BEAUTY

messy waves tutorial

Messy Beach Waves Tutorial

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One of the most common questions I get is, “How do you curl your hair!?” or “What do you use to get your messy waves??”. So, I figured I would film a new video & show you guys how I get my messy beach waves! I also included little tips on how to style those pesky little baby hairs around your face for anyone with postpartum regrowth or breakage so I hope that helps some of you asking for those!

While you definitely don’t need to use this exact curling iron, this is the one that I use & I really love it. If you’re looking for an actual curling iron with a clip, I use this one all the time as well.

I hope you enjoy this messy beach waves tutorial & feel free to ask any questions you might have. I know that it can be kind of confusing watching hair tutorials sometimes 🙂

 

Jouer High Pigment Lip Gloss

Away With Jouer

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There have been a few experiences over my blogging career that I’ve had to stop & pinch myself to see if this is real life. This trip to Ojai with Jouer Cosmetics was one of those experiences.

I don’t know if I say it often enough but I truly am beyond thankful for each & every one of you who take the time to follow along with the content I create. I wouldn’t be where I am today without you all & I never take that for granted. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU.

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I’m not going to lie, I haven’t shopped in American Eagle in years & years. I walked past the store in Century City here in LA & a few things caught my eye. I’m so glad I decided to go in because I fell in love with this matching set. It is the epitome of summer for me & I would wear it daily if I could! You can find it HERE.

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I had the most amazing little getaway with Jouer in Ojai. We stayed at the Ojai Valley Inn (if you ever go, you must have a spa treatment done! I had a massage & it was one of the best massages I have ever received!). They took a group of us to celebrate the launch of their new High Pigment Lip Gloss & guys, I am blown away by the formula! This is honestly the best formula I have ever tried for lip gloss. When they say that they are high pigment, they mean that they are high pigment. You can see just how amazing they are in this tutorial! I could go on & on about them because I truly love them that much BUT I will let the formula & pigmentation speak for themselves. If you’re curious, I have been living in the color Champs-Elysees 🙂

I just want to say thank you to the entire Jouer team. It’s rare to meet so many kind & incredible people in one place but they all are just beyond lovely. Thank you guys (especially Christina) for all of the support & love over the years. I appreciate it more than you will ever know!

 

Elemis Cleansing Balm

New Elemis Skincare

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I’ve been working with QVC to review some of the products they sell, and QVC has sent me many interesting products to try out. I am receiving compensation to review these products, but all the opinions I’ll be expressing are my own.

Does anyone else’s skin struggle during the summer?! I think because I’m in the sun more often (with sunscreen, of course) that my skin needs a little more TLC.

I was so excited when I found out that Elemis came out with a new collection at QVC because it was literally perfect timing for the hot summer months. Plus, if you’ve wanted to try any of these Elemis products, this new 24/7 Super Skin 3-piece collection at QVC is the perfect way to try out some of my favorites. If you’ve seen any of my Skincare posts lately, you know that I’m obsessed with the Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm & Collagen Marine Cream. I have been using these two products for months & I love the way they make my skin feel. The 3rd product in the new collection is their Peptide Night Recovery Cream Oil & I can’t say enough great things about this one. Like I mentioned above, my skin needs a little more moisture when I’m in the sun quite a bit & this product does just that. I wake up after using these 3 products with my skin feeling & looking incredibly moisturized.

I also wanted to mention this Gentle Rose Exfoliator because exfoliating is so important. I love that this one is gentle on my skin but also helps get rid of that excess dry skin that makes your skin appear dull. I make sure to use an exfoliator a couple times a week to help keep my skin looking radiant & moisturized.

I know I rave about these products all the time but when I find Skincare products that I truly love & use on a daily basis, I have to share them with you guys! I would honestly recommend this 3-piece Elemis collection at QVC to everyone I know because it’s everything you need for your skin in one collection. 

Have you guys tried these Elemis products? If so, how do you feel about them?

 

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Wearable Coral Eye Makeup

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I’m so excited to show you guys this wearable coral eye makeup look! I’m usually one to shy away from colored makeup (boring, I know!) but I’ve made it my goal to try out new trends & new products for you guys. I think this coral eye makeup is completely wearable & I surprisingly got so many compliments while wearing it out & about. I would love to see if you guys recreate this look so make sure & tag me on Instagram if you do!

Would you wear this bold look?

 

First Impressions

Full Face of First Impressions

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I’m lucky enough to be apart of an industry where I get sent new products to try on the regular. I want to make a point to do more first impressions videos for you guys so you can see my first reaction & hear exactly what I think of each product. Let me know if this is something you enjoy or if you prefer favorites videos instead (or both :)) I hope you enjoy this video & please subscribe for more fun videos coming soon!

 

April 2017 Favorites

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It’s that time of the month again… Favorites time! These videos are some of my absolute favorite to film because I love sharing all of the things that I’m loving with you guys. I would love it if you would all please subscribe to my channel so that you don’t miss any of my future videos. Plus, all products are linked over there 🙂

 

Hair products blondes

Favorite Hair Products

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If you knew me in high school, you know that my hair has come a LONG way. The damage I did to my hair in my early teens was absurd & the sad part was that I didn’t even know how much damage I was actually causing. I didn’t know what a good hair colorist was until I was 16-17 & thankfully I found Kadi who is literally a hair goddess! (You can read all about how she colors my hair here) With her help over the years, I have completely transformed my hair & gotten it to a point where despite the coloring, it’s still healthy. I can’t stress how important it is to get your hair colored by someone who truly knows what they’re doing. When you combine that with taking good care of your hair, you will see a drastic difference in your hair’s overall health!

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Okay, now onto my favorite hair products that I have been using to help maintain my color & the ones I use to keep it healthy & strong!

Purple Shampoo: This is something that I have to use. If you read this post, you know that my hair can get brassy very easily. I personally use purple shampoo once a week & I have found that with the use of this, I can combat that brassiness altogether. I alternate between this Joico shampoo & this dpHUE shampoo. Both work really well!

Coconut Oil: I have used countless hair masks & I always come back to coconut oil. Honestly, you can’t beat a coconut oil hair mask! It’s affordable (you can buy it at the grocery store), easy to find & gets the job done. I try to use this once a week & I usually keep it on overnight. If you don’t want to keep it on that long, aim for at least 20 minutes. The key to not having greasy hair though is to put the shampoo in BEFORE you get your hair wet. Oil & water don’t mix so you need to break up the oil with the shampoo before adding the water. Trust me, it works!

Leave-In Conditioner: This is a product that everyone should be using! After every single shower, I towel dry my hair & spray in my leave-in conditioner. Your hair could always use a little TLC & this is such an easy way to keep it healthy & strong. I’ve been using this Briogeo spray for over a year now & actually just got another one because I’m almost completely out of my current bottle.

Smooth Infusion: This product by Aveda is a must for me. My hair tends to be frizzy & this really helps smooth out my hair without feeling too heavy or greasy. I apply one pump to the ends of my towel dried hair & it really helps with my frizz. If you have a problem with frizzy hair, definitely give this one a try!

Shampoo & Conditioner: I know that most people say that drugstore shampoo & conditioner are terrible for your hair BUT I beg to differ. I have been using the Garnier Whole Blends for over a year now & I honestly love them. My hair feels amazing & they are incredibly hydrating. So if you’re looking for good shampoo & conditioner that doesn’t cost a small fortune, give these a try!

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Those are all of the products I use on a regular basis! What are your go-to products?

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Spring Skincare Routine

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One of the most frequently asked questions I hear from all of you guys is easily what skincare products I use. My skin is far from perfect but I love sharing the products that I’m loving with you all & it has been far too long since I’ve talked skincare on my blog. So without further ado, watch to see what my Spring skincare routine is like! I hope you enjoy the video & make sure to subscribe to my channel for a new video every Thursday! 🙂

Balayage Blonde

Hair Color Process

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Happy Friday, friends!

After changing my hair color a few months ago, I have had an unbelievable amount of questions. From the actual color process to the types of products I use to keep it healthy & keep my blonde from turning brassy. So I decided to do a couple posts dedicated to my hair for you guys. This post is going to be dedicated to my actual color process & what my dear friend/hair colorist did to get the color I have. (Thank you, Kadi!)

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The first round was to recreate a natural looking base color by using a gentle non-ammonia semi-permanent color. We used L’Oréal Richesse. The formula was 1/2 7.01, 1/4 7, 1/4 8.13, and 1/4 6.01. (My natural color is closer to a level 7 (dark blonde))

Because my hair has a tendency to lift on the warm side, and oxidize on the warm side, Kadi formulated on the cool side (that’s the .01, but she added a tiny touch of beige in the formula (that’s the .13) as insurance so that the result wouldn’t be too drab or green.

With hair that was as blonde as mine was previously, it is very porous and can grab tones easily and VERY quickly. As quickly as it grabs it can also fade, so the 6.01 was added for that tiny bit of depth and grounding.

Kadi processed the new base color for 30 minutes total, but she brought it down lower gradually, so that it was on the roots for 30 (where she wanted the most depth), but on the mid-shaft of the hair for only about 15.

The entire time she used her hands to blend and blur the color so that there would be no obvious line of demarcation. The end goal was to recreate a base color that looked like it had grown out for many months.

She left the bottom half of the hair out and protected it with a thick conditioner while she rinsed the base, and then she toned all of the hair with a light beige gloss with a hint of gold. Clients always run away from gold, but it’s a truly flattering tone on the skin. The gloss helped to further blur the line from the new base color to the remaining previous blonde on the ends.

She then dried my hair completely and even styled it a bit before hand painting some face framing highlights. This helps her to place exactly where she wants bright pops of color. No second guessing when the hair is styled like how the client actually wears it.

She then balayaged the ends and around the face, and also some very fine pieces throughout the crown.

Kadi never likes to do any more toners at this stage. She think it’s pointless and usually ruins the dimension that she’s worked hard to recreate.

The goal was to recreate a natural looking base color. A fresh canvas. And then paint deliberate and well-placed highlights so that as my natural color grows in, it will be a similar color to my re-created base, so that I can go many months in between color appointments.

The ultimate goal, where we are now, is to use my natural color as the background, and continue only doing minimal highlights for a very natural, low maintenance blonde!

I hope this helps all of you who asked about my color. Stay tuned for another post on my current favorite hair care products 🙂

Boost Self Confidence

Boosting Self-Confidence

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I’m about to get a bit personal & dive into a topic that so many people I know struggle with. Are you ready??

I’m about to get a bit personal & dive into a topic that so many people I know struggle with. Are you ready??

I’m about to get a bit personal & dive into a topic that so many people I know struggle with. Are you ready??

I’m about to get a bit personal & dive into a topic that so many people I know struggle with. Are you ready??

Hi there!

I’m about to get a bit personal & dive into a topic that so many people I know struggle with. Are you ready??

Self Confidence

SELF-CONFIDENCE

We’ve all talked about it at some point & I can almost guarantee that each & every one of us has struggled with it at one point or another and guess what, that is completely normal!

I’d say for most of us, our confidence started lacking in our early teens. At least that’s when I started thinking differently & started being a bit too judgmental towards myself. That whole transition from child to teen can be rough! Oh, how I wish I could go back in time & give my 13-year-old self a big hug! While the teenage years are hard, adulthood can take a toll on your self-confidence even more. Yes, even as an adult I still struggle with self-confidence. After having my two boys, my body has gone through many changes. I know you all might not see these changes in my photos but I promise, that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. Quite honestly, I’m not 100% comfortable showing the stretch marks on my stomach BUT I have finally learned to accept that this might be a lifelong struggle & work on building myself up each & every day. So with all of that said, I thought I would share 5 ways to help boost your self-confidence that I’ve used over the years & am still using now. The good news though? They have helped in the past & are helping again now!

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1.) Stop comparing yourself

The saying “comparison is the thief of joy” could not be more accurate. Trust me, I have struggled with the comparison game most of my life & it is one of the worst things you can do for yourself. While I’m not 100% cured (I still have my moments, I’m human), I try to accept those thoughts & then think about all of the wonderful things I have in my life. Even if it’s just the little things, there is at least one thing for you to be grateful for!

2.) Have “you” time

Before becoming a mom, this thought never even crossed my mind because I had plenty of time to pamper myself. Now, it’s a luxury if I can use the bathroom by myself! TMI? Probably but I’m basically an open book at this point. Seriously though, make time for yourself! No matter how busy you are, find time to pamper yourself a bit. Go get a manicure (or give yourself one if you’re on a budget!), just do something that makes you happy & makes you feel good about yourself. Once again, it can be a small thing or a big thing, it’s just so important to give yourself a little something. You are important & deserve it!

3.) Accept imperfection

NO ONE is perfect. I know we all scroll through social media, flip through magazines & see those “perfect” people on our televisions. Don’t be fooled though, those people are not always as they seem & I’m sure they deal with self-confidence just as much as the next person does. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that accepting my flaws actually makes me feel so much happier about myself. Letting go of the things that you can’t change, will, in turn, change the way you think about yourself. Our imperfections make us unique & it’s about time we all start celebrating our imperfections!

4.) Get moving & get outside

Getting out & about can drastically change your mood. When we lived in NYC last year, it was freezing (I was literally miserable) & I didn’t even want to leave our apartment. Boy, was that a bad idea! Even just a walk around the block made me feel so much better & motivated me in every aspect of my life. A little fresh air & a bit of exercise can & will give you that little boost of endorphins you need to get through the day. So the next time you’re feeling down about yourself, get up, get out & get moving!

5.) Compliment yourself

Look yourself in the mirror & give yourself a compliment. This might feel incredibly awkward at first but I promise that even just one positive thought about yourself, can turn your whole mindset around. We all have something that we like about ourselves. Grab a piece of paper, write it down & put it on your fridge or mirror for a daily reminder. You’ll start viewing yourself very differently when you start being kind to yourself instead of tearing yourself down.

What do YOU do to help boost your self-confidence? I would love for you to comment below! Share any tips you have & keep the good vibes flowing!