My Hair Essentials

If you caught yesterday’s post, I shared my beauty essentials, and so today I thought I’d share the hair care items that I absolutely can’t live without!

Just like my makeup experience and skill set, I don’t really have a lot of great experience with doing my hair. My hair started getting wavy and extremely frizzy in high school, and I did not know how to handle that at ALL. Thankfully that was right around the time when flat irons started to become a thing, so I got one (or really I think I just secretly used my sister’s…) and tried to straighten the frizz out of my hair, to some moderate success.

And that’s what I’ve been dealing with – frizz and flat irons – until recently. I watched Carly’s video on how she dries her hair, and it finally clicked! I started taking my time and bought a new round brush, and now I can blow dry my hair and leave without using my straightener… I’ve literally never been able to do that before! Amazing!!!

So, now that I’m finally getting the hang of things, let me share what I use day in and day out.

Leave-In Conditioner || I use the classic for this one. Aussie 3 Minute Miracle works so well and smells SO good!!! I usually only end up using it once a month, but I’m trying to use it a little more often, because it really does moisturize my hair so well. When I want to wear my hair wavy, I use this cream and holy moly it smells SO GOOD. Like coconuts. It’s the best.

Brushes || I’ve been using the paddle brushes from The Body Shop since high school, and thankfully they still make them! They’re gentle enough that I can use them to go through my wet hair without fearing damage. I just got this super cheap round brush at Target and y’all – it works great! So worth the tiny price! It holds onto my hair when I’m blowing it out and I’m so happy with it! I can’t believe I didn’t buy it sooner!

Heat Protection || I got this awesome blow dry spray in a sample pack and I LOVE IT. It’s lasted a long time, thankfully, because it’s more on the expensive side. It is supposed to reduce frizz and fight humidity and honestly I think this is a miracle product!!!

Styling Product || I’ve also been using this argon oil for a long time, and I keep buying it when I run out because it works really well. I usually just run a tiny dab over my hair once I’ve finished styling it to make it super shiny and tame the frizz a little bit more.

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Beauty Review: Origins Skincare

Ugh I am so not good at having a “skincare routine” which translates to I do not have a skincare routine. At all. Which is surprising, given the number of times I google phrases like “late 20s skincare” and “wrinkle prevention skincare routine” and things like that. So when I was sent some samples of Origins products, I couldn’t wait to give them a try! I had heard great things about a few of their products and wanted to see if they were worth the hype.

These mini sizes are perfect to test them out enough times to see if I like them with a bit of continuous use. Here’s what I thought!

Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash || It IS so frothy, and that’s so fun! I usually just slap my cleanser on my face without paying attention, but I really fell in love with all of the bubbles. It has a slight minty smell that I found to be wonderful. My favorite part is that my face didn’t feel dried out after at all. I felt like my oily spots were kept under control and my dry spots were better moisturized. I would give this product a 9 out of 10.

Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores || I mean, I feel like this one worked pretty well… it was kind of hard to tell. It got a bit itchy when it dried (that happens with other clay masks) and it was kind of hard to wash off, but I’ve also found that to be common with charcoal masks. I give this product a 6 out of 10.

High-Potency Night-A-Mins || This is the product that I’d heard the most people rave about, and even after using it once I was like “ok I get what all the hype is about now.” This stuff felt wonderful on my face, didn’t smell too strong, and I feel like my face looked awesome when I woke up. The only con was that my neck felt a tiny bit greasy after I applied, but that might be because I applied too much? Not sure. Even still, I give this product a 10 out of 10.

GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff || Honestly I couldn’t really tell if this made a difference right away, but I want to believe that it works! It didn’t feel greasy or weird after applying and my makeup (concealer) applied very well on top of it. Only because I didn’t see an immediate result, I give this product a 7 out of 10.

GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer || Oh guys. I like this stuff. I like this stuff a lot. It smelled nice and it felt even nicer! It absorbed into my skin so fast and I just felt like my skin looked radiant. I even sent a text to a friend later that first day I used it and said my face had never felt softer. And it continued to feel soft and moisturized all day! This product definitely gets a 10 out of 10.

Overall, I’d say I’m a big fan of Origins! (Or at least of the products I got to try!) I think I might actually buy the energy-boosting moisturizer – I’ve been looking for a new daily face lotion and this has gotta be it! Now I’m dying to try some of the other products from Origins I’ve had my eye on… I wonder if I can get the small sample sizes in those, too.

Have you ever tried any of these or other Origins products? What is your favorite?


I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

I Chopped Off My Hair!

I did it- I made the big chop and donated my hair!! 10 inches gone! Cutting my hair has always been kind of an impulse decision for me. I can talk about wanting short hair forever, but one day it will just hit me- I NEED to cut my hair. And usually within 24 hours, the deed is done.

I was walking to lunch last Friday and I told my friend that I was so tired of my long hair- it was so hot and just so long and I didn’t really know what to do with it anymore… and after encouragement from a few others I went online, found a Groupon close by, and made an appointment for the next day.

Here are some things that happened or that I have noticed since cutting my hair:

  • The lady who cut my hair at the salon said “Are you sure? Long hair is so much better….”
  • The lady who cut my hair also didn’t speak English very well, and so I was crossing my fingers that we were agreeing on what she was doing back there.
  • My head feels approximately 4lbs lighter.
  • My arms feel a lot colder (I would sometimes use my hair as like a built-in blanket… and yes I realize how insane that sounds but it WORKED, y’all).
  • When someone brings up my haircut, a lot of guys will then comment with “oh….. was your hair long?” Yes. Yes it was.
  • Doing my hair now takes half the time. HALF!
  • My ponytail is now tiny and basically non-existent and kinda sad.
  • I keep pouring out my old usual amount of shampoo and it is WAY too much. #sudsfordays
  • I keep trying to pull my hair over to one side, but it flops out of my hands way sooner than I expect.

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I’m still getting used to my new ‘do, but it is so nice and flippy and perfect for summer! I’ve started pinning cute short hairstyles and tutorials on Pinterest- hopefully I can make some of them work!

(Adorable) Lazy Day Hair

Hello from St. Louis! I flew up for the weekend to go to my 10 year high school reunion and to see my other friends and I’m having a blast! It’s been great to see my college friends and I’m actually really glad that I went to the high school reunion. It was fun to see my friends again and all the familiar faces and catch up with people that I had classes with and used to see every day in school!

I wanted to post something easy and fun today, so I thought I’d share my go-to lazy day hair style: a dutch braid and a messy bun. I wear it… a lot. Most likely if you see me on the weekend, this is my hairdo. It’s so easy to do and it also works GREAT with wet OR dry hair! A.k.a. you can do it with dirty hair or with wet hair if you’re running late!

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Super cute, right? I thought so, too! And it’s seriously so easy. The hard part is just learning how to dutch braid. Here’s how to make this happen on YOUR head!

  1. Grab a small section of hair and divide into three parts.
  2. Do a dutch braid down the side of your head. To do this, take one outside section of hair, grab a little bit of hair along with it, and put that UNDER the other two strands. Now take the the other outside section, grab a little bit of hair along with it, and put it UNDER the other two strands. Keep doing that until you get to about your ear, then continue with a regular braid.
  3. Pull the rest of your hair, along with the braid, into a low ponytail and make a messy bun. (You don’t need a messy bun, I guess, but I always have one! I can’t stand hair sticking to my neck!)
  4. Gently tug on the braid to “fluff” it out and make the braid look nice and full!!

I know that I definitely didn’t explain the dutch braid very well, so here is a GREAT little video to explain it a little better!

The thing I love most about this version of the dutch braid is that you don’t need thick hair to make it look great! The pulling and fluffing of the braid can make even thin hair look super full and amazing. Try it out and let me know how it worked for you!

Five for Friday #6

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Happy happy Friday everyone! This has been a very interesting week with lots and lots of rain. So much rain. I keep forgetting to wear/bring my rain boots to work and it was a horrible decision every day. Work for me was a roller coaster- one day I was super busy, and the next day it was a struggle to find things to keep busy with, and then the day after that was busy and stressful all over again… I am just so glad it is the weekend again! Here are my 5 things to share for the week!

1. Charcoal Face Mask– I tried a new face mask this afternoon and LOVE IT! It is a charcoal and black sugar polishing mask and my face feels amazing! You put it on your face, let it sit for 5 minutes, spend 2 minutes rubbing it in, and then rinse it off. I definitely felt like Bert from Mary Poppins with soot on my face and I also got some in my hair, but oooh my face feels so polished!

2. I stopped at Target on my way home from work today and found the best new jacket! I had been needing a new light jacket for those transition days where it is chilly enough for an extra layer, but not cold enough for an actual coat. This one is perfect and comes in quite a few colors- I got the grey with a little tiny houndstooth print!

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3. This video made me laugh out loud. It is just so fun and makes me wish that I lived somewhere where I could hail a cab.

4. United Sweets of America– This map is the best! My state (Missouri) got gooey butter cake. That is absolutely correct. Gooey butter cake is so delicious and more specifically is a St. Louis staple. In fact, a lot of people outside of St. Louis have never even heard of it, let alone tried it. I remember trying to explain it to my college roommate freshman year and she just didn’t understand. So sad.

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5. Speaking of gooey butter cake… you should try this recipe for gooey butter cookies. I have made these multiple times and they are always a hit! It has the same great taste as the gooey butter cake we all know and love, but in a portable, hand-held cookie. And it uses a box of cake mix as the base of the recipe- it doesn’t get much easier than that!