AFFORDABLE HAIRCARE

It’s been a while since I’ve done a post focused on haircare – partly because I’ve been so uninspired by my hair products lately! Here’s why – my hair has changed dramatically over the last year. It used to be off-the-charts curly and very voluminous. In fact, I could get away with washing it once a week (no joke). Now that I’m solidly in my 30s, the natural curl has turned into an unpredictable semi-wave, it gets greasy after one day, and it is thinner. Then one day it’ll curl out of the blue after a shampoo, and then back to flat the next day. All of my expensive uber-curl products are now mostly useless to me, and I certainly can’t afford to spend tons of money on all-new expensive products. Any of you other ladies out there dealing with this weirdness?? Fortunately, I’ve found a couple solutions that you can buy at Target that I’m recommending today. 

ON AGING, AT 34

I started writing this post on my 34th birthday, and it’s taken me two months to complete my thoughts on turning 34 and what it means to me. Last year I posted about beating the Birthday Blues on my 33rd by infusing self-love into your special day. The year before that, a fun little outfit post about my short skirt, smiling wide at 32. This year, I’m posting about ‘getting older’ because in the last year, my relationship with age has completely changed – suddenly I was ‘aging’. AGING. I’ve felt so many different emotions towards it, had so many different experiences with it, and sought out so many different ‘solutions’ for it this year – as if it’s a force to be reckoned with that I must control, deny and accept, all at the same time.

MY FAVORITE RED LIPSTICKS

Red lipstick is the ultimate in makeup power plays. Whenever I put on red lipstick I feel like a badass, channeling my inner Gwen Stefani or Hollywood glamour girl. And when I’m feeling sad, depressed or have a bad day, I find myself heading to the vanity and putting on a coat of my favorite red lipstick – almost without even thinking about it. It’s an instant pick-me-up and helps me gather my strength and regain control. And when I see another woman wearing it, I admire her for her boldness and respect her choice to let her lady-flag fly. Today, I’m sharing my favorites with you. Read on for the best red lipsticks, according to MOI!

DECODING ALL THE CURLING IRONS – THERE ARE …

There are a ton of different options out there these days for curling and waving your hair, and if you’re not overly-obsessed with hair and makeup like me, figuring out the right wand or iron isn’t that easy or intuitive. Tapered or straight-barelled? Clamped or wand? 1/2″ or 1″ or 1.5″? It’s so confusing! Today I’m sharing my three favorite types and breaking down what each one does so that you don’t have to spend money on a bunch of different things. 

FACE CLEANSING HACKS FOR YOUR INNER LAZY …

Let’s face it, I can spend hours telling you about my 10-step South Korean skincare routine that takes me a total of 20 minutes per day plus all the other 30 cleansers and creams I slather all over my face, neck, d├ęcolletage, hands, body, and feet on any other given day to keep it youthful, clear-pored and (somewhat) acne-free. Some of the lengths I’ll go to and money I’ll spend is silly. But I love it, so it’s okay! But what most of you may really want to know is how to keep your skin clean with minimal effort and time spent. I don’t blame you! So let’s discuss because I’ve got several recommendations for you today. And confession – I’ve been so lazy myself lately that I am full-on using these options at least twice per week!

SUMMER TO FALL MAKEUP ROUTINE

I get a lot of questions about my makeup routine and the products I love, so I thought I’d empty my makeup bag into one post to show you what look I’ve been rocking at the end of summer that I’ll be taking well into fall. From the summer, I’m keeping a peachy blush and a bronzer. To add in something new for the fall season, I’m mixing in a plum lipstick and darker shadow and eyeliner. Read on for my product list and new additions to my routine, as well as order of application and advice!