1. “tightlining” my eyes:
So I’m pretty lazy. Or, not lazy but overworked, underslept, and generally a little exhausted. Therefore, if I can get away with doing just about nothing to my face on the weekends, then mores the better. But I still want to look, you know, vaguely presentable, especially on a day like today, when I’m going to the library to study and pick up books, which means I might just bump into a student or something… like I did yesterday, when I was wearing absolutely no makeup, and had gotten caught in the rain on my bike. Basically what I’m saying is that I may or may not have looked like a shipwrecked sailor, not the professional I want to look like. And I was carrying around a twelve pack of toilet paper and a six pack of beer. It didn’t look good. So naturally I bumped right into (literally, his cart into my cart) a student. Classy.
Therefore, as I venture forth from my seclusion today, I thought I’d try the technique of tightlining that I just learned about here. Basically, it’s a very slim, tight line of cream eyeliner (which I always use and absolutely swear by) applied just under the lashes, against the waterline. And then a ton of mascara (which is always useful). I like the subtlety and the simplicity, especially because I’m not wearing anything other than the eyes and think that the definition really lights up my face. So, thoughts? Did it work? Have you tried tightlining (whether or not you knew the name of it)? Do you have another technique for looking a touch put together on casual days?
2. fishtail braid
I’m starting to think that the braid with the shirt makes me a little bit Prairie Home, but I’m resigned to it. Anyhow, have I mentioned strenuously enough yet how badly I need a haircut? Because it is really, truly bad. It’s been (I hate to admit this) eight months. Wowza. So I have an appointment for a cut (and highlights, which will be a first for me!) later this week, but till then, I’m trying to just hang in there. And since I have to slap a helmet on my head, a ponytail or bun (which are my usual bad hair day solution) are out of the question. I decided, therefore, to give the hip fishtail braid thing a shot and, well, I think the results are mixed. To really see the difference between this type of plaiting and the standard kind, I think a much fuller, thicker head of hair is necessary. But I still like the ease and polish of this braid, which resists getting that messy look that a standard braid gives me with my layers. Again, thoughts? Yes, no? Have you done this with similar, better, or worse results? Do you have other ideas for how to achieve the slight amount of casual polish that I need on the weekends?