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.

How to Upgrade Your Morning Routine

How to Upgrade Your Morning Routine

You know it, I know it, we all know it… Morning’s are the worst. I’m actually a semi-early riser, but mornings still get to me. I think just knowing that you have a full day of work ahead and waking up to an alarm just puts an immediate damper on the day. That’s why it’s important to upgrade your morning routine, so you look forward to getting the day started.

For me, mornings are all about being quick and effective. I like to sleep until the last possible moment, so this means making sure that everything is laid out the night before. On my bathroom counter I leave out all of my essential beauty items including my face wash/lotion, toner, eye cream, serum and most importantly, my Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant (which offers 48 hours of odor and wetness protection plus added skincare benefits of Dove ¼ moisturizers and NutriumMoisture for softer, smoother underarms). Let’s face it – nothing makes you feel more “ready” to take on the day than a lil’ deo.

After my little primping session, I start feeling a bit more recharged, but am no where near done. Next, I grab my lunch from the fridge (that I prepare the night before), stick it in my bag and make a morning shake to have on-the-go. I like to use some sort of protein powder, fruit, chia/flax seeds and almond milk.

Then, I’m ready to take on the day! This little routine has helped me stay on track.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Give Your Hair the Protection it Deserves

Give Your Hair the Protection it Deserves

I’ll admit it. For a while I used little to no product on my hair. Since blogging and working in beauty PR, I’ve come to learn that our hair is much like our skin. The more moisture and vitamins we give it, the more it becomes hydrated and strong.

Now knowing this, I try to use products that help my hair be the healthiest it can.  Today, I’m writing to let you know of a new brand that I discovered that is aiding me in having strong/healthy hair – ZOTOS Professional 180Pro line. The entire line helps to protect my hair from all of the heat I put on it daily (c’mon we all know I don’t just #WakeUpLikeThis).

I’ve included some information on my favorite products from the line below. Ps. all of the products are safe for you color-treated gals like me!

Polish Protector Leave in Styling Cream: This must-have instantly conditions detangles and radically repairs heat-damaged hair. Plus, it helps lock out heat to help prevent damage before it even starts.

Heath Rescue Conditioner: This life-savor helps lock out heat to help prevent damage before it starts. It deeply conditions and radically repairs heat-damaged hair.

Heat Rescue Shampoo: Like the conditioner, the shampoo also helps lock out heat to help prevent damage before it starts. It gently cleanses and radically repairs heat-damaged hair.

Flat Iron Barrier Thermal Protection Spray: This protection spray surrounds strands to radically repair heat-damaged hair. All you have to do is spritz it onto clean, damp or dry hair before any exposure to heat styling, especially flat ironing.

I can’t wait for you to check them out and let me know what you think! Cheers to healthy hair.