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#HowTo Heal Dry Skin

November 19, 2014

We won’t be concocting crazy home remedies. I won’t be suggested you sit far away from your toasty fireplace, change your diet, exfoliate with food or smear honey on your face. Uh, no thanks. I will, however, suggest you spend $4.58 on this bottle of magic to heal your dry skin.

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It’s water based, which means it’s not thick or heavy. It’s unscented, meaning it won’t compete with your perfume. It’s available at your drugstore. Hello convenient and inexpensive. And it’s DS approved. Stock up. Stock up now.

My skin is super dry. Who’s isn’t? I swam for 20 years and I only moisturized when my skin felt dry. Palm to face. Cut to me at 27 with wrinkles and exceptionally dry skins. That’s not cute on anyone. So when I heard my forever-favorite, Vaseline, launched a new lotion I knocked 5 bottles into my CVS basket and called it a day. Real life, I couldn’t even wait for IZEA to send this Vaseline kit to review the product. That’s how much of a Vaseline freak I am. I have this little guy in my purse, this tub on my desk at work, this can in my car, this bottle in my bathroom, and this bottle on my nightstand.

So what makes this particular lotion different? Well, quite frankly it’s magic. It’s clinically proven to heal dry skin in 5 days and your skin feels quenched immediately. Now, I know everyone is different and people prefer different types of lotions but if you prefer a light, water-based, unscented lotion like this girl, then this is the bottle for you.

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You know that feeling you get when you find a really great roduct that actually does what it says it’s going to do and it’s not like… $100? That feeling is victory, my friends. And how does a victor celebrate? By hoarding.

Vaseline has been healing scaly legs and soothing cracked heels since the dawn of time. Alright, maybe not the dawn of time but it’s been around since I was putting it on my shoulders to keep my racing suit from rubbing. Meet suits were always smaller than practice suits. Genius? No. Effective? Yes. Painful? Holy hell. I digress. Vaseline has. been. around. and while I’m sure effective marketing can be attributed to their success, they’re still around because their product is effective. And perhaps most importantly, can be found at any drugstore.

I’ve had the Vaseline petroleum jelly in my swim bag since I was 10. I flew like lightning to Giant that summer I heard rumors on the pool deck about that aloe lotion that had just hit the shelves. And now I’ve got this stashed in every bucket, basket, and tote bag in my apartment. I was charged with the 5-day challenge and knew my skin would be transformed in those 5 days.

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The best part? I feel better. My skin is quenched and I don’t feel inconvenienced by spending those extra 30 minutes moisturizing. And honestly, if I can get all that out of one product? I’m in.


This post is brought to you by Vaseline via IZEA. All opinions are my own.


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#HowTo Curl Your Hair with a Straightener

November 18, 2014

This long overdue tutorial is brought to you by my super short ‘do that I’m still trying to figure out and my constant need for beachy waves. It might be November but it’s always a great time to perfect an easy new look.

Let’s get started, shall we?

What you’ll need:

(hair clips / straightener / curling wand to cheat with / blow dryer / heat protectant / thickening spray / root lifter / sea salt spray link can be found below)

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pre-order my favorite John Frieda Beach Blonde Beach Waves sea salt spray here

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The main difference between using a straightener for curls instead of a curling iron or wand? That unkempt look. It’s the difference between this (straightener) and this (curling wand) or this (curling wand, day 2).

After we snapped these shots, I realized this might be easier taught via a video tutorial. That magical moment will be headed your way shortly. Questions? Comments? Concerns? My eyes were not damaged in the making of this tutorial. OK, well maybe a little…


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An Updo For The Office In Under 5 Minutes

October 16, 2014

Let’s get the obvious out of the way: This hairstyle is super easy. It’s cute enough to be worn like… twice in one week. It’s sah cute that it could also be worn on weekends. You’ll need to invest in 7000 bobby pins. And the lighting in my bathroom with no windows is awful. (Upon further review, images have been edited in b&w. If you saw the originals on Thursday, you know why) Now, let’s get to work.


What you’ll need:


1. Brush out Day 1 curls/ waves/ bedhead. Spritz dry shampoo an inch from your roots and an other areas that look extra “Day 2″. Spray a little Oribe for additional texture.

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2. Loosely twist hair back in 2 inch sections. Secure with bobby pins at the ‘low ponytail’ area.

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3. Continue Step 2 until all hair is pinned back.

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4. Twist and tuck in loose ends.

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5. Secure ‘do with hairspray. I’ll never stray from this stuff.

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