Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Growing out a pixie: Two years later!


 It's been two whole years since I decided to grow out my pixie cut, and its safe to say I've reached the other side. In fact, I've gone through at least 3 cycles of cutting my hair in a pixie, and growing it back out over the past 10 years or so. They say hindsight is 20/20, and after looking back through pictures of my hair during this last transition, I thought I'd impart some wisdom for those who are thinking about or in the throws of growing out their pixie cut. 

Before you read on, know that I'm not a hairstylist, nor have I received any professional training. All of these tips are ones I learned through the school of hard knocks and lots of research on the good ol'internet. If you have any reservations about applying these tips, go to your hairstylist and ask them first! Also, there is no sure fire steps you can take to make your hair grow faster. Genetics and your overall health are huge factors when growing your hair, and everyone's hair will grow at a difference pace. Once again, ask your hairstylist if you have any reservations! That being said, here are a few tips!

1. As I stated back 2 years ago in my original post about growing out my pixie cut, there were several steps I had to take in order to get my hair healthy enough to grow past the length it was. Looking back, the main thing that made a world of difference was putting down the bleach. As much as I loved the bleach blonde color, it was destroying my naturally dark blonde hair. It was breaking off every time I washed it and felt like straw. Dying it a darker blonde and applying protein treatments every few weeks stopped the breakage and allowed my hair to finally grow.

The start- Feb 2012: bleach blonde and DAMAGED!
March 2012: Darker and on the road to health!


2. It took quite awhile to get to the point I was comfortable with it, but putting down the flat iron made a big difference. Take it from me- my natural curl is frizzy, flat, and all around not cute. But, after some experimenting, I was able to find ways to bring out my curl without looking like a poodle. Part of that was learning how to do a classic wet set pin curl (which sounds harder then it really is). I watched a few great videos (watch some of my favorites here and here) that gave me the basics to start setting my hair and it did wonders.
Now that my hair is grown out, I still only heat style on special occasions. I think its been over 6 months since I last blow dried or flat ironed my hair.  One day when I have the time I might pull out my flat iron just to see what my hair looks like totally straight, but for now I'm having a lot of fun finding new styles that are easy and healthy for my hair.

October 2012- Straightening every day
November 2012- Embracing heat free curls








3. To be completely honest, part of the reason my hair grew fairly well was because I got pregnant in November of 2012. From my understanding, pregnancy hormones can cause some women's hair to  grow faster and stop falling out. This is exactly what happened for me. My hair became thick and grew like a weed. Taking prenatal vitamins also helped my hair tremendously.

That being said, obviously you aren't going to get pregnant just to grow your hair out. So, how can you help your hair grow faster?
    • Take you vitamins! Obviously you need to consult with your doctor before taking new vitamins, but prenatal vitamins and biotin can help your hair grow in healthy and strong.
    • Eat healthy! Your hair is directly effected by what you put into your body, so take care of yourself!
    • Stop getting so many trims. Trimming your hair every 6-8 weeks just continually cuts off the length you've obtain. I know, every hairstylist and their Mom says differently, but its a myth that trims help your hair grow. Your hair grows from the top of your head, not the ends, therefore trims will not promote hair growth. What trims do it cut off any split ends, which helps avoid the split ends from going up the hair shaft and potentially breaking the hair. So, if you are diligently taking care of your hair (avoiding heat and excessive styling, eating healthy, taking vitamins, etc), you shouldn't have as many split ends.
      That being said, obviously, get a trim if you notice damage or need your hair shaped. Nobody wants fried. split ends or a mullet while growing out a pixie! As a rule, I usually get my hair trimmed every 4-5 months now that my hair is grown out.
April 2013- deep in the throws of pregnancy
September 2013- 1 month after giving birth

4. Stop stressing and enjoy the ride! Growing out your hair is frustrating and often feels like it will be a million years before you can get your hair into a ponytail, let alone past your collar bone. But, with the caveat of a medical condition, your hair should eventually grow. So enjoy playing and experimenting with your hair in the mean time. Buy some fun accessories, clips and bobby pins and go to town. You can do a lot more then you realize!
I plan on doing a post about in-between hairstyles later, but until then, here are a few pictures for inspiration!

May 2012- little baby ponytail!
July 2012- curly and pulled back

September 2012- braided sides and pinned back

So, after all is said and done, would I cut my hair into a pixie cut again? Yes! Like I said in the beginning of this post, I've cut it into a pixie several times over the years. I LOVE pixie cuts, and think if you want to try one, you absolutely should! Right now I'm so glad to have long hair. I love being able to pull it up into a ponytail, braid it, experiment with different types of buns, or just wear it down. I'm sure sometime down the road I'll cut it all off again, and when I do, I've got the tools to know how to grow it out gracefully!


April 2014- my current length in heat free curls
April 2014- my current length in heat free curls




Are you growing our your hair, or have you grown it out in the past? Do you have any tips that helped you get past the awkward stages? Comment below and tell me!

Find my Pinterest hair inspiration board to see some of my current and past hair loves!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Divergent Inspired Makeup: Erudite



 Dagnab it. I wish this wasn't the last faction. I just loved creating these!


" the one and only faction dedicated to knowledge, intelligence, curiosity, and astuteness. It was formed by those who blamed ignorance for the war that had occurred in the past, causing them to split into factions in the first place...Erudite values the virtue of intelligence and wisdom over any other. The members focus their lives on the pursuit of knowledge. Erudite are expected to delegate themselves in the library reading books, or, most commonly, reading something from the computer. They are also known to have memorized the city map. Members are also known to be particularly eloquent.
Because of the Erudite's thirst for knowledge, they are the ones easily susceptible to moral corruption as knowledge leads to lust for power...Each member must wear at least one article of blue clothing per day. Erudite's main color is blue, as it is a "calming color that helps stimulate the brain". Also, most faction members wear thick glasses to make them seem smarter." (source)


I dont mean to play into the smart girl stereotype, but come on ya'll! I wear glasses all day err'day, so this is a look I can really relate to. I decided to do a classic pinup with a twist because it looks great with glasses, and playing up your features is the smartest makeup look out there.



In a classic pinup look, the skin is flawless and pale. Much like Dauntless and Candor, I kept the skin matte with a full coverage foundation and a heavier contour and blush.


Pinup eyebrows are usually thick and overdraw, but thats not really my style. Glasses frame the face already, and I didnt need my brows competing with my thick frames. So I kept them well defined but light.


I used matte shadows to define my crease, and a black liner with a small flick on the eye to accentuate my lashes.  To keep in theme with Erudites, who must always wear blue, I used a blue eyeliner on my lower lash line and applied a bright shimmery turquoise blue over top.


The lips are the most important part of this look. I lined the lips with a dark purple and then finished it off with a deep red liquid lip color. After, I lined around my lips with a concealer pencil to sharpen any messy edges and define the lips even more.


I love this look, and wear something similar all the time. In the books, Erudite's are essentially the bad guys, but I think my love of learning would draw me to their faction. I don't think I could spend all my time studying or in front of a computer, but I could spend all day in a library :)

Would you want to be Erudite?

Products used:

Face- Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-1 Foundation in "Ivory"
Maybelline Fit Me Concealor in "Fair"
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in "Light"
Essence 'All About Matte" powder 

 NYX Taupe Blush
Revlon Matte Blush in "Perfectly Peach"


Eyebrows-
Avon Glimmerstick pencil in "Blonde"
NYX Wonderpencil in "Light"

Eyes-
Two Face Shadow Insurance
Wet'n'Wild Vanity palette
Hard Candy eyeliner in "Chop Suey"
NYX shadow in "Wild Fire"
Avon Supershock gel liner in "Black"
Wet'n'Wild Pride palette
Avon Lash Primer and Conditioner
Coty Airspun loose face powder
Jordana Best Lash Extreme mascara in "Black"

Lips-
NYX lipliner in "Currant"
Maybelline Super Stay lipcolor in "Wine"
NYX Wonderpencil in "Light"





Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Divergent Inspired Makeup: Dauntless

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"...the faction dedicated to courage, bravery, and fearlessness. It was formed by those who blamed fear and therefore, cowardice as a cause of the problems society faced. It tries to fight cowardice by giving preparation and the ability to act during fear to its members... The Dauntless value the virtue of bravery over any other, as such they train to fight and use weapons to prepare their bodies to respond to threats and challenges, which is necessary if they want to survive life as a Dauntless member. The faction also emphasizes the idea of freedom from fear, and test this daily by attempting death-defying feats. Dauntless members and initiates are the only ones allowed to ride the train and do so in a daring way; jumping onto and off the train while it is moving....Dauntless always dress in black. The women wear skin-tight pants, tights, tight dresses, and black boots and shoes. The men wear black pants and form-fitting shirts. Dauntless like to tattoo and pierce their bodies. Girls might wear dark eyeliner and makeup. They might also dye their hair in unusual colors." (source)


Dauntless aesthetic screams you're stereotypical punk. Crazy colored hair, lots of piercings, tattoos, black leather: the works.  In order to keep things fresh, I wanted to avoid the 80's-90's punk rocker connotation by keeping everything streamlined.



I kept the skin matte, applying my face powder with a slightly heavier hand and leaving off highlighter. I also used a cool toned contour shade to carve out my cheek bones, but left my blush extremely light: only using it to avoid looking overly pale.



 I  felt like a strong brow would have been to much, so I went the opposite direction and muted them out with concealer. I actually really loved the look of an extremely light, almost bleached brow. Makes me feel like Lizabeth Salander.


I liked the idea of doing asymmetrical eyes, keeping one side normal with just a flick of liner, and the other bold and dramatic. When designing the shape for this eye, I used the images from the Divergent movie poster as inspiration. Most of the tattoos they designed for the cast where tribal, which characteristically are thick, solid black shapes. I used black gel liner to give the shape its intensity, and then covered it with a matte black shadow to seal it.


Lips were tricky for this look. I didn't own a black lipstick, or anything close to black. So, I improvised and used a black eyeliner to line and fill my lips. I then foiled a matte black shadow over the top to create the depth I wanted. Over that, I foiled a dark purple pigment just in the center of the lip for dimension.


Dauntless really appeals to me aesthetically. I'm not a leather fan, but tattoos, piercing and wild colored hair is right up my alley. I am, however, admittedly a wuss, and wouldn't survive past having to jump off a moving train to get to the Dauntless compound. So, I wouldn't even entertain the thought of becoming Dauntless. Call me a chicken.

Could you be Dauntless?



Products used:

Face-

Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-1 Foundation in "Ivory"
Maybelline Fit Me Concealor in "Fair"
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in "Light"
Essence 'All About Matte" powder NYX Taupe Blush
Revlon Matte Blush in "Perfectly Peach"


Eyebrows-
Maybelline Fit Me Concealor in "Fair"
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in "Light"


Eyes-
Physicians Formula gel liner in "Black"
Wet'n'Wild "Pride" palette
Urban Decay eyeshadow in "Strange"
Avon Lash Primer and Conditioner
Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder
Jordana Best Lash Extreme in "Black"

Lips-
NYX eye liner in "Black"
Elf Lock and Seal gel
Wet'n'wild "Pride" pallete
Fyrinnae  loose pigment in "Illicit Passion"

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Divergent Inspired Makeup: Candor

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"Candor was a faction formed by those who blamed duplicity and deception, who believed that dishonesty is the key fault in human nature which began evil and war. They believe in the principle that honesty and openness would lead to a more peaceful and perfect society...Candor are serious about their views on honesty against dishonesty. They see honesty and trustworthiness as the very foundations of morality and character. They look upon honest individuals with high respect, and upon dishonest individuals with deep contempt....Despite their belief in fairness and impartiality, the Candor believe that the truth is black-and-white, so that is what they wear." (source)

The stark contrast of black and white- truth and lies, was my inspiration for this makeup. Like Abnegation, I think Candor officals would disapprove of makeup since it can be viewed as 'concealing' one's true self. Nonetheless, I cant pass up an opportunity to flex my creativity and dig deep into a black and white makeup look!


When I started thinking about this makeup, the 60's super model "Twiggy" came to mind. When designing the look, I used her classic cut crease and drawn on lower lashes to keep the eye center focus.

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I used a heavier foundation to keep the skin clean and perfected. I also used all matte colors for my skin and eyes, so the only sheen was on the lip. 


To keep the white really bright, I used a white creamy base underneath the white eyeshadow, and also lined my lower waterline, lash line and just below the lash line with a white eyeliner. This kept the eyes big and doll like. I drew the lashes underneath the white on the lower lash line by using a fine detail brush with black eyeshadow. I decided against using black liquid liner to do this, as I felt it would be a little to harsh.


A cut crease can be really tricky when using such two contrasting colors. The key is to work from dark to light. I applied the black shadow in the crease, and then used a q-tip to clean my lid before applying the white color.


To keep with the 60's mod vibe, I did a creamy nude mouth. I slightly overdrew my lips, filled them in with a milky nude matte lip color and then added a healthy dose of gloss. I'd wear this nude lip every day if I could. I love this combo.


I wouldn't say I'm a liar by any means, but I don't think I'd do very well in the Candor faction. I think life has a lot of gray areas- so living in a society where gray areas are seen as dishonest seems a little too extreme for my blood. That being said, I would gladly wear black and white every day (I basically do anyways), so that wins Candor a brownie point :)

Would Candor be the right faction for you?



Products used: 


Face-
Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-1 Foundation in "Ivory"
Maybelline Fit Me Concealor in "Fair"
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in "Light"

Essence 'All About Matte" powder
NYX Taupe Blush
Revlon Matte Blush in "Perfectly Peach"
Sugarpill "Tako" eyeshadow (as highlight)

Eyebrows-
NYX Brow Cake Powder in "Blonde"

Eyes- 
Two Face Shadow Insurance
NYX Jumbo pencil in "Milk"
Sugarpill "Tako" eyeshadow
NYX Smokey Eyes Palette
Wet'n'Wild Pride Palette
Avon SuperShock gel liner in "Black"
Avon Lash Conditioner and Primer
Coty AirsSpun Loose face Powder
Jordana Best Lash Extreme in "Black"

Lips-
NYX lip pencil in "Nude Beige"
Elf Matte lip color in "Nearly Nude"
NYX Butter lipgloss in "Eclair"

Monday, March 17, 2014

Divergent Inspired Makeup: Amity



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Amity are the hippy's of the Divergent world. They love music and art, and are the farmers in the Divergent society. Divergents Wiki page describes them as: " the one and only faction dedicated to peacefulness, kindness, forgiveness, trust, self-sufficiency, and neutrality. Amity was formed by those who blamed war and fighting for human nature's faults.....As the faction that symbolizes happiness and freedom from human conflict, members generally  wear clothing that is bright and pleasant. Their attire consists of clothes that are red and yellow." (source)

I wanted to keep a care free and colorful aspect to my makeup, using the factions colors of red and yellow. When I read the first Divergent book, I imagined Amity kids as little barefooted fairies, with sweaty faces from running in the woods and flower crowns on top their messy hair.


Just like with Abnegation, I kept the skin clean by avoiding foundation and focusing on just concealing discoloration and spots.


I used coconut oil on my cheek bones, the bridge of my nose and cupids bow to give an extreme highlight to the skin. A little greasy for everyday wear, but really beautiful on the skin.

I kept the red and yellow color scheme on the eyes, and blended thoroughly to give a soft and airy effect. I felt like black mascara would be to stark, so I applied a white eyelash primer and packed on red loose pigment over top. It was a cheap and effective way of making my own colored mascara!


I finished everything off with extremely glossy lips. Soft, sweet and easy to maintain.

I really connect with the artistic side of Amity, and could see myself picking it as a faction. Although I think most of my family would probably say I'm a bit to combative to really fit in there ;)

Would you choose Amity?



Products used:

Face- 
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in "Fair"
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in "Light"

Essence 'All About Matte" powder
Essence Silky Touch blush in "Lifes a Cherry"
Elf Contour Bronzer
Coconut Oil (as highlight)
Eyesbrows-
Avon Glimmerstick in "Blonde"

Eyes-
Two Faced Shadow Insurance
NYX Jumbo eyeshadow pencil in "Milk"
NYX shadow in "Tropical"
NYX single shadow in "Yellow"
NYX Loose Pigment in "Dust"
NYX Loose Pigment in "Red"
NYX Wonder pencil in "Light"
Avon Lash Conditioner and Primer
Jordana Best Lash Extreme in "Black" (botton lashes)

Lips-
NYX lip pencil in "Nude Beige"
NYX Butter lipgloss in "Eclair"