Monday, September 23, 2013

Mini Makeover: Roommate Edition

It was a little slow today, at my tiny run-down apartment and I decided that to entertain myself I would force my roommate to let me straighten her hair.

She has beautiful curly that she usually styles with a thick headband and down. She never, ever straightens her hair or styles it so I had to beg (fake tears, included) her to let me straighten up her hair. 

Basically, I sectioned her hair off and used my GVP flat iron with my Tresemme  heat protectant spray. In hindsight, I wish I hadn't used that product as the heat protectant and had opted for an oil based product because my roommate's hair became exceptionally dry after I straightened it. I did put a very tiny amount of Argan oil (which I'll be doing a review of very, very soon!) and trimmed the ends so that it wouldn't look as dry when straightened. 

For anyone straightening very curly hair, I recommend using an oil as a styling agent versus a spray like the Tresemme heat protectant. The reason being, you typically have to use higher temperatures and run your straightener over your strand of hair multiple times in order to fully straighten it. Look for some oil products at your local beauty supply store or Target. 

After about 30 minutes of "torture" (or so my roommate claims), I finished styling her hair and trimmed up the dead ends on her hair. The amount of volume she has in her hair is enviable! 

Here are the before and afters of the shot! I'm loving the gorgeous shine and color she has when straightened! 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

My Diet Doomsday: How I'm Going to Attempt to Stay Somewhat Healthy in College

I have never, ever been super skinny. 

Even when I was working out six days a week and eating clean, I was still a size 7. And truth be told, I actually like being the "plus-size" version of myself. I like having curves and hips, with boobs and an ass. But this gut and double chin thing though, not so sexy.

I've also noticed that it is really, really easy to get fat in college. I can literally eat as much pizza as I went in the cafeteria. I could stuff my face with ice cream and cookies and every fattening thing you've ever heard of for hours. The temptation to eat crappy food is almost impossible to resist. Coming from a community college, I didn't really think how this might cause me to gain an excessive amount of weight because having a cafeteria with buffet-style food was never an issue.

I'm a few weeks into the semester and my fear of packing on the dreaded 'Freshman Fifteen' (or maybe Giant Junior?) is starting to wane on me. With the help of my beautiful roommate, Alycia, we have combined some ideas on how we are going to stay healthy throughout our college experience.

  1. Actually use the salad bar. I mean, it isn't there to give the cafeteria some decorative zest
  2. Say no to cookies--make a fruit parfait or smoothie! 
  3. Drink a minimum of eight cups of water a day 
  4. Unwillingly attend one of those free fitness classes
  5. Having a minimum of five servings of fruits and veggies (thanks for the idea, food pyramid!)
These are just a few of the big changes we want to incorporate in our everyday lifestyle. I'm sure we'll develop more as we go and sort of flesh out each one as we find what works and what doesn't. These might be some good general guidelines for other college students that are finding the Freshman Fifteen a little more realistic than it once felt.

Truth be told, I don't want to lose all that much weight. I would ideally like to lose between the 20-30lb range and just be a healthier person in general. If I develop good habits now, I can save myself a world of hurt later. 

Here I am, curves and all.

Makeup Review: Hard Candy Glamoflauge Concealer

Overall rating: 4/5

Price: average $6

Where to buy: or at your local walmart 

Glamoflauge comes in a variety of shades, ranging from dark to ivory tones. 

Hard Candy's Glamoflauge has been getting quite the buzz lately because it is supposedly strong enough to cover tattoos and imperfections alike. It comes with a small concealer pencil that you use to trace the outline of your tattoo and then you (supposedly) take the glamoflauge and gently pat it over your tattoo and poof! It disappears. 

So I thought that I would try out this method, covering the small hawk silhouette I have beneath my collarbone. Granted, my tattoo is in desperate need to be touched up so it is already pretty light and faded. If your tattoo is very dark and pigmented, the results might differ. 

So I tried to cover one of the hawks, as you can see in the picture. I wanted to show the contrast between the one hawk covered with glamoflauge and the others that are uncovered. Overall, the concealer did a nice job of covering most of the tattoo but it is still visible.

With the tattoo aspect of this heavy duty concealer covered (pun intended), I also experimented with using this to hide all my blemishes and imperfections.

I will say that this product works really, really well to cover imperfections in the skin--ranging from redness, blemishes, freckles, etc--but it doesn't last for a long time. I have really oily skin, so liquid foundation and concealer rarely ever stay on my skin for more than a few hours, so be aware of that if you have oily skin as well. I'd recommend to apply a primer or even use an oil blotting sheet on your skin prior to applying to avoid excessive oil ruining the longevity of the product.

I apply this product with a concealer brush I purchased from after I apply my foundation. I use a primer with this product as well and follow it with a pressed powder for maximum coverage and stay.

Cons: Poor longevity, concealer pencil offers little to no coverage.

Pros: Covers imperfections wonderfully, a little product goes a long way, inexpensive, and is easy to blend.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

The First Step is Admitting You Have a Problem.

I'm a stereotypical broke college kid. 

While I've kept some dignity--meaning I have yet to turn to eating Top Ramen from a coffee mug--I realize that my obsession with makeup and hair products cannot continue in the pricey way it had before. 

Before I transferred colleges and could actually afford to buy my own makeup, I had splurged hundreds on eyelash extensions, Sephora, MAC, and expensive salon treatments. Granted, it was fun while it lasted and I still have copious amounts of product left from my spending days, I'm now left to try and find those beauty bargains at my local Rite Aid. 

Not saying that I never used drugstore or super cheap makeup before because prior to getting a job that was all I ever used. I get all of my foundation and skin makeup from drugstores because I go through that so quickly so it's pointless for me to spend a whopping fifty bucks on something that will last me a month max. 
But now I have to adjust my usual makeup inventory a bit and start using those dupes I see posted on Pinterest. 

So now that we've established my deep love of expensive makeup I cannot afford, it's probably best to tell you all a little about myself. 

My name is Becca. I'm a junior in college, majoring in Public Relations. I'm part of my uni's theatre club and their PRSSA program. I love journalism; I write the occasional article or two for my school's newspaper. My passion in life, however, is studying American Sign Language and learning more about Deaf culture. I volunteer at the local school for the Deaf and am constantly trying to grow as a signer and a person by exploring the Deaf community. My goal is to get to the point where I can make YouTube videos for hair, makeup, etc in ASL. We'll have to see, though! 

My blog is basically going to be beauty and health-centered. I'm currently starting a healthy lifestyle change to eat better and workout, so expect some posts on that. I want to do a lot of reviews, makeup and hair tutorials, and incorporate cheaper alternatives to high-end makeup. I have two beautiful roommates that have different coloring and hair types that I plan on using for some tutorials so I can reach a bigger audience! 

Anyway, look for my upcoming posts! I'll be posting on a daily basis! 

Love from a poor glamour girl,