Effortless Summer Beauty: Hair, Lips and Nails

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I love summer for many reasons, but one of the main ones is how effortless I can be with my makeup looks. Summer is when all the eyeshadow palettes get put away, and all I focus on, as you may have guessed from the post title, are hair lips and nails. One of the main reasons why I give up on the eyeshadow for the summer is because of sunglasses. As much as I love and enjoy putting on and wearing eye makeup, I cut back on it big time. Foundation, Mascara (Maybelline Volum’Express Pumped Up Colossal Mascara is the new summer favorite), Eyebrow pencil, Powder and Blush is what my summer beauty routine consists of.


I absolutely adore nail polish, and have quiet an extensive collection. But I never seem to have time for it. So for the past two weeks I’ve been making an effort and putting on a different color every few days. I didn’t wear nail polish on my nails for about a day, and couldn’t stand looking at my nails, they looked so sad. And of course with Essie and it’s amazing colors, like Sunday Funday, every day is a celebration.


Putting on lipstick has always been like putting on confidence. Lipstick helps you stand out. Lipstick is a great conversation starter. Lipstick helps make friends. Lipstick speaks for itself. But this time I went with Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain in New York Scene. I wanted my lips to stay moisturized and my color to be long lasting without the stickiness of the gloss. This beautiful deep red lip color makes me feel beautiful, I couldn’t ask for more.


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I love shopping for beauty products at Walgreens, they always have the latest trends, plus brands that I can’t find anywhere else, like this Mark Hill Fabulous Finish Hairspray. It was love at first sight. The packaging, the scent, the finish, the way my hair looks and feels. I have found my new must have. The whole Mark Hill line actually seemed very appealing to me and I would love to feature them on my blog in the future. And the fact that Mark Hill is an actual person and one of Britain’s Favorite Celebrity Hairdressers, makes me obsessed with him even more. I was also pleasantly surprised by the prices on this salon line.  And because I shopped Walgreens, I earned points towards my next rewards. Gotta love my Balance Rewards Card!


How would you summarize your summer beauty routine? What do you skip out on or add to the routine?

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Twin Cities Travelin’: Guthrie Theater and Stone Arch Bridge

Hands down, hanging out with Jameson of Lessons with Coffee for our Twin Cities Travelin’ series has been amazing, but on my Birthday! Double win! I had an amazing day, because St Anthony Main is one of my favorite places in the cities, but I’ve never been to Guthrie!

We started the day off with breakfast and mochas at Wild Roast Cafe, because Aster Cafe didn’t open till later, and you know us, teachers, we are early birds. That’s actually is only true on Jameson’s part, because I have been feeling like sleeping can easily be my superpower these days. A little about the food at the cafe. The mochas were amazing, but too sweet in the end. My creme brûlée french toast was more like a french toasted half a loaf of home made bread, but delicious. So yes to the toast, no to mocha! Unless you really like sugar!

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Jameson also surprised me with some Birthday presents. I knew what they were going to be, but had no idea what they would look like. But from now on, I demand that everyone gets Marc Jacobs dresses and Coach purses on their Birthdays!

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Then we walked across the Stone Arch Bridge towards Guthrie, it was perfect fall weather in July, which ended around 1 pm. I think by now Jameson and I have mastered the art of taking self-shooters and selfies. Sometimes we set my camera up on a picnic table, sometimes on the foundation of an electric tower. Tripods? No, haven’t heard :)

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Guthrie was amazing and a little psychedelic. I always loved that place for the huge picture of Anton Chekov which you can see from across the river. Russian Culture is something I’ve always been proud of.

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Inside we walked the halls decorated with photos from the plays past, took pictures, and said hi to some ghosts.

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If you haven’t been inside the Guthrie theater, you must go today! Now only to see a play there!

And of course we walked down to the Mills Ruin Park. Every time I go there I think about what life was like 100 + years ago. And sometimes I want to be taken to that era for a day, detox from all the social media, the phone, the modern day life.

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And that’s a wrap! I am so sad I’ll have to miss out on the next 2 weeks, because I am leaving for Colorado on Friday. But I will be back in time for Glamorama!  So don’t miss me too much, Twin Cities!

Z & J

PS. Don’t forget to enter my new giveaway to win a makeup brush set, and the winner of my See’s Candies giveaway  is Nout! So congrats girl! I hope I made your day sweeter!

Beauty Brunch: Mail Call


Having spent 2 summers working at a camp, I am very familiar with mail call. Were I at camp this week, I would’ve had to sing once a day every day, if not twice a day for all my packages. I do love getting mail, but you don’t want to hear my singing voice, trust me.

From makeup to nail polish, to hair removal products, I got a lot of new stuff to try in the mail. I don’t really know where to begin, so let’s start with Sigma Standout Eyes collection of 6 gel eyeliners.

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Just in case you didn’t know, Sigma is a local company that first became known for their makeup brushes (at least to me, via YouTube). Now that they have added lines of well-pigmented and high-quality makeup, I like them even more. Last week I received this amazing set of gel liners in the mail. And let me tell you, the cat eye challenge is on! The set included liners in: Wicked (blackest black), Liberally Toasted (toasty warm brown), Stunningly Ladylike (dark brown-black), Standout Peacock (deep indigo blue), Royally Striking (true purple), and Unexpected (neutral stony grey). The colors are long-wearing, opaque, and saturated. All gel liners are versatile, yet unique and unexpected with intense pigmentation and a smooth, fluid-like finish. It also included two brushes: E06 Winged Liner Brush, which creates the perfect winged liner, and E68 Line Perfector Brush, for controlled liner application with powder products. I can’t wait to show you the makeup looks I’ll be creating with these liners and my other Sigma products. Use the hashtag – #standouteyes on social media for inspiration.

Next let’s talk about Luuux Makeup Brushes. I got 3 sets of those (yes, THREE!) and will be giving 2 of those away! One in today’s post, one on Instagram. So if you need makeup brushes, make sure to enter and get your hands on a pretty cool set, which includes: L150 Large Powder Brush, L187 Stippling Brush, L116 Blush Brush, L190 Foundation Brush, L224 Eyeshadow Blending Brush, L195 Concealer Brush, L239 Blending Brush, L242 Eyeshadow Brush, L219 The Pencil Brush, L217 Eyeshadow and blending brush, L208 angled brush, L316 Lip Brush.

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Since I will be quitting my job in the next month or so, I knew I wanted to order hand made all natural soaps from one of the teachers. She’s given me a couple before to try, and I loved them. When she brought me a box of 10 different scents on Wednesday, I knew I wanted them all. Connie started making soaps several years ago as a necessity, not a hobby. She had several health issues caused by chemicals found in every day beauty products. And that’s how her soaps came to be. To learn more about Connie’s soaps email her at conniejwelch@hotmail.com

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I am also excited to try these Completely Bare products that I got through Klout. I am always looking for alternative hair removal ways, as I seem to cut myself every time I shave with a razor. I am especially interested in the Body Moisturizer & Hair Inhibitor, it’s Lemon Grass and Green Tea scented, and promises to help reduce hair density by as much as 50%, reduce hair length by as much as 30%, reduce hair growth by as much as 55% in 28 days. I remember using a product like this before (about 5-6 years ago), and I really liked it. I’ll definitely keep you posted on this one.

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And, finally, I received some products from Gerard’s to try out, and I will write a separate post on those. But how cool does Caviar cream sound? So stay tuned!

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I feel like my style is anything but dainty. I love oversized, baggy shirts and sweaters with skinny jeans and boots; boots with dresses, anything that’s hippie/boho like – that’s up my alley. But dainty? I don’t think so. Needless to say, this post and putting outfits together for it stressed me out quiet a lot. But I pulled myself together, and put together two looks, that I hope, summarize my interpretation of “dainty”.

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Have you notices that I’ve been absolutely in love with my Rebecca Minkoff mini 5 zip bag? I tend to obsess over the things I buy for myself.


And don’t forget to check other #ThriftStyleThursday posts for more inspiration! 

Buttons and Birdcages // Spoolish // Sandpaper Kisses // Sincerely Miss J // Confessions of a Refashionista // The Two Cent Chick // Snippets with Alex // Eclecticity // Alligator Toe // Erika’s Style Diary // Sistas From Cali // Bethie the Boo // Nuttier than Nutella //
Lipstick and Yarn

And a big warm welcome to our newest thrifty stylist: That Cheap Bitch




The Frye

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Some of you may know that yesterday was my Birthday. And, just like that I got myself a pair of Frye boots. I can’t say I always wanted ones, and have been dying to get my hands on them, but at the right place and the right time, well, now I own a pair. And just like that, they walk me now.

Hope you all had a great day!

Love, have fun and Frye!






Made to Move: Carefree Feminine Care

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Summers are exciting and fun. My summers are full of activities. Every day brings something new and challenging, every day I push myself a little more. I will admit, sometimes I do regret not spending a couple extra hours in bed, sleeping, relaxing, or reading a book. But summer is the time to be active. Summers here are spent on the go, and I don’t want my period to get in the way. Among pads, tampons and other feminine care products available on the market today, Stayfree always stood out, and has been my go to brand since New York City days.

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I would spend all day running around Manhattan, attending events, meeting with friends, going for walks, runs or bike rides, and never have to second guess Stayfree Ultra Thin Regular.

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When the same brand came out with Stayfree Overnight pads, I knew I could cross off another concern off my list.

Now, no matter whether I am running around at work, or getting ready to jump back into college life, or being a tourist in my own town working on Twin Cities Travelin’ post, I know Stayfree won’t let me down.



Stayfree Ultra Thin regular and Stayfree Overnight are available at Walmart, and what’s even better now is a $5 Walmart eGift card reward will be given to you when you buy any 3 products – Stayfree, Carefree, or o.b. – so stock up, ladies! I will be honest, I am finally getting the hang of shopping at Walmart. And the products that I purchased will last me a few months. So it’s a win-win on my end.

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Twin Cities Travelin’: Como Zoo and St Paul

Tuesdays have become one of my favorite days of the week. Aside from having Tuesdays Off (that’s my Tumblr btw ;) ) I get to spend them with Jameson of Lessons with Coffee and explore Twin Cities like never before.

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Last week we went to Como Zoo, and since I’ve been there multiple times on field trips with kids from work, I knew I wanted to visit Conservatory Gardens. We did however tried to take a picture of giraffes walking outside through the fence, to which a little girl told us that we have to walk around and go through the entrance to do that.

The Conservatory Gardens was a lot of what I expected and more. The inside is beautiful, but I think the Japanese Garden was my favorite, including the bonsai exhibit. Did you know that all bonsai trees are shaped like a triangle? And sometimes there are accent plants that can’t be higher than the top of the pot next to them? I learned so much that day. We met a really helpful volunteer, who told us about the Japanese tea ceremony and the tea house. I love tea, but I don’t think I could drink that green tea that they serve there.

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After we visited the Conservatory Gardens the plan was to stop by The Russian Tea House on University Ave. But apparently that place is only open on Fridays 11-3! Too bad, so sad! And I was!

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So instead we stopped by Second Debut, took pictures in front of the awesome mural. And then drove to Grand Ave and ate lunch at Salut!

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Stay tuned for the nest Twin Cities Travelin’, it’ll be my Birthday edition one! Until then – Have fun!

Z & J

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Hello, Lolly! See’s Candies Giveaway!


Let me try to make your life a little sweeter today! See’s candies are hard to resist, and why should you?

In honor of National Lollypop Day on 7/20 See’s Candies launched San Francisco Sugar Rush Sweepstakes! You can enter daily until the 20th, and one of you will win quite possibly the greatest candy-filled trip of your life. Want to know more? Check it out here. Plus See’s will be offering free lollipops on 7/20, and special pricing for boxes of lollipops 7/13-7/20. I know I am going!


And as a sweet bonus, See’s Candies has also provided me with a $25 gift card to reward to one lucky reader. I’d totally spend mine on the Dark Chocolate Blueberries! So enter below and good luck!


And if you are at the Mall of America on July, 20, make sure to check out a huge 3D street art display at the See’s store location! Tweet me your pictures if you do!


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Beauty Brunch: Bath and Beyond



A couple weeks ago I asked Sam to pick up a new body wash for me at the store. Here is what he came home with. I think he did pretty well, don’t you?



Sand, water, salt and wind. Summer obviously calls for constant manis, pedis, and pampering. Detox baths are relaxing, rejuvenating and according to some, even help weight-loss. I have 4 recipes for you today, enjoy!


Cleopatra’s Scrub and Bath

For the bath:
1/4 gallon of milk
1/2 cup of honey

For the scrub:
2/3 cup sour cream
2/3 cup sea salt

Apply scrub, keep on for 10-15 minutes, rinse. Add milk and honey mix to the tub, soak for 20-25 minutes.

Hollywood Bath

1 egg
1/2 cup bodywash
1 tsp vanilla

Mix the ingredients and add to the bath. Soak for 20-25 minutes.

Baking Soda Bath

1 cup Baking Soda
1 cup Salt

No food or drink 2 hours prior/after this bath! Soak for no more than 10 minutes. Rest for 40 minutes after.

Rose Petal Bath

Few drops of Rose Essential oil
1/4 gallon of milk
Rose petals

Soak for 20-25 minutes.

And while you are taking your beauty bath, don’t forget about your hair! These are a few of the hair masks I’ve been using lately.


I was pleasantly surprised by the L’Oreal ones ($5.99 each at Target), they both work great on my color treated hair, leaving it soft and shiny. Arvazallia product was already featured on my blog, so make sure to read the review here!

What hair products have you been using lately?

Thanks for tuning in to another beauty brunch! Have a great week!

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Urban Gothic

Happy Thursday! Today I put together two gothic inspired outfits for you. One is more precessional and office appropriate, while the second one is sassy and meant for parties, going out and dancing! Both of the outfits feature the same Elle brand dress I got from Megan of Two Birds at our Minneapolis Blogger Sale. Two pairs of shoes: Rampage Heels and Naturalizer flats that I am wearing were given to me by my coworker. I am wearing my husband’s old Timex watch. So the only things that I actually spend my money on were the purses: 3.1 Philip Lim for Target is the large tote bag that I feature a lot in my outfits, and my brand new Rebecca Minkoff mini bag that I got as a Birthday gift for myself from Shopbop.










Make sure to check out other girls’ Thrift Style Thursday posts!

Buttons and Birdcages // Spoolish // Sandpaper Kisses // Sincerely Miss J // Confessions of a Refashionista // The Two Cent Chick // Snippets with Alex // Eclecticity // Alligator Toe // Erika’s Style Diary // Sistas From Cali // Bethie the Boo // Nuttier than Nutella // Lipstick and Yarn

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