Saturday, September 13, 2014

{Feature} Own Your Bed Head | 5 tips to taming the mane

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"At Casper, we know that even the perfect mattress can lead to bed head."

Casper, a new mattress start up knows the perfect mattress leads to a good nights rest, but cannot solve the hair woes that come along with that.

Waking myself up in the morning is an absolute chore. This is a task that has always taken some work, my parents, younger sister, and husband all know the expended effort that goes into this. I love my bed, I love my sleep, and I love my tea. What I don't love is the time investment required to manage my hair after a nights rest. My hair falls just below the bottom most portion of my shoulder blade. Quite long and a bit arduous at times to manage. Simply wrapping or brushing my hair isn't enough and it needs some serious work for these locks to be presentable.

Here are some of my recommendations for conquering that bedhead and owning it as your own!

1. Is flat hair your problem? Spritz a bit of dry shampoo or dab a smidgen of dry hair powder into the roots before settling into your slumber. This will act to absorb any oil that might accumulate at night on your scalp, effectively cutting down the morning battle. Next, tie your hair up into a high bun with a soft elastic that won't leave a crease, like a scrunchie. In the morning take down the bun and brush out your hair. Add more dry shampoo as needed. This always gives my hair loads of body.

2. Going for a textured look is quick if you invest some time in the night before. Before resting for the evening, french braid your hair onto damp hair. After waking, gently let out the braid and run your finger through your hair. Finish with a light/flexible hair spray.

3. No time, running late, or just don't need the fuss? Gather your hair into a high pony. If satisfied then great! Leave it. If not, then from here you can either sock bun it and lightly dust over with some flexible hair spray. It's chic and polished and it looks like you spent some time on it. Or you can throw it up into a cute messed bun. Dress either up with some accessories and it will look like you took more time than you did.

4. Another quick fix is to throw that hair into a side fishtail braid. I love the texture and the versatility (depending on your patience ) of this braid. The best thing about fishtail braids is that they are messy, yet put together. After braiding the hair into a fishtail, tug on various sections to loosen up the brain. Again, you can leave as is, or dress up with a ribbon or bow.

5. Embracing your bed head is probably the least comforting, but easiest thing to do. Good thing its on trend. Brush out your hair and touch up the roots with dry shampoo. If you don't have enough body from just the dry shampoo, teasing some small sections around the crown and sides of the head can really amp up the volume! It's tousled, slightly seductive, and it's quick and easy. If you have extra time, run through random sections with a large barreled curling iron.

Visit Casper's Blog for some sleep tips and info!

I hope you enjoyed reading my hair tips! What are your recommendations for bed head?

Sweet Dreams,
Carolyn

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Battle of the Dry Shampoos

In my experience, finding the right dry shampoo can be tricky. I have tried many of the hyped ones only to have them not preform as optimally as they had been said too. I recall using a blonde tinted formula from Sally's back in the early days of my college career (scary) as my first foray into dry shampoos. It was so difficult to work with and didn't do anything to refresh my hair, not to mention the color from the blonde would settle all over my bathroom. When I decided to chuck that I moved to tried hair powders with no avail. Eventually, I went back to using an aerosol formula dry shampoos.

Tresemme, Got2B, Batiste, and Klorane, just to name a few, are some of the brands I tried. Of those my favorite was Batiste. This left my hair feeling refreshed and freshly scented (also, it should be noted it was very affordable and readily available). The only downside was a bit of a greying effect on the sports where I had distributed it and my hair seems more weighed down.

I wasn't entirely pleases and would switch back and to Batiste from other brands like TIGI and Not Your Mother's (NYM). I tried the two different dry shampoos from TIGI's Rockaholic and Catwalk series, they both required a lot of product to absorb the oil and reapplication was needed to keep my hair looking refreshed throughout the day. NYM dry shampoo worked well and I though that it my be my HG dry shampoo, light scent, not a huge greying effect and affordable, but it left my hair feeling sticky and heavy. I still wasn't satisfied so on chance in May I picked up Dove's Dry Shampoo and I am so glad I did.


Dove's dry shampoo, is a bargain coming to just under five dollars at check-out. Not only does it score point with my wallet (lol), but a reapplication throughout the day is not needed and it doesn't leave my hair feeling so weighed down. While I do have blonde hair, there isn't a noticeable greying/lightening/white cast with this formula. The scent is light and smells fresh. I feel that I have more body in my locks with this on. That said, it feels very weightless and soft while extending the length of my wash by at least another day... or three (unheard of). The only thing I would pick on is the fact that the product in the can doesn't seem to last to long, maybe 3 or 4 weeks, so I have been buying around one can per month.

In considering the right shampoo for you you must think of the finish you desire, the type of hair you have, the color, as well as the texture, all the while to achieve the perfect revitalized look for yourself. This has been my recent favorite and most affordable dry shampoo, after having searched for and trying many drugstore options. Of course I'd like the opportunity to try more dry shampoos, but this one will do for now!

My hair type: Thick, normal, combination oily, blonde

Have you tried this particular brand and formula? Do you use dry shampoos? If so what is your favorite dry shampoo?

XOXO,
Carolyn


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Empties #5

Another round to empties for today's post.  
Feels so goood.

Dove Cool Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner

I am so glad that this has finally moved out of my bathroom and into the recycling bin! I have had this shampoo for over 2 year. It was really hard to me to finish off because I very much disliked how my hair texture was after using them. It felt slightly sticky and not really clean. In the end of me trying to use up all of the combo, I started refilling my hand soap containers with a mixture of the two... which surprisingly worked and achieved both clean hands and cleared up space in my bath closet.

Neutrogena naturals purifying facial cleanser
I have a love hate relationship with the willow bark family. I can use it for about a week before my skin revolts and causes all my normal self-esteem to run away. I love the smell, the fact that it was "natural," and the length of the ingredient list. This is sadly not a repurchase for me due to my willow allergies.

OPI Nail Envy Original formula
Oh how I do love a good nail treatment and base coat. I think I've gone on about this before an I'll do it again if I haven't. This is a great nail treatment, 'nuff said. Seriously, there are other options of of nail treatments out there, but I really prefer this one, tried-and-true. It's low odor, last for a reasonable amount of time on the nail. The formula is recommended to be applied every other day when using as a treatment and to clean on the 7th day. I don't notice a discoloration or build up of color on the nail from the treatment regime or when using a color on top. My nails are visibly better looking, but that could be my diet...

Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder
I think that Rimmel, here in the US, is seriously underrated as far as drugstore beauty products go. I love their eyeliners (especially the kohls), lipsticks,glosses, and powders. This powder is very affordable and is great for finishing or setting your face and keeping most of the shine away.

L'Oreal Fresh Dust Dry Shampoo Texture Expert
Anna Runs With Scissors is an amazing hair artist, I'd love for her to cut and style my hair one day. I bought this after she professed her fondness of it, which I did not share. It just didn't work for the type of hair I have or how I like my hair to be styled.

So happy to have my bathroom closets and cabinets to be a bit more lighter after this post. Still more to come!

Have you used any of the products I mentioned?

Also, a big thanks to everyone who commented on my last post! I really enjoyed have a photo diary segment and I have a few more to come before my classes gear into full motion. Stay tuned! 

XOXO,
Carolyn

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

{Photo Diary}: New Orleans - French Quarter | Honeymoon Part 1












Recently, Q and I ventured out of our little bubble of a comfort zone and embarked on a major trip to Texas to visit my sister. Along the way, we made a detour to New Orleans as part 1 of our Honeymoon trip, to justify the splurge I suppose. We stayed in the Omni Royal Hotel located in the French Quarter district, and made our way around the different streets to Jackson Square to continue enjoying and exploring more areas. It's was a quick trip, but quite memorable. Q discovered a new taste to add to his palate, cajun food, and I gushed over the 18th century architecture which includes influences from French, Spanish, and American styles.

I hope you enjoyed me sharing my trip with you. If you have any questions about how I planned the trip or how you got around the area, feel free to ask! I researched a lot before we left.

Have you been to New Orleans? Do you have any other destination recommendations?

XOXO,
Carolyn

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Julep July Box


This is my final Julep box. I'm not thoroughly impressed with the quality of the service, that being the box itself and the customer service representatives.

Viki | Kelsey
Both of the colors are gorgeous to look at, but I find the formulas aren't. After a whole day of wear they each started to chip. The drying times of each were ridiculously long. I don't know if Julep reformulated since my last experience with them or if the more brightly colored formulas aren't the same, but to achieve the desired color level 2 - 3 coats were required. Effectively increasing the drying time. On a positive note, I do love the brushes and actual polish bottles, at least they got somethings right!

The body milk I received is lacking too. It doesn't seem to sink into my skin that quickly and leaves the applied area feeling sticky.

I'm ultimately disappoint in the quality and will be sticking to my beloved Essie's.

Have you any experience with Julep?

Box: Classic with a Twist $19.99
Bare Body Milk ($24.00)
Viki ($14.00)
Kelsey ($14.00)

XOXO,
Carolyn
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