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I want my hair to be soft, shiny and healthy all the time. To feel and look like I just got out of the hair salon every day – and I don’t feel like this is too much to ask! I strongly believe that good hair makes you feel better about yourself all together, and the opposite is also true – there is nothing like a bad hair day to distract me from the things I really should be focusing on.
The following three hair care products are the best I have ever used, and each of them is part of my daily routine. They are also great for someone like me who doesn’t like to spend a lot of time getting ready in the morning but still wants great hair!
Argan oil and moroccan oil have become somewhat of a trend the past couple of years in the hair care world. I love natural products and oils so I have tried many variations of these products by different brands, but there is only one that I have stay loyal to for over four years. Moroccanoil Treatment Original has completely transformed my hair. One of my favorite things about it is the thick consistency, unlike many other products that feel more watered down and oily in my hair. It makes my hair touchably soft, nourished, and shiny for days. I seriously can’t say enough good things about this product, it has consistently been one of the best hair care products I have ever used. If you have dry or easily damaged hair I highly recommend Moroccanoil.
For my medium/long hair I use about two pumps of it after I get out of the shower and towel dry my hair. I focus the product on the ends and work it halfway up my hair to cover the ends of all of my layers. Sometimes if my hair is feeling extra dry after I style it I’ll add half a pump and work it through my hair. But be careful, too much on dry hair can leave it feeling oily.
If you don’t want to commit to spending the money without trying the product first they come in mini sizes that are perfect to give it a test run!
Living Proof Restore Instant Repair
This product came highly recommended to me by my hair stylist, and I will forever be thankful to her. I started using this product right after I got my haircut and it has prolonged the time in between cuts, leaving my hair healthier and longer than it has been in years. It is a corrective, leave-in cream with Living Proof’s patented Healthy Hair Molecule and infused with a silk protein. Living Proof Restore Instant Repair claims to protect against new split ends, strengthen hair after just one use, and protect against UV rays. I can attest that it truly helps to restore and prevent damage, which is why it makes my “best hair care products list”.
Use this the same way I use the Moroccanoil, two pumps after I towel dry my hair. Focus it on the ends of the hair and layers and then comb your hair with a wide tooth comb to work the products all the way through your hair.
Sidenote: It is safe on color and chemically treated hair.
Drybar Triple Sec 3-in-1
If you’re into haircare then you know all about Drybar. This is my favorite product of theirs by far. It is a volumizer, texturizer, and dry shampoo all in one. I mostly use it as a dry shampoo, and it absorbs the oils in my hair without leaving a white residue that takes forever to get out. It leaves my hair feeling freshly washed, opposed to other dry shampoos that I have used that feel like they’re simply masking the oils. It also protects hair from UV ray damaged which is great in the summer.
I also use this when I creating a beachy or wavy curled look. If my hair is clean then it gives the curl something to hold onto. If my hair is dirtier, it helps to add volume and texture to the strands. It’s not a heat protectant though, so make sure you add that to your styling routine!
I know this list may seem short to some people, but I am pretty low maintenance. I like products that work the way they say they will work, and even better, products I can use in multiple ways. These three products have completely transformed my haircare routine. They not only cut down on the time I take styling my hair, but they also save me money in the long run. In my opinion, these are the best hair care products that money can buy.
I have never seen a garden so beautiful and well thought out in my entire life. Every water fountain and statue had a meaning dating back to Renaissance Italy. The main attraction was the largest fountain, which also had an organ within it and once the water pressure built up enough it pushed the air through it and played by itself – it was amazing. We walked around for two hours and could have for two more. If you love nature, history, and beauty you cannot pass up on the opportunity to visit Villa d’Esta.
Today is National Strawberry Day, so I decided to write a strawberry appreciation post followed by a few of my favorite detox water recipes!
Strawberries are extremely high in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals – specifically folate, potassium, manganese, dietary fiber, magnesium, and vitamin C. This means they are great for your immune system, eye health, they help fight wrinkles, bad cholesterol, and high blood pressure. That alone is enough to get me to my local farmer’s market! I always make sure to grab enough to make smoothies and detox waters that will last me throughout the week. I also like to cut some of the extra ones up so I can put them in my yogurt in the morning. Strawberries are so versatile!
Detox or infused waters have various benefits depending on what on what you include in it. They are also great for people who don’t like to drink flavorless water. Some people claim infused waters can help boost your metabolism and flush out toxins!
Here a few of my favorite infused waters. I like to switch out tap water with sparkling water to curb my soda cravings!
- Strawberries, mint leaves, and blueberries
- Strawberries, raspberries, and cucumber
- Strawberries, lemon, and rosemary
- Strawberries and lime
Create your own infused or detox waters and leave a comment telling me which your favorite combination was!
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Florence is so unbelievably different from Rome, and I’m not sure which I prefer. I think being from a small town Florence is more my style. Although it’s still a city, there is much less hustle and bustle. In Rome there is public transportation everywhere and although there are a lot of cute back roads, there are also a lot of busier main roads. In Florence, however, everything feels like a back road and there is much less public transportation because it is so easy to walk from one side to the other. Much to my surprise, almost everyone I met in Florence spoke at least a little bit of English.
After exploring the city a little we stopped at Gustapizza for lunch, which I highly recommend if you find yourself in Fiorenza.
I spent most of the day in/on the Duomo, which was absolutely amazing from the exterior, architecture, interior design, and paintings on the ceilings, all the way down to the catacombs underneath of the church. But the real attraction was the climb to the top. We climbed 463 stairs (that date back hundreds of years in a small enclosed space to the top) where we got the most spectacular view of the entire city. On the walk up there are spots where the path leads you out of the walls and back into the church where you are basically hovering around the inside of the church, looking down at the entire church – it was the most terrifying part of the climb. There is nothing to hold onto, you simply are on a piece of wood in an enclosed space; the ceiling that we were just admiring from the bottom was now almost within arm’s reach.
We went out to dinner to a restaurant that was recommended to us called “ZaZa’s”, which was absolutely amazing. Then we decided to walk to the bridge (Ponte Vecchio) again to see it at night, which was extremely peaceful. I was surprised by the lack of people on the bridge at night. Looking out at the reflection of the lights on the calm water, lined with beautiful buildings, was serene.
The next morning we met with our group (Bus2alps) at the train station at 6 AM to catch a bus to Cinque Terre (literally means ‘five towns’). We stopped in two towns (the second and fourth) by train on our way up to the beach, and at the fourth town we took a hiking trail to the fifth town, which was a beach town. The hike was about thirty minutes uphill then an hour around the mountain and twenty minutes back down, which was a great experience in itself.
The view was breathtaking and I kept thinking it couldn’t get better, but it kept getting better. When we finally finished our hike we grabbed a drink and went down onto the beach. We spent a couple of minutes on the beach and then decided to swim out to the rocks a couple hundred yards out, where we spent the rest of the day laying, laughing, and enjoying the view.
We spent most of Sunday walking around the Boboli Gardens and the outskirts of Florence, just enjoying the culture and talking to the locals.