If you’re anything like me, sometimes you just don’t want your hair in your face. This is is a super easy half up-do!
Healthy, low-maintenance hair is SOO important to me. I am a minimal morning beauty routine kinda girl, and that includes taming my mop.
Ok, so here’s how my hair is: I have very thick, slightly wavy hair. It tends to frizz a little when it’s humid out. I even develop a few curls around my face on those days which is odd lol anyway, it’s taken years for me to finally figure out what the deal is with my hair and how I can style it in the laziest way, yet still have it look good.
- C U T : this is honestly where it all starts. Having your hair cut on a regular basis really keeps it healthy-looking and feeling. It also is key to making it grow faster. After going to many stylists, I finally found one I really like and she suggested thinning it out with sheers after she cuts the length and blow dries it. This make a HUGE difference. I was SO close to chopping it all off and doing a lob before she suggested this. Now, my hair dries faster, has more volume because it’s not so weighted down, and is so much easier to brush through. I also get long layers to add some texture and most recently, I got long curtain bangs. And on that note, if you’re contemplating bang bangs, try these first. I absolutely love them. I think I needed something extra around my face for a while and they look super cute with my hair in a ponytail or bun!
- C O N D I T I O N : probably THE most important thing for keeping your hair healthy! You might try a thousand before you find the one that works for you. I know I did, but you can tell the difference when a conditioner is actually working on you. I use Tresemme Color Revilalize and I’m loving it right now.
- M I N I M A L . H E A T : I rarely curl my hair for a couple of reasons. #1 I’m kinda lazy and it makes my arms hurt haha and #2 I really hate the idea of frying my hair in any sort of way. I’ve found that as long as I brush or comb my hair after washing it and then let it air dry completely before I go to bed, it always looks great on its own without heat products. Another upside to not using heat is that my hair actually grows faster. I swear using heat on it really causes damage that makes it grow slower. So, if I ever do want a little curl, I make sure to not hold the curling wand too long and to always condition really well after.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ve probably figured out that I’m not an expensive makeup kinda girl. I hate the term “drugstore makeup,” but that’s what I use for the most part. I don’t try out new things often. Usually when I find something that works for me I use it forever (unless they change the ingredients or something).
For a little background, I have combo/oily skin and eyelids, the occasional zit, and sometimes dry/flakey spots.
- F A C E : In the winter, my skin needs a little more moisture (yup, even though I’m oily) so I start out by moisturizing with Simple Replenishing Moisturizer. It’s one of the only ones I’ve found that doesn’t make my foundation melt off. In the summer, I nix the moisturizer because my face overproduces oil when it’s warm. For my brows, I just fill them in with a NYX pencil in the color Taupe. I blend it in with an eyebrow brush. Next, I mix 2 parts Revlon Colorstay Combo/Oily Foundation (250 Fresh Beige) and 1 part Rimmel Fix & Perfect Makeup Primer with my fingers and put a good layer of that all over my face and neck. I let it dry while I do my eye makeup and then I add a powder over the top of it. I use Merle Norman Purely Mineral Makeup in L20. This is the only pricey item I use. It’s about $30, but since I only use it to set my foundation, it lasts probably a year and a half. After that, I put blush on the apples of my cheeks. I’m currently using Physicians Formula Happy Booster cause I like a pretty bright pink.
- E Y E S : While my foundation dries, I do my eye makeup. I start by priming them with ELF Shadow Lock Primer in sheer. SO cheap, yet so good! I can tell a major difference when I don’t use it. Next, I cover my lid with a frosty, almost rose goldish pink color. I use an Ulta Brand one that they no longer make (idk what I’ll do when it runs out!) but I linked some similar ones below. Next, I put a shimmery chocolate brown in the crease. I use some random samples I have for this, but again, I linked some similar ones. After that, I put a nude to creamish color below my brows and then just blend the crease into the lid and upper part of my eye.
- L I P S : Nothing much here. I honestly have a weird thing about lip products. I hate using stuff on my lips because I feel like it dries them out. The only time I do is when they are chapped from weather or something. If that happens, I use Nivea A KIss of Smoothness or Yes To Cooling Lip oil.
- L A S H E S : FINALLY. I thought my makeup routine was pretty simple, but after typing all this I’m having second thoughts! lol Anyway, I put a coat of Maybelline Full N Soft non-waterproof mascara on, let it dry, and then put a coast of Full N Soft waterproof mascara on. You might be thinking, “what’s the point?” Well, taking off waterproof mascara is like willingly ripping your eyelashes out. Am I right? But not wearing waterproof mascara is just asking for disaster, especially if you have oily skin. Well, if you wear the non waterproof one underneath, your mascara will still last, but it will be a lot easier to take off at the end of the day. Trust me, I’ve been doing this for years! Lastly, if you want a little more of a dramatic lash, but still natural, I use magnetic lashes that just go on the outer part of the eye. They might sound intimidating, but they are SO much better than glue-on ones! And you can re-use them over and over. I’ll link the ones I have and the video I watched to learn how to put them on/take care of them.
The marble choker is linked HERE
Since Christmas is right around the corner and last minute gifts might be needed about right now, I decided to put together a group of great gifts under $50 that a lot of different girls would like. I looked through reviews and didn’t post anything that had a lot of bad reviews to help save you some time.
This guide is also great if you want to spend over $50 by mixing items and giving them together. Like the slipper socks and the hat, or the candle and the scarf, or the blanket and the slippers, or the necklace and the jewelry tray. Lots of different combinations!
I’m starting something new this week where I am going to share 3-5 of my favorite items. It could be fashion, beauty, skincare, etc. I have so many things I stick with and use on a regular basis, that I thought it would be a good idea to mention them more often, because you never know who is looking for that item or product.
So, lets get started!
- The first thing is CeraVe Moisturizing Cream. I swear by this stuff! I get really dry skin, especially in the winter, and have tried SO many different lotions and oils. This one is by far the best I have tried. It’s non-greasy, a little goes a long way, and it has lots of good stuff in it for your skin. An added bonus is that I’ve actually found it helps my self-tanner last a lot longer than any other lotion I’ve tried.
- I almost always forget to put jewelry on, but earrings are something I don’t like to leave the house without. They make me feel a lot more put-together. But, at the same time, I don’t want to wear anything too expensive on a day to day basis, with the fear of losing it. I bought these $8 fake diamond studs and I’ve worn them pretty much every day for the past year. They are perfect and come in silver or gold. I also like to keep a pair in my second lobe piercing, but that one tends to be much more sensitive than my first one, so I searched and found the perfect pair of tiny studs that are sterling silver and won’t irritate my piercing.
- My absolute favorite pair of booties are my Sam Edelman Louie Booties. They are the most comfortable pair of boots I own, great quality, and a good heel height. I have the grey color, but they also come in black.
A few notes:
Crystal nail file: the BEST kind of nail file! They last so much longer than regular files! This one comes with a case, so it would be perfect to keep in your purse!
Bliss Jelly Glow Ball: to be honest, I had to look up a YouTube video when I got this! It comes packaged inside a balloon, which is kinda cool! It’s literally a jelly ball of soap for your face. This particular one has vitamin C, which is really good for your skin!
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One of my favorite things is learning new beauty hacks! Every time I learn something new, I’m amazed. (It doesn’t take much to amaze me.)
- Add drops of contact solution to your mascara to make it last longer. I know it sounds strange, and I’m honestly not sure how it works, but if you add 3-4 drops when your mascara starts to dry out, it rejuvenates it and magically, your mascara’s life is extended for a couple more weeks or so.
- Use conditioner as shaving cream. Once I learned this I never turned back. Shaving cream is so expensive and this girl will do just about anything to save some mula. (Well, maybe not anything.) I buy Suave Coconut Conditioner because it’s inexpensive and the bottle lasts forever! It works because it softens the hair, making the shave nice and close and leaving your skin pretty soft too!
- Use a kabuki brush for applying self tanning mousse to your feet and hands. Guys, this is something I can honestly say I came up with myself. Tanning mitts are SO hard to use on the crevices of your body. (Is crevices the right word for fingers and toes? That makes them sound kinda gross haha) So, I bought a cheap ELF kabuki brush from good ole Target and just apply the tanning mousse in a circular motion all over my hands and feet. It’s a game changer for stark white girls like me who really can’t afford to miss a spot.
- Use dry shampoo BEFORE your hair is greasy. This is one that I wish I had learned years ago. You probably know about how long it takes before your hair starts getting greasy. Mine is day 2, which really sucks. So, I just add some dry shampoo the night before, and to my amazement (once again, it doesn’t ever take much) it’s not greasy the next morning.
- Hold a cotton pad with toner or micellar water on your zits. I swear by this technique, especially if you are prone to dry skin and don’t like using salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. I wet the cotton pad and then put pressure on the zit. I do this in the morning and at night and it goes away within a couple of days, without leaving a dry spot.