The Best High Tech Face Masks for Flawless Summer Skin

As warmer weather starts peeking around the corner, it’s time to start focusing on the health of your skin and preparing it for the spring sun’s harmful rays. This year, skincare tech is blowing up the beauty section – from cleaning brushes to light masks – and innovative face and mud masks will help keep your skin healthy and bright. Read on for the must-have skincare products our favorite bloggers can’t stop talking about this spring!

Style Expert: Karina
Blog: Karina Style Diaries

Style Expert: Britney
Blog: Starry Eyed Blonde
Facial Must-Have: Olay ProX Microdermabrasion and Cleaning System
This was the first time I had ever tried any skincare technology before. The system is easy to use, has three speeds, and Olay even provides a suggested schedule of use to make the most of the different attachments and cleansers. I was a little worried it wouldn’t be gentle enough on my skin, but I read through the directions and was pleasantly surprised at how gentle the brush and foam heads were. They give a great tip to apply minimal pressure and move the attachments around in gentle circles. My skin always feels so smooth after using it.

Style Expert: Nicole
Blog: Class to Closet
Facial Must-Have: Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Treatment Mask
This year it seems that technology is everything. Mobile tech, wearable tech and now skincare tech! Neutrogena’s Light Therapy Acne Mask is my newest skincare obsession. It has blue and red lights that targets bacteria and reduces any inflammation. Match made in heaven!

Style Expert: Lex
Blog: That Chic Lex
Facial Must-Have: Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask
I don’t care what anyone says; face masks are the bomb. Although using one face mask isn’t going to cure your acne instantly, I think investing in a few different options and making it into a weekly habit can make a difference. My favorite is the Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask by Yes to Tomatoes. (Yes to Avocado face wipes are my all time favorite btw.) This mask is made to fight acne.

Style Expert: Natalie
Blog: Natalie in the City
Facial Must-Have: L’Oreal Pure-Clay Mask, Detox & Brighten
I’m also always looking for ways to brighten and detoxify my skin from the makeup I wear every day. On Fridays, I use the L’Oreal Detox & Brighten Clay Mask ($7.99 at Meijer) to remove the stressful week and its toll on my skin. I love, love, love clay masks, but I especially love this one because it combines charcoal and three different kinds of pure clay to tighten my skin and remove pesky blackheads. I leave the mask on for 15 minutes before I go to bed, and then I rinse it off with warm water and moisturize.

Style Expert: Danielle
Blog: Lou What Wear
Facial Must-Have: Freeman Avocado & Oatmeal Clay Mask
To keep me refreshed all week, this Clay & Avocado mask has been placed prominently by my sink. On hand and ready to go when I have ten free minutes and need a little R&R. I love throwing these masks on when I’m picking up stuff around my house or putting away laundry. It’s an easy way to make a 10-minute chore into something a little bit better. Basically, anything to make to-do’s a little more manageable.

For more must-have fashion and beauty products, check out these 8 blogger-approved beauty picks for spring.

2 Easy (and Adorable!) Ways to Style Medium-Length Hair for Spring

As spring begins to peek around the corner, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up for a new year of style.

This week we’re welcoming Melissa from The Bee’s Knees to share two must-try ways to style medium-length hair, from an everyday look to a boho-inspired updo!

Styling a bob or “lob” (long bob) is super easy and fun – plus, it’s a great length for when spring or summertime rolls around. The temps get higher, your hair gets shorter! If you’re looking for a change, trying to cool off for the season, or are just a busy mom like me who likes low-maintenance style, you might want to try a bob or “lob” haircut.

My hair has grown out some (so I’m definitely in the “lob” stage), but don’t worry! The practical styles I’m sharing today work great with long OR short bobs. But before we get into my favorite medium-length looks, take a peek at my must-have styling products for spring:

Right now, I’m loving Revlon’s 1¼ inch barrel curling iron. It creates large, loose and luxurious curls that look perfectly laidback! If you need a little texture to achieve this beach-ready ‘do, L’Oreal Air Dry It Wave Swept Spray is great for hot summer styling. I’ve also been using OGX Argan Oil of Morocco, Goody scallop-cut headbands and L’Oreal Lock It hairspray – we’ll need all of these tools for the styles below, so stay tuned. Also pictured above is my favorite hairbrush of all time – the Wet Brush! This amazing product is available at Meijer and works so well for fine OR coarse hair. No tugging or pulling involved!

Now that you know which products you need to succeed, here are my two easy, adorable styles for short hair.


This is my everyday, fool-proof, easy-breezy style. I love it because if you have semi-fine hair (like me) that grabs curl really well, sometimes the curls will last for days! That means less heat and less damage to the hair. I am a firm believer in dry shampoo, which I’ll talk about later, and that is my go-to for fresh hair in a pinch – always!

Step 1: First, you’ll want to start with freshly washed and blow-dried hair.

Step 2: Then, apply this OGX Argan Oil of Morocco (about a dime size) evenly over your strands.

Step 3: Use a Revlon 1¼ inch barrel curling iron to style your whole head, making sure the ringlets twist away from your face. If you’re not totally sure how to do this, the hair should curl over top of the iron, not underneath.

When you’re finished, the curls will appear fairly tight, but don’t brush them out until you’ve styled your entire head.

Step 4: Now, run your fingers through your hair to gently pull and loosen the curls.

Step 5: Mist a fine coat of hairspray all over your locks, then voila! You’re done! Big, beautiful, loose curls in a snap.



Alright, now let’s talk updos! This is one of my favorite ways to wear my hair up. It’s easy and has a little ‘bohemian’ flair to it. I picked up a cute pack of Goody headbands at Meijer and worked them into this style!

Step 1: First, you’ll want to start with hair that’s a few days dirty. I know that sounds weird, but really, it’s true. Any hairstylist will tell you that updos work far better on hair that’s got some day 3 or 4 texture to it.

If you really want to wear your hair up the first or second day after washing it, try using dry shampoo to add some texture to your hair. I love ‘Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo!’

Step 2: Next, add the headband and pull a chunk of your bangs forward. Make sure you get a big enough section!

Step 3: Pull your hair into a tight ponytail.

Step 4: Wrap your strands around the elastic so your pony becomes a bun, and then secure it with Goody bobby pins.

Step 5: Grab the front section of hair and start braiding it until you reach the end. Secure it temporarily with a ponytail holder if you need to, then go through the braid and grab at sections to loosen it a bit.

Step 6: Finally, remove the ponytail holder from your bangs (if you used one), then take the braid and wrap it up and around the back of your bun. Secure it into the base of the style with more Goody bobby pins, then finish with some L’Oreal Lock It hairspray.

That’s it! Short hair-styling is so fun and easy! I hope you’ll give these looks a try sometime.

Melissa is the fashionista behind The Bee’s Knees, a fashion and lifestyle blog discussing her style, travels, recipes, beauty tips and more. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

8 Blogger-Approved Beauty Picks for Spring

With warmer weather finally tiptoeing up on us — and spring-cleaning goals fast approaching — it only makes sense to begin cleaning out your beauty drawer. This year, clear last season’s beauty supplies and restock with the newest, most luxurious – and affordable! – hair and makeup products. Read on for the beauty must-haves our favorite bloggers can’t stop talking about this spring.

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Style Expert: Grace
Blog: Color and Grace
Beauty Must-Have: L’Oreal® Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray

My day job is a teacher and my schedule is different every day. I rarely have time to do any touch-up after lunch. Before I used this product, my face was already quite oily by 1 p.m. and by the time I left work, my face seriously felt like a piece of oily pizza. After using this, I was so happy to notice that my makeup can literally last from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Style Expert: Britney
Blog: Starry Eyed Blonde
Beauty Must-Haves: L’Oreal® Pure-Clay Masks Detox & Brighten and Exfoliate & Refine Pores

There’s something about slathering on a clay face mask at night that feels relaxing. It was like mini-spa sessions in my bathroom during the week. The box recommends using about three times each week. What I did was put on my face mask, then wait 10-15 minutes before hopping in the shower to rinse everything away.

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Style Expert: Kelly
Blog: A Thing of Beauty
Beauty Must-Have: L’Oreal® Air Dry It Wave Swept Spray

While my hair is still a little damp, I use a few spritzes of the L’Oreal Air Dry It Wave Swept Spray – I use this like a texturizing spray before I style it. My favorite tip is to lift up the crown section of my hair and spray a few spritzes right at the root and let it dry for a little extra volume while I’m using a hot hair tool.


Style Expert: Amanda
Blog: Girl About Columbus
Beauty Must-Have: Dove Dermacare Scalp Dandruff Shampoo and Shower Foam

I’ve been such a Dove fan lately! I love the foam and the pump on the shower foam. I use their Beauty Bar too because the smell is reminiscent of my grandmother’s bathroom. I’ve also finally found a fresh, feminine, and effective alternative to Head & Shoulders with Dove Dandruff Shampoo. I use this shampoo every other wash and I love the way it smells.

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Style Expert: Katy
Blog: Detroit Debutante
Beauty Must-Have: Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion Sunscreen, Weightless, SPF 30

I loved this. Living on a lake and being outside all summer, I’m always buying and testing different sunscreens. We go through So. Much. Sunscreen. This wasn’t heavy at all, plus it had a very pleasant smell!


Style Expert: Lauren
Blog: Mrs. Weber’s Neighborhood
Beauty Must-Haves: Colgate Optic White products

As a wine and coffee drinker, I feel like my teeth often look stained, even though I am a stickler for brushing and flossing. I’m digging the new Colgate toothbrush with a whitener pen built right in. It’s easy to apply and it’s mess-free since you can just apply it and go. Perfect for this busy mama!

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Style Expert: Erin
Blog: Planning for Paris
Beauty Must-Haves: L’Oreal® Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo and Clay Mask

Ok, for real, I tried the clay mask on my hair (remember that I only wash my hair a couple of times a week) and it made my hair feel like butter.  Cuts through the oil and takes five minutes before you shower.  Then, throughout the week, I’ve been using the dry shampoo which is a total lifesaver.  I keep dry oil and dry shampoo in every single room/bag/space of my life.


Style Expert: Ann Marie
Blog: Nski Beauty
Beauty Must-Have: Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Wipes

To start my evening routine, I like to wipe off the day’s dirt and grime with Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Wipes. They get all the dirt and grossness from the day off, smell great and don’t leave my skin feeling slimey or dry. Plus how cool is it that they are jet black?!


Style Expert: Sam
Blog: Samantha Elizabeth
Beauty Must-Haves: Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Highlighter + Contour PaletteL’Oreal Infallible PaintsL’Oreal Infallible Pro Color Foundation

I’ve been using this palette to provide the finishing touches to my makeup routine. It provides that extra boost to a finished look! This lip color is perfect for spring! The color in the photos is “Spicy Blush” and it’s fantastic! I highly recommend it. And what I love about this foundation is that you can build it up and it lasts all day. If I want a minimal spring look, I’ll dab this the foundation under my eyes and along my t-zone and blend outwards. Do my eye makeup and then add the finishing touches with the other two items above.


Style Experts: Marcia & Lisa
Blog: Beauty Info Zone
Beauty Must-Haves: Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies and Complete Protein & Vitamin Shake Mix

Be very careful with health items like vitamins and shake mixes. When they expire, they don’t do your body any good at all. Toss all your old stuff and consider Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies and Complete Protein & Vitamin Shake Mix. The gummies are a total candy treat so you won’t forget them… and you will end up with strong, shiny hair, glowy skin, and super strong nails. (Remember eating gelatin like crazy to get strong nails??  Now you can just eat gummies!) The Complete Protein Shake is really delicious, and I love that it has flaxseed and is low in sugar.

For more must-have fashion and beauty products, check out all the essentials you need to pick up before packing for this year’s spring vacation!

Spring Break’s Must-Have Fashion and Beauty Essentials

As spring begins to peek around the corner, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up for a new year of style.

This week, we’re welcoming Nicole from Class to Closet to share her must-have products and styles for the perfect spring break vacation.

It’s that time of year again! Spring break is a glorious week that allows us to escape to a tropical destination (and save ourselves from the frigid temps of home). I don’t know about you, but I live in Ohio and it gets very cold here in the winter. Every year, I look forward to taking a trip and getting away from the chill, so today I’m sharing my travel essentials that make for a carefree spring break – without breaking the bank!

spring break luggage

The first go-to is my favorite sun protection combo: a high-quality sunscreen + dry oil. I’ll use the sunscreen on the places where I tend to burn, like my face and chest, but will apply the dry oil on the rest of my body to prep for a tan.

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I love Hawaiian Tropic Island Sport sunscreen because it stays on, even if I’m sweating or decide to get into the water! As far as oils go, Banana Boat Dry Oil with SPF 8 has amazing multitasking capabilities – with infused argan oil, it both moisturizes and tans.

bikini and swimsuit cover

My next essentials are a super cute swimsuit cover-up and an adorable printed bikini. I found this Wave Zone tunic at Meijer and fell in love! First off, the color is on point – a solid teal will accentuate your tan, plus it matches any (and every) shade of swimsuit. Second, it has the most beautiful crochet detailing, which makes it stand out from other simple styles. Finally, I absolutely fell in love with the neckline – it’s super flattering. I can’t wait to sport this cover-up at the beach!

When it’s time to take off the cover-up and soak up some sun, I’ll be rocking this Inmocean bikini. The high neckline is super trendy, and the floral print is perfect for a spring vacation.

When the day is done, I can transition my beachy outfit from day to night with a pair of chunky, cut-out Massini sandals. The block heel is my favorite shoe trend for spring, and I love that they go with my bikini AND a classy dinner outfit. These sandals are a staple transition piece this season!

summer skin and hair products

As far as beach beauty, I absolutely have to have a sea salt spray and the perfect shade of nail polish. Who doesn’t love the loose waves they get from being in the ocean? I love spraying Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Spray in my hair before going out to dinner, in order to really bring out my natural waves. As far as nail style, Essie’s “Bahama Momma” is the perfect fuchsia color to bring out your new-found tan!

While I’m lying out on the beach, my personal favorite thing to do is read. Before I leave for a trip, I love picking up a summer-inspired book to bring along. This year I picked up “The Vacationers” by Emma Straub and cannot wait to read it!

summer active wear

When it comes to the actual traveling portion of your spring break trip, a cozy-yet-chic outfit is the way to go. This RBX oversized grey sweatshirt is incredibly comfortable, but I still feel put together while wearing it out and about. I think the plain grey top goes super well with these RBX printed army green leggings, which are totally on trend and beautifully feminine.

To complete the casual outfit, oversized Massini sunglasses pull everything together, while also covering up my makeup-less face. And the frame is perfect for transitioning from airport to beach!

spring break makeup bag

As soon as I land in my dream destination, I always refresh my skin and makeup to start the trip off on the right foot. At Meijer, I picked up this super cute London Soho New York makeup bag to hold all my touch-up essentials.  After spending hours in the sky, my skin needs some TLC right when I arrive. I like to pop on a Freeman face mask to truly freshen up my skin, as it cleanses and hydrates at the same time!

Speaking of freshening up, I also always keep a safety stick of deodorant in my bag for quick application. Secret deodorant in Summerberry is a perfectly fresh scent for spring break!

To finish up my refreshed look, I always carry a girl’s best friends: quality mascara and a summer lip color. This Maybelline mascara is one of my favorites because it’s easy to apply and doesn’t get clumpy. Finally, this NYX lip butter gloss in Peaches and Cream – a beautiful hot pink – is the perfect way to finish up my look, while keeping my lips looking lovely and moisturized all day!

spring break beauty routine

What are your must-have items when packing for the perfect spring break vacation?

Nicole is the fashionista behind Class to Closet, a blog about a college student navigating life and style. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

How to Boost Your Mood with Aromatherapy

As winter’s chill sets in, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From style tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up for winter weather.

This week, we’re welcoming Jess of The Golden Girl to share the basics of using Aromatherapy – from the must-have oils to the multitude of different uses – in order to brighten up your winter moods.

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As we near the last few days of January, real life is starting to kick back into full gear. The holidays are feeling like distant memory, yet [unfortunately] the concept of summer is feeling even further from our grasp!

Truth: the dead of winter is the hardest time of the year for anyone to get through! It’s cold, it’s dreary, and sometimes we go through week-long stretches without seeing the sun. The struggle is real.

Recently though, I stumbled upon something that’s really helped pick me up when I’m feeling all “wintery” and down: Aromatherapy.

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I previously had no experience with aromatherapy and had associated the term with a treatment you add on to your massage when visiting the spa. But then I stumbled upon an aromatherapy and essential oils article online and was intrigued enough to try it out for myself.

Meijer happens to have a really great selection of both diffusers and essential oils, so I picked up a handful of items and couldn’t wait to get home to put them to the test!

Want to do the same to lift your winter blues? Keep reading for my Aromatherapy 101!

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What is Aromatherapy?

By definition, “Aromatherapy” is the use of natural essential oils to improve a person’s mood and overall health. The idea is that when smelling certain scents, chemicals are released in the brain that can make you feel relaxed, calm or mentally stimulated.

Aromatherapy has been proven useful for the management of stress, anxiety, insomnia and even headaches and body aches. It can be applied by mixing the oils with a “carrier oil”–like coconut or jojoba oil–which is applied to the skin or body, or with water–such as in a bath. Or, if you prefer, use them in a diffuser, which uses an evaporating method to disperse the oils into the air. An added bonus to this method is that it acts as an air purifier as well!

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Aromatherapy Diffuser:

Speaking of diffusers, this is one of the items I picked up on my trip to Meijer. You can also purchase several different diffuser canopies (AKA covers) separately, which is a fun way to switch up the look every so often. This mercury glass canopy was my favorite and matches my decor perfectly! The diffusers also double as lights, which are perfect to keep in the bathroom as a night light.

diffuser aromatherapy light

Essential oils:

Meijer has so many amazing scents to choose from! There are typically five categories that scents will fall under–Flowery, Citrus, Spicy, Woody and Herbal–and Meijer has quite a few options under each.

Bearing this in mind, I chose a variety of scents and oil types based on these categories, and what I was hoping to achieve with my aromatherapy:

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Lavender: Falls under the floral category, this is a calming scent that helps alleviate stress and promotes sleep. I like to put this in my diffuser to help me unwind and fall asleep after a long day. I also like to drop a few droplets in the bottom of the shower to make it a spa-like experience.

Tee Tree Oil: Known for boosting the immune system, tee tree oil has many cleansing benefits. It also helps treat muscle aches, so I love using a few drops in the bath. I also just love the way it smells in general!

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Frankincense: Another calming oil which, similar to lavender, is known for helping quiet the mind, settle restlessness and uplift your mood. This is helpful both at night before bed and anytime I need a little mood pick-me-up.

Eucalyptus: One of my favorite smells, Eucalyptus is really effective in improving breathing and clearing out sinuses. If you’re sick, this is definitely what you want to put into your diffuser! It’s also been known to help migraines and fevers. A natural antibacterial and antiseptic, you can also combine it with water to make your own natural disinfecting cleaning spray.

“Bodyguard” Blend: In addition to pure oils, Meijer also carries a variety of blends that are a combination of oils. I chose to go with the “bodyguard” blend. It makes me feel refreshed and alert, with lemon, juniper berry and rosemary. I like to use this during the day to help me focus and concentrate.

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Whether I’m looking to slow down, focus or perk up, I’ve found that using different oils based on my moods really helps to get me out of whatever winter funk I might be in!

Have you tried it yet? What are your favorite scents?

Jess is the fashionista behind The Golden Girl, a Chicago blog aimed at providing a daily dose of attainable life, style, beauty and décor. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

How to Add Bold Color to Your Beauty Routine

As winter’s chill sets in, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From style tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up for winter weather.

This week, we’re welcoming Andrea of blonde bedhead to help us beat winter’s drab palette with beauty routines in bold hues. Check out the three ways she uses trendy, mood shades to amp up her seasonal nail, lip and eye shadow styles.

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Winter’s grey and gloom makes it such a drab time of the year, but our beauty choices don’t have to follow suit. I live in Michigan, where our winters rank as the second most miserable in the country because of the intense cold and endless stretch of sunless, gloomy days.

It’s easy to become awash in this grey misery, but with my 30 years of winter experience, I know you can snap yourself out of that funk with some color. Read on for three tips to inject color into your winter beauty routine!

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Add a Moody Nail Color

I love a deep tone on my nails this time of the year. Instead of the usual black, I’ve found more interesting deep jewel tones like metallic blues, purple and even bright blue hues. I am obsessed with Revlon and essie nail polishes, both “drugstore” and luxury polishes available at Meijer. The color variety and application make it foolproof for someone like me who struggles to perfectly paint their nails. Or you can bring the color of your choice to your nail salon for a guaranteed perfect jewel-toned manicure.

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color beauty routine bold nails dark polish

Nail colors:
Revlon ColorStay Gel Nail Envy in Ace of Spades and All In (wearing All In!)
essie in Catch of the Day
Revlon Nail Enamel in Passionate

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Bright Pop of Lip Color

I can’t get enough of bright blue and purple lips right now. They pair so well with a barely-there makeup look, and let the lips shine on their own. I kept it simple with foundation to even out my skin tone, a bit of bronzer for contour and a swipe of mascara.

Because it’s winter and my lips are experiencing chronic dryness, I exfoliated first and added Aquaphor healing ointment to moisturize my intensely chapped lips. After a couple of minutes, I wiped off the excess.

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color beauty routine bold purple lip lipstick

Next, I lined my lips with a purple NYX lip liner and the NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Amethyst layered over top of it, although the application is easy enough that a lip liner isn’t absolutely necessary. I applied two coats to ensure an evenly distributed bold color across my lips and no need for any touch ups!

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Shimmery, Bold Eyes

A vampy lip and a shimmery, bold eyelid are the perfect combination to break out of the winter blues. I love this look for a night out and the drama of the eyes and lips play perfectly for a drink at the bar or out on a dinner date. This makeup look made me instantly feel bright-eyed and sexy if I dare say.

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I picked two L’Oreal shimmery eye shadows to achieve the smoky, dramatic eye, as well as NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Vintage because this formula is incredibly easy to apply, especially in rich tones that normally intimidate me. Why you ask? I don’t have a super steady hand and I need a formula that glides on, and the applicator lets me easily line my lips and fix any little mistakes I make.

Tip for making the color more intense and shimmery? Wet your brush first before applying.

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Eyeshadows used:
L’Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadow in Violet Beaute (violet colors work great for hazel/green eyes and loved the shimmery finish!)
L’Oreal Infallible 24 Hour Eyeshadow in Liquid Diamond. (The perfect loose eye shadow powder to add dimension to a dark, dramatic eye!)

Andrea Kerbuski is the fashionista behind blonde bedhead, a fashion and lifestyle blog featuring chic outfits, life’s inspirations and big hair. For more beauty and hairstyle tips, follow Andrea on InstagramPinterest and Twitter.

Make up for the shimmery bold eyes by Jessica Williamson
Photography by Maggie Vance and Merl Kinzie

Beat the Winter Skin and Hair Blues

As winter’s chill sets in, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From style tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up for winter weather.

This week, we’re welcoming Natalie of Natalie in the City to share her cold-weather hair and skin care regimen to keep her locks luscious and her skin glowing all winter long.


Winter takes its toll on everyone, but it may be affecting your skin and hair more than anything else. It doesn’t matter what skin type you were blessed with, freezing temps will dry out them all – and hair breakage is inevitable. So to prepare for the cold Chicago weather, I took a trip to Meijer to stock up on my beauty care must-haves.


I have combination/oily skin but, during winter, my skin is the furthest thing from oily, and blackheads become more evident on my entire face. To restore my natural oils and keep my pores clean, I add Garnier’s SkinActive Clean+ Blackhead Eliminating Scrub to my morning beauty routine two or three times a week. I massage it onto my face thoroughly then leave the invigorating scrub on for five minutes.



After rinsing the mask off, I apply Olay’s Complete All Day Moisturizer and SPF 15 for combination/oily skin. It’s critical that your winter beauty products contain SPF even if it’s gloomy outside. I also apply Olay’s Quench Ultra Moisture Body Lotion to my entire body twice a day to keep my skin moisturized and glowing.



When it comes to my hair, I have all the odds against me. My hair has made a transformation from dark brown to almost completely blonde in just one year; so keeping my hair moisturized during winter is a tough feat. I apply a Garnier Whole Blends avocado oil and shea butter mask to re-invigorate my strands three times a week in the evening. I get my hair wet before I shower and then I apply the mask generously, combing from root to tip until my hair is covered. Then I wrap my hair into a bun on top of my head and let the mask sit for 30 minutes.



After rinsing out the mask in the shower, I apply Whole Blends coconut oil and cocoa butter smoothing serum to fight frizz and nourish my hair.


With these hair and skincare products from Meijer up my sleeve, winter will not be getting the best of my beauty routine!


Natalie is the fashionista behind Natalie in the City, a fun lifestyle blog full of her adventures in plus size fashion, city life and beauty tips. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

The 3 Best Makeup Tutorials for All of Your Holiday Soirées

As winter’s chill sets in, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From style tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up for winter weather.

This week, we’re welcoming Tawny of Glamorously Mommy to share three essential makeup looks to try this holiday season, no matter how casual or elegant the event!

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During the holiday season there are so many things to get excited about, such as giving gifts and the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping. But nothing – I mean NOTHING – gets me more excited than a holiday party!  As a lady who loves a good glam makeup session, I understand not everyone is up for all the glitz and glitter like me, so I’m going to show you three holiday makeup looks you can take from a daytime office holiday party to a nighttime black tie event.

For these looks, I wanted to create a basic foundation for the face, and an eye look that I could build upon.  So good news!  All of these looks were created with ONE eye shadow palette. I know that not everyone has more than one eye shadow palette so it was important that I didn’t use too many products.  Of course, all of these amazing products can be found at your local Meijer.

Maybelline Master Prime Blur + Illuminate primer

In the first look, I kept it simple.  I started by prepping my skin with the Maybelline Master Prime Blur + Illuminate primer for hydrated, illuminated, healthy-looking skin.

Maybelline DreamLUMI Touch concealer in Honey

After applying foundation, color correct with Maybelline DreamLUMI Touch concealer in Honey.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Cashmere

I started this simple eye look by applying the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Cashmere all over the lid.

NYX Dream Catcher Palette

Next, I blend out the hard lines, using the light bronze eye shadow from the NYX Dream Catcher Palette for some dimension.  Then, I used my favorite mascara Loreal Voluminous Carbon Black.

NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu

To finish off the look I popped on a bright pink lip liner from NXY in the color pinky.  For a bit of shine, simply add NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu.

The next look is just a bit more elevated.  I already had the basic eye look down, so I really didn’t have to do a lot to bump up the drama just a bit.

NYX Dream Catcher Palette in Dusk til Dawn

Using the NYX Dream Catcher Palette in Dusk til Dawn, I placed shade #6 in the outer corner of the eye for more of a smoky look.

NYX Two Timer Kohl Pencil

Liner is the key to defining any eye look and adding lots of drama. I used the NYX Two Timer Kohl Pencil to line the top lash line.  This eyeliner is really cool because it has two sides: one with a kohl liner great for smoking out any eye look, and one felt tip liner for a more precise application. Next, I popped on a bit of blush and highlighter for color.

NYX Intense Butter Gloss

Adding a bold lip is the perfect way to turn a simple look into a head-turning one.  I used a berry lip liner and added this NYX Intense Butter Gloss in toasted marshmallow for a bold berry lip that’s sure to get you noticed at any holiday party.

finished look two bold lip and eye makeup

This next look is for your fancy parties… or if you’re just a “fancy pants” like me.  Hey, there is nothing wrong with having a little formal in your life, right?

smoky eye holiday makeup

For this look, I wanted it to be something that wasn’t too over-the-top glitzy. Start by creating a deeper crease using the black eye shadow in the palette (shown above), darkening the outer crease of the eye and the lower lash line.  This will give the effect of a more defined, smoky look.  Using a small definer brush, lightly apply a small amount of black to the outer corner, blending it very lightly.

NYX Two Timeron

Next, use the NYX Two Timeron felt tip side to create winged eyeliner on the outer corner of the eye.

KISS #11 makeup eyelashes

Ladies, lashes are where it’s at!  You can add a pair of eyelashes to elevate any eye look, but especially a smoky eye.  I used the KISS #11 lashes for this look.

Milani High Voltage red lipstick

After that, I used Milani High Voltage red lipstick to jazz up the look!

holiday makeup look three

Well… There you have it! Three simple holiday looks perfect for any occasion this season.  Which was your favorite?

Tawny is the fashionista behind Glamorously Mommy, a style, fashion and beauty blog inspiring women to keep the glamour in mommyhood. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

5 Ways to Relax During the Holiday Season


Between family get-togethers, shopping for gifts and maintaining your daily routine, we all know that the holiday season isn’t completely stress-free. While it’s always important to make time for yourself to relax and unwind, it’s especially crucial to do so during this busy time of year. So if you’re in need of a little TLC, here are a few easy (and affordable!) ways to de-stress this season.


1. Swap your usual body wash + lotion combo for a nature-inspired scent, like Bodycology’s cherry blossom or Calgon’s Hawaiian ginger. The aromas are understated, yet crisp and fresh, so you’ll feel totally reinvigorated when you step out of the shower.


2. Take a long, warm bath before you hit the hay, adding lavender-scented Epsom salt for an extra-soothing effect. Use a body scrub to exfoliate your skin while you soak, then apply Dr. Teal’s lavender body lotion after you towel off to keep your skin hydrated. If your skin is scorched from the brisk winter air, apply body oil instead of lotion – it’s a more concentrated form of hydration to soothe extra dry skin.


3. Give yourself a DIY facial. Prep your skin with your usual cleanser before applying a brightening clay mask. Try the Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Treatment Mask from L’Oréal to revive dull skin, or opt for an exfoliating charcoal mask to remove dead skin cells. Let the mask sit for 10-15 minutes, and then remove it with warm water using circular motions. Finish with a fragrance-free face moisturizer, and you’ll look like you have your holiday list handled.


4. If your hair appears dry and brittle from the cold, use a mask like Garnier Whole Blends to revitalize your strands. After washing your hair with your go-to shampoo, apply a generous amount of the treatment to your locks. Make sure you cover your hair from root to end, then let the mask work its magic by leaving it on for three minutes. The rich repairing treatment strengthens hair and helps prevent split ends and breakage, making it even easier to style for those upcoming holiday parties.


5. Finally, light a few candles, get lost in your favorite book and treat yourself to some dark chocolate and a warm cup of herbal tea. The hot drink will be a welcome break from the brisk, chilly air, and the candle’s sounds and aromas will soothe your stress away.

With these simple tips, it’s never been easier to stay relaxed throughout the holiday season!

This Fall’s Top Beauty Trend to Try

Last month, we teamed up with CoverGirl to show you the must-have makeup trends that you need to try this fall. One of our personal favorites was a bold lip and eye duo, so we’re diving deeper with a full beauty tutorial on the trend. Modeled by Alexis of That Chic Lex, here’s exactly how to replicate the edgy mod-goth look.


1. Begin by applying your foundation as usual.


2. Spread shimmery neutral shadow onto both eyelids, using a slightly darker shade on the outer edges. Don’t forget to blend!


3. With your favorite black or dark brown eyeliner, line the inner half of your upper eyelid using short, hair-like strokes. Then, create a small wing on the outer corner. Finally, connect the lines in the middle to form one long stroke.

4. Line underneath your eye as usual; then use a cotton swab to carefully smudge your liner (creating a soft, smoky appearance).


5. Apply black, volumizing mascara like CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion, wiggling the brush back and forth to avoid creating clumps.


6. Next, line and fill in your lips using black or brown lip liner. Make sure it coordinates with your skin tone! Our go-to shade is 230 CoverGirl Lip Perfection “Radiant.”

7. Complete this modern look with a dark red lipstick that features hints of brown or black (we recommend CoverGirl 315 Euphoria). Rather than applying it directly from the tube, apply with a small makeup brush to avoid smearing the lipstick and liner together.


8. Dust a bit of powder across your face for long-lasting hold.


Perfection! Now it’s time to flaunt your new favorite fall makeup look everywhere this season, from apple orchards to Instagram-worthy picnics.


Looking for hair inspiration to go along with your makeup? Here are 6 trendy ‘dos that are perfect for fall.

Fall Hair Trend to Try: The Introverted Fishtail Braid

As summer was coming to a close this year, we teamed up with Pantene to get all of the deets on this fall’s hottest hair trends. We saw beachy low buns, an upgraded ponytail and trendy new ways to wear traditional braids, but we just can’t get enough of this fresh take on introverted fishtail. Check out this in-depth tutorial (modeled by the lovely Nina from The HSS Feed) and we know you’ll love it as much as we do!


1. Begin by parting your hair to one side. Then, grab a 2” section of strands at your hairline and separate into two pieces.


2. Take a small, half-inch piece from the right section of hair, pulling underneath and over the left section. Repeat on the opposite side.


3. Continue twisting down toward the nape of your neck, keeping the braid close to your hairline.


4. As the braid moves down past your ear, pull hair into it from the opposite side of your head to ensure that all of your strands are included in the style.


5. Once your locks have all been pulled into the braid, continue your fishtail until you’re 3” away from the end of your strands.


6. Secure with a clear plastic ponytail, then loosen the braid by tugging at the sides (starting from the bottom and working your way up).


7. Mist with hairspray to hold in place.

Now that you’re full of fall hair inspiration, check out these three essential fall makeup trends to try.

3 Essential Fall Makeup Trends to Try

Your wardrobe shouldn’t be the only thing changing with the seasons. Fall is the perfect time to transition your beauty routine with new products and even fresher looks. While the “no makeup” makeup trend never goes out of style, it’s time to experiment with looks that are a little bolder. If you’re as ready as we are to spice up your beauty regimen, here are three essential fall makeup trends we can’t wait to try.

Look One: The Blackout
A sultry evening look that pairs perfectly with neutral shadows. Modeled by Candace of Live, Love and Read.

sultry evening makeup

Great for a day with your girls or a night on the town, this smoldering look is both simple and stylish.

1. To begin creating this look, prep your face with your favorite liquid foundation and eye shadow.

2. Using short, hair-like strokes, line the inner half of your upper eyelid before creating a small wing on the outer corner. Then, connect the lines in the middle to form one long stroke.

3. Line underneath your eye as usual, and use a cotton swab to carefully smudge your liner (creating a soft, smoky appearance).

4. Apply black, volumizing mascara to your lashes (we recommend Covergirl LashBlast Fusion), wiggling the brush back and forth to avoid clumps.

5. Finish the look with a bold lip in your favorite shade.

Look Two: Mod-Goth
A bold look that pairs a dark lip with an edgy cat eye. Modeled by Alexis of That Chic Lex.

mod-goth makeup

Looking for a fresh spin on the traditional bold eye and lip? This dark duo is the edgy update you need.

1. Begin by applying your foundation as usual.

2. Spread shimmery neutral shadow onto both eyelids, using a slightly darker shade on the outer edges. Don’t forget to blend!

3. Complete your smoky eye using the blackout eyeliner tutorial above.

4. Next, line and fill in your lips using black or brown lip liner, depending on your skin tone. We recommend 230 Covergirl Lip Perfection “Radiant” for your go-to shade.

5. Complete the mod-goth look with a dark red-brown or red-black shade lipstick (we love Covergirl 315 Euphoria). Apply over the liner using a small makeup brush – instead of directly from the tube – to avoid smearing the liner and lipstick together.

Look Three: Glitter Bomb
For a fun daytime style, look no further than a sun-catching shimmery shadow. Modeled by Andrea of Blonde Bedhead.

glitter ombre eyeshadow

If sparkle is more your style, this playful eye with an ombre of color is the perfect look for you.

1. Prep your canvas with your usual foundation. Choose an eyeshadow kit with hints of glitter, like Covergirl’s Eye Enhancers in multiple shades.

2. As a base, brush the lightest, neutral shade across your lid, stopping just above the crease.

3. Select a slightly darker shadow to apply into your crease. Blend the colors well with the tip of your makeup brush.

4. Use the darkest shade on the palette as a soft liner for your upper lid – charcoal black is best if you have it!

5. Finish the look with a natural, rose lip to truly show off your sparkling eyes.

Now that your makeup is totally good to go, get fall beauty inspiration for your lovely locks!

6 Trendy Hairstyles to Try this Season

One of the best things about fall is changing up your wardrobe, so why not switch up your hairstyles as well? These six trendy ‘dos are perfect for any occasion – and you can create each of them in five simple steps. From beachy low buns to waterfall braids, here are our favorite hair looks we’ll be rocking this season:


Knotty & Nice

1. To prep your locks for this romantic updo, mist your brush with a light layer of hairspray. Then, run it through your hair from mid-strand to end.

2. Mist a bit of hairspray into the air above your head, letting it fall onto your roots instead of applying it directly.

3. Braid the hair on one side of your head down to the nape of your neck, then tug on each side of the braid to loosen the strands.

4. Twist the braid up into a low bun and pin.

5. For long-lasting hold, finish this look with extra strength hairspray.


Upgraded Ponytail

1. The base of this look is all-over texture, so begin by curling your hair with a 1” flat iron. Be sure to curl in all different directions in order to achieve a perfectly messy ‘do.

2. Grab a thick section of hair on the right side of your head, twisting and pulling it toward your scalp on the other side.

3. Use a bobby pin to hold the strand in place, then mist with texturing spray to secure.

4. Repeat steps two and three on the left, then again from either side, moving lower as you go. If you discover shorter strands won’t make a full loop, pin underneath near the nape of your neck.

5. Wrap the final twist under and back to where you started, forming a loop around your hair (just like a ponytail). Finally, curl a few pieces left out in front and hairspray.


Waterfall Braids

1. Prep your strands for this style by straightening all but your top layer of hair.

2. Grab the bangs on one side of your head, separating the section into three equal parts.

3. Begin a normal French braid, gradually moving toward the back of your head.

4. When you’ve braided your hair just past your ear, begin using the “waterfall” technique. Instead of crossing the top strand over the middle, let it drop so that it falls straight. Pick up a section of hair directly behind the strand, using it in place of the original piece.

5. Repeat step four until you’ve reached the other side. Then, finish the look with a regular braid down the back.


Braid-y Lady

1. On one side of your head, separate the front section of hair into two equal pieces.

2. Pull the right section of hair over the left. Then, add a few strands to the new section on the right. Pull this section over the left again and repeat – this will create a loose, beachy twist.

3. Repeat steps one and two on the other side of your head, twisting your hair in the opposite direction. Tie both braids with clear, elastic rubber bands.

4. Twist both braids together counter-clockwise, creating a crown-like half pony.

5. Secure the style with extra hold hairspray.


Swept Away

1. To achieve the beachy base of this look, use a 1” flat iron to create loose curls.

2. Add volume by misting texture spray onto your roots, then backcombing your strands from the bottom, up.

3. Pull your hair back into a loose ponytail, using a clear elastic to secure the style.

4. Tie your ponytail in a knot, then twist like a cinnamon roll.

5. Use bobby pins to hold the hair in place, creating a messy (but put-together) bun.


Introverted Fishtail

1. Begin by parting your hair to one side. Then, grab a 2” section of strands at your hairline and separate into two pieces.

2. Take a small, half inch piece from the right section of hair, pulling underneath and over the left section. Repeat on the left side.

3. Continue twisting down toward the nape of your neck, pulling hair into the braid from the opposite side of your head.

4. Stop braiding hair 3” from the end, securing with a clear elastic ponytail.

5. Loosen the braid by tugging at the sides, starting from the bottom of the style. Mist with hairspray to hold in place.

Now that you’re full of fall hair inspiration, check out three tops to buy now and wear through autumn.

4 Easy Facials That Are Sure to Give Your Summer Skin Some TLC

As another summer comes to a close, there’s no better time to reboot and refresh – and we’re not just talking about your wardrobe. Help your skin bounce back from a-few-too-many sunny afternoons with easy, at-home facial treatments that are sure to give your complexion a much-needed boost of moisture. Here are our four favorites that will have you winter-ready in no time.



This DIY facial is easy to customize, making it the perfect option for combination skin. Apply Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mask to your naturally oily T-zone, then Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Treatment Mask to the apples of your cheeks. The charcoal mask will treat and prevent breakouts, while the hydrating mask will leave dry skin soft and supple.


Double Duty

If your skin needs a break from excess oil, opt for Garnier Skin Active Clean + Pore Purifying 2-in-1 Clay Mask. The clay can be used as a cleanser or to detox – it’s all up to you, based on how long you wait to rinse.


Cool Hydration

To remove flaky skin without drying the rest out, use a cool, hydrating mask like Freeman Cucumber Peel-Off Mask. It will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth – plus, it smells and feels great, too!


All-Over Luxury

For the ultimate at-home spa experience, try L’Oreal Pure Clay Mask Purify & Mattify Treatment Mask. The eucalyptus formula unclogs your pores in minutes, while purifying and mattifying your skin like a pro.

Now that your skin is prepped and ready to go, check out the best three fall eye makeup trends to try.

How to Start and Keep a Healthy Nightly Routine

As fall transitions us to cooler months, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear this season’s hottest trends. From style tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up for fall weather.

This week, we’re welcoming Tieka from Selective Potential to share her favorite products and style to keep your healthy, nightly routine on track throughout the fall season.

Lately I’ve been working on my nightly routine, so I can sleep better and wake up energized each morning. It’s so helpful to have a go-to process, and I always love reading about other people’s routines as well. I’m definitely a night owl, but I’ve been trying to become more of an early bird. I work full-time during the day, so I have to be up around 7:30 in the morning in order to get to work on time. Here’s what my nightly routine looks like lately:


10:00 p.m. Nightly Routine Reminder


I have a notification set at 10 p.m. to start my skincare routine. Sometimes I’m caught up in a TV show or browsing the web and don’t realize the time, so this has been a super helpful reminder to start getting ready for bed.



If I’m not already in pajamas (which I usually am as soon as I get home), I change into some. I love a comfy set of PJs! Especially as summer winds down, I love to sleep in layers. A pair of cozy pants, a long-sleeve top, a comfortable bralette and some warm fuzzy socks are my perfect sleep combination.


10:15 p.m. Skincare Routine



I head into the bathroom to start my nightly skincare routine. I’m not always perfect, but I do make sure I always remove my makeup. I just recently picked up these Formula 10.0.6 Wipe Your Face Off cloth makeup removers from Meijer. They smell so good! The pink grapefruit and apple combination is a nice refreshing scent. I also love Neutrogena’s Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes, which are my usual go-to. But it was nice to switch it up!



After removing my makeup, I wash my face with a mild daily cleanser. I decided to try Formula 10.0.6’s Daily Foaming Cleanser from Meijer in Passionfruit & Green Tea, which also smelled amazing. In addition, I typically apply a light moisturizer and under-eye cream.


On nights where I feel my skin needs an extra pick-me-up, I do a mask as well. This Formula 10.0.6 Mud Mask was so refreshing! It tingles for a little bit but goes away, and it wipes off very smooth. The orange and bergamot scents were also so uplifting.


As soon as my skincare routine is done, I brush and floss my teeth, take out my contacts and put on my glasses for the evening. Toothpaste, floss and contact solution all come from Meijer, too. One-stop-shop, right?


10:30 p.m. Head for Bed


After my skincare routine, I always grab a water bottle to keep by my bedside. I let Winny outside to go potty, and grab her a Milkbone treat every night before bed (her favorite). I turn off all the apartment lights, turn on the porch light, switch on the A/C and cozy up into bed. I also love to light a candle before falling asleep.


My goal is to fall asleep by 11:30 p.m., so I can get a full 7-8 hours of sleep each night. This means I have an hour in bed, which is ideal. Usually during this time, I love to scroll through my phone and catch up on Instagram and Snapchat.


I also love to read before bed. I love picking up new magazines from Meijer as I’m in the checkout lane and browsing the book section, so I have new stuff to read all the time. Currently, I’m reading Emily Giffin’s “First Comes Love.”


By 11:30 p.m., I usually turn the lights off, spray a little bit of lavender spray mist on our pillows, and try to sleep!


7:30 a.m. Wake up



I try to wake up each morning around 7:30 a.m., but I’m definitely a snooze-button gal. Any tips for me there? Each morning I roll out of bed, let Winny outside and grab a cup of coffee which has been pre-brewed in my coffee maker. Best scent to wake up to, right? If I have a little time, I’ll relax, make my bed and sit down to enjoy my coffee. If not, I’ll quickly get dressed and do my makeup routine before heading out the door!

What’s your nightly routine like? Do you morning people have any secrets to share? What’s your favorite product?

Tieka is the fashionista behind Selective Potential, a blog full of lovely tips for fashion, beauty and lifestyle. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.