TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN
Sleep time can be used to make our puffy eyes better. Or how you’re sleeping can actually be making it worse! There are two ways that can majorly improve your under-eye area and wake up actually looking rested. Here’s how:
TRICK #1: Prop your head up with an extra pillow. If you lie flat, you’re not doing yourself any favors. But if you prop your head up a little by using two pillows instead of one, it will help with lymphatic drainage, fighting the tendency for things to get puffy. Worth it in my book! If you don’t own two pillows and don’t want to spend anything, you can fold your pillow in half. If you’re a side sleeper like I am naturally, try to break the habit. It helped me to prop another pillow under my knees in the beginning. Apparently it takes two weeks to break a habit, so work at it for a couple weeks and see how you do. I can’t say there aren’t mornings that I don’t wake up on my side but that’s something beyond my control so I let it go!
TRICK # 2: This is for when we have a big day coming up and we really want to look our best! With your head propped up AND your under-eyes equipped with an eye mask or loaded up with eye gel, you’re doubly combating the issue and will be ecstatic with the results.
There’s actually a third trick that I hopefully taught you a couple years ago when applying your eye cream at night to avoid waking up to puffy eyes. Remember? You can revisit it here!
PHOTO/POST: KRISTIN ESS
Attention Pretty Little peeps! Our favorite brunette babe was on Conan last night, looking stunning, per usual. As you may know (if you follow her INSTA) we cut her hair off a couple months ago. First it was a lob and then she wanted to go even shorter to a bob so we went above the shoulders! Styling short hair can be tough, and there are little tricks that I use that may be helpful for you. Here’s how we got Lucy’s look last night…
- I sprayed THICKENING SPRAY all over Lucy’s damp hair, not because she needs thicker hair but this stuff is great as a styling spray. It disappears completely in the hair once it’s dry but gives you such amazing support with heat styling. I know it will never feel product-y, which is great because I have additional things I like to put in the hair for texture later.
- Next I rough dried Lucy’s naturally wavy, thick hair using a BLOW DRYER WITH NOZZLE. Make sure to keep the nozzle on if you want any shine to your waves. If you want less shine or the hair to be a little more “rough looking” dry it with no nozzle.
- Use a good ceramic BEVELED FLAT IRON to create SUBTLE WAVES. <—- That’s the tutorial for flat iron waves so check that out if you don’t know how, but one extra special tip that I like for haircut lengths above the shoulders is to hold the flat iron at a diagonal angle as I do the waves. This makes it look a lot more natural and not so much “like a waterslide”. haha! The hair just lays a little closer to the head if you hold the iron at an angle, in my opinion.
- I know this sounds crazy but one of my favorite things to do is spray a light mist of water on the ends after I flat iron. I just use THIS SPRAY which is pure water. Sometimes, I’ll end do a super light mist over everything. It’s a little pricey but it’s worth the fine spray that comes out. Anything heavier might bring too much natural wave or curl back to the ends, which I don’t want. It just takes away that “freshly ironed” look and makes it look more like second day hair. I love it!
- Next I did a little product cocktail! I took a dab of this POMADE and a half pump of this SERUM and emulsified it together in the palm of my hands.
- Run that through from middle to ends. Use whatever tiny bit is left on your hands after that to smooth any unwanted fly aways. Then a light mist of hairspray if you think you need it.
- Last but not least: baby hairsssss. Most people tend to have these annoying little buggers. The issue is, they’re too short to grasp with a flat iron, they’re to tiny to get with a round brush and blowdryer, so what? I use this fancy tool called a ROOT CONTROL. Think of it like a comb with an iron behind it. You just comb over the little hairs and the heat gets them to stay right where you want them. It’s easy to use and the comb guards your skin so you don’t burn yourself. I wouldn’t recommend this for thin or brittle hair, more for unruly, uncontrolable baby hairs.
If you want more deets about her makeup you’re going to have to ask her very talented makeup artist—> KELSEY! If only we could all look as gorgeous as Lucy Hale, AMIRIGHT?! If you try these tips or have any your want to share, let us know in the comments below!
TUTORIAL + PHOTOTGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN
It’s easy to think you can only tackle acne OR aging, but not both at the same time. So if we have acne, we just focus on that because it’s an immediate issue, and we don’t think we have the luxury to worry about the future, or we think an anti-wrinkle cream will break us out. Well here’s a proposed nighttime routine to battle both simultaneously the way that I do! Every night, start with your favorite anti-acne product, but only apply it thinly in the areas that you need it. Then quickly switch to your favorite anti-aging cream and apply it over the areas that you don’t worry about now but will creep up on you later! Here’s how:
- Look for an anti-acne medication that has either salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide combined with soothing formulas that won’t cause a third problem: irritation (try this one) or try this one that uses a more natural approach. But if you have found one that works for you, stick with it!
- Two of our favorite anti-aging creams are this one for its powerful vitamin C and triple oxygen and this one for its combination of peptides, hyalauronic acid and anti-oxidants. Or try this one if you’re on a budget!
- Pump the size of a half-pea onto the palm of your hand.
- Slap your hands back and forth like you’re dusting them off to really thin it out across your fingers.
- Quickly swipe your fingers against your cheeks like you’re wiping off something that landed on them.
- Repeat on your forehead (if that’s an acne-prone area for you).
- Swipe them along the top and sides of your nose.
- Finally swipe them across your chin.
- Pump a couple times onto your fingertips as demonstrated above.
- Wipe your fingers back and forth against each other to spread it evenly.
- Dab it under your eyes (not too close so it doesn’t creep in while you’re sleeping and irritate them, causing puffiness) as well as on the upper lids themselves.
- Dab it along your lip lines and nasal labial lines.
- Finish by patting the rest over your neck and chest.
If this is too much for you (you know who you are, just admit it!), there are anti-acne anti-aging systems that tackle both in one solution! This one is my personal favorite and this one is popular too! Just remember, if you spend your twenties and thirties only concerned about clear skin, you’re missing years that you could have had under your belt tackling future wrinkles that one day appeared out of nowhere when you look in the rear-view mirror at a stop light. It’s the one thing I wish I could tell my younger self regarding skincare… And don’t forget sunscreen!!
PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS
Braiding can be a daunting task for even the most nimble fingers. I found something a while back that’s helped me teach people how to braid their own hair. Some super duper helpful stuff called BRAID PASTE! There are tons of molding pastes on the market, and as I’ve showed you many times before, and I still love/use those as well! But sometimes you have to cocktail a paste with some shine serum because the paste by itself can be a bit too mattifying, causing hair to look a little dull. But braid paste has been helpful on pretty much all hair types when braiding, leaving it shiny but giving it soft hold so the braid doesn’t slip out as you go. Basically the cocktailing of paste and serum are already done for you!
For fine to normal hair: I like to use a pea size dab of paste to start and go back in if I need more. Put it in your palms and warm it up. Go middle to ends and then if you need any up toward the root, just use whatever is left on your hands.
For thick or coarse hair: When I braid thick hair, I usally break it up into two sections to apply paste, otherwise I feel like it gets concentrated in certain places and there’s none in other places. I break it up from ear to ear, horizontally, applying to the bottom half first and then the top half. Depending on the thickness, I would use a pea size or slightly smaller per section. Warm it up in your palms and then apply middle to ends. If you need some at the root just use whatever is remaining on your hands after you apply everywhere else.
After the paste is on the hair and you’ve done your braid, like a FISHTAIL BRAID, a ROSETTE BRAID or any braid for that matter, you can now loosen it up with ease knowing that the whole thing isn’t going to slip apart as you work some texture into it. It’s just a cool, very helful product to add to your arsenal if you love braiding or if you want to learn how to be a better braider.
Do you have any favorite products for braiding?