If you’ve ever stood, staring at the clothes hanging in your closet and wondered What am I going to wear?, you are not alone. Whether you’re heading to work, hitting the mall or taking the kids to yet another sporting practice, this four-step outfit is perfect in its ease and stylishness and it absolutely screams “autumn".
I love something flow-y with a high neckline, or bow, or a light knit sweater for warmth without bulk.
Bonus points for details like zippers, buckles and texture.
Add a layer of warmth with your favourite fall jacket or cape.
See? Easy. Want to winterize? Swap out your fall jacket or cape for a great pea coat or a warm parka and you’re off to the races. You can also add a fifth step and load on cold-weather accessories, like scarves or mittens.
I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again: A great pair of jeans is one of the hardest things to shop for, falling closely behind “bathing suits” and “bras”. Very closely. Shopping for jeans is an activity that requires energy and a lot of positivity.
I mean, it starts out OK: you walk into the store ready to find jeans that fit and flatter like a supermodel.
You’re all “HI THERE!” to the sales associate because you’re here to buy the most flattering jeans in the history of denim.
Then you hit the racks with the same excitement your kids hit Toys ‘R’ Us with, but with control… because you’re a grown up. And besides, all this heart-pumping is good for you.
Until you realize it’s not just dark wash and light wash.
And what the hell with the sizing? What do these letters and numbers even mean? Is that the price or the weight restriction? (Spoiler: that's the price tag.)
You’re beginning to realize that not accepting help was a mistake, but you don’t want to seem clueless so you begin grabbing every pair and hoping for the best.
You head to the fitting room with equal parts excitement and fear.
Once in the dressing room, you realize that size means absolutely nothing to the monsters who made these jeans: why is the smaller size visibly bigger than the larger size? WHY?
You finally find a pair you love, and the world needs to know it.
You take some time to victory dance because you just found the perfect jeans and that’s worth celebrating.
And then you buy them in every wash, because obviously you are not subjecting yourself to this again soon.
And now you’re broke.
But it’s OK, because shopping.
You burst into the house ready to show off your new clothes!
And finally, you wear those new jeans with confidence! Go get ‘em, Mama!
Now, let’s go get some new shoes! Shoes always fit.
Thick, long, curled eyelashes are a beauty want most women I know can attest to. I mean, who doesn’t want gorgeous eyelashes?
I used to have my eyelashes tinted every three weeks taking my naturally long, blonde lashes to a rich black so they’d be visible without mascara - which was great except that they still didn’t pop without a coat or two of volumizing mascara. After months of debate and research, I took the plunge and made an appointment to have eyelash extensions done - and I’ve been going back every six weeks for fills.
I heard a lot of rumours and believed a lot of myths prior to having my eyelash extensions put on. Now that I’m a six-month veteran, I’ve learned quite a few things that have completely changed my tune and given me a new appreciation for my eyelashes, my eyelash technician and my skincare routine.
Between rubbing itchy, tired eyes and washing your face, your gentle eye area takes a pretty good beating day-to-day. It wasn’t until I had my extensions that I realized how often I rub my eyes. I’m now hyper-aware of how I handle my eye area and how often a touch my eyes, and this awareness has resulted in my becoming extra careful about how I handle my delicate skin.
And it’s paying off: my extensions last on average 5-6 weeks before I need a fill, versus some of my friends who return every 2-3 weeks religiously. Plus, I swear my eye area looks better.
I have always been a belly down, face in pillow-sleeper… or at least, I was until I had my extensions put on. The friction from rubbing my face into the pillow spells DISASTER for my lash extensions - no thanks! It took about a week for me to grow accustomed to sleeping on my back, slightly propped up.
The good news? Your face will be less puffy in the mornings and you won't have pillow/sheet lines on your face or chest when you wake.
I read mixed reviews about lash extension “ease” as it related to life, and I questioned whether or not I was ready for blow drying spider-like eyelashes after every shower as a trade-off for not needing mascara and makeup remover every day.
I’ve never had spider lashes when my face has gotten wet but I do try to avoid it when possible and simply run a lash brush through when they start to go in different directions. I do sometimes get my upper lashes tangled in my lower lashes, though, which is never cute and hurts a little. If you're wearing eye makeup, you need to be very careful when you remove it - using a Q-Tip and oil-free remover, which is time-consuming.
Oil-based products are a big no-no when you have extensions, as the oil breaks down the bonds that keep your extension attached to your natural lash. As I went through my beauty products, I realized just how few oil-free products I own.
Because your lashes can get tangled (it’s true!), dragging a sticky pencil liner across your lash line isn’t ideal. Cream and gel eyeliners? Yeah, they’ll leave an icky residue on your lashes - which you can’t use your trusty oil-based remover to get off. Your tubing mascara will wreck your falsies - adhering to the extensions like glue. Waterproof eyeliner is hard to get off, so you’ll be reaching for your oil-based remover again. Your eyelash curler? Nope - it’ll break the bond. But don’t fret - a heated eyelash curler and some liquid eyeliner (look for “ water resistant” not “waterproof” or use a damp angled brush and eye shadow to line your eyes).
Want to go really low-maintenance? With full lashes, you don’t need any other eye makeup so you can focus on perfecting a bright pout instead!
So, this is a tricky one. On the one hand, there’s a misconception that eyelash extensions always ruin your natural lashes, causing them to fall out and never grow back in. This is not entirely true.
Eyelashes (like all hair) naturally shed, and new lashes grow in their place. If your new lashes didn’t come in, there would be nothing for a lash tech to glue the falsies onto.
Your eyelashes will, of course, look shorter and less full post-extensions because a) you’ve had long, full lashes glued on and you’re accustomed to seeing them now and, B) eyelash extensions are longer and fuller than your natural lashes (which is why you put them on in the first place, no?).
Having said all of that, go to a reputable, trained technician and don’t try to cut corners. Lash extensions can cause traction alopecia, especially if they’re poorly applied. I recommend using a lash serum to help keep your natural lashes healthy, and giving your natural lashes a break - go a couple of months sans extensions so they can grow normally.
At the end of the day, deciding whether the risk/reward of eyelash extensions is worth it is a personal decision, like whether you want to shave or wax. I've had a number of women ask me if I think they should do it and my answer is always this: You know you best. Are you up for attending fill appointments every four-to-six weeks? Are you ready to take on the financial commitment (cause this shit ain't cheap, girl)? If you think you'd like to try but you're not ready to commit, grab a set of falsies from Sephora (you can ask a team member to show you how to apply) and wear them for a day or two to see how you feel!
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