Coachella 2015 Beauty and Style Inspiration


Coachella beauty, festival beauty, style


It’s festival season! Never been to one, probably never will, but it’s on my bucket list. If I was lucky enough to be heading to Coachella, here are my festival ready beauty/fashion items!

Coachella is in the desert, so I would keep makeup at a minimum. Besides sunscreen (SPF 50) and concealer, my

Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick in Ibiza is a must for a bronzy, J-Lo glow. I love a bold lip that lasts and Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick Melted Velvet is my go-to for the summer. Top of with bare eyes and just lashes with Georgie Beauty ‘L’Avant Gardiste’ Faux Lash Compact.

This Missguided Tie Dye Chiffon Romper paired with flat Free People ‘Bellflower’ Tall Gladiator Sandal

complete the relaxed, but glam look.

March Beauty Product Favorites


Elizabeth and James, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush #12, Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eyeliner, Beauty Blender Mini


I can’t believe it’s the end of March already, but I’m ready for spring. My Sephora haul this month yielded some goodies I would definitely repurchase.

First up is Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon. I typically use gel eyeliners with an angled brush because I feel like it’s more precise than a pencil, but easier to apply than liquid. This eyeliner combines the precision of a gel with the ease of a pencil. It’s similar to Urban Decay’s 24/7 liner, without the eye irritation I experienced with that pencil.

I also got to try Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black, which I ended up loving. It’s spicy and sensual, masculine, yet feminine. I couldn’t stop smelling my clothes when I wore it and immediately got a compliment from the hubs on it. Score.

I love using a Beauty Blender to apply my makeup for a natural and flawless finish. The Beauty Blender Micro Mini is perfect for concealer and small areas of the face!

It’s no secret I love my Clarisonic for night time cleansing. I’ve been using the new Radiance replacement head and I love how gentle it is but makes my skin smooth and glowing.

Last but not least is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush #12. I don’t know how I lived without it. It’s perfect for defining and filling in brows, especially using the Dipbrow Pomade (which I love). On the other end is a spool for grooming.


Springing it forward with lighter locks


bayalage, dark brown hair bayalage

If you read my last post about turning 35 and how my hair and personal style is more consistent, please disregard as I embark on a new hair color journey for the spring (minus the life changing events).

My hair story for the past few years has been very low maintenance and natural. I add some subtle caramel bayalage last summer. If you’re not familiar with bayalage, it’s a french word that means to sweep or to paint. Instead of highlighting hair with traditional foils, they are hand painted on giving a more natural, sun-kissed look. I love it because it’s so low-maintance with no obvious growing out lines. This technique has been around forever, but has been gaining a lot of steam lately.

Rewind to last week. I had been thinking about punching up my color, as it had been 7 months since I last had color done (when I said bayalage was low maintenance, I wasn’t kidding). When my hairstylist, Susan (Salon Vanity in Philadelphia), suggested we go lighter, that was all I need to hear to take the plunge.

bayalage, saran wrap

no foils here—it’s a plastic wrap party!

We decided to leave my natural dark brown base as is and not lighten it. That way the color is still relatively low maintenance. I was there for a 2-3 hours, but the results were well worth it.

dark brown bayalage

Color after being blown out

brunette bayalage, dark brown

Lightened locks definitely need some TLC. I’ve been using Shu Uemura Brilliant Glaze Collection to help preserve and protect my new hair color.

brunette bayalage

Some tips on going transitioning to a lighter color this spring:

  • If you plan on going darker again in the fall, don’t go too dramatic with the color as you want something easy to transition to back to.
  • Keep in mind your summer activities. If you do a lot of swimming, either in chlorine or salt water, remember colored treated hair is particularly sensitive to these activities.
  • Help keep color from fading with a gentle, sulfate free shampoo. I’ve been using Shu Uemura Color Lustre collection to keep my new color looking fresh.
  • Need color inspiration? Look to your kids. A friend of mine used her daughter’s sunny blonde as a starting point for her newly lightened hair. No kids? Find a picture of you as a child in the summer.

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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