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How I Style My Curly Hair with Flexi-Rods (Heatless Curls)

Recently, I started styling my hair with flexi-rods that I got from Amazon for a few reasons. The main reason is that I miss having curly hair. I have been getting keratin treatments twice a year for almost 10 years now and only recently is my hair finally loosing it’s curl. It dries almost completely straight now without having to blowdry or use any heat on it. Now 10 years ago, this would have been a dream for me because I wanted straight hair so badly because curls were just too much work. These days, I’ve grown to appreciate and admire curly hair and wish I had just stuck it out and learned to love it. The second reason is related to the first in that, I don’t want to use excessive heat to actually curl my hair, so I found that this is a great heatless curl option. Sure, it’s not at all similar to my natural curl pattern, but at this point I’ll take what I can get. I also saw another blogger on Instagram (@stylishlylivinglife) share how she styles her hair with flexi-rods and loved how it turned out for her and knew I should give it a try. Keep on reading to see how I’m styling my curly hair with flexi-rods!

To start things off, the rods that I use are linked here for you and I use the 3 largest sizes (blue, pink, and yellow). I make sure to start with freshly washed hair and I put all my products in before using the flexi-rods. For shampoo, I’ve been using the Suave Rosemary Mint shampoo and the Suave Keratin Conditioner. For my products, I’ve been using the JAS Deep Repair Treatment Spray (that I have recently run out of and need to buy a new one) and the Miss Jessie’s Leave In Conditioner. After applying all of these, I part my hair the way I would like and make sure it is completely detangled.

Then, I start by sectioning off the front part of my damp hair. For the front, I usually wrap the hair around the flexi-rod away from my face. For the rest of my hair, I usually alternate the direction of the curl so that they look a little more natural and don’t clump together when I take the flexi-rods out. I take a medium size flexi-rod and get the top of the rod as close to my roots as possible. Then I wrap it away from my face all the way through to the end, leaving a little bit of space between the spirals as I wrap it around the rod. Once all the hair is wrapped up, I twist the top end of the rod down to secure the hair and I twist the bottom part of the rod up, making sure the end of my hair is tucked securely in the crease of the rod. It feels a little insecure at first, but I’ve never really had any issues with them falling out! I repeat these steps on each side of my head, until all of my hair is wrapped up in the flexi-rods. See photo examples below!

I usually go to sleep with them like this because I don’t usually have 5-6 hours to sit and let them dry during the day. However, if you do have some time during the day, I find that the curls usually look better when they haven’t been slept on. For this blog post, I ended up sleeping on them. It can be uncomfortable, but it’s not the worst!

In the morning, when I was ready to take them out, I started by selecting one of the rods and untwisting the ends so it was mostly straight again. After that, trying not to pull too much, I simply just unravel my hair from around the rod. I repeat this step all the way around my head until all the rods are out. Then I flip my head back and forth and side to side to loosen the curls up. I’ll also go through with my Gisou Honey Hair Oil to smooth out my ends and help separate the curls. On this particular day, the curls were not cooperating with me so I ended up combing them out with a wide tooth comb and it helped a ton! I also don’t feel like I need to wrap them up when I sleep because I like how they look on the 2nd day the best because they fall out really nicely.

And that’s pretty much it! Here’s some photos of the last few steps and the final product! I hope this was helpful and I would love to see if you try it out! Make sure to follow me on Instagram @karenmauritzenn and tag me when you try these heatless curls out!

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My Easy Valentine's Day Makeup Look

For those of you gals who have big V-day plans, I wanted to share a pretty makeup look that you can wear day or night to go on a date or out with your girl friends! You know I love a simple make up look, so of course I made this one really easy and simply for you. I also wanted to make it wearable but still feel like it’s a special occasion by adding a fun lip, although you can adjust the look to whatever makes you feel comfortable! Keep on reading to see how I put this look together!

Ever since I posted my Winter Makeup Look, I have been loving using my Smashbox Photo Finish Radiance Primer for a glowy look. I love how it made my skin look! Next I use my Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation in 322 Warm Beige for foundation and My Too Faced Born This Way Concealer under my eyes in the shade Natural Beige. I use my hands to apply my foundation and concealer because I like the way it looks better, plus the clean up is easier. To set everything I use my Laura Mercier Translucent powder, my absolute favorite setting powder and the only one I’ll use!

For my bronzer, I always use the Too Faced Dark Chocolate Soleil bronzer to give my skin a little bit of a glow. For blush, I really love using the color Blushed Copper from Becca lately. It’s such a pretty bronze-y color and it’s got shimmer in it so I can even ski[ highlighter and still get a pretty glow.

For my eyebrows, I always use my Anastasia Brow Definer in Ebony and set them with a clear mascara. I like this to fill my brows in better than a thin pencil because I already have full brows, so they don’t need to be filled in very precisely.

For my eyelids, I went back and used my Morphe G35 palette that I love so much. As my base, I started off with the color Sandy because it’s just the perfect all over color. For my lid, I used the color Paradise which is a pretty shimmery, pinky, tan color. Then in my crease, I used a little bit of the color SPF and the color Deserted to finish off my look. I also did a thin-ish line along my top lashline using my Maybelline Line Stiletto eyeliner. Of course, for my lashes, I used my favorites: Diorshow Lash Primer, Diorshow Volume Mascara and my L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black.

To really finish everything up, I used my MAC Spice lip liner and an old Maybelline Matte lipstick in the color Toasted Truffle . I also sprayed my entire face with my Urban Decay All Nighter Setting spray. Since they changed the packaging, I feel like this product works so much better than it did before!

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My Everyday Winter Makeup Look

Now I’m not saying that I wear make up every day because the truth is, I almost never wear makeup Monday through Friday. However, I wanted to share the makeup look that I wear on the weekends during the day if I want to look put together. It could very easily be an everyday makeup look because it’s not too heavy or over the top, it’s really light and casual. If you want to see the makeup look I wear on a regular day, then keep reading!

To start, I rediscovered my Smashbox Photo Finish Radiance Primer for a glowy look. I love how it made my skin look! Next I use my Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation in 322 Warm Beige for foundation and My Too Faced Born This Way Concealer under my eyes in the shade Natural Beige. I like to use my hands to apply my foundation and concealer recently, so that I use less product and I feel like it gives me a really smooth finish. To set everything I use my Laura Mercier Translucent powder, my absolute favorite setting powder and the only one I’ll use!

For my bronzer, I always use the Too Faced Dark Chocolate Soleil bronzer, not so much to contour, but to just warm up my face, especially in the winter. For blush, I really love using the color Songbird from Becca lately. It’s such a pretty flush of color on the cheeks. I don’t really use highlighter anymore, especially not for a day time look so we’re skipping that this time!

For my eyebrows, I always use my Anastasia Brow Definer in Ebony and set them with a clear mascara. I like this to fill my brows in better than a thin pencil because I already have full brows, so they don’t need to be filled in very precisely.

On my eyelids, I used my Morphe 35G palette again! I am really loving this palette. You can do so much with it and I think as far as eyeshadow palettes go, it’s one of my best purchases. I used the color Sandy all over as my base, the color Deserted on my lid and then Toasted on the outer third. I used the same brush that had the color Sandy on it to go back in and blend everything in together to make it really smooth. On my inner corner to brighten it up, I used a pretty shimmery color called Glaze. Finally, I finished off my eyes with my Diorshow Lash Primer and Volume Mascara then my L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara. I sprayed my face with the Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray, which is my tried and true favorite. On my lips, I used my all time favorite lipstick by Urban Decay in the color 1993. The prettiest, retro brown color on the market in my opinion.

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Three Holiday Makeup Looks 2019

I recently purchased a new Morphe palette to try out and decided to use it for my holiday make up looks. I got the Morphe 35G Bronze Goals Palette from Ulta Beauty for just $25! The colors initially are really beautiful and have a good mix of shimmers and matte colors. I think this palette is perfect for holiday looks, for summer looks, really for any time of year! Keep on reading to see how I used it to create 3 holiday make up looks!

To start, my base is the same for all three looks. I used a combination of my Becca Matte Primer and the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. For foundation, I used the Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation (which I am obsessed with and will never use a high end foundation ever again) in the shade 322 Warm Beige. For concealer, I used the Too Faced Born This Way Concealer in Natural Beige and contoured with the Anastasia Cream Contour Palette in Medium. I set everything with my Laura Mercier Translucent Powder which is my godsend and my favorite powder of all time. For bronzer, I used my favorite Too Faced Dark Chocolate Soleil Bronzer and for blush I went in with the Becca Blush in Wild Honey. My brows of course are using the Anastasia Brow Definer in Ebony and they are set with a clear mascara from Maybelline. Every look will be finished with my Diorshow Lash Primer and Volume Mascara and my L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara.

Look 1:

For the first look, I wanted to do something a bit more dark and sultry. This one is great if you have a more formal evening party. For my base, I used the color Sandy in my Morphe palette. It’s a warmish light brown and I washed it all over my eye lid and into my crease. For my crease, I used a slightly darker brown called Nekked. I also used a pretty shimmery dark brown on my lid and along my lower lashline called Tan-Talize. For my lip color, I used my Smashbox Liquid Lipstick in Stepping Out.

Look 2:

For my second look, I decided to do a look that is right in the middle, not too light and not too dark. For this one I also used the color Sandy as my base, but in my crease I used a warm reddish brown called Record Temps. I wanted a lot of shimmer, so I used a bright glittery gold color called Rays on my lids. For my lips, I used my new Colourpop Lippie Stix in Ziggie, which is the pretty dark orange color.

Look 3:

For the last look, I wanted it to be light and pretty. This is a look that would be great for day time parties if you switch out the lip color or great for night time as is. I used Sandy for the base again, and Nekked in the crease. For my lids, I used a shimmery pink-champagne color called Paradise. Lastly, for my lip color I used another Colourpop Lippie Stix in Thousand Percent which is a really rich cherry chocolate color.

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Sephora Beauty Haul and Review

About 2 weeks ago I shared my updated Fall Skincare Routine on here and I shared a ton of new products. Now that I’ve actually used the products for a few weeks, I wanted to share my honest review of them with you too. I hadn’t changed my skincare routine in about a year, so this was definitely interesting to me to have to figure out what to try. I try to keep my skincare routine simple, because I feel that simple usually gets you the best results. Keep on reading to see how I like the new products I got!

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Honey Moisture Deep Conditioning Mask

This is a limited edition version of the original Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair Mask that is made with honey which is a super moisturizing ingredient for your hair. It’s also not skincare, but it’s the only one I have that’s not, so I figured I should share first. It comes in a cute little teddy bear bottle, which I like better than the original tub version because it’s just easier to squeeze the product out and see how much you’re using. I like the smell sort of, it’s a little too sweet for me but it’s still nice. It smells sort of like synthetic/plastic sugar cookie so do with that what you will. The scent lasts after you get out of the shower and smells much better once your hair is dry. As far as moisture goes, I do find it more moisturizing than the original which is the point so it’s definitely worth looking into!

Summer Fridays CC Me Vitamin C Serum

I love to use a Vitamin C serum for brightening and I had used the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum for a year and just felt like I needed a change. I had never used any Summer Fridays products before, but had always heard good things about the brand. I’ve also been a huge fan of Marianna Hewitt for a few years so when I saw this product, I figured why not? The texture is very light and reminds me of the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. It’s got like a silicon texture once it’s applied on your face, which I actually like a lot. The texture feels really light and it’s got a very light scent. I don’t see a huge difference in brightness, but it’s only been 2 weeks so I wouldn’t mind giving this a little bit longer to work it’s magic.

Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Eye Sleeping Mask

I love this eye mask so far! I think it’s done a great job of brightening and depuffing my eyes. With my new work schedule and commuting an hour and a half every day (versus my previous 5 minute commute), I’m definitely lacking sleep so this helps me pretend like I’m not. The texture is really heavy and creamy which personally, I love for night time. I like to use it in the morning too, because it works very quickly to help depuff. There’s really not a distinctive scent which is nice since it’s an eye cream and sometimes fragrance can be irritating. I would definitely recommend this product if you’re on the market for a new eye cream.

THE ORDINARY Lactic Acid 10% + HA

This is a product that I’ve used for the last year, but only in the 5% version. Sephora doesn’t sell that one and frankly, I didn’t want to put in a separate order for a $6 product so I just stepped it up to the 10% version. It’s definitely stronger, so I don’t recommend using it if you have sensitive skin. I like this because my skin really feels smooth, soft and brighter after using this product. I use it once or twice a week depending on what my skin has been doing that week. I love this product and I like that there’s the option to get the less strong version also! Plus the price is nice too!

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

This is a product that I got as a sample with my order and I really like it actually. It keeps my skin really soft and healthy looking. It’s an oil but it’s really light and so far I would definitely consider buying the full size version. It’s a little pricey for a serum, but I think it does a good job at repairing my skin so I would probably purchase when I run out of this sample size!

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

This is another product that I got as a sample and I am definitely going to buy a full size of this. I love to use a super moisturizing heavy moisturizer/cream at night and this is not that. It’s super moisturizing, but not heavy at all. It feels really light, almost cooling, but it is so moisturizing. If you have dry skin, I would highly recommend this product but it’s also great for oily skin too. It’s so good and I think I’m going to look into a few more Laneige products.

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My Updated Fall Skincare Routine

It’s been about a year since I last shared my skincare routine, so I thought I would jump on here and share some new products I’ve incorporated into my skincare routine! I will do a full review of these products in a few weeks once I have a better idea of the effects they’ve had on my skin, but for now, here’s what I changed. My old skincare routine is linked here for reference!

Cleanser + Toners

For my cleanser, nothing has changed here and honestly nothing ever will. I will always always use my Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash. It’s been a life saver for me and the only cleanser that I feel really gets my skin clean without too much drying. I have acne prone skin, so this really helps when I get breakouts to get rid of them quickly!

For toners, right now, I’m using the Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner in the morning after I shower to make sure my pores are closed up nice and tight. I work in NYC, so there’s tons of air pollution, smog, dirt, etc EVERYWHERE so I find this necessary to keep my skin looking oil free and clean throughout the day. At night, I use the Clear Pore Oil-Eliminating Toner from Neutrogena to help dry up any breakouts and deep clean my skin from all the gross stuff that got on it during the day. Once or twice a week, I’ll use the Glycolic Acid Solution Toner by The Ordinary to exfoliate my skin after scrubbing with a brush to get smooth and fresh skin. I usually use this on a Thursday or Friday to prepare for the weekend and again on Sunday night to prepare for the coming week!

Serums, Acids, Oils

If I used my glycolic acid toner, then I’ll usually use my Lactic Acid 10% + HA from The Ordinary on top to get an even deeper chemical exfoliation. I don’t have sensitive skin, so using both products doesn’t have a major effect but if you have sensitive skin, I would recommend using one or the other because they can be very harsh.

If I used my Pore Refining Toner in the morning, I’ll then go in with my Summer Fridays CC Me Vitamin C Serum to help with brightening my skin and lightening up some of my acne scars. I like this product so far, it’s very light and leaves a smooth finish on my skin.

If I used my acne toner at night, I’ll use my Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concertrate oil sample first to help with repairing my skin while I sleep. Not sure if I like this yet so we’ll see when I finish the sample! After that, because I have acne scarring and a real scar on my forehead from falling on the escalator a few months ago, I also use Bio Oil on my cheeks and my forehead. I honestly feel like this has helped a ton for my acne scarring, but I can only use it at night because it makes my skin REALLY oily. After that I’ll use some rosehip oil on my skin. This is supposed to be good for acne, as well as lightening up scarring and adding moisture. At night is when I go crazy with oils because night time is when your skin gets the chance to recover from the day and replenish all the moisture it’s missing.

Moisturizer + Eye Cream

I recently rediscovered Ponds moisturizers. I used to use it in college, because it was great for keeping my skin moisturized during the brutal Buffalo winters. I saw a new one in Target the other day, so I decided to try it out! It’s the Ponds Rejuveness Moisturizer, with the red cap which is good for anti-aging because it’s never too early. So far, I like it a lot and my skin feels moisturized, maybe a little oily, but good. For eye cream, I used to use the Origins GinZing brightening eye cream, but it just never gave me the brightening and depuffing that I was looking for. I recently switched to the Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Eye Sleeping Mask which I saw another blogger using, so I was influenced and purchased it. I like how creamy and thick this is and so far, I do think it helps with depuffing and brightening but definitely want to keep using it for a few more weeks to see how effective it is. So far so good!

I hope you liked this one and let me know if you decide to try any of these products out!

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My Easy, No Foundation Fall Makeup Look

Today, I’m sharing a super quick and easy fall makeup look. I’m actually really happy with how it turned out! I took inspiration from all the pretty fall colors I’m starting to see and decided to base my makeup off of that.

I started off using my Too Faced Hangover Rx Primer Spray, and then adding my Too Faced Born This Way Concealer under my eyes and on my cheeks. I use the color Caramel first under my eyes and on my cheeks to cover my acne scarring and then I go back in with Warm Beige in the inner corner under my eyes to brighten. I set everything with my Laura Mercier translucent powder.

For blush, I used an old limited edition Anastasia Beverly Hills blush kit in the color Vegas and I used my favorite bronzer, the Too Faced Dark Chocolate Soleil bronzer. I love the way these two look paired together, it’s very pretty and warm. Be sure to use a light hand on the blush because it’s VERY pigmented! For my highlight, I used Chocolate Geode by Becca Cosmetics. I finished off my face by filling in my eyebrows with my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer and set it with clear mascara.

For my eyes, I decided to use a NYX eyeshadow palette that I had and my Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette. I started off using Low Blow from the Urban Decay Palette in my crease and then went in with a warm nudey-mauve color all over my lid from the NYX palette. For the outer corner, I took a pretty cranberry color from the NYX palette and lightly added that in also. I finished it off using a pretty shimmery light pinky-cranberry color on my inner corner, also from the NYX palette. I added some black winged eye liner and finished it off with my Too Faced Bette Than Sex Mascara, because I ran out of my favorite Dior mascara. For lips, I used my Buxom Plumpline Lip Liner is the color Undercover.

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