Category Archives: Beauty Basics

April 24, 2012

Hair Regiment

The other day I was approached by a reader to post my hair regiment on the blog. I was so flattered! But here’s the thing…… I don’t have one. (insert: wide eyes and nervous laugh) No. For real, I don’t. I wish I was able to give you a real hair regiment, but instead this is all I’ve got.

I do have tips, products, and gizmos though —  if they weren’t in my life, my hair would be a DISASTER. So let’s begin.


I wash my hair with Redken All Soft shampoo/conditioner. *tip: I shampoo from root to tip and condition from tip to root* My hairdresser recommended some shears and nailkit of the same brand to me a few months ago. My hair isn’t normally dry or brittle, but with the avocado oils it’s given my hair an amazing shine and smoothness. After shampooing, I leave in the conditioner for a few minutes and brush my fingers through to remove any tangles.

During these summer rainy and hot days, I never leave the house without a dab of Moroccan oil in my hair. I use a nickel sized amount after I towel dry and after I blow-dry. It works miracles with the humidity. It’s like I have anti-moisture ninjas in my hair fighting it off. (Crazy, I know.)

Believe it or not, I’m a wash-n-go kind of gal. I don’t own a hair brush, only a round one for when I’m blow drying my hair. I’m currently using this brush, but I can’t wait to get my hands on this one. But when I do decide to take time from my busy schedule to do my hair:

I use the Chi Rocket dryer because of the heat and power it has. I have loads of hair to share with many, so I have to have a powerful dryer. To show you how great it is, with a hotel blowdryer it’ll take me about 2-3 hours; a $20 blow dryer you find at the convenient store – about an hour and a half; with this bad boy, about 30 minutes (and that’s including a few water breaks). I separate my hair into different chunks and dry it from bottom to top, leaving the crown of my head for last.

My flat iron is by HAI. As in …. HI THIS IS AMAZING. I found mine on eBay.

And when I want some vavavoom — I use a Revlon curling iron in the biggest size I could find (It’s sold here). I don’t use the clip and I also don’t have a new screwdriver to remove it, so I just wrap my hair all around it. I use large sections (starting from the bottom to the top) to create big loose waves, holding it around the iron for about 12-15 seconds. Hair spray is my sidekick when doing curls. I use: Professional by Nature’s Therapy freezing hair spray: extra firm hold. Everything the can reads is true. It does fight humidity! (For us Miamians, this is a necessity!)

….And there you have it! Now that I’ve really examined the regiment I do have, or lack there of, maybe it’s time to start looking into new products? We shall see… What products or tips do you use? I’d love to know!

February 4, 2012

The Beauty Basics

beauty basics

1. La Roche-Posay: Rosaliac. [Best. Moisturizers. Ever.] I swear by the skin perfecting anti-redness moisturizer (which you can find here) and the lip repairing cream (found here).

2. Almay Smart Shade Makeup. I’m not one to wear makeup everyday but this is perfect for those days you want to brighten up. It’s like a tinted moisturizer that picks up on your skin tone, love it. Works great for me because I’ve got really red cheeks so it’s hard to pick the perfect shade of foundation that won’t make me look like….well, Snookie. I buy the Light/Medium shade here.

3. MAC Mineralize blush. This adds the perfect touch of shine. I use this as a blush or a highlighter with the tips of my fingers.

4. Maybelline Colossal Mascara. [Waaa-BAM!] For the few eyelashes I have, this mascara takes my length and volume to a whole new level.

5. MAC Lipstick “Myth”. Who doesn’t like a little nude lip every once in a while?

6. Essie Nailpolish. My favorites forever will be: The perfect lights (ballet slippers, minimalistic, picket fence, marshmallow) the pastels (Lilacism) and the glitter top coats.

7. Moroccan Oil. I’ve got A LOT of hair and this has been THE best hair product for me (especially living in Miami). I love to put a dab on my hair when it’s wet and even a little after styling for that sleek, shiny, and put together look. I’m barely ever doing my hair ’cause I’m always on the go, so this has been a huge lifesaver so I won’t look like I was curious about the electric socket.

8. My three favorite scents: Coco Chanel Mademoiselle, Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb & Eau Mega.