Tag "Beauty"


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.


Sunglasses: Chanel via Nordstrom / Tee: IRO (found on sale at Shopbop) / Jacket: Zara / Jeans: Rag & Bone / Boots: Rag & Bone / Bag: Givenchy / Lipstick: Viva Glam 1 by MAC




A mix of vintage rings, and a few of my favorite gifts from Dogeared, which you can buy here and here.








Hope you all are having a happy Monday! xo
Photos by: My Dad
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 1: First I clean my face, using either these MAC wipes or Clé de Peau Cleansing Foam, then make sure to always moisturize. I love using Restorsea or Olay face cream for daily use.
Step 2: Next I use Stila’s CC Color Correcting Stick to even out my skin a bit before applying Clé de Peau concealer. I either use my fingertip and lightly tap all along the skin underneath my eye to blend it, or I use the thin silver brush you see in the picture below.
Step 3: Then I combine Dior Hydra Life BB Cream with By Terry foundation for a natural look that feels light but still offers substantial coverage.


Step 4: I have started to get really into brushes. The right ones make such a difference. I also love these compacts by MAC. I begin by dusting my face with this powder (top left). Then I contour my cheekbones with a darker pressed powder (top right) using the brush on the far right. After I apply my blush, I finish up with this sheer highlighting powder, using an angled brush (shown above, second in from the left).


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 eyelinerbrow 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.


Step 7: And lastly, the cherry on the sundae, lipstick! Right now I’m obsessed with By Terry in Carnal Attraction, MAC in Viva Glam 1 and By Terry in Fanatic Red.
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

Product information:

Cleansers and Creams:
MAC wipes / Clé de Peau Cleansing Foam / Restorsea Rejuvenating Day Cream / Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Face Cream
Concealer and Foundations:
Stila’s CC Color Correcting Stick / Clé de Peau Concealer / By Terry Foundation / Dior Hydra Life BB Cream
MAC Powder Brush (Not sure where mine is from, but this brush is very similar.) / Sephora Collection Pro Angled Brush #49 / Estee Lauder Powder Foundation Brush (I use it for blush instead) / Sephora Concealer Brush / MAC Flat Contour Brush #163 / Laura Geller Air Whipped Bronzer Brush
Powders and Blush:
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powder / MAC Blot Powder in Deep Dark / MAC Blush / MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle
Eyeshadow Palettes:
NARS And God Created The Woman / Estée Lauder Violet Underground Pure Color 5-Color Eyeshadow Palette / Stila Portrait of a Perfect Eye
Pencils, Liners and Other Essentials:
Stila Liquid Eyeliner / Shobha Brow Pencil / Rimmel Mascara / Santal 33 perfume / La Prairie Anti-aging Eye and Lip Compact  / Julep Nail Polish in Martha
By Terry in Carnal Attraction / MAC in Viva Glam 1 / By Terry in Fanatic Red




I love a good facial. So when Olay approached me about working together to test and compare an at home facial using their Regenerist products against a pricey facial at a spa, I was immediately intrigued. I have used Olay products in the past and always loved their skin creams and serums, and this time was no different.
Since we all know that most facials out there can get pretty pricey, it’s nice to know there are skin care lines available that offer a way to treat yourself to a luxurious, yet quick and easy treatment in the comfort of your own home. I’m always on the go, and it takes a lot for me to schedule an appointment to see a facialist, and at a spa no less, so this sounded right up my alley. I decided to take on the challenge with my Mom over the holiday break and try out the Olay Regenerist Energizing Facial. It was a fun, girly day, and my Mom and I didn’t even have to leave the house! We lit candles, put on Christmas music and sipped tea while we worked our way through the easy step-by-step directions, in hopes of freshening up our skin, just in time for the New Year.


First, I applied a healthy amount of cleanser all over my face and neck, then rinsed with warm water. Next, I pumped four pumps of the Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum onto the palm of my hand and made sure to warm up it up by swirling it around a bit with my fingers, which generates heat before it reaches the skin.


I tried to mimic the movements a facialist would do, which are precise motions that stimulate and kick start your skins metabolism in preparation for the facial massage.


Then to finish up, I used the Olay Micro-Sculpting Cream and applied it all over my face, using the excess on my neck and top of shoulders. I used both hands, two fingers each, and moved them in a fluid figure 8 movement starting from the outer edge of my face, moving upwards and then over my eyebrows, finishing at the outer edge of my opposite eye. Then I gently tapped my fingers all over my face for a final skin energy boost.
Take Away Tips!
1. Start by placing your palm on your sternum and glide with slight pressure around your shoulders and neck, sort of giving yourself a mini massage. :)
2. Work your way from your chin up along your cheekbone to your ear, and activate pressure points at the corner of your mouth, side of your nose and under your cheek bones.
3: Then”drain” your face by massaging outwards while lifting your chin to your temple.
4: To finish, press your palms over your face to create heat and aide in the penetration of the product.
All in all, I have to say, besides loving the silky smooth products, which also smell really good in my opinion, I felt really pampered and relaxed at the end of my at home facial. My skin was glowing by the end and I felt refreshed and rejuvenated, ready to take on the new year! Thanks, Olay! xo
(This post is sponsored by Olay. As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for your continuous support!)




For those of you who missed Keiko’s amazing Makeup Monday yesterday, I thought I would re-share her original post with you all for fun! I came to her wondering how to wear a bold lip with minimal makeup, and this is what she came up with. I thought it was pretty genius and now want to rock this look all the time. I love being her model and am always so impressed with the outcome when we’re done. Thanks Keiko! xo



Skin: Estee Lauder Matte Perfecting PrimerLaura Mercier Secret Concealer, blending sponge (Keiko uses a variant of the Beauty Blender), Make Up For Ever HD FoundationMake Up For Ever Uplight #22


Cheeks: Estee Lauder Mad Men Collection Creme RougeMAC Fix+MAC 187 brush


Brows and eyes: Sonia Kashuk brow brushSmashbox Brow TechMAC Zoom Lash


Lips: MAC Prep + Prime LipMAC Redd lip linerMAC retractable lip brushMAC Russian Red


Want to recreate this simple and pretty look Keiko created? Keep reading after the jump for her step by step instructions and photos.

Yep, that’s right…another giveaway to help kick off your week. So, do you remember a couple weeks ago when I attended IFB conference and got to cover, and try out the brand DDF? I have to say that there are a lot of beauty and skincare products out there, but you know a product works well when you get to experience a mini facial and your skin isn’t left red, irritated or with sort of rash. Especially my skin, which is very sensitive and can be really dry. I half fell asleep during my facial because of how relaxing and soothing it was.

Anyway, since then, I have been using their Elixir, which like I mentioned, is great for dry skin and am now hooked on the stuff. It leaves your skin feeling hydrated, dewy and and fresh. All of that said, I wanted to share this wonderful product with you readers by giving a bottle away one lucky winner!

Okay, you know the drill. Leave a comment and your email below in order to win! Good luck! xoxo

P.S. I will be closing the bag giveaway tonight by 12p, EST and this giveaway by tomorrow at 12PM EST.

Click here to see me with no makeup right after my facial! No judgement…



A little sneak peek from my makeover experience at Arrojo Salon. I can't wait to show you the final look but my attempts at photographing it yesterday were dashed due to the rain we've been experiencing. But, I promise to share soon. In the meantime here are some behind the scene shots from my afternoon at the salon.



hair knot

I’ve seen this photo floating around the web for a couple months now, but when it resurfaced on Joanna’s blog this morning, I became intrigued with it and wanted to learn how to recreate this pretty, double knotted hairdo.  A  few clicks deep, I came across a link that a reader had left on Hanneli’s blog that directed me over to AOL’s  Stylelist. In a nutshell, you literally split your into two sections and double-knot it like a shoelace. I tried it quickly and it worked! I just need to spritz my hair with some saltwater, or use Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Spray to add texture and hold.

I can see this becoming  a pretty regular look, maybe a chic alternative to the ponytail that I wear almost every day. :)

new hair 1

Last Thursday, I excitedly made my way over to the Sally Hershberger Salon in the Meatpacking district in anticipation of giving my hair a little makeover. The ends were so dry, they were starting to look like straw and my hair in general just looked slightly lifeless. It needed help.

I always ask all my friends who cuts their hair and if there is anyone they swear by. And that is how I discovered Matt. My friend Nicole, who was visiting from Seattle documented the whole thing, and we chatted the night away with our new found friend Matt Fugate, who also happens to be from the Seattle area! Such a small world.

new hair 2

Matt showed me how to blow out my bangs to tame my cowlick/slight widows peak of a hairline and create a straight part down the middle. This was a huge deal to me because my whole life I have always wanted to have a demure middle part but could never quite get it just right. I can’t wait to try it out myself.

The other trick Matt does and is his “thing” is he  is a master at razoring. There is no blunt cutting or snipping and he has a a keen knack for creating seamless layers that actually achieve a longer look. It’s amazing. Really.

new hair 3

Here I am learning how to use a round brush. Does anyone else have problems when using this thing? Practice makes perfect I guess.



Okay, I have to just reiterate that I am not exaggerating when I say that I have never, ever had such a clean straight part like this before. It’s one thing if I decide to wear my hair curly, but when I style it straight, I want my part straight and my hairline sleek. I plan on practicing with my big round brush to perfect this look.

new hair 5

Almost done!




It’s safe to say I am obsessed with my new hair, and with creating a perfect middle part. Matt is amazing and is growing in popularity by the second, so if you are in need of a stellar new do, my advice is to get over there and fast! Thanks again Matt, you rocked my hair’s world!