Feb 8, 2013

Do Me Up, Dirty Girl

   Let's face it ladies, sometimes we're lazy. We don't shave our legs in the winter, we stay in our pj's all day when we can, and we eat straight from the ice cream carton when no one is looking. Guilty pleasures right? And I know, at least speaking for myself, that sometimes my hair can get pretty beastly. I go a few days without washing it and then suddenly I'm waking up for work with an untamed, bedraggled mess atop my head. For that very reason right there I have mastered a few styling tricks to wrangle the mess and make myself look cute and presentable, if I do say so myself.

   In my "Do Me Up, Dirty Girl" tutorials I will be showing how I style my hair when it's dirty. There are a wide variety of looks and the best part about dirty hair styling, is most of the styles take 10 minutes top! How's that for a lazy gal?

    The first "Do Me Up, Dirty Girl" tutorial is a boho, hippie style. I only used a few simple things: a stretchy headband (the kind joggers tend to wear), bobby pins, a clip and a regular comb (though a teasing comb would have been better). I whipped this style up with three day old hair that had been curled two days prior. I think the end result is very adorable, relaxed and slightly romantic. Perfect for work or a night out.



Feb 6, 2013

Tea Tree Review

   There are a lot of natural ingredient beauty remedies flooding…well, everywhere;  Pinterest,  Google, Facebook, Dr. Oz, and just about any other extension of the media you can think of. Some of the most popular are coconut oil, Burt’s Bees, sugar scrubs , among many many others. Today though, I wanna talk about Tea Tree Shampoo and Conditioner.

   I swear by Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree line. I just absolutely love it!!! Before I discovered this tingling, minty piece of beauty heaven I was never one of those girls that gushed over my shampoo or conditioner. I tried all kinds of lines from run-of-the mill drug store brands to top of the line professional brands. Nothing tickled my fancy, until Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree. We carry the whole line at my salon and I originally bought the shampoo for my husband but low and behold one day I ran out of my own shampoo and decided to give this a whirl. I’m glad I did!

   At the time I had just colored my hair back dark after annihilating it with bleach for upwards of six months and, even though I had cut a substantial amount of fried ends off, I was still pretty crispy. It was so bad the ends of my hair just flaked off when I brushed it, you could hear it. It was disturbing. Anyway, one fateful day I tried my husband’s new shampoo and I loved the fragrance (peppermint and eucalyptus) I loved the way it tingled and I loved the way my hair and scalp felt really, truly cleaned and refreshed when I was done. I was hooked. Within just a few weeks I could see and feel an improvement in my hair. I wasn’t shedding handfuls in the shower anymore, shine and luster had returned and my ends looked a little more hydrated. Although I was still using just whatever conditioner I had on hand, but the combination wasn’t working. So I finally decided to do the logical thing and try the whole line together like it was designed to be used.

   My hair improved even more! It gained even more shine and stayed soft and smooth when it dried.  It conditions deeply but doesn’t make my hair look or feel oily, not even after a couple days.  It pretty much worked a mini miracle on my head. The catch with it though, is it cannot be used every day. It’s not necessary to wash your hair everyday as it is, but some gals do. If you are one of them gals make sure you have an alternate shampoo to switch out with, as the Tea Tree can dry your scalp and make it flake if over used. On a scale of one to ten (ten being the best) I give this product a 10 for performance and an 8 for convenience, since it does need to be switched out for daily shampooers. 

Feb 5, 2013

Morning Ready

   Getting ready for your day can’t be done in silence. You need a cup of warm coffee, good lighting and some great sing-a-long tunes. Getting right outta bed (especially if you’re not a morning person) you don’t want a playlist containing songs that are going to assault your senses and rat your hair out for you. I’ve compiled a small playlist with some of my favorite laid-back, easy going songs. Some of them you may have already heard before, oldies but goodies they say, and others might be new but I hope either way they find themselves a way on to your personal Morning Ready playlists! Just click on the song title to listen to it via Youtube.
This is one of my new favorite singers I’m currently obsessing over. She has such a hypnotic voice and a retro feel to her. This song in particular is perfect to start your morning routine. It’s soft, giving you a chance to finish waking up but catchy beat that will get your blood flowin’.
             This cover is slowed and mellowed out from the original but a little of a pick-me-up from Lana Del Rey, and still catchy enough to get stuck in your head.
3)    Meet Virginia - Train 
             Another favorite band and one I can’t help but sing along with.
             An optimistic song hopefully promoting a bright outlook on your day.
              A great song that makes you wanna dance around like a fool. So much fun!
              Another positive song, you can hear the smile in her voice.
              A poppy little rap number
              They hum the chorus, it’s beautiful.
   Those are just a few awesome songs that are on one of my many playlists. I hope they inspire some of you out there and that they add a little pep and fun to your morning routines!