Beauty

Morning Links

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Ankle boots have been my closet staple for the past 6 or more years. I have a seriously weakness for this cutout style. The right shoe can update your entire look

I can’t wait to try this healthier version of Fettuccini Alfredo that’s vegan & can also be gluten free

Smart Beauty Hacks with products you probably already have on hand

I’ve been obsessed with the simplicity of this app, that pays you for scanning your grocery, beauty, and apparel receipts. Cash accumulates quickly, and you can transfer it into your Paypal account at any time. (Get a $10 bonus for signing up with this link or using this referral code: ethxieu when signing up with the app)

Shakeology has been apart of my daily morning routine for the last year. Vegan Chocolate is my go-t0, but Monday launched the newest flavor, Cafe Latte. If you’re a coffee lover it’s a must try, all the benefits sans the caffeine! (Cafe Latte is not vegan)

Holiday Beauty Drugstore Beauty Haul

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Polish / Mascara / Liquid Eye Liner / High Definition Undereye Setting Powder / Mascara & Shadow Shield

I couldn’t be more impressed with my latest drugstore beauty haul. Pregnancy makes my already fast growing nails, grow 10x faster. Painting my nails is the best option for me, since they grow out so quickly. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure has been a game changer. It applies better than any polish (at any price range) I have ever tried, and gives the look of a gel manicure. It pairs perfectly with my go-to top coat for speed drying and full shine.

  

The e.l.f. High Definition Undereye Setting Powder takes my favorite concealer to the next level, by keeping it in tact all day and adding a velvety finish that helps camouflage fine lines and dark circles. I’ve been extremely surprised by how amazing this product is, especially for a $3 price tag.

L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara in Carbon Black and L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Precision Liquid Eyeliner in Carbon Black, makes a bold statement for any holiday eye look. From a statement cat eye, to a smoky eye, to a metallic sheen, each product in Carbon Black really makes lashes and eyes pop!

I came across this super convenient tool, when doing my mascara and shadow in a pinch. The e.l.f. Studio Mascara and Shadow Shield is great for avoiding mascara on your lid, and undereye, as well as accumulating shadow under your eye when applying. Another $3 find.

Holiday Gift Guide // For the Beauty Techie

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I enjoy getting ready. Doing my hair, doing my makeup, choosing my clothes. But drying my hair has always been my most dreaded beauty task. With the amount of hair I have, and it being so long, it usually takes me up to 30-40 minutes to get it completely dry.

I’ve had a couple of great hair dryers throughout the years, but my latest one was at the end of it’s run after a short couple of years. So I probed my hairstylist for her favorite hair dryers. She suggested BaByliss. I started researching and found nothing but amazing reviews for this Italian made beauty tool, created with a real v12 Ferrari engine, and nano-titanium technology.

The verdict? 6 minutes. 6 minutes is all it took for a completely dry, shiny blowout. Sold.

BaByliss Volare V1 Dryer Ferrari Designed Engine Ulta Beauty Techie Guide

The amount of times that I didn’t have time to finish drying my hair and had to let it air dry to look like a mess. I wish I would’ve discovered this piece of beauty magic much sooner.

If you’re in search of the perfect gift for the beauty techie in your life, I’ve rounded up an array of amazing products that amp up anyone’s beauty routine.

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BaByliss Pro Volare V1 Dryer This hairdryer is magical. It’s no doubt worth the price to cut down significantly on your beauty routine time & comes with a 4 year warranty at Ulta.

Beachwaver S1 Lust Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show beach waves? This is the exact product top stylists used to create the effortless sultry look.

Clarisonic Mia 2 Skin Care Cleansing System This is a life changer. Using this facial brush everyday, makes my skin so soft, eliminates dryness, and helps fade any previous breakouts.

Clarisonic Acne Cleansing Brush Head With my hormones all over the place, being pregnant, I use this brush head to control breakouts. It’s safe for sensitive and acne prone skin.

Clarisonic Deep Pore Cleansing Brush Head Designed with a unique gradation of bristle firmness and dual-action movement, making it optimal for cleansing oily skin, skin with large pores or those looking to target hard to reach and uneven areas of the face, like the crevasses around the nose. This brush head is safe and gentle for use every day.

Clarisonic Sensitive Brush Head If you have a sensitive to normal skin type, this brush is great.

Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Brush Head This is the next brush head I plan on trying out. The luxurious brush head with plush new filaments that remove sebum and surface-level pigmentation to diminish the appearance of hyperpigmentation and dullness.

Clarisonic Smart Profile Skin Cleansing System If you’re obsessed with the results of the facial brush as I am, you can take it to the next level with this full body set, that includes a facial brush, body brush, and pedi smoothing disc.

Color Me Automatic Universal Starter Kit I’m dying try this foundation applicator that creates a professional airbrushed look. You can use it with any kind of foundation from liquid, loose, pressed, to BB creams.

Brought to you by People Style Watch and Ulta.

Holiday Gift Guide // For the Beauty Buff

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Drybar Blowout Peace on Earth Good Hair to All! | Sigma Beauty Sigma Spa® 2X Brush Cleaning Glove | Sephora FavoritesUrban Decay Naked Smoky PaletteGLAMGLOW GIFTSEXY Ultimate Anti-Aging Set | GLAMGLOW Poutmud Fizzy Lip Exfoliating Treatment & Wet Lip Balm Treatment Duo | Yves Saint Laurent Vernis À Lèvres Plump Up Glossy StainGiorgio Armani ‘Luminous Silk’ Foundation | Boscia Japanese Cleansing Ritual for Flawless Skin

One of my favorite gift guides, for the beauty obsessed in your life, or treating yourself! You can’t go wrong with any of these glam gifts.

 

my favorite sale of the year…

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale | TheSubtleStatement.com | #nsale #nordstrom #anniversarysale #earlyaccess

 

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My favorite sale of the year is here! If you’re a Nordstrom card member, early access is available to you starting today through July 16th, and then opens to the public July 17th. Now is the time to snatch your Fall staples, before they go to full price.

 

 

My Healthy Essentials

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21 Day Fix Program | Running Shoe | Dry Shampoo | Shower Cap | Water Bottle | Blender | Shakeology | Containers | Challenge Group

Loose Waves Hair Tutorial

 

Loose Waves Hair Tutorial | TheSubtleStatement.com #iwokeuplikethis

detangling brush / volumizer / protein cream / hydrating oil / shine spray / shine brush / curling rod / hairspray  / dry shampoo / shower cap

I rock my best “loose/undone waves” once they have been slept in. I sometimes style my hair the day of, but it gives a more done up look instead of an I woke up like this perfectly fallen waves (literally.) Doing this routine the night before makes for an extremely easy morning, eliminating any styling, while achieving perfectly fallen waves, that with the help of dry shampoo and shine spray will last a day or two afterwards.

After washing my hair I use a detangling brush to smoothly brush out my wet strands. I then spray a volumizer at the roots, a protein cream from the crown down and the layers around my face (it works wonders!), and use a couple drops of a hydrating oil on my ends (it keeps ends shiny & speeds up the drying time.)

After blow drying or letting it air dry, or a combination of the two, I spritz on a shine spray from the crown down, and around my face. I grab a section of hair and smooth through it with a shine brush (this helps eliminate frizz & great for blow drying too) and use a curling rod to make slightly undone curls. (Video tutorial coming soon!)

To do this, I hold the curling rod upside down, vertically, and wrap the section of hair around it in the direction away from my face, and holding the ends with my fingers to secure it. I hold each curl for about 20 seconds and then unravel, as I still hold the curling rod vertically upside down. I do this until all sections are complete, in no particular order so it doesn’t look too uniform, then spray my favorite medium finish hold hairspray throughout. It keeps curls intact, but keeps hair feeling and looking soft, instead of crunchy or straw-like. Once cool, you can work your fingers through it.

By the next morning the sections have fallen into the perfectly loose waves. I have never been a fan of shower caps, because they have always held more humidity and moisture, until I came across this one by Drybar (at Sephora) The terrycloth lining prevents moisture, and keeps your locks looking exactly the same before you slipped it on. I usually throw my hair into a loose messy bun and slip on the shower cap while showering. When I’m finished, I remove and spray a little dry shampoo at the roots for volume and to avoid greasiness, while holding the rest of my hair away, not to get it anywhere else. I then spritz a little shine spray and work my fingers through if needed, and it’s complete! Having extra time in the morning without having to style and having a good hair day at the same time equals double perks! For the following days, repeat with the shower cap, dry shampoo (roots only), and shine spray around the face and crown down. You can use the shine brush and redo any waves to touch up, as well.

Loose Waves Tutorial | TheSubtleStatement.com

 

Gift Guide: Girl on the Go

Gift Guide : Girl On The Go | TheSubtleStatement.com

1. Gucci Soho Leather Disco Bag  2. Mophie ‘juice pack air’ iPhone 5/5s charging case  3. Bobbi Brown Deluxe Lip & Eye Palette  4. Touch Tech Cashmere Gloves  5. ‘Basic Tech’ Cashmere Lined Leather Gloves  6. Loeffler Randall ‘Fenton’ Rain Boot  7. Starbucks Double Wall Traveler Gold Dot  8. Mophie Powerstation   9. Sam Edelman Gold Dax Sneaker

The Brow Down

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If there’s one makeup item I would choose to have over any others before leaving the house, it’s a brow product. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good mascara, but I have pretty naturally long lashes on my own. If I don’t have my brows filled in (in the parts I am still trying to grow out) I feel naked.

Until a couple years ago, I never filled my brows in at all, and looking back pictures, it makes the biggest difference. I wish I would’ve started much sooner. After a good almost 12 years of growing my brows back in after a bad pencil thin waxing experience, I’m almost fully there. The brow tools aid in the extra help I need for any sparse spots, and keep them shaped and clean.

Brow Down - Favorite Brow Products - TheSubtleStatement.com

Benefit Brow Zings (in light) is my favorite brow product. Most days this is the only one I use. The hard angle brush and powder are the perfect tools to give your brows a polished shape. The wax and blending brush fill in any sparse spots, and blend the two products together well.

Benefit Gimme Brow (in light/medium) is a great product to subtly fill in your brows, and make them appear fuller, as well as work as a brow gel to keep them in tact.

Anastasia Brow Wiz (in taupe) is a great tool to quickly pencil in or shape your brows, or use along with Benefit Gimme Brow. The retractable ultra fine tip prevents looking too “pencilly” or thick.

Links I’m Loving

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1. Lauren Conrad’s Cool-Girl Guide to Holiday Dressing.. I’m loving Lauren’s new locks! This shoot ups her usual simple meets classic style to a new notch of glam and edginess

2. Get Cozy.. 20% off all pillows, throws, bedding, and rugs going on here

3. The new unlimited program to hit Rent the Runway.. busy year? Your wardrobe will be once less thing to worry about

4. 6 Steps to a Sassy Ponytail

5. Checking off the gifts on your list, or having shopping spree is easier with $45 off $100 at Gap (use code SPREE)