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FRIZZ HALOS

10 Apr

Thank you for your suggestions to the Preview! Guess the Upcoming Post. As you guessed, this post is inspired by The Tropics and will be about our crowning glory. So get in the mood, listen to some Tropicália music or these Songza playlists!

New York feels like a sticky concrete tropical cloud forest in the summer and the humidity means that it is impossible to keep hair from flying away  and gathering on top of your head. Now, if we were living in Elizabethan England, our frizz halos would be IN. But today, frizz (like acne and cellulite) is an undesirable look. But outta these three “bad” traits, frizz has the most potential to become cool, right?! There are, like, poems dedicated to it!

Marilyn and her sorta frizz halo in Florida on the “Some Like it Hot” (1959) set

Till the day comes where we embrace our frizz halos, here are two products to glue down the fluff and keep your knickers from getting in a twist when precipitation gets above 0%.

Screen shot of the No Frizz line from Living Proof

Screen shot of the No Frizz line from Living Proof

LIVING PROOF is the Hedy Lamarr of hair products: brainy and (makes you) beautiful. Its nerdy origin story is that it was co-created by biotech scientists at MIT and beauty experts.

Living Proof frizz line is so resistant to humidity you could probably do a synchronized swim routine during a monsoon and not see a hair budge. That may be a stretch, but in all seriousness, the no-frizz Living Proof line will hold your hair down. If that doesn’t sound convincing enough, the Priestess of Hair Janiston herself endorses it.

Although Living Proof smells nice in its own right, EO PURE PERFORMANCE BOTANICAL HAIR CARE in COCONUT & HIBISCUS  hair scrubber and conditioner jazz up the “tropical scent genre” from the more traditional (and expected) formula of coconut and lime.

Duhlicious

The Coconut & Hibiscus scrubber and conditioner  are great for the more “wrecked out by the blow out” manes, but virgin hair will benefit too from its smoothing, softening, rehydrating, fortifying, and conditioning properties that smell like heaven and make your hair light as a featha. Also, EO Everyday Hair Care lines are natural, therapeutic, non-sulfate, botanical, and stuffed with keratin… essentially, very wholesome.

Montane tropical rain forest in northern Vietnam

In conclusion, both EO and Living Proof products are truly fabulous products that do wonders for the health and look of your hair. Living Proof frizz may be better at keeping the hair clouds at bay during a tropical rain storm (or a New York summer), but the EO Coconut & Hibiscus offers a twist on the olfactory sensation we associate with the ‘the tropics’ (like the traditional tropical scent found in Sally Hershberger’s Wavy Spray and the DIY beach hair spray mentioned in an earlier post).

There are a ton of other dynamo products out there that either feel tropically or can kill frizz in literal rainy tropical climates. What do you like and recommend?

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P.S.:

Since we can’t write about the tropics without mentioning ways to protect it, here are some websites to help boost our ecosystems and save our furry and feathery friends:

http://worldwildlife.org/

http://www.sierraclubfoundation.org/

http://www.nature.org/

http://www.greenpeacefund.org/

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Solstice

21 Jun

Today is the Summer Solstice! Grab your flower crowns and go Bacchae wild this Friday.

Here are some earthy inspired beauty stuff to try:

Fishtail Braid video – (El Cee really did teach me how to do the ‘do!)

Connect with your inner flower child by using the too adorable Swedish Dream Sunflower facial soap. It’s very good for thirsty skin!

Let your eyelids be as green as the grass you prance on with Bobbi Brown’s Sage, Balsam and Forest Metallic Eye Shadow palette. All three are stunning greens. For a cheaper alternative, L’Oreal’s Wear Infinite Studio Secrets in Spring Leaf packs a pigment punch. Use Eco Tools Bamboo set to apply —  the fibers hold product very well. If you’d rather coat your lashes instead of your lids, try YSL’s Mascara in Jade Black. It’s dark enough like a normal black glob but when the sunlight hits  just right the green comes out. Magical.

Now enough interneting! Go out and play!

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Midsummer’s Night Dream engraving photo source

Robert Altman photograph of hippies dancing source

Saw Red

11 Jun

Gwen knows that a red lip is key, yadda yadda. Lots of people know that, so we really don’t have to go into it. Red lips add panache. Although a ruby pout may not scream low-key summer glamah, red lips are perfect for a post-swim snack by the seaside or while you’re slaving away at work. There are many reds out there, but here are two blue-red based lip stuff that look lovely on all skin tones.*

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SMOOCHABLE:

There’s something about red lipstick that kickstarts the anxious inner monologue about whether or not it’s on your teeth or whether or not it’s smudged all over your face like Courtney Love in her Hole days. This is why many just don’t bother to rouge up. But you can still wear red and play tonsil hockey, especially with NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Amsterdam (a nod to the Red District pershmaps?). This soft as butter lip color (rhyme!) comes in a gloss tube, but is perfectly matte and smooth on your lips. The color is “softly” strong in the sense that it is bold, not brash. It sticks without drying and crackling, which we all know is key for locking lips. Plus, it smells like a bakery!

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NOT SO SMOOCHABLE:

… but very classy still, Revlon Matte Lipstick in Really Red is for those who aspire to be as chic as Jean Seberg and as bad ass as Rosie the Riveter. It is a highly pigmented stick that glides on and stays for a while. This lipstick is meant for kissing love letters and writing notes on mirrors, so blot blot blot before leaving your house. It might not be ideal for shirt collars or rough housing around, but that’s why you have the alternative NYX, darlings.

So! Everyone has a favorite red and I want to hear yours. Comment away you comets.

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*: Do not listen to A$AP Rocky… what does he know?

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Lucio Fontana’s red spatial concept photo source

Vincent Olinet’s “Lipstick” photo source

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POSH : Port Out Starboard Home

28 May

It’s cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey in New York. While the weather’s having another tizzy fit, spark up a Malin + Goetze cannabis candle and peruse these beachy-keen things to get your mind off the rain.

what’s your summer song?

Smack, smooch, eat a popsicle and swallow uh… sea water with Becca Beach Tint for Lips and Cheeks. You know what? It’s that good it’s getting a photo for all you visual learners: Image The name says it all– this stuff is designed for the beach! It’s waterproof, blendable, buildable, and gives you a beautiful even color. No worries about swallowing stuck on hair strands either — Becca’s not goopy or sticky. It just seeps into your lips in a very, very low-key and pretty way. Add more layers for pizzazz and you’re good to go. I’m partial to berry shades but pick ya fave.

Since this post is beach themed, and although the sun is sleeping this May, sunscreen is the happiest and sexiest scent on earth. Just as happy and sexy as this tumblr: surfer-boys.

Go get yourself a boozy ice pop and let’s take a moment on that site before continuing

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Okay then, so slap on the euphoria even through this rainy season. It’ll lift your spirits. Promise. Current cheap fave is generic Duane Reade SPF 50 which smells exactly like sunscreen should and is easy to buy for you broke fi broke out there. Remember your ears, neck, and hands when schmearing. And since you’re being sooo good and spraying on the sun, further fox that faux tan with Physicians’ Formula Powder Palette Mineral Glow Pearls. If you have been chrysalis-izing till now, however, MAC Bronzing Powder will get you colorful. It’s matte, without shimmer and flash, so it really gives you a believable sun-kissed look.

I’m readdyyy! Sunshine here we come!

Spritz your mane with Miracle It’s A 10 Leave In to hydrate those salt-chlorine-sun scorched hairs. Those with finer hair should use their paws to distribute the product and not spritz their head directly because it is super conditioning and too much will make finer-haired folks look greasy. Curly and voluptuously maned pals like the dude below can splash directly.

definitely can handle the 10

 

Yes, yes, Princess Carolyn Bessette Kennedy famously wore this.

Unless you like being a mosquito’s milkshake, skip perfume in the summer. Having said that, Kareem Abdul’s Egyptian Musk is the ideal and perfect hint-o’-scent for the summer/year round/life. It too will get a photo cause it’s just that awesome.

Alright, alright, hear me out: This ain’t your grandma’s musk. It won’t retrieve repressed memories of being force-fed jelly candy and being told to sit straight. You’ll not pass out from this NOT overpowering scent. The Amazon description hits the nail on the mark (clickedy clack on the oil’s link above to read it). You will not smell like you’re wearing perfume. It’s subtle and just illuminates you in a stunning, truly personal way. It’s hard to describe! Guys and girls who hate “perfume” will love this.

Alright, as always, lemme know what you do to get ready for summer. For my New York friends, keep your spirit throughout this rain.


P.S.:

Like the monkey balls comment, the title refers to another nautical term. Those seamen are the best wordsmiths!