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July 11, 2016

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This is definitely the summer of me trying new things when it comes to my beauty regimen. And hey why not? Summer is a time to enjoy all the little moments, not worry about hairy legs when you forget to shave and are stuck with only a bikini. I just started using the iluminage PRECISE TOUCH permanent hair removal device, and it has made my life so much easier. First of all, it’s special because it’s the only FDA-cleared technology for permanent hair removal results on all skin tones, and clinically proven to be effective on the widest range of hair colors. My body hair is dark brown, and while I’ve always shaved and never had a problem always shaving, if I miss a spot, it can be very noticeable. Those damn hairs on the knees are always so annoying! Not sure if anyone else notices, but I sure do! The ilumiange PRECISE TOUCH is super focused for these kinds of areas, which is great, although I am also currently using it on my lower legs area right now.

It uses a combination of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) energies, which are attracted to the hair follicle and prevents re-growth, and Radio Frequency (RF) energies, which are a secondary heat source that delivery energy to the hair follicle, eliminating the need to target pigment in the hair. And this can all happen in the comfort of your own home. How convenient, eh?!

And for someone who is only used to using shavers, this device was super simple. It’s almost the same thing, just more focused and with repeated actions to deliver the right amount of energies to the areas you want to target. First, prepare the skin by removing hair from the surface of the skin. I make sure to do a close shave all over my legs and knees. Turn on the device, and select the level of energy you want to apply (low, medium, or high). Glide the device over targeted areas once a week for seven treatments over a period of six weeks. Of course, there might be some touch ups on certain areas after this full treatment course, so just give them some extra loving. I’m excited to see how my legs will be looking after a few weeks! I’ll keep you guys posted! It’s also great for underarm and annoying facial hair, too 🙂

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Hair Color Strobing with Matrix

May 23, 2016

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And now let me present to you what definitely is the biggest hair transformation that I have ever experienced. And the best, thanks to MATRIX. After years of being a dark brunette haunted by leftover highlights from ombres of the past, I was finally ready for a major change. Something a bit more funky, but still me. It was time for me to get a MATRIX hair strobe! Red and pink has always caught my eye when I looked up hair inspiration, but I never had the guts before to actually give it a go myself. This time around, I finally said a bold WHY NOT?! You only live once yeah? And hair . . . well, it’s just hair . . . and sometimes you just have to have real fun with it. And so I told my stylist that I was going for something bold and bright, but still able to blend in with my natural color at the top. He told me a mix of peach, red, pink and purple tones to create a reddish sunset effect would be the perfect match for me. An intense color change, but still fitting in with earthy and bohemian style. I wasn’t sure what to really expect, but I trusted my gut and let the color stripping be put into action. I started to get excited as I saw Dan mixing colors in his bowls. So many bowls! So many colors! It was like sitting in on a live studio art show for the way he painted was quite an art form. Every stroke perfectly placed on my hair and balanced on both sides. It takes a talented hand and creative eye to create the finished result of my look! I was so impressed, and so happy at the end. I was beyond head over heels over my new color; fresh and bright for the summer season.

But, let’s talk more about the hair strobing process and what makes it so unique. The hair strobe by MATRIX is meant is highlight your best features, and is similar to using illuminator or highlighter on your cheekbones, tip of nose, above the lip, etc. to bring attention to certain features. It’s basically the same thing, just with hair instead! I got the cheek strobe, which means the highlights and color added to my hair will focus on calling attention to my cheeks and sides of the face. This is perfect for me since I love to wear my hair center parted most of the time, with light layers framing my face in the front. The effect brings my cheekbones to life, and also brightens up my face in general by bouncing light off at just the right places. I love that my new color complements perfectly the type of light bronze and golden hued makeup colors that I usually go for everyday, as well.

One of the interesting things to think about with a hair change like this is how it will effect my outfit choices! Before coming into the hair studio, I already had an idea of what I thought I wanted, and I knew that a more all white / neutral look would be a more fitting backdrop for my new hair look to come, and I was exactly right! My new sunset red was brought to life against my white dress. Right now, my wardrobe is very color and pattern heavy, but I do love mixing my bolder tastes with whites and sheer neutral fabrics. It looks like all my sheer white blouses will be coming out to play a lot more often now! Pretty excited for that actually. The fun thing is, my hair can act like an accessory now, especially with outfits that are more simple and neutral. It will be an interesting experience to see how I play around with that!

Thanks MATRIX for letting me have fun and experiment with my hair! I’m not afraid to go a little crazy anymore! Check out the MATRIX site to learn even more and see the different types of hair strobes out there 🙂


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What My Skin Is Loving | Tula

May 18, 2016

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I think I made the best decision for the life of my skin by choosing to try out Tula‘s new range of skincare products. Wowzaaaaaassss. My skin has never felt, looked and glowed better before as an adult!! With it’s fresh blue packaging, and super lovely name, it wasn’t hard for me to pick up and put into my bathroom cabinet. But only the past few weeks have I really been making the line a part of my regular routine. The line is created with Probiotic Technology, which is special because it acts as a nourishing smoothie for your skin. Probiotics stimulate the production of defense cells that help our skin defend itself again aging and damage from outside environmental factors. It works on the skin the same as it works on the inside for our organs when we eat foods high in probiotics. My skin is generally normal/combination for it gets oily usually depending on the weather. And breakouts are pretty minor nowadays thanks to regular care and spot treatments that I use every now and then. But it wasn’t until I started using Tula’s Exfoliating Treatment Mask that my skin began to show a major difference in texture and tone, which were my two main issues. Using this mask twice a week (or more sometimes depending on how much I partied the weekend prior. haha), made my skin feel 10 times smoother, more even toned all over, and far more blemish free. I even used it as a spot treatment overnight. Slowly, I’ve worked all of Tula’s products into my routine. The Purifying Face Cleanser, the Illuminating Face Serum, and the most recent addition of the Hydrating Day & Night Cream (holy shit, this cream is the messiah of all face creams). I haven’t been this happy with my skin in a quite awhile. It feels like it has life again, and it even my friends and family noticed the difference, which really means the results are fab. I really recommend all your healthy skin lovers to give Tula a try! It’s ace.

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Urban Decay “The Getaway” #SuarezSisters Video

April 16, 2016

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Since this weekend marks the official start of Coachella, I’m going to finally share on the blog the Urban Decay short film Natalie and I shot in Southern California last month called “The Getaway”. Direction was by the talented Asher Moss (the coolest dude ever). It’s such a blast being able to work on projects like this with my sister, and especially with a team that is so on point. The brand’s new summer beauty collection and the kick off of festival season and road trips was the inspiration behind the video. It’s everything my sister and I love about summer, and it’s everything that defines our home on the west coast. Natalie and I basically played characters who were very much like ourselves, and who are on the run from something . . . leaving it all behind and looking for some adventure. Decked out with Urban Decay beauty products so we look fancy and pretty while doing it all, because bad ass babes are confident. From Palm Springs to Downtown Los Angeles to Malibu, we made our way through all our favorite parts of Southern California. Partners in crime and each other’s best friends, that’s all that matters at the end of the day. In search of sunset and gold. Hope you guys love the video as much as we do!

Here are some behind-the-scenes photos from our two days of shooting the video.

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