Is your New Year resolution to treat your hair better? It should be.

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Listen, hear no judgment from my end on this post, okay? My hair is as dry and damaged as ever. In fact, when I had my hair done recently by Jordan, I was a little ashamed about how bad it had gotten. I blamed it on heat damage, since I wash my hair just about every day because I work out every day, and the fact that I was growing it out. I had not scheduled a haircut with him, it was just supposed to be a color appointment, but after he blew it dry he said, with a longing look in his eye, “I have to clean the ends up a bit.”

I relented. And my ends look fresh and he didn’t cut ALL my hair off like the last stylist did who nearly scalped me until I was bald 11 years ago.

Yes that’s how long it’s been since someone other than myself has cut my hair, and yes it’s a problem. I’m working on it!

Anyway, because of the excessive use on my hair, I’m really being gentle to it this season. I love the length, and love it blonde, so it needs some serious TLC.

If you are in the same boat, here are a few of my favorite deep conditioners to use on your locks!

Living Proof Restore Mask Treatment. This is a weightless deep conditioner that really heals your hair and reduces breakage. Personally, I love being able to scoop the product out of the tub since I use quite a bit, and my hair always feels better after I use it! Use 1-2 times a week for up to 5 minutes.

Pureology Colour Fanatic Instant Deep Conditioning Mask. This is extremely hydrating and nourishing for the hair. This will make your hair feel ultra soft and it helps reduce breakage and makes your hair super shiny. You can really tell that it locks in moisture, and I’ve been known to use this just as my daily conditioner after coloring my hair! Use as much as you want for 1-3 minutes.

L’Oreal Total Repair Extreme Emergency Recovery Mask. This is a great drugstore option for under $10! It moisturizes and helps heal your hair. I didn’t notice additional weight on my hair after I used it, so it’s a winner in my book! Use 1-2 times a week for 3-4 minutes.

If you haven’t used a mask, or deep conditioner, on your hair, I recommend trying it. If you are looking for a leave-in spray, I’d highly recommend this one by Pureology! Especially if you color your hair! Dry, damaged hair doesn’t style well and ultimately doesn’t look very pretty. Take care of your hair, and you won’t regret trying one of these products!

p.s. Since your moisturizing your dry hair, you may want to also try a hydrating face mask!

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We had a snow day in Raleigh last weekend and it was so much fun! Justin tried so hard to find sleds from different stores, but they were all sold out. So he made one out of a large mixing tub, and after putting a little wax on the bottom of it, it was good to go! The boys were quite apprehensive of it at first, but eventually David warmed up to it and LOVED sledding down our neighbors driveway over and over again. Either Justin or I would ask him if he wanted to go alone or with dad, and David’s response was either “just one boy” or “two boys!”. Luke was happiest perched on my hip, but he did go in the sled a few times and liked it!

We have really great neighbors, and live on a low traffic cul-de-sac, so we could be all over the street and everyone’s yards and driveways all day. We didn’t get as much snow as predicted, but it was still very fun! And the boys had all the snow gear they needed because we had just done a trip to Chicago early last month where there was also snow.

The boys hats are from Hannah Anderson. They don’t have the exact ones available on the website, but right now they are only $6!!

The best eyeshadows for oily lids!

How cute is this planter?

I’ve had trouble finding church shoes for Luke, but these look quick to put on and a nice universal color for a lot of use!

I’ve always been drawn to that dusty lavender grey shade.

This looks like the perfect striped tunic sweater to me!

What a great way to try a bunch of different dry shampoos!

I mentioned on snapchat that I just used my T3 compact dryer again at the gym and it blew me away, pun intended. I don’t often use a compact dryer, but I grabbed that before I ran out the door and MAN it did a good job. If you have hair that is difficult to dry, and you need a fantastic travel dryer, DEFINITELY look into it!

My favorite work out shorts are on sale! (only in a few colors but still!)

My girlfriends and I saw La La Land last week and it was so good! It had a few unusual moments, but in general it was a great movie with great acting. I love Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling together, so it was a win in my book!

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Eyeshadow School, the basics

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First things first, I’m wearing the always perfect Arbonne Perfecting Foundation on my face. I’ve loved this foundation for years and YEARS. It’s unbeatable. I did zero editing to these photos other than brightening up the light. That’s how good that foundation is. It helps that I was in the sweet spot of my office, too, where the light pours in just right, but still. If you are a new reader, this is the foundation I wear the most, especially if I know I’m going to be filming!

Okay, let’s talk about eyeshadow. I’ve had too many moments in the last few months where a friend is asking me question about eyeshadow that made me think about revisiting the basics. I covered this years ago, but I wanted to refilm a video going over the very, very basics to help those of you who have never learned or just want to perfect your skill.

I’ll cover brush choice, where to apply, and the importance of blending!

Products I used, in order of use: Mac paint pot in Soft Ochre, similar double ended eyeshadow brush, Nars Ashes to Ashes, Charlotte Tillbury Instant Look in a Palette Seductive Beauty (similar single eyeshadow option “Twice Baked”!), Sephora blending brush, similar lighter eyeshadow single option “Virgin”

My all time favorite eyeshadow brush is this duo brush from the Bare Minerals outlet store that I purchased over 7 years ago. I can’t find it online, but this brush is the very closest I can find to match it!

The takeaway that I’d emphasize to you is to focus on sweeping your brushes back and forth to both deposit the product evenly, and then to blend it out so you get a soft finish!

If you have any questions, will you leave them in the comments below? I’ll do my best to answer as many as I can!

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