My Holy Grail Hair Products on a Budget

1. Suave Almond and Shea Butter Shampoo & Conditioner FullSizeRender (3)

2. Garnier Whole Blends Color Care Mask Argan Oil & Cranberry FullSizeRender (5)

3. Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment Leave-In Conditioning Spray FullSizeRender (4)

4. Nourishing Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum FullSizeRender (2)

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My Top 4 Winter Lipsticks

1.) L’Oréal’s “Fairest Nude”

2.) Maybelline’s “On The Mauve”

3.) MAC’s “Heroine”

4.) Revlon’s “Black Cherry”

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It’s all about the lips this season, especially after the Kylie Jenner trend in 2015. These are some of my favs for this winter! I hope you babydolls enjoyed ❤

XO,

-Kelly A.

“No Makeup” Look

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I’m the type of girl that always has to wear a full face of makeup when I am out and about. Not because I need it to feel beautiful, but because I genuinely enjoy experimenting with makeup and it overall makes me feel more put together. However, when I am running errands or even going to the gym I like to go with a more natural look.

No Makeup LookHere is what you will need to achieve this fresh and quick “no makeup” look.

FACE:

  • BB Cream
    • I use Maybelline’s “Dream Pure” and it helps clear up blemishes (I prefer to use a setting powder after for fuller coverage but it is optional).
  • Under Eye Concealer
    • If you have dark circles like me I highly recommend using Maybelline’s “Instant Age Rewind” to erase and brighten up that area.

EYES:

  • Brows
    • Always fill in your brows, it makes such a difference and if you do not have a lot of time just throw on an eyebrow gel or mascara. An inexpensive one is NYX’s “Tinted Brow Mascara”.
  • Lashes
    • Black mascara, need I say more and CURL your lashes before applying. This look is all about the lashes!

LIPS:

  • Lip Gloss
    • Any light pink or nude lip product will work. EOS lip balm is an awesome alternative as well if you just need some hydration.

XO,

-Kelly A.

Marilyn Monroe

 

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It’s been so long since I last sat down to write a blog post! Not to make up excuses, but I have been so busy with school and stressed out from finals. However, I am now on winter break, so I will have a lot more free time to write some cool posts for you guys!

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Lately, I have been very inspired by Marilyn Monroe and old Hollywood glam. I know Marilyn has the reputation of a “dumb blonde”, but I think that there was much more to her than just a pretty face. What I love about her is that she had a public persona or “alter ego” if you will that she created and also was a fairly successful actress, playing a “character within a character” on screen. Which I think just represents how talented she truly was, there definitely was a sense of genius behind her madness. Underneath it all I believe that she was a damaged soul, or even a bit lost and the world of Hollywood was her escape from her troubling reality. I don’t know what it is, but there’s something so relatable about her to me. Maybe it’s the pain she experienced or the fantasy celebrity life she led that we all secretly dream of, which is why she may still be exceptionally relevant today.

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To rock a more modernized and everyday wearable version of the classic Marilyn Monroe look you will need a neutral smokey eye with minimal liner, mascara is key. Also, the most important part, which I’m sure you already guessed is the red lip. I would suggest to first apply a red lip liner, I use NYX’s in “Hot Red” but any affordable one will do. If you want to go the MAC route their matte lipstick “Ruby Woo” would be the perfect choice for this look, and it is supposedly Gwen Stefani and Christina Aguilera’s go to. However, it is very drying and even though it is a beautiful color I don’t think that it is worth the money. It is very difficult to apply, so a more inexpensive option is Maybelline’s “Red Revival” (this lipstick is not matte). Lastly, to finish off the Monroe look add some loose waves and make sure to curl your hair away from your face.

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I hope you enjoyed!

XO,

-Kelly A.

My Rant, Dying Your Hair at Home, and Garnier Olia Hair Color Review

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I don’t know about you but I am fed up with going to the hair salon to get my hair colored. It is way out of my budget and I am never satisfied with the finished results, not to mention it is extremely damaging especially if you are planning on bleaching your hair of any sorts. My natural hair color is a very dark brown but recently over this past year I have been experimenting with balayage highlights. Every time that I went to get my highlights touched up they would come out horrible and brassy. Yes, I am aware that dark and chemically processed hair is very difficult to lift but I was determined to get my desired color. Two months ago I finally just had enough and I have come to terms with the fact that light hair is just not a cute look on me (even though I feel like I was a blonde in another life, but brunettes are sexy too don’t get it twisted). Also, I felt like my former hair dresser was ripping me off. I didn’t have the balls to tackle that mess myself, so I found a more affordable salon in my price range to cover my orange balayage highlights. This hair stylist did a decent color job but she didn’t even style my hair, she just blew dried the shit out of it and with my course and wavy hair texture that was a big no no. Since my hair is so thick and I have a lot of it with it only being just medium length, they needed to use more hair dye than for the average person to obviously completely color my entire head of hair, which increased the price even more but to be fair the receptionist did mention this to me ahead of time when I called into schedule my appointment. Within a couple of weeks my “chocolate brown” hair color immensely faded, so this time I decided to take matters into my own hands and color my hair at home myself.

My Dying Your Hair at Home Essentials:

1.) An old shirt that you no longer care about

2.) An old towel to put around your neck to eliminate getting hair dye all over you

3.) 2 to 3 hair clips, one to securely hold the old towel around your neck in place and the remaining clips to hold your hair up while sectioning it off when coloring

4.) Vaseline is a must to avoid dye stains on your skin, put a pretty thick layer around your face, ears, and the back of your neck

5.) A plastic bag or shower cap to put on your head after you have finished coloring your hair to lock in the heat to ensure an even coverage (also you won’t have to worry about accidentally getting dye everywhere while you wait)

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Since I can’t show you exactly how I colored my hair step by step, here is Kandee Johnson’s video. I always use this method! However, if you are covering up balayage highlights or an ombre concentrate the dye on your ends or wherever there is bleach, rather than the roots.

Garnier Olia Hair Color Review

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Obviously hair color or bleach of any kind is damaging, especially if it is drugstore but if you are on a budget and your hair needs a quick fix sometimes box dye is your only option. I always enjoyed using the Garnier hair color line in the past and decided to give the Olia permanent color a try after hearing some positive reviews. As I mentioned I have a lot of hair, so I ended up purchasing two boxes and had just enough to cover my entire head. So if your hair is longer than medium length and it is pretty thick, I would suggest getting 3 to 4 boxes of color.

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Inside, the Garnier Olia hair color comes with two professional looking black gloves (which I was impressed with), a unique bottle applicator that did not contain the developer, a separate tube of developer, colorant, and after color conditioner.

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I know this is a review, but I actually prefer to use a brush and mixing bowl from Sally Beauty Supply instead of the bottle applicator to apply my hair color. However, this is totally optional and is not necessary to achieve the perfect look.

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Pros:

  • Professional black gloves that are just the right size
  • Does not have an overwhelming smell
  • Creamy formula that sticks to hair, reducing mess and clean-up
  • Stains on the skin where fairly easy to remove

Cons:

  • Not enough product
  • The color results are a little bit darker than what is shown on the box
  • My scalp was slightly itchy after application

Before

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After

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Whala! Even though the color was darker than expected, I overall was very pleased with the results and would repurchase the Garnier Olia hair color again.

XO,

-Kelly A.