Wavy Hairstyle Techniques with Alex Brown

When it comes to all things beauty makeup is my lane. I try to style my hair and keep it fresh and in style. Sometimes it can feel impossible to get that perfect wavy hairstyle we see all over Pinterest.  However after my time with Alex Brown impossible is no longer in my vocabulary. Alex Brown comes from a 3 year stint with Jen Atkin Celebrity Hairstylist and founder of OUAI Haircare. I will admit I was a bit nervous going to her studio considering  her experience with traveling around the world, she had just gotten back from Paris Fashion week and with her list of celebrity clients such as Kendal Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Bella Hadid and the list goes on and on.

I read she was from Minnesota and trained at Mario Tricocci University near my house where I grew up and still live today, it was comforting to be honest.  The minute I walked into the studio her and her assistant made me feel comfortable and at home! I was ready to have fun!

Wavy Hairstyle
Alex Brown Studio
Wavy Hairstyle
Alex Brown Studio


The Process – Wavy Hairstyle

Alex sat me down in the chair and discussed what I was looking for with my hair. I explained how I love that effortless wavy hairstyle look (showed her pics I saw on her Instagram HERE) and she knew right away what look I was going for. She explained some of my layers looked heavy and it probably was from my hair growing out. 2 years ago after my son was born I went really short.  Her assistant Kelsey (Find Her on Instagram HERE) took me over to the sink and used the Ouai Repair Shampoo and Condition I immediately felt relaxed and the scent from the shampoo and conditioner didn’t make it hard either.

Wavy Hairstyle
Alex Brown Studio
Wavy Hairstyle
Wavy Hairstyle Alex Brown
Alex Brown with Beauty Blogger Beauty Products Are My Cardio – Photo Credit: Kelsey Morgan

As you can see we started to have fun right off the bat! She started to work her magic by giving me a trim and giving my hair some life back that I didn’t even realize it needed.  As soon as she finished trimming my hair , thinning out some of the layers and blow drying my hair I saw the difference instantly. A key product she used before she dried my hair was the OUAI  Wave spray. I have used this spray before and loved it however I never sprayed it in my hair wet! It has rice protein in it that adds hold for that undone hair look we all want! Needless to say I use it on my hair now when its wet.

Alex Brown
Alex Brown with Beauty Blogger Beauty Products Are My Cardio – Photo Credit Kelsey Morgan
Wavy Hairstyle
Photo Credit: Kelsey Morgan

That Perfect Wavy Hairstyle

Alex started out by drying my hair with a large roller brush and then started the wavy hairstyle process with a GHD 1.25 Inch Curling Iron. You can find it HERE. She showed me that wrapping your hair just around the barrel will work or if you can just wrap the top part of the hair and bring the curling iron down to straighten the ends. That is key. The ends are to  never be curled. One tip that gave me that Ah Ha moment to perfecting the wavy hairstyle is if you curled a piece too much to go over it with a flat iron!!! Genius right?! How did I not know of this or figure this out lol. The straightener she used is from the Kardashian Beauty Hair Collection. You can find it HERE

Wavy Hairstyle Alex Brown
Photo Credit: Kelsey Morgan


The other two Ouai products she used is the Texturizing Hair Spray which combines the best of dry shampoo and hair spray for amazing volume and texture. My hair had a lot of static so she applied the Finishing Cream that acted like a lotion for my hair. It tames frizz and gives a gorgeous shine. I really wish I took video of the process to be honest but she has a fabulous video on her Facebook Page you can find HERE 

Wavy Hairstyle Alex Brown
Finished Look with Alex Brown – Photo Credit: Kelsey Morgan

I felt not only refreshed but educated and confident I could do this at home. Maybe not as good lol but that I could achieve the perfect undone wavy hairstyle I want. I didn’t leave empty handed. I made sure to grab all three OUAI styling products she used on me. With the wall filled with products, the product junkie in me knew I just had to have them. I have been using them ever since!

OUAI wave spray

I pride myself in finding products that are worth the investment when you need to spend a little bit more. That goes for beauty services as well. Her hair cut is $150.00 and I can say 100% it is worth every single penny. This will not be my only visit with Alex. Like I said I did not just walk away refreshed and feeling great but educated and confident this is something I can achieve at home.

For more information on booking with Alex at her studio here in Chicago’s West Loop please email bookings@alexbrownhair.com / www.alexbrownhair.com 


DISCLAIMER: BPAMC was invited to Alex Brown’s studio for a cut and style with Alex Brown. All opinions are my own. Links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links. Thank You for your constant love and support to Beauty Products Are My Cardio







Spring 2018: NEW NARS Wanted Cheek Palette

High-profile shades. Made for play. Take your status to the next level with limited-edition NARSissist Wanted Cheek Palettes. Swipe and sculpt your way to customized cheeks with a coveted wardrobe of matte and shimmer blushes in the cult-favorite NARS formula. Brighten up with cool corals and pops of pink, or go bold with radiant reds and deep raspberry. Shades, craved. Profile, raised. #NARSissist  – narscosmetics.com

Spring is coming which means new makeup. We all start to dream of the sun and fun new colors to play with. Or is that just me? Please tell me I am not the only one lol. NARS Wanted Cheek Palette is no exception to fun with colors. Two beautifully curated cheek palettes for all skin tones. What more can you ask for?! I have been playing with the Wanted Cheek Palette Vol I since it has arrived. The shades are more suited for my Medium Skin tone and all I can say is I have fallen in love. Some shades in both palettes may intimidate you with the pops of color but do not let them. They are very buttery, soft and pigmented but they apply with a natural flush of color.

NARS Wanted Palette
NARS Wanted Cheek Palette Vol I & Vol II

NARS Wanted Cheek Palette

Product Details: NARS Wanted Cheek Palette I & II


  • $59.00 available at ULTA and NARS Website 
  • Limited Edition
  • 6 Shades in each palette (Matte & Shimmer)


NARS wanted cheek palette

Unlimited: Shimmering pale pink (Limited Edition)
Buzzed: Matte coral (Limited Edition)
Notorious: Matte lavender (Limited Edition)
Kingpin: Matte rose (Limited Edition)
Bumpy ride: Shimmering candy pink
Crave: Matte bright coral (Limited Edition)

NARS Wanted Cheek Palette
Swatches: www.narscosmetics.com
NARS Wanted Cheek Palette
Swatches on Beauty Products Are My Cardio


NARS Wanted Cheek Palette

PYT: Metallic rose (Limited Edition)
Ambition: Satin tangerine (Limited Edition)
Taos: Soft red with golden sheen
Exposed: Matte dusty rose (Limited Edition)
Penthouse: Matte raspberry (Limited Edition)
Queen: Matte ruby (Limited Edition)

NARS Wanted Palette
Swatches: www.narscosmetics.com
NARS Wanted Cheek Palette
Swatches on Beauty Products Are My Cardio


If you are looking for a versatile Cheek Palette with quality this is one to grab and invest in. One resource that is often forgotten about is YouTube . NARS has some amazing tutorials and you can find more details on both palettes  here and here. 


DISCLAIMER: Products were sent to BPAMC for editorial consideration. Links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links. Thank You for your constant support to Beauty Products Are My Cardio

NEW bareMinerals: Concealer, Lip Lacquer and Blush

I had the pleasure of attending the bareMinerals Cocktails and Complexions event here in Chicago last week.  With so many new goodies I wanted to give you the breakdown. The focus was their new Bare Pro 16 hour full coverage concealer. But of course there is the Gen Nude Blushes and Lip Lacquers! BareMinerals is a brand fast approaching the Holy Grail train for me. The products are reliable, the shade ranges are inclusive and offer a natural approach to makeup.  Natural everyday makeup is more my lane and when I need to amp it up I can but having products that work and are reliable is my number one goal. Not just as a beauty blogger but as a beauty consumer.


New bareMinerals Products:

  • BAREPRO 16 hour Full Coverage Concealer (Shop it HERE)

Formulated with Bamboo Stem Extract to smooth the look of pores and fine lines, and powerful antioxidant-rich Raspberry Seed Oil, Blackcurrant Seed Oil and Sea Lavender to nourish, hydrate and help defend skin against the damaging effects of environmental stressors such as pollution

  • $24.00
  • 16 Shades
  • Crease Proof
  • Water Proof
  • Covers Dark Circles and Blemishes

bareMinerals BarePro Concealer


  • GEN NUDE Powder Blush (shop it HERE

Instantly warm your complexion, define cheekbones, and brighten your face with Gen Nude Powder Blush, an effortless, highly-blendable, natural-looking color blush

  • $24.00
  • 12 Shades
  • Radiant Looking Complextion
  • Infused with Good For your skin ingredients

bareMinerals BarePro

bareMinerals Blush

  • GEN NUDE Lip Lacquer (Shop it HERE)

bareMinerals Gen Nude Patent Lip Lacquer combines a high-shine finish with full-coverage color in nude shades, designed to be perfect for every skin tone.

  • $19.00
  • 20 Shades
  • Moisturizing Mineral Complex
  • Opaque finish

If you are looking to add any of this newness to your vanity all three can be found at Ulta or Sephora  I will say I liked what I saw and felt that night! lol Blush is my ultimate weakness and concealer is something I love to try. It is a very versatile product so having more than one in your makeup collection is important. Stay tuned for more! Reviews and swatches coming soon to BPAMC.  For More beauty head over to my INSTAGRAM 





DISCLAIMER: BPAMC was invited to private event for the release of new products for editorial consideration. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links. Thank You for your constant love and support to Beauty Products Are My Cardio 

Sneak Peek NARS Highlighting Powders: Change of Sheen

“NARS Cosmetics introduces Highlighting Powder featuring Seamless Glow Technology. The innovative formula, available in six shades, combines micro- spherical powders and pearls that reflect light and melt seamlessly into skin to enhance your natural glow. The silky, lightweight texture provides easy blending for buildable radiance that goes from delicately lit to strobed in the speed of light. No glitter. Just glow”
If there is a year for Highlighters 2018 is it! If you love to glow there will be no shortage of products for you to obsess over and the NARS Highlighter is no exception. With 6 shades to choose from no matter your skin tone NARS has you covered!
NARS Highlighter
NARS Highlighter


PRICE: $38.00
  • March 15, 2018 at NARS boutiques and narscosmetics.com
  • April 1, 2018 on Sephora.com and Ulta.com
  • April 5, 2018 at department and specialty stores


  • Albatross: opalescent gold
  • Capri: crushed pink pearl
  • Fort De France: champagne


  • Ibiza: yellow gold
  • Maldives: rose bronze
  • St. Barths: warm bronze

NARS Highlighter

These NARS Highlighters sit very nice on the skin. They do not look chunky or glittery at all. They will give you a fresh looking glow. Even being a powder they will not give you a chunky texture which will work even for more mature skin.


  • New L’Oreal Glotion HERE 
  • New MAC Hyper Real Glow Palettes HERE 


DISCLAIMER: Products were sent for editorial consideration. Thoughts and opinions are my own. Links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links. Thank You for your constant love and support to Beauty Products Are My Cardio