Thursday, February 16, 2017

Shop Stevie Midi Dress


i absolutely love a midi anything. midi ring, midi skirt, midi dress. whatever the midi is, i'll take it. this cute pleated midi dress not only fits the bill, but is made of the softest jersey fabric making it super comfortable. jersey is also great because it is the perfect layering fabric. lightweight enough that you can pair it with a jacket for cooler temps and light enough that it does well on its own in warmer temps. 

i snagged this cute blush number from my friend's online boutique: Shop Stevie - Marianne. in her shop you can find some of the cutest clothes that are modest (gasp!), affordable and on trend. it is like the trifecta of shopping! included in her shop are sweaters, sweatshirts, dresses, pants, skirts and more.

each week she showcases the new arrivals and it is so hard to restrain from wanting to buy everything. be sure to take a minute to stop by her instagram where she is currently hosting a giveaway for a super comfy and stylish baby doll dress. i.want.that.




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xo,
kristie

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Sweet Lips Sugar Scrub


just in time for Valentine's Day. everyone could use some soft, sweet lips to kiss their Valentine and this scrub will do just the trick! it is so simple to make and a lip scrub will keep your lips moisturized, soft and kissably sweet.

LIP SCRUB RECIPE

the ingredients are simple:

2 Tbs brown sugar
1 tsp coconut oil
1 drop or 2 of Vanilla

mix all ingredients together and store in a small container near your toothbrush. it will be an easy reminder to 'scrub' a time or two this week to get your lips in shape for smooching.



Happy Valentine's Day!

xo,
kristie

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

How To Clean Your Hair Extensions

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Sexy Hair through their partnership with ShopStyle Collective. While I was compensated to write a post about Sexy Hair, all opinions are my own.

I love wearing my hair extensions but their maintenance is a must in order to extend the life and beauty of the extensions. Good hair extensions equal good hairstyles and good products equal good hair extensions. You catch my drift? For those of you who use hair extensions, you know they can be pricey, so why not treat them as best you can so that you can make those extensions last?! If you are looking to keep your extensions in tiptop shape, take a look through the step-by-step instructions below.

Step One: you are going to want to invest in some good products!

I may sound like a broken record but trust me when I say that you do not want to skimp on hair products for your extensions. It would be like putting the cheapest fuel in your Ferrari; you just won’t get the same performance! When it comes to products, my best recommendation would be the Long Sexy Hair products that are specifically designed for long hair and extensions. The products are infused with Moringa Oil and Biotin that helps to nourish hair and add shine; it also helps to prevent hair from becoming dry, dull or damaged. They are the experts in cutting and styling. If you are interested in purchasing these products, they are offering all Blushing Basics readers 15% off with the code LONG at sexyhair.com.




Step Two: prepare your work space.


Fill your sink with lukewarm water for washing extensions. Prep extensions by gently brushing to remove any knots prior to cleansing. Gather Long Sexy Hair Shampoo & Conditioner to have ready to use and grab a clean towel to use for drying.


Step Three: hand wash extensions.

I like to do this by resting the wefts of the extension outside of the sink to prevent them from getting wet. I do this for several reasons: I don’t want to damage the wefts while washing, getting them wet may cause rust damage (they are metal) and they take long to dry.


I squeeze a dime size amount of Long SexyHair shampoo and gently work it through the extension. Rinse extensions and apply the Long Sexy Hair conditioner and allow to sit for several minutes. This helps provide maximum moisture for hair.


Step Four: lay extensions out to dry.


Lay your extensions flat to dry on a clean, dry towel. You will want to brush them straight for drying and the Long SexyHair Luxe Detangler is perfect to spray prior to brushing. It not only helps detangle but it also helps nourish hair. If you are in a time crunch and need extensions to dry quickly, you can use a blow dryer. Be sure to spray with LongSexy Hair Luxe Blow Out prior to drying to help protect hair and ensure smooth shine.



And your hair extensions are cleaned! Below is a before and after photo showing what my extensions looked like prior to cleaning and after cleaning. You can see the smoothness and shine from the cleaned extension thanks to Long Sexy Hair products. I’m doing everything I can to make sure these beauties last!


Included in the line is also a dry shampoo. This works great for your hair prior to clipping in extensions. Spray a little at the roots of your hair and let dry before clipping in wefts. This will help extend the life of your hairstyle as well as hold the wefts in place a little more securely.


Follow these steps to maintain the health of your own hair, or your extensions.

xo,
kristie



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