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How To Grow Long Lashes - An Honest Neulash Review

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I've been getting to many questions about my eyelashes, especially after posting this photo so decided to write a post on eyelashes. Even yesterday I was at the dentist and my dentist starting taking notes about what I use on my lashes.  Let's face it eyelashes (and brows) have been all the hype lately, to the point where I know way too many people with lash extensions. There's nothing wrong with them, but I made a promise to myself that I wouldn't ever get lash extensions. So I decided to try a lash serum. I've heard so many good things about Neulash from other bloggers with long and beautiful lashes so I caved in and purchased it during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale earlier this year. 

Let me start by saying my eyelashes weren't super short to start out with but I wanted to try this product to bad and wasn't believing the hype. So here’s my review. It actually works. Like really, really well. I apply it every night before bed and started to see results after just one month. I did forget a night or two, so that won't kill you, but just think consistency is king. 

How to apply Neulash:

Neulash comes in a container similar to a mascara tube. You apply it like liquid eyeliner: to the base of your lashes. It’s important to apply it really carefully. When I first started using the product, I wasn’t as careful, and then I noticed a few random lashes growing in a weird place (but hey… that shows that it actually works right!). Ever since then I've just been clean and not sloppy when I'm applying it because I don't neen any wonky hairs.

Once your lashes start to curl they've reached their full potential or growth. So you should use Neulash every other night instead of every night. It's a good thing to note that Neulash isn't a permanent solution, however I recently took a month off because I got out of my routine with applying at night and haven't noticed any fallout (but am back on it again). I also didn't have any side effects.

Another thing to note is that yes it's expensive which is why I was skeptical at first but the larger tube should last you at least a year.

HINT: This will also make a great Christmas gift to add to your list! If my tube wasn't already full it would be on my list! 

Where To Buy:

I bought mine from Nordstrom and will continue to do so once it runs out. I also found Neulash on Amazon, however I don't purchase many beauty products on Amazon because they could be knock offs. If you do purchase on Amazon I highly recommend reading every review because this is not something to mess with, which is why I go to Nordstrom to rid of any skepticism. 

No, I'm not getting paid to say this but Neulash definitely exceeded my expectations. I've been using it since the end of July and my lashes are much longer and fuller. 

    Now to mascara since I know that's the next question. I just found a new one that is pretty amazing so go back and forth between my two favorites: this one and this one

    I'm happy to answer any questions you have about Neulash or anything in the comments below. xox

    When To Throw Out Your Beauty Blender

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    image via InStyle

    image via InStyle

    Beauty Blender have become a staple in the beauty world. Who would have thought a pink egg shaped sponge would be a miracle worker when applying makeup! As I was dabbing with my BB yesterday I thought to myself, 'self when should I replace this' because it's starting to get holes and just be old. After all its been a year since I've been using this one. And yes I clean it. 

    So I thought I would put together a few tips on when to throw out your beauty blender. 

    Shape

    If your beauty blender starts to get rips (hello!!), tears or even spots that don't come out with your BB cleaner then it's time for a new one. Trust me, there's nothing like a fresh BB that will get the job done. 

    Breakouts

    I've gotten to know my skin pretty well over the years and can usually tell when it's time to clean my makeup brushes or swap out my beauty blender because of the random breakouts.

    TIME

    I'll admit that I run my beauty blenders into the ground and don't replace them every few months, but you should be replacing this every two to three months depending on how much you use it. I know this sucks because it's $20 a pop but once you replace it, this tip will make so much more sense! 

    Anyone else a die hard beauty blender user? Leave me any beauty questions in the comments below.  

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    8 Favorite Halloween Costume Looks of 2016

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    Happy Halloween! Mike and I decided not to dress up this year so I've been basically stalking everyone on social media to look see what everyone else is wearing. Today, I've rounded up some of my favorite Halloween costumes this year! 

    Did you dress up this year? I'd love to know what you dressed up as. Also, which Halloween costume is your favorite? 

    1. Jenna Dewan Tatum as a unicorn totally knocked it out of the park for me! And she's the best dang unicorn I've seen yet. All this glitter and pink is giving me all the feels. I totally want to be a unicorn next year now! 

    2. Jojo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers as old people. This is so great on so many levels and a great couple costume. 

    A photo posted by Jordan Rodgers (@jrodgers11) on

    3. Kylie Jenner as Christina Aguilera from her "Dirty" music video is so spot on it's scary!

    A photo posted by Kylie (@kyliejenner) on

    4. Kylie Jenner (again, I know who am I?!) but I just love her face makeup in this costume. 

    A photo posted by Kylie (@kyliejenner) on

    5. Khloe Kardashian as Storm. I had to include this one because I didn't even recognize Khloe, her makeup and hair look so amazing! 

    6. Katy Perry as Hillary Clinton was too funny not to share! 

    A photo posted by KATY PERRY (@katyperry) on

    7. Hallie Berry killed the skeleton costume! 

    A photo posted by Halle Berry (@halleberry) on

    8. Alessandra Ambrosio looked so stunning as Jessica Rabbit.

    Everything You Need To Know About A South African Safari

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    The day is finally here and breaking down everything you need to know about our South African Safari. We took a one-hour puddle jumper flight from Johannesburg to Madikwe, where we stayed at the Impodimo Game Lodge. When we landed at the “airport” in Madikwe (which was more like a long stretch of dirt road), there were elephants and giraffes which was so surreal and really kicked off our safari adventure.  

    We started each day with a sunrise wakeup call and hot coffee. Then it was on to the bush. Being my first safari (and a total bucket list item), I was so excited, even for a 5am wakeup call. The morning rides consist of hopping into the Land Rover with an intimate group of six people, chasing the sunrise and looking for game. Our Land Rover had a Ranger and a Tracker. It’s important to have a Tracker in the front because they’re able to spot animals, track footprints, animal dung, etc. Some of the other lodges didn't have trackers and we quickly realized how beneficial it was. 

    Before we left for the safari, we brushed up on our animal skills - like knowing what the “Big 5” animals are. While on a safari, the goal is to spot the “Big 5” game animals: elephants, lions, leopards, buffalos, white and black rhinos. If you’re lucky you will spot all of the Big 5 in one game drive. We saw 4 out of the 5 on our first morning drive, then all of the Big 5 the following day. 

    Game drives are typically about 3 hours long with a small break in the bush for coffee/tea and a light snack (i.e. muffins and biscuits). Then they swap the coffee for wine, beer or a G&T and another snack during the evening drives.

    After the morning drive, you come back to eat breakfast then have the afternoon free. Usually you’re pretty exhausted so will nap or lay by the pool. However, we tried laying by the pool but it was so hot in South Africa we couldn’t make it longer than 5 minutes, so opted for nap time. 

    You meet again at 3:30 for high tea before going out for the evening drive. The night drive is amazing because much of the drive is in total darkness, which makes viewing the stars pretty spectacular, but you also get to see the nocturnal animals and animals coming out to feed. Let me also just point our that the sunrises and sunsets are pretty amazing as well. 

    We asked Tyrone, our ranger, if we could walk the bush. Clearly I'm in the front with the two men with guns. Walking the bush was so neat because you get to track animal tracks, dung, etc. The photo on the right is lion track (we made the circle around it). 

    Taking selfies with sleeping lions. 

    This White Rhoni took a mud bath right in front of us. It was pretty cool to see this huge animal roll around in the mud like a dog would.

    If it hasn't been apparent yet, I became pretty obsessed with zebras! 

    Our lodge at Impodimo Game Lodge. Since the lodge isn't fenced in (aka animals can walk through at any time) our ranger picked us up every morning and took us home at night. There's actually a pretty funny story...we were eating dinner outside on our last night and heard this noise and when we looked there were 3 buffalo behind us (which happen to be the most dangerous besides a hippo) and 5 lions drinking water 

    We got massages outside on our balcony and there were animals walking around near us.

    Our Ranger, Tyrone & Tracker, Sam 

    If you're looking for the ultimate dream safari experience with your family or with your significant other, I can honestly say you will NOT be disappointed with . Their team is so friendly and hospitable. 

    Why "Baking" Your Makeup Will Make It Bulletproof

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    I can’t think of a worse situation then being at a football game or concert sweating and your makeup’s literally drips off your face. We’ve probably all been there, but I've come to save the day. I'm about to blow your mind and tell you that the word "baking" has a completely different meaning than what you know. When we're taking about "baking" we're talking about makeup, not cupcakes! 

    The term "baking" isn't anything new, in fact drag queens have been using this method forever because under all the hot lights, dancing, and sweating they need makeup to stay put and not move. But thanks to Kim Kardashian (yes, I can't believe I put her in my blog!) makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic it's made a full circle. 

    So how does baking work?

    You've probably heard of setting your makeup before, but when you set your makeup that's all you're doing. When you're "baking" it's literally making your makeup bullet proof. The process seems much scarier that it sounds, but to "bake" you apply a ridiculous amount of loose translucent powder to the skin. The "baking" comes into play because that area of the face can’t breathe, so your body temperature and the loose powder becomes trapped and literally cooks to become bullet proof. 

    How long should you bake? 

    All you have to do is apply a generous coat of translucent powder over your foundation and/or concealer to set your makeup. Let the translucent powder “bake” for 5-10 minutes before brushing off the excess, this will keep your makeup from not moving all day and night long.

    I always bake after I apply contour if I did a sloppy job or just want a sharper (but blended) line. I apply it using this translucent powder and this brush or a beauty blender. While you’re face is baking (sorry I had to!) just apply the rest of your makeup or get ready as usual, then will go in after 5-10 minutes to brush it off. 

    Side note: I was baking a few days ago and got dressed and almost walked out the door with powder still on my face. Thankfully I looked ay myself in the mirror before I left *phew!*

    Where to bake? 

    There are a few places you can bake: your cheeks, chin and under eyes. You chin might seem like an odd place to bake but if you think about it, you touch your face so much throughout the day, place your hand on your chin, etc. 

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