Nuts for Coconut!

Hey Rockstars!

Have you ever heard of using coconut oil as a deep conditioning treatment for your hair (thanks Pinterest)?  After trying this out a few times, I must say that I am hooked!  Over the years, I’ve had bleach, multiple dye processes, and heat from hair tools used on my hair.  Coconut oil is probably my favorite hair treatment so far, and its popularity over the years has shown that it has many other uses as well as benefits.

I try to do this treatment once a week or every other week, but depending on how damaged your hair is, you can apply it to your hair 2-3 times a week.  Only apply it to your hair when it is dry or the oil won’t absorb into it and do the job.  You’ll need about 2 tablespoons of coconut oil (depending on the length of hair).  Microwave for about 30-45 seconds until the oil is fully melted.  Before applying, you may want to put a towel underneath since the oil tends to drip as you rub it in.  Once you’re ready, completely cover your hair with the oil and make sure to massage it into your scalp and through the ends for maximum results.  Comb it through to make sure everything is evenly covered.  Wrap it up in a shower cap and leave it on for an hour.  The longer you leave it in, the better the results.

After the treatment is done, wash the oil out as you would normally shampoo your hair.  You’ll need to wash it at least twice to get all of the oil out (I learned this the first time I tried it… so greasy!).  Once you hair is dry, you’ll notice a big difference in how soft it is!  Even if you do this only once a month, the deep conditioning will help repair split ends, moisturize overly damaged hair, and keep it feeling healthier.  Although coconut oil isn’t a magic product that will instantly make your hair grow, it does promote hair growth due to the effect it has on repairing split ends and preventing more breakage.  If you haven’t already, try it out and let me know what you think!

Until next time…

Your favorite Rockstar,

Jenna❤

 

 


Fall Lip Shades

Hey Rockstars!

Ok, so it’s been a while!  Maybe a little too long.  Seasons change and life gets busy as the holiday season approaches.  Anyway, although my favorite season is summer (yes, I’m still missing it!), I do love bringing out all of my dark lipsticks.  Smokey eyes and nudes lips are another one of my favorite trends, but I’ll get to that later in another post.

First of all, I’ve always been into bright colors for lips, eyes, you name it!   A couple of years ago, I saw the grungy punk collection at MAC, “Punk Couture”, and was intrigued to try it out.  I was almost a little scared to look in the mirror to see what it looked like since I’ve never tried a deep purple, almost black, lipstick.  Even though it was a little bit of a shock at first, I was surprised to say that I actually liked it on.  Ok, so maybe a dark blackish purple isn’t for everyone, but deep cranberries, reds, and even burgundy shades are more practical fall lip colors, and look great on everyone.  Some of my favorite shades this season are MAC’s Fashion Revival, a deep raspberry, Chili, a deep brown with a reddish-orange hue, and Instigator, a deep blackened plum.  I also love Stila’s Stay All Day liquid lipstick in Firey Red.  Pairing such a bold lip can be a little tough, since you don’t want to overdo your makeup.  The lip should be able to stand out on its own, and be the statement of your look.  Just like you would dress up a plain dress with a bold necklace, the rest of your makeup should be neutral or toned down depending on the shade you choose.  For me, I like to stick to warmer neutrals, with a little shimmer when I wear deep reds that have warmer undertones, like Chili.  Dark shades like Instigator, I use lighter cool toned eyeshadow and a slightly darker shade in the crease just to give it a little smokey dimension.

Let’s not forget about the nudes!  I love these shades because they can be worn year round and are great for toning down a smokey eye or a bold look.  In my opinion, the best lipstick shade to wear with a heavy smokey eye for a night out is a basic neutral lipstick shade like MAC’s Myth.  I sometimes pair it with a slightly darker liner like Ecetera or Nice N’ Spicy so it doesn’t blend into my skin too much and defines my lips a little more.  My go-to shades are usually Cherish, a muted beige with a peach undertone, Honeylove, a light beige with a rose undertone, and Kinda Sexy, a neutral pinky rose (my favorite!).  There are tons of nude lipsticks out there, but depending on the undertone, each varies a little from the next.

Here are some of my favorite shades of the season!

Until next time…

Your Favorite Rockstar,

Jenna❤

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Left to Right: Sin Styled in Sepia Chili Rebel Punk Couture Stone


Look Good, Feel Good: How eating clean makes you feel good physically and mentally

Hey Rockstars!

Ever hear the saying “Look Good, Feel Good, Do Good?”  You might have the “perfect” outfit, but aren’t feeling your best.  Most of us have been there before.  In order to help change your mentality and feel better about yourself, eating clean 80% of the time will boost your physical and mental health.  Eliminate those days of not feeling good in your awesome new outfit you just purchased because you’re feeling sluggish, bloated, whatever by incorporating clean eating into your lifestyle.  I know this isn’t my normal fashion or makeup post, but I wanted to share because recently, I’ve been trying out more clean eating recipes and have felt more energized.  You won’t even know the difference when you pair the right ingredients together.

Normally, I don’t have a lot of time to cook and that’s where meal prepping can be extremely beneficial when you want something good for you rather than takeout of fast food.  This morning, I had extra time and was able to whip up this French Toast Wrap.  It was so DELICIOUS!!  If you’re a French Toast lover like me, then you’d love this recipe.

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It’s not wrapped up, and was kind of hard to, but you can see the filling here.

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs (or 1 egg and 1 egg white)
  • 1 whole wheat tortilla or multi-grain Flat Out roll-up
  • 1 cup mixed berries (I used 1/2 banana and 1/2 cup blueberries)
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1 packet Truvia

Optional:

  • coconut shavings
  • chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans)
  • 1-2 tsp. reduced fat cream cheese, peanut butter, OR nutella

Directions:

Whisk together eggs, cinnamon, and truvia in a small shallow bowl.  Heat a large skillet on Medium and spray with Pam.  Dip both sides of the tortilla in the mixture and set aside the rest.  Cook each side for 2-4 minutes and set aside.  Cook the remainder of the egg mixture scrambled egg style.  Spread cream cheese, peanut butter, or nutella if desired on the inside of the wrap.  Top with eggs and fruit, wrap it, drizzle a little honey on top and enjoy!

Until next time…

Your favorite Rockstar,

Jenna❤


Cool Shadows for Bold Looks

Hey Rockstars!

Even though summer has come to an end for the most part, bold colors are still on trend for the fall.  No worries, you don’t have to retire your fun colors just yet!  One of my favorite brands, obviously, is MAC.  Last year they released Limited Edition eye shadows called “Electric Cool” and when I saw the new shades come out recently, of course I had to stock up on them because, yes, they are that AWESOME!

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So then what makes them “cool?”  Pigmented color?  Texture?  Versatility?  You got it!  These shadows are spongy in texture, go from a cream to powder finish, high frosted pigments, and are super blendable!  The best part is you can completely change the look depending on what other products you combine with them.  My go to is Pro- Longwear Paintpot in Painterly as a base, and using a flat brush, I pack the shadow on for a more intense look.  To really deepen the pigment and create a metallic finish, spray a little Fix Plus on your brush before dipping it into the product and then apply.  To add a little more depth, or create a smokey look, use a fluffy tapered brush to lightly add color into the outer corner of your eye.  If you’re really bold and want to go all out, try using the shadow as a liner under your waterline.  This is one of my favorite tricks to intensify any look for a night out on the town.  Of course these shadows can be worn a little more subtle too.  Some of the lighter shades like Photosphere, my personal favorite, Superwatt and Love Power are great for everyday wear for a little shimmer on the lid.

The shades I’ve used on the look below are Brilliantly Lit on the lid, Emerald Power in the outer crease, and Photosphere in the inner corner, which is blended towards the middle to mold the colors together.  It’s all about the blending!  Using a small shader brush, I lightly blended each shade to create a gradient, ombre look.  One of my favorite basic shadows that I use with just about everything are Saddle and Bamboo.  Before applying any color, I use a fluffy tapered brush to blow out Bamboo on my upper lid just above the crease, then Saddle just above the lid.  This gives the eye more dimension and blends the colors beautifully.  Since I’m a little on the bolder side, I like to pair green eye looks with a brighter coral lip.  Yes, they are two bright colors, but the warm coral tones compliment the cool green shades really well.  On the other hand, if an intense green shadow on your lid is enough boldness for you, keep the lips more neutral with a nude matte lipstick or clear gloss.  IMG_2988

Another thing to mention with these shadows is the iridescent shimmer each one picks up in the light.  Each color is a little different, but when paired with a complimentary color, you can really see them shine.  Lastly, if you happen to drop them, don’t freak out!  Pack the shadow back into the pan and they still will have the same use as they did when you first opened it.  Don’t worry, you didn’t waste your money!  Check them out, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!

Until next time…

Your Favorite Rockstar,

Jenna❤

 

 


Gymanista: Style at the Gym

Hey Rockstars,

Whoever said you can’t be stylish while working out?  I love matching sets and coordinating pieces.  When you look good, you feel good.  Call me crazy, but having an awesome outfit for your workouts can be a little motivation you need to get yourself moving.  It’s the same as when you get that new dress or new outfit that you’re just dying to wear because when you tried it on in the store, it made you feel good.  Am I right?

When looking for stylish and the best quality workout gear to purchase, some top brands come to mind.  There’s Lululemon, UnderArmour, Athleta, Danskin, just to name a few.  Although these are the most sought after brands when it comes to purchasing new gym clothes, have you ever thought of trying out the sport collection from Victoria’s Secret?  Dropping big bucks on high quality performance gear may leave a hole in your pocket.  I’ll admit I did splurge on Lululemon because I really wanted to invest in a great pair of their Body-Wick yoga pants.  I bought two pairs along with a couple of tops to match.  I must say, they were a great investment!  However, is it realistic to constantly buy these pricey pieces at about $100 a pop for a pair of pants, and about $50 for a top?  Yes, they are worth it, but I wanted to get more workout clothes and not have to do laundry all the time for a few pieces.

As a regular shopper at Victoria’s Secret, I saw that the company started introducing workout gear.  I was a little hesitant in purchasing, since they were not known for sportswear.  How good can the quality be?  Of course when I saw the bright colors and matching sets, I decided to give it a shot.  The pants are also Body-Wick, which means that they keep you dry during an intense workout, and were more appealing to me than if they were just a normal yoga pant.  I also love that there is a zipper in the waistband of some that can hold up to an IPhone 6 making it convenient when running outdoors.  They have become my favorite, and are comparable to my Lululemon pants.  After purchasing just one pair, I had to get my hands on more… among other things as well; pants, sports bras, and track jackets.  You name it, I bought it!  I swear, I’m not a shopaholic.  Ok, maybe just a little.

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I never thought of Victoria’s Secret as having great quality workout gear, but it’s definitely a brand to try out.  At about $60 to $70 a pair, they’re a lot cheaper than some of the top brands.  Of course, there are always deals and rewards discounts too.  I now have several sets of sportswear, and would highly recommend it!

Until next time…

Your Favorite Rockstar,

Jenna❤


Brow Wiz- Review

Hey Rockstars,

I’ve been dying to try out Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Dip Brow for a while now, but wasn’t sure how much I’d like a gel texture on my eyebrows.  Of course it’s all over my Instagram feed pretty much saying “buy me”, so I decided to give in to temptation and try something new.  Although I am still an avid MAC product fan, I do try to branch out once in a while.  I headed to my local Sephora with the intention of purchasing Dip Brow.  The sales girl was extremely helpful and actually suggested that I try Brow Wiz with the Brow Powder Duo.  She demonstrated the look on me, and I was in love!  It looked so natural and the color , medium brown, was the perfect shade!  Dip Brow is a great product, but I didn’t want a dramatic look.  If that’s what you’re going for, then Dip Brow is for you!

The day after I bought it, I tried it out myself and it lasted all day and did not move!  The powder actually sets it, so I recommend using a small shader brush to fill in your eyebrows after applying the pencil.  I’ve had it for a little while now and can’t complain; I may have found a new makeup brand for my brows.  Maybe I should branch out a little more often!  Who else loves Anastasia as much as I do?!?

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Until next time!

Your Favorite Rockstar,

Jenna❤


Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Re-Reviewed

Also have this mascara, and it’s AMAZING!! Great post, check it out🙂

Carbon & Pearls

I’m an absolute sucker for a sale! At a major sales event, where the crowds are going mad with trying to snag the best bargain, is when I feel most in my element. With these euphoric experiences however, also comes the ingloriously shameful habit of bulk buying and over-stocking – if ever there was an apocalypse, my bunker would probably be stocked full of skin care and make up!

Anyway, I had been frantically looking through my ‘unopened product’ drawers for a replacement mascara, when I found this little lifesaver! I had used this product a couple of years back and had been somewhat disappointed due to it’s thin, clumpy formula which did little for my already sparse lashes.

Perhaps the first was a dud that had dried out but in desperation, I gave the second tube lying at the back of my drawer another go – to welcoming results!

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