Beach Waves Live With L'ange Hair

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Yesterday, I had the privilege of taking over L’ange Hair’s Facebook to do a live beach wave tutorial with their curling wand. It was so much fun and I was able to answer lots of questions about the product line. Hopefully, this is the first of many collabs with L’ange.

This whole thing came about because I’m on a mission to become Mandy With The Good Hair. The kind people at L’ange read my post and got in touch with me offering help, products and hair tools.

I did the takeover at L’ange’s headquarters where there is even an absolutely insta-worthy studio for this kind of thing. They were super generous and I was able to give everyone watching live a sweet deal—30% off everything on their website. If you missed it, don’t worry, watch below and save 30% too. Just click here to go to L'ange's site and use the promo code AMANDA. 

Here are the products used in the tutorial:

25mm Curling Wand

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This wand not only looks pretty on your bathroom sink (it’s rose gold and blush—seriously), it’s made of titanium and heats up in a matter of seconds. It doesn’t matter what hair type you have. It’s perfect for all hair types to create everything from sexy, messy beach waves to curls.

Rival Heat Shield

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You know when you use a heat protector on your hair, you hear it singe and wonder WTF just happened? That doesn’t happen with this product. Spritz on, wait a few seconds and get styling. Your hair will sizzle but not in the “I just burned it off” kind of way.

Deja Vu Dry Shampoo

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The problem with most dry shampoos is that they leave a white, chalky residue in your hair. Gross! This dries clear. If you don’t believe me, watch the video. I sprayed it on my hand.

Salt + Sea Texturizing Spray

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This sets fresh beach waves perfectly. Or put your hair in up in a bun, spritz and leave overnight for some am hair sexiness.

Grand Debut Root Booster

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Get rid of blah hair in seconds by using the Root Booster. After spraying, lift your roots from the bottom.

Satin Nectar Nourishing Gloss

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For instant shine, use a few pumps in your hand and apply to your hair, especially the ends.

Thank you so much to L'ange, Tahari ASL for the top and J Webber Jewelry for the necklace.

 

 

Dressing Like The Stars: Emmy Awards 2017

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The big winner this year at the 2017 Emmys was fashion. The red carpet was filled with so many beautiful dresses, you know that every stylist was not only on their A-Game, but their clients actually listened. Everyone was so fabulous that I'm not sure I even saw one thing that could have inspired any of the following thoughts—

What were there thinking?

Were they even thinking?

Do they have a brain?

WTF is wrong with this person?

Do they not own a mirror?

Someone call an ambulance!

Nope, it was a night for spectacular fashion, funny jokes and minimal regrets. Here are some of my favorite looks and a few suggestions on how to steal the best styles without getting arrested by the fashion police. (Too much?)

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman reserved her time on the red carpet in a gown from Calvin Klein By Appointment. Book your own style in either a satin and chiffon gown by After Six or this Morgan & Co lace and jersey dress. Both are from Nordstrom.

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Samantha Bee

Style made a b-line for Samantha Bee in a Rubin Singer gown. Go for green in a chic long sleeved cutout dress from Cavalli or a slightly more casual frock from Misguided.

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Marisa Sullivan

Marisa Sullivan rocked the red carpet in a Mac Dugal dress styled by Ali Levine. While it's hard to find a dupe, this burgundy Alfred Sung Strapless High/Low Sateen Twill Gown puts a slightly more classic spin on her look, while the Fernanda dress by Amanda Uprichard captures the fun . 

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Millie Bobby Brown

Millie Bobby Brown's Calvin Klein By Appointment dress did pirouettes around everyone else on the red carpet. ASOS' Mini Tulle Dress is a different spin on the same idea. If you want to be a ballerina but maybe in sneakers or boots, this  J. Crew tulle skirt  is everything! 

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Amanda Salas

If I had to choose my favorite look of the night, it would be Amanda Salas' one-of-a-kind red lace sheath gown. Styled by Ali Levine, this also happens to be, in my opinion, one of the best looks she's ever styled. Aijek Millie's Lace Gown gets the look pretty close, while the Marie Lace Midi Dress is a little more appropriate for an extra sexy date night.

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Shailene Woodley

Shailene Woodley looked almost unrecognizable, but in a good way (obvs) at the Emmys. Her green Ralph Lauren dress had jaws dropping. Create a similar look in a green velvet mermaid gown from Jovani or basically steal it in this Aidan by Aidan Mattox Velvet V-Neck Wrap Evening Gown.

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Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About Podcast: Mandy Rain

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Here are the show notes for the latest episode of Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About with guest Mandy Rain. Listen on iTunesGoogle PlayStitcherAudioBoom, or stream/download.

On this episode, we talk to actress/singer/social media guru/Dash Radio Host Mandy Rain about her career, what makes her special, having morals in Hollywood, Justin Bieber, working for Nickelodeon, Star Camp, Nick Cannon, Mariah Carey, School Gyrls, her favorite beauty products and tips, touring around the world, family, her app, social media, tips to look as fab as she does on Instagram (or at least you can try, it’s hard to compete) and so much more. She also shares some very exciting news about her future in the entertainment industry.

Thank you to Dash Radio and Mandy for having us! 

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Adulting 101: How To Buy Furniture Without Losing Your Mind Or Getting Divorced

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Just like that first trip you took to Home Depot voluntarily, nothing feels quite like adulting as much as buying something with a tag that says you’ll be arrested for removing. Whether you have good taste, bad taste or no taste (or you just aren’t sure either way), buying furniture is generally expensive, time-consuming and one of life’s major annoyances if you do it wrong. So, don’t do it wrong.

Two years ago, I got rid all of 99% of my furniture. My then fiancé (now husband) and I were moving into our first place together and it was time to cleanse myself of all things bachelorette. He also got rid of all of his furniture. Not because I mostly hated it, but because we were in the process of combining things like airline miles and sock drawers.

Here are the most important things I learned throughout the process.

Measure The Room, Measure The Furniture, Measure Your Head

This might be the most important tip. Buy a tape measure and figure out the dimensions of the room you plan on putting the furniture in. If you aren’t sure if something is going to be proportional, ask for a tear sheet, go home and measure. If you still aren’t sure if something is the right size, take masking tape (string and dental floss also work) and outline the pieces on the floor.

Ask Yourself How Long You Are Going To Use The Furniture For

Because we were buying quite a bit (and by that I mean literally everything), we decided that what made the most sense was to buy furniture I’d keep for five(ish) years. That seemed like an adequate time goal. While I am not sure my bedroom set will be in my bedroom for more than five years, I love it enough and it’s good enough quality to be relegated to my future guest room. If I change my overall décor style when I move, my current bedroom set can easily work.

If you are in a place in life where you aren’t sure how permanent your current home is, it’s not necessary to invest in expensive furniture that you probably have to sell or throw out later. But if you are truly adulting, aim for the space that is between crap and heirloom. That being said, if you buy nice things, you can always have them moved, NBD. 

Consider What You Are Going To Use Most

Things like couches are really important because you sit on them and probably choose the rest of your furniture around that one large piece. You sleep on a mattress every single night. You likely pass out and possibly drool on your throw pillows. On that note, my throw pillows were expensive and all I want to do two years later is throw them out. A coffee table that is too short will annoy you on the regular. Spend your time/money/energy where it counts.

Don’t Be Afraid To Fall In Love

If there is a piece of furniture or décor you really love—think about it like an outfit. You can buy the fancy designer version or you can buy the less expensive Forever21 version. The same applies to furniture. If you have a reasonable budget, you can probably find a version of it you can afford. You might just have to search a little, but it is possible. There are even knockoffs or as they call it in Furnitureland, “replicas.”

Ask Questions

Let’s say you find a piece you LOVE, but it’s not within your budget, ask someone working at the store when they are having a sale. Stores find ANY reason to have a sale—after Christmas, Arbor Day, National Donut Day, etc. Sure you might have to wait a few weeks, but it’s totally worth it. Also, find out if there are any floor models available.

The same goes for colors. If you see something you like but the color doesn’t work—it might be available in another color, even if you don’t see it right there.

Stores Want To Give You Financing

This is not a finance blog and I’m certainly not telling you to buy something you can’t afford, but let’s say you have some cash coming in and you can’t wait for a television stand--just finance it. Pretty much every furniture store, whether it’s a local store (Stu’s Furniture) or a major like Crate and Barrel offer financing, often at a lower rate for a specific time period. Don’t deprive yourself of something you really want if you can’t afford it upfront or rack up a ton of interest on your current card.

There are also other benefits of store credit cards including discounts, events, free shipping, etc. If you aren’t sure if a store offers financing, just ask. When I was deep into my furniture hunt, I noticed some stores had signs out while others did not.  

Remember It’s Not Forever

Two years into this furniture and I’m already thinking about what I will do next go-round.  

Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About Podcast With Kate Casey

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Here are the show notes for the latest episode of Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About with guest Kate Casey. Listen on Listen on iTunesGoogle PlayStitcherAudioBoom, or download/stream below.

We were blown away at how amazing of a guest Kate Casey was. If you think you know her from her podcast, Reality Life With Kate Casey, you will learn about an entirely new side of this incredible woman. Things get real! She talks to Ali and Amanda about boarding school in Pennsylvania, her career in politics, Hollywood, being in US Weekly on the reg, comedy, life as a wife and mother to four kids, her favorite reality shows and so much more. Equal parts fun and inspiration, you will love listening to this episode. Kate Casey is seriously #goals. 

Read Kate's blog Love And Knuckles.

Follow Kate on Twitter and Instagram.

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Hair Shamed No More: I’m Determined To Become Mandy With The Good Hair

This was the last time I liked my hair. Also the last time I had a decent battery charge.

This was the last time I liked my hair. Also the last time I had a decent battery charge.

Hi, my name is Amanda and I have bad hair, but maybe I don’t have to. Perhaps I’ve been using the wrong products or I’m not trying hard enough. I can’t determine just one cause of my bad hair—I mean I can name a few, but I am determined to do what it takes to fix this problem.

Now, I know you’re thinking that my hair isn’t that bad.  Sure, worse hair most certainly exists. But that doesn’t change how I feel about myself. I realize I devote too much energy to feeling self-conscious about my hair. It isn’t serving me. I’m driving myself (and possibly my husband) completely crazy.

Naturally, my hair is kind of like Carrie Bradshaw’s but dry and overly processed (read: bleach blonde) with the bonus of split ends. It also breaks more easily than a five-year-old playing with her mom’s Baccarat Butterfly collection.

I had extensions for a year and took them out a while ago. The plan was to was to air dry my hair and extensions. I had gorgeous mermaid hair for a while. But a year of extensions was still damaging. And no matter how amazing your extensions look, a little wind or even a slight of the hand can cause the tape, a bead or weft (yes, I had all three kinds) to show. Unless you have a glamsquad 24 hours a day (hello Erika Jayne), extensions never look perfect. They’re also annoying if you workout. I thought extensions were the solution to my problem, but they weren’t. So, I decided to let it bleed and be extension free for over six months now. At first it wasn’t bad, but now my hair is just awful. It also turns out I’m not the only one who sees my hair this way.

I had a recent experience that brought me to my breaking point. I described what happened in detail on my podcast with Abby Stern. I was at Beautycon and both my intern and Ali had left. My feet were tired from standing for hours in Manolo Blahniks, but I was still rallying. As I walked around, I encountered a woman who I will call Washed Up Bitch, or WUB for short. She asked me if I wanted to sit and try her hair extensions. All I heard was sit.

As we made small talk, WUB kept telling me how pretty I was, much like a Disney villain about to poison me. She put the halo extensions in my hair and complimented me in the most backhanded way I’ve ever heard in my life. She said that everything about me was beautiful and sexy, but my hair was bad. Those are words I hear enough from myself. I didn’t need to hear them from WUB. Although she offered me $1000 off (and asked if I could be a before and after picture for her website) she did not sell me a hairpiece that day. But WUB did sell me her opinions. They’ve been occupying my mind ever since.

Then earlier this week, I was on Kate Casey’s podcast talking about Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team on CMT. I was criticizing one of the judges for not looking perfect on the show because she has what appears to be acne scars on her face. Acne scars are an unfortunate problem that many people suffer from. But it shouldn’t be a problem for a woman who not only has the means and resources to get rid of them, but is also on television. I’m sure a local doctor could fix this issue in exchange for an Instagram post or a Tweet. So why isn’t she doing everything she can? And then I realized for so many reasons that I sounded like a total hypocrite. Because I haven’t done everything I can to fix my beauty problem. And now, I am going to do it. I’m going balls to the wall to get good hair. If I have to eat it, apply it or inject it, I’ve decided I’m going to do everything I can to get good hair without extensions.

So, what’s the plan? It’s going to take a village of products. I’ll let you what they are next week…

EDIT: So I've had some feedback about this post. Look, I know it's not easy to get rid of acne scars, but this woman's job is to judge other people on their looks. Also, I know I can be a very critical person both of myself and others. 

Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About Podcast With Caitlin Dechelle

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Here are the show notes for the latest episode of Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About with guest Caitlin Dechelle. Listen on Listen on iTunesGoogle PlayStitcherAudioBoom, or stream/download below.

Caitlin Dechelle, who was only in the biggest movie of the summer, Wonder Woman is our guest today. She talks about being Gal Gadot’s stunt double, working with Patty Jenkins, getting discovered by the one and only Jackie Chan, kicking ass as a martial artist, Teen Wolf, body positivity, secrets from the set and so much more. Don’t miss this episode. 

Follow Caitlin on Twitter and Instagram.

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Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About Podcast With Abby Stern

Here are the show notes for the latest episode of Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About with guest Abby Stern. Listen on Listen on iTunesGoogle PlayStitcherAudioBoom, or stream/download.

Strap on your stilettos and grab your rosé because this episode is a party! We were so lucky to have Abby Stern, whose novel According To A Source, is on its way to classic beach read status. Abby reveals all about her book and the writing process. We also talk about Barefoot Blonde Hair (no relation to the cheap wine), Vegas, bad roommates, Temecula, hardware stores, the importance of not taking no for an answer, New Orleans, New York, Kiryas Joel, reverse happy hour, celeb(ish) crushes, Chateau Marmont, Nico Tortorella, meeting your heroes, the nightmare of dating in Los Angeles, proofreading problems, our moms, plural names, Heather Dubrow, Bethenny Frankel and so much more. 

Amanda would not STFU at the beginning of the episode. She feels like a jerk.
If you live in Vegas or Temecula, please don’t hate us. Also, if you are a hair extension person, please reach out. 

As the Countess would say, “Be cool, don't be all, like, uncool.” Buy Abby’s Book on Amazon. And totally judge this book by its beautiful cover. 

Follow Abby on Twitter

Follow Abby on Instagram because she’s pretty and has good hair.

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So Last Week...I Fly Like Paper, Get High Like Planes Edition

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What a week. Sorry if I’ve been a little MIA on the blog and social. I went to New York to see my mom for her birthday. It’s been fun, but I miss LA so much. I just want to go home and ignore everyone. But everyone knows that will most likely happen never. I've never needed a vacation so badly in my life. Does anyone want to send me on a press trip? Please? 

Here are a few links I found while 30,000(ish) above the ground or while having my patience tested completely by the TSA. Can someone please tell me why are drug sniffing dogs so darn cute?

My Domaine: IKEA Just Launched Its Most Un-IKEA Line Yet

WOW! None of these products from Ikea actually look like they are from Ikea. Get yourself to the place I have dubbed “Swedish Maze Hell” right now. Or just buy online. That’s probably easier.

The Mighty: Why I'm Coming Out About My Invisible Disability

Although my condition is far less severe, as someone with chronic debilitating lower back pain, I related a lot to this. It’s an important read.

The Village Voice: Just Say Julie

I am obsessed with Julie Klausner and her Hulu show Difficult People. She’s my redheaded spirit animal and a comedic genius. Don’t miss this interview with her and watch the show!

Architectural Digest: Carole Radziwill Gives AD A Tour Of Her SoHo Duplex

Carole Radziwill took her apartment from pad to palace. She is a Princess after all. You will want to steal her style hard. Your jaw will drop!

Bulletproof Blog: Why Coconut Oil is Better than Vegetable Oil

I feel like I’ve had this conversation with everyone I know. Can we just end this argument once and for all? Team Coconut Oil for life!

 

 

Beautycon 2017 Recap Part II: More More More

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So by now you think all I want to talk about is Beautycon 2017. It’s not that I’m obsessed, it’s that there was just so much to cover. So, if you haven’t read Part I or listened to the podcast, which was pretty incredible, definitely check out those links.

Without any further adieu, here are some more of my favorite products, brands and discoveries from the event.

La Roche-Posay

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Did you know you could use La Roche-Posay micellar water to clean your makeup brushes? Now you do! Omg! Just pour some in a cup with your brushes and leave it overnight (that’s what I do, but a few hours is probably fine), rinse with tap water and let air dry. No soap necessary.

Beauty Blender

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I’m the worst because I feel like I never use these things the right way. Holly, who is a rep for Beauty Blender explained to me that you put the blender in a bowl of clean water, squeeze out the excess and then use it to dab on your makeup.  Listen to the podcast to hear every little detail so you can overthink over using your Blender the right way.

Holly also stressed the importance of washing your Blender. They come with a little bar of special soap or you can buy a liquid cleaner. After washing your sponge, don’t throw it back in your makeup case until you let it air dry fully. If not, you end up with a moldy mess.

Tammy Taylor Nails

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Tammy Taylor herself gave me the best nail tip ever! I don’t know about you, but my gel polish sometimes chips. It’s not the polish’s fault, but I’m clumsy. For example, a ladder fell on my hand last week. How does that even happen, right? So annoying! Anyway, Tammy revealed it is totally possible to touch up gel chips at home without a UV box. Just carefully paint on the gel polish and keep your hand in direct sunlight until it dries. Don’t try this for a whole manicure, but it totally works for a minor fix in a pinch, especially if a trip to the salon just isn’t going to happen.

The Wet Brush

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If you are as concerned about hair breakage as much as I am (I’m down to thinking about it fifteen times a day now), you need a Wet Brush in your life. This brush is designed to detangle your hair when it’s wet without pulling it out like a comb alone can do. Depending on your hair, you can use it by itself or before combing. Total game changer.

Rimmel London

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I didn’t realize I needed Rimmel London’s Insta Conceal and Correct Palette until I tried it. It has three different types of concealer— a skin toned one for under the eyes, a green color to counter redness and a purple shade for dullness. The amount of product is generous, but the packaging is the perfect size and even has a mirror, so it’s easy to travel with. Don’t we all need extra concealer when we travel?

Farmacy

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I really like the idea of this brand because they combine natural ingredients and science. To me, this means less chemicals, but more thought into what really works. They gave me a sample of their Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm and I took it to New York.  I was skeptical at first, but it's been a dream for traveling because I don't have to worry that it will leak or be confiscated by the TSA. Nightmare averted. 

Lumene

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Lumene is a really affordable, but quality skincare line from Finland. Their Arctic Berry Cocktail sounds like something you want to drink, but actually, it’s for your face. An oil and primer in one, this is a dream multi-tasker for the AM, so you can keep your face hydrated and set your makeup for the day.

Wunderbrow

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If you like the idea of microblading but not the permanency, pain or cost, Wunderbrow is probably for you. It’s a semi-permanent brow gel that lasts for up to three days. Because it has a fibrous texture your brows appear real. Very easy to apply and natural looking—Wunderbrow is going into regular rotation for me.

Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About Podcast: Beautycon 2017. We came. We saw. We Contoured.

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Let’s cut to the chase. Listen on iTunesGoogle PlayStitcherAudioBoom, or stream/download below.

Live(ish) from Beautycon 2017. We came. We saw. We Contoured. If you missed the event, don’t worry because this is the next best thing.

We interviewed reps from a handful of amazing brands including Kopari, Morphe, Tammy Taylor Nails, Pinkie Swear, Carol’s Daughter, Kate Somerville, Jergens, NYX and Beauty Blender (finally, a definitive answer on how to use those spongy things!).

One week later, we discuss our reflections from the event and what we realized is the easiest way to learn the best tips and tricks from all of your favorite brands. This is probably our most informative episode yet.

And yes, we recorded all of this in the VIP Room. Who do you think we are?

Blog Recaps

Amanda's

Ali's

Here are all the websites of the brands we featured.

Kopari

Morphe

Tammy Taylor Nails

Pinkie Swear

Kate Somerville

Carol's Daughter

Jergens

NYX

Beauty Blender

Learn More About Beautycon

Ali’s Website

Get Styled By Ali

Amanda’s Blog - You're here already. Good job. 

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F-It Fridays: Prepare For Fall With Shiseido & Get A Free Gift For Adulting

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It’s that time of year again. The summer is ending, but it’s not quite fall yet. In just a few weeks the weather will change, which means your skin is probably going to go bonkers. Oily becomes dry and dry becomes desert-like. So it’s important to prepare yourself in advance. But don’t overthink it—just check out Shiseido instead.

The reason why I am suggesting that you prepare for Fall now is that Shiseido is going to reward you in a big way. With any $75 purchase, you receive an exclusive (who doesn’t love exclusive?) Hello Tokyo tote (pictured above) with a deluxe sample set. If that doesn’t sound exciting enough, you get to choose from five different sets, so you can actually use the right products for your skin concerns. When was the last time you were rewarded for adulting?

All of the sets contain everything you need for a full skincare routine. Also, how cute is the tote bag?

If you need some product suggestions, here are a few of my personal faves. But don't worry— everything from Shiseido is good.

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I’m obsessed with Shiseido Ultimate Cleansing Oil. If you double cleanse, which I sometimes do, this is the first product you want to use in your routine. It’s formulated to remove sunscreen and foundation. So you can use it after a long day at the beach when you’ve reapplied your sunscreen 100 times or after sitting for eight hours with a face full of makeup at work (and let's be real—also happy hour). And if you’ve had too many cocktails to complete a full double cleanse before bed, don’t worry. You might be left with regrets from the evening (he was a jerk anyway), but you won’t be left with any excess product on your face.

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One of my other favorite Shiseido products is their Pureness Foaming Cleansing Fluid. I’ve been using it since high school. It’s not that I’m loyal (okay, maybe a little)—it’s that this cleanser is that good. It’s rich, foamy and makes your face feel squeaky clean. Plus, you only need a small amount (I use a quarter to half a pump), so it should last you until Thanksgiving(ish). So you can check buying cleanser off your list for a while, which means more time for cocktails and naps.

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Another fall essential is the Full Correction Lip Treatment. If the matte lipstick trend is making your lips dry AF, you need this product. Sorry, I don’t mean to be a downer, but it’s only going to get worse once it starts to get windy. You need to pay extra attention to your lips. The people you kiss will thank you for this.

So, seriously check out Shiseido now because the free gift offer only lasts until 8/27/17. Get your fall skincare taken care of, get a travel set, don’t have a fight with the TSA and look beautiful. You don’t have to thank me now for telling you this, but feel free to thank me when you don’t have to retouch your post Labor Day selfies.

*This was a partner post, but you all know I love Shiseido and have mentioned the brand several times on this blog already. Plus this offer is awesome and you need to know about it.

Still Exhausted: Best Of Beautycon 2017 Part I

Beautycon 2017 was such an incredible event. I still can’t believe how much fun it was and how many new products and brands I discovered. In fact, it’s way too much to cover one post, so I’ve decided to do this as a three part series including a podcast, which will go live on August 21st.

So many different brands came out to the event. I was familiar with many of them and there were others that I had literally never heard of. (I don’t know EVERYTHING). I spoke with so many experts who shared their best tips and tricks with me. Here are some of my fav products from the event and insider info that I just can't keep to myself. But then again, do I ever keep anything to myself? 

Smashbox

I tried Smashbox’s Always On liquid lipstick in Shockaholic (I know, shut up). The color was so bold and really stayed on. It’s perfect for those nights when you are going to drink a lot and take selfies. You will be totally covered. No need to put down your cocktail to reapply.

Kate Somerville

I finally tried their Holy Grail product, ExfoliKate and it was exactly what I was missing in my skincare routine. As many of you know, I’m all about the retinol, but it’s made my skin peel like crazy. My face has needed some serious sloughing for weeks now. (Why do you think I haven’t posted that much on Instagram?)

ExfoliKate is a physical and chemical exfoliator in one. All you have to do is rub it in for 30 seconds and leave it on for two minutes. It’s way less of a commitment than a facial mask and actually works instantly. Seriously, I don’t want to say it’s magic but close enough. Also, I’m super sensitive and it wasn’t irritating at all.

I also tried UncompliKated Soft Focus Makeup Setting Spray SPF 50. We all know how important sunscreen is. Blah, blah, blah, etc. This is a dream multitasker because it sets your makeup and gives you sun protection. It also takes seconds to apply. You can use it and stop complaining about how sunscreen messes up your foundation because this spray actually enhances your face. 

Laneige

Laneige is a K-Beauty brand that is currently available from Sephora’s website and will be available at retail locations in the upcoming weeks. They are owned by fancy pants cosmetics company Amore Pacific. The brand has been around since 1994, which was way before K-Beauty was a thing, so you know it’s got to be good.

They gave me a sample of their Water Sleeping Mask, which I almost don’t want to use because the packaging is too pretty. Apparently, they also have a Lip Sleeping Mask and I’m kind of dying to try it. My. Lips. Are. So. Dry. Too many matte lipsticks.

Morphe

I first discovered this brand in Ali’s bathroom (not even a joke) and I am now obsessed. Morphe makes the most gorgeous eyeshadow palettes I’ve ever seen. They have multiple textures including shimmery and matte in one palette, which is not the norm for most palettes. The entire line is very affordable, but also lux, which we all know never happens.

Morphe gifted me an entire kit and I can’t wait to try everything. Trust me when I tell you to keep this brand on your radar and when they are everywhere like rompers at a BBQ, you can take credit for knowing about Morphe before it was a thing.

Carol’s Daughter

I was under the wrong impression about this brand. I thought their products were only for black skin and hair. BIG MISTAKE! As someone with painfully dry, curly hair, I regret not investigating Carol’s Daughter earlier.

At the event, I was able to try their Almond Cookie Shea Soufflé. It has the nicest creamy texture and smells like heaven. But I was hankering to try their hair products, so I actually went to the drugstore and picked up the Almond Milk Ultra Nourishing Hair Mask. It made my hair so soft and smelled amazing.

Usually, quality hair products don’t smell good. Why is that? Can someone please explain why the shampoo from the 99 Cents Store smells like Heaven and $99 shampoo smells like car exhaust combined with rotting fruit? But seriously, this hair mask smells like sugared almonds from a candy store. I really want to try the entire Carol’s Daughter line.

Croc

Not the shoes. Also, ew. Croc flat irons are awesome. They gifted me their Plug Iron, which has a detachable cord. I love the idea of a detachable cord because I can’t tell you how many times I’ve melted my hair tool cords. (My fault!) Although the Croc is small, it’s mighty and heats up to 410°. I used it at home and I actually prefer it to my larger flat iron. That being said, I really want to try their Infrared flat iron.

 

Stay tuned for the podcast and Part II next week!

 

Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About Podcast With Anna David

Anna David is everything. She’s a New York Times bestselling author, entrepreneur, writing coach, podcaster and has even posed for Playboy. She’s also Amanda’s former boss and has inspired so many people that she has karma points to spare. In this episode, Ali Levine and I talk about Anna’s career, her amazing writing course (don’t worry, there’s a link below because obviously, we know you want to sign up), ethical eggs, cat stories, recovery and so much more. You will love listening to this episode just as much as we loved recording it. 

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F-It Fridays: Favorite Trader Joe's Beauty Products

Happy Friday! It feels nothing like a Friday for me right now. I’m going to BeautyCon tomorrow with my co-host Ali. We’re going to try to record our podcast there, so it will be a totally different process than what we normally do. On Sunday, I’m going to the Propel Fitness CO:LABS Festival and finally getting to meet my editor from A Sweat Life because she lives in Chicago.

So, what does all of this have to do with an F-It Friday post anyway? A lot. I’ve had such a busy week. It looks like things are going to slow down for me never, which is probably a good thing. During times when I don’t have a minute to spare, I’m really grateful for one-stop shopping. While I’m generally not a fan of Los Angeles supermarkets (listen to the first episode of the podcast, I rant all about how terrible they are), I LOVE Trader Joe’s. Lately, I’ve been spending a lot of time (well not a lot, but like two minutes every time I go) in their beauty aisle, which isn’t really an aisle but more like three shelves. But I like their less is more approach, especially when I’m short on time. It also means not going to multiple stores. Here are some of my TJ’s must-haves. 

Face & Body Sunscreen SPF 30

I like this better than any other sunscreen I’ve bought at the drugstore or health food store. It’s not greasy or smelly, absorbs quickly and gets the job done. For $5.99, I slather it on, share it and usually find I have multiple bottles in different beach bags. 

Lavender Salt Scrub

Lavender Salt Scrub is a great multitasker because it exfoliates and moisturizes. The lavender scent is very relaxing and perfect for a pre-bedtime shower. The oil really penetrates your skin so you can even skip the post shower body lotion.

French Orange Blossom Honey Liquid Soap

I like to keep a bottle of this on my bathroom sink. It smells EXPENSIVE--like a hotel in Paris or a fancy mansion in the Hamptons. I challenge you to a scent test with any fancy hand soap and TJ’s will win every single time. The only problem is the bottle isn’t big enough. Trader Joe’s People-- if you are reading this, can you please sell this soap by the gallon? Thank you!

Organic Argan Oil

I actually tried this for the first time yesterday. While I get nervous about trying new hair products, I bought it on a whim and I’m so happy I did. I was so busy that I actually let my hair air dry. It came out so pretty and soft, I almost can’t believe it. For $6.99, you’ll be tempted to use a lot, be forewarned, a little argan oil goes a long way. The packaging is also great because it has a little dropper thing and you can dispense the exact amount you want.

Refresh Citrus Body Wash

Refresh is the right word here! I usually don’t like most body washes because they are overly perfumed or dry out my skin, but the simple citrus scent feels great after the beach or a workout. For $2.99, I can use as much as I want (I can go through a gallon of body wash in two weeks, easily) and not feel guilty about it at all.

Tea Tree Oil

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I’m obsessed with oils and this might be my new favorite one. Tea Tree oil is good for acne and a natural treatment for athlete’s foot, which is something I’m really prone to. Gross? TMI—sorry, I’ve had this problem since I was a kid and I know I’m not alone. Sometimes, I just open the bottle and take a whiff to clear my sinuses. 

 

 

Adulting 101: How To Take Care Of Your Clothes

Being able to take care of your wardrobe is just as important as adulting(ish) life skills like knowing what to wear to a wedding or how to do your makeup. It’s not only about not accidentally dying white socks pink, or motivating yourself to go to the dry cleaners—it’s about knowing proper garment care. Clothing you treat well lasts longer, especially if it is an investment piece. It also just looks better on you.

Every Garment Has A Cheat Sheet

If you learn ONE thing from this post, let this be it. If you have no idea how to a garment is supposed to be cleaned, there are instructions on every label. From couture to Forever21, I promise you it’s there unless you accidentally cut it out. If you are looking for more than ten seconds, don’t enlist a search party—just turn the item inside out.

Learn How To Do Your Own Laundry

I don’t care if you have a housekeeper. So do I. She doesn’t do my laundry. Not to sound like your mom, but red wine is an accident waiting to happen at all times. Even if you don’t do your laundry on the regular, at least know how to do it. What if your housekeeper gets into an accident on the way to your house? What if she quits because she hates your generic Windex? Are you going to wear dirty underwear until you can find a replacement? Learn how to throw some clothes into a machine, move them into another machine and fold them.

All of this being said—don’t ask me to clean my house. I suck at all forms of cleaning except for laundry. Also, I hope your housekeeper never gets into an accident on the way to your house.

Remove Stains ASAP

I try to carry around a Tide To Go Stain Pen in my pocket for quick stain removal when I’m out. If you’re clumsy like I am and tend to spill things on yourself almost constantly, it’s a good idea. When you get home, spray on a spot treatment ASAP. I like Shout.

Your Cycle Has Nothing To Do With That Time Of The Month

I know every washing machine is different, but most of the time you are going to wash your clothes in the Normal Or Regular Cycle. If you are washing gross linens (you have a pet or a crazy sex life), choose Heavy Duty.

The Deal With Water Temperature

If you are only washing white clothes—use hot.

If you are washing anything you want to clean and not fade—wash in warm and rise in cold.

Some people wash everything in cold and use special cold detergent because it’s cheaper than using hot water. Don’t be cheap. Your underwear will thank you. 

WTF Is Permanent Press?

I just learned this one myself. The Permanent Press cycle uses warm water and slows the spin cycle like someone who can’t stop looking at their phone in traffic. Choose this cycle for items that have a tendency to wrinkle.

The Gentle Cycle Is Your New BFF

I love the Gentle Cycle. I use it for things that aren’t even labeled for it because it helps keeps your clothes from wearing out. You know those cheap t-shirts you buy that last for a month? Want to make them last for a year? Use the gentle cycle.

I also use the Gentle Cycle for activewear. WHAT? WHAT? You read that correctly. This will change your life and make your activewear last much longer. If you don’t believe me, ask anyone who works at Sweaty Betty or Lululemon. They will tell you the same exact thing.

You Only Need Two Detergents

99% of the time, I use Tide Pods for my clothes. I prefer pods because liquid is heavy. Powdered detergent never dissolves and mostly offends me as a human being.

I know there are special detergents for activewear, but unless you have the world’s smallest washing machine, you probably aren’t going to wash your activewear alone. Use it if you like, but I personally think it’s unnecessary.

The only other detergent I use is Ecover, but mostly for hand washing lingerie and underwear. It also works in a pinch if I run out of Tide.

The Dryer Is Not Your Friend

I know it’s annoying to line dry your clothes because it is. But it literally takes three minutes to throw your stuff up on hangers over your bathtub. Unless you have a laundry room, but if you actually have a laundry room, you are probably better at adulting than I am and likely not reading this. Your clothing lasts so much longer if you line dry. You don’t have to do this for everything because line-drying socks is a nightmare. But, it’s a good rule of thumb for important(ish) things you wear outside.

If you have glass shower doors, invest in a pole. If you have a shower curtain, move it over and work with what you have. Throw a bathmat underneath to catch drips. If your bathroom has a fan, turn it on and keep the door open.

If line-dying sounds like too much work, at least use your dryer on a low setting so your clothing doesn’t get baked.

Also, use dryer sheets because they make everything soft. I know fabric softener exists, but this is easier and cheaper. I like Mrs. Meyers Clean Day dryer sheets because they smell good.

Find A Drycleaner You Like That’s Conveniently Located

A good drycleaner is your wardrobe’s best ally. These people will save your clothes, so they will save your life or close enough. If you stain something, take it in ASAP so the stain doesn’t have time to set.

Tailor Everything

Do you know why your pants always get gross on the bottom? Because they’re too long. Spend a few bucks on a hem and dryclean less often. Your clothes look better when they are tailored. It’s a good investment.  You will get more likes on Instagram.

Buy The Right Hangers

I went through this in my closet organization post. Be a grownup and toss your wire hangers. Velvet hangers keep your clothes in the best shape. You can buy inexpensive ones from Amazon. Replace ALL of your hangers at once.

But don’t toss all of your old hangers in the garbage. Keep some for line drying and see if you can donate the rest to a local thrift store or shelter.

Also invest in hangers with clips for skirts and pants, if necessary.

Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About Podcast: Episode 15 With Nutrition Coach Chanel Gold Kenner

Let’s cut to the chase. Listen on iTunesGoogle PlayStitcherAudioBoom, or stream/download below. And we are coming to more platforms soon! 

In this episode, Ali and I interview Nutrition Coach, Chanel Gold Kenner. We talk about eating clean and healthy meals, wellness, exercise, losing weight, smoothies, and snacks, as well as making delicious food that is both easy to prepare and cost effective. We also discuss among other things, healthy nachos vs Taco Bell. Fun fact: I’ve never had Taco Bell. Chanel shared so much great information and we were so excited to learn from her. We know you will enjoy listening to this episode as much as we loved recording it.

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Summer Vacation Packing Checklist

Vacations are fun. Packing is a nightmare. Every year you say you aren’t going to overpack. LIES! It never happens. Instead of throwing EVERYTHING into your suitcase and potentially getting into an argument with the TSA, which isn’t exactly difficult to do under any circumstances, just look at this list instead. If you are in need of any vacation essentials you don't have already, don't worry, I've provided some suggestions. And if you scroll to the bottom of this post, I have a little present you for. A checklist you can print out or screen shot for easy reference. I'm the best! I know! 

A Unique Suitcase

Everyone has a black suitcase, which can lead to baggage carousel confusion from hell. I don’t care if you have a cute ribbon on yours. So does everyone else. That trick is so five years ago. Do you really want to risk someone accidentally taking your bag home, ruining your vacation and potentially your life?

Luggage Tags

Not the ones you get for free because they easily tear off. Buy real ones. You can thank me when your lost luggage is found in less than seven hours.

A Large Tote To Carry On

Keep your sanity by keeping everything in one place. 

A Laundry Bag

Don’t be that person who mixes their cleans and dirties. It’s unsanitary. Laundry bags also help keep your bedroom or hotel room neat(ish) and cleaner.  

Shoe Bags

There is nothing more gross than putting dirty shoes on clean clothing. If your shoes didn’t come with a bag, buy yourself a set. Even use plastic bags if need be, but do SOMETHING!

A Luggage Scale

If you’ve ever had to open your suitcase at Check-In to stuff your clothes into your carry-on while having a panic attack or have been ripped off with overweight luggage fees, you need this. And airlines, if you are reading this: You charging me an extra $75 because my bag weighs 51lbs instead of 50lbs doesn’t make the flight any safer, so start calling the fee what it is-- The Executive Prada Bag Fund.

Underwear

You can never bring too much underwear, especially if you are planning on having as much sex as humanly possible. It takes up like zero space. MORE! MORE! NOT KIDDING-- MORE! 

Stylish Shoes You May Or May Not Be Able To Walk In

If you are trying to pack less, you only really need two pairs. One strictly for night and one for day/night. But let’s be honest, you will bring at least three pairs, probably four, most likely five. 

Pool Shoes

Because sand and water are not stiletto friendly. Wear them to the airport so you aren’t that a-hole in heels.

A Hat

Not to sound like your mom, but sunburns suck and make you look older. Protect yourself before you wreck yourself.

Sneakers

If you don’t bring sneakers, you definitely won’t workout on vacation.

Socks

You can’t wear sneakers without them. Unless you want to be gross and destroy your feet. Don't forget grippy socks, if you plan to do Pilates. 

Sleepwear

Even if you sleep naked on the reg, you might not want to in a cold hotel room or if you are visiting friends.

Swimwear

Don’t rely on the hotel gift shop. More is more!

Gentle Cycle Wash

You don’t want your cute new bikini to fade or get ruined. I’m big on clothing care, so I always bring gentle cycle wash, either in packets or in a travel bottle. Hotel shampoo also works in a pinch.

Caftans

I love caftans because they can take you from the pool to brunch. They are also great for passing out mid-day.

Maxi Dresses

I love maxi dresses because they look cute during the day and easily dress up at night with jewelry and accessories.

Fun Jewelry

I love traveling with costume jewelry because you don’t have to worry about it getting stolen. I’m also not entirely sold on the safety of hotel safes. This also dresses up casual clothing so you can wear the same dress more than once, if need be.

A Clutch

Nothing screams tourist more than schlepping your entire life in a large handbag. Let it go and downscale.

Cute Tops

Consider your destination when choosing even basic clothes. You probably won’t wear the same style in The Hamptons as you would in the Pacific Northwest.

Versatile Bottoms

Jeans, linen pants and shorts are all you need.

Activewear

You don’t need to go crazy, but two or three outfits should suffice. Remember, you can get away with wearing leggings twice if you don't swaeat too much in them.

A Classic Denim Jacket

Sometimes it gets cold at night or you have one lousy day. Be prepared.

Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About Podcast With Anthony Pazos

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Let’s cut to the chase. Listen on iTunesGoogle PlayStitcher, AudioBoom, or stream/download below. And we are coming to more platforms soon! 

Ali and Amanda welcome their hairstylist Anthony Pazos, who you probably remember from WEtv’s LA Hair. In this episode, Anthony answers questions from our Blogettes, finally reveals why he left the show and sets the record straight about working with Beyonce. The 3A’s also talk a lot about beauty, sharing their best hair and makeup tips.

Things We Talked About On The Show

Dr. Sal

Drunk Elephant

Mychelle

Paul & Joe Beaute

Pureology

Aveda

Castor Oil Kit

So Last Week

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So Last Week... Things I Read That Are Totally Worth Your Time (Blogger Love Edition)

Happy Sunday! I hope all of you had a great weekend. This week, I crowd sourced most of the posts in this round up by asking other bloggers who I’m in private Facebook groups with to share. I was really excited to get to know some new people and learn about their about their perspectives on travel, wellness, beauty, and self-love. Think of it as a mini-collab. If you are a blogger and want your posts featured here, please get in touch. Also, if you love private Facebook groups, my podcast, Things We’re Too Lazy To Blog About has one. We would love to have all of you be a part of it.

Handbags & Hotels: Exploring The World- Paris

If you don’t love Paris, I don’t know what to tell you. It’s one of my favorite cities. Sabrina Forscutt took the most stunning pictures and shares some great travel tips. This is a must read if you are planning to travel to this beautiful city.

With Purpose And Kindness: Being Comfortable In Your Own Skin

Self-love is something I know many of us need to work on. I’ll readily admit, it’s not always easy for me. I’m super hard on myself. But experiencing another woman’s perspective and understanding her experience, made me realize I’m not alone.

The Blonde Aesthetic: 3 Ways To Hide Your Roots

Being blonde is great. Having roots is a nightmare. In this post, The Blonde Aesthetic suggests three really clever (like I could never have thought of these myself) ways to hide your roots. These tips apply to non-blondes as well.

Healthistic: The Master Cleanse

I love it when people do things like cleanses because I’m pretty sure I never will. This post is all about Jaclyn Doyle’s experience doing the Master Cleanse for ten whole days. That’s beyond impressive. She reflects on her journey and gives some great tips. As for the results, spoiler alert: she looks fantastic!

Entrepreneur: 4 Tips For Hosting An Unforgettable Marketing Event

The brilliant Jeana Anderson Cohen, who founded A Sweat Life, which is a fitness website I write for, is quoted in this article about connecting to your audience IRL. By the way, if you are in Chicago, A Sweat Life’s calendar lists a seemingly endless amount of fitness events, many of which are free.

Man Repeller: A Celebrity Eyebrow Guru Changed How I Think (and Look)

From microblading to brow gels and even prescriptions, brow guru Joey Healey breaks down everything for Harling Ross, who finally finds her best brows ever.  Warning-- reading this might change the way you feel about microblading.