How To Wake Up With Hair Like A Mermaid

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Do you want to wake up with perfect beach waves like a mermaid? No, this isn’t an infomercial, but I am going to share something magic with you. Please believe me when I say I basically woke up like this. Getting dreamy beach waves in your sleep is easy and will even save you time in the morning, so it's basically the best beauty multitasking ever.

Here’s everything you need (and you might not even need all of this) 

Verb Sea Salt Spray

Alterna Bamboo Beach Ocean Waves Spray

Alterna Bamboo Waves Cream

A cotton headband

Two hair ties

A silk pillowcase (optional but trust me on this)

1. Before you go to bed, brush out your hair. I like using a WET Brush on dry hair to detangle, but whatever brush you have will do.

2. Spray out your hair with either product. The Alterna is a less drying than the Verb because it doesn’t have salt, but you have to see what works best for your hair.

3. Create two pigtail braids. The tighter the braid, the more defined the wave. I also recommend starting the braid around ear level because it makes your waves more natural looking.

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Just me in my PJs

4. Put on a cotton headband to keep the braids in place. You don't have to do this, but I highly recommend it because it really keeps the hair in place.

5. Pass out on your silk pillowcase. If you were wondering…Silk pillowcases are less damaging to the hair and prevent frizz. Also, they feel super nice and fancy. 

6. When you wake up, take your braids out and look like a mermaid. If you move around a lot in your sleep and your hair is looking a little Ursula-esque, don’t fret. Lightly (and I mean lightly) flatiron the top of your hair. Then slightly dampen your hands and run the Alterna cream through the waves of your hair.

7. Look like a mermaid and impress everyone.

If you want mermaid hair but have time management issues or there's other stuff going on when you sleep, dampen your hair, spray on product and leave it in braids for as long as possible. You can also use any hair dryer to speed up the process. Just make sure to leave your braids in for a few minutes after applying heat, so the hair sets.

Mermaid at the Farmers Market.

Mermaid at the Farmers Market.

Just a heads up (no pun intended, kinda), this tutorial works best on long hair. But as long as your hair is shoulder length (must stop punning), you should be fine. It also might take a night or two to get the hang of it and see where you should start your braids and how tight they should be, but once you get the hang of it—this will change your life, or at least your hair, so close enough.

18 Best Beauty Tips, Tricks and Hacks for 2018

New year! New you! Old cliché! I actually started writing this post in 2017 and probably should have posted it 26 days ago, so you'll have to forgive me. But these tips, tricks and beauty hacks will make up for my lack of organization. These are the best of my best tips and ones I really apply in my own life. All the time. From skincare to makeup to hair care, here are the game changers. 

Skincare

Silk Pillowcases Aren’t A Luxury—They’re a Necessity

I don't care what your thread count is, cotton causes friction and absorbs moisture. Your skin and hair need all the moisture they can get. Silk pillowcases really help your skin stay soft and prevent hair breakage and frizz. You will notice the difference when you wake up in the morning.  

Remove All Of Your Makeup By Double Cleansing

Check your hopefully silk pillowcases. If they are stained, you need to wash your makeup off better. Start with an oil cleanser. It will suck all everything from your face like a vacuum. Then continue with your regular cleansing routine.

You Don’t Need Super Pricey Facewash

Don’t hate me but I obsessed over my cleanser for years and spent way too much money on it. It’s important, but not as important as you think. 

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 Wash Your Face With A Washcloth

Unless you are washing your face in the shower, don’t splash (and get water all over your bathroom). Instead, use a hot washcloth. That way your skin will be fully cleansed and it feels like mini facial. I personally use the ones from Amazon Basics. They’re soft and surprisingly high quality. 

Your Products Don’t Work Because You Need To Exfoliate

Is that new product you bought not working? That’s because you aren’t exfoliating. Do it two or three days a week.

Serums Are Life

Serums will actually change your skin. No matter what your skincare type is, you need one.

Shut Up, I don’t Care What Your Skin Type Is, You Need To Moisturize

A of people are afraid to moisturize if they have combination or oily skin, but you need to reevaluate that belief. Sometimes your skin is oily because it is trying to balance itself out. When you apply moisturizer, your skin tends to CTFD. 

Castor Oil Makes Your Lashes & Brows Bomb

Are you thinking about microblading or getting a prescription for Latisse? Try this natural alternative first. Before you go to bed, apply black castor oil (BLACK, not the regular kind) to your lash line and brows with a Q-tip.

Makeup

Light Is Life

If you can’t see your face properly, how are you supposed to apply your makeup? I have a Vanity Girl Hollywood Mirror and it’s a total game changer. There are several available in different sizes. They also have travel and tabletop mirrors in their pop-up store. If don’t believe me, ask Kim Kardashian. She has one. Also, the company’s chief boss babe, Maxine Tatlonghari was on my podcast.

Prime Prime Prime Your Face

You know those women who look perfect all of the time or at the very least still have a fresh face at 6:00pm? Don't hate them. Just use a primer. Apply after your moisturizer but before your foundation.

Prime Your Lashes

I love lash primer. It helps keep your lashes looking pretty and amps up your mascara game. It’s worth the extra 30 seconds this step adds to your routine.

Liquid Mattes Last Longer Than Most Relationships

Who has time to re-apply their lips? NOT ME. Liquid matte lipsticks tend to stay on forever. These days, I’m digging SPELA’s Spin, but they have lots of cute colors.

Set Set Set

Setting spray is just as important as primer. And it takes like 4 seconds to apply. You can even use it instead of powder.

Hair

Dry Shampoo Does Everything

Dry shampoo is like a personal assistant for your hair. It's great to apply to your roots after working out, during a hang over or if you just don’t have time for a full on wash. You can also use it to texturize your hair, cover up bad roots, or instead of hairspray.

Don’t Dry Your Hair With A Normal Towel

Don’t turban up your wet hair with the same towel you use to dry your body. Instead, use a towel designed for drying your hair specifically. The fabric is less harsh, the water will be absorbed better, leading to less drying time and less destroyed hair.

Use A Heat Protectant

Heat obviously damages your hair, but you probably aren’t going to stop using hot tools, so just protect your hair in the first place. 

Extensions Make You Win The Hair Game

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So, if you’ve been reading my blog (you know the thing you are reading right now), you are probably aware, I’ve been having hair issues. I tried EVERYTHING from taking biotin pills like candy to walking around with a greasy head for days from castor oil. Seriously, if I didn’t work from home, I would have been escorted out of an office building because I looked like a hobo.

And while my hair improved—I still wasn’t happy. Let’s get real here for a second. I have a blog and cover freaking beauty. I should have remotely decent to extremely awesome hair and I didn’t. But now I do.

To be honest with you, ever since that woman told me how bad my hair was at BeautyCon back in August (I actually re-tell the story on the podcast Ali and I did with Abby Stern), I’ve been playing out the situation in my head over and over again. I’ve felt totally self-conscious for months. Feeling this way just isn’t productive for me. So, I wanted to find a solution to my problem and take the fastest route to Goodhairville. Enter Kristina Gibson who is an extension specialist and hair colorist in Beverly Hills. She is also a hair goddess!

When I sat down for my consultation, it wasn’t just her telling me what was wrong with my hair (I KNOW WHAT’S WRONG—EVERYTHING!), but she listened and was all about solutions. Honestly, I was worried extensions might be bad for my hair, but she explained how I was wrong. “A benefit of extensions is that, at least for me, when I have them, I don’t touch my hair that much with heat, only the extension hair. So, your hair can become healthier if you keep doing masks, etc.” YES!

Kristina also told me extensions allow you to apply less heat to your own hair, which means less damage and hopefully more growth, so perhaps one day extensions won’t be necessary.

Extensions are really for everyone who is dissatisfied with their hair in some way. Let’s say you have generally good hair, but you get a bad haircut and are trying to grow it out. If you are in that awkward, potentially mullet-ish stage, you can wear extensions for a few months until you don’t hate your hair again.

One of the first things we discussed was what kind of extensions I should have. Here’s a quick breakdown of the different kinds of hair extensions.

Tape-In

Tape-in extensions are taped into the hair without any heat applied. Because they are large pieces that lie flat, they don’t pull on the hair and irritate the scalp. For me, this kind made the most sense. Over the years, I’ve had every kind of extension and I found tape-ins look the best on me and last the longest. They are also more affordable than other kinds. Furthermore, if you take really good care of them (tips are below), you can re-use them, even up to a year.

i-Tip

Kristina is an i-Tip hair extension expert, although she can install any kind of hair extension (obviously). i-Tips are applied strand by strand and attached with a small bead, which is then clamped onto your natural hair. Because they are applied without heat, glue or chemicals, these extensions don’t damage your hair. Another benefit of i-Tips is that they have a lot more movement to them than other kinds of extensions do. You are set for 3-6 months and the hair can be re-used. i-Tip extensions are sometimes called microlink or cold fusion. 

Weave/Braid/Sew-In

The stylist braids your hair and sews in extensions with a needle and thread. This kind of extension lasts approximately 6-8 weeks. Weaves are very easy to style and put in a ponytail, which is especially helpful if you workout a lot.

Clip-ins

Clip-in extensions are exactly what they sound like. You clip them in like any other hair accessory. If you’ve never had extensions before and aren’t sure if you want them, consider experimenting with clip-ins first. They are great if you like to switch things up or you just don’t want to commit right now. Obviously, this just applies to hair and hopefully not other things in your life.

Sometimes clip-ins are made with synthetic hair, which is fine for clips-ins only, but do NOT install any kind of regular extension with synthetic hair because they will melt from any kind of hot tool.

Kristina also shared some of her best extension tips with me.

Use A WET Brush, Even On Dry Hair

Extensions are great, but they get tangled AF. Tangled extensions are a nightmare and don’t last as long as they potentially can. Kristina told me to use a WET Brush on both wet and dry hair because it has flexible bristles that won’t get caught on the tape.

When I’m combing conditioner or a mask into my hair, I use the WET Original Brush. I like the small, travel-sized one because it gives me more control. But when I’m blow-drying my hair or brushing it when it is dry, I use the WET EPIC Professional Quick Dry. This brush detangles really well without pulling on my extensions.

Avoid Using Products With Oil

This one is hard for me because I’m OBSESSED anything oil. But using oils make your extensions slip because it eats away at the glue. So go through your beauty stash and look for serums, oil, shampoo, conditioner or anything that is labeled “oil-based” and toss, give away or hide it from yourself. If you are going to use an oil-based product, be careful and do not get it anywhere near the installation of your extensions.

Shampoo Carefully

When you shampoo your hair, put some extra shampoo on your fingertips and carefully get in between each row of hair because those areas can get particularly dirty.

Don’t Go To Bed With Wet Hair

According to Kristina, this is the WORST thing you can do for your hair.

Prepare Your Hair For Zzz Time

Use a silk pillowcase and sleep with your hair in a braid, bun or ponytail. I sleep with my hair in a side braid and wake up with sexy mermaid beach waves that take just minutes to style.

Want more of my extension styling tips? Wait for Part Two of this post.

Obviously you want to make an appointment with Kristina Gibson right now. You can reach her through her website. Want to see more of Kristina’s amazing work? Check out her Instagram.

 

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Hating My Hair Less

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A few weeks ago I talked about my hair crisis. Read the post, but if you are short on time, here’s a recap. A total stranger told me I had bad hair at a beauty convention of all places. I felt bad about myself. But then I realized I wasn’t trying hard enough to have good hair, so I’m going balls to the wall to do it now.

So, I know what you are thinking…really how hard is it to just use some extra conditioner? Girl, this is way more than just some extra conditioner. I surpassed needing extra conditioner around the time I exited my mother’s womb. Getting good hair is practically a lifestyle choice at this point. I’m putting in effort much in the same way someone studies for the Bar Exam or opens up an Etsy Shop. That being said, if you make clip in or halo extensions and want to collab, please get in touch (AmandaLauren212@gmail.com). I think a temporary fix might just be in order for my next post.

So, the whole “lifestyle change” about this involves hours of my life I’ll never get back and days of leaving in two different kinds of hair oil. This is a big commitment. If I didn’t work at home, I would have been fired from my job already because sometimes it looks like I haven’t washed my hair for a year. If it weren’t for topknots being trendy, I’d be screwed.

I’ve been using Black Castor Oil several days a week on my scalp and roots as well as my brows and lashes because why not. Before I started this hair journey (ugh), I learned castor oil is a natural fix to grow your hair because it balances out your scalp’s pH and is an antifungal as well as an antimicrobial. I don't think I have fungus or microbe issues with my scalp, but I'm attacking this from all angles. Castor oil also moisturizes your hair like crazy, sealing in the cuticle. I’ve heard of people who have hair growth of anywhere from ½ an inch to three inches in a month. While I haven’t taken a ruler to my roots just yet, my fingers are very much crossed. These things take time and patience, but let’s be honest here, for the most part, I have neither. 

I’ve also been using Kiehl’s Magic Elixir on my roots and ends. It’s a blend of rosemary leaf and avocado oils. The texture of this product is much thinner than castor oil, so I can leave the house without looking like a giant grease ball. My hair feels as if it is getting a little thicker, so I’m hoping this product lives up to its name. Also, I will probably buy anything that is called magic.

Because my hair is super oily several days a week, I’ve had to be very particular about shampoo. I’ve needed something that washes the oil out, but is still gentle, which is why I’m all about Alterna Caviar Repair Instant Recovery Shampoo. Doesn't the name really say it all? This product is also sulfate and paraben free, so it doesn’t fade my color, but it still lathers as if it is entirely filled with chemicals even though it’s not. 

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I’ve also been going conditioner crazy, alternating between three different ones, which are Alterna Caviar Repair Instant Recovery Conditioner, Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Mask, and L’Ange Silk Venom Keratin Treatment Mask (use coupon code AMANDA for 30% off). Three different conditioners sounds excessive, but it's not because my hair always looks better when I switch things up. These also have different purposes. The L’Ange mask builds keratin, so you can’t use it more than twice a week. I use the Alterna Mask to restore moisture, which it does in spades and the Alterna Conditioner is great for when I’m too busy to commit to a mask or when I am air drying my hair.

Speaking of air drying, I’m trying to do that more often because more heat = more damage. There are three great products I’ve found for airdrying. The first is Alterna Bamboo Beach Breeze Dry Balm. I have naturally wavy hair and love a good beach wave look.  This balm is also a great multitasker because it protects your hair against UV rays, salt water, and chlorine. I know it’s fall, but I live in California and it was 96 degrees yesterday, so clearly, the whole seasons thing isn’t a part of my pumpkin spiced life.

Once my hair dries, I refresh my waves with Alterna Bamboo Beach Ocean Waves Tousled Texture Spray. This product does all the same things as a sea salt spray, sans the damaging effects of salt. I also use it post curling wand to define my beach waves instead of hairspray.

If I’m letting my hair air dry, but plan to flatiron before the next wash, I use Garnier Fructis Smooth Air Dry Sleek Anti-Frizz Cream . It’s scented like fruity heaven.

In addition to using lots of new products and changing up my hair routine, I’ve literally been eating vitamins like candy. I’m hoping chowing down Alive Prenatal Gummies and Nature Made Hair/Skin/Nails Adult Gummies will do the trick. While I’m not pregnant, taking prenatals is rumored, but not scientifically proven to stimulate hair growth. But I don’t care. At this point, I’ll try anything. 

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.

 

 

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. 

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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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

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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.

 

 

 

Shining Bright At The L'Oreal Colorista Washout

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Last Sunday, I went to the L'Oreal Colorista Washout at Sunset Car Wash in West Hollywood. L'Oreal Colorista is a semi-permanent hair color that comes in the most Insta-friendly shades I’ve ever seen in my life. If you are one of those people who likes cupcakes, unicorns and avocado toast— run, don’t walk to the Internet (or drugstore) and get your hands on some. The colors available include Pink, Soft Pink (sooooo pretty), Teal, Purple, Peach, Aqua, Burgundy, Indigo, and Red. The color lasts between four and ten shampoos, so if you hate making commitments, decisions, etc, by the time you get used to it, the whole thing is over.

Furthermore, while we all know that coloring your hair isn’t the best thing for it (let’s be honest here), Colorista tries to keep damage to a minimum. The brunette shades don’t contain bleach and none of the products contain ammonia.

There are also Colorista products that let you DIY the crap out of your hair. If you are the kind of person who spends 40 minutes in the drugstore aisle trying to find the right color, the Mixer lets you go crazy and create your own pastel shades. There is also a Bleach so you can DIY ombre and highlight. And if something goes wrong, you’re covered with the Hair Color Remover and Fader Shampoo. Also, don't drink and dye.

The event itself was as fun as colorful as Colorista is. There was the perfect balance of booze, snacks and whimsey. 

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I like a good cocktail as much as I like a custom SnapChat filter.

 Churos and ice cream are an even better combination than puppies and kisses.

The tunes were surprisingly not a washout.

Is there anything more whimsical than a pink swing?

Yes, there is! Throwing glitter on a trampoline in slow motion! 

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There was a demonstration for spray-on color that will be available in the fall. I'm digging the temporary purple highlights. 

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Fun Fact: My Barbie drove the same car.

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Pinkie looks difficult to parallel park, but I'll take it! 

Please visit the L'Oreal Paris website for more info about Colorista.

Just a note: the preceding was NOT a sponsored post. Obvs, they gave me free product and valet parking, but I really think if you are going to DIY pastel hair, seriosuly go with a brand you know and trust. 

F-it Fridays: Summer Product Loving

Happy Friday! With summer in full swing, I’ve been switching up my beauty routine. Here are some game-changing beauty products to help you beat the heat this summer.

Drybar Hold Me Hair Clips

NO STRANDS LEFT BEHIND! DryBar Hold Me clips are like having a personal assistant who holds back your hair. They make blowouts so much easier and don’t cause bumps or damage like a rubber band can. I’ve even worn them to Pilates because they don’t dig into your scalp.

But I must give credit where it is due. I discovered these magic clips through Lauryn Evarts and her classic sleep bun post. Btw, if you are a Skinny Confidential fan, check out our podcast with Lauryn and Michael.  

Living Proof Prime Style Extender

You know when you do a great job styling your own hair and then you wake up the next day looking like you stuck your finger in an electrical outlet? Living Proof Prime Style Extender prevents that. After towel drying, apply this product and comb through. Then wait a few minutes and apply your regular hair oil or styling product. Your blowout lasts longer, so you do not have to wash or re-style as often. 

Sweat Mineral Foundation Powder Jar

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I’ve written about Sweat sticks before and even interviewed the amazing female athletes who started this line, but their new powder jar has changed my summer. The jar makes it super easy to apply this SPF 30 mineral foundation with the brush of your choice, in seconds. No more waiting for sunscreen to absorb or using a blender to apply foundation. I like to wear it on days when I workout and to outdoor events like BBQS where I need to protect my face, but don’t want to wear a ton of makeup. It's also nice that my eyes don't burn from dripping sunsceen.

Pevonia Lumafirm Lift & Glow Eye Contour 

Who wants a heavy eye cream during the summer? Not me! That’s why I’m obsessed with Pevonia Lumafirm Lift & Glow Eye Contour. It has a super light texture and fresh scent. Made with watermelon fruit extract, this product couldn’t be anymore summer appropriate if you tried. 

Foreo Iris

If you’ve tried everything to get rid of puffy eyes to no avail, then you need to stop crying about it (also crying does NOT help) and pick up Foreo’s Iris device. It massages your under eye bags away, increases circulation, and helps eye cream or gel work better. Use it for just a minute a day.  

Paul & Joe Gel Blush

French brand Paul & Joe has an absolutely beautiful cosmetics line. One of my favorite finds is the Gel Blush. You apply it with a light touch of your fingertips. The product feels so light and airy. It’s perfect for daytime when you want a subtle color on the cheek.

Bioderma Photoderm After Sun SOS

There’s nothing like a cooling after sun spray post beach or pool. I love Bioderma Photoderm After Sun SOS. It’s easy to apply and never has a sticky or gummy texture. The fresh scent makes me feel clean even if I still have sand in inappropriate places. It also really prolongs my tan in a noticeable way. 

The Magic Of Oil

Oils make me too happy for my typical resting bitch face!

Oils make me too happy for my typical resting bitch face!

I’ll never forget the first time I discovered beauty oils. Well, it was tanning oil, but close enough. I was probably eight years old and I was at the pool with a family friend’s daughter, who was older. She applied this oil out of a dark brown bottle that smelled like coconut and heaven. I really wanted to use some, but it was SPF 4. I was pretty sure my mom would flip out if she learned I was going below SPF 15. I just wanted to smell like the magic oil. I didn’t even care about the tan. It was around that time I stopped listening to my mother, but it would be few more years until I started using oils. Luckily, I’ve more than made up for it.

I am obsessed with Kopari Coconut Cleansing Oil. (Try saying that out loud five times fast.) I use it nightly to take off everything including waterproof mascara. I apply a few pumps to a dry face and massage it in. Then I remove everything with a hot washcloth, kind of like giving myself a mini-facial. My skin feels clean, soft and moist. And I really hate the word moist, so you know I mean it.

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Ever since I started using Retin A, my skin changed completely. I went from combination skin on the oily side to combo dry. My face also became way more sensitive, as if it wasn’t my face at all. It’s like someone fired my skin and the replacement was still trying to figure out how to do its job. It was actually painful. I tried using a regular moisturizer but my skin literally felt like it was on fire. The only thing that soothed my poor face was Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil. The hurt, peeling and chapping (yes, chapping) stopped. This product is seriously the oil equivalent of Vicodin for irritated skin.  

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If your skin is too sensitive and dry for a traditional serum, Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil could be a great alternative. It contains Vitamin C, which has a brightening effect and reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. I also love the light feeling it has on my skin and faint rose scent.

But if you’re serious about serum The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil might be a better option for you because it combines both products. Formulated with a high concentration of wheatgerm oil and enriched with Community Trade Organic Soya Oil from Brazil, it helps you wake up with softer skin. 

You heard it here first: Agave is the new argan oil. I like to use Agave Healing Oil Treatment before and after I blow my hair out. It’s moisturizing and light. More importantly, unlike so many other hair oils, it’s not sticky. If you want to use oil but are hesitant because you only wash your hair a few days a week (or once a week- no judgments, I’m going on day seven right now), this is the one to try.

 

When I first heard about Kopari’s Coconut Body Glow, I thought it was trying to be the sequel to early 00’s glitter. But I was so wrong. This magic shimmery oil is mermaid-esque.  I like to layer it with sunscreen before I go to the beach or put it on my décolletage before going out on a warm night. The oil smells beachy and sexy, but not like it’s trying too hard. It blends really well with one of my favorite summer fragrances, Bobbi Brown Beach.

St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Facial Oil is a great alternative to traditional self-tanning products. It is paraben, phthalate, sulfate, and cruelty-free, so you get bonus karma points every time you buy it. Unlike many self-tanners, St. Tropez is hydrating and easy to apply with a fresh, natural scent. 

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I love a good multitasking product, which is why I’m all about The Body Shop’s Brazilian Cupuaçu Exfoliating Scrub-In-Oil. Because it contains more oil than you normally find in similar products, you can really customize the ratio of scrub to oil and give your skin exactly what it needs. You also won't need any additional post-shower lotion or oil.

Pevonia's Dry Oil Body Moisturizer is a slick alternative to slick oils. An easy but effective spray, it's perfect for travel or those times when you don't want to risk feeling sticky. Also, if you are deathly afraid of slipping on your bathroom floor. 

 

 

 

 

 

Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About: With Special Guest Annabelle DeSisto

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We welcome our first guest for episode 4, the brilliant and hilarious Annabelle DeSisto of the Adderall and Compliments Podcast. If you’re an A&C Kitten, thank you for listening, we love you.

In this episode we discuss how amazing Annabelle’s hair is (to a nearly obsessive level), Joan Rivers (Annabelle’s former boss), Postmates, why needing cash is a complete nightmare, Kim Kardashian, The Drybar Book and compare the post-jail styles of Paris Hilton and Teresa Giudice.

But we mostly talk about our collective favorite docu-series The Real Housewives. Specifically, Dorit Kemsley, Kyle Richards, caftans, how Kim Richards ruins everything, Lisa Rinna, Kim Zolciak vs Erika Jayne, Bethenny Frankel’s hustle and Sojna Morgan’s townhouse. Ali spills all about styling Lisa Vanderpump and what it’s really like at Villa Rosa. Spoiler Alert: Giggy is alive.

However, if you aren’t a Housewives person, we also dish on lots of other things including  Scheana  Shay from Vanderpump Rules, Lilly Pulitzer dresses, plastic surgery, CoolSculpting, being an only child, Amanda’s Gossip Girl life, staircases, marble flooring, bidets, Queer as Folk and vagina juice.

Annabelle also shares an inspirational story about how one of the Kittens bought her crystal kit and won the lottery!

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How To Be A Blonde Bombshell & Fight Brass With Sass

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Photo by Hayley Fisk. Makeup by Kinx Active.

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When I was a little girl, if you asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up I would have probably said blonde. Luckily, I was able to achieve that goal by high school with a whole lot of bleach on my naturally blah brown hair. I haven’t really gone back since. (Okay, three times, but I think I’m blonde for life now.) 

But, being blonde is a commitment. It’s time consuming and expensive. In addition to not being naturally blonde, I have another huge hair problem. Left to its own devices, my hair is dry AF. It also doesn’t grow as long and gorgeous like it appears to for every other woman I know. So, my life, at least in terms of what I focus on from a vanity standpoint, has been a constant battle to achieve a presentable looking head of hair. Yes, it’s annoying, but for the first time in a long time, I think I’m having more good hair days than bad ones.

In my quest for blonde, I’ve tried EVERYTHING. If your hair is blonde, dry and annoying, you don’t have to suffer through what I did. Here are the essentials to being the best blonde you can be.

A Product Squad To Combat Brass

In college, I thought it would be fun to go strawberry blonde. It was cute, but it ruined my hair forever. Ever since, my hair wants to be red and brassy all of the time. It’s a constant battle for a brass-free head.

Beating the brass starts with purple shampoo. But be forewarned, purple shampoo is kind of a lifestyle choice. It’s powerful stuff. My shower sometimes looks like I murdered Barney the Dinosaur.  But if you’re blonde, it’s a necessity.

As you can imagine, I’ve tried ALL THE PURPLE SHAMPOOS. My personal favorite is Kevin Murphy Blonde Angel Wash. It’s doesn’t dry my hair out and the packaging prevents bathtub staining, which is a huge issue with most purple shampoos. If you need an extra purple boost, add the Blonde Angel Conditioner to your routine once a week or more.

Another option is using a toner like Dessange CC Cream. This treatment cuts brass so well, I wouldn’t trust it around a trumpet. Pro tip: actually read the directions before you use this product.

A Conditioner That Works Like A Therapist For Your Hair’s Dryness Issue

Going blonde will make anyone’s hair prone to dryness. I really like Terax Original Crema. It was all the rage in middle school, went away for a few and was recently(ish) re-launched in 2016. Crema is creamy, but doesn’t weigh my hair down. I like to leave it in for a few hours once a week for an extra moisture boost instead of using a mask.

A Special Hair Towel

Although I love my Ralph Lauren towels to dry off my body, regular towels split your ends like a bad divorce. That’s why I use the Laguna Blue towel on my hair. Made of microfiber, it’s anti-bacterial (great if you wash your hair at the gym), eco-friendly, and most importantly (let’s be honest here) it absorbs water twice as fast as a regular towel. Seriously, it’s like the diamond lane for your hair.

Oil For Your Ends At Night

I love Kopari Coconut Sheer Oil. It’s a great multitasker you can use you on your hair, body, face, etc (just don’t eat it). I put a few drops on my palms at night and apply it to my ends before I go to bed. No need to wash off.

Sun Protection

We all use sun protection for our skin (hopefully), but we rarely think of using it for our hair. Despite what you remember from using Sun-In when you were 12, sun is actually the enemy of blonde hair. It will brass it up like a bad jazz band. But you can’t just use your face sunscreen on your hair. (If you were wondering, I tried and it didn’t end well). There are two products I really like for this purpose. One is Fekkai Pre-Soleil Hair Mist. It’s very hydrating and has a UV filter.  It also smells like heaven. If my hair is extra dry or I’m planning on getting it wet, I use Nios Shield SPF 15 Leave-In Conditioner. It’s super creamy and a little work to apply, but it will immediately take away your fear of the ocean or pool destroying your locks.

A Hat (This Is Not A Fashion Tip)

Even with product, I still think the best way to protect your hair is with a hat. I like a straw fedora because they look cute with most swimwear and clothing. These hats from Forever21 and Kate Spade are all you need.

F-It Fridays: Your Weekly Dose Of Retail Therapy (Winter Beauty Edition)

Living in Los Angeles, I’m usually exempt from winter skin and hair dryness (in all fairness, my hair tends to be dry all year round). But, this year the temperature has been at an all time-low and my body has been at an all-time dry. When I moved here from New York eight years ago, cold winters were not part of the contract I signed. So, I’ve had to do a major product switch up. If the weather is having a negative affect on your hair and skin, you probably have to do the same. Here are my favorite winter dryness solutions because F-It, it’s Friday, treat yourself.

White Sands ER Fusion

White Sands ER Fusion is a game-changing product that makes hair both softer and stronger. No, it’s not another oil or conditioner, but a unique treatment that creates a micro-shield for 30 days. After washing and towel-drying your hair, you apply the product and help it penetrate using a heat cap or hairdryer for 20 minutes, then rinse it out. 20 minutes of effort for 30 days of good hair, I'll take it! 

Curel Hydratherapy Wet Skin Moisturizer

Curel Hydratherapy Wet Skin Moisturizer is magical. I was in a business meeting with Anthony Pazos (of LA Hair fame) when he accidentally touched my leg (I was wearing a short skirt) and interrupted the entire conversation to discuss how soft my skin was. True story! Remember, it’s called Wet Skin Moisturizer for a reason, so apply it immediately after showering, before toweling off. I actually keep my bottle in the shower, so I don't forget. 

Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash

Dove is my favorite bar soap, but when the temperature drops, I need some extra help, so I use Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash instead. Formulated to cleanse in the gentlest way possible, it’s been great to counterbalance the hot showers I’ve been taking to warm up. (Yeah, I know that’s bad for dry skin, but don’t judge me.) Dove’s creamy texture makes my skin feel soft and clean. It also smells super fresh.

Kopari Coconut Sheer Oil

What can’t Kopari Coconut Sheer Oil do? My favorite multi-tasker, I put it on the ends of my hair every night as well as on my lips. It also works as a gentle eye makeup remover and super duper moisturizer for extra-dry skin. Pro tip: a little goes a very long way. 

Bodyography Hydrating Mask

Adding Bodyography’s Hydrating Mask to your routine helps restore moisture to your face and treats fine lines. Gentle enough to use every day, it's formulated with anti-oxidant ingredients including watermelon, green tea, and apple fruit extract. Anyone else craving a smoothie right now? Bonus karma points come free with every purchase becuase it’s vegan, paraben and cruelty-free. 

F- It Fridays: Your Weekly Dose of Retail Therapy (Holiday Beauty Edition)

It's a little over a week until Christmas and Hanukkah (which happens to start on Christmas Eve this year). No matter what holiday you celebrate (or pretend to celebrate, or just want to get over with already), we all know the Pony Express (aka the post office and every single courier I've ever dealt with) does not always deliver on time. So, please consider this your warning and get yourself together right now. If you couldn’t find something on my $25 and under F-It Friday last week or the Gift Guide For Special Snowflakes, then consider any one of these fabulous beauty sets. They're all fool-proof favorites. Seriously, if someone doesn’t like any one of these gifts, you probably need to re-evaluate your relationship with them. And between us… I won’t tell anyone if you are naughty and end up buying a little something here for yourself. 

Laura Geller So Scrumptious 6 Piece Color Collection

Laura Geller’s So Scrumptious Set is worth $173 and currently on sale at Ulta for (don’t faint when you read this number) $39. It has everything you need for a party-ready look including primer (seriously, we all need more of that), foundation (fair or medium options, LG totally hooks it up), blush, an eyeshadow trio, lip gloss and a double-ended face brush. Run, don’t walk (or just click) to your nearest Ulta right now. 

Decleor Merry Oils Premium Gift Set

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I like Decleor’s Merry Oils Premium Gift Set because oils are so luxurious. Also, the winter dries your skin like no other season can (thanks a lot, Winter!). The person who receives this gift will actually be appreciative because Decleor will save their face and body from the inevitable frost. You might actually receive a thank you card in the mail for this fabulous find (or a text, at the very least). The set includes Aroma Cleanse Micellar Oil, Aroma Nutrition Satin Softening Dry Oil, 1000 Grain Body Exfoliator (as opposed to 1000 grain bread, sorry I can’t help myself), Aromessence Neroli Hydrating Night Balm and Aromessence Neroli Hydrating Oil Serum. 

Flowerful by FLOWER Colorful Nail Collection

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Are you looking for an under $10 gift for a White Elephant or grab bag? Look no further than Flowerful by FLOWER Colorful Nail Collection. Flower is Drew Barrymore’s beauty line and might even contain some of her magical goddess power (Drew Barrymore is a magical goddess. End of story). With eight nail shades and two glittery nail files, it will make your hands sparkle. 

SkinCeuticals Gold Standard Kit – Fine Lines & Wrinkles

You know that friend who is more afraid of aging than getting by a train? SkinCeuticals Gold Standard Kit – Fine Lines & Wrinkles is the perfect gift for that person. This kit contains two heroes of the SkinCeuticals line. C E Ferulic is an antioxidant serum that neutralizes free radicals, helps build collagen and makes holiday parties more tolerable (because skin compliments). The Hydrating B5 gel is like the personal assistant of C E Ferulic, making it work better, harder and more efficiently. Containing hot ingredient du jour, hyaluronic acid, it helps moisture bind to the skin.

Anthony Head To Toe Survival Kit

Do you have a dude in your life that likes fancy grooming products? Don’t make him survive without an Anthony Head To Toe Survival Kit. It has all of the essentials he needs including Rush Hair + Body Wash, Glycolic Facial Cleanser, Facial Scrub, Shave Cream, and All Purpose Facial Moisturizer. It’s perfect for traveling, especially if he tends to “borrow” your products.

F- It Fridays: Your Weekly Dose Of Retail Therapy: (Holiday Gifts Under $25 Edition)

F- It Fridays are back! So, normally this column is about buying things for yourself, but that's kind of hard during the holidays. We all know it's better to give than receive, so here are some of my favorite gifts under $25. Give them to your friends, family, lovers or those people you pretend you like and must give an obligatory gift to. Or just shop for yourself. I won't tell anyone if you do.

Go Comb

 

The Go Comb is an affordable gift for everyone your list. For just $21.99, you get a cusomizable comb with a mirror on the back. It fits in any wallet, cosmetics case, back pocket or secret beauty stash. I can't think of one person who wouldn't be happy to receive this gift. It actually works for pretty much everyone on your list, except for bald people. 

Goodies From Shop Miss A

 

Shop Miss A is a glam girl's dream dollar store. With a selection of everything from adorable hair accessories like this Fuzzy Pom-Pom Headband to infinity scarves, makeup pouches and more. Because most items are just a buck, don't hesitate to treat yourself or pick up extra stocking stuffers. 

Christian Lacroix Ombré Notebook

While you thought the only Lacroix you could shell out for was the sparkling water, it turns out you're wrong. Christian Lacroix (totally unrelated to the water company, by the way) has an affordably chic ombré notebook. Use it to write down goals, new years resolutions, what you're grateful for, or to compose mean haikus. No matter what you write, you'll be doing it in style.

Philosophy The Gift Of Glowing Skin Set

Usually $25 doesn't get you much when it comes to skincare, but not The Gift Of Glowing Skin by Philosophy. It has a travel size Purity Face Wash, Microdelivery Exfoliating Water, Renewed Hope in a Jar and a Hands of Hope Cream worth $63. Now that's a philosophy we can all subscribe to. 

Michael Aram Rock Jigger

 

Michael Aram makes such beautiful, sophisticated collectables and this rock jigger is no exception. A perfect gift for the cocktail connoisseur or budding mixologist, it stands out on it's own or to upgrade that bottle of liquor you planned on re-gifting this year. 

Drinking Yourself Pretty With The Food Network's Kate Von

Beauty beverages are becoming a huge wellness trend. But is this just another craze or can you actually drink yourself pretty? The answer is yes, but it’s not a miracle cure. You can’t just drink something and suddenly look like you had a vacation, plastic surgery and a nap. (But wouldn’t that be nice?) Beauty beverages should be treated like any other supplement, as part of an overall healthy lifestyle, nourishing you from the inside out. 

I asked Tatiana Ridley, who is a New York based holistic nutritionist exactly how these drinks work and she broke it down, “While the age-old quest for the proverbial fountain of youth may not have been found in beauty beverages, there is some validity to the beautifying benefits of some of the drinks on the market. First of all, the liquid form of these elixirs makes them more bio-available - meaning the nutrients are easier for the body to absorb and use because they’re already broken down. Since the main ingredients are fruits and veggies, which are packed with antioxidants and water, they work together to benefit your skin. Imagine a microscopic army of antioxidants fighting off the little mutants that manufacture wrinkles and sagging skin, (free radicals), and a fleet of water (boats) rescue the nutrients, delivering them safely to our skin cells to hydrate and plump up.” 

If you need further proof, just look at the beautiful Kate Von of the Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen and Camp Cutthroat. She makes her own beauty elixir by “blending juiced turmeric, ginger root, a squeeze of lemon and a dash of cayenne.” She says her not-so-secret beauty sauce also has other benefits, “It is the ultimate metabolism booster, beauty amplifier and toning tonic. Stimulating circulation, suppressing the appetite and satisfying your cravings will all improve your glow and keep you feeling fabulous.” I’ll totally have what she’s having. 

Kate Von's big beauty secret is out!

Kate Von's big beauty secret is out!

But, if you aren’t as ambitious as Kate is in the kitchen, it’s totally okay, store bought drinks can work just as well. Whether you prefer smoothies, mixes, liquid supplements or juices, there are lots of ways to drink your way to better skin, hair and even nails. Here are some of my personal favorites:

Project Juice Turmeric Lemonade

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If you aren’t going to juice your own turmeric like Kate Von, Project Juice’s Turmeric Lemonade might be the next best thing. With just 50 calories per bottle (when was the last time lemonade was this low-cal?), it has a mild kick. You can even drink it while working out instead of water. Turmeric is kind of a wonder herb because it reduces inflammation and free radical damage to cells.

Replere Restore & Fortify Beauty Shooters by Dr. Debbie Palmer

Developed by dermatologist Dr. Debbie Palmer, Replere Beauty Shooters come individually packaged and don’t require refrigeration, so they’re perfect if you are on the go. You can drink the shooter by itself or add to water. The formula contains a variety of ingredients including coffee Arabica (coffee fruit), camu camu, goji and açai berries, chokeberry, blueberries, pomegranate, and resveratrol. The high concentration of antioxidants helps fight against the affects of free radicals. It’s a perfect afternoon pick-me-up and a more hydrating alternative to coffee.

UVO

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If skin has one enemy, it’s the sun’s UV rays. Created by Dr. Bobby Awadalla, UVO is the only drink formulated to protect and repair your skin against sun damage. It comes bottles as well as individual packets you mix with water. The orange peach flavor is like drinking a tropical vacation. Every serving gives you 3-5 hours of sun protection. FYI, drinking UVO isn’t a substitute for sunscreen, but if you are that person who always ends up getting burned (and use SPF 100, which you reapply every 15 minutes), UVO might be your favorite new beach accessory.

Greek Girl Beauty Protein

A combination of whey protein and Greek yogurt, at only 50 calories, Greek Girl Beauty Protein isn’t exactly a big fat Greek smoothie. This powerful powder contains 8 essential B vitamins, which helps prevent dry skin, wrinkles, acne, weak hair and splitting nails. Because it’s gluten-free and contains probiotics, Greek Girl also helps with your digestion. And unlike most protein powders I’ve tried, the honey vanilla flavor actually tastes good.

NeoCell Hyaluronic Acid Blueberry Liquid

Hyaluronic acid is a very popular ingredient in many moisturizers. But did you know you could drink it?  NeoCell’s Hyaluronic Acid Blueberry Liquid can be taken by the spoonful or mixed with water. The formula also contains pomegranate and green tea polyphenols, which help plump the skin and increase elasticity. Sweetened with agave, it tastes like a liquid Sour Patch Kid.

Core Hydration Water

Water is actually one of the best beauty drinks available. Staying hydrated reduces toxins and helps your whole body function in a more optimal way. Core Hydration Water is specifically formulated to help you better assimilate vitamins, minerals and other nutrients because it has the same pH as your body. So, essentially, it makes all of your other supplements work even better. 

Intelligent Nutrients Intellimune Oil

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Intelligent Nutrients Intellimune Oil is one of the more versatile drinkable products. Organic, it is designed to prevent pre-mature aging and support healthy cell growth. Two teaspoons have the same antioxidant power as ten pounds of berries. This product is great if you want the benefits of a beauty supplement in a more convenient way. You can use the oil in salads, or blend into sauces or smoothies. Or you can simply drink it on its own. It has a mild taste, like buttery oregano. 

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