marilyn in a costume test for how to marry a millionaire via. for the life of me i can't find the original source - please e-mail me if you know!
if you haven't heard about how to look expensive or have and never read it: this is for you.
this book is the beauty bible for us girls who don't have stylists, don't go to the salon for a blowout every week, can't afford $500 facials and haircuts. andrea pomerantz lusitg is the former beauty columnist for glamour, started glamour.com's beauty blog, and spent 10 years before that as the beauty guru for sephora.com and cosmopolitan.
she provides practical, DIY beauty advice and tips, calling upon some of the best (read: expensive) stylists, on how to achieve the flawless looks stars pay oodles for. she doesn't claim that her advice will make you looks like blake lively on the red carpet, but there are insider tricks and tips that we mere mortals aren't privy to. for example, there is a step-by-step guide to blow-drying your hair, with illustrations. after reading that i realized i had been blow-drying my hair incorrectly my whole life. womp womp.
and let's talk about the illustrations. the insanely talented and stylish, dallas shaw, illustrated the entire book, including the adorable cover. i've been a longtime fan of dallas' work and blog and bought the book primarily to support her, not realizing how much i would be impressed with the quality and content.
there are also diagrams for the best haircuts for your face and lifestyle and tips on what kind of highlights are best for your hair color and how to get the most bang for your buck. rather than give you a "best of" list of eye creams, lotions and potions, she provides the ingredients you should be looking for and then gives a few examples of products.
i'm pretty happy with my overall makeup routine, so i spent more time in the hair section, and so glad that i did. lustig tells you the hair products you absolutely need, offering options at all price ranges. and i'm sharing my favorites with you today. the marilyn tuxedo-pro boar bristle brush is a must-have for a shiny, silky blowout. i'm not kidding you, it has changed my hair. it comes in all sizes, but i went with the 3". hint: amazon has the best prices!
the terrycloth hair turban wasn't listed in "the only hair tools you'll ever need" section, but i think it should have been! beauty experts will tell you it's better for your hair to wash it every other day or every couple of days, but obviously you'll still be showering. simply pinning your hair up or using a shower cap lets in steam which essentially deflates your hair. i finally purchased a turban and it worked wonders. my hair retained its style and looked just as buoyant as before.
i'll be honest and say i feel a little self-conscious about carrying the book around town or talking about it with people i don't know that well because i'm afraid the title makes me look superficial. that being said, it's one of the best purchases i made in the last year and i refer to it over and over.
*this is not a sponsored post, just sharing the love!