The Big 3-5! Here’s to 10 Years of (Questionable) Looks


Renee DeSantis

Today I turn 35 *shudder*, and I’ve been reflecting on how much I’ve changed and grown in the the past 10 years. On my 25th birthday, I was just kind of coasting through life. No real vision in sight and unsure of myself.  When I think about my life today, I’m incredibly grateful for the love, stability, happiness, and passion that are a part of my day to day life. And my hair thanks me as well.

During those “wondering” years, my hair changed with each life change–a breakup, a new job, graduating, you name it. It was until I met my husband, my rock and my center, that my look became consistent and more like me.

So as I embark on a journey into a new age bracket, enjoy a few of my hair raising highlights over the past decade!

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Winter Proofing Hair With Head & Shoulders Moisture Care Collection


This post is sponsored by P&G.

Head & Shoulders Moisture Care, co-wash, 2-in-1

It’s official. The groundhog saw his shadow and graced us with 6 more unwanted weeks of winter. That means 6 more weeks of delayed school openings, canceled dinner plans, and puffy coats and snow boots covered with that annoying film on dirty snow covered cars. Bleh.

It also means 6 more weeks of dry hair and scalp. The winter weather and dry indoor heating can wreck havoc on hair, especially ethnic hair, making it brittle and dry, thus more susceptible to split ends and dandruff.

The solution? Moisture. Moisture. And moisture. That’s why I was excited to try Head & Shoulders new line of hair care specifically formulated for textured hair. The Head & Shoulders Moisture Care Collection includes a shampoo, 2-in-1, co-wash and scalp soother.

The co-wash is great for when I wear my hair naturally curly. Co-washing, if you’re unsure of exactly what it is, is washing your hair with conditioner to ensure that dry/curly hair isn’t stripped of the precious oils it needs that washing with regular shampoo can cause.

Although my hair is naturally curly, in the winter I tend to wear it straight so the 2-in-1 wash is perfect for me. It contains vitamin E rich almond oil, coconut essence and dandruff-fighting ingredient zinc pyrithione (ZPT), which help combat the damage constant use of the hair dryer can cause. Before washing, I also used about 15 pumps of the scalp soother to cool and moisturize my scalp.


Head & Shoulders Moisture Care


I had great results with the 2-in-1. I never thought that I could just use one product for washing and conditioning, but I could with this one. My hair was flat, limp, and dull beforehand, and afterwards my hair felt soft and smooth, but I still had great body and shine.


Head & Shoulders Moisture Care Collection, Review, After


While I wish tomorrow I would be waking up to 75 degree weather instead of black ice warnings, good hair days help ease the pain. Thanks Head & Shoulders :)


HS_BlueHead and Shoulders scientists explored the unique needs and characteristics of African American hair and found a drastic need for moisture and protection. Head & Shoulders NEW Moisture Care collection, with Vitamin E rich almond oil and coconut essence, provides moisture for scalp and hair immediately and also over time, eliminating dandruff and leaving you 100% flake-free. For more information, visit Head & Shoulders on Facebook ( and follow @HeadShoulders on Twitter.

Valentine’s Makeup Look: Pink Lips and Flirty Eyes


Too Faced MELTED LIQUIFIED LONG WEAR LIPSTICK in Velvet, Too Faced Natural Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

I know it’s a “Hallmark Holiday”, but Valentine’s Day ranks right under Christmas as one of my favorite holidays. The cold weather might keep us in (the coldest it’s been since the 1800s on Sunday??), but this look might be steamy enough to get me out the house. I love pairing a bold, but pretty lip with soft and flirty eyes. Here’s a breakdown of products:

Valentine's Makeup

From l. to r.:

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick Melted Velvet

Too Faced Natural Eye Neutral Eye Shadow Collection

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner Black Ink

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Radiant Magenta

Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW™ Pomade Dark Brown

*Also not pictured Lena Lashes Mink/Fox blend in Celeste

10 Makeup Instagram Artists You Should Be Following


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Besides blogs, Instagram is one of my favorite sources of makeup tips, products, and inspiration. From celebrity makeup artists to self taught artists that jump started their career through social media, there’s probably one out there that suits your personal beauty style. And not all accounts are created equal. Look for the ones that interact with their followers, answering questions in the comment section, and give insight on the looks they create by listing products or sharing technique.

Below I’ve listed 10 of my favorite makeup Instagram accounts. Who are some of your favorites?

Amrezy, makeup, instagram makup artist, Amra Olevic

This NYC makeup artist now living in LA always does a flawless face- bold lips, nude and neutral, glowing, smokey eye- you name it. With hundreds of looks on her page, her popularity grew so much that she scored her own limited edition eyeshadow palette with Anastasia Beverly Hills. Added bonus to following her are here equally flawless outfit posts!
If I need to find a good lash, I turn to Shyla’s Instagram page. It’s all about the eyes with Shyla, but she does a great statement lip as well.  She not only shares her favorite products, but she also shares her hairstyle secrets as well.
makeupbymario, Mario Dedivanovic
If you haven’t heard the name Mario Dedivanovic, chances are you aren’t keeping up with the Kardashians. While Kim uses several different makeup artists, Mario has been her makeup artist for years and was responsible for creating her signature look and sparking a highlight and contour craze.
If I had to pick someone on Instagram whose makeup looks most reflect my personal style, it would be beauty/style blogger and Youtuber, Teni Panosian. She’s naturally stunning without makeup, but her makeup looks are always modern, fresh, and youthful.


If your looking to nail the J.Lo glow, Desi Perkins is your girl (not to mention she could be her twin!).



Tania is great at really tailoring a unique look to her client, instead of pumping out one cookie cuter look. I sat in on a live makeup class she did with model Jessica Burciaga, bought 2 of the products she used and love them both. For only $10 it was well worth it and I’m hoping she does more!



Angel Merino does such a good highlight, he developed his own line of highlighting powders, called Artist Couture that look beautiful on everyone.



Christina Milian, Paris Hilton, and Casie are just a few of the celebrities he works his magic on. He’s in high demand, but will still share some of his favorite products on his page.



Lilit does a bold take on classic looks that are beautiful. I participated in one of her online tutorials and was amazed at her attention to detail. After watching her in action, I learned so much and was inspired to try her smokey cat eye (I’m still working on it, btw).




Not only does she post photos with product details, but she also posts great short tutorial videos from contouring, lips, eye makeup and hair!


Photos courtesy of Instagram

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