Beauty

Fresh Spring Hair

Fresh Spring Hair

I’ve been trying to grow my hair out, so I haven’t had a hair cut since October. OCTOBER. My ends feel like the end of a broomstick. I know they say it’s best for hair growth when you get a cut every 6 weeks or so, but I refused to do it in fear that my hair just wouldn’t grow. I’m finally comfortable enough with the length where I’m willing to go in and get a fresh style, because this 6 month old hair cut has run its course. Here are some looks I’m loving lately. Which one should I go with?

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My Daily Skincare Routine – Winter

My Daily Skincare Routine – Winter

It took time to get my skincare routine down this winter, and after a lot of trial and error, I’ve discovered a few products that I absolutely love. My skin is on the drier side, so my main challenge is finding products that are hydrating and also contain the important ingredients I need. I’ve narrowed it down to 7 products that I use on a daily basis (I know, it seems excessive but trust me, it’s really not that bad!).

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Best Daytime Moisturizers for Every Skin Type

Best Daytime Moisturizers for Every Skin Type

Every season I switch up my moisturizer to ensure I’m getting the necessary hydration & protection I need with the changes in weather. Finding a new moisturizer can be tricky – there are endless options, prices vary greatly, and you never know which one is best for your skin type. We’ve lucked out with the weather as of late, but cold weather is on the horizon…that means it’s time to prep and make sure you’re taking care of your skin during the colder months. I’ve put together a top 5 list for each skin type to help you shop for winter moisturizers (& included ones with SPF as well to serve as a reminder that this should be a part of your skincare routine too!).

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October Beauty Buys

October Beauty Buys

October Beauty Buys

Every month, I find there are patterns in the beauty products I purchase. There are months where I need to expand my lipstick collection with new & exciting colors for the season, others where I need to restock on some of my key beauty products (concealer, bronzer, etc.). This month, I was all about skincare (and I squeezed in one of my go-to hair products as well).

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Latest Obsession: Facial Misting

Latest Obsession: Facial Misting

Now that I’m in my late twenties, I’ve been more cognizant of what I’m putting on my skin (better late than never, right?). Between packing on sunscreen, investing more in serums and moisturizers, I’m also doing a fair amount of research on different skin regimens and products. My most recent experiment was around the concept of “misting”. I’ve read numerous articles that reference makeup artists keeping facial mists in their kits, so I wanted to see what all the hype was about.

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5 Nail Colors for Fall

New season means new colors in the beauty department. Transitioning to colder weather is never fun, but spicing up your nails with the latest and greatest colors of the season makes things so much more bearable. Let’s face it, our tans are slowly fading, and it’s time to take advantage of the paleness with darker & edgier colors. When my nails look good, I feel so much more put together. These 5 fabulous colors will elevate any outfit and get you prepped for fall. It’s time to own the colder weather, it’s here to stay…for awhile (a LONG while).

Fall Nail Polish Colors

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August Beauty Buys

August Beauty Buys

Prior to leaving for Greece, I went for a quick Sephora run to make sure I was stocked up for the trip. This last run was a combination of new products and refills of my all time favorites. I also was pleasantly surprised to learn that I am now officially a VIB (Very Important Beauty Insider) at Sephora, which means I get special perks…and also a reminder that I spend WAY too much money on cosmetics. Oh well, at least I’m getting some recognition for it, right?

1. Too Faced, Soleil Matte Bronzer (Chocolate): I’ve been using this bronzer for almost 2 years now, and I have NO desire to switch things up because this stuff is amazing. Not only does it smell delicious (cocoa powder is one of the ingredients), but it provides the perfect tint to my skin without adding shimmer. I use it to contour, putting it underneath my check bones, on my jaw line, and on the outline of my forehead. It also lasts for months, which is always a plus.

2 & 3. Sephora Collection, Jumbo Pencil for Shadow & Liner (Dark Brown Matte & Kaki): Another product I’ve been using for a couple of years is Sephora’s multi-purpose jumbo pencil. This can be used as both an eyeshadow or eyeliner. The Dark Brown Matte is what I wear daily – I have dark features so I find that brown eyeliner still serves the purpose of bringing my eyes out, but also softens my face. I decided that since I love this pencil so much, I’d try a new color for a change, which is were the Kaki comes into play. A beautiful hazel green with shimmer, the Kaki is perfect for a night out, especially if you don’t want to go too crazy on the eye makeup but still have some sparkle. These pencils are waterproof so they won’t smudge, but I’m able to wash it off with my daily cleanser (makeup remover is not necessary – HUGE plus for me).

4. Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray: I love how my curls look after a day of swimming in the sea, but unfortunately, I’m only able to naturally have this look a couple weeks out of the year when I’m on vacation. Luckily, Bumble & Bumble’s surf spray allows this look to be achievable all year round. In fact, this spray is even better than the real thing because it provides added moisture that salt water does not. I bought a travel size version to bring to Greece – perfect beach bag addition.

5. Elizabeth & James, Nirvana Black: One thing I love about Sephora is their section of rollerball perfumes. Buying a new fragrance can be an investment, so it’s nice to have the option of spending just $20-30 to give a fragrance a test run before you buy a full-size bottle. I’ve been wanting to give Elizabeth & James Nirvana a try, and I decided to go with Nirvana Black as I’m a huge fan of more masculine fragrances. This one reminds me a bit of Tom Ford’s Black Orchid, but it’s a little sweeter. It’s a mixture of sandalwood, vanilla and violet. There are a lot of layers to it which I appreciate; my only complaint thus far is that the smell doesn’t last long. I’m still undecided on whether or not I’m going to pull the trigger on the larger size.

Coffee & Coconut Oil Body Scrub

Coffee and Coconut OIl Body Scrub

Coconut oil is having a major moment (one that’s lasted a few years & is still going strong), and I can’t help but admit that I’ve jumped on the bandwagon. I’ve been using this stuff in excess – adding it to my coffee, using it as lotion, cooking and baking with it…I basically go through it like water. I’ve been meaning to make my own body scrub out of this magical ingredient, and I took the plunge this weekend. I hit up Pinterest for some inspiration, and I combined a few recipes I found to create this amazing concoction – a coffee & coconut oil body scrub. Let me start by breaking down the ingredients and the benefits they provide for your skin.

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July Beauty Buys

Monthly Beauty Buys

I tend to refresh my beauty products fairly often, so I thought I’d start a new series where I can share with you my latest beauty buys and how I feel about them. My latest beauty splurge was a couple of weeks back when I went into Nordstrom to check out the Anniversary Sale. Of course, I walked out of the store with several items, none of which were on sale. That’s how they get you! I did have some beauty items I was running low on (specifically moisturizer and concealer), so I ventured over the cosmetics department with those items in mind, and peppered in a few extra products as well – isn’t that the best part of shopping for makeup? You never know what you’ll come home with. Here are the products I purchased on my last run:

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My Favorite Nail Salons in Chicago

My Favorite Nail Salons in Chicago

Living in a big city, there are nail salons at every corner. I’ll let you in on a little secret my friends…only about 15% of these nail salons are actually legit. Mayyybee that’s an exaggeration, but you get my point. I’ve learned the hard way, stopping at a random place for a quick mani before dinner and being completely disappointed when I notice my chipped nail as I enjoy my cocktail later that evening. We’ve all been there, and it’s not ideal. First world problem, I know, but a problem nonetheless. After some trial and error, I’ve found a few gems in various neighborhoods of Chicago, and they’re also affordable. Here’s a list of my favorite nail salons in Chicago:Continue reading…