Jun 09

Magic Potion…I Mean, Lotion.

My BFF who lives in L.A. and knows everything cool that is going on in the beauty world recently turned me on to this magic potion…I mean, lotion, from Tarte.

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Here’s what Sephora has to say about it:
Indulge your skin with this powerful multitasker that works as a primer, moisturizer, light foundation, anti-aging treatment, and sunscreen to give you a youthful-looking glow.  Worn alone or as the perfect base for makeup, this 12-hour, age-defying, oil-free primer offers light-to-medium, buildable coverage that helps even skin tone and other skin imperfections while diffusing light to minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and pores.  The creamy, silky formula goes on smooth and blends easily, leaving you with a natural-looking, flawless finish with a broad-spectrum, chemical-free SPF 30 that offers ideal protection from the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays.

So pretty much, this state-of-the-art BB cream (that comes in 5 shades) does everything except for burn up all of your carbs.  Sound good?  You can find it at your local Sephora or right here right now.  This stuff is truly magical.

xx, L

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May 29

My Newest Hair Toolz – Summer Beach Waves

My hair is usually pretty straight thanks to all the Bumble and bumble straightening and anti-frizz products I coat it with every day, but I’m ALL about the sultry beach waves look this summer.  My hair doesn’t naturally DO beach waves, though, unless I’m sitting directly across from the ocean for at least 2 – 3 hours.  Oh, hair woes…

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Never fear, though, I’m covered this summer with my trusty three amigos below…

Instead of the straightening products I typically use, I spray on Bumble and bumble Surf Spray.  I swear by this stuff.

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Then, I alternate between these two new additions to my hair toolz collection.  (1) Revlon’s Perfect Heat Jumbo Waver.

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And (2) the BabylissPro Miracurl Professional Curl Machine on the medium setting.

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Both the jumbo waver and the miracurl are easy to use and hold my waves for hours when combined with surf spray.  It’s so fun to look like you’ve been at the beach all day when you’ve really just been landlocked at home watching Bravo…

Wishing you all fabulous hair days this summer!  :)

xx, L

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Jan 16

Kale Chips: My New Favorite Snack

I really like to eat.  Like a lot.

I think breakfast, lunch, AND dinner are all the most important meals of the day.  (This is why I try to work out so much, because I’m always eating.)  On top of my three square (usually) meals, I am a pretty big snacker, too.  If I could eat whatever I wanted, I’d go for nacho cheese Doritos every time.  Because I just can’t eat like that whenever I want + I definitely wouldn’t want to offend you with Doritos breath (no really – Doritos give you the worst breath!), I’ve turned to alternatives like whole wheat pita chips + my newest love/ favorite snack: kale chips.

Kale is super healthy for you since it’s high in fiber, vitamin A, and calcium among other things.  It tastes pretty good raw, but it’s truly awesome when thrown in the oven and made into chips.  Kale chips totally curb my salty/ crunchy cravings and they are way more filling than they look!

Basically, I get this bag of kale from Trader Joe’s

…and in a few simple steps I turn it into this.  Voila!

Here’s the kale chips recipe I’ve been using lately:

What you need:
8 cups of kale
1 Tbsp of olive oil
1 tsp of garlic powder
1 tsp of onion powder
1/2 tsp of salt
1/4 tsp of black pepper

How you do it:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line sheet pan with parchment paper.  Remove stems from kale.  Tear into very large pieces.  (Chips will shrink considerably.)  Wash kale.  Dry in a salad spinner or with paper towels.  Make sure it’s fully dried.

In a large bowl, add kale, oil, and seasonings.  Stir to coat evenly.  Add kale to parchment lined sheet plan in a single layer.  Bake in batches for about 8 minutes until edges are slightly brown.  (Start checking your chips at about 6 minutes.)  Do not allow to overcook – they can go from perfectly crisp to completely burnt in a matter of seconds.  Enjoy!

Happy healthy cooking + eating, y’all!  :)

xx, L

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Jun 26

My Bumble and Bumble Arsenal…

I am a budding Bumble and Bumble hair product addict. 

Please see my current 3-piece arsenal below:

I use these three bad boys regularly and am totally obsessed, y’all.  Total!

Quenching Complex: A potent, daily, leave-in treatment that quenches the cuticle smooth, seals in moisture, renews shine, and protects – keeping flyaways…away.

Thickening Hairspray: Begins styling lift-off for any hair type with moderate hold.

White Hair Powder: Styling ease, dry cleansing, and tinting.

I also looooove this product, but I can’t use it because it will strip my keratin treatment.  :(

Surf Spray: Sexy, salty, sun-dried, windswept styles – whenever, wherever.

Get your Bumble and Bumble hair arsenal here: I heart B+B!

xx, L

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May 24

Adventures in Hair…and Alpharetta

Since we started this blog (almost THREE years ago!) I made myself a promise never to divulge my hairstylists’ names for fear that I’d never be able to get an appointment again… but since my guy was almost impossible to get in with before I even met him… I figure I’m no worse off by telling you that I am officially hopelessly, ridiculously devoted to the magical Daniel Jones at his salon, Muse Salon and Spa.

I love you.

It feels good to say it out loud.  

How obsessed am I, you ask?  Well, I’ll tell you.  For the last 7+ months, I’ve been driving up, up, up 400 to exit TEN to ALPHARETTA on the regular just to see him.  Yep, he is OTP BIG time…and I couldn’t care less.  I’m pretty sure I’d travel further because my hair has NEVER been better.

This weekend, I left with much more than bright, shiny, blonde blonde blonde hair!   I also made three purchases that I’m very excited about:

1. Kerastase Ciment Thermique  Daniel turned me on to this product months ago and it’s doing wonders for my poor, processed locks.  It’s a leave-in protective reconstructive cream for your hair and I adore it.   I use the tiniest amount, and though this little tube will run you upwards of $40 – it lasts forever.  I recommend 100%. 

2. Youngblood Mineral Lengthening Mascara

Whether or not this mascara’s “volumising formula” or “conditioning benefits” remains to be seen since I’ve only had it for a few days.  But what I can tell you is this – it’s a fantastic mascara.  In my opinion, the trick is to apply one coat and allow it to dry before applying the second.  Trust me – if you do this, you will have a gorgeous set of full, lush lashes that will NOT flake or smudge.  I love this stuff already –and if it improves the health of my lashes – well that?  That’ll just be gravy.      

3. Iso Clamp-less Curling Iron

I love my big heated rollers, but I feel like all they do is give me volume and lift and when I use a regular curling iron, I feel like I look like I’m an adult contestant in Toddlers and Tiaras…

with tightly twisted curls in place of the the soft beachy waves I’m craving.  Well, no more – with this “twister,” I can finally achieve them!  This tool is amazing and I absolutely love it.  BIG time bonus: it’s blonde-proof.   It comes with a nifty glove so you literally CAN’T burn your fingers.  Genius.

And that?  Is all I have for you today.  Go forth with longer lashes and stronger, bouncier hair, my friends.

xx, L

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