I Want Oscars Hair!

No. I don’t mean Oscar’s hair.

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I mean Oscars hair.

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You get it? I’ve been reading the People Magazine “Awards Season Special.” Also I’ve been looking at hair tips on pinterest.

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So I decided to try to make a version of this with my own hair.

Unfortunately I suffered from a lack of a hairstylist team. So my results were not quite red-carpet worthy.

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Also I doubt that stars prepping for the Oscars have kids yelling “I want Beefaroni!” or “She licked me!” while they are trying to beautify themselves.

Wrap Away Inches Overnight?

DIY Body Wrap... lose up to 1-2 inches a night??
Today I’m bringing you a wallet-friendly version of body wraps. I’ve been seeing these around the internet lately and mentioned them to a friend. She’s from Mexico and said she’s been doing those for years, just not the commercialized type. I tried it one night and lost .5 inches on my gut overnight!
Here’s her “secret recipe” for DIY Body Wrapping. You only need 3 things: Lotion, Plastic Wrap, and Ace Bandage

I saw this tip on pinterest and I figured I should try it.

After all, I didn’t embarrass myself enough with my shaving post (remember how I let my leg hair grow into a full crop?!), so  it seemed like a great idea to try some more internet self-humiliation.

First I measured my waist for a baseline number. It measured XX inches.

(The above number has been censored, for your own protection. Because if you read the actual number of inches it takes to go around my not-so-svelte waist, I’d have to kill you. Or myself. One or the other.)

Then I gathered my supplies:

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  • Moisturizer (Natural is best; something from the sea –like kelp or mud– is suggested, but you can use plain lotion.)
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Ace Bandage

Here are the instructions, from iheartnaptime:

Step 1 – Apply a thick layer of lotion to the area you want to target. {Don’t rub it in completely!} You can do it on your stomach, your thighs, your upper arms, wherever your “trouble spots” are.

Step 2 – Wrap the ENTIRE area with your plastic wrap. I went all the way around my mid-section several times. Make it snug but not tight; you do have to wear it ALL night long.

Step 3 – Now wrap the area with a long bandage of some kind, anything that will keep your wrap in place. Be sure to cover the plastic completely. Secure it well and you’re ready to hit the sack!

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Here I am, looking completely ridiculous, right before going to bed, making a crinkling noise with every step.

I crack myself up.

I got into bed in the dark, rustling loudly like a candy wrapper in the movie theater. I said to my husband, “I’m doing something strange for my blog.”

“Oh yeah?” he said sleepily.  “Let me guess… You smeared yourself in oil, and then wrapped up in Saran wrap and Ace bandage.”

I was dumbfounded. “What? You could tell that from the sound in the dark?” I asked, impressed.

“No,” he said. “I saw your weird supply stash in the bathroom.” Then he went to sleep.

It was a little tougher for me to fall asleep, being trussed up like leftovers from Thanksgiving. Also I was sweating.

But this was actually the point. I’ll quote, “The idea behind the wrap is to help your body release water that’s retained due to weather, food consumption; even Mother Nature’s visits. The combination of lotion and plastic helps sweat it out of you.” (That’s from my friend at iheartnaptime again.)

Okay, so the next morning I unwrapped myself, with difficulty, as the whole thing had bunched up quite a bit. then I measured my waist again, and it was XX inches!!

(Whoops! Censored again! You thought I’d slipped up, didn’t you? I’m crazy, but I’m not THAT crazy.)

Let’s do the math on this: XX inches minus XX inches equals…2.

WOW!! I lost two inches of sweat!

That’s kind of gross. But still… I’m amazed that it worked!

Well… It SORT OF worked. That evening I measured again, and 1 1/2 of the two inches had returned.

I couldn’t even keep them off for 24 hours!!

Hair Tutorials

Some of the “hair tutorials” on pinterest are pretty complicated.

Classic Updo Hair Tutorial
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I tried this one Sunday morning.

One thing I noticed right away: There’s a reason I’m not a model.

That blonde above manages to look pretty good even with hair in her face.

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Me…not so much.

Still, although the instructions were complicated, I was able to follow them. Mostly.

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Here I am at the halfway point.

Here is the final result.

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My husband took this is the Japanese garden at our church. He was very proud of his composition, so I am respectfully not cropping the image. 

Even though I was thinking, Didn’t you realize the photo was supposed to be of my HAIR, not the BUSHES?!

He did say this was my best side, though. Should I be flattered?

Shave the Earth

It’s Pinterest Monday again! Today I’m tackling a tip that’s been circulating with this lovely pic:

Will it work? 1Tbsp of iodine 2% 1Cup of baby oil Rub your hairy area with the mixture and let set for only 5 minutes. Then gently wipe away with a damp cloth. Viola!!!! NO MORE HAIR! -- worth a shot?/Doubtful...
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Is that picture weird or what? Seriously. It looks like Barbie meets Magilla Gorilla.

This is a pinterest dead-end, meaning a picture with no website attached, that carried the comment: “1Tbsp of iodine 2% 1Cup of baby oil Rub your hairy area with the mixture and let set for only 5 minutes. Then gently wipe away with a damp cloth. Viola!!!! NO MORE HAIR! — worth a shot”

I was skeptical of this tip, to say the least. But I dutifully went to the drugstore and purchased 2% iodine and baby oil.

In preparation for this experiment, I also grew my leg hair for a week. Is that dedication, or what?

(No. I did NOT take a picture of my hairy legs. The above image was gross enough, thanks.)

I mixed the two ingredients and put it on my legs, waited, and wiped it off per the instructions. Here are my observations:

  1. Baby oil and iodine do not actually mix; it just makes oil with brown blobs in it.
  2. Iodine stained my white sink with brown splotches.
  3. My legs were still hairy.

My conclusion? DON’T try this. It is not “worth a shot.” I had to soak and scrub the sink like crazy to get that stuff off.

On a more positive note, another pinterest tip worked slightly better.

Is this the truth? Another pinner said: Almost a week since I've shaved and I have stubble is at a minimum. Lifesaver!! Ladies: put down the shaving creams and gels, use baby oil gel. It will change your shave game.
Almost a week since I’ve shaved and I have stubble is at a minimum. Lifesaver!! Ladies: put down the shaving creams and gels, use baby oil gel. It will change your shave game.
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I had never heard of baby oil gel, but it was in the drugstore next to the regular baby oil I bought above.

This worked well, although the gel clogged my razor and did not just rinse off. The razor cleaned off easily enough with soap; however, I sliced my hand open washing it.

(Note to self: Don’t use your bare hands to wipe a sharp blade. Duh.)

And it did keep my legs smooth for an extra day or two. The above claim of a week with no stubble is just ridiculous.

Anyways, the moral of this story is: If you want to get rid of unwanted hair: JUST SHAVE IT OFF!

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Can I make my legs prettier?

Going to try this...2tbs cocoa powder (depending in how tan you want to be.) + Any moisturizer + an empty bottle + mix it all together. Good for super light girls.

First off, these are not my legs. (What a shock.)

This is from a picture on pinterest that had no link attached, but claimed in the comments that you can darken your skin with cocoa powder.

Here are my legs.

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Oh come on! Uncover your eyes; they aren’t THAT bad!

The original pin said: “2 tbs cocoa powder (depending in how tan you want to be.) + Any moisturizer + an empty bottle + mix it all together. Good for super light girls.”

At first I didn’t have any cocoa powder, so I tried coffee.

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It seemed like a good idea at the time.

The interesting thing was, once I’d washed all the coffee grounds off, my legs were super smooth. I think it worked as an exfoliator or something. I even tried it on my face and it made my skin smoother there as well.

So I’d recommend the coffee trick.

As for the cocoa powder, I did finally get some and try it. On the plus side, it DID darken my legs somewhat.

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Unfortunately, it also rubbed brown stuff everywhere (see the ankle smudge above). So it worked about the same as leg makeup I think.

In any case, the whole experiment gave me an excuse to put my feet up and take a bunch of pictures of my legs to show you.

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You’re welcome.

Hair Tips from Pinterest

I’m test-driving some pinterest hair tips for the benefit of you, my reader.

And also to try to make my hair look better.

Easy loop of hair

(original pin from easy loop of hair)

This actually was really easy to do. Here’s how it looked in my hair:

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Not bad, right?

Okay, the next one was a little more trouble.

Half-crown braid

(original pin from crown-braid)

I followed the directions, but my hair did not come out as nicely as Blondie’s there.

For one thing, I had my daughter talking photos of the back of my head. “You can’t see the braid!” I complained when I looked at the photos.

She said, “Mom, your hair is black! It’s hard to see. I can’t help that!”

Which explains why models usually have nice blonde hair, or pretty highlighted hair.

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Anyways, it didn’t look right, and it felt weird. I took the braid out after about an hour because it was annoying.

I think maybe this one was beyond my skill level.

But anyways, one out of two isn’t bad!

Test-Driving Pinterest

I’ve been looking at a lot of “beauty” ideas on pinterest. I thought I’d try a few out and post my results.

So first we have …

Sublime Foot Soak:

Original pin said: “This is crazy. Mix 1/4 c Listerine (any kind but I like the blue), 1/4 c vinegar and 1/2 c of warm water. Soak feet for 10 minutes and when you take them out the dead skin will practically wipe off. Sublime.”

(pin source sublimedecor.com)

First of all, those measurements only yield a scant cup of foot soak. I don’t know about you, but my feet are a little bigger than that.

Even quadrupling the ingredients listed, I had this much solution:

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The sickly green color did not look a BIT like the lovely pic from the pin. And the smell?!

You can probably guess that the combination of vinegar and Listerine did not exactly equal a pleasant aroma.

And it stung my feet a little.

But the question is…. Did it make all the dead skin fall effortlessly off my feet?

Not exactly.

The dead skin on my heels was a little easier to scrape off with a metal file. (I know… ew, right?) 

But there was not much difference between the results from this vile brew and a comfortable foot soak of warm water and nicely-scented soap.

So, the verdict is: It’s not really worth the stench and the sting. 

Just skip this pin.