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Beauty - "The Lovely" - Hair - Tips and How-To's

How I Style My Wavy Lob

February 23, 2017

I get this question a LOT, so I figured I’ll put it all in one place. Here’s the riveting story about how I style my messy lob, and what products I like to use.
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As a preface, I did this quick IG video tutorial about it:

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I start with wet hair and if I’m feeling more volume, I’ll use this Liss & Plump gel-cream styler from L’Oreal Professionel. Even if you’re not particularly doing this style but crave volume, THIS is it. It helps give you hair more body without being crunchy like you might using mousse. I use a dime-size for my hair and just finger brush it through.

Then I spritz my favorite Wave Spray from Ouai. I’ve tried other “waving” sprays but haven’t found one I like quite like Ouai’s yet.

Then I do a rough blow dry. No brush, no tools. My hair naturally, by the way, is wavy…ish. After I did a Cezanne keratin treatment years ago, I think it changed the structure of my hair and it veers more on the straight side lately (I never did a keratin treatment before or after this instance!), but I guess it’s naturally somewhere in between.

After my hair is dry, I use a 1″ FLAT iron. You can use a curling wand too, and when my hair was freakishly long that was my tool of choice. But I find using the flat iron makes it look a little more messy and undone which is more what I’m going for. I first part my hair and clip it up to do the bottom layer first. Starting from the roots, I twist my hair in the flat iron to make bends, leaving the ends straight (about 2 inches from the bottom). Then, I unclip the top layer and curl it the same way (you can see in the video how I do this). Then I’ll just go around and straighten the ends with the flat iron to make it look messy.

And the grand finale (and also how I came to appreciate this product): Texturizing Spray. It helps give your hair grit and look more worn in. Again, my favorite is from Ouai, but I also LOVE Amika Un.Done Texture Spray (and it smells like perfume!). Just spray it all over and shake your fingers through your hair.

And it'll end up something like this...

And it’ll end up something like this…

(You all have to bare with me as I continue to use some shitty Snapchat pictures until I get a new camera). Anyway, there you have it. Hope this helps!
wave products
L’Oreal Professionel Liss & Plump gel-cream styler, $26
Ouai Wave Spray, $26
1″ Flat Iron (I currently use Evan Professional’s, but you can use any that has a a beveled shaped)
Ouai Texturizing Spray, $26, or Amika Un.Done Texture Spray, $24


Beauty - "The Lovely" - Eyes - Tips and How-To's

How I got over my fear of fake lashes

January 17, 2016

Hey all! My latest article is up about how I got over my fear of false lashes! Read it here:



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Beauty - "The Lovely" - Hair - Tips and How-To's

How to: Messy waves for short hair

November 8, 2015

I’ve been team long-hair for so long, that when I finally chopped my hair a few months ago, it took me a while to figure out how to style it. A few of you have asked how I do the messy waves in my pictures, so I did a quick video on Instagram on it. Check it out:

Short hair has given me a whole new appreciation for texturizing sprays. Let me know what you think, and if you want more videos of how to style your hair!

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Beauty - "The Lovely" - Hair - Tips and How-To's

4 Tips to control the frizz from Dove celeb stylist, Matt Fugate

July 24, 2013

I recently got to catch up with the ever affable celeb stylist Matt Fugate at Glamour and Dove’s Great Hair Affair event in NYC, where stylists were on hand to give people blow outs right in the middle of Times Square.

The Great Hair Affair in NYC

Dove Hair Affair in Times Square

They used Dove’s Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner on me, which contains a Pro-Moisture complex that goes to the cellular level of hair to give it weightless hydration to each strand. It did wonders to fight the normal humidity-induced frizz I would have been dealing with that day. Which made me wonder, What are some practical ways to not look like a total fur-ball during these warmer months? Matt, who’s worked with the likes of Blake Lively and January Jones, gave me some easy tips on how to beat the frizz:

1) Don’t dry your hair in the bathroom.
“There’s too much humidity after you shower and blow drying your hair there is counterproductive to trying to smooth it out with your dryer,” he says. If you can, Fugate suggests doing it somewhere where there isn’t any steam – your bedroom or family room perhaps.

2) Use something that will seal your cuticle down.
Something that’s super lightweight but with a ton of moisture, says Fugate. (Try Dove Nourishing Oil Care Leave-In Smoothing Cream.)

3) When you’re blowing out your hair, make sure you’re always blowing out from root to ends.
Fugate suggests rough drying it til it’s half dry, then use a nozzle to stream the air from top to bottom in a swift motion.

4) If you don’t have time to blow dry, tie your hair in a loose braid.
“If you want your hair to dry without the frizz, you have to get your hair to dry together,” he says. A loose braid ensures the hair is always roped around itself and not all over the place. After it dries, you can let it down for a pretty wave. Another option is to tie it lightly (so there’s no creases) in a loose ponytail with a cool accessory like a piece of leather. That way, you’re still keeping the hair together as it’s drying.

How do you beat the frizz in the summer?

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Beauty - "The Lovely" - Body - Tips and How-To's

Try this: DIY Sugar Scrub

May 21, 2013

Here’s a refreshing scrub you can make using ingredients you probably already have at home. It’s an excellent exfoliator and the ingredients have amazing skin benefits. Lemon is a natural source of vitamin C that brightens, evens out the skin tone and is a natural astringent to tighten pores. Sugar is a natural exfoliator and source of glycolic acid to also help even out skin tone. It improves skin texture by removing impurities and dead skin cells as well. Olive oil is rich in vitamin E, a natural healing agent and moisturizer. Finally, honey is a great antioxidant and natural humectant so it keeps skin hydrated and soft. It also is a natural antibacterial to help reduce breakouts when used on the face!



1/2 fresh lemon
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp organic honey


Mix lemon juice and olive oil thoroughly. Add the honey and whisk or stir quickly until the ingredients bind together and create a medium thick consistency. Add in sugar and mix.

Scrub after mixing all the ingredients

Apply to body, paying extra attention to elbows, knees, feet and hands. Rub in large, circular motions for 3-5 minutes and rinse. You’ll feel so smooth and refreshed! This is enough for one use on the entire body, but if you want to make more (and maybe store it for later in a tupperware), just remember to use 1/2 a lemon for every 1/2 cup of sugar. This is great to use in between shaves as well.

If you want to use it on the face (it’s great for acne-prone skin!), rub gently and make sure there are no open wounds! Leave on face for 7-10 minutes and rinse. Let me know if you try this and how it worked out for you!

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Beauty - "The Lovely" - Nails - Tips and How-To's

Party Brunch Nails by Caravan Styling Studio

April 22, 2013

Party brunch nails...or cosmic brunch nails -- we had trouble deciding what to name these

This was something new: I was invited recently to check out the exclusive Caravan Styling Studio, which is discreetly tucked away on the 2nd floor of the luxurious Carlton Hotel.

Wall art inside Caravan Styling Studio


Some of Caravan's beauty sponsors: Salon Grafix, Pop Cosmetics, Babyliss Pro, and Zoya

Their services are mainly reserved for celebrities, musicians, editors, and bloggers (hi!) to come together with designers and photographers to be styled and made up for events and special red carpet appearances. I went last week just to see what they were about and when I met Valerie Star, she asked me if I wanted my nails done.

This is when I had to reveal my biggest beauty blogger faux pas:  my nails are entirely neglected. Since I joined a basketball league a few months ago, I have to cut my nails so often because they keep breaking during my games. As a result, they’re down to being little stubs that I rarely paint. Somehow, this didn’t deter Valerie (who also happens to be a painter).

She said she wanted to do a fun spackle design: “I call these party brunch nails.” After seeing her own creation, which we decided to name “Burton-chic,” I knew she’d be the best one for the job.

Tim Burton-chic. She changes up her own nails with intricate designs twice a week!

She promised they’d last til my next bball game so I let her paint away. This is one of those designs that I think would be easy to replicate at home. Here’s how she achieved my nail art design above.

Zoya polishes used for this look: Robyn, Goldie, Ginger, Apple, and Mira

Step 1
: Paint base of nails with Zoya nail polish in Robyn

Zoya nail polish in Robyn

Step 2
: Rip a makeup sponge and use one of the jagged edges to dip into the next color, Zoya’s Goldie. Dab over the blue polish sparingly.




Step 3
: Repeat with a clean edge, this time dipping in Zoya’s Ginger.

After adding Ginger

Repeat the same steps with Apple, and Mira to make even the most stubby chipped nails look a lot more decent:


The best part about a design like this is you can have fun with colors and try a bunch of different combos for a completely different look. Have fun!

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