Posts Tagged ‘Beauty’

The Sleep Bun…( Plus Why Alligator Clips Are Everything )

The Skinny Confidential talks home.

The Skinny Confidential talks hair.
Well, well, well…look what we have here…

A full post dedicated to uh, clips?

Yesssss.

That’s right, alligator clips.

Like, you know, for your hair.

But mostly…for your sleep bun.

Say what?

First and foremost before I share, can I ask a serious question? You know those types of girls who don’t want to share their realllll, realllll secrets. Like, they’ll tell you their rocking body is natural & that they totally chow down on In & Out everyday…when they actually eat meticulously portioned salads, run ten miles daily, & completely avoid sugar like it’s poison.

Or if questioned, they won’t tell you the name of the lipstick color they’re wearing? Or what about this one:

Me: “OMG!” I love your shirt it’s so cute!! Where’d you find it?

Liar Girl: “oh, uh, err, this old thing ( note: it’s visibility new, not an ‘old thing’ at all )? Uh, it was a gift from a friend a long time ago. I don’t know where she found it.”

AWKWARD SILENCE…because she knows exactly where the top is from.

Me: well, gee it’s super cute!

Because really? Stop being a bitch & be honest about your damn shirt. I mean, it’s a shirt. Get over it.

On that note, I’m going to be dead honest & tell you guys one of my personal best kept secrets: THE SLEEP BUN.

Maybe you know all about ‘TSB’ already…but if ya don’t, read on:

A sleep bun changes the hair game.

Seriously though, if I didn’t wear my nightly sleep bun, my hair sucks. The sleep bun’s a top knot bun that you wear on top of the head with a big-ass alligator clip. It has to be at the very, very top of the head, like so:

The Skinny Confidential talks hair.

The Skinny Confidential talks hair.

Let’s get real too: I have a guilty pleasure & it’s called The Dry Bar.

(( Side: Drybar is not affiliated with TSC in anyway, I genuinely/sincerely love Drybar )).

So basically my idea of heaven: Drybar with wifi, champagne, & my computer. Sometimes I joke it’s my other office. Honestly though, it makes total sense: I’m totally Multitasking Barbie at Drybar. My hair washed gets washed ( for the week— you guys know I’m not a big ‘hair-washer’— I honestly wash it once a week ), curled ( for my sleep bun ), and I finish up at least an hour & half of work.

So I mean………

Heaven.

Pre-sleep bun, I go to Drybar & get super curly, overly curled locks ( in my opinion, way too curly, bridal locks aren’t my fav ) or I’ll wash & over-curl my hair myself. This typically happens on a Thursday because I want my hair sex kitten-esque for Friday. Example of overly curled, Shirley Temple pre-sleep bun hair:

The Skinny Confidential talks hair.

When I get home, I leave my hair down attempting to avoid mirrors at all costs. Sorry I’m not sorry that I’m not a fan of overly curled hair. I’m just not. Then around 11 pm, I grab MY BEST FRIEND IN THE WHOLE WORLD AKA my cute little, yellow alligator clip & shake my head downward towards the ground ( remember that George Washington game you’d play in the pool back in the day? Where you took your hair over your head & rolled it like old George’s powered wig? Whelp, that’s the motion you want to make… ). Whip your hair downward and grab your cute alligator clip. Twist the sleep bun on the top of your head & add your clip while your hair is spilling towards the ground ( make sure every inch of hair is secured ). Result: you should have a super high top knot on the very top of your head.

AND thennnnn go to bed. ZZZZzzzzzz. Wake up & remove the clip ( honestly I could not live without these yellow alligator clips…they’re all over my house/car/purse– you’ll even find them clipped to my clothes throughout the day ). Then shake your hair out slightly & add a dime size amount of this oil to ONLY *I repeat only* the bottom of the hair. I also add a spray of hair spray ( only one or two, this isn’t 1950, you want your hair to actually have some movement ) & one spray of hair sunscreen ( yes, that’s right, hair sunscreen ). Then I brush only the top of my hair ( think to your ears ) with The Wet Brush ( if you don’t have The Wet Brush…you’re missing out!! ).

Ok so what does the sleep bun actually do? Well this of course:

The Skinny Confidential talks hair.

It softens.

Softens the feel.

Softens the hair.

Softens the look.

The sleep bun creates that hippie, effortless, not too overdone look.

I put in the sleep bun every night until the next hair wash because it keeps those soft curls for dayyyys & dayyyysss. To maintain the hair for 3 to 5 days, use dry shampoo on your luscious locks. Just don’t forget to use your cute alligator:

The Skinny Confidential talks hair.

Hope I didn’t bore you guys about buns & clips too much ; ). I just want to actually share my secrets, instead of hide them, LOL…k, now your turn: what’s your best kept beauty secret?

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xo, The Sleep Bun Gangster

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An Ice Cube Facial: Seriously A Bomb-Ass Beauty Tippity Tip

The Skinny Confidential talks ways to fight puffiness.
Ok so, this might be my favorite secret model tip in the whole world: dunking your face in a bowl of ice water.

Back up though…I just finished reading I Didn’t Come Here To Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain by Courtney Robertson— she’s a top model & was on The Bachelor, Ben’s season. Honestly I’m not a Bachelor/ette fan. I’ve never got in to the show. No offense to anyone who likes it ( because I know there’s a lotta die hard Bach lovers ) but it’s so cheese. Like, the girls are so damn dramatic…& bitchy/PMS-y. If I hear the phrase “the most dramatic season yet in Bachelor history” again, I might lose my mind.

BUT.

There are a lot of the girls that have been on the show, who are really rad. Remember this post on Michelle Money? She’s hilarious. I also love Emily Maynard ( doll ). Anddddd Courtney Robertson always stood out because of her feisty, no BS personality. Tenley is so cool too & one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met.

Ok, so we’re getting off track.

Point: I was reading Courtney’s juicy book & she reminded me a modeling tip that I used to do all the time but kinda forgot about— dunking my face in ice water.

Huh?

Ya. That’s right: ice.cold.water.in.the.morning.

I swear it works magic. Serious, serious magic. Plus it’s free.

Here’s what you do:

The Skinny Confidential talks ways to fight puffiness.
So instead of trying fancy-ass creams or complaining of puffy eyes, try this tip ( duration: 10-30 seconds, 3 times in the AM works best ). Models do this ALL the time before shoots because it de-puffs the eyes, eases redness, tightens the skin, fights wrinkles, & keeps them looking so fresh and so clean, clean. More here.

Also, anyone a Real Housewives fan? Whelp, the oh-so-fab-I-love-twenty-five-year-old-boys-cougar-minx, Sonia Morgan talks about this trick all the time. She says she HAS to do it every morning or she doesn’t look as fresh.

I have to agree. ESP if you’re hungover. Ice x water x your face= hangover cure for the face. The before & after is mind-blowing. After trying this, you literally wouldn’t want to leave the house before soaking your face in ice water.

Trust meeeee, you’ll be feeling bright eyed & bushy tailed immediately. Don’t have time to do this? Rub an ice cube all over your face while you’re brushing your teeth.

P.S. Lauren Conrad swears by “ice cube facials” too.

What’s your best kept beauty tip? I shared mine…your turn! x lde

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FML: 4th of July Weekend Salezy Sales…Too Good To Pass Up

The Skinny Confidential shares sales.

Holidays= tons of online sales. And basically sales mean I’m screwed.

It typically goes a little something like this: I’ll innocently click a measly little sale link via Facebook…& 45 minutes later, be completely sucked into all of the killer deals, steals, & mark downed items.

FML.

So anyway right now online stores are having some of the best 4th of July weekend sales ( like, seriously though— they’re too good ), so naturally I had to share my favs.

Side: remember my patio post? Well all my patio pieces ( white table, gold tray table, & outdoor rug ) are on sale for 25% off!

I know, I know you’re probably all secretly cursing me for this info…

The Skinny Confidential talks sales.
Anthropologie // Extra 20% OFF sale items // DATE: July 4 - 7 // CODE: BUZZ20

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♡ Lulu and Georgia // 25% off // DATE: July 4 – 6 // CODE: USA25

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♡ Missguided // 10% off all orders // DATE: July 4 – 7 // CODE: 4JULY10

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♡ Nasty Gal // Get 80% off select items

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♡ Urban Outfitters // Online women’s, men’s, apartment and beauty items are up to 70% off with new items being added to the sale throughout the week! // DATE: July 4 – 6

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x. TSC

++ EXACT FLAG SWEATER CAN BE FOUND HERE : ).

“22 Jumpstreet” Star Amber Stevens Talks Fitness, Diet, & Channing Tatum’s Dance Moves

The Skinny Confidential talks with Amber Stevens. The Skinny Confidential talks with Amber Stevens.

Meow.

We’re all on the same page when I say Channing Tatum is pretty sexxxxy, right?!

So when I got the opportunity to interview co-star, Amber Stevens ( << who’s so beautiful it should be a crime!! ), I was SOOOOoooo excited. Amber is the upcoming female lead in “22 Jump Street” & pretty much a shining examples of healthy living.

This babe takes amazing care of her skin, has great makeup tips to attain that dewy look, AND she’s a talented actress. I’m also loving her philosophy on working out.

So check Amber out & don’t forget to see her movie which is in theaters now!! xx.

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SOOOO…Michelle Money Shaves Her Face & I’m Kinda Intrigued

The Skinny Confidential talks shaving your face.

The Skinny Confidential talks shaving your face.

Guys. I took one for the team.

Like, big time took one for the team.

Team= you guys.

I shaved my face.

But wait, wait, wait, before you judge— I got the idea from hottie Michelle Money.

Ya. That’s right. The babetown bombshell shaves.her.face.

Like a guy.

But not really, actually like a guy because she’s a women.

Here’s the deal: her YouTube description say shaving your face as a women is “rumored to be an insider trick of bombshells like Marilyn Monroe and Betty Paige, shaving your face is the perfect way to remove unwanted ( unladylike ) facial hair, giving a thorough exfoliation and creating a smooth canvas to apply foundation and the rest of your makeup to.”

Hmmm. I’m going to just go ahead & say I’m not the only one who’s intrigued.

Basically let me set it up for ya: I’m sitting in bed on a Friday night like a total loner, watching beauty YouTube videos drinking wine. Totally standard. Anyway, up pops Michelle Money’s beauty series. & I’m all, “hmm, ok, she’s hot, let’s see what she has to say.” So I flick on her channel & cuddle into bed.

& then I see it.

The life-changing video title: “OMG Michelle Money Shaves Her Face.”

So naturally, immediately I turn on the video, nearly spitting my Pinot Noir all over my white bedding.

I mean….HER TIPS though.

This particular tip was such a ‘Skinny Confidential tip’ that I couldn’t NOT, not share with you guys.

So basically I spent the rest of my raging Friday night ordering pastel colored Tinkles ( ya tinkle, like a five year old peeing kinda tinkle ) off Amazon.

The Skinny Confidential talks shaving your face.

Now it’s a few days later & here we are: I shaved my face Monday & it’s probably the coolest thing since landing on the moon.

I feel like it’s not actually shaving, shaving. It’s more of an eyebrow razor kind of shave. It’s not invasive at all & super simple.

And let’s get real, I hate to be the bearer of bad news but I’m going to play for ‘Team Everyone’ for a sec: no one in the whole world wants to see hair all one your face. It’s not cute. Probably won’t ever be cute.

And the worst thing ever? If you’re in the sun with your boy toy & your lip is hairier than his. So.so.not.hot.

Get your facial hair in check. This is a easy, inexpensive ( they’re $3.75 for 3 razors ) way to keep those facial strays under control. Plus it makes makeup application go on super smooth & perf. Oh, & it’s the best exfoliate ever ( BTW: Michelle says do this once a week ).

Now to answer the main burning question: does it grow back thicker? ( Because who needs thicker facial hair? LOLZ. ).

No.

At least, not according to Michelle Money.

Watch the video below & thank me ( & MM ) later.

Have fun with your Tinkles! I know I did ; ). x L

The Skinny Confidential talks shaving your face.

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