I have hair that sometimes looks like bacon—not delicious and addictive, but crispy and curly. On straighter days it might look smooth and lustrous, but usually it’s just flat and uninspired. On my grave, surely someone will write: “here lies Ashley: her hair always reminded people of the losing side of a fight.” But this isn’t a sad story at all; let’s get to the good part.
In honor of Women’s History Month (better late than never, eh?), I’d like to highlight a woman dear to me, Mallatobuck, a distant relative and more famously, Chewbacca’s wife. I know we’re related because we share the same genetic tendency to sprout body hair at an unrelenting speed. So what’s a hairy woman to do when she’d like to be, well, less hairy? She turns to the folks who spend a lifetime hacking through hair as dense as a German forest, you know, men.
This leads me to Bevel, the 90-day shaving system tailored to prevent ingrown hairs (if your hair is curly you know what I mean), and an overall superior shave. I interviewed Bevel’s founder about the innovative shaving kit and his thoughts on how to achieve the perfect shave.
The last time you bathed, do you remember? I’m not talking about that weakling of an experience you had this morning where you slapped on some suds, mulled over your problems, and then called yourself clean after 10 minutes—I’m talking about an actual bath. So when was it? Were rubber duckies your companions? Did you have poison oak? The last time I bathed preempts the first iPad, when Lebron was going to make Cleveland GREAT, and the only magazines that covered any Kardashian were King and FHM. A lot has changed since then, so grow up with me and learn how to bathe like a queen (quite literally).
First let’s talk about what this post is not about. It’s not about cleansers, creams, peels, serums, exfoliants, or masks. It’s not about the latest and greatest cleansing device or a spa treatment more costly than a car payment. It is about acne, clear skin, and a complexion that looks like a genetic jackpot. I’m talking about cod liver oil.
Meet Jodie Patterson. She’s one of those effortlessly beautiful women you thought only existed within the confines of the Obama gene pool or a J. Crew catalog. Visit DOOBOP.com and you’ll meet her answer to the plunging gap between a demand for beauty e-tailers that speak to women of color and its limited supply. As Chief Creative Officer of DOOBOP and founder of her own skincare line, Georgia by Jodie Patterson, she has a hand in many pots, jars, and tubes that amplify a woman’s innate beauty. Which are her favorites? We talk the beauty products worthy of a lifetime commitment, the ones that make her feel sexiest, sultry looks, and so much more.
The bad hair day corners the market in terms of public gripes, but it’s the bad skin day that does the most damage. I can conceal uncooperative hair with a hat and it’s called accessorizing; if I do the same with bad skin it’s confused with attempted burglary. A possible solution: Clearasil’s new Daily Clear Superfruit lineup.
People ask me about skincare often, it’s kind of my thing, and more often than not, the electronic face brush is a conversational fixture. My advice about the power brushes is similar to advice given to me when I debated the Blackberry to iPhone leap: don’t make the purchase unless you’re comfortable with feeling naked, needy, and up a creek without a paddle in its absence. Yes they’re addictive and no, you won’t ever feel as clean with just soap and water after you give the face brushes a try. So in the spirit of codependence, let’s explore the DDF Revolve Professional 500X.
I lack an essential estrogen receptor that makes awards shows painfully dull to me. Sure there may be a twinge of excitement when my best picture prediction rings true, but overall they just aren’t my thing. I will twerk for the pre-show though, when the gowns and face paints are on full display. I rounded up the three best beauty looks from last night’s Golden Globes and break down how you can recreate them at home.