Hi babes! It’s been a minute… So many things have happened in the past few months! It’s the busiest season for my blog and my work (for all of those who don’t know, I am the Social Media Manager for ONEHOPE Wine). These past few months have been a whirlwind of photoshoots, events, me getting sick (a few times), and general holiday madness! It’s been quite fun, though.
Despite the holiday craziness, I’ve managed to put together some a fun holiday look with one of my favorite makeup brands, essence makeup. I love this brand because their philosophy is quality cosmetics at amazing prices, but more than this, essence has built an inclusive community of young women with beauty, ambition and courage. This community of real girls is built around a love for essence products as well as lifestyle of making the most of life and choosing happiness. I got the chance to test out essence makeup’s Matte Lipstick colors in their Holiday Kit, their Lash Princess – False Lash Mascara, their Pure Nude Highlighter, and their Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara.
With the change in the seasons, my skin is becoming increasingly dry and irritated. Couple this with the acne flair-ups that I’ve had in the past few months, it’s not looking good for my skin. After trying several techniques and products I read about online, I became frustrated because nothing seemed to work to cure my skin. I gave up home remedies and recently went to the dermatologist regarding my skin conditions and received an entire new regimen. Some of it includes prescription-only medications to treat acne, but some are available over the counter to treat oily skin and under eye circles.
Basically, the skincare regimen that my doctor prescribed includes three prescription items: a sulfur face cleanser, a retinol cream, and spironolactone. The over the counter items include a daily cleanser, a sunscreen, and a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid. A variation of these products could also work, as long as they have the same ingredients.
I do, however, want to include some of the specialty skincare products that I use to supplement this regimen. One of which I want to talk about is the VIIcode Oxygen Eye Cream, which is used to treat under eye circles. This cream infuses large amounts of elements essential to the human body, including evening primrose, avocado, elderberry, chamomilla recutita. I use this at night to repair cells, and in the morning to shield from external damage to the eyes. I love creating a spa-like experience in my own home with this cream!
With fall right around the corner, I am craving a new makeup look. This summer, I went with a more natural look, defined by light powder foundation, mascara, and defined eyebrows. I spiced things up by adding a bit more bronzer to highlight the natural tan I was getting, and maybe some lipstick for a night out. For the transition into fall, I am loving essence makeup’s affordable, trendy, and cruelty free options.
One of the main products I love is their Metal Shock Lipstick– which comes in 8 super exotic colors (so much fun)! My favorite is toxicity, which is a gold color. This lipstick adds an edge to any look and definitely got a lot of compliments when I wore it out. Another favorite product is their Volume Stylist Mascara, which is cruelty-free and lasts up to 18hrs. I wanted to create a sun-kissed, end of summer look to transition into that back-to-school-looking-refreshed-and-bronzed look.
Hi babes! So as most of you have probably seen on my Instagram, I have been wearing my hair naturally curly more often! Truth be told, I wear my hair natural almost every day to work. The only place I don’t wear it natural is on my blog! After a few posts of it natural on my Instagram and how many messages I got, I am definitely going to wear it natural more often in my posts. Who has time to blow dry and curl their hair every day anyway? Curly hair does require some styling, though, to ensure you don’t end up with a mop on your head (lol). I’ve put together some styling tips to help out my curly haired girls!
Spring is a time of renewal. It is a time when you can reflect on your resolutions and goals from the beginning of the year and bring them back to life with a new sense of purpose. One of my goals in 2017 was to be more mindful in everyday life. I sometimes rush through my days since they are so jam-packed, but a huge part of this goal is to slow down and make the most of life and moments that matter, which can lead to greater happiness. One of the things I always seem to rush through is my makeup routine, using the same products every day to achieve the same exact look. How boring is that?! I never take the time to change up my routine and test new products. But with the start of spring, this seems like the ideal time to take a step closer to achieving this goal.
If there’s one thing I have an undying love/hate relationship with, it’s my hair. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve wanted straight hair. I admired the girls who were able to shower right before leaving the house because their hair would look perfect with hardly any work and would dry in a matter of minutes. Meanwhile, there was me who had to shower the night before and sleep with hair like a wet dog, only to wake up looking like a poodle. After letting my hair air-dry overnight (sometimes it would still be wet in the morning to my dismay), I would spend at least an hour straightening and curling it for the day. This was my process from middle school to high school, and sometimes I even still do it. My hair was left broken, dry and frizzy. There was some positives that came out of this experience, though. I became a master at curling and straightening hair, not only on myself but on others. I could whip out a blow-out in 15 minutes flat.
For a long time, I have wondered how to get those beachy, tousled waves that I always see on other fashion bloggers and models. I knew how to use a curling iron, but for some reason I couldn’t recreate the look. I have naturally curly hair, so I figured this must be the problem. That was, before I went to a salon in Hermosa Beach and they styled my hair in loose, beachy waves. I was determined to do this on my own.
The key to getting these beachy waves is to straighten your hair first (if you have curly hair) and leave the ends out of the curling iron. I use the 1″ barrel in the T3 Whirl Trio to get my go to beachy waves. Read more for the step by step process.