As you guys know, I have a few beauty products that I am literally addicted to, including my beloved Kiehl’s bb cream, MACs studio fix skin finish and the “pink leopard” bronzer by Too Faced (which unfortunately no longer exists, but the sweetest Anna managed to steal one from her mom’s cosmetic bag for me ♥ you guys have no idea how happy that made me!!). I’ve been using these products forever and am still super happy with them. But then, there are also some that I like to switch up every once in a while. I like to try new things, in the hopes of finding something I love just as much as my other favorites. So when NU3 approached me and gave me the opportunity to try their new online-shop, it was the perfect chance to try a few new things that I’ve been meaning to test.
As I already promised in last week’s “Beauty Talk”, I will try to talk about my hair a bit more frequently, since it seems to interest so many of you. This week, I am excited to tell you guys that I have teamed up with Philips and their “Beauty and Style Guide” to let you in on the secret of my straight hair. I wear my hair straight 95% of the time, so most of you probably don’t know that I have naturally wavy/frizzy/big hair and would never leave the house without styling it first. I used to always straighten my hair with a regular flat iron, which of course works great (and I still use mine every once in a while when I am in a rush and just want to touch up a bit). BUT most of the time I actually reach for a round brush (purchased at my old hair salon) and a really good blowdryer, because it is far less damaging for the hair and I like the way my hair has some movement to it (rather than being stick-straight). Philips just came out with a new model, the HPS920, which is amazing because it has 2300W (= LOTS of power) and something called the “ThermoProtect” function with an ideal 57°C to spare the hair from being exposed to too much heat. When you’re blow drying your hair straight, it is super important to have enough heat to actually dry and straighten the hair, but you don’t want too much, which will burn your hair (… when you start to notice that burnt smell, it is probably time to turn the dryer off).
The most common question that lands in my inbox is definitely one regarding my hair. I get complimented on my hair ALL the time, and while it certainly is flattering, don’t be fooled. Yes, I have thick & strong hair. Yes, I have long hair. And yes, it isn’t damaged (because I actually take really good care of my hair). I love my hair, but trust me, it isn’t that much better than anyone else’s. It takes FOREVER to blow dry and to style it, and during the summer I sometimes secretly wish for less hair since it can produce quite a bit of heat. But, since so many of you are curious about my long locks, I’ll try to talk about the products I use, and how I style it a bit more frequently from now on. First up is one of my all-time favorite products: Nashi Argan Hair Oil. I’ve been using Moroccan Oil for years, and just recently tried the Nashi Argan Oil for the first time. It is crazy! Trust me! Seriously, if you have thick hair that tends to get a bit frizzy and is hard to tame, this will be your best friend forever! Not only does it leave my hair silky smooth, it somehow also cuts the drying time in half. Magic probably, right?
About a week ago I purchased my first ever concealer (“NW25″ by MAC) and have to admit, I am pretty addicted already! Don’t ask me how or why, but it seems that I’ve gone the last 24 years without the little miracle worker. Well, at a recent shoot with Maddie, she asked me to apply a little more concealer … turns out there was none to be found in my make-up bag. That’s when I realized that maybe I had been missing out on something. And I was right! While I was as MAC to shop for my concealer, I also took home the “Brow Set” (in “beguile”), which is basically mascara for your eye brows. Together, those 2 items have easily turned into my favorite things at the moment. I have such light eye brows, that it is nice to give them a little more color, which in returns brings out my eyes – or at least that’s what I tell myself :) Do any of you guys use either of these products?