My Hair Growth Plan: All the tears and products.

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I am that girl at the hair salon.

The one cringing in her seat while the stylist, who is most likely annoyed beyond words, trims off just the slightest measurement from my dead, fried strands. I can’t help it. My mother had long, lustrous locks of which she wore like a badge of honor through much of her late teens and early 20’s. It was a legacy I was more than happy to uphold, until, well, I didn’t. I think it was the 6th or 7th grade where I finally let the scissors cut into the thick, warm brown strands which had grown un-touched for close to 5 years.

The result was less-than desirable. What was once long, thick and wavy, was now short, puffy and shapeless. It was then that I also discovered my hair had (No, God!) TEXTURE! The battle had begun. Now please insert years of heat torture, dye, bleach, ombre and that one Summer I tried to look like a Kardashian and you have a head of hair with quite a lengthy history. I learned a lot about my hair over the years, most of all that I was happiest when it was long. So, on my last hair appointment, my stylist and I came up with a plan- you guessed it!- a hair growth plan.

Step 1: A dusting every 6-8 weeks.

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Getting a “dusting” is industry lingo for ‘literally’ cutting off just the ends. This may seem anti-productive, however it ensures that the length you do have will look neat and healthy. Having long, stringy hair is not a good look on anybody. Schedule them ahead of time to take the guess work out, best part is, these types of cuts are usually inexpensive, in some cases you can request a dry cut and save on the wash/ blow-dry fee.

 

Step 2: Wash 2-3 times a week

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Yes, I know, nothing in this world feels better than having freshly washed hair. The problem is, most of our natural oils are stripped away each and every time we lather up. To prevent damage, try washing your hair 2-3 times a week based on how oily you hair tends to get. You will probably be Pinning messy bun tutorials by day 3, but the end result is so worth it.

 

Step 3: Dry with a soft T-shirt

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Finally, a use for that balled up t-shirt in the back of your underwear drawer. Standard towels tend to be made up of fabric that can be harsh on your sensitive strands, leaving them frayed and delicate. A towel absorbs all the extra moisture without the damage.

 

 

Step 4: Satin pillow case

 

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Satin (or silk) pillow cases allow your hair to slip and slide all night rather than being tugged or damaged with friction.

Pick up a pair at Bed Bath and Beyond

 

Step 5: Weekly hair masks

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At least once a week you want to make sure you’re giving your hair a little extra boost of hydration with a hair mask, whether you followed a recipe or stopped by a drug store, there is an option for everyone. Some of my recommendations include Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask and Aussie Most 3 Minute Miracle conditioner, the second is light enough to use daily, both are under $10!

Step 6: Vitamins

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Taking a daily multivitamin is always suggested, however, adding other supplements such as Biotin to your regime can have a significant effect on your hair and nail health . Keep in mind, vitamins work best when your daily diet is healthy as well. So maybe switch that hamburger for a kale salad once and a while.

 

I’m only a few weeks in and already I’m seeing a noticeable difference in my hair’s texture and overall appearance. Like all good things, the length will come in time. Please share your hair story in the comments!

Happy Growing!

Xx

 

 

Fall beauty products I’m obsessed with.

According to this 80+ degree weather, we have not quite made it to Fall yet. However, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have a full beauty regime in place and ready to go should mother nature decided to change her mind. These 7 products will have you looking and feeling your best by the time the leaves start changing.

Renpure Rosemary Mint Cleansing Conditioner

Renpure Solutions Rosemary Mint

Renpure Solutions Rosemary Mint Cleansing Conditioner can remedy even the most damaged Summer hair. The non-sulfate formula keeps your follicles moisturized and soft to the touch. Not to mention that killer price. You could probably go away for the weekend with the money you save on shampoo and conditioner.

Rosemary Mint Cleansing Conditioner

Target 6.99

Benefit Instant Brow Pencil

Of all the brow pencils I’ve ever tried, this by far gives you the most natural results. The creamy formula effortlessly blends into your brows, and the built-in brush spreads the product for an even application. The most experienced eye brow filler will be impressed by this user friendly product.
Please be warned , you will never leave your house without it on.

Benefit Instant Brow Pencil at Sephora 20.00

MAC Studio Fix Power Plus Foundation

The Summer is for the dewy completion, but the rest of the year, go matte. This two-in-one miracle covers imperfections with no added shine.

Mac Cosmetics 27.00

Sephora Collection Classic Red

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Time to put the pinks and nudes away, the bold lip comes back with vengeance the first sign of cooler weather. This color of all vixens is a must for any woman wanting to make her presence know this season. Or just wear it to bed? Either way, this cream lipstick is beyond.

Sephora 12.50

Essie Skirting the Issue

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One of my all time favorite Essie colors. Skirting the Issue is the perfect everyday dark mauvey/red/brownish color available. If I could only choose one nail polish for the rest of my life, this would be it.

Essie 8.50

Lush Dark Angels

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Use this coal black sugar scrub as a daily face wash or weekly mask. Either way, the unique formula exfoliates all the gunk and grime off you face leaving it baby soft. Coal has actually been proved to force out bacteria which may lead to acne.

Lush 31.95

Tanwise

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I know you may be wondering what a tanning lotion is doing on a list of Fall beauty products, but before you huff and puff, please let me explain. My greatest loss every Fall is the natural Summer-time glow from those long days of Sunshine. Tanwise’s natural hue allows you to keep the charade going, if only for a little while longer. Put some on when you start to long for those marathon beach days.

Sally Beauty Supply 9.00

Happy (almost) Fall.

Xx

Is makeup the enemy?

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Don’t get me wrong, I love my makeup, I love to spend money I don’t have on it , and I love love making my eyelashes double the length they will ever grow naturally, but that’s not the point. The point is, makeup isn’t what you look like, it’s waxes and pigments that create a person you would rather be. So when someone refers to the real you as being “ugly as fuck”, which was experienced by the Manrepeller’s Leandra Mendine (As explained in this blog post, Why I don’t Wear Makeup), one must really consider the benefits and disadvantages of a made-up face.

Have we become so accustom to filled-in brows, bright pink cheeks, shimmering lids and dark full lashes that anything less seems ugly? Be honest, we have all seen those gossip-rag headlines about celebrities without makeup, you may have even picked up a copy waiting in line at Walgreens. Did you not think that Katie Holmes should’ve probably added an extra layer of concealer under her eyes? Or that SJP looks old and wrinkly? I have often wondered if these thoughts are our own, or just what we have been told to feel.

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I for one would not like to be held to that standard of perfection. Some days I have bogs under my eyes or a chin pimple that can be seen from outer space, the last thing I would need is someone pointing it out in an email or blog post, that’s just rotten. If i’m going to be completely honest, the times I have felt the prettiest are after a day at the beach with no makeup applied. Just a gentle sun-kissed glow and dewiness from some leftover sun block. I can find beauty in my hazel eyes and light eyebrows. My skin may not always be perfect, but this is the face I was born with, the one I was given, and on some days it’s beautiful and on others it’s tired or stressed or sad. At the end of the day, when we wash it all off, that is our true face of beauty. So maybe it’s time we become a little more accustom to a bare face. I’m not saying to ditch it all completely-God knows I won’t! Instead take away the pressure of having a full face of make up every single day of your life. Throw on a tinted moisturizer and leave the house with confidence, because really, who cares what everyone else thinks anyway?

Here are some beautiful ladies who bared it all and lived to tell the tale:

Go be bare faced.

Xx

Top 10 must-have drug store beauty products.

Whether you consider yourself a drug store goddess or scoff at the idea of cheap mascara, it’s time to listen up. The beauty brands offered in our local haunts have improved tremendously, in fact, many of the products used in fashion shows come from the same place you buy tampons. Who knew? In no particular order here are some drug store beauty products you should be getting your fancy little hands on ASAP.

1: This iconic green and pink tube has been the go-to mascara for years. Believe the hype, Maybelline’s flag-ship product leaves most other brands in the dust.

$5 Walgreens

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2: Any hair stylist will tell you, L’Oréal Paris’s Elnett Hair Spray is worth it’s weight in gold. The super fine mist will hold even your most intricate styles in place, you can also brush it out in only a few strokes.

$15 Walgreens

Elnett LOreal Paris

3: I don’t know who Queen Helene is, but she sure loves to provide us with amazingly cheap and moisturizing beauty products. This Cocoa Butter hand and body lotion smells like a tropical vacation and costs less than a latte.

$3.49 Walgreens

Queen Helene Cocoa Butter

4: Don’t let the quirky name and retro design fool you. Pssssst! Dry Shampoo has been around for ages for a reason, it really really works. You need this in your life immediately.

$6.29 Walgreens

Pssssst!

5: Aveeno’s Soothing Bath Treatment is a life-saver, especially if you have ever been unfortunate enough to have the chicken poxs. The soothing formula calms skin and controls irritating itch. Aveeno’s trademark active ingredient is gentle enough for all skin types.

$8.29 Walgreens

Aveeno Soothing Bath Treatment

6: Crest 3D Luxe Whitestrips are by far the best way to whiten teeth on a budget. The strips stay firmly on teeth and there is no unpleasant aftertaste. The price is well worth the bright smile you’re left with afterwards.

$50 Walgreens

Crest 3D White Luxe Whitestrips

7: We have probably all owned a tube of this stuff at one point or another. Carmex lip balm is second to none when it comes to relieving our chapped lips and ungodly cold sores. I shutter to think about a life without it.

$1.69 Walgreens

Carmex Moisturizing Lip Balm

8: Nothing, and I mean nothing, will keep your pits as fresh as Mitchum will. The lightly scented gel formula lasts all day and night. This anti-perspirant in the real deal.

$3.99 Walgreens

Mitchum

9: Covergirl’s Cheekers blushes come in a variety of complimentary shades, not to mention the convenient compact with that iconic brush. My personal favorite hue will always be Classic Pink 101, it’s perfect for us fair skinned ladies.

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10: Revlon Creme Lipsticks leave lips super soft and in some of the best shades around. Go nude or shocking pink, with these prices you can treat yourself over and over again.

$7.29 Walgreens

Revlon Creme Lipstick

Happy Beauty Shopping.

Xx

Prabal Gurung’s serene reds.

Thank God for Style.com‘s relentless coverage of New York’s fashion week. I couldn’t imagine not being blessed with the majesty that is Prabal Gurung, who just recently obtained citizenship in the ole US of A. Even though he now resides in the city that made him a fashion icon, his collection is still very much a reflection of foreign travels. If anyone had ever doubted fashion as a viable art form, this collection would invoke some serious doubts.

Happy NYFW.

Xx

The Best Winter-Time Beauty Products You can Purchase Today.

Over here on the East Coast temps are reaching record lows and our thermostats are working over time! All that freezing wind and forced hot air can reek havoc on your skin, lips and even hair unless you do something about it. I’ve narrowed it down to a few core, easy to find products, everyone should have ready to use. They also happen to be super cheap!

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Vaseline’s new rosy lip tub is super micro, meaning it can fit in a small cross-body bag or clutch. The tint makes your lips look vibrant and healthy, while the light rose scent reminds you of a warmer time. Plus, you have all the moisturizing benefits of classic Vaseline.

Only $1.99 at your local Walgreens

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This product has been a staple in my life for the past 3 years, the natural colloidal oatmeal helps to lock-in moisture leaving skin feeling soft and creamy long after you shower. Aveeno offers a variations of body washes, but their original always proves to be the best.

Only $6.97 at Walgreens

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Are your hands starting to look tortured? Have no fear, Burt’s Bees hand salve is here! This product is 100% natural made from botanical oils and of course, beeswax. Rub it into your hands at night or after being outside for a long period of time. The salve will replenish lost moisture and get you back to hand modeling in no time.

Only $9.99 at Walgreens

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The beauty market seems to be inundated with BB creams, and while there are plenty to sift through, I still find Garnier’s to be the best value. Offered in a variety of shades and specialty formulas, this BB cream protects skin from damaging rays while also maintaining a dewy glow.

Only $13.49 at Walgreens

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Like your skin, your hair needs extra moisture in the colder months as well, and sometimes conditioner just doesn’t do the trick. That’s why I’ve been using Pantene’s Repair and Protect Overnight Miracle Serum. Just like your favorite lotion, you smooth on the serum before bed on wet or dry hair. In the morning your follicles will be soft and manageable without the greasiness you get with some other products.

Only $8.99 at Walgreens

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This non-irritating cleanser helps retain moisture without sacrificing that fresh feeling. Originally created for dermatologists, this formula is mild enough for even the most sensitive skin. Plus, it can also be used as a hand and body cleanser.

Prices Vary at local Walgreens

BONUS SPLURGE PRODUCT

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Feeling a wee bit pasty lately? Benetint is Benefit Cosmetics flagship product originally formulated to give strippers extra rosy nipples (Not Kidding!), this tint is perfect for brightening up you face with a sexy glow. For an extra flushed look, swipe some on your lips as well. Please don’t let the price scare you, this little bottle will last an entire year.

Benetint $30 at Sephora

Please share some of your favorite Winter-Fighting products with me in the comments!

Stay warm out there!

Xx