With fall leaves dropping left and right and all the PSLs in hand, thought I might show you how to warm up your look with bouncy beach waves year-round. And since I can’t live in short sundresses and bathing suits all 365 days, I’ll just let my big beach hair do the talking. What does your hair say about you? If there’s one statement I like to make all day, every day, it’s that I’m a confident and feminine woman, and my flirty waves speak this truth. I get asked often how I manage to do my hair routine on the daily with three young kids – and now it’s time to share my 5-minute everyday look and my favorite hair hacks!
How I Curl My Hair
Armed with mycurling weapon of choice for the past 3.5 years, the Caruso Steam Setter, I am confident I will achieve big, flirtatious beach waves in 5 minutes. With the steam setter, I find that I don’t have to do any prep work to set my hair. With traditional curling irons, I used to have to prep my hair with leave-in conditioner before blowing dry and curling to achieve volume. The steam setter seems to hold my curls better and for longer, and causes less damage to your hair. A win-win, since I style my hair every day so the less stress (and product) on your strands the better, ya know?
Small, Medium, or Large? Goldilocks wants to know. Just kidding. Always go with the bigger sizes for beach curls. I use a Large roller for the three sections around the face, and Medium for the back sections.
Time to curl. Simply drop a roller into the steamer and heat for 10-15 seconds.
Clip up the top front section of your hair in a 1-1.5 inch chunk. Take the hot roller off the steam setter and twist your hair around it TOWARDS your face, making sure the very ends get tucked in all the way for a seamless look. I like to roll this top front section towards my face because it gives it a “tucked in” look around the ear.
Repeat with the two sections on each side of your face. For these sections, I like to curl it AWAY from the face, but this is a personal preference.
Curl the back sections down towards your head.
*Pro tip: Before you curl a section, make sure to drop in another roller into the steam setter to warm it up and get it ready for the next section.
Ready to unveil. As soon as all sections have been curled, remove each roller. Don’t leave in the rollers too long, or the curls will be too curly.
How I Finish
Transitioning to the dryness of the fall/winter months, I look for any way to add texture to give my hair that lived in, fresh-from-the-ocean look. So basically… don’t skip out on the texturizing spray after you curl. My favorite is the ORIBE Dry Texturizing Spray, which acts as an alternative to dry shampoo, absorbing oil and leaving you with just-styled hair for days. Together with the Caruso Steam Setter the pair adds big volume and texture for the most perfect, easy breezy beach curls.
I think these are taboo topics that women aren’t supposed to talk about, but there you have it. I said it. I am not embarrassed or ashamed to admit I do these things, because I didn’t do it to please anyone but myself. I believe that one can feel confident and beautiful au natural, or also get a little help to get there. Women put on makeup every day, and to me, these other things are just another step in the beauty game. And there ain’t no shame in the game.
At a private event hosted by SOLUX Med Spa in Chicago, I recently learned about an innovative treatment called CoolSculpting. This is a procedure that is the only FDA-cleared, non-surgical fat reduction treatment that uses controlled cooling to eliminate stubborn fat that resists all efforts through diet and exercise. Freeze away fat? Are you intrigued to know more? I was skeptical, but interested. Okay, really interested, my ears perked right up and so did my right hand, because I raised it to volunteer to be a model to receive a free CoolSculpting live demonstration.
CoolSculpting basically boils down to science (excuse the pun, see what I did?). But really, the technology safely delivers precisely controlled cooling to effectively target the fat cells. Once the fat cells are gone, they’re gone for good. Hasta la vista, baby! You can read more about CoolSculpting here.
The first-time results were so promising that I agreed to a second CoolSculpting session in partnership with SOLUX Med Spa; this time to demonstrate at a CoolSculpting event open to the public.
My personal experience with CoolSculpting was that the procedure during the first session was a little uncomfortable when the machine was placed on me. I felt pressure and intense cold for a few minutes but then it disappeared. At the second session, the suction didn’t feel as strong. I dealt with Shamaila from SOLUX a lot while scheduling session, and she was a total DOLL. She educated me on the procedure in advance so I didn’t have one ounce of hesitation. I love that the CoolSculpting procedure is completely non-surgical, so I was able to resume regular monkey-wrangling activities as planned right afterwards. By monkeys, I mean my three boys. And bonus points for the private CoolSculpting suite – which is totally gorgeous and flooded with natural lighting everywhere, giving a spa-like environment that is designed to enhance the experience, so that patients can read a book, work from their laptop, or even take a nap. Which you KNOW I did, since I was sans kids!
I actually see a difference, like promised. I still have some pudge, but not like before! Before and After photos are presented with each session. My first session was in April and my second was in July. It’s been exactly 1 month since the last treatment. SOLUX says you may start to see changes as quickly as three weeks, and will experience the most dramatic results after two months. This was totally spot on for me. But your body will still flush out fat cells and continues doing so for up to four to six months after treatment – and I’m excited to see more results over the next couple months without having to do any work 😉
After my second CoolSculpting session with SOLUX Med Spa, I’m definitely a believer. This procedure was so worth it. If you’re local in Chicago, you can contact SOLUX for a free consultation to see if it’s right for you. You won’t be sorry!
This post is in partnership with SOLUX Med Spa in Chicago.
LipSense lip color-Kiss For A Cause with Glossy Gloss
I once heard that an average millionaire has seven sources of income, and that stuck with me. I mean, who doesn’t want to be rich? I am a professional lifestyle blogger. I am a professional photographer. And now, friends, let me tell you how I’m tapping into entrepreneurial spirit once more – I am now a LipSense distributor!
LipSense is a smudge-proof lipstick product made by SeneGence. It is gluten free, vegan, wax free, animal cruelty free, non GMP and Kosher, to boot. Whew. What a mouthful, excuse the pun. You know all those videos you see of your LipSense friends running their fingers across their lips and showing the camera that nothing came off? It’s for real, my friends. For those of you who know me IRL or have been following me on Instagram for a long time, you know that I’m awfully candid and honest. Sometimes to my detriment. So when I tell you that LipSense is literally God’s gift to women (and I don’t believe in God), you can believe me and all the magical things you have heard about LipSense either from consumers or other distributors. (And if you don’t know a single person selling LipSense, WHO ARE YOU and DO YOU LIVE IN A BUBBLE?)
Now, a little more about how I got interested in distributing LipSense. Most of you know that I’m obsessed with beauty products almost as much as I am with dresses. I spend a bit of time every morning “getting ready” for the day; this includes my full hair and makeup routine, even though I have 3 young kids. And now with the variety of LipSense colors added into my repertoire, I have upped my lips’ moisturizing content and overall beauty game to another level. (I might be a little obsessed with matching my lip color to my outfit of the day, just saying.) People stop me on the street to compliment my lipstick all the time!
So what exactly is this post about? Well, it’s an answer to all the people who have been DM’ing me on Instagram or emailing me questions lately – letting you know what I’ve been up to these days and more about this product’s features. I’m sorry if it is a little sales-pitchy. That’s what I do with LipSense. Is LipSense the only product of its kind on the market? No. There are other liquid lipsticks on the market and some of them last a really long time. Besides the obvious reasons of serious staying power and moisturizing content, here’s what else I love about LipSense and what you will, too:
The colors are varied and fun. There are so many must-have colors! What’s been selling very well for me are Bombshell, Beige Champagne, and Blu Red – and I think the reason for this is because everyone needs/wants at least one good nude and one good bold lip color.
There are a LOT of pictures available of different people wearing any given color, so you can see how it might look on your skin tone. You can also get samples from your distributor.
I personally like LipSense because buying it means supporting people I know and care about. I was never one for MLM, but I’ve come in contact with quite a few SAHM friends who are making this a successful side hustle and this is what hooked me. In my experience so far, it’s been an easy way to make extra lucrative income without doing much. The most work I’ve done so far is run to the post office every day to drop off packages. I now belong to a sisterhood and it also makes me SO HAPPY when girls try LipSense for the first time and love it!
My goal for the next six months is to bring in thousands a month and to eventually earn a car and trips. If you’re interested in trying or buying LipSense, or joining my team as a distributor, please contact me here. You can also join my Facebook group here, or follow along on my LipSense Instagram account @pout_with_me.
California gurls We’re unforgettable Daisy dukes Bikinis on top Sun-kissed skin So hot We’ll melt your Popsicle Ooh oh ooh Ooh oh ooh…
Anyone else get Katy Perry stuck in their head when they think of California? The campy lyrics are on repeat in my head every time I think about my recent trip to California. Earlier this month I went to Los Angeles to shoot an Armenian wedding (my very first one!) and stayed in hip Santa Monica and Hollywood. Joining me on this West Coast adventure were all the flirty floral rompers and off-shoulder dresses I could dig up (scroll down to shop my looks)… you know, a girl’s gotta work on her suntan!
This is my third time in LA, but I still managed to check off something new on my bucket list – Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which is basically every fashion and lifestyle blogger’s dream to shoot at. Other memorable highlights of my trip included watching the new Wonder Woman movie at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, and strolling along Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach… also, couch-surfing a night at a stranger’s house when I was left without accommodations at the last minute… leave a comment here and I’ll tell you all about it 😉
Once upon a time I almost moved to Cali. Like, it didn’t work out one week before I was scheduled to leave, that’s how close I was to calling the Golden State home. I love, love, love it here so much, maybe I’ll get back here one day in the future… until then, I’ll just be California dreamin’ of a place where the grass is really greener…