Category: Beauty

Extra Voluminous Hair | How I get Voluminous Waves

If you follow me on any of my social channels, you’ve probably seen some of my hair tutorials. I recently tried a different technique over the weekend, and I’m truly impressed with the end result!

This new (at least new to me) technique gave me extra volume and lift, and gave my hair such a cute look. I used two different hair tools: a deep waver and a 1.25-inch curling iron (I used a Beachwaver.. use my code: CHRISTINADWAVE). I section my hair off and alternate between the two different hair tools with each section. When I move to the outter layer of my hair, I try to make sure that I have a different style going over the bottom layer of my hair.

After curling my hair, I use my hands to finger-comb my hair – I think this works better than a wide-tooth comb for this look, because you’ll see in my video below, that the sections I used the deep waver on got a little bit frizzy.

To finish, I used a bit of hairspray and shine spray. If you’ve used a three-barrel deep waver before, you’ll definitely see a difference in this look versus using the deep waver all over your hair. To me, this look is a bit more relaxed and more natural looking. This is definitely a look I want to try again, and this time use both a texture spray and hairspray to help give my hair that extra hold it needs.

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How I get my curls to last | Long-lasting curls

Since I started sharing hair tutorials, the question I get asked the most is how I get my curls to last. It was only a few days ago when I realized I never posted about my must-have hair products on my blog – so here it is!

These are the styling products I use from the moment before I start styling my hair, in order through the very end.

*Also one quick note: During my time in working with the Beachwaver, I’ve grown to genuinely love their products. I find they work well and smell great! Use code: CHRISTINADWAVE to save on any Beachwaver product!

My steps for long-lasting curls

  • Heat protectant spray: Always use this before using any type of hot tool on your hair. My favorite is the Chi Iron Guard. I’ve seen it on sale plenty of times at Ross, TJ Maxx, and Nordstrom Rack.
  • Volumizing mousse: If I’m looking for big and exaggerated waves, I use the Beachwaver Volumizing Mousse on damp hair. I have a look at how my hair looks after styling with it on my “Hair” highlight on my Instagram!
  • Braid balm: This is an absolute must, especially when I’m using the Dyson Airwrap. The braid balm from the Beachwaver really helps enhance my curls, making them last much longer. You can use this after using the volumizing mousse, but just make sure your hair is close to, if not completely dry.
  • Texture spray: I find myself using texture spray more than hairspray these days, and my favorite texture spray is from the Beachwaver. I use this on my underlayers close to my roots, and all over my hair. Apart from texture, it gives me the lift and body my hair needs. I also like that it doesn’t make my hair crunchy.
  • Hairspray: A lot of times, I’ll finish my styling with the texture spray above, but if I’m looking for extra hold, I’ll finish my style with one of these hairsprays: Beachwaver Heat and Hairspray, TRESemmé TRES Two, or the Sexy Hair So Touchable Hairspray– none of these blow my mind, but I’ve been using the TRESemmé one for years.
  • Curling mousse: Curling mousse is something I’ve always wanted to use, but have never have been able to since my hair is pin-straight. But I recently started using curling mousse after styling full curls on myself. And I don’t mean wavy or soft curls, I’m talking spiral curls. I’ll use this mousse from the Beachwaver after curling each section of hair. Afterward, I’ll use a texture spray and a little bit of hairspray all over.
  • Smoothing cream: I use smoothing cream if I’m looking to create a sleek bun look. I’ve only used two different brands, but my favorite is the Keep it Calm smoothing cream from the Beachwaver. I will also put a little bit all over my hair to help refresh my second-day or overnight curls, and to keep it from looking frizzy.

Must-have hair products?

When it comes to my must-have hair products, the majority of those listed above are definitely on the list. I actually have a video dedicated to some of what I think are great hair products. Watch it below:

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Holiday Gift Guide 2023

Thanksgiving is tomorrow.. which means we can all officially listen to Christmas music without any pushback! Don’t worry, I listen to Christmas music whenever I want! Okay.. now to the gift guides.

I separated my gift guides into different sections, so my “gifts for her” collage might look a little sparse – but that is because there is also a “haircare” gift guide, and stocking stuffers. Overall, these collages are literally guides – meant to give you inspo to tailor your gifts for your friends and family. Which is also a big reason why my “gifts for him” guide is always small compared to my other collages. Whether the man you’re shopping for loves the outdoors or prefers to splurge on tool boxes – there’s just no happy medium to combine everything into one collage. so, I just keep that one simple – a mix of clothing, cologne, and something I think all men will enjoy!

Remember, as with any other sale or holiday- stay within your budget. It’s the thought that counts!

Also! I want to mention two items that I think would be great gift ideas for anyone interested in skincare. The first one is this Major Fade Solution System from PillowtalkDerm. I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and I really like the products! It’s made to help anyone fighting their dark spots and aging – I’d say this is great for anyone in their 30s and up! Plus, the founder, Dr. Shereene Iddriss offers a ton of free tips on her YouTube channel.

The second item is the Nu Skin LumiSpa! The sale starts Nov. 22nd and the bundle (LumiSpa + cleanser) will be 15% off, bringing it down $40 and making it about $216! I will leave the link for the bundle here, but DM me on my Instagram for a special promo I can offer you if you buy a LumiSpa! If you’ve been on the fence about buying it, check out my blog post with comparison pics (I was skeptical too!). I love mine and now actually look forward to washing my face – hey, I’m surprised too! This deal will run until Monday, Nov. 27. *LumiSpa heads are also 20% off! I’ll be buying a few for myself! *Message me on IG (@christinaonair) so I can get you the right products! I find the site a little confusing, so this will make it easier for you!

-Shop Skims-

-Shop Gifts for Her-

-Shop Beauty-

-Shop Hair-

-Shop Gifts for Her Under $100-

-Shop Gifts for Her – Splurge-

-Shop for Him-

-Shop Stocking Stuffers-

Gifts for Pets – Don’t forget them!

-Shop Pets-


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Beachwaver Sale!

If you’ve been eyeing a Beachwaver, you’ll want to check out this sale!

The S-Series is $80 off from now until Sunday.. plus an additional 20% off with my code (CHRISTINADWAVE)! Whether you’re buying for yourself or getting an early start on your holiday shopping, this is a great deal you can take advantage of!

There are three options for hair tools that are part of the S-Series however, there are only two sizes. The S.75 will give you a tighter and bouncier curl, while the S1.25 will give you bigger, looser waves. I have both sizes, with the S.75 model in the Catwalk model. All variations include the fast and slower speed options.

All set with your hair tools? I’m happy to share that my discount code will still give you 20% off ANY item on their website (I just tested this a few hours ago)! This means if you’re not interested in the S-Series, you can still save on any hair tool or any haircare product!

My Top 3 Beachwaver Haircare Products

Looking for Something Different?

If you’re looking for something that gives you more variety, I would recommend the multi-barrel set. It includes three different interchangeable wands:

  • B1 (1-inch)
  • Curly Cone (a tapered wand from a 1″ base to a 0.5″ top)
  • Mega Cone (a tapered wand from a 1.5″ base to a 1″ top)

The sale ends Sunday, Oct. 22nd, and I’m pretty sure that is when my discount code will revert back to giving you 10% off.

Happy shopping! <3


*Disclaimer: Some affiliate links may be used, which I may earn a small commission from (at no cost to you). As an Amazon Influencer, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Nu Skin LumiSpa First Impressions

I think just being in my 30s has made me take a serious look at my skincare routine. I find myself asking questions like, “Is this even working?” I want smoother-looking skin, and of course, to rid my face of those annoying blackheads!

The Nu Skin LumiSpa was something I started looking into months ago, however, it is pretty pricey! The ageLOC LumiSpa iO device itself is priced at $245. Throw in the face wash (specific to your skin type), and it’s $255 for the “kit.” I say “kit” in quotes because it doesn’t even include a stand (I was in denial). So, I really took some time, and did a ton of research on whether it would be right for my skin type and if it truly does work.

Just around the time I was ready to bite the bullet and make the big purchase, Nu Skin had an after-Labor Day sale – I was ready! But they also had a special deal if you signed up to be an affiliate – which was NOT my plan at all. I go into more detail about this and my thoughts on MLMs in my full first impressions YouTube video, but the main takeaway here is that I specifically joined the affiliate program in order to get that special deal.

Okay, let’s get right into it..

Does the LumiSpa work? aka, it is effective?

I’ve been using the LumiSpa for nearly three weeks now and I’m happy to say it’s actually quite effective. While I understand it can take your skin/body three months to fully see the effect of a new routine/diet, the things I noticed first were the little blackheads around the corners of my mouth disappearing. These are blackheads so small and close to the surface, so I’m glad I pretty much got instant results in that sense.

I’ve also noticed the LumiSpa truly does lift makeup and face grease away. Please understand, this is not a makeup-removing device, so when I say it lifts makeup away, I’m talking about the leftover makeup on my face, that I didn’t get off with my hands and cleanser.

Here are some screenshots of a few tests I did with the LumiSpa:

Half face test

I used a makeup wipe to remove my makeup and didn’t wash my face in the shower (I don’t think I used enough cleanser in this try).

Half face test

I used a makeup wipe to remove my makeup and washed my face in the shower with cleanser on the other half of my face.

Cleansing balm to remove makeup, no shower

The next morning, no shower

I also want to mention, every time I’ve used my LumiSpa and used a toner on my face – the cotton round is still white! This never happened before the LumiSpa – so I guess I just sucked at cleaning my face.

What I hope to see in the next three months

While I’m happy with the results I’ve seen from the LumiSpa so far, I’m excited to see what’s in store for the next three months. I really hope to see my texture improve, my face continue to look even clearer, and just less acne and blackheads in general.

Should you get it?

I think the LumiSpa can be beneficial for anyone looking to get a deeper cleanse in their skincare routine. However, I do think those who are prone to blackheads will be super happy with the results, because the LumiSpa really does push out blackheads and whiteheads, with ease.

My face never feels irritated after using this twice a day – it only takes two minutes, and that’s the best part! It’s also so easy to use. It’s similar to using the Sonicare toothbrush, where it will vibrate to alert you when it’s time to switch to another section of your face (which Is divided into four quadrants).

I personally don’t think the Nu Skin website is the easiest to use, so I’m linking a few kits with specific cleanser types. I will link one kit with the stand, but let me know if you’re looking to get one in a specific color!

Nu Skin LumiSpa iO Essentials Kit (these do NOT include the stand)

Normal Skin

Oily Skin (this is the one I got)

Dry Skin

Sensitive Skin

LumiSpa + Stand (normal skin face wash)

Watch my full review and see the LumiSpa in action

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LTK Fall Sale 2023

The LIKEtoKNOWit Fall Sale officially began today! If you’ve been planning to shop this sale, you probably already know what you’re purchasing (and maybe already did so!). If you haven’t shopped yet, then my blog post might be helpful to you!

The LTK Fall Sale is an exclusive in-app (LTK) event, featuring several different brands (I feel like a lot of them are always part of any LTK Sale, including Abercrombie and Fitch and Aerie). The sale is between 15% to 30% off. Sincee this is an exclusive in-app only sale, be sure you’re following me on LTK!

Those brands include:

I won’t be making collages for every brand participating in this sale, but I can share my favorite Abercrombie jeans! I’ll link my favorite denim in the images below:

What did I buy?

I personally haven’t been looking for anything in particular and really wasn’t planning to shop this sale. However, I did see this denim midi skirt from Abercrombie and thought I would give it a try since they seem to be the latest rage these days. I’ll share a try-on of it when it comes in, on my Instagram account.

Since this blog post is going up on a Thursday night, I’ll be sharing an Abercrombie denim try-on sometime tomorrow. I love see try-ons of clothes I’m planning to buy – it really helps me see how the fit is, especially if it’s another petite content creator doing the try-on – which I always appreciate!

Sizing in Abercrombie jeans

I almost forgot to mention this! When it comes to Abercrombie jeans, I typically get my true size (denim shorts too!). However, when it comes to high-waisted jeans, I’ve recently started going up one size – I’ll share the jeans I did this with in my IG try-on tomorrow.

-My other Abercrombie pics –

Happy shopping!

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