My [simple] Hair Care Routine

Something I never really talk about much on here is my hair care routine, which is funny because I do consider this a [mostly] beauty blog. That being said, I should probably mention what I use on my hair. I also have a few girls on the GlamLifeGuru app asking what I do, so I thought I would bring it up on my blog!

Before I go into the details of my very few products, let me give you a little hair history…

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Here is my current hair though! Haha. It’s considered a long length with balayage highlighting. Before this, I did an ombre at home, highlights myself and/or at the salon, had bangs (side-swept and straight-across), long hair, short hair, layers, less layers, etc. So I basically have tried everything.

I’m the type of girl that every 6 months or so, I get bored with my current hair and must try something “new”, something “different.” I used to love side-swept bangs until they got to that point where you couldn’t decide to trim them or let them grow. It requires a lot of patience. The length of your overall hair also requires patience. I want it long but ooh how I must wait months for it to grow when I coooould try some cute new hair style instead.

This last year, I have finally reached the point of length where I am satisfied and probably will not cut off any length for a long, long time. I love my long hair. And I want it longer. Like, down to my butt long.

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Curent length, with slight wave in it.

Right now, it’s about my mid-back but if you’re looking at me from the front, it’s right about where it covers the ladies. Haha. As you can see, though, the ends of my hair are lighter since I had it colored with the balayage style, right before my wedding in July. I think this is the longest I’ve gone without coloring it. It’s also the easiest way to maintain my hair color! haha.

So, let’s get to what I use!

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This line was released I believe last year? They have a variety for straight hair, curly hair, colored hair, voluminous, etc. I find that this works the best for me and doesn’t weight my hair down nor make it greasy after one day. Pantene and Herbal Essence do that to me. Now I know some people will look at this and say I need to use sulfite free. However, that stuff does not work for me. I’ve tried. I’ve even tried Wen. It doesn’t work. My thing is, “if the wheel ain’t broke, don’t fix it” So I stick to what I like.

I wash my hair about every 2-3 days. If I wash it every day, it gets greasy within a day. So I wash it less frequently, though I do take a shower every day. I just don’t wash my hair that often.

After I wash my hair,ย I like to use “It’s A 10″ which you can find at pretty much any drugstore, Target, or Wal-Mart. But lucky me… I found this ginormous bottle at Sam’s Club for $20! At Target, where I normally buy it, it’s about $13.99 for only 4 oz. This big bottle is 10 oz. and is going to last me for soo long.

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It’s a leave-in conditioner and makes such a difference on my ends. I love it. It’s also a great detangler.

On the days I don’t wash my hair and if I think I need it, I’ll use Batiste dry shampoo on it. I haven’t tried many other dry shampoos but I do find that this one is okay and works for me.

When I do remember, I’ll use a hair mask on my hair. My favorite one is the one that accompanies my shampoo and conditioner. I have yet to try the oh-so-hyped up macadamia one. You know the one I’m talking about, don’t you? The one in the green and brown tub. The $30 tub of deep conditioner? Yeah, that one. I prefer the $6 tub from L’Oreal.

Finally, here are a few things I find that helps with my hair care…

I let it air dry on most days. I do not blow dry it every time I wash my hair. I blow dry it maybe one a week and when I do use a blow dryer, I let my hair air dry while I do my makeup and go about my day; I will then blow dry if I feel like styling it.

Which I will then use a 1-inch curling wand or a straightener. I also go through that process quickly so as to use the least amount of heat on my hair. I curl my hair in large sections. And before I apply any heat, I use Tresemme Heat Protection.

I also find that putting my hair in a braid instead of a bun or ponytail is better for my ends, because I do in fact have split ends. A bun is actually the worst on my hair, especially since the ends of my hair have been lightened with bleach. My favorite braid to wear is the Katniss braid, which is also a regular Dutch braid.

Anyhow, that’s about it! It’s very simple and an affordable way to keep my hair healthy. And I also don’t like to mention how in-frequently I get my hair cut, which is about every 3-4 months. Haha. I am verrrry protective of my hair. And when I do get it cut, I only get maybe 2 inches cut off. Maybe. Haha.

I hope you enjoyed this post! I know it was a bit more talky then a few of my other posts, but it is very simple what I do.

xo, Briana

FTC : This is not a sponsored post.

February Favorites

I know on my blog, I don’t consistently post my monthly favorites.

Let me rephrase that. I don’t ever post my monthly favorites. Ha. I have on occasion but I usually focus on just one product and maybe the end of the year I’ll post my favorites. I’ll sometimes do a seasonal favorites. Anywho, this month I would like to show you what I’ve been loving! So! Let’s get to it!

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Tea! I’ve always loved drinking tea and especially in the cooler months. But I have been especially loving this green tea by Yogi Tea. I’ve always loved their line of teas because they’re full of flavor and never weak. They have a variety of teas for anything, from bedtime (also a favorite) to digestion to whatever. Ha. The thing I love about their tea as well is the fact that you don’t need to add any sweetener. I used to always had agave or sugar to my tea but you don’t need to with these.

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The brand new L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte foundation. I’m in shade 104 Golden Beige and it’s a pretty darn good match for my winter color, haha. I haven’t mentioned this yet but I am falling in love with it. At first I didn’t think it was anything spectacular but the more I use it the more I love it. It sets quickly and is very light weight. It’s a medium coverage but I don’t feel the need for concealer with it. It isn’t completely matte either, which I also like. It’s a more natural finish. It lasts for quite a while, too. Not all day, but it’s still pretty good.

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Clinique Bottom Last mascara! How cute is this packaging? It’s so pretty and feminine.

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You can’t tell but the bottle itself is pretty small, probably as big as my index or middle finger. So the wand is very tiny, like a finger nail. But it makes for applying to your lower lashes great. And the best part? It doesn’t smudge or flake on me! and for someone who struggles with even waterproof mascara on the lower lashes, I freaking love it.

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I never really talk about specific makeup brushes, but these two right here are essential for my eye makeup. I do believe these are part of a limited edition set (Nic’s Pick by Real Techniques) but I think it’s still available. You also get 3 other brushes in the set but these two have become a part of my daily makeup routine.

The one on the left is the angled shadow brush and I use it first to apply my transition shade, usually a soft tan or brown color. The brush on the right is the base shadow brush, which is also available in the regular eye set. This specific one though I used for highlight or blending. I love them.

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My favorite face brushes!

On the far left is my Real Techniques buffing brush, which I have been going back to for foundation application. I still use my beauty blender but I find this brush works better for certain foundations and is also faster then the BB.

The middle left is an ELF mineral powder brush, which I found at Target and have been using specifically for contour. It fits perfectly in my contour area and blends the powder so well.

The middle right brush is a MAC 168 large angled contour brush, which I use for blush. I am able to sweep my blush on and it not go on patchy, which is something I’ve been dealing with with a few of my other blush brushes. This one, though, works like a dream. It’s my first MAC brush and is definitely a splurge, but I do love it.

The far right is a Real Techniques setting brush which I use for highlight after bronzer/contour/blush. It’s just the right size highlight. and yes, all of these brushes are soo soft, its like massaging your face when you use them.

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I already talked about this the other day, but I wanted to mention it again because I have been using it almost daily now. Haha. I don’t do a deep contour, but I have been loving the look it gives to my more oval face.

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A blush I have been liking to pair when I do a contour is MAC’s Pinch Me, which is a sheertone blush and is described as a dirty rose coral, which I have to agree. On my medium olive tone skin, it creates a pretty flush of color that looks pretty natural.

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I was wearing it my KVD post, if you’re wondering.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna palette. I think I purchased this over the holidays when I had a 20% off coupon for Sephora and decided to buy it when I saw Casey Holmes on YouTube use it a lot. She and I both have a love for orange shades and this has one that is gorgeous.

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Pretty colors with a fun teal that I have yet to use. Haha.

Honestly, the colors I reach for the most are Bengal (transition shade that adds such warmth to any look), Gilded all over my lid, and Chocolate & Sangria to deepen up my look. Those 4 together are soo pretty. I also use Fresh as a highlight.

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So that’s it! I hope you enjoyed this post!

What have you been loving this last month?

xo, Briana

FTC : This is not a sponsored post.

Review | Kat Von D Shades + Light Contour Palette

Here’s a fun tidbit for ya… Kat Von D grew up in my area and even went to youth group at church with my older siblings… Not that she still goes there or anything, but hey! Random connection there. She even did a bit of artwork on a door that was being taken down but kept for sentimental reasons.

This lovely piece of makeup from the Kat Von D line (exclusive to Sephora) is my first purchase from the line and it’s not something I would have been into even 6 months ago. Let’s just say I can add this to my “YouTube Made Me Do It” list…

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Sorry for the low-quality photo… It’s raining today and my hand was a tad shaky cause I am hungry! Haha. The font is the typical goth style of the brand. I know some people are turned off by it, but I think it screams Kat Von D and her love tattoos, something I actually appreciate. I have an aunt with awesome goth-style tattoos. They’re kick-ass.

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Inside the palette you’ll find a wonderfully large mirror, 3 highlight shades,and 3 contour/bronzer shades. You could say they go from light-medium-dark.

The highlight shades appear matte but I swear I see a tiiiiny bit of shimmer while the contour/bronze shades are truly matte. Either way, they’re a great formula! Smooth, buttery, and they blend like a dream.

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She was also awesome to give the names on the back. Thank you!

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Lucid is a champagne type of highlight with a pink undertone, something I might use on my cheekbone. Lyric is definitely an undertone and something I might use under my eyes to set concealer. Levitation is an orangy-pink. It’s not exactly something I would reach for all the time though.

While I prefer a shimmery highlight, I can see myself using these on my eyes for various looks.

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Now to me, these are by far the stars of the palette.

Sombre is a grey-undertone that is perfect for contouring. Chisel those cheeks girl! and to be honest, it was the main reason I got the dang thing. and I have been loving it. I apply it when an ELF mineral powder brush that fits perfectly along my cheek to give the illusion of a shadow.

Shadowplay is another shade I could use for a contour if I wanted but I would use it as a bronzer before. It’s not too dark for me, which is nice. Also, none of these shades come off as too orange or too red, at least on my skin tone.

Subconscious… scares me. Haha. As you can see, it’s pretty dark on my medium skin. But if I were serious about contour or bronzing, I would reach for it. But as I see myself as only a novice at contouring, I’ll stick with Sombre and Shadowplay.

So do you want to see my wonderful attempts at contouring and selfies?

Sure you do!

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Here’s one side of my face without any bronzer, contour, blush, or highlight. I’m wearing my Nars foundation and Mac powder on top. So ghostly and pale. Thanks rain for washing me out.

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After I applied my PF bronzer, Sombre in my hollows, MAC’s Pinch Me blush, and an Hour Glass highlighter. Again, the clouds and lack of light washed me out a bit but you can see the difference between the two photos, right?

Here’s a much better photo after I did the rest of my makeup and had better lighting. I also have Maybelline’s Touch of Spice (matte) on my lips.

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Oh, selfies…

I actually really liked the way it came out so I got slightly into the shameless selfie photoshoot… ;-)

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While I wouldn’t make this an every day thing as far as makeup is concerned, I do really like the palette and am excited to play with it and see what I can come up with! My only main complaint is the size of the palette. It’s a good size and will be interesting to travel with.

Other than that, I do love it!

What are your thoughts on contouring?

xo, Briana

FTC : This is not a sponsored post.

A Nonsensical Sunday List

My favorite book, Pride & Prejudice, uses that word “nonsensical” throughout. I loved it the first time I read it and I use it in every day life.

So I am going to start off this post as nonsensical. Because that’s what it is. It’s a post without meaning, rather than it not making sense. Make sense? Okay, cool.

1) I’ve been a bit absent from the blog for a few reasons, one being that I was at Mammoth Mountain with family from Friday-Monday this last weekend. It was a nice, relaxing trip filled with hikes and time spent with siblings and nieces and nephews.

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This is the hubs and I (duh) on Valentine’s Day. We’re pretty good at forgetting to take pictures on special occasions. However, we were determined to take a photo and this was probably our 10th selfie before we decided we were happy with it (filter added).

2) It’s supposed to rain today and tomorrow in our area. This makes me happy. I think I’ll drink tea and do yoga. Mmm…

C) I had an interview at a hospital for a new grad program a few weeks ago and while I was perhaps too hopeful, I got the rejection phone call this last Friday. Really, I felt good about the interview itself but below that, I felt like I wasn’t going to get the job for a few reasons. For one, I lack a Bachelors degree, which a lot of hospitals are requiring now and two, the people I interviewed with didn’t feel receptive to me, although I felt like I did a great part on my end.

It’s been discouraging, not having a job for months after graduation, passing my boards, and two very hard years of dedication to school. I know the right job is out there. I just have to keep looking.

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I just really want/need a job, man.

4) I started reading It Starts With Food, Discover the Whole30 And Change Your Life In Unexpected Ways. It’s a book pointing out the facts and science behind the paleo diet. I began reading it when one of my own favorite bloggers, The Freckled Fox, mentioned it on her blog. She’s a mommy of 4 (soon to be 5!) and one of my own fitspirations.

The book itself is a good and easy read, with explanations on diet, hormones, stress, exercise, etc. Basically the things that make us physically and mentally feel the way we do. While I agree with most of, I personally will not be doing the paleo diet any time soon. I love burritos too much! And lentil soup! I need grains… I don’t care what they say. haha.

E) I reorganized my makeup stash here at our little place. My previous way was fine, but I felt like I needed to put it all mostly into a single space that was neater.

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This is what I had to work with. I purchased a bigger Sterilite container so most of my makeup is all in one place, with my tools in another. It was all kind of random. If you want a separate post on this, let me know! I love organizing things.

6) Finally, here’s a quote I found on Pinterest a few weeks ago.

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Thanks for reading.

xo, Briana

When Scrubs Meet Fashion Feat. Jaanuu

Remember that post I did a few months back about Jaanuu scrubs? I loved them for quite a few reasons…

1) They’re so comfortable! I can actually move in them and not be afraid of any rips or tears if I need to squat or bend over. Because these are legitimate concerns for scrubs! Haha.

2) They’re cute and feminine, as they are made specifically for women. I have the peplum top and flared pants. Very adorable and yet professional.

3) They’re functional with pockets and they also feature an antimicrobial finish to prevent the spread of bacteria, germs, etc.

Jaanuu was kind enough to send me another pair of scrub bottoms, which they recently released a few weeks ago! These are beyond cute…

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Snakeskin pattern anyone? ;-)

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Not going to lie, the first time I saw these I was a little skeptical at the thought of a snakeskin patter but once I saw them on models and then of course in person, they’re actually very cute! I actually told my mom it had a touch of military fatigue to it, which I’m totally for!

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If you notice, these pants are the skinny style that Jaanuu offers, beside the flare set. They’re not the kind of skinny that clings to your ankles, so you could totally wear clogs or athletic shoes with them. However, I believe this pattern itself only comes in skinny. But they do offer this pattern in the peplum top and even a medical clutch.

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The scrubs are also super cute if cuffed at the leg! Of course I would only recommend this if you’re comfortable with your ankles being slightly exposed at work ;-) But if you work in an office or something where you’re safe from fluids *ahem* you should be okay.

The fabric is just as soft as the rest of their scrubs; these are scrubs I actually enjoy wearing!

If you haven’t already and are in the need for new scrubs, check them out!

Thanks for reading you guys! And thank you to my sister-in-law for taking the pictures ;-)

xo, Briana

FTC : The skinny scrub pants in snakeskin were provided for by Jaanuu.

New! Wet n Wild Fergie 8 Pan Eyeshadow Palette!

If you lives in the states or have been able to find Wet n Wild products, then you might know that their little 3 pan to 8 pan palettes are gems in the drugstore. For $3-$5 you can get great quality eye shadows! A few years ago, Fergie from the Black Eye Peas teamed up with WnW to create her own collection. I tried a few of the things from her collection and was pleased with them, but was never a die-hard fan.

I had heard and seen recently that they were changing a few things with the brand itself. Well the other day I was meandering through Walgreens, where you can typically find the newest WnW stuff, and saw something that caught my eye.

An 8 pan palette from the Fergie collection that screamed my name…

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As you can see, it’s all neutrals. Do I have enough neutrals? You bet I do. But do I want to find something that is drugstore priced and great quality that also offers variety? Yep!

This specific palette is part of the Fergie Centerstage Collection with WnW, specifically the Photo Focus Studio Eyeshadow palette in A226 Milano. They also had another palette with more purple shades. It also retails for only $8. Not bad! It also came with a dual-ended brush, but lacks a mirror.

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Sorry the photos a bit on the yellow/green side. I used my iPhone as I didn’t want to fuss with my camera.

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The shadows do not have any names, also. But they do have a variety of matte, satin, and very shimmery shades. You could do a basic eye to a full blown smokey eye.

But how’s the quality you ask?

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Here’s the first row and I so with my phone took a better picture or that my camera behaved, because they quality is amazing! The first swatch I did was soo buttery and smooth. I’m pretty sure I said, “oh my gosh!” aloud. The shimmery shades are also very smooth.

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and ugh, these taupey brown shades? To die for.

This is more or less a first impression because I have yet to actually apply these to my lids! I meant to use them yesterday but was unable to. Same goes with today. Perhaps tomorrow and I’ll be sure to update you all! But I simply wanted to get this post up because I hadn’t heard or seen anything of these larger palettes.

If these are as good as the regular palettes though, I can only imagine how great they are!

I hope you enjoyed!

xo, Briana

FTC: This is not a sponsored post.

A Few From My Phone

Pictures, that is.

Just a quick “hello” from a few pictures off my phone to let you know what I’ve been up to.

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You may not have known, but when I posted last on my blog, I was actually in the midst of traveling home from a very quick business trip to Florida! I’m currently working for my parents, who run a small business out of their house and a few things occured which ended up in my mom and I traveling to Florida for one night with my dad! It was a good and positive trip, which also allowed me to spend some time with my parents. Hubs found it interesting to actually be home without me, where it’s usually the opposite since he’s one that could be called away at any time.

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We had to fly out of LA very early Saturday morning and we had some time to eat a quick breakfast before boarding. I ordered a breakfast sandwich and with it, a leaf of lettuce accompanied it. I thought it was amusing that the lettuce was as long as my sandwich itself. But I did eat it! I put a dash of salt and pepper on it for some flavor.

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If you follow my Instagram account, then you’ll know that I recently bought some new Von Zipper sunglasses (the Begonia’s). I love how big they are and the vintage appeal to them. I can see myself wearing these with a flowy maxi dress or at the beach with a book in hand.

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This was today. We were watching our brother-in-law launch a rocket he had gotten for Christmas. It was pretty epic, not gonna lie.

Of course my week has consisted of a bit more than these few things, but there’s not much else to say! My husband’s middle sister is visiting from ND this week so she could plan her upcoming March wedding with her family, as the wedding will be here in CA at her parents house. It will be smaller than our summer wedding, but as all weddings go, it’s always lots of planning! It’s been very exciting and this time around I get to be a bridesmaid. I’m very excited and of course happy for my sister-in-law and soon to be brother-in-law!

I hope you have all been doing well and your upcoming week is productive!

xo, Briana

p.s. Thank you to all of my lovely new subscribers and viewers! It’s been a busy week on my blog and various social media, it’s much appreciated! :-)

MAC’s Del Rio Lipstick : Review

If you’ve been following me long enough, you’ll know that lipsticks are really my thing. Until recently. Where I have actually learned what shades and tones look good on me. Ha.

I recently wrote about my favorite nude lipstick, MAC’s Mocha, and after that I ventured out for a few more lipsticks from MAC. I have Retro and Del Rio.

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We’re here to talk about Del Rio. and I’ll tell you right away… I love it.

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It’s a dark reddish brown, not quite brick red but darker. It’s on the line of vampy but definitely on trend with the whole 90’s grunge coming back in style (which I love). It’s a satin finish, fyi.

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I like to pair it with my Milani lip liner in Natural. It glides on fairly easily and once it’s on your lips, it stays for quite a while, even with eating and drinking. Of course I reapply throughout the day as I wear it, as I really don’t expect a lipstick to last all day long without it needing a touch up every now and then.

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My own natural lip color is on the darker side, with a touch of mauvey pink. This is the kind of color I can wear and not be self-conscious with people staring at me. As my mom put it, my lips don’t enter the room before I do. In other words, it’s a statement piece, but not the statement.

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I just really like this color and how it looks on mah face. There’s not much else to it! It’s the kind of dark brick red that totally works with an olive skin tone without looking too red or or too brown. It’s just right.

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I hope you enjoyed this quick little post! Have you tried this shade yet? Do you have any recommendations for me?

xo, Briana

FTC : This is not a sponsored post.

bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 8.0 The Sexy Neutrals : Review

That is really what it’s called. I had to use the whole title!

So, let me tell you a typical story in the life of Briana, at least as far as makeup is concerned.

It was my mother’s birthday this past week and so I went into Sephora to pick up a little something for her, something I had already decided on and knew exactly where to get it in the store. Well, I found it and decided that as I hadn’t been into Sephora for a time, I thought I would meander around. You know, see what’s new…Well, I saw this at the bareMinerals area and literally stopped in my tracks and somehow just gravitated towards it…

It had to be mine. Especially once I touched it and swatched it on my hand.

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How pretty is this? It’s a bronzy rose gold package! Oooooobviously I had look inside of it and play with it.

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This particular palette I got is the Sexy Neutrals palette, featuring pinky, rosy shades, with a nice dark brown and a lovely olive-gold shade.

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I looked at the other two palettes they also just released but decided that I would get the most use out of this palette as I knew I would use all of the shades. Which I have!

They’re lovely swatched, and even better on the eyes. They’re creamy, buttery, and hardly any fallout. They blend like a dream and create such a soft, pretty look but of course can be more dramatic if you really apply the dark shade. Oh, I love it.

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L-R : Hot Commodity, Nude Beach, Bare Skin, & Pure

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L-R : In The Buff, Natural, Perspective, & Celebrate

The nice thing with this palette in the packaging (besides the color of it. Ugh, so pretty) is that it has a nice big mirror and it has the names of the shadows on the back. It also came with a little dual-ended brush.

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Sorry it’s a bit fuzzy. Camera issues. I actually like the pointed brush, as it is perfect for the lower lash line and adding a bit of shadow underneath.

The palette is a nice compact size, which is great for travel. I love all of my other palettes, but some of them are just big and bulky (Chocolate Bar, I’m looking at you). I can get a variety of looks with this and if I feel the need to use more matte and dark shades, I can simply bring along my UD Naked Basics 2 palette, another great and small palette.

Overall, I really do love this and am glad I walked past it ;-)

xo, Briana

FTC: This is not a sponsored post.

Fluffy Milo

Milo, which is his given name, is a combination of I believe Maltese and Lhasa Apso. This gives him hair, rather than fur. His hair has to be trimmed every couple of months as it grows, butย more so in the summer time due to heat. But in the winter, we let it grow out a bit so he is nice and warm. But with his hair, this creates a rather fluffy look on him. Especially on days when he’s brushed.

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This is Milo when he was about 3 months old or so, right when he came into our lives. He was a tiny thing that easily fit in Bub’s two hands. Oh, how he had that delicious puppy smell.

Milo will be 6 this May and while of course he answers to Milo, he also answers to Fluffy. I guess you could call that his middle name, also I tend to call him, “Fluffy Milo” but it sounds more like “Fwuffy My-Yo”

And there is certainly reason as to why I call him Fluffy.

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“Who you callin’ Fluffy?”

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I love my My-Yo.

xo, Briana (and Milo!)