July 23, 2014

My Beauty Story (and your Chance to Win)

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(If you're just here so you can enter to win $2000 click HERE)

That used to be my go to facial expression when anyone talked about beauty, be it hair or makeup. Overwhelmed. In high school, even worse in middle school, everyone was applying makeup and doing fancy things with their hair, and whenever I tried to do anything other than straighten my hair and apply a little mascara I turned out looking like a hot mess. I had so much respect for all the gurus on Youtube, the hair stylists and makeup artists who's work you see in magazines and on television. As I started to get a little better at beauty related things, my blog started to shift from just talking about my life to sharing beauty products, and fashion that I love. 

The more I blogged about it all, the more I realized not everyone felt the same way as me toward beauty experts. Most of my relatives, and quite a few friends, couldn't believe that people would actually read what I write about different beauty related things. That's something the #sharebeauty campaign wants to change, their goal is to get beauty experts appreciated and recognized for what they do. You can see the very cute "Beauty Grew All Around Video" which is a Regency Beauty Institute Video.





Now more about winning $2000 from Regency Beauty Institute and Refinery29.

Try one trend (or as many as you'd like to). Trends will be posted each week at the regency landing page. 

• Try one trend (Or all of them!)
• Take a photo
• Share it on Instagram (Your account must be public.)
• Hashtag each photo with #ShareBeautyContest. 


For more information, and to see the trends go to the Regency Page HERE

July 20, 2014

Outfit: Oasap Knit Cropped Tee with a Skirt

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I spent a little bit of time today at my grandparents, and since they have beautiful flower gardens I thought their backyard would be the perfect place to take photos for an outfit post. Unfortunately there were a lot of bugs in the backyard, so it was decided I would take my photos in the front yard.  For my outfit I went with something comfortable, that I spent a few hours shopping in, but also an outfit that made me look put together in. A big feat considering, I didn't bother to wear makeup or even brush my hair before leaving the house. I think this is a perfect summer look, where you're wearing black. 

Skirt - I've talked about it before but I absolutely love BCBG skirts. They're fairly tight but thick enough that you don't look vulgar, and long enough that I can pull them up high enough to make it seem like I have long legs. 

Top - The best way to wear a crop top, and still look modest is with a high waisted skirt, and honestly it's the only type of shirt I want to wear with a skirt like this. I don't have to worry about tucking it in and having a bunch of fabric bundled in my waist band. Plus this top is so comfortable and cheap I think I might have to get another one from Oasap. 

Shoes - Originally I thought that these shoes had cats on them, but later it was pointed out to me that it is actually mice, because of the rounded ears. With the pink and black color (along with a little sparkle) I thought it's be perfect to go with my pink skirt and black top.

Sunglasses - Of course, so that I don't look like I have no eyes (because of my squinting) at all I thought I should cover them with sunglasses. For me any big pair with UV protection is perfect, and unless I'm wearing jeans I like to go for a plastic frame. 
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July 19, 2014

Roundup: Beauty Reviews (July 13-19)

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 Dead Sea Premier Concentrated Facial Serum - The packaging, both the bottle and the and the box of this Premier product are gorgeous, but you're going to have to pay for it, because the retail price of this serum is over $100. The serum contains vitamin C as well as E and has a very pleasant citrus smell. It's light enough to wear under makeup. 
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 GRATiAE Exfoliating Body Scrub - I've tried a few different body scrubs lately, exfoliating your skin seems to be a very in thing right now, but this GRATiAE one is a little different. Not just because it's unique circular body but also because it's scented, something I haven't seen in other scrubs. This is a very light body scrub perfect for sensitive skin. 

July 18, 2014

Fitness Friday: Month One Body Update

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 I can't believe how quickly this month has gone by. It felt like just a few days ago, I started doing this whole fitness friday thing, when I realized how out of shape I'd become since leaving high school. I've talked about how I'm trying to eat healthier, and shared an easy vegan recipe for cheddar cheese and broccoli soup, and then had to do a confession about how I kind of fell off track from my diet and last week, how after getting back to doing what I want to do food wise, my new exercise plan. None of it has been easy from waking up in the mornings and remembering to do yoga, to eating healthier and NOT snacking though out the day to doing (light) workouts.  

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So here's my before. I don't think my weight loss or muscle gain is all that spectacular over the month but I do feel healthier. I don't feel tired from a long walk carrying my books, or even out of breath. Although I still can't quite touch my toes (what happened since my gymnastics days!?) I'm not embarrassingly far from being able to do so. Since I just picked it up last week, it is still something that I need a lot of work on, I'd like to get a ten minute mile, and I'm pretty sure we won't be hearing about that in the next month or two. 

In the month coming up what I'm really hoping for is to be able to fit into some of those clothes that I can't quite button up. To get that done, I think I need to work hard at loosing those love handles you see in my pictures. These yoga pants make them look a lot worse than they are in person, (I'm a size 3 in most jeans) but trust me, it still isn't pretty. I would also love to get a little bit of muscle tone in my arms so that I can proudly wear sleeveless tops. 

July 16, 2014

What to Wear at the County Fair

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Outfit for the Fair

Since my county fair is in full swing, I thought it would be fun to do an outfit guide on What to wear to the fair. It is similar to an Amusement Park Outfit because of all the rides that you are, hopefully, going to ride. But at the county fair there is a whole lot more than that, like very good, and very fattening food, a ton of cute animals to see, and all those school and family "friends" that you always are running into. This outfit is more of a going out to have fun look, than dressing to impress, and I might do one of those in the very near future. 
  • Jeans - Cuffed jeans, when they're the right length, are going to make your legs look a whole lot longer. Plus on those rides, you can't be wearing a shirt that's going to flap around or shorts where your legs are going to stick to the seat. 
  • Shoes - Depending on how country your fair is, you might be tempted to switch out these Toms, (I did a guide on wearing Toms you can check out) but really you're already showing your country self by being at the fair. Anyways these shoes have an adorable pattern, and toms are so comfy. 
  • Sunglasses - Although sunglasses can be a pain to wear when talking to people (should I take them off or leave them on?) unless you're going to the fair at night you really need to protect your eyes. For me the bigger the pair of sunglasses the better. 
  • Bow - Bows are the perfect hair piece to keep your hair back and this false pearl one would do the job perfectly, and add some needed feminineness to your outfit. 
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