Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Summer Must Haves

As we make our way through the first week of summer (officially), I wanted to share my favorite summer essential products with y’all. Being from central Texas, summer is sometimes the only season we can actually count on to happen in a year, so it’s safe to say I have my summer beauty regimen down. Read on for a list of essential summer-time products!

1) Sun Protection (obviously)
It doesn’t matter if you have scorching hot summers like us in Texas, or if you barely have a summer season at all. Regardless, the sun is out longer each day and slowly but surely causing damage to your skin. It is so important to find a good daily sunscreen to prevent any future, or further, sun damage to your skin. We have a variety of amazing sun care products to fit each and every skin type or condition. We have them tinted, we have them for oily/dry/sensitive skin, and we even have them DRINKABLE. Yes, drinkable. I have listed my favorite three below, but you can view a list of all of our sun care products here.
  • Osmosis Harmonized H2O UV Neutralizer: Yes, this is the drinkable sunscreen. This is actually water that's harmonized at specific frequencies to deter the UV Rays, so you won’t actually be drinking sunscreen. Available in No Tan, and Tan Enhancing versions. Perfect for throwing in your purse or backpack while on the go and last for about 3 hours of being in the sun before you will need another dose.

2) Mosquito Protection
Speaking of the harmonized H2O water for sunscreen listed above, I have to recommend the Harmonized Mosquito Water as well. Here in Texas, with all of the rain and flooding we had the past several months you already know the mosquitos are BAD, and only going to get worse over the summer. Protect yourself, and your children or pets, with a simple, mess-free, scent-free, and hassle-free mosquito harmonized water. I use this for myself and my 4 year old and as long as you take it as directed, it actually works.

3) Lip Care
Something you may not even consider is protecting your lips from the sun as well. Swap your lip gloss for a chap stick (at least underneath the color) to keep your lips soft and hydrated during this season. I have listed my favorites that contain a bit of sunscreen perfect for summer.
  • EltaMD UV Lip Balm Broad-Spectrum SPF 31: This chap stick is broad-spectrum, water-resistant, and long lasting. Super inexpensive so worth buying a few to keep in your pool bag or car for on the go!
  • gloMinerals The Mint Balm: Provides a SPF of 15, with a rosemary and mint scent that is so refreshing! This is much larger than your typical chap stick and will last you forever. It’s also available in a cherry version.

4) Hair Care
Have you ever even considered that the UV rays from the sun could be damaging your hair? It makes sense right? Thankfully we have a product that actually protects the hair from the sun, salt water and pool water. This will keep your summer hair from being damaged by the effects of our favorite summer activities, as well as help preserve your color if your hair is dyed.

5) After-Sun Care
We even carry a product perfect for all over the body, and hair, after a long day in the sun. This hair and body oil is a necessity for any and every one this summer. It’s a lightweight oil that can be applied all over from head to toe. The scent is refreshing, yet subtle, and the oil will not leave you feeling greasy once applied. Also it actually helps enhance your tan for 6-8 hours after being in the sun.

Do you have your own Summer Essentials routine you follow? I’d love to hear them in the comments below! If you’re interested in any of these Summer Essentials products, use code SUMMER16 for 15% off* of these products through July 22nd. Don’t forget to protect your skin, stay hydrated, and stay beautiful this summer!

<3 Kristen

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Dad's Emergency: Hair

My father had no idea what to do with my hair.

Wild curls, fluffy and almost alive with their unruliness, my hair would have taken a very, very trained hand to manage. Of course, neither one of my parents qualified. My poor father, however, had even less of a chance than my mother with his military-style high and tight. He had no chance at all.

It didn't help that I was tender-headed. For those of you who don't wrangle coarse, curly hair every day, "tender-headed" is the label cast onto girls who can't manage to handle the ripping, scraping, and pulling necessary with aplomb. I was definitely, thoroughly one of those girls. I would cry and pull away and wince and declaim whomever had the nerve to try to make me look presentable. For my mother, there was an acceptable solution; cut it off. Short hair for days (T-Boz, I still love you!). My father, on the other hand, wanted me to be acceptable above all else. Beautiful, even, if it was possible.

Most days he left my wild hair alone. Come pictures or a family event, though, everything changed. He would sit me down on the floor in front of the couch, put something distracting on T.V. He hoped for the best. Brushes, combs, oils, creams, hair ties, rubber bands - every weapon he could find was appropriated and scattered around me on the floor. I remember him pulling my hair taut, smearing some oily, scented product around my hairline, scraping a stiff boar-bristled brush along my skull, my whining hopefully drowned out by the cheerful singing of a candy-coated cartoon.

It rarely worked.

The end result was, perhaps, predictable. My skin pulled taut, my eyes narrowed, my hair so far gone as to be nearly non-existent. The pictures were awful. No, truly. Awful. I don't think even my father approved of the final result. It wasn't pretty, or acceptable. But it also wasn't a curly, fluffy, rat's nest of a disaster.

When I sat down to write this blog, this Father's Day blog, this is what came to mind. This image of my classically masculine father sitting down and teaching himself to do something completely outside of his experience or knowledge-base. This image of him looking through shelves and shelves of mystery products, lost in the labels and descriptions and selling points. I see him talking to various sales people, to hair dressers, to anyone who might be able to help him navigate the strange world of his daughter's hair.

This is what it means to be a father, I think. And this is why we say thank you.

So thank you, dad, and Happy Father's Day!


For all of you fathers that sympathize with this and understand the struggle, there a few products that can actually help combat unruly hair! Phyto Petit Detangling Spray for Children is a wonderful dangler that will not have your child's hair experience ending in tears (hopefully), but detangled , shiny and smooth. You can even use a brush that is made to be gentle and still fight those tangles. The Macadamia Natural Oil No Tangle Brush has a unique "flex bristle" design that gently diffuses tangles and knots, painlessly and safely detangling hair. The Curlisto Natural Curls Leave-In Treatment is a good leave-in treatment that will help to keep the frizz and puff gone all day after the groundwork has been laid.

These are just a few beginner tips and products, but there are so many more! We can set you up with a whole hair regimen for any type of hair, yours or your child's. We can help you  make that special little lady in your life not shed a tear for good hair care.

Contact us via email at or call us at 1-800-926-5219, Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm CST.  

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