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Tape In Hair Extensions: Why I’ll Never Do It Again

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I just want to start by saying this is just my opinion. I’m sure other people have different experiences with tape-in extensions. My experience however was not great.

The girl that did my extensions was wonderful, the quality of the extensions were great, I just didn’t love them. When they were installed they still had a thin coat on them that made them smooth and shiny. The colour and cut matched wonderfully and I loved them.

When I showered a couple times the coating came off (like she told me it would) and I found I didn’t like the texture quite as much and the colour was now slightly different than the rest of my hair colour.

I only had them installed to have longer, fuller hair for my wedding and it certainly did it’s job. But after that I started to get frustrated with the upkeep. Every night after I showered (with special sulfate-free shampoo) I had to completely blow dry my hair (which takes f-o-r-e-v-e-r with this amount of hair), and braid it loosly to keep it from tangling. And oh the tangling! I found the extensions tangled with my natural hair during my day to day and caused me to have to spend a lot of time detangling it at night.

While honeymooning in Mexico I actually pulled an extension out trying to gently detangle my hair. You aren’t supposed to get the bonds wet because if water gets in between them they will separate. That’s very hard while on vacation and I came out of the pool with one of the pieces of tape sticking out. In Mexico I had begun getting frustrated with them because every time I got out of the pool I’d have to run back to the room to try and blow dry my hair. If I showered after we were done in the pool for the day I’d have to blow dry it again. The sun also lightened my natural hair so the extensions were starting to become very noticeable.

When I got home from Mexico I decided I didn’t want to pay a salon to take the extensions out because at this point three were already and a couple of them were hanging on by threads. I googled a few options and saw Moroccon oil would break the bonds. It took about half an hour but I managed to get them all out. There was a ton of glue residue in my hair afterwards however. I went to Sally’s Beauty Supply and bought something that was supposed to remove the glue. It did help a little but didn’t take it out like I hoped it would. I had these giant mats of glue and hair in my scalp that were so awful and impossible to get out.

It’s been about a month since then and I still have a little residue in my hair. It’s pretty much all gone now though. I don’t think I would get tape in extensions again. Clip-ins just make so much more sense for my lifestyle (read: I’m lazy) because they come out at night, can be washed separately and don’t have to be constantly blow dried. So it may work for some of you, if you’re okay with all the upkeep, but I just thought I’d make you aware of how much work they really are!

 

xoxo

Sarah

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Summer Hair Trend Alert: Bayalage

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Ok ok, I know this isn’t a new trend…but it’s making some waves again now that the temperature’s starting to change. This is honestly my favourite look for spring/summer when everyone wants to lighten their hair again.

In case you haven’t heard of bayalage before it’s similar to an ombre look but the hair stylist paints sections of your hair and blends it in. This is a lot more natural than ombre because it looks like the sun did it on its own. This looks great with all hair colours as you can do a nice blend of lights and darks. It looks great with both straight and curly hair as it catches in the light and gives you a naturally summery look.

I am getting my hair done this week and will be dipping into the bayalage look (again…) but this time I’ll be going more blonde near the bottom. I’m pretty excited!

What do you guys think of this hair trend? Would you try it?

xoxo

Sarah

Beauty, Fashion

Coachella: Fave Looks (So Far)

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It’s Coachella! The time where celebrities get all boho and fashion trends are born. I know it just started but I’ve already seen these great outfits above that I love. These girls are beautiful! I’m excited to adapt some of these looks into my every day life. I’ve seen a similar piece at Forever 21 that Sara Sapaio is wearing and now I’m kicking myself for not getting it!

Which outfit is your favourite?

xoxo
Sarah

**These images don’t belong to me in any way. They were found around the internet**

Beauty, Reviews

5 Drug Store Hair Products

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Hey guys! People have been asking me how I’ve been managing to grow my hair so much in the last little while. I honestly believe it’s because of the products I’ve been using! These are just from the local drugs store, which is awesome because they’re so affordable!

 

Batiste Dry Shampoo

This is one of my favourite dry shampoos because a little goes a long way. You only need to spray in the smallest amount and brush it through and you can get away with not washing your hair that day. I’ve been trying to not wash my hair every day, but with an oily scalp it’s difficult. This product has been a life saver!

Tangler Teeezer

This brush is amazing! You can use it on wet hair and it gets out any pesky knots. It’s really gentle and doesn’t rip out my hair like other brushes tend to do!

Pantene Smooth Heat Protection Spray

The most important thing for your hair is to protect it against the heat. I’ve been trying not to use as much heat on it, but those days I need to I always put this in first. It makes your hair super smooth and stops the heat from frying the ends. I notice my hairs a lot less dry when I use it as well!

OGX Argan Oil of Morocco

This stuff is a miracle! I put it in the ends of my hair every day to smooth flyaways and get rid of the dryness. The ends of my hair are always so dry and this helps more than anything. Just make sure you only use a little bit and stay away from your roots or it will get too oily!

Pantene Dry Defy Hydrating Hair Treatment

This is another product I love putting in the ends of my hair. I’m not joking when I say I have the driest hair of all time. I put this in right after I shower and I notice a huge different when I let my hair air dry. It’s a lot smoother and shinier!

 

Anyway those are my favourite products at the moment and what I use in my routine! Let me know if you want to try any of these or have any miracle products of your own!

xoxo Sarah

Beauty, Fashion, Uncategorised

WCW: My Favourite Bloggers

It’s “Women Crush Wednesday” and as someone who believes in building other women up I love this concept! Today I thought I would focus on other fashion/beauty bloggers that I love. These ladies know their stuff and are beautiful inside and out! I’m sure you’ve come across their stuff before but in case you haven’t, please read on!

Barefoot Blonde – Amber Fillerup

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Barefoot Blonde was one of the first fashion blogs I came across and I watched her build from nothing to the instagram superstar she is today! Not only does she have an adorable family, but she’s a good source of fashion and hair inspiration. I mean, can we talk about her braids?!

 

Maskcara – Cara Brook

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I love Cara. I feel like if we knew each other in real life we’d be great friends. She is the best resource for everything you need to know about makeup. Dark circles? Contouring? Need a new foundation? She’s got you covered! And it’s a huge plus that she’s hilarious!

 

Pink Peonies – Rach Parcell

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This girl’s got style! I love Pink Peonies because her style is so classic and beautiful. She also posts a lot of great lifestyle tips that are always amazing…and her shoe closet is one to envy for sure!

 

Aspyn Ovard

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I just came across Aspyn’s blog recently, but it’s fantastic. She’s super adorable and her vlog tutorials are wonderful and super easy to follow. I also have to say I am completely envious of her travels with her husband, Parker.

 

That’s it for now! What do you guys think? Do you love any blogs I should check out?

xoxo

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Review: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

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Last weekend I stopped by Sephora armed with a gift card from Christmas I had been saving. It’s no secret I read a lot of make up reviews and tutorials so I had a few products in mind I wanted to try. Number one on my list was Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick because I have heard so many good things about it.

I was slightly disappointed by the selection my local Sephora had on hand because Stila has so many colours and I only had four to choose from. I decided on “Amalfi” which is a bright coral pink. The colour is a little intimidating in the tube because it’s super vibrant. I’m not usually a vibrant lipstick kind of person, but with spring coming I wanted to give it a try!

So I’m not going to lie, it took me a couple tried to figure out how to apply this product properly. The first time I slathered it on and smudged it as it was drying. This made it hard to get off my actual face and the lipstick looked uneven.

The best way to apply it is to put on a lip balm first (I like EOS), give it a couple seconds to sink in and then apply a small amount of lipstick to the center of your bottom lip and rub them together. This should distribute the product evenly though you will likely have to blend from the center outwards to the corners of your lips. I also found applying a lipliner after the lipstick really cleans up the overall look.

I’ve tested this lipstick for a few days now while I’m at work for 8 hours. Stila claims it will last for 6 hours and I would agree with that. It holds up fairly well against eating and drinking (which is super impressive), but by the end of the day I usually have a sort of ombre thing going on in which it’s faded from where my lips meet but still looks okay towards the edge of my lips. I’m not upset about this as a quick swipe of moisturizer blends it and allows you to look normal until you can reapply or remove it. I’d say this is an amazing lipstick for going out as you’ll be sure to look great all night.

Overall this is the most impressed I’ve been with a lipstick that claims to “stay all day” most of them only last a couple hours at most. If you’re looking into this I’d suggest ordering online if you don’t see a colour you like in store.

Thanks for reading,

xoxo, Sarah

Beauty, Reviews

Review: Biore Voxbox

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Hey guys! So I’m jumping around a little here. Moving from mostly travel posts to a beauty one!

I was lucky enough to receive a voxbox in the mail curiosity of Influenser for me to try and review. This box featured the new baking soda cleanser and exfoliant from Biore!

I have been using the cleanser every day in the shower as part of my evening routine and the exfoliant once a week. The cleanser exfoliants very gently because of the baking soda and it dissolves quickly. This is much better than a cleanser with microbeads that don’t dissolve for a long time and are rough on the skin.

The exfoliant is also very gentle and my skin felt super soft and clean after every use. This is for sure a product I would incorporate into my routine and will be buying again! Thanks Biore!

And thank you for reading!

xoxo,

Sarah

 

Disclaimer: these products were given to me free of charge to test and review. I promise this is my honest opinion.