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How to Style Your Lob (Long Bob)

June 30, 2016

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A week ago, I decided (nay, my stylist decided) that cutting off two inches was a good idea for the health of my hair. And while I’m never a big fan of getting a hair cut, I have to admit that having blunt, healthy ends and a little more style to my cut really does feel good.

My hair is just a little too short to be considered a true “lob” but I’ve been styling it like I would if it was just a little shorter. Messy, beachy curls that take just a few minutes to style. The look is perfect for any time but especially appropriate for summer.

PS: The only styling products you need is this amazing Sea Salt Style Spray + your favorite hair spray.

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Get the Look :: Summer Makeup + Hair

June 23, 2016

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HAIR //
As you know, I’ve been growing out my hair for quite some time, but the postpartum transition has been hard on my hair. The hair loss and awkward re-growth left my ends super dry and unhealthy, so my stylist finally convinced me yesterday that cutting two inches off and going a little dark on the roots/lighter on the ends was necessary. Although I’ll admit that my hair feels short now, I am seriously loving the spunky feel and healthy ends, which actually serves to make my hair feel fuller.

SummerSkincare

MAKEUP //
Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer :: My summer go-to. Lightweight coverage that leaves your skin feeling moisturized and protects with SPF 20.

Touchup Skin Concealer Pen :: The best concealer pen around. Great for under-eye circles and covering up breakouts and sun spots.

Color Pinch Cream Blush in Hibiscus :: Perfect for giving your cheeks that dewy sun-kissed glow.

Lengthening Mascara :: Sweat-proof mascara that lengthens and moisturizes your lashes throughout the day? Yes and yes.

Mattify Skin Finishing Powder :: A translucent powder that helps absorb shine and works great for mid-day touchups.

Lip Sheer in Twig :: I have never loved lip color until I discovered Lip Sheers. They’re not ultra-pigmented, which I find more flattering and easy to wear.

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Best Anthro Finds Under $100

April 20, 2016

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I think one of the best ways to analyze your wardrobe is to look through what you have in your closet and examine the pieces that have stood the test of time. You know, the tops and dresses and pants that have been with you for years, that you keep coming back to wearing and loving time and time again. It’s been by doing this that I’ve really been able to see what stores are worth buying clothes from and what stores I should avoid.

It was by doing this that I noticed that tops and dresses from certain stores never got more than a couple wears before they were no longer flattering or didn’t wear well. I also realized that there were certain brands and retailers that were pricier on the front end but have been worth every penny in the long run. Anthropologie is one of those stores. The tops and dresses I’ve purchased there are high quality, beautiful and yes, a lot more expensive than other stores. However, the clothes that I’ve purchased there are always long-term favorites and the clothes I get the most compliments about. So, moral of the story is to invest in quality, beautifully made items and you will spend less in the long run.

I’ve curated a few of my favorite finds from Anthropologie that won’t break the bank. Every item is under $100 and perfect for spring and summer weather!

1. Everleigh Edgewise Peplum Tee  $68
2. Moon River Eyelet Blouse $98
3. Corbara Peplum Tank $78
4. Holding Horses Faye Tank $68
5. Maeve Calia Tunic $78
6. Crosswrap Dress $69.95

Madison

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No-Makeup Makeup Look // Before and After

April 11, 2016

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Since I work from home, most days I’m rocking the “no-makeup makeup” look. Let’s be clear: I have no qualms about going makeup-free, but I realized quickly that a little makeup and a few minutes will go a long way to making my “no makeup” look feel a little more polished. Plus, it makes me feel more productive when I’m working from home.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to look fresh and pulled together without putting on a full face of makeup, I’ve got you covered with the tutorial below!

My key products being an amazing tinted moisturizer (SPF is a must!) and a really good blush for brightening up your face and making you look a little more alive.

Other products used // Matte Bronzer 1, Brow Pencil in Medium and L’Oreal Butterfly Lash Mascara

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Natural Nail Polish Smack Down

April 6, 2016

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In an effort to clean up my beauty routine, I decided to target what might be the worst offending category – nail polish. Seriously, guys, I don’t even want to know what’s in most conventional nail polish. As Ainsley’s gotten older and I’ve thought about painting her nails I just didn’t have a lot of peace about using regular nail polish on her little nails. So, I asked for recommendations of your favorite natural brands, ordered them all on my own dime and started testing them for a month in order to take the guess work out for you. It’s a tough job, friends, but someone has to do it! 😉

The Best of the Best //
1. Smith and Cult in Kundalini Hustle $18
I can’t even believe that I paid this much for a nail polish, but once I applied it and wore it day in and day out without chipping, I was sold. You guys, this stuff is pure gold. It’s 5-free but wears better than any conventional nail polish that I’ve used. It goes on flawlessly and I think you could get away with a single coat if you wanted.

2. Butter London $15 
I wasn’t crazy about the shade that I purchased, so I wouldn’t recommend that specific color, but the polish was lovely. It went on well, dried reasonably quickly and two coats was sufficient coverage for what I was trying to achieve. The formulas are 8-free, too!

Middle of the Road //
1. Zoya $10
This polish was the closet to my typical Essie nail polish that I’m used to using. It performed well and covered nicely. I didn’t love either of the colors that I picked, but that’s more my personal preference and less of a knock on the brand itself. I loved the price point, too, which was much more on par with what I’m used to spending on polish.

2. Ten Over Ten $18
The polish colors offered by Ten Over Ten are some of the best! They have a great variety and the polish applied nicely/wore well. I put it in the middle category because I loved the Smith and Cult better for this price point, but this is still a great option if you’re looking for a wide variety of colors.

Pass on These // 
1. SpaRitual $12
These polishes are vegan and 5-free, which is what attracted me in the first place. I will say that I loved the color going on. It was a little thin in consistency, but two coats provided nice coverage and it dried quickly, which I love, but it wore terribly. The nail polish chipped within a day, and within a couple days it looked pretty awful. I’m a big believer that safe beauty also needs to work well, and this didn’t pass the test.

2. Ella + Mila “Mommy” Line $10.50
I have the same complaint about this polish as the one prior: the wear was horrible! I really wanted to love the brand because they have great colors, great branding and a really nice list of ingredients they don’t contain, but once again after just a couple days of wear it was very chipped and didn’t hold up well to every day life. I will be giving their kiddo line a try in the future to see if it works better for Ainsley.

Madison

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