Blonde Beauty

I have a hair appointment tomorrow morning and I cannot wait to be blonde again. This short stint being a brunette was fun for a hot minute, but like most things shiny and new…it faded quick. Literally. The color right now is a coppery hot mess of grossness. I hate it.

I have been getting BirchBox for quite a while now. Every time I think it is starting to suck and consider canceling, they hit me with a good box. Tricky little minx.

The Amika Nourishing Hair Mask is really really good. I haven’t tried a lot of fancy hair masks, but this one is definitely the best of any I’ve received in my BirchBox or tried over the counter (aka drugstore brands). It smells amaze and my hair felt great and truly healthier after using. Win.

I, personally, really liked this tinted “all-in-one” moisturizer by Mereadesso. Supposedly it acts as a moisturizer, primer, serum, and eye cream. Plus it is tinted so that is an added bonus to even skin tone. I just really liked the consistency and how it felt on my skin. I can’t say it offered a ton of coverage, but enough for errands and to avoid looking homeless.

A friend of mine is selling Beauty Counter products and she sent me a bunch of samples. Two of the products are so so good. First, the Lustro Face Oil 2. I legit want all of the oils. I’ve had some cheap face & hair oils and they definitely do not have the same consistency nor absorption as good ones. This one smells good and absorbs perfectly.

Second, the Nourishing Cleansing Balm is one of the best products ever, particularly if you have dry skin. It seems strange at first, but it literally melts into your skin while removing dirt and makeup, and then your skin feels so supple and hydrated.

If you are feeling mature and wanting to invest in your skin, these are great products and a great line in general. My wrinkly old face needs all the love it can get.

I’m sure I’ll share my blonde roots tomorrow on insta (oxymoron…?)

Hope none of you were injured trying to procure some #LillyforTarget!

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Plus and minus

I don’t really make resolutions. BUT I do often think with the new year what I’d like to change, add, delete to my life.

CHANGE: I have this thing where I will know exactly what I want, but will somehow let someone (someone = my husband) or the price tag change my mind. I will get what I sort of like, end up hating, wanting to get rid of and buy what I wanted to begin with. In the end I waste money, time, and happiness by trying to be cheap or compromising too much.

ADD: Fresh air. Last winter was atrocious, I was in my first trimester, remodeling a house, and living in an office/warehouse. I don’t feel like I was outside enough. The summer came and I was really hot, really pregnant, and basically couldn’t deal with being outside. So now I’m ready to get OUT and breathe. Be it with my little family or alone, I can’t stand to be stagnant any longer.

ADD: Hobbies. Paint more. Sell said paintings. Maybe try tennis again. I suck at tennis.

DELETE: Complaining about dog hair and dirty floors. This seems trivial, but in my house it is a constant battle and I spend so much time being aggravated by both. I love my dog and he’s not going anywhere so with him comes dog hair aplenty. I love my husband and he’s not going anywhere so with him comes boots, and dirt, and dirty boots.

ADD: Meal planning. It works. Makes my week go so much smoother and my grocery shopping has purpose. Instead of just wandering the aisles buying random ingredients and then getting home with nothing to eat.

CHANGE: My hair color! Mixing it up on Thursday because I can. Taking this pic of the Duff to my hair girl.

So a few things I’m pondering. Obvi much of my year will be spent watching my little baby girl grow and learn new things every day. 2015 is going to be great.

Changes

Here I was sitting in my hotel room getting ready to fire up some Netflix (even though I am out of stuff to watch)…and I start thinking about my hair. I go to Kate – Small Things Blog to check out her new do after seeing it on insta and thinking…’hey that’s what i want.’ Seeing her hair led me to pinterest and more hair pics, which reminded me that Blake Lively’s pregnant hair was of interest. So then I started looking at her pics. You know what will make you feel bad about yourself? Blake Lively.

What the hell is she always laughing at? Le sigh.

Oh well. I do want different hair though. I am thinking lo lights all around and then some blonde right around my face. We’ll see how that works out. I haven’t had it cut since July. No amount of moroccan oil in the world will keep my hair from breaking at this point. Although it has certainly helped me grow my hair quite a bit longer than usual. Having fine, fragile hair is truly a curse. #problems

An update.

Lots of things happening over here. The biggest is our house reno. What a TASK. The house is basically going to be new when we are done. New and fucking awesome I might add. The husband and I are mostly agreeing on most things, which is all that I can ask for. The bad part is the time and money. Time is ticking by at an alarming rate, and I don’t want to pay rent + a mortgage again. Which means we have 4 weeks. 4 weeks to get a new kitchen, bathroom, floors, electrical, plumbing, paint and trim. NBD. Since all I have right now are before pictures, I am just going to wait until we have afters to share anything on the blog. You can follow our progress on instagram (@summersantana).

With the crazy investment of renovating a house, that means no fall clothes for me. So boring. The only thing I have bought recently is this Ily Couture sweatshirt. I wore out the ‘Oh My Chic’ version from last year, so I knew this would be a necessity.

I’m getting my hair done today! Only two weeks overdue. Root city over here. Speaking of hair, I love this shampoo/conditioner and best of all, it is cheap. Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion

Our five year wedding anniversary is Friday. The husband will be at the DU Banquet to celebrate. So sweet.

I can’t remember all of the other things I was going to post about now that I finally sat down at the computer. What is going on with y’all?