New Curling Iron

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This post has been a long time coming, well, I mean getting a new curling iron has been a long time coming! Until now, I've used the same Conair curling iron since middle school, so for about 13 years!! Needless to say, I was really overdue to get a new one. For the past couple years, it seemed like every time I got a hair cut, my ends were split and fried again just after one month. I was trying to figure out what was going on, and then it dawned on me...DUH my curling iron is ancient and probably ruining my hair! 

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I had been researching a few different brands to decide which iron to invest in. I knew I didn't want to buy a drug store brand, just because I use my curling iron every single day and I wanted to find a higher quality iron that would be more protective for my hair. I was contemplating the t3 Twirl curling iron because I had heard great things about that one, and it's nice that it has the interchangeable barrel option so you can change the size of your curls. However, most of the individual barrels start at around $80 each, which caused me to steer away from that brand and look at something else. 

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I then found the GHD "curve" soft curl iron, which has a 1 1/4" barrel to create super soft, wavy curls. It had great reviews so I decided to bite the bullet and order it, and it has been amazing! It heats up literally in seconds, compared to my 3-5 minute wait time with my old iron, and it promotes healthier hair by only heating up to a specific temperature to prevent heat damage. I've been using it for a month now and I'm so glad I've been able to retire my Conair buddy. My ends have been so much healthier since I've been using the GHD iron; no more dead or split ends for this gal! Happy Friday lovelies, I hope you have a fun weekend! xo

Happy Hair Days

You know when brands do Instagram giveaways where they make you tag some friends and then you sit there and cross your fingers, hoping that you win? Well, I don't have a very good winning streak at all, but I got lucky a couple months ago and won the Detox Dry Shampoo set from Drybar and I'm so obsessed with it! I've never really been into dry shampoo because I usually wash my hair every other day, that is, until I learned that it's really not great for your hair. Lately I've been trying to wash my hair just 2-3 times a week, which is hard when you're used to washing it on the regular. So now that I've been going longer in between washes, I hate how oily my hair can get at times, but this dry shampoo has come to my rescue and I love using it!

I've been using their new Lush scent and it smells so lovely! I have always been hesitant to use dry shampoo in the past because I'm a brunette, and other brands I've tried have left my scalp looking white and powdery and just not cute! However, this product doesn't leave any residue and also provides great volume, which is perfect for styling. The dry conditioner is also great because it helps to hydrate the ends of your hair and give them more body and fullness. 

Perhaps though, what I love even more than the duo is the dry shampoo made specifically for brunettes! Hollllaa! It's my favorite one to use because I don't have to work it into my hair as much, and I never have to worry about people noticing any sort of product in my hair :) If you're on the fence about what kind of dry shampoo to get, I highly recommend Drybar! Speaking of which, apparently it was #NationalBlowoutDay yesterday and had no idea! So I think I need to book an appointment to make up for it :) Happy Saturday everyone, and as always, thanks for stopping by! xo

Blushfully, 

Belle

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Summer Beauty

Now that July is officially here, it's the month that is usually the hottest and longest here in Arizona. Towards the end of the month we usually see some relief with the massive monsoon storms that come through the valley, but since it seems so far away, now is the time that my skin and hair is needing a lot of TLC! The triple digit temperatures that we experience can really take a toll on you physically (& mentally!), so that's why I've rounded up some of my favorite skincare and hair products that keep me feeling refreshed and rejuvenated in the heat of summer!

This Mario Badescu facial spray is at the top of my list for so many reasons. It's the perfect remedy when my skin needs a refresher, like in the morning when I'm ready to begin my day. I'll pump two sprays on my face just after I've washed it, and I'll use it again after I've put on my makeup to help set it for the day. It contains aloe, rosewater and a variety of herbs which makes it smell so amazing! I'll use it again before I go to bed after I've washed all my makeup off and put on my moisturizer (I'll get to that in a minute) allowing me to fall into a deep sleep feeling relaxed. My daily routine honestly doesn't feel complete without this jack of all trades, and the best part is it's only $7 for this 4 oz bottle! If you ask me, that's the best beauty steal if I ever saw one.

I mentioned that I spritz on the Mario Badescu spray after I moisturize, and my favorite one to use is the face & body cream from Infinite Aloe Skin Care (see first image). I was first introduced to this cream from my mom who saw the company selling their products at Costco one holiday season, so she thought it would make great gifts. You know that saying that goes "Mother knows best?" Well, it applies here, once again! Ever since I first used it a couple years ago, I've been hooked! The Aloe Vera in the lotion is so healing and hydrating, I've seen a noticeable difference in my skin after using it even just for a few days. I use this lotion as my facial moisturizer and on my entire body because it's that amazing! But lately I've just been using it for my face, because I'm running out and need to order more--oops!

Next up is this Hawaiian Facial Scrub from Alba Botanica. My esthetician had recommended this scrub for Freddy a couple years ago, and I basically steal it from him on a weekly basis so that I can use it too! Not only does this scrub smell like summer with the scent of pineapples, but it is a very gentle scrub that doesn't make you feel like you've just rubbed sandpaper all over your face. I typically use it 2-3 times per week, as to not over-exfoliate, and my skin instantly feels smoother and softer afterwards. 

My hair tends to get very dry and brittle from all of the styling I do on a regular basis, so I try to take extra good care of it during the summer when the hot temps dry it out even more. During the summer I try to limit curling my hair to 1-2 times per week, which is a significant decrease to my typical daily curling session. While this helps the overall health of my hair by eliminating heat, the Aveda Smooth Infusion cream has also helped my hair in controlling those fly-aways (due to dryness) and feel nourished. After I wash my hair, I just use a dime-sized amount and run it through from root to tip, and let it air dry. 

Do you have any favorite summer beauty products you like to use? I'd love to hear about them! As always, thanks for stopping by! If you'd like updates on new content and weekly inspiration, you can sign up for my newsletter here! xo

Blushfully, 

Belle

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