I’ve had long hair for the longest time. I like the fact that I can curl it, straighten it, do an up-do, and have fun with different hair styles, but my hair had finally gotten so long that I was starting to get tired of it and needed a change. In comes the trending LOB, aka the Long bob. I knew I wanted to go with this style, because I am not yet committed to cutting my hair totally short, but I also wanted some weight taken off.
So….tada, this is the style I ended up with. I asked my stylist how much he cut off, and he said about 10 inches!! My hair feels lighter, my bun sits perfectly on top of my head with out giving me a headache, and I’ve substantially used less shampoo and conditioner!
I’m still figuring out different ways to wear my hair, but I am enjoying it so far! In fact I wish I had gone a little shorter to begin with. When I look back at photos of my long hair, I do miss it, but for right now, I’m having fun playing with my new do. Besides, it’ll all grow back eventually right?! I hope so! Haha
People often compliment me on my complexion and how well my skin looks, but the truth is, it’s not always perfect, in fact it is far from it. I, like everyone else have my own struggles and issues when it comes to my skin. I may break out sometimes, and I can see sunspots where I wish I wouldn’t. While I do believe now I have overall good, healthy skin, it’s taken time, it’s taken research, and now I can share the secret with you….Rodan+Fields.
Developed by the two most highly respected Dr’s in the Dermatology world, and the creators of Proactiv, Dr. Rodan and Dr. Fields developed a premier anti-aging skin care line made available to the everyday women. I mean who doesn’t want to keep their skin looking young, turn back time, and give it the non-surgical face-lift it needs. The best part is, that it works!
Skin care is never too early to start, and never too late to begin. Starting a regime and sticking to it, is key to seeing success, just as it is in any other aspects of our lives. Some may think it is vain to care so much about your image, or a waist of money to care for your skin in such capacity, but I don’t think so. I tell my styling clients that image is the first impression you make to others; it’s just a natural human instinct. So putting yourself forth in the best way possible not only makes a lasting impression, but can make your self esteem grow, get your confidence back and make you feel comfortable in your own skin.
There are an array of products that fit each skin type and tone. The Rodan + Fields brand has been featured in Oprah Magazine, Allure, New Beauty, Popsugar and Vogue. It’s provided amazing results for me personally, and for many others that I know. I have the upmost confidence in this brand and product that I have become an independent consultant myself. As a beauty blogger you know I’m always out on the hunt for the best products out there. If you are looking to give your skin a revamp, clear up any problem areas, or simply maintain it for a natural healthy looking complexion, this may be just what you need. There’s also a 60-day money back guarantee, so you have nothing to lose!
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* These products were sent to me complimentary. All opinions and thoughts are my own.
Don’t let the winter weather dry up your gorgeous locks! With the help of L’Oreal’s everpure moisture shampoo and conditioner, my hair will keep it’s moisture, looking lush and shining throughout this winter season. I don’t know if you’ve every tried a sulfate free shampoo, but it does make a difference. For one, you can definitely feel a difference in texture. It leaves my hair less of that waxy feel that most shampoos do.
I recently colored my hair, and finding hair products that will be gentle and soft with my color treated hair has been a goal of mine. This line by L’Oreal is affordable, gets the job done, and leaves my hair smelling fresh and soft for days!
My most favorite part of the line is the 10 in 1 Elixir treatment. This leave in spray is easy to apply providing the ingredients needed to keep my just washed hair shining and soft. I’m a huge leave in spray/conditioner fan and this is one of my most favorite ones! For the price and results of the products, this is a must try!
I love having long hair, there are so many options to style it, do an up do or a down do. It’s been a year since I’ve had the chance to cut my hair. Being so busy just doesn’t present the opportunity for me to maintain this beauty regime often. With my hair so long, I would find myself pulling it back often, but with the amount of hair, and the weight, it started to give me headaches.. So instead, I’ve recently rediscovered the side braid.
It’s simple, it’s fast, adds to my finished styled look and it’s been my go to hair especially on vacation these past two weeks. I’ve yet to try out different types of braid, there are so many creative ones out there, but for now, I just stick to the basic one every girl learns while growing up.
When traveling you would want something easy and low maintenance; this look delivers just that. Nobody has time to worry about what to do with their hair on vacation, instead, use this quick and stylish hairdo to get your out that door and enjoy the time spent outside exploring!
Xoxo from Hawaii!
With the rotation of my wardrobe comes a rotation of my beauty vanity. The winter months brings out my dry patches so it’s important to keep my skin hydrated and nourished. These are a few of my favorites that I’m using right now. I love Origins products for its delicate and effective results for my skin. This cleansing oil is my favorite to remove any residue and makeup from the day, leaving my skin soft and clean with a spa like scent to make it even better.
I like to apply the overnight mask once a week. It’s like overnight magic where my skin feels soft, hydrated and well rested. It’s one of my favorite overnight mask to help me through the cold dry days. This scent by Marc Jacobs isn’t a new one, but I like to wear it during winter because of it’s bold and rich gardenia scent, reminding me of the holiday season.
Finally, this Foreo device is something I just recently purchased and have loved so far. It’s a cleansing device that I feel has peeled away a layer of dead skin, leaving it shiny and bright. Taking care of my skin is important to me to maintain and keep me looking and feeling healthy.
Click the links below to shop and see the products!
*These products were sent to me complimentary for testing purposes.
When Cheeky Physique reached out to me to sample their Sublime lips product, I was excited because of the ingredients I saw and the instant lip plumper effect. This lip plumper includes my most loved all natural beauty ingredient, Manuka Honey. Manuka Honey produced by bees that are packed with antioxidants, making it a great product for hydrating and nourishing. I regularly use this on my face, and love the results so I was excited that there existed a product for my lips that would also plump them as well.
The product has a nice scent, glides on seamlessly and upon application has a tingling sensation. There is no color to the gloss, making it a great application to enhance your natural looking lips.
While I love the ingredients and the feel of the product on my lips, I can’t say that I saw a huge difference in the plumping of my lips. I could definitely feel something working upon application, but I was not blown away at how they looked after. I’m not really looking to enhance my lips for a fuller look anyways so this was not a huge disappointment for me.
I think this product is great as an everyday gloss, keeps my lips hydrated and nourished. Perhaps with many more uses I will start to see a difference. For the ingredients alone, I will continue to use this as a gloss alone or over my favorite lip color.
Sometimes we get in a rut with our hair styles. Today, I’m sharing with you my 3 easy step Bohemian braid look. It’s so easy that you could prepare and finish this look in 15 minutes or less.
First, we prep the hair. I usually like to do this look on 2 day old hair, meaning I didn’t just wash it. Though, if I do happen to wash my hair right before, I like to use a big of Dry Shampoo to give me the texture I’m looking for.
Next we braid the hair. For this look I section a small part on each side and braid. I secure the ends with some hair ties, then about ¾’s way down I pin the braid against my head, leaving the side to be tucked in under my hair.
You can leave it how it is, or you can add and style the rest of your hair as you see fit. This time I decided to give my hair some extra volume, so I passed my curling iron through a few strands to give my hair the bounce and shine that I desire.
This look is so simple and easy that anyone can do it. So the next time you feel like you wear the same hair style everyday, change it up and add a few braids to your look, it’ll be a nice change that's fast, simple and stylish.
*These products were sent to me complimentary thanks to Influenster
Continuing my Erno Laszlo ritual now thanks to Influenster, I’m able to keep my skin nourished and hydrated during these winter months. My face is now prepped for these cooler dryer days. I believe having a routine, and using products that work for your skin are key.
The cleansing Power of 2 ritual includes a cleansing oil and soap bar. This double action cleanse is meant to break down the impurities, attacking them double strong. I’ve enjoyed this process. The oil breaks down all the residue I had on my face from the day, then the lathering of the soap makes me feel extra cleansed. You feel like you’ve attacked all that you can with good for you ingredients such as Antioxidant-rich rose extract, sunflower oil, and macadamia oil. Try this product out for yourself!
Have you ever wanted to apply your beloved lipstick but for some reason now, it won’t glide on as easily, producing a dry and flaky lip? Well it’s probably because your lips need a little extra TLC, especially during the winter months. Here is a home DIY lip mask I use especially leading up to the day I know I’m going to wear a bold lip for an upcoming event or look.
Here are the ingredients:
¼ teaspoon raw honey
½ teaspoon virgin coconut oil
½ teaspoon brown sugar
3 drops rose oil (optional)
I place these ingredients in a bowl and mix together until incorporated. This portion is good for 10 uses! A little goes a long way! Bottle up your remaining mixture into a sealed tight container and store in a cool dry place.
Upon rubbing the mask into your lip, you’ll start to feel the mixture melt and saturate into your lips, so don’t apply too much at one time. I leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes then wipe off with a damp cloth. Your lips will feel soft, exfoliated and rejuvenated. I like to finish off with applying my favorite lip balm. If handling a DIY is not your cup of tea, the sugar lip mask from Fresh is my favorite lip mask. It’s a thicker texture than the one I make, and the smell of it is just so delicious!
Don't let the winter days keep you from wearing your favorite lip color. Give you lips the pampering it needs. Both masks have the same results for me, producing soft ready to wear lips for those long lipstick days ahead.
When my days are chaotic in the morning I sometimes don’t have the time to do my hair. In comes my straightener to the rescue. It’s a quick and easy way to get a sleek, put together shine into your look. There’s something about flat ironing your hair, which makes it look so much more neat and clean. Wearing you hair straight is great for Fall looks, keeping your hair frizzes tamed and polished for those windy days. I’ve been currently using the GHD straightener, which not only straightens my hair very quickly, but also gives it a nice shine and glow to my hair.
So the next time you’re looking for something more to do with your hair reach for that straightener for that salon finish look. Simplicity doesn’t have to be boring, it just has to be done right.