7.29.2014

Dry Shampoo: Tips, Tricks, & Tutorials


My new weekly series is going to be How To Tuesday, and first up is one of my essentials! I get asked often about my hair--like the cut, color, if it's real (seriously), and my favorite hair products. One product that is at the top of the list is dry shampoo. This must-have item comes in different forms, like clear, white, and tinted. Dry shampoo is amazing at refreshing hair and extending hairstyles so hair doesn't have to be washed as often. Today I'm sharing my favorite tips and tricks on how to use Dry Shampoo.


To refresh hair and help with oily roots, take a 1 inch section of hair, shake can and spray at roots from about 6-12 inches away. This is key!





Let the section dry for a few seconds before moving onto the next section. Usually, just a few sections in the crown area of your head will work. Use your fingers or a towel to get into your roots and disperse the product.


TIPS
  • Avoid spraying all over like hairspray and instead focus on the roots.
  • Spraying too close to the roots can result in white cast in hair. Instead, spray further away and use a tinted dry shampoo, like this one from Batiste (pictured above). This was sent to me and it is for Medium and Brunette. It works perfectly with oily roots or refreshing my hair.
  • Don't forget a clarifying shampoo if you experience build up from too much product.
TRICKS 
  • Spray all over hair and scrunch through hair to provide texture.
  • Spray onto roots and gather hair in a loose bun to help extend your blow out.
  • For slippery bobby pins, spray a little dry shampoo on them first.
  • Dry shampoo works well in stinky shoes or clothes. Just add a little spritz and allow to dry overnight.
For more tips and tricks, check out my video below:

View video here.
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7.28.2014

Starbucks Beauty Hacks

Sometimes (okay, a lot of the time) life doesn't go as planned. When that happens, you improvise. And that's how I came up with these beauty hacks that have served me well over the years. So if you find yourself in a situation where you need some instant beautification, visit a Starbucks!

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Napkins
  • Once inside you'll notice, other than the aroma of coffee, the area where you dress your drink. There are so many goodies here! One of my favorite items here would be the napkins! These are perfect for removing excess oil from your face (a must for summer). Keep Starbucks napkins in your purse, bag, or car for quick touch ups--not just any napkin will do! Go try it!
  • The inside of the napkins are great for using the crease as a funnel for nail and craft projects--a must for keeping glitter or small beads at bay.
  • I've used the tiniest corner of napkin to repair a nail once.


Condiments
  • The sugar, water, lemons, milk, cream, honey, nutmeg and cocoa can all be used for beauty treatments for skin, face, and hair. For example, sugar and lemon make a great exfoliator for the face or hands. I've mentioned these and other natural Beauty DIYs here.
  • Cocoa powder is great for hiding roots, and if you're in dire straits, mix a little with plain chapstick on the inside of a cup lid for an instant creamy shadow. I've also used this as a makeshift bronzer, but this works better for lighter skin tones, as it has a greyish cast. Avoid if allergic, of course.
Food and Beverages
  • Take plain, uncooked oatmeal (avoid the toppings) and use as a mask or scrub for face/body and even as dry shampoo. Be sure to thoroughly brush out.
  • The yogurt makes a great mask for hair/face, just remove the fruit first.
  • Starbucks has fruit, too! Apples, strawberries, and bananas make excellent face/body/skin masks.
  • The Cake Pop stick is perfect for mixing, scraping (more on that below), using an an emergency hair stick (this only works on the top layer of my hair, but will work better on shorter, thinner hair), refreshing curled lashespushing back cuticles, and for crafting/nail art! Try using the stick for making dots on nails (like in this Evil Eye or this School Spirit Nail art).
  • Keep the cucumbers from the Bistro Box and use to depuff eyes--an old tip that works.
  • Hot herbal tea is wonderful for opening up the sinuses--use as a mini steam treatment.
  • Cooled teas can be used for shiny hair, hair enhancer, relief from sunburn, foot soak, or toner. Let me know in the comments if you'd like more details on which type of tea does what.
  • Espresso, once cooled, can enhance brown hair. Leave on at least half an hour before rinsing away.

Stirrer, Sleeve, Cup, Lid, Bag
  • Similar to the Cake Pop stick, the stirrer (I'm talking about the green plastic plug ones, but they have the wooden ones too) works for mixing, scraping, pushing back cuticles, cleaning under nails, and crafting/nail art.
  • The sleeve can be used as a guide for winged shadow or liner. Or as a mascara shield.
  • The cup is instant storage, mixing cup, and the bottom can be used to trace a circle for crafts. 
  • The lid fits perfectly in your hand as an artist's palette--thinking making your own tinted moisturizer or mixing products. It's also for scraping shadow and adding water/setting spray/contact solution to make a more intense shadow.
  • I've also used the stick/stirrer to scrape shadow onto the cup lid and then I added clear polish and mixed with the stick/stirrer. Instant nail polish!
  • The bag works well to catch fall out from shimmery shadows--a must for the holidays.
  • Tear bag into strips and dampen hair with water. Use the strips to wrap around your hair and then knot. Add heat (carefully) or allow to dry naturally. Remove the strips and you'll have curls




7.25.2014

DIY Beachy Bath Soak

It's the weekend, y'all! And I think we all need to relax, don't you? Add a handful of this make-in-a-minute Beachy Bath Soak to your bath and soak away your stressful week. It's so easy to mix, smells wonderful, and makes me think instantly of the beach. It's almost like a mini-beach vacation. Almost! Enjoy.

Need:
  • 1/c Epsom Salt or Dead Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp. melted coconut oil
  • 1-2 drops essential oil(s) or body-safe fragrance oil(s)
  • container

Do:
  • Pour salts into container and add coconut oil. I am using Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil that I was sent to try. It is 100% alkaline pure, raw, virgin coconut oil and is a wonderful product that I would highly recommend. Your skin will feel so soft.
  • Next, I added coconut cream body-safe fragrance oil to further enhance the scent. Coconut is one of my FAVE smells. 
  • Mix and let dry for a couple of hours (preferably). Remember, we aren't making a salt scrub here, just a light coating of the coconut oil.
  • Add to bath and relax for 20 minutes.



FYI:
  • Not into coconut? Other beachy scents I've used are citrus, like lemons or oranges, sandalwood/musk, or tropical.
  • I kept the salts as is, but feel free to add a soap colorant, like blue, to make them the color of the sea.
  • While I am sharing the recipe for one use, feel free to make to your specifications. I like about a half cup, but have used up to 2 for a bath.
  • This makes a cute gift!
  • These will store for up to a year in a sealable container.
  • If necessary, please consult doctor before using or making this recipe.
  • Exercise caution when entering/exiting the tub.
PS: More DIY recipes to try:

7.24.2014

July Chit Chat!


Hey you! I've got my monthly Chit Chat video for you today. For those that want to learn more about me, see my awkward personality, or hear my accent, check out my video!

Here are some of the July Chit Chat highlights:
  • Drink of the Month
  • Mug of the Month (email me to send me a mug to promote your blog!)
  • July in Review:
    • Charlie
    • My 4th of July plans
    • Trips
    • First blogger conference! :)


Here's an outfit from my first event at the SBS conference! Again, I want to thank everyone for the support!
  • Most Popular Post for July
  • My Fave Post for July
  • Products I love and didn't like AT ALL!

Speaking of products I love, I'll give you a little teaser from the video:

I am LOVING this bag from I was sent from Gregory Sylvia! It has been my go-to bag this summer.

And here I am with the Luxi Crossbody Bag with one of the blogger conference outfits I wore. It's so durable and is of amazing quality. They have totes, satchels, bags, and more!

So here's the video! Check it out below:


What was your favorite part of the video?

PS: What should I do for my 100th video?

7.23.2014

Summer Beauty Haul & Tutorial

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My sis and I recently had too much fun strolling the aisles of the drugstore to see all of the latest summer beauty products, and luckily we were able to find everything at Walgreens. They've got it all for those summer beauty trends and new products, making Walgreens a super convenient beauty destination. Today I'm going to share a little of what was purchased by showing you one of my go-to summer looks. Enjoy.
I started the look with Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch Foundation. It gives a light coverage and keeps my skin matte, a must in the summer. Check it out in the picture above.




Next up is my favorite part--the eyes! I used the new Milani Bella Eyes shadows that I am obsessed with (I bought 6!). Here's my summer golden eye:
  • I patted the gold shade all over the lid.
  • Next, I used a crease brush and swept the shade Bella Cappuccino in the crease (top pic). I used a clean brush to blend it out, by using a windshield wiper motion.
  • I took a small brush and placed Bella Espresso into my outer corner in a sideways "v" shape. I used a clean brush to blend it out.
  • I then wet a smudge brush and dipped it in the Espresso shadow, and smudged lightly on my upper and lower lash lines.  









I finished the eyes with the new Maybelline Pumped Up Colossal Volume Express mascara. I love how this looks, especially on my tiny bottom lashes!



My lips needed something fun and bright for summer, and long-time readers know I love a coral lip. I grabbed way too many of the new Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stains, including the coral one in the pic above. I love them all! Bonus Tip: I then dabbed a little on my cheeks and blended with my fingertips for a natural dewy cheek. 


Nail time! A summer look isn't complete without a cute polish. I asked y'all on Instagram which of these hot summer shades from Essie I should choose--I picked up Sunday Funday, Topless and Barefoot, and In The Cab-Ana.

And majority of you wanted In the Cab-Ana! It's so cute and fun, right? It looks gorgeous on toes, too.


Here's the finished look! You can totally see my nail polish storage there on your left--it's in shoe organizers! Ooh, and before I go, let me tell you about a fun promotion from Walgreens:
  • Visit http://www.walgreens.com/summerbeautygwp for coupon for a FREE travel-size make-up brush set, your gift with any $20 beauty and personal care purchase (excluding baby category). I think we can all spend that much at Walgreens in about, oh, 5 minutes!
  • This offer runs between 6/29 - 8/30!
What's your favorite go-to summer beauty look?

7.22.2014

Cover Look For Less: Katie Holmes for Glamour Magazine

This and edited pic below via Glamour.com

And so I wrap up my July series, Cover Look for Less, with the beautiful Katie Holmes for Glamour Magazine (August). Be sure to check out the other looks here. As always, I use cover looks that are easy to recreate and are budget-friendly. Enjoy.

I used images from inside the magazine as my inspiration for this look.

1.--I used the Covergirl eyeshadow Quad in Natural Nudes.  I smudged the lightest shimmery shade into the inner corners of the eyes and brought down about halfway under the bottom lash line. I added the last shade in the quad on the lid, and added the darkest shade into the outer corner of the eye (like a sideways V) and blended it out and under the bottom lash line.

2.--For mascara, I used the Maybelline Pumped Up Colossal. I have a tutorial coming tomorrow with this! Curl lashes and apply a coat of mascara on top and bottom lashes.

3.--Katie has some amazing cheekbones that are really brought out with her contour. I used the Essence Sun Club Matte Bronzer. It's $5 and smells like coconuts and works perfectly for her skin tone. A darker peach blush can be used in its place if contouring isn't your thing.

4.--Her lipstick is a lovely nude shade that is so natural and wearable. I've been obsessed with the L'Oreal Collection Exclusive Prive nudes. They have something for just about every skin tone. Pictured here is the Julianne shade, but I think the Jennifer's Nude is closer to the shade she wore (I didn't like the way it looked in the collage).


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7.21.2014

DIY Beauty Hotel Hacks


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I love to travel--I've been all over the US and have visited 19 countries (so far!), and sometimes things don't go as planned. We've all been there: luggage gets lost, flights get cancelled, bad weather happens, and more unexpected events have popped up, no matter how prepared and well-packed we are. And so over the years I've figured out little tricks here and there to help. Enjoy my Beauty Hotel Hacks below:

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F A C E & B O D Y

  • For exfoliating facial scrub, use a packet of sugar and 1 vitamin E capsule mixed together. Scrub away the grime and rinse. 
  • To instantly soften skin, get a cut lemon (I get mine from the hotel bar or a restaurant), and rub on elbows or knees. The rough spots will disappear, thanks to the acid in the lemon. Add a packet of sugar for an exfoliating scrub.
  • Plain oatmeal mixed with a little water is wonderful at relieving itchy skin. It can be used as an exfoliant, too.
  • Use tea bags and tie under tub faucet for an easy DIY bath treat.
  • Take plain Greek yogurt from the breakfast bar and use on face to relieve tired skin. Great for sunburns, too.
  • Keep baby wipes in the mini-fridge for an extra refreshing feel after a day of traveling in the heat. I've also done this with a wet washcloth. It's a great way to wake yourself up, too!
  • Use baby wipes as a makeup remover.
  • Try dabbing on Mylanta to soothe razor burn, rashes, or sunburn (make sure skin isn't broken). 
  • Try Milk of Magnesia as a primer for oily skin.
  • Use shadow or bronzer as a liner in a pinch. 
  • Use powder bronzer as a shadow.
  • As a treatment, dab some Pepto-Bismol on a zit. After 30 minutes, wash off.
  • Crush a couple of aspirin (use the glass in your hotel room) and add a few drops of water to make a paste. Dab on zits, leave overnight, and rinse away in the morning. Bonus hack: this can also be used as a scrub!
  • If your zit has popped, squirt some Visine onto a cotton ball/tissue and dab onto the zit. The zit will shrink and the redness will be gone. Cover with a skin-matching cover up.
  • Raid the mini bar--pour iced tea on cotton pads and leave on eyes 20 min. to relieve tired eyes.
  • An oldie but a goodie: use hair conditioner or lotion for shaving.
  • Chapstick (plain only): rub on heels to prevent blisters, rub on a stubborn zipper, tame unruly eyebrows, instant moisturizer for elbows or knees, or eye makeup remover in a pinch.
  • Depending on the brand/type of deodorant you have, deodorant is great at stopping nicks from shaving.

H A I R
  • This is crazy, but it works! If your scalp is oily, and you're without dry shampoo, try a packet of plain oatmeal on your roots. Just massage in and brush out. And no, it doesn't leave oats in your hair.
  • Another idea born out of desperation/boredom: Tear up strips of a paper bag. Wrap around hair, like a hair roller. Roll up to ears, knot and spritz hair with water. Let dry and unwrap for instant curls. Socks will curl hair too!
  • I've used mascara, shadow, and bronzer to hide my grey roots. Check out more Ways to Hide Greys here.
  • Go to the hotel (or any) restaurant. Ask for a cup of olive oil--I've never had anyone charge me for it. Heat in the microwave in your room until warm (or use one in the hotel). Pour the warm oil on your hair and wrap your hair in a towel. Leave at least 30 minutes before shampooing out.
  • Leave your diffuser at home! Put a thin sock (like a dress sock) over the nozzle of your hair dryer and dry hair as usual.
  • Use the tiniest bit of lotion as a defrizzer if you're in a jam.
  • After shampooing hair, pour tea on your hair to make it shiny. Rinse out.

C L O T H E S
  • Dry shampoo is not only great for second day hair, but helps take the stink out! Spray some on armpits of shirts or in stinky shoes. Let dry before wearing.
  • Use those shower caps to cover your dirty shoes! Rain, dirt, and mud happens, but that doesn't mean your clothes or suitcase should get dirty. 
  • Use a razor to remove pills off of shirts/sweaters.
  • Use as a baby wipe to get rid of deodorant stains.
PS: Check out my Starbucks Beauty Hacks!

While all tips have been used for years by me, please avoid any ingredients if allergic or sensitive.

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