Inaugural Monster Beauty Corner

Ladymonsters! (And Dudemonsters, let’s not conform to traditional gender roles here!)

Lately, I have been spending a lot of time on Pinterest looking at hair and makeup tutorials.

(Oh hey look, Fatima, it wants me to recruit you.)

If you have fallen into a Pinterest beauty rabbit hole yourself any time in the past, you know that this leads to a vicious cycle of inspiration followed by failure and self-recrimination. It goes a little something like this: excitement/inspiration to try new thing, realizing you lack the required products to try such a thing, spending money on new products (why are there so many products?!), trying the new thing, failing at the new thing, becoming disgusted with yourself and disillusioned with Pinterest, vowing to stay off Pinterest, brooding, getting bored with your style, returning to Pinterest. And thus the cycle begins anew.

So, I thought, let’s have a Monster Beauty post! We’ve got Monster Fitness Posts, Monster Book Recs, Monster Music Mixes (coming soon), Monster Food posts, why not Beauty??

This can really be whatever we want it to be. Do you have a favorite beauty tip/trick you want to share with us? Go ahead! Do you have a product (ahhhh so many!!!) that you absolutely love? Tell us about it. Is there a hairstyle you’ve been trying to get just right and need help? Are you thinking about getting your hair cut and need advice or moral support? THE MONSTER BEAUTY CORNER IS HERE FOR YOU.

Let me start: I am obsessed with the messy/beachy “lived in” look. Here is an example from the guy who actually coined and trademarked the phrase “lived in.” (Cool trademark, bro.)

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I have tried so many times to get this look with all manner or curling irons/wands and products. I have tousled and I have scrunched and I have come so close. I have brushed perfection and will not be satisfied until I have gotten it right. Help me!

More examples:

(How pretty is this model? How much does she look like Emily Blunt? How much do I hate her for that and for her perfect messy lob?)

You get the idea….


So,  these are my current beauty laments/obsessions. What are yours?(I’m thinking this could be a monthly feature?)

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42 Responses to Inaugural Monster Beauty Corner

  1. catweazle says:

    That looks like the kind of hairdo you could achieve with a little bit of gel made for curly-heads plus some twisting and diffusing. Or maybe that just worked for me in the past because my hair has some natural curl to it. I don’t know anything about hair TBH. My hair tip is cut it all off so you don’t have to deal with it.

    • summerestherson says:

      I keep going back and forth between chopping it shorter (I love Kelly Ripa’s bob!) or growing it out some! I really feel like my curling iron and wand game has improved substantially since the last time I had long hair, so I’d like to test that out on longer hair. I’m TORN.

  2. artdorkgirl says:

    I have that first haircut pinned to my page too. I need to got to a real stylist (you mean Supercuts doesn’t hire fancy stylists??) and try it again. For my hair, which has no body to speak of, I need them to slash my ends with a razor to gain texture.

    I’ve also been using a salt styling spray, which helps my hair dry in waves instead of stick straight.

    • FRQ says:

      BTW I just wanted to let you know that I held back your post for a little later, as I wanted to give this post some time to be viewed.

    • summerestherson says:

      I have also recently purchased sea salt spray. I don’t know how much good it’s doing, since my hair is naturally wavy, but I like the way it smells, so I keep using it. Because I am an adult.

  3. Sota says:

    My beauty issue is that somehow whenever I decide to paint my nails, it is right before I am ready to go to bed and then my nails don’t dry completely and I smudge them. Is there a way to condition the human brain to want to paint their nails in the middle of the day, and perhaps some kind of electroshock therapy to discourage nail painting in the evenings?

    • artdorkgirl says:

      Nope. Glass of wine, wet nails, and an episode of Bob’s Burgers and I’m ready for bed. It’s the human condition.

    • catweazle says:

      I never have the patience to let my nails dry before I start doing stuff that will ruin them. Luckily when I worked at Starbucks we weren’t allowed to wear nail polish for obvious reasons and I got so out of the habit that I very rarely do it anymore.

    • Gel nails with the light!!!
      I do Gelish and I think the light was like $30 and the polish is a little more, but at home gels are the best. Bonus- it lasts for at least two weeks!

      • martinmegz says:

        Sally Hansen Gel Polish is the best invention in our lifetimes. The kit costs about $90 for the led light, base coat, top coat, and one polish, but you make it back in a month. Perfect gel manicures that look professionally done. Usually one or two nails will chip but touch ups are super easy. As soon as you do the last coat and wipe with alcohol, it’s totally dry and safe. You can go to bed, wash your hair, do the dishes, etc. I love it so much.

      • summerestherson says:

        I really love Gel too, because I am FAMOUS for messing my nails up the second I leave the salon. One time I got in the car after a manicure and messed them up putting on my seatbelt. The fact that you can just walk out of the salon with completely dry nails is a miracle.

        • martinmegz says:

          But you can have this same experience at home for a fraction of the cost! I’m so into this system I sound like a paid shill, but really I just want everyone to enjoy this at-home gel manicure bliss.

        • summerestherson says:

          Haha, I believe you! Because if it’s $90, that’s basically like 3 manis at a salon, so it sounds like you get your money’s worth very quickly! And hey, you actually like the product and are receiving no compensation from Sally Hansen UNLIKE some friends of mine on FB who are trying to sell me Jamberry nail wraps. LEAVE ME ALONE FB FRIENDS. I have tried Sally Hansen nail wraps and they are fine, but I am not going to buy like 25 different floral print nail wraps from you!!!! DOWN WITH MULTI-LEVEL MARKETING!!!

  4. Kate says:

    I also love that look so I asked a professional who was styling my hair at a ritzy salon in Philly. He said to blow it straight first with an anti frizz protectant solution of some type. Then take your largest barrell curling iron and curl in random small to medium sections but here’s the trick! Immediately after curling each section, PULL DOWN on it so that it slightly lengthens the curl and makes it more of a wave. If you have really straight hair, spray the section lightly with some hair spray before curling. Then when you’re all done curling, separate the curls with your fingers gently so you don’t cause frizz. Ta-da!

    • summerestherson says:

      I really do think I need a larger curling iron barrel! I only have a 1″. Most of the tutorials online say 1.5″ at least.

  5. Oh how I have tried to get that hair too!!
    I got my stylist to do it once and it looked so perfect but the next day I realized she cut it way too short and I vowed to never go back. She made Shirley temple curls in opposing directions, then sprayed a ton of aquage sea salt texturizing spray and kind of ran her hands through and mussed it? Seriously it was perfect. I’d post a picture but then you’d all be like “truck your hair looks amazing!!! You should do that all the time!!!” And it’s like, I know, right?? Id love to but can’t!!! It takes a ton of time. I’ve had some luck with the texturizing spray, but it’s never as good. If I let my hair air dry without touching it even once, it kind of looks like that but like on a garbage person. I don’t mean a sanitation worker, I mean someone who is literally made of garbage. If I use a curling iron and the spray and root lifting spray, it can look pretty good and kind of close but it takes a lot of time and is almost guaranteed to fall flat about 4-5 hours later. However, when it falls, it actually looks kind of amazing as just really soft waves, but it’s not as intended and then I get mad that I can’t recreate those soft waves.

    • artdorkgirl says:

      I feel like you and I are hair twins. I have no volume so I root boost, no texture so I salt spray, and I can curl it or jazz it up, but it falls flat in an hour. It even slips right out of a pony tail!

    • summerestherson says:

      Talking about it looking better after it falls, I have gotten the closest to this look when I have walked outside not long after doing my hair and there was a light breeze. Not even kidding. It kind of blew the curls out just enough.

  6. flanny says:

    Braid crowns. I love ’em. But my hair, while fairly long (past my shoulders) is layered, so when I put it into braids of any kind, the end of the braid end up being really long because I have all different lengths of hair. So then when I do braid crowns, the rubber band is in, like, the center of my head as big hard lump with all this loose hair at the end that I have to shove and secure under the other braid. The guides always say to just tuck the ends under the other braid, like it’s a tiny little thing. My ends are huge! Anyone have any tips? (Plz see photo #8 below for kind of what I mean.)

    • Sota says:

      Just cut off the extra end. Im sure that will work fine.

    • welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

      I tried growing out my hair long enough to wear in a braid, but even at its longest, the damn braid would fall out minutes after I braided it. Then my hair was just too long to manage so I cut a lot of it off. When I had bangs I would do the braid along the side of my head, but it never looked as good as I intended it to.

      Also, I love those messy looking braids, like the fishtail ones, but I feel like it can only work if you pair it with a total beach look or super fancy look. I would just look like a slob with a messy braid if I’m wearing my usual jeans and hoodie.

      • summerestherson says:

        Same. I don’t feel like I have the right fashion aesthetic to truly pull off a messy braid.

    • summerestherson says:

      I have the same problem! Or did, when my hair was longer! I have REALLY thick hair so it was all just TOO MUCH HAIR. I had the whole rubber band knot situation and the too much hair to tuck in at the ends.

  7. My best recommendation is retinol cream (or any moisturizer that has retinol). You can’t use it while pregnant or breast feeding and the pure cream can be intense at first, but it’s the magic stuff for both acne and wrinkles. Seriously, it feels like a conspiracy because of how expensive most anti-wrinkle creams are. And anti-acne creams!

  8. gnidrah says:

    I am very lucky to be able to ask make-up girls at work for tips, and they usually give good product recommendations. For foundation Clinique Even Better is now my go-to, and for mascara I am going to give L’Oreal’s Lash Architect a go when my current Benefit one has run out.

    • summerestherson says:

      Ooooh makeup girls – someone works in a fancier TV situation than I do! 😉

  9. mikaelajm says:

    My hair and makeup always seem to look like a mess by midday, no matter what I do. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  10. summerestherson says:

    Just popping in to say that of course right when this posted I had to go into a work meeting and just got out of it, but I can’t wait to look at all these comments later this afternoon when I have more time!!

  11. old man fatima says:

    I am obviously already on Pinterest! Also, there is a thing my girlfriends subscribe to that they adore called Ipsy. I don’t know if it exists in the states, but you pay 10$/month and fill out a beauty profile and they send you a bag of samples every month from different brands, new products, sometimes full sized too! I keep meaning to sign up but I only ever wear mascara so it would be a bit of a waste. But I’d like to try more things and learn how to actually wear make up! I should do it.

    • Kate says:

      We have it! It’s called Birchbox here. They have a subscription for boys too.

    • summerestherson says:

      I have thought about joining Birchbox and Stitch Fix too, but can’t seem to pull the trigger. I am very set in my ways when it comes to my makeup and have often thought I should try to branch out a bit. Do y’all have Stich Fix up there? It’s a clothing subscription service.

      • old man fatima says:

        Just looked it up, US only. I don’t think that would work for me though! I have a long torso and no boobs, I definitely have to try things on before I can even think about them as everything looks like trash on me!

        • summerestherson says:

          Yeah, I have multiple friends who have tried it, and it’s been very hit or miss with fit. Although they say it’s gotten better over time, because you send feedback in with every box so the stylist gets a better idea of what you like and what fits you.

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