I am thrilled to bring you this guest post from USA Today bestselling author, Leanne Banks. Leanne writes fun, entertaining romance novels that will lift your spirits and take you away from the worries of everyday life. Since she’s won many awards for her writing, you might expect her to be one of those snooty, intellectual sorts. On the contrary, she’s a funny, down-to-earth southern gal who loves music, family, chocolate and a certain fashion design reality show that we’ve both found addictive. I hope you enjoy Leanne’s hilarious post as much as I did. Make sure to leave a comment for a chance to win one of Leanne’s books! For more on Leanne, visit her web site. To check out her latest release, “A Maverick for Christmas,” go here.
I met Unhip Chick on Twitter and I found her so witty and wonderful that I jumped at the chance to visit her blog. (I’ve also learned that whole unhip title is a total misnomer!)
I write romance novels. How did I get started you ask? First, I chose an extremely unmarketable major in college. Psychology. If I didn’t get creative, I would end up in a career where I regularly ask, “Do you want fries with that?”J
My current release “A Maverick For Christmas” features a good, hot guy and a young woman trying to get his attention. Her mission is complicated by the fact that he once dated her beauty queen older sister and he regards her (Abby) as everyone’s favorite little sister. During the book, she takes some advice from people she probably shouldn’t and tries to pull off the hot girl look. Turns out she goes a bit overboard. Think Snookie hair and eyes that look like she ran into doorknobs.
Abby didn’t ask you or me for advice on this matter. A mistake in my opinion. Sniff. But that’s no reason you and I can’t help out the next girl trying to rock the hot girl look. Not that I’m a hot girl. I just read a lot of beauty magazines and keep hoping I can become a hot girl. That said, let’s start with eyeliner. I’m a firm believer in waterproof eyeliner. If one wants the smoky eye, I was told by the Sephora make-up artist that you should use liquid waterproof black eyeliner on top and waterproof pencil on the bottom. I cannot comment on liquid eyeliner because I haven’t developed my small motor skills enough to draw a jagged-free line with the liquid stuff. I can, however, recommend three waterproof pencil eyeliners that work! Make Up Forever Eyeliner, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, and a very inexpensive choice that still works is Sephora Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner ($12.00).
Now, regarding hairspray for the Snookie hair, my hairstylist is very firm on this subject. Shaper. Of course, you have to do the backcombing first, but spray with Shaper. Why, you ask? I know you’re asking. Apparently Shaper will allow you to brush it out after you’ve had your hot girl night. Other hairsprays may hold through a hurricane, but when you attempt to brush your hair, you yank it out. (I unfortunately speak from experience.)
So, do you have any tips for our wayward heroine Abby on being a hot girl (if only for one night)? Or warnings? Abby (and I) are eager to hear your dos and don’ts! Or stories of your or your friends’ attempts. One responder will win a copy of one of my previous releases!
Hurry! Post your comments by noon (Eastern time) on Saturday, October 22, 2011 for your chance to win.