Fall is practically here, and now that you’ve added a few new pairs of boots and sweaters to your wardrobe, it’s time to brush up on your beauty staples too! Today I’m teaming up with my friends over at Juice Beauty to show you three must-have fall lip shades to fall for and outfits to go with them.
Calling all my blondie’s – today I’m talking about a new must-have beauty product that I’m all heart eyes over – EVERPRO’s Back2Blonde temporary root concealer. This is a blonde’s new BFF, y’all! I started highlighting my hair way back in the seventh grade, so the true color of my hair is now a mystery, but I do know it’s gotten quite a bit darker, thanks to those pesky dark roots that show up about 5-6 weeks after my last hair appointment. The trouble is, sometimes us girl’s are on-the-go and don’t have time to squeeze in an appointment before a big event or trip, or your go-to hair gal (mine happens to be my aunt, who’s amazing!) might be booked up! Now there’s a solution to those OMGosh dark roots moments thanks to the Back2Blonde temporary root concealer.
Read on to see how this amazing new product works mini miracles for blondie’s like me!
As unique as every person is, we all share at least one thing in common: we all have goals in life and we all desire to make them a reality. Today, I’ve teamed up with my friends at Dallas Community Colleges to talk about how I made my dreams come true (and no, it doesn’t involve wishing on stars — as much as I would love that!)
Trust me, I still have my good and my bad days, but at 26 years old, I truly feel as though I am living my dream, and I can trace it all back to one defining moment in my life: pursuing higher education. My four years at the University of Texas at Austin (with the help of several online courses I also took at Dallas Community College) truly transformed my life and what the future had in store for it.
Read on to read the story of how I got to where I am today and the role that my higher education played in that.
If you follow me on instagram, you may have noticed (unless you read the entirety of my giant captions) my hair seemingly grew overnight. No I don’t have magic golden hair like Rapunzel (but a girl can dream, right?), but today I’m going to let you in on my secret to longer, thicker hair: Bellami clip-in hair extensions! My new Bellami clip-in hair extensions give me magic golden (more like ash blonde) hair everyday and I love them! SIDE NOTE (in case you don’t wanna read to the bottom of this post) you can get $5 off your set of Bellami hair extensions with code VANDIFAIR at checkout!
What many people don’t understand about extensions is that you don’t have to go to a salon and pay $$$ to get them permanently put in every other month. Thanks to Bellami, you can get longer and/or thicker hair every day by simply clipping in some of their 100% natural human hair extensions (I know the human hair things sounds a bit weird but I promise you’ll love them – they’re like the super soft, tangle-free hair you’ve always dreamed of!).
If you look at the photos above, you can see the natural length of my hair and thickness (or should I say thin-ness?) at the top. I have naturally super fine, straight hair that I have colored since middle school, so it’s hard to get my hair much longer than it is now without it breaking off (it’s just the price I pay to be blonde!) These clip-in extensions allow me to get the fuller, longer hair I’ve always dreamed of when I want to dress up, but are easy enough to take off before I go to bed or for days when a messy top bun is necessary.
Bellami offers all sorts of hair lengths and colors in their extension sets, so let me tell you a little bit about mine and how I’m wearing them in the above photos. Since I was looking for both length and fullness, I went with the 22 inch length in ash blonde. The set comes with 10 clip in pieces, ranging from small, 1.5 inch wefts to large 8 inch wefts and everything you need in-between. Since my hair is so naturally fine, I’m actually only wearing 1/2 of the amount of wefts offered in each hair extension package because I didn’t want to make it look too drastic or unnatural, but to show you the effect, I’ll do an outfit post soon where I wear all of them (it’s SO much hair y’all!).
I went for the ash blonde shade because over the summer I’ve shifted the color of my hair from golden to a bit more silver/ash-toned. The extensions didn’t match perfectly when they arrived in the mail, but not to fear! A simple application of some toner from your beauty store will make them more silver-toned if your hair is closer to my color.
You can see how simple it is to put the hair extensions in with the above photos. Simply using your index fingers or a fine tooth comb, separate a horizontal line of your hair at the nape of your neck and clip up the remaining hair on the top of your head. Then, simply take the largest weft of your extension set and clip them across your head. Repeat these steps with several or all of the wefts. Personally, I use one 8 inch weft on the very bottom, one 7 inch weft above that and one 6 inch weft above that, then I use all 4 of the individual 1.5 inch wefts on either side of my head to even out my hair length. It literally takes me 5-10 minutes to put them in, and voila! I have magic, Rapunzel-like hair.
As a full-time blogger, my weeks are far from routine. With photoshoots, brand meetings, events and travel, no two days are the same, so it’s important to at least have at least a little routine in my day to day. Today I’m sharing my nightly routine and how SweetSpot Labs is making it even easier to maintain my nightly ritual, no matter if I’m home or on the road.
Get Squeaky Clean… I grew up in a family where mornings weren’t our favorite. It was a major struggle for my mom to get us all out of bed each morning (I remember literally kicking and yelling sometimes – and this was in high school y’all), so my mom started giving us baths at night from an early age. Flash forward to now, and I still prefer to shower at night. SweetSpot Labs has quickly become my go-to for that squeaky clean feeling no matter what.
What I love about SweetSpot Labs is that it’s specifically formulated with gentle ingredients and the right pH for women. Most cleansing products contain harsh ingredients like glycerin, which can cause major irritation for women! Any sort of irritation is the last thing I want to wake up to after my nightly shower. SweetSpot Labs is glycerin-free and safe for use all over (gynecologist recommended, just saying that makes me blush, but you ladies know what I mean!).
The SweetSpot Labs Gentle Wash is perfect for a luxurious, effective shower after a long day. It comes in the yummiest scents – Grapefruit Verbana, Vanilla Blossom and Neroli Mandarin (I tried the Vanilla Blossom – smells SO good!). I love how the wash is so versatile it works triple-duty thanks to the unique 97% natural formula. Its coconut base gently cleanses from head to toe while emollient oils moisturize the skin. You can even use it as a shaving cream! It has special ingredients that soften skin and hair, making shaving easier. Hello silky smooth legs and goodbye irritation!
…Even When I’m Exhausted! Okay so I’ll admit that I don’t shower every single night, and sometimes even after a workout (and as a night owl, my work outs are almost always in the evenings), I find myself simply too exhausted to spend 15 minutes to take a shower, and go through my entire nighttime ritual of washes, creams, etc. Thankfully, for those nights when I can’t even make it into the bathroom before bed, SweetSpot Labs has their On-The-Go Wipes so I can easily wipe down any sweat on my body from my workouts and go to bed with that sticky-free, fresh feeling with minimum effort.
Like the wash, the wipes are made for women and safe to use all over. They’re made from 98% natural ingredients and infused with “good for you” extracts like aloe, cucumber, pineapple and cranberry. They come in the same three yummy scents as the Gentle Wash (the Vanilla Blossom is my favorite, but the Neroli Mandarin comes in at a close second, especially for summer!). The wipes are available in both large packages to keep at home and the On-The-Go Wipettes, which come with individualized packets in all three scents and are perfect for your purse. When I’m traveling or on-the-go, I grab a Wipette for a quick refresh anywhere I need to keep squeaky clean in between showers. These wipes along your favorite dry shampoo are a must for you busy ladies!
Take Off My Jewelry. The first thing I want to take off after a long day of shooting is my jewelry.If you follow me on Snapchat (username = laurenvandiver), you may have seen the magic mirror I got as an early birthday gift from my Gigi. I’m not the most organized person, but this over the door hanging jewelry armoire that doubles as a mirror is already changing my life. Of all the accessories and clothes I have as a blogger, the easiest thing for me to misplace is my jewelry, so having an organization tool that allows me to take off my jewelry in an easy, organized way each night is absolutely essential.
Furbaby Snuggles. One thing that’s always part of my nightly routine is snuggles with my furbaby Lucky. Whether I get home and call it a day before Cole or not, Lucky is always there to greet me at the door with so much love he cannot even contain himself. No matter what kind of day I’ve had, he’s always in the mood for some feel-good snuggles. This is perhaps my favorite part of my nightly routine.
Wine-d Down. I’ll admit it – I’m a certified wine-o. Not only do I enjoy the taste, but it also helps me unplug and unwind each night. Working in social media, it can be hard to put my phone and laptop away even for 30 minutes to watch a TV show or enjoy dinner with my guy. A glass of red wine helps me to relax, destress, and focus on the important things like quality time with my little family.
You can find all of the SweetSpot Labs products at Target online or at your local Target store.