New Year, New Makeup routine with Neutrogena

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Who doesn’t like a fresh start? A new opportunity? A new chance? These are just some of the amazing things a lot of us look forward to in the New Year. This year my biggest goal is to travel more. I have a road trip and a Euro trip in the works, I have all of the outfits planned for these already 😉 as one always should! I am also working on advancing in my yoga practice. Yoga is something that has kept me centered over the last year and a half, and I want to find inner strength to make my practices more challenging.

Make up has always been one of my creative outlets, a form of self-expression, just like my outfits. There are days when I wake up in the morning, look at myself in the mirror and honestly wonder – “How am I going to go through the day?” Then I put some make up on and realize that “I actually turned out okay”. I am starting this year with some new make up products from Neutrogena® and a new makeup look. Flawless skin is not a myth, it is achievable with the right makeup and today I wanted to share my new routine for 2018. Remember to be creative with your makeup and if you don’t feel like applyng a specific product, save it for another day!

I have always loved and trusted Neutrogena® skincare products, so this year I am finally taking the next step and relying on Neutrogena® for my makeup needs. I feel like this is the brand that creates product with customers’ skin in mind. They use quality ingredients and formulas, and the value when you spend money on Neutrogena® Healthy Skin® foundations as compared to more expensive options is impeccable. All of the products that I am using in this post are now available at Walmart, you can find the Healthy Skin® foundations for a better value than any other storefront.

For this look I will be using:

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  • Healthy Skin Pressed Powder ($9.97 available in 4 shades) – Suitable for All Skin Types, results in light-medium coverage, evens out skin tone, and has an anti-oxidant blend.
  • Healthy Volume Mascara ($7.47 available in 5 shades) – Provides up to 400% fuller, clump free lashes. One of the key ingredients of the mascara is Olive oil, which helps condition the lashes as well.
  • MoistureSmooth Color Stick ($7.97 available in 14 shades) – Moisturizing color that conditions lips, made of Mango & shea butter.
  • Healthy Skin Blends ($10.77 available in 2 shades)– for Sheer illuminating color, designed to enhance skin’s healthy glow, key ingredients are Vitamin C and botanical conditioners
  • And Makeup Remover ($4.97) to take it all off at the end of day 😉

Step 1: Start with a fresh face and apply Healthy Skin Pressed Powder all over. If you have oily or combination skin apply more product in those areas.

Step 2: Define your eyebrows.

Step 3: Use a neutral eyeshadow for that everyday look. Add eyeliner if you feel like it!

Step 4: Apply the mascara. It’s there for you to help open the eyes! Mascara is one of the products I always wear, even if I have zero time to get ready.

Step 5: Experiment and play around with highlighter and bronzer to define the cheekbones and nose. I never thought I would admit to it, but my cheeckbones are one of my favorite features.

Step 6: Finally bring it all together with Healthy Skin Blends and apply some lipstick. I’ve been into neutrals in 2017, so I am starting 2018 with deeper darker colors. This color is called Deep Plum.

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I hope you all give Neutrogena® products a shot in 2018. Their vision is to be equal parts scientist and beauty expert. To do the kind of thorough research that inspires trust. To have products women want to share with their friends. To offer makeup that magnifies a woman’s confidence and gives her a range of looks-without ever eclipsing her true beauty. Their products make you feel like you are doing the best for your skin, leaving your skin looking healthy and beautiful! And making you feel good in your skin.

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And the best news is there are some special offers on these products at Walmart, so make sure to take advantage of those:

  • Healthy Skin Pressed Powder is $2 off and Compact Makeup is $1.80 off during Rollback for 2018!
  • You can also currently find $3 off Healthy Skin coupons at Walmarts but the supplies are limited.
  • You can text “HEALTHYSKIN” to “39492” to get $2 off any Neutrogena® Healthy Skin liquid makeup through Ibotta

Best of Beauty 2017

The 2017 round up of my most favorite beauty discoveries is finally here! Some of the products are tried and true, and some are new additions that feed my addiction. From skincare to make up to hair care, I’ve got you covered 😉

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  1. BLNDN Save you for all of us blonde wanna-bes out there. Really helps dry ends and can be used on dry or wet hair. I use it everyday. Less is more is not a rule I stick to these days.
  2. Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo for those days when mornings are especially rough, which to be honest happens more than I want to admit. Make sure to use this at night before bed, otherwise you are risking showing up to the office with some white roots.
  3. Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair leave-in conditioner is a new favorite and might be coming to the gym with me in 2018, since I spend half of my life there anyways.

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The best kept secret of 2017 found on Amazon:

  1. Vaadi Face Mask that helps minimize acne scars, dark spots, etc.
  2. Eraser Cream is my new must have, I order 4-5 at a time, because it comes from India. This smells amazing and works wonders on my skin. I use it as my night cream, and I swear that it even helps me sleep better!

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Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Serum, because your home girl isn’t in her 20s anymore.

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  1. Marc Jacobs highlighter. Yes this product is shaped like a deodorant stick, but man does it make my skin shine and glow better than post an hour long session of yoga. In fact, even the hipsters at the Logan Square farmers market notice. This is a must have for when you want to spend $20 on a paper bag of mushroom medley.
  2. It Cosmetics finishing powder. Perfection. SPF 50

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It Cosmetics mascara primer. A Product so good, it doesn’t matter what mascara you use.

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WunderBrow – I don’t know where this has been my whole life. GAMECHANGER. Now to set a reminder to make an appointment and get my eyebrows waxed.

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It Cosmetics Superhero Eyeliner – precision and pigment go hand in hand. Here is hoping your hand doesn’t shake during application.

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Finally, the only oils you are ever going to need:

  1. Argan oil from Trader Joes – perfect for skin and hair.
  2. Essential oils from Whole Foods – find your favorite scent and keep around the house, the office or throw it in your purse, or gym bag. Jasmine is a long time favorite, and Bergamot obsession comes from my love for Earl Grey! There, now you know what I smell like!
  3. Calendula oil, the best moisturizer that is helping me survive yet another miserable Midwest winter. Remind me why do I live here again?

And there you have it! My best and favorite of 2017! What are some of your 2017 beauty must haves? Do tell!

 

Holidays in Bearpaw Boots from 6pm.com


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Snow has finally made it appearance on the streets of Milwaukee. And it only means one thing – I get to take my snow boots out of the shoe box exile that they’ve been in all this time. This year I added a new pair of winter boots to my collection – Bearpaw’s Morgan in Hickory from 6pm!

As you can see from this look cozy is key this winter, layering my favorite button downs with comfy sweaters, high waisted jeans, and comfortable warm boots is my jam!

From weekend brunch to walking over to the gym this pair of boots has quickly become my favorite. I love the lace detail on the side and the cozy inside. Truth be told, it is like wearing slippers outside, but so much more stylish!

I’ve worn these out shopping, to work and on even on my latest road trip to Sheboygan to visit Kohler Arts Center. I especially loved the Chelsea Hotel exhibit!

What’s your go-to footwear in the winter? I would love to see pictures too, feel free to tag me on Instagram or in comments below! Have you ever shopped at 6pm.com? What is on your wishlist?

And if you are looking for stylish cozy foot wear this season for yourself or someone you love as a holiday gift, check out Bearpaw at 6pm.com!

 

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Cameron’s Coffee Holiday Giveaway

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Cameron’s Coffee. All opinions are my own.
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The holidays are finally here and as promised, I am partnering with Cameron’s Coffee to bring this holiday Giveaway to you!

But before I tell you all about what you can win and how to enter, I have to share the story of how I tried coffee for the first time.

Are you ready? I was about 9 years old, and still living in Russia. Growing up I was a big tea drinker, like everyone else there, and we didn’t really keep coffee in the house. One day however, maybe because of a commercial, maybe because of a co-worker’s recommendation, my parents decided it was a good idea to buy some coffee. They also thought it was a good idea to give it to me, at 9 pm, on a school night. For the next 3 hours, I literally bounced off the walls, attempted several cartwheels and invented my own dance. So now if you ever meet me in person and wonder how I go through 4 cups of coffee a day, and 1 before bed – there is your answer.

And now for the giveaway! You can enter to win 6 bags of ground or whole bean coffee, or 6 boxes of 12ct pods. To enter: follow me and Cameron’s coffee on social media and go to this Instagram post to earn extra entries by liking this photo and tagging a friend who also likes coffee!

Good luck and I will announce the winner on Saturday on my Instagram Story!

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Holidays with prAna

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My favorite part about the upcoming holidays? Giving Gifts of course! I love seeing people’s faces light up with excitement and joy! And while I may not be the best at wrapping gifts, I think I am pretty good at picking out gifts!
Over the past couple of years I’ve really enjoyed giving gifts to my co-workers, they are the people I spend most of my time with during the week after all!
prAna is one of the brands I am partnering with this holiday season to give you ideas about what kind of gifts you can get for your family, friends, and even yourself! prAna’s mission of making things better by giving…quality, durable and stylish clothing that’s thoughtfully designed is very close to my heart and I own a lot of their work out and casual clothing. I actually look forward to their catalog coming in the mail!
The outfit that I am wearing not only looks but feels good and can be transformative. I will be honest I was skeptical about the Kara Jean at first, because they are a low rise, but the fabric is so comfortable, stretchy and different, I actually wore these all weekend last week! I can wear them to work, but also out hiking and exploring, I am a big fan of day trips if you didn’t know!
The Rockaway Jacket not only keeps me warm and comfortable but also reminds me of the time I spent living in New York (there is a neighborhood in Queens with a very similar name). I call it my Far Rockaway Jacket 😉
Another cool thing about prAna is that during this holiday season they are really focused on giving back. prAna is committed to giving back to the people who produce the clothing, as well as their employees and the community. How are you giving back this holiday season?
If you love my outfit and want to check out more prAna styles visit their website at prAna.com, and if you choose to place an order, feel free to use code CMBZ17 to get 15% off your order!

Taste of the Holidays with Cameron’s Coffee

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The other day I caught myself thinking how the end of the year always flies by so quickly. A big part of me believes that it’s because of the Holiday Season. I always look forward to the fall/winter months because of all the time off I get to take and the trips I get to take!

I just returned from a 5 day trip to Minneapolis over Thanksgiving! It was an incredible time filled with family, laughter, friends and of course shooting new looks with my photographer friends. Minneapolis is a perfect city for that too! The historic buildings in downtown create the perfect back drop and make my creative juices flow. I know I am only sharing one look today, but I promise there are a lot more coming.

When it comes to winter looks I tend to go for comfortable, cozy fabrics, like this cashmere turtleneck, that I can’t stop wearing. It gives off an Audrey Hepburn vibes, doesn’t it? Pairing the black top with a bright bold pant and a pair of heels helps make a statement with this outfit! Needless to say, I hd so much fun shooting with my friend Sabrina!

Something else that helps my creative juices flow? Coffee, of course! There is nothing like waking up in the morning, knowing you are not in a rush, tasting that first sip of coffee and just breathing! Think about how rarely we get to do it. I know I cherish moments like that above all!

It also helps if the coffee tastes good. Luckily, Cameron’s coffee has a wide variety of delicious flavors, including Holiday flavors: Crème Brulee Latte and Pumpkin Spice being my holiday favorites! I especially enjoy the Crème Brulee Latte blend with some almond milk and whipped cream, anything to make my drink more festive!

I hope you enjoy the holidays with your loved ones this season! And while you are at it, I hope you enjoy some coffee too!

Make sure to follow Cameron’s Coffee on social media Instagram, FacebookTwitter and stay tuned for some upcoming holiday giveaways!

Outfit photos by Sabrina Kennelly

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Cameron’s Coffee 100% Compostable EcoPods

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I can’t believe October is coming to an end already! This year is flying by so quickly. However, one of the most exciting things that happened this month was Cameron’s Coffee came out with their 100% compostable EcoPods. As a lot of you know I am all about doing as much as I possibly can to help the environment, and if my favorite coffee brand comes out with compostable coffee pods, of course I am going to use them.

I am not new to composting coffee. When I still lived in Minnesota and had a house, I always used to put my used coffee grounds under the rose bushes by the side door, and I absolutely loved the result. Now that I don’t have a garden anymore I compost wherever I can and luckily, we have separate compost bins at work. There is something about companies that make it their mission to make less waste that really speaks to me.

Cameron’s EcoPods are made from renewable, plant-based materials. The entire thing is compostable: from paper lid, to ring to filter. Cameron’s Coffee completed all the necessary testing with authorized facilities to make their product 100% compostable in industrial facilities.

As there is no certification process for home composting, Cameron’s Coffee can’t label their EcoPods as such, but since all the materials are plant-based, they will break down into organic matter if composted properly. Give it a try–employees at Cameron’s have successfully composted these pods at home!

I hope this news makes you as excited as it makes me! I can’t wait to see what else Cameron’s Coffee comes up with!

I also wanted to let you know about their Warehouse Sale! It’s happening Wednesday, November 8 – Saturday, November 11 at 5555 12th Avenue East, Suite 170, Shakopee, MN. So if you live in the Twin Cities area make sure to check it out! They also have amazing t-shirts and free burlap!

Make sure to follow Cameron’s Coffee on social media Instagram, FacebookTwitter and stay tuned for some upcoming holiday giveaways!

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That day when…

that day when

 

You set the bar so high no one can achieve it…

Not even you.

You lay there awake at three, four, five am

Asking yourself – “Have I failed yet?”

You watch other people and wonder

What’s it like to be you?

Their life stories unravelling at the touch of your imagination.

The thoughts that you would never share,

The questions that haunt and don’t let go.

But then it wouldn’t be your life.

Someday you will find your heart

And the only biggest strongest gesture that matters right now is the hug you give yourself

 

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Fall Style | Plaid

This post is sponsored by Shopko.

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Plaid and October are synonyms when it comes to fall style. A plaid button down is a must have especially if you live in the midwest. I have been loving all the color combos that Shopko’s new brand A&I has to offer, but this deep teal is by far my favorite. Now all I can hope for is this amazing Wisconsin weather to last a bit longer.

I have to admit October has a lot to measure up to! My September was very eventful, packed with trips (Miami, Minneapolis, LA), a wedding, bachelorette party, catching up with friends and family, and even “losing” my car in Chicago. “Siri, where did I park?” is, hands down, the best iPhone feature.

I hope you all enjoy your October! I can’t wait to go back to Minneapolis next weekend for Rachel’s wedding!

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Happy National Coffee Day and my Cupping Experience at Cameron’s Coffee

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National Coffee Day is one of my favorite days of all! This year I am especially excited to be celebrating it in partnership with Cameron’s Coffee. Cameron’s Coffee is a Wisconsin founded and now Twin Cities based company that focuses on delivering the best coffee to those of us who enjoy making coffee at home and getting it tasting just right.

When I was in Minneapolis earlier this month, I got a chance to visit Cameron’s Coffee offices and be a part of the cupping experience they arrange for all of their new employees to learn more about coffee. I can only compare this experience to wine tasting, but better. The real purpose of cupping is to taste the different coffees and make sure they are up to our standards, as well as look for any imperfections or irregularities in the batch.

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Below is a detailed description of my experience, and while it can get pretty technical, I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves coffee. I also learned that I have absolutely no talent when it comes to defining coffee flavors.

The best part of the experience was meeting Patrick, Cameron’s Roastmaster, who walked me through the cupping experience. We cupped 4 flavors total:

  • Mexico – light
  • Brazil – sugary
  • Colombian – solid, balanced, sweet
  • Sumatra – earthy, big bodied

And while I am letting you know what each blend is supposed to taste like, I went into this completely unknowing what was going to happen.

Cupping happens around a table which resembles a huge lazy susan, that way you can spin the table and don’t have to walk around. There were 12 ceramic cups (you can also use tempered glass), 3 for each coffee flavor. All cups must be identical in measurements and come from the same manufacturer. You will also need a cupping spoon, which is a special kind of spoon with a large bowl. It works best if the spoon is silver or silver plated.

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To get a little bit more into details all beans are roasted within 24hours of the cupping, and can rest for 6-8 hours. Samples are ground immediately before cupping and grinds are coarser than what is normally used for paper drip. And finally, a few important numbers you should know: the coffee to water ratio for a cupping is 8.25 gm to 150 ml.

The cupping process step by step:

  • First, you smell the ground sample
  • Then you add water to the coffee sample, the water should be freshly drawn and approximate 200 degrees F
  • Make sure to let the coffee steep for 4 min
  • Ensure the coffee is plenty cooled off before drinking, you don’t want to burn your tongue or mouth and ruin your palate for the day
  • Once the coffee is cooled off break the crust that forms on the surface by lightly pressing with the spoon (no more than 3 times), get your nose up to the cup so you can smell the aroma after the coffee is broken
  • Remove the rest of the stuff that doesn’t go to the bottom after breaking
  • Let cool for a few more minutes, usually 8 to 12.
  • Tasting the coffee, using a spoon with a large bowl. Fill the bowl of the spoon, slurp the coffee while aspirating the coffee to cover your entire palate.  Then either drink the coffee or spit it out. Rinse your spoon and repeat at next cup. This was my favorite part, because I got to slurp in an office environment J

Should you ever get an opportunity to participate in cupping, here are a few tips for you:

  • Before you cup, try your best not to eat anything or drink anything potent. You don’t want to already affect your senses before trying coffee.
  • It’s also best if you don’t wear any perfume!
  • Cameron’s Coffee CEO even suggested smelling your own skin in between smelling in each coffee so your “palate gets cleansed”

Make sure to follow Cameron’s Coffee on social media Instagram, FacebookTwitter and stay tuned for some upcoming holiday giveaways! Love my Cameron’s Coffee mug and Tee? These are going to be available on the website soon!happy-national-coffee-day

This post includes photos by Say Hello, Story

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