Improve Your Mane with Tara Smith Haircare

Thanks so much to Tara Smith Haircare for sponsoring this post. We're so glad to partner with a company who's products are…"Tested on film stars, not on animals!"

Whenever I run out of shampoo and conditioner, I'm always excited to get to the store to try something new. If you ask my husband, he'll tell you that I'll spend as much time as I can in the shampoo aisle, smelling every bottle and examining the fine print. I always ask myself these two questions, "Does this shampoo and conditioner smell amazing?" and "Are there awful ingredients that could potentially damage my hair?" My hair is my baby and I want to take good care of it!

I was asked to review this upcoming hair product line and I jumped on it! It's called Tara Smith Haircare. It consists of absolutely NO Gluten, Parabens, Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), Glycol, Phthalates, PEGS, Artificial Coloring, Synthetic fragrance, and Animal Derivatives. No toxins and harsh chemicals and is super nourishing from root to tip that results in bodacious hair! It is now completely safe to wash your hair again.

There are a range of products for various hair types and check out that packaging. Seriously? Cute and bright exotic birds sporting their own rockin' tresses? Heck yes!

I decided to try the Shine On Shampoo and Conditioner. Between living in dry Utah and constantly blow drying and straightening, my hair was desperately needing some TLC and some extra shine so this set seemed to be right up my alley! The shampoo contains gingko biloba that softens and strengthens while the conditioner has seaweed extract to nourish and repair. To the rescue!

Just showing proof that I indeed tried it out, here's a good awkward shower pic. The shampoo and conditioner smelled amazing and was put right to work in cleaning my locks.  You know that silky feeling you get when you wash out your conditioner? This Shine On conditioner passed that test perfectly! It felt amazing. 

Then it was time for my usual blowout. But first I tried out the Base Coat Serum, which is magic in a bottle. It hydrates, smoothes, and creates an anti-frizz barrier in between showers. It also improves the shine of your hair too! Then to give my hair some oomph I tousled in some of the Brilliant Thickening Cream, which provides some lift and definition. It contains delightful ingredients such as sunflower seed oil, avocado oil, sweet almond butter, mango butter, and aloe vera, it's like a smorgasbord to make your hair feel full. And after having kids my hair could always use a good "hair lift!" Then I proceeded to blow dry and my hair was instantly bouncy, soft and fluffy!

The hair routine concludes with the straightening portion. I straightened my hair as usual then finished off with Tara Smith's Shining Moment Glosser. It's an ultralight spray that enhances shine and fights off free radicals to show off that gorgeous mane!

Ta da! The finished product. Check out that shine and dimension! Also, I see some extra color that I've honestly never noticed before. I hope I look like one of those fabulous birds on the bottle! My hair feels amazingly silky and most definitely doesn't feel weighed down by products or gunky.

If you're interested in more info, or to purchase some of these wonderful products for your beautiful self, visit!

**FTC: Sponsored by Coyne PR. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my viewers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission guidelines concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising.**

Pin Up Waves for Long Hair with Conair

Halloween is my favorite excuse to dress up, so as part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias®, I created these simple pin up waves using the Conair Curl Secret.


My hair is notoriously hard to curl, so I was anxious to try out the Curl Secret to create my pin up waves. This unique take on a curling iron did an amazing job of creating a long-lasting look. I've used it a few times since and it really does create uniform curls quickly. That's important when you have 3 children that demand a lot of my time.

See for yourself and create your own Pin Up Waves with my video tutorial. 


Step 1: Curl your hair with the Curl Secret curling tool. 

For more detail of how to use the Curl Secret, here's a video from Conair. 

Step 2: Brush out curls into waves.

Use a softer bristled brush brush. Avoid a paddle brush or one with hard plastic bristles. 

Step 3: Set waves with bobby pins. 

Allowing your waves to set in place will ensure a you get pin up waves .

Steps 4 & 5: Remove bobby pins and swoop hair to one side.


For a Veronica Lake look, cover one of your eyes with your hair. 

To recreate this look, or hundreds of others, grab your own Curl Secret. I bought mine at Walmart since it's only $99 there compared to $150 at and

For more inspiration, view Conair's Pinterest board.

Search for  #ConairCurl on social media for more amazing looks!

Search for  #ConairCurl on social media for more amazing looks!

If you'd like to see my shopping experience, view my Google+ album.

Beachy Waves with Curlformers

I have zero natural curl in my hair. Zip. Nada. So it's next to impossible to curl. It usually takes massive amounts of heat that turns into massive amounts of damage. Using Curlformers, this is the best way I've found to get lasting, soft, beachy waves with the least amount of damage.


Start with extra wide, barrel curl Curlformers. You can purchase them directly through their website, or through their many retailers, including Amazon. If you've never used Curlformers before, watch this tutorial to get the gist. Following the video, your hair might look like the picture on the left. We're going to stray from the video to the picture on the right and create a more relaxed wave.

  1. Divide your hair in half, creating left and right sections.

  2. Use one color per section of hair. Choose the Curlformer that makes that section curl away from your face.

  3. Make the sections of hair thicker than the video shows. The thicker the section, the more relaxed the wave. Don't overfill the hook or it will get stuck going in the Curlformer and damage your hair.

  4. Start the Curlformer a few inches down instead of right next to the scalp.

After hair is fully dry, remove the Curlformers. Here's how mine turned out.


Run your fingers through the curls and add some light product. I recommend a smoothing serum like Moroccan Oil. Here's the final look.


And if you feel like dressing up your beachy waves, tie a scarf into a turban.


Have you curled your hair without heat before? Did you like the result?

I received Curlformers for this post, but the tutorial and opinions are my own.