My Sally Beauty Haul


Sally Beauty $45 Shopping Haul Giveaway Contest

Hey guys! Today I’m back with another post with Sally Beauty – excites! 

Sally Beauty gave me the challenge of spending $45 at one of their stores and see what I came up with. I picked some old favorites and some new goodies that I can’t wait to try out. I’m particularly excited about finding the Natural Multipack Babies by Ardell. Such good lookin’ eyelashes, and I don’t normally wear falsies.

FYI: Shop at your local Sally and get a FREE bag with your in-store purchase of $45! One of them is the cute gold tote shown above!

What’s more, if you enter to win my giveaway below, you’ll not only have the chance to win a $45 gift card of your own, BUT ALSO you’ll get a free beauty consultation from yours truly. So, you send me some information about yourself (maybe a photo, too) and I’ll select items from Sally Beauty under $45 that you can then go and pick up for yourself with your nifty new gift card. Neat, right?! How often are giveaway prizes tailored to the winner?!

Enter below! Good luck!

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There’s also a Pinterest Contest going on August 1, 2014 – August 29, 2014 that you can enter if you’re familiar with Pinterest!

The Ultimate Beachy Waves with Sally Beauty


Hey everyone! Today I have a very special post for you guys. (There’s a giveaway at the end!) I’m excited to announce that I’ve partnered up with Sally Beauty (one of my fave places to shop for nail and hair supplies). The partnership will celebrate summer and in this post I’m sharing with you how I get my beachy waves – especially with my medium-length hair. In future posts I’ll be challenged to go on a shopping spree with a limited amount of money – and I’ll share with you just how much I’m able to get for my dollar. And in my third post, one of YOU will get a personalized beauty consultation from me! P.S.–did you know that Sally Beauty is the world’s largest retailer of professional supplies? Who knew??

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Naturally Brightening Skincare Review



Hey guys! Today I wanted to share with you a new skincare range that comes from natural cosmetics brand Burt’s Bees. Not only have I been using Burt’s Bees lip balm since high school (when Accutane made my lips sore and chapped and needed constant TLC), but I’ve absolutely loved seeing how the company has blossomed into a full-range natural skincare line (with even a few cosmetics thrown in there too). So when they invited me to try their newest line, dubbed “Brightening“, I jumped at the chance, because with Daisy extract this range claims to treat hyperpigmentation in a 99% natural way.

Click play below to hear my initial impression on this all-natural, brightening skincare range.Read Post →

The French Milkmaid Braid Tutorial


As you may well know, I have been highlighting my hair for the better part of a decade. I have naturally ash blonde hair which just looks dull (or worse, dirty) if it isn’t brightened up. To keep my hair at its strongest, I’m always on the lookout for advanced technology hair care products that will restore my hair. I typically take a pretty proactive approach – I don’t wait until my hair is dry and brittle, I constantly maintain it with strengthening shampoos and deep conditioners. And I always use a heat protectant. Recently I’ve discovered the new line from Neutrogena® and I really like it–it’s called Triple Repair and consists of a shampoo, conditioner, and leave in treatment that works as a heat protectant up to 400ºF. What I really like is that this system is really nourishing and restoring, but it’s lightweight, which is perfect for my fine strands. It also claims to make hair 3x stronger after just one use. I’m all about instant gratification!


Milkmaid Braids

To celebrate my newly strong hair, I did a fun braid look that is a hybrid between french braids and milkmaid braids…so how about we call it the French Milkmaid?

  • My hair is shoulder length so after braiding the sides individually, I made a small ponytail in the center with the leftover hair.
  • I then pulled it into a tiny half bun (like you do when you’re going to exercise and don’t pull your hair all the way through the elastic).
  • I swept and pinned the braids over and under the center loop of hair.

It really looks much more complicated than it really was! (You’ll just need a lot of straight hair pins–not bobby pins.)




What do you think? I hope you like it!!

This post was brought to you by Pretty Shiny Sparkly, Refinery29, and Neutrogena!

Houston Meetup April 18th!

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I hope you get as excited as I am right now because finally we can do something we’ve been wanting to do for ages — a HOUSTON meet-up! It’s a wonderful opportunity for me to get to know many of y’all living in Houston (or heck, Texas). So much of the time I’m talking to you but rarely do we get the opportunity to meet face to face. And Dove and I are partnering up for a fabulous event with refreshments, in the style of pampering (would we have it any other way?) with prizes for everyone who comes, plus extra goodies during a live Tweet Q-&-A session! It will be so fun and I hope you can make it! The Walmart hosting it is off of I-10 in the Heights area (on Yale street) if you’re familiar. Hope you can come!!

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Non-Makeup Favorites


Hello lovelies! Today I’ll be sharing with you my favorites of the past month–those that aren’t makeup or fashion, that is.

Click here to watch those favorites! Lately I’ve been loving charcoal, so I’ve been obsessed with finding anything and everything charcoal-related. It does wonders for my skin without drying it out. Like nature’s little vacuum cleaner for pores! Daily I’ve been using the Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser to wash my face in the morning, and on a weekly basis I’ve been using the Bioré Self Heating One Minute Mask – which is a lifesaver for those of us without a lot of pampering time (or if you just don’t like the feeling of face masks for more than a minute).

I’ve also got a few other random favorites thrown in there so be sure and click on to watch the video below to see everything!Read Post →

Keeping Haircolor Fresh


I have been highlighting my naturally ash-blonde hair since I was a freshman in High School, and although most of the time I’ve only trusted my hair to the pros (after a few at-home box-dye scares in the late 90′s) I’ve been really impressed with just how great DIY hair coloring has become. All the more intriguing are at home salon-quality glazes/glosses, which John Frieda pioneered.Read Post →