Brush On! For Heavy Thick Hair!

So, unfortunately for me, my hairstylist Hillary J or Winam Studio got the flu and had to cancel my appt for root coverage.

I was going away on a trip, so time was of the essence. So I racked my brain for an idea for someone who had nice hair who wouldn’t mind giving a referral.

Turns out, it popped into my head that hair guru, Lincoln Whang of Boss Beauty Supply mentioned his website was  I went there once with the bf when he got his hair cut, and knew they were in Restaurant Row, moving from Manoa.

Sherry (sp) had time that day and took my white hair on.  I think she misheard me on whether I wanted to do Paul Mitchell’s PM Shine or try out their ammonia-free semi-permanent brand, Affinage. She went ahead with the PM.

She washed out the color with Neuma’s minty shampoo and conditioner for clarifying-it really feels refreshing, and blow dried my hair.

The cool thing was, she was using a brush that was a cross between a paddle, vent, and roll brush. Made out of plastic, without boar bristles. My hair in wet condition, is really heavy, and a pain in the *ss to dry.  I usually use my fingers and rake my hair dry.


She finished off with a round brush and woila! Just like I was 14 with all black hair!

I wanted one of her brushes, but took off for LA the next day.

While in Los Angels, I saw a beauty supply store, and it was pretty amazing. The shop had a focus on hair products, but also had Ahava and other beauty brands.

I was happy to find a very similar brush–I had a choice of the with and without boar bristles, so I chose without.

Very happy with the brush–it has a little bend so I flip my ends a bit-so I look more finished.

Definitely my favorite brush for 2014!



I Vote for CocoNut Pas Deux

Seriously, I had a rash from nerves aka hives for most of last year. To the point the bf started saying I should go to the doc. (He says this knowing how much I don’t like going to the doc unless I am bleeding, not breathing, or otherwise in dire straits).

So, I started using Island Soap’s Creamy Coconut body lotion a few weeks ago, mostly because I like the smell of coconut, and because the guy selling it said it helped him clear up a skin condition.

Lo and  behold, the rash is cleared up, and the affected skin is healing nicely.  I had called my dermo for an appointment before the end of the year to avoid having to start paying down a new deductible, and as of the end of last week, I no longer needed him and cancelled.

It’s amazing-and a high recommend. Check it out at Island Soap and Candleworks at Ward Warehouse or online at



Plane Strategies

I hate being on the plane. Ok with the exception of international first class where you can lay all the way down in your own little pod

That’s a rarity.

But going to the us mainland for a jaunt to la or sfo-well it’s pretty hard to like the experience even in first class which ain’t no thang for short flights. Last la trip it just meant a bigger seat albeit lumpy and worn.

Ok don’t complain!

On the days prior to flight I make sure I don’t do anything that dries out my skin like retin a or salycylic acid.

Instead I make sure I get a lot of fluid and eat veggies and moist food with lots of water. I treat my skin to moisturizing products for my face and body. Like doing a honey sugar scrub for the body and claims flash balm for the face. I also avoid red meat it clogs the system.

My friend recommended wellness formula which I have taken for the last few days.

So the morning of (if it’s a late flight I cleanse and reapply). I start w a spritz of collagen encouraging murad spray toner followed by a hydrating serum. Then cerave moisturizing sunscreen. It’s a hard call on whether I should have done Kiehls rosa Artica but I like variety.

Even on the plane you need sunscreen so next is Bobbi brown SPF 50.

All the celebs advise they wear no makeup and wear sunglasses upon arrival. I wear my glasses which are big frames w uv lenses.

But I don’t believe them on the no makeup thing.

I put on laura mercier radiance primer followed by her tinted moisturizer. I like a little Clinique super primer in pink to smooth me out.

I use lip liner in a soft color followed by clear balm.

I make sure my brows stay on by using pencil followed by light powder.

I use cream blush in a soft peach by Bobbi.

Eyes I go easy. Really my normal routine of urban decay anti aging primer, laura mercier guava powder to brighten and clarins liner in marine blue. Then one cost of Mac intense mascara.

In flight I have a vit c spritz by dermalogica.

Sounds like a lot but that’s for a 5 hour flight.

For a 10+ flight I go heavy w moisture using Bobbi brown extra moisturizing cream balm. It’s really heavy and the face gets shiny but my face survived a flight from hawaii to Rome without drying out. Worr the same throughout the very sunny hot trip and it was fine.

I wish I could sleep on the plane but I never do.