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VIDEO: Drugstore Bridal Makeup: Long-Wearing Face Makeup & Lips - PART 1

Sunday, September 08, 2019
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My wedding is less than 4 weeks away... so crazy! I'll be doing my own makeup for my wedding (#BrideOnABudget), and I wanted to test out this soft glam, rose gold makeup look for fall using only drugstore face products Even though I'm counting on cooler temps for my wedding day, I wanted to make sure this long was long-wearing, photo-friendly of course, full coverage, but NOT cakey. I love how it turned out!

To avoid this video being too long, I decided to break it down into 2 parts. This video includes the face makeup and lips, and part 2 will be coming soon to show you bridal eye makeup for hooded eyes.

Drugstore Bridal Face Makeup & Lips


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Drugstore Bridal Face Makeup & Lips


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VIDEO: Curly Haircut - Signs Your Curls Need a Trim

Sunday, September 01, 2019

Anyone with curly hair knows how it takes FOREVER to grow out your hair. Everyone struggles with biting the bullet and getting that much needed trim because we know how much curls shrink up with even just the smallest bit of a trim.

However letting go of those split ends, fairy knots/single strand knots, and stringy ends can make the world of difference in the health of your hair. After getting a trim, my hair has so much more bounce, volume, and definition.

I'm sharing several signs today that are an indication that you need a trim, what my hair cut and shape is, how to avoid the "big chop," and how to find a curly hair stylist.

How to tell when you need a trim:

Fairy knots


Fairy knots, or as some say "single strand knots." I get these so bad! Fairy knots are caused by damaged, split ends that easy tangle up due to friction. These can cause more tangles and breakage, and they only way to get rid of them is to cut them off.

Split Ends

Split ends. The biggest and most common sign of needing a trim. Split ends are caused by heat styling, diffusing, friction, and chemical damage. Again, only way to get rid of split ends is to cut them off. This can usually be done with a small dusting, but it's crucial to cut them before they spread further up the hair stranding making your hair shorter.


Before & after trim curly hair

Weighed down or limp curls. Split ends and damage can cause the curls to appear more stretched and lifeless. Even the smallest bit of a trim will make your curls bounce back.

Tangles in curly hair

Tangles and excess shedding. This is a big one for me, and the biggest indicator for when I need a trim. Since damaged ends are not smooth, the friction leads to tangles. When the hair is tangled up, oftentimes we loose more hair during detangling and washing.

Before & After Curly Haircut

Thin/stringy ends are another big one for me! Since I have fine curly hair, my ends can really start to look thin and stringy when they're dead and need to be trimmed. This is especially visible from the back.

Frizzy ends after diffusing, or product not holding your ends. If you prefer the more defined look with gel, you may notice that no matter how much product you apply, your ends look frayed and frizzy.

For more info, check out my Curly Haircare for Beginners playlist for how-tos and tips.

Signs your curls need a trim


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-Bondi Sands ULTRA Dark Foam Review
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VIDEO: Best DARK Self Tanner - Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam Review

Tuesday, August 27, 2019
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If you've been a subscriber of mine for a while, you've probably seen me review a TON of self tanners. I'm always on the lookout for the next best one, and I feel like I've finally found the best, darkest self tanner!

Bondi Sands Ultra Dark Self Tanner Foam Before & After

The Bondi Sands Ultra Dark Self Tanning Foam is a mousse formula with a color guard/bronzer layer. The Ultra Dark shade gives a deep tan while still looking natural and not orangey. It's one of the only self tanners I have tried that I can get a dark color after one night of application. It's streak-free, applies super easily and dries quick. Watch the video for details on how I apply it, tips for the most even application and more.

The *only* negative in my opinion, is the color guard rubs off easily on everything while it's developing. My sheets are bright orange when I wake up, BUT it does wash out completely in the wash. That's with any self tanner with a bronzer, however this one certainly does it more than others.

How to apply self tanner to your face using Bondi Sands

I've also been applying it to my face, and it gives the best, most natural color. In the video I show you how to apply the self tanner to your face evenly and avoid dark spots. This has been a game-changer for me this summer, as I haven't had to wear foundation at all and just do concealer and powder. Check out my Full Face Drugstore Makeup WITHOUT Foundation - Summer Tutorial here.

Purchase the Bondi Sands Ultra Dark Self Tanning Foam on Amazon for around $25 and on Prime.

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Learn more about how to apply self tanner, and tips for an even application on problem areas such as hands, feet, elbows, etc. watch my previous tanning video here.

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VIDEO: Realistic Week Night Routine - Work Night Vlog

Sunday, August 11, 2019
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I wanted to switch it up for today's video, and bring you along my typical evening routine for a work night. It's a challenge every day to squeeze in a workout, cooking, and relaxing while also getting to bed at a decent time. I wanted to share a realistic look at what my evenings look like, so I hope you enjoy! I share several tips for working out with curly hair, my night time skincare routine, and share a bit of my precious puppies, Holly and Chloe. Hope you enjoy!

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VIDEO: How to Prevent Frizzy Hair - Causes of Frizzy Curls

Sunday, July 28, 2019
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Frizz is one thing I can guarantee that EVERYONE with curly hair battles. It's totally normal, and is the nature of naturally curly hair. Depending on your hair type and health of your hair, some may have it worse than others. There are several common causes of frizzy curly hair that I'm going to share with you today, along with tons of tips to prevent frizzy hair.

Causes of frizz and how to prevent it

  • Dryness: Curly hair is more prone to getting dry compared to other hair types due to the coil shape, preventing your scalps natural oils from traveling down the strand. Hair that is damaged from hot tools, hair color, bleaching, etc. is likely to be dry and frizzy. Shampoos with sulfate ingredients will also dry your hair out. If your hair feels like straw and tangly after you wash it, you're likely using the wrong shampoo for curls. More on that in this video here.
    How to prevent dry curly hair: DEEP CONDITION - your best friend. Use deep conditioners/hair masks weekly. Consistency is important here. I did a video here on How to Deep Condition Curly Hair for Beginners.
  • Over washing: I recommend only washing your hair 2x a week or less, depending on how oily your hair is. Using a refreshing product like the DevaCurl DevaFresh will help freshen up the scalp.
  • Breakage & fly-aways: I did a video here all about the common causes of tangles and breakage. So many similar tips to this post, but I share many ways to prevent breakage.
  • Raised or open hair cuticle: Having high-porosity hair means the cuticle (protein layer) of your hair is damaged and does not lay flat, allowing moisture to escape and not easily be retained.
    How to repair damaged hair cuticle: Protein treatments and Olaplex. Using hair masks and styling products that contain protein ingredients will help strengthen your hair. Be mindful to not over-do it, because too much protein can lead to brittle hair. Always balance protein treatments with moisture.
    DevaCurl Deep Sea Repair is my favorite protein-based deep conditioner.
    Olaplex No. 3 is one of the best products for repairing the hair's cuticle by reconnecting broken disulfide sulfur bonds. More on that in this video.
  • Silicone build up: Silicone is a common ingredient that can tame frizz, however it create a barrier on the hair that build up over time, preventing moisture from entering and leading to dryness, limp hair, and frizz. More on what ingredients to avoid for the Curly Girl Method here.
    How to remove silicone build up: Clarify using raw apple cider vinegar or a sulfate shampoo to remove silicones. Make sure the shampoo is silicone-free (use sparingly and always follow up with a moisturizing mask).
  • Not using styling products. Styling products like curl creams, gels and mousse are designed to give us definition and hold. Gels tend to provide the most hold to tame frizz because they give you that gel cast. Simply using a leave-in conditioner or oil likely won't do the trick for preventing frizz.
  • Improperly applying stylers. There are unlimited ways to apply curly hair products, and I did a video here on 4 different methods. Try out different techniques and see what works for you.
  • Improperly drying your hair. Some prefer to air dry, some love to diffuse. Find which method works for you. I prefer to diffuse because I have the least amount of frizz. For both methods, it's important to not touch your hair while it's drying which will cause frizz.
  • Not protecting your hair while you sleep. Everyone with curly hair should have a satin or silk pillowcase, or sleep with your hair in a silk scarf or bonnet. I prefer both a satin pillowcase and a bonnet. With just a satin pillowcase, you should also wear your hair up in a loose ponytail using a scrunchy on top of your had to protect your curls.
Watch the rest of the Curly Haircare for Beginners video series for more.

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