Beauty Brunch – GHD Curve Review

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Happy Sunday beautiful people! This year I am bringing back the weekly Beauty Brunch section on my blog, where you’ll be able to find lists of my favorite products, reviews and all other beauty related updates.

I want to start this series with a GHD Curve review, a styling tool that I have been using for the past couple of months. It’s a barrel shaped curling wand that has replaced all the other wands I own. This ghd tool combines patented tri-zone technology and the optimum curling temperature to help style all hair types and textures. From my personal experience it’s definitely easier to use when your hair is on the longer side. I recently got a hair cut and it’s a bit challenging to curl my hair. I also recommend using a heat protectant when styling with GHD Curve. Another helpful tip – hair spray before and after the use! That will make your curls last longer.

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The Tool

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The Before

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The after

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The after I ran my fingers through it

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Join me on my 2017 Health and Wellness Journey

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Today I am turning a new page here at BeingZhenya.com. I am starting a health and wellness journey that I want to share with you. I’ve been thinking a lot about the blog and whether to continue writing, and I decided that it was time to put more time and effort into it.

Since starting my first big job out of college last August I found myself spending more time on the couch with a glass of wine watching yet another show on Netflix. Even my regular trips to the gym seemed to be pointless.

That’s why I am starting 2017 with another Whole 30 challenge. Sam and I did it a year and a half ago and it worked so well for us. I will be sharing my grocery hauls as well as my favorite recipes with you. And even though the challenge is only 30 days, I am planning on continuing it through the year.

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If 30 days seems too long, I would like to recommend the POPSUGAR January Jump Start plan for 2017 which includes clean eating recipes and 2-week workout plan! It’s easy to navigate, and some of the workouts even include videos, so you can simply follow along. I will be continuing attending classes at the WAC, sticking with strength and boot camp, but I will give a more detailed update once I see the January/February schedule.

Another important aspect of my health and wellness journey for 2017 is my mental and emotional health. I’ve noticed that a lot of my friends were battling depression and anxiety. I have been going through a lot over the past few months as well. Some of the major 2016 events included our move to Milwaukee, leaving my Minneapolis friends, graduating from college, starting a new job. It’s stressful when it’s just you, but when you are moving with a spouse, it’s even more so. I’m looking for 2017 to slow down and for things to settle down a bit, but we’ll see. I am planning on spending less time on my phone, more time with my friends and family, more time reading and writing.

I want to wish you all a happy new year, let’s make 2017 kick ass!

In Bordeaux // Monday Mode Link Up

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Happy Monday! I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving! I feel so fortunate I got to spend it with my friend Kaitlyn and her family!

The rest of this long weekend was spent catching up on reading, blogging and organizing my apartment. I also got to see my friend Jessica and catch up on what’s going on in Minneapolis.

Today’s outfit is a layering masterpiece, at least in my book! I am usually not very good at layering. I find it difficult to find pieces that go together, but this time maybe it’s the bordeaux color that helps me pull it off together.

Once again all the photos are by @kaitlyn.luckow and if you like my outfit, you can shop it or similar pieces below:

And now for the Link Up: The blogger of the week is Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge. Please leave your links below and help us spread the word be it through Twitter, Instagram or Facebook by using hashtag #MondayMode 🙂
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A Very Mod Style Monday Mode with LATTORI and Link Up

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Do you have a look or a style that you go for regardless of the season? Something you rely on when in doubt? For me it’s the mod 60’s style dresses that help show off my legs, while being work appropriate. I love this LATTORI dress exactly for that reason. It’s easy shape and vibrant colors help you get noticed, but not too much. Styling it was as easy as 1-2-3. I threw on some heels, and viola. That’s why I love dresses. They are an outfit on their own. I always feel better about spending money on a dress if I am in the store too. It’s an easy throw on solution to early morning dilemmas that I am sure we all face each and every day!

I hope you enjoyed this outfit! I have one more LATTORI dress to share and I am saving that one for next week.

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The blogger of the week is Ashley of Le Style Rogue. Make sure to Link Up this week to stay in touch with all of us and for a chance to be featured in the upcoming weeks! December is going to be an exciting month as well, full of giveaways!

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Octer.com + Monday Mode Link Up

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Writing this post and acting like everything is okay would be wrong. Let’s be honest, last week was full of surprises not just for our country, but for the whole world. As some of you may know I became a citizen in July of this year and this was my first presidential election in the US. I’ve voted in presidential elections in Russia before, where you know the outcome of the election long before it’s over. It’s different here, it’s better here and I will always appreciate this country and what it’s done for me. I don’t know what the future holds, but I keep looking forward with hope and love. Hang in there and if you are ever looking for support feel free to reach out any time!

I also wanted to share this new website I’ve recently discovered called Octer. It’s a cool website that highlights current trends, showcases the latest not just in women’s but men’s fashion, as well as beauty, home and kids. I love going on there for inspiration and also to satisfy my online shopping cravings. Items are broken down by categories, then you can filter it by a whole bunch of other criteria, including the stores. That’s how I was able to find my new denim jacket!

Here is to a great Monday and a better week! Can’t wait to see your posts, please link up below and help us spread the word 😉

Our featured blogger of the week is Vivian of Vivelle Fashion:

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His for Her, Nature Made Vitamins + Monday Mode Link Up

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Happy Monday! Today’s post is a little different. Yes there is a style component and a link up, but I also want to talk to you about Nature Made®, the #1 Pharmacist Recommended brand for many key dietary supplement categories (Based on the 2016 U.S. News & World Report – Pharmacy Times Survey) The vitamins that help me take my health to the next level. Okay, maybe that was an overstatement. These are the vitamins that I actually look forward to taking every morning.

I have recently gone to Walmart to shop for Nature Made vitamins. Walmart offers a great variety and prices on these products. I love shopping for vitamins, reading about the different benefits that they have, and deciding whether or not they fit in with my lifestyle. If you don’t know Nature Made® has a variety of vitamins, minerals, and supplements (VMS) to help support nutritional gaps with your health goals in mind ranging from Digestive Support, Heart Health & Function, Energy Metabolism, Women’s Health and much more!†

This time I decided to go back to basics and pick the “Multi for Her” gummies with Omega-3s. Now there is a part of me that loves these vitamins for their resemblance to candy, but I do strongly believe that taking your daily vitamins can help your health and overall wellbeing.

I work a lot, go to the gym almost daily, and still want to spend time with my friends and family, so these vitamins fit right in. Needless to say I bought two bottles to help me achieve mind-body balance 😉 Next on my list – Nature Made® Probiotics, that are also conveniently available at Walmart SuperCenters. These Nature Made® Advanced Dual Action Probiotic has been clinically studied and provides dual support to both your small and large intestine for comprehensive coverage to help support digestive balance and healthy gut flora.†”

Of course, there is something in this post for you. Make sure to enter here for a chance to win one of 60 Walmart gift cards worth $50 each (No Purchase Necessary).

For more information visit https://www.healthyhabitbuilder.com and join the Nature Made®Healthy Habit Builder program where you can get motivation and tips around your specific health goals!

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Now for the style aspect of the post – I’ve been wanting to capture the His for Her trend for a few weeks now, and I feel like this outfit translates it perfectly. I used all of the pieces that I already had in my closet to create this look.

A huge thanks to Kaitlyn for taking the time out of her day to take pictures with me! You are absolutely wonderful! Make sure to check the blog she writes together with Sarah – The Duck and The Owl.

Two bloggers we would like to feature from last week’s link up are: Tokes and Nina

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And now for the link up! Enter your best posts for us and other bloggers to check out! Can’t wait 🙂

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Luminess Air Airbrush Essentials

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Testing out and reviewing new beauty products is probably one of the main reasons why I love blogging so much. Today I wanted to share my review of the Airbrush Essentials from Luminess Air.

I started using Luminess Air products about a year or so ago, and quickly fell in love with the ease of application, ability to determine the coverage, and the long lasting effect of it.

This fall I’ve partnered up with Luminess Air again to bring you a series of reviews that I will be sharing over the course of the next few months.

I started with the Airbrush Essentials. A set of 3 products aimed to target different skin concerns. The set includes:

  1. Porcelain – helps create the smoothest, most flawless skin.
  2. Eraser – erases uneven skin texture and large pores.
  3. X-out – conceals dark circles under eyes.

All of these products are meant to be used pre-foundation. Porcelain is a primer, Eraser is a serum, and X-out is a concealer. So you are getting a variety of products in this set.

Now when it comes to using them, I definitely prefer Porcelain most days, with a little X-out thrown in as needed.

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Now if you’ve never used airbrush makeup, I would recommend starting out with as little as possible and gradually layer up. When applying multiple layers of product, like I have here, don’t over-do it. Less is more, and a little goes a long ways are the two rules that are definitely applied to airbrush cosmetics. My other tip, always use finishing powder. I’ve been trying out Luminess Translucent powder, however I am not impressed with the brush and how the dispenser is set up. So I would definitely not recommend that.

Overall Airbrush Essentials set impressed me with the performance, color (that was a concern, because I thought it wouldn’t match or layer with the foundation well) and ease of use. I do appreciate Airbrush Cosmetics for eliminating the need to touch my face, and its ability to conceal almost everything.

Have you tried Airbrush Cosmetics? What did you think?

Get a discount off your next Luminess Air order with code: Beingzhenya25

Mock Neck Turtleneck + Monday Mode Link Up

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It was such a gorgeous weekend here in Milwaukee, not even the presidential debate could ruin it. I’ve been listening to Regina Spektor’s new album “Remember Us To Life” on my way to and from work lately and her song “The Light” has really been speaking to me. I wanted to share it with you today, and remind you that sometimes we just need to keep trying, keep going and be that light that shines on us. Of course there are days when I am more of a Grand Hotel personage, but remembering that light helps me get through the day 🙂

I’ve been obsessed with Kohl’s “Own your everyday runway” fall campaign, and I have to admit I own quiet a few pieces from that whole line up, including this Elle mock neck sleeveless turtleneck. It’s the softest coziest fall item in my closet at the moment, and did I mention I have it in 2 colors.


I wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who’s been linking up with us every Monday for Monday Mode Link Up! It means the world to us! Your posts inspire me and help me stay on top of blogging.

Like I mentioned last week, Rachel, Jewel and I will now be picking our favorite posts from last week. These are the two looks that stood out to us the most:

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Ashley of Le Style Rouge

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Kim of Champagneista

Can’t wait to see what you have to share this week! And don’t forget to help us spread the word about the link up! Xo

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Monday Mode Link Up

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Every time Monday comes around, I feel kind of cheated. The weekend flew by and instead of being a fun after party, the first day of the week always hits me like a bucket of cold water. I am slowly getting myself into a habit of enjoying this day of the week, being happy and looking forward to a new week!

I spent this weekend in Minneapolis, got to go to my favorite food places, a fashion show, but most importantly, I got to see my friends. I was hoping to have some photos of the outfit I wore by today, but unfortunately I don’t.

September is flying by so quickly, and while some may complain, I am so excited for October! Getting ready for friends and family to visit, Sam’s Birthday, and Halloween! Plus all the pumpkin patches and apple orchards to visit! I need to find some good ones in the Milwaukee area!

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I hope you all had a fun filled weekend, make sure to add your latest blog posts to the link up! I can’t wait to check them out!

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Neck Scarf + Monday Mode Link Up

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Happy Monday, we are back with another Monday Mode Link Up today! This is a look I wore when we toured Miller Brewery a couple weeks ago. I have been into the skinny scarf trend lately. I feel like they go with everything, and are such an easy accessory for everyone to pull off. I am definitely looking to add to my scarf collection now 🙂 Another trend that I am loving and looking to repeat in next week’s post is layering t-shirts under dresses. For me, it’s one of the easiest ways to add some interest to a summer dress and transition it into fall!

If you are in Milwaukee and have a few hours to spare, I would definitely recommend going on the Miller brewery tour. It’s about an hour long, you get to visit the original caves where they stored barrels of beer in the 19th century. And of course there is beer in the end! And did I mention it’s free?

I will be in Minneapolis next weekend for Envision, it’s their anniversary show that I didn’t want to miss. So stay tuned for a lot of Insta updates.

Congrats to Jessica W for winning our giveaway! We would love to see pics, so tag us when you post them! And now for the link up!

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