Monday, January 23, 2017

25 Lessons from 25 Years

Yesterday was my 25th birthday!  Birthdays are my absolute favorite thing and I have been celebrating since Thursday and will continue to through the end of the month ending with a big birthday trip next weekend.  It's crazy to think that I am actually a quarter of a century old.  I'm not going to lie my life is nowhere near what I thought it would be at 25, but I am ok with that.  I have learned a lot in my 25 years though and I thought it would be good to share some of it with all of you.  Today I have 25 life lessons that I've learned through the years and below that are 25 beauty lessons I've learned too.

1. The quality of your friends is much more important than the quantity of your friends.

2. At college you can learn just as much outside the classroom as inside the classroom.

3. Listen to your Mom's advice.

4. If you overwork yourself, don't take care of yourself, and/or don't sleep you will be miserable and burnout at some point.

5. Don't diet, instead eat healthy because going on a strict or very restrictive diet won't last.

6. Wear sunscreen and apply it properly because skin cancer is a very real and very dangerous thing.

7. Be nice and polite, but stand up for yourself when necessary.  Don't let others push you around.

8. If something is really bothering you go to the doctor and get it checked out, it's better to be safe than sorry.

9. Wash your hands frequently and be a little bit of a germophobe because it will help prevent you from getting sick.

10. Take good care of your skin, it's the largest organ we have and also the one everyone sees.  Taking good care of it is not only good for you, but will help it look better in the long run.

11. Speak up for what you want.

12. Don't bother arguing with someone who's "always right" or is too stubborn to see someone else's point of view, it's not worth it, you'll never get what you want, and it's a waste of time.

13. Make time to spend with your family, especially your parents.

14. Get an external battery for your phone and keep it in your purse, it will save you from the anxiety of being somewhere you don't know or needing an Uber and only having 5% battery.

15. When you go out make sure that all of your friends get home safely or are going to a place they will be safe.

16. As women it is our job to look out for each other.

17. Listen to your gut, if a guy gives you the creeps, a situation makes you uncomfortable, or you know something is wrong listen to that voice and get out of there.

18. If you suffer from anxiety, depression, or any other mental health issues seek out help and don't feel one bit embarrassed about it.  Trust me, getting the help you need can be life changing.

19. Spend a night in relaxing, binge on Netflix, and indulge in your guilty pleasure.  Small things like these can help you to reset and recharge.

20. Don't judge a book by it's cover, you never know what is going on in someone else's life.

21. If you're eating healthy and cheat don't beat yourself up, enjoy your cheat and then get back on the wagon.

22. Take lots of pictures, but don't miss the experience because you're too concerned with taking said pictures.

23. You can learn something from everyone.

24. Be social and talk to people otherwise you'll miss out on new friends, business opportunities, people to date, and more.

25. Splurge every once in awhile, you deserve it.

1. Drink lots of water, if you're bad at this keep a water bottle with you at all times so you're forced to drink more.

2. Use hand cream, especially in the winter, because dried out and cracked hands are painful.

3. Try to use natural products when you can.

4. Always put on lip balm before bed because like your hands dry, cracked lips hurt.

5. Don't be afraid to use oils on your face.

6. If you like gel polish make sure to take a break from it every few weeks and allow your nails to grow and repair.

7. Don't cake on your foundation and consider using a BB or CC Cream instead for a more natural look.

8. Make sure you have good lighting where you do your makeup.

9. Mascara and concealer are the most important products in your makeup bag and can easily (and quickly) take you from a naked face to a better and slightly enhanced bare faced look.

10. Long showers are amazing, but make sure they're not too hot because you run the risk of drying out your hair and skin.

11. Always apply body lotion after a shower.

12. Exfoliating your face and body are incredibly important to maintain good skin.

13. Get a facial mist, it will boost hydration and help you feel refreshed.

14. Become a Beauty Insider at Sephora and join ULTAmate Rewards at Ulta.  Both programs have many awesome perks and you will reap the benefits.

15. Don't skimp on your beauty products when traveling, especially if you're flying.  Yes pair down your products, but not to the point where you will ruin your hair or skin while you're away. Make sure to get travel sizes of your favorite things to make packing easier.

16. Deep condition your hair at least once a week.

17. Always use a heat protection product on your hair before heat styling otherwise you can seriously damage your hair.

18. A facial cleansing device (like a Clarisonic) will drastically change your skin for the better.

19. Have a nighttime beauty ritual, not only will it help you take care of your hair and skin, but it will help you to relax too.

20. Do a face mask at least once a week to improve your skin, you will see instant and long term results from it.  (If you're really serious about skincare though mask two to three times a week).

21. Try DIY beauty, it's fun to mix up your own products and often less expensive than store bought ones.

22. Clean your hairline with a toner or astringent (especially if you wash your hair every few days) to prevent breakouts.

23. Diaper rash cream (like Triple Paste) is amazing for dry spots on your skin and eczema.

24. Get regular haircuts to get rid of dead ends and help prevent breakage.

25. Get a clear lip liner so you can wear it with all of your lipsticks and prevent them from bleeding.

Have a great beauty or life lesson?  Share it below!

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Glow Getters: The Tips, Tricks, and Products I Use for Glowing Skin

For me my ultimate skincare goal is always to have glowing skin.  In my opinion when skin glows it means that it's well moisturized, healthy, and clear.  I also believe that clear glowing skin is the most important thing for makeup application and that a good makeup look always starts with good skin.

Recently I've been able to really focus on achieving that glowy look I always love.  I've finally settled on a few products that have been helping me to achieve the look I want.  I have been able to pinpoint exactly what products I'm using that make my skin glow and I want to share them with you along with a few tips and tricks that I use too.

There are four main parts to my glowing skin tips, which are exfoliate, treat, mask, and moisturize, plus the products I use during the daytime.

The two most important things that I've found to achieve glowing skin are definitely exfoliating and moisturizing.  Without exfoliating my skin becomes rough, dull, and doesn't look its best.  This is one step you cannot skip.  For more tips on exfoliation and help picking the best one for your skin check out this post.

Products I recommend:
Kate Somerville ExfoliKate- It is necessary to have a physical exfoliator on hand like this one from Kate Somerville.  Physical exfoliants slough away dead skin to reveal a brighter complexion.  While I am a huge fan of this product it is pretty pricey so I also recommend this and this.

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads- I've raved about these countless times on here, but I truly think these are the number one reason my skin is glowing.  I use these at night between cleansing and applying treatments and/or cream and they work to gently exfoliate and tone skin.  I notice a huge difference when I don't use these and highly, highly recommend them.

Mario Badescu Rolling Cream Peel with A.H.A.- This is a chemical exfoliant, which uses ingredients to dissolve dead skin cells on the face.  I love this because it's super fun to use - you apply a thin layer, wait a minute, and then roll the cream off and all the dead skin comes with it.  I like to alternate this with a physical exfoliant.

Treatments and serums can help your skin in many ways.  They can work to further exfoliate the skin, tighten pores, deliver ingredients such as antioxidants, and deeply moisturize the skin.  In my opinion the Sunday Riley treatments I have pictured above were huge game changers for my skin and a very important part of my glowing skin regimen.

Products I recommend:
Sunday Riley Good Genes- This is my second favorite product for glowing skin.  It is a a pharmaceutical-grade, lactic-acid-based treatment that works to exfoliate, plump fine lines, reduce hyperpigmentation, increase circulation, and firm skin for instant radiance.  It also helps to clear up any blemishes or breakouts that you might experience.  I always wake up with almost perfect skin anytime I use this!

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil- This is a retinoid oil that moisturizes, shrinks pores, reduces wrinkles, calms redness, and improves skin smoothness.  The pores on my skin always look significantly smaller after using this and it does a great job at hydrating my skin.

During the day I like to use products that highlight my skin instead of covering it up.  Since my skin tends to get very dry moisturizing during the day (especially in the winter months) is super important to keep my skin looking its best.  I also prefer to use a BB or CC Cream instead of foundation as they cover up any imperfections, but provide a lighter coverage.  I always apply the BB or CC Cream with a damp makeup sponge after a basic moisturizer to keep my skin looking dewy.

Products I recommend:
Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer- This is an oil-free, hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic moisturizer.  My favorite part about the Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer is that in addition to the Total Soy Complex it also contains natural light diffusers, mica and silica, to even skin tone and texture while reflecting light to visibly smooth imperfections.  When I put on the moisturizer I literally feel like my skin glows from within.

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream- This covers up any skin issues while still looking natural and a little product goes a long way.  It hydrates, smoothes skin, and enhances brightness.  There's a reason why this receives so many awards and rave reviews.

I have seen a huge difference in my skin since I began using masks a minimum of twice a week.  Masking is like a treat for your skin and you typically see both instant and long term results from them.  I love both normal and sheet masks and I alternate between using the two.  Masks are a great way to boost your glow and make your skin even more radiant.

Products I recommend:
Primary Raw DoYou 2 Step Milk Peeling Kit- This two step kit involves exfoliating with a gentle lactic acid exfoliant and then applying a soothing sheet mask.  I have brought this five or six times because I love it so much.  This is especially great if your skin needs a major dose of exfoliation and moisturizer.

Too Cool For School Egg Cream Mask Hydration- This is another mask that I've purchased numerous times.  It brightens and hydrates the skin using egg extracts, coconut water, niacinamide, and other botanical extracts.  It is actually so popular that it's completely sold out at Sephora right now!

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Overnight Mask- As an overnight mask this is both a mask and a moisturizer.  It deeply moisturizes and nourishes skin, while also brightening.  Apply this at night after cleansing, massage into skin, and wake up with gorgeous, radiant skin.  

Boscia Sake Brightening Hydrogel Mask- I really love this sheet mask because it is made from hydrogel and it fits the contours of the face better than a paper mask.  It uses sake, antioxidants, peptides, and plant extracts combined with marine collagen to reduce hyperpigmentation and protect against free radicals.  The sake also hydrates and brightens the skin.

First Aid Beauty 5 in 1 Bouncy Mask- This has the coolest texture I've ever seen in a mask and is literally bouncy.  This mask nourishes, calms, firms, plumps, and refines skin.  It uses rose bud extract, marine botanicals, vitamin C, and pepha tight.  It is the perfect pick me up for your skin and leaves your skin looking refreshed.

After exfoliating moisturizing is the most important component in achieving glowing skin.  I can tell a huge difference in my skin if it hasn't been properly moisturized, it looks dry, dull, and dehydrated and anything but glowing.  I like to use a combination of skin creams and natural oils to moisturize and use a lot of both because my skin is very dry.  Even if your skin is normal, combination, or oily though it is still important to moisturize so that you skin stays properly hydrated.

Products I recommend:
Jojoba Oil- This is one of the best moisturizers for all skin types.  It mimics skin's natural sebum and therefore moisturizes skin like it's own natural oils would.

Mario Badescu Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater Facial Spray- You need this spray in your life.  It is a great way to boost hydration and radiance throughout the day.  It calms and soothes skin and is especially important during the drying winter months.  I spritz it on throughout the day to refresh my skin and at night before bedtime to give a quick dose of hydration.

Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream- This cream contains two types of hyaluronic acid to drench the skin in water and moisture; it also contains papaya enzymes, which smoothes and exfoliates.  This pairs really well with Good Genes and Luna Oil to give you hydrated, glowing skin.

Coconut Oil- Coconut oil has many uses in beauty, but I love to use it on my face when my skin is really dry.  Whenever I use this to moisturize I wake up and my skin feels and looks amazing!

Argan Oil- This oil is rich in lipids and vitamin E and is intensely moisturizing.  Whenever I use this I always see a serious improvement in moisture levels and the condition of my skin.

It is by no means necessary to purchase all of these products to achieve glowing skin, but I wanted to share all the products that I'm loving and that have helped me.  Picking one product from each component of the routine to use consistently and just taking really good care of your skin will go a long way towards achieving that coveted glow.  One last tip I have is to drink lots of water (seriously as much as you can) because this can greatly help to improve and hydrate your skin!

If you have any questions about any of this please feel free to ask in the comments or email me.  I love talking about skincare so I would love to help you or answer any questions!

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

To My Blogger Bestie on Her Birthday + Tutu Tuesday Linkup

I hope that you're having the most wonderful day and an amazing first day of your new job!  Today you're a quarter of a century old and in my opinion that's a pretty big deal.  I wish that I could be there to celebrate with you, but since I cannot I am writing this to celebrate you and your special day.

I am so blessed to have you in my life.  It's crazy that blogging and social media brought us together and such an incredible friendship has come out of it.  I also cannot believe that this is the third set of birthdays we're celebrating together!  I never in a million years thought I would've made the friends I have from blogging and I certainly never could've imagined making a friend like you.

You are truly a wonderful person who deserves wonderful things.  For your 25th Birthday I've decided to share 25 wishes that I have for you this year.

1. I wish that you have an amazing 25th birthday and celebrate in true fairy princess style.

2. I hope that you get the score of your dreams when you take the LSATs again and that your test day goes perfectly.

3. I wish that you get into the law school of your choice and kick ass like Elle Woods.

3. I hope that you get many cuddles from Pierre and that he starts to listen to you just a little bit more.

4. I wish that you and Jordan have many crazy, fun, exciting, and romantic dates and adventures and that your love only continues to grow.

5. I hope that you find the most perfect house or apartment to purchase and that it is everything you've ever wanted in a home.

6. I wish that you get to travel and take some fun trips (perhaps to NYC or maybe even Paris for a girls weekend with me!).

7. I hope that we finally get to meet up in person and spend a few days being super blogger-y and have too many photoshoots.

8. I wish that champagne flows freely and your glass is full whenever you want it to be.

9. I hope that you have many fancy events to attend where you can play dress up and feel like the prettiest princess.

10. I wish that your hair always looks as incredible and envious as Blake Lively's.

11. I hope that you have all the Starbucks that you could ever want and that you enjoy each cup.  Whether you're on a coffee date with a friend or hanging out solo at the coffee shop I hope that you're able to take your time with your favorite drink and savor each sip.

12. I wish that you blow a paycheck (or a few) on that designer handbag or pair of shoes that you've had your eye on.

13. I hope that you have many days frolicking on a beach and relaxing with your toes in the sand.

14. I wish that you have a whole year of good skin days and that you're always glowing.

15. I hope that you get to spend quality time with your family and that you can to see them as often as you can.

16. I wish that your year is filled with all of the fresh flowers you could ever want, especially beautiful pink peonies.

17. I hope that you have all the blogging inspiration and that all of your posts are exactly what you want them to be.

18. I wish that you find many amazing vegetarian recipes and that your adventures in cooking always turn out great.

19. I hope that you have someone to cook for you on days where you're tired or just don't feel like cooking and that you even get a visit from a personal chef.

20. I wish that you #treatyoself, always indulge, and enjoy your guilty pleasures without feeling guilty.

21. I hope that you have many, many trips to Nordstrom and that you score shockingly amazing deals at the Anniversary Sales.

22. I wish that Taylor Swift invites us to her next squad hangout and that we get to spend the night baking cookies with Taylor, Gigi, Karlie, Selena, Lily, Blake, and Martha.

23. I hope that you have time to read at least one book a month that doesn't have to do with work or school and that you relish in this time for yourself.

24. I wish that Taylor Swift drops a new album, goes on tour, and that you get front row seats and a backstage pass for one of the tour dates.

25. I hope that you're 25th year tops your 24th (even though 24 was pretty good!).

Thank you for always being such a great friend. Thank you for always lending an ear, fangirling with me, sharing fashion and beauty advice, and being my blogger bestie.  Everyone who knows you and reads your blog is lucky to have you in their life.  Have an wonderful, incredible, adventurous, successful, spontaneous, educational, exciting, and fun 25th year on earth!

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Welcome to Tutu Tuesdays a linkup with The Blush Blonde and The Fairy Princess Diaries!  Linkup whatever you'd like and make sure to do a little mingling - our goal here is to create a community of bloggers where we can all connect, find new blogs, and support one another.  We love new friends, supporting other blogs, and meeting fellow girl bosses!

There are just a few rules we ask you follow to join in on Tutu Tuesdays:

1. Please follow both Jordyn and me, your lovely hosts, on Instagram and/or Bloglovin.
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2. Link to your specific post, not your blog's main page.
3. Grab our super cute button or share a link to Tutu Tuesdays in the post you are linking up so everyone can know about the party!
4. Have fun and mingle with other bloggers that have linked up!  Like I said we want everyone to make new friends!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Golden Globes 2016 Gowns + Tutu Tuesday Linkup

Who else is still swooning over all the Golden Globe gowns?!  I was very happy to see so many gorgeous looks because I felt very underwhelmed after last year's show.  There were so many gowns that I just loved and I don't think I could pick a favorite, but thankfully I don't have to pick just one!   Below I have put together all of my favorites from this year to make up The Blush Blonde Golden Globes Best Dressed List.

Kristen Bell in Jenny Packham  |  Mandy Moore in Naeem Khan  |  Olivia Culpo in Zuhair Murad  |  Blake Lively in Atelier Versace

Viola Davis in Michael Kors Collection  |  Emily Ratajkowski in Reem Acra  |  Reese Witherspoon in Versace

Kristin Cavallari in Idan Cohen  |  Gillian Anderson in Jenny Packham  |  Gina Rodriguez in Naeem Khan  |  Sienna Miller in Michael Kors

Emma Stone in Valentino  |  Brie Larson in Rodarte  |  Lily Collins in Zuhair Murad

Chrissy Teigen in Marchesa  |  Amy Adams in Tom Ford  |  Sofia Vergara in Zuhair Murad  |  Priyanka Chopra in Ralph Lauren

Naomie Harris in Armani PrivĂ©  |  Millie Bobby Brown in Jenny Packham  |  Elsa Pataky in Zuhair Murad

Which look was your favorite at the 2017 Golden Globes?

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Welcome to Tutu Tuesdays a linkup with The Blush Blonde and The Fairy Princess Diaries!  Linkup whatever you'd like and make sure to do a little mingling - our goal here is to create a community of bloggers where we can all connect, find new blogs, and support one another.  We love new friends, supporting other blogs, and meeting fellow girl bosses!

There are just a few rules we ask you follow to join in on Tutu Tuesdays:

1. Please follow both Jordyn and me, your lovely hosts, on Instagram and/or Bloglovin.
Kristin: The Blush Blonde  |  Bloglovin'  |  Instagram
2. Link to your specific post, not your blog's main page.
3. Grab our super cute button or share a link to Tutu Tuesdays in the post you are linking up so everyone can know about the party!
4. Have fun and mingle with other bloggers that have linked up!  Like I said we want everyone to make new friends!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Friday Favorites

This article shares products that Byrdie Beauty Editors love, but never share.  Whether they've been using the product for so long they forget to mention it, are embarrassed by the price tag, or just haven't had the right place to share them they have never talked about these products before and this article finally gives them the place to do that.  It features a wide variety of great products at a range of price points and was a very interesting read!

Favorite DIY Sequin Fried Egg Mask
I found this DIY from A Beautiful Mess while browsing on Pinterest.  I thought it was too cute and absolutely had to share it with all of you.  If you like sleep masks, are looking for a fun project, or even want a cute Instagram prop then this is perfect for you!

Favorite Design Inspiration Chic Wall Nook
This was another Pinterest find and one that I fell in love with the moment I saw it.  I love everything about this little space - the wallpaper, pink pillows, gold hardware and that gorgeous pearl chandelier.  To see the rest of the home this is in check out the blog post here.

Favorite TV Moment Premiere of The Bachelor
I started watching The Bachelor on Ben's season and have been hooked ever since.  To be honest I wasn't thrilled with the choice of Nick because in my opinion there were so many better choices from Jojo's season.  In addition to this I kind of through Nick was a jerk from what I heard about him in the past.  However, I saw him on Bachelor in Paradise and he seemed like an ok guy, and I just enjoy watching the show so I decided to watch this season.  I'm not really sure my thoughts yet on everything so far (I need to see a few more episodes), but I'm curious to see how things unfold.

I shared these on Instagram the other day.  My Mom got me the LV Clemence Wallet in Monogram Canvas and Rose Ballerine for Christmas.  The zipper tassel and inside of the wallet is the prettiest baby pink, which I love.  My sister got me Aimee Song's new book as a part of my Christmas gift and I can't wait to read it.  Both were amazing gifts and I absolutely love them!

What are your favorites this week?

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