Monday, August 7, 2017

That's Why Her Hair Is So Big, It's Full Of Secrets



I've had a few questions recently on what I use to curl my hair, so I figured I'd just do a whole post on what hair products I use! If you read my makeup post, you know that I'm a creature of habit and rarely change things up. Well, the same goes for this post as well.
Disclaimer: in my opinion, my hair really isn't as great as it looks in pictures, haha. I always keep dead/broken ends for a few reasons, 1.) I rarely ever cut my hair because it grows SO slowly, 2.) I get my hair colored/bleached blonde every 6-8 weeks which is hard on it, and 3.) I have a terrible terrible nervous habit of pulling on my hair and plucking the dead ends off.. it's a viscous cycle. Also, my hair stays on the dry side because I was blessed with an under active thyroid like many other people in this area. Plus side of that.. I can go days and days without washing my hair with the help of my fav dry shampoo! :)

You can shop all the items I'm talking about at the bottom of this post!

CURLING WAND
I stink so bad at using a curling iron, and honestly I don't really like how my hair looks with one anyway! I don't think I'll ever be able to get curls with a straightener, either, it makes no sense to me. Curling wands are my best friends. I've had this Conair for a couple years and it's fantastic, especially for around $30 at Walmart! It's also got heat settings, which I like, because options are good.
My mom recently ordered this L'ANGE wand and let me use (steal) it. I like it a lot, too, but it doesn't have any heat settings and it doesn't have a plastic piece on the end of the barrel for you to hold on to if you need it. 
My hair is naturally wavy so it holds curl very well. I honestly like the tapered and non-tapered barrel equally. The non-tapered seems to give me looser/beachier waves. It also seems that the longer your hair is, the better a wand will work for you. I would try a slimmer barrel if you have shorter hair, but that means you're also going to get tighter curls. Play around with it and just don't hold your hair on the wand as long if you want a wavier look.

STRAIGHTENER
I'm only on my second straightener of my life, which I think is crazy good. My first one lasted me 14 years, seriously. It was a titanium so that's what I went with for my new one. There are a million straighteners out there and I feel like they're all about the same so I won't go into much detail here. I use this Paul Mitchell one 

DRY SHAMPOO
Why did I not listen to the whole world and try Batiste sooner? Oh my word, I can literally go 5-6 days sometimes without washing my hair when I use this stuff. I know people with darker hair worry about dry shampoo sometimes but Batiste even has a special formula for dark hair so it doesn't show up like white powder! I used to use Dove dry shampoo but it almost gave me too much texture and dried my hair too much on the ends. Batiste takes the cake by a million!

PURPLE SHAMPOO
Yes, purple shampoo. The holy grail shampoo for a blonde. And probably Prince fans. It's literally purple! Be careful not to use it daily because it can actually tint your hair purple, unless you want that, then have at it. It's perfect to keep your hair nice and ashy-white just like it looks when you leave the salon. No more brassy and yellow blonde! The Generic Brand at Sally's is cheap and works amazingly, so I stick to that.

HAIRSPRAY
Kenra 25 is my JAM!! And it qualifies for coupons at Ulta, so I usually grab it there. A little goes such a long way, it has extremely strong hold, and it smell fantastic. (People ask me what I'm wearing that smells so good and it always ends up being my hairspray, haha).

VOLUME
If you haven't discovered volumizing hair powder yet then bless your heart. We girls know that clean hair won't do anything we want it to, sprinkle this stuff at your roots and rub it in and VOILA! Instant volume and texture. Now your tease and style won't fall out! I like the Not Your Mother's brand because it's only 6 bucks and lasts me forever.

EXTRAS
I've used this argan oil for a few years because TJ Maxx always carries it and it's just about $10 there. Don't get it on your roots or you'll look insta-greasy, just rub it on the ends to get some moisture back.
Tresemme heat protectant spray.. another good cheapie!





Monday, July 31, 2017

Muscle Tank & Moto Leggings Athleisure




Yes, another athleisure! This is one of my favorites yet! I especially love Nike's 1/4 zip pullovers like I have tied around my waist. I usually grab them at either the Nike Factory Store or Nike Clearance Store, and luckily I have both of those place close by! I linked a few from 6pm that are a good deal!

I'm seriously obsessed with both pairs of moto leggings that I got from the Nordstrom sale. The ones I have on here are the Nordstrom brand and are so soft, but I've linked both and they're true to size! (True to size for me in leggings means going up a size since they're so tight. That's what I did with both the moto's am happy with them!) As of now, they're both still in stock in a few. ((Fingers crossed they stay that way)).

I'm so sorry for such a short and sweet post. I meant to post this days ago and haven't had time. I went to Nashville for a long weekend for my friend Tiffany's bachelorette party (see pictures below)! She's sadly a long distance friend of mine and lives in Roanoke, VA, which is a little over 2 hours from where I live. I met her in dental hygiene school and we try our best to meet up a few times a year!
On the way to Nashville I got one of the best emails of my life to date.. I was accepted into the Reward Style program aka LIKEtoKNOW.IT!! I was so antsy and anxious all weekend to get back home on my laptop to get things up and running with it!
You can now easily shop direct links to my outfits by downloading the app and then liking/screenshotting my pictures or by clicking the products on the bar that's posted below.

(Tiffany is the one with the blonde hair & gorgeous long legs that any girl would kill for)



All items are linked in the shoppable bar below!! Please comment/email me/comment on IG with any questions!







Photos by Reagan Griffin Photography

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Athleisure




Being 100% comfy but still cute, aka athleisure, is probably my favorite way to dress. Nike is my go-to just because they always have such bright and appealing pieces, and their tennis shoes are by far my favorite. I got these Nike Free 5.0's probably a year ago, so it's getting kinda difficult to find in your size/color. I linked them at Foot Locker to show you all the colors they come in. Just leave it to Google if you're looking to buy some but Foot Locker doesn't have your size and I'm sure you'll be able to track them down somewhere.

Switching from Nike.. I was browsing a Reebok store a few months ago and was surprised when I saw these super cute workout/running capris! They're insanely soft BUT you've got to be careful with the white color. If you're wearing anything other than nude undies, everyone at the gym/out in public is going to know what flavor panties you're wearing. I also like pairing a longer top with them like I have on here. Believe it or not, I got my top at Walmart forever ago! The neck is cut so wide that I just turned it into an off the shoulder. Like always, I linked a few similar tops for ya!

I have another athleisure post coming very soon!!

Reebok Capris (sale) | Similar Active Top (LOVE this one) | Similar Active Top 2


Photos by Reagan Griffin Photography