May 31, 2013

May Birchbox


My May birchbox arrived a few weeks ago and I'm just now getting around to posting about it!

First reaction: not very impressed. I've had better boxes and less than awesome boxes, but I'd say this was my first dud.

I totally and completely understand sponsorships and marketing/advertisement opportunities for companies working with Birchbox, but I found that the pen was a strange addition to this months' box. It doesn't come close to anything beauty related, and it just screamed "sponsored" as soon as I saw it.

Again, totally understand Birchbox needs to keep the lights on--it's not vastly different than sponsored posts I have here occasionally on the blog. But I do think it's important, and maybe they are figuring this out like I did, to only work with companies that fit your brand.

Anyway, enough about the pen already!

The sunblock was a nice treat since it's a perfect size to keep in my pool bag and apply to my face. And I liked the eyeliner as well.

The red bottle in the back is a detangling spray that I have yet to try, but it may also be something I toss in my pool bag as well. I like spraying a leave-in conditioner on my hair after I get out of the pool. It helps prevent knots when I'm combing my hair out later.

In other news, I should let you know that I've subscribed to Ipsy. I've gotten two "glam bags" already and both were complete dud's that I couldn't even fake a post about them. I subscribed in order to compare Ipsy to Birchbox so maybe when my June glam bag arrives I'll write about it regardless of what's in it. And maybe it will be a good one!



Have a wonderful weekend!

May 30, 2013

Summer Plans and Goals


--One of my favorite, favorite things to do is go to an outdoor movie. I went to a few last year and absolutely loved it. You can pack a picnic basket full of treats, grab a few blankets and pillows, and enjoy a movie by moonlight.

--I'd plan to create a list of rooms that need attention in my home and go through each one and edit thoroughly. Quality over quantity.

--We have a small patio area with our grill in the backyard and I'd love to spend more time eating outside this summer. 

--While downtown Raleigh is full of unique and delicious restaurants, I'd like to explore the Durham food scene a little more. 

--I need to grill more corn. That's our favorite way to eat corn on the cob!

--I want to spend more time working out outdoors. I really enjoy going to the gym, but there are so many trails for running near are home that I should use.

--I'd like to start reading again. I use to love reading but I haven't gotten into a good book in a long time! I typically look for something off of the best sellers list, but nothing has caught my eye in awhile. 


Do you have any summer plans or goals?

May 29, 2013

Death by Chocolate


I just sat at my computer for a good 3 minutes, staring at this photo thinking, "how does one explain the goodness that is this dessert?"

I guess I'll just jump right into it.

I made this yesterday for a cookout we went to with some friends. I normally bring cookies to meals with a medium-large gathering, but I thought this would be a nice change and a perfect summer dessert. Not to mention I picked up some delicious strawberries at the store a few days ago, so I couldn't help but add them into the dish.

After dinner, our friends scooped this dessert into their bowls, and began eating. One guy took the liberty of renaming this dish "Brownie Cream Strawberry Yum-Yum". I liked it. It sort of rolls off the tongue, doesn't it?

It's incredibly simple but sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Plus, it looks really pretty.

All you need is chocolate cake, strawberries (or any fruit that goes well with chocolate), chocolate pudding, and whipped cream (or cool whip).

I baked a devils food cake in a 9x13 pan, whipped up from fresh whip cream from heavy whipping cream and powdered sugar, made a package of chocolate instant jello pudding, and sliced up my berries.
*you could even do a vanilla version of this with angel food cake, or yellow cake, and perhaps vanilla jello? The options are endless.

*cut or tear the cake into small pieces when cool

Then, randomly layer all the ingredients together in a large bowl, or trifle dish, and refrigerate until it's time to serve! Serve by itself, or with a side of vanilla ice cream.


Enjoy!

May 28, 2013

Bathroom Organization (mine and what I wish it was)

Organization is not my strong suit. #understatementoftheyear (I can actually hear my mom chuckling as she's reading that statement)

Practically from birth, I have been a complete mess-maker. 

Now, I'm rarely a mess personally, as in "on my person". My "self". I enjoy getting dressed, doing my hair and makeup, etc. so I put on this great front of being organized behind the scenes. It's a true talent of mine.

A mutual friend once told my friend Carrie that "kate seems like the kind of friend that you don't have to clean your house for." And that is true. Because your messy home is more organized than mine. 

Don't confuse mess with cleanliness either. I'm clean, I just have lots of clean messes.

Anyway, enough is enough. The reason for this post is due to many questions from readers on how I organize my beauty products/bathroom. And I never answered them because it would look like this:

"Dear Kate,

How do you organize your hair products and make-up?"
-confused and curious

"Dear confused and curious,

I don't.

Thanks! Bye!"
-kate


And who exactly wants to take the time to read that e-mail?

So, after much thought, deliberation, and inspiration from a new box from Home Goods, I snapped some pics of my bathroom. And yes, I did purge about 2 garbage bags full of j-u-n-k so this is an edited, organized view. 

Lets begin with my dream organized bathroom scenarios:


(via BHG)

(BHG)



Enter my linen closet, will you?



Okay, enough jokes already.


We're renters--so in the home we own I'd love to put in solid shelving instead of wire racks. It's easier to stack things on hard, even surfaces than these wire shelves. This is wear most of my products/things live. The area labeled "dailies" is q-tips, lotion, dixie cups, cotton balls, etc. Every other section is there for a "when I need it" sort of moment. The blue and white chevron robe is what I wear while I get ready. I'm in desperate need for a new one but I can't seem to find another like it.


Let's mosey over to the "under the sink" cabinet:



I have an excessive amount of hair products, of which I typically use a few times then "save it for the right hair day". So I seperated the products I rarely use from the dailies, and pushed those to the front of the box. 

Extra hairspray is sitting in the back, as you can see I store about 6 cans in case of an  apocalypse.

Small hair accessories live in front of this box. And the box itself is from Home Goods.


On the right side of my sink, I have a basket full of all my curling/straightening tools. I'm actually not sure why I feel they all need to be under there, instead of in the linen closet, but hey--sometimes you need access to every size curling iron imaginable depending on how the day is going.

And that's all. I'm realizing my makeup bag is not pictured, but I'm still using this case from KSC Designs. I love it. I just throw all my makeup in there and zip it up. Then it stays under the flat iron/curling iron basket.

Do you separate your dailies from your extras? I've found that has helped streamline my morning routine, since I always end up grabbing the same stuff anyway!

May 24, 2013

Two Lies and a Truth Answers

Well, turns out I'm a little weirder than you all expected because nobody answered every question correctly.

Don't feel too bad about yourself though, it was a toughie one.*
*do you watch The Voice? Did you notice when Shakira said "it's a toughie one" ? Justin and I died laughing because she was so cute about getting it wrong.

And now: The Explanations.

The correct answers are in purple!

1. As a child, I wore a watch and thought:
a. a small ant worked inside of it and would turn the dials. I would leave crumbs for him at the dinner table, and remove my watch, so he could eat.
Yes, unfortunately this is true. I couldn't figure out how the watch could possibly work without having something in there turning it. This also reminds me that I thought an Abe Lincoln-sized man stood in stop light poles and would switch the lights when it was time. 
Ironically, I did NOT think that the people on tv were within it. It was just my watch and stop lights that I got hung up on. 
b. the time would only change if I looked at it. So, anytime I wouldn't be looking at my watch, it would just remain on the time when I previously looked at it.
c. when my watch died it would also be when I died


2. The pet I most wanted when I was in elementary school was:
a. a kitten named "baby kate"
b. a monkey named "crumbs"
I longed for a monkey and loved the name "crumbs" for it. Later in life, my sister said she wanted an animal and wanted to name it "crumbs" too--and when I told her I was the first one with this idea she denied it with every bone in her body. #tinyposer
c. a giraffe named "affey"


3. When I grew up I wanted to be:
a. a zoo-keeper
This should not be a shocker and I'm disappointed in everyone who didn't get this correct.
I'm just joking, I threw teacher and writer in there to throw you off. But I've always had a soft spot for animals and thought it would be pretty cool to work at a Zoo.
b. a teacher
c. a writer


4. In high school, I was on:
a. the pep club squad
b. the yearbook team
c. the cheerleading squad
Go Tigers Go! Ah, my cheerleading history was not lengthy. In fact, I only cheered for high school for 1 year and a small portion of my senior year (I quit because beauty school took more time than anticipated). I didn't have a lot of friends on the squad, but I liked the social aspect of it.

5. In college, the odd job I had was:
a. computer room assistant
b. radio dj
That's right folks, you're listening to 101.6 The Flying Dutchman radio! My friend Cas and I had a small radio spot of 2 hours from, like, 3-5p on the college radio channel. It did not pay in cash, but it did pay in laughter. We would host trivia challenges and the prizes would be stickers. Cas hated all of my music, but I hated all of hers so it was even. I'm pretty sure I got mad at her for not liking my tunes at one point, but I now realize that my typical song choice is not universally pleasing. 
It was a lot of fun, and we both felt pretty cool doing our radio voice.
c. operator of the shuttle bus line AKA "the drunk people picker-uper"


6. In college, a classmate once told me:
a. I looked like a modern day dolly parton
b. I looked like a modern day june cleaver
This was a weird moment. I didn't know what to do with that information, but for some reason I never forgot that this kid said that.
c. I looked like a modern day lucille ball


7. As a child, I thought I could be on a talent show because:
a. I was double jointed in my thumbs
b. My veins in my right arm are so visible I could stop blood flow by pressing on my arm and then watch it continue as I let go
c. I had the little dipper laid out in freckles on my back
My mom would "tickle my back" as a child which was more along the lines of a light back scratch and at some point I believe she pointed out that I had the pattern of the little dipper made with freckles. I thought I was a child star in the making! Just imagine the things I can do with this feature!!!! I was sure that I'd be a hit on a game show for my "secret talent" but I never pursued it. 
Then, one day, I was watching a show and a girl came out with a big dipper on her back in freckles. Once I recovered from this life shattering event, I realized that I was better off keeping my skill to myself and letting her shine.
*there is no skill in freckles forming a pattern, don't be confused. 

8. As a young adult, I was convinced that I once saw:
a. an alien
b. a green ufo
I remember standing in my closet, on my step, to see out of my window. And suddenly, across the street, very high in the air. . .I saw it. A green ufo flew through the sky. My heart started pounding and I'm sure I ran and told my mom or brother and they did not believe me. They knew I was, ahem, a creative child. 
I still have no idea what that was, but I distinctly remember seeing it. 
c. an asteroid come flying toward the earth


9. In college, I considered this major before settling on philosophy:
a. education
Truthfully, I went through just about every major before settling on philosophy because I couldn't imagine doing anything but hair. In hindsight, a business or marketing degree would have been valuable, but hey--philosophy is cool too er whatever.
Teaching seemed like a good option since I enjoy teaching people things, but I quickly realized I pretty much only enjoy teaching hair-related things so a career teaching english may not be very fulfilling.
b. spanish
c. political science


10. Up until what age did I believe that "sniping" was a real thing?
a. 11
b. 16
c. 25
I used to always believe everything I heard, and this was true with sniping, or snipe hunting. My uncle Jeff took my brother and I out into his yard to snipe one evening. He brought a paper lunch bag, and the three of us laid on the grass, doing some sort of call to attract the snipes. At one point, a snipe ran so fast into my uncles' paper bag that he tore a hole right through the back of it! Can you believe it? I sure did. For many years. 
If no one tells you otherwise, don't you just continue believing? I'm fairly certain I learned of this "practical joke that everyone but Kate knows" just last year.  I was both disappointed to learn the truth, and slightly embarrassed.
But you can be sure that I'll have Justin take our kids sniping. 

So that's it! Those are the answers. 


The winner, who received an 80% score first (so the first, highest score) is Steph Frank! Steph, check your email!

It was fun to see what some of you answered, so thanks to everyone who participated! 

May 23, 2013

What kind of styling tool is best?


It's hard to know what to look for when shopping for hair products or tools unless you have your stylist along with you. And with all the contradicting information about which is best, it's hard to know what's true or not!

After being in the industry about 10 years, I've had my share of experience with styling tools, and seen what lasts and what doesn't. I've learned that as technology improves, so do our tools, so investing in the right one will be totally worth it.

First, lets break down what words are commonly affiliated with styling tools (both curling and flat irons)

Ceramic: I remember when tools started to become ceramic. It was a step up from simply being "ceramic plated". Ceramic irons produce even heat, as opposed to a pulsating heat, that should maintain a steady temperature well. It's gentler on the hair than traditional metal plated irons. 
Tourmaline, or Tourmaline Ceramic: Having a tool with tourmaline in it almost always means it will heat up rather quickly. It's a mineral that produces negative ions when heated up, and leads to a smoother cuticle in the end. 
Chrome: Chrome is probably the most popular metal of choice for creating styling tools before ceramic. It's quite hot, almost cooks the hair, and does not produce even heat. In general, it should be avoided. 
Titanium: Titanium is lightweight, heats up quickly, and maintains an even heat throughout the use of the tool. It's found mostly in high end irons. 
Gold: A lot of Hot Tools irons are gold-plated (typically 24k), which means they get hot and stay hot. They also typically have a heat dial which allows you to control the temperature (very important feature) so you don't do excessive damage to the hair. While I'd still say Ceramic or Tourmaline is better than Gold, Gold is not bad for your hair. 

So if you are shopping for a new tool, look for descriptions using words like "ceramic, tourmaline, or titanium". These will be high quality, produce steady heat (so you don't get the weird wavy look on flat ironed hair) and should be rather durable. 

My favorite flat iron of all time is the GHD 1'' (both classic and professional are great). After spending money on 4 Chi flat irons for my business, and watching them all fall apart, I finally invested in a GHD and have been happy ever since. Although Chi is probably the most popular flat iron out there, it is not the best. If you own a Chi and are happy with it, keep using it! If it breaks, instead of replacing it with another Chi, look into purchasing a GHD.

My favorite curling irons are Hot Tools. I'm still using the curling irons I received in beauty school from Hot Tools. They heat up quickly, have not chipped at all, and are absolutely essential for any bride or bridesmaid 'do. I've also used Babyliss, and I've been pretty impressed with their curling iron as well!

As far as inexpensive tools go, I can't recommend based on experience. The only "cheaper" iron I've used is the Hot Tools 1 inch flat iron, and I was fairly impressed with the capabilities. It doesn't come close to GHD, but neither does the price!

So when you are shopping for a new tool, make sure you look at what it's made with. And check with the store on their return policy--oftentimes you can return tools even after 30 days of using it. 

May 22, 2013

Two Lies and a Truth

You know, behind the blonde hair-sprayed hair and cat-hair covered clothes lies a pretty odd gal. Not "odd" in a bad way, but just. . .well. . .unique? Don't get me wrong--I'm not fishing for compliments here! In an effort to share a little bit more about myself I thought it would be fun to come up with a little quiz/game of random facts about my life. 

So, you need to guess what is true. Okay? Good luck. Keep in mind I was/am a unique individual.

This would be a good photo for a caption contest, eh?



1. As a child, I wore a watch and thought:
a. a small ant worked inside of it and would turn the dials. I would leave crumbs for him at the dinner table so he could eat.
b. the time would only change if I looked at it. So, anytime I wouldn't be looking at my watch, it would just remain on the time when I previously looked at it.
c. when my watch died it would also be when I died


2. The pet I most wanted when I was in elementary school was:
a. a kitten named "baby kate"
b. a monkey named "crumbs"
c. a giraffe named "affey"


3. When I grew up I wanted to be:
a. a zoo-keeper
b. a teacher
c. a writer


4. In high school, I was on:
a. the pep club squad
b. the yearbook team
c. the cheerleading squad


5. In college, the odd job I had was:
a. computer room assistant
b. radio dj
c. operator of the shuttle bus line AKA "the drunk people picker-uper"


6. In college, a classmate once told me:
a. I looked like a modern day dolly parton
b. I looked like a modern day june cleaver
c. I looked like a modern day lucille ball


7. As a child, I thought I could be on a talent show because:
a. I was double jointed in my thumbs
b. My veins in my right arm are so visible I could stop blood flow by pressing on my arm and then watch it continue as I let go
c. I had the little dipper laid out in freckles on my back


8. As a young adult, I was convinced that I once saw:
a. an alien
b. a green ufo
c. an asteroid come flying toward the earth


9. In college, I considered this major before settling on philosophy:
a. education
b. spanish
c. political science


10. Up until what age did I believe that "sniping" was a real thing?
a. 11
b. 16
c. 25


Tough enough for you? 

Just to give this post even more purpose than it already has, I'll sweeten the deal by offering a $20.00 Target Giftcard to whoever guesses all the right answers first. I will go through the comments and find the first winner manually. If no one wins, I'll pick the winner by choosing the first person with the best score.

Answer in the comments below like this" a,a,a,a,a,a, etc.   your@email.com"  



*target has no clue who I am and doesn't know about this awesome game. 

May 21, 2013

Weekend Recap

First, if you are a reader from Oklahoma and experienced any of the devastation from yesterday's tornado and storms, I'm so sorry you had to endure that. The news coverage is nauseating to watch--I can't even come close to imagining what it was like to be there. 
I grew up in the midwest so I'm familiar with the threat of severe weather, including tornados, but I never experienced the damage of one while living there.
Raleigh was hit with a few tornados a couple years ago, and my sister and I happened to be driving through the line of the storms. It was scary, but God protected us as we made it back home--only to learn of the extensive damage downtown Raleigh. 
Those tornados did not do nearly the amount of damage that the one did yesterday in OK, but I remember the feeling of "man, it happens so quickly and you can lose everything". 
I hope and pray for a miracle and that more children will be found, pets will be reunited with their families, and the transition back to reality will be smooth. 

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This weekend, my mom flew down for a visit + to participate in her first sprint triathlon with my sister and I. Since doing the triathlon last fall, I had been itching to do another and got my sister and mom on board to join me!
I ended up waking up with migraine symptoms that morning, so had to pull out at the last minute, but I went and supported them from the sidelines!

They both did very well! I'm proud of their hard work and look forward to joining them in another race in the future!

Before the race began!




First photo of them as triathletes!

So while I didn't participate in the race itself, I couldn't help but compare it to the FS Series triathlon from last fall

This race, put on by Ramblin' Rose, was a shorter distance course, but not by much. It's aimed at beginners, and only women are allowed to participate. 

The three of us drove the bike course right before attending the meeting the day prior to the race, and we were left shocked with how rough the course was. The road was in really bad condition in some parts (large potholes and uneven pavement), and there were tons of turns (since it was in a neighborhood). There wasn't really a great place to gain any momentum. We were all pretty disappointed in that. I was surprised that it was course chosen for beginner triathletes--it seemed a little dangerous.

We attended the information meeting so my mom and sister could get a little bit more familiar with how the day was going to go tomorrow. It wasn't well organized, and it was at that meeting we were informed that "Ramlin' Rose assumes that you(the athlete) know the bike course". In other words, they could not give us a straight answer as to whether or not the bike course would be marked. 

We looked at each other in shock. There was no way we could memorize the bike course! There were about 25 turns! That information instilled a little bit of fear and frustration in us, and I was again surprised that this was a "beginner" race. 

The morning of the race, Justin and I set up our cheering spot right near the bike start/finish and we saw a man assembling signs that said "turn here" for the bike course. I was so relieved for the racer's. 

So, in the end, I think everything came together just fine. No one was lost, and one the race began everything seemed to go smoothly. I was just disappointed in the lack of clarity in preparing for the race.

Again, I did not participate, I simply watched. My mom, sister, and my friend Mary who all participated said they would do it again--so I think that's a good sign!
*my sister wrote a recap post here if you are interested!



On Sunday night, my mom and I went to see The Great Gatsby. I was enticed by the first preview I ever saw--and I couldn't wait to see it. My overall thoughts on it? Unimpressed. Yes, it was a beautiful movie as far as the costumes, makeup, hair, party scenes, and "period" aspects. But it was sssssllllllooooooooowwwwwwwwww and long. Too long. Have you seen it? What did you think? 

I DID however see a preview for a Tom Hank's movie that comes out this October that looks amazing. It's called Captian Phillips and it's about this event.



I hope you had a nice weekend! I'm working on my "makeup essentials" video that will hopefully be ready this week!

May 20, 2013

Double Knotted Twist


Today's hair tutorial will teach you a quick and simple way to get your hair off your neck this summer. It's a bit more "done" than just a ponytail, without taking too many steps!

You can absolutely do this style w/ straight, curly, or wavy hair, but I'd recommend having hair that reaches your collarbone at the very least.

All you need are a few bobby pins, these are my favorite, and some hairspray!








dress: Target
necklace: Jeweliq

May 17, 2013

High Five for Friday

I hope you all had a good week!

It has turned to summer around these parts, which is very much right on time, and I'm enjoying the few final weeks of low humidity before my hair starts to become quite a hassle to style!

My mom is coming this weekend and then my family is taking a trip over memorial day weekend down to south carolina--so lots to look forward to next week!

Here are my top 5 things this week!

1. My new iphone case arrived! I ordered this one from Rifle Paper Co. and absolutely love it. I chose the slim case ( I really don't like bulky, rubber-y cases ) and am very pleased with it! 

*follow on instagram at K8_smallthings

2. I'm really loving Oscar Blandi's Hair Lift mousse. I mentioned it in a few videos this month, so there's a chance you've heard me talk about it already. I use it in conjunction with Aquage Uplifiting Foam, although each of these products on their own would be great! If you can't get your hands on Aquage products (can only be purchased at Aquage salons), try this from Oscar Blandi.


3. My husband and I celebrated our 4 year wedding anniversary on Wednesday. It has truly been a wonderful 4 years, and I'm so thankful for the time we've had together "just the two of us". While we of course look forward to having children, I'll always cherish these years we had!


4. I deep conditioned my hair with this mask this week. I just love the way it smells and how it makes my hair feel!

5. The mocha cookie crumble has returned to Starbucks for the summer. It will never compare to how delicious the Mint Mocha Chip was (remember that?) but it has become a favorite "dessert" drink of mine!


How was your week? If you write a high five for friday post, link up over at Lauren Elizabeth

May 16, 2013

Condition It.

Amika        It's a 10        Macadamia        Redken


Summer can be pretty rough on our hair. So can winter. Spring and fall are relatively gentle <---felt the need to include that just so I could go through all the seasons.

It's a great idea to deep condition your hair at the very least once a month. Depending on your texture, condition, and what your stylist recommends--you can deep condition up to once a week (this may be excessive for most textures, and really is aimed at very processed, dry and brittle hair).

If you have virgin hair (hair that has not been colored), and it's in pretty good condition, I'd recommend deep conditioning about once a month. 

If you have gently colored hair, maybe a few highlights or occasionally a demi-permanent gloss, it wouldn't hurt to deep condition at least two times a month.

If you have heavily colored hair, dry or brittle hair, or any texture that is excessively dry (colored or not), I'd recommend deep conditioning 2-3 times a month. 

The best time to deep condition is after your hair is freshly washed. Distribute a healthy amount of the deep conditioner all over your hair (avoid your roots if you struggle with a lot of oil production) , and rake through it with your fingers to spread it from roots to tips. If you need it, grab a very wide tooth comb, like this one, to comb the product through your hair. Follow the timing directions on the bottle, although most deep conditioners say to leave it in anywhere from 5-15 minutes. 

To maximize the benefits, twist your hair gently into a bun, and secure lightly with a plastic clip. Put on a plastic cap, and if you really want to take it to the next level you can wrap a warm towel around your head. Place cucumbers slices on your eyes and take a nap. That's an order.

Deep conditioned hair may weigh a little bit more than usual, so don't be surprised if your hair feels heavy or very soft afterwards. It's a good sign. My hair usually needs a rest day when I deep condition it, and it's back to normal the following day. 

My favorite deep conditioner is the Amika Nourishing Mask. I received a sample of it in a Birchbox awhile ago and fell in love with it. I just ordered the tub using some Birchbox points! It may be the best smelling hair product on the market.

If you don't know where to start when picking out a deep conditioner, ask your stylist. He or she can help you based on what they see your hair may need. Proteins for building, oils for softening, etc.

Happy hair conditioning!

May 15, 2013

Love Your Hair

The right hair product can make or break a fantastic haircut.

As a hairstylist, saying that I'm a "product junkie" is quite the understatement. I love trying out new products and mixing and matching until I find the perfect concoctions. There's such a huge variety in hair textures and needs and, thankfully, there are thousands of products that serve as styling aids to help encourage a great hair day. I've enjoyed the challenge of pairing the right product with the right texture in my experience of working behind the chair. I know the feeling of a "good hair day" and really hope my clients experience those more often than not!

ULTA Beauty is celebrating "Love Your Hair" for 21 days, May 12-June 1. It includes hair events, demos, and prizes that are sure to help you love your hair. Everyday there will be a Beauty Steal™ on hair products and tools--a great time to stock up on your favorites or try out something new!
 
 
These were some of my favorite products that will be offered during the Love Your Hair event. Abba Shampoo and Conditioner was new to me, but I was pretty impressed. It was light and fresh. I also really loved the silkiness that Orofluido Beauty Elixir left on my ends. I was able to get great volume, which is my measure of hair product success, after using a few of these!

 

 
There are so many products to choose from, it's hard not to find something you'll love. 

ULTA Beauty is promoting a "hair pledge" for women to love the hair they have for a chance to win free blowouts for a year. I'm a big advocate for loving your hair, so I love that ULTA is encouraging women to look at their hair in a positive light. All you have to do is tweet your hair pledge with the hashtag #ULTAhairpledge and you'll be entered to win. This starts on May 12th.
 
On top of this Love Your Hair event, ULTA Beauty and BlogHer have provided a $100.00 ULTA Beauty gift card for me to giveaway to a lucky reader! Enter to win by answering the question in bold (leave your e-mail address in the comment too!)below.
 
Are you an experimenter, or a "I'll stick with what I know works" kind of product user? I have my all-time favorites, that I always have in back stock under my bathroom sink, but I love incorporating something new that looks appealing.
 

 

 

Sweepstakes Rules:

You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post

b) Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: "#SweepstakesEntry"; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post

c) Blog about this promotion, including a disclosure that you are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post, and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post

d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here.

This sweepstakes runs from 5/15/13 – 6/1/13.

Be sure to visit the ULTA Beauty page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ reviews and find more chances to win!