Tuesday, January 22, 2013

My Hair Care/Blow Drying Routine & A BIG HAUL!

Hi everyone! Recently it occurred to me that I haven't talked about the subject of hair care in a longggg time. So much has changed in my routine and I've finally reached a "good place" with my hair, which is kind of a big deal considering I absolutely despised it for the majority of my life. I spent most of my high school and college years trying to fight my natural texture which is very dry, limp and frizzy - great combo ;) I tried to change it with heat and lots of it! This led to the obvious: a vicious cycle that only damaged my locks more and more. It was only about two years ago that I finally decided to wave the white flag and give up the never-ending battle of trying to make my hair something that it wasn't. I changed my thinking about hair care all together. Instead of trying to make it look good I focused on keeping it healthy, which in turn made my hair look better than I ever could've imagined because it WAS healthy.  

I've reached the point where it will hold pretty much any style I want it to and it's soft, shiny and manageable. If you would have told me that five years ago I never would have believed you. And I have to say, it's just one less thing I have to stress about which is always nice! In the video below I'll show you the products that have helped keep my blonde hair healthy and show you my blow drying routine - which also took me years to master. Just a late bloomer I guess ;)

OH and don't forget to check out my latest drugstore makeup haul that I've also included in this post. It features lots of brand spankin' new products and some first impressions!

Hair Products Mentioned:
- Clear Scalp and Hair Therapy Strong Lengths shampoo (drugstore)
- Wen by Chaz Dean Sweet Almond Mint cleansing conditioner (Sephora or online)
- Matrix Sleek Look Conditioner and Extra Intense Conditioner (Ulta)
- Paul Mitchell Extra Body Daily Boost root lifter (Ulta)
- L'ANZA Healing Strength Neem Plant Silk Serum (Ulta or professional salons)
- Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum (Ulta)
- Wide tooth combs, Ion paddle brush, and natural boar bristle round brush (Sally's)
- forgot to Mention my favorite hairspray!! Big Sexy Hair Spray and Play
- Remington Blow Dryer (Wal-Mart)
- Hot Tools curling irons (Ulta)
- Remington Wet 2 Straight flat iron (Wal-Mart)

What are some of your holy grail hair care products?

Thursday, January 10, 2013

HOW TO: 3 Twist Braid Hairstyles

It's no secret that I love braided hairstyles! It's a fun way to add some chunky texture to your hair or extend your style by keeping those face-framing pieces out of your way when you don't have time to shampoo. As pretty and unique as these types of looks can be, they can also seem a little daunting. So I wanted to share my biggest tip for making it easy peezy... use two sections instead of three! It technically means that braid has now become a twist, but it also means that you don't have to juggle tons of sections and it's super quick and easy! Plus, it looks just like a braid - and if you won't tell, I won't ;)

Since everyone has different taste, I included 3 different ways to rock this look: A milkmaid-esque headband twist, a retro twist braid with LOTS of volume and a laid back "bohemian" twisted ponytail. I used my favorite volumizing comb from Sally Beauty to achieve all three looks. It does the same thing as a teasing comb without all of the knots and damage to your hair. It's my FAVE. 

I also used a few other tools that you may already have at home:

-Hot Tools 1 1/2 inch gold curling iron (Ulta)
-Goody mini and jumbo claw clips, clear hair ties, "blonde" hair ties and bobby pins (Drugstore)
-Big Sexy Hair Spray and Play hairspray

Don't forget to check out the video tutorial and remember, I'm not a professional hairstylist so if I can create all 3 of these looks in a 13 minute video... so can you!!  Well... not at the same time of course but you know what I mean ;)

I hope you all are having a great week and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year! | 2012 Favorites ♡

Hi guys! It's crazy to think that it's already 2013 which means it's time for a rundown of my favorite products from 2012! I have to say that looking back over the past 12 months I'm kind of proud of myself! I really branched out and tried a lot of new brands and broke out of my MAC shell. I even started a Drugstore Makeup Tag! Who would've thought?

This video is kind of a long one and I'm probably talking pretty fast because I had so much ground to cover... but I hope you enjoy a look at my stand-out products of 2012:

Products Mentioned:

- Wen by Chaz Dean Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner
- Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy Shampoo
- Proactive
- Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream, Light/Medium
- Revlon Age Defying DNA Advantage foundation, Tender Beige
- Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme foundation, Natural Beige
- Kat Von D Tattoo concealer, Sand
- Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder, Nude Beige
- NARS pressed powder, Beach
- Benefit Hello Flawless custom powder cover-up, "Never Settle Petal"
- Maybelline Age Rewind "Brightener" Treatment Concealer
- Revlon Age Defying DNA Advantage concealer, Light or Light/Medium
- Bare Minerals Well Rested eye brightening powder
- Urban Decay Naked palette
- Sleek i Divine eyeshadow palettes, Oh So Special and Storm
- NYX Eyeshadow Trios, In The Woods and Honeycomb
- Maybelline Master Precise eyeliner Pen
- L'oreal Carbon Black Extra Intense liquid pencil eyeliner
- Maybelline One By One, Covergirl Lashblast Volume and Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! mascaras
- Tarte Mineral Bronzer in Hotel Heiress & Cargo Medium Matte Bronzer
- MAC Gentle Mineralize blush, NARS Luster blush, Wet N Wild blushes in Heather Silk and Mellow Wine, NYX Mocha blush
- Lorac Perfectly Lit Spotlight Highlighting powder
- YSL Rouge Volupte #1 Nude Beige, MAC Creme Cup, Rimmel Airy Fairy lipsticks
- Revlon Colorburst Bellini lipgloss, NYX Mega Shine Gloss in Perfect and Bonne Bell lip lites Srawberry Parfait gloss, Burt's Bees Honeysuckle Tinted Lip Balm

WHEWWW!  That was a lot of stuff.. a year's worth to be exact ;)  I've also been so busy with the holidays that I haven't done a "Week in Instagram Pictures" post in a while.  So I thought I'd include some of my favorite snapshots from the past few weeks as well:

Red velvet cookies... yum!

My new fave Romwe ear cuff!


More cookies!

Christmas Eve OOTN

A Gift from Santa

Christmas day cozy

My favorite ornament

My comfy Mango Sweater

 I hope you all had a very happy and safe New Year's and I'm so excited to share the fun things coming up in the year ahead with you all!