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Weekend Roundup 

Comfy & cozy is key, now that I am in the third trimester. Cardigan | tankleggings  | boots | handbag | styling wand

A $6 manicure in under 5 minutes, is the ultimate quick fix, when in a jam. A little filing and you’re good to go.

A comfy casual look for an errand filled week preparing for my baby shower.  Cardigan | tank | Denim: maternity & non-maternity | shoes | handbag | styling wand

A sneak peek of my baby shower, this past weekend. We are so grateful for a perfect day celebrating our little pumpkin, we can’t wait for him to get here!  A detailed post to come!

Holiday Gift Guide // For the Beauty Techie

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I enjoy getting ready. Doing my hair, doing my makeup, choosing my clothes. But drying my hair has always been my most dreaded beauty task. With the amount of hair I have, and it being so long, it usually takes me up to 30-40 minutes to get it completely dry.

I’ve had a couple of great hair dryers throughout the years, but my latest one was at the end of it’s run after a short couple of years. So I probed my hairstylist for her favorite hair dryers. She suggested BaByliss. I started researching and found nothing but amazing reviews for this Italian made beauty tool, created with a real v12 Ferrari engine, and nano-titanium technology.

The verdict? 6 minutes. 6 minutes is all it took for a completely dry, shiny blowout. Sold.

BaByliss Volare V1 Dryer Ferrari Designed Engine Ulta Beauty Techie Guide

The amount of times that I didn’t have time to finish drying my hair and had to let it air dry to look like a mess. I wish I would’ve discovered this piece of beauty magic much sooner.

If you’re in search of the perfect gift for the beauty techie in your life, I’ve rounded up an array of amazing products that amp up anyone’s beauty routine.

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BaByliss Pro Volare V1 Dryer This hairdryer is magical. It’s no doubt worth the price to cut down significantly on your beauty routine time & comes with a 4 year warranty at Ulta.

Beachwaver S1 Lust Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show beach waves? This is the exact product top stylists used to create the effortless sultry look.

Clarisonic Mia 2 Skin Care Cleansing System This is a life changer. Using this facial brush everyday, makes my skin so soft, eliminates dryness, and helps fade any previous breakouts.

Clarisonic Acne Cleansing Brush Head With my hormones all over the place, being pregnant, I use this brush head to control breakouts. It’s safe for sensitive and acne prone skin.

Clarisonic Deep Pore Cleansing Brush Head Designed with a unique gradation of bristle firmness and dual-action movement, making it optimal for cleansing oily skin, skin with large pores or those looking to target hard to reach and uneven areas of the face, like the crevasses around the nose. This brush head is safe and gentle for use every day.

Clarisonic Sensitive Brush Head If you have a sensitive to normal skin type, this brush is great.

Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Brush Head This is the next brush head I plan on trying out. The luxurious brush head with plush new filaments that remove sebum and surface-level pigmentation to diminish the appearance of hyperpigmentation and dullness.

Clarisonic Smart Profile Skin Cleansing System If you’re obsessed with the results of the facial brush as I am, you can take it to the next level with this full body set, that includes a facial brush, body brush, and pedi smoothing disc.

Color Me Automatic Universal Starter Kit I’m dying try this foundation applicator that creates a professional airbrushed look. You can use it with any kind of foundation from liquid, loose, pressed, to BB creams.

Brought to you by People Style Watch and Ulta.

Fall Staples Under $100

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These Fall finds make perfect staples to transition your wardrobe into the upcoming season, and each have so much versatility, all under $100. The Nordstrom Anniversary sale is open for Early Access for cardholders until July 16th, then goes public July 17th!

DIY: At Home Blowout

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Drybar is definitely a place I indulge in, whenever I’m in a city that has one. I can’t say enough amazing things about their products. To get blowout-worthy hair at home I use a purifying shampoo, a volumizing conditioner and then a volumzing mousse on freshly combed damp hair. I dry my roots, then flip my head over and dry 80% off my hair, flip back over and style as I dry. I usually follow up with a styling wand for beachy waves, then spritz with a medium finish hairspray.

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To keep my blowout in tact over the next following days (day two is usually always better), I shower with a terry cloth lined shower cap, use dry shampoo, a 3-in-1 texturizer, and a sea salt spray. These products aid in only having to repeat the process a couple times per week.

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Loose Waves Hair Tutorial

 

Loose Waves Hair Tutorial | TheSubtleStatement.com #iwokeuplikethis

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

 

Slept-In Hair

Slept In Hair

After spotting Christine from DeSmitten‘s undone waves at the IFB Conference, I have been obsessed the effortlessly chic do. Christine shared her beauty must-have, Bumble and Bumble’s Brilliantine, and since we have a similar hair length, I couldn’t wait to try it! Later that day, Nicole Richie was spotted at The Grove (one of my favorite spots!) sporting a similar do (& much shorter bob.) I can’t get enough of this shiny slept-in look.

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Soak up the Sun

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Dress: Cache  /  Sunglasses: Tory Burch  /  Bag: Prada  /  Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Soak up the Sun

Spending the week in warm weather and sunshine was the perfect way to start off the new year. A start to my Spring wardrobe, and new beauty additions are such a tease when having to finish off the next couple months of Winter. Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray is my new favorite must-have.

Soak up the Sun

Soak up the Sun