Bangs: The Ultimate Autumn Hairstyle

It’s AUTUMN which means fall tones, lots of candles, pumpkin spice everything (if you are into that), ANDDDD a hairstyle change!
For most, an autumnal hairstyle change means that the blondes and brunettes go a little darker, or they add warm coppers and reds into their hair to incorporate the colors of the season. While these changes are nice, they are also pretty standard. Are you bored of these changes year after year? I am.

So… perhaps you are considering a new change… a change involving bangs? For all of you wondering “should I get bangs or shouldn’t I?” Read below to find out why you SHOULD get bangs for autumn!


Bangs are the ultimate look for autumn.


They look cute with sweaters



They keep your forehead warm


I’m feeling cozy already.

Nothing looks more effortless and cool than some shaggy bangs.





They allow you to wear heavier eye makeup… cue the autumn tones and berry lip!




They allow you to harness your inner cool, French girl look.


Are you sold yet? Take a leap of faith. Cut in a fringe for fall and harness your ultimate cool girl. Aaaand hey, if you hate them, you have all winter to wear cute hats as you grow them out. Perfect timing!

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Tips and Tricks: Using a Silicone Blender

I’ll admit, I was a little hesitant to try this tool out. It began circulating the internet at a time when people were intentionally using ridiculous items to put on their makeup. I wasn’t sure if the silicone blending tool would be of value to me or be as gimmicky as using my flip flop. However, I was certainly intrigued… enough so that when I saw a silicone blending tool on sale at T.J. Maxx, I snapped it up for the bargain price of $5.99. If I hated it, at least it was cheap. I rushed home and ripped it out of its packaging, ready to put it to the test.


And I hated it.


My makeup looked streaky and heavy and not at all as I’d imagined. I couldn’t believe how terrible my results were! Suddenly, I was mourning the $5.99 that I’d spent. I was ready to throw it away. However, I’m glad that I didn’t, because now I love it.


Turns out, the Silicone Beauty Blender is now my go to makeup tool. All I had to do was experiment with it. There is no way around it… it’s no beauty blender… but that’s a good thing! (Check out my “5 Reasons Why I Love My Silicone Makeup Blender”)


So here are a few tips to try when using a silicone blending tool.

washing silicone blender


I used to be able to slap a ton of foundation over my skin when I was using my beauty blender and simply blend it out. The silicone makeup blender is different. Because the tool doesn’t soak any product up, it simply moves it around your face. This can be challenging if you have a ton of product on the tool. It almost feels as though you are icing a cake which makes your makeup look thick and your face look face. Start with less product and gradually add more where you need it for a more natural looking result.



Piggybacking off of the previous point, because the silicone blender moves the makeup around the face, it is important to work with that feature- don’t fight it. I like to use the tool as though I’m painting my face in vertical and horizontal movements to disperse the foundation exactly where I want it. Once I have the coverage where I want it, I then blend it out by patting like a beauty blender. This allows me to control the product and to produce a much more natural look. I tend to go heavier through the cheeks to cover up old scarring and lighter across my forehead. This means that I paint more foundation across my cheeks and pat less, whereas I paint less across my forehead and pat more.



A mistake I made when I first tried out the silicone blender was in the way that I held it. I thought I could hold it and use the same motions as I could with my beauty blender. Definitely wrong. I tend to hold my beauty blender gently and almost stipple it all over my face. It works with that tool because it is a sponge and is very forgiving. The silicone blender is less so. I find that you must hold it firmly with your fingers in order to have the most control and best results. If you hold it along the edge, you’ll be slapping at your foundation too much and the product will begin to resemble a popcorn ceiling. Not good.


Well there you have it, a few tips and tricks to using your silicone makeup blender successfully. I’m not going to lie, this blender was the most frustrating and took the most amount of time to figure out, however, now that I’ve done it, it has definitely replaced my beauty blender.


Check out: “5 Reasons Why I Love My Silicone Makeup Blender”


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5 Reasons Why I Love My Silicone Makeup Blender

When it comes to the world of makeup tools, things can get tricky. It always seems like just as you get used to one type of brush or sponge, then suddenly everyone is telling you to switch to the next. It can be confusing and stressful! I often find myself wondering if all of my makeup problems are perhaps due to the fact that I’m not using a metal spoon like the people on the internet or that I’m using Brush Number 4.5634 rather than 5.353. Needless to say, I’ve spent a lot of time switching from beauty blender to brush to blender to brush again, which is why I was skeptical of the Silicone Makeup Blender. However, after a lot of trial and error, it is now a true favorite or mine. Here’s why:



The Silicone Makeup Blender saves sooooo much product. When I used to use a brush, I found myself using at least 3-4 pumps of my IT cosmetics CC cream. Needless to say, I went through my makeup incredibly quickly and I would actually debate if my plans for the day were worth the cost of my makeup. Easiest way to get cabin fever. When I switched to my sponge blender, I’d use 2-3 pumps of my makeup which I felt was a vast improvement. However, with the silicone blender, I only use half a pump for light makeup days and 1 pump for full makeup. 1 PUMP?!?!? The difference here is that the silicone blender works as a true application tool and doesn’t soak up my foundation. Every last bit of foundation is used for my skin rather than getting stuck in the abyss of my sponge blender.



Let’s be real. EVERYONE hates washing their makeup brushes and sponges. It is a hassle, it is time consuming, and they take forever to dry. I know that I certainly didn’t wash mine often enough, and when I did, I’d become frustrated that I couldn’t get them 100% clean no matter what method I tried. The sponge blender was the most difficult to wash and I always found it disconcerting that I wasn’t sure what was on the inside. Was there makeup in there? Was there soap in there? Was there the dreaded mold?? (see point #3.) All I have to do with my silicone blender is wipe it off. When I’m ready to wash it, I cup it in my hands and wash it like I’m washing my hands with soap and water. Literally couldn’t be easier.

washing blender

  1. NO MOLD

We all know that when you cut open any type of sponge blender after a while, you will find mold. I’ve seen the videos, you’ve seen the videos, and it’s gross. I can’t help but wonder every time I use my sponge blender if I’m spreading mold all over my face. With the silicone blender, I don’t need to worry about mold. I’m not even sure if the material is capable of growing mold. There are no damp places for the mold to grow, and it’s completely sealed. However, if it did, it would be incredibly easy to detect, unlike inside a sponge. Who know what is lurking in there!


  1. EASY TO USE (once you get the hang of it)

The silicone blender is incredibly easy to use once you learn the technique. I have so much control over the amount of coverage that I get. If I want it heavier in some areas, I blend it out less. If I want it more transparent, I blend it out more. With a sponge or brush, I found myself having to layer in order to get the right amount of coverage, but with the silicone blender, all the product that I put on the tool is painted exactly where I want it to be on my skin.


  1. QUICK

Because I’m able to use the silicone blender so easily, my makeup goes on in just a few steps. I paint on the coverage and then blend it out to make it look natural. I don’t need to layer and layer my foundation on, and it saves me so much time. I used to spend about 15 minutes on my base when I was layering with a sponge or brush. However now, I can do my entire base in about five minutes. It is so great, especially on those days when you’re in a rush.


I hope that you’ve found this informative and it has encouraged you to try out a silicone blender. If you would like to try it out, don’t feel pressured into spending a ton of money. Mine is from T.J. Maxx and was $5.99. I clearly love it.


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Micellar Water- Worth the Hype?

Hello everyone!

With all the skincare products out on the market at the moment, it is definitely easy to get overwhelmed. For me, feeling overwhelmed generally means that I cling tightly to what I know, and stay away from trying anything new. However, I love learning about skin and discovering new skincare products, so clinging to my few, safe choices is definitely a no no.

With that in mind, Micellar Water has been trending recently. It’s in shampoos (check out Redken’s new line), and it’s definitely a favorite for skincare. In the beginning, I dismissed it thinking it was just the latest trendy product for makeup removal and didn’t really believe it could be that great. Besides, I had my “Take the Day Off” Cleansing Milk by Clinique and honestly felt as though nothing could beat it. A few weeks went by and I kept seeing more and more people trying out the product and raving about it. I decided, (on a spur of the moment trip to Walgreens), to try it too. I selected the “Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water” (the pink one) and went up to the register to pay. It was around $6 dollars, so for that price, I couldn’t say no!


Long story short, I rushed home and ran upstairs to take off my makeup. I soaked a cotton pad with the product, and wiped down my face in one smooth line. All my makeup had disappeared. I was amazed and continued to wipe over the rest of my face. I looked in the mirror and was shocked to see that my makeup had literally been wiped off my face in one easy swipe. Easier than face wipes, easier than soap and water, and EVEN (dare I say it…), easier than my cleansing milk. I soaked another cotton pad with the product and went over my face for a second time. There was a little makeup residue around those stubborn areas, (nose, hairline, etc), but apart from that, it was all gone. I cleansed one time, and my face felt totally clean. It wasn’t tight, it wasn’t irritated- it was unbelievably fresh and clean.



Well, I’ve tried it and I believe that the Micellar Cleansing Water “trend” is here to stay. I think it is also safe to say that the Garnier Micellar Water is a product that certainly lives up to and exceeds the hype. If you have’t tried it, try it. You won’t be disappointed.

BRB, off to take off my makeup….

How To: Sunday Facial

Well, it’s about that time of the week again. It’s Sunday, and that means “Sunday Facial” time! I’ve been obsessed with my skincare for years now and have always incorporated masks and other products into my routine here and there. However, it was discovering Alessandra Steinherr that changed my skincare routine forever. Alessandra is the beauty director for Glamour UK and I absolutely adore her. Not only does she frequently review products and give important tips, she also has recently been doing Q and A’s on Instagram live. A little while ago I discovered her “Sunday Facial” on Snapchat and continued to watch every week as she transitioned over to Insta stories. The “Sunday Facial” is something that she has done religiously for years and involves taking time out every week to devote to a skincare regime.

I too have been doing the “Sunday Facial” now for quite a while. I definitely feel a difference in taking a little time every week to give myself a homemade facial. However, it’s more than giving your skin a good scrub, it’s also taking time out of your week to just calm down and relax. In a way, there aren’t a lot of things you can do when you have a terrifying mask on your face, so sitting down and taking a break from my devices; maybe reading a book, or simply sitting and thinking, makes me feel refreshed and more centered.

My “Sunday Facial” changes depending on what my skin needs. This week, I want to focus on brightening and refreshing my skin, while also keeping it hydrated. I have been breaking out quite severely the past few weeks, and now that I feel that I’m on the tail end of it, I want to make sure I’m soothing my irritated skin to minimize any scarring.


1. Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Milk:

Firstly, I’m removing my makeup with my Clinique “Take the Day Off” Cleansing Milk. I really love this product as I feel that it removes all of my makeup easily, and I don’t need to tug and pull at my skin to get it clean.

2.  Rhonda Allison Citrus Cel Cleanser

Next, I’m cleansing with the Citrus Gel cleanser from Rhonda Alison. This is a really nice cleanser as it is formulated for dry, sensitive skin and the citrus ingredients freshen my skin. Despite the fact that it is formulated for dry skin, I actually find it drying when I use it too often. However, for a “Sunday Facial,” I want to feel like I’m deeply cleansing and really getting rid of any grime. This cleanser can also be used as a makeup remover in addition.

3. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

I’m not a crazy fan of all of the Dermalogica products. I often find them to be too drying and harsh on my skin. However, I really do love the Daily Microfoliant. It comes out almost as a powder and turns into a paste as you add water. I pour a little onto my damp hands and apply to my face in circular motions until it disintegrates into more of a foam. I like this feature because it prevents me from scrubbing and scrubbing at my delicate skin.

4. Hale Cosmetics Marula Enzyme Mask

I’m using an enzyme mask by Hale Cosmetics. It is supposed to help with dead skin cells which I need as I’m certainly overdue for a professional facial. I’ve been feeling that my skin is dull and a little dry. This mask is specifically designed to dissolve the dead skin cells in order to help with skin hydration, and I certainly feel that it made my skin feel fresh and smooth.

5. S&W Basics Toner

This is a new product that I’ve been trying recently. I have to say, I am actually loving it. It only has five ingredients so I feel like it is fairly real. I find it really calming to my skin and the witch hazel definitely helps with any angry break outs. I’ve got to admit, I’m not crazy about the smell. When I first started using it, I was really scared of smelling like apple cider vinegar all day long. However, I feel that the benefits certainly outweigh the smell, so I think I’m going to continue using it.

6. S&W Rose Water

After toning, I love to use this Rose Water. A favorite from my “Summer Survival Kit,” I feel like it is a nice “base of hydration.” The rose water soothes my skin and helps to calm down any inflammation. I then can continue to layer on my products and feel that I’m sealing in the original hydration from my rose water.

7. Rhonda Allison Growth Factor Gel

Now on to the serum! I tend to switch between several different serums, but today I’m using the Rhonda Allison Growth Factor Gel. It repairs and prevents tissue damage, which I feel is a must for my skin at the moment.

8. Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Moisturizer

The final step is my moisturizer. I don’t tend to switch my moisturizer around too much as a lot of different brands irritate my skin. I’ve found one that works, and I have been sticking to it for a while. It has an oil-free formulation which is great for my skin type, but is also the intense version which is a little heavier than the basic gel. It lasts me all day without me feeling like my skin tight and pulling, but also isn’t too heavy, especially in this weather.

And there you have it! My version of the “Sunday Facial” this week. While I don’t feel that my “Sunday Facial” will ever be able to replace the professional facials that I get when I visit my esthetician, I do feel that they help to extend the life of my facials and keep my skin in the best shape it can be.