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1. I Love You Dishes- $12.50 (Crate and Barrel) 
2. Heart Lock and Key Bangle Bracelet- $93.75 (Blue Nile)
3. Cute Knitted Jumper With Contrast Color Heart- $30 (Choies)
4. Heart of Heart Socks- $2.50 (Forever 21)
5. Room Essentials Patterned Lips Ceramic Coffee Mug- $4.99 for 2 (Target)
6. Lolita Velvet Shades- $10 (Nasty Gal)
7. Coach Cosmetic Case 19 in Heart Print Leather- $85 (Macy’s)


SleekHair OC Beauty Inspo

“Gorgeous hair is the best revenge.” – Ivanka Trump


I had the pleasure of attending SleekHair‘s OC Beauty Inspo in November. Not only did I meet a wide variety of talented Orange County bloggers and gorgeous fashionistas, I also was introduced to several wonderful hair care, makeup, beauty, and fashion companies. I’ve always loved supporting local businesses (Small Business Saturday, anyone?), so having this wide array of talent in what was virtually my backyard was quite a treat. The entire event was well-coordinated from the open wine bar (helllloo!) to the food trucks to the free stylish tattoos. All attendees who RSVP’d received a gift bag filled to the brim with the hottest hair care products, make up samples, and skin care remedies. I was thrilled to try so many different products from some fantastic companies. I love that more companies are including more health-conscious items; it makes a world of difference when you use wholesome products that aren’t harmful on your body or the environment.

Here’s a review of my favorite VIP swag bag items. Be sure to check out my full review & other great resources at SleekHair’s Tumblr account.

KMS California Makeover Spray: Two different KMS California sprays were included in my bag, so I was keen on seeing the difference. The makeover spray absorbs oil, while giving volume. It works best on dry hair, so I used it before going out at night. I can’t tell you enough how much I appreciated the fact that my hair didn’t get chunky! I love light, crisp hair spray.

KMS Playable Texture: The KMS Playable Texture spray quickly became a valuable part of my night time regime. As a nighttime bather, I go to bed with my hair wet. I love my beachy waves/curls, so I try not to use anything that straightens my hair. I sprayed the texture onto my wet hair, and was off to bed. I woke up with beachy hair that looked like I had just taken a trip down to Newport! It was light, airy, and smelled heavenly. It can also be used on dry hair, so needless to say, I’ll be busting this out for my next updo.

Manna Sheer Glo: I thought this gorgeous tube was lip balm at first! Luckily I read the label and realized it was shine lotion. I’ve found that many eye shadows are too chunky on me, so I use this on top of my eyelid all the way to the bottom of my eyebrow line. It gives the perfect, light shine that matched my skin incredibly well. I can’t go a day without this beauty.

Xtend Keratin Magic Potion: I’ve used the Xtend Keratin Magic Potion before on the ends of my hair and loved it! It was thin, so I didn’t have to worry about clumps.  My hair felt healthier, shinier, and smoother. I recommend using it on slightly damp hair and massaging it into your roots and the end of your hair.

China Glaze in Orange Knockout: I went through essentially every shade of orange and pink this summer, and Orange Knockout was one of my favorites. I was so excited when I got my own bottle to take home.  It’s a little too bright for winter months, but it’d be fun to pair with a metallic gold or silver on the index finger, which reminds me of pumpkin pie. I can’t wait to bust this color out in spring, especially because China Glaze is such good quality.

Toji Pure Density Hair Nutrition tablets: I haven’t had a chance to try these tablets out as I don’t want to mix supplements, but these are jam-packed with tons of goodies like Vitamin C, Vitamin B, Vitamin B6.  There are more than 34 ingredients in it that aim to help make your hair longer, stronger, and thicker. I struggle with split ends, so I can’t wait to give this a try.

Evolv H: Ultra Shine Moisture Conditioner: This was one of my favorite products from the day! Not only is it gluten free, but it’s vegan as well. The packaging says “less is more”, but I’ll be honest: I took that warning lightly as I have thick, long hair. I wanted to keep my curls together and free from morning frizz, so I washed with just cold water, de-tangled the knots, and applied the conditioner only. I woke up without frizz and tangles, plus my hair was so soft. I can’t recommend this one enough!

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Did you attend the Beauty Inspo? What was your favorite product from the event? Let me know below!

Fall Fashion: Grunge Meets Chic


It’s beginning to cool down in California, which means it’s time to whip out the chunky sweaters and plaid scarves. Add more depth to your outfits by layering your outfits and mixing various fabrics, such as silk and leather.




Mix a solid colored, wool sweater with tapered, slick leather pants to strike the perfect balance between comfort and chic. Embellish with slight jewels on a beanie or hat to give it an extra feminine touch. And for shoes? You can’t go wrong with solid Converse. They match practically everything and they’re so comfortable! Top off your nails with a metallic matte color that will catch the autumn sun just right. And don’t forget to keep your iPhone safe with an adorable marble-print case.

Grunge Meets Chic: Fall Fashion UnderTheSticks.Net

1) Red Bobble Stitch Jumper (NewLook)-$32

2) Grey Marl Embellished Beanie Hat (River Island)- $30

3) Lara Faux Leather Legging (Abercrombie & Fitch)-$39

4) Marble iPhone Case (Free People)-$28

5) Chuck Taylor Hi-Top Canvas in Black Monochrome (Converse)-$55

6) Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Polish in “Ripley” (Sephora)- $10

Back to School Essentials

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If you’re anything like me, “Back to School” is one of the best times of the year! What’s better than brand new pens, notebooks, and agendas? Now that I’ve graduated from college, I don’t exactly get the adrenaline rush of school supply shopping. But, I’m able to transfer that energy over to shopping around for new hair and beauty products that will keep me shiny and healthy all year. I partnered with the wonderful team at SleekHair to not only review some incredible products, but to also give my readers a chance to win a prize pack!

Pure NV BKT Humidity Defense Spray ($4.99)Five Stars UnderTheSticks.Net
It’s been unbelievably hot here in California the past couple weeks. While the rest of the country is getting ready for fall, we’re still basking in the bright, hot sun of summer. It’s vital to take care of your hair in the humidity and prevent it from being damaged. The humidity spray smelled incredible and stopped my hair from frizzing. It didn’t enhance curls, but made my hair feel smooth; I felt like I just came from the beach! I highly recommend a few spritz across your hair before you step out in the heat.

Simply Smooth Xtend Keratin Repairative Magic Potion ($4.99)Four Stars UnderTheSticks.Net
The magic potion is a great multi-functional product! My hair is long, thick, and marches to its own beat. I’ve had my fair share of frizzy hair, fly away strands, and unfortunately, split ends. I could tell right away that my hair looked much healthier at the tips, which is always a good sign.

100% Pure Lavender SeaFoam Facial Cleanser ($19)Four Stars UnderTheSticks.Net
I was taught the importance of cleaning your face thoroughly at a very young age. No matter how tired you are, it’s important to take your makeup off to make sure you don’t cause skin irritations, acne, or rashes. It’s equally important to make sure that the products you’re scrubbing your face with are pure and natural. Harmful chemicals can really irk your skin, so be sure to pay attention to the ingredients list. I loved that the ingredients were vegan, gluten free, and all natural. I docked a ranking off as it didn’t have any instructions on how to use it. I wasn’t sure whether to use it like normal cleanser, let it sit and harden for a bit, or wash it off right away.

100% Pure Lip & Cheek Tint in SugarPlum ($17)Four Stars UnderTheSticks.Net

I’ve never been much of a lipstick wearer, and tend to gravitate towards lip balm and chap stick to give me the small pop of color or shine my face needs. I loved Sugarplum’s color because it wasn’t too overwhelming; its pinkish-purple hue was subtle, but complimented my darker skin very well. It didn’t last as long as I wanted to, so I took away one point. It was easy to hold, apply, and can be thrown in my purse or makeup bag for on-the-go touch ups!

Macadamia Natural Oil Refining Curl Cream ($15.89):Five Stars UnderTheSticks.Net
I used to despise my curls when I was in junior high and high school. I’d straighten my hair every day and throw it up in a ponytail. Not only was it a waste of energy, but it was so harmful to my hair! I rarely straighten my hair now, and have truly come to embrace my beachy waves/curls. My hair quality/curly factor really depends on the day, but sometimes I really need my curls enhanced. The Macadamia Oil smelled divine. The first day I wore it, I had four separate people tell me it smelled great! I massaged it into my damp hair after a shower and I woke up with pretty curls that didn’t have flyaways or any frizz.

What are YOUR favorite beauty items this fall? Let me know in the comments below!


Fall 2014 Nail Polish Must-Haves

Nail polish is a simple, but effective, way to bring your own sense of style to your outfits. As summer begins to fade away, fall is ready for you to grab it by the reins and make a fashion statement.  Don’t limit yourself to plain purples or reds…talk about boring! It’s time to liven up your nails with dark hues of blue, green, and even throw in some metallic and subtle glitter! Think of colors that complement the fall leaves and foliage (maroon, burgundy, mustard, deep orange, green)  and incorporate them into your nails and outfits. Many of these are safe for the work environment, so you’ll have no excuse to enjoy them on your pretty lil’ fingers.

Finding a quality nail polish is always a struggle. I recommend researching brands before purchasing them to ensure you won’t end up with water-like polish from the drugstore. Invest in good polish that will last you several wears, because well-kept nails (just like eyebrows) are simple nuances that show you keep yourself clean and well-groomed.

Fall 2014 Nail Polish Must-Haves UnderTheSticks.Net

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Summer Favorites Under $70



Children are heading back to school, the beach is getting less crowded, and my skin is finally turning back to its normal shade. It must mean summer is finally wrapping up. With another successful season under my belt, I decided to share with you my summer favorites . They’re all under $70, so be sure to treat yo’self!

Athleta Coverup in Sour Apple (Gap)  $24.99

Sometimes, the least amount of clothing is the best. Until, of course, you go out in public! This sour apple cover up is not only bright and cheery, but will also keep you dry and appropriate to go out after the beach.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen (Walgreen’s) $11.49 

Take care of your skin, because you’re literally bound to it for the rest of your life. As a chronic sweater (oops, did I say that out loud…), I need a sunscreen that will stay put and do its job. This is the only sunscreen I use when I go outdoors because its gentle enough to keep my skin free from breakouts and dryness, but strong enough to protect me from the sun’s harmful rays. I apply once every hour just to make sure I’m always covered! Don’t forget to apply at least fifteen minutes before sun exposure!

Argan Oil of Morroco Body Wash (Target) $6.49

The sun can dry you up quicker than a prune! Be sure to keep your body hydrated with argan oil. It’s high in Vitamin E, which means your skin will stay moisturized for longer. Plus, it smells delicious.

  Osprey Luxe Beach Towel in Cobalt and Green design by Sunny Life (BurkeDecor) $69

The gorgeous contrast of cobalt and green is perfect for making a statement in the sand. I’ve always been a fan of loud prints, and this one sure caught my eye.

Aladdin Mason Jar (AllModern) $18.46

Everything tastes better in a mason jar, even water! I fill my mason jar with everything from chai tea to juice to water infused with fruits. The built in handle makes it easy to hold, while the straw simply makes sippin’ easier.

Optimist Yellow Nail Polish (Debenhams) $16

I always use summer as an excuse to bring out the bright tones, especially when it comes to my nails. This sunny color is a perfect shade to add a pop to your nails while keeping things fun and flirty.
Perfect Bar (Shop Perfect Bar) 8/$24

These bars couldn’t have a better fitting name…they truly ARE perfect.  With a consistency similar to cookies that melt in your mouth, it’s pleasantly surprising that they’re jam-packed with super foods and tons of healthy additions. Without any exaggeration whatsoever, these taste like pure Heaven in my mouth. They’re great before workouts, trips to the beach, or even on the side of a protein shake. My favorites are Almond Butter & Peanut Butter! And did I mention they’re a local company? It’s just perfect.

#GirlBoss by Sophia Amorusa (Amazon) $16.17

One of my favorite books, #GirlBoss is sure to inspire you to throw your excuses out the door, follow your dreams, and make a name for yourself. It’s an easy read that’s filled with great advice on being a #GirlBoss. Can I get an amen for girl power?

What were your must-have items this summer? Let me know below!