Beauty in fabric…

IMG_6769.JPGTop: Charlotte Russe (last season) | Pants: Zara | Hair: Devacurl B’Leave-In and DevaCurl Set It Free

Sunday Funday was in full effect yesterday. I enjoyed a beautiful brunch with some special people in my life.

Yes, summer is almost over, but that doesn’t mean the fun, outdoorsy plans should end. Enjoy the last few weeks and if you dare, break out some vibrant colors. It’s a great mood-booster.

Happy (not so) end of summer!

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Basic Wash-and-Go Hair Essentials…

Untitled-1Wide Tooth Comb (similar) | Clip: Diane Duck Bill Clips | Hair Masque: SheaMoisture | Microfiber Towel: Aquis | Shampoo & Conditioner: Acure

Whether you have straight hair, curly hair, frizzy hair, manageable hair, or whatever texture you were blessed with, you’ll be happy to hear that these products, and possibly my techniques, can be used on any hair type.

I generally use my fingers to de-tangle, but when I need a little extra help, a wide tooth comb is the way to go.  A duck bill clip is used to hold my hair in place after I apply the hair masque (post-shampoo), which I leave on for about 5-10 minutes in the shower. My final rinse (cool to cold water I might add) is used to wash out the conditioner. Lastly, I wrap my hair in a microfiber towel for less than 5 minutes.

What are your basic hair essentials?

Check out a recent post of 10 Best Tips for How to Manage Curly Hair, where some of these techniques are listed.

10 Best Tips for How to Manage Curly Hair

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  1. Avoid products that contain sulfate.
  2. Do not wash your hair more than 2x a week (depending on how much product you’re applying to your hair).
  3. Apply cold water (not warm or hot) to hair after conditioning.
  4. Only use a microfiber towel or cotton t-shirt to dry your hair.
  5. Do not touch your hair after washing it/applying your product(s).
  6. Apply a hair masque/conditioner at least 1x a month.
  7. Use a silk or satin pillowcase to help minimize frizz.
  8. Limit the amount of times you apply heat to your hair.
  9. Avoid products that contain alcohol as an ingredient.
  10. Include leave-in conditioner in your hair routine.

Simple Date Night Look

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Even when I’m dressing up for date night, I like to choose pieces that I’m comfortable in (i.e. a dress I won’t tug at the entire night, and comfy shoes since my husband and I generally walk and take public transportation in NYC). The same goes for my makeup. I like to experiment with different looks, but I still want to look like “me” at the end of the day. I opted for a fun, natural look for my recent date night.

Foundation:
The Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation is something I’ve never experienced before in makeup application. When you first pump the foundation out, you’ll notice that it’s a white cream-y texture. But, as soon as you apply it to your skin, it adjusts to match your skin tone. I’m not going to lie – I was blown away! Not only was I amazed by its chameleon-like capabilities, but I love the fact that I felt like I had no foundation on at all. It includes 100% Argan Oil, which means your skin is getting hydrated. To top it off, this foundation does not include synthetic fragrances, parabens, or sulfates.

I applied this over my entire face and neck with a foundation brush. If you don’t have a brush, your fingers are perfectly fine.

If there’s one makeup product you should invest in, it’s a good foundation.

Concealer:
Still love the rms beauty “un-cover” concealer. Can’t rave enough about it.

I dabbed some under my eye with my ring finger and that was pretty much it.

Eyeliner:
My absolute fave – Sante Eyeliner.

Simply applied some to my waterline and eyelid.

Eyeshadow:
Tarte Cosmetics Beauty & the Box Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Quad

The packaging is beautiful and I love having basic colors like this in my makeup bag. I applied some gold eyeshadow to my eyelid and blended in the dark brown eyeshadow.

Eyebrow Shaper:
Tarte Cosmetics The Brow Architect Browshaper, Liner & Definer

It’s true what they say – Well groomed eyebrows can totally change your look. This is the first browshaper I’ve ever used, and comes with easy-to-follow instructions.

Bronzer:
Vapour Organic Beauty Solar Translucent Bronzer

I applied some to my cheekbones and blended it in.

Blush:
Kjaer Weis Blossoming Cream Blush

I purchased this for less than $5 at a beauty sale, which I was super thrilled about. The downside is that I fell in love with this blush, so now I have to brace myself when I eventually run out and have to buy a new one at full-price. Trust me, it’s worth every penny.

Lips:
Sally B’s Skin Yummies B Glossy Lip Gloss

Hair:
I didn’t have time to wash my hair, so I revived some of my strands with the Remington Styling Wand. People think curling irons are just for girls with straight hair, but curly girls can also make use of it when the hair is no longer as defined a couple days after a wash.

What’s your favorite date night look?

Manual Healthy Hair Routine

Manual Healthy Hair Routine

Do you know that amazing feeling you get when you go to a hair salon and they massage your scalp when washing your hair? Well, scalp massages aren’t only great for removing product build-up, but there are several other benefits, such as:

– Aiding hair growth
– Releasing stress
– And increasing blood flow in your scalp

Get into the habit of massaging your scalp at least 5 minutes a day. I like to do scalp massages with natural oils, like jojoba oil and coconut oil, before washing my hair for added benefits and hair “therapy”.  (Not to mention, it’s a great arm workout as well.)