The Terrifying Fate of Curly Girls vs. Beachy Wave Tutorial

A while back, I found this lovely video on YouTube featuring Davines products. I actually do use and love their products.  They generally do a great job taming my naturally curly hair.  In fact, I have liter-sized bottles of Davines LOVE shampoo and conditioner, the OI hair oil, and even their LOVE curl crème.

Imagine, therefore, my joy at finding hair tutorials on their YouTube channel!

I merrily watched this one on how to create beachy waves:

The process seemed simple and straightforward.  It looked like an interesting technique, especially using a paddle brush to work product through hair.  To summarize:

  1. Start with blow-dried or towel dried hair.  I opted for towel-dried.
  2. Using a paddle brush, work the curl moisturizing mousse from roots to tip. I didn’t have their mousse; I used the BIOTERA Alcohol-Free Styling Mousse from Sally’s Beauty Supply.
  3. Brush hair back.  Flip over, brush roots straight up to maximize volume.  Okayyyy… this usually doesn’t go so well…
  4.  While inverted, apply their Sea Salt Spray using a swiping technique.  Here, I used the Captain Blankenship Mermaid Mane Sea Salt Hair Spray (sample from Birchbox a long time ago).
  5. Brush and gather hair on top of head; secure with elastic.  Easy peasy.
  6. Brush ponytail smooth, use standard LOOSE 3-strand braid.  I kept this VERY loose.  The strands barely crossed each other.  Gentlest braid I’ve ever done.
  7. Wrap into soft bun and secure with a couple of u-pins.  Okay, I don’t really have u-pins.  I used one Goody SpinPin.  Again, kept it very loose.
  8. Wait 10 minutes (depending on how damp your hair was).  I covered my hair with a microfiber TurbieTwist to protect it and slept with it that way. My hair takes FOREVER to dry. Next morning, it looked undisturbed.
  9. Remove u-pins, unwrap braid, let it down.  The video shows fluffing the hair, flipping it over and softly rubbing at the roots to soften the texture.  Bad idea, man, bad idea….
  10. Gather hair back into natural fall using hands as rakes.  Tweak hair part and finishing touches.  I’m supposed to what now?! My hair looks NOTHING like the tutorial at this point.  See photographic evidence below: a screenshot from the video, and my results…
Results from Done with Davines 4 YouTube tutorial.





Frosty VoxBox

This month (December 2014), I received a Frosty VoxBox full of goodies to review.  These products were provided free from Influenster, and I agree to review them online.  In this box, I got a bunch of stuff to review.

Product Reviews

  • No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum from Boots Beauty USA.  Claims to “be even more effective at reducing the appearance of fine lines for younger looking skin in just two weeks.” This is a foil packet that contains 3 mL of product.  I’m not sure how I’m going to make that last for 2 weeks without drying out or if there is enough of the product in the little foil pouch, but I will start using it.  Feb 2015 UPDATE: I used this until it dried out.  I couldn’t see much difference.  It did make my skin feel like I’d kind of rubbed glue on it–that sort of tight, filmy feeling.
  • Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover: “Gently removes all eye makeup, including long-lasting and waterproof makeup, with no oily residue.” Unlike some eye makeup removers, this one isn’t biphasic or oil-based.  My first impression was that it required more scrubbing than I like to get the mascara off and it left my skin feeling very dry and tight.  I didn’t like that feeling.  However, that mascara has been notoriously difficult to remove, so I will try with another mascara too.  Removing eyeliner and shadow, however, was a breeze.  Feb 2015 UPDATE: I have been using this more.  I read a tip that you should hold the remover-soaked cotton pad (or cotton ball, whatever you used) on your eyelid for 15 seconds to let it penetrate the makeup and saturate the area.  Works much better that way.
  • Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner: “Gives instant colour impact with its high intensity pigments.  The ultra-smooth and creamy formula glides on easily.” You got that right!  This eyeliner was unusual in that it required almost NO pressure to apply, so it didn’t drag.  It also didn’t smudge and it wore very well.  It’s quickly become the eyeliner I tend to grab first when I grab a black.  Very light application can actually get you a dark grey color that is soft rather than a harsh black line.  I’d buy more of these without a doubt!  Feb 2015 UPDATE: still gets occasional use when I remember to use eyeliner.  Definitely one of my more reliable ones.
  • NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum: “Get intense, amplified color and shine that lasts up to six hours!  Our moisturizing formula glides on easily for  a silky, smooth, velvety finish for all day wear.”  I like the color of this lipstick a LOT.  It does apply well and is highly pigmented, so I get great coverage with a single swipe.  What I did not get was six hours wear or moisturizing.  In regard to those claims, this lipstick was about average for me, but I have NEVER found a lipstick that actually lasts six hours.  I think I lick my lips a lot.  Feb 2015 UPDATE: Wear this a lot even though it’s not super moisturizing.  The lid has a very annoying tendency to come off.  Love the color.
  • Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Decaf Green Tea: Why decaf?  Why oh why would you send me decaf?!  I am the caffeine queen!  I’m not a tea drinker usually, but I do like green tea.  This one promises to be a nice holidayish treat.  Feb 2015 UPDATE: Tried this when my stomach was really upset.  Tasted WONDERFUL; not really like candy cane in my opinion but absolutely pepperminty.  Great cold weather warm up tea!
  • EcoTools Hair Brush: “EcoTools has the brush to tame any hair style with a variety of five brush head shapes and bristle designs specially crafted to suit every need.” The brush I received was a giant round brush that was hollow.  It looks like exactly the kind of tool that you use for a blowout.  I tried that.  My hair turned scary.  Feb 2015 UPDATE: Nope.  Hair still turns scary.
  • McCormick Gourmet Thyme: I DO love to cook!  It’s one of my favorite hobbies.  It’s probably my only creative outlet.  This thyme smells delightful.  I really just want the whole McCormick display case from the store for my home.  I swear I own half of it already… Feb 2015 UPDATE: I used this in a Mustard Chicken Stew Recipe from Epicurious.  It was very tasty, but it didn’t look like the picture and I was too embarrassed to take a picture: mine was, um, brown.
  • Fruit Vines Bites: I got the cherry flavor of these candies.  I have a problem with candy: it disappears really fast.  I have no self-control.  At least this was low-fat and preservative-free, and 150 calories per 10-piece serving.  They’re softer than other “vine-style” candies that are also red (you know the ones I mean) and chewy.  I found myself pulling the little trio of vines apart.   They’re artificially flavored, but the flavor is a pretty good intense cherry flavor.  However, they do have a somewhat plastic flavor that I find off-putting.  I don’t honestly think I’d buy these, but it didn’t stop me from gobbling up the bag…  Feb 2015 UPDATE: haven’t found these locally anywhere.  That’s probably a good thing.


I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Beauty Resolutions, Continued…

I’ve continued to do my hair and makeup. I’ve made progress in both arenas–
And, pursuant to my goals, I acquired makeup brushes. And more hairstyling products that may actually help.
Meanwhile, it’s a cold, wet, dreary day out. Usually, I love those days, and today isn’t much of an exception. I’m quite jealous that my parents are getting SNOW and I’m not.

I also picked up groceries for the week. I’ve been making a concerted effort to change my diet and exercise, and it’s paying off! Today I was wondering what on earth I would do for dinner. I opted to roast a chicken and some brussels sprouts (these are my LEAST favourite vegetables in the whole wide world, but I had some that I loved that were roasted, so I figured I would try it), and baking some potatoes. If it goes well I will post pics (AFTER THE JUMP)
Meanwhile, you may vicariously enjoy my shopping trip…

Roasted Chicken

Yummy Dinner


Virtual Makeover Day

This post is purely about vanity. I came across the best digital makeover site I’ve ever used, so I took a couple of hours (yikes) and generated a whole bunch of red-carpet makeover pictures.  These are hairstyle changes only, not makeup.  Yes, the face is mine, and is a current picture (as of today).  I always wondered what I would look like as a blonde. I can honestly say I don’t think it suits me at all, but it was worthwhile to satisfy my curiosity and play digital dress-up.  So there are three categories:

It’s a lot to go through!  I had fun.  Want to do the same? I used Real and, later, tried InStyle, which actually allowed me to specify my eye shape and stuff. Facial recognition software has come a long way.