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About: I graduated from a 2 year masters program slammed into 11 months, met and married the love of my life, have an adorable little boy, moved to San Francisco, have my dream job at Stanford University, and own an adorable Australian Labradoodle named Wookiee. I love my family, friends, church, fashion, soccer, Harry Potter, Breaking Bad and Lost. I am extremely blessed!                                                                                                                                               
Gold Rush.

I love me a gold, glittery, smokey eye. I used L’Oreal Paris HiP Metallic Eyeshadow Duo in Gilded 806.  What a perfect eyeshadow for us dumb-dumbs! It shows you which two shadows to use on your lid (gold) and crease (black). I love how the black has gold specks - makes for a perfect transition from gold to black. Eek!

Fun tip - I dipped the makeup brush in the gold eyeshadow and spritzed with my Mac Fix+ Setting Spray (but water can work, too!). This creates an even more intense look on your eyelid.

I’m using my trusty L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi foundation, concealer, and powder. I used Smashbox Matte Sunkissed Bronzer to contour and Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Blissful to give my cheeks a healthy glow. I wanted to make sure I drew most of the attention to my eyes, so I completed my look with Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Honeysuckle for a soft finish. 

Hot date tonight! Dinner with my love <3

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Drugstore Favorites

I’ve tended to be a high-end makeup snob, but with a tighter budget (we live in San Francisco - need I say more?) I’ve needed to find the best drugstore makeup. After watching lots of YouTube videos, I’ve tested and can give the following products two thumbs up:

Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara

Guys. Seriously. I used to hate drugstore mascara. I never found one that did the job of my trusty Urban Decay Cannonball & Buxom duo. One blogger RAVED of this stuff (and she uses all high-end makeup) so I knew I had to give it a try. It does everything my expensive mascara does. I am SO impressed…and maybe even in love. AND it’s only $3.00. Best kept secret out there. 

NYX Eyeliner Pencil

I’ve already written a post on this product, but I’m letting you know I still love it. Works nicely in place of my Urban Decay Glide On Pencil (although…Urban Decay’s is a little bit more…glidey on-ey). 

Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner

If I want to go for a more natural look, I’ll use this gel liner in between my lashes. It creates a fuller-lashed look without needing to perfect a perfectly lined lid. 

L’Oreal Paris Infallible Eyeshadow

Another drugstore obsession. These are so rich and pigmented. My only beef is they don’t have any matte eyeshadows (which I love) but if I want any with glitter? YES, PLEASE. 

L’Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation

If I had to pick one thing to be a makeup snob about, it would be foundation. UNTIL NOW. Stays on all day, has a medium to high coverage, and comes in a wide range of colors. I’ll admit that I still like to use my expensive foundation if I’m going on a date, but for an every day look, I’ll turn to this. 

L’Oreal Paris True Match Concealer

I actually haven’t heard any blogger mention this concealer, but I bought it when I started trying out their foundation. I use this every single day (again…if I go out on a date, I’ll turn to my Makeup Forever concealer). It works well for blemishes and under the eyes. It’s creamy, not too thick, and doesn’t crease (note: it WILL crease under the eyes if you use too much). 

L’Oreal Paris True Match Powder

I’ll set my foundation and concealer with this powder. It makes everything not as shiny and controls my oily face. Plus, I love that you can buy all three (foundation, concealer, powder) in the same color range. 

Milani Baked Blush

I actually haven’t tried this yet, but other bloggers love this blush. I’ve always walked past it and thought it looked weird and cheap, but I’m definitely going to try this out (and will probably end up loving it). 

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Ok. I’ve saved the best for last. Seriously. Are you paying attention? This will change your life. 

BURT’S BEES TINTED LIP BALM

It’s TINTED CHAPSTICK. Sure, we’ve heard of products LIKE these before, but none have actually WORKED. See all of those capitalized words? That’s how much I love this product. It’s moisturizing, gives you a hint (or lots!) of color, and doesn’t make your lips look cakey. My favorite shades are Honeysuckle (for a natural look) and Hibiscus (when I want to have slightly brighter lips). Please try these out. They’re amazing and I can’t recommend them enough. 

Enjoy your weekend! Am excited to spend mine with family and friends in this 78 degree weather. <3

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About a week ago, I decided to start a “week-long beauty challenge” for myself. I enjoy a challenge (I’m slightly competitive) and like all things beauty related, so I thought it’d be fun to combine the two. 

Week one challenge was to wear makeup EVERY SINGLE DAY. This was huge for me…I generally save my makeup for the weekends. Surprisingly, I ended up enjoying it. It made me feel more awake, put-together, and have more energy. Strange, huh? I know, I know. B-words be all like, “Woman’s rights! Woman’s empowerment! You’re beautiful without makeup! Feminism!” But the truth is, I look better, feel better, and act better. I even wore makeup to the gym. While that seems a little extreme, it made me feel prettier as I pumped iron. I think every woman has “that thing” that makes her feel better about herself. Maybe it’s dressing up. Maybe it’s painting her nails. Maybe it’s wearing sweatpants. Maybe it’s drinking a latte or taking a walk. For me, it’s makeup (and coffee). Whatever it is, do it and feel beautiful. 

I’m still not going to wear makeup every single day (although my acne would love me if I did), but it was a good perspective on how it transformed my look and feel of the entire day. 

This is my happy place. <3

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I know. ANOTHER “no poo” post. Well, I have news for you. I haven’t posted ONCE about it on my blog. BOOM. 

Anyway, about a month ago, I decided to try a natural(ish) shampoo. I missed the feeling of lathering up my hair into a ball of white, foamy goodness. I used that for a couple of weeks until finally my husband begged me to go back to the baking soda/vinegar solution. Yes, my hair was that greasy. I would wash my hair at night, then the next morning, my bangs would basically have enough grease to fry our morning eggs. 

Not really, but you get it. 

So I finally went back to my “no poo” routine. Below are pictures (from my iPhone…so they’re not the best), but you can tell how NOT greasy my hair is. And guys…this is DAY 3. 

Never turning back. I’m sorry I cheated on you.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

We celebrated Valentine’s Day last night. We went to Straw - a restaurant in Hayes Valley that specializes in unique carnival-themed food. We realized that this was probably the first time eating fried food since moving back from Indiana - we couldn’t stomach it as much as we used to! Either we’re getting healthier or older (probably the latter). Super cute restaurant.

Afterwards, we went to a movie. Or should I say…movies? We couldn’t agree on which movie to see, so I saw “Monuments Men” and Adam saw “Lego Movie”. Haha! That’s what true love is, right? Seeing separate movies together? I love us. 

SO in love with my husband and little boy. Every Valentine’s Day just keeps getting sweeter and sweeter.

Even though we didn’t go to a fancy restaurant, I still wanted to dress up. Outfit is below!

Blazer: Urban Outfitters

Top: Forever 21

Skirt: Forever 21

Leggings: American Apparel

Boots: H&M

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It’s your lucky day - I created my first video! Learn all about my skincare routine (Disclaimer - my skin is nowhere near perfect. I like hearing what other people use for their skin, so I thought you might, too!). 

Enjoy!

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whitening lightning.

I’ve tried about a million times (not exaggerating) using the Crest White Strips, but always end up throwing them away because my teeth are too sensitive. One of my favorite bloggers posted a tutorial on how she gets her perfect teeth, and that’s where I discovered Whitening Lightening. It’s AMAZING, people. I’m dumb and forgot to take a “before” picture, but I can definitely see results. The kit says that you can use it up to three times (which is how many times I’ve used it in the picture below), but I’m pretty sure I can get 6-7 sessions. It’s easy peasy, too. Wipe your teeth so they’re dry, slap some gel on, then stick the light device in your mouth for 20 pain-free minutes. The results should last anywhere from 3 months to 2 years depending on your habits (I drink coffee and wine, soooo…we’ll see). 

It’s freaking expensive, but use the code “FH2TKIT” to get Dial A Smile for $70 bones. 

Here’s my unedited (GASP) picture of my pearly whites:

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