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November 21, 2013

beauty secrets | the evolution of a pixie cut

I’ve been rockin’ the pixie cut for almost six months now, and as I look back at my outfit posts featuring the pixie cut, I see some highs and lows and definitely know a little more about which pixie chop is best for me.

Though I must admit that I proceeded with caution with the pixie cut (Not too short! Give me some fringe around the face to play with! I need to be able to tuck something behind my ears!), I’ve learned that with a pixie cut, you have to go short to get the best look.

You aren’t really supposed to be able to tuck anything behind your ears with a pixie! That’s what a bob is for.

long pixie cuts

The look on the left (from June 10) was the first outfit post I did post-pixie. I’m kind of floored that this cut on the left is the same as this cut — you always look better straight out of the stylist’s chair!

The look on the right (from June 24) haunts me. There’s just way too much hair on the sides and a bit of poofery happening. I’m feeling borderline helmet here. We live and learn, yes?

Pixie Cut Lessons Learned:

  • Go easy on styling product, especially with fine hair. Look for low-hold, low-shine pomades or waxes, and apply a pea-sized amount to your hands and fingers.
  • Invest in a good small/medium metal round brush to use during blow-drying. This is key for volume at the crown and for shaping fringe up front.
  • You have to get your hair cut shorter in the beginning. Remember, it grows out, and even if you are going every four weeks, you will acquire some shag, especially around the ears.
  • Keeping with the point above, forget the hair around the ears! Cut it short. You will look more mushroom / crazy short bob than pixie if you keep it long.

medium length pixie cuts

As you can see from both pictures above, I’m still holding on to the side-swept bangs and glorified pixie-bob.

While I love softness in this look (particularly in the picture on the right), it’s still too long to call it a proper pixie.

What’s great to see, though, is how my shorter pixie may grow out. I’ve heard that phase gets very awkward and frustrating!

The look on the left is from July 8 and the look on the right is from July 17. This is the same haircut just aged by a week!

Pixie Cut Lessons Learned:

  • When you have a pixie-bob, play with it a bit more! Use a flat iron or curling iron to add waves, and dress up the long locks with pins.
  • With longer hairs like this — and a bold attitude — consider a fun side shave. I haven’t been able to commit to this, as I feel a little too girly to pull it off, but I admire the badass look of a side shave + long hair.

medium length pixie cut

Aw, a trim! The look on the left could be perfected with shorter hair around the ears (are we seeing a theme here), but the poofery isn’t quite there so this cut was very fun while it lasted.

The look on the right was my attempt at swooping my bangs off my face in some sort of hip fashion. My fringe was too long to spike, but with the right amount of hairspray, anything can be swooped!

The look on the left is from July 22 and the look on the right is from July 29.

Pixie Cut Lessons Learned

  • Know what shape you want your bangs / fringe to be. If you will be spiking your pixie most days, opt for shorter bangs that require less product. If you prefer to wear your bang down and soft, don’t let your stylist cut them too short or risk them not sweeping to the side the way you like.
  • Experiment with styles! So what if your hair is too long to spike? Maybe you can make a fun swoopy thing that you think is cute. Hair is all about fun and creativity; in the end, it’s just hair.

medium length pixie cuts

Here’s a basic before and after of a look from September 23 and a look from September 27.

If you can’t tell, I fancy the side-swept bang and finally went in for the shorter side hair — can you see the difference it makes in thinning out the hair around the ears? It seems to make my face appear thinner, too.

Pixie Cut Lessons Learned:

  • Take pictures as you cycle through the weeks post-pixie! You can better see how your hair grows and edit your style from there.

medium length pixie cut

These two looks, from October 4 and October 11, were taken the same weekend as the post from September 27 above!

I must say that this has been my favorite cut in my pixie cut journey thus far. The bangs are soft and feminine and the perfect length; they can spike somewhat easily (hairspray becomes a good friend).

Pixie Cut Lessons Learned:

  • When you love your pixie cut, take a lot of photos!

long and very short pixie cuts

Here we go again with this swoopy hair thingy (left, from October 15). I’m going to retire that look; seeing it now, I see that it’s kind of a silly style with the longer hair, but hey, that’s hair styling for you!

The style on the right is new as of last Saturday and the debut of the style on the blog was November 18. I’m still figuring out how to style this ultra-short, buzzed-and-razored pixie.

I have extremely short, spiky layer on top that make it easier for me to — you guessed it — spike my hair.I may or may not have had a few meltdowns post-cut because I was overwhelmed by how short it was, but I’ve had some very good hair days with this style, too.

This tutorial has helped me figure out how to get the spike I wanted without sacrificing the softness in the front. I hope to get photos of that style on the blog soon!

Pixie Cut Lessons Learned:

  • Get rid of the swoopy thing when you’re in need of a cut. It will only accentuate the long ear hair that is growing straight out (thanks, fine, straight locks!)
  • Don’t be afraid to go ultra short! I didn’t communicate with my stylist that I just wanted to replicate my previous cut, but I’m glad she cut me this short — it’s made me figure out how to spike without losing some girlish edge, and I know that as this cut grows out, it may be the perfect length every week (as long as those damn ear hairs don’t poof out).

That’s it, folks! If you’re interested in learning more about what products I use to style my pixie, stay tuned for an updated post to come.

For now, you can reference this post on the best pixie styling products I used during the beginning of my pixie haircut journey!

November 11, 2013

beauty scoop | acure organics 100% certified organic argan oil

Ahhh, argan oil.

This “liquid gold” oil is most people’s gateway oil. Argan oil captured the market’s attention more than five years ago and is still selling strong — but this popularity spawns opportunities for greenwashing and knockoffs.

That’s where certification and a trustworthy brand makes all the difference.

acure organics argan oil

{Acure Organics sent me a sample of its 100% Certified Organic Argan Oil for review. It retails for $14.99 for a 1-fluid ounce glass dropper bottle.}

Enter Acure Organics. Acure’s 100% Certified Organic Argan Oil has been holding strong on my favorites page since I created it (and I’ll be updating it soon), and for good reason.

Acure Organics’ 100% Certified Organic Argan Oil is USDA-certified organic, extremely accessible at most health food stores and won’t break the bank at $14.99.

It’s got that beautiful, sweet-yet-nutty smell that only pure, unadulterated argan oil delivers and a striking golden color that looks great on the vanity.

This is the oil that I constantly recommend to new-to-naturals friends and coworkers because it’s so approachable and it’s the real deal; that USDA Organic certification gets “light green” people’s attention as they make the switch to cleaner products.

acure organics argan oil

The high amount of vitamin E and essential fatty acids in argan oil works wonders on restoring hydration from head to toe.

I love Acure Organics’ 100% Certified Organic Argan Oil as a hair/scalp treatment, a nail/cuticle soother, an oil cleanser, an overnight facial hydration treatment and an all-over body moisturizer.

Most pure argan oils are going to work just fine in all of these ways, but what makes me come back to Acure’s 100% Certified Organic Argan Oil is the pricepoint.

I don’t feel stingy bad about slathering it on head to toe because I know it’s something I can easily restock as a staple item.

(Besides, you really don’t need to be heavy-handed with argan oil because it’s so thick — start small and work your way up if you feel you need more!)

No matter how popular argan oil may get thanks to an over-saturated market of companies trying to cash in on its appeal, only a few companies will continue to stand out as trusted argan oil suppliers.

Those companies will continue to hold USDA organic certification, buy from small women’s cooperatives in Morocco and ensure sustainable harvesting of the Argan tree.

Acure Organics is definitely one of those companies.

What argan oils do you use? Have you tried anything from Acure Organics? Tell me in the comments section!


November 4, 2013

beauty scoop | wen by chaz dean fall apple spice treatment oil

All right, everyone, October’s over. Clear out your pumpkin ‘ish and find a new fruit to obsess over.

May I suggest apples?

OK, you know I love pumpkin and am fine with them all fall long. But if you’re ready to move on to a new fall scent, Wen by Chaz Dean has a new collection of Fall Apple Spice that you may go gaga for.

wen by chaz dean fall apple spice treatment oil

{Wen sent me a sample of its Wen by Chaz Dean Fall Apple Spice Treatment Oil to review. It retails for $20 for one ounce or $45 for a 4-ounce dropper bottle.}

The Wen by Chaz Dean Fall Apple Spice Treatment Oil is a fragrant blend of warming oils — think clove, cinnamon and ginger — and the scent lingers all day, making this treatment oil (which can be used as a hair oil or body oil — I used it as a body oil) double as a perfume.

Take a look at what’s inside Wen by Chaz Dean Fall Apple Spice Treatment Oil:

jojoba seed oil, sesame seed oil, abyssinian seed oil, coco-caprylate/caprate, organic argan oil, apple spice fragrance blend, apple fruit extract, vanilla bean fruit extract, clove leaf oil, cinnamon oil, ginger root oil, orange oil, tocopherol

The only questionable ingredient here is the “apple spice fragrance blend,” which is a proprietary, synthetic blend (I asked the company to verify). I’m guessing this is what keeps the scent around all day! It does make me a nervous, as this is the ever-popular “fragrance” that could mean anything … le sigh.

If you’re easily disturbed by deep scents, this may not be the body oil for you. Like I said, it lasts all day — by 4 p.m. on a typical workday, the scent is going strong!

I like the scent, but have realized I need to go easy on it when slapping it on as a body oil (I usually slather body oil all over my legs, chest and arms). It can be a bit overwhelming. It’s definitely not one I reach for on a daily basis. I need to be in a mood for this.

That said, this is not on my repurchase list.

If apple spice appeals to you, order your share by November 30! This limited edition scent will be gone after that.

Have you tried anything from Wen by Chaz Dean? What fragrances are your favorite for fall/winter? Tell me in the comments section!


October 17, 2013

beauty scoop | skin and bones luxurious moisturizer

One of my favorite things about the changing seasons is switching up my scents.

Though I have favorites that I’m drawn to regardless, some scents just work well with certain seasons and moods.

One special scent that I think works particularly well in crisp, fall weather is Skin and Bones’ signature scent, a mix of ylang ylang, rosewood, lemon, grapefruit, cedarwood, sandalwood, jasmine, myrrh and frankincense essential oils.

One of the best ways to enjoy this powerful scent is in the Skin and Bones Luxurious Moisturizer, a multipurpose hair, face and body oil.

(And of course you can make it last longer by layering it over the Luxurious Cleanser.)

skin and bones luxurious moisturizer

{Skin and Bones sent me a sample of its luxurious moisturizer, a multipurpose hair, face and body oil. It retails for $76 for a 100 ml bottle.}

I can’t tell you how sexy, earthy yet fresh this scent is; as I sit here typing, wearing a bit of Skin and Bones’ salve on my hands (review on that soon), I can’t keep from stopping and sniffing my hands.

It’s that intoxicating.

Skin and Bones’ Luxurious Moisturizer feels dark, sexy and maybe a bit dangerous (in a good way!). How could something with such (seemingly) simple ingredients get me?

Let’s take a look:

Jojoba oil, ylang ylang, rosewood, lemon, grapefruit, cedarwood, sandalwood, jasmine, myrrh and frankincense essential oils.

I’m taking a wild guess that it has something to do with the combination of jasmine, frankincense and myrrh mixed with the woods (which aren’t my favorite on their own) and the citruses, which brighten everything up just a bit.

Now, I will say that at $76 for a 100 ml bottle, Skin and Bones Luxurious Moisturizer is expensive — especially given it’s just a base of good ol’ jojoba oil.

But, it’s packaged in beautiful, protective Miron glass, and I can tell you that of all the body oils and various scents I’ve experienced, I’ve never smelled something that smells like Skin and Bones.

I’m buying this again once it runs out (and when it’s empty, I’m ordering both this AND the Luxurious Cleanser — they are a beautiful duo).

It’s truly multipurpose; I’ve used it on my face at night, all over my body after a morning shower and in my hair.

I love it the most as a body oil, though, because of the gorgeous scent. I don’t wear a ton of perfume anymore (and am still discovering my favorite naturals), but Skin and Bones Luxurious Moisturizer keeps me soft and smell-good!

For the face, while it feels lovely and smells great, the scent can be overpowering — you’ll just have to see how you like it!

Have you tried anything from Skin and Bones? What scents are you drawn to? Do you rotate scents for different seasons? Tell me in the comments section!


September 20, 2013

beauty scoop | the organic pharmacy virgin cold pressed rose hip seed serum

For most people, a bouquet of roses is the ultimate symbol of love.

I’m not most people.

My favorite flower is the tulip, and while I do like the scent of roses, most rose-scented products just don’t do it for me.

Virgin, cold-pressed rose hip seed oil is a different thing, though.

the organic pharmacy virgin cold pressed rose hip seed serum

{The Organic Pharmacy sent me a small sample of its Virgin Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Serum to test. A full size costs $49 for a 30ml glass dropper bottle. Photo Courtesy The Organic Pharmacy}

I’ve been in a deep love affair with The Organic Pharmacy’s Virgin Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Serum for the past four weeks (see my cute little sample?) and couldn’t think higher of this oil chock-full of essential fatty acids, betacarotene, lycopene and other good stuff known for healing scarring, acne spots and sun damage.

Besides these benefits, The Organic Pharmacy’s Virgin Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Serum delivers a light layer of moisture thanks to its dry finish yet thick consistency; I got away with just two very modest drops of oil to cover my face and neck. Sometimes, post-makeup application, I’d dab just a bit more on my cheeks for a dewy finish.

Here’s what’s inside of The Organic Pharmacy’s Virgin Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Serum:

Neroli, Rose Hip Oil, Vitamin E, Frankincense

Just four simple ingredients complete this beautiful oil. The addition of neroli and frankincense keep this face oil’s scent from being too floral; it’s quite clean, with my nose detecting a little more neroli than frankincense (you guys know how much I heart frankincense!).

I think with continued use, this face oil could prove promising at fading my acne scars and keeping my skin soft.

It’s also amazing for your hair and scalp, though I only tried that a few times because I wanted to save my precious oil for my mug (priorities, people). I love a good multipurpose product that’s not too smelly and that has simple ingredients!

Have you tried anything from The Organic Pharmacy? What are your thoughts on rose hip seed oil? Is there anything better for fading acne scars or sun spots? Do tell (in the comments section, as usual)!


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