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Flat Iron Curls Hair Tutorial

I FINALLY got around to finishing the flat iron curls hair tutorial I filmed in (dare I admit) August of LAST year!  I know, I know…what’s wrong with me?!  Life, I tell ya- a crazy busy life!

Watch my YouTube video on how I achieve my everyday textured waves/curls using a flat iron rather than a traditional curling iron or wand.


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A Winterberry Lip

One of the easiest ways to switch up your makeup routine is to change up your lipstick.  Just as the seasons change, so do our wardrobes and so should our makeup… or lipstick rather!

I’ll admit, I tend to forget about all the beautiful shades in between nude and classic red (remember, I’m a lip balm kind of girl) and I typically don’t splurge on any lipstick or lip products altogether.  I’m known to find a shade that looks good, and wear it until it’s gone before purchasing another.  But after discovering this smashbox lipstick set, I realized the value of trying a variety of shades and, more importantly,  just how beautiful a deep plum or burgundy lip can be this time of year to provide a complementary contrast to winter’s dark wardrobe.


This collection includes 6 shades of mini size lipsticks (Famous (pink neutral), Audition (neutral rose), Primrose (mauve pink), Fig (red grape), Witchy (deep burgundy), Legendary (true red)) and a matte lipstick transformer, which I’ve yet to even try.  I love that I get to try a variety of shades within this set without spending the money for the regular sizes.

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The satin-smooth formula allows each color to glide on evenly and the moisturizing recipe helps to protect and soften lips with shea butter, vitamin C & E, and it lasts a decently long time.  Though I truly enjoy all the colors within this set, the shade “Fig” has been my all-time favorite so far.  I’ve received many compliments on how well it pairs with my pale, olive skin tone.

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8 Tips to keep your skin hydrated during the winter months

As I’ve said before, the Winter months are extremely hard on my skin.  It doesn’t take much for my skin to get dry, cracked, and itchy and dull due to the change in humidity, exposure to indoor heat, and blustery winds.  With so many of us struggling with dry skin right now, I’ve rounded up 8 easy ways to give your skin some extra TLC during the cold winter months.

    • drink lots and lots and lots of water
      • its important to stay hydrated
    • don’t use hot water
      • hot water drys your skin out faster.
      • use warm water instead
    • use a gentle exfoliator and mild cleanser
      • slough off dead skin cells that build up with a mild exfoliator at least once a week.
    • make hydrating face masks your best friend
      • I love to apply a good, hydra-boosting facemark immediately after I exfoliate to really infuse the moisture into my skin
    • avoid hand sanitizers with alcohol
    • wear gloves when you go outside
    • don’t forget your lips and feet
      • apply a lip balm to lock in moisture
      • apply vaseline to your feet at night and wear a pair of socks
    • moisturize immediately after your shower
      • applying lotion to damp skin helps seal in the moisture and adds an extra layer of protection.  I love, love, love, the Jergens wet skin moisturizer.

 

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November/December Beauty Favorites

Winter months are extremely hard on my skin.  It doesn’t take much for my skin to get dry, cracked, and itchy due to the change in humidity, exposure to indoor heat, and blustery winds that make my skin dry and dull.  Cue all the moisturizer and this month’s beauty favorites!

    1.  Jergens wet skin moisturizer – this is an in-shower lotion that you apply directly to your wet skin just after your bath/shower.  It locks in moisture for all day relief from dry, itchy skin.  It’s not sticky or heavy and it applies smooth with little effort and it smells great!  The easiest way to heal and protect my winter skin.
    2. Origins clear improvement active charcoal mask– I’ve been using this mask for about a year now.  It’s, without a doubt, my favorite mask.  I don’t generally apply it to my entire face, rather I just spot treat the areas that need help most (chin and nose).  I have combination skin, but I tend to be mostly oily in my t-zone, which is where I notice my acne the most.  Just 10-15 minutes with this mask and my skin feels much cleaner and clearer.  I use this mask at least once a week.  PS.  this is a travel/sample size and it has lasted me a whole year.
    3. L’Oreal visible lift cream blush– I am so glad I finally gave cream blush a try.  It is so soft and easy to blend.  It is a buildable shade so you can go as subtle or dark as you’d like.  You can read my full review here!
    4. Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash mascara– I bought this sample size in Sephora one afternoon to give it a try and I instantly understood the hype.  It is perfect for my lashes; gives them length and volume and the small, curved brush gets even the smallest lashes in the inside corner and it doesn’t flake or fall off throughout the day!  I will definitely be repurchasing this mascara in the full-size!
    5. Ponds Dry Skin cream–  this hydrating facial moisturizer is perfect for my dry, itchy winter skin.  It’s thick and creamy with a hint of fragrance and just a little bit goes a long way and makes a huge difference.  With it being so thick, I mostly use this cream at night after washing my face.  It goes to work while I’m sleeping.  If my skin is super dry, I will apply just a small amount for day-time use.  It leaves my face soft and smooth without leaving a greasy film.


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Hair Help! Baking Soda To The Rescue

We all know that baking soda is one of the most versatile home remedies in your pantry, or refrigerator.  This $1.00 kitchen staple can be used to clean our home, improve your health, or your looks, and more!

One of my most favorite uses for baking soda is to give my shampoo a little extra oomph on the days when my hair needs some super-strong cleansing.  My hair is naturally thin, fine, and oily.  It doesn’t take much for my hair to feel limp and lifeless especially after repeated product use.

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DIY Hair Detox/Clarifier

On occasion, I simply just pour a tablespoon of baking soda into my hand along with my usual amount of shampoo, and lather up, focusing especially on the roots. The lather gets extra thick, and helps my shampoo go a little further for that extra clean feeling.  Just as I would with any shampoo, I work the mixture into my scalp using my fingers and rinse as usual.   The baking soda helps boost my shampoos oil-fighting powers and my hair looks so soft, shiny, oil-free, and 100 x’s more manageable, voluminous, and stronger afterwards.

 

If I’m feeling super ambitious, with time to spare, I’ll even do an apple cider vinegar rinse.  I keep a squeeze bottle, of 1 part apple cider vinegar to four parts water, in my bathroom for easy access and application.  The vinegar helps restore the pH balance of my hair and adds shine.

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Yes, baking soda does help reduce oil and product buildup, but repeated use can cause dryness, breakage, and damage.  I try to keep my usage to a minimum of maybe, maybe once a month, if that.  Mostly when I notice my hair is lacking in fullness and volume.

 

 **You can also mix baking soda with your face wash for an exfoliating scrub that will eliminate oil and leave your skin feeling extra clean!

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