Katie

Beauty At A Bargain

If you are anything like me, you are a sucker for makeup. I can barely walk by a Sephora without asking about their sales or specials. Unfortunately, make up has never been one of the cheapest purchases- until now! I am pleased to introduce you to ELF, also known as Eyes Lips Face. Their website, www.eyeslipsface.com, offers everything (and I do mean everything!) in the book. From brushes to balms to bronzers, you can find it here! And the best part? You can find just about any item for one dollar! They do have certain products that cost a little bit more, but for the most part, I can get everything I need for my face for under ten dollars. Talk about excitement!

Skeptical of the value of the actual product? I was, too, but after testing out some of the goods, I was pleasantly surprised. Don’t get me wrong, nothing can beat my favorite makeup brands, but ELF was just as good (if not better) than any drugstore brand I’ve ever used.

BONUS! If you google ‘ELF Coupons,’ you can find tons of discount codes that you can use when you checkout, making your inexpensive purchase even more so!

Next time you get the urge to go on a makeup shopping spree, keep ELF in mind! What have you got to lose… besides a few George Washingtons?

Wedding Colors Quiz

The Knot’s website conveniently offers a Wedding Colors Quiz for all you brides-to-be who just don’t know what colors your wedding will entail. While it may be right on the dot for you, don’t take it too seriously. If you agree with the results, go for it! If it couldn’t be further from the truth, disregard it with a laugh. If nothing else, let if give you something to ponder on!

Take the quiz here!

Hot or not?

What bride doesn’t want to have great hair for their hairstylist to brag about on their wedding day? Even though you may not be doing your hair on your big day, it’s still nice for the stylist to have an easy-to-work with mane that isn’t overdried or full of breakage.

There are tons of hair care products that claim to reduce the wear and tear that daily conditions put on your hair. While some of those may actually live up to what they say, you are really in control of the majority of damage that your tresses undergo. You ask, “How is that?” Well, my friend, it all comes down to heat exposure. If you are the kind of gal that takes a hot shower every day, followed by blow drying and straightening and/or rolling, chances are you’re hair could stand a break.

You may think you have no other options, but you would be surprised to learn there are actually many alternatives if you get creative. Instead of a hot shower, maybe try warm water. From personal experience, I have found that when I rinse my hair with cool water, after about a week, I had fewer dead ends. Next in the process, you could attempt using the cool setting for drying your hair, just be careful with letting the ends of your hair beat in the wind, as this is also very rough on your locks. When it comes to straighteners and rollers, there really is no easy way around it. If you want straight-as-a-board hair, or you just love having that Barbie bounce, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. I would suggest testing out a few new styles. I have recently discovered that a side braid is very stylish and doable, but I don’t have to actually do anything to my hair before braiding it. Another personal favorite of mine is having tousled hair. Some may be afraid of not being able to pull it off, but if you don’t try it, you’ll never know!

So, don’t forget… you have the power! When in doubt about styling or tips, don’t be afraid to search the internet. Fifty percent of the world is made up of women. The chances that some of those women are wondering the same things as you are highly possible!

(photo from TheKnot.com)

Have a Pineapple!

refreshing pineapple drinkPineapples may make you think of tropical islands like Hawaii, or maybe just a great fruit salad. But there’s more to this tangy citrus than just “sugar and spikes.” The pineapple actually represents generosity, and is a commonly used symbol for hospitality. Thinking back, you may have visited a friend who had a welcome mat with a pineapple on it, or maybe a wreath. Perhaps the next time you see a pineapple welcome mat, you should just say, “Thank you!”

In some states and countries, a pineapple is given to guests, letting them know that they are most welcome as visitors. As a student majoring in Hospitality Management, I have grown familiar with the pineapple symbolism. The tropical fruit can be found on my school’s hospitality club t-shirts! First Coast Weddings and Events even gets in on the friendly fructose action by using a pineapple symbol in its logo.

Now that you have a taste for this pleasant produce, maybe you might consider serving pineapple at your reception! It goes great with honeydews.

(shown here, a refreshing Pineapple Cooler from Country Living)

Something Borrowed, Something Hot Pink

Hot Pink Flower. Have you always been the kind of girl that has dreamed about a traditional wedding? Maybe you’ve never pictured anything but a modern theme on your wedding day. At either end of the spectrum, it’s yours, and you make it what you want. You should never, at any moment, worry about what your guests think. Your wedding should be about you and your future spouse and who the two of you join together to be.

Let’s take a look at one of the most common wedding phrases…

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.”

Primarily, “something old” represents tradition. This is often a signification of your mom, grandmother, aunt, sister, etc. “Something old” stands for tradition and memories of the past, and traditions that you are continuing to carry on that will possibly be included in your granddaughter’s wedding.

“Something new” is typically the style of the bride. It is what she wants to include in her wedding day that defines more of who she is and her sense of fashion.

A bride can sometimes receive a gift or item from a happily married friend or family member, alas “something borrowed.” This may signify good fortune from one bride to another.

As far as “something blue” goes, the color and weddings have gone hand in hand for centuries. Brides in ancient Rome wore blue to symbolize many noble traits, while purity has been associated with the color because of Christianity’s dressing the Virgin Mary in the color.

Whatever the theme, whatever the colors, whatever the traditions or lack thereof, your wedding is yours. Maybe your something blue should be something hot pink!

(pink flower photo courtesy of Tibby Dozier Steedly)