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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Profusion Cosmetics Confidence Palette Review + Swatches

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The holiday makeup is finally starting to get released and you could say I'm a bit thrilled by it. With the holidays comes glitters, metallics, and all the fun shades you might not see everywhere (I'm talking reds and greens here!) One of the things that I love about this time of year is that more affordable brands also release new items, and I'm here to share one of my favorite palettes that you can pick up from Target for ONLY $10! The Profusion Confidence palette will be getting so much use this holiday season purely because of the wide range of glittery/metallic shades. Although I love a great matte shadow, I always tend to gravitate towards the more "fun" eyeshadow looks AKA lots of glitter, haha! Keep reading to see why I love this palette plus swatches of each of the shadows!
Shades Top To Bottom: Winning, Mascot, Likeable, Supple, Coin, Benefit, Legendary

Normally I'm a little weary of some cheaper eyeshadow palettes. Ones I've tried in the past had a lot of fallout (especially with those glitter shadows that I love so much), weren't very pigmented, or didn't have that long of a lasting power. I have to say I've been incredibly impressed with all the Profusion products I've tried, particularly with the pigmentation! With one swipe you get an incredible amount of color, something that you can't say about a good amount of palettes unless you spend a hefty amount of money, or at least $30 nowadays. 

This palette comes with 21 different shades with a variety of finishes including matte, glitter, and metallic. However you could combine the two last finishes as many of the metallic shades are somewhat glittery as well. The Confidence palette also comes with a dual-headed brush for application. Although I haven't used it yet it looks identical to the brushes that have come in other Profusion palettes which I have used and liked. They aren't the most high quality brushes, however they get the job done and are perfect for travel!

Each shade is noticeably different from the next, which is great with a palette that has a large variety. Sometimes I get annoyed as I buy a palette with different looking shades that turn out to all look the same. I've tried to keep the colors of the shadows as original as I could with the editing, although some have obviously been changed a bit just for brightening purposes to match the rest of the image. The shades above are from the first line of shadows and I would say these are the most 'natural' of the shades. The only two that have a similar look are 'Likeable' and 'Benefit' but in real life the latter is slightly darker and has a little more yellow tone to it. I'm obsessed with the 'Coin' shade, a beautiful gold with slight copper undertones. It would be perfect for any metallic gold look! Another shade that might be my favorite in the whole palette is 'Legendary.' It was hard to capture in the photo, but this shade is a metallic green with brown undertones. It's great if you want to go the way of a green holiday look without going full out like you might for St.Patricks day. The brown undertone keeps it more in the neutral shade category, and when you catch the light the green shines through!

Shades Top To Bottom: Serendipity, Dynasty, Chameleon, Secure, Empire, Bite, Madly

These middle shades in the Confidence palette are all fun bright shades on the red, orange, and yellow spectrum. I LOVE how buttery all the shades in this palette are, and was so excited to see that that softness carried out to each of the finishes. These shades above are so stunning in person, and I'm glad it carried over in the photos! All of the shadows are crazy pigmented, bright, and colorful. I've found it hard to come across decent orange and yellow shades but these do not disappoint. I can think of so many ways to use these not just during the holidays, but during the summer months as well. 

'Bite' would have to be my favorite out of this group. It's the perfect metallic red with just the slightest hint of purple/maroon. I've been really into using red and pink shadows lately and I can't wait to incorporate this one into my looks!

Shades Top To Bottom: Sunny, Power Up, Backlash, Valient, Switch, Fireside, Bombshell

These shades are much more toned down than the middle shadows, however a lot of them are still in the orange color range. 'Backlash' is my favorite of these since it's a beautiful brown metallic with some gold undertones. It can be used as an everyday color but if you dress it up a little with fake lashes and some liner you can create a fantastic holiday look with it. 

I'm such a huge fan of this palette that I just had to share with you guys, and I hope if you purchase you fall in love with it too! These shades are all so soft, blendable, and create incredibly pigmented looks that last. Would y'all be interested in a makeup tutorial featuring this palette or just a holiday makeup look in general? I'm thinking about incorporating more beauty looks into the blog, however I want to gauge interest from all of you! Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Gift Guide: Amazon Under $50 (Including Designer Dupes!)

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Pink and White Fleece Jacket $27 | Acrylic Space Saving Hangers $13 for set of 10 | Chloe Crossbody Dupe $23 | Gold Makeup Organizer $22 | Mario Badescu Drying Lotion $17 | Felt Letter Board w/ 300 letters $32 | Rose Gold Portable Charger $18 | What Do You Meme Game $30 | Purse Organizer $20-$29 | Capri Blue Candle $28 | Louis Vuitton Dupe Wallet $16 | Yves Saint Laurent: Style Coffee Table Book $45 | Gold/Brass Decorative Tray $15 | Decorative Gold Metal Bowl $16 | Desk Standing Cell Phone Holder $8 | Rose Gold Portable Speaker $18 | Faux Fur Pet Bed (multiple sizes!) $35-$129 | Karen Walker Sunglasses Dupe $11 | Gucci Belt Dupe $20-$25 | Valentino Rockstud Flat Dupes (14 colors!) $46 | Chanel Quilted Crossbody Dupe $24 |

I think I say this practically every week, but it's CRAZY how fast time is flying by! Honestly, how am I already writing my first gift guide of the season. I wanted to start off with a guide that was super affordable and easily accessible, so of course I went with Amazon! I have to admit, I was never the biggest user of Amazon until very recently. For years I only used it for textbooks or other school supplies. I didn't even have my own account, I would have my sister place orders for me! But since living in Seattle with Amazon headquarters right around the corner from me I figured it was time to actually give the site a go. Unfortunately it's too good of a site because I find way too many things that I want on there! Luckily, they have some of the best prices around so I never feel all that bad when my cart gets a little too full 😉. For this guide I focused on gifts for her under $50, with most being under $30! There are some home items, some fashion, some beauty, and my favorite...designer dupes!

Monday, November 5, 2018

How To Add Personal Touches To Your Home

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You guys have been ALL ABOUT my home decor on Instagram (seriously, those posts are some of my most liked!) so I thought I would share my favorite way to add some personal flair to your home or apartment. Of course I have a ton of non-personalized decor, but nothing makes a house, apartment, or even a dorm room feel like home than a couple of unique touches that represent you and your personality. Here are a few of the ways I do this in my place.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Currently TCB October '18

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This is the second post on my 'Currently' series where I catch you all up on the things in my life from what I'm thinking about, where I've been traveling, and all the things I'm doing and loving. I always like reading these types of posts from other bloggers because it lets you get into the more personal side where you learn about the parts of life that don't necessarily include the blog or social media. The goal with these posts is to try to connect with all of you more! Maybe we're watching the same show or maybe we're going to be traveling to the same place soon, connecting with you all is why I'm here and I want to do that more often! If you missed the first Currently TCB post you can check that out here but for now here's what I'm currently up to...

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Fall Wardrobe Basics And How To Style Them

Let me set the record straight right now. I LOVE to shop. Spending money on clothes is what I was born to do, BUT it's definitely not something I can afford to do. Grabbing trendy pieces every so often is great and often necessary to keep your wardrobe refreshed, but the smart way to make your closet work better for you is to buy some basics. By grabbing a few staple pieces for each season you can easily mix and match your wardrobe into a solid number of different outfits. I've picked out my personal fall basics and a lot the different ways I can pair them all together.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Pixi MatteLast Liquid Lip Review

*These products were provided as PR Samples from Pixi By Petra, all opinions are my own. 

I'm sure if you've been in a Target beauty isle recently you've seen the pretty packages of Pixi by Petra. I discovered this brand a while back and was so excited for an affordable makeup brand that had such a variety of products. I've luckily been on the receiving end of some of Pixi's favorite products through PR packages, and I just had to share these MatteLast Liquid Lips because holy moly do I love them. With so many shades, there's a perfect for everyone and the best part is that they are no fuss - something that I can't stand about most other liquid lipsticks (my only exception being Tarte's!)

Thursday, October 11, 2018

My Trip To Dallas: A Mini Guide + Life Update

Hello friends, hope your week has been a great one so far! I'm back from my most recent trip to Dallas and I had a blast. I got up to so many things, but also didn't get around to doing everything I wanted to do while there. This won't be an official city guide (more on the reasoning for that below!), however it will be a little guide to what I did on my visit and where I stayed. I also have a bit of a life update near the bottom of this post, so make sure to read that too if you want to see what's happening in my life!

Where I Stayed

When looking for a place to stay I wanted to be a little outside of the downtown area while still having a lot in walking distance. The Canopy by Hilton in Uptown Dallas was exactly what I was looking for! The place just opened a few months ago, and reading all the reviews made me want to stay there even more. It was centrally located in Uptown right next to shops, restaurants, and parks, and the hotel itself was so nice! Everyone who worked there was so sweet and talked with me about the neighborhood, and they even gave me some macarons from a local shop when I checked in (which I promptly ate when I got to my room since I hadn't eaten at all that day haha!). The room itself was SO BIG I was totally in shock. I just got the traditional king bed room and it was huge! I had my own closet, a large bathroom with a walk in shower, and the bedroom itself was enormous. Everything was also totally updated, and I have to admit I did spend a good amount of time in the room...more on that in a second.

They also have a full breakfast each morning which is complimentary, and they have so much stuff. I've never seen a hotel breakfast this expansive. I wish I had photos, but they had a breakfast taco station, fresh fruit, a large variety of pastries, cereals, along with local jams/jellies to go along with everything. One morning they even had avocado toast! And on the 8th floor they have a bar with a beautiful view of downtown. If you go hopefully they still have their spicy margarita on the menu, so good! Now let me be clear, this isn't sponsored, I just really loved my stay here! (And as always if something is sponsored I would let y'all know!)

What I Did

So, on my very first morning I managed to take a pretty bad tumble while walking into a Target. I literally stepped out of my uber and just absolutely ate it. Thankfully the people in Texas are super kind and a nice man helped me up, but I scraped up my elbow and knees pretty badly. Not exactly what I imagined my first day of the trip to be like. After that it made my adventures a little more limited as I was injured and walking irritated it, so I spent a good amount of time that first day in my hotel room trying to rest up for the rest of the trip!

After falling, I explored the Uptown area a bit then made my way to the Arboretum.

I went in knowing this place was big, but I didn't realize that the Arboretum is about 66 acres! I didn't exactly pack walking shoes, so my feet were killing me in the slides I was wearing. However I would have to say it was worth it for all the beautiful pumpkins and nature that I got to see while exploring here! They have really outdone themselves in the fall decor, I wanted to take all the pumpkins home with me. I walked around looking at the waterfalls, the sculptures, and listened to the birds for hours before I finally made my way back to the front gate. I highly recommend making a stop here, especially if you're here for autumn! And since my feet were in need of a little TLC I bought myself a pair of slippers at the arboretum store at the end of my trip, haha.

The following day I made my way to the Texas State Fair! I was so excited to hear that this was happening since I've heard rumors about how fun it is. Y'all when they say everything is bigger in Texas, they mean it!

Again, I knew this fair was a big deal, but I didn't realize just how much of a big deal until I was there. Walking through the area was insane, there were huge museums, auto shows, shopping expos, and more. And that was just within the first few steps of walking into the place! There isn't all that much shade in Fair Park, so whenever it got too hot I would just dip into one of the showrooms and look around at all the stuff that was on display or for sale. After taking a look at all the expos, I finally made it to all the main attractions.


Inside the actual "fair" part of the State Fair, there are theme park rides, games, a huge pond for swan paddle boats, livestock, tons of food stalls, more expos, and MORE. Honestly the list could go on and on there is just so much to see.

I bought a ton of coupons (for food and rides) as well as a game ticket for the fair games and just had the best time. This trip to Dallas was my first trip alone, so I just took my time with everything. I rode the rides I wanted to, played the games I thought were fun, and ate the fair food that looked the best. It was awesome, I basically felt like a little kid again! I even forced myself to go on the Texas Star, a big ferris wheel, so that I could get a birds eye view of the fair and the Dallas skyline. That's the photo right above, it was such a great view!

And that huge cowboy you see in that photo above? His name is Big Tex, and he is ENORMOUS. I didn't expect to see anything like that, and he even talked about things that were happening at the fair. Obviously I had to take a photo with him! Just look at that height difference! I had such a good time, and it was totally worth the sunburn and heat rash that I got for spending too much time outside. (My fault, I didn't pack for 90 degree weather!)

On my last day I had a few hours to spare before my flight home, so I decided to venture into downtown a little more. I heard about Klyde Warren Park from a number of people, so decided to check it out. This small park is located directly over a freeway! It's right in the downtown area next to a few museums, and is the perfect place to spend some time with nature in the city. I loved that you could see all the downtown buildings from within the park, and it looked like a great place to gather with friends and eat at one of the many food trucks. I was there early in the morning and there was actually a pretty large yoga class going on out on one of the main lawns, such a cool place to hang out!

Next I traveled to the Kennedy Museum. It had totally slipped my mind that JFK was assassinated here in Dallas, and when an uber driver reminded me I knew I had to go check out the museum. I got to learn a little bit more about JFK and his upbringing, his presidency, and ultimately his death and assassination. The museum is actually in the building where the shooter was, so it's pretty emotional walking past where it happened. My favorite part was hearing all the different conspiracy theories about the shooting though, and learning a bit more about the aftermath of the assassination. It actually inspired me to watch the movie Jackie on my flight home! (Great movie by the way!)

And now for a little bit of a life update and my reasoning for traveling to Dallas. Well, I'm 99% sure that I'll be moving there in March! During the times when I wasn't exploring the city I was looking at apartment buildings. I had never been to Texas, but it was my first choice in moving after college, however Seattle seemed like the best option at the time. After living here for a few months, I decided it isn't what I'm looking for in the long run. I have nothing against the city itself, but it just isn't what I was hoping it would be. So I took the trip to Dallas to see if I could see myself living there, and surprisingly enough it kind of reminded me of Orange County, just with some southern flair. After looking at a few different places, I can definitely see myself there and am excited for the next adventure it will bring me when I make the move!

If you live in Dallas, I would love to hear your thoughts on the city and get some more recommendations from you! I'll also be doing a bigger Dallas post after living there for a while and getting some more experience to share. Hope you enjoyed the post!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Favorite Fall Sweaters

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Leith Turtleneck | Free People Structured Knit Tunic | V-Neck Twist Front | Grey V-Neck SweaterCable Knit Design Sweater | Free People V-Neck | JCrew Mustard Sweater |  Leopard Print Sweater | Blush Striped Sweater | Crewneck Fringe Sweater |

Happy fall everybody! One of my favorite things about this season is the fact that I can finally pull out my sweaters. I love a good Halloween themed one, like this $10 one I shared on my Instagram the other day, but I also love more traditional sweaters. I think they're so cozy, comfortable, and you really just can't go wrong with them. Today's post is a round up of some of my favorite sweaters I've seen lately and have been loving!

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Beauty Empties Vol. 1

As a blogger I try SO many products. Although I'm not complaining in the least, it does get tough to stick to a routine when I want to try everything. At all times I'm practically overflowing with beauty/skincare products. I try to test as many products as I can so I can review them, but that means in the long run I don't get to finish a good number of things. However, I decided to start this 'empties' series on the blog for the rare occasion when I do finish beauty products! If I finish something it normally means I have strong opinions about it, however it can also mean it's just what I had on hand. I hate to waste, so whenever possible I do try to finish products. (Fun fact, a lot of shelters/donation places don't take opened items, so it makes it hard to donate products that don't work for me!) So that leaves me with a few products that I've used up and want to share with you all!

Amika Velveteen Dream Smoothing Shampoo

Recently my hair has been absolutely finicky. In the past my hair took DAYS to get slightly greasy, but now it seems the day after washing it's already a greasy mess. I'm just saying I'm thankful for dry shampoo now more than ever. This shampoo started off strong, but in the end I think it was too silky/smooth for my hair. It's a very thin and runny formula which I think contributed to the grease buildup in my thin hair. If you have thicker hair with more texture (mine has no texture/grit at all!) this would probably be great for you! On the plus side, it did smell great!

Amika Velveteen Dream Smoothing Conditioner

Unlike my shampoos, I actually don't mind a silky conditioner! With my hair being thin, it tangles easily and needs something smooth to loosen it up a bit. Used with a different shampoo than its partner, it did a good job at smoothing, de-frizzing, and made it easy to detangle after washing.

Spa Thyme Hazelnut Toffee Latte Scrub

I am obsessed with body scrubs and exfoliants. I've actually had this one from Spa Thyme for a while and made a review upon my first few uses in this post, however I finally just finished the tub! As I said I have to make it through a lot of products, and this one was just sitting in a drawer until I found it again a few months ago. Let me just say that I LOVE this stuff and am so glad I found it again. It has the best smell (think Starbucks during Christmas time) and feels great on my skin. There are essential oils and sugar in it to both soften and exfoliate your skin at the same time. I typically use it on my arms and legs, however you can use it for your whole body! My favorite part of this is
that the scent and oils are long lasting, so your skin smells and feels amazing for hours after.

Love Beauty & Planet Hope And Repair Shampoo

This shampoo was a thicker formula than the Amika one, and definitely added a little more grit to my hair. The smell wasn't my favorite, but it wasn't bad by any means, just not something I normally go for. It gave me an extra day without grease, but the grease did come back so unfortunately it's still not going to be something I go back to. I think for me it's the coconut oil that added excess grease, I know some people swear by it, but I've never been a fan of it.

Love Beauty & Planet Hope And Repair Conditioner

Once again I think the coconut oil didn't go well with my hair. When I used this conditioner my hair looked and felt greasy from the moment my hair was dry. Again, I'm sure someone with thicker/more textured hair would benefit from this product more than I did!

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream

This is actually the second tub of this face cream I've finished off because it's AMAZING. I have dry, sometimes combination skin and this moisturizer is the absolute best. I use it whenever my skin is starting to feel tight, and also after every shower (when my skin feels the driest). It smells like cucumber which makes it feel a little more relaxing when you put it on. The moisture is great and lasts the whole day/night so no need to reapply it multiple times a day, although I'm sure it wouldn't hurt. You also only need the tiniest amount so it lasts forever! I use this every day and the 1.6 oz jar lasted a little over a year.


That's it for my empties! Have you tried any of these products? What are your thoughts on them, and what products are you loving that you recommend?

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Fresh Laundry With Tide Purclean

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Talking about a little something different today on the blog....laundry, and how Tide purclean has helped me gain a better way to get it done! It's a chore I've actually grown to love over the past few years, mostly because it always leads to some organization (which I love!). Since moving to Seattle my laundry experience has only been elevated, namely in a way that involves less harsh chemicals and more plant-based products. As you can imagine, Seattle is a huge environmentally based city, and people here are always looking for ways to improve on their daily lives. I had heard of plant-based detergents, but didn't really give them a second thought until moving here. I wasn't sure how well they worked, what the benefits were, and most importantly how they would compare to my old detergent. Luckily, I found the perfect one that is everything my old detergent was and more: Tide purclean.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Pink Striped Sweater

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It's finally fall! I'm so excited that the leaves are starting to change and the weather has already cooled down a significant amount here in Seattle. I've been trading dresses and shorts for long sleeves, sweaters, and denim and I couldn't be happier. Although I do love a good sundress, there's nothing I love more than a comfy sweater. It just makes me feel relaxed and ready to snuggle up with a good book and a cup of apple cider. Even though it's barely fall, my apartment is already well decorated for Halloween (Homegoods is where it's at everybody! I've already bought three decorations and a real pumpkin...) and I'll slowly be adding more until the holiday is here. Side note, I have NO IDEA what I want to be this year. Last year I was Winnie the Pooh, but can't think of anything for this year and am open to suggestion. Now, going back to my favorite article of clothing for fall...sweaters!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Travel Guide: Atlanta, Georgia

Hey everyone! I took a little hiatus last week while I was in Atlanta, but I'm so glad to be back sharing my trip with you all today. I was there for four days, and although I did do a number of fun things, I also spent a lot of time just inside my own hotel. I say that because I was actually there for a conference being held at the hotel. I'll be sharing a little guide of all the things I got up to while in Atlanta and my thoughts on the city and all the things to do, eat, and see there!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

A Side Of Happiness - 5 Ways To Make Your Cat Happy In Your Home

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I recently shared a little glimpse of Henry in last Monday's post, and you all were so excited to see him! I wanted to share a little more about him because he's such a huge part of my life, and I know a lot of you all have kitties of your own! I adopted Henry last June when he was 5 weeks old and now he's SO BIG. Honestly, I think he's a mix of one of the bigger breeds of cats and will end up being 15+ pounds! But he's such a friendly giant, and makes me incredibly happy. I love cuddling up with him in the mornings, watching him play with his little catnip mice, and hearing his little meowing chirps whenever he wants food, haha. In all seriousness though Henry is such a little bundle of light and keeps me entertained and feeling loved all the time. He gives me so much, so I definitely spoil him back to make sure he's living his best life! Here are a few tips that make me a crazy cat lady and Henry the happiest little cat.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Last Minute Sephora Sale Purchases

Happy Labor Day everyone! I hope you were lucky enough to get a long weekend, but if you weren't I hope you got to at least enjoy some time with family and friends! I decided to take a little time off since posting my hugely personal post last Monday, but I did want to give a big THANK YOU to all of you who read it, commented, and reached out to me. It was a slightly terrifying post to write and share, but I already know that it's making the impact I wanted it to which is a great feeling! So thank you again to everyone! Now onto today's post. I recognize that the labor day sales have been up and running for a few days now, but there's really only one I'm interested in this year, and that's the Sephora sale! Today is the last day to shop, but I wanted to share my last minute picks from the sale. These are items I've either tried out myself, am repurchasing, or are on my personal wishlist. All VIBRouge members get 20% off (code:YESROUGE), VIB get 15% (code:YESVIB) and everyone else gets 10% off with code YESINSIDER.

If I had to pick a few out from this list that I highly recommend it would be these three: Fresh's Lotus Youth Preserve Moisturizer, Buxom's Big Tease Mascara, and Laura Mercier's Translucent Setting Powder. I use all three of these almost every single day and cannot say enough good things. The Fresh moisturizer is something that rehydrates my skin without making it feel oily or overly hydrated. I've tested out a few different moisturizers and oils and this is the one that I've repurchased again and again (even though it's slightly on the expensive side.) 

The Buxom mascara is also a product that I repurchased during the sale since it's currently my favorite mascara! I tried this when I received it in a PR box and fell absolutely in love with it. It gives incredible volume, doesn't clump and makes me almost look like I'm wearing falsies. 

The translucent setting powder is also a little bit pricey, but if you've been searching for the perfect "flawless" finishing product, this stuff can't be beat. I've used a few different setting sprays (including the Urban Decay All Nighter Spray above which I love for different reasons) but this powder gives almost an airbrushed finish to your face. It keeps my makeup in place, and gives me that perfect look I crave when I do a full face of makeup. You can't go wrong with it!

Like I said above, all these products are either on my to-buy list, I've tried, or have already repurchased. Most being in the last two categories! Have you purchased from the Sephora sale this year? What are you going to buy during this last day of the sale?

Monday, August 27, 2018

How To Know If It's Time To See A Therapist + My Journey With Mental Health

This past year has been absolutely insane with everything that has happened. I have definitely had a lot of ups and downs what with graduating college, my parents passing, and moving to a new city and state, it's no wonder that my mental health has been going through an absolute loop. This post is definitely going to be the most 'real' and personal thing that I have written. I'm going to be open and honest, because mental health isn't something that a lot of people talk about openly. In more recent years it has definitely been discussed more, but there are still a lot of things that people keep hush-hush. I completely understand since it's deeply personal, but if I have the platform to talk about my own journey and give someone else the opportunity to maybe understand a bit more, then I will. I always try to treat everyone who reads my blog like a friend, and so I'm opening up the conversation just in case anyone else wants to discuss it as well.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Floral Maxi Dress

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Happy Monday! Can you believe that we're already past the half point of August? These next few weeks are going to be busy for me what with a few trips coming up and a few sponsorships here and there. September especially is going to be absolutely crazy, so I'll be trying to get a lot done these next few days! In the meantime I wanted to share this pretty maxi dress I picked up a few weeks ago. Obviously these photos were taken before I cut my hair but why reshoot when these photos are perfectly fine, haha!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Why It's Necessary For Bloggers To Have Business Cards

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Thank you all for understanding my little hiatus this past week, with my stomach flu and the one year anniversary of my dad's passing it's been a little rough to say the least. But I'm back and ready to share something that I'm so excited business cards! I've actually been in the process of designing and making these for around a year now, but couldn't find a site that helped me create the exact vision I had in mind. It wasn't anything too crazy, but it seemed that nothing was working how it wanted to with these, that is until I stumbled upon Basic Invite! I think they perfectly represent my brand, even down to the same font I use for Pinterest graphics.

Monday, August 6, 2018

My 4th Blogiversary - 4 Life Lessons Blogging Has Taught Me

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It's always interesting to me to watch another year of blogging go by, because I honestly can't remember life without it. How did I spend my time? What made me get into blogging in the first place, and can I turn back the clock to make me get here sooner? One thing for sure is that my blog isn't going anywhere soon, and I can't wait to embark on another year! I've learned quite a few things from full time blogging, but there are a few life lessons that blogging has taught me that I thought I would share today.

Passion Makes For Better Work

I don't think I could ever be one of those people who works a job just to have a job. And I KNOW that comes off as kind of pretentious and 'first world problem-y' but it's true. I'm not motivated to work unless I'm passionate about what I do, which is why I love that blogging is my career. I have this passion to create, share, and communicate, and I can do that all through my blog. And it doesn't hurt that I have a passion for all the things I blog about (fashion, beauty, skincare, lifestyle habits, travel, etc.) as well. All I know is that I'm best when there's a passionate fire under my butt getting me to work, and I'm so glad that I have and love this blog.

Kindness Is Never Underated

It always always always pays to be kind. And even if people aren't kind back, it didn't cost you anything to offer up your own kindness. You never know what someone is going through, or what they're dealing with on the other end of that email you're sending. Blogging is a never-ending stream of communicating, whether it's through your peers, your readers, or brands wanting to sponsor. The saying is there for a reason, and it rings true when I say you catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar. Kindness can never do you wrong, but that doesn't mean that you don't fight or stand up for yourself. There's a difference between coming off as aggressive rather than firm, and a real difference in severing ties with someone than amicably letting go of a bond. The latter will always lead to better results.

Always Stay True To Yourself

Once again for life and for blogging, it's important to be yourself. Now I'll be honest I'm sure 25% of my personality is reflected in the last movie I watched (anyone else always start saying "I could totally be a spy" after watching a spy movie?) but that other 75% is where I try to whole-heartedly be myself. There are times when I try to branch out for sure, but my roots are the same. Can I be inspired by others? OF COURSE! But just because I love someone's style, mannerisms, or just literally want their life (I'm talking to you, Blake Lively!) you can't just go out and decide to be them. You'll fall apart trying to maintain a life that isn't authentic to you. Blogging has made me realize that it's okay to both stand out and fall inside the crowd. Everyone is a bit in between, and that's why we're all unique.

There Are No Shortcuts

Sure some people are born a little extra lucky or with a little extra somethin' than others, but most of us are just trying our best out there. Hard work is what brings success, and if you aren't putting in the work, it's likely that nothing will come of it. There are no real "get rich quick" schemes and buying followers won't really get you anywhere, it's your actual effort that will get you somewhere. As frustrating as it is to see others rise to the top when you're still at square one, know that you're the only one who can change that. Depending on others, complaining, and just plain laziness are only going to be detrimental to your success in the long run. If you want something bad enough, you'll find a way to work towards it. I promise the long grueling work will be worth it in the end when you achieve those goals!

Obviously I've learned much more than these four things, and blogging continues to open up new lessons as the years go by, but these are the ones that have been standing out to me lately! I can't wait to see what this next year of blogging takes me. I've already learned so much and continue to grow both mentally and as a brand/business these past 4 years, so it will be amazing to see what comes next! And as always, thank YOU for being here and supporting me along the way. Every comment, like, email, DM, etc is exciting and I love knowing that what I write or post resonates with you all. So thank you thank you thank you!!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Currently TCB

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Hi loves! This is a new type of post that I want to start sharing here on TCB, one where I get a little more personal with all of you. It's essentially a 'life lately' but I'll be sharing what's currently happening in my life in all the different areas like the tv shows I'm watching, the things I'm eating, what's on my mind, etc. I love when bloggers get more 'real' and personal in their posts and after polling you all on Insta a while back it seems that you like the the same! So here goes, let me know in the comments if you like this style of life update!

Monday, July 30, 2018

Everyday Fall Fashion

This post is sponsored by Kohl's. I was paid for this post and received the included clothes as compensation. As always all opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that support The Classic Brunette!

Is anyone else sick of this heat? I feel like I'm always waiting for summer to roll around when it's cold, but once it gets here I want nothing to do with it, haha! Fall is my favorite season, so I can't wait for the leaves to start changing, the weather to cool down, and of course to pull out all my favorite fall outfits. After spending a good amount during the summer season, I'm definitely going back to my roots and doing some affordable shopping this season! Kohl's has been a family favorite of mine since I was young with my mom taking my sister and I there every season to pick up both basics and trendy pieces. Today I'll be sharing three different looks from Kohl's juniors section that are just perfect for the transitional and fall weather!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

My Current Favorite Face Masks

Wow it feels like it's been so long since I've posted about beauty! Lately my routine has been minimal at best, opting for just a touch of mascara and filled brows or a light foundation look. I haven't been bothered to do more since I've been in the apartment and avoiding the heat for the most part! But I have been upping my skincare game more recently due to a number of reasons, that means new products and reviews to share with you all though! It's been a while since I shared my favorite face masks, and lately I've been using so many that I feel like I just have to share what's been working for me. I'm covering a lot of different skincare needs with these masks, so whatever issue you're attempting to resolve, I probably have a mask for you!

The masks I'm sharing all vary in what they do and how much they cost, but each of them has worked wonders for me! I've noticed this year that my skin has actually gotten less sensitive, so just remember things that may not give me a reaction might affect your skin in a different way. So always test the mask on your hand before placing it on your face!

Let's start off with the cheapest masks! I never judge a mask on its price, because even the cheapest of masks can be incredible and the most expensive a dud. These masks from Sephora may not be pricey, but the results are always amazing. I've been using these masks for a few years now and keep coming back to them. The green tea mask is my go-to when I'm feeling a breakout coming on or when I feel like my skin is getting too oily. It simmers down my acne spots, drys them out just enough, and clears my face faster than any other acne mask I've tried.

I can't ever have enough lip masks! I've tried and loved a few, but this one is always my #1. I have notoriously dry and chapped lips, chapstick is essentially my best friend. On the days where my lips are feeling extra dehydrated and rough, I bust out this mask for some much needed love and moisture. At only $3 it's barely a splurge and always does the trick. My mouth is always smoother, softer, and extra moisturized after using this mask.

Ah how I love Origins! They're one of my favorite skincare brands, and they always have the best masks! I was recently sent this one along with the same mask but for oily skin (this one is for normal/dry) and am obsessed with it. It's a charcoal mask infused with honey, and it literally looks golden when you put it on. I tested this mask and shared it on my Instagram stories (check there often for new products and other fun posts!) and had my best friend test out the oily skin version. The mask worked super well for cleaning out my pores, and didn't dry out my skin in the process! Such a blessing that a charcoal mask isn't drying!! My best friend used the original charcoal mask (without honey) and said it did a great job clearing her clogged pores as well, and definitely recommends it for those looking for something that makes your skin feel fresh again.

I've had a huge pile of these STARSKIN sheet masks sitting in my mask drawer for months now, and have only recently pulled them out. I purchased this set (currently on sale!) and have tried a good amount of them already. The two above I haven't tried, however I already used the ones I want to talk about! As I mentioned, I typically have dry skin, so moisturizing masks are what I gravitate towards when searching for something new to try. STARSKIN's Red Carpet Ready Mask gives a great amount of hydration and smooths my skin for the rest of the day. My second recommendation from them is the Eye Catcher smoothing mask which has really helped to blend out those fine lines around my eyes. Although I'm still young, it's never too early to start fighting off fine lines and wrinkles! This mask is one of the few where I've actually seen a difference in my lines after taking off a mask.

The priciest mask of the bunch, but don't worry y'all I think it is definitely worth it!! I was sent this in a PR box recently and wasn't sure how I would feel about an at-home facial type mask. Would it do the same work as a regular facial? Would it hurt since it's shedding my dead skin cells? Well let me tell you, this is the best facial I've ever done and I will be using this mask in my skincare routine indefinitely. I love how this mask makes my skin look and feel, I do honestly feel like I get all the benefits of a facial, without the pain and irritation of someone picking at every flaw on your face. Does it clear out the incredibly deep pores, acne, etc? No, but it does clear off a layer of cells and dead skin to give you a refreshed, clean, and renewed face. It gently exfoliates and provides just enough oomph to get all the bad stuff out. My face did get a little dry when I took the mask off, but I used two tiny drops of Drunk Elephant's Virgin Marula Facial Oil to re-hydrate and I swear I had the best skin of my life. My skin had never felt so soft! I highly highly HIGHLY recommend this duo to anyone who is looking for that 'perfect' mask to change the life and quality of your skin. 

Have you tried any masks that you love lately? I'm always looking for new recommendations!

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