Gift Guide: For the Beauty Lover

Hello, friends! Christmas is now a week away, so this is my last gift guide of the season. (P.S. a lot of these items are small enough that they would make great stocking stuffers!) Just in case you missed my other holiday gift guides, you can find them here:

Gift Guide: Under $150 • Gift Guide: For the Girl Who Loves to LoungeGift Guide For Him

beauty gift guide1. Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in ‘Gold Goddess’ and ‘Bronzed Bell’…$24 

(I’m wearing this eyeshadow in this photo. It’s amazing and I always get compliments when I wear it!)

2. Fresh Sugar Lip Polish…$24

3. St. Tropez Self Tan Starter Kit…$25

4. T3 Twirl Convertible Curling Iron with 1.25 Inch Barrel…$185

5. Dior Addict Lip Maximizer…$33

6. Slip Silk Pillowcase…$79-$99

7. Sigma Makeup Brush Cleaning Mat…$25

8. Kate Spade New York Cameron Street-Leather Cosmetics Case…$78

All About My Hair

Hello friends! So this is a pretty big post, because I’ve got some pretty big hair. Lol not exactly, but it’s a big post because my hair takes a lot of work, but the work almost always pays off. My hair is something I get a lot of comments and questions about it, whether it’s from you fine readers, my friends, or strangers!

My hair is one of my favorite features…on a good day. When it’s having a bad day, I pretty much hate my hair, but I guess we all feel like that when we have bad hair days. The fact is, a lot of my confidence stems from my hair and if it’s participating or not. If my hair turns into flat frizz from the awful summer humidity in Charleston, or if I didn’t feel like styling my hair and have to put it up in a frizzy curly ponytail, I’m pretty much bummed about it for the rest of the day. It doesn’t matter if I’m wearing the most amazing outfit ever, or my makeup looks flawless. If my hair looks bad, I feel bad. Yes, I know I am quite the Negative Nancy.

But, I thought it would be fun to share my hair background and routine, just because I get so many comments and questions about it. If I miss anything or you have any other questions, just leave a comment below!

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| Sweater: BP. |

Hair Background

Excuse the language, but when people ask what my natural hair is like, I like to joke that it’s “naturally sh***y.” I say this because my natural hair is just plain whacky. Let me explain: If I wash my hair and put some mousse in it while it’s wet, the bottom layer of my hair ends up being sort of wavy/frizzy/straight, the middle layer sort of wavy/frizzy/curly, and then the top layer sort of wavy/frizzy/straight. …Did I mention that it’s frizzy?… Basically, my natural hair is just really inconsistent. Sometimes I can wear it natural (with product) and it will look awesome, but 80% of the time it just looks bad when it’s natural. Now my natural hair without any product in it, just completely air-dried, is just awful. There’s no leaving my house with just my 100% natural hair in tow. I’ve never left my house with it like that, and I never will. It just looks frizzy and terrible. You may think I’m over-exaggerating, but just trust me on this.

The key to my hair is definitely in how I get it cut. I have to have some sort of side bang and layers, otherwise my hair doesn’t flatter my round face or have as much volume. I just ask my stylist for lots of layers, side bangs, and face framing pieces. I don’t switch up my layers and bangs very often because I just think it’s the most flattering cut for me. I’ve had pretty much the same style of hair in terms of layers since high school, and I’ve always kept it that way because it works for me.  I also get my hair highlighted. I get lighter blond highlights in front to frame my face, and honey-blonde highlights throughout the rest of my hair to give it some dimension and show off my curls better.

Let me just walk you through a quick pros and cons list of my hair:

Cons: it requires a lot of work for it to look good…very thick so it takes a long time to style…easily impacted by humidity…I can’t switch up my part like some people (I’ve tried doing a middle part, and it was just okay)…it takes forever to grow

Pros: it holds style pretty well (when it’s not humid!!)…very thick so it has natural volume…when it’s having a good day, it looks really goodlol not to sound like a total tool

Hair Products and Tools

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| Shampoo | Conditioner | Heat Protectant | Wet Brush | Curling Iron | Hairspray One | Hairspray 2 |

Styling Process

So, I know a lot of people probably would have made some sort of video tutorial about how to style their hair, but to be honest, I have no idea how to edit video, so I’m just going to give you a step-by-step process of what I do. If you find it boring and don’t want to read it, I don’t blame you, but for those of you who are curious, I hope this is helpful!

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I always shampoo and condition my hair with this shampoo and this conditioner. I’ve been using it for about a year and a half and I can’t use anything else because I’m high maintenance. It just makes your hair feel so good and healthy! I always shampoo my hair first, then I put the conditioner on and let it soak into my hair for the rest of my shower, so about ten minutes or so. I probably wash my hair three times a week on average, depending on how often I plan on curling my hair that week. To me, my hair always looks best the day it’s washed.

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When my hair is still wet, I spray this heat protectant on my ends, brush it through using this wet brush, and then I wait about 10-15 minutes before I blow dry it. I loathe blow drying my hair. It is the worst. But it’s just something I have to do. I have no method for blow-drying my hair, other than just point-and-shoot. I also use a blow dryer from Target that I’ve had since high school, so nothing special here. When I’m finished blow drying, my hair looks frizzy and straight. Just another reason why I didn’t do any sort of video tutorial…nobody wants to see that. I plan on investing in a really nice blow dryer one day, like the Dry Bar or T3 one, just because I’ve heard that they are life changers when it comes to blow drying hair.

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Then I curl my hair. I always use the 1-inch straight barrel of the T3. This takes me about 30 minutes total. I brush and part my hair, then section it off into three sections using these clips, one big section in the back of my head, and then one section on each side. From there I start with the bottom half of the back chunk of hair, and curl it piece by piece, then I do the top half after that. And I do the same thing with the side chunks as well, always curling away from my face (this is important). I do this repeatedly until I get to my bangs. My bangs are little more complicated. First I take my bangs and I straighten them with a cheap-o straightening iron like this one, that I’ve had since high school, because they tend to get frizzy, so straightening them gets rid of that frizz so they are easier to curl. Then I curl them aways from my face using a 1-inch curling iron with a clamp like this (I just use another random curling iron that I’ve had for years). I have to use a curling iron with a clamp for my bangs because they are too short to wrap around the barrel of my T3! The bangs part is super tedious, I know, but it’s just what I have to do to style my bangs!

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From there, I just tousle it, and re-curl any pieces that might have fallen flat or need a little extra help. Then I spray hairspray. To do this I lean my head back a bit, and then spray the hairspray all over. I do this because it gives my hair a little more volume! I used to use this hairspray, and it is super great if you want a lot of hold, but I felt that it made my hair feel dirtier the next day which bugged me. If you are looking for strong hold though, I highly recommend it. I now use this hairspray. It definitely is not anti-humidity as it claims to be, as my hair is still easily affected by humidity even when I wear it, but it does have really good hold, and doesn’t make my hair feel as dirty the next day as the Kenra hairspray does. (By the way, if anyone knows of any amazing anti-humidity products that work, PLEASE let me know. It’s definitely the biggest problem I have with my hair during the warm months and it drives me crazy!)

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Well, I hope this was helpful! At some point in the future, I will do a video tutorial! If I left anything out or you have any other questions just leave a comment and let me know!

-Hayley

 

March Favorites

Hello, friends! As you’ve probably seen many bloggers do, I have decided to take a spin at doing a post for my “favorites” for each month, at the end of every month. These favorites will mostly be fashion and beauty-related, but I’m also thinking about including a Charleston or Charlotte restaurant or store every now and then! I know that these are done so often on style blogs, and I truly want my blog to be a unique expression of myself, so I will try to add my own honest, fresh opinion on all of my favorites! Let me know what you think of these posts! I would love to know everyone’s opinion.

Ok, let’s get into this and see how much of my grocery budget I spent on material items this month…


T3 Whirl Trio Interchangeable Styling Wand

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Anyone that knows me, knows that I always curl my hair. I love straight hair on other people, but I just don’t feel like myself when my hair is straight. I gotta have those big Texas curls. Well, my parents gave me this curling iron for my birthday a couple of months ago, and I must say, it definitely reaches those Texas standards. It is not the cheapest curling iron by any means, but it is so light weight, high quality, and it has three barrel attachments, so you’re basically getting three curling irons out of it. It’s the same curling iron that Southern Curls and Pearls uses, and that’s where I first heard about it. It just curls your hair so incredibly well, and I will be using this curling for years down the road. (By the way, if you want a better deal on this, hit up eBay. You can buy brand new curling irons at a cheaper price. I linked a couple of eBay links for it below)

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Bath and Body Works Cinnamint Supreme 2X Lipgloss

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If you’re anything like me, you constantly need to have some sort of moisturizer on your lips (I’m looking at you, Carmex) and it’s kind of a problem and you low-key go into shock when you don’t have anything on your lips (oh…no one’s like me and I’m just weirdly addicted to Carmex? Never mind…). Well, I found this lipgloss at Bath and Body Works this month, and Carmex has now taken a backseat and Cinnamint is at the wheel. After I tried one tube, I went back and bought three more. This lipgloss is super moisturizing, and the cinnamon in it adds a little bit of a “kick” to your lips that makes them look a bit fuller, with just a slight natural/rosy color (like your own lip color, but better), in my opinion. And that’s always a plus!

Cinnamint Supreme 2X Lipgloss


Sam Edelman Shoes

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As you can probably tell from my blog posts, I LOVE Sam Edelman shoes! I had never owned a pair until I bought a pair with my Christmas money a few months ago, and since then I have accumulated four pairs and I do not plan on stopping (I think I just heard my bank account scream in terror after I typed that). You can constantly find Sam Edelman shoes on sale, whether it’s on their own website, or on NordstromNordstrom Rack, or Zappos! All of the pairs I own, I got on sale! I love how a lot of their styles of shoes come in a variety of colors, and if I’m being totally honest and not trying to fish for flourishing adjectives, they are just downright CUTE. The hot pink ones in the picture above are so comfortable, and I truly mean that. I was so obsessed with them that I bought them in Oatmeal last week! I highly suggest checking out these shoes if you haven’t already!

Sam Edelman Shoes


Multiple Rings

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For my final favorite of this month, I have fallen in love with wearing multiple rings at a time. It’s always been a trend that I’ve loved, and it makes me feel like Phoebe from Friends. The past couple of months I have finally spent money on rings that I really love, and I’m finally happy with the daily set-up of my fingers. Alex and Ani is a great place for rings, particularly wrap rings (get the mermaid wrap ring if you want to stare in awe at the adorableness of your thumb all day, like I do), and all of their rings come in both gold and silver! And Kendra Scott always has your back for your jewelry needs, and when I went to Savannah, Georgia for a day trip a couple weeks ago, I had to get this ring! Wearing multiple rings makes me feel so put-together, and makes staring at my nails after I get a fresh manicure, so much better.

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I hope y’all enjoyed this post and are having a great week! I have some outfits planned out for the next few weeks that I’m really excited about, so keep checking back!

-Hayley