hair

Magic Hot Tool

I have the most pathetic hair. Luckily, I’m cool with it [I’m more of a nail girl]. Most days I throw it on top of my head & just rock with it. Other days I feel like putting in a little effort. I’ve been avoiding hot tools & hair products for about week now – I’m trying to go “no-poo” …but that’s a whole other blog post [you can Google it in the mean time]!

Anyways, this weekend I decided to do SOMETHING with my hair. I was going to be seeing people that I hadn’t in a while…in public, and didn’t feel like looking like a total frump. In an effort to follow as many “no-poo” rules as possible, I decided to keep it simple. Using only a heat protectant spray on the ends of my hair & my secret ceramic weapon of a hot tool [keep reading], I was able to bring my limp & lame locks to life!

I’ve used this tool quite a few times before … & every-single, no seriously, literally, every-single-time I get SO many compliments on my hair. After receiving so much love in person & on social media this weekend, I decided I needed to share!

Insert secret weapon…

Revlon Perfect Heat 3 Barrel Deep Waver Styling Curling Iron
Revlon Perfect Heat 3 Barrel Deep Waver Styling Curling Iron – can be purchased at a Wal-mart near you 🙂

 

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My cousin, who has thick & fabulous hair purchased this iron & it wasn’t for her. Being her younger, beauty-product-junkie of a cousin, she passed it off to me [thank you, Dawn]!
This is honestly the perfect tool for anyone who has thin & flat hair [like I do :(]. It creates a clean, beachy-wave style that lasts!

HOW-TO: …Apologies for my photobooth pics below – I didn’t have time to properly photograph. Hopefully they are still  helpful!

1) Clip up your hair & leave a small section out to clamp. The more sections you have, the better…more volume!

 

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2) Starting from the root of that piece of hair, clamp the tool on top of the hair [with the double barrel side UNDER the hair – you want the styler to create an “n” or a “c” curve, not a “u” curve.

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3) Hold in place for about 20 seconds, unclamp, move down the piece of hair & repeat as many times as necessary to reach the end. My hair length takes about 3 clamps per piece.

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4) Take down a new section of hair & repeat until your entire head is done!

 

…and TA-DA! SO easy, no!?

I really was that happy haha
I really was that happy about it! haha

So much volume, so much curl! Such an easy way to completely transform lame hair! I highly recommend this product to anyone who is looking to give their thin & flat hair an all-natural looking boost!  🙂

Have you tried this styling tool before?

Any other tips for thin, flat hair? I’d love to hear them! 

 

XOX

A 2014 Resolution

I truly enjoy making resolutions! I love the sense of commitment and enthusiasm that they provide at the start of the new year. I’ll admit, I have been a bit ambitious in the past, vowing to complete A, B, C, D, E, F, G, etc. etc. but this year, I’ve decided to keep my resolutions – or goals, if you will – simple. It’s all about taking on one small change at a time, no?

This year I’ve decided to take one thing head on – skincare.

I think it’s time to start addressing this “getting old” thing. While technically, I am a bit late in the anti-aging game, I’m considering myself early. This year is all about good products, facials, and avoiding the sun!

I do take good care of my skin, but I’m ready to take it to the next level. Someone recently recommended that I try No. 7 skincare products. After their rave review, I did my own Google search & was quickly sold. I picked up the Protect & Perfect Intense Skincare System at Target for $50.

Target - $50
This system includes a serum, a day cream and a night cream.
It is a tad pricey, but considering the supposed quality of the products, it was a steal. Each cream is of substantial size as well!
A peek inside. It is a tad pricey, but considering the supposed quality of the products, it was a steal. Not to mention, each cream is of a pretty substantial size!

I also (per recommendation), placed an order for Country Life Maxi Hair Time Release (hair, skin and nail) vitamins.

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I tried Sephora’s Phytophanère hair, skin and nail vitamins, but wasn’t thoroughly impressed. I went through a full bottle – a 3 month treatment – before deciding not to continue. The Country Life tablets have wonderful reviews, so I’m excited to try them!

In addition to my two new products, an increased intake of water, fruits & veggies is obviously going to be a must.

I’ll post my thoughts on the No. 7 skin treatment and the Country Life vitamins once I get a good feel for them.

I hope everyone has made a resolution or two for the New Year!

There’s no time like the present 🙂

Milania Haircare!

So I did something completely random & impulsive last week…

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Sigh.

I have to be honest, I don’t really know why. Typically, I’m not much of a hair girl, my nails are much more my thing, but I had been reading so many amazing reviews of Milania Haircare, and I happen to adore this sassy little troll…

Seems fitting to pause for a Milania .gif sesh

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Dying.

…anyways, I thought, “why not” – so I ordered the three-piece set.

I placed the order on a Thursday & came home that Monday to see the box waiting for me.

A+ for fast shipping!!
A+ for fast shipping!!
I could't help but chuckle at the sparkly Teresa Giudice on the box lol...
I could’t help but chuckle at the sparkly Teresa Giudice on the box lol…
No really, she sparkles.
No really, she sparkles.
The set comes with the Keratin Heat Protector, the Total Vitamin Leave-In Treatment & the Argan Oil Infusion Serum
The set comes with the Keratin Heat Protector, the Total Vitamin Leave-In Treatment & the Argan Oil Infusion Serum

So of course, I wanted to try everything right away! I took a shower before bed and shampooed/conditioned as normal…

Step 1: Add a generous amount of the Total Vitamin Leave-In treatment to damp hair.
Step 1: I added a generous amount of the Total Vitamin Leave-In treatment all throughout my damp hair & clipped it up for bed.
Can I just tell you how GOOD this stuff smells? I'm not even kidding, it has that salon-quality product smell!
Great pics, I know. I was too lazy to photograph this properly lol. Can I just tell you how GOOD this stuff smells? I’m not even kidding, it has that yummy salon-quality product smell!
A tweet-worthy, good smell!
Seriously though, a tweet-worthy, good smell!
Step 2: Good morning! Pump some of the Keratin Heat Protector to towel dried hair...
Step 2: Good morning! Pump some of the Keratin Heat Protector and work into towel dried hair…
My hair is pretty dry when I take it down in the morning, so no extra drying was necessary
My hair is pretty dry when I take it down in the morning, so no extra drying was necessary

I worked the heat protector  in from tips to scalp & then blow dried…

Totally dry!  (I need to get my color done ASAP!)
Post-blow dry! (I need to get my color done ASAP – I swear it doesn’t look that yellow-y lol!)
Time to straighten...
Time to straighten…
Step 3: Argan Oil Infusion Serum.
Step 3: Argan Oil Infusion Serum.
I usually don't put many products in my hair as it gets greasy very easily, but the small bit of oil didn't bother me much.
I usually don’t put many products in my hair as it gets greasy very easily, but the small bit of oil didn’t bother me much.
Another shot!
Another shot before I styled it.

All in all – I was impressed. This was definitely affordable, smells really good, and seems to work just as well as any other products I’ve tried. My hair held up through the day which is huge – the summer heat didn’t cause it to frizz as much as it normally does…

Home after a long day! I'd say that's pretty darn straight  & shiny for mid-Summer!
Home after a long day! I’d say that’s pretty darn straight & shiny for mid-Summer!

I must say, way to go Tre!!

Next up, I need to get my hands on a bottle of Fabellini LOL.

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Have you tried any of the Milania Haircare products? Let me know what you think!

I’m Going Nude!

Right now I am so obsessed, and inspired by all things nude and natural. Everything from neutral clothing and accessories, to natural hair and makeup! Sometimes less is more 🙂

(How freaking beautiful is Minka Kelly?!)

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