Coffee Break: Natural Silk Pillowcase

As I mentioned in our post on the best beauty treatments to save time, I just got my first keratin treatment for my hair earlier this summer, so I’ve been on the “take good care of your hair treatment” train, using only sulfate-free shampoos and other things that are often recommended for people who color their hair. (Here are two affordable sulfate-free shampoos if you’re hunting.) One tip my hairdresser gave me was to try to sleep on a silk pillowcase, which I’d read before as generally being good for curly hair — so I got this $20 one at Amazon (in a briiiiight royal blue, one of the 30+ colors this thing comes in). For a $20 pillowcase, I like it! Will it be as sumptuous as the $300 silk pillowcase I was drooling over at ABC Carpet & Home the other week? Nooooo… no it will not.  Will you notice a $280 difference? Eh.  ALASKA BEAR – Natural Silk Pillowcase

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Guest Post: Is Microblading Worth It to Enhance Your Brows?

Is Microblading Worth It? Guest Post from Blue Collar Red LipstickAdina J. of Blue Collar Red Lipstick is one of my favorite work style bloggers and Instagrammers (and she’s a lawyer!) so I was excited to see that a) she’d written about her experience with microblading on her blog and then b) agreed to share it with us since I knew a lot of people were curious about whether microblading was worth it after our post on beauty treatments to save time.  Readers, have you tried microblading, or are you considering it? Have you used other things to enhance your brows, like growth serums or brow tinting (either salon or DIY methods)? HUGE thanks to Adina for sharing her microblading experience with us — and a warm welcome to Corporette! — Kat  

If you have more than a passing acquaintance with Instagram, then you have probably seen something about #microblading. And if you are anything like me — 30-something, with enough disposable income to satisfy my social media–driven curiosity about strange beauty trends — then you’ve probably considered trying it. If that’s the case, you probably have questions. I know I did. Having now gone through the experience, I can tell you that the answers I found online in my initial searches contained some glaring omissions. I’m going to try to address some of them.

Just in case you have not seen one of the bazillion Instagram videos floating around, let’s start with the basics. Microblading is the newest version of tattoo makeup. Unlike the regular tattoo process, which uses a needle (or needles), microblading uses tiny blades to create cuts in the skin, into which pigment is deposited. Each cut is intended to look like an individual eyebrow hair. The result is semi-permanent, lasting anywhere from one to three years. It is not an inexpensive procedure; at my spa, the cost was $375 for the original appointment plus the necessary follow-up, and this is on the lower end of the cost scale based on quotes I’ve seen online (for example, Piret Aava, the “Eyebrow Doctor,” charges $1,500 in NYC).

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My Magnetic Lashes Review of One Two Cosmetics

magnetic lashes review one two cosmeticsI have NEVER been able to do false eyelashes, and taking the time to go get lash extensions is just not in the cards for me from a time/money perspective. (I am also mascara challenged.) So this is my magnetic lashes review (specifically, One Two Cosmetics’ Magnetic Lashes).

I’m not sure if it’s from the Jenna Marbles video (NSFW) on what your eyelashes mean (she talks about “natural” fake lashes around the 4:40 mark) or this Buzzfeed Ladylike review in general of false eyelashes, but for some reason I keep thinking this is something I need to spend some time on: perfecting my fake eyelash game. The Buzzfeed crew said they had used Esqido lashes (affiliate link), which are around $32 at Amazon, but I balked at spending that much on yet another failed attempt to “learn” eyelashes when it sounded like every single attempt I’d ever made to learn eyelashes. So when I heard about magnetic lashes from One Two Lash, even though they were $60, it made more sense to me — they’re reusable, come with two applications, and there’s no glue involved, which was always where things went wonky for me in the past. (The case comes with 8 lashes, as pictured — two go on each eye, one on top and one on bottom. The other four lashes are spares.) I finally pulled the trigger on magnetic lashes a few weeks ago, and I’m giving them a definite thumbs-up, with some caveats.

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Which Beauty Treatments Save The Most Time For Busy Women?

beauty treatments to save timeTrying to get a minimal beauty routine and reduce the time you spend getting ready? Reader J wrote in with a great idea for an open thread, wondering which beauty treatments save time, and give you the biggest bang for your buck? I’m curious to hear what readers say about this.

Hi there! I have a suggestion for a discussion either here or on CorporetteMoms. I have a pretty minimal beauty and skincare routine, yet I feel like I spend a lot of time “getting ready”. I’m wondering how other readers have used professional services such as waxing, eyebrow tinting, permanent make-up, microblading, and other beauty treatments to save time. Which services are worth the cost and make a real difference in the reader’s daily routines. Thank you!

VERY interesting! I’ve written before about how much I love my laser hair removal and I would definitely recommend it, despite the pain and the expense — it’s been almost ten years since I had it done and I can’t remember the last time I shaved my legs. I would also definitely be on the weekly blowout train if I wanted something sleeker than my wavy/curly hair — I’d much rather spend 60 minutes getting my hair blown out to perfection and rocking the look for 3-5 days rather than fighting for 25-35 minutes on my own and getting a lousy look that didn’t last more than a day or two. (Here are my tips on how to make your blowout last for days!) I also just got a “healthy” keratin treatment on my hair, at the encouragement of a friend who loves her keratin treatments — my initial thought was that it took ten years off my hair (and it went from crazy dry frizzy to only slightly dry frizzy) but I’m waiting until this one wears off and I get my second treatment before I really weigh in. I was also intrigued to see readers discussing eyebrow tinting, specifically using Just For Men to tint eyebrows recently — I ordered some from Amazon and am going to give it a try! I’ve never tried Botox (although I’ve discussed Juvederm with my derm for my “marionette” lines, yay), but I know many MANY readers have given shoutouts to it.  Blue Collar Red Lipstick just did a mini-review of her microblading treatment, and I know Bee at HelloBee has shared that she got her eyebrows tattooed. I’ve been considering doing a Zoom teeth whitening treatment after another blogger I read had it done (I thought it was Wardrobe Oxygen but I can’t find the post now). (The NYT just had a similar article along these lines, about microblading, tattoos, and hair extensions.)

Ladies, what about you — which treatments and services have you considered or gotten in order to streamline your routine? What would you advise other busy professionals looking for beauty treatments to save time? Have you tried microblading, makeup tattoos, laser hair removal, and so forth?  

Picture via Stencil.

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Beauty and Makeup Open Thread: What Do You Love, What Are You Hunting

Here’s a fun open thread topic today: what makeup are you loving right now? What makeup and beauty things are you hunting for? What makeup trends intrigue you — what do you want to try?

Here’s the makeup I’m loving right now (applied directly on top of my favorite sunscreen – I don’t do foundation on a daily basis):

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Three Weird Beauty Rules I Follow

weird beauty rules I followI was thinking about this the other day while moisturizing behind my ears: I follow some weird-ass beauty rules. And I got these gems from even weirder places. So I thought it might be a fun thread — what weird beauty rules do YOU follow — and if there’s a story there, where did you get your weird beauty rules?

(Hmmn: I suppose everything in our older post on the best beauty advice you’ve ever heard could count as weird beauty rules, like putting deodorant and dry shampoo on at night! Also, there was a great threadjack about skincare recently — thanks to readers I now want to check out everything from the new-to-me brand The Ordinary.)

Weird Beauty Rule #1: I moisturize behind my ears.

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