Sunday, January 18, 2015

Front Row Braids

Hi girlies -

Here is a little hair how to for you on this fine Sunday eve! I love this look! Hope you enjoy it just as much as me.




Final look - half up:

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You can also wear this look in a pony:

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XOXO, 

Brooke

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

2014 Beauty Favorites

Yesterday I posted my favorite hair & body products. Today - it's my favorite beauty products of the year.


MAKEUP FAVORITES OF 2014

MAKEUP FAVORITES OF 2014 by everydaygandb featuring nars cosmetics

Estee Lauder Double Wear All-Day Glow BB Makeup - This is a perfect cross between offering coverage and not being too heavy. It is more on the glowy side so I like to set mine with a setting powder. $38 USD

Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara - This offers black thick luscious lashes. I love it. $23 USD

NARS Blush in Madly - This was my go-to blush the entire year. It works in all the seasons and offers a pretty healthy glow. $30 USD

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics palette - Now this was my go-to eyeshadow palette. It offers warm matte colors and works well with all the seasons. There are enough colors to offer a base, crease, liner and brow color.  I also love that is is a lot smaller than the other Urban Decay makeup palettes making it more portable and on-the-go. $29 USD

NARS Creamy Concealer - Offers great coverage for the under eye and blemish areas. I was so busy last year and spending time at work a lot! I promise you this helped me fake that I looked awake.   $29 USD

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creme - These are just pure awesome. Affordable, opaque, creamy and matte. The colors are so great too.  I have multiple colors and love them all. $6 USD

What were your favorite beauty products this year? Let us know! We want to try new things this year.





Monday, January 12, 2015

Hair & Body 2014 Favorites

TWENTY FOURTEEN FAVORITES

So I went through my stash of beauty stuff I bought over the year and gathered some products that I loved and found myself reaching for often.

From left to right -

Philosophy Sunshine Grace - Unfortunately this is a limited edition and I am praying they bring it out again this summer. Smells super clean and lasts ALL DAY! $36 USD

Degree MotionSense in Shower Clean - my best friend Amanda introduced me to years ago. It is the only one I use because it works. It activates once you start moving, I have tried all the scents but the shower clean is my favorite. $5 USD

The Nume Curling Wand sets - I have the Titan3 version. I love them.  I have layers so I need to curl my shorter layers with a smaller wand. Instead of having multiple curling irons, I have one. Saves room in the bathroom and less clutter. As a side note their website lists this for a pretty high price. But you can usually find coupon codes all over the internet. Just google it. $199 USD (I paid like $95).

The Wet Brush - holy fabulous. I have ombre hair and my blonde ends tend to get knotted. This brush goes through the knots like butter. This is the cheapest and best hair investment I have ever made. $9 USD

Aveda Brilliant Creme - I use this as a finishing product when I curl my hair. It adds smoothness and shine. The best part, you only need a tiny amount. It really adds the finishing touch to any hairstyle. $19 USD

Sebastian Shaper Hairspray - I love this hairspray. It adds hold while leaving the hair soft and no sticky residue! $19 USD

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Cat Eye Liner

Hey Dolls!

I decided to do a post on cat liner. I know its nothing new but it has taken me a long time to master the wing. Probably a few years actually and for the last year or two I have really nailed it down. Not to brag but I have gotten compliments on my eye liner a time or two. Not only that but my best friend has asked me to teach her how I do my liner a few times. I thought maybe she and some others would enjoy this how to! I love liner! I think it enhances the eye so much. I remember when I first started wearing makeup in middle school and I would only wear shadow and mascara. One day Ashley came to me and told me I should wear liner. I was really scared of liner! I thought I would look like raccoon eyes. I'm sure I did until I got the hang of it but I'm so glad I took the risk and tried it. Anyway back to cat liner. When I think of cat liner I think of feline and I think of fierce. Although you want to look fierce and sexy I think this type of liner shouldn't be overdone. It should simply be to enhance not detract from your eye. It's easy to get heavy handed but hopefully with my step by step you'll be able to perfect your own cat liner. Keep in mind my eye shape may be different than yours so you might have to adjust here and there.

Of course when it comes to liner there are so many types and brands you can choose from. I suggest you pick what works best for you or find your favorite product. I have been using the Loreal Linear for years. It was actually the first liquid liner my mom ever purchased for me when I started wearing makeup. I honestly have tried all liners and although I love my gel liner from Mac and pencil liners this liner is just my GO TO. I LOVE IT. My skin is so oily that liner can smudge on me in an instant. This liner is super black and goes no where. It's my fav! My liner bottle has been over loved but I took a picture so you can see what the bottle looks like:

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So the first step is getting your liner in a straight line. For me I like my liner to sit a little heavy on the outer corner and this is part of the shape to make the wing anyway so this should work for any eye shape. You also can decide if you want your liner to go from corner to corner or start a third of the way in. Like so:

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Step 2. At the outer corner of your straight line diagonally draw a line. Hint: Try to imagine connecting it to the end of your brow so you get the right angle. 

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Step 3. Take the end of the line back down to the corner of your eye so it makes a triangle shape.
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Fill in where you need to and make sure your line is straight from the corner of your eye and connects flawlessly to your wing.

The finished look:
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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Send us pics if you try it out. Good luck!

XOXO,

Brooke


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Boho Braid


Simple & cute boho braid tutorial! Hope you enjoy!



The finished look:
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XOXO,

Brooke

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Wedding Day

Hi everyone!

Sorry for the long hiatus. Planning a wedding is BUSY, but very worth it!!!  Anyway awhile back I promised a haul on my wedding makeup and I am finally able to post about it. Life has calmed down a little for Ashley and I so we are hoping to get back on track. Thanks for being patient with us. We love this blog and love being able to write about all things beauty! Thanks for sticking around and reading. Ashley was able to do my makeup for my wedding which is very special and it turned out so beautiful. We did pick up all my makeup from MAC and had some help picking out the colors and placement. I snapped a few pictures of the finished look. Please excuse my messy hair ... we all have messy days, right??
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Here is what I used:

Prep and Prime Natural Radiance
NW25 Studio Fix Fluid
Medium Plus Mineralize Skin Finish
Global Glow Mineralize Skin Finish
Mocha Powder Blush
Dainty Mineralize Blush
Soft Ochre Pro Longwear Paint Pot
Soft Brown Eye Shadow
Brown Script Eye Shadow
Sketch Eye Shadow
All That Glitters Eye Shadow
Peach Blossom Creme Sheen
Boy Bait Gloss

I seriously loved my makeup. I think the colors go well with my skin tone and coloring. Let me know if you have any questions on the placement of makeup and if you have anything you would like to see on the blog. Love you guys!

XOXO,

Brooke




Tuesday, December 9, 2014

I've Made A Mistake

I've made a mistake in buying the Kate Somerville moisturizer - not because I hate it, but because I LOVE it. Here is how the purchase happened...

Lauren Conrad runs a beauty website called the Beauty Department. I happened to be browsing the website and Lauren posted her skincare favorites -  all of the products she mentioned were Kate Somerville. I had heard of the brand before but never tried it out. Now I was a huge Laguna Beach and Hills fan back in the day and loved Lauren - so I had to try it out.  It has been love ever since. I personally am a fan of the moisturizers and her Exfolikate (not picutred). But today I just want to talk about the moisturizers. 


I have acne prone, oily, dehydrated and sensitive skin. Fun right? NOT. My skin struggles...and so in the summer I use the Oil Free Moisturizer to keep the oiliness at bay. For winter I switch over to the Nourish Daily Moisturizer to give me some extra hydration and protect my skin against the frigid winter weather. At $65 a bottle it is pricey and that's why it's a mistake. But after I put this on my skin, I NEVER regret it - it's worth the price. I feel like good moisturizer is a good investment especially if your skin sucks like mine.

Do you have any moisturizer loves? Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo,

Ashley