Sandra Mariscal

Curly Qs: Cream of the Crop

I’ve been using a great curl cream that I wanted to share with you ladies because I know how hard it can be to find one that tames flyaways and won’t make hair look droopy or feel sticky.


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Does This Really Work? Creaseless Cream Shadow

Maybe it has something to do with my oily lids, but every shadow I try ends up creasing—especially cream formulas. So, although I usually don't believe in shadows that promise not to crease, I was pleasantly surprised when I tried Tarte Lock & Roll Creaseless Cream & Powder Shadow Duo ($17, tarte.com) because it didn’t budge all day.


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Curly Qs: Ceramic Heat Hair Dryers

It has to have been more than five years since I’ve replaced my blow dryer. I usually just wait until one dies to buy another. But I couldn’t resist trying the Barbar Eco 8000 Blow Dryer ($150, barbarartist.com) because it uses a ceramic device to create heat—instead of those metal coils found inside old-school dryers. It’s supposed to be more eco-friendly because it uses less energy and doesn’t give off as much radiation as traditional ones do.


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Does This Really Work: The Lip Scrub

Dry, flaky lips aren’t pretty! Exfoliation is the key to achieving smooth lips. I’ve used sugar in the past to keep mine looking smooth, but I decided to give cult favorite The Lip Scrub by Sara Happ ($24, bluemercury.com) a try.


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Curly Qs: Expert Frizz-Fighting Tip

Don’t let frizzy strands get you down. Sam Villa, Education Artistic Director for Redken, offers a good tip to control fly-aways on naturally curly hair. The Mexican stylist suggests, “Spray a makeup powder brush with Redken Vinyl Glam 02 Mega Shine Spray ($18, redken.com) and brush the hairline and curls [around your face] to reduce frizz and add shine.”


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Does This Really Work?: Self Tanner Crème

I’ve tried several self-tanners that have led me to either orange or streaky results—and sometimes even both. But last weekend I tried Hawaiian Tropic Radiance Self-Tanner Crème Lotion ($10 at drugstores) because I wanted a warm glow to attend my friend’s wedding.


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Curly Qs: Not So Knotty

It was recently pointed out to me that I have an interesting hair rotation. It all started when I was telling my colleague that I only detangle my hair in the shower with conditioner. She asked me how I get rid of knots in-between washes. Since I don’t wash my hair everyday, like most girls with curly hair (since our hair tends to be drier), I’ve developed a system: The first day after a shampoo, I wear my hair loose. The second day I either use a headband to push it back or rock a half-up, half-down style because this masks any droopy curls or frizzy strands.


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