My Skin Food: Osmosis Skincare

I talk about skin quite frequently on here and if there's ever been a major insecurity of mine: it's been my skin. I've struggled with problematic skin since I was in 7th grade. I've spent ... well, my mother has graciously spent ridiculous amounts of money on anything we could find to try and solve it. Being a teenager is rough when you're just getting into makeup and your skin literally rebels against it. It didn't stop me from going out, but it stopped me from being comfortable in my own skin (no pun intended) 90% of the time.

I tried ProActiv, Dermologica, literally everything at the drug store, going on birth control (which helps a little but not 100%) to prescription solutions and nothing worked. I was never comfortable enough to go out and get my mail without some form of foundation on my face. I would get bullied in high school, ruthless kids telling me to "just wash my face" was probably thee most unbearable comment, like it was just so easy and I must be stupid. 

Recently, and I mean, this year recently, my friend Amanda introduced me to the line Osmosis SkinCare. She sold me on the fact that her sister had far worse skin problems than I had and she was 100% clear within a few weeks. I reached out to the company with hopes they would recommend the right products for my skin type. Might I add, thee most helpful group of people I've ever encountered. I quickly received my products that I ordered and was so excited as I saw this clear skin oasis not too far out of my reach. 

Within a short amount of time, I noticed my skin was improving... in the beginning I still had some breakouts on days when I was hormonal (as it always does) but I did notice when I got into months 3 and 4, that was no longer even an issue. My skin stayed clear even while being a raging hormonal nutcase. It was a miracle.

BEFORE: March 2015 

BEFORE: March 2015 

CURRENT: August 2015

CURRENT: August 2015

I made sure I took before/after photos right when I woke up, no makeup, same lighting to show you the drastic difference in my skin. Takes a lot of girl balls to post that before photo but I'm just so proud of the results I have to suck it up. Not only are their products effective, but they all smell wonderful! I was so used to products that were harsh and almost borderline unbearable because of all the chemicals... but this stuff smells like fruit. It's glorious. All of their products are also gluten-free and mostly vegan - and they do NOT test on animals. *hooray* 

I know this particular skincare line is a bit on the pricey side, but I can assure you, it's worth every single penny if you struggle with problematic skin like I did. I know they all say that but I'm hoping that me sharing my experience can lean you towards the hopeful side. I never thought that my skin would ever look this clear, let alone have such a soft and pretty texture to it. Spencer can vouch for this when I say my confidence has skyrocketed.

I would normally post the specific products that I use, but I feel like this line definitely needs to be personalized to you and yours. I wouldn't want people going out and purchasing the same cleanser, toner, moisturizer that I use and have it not work on their skin because we are not the same. Their website is very helpful in breaking down each product so it's easy for you to match and put together a regime that's all your own.

To purchase product CLICK HERE.


Please note: This post is not sponsored by Osmosis Skincare. I am not getting paid to write this review, this is something I'm doing on my own free time because I legitimately think others will see great results from this line. It's seriously changed my life and I'm forever grateful I took the plunge.

If any of you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

That said, cheers to happy healthy skin! Enjoy your Tuesday, my loves. 

Healthy Hair + Styling Tips

I've been asked a lot to write this blog and let me tell you, I'm glad to. I've gone years with fried hair, split ends and just overall dryness because I couldn't stop fucking with it. I couldn't stop going from red to blonde to brunette to purple to green to white. I wasn't stopping for nobody and I wasn't nice to my hair in the process. Naturally. But, this past year my hair took a change for the better and here's why:

  • I stopped dying it so frequently. I put my urges aside and was nice to it. Perhaps this is an adult thing I had to grow into, I'm not sure but we're gonna go with that because it makes me feel better. I went a solid 8 months without touching dye to my head and it felt great. Touching up roots is one thing and I understand some people just have to do that, but overall color, try and wait as long as possible. Let your hair breathe and be happy.
  • I stopped using 10,000 products. Slight exaggeration but whatever. I used to work for a wholesale beauty company when I was 19 and I would come home on the daily with 4-5 new hair products and I would use them, all. It's free, so I'm gonna try it. I narrowed my hair care down to 1 shampoo, 1 conditioner and 1 treatment. I use a leave-in after the shower just to untangle and that's it. I kept my hair on a routine and I felt it made it much happier. Just like your skin is happy when you do the same thing. 
  • I only wash my hair around 2-3 times a week. My hair tends to get oily pretty fast just because I find myself touching it a lot as it likes to hang out in my facial region 99.9% of the time. Your hair needs it's natural oils, don't strip it and take that away from it. (This is also key in keeping your color lasting as long as possible) Make dry shampoo your BEST FRIEND.
  • Air dry your hair instead of blow drying it as often as you can. As much as I love a good blow out with silky soft hair, an air dry every once in awhile can save a life. It does less heat damage. I'll usually do this if I'm working from home during the day and I have no afternoon plans. It's really good for it. 

When your hair needs saving and it's gasping for hydration, don't worry, I gotchoo boo. This is what I use and it works WONDERS**.

Bloke Restore + Hydrate Hair Treatment 

I use this probably once every other week, or sometimes more often if my ends need a quick pick-me-up.

How to Apply: Just put a comfortable amount in your hand and apply to DRY hair before you take a shower. Just like you would put on conditioner. Leave in for up to 30 minutes. Rinse. Proceed to take a shower like normal; shampoo, conditioner, the whole sha-bang. 

If you use my coupon code: GIRRLSCOUT it makes this bad boy only $20. 


If you're wondering how I get my loose curl/waves, I made a tutorial for you guys. So if you want to learn my process + watch me act like a weirdo, click play. :)

Happy Monday!

 

 

Vanity Planet and How It Can Save Your Life

I came across Vanity Planet from a fellow blogger when I was in need of some skin help a few months ago. She was using this Spin Brush and it was adorable looking... I looked it up and was immediately intrigued. It had raving reviews and was more than half the price of those expensive brushes you find at Sephora and Ulta. 

I, must, have it. 

So I bought it, no it was not sent to me, I bought it. And I quickly fell in love with it.

It came with 4 different spin heads. A regular facial brush, an exfoliating brush, a body brush and a pumice stone. 

Let's see you do all that for this price, Clarisonic... pfft. 

Instantly after using this my face felt cleaner and way more refreshed. It's also the greatest way to wake up in the morning. 


You can use this with any facial cleanser, scrub, you name it. There are no boundaries and that's how I like it. ;) 

Normally this bad boy is $99 but..

Use this promo code: SpinGS24

it makes this kit only $30 at checkout. Again, that's how I like it.... You're welcome.

 


I'm gonna keep this post short, simple and sweet for you. I just needed to share as I've been using this baby for about 2 months now and have seen an outrageous difference in my skin. I wanted to make sure it was legit before I shared. ;) You know me... always lookin' out for you guys. 

Please note: This blog post is not sponsored and I was not asked to write this. This is simply me enjoying a product and sharing my thoughts and feelings with you about it. Feel free to do with it what you please, but I highly recommend picking one up! :) 

Happy skin is my kinda skin. I thought you would all agree. 

How To Style An Undercut: 5 Simple Ways

I've finally had time to sit down and let you in on the undercut secrets. Seems to be quite a popular topic, I had no idea it would blow up so fast! But, none the less, I'm glad to give you the low down on what is 'the undercut'. Or I suppose, my version of it...

I talked about it a little bit in my Q&A video I posted a bit ago, which also includes a 360 degree shot of my haircut if you're interested

Let's go back in time. I originally did not mean to have the hairstyle I have now. I decided to chop my hair off on a drive home from Vegas in August 2013. I'm very random most of the time (ok, all of the time) and I get bored with my hair so easily, I needed to switch it up and I needed to light a fire under my ass. I had shoulder length hair with an ombre very much like the one I have now..  but I was just, bored.

So I did it.

Photo by: Baldwin Media Photography

Photo by: Baldwin Media Photography

Here's a screenshot of the back of my hair, since I get asked that frequently.

I kept the same cut/style for about a year (almost 2 years now), but changing up the color very very frequently. I think I literally went from brunette, to white blonde, to violet, to brunette with a green ombre all in the period of 3-4 months. I'm insane. this is the main reason why my hair didn't grow that fast during that time period.

I get questions all the time on how I dyed my hair the way it is currently and I can't help but giggle because the whole thing was an accident. I still had green in my ends and it faded into a very unpleasant color as you could imagine... I wanted to get rid of it, as I had hopes to add some pastel pink instead. when does my madness end?? So we quickly bleach-washed my ends for, I kid you not, 1 minute. If that. It came out so quickly and turned into this perfect golden blonde color that we refused to cover it. I thought to myself, eh I've had crazy colored hair for awhile now, maybe having a natural-ish color will be cool.

And it looked like she tamed the beast. It's been 10 months and I haven't had dye touch my hair since.... well, since last week. ;) 


I get asked a lot about how I style my hair, what products I use and what are some different things to do when it comes to styling... I think I have about 5 solid different ways I do my hair. Depending on the outfit, my mood, if I'm going out or going to the gym. It doesn't matter. 

We'll start with the lazy but playful styles. A top knot & pig bunz. as I like to call them.

I strictly use those clear rubber bands when i put my hair up, but mainly because it's so easily hidden. I just don't go around it a lot of times that way it doesn't damage the hair as much. You can find them literally anywhere. Target, Walmart, whatever. This is also a great alternative for when my hair is a greaseball and I don't want it in my face. I'm sure everyone can relate to this problem. 


Next, there's the plain.. straight.. hair. 

Which is fine, it's best for when Spencer wants to play with it when we're lying in bed watching Parks and Rec. ;) No tangles, just silk. I don't mind it, but I'm a queen of volume so sometimes it's rare. Or at least lately it is. But if I always want volume I will use a dry shampoo or tease my roots for a little unff. 

Whenever it's straight and I'm going out, I can always slick it back or pin up one of the sides. Instant glam feel, I think. 

This has become much more comfortable over time since my hair has grown quite a bit. When it was shorter I couldn't do this style without loading my head full of hairspray, it wasn't pleasant. 

But if you want an edgy look, with a LBD for a night out, this is a good call. It grabs attention and your hair isn't in your face all night. Win/win!

 


Lately I've been wearing my hair like this a lot... The wavey/curly volume-ess way.

It's actually really simple and I don't even own a curling iron. Flat irons have always been nicer to me when it comes to curling. Besides, my hair takes curl very very easily, which is a blessing and a curse. I have to be gentle and every piece I curl I comb out with my fingers immediately so I don't end up looking like Shirley Temple. 

It's just so bouncy and I love it, it's my favorite at the moment. As I'm sure if you follow me on Instagram you would know. ;) 


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As far as styling products go, I mainly just use one.. Enjoy Shaping Lotion. It's my knight in shining armor. I've tried everything under the sun to give my hair texture but it always ended up making it gunky feeling and stiff by the end of the day. This lotion keeps my hair super soft yet super flexible, all day, even for over 24 hours. cause sometimes i'm dirty like that. I put this stuff in my hair before I blow dry and after I style it for the best effect, I think.

I also will use a Argan oil on my ends when they're looking sad and dry. I think every brand in the world has one, it shouldn't be hard to find. I get mine from Target. 

 

I'm slowly getting into doing videos for you guys, so I'm sure I'll make hairstyling tutorials in the future. There's not much to my hair and I like it that way. Simplicity with a shock factor. ;) 


Black t-shirt dress // Target

Harness Belt // DIY 

Sunnies // Forever 21

I hope this helped all you ladies with a similar cut. If you have any questions, you know where to find me. 

Girl Are Those Your Real Lashes?

I know what you're thinking, and I thought the same thing when I heard about these things: Such a waste of money, they don't do anything, it doesn't make any sense. I was that girl, so don't feel alone. I remember working at a beauty supply store when I was 20 years old hearing all these cosmetologists talking up a storm about eyelash extensions. *dun dun dun* I didn't understand the hype nor did I understand paying that much money for lashes when I could spend $3.85 at Target and put them on myself for the night. No hassle. Amirite?

You're eye-rolling me, I know it.

I gave in, ladies.. and I'm really glad that I did. When I was faced with a work trip to Germany this past month and I was the only girl out of 8 dudes, I needed to make my "getting ready" time as minimal as possible. Boys wait for no one, especially when you're not dating them. So, I gave it a shot, threw down some money and said "what the heck".

And then I met Amanda, my eyelash guru.

The process of getting these babies on takes around 2 hours. Painless. Once you get them in, they're in. Just have to take care of them.

Things you must remember if you're getting lash extensions:

  • Brush them when they get wet (Don't worry, they aren't going anywhere) but they just stick together when they are wet, just brush them and make them pretty. 
  • Try your best not to sleep on your face, all you face-sleepers. These things can take a beating but don't press your luck. 
  • If you wear mascara (I'm not sure why you would) make sure you don't use waterproof mascara. It's not good for the lashes. But I'm telling you... you won't need mascara. I threw mine away.
  • I always pat my face dry whenever I get out of the shower, so make sure you do the same with your lashes. Don't rub your eyes with your towel - Play nice!

But ever since I've gotten my extensions, I haven't worn mascara once. I don't wear eyeshadow and very rarely eyeliner - I don't feel like I even need it. I even get out of the shower and feel pretty. I don't have to worry about my mascara running in the shower or getting out of a swimming pool looking like Gene Simmons. I can barely feel them, they aren't heavy or in my way. 

I know there are people who overcharge for these suckers, but you also want to stray from something that might seem 'too good to be true'. There's a reason they are a little pricey, trust me. You just have to find someone with the right prices. These are Amanda's:

  • Full Set - $150
  • Fillings - $50

Note: Amanda is located in Aliso Viejo, CA for all of you local readers, I HIGHLY recommend you go to her and I'm not saying that because I'm biased and I love her dogs. I promise. But anything around her price range is 100% worth it. She's made me do a 180 from how I felt about them years ago and I'm afraid I might be addicted. It's all her fault.

If you want to book an appointment with her >> CLICK HERE.

Before & After Full Set

Before & After Full Set

Stay beautiful, my gems. 

 

Frank Body Coffee Scrub I love you

OK I'm ready to tell you all about my love affair with this stuff...

Now, if ANY of you know me on a personal level, you'll know my skin & I have a love/hate relationship. Lately, I have been loving it. So that's a great thing. Cool. Awesome. Fantastic. I've noticed that the two key ingredients to happy skin are...

1. Happy life. Positive attitude. Less stress.

While we can all agree, these things are definitely easier said than done. I, for one, have anxiety issues so I laugh in the face of "Less stress." OH OK, SURE. But really, the less I thought about how my skin looked and just, well, didn't care and enjoyed my life, the prettier and healthier my skin was. I will humbly give my boyfriend most of my happiness credit. *aww*

2. Frank Body Coffee Scrub

There's something I can definitely relate to when the first email I receive from them after I order is titled "The time to get naked has arrived", OKAY Frank, I'm listening... 

I first heard about this magic stuff on Instagram from a fellow blogger. Intrigued and forever in search of things that could potentially make my skin better... I obliged. $16 + free shipping?! Again, I'm listening...

 

My skin listened. My face cleared up. Tiny stretch marks started to fade. The scars on my back started to fade. I was in awe. Here I am, regretting the hundreds of dollars I've spent on overpriced products from drugs stores and beauty outlets when all I needed was f**king coffee? Come on, man. But I swear, this stuff, will change your life. I have no doubt that any other user will tell you the same thing. This baby targets cellulite, stretch marks, psoriasis, varicose veins, eczema and acne.

All you gotta do is rub this all over, all of it, everywhere. (I usually use around half a cup on my entire body. A little goes a long way.) Leave it on for around 10 minutes. (This works great as I live alone; walking around my house naked covered in coffee grounds) Totally normal. ;)

Wash it off in the shower. Don't worry, it doesn't stain. And BOOM - feel the love. I usually use this scrub around twice a week and didn't see major results for around 2-3 weeks. Worth the wait.

There are three different "flavors",  Original  ...  Coconut & Grapeseed  ...  Cacao.  

There are three different "flavors", Original ... Coconut & Grapeseed ... Cacao. 

Even the packaging is sassy.... Really? It's like it was made for me.

Even the packaging is sassy.... Really? It's like it was made for me.

 

I'm currently using the Original, but I've tried the Cacao as well and love it. Slowly moving through each product and falling more in love. This stuff has a shelf life like no other, just make sure it's always sealed and kept in a cool dry place. My first bag lasted around 5 months so be nice to Frank and he will love you long time.

Thank you Frank, you are the only one for me. (It's ok, my boyfriend will understand...) 

If you want to see some before & after skin photos thanks to this amazing product, visit their feedback instagram and be amazed. 

Now on behalf of Frank & I, go get dirty.