Monday, May 27, 2013

China Glaze The Hunger Games Capitol Colours, Luxe and Lush, District 1

We love this polish as beauty addicts, not so much as a writers. Is it Lux and Lush, or Luxe and Lush? At first, we thought we had made errors - twice. Then, we discovered the discreptancy. The polish bottle says Luxe and the marketing material says Lux. So, if we make a typo, just know that we are confused. ;)

China Glaze, Luxe and Lush, Hunger Games Collection

Regardless, this is our new favorite nail polish and is, in our opinion, the very best one from the The Hunger Games Collection. We are applying it over everything! Luxe and Lush is great for nail art or perking up any color or design.

China Glaze Luxe and Lush over Harvest Moon, Hunger Games Collection
Here it is over Harvest Moon shown above, and over Hook and Line, shown below. Each are polishes from the China Glaze Hunger Games collection, Capitol Colours.

China Glaze Luxe and Lush over Hook and Line polishes from the Hunger Games collection.

We'll have more pictures from the Hunger Games China Glaze line coming soon.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Why Does My Hair Look Like David Cassidy's?

To rephrase the title, "Why is everyone cutting my hair to look like David Cassidy?"

It's stressful finding a new hair person; One that understands your hair texture and style. I was forced to try new Cosmetologists when I relocated. Time after time, I emphasized the need to avoid thinning shears on my thick, coarse, and curly hair. Every time, they used a different method, and I ended up with a wannabe men's shag. Weird, right? The 'thinner' sections would just frizz. Not pretty!

The term I kept hearing in the salon is 'disconnection.' That doesn't always look great with long layers. I just wanted to be able to style beachy waves, and have long blended bangs! Why was this so hard? This is what happened:

First, they twisted the back of my hair. I thought they were checking for split ends. By the time the scissors made their way to the sides of my hair, I realized she was making horizontal cuts to the twisted sections. No thinning shears, but it gave an uneven 'disconnection' which looked awful.

Another time, I paid $200 for a haircut. It looked great when I was sitting in the chair waiting for a blow dry. Then, he said, "Your haircut is just beginning," and asked me to flip my head over.  I had asked what came next, and thought he was doing a little bit of an undercut. He ran his hands through my hair, and quickly cut random chunks of hair! Again, I ended up with a mushroom shape near the shoulders with scraggly ends. WTH?

I was doing okay with my third stylist, who I actually liked personality-wise. Then, the fourth time I went in, the same thing happened. No thinning shears, but she made random cuts to obtain disconnection. I also ended up with blunted, non-blended bangs. This is when it occurred to me that I looked like a long haired David Cassidy. You have no idea how much style time and product it took to make that hairdo look decent.

I was fortunate to find a referral to a stylist that I love. I drive an hour and a half each way to see her, and it's worth it! (I later found out she trained in Paris and Milan before coming to the US. She is fabulous.)

Moral of the story: A good hairstylist is worth every penny. Loyalty breeds amazing style!

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