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Perfectly un(Done) Beach Waves

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by TRESemme via Mode Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of TRESemme.

My favorite hairstyle has always been natural, beachy waves. I was born with a mop of frizzy hair so my dream of waking up every morning with effortless beach waves has yet to happen to me. Over the years I’ve tried countless products but my hair seems to have a life of its own and I never know what will cause it to frizz up. I was recently given the opportunity to try some products from TRESemme’s Perfectly (un)Done line and their tagline, “effortless, natural looking waves that last all day,” had me really excited because that is everything I want for my hair. I started with the Perfectly un(Done) shampoo and Perfectly un(Done) conditioner. I let the conditioner soak in my hair for a good few minutes before rinsing it out which left my hair feeling noticeably softer. Oh and a nice bonus, the products smell great!IMG_8920 (2)

It was hard to choose the styling products because I want to try them all but I finally settled on the Perfectly un(Done) Wave Creation Sea Foam. I was relieved that my hair remained soft and didn’t become hard or sticky like with many of my other hair products. I let it air dry and then spent about 15-20 minutes using a curling wand to create more definition and wave since my hair doesn’t naturally have as much of a wave as I’d like. I finished off with the Perfectly un(Done) Hairspray, Ultra Brushable Hold and it worked really well without weighing my hair down at all. I added a quick and easy side twist which literally took two seconds and then I took it for the ultimate test run; a photo shoot on a windy day! IMG_8923I was shocked by how well my hair held up, even with the unfair standards of the crazy weather conditions. Normally my hair would turn into a frizzy mess by the second outfit change on a windy day, but my hair held up amazingly well throughout all three outfit changes and I loved my beach waves so much that I refused to wash my hair for another two days. Shhhh, they say it’s good for you! 😉

I feel like a beach wave hairstyle is so versatile because it works for every occasion; from a more casual affair like brunch, work, or a shopping day to a less casual situation like date night or a party. It gives off a relaxed, effortless vibe which is usually the look I’m going for!

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Photography thanks to Kelly West.



5 More Nail Designs!

Last Friday I shared 6 of my manicures from the last few months and this Friday I’m sharing the other 5. I didn’t want to bombard you with all of them at once! 🙂 And I just got the cutest manicure tonight which you’ll see really soon if you follow me on instagram. Sorry for my not so stellar iphone photography skillz! nail12 nailIn the photo above, I used Essie Romper Room with a mix of the glitters, Ignite the Night and Carnival .

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My favorite blue polishes are Essie Bikini So Teeny, Essie Lapis of Luxury, and Essie Where’s My Chauffeur nail4

The purply gray above is Zoya Caitlin and the sparkly polish is Essie Jazzy Jubilant.image1This gorgeous shimmery navy is Zoya Dream. The heart ring is thanks to JCL Designs Jewelry.


6 Fun Nail Art Ideas!

It has been a looooong time since I shared my nail art with you (I do it regularly on instagram though so make sure you’re following along 😉 ) so I thought I would do a fun roundup of some of my favorite manicures the last few months. No, I did NOT do these myself; they were done professionally! I wish I had the skills but I don’t… not even a little, tiny bit. And please excuse the beat up cuticles and cell phone photography.

I am always looking for a fast drying top coat and after trying out quite a few, my favorite is Essie Good To Go with my second favorite being Out The Door. I know that so many people find Seche Vite to be amazing but I can’t stand the shrinkage that happens when I use it even if it does dry incredibly fast. And for base coats, my three favorites are OPI Nail Envy, Orly Bonder (makes those manicures last!), and Duri Rejuvacote. Scroll to the bottom of the post and disable your ad block to see some of my favorite nail colors and nail care products.nail11 FullSizeRender nail12 nail17 nail15 image3 image2 nail9

Hypnotik Hair!

It took me almost 26 years, but I’ve finally learned how to manage my frizzy, wild hair. I still need help with a fishtail braid but I now know how to create those beachy, natural looking waves I’ve always wanted! It helped that I learned how to use a curling wand (disable your adblock and scroll to the bottom of the post to view my top hair styling tools in all price ranges) and I also wash my hair 2-3 times a week instead of washing it every day. But the product that I fell in love with is Hypnotik Hair Serum from 1AM Beauty. It’s made with argan oil and neroli oil and helps de-frizz my hair without using harmful chemicals. When I use a flat iron or curling wand without Hypnotik, my hair looks ok for the moment but ends up becoming more and more frizzy as the day goes on. When I use Hypnotik, my hair stays frizz-free all day! And I’m so excited that Hypnotik is offering an exclusive discount for my followers; the regular price is $29.95, but the special price for my followers is $14.99! Just use the code hypsequin15 at checkout to get the discount.

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Photos by Brittanny Taylor; check out her FB page here!

Pink Lip, Cobalt Bag

Today I’m sharing the second of my three new bags from Galian New York‘s latest collection (see the first one here). The cobalt suede against the black is perfect and I like that there’s a long detachable strap (15-21″ drop) included so there are a few ways to carry it. Again, the price is really reasonable at $70 and it comes in two other colors as well.

My Ash & Willow 360 studs are so cool and just $12!! It’s the perfect way to try this fun trend without spending a lot. They also comes in a cool grey marble and black/white combination as well.

And how perfect is this pink Laura Geller lip crayon? I’m wearing “dragon fruit sorbet” and it’s infused with vitamin E to hydrate your lips (you can get a fun set of three here). Keep scrolling to see my favorite products from Laura Geller.


I was recently given the opportunity to try some Laura Geller products and I wanted to share my favorites with you.

First up, the Laura Geller BB Cream: It has a silky, lightweight texture that’s easy to blend and provides sheer to light coverage in a satin matte finish that diffuses minor flaws and redness. I love that there’s SPF in this product and it’s perfect for normal to slightly dry or oily skin. It worked well on my combination skin which isn’t always the case with bb creams.

Next is the Laura Geller Wow Factor All In One Mascara: It isn’t cheap but I love that the formula is buildable so that you can layer for added volume and length without clumping or smudging!

The Laura Geller Baked Gelato Vivid Swirl Blush has an incredible silky texture that lets you build up color depth without a cakey look. One swipe is all you need for the perfect, natural flush but you can add more color if you like more intense pigmentation.


IMG_8066IMG_8064IMG_8060Photos by Phillip Van Nostrand, check out his instagram and FB page.

BCBG jacket, old but love the Alice + Olivia sequin jacket on sale, sequin bomber jacket, or graffiti sequin blazer1. State lace inset tee, Galian nolita handbag c/o, Ann Taylor faux leather quilted skirt, Ash & Willow double take stud earrings c/o, Laura Geller makeup c/o (for specific product links disable adblock to view below), Rings: Wrenn Jewelry pink druzy ring c/o, Ash & Willow ring set c/o, similar Elizabeth and James ring

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