I had the pleasure of working with an amazing team for this stunning editorial recently. The most amazing part of this whole shoot was that the dresses the the model has on are actually not dresses. They are one long piece of luxurious fabric, strategically pinned to look like a dress. The designer is a clothing designer and tailor by the name of Alice Bee. I was stunned at a roll of fabric could turn into a couture gown right before my eyes. Gorgeous!
I’ll admit it, I do love the burn of a good workout, or that achey soreness the day after a leg day, but there’s also nothing like sleeping in, and binge watching my latest Netflix show.
I am not a fitness girl. It takes a lot of motivation to get me to workout, I will whine and come up with every excuse in the book to get out of it. However when I actually go, I feel invigorated, energized, refreshed, and I swear I’ll be doing it everyday.
What I am is, a social fitness girl. I love a good group bootcamp class, or a new trending workout with a group of girlfriends. Pure Barre, TRX, Bootcamp, Orange Theory, Ignite 360, Crossfit, Flying Yoga. You name it, I’ll try it.
I also love doing things outdoors that burn calories, but don’t necessarily feel like a workout. Hiking and walking the beach to name a few.
With this being my first Fitness blog, I am here to try and change that. Follow my lazy girl journey into, the fit girl life.
Being a Florida girl I am naturally obsessed with all things beach, and of course mermaids. They always have the best sea salt infused, undone beach waves with just the right amount of messiness. Here is what I have found to be the easiest way to get perfect mermaid hair!
Step 1: Prep clean hair with a beach spray/salt spray to give the hair some “grit”. This will mimic the natural texture that you achieve after a day in the ocean, and will help super silky strands actually hold. I love to use NYM Sea Salt Spray. After you have applied the product evenly, (don’t soak the hair, just enough to make it damp) rough blow dry your strands until bone dry.
Step 2: Section the hair. I love to do a middle part when I do mermaid waves, adding the the bohemian-like feel. I clip up the entire crown section of my hair, then split that into two even sections.
Step 3: Using a 1 inch wand curling iron, I take chunks of hair and twist/wrap them around leaving the ends out. If you don’t have a wand just use a regular curling iron, and don’t use the clip. Release the curl and pull the end of the curl to stretch it out. This will loosen the curl and give you a perfect “un-done” wave. I like to do alternating directions as well (some away from the face, some curling towards the face) This technique will give you a more piece-y look.
Step 4: Flip the hair and run your fingers through from the roots to the ends to separate the curls.
Step 5: Use a finishing texturizing spray, my favorite is Oribe Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray, to give the waves texture and shine.
*PS! This stuff smells amazing! So much so that Oribe made a perfume because so many people liked it!
I would like to introduce you all to Kevyn Aucoin’s Sensual Skin Enhancer, the most amazing concealer/highlighter I have ever used. For all of you makeup obsessed out there, you already know that Kevyn is a makeup legend, and was basically the first Celebrity Makeup Artist. He was the favorite of the likes of Madonna, Cher, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss…to name a few, before his untimely death in 2002. As an aspiring makeup artist in middle school and high school his makeup books “Making Faces” and “Face Forward” were my bible. Before his death, he created his own beauty line, and Sensual Skin Enhancer has been a cult fave, and in every pro artists kit. Not only does it cover everything, it doesn’t budge, and you get so much out of one container. This can be used as a concealer, highlighter, contour, or thinned out with a moisturizer and be used as a foundation. The price is not cheap at $45, but iI’m telling you it’s worth it.
Want a little trick of the trade for concealer?
When applying concealer use a fluffy brush to apply such as MAC’s 224 or 286, this will help distribute the product more evenly. You can also spray your brush with a little Fix+ to thin out the concealer if needed.
Pick out a color that is SLIGHTLY lighter than your skin tone, and in a peachy/salmony undertone. This will brighten under the eye.
When applying the concealer/highlighter, place it in a triangle shape underneath the eye from the inside corner of your eye to the base of your nose, then connecting to the outside corner of your eye.
Because of the natural face shape, that part of the face naturally is concave, then dark circles, and puffiness add to the tired look. Placing the concealer like so will brighten that area up and it will almost look like a filler. It wakes up tired eyes and is like a mini face lift!
Although I have few Chanel products in my kit, I had to try the much buzzed about Soleil Tan De Chanel. After several trips to the Chanel counter I finally got my hands on the constantly sold out cream bronzer.
First of all I am a sucker for packaging and I must say Chanel does it well. The container is huge and not very kit friendly size wise. However I do appreciate that although the price is steep at $48 you get 30 grams of product.
Being a pretty tan person, (my color at MAC is NC42ish) I was disappointed that the bronzer did nothing for me. wah. I did observe that the texture was super smooth and velvety and had a nice smell to it.
So not for me, but I did use it for the first time today on some clients, and i LOVE it! I used it on fair to medium skin tones and the results were beautiful. Nice natural golden bronze look, not streaky, and did not get patchy. I applied it with a Crown duo fiber Stippling brush layered over airbrush. Here’s one of the clients i used it on!
So final thoughts: Great cream bronzer, not so good for darker skin tones. Beautiful packaging and also a great deal for the amount of product. I hope they make another color for us Tan girls!