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Yup, you read that right… shave your face!

I’ve actually mentioned these razors many times on this blog, but I get asked often about peach fuzz, so I wanted to do a follow up. I’m of the belief that peach fuzz is cute on babies, but not so cute on grown women. But almost all of us have it- it’s totally normal of course, it just doesn’t lend itself to good makeup application so that’s why it’s gotta go! Watch my shaving in action on my IG highlight called ‘Peach Fuzz’

I reccomend these disposable razors designed to be used 2-3 times before they are tossed. They quickly remove the blonde soft hairs found on your cheeks, jawline, neck and even hairline. Just be sure you avoid trying to remove dark or coarse hair with them, they will tug and pull on those and leave you with stubble.

Steps to use a facial razor to get rid of Peach Fuzz:

  1. Work with clean dry hair… right after a hot shower or bath is best because the hairs have been softened, and they will stand out from the skin most prior to moisturizing etc. so you’ll be able to see them easily.

  2. Shave in natural light in front of a window using a hand mirror- better light will make the whole process easier.

  3. Pull the skin taut with one hand, and shave in downward motions with the other… working WITH THE GRAIN of the hair growth. you can hear the razor cutting the hairs, once the sound stops you can move on to the next section.

  4. Shave everything 3-4 weeks as needed, and use a sharp razor for best results (2-3 uses max per razor), my favorites can be found at Sally’s or Amazon

Happy Shaving! xo

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Cutting your kids’ hair at home can be a real lifesaver when it comes to time and money… but it can also be a little tricky. If you have a child that will sit relatively still for you, it may be worth a shot!? Just give yourself permission to know that there is a learning curve, and it won’t be perfect the first couple times. It will probably also be a slower process at first- so get the bribery candy ready and maybe pull out the ipad for a little distraction.

Buy Guide for at-home haircuts:

  • Shears A nice set of hair shears don’t need to cost more than $50, and they will last a long time if you avoid cutting anything other than hair with them. Be sure you are aware that shears come in Right and Left handed options, and keep them under 5.75 inches for safety.

  • Clippers The Wahl brand is a staple and is really straight forward to use. A good set of clippers will last you YEARS and you can even replace the blades to keep them running smoothly after time. Look for a set with at least 8 guards to give you lots of options.

  • Trimmers Trimmer work great to clean up around the hairline and ears, they also work with for small boys under 3 who just have smaller heads, so the full size clipper may be too large.

  • Cutting Cape A cape works for better than a towel because you won’t have a big bulky area around the neck to combat, plus hair will easily brush off a cape making cleanup much easier.

  • Parting Clips Make your life easier and work in smaller sections- it’s less overwhelming!

  • Combs A good comb is easy to use and isn’t so large that you fumble it around- these combs have been my go-to at the salon for years!

  • Spray Bottle Nice to have on hand, just remember clippers should always be used on dry hair

Tips for at home haircuts: [VIDEO HERE]

1- Start with clean DRY hair- this is to avoid surprises. You’ll know the exact length your cutting to, and you can see your lines more clearly.

2- Section the hair into smaller workable areas- The whole head is overwhelming. Part the hair into smaller sections working from the nape up, then move around to the sides, top, and front.

3- Always start your first cut in the center to create a guide and match both sides to the guide. This will stop you from ending up lopsided. Less is more, start conservatively, you can always make it shorter but you can’t make it longer!


4- Blend by blurring harsh lines with 'point cuts' Carefully snip across harsh lines by turning the scissors parallel to the hair and snipping into the hair about 1/2 inch creating small V cuts. This will blur harsh lines and soften the overall cut.

I encourage you all to at least give it a try. Give yourself plenty of time and low expectations! ha! Remember that even bad haircuts are only really bad for about two weeks, and by 6 weeks things are back to starting. Good luck!

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The kids are back in school, and mama is feeling good! I had a great Summer and hope you did too, but I am excited to get back into the swing of a schedule and have a little more ‘me’ time. Do ya feel!?

During August I had a few new favorites creep into my life- and by creep, I mean that I BOUGHT them and brought them home, so I don’t know who I am blaming? ha!

Take a looksy at the contenders and let me know if any of these are your favs too.

  • Maybelline Colossal Mascara-I love a good volume mascara but often the brush in these formulas is SO HUGE that I can’t easily apply it without getting panda-eyes. This brush is large but manageable, and the formula is awesome. Doesn’t end up on my face midday either!

  • Stila Liquid Eyeshadow in the color ‘Fuchsia Fiction’- My collection of these things is literally overflowing but this new color it so amazing. It is a duo tone that reads white and pink depending on the light. I have been wearing it non stop on my inner corner and have had so many compliments.

  • NARS Velvet Shadow Stick in the colors ‘Corfu’ , ‘Siros’ and Oaxaca’ (which are all places, I’ve learned ;) These are so smooth and creamy and swipe onto the lids with ease. The perfect options for days when you want to be quick. The staying power is also AMAZE and the pigment won’t budge once it’s dried down. (I scored mine at TJMaxx for a great price, so be sure to check there)

  • Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt Soak in ‘Glow & Radiance’- OMGEEEEEE!! This is my newest obsession. I have already gone through three bags in the last month. If you are not a bath person, you will become one after soaking in this stuff. The scent is unreal and will fill your entire house with such a nice citrus blast. It also makes skin soft and hydrates with essential oils. Try it!!!

Hope you all find something great to try from my recommendations! As always, thanks for reading, xo

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This month in our ZODIAC BEAUTY look, I was inspired by the Virgo. She’s feminine and ladylike, with a sassy kick too! I hope that I captured her characteristics well… watch the video here and see the steps, and then don’t forget I’ve listed all of the products down below. And keep scrolling for this months Star Sign necklace giveaway happening over on IG.

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VIRGO Products:

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Head over to my IG to enter to win this months Virgo necklace GIVEAWAY, and be sure to tag your Virgo friends (with birthdays Aug 23- Sept 22) so they can enter!

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If you search the work Milani on my blog you’ll find about 10 posts that include their products… I’ve been a fan for years! So it was about time I rounded up my Blue Ribbon Winners for Milani so that you can scoop up a few too next time you’re at Walgreens.

Best of Milani Cosmetics:

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  • Make It Last Matte Charcoal Setting Spray- I actually just recently took this bad boy on a segment of Studio 5 where I shared my favorite charcoal products [watch that here] because it is truly one of the best setting sprays out there. The charcoal absorbs oil for up to 18 hours, keeping you shine free and locked in. The spray is quite ‘wet’ with a heavier mist so I like to apply it prior to eye shadow and mascara etc., so nothing budges. Give it about 60 seconds to dry fully and then keep working on your eyes. You won’t be disappointed.

  • Baked Blush- These blushes are super pigmented and have a beautiful built-in glow, almost like a highlight and blush combo. I live for the coral color called ‘Corallina’, but I also love ‘Rose D’oro’ and ‘Red Vino’. They also come with a built in blush brush which is stored underneath the color, a great perk for on the go touch ups.

  • Hypnotic Lights Holographic Eye Topper- Specifically the color ‘Beaming Light’ is just SO PRETTY! Every time I wear it I get compliments, and bonus it is non-irritating on the eyes- which can be hard to find when it comes to glitter products. My fav way to wear it is on the inner corner of the eye after I’ve applied a shadow to the lid. It’s like the perfect touch of glam!

  • Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation- Beauty Bloggers everywhere swear by this stuff, including me! It’s FULL coverage, and will literally cover anything because of the built in ‘concealer’ factor. It’s a thicker consistency which aids in the coverage, and its super creamy which I love. I wish the color selection was broader, but that is my only criticism. It also wears really amazing in humid conditions because its water and sweat proof, score!

Right now you can save $1 on any Milani product at Walgreens, just print out this coupon, and look for your Valpak mailer and find an additional coupon there also redeemable at Walgreens.

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Well no - not a scam, but there are definitely MAJOR variances out there as far as quality of ingredients and effectiveness. So it is essential that you take only the best quality beauty supplements otherwise you won’t see results and really you’re just flushing money down the toilet.

I firmly believe that supplements are a great way to fill in the gaps in our diets and promote healthy results. When it comes to beauty, so much of it comes from WITHIN right?! Healthy skin and hair are a product of healthy insides, and then we can enhance that from the outside with makeup and styling etc.

I’ve recently been impressed with two supplements out there, and I wanted to shed a spotlight on them for you all, incase you are looking for a boost in your inner wellness too!

  • Halo Beauty Hair, Skin & Nails + Halo Beauty Kiwi Booster. Halo was created by one of the most amazing women in the beauty industry Tati Westbrook. Her goal was to source the HIGHEST quality ingredients from all over the world and combine them in the perfect dosages for optimal beauty results. She hired physicians and nutritionists to formulate the ingredients and well as scoured the US for the best labs to make her dream a reality. I have personally seen amazing results in the texture of my skin, and the amount of moisture it holds, as well as the strength and shine in my hair. The Hair, Skin & Nail formula contains biotin for hair and nail growth, but not everyone reacts well to Biotin (can cause breakouts in some), so she also made the Kiwi formula without Biotin that focuses solely on skin health. Check out the full list of ingredients here

  • OLLY Flawless Complexion Gummies Are a little less pricey and easy to pick up at Target or CVS, but the ingredients and formula are both spot on. This supplement is designed to help clear skin from acne and inflammation, and uses plant based ingredients to do so. It is gluten free and tastes super yummy actually, but my acne has really improved since adding this to my daily nutrition.

I don’t reccomend taking more than one beauty supplement at once unless they are specifically designed to work together. Over taking your daily % needed won’t result in extra benefits- your body will simply flush out the excess and therefore it is wasted. Stick to the dosages and be consistent for best results!

Let me know if you try them and what your results are, xo

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Curling your hair can be a chore and one that can go off track real quick if you aren’t using the right tool for the look you want to achieve. Keep in mind that every head of hair will take curl differently, and factors like thickness, texture and even COLOR play a role in how your curls will turn out. Take a look at 5 awesome tools to achieve perfect curls, and grab a few of my expert tips in the video below. [video also here on youtube]

Tools to try:

There’s no ‘right or wrong’ with any of these, you just need to pick the type of curl that speaks to you most, and then also adjust the size of the barrel for your length of hair and how tight or loose you want you curls.

Here are a few other curling tips to consider:

Tip #1- Go back to basics; section your hair into smaller workable sections and keep your timing consistent on each curl to avoid too much variation or possible scorching.

Tip #2- Start with clean hair, prep the hair with a heat protectant and be sure to finish with a nice hair spray to preserve your work. If your hair is slippery and falls flat, try spraying in a texture spray to give your hair some grit before curling. like this one

Tip #3- Cool the curls twice as long as you heat them before brushing or tugging to lock in the curls for a longer period of time.

Tip #4- Sleep with curls in loose braids or stacked in a loose bun on top of your head, so you can refresh them in the morning without having to start all over again

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***GIVEAWAY*** Be sure you head over to my instagram and enter to win your own CHI Spin n Curl gizmo before the end of August.

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So… ya it vibrates, but why?

That was the question I am sure you asked, and to be honest I asked it too! And that’s why when Vanity Planet offered to send me one to try, I jumped at the chance. As a hair stylist, after 17 years- it takes a lot to make me excited about a new hair tool. So you can imagine!

So here’s the buzz; (pun win!)

The Vibe is a 1.5” flat iron that vibrates upon closure. The vibration is designed to lessen the drag and friction on the hair and help the plates glide more easily. I was happy to see that the vibration only happens when the plates are touching and you don’t have to worry about it wiggling off your bathroom counter. I also like the size of the plates for my long hair, because it makes the whole process faster from start to finish.


So how is it different that other irons? I think the difference here is that the pressure on the hair is less, and therefore the hair strands aren’t compressed as flat. So you still get shiny smooth hair but you are left with some volume too. Personally I like that my hair isn’t flat-as-a-board when I use this iron, but if you’re looking for uber sleek strands this guy probably isn’t for you.

It heats to a non-adjustable temp of 400 degrees and uses Korean Tourmaline coated plates.

Overall I think the idea and execution are both awesome, and that the Vibe fills a need if you want smooth hair but don’t love flat hair. And I mean, who really wants FLAT hair anyway?

If you want to check out the Vibe for yourself you can buy one here and save some moolah with my code: BEAUTYSNOOPVIBE making it only $30!! So cool


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Wrapping up July with a look at a few things I really loved over the month. They all go along with the theme of easy/lazy beauty ;) two things I am excellent at, ha!

  • Avon Magix Tint- This is such a good tinted moisturizer! I have been wearing it for my low maintenance days when I want to even my skin but don’t need full coverage or SPF. It hydrates without looking greasy and it smells so nice! Plus is affordable- hallelujah!

  • Morphe M6 Brush- The hunt for a budget-friendly dupe of my ride-or-die foundation brush has finally brought me to this one! It is so good and works with liquid and creams like a dream! It’s still not as soft as the high-end option, but it blends just as well and is a quarter of the cost!

  • Style Edit Root Touch Up Powder- I stretch my hair colorings as long as possible (remember, lazy) and root touch ups are my saving grace. But since I’ve gone red I have had the hardest time finding a good match. Everything was too purple/red… and I needed a copper option. This powder is such a great color, and the application is so easy. I like it better than a spray too because it’s not sticky or transferable to clothing. They make it in browns, blondes and reds! You can buy it in Salt Lake at my salon Moore Hair Design, or online here.

  • Becca Ultimate Lipstick in ‘Tulip’- This lipstick formula is so creamy and pigmented and a wonderful option if dry/matte lippies are not your style. And this color is a dreamy pinkish nude! Plus the tube is heavy duty and has a magnetic closure which I love.

Here’s to one more month of Summer! xo

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I’m so excited to start up my ZODIAC BEAUTY tutorial series! I was inspired by this amazing Zodiac Palette by BH Cosmetics, and couldn’t wait to create a monthly look featuring the colors from the Palette. This month is all about the LEO, and the colors are totally my style. Warm and bronzy never disappoints!

Weather you are a LEO or not, you can still be inspired by their characteristics and create your own ‘roaringly’ beautiful look. So let’s jump in! Watch the super quick how-to here, and see the list of all the products used below.

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Don’t forget each month our tutorial comes with a GIVEAWAY! One lucky LEO will get their own beautiful LEO set that includes a 14K gold LEO necklace and earrings. To enter be sure you head over to my instagram or facebook page, and help spread the word to any LEOs you may know with a birthday this month.


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CHARCOAL may not be the ingredient you think of when you hear the words luxury or beauty, but surprisingly enough charcoal is worked its way into every beauty category as of late. The use of charcoal is designed to detoxify or draw out oils and impurities from the body, so that is the unifying factor in all charcoal based products. You’ll want to look for products that are a dark or black color in tone because that means that there is a high concentration of charcoal in the formula. Take a look at my favs here [video]

  • DryBar On The Rocks Clarifying Charcoal Shampoo Love this detox shampoo for removing buildup like sweat, oil and of course Dry Shampoo, but it doesn’t strip the hair or make it feel dry. Once a week is perfect for this guy!

  • Garnier Blackhead Eliminating Charcoal Scrub This is a great option for those of us who struggle with blackheads in the T-zone. The charcoal absorbs oil and the scrubbers go to work breaking down build up.

  • Shea Moisture Activated Charcoal Bath & Shower Jelly Now this is a weird formula, not going to lie… it’s slimy and slippery but somehow turns into a beautiful bubbly foam when you emulsify it in a washcloth. The charcoal detoxes but the coconut hydrates and it smells amazing!

  • Earth Therapeutics Charcoal Infused Body Buffing Sponge If you love a good exfoliation like I do, this sponge will be your new fav! It has charcoal infused into the bamboo fibers and I love to use it to scrub off patchy faux tan as well as prep skin for a new layer of tan.

  • Schmidt's Charcoal + Magnesium Natural Deodorant For those leaning more natural this deodorant uses charcoal and magnesium to absorb smell and moisture under the arms. It’s a little gritty in texture but that doesn’t bother me much at all. I won’t be using this all of the time but I wanted to include it in my round up.

  • Hello Activated Charcoal Toothpaste If you haven’t tried a charcoal toothpaste or if you’ve only tried the dry powdered version (yuck!) then you must give this one a try! It is minty, fresh and still foams just like regular toothpaste, but it is fluoride free and whitens like a DREAM. Seriously, go look online at the before & afters!

  • Milani Make it Last Matte Charcoal Setting Spray This setting spray is BOMB! It soaks up excess oils and keeps me looking matte all day using the power of charcoal!

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These babies are the TOPS when it comes to quality, but I usually choose to splurge on them only during sales, so I thought you might like to jump on that chance too!? I’ve picked 10 deals that I think are worth the price during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. These are some of my tried-and-true favorites that never dissapoint.

  • 1- DryBar Four Pack Styling Set This set is perfect for travel and includes one of my fav Dry Shampoos and Texture sprays, plus a hairspray and heat protectant.

  • 2- Jo Malone Mini Fragrance Set Ok I swear my LOVE ‘Orange Blossom and Honey’ never goes on sale, so I was so excited to see it in this set. If you haven’t sniffed it… I promise you won’t regret it!

  • 3- St. Tropez Jumbo Express Tanning Mousse This is still my go-to tan after all these years, the mousse is the perfect color and is so forgiving if you aren’t perfect at applying.

  • 4- YSL Nude Lip Trio I’ve talked about splurging on a luxury lipstick before- I think there is something so powerful about the perfect shade in a gorgeous tube. YSL is my go to when I want a glamorous lip, and this set has THREE amazing options.

  • 5- Oribe Full Size Magic Styling Set If you are a person that buys things based on how good they smell… Oribe is the brand for you! The Dry Texture spray is my go-to for tousled waves or giving a little grit to my braids.

  • 6- Stila Liquid Shadow Set On repeat… always! The best glitter/metallic shadows on the market hands down.

  • 7- NARS Face Palette I don’t usually spend lots of blushes or bronzer, but these iconic shades by NARS together in one palette was something I couldn’t resist. Amazing quality and perfect colors

  • 8- Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray Set A summer staple to beat the heat and keep makeup LOCKED in all day. I haven’t found anything that compares.

  • 9- Philosophy Purity Cleanser Set I use this nightly as my first cleanse to remove makeup gently. I love how it lathers but never dries skin out, and it’s safe to use on the eyes as well!

  • 10- LUXIE Classic Eye Shadow Brush Set Such a great set! Has everything you need in one grouping with great quality and a nice price tag. I use the Small Tapered Blending brush daily for all of my looks.

Happy Shopping! xo

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Welp Summer is over… JK, but seriously how are we already creeping into July!? I can’t complain though, because July is my favorite month of the year! Independence Day, Rodeos, BBQ’s, fireworks and this year our first ever trip to Lake Tahoe! I cannot wait!

I’ve rounded up a few goodies for you before I go get my sunshine on, so let’s dive in:

Almay Velvet Foil Cream Shadow- I can’t quit wearing this stuff! It is so easy to apply, and stays out through sweat, water and of course just time itself… it claims up to 24 hours, but I haven’t actually tested it past about 12 hours. Favorite shade ‘Cupid Glaze’

It Cosmetics CC+ SPF50 Full Coverage Cream- Without failure I always go back to this stuff when the weather gets hot. The SPF 50 is just amazing and I love that I can skip that extra step when I wear it. It is a FULL coverage though, so if you’re looking for a lighter [and cheaper] option that also has the SPF 50, try the Maybelline Urban Cover.

Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder- With heat comes SHINE, so I am reaching for this loose setting powder daily right now. Not only is it cheap, like Walmart cheap… it works just as well as the powders three times the price. My only complaint here, is that I don’t love the scent on it.

Garnier Glow Boost Apricot Mask + Scrub- Now hear me out… Apricot scrubs get a REALLY bad rap in the skincare world. And rightfully some of them are risky to use because the apricot pits/shells are jagged and can cause tearing of the skin or redness etc. BUT, not all scrubs are created that way, and this one uses a finely milled Apricot Seed powder as the scrub, which is safe to use but still effective to exfoliate. I have been loving it! I apply it for a few minutes like a mask and let the fruit enzymes go to work breaking down dead skin cells, then scrub gently with fingertips to loosen and wash away.

Tangle Teezer Ultimate Detangler- I love it so much I bought two! It’s like the original version but made even better with a handle! I cannot live without it since my fine hair fine, long and is prone to snarls.

Get out there and have a great July, xo

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Summer beauty should be fun, easy and of course geared toward warmer weather and sun protection! So I've rounded up 8 of my top picks for Summer, and all of them are under $15! Wahoo! [video here]

  • Flamingo Razor System- the BEST razors (and also shaving cream and wax strips too!) now available at Target hallelujah! 
  • Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs Illuminator- It hides imperfections and gives skin a major glow, perfect for the shin bone and collar bones especially!
  • Sun Bum Sunscreen Facial Stick SPF 30- the BEST facial stick out there, it goes on clear and matte and smells like yummy bananas!
  • Not Your Mothers Matcha Green Tea Butter Masque- HEAVENLY smelling and turns dry parched hair into smooth hydrated tresses! Use it once a week especially if you're swimming.
  • Sun Bum Hair Lightener Spray Perfect for dirty blondes and medium brunettes who want to brighten up their locks while at the pool. Think of this more like a beach spray and use it sparingly through the midlengths and ends to add bright highlights. Avoid the roots though so you don't turn orangey. (Don't use if you've got bleached hair already)
  • Garnier Balancing Facial Mist- this is like a shine shield spray to keep your face from looking too oily. I like to use it BEFORE and then again AFTER my foundation to really lock things into place.
  • Maybelline Dream Urban Cover SPF 50 a foundation that boasts SPF 50 is hard to find, but this one has it and it rocks! I am so excited to have found it. (Semi dewey finish, so set with powder if you're oily)
  • Almay Velvet Foil Cream Shadow This stuff doesn't budge! I have worn it swimming and to the gym, and it holds up amazingly. Lots of colors and easy to apply, I'll be adding more to my collection soon.

Happy Sweating, er I mean Summer! xo


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There isn't much more that I love than dressing up my hair... after all it's my career- but it's also been something I've loved doing since I was a kid! So that fact that BOBBY PINS have made such a major splash in the industry right now, is just icing on the cake if you ask me.

I used to spray paint my own pins because colored options weren't available! But now... you can find every color and decorative pin under the sun. And that's just the beginning, the fun part comes when you layer and stack those pins to make shapes and patterns. The possibilities are endless.

Take a look at some fun ways you can use your pins in the video below, and then shop my favorites. Get those creative juices flowing and come up with your own art too.


Shop my picks:


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May has come and gone- and that means Summer is officially here! I am excited for some warm weather and family fun.

Last month I had 5 favorites that I want to share with y'all... so let's dive in!

  • Garnier Balancing Facial Mist- I love the scent on this, but I really do think it balances the skin, meaning it helps control oil and shine, but doesn't dry you out either! I mist it on evenly and generously prior to my foundation, and I am hooked!
  • OLLY Flawless Complexion Vitamin Gummies- I swear by the OLLY brand and use many of their supplements, but this complexion formula is one of my favorites. It is a small part of my very LARGE skincare routine, but I do think the antioxidant ingredients go to work to keep skin more clear and radiant.
  • Equate Spray Brush Cleaner- I bought this totally on a whim at Walmart a few weeks ago, but holy cow, it's amazing. I use it as a daily brush cleanser to keep my brushes sanitized and fresh in between deep cleanings. You simply spray it on a paper towel and then swirl the brush on it for a super quick but effective removal of makeup.
  • Wild Fable Phone Cord Pony O's- These things are so good at holding hair in place all day, but what I love most about them is that they help my ponytail to perk up and not droop off the back of my head. The colors are so cute too!
  • Who What Wear Pleated Scarf- These pleated scarves are such a fun accessory to add into your hairstyles. The texture moves with you and really makes a bold statement.

Happy June! xo



Getting the perfect manicure at home can be a challenge, but it is a great way to save some time and money if you can master the steps. Here are my tried and true steps and products for a DIY mani that will last! [video here]

1- It's all in the PREP
Consider the time that is spent at the nail salon PRIOR to applying the polish. All of the prep-steps matter, and are crucial to getting a mani that lasts.

So be sure you:
  • File and shape the nails- do this first so that the polish can wrap around the finished edge for a stronger bond.
  • Soften and push back the cuticles, my fav product for this is the Sally Hansen Cuticle Remover
  • lightly buff the shine off of the nail

2- Polish in THIN even layers (2-3 layers with a 2 minute wait time in between each)
  • The thinner the layers, the less likely you'll smudge and the quicker you will dry try the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel it's the best!
  • Start painting holding the brush with your NON-Dominant hand, this will help avoid smudging. And take your time, nice slow swipes work best- start from the middle of the nail and work back towards cuticle to keep the cuticle polish free.
  • Work from the pinky finger inward to help avoid accidental bumps and smudges 

3- Top Coat and BE PATIENT
  • Keep the top coat layer thin as well for best results, Sally Hansen makes a gloss or a matte finish which I love for a more modern look.
  • Wait 10-15 minutes before moving but remember polish can smudge for up to 90 minutes after it's applied so be careful with hands until you're in the clear

Happy Polishing!