After hearing so many incredible things about the company Manuka Doctor, as well as the many benefits manuka honey and purified bee venom (you read that right) has on skin, I knew I just had to try some products from their range.
So, I did a bit of research (mostly on their website) and took the plunge...
And my skin is oh-so-happy I did!
I have always been my most inspired when it's raining (maybe because I'm a Pisces), and today, my mother and I thought we would get in the Jeep and drive up to a sleepy Hudson River town called Cold Spring. Here I am, shoes untied and surrounded by fog, mid-way to our destination. Sometimes, you need a break from the fast-paced city, and sometimes, you just have to jump out of the car in the middle of a winding road for a photo-op...
As I begin my (painfully) long journey to the icy blonde locks of my dreams, I'm realizing how difficult it is to go from hair like Ariel from The Little Mermaid, to a mane more like Elsa's from Frozen.
(Check out my previous red color in my Tell-All post).
My new mission: rid my head of the red - and the best way to do that I'm told, is to grow it out completely and chop away my Ariel moment.
Here are some tips to eating and treating your way to longer and stronger hair...
(If you guys want to see a post on what I did for my beautiful cousin Bella's hair and makeup,
let me know in the comments below. That's her natural hair - can you believe it?!)
Primers and lipsticks and masks, oh my!
Here is a list of the best so you don't have to splurge on the worst.
After yoga, I feel completely free and at peace. It's the getting to yoga that can often pose a problem, or the remembering all that you've learned in yoga that can create some issues...
Sometimes, your bed is just too damn comfy, or right after you say "namaste," you slip on an icy path and get the lavender-scented wind knocked out of you (true story). So alas, I have come up with some tricks to stay zen when the world around you just doesn't want to cooperate.
Lately, my hair has been lacking some love and hydration. I have been using the same shampoo and conditioner for the last couple of months (I usually use The Honest Company's Sweet Orange Vanilla range, which smells like a delicious creamsicle), but find my hair is healthier and happier when I change up my routine every once in a while.
So, in the spirit of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, I thought I would run to my nearest Ulta and pick up Kardashian Beauty's new Rejuvenating Shampoo & Conditioner, along with a bottle of Black Seed Dry Oil for good measure. (I mean, have you seen their hair?! Those are some well-pampered locks)...
In typical Olivia-fashion, I decided one morning that I would dye my hair red.
And I mean really red.
Like, Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy, red.
After a bit of research, I decided that Manic Panic's Infra Red would be the perfect shade of red for me. My hair was already a bit lighter at the ends from a previous failed ombré attempt (a story for another day), so I wasn't too worried about the numerous reviews of this dye that mentioned the color wouldn't show all that well on darker hair. Flanked by my mother (who has been with me through all my hair mishaps and victories) and my best friend from college (hi, Marlee!), we lined the bathroom in garbage bags, each wore chic garbage bag dresses (you'll thank me later), and started painting on the red...
It's that time of year again... as Shakespeare put it so nicely, " April hath put a spirit of youth in everything."
Thus - festival season! Dust off your flower crowns and prepare to swoon over some of the hottest musicians of the year.
(pictured below - DIY flower crown. All it took was one creative night and a couple of glasses of wine with my girlfriends. Let me know if you all would like to see a full DIY in the future!)
Dressing up, getting glam, and taking gorgeous photos definitely comes second to the music - but that doesn't make it any less important! Here are some festival essentials, from trial and error (lots of it), and a couple of ways to keep that glam from fading as the sun goes down...
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