Category Archives: My Crazy Ways

#Lashgamestrong

Oh, lashes…..how I love you. Let me count thy ways.

I talk a lot about consistency with workouts and nutrition and do my best to be consistent, but I’m human….so sometimes I fall off the wagon. When it comes to my lashes though….those…those I am consistent with every.single.day. I never fall off the lash wagon!

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So many lashes, so little time. 

I get a lot of questions about them….like why i love them, what ones are my favorite, why don’t I try extensions, why don’t I try this lash product or lash product, yadda yadda. Let me break down my lashes for y’all.

Let’s address extensions first and foremost…….

I was born with lovely lashes (thanks, parents) and honestly only used mascara up until about four years ago or so. Occasionally I wore falsies for a special event or wedding, but that only  happened a handful of times a year, not daily. As I got more and more into the makeup scene and doing makeup for friends, I realized I loved the look of longer, fuller lashes, so I made the decision to get eyelash extensions.

I waited a while to do this, researching Do’s and Don’ts because I had heard horror stories about lash extensions. On the flip, my dear friend and personal makeup consultant, Marenda, had gotten them done, as had my cousin, and both had fabulous experiences.

My appointment was scheduled over Fourth of July weekend in 2015, and I conveniently made it on the day of my engagement photos. In my mind it was the perfect time to get them done, and I was excited at the thought of these super glam lashes in our photos.

The place….exactly the kind of place I would usually go…trendy and modern, and my lash “expert” was the kind of person who seemed to really know her stuff….at first. I had called ahead of time to ask questions about how they did things and wanted to make sure they did not use a glue with formaldehyde, which is common in glues purchased overseas. They assured me they didn’t.

I’m going to spare you the complete details of the experience because it was wretched, but I will tell you it left me calling Marenda, who was on her way over to do my makeup for the engagement shoot, in tears.  The lashes looked terrible….wonky like Helen Keller had applied them because they were all curving in different directions, and the “expert” told me when I was paying that the glue in fact had formaldehyde in it. Cool.

Ren saved the day for the engagement photo shoot (thank heavens), but the weeks to follow included my lashes falling out and, at one point, me having barely any lashes at all. It was a sweet look, let me tell you. In order to avoid looking scary, I started applying my falsies daily. As my lashes grew back, I continued to wear falsies because they didn’t grow back the way they were before (Spoiler alert: they STILL aren’t the way they used to be). I’ve been in a serious relationship with lashes ever since.

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Thankful for a talented friend for making my lashes look great for this shoot!

What are the lash products I swear by?

I have an extensive collection of lashes ranging from drugstore brands to more expensive ones. My favorites are from House of Lashes and are the Heartbreakers, but I also love the Faux Mink lashes from Lilly Lashes…..I wear these a lot when I want a more dramatic look. My wedding look featured the Miami lashes from Lilly!

The most important thing with lashes….whether they are cheap ones or the more expensive ones is THE GLUE! Having quality glue is the most important thing. I swear by the HOL Glue and recommend it to everyone….trust me on this! It is worth the cost and is the best product out there for lashes. I carry the travel size glue with me at all times, and the full size is always stocked up. This product is formaldehyde, phthalates, and paragons free and great if you have sensitive eyes.

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My wedding day lashes.

Were lashes tricky at first? Absolutely. There were days where I couldn’t get them to stay on…or they were off centered….or I didnt let the glue get tacky enough to apply them so they were a hot mess and my fingers got sticky. It took awhile for me to get to the point where I could apply them in less than a minute per lash.

If you are new to lash wear, here are a few basic Katie tips to help you out:

1. After applying glue to the lash, let it chill for about thirty seconds before attempting application. This is important….they adhere better when the glue is tacky.

2. Purchase quality glue (as already addressed).

3. Realize you may have to trim the lashes down. Sometimes I purchase a pair and realize they are too long to fit on my lid, so I have to cut a small piece of the end off. You want to wear the lash, not have the lash where you.

4. Have a storage system for them. Guys, lashes can be reused again and again. Don’t toss them after a single use….clean them and reuse! I use rubbing alcohol to clean mine…easy and inexpensive.

5. Tweezers are the best applicator!

Here’s a quick video I made awhile back to help you with eyelash application! Give it a try…..and if you DO opt for extensions….do you research so you don’t have a horrible experience like I did.

Why do I lash? I love changing my eye look daily….the love how easy they are to wear….how inexpensive they are…and just how badass they make me feel. 

Long live the Lash!

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Who What Hair When Why.

I freaking love big hair and have no shame in my hair game. To date I think I have had my hair every color and every hair style known to man. I’ve also tried about a gazillion hair products, so chances are I could write a review on the product that you are using.

I get so many questions about how I fix my hair and what I use on it that I figured it was finally time to show you how easy it is to get my look. For all of you hair folks, this one’s for you!

First of all, let’s talk about my shampoo/conditioner situation. I love love love the Way to Grow Shampoo and Conditioner from Not Your Mother’s. I love sulfate free products, and these two really do make my hair grow. Best part, they are about $6 each at Ulta or CVS. I only wash my hair twice a week because I like to keep my hair healthy and use other products to keep my hair looking fab. Also, it takes a while to blow dry my hair, and I like to save time. Side note: Not Your Mother’s has a huge product line to help you reach your desired look (I like the Beach products, too).

 

Always sulfate free!

Always sulfate free!

After the shampoo and conditioner process is over, I emerge from the shower looking like a real hot mess. Exhibit A. Also, it is at this point that I share with you I have naturally curly hair. Obviously.

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Blow drying my hair takes forever, but I have found ways to cut out some time. Exhibit B, this crazy looking thing. You can purchase this hair bonnet that looks like it is from 1950 (or a spaceship) by clicking here….it’s on Amazon for less than $10! You hook your blow dryer into the end so it helps dry your hair much quicker…sometimes I roll my hair in velcro rollers first, but not always. I also rely heavily on my Wet Brush…..I have the classic I use at home and a mini brush in my purse at all times.

People thought I was crazy when I posted this on Facebook!

People thought I was crazy when I posted this on Facebook!

After drying, I sometimes look like my finger was in an electric socket. It’s ok….and a quick fix for me!

Post blow dryer

Post blow dryer

This right here is my secret weapon: Aquage Transforming Spray. I use this before styling and after styling. Unfortunately, it’s hard to find in stores, but you can find it on Amazon (Yes, I love Amazon).

I love this stuff so much.

I love this stuff so much.

Before styling I lightly spray my hair with Aquage. I make weird faces consistently throughout the process.

Making a fun face helps.

Making a fun face helps.

When you get to this step, channel your inner Marcia Brady and brush your hair. I use my Wet Brush and brush probably more than the necessary amount. The Aquage I have sprayed tames my hair a bit, and I am ready to start my fun styling process.

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During the blow drying process, I am heating up my hot rollers. Of all of the rollers I have tried, these are my favorite. And at only $20 at Walmart, they are affordable. I don’t use rollers with the clips….very anti the kinks they leave behind in my hair.

Love the velvet..helps keep my hair in place!

Love the velvet..helps keep my hair in place!

Place the rollers in your hair. The purple curlers here are actually the same brand, just a little bigger. I use these on the top of my head and always leave out the front piece to style later.

It never fails...a piece always sticks out.

It never fails…a piece always sticks out.

Once your curlers are in place, spray a light dusting of the Aquage transforming spray to set them in place.

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While my curls are setting, I put on my makeup. This is the best time to do it because your hair is off your face. I let the curlers set for about 10 minutes, which is the same amount of time it takes me to do my makeup. Winning!

When you start to take your curlers out, your curls will be very tight. Don’t worry….we will fix that in the next step. Just take the curlers out and admire your Shirley Temple-like curls for a minute.

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I then tousle my hair and loosen the curls by shaking my hair a bit and using my fingers as a comb. If you want your curls tighter, don’t tousle as much. Sometimes I brush my curls out with the Wet Brush and make them into waves. The curls keep shape (and volume) thanks to the Aquage spray.

Before I finish up my hair process, let me address the elephant in the room: I get ready in beach cover ups. I have a bunch like this one and love them. I can throw them on and off, and they don’t mess up my hair or makeup after I finish both up. My favorite cover ups (for getting ready and for the beach) are from Target.

So many ridiculous faces. No shame in any of them.

So many ridiculous faces. No shame in any of them.

If needed, I use a curling iron to curl the pieces that frame my face or any weird pieces that curled in a strange manner. It happens. Don’t pretend it doesn’t.

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This may seem like a lot of work, but it honestly isn’t. Drying is the most time consuming part, but the roller/styling process takes about 15 minutes total. I follow the same process on days I don’t shampoo my hair. Ever hear of dry shampoo? It’s one of the greatest inventions ever. This is the one I rely on. I spray a little on my hair, blast a little with the blow dryer, then style as usual.

Worth every penny.

Worth every penny.

Every couple of days, I use oil in my hair before brushing. My favorite oil is this one from Ogx….surprise, it’s coconut….one of my favorite scents. You can buy this at any store, and it costs about $7 a bottle. Last month in my Birchbox I got a pricey oil to try….one that retails for about $40. It couldn’t hold a candle to my coconut heaven oil!

Smells like the beach!

Smells like the beach!

The final result: my signature curly look. I lightly spray Aquage once my styling process is over. As it gets more humid, more spray is used to prevent my hair from turning into a lion mane. Just wait. The time is near.

Fabulous.

Fabulous.

Here’s the thing with hair: It’s weird. It took me a loooonnnnngggggg time to find products that work. The products I mentioned here? All products recommended to me by friends, which is why I wanted to share them with you. I would’ve never discovered Aquage on my own, I initially thought Wet brushes were weird looking when I saw them in the store, and I was convinced Not Your Mother’s was a cheap brand. Fortunately, I trust my friends, so when they suggested these things to me I tried them and fell in love. Moral of the story: be willing to try things, and trust the people you love most. There are lots of great sites that can hook you up with samples so you aren’t flushing money down the drain (my favorite is Birchbox and it’s only $10 a month).

Hair is fun.