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This poor little blog space has been very neglected the last several months as I've gotten into the swing of being a working mom. Spoiler alert: I am still not in a good rhythm. There are several half half written drafts that I have saved, but haven't had the time or energy to finish. Soon though. Soon.
I thought I would dip my toes back into blogging by putting together a list of things I've been into lately. I haven't actually done one of these in several months so there are a lot of things on here. As always, you can scroll to the bottom to shop.
In the Mouse's House
Part of my summer included spending most of a week at Disney World! It was the first time my kids have been there and the first time I've gone in over 10 years. We all had a great time, but man did our feet hurt! I did find a couple of things to help make our trip a little easier. Click on each image to read more.
Thick Thighs Save Lives
MegaBabe Thigh Rescue Anti-Chafe Stick was a lifesaver when we were at Disney World. It was too hot to wear pants and there was a lot of walking! I can honestly say that this stuff did not go on sticky, it smelled great, and was long lasting. MegaBabe’s Bust Dust was also very helpful but it was so humid that it clumped almost immediately. It wears better in less humid Texas.
Sun Protection is a MUST
I’ve been all about SuperGoop sunscreen for several summers because it’s the only type of sunscreen that does not make my face break out! I recently started using their LipBalm with SPF, but their Shine-On Lip Screen with SPF has to be my new favorite.
And for no good reason, here’s me with the iconic Daisy Duck, who is living her best life in her safari gear. PS, I think I’m going to make this my summer style aesthetic. What do you think?
So Many Selfies
I recently ran across a modern twist in a classic tortoise hoop. While the earrings aren't kid friendly, they are great way to elevate your look. I paired them with a striped shirt one day at work (because newborns can't grab them) for a fun take on pattern mixing. These BaubleBar Faidra Thin Drop Acrylic earrings are incredibly lightweight and easy to wear. I liked them so much that I got them in two colors!
I have been searching high and low for several summers for the perfect orangish red lip color. Most of the colors I've swatched or tried have leaned too hard one way or the other. I happened to see a photo in a FB group of a gorgeous lady wearing the color pictured below. Sephora Collection's Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick in Chili Pepper is the perfect orangish-red stain, matte without drying out my lips, and runs about $14. Thanks to their generous return policy, I knew that I'd be happy whether the color worked for me or not.
New Hair Selfie
I tried something new with my hair this summer - my amazing hair dresser has made me the lightest I’ve ever been! Despite having had some kind of “lived in” highlight look for years, it took me a while to get used to the reflection I saw in the mirror. Now I’m loving the high contrast in my hair, and have even found several great products to keep it from getting brassy! A little background: hair as dark as mine (level 2) tends to carry a lot of red in it. As it gets lightened, the red becomes more obvious, leaving a raven-haired person with lots of orangish brass in their hair. My hair is usually toned with an ashy/purple toner to take away the brass. Toner isn't permanent, and routine touch ups are required. It takes persistence and someone who knows what the hell they're doing in order to properly lift color so you do not completely damage the integrity of the hair, nor do you end up looking like an orange. Luckily, I've found several products that help keep the brassiness at bay between toner visits.
- Oribe Bright Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner have been lifesavers. They're a gorgeous ultraviolet color and help minimize orange tones in blonde hair. I use them a few times a week and leave the conditioner in for a long period of time. They're very pricey, but do not dry out color treated hair. I've heard some people complain about their purple shampoo/conditioner drying out their hair - it just means they're not using the right stuff! There's also a deep conditioning treatment that I haven't tried yet. Yes, this stuff is pricey, but you do not need a whole lot of it unless your hair is long. I buy the S&C twice a year.
- Davine's Nou Nou conditioner is supposed to be a weekly treatment, but I tend to mix mine with the Oribe conditioner and leave it on my hair for several minutes. It makes my hair feel very soft and smells amazing! Again, it's pricey, but a little goes a long way - I only buy it twice a year.
- Olaplex Hair Perfector Number 3 is a MUST when lightening my hair. It maintains the integrity and health of my hair (Numbers 1 and 2 are used in the salon) when used as a weekly treatment. Again, you can mix some of the Oribe conditioner in, or you can add...
- IGK Mixed Feelings Leave-In Drops to it, or with any of your usual products. A couple of drops instantly cut through the brassiness. I like to mix it in with my anti-frizz stuff and really focus on the areas that appear to be fading. At $29, this is the most inexpensive product, but works really well!
Long story short: If you're going to invest in spending a lot on getting your hair colored, do not skimp out on products! It's really what keeps your hair healthy and your color on point between salon visits. Also don't wash your hair as frequently (I'm down to 2-3 times a week) and keep hot tools to a bare minimum.