Essential Hair Products, Effortless Looking Hair

I have been a Kevin Murphy fans for years! I LOVE LOVE LOVE his products! They are so gentle on the hair and each one just just smells amazing! Ok, so now you know I love his products… here’s what I’ve been most into the last few weeks…..

 KEVIN.MURPHY HAIR RESORT SPRAY

When you want a beach textured look, this product is where it’s at! It’s so versatile, it can be used on wet or dry hair. It smells like you’ve spent the day at the beach without getting sand in places you don’t want. ;-) Honey, citrus and tangerine is what makes this product pop! If your hair dries on it’s own pretty well, without too much frizz, go ahead a spray this on wet hair all over and give it a good scrunch. You’ve got yourself an easy going, summer look without much effort. Now, for use on dry hair – and this is what I usually do for my second day hair or clients that come in and want that beach look that everyone is just loving these days. For second day hair, no matter how it was styled the day before, you can just give your hair a few good spritz, scrunch and you’re good to go. For a more dramatic wave, use a wand or larger barrel curling iron, spritz spritz spritz and run your fingers through your hair. That’s it! Pretty simple, anyone can get a beach look, you just have to use the right product!

 KEVIN.MURPHY EASY.RIDER

Light hold, higher shine. This anti frizz cream is a life saver! It’s lame when you’ve just spent so much time blow drying your hair just to have all these crazy flyaways. That’s where this little product comes in handy. Just use a tiny bit to smooth out any flyways and you’ve fixed that little problem. EASY.RIDER even makes a great blowout cream itself! Just like you would with any smoothing cream, apply product evenly throughout the hair and blow dry with a round brush. If you have curly hair like I do, use this to smooth out your curls once the hair is dry. Let’s all give a little thanks to Kevin Murphy for designing such a great product! What a good guy….at least I hope he’s a good guy.

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Ok, so let’s stray away from Kevin Murphy for a minute… This product line is newer to me. I’ve only been working with it for a few months, but it has definitely showed that miracles really do happen! Plarmia by Milbon. The only other thing I have used that’s even the slightest bit close to this is Alterna’s Caviar line. My go to product in this line right now is definitely the Hairserum Oil F/M. F for fine/medium hair, M for thick/coarse hair.

 MILBON PLARMIA HAIRSERUM OIL F/M

This products offers best results when combined with the Plarmia shampoo and treatment (conditioner), and most definitely the in-salon restoration treatment. This in-salon treatment has completely changed my hair and I recommend this to everyone…everyone needs to try this at least once and they will believe! Back to the oil – this oil is fantastic for detangling and shine, apply midshaft to ends, comb and blow dry or air dry. I even use a tiny bit after the blow dry to shine up the ends even more. Keep in mind that a little of this goes a really long way! These products are a little bit pricier than your average salon product, but the results you get with them are sooo worth it! I promise!

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Alright, I’m hoping you guys know that you should ALWAYS purchase professional products from your local salon. Support your people! Professional products sold elsewhere are not be trusted.

What hair products have you been loving lately? Have you used Alterna’s Caviar line? If so, what do you like about it? And would you try something new? All questions, comments and/or concerns are welcomed.

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Oops, I forgot about my blog.. Again.

Hi! It’s been a few days since I’ve posted anything, I mean a few years.. I don’t know what happened there. Life happened. A big move happened, a break up, life changes, and then another big move and now I’m here. I’m where I need to be…

August 28, 2016 I moved to New York City. Holy crap, I still have to pinch myself sometimes! It’s been an awesome journey. I’ve found my salon home at Midoma, my second stop in NYC. This place is cool, super cool. Biggest lesson I’ve learned so far is….New York is hard. But, we keep going. Somehow, someway.

Follow me as we work and live through NYC. I promise not to forget about my blog again. I’m here to stay, at least until a new internet is invented. ;-)

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Beauty Lesson #10: The Quick Fix Guide to Refresh your Makeup

When your out having a good time, the last thing you want to worry about is your makeup! Here are a few quick tricks to making it last when your having a night out on the town.

Avoid shine. I love clean & clear oil absorbing sheets to blot away that excess oil.

Use flesh colored pencils to disguise a pimple or erase smeared eye liner or mascara. I love MAKE UP FOREVER Concealer Pencil!

If your shadow creases, adding more powder on top can make it look worse, use your finger tip to gently even out the creases and dab a sheer cream shadow over the middle of your lid to brow bone. My go-to is Mary Kay Cream Eye Color in Beach Blonde.

And lastly…When your lipstick has faded, a clear, shimmery gloss will brighten it up again! Try using Mary Kay NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss in Icicle.

Do you have any tips on refreshing your makeup in hurry? Have you tried any of these products?

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Beauty Lesson #9: How to Choose an Eye Shadow Palette

Owning an eye-shadow palette is practical and minimizes makeup clutter. Many women are guilty (I know I am!) of picking out the wrong one and the palette ends up in the garbage or just collecting dust. An eye shadow palette is a must have for anyone who wears make up on the regular.

Things to know…

  • Find a palette with a wide range of colors you would use daily.
  • It’s never a good idea to buy something just because it has one shade you love, chances are you can buy that color on it’s own…if you don’t see it, just ask someone at the counter, they’ll point ya in the right direction.
  • Most useful eye-shadow palettes are nude and smokey. The nude ones should have a range of browns, taupe, beige, and champagne colors. A smokey palette should consist of black, a few gray shades, and a shimmery highlighter.
  • It’s also smart to consider your eye color…something with purple if you have green eyes, teals or warm grays for brown, or copper and golds for blue eyes.
  • I know having all those shades in front of you to choose from can be overwhelming, especially if your not so into makeup. But, DON’T PANIC! You’re not expected to use all shades at once. Mix it up play with different color combinations. Have fun with it!  If your unsure about a bold shade mix it with a neutral and, keep in mind that shadows can also be used as eye liners!
  • Lastly, if you end up not having any luck finding something that works for you, you can always make a palette! Mary Kay has a few different compacts you can customize. And Z Palette makes a palette that is totally customizable, you can even use eye shadows, blushes, etc. that you already have!

Do you have a “go-to” eye shadow palette? What are some things you consider when shopping?

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Beauty Lesson #8: How to clean your makeup brushes.

I am definitely guilty of not cleaning my makeup brushes often enough! I’m hoping this post will inspire me to clean my brushes more often! lol :)

You should clean your brushes on a regular basis to remove:

  • old makeup
  • dirt and debris
  • oils
  • bacteria
  • dead skin cells

When should you clean your brushes?

  • foundation brushes, once a week
  • brushes used for finishing powders and bronzers, once a week
  • blush brushes, once a week
  • eye shadow brushes, every 2-3 days
  • eye liner brushes, after each use

For those that suffer with acne, you will greatly benefit from keeping your brushes clean at all times. To cut down on cleaning time, rotate your brushes so you always have a clean brush to use.

What should you use?

I like to use baby shampoo to clean my brushes, it’s affordable and can be found just about anywhere! It removes all the makeup, dirt and oil from brushes, and is strong enough to kill bacteria/germs without drying out the hair bristles of your brushes. Also, if your in hurry and don’t have time to deep clean your brushes, you can always spot clean with MAC’s brush cleaner. It will clean, disinfect and condition the brushes.

How to clean your brushes:

  • First wet your brushes with warm water, be sure your brushes are facing down when you do this.
  • Next, put a little baby shampoo in the palm of your hand, gently swirl around the makeup brush to remove residue from the bristles. Rinse with water and repeat until brushes rinse clear.
  • Gently shake off excess water, never squeeze brushes, doing so can misshapen the brush.
  • Allow brushes to drying hanging over a clean surface (I let my brush hang over the bathroom sink).

How often do you clean your brushes? What do you do differently?

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Top 5 Requested Celebrity Hairstyles

Personally I feel like I get these requests the most in the salon, Rhianna’s is probably the last one on the list. Although, Rhianna’s cut is prob my fave out of all these and I love Zooey’s bangs!

Rihanna’s Cropped Do

Ask your stylist to section off the longer pieces at the top, then cut the opposite side very short, all the way to the deep side part. The hair can be swept to the side or worn up and back.

Zooey Deschanel’s Wide, Blunt Bangs

Remember to keep your face shape in mind when asking fro these dramatic bangs, I’d narrow the width of the bangs if you’re worried about your face looking too round or wide.

Jennifer Aniston’s Shoulder Grazing Shag

A very relaxed, but sophisticated look. This style is ideal for someone with straight hair, those with very fine texture should avoid this look, as too many layers can thin out your hair.

Kim Kardashian’s Shiny Waves

Kim’s look is pretty and polished, Ask for long, graduated layers and big, flowy waves.

Reese Witherspoon’s Fringe

Her bangs are the perfect length for her face shape, and they’re weighty without looking heavy. Make sure your stylist knows your are committed to having thicker bangs.

Have you tried any of these looks? What are some other celebrity styles you love?

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Beauty Lesson #7: how to get the most out of your shampoo and conditioner

Properly shampooing and conditioning your hair is actually the most important step in your hair care maintenance routine. Shampoo and conditioner set the foundation for everything that comes after.

What does shampoo & conditioner do?

  • Shampooing slightly opens up the cuticle, removing oil, dirt, and product build up to create a clean environment for conditioning.
  • Conditioning delivers essential nutrients and moisture to the hair, then seals the cuticle to keep hair healthy, balanced and protected.

What you will need…

  • Shampoo and conditioner designed for your hair type
  • Wide tooth comb
  • Microfiber hand towel

How to:

  1. Prior to shampooing , brush your hair to remove any tangles. If you have a flaky scalp brush your hair scalp to ends with a natural bristle brush to loosen up flakes.
  2. Grab a wide tooth comb to keep in the shower, also take a microfiber hand towel, hang in a dry place.
  3. Make sure to get your water right! You should be using warm water. If you have oily hair, using water that is too hot will actually stimulate your scalp’s sebaceous glands, which will produce more oil!
  4. Massage a small amount between your palms to create a lather, about a dime size of shampoo is a good place to start, add more if you need to.
  5. Start to lightly massage at the scalp, letting the suds cover your mid-lengths to ends, rinse until the water runs clear…..Unless your old school (like me! lol) and only wash your hair less than 2 times a week or using lots of styling product, no need to repeat shampooing. If you have oily hair, avoid vigorously massaging the shampoo into your scalp thinking it will get rid of the excess oil. All that rubbing will actually stimulate the oil glands  producing more of what your are trying to get rid of.
  6. Prior to applying conditioner or deep conditioner, towel dry your hair to remove all the excess water in your hair. This will provide better absorption of your product.
  7. Gently work a quarter size (use less if you have short hair) amount of conditioner into the hair from mid-shaft to ends. Comb the conditioner through with a wide tooth comb  and leave on for 1-3 minutes. Rinse until water is clear.
  8. To maintain healthy hair, DEEP CONDITION once a week. Apply just as you would your conditioner, leaving it on for 5-15 minutes (or follow suggestions on the product label).
  9. After shampooing be sure to towel dry your really well. Then use a good leave-in conditioner and comb through. Style as usual.

What is your shampoo routine like? How does it relate to this one?

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