A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of shooting a video with Breea of TellTheBirds. We had shot with Breea several years ago when we started the blog, and were so thrilled to be able to work together again while she was in Phoenix. We recently partnered with Revlon and the Women’s Heart Health Alliance on their #LoveIn3Words campaign. We love the message about spreading love in everything you do…from loving and respecting yourself to small acts of kindness you could share with others each day.
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We’ve been traveling quite a bit again, and with all the weather changes our skin has definitely been taking a beating. We’re not as bold as to wear a face mask while flying, but we do have a few favorites that we like to use when we get back to our Airbnb at night, and will be indulging with when we get home from our travels. 🙂
Ever since my sister graduated from the Aveda institute, Rob and I have both been hooked on their products…hair care, bath exfoliants, the list goes on. So when I was asked to try out their Invati System for thinning hair and partner with Aveda on this post, I jumped on the opportunity. Let me rewind a bit…
We tend to fall into a routine when it comes to getting ready, go-to outfits, the usual hair style, the “what’s easy today” sort of thing, but in celebration of the holiday season we wanted to mix things up a bit! We have some fun holiday parties coming up, along with a NYE bash we’re looking forward to, so we were really excited to team up with Aveda to bring you guys some holiday looks.
My sister recently graduated from the Aveda institute in Florida, and has been sharing all the tips and tricks she’s learned over the course of the 13 months she studied there. Unfortunately we never got the opportunity to visit her school, but we recently visited Juut Salon here in Scottsdale and got a closer look at the Aveda process. It was really special getting to see everything she’s told us about and picture her in a similar space, styling and getting people ready for some big events. She’s talented that one. #Proudsistermoment! 😉
We spent the afternoon with the very skilled and kind, Molly and Amie. We tried out three looks for the ladies, that are surprisingly easy to recreate at home with just a few products, and a classic men’s style that’s perfect for everyday while still being polished for an evening out.
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I always look forward to mixing up my makeup routine around this time of year. The other day I found myself going through my makeup drawer and picking out a few new products to keep on rotation. Here are some favorites I’m loving for fall…
GLITTERY SHADOWS + SMOKEY EYES Something that seems to be big this season is glitter! Glitter shadows and metallic liners are popping up on models in every magazine and website lately. The look may be a bit daring for some, especially for everyday wear, but there are definitely ways to tone it down and make it wearable for everyone. I usually gravitate toward matte shadows in classic browns and beiges (you won’t see any metallic stars on the corners of my eyes), but I’ve using Benefit’s World Famous Neutrals palette more lately. They have a newer version of the palette here, which looks pretty similar.
DARK LIPS When colder weather makes an appearance, so do darker berry hues. I love a bold lip in the fall/winter seasons. A few of my favorites shades are: (from top to bottom in photo) “Capricious” by MAC (that’s what I’m wearing in these photos – it has buildable color), “Lolita” by Kat Von D, Damned by NARS, “Outlaw” by Kat Von D (the perfect red!), “Touch of Berry” by e.l.f.
BOLD LASHES No matter the season, Dior’s Black Out Mascara never fails me for dark and full lashes. I started using it several years ago by my mother’s recommendation. I was at the mall with a friend when my mom sent me a text and asked me to pick it up for her. She heard great things and wanted to try it out, so I picked up one for each of us and haven’t used another mascara since.
e.l.f Studio Eyeliner and Shadow Stick: I’ve been using this in the dark brown shade. It gives a soft smokey look vs a harder line. Vanity Planet Makeup Brush Kit: I’ve been loving this brush kit lately. It has everything from brow and shadow brushes to big blush and powder brushes. Plus, it came with a cute travel case too! Use code “BEAUTY22” here for 70% off the set (only $30). Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation: Okay, this isn’t a seasonal favorite…more like an all-time favorite, but I figured it was worth mentioning. This is another product I’ve been using for the last several years and haven’t found a foundation that beats it. From the humidity in NY to triple digit temperatures in AZ, this formula lasts all day!
What are some of your favorite looks for fall? Do you change up your makeup with the seasons?
The new GEN NUDE line by bareMinerals recently launched in 60 different shades, which is pretty exciting for natural looking makeup lovers like myself. bareMinerals sent a few over for me to try, so I thought it would be fun to share a review of them on the blog. I’m always trying out new products, looking for the best foundation or that everyday go-to lipstick shade, however I think it will be hard to pry me away from Dior’s mascara. My sister and I are always sending each other screenshots of our favorite products or texting about whether or not we’ve tried the newest palette from a line. Many of you have asked about what my favorite makeup products are for a natural look…well, some of these lip colors are included. Check them out below.
Liquid lip colors are quickly becoming my favorite. They go on like a lipgloss and dry like a lipstick. I find these to be longer lasting as well, which is great for when you’re on the go or have a special event to attend. I usually lean toward more pinky tones, so the “JuJu” shade was perfect. I also tried out the peachy tone, “Extra”, which was so pretty in the bottle, but ended up washing out my fair skin tone. “Friendship” is great for a more daring night out look. It reminds me a bit of Kat Von D’s “Lolita”, which I’m a fan of. I’m not a huge lipgloss gal (although I embarrassingly applied it like crazy in between classes in my high school days, hah!), but I did find myself putting a little gloss over some of the liquid lip colors for a a bit of shine on some days. I even put a little on when I’m at home sometimes and don’t have full makeup on, just to feel pulled together. (Am I the only one who does that? 😉 ) Thankfully they’re not sticky at all, which is usually the case with most glosses. I’m wearing the shade “Fancy” in the photo above.
The Radiant lipsticks are so creamy! They give medium coverage and are the perfect balance if you’re looking for more than a tint, but aren’t ready to dive into bold matte color. I’ve been wearing this formula the most out of the collection, in “Notorious”. It’s a great mauve shade that I feel like will flatter all skin tones and is pretty moisturizing. My lips have been so dry lately, so a lip color that is more like a super pigmented lip balm is right up my alley.
What do you guys think? What are your go-to lip colors?
The older I get, the more I’m realizing that simple is best when it comes to skincare…simple products, simple ingredients, and simple routines. Surprisingly, the simpler it is, the more powerful it is. I’ve struggled with acne for many years, starting in my late teens and continuing in my twenties. I tried numerous skincare products, especially ones targeted for blemishes. Aside from having spotty results (no pun intended), they all had the same thing in common — they were super drying. Unfortunately, when I was younger I didn’t view that as a huge concern…hey I even used to lay out in the sun for hours trying to get the perfect tan (yes, lil `ol fair skinned me). As I get older and the seasons change, my skincare concerns change and I’m beginning to pay attention to dark spots, dry patches, wrinkles, etc… It’s crazy to think about how I used to neglect my skin, because I’m always reading up on skincare “secrets”, the best foods for your skin, and different beauty routines.
With all that being said, I have to keep a close eye on my skin in order to keep it blemish free and clear. Unfortunately, I’m not one who can get away with falling asleep with makeup on, or just rinsing my face with water at night. A while back, we mentioned how we have actively changed our diets (eating organic whenever possible and cutting out red meat), and began to include more exercise into our daily routines. A healthy diet + some great products can really help turn your skin around. Here’s a glance at what has been helping keep my skin fresh, along with my current skincare routine.
HEALTHY FOODS Strawberries + Blueberries: Every morning we have some fresh fruit with our breakfast. Strawberries and blueberries are packed with antioxidants to protect our skin. Citrus fruits are great too!
Kale + Tomatoes: Pack these into your salad, or eat them as a snack! The antioxidants in tomatoes act as a natural SPF and help prevent sun damage. (Be sure to still apply SPF before going outside though.) Kale has a ton of vitamin C and A, which will help keep your skin firm.
Green Tea: We have a cup every morning and night. The antioxidants boost blood flow and oxygen to your skin, which helps create a smooth, even tone.
Avocado: Avocado toast anyone?! 😉 Since integrating more avocado into our weekly diets, we have definitely noticed smoother skin. Avocados are packed with vitamin C and E, with antioxidant carotenoids, and moisturizing fatty acids.
CLEANSE Once we began to eat healthier, we also began to pay more attention about what was in our skincare. I recently began using a regimen by bareMinerals and so far, my skin is really loving it. On most days I use the Pure Plush Gentle Deep Cleansing Foam. It’s a great, light everyday cleanser with grapefruit that leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean, but not stripped away. If my skin gets a little congested from traveling or just having a Netflix marathon, which is usually accompanied by one too many sweets, I use the Blemish RemedyAcne Treatment Gelee Cleanser. It’s oil free and has a bit of salicylic acid to fight off clogged pores. ENHANCE As we age, our skin naturally loses minerals. We all search for that healthy looking glow and radiant skin, and while I truly believe healthy skin begins with what we eat and put in our bodies, the products we use on our skin are just as important. After cleansing, I follow up with Skinlongevity Vital Power Infusion. In the past, I would always skip that middle step in-between cleansing and moisturizing, whether it was a serum, toner, etc… I was always in a rush, but this has been a miracle product of sorts. It has California Poppy, Lempuyang Ginger extract, and Long Life Herb extract, which is known to help fight pre-mature aging. This gives my skin a nice glow and is super hydrating.
MOISTURIZE Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! When I was younger I used to skip this step (gasp!), thinking it would just make my skin more oily and cause more break outs (double gasp!). Boy, was I wrong, but in my own defense I was using the wrong type of moisturizers that were too heavy for my skin. Lately, I’ve been loving bareMineral’s oil-free replenishing gel cream. This stuff is so light and airy, yet so powerful! Moisturizing my skin morning and night, in addition to drinking plenty of water, has been one of the most important components in keeping my skin as clear as possible.
What are some of your go-to products and skin care routines? I’d love to hear about them. Share them below!
I get questions about my messy bun all the time on instagram, and have always been hesitant to do a tutorial. It’s kind of a style that I just throw my hair into quickly when I don’t feel like really doing my hair, and it’s a little difficult to explain. However, with warmer days just around corner, it felt appropriate to finally break down this look. As with any hair tutorial, the steps are going to vary with your hair length and thickness, so hopefully the steps below give you a starting point and you can fine-tune it from there.
What you’ll need: one elastic hair tie, bobby pins, hair spray. This style works best on second-day hair, but you can always add a bit of texturing spray if you’re doing it on freshly washed hair.
Step 1: Start by making a high pony tail, on the top of your head. If you have bangs, section those off, along with some fly away pieces to frame your face.
Step 2: Only pull your hair fully through the hair tie once. (This will depend on the thickness of your hair. Doing it this way, will keep the bun loose and give you room to pull pieces in the end to create fullness.)
Step 3: Half way through the second wrap around, only pull the pony tail through half way. Keep your hands in position for the next step — don’t let go of the hair tie.
Step 4: With your hands still in position and hair pulled half way through the hair tie, pull the hair tie around the remaining hair sticking out and bun. At this point, it will most likely look like a mess — don’t worry. The next steps are all about fine tuning it. 😉
Step 5: So now you have this little bun on your head with half the hair from your pony tail sticking out. Kind of funny, right?
Step 6: The bun/half pony tail part, somewhat resembles a fan right about now. Pull the sides of your fan-like bun down to your head, we’re gonna pin those down in a minute. This is the step where I really like to pull the bun apart and make it look full.
Step 7: Pin down the sides of the bun, along with the rest of the hair from earlier. There’s really no right or wrong way to do this part, and every time it’s a bit different. You can pin the pieces in front, or pull some to the back. They will probably be all different lengths, depending on how you pulled apart the top part of the bun. I also like to “anchor” the bun in the back with some bobby-pins. This just keeps the height and full look throughout the day.
Step 8: Add a little hair spray and you’re ready to go!
Hope this was helpful! Please let us know if there’s anything else/other styles you’d like to see.
Lately it feels like we’re always on the go…and we’re definitely not complaining about it. 🙂 With each new trip or busy day, we’re becoming a little smarter about what we really need to be carrying around with us or traveling with. We each have our go-to bags that we grab each morning while running out the door, with a few essentials. Although, we both seem to gravitate toward bigger bags, we try not to stuff them to capacity…we try our best to avoid any shoulder injuries and that whole black hole affect that we’ve all experienced at one point or another. We’re not trying to be Mary Poppins here. 😉
We’ve never shared a “what’s in my bag” post before and thought it would be fun to do a “his + hers” take on it, as we recently teamed up with Vaseline for the launch of their new lip tins. Vaseline has always been a skin care favorite of ours…life saver for dry heels and elbows…lip moisturizer…I even put some on my lashes at night. It’s one of the oldest, all-purpose, secret weapons around. We were pretty excited about the new lip tins, which were inspired by the original packaging from the 1880’s, and are perfect for on the go! So, here’s a little round up of what you can find in our bags…
-SUNGLASSES: Arizona is sunny — there’s no denying that and with summer around the corner, a good pair of sunglasses is a must. Classic club masters are always a great go-to style. These tortoise frames are also a favorite from Madewell.
-PHONE: Okay, so no explanation needed — we’re probably not alone when we say we’ve turned the car around once or twice when leaving it home by accident. Everything is on there! We’re guilty of having matching phone cases, each bought for each other as Christmas gifts one year.
-COMB: It’s always handy to keep a comb in your bag for touch ups throughout the day, and it takes up less room than a clunky brush. 🙂
-CAMERA: We’ve always carried around a camera with us, since back in our dating days with a point and shoot SONY. We currently use a Canon Rebel t5i and shoot mostly on a 50mm lens.
-NOTEBOOK + PENS/PENCILS: We’re always sketching or jotting things down in a notebook, and updating things in our planner. It’s amazing how you can sync everything across all your devices now-a-days: iPads, iPhones, iMacs…but there’s something about writing everything down that has always stuck with us.
-KEYS: …you won’t get far without them. 😉 The leather key ring above was a recent purchase from J.Crew.
-MAKE-UP: Dual-compacts are great for space savers. This bronzer/blush duo from Nars is a favorite go-to, and it has a mirror, which is always a plus!
-LIP BALM: The Vaseline lip therapy tins have been great for throwing in our bags and fighting chapped lips, especially with the change in season. Theoriginal and aloe are our current favorites. The rosy lips one is really nice too — it has a pretty pink tint with a bit of gloss, and a light rose scent.
-HAIR CLIPS: Bobby-pins, hair ties, hairpins – these are always found at the botton of the bag and it seems like you can never have too many with you, because somehow they always magically vanish.
What are some of your bag essentials?
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We are Robert and Christina: husband and wife, photo takers, adventurers and best friends. We like to laugh too hard, dance all night, and explore together. Here is a little glimpse into our lives in sunny Phoenix, Arizona.