HAIR DRYING GLOVES ARE A THING

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If you know me, you know I love trying gimmicky things because sometimes you end up finding a diamond in the rough! Enter hair drying gloves. I got these out of curiosity and they ended up being a fast favorite. I don’t use them on my clients but I do use them at home. Often I go to put mousse, curl cream, leave-in or wave spray in my hair and end up with more dried onto my hands than my hair. Not only do these help with that, but they also helped me cut down on drying time. Here’s what I know for sure about these handy things…

There are a couple kinds on the market. For finer hair or anyone wanting to add some soft texture to their curls/waves I would recommend THESE GLOVES because they’re more like a towel which tends to build texture. But if your mane concern is to keep curls or waves calm, cool & collected, THESE GLOVES are your best bet because they are made of microfibers which we know helps with frizz.

By trial and error, I’ve discovered the best way to use hair drying gloves is to apply the product with your bare hands first, rinse your hands, then put the gloves on. Begin scrunching at the ends and work your way up into the root. These are so absorbent and remove surface moisture quickly. These would be particularly good for anyone wanting to cut back on their heat styling time. Think about it… if you get into the roots with these gloves and absorb a bit of the moisuture before blowdrying, you’ll definitely trim down the time you’ll spend pointing hot air at your hair and scalp, without having to wait for the hair to air-dry. And it’s 100000 times easier to get in there with “towel fingers” than an actual towel. Feel me??

Have you tried anything gimmicky or gadgety lately which ended up working well that you want to share? If so spill the deets in the comments below please!

EYE SHADOW SKILLS

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

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

So by now you’ve got mad eye shadow skills, right? But let’s take a second to get really technical and think about something that you never noticed you do or don’t do. If you’re doing a single wash of color all over the eye area, then of course apply the shadow using the same amount of pressure on the lid and crease. But if you’re highlighting the lid with a lighter shade and contouring the crease with a darker shade, you should use different pressures when you apply them. And different speeds. Here’s how to be happiest with the result:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. Using the laydown brush, apply medium pressure with the highlighting shade on the lid. You really want this to show up and you don’t have to worry about being precise, you just want to get the job done well.
  2. The crease on the other hand is a more technical application because it’s a darker shade (think about how much harder it is to apply red nail polish than a nude!) and you want to precisely place it in a rainbow shape along the crease. Therefore, using the crease brush, apply light pressure and go more slowly.
  3. Now start deepening the shade in layers by continuing with light pressure as you build.
  4. This is optional but I love opening up the eye with liner on top. (I used this longwear liner ($$) on Lacy).
  5. Finish with a couple coats of mascara. (I used this incredible mascara ($$) that I am so obsessed with and can’t stop using on everyone I can get my hands on!)

 

MULTITASK YOUR NAP

TUTORIAL BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

TUTORIAL BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

I mean. If you do this, you’re actually checking two things off your list, all while you work on your beauty sleep! The eye pads de-puff and the technical placement of the mask folds the lashes upward for a full-on curling effect. You MUST try it. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. Start with a clean and dry face. Moisturize as you normally would then place the eye pads under your eyes where you need the most hydration and de-puffing.
  2. Here’s the clever bit. Instead of plopping the pad over your eyes, or if there’s a strap on it, instead of pulling it downward from your forehead, do the reverse: open your eyes and place the middle of the mask at an angle so the bottom lashes are not in play then slide the mask upward as you place it so it bends and folds the upper lashes upward.
  3. Now let the weight of the mask curl your lashes upward and press the eye pads even further into your skin as you nap at home or on the plane. When you wake up, run to the mirror and check out how you not only look more rested, but how curled your lashes are!

DAILY RITUAL

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

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

If I had to pick one thing that you can do to fight aging, it would be to use an exfoliating toner twice a day. It literally changed the texture of my skin! You want to encourage and speed up cell turnover and an exfoliating toner will wipe way the dead skin cells without using a harsh scrub. All you have to be is diligent and patient and your skin will change. Then you have to be committed to do it twice a day, every day. But that’s a small amount of effort for a youthful glow! Here’s how:

FAVORITES:

STEPS:

  1. First wash your face as you normally would (either in the shower or in the sink, but please use a muslin cloth!).
  2. Pat the skin dry.
  3. Pour the toner on a cotton square and start wiping over the skin.
  4. Continue all over.
  5. Go back over the surface area a second time.

Disclaimer: As all of us have different skin types, please remember that skincare is not one size fits all. If you have extremely sensitive skin, do a patch test and a toner trial until you find one that works for you, if any at all. Talk to your dermatologist or doctor if you have any concerns. I have slightly sensitive, combination skin, with my chin being the moodiest area. So I started with a more sensitive formula toner, only once a day, with only one coat. Now I’ve moved up to a stronger formula and can easily do multiple coats twice a day.