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Lazy Girl’s Guide: Dry Shampoo

June 4, 2016

Here at 30th & Weldon, we really care about making life easy & keeping you lazy. A while back, Danielle posted her Lazy Girl’s Guide to Micellar Water and it received new feedback (from me too! You’re telling me I don’t really have to wash my face every night? Sold). The three of us are pretty good at not washing our hair, and tend to rock day 3/4/5/(sometimes 6) hair but we couldn’t do it alone—we always have the help of our friend dry shampoo. We all love this lazy girl favorite and have blogged about it casually multiple times (here, here, herehere, and here) but have never dived into it. Until now, that is.

Not every hair type needs to wash their hair everyday (even Danielle’s 17 hairs can’t be washed daily) and dry shampoo fills that void of your regular washing. Many hair experts have boasted the benefits of washing your hair less often, and have deemed it important in maintaining hair health. In the summer as I sweat more, I find it even more imperative to have some dry shampoo on hand. Working out 3-5 days a week, I also find myself tempted to wash my hair more but don’t have to with this lazy girl dream product. But what exactly is dry shampoo?

Dry shampoo cleans your hair by soaking up the oils in your hair and on your scalp. Most dry shampoos come in spray or powder form, clean without water, and can range from $5-$40 (and you definitely do not have to spend a ton of money to get one that works). With the recent resurgence in popularity of dry shampoo (Twiggy was a big fan at one point), many products also work for other goals too—there are products that add volume and bounce, products for certain hair colors, and dry shampoos for curly hair, just to name a few.

Some tips for using this lazy girl favorite. For starters, only use it on dry hair. That should be obvious  but I want to set my dear readers up for success (because if you are a true lazy girl, I know you aren’t reading any instructions). Spray about 6 inches away from your hair, and do so in sections—lift up a section of hair and spray underneath. Don’t be alarmed if there is some white residue on your scalp, just make sure to allow about 2 minutes before styling. I like to apply some at night too to make sure it has some good time to soak in.

Check out the shopping guide below for some great lazy-girl approved dry shampoo options and comment with some of your favorite variations!

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Shopping Guide: 1) Dove Refresh+Care Dry Shampoo ($4.49) | 2) Lush No Drought Powder Dry Shampoo ($14.95) | 3) Umberto Beverly Hills Dry Clean Shampoo ($9.99) | 4) DevaCurl No-Poo Quick Cleanser ($20) | 5) Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk ($20) | 6) Batiste Original Dry Shampoo ($7.99) | 7) R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo ($29) | 8) Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black Dry Shampoo ($28) | 9) Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo ($22) | 10) Verb Dry Shampoo ($14)

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Makeup Brush Cleaning Guide

May 31, 2016

Now that you’ve got your perfect brush collection for your needs, thanks to our make up brush guide 😉 – how to do you care for these little dudes?

Okay, if you’re asking yourself why do they require care? Let’s start there. Makeup brushes need to be cleaned. Regularly. You use these porous objects to rub products all over your face, and that means bacteria and other gunky stuff stays in them. Dirty brushes not only aren’t as good at applying product evenly, but can make you break out more. Not nobody wants that nonsense!

Luckily, caring for your brushes is pretty easy. Here’s what you need:

  • Soap
  • Rubber cleaning gloves or a brush scrubber
  • Towel
  • Flat surface for dryingMakeup Brush

Let’s talk about soap for a second. There are a lot of options out there and a lot of differing opinions on what’s “best.” Some people use dish soap, baby shampoo, or products marketed specifically for cleaning. All of those things are totally fine! Try to avoid products with drying things like Alcohol in them and you wont have to worry about ruining your natural hair brushes over time. Personally, I like using Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castille Soap. It’s gentle but tough, affordable, and accessible. If you’re using the liquid version, dilute with water a bit so you don’t need a ton of product, or use the bar version.

All you have to do to clean your brushes is 1. set up your stuff 2. grab your glass of wine and put on your favorite tunes by the sink 3. clean away!

Wet the brushes a bit, then swirl in the soap. Using the bumpy palm of the gloves or your brush cleaning tool, swirl the brushes gently to lather, then rinse. Repeat until the water runs clear. Pay extra attention to brushes you use with liquid products, they may need an extra go.

Most important is the drying. Squeeze out any extra water and gently reshape the bristles with your hand. Lay flat on a towel to dry. It’s important to lay flat to preserve the lifespan of the brush. There are three main parts to the brush: the bristle, the ferrule, and the handle. The ferrule is the part that holds the bristles to the handle and maintains the shape of the brush. Avoid getting water inside this part of the brush as much as possible so you don’t risk loosening the bristle glue or attachment to the handle. Don’t run water down into the bristles and lay flat to dry, and this shouldn’t be a problem!

For quick cleaning or to just switch colors, there are a couple of products out there. One is a well-known makeup artist choice, Cinema Secrets brush cleaner. This cleaner allows you to swirl the makeup off the brush into a towel and dries nearly immediately. Another option is the Color Switch by Vera Mona. Swirl the brush on the rough sponge surface to release powder colors and use the brush again instantly. Now, I wouldn’t count on either of these to really deep clean or disinfect your brushes, so I wouldn’t recommend these for regular maintenance.

That’s it! The run down on makeup brushes and cleaning them. What other beauty related posts would you like to see? Comment below!

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The Complete Makeup Brush Guide

May 30, 2016

The Basics:

If we’re being totally honest, you’ve got perfectly sufficient make up tools at the ends of your arms – your fingers are great for applying all kinds of products in a super natural and simple way. I use my fingers to apply my BB creams and concealer on any light makeup day. But when you want to level up your makeup application a little bit, brushes are the way to go. I also find I actually use less product when applying with brushes or a sponge, so bonus?

Disclaimer section: I’m not going to go on my usual imnotamakeupartist spiel because we’ve all been there already and when it comes to brushes, I’m definitely a budget diva. I just cant justify spending copious amounts of money on brushes when there’s really great ones out there for a reasonable cost. So no, you won’t find a NARS Ita brush on here or those weird hairbrush shaped brushes, because I just cant justify the cost and I’m assuming my fellow broke millennial readers mostly don’t either. Not that there is anything wrong with ~*fancy*~ brushes, their great – but I’m broke. Brushes for the people!

Anyways…… To start with, let’s go over the basics. To start with, I’m going to break it down into two categories; Face and Eye brushes. Personally, I think you need a couple of both if you want a very functional set, but if one is more where you want to improve your makeup application over another, go for it. Also, know that there are two main types of brushes:

Synthetic: Made of man-made materials such as nylon. (Obviously more Vegan friendly)  Synthetic brushes don’t absorb as much product, so they’re really great for packing on a product densely such as eyeshadow on the lid, or smoothing a liquid product like foundation or concealer.

Natural Hair: Made of animal hair fibers, such as goat. Natural hair brushes allow the product to be disbursed very evenly and blend well, perfect for crease brushes for eyeshadow or powder blushes / highlighter.

Essential brushes: If you’re only looking for a couple of brushes in your life, these are the basic set I’d say to start with. Some companies sell large sets, and while this can be convenient, I don’t find it’s always cost effective because you may get a bunch of brushes you never use. I’d say you’re better off starting slowly and growing your collection of brushes you love and use all the time.

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The Perfect SpongeBeauty Blender: If you’re only going to get one makeup-related tool in your life, I’d tell you to make it a Beauty Blender. This perfect little sponge nugget makes it impossible to over do or under blend your liquid products, from foundation to concealer to BB cream. If someone tells you they have a dupe, they’re frontin’ – trust. There is only one Beauty Blender, and it has the perfect texture to make your makeup look completely flawless and never be cakey. Make sure you run it under water and squeeze out all the excess so it doesn’t absorb product and wash it often (more on this tomorrow, hint hint) because a sponge will hold more bacteria than traditional brushes and could make you break out / be generally icky.

A Dense Buffer Brush – Morphe M439 Buffer: When it comes to foundation, this is my absolute favorite brush. Dot the product around your face then buff it in using circular motions with this fluffy, dense synthetic brush. It leaves such a beautiful airbrushed finish and makes application very face and easy. Morphe brushes are also some of my absolute favorites – super high quality for a very reasonable price usually $4-$15, but are only available through their website.

A Tapered Blush BrushReal Techniques Bold Metals 300 or Morphe M523: A tapered blending brush is fluffy, but gets smaller at the top allowing for some precision. This makes it perfect for dipping your toes in the contouring waters with bronzer or applying blush in the right spot to avoid clown face. V. necessary. Real Techniques brushes are very accessible, available at Ulta and Target.

A Large Powder Brush – e.l.f. Ultimate Blending BrushIf you tend to prefer powder foundation or are setting your liquid products, you need a big fluffy brush to get an even application. For the love of god throw out that tiny sponge your powder came with. I also use a big fluffy brush to bronze if I want some extra glow, and extend that down my neck and to my décolletage. e.l.f. products are super affordable ($2-$6) and available at Target.

For the face, I think you can get away with just those! Now if you want to branch out and expand, here’s a few other good brush types to pick up:

  • A Duo Fiber Stipple Brush: For liquid products, a more “HD” finish, but a little harder to avoid “paintbrush streaks” if you use it wrong. Also good for cream blushes or bronzers.
  • A Fan Brush: I love using a fan brush to apply my highlighter, but also to gently dust off any fallout under my eyes from darker shadows.
  • An Angled Contour brush: For chiseling out cheek contour or precisely applying blush.
  • A Smaller powder brush: for dusting off baking (just google it, or watch a drag queen get ready) and setting concealer.

Eye Brushes:2

If I ever see a shadow sponge in your hand, I’ll straight up smack it away. Those little nuggets of annoyingness do almost nothing in my opinion, unless Mimi’s look from the Drew Carey Show is #goals. Your fingers do a way better job of applying all over color, if you’re going for a simple 1 shadow look, and can even define the crease a little bit. But if you want a more complex or precise look, brushes are the only way. You could have a million little slightly different shadow brushes laying around, like someone I know :cough, me, cough: but there are really only 4 or 5 essentials.

Mac 217 Shadow Brush: So I don’t generally buy MAC makeup – honestly I’ve always had a bad in-store experience and one of my favorite parts about buying makeup is the store – but one time I went in and asked a sales girl what brush to buy if I was only going to buy one MAC brush ever. She said the 217 shadow brush and let me tell you, I use this thing every. damn. day. A super multi-tasker that works for the crease or lid, it is pretty much perfect.

Blending brush: A fluffier version of the Mac 217. This will help really blow out and blend your crease so there are no harsh lines. I have one I got from an Ipsy bag forever ago that I can’t even see the brand on anymore that I love, but this one is very similar. Also good for highlighting under the brow bone for a softer look.

Flat Shadow brush: Morphe B77, Wet & Wild Large Shadow Brush, etc. I also love the ones that come with some Urban Decay Naked Palettes. A compact, synthetic shader is what you need to pack shadow onto the lid. I often wet mine with setting spray, such as MAC fix plus or the NYX setting spray, for a very bold look with glittery or metallic shadows.

Angled Brush: Morphe M413 or e.l.f. Small Angled brush: Absolutely essential for brow products such as powder or gel – and good brows are v. v. important. Which is why I like the Morphe version because it has the Spoolie on  the other end. But I also use an angled brush like this when I use a dark shadow as an eyeliner for a softer, more blown out effect. If you don’t like bold liner or want a more natural look (perfect for bridal or photos) wet the angled brush and draw a dark shadow in the same way you would a liquid or gel liner for pretty definition.

Pencil Brush: A pointed Pencil or crease brush can be used to precisely place your darkest crease color, or a “cut crease,” or smudge out your lower lash line. I think liner on the bottom lash line can look very harsh, so I just use a shadow on a little brush like this to define but not overly smoke out the bottom of the eyes. If you are doing a classic or bold smokey eye, smudging out that liner with a matching shadow will not only add that sexy, grungy, messy look but also help the liner stay in place.

  • All of these, times 2 or 3 – If you’re using a lot of different colors or dark shadows, you may want to have a couple of shaders and crease brushes, or you’ll need to wipe off the brushes in between and who has got time for that.
  • Flat eyeliner brush – Another good option for smudging out the lower lash line, for a more defined look than a pencil brush can give.
  • Small smudger brush – The middle ground between the flat eyeliner and the pencil for smudging. Very small and dense. Also very useful for putting highlighter in the inner corner of the eye, which will open it up and make you look more awake.
  • Precision Crease Brush – Slightly more defined than the MAC 217, I use this one daily as well.
  • Spoolie – If your angle brush doesn’t have one. For making sure them brows aren’t being all wild and crazy and for brushing out product to make it look more natural. Also for my messy mascara hack…..
  • Larger Shader Brush – Just a bigger version of the other shader, which I like for all over lid to brow bone color and for eye shadow primer.
  • Large Blending Brush – A really big version of the other blender, for super blown out or soft looks. I like to use this for a very light transition shade in the crease before I start, or to gently blend the crease with no additional product on it.

 

Wondering how to care for all these pretty brushes once you have them? My makeup brush cleaning guide has all the answers!

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Preakness Fashion Roundup

May 23, 2016

Preakness is famous for it’s fashion (in addition to, y’know, horse racing and stuff). In the weeks leading up to Preakness we saw guides for what to wear, where to buy and a variety of styling ideas. Outfits are often planned weeks in advance, but faced with gloomy weather and constant rain we asked ourselves, “Now what?”

Do we even bother with still trying to look cute? Do we succumb to the weather and wear our best black, forgoing the florals and bright prints originally picked out? Of course not. Well sorta.

Swapping our cute shoes for rain boots, adding tights to our dresses and trying to keep things light with bright colored lipsticks, we amended our Preakness fashion with practicality in mind.

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Some of our fellow Infield Fest goers took a similar approach to their day looks, while bolder types said “to hell with it” and stuck it out in their original outfits. Props to them, although we still saw quite a few outfits choices we thought were mistakes (looking at you, girls in the white jeans/heels).

Here is a snapshot of our time at Preakness featuring our favorite looks from the day. Ranging from cute and preppy to quirky and silly to practical chic, we saw it all and loved every minute of it.

Jackalyn Pauling, South Jersey

Jackalyn Pauling, South Jersey

 

Ajay Kurup & Kevin Myers, Federal Hill

Ajay Kurup & Kevin Myers, Federal Hill (we’re curious as to why and how he got three cups…)

 

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Michelle, Tina (from 98 Rock), Georgia Jordan, & Kelly Jones

 

Jason Lee, Baltimore MD & Tasha Cole, La Plata MD

Jason Leigh, Baltimore MD & Tasha Cole, La Plata MD

 

Mollie Rosen, Bethesda MD

Mollie Rosen, Bethesda MD

Andrew McGreevy, Philadelphia PA & Cody McGreevy, Newark DE

Andrew McGreevy, Philadelphia PA & Cody McGreevy, Newark DE

Ryan Fisico, Baltimore MD (Blogger, Let's Get Fisico

Ryan Fisico, Baltimore MD (Blogger, Let’s Get Fisico)

Georgia Kontos, New Jersey

Georgia Kontos, New Jersey

Taylor Terry & Thomas Robin, Charlottesville VA

Taylor Terry & Thomas Robin, Charlottesville VA

 

Devin, Eastern Shore MD

Devin Swann, Eastern Shore MD

Aaron, America

Aaron, America

Stephanie Petrush, Baltimore/Michigan & Eleni Byers, Ohio

Stephanie Petrush, Baltimore/Michigan & Eleni Byers, Ohio

Sandeep, Maryland

Sundeep, Maryland

Danielle’s fourth Preakness & Julie/Shae’s first proved to be a huge success (albeit a muddy one). A huge thank you to America’s Best Racing for sponsoring our day and putting us up in the Mug & Vine club (which is where all the bougie’s got to hang out). We enjoyed a little (okay a lotta) wine and beer, snacked on a free surf n turf burger courtesy of Budweiser and did our best to steer clear of the mud. Another shout out to our betting spirit guide, Tony, who we met close to the beginning of the races and without whom we would have lost every bet we made.

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Share your Preakness stories/favorite fashion with us in the comments below. We are looking forward to doing it again, maybe with some sunshine next year!

 

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Stylish Rain Boots for Men & Women

May 20, 2016

Go figure today is the first day we have had some real sunshine in weeks but I started this post in preparation for Saturday’s potential downpour.  I wanted to look into alternative shoe options so I don’t ruin anything I already own at the Preakness (see Danielle’s survival guide that I’ve been feverishly studying). I figured anything waterproof or rubber has a good chance of not being destroyed. Although, in reality I should have started this quest weeks ago…I didn’t realize Maryland was in the middle of monsoon season.

Here are my top five picks for women and top five picks for men.

WOMEN 

There are an overwhelming amount of rain boot options for women online. From bright colors to cheeky prints to funky patterns to a whole plethora of black boots (bless), there is something out there for every woman. The easiest way to narrow this down was to take the most practical approach and select footwear that would go with everything and not look so…plastic…with your every day wear. Needless so say it was difficult not to just pick the black ones, but I did my best!

 

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Gamble Wellies – Asos $33

I love the high gloss on these. It reminds me of patent leather and I highly doubt anyone would be able to tell your shoes are waterproof! Shhh…I can keep a secret.

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Black Tall RHS Rain Boots – Hunter $175

Oh lawd, these are my dream rain boots. That pattern, that color scheme, that price! Break out the rainy day fund for these watch everyone around you eat their hearts out.

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Balmoral Neoprene Stretch Equestrian Boots – Hunter $185

The equestrian style elevates this simple rain boot almost to the point that I forget it’s rubber. It’s chic and clean and best of all it’s black.

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Betseyville Rain Boots – Target $40

Betsey Johnson can do no wrong and she kills the rainboot game with theses perfect, studded, cherry red boots. I’d wear these even when it’s not raining. Don’t worry, they come in black too.

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Emma Rubber Boot – Tretorn

The little wedge heel on these are what sold me on this pair of Tretorn’s. They have quite a few other cute rain boots on their website but these looked like the easiest pair to wear to work without being too “rain boot”.

 

MEN

In stark contrast to the women’s selection of rain boots, the men’s options were few and far between -provided you weren’t looking for winter boots or anything camo print. Hunter & Tretorn seem to hold the monopoly on men’s rain shoes so I included two from each brand.  If I couldn’t picture my most fashionable menswear-wearing friends in them, they didn’t make the cut.

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Biker Boots – Hunter $175

The most badass rain boots on the internet, they are the perfect combination of practical and rock and roll. Great for a motorcycle ride in the rain or just keeping your edgy biker vibe on foot.  Hunter makes a women’s version as well but since I can fit into a men’s size 7 you may just find me in these too.

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Bullseye Derby Boots – Hunter $230

I love that these boots don’t even look like they are made of rubber. Perfect for everyday wear in addition to those rainy days.  The bullseye patch detail is my favorite part.

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Men’s Rain Boots – Lands’ End $79

The most “rain boot” like of all the men’s options, these reminded me of Vans.  I can definitely see some of my male or menswear inclined friends rocking these on a dreary day.

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Bo Rubber Boots – Tretorn $80

Slick and simple, this is an easy shoe to pair with every day wear. Currently I’m obsessed with this bright orange color but there are solid black, gray and blue pairs online for a more subtle look.

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Gunnar Canvas Rubber Boots – Tretorn $95

My favorite of all the men’s rain boots – I think every one of my male friends owns a non waterproof version of this shoe.  Don’t ruin your favorite pair – get a rubber version!