The Perfect Gift For The Man Who Has Everything!

The Holiday season is upon us and the last gift I always have to buy is for the most difficult man to shop for. He’s the one who needs nothing and has everything. Sound familiar?? I came up with a fun gift for that exact man that is practical, and something he will love!

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I’d like to start this gift by picking a cute and light weight toiletry bag. He can use this at home to hold all of his products. It’s also great for travel when he is on the road and exploring! I fill it with hair products, brushes, and all the things you know come in handy for anyone… Not sure which hair care items will be the right one for him? Let me narrow that list down for you!

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First, I start with a shampoo. The shampoo I love to for a man’s gift is “Grow” shampoo by Johnny B. It contains plant extracts that deeply cleanse the scalp. It also removes impurities from the hair bulb letting hair growth continue to happen. This shampoo is not just for the man who is needing help with growth but a great choice for all men looing to keep their hair optimally healthy and strong.

Next, I pair the shampoo with a conditioner. I like the “Conditional” by Johnny B. Their special formula contains Jojoba for treating dryness, amino acids for shine, and hops for thicker looking hair. This can be used on all hair types to give healthy shiny hair. Perfect for ANY man!

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Now that you have a shampoo and conditioner picked out I like to add a styling aid. This can be a little harder to pick out if you don’t know what he uses. So I narrow this down to two different types.

  1. Control, which is a gel. This will be more for someone who enjoys volume. As well as long lasting hold, that never gets flaky ( thanks to its alcohol free formula). This gel is easy to wash out, and never gets sticky, greasy or oily. It also gives hydration to all hair types and volume to fine hair.

  2. Molding Paste is for the man you’re shopping for that likes natural shine with heavy duty hold! This paste accentuates the natural hair texture to create any edgy look. Great for every rocked out style with maximum hold.

Both of these products can work in so many ways. You really can’t go wrong with either! Johnny B is my favorite go- to for all the men I have sit in my chair. The smells of each product are clean and never over powering. They don’t lose their hold or get runny or flaky during the day as you are sweating and keeping up a busy life. This makes them a great choice for all ages!

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Lastly, I like to add something in the bag that every man can use… a brush or comb! In this gift I went with the Feels Brush. This brush is soft, flexible and gentle. It’s great for anyone and an ideal accessory for those with sensitive scalp who want to promote less breakage and add more shine.

These are my favorite things to give to the man who has it all! Other cute things to add in could be:

  • A protein bar (who doesn’t love a snack)

  • Johnny B Shave Cream, has medicinal-like ingredients that help with a friction free shave.

  • Johnny B Beard Oil (helps with conditioning, hydrating and growth)

  • After Shave, Johnny B has a great one that smells amazing and doesn’t use alcohol

  • Mouth wash and/or tooth paste

I hope this helps with shopping ideas during this crazy time of year! Have a Merry Christmas and have fun shopping for the man who has it all!




10 Must Have Travel Beauty Finds

It's no secret that I LOVE to travel, but I also love my skin and hair to look as great as it does in the comfort of my home. Sometimes that's hard to do when you’re constantly on the go. There are so many other factors, like different water quality, humidity, etc. that come into play when seeing all the beautiful world has to offer us! Along my wonderful journey I have found products that work great for me and keep my skin and hair in the best shape! Checkout my 10 fav beauty products that fill my toiletry bag to save so much time when packing and getting ready in small hotel bathrooms!


First thing to start packing when heading on a trip is the luggage and toiletry bags. I got this bag last year on Amazon. Great find to be able to separate your items by (makeup, cleaning, and hair) Also has a hanger that is perfect for the limited counter space you have in hotel bathrooms! Hang it up and its out of the way for your whole stay!


1. I always have to pack a great face wash! My skin is normally oily and acne prone, but on vacation I feel like everyone’s can be! This face wash will help remove impurities and oils, which can be in overdrive when on vacation! Not to mention extra pollutants that can be in the air if you are traveling to a big city!


2. Another great skincare item I like to take with me is Dr. Jart+ water fuse hydro sleep mask. Although your skin can get oily from the constant movement and all day fun you are having, sometimes it can be dry. That will depend on where you are heading, but I always pack this just incase! This mask is super easy, you wear while you are sleeping so it wont take away from any of your traveling fun!


3. This next item is probably already in your everyday essentials and probably goes without saying. However I must add! I use these makeup removed towelettes everyday. They help to pre-remove my makeup before washing. I don't recommend using just these or just a facewash when taking off your makeup. I use these, and two face washes to help remove makeup! Makeup brands make that stuff to last, and that LAST thing you want to be doing is sleeping with makeup you thought you removed


4. Speaking of sleep.. I cannot do without my sleep gummies! These babies come in handy when getting on a long plane ride and trying to adjust to time change!


5. What good are sleep gummies without a sleep mask! Slip Eye mask is my favorite! Helps keep all your skin products on your face instead of absorbing into the fabric. Also helps to reduce friction and static on your hair! Silk pillows are also the best for your hair!


6. Now that your skin is prepped and sleep is covered let us talk hair! My favorite shampoo and conditioner duo to take on vacation is Nourish by Biolage. My hair always seems to be more dry when I leave home so I try to over compensate and beat the problem with my haircare routine on the road! This R.A.W. duo always works amazing for my trips!


7. Cant pack a bag without toothpaste! And my favorite is Marvis!


8. Last things I pack in my bag are my go to quick beauty products! Last thing I want to be on vacation is high maintenance… (okay ANY MORE high maintenance then I normally am! lol) So I use a tinted moisturizer over a foundation. For one I want extra sunscreen coverage without that heavy coverage that may sweat off depending on what the day might bring! Laura Mercier has the absolute best tinted moisturizer!! BEST!


9. After I have applied my tinted moisturizer and let it sink into my skin I use this MAC contour kit. Super easy to pack and all in one container. I can use this to fill in my brows, as eyeshadow, contour, and blush! Although at home I have many different items I use, on vacation you want to bring as little as possible and something you can use for everything


10. Lastly.. I add on my favorite Sugar Rose by fresh to help keep my lips hydrated while on the go. It has the best tint to it! I will sometimes apply this at night as well if my lips are more chapped then usual


I hope this rundown of my must pack beauty essentials will help on your next travel adventure! Feel free to click on each photo to better help you shop!

3 Holiday hairstyles anyone can do!

The holidays are quickly approaching and I am beyond excited for all the Christmas songs, Hallmark movies, yummy food and gorgeous styles! I wanted to put together a few of my favorite seasonal go-to hair styles I love doing on myself. Here I did them on my client in order post better photos, but be on the lookout for videos on the gram of me doing them on myself soon! Follow along below so you don't miss out, if you aren't already!

First up we have one of my favorite go-to styles when I don't feel like doing an updo but I need something more formal. Simply Elegant.

 First curl hair all in the same direction the entire way around the head

First curl hair all in the same direction the entire way around the head

 Next spray brush with hairspray and brush curls down and gently. (as shown in photo)

Next spray brush with hairspray and brush curls down and gently. (as shown in photo)

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Finish By

teasing hair to desired fullness and spray into place

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For added Drama

Add a deep part, tuck behind ear on the side with less hair and wear a pair of gorgeous earrings


Next up is a super easy updo that only takes about 5 minutes to do if my hair is semi curled from the day before. This style looks super chic and intricate, and is great for weddings, holiday parties, and even a day at the office if you are wanting something a little more special.

 Smooth hair into a low pony

Smooth hair into a low pony

 Tie hair with hair tie and when wrapping the last time leave hair into a bun like photo

Tie hair with hair tie and when wrapping the last time leave hair into a bun like photo

 Spray hair with a texture spray like Biolage texture spray shown

Spray hair with a texture spray like Biolage texture spray shown

 pinch and pull pieces to give a more “lived in” textured low bun

pinch and pull pieces to give a more “lived in” textured low bun

 Now take the left over hair from your bun and wrap over the top of hair tie until you hit the back. Pull remainder of hair through the tie to hold in place. Use bobby pins to pin in place.

Now take the left over hair from your bun and wrap over the top of hair tie until you hit the back. Pull remainder of hair through the tie to hold in place. Use bobby pins to pin in place.

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Lastly, I wanted to show something that was simple and a little different than an everyday style. You can dress this up or down depending on the ribbon or hair accessory you are using. Here I used a mykitsch styling wrap to add a casual and fun style. You could also go to your local fabric store and get some velvet ribbon to add a more dressy look to this style.

 Gather HALF hair and put into a half up securing with a no snag elastic. Make sure before securing hair tie that hair is smooth and any fringe around your face you would like left out is.

Gather HALF hair and put into a half up securing with a no snag elastic. Make sure before securing hair tie that hair is smooth and any fringe around your face you would like left out is.

 Now that hair is in tie pinch and pull on crown if wanting added volume and fullness.

Now that hair is in tie pinch and pull on crown if wanting added volume and fullness.

 Now take your detail piece and start by wrapping around and tying a knot in the back to hide knot. Continue to wrap around the hair until reaching desired length. Secure with knot in the back and tuck extra fabric.

Now take your detail piece and start by wrapping around and tying a knot in the back to hide knot. Continue to wrap around the hair until reaching desired length. Secure with knot in the back and tuck extra fabric.

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Wrap

using any type of fabric to give different looks and texture


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Keeping a Tan all Year long!

Summer is over, Fall is here, and Winter is soon upon us! How’s that tan? If its half as bad as mine was then let me help you out! 10 hours before this photo I was as white as my spotted bestie, but thanks to Tanceuticals my tan is back!

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4 reasons this is my go to self tanner

  1. The tan itself! This self tanner color is spot on, not orange and looks natural!

  2. The smell! My husband didn't even know I had put a tanner on before bed because it smells so good!!

  3. Its so easy to apply! The glove that comes in the kit makes it so easy to apply the tanning lotion! It glides on super fast and smooth!

  4. It uses natural ingredients that are actually good for your skin!

When I was younger I use to love sunny days and laying out for hours with the “best” tanning products to increase my tan. All that was increasing was my mole count and the risk of skin cancer. Now as I am more worried about wrinkles and my actual health. I still try to enjoy the sun responsibly using sunscreen. Tanceuticals is a great way to give you a beautiful tan all year long and save you from the damage of the sun, along with giving your skin the added moisture that it needs.

More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other countries combined. Don't become part of the statistics. Make sure you are using sunscreens, checking your moles with a dermatologist, and getting and keeping your tan with a bottle not by worshiping the sun.

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3 steps to fix the dry hair from all that Summer Fun!

Summer is gone, tans are fading, and you’re left with nothing but dry hair and your memories. Follow these 3 changes to your weekly haircare routine to fix that dry hair and be ready for Fall in no time!

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Step 1: You may be using a shampoo and conditioner that is right for your hair type, but right now is the time to RECOVER your hair from the damage of chlorine and summer sun. Switching to Biolage Raw Recover Shampoo & Conditioner will help restore your hair making it 15 times stronger through conditioning. You’ll also notice an added shine.

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Step 2: Add a weekly hair mask to your end of Summer routine. The Biolage Raw Re-Hab Clay Mask helps to deeply condition stressed hair and helps to rebuild the strength of your hair. Apply to your hair once a week. I like to wash my hair at night, then apply this mask. I leave it on my hair while I sleep. When I wake in the morning I’ll rinse and style as normal.

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Step 3: Once a week use the Matrix 3 step Re-Bond system in the shower. Step 1: shampoo with re-bond shampoo, containing citric acid. Step 2: apply pre-conditioner containing maleic acid and leave on for 5 minutes, if extreme damage leave for up to 10. This step ensures the proper balance of strength and cosmetic feel in the hair. Step 3: layer conditioner, containing taurine, on top of step 2 and condition like usual. The ingredients contained in each of the steps work in tandem to restore the bonds of the hair. This 3 step system is the first haircare regimen to actually restore the chemical bonds on the hair


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My Fast Cure for Acne!

Are you suffering from acne that started in your teenage years and continued through adulthood? My joke to myself was “I’ll have acne right until the wrinkles start to set in”. WRONG! Wrinkles are coming and this darn acne is not leaving! I have seen so many dermatologists and done everything I can to help fight the battle! Certain products seem to really help, but others are just a quick fix. Around two years ago while looking for a new facemask on Amazon I found this Indian Healing Clay mask and decided to give it a try. At this price point it was worth a shot! Years have gone by and I still use it on a weekly basis, sometimes more if I am having a breakout or an important event coming up! (my husband calls it the “Hulk” mask. He thinks he’s funny!)

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The Indian Healing Clay works with Apple Cider Vinegar to help smooth and soften the skin, all while removing toxins. There are many things Indian Healing Clay can be used for, but my favorite is the ability to dry up my acne by drying up my breakouts in just one mask!

For application mix equal parts of Indian Healing Clay and Apple Cider Vinegar, apply to face evenly, and let sit. For sensitive skin they recommend letting it sit for 5 min and 15-20 for normal. I usually leave it on as long as I possibly can. My face is always beat red after washing off, but not to worry this is normal and will go away shortly after!

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I hope this helps you as it did me! Some other tips I would recommend are changing your pillowcase daily, washing morning and night and never touching your face. Remember, oils are NOT our friend!


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What Shampoo is right for you??

With so many shampoos in the market today, how do you decide which one is right for you? I'm going to break down the benefits of the entire Biolage RAW line so it will be a little easier next time your choosing a shampoo! Ready? OK!

First up we have the Nourish shampoo. This is for dry and dull hair that needs some more of that softness and shine back in its life. This shampoo gives your hair up to 7 times more conditioning than any other non-conditioning shampoo. It’s made with quinoa husk and honey. As with all of the Biolage Raw line, its made of 99% biodegradable material with no silicones and no parabens. The bottle is made with 100% recycled plastic. 

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Next we have Recover shampoo. This is what I recommend for clients who have gone through an extreme color change (aka lightening process), or to clients who have endured a damaging Summer to their hair. This shampoo will help provide up to fifteen times stronger hair for stressed and sensitized hair. Recover is made with yucca and goji berry. It will give you stronger, smoother, and more conditioned hair, all while adding more shine.

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Now lets say your hair is in pretty good condition, but is flat, fine and lifeless... I got you! Uplift shampoo will be perfect for you! This shampoo purifies your hair without stripping for lightweight body in your hair. Uplift is made with black sesame and grapefruit. It adds the volume you desire without weighing down your hair.

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This next beauty is the newest member to the Raw line, Anti-dandruff shampoo. I am super excited to have a shampoo that helps with dandruff and doesn't strip your color! The new Anti-dandruff shampoo is for problems with scalp conditions such as itching, irritation, redness, flaking, and scaling. Tested under dermatological control this shampoo will help restore balance for healthy hair and scalp. With the use of 2.9% salicylic acid, willow bark extract, and rosemary this shampoo will help with all those dandruff related issues. 

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Lastly we have the Color Care shampoo. If you’ve gone through my list and don't have any of the conditions but need help protecting your color, this is the one for YOU! It uses nourishing coconut milk and antioxidant-rich meadowfoam to help keep color vibrancy fresh. This shampoo restores your hair strength 2 times following a color service and hair will be left with 3 times more moisture! This is one of my favorites!

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I hope you were able to find the perfect shampoo for you! Please comment below as to what you ended up picking as your new shampoo bestie!

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Biolage Oil Renew & The Porosity of Your Hair

First things first...What is porosity in hair? Do you have porous hair? Hair porosity is your hair's ability to absorb and retain moisture. It is affected by the flexible outer hair layer called the cuticle, which determines how easily moisture and oils pass in and out of your hair. Visible symptoms that your hair is porous are that it takes forever to dry, feels rough when dry, and is totally frizzy.

Are you feeling these symptoms? Biolage new oil renewal might be the right option for you.

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Biolage Advanced oil renew system will replenish and protect the hair cuticles which will lock in moisture to help your hair feel less porous. The first step is to shampoo to wash away a full day of hair pollutants such as dirt and build up that will get your hair ready for step two. Step two is conditioning. This will help to lock in the moisture your hair has been dying for. Lastly, the oil..this product is great! I really love to "cocktail" together the oil with my other styling products to help give my hair that added moisture it needs. 

Throughout the year my hair goes through changes. Just like a diet our body needs different foods at different times. The same goes for your hair. Whether you have changed the color of your hair, been swimming in the pool a little too much this summer, or just need to give your hair a little more attention for those porous ends, Biolage Advanced Oil Renew is a great option to help your hair quench that thirst it needs!

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Making Dry Shampoo work for you

On a daily basis behind the chair I have conversations with my clients about how often they are washing their hair. As they tell me they are washing everyday this look of horror comes across my face. I soon ask them why, to find out that its either just habit, or that their hair gets too oily. The topic of dry shampoo comes up and nine times out of ten I hear " I tried it, it just doesn't work for me". The reason it doesn't work can be one of two things: 1. you weren't using the right dry shampoo for you (yes there is more then one kind of dry shampoo) and 2. you aren't using it correctly.

Hair comes in all types; flat, thin, thick, coarse, just to name a few. Dry shampoo also comes in all types as well to better suit each type of hair. For thin hair you need something lighter and not too wet. This is so your hair won't weigh down and look worse then before you grabbed that bottle of dry shampoo. If you are part of this squad I would recommend Biolage Waterless Clean and Recharge. If you have thin to medium hair I would recommend it's sister dry shampoo Biolage Clean and Full. This product is also light and airy, but it gives you a little extra somethin somethin..and soon will become your best friend.

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Next.. where are my medium to thick haired girls at?? I'm right there with you! I can go up to five days on some weeks (thank goodness for dry shampoo and top knots!) For this type of hair, I recommend Miracle Extender by Matrix. This dry shampoo has a little bit more of a wet consistency compared to the two previously mentioned dry shampoos. The best part is that it doesn't leave the hair feeling gritty, and leaves a soft touchable texture.

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The last dry shampoo, Matrix Play Back, is probably my main go to dry shampoo for medium to thick hair. I use this on day one or two to add texture to my hair, or on day four to five to suck up the oils my hair has made. It removes the oils without drying out the hair, leaving no residue. All that and not to mention, how cute is this bottle!

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As I was saying, you can use dry shampoo in more than one way. It can be used to add texture when you have that freshly washed and clean hair. Before there was "texture spray" and "sea salt spray" this was how I added grit into the hair to help make those big braids and full updos!

Now you've found the right dry shampoo...so how do you apply? Start by sectioning throughout your hair and spray. A rule of thumb on how to spray any product is to stay the length of the can away from hair. This will help from getting product build up in one section and disperse evenly. Now that you have sprayed dry shampoo throughout your hair evenly, let it sit and do its job (absorbing up all those oils!) After its gone to work, grab a brush and brush through hair to work product throughout. DO NOT! I repeat... DO NOT use your hands to run the product throughout your hair. The job of a dry shampoo is to remove oils, and that is exactly what is on your hands. All the work of evenly spraying and working the product throughout your hair will be ruined by absorbing the oils from your hands and not your hair. Now that you brushed throughout, STYLE! You are ready for another day without a single drop of regular shampoo! Hurray!


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