Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Natural Curly Hair Tutorial

I love natural curls. I used to do this type of look every day for YEARS. The big messy natural curls, mostly because it was just so darn easy. It literally took me 2 minutes to do my hair in the morning. Back then I didn't use a sea salt spray and a curling wand to touch up. I just hair sprayed it instead and left it super natural. I like this look a little more though as it's softer and slightly more put together, and it takes just a couple minute more, so it's still under 5 minutes in the morning, which is always a plus in my book!

What you'll need: Sea Salt Spray and a Curling Wand. I use Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray and NuMe Classic Wands Pearl. The pearl/bubble wand gives you more natural curls versus a regular wand that'll produce symmetrical curls. I also used a tiny bit of Garnier Fructis Hydra Recharge Leave-in Conditioner since sea salt sprays are a little drying.

Step 1: Shower at night. Do NOT brush your hair. Put your wet hair up. Look glamorous. Go to sleep.

If I wore my hair straight during the day (aka it was brushed through), then I don't brush it before I shower either. Basically you want it a little tangly/messy. To put my hair up, I flip my hair upside down, finger comb through the roots (so that I don't have huge bubbles) and put it up into a bun, just upside down, so that you would have the ends sticking up over the top of your head. It's hard to describe lol. Basically, put your hair tie in like you were doing a loose ponytail, then with the last wrap, only pull your hair half way through. You want your hair tie to be pretty loose. Since I have a lot of hair, I'll only do it tight enough so that it doesn't flop all over the place. I also used a little bit of a leave-in before putting it up, since I don't use a conditioner in the shower.

Step 2: Wake up. Look a little more glamorous. Or crazy, whichever you prefer. =)

At this point, my hair is still damp. It depends how damp though - sometimes it's almost completely dry and sometimes it's still pretty damp - it just depends on how long my hair's been up and how loose the hair tie is. Ideally, it'll be a little damp, but anything works really.

Step 3: Let your hair down. Spray it with sea salt spray. Scrunch it. Turn curling wand on. Wait for it to completely dry.

You'll want to wash your face before taking your hair down, since you'll likely have pretty big hair and it'll just get in the way. The sea salt spray will help dry your hair faster. You can see mine was still pretty wet here. I just do my makeup while I wait for it to dry and it's dry by the time I'm done - about 15 minutes. I turn my curling wand on at this point too so that it's nice and hot for the next step.

Step 4: Part your hair. Pull any pieces back or just leave it all down. Touch up a few strands with the curling wand. Done!

I really only use the curling wand to touch up about 5 small pieces. Since your hair has separated, you can clearly see the small strands to curl. I usually need to curl a couple strands on the side that I parted. Sometimes that's all I do - just 2 strands. Here I did like 6. When you curl them, if you turned your curling wand on ahead of time, it should be super hot, so you just need to hold it for like a half of a second (literally). I also only curl the bottom half or third. I don't touch the top. If you're a hairspray person, you can use it afterwards, but I find I don't even need that. The sea salt spray gives me enough definition throughout the day.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Garnier Fructis Hydra Recharge Leave-in Conditioner

I don't know about you, but I have a terrible time brushing my hair. Actually, it's my least favorite part of showering. Sometimes I even dread showering knowing that I'm going to have to brush my hair when I'm done. It's awful. On average, without any help from a product, it would take me close to 5 minutes to brush my hair. That doesn't sound so bad, but when you add up all the hours you spend over your life just brushing your hair, you get a little frustrated. (Not to mention that my arm just plain gets tired tugging through all the tangles!)

So needless to say, leave-in conditioners are my friend. And I've tried a lot. I've learned I'm not a fan of sprays for two reasons. 1) They seem to leave my hair greasy and heavy. And 2) I feel like I use a TON of product - so much that my finger gets tired of pressing the little button down. So I tend to leave sprays alone, but that obviously severely limits my choices. For the past 6 or so months, I've been using Chi's Luxe Wonder Therapy Hydrating Leave-in Conditioner. It's good stuff and it also doubles as a heat protectant, which is always a plus. It cuts my hair brushing time in half, so I love it. Ulta used to carry this product, but no longer does. It seems the only place to find it is at JCPenny and they always seem to have it on clearance. It also no longer appears on the Chi website (last time I checked) so I have a feeling this product is going to be discontinued. Anyways, I was close to running out a couple weeks ago and knew I needed to start the hunt for a new leave-in. I decided to pick up another bottle of the It's a 10 Miracle Leave-in to have as a backup. I've used it before and it really is just as good as the Chi leave-in, but it's a spray and WAY more expensive, which is why I don't really use it. But, I knew it worked and I needed something.

So when I was at Target getting the It's a 10, I glanced at a few of the other leave-ins that they had to see if there was anything that caught my eye to try. The Garnier Fructis Hydra Recharge Moisture Whip Leave-in Conditioner grabbed my attention. I've used the Hydra Recharge shampoo and conditioner before, liked them, and was really intriged by the fact that it was a mousse and that it was a drug store brand. This leave-in is a miracle worker. It now takes me less than a minute to brush my hair AND it leaves it super soft. It's kind of insane actually. The downside? I do need to use quite a bit of it, but since it's cheap, that's not really much of an issue for me. The one thing that I'd caution people on is that it has a sticky quality to it. When I'm done putting the product in my hair, my hands are very sticky. Obviously that's not a huge deal because you wash your hands anyways, but I do find that my hair is a little tangly as a try to blow dry it (after it's been brushed) and can tangle just a tiny bit more after it's dried too. (Hopefully I'm explaining that right.) It's just something to consider. Personally I think the cost, how quickly I can brush my hair, and how soft it makes my hair makes this product way worth it, but it's probably a try it to see.

That was a long story. =) I guess the moral of the story is - if you're like me and NEED a leave-in conditioner to help you manage the tangles when you brush your hair, the Garnier Hydra Recharge Leave-in is DEFINITELY worth a try.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Lazy Cold Day Outfit

I'm back-tracking a little...Sunday was a lazy day for me. I got back from church and getting groceries and I threw on leggings, a t-shirt, a big sweater, and slippers, because you know what? It's cold out. Have I said that yet? Ugh. Tennessee you're disappointing me. Anyways, it was just a comfy, lazy day, and these leggings are a total favorite. They're from Kohls and are the best thing ever. Not only do they look all nice and warm and winter-like, but they totally have fleece on the inside. Yep! It's amazing! I'd like to own 10 pairs and be able to wear them to work. That would be awesome.

And then we got real lazy and casual and I threw my hair up in a bun. I've been obsessed with bows lately. I don't know what it is, and this one is just so cute! It makes me feel like a kid again. You know...when you'd wear those huge bows on top of your head. Mmm hmm. And the best part is, my mom saved them all. hahaha. Maybe I should raid the stash when I go home for Christmas! You think any of them would be in style right now? Yeah, probably not...

T-shirt - Forever 21; Sweater - Forever 21; Leggings - Kohls; Slipper - from a years ago; Bow - Forever 21

Sunday, November 16, 2014

CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation Review + Tutorial

If you have oily and/or problematic skin, stop everything you're doing right now! Seriously. Just stop and read this. Because if you haven't heard about this stuff yet, I'm about to change your life. Dramatic? Yeah, but NOT DRAMATIC ENOUGH! Maybe I should do this whole post in caps? Would you get annoyed and stop reading? FINE. I suppose I would too. But I'll just say it - I will NEVER go back to using another foundation again. If I'm going for a true foundation, this is it right here. I don't need to try any others anymore. The search is over. It's the CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation.

Tiffany started talking about how amazing this stuff was and then did a video on it too, which I absolutely recommend. She titled it "The BEST foundation EVER?!" Hey, her caps not mine. =) And I was just like, sure sure. But I'm always willing to try and was looking for something new. See I had planned on doing a foundation routine post with what I had been using, since it was going really well with my crazy skin lately. (I've been having the most absolute worst hormonal acne. It's like I'm a teenager again except worse. Seriously. And my skin has been double oily too. It gets super oily in like an hour or two. So yeah, it's been a fun 6+ months.) I was using the Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream as a primer and then Rimmel's Stay Matte Foundation applied with the Sephora Pro-Flawless Airbrush #56, Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer and finished with Urban Decay's All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray. It was darn good. I love the coverage of the bb cream, the concealer is amazing, and the Sephora #56 does give you airbrushed quality. The look really was flawless. BUT. Nothing can beat the CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous. Here's why...

The second I put this stuff on, I knew it was different. They talk about how makeup shouldn't sit on top of your skin but blend in. I've always been like "uh huh, yeah" but never really experienced that. It always seems like the "good stuff" still slightly sits on top of my skin. I mean, don't get me wrong, I've tried stuff that truly sits on top and doesn't blend in at all too. Ready Set Gorgeous blends INto my skin. When I put it on, it still feel like my skin. At the end of the day, it still feels like it's blended into my skin and not sitting on top with the oil slick that developed at lunch time. Which brings me to my next point: NO OIL. I have NEVER seen my skin behave like this. I wore it all day yesterday and I didn't feel or look oily at all at lunch time. I exposed it to the elements and to situations where I should have been really oily, but wasn't. By dinner, there was a slight dewy-ness to it. Kind of like how other "luminous" foundations make you look right after applying it. I blotted with powder because I kept thinking something was going to happen soon. And the powder barely made any difference to my skin. By the time I got home at the end of the night, my skin was the same. Still...no oil. Seriously. It has NEVER been like this. I can't even tell you how shocked I am. They obviously found a magical formula. Oh and did I mention that it still looked flawless? Because it did. Every bit that I applied in the morning was still on my face. Truly insane. It lasts forever.

The other thing that is very different about the CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation is its coverage. Now Tiffany talked about how great of coverage it has, but I'm not sure I totally agree with that. I would more-so say it's got great buildable coverage. One layer is not enough for me. And maybe it's because I do have such problematic skin right now. And maybe it's also because this shade is a tad too dark for me. But I need a second layer. Once the second layer was on though, a crazy thought popped into my mind - what if I used this as my concealer. So I did. Now, I'm not totally sure I would recommend this on a daily basis, but it's amazing to try. Think about it - a foundation and concealer in one? A little weird but intriguing. So if you like to experiment with makeup - try it. It's kind of amazing. And that's what I did for this tutorial. I used the CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation as my foundation and concealer. Anyways, enough talk...let's just get into it.

Step 1 (above): Take a picture of yourself with no makeup. haha. (Btw, that there is darn good skin for me for the past 6-9 months. Seriously. AND, I'll be totally honest with you guys...I'm not wearing any makeup, BUT blogger totally does alter the photos somehow when I upload them. Skin tends to look slightly airbrushed. I'm not sure why/how the upload does this, but it does. So in all honesty, the above does look better than my skin in real life. I'd dig into why it alters the pictures, but I mean, come on...who couldn't use a little airbrushing. Haha!)

Step 2: Apply 1 layer with your fingers. I'm using shade 210 Medium Beige, and I only applied it to my face, not my neck. (You can see the color is a little too dark for me. It's also a little too orange - not enough yellow base, but then again most drugstore makeup is like that.)

Step 3: Apply layer 2 with your fingers. I concentrated this in the areas that I needed more coverage. So the first layer was just all over evenly, but the second was more "only where I need it," which if I'm honest was most places. I also applied a layer to my neck. If the color of your neck matches your skin, just blend the foundation into your neck. My neck though is way lighter than my face, so I have to apply foundation to it so that it matches no matter what.

Step 4: Use the foundation as a concealer. Basically I used it the same way I would my Nars Creamy Concealer, just applying to red areas with my finger. And since you already applied 2 layers of foundation, it should blend in perfectly. It will be a little "wet" when you first apply it like a concealer, but then will mattify as it sits there. A little weird, but kind of awesome at the same time.

And just finish off your makeup! I did apply a powder after the foundation, but I agree with Tiffany in that I really don't think it's necessary. Have any of you used this and got the same amazing results? I can't imagine that it's a coincidence that both myself and Tiffany had the same results. And btw, I would definitely use the Nars Creamy Concealer with this, and will eventually. I just really wanted to give you guys a different spin on it. So, what did you guys think of this foundation?

CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation in 210 Medium Beige for foundation and concealer; YSL Touche Eclate in #2 Luminous Ivory as under eye concealer; YSL Matte & Radiant Pressed Powder in #2 Light Sand; Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universal; Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light; Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in Blushing Bride; Anastasia Brow Whiz in Ash Blonde; Maybelline Great Lash in Clear as brow gel; Dior 5 Color Palette in Rosy Tan; YSL Babydoll Mascara; YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in #6 Pink In Devotion

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Girls Night Out Outfit

It was a GNO on Friday with the girls in my group at Cross Point Church. We went to Zanies in Nashville, which is a comedy club, to see Henry Cho. He was great. And I had never been to a comedy club - just comedy shows on a cruise ship, so it was fun. I sipped on an amazing mango margarita and laughed and laughed and laughed. It was definitely God's little gift to me after a long roller coaster of a week.

Both the headband and the shirt that I'm wearing are from Forever 21. I ordered online and when the shirt came I was absolutely in love. It's probably the prettiest shirt ever. You can find it here. The front is pretty, but the back...oh my gosh. It's going to be so beautiful in the summer when I can wear just a tank top. This one is definitely worth the buy if you're looking for something similar!

Oh and I finally got the new iPhone and am in looove. It's amazing. Just in case you didn't know. =)
Top - Forever 21; Jacket - Collection (I think?) from Marshalls with Victoria's Secret hoodie layered on the inside; Jeans - Kohls; Boots - Two Lips; Headband - Forever 21; Rings on my right hand - Free People; Lip color: YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in #6 Pink In Devotion

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sephora VIB Sale Haul

I am swimming in makeup amazingness over here! My order from the Sephora VIB Sale came today. I knew I had gotten a little carried away when ordering, but I am SO glad I did. When I opened the box, I looked at it and was like oh boy, should not have ordered these. But after pulling them out and swatching everything, I'm kind of in love. I will absolutely be doing reviews on these even though they're ridiculously expensive. They're just too pretty and amazing not to! Of course I did pick up a few things that I just bought duplicates or re-purchased, like the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, Nars Concealer, YSL Babydoll mascara, and YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch. I've been patiently waiting to order some of them because I knew this sale was coming up and let's be honest - it's silly not to purchase during the sale.

Clockwise starting with the red polish: Formula X VIB Rouge exclusive shade, Formula X New Classics VIB point purchase, Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm VIB point purchase, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light, YSL Matte & Pressed Radiant Touch Powder in 2 Light Sand, YSL, Touche Eclat Radiant Touch in 2 Luminous Ivory, YSL Babydoll mascara in black, YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in 6 Pink in Devotion, YSL Vernis A Levres Glossy Stain in 9 Rouge Laque, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard, BECCA Blotting Powder Perfector Translucent

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Giant Sequins Bow Shirt

Hello from the girl wearing a giant sequins bow on her shirt! When I saw this shirt at Kohls, I totally fell in love. It's like the perfect blend of girly, casual glamour. It's just a light-weight sweater - if you can even call it a sweater. (The English word "jumper" sounds like it fits this way better.) And it's just super casual in its fit and material, but yet it has this huge sequins bow on it. Normally I'd find this too kid-like or gaudy, but I'm in love with it. Clearly. And although I cropped them out of the picture, I also picked up the most comfy fleece pajama pants ever. With a blue sparkly bow! Apparently I'm into bows or something. Sadly, I didn't wear the pants to work though....

And in the music world, the gorgeous Miss Taylor Swift came out with a new video the other day for "Blank Spaces." And it's quite perfect. If any of you guys want to know what goes on in a girls head when you piss her off, just watch this video. hahaha. I'm just kidding. (I think.) I took to this song right when I first heard it. And this music video is just beautiful. I love the "over the top" vibe that Taylor seems to be going with in her new role in pop music. I mean don't get me wrong, I wish she would still do country because that's where my heart lies, but this is really awesome. Maybe she should just do 2 albums at the same time - 1 pop and 1 country. YES. There we go. Anyways, if you haven't seen it, watch it now! Oh! and you can also follow my blog on bloglovin now! =) Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Tutorials    Makeup    Fashion    Hair    About    Home