How has another year passed by? We spent some time earlier today going through photos and early blog posts from this year and it somehow feels so long ago. Out of all the things to reflect upon over the last twelve months, we couldn’t be more grateful to simply be side by side for another year and welcome in a few gray hairs together. 😉 We’ll share a recap of the year on the blog tomorrow, but for now we wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year’s Eve with those close to them!
If you’re looking for any last minute holiday hair ideas, check out our post with Aveda here featuring this low bun style. It was so easy and you could keep the first part for New Year’s Day tomorrow. 😉
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Thank you to Willow Greene for capturing these images of us. We’re so happy to have these photos as a send off to 2016!
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.
Check them out below!
ELEGANT SIDE SWEPT CURLS
This look was inspired by a style worn by Emma Stone — love her! I don’t often wear my hair to the side like this because I’ve had trouble keeping everything in place, but Molly prepped my hair with Pure Abundance Hair Potion, which really created great volume and texture, then secured it with a few bobby-pins in the back at the nape of my neck after curling. She used a 1 1/2″ curling wand, beginning with curling away from the face and then in the opposite direction with each new section, creating a pretty sleek look. The Smooth Infusion styling creme helped battle any frizz I might have been welcomed with. These curls lasted all throughout the next day!
THE GENTLEMEN’S CUT
When I met Amie, we discussed the type of hair I have and the style I usually gravitate towards. She wanted to maintain my look, but use Aveda products that she thought would help save me some time when doing it myself. She first cleaned up my fade that had started to darken from waiting a couple weeks longer than usual in between cuts. When you have a beard that can look a bit unruly, it’s important to keep a nice fade to keep a balance from hair to beard, otherwise it can look a bit overwhelming. Once Amie was finished with the fade, I got the full Aveda treatment which included a hand and scalp massage which could’ve lasted all day and I would’ve been okay with, a shampoo + condition and possibly a minute or two nap ;). I have naturally very curly hair, which can be tough to style. After I discussed that with Amie, she recommended the Smooth Infusion which progressively loosens curls for a straight style. This was exactly what I was looking for and is a perfect product to use to get this classic, “gentleman’s style” I very often use. She added a bit of hairspray to hold the style and off I went.
FISH TAIL BRAIDS
This was such a fun look to create and I can’t wait to try this one at home. Molly prepped the hair with Shampure Dry-Shampoo for a bit of texture and then followed up with Aveda’s Air Control light hold hairspray to make sure everything stayed in place, without weighing the hair down. After dividing my hair down the middle for the pigtails, she sectioned each side into two equal parts. She started from the front pulling the hair from one section over to the other, and continued on alternating sections, making sure to pull tightly in between. Her hands moved so quickly braiding my long hair in a flash!
EFFORTLESS LOW BUN
This third and final look was my favorite and we ended up taking a few more photos later that evening. It feels like the perfect New Years Eve look and a pretty nice upgrade from my usual high top-knot. You start out with a side pony tail. Add a bit of height to the top of your head for some extra volume if you like that look, I do. 😉 Molly achieved this by back-combing the hair at the crown of my head a bit and then smoothing everything out with a round brush and a bit of hair spray. Section by section, begin creating loops with your hair rolling from the bottom of your pony tail up to the base. Repeat all the around and secure with bobby-pins!
Hope these looks give you some holiday hair inspiration!
Keep an eye out for more photos of this beautiful low bun. Can’t wait to share!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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! 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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Every season I like to switch up my hair routine a bit, especially during the winter months. The cold air is harsh, the damp weather causes frizz, and it could feel like one bad hair day after another, where you continuously find yourself reaching for a hat. Now a days there are so many hair products at our fingertips…oils, mousses, sprays, the list goes on. It’s hard to tell which ones are actually necessary and/or actually work. We shared a few of our hair favorites a while back, but with the new year upon us, it felt appropriate to share an updated list of our go-tos that come in handy with the change of season, as well as a few “holy grail” products too.
My hair is super curly naturally, which means to get loose curls like I usually style, a lot of heat is applied to my hair. First, I blow dry it straight, then curl my hair with a large curling wand. All the heat isn’t the best thing for my hair, but over time I’ve found a few go-to products and treatments that still keep it shiny and healthy.
To start, I only wash my hair every two days. This is for two reasons…one: I am a tad bit too lazy to blow dry and style it everyday, and two: the more you shampoo your hair, you strip away the healthy oils from your scalp. In between washes I use a dry shampoo. I just spray a little bit on my roots before bed and in the morning for a little refresher. Before blow drying and styling, I add a few drops of Moroccanoil Treatment, which is infused with argan oil, to the ends of my hair to fight off any split ends and add shine. I’ve discovered the benefits of argan oil in general. Pure Argan Oilhas been a great multi-purpose product during the winter months. You can use it on your face, hands, and legs too.
Next I add a dime sized amount of Moroccanoil thickening lotion to the roots of my hair. This has been one of my favorite volumizing products…it smells so good and a little bit goes a long way! My hair has gotten a little thinner over the years and this definitely helps with making it look full.
Once a week I like to do a hair mask, to reverse any damage from styling. This hydrating mask is always a good go-to. I leave it on for about 20 minutes while I fold laundry or watch a quick episode on Netflix. Rob loves it too. Can anyone say, “hair mask party?!” 😉 When it’s time to rinse I use cool water to seal the cuticle and avoid any frizz.
The holidays are the most wonderful time of year…there’s no denying that, but they can also be the craziest time of year. Luckily we haven’t had anyone setting the christmas tree on fire or electricuting the cat, like the Griswolds in National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, but from last minute gifts to preparing a big meal, it’s definitely easy to get overwhelmed. We recently put together a little holiday survival kit with Hanes, to get you through this busy season, stay relaxed and prepped for all the holiday parties.
Mini Baby Powder: Baby powder is such a great multi-purpose beauty product. It’s obviously nice for after showers and baths, but its perfect to freshen up your hair and skin too. Kind of like a dry shampoo and shine powder in one. Plus it smells great.
Red Lipstick: Mac’s “Russian Red” and Kat Von D’s “Outlaw” are great festive shades that last all day.
Tights: Black tights and a printed dress is always a fool-proof holiday look. Around this time of year, you can’t go wrong with sheer styles to complete an outfit; these from Hanes are a long time favorite.
NuMe Curling Wand: The best curling wand, hands down. The largest barrel is great for creating, soft, loose curls with big volume.
Cologne: Some favorites that are always on rotation are Commodity Goods’ “Wool“ scent and “L’Homme” by YSL.
Watch: Be on time for all the holiday parties with a classic time piece. The Metropolitan from Timex is pretty cool. It has built in bluetooth, calories and steps trackers, and also syncs to your phone. We’ve been having fun playing around with it.
Comb: Always keep your hair in place with a good quality comb. There are so many beautifully crafted ones that fit in your pocket, while you’re on the go. We have a few of these Kent combs that have lasted for years.
Festive PJs: Comfy PJs to curl up by the fire with while watching a holiday movie and a hot cocoa in hand is the best. You really can’t go wrong with anything plaid this time of year.
You guys have been so sweet on instagram about different hairstyles I do, so I thought it was finally time I shared a little tutorial on one of my favorite (and easiest) hairstyles. With the holidays right around the corner, we all could use a quick hairdo to get us out the door faster, while still looking pulled together. I used to be intimidated by this hairstyle, but it has definitely become a go-to and is perfect for “second-day” hair. There’s a lot of hair tutorials floating around the internet, but I thought I’d share the approach that works best for me, and hopefully some of you as well. 🙂
Step 1: Separate your hair into two equal sections. I like to just do this with my fingers verses a comb, to avoid a harsh looking part.
Step 2: Start to braid your hair loosely and secure with a small elastic tie. I like to put the hair in front my ear and start the braid pretty low down. I’ve found that if you start too high up and braid too tightly, it makes the next few steps a bit harder.
Step 3: Repeat the braid on the other side and pull out strands/whispy pieces to frame your face (if desired). This gives the style an overall softer look. I find it easier to pull out these little pieces early on, rather than when everything is already bobbi-pinned.
Step 4: Once both sides are braided, lightly pull them apart starting at the top, working your way down. This creates fuller looking braids.
Steps 5 and 6: Wrap around one braid at a time, pulling it up from your ear and then around the crown of your head. Where the braids lay will be different for each person depending on the length of their hair. I like to pull mine over and rest them right above where my bangs start on top of my head. I’ve seen other people do this a little more forward on their forehead, too. Once you get it in position, pin with bobby pins.
Step 7: Repeat steps 5 and 6 with your other braid, wrapping it toward the front of your head. Don’t forget to tuck in the ends (where your elastic ties show) under your other braid.
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. 🙂
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.