If there’s one area where Alternative Control falls behind, it’s our fashion columns. Let’s face it, a bunch of thirty-year-old punks and metalheads are not who you’d think of as style gurus. But occasionally, we do have something useful to share with our readers: today, it’s all about blow outs and BB cream.
No, a blow out is not a sex act – it’s a hairdo. Carrie Johnson said in a fashion article last year, “Sometimes expensive crap is totally worth it,” and that’s exactly the experience I had with getting my hair cut this weekend. I visited a friend who works at Phillip Bruce Salon in Westport on Saturday; for the price of a year’s worth of Supercuts ‘dos, she took a foot off my locks and then gave me a fabulous “blow out.” This seemed like a complicated process, but at the end it looked REALLY GOOD. (I might have taken a LOT of selfies when I got home… Not conceited at all…) In fact, it looked so good that I’m going to Sally’s Beauty Supply today and buying a straightening iron and one of those big circular brushes to see if I can replicate the “blow out” myself. I do own a hair dryer already, not that it gets much use — stay tuned for a fashion mishaps article…
Another style discovery on my part: BB cream. This product’s name first made me think of BB guns, then the space ice cream they sell at the mall. But BB cream is neither of those things – rather, it’s an inexpensive foundation that looks good and is easy to apply. Seriously, I just mix it with a little moisturizer, then smear-and-go. The only (minor) drawback is that it drips out of the tube and gets all over the bathroom sink; still, I’m permanently converted from the cosmetic counter foundation.
But speaking of the cosmetic counter, I do have to visit Clinique to re-up on my moisturizing gel and gentle face soap. Even as an almost-thirty-year-old I still get acne once in awhile, and these products help keep the zits away without drying my face out.
That’s about all the beauty wisdom I can conjure up for now… Alternative Control is always on the lookout for guest columnists, fashion or otherwise – if you have some style tips our readers would enjoy, leave a comment or email us!