Winter Skincare Tips

#TBT to this delicious hot cocoa…Somehow I can always bear the cold when there’s sweets involved! I don’t think I’ve mentioned it on the blog before, but every winter my family is fortunate enough to have the opportunity to get away from the cold for a few weeks. The destination is always changing (Mexico, Jamaica, Aruba, the DR, THIS year it’s St. Martin…), but I’ve always had the same skin troubles year after year. I spend a lot of time outside when I’m in NY, especially now that I’ve got my horse Teddy to take care of (every day!). My skin gets SO dry with the cold weather. Not cute. And it only gets worse when I travel. You’d think the opposite would happen, since it’s always a warm/humid destination, but one day into the trip and my skin is fried. Tomato red. And of course, it’s even more dry…

The Lowdown on At-Home, Pro Teeth Whitening

Whitening Teeth At Home If there’s one thing I’m particular about when it comes to my appearance, it’s my smile. I can’t leave the house without some sort of color on my lips, and I’m ALL about pearly white teeth. This is because, regardless of whether I do or do not know a person’s routine, I tend to associate yellow teeth with poor personal hygiene. It’s not a very nice assumption, but I think it’s one that a lot of people make. This common conception coupled with the fact that a smile is often the first thing people notice about a person, makes my teeth a big priority in my beauty routine. So, you can imagine my excitement when I was offered the amazing opportunity to test out an at-home, professional grade whitening kit by SmileBrilliant!. I’ll admit, I was nervous about doing a professional strength whitening program myself, but I…

Date Night Essentials

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep The Blonde Chiffon up and running! #BeHealthyForEveryPartofLife #CollectiveBias Use as directed. After being in a relationship for 3+ years (yay!), I’d like to think that I’ve got the whole date night thing down to a science. BUT, even with the many dates that Richard and I have been on together, there have been a few blips that have kind of ruined some of the plans. For example, when we celebrated two years of being together, I felt so sick to my stomach that we had to leave the restaurant before we could even order anything! And this year Richard had a migraine, so we ended up driving around for what seemed like forever just to find the kind of medication we were looking for. UGH. Richard also…

Thin Hair Tips & Tricks

As a child, I wanted a lotttttt of things. Among those many things, I wanted to be Jewish, Japanese, a movie star/dog groomer and basically anything else that I was not. What can I say? I was infatuated with being different. So, naturally, I also wanted to trade my forever thin (kind of straggly at the time) locks for curly hair. It was classic case of wanting what we can’t have and my healthy, non-fried hair is seriously grateful that I came into my own and have come to embrace my thin, straight style. Still, I do love to experiment with different highlights and textures, and I’ve learned (the hard way) that my thin hair benefits from a little extra TLC to make up for it. Here are a few of my favorite tips/tricks/pieces of advice to keep thin hair looking fresh all day long (and btw, none of the products in this post…

Fall Skincare Hacks With St. Ives

It’s no secret around here that I’m head over heels in love with fall. October flew by, and I’ll definitely be running around like a mad woman trying to cross everything off my fall bucket list in the next few weeks. All the while I’m starting to get geared up for the holidays. I know, it seems way too early. But, with my wonky schedule, planning ahead of time is the only thing that keeps me sane. As much as I love fall, one of my biggest grudges against this time of the year is the toll the colder weather starts to take on my skin. As soon as my skin stops overproducing oils for the summer (ew, I know), it’s like I’m sucked dry. How has my body expended all of its moisture in just a few summery months? I don’t freaking know. Needless to say, I was a…

Back to Campus: Bathroom Beauty Necessities

Though I can be a major procrastinator, I always try to do my back to school beauty hauls as early as possible. These are the few items that I’ll be using on a daily basis, and there’s no way I want to deal with experimentation the first week back on campus. Buying these products ahead of time gives me the security I need to test out new face washes, shampoos etc. (I’m an impulse buyer and product aficionado, so brand loyalty only exists for those I absolutely love) so I can look no less than on point for the first day of classes. I stopped by Walmart after work this week to pick up a few of the basic bathroom beauty (alliteration much?) necessities: 1. Whitening Toothpaste, Mouthwash & New Toothbrush I’ve been experimenting with different toothpastes lately, striving for a whiter smile. I always opt for  a brand that specifically advertises whitening properties, and this time I went with Colgate…

Powdered Sunscreen is the Bomb Dot Com

As much as it pains me to admit, I’ve never been very committed to wearing sunscreen. Sure I’ve shaped up in the past few years, but it’s evident I’ve already done a good deal of damage. I even remember one traumatic vacation where a small section of my skin was actually scabbing, not blistering, as a result of a serious sunburn. Not okay. The good news though is that using sunscreen daily can actually help reverse past damage by alleviating the body from having to fight UV rays and free radicals 24/7. At the risk of sounding a bit vain, I’m all about reversing that damage and abolishing a few future wrinkles. Oh and the obvious one: f*** skin cancer. There’s just one problem. Doesn’t everyone kind of have a secret hate for sunscreen? Not only does it smell super artificial and chemical-y, but it’s oily AF. I mean, come on.…