BEAUTY

March 10, 2016 |

The Good Stuff

New Darlings - Bare Minerals - Daily Skincare RoutineThe 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.   READ MORE

March 1, 2016 |

Top Knot Tutorial

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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. READ MORE

February 19, 2016 |

What’s in my bag: His + Hers Edition

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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. 😉 READ MORE

January 18, 2016 |

Healthy Hair with Moroccanoil

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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. READ MORE

November 19, 2015 |

MILK BRAIDS HOW TO

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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. 🙂 READ MORE

July 31, 2015 |

Soft and smooth skin

method - NewDarlingsmethod - New Darlings method-NewDarlings-02method-NewDarlings-04method - New DarlingsWe’re so excited to be working with method to help spread the word about their new foaming body wash.  We’ve been big fans of method’s home cleaning line for quite some time now.  Their products are all naturally derived and never tested on animals which is a big plus for us.  So we were pretty pumped to learn about the launch of their new body wash…which is foaming! Who doesn’t love some (okay, A LOT of) foam and bubbles?! 😉

We’ve shared a bit of our skincare favorites in the past, but we mostly concentrated on our favorites for your face…cleansers, moisturizers, etc… So we thought it could be fun to pull back that shower curtain and share some our favorite full body skin-care tips

EXFOLIATE
We’ve recently discovered the benefits of dry body brushing and yes, it is exactly what it sounds like…you brush your body with a dry brush before showering. It’s a great way to increase energy and blood flow, while also removing toxins and dead skin cells.  It takes just a few minutes before jumping in the shower.  Follow up with a moisturizing body wash and natural lotion afterwards.

CLEANSE + MOISTURIZE
Lately, our go-to has been method’s cucumber mint scent body wash, but you can’t really go wrong with any of them.  The fragrances are all so fresh and infused with aloe and vitamin E, which really helps if you’re a desert dweller like we are.  Since moving out west, our skin (and hair) has gone through many changes.  We were used to the humidity of the east coast, which wasn’t so fun with frizzy hair days but definitely made a difference in our skins’ texture and moisture.  We’ve learned body washes and lotions with extra vitamins, has been the key to keeping our skin moisturized and soft.  No dry patches here!

HYDRATE
This may sound like a given, but drinking a lot of water (about 2 liters per day) is one of the best  things we can do for our skin. It’s something we all know and hear constantly, but can be hard to do throughout our busy days.  We like to start off our mornings with a cup of hot water with fresh lemon juice.  It helps kick start the digestion system for the day and is really refreshing.  We always keep a water bottle with us on while we’re on the go, especially during the summer months, when the desert heat is at an all time high.

How do you guys keep your skin looking and feeling beautiful?

*This post is sponsored by method, which you can snag exclusively at Target through October.  As always all thoughts and opinions are our own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that help support this blog.

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May 19, 2015 |

Braid Inspiration

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Braids…the obsession continues!  From french braids and fishtails, to weaving ribbons and flowers through each strand, it’s a trend that just keeps growing. With summer right around the corner, I’m eager to master some of these pretty styles to keep hair pinned back during those hotter months. Above are some styles that have recently caught my eye.

Follow along with us on Pinterest for more hair inspiration!

Hers: dress c/o Urban Outfitters, necklace c/o Thalken jewelry, Nars lipcolor in “Schiap” (similar shade by Mac)

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May 4, 2015 |

Skin Care Essentials

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We often change up our skin care routine, guilty of always getting sucked in to a new product or regimen.  However, we always find ourselves going back to the same few products that work best.  Everyone has different skin care needs and skin types, so what works for us may not be the best fit for you, but we figured we’d share some of our favorites.

Cleanse: We like to keep things simple as far as cleansers go. A few months ago we tried out Lush products for the first time (we know, we know…what took us so long, right?!) and became immediately obsessed.  Fresh Farmacy has been our go-to by them. Its very gentle and soothing with ingredients like calamine, chamomile, and elderflower.

Deep Clean + Exfoliate: The Spin for Perfect Skin brush has helped to keep our skin clear of any blemishes and black heads.  With the occasional pimple here and there this has been a lifesaver.  It has different brushes, one for normal use, one for exfoliating and even a body brush. This has recently made its way into our daily morning routine. Use code: “XONEWDARLINGS’ for 70% off all face and body brushes by Vanity Planet.

Moisturize: We’ve tried a TON of moisturizers, but we always find our way back to Burt’s Bees Daily Moisturizing Cream for sensitive skin. It’s all natural and doesn’t clog our pores. As far as eye creams go, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair is an all time favorite. Dab a little around your eye area before bed to fight any signs of wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles. A little goes a long way! Vaseline is also a great moisturizer for dry skin and lips.  We use a little as a lip  every night.  You can even add a bit to your lashes after you take your makeup off, to keep your lashes strong and long.

For the Gentleman: So, we both share all the skincare items listed above.  Yes, it comes as no surprise that men can use wrinkle eye creams and pink facial cleansers too, but you can’t forget to take care of the beard! There are so many beard oils and lotions on the market. Honest Amish Beard Balm is a great all natural and organic leave-in conditioner with a great woodsy smell!

Problem Areas: The down side to having very sensitive and fair skin, is that even the smallest blemish leaves a mark or scar. Keihl’s Dark Spot Solution has hands down been the best product to fade those marks.  A little bit in the morning and night, is all you need. It’s a bit on the pricier side, but lasts such a long time! It also comes in a nice glass bottle and who doesn’t love pretty packaging?

Do you have any skincare items you can’t live without?

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March 11, 2015 |

Everyday Make-Up Essentials

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Thought it was about time to share some favorite make-up essentials.  Below are some of my every-day go to’s for a soft and feminine look.

Estee Lauder ‘Double Wear Light’ Stay-in-Place Makeup – Love this for full, long lasting coverage that still feels light, without clogging pores or acne-prone skin.

Beauty Blender – Great for applying liquid foundation and makes a little bit of product go a long way.

Nars Blush and Bronzer Duo – Comes with bright pink blush in “Orgasm” and bronzing powder in “Laguna“, which is great for contouring. Love that the blush has a bit of shimmer to it, so there’s no need for a separate highlighter.  When using matte blushes, Mineralize Skinfinish by Mac in “Soft and Gentle” is a great choice for highlighting the tops of cheekbones and the bridge of your nose.

Mac 150 Brush – Big fluffy brush perfect for blush and/or applying setting powder.

Dior “Diorshow” Mascara – This is best mascara hands down! The brush is huge and gives great volume and length.

Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette – This palette is full of neutral matte tones that are perfect for everyday wear. Love using the color “Crave” as an eye liner and “Venus” for highlighting the brow bone and inner corners of the eye for a bigger, brighter look.

Mac 266 Angle Brush – Use this to tight line your lids with a dark shadow or potted liner.  Perfect for filling in brows too!

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in “Roman Holiday” & Dior ‘Addict’ Gloss in “Bed Roses” – Fun everyday pink shades that are perfect for spring and keep your lips moisturized all day!

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January 26, 2015 |

Hair Essentials

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We’ve received a few emails and very sweet comments on instagram regarding hair care! We figured it was about time we share our favorite products, for both guys & gals!

Sulfate-free Shampoo & Conditioner: Shampoos & conditioners containing sulfate strip your hair of it’s natural oils, can irritate your scalp and cause frizziness.  Also, if you want to protect your color and/or hair treatment (such as keratin hair treatment) your stylist will suggest one of these shampoos & conditioners.  Burt’s Bees is a great go-to of ours.  Pureology is another favorite, but can be a bit pricey. (Amazon usually has good deals on buying both together at a discounted price.)

Hair Masks: Deep conditioning can help transform dry & damaged hair immensely! One of our favorite hair masks to do is a coconut oil treatment.  It’s 100% natural and organic and easy to find at your local food store.  Leave on for about two hours, while you clean the house or catch up Netflix! Another long time favorite is Macademia Natural Oil Deep Hair Repair Mask.  It smells amazing and makes your hair super soft! You can also use this in place of conditioner in the shower once a week.

-Brushes & Combs: All brushes are not created equal and our vanities drawers are filled with several!  Paddle brushes are great for blow drying long hair to get out moisture.  Then go over in sections with a round brush to create volume.

Protect: Before blow drying hair it’s important to use a hair protectant, especially if you’re going to go over it again later with a styling tool (like a straightener or curling wand).  The Moroccan Oil line is great for this.  Their protectant spray and volumizing mousse never fail!  You can also add a bit of their smoothing serum on the ends of your hair to help with split ends and create a sleek look! Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum is a great alternative, that will save you a few bucks. 🙂

Filtered Shower Head: Last but not least, invest in a filtered shower head! It’s one of the best things we did (for our hair, haha).  Once we moved to Arizona, we saw a big difference in our hair… it was definitely dryer, which led to more split ends.  We purchased a filtered shower head a while back and don’t know how we never used one before.  The filter removes up to 99% of chlorine and chemicals from your shower water and leaves our hair super soft & healthy!

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Follow along with us on Pinterest for more hair & beauty favorites!

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