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Friday, August 10, 2018

Casey Holmes' Hairstylist Did My Hair! - Twice!

Let me start by saying I love watching Casey Holmes' videos - anyone else with me? She seems like such a genuine person, definitely someone I can see myself being great friends with. With that said, I stalked down her hairstylist after I saw what an amazing job she did when Casey first got her hair like the balayage blonde. Needless to say, I found her hairstylist! For those of you that don't know, her name is Jess Gold and she's the owner of J.Gold Salon in Atlanta, GA. I live in North Carolina, so for me the drive to Atlanta is about 4 hours with a flight time of around and hour to an hour and a half. I'm the type of person when I find something I like, I don't care how far I have to travel to get it - clearly. 

The first time I got my hair done by Jess was last May (2017) I believe for our,my now husband and I's, engagement photos. She was in her old salon, which by the way was super hard to find lol, luckily she stayed on the phone with me to direct me. I kid you not I was walking around the parking lot aimlessly because there were so many other shops there. I looked so helpless!. Anyway, it was my first time meeting her, obviously, but she was super sweet and kept good conversation and was complimenting me and just so, so genuinely nice! She had another stylist there too, Johanna which was equally as sweet. I asked Jess about Casey Holmes but didn't want to be super weird about it so I pretty much just asked how she was in person because she seemed so nice and she agreed and said she totally is and I left it at that.

I came to her with darrrrrkk roots with a faded out blonde that was pretty much to my ends as you can see in the before picture below on the left. I told her what I wanted and showed her some inspo pics. I was going for an ashy ombre and really wanted close to white blonde ends. From the photo, you can see she achieved that - with EASE. I'm talking, this girl knew her formulas, mixtures, developers, toners, etc. I don't know anything about hair coloring but she was asking her assistant for all types of "I need an a20 to go with the e35" (obviously made up terms lol) and she really outdid herself. Blown away, turned out amazing.

Naturally after such a good experience, I had to go back the following year (this year, 2018) before my wedding. I went about a week before our flights to St. Lucia and this time she was in a brand new salon that she pretty much demoed and started from scratch by picking out all of the decor which turned out beautiful! I wish I had a picture to insert. But pretty much she got a bigger space and more stylists with the aesthetic being like gold and marble, which and really chic and clean. This location, if you're not from the area, is also a little difficult to find but the receptionist helped guide me. When I walked in they were all so pleasant and had Duck Donuts (my favorite!) sitting on the table, although I didn't indulge because I still wanted to fit my wedding dress! 

I asked her about Casey again this time and asked if she had seen her lately since I knew she moved from Atlanta to NY and she said yes that she had seen her just a few days before and went into a story that happened while she was there. I don't want to divulge any information because that's their privacy, but I'm sure you may have seen some of it on Casey's vlogs. The rest of the time there was just chill and just an all around good vibe. Staff asking me if I wanted anything to drink, I met Jess's dad who is also extremely nice. 

The before picture below on the left is the result of the faded out coloring from last year (which honestly doesn't even look that bad - it just looks like a brunette ombre if you ask me). This time around I wanted to go with pretty much all over color with slightly more gold tones versus the ashy white blonde. Again, Jess did not disappoint. Jess, if you're reading this, thank you so much for giving me hair goals for my wedding!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Macadamia Weightless Moisture Review

I am a firm believer in Macadamia products. The first product I ever tried from their brand was their Nourishing Moisture Mask. It used to be called something else, but they re-vamped the packaging and changed the name. But it is the absolute best hair mask I have ever tried, hands down. When testing the new products I had high expectations set because of this.

Weightless Moisture Conditioning Mist $22.00
So we all know from a previous review that I did that this product has become my holy grail. I ran out of it and now I have a back up that I'm quickly running out of! Love this for after the shower and for days my hair is feeling a little on the dry side.

I'm not a huge fan of oils because I fear that they'll make my hair oily (who would've thought? lol) But NO! This stuff is amazing! I use it on dry hair when my hair is knotty or dry and it revives it immediately after I brush it through my hair. It leaves a pretty sheen on my hair and makes it SUPER soft. Definitely worth the splurge

These 2 go hand in hand because obviously you use one after the other. But wow. These two. Just wow. I have never had a shampoo & conditioner that I loved so much. All shampoo & conditioners seemed to work the same for me. For those of you that don't know I did stop using hair products that contain sulfates so of course these are sulfate free. This combo made my hair feel thicker and I just love it. I honestly need to pick up the full size of these. I tried the travel size ones and I was little squeezing and scraping out every last drop of this stuff that's how good it was!

Monday, March 21, 2016

drybar Extend Your Blowout Kit Review

Drybar is a luxury haircare brand sold at Sephora and they also have their own dry "bars"; basically a bar where you get beautiful blowouts. There are 57 locations throughout the US (which you can find here) and I'm super jealous there isn't one close to me. Then again I should be thankful because then my pockets would be empty from getting blowouts all the time! 

They are known for having their statement bright yellow products which I love! It makes their brand really stand out. I was really excited when I got the opportunity to test out their products and I was NOT disappointed. I've heard so many great things about this brand and all the reviews I've heard held true. 

I received the Extend Your Blowout Kit which I am sooo thankful for because I found some holy grail products. The kit is priced at just $29 and it's a $52 value! It includes a brush, a travel size dry shampoo, a travel size dry conditioner (that's right, I said dry conditioner), and a cute shower cap to preserve your blowout. 

The travel size dry shampoo & dry conditioner are 1.3 oz and perfect size to throw in your purse for on the go. 

The dry shampoo is used to soak up oils when you're on that second or third day hair. It keeps your hair looking like it was just freshly washed and blown out. It smells so good too; like a clean scent. I've been looking for a dry shampoo (that actually works) for awhile! I've tried a few but none of them actually work. They all leave my hair feeling even more gross than it did natural with the oils or they don't smell good. This one gives me the best of both worlds by smelling good and doing it's job. 

The dry conditioner is probably what I'm most excited about. I've heard of dry shampoo before, but never have I heard of a dry conditioner and let me tell youuuu - my hair NEEDS some conditioning. Lately, I don't know if it was the cold weather or what, but my hair has been SUPER dry. The minute I spray this all over my hair it feels revived. It's super softening and smoothing and it also makes it 100 times easier to run my fingers through. It also claims to help detangle which I completely agree with. I seriously need a full size of this (or 3) in stock in my bathroom so I can douse my hair in this every day.    

This brush is also travel size which is, again, perfect to throw in your bag on the go. I love that it's bright yellow and it detangles very well without tearing a bunch of strands out. I have that issue a lot with brushes where they tug at my hair and rip out more strands than need be. This one is gentle and so cute!

The last thing in the kit is a shower cap. It's lined with a nice material, not just plastic. So it feels comfortable while it's on. I love the cute small "db" detailing all over it. It keeps out all the moisture when you're taking a shower so you can save that blowout for more than a day!

Overall if you're looking to try out the brand as a whole or you just need some traveling hair tools, this kit is PERFECT! 

Monday, January 18, 2016

Mini Drugstore Haul

So I started to run out of a few of my essential beauty products that I use quite often so I made a quick Walmart run to pick up a few things. 

I restocked on the Loreal Total Repair Damage Erasing Balm, the Hair Skin and Nails gummies and the Simple Micellar Makeup Removing Wipes. The new thing I picked up is the Loreal Lumi Cushion foudation and let me tell you I am sooo excited to test this foundation out. I will be wearing it all this week and updating you with a review on Saturday! So stay tuned for that because I've been seeing this everywhere lately so I'm sure a lot of people want to know whether it's worth the hype. Let me know what questions you have about it so I can answer them in my review :)

Thursday, August 27, 2015


I've been hoarding these empties for like 2-3 months now and I am finally sharing them with you! For those of you that don't understand what this post is about and are thinking, "Why would she post pictures of her empty products?" Basically it's just to let you all know what products I've used up and whether or not I would re-purchase them! But just to give you a heads up, these are pretty much all products I would repurchase because I don't usually tend to use things up I don't like. So let's diiiiiveeee in (Trey Songz voice lol). 

Hard Candy Glamoflauge Concealer
This is something I have already re-purchased right before I ran out because I love it so much. It is the most full coverage concealer EVER! If you're looking for a concealer to cover up tattoos, this is it. This covera my blemishes SO well and it's only like $6 at Walmart!

Bath and Body Works Endless Weekend Body Wash 
I love this scent. I took this travel size with me on a trip and loved it. I actually got it for free and if it's free, it's for me! But it's only $5 for this travel size and lasts a decent amount of time. If you take it on vacation with you, this 3 oz bottle should last you about 2 weeks. I would definitely re-purchase. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown
This is a staple, a holy grail in my makeup routine. I had to pick up a back up before this even ran out. Now that I'm blonde I really need to pick up a lighter shade but regardless this product is BOMB. 

Shea Moisture African Black Soap
This is great for acne prone skin, although it can dry your skin out pretty quickly if you're not careful. But this is pretty much the only thing that I've found that helps with healing my skin. I'm already on my second bar of this. This line had a ton of products for problematic skin that I still want to test out. 

Mositure Weightless Moisture
This was actually sent to me for PR and I legit went through this SO quickly. It came in handy for me because after I dyed my hair blonde, it's been really hard to comb out when I get out of the shower so this made it so much easier and made my hair softer. This will be a definite re-purchase for me. 

Freeman Beauty Charcoal and Black Sugar Mask
Sorry for the crazy looking packaging haha but I love Freeman Beauty products. They're inexpensive and effective. I believe this was $3 for this big tube! I used this as an exfoliant before using my cleanser. If I would recommend anything from Freeman it would be this. But for people who have sensitive skin, you may not like this because it is a little rough but it really gets deep into the pores. 

Boscia Makeup Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil
Sooo don't judge me, but I lost the cap to this lol. But this was another product that was sent to me for PR but lordddddd do I love Boscia for sending this. If they hadn't I don't know if I ever would have tried it and I would've been missing out big time! This works wonders taking your makeup off. It's gentle, doesn't tug or pull at your skin, didn't break me out, removes eye makeup easily. I haven't had a chance to pick this baby up again but I absolutely need to! 

Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer
Probably one of the most raved about primers on the market which is why I picked it up in the first place. I picked up the travel size one first to make sure I liked it and I actually ended up falling in love. It lasted me pretty long for the $18 price tag. But for the $56 or $72 price tag, I honestly wouldn't mind spending that because this product is worth it. It made my makeup stay in place and it smoothed my skin out. 

Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil
I purchased the Bronzer Wardrobe that TF had out for the holidays last year and this was one of the mini bronzers that was included. This one suits my fair skin tone best and it has just enough of a grey undertone. As you can tell from the picture, I used the heck out of this! I already purchased the full size because I cannot live without this bronzer! I would suggest this for all my fair skin girls out there. 

Boscia Luminizing Black Mask
This is a travel size that I got in a set called the Little Black Book. I'm so glad this was included because I've been dying to try this and I love it! You do have to be careful though because it legit like suctions onto your skin so when you go to peel it off, it can potentially hurt or make your skin red. It almost feels like you're ripping a layer of skin off lol. But if you put a thick layer of it, it doesn't hurt as bad. But I will say it definitely rips the blackheads and whiteheads out. 

Macadamia Deep Repair Masque
They recently changed the name and packaging of this product but I dont remember the name :( I'm sorry! But this is great for getting lucious, smooth hair. It brings moisture back into your hair. It's a little more on the pricey side, I believe $26-$32, but it's worth it. This was my second jar that I've gone through and I need to restock ASAP! 

LOreal Damage Erasing Balm
For those of you that don't like the hefty price tag of the Macadamia hair mask above, this is a GREAT alternative. It's only $5 at Walmart and works WONDERS. This really does work and it doesn't have any sulfates in it. After I ran out of this, I actually ended up picking up the blue one (I think it's called LOreal Moisture Lock or Moisture Repair) just to see if it was as good as this one so I'm testing that out now. 

What are products you need to restock on ?! 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Kenra Haircare Review

Kenra haircare, which can be found at Ulta/Ulta's website or Kenra's website, was extremely generous and sent 8 full sized products for me to try out and review. It took me a little longer than I expected to try out all of these products, because to be completely honest, I don't do my hair every day lol. But these products blew me out of the water. I'll get into specifics in a bit, but just know these are well worth it and all of them smell AMAZING. If I had to try to describe the scent, I would have to say it's like a fresh smell with a hint of a floral smell. Before I give my review, I just want to let you know my hair type is pretty fine and thin just so you have an idea of what types of hair these products would be good for.
Kenra Blow Dry Spray $13
Kenra Thickening Spray $22
Kenra Shine Spray $17
Kenra Thickening Mousse $22
Kenra Volume Mousse $16
Kenra Root Lifting Spray $16
Kenra Volume Spray $17
Kenra Design Spray $17

Kenra Blow Dry Spray: This product is from their Platinum line and I've heard soo many good reviews on this from YouTubers. But I don't tend to blow dry my hair too often, but when I tried this, my hair came out like I've never seen before. My hair was shinier and smoother, no frizz. This is their travel size which is 1.7 oz, but you don't need to spray a lot of product.

Kenra Shine Spray: I love that this is in an aerosol can instead of being a spritz because it's much easier for your hair to look greasy with a spritz bottle; whereas this just lightly mists your hair leaving it shiny and not greasy.

Kenra Thickening Mousse: This is another one of their products from their Platinum line and one that is specific to my hair type. Because I have fine/thin hair, the thickening aspect is very appealing to me. I don't typically use mousse on a daily basis, but instead of using heat on my hair, I tried this out by putting it in my hair and just leaving my hair natural for a day. I really noticed not just added thickness to my hair, but volume as well. This is perfect for people with my hair type.
Kenra Volume Mousse: As I've mentioned above, I don't use mousse too often, but this is very light compared to a lot of other mousse I've tried and it doesn't leave my hair feeling hard and crunchy like some other mousse does. I did also notice more volume in my hair. It looked fuller, but didn't feel thicker like the Thickening Mousse made my hair feel.

Kenra Thickening Spray: This is part of their Platinum line and oh. my. goodness can we just talk about how amazing this product is? Like I mentioned above, I have thin/fine hair so I was super excited to try this out. When I used this I just sprayed it onto my hair, combed it, and let it dry. It worked so darn well even  my boyfriend noticed! He was playing with my hair (which I love) and he said, "Wow, you're hair is starting to get thicker" and then I let him in on my little secret. So this baby is a hidden gem that I will cherish!

Kenra Root Lifting Spray: This product doesn't leave a white residue in your hair and it really gives your roots some volume. I would suggest this product for those of you that have fine or thin hair like myself.

Kenra Design Spray: This has become my holy grail. It is a hairspray, but it doesn't leave a sticky or crunchy feeling to the hair. If you have your hair curled, it's still very bouncy but it still keeps the hair in place. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone looking for a good hairspray.

Kenra Super Hold Finishing Spray: This one is the only product I was a little disappointed with. This is a hairspray but it's a little sticky and leaves your hair kind of hard. I wouldn't re-purchase this one, but the Design Spray I would definitely re-purchase.
7 out of the 8 products they sent me were incredible and 1 of them was unfortunately a flop for me. Overall, I would give this company an A+ rating because not only are their products great, but their customer service was as well. So a huge thank you to Kenra for your awesome products and customer service!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Past Hair Trends

Most of the time, when trends change, you don't really notice it's happening. One day something's really popular and an hour later it's on to the next big thing. It's really interesting to take a look back in time and see what used to be popular then as opposed to what's popular now. Sometimes you have to think to yourself, "What were they thinking?!" and other times you wish the trends would make their way back around, like they always do.

Flappers were popular back in the 1920's with their short bobs.

Finger waves became popular in the 30's which I think is such a classic, pretty way to do hair. 

When you think 1940's and 50's, pin up girls with beautiful victory rolls come to mind. Marilyn Monroe is an icon that comes to mind when 1950's are mentioned.

In the 60's, they must have believed the quote, "The higher the hair, the closer you are to heaven" because beehive hair was super popular. Thankfully that faded.

A middle part with either pin straight or wavy hair was popular in the 70's and sometimes the "hippies" would throw on a headband.

In the 80's it was all about teased hair with tons and tons of hair spray, think Madonna. I am so glad I missed that era. 

The 90's was Jennifer Aniston's year to shine with her famous "Rachel" hair cut that everyone wish they could get. 

I personally think of Kim Kardashian when I think of the 2000's with the big, loose curls and a middle part.

My favorite hairstyles are from the 40's, 50's, and 2000's.

Which were your favorite years?

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Tuesday Tip: Hair Growth

I know I've been doing A LOT of reviews on products lately and you're all probably tired of them, so today I'm going to be taking a break from that. And I feel like I may have possibly already done a post like this before, but a lot of people have been saying how long my hair is getting and asking how I did it so I figured I would give you some tips and tricks on what I did and things people have suggested as well. In the last 6 months my hair has probably grown about 8 inches. In August it was a little bit past my shoulders ans now it is about an inch and a half paat my bra strap. My ultimate goal is to get it tonmy waist so I am still following this routine to maintain healthy hair and promote growth.

First, I changed my shampoo and conditioner. If you've been following me for awhile, you're probably sick of me mentioning this brand, but Mane and Tail saved my hair! Literally. My hair was thin and short and wouldn't grow. Once I switched to Mane & Tail my hair started growing and getting some fullness back. If you're not interested in Mane & Tail that's okay, just use another sulfate-free shampoo & conditioner.

Deep condition once a week at most or once a month at the very least depending on your hair. I switched between L'Oreal's Erasing Balm, Lee Stafford's Hair Growth Mask, and Macadamia's Repair Mask. I really liked all 3, but my favorite is the L'Oreal one, plus the price is a more affordable for most people.

Use coconut oil. You can find this at your local grocery store or at GNC which is where I got mine. Do the coconut oil treatment before washing your hair. Put it in a bowl, heat it up in the microwave for a few seconds, then rub it in your hands and run it through your hair. Be sure to massage it into your scalp as well. Tie your hair up or put a clip in it and leave it in for an hour. When an hour is up, rinse your hair with water as cold as you can stand it (if you can't do cold water, warm water is fine) and shampoo then rinse. If it still feels too greasy from the coconut oil, shampoo it a second time and then condition. Your hair will feel like it's never felt before!

Don't wash your hair everyday. I know this is hard for some people because their hair can get really oily (I was one of those people) but I've actually trained my hair to not get oily and I can go like 2-3 days without washing it now . The oils your hair produces is actually good for it so if you're constantly washing them out it doesn't give them time to work properly.

Massage your scalp for 5-10 minutes a day. This will stimulate your scalp and promote hair growth.

Use the least amount of heat on your hair. I know we love curling and straightening our hair but if you want to grow it out or just get it healthy again, try putting it in a braid or a bun to keep away from the heat. If you absolutely have to use heat, be sure to use a heat protectant spray.

Take vitamins whether they're hair, skin, and nail vitamins or biotin or a multi-vitamin. Biotin is probably best since it stimulates hair growth, but any of them will work since you have to take care of your body from the inside out. Once your body is in balance, your hair grows faster. I personally do not like taking vitamins in the form of a pill because they tend to always come up 5 minutes later after taking them so the one's I used were Nature's Bounty Hair Skin & Nail Gummies.

Use a wide-tooth comb instead of a brush. When you brush your hair when wet, it is prone to breaking a lot easier.

Do not color treat your hair. The chemicals will damage the follicle and if it's bleach it will dry out the hair.

Drink lots of water. Water is the key to a lot of things; healthier hair, healthier skin, and a healthier you. Although it's hard to do, that's probably the best thing you could do.

I hope this has helped you and I'll be posting a picture of my hair progress shortly. 


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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Top 10 Tuesday

I saw this type of post on quite a few blogs and I thought it would be fun to try out! I can't take credit for coming up with the idea, but I hope you enjoy it anyway!

ELF Small Stipple Brush
I was a sponge-a-holic before I purchased this baby up! It is literally my baby. I paid $3 for this brush and I don't ever want to use a sponge again. I love the application for my foundation when I use this brush and for the price, you can't beat it!

Stila Stay All Day Liner - Intense Black
I've always used a gel liner. To be more specific, the one from Maybelline. But after awhile it would smear and smudge so easily that I started looking for a new holy grail liner. Needless to say, I found it! This felt tip liner is so smooth and easy to apply and like the name says, it stays all day! An absolute must have!

Now,  I have all 3 Naked palettes from Urban Decay, but this one is by far my favorite. Naked 2 shadows tend to fall all over my face instead of just applying to my eye and Naked 3 I like, but I don't love. I typically use the shadows in the Naked palette more frequently, especially the nudes.

This product has been so hyped and raved about I had to get my hands on it, so I did :) These colors are perfect for Fall. It's just a bummer that it was limited edition and some peopel can't get their hands on it without paying an arm and a leg. I hate limited edition products :(

L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara
I've been using this product for about four years now and during those four years I've tried other mascaras, but none of them gave me the fullness and length like this one. It is a great drugstore mascara!

L'Oreal Total Repair Mask
I've tried masks on masks on masks for my hair but none of them made my hair as soft and silky in one treatment as this one has. It is my new holy grail hair mask. I'm also a fan of the Macadamia hair mask, but price wise, L'Oreal takes the cake.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Rumor has it this product helps clear acne and get rid of those dreaded acne scars. Well, not so much a rumor. This is TRUE! I've been using it for about 2 weeks so far and already notice a major difference. I got mine at GNC but you can it at your local drugstore as well.

Indian Healing Clay Mask
Another highly raved about product that I had to get. It leaves your skin soft and smooth and sucks out all the dirt and grime. I would say it is almost a dupe to Glam Glow.

Freeman Mask (every single one of them!)
I have ever single Freeman mask that Ulta sells and I love every one of them! I have nothing more to say other than they are fabulous! For $3.99 for a mask that lasts awhile, they are a steal. Not all of them are shown here, but I suggest you go to Ulta and check out all of them because they are wonderful!

Neutrogena Makeup Removing Wipes
I'm in the process of looking for a new makeup remover, but for the time being, I'm still using the Neutrogena removing wipes which I do like, but I don't exactly LOVE. I don't feel like they take all of my makeup off, but I do like the easiness of just opening the package and swiping a towelette across my face.

Thanks for viewing!