I’m super into the whole messy curl trend but it doesn’t come without hardships. My hair is very thick & fine so I have to walk the balance between poodle & flat hair-topia. I’ve found that the best way to set myself up for curls that not only hold but look how I like in the front is by blow drying either the day of or day before for some extra oomph. Today I’m going to be talking about how I did it & the two tools I used- the CHI Dura 1 1/4 inch Titanium Infused Ceramic Curling Iron & the CHI Touch 2 Touch Screen Hair Dryer. Keep reading to check them out! [Read more…]
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Beachy hair comes around each year…& each year I’m thrilled. I grew up next to the ocean & beach hair makes me think of being young, wild, & debt free. Want that tousled look but aren’t near the beach? John Frieda® has a new line perfect for any hair type or color- & you can likely pick it up locally! Keep reading to see more about the line & to check out my DIY beachy hair accessories!
What are you up to this year for New Year’s Eve? Normally we celebrate in a pretty laid back way- but of course I like my makeup to look FIERCE!
When I think of NYE, I always want to bring out my best features. You’re probably thinking, “Stephanie, shouldn’t that be all the time?” & okay you might have a point. What I mean is that NYE tends to be the closest I get to “clubbing” since we’re such lame 20-somethings. I love the lighting & the glitz- much of which tends to reflect highlighter like the best spotlight ever. Using some items from the Mirabella Beauty Faerie Holiday Collection, I’m going to demo how to really get your glow on & especially make blue eyes pop- because that’s what I love to do.
This little baby has been on my brows a lot lately- & with good reason. The NYX Eyebrow Gels are not only the first of their kind from the drugstore…but also a close dupe to the pricier Make Up For Ever options. I’ve actually had this shade for months & it was perfect in the humid months- they really last! I’ve found my favorite way to apply & lots of details which will be below! [Read more…]
I’m the first to say foundation is something I have trouble with. I have combination dry skin so moisturizers are a huge part of my life & often clash with anything long wearing. I also have freckles (oh, you didn’t know? ha.) so sometimes too full coverage & I can look like a completely different person & too light & all I notice are my freckles. I love my freckles, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes just uhg. When I was given the opportunity to work with the oh-so-famous Temptu & try out one of their Temptu Airbrush Makeup Kits to try out. The best part is they’re also giving one away to one of my readers! Keep reading to see my thoughts, video of my first impressions, & to enter to win your very own set!
Hi guys! So I had a question about how I wash my hair brushes! Since I often tease my hair (it is super fine!) & have flyaways I often use quite a bit of product. I do have a new favorite duo for getting product OUT of my hair which I’ll talk about in a future post but for now this will have to do!
Your hair tools are so incredibly important, often even more so than products. As much as I love my curling iron/straightener/hot tools, nothing beats an awesome pick or the perfect brush. If you want to see a seperate post about my favorite combs/brushes then just let me know!
Before you even wash your brushes, make sure you get all the hair out of them. I like to use my teasing end of my comb to do this! Try to get every piece out!
The first thing I do is fill up my sink with warm-hot water. None of the brushes shown here are wood so I know I can soak them. If you are afraid hot water will mess up your brushes, don’t risk it. Just because I do it doesn’t mean you have to. What I do find is that the hotter water tends to separate the gunk off the tools much faster.
So I know a lot of people just use their regular shampoo which I’m sure is fine but I opt for baby shampoo. I often use this for my makeup brushes when I travel so it is easy for me to snatch it out of my cupboard. I don’t use anything specific, in fact, I normally choose the generic option. I drizzle just a tad of this over my brushes then dip them in the water quickly.
If I’m in a rush, I’ll just wash them quickly. I use an old comb to scrunch through the brush which gets it nice & clean. For brushes that are more in desperate need of cleaning, I let them soak for an hour or two. When I soak them, I put a wash cloth over the top to force the brushes down. If you notice, they float…but not so much with a wet wash cloth on top!
Another question I got was how often do I wash my brushes! Unfortunately, & I feel so unhelpful saying this, but I do it when I feel like they need it! I don’t have excessively oily hair & I do go through phases of using hairspray vs. gel vs. whatever. So basically…I wash them when I think they need it!
1/4cup of Brown Sugar
1 tablespoon Ground Coffee
1 tablespoon Ginger
Put everything in a bowl/container and mix well. From here, simply apply to your feet! Scrub them, especially in rough areas like heels, and let it set a bit. The coffee will brighten your skin and get your circulation going! Rinse off when you’re done and enjoy the results! You can use it on the rest of your body or keep it in the fridge for a few days since its natural.
Since it is step one in the self-tanning sequence, let’s talk about Go Slough Yourself. If you’re new to tanning, a great exfoliation pre-tanning is absolutely necessary. Your skin needs to be the perfect canvas to soak in the tanning lotion without having rough skin or unevenness. I find most people who say they dislike self-tanners have skipped this step…leaving themselves set up for a mess. Once you completely the exfoliation process, you’re all set!
What Beautisol Says About Go Slough Yourself:
Exfoliates and cleanses the body, preparing it for a perfect self-tan application
Features & benefits:
Physically exfoliates the skin with Diatomaceous Earth (aka little scrubby beads), removing unwanted dead skin cells and preparing the skin for a flawless self-tan application
Promotes gentle cell renewal with Salicylic acid, a beta hydroxyacid and a chemical exfoliant/Ensures a longer-lasting tan with the removal of dead skin before self-tanning
Nourishes and hydrates the skin with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredients such as Passionflower and Acai Berry
Paraben-free, propylene glycol-free, sodium laurel/laureth sulphate-free and cruelty-free (PETA certified)
I love that this is a dense scrub instead of a thinner one. I feel like it coats my body and allows me to really exfoliate deep, not just the thin top layer of skin oils. I do have sensitive skin, so the addition of passionflower (which is both an antioxidant AND anti-inflammatory) is key to exfoliating my sensitive skin. Go Slough Yourself also contains salicylic acid which is a chemical exfoliant, talk about scrubbing off dead cells!
Verdict: Best self-tanning scrub I’ve ever used, hands down. Check it out HERE.
Next is Summer Glow Dark Self-Tanning Lotion from Beautisol.
Summer Glow™ dark self-tanning lotion is the perfect product for anyone looking for a deep, dark tan fast!
6 fl. oz. Summer Glow™ – Dark Self-Tanning Lotion for Body
FREE Application guide
FREE Two pairs of application gloves
What it does:
Gives an immediate bronzing effect so you look tan and gorgeous instantly
Provides a long-lasting, natural-looking dark tan
Moisturizes & nourishes the skin with anti-aging properties
Helps hide skin imperfections
Innovative Pure Scent odor eliminating fragrance technology reduces the unpleasant processing odor by up to 80%
1) Doesn’t turn me orange
2) Doesn’t make me wreak
3) Doesn’t apply streaky like pinstripes
4) Stays then fades evenly
5) Has some kind of color so I can see where I’m applying color
Verdict: This is the most trustworthy tanner I’ve ever used. I would use this before a wedding or photo shoot…and not be afraid. That is a sentence I NEVER thought I would be able to write down. I will repurchase this from now on, I can’t even think of anything I’d want to add to it!!!
* I was sent these products for review, however that in NO way impacts my opinions or reviews of the products.