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Cascading Peplum + Fun Photos

Peplum

Old peplum from Gilt (similar), Banana Republic jeans, Sam Edelman heels

One of the amazing things about making friends with fellow bloggers, is that they don’t look at you like a crazy person when you have the bright idea to snap pictures in a kitchen, especially when you’re wearing a cute outfit. As a matter of fact, they take it super seriously, angle the camera just right to get proper lighting, and give you hundreds of picture options to choose from.

Metallic Heels

Red Lips

Just a little red lip, bold earrings, and a heinously wrinkled peplum that is almost half as old as I am for some girl time with my blogging best.

Sexy Kitchen

Oh, and homemade Oreos. Recipe coming soon!

Reducing Eyebrow Redness Post Waxing/Threading

reducing eyebrow redness

Ok so super awkward moment, but the picture above is me yesterday, entirely unedited and in total agony. I just had my eyebrows threaded (something I do every 6-8 months because of the pain) and was so uncomfortable, I felt like my face had just been partially ripped off. Over the years I have developed a way to get this done and reduce the extreme redness that I get with a few simple household items. Done in this sequence right after, I am always able to continue my day with no redness and no clogged pores as a result. I hope this helps!

1. rubbing alcohol + cotton balls :: This cleans the pores and for me, helps open them. It acts kind of like warm water

2. baby powder applied with fingers :: I love the way this feels. I let it sit on my eyebrows for a few minutes and just relax at home

3. aloe vera :: Followed by aloe vera. Same idea using this behind a sunburn. It reduces puffiness and redness.

4. Chanel concealer stippled on with a cotton ball :: When all else fails, add concealer or even pink eyeshadow. It combats the red color.

Video: Evening Hair and Skincare Routine

I have been getting a ton of questions recently about my skin and haircare routine so I thought I would do a little video on my evening routine to start! I have a much more in depth hair discussion I can go into but these are definitely the basics.

One note, I am still learning the video settings on my camera (i’m much more of a photo gal!) so if anyone has any tips about how to clear up the focus (be sure to watch in HD!) I would greatly appreciate it. For reference, I shoot on a Cannon Rebel T3.

Skincare::
Neutrogena eye pads
Philosophy cleanser
Clarisonic Mia 2
Philosophy “hope is not enough” night cream
Estee Lauder eye cream

Haircare::
It’s a 10 leave-in conditioner

Newest Make-up Additions

IMG_6455I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend (to those who celebrate). I spent the majority of the weekend alone, shopping and just relaxing while the boyfriend drove all of our belongings across the country. Since my last everyday makeup post I have felt like my makeup materials were getting stale and old. Brushes were breaking, blush was cracking, and I felt like I just needed an overall reset. I popped into my local Sephora to grab a few new brushes and of course walked out with a handful of items.

IMG_6472One of the first things I knew I needed was blush. My Sephora brand blush that I talked about in a previous make up post actually broke in half so I wanted to pop in and get one that not only was a gorgeous shade, but that had packaging that would allow it to last a while. Every beauty guru knows about Nars’ “orgasm” blush, so I picked it up to try. I love the subtle shimmer and big mirror that comes with the compact.

IMG_6493Along with my blush breaking, my blush brush that I’d had literally since middle school also finally called it quits. I happen to love big kabuki-like brushes for blush so I nabbed this Sephora brand mineral powder brush. It is number 45 and is so soft, i’m in love.

IMG_6496With that, i’ve been wanting a new foundation brush. I have bought and thrown away countless foundation brushes as they either leave the makeup too streaky, or the bristles break off. A Youtube beauty guru that I love, Carli Bybel uses this Mac 188 brush for foundation so I decided to pick it up. The bristles are long and separated so I think it will get into the crevices nicely.

IMG_6501Here is a picture of the density of the brushes. As you can see, the lower one is the foundation brush and is much more sparse and narrow, great for getting into fine lines. The blush brush is wider and denser and will allow for a more general application.

IMG_6485After those essentials, I decided I wanted to take the leap and try out a brow kit. I have never, ever put anything on my brows but everyone talks about it like its magic so I wanted to test it out. I wandered over to the Benefit counter and found this tiny, compact starter brow kit that comes complete with mini tweezers, a powder brush and a precision brush; perfect for the constant traveler!

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Another last minute purchase. I have naturally hazel-green eyes so darker green shades actually bring out the natural color really well in sunlight. I love this convenient compact which comes complete with a cream highlighter shade, a bronze for the lid, and a forest green to line the eye.

IMG_6482As I was checking out I made the split second decision to cash in some of my Sephora rewards points for this Tarte lip and cheek stain. It’s a gorgeous light pink color that I think will be great for beach days over Summer. (No online link. Head into your nearest Sephora, it’s a recent reward).

IMG_6487Another 100 point cash in: Clinique Repairware Laser Focus. I am a big advocate of under eye cream for night and am always trying new products. This tiny tester will probably last me quite a while.

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Just a few products I picked up recently. What are your favorite new beauty products? I’d love to know!

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