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DIY: Big Tub of Balm to Small Tub of Balm
I have an affinity for large tubs of things. I love tubs of champagne. Tubs of ice cream. Tubs full of puppies. And tubs of lip balm. However, after carrying around a giant tub of Josie Maran’s Argan Balm for weeks and then trying to stuff it into a small clutch bag with no success, I realized maybe I should think about downsizing. Unfortunately, Lady Maran’s (sorry, I’ve been watching a lot of Game of Thrones) nourishing all-purpose balm doesn’t come in mini size and I was forced to take matters into my own DIY hands.
So, in what is perhaps one of the most simple DIYs — except for maybe this one — I will now show you how to take your giant tub of awesome goop and turn it into a clutch-friendly travel pal!
You will need: an small, empty container (I found mine at the local drug store). A giant container full of your favorite balmy goodness (as you can tell, my favorite is Josie Maran’s Argan Balm. And a spoon, which you hopefully already have in your kitchen.
Take your spoon and carve out some balm from the big container. Make sure you start small so that you don’t overflow your small container and end up with a greasy mess.
Using the back of the spoon, smoosh down the balm into the smaller container. Once you have enough in there, use your finger to smooth out the top.
Now take your new itsy bitsy container of balm and put it into the smallest bag you own! TA DA!
Do You Like My Buns?
Back when I had long hair I almost never wore it up. Perhaps it was due to my butter fingers or the fact that I am as experienced with hair as a llama is with rollerblades, but the whole notion of “throwing my locks up into a perfectly messy bun” was non-existent. I would, without fail, end up with a dinosaur bump on the top of my head, a rat tail at the base of my neck, or a knot so complex that I became far too familiar with the term “rat’s nest.”
However, since impulsively chopping off my hair a few months ago I have started experimenting with different ways to wear my hair. I don’t have the most incredible hair in that it’s not thick and luscious like a Victoria’s Secret model, nor does it make a stylist throw his hands up in excitement as if he’s just seen a mouse, but it’s thin, wavy, and there’s lots of it. In short: it’s manageable and malleable.
As an avid admirer of the bun elite — aka the types of women who can just throw their hair up into a perfectly messy bun while running on the treadmill — I present you with three bun varieties that I’ve come to master thanks to many frustrating mornings, afternoons, and evenings in front of the mirror. And with them of course comes three very different looks from beachy and casual to sweet and sophisticated to chic and edgy.
The Low Messy Knot
This bun is perhaps the easiest to achieve. Leaving just a few strands in the front loose, gather your hair back into a ponytail at the base of your neck. Then pull it through an elastic twice, the second time only pulling it half way through, twisting the hair into a loose knot and securing with the rubberband. Give your scalp a little massage to loosen up the roots and go about your day as recklessly as possible. The messier the better is all I have to say on this. Think sex hair.
The Wispy Ballerina Bun
This is the kind of bun that would have gotten me in loads of trouble back in my days as a hardcore ballerina. But since I’m no longer doing tondues seven days a week, I can enjoy this kind of sloppy bun as much as I enjoy a trip to In-n-Out Burger. To achieve this look simply pull your hair up into a high, messy pony tail and secure with an elastic band. Wrap the ponytail around the base as if you were making a snails shell. Lock everything in place with a few bobby pins and then pull some strands out from the bun as well as around the front of your hairline. Embrace those wisps we all try so hard to hide!
The Power Bun
I am a very recent advocate of the slicked dominatrix bun. I always thought it would make my face look shapeless like a potato or that it would feel too reminiscent of my aforementioned hardcore ballerina days. But alas the slicked bun is as powerful a tool as red lipstick. With a little water, a brush, and some rock-solid hairspray this is a speedy way to look put together on even your most hungover of days. It’s also the kind of bun you might want to wear to a shindig that results in a next-day hangover. To achieve it, slick your hair back in a low ponytail at the base of your neck. Twist that horse’s tail into a snail shell and secure with bobby pins and hairspray.
Voila! Au revoir!
The Wavy & The Curly
As you’re all well aware, I don’t do much with my hair. Having said that, there’s a time and a place to add a little more oomph to your look and with that oomph comes some essential products.
As to what the oomph entails? Well, it’s usually one of two things; I either beef up my natural wave or add extra curl to my hair with a curling iron (a tool I’m still trying to master).
When going about creating either of these styles, I look no further than Paul Mitchell’s curls products.
Here’s the break down:
I start by adding a dollop of Paul Mitchell’s Ultimate Wave to damp hair.
After rubbing the cream between my hands, I scrunch up my hair from the bottom up toward the scalp. Repeat a few times and then let it air dry!
Woop woop! Soft waves!
I use a dime size amount off Paul Mitchell’s Twirl Around on damp hair.
After rubbing the cream between my hands, I then lightly shake my hair while adding the cream throughout. I then twist sections of my hair and…
wrap the pieces together, and then hit each section with a hairdryer. After that I use a curling iron to add some extra definition to strands that need the pick me up.
You can find these products by using Paul Mitchell’s “Find a Salon” locator tool here. And head over to Paul Mitchell’s Facebook Page to share your Curl Confession. I’m quite curious to see how you guys use curling irons as they may be the most complicated tool ever created.
// photos by Emily Malan
Hearts of Palm
I was a bit reluctant to wear this skirt when I first received it. While into the print — can you ever go wrong with palm leaves? — I was a skeptical about the shape/length. Slightly poofy resting just above the knee? Tricky tricky, Pollyanna.
After a few rounds of trial and major error with different colored tops and heels, I realized the only way to lessen the poof and draw away from the length was to pair the skirt with a heavily patterned shirt. The magic of print mixing strikes again!
I looked no further than Monsieur Comme des Garçons and all his stripey glory for my skirt’s pattern playmate. Though nothing about the two go together, my mirror told me it worked.
But what do you think?