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tuesday ten: fall skincare & makeup favorites


It’s getting colder outside which for me is always a sign of two things.  First, it’s time to stock up on sweaters in all colors and fabrics.  Secondly, that it’s time to update the beauty routine.  I always like to refresh my skincare and makeup buys every few months.  Lately I’ve been feeling like my skin and lips are extra dry due to the changing weather.  I’m in love with my new Clinique facial brush.  I use it every other day and it leaves my skin feeling amazing.  I’ve listed below my other skincare and makeup favorites I can’t live without right now.  Any new products you’re loving?

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  1. Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing brush.  It’s perfect for gentle exfoliation.
  2. Origins plantscription face wash.
  3. Sugar lip polish.  A MUST for chapped lips, especially if you love a bright lipstick like I do.
  4. Sephora eyebrow pencil. Perfect amount of color to fill in thinner brows.
  5. Laura Mercier radiance bronze primer.  It’s perfect for underneath your makeup and helps your makeup last all day.
  6. Laura Mercier oil free tinted moisturizer in almond.
  7. Beauty blender.  If I’ve said it once I’ve said it 100 times, these are amazing for blending in your face makeup.
  8. Nars lipstick in heatwave.  A great holiday color!
  9. Revlon lipstick in Raspberry Bite.  Another great bright for fall.
  10. Benefit’s They’re Real lash mascara & eyeliner duo.  My favorite mascara came out with an eyeliner so it was a no brainer.

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easy milkmaid braid hair tutorial


I ‘ve been asked a few times for a tutorial on how I do my milkmaid braid so I figured I’d share with all of you.  It’s really easy, although I know braids and updo hairstyles can seem intimidating.  Now that I’ve gotten the hang of it I do it all the time and it only takes me a few minutes.  At first I had trouble with it wrapping all the way across my head because my hair wasn’t quite long enough.  I’ll show you a trick to get around that in step 2.  I hope the pictures and instructions are clear and helpful.  Let me know what you think if you give it a try!


Step 1: part your hair, depending on how you want the front to look.  I like mine slightly to the side, but a middle part would look good too.


Step 2: Brush half your hair into a ponytail and gather it above you ear.  This is the trick to get shorter hair to wrap all the way around the crown of your head.  If you start braiding from above your ear it gives you a little extra length.


Step 3: Start braiding from above the ear.  Secure with a clear elastic tie at the bottom.  milkmaid4 Step 4: Repeat steps 2&3 on the other side.


Step 5: Pulling the hair taut, wrap one braid over the crown of your head.  Secure the end with a bobby pin.  Any other hairs that are sticking up can also be secured with a bobby pin.


Step 6: Repeat on the other side, tucking the end of the braid behind the one that is already pinned down.


Step 7: Spray your hair with hairspray and secure any fly aways.  Gently pull at the braid to make it a little fatter and give it a messy look. It will look better the longer you wear it.

milkmaid8All done!  Enjoy your beautiful braid and have a great Monday! xo

favorite winter beauty products

winterbeauty2I’ve gotten a lot of questions lately about my favorite beauty products, especially the ones I like to use in the winter.  I definitely update my makeup products with the seasons, and have a few favorites that I use year round.  In the winter I like products that can give your skin a creamy look with rosy cheeks and bright lips.

wintermakeupfavoritesFace: Tinted Moisturizer // Blush

Eyes: Mascara // Brow Pencil

Lips: Lipstick // Lip Gloss 

You can see more of my favorite products for wintertime here, and check out my P.M. routine for great skin.

Also, I’m being featured as Head Stylist over on Lauren’s wonderful blog today.  Make sure you stop by and check out the post.  Thanks Lauren!


four step night time beauty routine

night beautyAs I’m reaching my late twenties, my night time beauty routine has become increasingly important.  Gone are the college days of falling asleep in a full face of makeup.  In fact no matter how tired I am, I always wash my face before bed.  I’ve gotten a few requests for my a.m. and p.m. beauty routines so I decided to share.  What I do is very basic but it works for my skin and I stick by it.  I promise to share my a.m. beauty/ makeup routine soon!

DSC_0143These are the products I use, all linked in the description below.

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  1. Remove all make up from eyes and lips.  I use this on a cotton swab to get everything off.nightbeauty2
  2. Wash face with warm water and a gentle cleanser.  I use this which can be found at any drug store, Target, etc.nightbeauty3
  3. Apply an anti-agin cream taking special care around the eyes.  I use this one after it was recommended to me by a friend and I am hooked!  My face feels so soft.
  4. Apply a basic moisturizer to face and neck.  I use the Aveeno one in the winter and this one in the summer because it is a little lighter.nightbeauty4

I’m not counting this in the four steps but I also use Latisse at night on my eye lashes.  I wanted to use it in the year leading up to my wedding to help them grow and it’s really working!  I love it.  I have a prescription for it from my dermatologist, but I’ve also heard great things about neulash which is available without a prescription.

Finally, remember to get plenty of sleep!  I hope this is helpful.  It’s a new year, and never too soon to take good care of your skin!  Have a great weekend. xo


let’s talk nail stickers


Can we talk about nail stickers for a moment?  Why don’t people do these more? Are they only for teens? I tried a really cute pair the other day and I am sold.  It takes a few minutes to get the hang of putting them on smoothly, but there’s no dry time.  And they last a little longer than a regular manicure (at least for me since I am always chipping my manicure).

A few things to keep in mind when applying:

  • Match the sticker to width of your nail.  It is better for the sticker to be slightly larger than smaller.  If the width of the sticker is larger than your actual nail you can run a cuticule pusher along the edges and the excess sticker will come off.
  • Use a nail file to smooth the excess off the top and even out the nail.
  • Don’t use a top coat!  There is a top coat already on them and they dry instantly.


Thoughts?  Would you give these nail stickers a try?

summer makeup

summer makeup routine …………..4 easy steps

As you might remember from this post, my winter skin takes a little bit of work.  Looking back at it, it reminds me why I love the summer so much.  Everything is just so much easier, including skin care.  Here is what I use for a light, easy breezy summer makeup look.  How do you maintain your skin / makeup routine in the summer time?


  1. Wash with a gentle cleanser and apply a light moisturizer.
  2. Cover entire face with a tinted moisturizer that also includes SPF.
  3. Apply one swipe of a light eyeliner (brown for brown eyes, blue for blue eyes) & a few swipes of mascara.
  4. Finish off with a light pink gloss.

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tips for healthy skin

In the winter, I feel like I hate my skin.  I know technically it’s the same skin that is on my face in the summer, but it just requires so much more work.  My skin is more dry, my skin tone looks washed out, and the dewy look I go for is harder achieve.  I love reading skin care tips online and getting new ideas for products and feel I have mastered what it takes to keep my skin looking good.  Don’t get overwhelmed by the steps, it is most likely things you do anyway but just in a different order or with a new product.

  1.  Exfoliate.  I swear by my Origins modern friction.  It leaves your skin feeling baby soft.
  2.  Sunless tan.  I’ve tried countless sunless tanners but my favorite is  St. Tropez gradual tan mouse.  (I recommend the gradual even if you have darker skin.  The regular is really dark.)
  3.  Moisturize.  Every morning and night, but especially after your tanner dries because it can dry out your skin.  I use Clinique  because it has a great effect while still being lightweight.
  4.  Apply a primer/base.  I used to use benefits primer but now I’ve switched to Dior’s BBcream and I love it.
  5.  Cover.  I use Laura Mercier’s sand colored tinted moisturizer.
  6.  Spot check.  Cover any imperfections/ discolorations.  I love Benefit’s erase paste.
  7. Bronze.  Lightly dust bronzer over your face and neck.  I’ve used this NARS bronzer for the better part of 5 years, I swear by it.
  8.  Blush/highlight.  I use a combination of Bobbi Brown’s cream blush and this magical Origins highlighter called Halo Effect.  A little goes a long way!

You can read more about my go to beauty products under my ‘About page’ or in this post.  Do you guys use any of these skin care products?  Or do you have any tips for great looking winter skin?


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