Beauty: Tips and Tricks

We all have our established beauty routines that we abide by from day to day. I thought that I would share some of my favorite tips, tricks and secrets I have learned through other bloggers and the web, hoping that you may be able to benefit from them in your daily routines. Some of these you might already know or use, though some might inspire you to try something new.

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Silky Soft skin: Just add a few drops of baby oil to your body wash to leave your skin feeling extra silky and smooth!

Makes eyes appear bigger: If you don’t already own a white pencil, invest in one now just for this simple trick! Instead of lining your bottom lid with dark eyeliner, use a white pencil to create the illusion of a bigger eye.

Make your eyeshadow pop: Another use for the white pencil is making your eyeshadow brighter The key to making your fun eyeshadows pop is a white base. Use a white eyeliner and cover your entire lid before applying the color of your choice.

Clumpy Mascara: Add a drop or two of Visine (or any brand of eye drops) into the tube, and then rub the wand around inside.

Healthy hair: Rather than using a towel, use an old t-shirt and pat dry — Don’t rub! Rubbing your hair will lead to breakage.

Flawless face: When applying foundation and blush, swirl your brush in a circular motion from the cheek to the hairline, this provides an air-brushed look.

Lasting lipsticks: Exfoliate your lips once a week and dab foundation on lips prior to applying the colour, lipstick holds better on smooth lips.

Lipstick coverage: Smile when you are putting on your lipstick, this is the best way to get complete coverage, corners included!

Long-lasting fragrance: If you want to smell fabulous all day long, spray a little bit of perfume on your hair brush, it’s a fact that hair holds fragrance longer than skin!

Healthy Hair: Apply a hair mask using coconut oil and an avocado leaving your hairy silky smooth and shiny.

Eye Pencil: If your eye pencils are soft, leave them in the fridge for an hour, the less creamy they are, the less wastage will occur.

Makeup Tools: Wash your make up brushes with baby shampoo, it is very gentle and won’t cause any damage, making them last longer!

What are your favorite beauty secrets you use?

Swimsuit Trends

Spring is such a great time of year. There’s just something about the warm weather that makes me so happy. And whether I’m heading somewhere for spring break, heading to the pool for the day or going to the beach for a weekend getaway, having the perfect swimsuit is a must. Luckily, there happen to be a lot of adorable swimsuit styles that are right on trend for Spring.

Here are a handful of my favorite summer swimsuit trends..

Flounce Bikini Top

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High Waisted

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Floral & Stripe Combo

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Long Line

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Floral Inspiration

I absolutely love the twists on floral inspirations out this season. The floral trend is obviously one that’s consistent season after season, but I love the darker approach to florals this season! You can master the floral trends in one of two easy ways: Pair them with bright solid tones or you can opt for muted tones and simply add the outfit surprise with textures and pattern. Stripes are the easiest pattern to pair with florals–never fails! Give it a shot!

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{ Dark floral hues with button up top }

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{ Floral Romper with leather satchel }

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{ Floral pants with neutral blouse }

floral and stripes

{ Floral & Stripe Combination }

How to wear: Blanket Scarf

Blanket Scarf Tutorial:

  1. Start out with the scarf completely unfolded (picture one). 
  2. Taking two opposite sides, fold it in half to create a triangle (picture two).
  3. Roll towards the point 2-3 times (picture three)
  4. Wrap the scarf around your neck with the point facing down. Pull the ends to tighten the scarf around your neck (picture four). Tuck in the ends of the scarf so that they aren’t visible. You may have to mess with it and arrange the scarf until your desired look is achieved!
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I will say that this method works best with a SQUARE blanket scarf as opposed to a rectangular one, because I start out by folding the square from corner to corner so that it creates a triangle.

Trending now: Cable Knit Sweater

Cable knit sweaters have become one of my favorite fashion trends this Winter.  This cozy, cold weather essential can take your look from day to night by simply mixing up your favorite accessories. Start your look by selecting your favorite colorful cable knit sweater I chose the blue and red ones below to add a little color to my wardrobe.
Add flats and jeans for a more casual look or swap out those pieces with booties, a statement necklace and a cross-body hand bag for the perfect evening look.  Read on to check out three more looks that will inspire you to wear your cable knit this season.
1.  Wear with black leggings, layer a puffer vest over the top and throw on some boots for a more casual comfortable look.
2.  Wear with a blanket scarf, add wedges and top off with a cute knit headband for a chilly day out.
3. Wear a plaid shirt underneath, skinny jeans on bottom and riding boots!

Liketoknowit.com

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For the past couple of months everytime I get on instagram I am seeing #LIKEtoKNOW:IT hashtags on every single fashion post. I finally jumped on board and signed up.

What is LIKEtoKNOW:IT? LIKEtoKNOW:IT is an app that is powered by RewardStyle, the affiliate program many bloggers use to monetize their blog content.

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The site, LiketoKnowit, is a new service that plugs into Instagram and gives people a way to browse the items that they view in their Instagram feeds and may want to buy.  You no longer have to ask “where’s that from”- it gives you immediate access to the items that you favorite bloggers are posting on their instagrams!

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Here is how it works:

1. Register your email at liketoknow.it (you only have to do this once)

2. “Like” your favorite instagram photos with a liketk.it link

3. You’ll get an email sent to your inbox with the links to those items – you can shop the items directly from that email! So easy!

4. In the “settings” you can choose how often you want to receive the emails – ASAP | Daily | Weekly

5. You can easily unsubscribe at any time

You can also browse through collections on LiketoKnowit’s website and shop the looks you like that way.

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Snow Boots

You can’t overestimate the importance of outerwear in an Indiana winter especially after experiencing last year’s brutally cold weather. Yes, there are cities where it gets much colder and a lot of places where people spend a lot more time outside in the snow but it’s still important to be dressed warm even on your morning commute in case you happen to get stranded. Plus there is nothing worse than having cold wet feet during the day.

I am in love with all of the the adorable winter boots that are in the stores this season! Check out my favorite snow boots below! Which ones are on your wish list?

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Holiday Statement Pieces

What a chilly gloomy weekend it has been here in Indy. The only thing the cold weather is getting me excited for is the fact that Christmas is right around the corner. I am looking forward to an eventful next couple of weekends with Christmas work parties this coming weekend, new years and my Birthday celebration. The holidays are such a great time to get bold and crazy with your accessories. You can get super glitzy and glam and have no shame in adding extra sparkle—my favorite! The more sparkles the better!

Here are a few glitzy and glamorous pieces that can take your holiday look up a notch. Enjoy!

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