Jewelry Tray DIY

3-6-2015 12-55-35 PM There’s nothing better than the smell of 1,000 candles all burning at once! Ok – slight exaggeration but I do love putting my apt alight when I get home after a long day! Sometimes, I’ll strategically light certain scents at the same time so that I can get the perfectly blended, custom aroma that I love. One of my current fave scents? Anything pear w/ sandalwood and spice. I’m trying to embrace for as long as possible before I feel forced by the onset of Spring to move to more floral options. Anyways, if you’re like me, you know that a good candle can be a decent investment. That’s why being able to repurpose the gorgggg things can make all the difference! I use old candles to hold mints & gumballs on the coffee table, to arrange flowers in, and especially to throw loose rings/jewelry into! The one pictured here is from Anthropologie. All ya gotta do? Once your candle has burnt all the way down, stick it in the freezer overnight. The frozen wax bits will chip right off and BAM – good to go. It’s pretty amazing how effective this is! (Just make sure to rinse thoroughly if using for anything edible!) IMG_0670 IMG_0674 IMG_0746IMG_0764 IMG_0753

Some of my favorite candles??? Click to shop!

Jo Malone Lime Basil / Diptyque Tuberose / Voluspa Eden & Pear / Anthropologie Pineapple

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Zen Vibes

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When Eryn and I moved in together, I had to reorganize my life (moving is good for that, at least). I love having a desk in my room, because it’s like my little zen sanctuary where I can be creative and get work done without any distractions. I’ve always loved keeping things simple, decorative, and girly! But much to my surprise, a lot of my girlfriends live in perpetual clutter, chucking clothes, old documents, jewelry, fake eyelashes – you name it! – on their desks. We’re all guilty of getting a lil messy because, let’s face it, none of us have enough time. But I’ve recently realized how happy it makes me to come home to my cute, organized desk that showcases my fave jewelry and perfumes!

That’s my zen tip. It’s so nice to know that you have a clean surface in your room, a place where you can escape from wine nights and rowdy apartment visitors to just sit and do your makeup / paint your nails / write a thank you card / blog / work / skype / etc etc etc! I promise, your life will feel so much more organized, and you’ll feel happy when your desk is cute, clean, and a showcase of all your beautiful girly trinkets!

Just random thoughts of the day, but it’s the little stuff that matters and really makes ya happy! Hope everyone had a great Monday!

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Chanel Perfume / Coach Perfume / Cuff / Earrings / Necklace 

Valentine’s Day Picks

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Just sharing a few of my favorite things! From fun(ny) underwear to cozy festive sweaters and the best beauty picks, there’s a little somptin for everyone! Best gift ideas? This clutch and this Tory Burch FitBit!

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Earrings // ChargeCase // Perfume // Candle // FitBit // Glasses // Clutch // Undies // Vernis // Blush // Bracelet // Lipstick // Sweater

DIY Coconut Scrub

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Why not start the new year with your brightest, freshest face? Along with the rest of the world, I have fallen in L O V E with the magical qualities of coconut oil! It’s super soft and nourishing and is a cheap, easy, natural fix for dry skin & damaged hair. Recently, I’ve been using coconut oil as a bi-weekly facial scrub. The results have been outstanding!! By mixing coconut oil with salt, I’ve seen my complexion even out and have eliminated the dry patches that used to drive me nuts! There are tons of options out there for purchase that combine the nutrient-rich qualities of coconut oil with the exfoliating element of a salt scrub, but why BUY when you can DIY? This option is beyond simple, and is super effective!

This is what you’ll need:
♥1/4 part pink himalayan salt (ideally… but table salt works just fine!)
♥1 part coconut oil at room temp

〉〉Just mix the salt with the coconut oil until evenly distributed & store in a cute, air-tight container! Use twice weekly by applying to your face and body in slow, circular motions. Wash off with warm water and love the results!

No time? Click to buy the pre-made formulas below!

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What are your New Year’s beauty fixes?? Share below!

Beauty Review: Younique

Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 8.38.28 PM As you know, we love trying new things – whether it is food, adventures, or styles, we are always open to discovering new opportunities and experiences. Recently, we were lucky enough to try out Younique’s Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes and Moodstruck Mineral Pigment Powders! Usually, us girls, tend to stick with the makeup products we are more familiar with – fearing that our skin might not react well with something new. But, we were so intrigued with what Younique had to offer, we couldn’t pass it up! It was so much fun being able to experiment with these new products, which are quickly becoming some of our faves!

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The Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes dramatically enhance and magnify the appearance of your own lashes, with the use of Transplanting Gel and Natural Fibers. We feel that falsies could often times be uncomfortable and difficult to apply, whereas, the fiber lashes create incredible volume and length to your existing lashes in an easy 4-steps. We were even able to wear the product in the pool, without it running down our face, or creating a heavy raccoon eye!

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To get amazing lashes, follow these steps:
1. Apply a thin coat of your favorite regular mascara on both sets of lashes. Let dry.
2. Then apply an even coat of transplanting gel on lashes.
3. Immediately, before gel has time to dry, apply fibers onto lashes.
4. Lastly, seal the fibers with another coat of transplanting gel.

*When you are done applying the last coat of transplanting gel, feel free to use a mascara comb to get out any clumps.
*To remove, use warm water and facial cleanser.

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We also had the opportunity to try Moodstruck Minerals Pigment Powder, which are 100% natural, chemical-free, mineral-based pigment powders that add a little shimmer and shine to your look. The colors we used were “Sexy”, “Confident”, and “Feisty” — and yes, you end up feeling like all 3 when you are done.

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“Sexy” is a lighter, peachy shimmer, that could be worn as a summer’s day shade or even lightly applied above the cheekbone, creating a beautiful light and glow to the center of the face.
“Feisty” is a silver shimmer that could be worn during the day or evening. It would be lovely by itself or blended in with a darker hue to compliment a smokey eye.
“Confident” is perfect for a night out on the town! The darker shade can be used for a smokey eye, adding a sultry look.

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Now that you are familiar with these awesome products, we recommend that you check out the rest of their beauty line at www.youniqueproducts.com

Let us know what you think!

Feelin’ the Blues! 4th of July Makeup Faves

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Blue makeup is my fave because it draws sooo much attention to the eyes! No matter your eye color or shape, a touch of deep blue brightens eyes and adds artsiness to your look!

Even if you’re a skeptic or a fan of more neutral looks, blue is perfect for the Fourth of July! I buy cheapy brands when I’m playing with funky colors — I like knowing I can test out a color and not feel bad if I never wear it again. I love Beauty Rush from Victoria’s Secret for silly beauty buys and funky colors, because I know the stuff is super cheap but also quality that won’t run / smear all over my face (eew to smeary makeup).

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If you’re new to colorful makeup…

Start slow by applying your makeup as you usually would. Trade out your traditional black mascara for a blue wand, and sha-BAM you are now very edgy / artsy / hipster. The trick is to use a DARK blue (none of that baby blue ish on your eyelashes please!!) &I promise you can barely even tell that it’s not black! The effect is noticeable only when you’re outside and rays of sunshine hit your lashes. It’s subtle but sooo pretty… I’ve gotten tons of compliments on days I didn’t even realize I was wearing the stuff!

If you have big eyes…

Try a metallic baby blue shadow (my favorite is Teal Fury from Lancome. I have the old version, photographed below!). The look is perfect for a sunny summer day like the Fourth, and will bring attention to your big beautiful eyes!! The super light, shimmery effect is fun & playful, making you appear dressed up and put together even if you’re wearing a simple outfit or bikini all day!

If you have small eyes…

Use a thick, shimmery blue liner. The glitter in the liner will make your eyes look bigger, while the blue will complement your eye color and make it appear brighter!

If you’re here to party…

It’s Fourth of July!! Go big or go home. Put the whole shebang together (blue shadow, eye liner, and mascara) for a winning look. The trick is to really emphasize one product and remain subtle with the others! I like to go big on the eye shadow by layering it all over my lid, up to the crease. I add a thin layer of liner right against my top lash line, and finish with a few waves of mascara. BAM. You’re done!

Check out some of my favorite products below:

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◊ Victoria’s Secret Chubby Eye Stick ◊

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◊ Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Mascara ◊

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 ◊ Lancome Eye Shadow Palette with Teal Fury ◊

 What are your favorite makeup products? How are you wearing your makeup for the Fourth!? Share with us below!

Fun & Fab Flash Tattoos

Have a pool party, festival, or concert that you are attending and want to add a little glimmer to glam your outfit? Well, we bring you Flash Tattoos! They are are metallic, jewelry inspired tattoos, that are great way to transform your entire look in seconds! There are a variety of different metallic styles and designs, which are available online @ flashtat.com. Check out our photoshoot below showing off some of the oh-so-fab tats! Photography done by our talented friend, Holly Pendergast! Check out her work @ hollydazephotos.com!

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DIY Lip Scrub

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Summer weather seems to be in full swing, and I’m thankful that I can finally start to kiss away my dry, chapped lips. Speed up the process to soft, supple lips with my homemade lip scrub, below! 

I’m a sucker for trying new beauty fixes from Sephora, and there’s a whole spectrum of lip scrubs and rejuvenating lip balms out there — most of which come at a hefty $ considering the small size.

This DIY option is a great alternative. It’s made pretty much entirely of items that you likely already have at home, and you can create a fresh batch whenever you’re craving super soft lips!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

♥ 1 teaspoon coconut oil at room temp
♥ 1 tablespoon brown sugar
♥ 1 tablespoon coconut sugar (white sugar works fine too)
♥ 1 teaspoon honey or agave nectar

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Mix it all up and massage into your lips for 30 seconds. Wipe off with a cloth and rinse face.

When you’re all done, layer a generous amount of vaseline over your lips and let it soak up! For an extra glow-y, just-back-from-vacay look, pair this lip treatment with our sugar face mask, and finish it all with our favorite blush & lip tint supertrick! You’ll look like a glowing goddess straight off the beaches! Winter dryness: be gone!

Happy glowing everyone! ;)

Summer Skincare… Your questions answered!

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Living in So-Cal means that Summer Skincare is always on our minds here at Halfsies. Every year we struggle the perpetual issues of summer… sweating our makeup off, oily sunscreen breakouts, burns, tan lines, & dulled manis (just to name a few).

Here, we put together a list of the most notorious repeat offenders—-plus, an arsenal of tips that leave you on top and #winning! (We love winning)

1. I always hear that if I don’t wear sunscreen, my skin will age prematurely, get wrinkly, and suffer from sunspots. I don’t want that, but sunscreen always makes me break out like crazy! What can I do to have the best of both worlds?

This is a common issue for women of all ages, but with time we’ve realized that it all comes down to your skin type, and the quality of the products that you’re using! Shiseido & Lancaster Sun Sport make excellent face sunscreens that are super protective and won’t make you break out (Halfsies tested!). Lancaster Comfort Touch Cream is a great base that “provides an ideal gradual golden tan  while maintaining firmness and elasticity.” Cover up with the makeup found in Shiseido’s UV Protective Stick Foundation. This combo should provide the perfect amount of coverage & sun protection. Our #1 tip? Don’t make the mistake of caking makeup over your sunscreen… if you’re spending a day in the sun, chances are you’ll sweat off all those layers anyways! Keep coverage light, and you’ll avoid sweating it all off! 

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2. Summer is the time to show off my cute mani-pedi, but just one day in the sand or chlorine and my nails lose their luster and start to fade!! What can I do to keep my polish looking fresh?

This is a perpetual problem for all of us, but there are 2 simple solutions. First, make sure you’ve got on a solid top coat. If your mani/pedi is more than a few days old, we suggest reapplying a protective top coat. Second, lather yourself up with sunscreen! Gross as it sounds, sunscreen can double as a cuticle/nail oil and will keep your polish fresh by acting as a protective layer.

3. I hate wearing makeup when it’s super warm, especially if I know I’m going to be near water (ocean, pools, etc). Waterproof products get clumpy and are so hard to remove at the end of the day, but non waterproof turn into a sweaty smeared mess! Don’t even get me started on face makeup.

Go with the waterproof stuff. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner is a faveeee for all the time (not just when you’re exposed to the water). Use it, use it, use it! And while waterproof mascara can get clumpy, it will flake off instead of smearing all over your pretty face. Plus, once makeup starts to smear, you’ll likely rub your eyes/face, exposing the thin, sensitive skin near your eyes to extra sun damage!! Premature eye wrinkles, NO thank you! Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara is a classic, and is super affordable (yay!). Another solid option? Curl your lashes and ditch the eye makeup altogether (we heart Tweezerman’s eyelash curler). If you’re in the sun, you should be hiding under a pair of good quality sunnies anyways. As for face makeup, choose something that already has SPF built in. We like Shiseido’s UV Protective Stick Foundation (above) or Coola Face SPF 30 Mineral Matte Tint Unscented. Coola is amazeballs because it’s chemical free and lightly tinted. It protects you from the sun and all the chemical crap that’s found in other sunscreens. Talk about a winner.

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4. I know excess sun exposure can lead to serious healthcare concerns, but I’m very fair skinned and need that extra pigment to make me glow! Spray tans can get pricey quickly. Any suggestions?

Ditch the sun exposure and fake it! Try to stay under umbrellas when you’re at the beach or pool, and make sure that you’re wearing at least SPF50 when there’s no shade. Set yourself up for success by using fake-tanning products like Bare Minerals Faux on the Go Tan for body and face, or St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse. Both are easy to apply at home and provide streak-free results.

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5. What areas am I forgetting when I apply my sunscreen?

Don’t forget your hair part, the tops of your feet, your fingers, or your ears! Try Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil for your hair!

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6. Lotion makes me feel sticky during peak summer temps. How do I stay moisturized without feeling icky all the time?

Use the spray stuff! Vaseline sells cheapy body lotion sprays, but out favorite light-weight formula is H20 plus Sea Moss Replenishing Body Lotion Spray. The hints of fresh Water Lilly are super refreshing, and the misty spray moisturizes and cools simultaneously.

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7. I want to use really high SPF sunscreens, but they’re nearly impossible to spread because they’re so thick! What can I do?

Try mixing your sunscreen with an SPF infused body oil. It really helps your sunscreen to spread without diluting the content! Clarins Sunscreen Care Oil Spray SPF 30 is the bomb!

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Got any unanswered questions? Additional tips? We’d love to hear!! Comment below :)

Pucker Up: Top 5 Lip Colors

Spring may be here, but Summer is not too far away! With each new season are new trends and styles for all of us fashionistas to keep up with! So, while you are gathering your cropped tops, fringe, and bold/bright and iridescent attire, don’t forget to pair it up with some trendy lip colors, which can totally reinvent your look for the Spring and Summer! Check out the top 5 lip colors you need to try this season!

Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 10.08.21 PMNude lips have become a definite style statement – a trend that transcended to a classic. It is usually applied when you want to focus the attention on a dramatic smokey eye with long bold lashes. Whether you are a brunette or a blonde, nude is flattering on all!

My Recommendations:

1. Maybelline Baby Lips ” Peach Kiss”, $3.19, Target.com

2. Wet n’ Wild Mega Last “Bare it all” Lip Color, $0.99, Walgreens.com

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Pretty in Pink! This color is great if you want to go for a more flirty and youthful look. It works purr-fect with a dramatic cat-eye, bold lashes, and some subtle blush highlighting your cheekbone!

My Recommendations:

1. Maybelline Baby  Lips Dr. Rescue Dedicated Lip balm ” Soothing Sorbet”, $3.49, Target.com

2. MAC Fantasy of Flowers Collection: Cremesheen “Pink Pearl Pop” Lipstick, $16  , MAC.com

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Orange is the new black… this stylishly fun look first made its appearance on the Spring 2014 runway, then made its way to our faces. If you feel like changing up the nude and pink shades, jump into this burst of orange, which will absolutely complement your complexion!

My Recommendations:

1. Lime Crime Opaque Lipstick “Cosmopop”, $18, Nastygal.com

2. MAC Lipstick “Vegas Volt”, $19, MAC.com

3. Maybelline Color Whisper “Orange Attitude”, $5.70, Target.com

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Honestly, this color is great for any skin tone, giving you a sexy retro look! It should be applied with minimal makeup because it is such a bold color that can stand on its own!

My Recommendations:

1.  Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm “Grape Vine”, $2.69 , Target.com

2. MAC Frost Odyssey (No. 434), $16 , Mac.com

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There is really no rival for the classic red lip. It can elevate and sexify (is that a word? now it is!) your outfit or look in seconds! I usually use a red lip when I have minimal makeup on (aka too lazy), partnered with some eye liner and mascara.

My Recommendations:

1. Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick “Besos”, $22, Sephora.com

2. MAC Viva Glam Lipstick, $19, Mac.com

 

Have you tried any of these colors? If so, what is your favorite or go to?