Browsing All Posts filed under »tips & tricks«

{Tutorial} Cross Hatch Gradient Nails

July 2, 2014

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Hi Lovelies, More than half the year is over and 4th of July is right around the corner! A couple of years ago, I shared my Splatter Paint Nail Tutorial which is still one of my most popular sites. Thank you, thank you, thank you if you’ve tried, pinned, shared, and/or commented on the post.  […]

{New & Improved} Braided Top Knot Tutorial

May 14, 2014

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Hello Lovelies, I have an exciting post for you! In my previous post, I shared my uh-ma-zing Pony Tail Curling Trick (seriously, it’s a game changer). Today, I’m happy to share another creative and unique hair tutorial! {New & Improved} Braided Top Knot Tutorial What makes a this braided (kinda messy) top knot tutorial new […]

{Pony Tail Curling Trick} Loose Curls in 2 Minutes!

May 5, 2014

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Hi Lovelies, I know it’s been awhile since my last hair tutorial, but I wanted to make sure that my next tutorial would be something you’d love and haven’t seen anywhere else! Well I’m super excited to share what I’ve named the Pony Tail Curling Trick. Seriously, it’s a GAME CHANGER and you saw it […]

{How to} Update Your Beauty Closet

April 30, 2014

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Hi Lovelies, At the end of every winter season, I get excited to pack away the bulky sweaters, jackets, and boots and I’m delighted to pull out my favorite jean skirt, must have gold sandals, and all my summer essentials. If you’re like me, you’ll probably use the seasonal wardrobe change as an opportunity to […]

Beauty Checklist for Music Festivals

April 8, 2014

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Hello Lovelies! With many music festivals right around the corner, I’ve complied a simple beauty checklist so you can be beautifully Music Festival ready! If you’re a music festival veteran and have some tips and recommendations, please share them in the comments below! Be Music Festival Ready with my Beauty Checklist! BODY :: I’m sure […]

New Year + New Beauty Habits = A Better You!

January 3, 2014

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Hello Lovelies! Happy New Year! I hope you all had a great holiday season. It’s been a busy few weeks and I’ve missed you! It’s a new year so I wanted to do a post challenging you (yes, you!) to break 5 bad beauty habits and/or make 5 good beauty habits. You may only be […]

Must Try Halloween Nail Art!

September 28, 2013

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Hi Lovelies, It’s almost October which means Halloween is just around the corner! As you may know, I love to dress up my nails all year-long, but especially during Halloween. To help your nails get ready for Halloween, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite nail art DIYs. I hope one of these tutorials inspire […]

{How To} Easily Remove Glitter Polish

September 8, 2013

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Hello Lovelies! I am SO excited to bring you this DIY nail tutorial. If you love nail polish, listen up! This is a game changer especially if you love glitter nail polish. I often find myself avoiding glitter polishes because they’re SO hard to remove! Well, not anymore! No more rubbing or soaking your nails […]

Luxe for Less!

September 5, 2013

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Hello Lovelies, Feeling beautiful shouldn’t have to cost a fortune. Sure I’ll splurge from time to time, but for the most part… I love treating myself to simple homemade/DIY luxuries which costs wayyyy less! Here are a few ways to get LUXE for LESS! Oh, and the best part is that you probably have all […]

{Homemade} Moisturizing Exfoliant Mask

August 27, 2013

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Hello Pretty Gossipers! Can your skin use a little pick me up?!  Here’s a super easy DIY facial mask that will exfoliate your skin and add moisture, leaving it soft and oh so supple! Exfoliate dead skin cells, draw out impurities, unclog pores, and give a surge of moisture to your skin with my simple […]

{Homemade} Cooling Sunburn Treatment

July 26, 2013

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Hello Lovelies, I’m so excited to share this DIY with you! It’s summer and I’m sure all of you are wearing sunblock… but just in case you get a sunburn, this is a must try DIY.  It’s easy and feels AMAZING. It soothes and cools like crazy. Feels like a popsicle for your skin. Even […]

{How To} Make A Matte Topcoat

July 22, 2013

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Hello Lovelies! Happy Mani Monday! I love nail art (as seen here and here), but I like to keep it simple sometimes and wear a solid color like red, orange, or black. To give my existing solid colors a twist, I’ve been using a matte topcoat to create new looks. The matte finish is subdued […]

4th of July Inspired Nail Art

July 1, 2013

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Hello! I hope you’ve had a great weekend! I can’t believe 4th of July is only a few days away! Last year, I shared my 4th of July Splatter Paint Nail Art Tutorial which was inspired by the artist Jackson Pollock. The tutorial has been repinned almost 80,000 times on Pinterest and is still one […]

Top 5 Ways to Prevent Nail Polish Chipping!

June 26, 2013

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Hi Lovelies, How many times have you gotten a manicure only to have it chip the next day?! Wanna know how you can make your manicure last longer? Look no further!  I did a little research and picked the brains of my local nail technicians to bring you the 5 best ways to make your […]

{Homemade} Moisturizing Hair Treatment Mask

May 30, 2013

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Hello Lovelies, Its (almost) summer and you’re probably spending more time outdoors. A day of hiking, lounging at the beach, or bbq-ing in the backyard is a lot of fun, but prolonged exposure to the sun is very drying, damaging, and hard on your hair. Unlike your skin, which should always be protected with sunblock […]

5 Things I Notice Most About Others…

May 14, 2013

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Last week, I asked a friend what they first noticed about me (post here). This week, I reveal what I notice most about others. Since it’s impossible to judge someone’s character based on first impression, I’ve left it off my list. My list is just based on what I notice within the first 10 seconds […]

3 Beauty Tips to Get Noticed!

April 30, 2013

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Hello Lovelies! This post will cover my top 3 beauty tips to feel good, look good, and get you noticed! 1. Get your beauty sleep. It’s not called beauty sleep for no reason! You need plenty of sleep for your body feel it’s best, and when you feel good… you look good! Here’s Kobe trying […]

{Homemade} Sugar Foot Scrub

April 12, 2013

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Hello!~ Summer’s right around the corner so it’s time to get your feet ready for the beach, pool, and your favorite pair of sandals. Moisturizer is important, but it all starts with a good exfoliation. Here’s a really quick, but effective homemade foot scrub. Enjoy and good luck! Ingredients for 1 use: 1/2 cup of […]

Love is in the air…

April 10, 2013

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Hello Lovelies! Spring is in full bloom and L-O-V-E is in the air. Seems like everyone is getting engaged or married! I went to a bridal shower this past weekend (see photo below) and I have 4 weddings lined up in the next few months! With so many bachlorette parties (Vegas photos here), bridal showers, […]

{DIY} Homemade Deodorizing Tablets

April 2, 2013

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While doing a little spring cleaning, I noticed my shoe closet smelled stale and was in need of a little help in the odor department. I went searching online for a homemade remedy and came across a deodorizing tablet recipe on One Good Thing. I’m very happy with the (adorable) results and excited to share […]

{How To} Get Beachy Waves with No Heat!

March 8, 2013

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Hello Lovelies! My first No Heat Waves Tutorial got SO much love from my readers (thank you!), I thought I’d share another easy way to get beautiful beachy waves without using any heat! What’s the difference between my first no heat tutorial and this one? With today’s technique, you can sleep while it works it’s […]

{DIY} Exfoliating Sea Salt Body Scrub

February 8, 2013

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Hello Lovelies! Are you ready for Valentine’s Day?! Still looking for the perfect gift for your special someone?… Well, what better gift than a softer and smoother YOU?! Last month, I shared how to get soft lips with this homemade sugar lip scrub tutorial. In today’s tutorial, I’ll share how you can get soft and […]

{DIY} Homemade Jewelry Cleaner (No Scrubbing!)

January 24, 2013

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Nothing worked. I couldn’t get my (very) tarnished silver jewelry clean and shiny. Short of paying a professional to steam clean my jewelry, I’d tried everything and been disappointed. Then I saw a homemade jewelry cleaner on Pinterest and thought why not. I’d given up hope on restoring my jewelry so what did I have […]

{Tutorial} The Perfectly Messy Sock Bun

December 10, 2012

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Complete Sock Bun Series. Part 1. How to make a Sock Donut. Click Here for Tutorial. Part 2. Perfect Sock Bun. Click Here for Tutorial. Part 3. Perfectly Messy Sock Bun. This post! Keep reading. Part 3. Perfectly Messy Sock Bun Tutorial. First I’d like to thank all of you for making my Perfect Sock […]

{How To} Homemade Makeup Brush Cleaner

December 3, 2012

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Happy Monday. It was a gloomy weekend in Los Angeles, but I still managed to have fun and eat some good food (photos here). Makeup brushes are essential beauty tools we use on a daily basis, but we pay very little attention to them. Probably because we want to ignore how dirty they are and […]

Fake 8 Hours of Sleep! {Conceal and Brighten}

November 20, 2012

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As I get older, the area under my eyes are getting darker and duller. In this post, I’ll share 2 products that have helped me conceal and brighten my tired looking eyes. Enter Mally’s Cancellation Conditioning Concealer and Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Eclat Radiant Touch to the rescue! Below are swatches of Mally Cancellation Concealer […]

Cute Strawberry Sponge Rollers : Etude House {Heatless Curls}

November 18, 2012

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Here’s a really quick post on the Etude House Strawberry Sponge Rollers I picked up on my recent Korean beauty haul! Set of 4 Etude House Strawberry Rollers $6.99. Available HERE! My results: Each pack comes with 4 rollers. I knew 4 rollers wouldn’t be enough for my entire head, so I picked up two […]

Abreva Conceal Patch {Review}

November 5, 2012

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Have you heard of the Abreva Conceal Patch?! What is it?: Abreva Conceal (buy here) is a clean, non-medicated patch for cold sores that allows air in, yet protective enough to keep contaminants out. It creates a protective barrier that allows air in with MicroAir technology while keeping contaminants out. My Overall Thoughts: The Abreva […]

{How To} Depot your Eyeshadows, Bronzers and Blushes

October 19, 2012

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Another post on depotting! Just want to make sure I’ve covered all the bases for you. Depotting is great way to cut the clutter and keep all your favorites and most used products organized all in one palette. Earlier this week I shared how to depot from a cardboard palette. Today I’ll share how to […]

{How To} Depot Cardboard Eyeshadow Palettes

October 17, 2012

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Yesterday, I posted my review and swatches on the Urban Decay: Book of Shadows III (on sale for $39). My only complaint: bulky packaging! Today, I’d like to share how I depotted the big and bulky shadow palette into a compact and slim Unii Palette! I won my Unii Palette on Instagram a few weeks […]

{How To} Marbled Nails: Easy, Waterless, & Mess Free

October 6, 2012

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If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram… you know I love me some nail DIYs! I recently tried marbling and it did NOT turn out well. Aside from the less-than-desirable results, it was so~ time consuming. I don’t have the time or the patience! Thank goodness I saw this foolproof, waterless, and mess free […]

{How To} Sponge Halloween Candy Corn Nail DIY

October 2, 2012

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I’ve been crazy for nail art lately! If you follow me on Instagram, you already know this. It’s been so much fun experimenting with Halloween nail looks and sharing some of the best (aka easiest) looks with you (here and here). This nail DIY is no different. Not only is the candy corn nail look […]

{How To} Scary & Bloody Halloween Nail DIY

September 21, 2012

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Boo! Can you believe it’ll be Halloween in a few weeks?!? If you’re looking for a Halloween nail DIY, here’s a bloody nail look that’s very easy to create. Probably easier than my Splatter Paint Nails… which by the way, is also fun way to create a bloody splatter nail look! Whatever you dress up […]

Black x Red Nails {Sponge Gradient Nail Tutorial}

September 17, 2012

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Happy Monday!~ I hope everyone had a great weekend. Halloween is coming up, so I spent some time this weekend trying to create a scary, bloody nail look. While I didn’t achieve the bloody look I was going for… I was quite pleased with this beautiful black and glittery red look I created using the […]

Not Your Mother’s: Clean Freak {Dry Shampoo}

September 15, 2012

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There’s only a few products that I’ve come across that have really improved my (beauty) life. Dry shampoos are definitely one of those products… a definite beauty must have in my book! If the concept is a bit strange, just think… you powder your face when it gets oily, why not powder your scalp and […]

Fall 2012 Essentials {Makeup and Accessories}

September 8, 2012

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#NYFW#NYFW #NYFW #NYFW and more #NYFW. OMG, its everywhere! While I LOVE seeing amazingly tall and lean models strut on the runway in the latest in fashion, makeup and hair styles… I can’t help but ask myself, “Would I ever be able to wear that?” As much as I want to say “yes,” the honest […]

Is there a right way to use a bobby pin?!

September 7, 2012

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Like most of you, I use bobby pins with the wavy side up. In other words, the flat side in against my head. In a recent article, Allure Magazine challenged this common hair knowledge. They stated that bobby pins were meant to be used with the wavy side down?! W.H.A.T?! I was in disbelief, shock… […]

{DIY} The MOST Moisturizing Under Eye Concealer!

September 5, 2012

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Happy Wednesday! I’m happy to report that my search for the most moisturizing under eye concealer is finally over! So~ excited to share my little beauty DIY with you. In just a few easy steps, you can “make” the most moisturizing under eye concealer ever! Check out my 3 step tutorial and scroll down for […]

{Quick Fix} Grown Out Gel Nails

August 8, 2012

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I posted this photo on Instagram and people seemed to really like the idea, so I thought I’d just do a really quick post on it. If you’re on Pinterest, I’d pin this for later. Just sayin… I’ve had my 2nd set of gel nails for about 2 weeks now and needless to say, they’ve […]

{How to} Shower for Clean and Clear Skin

August 6, 2012

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Happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend. You may think it’s quite silly for me to write a post on how to shower (who doesn’t know how to shower right?)… but have you ever wondered if the way you shower is helping or hurting your skin? There’s no set “shower rulebook,” but here’s the […]

{Tutorial} The Perfect Sock Bun

August 1, 2012

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Part 2. The Perfect Sock Bun. Welcome to the second part to my sock bun series! Yesterday’s post showed you How to Make a Sock Bun at home. Today’s post will show you how to use your homemade Sock Bun donut for “The Perfect Sock Bun.” Btw… If you can’t get it to work, you […]

At Home Gel Nail Polish: Tutorial + Tips

July 17, 2012

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Happy Tuesday! With so much talk about gel nail polish, I decided to check it out for myself. In today’s post, I’ll provide a step by step tutorial, some best practices, and the pros and cons on gel nail polish. Step by Step: Prepare your nails. Cut, file down to desired length, and clean/push back […]

Eyelash Extensions: Before and After Photos

July 1, 2012

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Even on my most natural days, I curl my lashes. Why? I have very straight Asian lashes that point down, and they literally tickle the skin under my eyes. I wish I had naturally long and voluminous lashes, but no such luck… so, I decided to give lash extensions a try (… again). Before and […]

How To: Splatter Paint Nails

June 25, 2012

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With the Olympic trials in full swing and the 4th of July right around the corner, I decided to get patriotic with my nail art this weekend! I searched for a quick and easy way to wear all 3 colors of the American flag and decided that splatter paint would be the perfect (and easiest) […]

Why use “Sulfate Free” shampoo and conditioner?

May 16, 2012

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Sulfate Free. We see it highlighted on shampoo bottles like it’s a big deal, but what does this really mean? Why is it important for us to use sulfate free shampoos and conditioners?  I did a little research and here’s the short + sweet + simple answer. Sulfate is an inexpensive chemical used by companies […]

All Natural Homemade Lip Balm

May 3, 2012

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As promised, an easy Beauty DIY~ All Natural Homemade Lip Balm! If I can do it, you can do it. It’s so e.a.s.y. Another reason I love this DIY is because I have chronically dry lips and use a ton of lip balm. Making my own with all natural ingredients saves money and I know […]

Eyelash Curling and Mascara Routine

April 26, 2012

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A while back, I shared my secret trick on how I get my super straight lashes to curl. Since my previous post was about mascara, I thought I’d share my daily eyelash curling and mascara routine through a easy to follow (I hope) tutorial. This tutorial is meant for an everyday look perfect for school, […]

I Tattooed My Eyebrows!

April 17, 2012

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I tattooed my eyebrows! After years of researching, I had finally found the perfect tattoo artist who came referred to me by 2 separate reliable sources, and after meeting her… I knew she was the one and it was the right time. I’ve been meaning to write a post on brow tattoos for some time […]

I ♥ Sticky Bobby Pins~

March 7, 2012

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If you have straight hair like me, you probably get frustrated with bobby pins that constantly slide down your hair. You can always use 2 bobby pins and cross them like a “X” for extra hold… but sometimes you don’t feel like it, right? My solution?! Make my bobby pins “stick” to my hair!~ Here’s […]

Gorgeous Soft Waves with No Heat

February 29, 2012

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Hello Beautiful!~ Here’s a easy hair trick I’ve been using for years. This simple hair trick requires no heat or products, but is a great way to enhance your curls/waves and eliminate frizz. Scroll down to see instructions and tips on how it can even work for straight hair! Good luck~ For wavy/curly hair: This […]