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Thursday, March 22, 2018

7 DAYS OF HAIR : products

You ladies are always a liiiiiiiittle shook when I mention how long I go between washing my hair, so I am dishing my secrets on how I go so long! All the products and all the tips for all the days are down below.

I want to preface all of this by telling you first that I am not a hair dresser and that I have dry, coarse, color-treated, thick hair. I live in the desert of Utah and I love my hair most when its a tad dirty and prefer my hair slightly frizzy, but always HUGE! It has truthfully taken me years to train my hair to go this long between washes, so don’t get discouraged if you can’t push your hair as long. With that said, I hope these tips work for you, but take these them each with a grain of salt because we all have a different head of hair and one size does not fit all!

PREP : While I am NO hair dresser I have found the products that I prefer for my dry coarse hair in the shower and before I style!! The products deliver moisture while keeping my hair bouncy and clean for days on end.

IN SHOWER : SHAMPOO : KIN ‘Purity’ : I adore this shampoo because to get my hair to go so long it takes quite a beating and the products build up on my scalp. This keeps my scalp fresh, clean, bouncy and (most importantly) flake free!! CONDITIONER : TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL ‘Egg Remedy Hair Pack’ : Since I only wash once a week, I only ever use a deep conditioner! This stuff is better than all the deep conditioners that I have used from the salon and is just $20 on Amazon. I love it because it keeps my hair hydrated, but doesn’t weigh it down!

AFTER SHOWER : ROOT LIFT : KIN ‘Radical Volume’ : I am obsessed with this volume spray because it works on my hair even when I don’t blow dry! It keeps my roots lifted without feeling sticky or adding to the product build up in my hair. LEAVE IN CONDITIONER : UNITE ‘Seven Seconds’ : I’ve used A LOT of leave-in conditioners and this one takes the cake for my suuuuuper dry hair. A little goes a long way and it truly keeps my ends from looking crusty no matter how terribly I treat them. WIDE TOOTHED COMB : I swear by these combs because they don’t take the bounce out of my naturally wavy hair, but after I apply my leave-in conditioner I gently comb through with this and it keeps my curls looking uniform and allows my hair to air dry beautifully. HAIR OIL : SEBASTAIN ‘Dark Oil’ : This is the only oil that actually WERKS for me. It is a muuuuch thicker oil than most, but that means that a little goes a long way and that the hydration power packs a MAJOR punch. After I comb through my deep conditioner I will scrunch my natural curls with this oil in my hands to keep every strand hydrated, bouncy and frizz free!

NOTE: After your shower be sure that you are drying your precious hair with either a specific hair towel or with an old t-shirt! This is going to keep moisture in the hair and keep the fizz down. I (typically) shower at night and so I leave my hair wrapped in a t-shirt all through the night!!

STYLE : I have shown ya’all how I like to style my hair & while I have a few styles that I love I have one objective “BIG”!!! These are the products that I love for big hair that looks full hydrated and bouncy.

STYLE SET : UNITE ‘Blow & Set Lotion’ : If you want your hairs to STAY PUT, your curls to hold and your waves to stay wavy then this is your boo. I am so impressed by the HOLD of this product. I simply run this magic through my hair while it’s damp and then any heat I take to it works ten times harder! HEAT PROTECTANT : SEBASTIAN ‘Trilliance Shine Spray’ : I adore this spray before I use any heat on my hair because not only does it protect my strands, but it provides a little bit of shine and keeps my hair looking glossy and frizz free! Spray it in dry hair RIGHT before you apply any heat for best results 👍🏼

TOOLS : I use a few different curling wands and crimpers to get the varying styles that I prefer, but my top are linked below and how I prefer to use them!

STRAIGHTENER : BABYLISS ‘Nano Pro 1 1/4″‘ : I use this to both straighten and curl my hair on the 340 degree setting. I love that it glides smoothly over my hair and that it leaves my hair looking shiny and achieves the style that I want quickly!! CURLING IRON : HOT TOOLS ‘1 1/4″‘ : I pick up this iron over most my other irons because the barrel size gives those loose waves that I prefer, but I can also use it as a deep waver! I use this iron on the very hottest setting and only need to hold the curl for 5-10 seconds around the barrel to see results. DEEP WAVER : TIGI ‘S Waver’ this is the deepest wave iron I could find and so when I am in a pinch I use this to get quick beachy waves. I use it on the hottest setting and alternate directions between sections of hair for a more messy look.

NOTE * No matter which curl/tool I end up using I ALWAYS straighten the very ends of my hair! This lends to the more messy textured look that I prefer and really keeps each strand/curl separated.

UPKEEP : There are just a few things that I love and attribute to keeping my style going strong looooooong AFTER I have actually styled. These are the things that I love for making my hard work last as long as humanly possible!

TEXTURE SPRAY : KRISTEN ESS ‘Soft Shine Beach Wave Spray’ : I always use this right after I style to add texture and hold my style in place! SHINE SPRAY : BIG SEXY HAIR ‘Soft Shine’ : This spray keeps my hair looking vibrant and shiny without weighing it down! FLY AWAY/TEXTURE WAX : SEBASTAIN ‘Microweb Fiber’ : I tackle all of my pesky fly-away hairs with this wax and add texture to my ends as well. I love using this for a sleek bun as well instead of a crunchy hairspray. DRY SHAMPOO : KRISTIN ESS ‘Dry Shampoo’ : I use this on day 4 or 5 in my roots AT NIGHT to extend my style a few more days and I am REALLY picky with my dry shampoo. This has quickly become my very favorite. DRY SHAMPOO BRUSH : WET BRUSH ‘Shine’ : after applying my dry shampoo in the morning I will comb through from the root UP to both distribute the dry shampoo and pull the oils from the scalp through the hair shaft keeping my hair voluminous yet still shiny! OVERNIGHT CONDITIONER : LIVING PROOF ‘Perfect Hair Day Night Cap’ : By day 3-4 my ends are looking a little crunchy, so I use this serum at night to keep my ends looking hydrated and glossy! SHINE OIL : When I get to day 5-6 my ends are in need of tender love and care. So, then I brush through my hair with my beloved BRUSHPACK and then cover my ends in this oil to bring back texture and hydration! GREY COVER : JOHN FRIEDA ‘Root Blur’ : If it’s been awhile since I have colored my hair I SWEAR by this grey cover that lasts until I wash my hair again and doesn’t end up ALL OVER my pillowcase 👌🏼

It takes A LOT to look this beautiful huh?? 😘

Friday, March 16, 2018


Since you have now all endured a video with me half naked, I thought I owed you an detailed explanation of  my sunless tanning routine : how I prep, how often I apply and how long the tan lasts!

PREP : To get my skin as soft as humanly possible I use these INCREDIBLE KOREAN BATH TOWELS , which also help to scrub off any remaining tanner from my previous application! These work very best after you’ve been in the shower for 5+ minutes and you will just see all the dead skin pill off your body 🙌🏼 Then I use THIS COFFEE SCRUB to exfoliate the rest of my body and prep for shaving. I love this stuff because it leaves your skin fresh, but also hydrated. THIS SHOWER OIL is what I use to shave and cleanse my skin with and I although it costs $34 I will never quit it. It gives me a close shave and leaves my skin hydrated so that I don’t feel like I need a lotion before I apply my tanner!

APPLICATION : I do this process probably once a week (give or take a few days) because I like my tan pretty dark, but THIS TANNING MOUSSE builds beautifully on top of itself and wears off really nicely so you can reapply as much as you’d like to achieve the color that you want. I adore that not only does this mousse have stable color, but it has ZERO smell and is safe for even us pregnant babes!! THIS MICROFIBER MITT is a must for smooth application! Apply the mousse to the mitt directly and then massage product into the skin in small circular motions being careful to blend the dry parts of your skin (elbows, wrists, knees, ankles) LAST 👍🏼 I have found that my face breaks out if I use the same mitt and products as on my body so I have grown to love this GRADUAL TANNING SERUM and add it to my moisturizer every other day to keep a glowy tan on my face (TIP : since I moisturize and cleanse my face more often than my body I find that I must use this oil more often than my body tanner to keep the two shades the same.) After I have applied my mousse I love to deepen the color a bit by using THIS TANNING MIST which is super simple to use and great for touch ups if I find the tan is fading faster than I thought.

UPKEEP : I usually apply my tanner at night, sleep in it (to allow the color to deepen) and then shower in the morning! After I shower then I use a GENTLE MOISTURIZER (TIP : steer clear of oils!! These will break down your tan faster!) to keep the skin hydrated and keep my tan looking great for as long as possible! I love this BRONZING LOTION for touch ups in a pinch, but if my tan is fading faster than I would like or I want to quickly deepen the color I will just apply THE TANNING MIST!

That’s all!! I know this feels like a lot of info, BUT once I get the routine down it goes super quickly and is truly something I look forward to and crave!

xo, Kate

Thursday, March 15, 2018


I am so so thrilled to bring you my latest skincare routine! I have spend so much time fine tuning these products and I love each of them as if they were my own children. I have seen HUGE changes in my skin in the past year and I am grateful to finally feel confident in my own skin.

Educating yourself on your skin is one thing and THEN investing in the right products is another. I am not just talking about the skincare from the drugstore shelves that “promises” to erase wrinkles, revive bounce and provide you with younger looking skin overnight. I am talking about skincare the was specifically suggested TO YOU & FOR YOU! I have started investing in GOOD skincare and not only can I see a difference, but the people around me can see it too. I get regular chemical peels that helps to slough off dead skin, lightening acne scarring and increase collagen production (read: the fountain of youth 🙌🏼). I leave with skincare for my specific needs from Lisa who understands the science behind each product and who educates me on how to use each thing properly. I have fewer products now than ever and I am seeing more results with those few products than I have in years #truth.

These are the products that work for me in my routine and why I love them, BUT to create your own custom routine to YOUR needs be sure to contact Lisa Richards at or send @platinumstudios a DM on Instagram!

CLEANSER : I swear by oil cleansers because they don’t strip my face of natural oils, but DO remove even the toughest waterproof makeup! This one has been the most gentle on my acne-prone/sensitive skin and a little bit goes a really long way. Not to mention, it is one of the more budget friendly cleansers on the market and you can snag it through Amazon Prime 👍🏽

WASHCLOTH : I have used a lot of washcloths in my day, but this one just takes the cake. It is SO soft, but uses microfibers to pull off any excess gunk that my face wash just could get too.

SPA HEAD BAND: This is a lil’ extra item, but I include it here because I use it every night to keep my hairs dry while I wash my face! It is truly an item that I cannot live without. AAAANNNNND if you prefer the kitty vibe, THIS one is kinda the most darling thing ever!!

MAKEUP WIPES: On the lazy days when I am too tired to take off the day and am equally too consumed by ManHunt on Netflix (have you watched that??! OMG) I use my favorite sensitive makeup wipes. I love these because they are oil based and so they break up my makeup SO WELL and leave my skin feeling hydrated instead of stripped and tight!

EXFOLIATING MASK : ONCE a week I have started using this mask to really brighten the skin and keep my skin feeling fresh. It sits on the skin eating away the old, dry, dead cells and leaves me with the most youthful looking skin! Then I apply my skincare as follows.

TONER: I used to think this was a load of crap, but since using this stuff I see a significant difference in my skin – it looks brighter and scarring blemishes turn over quicker. A toners’ purpose is to rebalance the skin after cleansing and allow the skin to be in its best state to absorb the rest of your skincare efficiently! *THESE are the cotton squares of heaven that I use to apply 🙂

OIL : If you are new around here, let me just be clear – I am addicted to face oils. I have very very dry skin and this oil has become my very best friend in my skincare routine! I use this both morning and night and it leaves my skin looking luminous without feeling heavy on the skin. This line ALSO includes powerful Vitamin C to help brighten the skin (bye bye age spots)!!


NIGHT LOTION : After those steps (only at night) I use a thick moisturizer to keep the skin plump and hydrated. I looooooove going to bed with glowing skin and this keeps my skin bouncy until the morning.

DAY LOTION : Before my sunscreen I apply this moisturizer to really bring life back into my skin in the morning. I love that this lotion is creamy, but doesn’t sit heavy on the face.

DAYTIME EYE CREAM: This thick eye cream has been a life saver for my makeup routine because everything sits on top of this BEAUTIFULLY! It keeps my eyes looking youthful and fresh with even the driest concealer.

SUNCREEN : This is the last step in my skincare and since I usually LOOOOOATHE sunscreen, this is saying a lot for me to actually use this stuff!

LIP MASK: CANNOT FORGET my favorite lip mask that heals and repairs overnight!! I keep this in my nightstand and slather it on before I rest my eyes for the night!

SHOWER OIL: If you are in need of a new body wash (can’t forget to care for that body!!!) then you need this stuff. I use it as my wash and shaving cream and it has changed my shower game for the better!

ACNE PATCHES: I will forever purchase these until the day I die because they are MAGIC I tell you! They remove any extra puss from your blemish and after application you will wake up without redness, without puss and without that pesky zit!!

PIMPLE POPPER: I have tried every tool on the market and this one just WERKS. I haven’t found anything else like it because it has a puncture tool on one end and a gentle extrator on the other. The duo has been a lifesaver for me and keeps my skin from scarring!!

BLACKHEAD MASK: I love this mask for taking EXTRA care of my pores and keeping my inherently large pores smaller. Just use once or twice a week to see best results!!

There you have it!!! Everything I am using currently! I will say it again: things that work for me, may not work for you. I have worked with the professionals I listed to curate this routine just for me and it has truly worked miracles on my skin! I cannot force you to meet with Lisa, but I will encourage that until the end of time 😍

Cheers to great skin my friends – let me know if you have ANY questions at all.

xo – Kayti