Hair Tips from one of NYC’s Top Stylists: Going from Brunette to Balayage

Hair Tips from one of NYC’s Top Stylists: Going from Brunette to Balayage

Summer is here and with that comes major hair changes! I’ve been lightening my locks for a few years now and this year was no exception, especially when summer rolled around. While I now love the color of my hair, it took me some time to get to this point. I’ve had some dye-fails, as well as a long journey to be “bronde” aka brown-blonde.

Since I get so many questions about my hair, I decided to do a little Q&A with my God-sent colorist, Tre Wyrosdick from Marie Lou & D in SoHo, NYC. Ps: If you say I sent you, you can get 15% off your first service, which is a damn good deal! But before I get into it with Tre, let me tell you a bit about the evolution of my hair.

When I graduated college the “ombre” trend was really taking off. Having very dark brown hair my whole life, I was eager and inspired by stars like Jessica Biel, Rachel Bilson and Eva Mendes, whom like me, had really dark hair yet managed to pull off the lighter-lock trend flawlessly. After much research of “celebrity” stylists, I decided to take the plunge. Since, I’ve never looked back! In fact, I keep wanting to go lighter!

Yet, I definitely had some orange moments throughout the years and it took me some time to find a colorist that I really loved. Enter, Tre. He’s been coloring my hair for just over a year and I swear by his skill. I’ve never met with a stylist whom is so educated in his craft and constantly training to learn new tips & tricks. That said, I wanted to share his knowledge with all of you!

If you’re a brunette who is looking to go light or even just try to new stylist, I think you’ll find the below interview helpful and educational. Any questions? Comment below and I’ll get back to your personally. 
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The Ultimate Busy Gal’s Bliss List

The Ultimate Busy Gal’s Bliss List

Summer is around the corner (yay!) and as you know, I always love sharing my “products of the moment” with you each season. So low and behold – my busy gal’s bliss list! Shop and read about some of my favs below.

Bloom Mineral: This 4 piece skincare kit is inclusive of a purifying mud mask, softening cleansing milk, shielding eye cream and moisture shield. Can you say #goals?!  To incorporate these products into your routine, you can follow these simple steps: clean your face using the softening cleansing milk, generously apply the mud mask (leaving on for 15-20 minutes) and apply the moisture shield & eye cream.  Ps: you can use the code “skin25” (good through June 30) for 25% off your order!

Clear Eyes Pure Relief® Multi-Symptom: I don’t know about you guys, but this time of year my allergies FLARE UP, so Clear Eyes® is a must for me. The brand, which is already the #1 selling brand of eye drops, recently launched its newest, revolutionary innovation in the eye care category: Clear Eyes Pure Relief®. Luckily for me, it has a unique formula designed to relieve red, burning, itchy, dry, irritated, gritty or watery eyes (which is basically every allergy symptom I get). Ps: a $3 coupon is available for download on the brand website at: http://cleareyes.com/clear-eyes-coupons/

Nad’s: You know what they say – no pain, all gain! Nad’s newest sensitive hair removal cream is designed for painless hair removals (formulated with natural extras of melon, aloe vera, avocado oil and honey). The product helps soothe and protect sensitive skin, while targeting the hair shaft for effective removals of unwanted hair (yes, a summer must have). In literally 4 minutes you can have smooth skin, which is why this is a favorite of mine.

Coobie: In the summer especially, I’m all about bralettes. For starters, they’re so much more comfortable than an underwire bra, plus they look so darn cute. Coobie’s new collection is a pretty, sexy alternative for everyday and is made with soft, stretchy lace. The cups are lined with a soft, thin nylon blend that provides comfortable coverage without the bulk (can I get a hell yes!). Plus, there are no pads or wires AND the straps are adjustable and include a mid-strap hook on the back so that you can wear it in a racerback style.

Easily shop some items below, too!

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media.

Hair Tutorial: Curling Your Hair With A Straightening Iron

Hair Tutorial: Curling Your Hair With A Straightening Iron

It’s finally here! My first ever hair tutorial!!! I’m seriously so happy because this is just the beginning of a whole lot more of video content.

As background, I have naturally CURLY hair – I’m talking tight ringlets and I’ve been experimenting with hair for as long as I can remember. My earliest memory is around the age of 3, when I would play “hairdresser” and style my grandmas hair. I would take this small round brush and curl inch-wide pieces around it, while perfectly shaping and fluffing it. The funny part was, she LOVED the end result every time – so much so that this became a regular thing we would do together. Because of this, I dreamt of being a hairdresser for most of my adolescence.

As I grew up and got older I started experimenting on my own hair. I’ll never forget the hideous do’ I wore to my 8th grade “prom.” I left my hair curly, but straightened just the ends. What can I say? This was the era of Christina Aguilera. During high school is really when I started to nail my hair game. After watching my hairdresser curl my hair once, I went home and mimicked the process. Ever since, I’ve experimented with just about EVERY tool out there – from straightening irons to curling irons to wands to wavers and beyond. I even bought a hair tool from an infomercial once. Plus, I taught all five of my college roommates how to curly their hair with multiple hair tools.

As you can see, styling my hair isn’t just something I “have to do,” it’s something I enjoy doing and LOVE teaching. So thank you for watching and I’m excited to keep on goin’. As you’ll see in this video, I’m using my T3 SinglePass Luxe 1″ Straightening and Styling Iron, which I can’t live without! Before getting this gem, I had been using my same straightening iron since college and while it worked fine, technology has changed so much. This straightening iron is worth the investment, as it’s is quick and effective.

The other products I used throughout my video are from Zoto Professionals 180PRO line. These products are amazing. Since this process puts so much heat on your hair, you want to make sure you’re using products that take care of it and protect it from damage. My favorite is the 180PRO Miracle Repair Damage Eliminator Treatment, which targets hair’s worst breaking points and locks in strength to radically repair hair and safeguard strands against future damage. And lastly, I finish of my look with the 180PRO Flawless Finisher Firm Hold Hairspray. 

Hope you enjoy! Feel free to comment with any questions or requests.

My Current Beauty Favorites

My Current Beauty Favorites

For those of you that watch my Instagram Stories or Snapchat videos, you know I get tons of beauty products sent to me on the reg. What’s so fun about being a beauty blogger is that I’m able to try a slew of new products all the time. It helps me find what I really love. As such, I’m able to provide you guys with honest recommendations of what I actually use daily.

Lately I’ve gotten in a makeup groove and have been obsessed with the items in my routine. As I’ve said before, I’m not someone that cakes on makeup or loves a dark look, so I tend to like “glowy” / “natural” makeup. If you like this look too, I think you’ll be pleased with the below product recommendations.

Milk Makeup Sunshine Skin Tint SPF 30 in “Sand
I’m a big fan of using tinted moisturizer over a thick foundation. Again, I hate a “caked” on look. I’ve become obsessed with this Milk Makeup roll-on weightless liquid foundation because it’s light, while also providing the right amount of coverage.

Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek Color in “Rally”
I love this product because it’s so versatile and pigmented. I use this generally for my cheeks as a blush, but it’s also perfect if you want rosey-pink lips. Don’t let the bright pink color fool you though – you can make this as bright or dull as you want by controlling how you layer on the color.

Flower Shimmer & Strobe Highlighting Palette
This palette is AMAZING. I’m really picky when it comes to highlighter and generally only like powder highlighters vs. liquid. This one is killer! I use the blush-toned one as a highlighter and mix the nude/gold colors together as eye shadow. Affordable and effective.

 Clarins Instant Concealer in #2
One thing that I can’t live without is concealer. Even if I have no other make up on aside from it, my entire face already looks better with a few dabs of concealer. Such a staple.

 Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Dark Brown
I’ve said this before, but I honestly don’t  need to color in my eye-brows that much since they are naturally really thick. However, i do have a few “bald” spots (weird I know) in both of my brows, so I carefully color them in with this amazing pencil.

IT Cosmentics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara
This mascara is my forever-favorite. I don’t have naturally long lashes, but I can honestly say that this mascara thickens and elongates them instantly. Highly, highly recommend this product.

L’Oreal Infallible Lip Paints in Spicy Blush
Don’t let the color of the packaging fool you, these lip paints come out a bit different than you’d expect. I’ve been loving the “Spice Blush” color. It’s a great mix between a natural pinkish-nude. Plus, it’s glossy and doesn’t dry out.