How Often Do You Wash Your Hair?

How often do you wash your hair?

Me? Like, every two days. Every three if my hair is being extra cooperative. Don’t give your computer screen that look. I’ll have you know that one of the most common mistakes people make as far as hair care is over-washing. Unless you have scalp that has no problem producing natural oils (yes, my oily haired friends, I mean you), washing your hair every day strips your hair of moisture that not only gives it lustre but strength. As a result, your scalp works harder to replace the oil you’d washed away, leaving you with an even greasier coif. Think Professor Severus Snape from Harry Potter.

Experts recommend washing your hair about three times a week and making sure to shampoo twice when you do. That’s right. Lather, rinse, repeat. It’s on the label of your shampoo bottle, I promise! This ensures that residue from product build-up and exposure to pollution is removed from your hair and scalp. I like to start with a clarifying shampoo like the Neutrogena Anti-Residue Formula for my first wash and following up with something more nourishing like the Suave Natural Infusion Shampoo with Macadamia Oil.

As far as keeping grease at bay in between washes? Try a dry shampoo! I’ve been using the Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo. Probably not the best for my dark hair, as the product itself is completely white, but it does a great job at controlling oil and giving my roots a volume boost!

How do you wash your hair?

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My Favorite Products of the Past Month

At the end of every week… No, more like month, I like to do a routine emptying and reorganizing of the contents of my purse. I have a bad habit of letting things accumulate in there ’til it gets to a point where it feels like I’m lugging around John and Kate Plus Eight. Depending on what was going on that month, I find the contents of my bag vary. For the month of July, it appears I’ve been hauling around, well, tons of makeup. More makeup than one should probably own let alone travel with on the daily. The funny thing is, while reorganizing my bag is usually a mundane task (hence why it’s only done once a month), having all my favorite products of the month in there made the project a lot more enjoyable!

Here’s a few things I found and why I’m loving it all:

July 2014 Faves

Cover FX Illuminating Setting Powder in Medium (Mini) – Plain and simple, it’s brilliant. I ran out of my favorite Neutrogena and Revlon foundations, recently, and decided to give my Bare Minerals Ready Foundation another shot. In a past blog post, I mentioned that I was unimpressed with it’s lasting power but it was the only option I had left base-wise. This time, however, I tried setting it with my Cover FX powder… And I kid you not, my T-Zone was shine-free for an entire work day. I’m amazed. ($32.00 for a full-size at Sephora.com)

Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso – It’s no wonder that this blush has a spot on the pedestals of all the greatest blogs (and the humble ones, like mine). It combines the perfect ratio of pink to peach with fine golden shimmer that works great with any look – from basic winged liner to a smokey eye. ($7.49 at Drugstore.com)

Top Shop Lipstick in Sartorial and NYX Butter Gloss in Maple Blondie – These are two products that I’m surprised wound up in this post. Any time that I’ve ever tried to wear either one alone, they’d been wiped off and replaced with something else almost instantly. Worn together, however, they create a fun, juicy hue that screams SUMMERTIME! Unfortunately, the Top Shop Lipstick isn’t currently available, Mac’s Vegas Volt is quite similar in shade and in price. (NYX Butter Gloss, $4.99 at Ulta.com)

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Benefit Gimme Brows in Light/Medium- I’ve really been into a more natural looking brow lately, and brow gels have been helping me achieve them. This one, in particular, is packed with fibers and pigment that help fill in the sparse areas of your brows and really beef them up. I use the shade Light/Medium but, if you’re looking to achieve fuller more severe looking brows, give the Medium/Deep shade a go! ($22.00 at Sephora.com)

Anastasia Clear Brow Gel – I have really stubborn brow hairs that stick in all the directions you wouldn’t want your brows to… And this clear brow gel from Anastasia is my solution to that. If I really want to go au natural, I skip the pigment and just use this to keep my strands in place. It also works great over powders, though. ($22.00 at Sephora.com)

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Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara in Black – It’s a mascara that’s meant for your bottom lashes. To anyone who is hearing about this for the first time… I thought it was a rip-off, too, until I looked in the mirror at the end of the day and saw zero smudging – just perfectly defined bottom lashes. I’m hooked. ($10.00 at Sephora.com)

Maybelline The Nudes Palette – I cannot rave enough about this palette and you probably don’t need me to as every blogger and their mother already has. All I have to say is that you need it. You need it for it’s remarkable range of warm and cool neutral shades. You need it for it’s buttery soft texture and pleasant color pay-off. You need it for it’s compact size and portability. You need it for it’s sleek packaging and affordable price. I said I wouldn’t rave about it, but I just did. ($9.99 at Ulta.com)

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A Sneek Peek at Two Items I’ve Ticked Off My Beauty Wishlist

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Picture this: I’ve just arrived at CVS. I already know exactly what I’m looking for and where to find it. I make a beeline toward the cosmetics section and approach the Maybelline booth, eyes scanning the variety of products on offer. The foundations. The blushes. The mascara. The eyeshadow… Finally, I see it: the display for the elusive Maybelline The Nudes palette ($9.99 at Ulta.com). But it’s empty. *Cue the dramatic music* My heart skips a beat. There is just one more palette left on display.

Mission accomplished.

Haul Revealed

So, yes, I’ve finally been able to get my hands on The Nudes palette today and, although I have yet to give it a try, I couldn’t wait to share my victory with you! I also purchased the Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso ($7.49 at Drugstore.com), a product I’m sure I need not introduce. There’s two items ticked off my unreasonably long wishlist of beauty items!

Stay tuned for a blog post with my thoughts on these items coming soon!

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A Dupe for the Tarte Lipsurgence Natural Matte Tint

Revlon Kissable Matte Balm Stain

If you love matte lips as much as I do, then you have to check out the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms. At first glance, they immediately reminded me of the Tarte Lipsurgence Natural Matte Tints that I love so much. Have you ever tried them? They come in a sort of chunky crayon form, just like Revlon’s product, and offer a true matte finish that lasts for hours upon hours on the lips. For a while, I had them on a pedestal – there was nothing else like them on the market… Until Revlon made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. Literally. Where Tarte’s version is a whopping $24.00 a pop, Revlon’s is only $9.49. How could I possibly resist?

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Don’t you just love it when the more affordable version is the better option? That’s just the case with the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms. Unlike the Tarte Lipsurgence Natural Matte Lip tint, Revlon’s product doesn’t cling to dry patches on the lips upon application. It glides on smoothly without sacrificing the quality of it’s matte finish or it’s pigmentation. It lasts hours on the lips, just like Tarte’s product, but is still easy to remove at the end of the night. In the photo above, I’m sporting the color 220 Showy – definitely not for the faint of heart. It’s exactly as the name would suggest: showy. If you want something similar but more on the neutral side, give 205 Elusive a try!

Revlon Colorburst Swatch

Close Up of Revlon Colorburst

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One of These Days, Skip the Starbucks for One of These Bad Boys

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The Wet N Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Palettes are my absolute favorite drugstore/high street pick as far as eye makeup is concerned.

What’s not to like about them? Their buttery soft texture? Their amazing pigmentation? The unbelievable variety of shades on offer? If none of those attributes merits a trip to Walgreens, well what about the price? They’re dirt cheap! Wet N Wild palettes range from $3.00 for a trio to $6.00 for a set of 8 shadows. That’s my guilty trip to McDonald’s for a 20 piece McNuggets meal. That’s my happy hour margarita at Celia’s (okay, so maybe after a particularly challenging day, I wouldn’t trade my margarita for eyeshadow).

Lately, I’ve been gravitating toward a trio called Silent Treatment.

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I love the cool tones in this palette. The brow bone color is a pale pink, the crease color a dark brown with flecks of pink and gold glitter, and the eyelid color a beautiful taupe. Both the brow bone and eyelid shade have shimmer running through them that give an almost wet-look on the eyes.

So, whether you’re just getting started building your makeup stash or you already have an established collection, I suggest you make room for the Wet N Wild eyeshadow palettes. They’re worth every penny… All $6.00 worth of them.

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Face Framing Highlights and Purple Shampoo for Color-Treated Blondes

Highlights

I am notorious for experimenting with DIY hair color… And failing miserably at it. You don’t even want to know what happened the last time I attempted to go blonde on my own. So when, recently, I was feeling the itch for a hair makeover, I decided to leave it to a pro. I hopped on over to UK Hair Salon in Burlingame and let Olivia work her magic. The end result is what you see above.

Just a few face framing highlights. Eventually, I plan on adding a few more here and there for a soft ombre effect. The look is quite a bit more drastic than what I was originally hoping for… But I like it! It’s perfect for the summertime. The only thing about going blonde that tends to be a bit challenging for me (and for any other girl with naturally dark tresses) is brassiness. However, I do have a solution that works pretty well for me. Purple shampoo.

John Frieda Blonde

Any color-treated blonde is going to be very familiar with this trick. Purple shampoo is famous for being able to neutralize the brassiness in dark hair that’s been bleached blonde. I personally love John Frieda’s Color Renew Tone Correcting Shampoo. It works fabulously at keeping orange tones at bay while adding shine and softness to your hair. The best part? It’s pretty affordable! At Ulta, it’s on offer for $5.99.

John Frieda Blonde Swatch

If you’re new to the world of color-treated blonde, I have a few tips for you on maintaining the health of your mane. The key point to remember is that by bleaching your hair, you’ve made it more vulnerable to external factors… So it’s going to need a little more TLC.

  1. Avoid washing your hair everyday. This will help your hair whether or not it has been dyed, but it’s particularly helpful to color-treated hair. Especially bleached hair. Constant shampooing strips your hair of it’s natural moisture. Try washing every other day. Eventually, you’ll be able to go longer without a wash. I know it sounds gross, but your hair will thank you!
  2. Aside from being damaging, heat can alter the quality of your color. If you style your hair with hot tools, invest in a good heat protectant.
  3. Bleached hair has a tendency to dry up and become quite straw-like in texture. To avoid this, deep condition your hair once a week and have a hair oil on hand to touch up on moisture. For a deep conditioner, I recommend coconut oil! It’s cheap and readily available at your local grocery store (plus it makes great fudge).
  4. Before jumping into that chlorinated pool water or saltwater, rinse your hair in the shower or sink. Your hair can only absorb so much water so, by soaking it beforehand, you give it a bit of added protection.
  5. And of course… Use a purple shampoo up to three times a week to keep brassiness at bay!

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How Do You Like to Have Your Makeup Done? #ThrowbackThursday #FlashbackFriday

Monica Go To Makeup

This morning, as I tried snapping a few photos of my breakfast for the Instagram, a notification popped up on my phone telling me that my storage was full and, therefore, no more pictures or videos could be taken. I hate when that happens because that means I have to go through all my captured memories and decide which ones I’m alright with deleting. #FirstWorldStruggles, I know.

While browsing, however, I discovered the photo above, which was taken when I was practicing doing makeup on my sister one night. It made me laugh because every time I do my sister’s makeup for any event, she asks for this exact type of look. It’s always a Free People model inspired, soft and carefree look. It suits her well! It’s like her sense of style and personality in makeup form. It made me realize that I do the exact same thing when I’m the one in the makeup artist’s chair – I ask for the same old hollywood style makeup every time.

How do you like having your makeup done? Do you like a more natural look, like my sister? A more classically glamorous look like the ones that I, personally, adore? Perhaps something edgier or more experimental?

It’s amazing how much makeup can be an expression of your personality.

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My Favorite Cheek Products for a Glowing Summer Look

Glowing Cheeks

Who doesn’t love the look of glowing skin? I know I’m a fan. It’s during the summertime, in particular, that my makeup has a tendency to be a little heavy on the bronzer and highlighter… I just can’t help myself. After all, if there’s ever a time of the year that you can get away with being too luminous, it’s in the summer. Right? Right.

That having been said, there are a few products that I find I’ve been using so much, recently, that they’ve become key pieces in my everyday makeup routine for this season.

Cheek Products

These are the Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Bronzer/Blush Duo in Glimmer ($12.99 at Target.com), The Balm Mary Loumanizer ($24.00 at Nordstrom.com), and NYX Blush in Taupe ($5.00 on Drugstore.com).

Both The Balm Mary Loumanizer and NYX Blush are two products that need no introduction. They are cult favorites in the beauty community and are famous as a brilliant, white-gold highlighter and matte contour powder, respectively. The Sonia Kashuk Bronzer/Blush Duo, on the other hand, is a product that I personally think is completely underrated. There are a few reviews circulating through blogosphere, but not enough to do this beautiful cheek product justice.

The bronzer has a gorgeous, metallic finish that gives the skin a remarkably bright and healthy glow. It’s unlike any other bronzer I’ve ever encountered! The blush is a coral shade that pairs beautifully with a slight tan. Worn separately or blended together, this duo creates a look that screams summer. Just be careful when applying… A little goes a very long way.

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Why You Should Never Leave Home Without Your Sunglasses

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Did you wear sunscreen today? Yes? Well, what about your sunglasses? Did you bring them with you? I hope you did! Aside from aiding in more comfortable vision under the bright, squint-inducing sunlight, sunglasses can protect your eyes from UV rays that can cause skin cancer, cataracts, and macular degeneration.

My two favorites are the pair of Tiffany’s ($182.00 at Amazon.com) to the left and Anthropologie (Similar for here and here on Anthropologie.com) to the right. I like to have one really solid pair for every day use and one more affordable pair to take to the beach or some place where I know I risk losing them. Be careful with cheap sunglasses, though! That cute, five dollar pair you found at Forever 21 may do your eyes more harm than good.

Dim lenses cause our pupils dilate, which means that a pair of sunglasses that is not designed to block very much UV light will actually allow more damaging rays to enter your eye area.

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The Lazy Girl’s Skin-Care Routine

Garnier Nourishing Cleansing Oil

This might sound just a little bit sad, but getting ready in the morning is probably my favorite part of the day. Can anyone relate to that? I love starting my day with a hot shower and all my little shower things, bundling up in my bathrobe, and deciding how I’m going to do my makeup for the day. My boyfriend, Brett, thinks its sheer and utter lunacy, but it really is the most relaxing part of my day that I have to myself. Sound sad?

What you might find a little bit sadder is that I hate getting ready for bed. At the end of a long day, all I want to do is plop into bed and sleep. If I could have it my way, I’d forgo taking off my makeup and washing my face every night… But I can’t. So what can a lazy girl do to make the process of getting ready for bed a little bit quicker?

My solution is by using a cleansing oil. In the past, I’ve tried the Josie Maran Cleansing Oil, which is amazing for my skin but a nightmare for my wallet (it’s $32.00 for a 6oz bottle at Sephora). Recently, I took a trip to my local Walgreens and noticed that Garnier had released their own version for only $7.99 (and if you go to Walmart, it’s only $5.97), so I decided to give it a try.

I have to say, I think I like it better than it’s high end alternative! Although the Garnier Nourishing Cleansing Oil is more lightweight than the Josie Maran Cleansing Oil, it dissolves makeup like no other. This stuff melts away my smokey, waterproof product-laden eye makeup so well that when I go in with my toner after cleansing, I find only faint traces of residue on my cotton pad.

If you’re a lazy girl like me, this item will be your skin-care routine savior!

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