Night Time Skin Care Routine

I used to have terrible skin. The Oil Cleansing Method singlehandedly turned my skin around. I used a mixture of castor oil, tea tree, and sweet almond oil, twice a day for several months then once a day until the oil and acne were under control. If I find my skin doing the most now, I’ll go back to TOCM and get my skin together.

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Things I Love Thursday | 1/29/15

I have a lot to be happy about these days and I come across a lot of cool art/home/style things when I’m trolling the internet for shiny pretty things and I can’t share them all. Things I love Thursday is for me to share what I’m grateful for/happy about and all awesome stuff that inspires me!

I’ve been watching Sherlock a lot recently (the BBC version) and the men usually have the most beautiful decanters in their office or home. I've always been fascinated with decorative containers so this felt like it was right up my alley. I found these amazing decanters on etsy and I-am-obsessed! I need them. All. Plus I feel like they would look brilliant on my bar shelf. Old fashioned anyone? *raised eyebrow*

These three products have literally been saving my skin this winter. My skin is usually very soft and overall healthy but between DC hard water and this disrespectful ass winter wind, I’ve been having a bit more dry skin than I would like. Shea Moisture Coconut Hibiscus Body Scrub, Botanics Face Scrub, and Caudalíe Vinoperfect Enzymatic Peel Mask.
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This paleo bread is so yummy. I don’t eat much bread, but I have been eating a slice of this stuff everyday for two weeks and counting. Its super easy to make and easily customizable. I think that I have mastered the recipe so I will be sharing that soon! 

I recently went to the Gordon Parks: Segregation Story exhibit at the High Museum in Atlanta and fell in love with the photography. I knew I wanted to grab a book on my way out and I ended up picking this photo book and I can stop looking at it. There are a lot of books/articles about our story but these images really just speak to me. Link to photo book

I’m dying to change the tile in my bathroom so I’ve been taking note of amazing tile when I’m out. I was getting drinks with friends last Tuesday and this establishment had THE most amazing tile! Black, white and gold…yes please.

If I were a store it would look a lot like this. I need everything from this place. Literally ever-ry-thing. I’m not sure where I would put everything exactly, but I need it. Salt and Sundry

D’angelo. Love. Still. As seen here. I have a few D’angelo inspired DIY projects that I will post soon, I know you’ll love ‘em. Insert wet emoji.

These earrings. http://goo.gl/4N18TN
This bar cart is perfection. http://goo.gl/A4t5hp

What’s making you happy this week?

POLISHED // SPRING/SUMMER NAIL COLORS

Spring has sprung (kinda) and I have to say I missed it!
I have an unnatural addiction to drugstore beauty products. Every time I intend on going in for one of two things, I end up leaving with way more than I set out to buy, similar to the Target trance that guarantees that I will get to the register with at least $100 worth of merchandise in my carriage. This time all the colorful new spring items caught my eye, and for $1.99 I couldn't resist. These colors are definitely going to be my go to set for spring and summer. Mint and coral are right on trend and these brands are super cheap and most are available at your local drug store.

left to right: essie//topless and barefoot (my favorite nude), wet n wild//on a trip, sonia kashuk//blank slate, wet n wild//club havana, Revlon//minted
 I saw this fun tutorial on the beauty depot, and decided to change it up a bit. Minty!

SCENES // FROM THE WEEKEND

I made my makeup artist debut this weekend, lol. I did makeup for a Heiress Boutique photo shoot this weekend.  I love, love, love makeup, but doing makeup to be photographed is another story. I was nervous, but it turned out well.
The first look was very neutral I used browns and golds from the Naked 2 pallet, lashes and a nude lip to finish it off.
 
Blue smokey c/o Urban Decay and this rad H&M pallet that I got during the holidays with a muted pink lip.


Another neutral using shimmer and a plum lip.

Not too shabby for my first time, it was a fun shoot! These makeup looks were super easy to create maybe I'll do a tutorial? hmmm

I have to say, I am loving the new cosmetics from Wet n' Wild recently, the color on my nails is called "On a Trip".
I wore something comfortable since I knew I would be on my feet doing makeup and possibly shooting for a while.
Is this thing on?
I'm wearing: jacket // ASOS Stripe Faux Fur Coat, shirt // h&m, pants // joe jeans, scarf // vintage, boots // Jeffrey Campbell, sunglasses // Karen Walker

GLITTER GRADIANT NAILS

Loving glitter right now. I originally was going to do a holiday french with red on the bottom and gold glitter at the top, but loved the glitter so much I just rolled with it. You can use any color glitter you like and a secondary polish that has glitter or shimmer to it

This look is super easy, but can be very messy, put down a piece of scrap paper, so you don't get glitter everywhere

Use bronze polish to make a messy french tip, let dry
Dab the bronze polish lightly over the glitter and blend down, don't use too much polish 
Sprinkle a few stray glitters over the second coat of bronze, let dry
Apply a coat of clear, start by adding a dolap of polish on the tip and pat over the glitter don't brush, let dry
Apply a second coat of clear polish 




Use your favorite fast drying clear coat, this bronze color is from forever 21


NATURAL NUPTIALS

My Friend Kim said "I do" a couple weeks ago. I messaged Kim about two weeks before the wedding excited to hear about her wedding plans, specifically what she was doing with her hair (her hair is natural) and what she was doing with her makeup. I found out she had no plan.

I figured I would gift her hair and makeup for the wedding. She came over a week before the wedding for a makeup trial and my friend Sammy (

check out her blog

) styled her hair beautifully on the big day.

Let me rewind a little bit. In college Kim was my resident always bubbly, energetic and loved to annoy me. I used to call her the extra little sister I never wanted. She ended up dating my good friend's brother. I remember when I first saw him on campus; I interrogated the two of them for about 10 minutes and then immediately called his sister to tell her all about it. I know I'm a snitch.

Five years later I'm doing her makeup for their wedding.I still can't even believe it.

Finishing touches. Picture Perfect. 

Products

Eyebrow Pencil

- Mac - Stud

Eye Shadow

- Silver: Avon, Classic Silver

- Brown: Covergirl

- Black: Black Radiance, Forest Sand Quad

Eye Liner

- Sephora brand water proof liner

Mascara

-Maybelline Volume Express 

Foundation

- Cover Girl - Clean

Blush

- Estee Lauder: Cream blush, Pink Kiss

- MAC: iridescent loose powder

Lip Gloss

- L'OREAL: Colour Juice, raspberry Smash

STRAWBERRY PEDICURE

This blizzard had me in a funk, so when I gave myself pedicure this week I decided to skip the darker winter colors and brighten it up a bit.

Tools

  • Base Coat
  • Red Base Coat | Essie, Really Red
  • Green Top | Sally Hansen, Fairy Tale
  • Yellow “seeds” | Sally Hansen, Lightning
  • Thin nail art brush
  • Top Coat

Apply two coats of the red base coat and give it time to dry a bit.

Add the strawberry top using the nail art brush (I got mine from Sally Beauty Supply) or you can use the tip of the polish brush. Draw a line across the top as if you were doing a french then add the peeks (about 4-5). 

Next, using the yellow polish add the “seeds” onto each toe.