How to get TV hair…and btw I relaunched my YouTube channel

If you’ve followed me on social media, you may have heard me profess my love for the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer. If you’re not following me on social media…umm…why not?! (I’ll leave links to all of my pages below.)

I took this as a good excuse to relaunch my YouTube channel (which you would have known about if you follow me on social media but I digress. 😝) Watch “How To Get TV Hair” to see how exactly I use this AMAZING tool #NotAnAd, then please-oh-please hit the subscribe button so I know whether or not y’all want to see this type of content.

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I Tried a Vitamin-Filled IV Drip to Bring Out My “Inner Diva”

Along with my coffee each morning, I pop two pills. A decaffeinated green tea supplement and 50 mcg of vitamin D. I notice a difference in my energy levels when I don’t take them but nothing about how I feel is scientifically based. With that said, I’m always up for trying something new that’ll make me feel better especially if it’s in a holistic way. Cue the Holistique IV Lounge.

An IV drip delivers a wide range of vitamins, minerals, and some type of other magic. (Again, if you’re looking for scientific jargon, check out their website. This is more about my perspective as a regular human with no medical background whatsoever.) The Lounge offers 12 different drips that range in price from $99 to $179. They invited me to try any concoction of my choice and I debated between the Ultra Slim that’s aimed at “those looking to boost fat-burning power on a journey to slim down and power up” and the Detox that has amino acids, antioxidants and vitamins that’s a “perfect to kick start your seasonal detox.”

After going back and forth for a few minutes (well, probably longer because I’m not good with too many options) I asked them to inject me with the Beauty Bliss recipe. “Unleash your inner DIVA with our Beauty Bliss IV. If you are looking to boost your hair, skin, nails, PLUS de-bloat, ease tension and irritability, and boost your fat-burning power, this IV is a great component to your beauty-boosting regimen.”

I plopped down into the most amazing massage chair I’ve ever sat in and waited for the doctor to come by. Just as I was about to doze off, Dr. Newell introduced himself and took my vitals. I must have passed his test because a few minutes later he came back and it was needle time. Listen, getting pricked is not my favorite thing in the world but despite having hard-to-find veins, I tolerate it.

The first thing I noticed was a slight taste. Is that weird? Maybe. But Dr. Newell reassured me it’s totally normal. The bag of beauty emptied into my veins within 45 minutes or so. On a typical day I’d normally head home from work and lay on the couch for just as long simply to decompress. This wasn’t much different. (Well, come to think of it, it was better because of that ridiculously blissful massage chair!) Once I was done I headed home and waited to turn into Heidi Klum.

Spoiler Alert: Holistique IV Lounge didn’t transform me into a supermodel. Then again, that’s not what they promised to do either. Instead, I was “infused with health and wellbeing” and I definitely felt better. My skin felt way more hydrated and softer to the touch. Especially as the weather cools down, my skin leans towards the ashy side and I haven’t had to lather on as much lotion as I normally do. In my not-so-scientific opinion, I totally noticed the benefits of the Beauty Bliss IV.

Next time I’d like to try a drip that might give me more of an immediate effect like the Hangover or Energizer IV. Then again, I’m not a big drinker so I don’t really have a need for the Hangover option but I digress. From start to finish the experience at Holistique IV Lounge was definitely relaxing and something I’d treat myself to in the future. If you’re interested in giving it a shot (pun intended) you might want to stop by during Happy Hour on weekdays from 3-5p when they offer 15% off any IV. Check out their website for more on what they do and the other services they offer and again, a big thank you to Holistique IV Lounge for inviting me in.

Secrets from my hair & makeup team

It always makes me laugh when I read emails suggesting I fire my “glam squad” because they made me look horrible on TV. #SPOILERALERT My hair and makeup team consists of me, myself and I. Truth be told, figuring out what looks good has been a whole bunch of trial and error. Learn from my mistakes with these three hair and makeup secrets.

 

  1. Invest in the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer Hot Air Brush. Amazon sells it for less than $45 and it is worth every single cent. I use this on both wet and dry hair. Not only does it cut down on dry time but I literally don’t need anything other than this to get the perfect head of hair each and every time. If you follow me on social media, you’ve probably already heard me sing the praises of this little wonder tool. Mine is black and pink but I like this new black and mint version. Regardless of the colors, the product is a game-changer!
  2. I’m always wearing a Kylie Cosmetics matte liquid lipstick. I’ll apply the color around 5:45a and that stuff doesn’t budge until I remove it that evening. I’m swamped trying to do a million different things and quite frankly, I don’t have the time to be checking the mirror to see if my lipstick looks good from segment to segment. My go-to colors are Mary Jane, Exposed, and Koko K. Each one is a steep $17 (lip kits that include a matching pencil are $29) and I’ll gladly pay because simply put, there’s nothing that’s better. If you are looking for a more budget-friendly option, I suggest ColourPop’s Matte Lippie Stix but they aren’t nearly as good as Kylie’s.
  3. Treat yourself to inexpensive paper masks to make sure your skin stays clean and hydrated. The best thing you can do to make sure your makeup looks good is to give yourself a great base. It’s so important to take care of your skin and it’s definitely something I realize the older I get. You can pick up these kinds of masks pretty much anywhere. I prefer to get mine for $5 from Charlie Pete (because it’s my store and I’m biased.) Pro Tip: Take the extra serum and rub it into your neck and decolletage because those areas deserve some TLC, too.

Treat-Yo-Self Honey Sheet Mask

What are your hair and makeup secrets? Got a product you love or maybe a YouTuber you get inspiration from? Leave a comment and tell me all about it!

My Make-Up Must Haves

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Makeup has always been fun for me. I enjoyed being creative with my face. (Geez, that sounds weird.) My mom never wore any so there was a lot of trial-and-error.

Throughout my ten year radio career, makeup wasn’t necessary nor was it anything I wore religiously. That changed when I got into television broadcasting because, well, duh. While everyday makeup is different than prepping your face for HD TV, I’ve incorporated some old favorites with new finds.

BH Cosmetics Brushes – When it comes to anything makeup, whether it’s for your face or eyes or whatever, blending is key. These brushes are inexpensive and perfect for the job. The entire set is less than $20 on Amazon.

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation – Out of all the foundations I’ve tried, everything from high end to drugstore, nothing can compete with this and it’s price! For what it’s worth, I’ve got normal to dry skin and use 220 Natural Beige. There is a “Matte & Poreless” option for those on the other end of the skin spectrum, too.

L.A. Girl Pro Yellow Concealer – Hear me out. I get it. Yellow looks crazy but when applied under your eyes it really brightens up the area and makes your peepers pop! Just make sure to set this with your favorite loose powder.

Now I need YOUR help, please! You can see all of my favorite makeup must-haves on my Amazon page but you’ll notice some items are missing. Please leave a comment with your favorite makeup primer, false eyelash glue, and any other products you absolutely love.

VIDEO: Dad Does My Makeup

When my dad, Pete the Greek, traveled to spend the holidays with me, he had no idea I’d force him into doing something as ridiculous as this. He’s such a good sport but he’s a horrible makeup artist! Watch, laugh, and share if you enjoyed. Also, please subscribe to my YouTube Channel.

Battle of the Masks

Masks are a great thing but their cost is sometimes insane! L’Oreal came out with a drugstore version of my favorite blackhead clearing mask for a fraction of the price. Is it a dupe or should you splurge? Watch to find out!

What are some of your favorite high end and drugstore products?

Thanks to my friend, Brandy Davis, for lending me her face for this video!