The 12 Makeup Brushes You Need

You don’t need an arsenal of makeup brushes for your everyday look and you probably don’t even need every number of brush for an all glamed up look either. Let’s face it, unless you’re a makeup artist or a beauty junky, you don’t need every brush there is under the sun for a well executed look.

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So lets get to the good part, what do you need? First things first, the more you practice, the more equipped you become. Kind of like a witch or wizard at Hogwarts, who’s learning new spells and potions. The following 12+1 brushes are all you need for painting anything from, a day at the office to your wedding day!

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Wake Up Buttercup

We all want our days to be productive and successful and I’m here to let you know it is not as hard or daunting as it may seem. It’s actually quite simple, not easy, but simple non the less!

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Research shows that your brain has a five-second time limit, when it’s required to make hard decisions. These choices require what’s called, activation energy. This is the minimum quantity of energy you must possess in order to undergo a specific reaction.

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So lets take for instance, your alarm goes off and you don’t want to get out of bed. Your brain chooses to press snooze, and with that you have chosen not to enforce your self to tap into your activation energy. By not disciplining your own behavior, you fall short and into bad habits, which is counterproductive.

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Now on to the part on how it’s simple to start your day productive. First things first, don’t press snooze! Get up! No matter how tired you are, that feeling will go away after a few minutes. A refreshing morning shower/rinse wakes your body and then caffeine and nutrition for your brain. Last but not least, something for your psyche. Make an upbeat playlist and play it on shuffle, that way you don’t get easily tiered of your favorite tunes.

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Here’s my Good Morning Playlist, which also works as my alarm clock. I wake up feeling pumped and excited to embark on a new day. Since I’ve started this new routine, I no longer have to wake my sleepy kiddos either, as they wake up to music they like and get ready for their day. We sing, dance and get ready together for our days all the way to school. That’s what I call an upbeat start to a productive day!

Battle Of The: Hand Lotions

Summer or winter, we are always exposed to the elements and if you are the type who likes to live on the edge, I sure hope you wander out there protected. Whether it be the winter cracks or dehydration brought on by the summer sun, I’ve got your back. I’ve rounded up some of my current favorite hand lotions, get ready for a heavenly-scented-midday-pick-me-up.

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Lavande Hand Cream. This is my all time favorite! Lets first begin with, L’Occitane you had me at the packaging! The aluminum tube with it’s robust screw on lid pleases my love for all things rustic. The soothing scent of lavender, lowers my shoulders and feels like a teeny tiny spa treatment. The formula is a mixture of cream and gel. It glides on smooth and instantly teleports you the French countryside.

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Cherry Blossom Hand Cream. Another favorite by non other then L’Occitane. What can I say, I’m a sucker for the packaging! If you like a more floral scent, then this is the hand cream for you. Just like the one above, Cherry Blossom too glides on smooth and does not feel greasy because of its formula. A beautifully sweet scented hand cream, perfect for any purse.

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Vaseline Intensive Care. This is a hand lotion without any fuss or gimmick. A products that actually delivers what it promises. If you want softer hands and stronger nails, give this lotion a try and I promise you will thank me in two weeks time.

A Dream Worthy Bedroom

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I’m very particular, when it comes to my bedroom. It’s not just a place I lay my head down and hope to catch a few hours of sleep, it’s my sanctuary. A place where I look forward to being in, somewhere I retreat to, when the outside world becomes too hectic and loud, or both. A space of my own. I like to think of it as my very own universe, a universe within another and I travel freely between these multiverse’s.

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Creating this universe of mine, takes lots of consideration and planning. I’ve spent years on fine tweaking it and come to terms with, that as long as I’m happy with the bigger points, the smaller ones can change, as I develop and change. Color, material, texture and scents are all major factors to take into consideration, when making any space feel like home.

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When it comes to bedlinen, nothing says clean and comfortable quite like rich and light colored cotton. A fresh, but not over powering scented candle can transform your space from one to another. A stark contrast of dark wooden furniture and light colored fabrics, is the perfect match for a hint of a much needed masculine touch. Last but not least, decor. I make it to be a conscious decision when decorating any room, to keep it simple! I only use meaningful items that brings me joy and happiness.

Instagram Hashtags For Lifestyle Bloggers

How often do you publish a picture or video on Instagram and you’re not sure how to direct the attention it needs to your feed? Fret not, because I’ve got your back! Here’s a list of hashtags I personally have and currently am using my self.

Fashionably Green

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few decades, you know as well as I do that living a greener life is not only healthy for you and the planet, but it’s stylish too. Besides the obvious choices like switching to LED lighting, walk when you can, etc. There’s one point me and my family are working on, recycling! Have a look around you and see what stuff you can make a massive change on in your day to day life!

Are you the type who buys bottled water, then why not filter at home and use a glass bottle instead? Do you often buy new toys for your kids? How about arranging with a group of friends to exchange or borrow toys from each other?

I’ve made a conscious decision to include my children in this new and exciting life change. There are so many clever ways to reuse and recycle our daily items. Our family uses straws a lot, so these stainless steel ones are not only planet and wildlife approved, but family approved as well. Last but not least, kids lunch boxes… Even the sturdiest of plastic lunch boxes break or crack, that’s why I got this rustic looking one. So my six year old daughter doesn’t really care whether her lunch box is rustically trendy, but she does love the three compartments and all the healthy food that goes into it. Win, win!

New Summer Wardrobe

New season calls for a new wardrobe! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, shopping for little girls is so much fun! Summer calls for garden parties, picnics, birthdays, outdoor movie nights, pool parties and so much more. For the cherry on top, the perfect outfit and I got just that.

What’s In My: Makeup Bag Edition

A small makeup bag in my purse is a must. You just never know where life might take you, whether it be a need for a quick touchup midday or perhaps a spontaneous date after work.  Wherever life takes me, I’ll be there fresh and ready for new adventures.

First things first, a touch of color, a smooth canvas and healthy lips. Look no further then Baby Lips by Maybelline, in the shade Rose Addict. I have one in the car, one in my purse, one on the nightstand and one in my office. #obsessed

L’oreal’s Paradise Extatic mascara is my go to drugstore mascara. Don’t let the “drugstore” part fool you, because this is as close to a holy grail mascara you are going to get for that price. It lengthens, separates and is a product you can build on. Whether you would like just a hint of volume or a dramatic look, this one miracle bottle got it all.

I always have at least two shades of lip color with me. This balm stain by Revlon in Honey Douce is as pretty as it is hydrating. Make-up Designory’s lip glaze in Bare is the perfect nude meets a hint of shine. Love!

For the all too familiar lunch-o-clock-shine, I reach for Make-up Designory’s Loose Powder in the shade Zero. This translucent miracle powder, has become a game changer for me. Bye bye shine! No more creasing, no caking and no shiny T zone.

When I’m out and about, I like to keep a hand sanitizer with me, for you know… I’ve tried a lot of great ones, but I always seem to come back to this one by L’Occitane. The soothing scent of lavender always gets me.

Hand sanitizers are great don’t get me wrong, but they do tend to dry my hands sometimes too. That’s when I like to moisturize with non other then L’Occitane’s Lavande Hand Cream. What can I say? I’m a sucker for french lavender.

Polaroids In The Wind

Remember my Shades Of Blue Love Post? I love my little blue Instax Mini and I think I’ve found a way to display some of my favorite shots of the kids. This cherry blossom tree was already in their room. I added a mini wooden peg to each photo and scattered them around amongst the dancing cherry blossoms, that are getting swooped around in the wind.

Sexy Must Haves For Summer

When I think of preparations for summer, there’s a few things that come to my mind. Sun kissed skin, beach hair, sunscreen, lace and floral summer dresses to mention a few. My absolute must have however is the perfect perfume. The perfect scent to me is soft, sexy and seductive.

My all-time favorite perfumes are, Forever & Ever Dior by Christian Dior and L’eau D’issey by Issey Miyake. These two are my signature scents for everything described above and more. If you are anything like me and like your scents not overpowering, slightly floral, fresh and sophisticated, then either one of these beauties will become a fast favorite for you too.