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FebYOUary: 7 Ways to Pamper Yourself This Weekend

Posted in Beauty, Health
on February 7, 2018

Because Treat Yo’ self.

It’s February, and I know that you’re looking to treat yourself to a little pampering session. Most of us after even considered getting our nails done since the holidays, so why start now? Well, as we have learned so far, taking care of yourself is important, and you deserve to treat yourself to a some pampering this weekend. Instead of making too many plans that you can’t possible commit to in 48 hours, spend part of your weekend alone to take care of your mind, body and soul. If you’re looking to add a little bliss to your weekend, keep on reading!

1| Deep stretches

No, I’m not saying you need to go all out with a workout here. I’m saying that it’s amazing how calming and soothing stretching is for your muscles. You can even give yourself a massage throughout the process. Stretching is in a sense, therapy, because of how it relaxes your muscles and removes tension and pain from your body. It’s something we should do FAR more than we should. So, if you don’t feel like making your own face mask, spend 20 minutes really stretching out your body and working on your muscles.

2| Treat yo hair

Now, if you’re into all the DIY treatments and fun things, you should treat your hair to a little pampering this weekend. I don’t know if you all have had the same CRAZY cold weather recently, but let me just say that my hair is not having it. We moisturize our skin, and we should also moisturize our hair with a deep-conditioning treatment. My favorite is simply adding coconut oil to the end of my hair, leaving it in for 10 minutes, and then get in the shower. I treat my hair by adding sugar to my shampoo while I wash the coconut oil out of my hair. Yes, you hear that right! It’s an easy way to exfoliate and treat your scalp to some TLC, too. Take your hair care a step further by not using heat-styling tools for the weekend. Your hair will thank you!

3| Essential oils + soundscapes

I never knew the hype around essentials oils until I began using them. Now, I’m a smell away from a luxurious spa. The power of scent and sound is truly incredible. I didn’t realize how pampered I could feel until I played into the sound and scent more in my home. I purchased my first essential oil, and I massage it into my temples, behind my ears, and neck. While I do that, I play soundscapes like a thunderstorm, rainforest sounds, or sounds of the ocean. Needless to say, after 10 minutes, I feel completely refreshed and rejuvenated. It’s honestly my own form of meditation and now it’s something I look forward to practicing regularly.

4| Hygge

If you haven’t been on the Internet for the last year, you may not know what hygge is. Well, here’s what hygge is all about and why you need to incorporate it into your life. The main point of this Danish way of living is to create a calm and cozy atmosphere. All my candle-loving, hot-cocoa-drinking babes can rejoice! Set the mood with dimmed lights, your favorite warm drinks, candles, blankets, and enjoy the moment. How is this pampering, you ask? Oftentimes, we only see pampering as creating a spa-like environment in your home. Well, you can pamper your mind and soul by indulging in hygge. Another key component to hygge is about being present and enjoying the moment whether it’s with friends or by yourself. So, invite your close friends over for a nice meal and time together. Keep your phone away, and enjoy each other’s company.

5| Deep clean your skin

We’re talking about your entire skin, girl. You’re going to need about an hour or so for this much pampering, but I promise you will feel like a whole new person afterwards. Start with a deep exfoliating scrub all over your skin: arm, legs, elbows, knees, etc. Then, wash it off with warm, soapy water. Now, take the time to shave your legs (because I’m sure it has been awhile since it’s winter). Next, moisturize your skin all over to finish the job! Moving on to your face will take a few more steps, but begin again with a exfoliating treatment. After washing your skin, steam your pores with boiling hot water. Do this for about five minutes. Allow your skin to rest for a few minutes before applying your favorite sheet mask or pore-cleaning mask that has charcoal in it. Moisturize and apply your serum as normal and you will feel like you walked out of a 2-hour spa session!

6| At-home nail care

As if you needed another thing to pamper, am I right?! Sometimes, you need to give yourself a break from spending money at the salon on your manicures and pedicures. Instead, treat your nail and toes to an at-home, pampering session when they can get a little rest from the gel polish. Cut your nails and file them. Treat your cuticles to an oil treatment, and push back your cuticles. Massage cream into your hands for about 10 minutes, and you’re good to go. Repeat the same steps for your toes!

7| Rest

Is there anything more important than true rest? Pamper yourself by allowing yourself time to take a nap in the middle of the day, or going to bed two hours early, or by sleeping in an extra hour. Take time to lay on the couch and watch a few episodes of your favorite show. Take the time to rest your body properly. Between work, working out, and just being human—we need to give ourselves more time to rest. Allow yourself to do just that. Put on your comfy clothes, grab your coziest blanket, and relax.

What are some things YOU treat yourself to during a pamper session? How will you treat yourself this weekend? Make sure to tell me in the comments below!

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5 Holy Grail Skincare Products That Will Change Your Skin

Posted in Beauty
on April 5, 2017

I’m all about skincare and sticking to a routine that works well for you. One of the things I love about beauty blogs is when they share products they use every single day that have benefitted their skin. I have been so happy with my skin over the last few years and I want to share my holy grail beauty products that have brought a lot of bliss to my life. So, keep reading if:

1| You’re looking to breathe new life to your skin.

2| Add new products that will help clear your skin for good.

3| Change your routine to feel good in your skin.


1| Cleanser: Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser

I haven’t used a facial cleanser other than this one from Cetaphil for seven years; and my skin has thanked me for it. It’s perfect if you’re looking for something that will cleanse your skin without irritation. My pro skin tip: Only wash your face at night instead of twice a day. This has helped my skin even more because I’m not drying it out with excessive washing or water drying out my skin.

2| Serum: Estēe Lauder Pore-Minimizing Skin Refinisher

This Estēe Lauder duo I’ve mentioned so many times includes this serum and moisturizer below. Both have been used on my skin every. single. day for about seven years. This serum specifically has done wonders for my pores and been a skincare essential for me over the years. I’ve tried other products over the years, but nothing compares to this product!

3| Moisturizer: Estēe Lauder Day Wear Moisturizer 

I always believe in investing in skincare products and investing in high-quality items that will truly benefit your skin in the long run. Make sure your moisturizer includes SPF in it and includes ingredients that will help your skin glow all year long. Trust me, it is worth investing in skincare products. Your future self will thank you.

4| Masks: Sephora Rose Sheet Mask & Boscia Black Mask

I’ve been using the Sephora Rose Sheet Mask for over two years now, and I truly love the results it gives my skin if I use it frequently, which is two or three times a month when my skin really needs a little more TLC. I know sheet masks aren’t for everyone, but when you use them often enough, you see a difference in your skin’s hydration and clarity altogether. And let’s be real, we all want glowing skin for spring and summer, right?

The Boscia Black Mask is something I’ve only used for a few months, but let me tell you—it’s worth mentioning in this list of essentials. I know I’ll be repurchasing this for years to come because of the results it gives to my nose and skin for unwanted blackheads and whiteheads. TBH no one wants those in their life, so keep your skin and pores extra clear with this product and you’ll love the changes to your skin.

5| Makeup Remover: Bi-Facil Makeup Remover

I have to thank my mom for getting me into my skincare routine with products from Estēe Lauder and Lancome because she taught me form a young age that you should invest in your skincare products. Even at her age, people easily think she is 10 or more years younger because of her glowing skin. I aspire to have her beauty and radiance at her age. This makeup remover is perfect after wearing a day of mascara, eyeliner and more. It takes everything away without feeling harsh on your skin or eyes, which is very important! Plus, a little goes a long way so you’ll definitely get your bang for your buck with this product.

What products are you most interested in adding to your routine? What are some of your holy grail skincare products? Make sure to share in the comments below!

 

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I Added Sugar to my Shampoo for a Month & Here’s What Happened

Posted in Beauty
on March 20, 2017

Girl say whaaa? 

Yes, you heard me. Shampoo + Sugar = Beautiful Hair. Who knew? If you’re interested in seeing how you can transform your hair in a month, keep on reading! I promise this one addition to your hair-care routine will be life changing!

With all the crazy, inconsistent weather and not taking care of my hair like I normally do—my hair was in desperate need of a little extra TLC. It was dry, damaged, and needed help ASAP. And you know me, you know that I’m not one to spend a lot of money on special hair treatments, products, etc. because I’m not about that life. I like to keep my beauty routine short and sweet.

In all honesty, I should lay off the dry shampoo a little more. I notice that even though it’s one of two products I use in my hair, it doesn’t help keep it healthy. Sure, you don’t need to wash your hair every day. But I have taken this a little too seriously and by Thursday my hair is 99 percent dry shampoo and one percent hair. I was out looking for a way to treat my hair and reverse some damage over the last few months.

One night I was 150 pins deep on Pinterest when I found an article about adding white sugar to shampoo to help exfoliate it and help treat the damaged parts of your hair. Needless to say my mind was BLOWN because I use sugar to create my own lip/face/body scrubs, so why wouldn’t I think to do the same for my hair? I was ready to try this the same night and create my own experiment to see how it would change my hair after a few weeks.

The perk of using sugar is that it dissolves easily while still giving all those benefits for your scalp. When I realized that I could incorporate this into my hair-care routine, I got to work. Since I wash my hair every other day, I thought that exfoliating my hair once a week would be acceptable. I simply added a tablespoon of sugar to my shampoo, lathered up, rinsed, and conditioned as normal. I recommend really taking your time when you shampoo your hair to work the sugar and shampoo all over your scalp. Take your time since you’re only going to do this once a week.

While exfoliating my hair for the first time, I immediately noticed how good it made my scalp feel. TBH it was a mini massage, which felt incredible. When I finished washing my hair, it felt even more clean and pampered than normal. It was an extra treat for my hair. The next day, styling my hair felt like a breeze. I don’t know if this was because I was having a good hair day or, or if it was from exfoliating—but I’ll take it! You know when you exfoliate your face, and it feels soft and free of any excess dryness? That’s exactly how my hair felt after my shower and the following day. Needless to say, I was hooked.

After three weeks, I noticed that my hair wasn’t shedding as much when I shampooed my hair. I know it’s completely normal to shed hair throughout the day, but it helps keep the drain clean and doesn’t make me panic like when I used to see a cat-sized mound of hair on the shower wall. (I don’t think I’m the only one who feels this way, right?!) Also, I noticed that my scalp was less oily. I learned that when you stimulate your scalp more, it helps to remove excess oils to keep your hair healthy. This was  a huge perk for me because it helps me use just a little less dry shampoo than I normally would on my no-wash days for my hair.

All in all, I have noticed that this once simple addition to my hair routine has shown a huge difference in my hair. Like exfoliating your face, body or lips, your hair deserves to reap the benefits of exfoliating, too!

Have you ever tried this beauty hack before? Would you consider it? What other tips to you have to treat your hair in winter? Make sure to share in the comments below!

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Monthly Favorites & Sharing Love

Posted in Beauty, Fashion, Health, Lifestyle
on January 25, 2017

Hey January, Where’d You Go?

But really? How are we already at the end of the first month of 2017? It doesn’t help that it’s January, yet the weather has been acting like it’s March—so I’m all sorts of disoriented with the new year so far!

Today, I’m sharing some things that I have been loving this month and sharing some posts from bloggers I have loved throughout each month as well. Make sure to leave a comment below telling me what you have been loving this month. Also, leave your favorite post from January, so I have some reading to catch up on over the weekend.

What I’ve been loving this month:

1| New Girl 

Why has it taken me this long to watch New Girl on Netflix?! I am in love with this show; and I’m not going to lie…it has been the reason for a lot of my lack of productivity some nights. Let’s be real, we all have lied and said we were going to do 10 things in an hour, but then we watch two episodes instead. It happens. Anyway, leave your Netflix recommendations below because we’re almost done catching up with the seasons.

2| Salads

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, “she can’t be normal if she likes salads.” Hear me out. I’ve been making my salads more fun, exciting and enjoyable to east. TBH, I’ve been looking forward to making unique mixes every week with different ingredients. Now, salads have been what I’ve eating a ton of in January.

3| Essie in Muchi Muchi (104)

There was a period of six months where I would never paint my nails because I’m far too lazy for the upkeep that follows. (Please tell me there are other people who pick off ALL their nail polish once they see one chip because girl, same!) Once I bought this shade, you can’t even notice if there’s a small chip, which means I’m not driving myself crazy after a few days of painting my nails.

4| 52 Lists Project

If you know me, you’ll know that lists are my everything. I feel joy as I cross of the items on that list. (P.S. I am that girl who has written down something I’ve already done JUST so I can cross it off. It’s fine.) This book is 52 different lists you do every week throughout the year, and I love that it is broken down by seasons. This is part of my Sunday morning routine with a fresh cup of coffee and I have been loving it!

5| Taylor Jenkins Reids 

Guys, I read three books this month; and I don’t feel once ounce of shame! “Maybe in Another Life,” “After I do,” and “Forever, Interrupted” are all amazing! I read each book in one sitting, and I love when I’m able to pick up books that are page-turners, and you simply can’t put them down! Leave a comment below telling me what books you’ve been reading recently!


Sharing Love:

1| 28 Productive + Free Things You Can Do Instead of Watching Netflix

Because let’s be honest, I’m sure I’m not the only one out there who has been unproductive and has watched too much Netflix this month, right!? Carolyn has some awesome options if you’re looking to do something other than binge-watch Netflix and that won’t break the bank!

2| How to Use Boardbooster and Tailwind to Increase Your Traffic

Jenny is amazing when it comes to explaining the pros and cons of certain tools for your website, social media, etc. I love heading over to her blog to learn a little more about tools and resources that can help me with my blog! Good thing I did because I’m hoping to learn more about SEO, traffic increase, etc. If you’re interested in learning more, head over to her blog!

3| 5 Conversations to Have Before Getting Engaged

Rachel brought up some amazing conversations that you NEED to talk about with your SO before you consider getting engaged. (Before I get a flood of comments, no I am not engaged—but I thought this post was very important). I know many people think they’re on the same page with these topics, but you might be surprised. I’m happy to say that Josh and I are pretty open when discussing big things like this; and we’re on the same page with all of them.

4| Essential Tips for an Organized Mind

If you know me, you know that I love reading anything and everything that has to do with organization! I love Erin’s post because I know that I have found so much help with keeping a planner and keeping a clean, organized workspace. She also taught me about brain dumps, which I have been loving!

5| How to Gain Genuine Instagram Followers

I love Cara’s post on how to gain genuine Instagram followers! I found her tips very helpful and they definitely helped me understand how I can improve my Instagram altogether. Personally, I want to work on building my cohesive feed and making sure I comment/follow/like people in my niche!

What have you been loving this month and what blog posts you have loved this month, so that I can catch up on your favorites! Make sure to leave a comment below!

Ki Signature

 

 

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Redirecting the Focus of Blissfully Brunette

Posted in Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle
on January 9, 2017

2016 was an interesting year for my blog. I felt like it went through several periods where it was having an identity crisis. It kept me thinking that maybe I should change and redirect the focus of the content I share on my blog.

Naturally, when change like this presents itself—I ignore it completely. I try my best to remove it from my mind. Why? Because sometimes, I’m a little irrational. Sometimes, my anxiety can get the best of me and make me believe things that simply aren’t true.

Your readers don’t want a change, Kiara. They’ll stop reading if you change anything.

If you change your blog content, the last few years of blogging will have been a waste of time.

It took a lot of convincing before I felt comfortable with the idea of changing the type of content I want to share on my blog mostly because I still love beauty and fashion. I don’t want people to think that I don’t have a passion for those things anymore because that’s not true.

I don’t feel as proud of that content rather than when I’m sharing content related to living well, minimalism, decluttering, living your best life, and other lifestyle posts. Writing those posts bring me the most joy. They make me feel like I’m truly helping readers take control of their own lives and help them live a life a bliss. That’s the intention and goal I want to set out on my blog.

Will you still see beauty and fashion posts? Yes. But you won’t see them as often. When I do decide to share something beauty or fashion related, I want it to be meaningful and intentional. I want it to be a source of inspirational for my readers rather than something that feels like it’s lacking purpose.

My goal for my blog for 2017 is to truly focus on content and the direction of my blog. Yes, you will still see a mix of everything from lifestyle, beauty, and fashion—but you will also see more on minimalism, intention, simple living, living your best life, living a life of bliss and more.

I’m very excited for this journey with my blog, and I can’t wait to see what 2017 will have in store for Blissfully Brunette. Thank you for being supportive and wonderful readers.

Have you ever considered rebranding or redirecting the focus of your blog? How did you handle it? Are you still working on it? Make sure to share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below!

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