Beauty + Style

Ah, fall. The leaves are changing, the air is cooling…and the fall Influenster Beauty Blogger VoxBoxes are arriving.

I think it’s obvious why this is my favorite season.

Some of you may remember the first time I participated in a VoxBox product review. I sort of dropped the ball last time and only really reviews a couple of the samples. (Oops…) So this time around, I want to really cover everything. Starting with…

First up, the Bath & Body Works Mini Candle.

I received the Cider Lane scent, which, come on. Right up my alley. I lit the tiny, spicy-scented candle about an hour before I had company over Saturday night, and the first thing my guests said when they walked in the door was how amazing it smelled in the apartment. That’s a win.

Bath & Body Works Mini Candles = A+

Next up, I tried EBOOST, a packed of effervescent drink mix that touts the ability to boost your mood, focus, and immunity with natural ingredients and no crash. Sounds pretty good, right?

I received the orange flavor, which made me a little nervous because I generally don’t like orange flavored things. (I had a bad experience with an orange-flavored medication as a child. I don’t want to talk about it.)

But (surprise, surprise!) I actually really liked this. It’s lightly fizzy, and the flavor actually did remind me more of a real orange than something artificial. (Though, if I bought it, I would probably get the Pink Lemonade or Acai Pomegranate flavor it also comes in.) Plus, it was a great drink the morning after a hectic week of late nights.

EBOOST Drink Packet = A

Finally, I tried out Not Your Mother’s Smooth Moves Frizz Control Hair Cream, a smoothing hair cream that fights out-of-control hair and reduces styling time with coconut and silk extracts.

I’m always on the look-out for a new amazing hair product. (You guys know how often my hair is a subject of concern in my life.)(Gawd that makes me sound shallow. Just trust me I think about other things, too.)

Anyway. I applied the cream after towel-drying my hair, and the first thing I noticed was how smoothly it applied. I combed my hair with a wide-toothed comb to evenly distribute the product and then let everything air-dry a bit.

No makeup whaaaaat?

Next, it was time to blow-dry. And in the name of total transparency, here’s what my hair looked like right after I finished blow-drying (meaning no other styling/curling/whatevs at all…also still not makeup…deal with it):

Super smooth! With zero additional heat styling! Success! It feels really soft, too, and the smell is also quite pleasant.

Not Your Mother’s Smooth Moves Frizz Control Hair Cream = A+

Welp, that’s all I’ve tried from the VoxBox so far. I still have three more products to review, so keep an eye out for that next week.

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think?

You guys. I broke.

Well, I mean, I broke a bit. DON’T JUDGE ME.

What I’m saying is, I went shopping.

But it had been a really long time, you guys. Like, a couple months since a legit shopping trip. Okay, okay, we all know I would pick up the random thing here or there. I’m not a robot, for goodness sake.

This weekend, though, this weekend had a legitimate, can’t-call-it-anything-else shopping trip. If this was a movie in the mid-’80s, this song would have been playing in the background:

Or, possibly, this song:

Because, you guys. I love shopping. (I also love puppies, getting my hair did, and the color pink. Because I’m a girl.)(Ugh.)

But, I’m also still reasonably practical. Which means I was not just blowing my money at any pretty piece of cloth that crossed my path.

No, friends, I had a plan. And, more importantly, a list. A specific, Pinterest-fueled list to guide me on my journey.

And for once, I actually found every single thing I wanted. Which is amazing, considering I usually invent articles of clothing in my head that don’t actually exist and then get frustrated when I can’t find them at Macys.

AND I kept to the budget I had decided on before I embarked. So now I have everything I could ever want for fall! (Okay, still don’t have the perfect black bag…can’t have everything.)

I don’t know why I’m telling you this. Probably because I’m excited/feel bad for not posting in a while. Work is a little nutty this week, and I’m reading a good book again, so obviously blogging is falling by the wayside, per usual. I’ll work on it.

Anyone else want to spew joy about something new they’ve bought recently? This is a judgement-free zone. (Plus, we can live vicariously through each other!)

You guys. I need help with something totally frivolous.

Yup, it’s time for another “let’s talk about Justine’s hair” post. You love those, right?

But for realz. I need advice.

As my more long-standing readers can attest, I go back and forth on what color my hair should be fairly often. It’s kind of a seasonal thing.

In the last year or so, however, I’ve come to the conclusion that I am happier as a blonde. I think it suits me better.

YOU WOULD THINK THE QUESTIONING WOULD END THERE, RIGHT?

Wrong. I still have questions.

Because lately my hair has gotten pretty darn blonde. And I think for fall, I want to do something a bit deeper. But not so much darker that it’s at all difficult to go back to blonde once the weather gets warmer.

So I have a couple of options.

1. Ombre.
Although I read something online yesterday that mentioned ombre might be over. I always miss things. But I was thinking something soft like:

2. All-over reddish-blonde toner.
I’ve done the red hair thing, and while I liked it, it’s pretty hard to maintain in the long-run. But a subtle honey-colored toner for fall/winter? Seems simple enough. I’m thinking:

So…what do you think? Anyone else make a seasonal color change almost every year, or am I the only crazy one? At least I’ve narrowed it down a little, right?

Guess what.

All my lofty goals of getting so much done this past weekend and just having a bunch of posts lined up to share with y’all?

Didn’t happen. Alas.

BUT. Fortunately, I forgot today was the day my dear friend Madison planned to post my guest post on her blog talking about five things that make me feel beautiful.

Check out the post (and the rest of her awesome and drool-worthy blog) here.

And let’s all just hope I get my life together again soon.

how to disney princess curls

So my friend Kristin has been asking me how I curl my hair for months now, and I always promise I’m going to have her over for a tutorial, but it never seems to happen.

After discussing this conundrum with Kristin and our other friend Stephanie on Tuesday night, I finally decided the simplest way to share my oh so vast knowledge would be by posting a video tutorial on this ‘ere blog.

My first video tutorial! (Actually, I think this is my first self-made video on the blog ever. Big day for the blog, folks. Big day for all of us.

Fair warning, I have a very basic knowledge of iMovie. I literally had to google how to add every effect you see here (including that super awesome fast-forward effect and the background music…which is…not the greatest, but it was free, so…yeah). The point is, this video won’t be winning any awards any time soon. But it gets the job done. Win some, lose some.

Anyway. I’m obviously stalling because I’m mildly embarrassed about putting this into the public sphere. I’m a dork, as you will see. In a single 12-minut clip, I manage to drop things, hit things around me, and at one point one of my hair clips flies across the room. (Okay, I cut the flying clip out of the final video.) But anyway. You guys already knew I wasn’t smooth, right?

Without further ado, my first video tutorial on creating “Disney princess” curls: