Why I’m Obsessed With Great Lengths Hair Extensions

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A couple days ago I went to get my hair done, and after throwing out a couple snapchats about it, I received an overwhelming amount of questions regarding my hair. Therefore, I figured a whole blog post talking all things hair, was in order! Ps. if you don’t already follow me on Snapchat, you totally should (username: dollypeel). I tend to be quite the chatty cathy on there!

I get my hair done in Toronto at The Little House of Great Lengths. My stylists name is Dee, she’s actually the owner of the salon. I’ve been going to Dee for about 10 years now. I’ve never changed stylists and I probably never will. Even when I lived in Florida, I would purposely make a trip home just to get my hair done! I know that sounds crazy, but Dee and I have grown a bond over the years, and it’s very hard for me to trust anyone else besides her. Many people don’t realize this but I have extensions, and I absolutely love them! Which also contributes to my reasoning for flying all the way home for my hair.

I’ve been getting extensions since 12th grade! It was actually my graduation present. I’ve always got Great Length extensions. Great Length extensions are not just about length, they can be used to create volume, highlights, or even fix questionable haircuts. If you want to add dimension with colour to your hair, without the damage of chemical colour, Great Lengths are a great option! However, the thing I love most about Great Lengths is that they don’t use glue, wax, latex, or metal that can damage hair. Like I said earlier, I’ve been getting Great Lengths extensions for YEARS and I can honestly say they have not damaged my hair at all. In fact, my hair has actually grown. Great Lengths utilizes a polymer bond- a synthetic material that mimics the molecular structure of hair itself. It causes no damage provided it is installed properly and you take care of it as instructed.

I get my hair done about every 5 months (I do tend to stretch it a bit, because I live a fair distance away from my salon). When I go to get my hair done, it’s pretty much an all day event. I get a removal, a highlight, toner, trim, and then the extensions reinstalled. Shawn does my highlights, and Dee installs my extensions. This might seem like a super long day, but I actually look forward to spending the day at the salon. Dee and Shawn are super fun to hang with, and Dee is always such a sweetie and orders me sushi for lunch (not going to lie, I look forward to that sushi way more then I should – it’s so good LOL).

I’ll give you a few details about my extensions in particular. I get 20 inch extensions, and lately I’ve been using the colour 59, which is a really icy blonde. Shawn also highlights my hair and does a toner on it before hand in the shade ice, and he added a tiny bit of pink to it this time as well.

Although extensions are not in everyone’s budget (and to be quite honest they’re not always in mine), I never regret splurging on them. I’ll often ask my parents not to get me any Christmas or Birthday presents and just put that money towards my hair lol. But as you can see in these pictures, the transformation is amazing and in my eyes, it’s totally worth it!

So, if you’re interested in extensions, I wholeheartedly recommend Great Lengths. And if you live in the Toronto area, I personally wouldn’t go anywhere but The Little House of Great Lengths!

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Before removal.

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After removal.

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After highlights, toner, and trim.

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The finished product!

My Everyday Make-up Favs!

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If you know me personally, you would likely be aware that I’m a total make-up guru! I love trying out new products, and finding the best of the best. Although I’m no professional, watching make-up tutorials on YouTube is basically part of my daily routine. I love seeing what other beauty bloggers are currently into. I keep an eye out for the items that people constantly rave about, and purchase the ones that I feel have a common high rating.

I often switch things up in order to try new products, but as of lately these products have been part of my everyday routine, and are definitely some of the best on the market.

I buy 99% of my make-up from Sephora. The reason being that they obviously have a massive selection, but also because their rewards program is the bomb.com!

Two Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

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If you’re on the market for a new eyeshadow palette I HIGHLY recommend this one. It has the perfect combination of mattes and shimmers, and you can create so many different looks with this palette alone. I bounce between the neutral matte shades for my everyday shadow, and usually add colour and shimmer to my look when I’m going somewhere more formal. If your a newbie to make-up, or simply just don’t have the time to do much, this is a great palette for you.

NARS Blush (shade Deep Throat) & Benefit Hoola Bronzer

I purchased the NARS Deep Throat Blush a few months ago, after hearing numerous beauty bloggers talk about it. It lasts for a very long time, as it’s very pigmented so you only need to apply a couple strokes. I love how it has a slight peachy tone to it.

The Benefit Hoola Bronzer was literally made for EVERYONE! I don’t know one person who has tried this Bronzer and not liked it. I heard about it years ago, and it’s still one of Benefits top selling products.

Estée Lauder Double-wear Foundation & Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer

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I’ve tried numerous foundations in my life-time and I ALWAYS come back to the Estée Lauder Double-wear. I truly have not found any other foundation that can top it. This foundation stays looking flawless all day and all night, without making your skin look oily like a lot of other foundations do. I have friends that have oily skin that love it, and I personally have dry skin and it works great for me too. Definitely a must-have!!

The Urban Decay Naked Concealer is a very full coverage concealer. I love it because it doesn’t cause cakey fine lines under my eyes, but it still has that heavier creamy texture to it. I switch up concealers quite frequently, but this is definitely one of my favourites.

Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder

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If you wear make-up, I’m sure you’ve heard of this product before. It’s rated the best translucent setting powder in multiple beauty magazines, and it’s in almost every single beauty bloggers daily make-up routine. And there’s a reason for it- IT’S LIFE CHANGING! I don’t even know what else to say, it’s just something that’s so amazing, you have to see for yourself!

Benefit They’re Real Mascara

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Hands down the best mascara I’ve tried so far. It can literally make it look like your wearing false lashes. Benefit also makes a They’re Real mascara primer that is amazing as well. However, if you don’t feel like spending the extra mula for the primer, the mascara alone works wonders.

KYLIE Matte Single & NYX Butter Gloss

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I’m a huge fan of the KYLIE lip kits. I currently have four different shades and I love them all. They create that perfect matte lip, and it stays on all day and night with only one application. Like I’ve literally wore it all day, gone to bed without taking it off (not a good idea, but hey, it happens!) and when I wake up, it still looks like I just put it on! They’re definitely worth the investment.

The NYX butter glosses are super affordable. You can purchase them at almost any pharmacy, Target, even some Super Stores. They glide on so smoothly (just like butter!), and they give you that perfect glossy lip. Although you may have to reapply throughout the day, for the price it’s totally worth it!

 

 

 

 

Orange you loving this MK coat?

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I don’t know about you but I can’t get enough of this stunning Michael Kors jacket. It’s bright, it’s cheery, and man does it make a statement. I recently did this quick little photoshoot of Heather, because when this coat arrived, I couldn’t help but immediately style it and show it off. In fact, this entire outfit is all new Michael Kors arrivals (minus the hat and scarf).

I love this look because it’s so transitional. By adding something as simple as a scarf, you can totally pull it off as a chic, winter look. However, it’s so colourful and fun that you can wear it right into the spring season. It’s stylish enough to wear to important events, but can also be worn on a day-to-day basis. It’s an outfit that you literally can’t go wrong with.

In conclusion- I’m obsessed!

Michael Kors coat: http://www.bigleyshoes.com/products/mkors-lcoat-misc-mh62hm039s

Michael Kors booties: http://www.bigleyshoes.com/products/mkors-lcabt-khaki-riley-bootie

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Happy New Year!

 

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Happy New Year! I hope everyone is having a great start to 2017!

These past few months I’ve been working at Bigley Shoes and Clothing (our family business), as the Assistant Marketing Director. My job has primarily involved working on our online store, running our social media accounts, hiring models and styling photoshoots, and developing marketing concepts. I have really been enjoying it, and I look forward to continue growing the online store.

One of my new years resolutions is to become more active on Dolly’s Dressing Room. However, I’ve decided to slightly change the content. Considering that I’m now taking the photos as oppose to modelling for the photos, I’m going to be posting and writing about the photoshoots that I do for Bigley’s. I’m very excited to show you guys my work, and I think that you will really enjoy it!

However, I will still throw in some posts about my personal life as well. That being said, I’ve added some pictures from my recent vacation in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. My parents have a boat down there, so my entire family went down for New Years, and we all stayed on the boat. I went for Christmas as well and spent a few days at The Westin Beach Resort with my boyfriend. He’s in the US Army, and currently still in AIT training, so we don’t get to see each other a whole lot. That being said, it was AMAZING to spend a full 10 days together! We spent the majority of our time relaxing, hanging out at the beach, and spending time with family.

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6 Effective Beauty Products

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Since I’ve moved back home, I’ve finally found the time to really focus on myself, and narrow down what works effectively in my daily routine, and what doesn’t. Although this includes a very broad spectrum of forms, today I’m going to review a few beauty products that I’ve found beneficial over the pass few months, and explain why they have now become a part of my everyday routine.

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EOS Lip Balm

EOS lip balm comes in a smooth sphere for easy application that precisely glides on the lips. It has broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. In addition, it contains vitamin E, shea butter, and jojoba oil, which keeps your lips incredibly smooth. A few other reasons I love this balm is that its 100% natural flavour, it applies completely clear, its petrolatum and paraben free, gluten free, phthalate free, and its not tested on animals.

Personally, I have never been a frequent lip balm user. However, I noticed my lips getting much more dry when I moved back to Canada, after living in sunny south Florida for years. EOS lip balm has been a go-to for me. I love how it immediately moisturizes your lips, and the flavours smell pretty but aren’t overwhelming. My favourite flavours are sweet mint, coconut milk, vanilla mint, and honeysuckle.

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Yes to Grapefruit Spray Pore Minimizing Facial Toner

Another product I’ve recently found success with is this Yes to Grapefruit Toning Mist. It’s a natural toning spray (in eco-friendly packaging), that revs up radiance and reduces the look of pores. It achieves this through ingredients such as grapefruit, kakadu plum, and infusions of vitamin C. It also delivers hydration and works wonders at setting make-up. It’s smells delicious, and is 96% natural, paraben, SLS, and silicone free, and cruelty free. You simply spray the mist onto your skin anytime you need a little extra hydration and radiance. Another plus is that it’s super affordable!

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Dior Youth-Sorbet Moisturizer and Serum Sorbet

Although these aren’t recent discoveries, these two products have been life changers. I’ve mentioned the Youth-Sorbet moisturizer in a previous post but to reiterate, it’s an extremely light-weight moisturizer that envelopes the skin in softness while deeply reinvigorating and plumping the look of facial features. It does an amazing job at making your skin look awakened, softened, and healthy looking. It’s literally the only moisturizer I will use, and have been using it for the past five years.

The Hydra Life Pro-Youth Sorbet Essence is a serum the revitalizes the skin for a healthy looking finish. All you need is one drop, and it deeply reinvigorates the skin by supporting the natural circulation of water- leaving the complexion refreshed, healthy looking, and full of life. Although these items are slightly more expensive, I can’t recommend them enough. They truly do wonders for your skin.

In a self-evaluation of 64 women, aged 26-40, with twice daily application for 21 days:

  • 100% said skin is more moisturized
  • 100% said the complexion is more luminous
  • 73% said signs of fatigue are diminished

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Eucalyptus Spearmint Body Wash & Foam Bath

I’m a huge fan of bubble baths. Pouring a nice hot bath, lighting a candle, and reading a book is how I de-stress after a busy day of activities. And this foam bath is the perfect accessory for that. It is infused with soothing skin conditioners, while an aromatherapy blend of eucalyptus essential oil clears the mind, and spearmint essential oil uplifts. Again, this is not a recent discovery, I’ve been using this foam bath for a few years and I will definitely continue to do so.

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Avocado & Oatmeal Clay Mask

I’ve never been one to apply a mask on a regular basis, however, I recently came across this avocado and oatmeal clay mask and I have truly noticed the benefits. Its rich clay dives deep to purge dirt and oils from pores. Its nutrient-rich with vitamin E, avocado and oatmeal moisturize for lasting skin softness. After use, the skin looks and feels squeaky clean and is soft to touch. Perfect for normal to combination skin. I typically use this once or twice a week, and have noticed my skin is much more radiant after using it. It’s also very affordable.

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Beauty Smoothie Shimmer Crackling Body Mousse

I came across this product by complete fluke. I was shopping at Ulta one day and picked this up right as I was checking out. Now I’m completely obsessed. This shimmer body mousse provides a cool, crackling feel when applied, leaving the skin soft and lightly moisturized with a shimmering glow. Although it doesn’t provide a huge amount of moisture, it’s very light and refreshing on the skin.

10 Favourite Nail Colours

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One thing I’m sure most of us ladies have in common, is our love for a perfect manicure and pedicure. As much as I love getting an updated colour every couple of weeks, life doesn’t always allow for that. Sometimes I don’t have time to make it out of town that week (I’m currently living in a small town and the most convenient place to get a mani is about half an hour away). Or I simply have too many expenses that week that prevents me from being able to treat myself. That’s why, when I find a colour that I absolutely love, I usually buy it. I do this because on the weeks that I can’t get them done at a salon, I can simply do them myself. And if I have the option to go to the salon, I can always bring my favourite colour with me.

That brings me to the topic of this weeks post: my top ten favourite nail colours.

As you will notice, I’m a huge Essie fan. I find that Essie nail polish stays on for long periods of time, compared to other leading brands, and they’re consistently up to date with trending colours. If you’re on the hunt for a specific colour, definitely check out their website, essie.com. They provide a full colour guide with their lightest hues to their darkest, and everything in between. I’ve created a roundup of all of my go-to colours. Although this frequently changes by season, these colours have always been my constant staples.

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Forever Yummy

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Chillato

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After School Boy Blazer

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Mint Candy Apple, Fiji, and Bikini So Tiny

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In The Lobby

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Tart Deco

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Bell-Bottom Blues

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Sand Topez

GIFT IDEA: Chic Stationary

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I am a huge fan of surprising others with gifts, whether its their birthday, mothers day, Christmas or just a simple ‘I appreciate you’ gift. I find so much satisfaction in watching others light up with excitement.

However, I’m as guilty as the next girl when it comes to making that last minute dash to the mall. Sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day to spend searching for that perfect gift! So, if you’re in a bind and need a gift thats both thoughtful and exciting to receive, here is a suggestion that is a personal go-to: CHIC STATIONARY.

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Chic Stationary is currently a huge trend, and fairly easy to find. Additionally, who doesn’t love a pair of beautiful gold scissors to match their perfect gold stapler, and an equally perfect planner? It’s not a common purchase that one would buy themselves and they can give their office a little face lift, all thanks to your gift of goodies.

My moms Birthday was on August 5th. I was in the process of driving back from Florida and made a little pit-stop at Target. I found everything I needed to whip up a super cute basket of stationary. My mom is very business oriented and spends much of her days stuck in the office, so she was very excited and appreciative of this gift. I even added a matching picture frame with a photo of the two of us, which gave it a personal touch.

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Find all items at Target.com, or check out your local Marshalls or Homesense.