Easy Half Up Bun

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John Frieda Root Blur

There are three hairstyles that I wear to school these days. Straight, wavy and a half bun, or as I prefer to call it – the man bun. And since I often wear my hair half up half down, I’ve been looking for a product that would help me blend the color in a little bit more, so that the contrast between my bleached hair and darker roots wouldn’t appear so drastic. That’s why I was really excited to try out the new Root Blur™ Colour Blending Concealer by John Frieda in Platinum to Champagne For Light to Medium Blonde available at Target in the hair color aisle.

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I have never heard of root concealer before, but it seemed like a perfect temporary solution for the times when my balayage grows out, and I need to soften the color. The powder also made sense, because I figured it’ll have an effect similar to the dry shampoo, so on the second or third day between shampooing, it would help absorb that extra oil and make hair look fresher.

Back to my favorite hairstyle though. A half up bun is only half the fun when the hair is straight. That’s why I normally curl my hair before setting my foot out the door. I normally use a Remington curling wand, but add the finish with sea salt beach spray instead of hairspray. Once the hair is dry and styled I use the John Frieda Root Blur, and the applicator that came with it to quickly blur the roots away, and add more color to frame the face. It takes only a couple minutes, and lasts till the next shampooing.

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And finally, a special promotion to take advantage of: Buy 3 Products Get a $5 Target Gift Card! You can look for the product on a special endcap display until the 5th!

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Welcome February. It is my least favorite month of the year, good thing it’s a short one, right?

About a week and a half ago I got to visit Heather at Bella on the Bay in Excelsior. Out of all small towns around Lake Minnetonka Excelsior is by far my favorite, and now I get to go there to get my hair done, that is until I move to Wisconsin 😉 but even afterwards I will probably schedule my hair appointments around my trips back to Minnesota. To make a long story short, she did an amazing job with my balayage and I can’t wait to go back for my haircut at the end of the month.

It’s so nice to have a friend at school who will take pictures for you. My friend McCall joined the College Fashionista team, and we got to take some pictures last week between classes. And it has somehow worked out that McCall and I are taking most of our classes together this semester. So much for the U being a big school. Here is to 23 credits my friends!

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara Review

 

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Winter is a perfect season for beauty reviews, because I don’t have to go outside and take outfit photos. I recently received new Velvet Noir mascara by Marc Jacobs Beauty, thus the review. I feel like mascara is a product you don’t need to test out for weeks to know if you like it or not. Of course there is the aspect of what happens to the formula over time and whether it’s going to be as easy to apply as it is now, or if it’s going to thicken, but I am going to ignore this aspect altogether today.

Something interesting I learned about the Velvet Noir mascara is that it was inspired by Marc Jacobs’s first beauty memory of his mother carefully shaving fibers from a velvet ribbon to create her own couture faux lashes.  2016-01-02 14.53.47

The mascara is thick in consistency, glides on extremely well, brush is shaped unlike any other mascara I’ve used, and is overall a pleasure to apply. It is also formulated without Paragons, Sulfates and Phthalates. Yes, it is pricey $26.00 but you get a lot of product for the buck. I am still trying to get used to the product and its application. I definitely recommend it for the volume, but not so much for length. Also be careful with how much you apply, because the lashes can end up looking clumpy.

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Disclosure: I received this product as a free sample in exchange for my review

Luminess AirSupremacy

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Hello friends,

How have you been? After two weeks of not posting anything, and evaluating and reevaluating my existing blog space, I came to a conclusion that it’s better for all of us if I post more reviews and tutorials (especially the DIY kind), and if you want to see my outfits, there is Instagram for that!

A couple months ago I got the opportunity to try Luminess AirBrush System, and when I was offered to try the new Mist Airbrush Foundation, I couldn’t resist. The less I touch my face the better my skin looks, it’s an easy rule I’ve been following since I was 13 and started using makeup. I must admit following is a strong word though, because when I am stressed, I am stressed and I start touching my face, picking at anything that may be healing, and then having to deal with all the consequences. Even makeup brushes cause breakouts when the midterms and finals hit.

That’s why airbrushing is my saving grace. Not only do I not touch my face with my hands, I have also eliminated the step of having to touch it with the brushes.

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Now the Luminess AirSupremacy boasts

  • superior build-able, yet breathable coverage;
  • ideal for sensitive skin;
  • dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested;
  • paraben, fragrance and oil free;
  • never tested on animals;
  • no mess application;
  • minimizes fine lines, wrinkles and texture.

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The starter kit comes with 5 products and 2 brushes. I got the shade fair, I think that’s the shade I received last time, and I was very happy to see that Luminess Air remembered my preference. The 5 products that come in the kit are:

  • Refreshing and Moisturizing Mist Face Primer (2 oz.)
  • Ultimate Flawless Mist Airbrush Foundation Shade 2 Bloom (2 oz.)
  • Ultimate Flawless Mist Airbrush Foundation Shade 3 Golden Beige (2 oz.)
  • Natural Finish Mist Airbrush Blush (2 oz.)
  • 18 hour long-wear mist makeup sealant ( .5 oz.)

The kit includes two brushes, a small blush/powder brush and a Pro-Air blender sponge brush, which I haven’t used yet. The purpose of the Pro-Air Blender is to help get rid of the over-spray or blotchiness, and remove any excess makeup. The brush is an alternative method of applying foundation if you don’t want to spray it directly on your face.

Every product needs to be shaken for about 5 seconds before you apply it. And as far as the word “mist” goes, the only one that’s truly a mist in my opinion is the primer. The other products are more of aerosols, which explains why there is a brush included in the set – the alternative method of applying foundation.

What I like about the kit the most is it includes everything that you need. I stopped using eyeshadow primer, because the foundation covers the eyelids. The line has a nice fragrance to it. The product is a little drying, so definitely layer up on that moisturizer in the morning and definitely at night. Airbrushing creates an even tone, and helps correct all the discolorations that I have on my face, including the redness caused by breakouts. Here are some before and after photos for you.

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Sorry about those, didn’t mean to scare you!

Overall, the system definitely wins over the current Air Brush System I own, even though they are the same brand. It’s the ease of use and no need to clean the dispenser afterwards that has me sold on this one over the existing one. One major advantage of this line and the brand overall is a little really goes a long way here. And the less I use, personally, the better my skin looks.

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The product is available on the website AirSupremacy.com and on QVC. And if you have any more questions, don’t hesitate and reach out to me on social media and through the comments.

Disclosure: the product was complimentary. All opinions are my own. 

Luminess Air Airbrush Cosmetics Review

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Luminess Air and Hawkemedia. All opinions are my own. 

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I have recently completely changed up my makeup routine. I switched from the BB cream I’ve been using to Luminess Air Airbrush Cosmetics. It’s been amazing, and it’s pretty safe to say I am never going back to regular makeup again.

I never thought airbrushing to be that of a big deal like other bloggers made it seem. It’s pricey, seemed like it would take too much time, and I was fine with the products I currently had. And then I tried it. Airbrushing is the bomb, I tell you! It helps create an even skin tone, makes me look younger, and keep my skin matte longer.

My favorite part is the application. I am a firm believer that you should avoid touching your face as much as possible, and this is the perfect tool for me. And I actually like the feeling of air blowing on my skin, though I was terrified I was going to airbrush myself in the eye by accident.

You simply start by matching your color on luminessair.com by uploading a photo, or going directly into purchasing the kit and selecting a color from there.

Since my skin tends to get oily, I went with the Matte foundation, and a medium color. When I received my Aqua and White Luminess Air kit it actually came with two different shades, which is perfect, because my skin tone will definitely change once the summer is over.

The airbrush system is extremely easy to use at home. I simply watched a video on how to correctly use the stylus and went from there. (The video part is REALLY important, don’t skip out on that!)

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I had a photoshoot with my friend Ania of Alacloth Vintage last week, and she definitely noticed the difference in my skin. bbb1

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As you can see from the photos it’s perfect for covering up blemishes and any imperfections that I have. I’m pretty excited I had the opportunity to try out the Airbrush system, because I would’ve never bought it for myself.

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Have you ever tried an airbrush system? What did you think?

Facing Acne

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Summer is my favorite season, hands down. But my skin breaks out the most during this season. All the time I spent sailing, or hanging outside at the beach can negatively impact my skin. Fortunately, I have a go-to product when it comes to dealing with breakouts – Proactiv.

I partnered up with FacingAcne.com to talk about this product with you today. The three step system helps take care of everything, from cleansing, to toning to moisturizing. They even have an SPF containing moisturizer for those of us concerned with sun damage. I have found out that Proactive works best for me when I use it once a day, or as a week-long treatment. My skin is sensitive, so using it for more than 7 days dries it out.

Having worked in a beauty industry, I’ve learned the importance of a 3-step program. A lot of people skip out on the toner, or substitute it with serum. And that’s not okay. I would recommend using the toner at least once a day before going to sleep, because that’s whats really going to help remove the dead skin cells and help the skin absorb moisturizer better. And that to me is the best anti-aging tip out there! (Coming from a girl who turns 29 next week!)

What are some of your favorite skin care products? How do you fight acne?

Disclosure: Facing Acne provided me with the product, all opinions are my own. FacingAcne.com does not sell any of the products mentioned above.

Shabby Apple Tulle Skirt

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I hope everyone had a happy 4th! I am really excited to share these photos that my friend Blake shot last week at the Rose Gardens by Lake Harriet. If you’ve never been there, and you live in Minneapolis – it’s a must see/go place this summer.

The skirt is from Shabby Apple, and it’s the kind of tulle skirt I’ve always wanted to have. I had a really hard time deciding between the lengths, but went for the maxi. It is so unique and special and makes me feel, well, like a princess.

I paired it with a few of my favorite pieces, like the graphic Tee from Minneapolis Institute of Art, and two of my button downs. The skirt calls for heels and fancy necklaces, as well as red lipstick and a lot of smiles.

A few of my friends, my husband and I are starting Whole30 tomorrow! So stay tuned for updates, and some delicious recipes! Meanwhile, twirl!

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Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Mat Review

  
Cleaning makeup brushes is an important and necessary task, but if you are like me, it takes a while. The amount of brushes that I have, plus the amount of brushes that are tucked away, still in their packaging is seriously scary. It used to take me at least 20 minutes to wash the entire collection. Until I got the Sigma Brush Mat. 

Sigma, if you didn’t know, is a Minnesota based company, and a YouTube sensation. Their brushes are known for incredible quality and ease of use, and the constantly changing makeup collection keeps surprising the customers with new colors. Anything to help us be more creative and bold when it comes to our makeup. 

  
The brush mat has suction cups on the bottom, and attaches to your sink. The right side is for face brushes, while the left one is for eyes. There are seven different sections (textures) for cleaning, refining and rinsing the brushes. And it’s incredibly time saving. I was done washing all my brushes in under 10 minutes. My life has never been easier! 

  
The Spa Brush Mat is $32 and is available on Sigmabeauty.com or at their Mall of America location. 

  

One last thing, don’t clean your beauty blender using the mat, it will be destroyed! 

Just Another Tuesday

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So I’ve ditched this blog for over 2 weeks, checking it today was as hard as checking a grade for a class I know I am not doing well in.

The semester is almost over and my summer internship starts May, 18.

Mason is doing really well, he is my absolute favorite. A lot of my friends say that he is their favorite Hutson now. He is seriously so stinking cute, I can’t stop instagramming him. I am one of those crazy fur moms now.

Last week I stopped by Goodwill outlet in St Paul, and guess what, I can get a whole wardrobe there for under $10! You don’t need the expensive stuff this world tells you to buy. I am perfectly fine in my thrifted shirt and jeans. And Mason still likes me, so that’s all that matters.

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Gold lace + Shopbop friends and family event

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Happy Tuesday! How are you all doing today? I am so excited to be sharing these shots with you today (Once again huge thanks to Eric of Eric Sorensen Photography). This is my new favorite dress, the go-to, the “wear everyday if I could” dress.
And for the next 3 days you are able to take 25% off your Shopbop order with SPRING25 code! Kate Spade, here I come! For the gentlemen in your life, 25% off code is also good on East Dane!
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