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!

best of beauty 2017

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

best of beauty 2017

  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

best of beauty 2017

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

best of beauty 2017

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.

best of beauty 2017

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

best of beauty 2017

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!

 

Back to School Hair Styles with Folica.com

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Happy New School Year to all the Gophers and everyone who started college classes today! Major FOMO over here, so major I can’t even, but the fact that I don’t have any more homework to do definitely helps 😉

Today I partnered up with Folica to share a few of my favorite college hairstyles and hair care tips.  There are two essential tools that I think ever girl needs in college: a straightener and a curling iron. I don’t know what I would’ve done without the two! Thanks to Folica I got to try two new styling tools: Solia Superhot Professional Titanium Flat Iron and 1″ Salon Curling Iron/Wand by Hot Tools.

Back to school hair styles with Folica.com Back to school hair styles with Folica.com

Other than wearing my hair down and the go-to bun, today I am going to share a few looks that have been a favorite for a while.

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1. Tucked away. And not behind the ear 😛

Back to school hair styles with Folica.com

2. Trucker hat. Because sometimes you have to put a hat on it!

Back to school hair styles with Folica.com

3. Side cornrows. These are also a golden opportunity for creating glitter roots! Stay tuned for more on that soon! Back to school hair styles with Folica.com

4. High pony or half pony. The 90’s are back not only in fashion, but in beauty as well! My mom used to call this high pony a palm tree. So there you have it – a palm tree with you wherever you go, even though the summer is almost over! Back to school hair styles with Folica.com

When it comes to hair care, I follow two simple rules: choose what’s best for your hair and switch between brands often. That’s why I went with Grow Gorgeous Density Shampoo and Conditioner as well as Grow Gorgeous Density Shampoo and Conditioner set. When you have fine, color treated hair like mine, these two product lines make the most sense.

I hope you find what’s good for your hair, style it like never before, and have an amazing school year!

PS. Folica is a great resource not just for purchasing tools and hair care products, but hair inspirations, glam guide and latest news from the beauty world!

PPS. I also have a fun announcement! Next Monday Rachel of Rachel’s Lookbook, Jewel of Style Optimist and yours truly are starting a hot new trendy link up for all you style, fashion and beauty bloggers out there! Stay tuned for more info! Psssst – there will be a giveaway too!