Here's what I wore:
Not a super great outfit, even if my hair weren't a total disaster. I stupidly attempted to do Anne Tuttle Brown's hair tutorial to "enhance" the natural waves in my hair, and you can see how great THAT turned out.
The individual pieces were okay, but all together, this outfit felt a little flat. I can't believe I'm saying it, but I think it needed MAKE UP. (Who am I???)
Here's what I wore:
I know this blog post is going up waaaaaay later than normal today, but I wanted to make sure my hair was completely dry before photographing it.
I was fortunate enough to receive a full-size bottle of Olaplex No. 3 (at no cost to myself) to test out and review, and since it's $28 a bottle, I was definitely glad to not pay that price tag (though, *spoiler alert*, after testing it out for 3 weeks, I have actually gone and purchased my own and consider the $28 extremely well spent!).
First off, this is NOT a leave-in conditioner. It's an at-home treatment that helps repair the bonds in your hair that get damaged from coloring, heat-styling, existing in general, etc. This actually repairs your hair, not just coats it with silicone and pretends like that's fixing it. Silicone is a temporary and very fake fix, and might make your hair feel great temporarily, but long-term, can be very damaging to your. Avoid silicone! (and sulfates)
Quick rundown on how you use this is that you wet your hair, towel dry, and then apply generously! Seriously, go heavy-handed with this. You won't regret it. Coat every last freaking strand of hair.
Also, the directions say to leave it on for at least 10 minutes... from reading other people's reviews, I followed their advice to leave it on OVERNIGHT. If you don't have a shower cap or hair wrap, you can be all cheapo like me and use a plastic bag. Here's me the next morning after my first Olaplex treatment, and yes, I look haggard as all get out. I recommend buying a shower cap. Plastic bags will crinkle and make noise all freaking night, and I'm a light sleeper. That was a rough night. #worthit
Since a picture is worth a thousand words, here you go! From the left, that's my hair before ever trying Olaplex No. 3. The middle photo is after my first treatment and initially, I was disappointed that it seemed like my hair had flattened out all of its natural waves. But it was definitely smoother, sleeker, and shinier!But then one more treatment later, and my waves seemed to start coming back, along with crazy amounts of shine.
This photo is from today, after my third Olaplex No. 3 treatment. And no, I do not alter or photoshop my images in anyway. I don't even use filters, THIS IS MY HAIR NOW PEOPLE!!! *angelic chorus*
My natural waves are still there (phew, I was worried because that first treatment really ironed it all out in a bad way), and my hair looks and feels soooooooo healthy. And this isn't that silicone-coated-fake-healthy. This is actual hair repair, so this is the real deal.
Granted, it's not cheap. But considering that I have wasted way more than $28 on a whole bunch of other products that didn't deliver results, I consider this to be so incredibly worth the investment.
Here are my tips and tricks to get the biggest bang for your buck from Olaplex No. 3:
If you're wondering where you can buy Olaplex No. 3, Sephora's website carries it.
And if you're wondering what No. 1 and 2 are, I believe they're for salon use only (for when you're coloring your hair). No. 4 and 5 are shampoos and conditioners that you can also buy, and No. 6 is a styling creme.
Score: ONE BILLION STARS
BUY THIS STUFF! (And I get zero kickbacks if you do, so that's definitely not a motivating factor here. Seriously, I am shelling out full price for this stuff now, that's how much I love it).
Today's outfit of the day is cast in truly terrible lighting, and I am suddenly feeling extremely motivated to paint my builder-grade-boring beige-butt-cheek wall. That color really takes everything down a notch just by being near it. I've been focusing on perfecting my casual, everyday wardrobe, and this is effortless but still cute outfit for the day!
It's that time again! My Spring FabFitFun box has finally arrived! Check out what items I chose!
I know I've been slacking lately, but here's a video review of the Coco & Eve hair mask that I was so eager to try out! I recorded the video about 10 days ago, and have an update below on how long the glossy, smoothing effects last, by the way.
You made it! You weren't trampled to death at Wal-Mart by rampant consumerism! Or maybe you still plan on hitting up the "sales" today because you live dangerously.
Either way, thanks for taking a second to stop by. Here's the weekly video!
I'm sharing a few very easy to incorporate beauty tricks that I picked up from my old days in the modeling industry, which was so long ago it might as well be the Triassic period (I am a dinosaur by modeling standards! And also about 27 inches too short for runway). Anyway, it's short, about 6 and a half minutes.
Do you have any unconventional beauty hacks that you'd add to my list? Drop me a comment!
Hey everyone! My apologies that the post is going up a bit later in the day (I normally post in the morning), but I'm adjusting to the kids all going back to school, and helping my brother through some of his own personal issues (he lives with me, he's 22, Type 1, and there is much to be learned as I help him learn how to "adult" lol).
Let's talk about the I Love My Life event!!!
First off, here's what I wore for the first half of the day, because I'm crazy and did lunch-time wardrobe changes:
This video is all about how I get massive amounts of volume in my hair even though I clearly have no idea how to even do hair (as evidenced by me spraying the stuff onto my face, because I'm awesome like that). It features 3 of my new favorite hair products, and how easy it is to use them.
WARNING: THE COLOR CHOICES IN THIS FASHION POST WILL HURT YOUR EYES.
Hey everyone! Today I am posting an obligatory video about hair oil. THIS IS DEFINITELY NOT SPONSORED AT ALL! /sarcasm
I received a complimentary full-size bottle of L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil for testing and review purposes from Influenster. I decided to compare it to Nexxus Oil Infinite Nourishing Hair Oil (which I also initially received for free from Influenster about a year and a half ago, but I do now pay for it myself after the first full-size bottle ran out). Part of receiving these items for free is the agreement that you will in fact share on social media and review the product(s). I'm always up front about what items I've received for free specifically to review, and which I've purchased out of my own pocket. The video is about 5 minutes long.
Hey everyone! I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was getting my haircut. For some women, this is a fairly regular, benign experience. For me, it is an anxiety-ridden, scissors-laden, free-fall into the unknown.
I went to my usual stylist, and even though my hair looks great, it's actually not a very good cut. It only looks good because the stylist...well, STYLED IT. This is a haircut that looks like absolute garbage if I don't blow it out with a giant round brush and use a bunch of products. I am disappointed. I don't know how to style it the way she did, and I don't really want to learn because blow-drying is so damaging to my already-dry hair. If a haircut doesn't also look good or even just passable after washing and drying, it's NOT A GOOD CUT. A good cut isn't DEPENDENT on styling to look okay.
Good morning or afternoon, depending on your time zone! I am sharing my October Video Challenge from the official DYT Type 4 facebook group. I didn't actually share it in the group because I don't know... I was just too self-conscious and weird that day, and judgmental of myself. The video does cut off at a slightly unexpected spot, but there was no way I was going to re-record the video. I do NOT like doing second takes, or third, or fourth... My videos are ONE TAKE! That's how I roll. I know that if I record over and over again, I will never actually be satisfied with the recording. I have to just let it be a little bit sloppy and take the first video, just to have SOMETHING.
This video is about how I incorporate my secondary energy into my style. It's only a few minutes long. Thanks for watching and enjoy your weekend! And subscribe to my youtube channel! Mostly Petite Me
Fashion Disaster Friday: Get a Short Haircut, They Said. It Totally Won't Make You Look Like a Cabbage Patch Kid, They Said
Let's talk about that one time my friends, AND hairstylist (who attended my church, back when I was forced to attend, that is), let me chop all of my beautiful hair off and then lied to my suddenly-fatter-looking-face about how great it looked. WTF? What did I do to hurt them that I deserved this? And why do women do this to each other? Like say lies like, "Everyone can pull off short hair!" No, literally like 2 women ever actually look better with short hair, and one of them is Halle Barry.
Or they say things like, "No, you don't look super fat now, or gender non-conforming! You look SASSY!" I assure you that you don't look sassy, and if you do, sassy is clearly not a good thing.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far way, I was once a hair model. I have friends I've known for years who don't know how much I had to sell out in order to pay for textbooks and to generally not starve to death during my college years (being from an impoverished, inner city, immigrant family did not make ascending to the middle class an easy feat). I worked lots of different, often unrelated, awful minimum-wage jobs, doing anything and everything it took to make sure I got through, which I did, by the skin of my nails. And yet people always labeled my stubbornness as a BAD thing, pfffft. Uh, no. Being tenacious (a much better word than stubborn) meant that I never gave up, no matter how dire my circumstances were (and they were much more dire than most people knew, for reasons too heavy for a post that is ALL ABOUT MY FABULOUS HAIR). So yeah, I modeled my hair, and here I am at 33 years old, still strangely embarrassed to admit that out loud.
Tracy is a sometimes-working software engineer, all-the-time mother and wife, long-distance runner, biracial, shoe-loving, multi-lingual, world traveling, wannabe fashionista who drinks entirely too much coffee. She lives in the Seattle area and enjoys making babies and judging people.
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