Bi-Weekly WTF :: Vol 4 – Racist Nail Polish Names

Racist Nail Polish Names - Wycon

You know, there’s a first time for everything. Even, apparently, slurs being used in racist nail polish names.

Pioneering Ignorance and Stupidity

Italian cosmetics company Wycon thought it would be smart to name some products based on songs. That would have been fine if just one person in their entire organization recognized that, “Thick as a Ni**a,” is not an appropriate or acceptable name for a nail polish color.

Or, you know, anything.

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January 2018 Favorites

January 2018 FavoritesJanuary 2018 Favorites
MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly, $22 / Jergens In Shower Sunless Tanning Lotion, $7 /
Tresemme Heat Protectant, $4 / MiroPure Straightening Brush, $40

Unsurprisingly, when I wrote the title of this post, I wrote 2017 instead of 2018. My January 2018 Favorites are short and sweet.

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Lisa Eldridge on No Buys

When I first got into makeup, I went off the deep end and wanted to try all the things. It was exploratory – it was all so new to me and I needed to figure out what I liked. Fast forward a few years, I’m not being ensorcelled by product as much. It still definitely happens, but not like it did; it usually takes something REALLY different and intriguing to capture my mind in the same way.

Lisa Eldridge on No Buys

One of the few personalities I subscribe to is Lisa Eldridge and I loved this video (below) of hers from January.

Her stance of feeling a bit overwhelmed or, “saturated,” on the consumerist nature of the beauty community and industry is refreshing.

How many of the same kind of palettes can one girl have, really?

Guilty as charged, but I’m not buying more until I use mine up!

I’m interested in your thoughts on her perspective. Check out Lisa’s video and let me know in the comments below.

Worth it? MiroPure Straightening Brush

MiroPure Straightening Brush // straightening brushesMiroPure Straightening Brush, $40

No matter what I seem to do, I can’t seem to bring myself to stick with consistently styling my hair. I’m not particularly good at it. I like sleep more than I like fiddling with my hair first thing in the morning, and that often means my hair isn’t as smooth and visually tidy as I’d like. Late last year I became aware of thermal straightening brushes and shared my initial thoughts in November. Since, the MiroPure Straightening Brush arrived and I’ve used it more times than I can count.

First, we’ll get into how straightening brushes work, then to my review.

How do Straightening Brushes Work?

All brushes are designed a little differently (here’s a Dafni, for instance), but the core concept is the same. The back plate of the brush (analogous to the cushion area) is heated just like the plates of a flat iron. Likewise most or all of the, “bristles,” or, “teeth,” are constructed of or surrounded by that same plate material and are heated.

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Remember: Exfoliate During Winter

Exfoliate During Winter

Many people do not exfoliate during winter or, if they do, it takes a back seat to other things. Once the cold sets in and we start piling layer upon layer, some eschew certain grooming procedures (like shaving). There seems to be a notion of, “Why does it matter? I’m all covered up anyway/everyone looks blah during winter!”

I challenge that line of thinking. To think of exfoliation (or even hair removal) as a chore you have to get out of the way in order to bare some skin is looking at it all wrong. That is ludicrous – you don’t just stop bathing as often in winter, do you?

Exfoliate During Winter

…because exfoliation isn’t a seasonal or, “do it once-in-a-while,” skincare behavior. It:

  • gets rid of dead skin (ew) and promotes cellular turnover
  • makes skin appear more radiant
  • makes skin look and feel smoother
  • can minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • evens out skintone
  • facially, removes with sebaceous filaments
  • bodily, prevents or frees ingrown hairs
  • preps the skin for hair removal
  • improves the efficacy of other skincare products (like serums)
  • prevent and minimize the impact of blemishes

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