Beachy Waves Tutorial + Review Ft. Irresistible Me Sapphire Wand

As y'all may have known, I cut my hair to get rid of most of the old ombre and dyed it dark brown using a box dye. I'm still getting used to the length, although I know it's not super short. It's grown out since I got it cut so it's not as wispy at the ends as I complained in this post.

I really love a good beachy waves hairstyle. Irresistible Me approached me a couple months ago and offered me the Sapphire 8 in 1 Wand to try out and review at my discretion. I seriously LOVE this curling wand, it's my favorite wand in my stash. I know you're probably wondering what makes this wand any better than others on the market. As far as the results of the wand, I didn't notice any difference between this wand and the NuMe Lustrum wand I used in a previous video.


Gunmetal Blues Makeup Tutorial

After editing this video, I got a little sad seeing my longer, ombre hair :( 

Back in December I was able to pick up the Smashbox On The Rocks Palette at Nordstrom for only $18! I couldn't pass up this deal. I love deep, jewel toned shades. Once I saw the gunmetal & sapphire shadows in the palette, I knew I had to try them out together. I especially love blue eyeshadow because they make my brown eyes pop. This is such an easy way to transition into wearing colorful eyeshadow.... pop that baby on your lower lashline!

Products Used:


How to Build a Work Wardrobe - Business Casual Essentials

I have gotten a couple of requests to share my thoughts on essential career/corporate/business casual pieces or how to build a work wardrobe. I know, coming straight out of college & maybe not having a mentor who knows the essentials can be daunting... but that's why I'm here :)

Today I'm sharing key pieces to buy to start building your work/corporate/business casual wardrobe as well as tips & things to keep in mind while shopping. Also, I'm going to get a little TMI and talk about the undergarments including a shaping thong that helps keep blouses tucked in. And yes.... I explain how to keep your blouse tucked into your skirt in GRAPHIC detail (well not too graphic). I hope I was able to help someone out in this girl talk video!

First off, let's talk makeup. I really liked the makeup I wore while filming... the bright eye, flirty lashes & subtle lip made me feel like warmer weather is just around the corner. I surely hope warm weather is here to stay in Dallas. I used to think I liked cold weather but, let's be honest, I don't at all. I'm ready for some heat!!!!

The Makeup
Blush: MAC Dollymix
Contour & Highlight: Anastasia Contour Kit


Golden Everyday Makeup Tutorial (Work Appropriate)

I have been using my Anastasia Contour Kit as base colors in my eye makeup. I only use a couple of the powder for contouring/highlighting my face & was on the brink of returning it. I think I'll keep it but probably won't end up repurchasing.

Since filming this tutorial, I have returned the Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel. I purchased it right before my no spend period all due to the hype. The fragrance in this product was so overwhelming & clung to my face all day. I think it gave me a nice bronzed finish but it's not cheap so back it went.

I have been loving this makeup for an everyday work look. I feel put together and bright eyed. Plus, it's quick & easy, just what I like. I can't even express how easy an everyday makeup look is with long lashes!!! Love my Revitalash! I need to do an update for y'all though soon. I have this huge gap in my lashes BUT I'm not overly concerned. If you watched my review video, it happens but they always grow back.

Products Used:
Brows: Vincent Longo Bi-Brow Powder in Brunette
Brow bone: Anastasia Contour Kit in Sand
Crease & lower lash line: Anastasia Contour Kit in Java
Lid: Smashbox On The Rocks Palette in Nutmeg
Highlight inner corners: LORAC Pocket Pro Palette in Nude
Mascara primer: Shisiedo Mascara Base (applied off camera)
Mascara: LORAC Pro Mascara (applied off camera)
Under eye powder: Anastasia Contour Kit in Banana
Blush: Cargo in Coral 
Highlight: Anastasia Contour Kit in Vanilla
Lipstick: MAC Verve


Venting: I Hate My Hair

You ever get one of those days when you feel super negative about yourself? Over the weekend I had one of those days.

I finished working a little early & was determined to get a couple of videos recorded.

I recently cut my hair to get rid of my old ombre. I never noticed how damaged my hair was until I did. I went to my normal hair stylist & I really feel like she was trying to get me to pay an extra $60 to dye my hair back to my natural color. I don't know, I feel like I'm super stingy with where my money goes these days. I guess being all grown up & having bills & taking care of family takes precedence over being more frivolous with my money. Anyways, I didn't want to pay that much just to go back to my natural color. HELLO, I can get box dye for like $10 at the store & do it myself. So anyways, she kept making comments about "the hairstyle would look good if your hair wasn't this color". In actuality, once I got home I felt like the ends were WAY too thinned out & wispy looking. The bangs I wanted look awful. I hate it.

I dyed my hair using box dye & silly me, I kept the color on my entire head the same amount of time, roots to tip. My tips were really light from the ombre so by the time I washed it all out, my ends were like so dark, like black instead of dark brown. It's washed out over the past few weeks.

In any case, I was trying out a curling wand & I don't know if it's the barrel size I used or that my tips are crazy dry, it turned out a hot mess. I then tried to do another video with the hairstyle & looking back at the footage 1) my hair looked like shit & 2) my lighting was all bad.

So basically I felt super insecure about myself & it showed through on my video. The whole point of me doing my blog & YouTube is for fun. So as long as it's still fun, I'll keep doing it.

This has been my philosophy since day one in blogging & YouTubing (I guess I should start saying vlogging). I took breaks from my blog & YouTube when it became more of a hassle than fun. This is my hobby, the thing I like to do on my free time so why screw around with it if it feels more like a job?

I was just SO frustrated that I wasted a few hours of my time and have nothing to show for it. Ugh I'm being so negative about it. But just being honest. I'm sure I'll bounce back, just some dumb shit I'm dealing with in general that I don't feel like writing about so my hair being a hot mess is so low on my list... it's just the only thing I feel like sharing haha. Why can't life be a little easier like when I used to complain about school?!?

Ok enough of my negativeness... just needed to vent. I'll be posting one of my stockpiled videos sometime this week. After this one, I'll only have one other prerecorded video left.... then I gotta get back into making videos on the regular. Hoping I can keep it up with it still being busy season for another 2 months.

Thanks for listening & letting me get some catharsis.