MY HAIRCARE ROUTINE

MYHAIRCAREROUTINE

Hey ladies! I recently chopped my hair off in an effort to get my hair super healthy! My hair was completely fried and uneven due to breakage (caused by over-processing my herrr!). I was getting really sick of clip-in extensions all the time to make it presentable. P.S. I went to Viva Salon here in Las Vegas and saw Vanessa. I’m going back to her soon for ombre!

In addition to cutting my hair, I have an all-new hair routine in place and it’s working wonders so far, so I thought I’d share!

hair supplies

Redken Frizz Dismiss – Redken recently sent me a few items from their Frizz Dismiss line and I was super excited! I use Redken Anti-snap and tone with 9NB (Irish Creme) so I already love Redken.

I’m super impressed with how moisturizing this line is without being greasy. You only need a very small amount of product to get the job done. Not to mention it smells amazing. I highly recommend all three and they’ll last you a long time!

Olaplex #3 – Olaplex is relatively new line that is geared towards professionals. It was recommend to me by a couple friends who love it. It works by strengthening the bonds of the hair. Olaplex #3 is the retail product for consumers. I got mine at Cosmoprof but you can purchase from Amazon.

It’s a lot runnier than I thought it would be. Apply to towel dried hair and comb through. Let it sit for at least 10 minutes before rinsing, shampooing and conditioning the hair. Some people like to put this on their hair overnight and have a lot of success doing that, but the folks at Olaplex don’t recommend it so I’ve just been using this once a week as directed on the bottle. My hair feels like silk after rinsing out.

High Potency Biotin – I picked this Biotin up from Amazon. I chose those one specifically because it a liquid gel capsule, which from what I’ve read – absorbs more easily. It’s also infused with Coconut Oil and I have a love affair with Coconut Oil already so yeah. I’ve been taking this for around 3 weeks so far and I feel like I see an increase in the speed of hair growth. The biggest improvement I’ve seen from it is in my nails. The are much stronger and grow a lot quicker.

Wella LuxeOil Keratin Restore Mask – A hairdresser friend of mine recommended I try this. The first thing I noticed was how AMAZING it smells! I leave this on my hair for about 10 minutes after shampooing, in place of conditioner.

I plan on purchasing the LuxeOil Reconstructive Elixir next. My hairdresser friend said if you mix the oil and the mask, it makes an amazing treatment.

Coconut Oil – I do my absolute best to avoid washing my hair everyday which usually amounts to 2-3 times a week. The night before I plan on washing my hair, I put raw coconut oil all over my hair, really focusing on the tips. Then I wrap it up into a little bun and go to bed.

It surprisingly washes out very nicely with no grease left behind and leaves my hair feeling hydrated. Just be sure to write “FOR HAIR” with a big fat marker on the container so nobody uses it to cook with.

 Haircut Lob

SUMMER NIGHTS + LIFE GOALS

HIGH ROLLER LAS VEGASOUTSIDE THE LINQ

THE LINQ LAS VEGASTHE LINQ, LAS VEGAS

The linq las vegasTHE LINQ, LAS VEGAS

The LinqTHE LINQ – LIKE A MINI BELLAGIO FOUNTAIN!

Yard House The Linq Las VegasYARD HOUSE AT THE LINQ, LAS VEGAS

This past weekend I had my mom, sister, nieces and nephew staying with me. We went down to The Linq, which is a newer spot in Las Vegas. I love going there because I don’t think it’s as hectic as other parts of the strip but you still get a lot of people watching.

Yard House is my jam because they have so much variety and the Elderflower cocktail is bomb dot com. Don’t fall for the Sprinkles cupcakes trap. I was obsessed with the idea of a Cupcake ATM but I might as well have bought an edible rock.

I’ve been on the High Roller before, so if you’re thinking about going on there my only advice would be – make sure you’re cool with being that high in the air. Like really though, once you think you’re at the highest level it could possibly be, it just keeps going higher. There’s really a lack of seating for the amount of people inside, so if you’re afraid of heights and are stuck standing like I was, you’re in a bad way my friend.

Wanderlust Beach Island in the Sun CandleWANDERLUST BEACH – ISLAND IN THE SUN CANDLE

Caprese SaladCAPRESE SALAD I MADE FOR A BBQ AT MY HOUSE
Mariah Carey Concert VegasMARIAH CAREY WITH SAMANTHA ♥
Mariah Carey Concert in VegasMARIAH CAREY CONCERT AT CAESARS

This Saturday, Sandra and I are launching Wanderlust Beach. This has been a true labor of love for us both. We have been testing and creating for well over a year now. While the launch may appear small on the outside, we have experienced ups and down to get where we are today with it. We are talking products that have been created and failed so badly, logos that have come and gone, etc.

Throughout this process, I’ve learned a lot. Don’t quit when things get tough. When you hit a bump in the road, that doesn’t mean you should abandon that road. It means you need to build up your strength and keep going. Learning from my mistakes has been the best teacher.

Above all, the most important lesson I’ve learned, it’s better to start small than not at all. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told myself I wanted to do something but had to wait until it was perfect. At one point, I had told myself that I needed to be in better physical shape before launching my own business. I mean, seriously? How do you figure?

Year after year will go by and you will accomplish nothing if you wait for the perfect moment. There is no such thing as the perfect time. You’ll always find a reason to wait. In reality, I have found myself throughout this process of forcing myself to start working on my dreams. This blog is one of those dreams.

When I first started blogging, this was strictly a beauty blog. I have no expanded into more of a lifestyle blog, a conversation of sharing my favorite things and my life with you. I find myself wanting to blog more because the topics aren’t forced.

On that note, I hope you’ll check out our website when we launch this Saturday. I’m working on a really amazing line of (can’t tell you yet!) that I’m really passionate about and feel that it will really be my focus. I’m hoping to launch it towards Christmas. I’ll keep you updated ♥

BITS OF MY LIFE + MY JOURNEY WITH MINIMALISM

Hey babes☪

This past week I read a really life changing book. Like one of those books you recommend to every person in your life.

Like I mentioned in my post about feeling like I finally understood who I was, I was ready to start improving all the parts of my life I haven’t felt fulfilled in. The first one being, start getting really organized. This is something I’ve always tried to do but never fully devoted myself to it but this time I was ready for a concrete lifestyle change.

I had saved The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up to an Amazon wishlist a while back. Since it had amazing reviews, I checked with my local library and they had it on kindle to borrow, so I didn’t even have to purchase it.

life changing magic of tidying up

<side note: libraries have been my obsession this year. If you’re a big reader like me, don’t spend money on books unless you absolutely have to>

Anyway… long story short, this book changed my life and in more ways than just tidying up.  Suddenly, I also wanted to start working out more often and work extra hard on my company.

The author is a “tidying consultant” in Japan and focuses mostly on minimalism, rather than storage solutions. If you don’t own a bunch a crap, you won’t have a difficult time keeping things organized.

While I HIGHLY recommend you read the book, here are a few tips I took away from the book.

TIP #1 – Get rid of crap you don’t absolutely need. The author gives tidying a very spiritual meaning. She tells you to start with clothing, move to books, etc. With each piece of clothing, hold each one up to you and if it doesn’t spark joy, get rid of it. By the end of the process, you will only be left with items that ignite a special feeling, leaving your home to feel amazing. I have only done this process with my clothing closet and beauty products so far. The amount of clothes I purged was unreal. I actually felt like I had MORE clothing than before because I could actually see it all so I’m more likely to wear everything.

TIP #2 – There needs to be a place for everything. This sounds like a given, but do you actually have a permanent resting place for everything in your home? Do you have a special spot for q-tips, car keys, your bracelet, etc? Find a permanent spot for everything and cleaning will be as simple as putting the item back to its permanent spot when you’re done using it.

TIP #3 – Learn how to fold clothing properly. It almost sounds offensive, it seems so easy. But seriously, once I learned how to follow the author’s folding technique, I was absolutely giddy. Her method allows you to view all of your clothing upon opening a drawer. I still store my coats, robes, bikinis, slacks and nice blouses in the closet on hangers, but all tshirt, tanks, shorts, jammies, etc can be store in drawers.

Honestly, there are so many more tips I could share, so just read the friggin’ book. You won’t regret it. It’s such an inspiring read.

tidyinga small portion of the clothes I purged.
jeans drawermy newly organized jeans drawer.
shirts drawershirts all organized for easy visibility

epic weekend

Wanderlust Beach Candleswanderlust beach candles
kale salad

>>kale salad<<
Massage kale in fresh minced garlic, olive oil, fresh lemon juice and freshly grated parmesan.
Top with red onion, pine nuts and bleu cheese bits.

healthy fridge>>what my fridge is usually stocked with.<<

I like to use salsa for dressing, eggs on ezekiel for breakfast, fresh fruit for snacks and ALWAYS fully stocked on La Croix. (I try to avoid soda as much as possible) I’m also really into the Suja juices from Costco. It’s a really excellent buy compared to the Suja at Whole Foods.

Thanks for reading 😉

SANTA BARBARA WEEKEND + BOLD SUNLESS + GIVEAWAY!

Santa Barbara, CA
Union Ale, Santa Barbara, CA
Union Ale, Santa Barbara
Union Ale, Santa Barbara

 

I headed to Santa Barbara last weekend with some friends to spend the weekend with Sandra. We had a really awesome time and went out Saturday night. We went to Union Ale, Casa Blanca, the pier and Whiskey Richards.

On Sunday, we had breakfast at a local golf course. It was so beautiful! It’s really breezy outside, so the cafe provides blankets at each table. What a nice touch!

 

SB
Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara, CA
bold sunless

I’m a big sunscreen person and love using sunless self tanners. Since I knew I’d on the beach in Santa Barbara, I sprayed myself the morning of my road trip with BOLD Sunless Self Tanning Mist. This was actually the first time I have tried this tanner and the first time I’ve ever used a tanning mist (I usually stick to lotions). It seemed like it kept developing all day and I got a ton of compliments at how good it looked, which never happens. A couple people asked if I had nylons on. It really helped even out my skin tone.

My number one tip (and this goes for any tanning mist), press the button down hard. Otherwise it won’t spray out of the can evenly. I’m really in love with this one at the moment.

The kind BOLD team sent me an extra bottle to give to one of you! I know you’ll love it!

To win, head over to the Beach Blonde Blog Facebook page  like the blog FB page, share the contest image, then comment below the Facebook contest image “entered”. US residents only. Contest ends July 14th at 1PM Pacific Time. Winner will be contacted via Facebook messaging. Good luck! ♥

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