Vlogger spotlight: Dominique Sachse

I know I say this all the time, but there are some amazing beauty and style vloggers out there offering invaluable tips, tricks, how-tos and product reviews. If you’re a visual learner like me, watching a video is SO much better than reading a bunch of steps. To be fair, there are also a lot of amateurs who don’t know their subject matter, who spend too much time with ditzy chat – rather than getting to the point, and some with such poor production quality, it hurts to sit through a 10 or 20 minute video. How do you find the gems hidden in the crowd? I’m starting a series of “vlogger spotlight” posts in which I’ll share some of my favorite vloggers. If you like ’em, too, hit the subscribe button to follow their channels.

dominique_01I think it only appropriate that I kick off the series with one of my very favorites, Dominique Sachse. If you’ve ever longed for a BFF that you could sorta idolize – one that could offer all kinds of makeup, style and hair advice, one that’s a mature, career woman – meet Dominique. She offers makeup and hair tutorials that are clear, easy to follow and don’t waste your time, while somehow still managing to make you feel like you’re just visiting with a cool big sister or a good friend. Her hair tutorials are my personal fav. I always get compliments when I follow her bouncy, short hair tutorial. She also has lifestyle tips and tricks.

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Your most important beauty tool

the-benefits-of-buying-a-10x-lighted-makeup-mirror-750x500What do you think is your most important beauty tool – the one you can’t live without? Did you think “makeup mirror?” I’m betting you didn’t. But think about it: isn’t a good quality mirror with the right magnification and the right lighting critical to makeup application? Think about the last time you traveled and had to use the mirror and lighting supplied in your hotel bathroom. Yikes. It can be a real disaster.

So, how do you choose the perfect mirror?

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Taking care of your skin

5-Natural-Anti-Aging-Skin-Care-Tips-750x500They say getting older is like going through a second puberty. Your skin is changing, your body is changing, your hormones are all outta whack and sometimes you don’t recognize that person staring back at you from the mirror. And just like when you were a preteen, you have to change your skincare routine to meet your skin’s changing needs.

Now, instead of focusing on oil control and keeping breakouts at bay, you’re focusing on moisturizing, anti-aging and postponing the arrival of those fine lines and age spots – or at least lessening their impact. They say it’s never too early to implement an anti-aging skincare regimen to give your skin the best shot at staying youthful and dewy as long as possible, but where to start? There are tons of products on the market and you’ve probably tried some that made big claims but did squat. And paying more doesn’t always mean better results. Spending a boatload of cash on a product that does nothing is really a drag.

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Going gray… a year later

going_gray_curly_02Hello, my lovelies! So, it’s been about a year since I made the decision to transition to my natural hair color, including revealing my platinum (read: gray) highlights. As expected, it’s been a slow process, but I haven’t regretted it a bit.

If you missed my original blog post, you can read it here. You may recall I decided to go with a combination of cutting off a lot of the overly-processed, dark, dyed hair and adding some highlights to help disguise the grays. The highlight thing looks like a great idea on Pinterest, but not so much for us dark-haired gals who’ve been dying our hair for a long time.

My last post left off with me getting a shag cut that gave me shorter layers on top, where most of my gray and calico cat highlights were, which worked out pretty well. However, I’m very ADHD when it comes to my hair; I get bored easily. And impatient.

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Becoming a curly girl

Hair-Romance-How-to-style-curly-hair-for-frizz-free-curls-5Do you have unpleasant childhood memories of your Mom brushing and yanking your hair out of your head in an attempt to get it under control?

Does the least amount of humidity turn your hair into a frizzy mass?

Do you wake up with epic bed head?

If you answered yes to these questions, you know you’re a naturally curly girl, but did you know there’s a way to care for your hair that will give you beautiful, healthy curls and will reduce frizz and time spent trying to tame it?

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