Halloween with Kandee Johnson

Kandee is an amazing artist and I definitely suggest you watch all of her youtube videos. She’s got tons of costume videos so if you don’t know what to be for Halloween, she can give you some great ideas. I love this one…

She looks just like Betty Boop!


Pi Phi Under Fire

I don’t know what the big deal is! I read the whole list here and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it. No frumpy clothes? I don’t think this is too much to ask. No caked on black eye makeup? So what?

Cornell’s Pi Phi certainly doesn’t sound like the sororoties in the movies.

House Bunny

I think that girls nowadays should all try to look there best and care about the way they look and how people see them. The way women dress and take care of themselves show how much respect they have for themselves.

House Bunny poster


What do you think? Click on the link to read the list.

What’s Wrong with the Drugstore?

paul mitchell

I love the drugstore and it’s aisles of haircare products. I love to go there and open the bottles and sqeeze them just enough to sample the scent of coconut…the aroma of rose hips. I have used a plethora of shampoos and conditioners on my hair, always choosing the mousturizing formulas, never buying the salon brands. Of course, I enjoy the shampoo at the salon and the fresh smell of the conditioners, but it’s just too expensive for me.

While sitting in the salon chair, getting my hair chopped off, the subject of salon brand hair products came up between the stylists.

Young One- No one will buy our products, not with the economy.

Old One-Yeah, they go to Wal Mart and buy them. But, they don’t know that they’re (the product) crap!

Young One-I know! They “fell off the truck” and sometimes they just bottle anything and then the customer thinks it’s the real thing!

They continued to talk about how all of the Pantene commercials are lies, and that Pantene does nothing for your hair. Personally, I use Herbal Essences.

Well, I was quite silent, because I am a user of this “crap.”

So, is this true? Do the general stores really rip us off with fake salon products? Are salon products that different than regular brands?

To answer the first question, I did some research, and I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t know what the answer is. Most who have this problem on their minds talk about Paul Mitchell brand.

There was a heated argument that made me giggle like a kindergartner on The Beauty Brains article Are salon products in regular stores the same as those in salons–According to the Beauty Brains, Paul Mitchell likes the drugstore because it boosts his sales. He just pretends nothing is going on. But if you look at the flyer on top of this post, there is a different story. Salons furiously defend their products and condemn the “salon” brands at Wal-Mart and supermarkets saying they dilute the product with water and harmful chemicals. The Beauty Brains says this just isn’t true.  Who do you believe?

Of course, it would be nicer if everyone purchased their hair products at salons to keep small businesses afloat, but it’s cheaper to buy them at general stores.

Now, for the second question…I compared conditioning treatments because if any brand was to perform, I think it would be with the deep contitioners. I was going to compare Paul Mitchell with Pantene Pro-V Deep Moisturizing Treatment but when I saw Pantene’s ingredients, I was very disappointed. It may make your hair soft, if it is fine and oily, because it didn’t have enough moisturizer for dry hair. In my opinion.

Garnier Fructis: Fortifying Deep Conditioner-3 minute masque

Ingredients: Saccharum Officiarum (Sugar Cane) Extract–hydrates

 Chlorhexidine Dihydrochloride– Antimicrobial

 Cetrimonium Chloride-smoothing, anti-static

Cetearyl Alcohol-smoothing, anti-static

Bentrimonium Chloride-anti-static, antimicrobial

PEG-180– Humectant

Amodimethicone-Selective conditioning

Cetyl Esters-Thickener

Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract-Hair growth

Methylparaben-Antifungal (preservative)

Hydroxyethylcellulose-Thickening agent

Niacinamide-good for acne (?)

Pyridoxine HCl-Moisturizer

Citric Acid-cleanser (can strip hair of moisture)

Trideceth-12-prevents build-up

Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract-Astringent

Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract F.I.L. D2669/1-Nutrients

Paul Mitchell-Super-Charged Moisturizer

Ingredients: Cetyl Alcohol-Lubricant used for consistency

Stearyl Alcohol-Smoother, thickener

Hydrolyzed Soy Protein-Adds shine, detangles

Stearalkonium Chloride-Anti-static

Bisamino PEG/PPG-41/3 Aminoethyl PG-Propyl Dimethicone-Conditioner

Hedychium Coronarium (White Ginger)– aka awapuhi, moisturizer

PEG-12 Dimethicone-smoothing


Tocopheryl Acetate-aka Vitamin E Acetate, uv protection, moisturizer

 Bisamino PEG/PPG-41/3 Aminoethyl PG Propyl Dimethicone-conditioner

Algae-Lots of Protein

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf -moisuturizer

Anthemis Nobilis-aka Chamomile, adds luster and smells pretty

Lawsonia Inermis (Henna)-enhances color, conditioner

Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba)-Conditioner

Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary)-Enhances color, conditioner

PEG-12 Dimethicone-smoothing

Lecithin– Paul Mitchell is cruelty free so I guess this is plant derived?-hair growth, smoothing

Glycerin-absorbs moisture

Wheatgermamidopropyl Ethyldimonium Ethosulfate-haven’t a clue

Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride-smoothing

Cetearyl Alcohol-smoothing, anti-static


Citric Acid-cleanser (can strip hair of moisture)

DMDM Hydantoin-preservative

Iodopropynyl Butylcarbarnate-preservative

Right off the bat, I could see that there are a lot more ingredients in the Paul Mitchell brand. That doesn’t make it better! There are a lot of “cones” in the Paul Mitchell brand. Cones are notorious for causing build-up, but these cones have “PEG” in them, which fixes that problem.

Paul Mitchell wins in my book.

I will use both of these products in the future and see how my hair turns out!

I am glad I did this just for myself. I think that I should do this for everything I consume. Why not? We should all care about what we put in/on our bodies. I’ll have to wait and see if I do it. The research will keep me busy!

Hairdos Throughout the Ages~~Europe


Diamond hair clips and tiara (1899)









Hairstyles have gone through fantastic changes throughout the years! From high fashion to reserved, history repeats itself!

17th Century~~~~~~~>


Queen Elizabeth of Bohemia~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Eliz_bohemia_3


HUGE hair was in this century~~

 A high forehead was a sign of beauty and prestige. So women shaved the front of their heads to push back their hairline!

 That’s a lot of hair jewelry…

















big hair of the 17th century











 Some men and women used horsehair to make their hair bigger and molded their hairstyles over birdcages and springs.




pretty curls 17th century 








17th Century–pretty curls frame this unknown lady’s face









Stick pin common in the 17th century. Hair decoration inside is probably a memorial to a loved one.

Change Your Hair…

Without Going to the Salon!

Hairdo by Jessica Simpson and Ken Paves.

Jessica Simpson Bangs

Now you can have your bangs, and never have to grow them out!









 Available in 9 colors, these bangs are available on Amazon.com, VogueWigs.com, and salons. Check the website for where you can purchase them.  They are very easy to put in and take out and look very natural. I know what a pain it is to grow bangs out! They are more affordable than other extensions (around $30) and I think they are the most natural look.

Goth, Punk, emo. Kids these days… (1 OF A SERIES OF 3)

Goth, Punk, emo.What’s the difference? I don’t know but I’m willing to find out!


When I think of Goth, I think of black lipstick and combat boots. Lots of piercings and mohawks. Sure, there is a lot of that. Goth got its origins from Gothic literature as well as the victorian era (think Sleepy Hollow and Dracula), all the way up to the 1970s and 80s (Punk). So its kind of an offshoot of early Punk. To be a Goth is to reject some of the values and norms of society. Not to paint them as deviants but just as free-thinkers. Those who think “outside the box.” Preston A. Elder, owner of   GothNetButton03 , put it all together nicely:

Modern goth (ignoring where the name itself originally comes from) started in the early 80’s as part of the punk subculture (which is itself was a rejection of most societal values, and anything considered part of the ‘norm’). The phrase was coined by the band manager of Joy Division, Anthony H. Wilson, who described the band as ‘Gothic compared with the pop mainstream’. The term stuck, and as punk eventually died, Goth survived and became its own subculture. The punk clothing and hairstyles mellowed, and the core ‘rejection of society’ attitude alone lived on in the gothic subculture.

The clothes and makup Goths wear, as well as the style of music they listen to differ from person to person, but to give a general idea…

Check out the mainly black clothes, white face makeup, and scary eyes. Pretty stereotypical, right?
Here is a lovely picture of Kerli, a singer from Estonia, known by her fans as a “Goth Princess.” I think she is more pop/rock though!
Great song for “New Moon”
Goth Girl--Photo Credit--Steffe

Goth Girl--Photo Credit--Steffe


the cure

The Cure–Goth Rock band since the late 70s.

There’s lots more to learn about the subculture, Goth. Check out these sites for more—http://www.goth.net/, http://www.sfgoth.com/primer/— and this fun goth blog–http://www.gothsinhotweather.com/