Helpful Links for Girls With Bobs

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I’m having lots of fun playing with my shorter ‘do. I hesitated chopping my hair for so long — even when I really wanted to — because I worried it would be too hard to style and manage. But it’s so easy!

Fortunately for my lazy hair skills, the modern bob is all about messy undone texture. My daily styling routine is basically the same as my lob days, but with less hair (which means less time!). My favorite styling product right now is Joico Hair Shake, a texturizing spray with a liquid-to-powder formula that boosts volume and creates cool piecey texture with soft, flexible hold. If I don’t have time to curl or flat-iron, I work a little Dirt Texturizing Paste into the ends so they aren’t frizzy.

If you’re considering a chop, or you’ve already joined the club, here’s a handful of helpful links full of styling inspiration and helpful tutorials:

The Beauty Department’s Best Tricks for Short Hair

The Glamourai’s Messy Waves

Byrdie’s Coolest Updo Ideas for Short Hair

Stylecaster’s Retro Bouffant

Keiko Lynn’s Volumized Pony 

Lauren Conrad’s Beachy Waves

Cosmo’s 19 Genius Styling Ideas Just for Short Hair 

A Pretty Penny Cushion Compacts

For the Love of Cushion Compacts

Into the Gloss calls them the ‘Next Big Thing’ in foundation, Michelle Phan predicts their ‘total beauty industry domination’ and beauty blogs are singing their praises across the interwebs: cushion compacts are everywhere!

Including my makeup bag.

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The Quest For the Perfect Nude Lipstick

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In my freshman year of high school, I was a decade ahead of the ‘nude lip’ trend. My favorite lipstick was a gift-with-purchase frosty champagne number from my mom. An older girl in my science class told me she loved the color, so I took that as encouragement to liberally apply that stuff every day.

The matte golden hue didn’t do my light olive skin any favors, especially since I wore it with an otherwise naked face. I hadn’t figured out the most important rule of makeup: Light lip, dramatic eye; dramatic eye, light lip.

Bless my heart.

15 years later, finding a flattering nude lip color is still a challenge. They either wash me out completely, don’t complement my skin tone, or go on chalky.

After a lot of purchase trail-and-error, here are my current favorites!

Butter London Lippy Tinted Balm in Teddy Boy – Medium coverage rosy nude with subtle lipstick finish.

Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Park Avenue Princess – Radiant bronze nude with a little shine and lots of moisture.

Too Faced La Creme Color Drenched Lip Cream in Nude Beach – Hydrating creamy nude peach.

L’Oreal Collection Privee Perfect Nudes – Beautiful budget-friendly range of moisturizing nudes for every skin tone; I like ‘Julianne’s Nude.’

Too Faced Perfect Lips Liner in Neutral Nude – The perfect base for all the above.

{Forever 21 ‘Lipstick’ Makeup Bag, $6.90}