Archive | May, 2012

Favorites from the Weekend!

21 May

Hermits
We spent the weekend at home refinishing an old cedar trunk (post later this week), reading, and lounging by the pool.  I didn’t get around to sewing but possibly this week… *Liz*

We refinished this bad boy.

Milestones

This weekend Colby’s youngest brother graduated from Brophy and so we went to the graduation ceremony on Sat. They honored a selection of the students that won awards for extraordinary achievements and it made me think about where I was when I graduated from high school and where I am today. I am still trying to figure out exactly where my place is and where I want to go in life and  it was wonderful to get a renewed sense of enthusiasm for the future. *Katie*

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Friday, I’m in LOVE…

18 May

…with sewing projects
I’m starting to feel the itch again.  I’m not sure if I’m 100% ready after all the time I spent on my previous dresses, but we’ll see where this weekend leads.  Here are some of the things I’d really like to sew. *Liz*

Black maxi dress, colorful maxi skirt, crochet shorts

…with Birchbox
Have you guys heard of this yet? It’s a genius concept. You pay $10 a month and you get a little box in the mail with sample sized products. You can kind of tailor it to which type of products and what skin/hair types you have but ultimately it’s a complete surprise. I got my first one this month. Trying awesome new products and getting mail!  Two of my favorite things!! AND this month’s theme was Gossip Girl! *Katie*

Included in the box: Color Club nail polish in Disco Nap, Dr. Jart + Waterfuse BB cream, Kerastase Cristalliste Lumiere Liquide, Stila sparkle waterproof liquid eye liner, Kerastase Cristalliste shampoo and conditioner samples and notecards.

Problem Skin

15 May

Posted by: Katie

My skin has caused me a lot of grief over the years. It’s not the worst in the entire world but can be frustrating. I have really sensitive skin and have also struggled with sometimes oily, combination skin and pimples. I have tried quite a few products and found what works best for me, so this is a list of the most effective products I have found:

Phisoderm Anti-Blemish Gel Facial Wash

This face wash has really been the best that I have ever found but I can’t find it in any of the typical stores (Walgreens, Target, etc) so I buy this on drugstore.com in bulk. It’s really cheap so that’s awesome, but the best thing is that it gently washes my face and keeps it (relatively) break out free.

Clarisonic

I put my face wash on this bad boy to get a super scrub. If I haven’t washed my face yet and I have had a face full of makeup I typically do a pre-wash. With just a little bit of face wash I do a quick rinse so when I use the Clarisonic it really gets the chance to get everything out of my pores. This also lets products soak deeper into your fresh, clean pores so if my skin is acting up I Clarisonic it (it can be a verb) and put a treatment cream on top. The Clarisonic is also supposed to reduce fine lines and wrinkles over time, so…. that’s cool.

Proactiv Repairing Lotion

This stuff is really incredible. I can’t use it too often because it dries my face out a lot, but it really makes a difference when I apply it after washing my face before bed when I have a breakout.

Biore Pore Strips

These are as effective as they are fun. A little gross, but it’s awesome being able to see something work!

Ponds Cold Cream

This is a makeup remover extraordinaire. This gets the most waterproof and difficult makeup off in no time. I just put it on my eyes, rub it in, and remove with a tissue. I’ve used this since extravagant Halloweens growing up!

Bare Minerals Moisturizer

This moisturizer is light and effective. It makes my skin feel hydrated but quenched, and doesn’t cause extra breakouts. I put this on under my makeup in the morning.

Friday, I’m in LOVE…

11 May

…with Road Trips
All of the flights to LA filled up so Katie and I are going to fly into San Diego, then road trip it up to LA.  Bring on the dance tunes, it’s ’bout to get crazy. *Liz*

This is how we dance.

…with Amy’s Thai Coconut Soup
This little soup was my dinner last night. It sat in my pantry for a little while because I bought it after I had an amazing Thai coconut curry at Thai Rama and thought it wouldn’t live up to what I had at the restaurant. Fast forward to Thursday and I thought I would just give it a try. It was good!It has sweet potatoes, mushrooms, carrots, and more. Different, but I would recommend giving it a try! *Katie*

Katie’s Hair Routine

8 May

Posted by: Katie

Big hair is my favorite. Actually, just having as much hair as possible. You know how Barbie’s hair is about twice as big as her body? That’s what I’ve always wanted. Unfortunately, while I was blessed with a lot of hair, it’s thin and so straight that it can look a little flat. It also takes a little while to grow and tends to stop at a certain point, so after trying several different products I’ve managed to grow my hair out a couple extra inches. Here are my keys to more growth and volume.

Mane ‘n Tail Shampoo & Conditioner

This is for real. My friend Katy started using it and swore that it helped her hair grow. Because she has such a flowing mane, I got some for myself. I went to Walgreens and found a giant bottle for about $6. Fantastic. Colby saw it and said, “Is this animal shampoo?” It does have animal AND human instructions on the bottle, and a big picture of a horse so I understood the confusion, but this was for me. I use this most of the time (about 4 times a week) and because it’s good to switch up products occasionally, I also use the following;

Biolage Hydrating Shampoo

I used to always get volumizing shampoos (for obvious reasons) but now I go for moisturizing shampoos. I found that I like treating my dry hair against breakage and then use volumizing styling products afterward. This shampoo is light enough that I don’t feel like my hair is weighed down when I use it, and it smells and feels great. I use this when I don’t use the Mane ‘n Tail, so about 3 times a week.

Biolage Conditioning Balm

I use the Biolage Conditioning Balm about once a week in place of my conditioner, after I have used the Biolage hydrating shampoo. You leave it in for about 5 minutes so wash your hair first, then shave your legs or wash your body, etc. then rinse out the conditioner. It is awesome and makes your hair feel like silk.

Kerastase Ciment Thermique 

After I have towel dried my hair I apply a quarter size of Ciment Thermique. Kerastase is not cheap but I think this product is liquid gold. It has definitely made an improvement on the strength and look of my hair. This is a thermo-protective reconstructive milk for weakened hair and protects hair from styling tools.

Kerastase Volumactive Mousse

I don’t use the Volumactive mousse every time but it is very helpful with achieving substantial volume. If I want a lot of volume without styling my hair then this product will do that just by working it in before I blow dry my hair. It is the best mousse I have ever used. This might sound weird but I think blonde hair can tend to look greasy with some products. I think mousse and gel are the trickiest products for a  blonde to use because they can leave too much residue. This product is not too sticky but gets the job done. If you style your hair after using this product you will get a good hold as well.

Farouk CHI Professional 1300-watt Low EMF Hair Dryer

I air dry my hair when possible, mostly on the weekends or when I wash my hair at night during the week. But when I don’t air dry, I blow dry with this baby. I have had mine for about 4-5 years. It dries my hair quickly and doesn’t get it all tangled. I dry my hair upside down (you probably already know this, but it adds volume) and use a paddle brush to control it.

Finally, it’s been important for me, because I color my hair, to find a salon that uses products that compliment my hair. I found that while Redken is a great product, my hair just doesn’t respond as well and feels dry when I use those products and colors. So that is up to everyone’s own hair and is something you need to try out through trial and error.

My hair wizard is Nicole at Swank Salon.  If you’re looking for an amazing stylist in downtown Phoenix that, not only does your hair crazy good but will also make you laugh the whole time, look no further. Call 602-265-3068 for an appointment.

It’s a Swank -y little salon

Related: Liz’s Everyday Hair Routine

Favorites from the Weekend!

7 May

Sunbathing
It’s beginning to transition from perfect weather to summer weather here (steady 91 degrees) which means the pool water is finally warm!  We spent the weekend sunbathing in preparation for the summer trips we have planned.  Even Cookie Monster had her fair share. *Liz*

The Avengers
This movie was great! Colby was really excited about it so we went on Friday night and I would totally recommend it. I loved Iron Man and Thor so this was a nice addition to the mix. I laughed a lot and there was a ton of action for the guys. *Katie*

Non Cinco De Mayo Festivities
We were not intending on not celebrating Cinco De Mayo this year. We even started out with margaritas at Pedros. But then when the group of us were trying to decide what to do next we somehow settled on the girls getting dessert treats, guys getting more cocktails and Mexican beer, and us converging to play the game Apples to Apples at the pool. It was pretty fun and a non conventional way to celebrate the holiday. *Katie*

Friday, I’m in LOVE…

4 May

…with a free weekend!
No traveling, no set plans, no must-do items. Just margaritas and pool time (assuming this flu is completely gone). Have a great Cinco de Mayo tomorrow!! *Liz*

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