Beauty

The Scents of Summer

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I may or may not have a bit of a fragrance obsession. Even as a young child, whenever I went to the local grocery store with my dad, I’d always run off to the scented candles section and just sit on the floor smelling each one until my dad finished shopping. This love affair has since switched to perfume though, and it’s why I always make sure to have different perfumes for day and night and summer and winter.

I buy most of my perfume from Victoria’s Secret, usually during the Semi-Annual Sale when I can get last year’s limited edition fragrances at a huge discount. I always make sure to have both the fancy glass Eau de Parfum bottle, which never leaves my bedroom, and the lighter plastic body mist bottle to carry in my purse. Since the body mist bottle is always much bigger than the Eau de Parfum bottle, it lasts much longer, causing the two to usually not match up. That’s totally OK though.

My favorites tend to come from the Dream Angels Heavenly line for day and the Very Sexy line for night, but I sometimes deviate from that because it’s so much fun to try all of them! I currently own four different fragrances, one each for: SummerDay, SummerNight, WinterDay and WinterNight. I wear the summer fragrances from April-September and the winter ones from October-March, so I just started these ones up again a few days ago!

Top photo: Eau de Parfum:

-Dream Angels Heavenly: In Paradise, 2013

-Bombshell: In Love, 2012

Bottom photo: Body mist:

-Dream Angels Heavenly: Summer, 2011

-Bombshell: The Summer Edition, 2012

All fragrances pictured are from Victoria’s Secret.

 

It’s not easy being green-(fingered!)

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I love it when I find awesome nail polish, then I use it and look down at my fingers and I instantly feel happier. It’s important to enjoy the little things in life like that! 🙂 Although I’m obviously enjoying Emerald Green right now, my nail polish collection features every color imaginable, just like my closet. Green is one of my favorite colors for spring.

-Left: Revlon-Posh

-Right: Hot Topic’s Blackheart Beauty-Jade

An Ode to Leave-in Conditioner

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People often ask me how I keep my hair as healthy as it is. Besides protecting it by not styling or dying it very often, tucking it into the hood of my coat during winter and always keeping it in a ponytail while it’s windy, I’ve found that a quality leave-in conditioner–or three– really makes a difference! I’m a huge fan of Redken hair products, which can be purchased at any hair salon and aren’t super expensive, despite not being sold at Wal-Mart. I switch between the Extreme: Anti-Snap protein treatment and the All Soft: Heavy Cream every time I wash my hair; which is about twice per week. They prevent breakage and provide a ton of moisturizer, respectively. I then follow with a leave-in spray for extra protection afterward.

Divine Red Wine

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No, I haven’t had a glass yet today. I’m talking about wine-colored nail polish! I love wearing bold, dark colors on my nails during the fall and winter; and since it’s already February, I don’t have very much winter left! Never mind, I live in Minnesota so that’s debate-able. I guess still having snow in April won’t be so bad if I can enjoy some red wine!

From left to right: Essie “Fill the Gap Treatment” base coat, OPI “Bogota Blackberry,” Sephora by OPI “I’m with Brad,” and Essie “No Chips Ahead” top coat.