Category archives: Beauty

How I Get Perfectly Un-Perfect Hair

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Ah, the hunt for the 'perfectly un-perfect' hair. The slept-in hair. Cool-girl hair. Parisian, un-shampooed hair. Whichever way that you want to google it, loose waves are going on their third year of having a serious moment. I have shoulder-length hair and a lot of layers, so I can't use a traditional curling iron to get a loose wave (the layers on the [...]

My [UPDATED] Skin Care Routine

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I swiped through my most recent skin care routine on Instagram Stories earlier this week - and a lot of people wanted a few more details! I'm lucky enough to get a lot of products sent to me, so I'm always trying new things and reevaluating my skincare routine (it also helps being a VIB Rouge member). You can find some of my favorite products below, but c[...]

My New Favorite Men's Fragrance - For Women

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I love getting perfume samples in my Sephora orders - I throw them in my purse or stow them in my desk at work and they're a great way to try out new fragrances. A few months ago, I fell in love with a fragrance and completely used up the sample I got. It wasn't even until the sample was gone that I realized I had been using a men's cologne. Maison Ma[...]

My Favorite Coffee Beauty Products

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I'm a firm believer in coffee. Every morning starts with a trenta iced coffee from Starbucks. Most of the time, by 10am I've gotten another one. Everyone in my life knows that I have almost my entire identity has been derived from my love of coffee - so why not infuse it in my beauty routine? Coffee has a lot of different beauty benefits - besides putt[...]

My New Favorite Products for Award Show Beauty

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With award show season currently underway, beauty fanatics and editors alike are swarming to get the best and most buzzed about beauty. Award show red carpets are high scrutiny environments - so every star wants to make sure they look their best. If it's good enough for a red carpet, then it's more than good enough for me. I've added a few new products to my[...]

What Unstoppable Means to Me

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When I was going through college I thought that life would magically make sense one day. Once I graduated and got a job, I believed that more things would fall into place. Surely, feeling as confused as I occasionally did throughout school would go away. After graduating, I've learned that it's the total opposite. Life will never magically make sense one day[...]

The Last Minute Beauty Gift Guide

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If you're going to be shopping for me this holiday season (which probably none of you will be), your best bet is to always go for a beauty gift guide. This year, instead of traditional best sellers, I wanted to pull together unique items - items that would be good for on-the-go, or are traditional classics a true beauty lover will die for. There's even a few[...]

The Holiday Beauty Must Have List

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Each year when the holidays roll around I immediately scramble for my beauty closet. My schedule often involves me hopping from work to events (and in some evenings, multiple events) so I need beauty products that are easy, effective, and pull double duty! Below are my current favorites that have found their way onto my vanity and into my makeup bag, [...]

The Under $50 Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide

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For this cynic, the holidays are actually my favorite time of year. I love the holidays. Everything is decorated for no good reason and there are nothing but endless parties upon parties. Easily, the best part is that it means stretches of time with friends and family that are uninterrupted and full of warmth. In the blogging universe it means another thi[...]

Keeping Your Hair 24K Gold

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When it comes to Chicago winter: it doesn't mess around. It does tend to mess with my hair, however, and I always end up either under or over-conditioning my hair as soon as the temperature drops. I have oily hair that needs moisture because it's so often colored, but it gets oily and weighed down if I use too much conditioner. Winter only adds to this l[...]