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The 5 Best Beauty Tips For Camping OR How to Enjoy the Great Outdoors Without Resembling Sasquatch

May 15th, 2023

No, this isn’t a tutorial on how to use last night’s campfire ashes to create a smoky eye, although, that is a kind of genius idea. Instead we have a list of practical ways to be less of a greasy B.O. ball when you’re without running water in the middle of nowhere. 1) Sunscreen I mean, are you really surprised? Sunscreen is my number one, all the time, yes-every-single-day, beauty item. This doesn’t change when you’re out roughing it. In fact, it becomes even more paramount. You know what a hot mess looks like? Red, peeling skin in a distinctly sunglasses outline.... Read More

Quick Tip: Reviving Winter Hair

January 31st, 2023

I may or may not be quite bitter about the spat of snow we had lately. Snow. In the words of Cher Horowitz, it’s “a full on Monet.” Sure, from far away it’s beautiful, but up close and personal it’s a big ole mess. I’m not a fan of winter in general. Sure there are lots of “activities” and “fun” and “major heart warming holidays,” but I’d much rather read a book on a porch with a comfortably warm breeze idly ruffling by. In that scenario I imagine the wind flirting with the effortless waves of gorgeous hair I have flowing... Read More

Fat is Not A Feeling

August 1st, 2020

Admittedly, this post is a little dim the lights, don a beret, and go all out Sharpie with your lower lid liner, but sometimes when it rains all day every day fora week straight you tend toward a little drama. My perception of beauty has always been tied to weight. It’s not like I had a specific experience that made me think ohhh, skinny is pretty, not skinny is not… I just knew. It was as innate as green meaning go. Sure, somebody must’ve decided it at some point, but I never gave it much thought. I just absorbed it as an aspect of society. It pains me to look back at photos... Read More

5 Ways to Amp Up Your Beauty – Patriot Style

May 23rd, 2015

It’s Memorial Day Weekend! A sentinel marker of summer’s imminence! Cookouts, picnics, and the opening of pools everywhere! Buuuuuuut… the weather still sucks. If your outdoor fun and frivolity has been side lined due to Colorado’s insistent impersonation of the Pacific northwest, here are five ways to bring on the patriotism and brighten up the party, even if it is indoors. 1) Add a patriotic hair accessory. 2) Consider an Amer-I-Can DIY manicure. 3) Swap out the brown and black mascara for a patriotic navy blue (like this, this, or this)(is it weird that I think this... Read More

Night and Day, Can There Be One (Moisturizer)?

May 2nd, 2015

Now I lay me down to sleep, with lotion on my face that’s cheap. If I should die before I wake, I pray my skin won’t crack and flake. If should live a few days more, I’ll find a cream I don’t abhor.   Sephora, unto thee I pray, thou hast not led my face astray, help me find a good night cream, one that gives a youthful gleam, for the sun, and time, and dry air weather, has made my skin resemble leather.   Okay. So maybe not like, leather leather. I mean, I don’t see aged animal hide when I look in the mirror. But my skin certainly does have a… dehydrated... Read More

The Eye of the Beholder

April 25th, 2015

One of my biggest inspirations these days is Cassey Ho. She is a Pilates group fitness instructor turned self-made perky internet force to be reckoned with at 28 years old. And I think that’s awesome. She has helped my fit more comfortably into my pants, feel better about my whole self, and honestly, has encouraged me to pursue this writing thing as more than a wistful hobby. It’s not like I’ve met her. She has no idea she’s done this. But through the power of her videos, her message, and her brand, her encouragement sticks. I encourage you to watch this and share. She’s... Read More

Beautifying You With Science

April 18th, 2015

So… two things blew my mind this week and simultaneously confirmed that I live in a delicate balance of stupor and caffeination. Number one, this: UHM, WHAT!? THAT’S JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE. He posted this in January. The baby was born April 9th! HOW DID I NOT KNOW THIS? I once considered taking a job in Bozeman, Montana and WHAT IF I WAS HIS BABY’S PEDIATRICIAN!?!? Yes, of course this is relevant. Clearly there’s more beauty in the world now that a member of *NSYNC has procreated. The second mind blowing factoid is this, which also surfaced back in January, but I just found out... Read More

My Vision, My Makeup: Tips for Gals in Glasses

March 28th, 2015

So it only took 3 weeks, but we’ve finally arrived at the post I started out writing: make-up tips for the beautifully bespectacled. I tend to reserve my glasses for my lazy days. You know the ones. The days that invite a uniform of yoga pants and hoodies. Or not! That’s the beauty of lazy days, the ambivalence, the ease, the lack of caring how you’ve presented yourself to the world. Liberation. But not everyone feels similarly. Some people wear their spectacles and eschew contacts on the daily. And indeed some days I need to wear my glasses in situations where I want to be... Read More

Red Eye Remedy

March 21st, 2015

Most mornings I head to work with only sunscreen and reluctance on my face. I generally wear makeup when I’m feeling chunky, feeling sad, or have anything on the agenda that demands a little extra courage from me (meetings, presentations, the possibility that Peyton Manning might be roaming the hospital’s halls). I completely understand the idea of war paint and not just because of my half Native American-ness. Makeup is like a power suit for my face. It just makes me feel better, more confident. Except if I’m trying out a new look or style. Then I’m absurdly self-conscious... Read More

My Vision, My Makeup: The Solution?

March 14th, 2015

Alright, friends. The time has come. You can release the horses you’ve been holding, salvage teeth enamel from the bits you’ve been chomping, and abandon your seat’s edge to use the whole of it to sit, because yes. The makeup glasses were delivered. For those of you who were spared the suffocation that comes with seven days of bated breath, I’ll recap. Last week I discussed my very limited vision and how it hinders eye makeup application. If I want to eyeline or mass-scare (the act of applying mascara)(or I suppose scaring the masses) I have to have my contacts in. Without... Read More