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FOR ALL THE BLONDIES OUT THERE

Updated: June 23, 2017
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LAURYN

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Well hello! 10:32PM – & I am calling ALL blondes!

BECAUSE we need talk about how to get icy…you know like cool-toned, icy.

We can throw this back to my high school days when my blonde was BRASSY. If you’re a blonde you know the struggle is real here. Or maybe you’re brunette & you have blonde highlights. Regardless there’s nothing- AND I MEAN NOTHING- worse than walking out of the salon after you just spent $100 dollars plus on your color with brassy highlights.

You know I hate brass. I like cool when it comes to my hair.

I really just feel strongly about fighting against that brass. It’s the worst.

BUT HOW CUTE IS IT WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE BRASS? Because today I’m going to give you my top three BYE BYE BRASSY secrets.

So BELOW are all the details you need to know:

First & foremost let’s be very clear these are all very doable no matter where you live!

1.) Get with a colorist who knows her shit. So many brassy moments can be thoroughly avoided by going to the right colorist. Also if you’re picking extensions opt for cooler tones. I get my extensions from Sam Glamm & we made SURE to choose tones that were cooler so it pulled no brass from my real hair.

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Before you commit to coloring your hair- ask questions! Ask for a portfolio, or do what I do & stalk their Instagram! You want to find someone who is good at their craft, you know? Take your hair seriously- it’s on your face AND you want it to flatter your features not take away from them!

Basically interview your colorist like a CIA agent- get the 411, you know? The more questions the better. ( Tip: screenshot a few IG inspo pictures so you can show your hair colorist visuals of what you’re hoping to attain ).

2.) As you know I went to the 2017 Cannes Film Festival in France with the beauty brand, Dessange Professional Hair Luxury. The main reason I was so excited to go with them is because their products are accessible to everyone AND they have a collection called CALIFORNIA BLONDE. I mean YES because for 1.) the products are found at Target & CVS 2.) you can use them at home with no problems. Since being back from France, I’ve been taking my Dessange Professional Hair Luxury products to the blowout bar ( my favorite place to work! ) to put them to the real test. I always like to try & try ( & try! ) things I’m recommending…& then report back. ( & trust me, there are A LOT OF FAILS you don’t always see- like the cauliflower pizza I just made- it was way too crumbly. Maybe I’ll try another brand ). Anyway. I’m like a human guinea pig in the sense that when I commit to trying something, I really commit.

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So back to the blowout bar. I showed up for two months each week to get a blowout with my DESSANGE Professional Hair Luxury California Blonde shampoo & conditioner in hand. Call it a customized TSC blowout, if you will ; ). Washy, wash, scrubby, scrub week after week. Sometimes every two weeks if we’re being honest here because YOU KNOW I HATE WASHING MY HAIR. And sure, my hair girl thinks I’m crazy but that’s neither here nor there.

So here’s a picture after my latest hair dye after using California Blonde for a month & a half ( it’s looking NOT brassy right? ):

HAIR-CARE-TIPS-9b-by-the-skinny-confidentialI feel like my hair looks more radiant too.

3.) Also, another tip that I picked up is their weekly in-shower treatment formulated with Linseed oil & Blue Direct Dyes to neutralize brassiness WHILE nourishing the hair ( which is what we all want ).. YES PLEASE. The blue pigments cancel out the brass- it’s almost like a purple shampoo on crack, ya know? SO YA BRASS BE GONE.

Oh & I should mention the shampoo & conditioner is infused with Passion Flower extracts…smells SO good.

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If you’re not a natural blonde & have to use bleach, you’re usually susceptible to brassy hair because of the way your hair is lightened and toned ( like me! ). Dark hair that’s bleached tends to reveal warm tones ( sometimes red, sometimes banana yellow ). Which is why for me, I REALLY NEED TO TAKE CARE OF MY BLONDE.

Yes, it’s true guys, I was born brunette— maybe one day I’ll go back?

Anyway, quick breakdown for you before I go to keep it simple ( one side is brassy tone & other side is what you need to neutralize it ):

BRASSY | TO NEUTRALIZE

Yellow | Violet
Gold | Violet-blue
Copper | Blue
Copper-red | Blue-green

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Other quick hair care tips: use a heat protectant if you’re a big blow-dryer. Dry texturizing spray makes a world of difference- like it gives you depth & edge. Oh, and invest in a quality brush.
…Also I stay away from rubber bands with those ugly metal things on them. They’re horrific because they cause breakage.

Alright, anyone else have any hair secrets? Spill.

Off to read! Drink ginger turmeric tea! Listen to meditation music! The usual!

Goodnight moon, x lauryn

+ This post is in collaboration with DESSANGE Professional Hair Luxury. As always ALL opinions are my own.

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JUST SOME MAJOR FAVORITES LATELY

Updated: June 21, 2017
by
LAURYN

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Hi, hello! Today I have a new YouTube video for you!

Would love to know what kind of videos you want to see more of- very much focused on bringing you a lot of video content this year.

I feel like it’s just easy to communicate through video. For me this is especially true with LIVE video…I’m announcing something fun & different for IG/FB LIVE next week. I wanted to do sort of a spin on LIVE & I think you guys will like it. LIVE is my favorite part of the week- thanks to YOU.

With that- sit back, grab a cup of mint tea, & enjoy:

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FAVORITES LATELY

STILA LIQUID SILVER GLITTER

ORIBE THICK DRY FINISHING SPRAY | ( READ HAIR POST )

CRAFT + FOSTER CANDLES

COLOURPOP ULTRA COLOR LIP

JADE ROLLER | ( READ LYMPATHIC DRAINAGE POST )

L’OREAL SUPERSTAR MASCARA | ( READ EYE MAKEUP POST )

GLAMGLOW GRAVITYMUD | ( READ MASK POST )

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Happy Tuesday! x

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The Best Tips For Making Your Teeth Look White AF

Updated: June 21, 2017
by
LAURYN

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Can we all acknowledge this lip TSC-ish print by reader & artist, Jenna Webb?

Because UMMMM, she is TALENTED RIGHT?

If you’re a part of TSC Secret Facebook Group you know we discuss a medley of different topics. Everything from orgasms ( vibrators were the hot recommendation ), to black nails ( they’re a YES ), to skin care ( oils for the win! ), to even palm reading ( waiting on my analysis ) to name a few. All the women are STRONG, FIERCE, & in charge of their future. I couldn’t be more excited to talk with so many badasses in one spot…day after day after day. I JUST LOVE IT.

Anyway, on Saturday I did a Facebook Live for the secret group only & the hot topic was teeth. Of course I’ve blogged about teeth before but I wanted to put it all in one spot. Tonight I’ve sort of scoured the Internet to find every trick in the book & I’m ready to projectile all the tricks on to you…because who doesn’t want white teeth?

( So you know…typical reasons teeth are yellow: genetics, food & drink choices, &/or how well you practice oral hygiene ).

OK YOU READY? I’ll get concise about it & leave it to five tippity-tips for ya,

GET YOUR TEETH AS WHITE AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE:

1.) Be manipulative!

That’s right. A spray tan tricks anyone. Get a spray tan ( sans orange tones ) & your teeth will look just like Jim Carey’s big-ass white teeth in The Mask. Remember that movie? Yessss, a spray tan makes your teeth appear wayyyyyy whiter. Every single time.

Another way to get manipulative? Opt for cool tones in your makeup- don’t go with reddish-orange lip liner- it brings out reddish-orange teeth tones. Avoid orangey foundations. Leave the overly warm blush at home. Instead go for white eyeliner, cool nude tones on the lips, a cooler foundation, & cool pink tones for blush. Make sense?

I feel like I need to do a whole blog post on cool-toned favorites?!

So get a spray tan & go for non-orange/red makeup! Those two things alone are going to make a HUGE difference.

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2.) Charcoal toothpaste for the winnnn! SO MANY PEOPLE SWEAR BY THIS TRICK.

Basically charcoal toothpaste is “a great, natural alternative for your entire family to promote healthy teeth & gums without toxic ( nasty-ass ) ingredients.”

The one I like contains “no sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), no artificial colors, no artificial sweeteners (such as saccharine), and no fluoride.

It does contain activated bamboo charcoal: an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal powder that’s excellent for gum health & sensitive teeth. Other natural ingredients like bentonite clay, organic orris root powder, myrrh gum powder, organic hibiscus petal powder, organic stevia leaf powder, organic peppermint essential oil, & organic cinnamon extract.

Anyway, I’ve tried three different charcoal toothpastes & this one is by far my favorite right now ( not spon ).

Need more info? Ok, ok- read this“I did some research and found out that even though it temporarily makes the mouth look extremely black- it has the same effect as it does when ingested: it pulls toxins from the mouth and removes stains. ( Fair warning: when you open your mouth, it is completely black and rather scary looking! Right after I did this the first time I was intensely worried that it would stain my teeth! ) To my surprise, all of the black washes away and it makes your teeth feel extremely clean and smooth. After a few uses, my teeth were noticeably whiter too. Further research I’ve done on this showed that activated charcoal can actually be helpful in changing the pH and health of the mouth, and as such is effective in preventing cavities and killing the bad bacteria present in tooth decay and gingivitis. For this reason, I now suggest and use it as part of my re-mineralizing protocol for teeth, along with my re-mineralizing toothpaste.”

PEOPLE SWEAR BY CHARCOAL TOOTHPASTE ( also I think it tastes good- it’s not gross at all, in my opinion ).

More on charcoal toothpaste for ya.

3.) THE ON THE GO Teeth Whitening Pen:

Let’s just say there’s a reason it’s sold out on Nordstrom.com.

Why, you ask? Well it IS the ultimate secret weapon that every bad B should carry in their clutch..

It’s this little silver, efficient pen that’s clinically proven to WHITEN with a multi-use brush pen. Convenient for use anywhere & NOT UNCOMFORTABLE. I’M TALKING TO YOU, CREST WHITE STRIPS.

Simple, portable, efficient, effective— JUST HOW I LIKE IT. The ON THE GO Pen is safe on natural & artificial tooth surfaces. Once you’re done applying, pop the cap back on, & you’re good! No need to rinse. That’s right: use it on a date, in the car, wherever, whenever!

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4.) Oil pulling FTW:

I’ll say it once & I’ll say it again: oil pulling REALLY whitens teeth. It just does. Sure, it’s a pain in the ass. Like who has time to workout, work, have a social life, clean the house, keep a fresh mani, do the dishes, have sex, &…oil pull. No one really. HOWEVER if you’re looking to realllllly up the whiteness of your teeth? This works.

My friend, Erica of Fashionlush, swears by oil pulling. Remember when she said “So far, I have noticed my teeth are a lot whiter…which may sound like NBD to most of you, but for me it’s HUGE. I have never had any luck w/ those annoying white strips that always leave my teeth soooo sensitive ( literally, I won’t be able to drink a cold glass of water for at least three days!! ), so that was pretty exciting for me. I’ve also noticed less sensitivity, my jaw is doing really well ( I’ve got some seriously bad TMJ ), & my skin is looking great– which I am 100% contributing to the oil pulling.”

Whiter teeth, less jaw pain, & better skin? SIGN ME UP.

I like oil pulling whenever I can- usually while I clean the house. Because let’s be real, I always gotta be multi-tasking. I like this specific unrefined, virgin coconut oil right now.

More on oil pulling.

5.) LASTLY: LET’S GET BASIC B:

Baking soda- I know, not shocking but it works! Sodium bicarbonate scrubs away stains to make your teeth whiter. It’s also very alkaline so it could help balance out the Ph! Also you should know it reduces the acidity of the lemon juice, which acts as a natural bleach of sorts. This may be just shocking because people automatically assume lemon makes teeth yellow. BUT try this:

You will need…

+ 3 teaspoons of non-GMO baking soda
+ Enough lemon juice or water to form a paste
+ A toothbrush

Directions:

Mix several teaspoons of baking soda with enough fresh lemon juice ( or water ) to make a paste. Wipe your teeth & any extra saliva off of them with a paper towel. Put a good amount of paste onto your toothbrush & apply ( via ).

YES YES YES! THAT IS IT.

FUN FACT: Americans spend over $1.4 BILLION DOLLARS a year on over the counter teeth whitening gimmicks. So do me a favor & save your cash for something more fun & utilize these cheap-o tips?

& of course, if all else fails you can always use the whitening tool on Facetune, right? The ways we can get efficient in 2017. WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE.

Okkkk, I’m off to brush my teeth. If you’re wondering I have this princess pink electronic toothbrush that I’m just IN LOVE with. I highly recommend. Also a big flosser over here. I’m lazy & use the ghetto green OG sticks but shit, they work. They’re ideal to throw in a handbag too.

Hope you’re all having a fabulous Monday.

Chat soon, lauryn x

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Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy & My Secret Potion: EGYPTIAN MUSK OIL For The Win PLZ!

Updated: June 6, 2017
by
LAURYN

How did Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy smell, you ask?

Well maybe you don’t, but I do.

In ANY CASE, today I’m going to be EXTRA creepy & really dissect it for you.

BECAUSE Abdul Kareem Essential Oils Egyptian Musk is the scent.

It comes in a baby bottle & is avail for a cool $16 bucks. That’s right $16 bucks will make you cool as shit just like Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy.

The smell is perfect because it’s not overly perfume-y or cologne-y like that annoying dude in the elevator that *tries* to hit on you. You know the one that’s soaked in cologne head to toe- such an overkill, you know. I always tell Michael: one spray & you’re good, TYSM.

You see with this, you don’t ever have to worry about smelling like a questionable duty-free perfume shop.

But I’ll get back that to that in a sec. If you don’t know who Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy is- WHATTT (?????)— you need to investigate her ASAP. It’s true, I’m a real detective when it comes down to it & had to read every book about John F. Kennedy Jr.’s beautiful, charismatic bride. I’m actually JEALOUS I’m recommending these books to you because you get to read them fresh…Ok so how can you stalk Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy too?

Here’s your CBK homework:

Start here: Fairy Tale Interrupted: A Memoir of Life, Love, and Loss
Then read ( TRUST ME THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD YOU WILL NOT PUT IT DOWN ): What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love
End with: The Other Man: John F. Kennedy Jr., Carolyn Bessette, and Me

Recap: first one is about JFK Jr.’s assistant. It will kind of introduce you to the relationship the power couple had. AND then grab What Remains. Overall the author, Carole Radziwill ( that’s right guys, Carole from Real Housewives of New York City ) is just such a good writer- it’s BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN. Just could not put this one down- the cover could be more creative if we’re being honest here but as they say don’t judge a book by its cover, k? Top it all off with The Other Man. It’s a juicy, JUICY read. One that will have your mouth hanging open. Enjoy every page.

Moving on.

Let’s go back to the OG secret sauce: EGYPTIAN MUSK OIL.

Uh-huh. It really is this secret, magical smelling oil ( swear on my life, guys. It’s that good! ).

Just so you know & full disclosure: it has a musk base & kind of blends in with your skin. You will smell…clean? Ya, clean- that’s how I would describe it. Weird? I know. It’s a day-or-night fragrance & one you can wear alone OR with something stronger. Pick your poison. Kind of a fan of mixing it with this blood orange medley during the day AND then going for Dolce & Gabana mixture at night. But you do you here.

Application is always straight outta the shower- it just stays longer for some reason. Like it sticks right.

Throughout the day I find myself smelling my wrist & smiling. Like I’m in on a real secret.

The trick is where to put it too. For me, I carry it in my purse always & put a dab on my wrist plus a dab on my neck. SEXY. Light but elegant. Chic-est.

The other trick is it has to be THIS specific brand– that’s right folks, THE EXACT ONE CBK wore.

You get my point.

I feel like all TSC readers should walk around smelling like Abdul Kareem Essential Oils Egyptian Musk– kind of a branded TSC-esque scent. Ha! Fun though right? We’re all in on the secret.

Anyway. Where am I going with this? If you’re someone who doesn’t like to smell like a flower shop on crack, you will love this understated, effortless smell. P.S. none of this is sponsored, I just felt like you needed to know that I actively stalk Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy- & you should too…really, there was something so freaking chic about her- the way she carried herself just screamed confidence.

WELL I JUST MADE YOUR WEEKEND PLANS FOR YOU with all these book recs. Really, you won’t be able to put them down AND you’ll want to smell like Carolyn immediately, darling.

xoxox lauryn

+ Other products Carolyn loved ( because I’m psycho like that! ): Bobbi Brown sheer lipstick in ‘Ruby’, Kiehl’s ‘Creme with Silk Groom’, & Janet Sartin ‘White Astringent.’ 

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COLLAGEN-BOOSTING SKINCARE EVERYONE CAN AFFORD

Updated: May 31, 2017
by
LAURYN

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So I’ve been searching HIGH & low looking for skincare that’s SUPER affordable but still SUPER EFFECTIVE. A lot of you guys have e-mailed me looking for something that won’t break the bank…& besides oils, a lot of the skincare I like can be pricy.

I mean serums can cost up to $70 dollars for a little bottle. My favorite mask ever is $75 bucks. And even caffeinated sunscreen is over $40.

Now I’m still in love with all of those products BUT for the longest time I’ve wanted to showcase products on The Skinny Confidential that everyone can afford.

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WHICH IS WHY I AM V. V. EXCITED FOR TODAY.

After testing a zillion products ( really- everything under the sun ) I’ve found a skincare regimen that’s not only incredibly affordable, it’s effective too.

How do I know?

Well I put it to the test the whole time I was traveling.

For the record traveling gives me pimples. It just does. Which is unfortunate. BUT the whole time I was traveling, I was pimple-free. And I’m going to say it’s thanks to NxN?

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Anyway, let’s back up here. Let’s talk about the reasons I decided to try this product in the first place. NxN:

♡ nourishes your skin with natural ingredients.

♡ contains NO artificial colors/fragrances.

♡ paraben free, sulfate free, hypoallergenic, made in the USA, never tested on animals ( UM YES PLZ ).

♡ ingredients include: coconut, Amazonian cacay oil, camellia, green tea, & grapeseed oils.

♡ boosts collagen…GIVE ME.

Those five things do it for me. And to find something that I can talk about on The Skinny Confidential that EVERYONE can afford gets me going. I feel like it does it for everyone, no?

While I was traveling my routine went like this:

I came back to our hotel ( late, usually- hello NYC & France ) & immediately went to the sink to take off my makeup with the cleanser- all the makeup would easily come off which is not surprising because HELLO THERE IS GRAPE SEED OIL IN IT. If you’ve been a long time reader you know that I live & die for taking my makeup off with grape seed oil. After that I threw on the beauty sleep moisturizer & some eye serum and chapstick and hopped into bed. Easy. In the mornings I tried the day cream under my makeup which is filled with marine minerals, raspberry seed, sea buckthorn, grape seed, & Amazonian cacay oil. Quick, simple, to the point.

Let me tell you guys, it’s not easy to find affordable, effective skin care. I know this first hand because I’m always looking.

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Anyway, the first 100 TSC readers will receive the Zero Shine System for Oily/Combo Skin OR the Total Moisture System for Dry/Sensitive Skin for just $9.99. Simply go here & enter in the code SKINNYCONFIDENTIAL. The 2 Minute Club is a subscription based service, and you can cancel at anytime.

Before I go, I’d love to know: in what other areas do you want me to find something that’s affordable? For instance: handbags? Hair care? Loafers? You name it. I’ll pull out my magnifying glass- I love a challenge.

With that I’m off to watch Billions. You should know I’m very involved with this show. It hits the spot. So yes ginger turmeric tea, popcorn with dark chocolate chips, & Billions for us tonight. Hope you’re all having a good week!

See ya tomorrow.

X lauryn

+ this post is in collaboration with NxN. As always all opinions are my own.

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