lighten up

how to go from brunette to blonde



I kind of just woke up one day recently and decided I wanted to be a blonde. I’m not sure what sparked the change, really–maybe the increasingly nice weather we’re having has me game for a lighter shade, or maybe it would just be a really fun way to mix things up.


I’ve never been someone who is particularly anal about my hair–I love mixing things up haircut-wise (I even tried bangs once!), and I’ve had color here and there–mostly deep reds, burgundy shades and dark dark brown. One think I am scared of? Bleach. On. My. Hair.


And it’s not an unwarranted fear. Just ask 8th grade me, who thought it was a good idea to put in Sun-In while at soccer camp one summer (while my hair was in a pony tail, mind you), leaving me with two bright orange skunk streaks down the center of my head. Traumatizing, to say the least. Ever since then, I’ve been very (very very) wary of any sort of bleach coming in contact with my hair. After telling a few in-the-know friends about my quest for blonde (or OK, more accurately, blonde-ish) hair, I gathered up my guts and made an appointment with a trusted colorist-of-a-friend at John Frida. I go tonight and I’m so so excited.


For all you fellow brunettes looking to lighten your hair up: balayage is absolutely the way to go. There’s virtually no way you can go super light in one color process session (unless you want crazy-damaged hair), so balayage is a great way to ease your hair into its new life. Not only is it less expensive than traditional highlights (a definitely plus for a broke 20-something like me), but it looks so natural. Essentially highlights that have been “painted” or “swept” on, balayage color can be customized to achieve that enviable sun-kissed, just back from St. Barths look that so many off-duty models and celebs are rocking these days. A bonus for me: I’ve lost a lot of hair recently due to health issues, and balayage hair can help give the illusion that your hair is thicker because the color adds dimension. I’ll take it.


I’ll be heading to the salon tonight with the above hair inspiration–specifically, that second shot down on the right. I can’t wait to show you how it turns out!


DIY moisturizing hair mask (from your kitchen!)

DIY moisturizing hair mask


I’ve put my hair through its fair share of rough patches. I heat style it on the reg, I’ve dyed it on occasion–I even sprung for a Coppola Keratin treatment last summer (which I loved the results of, but in the end it was too $$ and too damaging to continue doing). While it’s in pretty good shape considering, there’s always room for improvement. And one of my favorite ways to usher in shinier, stronger strands? Hair masks.


DIY hair mask ingredients


I have a slew of masks stashed in my closet that definitely get the job done (one of my favorites is this vanilla-scented repairing elixier from Fekkai), but when I can, I like to turn to the natural ingredients I have in my kitchen to mix something up. A winning combo lately? Avocado, coconut oil, coconut milk and olive oil. Get ready from some seriously hydrated hair.



DIY hair mask application


Let me break down why this little combo gets things done: first up, you’ve got the avocado, which is moisturizing and can aid in treating hair loss (something I’ve had a big problem with over the past year or so). Then you have the coconut oil, which can penetrate the hair cortex to improve hair’s strength and flexibility. Then you throw in the coconut milk, which contains vitamin E and fats that promote growth. Finish it off with olive oil, which sits on the top of the hair follicle and adds a ton of shine and smoothness, and you’ve pretty much hit the holy grail.


DIY hair mask



To apply, you’re going to want to first blend 1/2 an avocado in a food processor, eliminating as many of the chunks and making it as smooth as you can. Once that’s done, mix it together with 1/8 cup of olive oil, 1/8 cup of coconut oil and 1/4 cup coconut milk (if your hair is longer than mine, you can feel free to add a little extra of everything, just try and keep the consistency the same so it doesn’t drip off your hair). Coat onto dry, brushed hair starting at the roots and distribute evenly with the help of a wide toothed comb. Once your entire head has been coated evenly, twist it up and clip it, allowing the mask to sit on your hair for 20-30 minutes. Rinse with shampoo and condition as you normally would, then style away!




p.s. My robe is from Plum Pretty Sugar in Pink Love Poppy!


my routine for fresh, glowing skin

fresh skin beauty routine



I’ve always had a problem with consistency concerning my skincare routine. I run into two problems–either I don’t stick to an actual skincare schedule (aka, I’m lazy and sometimes will forget to wash my face before bed) or I get so eager to try out new products I get through work that I mix it up too much for my skin to ever get used to any sort of routine.


For the past four or so months, I’ve been really struggling with my skin and I couldn’t figure out why. I was suffering from bouts of acne, a trait I thought I left behind in high school, as well as skin that was lackluster and devoid of that healthy “glow” that’s so coveted. I knew I needed to stop trying to torture my skin into submission (I was exfoliating twice a day in the hopes of making my breakouts disappear, which is a big no-no) and develop a routine for myself, so for the past month and a half all my beauty brain space has been dedicated to that–and I think I’ve finally nailed it. The products I’ve included below are what I’ve been using every morning, evening and Wednesday/Sunday (for the masks and such)–these creams and oils, combined with lots and lots of water, have left my skin looking much more fresh faced than I was a few months ago. Do I still get a random breakout? Of course–but things are definitely a bit more glow-y around here! Here’s what has been working for me:


The Morning Lineup:


daytime beauty routine



Murad Essential C CleanserI’ll be the first to admit this is more than I ever thought I’d pay for a face wash, but the amount of change I’ve seen since starting to use this a few months ago is outrageous. It has a nice bright, citrus-y scent that is a great wakeup during my morning shower, is packed with moisturizers and is specially formulated to counteract daily pollutants and free radicals, something that’s super important in the filth that can sometimes be New York City living. Bonus: it lasts forever–I know everyone says that kind of thing to justify expensive products, but I promise it’s true. I’ve already had it for almost three months and I’m not even 1/8th of the way through…and that’s using it daily!


Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day SerumI’ve been looking to jump into the natural skincare game for a while now, so when a friend sent me some Drunk Elephant Skincare products to try, I was super excited. The daytime serum, which is infused with fruit enzymes and anti-aging ingredients, is definitely one of the favorites in my vanity right now. Can you believe that at almost 25 years old, I’ve never used anti-aging products? I know, probably pretty dumb of me. I guess I just never trusted what they were promising, but I’ve definitely noticed younger looking skin after weeks of using this serum.


Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Face OilIf you’re anything like me, you’ve probably thought of face oils only as a very expensive way to ensure yourself a breakout, right? I was terrified of skin oil in the past, even though everyone told me not to be. Once I sat down and learned the benefits of it, it was still hard for me to find a face oil that didn’t turn me into a pre-teen again. Truthfully, one of my problems the past few months is that my face has been starved for moisture. Using this oil, or a Josie Maran one (which I’ll talk about a bit later) has made me realize just how parched my skin was. I combo this with the day serum and can usually go without makeup to work (but I don’t know if that’s really saying much, since I typically don’t wear a ton of makeup anyways).


Kate Somerville 24-Hour Pimple PunisherYes, using a product called the “pimple punisher” is exactly as gratifying as you’re imagining it to be. I just picture this little cream kicking any blemish’s ass when I dab it on, and that’s just what it does–the stick has an “a.m.” side, which is clear, and a “p.m.” side, which is more of a milky white. I notice that if I spot treat a pimple with this in the morning, it will usually shrink down in 12 to 24 hours. One gripe: the “a.m.” clear cream makes the spot on your skin a bit shiny and obvious, so you still have to layer on a bit of concealor to cover it up.


Clinique All About Eyes CreamI call this little guy a miracle in a jar, and I’ve been reccommending it to friends for years. It truly is the best under eye cream on the market, in my opinion. I dab this on with my ring finger (need to be delicate!) in the mornings when I get out of the shower to give it a bit of time to soak in, and at night after washing up (you’ll see it in the photo below, too). It completely eliminates puffiness and reduces the appearance of dark circles–vital for those weeks where I’ve clocked long nights at the office or behind the computer blogging.




The Nighttime VIPs:


nighttime beauty routine



Murad Clarifying Cleanser and Murad Acne Clearing SolutionAs far as I’m concerned, Murad products are the gold standard when it comes to acne skincare. Their acne-specific cleanser is the perfect wash for my face after I’ve spent the day wearing makeup, accumulating grime and probably putting my hands on my face one too many times. I try to make a point to only use the cleanser at night, since in the morning, there isn’t much “grime” on my face and it can be a bit drying if used too often. The acne clearing solution is a great all-over lotion if my skin is having a particularly rough few days. It significantly reduces the appearance of existing blemishes, and stops new ones in their tracks. Again, it can be a bit drying, so if I’m only experiencing one or two problem areas, I’ll try and contain my lotion application to just those spots.


S.W. Basics Toner: I truly feel like toner is the most commonly overlooked step in a nighttime beauty routine. A good toner, like the all-natural version I have from S.W. Basics, a Brooklyn-based skincare company, can help to remove any lingering makeup or dirt post-wash, even skin tone (so you can say bye bye to those dark spots your old blemishes left behind) and balance the ph of your skin, leaving you less oily. This is a step I’m learning I should never skip!


Drunk Elephant T.L.C Night SerumTruth be told, I never used to put anything on (besides a salicylic acid cream) my skin before bed time. Like a lot of other women, I overlooked the fact that the 8 hours (ahem, or 7 or 6…) of sleep we get a night is the time where our skin has the biggest opportunity to rejuvinate itself. This night serum from Drunk Elephant goes to work with a bunch of alpha hydroxy acids (fancy speak for little resurfacing tools) to slough away dull, dead skin and reveal the fresh complexion below. I honestly sometimes wake up looking like I just got a facial. You probably don’t believe me, but it’s so true!



There When You Need ‘Em Groupies:


beauty skin savers



Josie Maran Argan Oil CleanserSometimes, when I’m feeling in need of a little pampering, I’ll wash with this argan oil cleanser. It smells amazing, and leaves my skin super soft!


Kate Somerville ExfoliKateAll I can say is, thank god Sephora includes this little tube in their “you know you wanna buy it” display section leading up to the cashier. I picked up the small version (I believe it’s $17 dollars?) on a whim one day because I had heard good things, and immediately became hooked. I usually do this quick mask (you only leave it on for 2-5 minutes) once a week to breath a little fresh life into my complexion. I haven’t really felt the need to buy the full-sized much more expensive version yet, because really the little guy works just fine for me. I end up going through a tube every four or so months.


Origins Clear Improvements Active Charcoal MaskAnother mask I’ll do probably once a week (usually on a Sunday night). The thick black mask digs deep to remove a whole bunch of gunk and blackhead-forming crap from your pores–plus, it’s really fun to put the mask on, send funny pictures via text and try and scare your roommates. Not that I do that…


Kate Somerville EradiKateWarning: this product actually smells horrible. I wouldn’t recommend it for the nights when you’re looking to impress someone special, but if you’re alone and don’t mind smelling a bit of sulfur while you nix those ugly, blotchy, red blemishes (especially the ones that are really deep and painful), then this is the product for you. If you dot enough on your face (using a Q-tip dipped into the jar), you usually look like you’re treating chicken pox.


Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Defense SPFMother Nature hasn’t provided me with much of an opportunity to try out this sunscreen yet, but I’m keeping it on-hand for when the warmer weather hits and I’m looking for an all-natural sunscreen that will protect and heal my skin without any of the irritants that I seem to be extra sensitive to (I always break out in rashes when it comes to sunscreen). I’ve also found that Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch sunscreen works great on sensitive skin!






top image, kristina soljo for yen magazine 


**Please note, I was given the Drunk Elephant products to try out, but I truly fell in love with the line and have been using them constantly. I recommend them whole heartedly, along with everything else here!

your valentine’s day look, simplified




If you could narrow in on the days in a women’s life where she wants to look especially pretty, Valentine’s Day is probably one of them. Whether you’re single or in a relationship, there’s just something about the holiday (at least, I think) that makes you go extra-feminine, extra-girlie and extra-pretty for a few days.

I’m definitely not one of those people who thinks you should dress or look a certain way for a guy (like wearing your hair only the way he likes it, etc.), but I do feel like it’s very easy to go over-the-top on Valentine’s Day (or any other date night really). Red lips, red nails, fake lashes, lots of bronzer! Next thing you know, your guy thinks he’s cheating on you because he’s at a romantic dinner across from someone he barely even recognizes. This Valentine’s Day, keep it soft, pretty–and most importantly, you. Here’s how:


valentine's day makeup inspiration

What’s that saying? Keep it simple, stupid? Well yeah, do that. Let’s face it, your guy isn’t going to notice if you spent four hours highlighting and contouring in the mirror (unless you’re late for your dinner reservation), so skip the hoopla for the evening and save it for a night out with the girls. Your date wants to take you out, not you and your entire Sephora collection, so any makeup you use should stubtly play up your best features. I love starting with a highlighting primer, like Make’s version, for a little bit of a glow. Bring some dimension to your face (and call attention to your gorgeous eyes) with a little brow action and some mascara (Eyeko’s version is seriously amazing…I always get compliments on my lashes when I wear it!). I’d even make a case for a bit of a cat-eye with a felt-tip liner…just nothing too crazy (think more Emma Stone, less Alexa Chung). Finish things off with a bright cheek and pretty lip (Laura Mercier makes the best lipsticks–so hydrating!).



valentine's day hair inspiration

Now, let’s talk hair! You know that very audible hairspray “crunch”? Yeah…we don’t want that. Besides making sure you don’t have a heavy hand with the spray nozzle, focus on whipping up a ‘do that makes you feel pretty without the high-maintenance every half hour mirror check. I love going for loose waves–they’re pretty and romantic while staying out of that “too dolled up” category. I love starting with Fekkai’s Coiff heat protectant before I blow dry (plus it smells amazing), then I focus on creating loose, pretty waves with my Jose Eber wand (you’ll want to wrap hair with a lot of space in between the spirals on the barrel–that will ensure more of a wave, less of a ringlet). After finger combing my hair to give it an intentionally messy look, I finish with a combo of Living Proof hairspray and Bumble and Bumble’s thickening spray at the roots. Oh! And don’t forget perfume–that always makes me feel prettier and pulled together. Lately, I’m loving Issey Miyake’s “Florale” scent.



valentine's day fashion inspiration


Finally, the best part–the clothes! I love the idea of a pretty, girlie dress for a special Valentine’s Day date (with your guy, or your girlfriends!). Liz’s Red Valentino frock is amazing (I mean, pretty much my dream dress), and hits the perfect note between just-fancy-enough while still young and fun. You could go with a pale pink like this Tory Burch to stay holiday-themed, or opt for a sexy black cut out number.  I love the pretty blue lace on this Alice and Olivia dress, the pattern on this Peter Pilotto for Target one, and the Olivia Pope-ness of this black and white one (doesn’t it remind you of the dress from this scene?).






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steal her style: felicity jones

felicity jones style



For me, there’s just something about British style–it’s cool but aloof, casual but thought out…it’s quintisentially British, and just something us lowly Americans can’t fake, no matter how hard we try. And Felicity Jones? Well, Felicity Jones is one of my favorites from across the pond.


Maybe it’s because she’s the star of one of my favorite movies (Like Crazy) or maybe it’s because she has a really cool accent–either way, I’m totally smitten with Felicity’s style. Her red carpet appearances may be few and far between, but with several big-name flicks coming out this year (including a little-known franchise film called Spider Man), that’s sure to change. Here, a few of my favorite looks so far–she’s definitely one to keep your eye on!


felicity jones casual outfit


Coat, Net-a-Porter | Sunnies, KamaliKulture | Boots, Nine West | Black jeans, 7 For All Mankind | Cross-body bag, Michael Kors



felicity jones outfit

Yellow cardigan, Equipment | Floral blouse, Mango | Teal peplum skirt, Marni | Bow heels, ModCloth


felicity jones beauty look


Face oil, Fresh | Tinted moisturizer, Stila | Lipstick, Clinique | Eyeliner, Sephora | Blush, Benefit | Shine pomade, The DryBar | Thickening Spray, Bumble and Bumble (I’m obsessed with this stuff!) | Eyeshadow palette, BareMinerals 




four lipstick shades you can totally rock this fall

fall 2013 lipstick guide


For me, fall and winter are lipstick season. It’s kind of a lost cause for me in the summer–the bright neon pinks are fun and all, but I’m pretty low-matinence when I’m on vacation/hitting the beach/generally not a sickly looking person. But fall and winter? I need a lot of help–I mean, the days are filled with about 4 hours of sunlight and I’m shivering half the time. Can you blame me for wanting to feel like a lady?


This fall, I’m all about four basic shades; nude, red, burgundy and orange. I’ve been putting in the hours (…at Sephora) testing out various tubes to narrow in on a few new favorites, which I’m sharing here. My two lipstick rules of thumb? Don’t have those lips be chapped and make sure your teeth are shiny and white. Now let’s have some fun.


romantic nude lipstick

From L to R: BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Trail Blazer | NARS Satin Lipstick in  Honolulu Honey | NYX Matte Lipstick in Nude | YSL Rouge Volupte Silky Radiant Lipstick in Nude Beige 


Nude is a new thing for me these days. I’ve always liked the look of natural lips, but they seemed very one-dimensional. Enter nude lipstick, which allows you to throw on a little color without going too bold or out there. For me, nude lips totally complete a soft and romantic date night look–a simple face and just a touch of color on the lips (and nothing that will make a boyfriend or potential suitor not want to kiss you). I like to reach for a nude shade that has a bit of shine or gloss to it–it keeps you from looking like you rubbed crushed Pepto-Bismol chews all over your lips.



bold burgundy lipstick

Clockwise from L to R: NARS Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Rouge Tribal | Kat Von D Painted Love Lipstick in Rosary | Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Black Metal Dahlia | Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Color in Deepest Cherry


Ah, burgundy lips–the favorite of red wine fans everywhere. These ultra-bold stained lips definitely have to be my favorite of the season. They’re moody, a bit gutsy and super sexy when done right. You can choose to play them up with a tough leather jacket, or allow them to juxtapose an especially feminine dress for a night out with the girls (bonus: you get to drink all the Pinot Nior you want because it won’t ruin your makeup!). It’s best to keep the rest of your face fairly bare–you want to let the lips take center stage on this one.


sassy red lipsstick

From L to R: Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Cosmopolitan | Tarte Cosmetics Glamazon Pur Performance 12-hour Lipstick in Fierce | Rimmell London Lasting Finish Lipstick in Kate #1 | NARS Lipstick in Shanghai Express 


If there are two things every woman should have, it’s a signature drink that gets them feeling free and a signature lipstick that makes them feel like a million bucks–for me, that’s a whiskey ginger and a saucy red pout, please and thank you. I’m pretty sure it’s one of those trends that boys just don’t get and girls feel amazing in, and so be it. Something magical happens when a woman rocks red lipstick–she’s more confident, in-control and willing to get noticed. Always pair your favorite shade with a liner to keep it from bleeding, and check your teeth–a red smudge will have you looking more like a nerd than the sex goddess you are.


daring orange lipstick

From L to R: Revlon Mood Drops Lipstick in 24K Orange | Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Orange | MAC Lipstick in Morange | Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipstick in Muse


We may have just left Halloween in the dust, but orange is totally still at the cool kids table (likewise, I could say that “orange is the new black” but that wouldn’t make much sense, save the fact that I like that show and they film on my street sometimes). It’s one of those shades that’s super tough to rock, but when done the right way, it’s totally off the charts. Plus, it’s a great bold and daring pop of style for those dull winter months. Think of it as red’s younger, more brash and cooler stepsister–you can pretty much wear it with whatever you’d pair red with, and you should look for a shade that has hints of red in it (not yellow) to keep it fresh and sophisticated. Go too far, and you might start getting some unwanted looks.







moisture 101: save your skin this fall [+ a giveaway]

fall skin tips


I’ve been genetically gifted with many things: a lack of outrageous phobias (no claustrophobia or acrophobia here, thank you), my Dad’s green eyes, my Mom’s freckles, a complete lack of singing talent (because I mean, phew–being a singing prodigy would just be too much work). One thing I did not hit the genetic lottery on? My skin. It is d-r-y. Like, I look like a snake shedding it’s top layer of skin, dry. I’ve always turned into a molter once cold weather hits–true story: growing up, my mom used to slather me with some sort of gross smelling cream made for cow udders (I know, I’m surprised I’m not in therapy). Lucky for me, there are so many products out there now that help save a girl during the months of October to well, March? Here are a few favorites (and be sure to stick around ’til the end for a fun giveaway!):




1. Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment: You guys–this stuff is my savior. I slather it on every night (or, OK–when I remember) and let it work magic. Sure, it makes me stick to my sheets a little bit, but isn’t that a small price to pay for moisturized skin? Because I’m just going to come out and say it–I get really dry in awkward places, like my armpits, and this ointment solves all that. It’s made sans dyes or fragrance, so it doesn’t give me a headache and has an intensive formula that whips my flaky skin into shape in just a few nights. Throw it on your feet with some fuzzy socks and you’ll save yourself the embarrassment of dry, cracked soles in yoga–or around your cuticle if you’re like me and like to pick at them when they’re dry (terrible habit, I know). On the recommendation of a makeup pro who came into my office, I’ve also started dabbing a small amount on the circles under my eyes mid-day for a quick refresh. I swear it’s making a difference!


2. Sabon Body Scrub in Patchouli Lavender Vanilla: This is one of my desert island products without a doubt. First, it smells like small smiling children and heaven all rolled into one (in fact, all the scents are good, this just happens to be my favorite). Second, it’s gentle enough that it doesn’t irritate my skin, but still scrubs off all that gross dead stuff. The lingering body oil sticks around to keep my skin smelling fresh to death and packed with moisture throughout the day. Win.


3. Aquaphor Lip Repair: Ah, Aquaphor Lip Repair, where would I be without you? Certainly not in Sephora picking out pretty lipsticks, because my lips were in terrible shape before you came along. I’ve been slathering this stuff on like an addict lately, and it’s the first time I’ve noticed a huge difference in my lips. Sorry to talk profusely about them, but they’re smooth and not flaky or chapped. The best part? Lipsticks actually look good on healthy lips. Aquaphor, I thank you–and so does my Sephora rewards point card.


4. Clinique Dramatically Different Lotion: I have a very hard time finding moisturizers that don’t me break out like a pre-pubescent teen. I’ll usually use them for a week or two and then slowly see signs of irritation. Not with this Clinique lotion, though–I’ve been going on three months strong with this baby. It makes me feel all glowy in the a.m., and I can’t help but love the happy yellow color. A must for anyone with sensitive skin–this baby is my holy grail (cue Jay and Justin).


5. Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil: I snagged this at a beauty sale at work on a whim a few months ago–and truthfully, I’ve only used it for the past three-ish weeks. But those three weeks have been the best of my life. Ok, exaggeration, but really I look like I’ve gotten a manicure a least three times in that time period (and I haven’t actually gotten a single one–on a budge). It keeps your nails strong and healthy and your cuticles moisturized.


6. Josie Maran Argan Hot Oil Treatment: Josie Maran can do no wrong in my book, but these little pods are her shinning achievement–they save my hair like no other. Summer damage combined with fall’s dry air can leave me with straw-like strands, but a weekly treatment of her argan oil fixes that right up. The coolest part? It actually heats up in your hands, and feels like a mini trip to the hair salon. I’m all for at-home indulging.


And now for the extra fun part. Aquaphor is giving away products and a $50 Visa gift card to one lucky reader–simply enter below for the chance to banish your dry-skin woes adieu!





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please note: aquaphor provided me with products to review, but all thoughts and opinions are my own–I honestly and truly really freakin’ love this stuff. as always, thank you for supporting the products and companies that make this blog possible!

jose eber hair curling wand [+] giveaway



If you caught my tutorial yesterday, you know that I’m pretty much obsessed with my Jose Eber curling wand. I’ve long wrestled with my naturally curly hair, and it wasn’t until I bought a Jose Eber wand about a year ago (in pink, naturally) that I really got my method for loose, undone waves down pat. The great thing about their newer tripple barrel iron (which I use now) is how straightforward and easy it is to create whatever style you want–beach waves, tight ringlets or loose curls. One styling session with this baby, and I promise you’ll never go back!


The crew over at Jose Eber is generous enough to give one lucky reader of The Glossy Life their very own Trio Clipless Curling Iron–simply enter for your chance to win in the rafflecopter below between now and May 8, 2013. Can’t wait that long? No worries! Head on over to their site and pick out a few goodies for yourself–everything is 15% off with the code GlossyLife15!
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short waves hair tutorial

Loose Waves Tutorial from Alyssa Longobucco on Vimeo.


As you can see from spending a little time around here, there’s a hairstyle I tend to stick to quite often, and that is loose, messy waves. Ever since I was little, I’ve had very curly hair, so styling it into smooth waves seems at once more polished and still true to myself.


I did a tutorial about a year back on how I did my hair when it was a bit longer, but my strategy is different after the big chop–as every short-haired gal knows, it’s important to conserve length when you can, so that’s my number one aim while curling my hair now, while still giving it body and texture.


My secret weapon? The Jose Eber curling wands. You guys, these things are no joke. I’m pretty sure every girl needs one in her beauty arsenal–they create lasting curls that look super natural, without damaging my hair. I’ve been a fan since my first tutorial (that bright pink baby was the best thing I’ve ever bought!) and the folks over at Jose Eber were kind enough to send me over another iron to try out, so that’s what I’m using here. The great thing is it comes with three different sized barrels, so achieving just the right wave for your style is pretty much a given.


I hope you guys enjoy the tutorial! I tried to make it as simple, helpful and least dorky as possible (not sure if I achieved that last one). Any questions about products you see or tips you hear, just let me know! And if you have a great tip you didn’t hear here, do share–I want to know!

Also, head on over this way and enter for a chance to win your own Jose Eber Curling Wand!

By the way, I’m using: Jose Eber Curling wand (℅) | Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo |  Fekkai Coiff Defense | Fekkai Sheer Hold Hair Spray




steal her style: jaime king



If you recognize Jaime King, it’s probably because you’re one of the final loyal people still around watching Hart of Dixie (she play Southern Queen Bee, Lemon). If you have absolutely no idea who she is, here’s a little download: former model (duh, I mean look at her), fashion darling and all around style-star. Her look is a perfect mix between high fashion and up-and-coming designers…it’s a little tongue in-cheek and I love that. Here’s how to capture a little of that charm yourself:



ring | blouse | heels | skirt


dress | belt | necklace | shoes


foundation | shadow | headband | pencil | powder | mascara