Whenever I did something in the beauty realm, it was usually for special occasions. I’d been so against pampering myself with stuff because I always looked at how much it costs instead of how it made me feel. I’m starting to get more interested in doing things that make me look and feel good.
I came across dermaplaing a few months ago through a Refinery29 video. Exfoliating is cool and everything but something about seeing the scalpel scraping off the dead skin, hair, and whatever else makes me feel like dermaplaning may be a better solution. Now, I think in conjunction with a facial, my skin can have me looking like Edgewater circa 2003. I feel like there’s only so much a washcloth can do for my skin. Not only are both of those things helpful for making sure my skin stays smooth and supple, they’re also a bit of luxuriousness I need in my life.
My nails have been long my entire life but getting manicures just weren’t something that interested me. I thought it was a waste of money especially when the polish chipped at some point; even painting them myself let like a waste. Robert and I went back and forth for a while about me getting a manicure because I’d always fight against the idea. The idea to settle and finally get my nails done happened a couple months ago when Robert and I were out with some friends and that’s when I learned about NailsByDaisyLe. I already saw an article on Glamour about nail trends for spring and summer so I already knew what design I wanted.
From there, I was obsessed. I look all over Instagram for inspiration and saved the hashtags #marblenails, #tiedyenails, and #foilnails for future looks. I find that gel polish is so much better on my nails than acrylics. The last time I got acrylics done, my nails felt week for months and broke easily. I realized just recently my nails look like they’ve grown more with the gel polish. Plus, they still feel strong so I know I won’t have an issue with them the next time I let them breathe for a bit.
I hardly ever do anything to my hair besides curly, twist out, or a bun. Any Black woman growing up knows that the only time we REALLY got our hair done is for special occasions. The last time I really got my hair done is last year for my graduation. I want to get out of the idea that pretty hair=special occasions and actually get it done when I feel like it. Whenever I go to the hair salon, my usual is very basic: a wash, blow-dry, and flat iron. Considering this is Florida and I work out at the gym, a flat iron isn’t going to last me a day. I’m not entirely sure how many hair videos I watch on Youtube but it’s beyond time to switch that. Plus, whatever I don’t want to do to my own hair, I can do to hair that isn’t “mine” necessarily.
A red lip always reads “glamour” to me. Folks like Tracee Ellis Ross and Gwen Stefani wear a red lip in their everyday life and it looks beyond gorgeous on them. Of course, the key to finding that perfect red lip is finding a shade that works with your skin tone. I have a couple red lipsticks in a makeup bag I usually wear for special occasions. A red lip elevates a casual outfit to something that required some kind of effort. Like Tracee, I’m not wearing mine with foundation; I like the contrast of having a bare face with a “glamorous” red lip.