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FOUR TIPS TO LOOK YOUR HOLIDAY BEST

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I LOVE the holidays! Spending time with friends and family, gift giving (and receiving 😉 ), holiday parties, etc. Since I get to see people I haven’t seen in a while, I like to step up my beauty routine to help me look my holiday best. Here are my favorite tips for a mini holiday make-over:

1. Crest 3D White Luxe Supreme FlexFit Whitestrips
I used Crest Whitestrips before the holidays last year and the first thing my cousin said to me was “Wow! Your teeth look so white!” It was then that I decided this is a must-do every year before the holidays. While shopping at Target*, you can pick up Crest 3D White Luxe Supreme FlexFit Whitestrips as a little holiday beauty treat for yourself (it would also make a perfect stocking stuffer) because really, who ever leaves Target without a little something extra just for themselves? This is the first time I’ve used the Crest 3D White Luxe Supreme FlexFit Whitestrips and I gotta say, they’re amazing! It’s Crest’s best whitening system yet. It gives you professional results for a flawless holiday smile–right at home. You only have to leave them on for an hour, so I put them in while I do my hair and makeup. My favorite thing about these is that you can stretch them to make sure you whiten the teeth in the back that only show when you smile. Can you say hello beautiful white smile?
*Get $7 off your purchase of Crest 3D White Luxe Supreme FlexFit Whitestrips at Target.com: http://clvr.li/1vwTKSS

Tip: If you have sensitive teeth, use the whitening stripes every couple days or once a week (instead of once day like the package says) until you reach the desired whiteness.

2. Bold Lipstick
Now that you have the perfect white smile, it’s time to show it off! A bold red lip is not only festive but really enhances white teeth. It’s the perfect pop of holiday spirit to add to your makeup routine. I’m wearing Mac Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo. It’s universally flattering and lasts almost all day. I’m telling you, this stuff really stays put. I’ve never had any issues with it transferring onto my teeth either. Which is very important when you’re showing of your pearly whites 🙂

Tip: To prevent the lipstick from bleeding, line your lips with a red lip pencil first.

3. Metallic Eyeshadow
It’s always fun to add a little sparkle to your holiday look and what better way to do it than eyeshadow. You can wear a metallic eyeshadow on your lid, under your lower lashes, or use an angled brush to wear it as eyeliner. Play around with it! Wear silver if you have cool toned skin (like me) and gold if you have a warm skin tone.

Tip: Apply eyeshadow before your foundation. This way if any of the metallic eyeshadow flakes onto your skin during the application, you can clean it up when you apply your foundation.
4. Festive Mani
I’ll be honest, I am horrible at painting my nails! My motto is, they’ll look good after I shower. lol. If you are talented enough to paint little Santa’s on your nails or candy cane stripes, I say go for it! I’m super jealous of your abilities. But if you’re talentless in the nail painting department like me, don’t let that stop you from having festive a mani. Try painting your nails red and your ring fingers silver. It’s festive, special for the holidays, and super easy. Trust me, if I can do it, anybody over the age of five can do it. You could also paint some glitter nail polish over your red polish for a little extra sparkle. Have you noticed I like sparkle during the holidays? Sparkling white teeth, sparkly eyeshadow, and sparkly nails. The more sparkle the better!

Tip: If you get nail polish on your skin, wait for the polish to dry and then rinse it under warm water. You will easily be able to rub it off.

Happy Holidays my friends!

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HAIR TRENDS WITH DOVE

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Dove Dry Oil
Since I’ve started using the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil collection, my hair has never been softer or silkier. I’m telling you guys, all it took was one wash and I was hooked. My hair instantly felt silky but not weighed down or greasy at all. I only wash my hair once a week so finding a product that won’t weigh my hair down with grease is a must for me. Soft, silky, and grease-free…is that too much to ask for? Thanks to Dove, it is not.

With my new found silky hair, it has been so much easier to recreate some of the latest Fall hair trends, like braids (I am beyond excited that I can finally french braid), buns, and waves. Check out the pictures below to see some hair trends and read tips on how the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil collection helped me to achieve these looks.

Braids
Dove Dry Oil
Necklace: NadiaRima c/o 
Braids have been one of the biggest hair trends for the past couple years but until recently, I was horrible at them. I’d get the sections all tangled up and after several tries, I’d eventually give up on the braid altogether. Since I started using the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil collection, I can easily pick up each section as I braid. I can now create a french/dutch braid in one try. You have no clue how excited I am about this.

Tip: When you’ve finished your braid, pull apart the braid to make it look more full.

Ballerina Bun
Dove Dry Oil
Earrings: NadiaRima c/o

Whether completely slicked back or with a few messy strands left out, you want your bun to be frizz free which usually requires the use of hairspray. But guess what?! I didn’t even have to use hair spray on this bun! That’s a first. Ok, it’s actually a third because this is the third time I’ve done my hair like this since using the Dove Pure Care Oil collection.

Tip: I added a little bit of the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Nourishing Treatment to the finished bun to give it a more sleek look.

Loose Waves
Dove Dry Oil
Necklace: Primadonna c/o
There is no denying that loose, messy waves is the biggest hair trend right now. It works on any hair length and style and can be seen on practically every celebrity. The Dove Pure Care Dry Oil collection helps to give your waves the soft, touchable look that everyone wants.
Tip: After you’ve curled your hair, rub the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Nourishing Treatment on the ends of your hair to combat any frizz/dryness caused by hot tools.
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*If you are not completely satisfied with the Dove Advanced Hair Series Pure Care Dry Oil system, Dove will refund your purchase (from 9/21 – 12/31). Visit hairmoneyback.com for details

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MAKEUP WISHLIST

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Makeup Wishlist
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1. Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

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3 Tips To Make Your Eyes Stand Out

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Tip to Make Your Eyes Stand Out
I used to think I had really huge eyes, like Anne Hathaway or Amanda Seyfried big. I mean, people always say big brown eyes and I have brown eyes so they must be big too. Apparently the two don’t go hand-in-hand. I learned that my freshman year of high school when one of my classmates pointed out that my eyes are “kind of small”. Since then, it has been my mission to prove that classmate wrong. By golly, my eyes will be both brown and big and they will stand out more! Below are the best tips I’ve learned to make my eyes stand out and look bigger.
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1. Fill In Your Eyebrows
This is so important! Eyebrows frame your face and by filling them in, you will feel instantly more polished. It will add definition to your face and accentuate your eyes. A total must when trying to make your eyes really stand out. To get the perfect look, match your eyebrows to your hair color. For blondes, match to the darkest shade in your hair and for brunettes, match to the lightest shade in your hair. I use the Salon Perfect Brow Defining Kit. I’ve also heard great things about the Anastasia BrowWiz pencil and the Anastasia BrowDip Pomade. I plan to try one of those products next.
First of all let me just say that your eyelashes haven’t lived until they’ve tried this product! It’s that amazing! Like most women, I’ve always dreamed of having full, thick lashes, but unfortunately I was not blessed with amazing lashes nor was I blessed with the patience and skill it requires to put on fake lashes. Then came Younique’s 3D FiberLash Mascara and my prayers for gorgeous thick lashes were answered. It comes with two tubes, a tube of gel and a tube of natural fibers, that at first glance look like they’d be regular ol’ mascara but they are much much more than that. First you apply a coat of the gel on your eyelashes like you would apply regular mascara (making sure to really wiggle it into your lashes), then immediately brush the fibers over your lashes, and finish with a second coat of the gel to set the fibers in place (the directions say to use regular mascara at some point but I skip that part, although I do use regular mascara for my bottom lashes). I find it’s easiest to do one eye at a time. The results are full natural looking lashes that last all day! The fibers have never flaked off on me but with a little eye makeup remover (I use coconut oil), they are easily removed at the end of the day. Now that I’ve gotten used to having such full lashes from this product, I don’t ever want to go back. My eyes have never stood out so much! I’m pretty sure if I was stranded on an island and could only bring one beauty product, it would be this. Get it! Now!
3. Nude Eyeliner
If you want your eyes to look bigger, nude eyeliner is your best friend. It really makes your eyes pop! It makes them look bright and big and it’s more natural looking and a lot less harsh than white liner. When you first put it on, it might feel like a little too bold but after a few minutes it blends in and looks a lot more natural while still making such a huge difference. I use Rimmel London Eyeliner in nude but there so many other options too.
Tip to Make Your Eyes Stand Out

Before: No Brow Fill, Wearing Regular Mascara, No Nude Liner
After: Filling in Brows, 3D FiberLash Mascara, Nude Liner
So there you have it folks and rude classmate, never again will someone tell me I have “kind of small” eyes! My eyes will stand out and be the star of the show my face!
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How I Whiten My Teeth + a Giveaway

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Teeth Whitening
Call me weird, but I love a good set of white teeth. For like a second, I thought I wanted to be a dental hygienist, and I actually worked in a dental office in high school. Then I realized that being a dental hygienist meant you’d spend your entire day in people’s mouths and that’s just gross. Not to mention you’d have to wear scrubs every single day. Playing in clothes all day is way better than playing in mouths. I’m just sayin’. Anyways, back to my obsession with white teeth. I’ve always had fairly white teeth but never the type of white teeth that makes people say “Whoa, those are some pearly white chompers you’ve got!” I’ve tried four different types of whitening products and have never seen great results with any of them. Well it looks like the 5th times a charm. After using Smile Brilliant, I have been getting the comments on my teeth that I’ve always wanted.
Smile Brilliant is an at-home professional teeth whitening kit that is so easy to use and gets amazing results! This kit is identical to what you’d pay $500+ for at the dentist and it only costs $119.95!!! My mom and I each received a kit and we are so happy with our results!
Teeth Whitening
Teeth Whitening
Step 1: You’ll receive a package from Smile Brilliant to make your impressions. Mix the white and blue pastes together, place it in the trays, and put the tray in your mouth to form to your teeth.
Step 2: Mail your impressions to Smile Brilliant in the already labeled envelope they provide.
Step 3: A couple weeks later, you will receive your custom trays with a set of syringes (a desensitizing gel + whitening gel). Line the trays with the gel.
 Step 4: Place the trays in your mouth for 20 minutes-3 hours depending on tooth sensitivity.
 Repeat this process daily (or every other day) until your teeth are at the desired whiteness. The syringes with the gel can be kept in your fridge for up to 2 years and can be used for touch ups.
My results:
Teeth Whitening
My mom’s results:
Teeth Whitening
As you can see from the pictures above, my mom and I have had amazing results! (My mom’s teeth look a little more yellow in the “before” picture than they did in real life but her results were still so good). I used the desensitizing gel before each whitening application because I didn’t want to risk it causing tooth sensitivity. I only have one tooth that is sensitive and when I’d first put the trays in, I could feel the sensitive tooth but the sensitivity would go away within 30 seconds. My mom does suffer from sensitive teeth but the whitening gel/trays didn’t cause any sensitivity for her teeth and she didn’t even use the desensitizing gel. She does use a sensitive toothpaste so that must have helped.

I am so excited that I have now found the product that gives me the white teeth that I’ve always wanted. I was thrilled when my friend interrupted me to tell me how white my teeth are. It made my day, and now I’m about to make yours! One lucky reader will win a Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening Kit! Woot! Woot!

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Tutorial: Loose Curls for Short Hair

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Tutorial: Loose Curls for Short Hair
I have finally created a step-by-step tutorial for how I curl my hair. I’ve gotten many comments, emails, and tweets requesting this so here it is! 🙂 This is very similar to how I use to curl my hair when it was long. The only difference being that when I had long hair, I skipped steps 5 and 6. 
You can start* with clean or dirty hair. I only wash my hair once a week (I know, gross!) and these photos were taken on day six. But I do the exact same thing on days one through five.
*I have naturally curly hair so I blow dry my hair straight after I shower and then style my hair like this for the next 6 days.
 
Tutorial: Loose Curls for Short Hair
Tutorial: Loose Curls for Short Hair
Tutorial: Loose Curls for Short Hair
Tutorial: Loose Curls for Short Hair
Tutorial: Loose Curls for Short Hair
Tutorial: Loose Curls for Short Hair
I hope you found this tutorial helpful and are able to take some of my tips and tricks to create the perfect curling method for your hair. If you have any other questions about my hair, feel free to ask.
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Hot Shot Tools Curling Iron
Salty Dog Beach Cocktail Spray
Wigo Ceramic Flat Iron

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Jeans c/o Dittos
Fang Earrings c/o Lisa Monahan Jewelry
Midi Ring Set c/o ILY Couture
Name Necklace c/o oNecklace (10% off w/code GIFT10)
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Summer Beauty Hacks

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Summer Beauty Hacks

 While we all love the longer days of summer, the heat can be tough on our skin and hair. Frizzy hair, dry skin, bathing suit season…all words that can stress a gal out. With these five summer beauty hacks, you will breeze through summer with ease and feel fabulous while doing so!

1. Brighten & Clear Your Skin with a Lemon Sugar Scrub
Lemon Sugar Face Scrub
Summer means less makeup and more time in the water. That also means showing more of your “real” skin. The lovely lemon and sexy sugar are here to help make your skin look its best! While the sugar is going to help soften the skin, the acids in the lemon are going to remove dead skin from your face (the very first time I did this, I could literally see it peel off the dead skin around my nose), and it also helps with acne, discoloration, and sun spots. The best part about this is that you probably already have everything you need at home.

Items needed: 
Lemon/lemon juice, sugar, and a cotton pad (like what you use to remove nail polish). 
I recommend using organic lemons and sugar.

Step 1:  Wet your face with warm water.
Step 2: Squeeze lemon juice onto a cotton pad, soaking it.
Step 3: Sprinkle about a teaspoon of sugar on the cotton pad.
Step 4: Scrub your face with the cotton pad.
Step 5: Rinse your face.

Your skin will be left feeling soft and looking younger and cleaner.

2. Add Shimmer Eyeshadow to Your Lotion for a Subtle Glow

DIY Shimmer Lotion

Who doesn’t want to glisten in the summer sun? An easy way to give yourself a subtle glow is to add shimmer eyeshadow to your lotion. Just crush up a shimmer eye shadow (in a pink or gold shade depending on your skin tone), mix it into your lotion, and rub it on your skin. Viola!

 3. Fight Frizz & Smooth Hair with Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil For Your Hair
Hydrate your hair and say goodbye to frizz with the help of coconut oil. (Bye Bye Frizz!) Once I week I message coconut oil in my hair, concentrating mainly on the ends. I leave it in for a few hours or overnight, and then wash my hair as normal. My hair is left feeling shiny, silky and smooth. No more frizz! Woohoo!

4. Get Smooth Legs with Veet

Smooth Legs with Veet
Veet’s Hair Remover Cream is your ticket to hassle free silky smooth legs. We all know that soft, silky, smooth legs are a must in the summer but shaving…quite possibly the worst thing about summer! I hate it! And with my dark hair and pale skin, I have to shave every. single. day. Well, not anymore thanks to the Veet In-Shower Hair Remover Cream (sensitive). I’ll admit, I was afraid of hair remover creams burning my skin due to a bad experience in middle school that is burned (haha! Pun intended) into my brain for life. But fear no more! It says to leave it on your skin for 5 minutes and no longer than 10 minutes. Well I break the rules (living on the wild side, I am) and leave it on for 15 minutes* and guess what, no burning sensation whatsoever. It leaves my legs feeling so smooth and moisturized. The best part?…I don’t have to shave for three days! If you want smooth skin this summer without the hassle of shaving, get this product!

*I think because my hair is so coarse, it needs to stay on longer in order to remove all the hair. For your first time using it, follow the instructions and check you legs (or wherever you’re removing hair from) every 5 minutes to find the best time for your skin.

5. Refresh with Lemon-Cucumber Water
Lemon-Cucumber Water

  We all know the importance of drinking a lot of water, especially in the summer, but not only do lemons and cucumbers add a yummy flavor to your water, they do tons of other goods things too! Lemon-cucumber water is high in vitamin C and caffeic acid, which helps protect your skin from sun damage. The vitamin C also boosts collagen and elastin to help keep your skin looking young. And it has anti-inflammatories that prevent bloating. Nobody wants to look bloated in a bathing suit. Thank you lemon-cucumber water for your help with bathing suit season! Not to mention, lemons and cucumbers fight diseases. So start drinking your way to a healthier you with better skin. Cheers!

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Favorite Beauty Products

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This is the first and only weekly shampoo I have tried and I LOVE IT! I only wash my hair once a week so when I do, I really need to get it clean. This shampoo leaves my coarse hair feeling clean, silky and shiny. 
(I received this in my swag bag from Lucky FABB)
I don’t use a lot of product on my hair because I feel like it makes my hair dirty so I was very reluctant to buy this product. My cousin/hairdresser (Markie at Plum Crazy in Red Bluff) talked me into it and I am so glad she did. It gives my hair great texture without making it feel dirty. Love it!
3. Coconut Oil (organic unrefined cold-pressed):
What can’t coconut oil do? It’s a magical must-have! I massage it in my hair from root-to-tip once a week, focusing mainly on the tips. I leave it in for a couple hours before washing it with the weekly shampoo. It really helps to keep my hair healthy. I also use it as an eye makeup remover. It easily takes off my waterproof mascara.
When you only was your hair once a week, dry shampoo is your best friend. I usually don’t need to use it until the last two days but boy does it help to cover up the grease. I’ve tried other dry shampoos but they either left my hair feeling greasier than before or the white product wouldn’t blend into my dark hair. Batiste Dry Shampoo comes in different shades to match your hair so you never have to worry about your dry shampoo showing.
This bronzer will work on all skin types. It has amazing pigment so if you’re super pale like me, it won’t take much product to show up on your skin. It doesn’t have any shimmer to it making it perfect for contouring.
I have this balm stain in six different colors but “honey” is by far my favorite. It’s the perfect neutral shade! I’ve repurchased it twice and I think it will always be in my lipstick collection. It’s my go-to color! My bestie, Jordan (she’ll be starting a blog soon), also has this color and she loves it too!
Oh, the beauty blender. I use this everyday to blend in my under-eye concealer. I first tried the knockoff version but there really is no comparison. Knockoff versions are hard has a rock (not what you want when dealing with your under-eye skin) but the real deal Beauty Blender is so soft. It’s like a little cloud. (And make sure you get the beauty blender cleanser too. It will make your blender last longer and works great for your other makeup brushes + it has a very subtle but amazing smell)
The way this product glides on your face is uh-mazing! I’ve tried a few other drugstore foundations as well has some higher-end ones but this is my favorite. It has a medium coverage that’s buildable if you like full coverage. And it doesn’t feel heavy on your skin either. It’s very comparable to MAC. If you know your MAC color, you can use this chart to find your Revlon color. I used it and it worked perfectly for me. (My Revlon color is 150 BUFF)
I’m pretty sure this is the best highlighting concealer that exists. I tried every drugstore concealer trying to find something cheaper but nothing is as good as MAC. It brightens your face and isn’t cake-y at all. (I use the color: radiant rose).
Argan oil is not just for your hair, it does amazing things for your skin too! I’m sure their are other brands (like Josie Maran) that are great too but Aura Cacia is so much more affordable. Get it! Your skin will thank you!
This brush is so soft and applies makeup flawlessly! What more can be said about it?
I have very dry lips and have been on a search my whole life for a lip balm that will leave my lips feeling soft and moisturized. I’ve tried so many different products I can’t even count that high. Friends and family would always suggest products to try that they swore by but nothing worked for me. Nothing worked, that is, until I started using EOS. Since then, my lips haven’t been dry at all.

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