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Updated Top Knot Tutorial For Longer Hair

June 9, 2015

Photo on 5-19-15 at 3.10 PM #3

Lately I’ve been wearing my hair up in a top-knot more and more. As my hair has gotten longer it’s my go-to easy style for looking semi put-together while not having to spend a ton of time on my hair. Because, let’s be honest, I just don’t have a ton of time to spend on my hair these days and my hair is looking less than stellar thanks to that dreaded postpartum hair loss. The struggle is real, y’all.

Since it’s been a while since I last posted a top-knot tutorial, I decided to do a little updated video since the method I’ve been using has changed a bit now that my hair is longer. It takes about 5 minutes total and works great with hair that’s a little bit dirty. If you want to do the top knot with clean hair I would highly suggest spraying it with a little hair spray and then brushing the hair spray out to add texture OR spraying the roots with a little dry shampoo or texturizing spray before starting.

I filmed this video a little over a month ago while I was on maternity leave and found myself with a few extra minutes during baby nap time. Please excuse the rough nature of this video. Something is better than nothing, right?!


The Secret to Great Hair

February 6, 2015

No Makeup Photo

Okay, this post’s title is a little bit of a joke when you consider the photo above, but I just had to bop in and share a little tip that’s been making a huge difference in how my hair looks and how often I have to wash and dry it.

Now that my hair is getting on the longer side, it’s become more and more of a hassle to blow dry. I am to only wash my hair 2-3 times a week to keep it healthy and to save me time, so anything that can help my hair look good for days on end is something I’m interested in! I don’t quite remember where, but a few months ago I remember reading about how to keep your blow-out looking great for days on end. The tip said that when you’re sleeping at night, the key is to take all your hair and put it in a loose, super high pony tail.

I’ll admit that I was skeptical at first but I agreed to give it a try. And you know what? It totally worked! Something about the high nature of the pony tail left a much less noticeable crease in my hair the next day and helped keep the volume created when blow drying. So, in case you’re looking to speed up your routine and wash/dry your hair less, give it a try!


Fashion, Pregnancy

An (almost) New Momma’s Beauty Routine

February 4, 2015

Beauty Product RoundUp

I may not be an expert on all things beauty, but I love doing beauty posts and reading about blogger beauty routines. Anyone else with me? Since we’re in baby countdown mode, I’ve been thinking a lot about how my beauty routine fits into my new momma routine. I am fully aware of the fact that I’ll have less time to devote to getting ready once baby arrives, so my strategy has been to invest in really great beauty products that make my skin, hair and nails look great without a lot of primping.

Some of the products listed above are a bit of an investment cost-wise, but I promise that they work great. And if I face wash can make you feel beautiful when you’re using it, I’m not sure you can put a price on that! Let’s take a look at what’s in my beauty bag:

1. One Love Organics Vitamin B Active Moisture Cleansing Oil and Makeup Remover
This cleansing oil is my favorite item listed. It makes my skin feel amazing and makes me feel beautiful every time I wash my face. Crazy, right? It moisturizes and cleanses and does a great job at removing makeup without drying out your skin.

2. One Love Organics Supercritical Chia Oil
A few tiny drops of this magic serum goes a long way, meaning this tiny bottle lasts forever. I’m not sure exactly what is behind the magic in this bottle of oil, but it makes my skin glow and leaves my skin feeling moisturized, especially during the cooler months.

3. Bare Minerals Renew and Hydrate Eye Cream
This has been a favorite eye cream my entire pregnancy, and I intend to keep using it post-baby as well. It’s light enough that it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin, but it’s still potent enough to moisturize that delicate skin under the eye.

4. One Love Organics Brand New Day Scrub and Masque
This product is pure fun and function all in one! It’s a powder scrub that can be added to your favorite face wash or you can make a paste with water to scrub onto your face and remove dead skin cells. I use it a few times a week and it leaves my skin feeling great.

5. Motherlove Nipple Cream
I bought this a while back for after baby arrives, but after looking at the ingredients, it made a lot of sense to me to start using it as a lip balm. Sounds a little crazy I suppose, but my lips have been so chapped this winter that I was willing to try anything. And this works! I’m sure after baby arrives I’ll be using it for the more traditional uses as well.

6. Moroccan Oil Hair Treatment
Moroccan Oil has been a staple in my beauty routine for years. I don’t use a lot of products on my hair, but I can’t go for long without this Moroccan Oil to keep my hair shiny and healthy.

7. Essie Mademoiselle Nail Polish
I can never keep a manicure for more than a day or two, so a light, neutral polish is perfect for someone like me. A single coat of this polish is hardly noticeable, but it does make your nails look much more polished and put together.

8. One Love Organics Skin Savior Beauty Balm
This stuff is pure magic. It works well as a facial moisturizer (which is what I most commonly use it for) as well as a facial cleanser, stray hair tamer, etc. A little goes a long way, meaning this jar lasts forever. I also like to take a little and mix it with my favorite foundation for a tinted moisturizer.



Summer Beauty Faves

August 21, 2014

Summer Beauty Faves | Espresso and Cream


It’s been a while since I’ve done a beauty product round-up. Since I’ve discovered a few new favorite products in the last couple of months, I thought I would share a few of my favorite products that are keeping me feeling fresh-faced (and good smelling) this summer.

1. Bare Minerals BareSkin liquid foundation 
I am in love with this foundation. I’m not typically one to wear foundation because it feels too heavy for my skin, but I love the coverage of this concealer and the smooth, even way it goes on. Plus, it doesn’t feel heavy.

2. Lush Cosmetics Tea Tree Toner Water
Since I’ve become pregnant, I’ve been trying to find natural alternatives to fight acne and keep my skin looking even. This tea tree water has been a favorite of mine for months. It’s gentle on my skin and helps fight breakouts and uneven skin.

3. LaVanila Natural Deodorant (in Pure Vanilla scent)
I’ve been searching for a good, natural deodorant for what seems like ages with very poor results. But when I saw this deodorant reviewed on Cup of Jo, I just had to give it a try. I’m so glad I did, because it works like a charm and smells divine. I swear I feel pretty just putting this deodorant on, and that’s saying something for a deodorant!

4. L’Oreal Voluminous Original mascara (in brown)
Hardly a new or revolutionary product, but I’ve recently started using this mascara again and am kicking myself for not doing so sooner. What a great drugstore buy.

5. One Love Organics Skin Savior Balm 
One Love Organics products are always a bit of a splurge, but I love that they’re made of ingredients you can feel good about and all the products work like a charm. This balm is great for night because it’s ultra moisturizing; I also use it for under my eyes almost daily.


Fashion, Uncategorized

Face Shapes and Makeup

December 30, 2013


When it comes to makeup, I will be the first to tell you that I know very little. I rarely mix-up my look, I tend to stick with the same neutral eye shadow for work and special occasions, and the idea of lip color scares me to death. I think my experience with wearing too much makeup in middle school really scarred me for life. Sure, I wear makeup most days, but I don’t wear much. I’ve always wanted to know more about how to properly apply makeup for my face shape, but it’s always been a mystery to me, despite the fact that I’ve read a million articles in magazines like Allure.

With New Year’s Eve just around the corner, now is the perfect time to try something different. I stumbled upon the most amazing beauty blog a few weeks ago, and it’s totally rocked the way I have been applying my makeup. I am, quite possibly, the last person on earth to discover the blog Maskcara, but in case I’m not, you should go check it out asap. The post that inspired me to try something different with my makeup was her post last month on face shapes. I’ve seen a lot of face shape posts, but this was by far the best and most detailed post I’ve read. Plus, it included more shapes than I’ve sen in the past.


Above I’ve taken two photos. The one on the left is sans any makeup at all. The second is my new makeup application following Cara’s guide for an Oblong face shape. I think I’m probably somewhere between oblong and rectangular, so I picked the shape that seemed to be the closest fit. Sure, the change is subtle, but I think it makes a big difference in the way the makeup shapes and highlights my features. And the great part is that it required only a few new items and very little extra time!

Here are the products I used: 
Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer
Bare Minerals Original Foundation
Bare Minerals Warmth 
L’Oreal True Match Blush 
Almay Liquid Eyeliner
Cover Girl Lash Perfection Mascara

Are there any other beauty blogs that I should be reading? I would love to add a few more to my daily reads! 


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