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Burberry Birthday Adventure

May might be one of my favorite months of the year. It starts to get warm for real, flowers are everywhere, and my birthday happens! This year, I’m actually celebrating, whereas last year I didn’t do terribly much. So the celebrations began last week with a trip to the Burberry flagship store here in Chicago for a birthday present that I’ve been eyeing for a while: MyBurberry eau de toilette. The scent is amazing! And the ...
Beauty, Lifestyle

Treat Yourself with PrettyQuick

This past week, I gave myself a little “Treat Yourself” kind of day where I focused entirely on self care and things I enjoy that make me happy. Among that included a manicure and letting someone else do my blowout for a change. And I booked them both through my new favorite app, PrettyQuick. Here’s how it works: Download the app. Make an account. Find a salon. Book your appointment. Go to appointment. Pay through the app. ...

How to Make Your Lipstick Last through Dinner AND Drinks

You know the situation. You’re out on the town. Your makeup looks fly. You feel like you could conquer the world right now. Dinner rolls around, you eat the most delicious pasta you have ever had the pleasure of enjoying, and you pop to the restroom to check that fly makeup. Disaster. Your lipstick has feathered and faded in the patterns of the pasta you just ate. There’s no fixing this. Your options are either wipe it off and go ...
Beauty, Lifestyle

Bathtime | How to Relax as a Blogger, the Recipe for a perfect Bubble Bath

Taking time for me is something I am horrid at. When I am constantly saying “yes” to new projects while working all the time and trying to build in time for friendship and family, the first thing I shuffle to the side is myself. Which results in every sort of stress related symptom on the planet attacking me from the inside out and the outside in. With the end of a particularly stressful contract and the beginning of some ...

Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun

I am super pale. Like, glow in the dark level of pale. Which I don’t mind most of the time. Like winter (which is most of the time in Chicago). But then summer rolls around and I’m just not a fan. I am a firm believer that it shouldn’t matter what color your skin is, as long as you are happy in it. And, frankly, being a little bronzed in the summer is exactly what makes me happy! So I hit the market looking for a sunless ...

Lush Caca Rouge Henna Hair Color Review

I’ve been coloring my hair various shades of red since high school. My natural color is this dishwater blonde that just tends to look kind of dirty. And I LOVE red hair. Since I started Curly Girl, though, I’ve dramatically reduced the amount of color I use simply because of all the harsh chemicals in dyes. Curls are NOT a fan of hair dyes and it always takes me weeks for my curls to bounce back to life. And by the time the ...

Curly Girl

I’m going to let you in on two little secrets: 1) I only wash my hair every 3-5 days. 2) I haven’t used shampoo in nearly 7 years. I know, you’re thinking “what in the world?! That’s disgusting!” But let me tell you some other things: 1) Curls are fundamentally different from the root from straight hair. 2) Curls dont benefit from shampoo whatsoever. In fact, it’s super bad for them. 3) By cutting ...

Dry Brushing: A review

Now, I’m not sure if anyone else has noticed, but this winter has been quite a brutal one. And, for those of you who have been reading for a long time, you’ll know that cold weather makes my skin dry out like no other. It’s like the freaking arctic tundra on my legs. All the DIY beauty tricks in the world can only temporarily relieve the issues. A few days later, my skin is back to flaking like there’s no tomorrow. ...
Beauty, Lifestyle, Style

Fishtail French Braid Updo, Blanket Scarves, and Doggy Debut!

Last weekend, Chicago displayed its most undecided weather and gave us a day of sun and warmth immediately followed by a day of cold, extreme wind, snow, and gross. Conveniently, we decided the warm day would be a good day to take Zoe Dog on an adventure around her new neighborhood. We walked over 2.5 miles, discovered sand, met other dogs, chased squirrels, played in the mud, and had a grand ol’ time. Safe to say, she was exhausted ...

Beauty Review: Urban Decay Naked

  Christmas sort of because the Christmas of Urban Decay. Lots of make-up and fun things to try out. I’ve entirely revamped how I do my make-up now and it’s wonderful! So I’m going to share with you lot what I’ve been doing and sort of review this palette. I know it’s already popular and everyone loves it but let’s call me basically brand new to make-up and reviewing it from that perspective. ...