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July Favorites

Yes it really is that time of the month again, hard to believe, I know!  Here are a few of the things I kept reaching for and using this month. As always it’s a little bit of a hodgepodge – but really at this point in our relationship does that surprise you at all?

Let’s start with hair care – I recently dyed my hair dramatically different than previous times, and the first time we processed it, it didn’t take. A week later I was back and processing again which has let my hair a little bit upset with me – and please read that as really upset with me.  Enter in two of my all time favorites to aid in my hair arsenal.

Olaplex – Let me tell you, this has been a hair lifesaver for me the last few months.  I have gone multi colored recently, and this last round has me with a rose base and between platinum blond, to ash, to silver ends, my hair needs a whole lot of love right now.  My stylist adds step 1 and 2 to my processing, and sends me home with a second treatment to use a few weeks after I color.  Step 3 is a weekly deep conditioning treatment I alternate with another that really keeps my hair in tip top shape. Step 1 and 2 I believe you can only get at a salon, check out their site for one near you, Step 3 is an at home treatment, you can purchase from your salon or a beauty supply place that also has a salon in it.

Kenra Platinum Revive oil – $28 I found this beauty around the first of the year,  a few pumps of product through the hair before washing has helped tremendously. My stylist is always impressed with how great my hair still looks when I come back in for touch ups and that’s 8 weeks between appointments.

Moving on to Body Products –

Soap and Glory – $10 – I’m a little late to the Soap and Glory bandwagon – I’ve been a Philosphy girl for a few years, but, sometimes it can be hard to find the one you love and even harder to wait for it to be delivered.  Recently lost I watching on of my favorite YouTubers talk about this body wash and the way she described it sound very much like my beloved Seniorita margarita, I figured I’d give it a shot and I’m so glad I did.  Half the price, usually on sale at Ulta and smells like a citrus dream!

Ad lastly a few food related items – 

AvoToast – OK not something you can buy outright, but it’s Avaocado season here in California and really it would be unpatriotic not to totally eat avocados all the time.  My current favorite, after guacamole, on tacos, or really buy themselves out of the skin, is to spread it on corn cakes (like rice cakes but corn – obviously) sprinkle the smallest amount of salt and add some fresh cherry and pear tomatoes.  Oh my goodness it is a little pice of summer heaven.  You should go have some now!

Cold Brewed Coffee – $29 – As previously mentioned many times, I am a coffee snob, and oh how I love my coffee!  In the summer especially  now as we hit the 100 degree mark everyday for days on end, hot coffee is just not happening!  Enter Iced coffee and of course the latest kick Cold brew.  I got the linked maker for my birthday a few weeks ago and we have been using it non stop ever since.  I even pack it up with my simple syrup and milk in a mason jar to take to work everyday.  

That’s it for me this month, I hope you enjoyed, tel me what are the things you’re reaching for at the moment.

X0Xo – Sarah 


Prepping for a big event – Skin/hair/face

I have a rather elaborate skin care routine – I want to preface my post today with that because I know most people I talk to, do not. And if you’re a wash and go type of girl with a little sunscreen and mascara more power to you. Me? Unfortunately I’ve done major damage to myself over the years, not enough sunscreen, smoking, too much alcohol, salt. So now in my late 30’s I’m trying to repair damage at the same time trying to treat the signs of aging and God willing, age gracefully – but not too soon!

If you interested in my daily routine let me know and I put another post together of my daily/weekly regimen – you’ll be amazed at the process – lol. Here’s a few of them below.

There are times thought that require a little more effort – for me that is this weekend! My Cousin is getting married and I am in the wedding party.  I am also the oldest bridesmaid by at least 5 years and the next oldest has beautiful red hair and fair skin that I’m sure came with a lifetime supply of sunscreen 🙂  – needless to say I’m a little self conscious.

So this week in addition to my regular routine I added a few extras to make sure I was photo ready – in a completely supporting role kinda of way – for the big day.

A week prior to the event (Sunday) – I got a facial – and this go round I did get a stronger anti-aging facial – to help my skin boost collegen production over the week.  This also meant I’ve been babying my skin for a few days after with extra moisture to balance the redness and drying effects of the retinol.

3 days before the event (yesterday/Thursday) – I went for an obligatory waxing apt (I would not suggest first time waxing for any event, at least a month before try it out and see how your body reacts to the process) for me this is close enough to have smooth skin, and still far enough out to self tan before the big day.

Also 3 days before the event I did a deep conditioning  hair treatment – this will give me enough time to wash my hair one more time ( the treatment leaves my hair beautiful, but limp) and have 2nd day hair for the wedding, perfect for styling for the big day.

2 days before the event – although not listed, we’re all going in for a mani/pedi – but that is part of my monthly maintenance – lol.

One day before the event -(tomorrow/Saturday) apply self tanner (again I would not suggest this for a first timer and please use a brand that you know and love) I love St. Tropez – they have a 1, 2, or 3 hour tanner that you wash off in that time frame and you don’t smell like nasty tanner.  I use it once a week in the summer and have a great glow.

The day of the event (Sunday) – I picked up a gold mask to help tighten and brighten everything up for the big day.  I have not used one before but I have used the brand and am hopeful on the results.

Again I know it sounds like a lot but with a little planning, it can easily be added in to prep for any big event, as a bonus you’ll have pampered yourself each day before the big event, and hopefully will look and feel great too!
XOXO – Sarah


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