You might recognize the two photos above from Instagram that I posted yesterday, which were taken right after I first styled my hair with these products by TRESemme’s new hair care line, Perfectly (un)Done. I was really happy with the outcome and spent the rest of the day enjoying my tousled beachy waves. (For a bit of extra bounce, I touched up the ends with a clipless curling wand.)
Then later on in the day, I headed out with Casey for a bit and changed into this cozy sweater (puffy jacket not shown) and whipped up my waves up into a loose, undone top knot. Just by doing that and adding a red lip, I felt like the outcome was a completely different style and look, don’t you think? I also love how the bun looks sort of tousled in it’s own way, even though it’s pinned up.
I was asked to partner up with Rent the Runway and Pantene Pro-V to create a festive holiday post seeing that the party season is officially here. It was perfect timing because I had a very fancy soiree to go to at the Trump Soho with Casey and was really excited to get all dolled up.
When doing my hair for a dressy event, I like to keep it simple and straight forward by narrowing my products down three: a dry shampoo, a flexible hair spray and hair creme to smooth down flyaways.
Since growing out my hair, I have really been into wearing it down and wavy. To achieve the look I wanted, I needed to create tight curls and then be able to brush them but have them still stay semi intact. Since I started with clean hair, I needed to create the texture and hold I wanted, so I sprayed my hair with dry shampoo and hairspray before using my curling iron.
After my hair was all bouncy and tightly curled, I sprayed it one more time with hairspray, brushed it through with a flat brush, then used the cream to shape the waves and tame any loose flyaways. Then, one final spritz of hair spray and voila, all done!
I had plans to wear the dress out later in the evening, but I knew the lighting wouldn’t be as good, so Casey and I trekked outside during the day in our ginormous sleeping bag coats and took these photos. It was about 25 degrees outside, and as crazy as it sounds and as cold as I was, we laughed our way through it. Because what else can you do? I am pretty sure the situation looked pretty comical – me in a strapless dress taking photos in the middle of the afternoon, freezing with no coat on. But it was worth it!
Later that night, I got all dressed up again, touched up my hair with all three products and bundled up to head back outside. Once we arrived at the party, we couldn’t resist taking photos out on the terrace. I absolutely love the one below that Casey captured. I was standing there posing and trying to look cute, and bam, a huge gust of wind came under my dress and almost blew it up! It was definitely my Marilyn Monroe moment, minus the subway grate. :)
Thank you to Rent the Runway and Pantene for this great partnership and to Casey for braving the cold with me and taking these photos. xoxo
I haven’t done a makeup related post in a while so I thought I would pull together a round up of the beauty products that I use on a daily basis. I feel like my routine is fairly quick and I usually keep my makeup pretty light and natural looking but lately I’ve been playing around with creating dramatic brows, sexy smoky eyes and red lips, which has been fun, especially since we are heading into more wintry weather.
So, here we go!
I usually wash my face in the shower, but since there is usually still leftover mascara under my eyes, I use these Neutrogena face wipes to get rid of any residual makeup. Then I apply moisturizing serum and face spray by Tata Harper. Once my face is dry, I put concealer under my eyes and smooth on my foundation. I really like the brand By Terry because it smells good and goes on really easily.
Next I apply powder, blush and highlighter, then move onto my eyes. (I know that you are supposed to do your eye makeup first so that you can clean around them after applying shadow and whatnot, but out of habit I always still seem to do my foundation and powder first. Go figure!)
Stila’s eyeshadow palette in Soul is so great and offers a range of shades, allowing you to either create a really fresh and bright-eyed look or opt for a more dramatic vibe. For liner, I use Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner. I first tried it about a year ago and loved it. I’ve tried other brands and the majority of them are good, but I always come back to this one. It is so easy to apply, plus it’s waterproof and really stays in place all day. Definitely a bonus.
And, last but not least, the finishing touches… lipstick and perfume. I usually apply both right as I am walking out the door so my lip color and scent is fresh for wherever I am heading. And that’s it! This routine usually takes me about ten minutes tops, which I am sure Casey appreciates. :)
As always, thanks for reading, and please feel free to share some of your favorite products in the comments below! xo
Just a fun little midday week announcement to let you guys know that I was asked to participate in a beauty challenge feature for New York Magazine’s The Cut! I’m very excited, as I am a huge fan of everything New York Magazine. The task at hand was to create three different looks with what product was given to me, which consisted of various eyeshadow sticks, colored eyeliners, mascara and lipstick. Then document the different looks through three step by step selfies. Each look also had to be worn to a New York Fashion event or show. It’s been really fun to play around with the makeup, and having never used Marc Jacob beauty products before, I have to say, I really like them. (I already know a few of them that will be living in my bag and on repeat during the fall and winter months.) Anyway, the challenge will go live on The Cut tomorrow, so keep an eye out. I will be tweeting all about it! As always, thanks for your enthusiasm and continuous support. xo
Lately I have been thinking a lot about beauty and the products that I reach for on a daily basis. Honestly, this post was pretty spontaneous and in fact very organic and as I was simply sitting on my couch, sipping my iced latte and looking down at what products I had gathered in front of me as I was getting ready for the day. So I thought, why not share them with you?
Here are some of my favorite beauty products that have been on heavy rotation as of late:
Bliss Arm Candy: I just bought this over the weekend so I’m only a couple days in, but have heard good things. Have you guys used it?
Le Labo Santal 33: This is what I like to think of as my signature scent. The other day I wore something completely different and kept smelling it throughout the night. It really threw me off and I didn’t feel like me. So funny how a scent can be so powerful.
Caudalie Beauty Elixir: I have come to LOVE this stuff. I spray it on in the morning to wake myself up and in the evening after I have put on my makeup and want to “set it” before leaving the house. It’s especially great after a sweaty workout and you want to spray something cooling and camling on your face.
Mini Olivine Love + Salt Beach and Hair Mist: This was recently sent to me as a gift so I tried it out and ended up really liking it. The ingredients are simple but it still smells amazing. I haven’t used it on my face yet, but I love the texture it gives my hair, like I just came from the beach!
Cetaphil: I definitely have other face creams that I swear by that are great for different things (i.e. night and eye creams, diminishing fine lines etc.) but a long time ago, my dermatologist told me that I should be using Cetaphil because my skin was so dry and sensitive. I was really struggling with flakey skin after I got back from being in the sun at the beach last month so I reverted back to this tried and true brand, and I have to say, my skin has fully recovered and is back to feeling soft and moisturized.
Alright, well that’s it for now! Hope you enjoyed this little impromptu post – thinking of doing more of them in the near future. What do you think?
(This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.)
For those of you that have been reading my blog for a while now, know that I have worked with Olay on various projects over the past year. I have become quite the fan of their products – everything from their face wipes and eye cream to their body wash and CC cream – so as part of my dedication to start taking better care of my skin a little better, I am now using their Sensitive Body Wash as part of my daily routine. I used it for the first time the other day and have noticed that instead of my body feeling dry like usual, it has stayed soft and moisturized, which is real plus in my book. I have struggled with dry and sensitive skin my whole life so it’s quite the relief to find a product that works this well. I figured since I was giving Olay’s new body wash a try, I would do a little roundup of my favorite Olay skin care product for you guys. I use all these products on a regular basis and have seen great results.
I now encourage you all to make a pledge of your own! What healthier choices do you want to make in your life?
This post is sponsored by Olay Sensitive Body Wash and SheKnows. As always, all opinions and styling are my own. Thank you for supporting posts that allow me to keep doing what I love. xo
Over the past couple years, I’ve changed my hair color change quite a few times. I always have a fun time coloring it but I do struggle with the fact that eventually the vibrant shade that I walked out of the salon with, will eventually fade.
Right now, my hair is fading from a rich, dark auburn brown color and I desperately need to go in and see my colorist, Flores, at Arrojo to get my fix. But since I am still in Seattle, I opted for the next best thing, which is a new Color Refreshing Gloss by John Frieda. Don’t worry, it’s not permanent, it just allows you to maintain and refresh your color in between sessions without any damage. The best part is, you don’t have to leave your house to do it.
It’s available in six color-prescriptive shades (I’m using the one for cool reds) and the weekly in-shower treatment restores vibrancy and tonal dimension. Just apply to wet hair in the shower after shampooing and conditioning, leave on for 3-5 minutes and rinse. I am one week in and already seeing a change. And for $13 at most any drugstore, you can’t go wrong.
This year, I’ve decided I want to create more beauty-related posts. I have my go-to products that I always use, but I am also always experimenting with new shadows, lipsticks, face creams and perfumes. And because I love trying new things, I enjoy it when other people share their new favorite items too. It informs and inspires me as to what else is out there in the beauty world, so hopefully I can do the same for you! (You can find all the products listed in order at the bottom of the post in order of how they are photographed.)
Above, are the contents of my makeup bag. Not the most organized, but I just transferred everything over to this new wide zip case and it makes finding things so much easier. My beauty routine is actually pretty quick and can be done in under ten minutes.
Step 5: Eyeshadow time! I usually combine a few different shades together to create a customized color depending on my outfit, mood or time of day. Lately I’ve been mixing and matching colors from these palettes by NARS, Estee Lauder and Stila.
Step 6: If I take the time to do my makeup and then forget to put on mascara or fill in my brows, I feel like I look incomplete. So, the key essentials for me are eyeliner, brow pencil and mascara. And just for good measure, I always keep this little bottle of Santal 33 perfume in my bag, along with this amazing little anti-aging eye and lip compact by La Prairie, and usually some color of nail polish (big fan of the brand Julep) for emergency touch ups.
And there you have it! My beauty routine in under ten steps. Now I’d love to hear what your favorite go-to products are that you can’t live without. Leave your thoughts in the comment section below! xo