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Monthly Archives: August 2017

How To Get Better Skin: Oxygen

We literally rely on oxygen to live, so it should go without saying that oxygen has benefits other than survival, and skincare is one of them… #rejoice. We learned about O2 back in chemistry class, and, yes it’s air, but there’s more to it. Oxygen stimulates the body’s natural response to heal, think about why oxygen is administered immediately following an injury or trauma. Or think about why taking deep breaths, aka getting more oxygen into your lungs, instantly calms and relaxes you.

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Paint It Black… Ella Flood

On this particular day, Ella had just finished packing to leave for a prestigious art school. Very exciting but also quite sad since it meant leaving behind Gabe (click here to see their prom look), her family and of course, her ridiculously cute dog Buns. Her mood reminded me of what it feels like to be young and have the whole world stretch out in front of you with limitless possibilities. Note: The glitter is one of LemonheadLA’s Spacepaste shades.

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Labor Day Weekend Beauty Must-Haves

Labor Day marks the end of summer (sigh), and whether you’re traveling for the last long weekend or staying local for celebrations, we’ve got your beauty vibe covered. Rely on these must-haves to look your best at the beach, BBQ, concert, boat trip…or wherever the three-day weekend takes you!Unlike most cream formulas, First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Mango Butter Multi Stick ($20) adds color and highlight to your cheekbones without any extra grease for a completely natural glow that will last for hours. Spray sunscreen is intermittently reliable at best, which is why we prefer La Roche-Posay Anthelios Milk ($36).   While the formula looks thick at first, it’s incredibly easy to rub in and absorbs instantly.

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The Truth About CBD Oil

The newest ingredient to get the beauty industry buzzing is CBD oil (yes, the stuff derived from cannabis). But does it work? Or is it all just part of the marketing hype machine? It’s important to note that many companies are putting CBD oil into products with the promise of alleviating pain (so it’s not all about getting you gorgeous, it actually has some medicinal benefits, similar to smoking pot — or so they say). One brand – which we will not call out – sent us their entire range of products, from body lotions that were meant to tame muscle soreness to face cream that was meant to, well, who really knows. We tried the body cream on our shoulders post a very intense yoga session and felt — nada.

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Mask Magic: Cosmedix Activated Charcoal Mask

If you follow me on Instagram, then you probably heard about my IG takeover on Cosmedix’s IG stories. I shared my current cleansing and mask routine. In case you missed it (and since you can’t look it up now), I wanted to share with you my new favorite detox mask. Here’s a quick breakdown of the latest mask magic!What it does: Imagine all that dirt and grime your face absorbs just by going outside.

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#BeautyCrush: Lily Aldridge

Not that Lily Aldridge needs any form of validation, but being part of the Victoria’s Secret Angels club pretty much ranks her as one of the most beautiful people in the world. So it’s only obvious that Beauty Banter is a member of the Lily Aldridge fan club. Name a more perfect set of cheekbones…we’ll wait. Besides being a real-life angel, Lily Aldridge slays the beauty game, even making gold eyebrows look good! A knockout pout, brows we’d kill for, and the definition of #hairgoals, we’re overdue on naming Lily our #BeautyCrush.

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Wedding Prep: Bridal Beauty Bootcamp

With my wedding just about one month away (!!!),  planning is quickly taking over every spare second I have.   Even if you self-proclaim yourself a “chill bride,” there is simply a lot to get done!  In between chasing people for RSVP cards and deciding on final details, I have been busy keeping my beauty routine in major check in order to feel like the best version of myself for my walk down the aisle. Let me tell you, for any beauty obsessed gal this is no small feat!While everyone has different things they will do to prepare, here is the beauty timeline I have followed so far.   If you feel I missed anything, please let me know in the comments below!Supplements: A few months ago, I started popping a probiotic and a hair vitamin every AM.

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SISTER ACT… Isabelle & Crystal Van Commenee

As soon as I saw Isabelle, I knew we should do a shoot with the two of them! Isabelle is two years younger with a mane of coppery red hair (to her waist!), a flawless complexion, gorgeous green eyes and similar full brows. She is not a model (yet) but rather focuses her free time on kickboxing – which has to be one of the coolest things a 16yr old girl has ever said to me. Note: All that shiny red hair got me thinking of Guy Bourdin’s images so hence the late 70’s / early 80’s makeup vibe. .

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Trending: Metallic Lips

Metallic lips aren’t as cray cray as you’d think. It’s not a burst of gold or silver covering your precious pout. Instead, think of this trend as a revival of the frosted lips of the sixties and seventies, but with a contemporary spin. So, it’s frosted on fleek.

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The Blog Societies Conference Recap

Earlier this month I attended The Blog Societies 5th Annual Conference (AKA #TBSCon), which was held in Chicago. I joined The Blog Societies, a blogger community, back in January and I’m so glad I did. I’ve been able to network with so many others bloggers and takeaways tips to help grow this little side hustle of mine. Now, I haven’t been to a blog conference since LuckyFABB back in 2012! But this conference was so much better than that.

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