Tip Tuesday: Bright eyes.

Today I bring you a favorite little trick of mine!


The technique: Bright inner rim lining

What it does: Opens up the eyes, gets rid of redness in the tear line. Gives a big doe eyed look!

What to use: I love Tarte’s inner rim liner! It has more hold than any other ive used and that area is troublesome in the longevity area. Plus it’s a great color!

Any special tips? I prefer to do this with a cream or off white pencil rather than a pure white, it looks more natural. The white can be distracting.

Happy St. Patty’s day! Christian is SO excited to wear all green today and I plan to make some green things for breakfast like my mom used to do, do you have any fun St. Patrick’s traditions!?

It’s that time again!

The sun is out and so is my skin…and it is BLINDING my friends.
I swear I used to brown up after one day in the sun, nowadays even in Hawaii I can’t get a tan!
For that reason and for the reason of healthy skin, my bronzing needs to come from a bottle.
I know and support all my ladies who like to rock the white year round. I love to rock the white (or for me the pale greenish:) during the winter but I love the tan too, it has a whole different look and I’m definitely nostalgic for its connection with summer fun and spring dresses.

I guess you could say I have a little Jersey Shore in my soul cause I am totally down for the GTL. Minus the laundry…and the gym.
By far the best products and info on self tanning you'll find!

I am REALLY particular in products I recommend and I stand by everything I say but sometimes what I say is “eh, I like it but you may not” Like with mascara, it’s just one of those things that everyone disagrees on.

This is NOT like that,
Pretty much everyone wants the exact same things from their self tanner:

Look natural (meaning not streaky dirty or orangy )
Lasts long
Doesn’t offend the nostrils

and if it’s affordable well then heck, we’ll take that too:)

Last year I found my Unicorn tanner that is ALL OF THE THINGS.
Tanwise (get it here or it’s actually cheapest if you live near a Sally Beauty – they have it there too BTW – I JUST GOT WORD THAT IT’S BUY ONE GET ONE HALF OFF AT sallybeauty.com right now!)
Everyone I know now uses it and loves it. It is awesome.
I still get a fair amount of questions about it though so I thought I could post a little updated Q&A.

Q: What’s your routine?
A: Great question! With self tanner your procedure is EVERYTHING. So here’s what I do –
1. Take a shower and SCRUB! Imagine you’re about to commit a crime and you don’t want to leave any of your skin cells anywhere.
2. Wait until you are dry. Blend a small amount of lotion into your wrists, elbows, hands, feet & ankles. Those areas will soak up the most tanner so let them soak in a little bit of moisture first to even the playing field.
3. While in from of a full length mirror apply the tanner to one body part at a time. (like lower leg, upper leg etc.)
Be sure to notice the easy to forget spots like behind your knees or your your elbow.
4. Let it dry before you get dressed. (If you’re in a hurry you can always involve a bow drier:)
5. Apply regular lotion often after you’ve showered off the bronzer. It will make the tan last much longer!

Q: Do you use it with a glove, mitt or bare hands?
A: I use a Mitt. I just think it goes on smoothest that way. A lot of my readers have said they use gloves or bare hands too though. I know for some it’s just easier for them to blend it properly with their hands in that case it will stain your hands. I recommend washing them with baking soda afterwards.

Q: Does it wash off in the shower?
A: OK so here’s something that was confusing for a lot of folks. This self tanner is a bronzer & a self tanner. The bronzer part is there to make sure you get it on even (if it was clear it would be hard to know where you’d applied and where you hadn’t) and for people who want instant results. After a few hours you are free to swim and shower or whatever because although the bronzer will wash right off the tanner will be fully developed underneath (that’s the part that lasts a week or longer) Avoid getting wet at all before 4-6 hours is up.

Q: Does it get on your clothes/sheets?
A: Yes & no. Once its dried it is really resistant to getting on anything. I wear white undies and it does get on them from time to time when I get dressed too quickly after applying or if I get sweaty before I shower the bronzer off. If you are concerned with that I recommend putting it on before bed, wearing loose dark clothes to bed and showering off the bronzer in the morning. Once you shower the color left over cannot be transferred.

Q: it went on looking kind of weird and dirty, what gives?
A: Usually this happens when you’re really dry, so the bronzer clings more in the driest areas. It doesn’t seem to affect the self tanner just the bronzer, at any rate you want to avoid it by giving yourself a nice exfoliating shower before you apply and then applying as soon as you dry from the shower. That way you won’t have much dead skin for it to cling to.

Q: Do you use it on your face?
A: No. My sister does and she loves it. The only reason I don’t is because I prefer to us a spray on my face because I find it easier to apply and I find that it goes on more even and just looks prettier. I use Tomas on my face. I sing all of it’s praises here if you’d like to know more about it and all of it’s benefits:)

Q: I am SUPER pale can I still use it?
A: I am sure there are exceptions to this but I have only seen this stuff work miracles on the fairest of skin. Don’t be afraid of the fact that is says “Dark” and also that it looks so dark out of the bottle. Give it a try! It’s worked for many a light skinned girl!

I hope I’ve covered all the questions, if not I’m happy to answer more below:)
Love you guys, happy Monday!!!



Friday Favorites

My little sister Celeste is one of those people who EVERYONE loves. She’s sweet and soft and beautiful. She never says a mean word about a single soul (her worst insult is “You’re funny”) Last year she told me she had a new thing she was doing in her life that was making her really happy. She said her mantra was “Just Do It” where the minute she thought of something she needed to do she just does it. Then it’s off her mind and she’s moving forward.

I totally made fun of her at the time because Nike was like 20 years ahead of her on that one but her advice kind of stuck. Good things snowball. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with life but all you can hope is that you’re always improving even if its just a little bit.



Swell Bottles: My friend Jill told me about this amazing bottle and I’ve been totally glued to mine since I got it! It’s the closest thing to magic I’ve ever seen in a liquid container. Cold drinks stay cold for 24 hours and hot drinks stay warm for 12! Not kidding. Plus they are super cute. If you get one HERE !

I adore this LOVE baseball Tee.

Any aspiring photographers out there? My girl Jessica Janae is having a Lighting Seminar next month is Salt Lake City about the way she uses light in photographs and a bunch of other stuff. She is incredible and so generous with her knowledge. I know the class will be a great one.  I’m going to be there and so is Cara Loren (she is the cutest!) There’s only couple spots left so if you’re interested sign up HERE ASAP.

Thanks for the book recommendations yesterday! I will be reading and reporting! The Girl on the Train was a popular choice so I downloaded it this morning. I can already tell I won’t be able to put this one down tonight! In fact, I’m dying to go read it right now!!

Love you guys! Have a fantastic weekend!

Favorite Books

I’ve been on the hunt for a good book for like a month now!
I keep downloading samples onto my phone and not getting interested enough to make the plunge.
So in hopes of getting some good recommemdations from you guys I figured if I share – you’ll share, right?

(Christian would call that “being friendship” or say “That’s SOOO teamwork!” I love when he used the right words in the wrong way, it’s favorite:)


The Glass Castle
Have you read this? Cause there’s a reason it’s on the top. It’s a memoir (aren’t stories just better when their true?) about a woman who had a very interesting and difficult upbringing and made an incredible life in spite of it. I’ve only read two novels twice in my whole life (I’m not a huge fan of repetition) and this is one of them. I got as much out of it the second time as I did the first. It’s also a perfect book club book because there’s so much to discuss.

Big Little Lies
If you are just now discovering liane moriarty I truly envy you! I wish I could discover all of her fun books for the first time all over again! The characters are so engaging and relatable. The endings are never empty and unsatisfying. I’ve read every book she’s written and this one is most likely my favorite but they are all fantastic. (the only one I didn’t completely love was The Anniversary)

The Fault in our Stars 
I laughed. I cried. I sobbed like a newborn baby. And then I read it again and then I watched it twice.
So, yeah, it’s pretty good.

The Wisdom of the Enneagram
So I realize that I’ve talked about the Enneagram before. Maybe a couple of times. Truth be told it’s taken some serious restraint to not talk about it EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
On the blog that is. In daily life, I don’t show much restraint.
Everyone I come in contact to is subject to hearing me reference it on the regular. You know that glazed over look people get when you’ve been talking about something for too long ? Sometimes that happens when I’m jabbering on and on about the personality types but even then I can’t stop! It’s like word vomit. I’m doing it right now even.
So I’ll stop but if you have any interest in understanding yourself and EVERYONE you know way better and having a better life and better relationships then read it:)

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened

I usually read in bed before I go to sleep. But I couldn’t with this book. As much as I tried to hold it together I was constantly giggling and shaking the entire bed so hard when Nick was trying to sleep. If you aren’t already a fan of the Bloggess you will be after you read this.

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened

I couldn’t find a book that even came close to making me laugh as much until I found this one. Do not drink or eat while reading or you will choke or spit it all over the room. That’s all I’m saying.

So there’s a few of my favorites, would you mind pointing me in the direction of a few new ones?
Thank you so much!!