How I Personalized my Shampoo and Conditioner

Everytime I go on Instagram, I see a new product that personalizes your routine. Vitamins, meals, etc. So when I saw the that Prose was now making personalized shampoo and conditioners I knew I had to try it out!

One area of my life that I know needs improvement is my shower hair products. I struggle with very dry and damaged hair from constant bleaching. To maintain my hair until I can book another hair appointment, I try to apply as many hydrating products as I can. I opt for hair oils, shampoos, and conditioners that claim to "hydrate" and hope for the best. However, some products leave my hair extra oily or clean my hair, but don't offer enough volume. These products may work for some women, but they certainly don't work for me. I also gym every day and wash it afterwards instead of dry shampooing every other day because the germaphobe inside of me can't stand the thought of gym germs on my scalps culminating for a few days. I need something that will not dry out my hair post wash. Therefore, I gave Prose a try for two months and here is what I thought about it:

First, you take a quiz on the website, which asks you about your daliy routine (ie do you gym a lot, work outside or inside, etc.). It also asks you whether you want volume, dandruff control, damaged/dry hair fixes, and how sensitive you are to hair products. After taking the quiz, it shows you what oils will be used for your product and how you want your product to smell. My shampoo was made for my everyday gym routine. My conditioner protects my hair from the sun (I walk outside a lot), and my hair treatment was made for heat repair to fix my damaged hair. This already sounded more fitting to my own lifestyle compared to other brands I have tried.

For $25, I received a customized shampoo, conditioner, and hair treatment mask that arrived in five days. Some ingredients used included argan, sacha, yushi, coconut oils, collagene, lilac, oat lipid, sunflower seed extract, fruit vinegars and acids.  I love how transparent the company is with what goes into your product because most hair products have damaging chemicals that are overlooked because of their fancy chemical names. Prose only uses vegan, gluten, and silicone free products. A+ for your body and the earth. All the ingredients together smells SO good. It turns your shower into instant spa-vibes. The products also come in super cute packaging that even has your name and zip code (blurred out of photos for privacy). Each bottle comes with a pump, so you can use the pump in the shower and store the bottles with the cap for later use (if needed).  

I've used the product for over two months now and can see a definite difference. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a photo of my hair before and IG photos don't show the difference as well as I hoped. But believe me, my hair does feel smoother post-shower and it has been drying out less after my daily showers. 

I highly recommend giving it a try at least once. Although $25 is a little pricier than drugstore products, it is not a hefty price to pay for using clean ingredients on your head. There is enough product in the bottle to last me another (maybe) four months. Plus, if you are unhappy with how the products turned out, you can always request for another round of customization. 

Let me know down below if you try out Prose products. I would love to hear your opinions!

xx Alice

Five Ways To Become A Morning Person

Ever since I entered college, I became the ultimate night owl. Most of my work was accomplished at night and I slept in through the morning. However, I felt like I was missing opportunities because most events happen during the day. If you are also a night owl, I am sharing today five ways to help you become a morning person. As they say, the early bird seizes the worm. 

1. Set An Alarm for Sleep

Sleeping is incredibly important for our help. Studies have shown that getting eight hours of sleep literally improves our brain function and health. One of the hardest parts of getting enough sleep for me was getting into bed on time. Now, I set an alarm at 10:30 pm and 11:00 pm to remind myself to get ready for bed and to go to sleep. iPhones also have a bedtime option that is perfect for this! It sends you reminders. This way, you are conditioning yourself to go to bed at the right time every day and your body will naturally begin to get tired around this time every day.

2.  Plan An Exciting Breakfast

There is nothing better than waking up early and knowing you have amazing food in the fridge waiting to be made or eaten. When an exciting breakfast is planned, you will want to not hit that snooze button and get out of bed ASAP. If you have a tight morning schedule, meal prep for breakfast just as you would lunch and dinner. I swear this works the best. 

3. Plan Your Morning Routine The Night Before

Part of the reason why mornings are hard for me is because I get up and try to think of everything I'm supposed to be doing. I try to plan the night before, so that when I wake up I know exactly what I should be doing to make the most out of my morning. 

4. Sleep with Natural Light

I find waking up to natural light is more relaxing than waking up to the jarring sounds of my phone alarm. Especially with the current summer season, the sun rises around 6AM and you will start getting up with the sun. Of course, you should plan on getting to sleep earlier too if you are going to wake up this early. 

5. Pick An Outfit The Night Before

I like wearing a nice outfit just as much as I like eating food. I find that when I pick out a really cute outfit the night before, I am more incentivised to start the day because I want to wear my outfit. Here is an example of an outfit I have been loving lately:

 

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Summertime Vibes

Top: Romwe
Skirt: Charlotte Russe
Shoes&Earrings: Forever21
Bag: Nordstrom
Sunglasses: MiuMiu

Five Ways To Stay Motivated

Hello and welcome to wonderlostxx!

In the past, I have written many outfit posts, where I solely talk about outfit details. However,  I want to take my posts to the next level and merge my outfit posts with motivational tips to help YOU succeed. I've read/watched/tried MANY self-help motivational tactics and I want to tell you what I have learned over the years. 

Today's post is about how to stay motivated. I am a creator for both my job and my blog. Therefore, I have to be my own boss and I have to drive my own projects. The hardest part about this is finding the motivation to keep going when projects fail and no one is telling you to keep trying. This post includes five tips that I follow when I need to stay motivated along with some outfits to help you keep grinding. 

1. Keep a Bullet Journal

I know bullet journals have been taking over the internet, but I swear they work so well! You don't have to create beautiful pages and deck out your journal (although please do if you want!). I am personally not an artist and can't make my pages look as good. But, I use my journal to keep track of my monthly, weekly, and daily goals, blog posts, projects, etc. The big difference between my bullet journal and many others is that I write my to-dos for the next day at NIGHT. That way, I know exactly what I need to do in the morning and I can get right to it when I wake up. This prevents me from wasting 30 mins during my peak productivity hours figuring out what to do that day. A specific post for bullet journaling will be coming soon.

2. Dress To Impress

How you feel about yourself plays a huge role in how motivated you will be. If you're feeling confident, it will surely reflect in your work. One way to achieve this is to always get dressed even if you are working at home or just holing up in the library all day. Here are two outfits that are perfect for both working and looking like a confident boss lady.

Outfit #1

Dress: SheIn
Sunglasses: Sunglass.LA

Outfit #2:

Top: SheIn
Shoes: Madeline Girls

3. Exercise Consistently

Exercising is so important for keeping your mind fresh and charged. Every time you work out, your brain releases stimulants that improves your mood. These help you stay happier, relaxed, and even increases your energy levels! I find that exercising is the perfect way to de-stress and to muse over work-related issues without any distraction. It is also the perfect opportunity to listen to lively music that may have been distracting for work. (Workout playlist and my workout routine in future post).

Most motivational websites advise to work out in the mornings, but I personally believe you should work out at the hour that works best for you. I like working out at night because it is my time to pump out the stress and I don't feel the need to go back to work because I already finished my workday. No matter what your schedule is, it is important to work out multiple times a week at a set schedule! Working out once a week will not give you the desired effects.

4. Maintain a Schedule

Along side maintaining consistency in your workout routine, having a set and stone daily schedule is just as important. When you have a schedule that works for you, you will spend less time worrying about how the day is going to go and you can just focus on getting your work done. Don't forget to schedule in some down-time as well. Your mind and body need a break to achieve maximum productivity. Again, a post on scheduling will be out soon.

5. Surround Yourself with Inspiration

Cliché - I know. But I'm serious. Set some time everyday to gain inspiration in the form of in-person communication and through online (or paper) resources. Find people that you can grab coffee with to talk about your work. The best ideas come after being able to bounce them off somebody. You will be able to notice more when you speak verbally about it and gain insight on your project. Also, set aside time everyday to look for inspiration online - whether it be in the form of Pinterest boards, reading articles, newsletters, etc. Whatever it may be that suits your field the best. Do it. Most importantly, set aside some time afterwords to PROCESS the new information. Mindless browsing is equivalent to not browsing at all. 

If you like these types of posts, please let me know down below in the comments! I hope these tips can help you stay motivated in your everyday life. 

Review: Moroccanoil Hydration Collection

I still remember when Moroccanoil first came out - I wanted to get my hands on all the products so badly. So when I had the opportunity to review their Hydration Collection, I was extremely excited! I have used a fair share of hair products in my life ranging from home-made avocado hair remedies to deluxe break-the-bank hair products and I honestly have to say I absolutely love the Moroccanoil products. All of the products include Argan Oil , which comes from the nuts of Argan trees and is quite rare. It contains high contents of antioxidants, fatty acids, Vitamin E to help restore dull hair. Our bodies need vitamins, and so does our hair.

 Moroccanoil Hydration Collection

Moroccanoil Hydration Collection

 Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo Dark Tones

Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo Dark Tones

My hair is pretty damaged thanks to all the hair color treatment it's been through. Therefore, I try really hard not to wash my hair everyday but there's always that struggle between not washing and trying to avoid oily flat hair. I tried out the Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo Dark Tones on a three-day hair and my hair really did look like I just washed it. I had to reapply after six hours of walking around. This dry shampoo was also made especially for dark tone hair like mine, so I don't see the gross white residue that must dry shampoos leave. And to all the ladies with lighter hair color, no worries there is a Dry Shampoo Light Tones for you too. 

 Moroccanoil Hydration Shampoo

Moroccanoil Hydration Shampoo

It's kind of hard for me to measure just how great a shampoo really is, so what I will comment about the Moroccanoil Hydration Shampoo is that my hair definitely feels clean. Clean in the form of being very lightweight and I didn't see oil in my hair until the end of day two. Usually, I start seeing it after day one. I used it with the conditioner so I can't say the shampoo independently does this, but the set works wonderfully well. Also, a little goes a really long way with this shampoo. It does not lather up into many soap bubbles like some shampoo but I felt like I could easily run a pump of it through my hair (a little past shoulder length). 

 Moroccanoil Hydration Conditioner

Moroccanoil Hydration Conditioner

I would say the exact same for the Moroccanoil Hydration Conditioner. My hair felt very clean and lightweight, which lasted a good two days. I used it once without any hair leave-in products afterwards and my hair didn't feel dry and bristley afterwards. It wasn't so incredibly soft that I felt like my life changed, rather it was smooth enough where I didn't wake up with a million knots in my hair and it felt like my hair had retained some of the water (in a good way). 

 Moroccanoil Treatment

Moroccanoil Treatment

Of course, I now have to try the very famous Moroccanoil Treatment.  I tried this product both on a day where I used the Moroccanoil Hydration Shampoo/Conditioner set and one day on just a 2-in-1 shampoo wash. I will admit my hair was a lot smoother after using the Moroccanoil Hydration Shampoo/Conditioner set, but both times I could feel an instant increase in softness in my hair. My hair is rather thick and stiff, and after putting on the a pump of the oil I could feel my hair relax. It also shined and looked healthy for once. This effect disappears within a day, so I would recommend using it every night. This is also a great product to use after styling hair. I've been using it during my photoshoot days. 

 Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream

Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream

For my photoshoots, I have also been testing out the Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream. I usually mix hairspray with wave texturizing spray, so that is what I am comparing this to. In addition, my hair has a tendency to not hold curls given the new curling iron I am using. I curled my hair with an one-inch curling iron rather tightly and gently spread the styling cream through the curls around 9:00 AM. After a few hours of driving and running around for photos, my hair still held its curls around 11:30 AM. By 3:00 PM, my hair became loose waves. Overall, this held way better than my previous method. My hair didn't completely hold the curls, but the general shape was still there. Also, another great aspect of this product was that the cream doesn't make my hair look crispy. The waves looked extremely natural and amazing for all my photos.  

 Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask

Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask

Now, saving the best for last... the Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask. Ok I have to say this is by far my FAVORITE product in the whole line. At first I was a little skeptical because I've used a lot of leave-in conditioner, hair mask-type products and my hair is never as soft as they claim it should be. I tried out this mask after using the Moroccanoil shampoo/conditioner and left a good amount in my hair for five minutes when I was in the shower. When my hair dried, it was SO incredibly soft. It felt like I just came out of a deep conditioning treatment from a fancy salon, but for one tenth of the price! This softness lasted a few days until my next shower and I honestly can't wait to use more of it. (The softness didn't completely disappear, it just wasn't AS soft as it was when I first used it.) I HIGHLY recommend this product especially for all you ladies who color treat your hair! I had so much fun swishing it around because it was so soft and flowy. 

Overall, I really loved all of the products and believe I finally found a set of hair products that can return my hair back to its original pre-colored state. Let me know if you have any questions down below or if you have any additional thoughts on the products as well!

Love,
Alice

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Spending Valentine's with Daniel Wellington

You have probably seen Daniel Wellington watches before. If you haven't, quickly go on Instagram and you will see it. I'm so happy to add Daniel Wellington to my watch collection and I can't wait to wear it on Valentine's Day. I chose the Classic Black 36 MM Sheffield in Rose Gold watch (linked below) because I loved just how black it was! It matches perfectly with my usual black ensemble as well as my Valentine's Look (check out my previous blog post for details). I can't wait to wear it next week on my date. Wearing this watch gives me instant confidence because I feel so chic and classy. Just what I need for my Valentines.

Since I know that many people absolutely adore these watches, this is the perfect Valentine's Day gift!

The leather is extremely high quality and the watch fits perfectly on my wrist. I have small wrists usually watches are too big for me, but the smallest size of the DW watch fits me perfectly. The watch face and straps are also interchangeable, so if you get bored you can just switch up the look. I personally also love the classic white watch face with the brown straps. Scroll to the bottom to see all the different options.

Not convinced? Here are more reasons to give a DW watch as a gift:
The watch also comes with a beautiful box and bag, so you don't even have to wrap the present. I'm personally pretty awful at wrapping gifts, so the cute bag is a life savior for me! If you order now, Daniel Wellington is gifting a beautiful heart charm along with your order. Now wouldn't that be a surprise for your date ;). Also, since I know shopping can get expensive, you can use the code "WONDERLOST" for 15% off your purchase! You're welcome.

If you get the watch or have the watch, please tag #wonderlostDW on Instagram, so that both Daniel Wellington and I can see how you style it! I'll be featuring my favorite shots on my Instagram story. 

Shop all the different Daniel Wellington watches below:

Smile Brilliant Professional Teeth Whitening Giveaway

Everybody needs their coffee. I personally cannot function if I don’t start my day with the perfect latte. Plus, those lattes make for the perfect Instagram photos, am I right? ;)

However, all the coffees I’ve been drinking lately is seriously showing on my teeth and when I smile all I can think is “ugh people are seeing my coffee stained teeth”. I whitened my teeth around six years ago with Crest Whitening Strips, but I got really sensitive teeth and never wanted to try it again. This time around, I decided to try something new to remove the stains from my teeth. SmileBrilliant is a brand that creates the perfect teeth whitening kits for you to use at home AND they are customized to your teeth. 

You’re probably wondering now, that sounds just like something a dentist would do. How does it work? Is it complicated? But don’t worry, I thought that too at first, but it was so easy for me.

Here are the steps broken down:

1)    Smile Brilliant sends you the whitening kit straight to your door

2)    You use the clay given and make a mold of your teeth. This literally reminded me of playing with PlayDoh and it took only 10 minutes.

3)    Ship the mold back with a pre-paid for shipping bag

4)    Get your new personal teeth whitening tray back within a week!

5)    Apply whitening gel and desensitiving gel for ~ an hour before going to sleep

6)    BAM instant white teeth.

Also a video to explain it in case you’re a visual learner just like me :) 

Here are my before and after pictures:

Before

After

I used it for a few weeks and I’ve been extremely happy with the results. Because of the desensitiving gel, I’ve been able to use it consistently and I don’t have to worry about whether or not I can eat the next day. I’ve actually even been whitening my teeth when I’m driving because it’s a great way to stay productive when stuck in traffic. 

Whitening as I go

After finishing the kit, I can now smile confidently and the more I smile, the happier I get! As you can see, my whitened teeth were really uneven and I had spots of yellow before. After using the kit, the product smoothed out the colors in my teeth so my smile is now completely white. I highly recommend this kit if you don’t want to pay those steep prices at the dentist, but still get the dentist results! 

Still don't believe me? 
Here are some testimonials from other users: SmileBrilliant

Now comes the fun part, it's GIVEAWAY TIME. I want to help YOU get nice white pearly teeth so you can smile confidently wherever you are. Plus, it's almost Valentine's Day, so why not? :) Winner gets ONE Smile Brilliant Whitening kit. Deadline for giveaway is February 14th, 2017 at 11:59 PM PST. Only one entry per person.

GIVEAWAY RULES:

1) Subscribe to my blog
2) Follow me on Instagram @wonderlostxx
3) Enter your information here so that I can contact you
4) OPTIONAL: Leave a comment below telling me why you want whitened teeth!

 

Shop the Teeth Whitening Kit:

Use the code "wonderlostxx5" for 5% off a kit

Staying Untangled with Sudio Sweden

Aside from blogging, I am a student who is constantly running around between classes and squeezing in gym sessions when I can. Yes, I was that person that was constantly getting my headphones yanked out of my ears and tripping over them because I completely forgot that I was tied to my computer/phone. After being frustrated by the fact that I was constantly tangled in wires, I actually did switch over to wireless headphones. I began to use the Plantronics Backbeat Fit Bluetooth Headphone. At first, I LOVED being finally free from my phone and computer. It felt great to be able to walk away from my computer and still have my music playing. However, I was not a fan of the headphone quality. To be fair, I am a little spoiled because I also use Dr. Dre and BOSE headphones. The Plantronic headphones were just not the same. 

This month, I switched over to the Sudio VASA BLÅ wireless earbuds and my life got way way better! 
1) These earbuds actually fit in my ears (they also provide different sizes so no worries if you think we have different size ears).
2) They are really light and come with a pouch, so I don't have to worry about misplacing it.
3) They are also way more stylish than my old headphones, so they complete my outfit when I wear it around my neck.  
4) Lasts for a good number of hours before needing to recharge!

The headphones come with the guarantee certificate, pouch, headphones, earbud charger, a clip to hold the earbuds around your neck, and different size earbuds to accommodate everyone.

I added the Sudio VASA BLÅ wireless earbuds to my current favorites because of its high quality. These allow me to listen to music when I'm working and block out the noises and to walk around campus with my phone in my backpack. In addition, it works great at the gym and doesn't fall out of my ears when I run. I highly recommend this pair!!

Back of the box description of all the components the earbuds come with

Last, I have exciting news for you. These headphones are now available at Best Buy, so you can even check out the product yourself in person! This also makes for a great holiday present or a great way to spend that Best Buy gift card you get.

Let me know if you try it out down below in the comments!

HelloSexyLegs

My legs are currently becoming incredibly pasty thanks to current fall weather. As someone who loves tanning in the summer, I was so happy when I had the chance to try out HelloSexyLegs new body bronzing products! They recently just launched in Sephora, so you can easily pick some up in store or online. These also make for great holiday presents or stocking stuffers.

The products I'm reviewing today are:
1) Tinted Glow Gel - $38
2) Contour Stick - $21
3) Illuminating Fluid - $34

The Tinted Glow Gel is basically a tinted moisturizer. It has slight shimmer in the lotion so your leg gets an overall glow I could definitely see an instant tan on my legs and I was so happy! The only downside is that your hands get tan as well, but that is easily fixed after you wash your hands :) 

The Contour Stick is similar to a stick bronzer for your face. The color itself is pretty dark and once it dries on the leg its hard to move. I recommend rubbing it immediately once you apply! You can use this to outline your muscles to give you that amazing definition we all dream of.

The Illuminating Fluid is definitely my favorite! I got excited and applied a lot, but a little goes a long way. This is VERY shimmery, but it makes your legs pop from far away! I recommend using just a pump. I also love how it comes in a pump because it makes the product a lot more hygienic!

Overall, I love all these products! It's the perfect way to make your legs look flawless for those upcoming holiday parties. And if you're a little lazy sometimes like me, it makes you look like you just worked out ;) 

Here is the process outlined in photos: 

 Before

Before

Added tinted gel, contour stick, and illuminating fluid (you don't need this much!!) 

Applying more tinted gel because I love the color!

After: the picture does not do the results justice! But you can still spot the shimmer 

Links to the product are above, let me know if you try these products out!