Drybar Sake Bomb Shampoo | Drybar Sake Bomb Conditioner | Drybar Velvet Hammer Hydrating Control Cream | Drybar Prep Rally Detangler
Hi there, friends! If you had a long weekend, I hope it was a nice and relaxing one, and if you had to work yesterday, I hope your week is going well! I was one of the lucky bunch to have the day off yesterday but I actually really needed it. I have some kind of cold/sinus thing going on that hit me real hard on Sunday. I haven't been sick this whole pregnancy and now of course when I'm about ready to go in to labor I catch something. I've done nothing but rest and drink a bunch of fluids the last two days though and it seems to be gradually getting better. Prior to Sunday though we had a fun weekend with having some friends over at our house for dinner on both Friday and Saturday. It's so weird to think the next time we'll see them is when we have our baby! Life is about to change immensely but we seriously can't wait.
I wanted to share with you all today the hair products I've been using for a couple years now that really help keep my hair hydrated, especially in the harsh Chicago winters. I have naturally curly hair and even though I don't produce much oil, my hair is never brittle or dry. I attribute this all to the hair products I use from Drybar. I made the switch the Drybar products about two years ago and haven't looked back. I started out slowly with just using the shampoo and conditioner you see and have gradually started a whole collection of hair products from them! Today though I'm just going to share with you the four products I use when washing my hair, which I do about every 2 to 3 days.
Step 1: Sake Bomb Shampoo & Conditioner
The first step in my hair washing routine is obviously in the shower with my shampoo and conditioner. I use their Sake Bomb products as they are meant for nourishment and hydration. I have really thick hair but I try not to use too much of each because like any shampoo and conditioner, it can really weigh down your hair. I put about a quarter size amount of shampoo in my hand and lather it just in to my scalp. I let the water rinsing the shampoo out get the rest of my hair. I've done this technique for years and I've noticed that it also helps preserve the hydration if you aren't saturating the whole strand with shampoo. Next I take about the same amount of conditioner and apply it to the bottom half of my hair and then rub any excess in to the top and my scalp. I've found that if I don't add any conditioner to the top half that it will be frizzy but if I add too much then I'll have no volume. So this trick is a nice medium to combat the battle between frizz and limpness. I let the conditioner sit in my hair for about 30 seconds and then rinse it out.
Step 2: Prep Rally Detangler
After I get out of the shower but before I brush my hair, I spray a good amount of Drybar's Prep Rally detangler spray on my hair. This is my newest addition in to my regimen. I've had my eye on this product for quite some time now but never pulled the trigger and bought it. This past Christmas though, Caleb got me a Drybar set and this travel size came in it! I've added it in to my hair routine and it really does help. My hair is way less tangly and doesn't break when I finally do go to brush it out. I'd also like to add that I use Drybar's Lemon Drop detangler hair brush for double the non-breakage. I've used the Lemon Drop hairbrush for a couple years now, too, and can attest to it being another big factor on keeping my hair in tip top shape.
Step 3: Velvet Hammer Hydrating Control Cream
My final step when washing my hair is applying Drybar's Velvet Hammer hydrating control cream. I let my hair dry a little bit in a towel while I do my skincare routine and then let it down and apply this cream. I brush out my hair one more time then once again put about a quarter size of the cream in to the palm of my hand and apply it to the bottom half of my wet hair. I run my fingers through the strands with it and that's it.
I almost always let my hair air dry unless I'm in a big rush or am giving myself a blow out. I usually always shower at night, too, so I will let my hair air dry while I read a book or watch some Netflix. But that is all I do for keeping my hair hydrated! It's a really simple process and I feel like with how short and simple it is, it is going to transition so well in to me becoming a mom. I can be quick about washing my hair but also not have to sacrifice all the work I've put in to keeping it nice and hydrated the last couple of years!
What are some of your hair secrets? I love hearing what works for all of you, too! Please leave me a comment below with what your favorite techniques and products are!
Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you all had a safe and happy one and are refreshed to take on 2018! I am obviously so excited for what this year has in store for us. Last year instead of making a resolution or big time goal I tried to focus on a word or mantra to go back to every single day to help better myself in 2017, and that word was balance. It can be really hard to juggle being successful at work, staying healthy, keeping in touch with family and friends, taking care of yourself, having fun, etc, all at the same time. So I tried my best in 2017 to have a good balance between every single thing that was important to me, and I felt that if I could find that balance that I would have a successful year and meet all my internal goals or resolutions that I had stacking up in my head. I definitely feel like I did a great job at finding that balance that was needed as I look back on 2017 because I ended the year so happy and full of positivity. I believe too that having a good balance in my life has greatly helped me through my pregnancy, too. So while I will continue to work on balance throughout my entire life, a new year also comes with the opportunity to add on another mantra or way of life.
So with that being said, the phrase I plan to focus on the most in 2018 is go with the flow. If you don't know me too well or haven't been able to tell already, I'm a very type A person. While I see this as a good thing in most parts of my life because I am very organized and that decreases stress, sometimes I can over plan for things and when those plans don't work out that causes frustration and disappointment. One thing I know for certain that this super type A personality that I have will conflict with is becoming a mom. While I still intend to be organized, get Nugget on a schedule, and plan stuff out, I know nothing when coming to parenting is going to fit in to a nice plan A or a plan B. I want to internally work on letting the need to plan every single thing out go and just go with the flow when it comes to a lot more things in life. Starting with labor...
There's a lot of hype around having a birth plan and you might be wondering what mine is. My "plan" is to deliver a baby. That's it. I don't care what it takes to get him out, as long as we both come out of the experience safe, that is all that matters to me. When it starts, I'm just going to go with the flow. If I need pain meds, that's fine. If I'm doing fine without them, that's fine, too. If I need to be induced or have a c-section, all fine. As long as I can hold our baby at the end of the experience, that's all I want. That's the whole plan. This is a big one to start my go with the flow mentality with, but if I can let go, trust my body, God, and the people around me to get us through this extremely trying experience, I believe I can do it with so many other things in my life like parenting, hobbies, when Caleb and I can go out for dates...anything really.
I feel so good about this mantra and I already know that giving myself grace and openness is going to help me so much to take on my new role as a mother. I am so excited for this year and am really looking forward to what it has in store for us. What are your goals/resolutions/mantras/words of the year? Please leave me a comment below!
Sweater Dress: JCrew Factory | Booties: Cole Haan Outlet | Coat: JCrew Factory (old, similar) | Sunglasses: Boho Queen Jewelry (use code BohoQueen for 20% off) | Earrings: Tiffany & Co (similar less expensive option)
Hey there friends and happy hump day! It's crazy to say but I'm 36 weeks pregnant today! I can't believe in one week I'll be full term and it's less than a month till my due date. Time sure is flying, and I'm so excited that Nugget will be here any time now! So as you can see my stomach is getting HUGE and it's getting harder and harder to find clothes that fit comfortably and look nice enough to wear to work. I know I say it all the time, but I really don't want to buy maternity clothes. They are so expensive and I'd rather be spending my money on things for our little boy. I definitely have had to buy some but my goal is usually to find something non-maternity so that I can also wear it after my pregnancy. Well this turtleneck sweater dress fits all of that. It's cute, comfy, non-maternity, and fits my big belly. It's also so warm, which we are really needing right now in the Midwest...it's -5 degrees here today! I got it from JCrew Factory at the beginning of the month and now it is on clearance! Plus JCrew Factory is having a massive sale on their clearance right now, so you can take an additional 60% the dress! It also comes in a gorgeous grey color, and I'm very tempted to snag it, too.
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Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner | Osea Blemish Balm | Osea Ocean Cleansing Mudd | Korres Wild Rose Brightening Eye Treatment
Hey there friends! I hope you all had the best Thanksgiving and holiday weekend! I took a break from the blog and social media for the most part this weekend to really enjoy the holiday and our family. Our Thanksgiving dinner was so yummy and filled with love and it was so nice visiting with my father in law and some of our close friends. We also put up all of our Christmas decorations this past weekend, too! I love the Christmas season so much and can't wait to bake all the cookies and see all the beautiful lights around our neighborhood start to go up. Today on here though I want to talk to you all about some amazing beauty products I've come across during my pregnancy that have quite literally changed my life!
I've struggled with acne for a long time now. I've always gotten really bad breakouts since I was a teenager. I feel like I've tried everything under the sun to fix the issue and I'll find products that work for a little bit then when I go to get a fresh bottle of it, it won't work anymore. I've been to a dermatologist, have had a 10 step regime, everything...nothing seems to really work. When I started taking my prenatal vitamins I had high hopes that they would start to help, too. Or maybe pregnancy would alter my skin itself and tone down the oiliness. Nope, if anything it only got worse. I stopped using my intense acne products that had retinol and salicylic acid based on advice I'd received from my doctor and personal preference. (FYI: have no fear if you are still using products with 2% or less salicylic acid in them, in my doctors opinion those were ok, but being a first time mom I was nervous and still stopped - however always check with your own doctor as all pregnancies are different). So as you can imagine I was really frustrated and just not feeling "pretty." I also don't like to wear too much makeup and some days I really just want to go natural, which those days we're basically "hand me a pair of sunglasses and baseball cap so I can hide my face as much as possible days."
About half way through my pregnancy I discovered the skincare brand Osea Malibu, and they really sparked my interest. I've never really bought in to the whole all-natural/vegan thing before but since I am pregnant now I want to be using the safest products out that for myself and my baby. I researched their products and the ingredients that they used thoroughly and actually discovered that the founder created the first products due to being pregnant and her whole family is now involved in the company! I've also run the list past my doctor, and she fully approves me using them. So that step was done...now I moved on to the question, will these products without the "good acne stuff" actually work on my skin? The answer is honestly YES! I began using the Ocean Cleansing Mudd to wash my face in the evening and followed it up with the Blemish Balm for my moisturizer. I also use the Blemish Balm in the morning after I rinse my face off with just water. I noticed a difference in two days. Within a week my big pimples were gone. I'm not going to lie to you guys, I still get little ones here and there but they are mostly around my chin and upper lip, which has always been a common issue for me. But in the past they use to be huge pimples on my chin and it would take weeks to get rid of them. I've simplified my skincare routine so much thanks to Osea and my skin has never looked or more importantly felt better in my whole life. I feel confident to go sans makeup on non-office days and on the weekends and when I do put makeup on I'm blown away how flawless my skin looks. I've actually started to notice my acne scars slowly fading, too! So here is my super refined skincare routine that I now do every single night using my amazing Osea products as well as some of my previous favorites that are still safe to use during pregnancy.
Step 1: Wash my face with Osea Ocean Cleansing Mudd
I love to take a hot shower at night to help me relax and ease my sore muscles before bed. So before my shower I will remove all my eye makeup with some eye makeup remover and makeup remover wipes and then I will take the Osea Ocean Cleansing Mudd in to the shower with me and wash my face. I just massage it in to my wet skin with my finger tips for about 30 seconds and rinse it off. Oh and I'd like to add it also smells like mint which helps clear any sinus congestion I might have because I have really bad allergies. If I don't take an evening shower then I still use this cleanser at the sink with a wash cloth. After I'm done rinsing, I dry my face.
Step 2: Use Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner
This product was a favorite of mine even before I was pregnant. I apply a small amount of this to a cotton pad and wipe my face and neck with it. This toner really helps to get any excess dirt and makeup off my face and neck as well as tones down my redness. I wait about a minute for this to dry and soak in to my skin.
Step 3: Apply Osea Blemish Balm
Once the toner has dried on my face, I take two pumps of the Osea Blemish Balm and apply it all over my face and neck. That's it...just two pumps! My skin feels so refreshed but at the same time doesn't feel greasy or oily. This product also smells like mint, which only adds to the refreshness!
Step 4: Apply Korres Wild Rose Brightening Eye Treatment
I started using this under eye cream before I was pregnant and was so relieved to find out that Korres is a wonderful pregnancy-safe company, as well. This under eye cream is actually reasonably priced, lasts for a long time, and really works at keeping my dark circles at bay. I also never get puffiness under my eyes when I use it. I apply a small amount with my ring finger under each eye.
That's it! That is my whole evening skincare routine. And like I said earlier, in the morning all I do is throw some warm water on my face, dry my face, and apply two pumps of the Osea Blemish Balm. Not only has this routine saved me a lot of money because I'm not buying a ton of products to use in between all these steps but most importantly it has saved me so much time every day. The time factor is huge to me as a soon to be mom. Plus what pregnant woman wants to stand at her bathroom sink for 20 minutes doing her skincare routine? I struggled to do that when I wasn't pregnant and had way more energy! I definitely feel though that the stars of the show are the Osea products and they are the reason why I've been able to simplify my routine so much. I plan to stick to the same exact routine post-pregnancy, too. I really hope this little run down helps some of you especially if you're pregnant and struggle with acne, too. It's scary and so overwhelming to try to find the right products that are going to help your skin but also not harm your baby. I truly think Osea is the answer though!
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*This post was NOT sponsored in any way and is my genuine skincare routine and opinion :)
Maxi Dress: Pink Blush Maternity | Booties: Forever 21 (old, similar) | Bracelets: ALEX & ANI
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had the best weekend! We definitely had one of the most beautiful weekends we've had in a long time. My mom and aunt hosted my baby shower this past Saturday and it was more than I could have ever hoped for. Our family and friends showered our little one with so much love and we received so many goodies and things that we really need for Nugget. We can't wait to reveal the nursery to you and show you some of the amazing things we got! We also went to see the new broadway show Escape to Margaritaville yesterday! The show was so funny and we highly recommend going to see it!
As I said before though, my baby shower was on Saturday. I searched for the perfect dress for awhile and knew I wanted a fitted maxi in a beautiful fall color. I also wanted it to have some kind of sleeve so I wouldn't have to wear a cardigan with it and make the outfit look chunky. When you're belly is getting as big as mine is, you really want to find something "slimming" and not enhance the roundness. I actually went on Pinterest (follow me here if you aren't already! I pin stuff every day!) and searched for baby shower dresses. I found some cute options and they were all from this boutique called Pink Blush Maternity. I searched through their inventory and came upon this beauty that I ended up wearing! It was so comfortable all day, the perfect shade of red for fall, and had 3/4 sleeves to keep me warm on a cool November day. I love how it cuts right under the breast to highlight my baby bump, too. It made for some amazing pictures at the shower. Fair warning though...it will make your bump look so cute that everyone will want to touch it! It is all around the perfect dress, and I plan on wearing it a bunch more times before Nugget is born because it's just so comfy! I ordered a size small which is my normal pre-pregnancy size, and the only thing that wasn't quite right in terms of fitting was that it was too long. However, I am only 5'1" and that is a normal issue for me with a lot of clothes. I simply just took it to my dry cleaners and they hemmed it for me! The dress comes in a lot of different colors as well that would be perfect for every season. I really love the black one, too, and it is currently on sale! That's another great thing about this dress and Pink Blush Maternity in general, their prices are actually reasonable. There aren't a lot of maternity stores out there, so most places charge so much for maternity clothes! I personally find this frustrating because I am only going to be wearing these pieces a couple of times for a relatively short amount of time. Everything I found on Pink Blush though I feel is priced appropriately and I plan on getting my maternity shoot dress from there, too!
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