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Beauty Uses For Household Products

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You would be surprised how many household products you can substitute into your daily beauty routine. It will also help you save money! Here are 5 common household items you can use in your daily beauty routine.

1. Baby Powder: This can act as a dry shampoo as well as a way to make your eyelashes seem long and voluminous. After you curl your eyelashes, swipe on one coat of mascara, then use a Q-tip to apply some baby powder to your top and bottom lashes. After that, add one more coat of mascara and you're good to go!

2. A Toothbrush: A toothbrush can be used to help tame your flyaways and style bangs. Just spray some hairspray on the toothbrush, then go to town. You can do this for your eyebrows as well! A toothbrush can also be used to declump any mascara. 

3. Lemons: If the skin on and around your elbows or knees is a little darker than the rest of your skin, try rubbing them with half a lemon every day. Lemon juice can be used to gradually lighten your hair.

4. Coffee Filters: Run out of blotting papers and in a hurry? Grab a coffee filter! Surprisingly, coffee filters are made out of similar ingredients as blotting papers.

5. Conditioner: If you ever run out of shaving cream, use conditioner! It not only is cheaper, but also doubles as a moisturizer.

The Biggest Skinny Jean Mistakes You May Be Making

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One denim trend that has been popular for awhile is skinny jeans. Find the perfect pair of skinny jeans and you are set to out together an infinite amount of on-trend outfits. When you are shopping for and styling your skinny jeans, make sure to be aware and follow a few simple rules.

1. Don't try to stuff your jeans into your boots.

Have you ever gotten ready in the morning and desperately tried to stuff your favorite jeans into your tight fitting boots? Instead of doing this, opt for a loose fitting boot or try cuffing the bottom of your jeans and throwing on a pair of booties. Stuffing your jeans into your boots will make your outfit look more sloppy and not well put together.

2. Don't only wear tight fitting tops or tees.

Lately oversized items are certainly on trend. Try pairing your skinny jeans with an oversized sweater, to create a comfy and cute look this fall. Layering your tops is also a good trick for a put together, yet cozy look. You can do this by putting a nice collared top underneath your oversized sweater and even adding a jacket to keep warm.

3. Don't buy your jeans too small.

Yes, skinny jeans are supposed to be tight, but there is such a thing as too tight. Skinny jeans are supposed to be a little snug in the legs, but the waist should fit comfortably in order for them to be flattering. 

4. Don't overdo it.

Yes, printed denim and distressed denim look super cute, but to a point. This is one case where less is certainly more. Stay away from this common fashion mishap by pairing and super distressed or graphic skinny jeans with a very simple and plain top and minimal accessories. 

How To Rock Glitter Without Looking Extra

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Do you wish you could wear glitter on a daily basis without looking ridiculous? Luckily you can! Well, maybe you can't drown yourself in glitter, but you sure can add a touch to your everday look. Follow this tips and tricks and you will be like a real life unicorn.

Glitter Lids

We are complete suckers for glitter eyeshadow. To make glitter eyeshadow a daily look, try going for more neutral shimmering shade like browns, nudes, or soft pinks. If you are looking for a nighttime look, then you can certainly play around with darker and bolder colors. If you want to use actual loose glitter, be sure to prime your eyes first so your glitter will stick.

Inner Eye Shine

If you aren't up to going for a full eyelid of glitter, try highlighting just your inner eye. If you line the inner area of your eye with a bright or light shimmer, your eyes will be sure to look brighter and more awake.

Highlight Your Nose

A great way to add some light and dimension to your face is to swipe some shimmery highlighter on the bridge of your nose. Make sure to lightly blend it so it doesn't look too thick.

Shimmery Lips

If you are looking for a very subtle way to shine up your look, try putting on a shimmery lipgloss. My personal favorite is a nude or clear, with a hint of shimmer. This is exactly how you will look effortlessly sparkling.

Sparkly Nails

If you aren't into the glittter makeup trend, then go for some sparkling nails. Applying a sparkly nail polish will jazz up your look a little without being too noticeable.

Celebrity Halloween Costumes We Love

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Kylie Jenner

Last year, for Halloween, the youngest of the Kardashian/Jenner family blew us away with her racy Christina Aguilera costume.


Miley Cyrus

This is hands down one of our absolute favorite costumes ever. Miley completely slayed her Lil' Kim costume. Would we expect anything less?


Snooki and JWoww

These Paris and Nicole costumes are too perfect! The blonde hair looks amazing on them as well.

Demi Lovato

Demi's zombie costume scares the living daylight out of us! We love that she took Halloween to the next level by going for a spooky look instead of the typical cat or sexy cop.

Heidi Klum & Seal

Heidi Klum goes all out every year for Halloween and 2011 was no exception. Who would of thought that Heidi is hiding under this very realistic ape costume?

Perrie Edwards

We love that Perrie took the typical cat/cheetah costume to a new level by getting a full out paint job. She looks so fierce! 

Your Guide To Body Scrubs

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Choosing any skincare product can be overwhelming with the ample amount of choices provided. But, a good body scrub is the key to relaxation and rejuvenation. Although it may be time consuming and expensive to hit the spa every time, you can have your own little spa treatment in the comfort of your own home. So how do you choose the right body scrub for you?

Well, there are two main bases for body scrubs; sugar and salt. Sugar scrubs are popular because they aren't super abrasive compared to ones based with salt and don't dry out your skin too much. This is a good option if you have more sensitive skin. On the other hand, salt based scrubs are going to be more abrasive and do a better job at smoothing over an rough skin (feet, elbows, and knuckles). They also tend to use sea salts, which are actually natural purifiers that will remove any toxins that block your pores. Sea salt also acts as an anti-inflammatory for sore muscles.

Tips & Tricks:

  • Never use a body scrub on your face because they are more rough than a facial scrub.
  • If you have sunburn do not use a body scrub.
  • Use your body scrub 1-3 times a week.
  • Do not over scrub! This will cause skin irritation.


The Girl Power Series- Victoria Turcios

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We are back with our Girl Power Series! This time, we are featuring the beautiful Victoria Turcios Laparra. Read on to find out more about her and what girl power means to her.

1. Tell us a little about yourself & what you do!

My name is Victoria Turcios Laparra, I am a 22 year old Midwest based creative director and creator of the style blog Visual Vitaliti. I have a deep love for art, fashion, and design. I always have a hard time explaining what it is that I do because it has varied so much through the last few years as a freelancer that the real question should be what don't you do? (lol) A lot of that work has involved graphic design, photography, fashion styling, and social media advising.  The best part of having the chance to do all of these things is that it doesn't feel like work, it's my passion. These projects keep my creativity alive, I am constantly on my toes with what's next and love the fact that I can change things up. 

2. What does "girl power" mean to you?

Girl power to me means the ability for women everywhere, no matter their age, to believe in themselves and push through anything life throws at them. From a young age we have to put up with a variety of expectations, stereotypes and ideas that we have to fit in order to feel good enough and I think that girl power kicks in when we start to see beyond that, to believe in ourselves and start to love every bit of who we are so we are no longer held to those expectations and we no longer waste our time acknowledging any of that junk.

3. How can any girl find her own power?

I truly believe that it starts with ourselves. As cliche as it may sound, self care and self love can change everything. Accepting our own defects, downfalls, and quirky little things can pave the way to further respecting ourselves as well as believing in the power we have to shape what we want our lives to be. Not to say that it's easy though, I think that for some babes finding their own power comes easily and for others it may be an everyday effort which even that helps make you stronger because everyone's journey is different and equally valuable.

4. Who are your girl power role models?

Sooooo many, but if I had to pick my top 3 it would be the following:

1. Charlize Theron- this babe is a BADASS and she is constantly hustling in an industry that favors men, and loves to break women down for every little thing..

2. Ashley Graham- there's so much about self love/acceptance that we can learn from her that it blows my mind, and she loves to talk about it. She doesn't tell you it was an easy journey for her, she knows it took a lot for her to get to be who she is today.

3. Sophia Amoruso- She never intended or wanted to be a role model, if you read her books her life growing up was far from perfect and so is she but I think there's so much power to her accepting that about herself, building an empire, having downfalls & picking herself back up again no matter what anyone has had to say about her. 


5. If you had to pick one song that represents girl power what would it be?

For me it has to be a song by Pink. I'll go with "So What" for this one and if you need to know why my answer would be because she's stayed true to herself her entire career and her music encourages that in everyone. Specially girls. Whether the issue you're facing is with yourself, money or love her songs always make it clear that you have one person to improve and focus on and that's yourself. Everything else can come and go but you matter, you're the most important part of your life and knowing that right there is girl power. 



Are You Into This Shoe Trend As Much As The Celebs Are?

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Lately we have been seeing celebrities and fashion icons everywhere rocking metallic and glitter boots. Chances are, you are racking your brain with how you would ever be able to style them for an every day look. Below are some of our favorite ways that this new trend was styled by celebs, but also in ways that you can totally pull this trend off in real life.


Sarah Jessica Parker

Of course Miss Carrie Bradshaw herself would be up on the latest trends. Pairing her glitter booties with a casual outfit, she proves that you can rock your glitter boots any day any time.


Nicki Minaj

These thigh-high futuristic boots are certainly a crowd stopper. Nicki's sparkly belt looks amazing with her look, but to wear these boots for every day life, try pairing them with a simple dress like her black one shown. You can also never go wrong with a cute, plain, jacket.


Maybe you're thinking these eye grabbing boots aren't super practical, but Rihanna proves us wrong. Her casual jeans, tee, and oversized leather jacket combo draws all of the attention to her boots. This would be a killer outfit to wear out on the town.


Gigi Hadid

Metallic booties look amazing with Gigi's mini skirt and blouse for a day out. This whole look is by far the most practical and obtainable one we have seen.

How To Find The Perfect Lip Color For You

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Shopping for a new lipstick is certainly a lot more stressful than one would like to admit. There are so many different brands and colors to choose from, that it usually ends up with you just standing there staring at the endless possibilities. Then, when you finally find a color that catches your eye, you run into a mind game wondering if that shade will even look good on you since the same lipstick looks completely different on everyone. Well, once you are aware of a few simple tips and tricks, it will all be smooth sailing!

Determine your skin tone.

  • Fair skin: your skin is very pale or translucent and you burn very easily. You may have freckles and some redness.

  • Light skin: your skin is pale and when you are in the sun, you burn and then may tan.

  • Medium: you tan easily and usually don't burn or have sensitive skin.

  • Tan: your skin is tan or olive colored. You rarely burn and look tanned even during the winter.

  • Deep: your skin is dark and you never get sunburned. Your hair is possibly black or dark brown. 

Do you have a warm, neutral, or cool skin tone?

  • Cool: Blue or purple veins indicate you have a cool skin tone or if you have a pink, red, or bluish hue to your skin. Another good indicator is if you burn before you tan. Silver jewelry compliments those with a cool skin tone. 

  • Warm: Having green veins and being able to tan or bronze easily indicates that you have a warm skin tone. Your skin will tend to have a yellow, golden, or olive hue and gold jewelry compliments you well. 

  • Neutral: This one is kind of self explanatory- If you have difficulty deciding, you are most likely neutral. Silver and gold jewelry compliment you nicely. 

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"The Ozzy Black Velvet Turban"- $15.99

Tips to keep in mind:

1. Darker lip colors will make your lips look smaller, while lighter shades can add plumpness.

2. A matte lipstick can also make your lips look thinner, while a gloss or shimmery lipstick can make your lips look fuller.

Okay, so what colors are best for you?

  • If you have fair or light skin, try a lightor dusty pink, coral, peach, or a nude lip. If you have cool undertones, try a soft mocha or a raspberry color. Warm undertones should steer towards a pale pink or if you're looking to be more bold then try a red with a blue undertone.
  • If you determined you have medium skin, try rose, mauve, or a berry lip color. Those with cool undertones should try shades of pink or cranberry. If you have warm undertones, try out a copper or bronze.

  • If you have tan skin, avoid browns and purples and go for colors with an orange undertone or a tangerine. Coral or a deep pink color would also look great.

  • Deep skin with warm undertones should try a blue-based red. Those with cool undertones should try a deeper wine color.


How To Get That "Insta Worthy" Shot

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Okay, it's time to admit that we all slightly obsess over other girl's Instagrams and how perfect their photos are. Sometimes it can be a little tricky to get that "Instagram worthy" shot, especially using your phone, but we have gathered some tips and tricks to help step up your Insta game.

1. Take your photo in natural lighting.

Lighting is the absolute key to taking a great photo. Taking a picture in natural sunlight will look much better than an artificial light. Artificial light will tend to give your pictures a yellow tint to them. If you do want to take a photo inside, then try to go somewhere there is a lot of windows.

2. Take lots of pictures!

No one ever gets the perfect shot on the very first take. Take a ton of pictures of whatever it is that you are trying to capture. This includes trying out different angles. Some people even use the "burst mode" in order to get the best photo possible, while moving around a little. After all, who doesn't love a good candid shot?

3. Edit your chosen photo properly

This is another very important step. Try out different editing apps on your phone to figure out which one works best for you. My personal go-to is VSCO Cam. Some people will use multiple apps that will provide them with different features like teeth whitening, blemish fixing, removing objects, etc. Personally, I think just by using a basic editor to get the colors and contrast you want, your picture will already look much better. Just be careful not to over filter your pictures!

And that is all it really takes to getting a great picture! So, just play around with it and have fun. After all, it's just Instagram.