posted on March 14, 2014 by
Hi everyone! I wanted to introduce the newest contributor to Girly Obsessions – Gwen Lewis. Gwen is a freelance writer who lives in Southern California. She has been in the beauty and fashion industry for quite some time and loves to write on the subject. In her free time she likes to stay active and has just taken on surfing.
I am obsessed with hair removal and if you’re anything like me, you long for fuzz-free, smooth and glowing skin. The problem with a lot of hair removal techniques is that they can often leave the skin irritated, red and swollen. This simply will not do! I’ve outlined some of my best tips when it comes to baring it all, from perfectly groomed brows to smooth legs!
I am obsessed with a clean-looking face, and am a big believer that perfectly groomed brows and a hairless top lip are the absolute foundations to looking as polished as possible. Think of your brows as a frame for your face. They can open up your eyes and create the youthful look we all obsess over.
If you have thick brows, waxing is an excellent, long-lasting solution. Stay away from waxing if you have thin, fine brows, they’ll do better with a more concise method of hair removal such as tweezing. Make sure your face is clean and bare of any oils before waxing, and if you are prone to redness, apply aloe vera or a soothing lotion afterwards. Run an ice-cube over the area you’ll be waxing for a few minutes before to numb the area.
When it comes to tweezing, a sharp pair of tweezers is key. For thick brows, opt for a slanted pair to grasp even the most stubborn hairs. For finer hair, a sharper pair with a pointed edge will help you snag the tiniest, lightest hairs. Use a magnifying mirror in a well-lit area to help you get every last stray hair! I am obsessed with Tweezerman tweezers. Not only do they carry a wide variety of tweezers to suit all types of hair, they also come with a warranty – so that you can send them back to be sharpened.
posted on February 18, 2014 by
A few weeks ago I posted a picture on Instagram of a hairbrush I spotted in Bloomies called the Tangle Teezer. I had never seen it before, but I’m a sucker for anything that’s brightly colored and packaged in a box with a Union Jack. Someone commented on my photo that it was a must-have, so of course, I had to have it. I’ve mentioned this before, but I have long, fine hair, and a lot of it. Even though I color it, it’s fairly healthy and shiny. But for some reason, maybe it’s the length or damage from coloring, it is super knotty. If I wear anything that comes up around my neck, I always get a huge knot underneath. Even my ponytails get knotty. If I go to sleep with it wet, forget it. It’s a tangled mess in the morning. So anything that promises to fix the rat’s nest, I’ll try. Especially when it’s only about $15.
So let’s break down the obsession.
The Promise: Detangled. Healthy. Shiny. These are the three stages to gorgeous looking hair and we have a hairbrush that helps you every step of the way. Yes, our patented teeth are used on all our hairbrushes, but it’s the functionality and creative design of each one that helps make up your complete hair care cycle. Tangle Teezer The Original professional detangling hairbrush is loved by hairdressers and used in professional hair salons. It’s a super smooth operator that works the minute hair is lathered and rinsed. Glides through wet, vulnerable and color treated hair with no pulling, tugging or yanking. Hair peace at last! The Tangle Teezer dramatically reduces hair breakage, splitting and damage, resulting in beautifully shiny hair.
posted on December 05, 2013 by
From makeup and lotion to perfume and at-home laser hair removal, the next page in the Holiday 2013 Girly Gift Guide is all about staying beautiful. Not that you NEED these things to be beautiful, although I’m pretty sure I do, especially the new Urban Decay Naked 3 eyeshadow palette… Check out the full guide below the collection, or by clicking here. Happy girly gifting!
1. GlamGlow YouthMud TingleExfoliate Treatment, 69. 2. Urban Decay Naked 3, 52. 3. Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X, 449. 4. Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood Train Case, 220. 5. Bare Minerals Jumbo Size Mineral Veil, 32. 6. Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Noir Eau De Parfum, 90. 7. PB Teen Light It Up Beauty Mirror, 119. 8. Molton Brown Pink Pepperpod Body Lotion, 42. 9. Ted Baker Cosmetics Case, 45. 10. Urban Decay Anti-Aging Eyeshadow Primer, 24. 11. Paper Source Hair Bun Kit, 6.95 12. Mason Pearson Hair Brush, 120.
posted on October 22, 2013 by
It’s been a while since I’ve shared an Obsession Collection. Although I guess you could make the argument that all collection posts I create (and all posts in general) are obsessions. Either way, I’ve been meaning to share this collection for a while. When you buy as much mascara and eye shadow as I do, you need something to take it off. And I don’t know about you, but if I’m being lazy and try to use my face wash to remove eye makeup, it never works, and just results in black streaks that end up all over my towels. I’ve tried a lot of eye makeup removers over the years, and all of these options have passed one major test – being able to remove Benefit’s They’re Real! mascara. So, let’s check out some of my faves – what are yours?
posted on September 17, 2013 by
Have you ladies seen the new Marc Jacobs Beauty line at Sephora? I’m obsessed with everything Marc Jacobs. The whimsical yet edgy clothes, the colorful accessories, the cheerful and fresh fragrances and the man himself. He’s seriously adorable. And now the makeup. Sigh. I really do not need any more makeup. Like I already have a lifetime supply. But I’m pretty sure I want everything in this new collection, sold exclusively at Sephora. Marc brings his daring, expressive and confident sense of style to the collection, which has it all – from foundation to nail polish and everything in between. But it’s also carefully curated. And unlike his fragrance packaging, which is playful, colorful and a bit over the top (yet still well-designed), the makeup packaging is sleek, monochromatic and minimalistic. A beautiful addition to any makeup bag, don’t ya think?
Marc was hands on with the entire process of creating Marc Jacobs Beauty and he even included a few products that are Boy Tested. Girl Approved. A mini-collection of his personal essentials: kissable lips, groomed brows and bright eyes. And his overall collection was inspired by things like music, his favorite tattoo (the word Shameless over his heart) and style icons like The Vamp and The Starlet. “I love makeup. I love that it transforms. It lets you be who you want to be, lets you said what you want to say. It gives you a voice, a vision, while having a good time.” Well said, Marc. Maybe I can use that quote to justify all my makeup purchases to my husband…
Here are a few faves from the collection (which is basically everything):
posted on September 06, 2013 by
I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but random Ashley fact: I used to be a chronic nail biter. I finally stopped biting my nails in 2007 when I had UV gel nails for a few months leading up to my wedding. Even though gel and acrylic nails can be damaging, they did help cure my nail-biting habit. For the most part. I still pick at them and once in a while if a nail breaks, I’ll start biting again. Unless I keep them polished. And since I seem to be incredibly hard on my nails (one reason I loved the gels and why I never spend money on a regular manicure), nail polish rarely lasts more than a day or two before it chips or peels. Unless I use the Sally Hansen Insta-Gel Strips, which last over a week, I find myself painting my nails almost every day. I guess I just traded nail-biting for nail polishing. (FYI, nail-biting is a way cheaper habit than polishing!)
Over the years I’ve tried a lot of products, so I finally put together a list of my DIY mani essentials (excluding the polish itself, since the options are basically limitless):
posted on July 11, 2013 by
Did you know there are some girls that never have to wear makeup? If you are one, I envy you. I normally cannot leave the house without at least foundation and mascara. I’m obsessed with makeup and I’m always looking for new products. I’m pretty conservative with what I use and I’m trying to expand my palette a little. But for now, here are the staples that I use every single day:
posted on June 24, 2013 by
You may have caught a glimpse of my polka dot nails on Instagram or Facebook a few weeks ago. Since a lot of people asked what they were or how I did them, I am back with a post. I could never create such perfect circles on my own (trust me, I’ve tried), so I used the Sally Hansen Salon Insta-Gel Strips in Spot On. And so you don’t make the same mistake as me… I bought a box of the strips but when I went to do my nails, I realized that I also needed the LED lamp. Oops. I was going to buy the lamp online since the one that comes in the Starter Kit is “mini” and only does one nail at a time, but I needed instant gratification, so I ran back out and picked up the kit. And I’m so glad I did because here is the result:
I was worried the polka dot design would be a bit too much once it was on every nail, but I actually loved the result. And it was so easy to achieve. The Starter Kit is available in three different colors and costs $29.99. Not a bad price since most LED lamps start at about $40. In addition to the mini LED lamp, the kit also includes 16 gel polish strips, a bottle of gel top coat, 2 nail cleanser pads, a cuticle stick and a nail file/buffer. Not a bad deal. FYI, a box of the gel nail strips includes everything except the lamp and costs $14.99. (Currently offered in 23 fun colors and patterns.)
posted on March 05, 2013 by
I’ve been meaning to write this post since Christmas – that’s how far behind I am!! I had never heard of the brand TokyoMilk before my friend gave me one of their Lip Elixirs as a gift, but now I’m totally obsessed. You know I’m a total lip gloss junkie and this one is definitely my new fave. If you’re unfamiliar with the brand, TokyoMilk is a line of fragrances (perfumes, body lotions and candles) created by renowned perfumer Margot Elena. She combines unexpected elements to create a daring, handcrafted, edgy and evocative sensory experience. The Lip Elixirs are part of the new TokyoMilk Dark Femme Fatale collection.
I tend to prefer lip balms that come in a tube rather than having to use your fingers, but I’m a sucker for pretty packaging. I love the black embossed tin with the pop of color. It feels handcrafted yet modern and feminine. The formula is very moisturizing and goes on smoothly with no sticky residue. And did I mention the flavors? So yum! They are like gourmet sweet treats for your lips!
posted on January 25, 2013 by
Happy Friday!! Friday’s are a good day for giveaways, don’t you think? If you saw my review of Urban Decay’s new Naked Skin Beauty Balm, you know that I am totally obsessed! So obsessed that I have to share the love with one of my readers, so I’m giving one away! You can enter the contest using the Rafflecopter widget below, or by clicking here. A winner will be drawn at random on February 2nd.
Thanks for entering and good luck!