G&L Highlights || Hair, Makeup, Skin, and Anxiety

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Welcome back to another G&L Highlights! I am so ready to share with you a few highlights of my week when it comes to hair, makeup, skin, and life! Today we will be discussing:

  • -A hair treatment that has literally SAVED my highly processed blonde hair
  • -The only blush i’ve been using for months [that is AFFORDABLE]
  • -My current go to mask that does wonders for my problematic skin
  • -How I deal with worrying and anxiety

If you haven’t already seen my first G&L Highlights post which features a lipstick, a dry shampoo, and a face moisturizer click here <–

I just want to take a minute to quickly say that I was planning to have this post up a few weeks ago but got a stomach bug. Then life happened. I have so many different things going on at the moment that are each important to me and I want to be doing. However, there are only so many hours in a day. I desperately want to be putting out content on a more regular basis. But at the same time I want to enjoy making these posts and not take the fun out of blogging. So that’s where my head is at currently. Anyways…I digress.

Olaplex No. 3

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If you haven’t heard of Olaplex yet, most likely you aren’t a frequent hair salon visitor. Olaplex took the salon world by storm in 2013 and has maintained its success ever since because it was revolutionary. Since then many similar hair treatments have come out but for me Olaplex has remained supreme!

Olaplex is a three step bond building service that repairs broken bonds in your hair that come from heat styling, sun damage, or chemical processing. You can get an Olaplex treatment in a salon during your color service or as a stand alone treatment. Your stylist will apply steps one and two and you take step three home to do yourself. This is not a deep conditioner but rather a treatment that is free of silicones and oils and is done before you shampoo.

Personally I have Olaplex #1 mixed in with my lightener at color appointments which helps protect my hair WHILE I am having it highlighted. After rinsing out the lightener, Olaplex #2 is applied and processed for 10-30minutes, which repairs the broken bonds and strengthens your hair. After shampooing #2 out this can then be followed by a deep conditioner which helps restore moisture now that your hair has been strengthened. Lastly I am sent home with a bottle of Olaplex #3.

How to Use Olaplex #3 at Home

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My favorite way to use Olaplex #3 at home is to wet my hair at night, towel dry it well, and apply the product generously from roots to ends. It is important to apply on wet hair! I brush through it one time to make sure every strand is well saturated and I tie it up in a bun on top of my head. Then I go to sleep!

The next morning I hop in the shower, rinse it out and shampoo and condition as usual. If you’d rather continue the repair process you could even just slightly re-wet your hair and go to the gym or grocery store before shampooing it out. It’s also a good idea to use a deep conditioner at home because Olaplex strengthens while a deep conditioner restores moisture. I can personally vouch that this product alone has allowed me to have healthy heavily processed blonde hair for years and I plan to keep it that way!

Olaplex is a salon certified product that you want to purchase from a licensed professional. If you ever find it on amazon, in a drugstore, or grocery store you cannot guarantee the product has not been diluted or tampered with. You can go into a local salon, ask your stylist, or shop my virtual retail shop here to ensure you are purchasing a certified product. Just hover your mouse over my name at the top and all of my product recommendations will show up. You can find Olaplex #3 there. You could also click the ‘shop with me’ button below!

Wet N Wild Color Icon Blush in Mellow Wine

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The past few months I have exclusively been reaching for one blush. Typically I use a blush palette where I have different options depending on which look I am going for. However, since buying this blush, it has been the only one I have been using with EVERY look. The blush I have been dying over is called Color Icon Blush by Wet N Wild in the shade Mellow Wine.

The formula, the color, and the price are all winners for me. First off, it is a matte blush that has a very subtle but noticeable glow to it. I have combination/normal skin so I don’t love glittery or shiny blushes. However I do favor a natural glow.

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Wet N Wild ColorIcon Blush Mellow Wine

Second the color is absolute perfection for my skin tone. It is the perfect combination of rose, peach, and even a tiny bit of brown. Mellow Wine gives off the perfect flush of color without looking like you put blush on. I’m obsessed. And lastly…this blush is $2.99! Enough said right?

The Body Shop Seaweed Oil Balancing and Clay Mask

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Over the years I’ve tried a plethora of face masks. However, I’ve never repurchased one over and over. That was until I discovered the Seaweed Oil Balancing and Clay Mask sold at The Body Shop. Ever since trying this mask I have been obsessed. It is not too harsh on my skin and really does balance out oil production.

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My favorite way to use this mask is on a Sunday afternoon. I put on a cute headband, cleanse my face, apply the mask using my fingers or a mask applicator, and watch YouTube videos or Netflix. After the clay mask has completely dried and is soft to the touch, I hop into the shower and gently massage my face with a warm wash cloth.

My skin is never red or irritated after using this mask however it feels clean, plump, and soft! I definitely recommend this for anyone who has combination/oily skin.

Anxiety and Worrying

Something I’ve dealt with many times in my short 26 years has been seasons of worrying and anxiety. If you’ve ever dealt with this you know it is the worst feeling. A few Sunday’s ago my pastor was teaching on ‘vanity’ and how “there is nothing to be gained under the sun.” He spoke on Luke 12:13-34 and I was so comforted by the reminder that God is in control and because I put my faith in Him I really have nothing to worry about. Specifically my heart rejoiced when I read this passage:

“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, when no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” – Luke 12:32-34 ESV

A huge point I took away from this passage and Pastor Jeremy’s sermon in general was to really evaluate what you treasure in life. Are you pursuing what will endure? Because as the scripture above states “where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

Lastly I just wanted to let you know that Reality LA is having three services on April 1 for Easter at 9am, 11am, and 1pm and everyone is welcome to attend! Services are held at Helen Bernstein High School <–[address is linked here]

Reality LA Easter

G&L Highlights || The Takeaway

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Well guys that was my roundup for the week! [really the past couple of weeks lol] I truly hope you are inspired to try out some new hair, skin, and makeup products and that your soul was touched and inspired as well. I love doing these posts and sharing small snippits of what is inspiring me during the week. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below and if you are going to try any of these out! ALSO! I’ve added a social media bar to the left side of my site to make it easier for you to share these posts! So if you want to save this to your Pinterest or share it with your friends on Facebook or Twitter etc. just click the icon of your choice!

xoxo Aly

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