Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Using an Epilator to Remove Hair: What is it? Does it work?

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Let's face it, hair removal sucks. Besides the time your mom told you you could shave your legs for the first time, there is nothing exciting about it. What's worse is you have to do it all the time, especially this time of year.  Luckily for me, I've found a new way to remove hair from unwanted areas and I'm here to share it with you.

For the past few months I've been using something called an epilator.  The one I've been using, and the one pictured here, is the Emjoi eRase e60, which retails for about $79. I realized not a lot of my friends knew what one was or how to use one, so I figured it'd be a good lil' tool to share with you all.

how to use an epilator

So, what's an Epilator? An epilator looks like an electric razor but instead of having shears it has a bunch of tiny tweezer-like pieces.  These glide along your skin grabbing the hair and removing it from the follicles. The result is smooth skin that last a lot longer than the normal 24-48 hours you get with a typical razor.

How do you use it? (to see a demo of it being used fast forward to 1:53 on the video) First things first, you need to purchase one. They range all over from $20-$200. Like I said, I have Emjoi eRase e60 which is a great option. It's an easy-to-use size and has 60 tweezer-pieces (more than others, which makes the whole process faster.) It also can grab hair as short as 0.3mm. 

When you're using it for the first time I suggest you take a shower beforehand. The warm water helps to open your hair follicles and cleaning and exfoliating your skin helps remove excess oil and dirt which helps when epilating.  If you're using an epilator that can grab shorter hairs, it's also better to epilate when your hair is on the shorter side.  That's because it's easier for the epilator to grab the hairs and, in my opinion, is a little less painful.

To use it, you basically just pull your skin taut and glide the epilator over your skin. You do not need to press at all.  The tweezers will grab and remove the hair as it goes. I find it easiest to move against the grain of the hair (opposite to how it grows).  I make a few passes in one area and then move to the next area.

how to use an epilator

Does it hurt? I won't lie, it's not painless. But I admittedly have a pretty low pain tolerance and I can do it without much fuss. It's also important to know that it gets less painful overtime, just like how if you've waxed or used tweezers. It is like the skin gets used to it and it becomes less painful.

How long does it last? I find that the skin stays smooth between 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 weeks.

Does it irritate the skin? Epilating is actually better for sensitive skin because, unlike shaving, it isn't tugging at the hair follicles but simply ripping the hairs out.  You will notice redness/bumps for about 12-hours after your first use. Once you get to your third or fourth time using it, you'll notice it only takes about an hour for that redness to diminish.

For a slightly more in-depth overview, check out the entire video I made all about epilators!

Have you ever used an epilator? What do you think?

Leave me any other questions about epilators in the comments!

The Emjoi eRase was sent to me by a publicist. I was not compensated in anyway for this review. All opinions expressed are, as always, my own.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Christmas in July Week 3: $50 Victoria's Secret Gift Card

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Whoosh! I've have a crazy busy last few days, but today is Monday and you know what that means...? It's the third week of Christmas in July and this week we have another great prize for you!

YEP! Treat yo' self with $50 to Victoria's Secret and buy whatever your little heart desires! Good luck!

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Story of Finding my Perfect Jeans

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Abercrombie & Fitch. All opinions are 100% mine.

Jeans are my favorite piece of clothing, hands down. I never truly appreciated how much I really love jeans until I had to start a big girl job where I was only blessed with "jeans days" once or twice a month.  I love jeans because they are versatile, they are comfortable, and they are so easy to coordinate outfits with.  The trouble a lot of us have is in finding that perfect pair of jeans, and I use to struggle with this same problem. I tried so many stores and so many brands from cheap to expensive. I was at the point where I was willing to pay just about any price to just find a pair of jeans that would fit me properly.

Then, about four or five years ago I bought my first jeans from Abercrombie & Fitch and haven't looked back. I'm not fooling you when I tell you every single pair of jeans in my dresser are from Abercrombie, and at least half of my shorts (seriously, ask my friends because they always poke fun at my unwillingness to try jeans elsewhere.)  But, can you blame me?  The fit is always spot on, they always have a great variety of styles, and they are quality- these jeans last FOREVER. It was like my constant struggle to always find the perfect pair of jeans was finally over. I went from being lucky if I had one pair of jeans that fit properly, to being able to own multiple styles and colors that all fit perfect!

I recently popped into my local Abercrombie & Fitch to pick up a few new pairs of jeans.  They currently have tons of styles, colors, washes and fits so I tried on tons from boyfriend to jeggings to natural-waist (high-wasited) to super skinny. I posted this picture on instagram of my favorite three while shopping and asked you all which pair you would choose. The third one was everyone's favorite (which was the A&F Skinny style- and the one I'm wearing in these photos), and the first one was a close second (which was the A&F Super Skinny) - so, those are the two I left with.

One pet peeve I used to always struggle with when wearing jeans was when the jeans would slip down, I was constantly pulling them up or forced to wear a belt (little insight, I hate having to wear belts unless their purpose is soley to accessorize.)  The Abercrombie jeans have a no-slip waist with slight stretch so they not only stay up, but they also don't cut into your hips but instead lay nice a flat.

Currently at Abercrombie you can get any jeans in store for $35! Talk about a serious deal. Like I said before, Abercrombie jeans are the highest quality, best fitting jeans I've tried, and getting them from only $35 is a crazy good price for the value.  Plus, with all the different styles they currently have, they are sure to have your best fit ever, too!

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What's your favorite style of jean?

I think my next jean purchase will be a pair of boyfriend jeans like these!
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My hair is naturally very dry. Sure, it's kinda nice that I can not wash it for, oh say, 5 days, without any oil build-up. But, it's not so nice that it's always looking dull, dry and damaged.  Needless to say, I'm always looking out for a product that will give my hair a more sleek, soft appearance. And, being the drugstore diva I am, I'm always looking for one I can get at a wallet-friendly price, of course.

Neutrogeana's newest haircare line is Triple Repair and is a trio of products designed for hair repair: Triple Repair Shampoo, Conditioner, and a Leave-In Treatment. This trio claims that it is a breakthrough hair care system that has been clinically proven to repair damaged hair by mending split ends, strengthening brittle hair, and protecting from breakage.  Additionally, it helps to protect hair against heat styling over 400 F.

I have had these products for almost three weeks and have been using them exclusively in order to really get the best review. As with most haircare products, I entered this trail slightly skeptical.  But, I knew that I had to be consistent and use the three product in conjunction over a period of time to see results.

After my first wash and treatment I didn't notice a huge difference. I mean, it's hard to notice a difference from just one use anyways. My hair felt clean and conditioned, but not necessarily stronger or less brittle.

After about a week and a half, (about 4 washes) I started seeing the change. My hair seemed less frizzy than usual and was easier to manage when blow drying.  I also began to notice that it wasn't as tangled and knotted as it normally was after washing and towel drying it.

Now that I've been using the products well over two weeks I can definitely say my hair is stronger and less brittle. My split ends have also seemed to diminished, which really blows my mind because I usually struggle a lot with hair breakage.

I love how simple this line is to use, no messy deep conditioning treatments or oils. But, what I really love is the results. It is safe to say I've been very pleased with this line and would recommend it to other struggled with dry or damaged hair.

For more information about this haircare line or about any Nuetrogena products, you and like the Neutrogena Facebook page

What's your biggest hair problem? Dryness? Damage? Oil? 

What's your holy grail haircare product?

This post was sponsored by Single Edition Media on behalf of Neutrogena. As always, all opinions and thoughts are my own.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

D.I.Y No Sew Beach Bag from Old T-Shirt (& my summer beach beauty essentials)

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WalgreensBeauty #CollectiveBias

Happy Wednesday, friends! Today I'm bringing you another D.I.Y. project. I'm going to show you how to make this crazy easy beach tote and also share with you my summer beach beauty essentials that I always carry with me in my beach bag.

For the beach bag all you will need is an old t-shirt and some scissors. For real, guys, this requires nothing else! I'm using this puppy tee I bought from Nordstroms awhile back but never really wore because it never seemed to fit right.  I thought that graphic was too cute to just throw it away, so I'm up-cycling it into my newest favorite beach bag.

To create the bag, start by cutting off any sleeves at the seam.  Additionally, you'll want to cut the back of the shirt to match the scoop of the neckline on the front of the shirt. If your shirt is a crew neck, you'll want to cut the front into a scoop as well.

After you've cut the sleeves and neckline, move down to the bottom hem. Cut tassels that are approximately 1/2 inch wide. 

Next you'll simply double knot the matching front tassel and back tassel.  Make sure to double-knot and pull tightly.  If you're extra concerned about strength, you can go through a second time, double-knotting tassels that are diagonal from one another to give added strength. But honestly, I only did one set of double knots and it easily held all my stuff.

And that's it! You've made yourself a cute little tasseled beach bag from an old tee! 

Now to fill your beach bag!  I always stop by Walgreens when I need to stock up on any beauty supplies.  My local Walgreens always has the newest products I want.  So, that's just where I went to gather some beach beauty essentials!  Also, they currently have a great offer for a free travel makeup brush set. Click here for the coupon, which gives you a free makeup brush set when you purchase $20 worth of personal care products (excluding baby care).

I have a handful of beauty items I always carry with me in my beach bag. Some are to use on the beach and some are to give my face a quick pick-me-up for any after-beach errands (because I don't know about you, but I never end up going home right after the beach - whether I stop for groceries, go out for ice cream or decide to grab a happy hour cocktail.)

At the beach...

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Sunscreen: I have to apply sunscreen every 30 minutes, no lie.  Partially because I'm aware of the importance of SPF for preserving my skin's youth in the long-run...but really more because I'm really pale and sunburn badly. I'm constantly trying out new sunscreens that won't leave me feeling oily or sticky.  When you have to apply as often as I do, a sunscreen that leaves your skin feeling gross just won't do.  I love this stuff because it is super fast absorbing, it leaves my skin feeling hydrated but free of any residue. Oh, and it smells amazing. Like, if you had to describe the smell of summer, it'd be this sunscreen.

Softlips Lip Protectant with SPF 15 in "Berry Mint": Lip balm with with an SPF is a must! If you've ever had your lips burnt, you hear me.

Baby Powder: Hate the feeling of sandy residue on your skin after swimming in the ocean or frolicking on the beach? Yah, me too. Working as a Camp Counselor for 5 years turned me onto the baby powder trick. Just sprinkle it on your skin and it helps any sandy residue brush right off!

Beach read: Ok, maybe not a "beauty" essential, but I think it's important to take care of your brain a little, too! I'm currently reading "The Invisible Thread" by Laura Schroff & Alex Tresniowski, and I'm obsessed.

Sunnies: Obvioussslllyy guyzzz, duh.

After the beach...

Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Beach Spray: I'm becoming more and more in love with the Sexy Hair products and this is one of my current loves. It's the best beach spray I've used. I love giving my hair a quick spray after I've been swimming to help it air dry nicely. I love the effect this gives my hair without making it feel too crunchy like some salt sprays do.

Organix Coconut Oil Shine Mist: To tame those fly-aways that sun, salt and fun creates. Plus, this stuff smells amazing, just like coconut.

Deodorant: Another one of those "duh" items.

Bath and Body Body Spray: I love body sprays in the summer because they are a little lighter. Currently I'm wearing Twilight Woods.  It smells like berries and coconut, so I think it pairs great with the Organix hair mist.

Milani Easy Brow: Obviously, I keep it really simple for any after beach makeup.  I find quickly filling in my brows can be one the simplest ways to give my face a more polished look.

Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain: Another simple way to perk up your face quickly is with a bright lip.  I've been wanting to try one of these so badly and finally did and love it!  I went for the color LA Exclusive, which is a cool-toned pink.  The color is crazy pigmented, it doesn't feel drying on the lips, either! The color fades nicely, too. So even if you don't get around to touching it up, you don't have to worry about it feathering or settling into lines. (Keep your eyes peels on my instagram for this swatched on my lips!)

Maybelline The Rocket Mascara: A waterproof mascara is a must.

Maybelline Dream Lumi Concelaer: Any of my favorite highlighting concealers, really. Just something to help brighten up my under eyes. 

What are your must-have beach beauty items?

Have you tried the new Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stains? Thoughts?


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Creative Closet | Classy Neutrals

Hi there friends! Today I'm joining the beautiful Jana and Maegen for the Creative Closet.  The Creative Closet is a weekly linkup that is all about expressing yourself creatively through fashion and looking at your closet with a fresh pair of eyes. Each week has a different outfit prompt and I'm joining them for the Classy Neutrals prompt.

Now, when I think "neutrals," I automatically think blacks, whites and shades of browns.  I'm not sure if anyone else considers "black" a neutral, but in my mind, it is.  So, I figured this *black and white romper from Quiz was perfect.

Black and whites, and neutrals in general, are sort of my go-to for work. So much so that when I was wearing colorful shoes on day at work one of the students actually commented on how bright they were. I told him how my mom bought them for me and how I probably never would have bought myself bright shoes. From then on, if I was wearing bright shoes he would ask if my mom bought them. The answer was almost always "yes." I can't help it if I'm sometimes incapable of properly matching.  It's hard.

*Black and White Playsuit: Quiz Clothing

Nails: Essie's Serial Shopper  ||  Lips: Chanel's Palpitante

Thanks to Jana and Maegen for letting me join up with them for this week's prompt. Also thank you to Michael for taking these photos in the sketchiest abandoned parking lot behind a run down Chinese Restaurant (see my Shit Bloggers Do #7 for more info there). And another special thank you to Dayquil, for making me somewhat coherent enough to shoot these photos while running a fever and having to stop multiple times to blow my nose.

Join us and link up a classy neutral OOTD!

The Creative Closet

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What's your go-to neutral outfit/piece?

Do you love neutrals or always have to have a pop of color?

Any item marked with an asterisk (*) was sent to me free of charge. I was not compensated beyond that. As always (and forever, until death do we part) all opinions and thoughts are my own

Monday, July 14, 2014

Shit Bloggers Do

Blogging for just over a year doesn't exactly make me a blogging expert, sometimes I still am hesitant to call myself a "blogger."  But, I have spent the past 13 months reading countless other blogs, becoming friends with tons of other bloggers and following a lot of them on various social medias. And, while I'm not particularly proud to admit it, since I'm guilty of most all of them, there are some things us "bloggers" do.

1. Instagram like it's a sport
I'm sorry I'm not sorry that perfecting the instagram photo is an art form.  Please don't disrupt me while I perfectly arrange my lunch for this picture.

2. Preform intensive research on buzz feed.
It is vital that bloggers know important facts like Reasons Drinking Wine is the Same as Going to the Gym or What Your Spirit Animal is.

3. Perfect the "candid" photo shots.
OMG I didn't even know you were taking that photo. SRSLY, I was just casually leaning against this tree with my face coincidentally facing natural sunlight.

4. Love Target, Starbucks, wine and puppies.
No wonder I like them all so much.

5. Wish they could blog full-time.
No, but really, why can't I do this as my job?

6. But First, coffee let me take a selfie.
If blogging had a job description, I'm pretty sure "taking selfies" would be one of the first requirements.

7. Seek out the perfect backdrop for our photos. 
I bet you couldn't tell from the above photos that I was actually taking these photos in the sketchy alley behind a liquor store.

8. Blog it like it's hot.
Well, I was just about to quote Snoop Dogg's (Snoopzilla's? Snoop Lion's?) song here, but turns out those lyrics are a heck of a lot more inappropriate than I remember them being. But, we sure do blog it like it's hot.

Want to own this "Blog it Like it's Hot" top?  It's a IWYP By: Whitney Ellen top and you can purchase one for a limited time.  It comes in this grey off-the-shoulder style that I'm wearing (for reference I'm wearing a medium) or in a hot pink racerback. The t-shirt is also one of the comfiest tops I've owned in a long time. Crazy soft and cozy.

Orders will be taken through Tuesday, July 22nd ending at 11:59PM. After that, these shirts will no longer be available. All orders are hand packaged and shipped by Whitney Ellen. Each shirt comes with a custom koozie.

Shirts are $25 + $5 shipping or $8 shipping for non-US addresses. For additional fine print click here.

Order your own "Blog it Like it's Hot" top here.


What is some others "shit" that bloggers do?

*this shirt was sent to me by Whitney Ellen free of charge, I was not compensated for featuring it beyond that*
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