New Hair Style & Look // Celebrating American Beauty with Suave

*Post sponsored by Mirum Shopper but all opinions are my own.

Every once in awhile I see a picture or a video online and I get inspired to try a new hair style. Sometimes I get inspired to try new things by way of my usual hair style, but in a different way. Recently I got my hair cut and colored by a new stylist and she worked with me on learning to give my hair that tousled wave that we all so desire that seems to be so easily achieved by using a flat iron. I don’t know about you… but I’ve NEVER been able to curl my hair with a flat iron.

My new stylist taught me to grab small sections of hair. It seems my biggest mistake was grabbing the same amount of hair that I’d use for a curling iron and thinking it’d give the same curl with the flat iron. In wrapping smaller sections the hair didn’t need to stay wrapped up for very long and what came out was the perfect, loose, wavy bounce that all my favorite celebs are wearing. After each section of hair is completed she sprayed it lightly with hairspray (because I have major issue with any type of curl staying in my hair).

I tried her technique at home and, though it didn’t look as perfect, I’d say it came out pretty good! I used Suave Sea Mineral Infusion Moisturizing Body Shampoo & Conditioner to cleanse and then Suave Luxe Style Infusion Plump Hold for the hairspray. One thing I did differently beforehand was use Suave Luxe Style Infusion Volumizing Soufflé Hair Mousse to give my hair even more hold and volume – which helped immensely. The best part about this style is that you can rock next day hair by putting one drop of Suave Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil in your palm and rubbing your hands together to finger comb through your hair. I start at the ends because the crown of my head tends to be oily anyway plus you don’t want to weigh it down too much.

If you need to add some of these products to your shopping list keep in mind that you can grab them at the grocery store, and also save some money! Right now Kroger is the perfect place to stock up on your Suave essentials. Currently all Suave shampoos, conditioners and styling products are Buy 5, Save $5 meaning you’ll save $5 instantly at checkout when you mix & match hundreds of participating items in multiples of 5. *Items must be purchased in a single transaction. Participating item varieties and sizes may vary by store.

Find your local Kroger store now to stock up and save!

*Post sponsored by Mirum Shopper but all opinions are my own.

Rocking a Messy Bun + GIVEAWAY!

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Who has time to learn all of these hair tutorials?! Sure, they look gorgeous, but I need an easy out when it comes to styling. Any products that can get me out the door and looking presentable are always going to be my top choices.

My style of choice as of late is a messy bun. But did you ever notice when people go around wearing a messy bun they look really cute and have 35,000 steps as to how to get that cute top knot?! Not happening with me. I don’t have the time to full on dry my hair, straighten my hair, then curl my hair with three different curling irons and then carefully pull that stylized sleekness up into a neat bun only to pull out pieces and muss it up. For real, though, wtf is the point?!

Here’s what I do. First step, wash that mop. My crown is oil city so if it’s dirty you’re going to know it’s dirty. I scrub my hair with Suave Sea Mineral Sea Infusion Shampoo and then condition with Suave Sea Mineral Sea Infusion Conditioner. Once out of the shower I towel dry by squeezing excess water out of the ends and then I brush through. After that I pin down the flyaways I have on either side of my head and then let my hair air dry.

Once it’s mostly dry I flip my head upside down and use TRESemme Extra Hold Hairspray on all that hair on the underside by the nape of the neck. I brush it through while my hair is still flipped over and then gather it all onto the top of my head in a high ponytail. I smooth out things if needed and then secure the hair “messy bun style” pulling it tight. I finish off with a bit more hair spray and DONE.

This style using these type of products makes my life easier and TBH the dang bun looks just the same when I’m finished.

Right now at Kroger buy 3 participating TRESemme, Dove, or Suave hair products and receive $3.00 off your next shopping trip. Click here to find the Kroger store nearest to you.

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GIVEAWAY! Comment on THIS FACEBOOK POST what product you want to try using hashtag #FindSummerStyle for a chance to win a $25 Kroger gift card along with TRESemme, Dove and Suave hair care products.

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What Scent Belongs to Your Favorite Memory?

*Post sponsored by Lunchbox but all opinions are my own.

Take a second to think about your favorite memory. Did the one that you thought of first involve scent? The one that just popped into my head was actually from this past weekend at The Makeup Show. A friend and I were walking around and smelled the most amazing fragrance. We were drawn to that particular booth because of the scent. I bought a brush from the booth I never would have noticed otherwise because of the scent.

Scents can draw you in, transport you, make you happy, comfort you… it really all depends on what memory is tied to that particular scent. This month, Walgreens wants you to “be your own beautiful” and think about what scents are tied to your favorite memories. Indulge yourself by exploring for and experiencing some of the skincare brands and products available at their store where a ton of the products have extra special offers just waiting for you to take advantage of them!

A few of my favorites are below:

The Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Lotion. I buy a big bottle of this one because my husband and son love it too. My husband in particular can really go through a lotion because his hands get very dry and this one is clinically proven to moisturize deeply to soothe dry skin with the first application and keep the skin healed for up to three weeks (proven after 4 weeks daily use in a clinical study). I love this one not only for the moisturizing benefits but because it absorbs quickly and isn’t greasy feeling. The scent is fresh and makes me think of Summer because I’m constantly applying aloe then!

Walgreens Special Offer. 5/15 See additional savings in most Sunday papers. Shop here.

It’s not easy to find a fruity scrub that’s not only oil-free but also free of parabens, sulfates and is also Hypoallergenic, Dermatologist tested and contains 100% Natural Exfoliants. St. Ives Apricot Scrub is all of those things and the scent totally makes me think of when I was younger and hanging out at my Aunt’s house. She always had a scent like this around!

Walgreens Special Offer. Week of 5/8 – Buy One Get One 50% Off. 5/15 See additional savings in most Sunday papers. Shop here.

I’ve spoken before about how much I love the scent of Caress® Mystique Forever™ Body Wash. It contains Fragrance Touch Technology so that you can catch a whiff of the scent for up to 12-hours. Perfect for reminiscing all day long!!

Walgreens Special Offer. 5/15 Offer – $2.99 on select 12oz body washes. 5/15 See additional savings in most Sunday papers. Shop here.

Since the 90’s I’ve had a major thing for the scent of cucumber so the Suave Cucumber Agave Smash is a top pick Summer body wash for me when I’m feeling beachy, going pool-side or wanting to remember all of the awesome vacations I’ve had throughout the years. The scent is lively and crisp with a formula infused with cucumber fruit extract and skin conditioning Vitamin E.

Walgreens Special Offer. Month long body wash deal – Get 50% more free with bonus packs! (18 oz at the 12 oz price, at select Walgreens stores). 5/15 See additional savings in most Sunday papers. Shop here.

What scent is attached to your favorite memory?

*Post sponsored by Lunchbox but all opinions are my own.

Next Level Hair with Suave Professionals® Coconut Oil Infusion + Giveaway!

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Are you dealing with the evils of dry and damaged hair this winter? There are some new products at your local CVS that are primed to take your hair to the next level without spending way too much money on way too many treatments. When used together the Suave Professionals® Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Shampoo & Conditioner visibly repair damaged hair in just three uses without weighing it down – resulting in healthy looking and luscious locks.

Suave Professionals® Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Shampoo & Conditioner provide that weightless moisture because they are infused with pure coconut oil, which is a natural moisturizer. The reputation of coconut oil can’t be topped, so you know that incorporating this into your hair routine will work miracles!

Sale alert!Starting today CVS has the NEW Suave Professionals® Coconut Oil Infusion and there are some serious discounts and deals to go along with it. From 2/28/16- 3/5/16 get $4 ExtraBucks Rewards when you spend $12 on participating Suave Professional products. In addition to that use your card and get buy 1, get 1 50% off on participating Suave products. If you’re into even more savings check your local paper for additional ways to save on Suave products at CVS.

Visit CVS Your Style Your Way to get more information and styling tips!

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Top 10 Hair Products to Try

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I have been posting SO MUCH hair care lately that it’s only appropriate to do a Top 10 Hair Products post. Even as I sit here typing this I’m thinking of all of the products I forgot to include in this. There are easily enough for a Top 20 so I’m going to keep this post to my most recent discoveries of faves!

In no particular order:

  1. Redken. Lately this brand has really been on my radar, mostly thanks to my husband (see Favorite Hair Product for a Man below). First off, I’ve been using their Texturizing Sea Spray* ($ // ULTA Beauty) and Braid Aid* ($25.00 // ULTA Beauty) on my daughters hair. She has this very silky, fine hair that is impossible to deal with for styling. Braids, updos… nothing ends up working out or lasting because her strands slip out. I use the Sea Spray all over her hair and brush it through (not saturated, but misted) and then put some of the Braid Aid on my fingers as I work on her look. It’s been a Godsend!
    I’ve also been playing around with their Frizz Dismiss line* ($8.50-$35.50 // ULTA Beauty) and have been loving how it’s keeping my frizz to a minimum this Summer My hair is manageable with this, and that, I like. This is sulfate & sodium chloride-free.
  2. DermOrganic. Leave-In Spray Therapy* ($20.00 // ULTA Beauty) has been fabulous for when my hair is curled and I want to run my hands through it to separate it up a bit. This product adds shine to my strands without weighing them down.
  3. Living Proof. If a Perfect Hair Day* ($26.00 // Sephora) is all you need then you’ve found it! I’m a huge fan of this brands No Frizz line ($15.00-$36.00 // Sephora) and Perfect Hair Day is just as fabulous to smooth into wet or damp hair to help keep your mane in check during the suffering of the weather. 😉 (Review).
  4. Peter Coppola. The Keratin Concept Legacy Collection* (Review) kept my hair in check during 118 degree Las Vegas heat. It doesn’t get more impressive than that. Purchase at petercoppola.com.
  5. Keune. The line is fabulous for helping my hair look less oily. It’s extremely impressive how well it does that as well as keeps frizz at bay. Find a salon here to purchase. (Review).
  6. Nora Ross. Garlic Shampoo & Conditioner* may seem intimidating, but there is no garlic smell and the benefits are insane. Very clarifying, very hair softening. Purchase on the website. (Review).
  7. Sebastian. Potion 9 ($18.95 // ULTA Beauty), y’all. I got this in a beauty sub box and haven’t let it go since. It’s a must-have styling product if you’re into flexible hold.. which I am. I also love their Shaper Plus Extra Hold Hairspray ($10.00 // ULTA Beauty) for times when I needs me some hold.
  8. Suave. Popping mousse in my hair is the best way to get my curls to hold all day long. My go-to for awhile now has been Suave Professionals Luxe Style Infusion Mousse* ($6.49 // Walgreens). Pop some of that in wet hair, brush through, blow dry… get to stylin’.
  9. Biotera. I did an entire post on awesome dry shampoos and Biotera Invisible Dry Shampoo* ($7.69 // Sally Beauty) is one of my top picks from that post. Great at absorbing that nasty oil and making you look like you actually washed your hair that day. No residue, no problems!
  10. CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™. The Intense Hydration Shampoo & Conditioner* ($4.99-$5.99 // Target) have been instrumental at fixing up the scalps and chlorine damaged hair of the women in this house. Affordable and a must-have for a Summer hair fix! (Review).

Favorite Hair Product for a Man: Redken For Men Firm Grasp Texturizing Clay ($19.00 // ULTA Beauty). My husband, he is a diva. He loves that this holds but doesn’t make his hair look overly-styled and crunchy.

Hair Products I Want to Try: Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo ($7.99 // ULTA Beauty). I read a ton of reviews on this line awhile ago but haven’t had the chance to try it! It’s on the list to get at ASAP!

Also this week I’m testing outmystery hair care! Any guesses as to what it is? I won’t even know myself until the end of the week!

What hair products would be in your top 10? Check out what the other bloggers are loving by clicking the icons below!

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Favorite New Item feat. the T3 Micro Twirl 360 Curling Iron // Makeup Wars

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One of my favorite ways to wear my hair is with a bit of curl. All my life curling my hair has been worthless. The curl always got droopy and would completely disappear so that it just looked like I had one weird bump going on. In the past few years there have been a few items that have helped make the curl last longer, but not control frizz. In order to curl my hair I’d have to flat iron it first, which is that extra step I’m way too lazy to deal with. Since trying the T3 Micro Twirl 360 Curling Iron($230.00 // Sephora) I’ve been impressed with how quick and efficient it is in my styling routine – making it the perfect choice for this weeks Makeup Wars topic Favorite New Item.

The T3 Micro Twirl features a 1.25in, auto-rotating barrel and motion sensing technology with a single “Go” button that activates and twirls with just a small flick of the wrist. This device can actually sense the movement of your hand to automatically rotate in the desired direction. It heats up to 410 degrees, has two speeds and T3 tourmaline + ceramic technology. The description sounds intimidating, but it was incredibly easy to use. If anything I was personally more shocked by how well it worked, rather than being frustrated learning how to use it in my routine.

To achieve my no-frizz, chic curl look (1) I first blew my hair completely dry (before pic below). To (2) prep my hair for curls I’ve been using the Suave Luxe Style Infusion Souffle Mousse. I put a generous amount of that in my hair working it all the way through. Next (3) I blast my hair with the hair dryer again and use a paddle brush to smooth it out. (4) Using a clip I pull up all of my hair except the bottom layer. (5) With the T3 Mirco Twirl I curl that layer. (6) When completely finished I blast it with hairspray, which lately has been the Suave Luxe Style Infusion Anti-Humidity Hairspray. (7) Repeat this with as many layers of your hair as necessary. I have to do about 4-5 depending on how much curl I want. (8) When completely done curling I spritz some Dermorganic Leave-In Spray Therapy on my hands and work into my ends, which tend to be dry looking always. (9) Before washing the Spray Therapy off my hands I flip my head upside down and run my fingers quickly through the curls.

Below is the before and after using the T3 Twirl 360. Generally I like to do a medium sized curl and then shake it out. After about an hour everything relaxes to look like a gorgeous/effortless wave that actually stays that way. I love that this curling iron is easy to use and also smooths out my major frizz while it curls. It’s nice not to have to use the straightening iron before the curling iron, which is usually what I have to do. Cutting out that middle man saves a ton of time and allows me to curl my hair more often than I used to. It’s pricey, but it’s doing the work of two items for me and it’s a curl that lasts – making the cost well worth it.

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What is your favorite new item out there in the beauty world?

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*Products provided by iFabbo through their SHOP program. All opinions on this product are my own and 100% honest. For more information, please see my disclosure policy.

PRODUCT RECALL INFO FROM T3:

T3 has issued a safety recall on the Twirl 360 Motion-Sensing Auto-Rotating 1.25″ Curling Iron (MSRP $230) in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada. You are being contacted because you received this item via the iFabbo SHOP. The clamp on the tool can detach while in use, posing a burn hazard.

Please stop using this tool immediately. For information on how to send in your tool for repair, please contact T3 consumer services at 1-866-8880 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit T3 online at www.t3micro.com and click on the “Product Recall” link at the bottom of the page.

T3 is committed to providing you with safe products and regret any inconvenience this may cause you. If you have any questions, please contact T3 consumer services at the above-listed telephone number.

Get Suave at Save-A-Lot + GIVEAWAY! #SaveALotInsiders

Even back when I was little (not saying I’m old, but it’s definitely been awhile!) Save-A-Lot was around and we always went there to pick up essentials. Now you can also pick up your favorite bath products from Suave like the ones below!

For my daughters cheer competitions we always use Suave hairsprays. Because we use a lot of hairspray on those days it’s important to find a hairspray that is affordable and also works the way I need it to so I can manipulate fine hair into the worlds highest, poofiest ponytail. After competition time we need to scrub the hairspray out which usually required 2 shampoos and then 2 runs of conditioner to comb through the teasing of the poof. It’s a process, y’all. Suave Naturals Shampoo and Conditioners are perfect because they don’t cost much and I don’t feel like I have to restrict how much I use, which makes it easier on me to get the knots and spray out as quickly as possible.

The Save-A-Lot of my youth has relocated and now my store is a 15 minute drive from my house. Even so, we still go out that way weekly to shop for quite a few products because of the deals and prices (which do vary by location). If that one ever closes or relocates I’ll move. Well… I guess I can’t move.. you guys know I’m dramatic 😉 I’d still drive for the deals, though… and, of course, the memories. Anything to keep my youth alive 😉

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Do you love Save-A-Lot? Maybe you’ve never been but want to? How about you go ahead and enter to win this $25 Save-A-Lot Gift Card!

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Make Every Day More Beautiful #LiveBeautifully

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What do you think it means to Live Beautifully? Does it mean doing things to help others? Does it mean being patient and kind to those around you? Or does it mean appreciating the little things in every day life from family, friends and even strangers?

To Suave, Live Beautifully is an optimistic outlook about finding, creating and appreciating the beauty in your life, and it’s here to help you with this process.

This spring, from 4/26/15-5/23/15, when you purchase 2 Suave Lotions at your local CVS, you’ll receive $2 in extrabucks Rewards! My favorites are Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Body Lotion and Suave Professionals Sea Mineral Infusion Body Lotion. Both are great for making my skin feel silky smooth. Be sure to take advantage of this exciting offer, and start to #LiveBeautifully today!

Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Body Lotion. A daily moisturizer with quick absorption that provides up to 24 hours of hydration that isn’t greasy. This lotion is infused with authentic Moroccan argan oil, a lightweight miracle oil known to be rich in skin softening nutrients and antioxidants for beautiful, radiant skin.

New!Suave Professionals Sea Mineral Infusion Body Lotion. I’m obsessed with the Sea Mineral Shampoo and Conditioner so I’m beyond psyched that there’s now a body lotion! This lotion is infused with dead sea minerals and offers up to 24 hours of moisture leaving skin feeling smooth and looking luminous. The fragrance I love in the hair care is alive in the body care and is long-lasting and luxurious.

What are your fave products from Suave?

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Bring Salon Style Home with New Suave Luxe at Target

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With NEW Suave Professionals® Luxe Style Infusion products available at Target, you can bring salon-quality styling right to your home. Whether you want curls, volume, or a simple smooth look, there’s a Luxe product that will work for you. What’s more, the entire line is proven to work as well as the expensive Kérastase® brand that salons use.

Find your Luxe Style Infusion products at Target from 1/11/14 – 2/7/15, and get a free $5 gift card when you buy 4 participating Sea Mineral Infusion or Luxe Styling Infusion products.

Try the VOLUME line for hair that feels touchable and is full of body and bounce. Go with frizz-resistant SMOOTH for sleek and shiny hair. Or create defined, weightless and luscious curls with the CURLS line.

Click here and let me know which NEW Luxe Style Infusion product would you like to try by tweeting me using the hashtag #NewLuxeStyle.

VOLUME Style Inspiration:Ultimate Body and Bounce
Start with Luxe Style Infusion Weightless Blow Dry Spray on damp hair, from roots to ends.
Using a round brush, blow dry up and away from face.
SECRET TIP: Roll 4-5 large sections of hair down onto scalp and secure with clips.
Complete the look with Luxe Style Infusion Plump Hold Hairspray for extra hold. Lightly brush through for a natural look.

SMOOTH Style Inspiration:Sleek Pony
Apply Luxe Style Infusion Weather Proof Cream to damp hair for a smooth finish. Using a flat brush, blow dry. STYLIST TIP: Blow dry in the direction of where the ponytail will set.
Spray Luxe Style Infusion Anti-Humidity Hairspray for hold. Brush into ponytail, securing elastic.
Take a small pinch of hair from ponytail and wrap around the elastic. Spray more for extra hold.’

CURLS Style Inspiration:Braided top bun
Apply Luxe Style Infusion Soft Touch Curl Mousse on damp hair, then air dry. Make a high ponytail.
Braid the ponytail. Wrap it around the elastic while securing with bobby pins.
Pull out baby hairs for an easy breezy look.

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Find Beauty for Everyone, for Less with Suave and Dollar General

High-end salons know that nutrient-rich sea minerals are the latest secret to beautiful soft hair and skin. Now, Suave is bringing this secret to Dollar General with its NEW line of Sea Minerals products. You can treat yourself to the spa experience you want at an affordable Dollar General price.

Inspired by nature and afforded by all, nutrient-rich Suave Sea Minerals are the latest way to get salon-quality skin and body care at home. For an indulgent yet affordable treat, look for new Suave Sea Minerals products at Dollar General. Purchase them between 12/22/14-1/18/15 to take advantage of the in-store offer to Save $2 when you Spend $6.

Find beauty for less at the All-Access Studio, along with styling tips & additional savings – including a $1 off coupon for participating Simple, Noxzema & Pond’s products

Want to try NEW Sea Minerals for yourself? Tell me which Suave beauty products you like most by tweeting with me using #DGSeaMinerals.

Participating products:

  • Simple: Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes
  • Noxzema: All Noxzema products
  • Ponds: All Pond’s products
  • Suave: All Suave products

Dates: 12/22 – 1/18

Validity: The coupon will be available through the DG.com digital coupon portal where guests can sign up using their cell phone number and clip coupons through the portal. At checkout guests can enter their phone number for savings.

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