Taming My Mane

“Wow! Your hair looks so good like that; you should wear it like that more often!”

Until spending a day at the beach with me or catching me immediately after a shower, it is hard to know that my natural hair is full of frizzy curls. Personally, I consider my curls quite unruly and often use a blow-dryer and flat iron to straighten them out, especially if I plan on looking more polished. However, I do love my natural curls, I just usually reserve them for my summers in Bethany Beach, Delaware.

Thus, one of my Christmas presents has been a God-send for taming my mane. The Revlon One-Step Volumizer Hair Dryer is currently my go-to tool. 

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Mary Kate Donahue, 2019. 

In the past, I used a normal blow-dryer, which then left my hair looking like an frizzy afro before I would whip out my flat-iron and sometimes then a curling iron.  Yes, I know I use way too much heat on my hair. Now, with the Revlon One-Step Volumizer Hair Dryer, I barely need to reach for my flat-iron. To use my new hair dryer brush, I separate my hair off and dry it section by section, along with a heat protectant spray. One of my favorite things about the Revlon tool is that it allows me to give myself a blow-out with the rounded brush, rather than merely drying my hair.

If you have unruly hair or have been dying to figure out a simple way to do an at-home blowout, the Revlon One-Step Volumizer Hair Dryer (or the similar products all over Amazon) will be your best friend. It’s a must buy!

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Be Your Own Beach Babe

It’s summer: put down those heated styling tools and pick up Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe products. Both the texturing hair cream and texturizing sea salt spray can make any hair type go from boring to beachy in a matter of seconds. Personally, I heat style my hair quite often from September to May; therefore, once June rolls around, I love to give my hair a much needed break.

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2015

   
With my naturally curly hair, the Beach Babe products enhance my natural curl. On a more straight textured hair, the products give a fresh-out-of-the-ocean wave. Aside from the effortlessly beautiful effect of the Beach Babe products, they make getting ready much quicker! Forget the blow dryer and flat iron; just step out of the shower and run a little Beach Babe through your tosseled locks.

 Ocean hair? No! Curls courtesy of Beach Babe products? Yes; this stuff really works wonders!

© Kathleen Donahue, 2015

New Year, New Me: Going Naked

2015 is all about going Naked…as in the cosmetic product! My birthday (January 8) comes as at the start of the year, which extends my Christmas and holiday celebrations. Now as a legal adult (yes, I bought a lottery ticket), I decided it is finally time to ditch the cheap Wet ‘n Wild eyeshadow for a more sophisticated option. Therefore, I opened a beautiful Naked 2 palette on my birthday and I am a convert to well-made, expensive cosmetic products.

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2015

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2015

Unable to decide between Naked, Naked 2 or Naked 3, I told my mother to purchase whatever was available. Thankfully, the saleswoman at Sephora asked my mother about my complexion and hair color in order to find the best-fit palette. All I can say is this saleswoman certainly knew anything and everything about the Naked palettes. The Naked 2 palette is beyond perfect for my extremely fair, freckled complexion and strawberry-blonde/auburn hair. The palette includes twelve shades; Foxy, Half Baked, Bootycall, Chopper, Tease, Snakebite, Suspect, Pistol, Verve, Busted and Blackout.

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2015

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2015

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2015

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2015

In addition to my new “big-girl” make-up, I also received more mature cosmetic storage. The acrylic storage from the Container Store comes in all shapes, sizes, and configurations. I now have two stackable drawers and an open make-up organizer atop the drawers. Along with the new storage, I decided I had to purge myself of my old cosmetics. Why was I holding on to silver liquid eyeliner and practically empty foundation bottles?!

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2015

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2015

After cleaning out, organizing and using my new Naked product, I feel as though I am certainly ready for adulthood…maybe.