Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About Podcast: Holiday Gift Guide

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Ali and I found the best holiday gifts for everyone on your list from your new boyfriend, to your best friend, that boring girl whose party you have to go to, everyone you love and even for those people you hate, but are obligated to buy a something for.  Why read endless gift guides if you can multitask and listen to just one? Here are all the brands, products and deals we chatted about. For more info, listen on iTunesGoogle PlayStitcherAudioBoom, and now Spotify, or stream/download below.

Motorola Z2 Force Shatterproof Android Phone

Motorola Mods 360 Camera & Gamepad

Soft Surroundings- Various gifts- $10 off a purchase of $50 or more, use promo code THANKS10

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Use this link below for 10% off or promo code LAZYPOD

Pretty You London Slippers

50% off all styles except for the recently launched 2017 fall designs on Black Friday.

Bonus: spend $100 or more and receive free shipping. (Valid Black Friday through Cyber Monday)

Cyber Monday: 15% off new fall designs as well as 50% off other styles

Baby Be Hip

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Custom baby gifts

Promo Code: LAZYPOD for 15% any order

STS Blue

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Denim jackets and jeans

Bando

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Galactic Sneeze Games

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Soko Jewlery

Barbella Box

Oaki Boots (We might have mispronounced this during the podcast, sorry)

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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.

 

 

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.

#CarGoals

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. 

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.

Escaping Through Drugstores

Some people escape through drugs. I escape through drugstores. I can wander the aisles of a good one until my phone dies, even if I'm supposed to be doing something else. I've also found that any drugstore related activity is the best excuse to get out of nearly any situation. Seriously, no one ever questions a good drugstore lie. Here are a few of my go-tos and what they really mean.

I can get in some of my best quality alone time at the drugstore. Unfortunately, this doesn't happen too often because my neighborhood drug store is very basic (it's actually horrible, please get it together Larchmont Rite Aid).  But, put me a fancy Duane Reade in NYC and I can entertain myself for hours. Drugstores are a treasure trove for finding new beauty products without going into debt. Here are a few of my current faves. If you ever spot me crying in the aisles, it's because one or more of these has been discontinued (RIP Loreal Magic Nude Foundation), but that's another post all together....

Dessange Professional Hair Luxury Nutrition Elixir Deep Nourishing Mask

I love Dessange and there’s nothing I appreciate more than a good hair product under $9000. Dessange's newest hair mask ($13.99, so like 2.5 lattes) is designed to nourish and moisturize your hair, but not weigh it down and make it greasy. Just to warn you, your hair will look so fab people might come up to you on the street and want to know your secret. Hopefully, they aren't creepy, just jealous that you knew about Dessange before they did. 

Omega Labs Nail Lacquer

So I might have fibbed just a little because Omega Labs Nail Lacquer isn't a drugstore product. But at $7, it's close enough. Sold online (well obviously) and at Sally's, it's professionally formulated without DBP, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin or camphor, so it won't destroy your nails . But more importantly, their colors are trendy and fun. 

Dove Shower Foam

 

I’m normally a Dove Beauty Bar kind of girl because I can go through bottles of body wash faster than cases of water. But Dove’s new Shower Foam is on its way to earning permanent shelf space on the side of my bathtub. It has a light, clean fragrance that's not overpowering and makes my skin super soft. But, the best thing about Dove Shower Foam is that a little product goes a long way. I don't need to use it by the gallon. A few pumps and I'm good to go.

Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips

Before the days of Dr. Pimple Popper, there was Biore. The little white strips dried on your nose and chin like paper mache. You ripped them off and count your gross blackheads. It was so satisfying! Now Biore has improved their pore cleansing strips by adding charcoal. This magical ingredient gets down to unclog your pores, making them appear smaller. And yes, you can still see your blackheads on the dark strip. Biore recently launched an entire charcoal line, but the strips will always have a special place in my medicine cabinet. 

 Wet n Wild MegaSlicks Balm Stain in A Stiff Pink

 

Wet n Wild MegaSlicks Balm Stain in A Stiff Pink is one of my favorite lip products ever. I found it on a whim, walking by the display. The perfect bright pink color caught my eye and it's been one of the great loves of my makeup case eyer since. It stays on for hours and unlike most lip stains, especially cheap ones, it's actually moisturizing. 

ELF Translucent Matifying Powder

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ELF sure gives you a whole lot for $2.99 with their Translucent Matifying Powder compact. This powder is light, natural and gets the job, keeping the shine off your face. The black compact is sophisticated and made really well. Seriously, I’ve dropped mine 75 times and the powder inside has yet to break. It comes with a bonus sponge applicator and generous sized mirror,  making it really easy to apply on the go.

Glowing Hard With The Founders of Sweat Cosmetics #SquadGoals

We all know that female athletes face so many challenges both on and off the field, but we rarely discuss are how they embrace their femininity and use the skills they’ve developed as athletes in the game of life. Bridging the gap between sweating and glowing is the founding principal behind Sweat Cosmetics, a company which is run entirely by former professional female athletes. 

Sweat Cosmetics isn’t just another brand of makeup. Everything is specifically designed for people with active lifestyles. Their current lineup consists of a mineral powder foundation, illuminator, bronzer, translucent powder and a cleansing towelette. All of the powders contain zinc-oxide sunscreen and are water and sweat-resistant. So, it stays on while you get your sweat on. Because Sweat only uses all natural ingredients and is formulated without talc, oil, fragrance, silicone or parabens, it’s safe for all skin types.

While playing Division I soccer at the University of Denver, Taryn Hemmings (who went on to play for the Boston Breakers and Chicago Red Stars) and Emily Hines realized a product like Sweat didn’t exist. So they built their roster of other girl bosses who they knew would kick ass on the soccer field and in the cosmetics field. Courtney Jones, Leslie Osborne and twice-decorated gold medalist Lindsay Tarpley make up the rest of the team. Like Hemmings, Jones also played for the Boston Breakers as well as the Kansas City Blues. Osborne and Tarpley both played for US Women’s National Soccer Team.

I had the privilege of interviewing all five of these impressive women to discuss how being an athlete translates into being an entrepreneur, what’s next for Sweat Cosmetics and their daily beauty routines.

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How has being an athlete prepared you for running a company?

To me, being an athlete is everything. You are taught early on the importance of handling pressure, time management, being confident, channeling stress, etc. Now, that we are running a company, we see the same synergies every day. From the ability able to bounce back after a rough day to changing up the game plan when something didn't quite work. We are constantly utilizing the skills we have learned over the years as athletes. (Emily)

It's our foundation. Both individually but also collectively- our competitiveness, drive, focus, passion, work rate and dedication. As athletes, we are able to see the bigger vision of all that goes into making a company thrive. We think strategically and are tuned into the big picture with long-term goals. We put strategies in action. Being part of a team for our entire lives, we know how to work well with each other and love being part of a team environment. We know how to leverage each other's strengths and make up for our weaknesses. (Leslie)

Sports prepare you for almost any work environment. Through sports, you develop a competitive fire that is not easily taught. Also, as athletes, we welcome critiques in an effort to make our game better. We bring all aspects of athletics into Sweat. Competitive drive, teamwork, constructive criticism, work ethic, etc. are all apart of our personalities. (Courtney)

I’ve always had a strong competitive spirit and I've enjoyed working hard to try and accomplish my goals. Being part of a team has been very special for me.  Now that my playing days are over, I feel fortunate to be passionate about Sweat Cosmetics and to use these qualities that made me successful on the pitch in the business world.  (Lindsay)

As an athlete, you have to learn how to push yourself to be better and better. When you start your own company, there isn't anyone there pushing you to make the company successful either. You only have yourself and your team. The ability of each of us to simply be able to do this has been such a huge part of how far we've come in making Sweat what it is. (Taryn)

What is your vision for the future of Sweat Cosmetics?

When I see the future of Sweat Cosmetics, I see us being the Under Armour of the cosmetic industry. From a full cosmetic line, to skin and hair care products. Sweat Cosmetics will be the preferred and chosen brand for active women worldwide. (Emily)

My vision is that Sweat Cosmetics will be the one brand that all active women can trust to create and find the products they need to make active women's lives a little bit easier. (Taryn)

Do you have any new products in the works?

We always have new products in the works! Some exciting additions to our current products are set to come out after the holidays, including five new shades of our mineral powder foundation. We're currently starting R&D for a lip product, some amazing new skincare products and eventually cannot wait to work on an eyeliner and mascara. (Taryn)

What are your daily beauty routines? 

I am constantly going from an AM workout to everyday life and that transition has to be quick). Embarrassingly admitting, my daily beauty routine consists of wiping my body off with Sweat Skin-Balancing Cleansing Towelettes. I'll then blow dry my sweaty hair and freshen it up with Batiste Blonde Dry Shampoo. Next, I apply a few swipes of our Shade 200 Mineral Foundation, hit my cheek bones/nose with our Illuminator and motion a little bit of our Bronzer underneath my cheek. Before running out the door, I use a little black mascara and touch up my eyebrows with an Anastasia brow pencil. It’s done in ten minutes. (Emily)

My beauty routine has changed multiple times in the last few years. From being a professional athlete to doing TV/corporate and now being a mother to be and working from home, my beauty routine continues to shift and change. My staples are dry shampoo, Chanel lip gloss, our Skin-Balancing Cleansing Towelettes, Mineral Foundation and Illuminator. (Leslie)

My nightly routine is more complicated than my morning routine. I have sensitive skin, so I want to make sure I remove anything that could cause a problem over night. I "double cleanse" with a Kiehl's face wash, and use my Clarisonic. Then I moisturize like crazy because my skin tends to be dry. In the morning, I don't wash my face with soap, but I lightly splash it with water to get rid of any oils. After that, I got straight for my Sweat. I wear a shade 100, and then use our bronzer. If I have any breakouts, I'll dab a little concealer on each one prior to putting on the Sweat powder. Next, I put a little highlighter on the corner of my eyes; add a couple swipes of mascara, and maybe a pink lip tint if I'm feeling saucy. (Courtney)

I use our Mineral Foundation 100, Illuminator around my checks and mascara on my eyes. I have our Skin-Balancing Cleansing Towelettes in my purse, car and gym bag. (Lindsay)

I'm obsessed with skincare and moisturizers. At night I love using Crude Personal Care Everything Oil to wash my face. Then I use retinol, serum, Crude Bloom Oil, moisturizer, and finally the Everything Oil again. In the morning I wash my face with our Sweat Towelette, then use serum, and moisturizer. A little concealer and then Sweat Mineral Powder (either Shade 200 or Translucent, depending on my day). Then I use Sweat Illuminator along my cheekbones, WunderBrow and some mascara and I'm out the door. I also carry Sweat Bronzer in my purse and usually put it on in my car (while I'm parked). (Taryn)