Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentine's Day with Milani







 Shade: Matte Diva

 Shade: Matte Orchid


 Shade: Matte Red

Happy Valentine's Day! Milani was kind enough ask if I wanted to give some of their new products a try for Valentine's Day this year! I was already a fan of the brand before they reached out to me, so I was excited to get to try some new products! First of all, let me say that I am not much of a blush or a lipstick person, but I am loving both of these products! I gave their new Rose Powder Blush in the shade "Coral Cove" a try and it is the perfect spring/summer color, and looks super natural on the cheeks! I was especially impressed with their new Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipsticks! Bold lips are something that I usually stay far away from, because I have pretty thin lips, so sometimes I look like I put my lipstick on in the dark.... haha. But I really like these lipsticks from Milani! They are definitely matte, but don't leave your lips feeling dry, and they don't look super dry on your lips. I included some awkward selfies for you all to see the color (or laugh at)! Definitely stop by the drugstore and pick up some of these new products of you want to spice up your look for Valentine's Day or the spring time! I approve :)


Love you all!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Juicing


                             
I have been juicing everyday, at least once a day, for the past few weeks. It makes my body feel so good and energized, and I am definitely obsessed! I thought I would share a few of my favorite combinations with you all.

beet + apple + lemon + orange + kale or spinach + ginger + carrot

pineapple + lemon + apple + orange + spinach or kale + ginger

celery + apple + lemon + orange + ginger + spinach + kale 

You can play around with proportions until you find what you like best. I always add lots of citrus and ginger to combat the bitterness that the veggies can create. Especially if you are new to juicing vegetables, the taste might be absolutely gross to you, but you definitely get used to it, and I absolutely love it now! 

Happy Juicing!






Monday, January 26, 2015

Sweet Sunday






(lol at Flynn's tongue)

Yesterday was just a really lovely day. It consisted of watching church online, going to my local farmer's market and picking up some gorgeous tulips and some produce, pressing some fresh juice, spending lots of time with my pups, and making dinner for my family! (oh, and doing homework-but that's no fun) haha. I spent all day in these freakin' awesome lounge pants by Mint Clothing Company, which I am definitely obsessed with. Their clothes are so comfy, soft, and casual, but they look cool enough to wear out of the house. They are perfect beach clothes too! 
I have a lot going on this week, so it was nice to have a relaxing, but productive day! I hope you all had a great weekend and are ready for a great week! 

xx







Friday, January 23, 2015

All Natural

Smells fab, and makes hair super soft!
Smells like sunshine in a bottle and makes my hair SO shiny! 
Super fresh smell, and does it's job. Love it.
Natural toothpaste is very new to me, and at first I was hesitant. It has a very different taste than traditional toothpaste, but I have already seen a difference in the whiteness of my teeth and it has only been about a week! 
I am SO obsessed with this lip liner. It is the perfect shade of "your lips but better". I have worn it every day since I got it, and I just love it so so so much! Lip products usually make me get these weird bumps around my lips but this one is amazing! 
Love this! Smells like tangerines!
I LOVE this mineral makeup! It literally only has like four ingredients and it just makes me feel good to know that I am not putting crap on my face! I will definitely be trying out more of their products! 

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Hi Friends! Happy Friday! I wanted to share with you some of the natural products I have purchased recently that I have been LOVING! In an effort to stick to my new years resolutions and just be a healthier human, I have switched almost all of my skincare and beauty products over to natural products! And let me tell you- my body is loving it and I am pleasantly surprised by the quality of these awesome things! I bought most of these products from Vitacost, which is my new obsession (and I may or may not have placed several orders within a week...). I also have a $10 off coupon code for you first order for you all! :)


Stay tuned for my all-natural skincare routine! Post coming soon :)

If you have any natural product recommendations for me, I would love to hear them! 

xx


Monday, January 12, 2015

Simple {2015}


Simple. This is going to be the theme of 2015 for me.
I'm going to focus on appreciating the Earth we live on and appreciating and taking care of the body that God has given me. 

Here are a few (but not all) resolutions I have for this new year:

-Do what makes me happy. Seems pretty simple, right? More yoga, surfing, sunshine, ocean, exercise, cooking, and creativity. 

-Learn something new. There are so many things I want to learn how to do, including playing the Ukelele, cooking recipes, painting,etc...

-Transition to a more natural lifestyle. I want to appreciate and take advantage of all of the beautiful resources that Earth has to offer. This applies to food, beauty, and just lifestyle in general. Be outside more, eat more whole, natural foods, and use more natural, gentle, and less-toxic products.

Keep it simple my friends.

xx

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Change of Scenery






Happy New Year to you all! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season with your families and friends. I spent the New Year's holiday in Idaho with my best friend of over eighteen years! I feel so blessed to have been able to type that sentence. How many people can say that they have a friendship that has been consistently FAB since they were three years old?! Me and Nikki grew up living on the same street until we started college and moved to different cities. I can't tell you how many hilarious, fun, and wonderful childhood memories I have with this girl. Even though we live states apart, we always make an effort to visit each other when it's possible, and I am so thankful to have a friend like her. It was so cool to ring in the new year in a new city with my best friend! 
The snow was an experience, and it is actually really beautiful. Of course, I prefer the sunshine, but a change of scenery was pretty cool! 

Cheers to the new year and wonderful friends, family, and experiences! 

xx

Friday, December 12, 2014

Guide to Long, Healthy Hair


1. Shampoo and Conditioner: I am currently using the Pantene Beautiful Lengths line, but to be honest- I buy what is on sale. I think that it is important to find products that do their job, but paying $20 per bottle is a little ridiculous, in my opinion. I think that what is even more important than the products you use in the shower, is how you care for your hair out of the shower. Pantene makes my hair shiny and smell super good until the next wash. I usually try to go with a shampoo and conditioner catered towards long hair or strengthening. 

2. Wide Tooth Comb: This is a life-saver. Because my hair is so dang long and thick, brushing it when it is wet can be a chore. This comb saves me the trouble of fighting tangles once I get out of the shower and try to brush out my hair. When I am in the shower, I will put the conditioner in my hair and comb my hair with the conditioner in. Seriously- this saves your hair. I will only use a wide tooth comb on my hair if it is wet. Every once in a while, once I am out of the shower, I will comb through either a texture spray or leave in conditioner.

3. Wooden Brush: This is my new favorite hair tool! This brush from Tek is made 100% out of wood, bristles and all. A wooden brush really helps absorb your hair's natural oils and distribute them evenly throughout your hair. It is also know for being awesome for gently increasing scalp circulation, which helps hair growth. 

4. Blonde Toner: My hair has been ombre for years now, and I 100% think it is the best hair color for me. It is so low maintenance- I usually only get my hair done once or twice a year. But, in the months when I am not in the sun as much, the blonde can turn a bit brassy. I have been using this blue toner from Dessange (only about $10) and it really helps to get rid of the brassy color and give more of an icy blonde tone to the hair. I use it about once a week before I wash my hair.


Texture Spray: When I feel like I want a bit more texture in my hair I have been reaching for this coconut oil texture spray! It smells good and is all natural! You can find it at health food stores and Urban Outfitters. 

Dry Shampoo: I usually only wash my hair twice a week. That could change based on how much I work out and such, but I only do my full hair wash routine twice  a week, which is saves my hair and saves me so much time. My hair takes close to two hours to air dry, and I NEVER blow dry it, so washing it is a chore. Dry shampoo is a lifesaver for when I need a lift or need to go another day until I wash my hair. This is definitely my secret weapon for creating the perfect messy bun! I try not to use aerosol dry shampoo too often because of all of the chemicals that are in it, but once or twice a week doesn't hurt. At the moment I use Batiste, which I like. I usually buy it at Marshalls or TJMaxx for around $6. 

Heat Styling: As far as using heat on my hair goes, it hardly ever happens. To be honest, I like how my hair looks when it is natural. Not using heat has made my hair so much stronger and healthier. I hardly ever get split ends, and I only get a trim once a year. On the rare occasion that I do use heat, it is usually only once or twice a month, and I NEVER blow dry my hair. I let it air dry and then heat style it. Embrace your natural hair! Trust me, your hair will thank you. 


Gentle Styling: When I sleep I first brush my hair with my wooden brush and then put it up in a loose bun on top of my head and secure it with a big clip. It protects your hair and leaves you with volume in the morning! I usually wear my hair down, but when I put it up or in a braid I try to use these soft elastics for minimal breakage. 


Well, that was a lot of explaining haha. But I promise it does not take too much maintenance to have long hair if it is healthy. Basically, just be gentle to your hair. I hope this was helpful/interesting! I get a lot of questions on my hair, so I thought I would share how I care for it! 
I hope you all have a great weekend! 

xx