Monday, August 3, 2015

Sun Protecton For The Face

We all know well that long-term sun exposure can cause various skin issues, but sometimes we neglect the face when considering sun protection (no, sunglasses or a hat doesn't always cut-it). Sun protection can sometimes seem like a hassle, especially if you are someone who doesn't burn easily, like myself. Although putting sunscreen on your face seems like a greasy mess or just an unnecessary step, sun protection on your face is still important and can be achieved without feeling like you're clogging every pore.


One of the main reasons why I used to not wear sunscreen on my face was because sunscreen always left my skin feeling greasy, which is a catalyst for breakouts. However, there is not excuse not to wear sunscreen on your face with the Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen Lotion. This sunscreen is made for the face and the oil-free formula keeps it from breaking you out. I use it everyday, even in the winter, and does not break me or make my very-oily skin more oily. This sunscreen is a great pick for those with both dry or oily skin and everything in between.


For some added protection, having SPF 15+ in your makeup is bonus. Makeup with SPF 15 or lower does not cut-it and not strong enough, especially if you will be out-and-about all day. Try finding makeup with an SPF of more than 30 for more effective protection. The Shiseido UV Sun Compact Foundation if a good pick if you want some more coverage. Although your makeup has SPF, unless you are planning on apply a thick layer, it is still important to wear sunscreen underneath the makeup.


The lips are often neglected when considering sun protection, however, like the rest of your face, the lips can also be victim to the sun. The easiest way to protect your lips from getting sunburned is by applying a chapstick with SPF, such as the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15. Many of us may be protecting our lips without even realizing. Many of the chapsticks that you find in drugstores often have a SPF of at least 15, but the more SPF, the better.

How do you protect yourself against the sun?
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Friday, July 31, 2015

Friday Favorites!

This week was one of those weeks that made me think What did I do all week? Aside from trying to beat the heat that we've been having in the northwest, this week was a little uneventful, but I'm ready for the weekend. Here are some of recent favorites!

Favorite Fashion Inspiration

Clockwise from top left: The Style Bungalow / Crystalin Marie / Pink Peonies / Kendi Everyday

Favorite Hair Inspiration: Loose Waves

Favorite Food Inspiration

Favorite Smile

What was a favorite of yours this week?

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Hot Pink | Summer Trends 2015

Outfits for Inspiration

I am someone who tends to not gravitate towards brighter colors or trends. I will envy those who can pull of the trend from a distance, but will never have the guts to pull off the color myself. The Hot Pink trend is not exception. Although I don't usually wear a lot of bright colors, I love how hot pink has hit many stores this summer and is being incorporated into many summer ensembles.

Hot pink pieces make a fun statement to a look by adding a bright pop of color. Hot pink looks best with neutral pieces, such as black and white. However, don't be afraid to mix and match hot pink with other colors, such as some of the bloggers above have successfully done in a clean and fashionable manner. If you're feeling daring and looking to add more life to your wardrobe, hot pink may the "it" color for you this summer!

Will you be wearing hot pink this summer?

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Strobing Makeup: In or Out?

When I first heard of strobing, I immediately thought of strobe lights and wondered how it was related to the latest "it" makeup trend. After a bit of googling, I realized that it is not related to the colorful flashing lights, but rather a technique that uses highlighter to contour. Unlike the huge contour trend, which used darker powders and often required a bit more time, strobing is supposedly a quicker way of adding dimension to your face.

Strobing makeup does not seem like a new phenomenon to me, particularly because it is essentially highlighting. It also does not seem very appealing for us oily-skin girls who tend to steer away from shimmery powders. There are many products though, from powders to creams, that can create a lifted look using light for all skin types. Strobing makeup is also perfect for those who want a faster method for a brighter and slightly defined look.

Here's a quick breakdown of strobing makeup:

What is strobing makeup?
Stobing makeup uses illuminating products to create both glow and definition.

Apply a cream or powder highlighter/illuminator to the tops of the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, above the eyebrows, and on the chin. A fan brush or highlighting brush can used for the technique. Often a heavy hand is used for applying the product.


Helpful Links/Looks
Bloomin Rouge (really pretty tutorial and helpful post)
Bella Pierre Chart
Cosmopolitan Strobing Makeup Tips

Although I think that over-highlighting is a bit over the top and reminds me of the makeup on the people of the Capital from The Hunger Games, using a very light hand when applying the product can create a more natural glow. I will personally skip the heavy strobing trend, however, it is a useful method for those who want a bright and radiant look.

What are your thoughts on strobing makeup? In or Out?
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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Friday Favorites!

My laptop is currently not cooperating with me and I'm resorting to posting from my phone so I'm sorry for the short intro. Here are some of my favorite pieces of inspiration!

Favorite Fashion Inspiration

Favorite Updo Inspiration

Favorite Food Inspiration

Favorite Song

"Cecilia And The Satellite" by Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness

What's a favorite of yours this week?

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Embroidered | Summer Trends 2015

Outfits for Inspiration

Boho meets preppy with the embroidered trend that has been popping up in stores this season. Embroidery adds a touch of detail to an otherwise plain clothing piece, making an outfit look put together while also being unique. The detailing from embroidered pieces are also perfect for a wide range of events, from a causal day out to a dress for a more formal event, such as a wedding.

Embroidered clothing pieces are perfect those who like casual and comfortable clothing, but want to keep their ensemble from looking plain. Embroidered pieces also come in a wide range of sizes in terms of the embroidered detailing as well as many colors. Whether it's a touch of detail or making a statement, embroidered pieces are a great way to spice up an otherwise simple outfit.

What do you think about embroidered pieces?
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Monday, July 20, 2015

Beautiful: A Response To "You Look Disgusting"

This post is different from what is typically on my blog, but recently I felt a need to write this post after watching a video by My Pale Skin called "You Look Disgusting", which touched on the unrealistic expectations of beauty. Since its upload, the video has received millions of views and rightfully so. The video is linked here and is on the bottom of this post, but as a quick summary, the video opens with Em Ford, the creator of the video wearing no makeup. Several hate comments about her appearance are displayed next to her bare face, but as she starts applying makeup, positive comments begin to appear. Em Ford, however, then also displays hate comments regarding her makeup. After then removing her makeup, she leaves the video with a positive message stating, "you look beautiful."

According to Em Ford's description, the purpose of the video was to show the unrealistic standards of beauty in a world dominated by social media. She further explains that no one should ever feel ugly because of these standards. I could not agree more with Em Ford. We are unfairly judged by how we look based upon expectations that are far from the truth. I had actually written a whole post about society's standards on beauty, however for some reason it has remained as a draft as I have not gotten myself to post it. Em Ford's video, though, makes me feel silly that I haven't yet posted one of the most serious posts I have ever written. After I edit the post one final time, I will be sure to post it on my blog soon.

Not only was Em Ford effective with showing the hate comments regarding her face without makeup, but also the hate comments she received when she had put makeup on. For some, makeup is to cover areas that society has deemed as imperfect. However, for many, makeup is also simply a form of expression. Writing a degrading comment about someone's appearance based on their makeup is just as hateful as writing a comment about someone's bare face. The comment may not hate on the person's actual features, but it does hate on the makeup work done by the person and their creative effort. It is as if there is a very fine line between too little makeup and too much makeup. A fine line that is molded and shaped by society, in which if you don't stand on that line, you are viewed as imperfect or ugly.

This video left me frustrated and sad with not only the current standards of beauty set by society, but also with those leaving such nasty comments about whether or not someone is considered beautiful. The hate comments show the power of social media and how society can greatly influence your view on someone you barely know by making a quick judgment about their appearance. A quick judgment that is based on unrealistic standards that we all become victim to and further strengthens the power social media has on our view of others. Hate comments not only cause pain, but also continue the cycle that we were successfully reeled in by both our society and social media. The only way that we can weaken and break the cycle is by making a conscious effort to remove ourselves from the cycle. This does not require any great act, but it does require one to think twice before judging a new face through the screen. It requires just a few seconds to rethink about writing a surface-level comment that could potentially cause someone pain.

I believe that it is not entirely our fault that society and social media has skillfully influenced our opinions based their greed for money and power. However, once we become aware of this influence and see that it is causing more pain than good, we become responsible for distancing ourselves from the influence of social media. Although the power of our society has made it difficult to change our view of beauty, it is important to rethink writing a negative comment and to prevent society's unrealistic expectations from making you think that are less than beautiful.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday Favorites!

Another week has gone by, which means it is time for another Friday favorites post. The past several days were filled with work, but it was still a fun and good week. I'm a little bummed out that the week's almost over, but it's also about time for the weekend to start. Here are some of my favorites from this week!

Favorite Fashion Inspirations

Favorite Nail Inspiration

Food Inspiration: Savory and Sweet

Favorite Escape Inspiration

What is your favorite quote?

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Thank you for reading!

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