What’s the Best Bob for You?

The “Bob” is a tried and true hair style that has been popular since the Jazz Age. Whether you’re keeping it soft and casual or edgy and bold this is a versatile and chic style that can work for anyone.  So let’s explore the various incarnations of “The Bob”.

A-Line/Asymmetrical: 

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This bob tilts the perimeter of the haircut so that the corners or points of the style are longer in either the front or to one side. A true A-Line will not have layers or be stacked in the back. It will also frame the face in the front and curl under the chin. That’s not to say you can’t make it your own and shake it up a bit. If you want even more playfulness try the Asymmetrical Bob. Longer on one side, this style looks fantastic textured or with a few layers. Both of these looks, when kept close to the jaw line, have a slimming affect on the face.

Blunt:

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Most closely aligned with the iconic imagery of the style, the blunt bob comes to a uniform length all around the perimeter of the cut. Length can vary on this look from resting just below the chin to extending to just above the shoulders (nearing the “Lob” look). If you have a finer hair texture a blunt bob can add an impression of fullness to your hair.

Layered:

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The most relaxed styles of the bob, the layered look is casual and softens the features. It can be based in a blunt or asymmetrical bob and is usually kept on the longer side. Just as with the other bobs, this can be styled sleek and straight or tousled; It also offers versatility in its length, allowing for pony-tails or chignons.

Live Healthy – Massage.

Massage. Love it! Seriously, what’s not to like about it? Whether you need knots worked out, an afternoon to de-stress, or simply a caring touch…or hell, all of the above- massage is amazing. Study after study has proven that getting regular massages can be instrumental in improving your over-all health, too.

“But how, Caitlin? How can having another human-being rub me down with oil possibly make me feel better?”, you ask.

Well, this is how.

First, let’s look at the technical side. The tightly wound, stressed out and “oh goodness this hurts!” side. Whether you’re up and moving all day or sitting at a desk, your muscles could probably use some TLC. We build up knots, inflammation, and toxins in our tissue that need to be kneaded out. Massage therapists are trained in detail about anatomy and the various systems of the body, such as circulatory and lymphatic, so they can not only ease tension and pain and help to push those toxins out of your body but also give you valuable knowledge on how to prevent further knotting in your muscles.

And then there’s that whole heavenly relaxation aspect. Dim lighting, soothing aromatherapy, and happy endorphins flooding your system. Yes, please! Besides unwinding your muscles and lowering your heart rate, massage also reduces levels of the hormone cortisol (which is associated with pain and inflammation) and produces an influx of serotonin and dopamine (associated with feeling awesome!). If you’re feeling down, this is a sure fire way to pick yourself up. We’re human- we need touch and to feel sincerely cared for. You’re going to leave feeling happier and lighter than when you walked in.

Don’t continue dealing with or tolerating pain. Don’t let yourself get used to it as “part of the job” or just another ache that you ignore- be it physical or emotional. It’s okay to need and want to feel better. Take the time for yourself and commit to feeling better. Take care of yourself. Get a massage. You’ll love it and you’ll love how you feel.

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What’s the Shelf Life on That?

Think a second for me- how long have you had your mascara? Eyeliner? Lipstick? These are objects that come in contact with sensitive areas (at least your eyes, anyway) on a daily basis…so what do you suppose the shelf life of these cosmetics is?

The most common risk of holding on to your makeup for too long is the threat of infection. Should you ever have an eye infection and not throw out your mascara or eye liners you could possibly expose yourself to the same contaminate again and again. Any moist product, be it a lipstick, cream blush or eyeshadow, or liner has the potential to harbor bacteria. Ew.

While the FDA does set production regulations for cosmetics, the United States doesn’t have any laws requiring cosmetic manufacturers to include expirations on their packaging. Most information about when to toss your Lash Blast comes from those within the beauty industry.  OSHA and each state’s Board of Cosmetology have strict guidelines for health and safety that these professionals have to adhere to. These include application procedures, how to properly sanitize and store makeup, and also when to discard and renew their stock.

So…how long has that mascara been sitting in your makeup bag then? If it’s been more than three months it’s time to toss it out. Mascara has the shortest lifespan of any makeup you’ll use. Given that the applicator goes from your eye straight back into the tube, the risk of spreading bacteria is higher than any other product. If your mascara starts to dry out before the 90 day mark or starts to smell a little off-throw it away. Not doing so will only increase your chances of an eye infection.

Eye and lip pencils have a much hardier longevity; provide you care for them properly. If you sharpen your pencils after each use (and if you really want to be a stickler for sanitization- spritz with alcohol) they can last up to two years.

Lip gloss and lipstick are less likely to grow bacteria that other liquid or crème based products but should still have an eye kept on them. As clean as we think we are, they are still coming in contact with our mouths and being stored within the same container over and over. Lip gloss can be held onto for around 6 months and lip stick for up to 1 year. Taking a tissue to your lipstick after each use will help increase its life a bit, too.

Shadows, blushes, concealers, or foundations also have more life to them. Liquid/cream variations of these products can survive upwards of 12 months with proper brush care. Powders can last closer to two years. Spraying your brushes with a cleaner or diluted alcohol and gently swirling them on a towel to remove excess product is enough to keep them clean and sanitized. If you’re concerned with drying out your brushes with the alcohol solution, go for a brush cleaner bought from your salon or cosmetic counter.

Where you store your products has an effect on them as well. All products should be closed tightly in between uses, but also kept in a dry, cool place. Think about it- bacteria thrives in warm, moist environments. So don’t leave your makeup bag in the car or your products haphazardly scattered about your bathroom. A sticky, hot car and a steamy bathroom may not be the final curtain on your makeup but it will contribute to its ultimate demise.

Take care of your makeup- you’ve invested a lot of money into purchasing it and time into wearing it! Good sanitation practices will not only protect you, but also keep your makeup alive and kicking longer, too. Be aware of how long you’ve had your products and even if you have to grin and bear it- let it go when it’s time.

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