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At Home Tanning Routine | Cellulite Removal Tip

Summer is coming and my skin is NOT ready yet. Is yours? I am sharing my sunless tanner routine and new cellulite removal tips! 


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This post has two parts, tanning and cellulite removal. First off I will share my new cellulite removal routine! Last summer, I noticed I was starting to get some cellulite on the sides and backs of my thighs. Not a huge deal, please don’t read into it. I know it’s not my favorite thing but definitely not the end of the world. I have, however, found a couple things that have helped remove some of its appearances. 

ONE: I have been using this Clarins Body Fit lotion. I only use it on the parts of my thighs that have the cellulite. I put it on in a circular motion making sure I am activating the blood flow in that area. This is one of the major contributing factors to cellulite, lack of blood flow. 

TWO: I use my tens unit that I use for my back and neck. It’s an electrode machine. I place the pads on the parts of my legs and sit with this one for about 20 minutes 1-2 times a week. I look ridiculous but it’s helping with the blood flow.


When I was 10, I decided it was a great idea to use tanning lotion at my friend’s house during a sleepover. I came home the next morning to go to church and was a streaky Oompa Loompa. My mom had me shower and scrub but the color would not come off! My routine has changed drastically since then but only from learning from my mistakes. 

FIRST: I exfoliate in the shower. Any exfoliant wash or glove works. I exfoliate head to toe. Make sure to really dry your skin before you apply the tan. *I want to try a primer for tanning products but haven’t found one yet. If you know of any, please send me the name!

SECOND: I use only foam tanning products on my body (except hands but I will get to that). I pump 2-3 pumps of THIS tanning product on THIS brush.

THIRD: Starting from my chest, I swirl in circular motions on my skin. I make sure to spread the product around so that there is an even coat. I work fast too so that it doesn’t settle too deep in areas.

FOURTH: Reapply the foam to the brush and then move onto your arms, smoothing out the lines in between. Repeat all over your body. Typically I apply it in this order: chest, left arm, right arm, stomach, thighs, calves, shoulders, back. *Jason helps me with my back.

FIFTH: Next I will take whatever is left on my brush and lightly blend out the lines on my ankles and wrists. I will sweep the brush LIGHTLY over my hands, fingers, tops of feet, and toes. This is to be sure they are not too dark!

SIXTH: Sleep in the tan. The next morning, DO NOT be alarmed. It is very weird seeing the color the next day. If you have any spots the created drastic lines on your ankles or wrist, take a cotton swab with acetone to blend out the line. This is a huge trick of mine because I want it to look as natural as I can.

SEVENTH: Next, apply THIS lotion tan on the tops of your hands, lightly on your fingers (avoid nails), tops of feet, and any spots on your body that didn’t get as dark. Let this sit on your skin for 1-2 hours.

EIGHTH: Rinse off in the shower and PAT dry, do not rub.

I love THIS tan for when I am already tan. It’s a much deeper. They have other colors, I just haven’t bought those ones yet! 

You now have a beautiful sunless tan.

PS you need to invest in cute straw bags this Summer, it’s one of the hottest trends.
THIS one is only $12.99!

 I received this product complimentary from Clarins. All opinions are 100% my own.
I received this product complimentary from Stella and Dot. All opinions are 100% my own.
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My Straight Hair Routine | Volume | T3

Easy tutorial to create a smooth and sleek straight hair look with natural volume.

I have been wearing my hair straight recently and have fallen in love with this style all over again. It’s due to my new tools that you need to know more about! 

Easy tutorial to create a smooth and sleek straight hair look with natural volume.



You guys know how much I love my T3 curling iron (full tutorial HERE). I was so excited to receive the Single Pass Luxe Flat Iron and the Featherweight Hair Dryer, they have completely changed my straight hair routine. I love my curly hair but sometimes you need a change. Lately, I wear my hair straight at least 3 times a week. It’s smooth and sleek thanks to these new tools. 

The Single Pass Luxe Flat Iron has tourmaline and ceramic plates that help to create a smooth texture on your hair. There are 5 heat settings on it, I use the 4th! I don’t have to use this on a chunk of hair more than once it’s that efficient. 

The Featherweight Hair Dryer is amazing! It isn’t as hot as some of the salon hairdryers I am used to but this is a good thing. The lower heat helps to create less frizz and a sleeker appearance. It’s lightweight and easy to use. Especially with my long hair, I have to hold my hair dryer up high the entire time. 

Now for the tutorial!

STEP ONE: I use THIS microfiber towel after I get out of the shower to absorb the moisture. After about 20 minutes, I take my hair out and smooth it with my fingers. I then use THIS hair dryer for about 5 minutes smoothing out the top of my hair first and then making sure everything is dry. You can see how I do this HERE

STEP TWO: Next, I spray THIS Dry Bar Triple Sec in my roots to help with some natural looking volume. I mix it in with my fingers just slightly.

STEP THREE: I then shape the front pieces of my hair to shape my face. This is to add depth to the style.

STEP FOUR: Next, I go through the hair next to my roots to make sure its smooth and lays flat. This is KEY to help your hair lay flat vs. having kinks.

STEP FIVE: I then take the pieces from underneath and smooth them down to the tips of my hair. I only smooth what needs to be smoothed to help with the health of my hair.

STEP SIX: Next, I make sure all the layers around my head are smooth. I pull them to the front so that they all lay in the same direction.

STEP SEVEN: Finally, I take all the hair on either side of my face and smooth it down in one direction slightly curling the end up. This gives it great movement.

I hope this helps you achieve that perfectly straight and sleek style!

Easy tutorial to create a smooth and sleek straight hair look with natural volume.

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How I Curl My Hair [Updated]

One of the most asked questions I get is how I curl my hair! I am sharing how I do this and my favorite products I use to achieve it!


EDIT: I had an influx of questions about how I curl my hair! I updated the products and gave you my new favorite products I have been using but the system is still the same!

This whole settling into Oregon transition has been much more of a process then I thought back in April. Since moving I have tried some new products and tools to combat my hair changing texture with the new weather here.

THIS hairspray and THIS texturizer have completely changed my hair. It will now hold a curl. I switched to THIS curling iron because it helps with heat damage and is the only one that will curl my hair now. I have never had a problem with my hair curling so it was devastating trying to find a new curling iron.

Since we haven’t found our new home yet, I have made a point to wear something that makes me feel put together. Our room is anything BUT put together. I have always struggled with anxiety and nervousness, especially when my surroundings are not necessarily stable. Wearing a cute robe such as THIS one makes my mornings just a little bit easier. You should try it sometime!

PS be on the lookout for this makeup tutorial, it’s my new routine!

Luxy Hair Extensions Chocolate Brown 20″

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Wet Brush (New favorite brush HERE)

T3 Curling Iron 1″ Barrel

T3 Curling wand

Drybar Triple Sec (all about my favorite Dry Shampoo HERE)

Drybar Money Maker Hairspray (New favorite HERE)

Bioionic hair dryer (New favorite HERE)