Hi babes! So as most of you have probably seen on my Instagram, I have been wearing my hair naturally curly more often! Truth be told, I wear my hair natural almost every day to work. The only place I don’t wear it natural is on my blog! After a few posts of it natural on my Instagram and how many messages I got, I am definitely going to wear it natural more often in my posts. Who has time to blow dry and curl their hair every day anyway? Curly hair does require some styling, though, to ensure you don’t end up with a mop on your head (lol). I’ve put together some styling tips to help out my curly haired girls!
Spring is a time of renewal. It is a time when you can reflect on your resolutions and goals from the beginning of the year and bring them back to life with a new sense of purpose. One of my goals in 2017 was to be more mindful in everyday life. I sometimes rush through my days since they are so jam-packed, but a huge part of this goal is to slow down and make the most of life and moments that matter, which can lead to greater happiness. One of the things I always seem to rush through is my makeup routine, using the same products every day to achieve the same exact look. How boring is that?! I never take the time to change up my routine and test new products. But with the start of spring, this seems like the ideal time to take a step closer to achieving this goal.
If there’s one thing I have an undying love/hate relationship with, it’s my hair. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve wanted straight hair. I admired the girls who were able to shower right before leaving the house because their hair would look perfect with hardly any work and would dry in a matter of minutes. Meanwhile, there was me who had to shower the night before and sleep with hair like a wet dog, only to wake up looking like a poodle. After letting my hair air-dry overnight (sometimes it would still be wet in the morning to my dismay), I would spend at least an hour straightening and curling it for the day. This was my process from middle school to high school, and sometimes I even still do it. My hair was left broken, dry and frizzy. There was some positives that came out of this experience, though. I became a master at curling and straightening hair, not only on myself but on others. I could whip out a blow-out in 15 minutes flat.
For a long time, I have wondered how to get those beachy, tousled waves that I always see on other fashion bloggers and models. I knew how to use a curling iron, but for some reason I couldn’t recreate the look. I have naturally curly hair, so I figured this must be the problem. That was, before I went to a salon in Hermosa Beach and they styled my hair in loose, beachy waves. I was determined to do this on my own.
The key to getting these beachy waves is to straighten your hair first (if you have curly hair) and leave the ends out of the curling iron. I use the 1″ barrel in the T3 Whirl Trio to get my go to beachy waves. Read more for the step by step process.
Last week, I had the pleasure of attending “Glow Camp” with Ole Henriksen and his team. Glow Camp is a mini-vacation in different beautiful locations where Ole (pronounced oooo-la) evaluates your skin and gives you a personalized prescription for the next six weeks using his products. This particular Glow Camp was at Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara and was focused on oily skin. When I got the invite for Glow Camp, I was ecstatic, but I didn’t know it would change me inside and out forever.
I know I don’t blog too much about beauty products, but lately I have been obsessed with them. I don’t know if it was the facial I recently got from Skinworx, or my recent trip to Sephora, but I have gotten in the mood to try out some new beauty products.
Last week I had the pleasure to work with Melissa de Mata of Melissa de Mata Photography again. She is by far one of the most talented photographers I have worked with. As always, we met during golden hour and shot until the sun went down. This time we chose the Palace of Fine Arts as our location, which was too dreamy in the evening light.
This was such a fun shoot because I didn’t have to get ready for it myself! Maria of StyleInGo came to myself to do my hair and make-up. She did such a wonderful job capturing my aesthetic and not doing anything over the top, but still giving me a dramatic romantic look. If you are in the Bay Area, be sure to look them up!
Hope you all had an amazing Halloween weekend!
All my love,
PC: Melissa de Mata