Hair Care Routine

IMG_3865.JPGI was hesitant to do this post because I don’t like to come across as braggadocious. Bragging about stuff just isn’t my style AT ALL, but as a blogger, I have to work on getting over that and being open regardless of how it comes across.

My hair is something I’ve always been complimented on, and it’s one of the few things about myself, appearance-wise, that I have zero insecurities about. When I get compliments on it, I often say “well it’s all I have going for me” because that’s my way of basically admitting that there’s a lot of things I don’t like about my appearance, but my hair isn’t one of them.

Since I was a teen, I’ve had people (even complete strangers) ask me if I have extensions and also what it is that I use that makes my hair so long and healthy. I’m sure there’s a good portion of this that is attributed to genetics, but I also think I’ve discovered some pretty great hair products over the years. So here we go…

Shampoo’s on Rotation

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I LOVE this shampoo because my hair changed when I started using it – it just makes it feel smoother and it protects against damage caused by coloring your hair.

 

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Now that I’m a mom, I’m lazy about going to specific salons to buy my hair products because I always feel like there’s way more important things to get done, so I like to have this giant bottle of affordable Pantene Pro-V on hand because I’ll likely use this for a solid month before finally buying a new Bumble and Bumble. Can’t beat the convenience of Costco

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Now that I’m back to being blonde (I have hair color ADD) I’m back to using a purple shampoo once or twice a week. Here’s the one I use because I didn’t want a super expensive one, but I wanted sulfate-free

 

The Best Conditioner EVER

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I don’t remember the exact year that I discovered this, but I’ve been using it for a decade at the very least. I’ve tried different conditioners here and there, but NOTHING ever compares. If anyone really wants THE SECRET to how my hair isn’t super damaged, this is it. Since I sometimes neglect to brush my hair and opt for a mom bun, I will usually brush my hair in the shower after this conditioner has set in for a few minutes – this helps me avoid breakage.

 

Hair Product (for people who hate hair products)

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I HATE hair product – I always have to tell a new hair stylists not to put product in my hair because I hate the way it feels. It makes me feel like I need to go home and wash it again. Ladies, this one is the exception. It gives my hair just a tiny bit of extra something so that when I dry it, it responds better to styling (usually waves for me). This stuff is amazing and I’m totally addicted.

 

The Hair Spray that changed my life

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For YEARS I tried various different hair sprays at various price ranges. For YEARS I either had something that made my hair feel sticky and crunchy (hello Big Sexy Hair) or something that just didn’t hold or help my do. Discovering this hair spray changed how my hair looks when I actually do it – and I immediately started getting more compliments on my hair.

 

The all-natural hair mask, found in the cooking aisle

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One day I asked my hair lady (who is very seasoned I might add) to do some sort of a hair mask on me because my hair felt dry – I told her I was willing to pay.

Her response: “No way I’m taking your money for that. Just go to the grocery store and buy some extra virgin coconut oil and soak your hair in it; start doing that every couple of months and don’t ever waste your money on hair masks.”

This stuff is legit ya’ll (I’m not even Southern). Go try this if you haven’t already

 

As I mentioned in my Insta post, I also try and stretch my washes to every 3-4 days if I can- it def helps that I HATE washing my hair. Also, thick hair runs in my family so at the end of the day, some of this stuff is just genetic, but I still wanted to just share some of my fave products with you all.

Xo,

Beth

6 Red Lipsticks to Rock this Holiday Season

Guest post by my dear friend and talented make-up artist, Gina Marie Wheeler. You can read about her background in Voyage LA Magazine.

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Nothing says holiday makeup like a red lip moment. Everyone looks good with a red lip, which is why new and seasonal collections always include the timeless hue. There are a few common reasons why some people avoid the bold color and I’ve found that most of the time it’s just intimidation. I’m here to tell you, it’s all in your head. You can and should rock a red (especially during the holidays). MAC Cosmetics is my go-to brand when wanting extensive color options. The quality is superior to most and the price point is great. I’ve narrowed down the 300+ color options that MAC offers to 6 Lipsticks and 2 Lip Pencils. These colors can truly be worn by ALL.img_1561

PREP + PRIME LIPS

PRO TIP Before wearing any bold or pigmented color you need hydrated, soft lips. MAC makes this great lip primer that not only moisturizes, but eliminates feathering. Every lip product looks and wears better on top of Prep + Prime Lips.

Price: $17.50

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LIPSTICKS

LADY BUG LIPSTICK

“If you’re still feeling a little red lip shy, try Lady Bug, it’s sheer and effortless”

Yellow Tomato

Finish: Lustre/Semi Gloss

Price: $17.00
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DUBONNET LIPSTICK

“If you think of red wine as the perfect lip color, Dubonnet is your shade.”

Deepened Claret

Finish: Amplified/Cream Finish

Price $17.00

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DARE YOU LIPSTICK

“If you feel comfortable with red but still want to keep it natural, Dare You looks like a lip stain”

Deep Brown Red

Finish: Creamsheen/High Shine

Price: $17.00

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RUBY WOO LIPSTICK

“Ruby Woo is a cult classic; it’s been around for decades and is a true Pin-Up red, that makes every lip pop.”

Vivid blue red

Finish: Retro Matte/Very Matte

Price: $17.00

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STUDDED KISS LIPSTICK

“Punk rock lips have continued to stay on trend for the past few years, so if you like a dark lip or are ready to go a little vampy try Studded Kiss.”

Dark oxblood red

Finish: Matte

Price: $17.00

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CHATEAU M RETRO MATTE LIQUID LIPSTICK

“Liquid lipsticks are so popular, their pigment and stay power make them low maintenance and opaque perfection.”

Deep Red Wine

Finish: Retro Matte

Price: $21.00

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LIP LINERS

PRO TIP If you worry about feathering, or fading, get one of these amazing lip pencils. They are creamy and glide on nice and smooth but set and stay for 8 hours. Line your lips and fill in with your pencil prior to lipstick for ultimate wear and color. You can also wear this Pro formula liner alone.

DIVA PRO LONGWEAR LIP PENCIL

Intense Reddish Burgundy

Price: $21.00

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HE SAID, SHE SAID PRO LONGWEAR LIP PENCIL

Brick Red

Price: $21.00

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The key to the red lip is, let her be the star. Don’t think you need to balance that lip with a Smokey Eye… Red Lip look should include:

  1. Flawless Skin
  2. Groomed & Filled in Brow
  3. Bare Eye or Winged Liner
  4. Heavy Mascara or False Lash
  5. Light blush

 

 

Holiday Wish List by NYC Stylist Phoebe Elizabeth

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I’m back with more from my dear friend and NYC Style Curator, Phoebe Elizabeth. She always manages to find the CUTEST stuff, so I asked her to share with me what her holiday wish list is!

Holiday mugs

perfect for Christmas morning coffee (or spiked cider)!

$14.00

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Carry on Cocktail Kit – just add booze

seriously coveting this for holiday/winter travel

$24

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My absolute favorite collection of holiday candles

$18.00 – $42.00

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Fireside PJs

an added bonus that they share my name!  

$130
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A little something special

…for layering…or for him 😉

$385.00

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Giving back

just one of the charities close to my heart

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A divinely feminine watch

comes in some other lovely color options

$125.00

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The perfect work satchel

Cuyana has a wonderful give back drive that’s definitely worthwhile

$395

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Faux Fur Hat

$75

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Beauty brush set

added bonus; this set has antibacterial properties, which can help prevent blemishes

$62.00

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Nars Body glow

Helps me keep that radiant look all winter long

$59

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Rodan & Fields eye cream

I finally tried this stuff and it’s amazing; I literally use it everyday

$62.00

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Say it with a sweater

or this one; or this one – I can’t decide!

$98.00

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