Monster Beauty Corner: July Edition

Yes, I realize it’s almost August, shut up.

Ahhh, late July. We are truly in the dog days now friends.

Hopefully you are spending most of your time either inside air conditioned buildings, or pool/beachside sipping a fruity, frozen beverage.

However much I wish I could spend all summer in nothing but beach coverups and flowy sundresses, life has other ideas. In fact, I have an event coming up next week where the dress code is described as “dapper/vintage.”

Because my friends and I are all big believers in #treatingyoself, we are going to try something new to get ready for this dapper party: a blow dry bar!

I don’t know what it’s like in YOUR city of residence, but blow dry bars are popping up ALL OVER the dang place in mine.


Like weeds, or Starbucks…

In fact, the one I’m going to is literally two storefronts away from ANOTHER blow dry bar. My own hair salon has recently remodeled to make part of their front lobby into a walk-in blow dry bar.

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, it’s basically a salon that ONLY does washing & styling. No cuts, no color, just blowouts! The idea is you can walk in without an appointment and get your hair professionally styled for less money and time than at a traditional salon. I have heard mixed reviews about some of these places, but I’m willing to give it a shot.

Have any of you ever tried a blow dry bar? Thoughts/feelings/warnings?

In other news, I’m in the market for a good concealer since Ulta rudely stopped carrying the kind I use. Suggestions appreciated.

Chime in with your own beuaty conundrums & questions!

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37 Responses to Monster Beauty Corner: July Edition

  1. FRQ says:

    I thought this would be a good time to wish you all a happy National Lipstick Day

  2. catweazle says:

    Benefit “erase paste” is a pretty good concealer. It’s like $30 for a teeny tiny tub, but it lasts a long time because you only have to use a very little bit at a time. I only use it on the special occasions when my face becomes nostalgic for my teen years . Otherwise I just use one of those cheap Cover Girl concealer sticks that look like lipgloss bottles.

    • Sota says:

      I use Too Faced Absolutely Flawless Concealer. I too only use it when needed, but it seems to work well for me and blend easily.

    • gnidrah says:

      Seconding that on the Erase Paste. I also have a Benefit one called ‘Boiiing’ which is good for the ole dark circles, which obviously is only a problem for old ladies like myself, but mark my words, children: they will come*.

      *nb. may not come if you sensibly get a job that does not require getting up at 4am.

      • summerestherson says:

        Fellow dark circle sister here. And fellow “get up in the middle of the night” for work sister. (1 am for me.)

    • summerestherson says:

      Ooh, I will have to try that. The one I used to get at Ulta was about the same price for like, a lip gloss sized tubed. My face is breaking out like CUH-RAZY right now, and it’s pissing me off.

  3. Sota says:

    As promised, Here is an update on my eye wrinkle cream! I have been using it at night before bed, and I do think that it is really moisturizing the areas around my eyes. The skin around my eyes looks much fresher in the mornings. I can’t tell if its fighting my current wrinkles, there really aren’t too many yet, but hopefully it is preventing future wrinkles! I do like how it feels at night, but it is way too thick to wear during the day. Whatever people are wearing it during the day must be crazy. Therefore I can only assume that since I am only following half of the useage directions that it will only prevent me from half as many wrinkles, but thats still better than nothing right!?

    I also bought a neck cream that I need to try harder to use. I will let you know how that goes once I have found a consistancy in using it.

    #oldladywrinklecreamupdate

  4. catweazle says:

    So I have never really been precious about how my feet look because:

    But all the walking I do in cheap Payless shoes has been taking its toll lately. One of my heels has developed a callous ridge that is preventing me from wearing sandals because it is too gross-looking. So I just bought this thing called “My Solemate” which is a soap/pumice combo thing and is probably just a trick to get me to pay more than I would for a normal pumice brick but whatevs. I’m going to try it tonight and I’ll let you guys know how it goes.

    • catweazle says:

      That is the hugest GIF of all time and I am not sorry.

    • old man fatima says:

      I get this too, because I also walk a lot and hate spending money on shoes. There is a product, hilariously named “Heel-tastic”, that smells like Icy Cold but works wonders! I use it only when I’m wearing full coverage shoes, because if even a peep of skin is showing every room that you’re in will smell like tiger balm. I also have a pumice and I put vaseline on my feet at night. You gotta do what you gotta do.

  5. Lizzie says:

    On the concealer front, I wouldn’t recommend Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. People rave about it, but I thought it made my under eye look crapey and old! I am a dried up 30 year old, but I thought I would be in the clear with a concealer that had “creamy” in the title. I am sticking with my Revlon colour stay concealer…it’s cheaper anyway. in conclusion, Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, was neither radiant nor creamy.

  6. I don’t think I would like a blow-dry bar. Guys. [Pretend] seriousgum time on the beauty front. I have tried a new hair stylist twice now and I just don’t think I like her. I think she cuts my hair a little like an older person where it looks good and all, but it’s not super trendy. Maybe i’m trying to resist the “mom haircut” but I just don’t feel that old yet. Last time I asked for some light layers for movement and so when I do beachy waves it looks really cool and it just doesn’t really look good.
    So I need a new stylist again. Ugh, who has time for this? All I want is my hair to be super long and crazy beautiful all the time, is that too much to ask?? (yes, duh.)

    • flanny says:

      But your move is the perfect excuse to try someone else out!

    • summerestherson says:

      Aw! Finding a stylist is so stressful. I just got really lucky because two of my friends go to the same person and raved about her and that’s how I got hooked up with mine! Before that I was going months and months between haircuts and waiting until I would go home to visit my parents and scheduling appointments with the woman who did my hair growing up. It was so stupid.

    • catweazle says:

      I went to the Hair Cuttery for a $15 cut and dry until the age of 28 and then it was like one day I woke up and realized I was an adult with disposable income. And it’s amazing how you can actually get a good haircut from a real salon! It took a few tries but I just found a good hair stylist whose salon is a two minute walk from my train stop and who charges less for short hair. Miracles happen! Keep truckin’, Truck!

  7. Also, I can’t remember who but someone recommended a sunscreen/moisturizer here that I’ve been using and really like. So thank you, whoever you are!! (the bottle is white, it’s a doctor or something? I’m great at remembering what products I use!)

  8. flanny says:

    Ooh, I have a beauty question! I have literally ONE nail on my hand (middle finger, natch) that peels off in layers, generally just one little corner of my nail just above where it connects with the bed. This means that this one nail is weaker and doesn’t grow as long as the other ones, and it means that polish on that nail chips days before the other nails. I’ve cut the nail down to what I think is below where the separation happens and it always returns. I’ve gone without nail polish for over a month to give it a break, and it returned. I put on strengthening nail polish and it returns. It’s literally just this one nail. All my other nails are going strong! Any thoughts?

  9. Simon Spidermonk says:

    Beauty conundrum: my favourite pair of shorts is trailing long threads from the hem and there are massive holes in the pockets, so that whenever I absent-mindedly dump my change in the usual pocket it immediately falls right through and scatters all over the floor. Almost every trip to the grocery store now involves me crouched and gathering up a cascade of change. Should I stop wearing them? Or should I continue trying to train myself to put change in the other pocket?

  10. taoreader says:

    If anyone has problems with rosacea or chronic acne, I highly recommend a face care line called Rosacea Care. Their stuff is all natural and extremely gentle. I used to have recurring rosacea, and after the metrolotion stopped working, my doc wanted me to take tetracycline. No way was I going to take an antibiotic, so I did some research and found this stuff. I’ve been using it for over ten years and I have great skin now, seriously.

    • summerestherson says:

      Oooh, thanks! I’m on minocycline now and I was REALLY hesitant to go on an antibiotic too. But my derma SWORE that a good round of antibiotics would do wonders. And now my acne is worse? UGH.

      • taoreader says:

        My brother takes tetracycline, and it does help a lot, but it always comes back eventually. Then he has to take another round. And your skin is ultra-super-sensitive to the sun while you’re taking it.

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