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Organizing Small Spaces

 

As a beauty enthusiast, you can only imagine how much makeup and hair products that I have accumulated in time. Picture that in you’re mind? Okay great, now times that by ten.

I am also a bit of an organizer.. a trait that I am glad I finally picked up as an adult. Storage space for all of this needed to happen. When I inherited this pretty little shelf, originally from IKEA, I made sure to put it to good use. To really utilize the space while making it not a complete eyesore, I found rustic chalkboard bins at Michael’s. Labeling these with the contents of the makeup contents to which body part they pertain, makes it super easy to grab what I am looking for. Of course the hair bins were a necessity for my forever over flowing hair products. A big woven basket houses a supply of professional hair color, bowls and brushes for those impromptu house calls. Below that, in another basket are bed sheets. A few candles await, ready to be lit during a bath along with a few of my favorite spa products.

I hope this inspires you to turn that little corner you’ve been eyeing into something cute and practical!

 

 

Caring for Double Processed Hair

 Have you decided to make the plunge and go Platinum Blonde!? If so, you go sister! Might as well try it at least once. Be prepared though, to invest a bit of time and love into the process and everyday maintenance. If that all sounds good to you.. What is the next step you wonder?

Find a hairstylist who specializes in blonde hair, especially double process blonde, and set up a consultation. Be sure, to give the stylist the full history of your hair and bring photos of the color you would like to aim for. Keep in mind, that going platinum can be a multi-step process, especially if your hair is already color treated. The initial first process or two, will usually be the biggest investment in time and money, but so worth it…when you eventually, achieve the desired result.

Your not done just yet..

The right care for platinum hair is crucial. This is not the time to skimp on great products. Splurge on that luxe shampoo and conditioning mask to keep your strands happy and moisturized. If your stylist recommends it, a purple based shampoo and conditioner is a great idea to fight brassiness and keep those cool and icey blonde tones. This should be used once a week in place of your other shampoo and conditioner. A leave on primer is also important to protect your hair from breakage and moisture loss. It should be applied every time you step out of the shower on damp hair, before you comb it out. Most salons offer in salon conditioning treatments, and if you can, done every, or every other time you color your hair, it can have a huge impact to keep those strands in shape.

If that wasn’t enough..

Condition, condition! If you ever have down time, be sure, to apply a hair mask and wear it for a few hours with your hair in a braid or back in a bun. Even better, wrap a hot towel (squeezed out) in a turban around your hair. This allows the treatment to really penetrate deep into the hair. Not enough down time in your day? Sleep in it.. Just put a towel down on your pillow case. Do this once a week.

Check below for recommended products.

Shampoo & Conditioner Set:

  1. Resistance Therapiste Collection by Kerastase– a two step conditioning system, in which you use a priming conditioner first, then the conditioning balm, followed by a mask, that can be used as a treatment-see above. Comes with a serum to prime and protect the hair after showering.
  2. Ultimate Remedy Collection by Shu Uemura– in addition to the everyday conditioner, it comes with a conditioning mask for extra nourishment, that can be used as treatment-see above.

Purple Based Shampoo and Conditioner:

  1. Alchemic Shampoo & Conditioner in Silver by Davines
  2. Shimmer Lights Conditioning Shampoo & Conditioner by Clairol

Leave in Primer

  1. Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil by Shu Uemura
  2. Ciment Thermique by Kerastase

In Salon Treatment:

  1. Fusio-Dose by Kerastase

Coffee | Brown Sugar | Cacao Scrub

   
Winter weather has had my skin a bit dry lately. I came up with this recipe for an indulgent DIY coffee scrub. The secret ingredient being cacao powder which is an instand mood booster the moment you smell it. It is also, super reparative, being that it is rich in antioxidents. Lemon Zest, then infuses a bit of brightness, adding antibacterial properties. Dark Brown sugar, along with the coffee grounds exfoliate and slough off dead skin cells allowing hydrating creams to absorb into the skin better. The coffee grounds stimulate the senses as well as help disperse cellulite. The coconut oil and flakes continue to hydrate the skin long after you rinse the scrub off. 

I seriously want to eat this scrub being that it smells, and looks a bit like brownie batter…

You will too.

  

Ingredients 

  •  1 C. Ground Coffee Beans
  • 3 T. Cacao Powder
  • 1/2 C. Dark Brown Sugar
  • 2 T. Honey
  • 3 T. Coconut Oil
  • 2 T. Coconut Flakes
  • 1 Zest of a Lemon

Directions

Mix all of the ingredient’s together in a bowl. Bottle up, and enjoy this scrub twice a week to keep your skin smooth and hydrated.