Thicker Looking Hair with L’Oreal Everstrong Shampoo & Conditioner

Over the years I have purchased and have been gifted a lot of shampoos to try and I keep coming back to the L’Oreal EVER line. This shampoo line is free of parabens and sulfates that can dry out your hair over time. Sometimes those promises to give you big, voluminous hair means that the shampoo is loaded with harsh chemicals that can make your hair feel heavy and greasy the next day. When I use the L’Oreal EVER line shampoo and conditioner, I know it’s going to be a good hair day!

Recently, I have been using the new L’Oreal EVERSTRONG shampoo and conditioner to get thicker looking hair. Even though I have thick hair now, I want to use a product that helps make it stronger and healthier, which is how you get that thick hair look and feel. This rosemary leaf smelling shampoo fortifies hair to prevent breakage after just one wash. I can curl my hair easier and my hair feels lighter with a bit of bounce because it’s that healthy!

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EVERSTRONG shampoo // EVERSTRONG conditioner

Recent Amazon Purchases vol. 1

I don’t think we order a lot from Amazon until we take out the trash on Sunday night and realize that we have a LOT of boxes from Amazon!

NACHOsaurus – This nacho chip holder was a big hit for Jake’s birthday last month!

Chewbacca Bath Robe – Someone kept talking about how much he wanted a cozy bath robe after seeing me live in a bathrobe all winter long so I got Jake a Star Wars themed one for his birthday.

Birthday Decoration Kit – Speaking of birthdays, this was a last minute purchase to decorate the house for Jake’s birthday since we couldn’t leave the house and he had to work.

Storage Bag – Saw a few other people post about htis Amazon find and finally added it to my cart. One bag can hold so much stuff and is a great way to hold all of my extra blankets, duvets, and comforters.

Bucket – An odd purchase but I really needed a good bucket for cleaning and I was happy to find this one for such a good price!

Tomato Seeds – I was jealous of my parents garden last summer so I ordered some tomato seeds to start my own! Fingers crossed we get some tomatoes this summer!

Bird Feeder – Ed loves to chat with the birds in the backyard so I thought it would be nice to get a bird feeder for them. Jokes on us because we have to refill it every two days because we have a lot of happy and full birds now!

Bird Seed – Going to have to put this bird seed on auto ship because we are going through it so fast!

Water Hose Nozzle – One of those things I realized we needed a few weeks ago and the jet stream is similar to a pressure washer!

Scrabble – Saw someone playing Scrabble on tv and immediately ordered one so we could play it the next day ha!

Spiralizer – I found a bunch of delicious recipes to try with zucchini noodles and since it can be pricey to buy them pre-packaged, I got my own spiralizer!

Black Friday Shopping Guide 2020

Hi! There is a lot going on this week like having to cook a turkey yourself or finding a new tradition. Unless you have your head in the sand, there are also a ton of sales this week for Black Friday and it can be a little overwhelming. I wanted to create a helpful guide that lists retailers and their sales this week. I’ll be updating this post all week as sales and deals are changed so keep coming back!

The truth is that we don’t need anything and this year has taught me that I’d rather have a new pair of leggings than something I’d never use in pandemic. This is also why retailers are trying extra hard with sales to get us to shop because if we didn’t buy it while we were quarantining – we probably don’t need it now! Before I even look at sales I make a list of what we need/want and presents I’d like to give people for Christmas. You can go through my gift guide for 2020 HERE. Of course I also find some great items that make their way into my cart anyway 😉

SALES

HM – 30% OFF

Old Navy – 50% OFF & Daily Deals
Flannel Pajamas // Pajama Shorts

Express – 50% OFF

Abercrombie – myAbercrombie Members 40% OFF, other shoppers 25% OFF

Madewell – 30-50% Black Friday Deals

Target – Black Friday Deals Start Now
$20 Pajama Sets // Electric Toothbrush // $10 Sweaters // Dyson Vacuum //

Nordstrom – Cyber Deals up to 50% OFF
Ordered these pajamas //

Nordstrom Rack – Daily Deals

J Crew – 50% OFF purchase, 60% OFF sale
Favorite Slippers // Velvet Hair Bows //

J Crew Factory – 60-70% OFF + 20% off with code HOLIDAYCENTRAL

Kendra Scott – 30% OFF
I asked Santa for this heart necklace // jewelry box

Tarte Cosmetics – 30% OFF
eyeshadow palettes

Ulta – Daily Deals
NYX Butter Gloss Set //

Loft – Up to 60% OFF

Corkcicle – 25% OFF

Macy’s
Mixing Bowl Set // Lancome Beauty Box

Kohls
Friends Desk Calendar // Friends Peephole Frame // Keurig Duo

Blonde Hair Secrets with Clairol

While everyone is freaking out about not being ale to get a haircut I’m more concerned about not being able to get my blonde highlights touched up! I’ve been investing in the right products for my hair to keep it healthy until I get a trim. It takes a lot of work to get shiny and healthy hair but it gets easier when you use amazing products like Clairol. It’s a company that has been around forever and there is a reason why.

For years I used Clairol Shimmer Lights shampoo to keep my hair blonde and get rid of the brassy color that happens over time. I like to use it once a week and leave it in my hair for 10-15 minutes while I wash up.

Now I’m even more excited because Clairol has a Shimmer Lights Violet Toning Mask and Shimmer Lights Thermal Shine Spray. The mask is definitely a blondes best friend! After washing your hair leave the mask on for 5 minutes to condition and tone your blonde hair to keep it bright and shiny. It strengthens your hair over time

Every blonde knows that taking care of blonde hair means keeping it conditioned and protected from heat. Shake and spray the Shimmer Lights Thermal Shine Spray onto your hair before heat styling. I like to use it in the morning when I style my hair to help tame frizz and fly aways to get that extra shine. My hair feels smooth and protects my hair from heat tools without feeling heavy or greasy.

I trust the Clairol Shimmer Lights line to keep my blonde bright and shiny! I’ve been using Clairol for a long time. Products in this post were received complimentary but as always, all opinions are my own.

Nordstrom Sale 2020: Items I Already Own & Some Good Dupes

When I was clicking through the sale preview pages I realized that a few of the items looked very familiar. So maybe that’s proof I really do have good taste? Over the last few years I’ve been more picky about my purchases and choosing to spend more money on some items because I know they will last me for years.

Some items in my closet (and in storage) are from Nordstrom sales in the past. I think why this sale is SO popular is because you can’t beat these sales on items that truly are investment pieces that you can use daily. Other items in my closet are from Target and honestly, they do the same job. I love wearing clothes and buying clothes. I was happy to see that some items I’ve purchased from other retailers were included in the sale (for example a brown leather skirt). I purchased mine from another retailer last year and now I can’t wait to wear it again this year in new ways.

I love shopping but I love a good deal more. Below I put together a long post of items that I currently own that are a part of the Nordstrom sale. Some are from Nordstrom or other higher end stores and some items are from Target. Do some browsing and see what catches your eye. If you have the budget, do some shopping. The way that I look at it is you can buy 10 fast fashion bags that will break and fall apart easily or buy one amazing designer handbag that you can use every day for years. This year I’m shopping the sales on the jewelry to get presents for friends and family and a few things for myself because you can’t beat that price.

Happy shopping!

TORY BURCH LEATHER TOTE PURSE // If you want to buy yourself a nice designer item that you will definitely use a lot, I suggest getting a designer handbag. I treated myself to a Tory Burch bag in 2018 and it looks like I just bought it. I use it a lot in the fall as my everyday bag and I love that it acts like a tote bag because I can throw things easily in there and it’s small enough to be an everyday bag.

CHARLOTTE TILBURY LIPSTICK // I worked on a campaign with Charlotte Tilbury more than a year ago and that is when I finally understood why everyone is obsessed with this lipstick! It’s goes on smooth and I find it lasts all day. You can read more about the brand in this blog post here.

KATE SPADE INITIAL PENDANT NECKLACE // This is a necklace that I wear all the time because it’s tiny and goes with any type of outfit. I bought mine during a Nordstrom sale years ago and it still has its gold color even after wearing it in the rain, lots of sweat and daily wear. This would be a great present for someone or for yourself.

PLATED STUD EARRINGS // Whenever I wear these earrings, which is often, I always get compliments on them. They look super expensive but are very budget friendly which is great for treating yourself or stocking up on gifts. The earrings work for everyday and for work so these have been my go to since I got them a few years ago.

PAJAMA SETS // I love to buy pajamas and I’m actually a little embarrassed by how many pajama sets I own. That being said, Nordstrom does have pajama sets on sale during the sale but I have never purchased them. For now I am sticking with my pajama sets from Target because I feel like they are just as soft and are more budget friendly. I recently did a full blog post about my favorite pajama sets from target here.

MULES // I am slightly embarrassed by how many pairs of mules I own because they are so easy to slip into and walk out the door. This year, multiple colors will be on sale and I suggest you grab a few. They last forever and I wear them all year round. Great for weekends and can be worn at work so it’s a show that you really do get a lot of wear out of. I own mules in pink, 3 black pairs and white. I told you, I’m obsessed!

WHITE SNEAKERS // I have spent months trying to find a chic white sneaker that can be worn not for working out. I love the look of white sneakers with jeans or a dress but struggled to find a pair that would work. Recently I just purchased a pair of white Steve Madden sneakers at TJ Maxx and they look so good on! Obviously they are last seasons so I’m excited to see a new version this year just as chic!

LOAFERS // I purchased black loafers late last summer and they honestly became my most worn shoes. I’m excited to see these included in the sale because they are super affordable! The loafers are a great shoe to commute to work in and you can wear around the office. Honestly, a shoe that you can wear all the time is worth every penny.

ADIDAS SNEAKERS // Sneakers are always a great item to stock up on during this sale. I recently picked up some similar Adidas sneakers for $29 at Costco that I didn’t need but for that price I thought why not. Later that week I saw a whole display at TJ Maxx with the same sneaker for $35 I believe. Both were a great bargain and I assume “last years style”. But do sneakers go out of style?

OUAI LEAVE IN CONDITIONER // I recently rounded up a few of my favorite leave in conditioners lately and what do you know, the Ouai one is currently included in the sale! I’ll spray my hair with two squirts with the leave in conditioner and then brush my hair from root to end so the product goes all over my hair. A little bit goes a long way and I can tell I’m going to have this for a long time! Read more about my favorite leave in conditioners in this blog post here.

PLAID DOUBLE BREASTED BLAZER // Every year during the Nordstrom sale there is a plaid double breasted blazer on sale. I’ve wanted one for a while but my work dress code didn’t require them so I didn’t get one last year. So you can imagine how excited I was to see one on sale at Target for a much smaller price than the one listed on Nordstrom. I’m linking this years Target version here. I will say that I felt a lot better about throwing my blazer in my work bag on my way to work when I needed to wear a coat.

TORY BURCH LOGO EARRINGS // I bought a similar style Tory Burch logo earrings back in 2018 and I’m still wearing mine all the time. I love to wear them for work because they can dress up an outfit and for everyday look. It’s a nice small designer investment you can make if you have a budget.

TOO FACED BETTER THAN SEX MASCARA // Easily one of my favorite mascaras that I have used for years and keep repurchasing.

TIE WAIST ANKLE PANTS // If you are looking for new work pants then these pants that have a cute bow detail would be perfect! I’ve purchased a few pairs from LOFT over the last year and love how polished an outfit looks when I wear them with a top to work. I’m linking the LOFT version here in case you want to compare.

KNEE HIGH BOOTS // I love these boots and the looks I can do with them. Last year during the sale I had like no money because we were in the process of moving so I was not able to get the boots. Insert sad emoji here. Luckily, a few months later I found an amazing dupe for the boots at Target. The price? Just what you would expect – affordable! So I bought them and they have been sitting on my closet floor since then. The point is, just because something looks pretty doesn’t mean you will actually wear it. And sometimes waiting to buy something pays off!

MULE SHOES WITH A HEEL // At work I used to have a drawer full of shoes that I could slip on after I got to work in Uggs or sneakers. Commuting to work on the train was not glamorous and I was not running in heels! I had a pair of brown leather mules with a block heel in my drawer that were easy to slip into if I had meetings that day and wanted to look professional. With long pants or even a dress, they give the appearance that you are wearing heels but you are actually wearing comfy shoes!

BLACK SUEDE WATERPROOF BOOTIES // It is so nice to have a pair of nice looking shoes that you can do anything in without worrying about the weather. A few years ago I bought waterpoof suede booties because they were inexpensive not realizing how much I would wear them over the years. Great for commuting, great for picking out a Christmas tree (see picture above) and perfect for unpredictable weather.

BROWN LEATHER SKIRT // Personally, I didn’t know I needed a brown leather skirt until I bought one. It’s an easy way to dress up oversized tees, sweaters and blouses. I purchased mine from another retailer last winter and I’m excited to see that the style is back. I’ve also noticed Meghan Markle often wearing a leather pencil skirt and a matching blouse. It’s a very chic look!

LANCOME HYPNOSE MASCARA DUO // If you are looking for a good mascara deal, this is the one for you! I wore this mascara a lot for when I used to go out with friends or dates because it gives a lot of volume and lots of lashes. Since running out I’ve tried to use drug store mascaras but nothing is as good as this mascara. Also the primer is amazing and the makeup remover mini is great for traveling! They offer the best deal on mascara sets right now during the Nordstrom Sale.

T3 HAIR CURLING IRON // Yes, it is pricey but I love my curling iron so much! It gives me gorgeous curls in just a few minutes and they last all day. For days that I wake up with frizzy hair, I can quickly curl my hair to get polished perfect curls in minutes.

T3 HAIR DRYER // After my hair dryer from high school stopped working, I put my money together and purchased the T3 hair dryer that everyone was talking about. I knew I needed to invest in a good hair dryer because I have a lot of thick hair and it normally takes forever to blow dry it, With all of that time using high heat on my hair, it can really damage your hair. So now with my T3 hair dryer, my hair dries faster with that polished shine look and I’ve noticed my hair looks less fried.

BRUSH SET // Normally I wouldn’t look to Nordstrom to buy new hair brushes but when you break it down, the cost per brush is so inexpensive! This will definitely be in my cart to purchase!

MADEWELL JEANS // I sure do miss working at J Crew because of that employee discount! One thing that I would tell anyone is to invest in good denim. It lasts forever and if you can wait for a good sale, you can get a good deal! I’ve tried wearing other budget friendly jeans and while they can be good, nothing compares to Madewell and J. Crew jeans.

Current Easy Summer Makeup Routine

One of my favorite things about being at my parents house in North Carolina is being able to get dressed up and wear makeup while we run the essential errands. My parents live in a county with very few COVID cases and the stores are taking precautions seriously so shopping can be safe. It’s also summer and feels like 114 degrees in the South so I want an easy makeup routine without much fuss because it will melt off! Everything you see below is simple and quick to apply. I wear a little makeup to help myself look and feel put together without taking a long time to get ready. You’ll notice that there are very few products because it’s summer so no one wants to wear a lot of makeup!

Mascara Great for everyday when you want some volume and color for us blondes!

Eyeliner Super easy to apply and gives a perfect thick black liquid line that lasts all day.

Eyeshadow I brought a ton of eyeshadow palettes with me and I keep grabbing this one for a natural everyday look. I linked a similar one since mine is discontinued.

Setting Powder with SPF If my face looks a little red I like to use this setting spray because it’s a bit lighter than my current shade. Plus there is SPF!

Foundation I don’t wear foundation often but when I want to wear a bit more makeup, I’ve been using this one because it looks the most natural and doesn’t melt off my face in the heat.