About two months ago, I decided (impulsively) that I wanted to go back to blonde… it was a mistake. After getting balayage done three times in a row, my hair was breaking and had turned to straw! It was so frustrating and made me feel extremely insecure. In an effort to repair my damaged hair, I tried MANY different techniques and products, but only a couple truly worked to get my hair back to being healthy. The few tips and tricks I have picked up to repair and maintain healthy hair are the following:
- Taking Amino-Acids every day. Amino acids are great for your hair and I have seen them make my hair thicker and stronger.
- Adding a shower filter to your shower head at home. There are so many things in our water that aren’t good for our hair (and skin), this filter will get rid of the unwanted copper, fluoride, chlorine, etc. I have seen a major difference in my hair since using the shower head filter.
- Using a hair masque once a week. My boyfriend’s sister recommended this hair masque to me and I am not kidding you after trying 4 or 5, this masque has saved my hair from breaking off. The bottle will say to leave in hair for 7 minutes – I usually do 10-15 minutes in the shower.
- Using high-quality shampoo and conditioner. You should always use a sulfate free shampoo and conditioner. You should never use cheap shampoos or conditioners because they will strip the natural colors out of your hair and not replenish it as it should do.
- Use clip in extensions instead of glued in or hand tied extensions. This will prevent you from damaging your hair further. I absolutely love the brand I use and pictured above!
- Get a hair cut once every three months. By doing this, you will cut off an inch or so of dead ends and be able to grow your hair more.
- Lastly, only wash your hair once a week! I know it sounds gross, but it is not good for you to wash your hair more than that. Although you may think your hair is getting greasy, it will take 2-3 weeks or so for your hair to not get automatically greasy and will get used to the new hair washing schedule.
All of these things have worked for me to get my hair back to being healthy. I hope they help you in repairing your hair or keeping it healthy!
A link to all of the products I use can also be found here.
Three months ago I went from using a bar of soap (I know, so gross) to a full skin care routine (that I will post about soon). One of the products I started using is a Vitamin C Serum, recommended by one of my girlfriends and available on Amazon. I did some research and it looked legit. Also I could see my friend’s skin looking brighter and all glowy, so I knew I had to get it. I went ahead and bought it and did I mention that it is super affordable… BEST DECISION EVER.
So it basically is a clear serum you can use 1-2 pumps and lather over your face and neck. (Definitely avoid too close to your eyes, this serum has witch hazel in it which is extremely strong.) Once you lather on the serum it literally feels like it is eating your skin, but really it is just absorbing into your skin. It will help tighten and brighten your skin and I have noticed a huge difference in my skin going from dull to bright. I highly recommend!
The Vitamin C serum I use can be found here (along with other Amazon products I use).
Deciding to make or eat pancakes is always the death of us – there’s always so much sugar, they’re heavy and full of carbs. Well, now you can eat all the pancakes you want without feeling the guilt! I have found this great pancake recipe for people who want to stick to a low carb or Keto diet. Just remember, this is not an out-of-box, Bisquick recipe, it will take some time, but it is WORTH IT!
I have had to eat gluten free for almost three years because of how bad it would make my body feel. Reaching for a gluten free pancake mix doesn’t make me feel THAT much better. I recommend giving this Low Carb/Keto recipe a try if you want to feel good after eating pancakes!
- 6 eggs
- ½ cup coconut flour
- ¾ cup coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- butter or coconut oil for frying (I prefer butter)
- Separate the yolks from the egg whites into two separate mixing bowls.
- Melt the coconut oil and add the coconut oil and the coconut milk to the egg yolks, then mix them together.
- Add coconut flour and baking powder to the mix. Use a whisk to mix it. (Note: the batter will not look like a normal pancake batter, it will be more dry until we add the egg whites in later. See below.)
- In a separate bowl, add a pinch of salt to the egg whites and whisk the egg whites with an ELECTRIC HAND MIXER or standing mixer until stiff peaks form. (See below.)
- Once you have stiff peaks, fold the egg whites into the rest of your mix (Click here to see what folding in stiff peaks means.)
- After you have folded in the egg whites into the mix, wait 5-7 minutes for the mix to set.
- Proceed to make 3-4 inch pancakes in a pan with butter or coconut oil on it, on a low-medium heat.
Note: Adding syrup/chocolate/fruit will add sugar to your pancakes. Use sparingly.
Tip: Use your over to keep your pancakes from getting cold. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees and layer a cooking pan in foil to put your pancakes into as they come off the stove. This will keep your pancakes nice and warm when you serve them!
*Original recipe by Diet Doctor.
December is by far one of my favorite months out of the year. The holiday decorations that go up a day after Thanksgiving, peppermint-flavored everything, and 2 hour long visits to Trader Joe’s to inspect their holiday inventory are some of my favorite things. Last weekend, I had a great time picking out a Christmas tree.
This year is the first Christmas that my boyfriend and I will have while living together. Unfortunately, he’s not much of a Christmas tree fan (just means more work for him). However, I enjoy the fresh smell of pine in the house that reminds me of Christmas and all the nostalgia that comes with it. In all reality, we celebrate our Christmas at each other’s parent’s homes, so we weren’t looking to go all out on a tree that we wouldn’t be sitting around on Christmas day.
After enjoying the afternoon at dog beach with Mew (my dog), we ended up going to a couple different tree lots to find a tree that wasn’t too big. I never thought i’d like a smaller tree but when I saw the little tree I wanted it was adorable and it could fit in the back seat of my car (menial work for the boyfriend thus far). We ended up going to Target to buy decorations and wrapping paper for gifts, etc. It was effortless to carry the tree up the stairs and it is the perfect size for the space it is in. It took me about 20 minutes to decorate the tree and it will by far be the easiest tree clean up I have ever had to endure!
If you haven’t gone to pick out your tree yet, don’t feel pressure to buy a big tree especially if you aren’t going to be hosting Christmas or don’t have the space for it. The smaller tree looks great and doesn’t cramp the space or our style.
P.S. The scarf I am wearing in these photos in from Forever 21 and I am obsessed.
Out of all the seasons, Fall is my favorite. Not because of the Pumpkin-flavored everything, but because of the fashion and lipstick options. I tend to wear more nudes and lighter colors in the Summer. However, in the Fall – it’s game-on!
One of my favorite colors is a classic red. To ensure you are reaping the benefits with a red, always make sure you have a red that has blue undertones. The blue undertone will make your teeth pop and look sparkly white. I tend to use matte liquid lipsticks more often than creme lipsticks because I really like how long they last. Also, it dries instantly so I never have to worry about walking around with lipstick on my teeth, and it’s kiss-proof.
My favorite red lipsticks include:
Liquid Mattes: Mary Jo K by Kylie Cosmetics (pictured), Immortal by Gerard Cosmetics (last picture below), Creeper by ColourPop. *Tip: Make sure you exfoliate your lips before you apply a matte liquid lipstick. I use a tooth brush and brush it on my lips in little circles to ensure there is no flakiness when I apply my matte liquid lipstick.
Creme: Dubonnet by MAC Cosmetics, with a layer of Fire by Revlon lipstick gloss on top which makes it more shiny and hydrated.
*Picture directly above: wearing Immortal Liquid Lipstick by Gerard Cosmetics.
Herbivore is my newest obsession! They have made some of my favorite products that include rose and coconut ingredients. Here’s an overview of four products from Herbivore that I use:
Rose Spray – I’m obsessed with using this as a toner and a moisturizer. I spray it on my face at night before I go to bed and in the morning when I wake up before I put my makeup on. I’ve noticed my face has been less dry while using this spray on a regular basis, and it smells amazing.
Sea Mist Hair Spray – I have been trying to wear my hair natural more often and avoid excessive heat from hair tools. After I let my hair air dry, I spray the Sea Mist Hair Spray into my hair and walk out the door. It smells amazing, but I will admit that it isn’t a huge difference in texture, however, it also depends on your hair type.
Coco Rose Body Polish – I love to exfoliate my skin in the shower. This body polish exfoliates your skin while also moisturizing it. I highly recommend using this product 1-2 times per week and you will be able to see the difference in your skin. My skin feels more hydrated and smooth when I use the Coco Rose Body Polish.
Orchid Facial Oil – Out of the four products I would say I use this product the least. When I put on make up for a night out, I like to put the oil on my face to help keep my face moisturized all night. This oil is more deep moisturizing than the Rose Spray, so if you’re looking for more moisture this is your product. I highly recommend the Orchid Facial Oil if you have dry skin and wear heavy make up on a regular basis.
Check out Herbivore here: https://www.herbivorebotanicals.com //
Living in San Diego, you have it all: the mountains, the beaches, the lakes and the desert. If you live in Southern California and haven’t made it out to the desert yet, I highly recommend you do so. In the desert (Yucca Valley, Palm Springs, Joshua Tree, etc.) you can find affordable, clean, and modern houses up on Air BnB, that will give you a real “desert” experience. For our anniversary my boyfriend and I decided to rent a beautiful house we saw on AirBnb that was tucked away in Flamingo Heights just outside of Yucca Valley. The house looked beautiful in the pictures, and once we arrived and ran through the house in ‘awe’ we realized that the pictures didn’t even do it justice.
The house was tucked away on a long dirt road with 180 degree views of the desert terrain. The neighbors were so far away that it didn’t feel like we had neighbors and we were all by our lonesome in the desert wild. The house didn’t get cell service, but we found it as a blessing that we didn’t have an option to be sucked into a vortex on social media and got to give each other our full and undivided attention which was very romantic. Overall, the two bedroom house had a very rustic feel with a jacuzzi, fancy indoor bathtub, a very large modern shower, and AC in every room (THANK GOD). Although we spent most of the time indoors enjoying the features of the house, the 108 degree heat didn’t feel as bad as we thought since it was extremely dry.
We spent the weekend appreciating each other without any disturbance from our phones, blasting the owner’s rock vinyl collection on the record player, cooking delicious food, and relaxing in bed. The environment the house provided allowed us to rid ourselves of the unimportant things, live in the moment and deeply appreciate each other. I will never forget this anniversary weekend and will definitely go back.
If you haven’t ventured out to the desert yet, I recommend doing a trip with friends or your significant others and finding an AirBnb that meets your requirements of a perfect getaway. Remember to bring your own water (desert water tastes awful), and if you are allergic to bees remember to bring your Epi Pen.
Please enjoy the pictures below.