Loose Waves Hair Tutorial

 

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detangling brush / volumizer / protein cream / hydrating oil / shine spray / shine brush / curling rod / hairspray  / dry shampoo / shower cap

I rock my best “loose/undone waves” once they have been slept in. I sometimes style my hair the day of, but it gives a more done up look instead of an I woke up like this perfectly fallen waves (literally.) Doing this routine the night before makes for an extremely easy morning, eliminating any styling, while achieving perfectly fallen waves, that with the help of dry shampoo and shine spray will last a day or two afterwards.

After washing my hair I use a detangling brush to smoothly brush out my wet strands. I then spray a volumizer at the roots, a protein cream from the crown down and the layers around my face (it works wonders!), and use a couple drops of a hydrating oil on my ends (it keeps ends shiny & speeds up the drying time.)

After blow drying or letting it air dry, or a combination of the two, I spritz on a shine spray from the crown down, and around my face. I grab a section of hair and smooth through it with a shine brush (this helps eliminate frizz & great for blow drying too) and use a curling rod to make slightly undone curls. (Video tutorial coming soon!)

To do this, I hold the curling rod upside down, vertically, and wrap the section of hair around it in the direction away from my face, and holding the ends with my fingers to secure it. I hold each curl for about 20 seconds and then unravel, as I still hold the curling rod vertically upside down. I do this until all sections are complete, in no particular order so it doesn’t look too uniform, then spray my favorite medium finish hold hairspray throughout. It keeps curls intact, but keeps hair feeling and looking soft, instead of crunchy or straw-like. Once cool, you can work your fingers through it.

By the next morning the sections have fallen into the perfectly loose waves. I have never been a fan of shower caps, because they have always held more humidity and moisture, until I came across this one by Drybar (at Sephora) The terrycloth lining prevents moisture, and keeps your locks looking exactly the same before you slipped it on. I usually throw my hair into a loose messy bun and slip on the shower cap while showering. When I’m finished, I remove and spray a little dry shampoo at the roots for volume and to avoid greasiness, while holding the rest of my hair away, not to get it anywhere else. I then spritz a little shine spray and work my fingers through if needed, and it’s complete! Having extra time in the morning without having to style and having a good hair day at the same time equals double perks! For the following days, repeat with the shower cap, dry shampoo (roots only), and shine spray around the face and crown down. You can use the shine brush and redo any waves to touch up, as well.

Loose Waves Tutorial | TheSubtleStatement.com

 

Tempeh Taco Salad

Tempeh Taco Salad | TheSubtleStatement.com

Mexican food is my fave. Lately I’ve become obsessed with the 21 Day Fix. I’ve always eaten super healthy, but it has changed the entire way I think about food, by learning how to balance nutrition and portion control. I’ve become super innovative in recipes I make for my fiancé and I (vegan & non-vegan for him), so I had to find new ways put a healthy spin on my favorite style of food.

This tempeh taco salad is delicious and unlike most mexican dishes, it’s super light. The flavor of the spices, peppers, and onions blend perfectly with pico de gallo and guac. For a non-vegan version I made the same recipe and substituted lean ground turkey for my fiancé’s.

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Servings: 4

21 Day Fix Nutrition: 1 Red, 2 Green, 1 Blue, 1/2 teaspoon Per Serving

Ingredients

lettuce, chopped

16 oz tempeh (or 1 lb lean ground turkey)

2 t coconut oil

bell peppers, minced (red, green, yellow, orange)

red onion, minced

3 – 4 tsp Wow-a Chihuahua Seasoning (I got mine at Whole Foods) or another taco seasoning can be substituted (salt-free options are the best route)

Pink Himalayan Sea Salt (optional)

5 oz Tomato Sauce

1 C Water

Pico de Gallo (Whole Foods, Walmart, etc. have it in produce)

Guacamole (Whole Foods house-made is the best)

Daiya Cheddar or Pepper Jack Shreds

Directions

Crumble tempeh, set aside. Wash & dry lettuce, and chop. In a large skillet, heat coconut oil. Add crumbled tempeh. Let brown, then add seasoning. Mix well. Add peppers and red onion, and let cook a minute or two. Add water and sauce, and mix well. Cover, and let simmer for 20 minutes. Take off heat and let thicken. Prepare salad with lettuce, cheese, pico de gallo, guacamole, and top with tempeh (or turkey) mixture.

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Him

The Subtle Statement Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Duffle  /  ‘Moscow Mule’ Cooper Mugs  /  Whiskey Rocks  /  Shave Kit  /  Jawbone  /  Polo  /  Running Shoes  /  Board Shorts  /  Clarisonic   /  Beer Making Kit

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, make it easy with this gift guide for your guy.

Top Beauty Picks of 2014 : Makeup

Happy New Year! 2014 was filled with great memories, getting engaged, lots of road trips, vacations, and wedding planning. I’m so excited for our wedding year to be here, and to share everything with you along the way! I’ll be sharing my most coveted products of the past year including beauty, skincare and hair, as well as ones I’m itching to try this year.

Fave Beauty Products of 2014 | TheSubtleStatement.com

 Primer / Foundation / Winter Foundation / concealer / bronzer / blush / shadow primer / eyeshadow / eyeliner / eyelash curler / day mascara / night mascara / fiber lash mascara / brow pencil / brow shaping / brow gel / gloss / lipstick

In the dryer Winter months, I like to add a heavier foundation to my usual foundation and combine them for a more hydrating, long-lasting wear. What are the life-changing products you can’t live without?

Vegan Italian Stuffed Peppers (GF)

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Vegan Stuffed Peppers Gluten Free | TheSubtleStatement.com

Vegan Stuffed Peppers Gluten Free | TheSubtleStatement.com

These stuffed peppers are one of my Sunday staples. I’m always craving them, so I usually end up making them every couple weeks, because they’re so delicious! I make my homemade tomato sauce first and let it simmer a few hours. If you don’t have the time, a couple jars/cartons (60 oz total) of organic tomato sauce will work just fine. They also freeze well, for a quick dinner.

Ingredients

4 Organic Green Bell Peppers

1 Cup Quinoa, cooked (I season mine while it is cooking with parsley, oregano & black pepper)

2 Veggie Patties, microwaved (I use Amy’s Sonoma Burgers)

1/4 Cup Vegan Mozzarella Cheese Shreds (I use Daiya)

1/4 Cup Vegan, GF Breadcrumbs (optional)

1/4 Cup Dried Parsley

1/4 of an Onion, diced

1 – 2  Flax “Egg(s)” (For 1 Flax “Egg”: Mix 1 T Flax Meal with 3 T Warm Water, let sit for a couple minutes)

2 teaspoons Garlic Powder

Sea Salt & Pepper, to taste

60 oz Homemade or Organic Tomato Sauce

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.

2. Wash peppers. Cut around the stem(s) and remove.

3. Cut the peppers in half lengthwise, remove seeds, and place in a 9 x 13″ pan.

3. Mix all remaining ingredients, except for sauce, in a large bowl. One flax egg should hold all the ingredients together well. (If not, use two flax eggs total)

4. Spoon mixture into peppers, filling them and packing them.

5. Pour sauce all over peppers, filling the pan almost covering them.

6. Cover with aluminum foil and cook for 1 hour 30 minutes.

7. Let cool and enjoy :)

Gift Guide: Hostess

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Not sure what to bring to an upcoming holiday party? These may come in handy.

Chevron Decanter  //  Gilded Cornet Cake Knife  //  Gilded Cornet Cake Server  //  Agate Gilded Coaster Set  //  Linen Monogram Cocktail Napkin  //  Gold Monogram Wine Stopper  //  Deco Barware Collection – Gold + Marble  //  Capri Blue Jar Candle  //  Draper Plates  //  Limited Edition Golden Monogram Mug  //  Cake Stand

Gift Guide: Girl on the Go

Gift Guide : Girl On The Go | TheSubtleStatement.com

1. Gucci Soho Leather Disco Bag  2. Mophie ‘juice pack air’ iPhone 5/5s charging case  3. Bobbi Brown Deluxe Lip & Eye Palette  4. Touch Tech Cashmere Gloves  5. ‘Basic Tech’ Cashmere Lined Leather Gloves  6. Loeffler Randall ‘Fenton’ Rain Boot  7. Starbucks Double Wall Traveler Gold Dot  8. Mophie Powerstation   9. Sam Edelman Gold Dax Sneaker

The Brow Down

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If there’s one makeup item I would choose to have over any others before leaving the house, it’s a brow product. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good mascara, but I have pretty naturally long lashes on my own. If I don’t have my brows filled in (in the parts I am still trying to grow out) I feel naked.

Until a couple years ago, I never filled my brows in at all, and looking back pictures, it makes the biggest difference. I wish I would’ve started much sooner. After a good almost 12 years of growing my brows back in after a bad pencil thin waxing experience, I’m almost fully there. The brow tools aid in the extra help I need for any sparse spots, and keep them shaped and clean.

Brow Down - Favorite Brow Products - TheSubtleStatement.com

Benefit Brow Zings (in light) is my favorite brow product. Most days this is the only one I use. The hard angle brush and powder are the perfect tools to give your brows a polished shape. The wax and blending brush fill in any sparse spots, and blend the two products together well.

Benefit Gimme Brow (in light/medium) is a great product to subtly fill in your brows, and make them appear fuller, as well as work as a brow gel to keep them in tact.

Anastasia Brow Wiz (in taupe) is a great tool to quickly pencil in or shape your brows, or use along with Benefit Gimme Brow. The retractable ultra fine tip prevents looking too “pencilly” or thick.

Links I’m Loving

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1. Lauren Conrad’s Cool-Girl Guide to Holiday Dressing.. I’m loving Lauren’s new locks! This shoot ups her usual simple meets classic style to a new notch of glam and edginess

2. Get Cozy.. 20% off all pillows, throws, bedding, and rugs going on here

3. The new unlimited program to hit Rent the Runway.. busy year? Your wardrobe will be once less thing to worry about

4. 6 Steps to a Sassy Ponytail

5. Checking off the gifts on your list, or having shopping spree is easier with $45 off $100 at Gap (use code SPREE)

Gift Guide: Beauty

Gift Guide Beauty | TheSubtleStatement.com

1. Drybar The Morning After Kit  2. Urban Decay Naked, Naked2, & Naked3  3. Yves Saint Laurent ‘Touche Éclat’ Radiant Touch (Limited Edition)   4. NARS ‘Audacious’ Lipstick (Raquel)  5. Boscia The Black Collection  6. NARS ‘NARSissist’ Smoky Eye Compact  7. NARS ‘Audacious’ Lipstick (Annabella)  8. Philosophy ‘have a cherry christmas’ Shampoo, Body Wash & Bubble Bath Ornament  9. NARS ‘Larger Than Life’ Long Wear Eyeliner  10. Kate Spade New York ‘Pasley Park Merit’ Zip Around Cosmetic Case  11. Younique Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes  

The Drybar Morning After Kit keeps my blowouts in tack on the days in between. The Naked palettes are amazing, especially for travel, you have so many options. Yves Saint Laurent Eclat Radiant Touch is the only concealer I use, it’s subtle & great for touch ups & how cute is the limited edition packaging? Nars Audacious Lipsticks are a fave, Raquel has been my fave Fall hue. Boscia is my go to skincare line, this collection is the formula for luminous skin. Philosophy ‘have a cherry christmas’ is my favorite scent from their collection, it’s shimmery & smells delicious. Younique Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes ups the anty on any eyelash game!