Tuesday, September 30, 2014

25 Fall Date Ideas

Hello! I hope everyone is having a good week so far. Fall is one of my favorite seasons (only behind summer because of the temperature.) I love the changing leaves and colors. My husband and I are trying to be a bit more creative with our dates, so we created a list of fall date ideas together. We are going to try and do as many as we can this year.

1. Get lost in a corn maze
2. Get lost in a corn maze- at night
3. Pack snacks and go to a drive-in movie
4. Pick pumpkins out at a pumpkin patch
5.Carve or paint your pumpkins
6. Go to a football game
7. Go on a hay ride
8. Talk over coffee or hot cocoa
9. Put the hoodies on and go for a walk
10. Cook smores over a fire
11. Ride bikes
12. Take fall pictures
13. Play in the leaves while raking
14. Cuddle under a blanket and watch a movie
15. Go to a haunted house
16. Go to the county fair (this is one thing we look forward to each year)
17. Go camping for a night
18. Take a drive and enjoy the scenery
19. Go horseback riding
20. Bake cookies together
21. Visit someplace new in your town
22. Read a book together
23. Pick apples
24. Build a fort
25. Try a new fall recipe

What is your favorite fall date idea?
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Multi-Use Makeup

Hello! I was recently cleaning out my makeup and noticed a few items I wasn't using. These items were either a color that didn't work for me, or colors that aren't for everyday wear. I found a few other ways to use these products.

1. The first thing I found was a few lipsticks that I don't wear. Recently, I have been wearing colors more on the natural or nude side. This one in the picture is a pink color that is not very flattering on my lips. One way to use pink lipstick is to use it as a cream blush. As you can see from the picture, I only put a small amount of my cheeks. It easily blended with my fingers. This trick is great for makeup on the go too. I keep a lipstick in my makeup bag that I wear on my lips, but also looks nice on my cheeks if I need a little touch-up throughout the day. 

2. Another way you can use lipstick, is by layering different colors. The left swatch is called Vintage Pink by Rimmel. I do like the color, but it is quite purple. I like to keep my makeup more on the natural side for work and my internship, but I will occasionally wear it on a date night. To make the color more wearable during the day, I layer it with a nude-pink lip color. I put the pink color on first, and apply a thin layer of the Vintage Pink. The color to the right is the mixed color. It didn't photograph as nicely as I would have liked, but you can see the purple tint to it.
3. Lastly, I found this blush/bronzer duo from E.L.F. While I do like the blush, the bronzer is a little too dark for my skin. Actually, it is quite a bit too dark, and its has an orange undertone.
I have been using it as an eyeshadow and really liking it. I apply it on my eyelid and blend it out with a lighter brown. I then use a dark brown eyeshadow in my outer v and slightly blend it into the crease. It blends nicely and lasts as long as an eyeshadow with primer.
I hope you like this post. Let me know if you have any makeup tricks like this.
Thanks for visiting!!
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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Boot Bliss

Hello! With the cooler weather we have been having, I have been able to pull out my boots. Boots are probably my favorite fall fashion item. With the new season, I have been wanting to get a new pair. I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorites in case you need ideas for new boots too. I hope you like them!
1. Maurices Gray Wilma Double Buckle Wide boot- $44 I had these boots in black. I liked them, but the only problem is they only last about 1 season. They aren't the best quality.
2. Bearpaw Knit Tall Boots from Shoe Carnival- $69.99. I seen a pair of knit boots similar to this that were made by UGG. They were a pretty light blue-gray color and looked really cute on. These boots are similar for a fraction of the cost. I will probably never own these, but I wanted to add them because I do like them.
3. Madden Girl Cullen- $49.99. I have a pair of Madden Girl boots that are very similar to this boot. They have been well loved for a couple of years, and they are still in good shape.
4. Journee Collection Tiffany Slouch Boots from Kohls- $69.99. These are the boots I am leaning on getting. The only thing I don't like is that they are only available online, so I can't try them on before buying. It is nice that Kohls will let you return items to the store though if they don't fit.
5. Rock & Candy Spraypaint Lace Combat Booties from DSW- $49.95. I don't own a pair of combat boots. But if I did, these would be the ones I would choose. I love the color and the lace detailing is beautiful.
6. White Mountain Life Riding Boot from DSW- $69.95. These are a nice classic black boot. I like their simplicity. They also came in a few different colors.

Do you have a favorite pair of boots or brand?
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Our Love Story

Today's post is going to be a little different. When I first started this blog, I intended it to be a beauty and lifestyle blog. I honestly think this is the first personal/ non-beauty related post I have done. I have been wanting to incorporate other topics as well, so I thought sharing one of the biggest parts of my life with you would be a good start. :)
I have never been outgoing, or one to "make the first move." When I got a message from a good looking guy on Myspace, little did I know my whole world was going to change. We started talking and discovered we went to the same high school and church. We went to a fairly large high school, and since he was 2 grades below me, we had never met.
We remained friends for a few months while we got to know each other, but on a whim, I asked him to go to prom with me. Thankfully, he accepted. That night he asked me out, and we were "official."
Things weren't easy though. There were some personal things that he was dealing with, and he was forced to change schools. Even though he only lived 45 minutes away, we only saw each other once every couple of weeks. Those drives home were tough, but looking back, this strengthened our relationship and solidified our want to be together. Things got easier when he moved back about a year later.
Early on in our relationship I knew that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him. He is everything that I am not and can truly be myself around him. After 2 years of dating we got engaged, and a year later, we got married. We don't have a romantic proposal story, but we simply talked about spending the rest of our lives together one day on the couch. We happened to find ourselves in a jewelry store later that day browsing the rings. I found one that I liked in particular, and unexpectedly, he purchased it.
 Last month was our 4 year anniversary. I can't believe how fast the time has gone, but I am blessed to have such a great husband and best friend by my side. Since we did get married so young, I feel like we can grow up together and learn life together.
 Thanks for reading!
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Friday, September 12, 2014

Paul Mitchell Full Circle Leave-In Treatment Review

Hello! Happy Friday. Last week I shared some of my tips on how to prevent frizzy hair. I have been trying to grow my hair out, so keeping it as healthy as possible is important. One thing I have been doing to keep my hair healthy is reducing the amount of heat I use. But, with my natural hair, comes frizz. If you want to check out my tips to prevent frizz click here. One of the products I have been using is Paul Mitchell's Full Circle Leave-In Treatment.

Application: I apply a pea-size amount to my hair (about half a pump) and scrunch it in my wet hair after using Paul Mitchell's Sculpting Foam. I used to apply the Leave-In Treatment after my hair was almost completely dry, but I notice that it works better to apply it when it is still wet. I focus the product on my ends to about my ears. I avoid putting it on my roots because it may look greasy. My hair is long, but fairly thin. If your hair is thicker, you may need to use more.

Hold: This product does not have any hold, it just helps with frizz. I use a styling spray when my hair is dry to make sure the style stays.

Packaging: The packaging is great. It comes with a pump that makes it easy to use and it stays clean. I like that the bottle is skinny and tall. It fits nicely into a drawer.

Smell: The smell is hard to describe, but it is a nice fresh scent. It is not too strong or overpowering.

Price: It is about $16 at Ulta. A lot of times Ulta will have their buy 2 get 1 free sale with Paul Mitchell Products. If you go for that deal, would recommend getting the Sculpting Foam also!

I would definitely recommend this product for those with wavy/ curly hair. It is great at helping reduce frizz, but I wouldn't use it on its own. It needs a mouse or gel with it for a little extra hold. I purchased all of these products on my own. I have tried so many products for curly hair, and this line is by far the one that works the best for my hair. 

What are your favorite hair products?
Thanks for visiting!
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

How to Prevent Frizzy Hair

Hello! Can you believe is is already September?! This summer has flown by. Today was the first full day of my internship in a Kindergarten classroom. It is a lot of fun, but they have a lot of energy! A few weeks ago I shared how I style my wavy/curly hair. If you want to see that, click here. Today I wanted to share how I prevent frizz. Sometimes nothing helps, because when it is a hot Michigan day with 80% humidity, a bun is the way to go.  Here is a few tips for those not so humid days. This is mostly for those who would like to wear their hair naturally wavy/curly. But if you style your hair, I'm sure you could use a couple of these tips.

  • Wash your hair with warm water. Hot water can cause damage to your hair, leaving it more prone to frizzing. 
  • Dry your hair with a t-shirt. I can't tell you how many times I read this tip online before actually trying it. I feel like it does make a difference. Blot your hair dry, instead of rubbing it.
  • Don't brush you hair. If I need to, I brush the roots of my hair with a wide tooth comb. Brushing your hair will interrupt the natural curl/wave pattern. 
  • Let your hair air dry. I find that my hair is quite a bit more frizzy when I blow dry it with a diffuser. If I don't have time to let it air dry, I will blow dry it until it is almost dry, but leave it a little damp. 
  • Don't touch your hair. This is a big problem for me. I always catch myself touching my hair when it is wet, and when it is dry. But this also causes frizz when you are running your fingers through your hair. 
  • Use a good deep conditioner or treatment before washing (or both.) Wavy/ Curly hair tends to be more on the dry side, so it is important to moisturize! 
  • Find products that work for you hair. I can't tell you how many different curly hair products I have tried over the years. There were a few good ones, but more that did not work. I plan on doing a review on a few of my favorite products later this week.

 What are your best hair tips?
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