KITCHEN BEAUTICIAN

POST + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

This method has been around for centuries! It’s a powerful Ayuveda technique that removes bacteria from your mouth, gums and teeth and whitens your teeth without using bleach. This is what happened to me this month: my sister told me I had to do it every morning because she read it helps with fertility (my hubby and I have been trying for three years, so I pretty much try anything now!). I did it every morning and after just a couple days noticed my teeth looked whiter but didn’t think much of it. Then two weeks later I went to the dentist for my biannual checkup and was ready to get a big lecture. My dentist was half way through the cleaning when he asked “you floss twice a day, right?” I said “I wish, I’ve been really bad about it lately and am lucky if I do it once a week.” He said my gums were so healthy, didn’t bleed at all and there was barely any tartar. He continued with his cleaning then said “you bleach your teeth, right?” To which I also told him no. He said my teeth were so white that when I walked in the room he thought I had gotten veneers! I finally told him I’ve been oil pulling. He had never heard of it but said my mouth, gums and teeth were extremely healthy and he was going to look into it. I was so excited that I actually got a good report card that I’ve been telling all of my friends and now my readers! I’ve since learned it can also clear up acne and your sinuses, prevent gingivitis and promotes heart health! Here’s your Oil Pulling 101: READ MORE…

KEEPING YOUR WAVES OVERNIGHT

photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

Okay, some of you may already be using a claw clip to put your hair up at night, but are you using them the best way? I’ve always, always, always slept with my freshly waved hair in a fun bun because it just keeps the curl so perfect. But recently I was traveling, I had just blown out and curled my hair and couldn’t find a ponytail holder to put it up. My friend had these mini claw clips with her and offered them to me. I used about 5 of them around the perimeter of a bun to secure my hair while I slept and I couldn’t believe how perfect my waves still were the next morning. Using just one to secure a bunch of hair has given me dents in the past, but the trick seems to be lots of little ones. Ive been trying it out for a couple weeks to make sure it wasn’t a happy accident and it’s still working perfectly. For those of you who take time and pride in curling your hair, or those of you who get blowouts, you’ll definitely want to use this.

  1. We started with “Day 1″ hair. Freshly blown out, waved up and brushed out. (This photo was taken in the evening.)
  2. Flip your head and gather all of your hair.
  3. Now gently start to twist and coil all of the hair into a bun of the very top of your head. You don’t want to twist it so tight that it pulls out or reforms the curls, but it shouldn’t be too loose either. A happy medium is good.
  4. Wrap the ends under the bun. Again, don’t wrap it overly-tight.
  5. Now take your mini claw clips and GENTLY place them around the perimeter of the bun. I truly think the trick is sliding them into the hair without force. I don’t grab a lot of hair with the clip because that’s when you start to get dents. You’re going to use 4-5 clips so no need to get it all secured with just one.
  6. In the morning the bun will be a little loose, which is totally fine. Remove the clips.
  7. Shake it all out.
  8. Add a little shine serum to your ends.
  9. Or massage in a little dry shampoo at the root if you need it.
  10. In this photo you’ll see it’s been brushed out using that favorite brush of mine!

That’s it! These clips are available pretty much everywhere– RiteAid, Walgreens, Duane Reed, 99 cent stores, Target, Walmart, everywhere! They usually come in packs of 4-10 and they’re pretty cheap. Good luck! Let us know if you try it or even if you already do this in the comments below!

THE UPTOWN LIP

POST + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

A nod to the Uptown Girl, this look is very put together and polished. It’s also a gorgeous break from the matte lip, which makes it fun and exciting! The ingredients aren’t what you might expect… let’s go:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. First, even everything out by applying the leftover foundation on your sponge from your face all over your lip area.
  2. Highlight just above the perimeter of the upper lip.
  3. Blend the highlight with your finger by tapping and lightly smearing it into the skin.
  4. Line the entire perimeter with the taupe pencil.
  5. Apply the plumping gloss all over with the wand.
  6. Dip your finger into the shimmer balm and stamp it in the center of your bottom lip to add even more volume.

Note: This is a really light nude lip so to keep it as chic as possible, add a hint of blush to the cheek so you don’t get washed out.

 

BRUSH BATH

The two most dreaded words of the season: spring cleaning. Naturally you’ll do the windows, you’ll deep clean your room, break out some lighter-weight bedding, but will you shampoo your hair brushes? I realized this post needed to happen when I was talking to my client the other day. She said she was having a very hard time getting the silky smooth blowout that she normally gets. I asked her if she had been doing anything different recently and she said she was using a volumizing mousse for a while but had stopped. I asked her if she had shampooed her brush between then and now and she just gave me this stumped look. I’m pretty sure she realized right then why it made sense. But I explained that you blowdry with product, it obviously transfers onto the brush. If you do that for a couple/few weeks you will have a build up of product that will transfer right back into wet hair when it’s dragged through. The product on the brush will also attract dust. Long-ish story short, she shampooed the brush and then we got a cute email titled “hooray” to let us know that it fully did the trick. Seems so obvious but when you can’t see the product just by looking down at the brush you really don’t think much about it. It’s not just mousses either– it’s leave-in conditioners, hairspray, thermal protectant, serums, pomades, etc. If you’re a product user, take the time every couple of weeks to shampoo your brushes like this…

  1. Looking at your brush doesn’t tell you much. Looks good enough, right?
  2. Look at it a little closer. On metal-core round brushes, you’ll often see product that’s been burned while sitting on the metal. Particles come off and get in your hair the next time you run it through your freshly shampooed strands.
  3. Before taking them for a dip, use the wide side of a comb to get the hair out.
  4. I specifically encourage you to use a clarifying shampoo. I like THIS ONE + THIS ONE. Don’t just use soap as that can leave behind even more residue.
  5. Fill the sink up about halfway with medium to hot water while adding your clarifying shampoo. Let them sit for about 5 minutes– enough to soften the hardened product particles.
  6. Using a basic scrubber (which I get from the 99 cent store) rub at the core of a metal round brush or at the padding of a flat brush. If you’re cleaning a natural bristle brush, massage it with your fingers under the water instead.Rinse them well with cold water. Make sure you’ve removed all the shampoo.
  7. Now either lay them out to dry or blowdry them on medium heat, which is what I like to do.
  8. See. No more nastiness! You’re sure to get a much better blowout when you have freshly cleaned brushes. This only takes a few minutes and makes all the difference in the world.