Happy September Loves! So, today I want to share my new favorite volumizing hair products. I am in no way a hair guru. If anything, I’m the girl wearing mink lashes and a mom ponytail. Rather than just accepting the fact that I am stuck with flat thin hair, I have been trying new things in hopes that one day I will have good hair.
Here is a roundup of some products and tools that have given my sad hair hope!
My hair is very fine and pretty thin. The key is using very lightweight products.
Volumizing shampoo and conditioner is a must. I shampoo twice and only apply conditioner from the nape of my neck to the ends to avoid any unnecessary weight on my limp locks. The lemongrass shampoo and conditioner from MOP is a recent fave of mine. The brand is cruelty free which I love! I also adore the modern packaging and happy yellow label. I’ve been using this stuff for about two months and haven’t even used half of it, so a little bit goes a long way!
For the past month, I’ve been spraying a volumizing product on my roots and have definitely noticed the difference. This one by Abba is lightweight and smells clean (not perfume-y). I also like the thickening spray by Bumble and Bumble. Sometimes Sephora has it as an option to choose from as a deluxe sample.
A round brush is always needed to straighten my wavy hair. I swear, I’ve tried them all. Ceramic, ionic, wide barrel, narrow barrel, you name it, I’ve used it. I’ve thrown away a ton of money just to find what works.
This one by Centrix that Cricket sent me is different from any round brush I’ve tried. The end of the barrel can twist open to allow air from the blow dryer to flow through and increase volume for hair like mine. When it’s closed, the barrel heats up and acts like a curling iron which works best on thick or course hair that needs more heat to style. It’s affordable too (under $25). * Tip: Dry your hair with the barrel open then finish with it closed to lock in the style.
When you just don’t have time to wash & blowdry, spray your roots with some dry shampoo and gently back comb with a teasing brush. I like this one from Cricket (under $5 at Ulta) . It combines boar and nylon bristles to create various degrees of volume. I use this on the crown of my head and smooth over the top. If the dry shampoo isn’t cutting it, this brush does double duty by making your slicked back ponytail bump free.
Some (not all) of the products above were sent to me to test out (a few didn’t make the cut). I was not paid to write this post.
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I am basically in a relationship with chocolate. It’s pretty serious. Like, long term serious.
I consider myself a decent baker, but never would have attempted to bake a chocolate lava cake on my own. While, yea it’s on just about every restaurant menu, it was always one of those recipes that I’d figured I’d leave to the pros. Baking a lava cake from scratch just seemed so complicated. How to you get the outside cooked and what exactly is in the magic middle? There must be a million obscure ingredients and special gadgets needed to recreate. At the very least I assumed that the measuring had to be exact or it would end up an epic fail. No thanks. Not for me…
Last year, I partnered up with Red Velvet NYC and reviewed their Nutella cupcake kit (read that here). Long story short, the company sends pre-measured gourmet ingredients and no-fail instructions (with photos and tips!) all in a pretty box that gets delivered to your front door. I wish I thought of the idea myself. It’s been a year since discovering the brand and I am still in love with the whole concept. The pricing is super affordable too (and who doesn’t love that?!). I actually purchased a few kits myself and had rave reviews.
Red Velvet sent me a lava cake baking kit to test out. The folks at Red Velvet labeled this recipe as “intermediate” but since everything was measured out for me and the directions were so clear, I’d deem it “easy”.
I mixed up my ingredients (and sampled the super dark chocolate) then popped the ramekins in the oven.
Thankfully, I buttered and floured the heck out of these things. The little cakes slid right out of the ramekin and onto the plate. If they got stuck in the dish, I may have cried. I obnoxiously added a ton of powdered sugar on top because #YOLO.
I posted the tada moment video on SnapChat (Follow me @FSLsnap). Slow motion obviously.
This was better than any lava cake I’ve eaten at a restaurant. It was not as sweet as those. The intense chocolate flavor makes this a must make if you’re a chocoholic. For $20, Red Velvet ships you gourmet ingredients (all pre-measured) and you end up with four of the most delish decadent desserts (that you baked yourself). I’d recommend getting one of these kits for that dinner party you’ve been dying to throw or Valentine’s Day dessert. They also make the cutest gift sets that not only come with the ingredients and directions, but they even ship you the tools!
You might not know who Jamie Lewis is (yet) but her brand is about to explode! She is the girl boss behind the band new indie line JLEW Bags, also known as #bagswithasilverlining 😉 . Jamie is not your typical bag designer, she has an MBA from Columbia, went to FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) and can be found in a boxing gym breaking a sweat. In other words, she is a bad-ass woman that just oozes girl power. It’s no wonder why the brand’s other hashtag is #GirlsWithGuts.
This brand is her passion project and you can tell in every single detail of each bag. The materials are sourced almost entirely in the USA and are made right in New York City. Jamie has her hands in every detail of the company from design to fabrication to public relations -she is the heart and soul of it all. Lewis came up with the concept for her design from lugging around multiple bags going from business meetings to the boxing gym. There simply wasn’t anything big enough or fashionable enough to do double duty. So she created her own. Her D-I-Y attitude combined with infectious enthusiasm and attention to detail makes me think of Jamie Lewis (JLEW) as a kindred spirit . This girl is definitely not afraid to get her hands dirty.
The company is a sponsor of the US Women’s Olympian boxer Mikaela Mayer which is pretty cool. JLEW even designed a special edition roll top bag inspired by Mayer. Um, even cooler. I love when women build each other up and support one another. There’s something very empowering about it.
While the company launched just nine months ago, industry insiders have taken note already. Glamour Magazine, Women’s Wear Daily and TMZ just to name a few. This post was really supposed to be just a product review but I had to share the back story about this brand. It’s just too good.
The bags are said to be contemporary lifestyle bags that deliver form and function throughout the busy woman’s day. My favorite style is the triangle top tote which looks like this on their website and comes in a variety of colors.
Of course, a snapshot of my day does look anywhere near as glam as the lady in the photo (we are #TeamNoSleep thanks our teething toddler who shall remain nameless). That doesn’t mean I should be juggling various bags that serve various purposes (purse, diaper bag etc). I can’t tell you how many things I’ve forgotten or lost while transferring all of my things from one bag to the next throughout the day. One bag that does it all is a big promise, so I put the triangle top tote to the test to report back to you guys.
For one full week, I only used this bag.
Here are the highlights and the deets on what was inside my bag.
Early morning sweat sesh:
Large water bottle, bag of protein powder and shaker, post workout snack, hand towel, headphones, change of clothes, change of shoes, notebook, pen, phone, wallet, hair ties, keys, makeup bag. I still had lots of room. Tons of compartments made it easy to stay organized. I could have easily fit more if I needed to.
Preschool drop off (with toddler in tow):
Max’s lunchbox, changing pad, a couple of diapers, wipes, a bag of goldfish crackers, phone, sunblock, water bottle, small toy, keys, wallet, makeup bag. I can’t tell you how many mothers and teachers stopped me to ask about this bag. It really is a great teacher bag. I can’t wait to use it for this upcoming school year.
Girls’ day by the pool:
Towel, sunblock, water bottle, flip flops, sunglasses, a bottle of savignon blanc (oops!), corkscrew, bathing suit, sarong, wallet, phone, keys, makeup bag, phone charger, small blue tooth speaker. This bag definitely was a topic of conversation between the ladies.
Overnight anniversary getaway:
LBD, black heels, nude heels, jeans, top, pjs, bathing suit, sarong, clothes for the next day, straightening iron, curling iron, brush, hairspray, self tanner, toiletry bag, toothbrush, phone charger, jewelry, wallet, makeup bag, keys, phone. This actually blew my mind. I over-packed because I can never commit to an outfit (a little black dress with black heels or olive crop top, jeans and nude heels?) or a hairstyle (straight or curly?). This bag allowed me bring a few options. Let me live lol!
Grocery list, pen, coupons, small packages to mail out, 18 small party favors, diaper, wipes, changing pad, phone, wallet, Dante’s juice cup, a dozen blush roses, makeup bag, wallet, keys, phone. I was running around the day of a get together I was throwing at my house. From getting a blowout to picking up the kids, buying favors, food shopping, stopping at a flower shop and post office this tote let me do it all without having to change bags.
Business Lunch In The City:
Laptop, charger, flats, blister block, wallet, phone charger, makeup bag, water bottle, sweater, notebook, pen, 2 cupcakes from Magnolias 😉 . I carried all of these things around NYC and was so impressed at how comfortable it was considering the heavier items I shoved into it. It is definitely a big bag but never felt cumbersome. The large pockets inside kept my phone and wallet in their place so I wasn’t rummaging through it while trying to pay cab fare.
So obviously, this tote delivered. I crammed my day into it and nobody would ever know. Throughout my day to day activities, it always fit my essentials, no matter how ridiculous those “essentials” were (wine or two head to toe outfits). I looked sleek and stylish the whole time. The triangle top tote is really two bags in one. A girl needs options ya know?
The design is sleek and simple but the attention to detail is anything but minimal. Upon opening the box that the purse came in, I found a handwritten note from the designer herself.
The leather is super soft, and the handles are reinforced. There are two huge elasticized pockets and smaller pockets for phone, keys, wallet, etc. I discovered this chapstick inside the inside zipper pocket.
There is an exterior zipper compartment as well (read about their zipper philosophy here, yes really). My favorite feature is the clasp closure. Totes usually remain open but when this baby is folded up, you can clasp it shut so your things are more secured.
Did I mention this tassel and boxing clove charm detail? SO cute. You can even clip it on your keys if fashion key chains are your thing.
And let’s not forget about that silver lining 🙂
I was sent this bag to review, but not otherwise paid to write this. All opinions are my own. For more about this rad new brand or to be the first chick in your circle to own a JLEW check out their website here.