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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

If you know MOROCCANOIL, you know that the packaging is beautiful and the products smell uh-mazing! I've used the light tones dry shampoo for years, and the past five weeks have been using exclusively MOROCCANOIL products for all my hair care needs. No matter what color or hair type you have, MOROCCANOIL has what you need to keep your hair healthy. Read on for details on several MOROCCANOIL products and what my hair looks like after using them. 

Color Complete Shampoo & Conditioner

I was excited to hear about the new MOROCCANOIL Color Complete Collection that recently launched. A lot of brands say they are color safe, but don't always hold up to their claims (my opinion). Being bright white blonde, I'm always so picky about what I'll try out. Both the Color Complete ShampooConditioner are sulfate free and have COLORLINK™ technology that continuously repairs hair both chemically and physically so that hair is better able to retain color... And I really felt that after each wash. No fading, just soft, shiny, strong hair.    

Hydration Shampoo & Conditioner

To achieve this bright blonde color I'm constantly using bleach products to maintain the look, which can be super drying. The MOROCCANOIL Shampoo & Conditioner gives my hair back what the bleach has been taking away - hydration. It left my hair feeling softer than ANY shampoo and conditioner I've ever tried. I actually washed and dried my hair, and for the first time ever, I didn't feel like I need to straighten it. I typically have the frizzy, dry ends that need taming, but with this combo, I didn't need to. That's how I know it really worked! This line is also sulfate free.

After each wash, I used the Protect & Prevent Spray to detangle my hair. It also protects thermal damage, UV rays and pollution. It detangles my hair without weighing it down or make it feel like I have product in it, if you know what I mean. 
After brushing the Protect & Prevent Spray through my hair, I apply two pumps of the MOROCCANOIL Treatment Light from about mid length down to my end and it helps detangle even more. While the shampoo and conditioner along get my hair soft, adding this treatment gives me silky, shiny, healthier feeling hair. When you use it the first time, you'll really feel how nourishing it is. It makes my hair so smooth. Infused with Argan Oil and vitamins, your hair will thank you! After drying, I also use a tiny bit to catch flyaways.

Using any combination of the MOROCCANOIL products in this post, I was able to go 4-5 days without washing my hair (amen). I made the switch years ago to only washing my hair twice each week max and it's helped me keep my hair stronger. But finding products that last that long are hard to find. Several days after washing, I still smelled the amazing MOROCCANOIL scent and my hair felt full of body and super soft. 
If you do find your hair needing a little pick me up, maybe after a long work out or being outside all day in the wind or who knows what.... The MOROCCANOIL Dry Shampoo will truly rescue you. I've used the Light Tones Dry Shampoo for years in between washes. I love the smell so much and sprays light violet, brightening my color back up. It definitely creates a lot of volume too, so you could even use this after freshly washed hair if you wanted a little more volume. Every time I use this, my husband says, "Ugh, I love the smell of that stuff." So funny. 

These are the five products I'll definitely continue to use. While I love the Color Care Shampoo & Conditioner, the Hydration line helped just slightly more with my dry hair. 
The biggest takeaways from using MOROCCANOIL for the past five weeks has been softer, smoother, stronger, and overall healthier hair. And in case you were wondering, all the products I talked about have the signature MOROCCANOIL scent. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out in the comments below or on Instagram. I love getting feedback from you guys! 

As always, thanks for stopping by!

xo, Crystal Marie


Monday, February 25, 2019

I picked up this gorgeous lavender wrap coat over the weekend for almost 60% off (insert happy dance) and couldn't wait to share it with you. There are several sizes left and also comes in plus size. The pretty color and timeless style are what caught my eye, but what I really like is that this wool coat will transition well into Spring. It is warm, but because it's a thin wool and unlined, I'll be able to wear with sweaters for the next couple months and then with a tee on a cool night. 

This coat would look really good with a white tee and sneaks for Spring. This is my new favorite tee. It's thicker, making it feel a little dressy and really soft. Love this staple white t-shirt, too. I'm also loving these sneakers

Thanks for stopping by! 
xo, Crystal Marie



Monday, February 11, 2019

Lavender Hand Sanitizer

I've used this for a long time and take it everywhere with me. I always have one in my purse, one in the car and one in the diaper bag. Smells fabulous and doesn't majorly dry out my hands.
Organic Lavender Hand Sanitizer
2 GG Scandinvian Fiber Crispbread

I love these healthy crackers with meals or for snacks, to help me stay fuller longer. I will spread peanut butter on them or egg, avacado and Everything But The Bagel seasoning. So good!
GG Bran Crispbread, 3.5-ounce (Pack of 3) The Appetite Control Cracker

Winter Boots

I've been wearing these nonstop this Winter. and they were an absolute steal at only $40. They are true to size and very comfortable. I haven't sprayed them with a protector yet, but have been in the snow several times, and they still look brand new. They come in four shades.

Wireless Earbuds

These were a gift for Jared, and he loves them. He runs long distance, and has had several wireless pairs. These are by far his favorite. The quality and sound are great. He says they fit tighter in the ear than other brands. They don't feel like they're going to fall out. Also, the blue tooth connection is better than other brands he's tried. In the end, worth the splurge. 

Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides

I've been using Vital Proteins about 6 months now and love it. It's great for your hair, skin and nails. They have a small size if you want to try it out first. It really is flavorless and dissolves in any drink hot or cold. Jared is now hooked on this, too.
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We have six of these, and they are truly the perfect transition cup. It took a lot of bad purchases to find a cup that is spill-free, has bite free straw, and fits perfect in Winston's hands. You can buy the smaller version with handles or this one, without handles.
OXO Tot Transitions Straw Cup, Teal, 9 Ounce 
Bamboo Initial Necklace 

This designer dupe necklace is so pretty. I find myself wearing it almost everyday. Great quality.

Baby Safety Kit 

I discovered Inaya when they gifted me a kit and I fell in love, using every single piece immediately. My favorite are the multipurpose locks that are on most of our drawers. I recently snagged a second set to complete the rest of the drawers and cabinets in the house. 

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Bird Rock Baby Moccasins

These moccs are one of our favorite baby items. Winston has several pairs. They are 100% genuine leather and actually stay on his feet (amen)! The quality is so good and the brand has a 100% lifetime guarantee. I also love that every purchase feeds a child in need. 

10 NEW BirdRock Baby Diaper Backpack

We use this diaper bag all the time. The below is the new and improved version #2. We own both 1 and 2. I love the insulated pocket for food and drinks and Jared loves the phone charger. I swear we always have more than we can carry. Being able to wear this, is super convenient. We own the navy version, but it also comes in a pretty grey shade. A few improvements to the new version include: high grade metal stroller clips, easy to open (with one hand) zippers and extra shoulder padding for those longer trips. It comes with a 100% guarantee. You can't beat that.
BirdRock Baby Diaper Bag Backpack - New and Improved Version 2 with 16 Pockets, Changing Pad, Phone Charger, Stroller Straps, Insulated Bottle Pocket and More (Blue)

11 iPad Case

This case has been a lifesaver for entertaining Winston. He can hold the handles, it has a strap to hang over the back of a car seat or over the stroller handles. There's also a stand that pops out in the back. Great quality. 

Thanks for stopping by!

xo, Crystal Marie

Monday, February 4, 2019

I'm excited to kick off my new series, "Healthy Blonde" with a brand I've trusted for years, Olaplex. If you aren't familiar with the brand, Olaplex is a product line with a three-step process. No. 1 and No. 2 are used in the salon to rebuild, repair and restore hair while preventing damage. One is added to lightener, color or chemical services and the other is applied after rinsing out the lightened or color. No. 3 is a take home product to repair, protect and strengthen hair. After hearing about Olaplex and using it for the first time, it soon became a must for me when booking an appointment. When I lived in Las Vegas I actually found my longtime hair stylist (Sophie @ Mosaic Salon) by searching "#Olaplex" on Instagram (true story). Once I moved to Salt Lake City, I had a bunch of recommendations on who to go to for hair, and was lucky to find Meg at Blonde Love Salon, who also uses Olaplex. 
Today, I'm talking about how I keep my hair healthy using Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector and the new No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo and No. 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner. But first, a little bit more on Bond Maintenance with Olaplex (in case you were wondering what that means). Olaplex has this patented active ingredient that works on a molecular level to seek out broken bonds in the hair that are caused by chemical, thermal, and mechanical damage. Like I mentioned above, you can use Olaplex to restore compromised hair, or add it to another service to provide the ultimate breakage insurance.

- No. 3 Hair Perfector - 
No. 3 is a product I've used once a week for more than two years and has truly changed the look and feel of my hair. I know my hair wouldn't be as healthy without it. The Hair Perfector is an at-home treatment that you apply to towel dried hair for at least 10 minutes and is followed by a shampoo and conditioner. If you use this once a week, you'll prevent breakage in your hair and will notice your hair feels stronger and healthier. I do use mine in the shower. I get my hair wet, ring it out as much as possible, apply, wait at least 10 minutes and rinse. 

Bleaching my hair every 6-8 weeks can really dry my hair out. Add that to having a baby and experiencing a good amount of hair loss post-baby, I'm very careful with the products I choose to put on my hair. The Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector has been a game changer.  

- No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo & No. 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner - 
I tested out the No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo and No. 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner together for four weeks, and found them to be super hydrating. I noticed that after drying my hair, it felt softer, thicker than usual, and I had less frizz/fly aways. What's great, is that I really felt like each time I used them, my hair was healthier. And I like that I only need a small amount of shampoo to create a really thick, rich lather. Maybe it's just me, but I feel like I'm getting a cleaner wash if I have a good lather. I used too much conditioner the first time, and my hair was a tiny bit heavy. Use about a quarter size and that will be perfect. At the end of a month I can say that I definitely have stronger, healthier hair and experience  less breakage (proven from less hair in my brush).

Oh, and keep in mind, this is not a product line just for blondes. Olaplex is for all hair types. So whether you're looking for to reduce breakage or just make your hair stronger, anyone can use it. Also, if you don't go to a salon that used Olaplex No. 1 and No. 2, that's okay. You can still improve the quality of your hair dramatically by using No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5. If you can't splurge for all three at the same time, I recommend buying No. 3 first. I'd say that is my favorite product (probably because I've been using it so long).

All of these products are formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates

If you've been thinking about trying any of the Olaplex products, let me know if you have any questions. I'm always happy to let you know about my experiences with products. Definitely let me know what you think after trying them out! I love to hear your feedback. 

Thanks for stopping by! 

xo, Crystal Marie

This post was created in collaboration with Olaplex.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Happy Weekend Friends! Does anyone have anything fabulous planned? I've been on the hunt for the perfect pair of western boots and wanted to share this new pair with you. My pre-reqs for the new boots were: pointy toe, with a stacked heel, but not so tall that I couldn't get around in the ice and snow. This black ice is no joke. I also wanted a someone dressy boot that was pretty enough for date nights. After three long months of searching, I found these, and couldn't be happier. They also come in a ton of colors. 

I love that these boots look good with both skinny and wide leg denim, and am  so glad I held out for the perfect pair. I've always been a fan of the western style bootie, and have several pairs. While they seem to be more popular this year, I feel like they'll never actually go out of style. So, while they were a little bit of a splurge, I know I'll have them for a long time. These run narrow and slightly small. Size up a half size. 

Thanks for stopping by! 

xo, Crystal Marie

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