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New Freelance Portfolio is Live!

So, one of my many side gigs is freelance copy writing and editing. I have some corporate retail and small beauty business experience and want to build more. I highly recommend using WIX to build a personal website or portfolio. There’s no coding involved, the templates are polished and professional, and it literally took me about 8 hours to build out and design the whole thing–I certainly think it looks like I took much more time than that. PS: this is not a sponsored post. I just really, really liked using WIX and want to share the love.

Take a look at my portfolio and let me know what you think!

http://www.prettyonpapercreative.com/

 

would you do…lavender brows?

Bored with your brow routine? Me too. But aside form changing your shape or experimenting with new products, there’s not a whole lot of innovation in the brow department (side note: I think the super-full brow look is tired and played out).

Backtrack 4 years ago to the fall 2010 Balenciaga show. The collection’s standout: unapologetically cool brows painted pastel shades of blue, green, and pink. It wasn’t a ready-to-wear brow look and it wasn’t supposed to be. But, fast forward to 2014, and I think the world is ready to give brows the chance to have as much fun with color as lids have had all along.

Playing with the idea of wearable, colorful eyebrows, I began by washing a smoky lavender shade all over the lower lid, sweeping it up and out to connect with the tail of my brow. Next, using an angled brush, I worked foundation through the brows so the color would have something to cling to. Using the same angled brush, I worked the lavender eye shadow through my eyebrows. The monochromatic look and lavender shade make for a subtle change while still toying with what’s socially acceptable for brows. You could easily go brighter and bolder.

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What are your thoughts? Would you wear a lavender brow?

the balm squad and an ode to ice cream

Lip balms are like ice cream…I like them both a lot. Smooth, creamy, comforting, delicious, it’s hard to play favorites with either.

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Balms should be rich and buttery, not sticky and glossy. I prefer a thick treatment balm over anything too slick. Same goes for ice cream, I guess. Fro-yo is OK in a pinch, but when I really NEED to indulge, give me something with a little viscosity.

My lip-pampering picks. Treatments & Treats.

Exfoliating 

Just like your face, elbows, and feet, your lips need exfoliating love too! Prep lips for deep conditioning with Ilia’s Balmy Nights  exfoliating balm. Organic oils, shea butter, and tiny granules of volcanic stone powder work together to moisturize and gently remove dead skin.

Protective & Plumping for Day

Read my lips: they need SPF as much as your face! Protect them year round with Dior’s Creme de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm. With an SPF of 10, stimulating Vitamins A & E, nourishing rose essential oil, and a subtle pink tint, this pretty little pot is begging for  a spot in your purse.

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Soothing & Moisturizing for Night

Your skin goes through a resting, regenerative process overnight. Serums and night treatments take advantage of this natural restorative time when cells repair themselves. I keep Avene Cold Cream Lip Cream on my bedside table to pamper my dry dehydrated lips. It has a thick texture and a cool, tranquil quality courtesy of Avene’s signature thermal spring water formula. Sulcrafates, a healing agent used in the treatment of ulcers and tissue repair, help protect the delicate skin on your lips. Plus, just hearing the words “cold cream” remind me of ice cream and make me ready for bedtime.

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Speaking of ice cream, eeny, meeny, miny, moe…

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look like a clean person without really trying

There’s nothing like a lazy summer weekend to steal all hygienic motivation away from me. A late night out, leads to Netflix marathons, fridge raiding, and bathrobe lounging. It’s my weekend. I do what I want.

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my lazy weekend command post

The back-to-reality alarm clock this morning was my cue to figure out how I was going to pass for presentable without a proper shower.

Presenting my master guide to looking like a clean person. Meet the clean up crew.

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Step 1: A nice hot shower is an excellent way to wake up and get your blood flowing in the morning. No time? Here’s what I do. Take a few drops of eucalyptus oil in the palm of your hand. Cup your hands around your nose. Breathe in, breathe out. Repeat. Mix the excess oil with a moisturizer and massage onto your neck and shoulders. Eucalyptus oil pulls double duty as a mind-clearing essential oil and fresh scent.

Step 2: If your face is makup-free, give yourself a refreshing mist of a spray toner, like Caudalie Beauty Elixir or Mario Badescu Aloe, Herbs, and Rose Water Spray. Face feeling a little icky? Before you mist, give skin a few swipes with a cleansing water like Bioderma Sensibo H20 or Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water.

Step 3: While your skin is soaking up that delicious, refreshing hydration, it’s time to break out the dry shampoo. Yes, it will absorb oil and add some spring back to your ‘do, but it will also absorb any unwashed hair smell. Now, maybe you are naive to the woes of odd smelling dirty hair. I can easily go a day or 2 without washing, but if I don’t use some kind of dry shampoo, my tresses take on a funky, musky scent. I love cult-favorite Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk or Batiste’s Dry Shampoo when I don’t have the time to give my hair the real thing.

Step 4: Step away from the extra strength perfume–you’re only going to make your co-workers gasp for air. It’s also really obvious. A more subtle approach? I have recently fallen in love with Clean’s brand of lotions and scents. They evoke the smell of freshly laundered clothes, fresh cotton, and rain. They are absolutely refreshing and will fool anyone who might suspect you’re a few days unwashed.