Beauty

I’m over the body positivity movement

I feel better than ever about my body, but I'm over the body positivity movement. Here are five reasons why.(photo by Patrick Hendry via Unsplash)

Ooh, unpopular opinion time. Because if there’s one thing that seems to have really become “in” over the past few years, it’s body positivity: loving your physical form exactly as is, basically giving a big ol’ middle finger to society’s established norms of acceptable beauty, weight, and body shape. It’s a nice idea on paper, but IRL, although I now feel better than ever about my body, I’m over the body positivity movement. Here’s why.

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April 2017 Julep Maven unboxing + GIVEAWAY!

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Check out my April 2017 Julep box and don't forget to enter my giveaway so you can snag some Julep polish of your own!

It feels like forever since I shared a Julep box here on the blog! Well, actually it’s been about six months…but that’s still a long time! I skipped a few boxes this winter and actually haven’t been polishing much in general because my nails have been in bad shape. But now they’re healthy again, and I had some Jules to use toward a monthly box, so I thought I’d treat myself to some new polish! Check out everything I got in my April 2017 Julep box, and make sure you enter my giveaway to win some Julep polish of your own!

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How to choose the best shampoo method for your hair type

How to choose the best shampoo method for your hair type: what you need to know about dry shampoo, cleansing conditioner, and more!

There are so many options for cleansing your hair these days—shampoo! Dry shampoo! Cleansing conditioner!—that it’s kind of hard to know what product to buy. Then there are the constant updates on sites like Pinterest about famous celebrities’ favorite hair-care routines or bloggers ditching shampoo entirely. Put it all together and the process of figuring out the best shampoo method for your hair can seem pretty daunting!

The truth is, there’s no one best way to wash your hair. There are so many factors to consider, from hair length to scalp type to whether you color and even how often you work out. If you read popular magazines or blogs about hair care you’ll find lots of great tips on how to mix and match products for your specific hair type, and you’ll probably want to do some experimenting to find what works best for you. This post isn’t going to be a comprehensive rundown of twenty different situations simply because, to be honest, I can’t speak from experience for a lot of different hair types. For example, I have never used peroxide bleach and I don’t have ethnic hair, so I can’t give the most detailed advice for those ladies!

What I do want to cover in this post is some general guidance on choosing the best shampoo method for your hair, and talk about the routine I’ve settled on for my own hair after years and years of experimenting. Believe it or not, you can use the wrong shampoo and conditioner or use the right ones in the wrong way, and it will make a huge difference in the look and feel of your hair. I’m going to break down four different types of shampoos and conditioners, how to use them for best results, and what you should consider for your hair type and daily routine. Then I’ll talk about my current routine and the best shampoo method for my hair! (more…)

November 2016 Birchbox

Can you believe November is already halfway over? I sure can’t. I’m trying to get ready for the holidays and it seems like time is just speeding away from me!

In the spirit of holiday prep, the theme of the November 2016 Birchbox was supposed to be “extra, just-because details that make all the difference”. Unfortunately, I felt kind of “meh” about this box. Some of the samples were great, but some just fell short for me. Read on for mini reviews of each sample!

Take a peek inside my November 2016 Birchbox!

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Benefit Brow GIVEAWAY ($150+ of products!)

Giveaway time! One lucky reader will win $150+ of Benefit brow products from their new brow collection.

Late this summer, Benefit Cosmetics emailed me to say that I’d won an Instagram giveaway and I could expect a package of Benefit brow products in the mail. I honestly forgot all about it for a month or so until one day a heavy little box appeared on my doorstep, brimming with products from their new brow line! I was pretty blown away because I wasn’t expecting so many products, and to boot, they sent duplicates of everything.

I’ve been testing the products and loving ’em, but I don’t go through brow pencils that fast (I’m genetically blessed in that department, apparently). I kind of wasn’t sure what to do with all the extra products. And then it kind of dawned on me—why not give them away? Share the love, right?!

Entry is simple: just leave your e-mail address in the Rafflecopter widget for a free entry! If you want extra entries, you can follow on my social media channels, share this post, or leave a comment. The giveaway is open internationally through November 27. Good luck!

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While these Benefit brow products come from Benefit Cosmetics, the company is in no way affiliated with this giveaway. Please read the full giveaway terms and conditions on the bottom of the Rafflecopter widget. I reserve the right to discard any fraudulent entries, so please do not waste your time and mine by submitting entries if you haven’t completed them. It’s not fair to the other entrants and it’s just bad karma for you. Thanks for entering!