Friday, October 31, 2014

Fashion and Beauty YouTubers Every Girl Should Follow!

Stuck in a beauty rut? Is your wardrobe boring you? I don't know about y'all, but I'm always looking for new inspiration. Sometimes I'll find it in everything ... other times I need to be slapped in the face with it. 
If you're a YouTube newbie (I know, I know, it's 2014, but hear me out) looking for some awesome fashion, beauty, and lifestyle vloggers/bloggers to follow, look no further! These lovely ladies will get you pumped up about all things fashion and beauty and might even inspire your next DIY. 
Your pocketbooks are not safe, dear readers: These ladies know their way around a Sephora! Enjoy!

Sammi Maria

This down-to-Earth girl has the best lookbooks, an adorable Frenchie, perfectly bouncy curls, and every MAC product you’ve ever wanted. What’s not to love?

c/o Sammi's instagram

Tanya Burr
I dare you to watch Tan’s channel and not smile. It’s impossible. She’ll win your heart with her professional makeup tutorials, awesome collabs, and cute baking videos. This cheery Brit will quickly become your BFF and your “why can’t I be that smile-y?” inspo.

c/o Tanya's blog

Zoella: Zoe Sugg
This quirky girl after my own heart loves Lush, silly faces, and all things beauty. Fair warning: You’re going to have major envy when it comes to her miles-long, perfectly ombré-d hair.

c/o Zoe's YouTube

Nikki Phillippi
Somehow both super cool and undeniably dorky, Nikki feels like a big sister providing awesome lifestyle tips. Turn to her for healthy eating, DIYs, advice, and buckets of iced tea.

c/o Nikki's instagram

Michelle Phan
She’s basically the OG YouTube Beauty Guru. Michelle’s videos aren’t as frequent these days, but her makeup looks are still killer and every video is like a mini movie with fabulous production quality. Oh, and she started ipsy and Em Cosmetics, so NBD.

c/o Michelle's Google+ account

Essiebutton: Estée
Simply put, Estée is really weird (in a very good way). Her makeup and skincare reviews will put you in an online shopping mood every time. Luckily, she also uses a bunch of drugstore products, so your bank account is safe. Maybe.

c/o Estee's instagram

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

October Favorites!

We've officially bid adieu to the month of October, but our love for these fashion, beauty, food, home, media, and culture picks has just begun! Check out what we couldn't get enough of last month.

BP Popcorn Stitch Infinity Scarf. Confession: I love this scarf so much I bought it in two colors! It is perfectly cozy and makes a super pretty layering piece for fall -- lightweight and easy to wear, but will provide some extra warmth. This will be your go-to infinity scarf of the season! The great price point is just icing on the cake. ♡L

Lush Daddy-O Shampoo. Lauren left her shampoo at my house so I used it and I LOVE it. Don’t worry, I am going to send you another one, Lo :) I feel like it gave my hair so much volume and helped with the brassiness that often happens to us blondes. This shampoo also lathers really well so you don’t have to use a ton of it at one time! ♡T

Boots Botanics Super Balm. My face has been super dry and flaky because of all my recent travel and I had totally run out of moisturizer, so I picked this up for less than $9 at Target and wasn’t expecting much. Spoiler alert: It’s awesome. It kind of looks and feels like you’re rubbing Chapstick all over your face, but it is super moisturizing and has totally transformed my skin -- great bang for your buck! ♡L

Nasty Gal Shirt Cut Dress. I love this LDB because it’s cozy and can transition from day to night. It’s easy and flowy so you can wear it with sandals or you can dress it up by pairing it with heels and jewelry. This little number is also only $38.00! Not too shabby.  ♡T

La Bocca Urban Pizzaria + Wine Bar. When Lauren was in town I took her to one of my favorite restaurants: La Bocca! La Bocca has delicious salad, pizza, pasta, drinks and appetizers! I always order the med plate (pictured), which has cheese, olives, hummus, baboonish and pita bread. I’m also a huge fan of their goat cheese and pear salad. When we went there, we ordered Moscow Mules and those were also fabulous. I highly recommend this trendy spot! ♡T

Tuscany Candle in Pumpkin Spice. I love candles and I normally have one lit at all times. Fall candle scents, like this one, are particularly amazing. This candle filled my entire apartment with a pumpkin scent and has actually lasted quite awhile considering I bought it at the beginning of October. ♡T

AppleTV. I honestly don’t know how I survived before this thing. Switch between Netflix, Hulu, and regular TV all on your big screen! Yay! No more holding your toasty Mac for hours on end. #firstworldproblems #blondeproblems? ♡L

Bigelow Eggnogg'n Tea. As soon as Egg Nog hits the shelves, I freak. I’ve already bought two cartons. Oops. Here’s a lower-cal Egg Nog inspired treat to warm you up this holiday season. ♡L

"Not That Kind of Girl" by Lena Dunham. I love the show Girls so naturally I had to get Lena’s book! I think her honesty and willingness to be so real and share her experiences is refreshing.  ♡T

The Carrie Diaries. I am slightly embarrassed to admit how much I loved this show. I didn’t watch it when it was on air because I thought it was too “young” or "cheesy" or "spinoff-y" or something, but now this quickly became my go-to show for when my BF was out of town and I’m majorly bummed that there won’t be new seasons!! I think you’ll love it, too! Both seasons are on Netflix. ♡L

MAC x Nasty Gal. MAC + Nasty Gal?! Only the two best things on Earth. That might be a slight exaggeration, but I mean really, how can you not be pumped for this one? Loving the vampy lippies! Obsessing now, but this won't be available until December! ♡L

Gilmore Girls on Netflix. I started re-watching Gilmore Girls in the last part of this month, now that it is streaming on Netflix. I loved this show when I was growing up, so it is fun to re-watch it and experience everything again. It may take me awhile to get through it again, though, considering Fall TV is back when a vengeance. It’s getting harder to keep up with all of the shows I watch! ♡T

Monday, October 27, 2014

Product Review: Soften Her

This week, we're excited to do our first product review! The lovely ladies at Soften Her, a softening treatment for your legs, bikini area or underarms, sent us a sample of their product to test out and here's what I thought....

Monday, October 13, 2014

Styling The LBD

The LBD (Little Black Dress) is a staple item in every woman's closet. It's a classic style that, when properly accessorized, can be worn any time of day, for any season and for numerous occasions.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Which Ingredient Is Best? Salicylic Acid, Benzoyl Peroxide or Glycolic Acid?

Your cleanser will most likely contain one of the following ingredients: Salicylic Acid, Benzoyl Peroxide, or Glycolic Acid. All three are great ingredients for treating acne and keeping your skin regulated, but they are used for different reasons. When determining what cleanser you should use, it would be helpful to know what type of care your skin requires.

From left to right: Kate Somerville salicylic cleanser - Proactiv + benzoyl peroxide cleanser - Murad glycolic acid cleanser

I spoke with my Esthetician, Jordan Smith, at Dolce Salon and Spa to better understand what exactly these acne-fighting ingredients do for our skin. Here's what she said:

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

September Favorites

We've officially bid adieu to September, but our love for these fashion, beauty, food, home, media, and culture picks has only just begun! Check out what we couldn't get enough of last month.

Grand Central Divaz Boutique Hudson Jeans. This month I purchased a pair of Hudson jeans from Divaz Boutique and I am obsessed with them! The cut is perfect (no hemming required) and they fit like a glove! Just for trying them on, I received a raffle ticket for a contest they were doing and I received an additional 10 raffle tickets for purchasing them. If I win, I will receive another pair for free! Here's hoping.... ♡T

Rebecca Minkoff Hudson Moto Mini Crossbody. This was an August buy, but I'm still seriously in love with my bag. It's the perfect size to fit my on-the-go essentials: wallet, Ray-Bans, iPhone, keys and a few lipsticks! ♡L

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. The only face wash I've found that doesn't dry out or irritate my skin. The balm turns into a luxuriously silky oil to remove makeup and grime from your face with ease. ♡L

Kate Somerville EradiKate Acne Treatment. I've had a few bad breakouts recently so I thought I would give the EradiKate acne treatment a try and, to my delight, I saw improvement after just one use! It has a strong smell so this may not be the treatment you want to use when your significant other is over, but I tend to think the products that have stronger odors are the ones that get the job done. ♡T