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. 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.
All done! Enjoy your beautiful braid and have a great Monday! xo
I’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.
As 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!
These are the products I use, all linked in the description below.
Remove all make up from eyes and lips. I use this on a cotton swab to get everything off.
Wash face with warm water and a gentle cleanser. I use this which can be found at any drug store, Target, etc.
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.
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.
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
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?
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?
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.
I thought a melon themed manicure would be the perfect thing to brighten up my freezing hands. I do the half & half mani a lot with two colors that compliment each other, especially when I’m feeling indecisive. First, paint two coats of the lighter color (I used Sally Hansen’s ‘sorbet’) and then one strip with the darker color (I used Essie’s ‘tart deco’). Just wait for your nails to dry completely before applying the top coat, otherwise the two colors will run into each other. Enjoy!