Monday, August 26, 2013

Beauty: How To Style Short Hair (My New Style Story)


If you couldn't tell from the before-and-after above, I, as people would say nowadays "chopped my hair off." That's not all, though. It also dyed it just a bit darker! Basically I went to the salon because 1. my hair was getting way too long, and 2. I had a gift card for there. So I knew I wanted to go darker, and my stylist showed me a chestnut color with a tint of red, and a more brunette color. We decided to mix the color for a shiny, trichromatic result, and oo la la! I knew I wanted just a little below shoulder length, so that's what I got, with under layering for a little movement. It's a bit shorter than I imagined, but I can't go wrong with all of the celebrities rocking shorter locks nowadays such as Carey Mulligan, Miley Cyrus, and of course Anne Hathaway. I guess as my stylist said, she styled the "new me" for college. The keep up is easy with me moving away to college because demi-permanent shades actually last longer. I'll be sure to be using my color protectant shampoo!

So, now that my hair is shorter it's definitely easier to maintain - less drying time, sometimes even the natural shine and movement needs not to be styled. At least I can just throw on a headband or bow! However I ask myself, if I were to style it, how would I? Here's some advice for ladies with short hair and breaking the day to day drab!

1. All About the product
picture from crushbeauty.com

Just by teasing your hair with some sea salt spray, or texturing cream (I recommend Not Your Mother's), you can add some pizzaz! That's what so great about short hair - a little goes a long way. Not only can you tease it, but adding some dry shampoo at the tip adds volume instantly. 

2. Woah There Waves
photo from tumblr.com

Anne Hathaway flawlessly proves here that there's no length limit for wavy or curly hair. It adds movement to hair, making you instantly look sexy. You can do the ol' leave the braids in over night trick or break out your curling iron or wand to make loose curls. Do a side french-braid or add a headband for an effortless boho look.

3. Accessorizing is key!

 It's the ageless fix for either a bad hair day, or a fix for a boring look. A colorful or design-clad hair tie, bow, headband, or scarf is to go-to's for hair accessories. The best thing about hair accessories is the unlimited variety of styles you can pull off. Depending on the color scheme and pattern, you can pull off anything from edgy to boho to classy. And of course they work with all hair types - especially short! If your hair is straight or curly, the right accessory will pull the look together. 

Thanks for reading, I'd love to hear feedback about my hair! Do you have a similar story? Comment, below, email me, or tweet me!

Listen: One Direction - Best Song Ever 
             Red Hands - Walk Off The Earth

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Beauty: Effortless Beachy Waves

I'm at my beach house in Cape Cod for the week, soaking up the sun and letting the sea salt do it's wonders on my skin and hair. It's no secret that sea salt works wonders for our lips, hair, and skin if you look at the many sea salt/kelp-infused products on the shelves, from sea salt scrubs, lip scrubs, and sea salt texturizing spray. I just want to blog about the no-fail products I've been using this week to keep my main healthy and maintain the essential beautiful beachy waves, not the ones that crash on the shore. 

My armory of products:
  • Lush Solid Coconut Shampoo bar and Conditioner
  • Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Line: Sea Kelp Texturizing and Sea Salt Spray
  • Argan Oil Leave-In Conditioner
1. Lush's Solid Shampoos and Conditioner


It's no doubt that after our hair has been dunked in the ocean, the salt of the ocean has done it's job - dried it out. Our hands, legs, and definitely hair have zero hydration after the sun has dried it out. So, if you're showering after the beach, or even in the morning I highly recommend the LUSH Cosmetic's Trichomania solid coconut shampoo bar. It's Lush's most hydrating shampoo bar. Just rub it three times over wet hair in the shower and it will bubble up just like a normal shampoo. It smells amazing, combats dry and frizzy hair, and moisturizes like crazy! Rinse out and store in a cool, dry place or it will melt away :/. You should also check out LUSH's solid conditioner bars that are formulated for curly, crazy hair! The solid shampoos are perfect for travel. It's way easier than lugging a wet, sticky shampoo or conditioner bottle around.


2. Not Your Mother's Sea Salt Products
 

When it comes to post-beach hair care, or getting those Sel Gomez style beachy waves sans-sand, Not Your Mother's products take the cake! This whole week I've been using my texturizing cream religiously after I come home from the beach! Just leave your hair in a topknot or braid and lt it dry in it. Then, let your hair down and scrunch your hair with the cream, or spray the sea salt spray and scrunch as well. You'll get effortless beachy locks. I like the idea of using all natural ingredients such as sea kelp and sea salt. When you squeeze the cream in your hand, you can reassuringly feel the sea salt. The texturizing spray can be used year-round for hair that needs some sultry waves or extra hold. Both products are $5.99 at ULTA or sold in drug stores!

2.  

Don't just leave all the moisturizing to the conditioner and shampoo1 Argan oil and moroccan oil are the best known moisturizer for hair. Of course oily hair and skin is something to avoid, but the right amount of the the right type of oil applied to hair or skin can make it shine just enough and moisturize it! I apply a dollop of this argan oil and run it through my hair before I blow dry or air dry it, after my shower of course. It's just that extra bit of reassurance. I snagged this at TJ maxx for only $6.99!

So, there's my beachy waves regimen. Shower with the products, apply your oil of choice product, and sea salt it up after the beach. my last suggestion is to avoid using heat. Beachy waves are all about embracing the natural curls of your hair. Here's my beachy hair:

Before:

After:


 Hope you enjoyed, check back often!



Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Anaheim 2013 Lookbook

The most awaited long weekend of the whole year FINALLY came! I lovelovelove blogging but honestly I'm a YouTube girl at heart. Not only do I adore the staple makeup gurus from Zoella to MacBarbie07, but I also love all different types of YouTubers. I've made friends with many of them throughout the years and they're some of the best friends I could ask for. Here's my video recap of it!



Aaannd here are my OOTD's!

For both days I wanted to wear something stylish and comfortable for walking around for over 12 hours. So, I chose these adorable lace shorts in aqua from PacSun. They fit like a glove and are sososo soft. The tank top is too long for a crop top but too short for a normal length, but it's adorable and from Delias. I'm obsessed with the nebula smiley decal with studs. You can't see my shoes, but they're studded gladiators from Aldo.


Yet another functional and fashionable look. I'm a little too excited to be with one of my favorite gurus Bethany Mota (MacBarbie07) here! I'm wearing my camo and pink vans shirt and my purple distressed high waisted shorts from Urban Outfitters. 

I had a FABULOUS time with everyone! I will see you all again next year, to make it even better!

Listen:
Trojans - Atlas Genius
Safe and Sound - Capital Cities