July Faves

July is over, I am no longer a teenager, and I have a month left of summer.My favorites haven’t changed that much since June, but here’s a quick update.

Beauty

  • Avon Speed Dry Nail Polish in the shade Just Peachy– This is a very old nail polish I have, but still one of my favorites. The speed dry formula really does dry within minutes, and the color lasts just over a week without chipping. Not to mention this shade is such a pretty orange that is subtle, but perfect for summer. Unfortunately, this nail polish is so old that Avon doesn’t even make it any more. Still, I managed to find some sellers on Ebay is you’re interested in finding a summer nail polish that will dry faster and last longer.
  • Conair Infiniti Curling Wand Styler– I have been curling my hair quite a lot this summer because I find it looks best with my new ombre color. Also, I love to curl my hair on days I don’t wash because it makes my hair look a little more put together and the curls last even longer. Conner makes excellent curling wands for good prices if you are looking to buy one!
  • Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer in the shade Tiki– I’ve been writing about this product all summer, but I really have been using it daily. I use it as everything which makes my makeup routine way quicker and so simple. I can have my makeup done in 10 minutes or less. I apply my regular foundation and concealer, and use Tiki as my eyeshadow, blush, bronzer, and highlight. Then I just throw on a little bit of mascara, and my summer look is complete!

Fashion

  • Aerie bikinis- Aerie is one of my all time favorite places to buy bikinis. I find they have the biggest selection that caters to all different body types.
  • Pretty sandals– Sandals are a summer staple. I love to wear sandals with pretty detailing that makes my outfit pop just a little bit more.
  • Stacks of bracelets– Lately I’ve been really into wearing all of my stacks of bracelets. Some of my favorite places to buy these trendy bracelets are Alex and Ani, Helberg Diamonds, and Kohls!
  • Layered necklaces– This has been a huge trend for the summer and I’m lovin’ it. I used to love chokers in the fall, but I feel this trend is much girlier and cute for summer.
  • Cross body bags- I always carry a cross body bag with me because it is by far the most convenient. They are the perfect size, stylish, and won’t kill your shoulders.

Entertainment

  • The Beginner’s Guide to Zen Buddhism by Jean Smith– This book is great if you have any sort of interested in living a zen lifestyle. You’ll learn how to properly meditate and receive many different tips and tricks to find comfort in stillness. You’ll also learn about the Four Noble Truths, and much more that can get you started on your journey with spirituality.
  • Jenna Marbles– In the summer, I’m always spending my free time watching random YouTube videos. Jenna Marbles is definitely my favorite YouTuber because her content is so original and hilarious, and seems to only get better. I can spend hours watching her videos.
  • Safiya Nygaard- I’ve recently discovered Safiya and I find her videos not only entertaining, but also informative. She posts many videos trying out different products that I have found myself interested in buying. She’ll confirm whether the product is worth the price and the hype, or not.

Food

  • Dark chocolate– I have such a sweet tooth and am always looking to indulge in some chocolate. I am a strong believer that chocolate can be healthy as long as it is eaten in moderation. Chocolate has endorphins that can bring happiness, and dark chocolate can even be good for the heart. Just make sure the brands you are eating are high in Cacao and not processed with alkali.
  • Bobs Red Mill Whole Grain Granola, Apple Cinnamon– I’ve never really loved granola that much, but this is by far the best I’ve had. It is perfect to add to a fruit and yogurt parfait, or to add a little something to an acai bowl. I highly recommend this brand and this flavor.

 

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A Week Without Washing My Hair

Whenever I tell people I wash my hair every day, I always get a lot of reactions like “you’re not supposed to do that” or “that’s really bad for your hair.” I know, I know, hair is apparently not supposed to be washed everyday that way it can produce its own natural oils. But I can’t help it. My hair gets greasy. And every time I say this, I get the response “that’s only because your hair is used to being washed daily.” Yeah, yeah, whatever. I can’t help it. I can’t stand the grease to be able to withhold from washing my hair long enough that this doesn’t happen. But this week, I challenged myself. I challenged myself to go a full week without washing my hair. I got to try out some new and fun hairstyles with this little experiment, but besides that, let’s see how it worked out for me.

Sunday

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I washed my hair Saturday night, leaving my hair fresh and clean for Sunday. Unfortunately, I made the poor decision to go to the beach today which afterwards, left my hair salty and knotty. Overall, I’m off to a rough start.

Monday

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If I could go back, I would have straightened my hair from the jump. Still, my hair actually came out pretty well despite the second day after a windy beach day. My hair remained sleek and surprisingly, not greasy.

Tuesday

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By Tuesday my hair was starting to feel slightly greasy. I dabbed at my roots with some Witch Hazel in hopes to dry it out and pulled my straightened locks into a half-up/half-down pony. Surprisingly, I didn’t need to touch up my hair with a straightening iron at all, as my straight hair had mostly stayed in tact.

Wednesday

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I knew putting my hair down this late into the week was a risky move, but I went with it. No regrets quite yet either, after curling my hair, my hair had lots of texture and volume that I quite liked.

Thursday

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Thursday I regretted my choice to wear my hair down because I woke up with extremely ready hair. Again, I dabbed at my roots with some Witch Hazel, and put my hair up into another half-up/half-down pony. This time, I touched up my curls and although a bit frizzy, I thought my hair looked cute and fun.

Friday

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It is a rare occasion that I wear my hair up, but the grease began to get out of hand and to be too much for even Witch Hazel to fix, so I opted for a pony. I found the ponytail to be great for unwashed hair because my hair didn’t look, nor feel greasy. It stayed out of my face and I don’t think my hair looked all that bad.

Saturday

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Sorry for the shade over my face, but by Saturday I was completely over this. My hair felt disgusting and I was left with no choice but to throw it in a bun because it looked terrible. Saturday after work, I went home and washed my hair, and it was the best I felt in a week.

 

After taking this challenge, I decided I will never go a week without washing my hair again. However, I realized that I do not have to wash my hair everyday. Now, I wash my hair every other day. I have to admit, I notice no difference between the health of my hair, but I do save time and money so I guess that’s a plus!

Best Color for Red Hair and Green Eyes!

Red hair and green eyes are both uncommon features. That’s not the only thing these features have in common though, they are both very beautiful. Here are a few colors that make them stand out even more

  • purple
  • dark green
  • brown
  • beige

Here are 2 makeup idea’s for you!

Everyday Look: Begin by applying a light foundation and concealer. Next, prime your eyelids and apply a beige eye shadow. Curl your lashes and apply a brown mascara. Line your lash lines with a dark brown eyeliner and fill in your eyebrows with a honey colored brown pencil or shadow. Add a warm, peach blush on the apples of your cheeks. Finish the look with a matching peach gloss.

Going Out Look: Begin by applying a light foundation and concealer. Next, prime your eyelids. Apply a shimmery gold shadow on your lids and in your crease. Use a dark brown pencil to line your waterlines and lash lines and smudge it out to add a sexier effect. Curl lashes and apply a dark brown mascara. Also, color in eyebrows with a honey brown shade. Next, apply a warm peach shade on the apples of your cheeks. Finish the look with a nude lip gloss.

Best Colors for Brunettes with Green Eyes!

Green eyes are complimented well by both cool tones and warm tones. Here are a few colors especially great for you:

  • Red (especially burgundy)
  • Bright yellow
  • Brown
  • Purple
  • Peach
  • Copper

If you have green eyes and brown hair, you are beyond lucky because you can pull off almost any color. The only color I’d recommend staying away from is any color that is too pink. Only peachy pinks or possibly a medium based pink are okay for you. Try it out and see what ya think!

Makeup idea’s for you!

Everyday look: Begin by applying your foundation and concealer. To highlight your exotic features, fill in your eyebrows so they bring out the dark color of your hair and the green in your eyes. Prime your eyelids to prepare them for eyeshadow. Apply a soft brown shade all across your lid. Next, apply mascara. If you have light brown hair, apply brown mascara. If you have dark brown hair, apply black mascara. After this, apply a dark brown eyeliner. Sweep a peach colored blush across your cheeks to add a splash of color to your face. Also, feel free to contour with a bronzer. To finish this look, add peachy pink lipgloss!

Going out look: Start off the same way by applying foundation and concealer. Once again, fill in your eyebrows and prime your eyelids. Next, apply a deep purple eyeshadow. Make sure you also apply this to your lower lashline as well. After this, apply your mascara once again and if you would like, fake eyelashes. For blush, apply a peachy-pink color on the apples of your cheeks.  To finish this look, add a berry colored lip. Then the look is complete!

Best Colors for Brown Hair and Brown Eyes!

Brown hair and brown hair are just SO common! Almost everyone seems to be rocking these dark features. Here is how you can stand out!

Colors that look good on brown hair and brown eyed beauties include

  • Brown- blends well with features
  • Tan- earth tones in general just look great
  • Green- preferably a dark, forest green or emerald
  • Orange
  • White- Ivory shades especially
  • Black
  • Red
  • Violet blues
  • Peach
  • Purple
  • Yellow
  • Blue

Keep in mind that the darker your hair, eyes, and complexion are, you may look better in brighter colors. If this is the case for you, go for vivid colors like a royal blue, classic red, emerald green, and lemon yellow. Black and white would also look good for more neutral tones.

If you have darker hair, stick to richer tones. Spicy reds, peaches, and corals look great on you.

Makeup Idea’s!

Everyday Look: First apply foundation and concealer. Next, prime your eyes. Apply a bronze shade all over lids. Apply a dark brown eyeliner with 2 coats of mascara in dark brown shades. For lips, bright shades look great on brunettes, just as long as the color isn’t too pink. Coral lips would look great paired with peachy cheeks.

Going Out Look: Once again, apply your foundation and concealer. Next, prime your eyes. Apply a purple eyeshadow. The deeper the color of your eyes, the deeper the shade. Be daring and line your eyes with a forest green eyeliner, then apply your dark brown mascara. As for eyebrows, the color should be a shade lighter than your hair color to soften the face. For your lips, you should definitely go for a tawny shade. Pair this with coral cheeks. To finish this look, apply bronzer from your cheeks up towards your eyes.

BONUS LOOK: Start off by applying foundation and concealer. Prime your eyelids. Something I didn’t mention that could really change any of these three looks is that almost any color would look good with your features. Therefore for this look, go ahead and apply any eyeshadow shade you would like, if any at all. For this look though, we will focus more on lips. So finish off your eyes by applying dark brown mascara. Next, apply a deep red lipstick. Follow this with a very neutral shade of blush. A soft rosy color would work well, or possibly a peach. Once again, fill in your eyebrows a shade lighter than your hair. Then your look is complete!