How To Hairstyles: Beach Waves Tutorial

18 November 2014

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If you're like me - you don't mess with your hair. I can't be bother more than half the time (more like more than 90% of the time) to even brush it. Not that I don't want to try out all those Pinterest worthy hair styles, I just don't really have a lot of "hair-doing" skills or the time to sit there with my super long and thick hair and try to tame it. So, I was actually a little hesitant to try out these products because I thought I'd make a total mess of it. I'm so glad I actually did try these out because I have fallen in L-O-V-E.

I love the way my hair looks curled, I think it makes the ombre look awesome but every time (I kid you not, EVERY FREAKING TIME) I curl my hair I get new burn which turns into a beautiful little scar. Also, it takes like an hour so we can just forget that. But, Conair came to my rescue when they allowed me to be a part of the #HeartMyHair project. Conair sent me to my local Walmart to find the InfinitiPRO 3Q Hair Dryer* and the InfinitiPRO Curl Secret*. Guys - this thing has changed my hair game forever. I'm going to show you my easy step by step guide to get some big easy beach waves that you can wear all year around. Not to mention this might be a helpful tutorial on how to use the Conair Pro Curl Secret seeing as how it can be a little overwhelming.

First, brush out that hair girl! Although I'm breaking my own rules here, it's always better to towel dry your hair first because brushing your hair while it's still wet can cause breakage. I use the Conair Velvet Touch Paddle Brush* which makes brushing all of my hair a much quicker job.

First things first, don't judge the serious faces - I was very focused. Secondly, don't even ask me what was going on with the half blink my left eye is doing. Moving on, using my Conair Professional Round Brush* and the fab InfinitiPRO 3Q Hair Dryer* I blow dried all of my roots in the opposite direction that I am going to wear them. Doing this adds volume that you might not notice just looking in the mirror but if you do a before and after - you can definitely see the difference.

Once you're hair is 100% dry you're ready to get down to business! Now, I'm not going to lie, the InfinitiPRO Curl Secret* is definitely intimidating at first but this thing is almost fool proof. Basically, you just take one clean strand at a time (no crazy flyaways or tangles, so smooth that strand out!) and place it across the chamber (almost like how you would start out straightening your hair) which is kind of just a little "v" shaped compartment. Then, you close the iron and you'll hear the little curler getting to work. It slowly draws the strand into the chamber and you will hear a series of beeps based on the settings you chose. For this look I chose 8 seconds each on high heat. Keep in mind, this is not as scary as it sounds, this thing is almost impossible to tangle your hair or get your hair caught in because as soon as it detects a tangle it stops, beeps at you and makes you try again. It also beeps to tell you when to release the chamber. Look how great that curl turned out!! It's SO easy and so fast. To see a short video on how I actually use the ProCurl Secret head over to my Instagram to check it out.

This is what the 8 second curls look like on my thick hair. Next time I will definitely go for the 12 seconds for some stronger curls. Also, I recommend curling your hair on what I call "second day hair" meaning you didn't just wash it that day. It seems to hold styling a lot better that way.

Next, I like to brush out my curls to kind of soften the look and make it seem more natural.

And voila! You're done. All in all this look took me about ten minutes at the very most. Like I said, I am in love.

All of these items can be found at your local Walmart and if you are the type of person who has the same hair curling problems I do, I would definitely recommend this. It's so quick and easy, it's basically mindless. Plus you don't have to hold the iron with two hands! Which for some reason I feel like is a huge bonus. So what do you guys thing? Anyone find the anti iron curling iron bandwagon interesting? Hope you all have a fantastic Tuesday!

Have A Warm And Cozy Weekend

14 November 2014

I hope you all have some amazing ways to welcome in Autumn this weekend because I will be spending it holed up at work freezing my little fingers off. HOWEVER, I am working nonstop this week because next week I am taking a little trip to... ALASKA!! Follow me on Instagram to keep up to date with all of my posts. Here are some links from the week, enjoy!

An interesting look at brand logos.

Oh my food.

I could not even tell this was Taylor Swift.

Oh, and I kicked off my Holiday Gift Guides again this week!

I have a boot problem.

A weird laugh.

A beautiful video making the rounds about an Ivory Coast cocoa grower tasting chocolate for the first time. One of those things that really puts things into perspective for you.

I know, Taylor Swift again but god I love her.

I love Anne Hathaway and I can't wait until this comes out.

Come to mama.

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Fall Beauty Picks

13 November 2014

Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm $59.76 / NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Train Bleu $25
Tarte Tres Chic Contour Palette $34 / Laura Mercier Fresh Fig Scrub $50
Butter London Lacquer in Cor Blimey $15 / Rita Hazan Breaking Brass Formula $26

We are WELL into Autumn here and the Pacific Northwest has settled into full on overcast drizzly misty fog mode. I dig it. I've felt kind of in a cosmetic rut lately and my little experiment with Leopard Print Makeup on Halloween sparked some inspiration so I made a little trip to Sephora to pick up a few of these items. Kind of like a Fall and Winter beauty wishlist. I picked up the NARS lip pencil which is now one of my favorite Autumn/Winter lip shades and also the Rita Hazan hair treatment which I'm still working out an opinion for. Do you guys ever find yourself reaching for similar products around this time of year? What do you guys recommend for Fall Beauty?

Wanderlust Wednesday: Japan

12 November 2014

Hachimantai Plateau
A volcanic terrace covered in scenic hot springs a landscape like this is some of what makes touring Japan unlike any other. The plateau is so slight this hiking spot is great for all skills levels. Also, a popular destination spot during the Winter this area is equally beautiful when covered in snow.

Light Festival at Nabana No Sato Botanical Garden
I don't know what it is but I'm a sucker for light shows, lantern fetivals, night markets. Anything that involves walking around in the dark being guided by whimsical twinkling lights, I just think it's a very romantic idea. This annual light festival boasts MILLIONS of little LED lights and the theme of the show changes ever year. I know it's touristy but sometimes I just don't care, I couldn't miss this one.

Cherry Blossom Viewing in Tohoku
Really, there are places all over Japan that are superb for viewing the beautiful Cherry Blossoms but the one at the top of my list is Hirosaki Castle. A castle surrounded by cherry blossom tunnels, petal filled rowboats, beautiful evening lights. I mean, how much more magical does it get?

Shirahone Hot Springs
Located in the Northern Japan Alps, the milky white spring water gets its color from the magnesium and calcium that occur naturally. Hot springs by themselves seem wonderfully relaxing and serene but come on, the Japan Alps? A beautiful getaway in a stunning setting.

Tokyo's Many Themed Restuarant
Not going to lie, the Alice in Wonderland themed restaurant really appeals to me. I had (and still kind of have) this weird obsession with Alice in Wonderland as a child. From the Queen of hearts decor to the hedge maze seating, everything about this screams Wonderland. Even the food is prepared to fit the theme. Hope they have those little "Eat Me" and "Drink Me" tags on things, I always thought those were so cute! Magic has to be real guys.

All Images C/O Pinterest

Holiday Gift Guide: Cozy Winter Must Haves Under $40

10 November 2014

Plaid Scarf $17.95 / Cream Snood $9.95 / Satin Pajama Set $24.99 / Snow Angel Bath Bomb $7.95
Faux Leather Shoulder Bag $29.90 / Faux Fer Throw $37.10 / Leopard Print Booties $30

My first Holiday Gift Guide of the season! Does anyone else look forward to Christmas shopping every year? I mean I start planning unique Christmas gift ideas MONTHS before it even starts to get cold here. We're talking like July. So, as my first gift guide I thought I would do a broad spectrum Winter must haves. Mostly random things that I actually want for myself now that the colder weather is rolling around. Still on the hunt for a perfect Christmas mug though. I have a crazy obsession with coffee mugs, my favorite one that I have right now is a more narrow matte black coffee cup that kind of tapers out from the bottom up and it's glossy red on the inside - kind of Louis Vuitton-esque if you will.

I hope you all are getting super excited for Thanksgiving festivities which are approaching RAPIDLY! Aside from being excited for Thanksgiving I'm also out of my mind psyched to be going to Alaska in two weeks to visit my sister who I haven't seen in months and I can't wait. I've always wanted to go to Alaska, I just hope it lives up to my expectations. Happy Monday friends!!
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