Product Review: L’Oréal Elnett Extra Strong Hold Hairspray

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Today I am partnering with Influenster and L’Oréal to share with all of you a product review of the L’Oréal Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Hairspray!

First things first, the struggle is so real for me trying to find a hairspray that works with my hair type.  My hair is super thin and fine, which leads me to sticky and crusty feeling hair every time I use hairspray.  It’s awful, totally not a fan.

I was a little hesitant in trying out this L’Oréal hairspray, just because I was afraid of crusty hair again, but turns out I was a bit quick to judge! This is probably the best hairspray I’ve ever used!  It’s soft on your hair after application and doesn’t leave that overly-dry, crusty feeling that most other hairsprays would do.  After spraying the product through my hair, my curls have held really well and totally helps me out in keeping my hairstyle nice and fresh all day long.  With the micro-diffusion technology and humidity protection of the hairspray, my hairstyle lasts all day!

The only problem with it though is the smell.  It’s not a bad smell, just one of those smells that makes you feel like you’re in a flower-scented candle garden with a candle on every square inch of the garden, a little strong.  But it’s not totally noticeable or something that would turn me off from using the product again.  It works with my hair and I am so happy that I finally found a hairspray that works with my thin and fine hair!

 

Thank you to Influenster and L’Oréal for sponsoring this post.

#Elnett #Contest #Complimentary #PureGold #FinalLook #Sponsor

 

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JustKels

5 Ways to Relax & Unwind

For those of you who may not know, I can easily panic and get nervous with things going on in life, especially as a college student.  With deadlines for big assignments, exams, projects, working, and just adulting in general, I easily stress myself out.  And that’s why taking time for relaxation is so important to me!  Today I am going to share with you five of my personal favorite ways to relax and unwind with everything that may be going on in life.  Time to de-stress!

1) Take a Bath

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Taking a bath is easily my favorite way to relax and unwind.  Surrounding yourself with fresh scented candles, bubbles (or even rose petals), soft music, and some peace and quiet, you really can’t go wrong.  It’s so relaxing to just sit in some warm water and forget about everything else that is going on.

2) Listen to Music

I lovvvvvvve music, my Spotify playlists are super intense and full of all my jams.  From rock, to throwback hits, to today’s hits, I have just about everything.  Listening to music is a great way to tune out the world and forget about everything.  It also helps me study, a good way to combine stressful school work with something that is stress-free.  Check out some of my past music playlist blog posts for what is featured in my Spotify library!

3) Blog!

I love to blog! Not only does it help me relax, but it’s super fun and something I’m really into, obv!  I find fun and relaxation in writing content for all of you guys and keeping up with my own little business.  And of course, reading blogs from my favorite bloggers is always a great way to relax too!

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4) Sleep or Nap

Sleeping is literally my jam.  Fun fact about me, I can’t drink any caffeine, so sleep is literally my best friend.  I’m super OCD about getting my 6-9 hours of sleep per night, and of course, nap a ton if I fall under those sleeping hours.  But a mid-day power nap sometimes is just what I need to kind of clear my head and get a fresh recharge.

5) Catch some rays! (When the sun is out, of course)

As a Seattleite this one is a bit difficult to do, but during the late Spring and Summer time, this is one of my go-to hobbies.  Whether it’s in my yard, at a nearby park, or at the beach, laying out in the sun and listening to some music calms me down so much, and even makes me a little tan, and super freckly (and even sunburned, unfortunately).

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Comment below and let me know what some of your relaxation techniques are! I’d love to hear from you!

 

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JustKels

 

 

A Product Review: Sugarbearhair Gummy Vitamins

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I have always been that girl with super fine and thin hair that just does not want to grow.   It has always been so frustrating to not have the length and health of hair that you see all those girls in magazines and on Instagram have.  I always thought to myself, “Why can’t my hair grow and look like that?”

But I have finally found the solution and have stuck with it for about three months now! The Sugarbearhair gummy vitamins are the absolute best hair vitamin I have ever tried, and they really do work! I’ve tried numerous amounts of hair vitamins in the past and did not have the best luck with them.  I figured the same would happen with the Sugarbearhair vitamin, but I decided to try it out anyway.  And I am so glad that I did!

Other than the fact that the vitamins are blue gummy bears that are so delicious, I’ve noticed that my hair has grown about one to two inches within the last three months and has even become a little thicker!  Hello Instagram-worthy hair!

To see the best results, it is advised to take two vitamins per day, however, I only take one per day as I do not like to eat too much sugar.  But as long as I am still seeing results, I cannot wait to keep taking these vitamins and have the hair that I have always wanted!

Check out Sugarbearhair to start your hair growth journey!

 

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JustKels

A Tutorial: My Everyday Makeup Routine

Happy Friday, everyone!  Today is a pretty special day for my blog as I have taken the next step and finally started one of my blogging goals, to start vlogging on YouTube!  I finally bought some nice video equipment off of Amazon to begin this process and I had so much fun creating my first makeup tutorial today, even though I had absolutely no idea what I was doing!

This is the quick and easy makeup routine that I use everyday if I’m going to school, going to work, or even to go out and about.  It’s simple, natural, and even a little fun without totally overdoing it!

All products used in this video are listed on YouTube in the description box of this video for your convenience!  I would definitely recommend trying some of them out, even some of the more expensive products as well, some of the prices really are worth the amount you pay for them!

 

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JustKels

Dressing Up Simplicity

Good morning and happy Sunday, everyone!  For those of you who don’t know, I like to keep a fairly simplistic wardrobe.  I like taking simple pieces of clothing and putting them together with cute accessories that can totally dress up any outfit.  My day-to-day go-to outfit typically consists of jeans and a t-shirt, paired with cute boots and cute accessories.  Simple doesn’t have to mean boring!

Who says looking your best has to consist of over-dressing and wearing designer brands everyday?

I have partnered with Cleo Madison to show you just how a simple t-shirt can be dressed up to make any outfit look super cute, without costing a fortune!

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I have paired Cleo Madison’s Kendall Free Top in Charcoal with my favorite pair of skinny jeans, suede booties, pink wristlet, fashion rings, and a 3-in-1 layered necklace set.  What I love the most about this top is that it’s loose fitting, which makes it very comfortable.  The short sleeves are a bit longer than most which adds to that extra comfort of the shirt.  A simple and comfortable look with a dressy twist.

Plus, this outfit is perfect for almost anything!  Perfect for wearing to school, wearing out and about around your town, a day at the mall, your job (depending on where you work), a concert, just about anything!

Let me know in the comments section below how you dress up your simple looks!

P.S. Want to know outfit details from this post?  See the details below for all outfit information!

Outfit Information:

  • Kendall Free Top in Charcoal // Cleo Madison
  • Skinny Jeans // Hollister Co.
  • Madden Girl Suede Ankle Booties in Tan // Macy’s
  • 3-in-1 Layered Necklace Set // American Eagle Outfitters
  • Silver Wave Ring // Pura Vida Bracelets
  • Pink Wristlet // Forever 21

 

Thank you to Cleo Madison for sponsoring this post

Blogger Fave’s

Today on the blog I thought I’d do something a little bit different.  Rather than writing a standard post about my life, I thought I’d take a moment and share with all of you some of my personal favorite bloggers out there!

I follow these bloggers on social media and absolutely love their content on their blogs, and even Instagram stories.  Each blog is so unique and tells a completely different story than the other.  Every day, I always take some time to check up on my favorite blogger gals and love to read and watch their Insta/Snap stories or vlogging channels on YouTube about what’s new in their lives and what they’re up to, they’re all so inspiring!

Especially as a blogger myself, each blog is so inspiring for me and helps me learn what I can do to help my blog grow as well.  These are all the blogs that I get my inspiration from and are some good reads!

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What I absolutely love about Krista’s blog and social media is that she is so honest and real.  What I mean by real in this case is there’s not a lot of photoshop or fake personality covering up who she really is.  Her Insta stories, blog posts, and YouTube videos are all real-life and authentic.  This is really inspiring for me because not a lot of people on social media are actually like that.  I don’t even think I’m like that at some points.  On social media, we’re all showing our best selves to one another.  With Krista’s blog and social media, everything is real life.  We all have bad days, and it’s okay to show that to other people, just to remind us all that we’re all human and face the same kinds of things every day.

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Lindsey’s blog represents her fun and hardworking lifestyle, she is such an inspiration to me!  What I love about her content and social media is that working hard doesn’t have to be exhausting or miserable, life is a fun and great thing and there is always something to do.  She runs her own marketing business and I think that is so cool, especially as I am currently going to school for my degree in marketing and communications.  She really is the perfect role model for women, a strong and independent, entrepreneurial woman living in the big city.  She is everything I hope to be some day!

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Caitlin is literally a style icon.  What I love the most about her blog and content is that she is so fashionable, like I just want her entire wardrobe!  She has the cutest outfits and doest the cutest things with her hair styles and makeup, all of it is everything that I totally want.  Her fashion sense and beauty trends inspire me to want to try out different products for hair or makeup that I wouldn’t ordinarily try on my own, she is an amazing influencer and I love all of her photos.  She is the definition of #BloggerGoals.

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What I love about Sea of Sanctuary is that Kahla and Rechelle are Seattle based bloggers, just like me!  I love being able to read blogs from local bloggers in my area, hometown pride!  I think it’s totally awesome that they are two best friends who run a blog together.  It’s hard to find someone to work with in a business like this and it’s so inspiring that they do this, putting in so much time and effort to be as successful as they are.  I love both of their fashion styles, all of their outfits are so cute.  They are also totally real about life.  Life is hard, but they show that it doesn’t always have to be so hard, it can be really fun too and full of adventure!

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A little fun fact about Truelane: Chelsea’s blog was actually the first blog I ever read that got me interested in blogging and inspired me to start my own.  I remember back in the day as a college freshman, I reached out to her via email telling her how much I loved her blog and wanted to do something just like she did.  When she responded to my email, I was so excited, she gave me super helpful tips on running a blog, and since then I have always admired her work.  Another Seattle based blogger with a love for travel and fashion, just like me!  Before I had my own blog and would read hers all the time, I always loved seeing her model her outfits and follow along on each travel adventure she went on.  I was like, “Oh my gosh, I want her life so bad.”  She is one of the bloggers on this list that really inspires me to work hard for what I want and to dream big.

 

I hope you all enjoyed this list in today’s post and I hope you all take a look at some of these blogs and social media, they are all amazing! Since all of these blogs are so inspiring for me, I hope they are all inspiring for you as well!

 

A Travel Diary: Manhattan, New York City

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New York City.  The city of dreams, the city that never sleeps, the big apple, and the city that I love the most.  I just spent the past week in NYC with my boyfriend and it was one of the best weeks I’ve had in a long time.  A week full of fun, sightseeing, and constantly being on the go left me so exhausted but so happy for the experience.

As a Seattleite, I had no idea what I was in for being on the east coast in the heart of winter and the arctic storms affecting the area.  I totally packed for the weather, but just was not expecting it to be as cold as it really was.  I’m so used to the mild, 40-50 degree temperatures and rain that Seattle goes through every year.  When I first stepped outside of LaGuardia airport upon arriving in New York into 18 degree weather, it was definitely startling.  And what made that 18 degree weather feel like 5 degrees was the intense windchill sweeping through the high rises in the city.

After a red-eye flight from Seattle to Chicago to New York City, we arrived at our hotel and couldn’t wait to take a power nap before going out to explore the big city.  We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn New York/Midtown Park Ave and it was the perfect location for us to stay.  Staying in midtown, we were close to everything.  Herald Square, the Empire State Building, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Station, the Flatiron District, and some of the best restaurants were just walkable distances away from our hotel.  Staying on the 16th floor of the hotel, we got a great view city view of high rises near by.  The city view of New York is one of my favorite views that I love going to sleep and waking up to.

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Day 1

After checking in to our hotel and taking a power nap after a long night of traveling, we went out to explore parts of midtown and popular attractions near our hotel.  One of the first places we stopped at was Rockefeller Center to see the big Christmas tree still lit up right above the ice rink.  It was so cool to finally see the tree in person after you see it on all these New York City based holiday movies.  We then walked through St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which was completely mind-blowing, you definitely do not see cathedral’s like that around Seattle.

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After the cathedral, we walked past the iconic Radio City Music Hall, Fountain Pool, and of course Times Square.  One of my favorite things about walking through Times Square was seeing bits and pieces of confetti on the streets from New Years Eve the night before.  We saw the New Years Ball above the big billboards with the new year “2018” sign right underneath.  It was like being in Times Square on New Years Eve! Just without Ryan Seacrest and the music performances.

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After eating at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square, we went back to Rockefeller Center to experience the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at night.  It completely took my breath away.  Best. View. Ever.  Everything just seemed so close, it was like the Empire State Building was right there in front of you, with the One World Trade Center right behind it.  With the entire city lit up, it was so amazing.  DREAMY.  And SO cold!

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Day 2

After the fun of day 1 and being awake for nearly 36 hours, a good night’s sleep refreshed us for the adventures of day 2.  Day 2 was probably my most favorite day out of the days we were there.  We explored so much in just 9 hours.  We spent this day in the lower Manhattan area, including the West Village and Greenwich Village, Brooklyn Bridge, One World Trade Center, Chinatown, and Little Italy.

After a breakfast of New York bagels, we took the subway downtown to the West Village. In the West Village, we walked through Washington Square Park and the NYU campus, and of course, the iconic “Friends” TV show apartment on the intersection of Grove St. and Bedford St.  I am a total die hard Friends fan and was so excited about this part of the trip.  Seeing the apartment building in person felt like being on the Friends TV show and getting to experience the part of town the characters lived in and saw everyday.  Just living my inner Rachel Green lifestyle in that moment.

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After Greenwich Village, we took the subway to Brooklyn to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and wander around the Brooklyn Bridge park.  The bridge was so busy during the day but had amazing views of lower Manhattan and the city skyline.  Plus, walking on the bridge was an awesome experience, you always got to look up and see the brick and arches of the bridge.

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We ate lunch at Shake Shack in Brooklyn which was SO delicious, they had some of the best crinkle cut french fries I’ve ever had.  If only they had Shake Shack in Seattle!

After lunch we took the subway back to lower Manhattan where we then wandered around the World Trade Center and visited the 9/11 Museum.  The museum was really fascinating and had a lot of cool artifacts from the incident.  Outside of the museum were two large pools sitting right next to the One World Trade Center Freedom Tower, each pool were layouts of where the two World Trade Center buildings originally were and had the names of each victim in the 9/11 attack.  It was really cool to be walking on those historical grounds.

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Walking through the wind and cold of the city, taking pictures of all the top sights, the strangest thing kept happening to our iPhone’s.  They kept turning off and turning back on to a battery of 10%.  Like, what? Who knew that below freezing temperatures could mess up your phone so much!? It happened every single day of the trip, talk about frustrating.  But thank goodness for having a backup DSLR camera.  Although, we had a couple moments of panic when we were wandering around a part of the city we had never been to before and were relying on the navigation of our phones, only to come to the point where they both shut off and we were walking around with absolutely no idea where we were going.  Definitely not the ideal situation for a tourist.

At that point, we were wandering around Tribeca and SoHo trying to find Chinatown and Little Italy so we could finally eat dinner.  Walking around with hand warmers covering our phones trying to turn them back on, we finally got the life back in them and made our way to Chinatown and Little Italy.  We went to a small Italian Restaurant, La Nonna, where we had spaghetti and meatballs and were able to charge our phones!

By about 7:30 p.m. we were completely wiped from the adventures of that day, we spent the rest of the night in our hotel room eating junk food and warming up from the brutal temperatures outside.

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Day 3

Thursday.  The day that the east coast blizzard had finally hit.  We woke up to dumping buckets of snow falling outside our window with an intense wind leading the snow everywhere.  It looked so cold out.  By about noon when we left our hotel for brunch, there was already about 4 inches of snow covering the streets of Manhattan and wind blowing the snow in everyone’s faces, making it extremely difficult to walk around anywhere.  We hiked through the snow about 4 blocks to a super fancy restaurant, Sarabeth’s, for one of the best meals I had in New York, buttermilk pancakes covered with powdered sugar and fresh cut strawberries, with a fresh fruit bowl on the side of sliced bananas, strawberries, oranges, and grapefruit.  Definition of breakfast goals.  What made it even more special was eating right next to a view of all the snow in the city.

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After breakfast, we took the subway to upper Manhattan, toward Central Park and the Upper East Side.

We arrived at the Columbus Circle which led us right to the entrance of Central Park.  The park was so magical covered in snow.  It was like walking in a true winter wonderland.  Literally the best time to be in Central Park.  It was amazing.  And we definitely needed a Starbucks after hiking through the snow and cold of the park.

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We walked through the iconic spots of Central Park, including this postcard view of the bridge and the Plaza Hotel back out onto the streets where we took the bus to the Upper East Side and the MET.  Living like Serena and Blair on Gossip Girl.

“Gossip Girl here, your one and only source into the scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite.”

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Xoxo, Gossip Girl.

That night, we ate the best New York thin crust style pizza at NY Pizza Suprema next to Madison Square Garden, and went ice skating at Rockefeller Center.  The perfect way to end the perfect snow day.

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Day 4

Our last day in New York.  We shopped around Herald Square and Times Square some more and explored the Flatiron District before heading to the airport for our flight back to Seattle.  It was a cold and clear blue sky day after the snow storm, just in time for us to head back home without any flight complications.  I was sure going to miss the view from our hotel room and the convenience of everything being so close and walkable distances.

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As I am back home, I only wish I was back in New York City.  I had so much fun and love the energy and life of Manhattan.  I can’t wait to visit again in the future and hope to one day make Manhattan my home!