April 28, 2016

Review: Nails Inc. Paint Can Spray On Nail Polish

Review: Nails Inc. Paint Can Spray On Nail Polish

Last week I discovered an innovative new nail polish concept, Nails Inc. Paint Can Spray On Nail Polish... yes, really! The concept is simple-- it's a spray on formula that applies evenly to nails, especially for those on-the-go who need a quick polish change. Pretty cool, right?

Keep reading to find out if this spray can nail polish is the next best thing in nails or just a total fail >>

April 26, 2016

Short Shorts + Good HUES-Day Linkup

American Eagle Outfitters Shorts

Ugh, tomorrow I will wake up and be 31- yikes! I guess it's not so bad though-- to kick off my birthday week, we went down to Newport Beach for a craft beer festival this past weekend and I couldn't pass up the chance to head over to the harbor for brunch. It was gorgeous out, super blue sky, sun was shining.. and then the clouds came in. Good for pictures, not so good when you're wearing short shorts! 

Click below to continue reading and to join this week's Good HUES-Day Linkup>>

April 21, 2016

A Very Good Hair Day With ghd

Product was provided by ghd for review purposes, however all opinions are my own. 
ghd Platinum Styler

Let's be honest- I spend WAY more time on my makeup than on my hair each morning. If I'm actually going to style my hair-- as opposed to throwing it up in a quick bun or letting it air dry-- I tend to gravitate towards simple hair styles, basically ones I can style using a flat iron. Since I'm constantly using heat on my hair, I need an exceptional and quality styler that won't destroy my hair. Whether I'm creating boho, beachy waves or super straight strands, the  ghd Platinum™ Styler has become my go-to for getting these cute styles in no time, without frying my hair. Read on to get all the scoop on this must-have tool >>

April 19, 2016

Springtime Florals + Trend Spin Linkup

Trend Spin Linkup

I'm taking a break from the Good HUES-Day linkup this week to join Laura of Walking in Memphis in High Heels and Erin of The Fashion Canvas for the Trend Spin Linkup. I link up each week with these awesome gals so I was super excited when they reached out and asked me to cohost, especially because they both have superb taste. Head over to each of their blogs and browse around- you won't be disappointed!

Click to get all the outfit details & join the Trend Spin linkup below>>

April 18, 2016

How-To: Easy, Soft Beachy Waves

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RethinkYourColour #CollectiveBias

How to: Beachy Waves

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter

A couple weeks ago I posted  about how excited I was to try the new John Frieda Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter™ In-Shower Treatment, which instantly lightens up to one shade for sun-kissed brunettes, along with the Visibly Brighter™ Subtle Lightening Shampoo,  Visibly Brighter™ Subtle Lightening Conditioner that I picked up at Walmart (FYI- if you can't find the products at your local Walmart, they are also available at Walmart.com). Not only was I super impressed with how the products have visibly boosted the brightness of my hair, I was able to brighten and lighten my hair color without the pricey salon visit. You can learn more about the line and each product in my last post here.

Below is a before/after showing how dull and blah my hair looked before using these products. After using the Visibly Brighter™ Treatment just once, my hair instantly looked lighter, brighter, shinier and all-around healthier. I followed the treatment with the Visibly Brighter™ Shampoo and Conditioner and have been using these two or three times a week when I wash my hair.
Before and After with John Frieda Visibly Brigher

To show off my gorgeous, brighter hair, I like to create soft, beachy waves which not only looks super pretty with sun-kissed hair, but the waves really help to show off the multi-dimensional color. This has become my go-to style, which is so fun for spring and summer- it's so easy, taking less than 15 minutes and it's all done with a flat iron. Really! Here's how to get these soft, beachy waves:

How to: Beachy Waves

Step 1: After using the Visibly Brighter™ Treatment, followed then by the Visibly Brighter™ Shampoo and Visibly Brighter™ Conditioner, let hair air-dry. My hair is more on the straight side and I find that it holds the curl better when air-dried as opposed to blow drying. Prior to styling, spritz with a heat protector spray to prevent damage.

How to: Beachy Waves

Step 2: Clip or pin half hair up (or 1/3 if your hair is on the thicker side) to start on the bottom layer closest to the nape of your neck.

How to: Beachy Waves

Step 3: Using a heated flat iron (I use a 1.25") clamp about 1" of hair in the iron and in a single motion twist away from your face and pull down through hair. It's important to do this in a single movement so you don't create funky dents in your hair. For a modern look, leave about 1" of the ends straight. Do the same with the next sections of hair, alternating between twisting away from face with twisting towards face.

How to: Beachy Waves

Step 4: Let hair down from clip and continue curling, being sure to start the curl from the hairline and working down.

How to: Beachy Waves

Step 5: Finish by running your hands through your hair to break up the strands and create loose waves. Add a spritz of hairspray, or my pick, sea salt spray, to ensure the style holds and you are good to go!

To learn more about the Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter™ collection and how you can achieve salon-results without the price tag, check out this video. Rather go darker? There's a line for that too! Get the scoop on the Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Deeper™ Colour Deepening Treatment here.

April 7, 2016

Lip Lust: Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick review

Lips are having their moment this year-- last year it was brows and this year its all about the lips. Bite Beauty recently launched their new line of Amuse Bouche Lipsticks... keep reading for my thoughts on this new collection for lips>>

April 5, 2016

Blush Blazer + Good HUES-Day Linkup

Blush Blazer + Black Pants Outfit
  H&M Blazer | Skinny Black Pants (similar style- on sale!) | Striped Top (similar) | Steve Madden Heels | Kate Spade New York Sunglasses | Stella & Dot Bracelets

I'm back! Posting has been a bit sporadic these past couple of weeks, there's been a lot going on. Two weeks ago, Steve and I had to say goodbye to one of our cats-- Mittens, which was really sad and heartbreaking. Then, a week ago, Steve went to the hospital for intense pain in his stomach and ended up having his appendix removed. Not fun :/

With all the stress and everything going on I decided to take a little break-- who says I can't have a spring break, too? This week I'm back with a pretty blush blazer I picked up at H&M. Funny story, I popped into H&M for a return and spotted this blazer on my way up to the cashier and bought it on the spot. I love the pale pink hue, the length and it looks great dressed up for work and looks great over jeans. Keep reading to see more, plus join me for this week's Good HUES-Day Linkup!

April 4, 2016

Visibly Brighter Hair with John Frieda

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RethinkYourColour #CollectiveBias

John Frieds Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter

When I was younger, I had these gorgeous sun-kissed strands woven in through my light brunette hair, most especially during the summer, but as I've gotten older and holed up inside most of the day, my hair lost that natural, bright, sun-kissed look. Lately my hair has been looking darker and honestly, dull and unhealthy. I recently picked up the John Frieda Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter™ Subtle Lightening Shampoo/Conditioner and Visibly Brighter™ In-Shower Treatment to get back those golden sun-kissed strands and bring my dull hair back to life without spending the big bucks that I would at the salon.

John Frieds Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter- Before
Currently my hair has the ombre effect-- dark to light ends. While the ends are lightened and colored, the brunette shade is natural... and it can definitely use some help. I really want to go lighter, possibly with light highlights throughout, but I don't want the hassle of the upkeep and my hair grows quick-- I feel like roots start showing in just a few weeks. Salon visits can get pricey and I just can't afford to keep up with regular visits. Coloring hair, even just touch-ups or lightening, at home can be somewhat scary. What if the color goes wrong? It can cost even more to get it fixed.

John Frieds Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter

However, John Frieda is a brand that I have used before and trust that they carry quality colour care products. I have used the Brilliant Brunette®  line before and thought the new Visibly Brighter™ collection would be exactly what I need to brighten my hair. The good folks over at John Frieda have basically created foolproof at-home lightening products for brunettes. The line includes the Visibly Brighter™ Shampoo and Visibly Brighter™ Conditioner, which work hand-in-hand to gradually lighten hair overtime to illuminate golden tones and visibly brighten hair with each wash. I love the fact that there is a product available for brunettes (not just blondes!) that can help give more dimension to our hair without dyes and pricey highlights.

John Frieds Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter

The line also includes the Visibly Brighter™ Treatment, which is a quick brightening boost that  lightens hair one shade instantly in a single wash. The DIY lightening treatment takes just 5 minutes in the shower and is safe for natural, highlighted and color-treated hair and won't leave hair looking orange, bleached or splotchy as it lightens along the natural brunette spectrum (phew!). Pretty cool, right? After watching this video, I'm super excited to try out this product!

You can find the John Frieda Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter™ colour care products at your local Walmart in the hair care aisle. If you cannot find the product in-store, it is available online at Walmart.com.

John Frieds Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter available at Walmart

John Frieds Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter available at Walmart

Stay tuned for an upcoming post in two weeks sharing my experience with these products!

What do you think, is this something you world try?

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