BEACH HAIR ALL SUMMER LONG

July 7, 2014

beachhair BEACH HAIR ALL SUMMER LONG

I like my hair to be at it’s absolute messiest in the summer time. A good messy though – not like too messy, who do you think I am? Just kidding, it’s probably too messy like 4 out of 5 days, but we can’t all be perfect. Anyway, beach messy is what I aim for. Lots of texture, extra volume, and most importantly: not a strand in place, thank you very much. To achieve said look, I’ve pretty much tried every combo of salt spray and dry shampoo and thickening spray and oils on this planet. Sometimes it worked, but mostly it just looked even more tangled than normal. So at my last hair cut, I expressed my concerns of not reaching peak beach hair to this fine lady, and here’s what she told me to use:

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Unite Beach Day Texturizing BEACH HAIR ALL SUMMER LONG + Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

Y’all, I think I get it now. This combo = beach hair. No if’s, and’s, or but’s about it. The Unite beach spray adds a good amount of grit and wave, while the Oribe spray amps up the texture and volume like no other. Also the Oribe smells like heaven and is totally replacing my perfume usage as of now.

Here’s how I do it: I spray Unite on damp, towel-dried hair and tousle with my hands. Once my hair is air dried, I’ll spray the Oribe on the ends and use my hands to twist strands and mess it up a bit. That’s it. On second-day hair (or third), I just spray Unite a little on the ends and then do a good long spray of Oribe once around my head. Beach hair from now until September (or probably forever, let’s be real).

ESSENTIALS: ALL THE FRENCH THINGS

April 3, 2014

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned in this lifetime, it’s that French women know what’s up. They’ve always got the best hairstyles, wear the coolest outfits, eat lots of croissants, drink good wine, and have really lovely, buoyant skin. What the f? Anyway, on my quest to becoming a French woman, I’ve discovered a few French beauty products that have changed my life for the better. I love them so much that they’ve become essentials (see past essentials here!). I’m serious, if Amazon stopped carrying this stuff, I’d be forced to move to France.

Details below, but first, disclaimer alert: I’m NOT a beauty expert, I just know what works for me and I like to overshare.

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Embryolisse: This is a moisturizer that I use at night, after I’ve washed my face. I won’t get into all the details of my nightly routine right now, but holy heck, this stuff is good. It’s super lightweight, but somehow makes my skin feel totally moisturized and happy. I suffer from dry skin AND oily skin (really, universe?) and Embryolisse seems to balance everything out really evenly, thank the heavens. You can find it here, here, or here.

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Bioderma Crealine: In it’s heart-of-hearts, Bioderma is a simple makeup remover. You soak a cotton pad and wipe all the crap off your face. BUT OMG IT’S SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT. I use it every night and it works so effortlessly. It’s also super gentle, doesn’t sting my eyes, and makes my face feel truly clean. I still wash my face afterwards with soap and water, but some people just use Bioderma to wash their face and it’s a totally OK thing to do. Also, I’ve met many makeup artists who swear by the stuff. It’s the real deal. You can find it here or here.

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Caudalie Beauty Elixir: I’m so addicted to this stuff that I keep a backstock of at least 3, in case I need them on the fly. Literally, they’re also good flying companions. Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir is a face spray that’s part toner and part serum and it’s loaded with essential oils. Not only does it smell amazing, but it also smoothes out my skin and tightens everything up. It’s like a spritz of goodness. I always spray it on my face in the morning, usually right after I’ve washed it. But lately, I’ve been switching it up and spraying it after I’ve put my foundation on (but before powder) and it sets everything in place. What doesn’t this stuff do? Can’t live without it. You can find it here.

Also, my essential candle, shoe, lip balm, and body salve.

LEARNING ABOUT GOOD SMELLING THINGS

November 25, 2013

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If there’s one thing I know nothing about, it’s perfume. Here’s what I do know though: everyone in LA wears the same scent. I’m not even kidding right now. Go to any bar, restaurant, event, The Grove, everyone is wearing the same perfume. It’s like Pinesol meets an uncharted forest meets an ashtray meets high-quality leather. Clearly I’m not privy to scent descriptives, but that’s pretty much it. And it’s like everyone else is in on this secret scent except for me because I have no idea what it is. I’m guessing it’s Tom Ford, because everyone in this town WOULD wear Tom Ford.

Anyway, I like my perfumes to smell like foods, instead of the real floral scents, because I can’t do that strong stuff. I’d rather get wiffs of something delicious tasting than something super rosey. Also, those potent fragrances make my boyfriend nauseous and we wouldn’t want that. On a daily basis, I wear Trish McEvoy’s Blackberry & Vanilla Musk. It’s SUPER light and makes me kind of hungry, but I love it.

But I’ve been looking for a new perfume with a little more depth and lasting power for when I go out on the town or go to work events (ya know, more fancy things), but sweet mercy is it hard to find a new fragrance. Luckily, I saw the Surrender to Chance site on Kate’s blog and it totally blew my mind and changed my scent game forever. It’s basically just sample-sized perfumes of the more obscure and indie fragrances that aren’t as easy to find. My only requirement for a scent is that it’s obscure and indie sooooooo score? But seriously, what better way to find a new signature scent than with tiny little samples! These are the ones I picked: Byredo 1996 Inez & Vinoodh, Byredo Gypsy Water, Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille, and Diptique Eau Duelle. I also picked a bunch of sample perfumes in my last Sephora order so I have those too (the bigger bottles). So far, the Diptique one is winning over my heart. Go figure, it kind of smells like vanilla extract.

I’ve placed another Surrender to Chance order and I’ll report back when a signature scent is found. What’s yours? I’m new in the scent game and I know nothing.

ESSENTIALS: INTUITIVE LIP BALM

February 21, 2013

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I used to wear strawberry chapstick exclusively for the better part of my 25 years (errr…I think I’m 26 now actually?).  It has this perfect just-bitten hue that I couldn’t find anywhere else.  That mixed with it’s faux strawberry flavahh couldn’t be beat IMO.

…until I learned about intuitive lip balm.  Do you know of this magical, mythical product?  I truly feel like it’s one of the most underrated makeup products out there.  Basically, the balm reacts with the chemistry of your lips to enhance it’s natural color.  Super subtle, yet it somehow creates this perfect hue that you never knew you needed before.  Also, it reacts to everyone differently.  So for me, it’s a super light pink.  For someone else, it could be richer.  It’s like it knows exactly what color your lips ought to be.  Magic, I tell you.

My favorite intuitive lip balm is Dior Addict Lip Glow.  It’s a little on the pricey side but honestly and truthfully, I think it’s so worth the bucks.  It’s really moisturizing and it lasts on your lips for a VERY long time.  We’re talking HOURS.  It’s perfect for daytime when you need a little hint of color but still want to look like yourself.

Find it here or here.

*PS…my favorite intuitive lip gloss is Smashbox’s O-Gloss.  Oh it’s the most perfect pink if you’re more of a gloss person than a balm person!

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HIS / HERS

January 22, 2013

Kyle and I sometimes wear the same shoes.  We also have a lot of the same clothing items.  Is that normal? Probably. Maybe??  Not at all?  I don’t know really.  But don’t worry, we’re also polar opposites in a lot of ways.  I mean, whereas he uses only one notebook to jot down his thoughts, I rotate between 5 and 15 notebooks at a time.  How can a person get by with only one notebook?

Anyway, here are a few of our snazzy and somewhat similar things side-by-side (my stuff on the left, his on the right):

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HER: Madewell Polka Dot Shirt (similar here) // HIS: Gitman Bros. Polka Dot Shirt
HER: Bumble & Bumble Semisumo hair product // HIS: Bumble & Bumble Sumotech hair product
HER: Rotating stack of notebooks // HIS: Evernote Moleskine notebook
HER: Supergas // HIS: Supergas