Tuesday Tip: Instantly Radiant Skin

Ever just wake up in the morning and for whatever reason your skin looks dull or flat? Like you drank too much, but you didn’t? (Or maybe you did, I don’t know what you’ve been up to!) I’ve found the short-term cure: L’Oreal’s Cell Renewal Rosy Tone Mask. I love this product because it takes only five minutes and results are immediate. You apply, leave it for 5 minutes (while you sip your coffee), then gently rub it into your skin briefly to exfoliate, before rinsing off. I like to rinse the mask off with a damp towel rather than my fingers for better exfoliation. Voila! Instantly perkier morning skin. I’m not sure about any “renewing cells”, but my skin is rosier and brighter looking, which is all I can really ask for. You can pick it up at any drugstore including Amazon and Target.

Tip: Make sure you get the “mask” and not the “cream”, they are different, but look the same.

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xo Alaina

Tuesday Tip: Ribbons

IMG_2703I’m starting a new section of my blog called “Tuesday Tips”. I hope to give you simple ways to glam up your life, make your beauty routine easier or elevate your style. For my debut post, I’m highlighting something that’s always close to my heart no matter my age: RIBBONS. Not only are they so versatile, ribbons of all fabrics and colors are cheap and easy to come by (any fabric store and even Target has ribbon). So you can get saturated velvets for fall and bright cottons for spring. If I’m at a craft store, I like to buy 1-2 yards (about $1) and then cut it at home. Cut the ends on a diagonal for more polish, or leave them straight and frayed for more edge. Bonus: Ribbons also make great headbands or chokers!  Continue reading “Tuesday Tip: Ribbons”

Wardrobe Want: Red and More Red

I know red was a huge fall trend but I’m still majorly crushing on it. Red accessories are a cheap and easy way to incorporate red into your wardrobe without committing to a wearing a red sweater all day. First and foremost…

An easy coat: I LOVE my red coat. It’s the best way to bring some pizazz (or pizzaz, get it?!) to an otherwise neutral outfit. This one from Zara is my go to for a black dress or jeans (similar options here and here):

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Fall Makeup Must: Copper Eyes

I’m super obsessed with metallics for fall. Accessories, clothes, shoes, makeup, you name it, and I want it to be metallic. (I actually just tried to buy a entirely sequined metallic jumpsuit but it was veto’ed by my more rational friend. Like, where would I wear that? But it was so pretty… sigh.) Anyway back to my one true love: Copper. Not just for pennies anymore. For your FACE! I stumbled upon this amazing eyeshadow from MAC and it’s been the answer to my copper pleas. This specific hue is guaranteed to pop your eye color brilliantly (especially you blue and green eyed babes). Try these four steps to swoon-worthy beauty. (Took me 3 minutes, I swear!)

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I Tried Glossier: Here’s What I Think

With tons of new beauty lines launching every week, I’m skeptical to try a new brand comes out. After all, can it really be better than my go-tos like Nars? So when I heard about Glossier, I didn’t think much about it. Flash forward a few years later and Glossier popped up in Vogue, and I thought – THIS IS LEGIT NOW. I must try it. For a bit of background, Glossier was started in 2014 by Emily Weiss, the blogger behind Into The Gloss and former Vogue staffer. In just a few years, Glossier has amassed a huge cult following, with up to 10k waitlists for new lipsticks.

Scroll down for my first experience ordering Glossier, the final look and “would-I-buy-again?” decision.  This is very serious makeup business.

Here are the three products I ordered.

First impressions: It arrived in 3 days, even though the site said 5-8 days. I also had forgotten I ordered it, so it was like surprise makeup. Opened to find free samples and a sheet of stickers – a fun touch. The products I ordered came in a pink zippered pouch made of bubble wrap, loving that idea. No plastic waste and I have already repurposed that bubble bag. The Boy Brow and the Generation Lipstick are smaller in size than I anticipated for $18 but it’s not a deal-breaker. (p.s. The website is super easy to navigate and checkout was quick).

IMG_8582.jpgIMG_8586These three products together lent themselves well to a berry-colored palette. I loved this look for daytime! It felt light and pretty, but I still got some full brow coverage. The only other products I’m wearing are:

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The Best Beauty Gadgets You Need Now (That Actually Work!)

Ladies – there’s a lot of beauty gadget nonsense and hype out there. With all the new products coming out all the time, how do you know what’s worth the $$ and what’s not? Behold, my favorite tried and true gadgets you won’t regret (at all price points!)
Eyelash Curler
If I could have only ONE beauty product for the rest of my life, an eyelash curler would be it. It is literally the best invention of all time (better than electricity and indoor plumbing? Maybe.). Using an eyelash curler takes 10 seconds and makes your eyes look bigger, brighter, more lovely, more awake. And don’t cheap out on a $5 drugstore version, invest the $20 in one that works better and will last for years: Shu Uemera or Kevyn Aucon. Just buy one. Don’t break my heart.

 

 

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Quick and Easy Smoky (Metallic) Eyes

Gorgeous smoky eyes… We love the look, hate the time and skill it takes to actually put the makeup on, am I right? Lucky for us all, I’ve discovered a smoky eye that takes only 5 minutes and 4 products to complete – and the steps are so simple, your makeup experience level can be zero.

It’s the the perfect solution when you have approximately 15 minutes to go from eating ice cream in sweatpants to your best friends’ birthday party. That’s hypothetical, of course. Check out my tutorial below, and be that girl at the party with the eye makeup everyone wants.

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