Posts Tagged ‘Weslie Christensen’

Q & A Sesh: Part II

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, health blogger, and diet blogger talks skinny tips and tricks for weight loss.{ Red lipstick found here }

Hiiiiiii.

Thanks to your recommendations I found some healthy options in Vegas : ).

Hippity hip hooray.

Ok so, it’s Q & A day again! I’m answering more questions from this post:

1.} Kat asked:

Have you ever done a water fast? If so would you recommend it?

No and no! A water fast has no nutrients or electrolytes. Read more here. Personally, I think I would faint x 10 if I did a water fast.

I would recommend a juice cleanse ( info found here). Also, Suja Juice does an amazing 3-day cleanse that is seriously life-changing. Good luck babe!

2.} Chelsea asked:

Do you wear extensions? If so, what kind??

I don’t wear extensions but I’m for it! I think if you buy the right ones ( I like these clip in ones )- they’re great. Weslie ( TSConf’s beauty expert ) uses clip in extensions & loves them!

As far as the more permanent ones: I’m not the biggest fan because I feel like they make your real hair fall out. Plus no guy wants to run his fingers through a glue-y hair extension.

But. Do what works for you! If you look good, you feel good. More hair info will be found in the book.

3.} Hannah asked:

Love your blog; the pictures, insights, tips, and the voice that you have created!
I just moved back to San Diego, where are some great spots to grab a drink? Or places that I must go to?!

Thank you, Hannah! I am going to do a guide to San Diego post : ).

In the meantime, I recommend Craft & Commerce for a craft cocktail, Fashion Valley Mall for shopping, The Little Italy Farmer’s Market for organic foods, & FIT Athletic Club for a gnarly workout.

4.} Kathy asked:

Love your blog! Here we go with the questions: do you color your hair? How often? What’s your favorite: food? Exercise? Way to relax? Vacation spot?

+ First question:

I do color my hair. I normally get a few highlights with toner. I probably get my hair colored every six to seven weeks.

Keep in mind: it’s tough to find an amazing hair colorist. My hair babe makes sure I use great product & doesn’t add too much color. Also, the longer you wait between treatments, the better.

Less is more! I used to over bleach my hair circa 2001 & it looked like dog shit. Now I like a more natural, hippie look.

A post on hair can be found here & here.

Also, all my hair tips/tricks/secrets will be found in my book.

+ Second question:

Food: avocado ( love this recipe ) or LEMON. LEMON EVERYTHING! I’m a lemon monster.

Exercise: traditional Pilates.

Way to relax: a book, red wine, Pixy, candles, & my fluffy bed.

Vacation spot: Cabo. Hands down. Also, Venice, Italy was pretty spectacular.

5.} Melissa asked:

Could you share your experience with fillers (if you have used them). How long the results last, how much product used, and how often? Your lips are so perfect! Thank you so much!

Nothing’s perfect ( besides Pixy )! I don’t have lip fillers & I’ve never filled my lips. I don’t know much about how long lip fillers last ( or the best brand to use ). As far as plastic surgery ( or filler ) goes I’m a big believer in do what well works for you. If you’ve done the research on the procedure & want to do it- do it.

Other people’s opinion of you is none of YOUR business. So. Who cares what anyone says?

My overall view on plastic surgery: to each its own. Do what works for YOU.

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Have an amazing hump day!

xx.Lauryn

{ Another Q & A post can be 123, 4, & 5 }

Beauty Expert Weslie Christensen: Hair, Hair, & More Hair

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger & health blogger, talks to Weslie Christensen from LoveChugs.

Yay! I have Weslie ( find her here, here, & here too ) on the blog today…& guess what guys?! She’s talking about…

HAIR!!!!

Def one of my favorite subjects ; ).

I mean, since I don’t really wash my hair ( read more on that dirty, lil secret here ), I could probably use some extra tips!

Enjoy:

Hi babes.

It’s me again, Weslie, from LoveChugs.

Today I am talking hair— my hair that is, & I seem to take a different approach than most when it comes to my mop top. I’ve been reluctant to openly share about my hair habits, but Lauryn asked, & when Lauryn asks- she receives!

So, I’ve broken my hair have-to’s down into five basic categories:

1.} Washing

2.} Conditioning

3.} Hot tools

4.} Weekly moisture masks

5.} Styling

Why have I been a bit reluctant to dish all my hair secrets? Truthfully, because I’m scared to have you guys running for the hills once you find out about #1…but here it is.

1.} The dirty secret when it comes to my hair?

I don’t shampoo it.

Ever.

I try stay away from shampoo like the plague.

This idea to stop washing my hair came to me over months of hair envy of my husband. He decided to grow out his hair and he noticed when he washed it with shampoo it became dryer and poofier… So he simply stopped using shampoo.

I hinted, then urged, then I was vocally grossed out by this…but, after time his hair just kept getting more and more awesome. I couldn’t deny what I was seeing everyday. It was shiny, thick, and never ever greasy or smelly. In fact, it smelled good. How?!!

I hopped on the inter-web and found a whole community of ‘no-poo shampooers’ ( no-poo shampooers are people who choose to not use shampoo…you think they could have come up with a better name, right? ) & I was astounded by the mass amount of information out there that points to shampoo being the culprit of a lot of modern day hair issues.

In short, it all boils down to this: the detergent in shampoo strips your hair of its precious natural oils…like the ones we’re paying an arm and a leg to put back in ( i.e.: MoroccanOil & Argan Oil ). The more you wash with shampoo, the more your follicles are stripped of everything good, & the more oil your scalp has to produce to fill the oil deficiency you’re creating each day.

Enter the ugly revolving door of nasty, greasy roots with overly dry hair shafts here.

So I stopped. I just stopped shampooing. I found a product called Wen, which is a cleansing conditioner, and replaced my shampoo with that. It cleans your hair while simultaneously conditioning, and it uses no detergents, sulfates or harsh chemicals. In fact, Wen doesn’t even lather while its in your hair.

Immediately I noticed results. And even better- I found that after using Wen for a few weeks I could go longer in between washes. My hair wasn’t producing too much oil anymore, thus, no need to wash it as often, so I went from every other day washings to once a week over the span of two months.

After this, it was only natural that I started to tap into other forms of ‘no-pooing shampooing’ and I found the baking soda method. I tried that & loved it, too!

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger & health blogger, talks to Weslie Christensen from LoveChugs.

The deets:

SHAMPOO:

I ‘no-poo shampoo’ once a week. I’ll wash with Wen one week, lets say on Thursday, then the following Thursday I would wash using the baking soda method. The Thursday after that, I would go back to washing with Wen. I like to switch it up to keep my hair guessing.

2.} CONDITIONING:

- Wen is an awesome conditioner on its own, but when I feel like I need to repair any damage I’ve created to my hair by bleaching, or by using hot tools then I use Kerastase Nutritive Masque Nutri-Thermique. It’s the best restorative conditioner I’ve found yet. I apply it after I wash and let it sit for 10 minutes, then rinse.

- ITs A 10 Leave-In

Leave-in Conditioner’s are a must, & ITs A 10 Leave-In is my favorite because it does ten things in one. I put this in my hair after each shower whether I ‘no-poo shampoo’ or not.

3.} HOT TOOLS:

Its so, so important to invest it quality hot tools. I fought this for a long time, but when I finally retired my old hair dryer out for my Hana professional blow-dryer…..GUYS, it was LIFE CHANGING! Ok, so that might be slightly dramatic, but it takes me half the time to dry my hair and when I’m finished drying, my hair feels silkier and healthier than before.

Professional styling tools like Hana are equipped with:

~ Ion-Technology- which condition hair & reduces static electricity.

~ Tourmaline & Titanium Oxide Technology- these are natural ions that promote healthier hair.

~ Silver Nanotechnology- for anti-bacterial protection.

Heat that is good for your hair…it’s a must.

4.} WEEKLY MOISTURE MASKS:

Once a week I make one of two different homemade masks to restore and moisturize my hair. I switch off between a ‘Raw Coconut Oil Mask’ & an ‘Avocado/Mayo Mask.’

1.} Organic Raw Coconut Oil Mask

What does coconut oil do? Well, because of its chemical structure, coconut oil can actually penetrate the cortex ( the inner part of hair ) which can help improve its strength and flexibility. I buy mine from Trader Joe’s.

* The coconut oil is solid at room temp, so I run the jar of it under warm water to soften it up and make the application process easy-peasy. When the oil is softened, I slather it from root to tip of my dry or damp hair, then massage it in. From here, I wrap my hair up in Saran Wrap really tight, then go on a cleaning frenzy in my house. After sixty minutes, I rinse the coconut oil out in the shower with hot water and the Wen method of washing. Sometime I will have to do two rounds of washings to get all the oil out. Dry as usual.

2.} Avocado Mayo Mask Ingredients:

1/4 cup full fat mayo, to add shine and moisture.

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar, to balance the pH of your hair and remove product buildup.

1 egg yolk, vitamins in the yolk help with hair loss, dandruff, dry scalp, shine, and elasticity.

1/4 cup olive oil, to create shine & moisturize.

1/2 an avocado( smashed ), to moisturize and aid in hair growth.

1/4 cup raw honey, to restore dull looking hair.

* Mix the above ingredients together until it is in a smooth, creamy consistency, then apply it from root to tip of your dry or damp hair using an old paint brush. Wrap your hair tightly up in Saran Wrap, or use a shower cap, then leave this mask on for thirty-sixty minutes to reach maximum moisture benefits. Rinse with hot water in the shower and the Wen method of washing. Dry as usual.

** I suggest investing in a removable shower head if your ready to embark on the no-poo shampooing/home made hair mask journey. With a removable shower head, you can get the water right to your scalp with great water pressure which helps a lot when rinsing out heavy masks like these.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger & health blogger, talks to Weslie Christensen from LoveChugs.

5.} STYLING:

- First styling trick up is cornstarch.

I use good ole’ regular cornstarch in place of dry shampoo and styling products. It works better, trust me…And I know, I know…right now you’re saying, “But! I have dark hair-that wont work for me.” I’m hear to tell you YES IT WILL!

If you have dark hair, just add a little cocoa powder to the corn starch before you toss it around your roots and you have will the world best dry shampoo/volumizer/ texturizer out that matches your hair. The cornstarch helps to hold your style while soaking up any excessive oil throughout the day.

- Styling trick numero dos: Bellami clip-in hair extensions.

I recently came across these guys and they have quickly become what I consider to be the holy grail of hair styling.

These clip in hair extensions are not to be compared to any other beauty shop clip in extensions out-they’re truly in a league of their own. Bellami uses real hair that is so soft and actually stays that way. There are no nasty ends with these guys, and the hair holds it style so well. You see, I have learned my lesson the hard way when it comes to non-clip in hair extensions, and never will I ever have any form of hair semi-permanently attached to my head again—and you shouldn’t either.

Why?

Because they’re too damaging ( plus annoying ), and to me, its not worth six weeks of long, luscious, awesome hair for one whole year of repairing the damage semi-permanent extensions create….So, thank the good lord above for Bellami coming out with theeeee most amazing clip in extensions everrrr. Guys, ever…I mean it, ever.

And to be clear, they are not paying me to say a this..in fact, no brand I have named is. All of my opinions are my own, but, Bellami’s really are just that amazing. These clip-ins allow me to have the style I want without having to do my daily– I just throw them in, and voila! I’m done.

So my advice to you in a nut shell is this:

Less really is more.

Simplify your hair routine, and invest in fewer products that are of a higher quality– your hair &!wallet will thank you in the end.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger & health blogger, talks to Weslie Christensen from LoveChugs.

TSConf Beauty Expert, Weslie Christensen Talks Eyelash Extensions

Weslie Christensen and Lauryn Evarts team up to talk everything beauty, health, and fitness.

Weslie Christensen and Lauryn Evarts team up to talk everything beauty, health, and fitness.

Something I know absolutely nothing about? Eyelash extensions. Naturally I went to Weslie ( check out her cute bloggie here ) for all the deets. When it comes to any type of extension, I’m totally lost. Hair extensions, eyelash extensions, extension cords…HA!

Andddd here’s Weslie’s take on whole eyelash craze:

Want to look like an über babe version of yourself in like 2 hours flat?

Then try eyelash extensions.

Truthfully, nothing else makes me feel instantly prettier.

Not only do they make it look like I’m awake and refreshed 24/7, but they shave a full ten minutes off my morning beauty routine, too. Whenever I have lashes on I forget to wear foundation… & eye makeup doesn’t even cross my mind. It’s awesome!

How do they work?

Professional grade eyelash extensions are placed one by one on every natural eyelash you have.

You are most likely laying down while a licensed technician applies each lash with a strong, black colored bonding agent (its a surgical grade liquid glue), that secures the extension onto your natural lash.

This gives your lashes a glossy black glow, while plumping them up, and extending their length.

Sounds good, right? It is.

There is no need for mascara while you have extensions on. In fact, I’m claiming that the best mascara in the world can’t even touch the effects lash extensions have on some one’s eyes.

Simply put:

Best. Beauty. Invention. Ever.

Yup, they’re that good.

But, with every great thing in life, comes a not-so-great thing about it, too… And there are a few not-so-great parts of lashextensions.

So, before you call your nearest spa, think about these few things:

1.} Do you have enough time and money to devote to lashes?

Lash extensions need maintaining..like A LOT of maintenance. I’d say they only way they look good all of the time is if you get them filled every two & a half weeks.

Your lashes grow and fall out just like all the rest of the hair on your body, so it should be no surprise when your extensions start falling out. Not all at once, of course, but a few here and there-and before you know it, you have gaps in your lashes and loose extensions.

Not cute, nor comfortable.

A fill takes anywhere from forty-five minutes to two hours, at around $80 – $150 per time you go in for a fill.

Can you commit?

2.} Another note to consider is that you cannot rub your eyes as usual with extensions on.

You have to be very delicate with your new set of lashes. Being hard on them will damage your natural lash.

So, if you’re a chronic eye rubber, or have a case of allergies, maybe lash extensions aren’t for you.

3.} If you’re one of those who like to pick, prod, and poke around your face…the thrill of pulling off each individual synthetic lash might be too overwhelming during a late night movie…and before you know it-your lash line is as bald as a babies bottom. TRUTH.

I speak from experience, & the memory is making me cringe. I lost all will power one summery night- “theneed to pull each little faux lash off” was overpowering. Any rational thinking I had left in my brain…I couldn’t help myself!

One by one, I plucked them off, and only when I looked down and saw what looked like a million tiny spider legs all over my bed comforter did I realize the magnitude of the situation…I had no eyelashes. EEK!

So, learn from my mistakes…Do not pick your lashes. If you’re ready for them to be off, go to your technician who will remove them with a gel remover.

4.} My last, and final, piece of advice to you is to shop around for a great lash technician.

Really dive in & do your research, because there are pros–& then, there are why-are-you-even-doing-this-as-your-profession “pros”. Make sure to choose a professionally trained technician who uses top notch products, & check out all their before and after photos. Be in love with every picture you see.

Then, when you’ve found your perfect technician, communicate what you want with them very well. If you’re into a more subtle look, let them know. If you want to look like a Vegas showgirl with lashes up to your eyebrows, let them know that too.

My personal preference is to always go with the less is more motto. I like people to look at me and think, ‘hmmm, she looks good.’ instead of, ‘whoa- she has eyelash extensions on.’

Don’t you agree?

Yeah, lets all agree on that one.

Now you know all the in’s & out’s of lashes…try ‘em out!

Ready. Set. GO!

A big thanks to Weslie for her amaze beauty tips! Now…spill! If any of you have had lash extensions, tell me all about it below…; )

Happy Friday, babes!

x.L

Weslie Christensen and Lauryn Evarts team up to talk everything beauty, health, and fitness.

Weslie Christensen and Lauryn Evarts team up to talk everything beauty, health, and fitness.

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