natural beauty for glowing skin

kypris moonlight catalyst

as you all know, i’m obsessed with natural beauty products. i really try so hard to keep all of my skin care totally natural – parabens, petroleums, anything man made, i’m not into it when it comes to allowing it to absorb into my body. i try to combine this thinking with other little rituals that help my overall wellbeing. natural beauty for glowing skin… it takes a bit of a village!

currently, i’m LOVING kypris moonlight catalyst for its smoothing and retinol like effects thanks to the blend of rosehip seed, and phytonutrients that pack a nutritious and moisturizing punch. it’s your serum, and moisturizing oil all in one. take that.

lemon water

mornings with some lemon water, and a light read (so into decor mags as we finish off our new place) make the perfect way for me to ease into a slower day, or a lazy sunday. lemon water also promotes a healthy glow, from the inside out. hey, whatever it takes as the birthdays creep up! xo

how to: twisted braid tutorial


it’s so much fun to partner with friends to create content! cara mcclay is well known for both her fashion blog ‘a fashion love affair‘, and the best hair around! this girl’s mane has no supplementation, in other words, no extensions at all! isn’t that a gorge main? over on instagram, you’ll catch her braided styles a plenty, so i just had to get the intel on her twisted braid tutorial. i recently shared this how-to with glitter guide – it’s easier than it looks!





1. On one side of your head, twist a small portion of your hair from the front to the back, leaving a few pieces out around your face. Repeat on the other side, and then secure both twisted pieces behind your head with a clear elastic.

2. Grab the ponytail you created with the elastic. Flip it toward your head, looping it behind the elastic and pulling it downward.

3. Gather the hair in the ponytail and separate it into two portions. Take hair from underneath on the left side and pull it to the front. Repeat on the right side, alternating both steps all the way down the ponytail. Secure with an elastic.

4. Slightly pull the braid apart to achieve an undone look.

5. Use the XO Styling Iron (or heated styling tool of your choice) to create soft waves throughout the rest of your hair. If you’re using the XO Styling Iron, place it at a 45-degree angle, close the plates over a section of hair and glide the iron down the length of your hair, spinning it toward you as you move down. You can also use the iron to wave the pieces of hair you left out around the front of your face.

6. To finish the look, lightly spray your curls from underneath with hairspray. Run a small amount of hair oil through waves to separate curls and create shine.


how to clean makeup brushes


oh, hello! i’m putting on my makeup artist and beauty editor hat to share this recent editorial i produced for glitter guide, all in the name of spring cleaning! now, let’s be real here… how often do you wash your makeup brushes? do you know how to clean makeup brushes? i literally ask my friends and family this all the time, and then proceed to shame them into washing them as i watch. but really, it’s just SO terrible for our pores to run our dirty brushes across our faces every day. you know those tiny white bumps that appear on our eyelids? melia… well, those are clogged pores caused by dirt and oil. completely preventable! same goes for nasty bumps and pimples – dirty brushes can contribute to breakouts! luckily, the fix is easy.

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wash those brushes! once a month, get them all cleaned up. here’s how:

products you’ll need:
  • baby shampoo (it’s gentle yet effective)—i used Live Clean
  • running water
  • clean towel for drying
  • rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle

brush before

1) Wet brush. Keeping the tip of the brush pointed down, apply shampoo from the palm of your hand onto the brush. Swirl the bristles around in your hand, then rinse thoroughly.

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2) Repeat the above process until the water runs clear.

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3) Squeeze the excess water out of the brush.

4) Lightly spritz the damp brush with rubbing alcohol (70% at least) to eradicate any lingering germs.

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5) Lay brush flat on a clean towel to dry overnight. (Tip: Never stand the brushes upright to dry. Water will leak into the handle and loosen the glue, causing the brush to eventually break.)

Investing in good brushes and taking care of them will ensure they last for years – i’ve had many of mine for 10+ years, and i use them daily.

diy lemon lavender body scrub

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make at home body scrubs are super simple, and there’s absolutely no need to splurge on something so easy to make yourself! over on glitter guide, i created this lemon lavender sugar body scrub that i keep in the shower, and a little bowl beside the sink to fragrance and soften my hands after cooking or cleaning.

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lemon lavender sugar body scrub

  • ¼ cup raw sugar
  • ¼ cup coarse salt
  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • lemon zest
  • a few drops lavender oil

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Mix all ingredients together. Once thoroughly combined, spoon scrub into a pretty jar. Seal tightly and use for up to one month. Personalize this scrub by swapping out lavender for your favorite scent. A bigger batch makes a great gift!

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nars new blushes for spring

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even for us on the westcoast, it’s been unseasonable sunny, dry, and balmy… so when comparing it to everywhere else, we’re completely feeling like spring here! this may really tick you off if you’re still covered in snow, but fear not, because the end is near!

nars dual blush

but hey, if you can’t wait, fake it until you make it, right? get into the spring swing with a new blush and highlighter, that’s what i say. i am absolutely a huge fan of nars, and if you’re a longtime reader of this blog, that’s no secret. their newest cheek treatment (it’s totally not even accurate to call it a blush, that’s how good/versatile it is) is next level. applied wet or dry, nars dual intensity blush is a silky and subtle wash of colour that looks effortless when you build it. the color range is totally on point as well – which another huge reason i’m such a fan of the brand, their color game is always on point, especially for mid to darker skin tones, like mine. the shades you see here are jubilation (a duo of gold and bronze, think j-lo on the red carpet) and adoration (hot pink and a complementary coral), both are phenomenal.

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my day-to-day foundation is the pure radiant tinted moisturizer, i love the light coverage, built in spf, and glow it gives me. lately, because of my laser treatments leaving me red, i’ve been using this fuller coverage foundation; if you like a full coverage, this is going to be your jam. stays on all day, and is weightless, comfortable and hugely pigmented. thankful i have it to get me through my entire laser process!