February 26, 2010

Aveda

Aveda is probably my all-time favorite hair care brand. I don't think I've ever been disappointed in a product of theirs, and I've used a lot of them. They're all natural and don't irritate my sensitive skin so that's a definite plus. Salon brands are definitely more expensive than drug store brands, but the products go a lot further so in some ways it evens out. I try to extend the life of my Aveda shampoo and conditioners by 1) not washing my hair every day (you don't need to anyway unless you have really short or oily hair) 2) using drugstore shampoo and conditioner once a week. Here are some of my favorites:

Smooth Infusion Line
I have everything in this line except for the Style-Prep Smoother (and I want to try that). The scent is amazing and the products work. My hair has a naturally wavy texture to it but if I use the shampoo, conditioner, and then put on the Glossing Straightener before I blow dry, my hair gets silky smooth. LOVE.


Rosemary Mint Shampoo
This shampoo is very invigorating. I don't think Aveda markets this as a clarifying shampoo, but I feel like it does a good job of getting all the build up out of your hair and leaving you with a lot more body. When I use this, I only use it once a week or so and it makes a big difference.


Brilliant Conditioner
When we lived in Mississippi the water in our apartment left my hair tangled and dried out. This stuff completely transformed my hair. I don't have a need for it anymore, but if you have hair that's prone to getting tangled or is on the dry side this stuff will be your best friend.


Brilliant Damage Control
I try to be nice to my hair but I have a lot of it so it's inevitable that drying it, straightening it, and curling it might damage it. Using a heat protectant before you expose your hair to intense heat is important, especially if you like your hair long and don't want to lose several inches of it due to damage.

I've mentioned (and you've probably noticed from pictures) that I have somewhat long hair and a lot of it. Even though my hair is naturally wavy, it has an almost fine texture to it. Don't ask me how. The next 2 products are maybe my absolute favorties:


Volumizing Tonic
It's very simple. You spray this a few times at your roots. You flip your head over and massage it in. You dry your hair and you have more volume.


Phomollient
Best. Aveda. Product. EVER. This gives my hair texture and hold but doesn't weigh it down. Amazing. Pretty sure this is a very popular product with Aveda and I completely understand why. You can go through this kind of fast but it's totally worth it. Go get some. Now.

Do any of you use Aveda? What are your favorite products? If not, what hair staples do you swear by? Let me know if I'm missing out on something :)

February 22, 2010

What I'm Wearing...



Tunic - Forever 21
Turtleneck - GAP
Jeans - Old Navy
Shoes - Tory Burch
Earrings - Forever 21

I almost didn't post these because they look pretty rough. Oh well, just a good reminder to take the pictures at the beginning of the day and not the end, right? :)

I know my posting has been sporadic lately and I apologize. I guess I'm still struggling with some inspiration lately but I am working on it, I promise. Thank you as always to everyone who is reading, commenting, etc. Love you all! :)

February 15, 2010

What I'm Wearing...

Shirt - Ann Taylor Loft
Sweater - GAP
Jeans - Old Navy
Boots - Jessica Simpson

Scored the shirt at an amazing Ann Taylor Loft going out of business sale. I got almost $200 worth of stuff for $16! Crazy. The shirt is short sleeved but I couldn't wait to wear it anymore so I threw on a thick cardigan over it and was good to go.

February 9, 2010

Valentine's Day - Costume Jewelry

Valentine's Day is just around the corner. I know many people are against it but I say enjoy it for what it is and if you don't have a significant other, celebrate with your friends or spend the day doing whatever you want. It's a good excuse to pick yourself out a little something sparkly, too. I'm always up for an excuse to shop. I might do some picks later in the week for nicer jewelry, but let's be honest - that can get boring. Costume jewelry is where it's at. Here are some pieces I'm loving from Shopbop:



















February 3, 2010

What I'm Wearing...


Shirt - J. Crew
Cardigan - Old Navy
Jeans - Old Navy
Boots - Chinese Laundry
Necklace - Forever 21
Earrings - House of Harlow 1960
Hat - Urban Outfitters

I'm not sure this outfit really photographs all that well, but I do love it. I asked for the hat for Christmas and my Dad and husband have made fun of it mercilessly. I think it's cute :) Anyway, I specifically wore it because we were going to my parents house for my Dad's birthday. My little way of wishing the old man a Happy Birthday.

February 2, 2010

Layering... Mascara?

I'm sure we've all layered clothing. Layered necklaces. But do you layer mascara? No? Just me? Ok well if you're not you're missing out, unless you have perfect lashes to begin with in which case I'm not sure I like you anymore. I kid. (A little.)
I find that you can usually only get a mascara to do one thing - lengthen or thicken - but not both. I don't even bother trying to get mascara to curl my lashes, I rely on a lash curler for that. Here are my top picks for mascara layering:

High End Mascara
Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash

For me, this mascara is best for volume but it does also add a little length. It's super dark so it's good for adding some drama to your lashes. The design of the brush helps it to get to the root of the lashes and completely coat each lash with product.


Dior DiorShow Extase

I'm not even going to lie, I bought this because I thought the brush was intriguing (and it is). I've used DiorShow and DiorShow Iconic in the past and loved both so it wasn't much of a stretch for me to try their newest mascara. Extase does a great job of lengthening and a decent job at volumizing as well. It's an excellent pairing with Smoky Lash. The combination helps to give you very dark, thick, almost false looking lashes (I said almost). The tiered brush has 2 different types of fibers, 1 to define the lashes and 1 for volume.

If you don't like spending a lot of money on mascara, there are several great drugstore alternatives.

Drugstore Mascara

CoverGirl LashBlast

Probably the gold standard for a volumizing drugstore mascara. It's my hands down favorite.


L'Oreal Telescopic

For lengthening, Telescopic is my drugstore go-to. It has a skinny brush that grips even the tiny lashes on the inner and outer corners and gives really great overall length. PERFECT pairing to LashBlast.

Ok, your turn. Tell me what mascara you use!

February 1, 2010

What I'm Wearing...


Shirt - J. Crew
Cami - Gap
Scarf - American Eagle
Jeans - Old Navy
Shoes - Tory Burch
Earrings - House of Harlow 1960
Purse - Coach
Ugly bandage on foot - Drugstore

A few months ago I think I mentioned how I rolled my foot out of nowhere and it was kind of messed up. Well I did it AGAIN, hence the ugly ace bandage. I don't think it's as bad this time. Hopefully I'll be back in my heels soon.

Even though I'm wearing a purple shirt, a different shade of purple bag, and a scarf with purple and lime green in it I don't think it's an over-powering outfit. I kept the shoes and the accessories simple which helps to tone it down. It's good to have a dose of vibrant color in your outfit, especially when it's all winter-y and gray outside!