Tips For Coloring Your Own Hair

Many people love the hair salon and relaxing while having someone else does their hair, but I hate it! I do not want to sit for 15 minutes while someone applies color and then another 45 minutes for it to process and then another 20 to 30 minutes for it to be washed and dried. I am obviously a very impatient person.

Even when my hair was really long I would do it myself. I prefer to go to Sally Beauty Supply to buy color, set up in my bathroom, blast some music and get to work. While it is processing, I can clean and do housework,  like laundry, vacuuming and emptying the dishwasher. After it has processed, I can take a shower to wash it out and exfoliate, shave my legs and apply a deep conditioning mask. Then I can shave my face, apply a face mask and maybe a self tanner. I basically can be super productive and turn it into a mini spa evening. It is way better in my opinion than going to the salon! Applying your own color can be challenging for some, so I have compiled the best tips I have learned either through beauty school or from mistakes I have made.

C H O O S I N G  C O L O R :

1. Never try to do your own highlights or bleach your whole head. Trust me, I have done this before and it will not be good. Many people use color removing products and bleach, but since they can damage your hair an insane amount, I would save up my money for a professional visit. I suggest only coloring your own hair if you have lighter hair and are going darker such as a darker brown, light brown to deep red, or touching up your roots.

2. When choosing a formula, I like to mix my own from Sally Beauty Supply, but there are also box dyes. Read this article from Today on picking the best one for you.

3. Don’t be afraid to ask your stylist. If you go in for a haircut, ask him or her what they suggest for at-home color. Most of the time, they understand and are happy to make suggestions on what tones and shades to look for!

There are so many DIY hair color tutorials on YouTube. I spent hours watching them trying to find a good one to share to give you a visual on how to color your own hair. Being a cosmetologist, I was cringing watching most of them! Here are the two best that I found:

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7 Starbucks Drinks To Make At Home

Starbucks is one of my favorite places to go for my coffee fix. As someone who is an avid coffee drinker, this means I go there pretty often. This is great for me; however, my wallet usually isn’t too pleased about this. I’ve recently seen copycat recipes for some of my favorite Starbucks drinks to make at home! And they’re surprisingly really easy to make. This is perfect for when I don’t have time to stop at Starbucks or don’t want to spend money.

Not only can you keep some money in your pocket, but since you’re making it, you control the sugar! Most Starbucks drinks have quite a bit of sugar in them. Want to cut back on your sugar? Add a little bit less! Making your own drinks allow you to customize it to taste or substitute ingredients for healthier options. Figure out what you like and play around with each recipe.

Here are the recipes of my favorite Starbucks drinks to make at home! (The Mocha Frappuccino is my favorite!)

1. Salted Caramel Mocha

  • 1 shot of espresso or 3/4 cup coffee
  • 1 1/2 – 2 tablespoons caramel sauce
  • 1-2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Whipped cream (optional)

7 Starbucks Drinks To Make At Homevia 52 Kitchen Adventures

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Megan’s “Uniform”

I haven’t worn a uniform since my Catholic school days. Ah, the horror. I used to think the plaid skirt was cute and then we moved to Florida and the girls and boys had to wear the same thing: terrible navy shorts that were high-waisted and came down to our knees with a polo. Thank goodness those days are over! Although, I still sort of have an unofficial uniform. I love picking out outfits for other people and styling them in clothes to fit their personalities. Big, bold colors and mixing prints are so fun, but I don’t feel comfortable in that. It doesn’t fit “me”. Yes, I will occasionally dress outside of my comfort zone, but I normally stick to my “uniform”. My “uniform” is a black dress with a leopard coat. It is super simple and easy, yet fashionable. I wear this outfit about two to three times a week!

via Harper’s BAZAAR

via Who What Wear

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5 Go-To Dessert Recipes Perfect For Any Party

Vanilla Cupcakevia Sweet Society

In the past year I’ve developed a serious sweet tooth. Don’t get me wrong, I have always loved sweets but recently I just can’t get enough. Luckily for me, I’m a pretty decent baker so I can whip up sweet treats to satisfy a craving. Whenever there’s a family gathering, party or backyard BBQ, I instantly volunteer to bring dessert.

Throughout the years of being designated dessert maker in my family, I’ve figured out what desserts are always a hit. Take a look at some of my go-to dessert recipes that are sure to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. 

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How To Style Graphic Tees

Although I love dressing up, I love just wearing a simple pair of jeans and a t-shirt. There’s something so easy and comfy about throwing on a t-shirt and calling it a day. I especially love wearing shirts that have a cute saying or design on it during the spring season. Recently, I have been looking into ways of dressing up my go-to style. Graphic tees are actually very versatile. They’re so easy to dress up and turn into a chic outfit for any occasion.

Here are some of my favorite ways to style a simple t-shirt along with some images to inspire your next graphic tee outfit!

1. Pair with a pretty skirt

I love the idea of paring a t-shirt with a flowy skirt. It completely transforms the look of a graphic tee. I feel like this will be my go-to style this spring. It looks like you put a lot of effort into getting ready, when in reality, it’s a quick and easy way to create a cute outfit! It’s also a look that can easily transition from day to night. Wear ballet flats to dress down the look, and at night, throw on some heels or wedges and a jacket for the the perfect night-time look.

How To Style Graphic Teesvia Rach Martino

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6 Pretty Decor Ideas I Want To Try In My Apartment

I like to mix things up in our apartment every now and then, usually opting for handmade pieces over everything else. It can be tough to find things for our place that isn’t too over-the-top crafty, though! Here are some decor DIYs that I’d definitely love to attempt soon…

via A Beautiful Mess

I’d love to try this floating shelves DIY for our apartment! We have large windows in our bedroom that would look great with a corner shelf or two.

photostrip diy

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10 Organization Ideas To Try

With such a busy schedule, I always like finding ways to make my life a little easier. I hate when my space feels cluttered and unorganized, whether that’s in my bedroom, my work space, and even my closet. I am all for making every space and item more useful.

I love finding useful organizational tips and tricks that I never even knew I needed! There are a lot of furniture pieces that can make it easy to store everything, but sometimes it’s not reasonable (or budget friendly) to buy a whole storage piece. It’s super easy to find items around the house that can be used for multiple purposes and make your life a little bit easier.

Here are just a few organizational ideas for you to try out today!

1. Notebook Envelope

10 Organization Ideas To Tryvia Simple As That Blog

I love this idea of sticking a little pocket in a notebook. This is perfect if you have a notebook dedicated to work, finances, school or just general notes. When I was job searching, I kept a notebook of jobs I applied for and jobs I wanted to apply for. It would’ve been great to have an organized way of keeping loose notes and business cards.

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