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November 13, 2011 in Beauty

Laura Mercier secret camouflage; Benefit posie tint; Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer with spf 15; Stila Sun spf 15 bronzing powder

blinc Kiss Me mascara dark brown; Lancome Brow Expert Modele Sourcils in taupe; Stila convertible eye color shadow and liner in stone


Home Highlights

November 8, 2011 in Beauty

The quick and dirty way to get natural highlights at home:

1) Buy the product that works best with your natural color. If you have had salon highlights before it is helpful to know what shade has been used. If not, you have two choices. Either pick a highlighting kit designed for your hair color or choose a shade of dye about 2 shades lighter than your natural color, better to go on the warmer side.

2) Divide your hair into two sections – upper and lower. Tie off the lower section tightly as this area will not be getting highlighted.

3) Split the top section into your natural part and tie off one side.


4) On the other side use a very fine-tooth comb to separate the hair into thin layers starting from the bottom up. Each layer should be 1/4inch thick or less.

5) From each layer take a few small sections – about 10 or 20 hairs in each section. These will be your highlighted sections to which you will apply the color treatment.

6) Use your fingers directly or the provided gloves to apply the treatment to each section. If you choose you can wrap the segments in foil but this is not necessary.

Take your time and proceed methodically taking even, fine sections of hair throughout. do not try to save time by selecting larger chunks of hair. Your efforts will be well worth it.

7) Leave the treatment on for the amount of time indicated by the instructions. Usually highlighting kits use more bleach/hydrogen peroxide and the longer you leave the treatment stronger the effect. Pure coloring treatments will be less time dependent and can be left on for longer.


Cocktail party

November 7, 2011 in Beauty, Fashion

Headed out last night for some cocktails with the other science folk and business school friends.

Jacket – Free People, tweed with military tailoring

Skirt – Marc by Marc Jacobs