Tip Of The Stick

How To Deal With Tangle-Prone Hair

Does your hair have uneven texture? Maybe it is straight on top and curly on the bottom? Do you get lots of tangles, even if you do your best to brush your hair often? Do your hair stay straight, soft and shiny for only one day after having used your beloved but unfortunately not so highly efficient hair iron?

Well, if it’s not your case, it is certainly mine. I have struggled with unruly hair for a very long time and, while I still dream of straight, soft and shiny strands, I have found a way to stop fighting against my texture. My secret? Sea Salt Hair Sprays!

Tigi Catwalk Session Series Salt Spray and Frederic Fekkai Summer Hair Beach Waves.

Sea salt hair sprays give my natural texture a punch. With them, it’s actually ok to be unable to run my fingers through my hair. It is ok for my hair to be unruly and do its own thing. Because it’s on purpose. Suddenly, my natural texture is transformed into Blake Lively’s really cool mane!

There are different ways to use those sprays: for those with straight hair, the best thing is probably to use them after washing your hair, when it’s still wet. For me, though, I find that the best is to use it on the second day, after having strategically straightened my hair the day before. It enables me to deal with the curls that are coming back on my bottom strands.

The two sprays on the picture work very well. My personal favorite remains the Tigi Catwalk Session Series Salt Spray, mainly because it smells so very good! According to the brand, it is a mix of salt and tobacco. Ok, I know, sounds strange. I really don’t like the way cigarette smells, and this is very different, don’t worry. In addition, the bottle is very big, so it is going to last you a long time!

You can buy it from a variety of websites, such as beautybay, lookfantastic or feelunique.


Beauty Misfit

Benefit Eye Bright

This week’s misfit.

The accused: Benefit Eye Bright is a very light pink  jumbo sized eye pencil which is supposed to brighten eyes and camouflage dark circles. It can be used on the waterline to reduce redness in eyes, as well as on dark circles and in the inner corner of eyes, to give an impression of a more awake look.

The accuser’s testimony: I bought this pencil on Amazon, not because I was looking for it, but only because I had gotten a bunch of other beauty products, and I was given a deal for this eye brightener. Oh, well, I guess I’m weak like that… So I didn’t have much expectation for this item, but I had wanted to find a light pencil to put on my waterline and make my eyes appear less red. Let me tell you, it’s a good thing that I didn’t dream of this item before buying it, because otherwise I would have been very disappointed!

First of all, when I use it on my waterline, the result isn’t natural at all! The pencil, even if I use the littlest amount, clogs up around my eyelashes, and so it is very obvious. It looks so fake that I can never use it. Then, when I try to use it on my dark circles, which are definitely there but not major either, the pencil is very far from my already very fair complexion, so I have two options: either I put very little and it doesn’t cover the darkness, or I use too much and it looks much too light and pink. So there is just no way to make it work. Finally, when I’ve used it in the inner corner of my eyes, it has sometimes gotten into my eyes, and it burnt my them. So I had to try to wash my eyes, and I had to redo my makeup all over again.

The verdict: Seriously, Benefit? Why such a bad product? Because of all its unkempt promises, I declare Benefit’s Eye Bright:

And so justice is done!

Wearable Orange Makeup

Remember when Pantone named Tangerine Tango the color of 2012? Everyone was going crazy about this color and some crazy makeup colors were released. Since then, I have been looking for tutorials and experimenting on my own to find wearable orange makeup looks. It took me a while to master it because, even though I really like this color on a fun bag or for a special manicure, orange can look really weird on a face… So, here are my top products and my top tips, followed by two eye makeup looks:

Orange makeup essentials.

1. Don’t mix orange with just any color: if you want to use orange on your eyes for instance, you will have to adjust your blush. I would suggest going for either a coral or a bronzed look. If you wish to go with coral, my top three blushes are Benefit ChaCha Tint (# 4), Clarins Blush Prodige in n°2 Soft Peach (# 1), and Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in n°2 Calypso Coral (# 2). Of course, you can use these blushes with bronzer for a tanned look.

2. The same goes with your lips. Try to stay in the same color palette, it will look more natural. Two great coral/orang lipsticks I have found are Maybelline Colorsensational Popsticks in n°060 Citrus Slide (# 5), and Dior Addict Lip Balm in n°003 (# 8). Of course, you can also use color that are more saturated on your lips, but if you choose to, stay natural on the eyes.

3. The eyes are the feature of my face where I decided to play up the orange color. Now, if you are afraid you’ll look totally weird with orange on your eyes, begin slowly. Two beautiful eye shadows you can use are Sephora shadow in n°78 sun-kissed (# 7) and Mac Paint Pot in Rubenesque (# 3). The Sephora shadow goes towards salmon-pink, whereas the Mac one is a metalic light orange.

4. And, finally, if you want to go all out with the orange, the German brand Make Up Factory  Eye Shadow in n°35 (# 6) is a richly pigmented medium orange. If you choose to go for it, remember to place it only in the outer corner of your eyes. If you apply it on your whole eyelid, the result will be too intense.

And, here are the two looks:

Using the Sephora eyeshadow.

Using Rubenesque as a base and Make Up Factory in the crease and outer corner.

One last tip: remember, it’s only makeup after all! It washes off easily, so have fun with it!

Have you tried incorporating the orange trend into your makeup routine?