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Today’s FBFF is all about hair care! Since getting my hair cut, I’ve unfortunately had to spend a slight bit of more time and effort with it. It’s worth the effort, definitely, but I can’t just brush it and go anymore. Probably a good thing.

1. How often do you get your hair cut? Not very often, actually. It’s not that I don’t enjoy getting my hair cut – on the contrary, I love the feeling of a new haircut. It’s just that a haircut is pretty expensive for me and I have to budget carefully in order to make sure that I can afford it. Now that I have a new job – especially since it’s one that basically requires me to be the face of the company – I’ll likely go in more often to get it cut or trimmed up.

2. Do you go to the same stylist each time, try someone new, go to the cheap hair cutting chains or live it up in a salon? I always, always, always go to my stylist. You know how people say that it’s near impossible to find the right stylist? I found mine back in college thanks to my wonderful college roommate. Even though we have different types of hair, my stylist somehow always understands my hair and knows what will flatter me most. Occasionally she does a little hand-holding as well, like with my last trip there to chop off my hair.


3. Do you color your hair? How often? What’s your natural color?  I definitely color my hair. Unless I’m adding highlights, I dye it myself – something my stylist taught me, actually. My natural color is a dull light brownish color, so I like to liven it up with reds and browns, although I’ve done black (big mistake) and many blonde highlights (good if I use warm blondes) as well. My favorite and standby color is half copper red, half medium brown – it brings out a beautiful chestnut color on me. Speaking of, I should probably get on that.

4. The one thing you always do to keep your hair looking great is: I try not to damage it too much. While I do color it every few months, I always use a super deep conditioner afterwards to help it repair. I also use very little styling product in my hair, and when I do use product, I try to use decent products such as Sebastian. I use brand name shampoo and conditioner that treats my hair well. Unfortunately, I now have to blow-dry my hair every day after the shower, but I don’t dry it completely. Overall, though, I think my trick is that I understand what type of hair I have (fine, but twice as much as most people) and treat it accordingly.

5. What hair trend do you love and wish you could rock? I absolutely adore wavy curls. Think Kristin Wiig’s hair in Bridesmaids – perfect. I love, love, love the way my hair looks with curls, but it takes a sizable chunk of time to style and my hair is so stick-straight that the curls don’t hold well. Occasionally, I’ll take the plunge, but usually I won’t bother unless it’s for a special occasion. I haven’t tried curling my hair since I chopped it. Must do that.

Took an hour, lasted three.

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Today was my first foray into the Paper Doll Project, hosted by the wonderful Suze. I was matched with Heather from Embracing your inner cupcake, and I must say, I love what she came up with!

Color block!

I’ve had these pink heels for well over a year, but I’ve only worn them once. I knew they would be good shoes to go out to a bar, but I rarely do that and I have even better black heels for that. Normally, ill-used items in my closet get donated, but I couldn’t give up on these shoes. I just needed to figure out a way to wear them. Therefore, I knew the perfect item to challenge Heather with.

Pretty buuut...

Heather came up with a great outfit! She knew that I tend to gravitate towards neutrals or basics, but have been trying to incorporate more color into my wardrobe, so she color blocked me.

The entire outfit was thrifted, so I’m not even going to bother trying to find pieces online. I still love you all! 🙂 Check out the outfit that I put together for Heather. She MADE that skirt! Talent!!

Boyfriend took the pictures. Then yelled at me for trying to delete pictures like this:

He gave me an axe and told me to improvise.

Boyfriend approved of the outfit, so I spared him.

Last week, I posted a challenge to myself to wear a bright color every day for a week. Right off the bat, I must apologize for not posting my outfits over the last three days – I caught a nasty cold and barely made it to work, much less accomplished anything productive. I promise you that I did wear bright colors each of those days, however – a fuchsia shirt on Sunday, this shirt in bright blue from Victoria’s Secret on Monday, and a bright blue business tank top from Old Navy on Tuesday. Here’s a wrap-up from the rest of the week:

Wednesday's kick-off splash of color

Thursday's green

Friday's bright red and blazer combo

And Saturday's post on the porch

Moral of the story? I need to update my closet with brighter clothes and accessories!

Do you ever wake up, stumble into your closet, and pick out the first thing that feels good enough for you? I do this almost every day. Because of this, and because I own a lot of black/blue/grey clothing, I end up wearing a lot of drab colors. One of my style goals this spring is to incorporate more colors into my wardrobe, so I’m giving myself (and anyone who wants to join me!) a challenge: Wear at least one brightly-colored item every day this week.

I’ll try to do an outfit post each day to document my splashes of color throughout the week. If you want to join me, let me know and I’ll link out to your blog so people can see your splashes of color as well. Who’s with me?

Today's splash of color - I apologize for the poor lighting!

What is a style goal of yours this spring?

This isn’t actually a call for help. I’m a Mary Kay consultant (technically – I buy once a year) and putting on makeup is what I am good at regarding my appearance. I’m planning on putting an order in, though (comment if you want to order and I’ll get in touch with you!), and I wanted to highlight a few bold, new choices I’m making.

1. Foundation – I always get the Medium Liquid Foundation in Ivory 104. I’m tried using the Mineral Powder Foundation, but I’ve found it doesn’t cover my rosiness very well and so I only use it after the shower or right after putting lotion on (my mom loves it, though, so don’t rely on only my experience). I prefer the liquid foundation because it provides better coverage for my skin tone. I apply with a foundation brush that I picked up for a few bucks at Target and clean with a Sephora spray once every few months because I’m lazy. I’ve had it for over a year and that method still works perfectly for me. My only qualm? My face is naturally very rosy and the foundation doesn’t do much to cover that up after an hour.

2. Eyes – Here’s where the fun starts for me. I have pretty eyes, so I love making them stand out. I’ve found a few color palettes that blend perfectly together – thank you, Mary Kay! Generally, I stick with browns and pinks, but I want to start experimenting with bolder color choices since I’m trying to bring more color into my look. Because of this, I’m thinking about adding the following eyeshadows to my collection: peacock clue, emerald, and silver satin. I’m also considering adding some cream eye colors to my makeup drawer. Right now I use a cheap black eye pencil, and it works just fine, although I may add more colors to the mix there as well with the MK Weekender collection or other pencils. I ALWAYS use mascara – it’s what really makes my eyes pop. I’ve tried a lot of different brands, but I still prefer Victoria’s Secret High-Definition Mascara over all others.

3. Lips – I always use Burt’s Bees chapstick (no petrolatum), but I usually also use a lipstick or a gloss as well. The problem is that my color also seems to wear off quickly, probably because I drink a lot of liquids and don’t reapply. I always go lighter pink colors because that’s what I know looks good with my skin tone, but I think this time I’m going to try going for a bolder lip color. In the upcoming order, I plan to get Berry Sparkle lip gloss, possibly Raspberry Ice liquid lip color, and a darker lipstick such as Apple Berry. Hopefully it looks good!

4. Cheeks – Again, since I have rosy skin, I tend to stick to lighter blushes. This isn’t something I plan to stray from – if anything, I’d pick up a peachy tone. The one thing I’ve learned about blushes is I’ve gone too light because I’ve been afraid of looking like a clown, but blushes rarely look as dark or bold as they look in the compact.

Do you have any makeup questions? What are your favorite makeup looks?

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