August 16, 2014

Part II: Current Hair Care Routine (No Heat)

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Part II:
Deep Conditioner:  Aka time for super smooth hair!  I like to deep my condition once or twice a week.  It really depends on if I have been using any heat on my hair.  I deep condition my hair with Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque ($25).  A little goes a long way!  I take a small scoop of the product and just work it into the ends of my hair.  I turn off the water and shave during the 8 minutes that I let the deep conditioner soak into my hair.  Once the 8 minutes is up, I rinse out the deep conditioner with cold water.

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Leave in Treatment:  When I get out of the shower I like to gently towel dry my hair and then run a large toothed comb through my hair.   I squeeze about a dime to quarter size amount of Andalou's Smooth Hold Styling Cream ($9.95).  This product really helps me to achieve a smooth texture with my hair and fight frizz.  I then let my hair dry naturally!

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Finishing Touches: Once my hair is dry I like to spritz a bit of Rene Furerer's Extreme Shine Gloss Spray ($23) on my hands and then apply it lightly to my hair.  It really keeps my hair shiny and in place.

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Clarifying Shampoo:  Because I use a few products, product build up tends to accumulate on my scalp eventually so I like to shampoo my hair about twice a month with clarifying shampoo to get rid of this build up!  I use Suave's Daily Clarifying Shampoo ($1.49)  because it isn't as harsh as some other clarifying shampoos out there.

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So that's my haircare routine for now!  It's pretty simple and not too expensive.  I'll keep you guys posted when I change it.  What hair care product can you not live without?

August 15, 2014

Searching for the 'It' Bag

I'm sure you are all familiar with Celine's Luggage Tote.  You've probably seen it on every celebrity. Previous 'It' bags have included the Alexander Wang Rocco, Mulberry's Alexa bag, and the Proenza Schouler PS1bag.  But don't you ever wonder what the next "It" bag could be?

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When I first saw the Smythson 1887 bag, I knew that it had the potential to be an 'It' bag.  The bag was launched this year.  It was named '1887' to commemorate the founding year of Smythson, a British brand of luxury leather goods. 

The timeless bag features a clean shape and roomy interior.  It's no wonder it's been seen on celebrities including January Jones, Jessica Alba, and Poppy Delavigne!

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Who knows if the 1887 will ever receive cult status a la Celine Luggage Tote, but I think it's a pretty fab bag!  What do you think will be the next 'It' bag?

August 13, 2014

Part I: Current Hair Care Routine (No Heat)

A great hair care routine is essential!  I do like to switch up my products from time to time just because I'm such a big product junkie.  Right now, I have a hair care routine that I've been using for a few months and I've been absolutely loving the results so I thought I would share.  My current routine is a no heat routine because I want to maintain my hair as healthy as possible.

Natural Oils: I try not to wash my hair everyday (I aim for every other day) so as to let the natural oils soak in and do their job to nourish the scalp and hair.  On a day when I haven't washed my hair I take whatever brush I have on hand and evenly distribute the oils from my scalp to the rest of my hair.  

Shampoo and Conditioner:  I'm really into natural hair care.  There are a lot of products that I don't want to have in my shampoo or conditioner because they really just aren't good for the hair (I'll do a blog post on this soon!)  My favorite products come from the 2Chic line by Giovanni.   I opt for the Avocado & Olive Oil Ultra-Moist Shampoo and the Avocado & Olive Oil Ultra-Moist Conditioner ($8.99 each).
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I wash my hair with shampoo as one normally would.  Then, if I'm not deep conditioning, I'll apply some conditioner onto the ends of my hair (I avoid the scalp area) and let it sit in my hair for about 2 to 3 minutes.  Then I rinse it out in cold water.  Cold water smooths your hair cuticle thus making the hair appear shinier and healthier.

Since this post is already quite long, I've broken it down into two posts.  Click here for Part II!
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