Fashion & Beauty Queries: Vol. IV, No. Ten
Mar 21, 2017
Have you heard of this microblading trend for eyebrows? I discovered it on Instagram and spent all yesterday down a rabbit hole of amazing looking eyebrows. Do you know anyone who has had this done? I am now obsessed, but don’t want to make a potentially bad decision for all the world to see on my face for 1-3 years.
Thanks for the advice, ME
For those who haven’t heard of microblading, it’s facial tattooing that shapes and defines the eyebrow. Unlike other tattoos, it lasts only for a couple of years. I know one person who does it, and she swears by it. She even flies from her home to Vancouver, BC, so that she can have it done at Studio Sashiko. You can see some their before/afters on their Facebook page. They also have an excellent FAQ page for people interested in learning more about microblading.
If you aren’t willing to go all-in on having full, perfectly sculpted brows, a writer at the Bustle tried a peel-off brow tattoo kit. Essentially you apply a thick rubbery gel, allow it to dry and then, peel it off to reveal darker, thicker-looking brows. She used the Tint My Brow Gel from Etude House, I would try the Wunderbrow Gel that one of my friends uses because it comes in a better selection of shades.
Can you recommend a shampoo for dry hair? The winter has made my hair feel like straw and I think my volumizing shampoo is making it worse. Thoughts?
Shampoo can definitely dry out your hair, and with my fine locks, any dryness instantly becomes frizzy and flyaway. I recommend Paul Mitchell Awapuhi shampoo which is super rich and moisturizing, and gives a bit of volume. I would also recommend shampooing every other or every third day if you can get away with it.
Other ways to treat dry hair, I like this Unite7Seconds spray which detangles, conditions, and protects from heated styling tools. And, if things get really dire, I will apply conditioner and wrap my hair up in a turban. For a splurge, I love Leonor Greyl’s conditioning mask. For a save, I’m all about It’s a 10’s Miracle Deep Conditioner. Just put it up in the turban for half an hour at night, rinse, dry, wake up the next morning and shampoo like usual.
I’m off to my boyfriend’s college friend’s wedding in May (my bf is in the wedding). The invitation came yesterday – “black tie” (cue the theme song from Jaws…). What are your thoughts? Is a floor length dress required? Encouraged? Would love some help on what modern etiquette is for this!
Thanks so much! Jen
When I think of black tie for a wedding, I think of two things: simple floor length gowns and super chic knee-length dresses. For floor length, no/minimal sequins, no ballgown skirts, no trains, no light colors that might photograph as white. For knee-length dresses, choose evening fabrics like silk/satin, no cotton, linen or jersey. Also, when choosing a knee-length dress, make sure it’s not the same color as the bridesmaid dresses. Need suggestions?
I have a black tie wedding coming up myself, and I am contemplating splurging on this La Petite Robe one-shoulder dress. I like that it’s not black, and I could wear it for the next 3-5 years. However, this pale pink Badgley Mischka dress from The Outnet is more in my price range. If you want something under-$150, I would choose this Halston Heritage dress in indigo. I also recommend hitting the sale section at stores like Neiman’s, Saks, and Bloomingdale’s.
I chose knee-length dresses because, if I buy something, I’ll have more opportunity to wear them. But if you don’t wear black tie often, this might provide a rare chance to wear a long gown. Unless you have regular opportunities to wear a gown, I would never spend more than $350 on one. I like this cobalt Badgley Mischka gown, this pretty Katie May off-the-shoulder, and this navy Kay Unger gown that bridges the gap between modest and chic.
Also, if you have good consignment stores in your area, I would definitely hit those. Or if you have a dress you like and a competent tailor, you’d be surprised how they can redesign a dress. Mine once turned a long sleeve gown into a very pretty backless dress with cap sleeves. Or you can always borrow a dress from a friend.