Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Taking the Pixie Plunge

A few weeks ago, I did something a bit drastic. I cut off all my hair. My long, purple hair that reached halfway down my hair back is sitting in a bag at the foot of my bed, ready to be shipped off to Locks of Love.
I'd been considering a pixie cut for nearly two weeks, and after finally settling on one I liked, I couldn't get it out of my head. I booked an appointment at Salon Visions in Tuscaloosa, and within seconds, my hair was gone! 

It was such an exhilarating experience, and I am SO happy that I went through with it. I'm finally letting my natural blonde grow out, much to my parents' relief, and I've never felt more confident and feminine. Feminine. I NEVER thought I'd say that about a short haircut, but truthfully, it makes me feel absolutely amazing about myself, and I don't regret it one bit. One thing's for sure, I'm not letting this baby grow out any time soon!
For my fellow pixie cut lovers out there, you can expect loads of new hair tutorials coming up, and as I'm changing up my product routine entirely, I can't wait to share what products I'm using to perfect my pixie. I'd love to hear any of you guys' opinions, and if there's any tutorial, style, or question in general you'd be interested in a post about, don't hesitate to drop a comment below! I love hearing what you lovelies have to say and what you're interested in.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Starry Sweaters and Haunted Hotels

Sweaters are a major staple in my wardrobe, no matter the weather. They're comfortable, warm, and they make a fun, casual statement. This is one of my favorite sweaters from Old Navy- it's fitted, has a lovely print, and it's patriotic!
I paired this top with my go-to Old Navy skinnies and high-tops. To carry a more relaxed feel throughout the look, I threw my hair into a loose side braid.
Here, I'm standing in front of the Cornstalk Fence Hotel on Royal Street in New Orleans. One of the most-visited sites in the French Quarter, many believe it's haunted. Dozens of it's visitors have reported hearing and seeing ghostlike children roaming the halls, and there are several reported instances of residents finding photos of themselves taken in their sleep that they hadn't taken themselves. I'm not one for superstition, but it's definitely an interesting place to visit.
What's your favorite place to grab a fun sweater? Let me know in the comments below!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Bringing in Spring

Although spring started a few weeks ago, it seems like the spring feeling has finally caught on here in the past few days. We're getting loads of rain, and the weather is feeling absolutely perfect- not to mention the pollen that's suddenly begun to cover everything.
Muscle Shirt- Hot Topic, Flannel- Wet Seal, Jeans- Wet Seal, Sneakers- Converse

To welcome in the spring weather, I'm wearing one of my favorite muscle shirts from Hot Topic and a lightweight flannel that can easily be taken off and tied around my waist if it's getting too warm. For a more laidback look, I chose my white high-tops and plain skinny jeans to finish the look.
Have you begun adjusting your wardrobe to the approaching spring weather? Let me know in the comments below!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

My Eyebrow Waxing Horror Story

Waxing is a quick, effective way to groom your eyebrows, and if you know what you're doing, it can turn a pair of average eyebrows into the "on fleek" brows we've always dreamed of. This is what I thought two years ago when I decided to have my eyebrows done professionally for the first time, and my mom and I set out for Ulta to have them waxed.
When the lady brought out the wax, she first asked me if I was taking any oral medications for my skin. I told her that I wasn't, but I'd been using two topical acne medications over the past few months. She assured me that those wouldn't be an issue and continued getting out her supplies.

She applied the hot wax to my eyebrows, explaining that, since it was my first time, she was using a gentler wax that wouldn't be as painful. She put the strip over the wax and ripped it off, taking the brow hairs with it. So far, so good- it hadn't hurt nearly as much as I'd expected, and the lady said that it was going well.

She proceeded to wax the top of that eyebrow and my other one, but by the time she'd finished my other eyebrow, she started to notice some discoloration around that first strip she waxed. Additionally, they'd started to itch. The longer she waited, the worse they began to look and feel, and, too late, she realized that she hadn't just waxed my eyebrows- she'd taken the skin with it. Every part of me touched by the wax was bare. The skin was completely gone.

Naturally, seventh-grade me went into panic mode. I had a birthday party to go to that weekend! How could I possibly show my face when the skin above and below my eyebrows was scabbing over? Luckily, I had a dermatologist appointment already scheduled for later that day, and he told me that it was definitely a reaction between the retinol acne products I'd used and the wax that had caused this to happen. He told me that it would go away soon, and that in the meantime, I should put apply Neosporin to the areas on a regular basis.

Fortunately, my skin had mostly cleared up before the much-anticipated birthday party that weekend, and all was well- but ever since then, I've avoided eyebrow waxing like the plague, and since I still use the same products on my face, there isn't much chance I'll ever give it a try again.

If you're considering waxing your eyebrows for the first time, make sure to follow these guidelines to assure that your poor skin doesn't end up like mine did.

1. If you use retinol products, eyebrow waxing is always going to be off-limits. Topical retinol products make your skin much thinner; therefore, it's going to come right off during waxing.

2. Always, always, always have a patch test done before diving in head-first! If I'd been smart enough to ask for a patch test beforehand, I would have known how badly my skin would react before it was too late.

3. Lastly, do some research! Try a Google search on any product you use on your face that isn't makeup, and see if others that use it have had reactions when waxing. If they have, chances are, you will too!

If you've double-checked on all of these, you should be good to go! Waxing can be an amazing form of hair removal, and tons of people swear by it. Good luck!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Floral Fantasy Ipsy Bag

I received this glam bag a little late due to my New Orleans vacation this month, but I think that time waiting just made me more excited to try my new items! This bag is called Floral Fantasy, and it really tapped into my love for all things colorful and different.
The first product was this Glow Finishing Oil Treatment by Coolway. It's designed to be used on wet hair before blowdrying or on dry hair before styling to give your hair a shiny, touchable finish while restoring vibrancy to your color. I used this on dry hair, and I definitely noticed a difference in terms of how soft my hair felt. I take extremely good care of my hair in general, so I didn't notice much difference in terms of color vibrancy or shine, but I can definitely see this working well if you have dry or damaged hair.
These next items are Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels by skyn ICELAND. These gels are applied on the skin beneath your eyes to lessen wrinkles and tighten the bags under your eyes. This is honestly a product that I didn't really need. I have no issues with having heavy undereye bags, and I don't know why it was sent to me in particular. The whole process felt really weird to me, and I noticed no difference whatsoever after using it, but that's likely just because I wasn't a good candidate for this product.

This item was one of my favorite and least favorite products I've ever received in an Ipsy bag. It's the LANEIGE BB Cushion, and it worked wonders on my skin. It was beautifully smooth and evenly colored all day, and it was the perfect BB cream for me. The one reason that I didn't like it was the fact that a 0.5 oz container of this product costs thirty-four dollars! Personally, I don't think any beauty product is worth that much in such a small amount. Other than the price point, I have nothing but good things to say about this product.
I've always heard good things about Mary Kay, but I'd never actually tried anything by them until now. This is their Mary Kay at Play Eye Crayon in the shade Teal Me More, and being me, I love it because of the lovely greenish-blue color. It's easy to layer on top itself for a bold color, and it also looks stunning complimenting other shadows. It's such a fun product to play with, and it was definitely one of my favorite products this month!
I saved the best for last in this bag, and this NYX Butter Lipstick in the shade Hunk topped the charts for me. I love absolutely anything purple, and as I've been wanting to try a purple lipstick for months, I was thrilled to pull this out of the bag. I've tried NYX's Butter gloss and balm, both of which became staples in my beauty routine immediately, and the Butter lipstick did exactly the same. The deep plum color was absolutely gorgeous, and it gives my lips a fun pop of color that works for daytime and nighttime looks.
For the most part, I adored this bag, and I can't wait for next month! You can sign up to receive your monthly $10 bag at

Remember, I pay for all of my monthly glam bags myself, and I am not in any way influenced by Ipsy. All of my opinions are my own.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Floral Shoes and Casual Days

Jackson Square is one of my favorite places in the French Quarter. The cathedral is stunning, and the entire atmosphere just makes me feel happy.

These black-and-white floral Vans have become a staple in my wardrobe since I received them last Christmas. They go with so many things and add a hint of a pattern to a more casual outfit. I also love how comfortable they are, Vans have always been my favorite choice in sneaker!
I scored this top at Ross a few months ago, and I've become absolutely obsessed with it ever since! Button-ups with little details like the tie in the front and the lace shoulders are one of my favorite types of tops.
What is your favorite way to dress up a casual outfit? Let me know in the comments below!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Eight Ways You're Curling Your Hair Wrong

For years, I tried to achieve the flawless, unruly curls that every model, Tumblr girl, and celebrity flaunted on my straight hair and never got close. My real understanding of curling my hair came from a talk with my friend Breanna, who showed me the basics. From there, I proceeded to meticulously search every nook and cranny of the internet to find the best methods of getting that perfect curl, and today, I'm giving you the list of my most treasured tips for curling hair.
1. Don't unwrap your hair
When I sat down with Breanna that day to figure this out, the first thing she noticed was that I was unwrapping my hair after leaving it on the iron rather than just pulling the iron out and letting the hair fall naturally. This may seem like a really elementary thing for most of you to do, but it isn't something that's usually mentioned, and I've found that many people, like me, weren't aware that there's a specific way to remove the barrel.

2. Find the right tool
I tried a curling iron, hot rollers, sleep-in rollers, braids of all kinds, and even experimented with flat iron curls before I stumbled upon my Remington Pearl curling wand, and to this day, it's the my favorite thing to curl my hair with. If you feel like you've exhausted every possibility with your styling tool, the odds are that it's not going to get you the curl you want. Keep experimenting with different methods and tools, and you're bound to find one you love.

3. Hold it properly
Never hold a curling iron or wand upright! For one thing, a curling wand is meant to be held upside-down since many of them are wider at the bottom than the top, and secondly, it's actually much simpler if you think about it. Holding it upside-down keeps the hand holding the iron out of the way, making it much easier to wrap the hair around the barrel.

4. Hairspray
Our natural instinct when spritzing our hair after styling it is to spray the hair directly. I've found that there's actually a better approach to use when curling hair. Try spraying it from beneath. Lean back slightly, letting your hair fall behind your shoulders, and spray the ends of the curls with the nozzle of the hairspray facing the ceiling. This gives your curls better staying power throughout rather than hitting just the top layer and gives it a more touchable feel since you aren't spraying the hair directly.

5. Wrap away from your face
One of the most common mistakes is curling your hair towards your face. Never do that. It looks much more natural facing away from your face, and it also prevents your hair from falling in your face as often. You can still alternate curling your hair in different directions around your head, but make sure the pieces framing your face are facing away.

6. Try wrapping it differently
Don't always wrap your hair the same way! Experiment with taking bigger or smaller sections, twisting the section before wrapping it rather than wrapping it neatly, or even try wrapping only the bottom half of the section of hair for a more natural look. You may be curling your hair exactly right, but if you aren't creating the right type of curl for you, you'll never know it!

7. Acknowledge your layers
I razor my hair, which makes it extremely difficult to curl. If I section my hair off, the top layer always ends up looking frazzled while the long sections look perfect. If you have long layers like me, try curling your short layers with the longer ones rather than sectioning your hair off. Even if it seems like the pieces are flaring off the iron, it'll curl just the right length of the layer to prevent it from looking awkward.

8. Play with your bangs
My bangs nearly reach my chin, and they are extremely stubborn. They curl like the rest of my hair, but they always end up looking unflattering to my face. I've found that I don't have to curl my bangs at all, I can just let them hang loosely, and I still get a nice look. If you feel uncomfortable having them hang that way, you can try holding it on the barrel for a shorter period of time to get more of a wave than a curl, or you could accessorize with them by pinning them back, braiding them, or just tucking them behind your ear if they're long enough.

Every girl can get a pretty curl. Sometimes it takes a little more work for some than others, but once you learn the ropes, it's a breeze! I hope these tips help you get one step closer to achieving the curl you want, and I'd love to hear your favorite tips and tricks in the comments!

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