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Showing posts with label tips. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tips. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Tips and Tricks for Sleepless Nights: Guest Post

I have a guest post for all of you night owls like myself. Have you ever stayed up too late knowing you had to be up really early in the morning for class, work, or a meeting? Not sure how to look more awake like you actually got a full 8 hours of sleep? Once you read this, you'll thank me! Alight came up with some incredible tips and tricks for sleepless nights. Here it is:


"The tossing and turning of a sleepless night can make for a cringe worthy appearance in the morning. From bags under the eyes to dull skin—our appearance takes a beating when we don’t get enough shut eye. Take a look through our collection of  DIY remedies and transform your sleepless skin, making it appear as if you had 8 restful hours of snoozing. A quick application of aloe vera under the eyes or a dab of almond oil on the face are a couple of the easy DIY remedies to wake up your appearance.

On top of natural treatment there are numerous skin and make-up tips that can help you achieve a well-rested look. From applying moisturizer to plump cells and reduce dryness, to avoiding heavy makeup that may dull skin—there are many steps you can take to keep your face looking refreshed."

 

 
Courtesy of: Alight

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. 

XO,

Blog Obsessed

Friday, October 24, 2014

Sephora Scoop

I was just browsing the internet and came across literally the best thing I ever read! For those of you that are newbies to Sephora or don't necessarily know the in's and out's of the wonderful beauty retailer, you absolutely NEED to read this. It is 21 Secrets About Sephora and let me tell you, there are some amazing tips and deals that you can use to your advantage. Thank you Sephora for all your great perks and customer service and kudos to the author of this post. We salute !

XO,

Blog Obsessed

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

How I Lost 30 Pounds in Less Than 6 Months

I used to hate when I would ask people how they got so small or how they lost weight and they'd say, "I honestly don't know, I wasn't even trying" - BUT, in my case, this is exactly what happened. I was a freshman in college weighing 130 pounds, it was the most I've ever weighed since EVER! Please realize 130 pounds is NOT fat in ANY WAY so please don't think that's what I'm implying, but I was always very small, petite, and involved in sports so this for me was unacceptable.

I'm not one to workout just to workout, I have to be doing something that I don't realize I'm working out, or else you can forget it! I eat everything I want (this includes fast food, candy, and chips) and my job doesn't require much movement. So how in fact did I do it? Now let me start off by saying that I am not in anyway a nutritionist nor a health expert, this is just what I did myself to lose weight.

When I say "I wasn't trying to lose weight", I mean I wasn't planning out meals, I wasn't going to the gym, I wasn't on any sort of diet, I didn't starve myself; I just made healthier choices as far as eating at certain times, not eating when I wasn't actually hungry and stopped drinking sugar filled drinks. I went to college the end of August and by mid-November I had lost a significant amount of weight. So here is what I did:

One. I stopped eating so late at night. This was a hard one for me! But I got myself on a schedule so I wouldn't eat late. The latest I would eat is between 6:30 P.M. and 7:00 P.M. but NO LATER! If you absolutely cannot go without eating something one night, eat something small; grab a piece of fruit or some yogurt. Eating later helps you feel full and satisfied when going to sleep, especially those of you that don't get to sleep until after midnight like myself. This causes fat to build up because the food, especially carbs and sugars, just sit there and get stored as fat. Unless you wake up at 5 A.M. every morning to work out, eating late is a no-no! But you'll never catch me waking up that early to work out. First, I'm NOT a morning person and second, working out just isn't my thing. So, refrain yourself from eating past a certain time and this will help you to get on a regular eating schedule.

Two. I stopped eating when I was bored. When I was bored and my stomach was telling me to eat, I'd ignore it and do something to take my mind off of eating something out of boredom. Too often we eat because there's nothing else to do. It's like smoking a cigarette, people do it out of habit more often than not because of the hand to mouth motion - same goes for eating.

Three. I ate smaller portions and more frequently. So you're telling me you ate more often? Yes! Instead of eating my regular size bowl of cereal, I'd eat half of what I'd normally eat. Instead of having 100 chips (exaggeration) I'd have literally just a handful. I usually tell people to eat half the size of what they would normally eat when it comes to portions. Instead of having three huge meals that fill up the entire plate, I would eat small things throughout the day. I would eat something for breakfast, then maybe two hours later eat a handful of dried fruit or gold fish. I would then eat lunch and have another snack and then I would eat dinner around 5:30 P.M. and have a snack about an hour later. Of course there were nights I would feel hungry going to sleep, but eating breakfast in the morning helped so much! I used to ignore the commercials and lectures about how important breakfast is, but honestly when I eat breakfast, I feel like my day goes by so much smoother and I'm more energized.

Four. I drank water religiously. Water is your absolute best friend in this case. Drinking water throughout the day makes you feel full so that you're not constantly munching on things, but be prepared to run to the restroom about a million times a day.

Five. A little excercise doesn't hurt, even if it's for 20 minutes! I was a cheerleader in college, so I guess you could say I had some form of excercise, but like I stated, I didn't realize I was working out. It's not like I was going to the gym to make intentionally to run or lift weights. I was on a team so it was something I enjoyed doing. Personally, I didn't think this had too much of an effect on my weight loss because I really noticed myself losing weight after football season was over, but I just figured I'd mention it just in case.

So let's recap: stop eating late at night, stop letting boredom control your eating habits, eat smaller portions, drink lots of water, exercise if you want.

Thanks for reading. If you have any questions, feel free to comment or email me at blogobsessedxo@gmail.com.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Healthy Hair Tips

If I knew all the tips about maintaining healthy hair then that I know now, I would have the most luxurious, long locks ever! But instead, I was careless about what products I put on my hair or how much heat I used. Not saying my hair is damaged, because the last time I went to the salon they told me my hair was actually healthy, it just needed a trim (which is what I was there for), but it could be healthier, thicker, and longer in my opinion! For healthy hair, here are some tips I've learned over the years:

1. Use minimal heat and when you do apply heat use a heat protectant spray prior to using hair tools that have heat! The one I use is by John Frieda called Frizz Ease Heat Protectant Spray. I simply just mist this all over my hair, then comb through before blow drying, flat ironing, or curling. There are also alternatives to styling your hair with heat. Instead of straightening, curling or blow drying - put your hair in a braid, put it into a bun, or throw some serum in your hair to make it shine and rock the natural look and throw a head band on if you don't want your hair in your face.



2. Stop pulling your hair back so tight. It doesn't need to be glued to your head to look nice. Natural looking is always better. Pulling it back so tight is how your hair line starts to receed over time and no one likes a 5-head. Get with it, girlies.

3. This is more of a superstition than a tip, but I was told to trim your hair depending on the phases of the moon. By doing this, it helps it grow longer and stronger. I was told to only cut your hair on a full moon, but after doing some research, it appears that trimming your hair during a new moon is more beneficial to those trying to grow their hair out. I only trim mine about every 5 months because I noticed when i was trimming it frequently, I was just cutting off the growth of my hair.




4.Take a multi-vitamin or a hair, skin, and nails vitamin. I personally take the Hair, Skin, and Nails Gummies by Nature's Bounty at Walmart for $4.92. It is recommended to take 2 a day based on a 2,000 calorie diet and there is 2,500 mcg of Biotin in these gummies which is great! Biotin plays a major role in hair and nail growth and repair.




5. Hair is made of a protein called keratin. Because your hair is made up of protein, why not include protein in your diet? That would only make sense! So be sure to be eating a well balanced diet with protein included.

6. This is something that I was completely guilty of, as I'm sure many of you are. Brushing your hair when wet is an absolute NO! Do not do it as it causes the hair to break which in turn can cause more dreaded split ends. I know some of your hair may be hard to manage after a shower, even after conditioning, so instead of trying to yank out those awful knots, use a detangling spray and a wide toothed comb. The two I've used are the John Frieda Frizz Ease Daily Leave-In Conditioning Spray ($5.99) which now has a newer bottle than the one I have, but it is the same product. I also use the Mane and Tail Detangler which is $5.29. 

7. Use sulfate free hair products. Sulfates are found in household cleaning products and I'm don't know about you, but I wouldn't want to use household cleaning products on my hair. I never used to put too much thought into what shampoo and conditioner I used, I would just pick one that smelled good, but for the past year I've been using sulfate free shampoo and conditioner. One of my previous posts is about Mane and Tail, which is the sulfate free shampoo and conditioner I've been using. For the full review, please click on the link.
8. This is a new one for me - put a protectant on your hair to protect it from UV rays from the sun. I personally have not done this yet, but it is definitely a good idea. The product for this that I've heard good reviews for is Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil for $28.00. The only reason, and I mean absolute only reason, this made sense to me is the way it was described to me. The way this tip was explained to me was as follows, say it is 100 degrees outside with the sunshine shining and your hair is down with no protectant. Now think of having your flat iron or curling iron at 100 degrees on your hair for hours at a time. Definite damage, right? I think this is such a good tip to start getting in the habit of, including myself as well. The sun doesn't only cause damage to skin, but hair as well. Keep your hair protected the rest of this summer :)


Thanks for viewing! Feel free to comment, suggest, and request!

XO,

Blog Obsessed

Monday, July 28, 2014

Favorite Nail Polish Colors

Here are some of my favorite nail polishes throughout the seasons!
For Spring and Summer, I usually go with pastels and sometimes when I'm feeling daring, neons. The Fresh Paint nail polish I purchased from 5 Below. They usually have a sale for buy 3 for $5 and I absolutely love their nail polish! It's not thin like most cheap nail polish. The PINK brand I purchased from Victoria's Secret where each bottle is $10, but right now they are having a sale for 2 for $12 or 4 for $20! The brand Pure Ice I purchased from Walmart which was only $1.97!

Pom-Pom comes out in such a baby pink and the picture of the paint does not do it justice! The picture makes it look like a lot darker pink than what it really is.

My absolute favorite polish is the Papaya. This picture makes it look more of an orange color, but it's actually a beautiful coral color. I'm running out of this color because of how much I use it and I can't find it anywhere to get a new one! *sad face*

The Victorias Secret PINK nail polish line has beautiful colors! The one I chose for spring/summer is a mint green which is one of my favorite colors! Personally, I think this comes out a little too light, so you have to use quite a few coats to get the desired look, but it's still a really cute color. 

The bright, neon pink, High Voltage is beautiful when you're feeling bold! This very bright color is perfect to stand out in the summer sunshine.

The Bonna Blue color is such a pretty baby blue. It's actually what I have on my toes right now (until tomorrow when I go get my nails done and a pedicure). It reminds me of Essie's Bikini So Teeny.

The Honeydew color is almost like a lime green, but a lot more toned down so it isn't in-your-face bright! This is perfect if you want a bold color, but not too bright.

From Left to Right: Pom-Pom, Papaya, I Kissed A Surfer, High Voltage, Bonna Blue, Honeydew





These are some of my nail polish picks for the cooler seasons, Fall and Winter. I tend to go with darker colors in the colder months.

Grapevine Goddess is a deep purple that has a bit of sparkle entwined with it. I know it looks almost black in the picture and you may not even be able to see what brand it is, but it is by Fresh Paint. Even though it looks extremely dark, this color comes out in such an iridescent, shimmery purple.

Delicious by Fresh Paint is a gorgeous deep red for when you're feeling sexy. I always thought red was such a sexy, mysterious color :)

Blue My Mind by PINK is a royal blue and oh my goodness this color is perfection! I am obsessed with royal blue ANYTHING!

Coach Ella is a nude color which is such a classic in my opinion. Nude nails are ALWAYS acceptable!

Siren by Pure Ice is more of a bright, fire engine red. This is such a beautiful red and would go with a great red lip!

From Left to Right: Grapevine Goddess, Delicious, Blue My Mind, Coach Ella, Siren




These two colors are awesome for an accent nail, or to go over top of another color. Whether you're more of a gold girl or a silver girl, these would go great on your nails as an accent and they'd go great with your gold/silver jewlery.

Bling It is more of a nail polish to go over top of another color for a little pop of glitter. It doesn't have the consistency to cover an entire nail without leaving white spaces, but with enough coats I assume it's possible.

After Party could definitely be used for a gold accent color. I truly am in awe with this color and how thick and rich it is. There isn't an overload of glitter, so it isn't an overwhelming glitter color, but it has the consistency to cover the entire nail.

From Left to Right: Bling It, After Party





Thank you so much for reading :)

XO,

Blog Obsessed