Current Raves: Fresh Products

img_0450fresh. Soy Face Cleanser

fresh. Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15

I have been planning on writing a review for the face cleanser for weeks now, but it was only a couple days ago that I got the lip treatment as a part of Sephora’s “Sun Safety Kit,” and I am beyond impressed. Therefore, I decided to include it in my favorites post πŸ™‚

Soy Face Cleanser: I had been looking to replace my long-loved Clean & Clear cleanser (to be reviewed in a future post) with something less harsh for a while now. The smell of this soy product took a tiny bit of getting used to at first–it’s a cucumber with something…I can’t put my finger on it. Maybe it’s the rosewater. It’s not terrible, just different. The cleanser is a cloudy gel, that glides across the skin like a dream. It lathers just a bit, but removes all my makeup, including eye makeup, with NO burning or stinging. It’s gentle nature doesn’t cause my skin to dry out after washing, either. This cleanser is absolutely wonderful.

Sugar Lip Treatment: I love everything about this lip balm. The first thing I notice is the fresh (no pun intended) lemon scent, which is not too overbearing. Also, I have a hard time with lip balms keeping my lips hydrated and usually prefer chapsticks such as Blistex. However, after one application of this lip treatment, my lips were smooth, hydrated, and still coated up to 3 hours later. It even tastes good if you lick your lips, ha.

Happy Tuesday everyone!

XO

Memorial Day

I would like to take a minute to thank all of our loyal service-men and -women. I know Memorial Day is a day meant to remember those fallen in the line of duty, but there are still many men and women who sacrifice everything to serve this country, including spending extended periods of time in foreign territory away from their families.

My father is one of those individuals. He is currently stationed in Afghanistan for the next several months, and I think about him every day. Please take a moment to pray for our troops and their families. They are really missed.

I took the opportunity today to be a proud daughter and countrywoman, wearing my red, white, and blue.

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Chambray top: Forever 21 | Red desert-wash skinnies: Forever 21

Return home safely, troops. We are proud of the work you do.

XO

A Hairy Situation

There are some split ends I need to deal with regarding this blog. My mane reason for this post is so that you don’tΒ weave without knowing the real me. But really, I’ve just been dying to talk about my hair. If I don’t do this now, it may end up a very hairy situation. I just can’t brush this off anymore.

Okay, I’m done, I promise. What’s a good hair post without a couple of really bad puns?!

In all seriousness, I thought it would be fun to show all the different hair styles/colors I’ve had over the past couple years.

IMG_7946Bright (but not platinum) blonde has been my color-of-choice since college. If you stripped away all the dye in my hair, I’m actually a dirty-blonde w/ strawberry undertones. The pattern I seem to have developed over the years is to grow my hair out ridiculously long, and then cut it off into a bob. Both really long hair and bobbed short hair are my favorite styles, though I hate actually growing it out (my current state). I can’t wait to have super long hair again πŸ™‚

In 2011, I made the plunge into the brunette world and I absolutely loved it:

IMG_1780 IMG_1891 IMG_2359If I dye my hair again, it would be a variation of brown. I only really experimented with the dark, dark brown (and it lasted about 9 months) before I made the unfortunate decision to go red…

My before shot:

IMG_2629This is the absolutely gorgeous shade of red I was going for…

IMG_2633…but real life had other ideas about how it would turn out:

IMG_2638This, people, is what we call “hot roots.” The mixture of heat coming out of my head during the dying process and my blonde roots coming through turned the roots fire-engine red, while leaving the rest of my hair the color I was going for (though it’s difficult to tell in almost any picture I have). The day after I dyed it at home, I made an emergency appointment at my salon to fix the roots. They were able to blend them much better, but I just couldn’t afford to keep going back to get my roots touched up. Also, the color just didn’t look as good with my skin tone as I hoped.

IMG_2653I decided the next best idea was to go back to my favorite shade of blonde after a year on “the dark side,” but I knew most of my hair was so damaged I needed to cut it off as well.

Thus started the the longggg journey back to blonde: IMG_2917This (above) particular day I spent 6 hours in the salon. I donated 13 inches of hair to Locks of Love (you can donate dyed, but not bleached, hair), and then she trimmed off another 3-4. My hair was stripped twice, highlighted and dyed to the “lightest” she could get it–a medium sandy brunette. I HATED the color it turned out, especially with the harsh highlights. I shudder even sharing the following pic:

IMG_2838The day after I got back from the salon, I thought taking things into my own hands would work better. Thus, I attempted to dye my hair with a box of blonde, and it ended up pulling the red dye back to the surface. I was SO frustrated, but I liked it better than the ugly two-toned color combo above.

IMG_2855As you can see, it has bits of red, blonde, and brunette. Kinda crazy looking.

I decided to give my hair a short break, and just continue to use blonde dye every 6-8 weeks until it was a color I liked again. It got lighter, but turned more of a strawberry blonde every time I applied the dye.

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IMG_3300P1040275After this, I ended up getting more highlights put in my hair, which really pulled a lot of the blonde through.

IMG_3745IMG_3938 IMG_4097Then came the platinum ice-blonde πŸ™‚

IMG_5719And finally, more than 1 year after I cut off my red hair, I am finally back to my normal color, without having to pay for expensive salon visits.

IMG_6671The moral of the story: don’t go red unless you are prepared to have it for a long effing time. If you have naturally dark hair, you’ll probably be able to get it back quicker, though.

My hair in order of favorite colors:
1. Bright golden blonde
2. Platinum ice blonde
3. Dark brunette

The colors I will never do again:
-Dark red/light red

What experience have you had with dying your hair? Let me know in the comments below!

XO

OOTW

I’ve accumulated a few OOTD’s from this week. Wednesday and Thursday were spent at the Dayton Accounting Show (wooo…) so that I could get some of my continuing education credits. The evenings were spent working on school and playing with Yoshi πŸ™‚

I’ve come up with a few new post ideas I am working on as well. I can’t wait to share them with you all!

IMG_7788Dusty-teal sweater: Maurice’s | Lace tank: H&M | Khaki skinnies: H&M | Nude pumps: DSW | Necklace: (Charlotte Russe maybe?)

IMG_7813Green/black cardigan: H&M | Cream-colored lace & chiffon tank: Forever 21 | Black skinnies: H&M | Black pumps: Target

IMG_7960Mint & pink argyle sweater: Forever 21 | Pink blouse-tank: Calvin Klein | Black skinnies: H&M | Black Pumps: Target

IMG_7971Black Dress (new out of my spendable money) : Target | Lavender/black/mint striped sweater: Victoria’s Secret | Mint Belt: Forever 21 | Mint watch: Charlotte Russe | Mint shoes: Macy’s

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

XX

Laura Geller Beauty: Garden Party Review

Hello OOTD + Makeup Review, it’s been a while! Salmon-colored knit sweater: Forever 21 |Β Floral tie-waisted shorts: Forever 21 Color-enriched lipstick in Pink Mink BB cream all-in-one skin perfecting beauty balm SPF 21 in Medium Supreme lip spackle lip primer … Continue reading

We Got Our Puppy!

I’m alive, I swear! We FINALLY got to bring puppy home on Friday and our weekend pretty much revolved around him. Ready for some puppy spam?? Sorry it’s a little scrapbook-esq, but it’s like having a baby–all the firsts are so important!

Meet Yoshi!

IMG_7864Yoshi is a 10 week old corgi and I already love him more than words can describe! He’s very well-behaved, sleeps incredibly well, but still gets ornery as all pups do πŸ™‚

IMG_7824Ryan and I on our “Gotcha Day!” Friday, May 16th

IMG_7893Yoyo’s first walk on Saturday πŸ˜€

IMG_7894I want to buy him cute clothes (yes, I’m one of “those” people) like the famous Corgnelius & Stumphrey, but I know he is going to outgrow everything so quickly in the next couple months, so I guess I’ll just have to wait…maybe.

IMG_7896Also, I subscribed to BarkBox for a monthly delivery of goodies for my new boy:

“When you sign up for BarkBox, every month you will receive a box in the mail with four or more carefully selected products and presents for your dog – anything from toys, bones and all-natural treats to hygiene products and innovative new gadgets!”

They have different-sized boxes for different-sized dogs! In addition, a portion of each box’s proceeds go to help our four-legged friends in need! What is not to love about BarkBox?! My first one will be arriving mid-June.

top_header_box-ee41084be52bef6223e2d477fae4e153If you follow this link, you’ll get $5 off your first box! Pawsitively pawesome! (Sorry I had to.)

Happy Monday!

XO

Dresses for Alison: Days 5&6

What a beautiful weekend this first one in May has been πŸ™‚ I ran the Cincinnati Flying Pig 10k with Ryan on Saturday and we had stellar weather for the occasion. In addition, we stopped at a couple places on … Continue reading