Happy Things

Happy Friday!  I hope everyone had a great week.  This weekend we’re staying at Los Poblanos Historic Inn.  I can’t wait for a delicious farm to table dinner and a cozy night at this charming place.  I’ll also be prepping some food and … Continue reading

My Summer Essentials!

Summer…the season for cold drinks, fresh produce, having outside fun with friends and family and a low maintenance beauty routine.  I have a few body products and makeup items that I have sworn by this summer and when I use just these … Continue reading

Happy Things

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th!  We spent it with some close friends and got some much needed rain, so it was a great evening.  Here are some highlights of my week! {Jon and I picked out 4 decadent … Continue reading

Happy Things

It’s been a wonderful week to say the least! I got the most beautiful write-up on Cuisineist.com about Gourmet Beauty that left me glowing (check out the interview here!) and a natural cosmetics company called Charleston Naturally generously sent me … Continue reading

Happy Things

Happy Friday lovelies!  Here are the highlights of my birthday week in pictures!  Highlights that aren’t pictured:  Spending a lot of time with my wonderful family, the new Nikon camera my dad gave me for my blog and seeing my friend … Continue reading

Beauty of the Month: Lindsey Crouch of Quiche Queen

I was lucky enough to have this health-savvy beauty guest-post for me in July to share her healthy watermelon lemonade recipe.  I immediately asked her back to be my September Beauty of the Month!  Lindsey is the perfect person to … Continue reading

Guest Post! Easy No-Heat Curls by Jordi Gailard

My friend and co-worker Jordi came to work the other day with the prettiest waves. When I found out she achieved this beachy, gorgeous look with no heat I immediately asked her to share the steps on my blog. Here you go!

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The No Heat Curl! (AKA The Lazy Girl’s Dream Come True)

Like every other female with access to the internet I can say that I’m on Pinterest a fair amount of time. Though, my favorite pins to discover are those that allow me to sleep in an extra 20–30 minutes before work. When I first discovered the sock bun trick it was a dream come true … so when one of my past managers, Amanda , challenged me to a NEW easy hair-do she found I was more than happy to oblige.

Step one: Shower

Shower and then sit around with a towel on your head drinking some wine whilst pinning until you hair is “towel dried.” If you are impatient feel free to blow dry your hair a bit, but make sure it’s still a little damp.

Step two: Use a wave enhancing spray

Pick a product that will help those curls stick! I bought Charlotte Ronson A Perfect Mess Beach Hair a few weeks ago at Sephora and could not honestly tell you how it should be used when I initially bought it, but I figured it had to be pretty self-explanatory if there weren’t instructions on the bottle right? … I’m a sucker for packaging. Turns out it’s perfect for this lazy girl no heat curl. If you don’t have this particular product you can basically use anything that is meant to “enhance waves” (I also like Wonder Waves by Garnier) or just use a light mist of hair spray. CAUTION: do not use too much hair spray or else you have a hard sticky hair situation in the morning. #Gross.

Step three: Wrap

Put a medium sized cloth headwrap around your head like all the cool hippy hipsters do. Once your headwrap is in position you are ready to start wrapping! This seems trickier then it actually is I promise. (Or maybe this just seemed tricky to me…?) First, if you have bangs I suggest pulling them out of the way and not including them because it just looks funky. Next, take a good section of hair and twirl it around your fingers, then pull up and over through the headband. Repeat this step on both sides of you head until you reach the back of your head and run out of headwrap. If my ramblings have confused you there is also a video for you to refer to.

If you have long hair you may need to MacGyver a weird little mini bun in the back and use a bobby pin to place it in an area that won’t bug you to sleep on.

Step four: More wine then sleepy time!

Step Five: Remove headwrap and finger through curls

Wake up, pull that baby out and BAM! Curl city! I like to just run my fingers to adjust but you are also welcome to use a round brush to fluff it out a bit (second option did not work out so well for me).

And there ya go! Thanks to Arantha for asking me to post my awesome lazy girl find and I hope you enjoy. May the lazy girl force be with you!

Jordi

(Twitter: @jordanagailard)

How to find your perfect lipstick shade in 2 easy steps

I’m a lipstick girl and own more than I’d like to admit. From nudes to hot pinks, I wear whatever I’m in the mood for that day. A swipe of lipstick instantly makes me feel polished and pretty.

While trendy shades are fun and a great to express yourself or glam up an outfit it’s really important to have one shade that’s appropriate for all occasions and seasons. Whether you’re a lipstick lover like me or terrified of lipstick like I used to be, I think every woman should have one lip color that you feel natural and pretty wearing.

Here are makeup artist Bobbi Brown’s tips for finding your most flattering lip color:

1. Pick it in neutral

The most versatile and flattering color you can own is one that’s just a shade or two brighter than your natural lip color. It should even out your lips and look polished yet natural. It should be noticeable but not so much that people immediately notice your lip color before anything else.

Bobbi Brown says that the ideal color will vary for each person based on skin tone. For someone with my skin tone, a nudish peachy pink seems to be my most flattering color. Others may look best in a peachy brown or rose shade. For dark skin tones, an eggplant shade may be the way to go.

Bobbi also clarifies that a neutral lipstick should never be the color of concealer. Shades that are lighter than your natural color will wash you out and not be flattering at all. The perfect neutral should warm your face up.

2. Try it right

Bobbi Brown suggests using the middle of your lower lip as a color guide to determine if the lipstick is the right shade based on the above criteria. Try it on in natural daylight for the most accurate color. Also, if you’ve tried several shades your lips may become stained and not give an accurate color representation.

I read these tips in Allure recently and instantly starting playing around with my colors to see about finding my perfect shade. While I love most of the lipsticks I own and wear them often, none seemed to fit the bill just right for the above criteria. I tried mixing two of my favorite go-to neutral lipsticks, MAC Creme Cup and CoverGirl Delish. Creme Cup is a girly pale pink and Delish is a natural-looking peachy nude with a hint of pink.

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It ended up making a gorgeous shade that’s a neutral peachy pink and it’s just a bit brighter than my natural lip color. My perfect shade! Here’s a picture of the color combo I came up with on my lips. I think it brightens and warms my face while looking natural and feminine.

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I would definitely suggest playing around with shades you already have to see if you can come up with the right mix. I’m now on the hunt for one tube of lipstick that gives me a similar effect to my own concoction (I could always melt them together into one DIY lipstick like one of my favorite bloggers does here but I like both shades on their own too much).  If you plan on trying to find your perfect shade at the mall, ask the rep for help and explain what you are looking for. She will be able to do the hard work for you and give you several options to try. I would suggest picking a lipstick at a place like Sephora, MAC or a cosmetics counter. This way you can play around with colors before comitting to a purchase and an expert can help you find exactly what you’re looking for. Even though these lipstick brands will be pricier, it’s worth the investment since this is a color you will be able to wear year-round and for any occassion. Plus, it will probably save you money in the long run to fork over $15-$30 for one perfect lipstick instead of praying you bought the right one from the drugstore and having to keep buying different shades until you find the right one.

“The ideal lip color is like the perfect pair of jeans: You can dress it up or down, and it will always look great.”- Bobbi Brown

I’d love to know what your perfect lipstick shade is!

Source: Allure Magazine