Apr. 15, 2020We’re making the most of this time to get back to basics and do what we know: how to make the best of a tough situation. Here are a few ways to keep yourself looking good from home.
As the world extends stay-at-home orders, first-world lamentations include bushy eyebrows and ridiculously obvious roots. Nobody said you had to let yourself go during quarantine. You get to look and feel good — even if nobody sees you in real life.
Looking Good Makes Us Feel Good
Being under quarantine is mentally challenging. It puts you in a weird headspace to be completely isolated from other human beings and yet still go on living your life. The kids still need to be fed. The dog still needs to be walked. The bills still need to be paid.
And inside all of that obligation and isolation, it’s natural to feel a little flippant toward your appearance. Which makes total sense — we all have a lot of other things to worry about right now. For many, what your nails look like is probably pretty far down the list of priorities.
But for me, beauty is an act of self-love, as a means of loving my appearance when done a certain way. It’s an act of personal appreciation. As nonessential services like salons remain closed for the foreseeable future, it’s time to get creative.
Teach Yourself a New Hairstyle
Have you ever wanted to learn how to do your own hair? I’ve never been good with my own hair and always jealous of friends that can easily create a gorgeous style. Well there is no better time than now to learn! A simple braid can help you look more put together and feel all kinds of fancy. Start small, choose one style that you love, and keep working until you get it right. For some great tutorials, check out Barefoot Blonde.
Why not throw on a dress while you’re at it, too? Sure, we are all stuck at home, but that doesn’t mean we can’t give our athleisure attire a break for one day of the week.
Give Yourself a Less Toxic Manicure
Look, I have two kids — my hands laugh in the face of a manicure, not because I’m above it, but because one car seat install later, I’m missing three of my nails.
Life happens, and this is why when on the rare chance I do my nails, I use an eco-friendly polish. One of my favorite brands is Cote, a women-owned company, they created côte “to provide a safe, transparent, quality product and an elegant nail care experience that could be shared with their families and friends without worry.” They offer a wide variety of colors so you’re sure to find one you will love!
Trim Your Own Split Ends
I like this simple tutorial from Girl Loves Glam. It basically just maintains your existing haircut, without reshaping or changing anything. If you want an all-new style, that’s a riskier venture, and I would caution you to use a lot of mirrors.
Otherwise, play it safe, get some cheap hair shears, and stick to trimming up split ends in lieu of a DIY makeover.
DIY Peeling Foot Mask
Like thousands of other women, I caught on to the Baby Foot crazy peeling foot mask trend, and a few harrowing days later, I was peeling dead skin off my feet. It was glorious, and totally disgusting, and kind of weird, but I was amazed with the results.
These masks are made with exfoliating acids and natural extracts, so not entirely natural ingredients, but nonetheless cruelty-free, vegan, and effective.
Level Up Your Lash Game With Magnetic Lashes
I tried magnetic lashes once or twice, mainly because I hated using glue, and I really didn’t love trying to sandwich my lashes in between them all the time. They were a pain to put on, and I felt like they were always slipping out of place.
Now they make magnetic lashes with magnetic eyeliner, and they’re amazing. You don’t have to use any irritating, stinky glue, and the lashes just stick to a special magnetic eyeliner you apply above your real lash line. Super easy, and they stay put, too.
Try these magnetic lashes from MoxieLash to see what all of the fuss is about.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
Charcoal toothpaste used in moderation can be a great way to take care of mild staining, but some dentists caution about its abrasive nature wearing away at your enamel. If you need something stronger and can’t get to the dentist, it may be time to order a home bleaching kit.
These home kits by Smile Direct Club are great because they’re cost-effective and quarantine-friendly. You don’t need dental insurance to afford them, and they’re the same grade of product that you would get in a dentist’s office, delivered right to your door.
Natural Waxing Kits
I’m shaving again, and I am so annoyed with all of these ingrown hairs. It may be a first-world problem, but I don’t care — I miss my waxes.
Parissa makes home waxing kits for men and women with all-natural ingredients. They make soft and hard waxes, and even sugar waxes for those of us missing our sugarists during quarantine.
Even better, Purissa’s products come in sustainable packaging made from recyclable materials and FSC-certified wood.
At-Home Fashion Hair Color In a Box
oVertone makes a conditioning hair colorer that’s actually good for your hair. Their color line is designed to nourish your hair, not strip it away, with color rich pigments ranging from rose gold to kelly green.
Even if you’re a brunette, you can find hue happiness with oVertone. Their just-for-brunettes line is made with extra pigment, so you can still join in on the fun even if you don’t have lightened hair.
oVertone’s home color kits have been a huge hit during this bizarre time, so shipping may be delayed as they deal with a surge in demand (hey, that’s a good thing — we love you oVertone).
Get your order in, be patient, and show us what you do with your color on Instagram — we wanna see it.
What home beauty techniques are you trying under quarantine? Show us what you’re up to on Facebook or Instagram and tag us in the post — @AvocadoMattress!