sizes, but having more than one straightener seems odd to me. Oh, well... thanks for reading!

-Nance

Monday, April 12, 2010

Find the Right Hair Dryer for You

Recently I bought an expensive new hair dryer, which I purchased online to get the best price. I like online shopping, but you gotta do a lot of research in order to get the right item for you, since you can't see or test anything out before you buy. I'm writing this article so you can figure out what you're looking for in a hair dryer, and maybe get some ideas about which brand or model might be right for you.

If you're looking for a new hair dryer, here are some things you want to consider:

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Skin Care Routine and Product Reviews

I'm lucky because I've never had to deal with really bad acne. Because of this, I use to really neglect my skin, and not wash every night like I'm suppose to.  But I've had other issues with my skin's hydration and texture over the years. Being in college makes you have to take care of yourself in so many different ways, and I've learned that I won't always have good skin forever. I've tried a few different cleansers and moisturizers in my life, but when it comes to skin, you gotta stick with what works. Here are some short reviews on some skin care products I've used.

Cleansers:
I have normal to dry/combination skin. I need a cleanser that is gentle, but because I wear makeup and I work at a restaurant, I need one that thoroughly cleans my face, too. Here are ones that I've tried:
                      Johnson and Johnson's Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash (under $6) is my favorite drugstore cleanser. This cleanser does exactly what it claims- it cleanses dirt, makeup, and oil without stripping the skin of moisture. After washing my face with this stuff, my face feels thoroughly clean without feeling dry or tight. I still reach for this cleanser when my skin is feeling sensitive and I just want a simple, no-frills wash.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Introduction

I'm a fourth year college student. I started wearing makeup when I was 13, but really started experimenting with it my freshmen year of college. I love MAC, but I'll try any company with fun products, cool packaging, and unique colors. Recently I started getting more into hair care and styling, so I'll also blog about hair tools, hair care products, and styles and cuts. My mom is a manicurist, but I've always neglected my nails, until recently. In the past year, I've started caring for my personal appearance and hygiene more, so I like the added detail of glamour from doing my nails. This blog is just a way for me to share what I know about skin, hair, makeup, and nails. I hope you enjoy my blog.