Legit. My stylist friend Alis — hair whisperer/red lipstick enthusiast/friend to the kittehs — used Oribe Gold Lust Pre-Shampoo Intensive Treatment pre-shampoo mask on me last Sunday, and my hair still feels like silk. It’s like sexy slow-mo Super Bowl commercial hair.
My brush slides right through it, all the way down, zooooop, and when I run my fingers through it, the strands feels soft and moisturized, like slippery, twirly cooked spaghetti.
Beyond boosting moisture, the mask is also supposed to reduce split ends and breakage long term and protect your color, thanks to UV filters.
Alis applied the mask, which smells like sandalwood and jasmine and feels like a hybrid gel-balm, on my dry hair from midshaft to the ends while my color processed on my roots.
Between the chatting, tea drinking and shameless reading of Us Weekly magazine (even the reeeeeeally old ones), I lose track of time at the salon, but I think it was on there for 30 minutes or so.
Then, Alis rinsed it out, worked shampoo and conditioner through, and styled.
Even now, days later and after a co-wash with Drybar Double Standard (more on this in a few) and a styling session with my trusty ghd curling iron, I can still feel the after effects of the mask’s softness and bounce, and seriously, where the heck did all the knots I usually have go? I have, like, no tangles.
See, this is why I listen when Alis raves about something, because the results are otherworldly hair.
The last thing she got me hooked on was R+Co High Dive…and now I’m on my third bottle. Did I really need to fall in love with a $69 (!) hair mask? Probably not… But man, it’s really, REALLY good.
Trying to be hardcore when you’re more like no core
I’m pretty sure I don’t have any muscles in my core. Instead, there are tumbleweeds and fluffy clouds in my abs…
I’ve never naturally had much core strength, and the C-section obliterated what little strength I did have before, but I’ve been on a mission to strengthen my core lately.
It’s something to do, LOL! Also, I like to switch things up in my workouts, because one thing I’ve learned from doing HIIT this year is that switching things up keeps it interesting.
Your core will love you and hate you at the same time.
I’ve been doing lots of Pilates-based core work, and it’s really hard, dude! This beginners abs workout by Blogilates is one of my current faves. Even after two weeks of it, my lower abdominals feel stronger (and my lower back aches less). I discovered muscles down there that I didn’t know I had. Or, maybe I did know I had them before, but I forgot they were there.
I used to think Pilates was really boring, and I still kinda do, but this video goes through everything you need to execute each of the moves correctly, like where you need to squeeze and how to hold your body.
It’s thorough, and when you’re trying really hard to squeeze the crap outta your quads, your booty and your stomach, thorough helps.
By the end of this video, I’m dripping in sweat.
Anyway, long story short, try it sometime!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Happy humpday!