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My Hair Evolution + Got2b

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My hair has shifted quite a bit since I started this blog more than seven years ago. My hair was wild, larger than life and didn’t need any help in the volume department. I was known for out of control, voluminous curls and people could spot me a mile away. It’s been part of my “brand” but with age, comes changes and my hair started losing some of that volume and curl on its own, oddly enough. Read More »

Hair

Testing Out the Brazilian Blowout

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Curly Hair Woes

It took me a long time to accept my curly mop..and naturally right when I start to come around to it, it evolves from over-the-top big and springy curls to looser, less dense curl, with the same amount of frizzies. My friend and hair stylist who owns the Standard has been singing the Brazilian Blowout praises as she’s managed her own curly hair with the hair treatment. And I was finally ready to try it. Read More »

Hair, Outfits, Style

Natural

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Because I finally learned how to work with my curly/wavy hair (and out of pure laziness), I now embrace the natural texture. No heating products or tools here. I’m sharing my wash and style process over at Meijer Style along with a few of my tried and true products.
Hair, Outfits, Style

Fishtail

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Last week’s Retail Therapy event with the Standard has been probably my most favorite event in town. I’m obsessed with braids, just not capable of braiding my own hair yet. This stems from a high school trauma when I was a freshman cheerleader and the coach asked us all to do a simple french braid for the game. In order for my mom to manage this braid for me, she braided my hair wet and I was stuck with it all day at school. Once it was game time, the coach realized we all looked stupid and asked us to take the braids out. I couldn’t since my hair was cemented in that style with gel and I was so uncomfortable. I refused braids for a long time after and only in the last couple years have I warmed back up to them.
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[Riller + Fount top and Stella Carakasi pants from Retail Therapy, boots from Lori’s Shoes]
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Photos by Sam
Hair, Outfits, Style

Brand New Beauty with Meijer

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I partnered once again with my favorite store, Meijer, to share my thoughts on a few beauty and hair products. They sent me a ton of amazing new products to try and I’m sharing just a few today! First, the lipstick above is amazing. Maybelline Color Sensational in Totally Toffee just glides right on and this is a little deeper of nude tone than I have from their line. I use this with a nude lip liner or I’ve discovered it’s a great way to freshen up a burgundy lip later in the day without having to be so precise.
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Jergen’s natural glow lotion is already a go-to of mine for adding some color. You wouldn’t guess by how pale I get in the winter, but I do tan easily thanks to my Hawaiian/Filipino roots! I’ve been on the spray tan train and this color primer product is a great exfoliator to prep for spray tans. Obviously, I have not gotten one in a while, but worked perfectly before applying the lotion. I hate streaks and I seem to always get them. With the buildable moisturizer, I don’t notice streaks.
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This Aveeno Absolutely Ageless night moisturizer is a great product for someone like me (now 30) and needing to take preventative care, but also not overdue it with anything too thick to cause breakouts. It’s a delicate balance for my skin and so far, so good. I usually use an oil serum at night, but this one feels hydrating without clogging my skin.
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I was hesitant to try this reverse beauty full volume line by Tresemme because my natural inclination is to shout I NEED NO MORE VOLUME. But to be honest, my hair has been thinning and isn’t thick and lustrous as it once was. Maybe it’s age, maybe because I bleached the shit out of it for a long time, but the not as dense hair paired winter weather makes my hair so flat and weird. I don’t like how my hair feels after a shampoo. I prefer conditioner to be second so I’m left with soft, easier to manage locks when I’m out of the shower since I finger comb my hair and let it air dry. I didn’t notice any crazy volume, but it dried nicely without being stuck to my head and weighed down.
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My favorite and most memorable of the line is this product. Although James could take it or leave it, the full volume hair maximizer made my hair feel soft and no crunchy, stickiness that I tend to run into when I go outside my comfort zone with new products.

Thank you again for supporting collaborations such as this with Meijer!
Beauty, Hair, Inspiration