Help For The Brows & Boobies : {EES Essential Eyebrow Solution®}

I hate to admit it, but I used to shave my eyebrows in the late 90’s and early 2000’s.  BEFORE YOU JUDGE ME, remember that thin eyebrows were in!…in I tell you!  (90’s Pamela Anderson gets it).

Anyway, because of this “brilliant” idea, I have always had a love/hate relationship with my eyebrows.  I spent years growing them back, only to find that they never came back as thick as they used to be.  I am sure you have often heard from people that they used to overpluck and now their eyebrows don’t grow back….well I am one of those people.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my eyebrows now, but I have had to work really hard at them, and I still long for them to be fuller.

Fast-Forward from the 90’s to today and it’s all about the full, natural eyebrows!  Eyebrow powders, gels, and pencils are everywhere…we all want those perfect, bold, Kardashian “brows on fleek.”  You may remember that a while back I had a post called “Birthday & Brows”  where I discussed my longing for perfect brows, and how in my pursuit of said perfect brows…my eyebrows were botched and I spent months trying to bring them back to life!

Well I am excited to share with you all a new product that I just discovered and am about to start trying to help my brows! EES Essential Eyebrow Solution®  helps to nourish and revitalize eyebrow hair and has been shown to support eyebrow fullness and suppleness. It is also the first clinically tested eyebrow solution in the beauty consumer market!  It was actually originally formulated for chemotherapy patients, to help prevent the loss of eyebrow hair during treatment.  Thats so cool right?!

So, in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, EES® is proud to offer 20% off your first purchase of EES®.  Use Promo Code EES20SOCIAL.  Plus, they’ll donate 10% of all proceeds in October to @Lookgoodfeelbetter So grab yourself a bottle  (Here) and try it with me!  We can help our brows and at the same time, help the boobies by thinking pink and helping fund breast cancer research!  

Now for my Before Photos (I can’t wait to show you my After Photos in a few months):

You can see here that the end of my left eyebrow is thin and just almost cuts short.  I have tried to grow out the hairs but I have to fill it in a lot with pencil & powder.  My right eyebrow does continue more than the left, but it is patchier/thinner and the arch at the top is not as defined.  I end up penciling these areas in to match my other brow.   Each bottle comes with instructions and some cotton swabs for easy application.   Check back in with me in a few months for my “after” photos!

 

It’s Starting To Feel Like Fall! : {Fall Home Decor}

I bought this chalkboard stand (it’s Target Threshold) at Goodwill for $2.99!

I love the idea of using washi tape to help decorate.  I bought this one at Target on sale (It’s Scotch Brand)!

This mantel was in serious need of a makeover when we bought this house.  You can check out the transformation here.

Mantel Makeover

I am a HUGE fireplace fan!  I grew up with one, and my husband and I haven’t had one in years and I was so excited when we bought our house that it had a fireplace and mantel!  Our home was built in 1996 and has A LOT of honey wood and just feels a bit dated.  I have always been a fan of white wood and furnishings in my home and I couldn’t wait to turn our mantel white.  Here is the before and after!

Tiki Tiki Tiki : {My New Fave}

I have become obsessed lately with Tiki Bars!  My friends Matt & Molly began taking me to some about a year and a half ago and I have been so into the vibe ever since.  Tiki bars are back people!

My two favorite Tiki Bars:

Frankie’s Tiki Room in Las Vegas, Nevada…it’s like walking into a Mad Men episode.

Don The Beachcombers in Sunset Beach, California….go to the bar area and they have great food!

As a going away/house warming gift, my friends bought us some Tiki drink glasses and they are adorable so i just wanted to pass them along.  You can get them here.

Every time I went to Frankie’s, I would take the green drink stirrers for my bar cart decor.  They are great and I reuse them all the time and then just throw them in the dishwasher.  

Birthdays & Brows : {Perfect Brows Aren’t All They Are Cracked Up To Be}

Do you ever go down the rabbit trail on Instagram?  You know, go to the discover section, search a hashtag, stalk celebrities, or lookup friends your friends have tagged?  Well I do all the time…usually at night when I am laying in bed.

A rabbit trail I became obsessed with a while back was looking at professional brow artists and how they transformed eyebrows.  Having a strong brow game has become all the rage and I was in need of some serious help. I made the mistake of over-plucking and my brows got too thin.  So I began growing them out and decided to go to one of the popular brow places in LA as a birthday treat.  Luckily, my amazing friend Claire decided to treat me for my birthday and we headed to Venice Beach for a girls day and brow upgrade!

Unfortunately, my dreams of being one of those Instagram girls with the picture perfect brows wasn’t exactly what I ended up with.  Why am I not surprised?  No matter how hard I have tried at times, perfection just isn’t for me!  Check out the pics and read below for what the end result was 😐

Here are my brows before I got them done:
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And after…..IMG_5184IMG_5183IMG_5182Sure the brow shape is more precise, but it felt so fake.  Most of the “perfect shape” they achieved was from filling it in with a brow pencil and powder.  I don’t mind filling my brows in a little, but I don’t like the idea of totally drawing them on…and this is how I felt after.  I def had a chola look going on haha.  What they do is brush all your eyebrow hairs up, then cut them short, and fill in the gaps with pencils and powder.  The hope is that your eyebrows eventually fill in the gaps in the direction they brushed.  My brows took months to recover and I went back to shaping them myself!

 

 

Nexxus New York Salon Care : {A Review}

This post is sponsored by Nexxus New York Salon Care, a product of Unilever, as a part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

IMG_6893As a busy mom of two, I would say my focus on hair care has decreased on a grading scale from an A to a B- or C.  In my younger days and especially in my Cosmetology School Days (Yes I went to Cosmo School…but that’s another story), I cared SO MUCH about my hair care.  I loved sampling new products, loved the way they smelled and felt…and I used to just geek out hard!  I also used to be very protective of my “fancy” hair products and didn’t like others to use them because they cost more than my pre-cosmetology school hair care products that I picked up at the local 99¢ store :).  But over the years, my desire to try and save time and money has gotten the best of me, which has lead me to my B- or C grade.  I know that cheaper products strip your hair, dry it out, don’t keep it PH balanced, make it brittle, etc etc….but I just got into the bad habit of buying middle of the road/so so products.

It’s easy to fall into the mindset that all hair products and shampoos are the same, but that just isn’t true.  It’s funny how changing even just your hair care products can make you feel a little more put together and improve your self esteem for the day.  On the mornings that I know are going to be crazy with the kids…if I just get up a little earlier and make sure I have showered and feel ready and fresh….it’s a much better day.  Much better than when I just am rushing around, hair thrown up and greasy, and barely brushed my teeth haha….oh the mom life :).  Anyway, it’s important to me to feel my best and I have been needing to freshen up my daily hair care routine and change my grade back to an A.  So I partnered with my friends at Nexxus NY Salon Care and tried a new amazing hair system that I have to share with you all: The Nexxus New York Salon Care Therappe & Humectress line!  Each product in this new evolved line has a targeted purpose and yet they all work together as a part of the total system.  This line nourishes hair with concentrated 100% pure Elastin Protein and a precious Caviar Complex.  Caviar Complex will be referenced a lot in the product descriptions, and it’s a highly nutritious marine complex infused with Caviar renowned for its luxuriousness and richness in protein.

Below I have listed the products and their descriptions out….plus my take on them.  My overall review though is that it felt good to care for my hair with products that I know are scientifically good for my hair and make me feel pretty with their amazing smell and feel.

Now for the products! Yay!

IMG_6914Product:  Step 1: Nexxus New York Salon Care THERAPPE Replenishing System Shampoo Caviar Complex

Description:  Silicone free and enriched with a Caviar Complex and Concentrated 100% Pure Elastin Protein.  This Shampoo cleanses, while rebalancing hair by rebuilding broken bonds and replenishing nutrients within, leaving hair responsive.

My Review/Thoughts: First of all I love the smell! Second, the first thing I noticed as I rinsed it out, was that my hair immediately felt softer….there was a definite difference than the way it usually feels.

IMG_6915Product: Step 2:  Nexxus New York Salon Care HUMECTRESS Replenishing System Conditioner Caviar Complex

Description:  Enriched with a Caviar Complex and Concentrated 100% Pure Elastin Protein, HUMECTRESS Restoring Conditioner locks in nourishment and restores the protective barrier vital for improved alignment and seamless fluidity.

My Review/Thoughts:  This has a different smell but it’s great too! This made my hair feel soft too!

IMG_6920Product:  Step 2: Nexxus New York Salon Care HUMECTRESS Replenishing System Masque Caviar Complex

Description:  Enriched with Caviar Complex and Concentrated 100% Pure Elastin Protein, HUMECTRESS Restoring Masque intensely moisturizes targeting dry spots to give balance throughout.  Rich in Glycerin infused at a level that deeply rehydrates by binding moisture within.  Releasing true alignment, fro hair that moves as you do with liquid fluidity.

My Review/Thoughts:  I put this on for about 5 minutes in the shower after conditioning and let it just soak in and there was a definite difference in the softness I felt.

IMG_6917Product:  Step 3:  Nexxus New York Salon Care HUMECTRESS LUXE Replenishing System Lightweight Conditioning Mist

Description:  Weightlessly conditions the hair surface releasing captivating shine , improving manageability for hair and seamless movement.

My Review/Thoughts:  I sprayed this in my damp hair after I showered, then brushed and styled. It feels very weightless and not greasy at all.  It doesn’t make your hair feel like it has any product in it at all….and has an amazing smell similar to the shampoo.

IMG_6898Product:  Step 3: Nexxus New York Salon Care ENCAPSULATE Replenishing System Serum

Description:  Enriched with a Caviar Complex and Concentrated 100% Pure Elastin Protein.  This sophisticated blend marks the first time in the world concentrated conditioning oil has been encapsulated into pearls and suspended in a water-based rebuilding serum rich in nutrients and pure protein.  Fused together this weightlessly powerful blend targets damaged hair by intelligently reconstructing within and repairing hair progressively, smoothing the fibre surface to bring it back to its pre-damaged state.

My Review/Thoughts:  Looking at this I thought it would by greasy or syrupy or sticky…but it isn’t any of those things…it is just like most of the items in this line are described…lightweight.  I rubbed it on my fingers and once it dried, there was no residue…I couldn’t even tell it was on there.  And it was the same with my hair.  I also applied it the next day to help tame my hair after brushing.

IMG_6903Product:  Nexxus New York Salon Care Volume Mousse + Volumizing Foam Light Hold

Description:  A luxurious, whipped, aerated mousse gives even the finest hair body and volume.  This light hold, cushiony creme mousse will lightly moisturize and visibly bodify hair.  Blow dry to lift, sculpt and hold all your full-bodied styles.

My Review/Thoughts:  I never usually use mousse, but after reading the description, I was very curious to use it because I am always looking for more volume.  I ay have a lot of hair, but it isn’t very coarse and I often feel like it gets limp and flat on top.  I used this mousse and then blow dried my hair (a little upside down and with a round brush). My fear with mousse is that 80’s crunchy curl thing….and I couldn’t tell at all that I had any in my hair.  My hair definitely felt lighter all day and the next day too!

IMG_6904Product:  Nexxus New York Salon Care Control Maxximum Finishing Mist Strong Hold

Description:  A micro-fine, refreshingly fragrant mist with superior hold gives long-lasting control and manageability, fluidly defining hard o retain styles.  This strong hold, yet lightweight formula, adds a light luminosity to hair while maintaining suppleness and touchability.

My Review/Thoughts:  I always hairspray my hair upside down to hold some volume and this was a great replacement to my normal hairspray and it helped lock my style in place.

IMG_6902Product:  Nexuss New York Salon Care Volume Dry Shampoo Refreshing Mist With Pearl Extract

Description:  Weightlessly cleanses hair in between regular washes, giving refreshing volume and fluidity.  This lightweight formulation extends the life of your style by refreshing your hair between washes.

My Review/Thoughts:  Let me first start by saying I am a fan of dry shampoos.  I use them all the time, almost every day.  Being a busy mom, and not liking to wash my hair every day to keep my hair healthy with natural oils, I use dry shampoos to keep my hair looking fresh.  The biggest complaint I have about most dry shampoos I have tried is that they leave a white powdery streak in my dark hair.  This one was great!  I love the smell, and NO WHITE RESIDUE!  DO YOU REALIZE HOW LONG I’VE BEEN SEARCHING FOR THIS?!  I am using it all the time haha!

Now for the finished look!IMG_6929I can’t take a photo without a kid climbing in it haha….worth it 🙂
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Thanks again to Nexxus New York Salon Care and be sure to follow them on their social medias:

Instagram: @nexxusnysaloncare

Facebook: Nexxus New York Salon Care Facebook

Twitter: Nexxus New York Salon Care Twitter

XOXO,

Caroline

Bah-Bye Long Hair : {Practicing Bravery}

IMG_1706First let me start off with saying I totally understand the eye roll at the idea that cutting my hair is an act of bravery (1st world problems), and totally acknowledge that real bravery is shown by so many in so much greater ways than a haircut.  But this is just a little story into the craziness of my mind and that for me, this is a big deal…and this is my truth. (Insert another eye roll haha).

You know on those weight loss/makeover shows where they meet some celeb hairstylists and stylists and just totally get transformed???  I literally have so much anxiety when I watch those because I imagine myself in their shoes and all I can think is “I don’t care how much they pay me or how famous the hairstylist is….they are NOT chopping my hair off!”  I have literally always had longhair…the only time I had short hair was in 7th grade when I decided to chop it off and always regretted it.  Whenever I go to my hairstylist friend Nicki P. (Sup girl), I always plead “JUST A TRIM GIRL”….but not this time.

First some background:  I grew up in a family of women who had thinner hair who couldn’t grow it very long…and they would gush over my “pretty thick long hair” and would always tell me to never cut it!  I believed the hype and never did.  I developed this idea that long hair was prettiest and feared short hair on myself.  But what always ends up happening is my hair gets super long and cumbersome and I end up looking like Cher with a drape of dark hair that has no body (no offense Cher), and my head aches at the end of the day from the weight of it.

And lately things have been different….the past few years I have been on a journey of really reflecting on my life and my actions and why I think the way I do and act/respond the way I do to things…and I came to the realization with the help of my mentor, that I live in a lot of fear and anxiety….AND I NEVER KNEW IT!  There are too many to list, but in regards to my hair…fears like this: “If I cut my hair I won’t be pretty anymore.  I’m not skinny enough for short hair.  If I cut my hair, what else do I have that makes me stand out?”  etc etc.  And when I finally realized I thought this about my hair and me, all I could think was….DUMB!!!!

On my lunch breaks (before I got laid off a few weeks ago), I would take walks around the building and journal, sing and pray.  It was a time for me to just really get centered for the day and process things.  The day I came to the realization about my fears with my self image and hair, I was listening to this song on one of those walks.  It’s called “You Make Me Brave” and the lead singer at one point is just belting these lyrics over and over and getting more and more passionate:

You make me brave
You call me out beyond the shore into the waves
You make me brave
You make me brave
No fear can hinder now the promises you made

And basically she is singing about how God makes us brave and calls us beyond our comfort zone but he promises to be with us and about how his love just pours out over us.  ITS AMAZING and these girls rock.  (You should see me as I sing this song…lots of belting and fingers pointing and wave motions with my hands lol…I can’t help it).  So to make a long story longer…thats when it hit me.  I just thought “I am living in fear and I don’t want to live like that! This is dumb, and I still have value and am beautiful to God whether I have long hair or short! And I will cling to Him for my identity and self worth, and to nothing else!” And that afternoon I went to see Nicole and she chopped it.  I felt free and like a weight was off my shoulders….and I wasn’t scared at all…it was exciting!

Me at work with super long hair the day of my haircut before I went in.
IMG_1673Right after she cut it!IMG_1693Me in the car after she styled it and I sent the pic to all my besties haha!IMG_1697

So now fast forward to today:  I am still glad I cut it because it crushed some old fears, has been fun, and is so light!  And if I ever want to cut it again, it will be easy.  But I do miss my long hair some and will most likely grow it back for these reasons:

  1. My daughter asks for me to grow it back multiple times a week so she can play with my “rapunzel hair” again.  I try and convince her I am Rapunzel at the end of Tangled…but she isn’t buying it haha.
  2. I was the queen of braids with hats and top knots/buns and I MISS THEM!  I miss how easy it was to just put my hair up.  With short hair I feel like you almost have to do it more…or put in a bunch of bobby pins.
  3. I feel like with short hair…at least my short hair…it’s hard to differentiate from styled, to fancy hair for special events.  (Maybe I just don’t know how to style short hair yet though..tips are greatly appreciated :))

Thanks for listening to my ramblings and CHEERS TO BEING BRAVE FRIENDS!
XOXOIMG_1846

 

 

 

Feel free to check out the video here:

 

Mermaid Hair : {My Fave Beach Waves Tutorial}

IMG_8772So I’ve been over my hair.  Do you ever get those days where you feel like you are just doing the same thing over and over again??  The thought I always get when in these moments is “I look like Cher” with my straight, dark hair.  I want some movement people!…Not to dig on Cher at all!  So in my obsession lately with the gorgeous Tone It Up girls…I started to search for how to get their hair!  Being a SoCal girl you would think I have the beach waves down, and I don’t.  Don’t get me wrong, I know how to curl my hair with my wand, but it always comes out a bit tighter than I want.  I love this tutorial and used it this last weekend for a wedding.  In the video they use their Sea Salt Spray but I used a cheaper version that worked great! Good luck beach babes!!

XOXO,

Caroline

 

Birchbox : {June}

This month Birchbox was another “Style Me Pretty” box that was a collection of happily ever after must-haves.  I love saving these pretty boxes for wrapping gifts and my desk organization!IMG_6910 Not sure what Birchbox is?  See my original post here.

OR want to join Birchbox click here: Sweetly Lemon Birchbox Invite

Now for the products:
IMG_6917BONUS:

Included was this gorgeous hair tie from Deepa Gurnani

IMG_6918Vasanti Brighten Up Exfoliating Cleanser

This customer fave mimics the effects of microdermabrasion for glowing skin.

My Review:  I have gotten this sample before and I love it.  I am a sucker for exfoliaters!  I still cleanse with my regular cleanser to ensure I remove all my makeup, and then I use the Vasanti cleanser to exfoliate.

IMG_6919Kerastase Elixir Ultime

Lightweight, nutrient-rich oil that leaves hair glossy, manageable, and photo-perfect.

IMG_6920LA FRESH Waterproof Makeup Remover

Antioxidant-packed, biodegradable wipes that cleanse and nourish skin.

My Review:  I loved these!  They are soft, leave the skin/eye area soft, and the smell is a spa-like lavender smell.

IMG_6922Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow

Rich in antioxidants and aloe, this multitasker gives skin a dewy finish.

IMG_6923Laura Geller Beauty Baked Color True Blush

Baked from liquid pigments, this tint delivers a flattering, natural-looking flush.

My Review:  No joke, I was just wishing I had a new pink blush and kept meaning to go and buy one, but life’s craziness got in the way…..and then this box showed up and there was a pink blush in it! So awesome!

IMG_6925This girl stole my hair tie and now its a bracelet haha. 

Birchbox : {April}

This month Birchbox’s theme was April Showers and they included a cute note that went with that theme.  They had “52 Bright Ideas For A Rainy Day” and I received tip #8.  (See the card below).
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Not sure what Birchbox is?  See my original post here.

OR want to join Birchbox click here: Sweetly Lemon Birchbox Invite

Now for the products:

IMG_4148Beauty Protector

Best-selling elixir that locks in color, protects from heat damage, and adds silkiness.

My Review:  I love hair elixir’s and leave in treatments and I was excited about this one.  It works well, smells fun and flirty, but my bottle was broken!  So I have to poor it into my hand and rub it onto my hair…not really sure if I am getting the same effect that way.

IMG_4152 Color Club Aquamarine Azulino Nail Polish

Birchbox and Gala Gonzalez teamed up to create this exclusive shimmery shade.

My Review:  This is a pretty color and looks perfect for spring but I honestly won’t wear it because I don’t like shimmery nail polishes.  #regift

IMG_4153 Supergoop! Daily Correct SPF 35 CC Cream

Next-generation SPF 35 CC cream that triple protects against UVA, UVB, and infrared-A rays.

My Review: I LOVE THIS!  It has officially replaced my BB cream and I wear it instead of makeup on my days off.  I have already ordered the full size from Birchbox!

IMG_4171KIND Snacks Healthy Grains Maple Pumpkin Seed with Sea Salt Bar

The perfect combo of salty and sweet, these delicious treats pack a whole-grain punch. 

My Review:  I keep almond butter packs, lara bars and KIND bars in my daughter’s diaper bag in case we are out for the day and I don’t have time to eat.  But I usually get just the fruit and nut KIND bars so I was excited to try a new one…but the “Gluten Free” labeling worried me a bit since I imagine it wouldn’t taste as good as their normal bars.  It was good but not great.  The sea salt was a little too much, and the texture was a little chewy…but I enjoyed the pumpkin seeds.

 Sumita Color Contrast Jamun Eyeliner (Deep Purple) (NOT PICTURED)

This soft wax pencil delivers rich, long-lasting color that won’t irritate eyes.

My Review:  I like using a dark purple eyeliner from time to time and this is a great option.  But I usually use Mac’s Prunella for this and don’t see the need to switch at the moment.