my dear, I think most of the galaxy qualifies as having “oilymess” skin in the summer—myself included! it’s very hard to not have oilymess skin when Mother Nature—the crafty vixen that she is—created the swampy mix of heat and humidity that is summer. it’s unrealistic (and not great for skin) to totally eliminate shine (not all oil is bad, after all). but here are some of the tactics I personally employ: *I use a Clarisonic pretty much every night. it helps me prevent spots/whiteheads and makes me feel like I am actually cleansing away all the city smog sitting on my skin at the end of the day *in the morning, I use a mattifying primer from Dr Murad under my makeup *SPF (obviously. because while shine is not so desirable, wrinkles are even less so!) *I use a teeny amount of Peter Thomas Roth Mattifying Gel on the bridge of my nose (where I tend to get shiny). it’s ultra-potent and really works!
there is nothing—nothing—more painful than growing out your hair. trust me, I know first-hand because I’m currently in the process of it too. and I’m in double agony because I’m growing out bangs (awkward!) as well as the general length of my hair (which is at a weird meh length now). so I’ll start with the bad news: the length of your hair, just like your height, is sort of mandated by genes. so hair will start slowing down at a certain point, depending on your own growth pattern. the length of your hair is also dictated by your general hair health, though. so hair that’s healthy (ie: not overly colored/tortured by heat-styling) will be happier and less likely to break. so take care of your hair! and I do take vitamins for hair growth… obviously you should talk to your doctor or healthcare professional (and that does not mean the dude at Vitamin Shoppe) first to make sure you don’t have any contraindications but I take biotin, fish oil, and something called JarroSil. good luck!
so I will be the first to admit that I have terrible, terrible, terrible taste in music. well, maybe let’s call it “eclectic”. I basically listen to whatever’s on: whether that’s Top 40 like Call Me Maybe or Mozart’s Requiem (I do usually listen to classical music when I’m working on this blog, my favorite is Symphony 25 in G Minor). what I don’t listen to is more specific: death metal/crazy rock that makes my head ache, country music (too twangy for this Northeasterner). sorry I couldn’t broaden your iTunes library—but I’m inspired by your passion for music! you should make it into a career!