Is the angled lob the perfect cut for thick hair?

Hi friends!

I’m talking about hair today for the first time ever on here. The hair in question is my hair actually; who knew 😉. This is inspired by an Instagram Story I did about a week ago where I discussed my angled lob haircut (lob = long bob), and how it’s helped me with my thick-hair struggles. So this is really an extension of that conversation. (If you didn’t see my Story, don’t fret, I’ll be covering all the same stuff here.) So if you’re out there having similar struggles to me and are looking for a change, perhaps this post may help you in some way. That’s the goal!

MY HAIR TEXTURE

I have really thick, wavy, but fine-textured hair. So my hair is quite soft (not coarse at all), but I have a ton of it. When my hair was very long I regularly broke hair bands trying to put in ponytails. Yup. And nearly every hairstylist that has touched my head has remarked on just how much hair I have. “You have enough hair for two heads, not just one!” I think you get the point now!

THE ANGLED LOB HAIRCUT – WHAT THE HECk IS IT ANYWAY??

You can easily search Google Images for what is called an ‘angled lob’ haircut, but what really is it? Well, a few years ago when I was tired beyond belief of long, layered hair I started searching the internet for alternative hair styles & cuts that would suit thick, textured hair. I began to find these images of cool, angled cuts where the hair slopes down from back to front. The length would vary a bit from image to image, but generally the longest pieces hit just below the collar bone, and the shortest pieces graze the shoulder.

Read this: Long Angled Bob Haircuts That Prove Blunt Isn’t Always Better.

Side view of my angled lob haircut
Showing my angled lob cut from the side. Just so you know, I have my head titled slightly to the side to show the cut better.

So I went to my hairstylist armed with a few different inspiration photos and we discussed pro’s & con’s; ultimately we decided it was a good decision for my hair texture and she cut it in. Besides the graduation in length from back to front, my hair has long layers and is texturized a bit at the ends to combat bulk.

I absolutely love this cut, and have never looked back…except for a bit last summer when I thought I wanted to grow my hair long again, but then quickly decided to cut the lob back in. Phew!

WHY I THINK THE ANGLED LOB IS GREAT FOR THICK HAIR

I can only speak from my experience, of course, but this cut has helped reduce my hair’s volume & bulkiness. Some of the big problems with my natural hair texture is its ability to frizz and double in size in hot, humid weather, and just its overall manageability. Of course my hair is still going to frizz despite this cut (products can help address frizziness), but I can still pull my hair half-back or even full-up in bad weather if need be.

Another great thing about the angled lob haircut is that it works nicely with your hair’s natural texture. You don’t necessarily have to straighten your hair everyday to make this cut look good; I’d even argue that this cut looks much better with some wave or curl. I had a blow-out before these photos were taken so my hair here is straighter than I normally would wear it. Day-to-day, I use the natural waves of my hair to give this cut more movement.

Back view of my angled lob cut
View of the back of my angled lob cut. These are the shortest pieces of hair.

BONUS: THE UNDERCUT

Last summer I went a step further in my quest to combat bulkiness: I had my hairstylist give me an undercut. From the nape of my neck to a few inches up the back of my head, my hair is buzzed very close to the scalp. It doesn’t show on the sides of my head at all, nor can you see it at all unless I pull all my hair up. In other words, it can stay hidden if you want it to.

I don’t tend to the undercut very often, and usually have it re-buzzed every 2 months or whenever I’m going back to the salon. So between the lob cut & and the undercut, I’m really enjoying my hair’s lighter volume. I don’t foresee changing this combo for quite a while.

If the undercut seems too extreme for you, you absolutely don’t need it to take bulk out of your thick hair. There are a variety of other ways, like the angled lob cut for example. Talk to your hairstylist about what might work best for you, your hair texture and your lifestyle. It’s really handy to have a good stylist who understands your hair texture.

My shaved undercut

I hope this post has given you some ideas if you’re looking to change up your hairstyle. Don’t be afraid to experiment! Hair always grows back and nothing is permanent.

Do you have any favorite hairstyles or tips for battling bulky hair? I’d love to know!

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A chat with creator Priyanka Patel of Glamour and Giggles

Instagram images that have inspired me, Vol. 5

Review: CoverGirl Clean Liquid Foundation

Xo, Erica

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Review: CoverGirl Clean Liquid Foundation

Hi friends!

Well, it’s review time. Back in December you may remember that I visited the CoverGirl flagship store in NYC, and snagged a few products for free (read the full story by clicking the first link below); I’m very lucky that the Clean Liquid Foundation was one of them. I’ve been testing this formula out since then so I’m ready to present you with my thoughts & opinions now! So let’s get into it.

(Just FYI, this is not about the matte/oil-free or the sensitive skin versions.)

Read this: I went to the new CoverGirl flagship store in NYC!

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Let your natural beauty shine through with COVERGIRL Clean Liquid Makeup! Clean Makeup’s water-based foundation noncomedogenic formula lets your skin breathe, goes on easily, and blends perfectly, so the world doesn’t see makeup, just the look of great skin. COVERGIRL Clean Liquid Makeup is also available in Sensitive Skin and Oil Control formulas. 

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PRODUCT BENEFITS

Water based foundation. Goes on easily and blends perfectly. Available in matte and sensitive formulas.

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HOW I Apply THIS PRODUCT

I like to dab medium-sized dots of this on the areas I want coverage (generally around the T-zone), and then blend in circular motions with my fingers. I like my base products to appear and feel as skin-like as possible. I have not tried applying this with a brush. I do not set this foundation with powder (it’s winter and I already have dry skin, so that ain’t happenin’!).

MY THOUGHTS ON PACKAGING

Packaging of CoverGirl Clean Liquid Foundation

The glass bottle is small & dainty with no pump. Definite pro’s & con’s here. I like the fact that it’s small but still holds 30 mL; the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue holds just 5 mL more but is much bigger, for example. It’s also easy to store on your vanity at this size. However, it’s glass so you can’t really travel with it or toss it in your handbag if you wanted to. And no pump = more mess. I will always prefer a pump to control the amount of product.

Rating: 3.5 / 5 ⭐️

Read this: Review: Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue

MY THOUGHTS ON APPLICATION

This is marketed for normal skin types, but this formula applies & blends pretty effortlessly over my dry skin. The consistency is quite thin but that’s not surprising considering it’s a “water-based foundation.” I will tell you that I’ve applied this both over a moisturizing primer and over bare skin; I prefer over a primer but you can certainly apply over bare skin without much tugging or patching off. Ah, and before I forget, this foundation does have a scent that dissipates after application. I personally don’t mind it, but if you are sensitive please be aware.

Rating: 5 / 5 ⭐️

MY THOUGHTS ON COVERAGE

Overall, I’d categorize this as a light coverage product, which is A-OK with me. You can build it up ever so slightly in places where you want more coverage, but do not buy it thinking it will give you a flawless complexion. It definitely won’t.

Rating: 5 / 5 ⭐️

MY THOUGHTS ON FINISH

This has a very natural finish for sure. It’s definitely not matte, definitely not dewy; it’s completely somewhere in the middle. It just looks like skin, but slightly more perfected. As someone who doesn’t like wearing heavy coverage products, this is awesome!

Rating: 5 / 5 ⭐️

MY THOUGHTS ON SHADE SELECTION

Swatch of CoverGirl Clean Liquid Foundation in the shade Ivory in direct sunlight

I only see 11 shades listed on CoverGirl’s website for this foundation; not that great. Weirdly, the shade I have is 105 Ivory but that’s not even listed online. I see 110 Classic Ivory; is it the same? No idea, so not sure what’s going on there.

Rating: 2 / 5 ⭐️

MY THOUGHTS ON LONGEVITY

This foundation definitely sticks around quite a while on my skin. Usually I wear my makeup anywhere from 8 – 11 hours depending on the day, and when I go to finally remove my makeup I still see the effects of this product on my skin. However, please keep in mind that I have not worn this foundation in heat or humidity yet, so I don’t know how this would stand up in that environment.

Rating: 5 / 5 ⭐️

MY THOUGHTS ON PRICE

You can see some of the prices listed above from different retailers. It’s CoverGirl, you know the drill, it’s very affordable stuff. For me, someone who likes a lighter coverage, I think this product is totally worth the price tag(s). If you need or want fuller coverage, as cheap as this is, it would be a waste of money for you. So make sure you know what you want before you buy.

Rating: 5 / 5 ⭐️

Swatch of CoverGirl Clean Liquid Foundation blended out (in shade Ivory)

FINAL THOUGHTS

Despite the fumbles with packaging and shade range, I do think this is a lovely foundation if you’re looking for something lightweight and natural-looking. It’s very affordable and does exactly what it says on the tin, so to speak. I will gladly continue to use it!

Have you tried the Clean Liquid Foundation? If so, what are your thoughts? I’d love to know!

Xo, Erica

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Instagram images that have inspired me, Vol. 5

Hi friends!

It’s been over a month since my last post featuring inspiring beauty images from Instagram, so I thought it was high time for another installment. If you’re new to my blog, every month I post a few beautiful and eye-catching images that I’ve cherry-picked from IG to share with you all. I feature anything from big beauty campaigns, to the work of MUAs, to product flat-lays and other things of that nature. But I do like to throw in a “wildcard” image or two, unrelated to beauty, just to keep things interesting and varied.

Catch up on all my previous IG lists: Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3, Vol. 4.

So without further ado, here are January’s picks!

Beauty Pie IG image

I love most of the images that @beautypie uploads to their IG grid to be honest, so I could have picked any one of them. But I just loved the black against the rose gold color of this particular highlighter, and the play of light and shadows together. I also love the type Beauty Pie uses for their logo; very clean & modern. There’s just something to be said about simple, yet effective photography, and that’s what I feel Beauty Pie does really well on Instagram.

Pat McGrath Labs IG image

I didn’t even read the caption on this image from @patmcgrathreal, I just immediately snapped a pic of it! How gorgeous and beautiful is this?? Even though one of their glitter lipsticks did end up on my December anti-wishlist (which you can read here), I still do appreciate just how striking a shiny, glittery lip can look on camera. Pat McGrath Labs probably does some of the most beautiful cosmetic imagery on Instagram (in my opinion), so it was only a matter of time before one of said images made it to this list.

Kind-ly IG image

@KIND-LY is a natural Australian brand known for their deodorants, in case you were wondering. But this image has nothing to do with deodorant, and I love that! The caption definitely says it all here. It’s funny because I’m really not one for affirmations personally, but this one struck me and made me stop scrolling for more than 5 seconds (which is always a telling sign). I think it’s because the photo has an almost retro feel to it.

Drunk Elephant IG image

OK, so truth time: I’ve never tried one product from @drunkelephant (yet). Everyone else and their mother, sister & grandma seem to be obsessed with this brand, and I don’t know what it is. Does it seem like they came out of nowhere for anyone else, or is just me? Anyway, that’s besides the point in this case. Despite never having tried anything from them, I do really appreciate Drunk Elephant’s packaging and overall style. I picked this image because – hello – there’s pink everywhere, and again I love the play of shadows & light. I also love the different textures here, like the basket, the candle, the magazines, etc.

@clumsy_girl_makeup IG image

I’ve been following blogger Kelsie Marie from @clumsy_girl_makeup for a while now, and she does some really awesome looks. Her account stands out to me for two reasons: she often features indie brands, and she plays with color in a lot of interesting ways (something I’m trying to do more of). Case in point: this image. I love the interplay of the warm tones on the top lid and the cooler tones underneath the eye; it’s like color theory in action, totally cool! She also does some amazing swatch photos, so if you’re into that definitely follow her!

Linda Hallberg IG image

Isn’t this just the most amazing eye look?? The colors are just beautiful: intense but kinda soft at the same time. And the dimension created by that silvery, almost pewder color on the inner corner of the eye? Perfection! I also love the brushed-up, full brows and the draping of the pink blush high up on the cheeks. I haven’t tried any cosmetics from MUA @lindahallberg’s range yet, but I really want to! I’ve only heard good things about her products so far.

Shaunasever IG image

And now time for the non-beauty images! I follow cookbook author @shaunasever over on my personal IG account (@erica10803 if you’re interested in following me over there), and her account is filled with the most delicious, scrumptious-looking baked goods! Who doesn’t love a streusel-topping?? And with icing as well? Forget it, I couldn’t resist!

@birchbox IG image

I’m just loving all these Bird Box memes, aren’t you? There’s one funnier than the next! (P.S. if you saw Bird Box, what did they think??)

What images have inspired you recently, on Instagram or elsewhere? I’d love to know!

Xo, Erica

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Check out my latest list of cool & inspiring Instagram images!

A chat with creator Priyanka Patel of Glamour and Giggles

Hi friends!

It’s my 100th post on We are glamerus today <insert cheering now>, and it’s a really special one that I’m so excited about! I recently had the privilege of interviewing Priyanka Patel, the amazing beauty & lifestyle creator behind the blog Glamour and Giggles. Her site is a hub of information not only for all things makeup & skincare, but also for self-improvement, & self-care tips. Priyanka boasts a huge social media presence, and has built a highly successful personal brand that is sought after by a swath of global brands including ColourPop, Neutrogena, Dove & Toyota, just to name a few.

She speaks to her thousands of followers not only about the newest beauty releases but also about insecurities, mental health, self-worth, and being “your own kind of beautiful” (the tagline of her blog). Above all else, Priyanka is genuine & approachable. I hope you enjoy our chat below 😊.

Follow Priyanka across her socials on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, & Facebook.

Were you one of those fortunate people who realized their career path at a young age?

Not at all, I was never clear on the career path I wanted to take; all I knew is I wanted to help people. My family wanted me to become a pharmacist or nurse, but I knew from the very beginning that those fields were not for me. However, not wanting to crush their dreams, I went into undergrad with the goal of going to Pharmacy school. Long story short, I did not do well in my classes, switched majors, and ended up graduating with a degree in History.

At this point, I still had no idea what I wanted to do and decided to get my Masters in Health Administration, thinking it was a way to help people in the healthcare field; a win for me and win for my family who wanted me in the healthcare field. Grad school was when I became clear on what I ultimately wanted to do with my life – meaningful work that empowers others without restricting myself in one industry. I currently work in healthcare, in a non profit organization that provides advocacy services to long-term care residents. I also have Glamour and Giggles where I empower my audience to live their happiest lives and create beauty, lifestyle, and self-care content!

You’re a first generation Indian-American who grew up in California, and moved to Kentucky a few years ago. How has your cultural & geographic identity formed your online presence, if at all?

I was born and raised in Southern California and moved to Kentucky in my early twenties. Growing up, I saw the beauty created when different cultures came together; that translated into my online presence by promoting inclusivity and encouraging diversity.

My geographic identity definitely transformed my online presence when I moved to Kentucky. I didn’t realize the level of my impact until I began connecting with local creators. This pushed me to be more aware and create more personalized and intimate content for my audience. Both my cultural and geographic identities have guided me in the direction I always envisioned Glamour and Giggles to strive towards.

What came first for you – blogging or social media? Or did they grow simultaneously?

Social media came first. I used to use it for fun and didn’t realize my level of impact or how skilled I was with it until friends and followers told me so. I created my blog shortly after, and as they say, the rest is history.

What is your opinion on the title ‘social media influencer’? Some prefer to be called ‘content creators’ instead. Do you have a personal preference?

I sometimes do cringe when I hear the title “social media influencer” and do prefer the title “content creator,” only because I create content on more platforms than social media (like my website).

Priyanka Patel, photo by Sarah Caton
Photo by Sarah Caton (@spaceplaceandgrace)

Talk a little bit about Boss Babes Institute, and why empowering others is so important to you.

Boss Babes Institute is a private group for individuals who are or aspiring to be social media influencers, bloggers, or content creators. Members of BBI will learn how to fearlessly be the boss babe they’ve envisioned, with tips regarding blogging and social media basics, social media growth, making money with your brand, and more! BBI members will also have access to the FB group and have meaningful conversations with fellow boss babes.

My ultimate goal with BBI is to empower aspiring and current boss babes. Empowering others is incredibly important to me because everyone deserves support in reaching their dreams. The world is large enough for everyone who wants to be a boss babe, and it seems like there is more competition than support on social media; the scales should be the opposite.

(Boss Babes Institute is a private Facebook group. If you’re interested in joining, message Priyanka on any of her social accounts linked above.)

You’ve worked with a very wide range of brands. What are the determining factors in selecting the right brand partnerships for you?

The top 2 determining factors for brand partnerships are:

  • My personal thoughts of the brand
  • Will this partnership benefit or appeal to my audience?

If there’s a brand I don’t support or don’t feel will be a good fit for my audience, it’s an automatic no. It’s also an automatic no if a partnership asks me to do something that compromises my integrity, like requiring a positive review of a product or asking me to not disclose a partnership.

What are you most excited for in 2019? Could be anything personal or professional.

I am really excited for more personal development and putting and prioritizing my physical and mental health. I’m also excited (and nervous) for challenging myself in all aspects of life. One of my biggest challenges is starting a youtube channel – I get anxiety just thinking about sitting in front of a camera and talking for so many minutes.

If you could give up-and-coming bloggers one single piece of advice, what would it be?

Focus on your path and don’t compare yourself with others.

You may also like this: Six questions with Monique Salvador, Founder of Blushup.

Xo, Erica

(Cover image photo by Sarah Caton.)

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The (95%) drugstore lip combo I’m crushing on

Hi friends!

I’ve been really loving a certain drugstore lip combo recently that I needed to tell you guys about! First off I should say, normally I’m not one to be too fussy with lipstick. Usually I pick one color and just swipe it on. I don’t tend to layer or blend colors into each other or anything like that.

That being said, a few months back I bought one of the Elf Matte Lip Colors in the shade Tea Rose, a very cool-toned greyish-mauve. Now, I hardly ever wear cool lip colors so it was a bit of a risk for me. (I have very pale, cool-toned skin so I tend to veer towards neutral or warmer nudes & pinks to pep up my complexion.) But it was just $3.00 from Harmon so I thought, why the heck not? I’ll figure out a way to wear it, and that’s how this particular lip combo was born.

Essentially what I create when I wear this combo is an ombre effect (i.e. lighter colors seamlessly fading into darker colors to create dimension). I’ll take you now through the steps & products first, and then show you swatches & the finished look!

STEP 1: APPLY RIMMEL EXAGGERATE AUTOMATIC LIP LINER IN ADDICTION TO THE OUTER CORNERS OF THE MOUTH, Line the lips & BLEND

Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Addiction

I’m not the biggest fan of lip liners in general as I only have a few in my collection, but this one from Rimmel is awesome! The formula is creamy, ever-so-slightly waxy, yet quite long-wearing. I’d say the color is halfway between pink & brown; very wearable & lovely for everyday. It’s this color that helps blend the cool-tones of the Elf lipstick in with my skin’s undertone; it acts essentially as a barrier.

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Step 2: apply ELF MATTE LIP COLOR IN TEA ROSE To the cenTer of lips & blend in

Elf Matte Lip Color in Tea Rose

As I mentioned above, this is a very cool-toned, matte lipstick. It’s quite creamy upon first application and pretty long-wearing (although you will have to touch up after a big meal). It’s very easy to apply since the bullet is quite small and it’s a twist-up. (There’s actually a sharpener hidden in the very bottom!) The trick here is not letting this color get too close to the edges of my lips since it clashes with my skin’s undertone; that’s why I need the pinkier liner along the edges.

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Step 3: Dab CLINIQUE CHUBBY STICK MOISTURIZING LIP BALM IN WOPPIN’ WATERMELON over the entire mOuth

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Balm in Woppin’ Watermelon

So this is where it stops being 100% drugstore! I’ve spoken about my love for the Clinique Chubby Sticks on here before, but they really are some of the most moisturizing lip products I’ve ever used. In this case, I use it purely for hydration purposes and not necessarily for any added color. The combo of the Elf & Rimmel matte, long-wearing products can get drying after a few hours on the lips, so I just quickly dab the Clinique over the top and voila, problem solved! You could use of course any lip balm you’d like.

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SWATCHES

Swatches of (L to R): Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Balm in Woppin Watermelon, Elf Matte Lip Color in Tea Rose, & Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Addiction

FINISHED LOOK

I really like the effect that these three products create together. My lips look defined, more dimensional & a bit more juicy. While on a daily basis, I usually just wear one shade or nothing at all on my lips, I like to do this routine occasionally when I have a bit more time to spare.

Wearing Elf Matte Lip Color in Tea Rose in the center of my lips, Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in the outer corners, & Clinique Chubby Stick in Woppin Watermelon layered on top
My (almost) drugstore lip combo, after application in natural light.
Lip look featuring Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Addiction, Elf Matte Lip Color in Tea Rose, & Clinique Chubby Stick in Woppin Watermelon
Extreme close-up (sorry!) in natural light for more detail.

What lipstick or lip combo are you loving right now?

Catch up on some of my other lip posts!

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Xo, Erica

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I’m currently loving this drugstore lip combination with bits from Rimmel, Elf & (a little) Clinique