Rebecca Lately

Friday, July 29, 2016

Creating a Personal Space That's Relaxing

This post is sponsored.  All opinions are mine alone.

In case you don't follow me on Instagram, we have moved!  We are super excited to start the process of building our dream house.  Being the planner that I am, this is so much fun for me.  I am already getting together my ideas for our new house.  My main, overarching desire for our house is that it be personal and relaxing.  I want our friends and family to come over and have fun.

Here are a few tips on how to create a personal space that is relaxing!

Keep It Comfortable

Regardless of what the weather is like outside, if you want to be relaxed indoors, you need to have the right heating and cooling system in place. If you don’t, you’ll feel too cold in the winter and you’ll sweat in the summer. But in addition to making sure your heating and cooling system is functioning properly and is energy-efficient and modern, you can also incorporate some fun design elements, from heated towel rails, to designer radiators and a lot more, from companies like Warm Rooms.

Keep the Space Uncluttered

Take it from designers who are well versed in what it takes to create a meditation room that works: clutter is your enemy. You simply can’t relax and restore your mind and unclutter your thoughts if you have clutter in your physical environment. Plus, clutter is distracting, so you definitely need to organize your relaxation space and keep it open, airy, and clean.

Bring Nature Inside

Whether your relaxing space has plenty of windows that allow loads of natural light in to help your body and mind feel rejuvenated and calm, or you’re able to bring some plants into the room to serve as d├ęcor and natural air purifiers, the key is to bring Mother Nature inside. Think about how good you feel when you’re on a hike in the woods with your friend, or how fantastic you feel when you’re lying on the sand at the beach. These are examples of just how healing and restorative nature can be, so if you want to create the same vibe inside your home, you’ll need to bring some natural elements into the space.

Choose Soothing Colours

Red isn’t the colour that you want to use in a room that’s meant to relax you. While it can serve as a great colour for an accent wall, red is far too stimulating to be found on all four walls in a room. Instead, stick with colours that are known for soothing and relaxing you. Many people find that blues and greens are particularly relaxing and can even help reduce anxiety, and that may have something to do with the fact that blues and greens are found throughout nature.

Play Relaxing Music

To bring a whole new element of relaxation into your room, you can play some soothing music that will help you focus your mind on notes rather than on troubles. Light some candles, turn the lights down, and sit in quiet meditation as you let your cares fall away.

I hope you've found some tips and inspiration for creating a space that’s ideal for relaxing and resting, and you’ll likely never want to leave, because it will make you feel great.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Summer Beauty Tips Sally Beauty

Summer is upon us and I, for one, am so glad!  There's something so easy about summer hair styles, and I want to share some of my current go-to products that I get from Sally Beauty.  Beach waves are the ultimate summer hair style.  Who doesn't want to look like they just stepped off the beach (minus all that sand)?

During the summer, I am a huge fan of salt texture sprays.  They add an extra oomph to your hair that screams 'summer beach waves'!!  Since I heat style my hair, I will also be sharing the yummiest smelling heat protectant spray and my newest light hold hair spray.  All three are a must to protect your hair and keep your style lasting through the summer humidity.

Recently, when I was in Sally Beauty, I picked up a new flat iron.  My old one has been on its last leg for a while and I knew I could pick up a good quality one at Sally Beauty.  I decided on this Conair Pro Tourmaline Flat Iron.  It has five heat settings, and LED display screen, and it's light weight. It is so smooth on my hair, and it heats up fast.  My hair looks sleek and shiny after I use it.  I really could not be happier with it!

To start, I let my hair air dry.  My hair has a little more texture and holds the style better than when I blow dry it.

Next, I spritz my BTZ Turn Up The Heat Flat Iron Protection spray.  You guys, this smells amazing!! And just in case you don't like to smell your hair products all day, the scent does not last.  I can't smell it after I've styled my hair.  Give your hair a quick comb-through after spraying it, and you're ready to style your waves.

To further protect my hair, I always start with the lowest heat setting.  If I need to bump it up later, I will.  But for now, the lowest heat setting is perfect for this beachy waves style.

Now, here's the hard part!  Just joking... this is super easy.  Take a small section of hair, clamp the flat iron down on it, turn the flat iron 180 degrees, and then pull the flat iron through your hair.  That's literally all it takes to create perfect, beachy waves!

Continue around your head, alternate directions so the waves look natural.

When you're all done, you're ready to pump up the volume with the BTZ Beach Head Tropical Texture Fast Drying Salt Spray.  This spray is absolutely amazing.  It dries instantly and gives your hair so much volume.  I concentrate the spray at the roots in the areas I want more volume.  That would be the crown of my head, my bangs, and around my temples.

Next, ruffle your hair a bit where you put the salt spray.  You can tame any crazy bits with the hair spray.

Since I like my hair styles to look natural, no matter what season we're in, I always use a flexible hold spray.  This is another amazing smelling hair product.  You will feel like you just walked out of a salon when you use this.  This BTZ Rock On Flexible Hold Spray is perfect for any time of year.  I concentrate the hair spray on the areas I definitely don't want to budge (mostly my bangs) and give the rest of my hair a light spray.

And, voila!  I'm done!  This is so easy to do in the morning before work or if you're heading out with your friends.

Now, I would love for you to tell me your summer beauty tips!  What do you use to keep your hair in tip-top shape?  Head over to Sally Beauty and follow them on Instagram for more summer beauty inspiration!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System: One Month Results

I was sent the Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System for review.  All opinions are mine alone.

Last month, I shared my first impression of using the Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System.  In case you've never heard of this skin toning system before, the device basically acts like a little vacuum.  It sounds very weird, but once you understand how it works, it makes sense.  The Conture Kinetic Skin Toning device looks like a mini hair dryer.  As you smooth it over your skin, it suctions and releases the skin to stimulate blood flow and to tone your face muscles.  Think of it like a work out for your face.

My main skin concerns were skin tone and the frown lines between my eyes.  As you can see from my two-week before/after pictures, I was very pleased with the results.

And here is my picture after using the Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System for one month!

You'll have to excuse the redness of my face, it does not look like that in real life.  We have recently moved and I am still playing around with locations in the house that are good for pictures!  As you can see, my frown lines have diminished quite a bit!  I am incredibly happy with my results.  My skin also feels more toned, but I hope it continues to improve!

In case you missed my original post, this is what the Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System looks like.

The Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System comes with two attachments, one for fine lines and one for larger areas.  The touch screen on the device is very easy to use, and it has three settings.  The settings are for face, neck, and mild.  I use the face and neck setting.

As far as pros and cons, the pros to using this system (aside from the obvious results!) are ease of use and minimal time commitment.  Seriously, it takes me barely any time to tone my face after I've applied my night time skin care.  It's so easy!  Working in upward motions, you tone the areas that you want to improve.  At five seconds per motion, you are done before you know it.

As far as cons, the price is a bit steep.  At $249 for the system, it is definitely an investment in your skin care.  However, I have a special surprise for my readers!  Conture has provided me with a 20% off coupon code.  Use RebeccaLately20 when you order the Conture Kinetic Skin Toning Sytem.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Summer to Fall Transition

Dress: Old Navy via thredUP // Shoes: Old Navy (old)
Necklace: Target (old)

If you have been reading my blog for any amount of time, you'll know that I love three things: affordable clothes, remixing outfits, and having a wardrobe that spans across the seasons.  One way that I afford my ever-growing wardrobe is by shopping with thredUP.  In case you've never heard of thredUP, they are the best source for like-new women's and kids' clothing.

This dress is the latest thredUP addition to my wardrobe, and it couldn't be perfect to transition from summer to fall.  It's obviously gorgeous now with a pop of red, but I imagine this with leggings, booths, and a scarf for fall.  How awesome would that be?

Right now, you can get 40% off your entire order with the code WOW40!  You can sign up here, and come to tell me what you ordered!