Outfit Post: Super Casual OOTD

Normally around this time of year we would be completely covered in snow, and I, of course, would be angry, because snow makes me feel…trapped. And I do not like that feeling. However, today it is a warm and sunny 72 degrees, and life is feeling pretty great! These last two winters haven’t really been bad at all, which is greatly appreciated. So today was a great day to break out the short sleeves, because who knows how long this is going to last!

Super casual. I’m not even wearing heels. o_O That doesn’t happen very often. lol


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Top: Old. I think this was by a brand called Puffy. Bought on YesStyle.com.

Jeans: Levi’s 515 Boot Cut

Boots: White Mountain “Legend”

Jewelry: Hawaiian heirloom bracelet

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DIY Exfoliating Puff

Okay, as I’ve said before, I can be a little bit extra when it comes to exfoliating. And when I say a little, I mean a lot. And I am not ashamed! 😀 I exfoliate my face every other day, only because I have oily skin and my pores tend to clog easily. So this schedule works for me, not only to keep my face feeling soft and smooth, but also to keep the buildup away.

Enter…the puff.

What you will need:

Salux cloth/exfoliating glove/microfiber cloth, cosmetic puff, small elastic band, scissors, and your favorite cleanser!

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I use exfoliating gloves or a Salux cloth on my body every day, and sometimes when I get a brand new Salux cloth, I’ll cut a section of it off to use for exfoliating my face. Mind you, that is not what the instructions tell you to do. Again, I’m extra. Most people would say not to use it on your face because of how rough it can be, and I agree with that to an extent. If you know that it’s too rough for your face, please don’t use it that way. However, if you soften up the cloth first, it can prevent damage and be a lot more soothing to the skin. Just fill the sink with warm water, grab your favorite soap, lather up the cloth (scrunch the cloth together over and over again), rinse, let it dry, and then repeat. Once the initial roughness is gone, then you can proceed with this DIY! The same process applies to exfoliating gloves if you choose to use them instead of the Salux cloth. You can also use a microfiber cloth for this one.

Once the cloth is dry, grab a cosmetic puff, and cut out a large enough piece of the cloth to cover the puff and then some.

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Fold the upper and lower parts of the cloth over the cosmetic puff, and then take the right and left sides and pull them together. Grab your elastic band and use it to close the cloth covering. When you do this, you will notice that there is a good amount of cloth extending beyond the elastic band. This is good. This forms your handle. 😉

Look, it has a handle!

Look, it has a handle!

Dampen your face with water, turn the puff over, and add your facial cleanser. I am partial to DHC Washing Powder in the mornings, but use whatever cleanser you like! Lightly wet your new exfoliating puff and wash your face using light circular motions. If your face doesn’t seem as wet or if your cleanser isn’t foaming (if it foams), add water to the exfoliating puff and try again. The cleanser not only gets into the cloth, but it also goes down into the puff, so just make sure that you are getting all of your cleansing goodness! Once you are finished, rinse the puff thoroughly, rinse your face thoroughly, gently pat your face dry, and moisturize. Moisturize!

Common sense note: Do not apply too much pressure. Treat it like you would any other exfoliating tool. 😉

Menswear (Part 1)

I love to see a well dressed man. I do. I love to see men taking care of themselves and not being ashamed to let people know that they enjoy looking (and feeling, and smelling!) good too. It doesn’t mean that people can’t have casual moments, but casual also doesn’t have to mean sloppy. Take pride in your appearance! I truly believe that if you look good, you feel good, and that has nothing to do with other people. Do it for you. 😉 Pinterest has been wonderful to me in that there are lots and lots of photos of beautifully dressed men, and I feel the need to share a few with you today. Enjoy!

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Garnier Nutrisse Dark Intense Auburn – R1

Back in my younger days, I colored my hair quite a bit. Sometimes it would be a darker color such as, oh, jet black, because my natural color isn’t really all that dark to begin with, and you always want what you don’t have, right? It’s naturally a mixture of dark brown, medium brown, copper/light brown, and red. Sandy in the summer. And no matter how healthy and moisturized it is, it looks dry because of the color combination. After a few rounds of black hair, I decided that I wanted burgundy hair. And it suited me so well that I kept it burgundy for several years. Then I moved on to other colors…and then got bored.

Eventually I grew tired of the upkeep when it comes to color-treated hair, so I let it grow out and went back to my natural color for six years. But super red hair was calling me again…and here we are. 😉

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After watching several YouTube videos and scouring Tumblr and Pinterest for just the right shade, I finally settled on Garnier Nutrisse Ultra Color in R1, which is supposed to be a dark intense auburn. I’m not sure about dark, but it is definitely intense! At least it is before the first shampoo! When you’re inside, the color isn’t as vibrant as you’d think it would be. Don’t get me wrong, you can still totally see it, but when the sun comes out or the flash comes on? My goodness, it is RED.

Before the first shampoo

Before the first shampoo

Color after the first shampoo, and in direct sunlight

Color after the first shampoo, and in direct sunlight

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Flash…

 

Extra bright, thanks to PicMonkey. lol

And I LOVE it.

As you can see, my hair and the hair on the box are not the same color. Not even close! But R1 was a good choice. Who knows what would have happened had I tried R2 or R3! Actually, I know that this post wouldn’t have happened, that’s for sure. Haha! Hopefully this is a color that Garnier will continue to produce for a long time! I see myself using this color quite a bit in the future. 🙂