Wardrobe Architect: Week 8


Week 8 of Wardrobe Architect focuses on hair and makeup. Just like with my wardrobe, I like things to be streamlined and simple. Since I stay at home and have two babies, I know I could totally let my beauty routine fall to the wayside and no one would think less of me. However, I find that taking a little time to make myself feel good allows me to take better care of all the wild bears in this house.


When I was back in Philly a couple weeks ago, I stopped by to see my hairdresser and get a bit of a trim. Basically, it was just getting the dead ends off and reestablishing some bangs (which are already growing out and being sideswept). Before I walked in there I was teetering between getting a big chop or just a little trim, and about a month later I’m still thinking  about it. Hair is a tough one for me. For work it helps to have it long so I can easily pull it back in a bun. With two tiny one and little time to shower or style, longer hair makes sense. See also, grabby hands. I like having short hair, but you can’t get away with leaving it messy. On the other hand, since there isn’t as much of it, it really doesn’t take too long to style. And then again, it’s a pain to deal with at the gym, always flopping around and what not. So for now, it’ll stay long and simple. I think what I don’t like is that it’s at an in-between length right now. Kind of just past my shoulder when it should either be up around my chin or or a few inches past my shoulders. Another issue: I’ve been going grey since I was 14, so the texture of my hair is changing. It’s still soft and fine, there’s still a lot of it, but it behaves differently so I’m still trying to figure it all out. Still, in spite of all this consternation I do like my hair. In fact, I love the color, I’m just still trying to find which style suits it and me best. Most days I just wash, fix my bangs, and go, but if I have more time I do have a routine. I recently got a fancy Drybar blowdryer and it came with the brush so I use those in with Bumble and Bumble’s Blow Dry and maybe a bit of volumizing mousse. Then I’ll run the curling or flat iron through the ends depending on what I’m going for (usually big), and a quick spray with Bumble and Bumble’s Dryspun Finish. Pretty simple. I would like to use more natural products and a find a good shampoo. My hair…a work in progress. (Side note: I love love love my Mason Pearson hairbrush. Expensive, but 100% worth the investment. I’ve had mine for years!)


For makeup I like to keep things really simple and natural, and as you can see, I love everything by Tarte. Since I’m in a big wear glasses everyday phase it’s important to me to have a bit of under eye concealer and mascara on my upper lashes. I also like a bold lip, which is a new thing that I’ve been pleasantly surprised by. I hate having a lot of bathroom clutter so keeping my makeup simple is key. I always make sure to stay on top of expiration periods, and replace everything once or twice a year to avoid bacteria. While I don’t wear a lot of perfume right now, my favorite scents are Stella McCartney and Diptyque L’ombre Dans Leau.

I’ve updated my Pinterest board with some natural makeup looks, as well as tips for wearing makeup with glasses that I’ve found helpful along the way.


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