Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Confessions

Here are my Friday Confessions - short, sweet, & to the point this week...

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I confess that I have a pounding headache, sore throat, runny nose, & fever.  This is not really much a confession, but more of an over share about my lovely cold.

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I confess that I've not had any blogging ambitions, or really any ambitions  at all because of said cold.

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I confess that I want you to check out my new Sponsor page!

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I confess that I'm really excited for this weekend because it is Parents Weekend at school, & I love when my parents come to visit!

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I confess that I really want Fall weather & a plaid scarf to go with it.

What are your confessions from the week?  Hopefully more exciting/eventful then mine! 


Today I'm linking up with A Blonde Ambition.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Pinspiring

Who doesn't love Pinterest?  It's such a fun way to find different ideas for fashion, beauty, crafts, & food.  I know I get lost for longer then I'd like to admit looking at all the amazing pins I find!  I thought it would be fun to share what's been giving me some inspiration on Pinterest lately as I haven't done it in a long time!

Fashion
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Fit & Flare Skirts
Lately I've been pinning so many fit and flare skirts and dresses onto my Dreamy Dresses & Skirting the Rules boards.  This style is so chic and feminine, & it works really well for this end of summer/early fall weather we're experiencing.

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Fall Looks
Can you tell I'm craving real fall weather?  I can't wait to be able to wear jackets, scarves, & boots when it cools down a bit more.  Fall is one of my favorite seasons for fashion & I've been pinning so many pretty looks onto my Cold Weather Style board.

Beauty
It should come as no surprise that I have a bunch of different Beauty Pinterest boards!  Right now I'm loving fall inspired nails for my Mani/Pedi board, DIY skin products for my Skincare board, & pretty makeup looks for my Makeup board.

Crafts
I love finding girly-chic crafts on Pinterest!  Thankfully there are so many to choose from.  I love this glitter state craft, tassel garland, & kiss artwork that I've pinned to my Creative board.

Food
They're are so many amazing recipes that you can get from Pinterest.  As someone who enjoys food as much as I do, this is great!  I want to make these Baked Asparagus Fries from my Feed Me board, Cinnamon Roll Crescents from my Something Sweet board, & Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip from my Snacks board.

So this is what I've been pinning lately & now I have a lot of outfit & makeup inspiration, new crafts to work on, and recipes to try!  Follow me on Pinterest & I will follow back, I always love finding new Pinterest accounts.  What do you love about Pinterest?  Do you have a favorite thing to pin?


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

My Must Haves


All of the products pictured here are things that I just cannot live without lately (I'm not dramatic at all).  From jeans to makeup to cookies these are the products I have been using a lot of lately, also known as my Must Haves of the Moment.

Good skinny jeans are a must when transitioning from Summer to Fall.  The last few days have been on the cooler side here, which is perfect weather to wear these.  Mavi is my favorite brand of jeans because they fit me like a glove, & the Serena is my favorite style because they are low rise, super skinny at the ankle, and very soft.

I use this agenda to keep track of school assignments, doctors appointments, group meetings, sorority events, & more.  I could not live without this during the school year as it keeps me organized & on track.  There's something that makes writing in an agenda more special then keeping your schedule in your phone or tablet.

The Emmie is seriously the most comfortable pair of flats I own (& I own them in black, pewter, & tan!).  The tan coloring of this pair allows you to wear them with many different colors.  They are also great for the change of season & look chic with the skinny jeans above.

These are a blast from the past; I mean who doesn't remember them from their childhood? It's seriously bad how much I love these cookies!  They are just so good!  I may or may not eat them raw as well as cooked.  I really shouldn't be allowed to keep these in my apartment though because I devour them way too fast!

I've talked about my love of coconut oil on here quite a few times before.  It's such a wonderful, natural beauty product with so many uses.  Lately I have been using it on my face at night after washing it, in my hair as a deep conditioner, & on my body as a lotion after the shower.  It will be especially helpful as it gets colder out & my skin begins to lose its moisture more quickly.

This is my favorite blush I have ever used & it was one of my 'Must Haves' a few months back, as well.  It's a coral color with a hint of bronze & does a really good job of brightening up my complexion and making me glow.

I use the makeup removing wipes from Costco's Kirkland Brand because I have found them to be larger & less oily then other wipes.  In the past I've used the Neutrogena Makeup Removing Wipes pictured here, & they work nice as well.  Every night I wipe my face off with a wipe to remove my makeup before washing my face, doing this makes my skin much cleaner & helps to prevent my eyes from becoming itchy (which happens if I don't remove all of my mascara).

I have these in the navy color, which is shown, & am absolutely obsessed with them!  They are so chic & go with just about everything.

What are your must haves of the moment?

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Thank you so much to Sydney for organizing this!




Today I'm linking up with Stylish Tuesday & Confident Tuesday.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fall 2014 Beauty Trends

A new season not only means new fashion, but new hairstyles & makeup looks to try.  Here is a collection of the beauty trends that were shown for Fall 2014.  I looked to Harper's Bazaar for today's trend report.

60's Style - Versace
Chic 60s inspired hair & makeup popped up on many runways for Fall 2014.  Shown here is a model at the Versace show looking super chic with her 60s hair & makeup.  To get the look part hair to the side, flat iron, & tease at the crown.

Metallic Touches
Metallic touches, either on eyes or lips, are quite popular for Fall.  The model shown here was at the Donna Karan show, where makeup artists chose metallic eyeshadow to embrace this trend.  To get this look use Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Comex Platinum & Titanium.

Lined Eyes
Heavily rimmed eyes were shown at shows including Nicole Miller, Roberto Cavalli, & pictured here at Tom Ford.  To mimic this look, line eyes with SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner in Golden Black & if a more smokey look is desired use the blending applicator to smudge liner a bit.

Minimal Makeup
Less is more when it comes to minimalist makeup looks.  Shown here at Isabel Marant, models were simply chic with makeup being used to enhance their natural beauty.  To attain this look all you need is concealer, mascara (my favorite is CoverGirl Lash Exact Mascara!), blush, & lip balm.

Mega Lashes
I am loving that long & lush lashes are a huge trend for Fall.  The picture here is of a model that walked in the Versace show with eyelashes that are to die for!  To get this look I recommend curling lashes then applying 2 coats of DiorShow Mascara in Catwalk Black.

Colorful Eye Makeup
Many shows had models rocking super colorful eye makeup, pictured here is a look from the Anna Sui show.  From bright eyeshadows to standout liners, a pop of color on the eyes is a must.  Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow & Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eye Liner both come in a variety of fun colors that will help you to get this look.

Glowing Skin
My favorite beauty trend for fall is glowing skin.  The key to getting gorgeous skin, like this model at Ralph Lauren, is to take care of your skin; wash, tone, & moisturize in the morning & at night, in addition use a cleansing brush to exfoliate.  A BB Cream like Urban Decay Naked Skin Illuminating Beauty Balm will really give you a healthy glow.
With all these fabulous choices I cannot decide which trend to try first!  Which look is your favorite for Fall?

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Throwback Thursday: 10 Beauty Mistakes I Used to Make

I was up super late finishing my first drawing for my art class so I did not have time to write a new post.  However, I didn't want to neglect this little place so I am bringing you another throwback post, this time from January!  I love this post because it shows beauty mistakes I've made in the past, but learned to correct.  I'm always trying new things & reading about beauty so I can constantly learn new things & this post shows how all of that has helped me.  Since this post is from several months ago I've added a few edits in italics to show changes I've made since this was originally written!

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When I first saw Kallie's post on this topic I loved it, but when I scrolled to the bottom of the page & found out she had tagged me to do one of my own I was ecstatic.  I think that this is an awesome idea because everyone has made a few beauty mistakes along the way.  When I was thinking of ideas for what I used to do wrong, I realized that it's crazy how much my beauty endeavors have evolved over the years.  I'm happy to share what I did wrong & how I fixed it so if any of you are making the same mistakes you can stop too!




1. Using shampoo with sulfates.
Shampoo had always made my head extremely itchy, when I started researching more natural alternatives I found out about washing your hair with baking soda.  After one wash with baking soda my head was no longer itchy!  A big bonus is there is no damaging sulfates like in shampoo & the baking soda has really improved my hair texture. (I now use daily L'Oreal Paris Evercreme Sulfate-Free Moisture System Nourishing Shampoo, & will occasionally use baking soda)




2. Applying concealer with my finger.
I used to apply my concealer with my middle finger, but was not happy with how it came out because it looked like I was caking on concealer.  When I went to Sephora to learn what I was doing wrong the makeup artist explained that using a concealer brush allows you to apply concealer so it looks natural & helps to blend it.  Thankfully, I no longer have that caked on look!
{Mary Kay Cream Eye Color/Concealer Brush}




3. Using the wrong powder to set my concealer.
I used to use a "translucent" powder to set my concealer under my eyes.  The problem is that the power wasn't really translucent & would show up darker then my skin when I used it.  I started using Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder & it has worked so much better.
{Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder}



4. Not using a under eye concealer primer.
I never knew that they made primer specifically for concealer.  It helps to keep your concealer in place, & it doesn't budge for hours.  This has worked wonders for me!
{Benefit Stay Don't Stray}




5. Not putting concealer on the inner rims of my eyes.
When I went to Sephora to learn about doing my under eye concealer better, the makeup artist showed me that the part of your face between the eye & nose bridge, & under your eyebrow, actually needs concealer applied to it.  I never would have thought of it, but doing this has helped to make my eyes look much brighter.
{Benefit Boi-ing}




6. Using blotting sheets under my eyes before applying makeup.
I used to think that I had problems with my under eye concealer because the area was too oily so I would using a blotting sheet to absorb the oil before application.  One day I figured out that the skin under my eyes was actually super dry from this; I now apply cream around my eyes before makeup application & do not blot!




7. Not using AHA's to fight keratosis pilaris.
I did an entire post on how AHA's have helped to fight the keratosis pilaris (aka chicken skin) on my arms.  AHA's are really the only way to treat keratosis pilaris & have really improved my skin.
{DERMAdoctor KP Duty Body Scrub}



8. Not using an eyeshadow primer.
I used to not use eyeshadow primer & after about an hour or so my eye makeup would be all messed up & collecting around the crease because of the oil that had accumulated.  When I started using primer this problem banished & a bonus is that the primer makes shadows more intense!
{Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion}



9. Not using an exfoliating brush.
Using an exfoliating brush has seriously improved the texture of my skin.  It has really helped with flaking, dryness, & pimples.
{Olay ProX Advanced Cleansing System}
10. Not applying enough lip balm.
Lately I've started using lip balm a lot more & I don't understand why I didn't before.  For as long as I can remember I've put lip balm on before bed, but have always shied away from using it during the day.  My lips started to get really dry because of this, but now I use it all day long!
{Kiss My Face Organic Coconut Pineapple Lip Balm}


I hope that sharing my mistakes can help you to avoid making them yourself!  I'm always researching & learning things about beauty so I'm sure I will be doing another one of these at some point.  What are some beauty mistakes you used to make? 


Today I'm linking up with Treat Yo' Self Thursday & Mix&Match Fashion.
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