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Kill Black/Brown Waterproof Brush Liner and Mascara Set

Congratulations to Denise Harajuku Girl FL!

You have won 3 lovely Clio Makeup products, brought to you by Peach & Lily!

I have emailed you, but if you didn’t receive that, please shoot me an email at StorybookApothecary@gmail.com ASAP with your post information.

Thanks to everyone who entered, followed and tweeted – more giveaways and chances to win coming soon! 

Special thanks to Peach and Lily for providing these awesome makeup products for giveaway.

Check out their lovely site – here.

♥ Tianna 

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Gift of Glamour

With all the dazzle of this week’s Met Gala and the upcoming excitement of the Great Gatsby, this summer is going to be all about glam. Between dressing up, dazzling flapper beading, maxi dresses, it’s a sure hit to doll it up during the most casual of months. This week’s roundup has just about everything you need to know about looking fabulous, how to find the best deals in most unexpected places and how to shop on the go (without even going into a store.) That’s just what we need to get some more outdoor time.

Links à la Mode: May 9th

SPONSOR: Sale Shopbop Kilburn, Jason Wu Bags, Graf & Lantz, Lovers&Friends, Anton Heunis, Marie Turnor, MBMJ Totes, Skye Staghorn, Bikini, One Piece, & Swimwear Sale

Special thanks to the incredibly talented people at HeartIFB for inspiring, enlightening, and educating me in all things that pertain to blogging.

You can see their original post on HeartIFB – here.

Hope you’re all having a lovely Saturday!

♥ Tianna

Ah, Beauty Faux pas. We’ve all committed one ( or you know, all of them ) at some point or another and I’m certainly no different. I can fondly ( or not so fondly ) remember a time when I thought I was super stylish, but was sadly not and what better way to move past it than by sharing my crimes against beauty that I’ve personally committed? That’s what I thought too so I hope you enjoy and feel a little less bad about faux pas you may or may not have committed – No judgment here  😉

Pixi Flawless Beauty Stick

Pixi Flawless Beauty Stick

Orange Stick Foundation

So, the stick foundation I used to use when I first tried makeup was not this one by Pixi. I think it was by Covergirl or Revlon or something like that. The brand doesn’t matter. All you need to know is that, at that time, my skin was still young and perfect, and I did it no justice. In fact, I bought the stick foundation in the totally wrong color which looked quite orange on my skin and didn’t match my neck. It was God awful. Also, I likely put way too much of it on, didn’t blend it in, and just let it look all naturale in it’s pasty cakey glory so I pretty much looked ridiculous… which is why I stopped wearing it altogether after a week, deciding it was #1 too much work to put on every day and #2 I looked like a freaking Oompa Loompa clown.

CoverGirl LiquilineBlast Eyeliner

CoverGirl LiquilineBlast Eyeliner

Raccoon Eyes

I don’t actually remember what brand of eyeliner I first used. I think it was Elizabeth Arden or something. I just remember I nicked it from my mom’s makeup stash and only wore it on my top lash line for the first 4 years. In fact, that’s the only makeup I wore at all until I was 16 when I promptly added powder to my routine. When I was about 16, though, I thought the “intense dark eyes” look was super fab and decided to do it every. single. day… erm, at school. I don’t know how bizarre that looked, but I guess I shouldn’t feel so bad about having black eyes since all the girls in my year did it. Now you can see why I’ve not followed trends in so long. It did not do me any favors. Unless you count the unflattering photos as “favors.”

Sonia Kashuk® Core Tools Synthetic Pointed Eye Liner Brush - No 121

Sonia Kashuk® Core Tools Synthetic Pointed Eye Liner Brush – No 121

White Water Lines

I was in my Junior year when I discovered this brilliant little trick. What you do is you put white eye liner in your water line so you can make your eyes POP. What they don’t tell you is that white is seriously obvious and bright and looks horrible. You should really be using nude or beige colors that look more natural to your skin tone, but back then, beauty “gurus” recommended white eye liner. THANKS EXPERTS. I felt like quite the expert, myself, with this little tip. Maybe they were trolling their readers? Anyway, please save yourself some embarrassment and use beige or nude colored liner in your water line because white looks AWFUL. Yeah, you’ll look awake alright…and freaking insane.

COVERGIRL Cheekers Blush - Natural Rose 148

COVERGIRL Cheekers Blush – Natural Rose 148

Streaky Liney Blush and Bronzer

Although this last one was a bit later on, it’s definitely something I’m guilty of. It’s scary to think I walked around (confidently, no doubt) with thick streaks of blush and bronzer on my cheeks like a champ. All the while, I’m looking like Bozo the clown on circus day! Now, to my credit and the credit of all those who did this, blushes back then had a tendency to be chalky and really difficult to blend. The colors were also limited and usually were either too light or too dark. It’s a lot more evolved today when it comes to drugstore beauty, but when I was younger, there were a lot less options. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

So, those are a few of the beauty fax pas I remember committing the most!

Stay Tuned Tomorrow for My Fashion Faux Pas!

What Beauty Faux Pas Did You Commit ? 

I’d love to know in the comments!

♥ Tianna 

Blogger Link Love - StorybookApothecary.com

Happy Blogger Link Love Friday!

I hope you’ve all had a lovely week and look forward to an exciting and fulfilling weekend ;-)

My week was busy and felt like it just draggggged on. I hate that feeling where the hours feel like DAYS, but that’s how my week felt, even when I was busy. I am, quite frankly, glad that it’s nearly over and looking forward to a relaxing weekend where I can hopefully fit in a workout and treat the mom’s in my life to something special as it’s Mother’s Day in the USA this Sunday!

…Onto the Links!

Osmia Organics Detox Mask – Indigo + Canary

Indigo + Canary is one of my favorite all natural beauty blogs because they frequently feature products that I’ve never heard of and I really enjoy discovering new things in beauty! They have great reviews on everything beauty from hair to skin, nails and body. It’s a great blog if you’re looking to green-ify your beauty routine! This review they did recently on the Osmia Organics Detox Mask looks lovely!

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Lilly Brush Review – Adora Beauty

I really love how cute and fun AdoraBeauty is! It’s a mostly beauty blog with some occasional style and fashion posts, but I really enjoy the posts because they’re usually really fun and simple and her blog looks so full of whimsy – it’s just an enjoyable place to visit! Aside from that, her reviews are awesome and she often features cool new products like this one, the Lily Brush, which is meant to help clear older clothing from those little fabric pieces that gather on them after so many washes. It looks seriously promising so do check it out!

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Gorgeous Cosmetics Madam Mini Lashes Review – My Lucite Dreams

If you’ve been reading my Blogger Link Love posts for awhile, you might have seen My Lucite Dreams mentioned before and it’s because her blog has such awesome review posts! She features some lovely products and a lot of them are ones I wouldn’t normally seek out, but find they are of interest when I read her reviews. These lashes she reviewed recently look super natural for everyday wear and I’m not really a falsies wearing kind of girl, but these look like a good starting point for transitioning into wearing them more!

Brand Hi-Lite : Skin + Lab New Summer Products!

Oh how I love thee, Sweet Jelly Bean! One of my best blogger buddies, D is an amazing blogger and she does a variety of posts on beauty, mommy life, and some fantastic blogging tutorials that are extremely helpful if you’re new to the blogging world. I highly recommend her if you’re into blogging or beauty or both. This post she did recently on new item’s from Skin+Lab features some really promising Korean skincare!

NEW IN: PIERRE BALMAIN – Scent of Obsession

I recently discovered this incredible lifestyle fashion blog, Scent of Obsession, and I am hooked! She has lovely posts with great photos, featuring loads of items you’ll want to get your hands on. I love this post on new items from Pierre Balmain. I never felt into fashion or style before, but now I’ve discovered some cool fashion blogs, I find myself more and more fascinated by designer. This blog is one of those that’s just great to follow for an all around lifestyle interest in food, fashion, travel, and beauty.

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KIKO Summer 2013 – British Beauty Blogger

I always have to share posts from British Beauty Blogger, especially when she shares things like this new Summer Collection from KIKO Makeup! They seem to be making a splash lately in the beauty world, though I hadn’t heard of them until I saw them on AModelRecommends & BBB, but apparently they are an Italian beauty brand that’s very affordable and the quality looks top notch!

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The Deal on Dead Lifting & Getting Bulky – My Itsy Bitsy Bikini

I discovered this blog just the other day, but this post has been converted! Although it’s called My Itsy Bitsy Bikini, it focuses on one woman’s experiences with weight lifting, strength training and being a bikini/figure competitor. This post, in particular, really resonated with me because it discusses common misconceptions women have about weight lifting and “getting bulky,” which by the way, doesn’t happen without steroids, and also her own experiences getting over a dependency on the scale. I can really relate to it because it’s difficult to see when you look better, but your weight goes up or down or doesn’t even move. Often it’s that the scale doesn’t tell the whole story, if at all, and I think a lot of people will be able to relate to this post, especially if you’re trying to get in shape, build muscle, lose weight, etc. It’s definitely worth a look.

{WANDERLUST} Visiting New Orleans – Nicolette Mason

I recently discovered Nicolette Mason, but I don’t remember how. I only recall now that I love this blog and am officially a fan, especially this post she did on her visit to New Orleans! I’ve been wanting to visit New Orleans for ages now and her guide to the city is really well thought out and put together as well as simple, fun and creative. I definitely will keep this post in mind for when I decide to visit! A Marie Claire contributor, she features a variety of fashion, lifestyle and travel posts which are all worth a read!

Skulls & Bones – Krystel Couture

I really enjoyed this style post from Krystel Couture! I’m a big fan of skulls and I LOVE her hair! I’m just going to have to gush for a moment and say her hair is AMAZING. It looks so lovely and bright and, honestly, perfect for Spring & Summer, in my opinion. She reminds me a lot of Hayley Williams from Paramore, actually, only British. This is a great UK Style & Beauty blog so definitely give it a look!

Loopy Bow Nail Art Tutorial – Islaay

I really love Islaay’s blog! She always features great fashion, beauty and nail posts and this tutorial is so cute! It also seems really simple – something I might actually be able to achieve! – so thank you Islaay for helping me improve my lackluster nail painting abilities. Definitely give her post a look if you want to do this tutorial and check out others because they’re all pretty awesome!

That’s All for Now on BLL Friday, but I hope you enjoyed and Have a lovely weekend!

What Links Are You Loving This Week?

Feel Free to Share Links In the Comments!

♥ Tianna 

Summer 2013 Makeup Collections I’m Really Excited About

Estee Lauder – Bronze Goddess Summer Collection

There are so many beauty collections that have come out (or will be coming out soon!) from a ton of different beauty brands for Summer and I’m excited for all of the bright colors and bronze, which is weird for someone as habitually pale as me, but hey, I can change right?

Anyway, I just wanted to share some products I’m super excited about for Summer so I hope you enjoy!

Estee Lauder – Bronze Goddess – Illuminating Powder Gelée

I actually swatched this lovely illuminating highlighter because I’d heard so much about the Estee Lauder gelee powders and I was pretty curious to feel the texture. This is SO beautiful! It is super soft on the skin and it looks luminous instead of glittery. It’s a very beautiful light golden color that I think anyone could pull off and it could be used as a highlighter or even just an eye shadow in my opinion.

Estee Lauder – Bronze Goddess – Pure Color – Liquid Eyeliner Duo

I actually went out and bought this recently because I saw it in a YouTube video of the Bronze Goddess collection and since I’ve been looking for a new liquid eyeliner that lasts on my oily lids, I thought I’d give this a go. It’s ridiculously pigmented, both the gold and the black colors, and they last for AGES. They just do not come off. I showered and wore both of these on my eyes for around 10 hours and they still didn’t smudge or come off. They start to budge when you apply oil to get it off, but these are super waterproof and long lasting for Summer.

Paul and Joe Beach Baby Limited Edition Summer Collection 2013

I love the pastel colors of this summer collection from Paul & Joe, especially their eye liner and eye and lip gloss duos! They all look super wearable and just pretty for anytime. I love that they’re duos because you can use the colors alone, together, or however you like and duos always make me feel like I’m getting more bang for my buck!

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Paul & Joe – Limited Edition Beach Babe – Eye Gloss & Lip Gloss Duo – Santa Monica

I really love this color for the beach. It just has that lovely shimmer that you know will look fantastic on a day at the beach or pool or whichever. At the same time, it’s really soft and while it doesn’t have the bold brightness that a lot of summer collections have, it still looks very beautiful.

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Paul & Joe – Limited Edition Beach Babe – Eye Gloss & Lip Gloss Duo – Nice

This is a bit brighter for the Paul & Joe summer collection, but I surprisingly like how these two colors look together. It is a bit indulgent in the 10 year old fun girl inside of me, but I still think they would look lovely!

Illamasqua Paranormal Collection

I have been SO obsessed with the Paranormal Collection by Illamasqua ever since I saw the swatches for these lipsticks on BritishBeautyBlogger. They are so lovely, even though they really aren’t typical of summer collections. To be honest, I’m always a bit more vampy most days anyway and the lipsticks in this collection look amazing!

Lipstick in ESP

Illamasqua Lipstick in ESP

I especially love the lipstick ESP – it just looks so bold and pretty, but mysterious. I think it would be so brilliant for night looks. I just love it!

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L’ÉTÉ PAPILLON DE CHANEL

OMG! How pretty is this collection from Chanel?!?! I don’t typically gravitate toward Chanel that much, to be honest, but I love the theme and coloring for their summer collection which literally means ” Chanel’s Summer Butterfly.” I just think it’s very pretty and fresh and bright and I’m obsessing over their brightly colored mascaras!

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CHANEL INIMITABLE WATERPROOF VOLUME MASCARA

I am seriously tempted to pick up all of the brightly colored waterproof mascaras from this collection because they look so lovely! They have bright blue, yellow, and even a green tint and I just think colored mascaras are amazing at the moment. I don’t really know why I’m so fixated, but there you have it.

Clarins Splendours Summer Colour Collection

I love the look of the Clarins Splendours Summer Colour Collection, though it’s a bit more “safe” in terms of Summer looks, in my opinion. I just feel like it’s the same old thing and not that it doesn’t work because, for Clarins, this is still amazing. They do the all natural Summer look really well and their products always look lovely, but I guess I was just more impressed with the riskier bolder summer collections. Even MAC came out with some cool looking collections for Summer! Anyway, back to Clarins- their bronzing powder looks really nice and reminds me of something Mayan or Aztec and I love the idea of another shimmering body oil. I can never have too many of those – just saying!

Introducing the Hanami Collection

Hanami Collection – Spring Limited Edition Collection

I realized this collection from Alima Pure isn’t Summer, but I’ll do a separate post on their summer collection once I have a chance. Until then, I just noticed their Spring collection which looks really lovely and personally, I think would be equally lovely in Summer. The colors are really feminine, but still bright and beautiful.

Sale on Mineral Bronzer

Alima Pure Bronzer Sale

Also, on a more “summer” note, they’re currently having a sale on mineral bronzers so definitely check that out! You can get 20% off any of their bronzers by entering “GLOWING” at checkout.

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Simply Summer – Jane Iredale

I LOVE Jane Iredale makeup and this look they’ve put together for Summer is lovely. They haven’t released a Summer collection that I’ve seen specifically, but they do have a new tinted moisturizer for Summer which looks promising! I already have their brightening primer and you can see the review for that – here.

Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer

Jane Iredale Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer

This Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer has all of the loveliness of their other face makeup products, but has Summer in mind with it’s lightness so I will definitely look into picking up one of these for the super hot days we have here in Cali!

Zoya Polish Summer Color 2013 Collection

I haven’t had the pleasure of trying any Zoya polishes out yet and they’re not really sold in stores around me, but I have been internet stalking their site for months. If you don’t know, they offer natural nail polishes which are free of nasties, but have amazing long lasting pigment irregardless.

Zoya Polish Summer Color 2013 Collection

They have lovely colors and a lot of bloggers favor them for their long lasting polishes over conventional brands which is pretty impressive, in my opinion. They have a massive amount of color options available so there’s literally something for everyone.

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Zoya Nail Polish in Rikki

I’m most intrigued by their Summer color collection with all of the shimmery colors, especially this one called “Rikki,” because it just looks like something a mermaid would wear and that says Summer to me personally!

What Summer Makeup Collections are You Most Excited For?

Let Me Know in the Comments!

♥ Tianna

Lovely and Long Lasting Natural Korean Beauty Products – A CLIO Makeup Review {GIVEAWAY} !

Kill Black/Brown Waterproof Brush Liner and Mascara Set

{ These items were provided for review by Peach and Lily as were the giveaway items! }

I’m so excited to finally review these products I received for review from Peach & Lily! If you don’t know already, I love Asian beauty products and Korean beauty is often the height in cutting edge beauty products because they are always coming out with great new products that do insane, yet amazing things for you beauty-wise whilst still managing to look natural.

Clio Makeup has definitely held up to this ideal when it comes to Korean makeup products. 

The first item I received is a 2 piece set with the Clio O’Tank Volume Mascara in Black and the Clio Waterproof Eyeliner in Kill Brown. Both are equally amazing! The color for both is very pigmented and lasts all day long without smudging, creasing or fading.

The mascara has this well-designed curved mascara wand which helps to curl lashes during application and it works incredibly well. Although I have naturally long lashes, they tend to point down and fall down by the end of the day. I actually think this mascara has taken the place of my favorite Dior Extase Mascara and that’s saying something!

The liquid eyeliner is super easy to use for getting a very thin or thick line, whatever you like. It has that felt tip marker design to it so it’s application is simple, even for newbies to liquid liner. I love that this lasts for hours and hours because I have pretty oily eyelids which tend to crease, smudge and fade any eye makeup within an hour, but this actually lasts all day long. Another thing is that, although the color is a natural brown ( I personally prefer black liners ), it’s still really pigmented and a very rich dark brown color. It looks intense while still looking natural enough for daytime makeup.

You can check out this set on Peach and Lily – here.

Friday Glow Liquid Shadow

The last item I received was this Clio Friday Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Deepen Brown. I’ve never tried a full on liquid eye shadow before so it was fun to try out something entirely new  and this did not disappoint! It’s incredibly pigmented, but you can apply small amounts of it if you want a lighter color payoff so it’s very customizable for different color intensities. I used it once for a lighter brown color and simply used less of the liquid on my eye and patted it in. I also tried the more intense full color which was very rich in color, but still pretty natural looking. I don’t think the full color could be worn during the day, but definitely would work well for neutral looks in the evening. It comes with an easy to use applicator that applies to the eyes easily without much difficulty. My only advice is to use less at first then build because the color payoff is really shockingly bold, despite being a natural shimmery brown color.

You can check out this Clio Friday Glow Liquid Shadow – here.

Here Are Some Images What Everything I Received Looks Like: 

Some Swatches:

…And Now…

IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME!

One lucky reader will receive these 3 lovely products from Clio Makeup!

It’s your chance to try out some lovely quality Korean beauty products, especially for those who have never tried any Korean beauty items before!

Entering is super easy with tons of options for gaining bonus entries!

Hurry, though! This giveaway is only open until Monday, May 13th, 2013.

The winner will be announced here on the blog on Tuesday or Wednesday.

GOOD LUCK!

Sign Up for the Clio Makeup Giveaway Now!

Have You Ever Tried Korean Beauty Products Before?

Have You Tried Clio Makeup Before?

What do you think of Korean Beauty Brands V. American, British or other Western Brands?

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

♥ Tianna

Natural DIY Hair Mask Recipe_StorybookApothecary.com

I have been having the worst hair issues that I’ve had in years.

With the change of the season, I feel like they’ve only gotten worse.

Even with some of the lovely hair products I’ve tried, I only find temporary relief and once I run out of the products, my hair goes back to the same miserable condition.

Breakage, split ends, unmanageable hair, tangled hair, dryness, dullness, frizziness, a ridiculous amount of fall out,  lack of body and volume, and just a general crappy crap mess when it comes to my hair.

Originally, I tried this mask because I was looking for a natural way to brighten up my hair for Spring without actually coloring it given that I have given my hair a fair amount of abuse in the past few years where hair dye is concerned and also that I was too afraid to really experiment without risking more damage and drama in the hair department so going the natural route has always been the safest bet for me.

I discovered this incredible recipe on YouTube via Andrea’s Choice – see her video here – but I actually altered it slightly to fit what I had on hand and I think I’ve gotten better results because of it!

Here’s What You Need: 

  • Equal Parts Organic Coconut Oil & Honey/ Manuka Honey – I used Manuka honey, but any honey will work. I say equal parts because I used about 2 tablespoons of each, but if you have shorter hair you could use 1:1 tablespoons or if you have longer or thicker hair than me, you might need about 3-4 tablespoons of each so just use your judgment. 
  • A small bowl
  • A spoon
  • A spare Grocery Bag to put on your head.
  • A Towel for keeping the mixture off your clothes.
  • Gloves (Optional)

Application:

STEP 1:  Mix Equal Parts Honey & Coconut Oil with a spoon in a bowl until thoroughly blended.

STEP 2: Wrap A Towl around your shoulders and secure with a hair band to prevent any of the mixture from transferring to your clothes.

STEP 3: Apply the mixture with or without gloves, as desired. Where you apply the mixture depends on what effects you want out of this treatment. If you want natural highlights, focus on the top layer of hair and the crown of your head in order to emulate the way the sun naturally hits and highlights hair. If you want an all over treatment, apply the mixture from roots to ends, mainly massaging into the scalp and saturating the ends.

STEP 4: After applying the mixture to your hair, wrap your hair in the grocery bag and leave in, as desired, for 30 minutes to 2 hours. Your hair will get really stiff and feel pretty unpleasant, but that’s normal.

STEP 5: Rinse hair in the shower, first with water only and then shampoo and condition as usual.

The Result? 

My hair has literally never felt better!

It’s super soft, manageable, bouncy, voluminous, shiny, frizz free, and it has some nice, natural looking red highlights in it! I’ve done this treatment 2 different times and had equally awesome results both times. I will continue doing this treatment every week or so for a bit as I’d really like to see how light I can get my hair to go. Also, I find that this treatment has done wonders for the condition of my hair. The difference is night and day and one thing I notice that I really love is that before, when I would wash my hair normally, I generally found that my hair was seriously imbalanced. It would get oily and flat in about a day’s time, but still feel really knotted, dry, and generally look unattractive. Now, after this treatment, I notice my hair looks amazing even though I’m going on 3 days without shampooing or anything and, for me, that is AWESOME! Lastly, another thing I noticed is that I’m experiencing bouncy waves and curls that I really haven’t had since I was 8 or something so that is AMAZING!

I hope you all can try this treatment if you want natural, damage free highlights for Spring & Summer or, especially, if you have any of the hair worries that I’ve been experiencing because I definitely think you will notice a huge difference!

What’s Your Favorite DIY Hair or Beauty Treatment?

I’d love to know in the comments!

♥ Tianna 

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I originally saw this tag on ALittleBoatSailing – You can see her post on this here!

I ♥ Spring Tag!

  1. Favourite spring nail polish? I don’t really have a solid favorite for all time, but my current is favorite is Tropicana Nights by Karma Organic Spa & You can see my review for it – here.
  2. What is your must-have lip colour this spring? My must-have lip color for Spring is Coral Dawn by Karen Murrell. I really love KM lipsticks for a number of reasons – they’re eco and completely biodegradable, 100% natural, and the colors are very beautiful and pigmented. Plus, they smell like cinnamon! You can see a bunch of her amazing lipstick colors – here.
  3. Show us your favourite spring dress! Hmm.. I don’t actually have one really, but this one is nice! 
  4. What’s your favourite flower? My favorite flower used to be roses, but these days I really love dandelions and orchids. 
  5. Favourite spring scarf/accessory? My favorite Spring accessory is probably my Coral Dawn lipstick by KM. I always feel like a nice lip color really brightens up your face.
  6. What spring trend(s) are you most excited about this year? (Make-up, fashion or both!)
  7. Favourite spring candle? I really like this one by EkoMiko Candles. It smells really floral and lovely; plus it’s very eco friendly and natural!
  8. Favourite body spray/perfume for spring? My favorite fragrance for Spring is the Parfums de Nicolai in L’eau a La Folie which I recently got for my birthday! It smells like coconut, vanilla and lime which feels very Spring/Summer to me! It really evolves as you wear it and smells light, but pleasant. 
  9. What is spring like where you live? It’s pretty much either rainy and cool or on the hotter side of things. Living in Cali, you’ll find that the weather is really bi-polar here. It can be super hot one day and then ridiculously cold and rainy the next and it’s pretty much like that year round. 
  10. What’s your favourite thing about spring? My favorite thing about spring is that we enjoy mostly warm days, but it’s not so hot that it’s miserable yet. Yay! Also, we get some nice Spring showers occasionally which I really enjoy. I also really love all the colors in fashion during this season. 
  11.  Are you a spring cleaner? YES! It takes me forever to get around to doing it, but once it’s done, everything is super clean and I feel super accomplished! 
  12. Any plans for spring break or an upcoming vacation? Nope not really. I’d like to visit Georgia, but we will see how that goes. I’m trying to pay off debt so that really cuts into my spending for trips and things, but eventually I will go to all the places I’d like to go and it shall be awesome! 

I tag anyone who would like to do this Spring tag and please link your posts in the comments!

Otherwise, what’s your favorite part about Spring?

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

♥ Tianna

Links à la Mode

Beauty Positive

Real beauty comes from within. It’s an old saying, and generally I find it to be true. Beautiful people have positive souls. But … it never hurts to have good makeup and style to make your inner beauty shine. This week we have a great mix of beautifying tips on several levels to bring out the very best in you. From positive fashion quotes, owning your age & style, to nixing online bullying in the fashion community… body positive thinking and actual beauty tips galore. As a beauty junkie, I was delighted to read all the beauty tips! Of course, we have loads of style tips to get you started for the coming summer season!

Links à la Mode: The IFB Weekly Roundup: May 2nd

SPONSOR: New Shopbop EtniaBarcelona, VivaVena, Carolina K, Ellery, Lela Rose, Rumbatime, Botkier, R Rodriguez, Scalise, Rose Pierre, & Ipanema

Special thanks to the incredibly talented people at HeartIFB for inspiring, enlightening, and educating me in all things that pertain to blogging.

You can see their original post on HeartIFB – here.

Hope you’re all having a lovely Saturday!

♥ Tianna

Blogger Link Love Friday #11

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Happy Blogger Link Love Friday!

I hope you’ve all had a lovely week and look forward to an exciting and fulfilling weekend 😉

My week was awesome and zoomed by mostly, but yesterday I had some weird 24 hour flu or food poisoning; I’m not sure which. All I know is it was seriously awful and I couldn’t eat or do anything really. Thank God I feel much better today!! I plan on relaxing at home, finishing Spring Cleaning, whitening my teeth ( thanks for the idea Taylor @MyLuciteDreams! ) and I’ll be trying out some DIY recipes to naturally lighten my hair and condition it. Let me know in the comments if you want a post on the recipes and I’ll be happy to share! 😛

…And Onto the Link Love!

Caroline Hirons – BeautyMouth.com

If you don’t know who Caroline Hirons is, you MUST check out her amazing blog, Beauty Mouth! She is a brilliant, no nonsense gal who works as a facialist and gives incredible advice on how to treat skin with the right products and help you get your skin looking it’s best. I’ve been a huge fan since before I ever began blogging – I even did a post on her facial massage techniques which you can see here. She was recently on Pixiwoo’s Body Talk and recommended some amazing beauty products. Check it out – here!

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Why I Gave Up Job Security to Freelance – XOJane

If you don’t follow XOJane & you’re a woman, you MUST! They post on a ton of relevant topics and nearly every writer has a charisma and flair about their pieces which are often hilarious, engaging and easy to relate to. I highly recommend this site as one to follow if you’re into off beat female ish humor and this article in particular is pretty relevant to us bloggers and freelances so do check it out! – here.

Hello Again – Atlantic-Pacific

I’m really loving bright colors and neon this Spring and Blair from Atlantic-Pacific is really brilliant at all things style and fashion related. She’s always posting up really interesting outfit picks for the day which I find really inspiring, especially because she does things that are chic, but also wearable. I think runway fashion is interesting, but mostly I just think of how fucking weird you’d look if you wore that on the streets. This girl knows how to style pieces that look like they could go on runway, but won’t make you look like an insane socialite cat lady if you wear it in the streets. Just saying.

April Favourites – Urban Umbrella

I really enjoyed this April Favourites post from Urban Umbrella! She does frequent fashion posts and occasional beauty ones, but this one has tons of great picks that I’ll be looking into for Spring/Summer so do check it out!

Top 10 Tips for Eating Clean from @shrinkingjeans #health #nutrition #cleaneating

Top 10 Tips for Eating Clean from @shrinkingjeans

The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans is a great “weight loss” and health blog, but I really love the invaluable tips they offer like these ones for how to eat clean! I am not a huge fan of “weight loss” blogs, but this one is more of a get healthy and fit kind and its very easy to relate to because it’s written by normal women instead of fashion or fitness models which, in my opinion, can feel very patronizing at times. This one is not. Definitely check them out!

Image from Star Models’ Campaign – The Skinny on Body Image – The Fitted Frame

I found this blog, The Fitted Frame, recently from an IFB roundup post and found it really intriguing and relevant for us women. In it, she discusses the affect that media images, especially where the fashion industry is concerned, have on us and our body image. She also talks about this recent campaign from Star Models which they’ve done in an attempt to discourage women from starving themselves to meet unrealistic standards.

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Sarah Brown of Pai Skincare – 5 Desert Island Beauty Essentials

I really enjoyed this series of posts that the Beauty Shortlist has recently come out with! They’ve done a number of posts featuring prominent women in beauty where they’ve asked them to name their top beauty picks. My favorite is this one that features Sarah Brown of Pai Skincare’s Top Desert Island Beauty Essentials!

That’s It for this week’s list of links I’ve loved – What links are you all enjoying this week?

Please share them in the comments!

Otherwise, if you blog, please share one of your own posts in the comments from this week – I’d love to check it out!

Have a Lovely Weekend!

♥ Tianna