beauty tips

Embellished Bobby Pins (on sale!)

I’m always suckered into buying the sparkly, bejeweled accessories that are always strategically placed next to checkout lines. I don’t think I’ve ever shopped in an Anthropologie where I didn’t end up buying some bits and bobs. And while I have enough of these little accessories to start a store of my own, I rarely actually wear them. So this time I was determined to find creative ways to incorporate them into my everyday hairstyles. The best part is that these specific ones work on thick hair too, which is usually the problem for me. Here are some of my favorite embellished bobby pins (also would be a great DIY) so you can re-create some of these looks…or come up with your own style!

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July 17, 2013

Beauty Secrets

Josie Maran Argan Oil/ Caudalie ‘Premier Cru Eye Cream

On my quest to wear less makeup, I’ve been focusing a lot more on skin care. The better I feel about my skin, the more comfortable I am going sans makeup. I’m lucky to have clear skin, but it tends to be really dry and dark circles are a never ending issue for me. I’ve been doing tons of research online, trying to find the best products to try out and I believe I’ve found two new beauty secrets (or whatever you want to call them)- Josie Maran’s Argan Oil and Caudalie’s Premier Cru Eye Cream. I had heard about argan oil countless times, but have been hesitant about using actual oil on my face. You can use this stuff on your nails, hair and skin- a win in my book! I’ve been using it for a couple weeks now and my skin is literally glowing and the softest it’s ever been. To say I’m obsessed with this stuff would be an understatement. I’ve also added Caudalie’s eye cream to my daily routine and I love this stuff! It helps with dark circles/puffiness and I can instantly feel it working.

As much as I love finding new products and creams, I truly believe that there is only so much that they can do. I’ve been reading Kimberly Snyder’s “The Beauty Detox Solution” and “The Beauty Detox Foods”, which are both focused around healthy, organic, clean eating with a plant based diet. Now, I do think her plan is a little extreme (no meat, no dairy, no gluten, no caffeine, no sugar) but I do agree with her that we are what we eat. She uses natural foods as a remedy to clear skin, make hair healthy and shiny and to overall look our best. I absolutely loved her books and have started to implement parts of her “lifestyle” into mine. I thought I would feel really tired without caffeine, but I’ve never felt so energized and clear headed. It was easy for me to eliminate meat (never been a big fan), dairy (cheese is the hardest part), caffeine and majority of sugar. I’m slowing trying to cut out gluten as I adopt more recipes and find alternativee gluten-free breads. This probably sounds a little extreme, but I honestly have never felt better! If anything, I really recommend reading the book and educating yourself on the benefits of a plant based diet and take what you want from it. I know I’m not a dermatologist or a nutritionist, but this is just my opinion and what I believe in!

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July 9, 2013

Barely There Makeup

I think every girl searches for that perfect, barely there makeup look, especially in the summer when we spend most of our time outside. I often go sans makeup throughout the week, but it’s always nice to have a go-to, minimal look that you can throw on in minutes. In order to achieve this dewy-skin appearance, I use three things: Olay Total Effects CC Cream, a swipe of mascara, and a sheer lip gloss. First, I start off with Olay Total Effects CC Cream, which I love because it has so many uses—it’s like a tinted moisturizer, a sunscreen, and a color corrector that leaves your skin feeling fresh and light. I then do one swipe of mascara and add a slightly pigmented lip gloss (pink preferred) to finish it off. This is my husband’s favorite look of mine—honestly, he gives me more compliments when I have little to no makeup on than when I’m completely done up. So instead of trying to cover every blemish, dark circle, and flaw, my resolution this summer is to embrace my natural skin and wear less makeup!

 

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