Off Day Pamper Routine 2017

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I’m free! My busy work weekend is over, and I am exhausted. I’m an Event Coordinator, and I have a crazy work schedule at times so, when I can squeeze in a little self time…I AM ALL FOR IT!

For the past couple of months, I have been experimenting with a few new products and falling in love with some old favorites. This pamper day usually falls on a business day. That is huge for me! I am not disturbed as much because almost everyone I know is at work…Don’t make that face. I love you guys!

Let the pampering begin!

The first part isn’t exactly pampering at all. It’s part of my daily therapy…Coffee! I love having something hot to drink after waking up in the morning. I’m feeling in the fall spirit this morning, so I am going to enjoy some pumpkin spice creamer from Califia Farms. It’s so good! If you haven’t tried it, this is an absolute must have for any fall coffee junkie.

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To begin any magical off day, I must watch at least one episode of Sex and the City. The older the episode…the better! Everything Carrie Bradshaw makes my heart sing.

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I can’t start a pamper day without taming this crazy mess on my head! Ok, not so much a mess, but I don’t like going for a certain amount of days without washing my hair.

Can I get an amen? Thank you!

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The Breakdown

This is the Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Shampoo and matching conditioner by Shea Moisture. I purchased this set from my local Walgreens.

The conditioner has a soft honey scent. The shampoo smells much more like the oils than the conditioner does. Both products are sulfate free and for dry hair. In my opinion, this is an all around set. They also contain African Rock Fig and Baobab Oil.

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According to the product description and my own personal research…

Manuka Honey has anti-inflammatory properties, it soothes the scalp and helps create a moisturizing barrier.

Mafura Oil has high levels of hair thickening & strengthening Oleic Acid. It also helps replenish oils that are stripped from the hair during our everyday activities.

The African Rock Fig contains Vitamin C, and this aids in keeping our hair strong and vibrant. This also improves the hair’s elasticity. #winning

Baobab Oil is rich in Omegas 3, 6, 9 and vitamins that repair the hair from root to end. This oil adds extra shine to the hair and protects it from pollution & UV rays.

After shampooing my hair, I will let my conditioner sit on my hair while I slide into the next part of my routine…

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Dry brushing is somewhat new to me. In the past I would use a regular shower brush. The all over kind that you wet, cover in body wash and use to scrub all over. The first time I used this dry brush I was so confused. It hurt! I felt like I had been slapped in the leg, chest, neck, thigh…just everywhere. This is good for overall exfoliation, and it preps my body for the next part of my pamper routine..but beware…scrubbing too hard might make you change your religion. It WILL hurt.

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This dry brush is from Eco Tools! You can snag this one at your local Ulta or Ulta.com

Time for some mango love! I will shower regularly, shave, rinse my hair and all that jazz after my dry brushing session. Once my hair is pinned back up and out of the way, it’s time to use my Shea Sugar Scrub by Tree Hut. The scent is Tropical Mango, and this one is my absolute favorite!

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Tiny Tip: If you add a bit of coconut oil to this body scrub, it will moisturize the skin, add a nice glow to your body and hold the scent much longer! Who doesn’t love smelling like a tropical paradise?

Depending on what I have going on with my hair at this point (natural hair or weave), I generally let it stay in the clip until after my next step.

Time for a much needed face mask! I know my skin probably hates me right now due to all the mess I have been up to the past few weeks, but….that’s why I purchased the I’m Real Cactus Mask Sheet by Tony Moly. I got this particular one from Urban Outfitters when I was in Scottsdale, AZ. No Urban Outfitters? That’s ok! You can pick them up at Ulta, Amazon or the Tony Moly website.

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This mask is loaded with so much yummy goodness, including prickly pear extract. Keep in mind…I did say MASK SHEET, so expect to look a little crazier than the usual.

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After 20 minutes, I peeled the mask off and rinsed my face with warm water, then cold water to seal in all the greatness! I always add Vitamin E cream to my face and lip balm  after doing a mask.

Voilà! Cleansed, hydrated, happy skin!

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Time to slay! At this point I will finish drying my hair and style it to my liking. I’m feeling straight hair this go around! After having curls and waves for the past few days, and I need to switch it up.

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The final portion of my pamper routine is to change my polish color! This past time I chose a coral pink color, and I am completely bored with that. Today’s choice is a nude shade. I love a nice, natural color sometimes. Strangely enough, the nail polish that I chose came from Old Navy! Before this polish I did not know that they sold nail polish at all. It’s a pale blush/nude polish by Tip Toe, and it is called Ballerina.

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What are some staple products for your pamper routine? Leave a comment below!

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Banish Fall Frizz

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Fall is officially here, and while we are looking at new clothes, makeup trends and planning for the holidays…This season comes with a few beauty twists. One of those major twists is frizzy hair! Fall is the “iffy” season. It is still a bit humid outside, and it is leaning towards cooler weather. That’s a recipe for poodle hair, and I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t like it.

So what could you possibly do to minimize that fluff? Keep reading!


The Breakdown

Frizzy hair occurs when the hair is very dry and porous. When your hair is like this, it sucks up all the moisture in the air like a sponge! Before you know it you might be rocking a Halloween costume wig.


QUENCH YOUR THIRST: If you don’t drink enough water, your hair will definitely tell on you! Drinking the appropriate amount of water will nourish your hair from the inside out.

Tip: You should be drinking about half an ounce to an ounce of water for every pound that you weigh. Example: If you weigh 150 pounds, you should be going through 8 Dasani water bottles a day (16.9 oz. per bottle).


DEEP CONDITION: This should already be a part of you beauty routine, but in the colder months deep conditioning is extremely important. When you deep condition your hair, it coats the hair shaft and seals the moisture in.

Tip: Rinse your hair with cool water last, and dry it with a cotton t-shirt. Reason? The cool water will seal the hair shaft, and the t-shirt will help minimize the frizz that much more. When drying you hair with the t-shirt DO NOT vigorously rub your hair. Use a wringing motion to squeeze the water out.

Not sure what to use?…Try this!

Sweet Melody Deep Conditioner

  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 4 tablespoons of your favorite conditioner (I use Pantene Pro-V Smooth & Sleek Conditioner with Argan Oil)

You can increase these measurements if your hair is longer or thicker. This deep conditioner is good for all hair types. If your hair is more fine, only use half a tablespoon of coconut oil. Too much oil on very fine hair can weigh the hair down.

Not a fan of mixology? That’s ok too!

Product of choice: Miss Jessie’s Rapid Recovery Treatment ($14.00 USD for 8 oz. & $24.00 USD for 16 oz.)


ALWAYS USE PROTECTION: Now get your minds out of the gutter, and remember that we are talking about hair care. If your hair is fried, died and laid to the side, then you probably have issues with your hair being frizzy year round. That’s ok….We can fix it! Refer to step one, and after that make sure you use a good heat-protecting spray or serum. If your hair is more fine, go with a spray. If you hair is thick, use a serum.

Tip: When using heat-protecting spray or serum, be sure to apply it while the hair is still damp. If you apply it when the hair is dry, it will just sit on top of the hair. If you have been doing this, that will explain where the sizzle in your straightening routine has been coming from. You will thank me later.

Products of choice:

Super Skinny Serum by Paul Mitchell ($20.99 USD), Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray by TRESemmé ($5.00-$6.00 USD) and Ever-Straight Brazilian Keratin Therapy Flat Iron Spray by Organix ($7.99 USD)


BLAME IT ON THE ALCOHOL: If you use mousse or holding spray on your hair, try to opt out on the products that contain alcohol. Alcohol makes the hair cuticle swell up, and this makes your hair look frizzy.

Tip: Remember that a little goes a long way. Regardless of the product being alcohol-free, a mass buildup of product can cause the hair to frizz and make the hair extremely dry.

Products of choice: Hair Milk Nourishing & Conditioning Styling Foam by Carol’s Daughter ($12.00 USD), and the Brilliant Hair Spray by Aveda ($21.00 USD)


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