So, Whats Up With Your Hair?

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So, what’s up with your hair?


For the past year and a half, we have collectively given our hair a beating. If we didn’t bleach it out to white we were dip dying, ombre-ing it to death or changing out pastels quicker than a cotton candy dispenser. And guess what? It now feels like cotton candy. Too bad it doesn’t taste like it.


We need help- fast!


We could start fresh. Get our pixie cut on stronger than 1992. But, then we will bleach it to white and put left over Easter egg dye on it. (Yes, “we” do do that.) And the cycle begins again.


Why don’t we just stop? Take a minute, and condition. Not with unrealistic goals of instant bouncy shiny locks. That never happens. Lets have realistic goals of not seeing clumps fall out in the shower.


I recently made a discovery that saved my post ombre haystack. I put a bit of Kerastace oil in my dry hair then, ran a flat iron over it. Again, hair was dry. Never use hot tools on even remotely damp hair.


When we color or bleach hair we are opening up the cuticle to release keratin and pigment. If we do it enough times we have permanent holes in the cuticle. So, by sealing it with an oil, it refills those holes. This creates a smooth cuticle and shine.


There are several great oils we all probably already own. My favorite is Elixir Ultime from Kerastace. Another great choice is Morrocanoil for coarser heavier hair. If you have fine, delicate hair I recommend Moroccan Argan Oil Serum By Amica. It is the lightest of the oils I have tried and wont weigh it down.

What you shampoo and condition with in the shower is important too. Look for conditioners with fewer or no sulfates.


Right now I am addicted- ADDICTED I tell you to Kevin Murphy products. They are 100% sulfate and paraben free.


You can choose from a plethora of cures for dry breaking hair. My faves are Born.Again.Masque and, Angel.Rinse


Both conditioners leave my hair ultra silky and I am starting to get my bouncy shiny locks back. And, since Kevin.Murphy products come in super sleek pastel bottles and smell like yummy fruity flower scents, I feel like I practically have cotton candy hair anyway.


I have also decided to forgo any hair ties. It is so difficult but elastic hair ties (even the covered ones) put strain on already fragile hair which leads to breakage. Instead, try a softer approach like cute scarves or coated bobby pins (not the rusty ones sitting on your sink). Within a week or two, you will notice a lot less breakage.


So I (we) have a new goal. Long bouncy locks of fruity smelling sunshine just in time for summer!

Flawless Skin

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Flawless Skin 



Its what we all want right? So, what’s the secret to looking gloriously golden with a flawless complexion?


Less is more. Well, more or less. When seeking a luminous healthy glow some of us can literally wash and go. For most, that goes out the window when we hit 12. For the rest of us, we need a little help. And, with the bounty of products out there it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and ultimately disappointed.


So, I offer a step by step look at creating the dermis dreams are made of.


Step 1: I know, I know. No one wants to hear they need to stop smoking and drinking diet Coke. While I am at it, eat your vegetables! And, fruit. Drink lots of water, you will be thirsty when you stop drinking the diet Coke.


OK, now on to the fun stuff…


Step 2: Start with clean skin, not stripped skin. Use a gentle cream or mild wash.  If you are prone to break outs, still use a mild wash like Cetafil. Add a drop of tea tree oil to inhibit breakouts. Once a week a little Grape seed oil all over is amazing on all skin types.


Step 3: Moisturize! I love Alba Natural Hawaiian Moisture Cream. I use it before every makeup. I find it has a perfect balance of moisture and oil to perfectly prep the skin. And, at around $20 it is a great buy. Another makeup artist favorite is Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè.  Touted as the 24 hour miracle crème, its loved and used widely by those in the know.


Step 3: Conceal. I like to use a creamy peach or yellow toned concealer in the areas that most need coverage. Not just under the eyes but everywhere there is discoloration. The reason I recommend a creamy texture is when creating a flawless natural glow, there is no room for dry or cracking concealer.  Try Face Atelier Ultra Camouflage Duet (32.00). It comes with two shades to get your perfect match.

Step 4: Get the Glow.  Women who look like they are glowing from within don’t look greasy. So, to avoid over shimmering the skin, use a luminizer before your foundation.  Giorgio Armani beautys’ Fluid Sheer (59.00) comes in 6 shades of glow. Dab a little over the cheekbones, bridge of the nose and above the bow of the lip. 

Step 5: Finally, lightly apply a touch of foundation, just as needed. I am going to recommend a sheer natural finish. There is no need to over do the dew.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE Giorgio Armani beauty’s Luminous Silk Foundation (59.00). It blends effortlessly and a little goes a long way.  Another great option is Bobbi Brown Cosmetics’ Skin Foundation SPF 15 (46.00).


   With spring here, skin is in. And what a great way to start spring, with soft natural beautiful skin!