OOTN and Tips for your Big Event

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Whether it’s prom, graduation, a wedding, or a red carpet event, you want to you look and feel your best. My dress*  is from Peaches Boutique. It’s a two-piece by Rachel Allan and the style number is 6637. Below are some of my tips for getting ready for your special night.

  1. Make sure that your foundation, powder and concealer are free of titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide. These chemicals are present in products with an SPF, and can cause an awful white cast in photos with flash. Generally, any product with a Sun Protection Factor of 20 or below should be fine.
  2. If you’re struggling with skin redness, or even a pimple, dab a small amount of allergy/redness eye drops on the area. These eye drops contain anti-inflammatory agents that will help the redness to subside.
  3. Exfoliate your skin and your lips. If you don’t feel like spending a fortune on an exfoliator, mix together a bit of honey, olive oil and sugar.
  4. Use a little bit more of a heavier hand when applying your makeup. Flash photography can also make the colors you’ve applied appear lighter and less vibrant.
  5. If you have sensitive skin like I do, don’t groom your brows the day of the event. Do it the night before to ensure that you won’t have any redness.
  6. If you’re getting a dress altered, make sure you have the dress well in advance; you may even need a second fitting and alteration. This applies especially to prom because many other girls will be getting their dresses altered, likely by the same tailor as you.

* All items marked with a star were received courtesy of the brand for review and promotional purposes. Continue reading

Spring Cleaning: Closet Clean Out

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It’s finally starting to feel like Spring! This is a great time to reorganize around the house, especially in your closet! Here are some of my favorite tips on choosing what to part with, and how to organize:

1. A simple way to keep track of what clothes you actually wear is to hang the clothing backwards. Turn all of the hangers. If you wear an item, hang it back normally. After 6 months or so, part with any garments that are still hanging backwards. You may be surprised at how much you aren’t wearing!

  1. If you have some pieces that you don’t want to donate because they’re valuable, try PoshMark, eBay or your local consignment shop.

3. Ask yourself this: If I was shopping right now, would I buy this? Continue reading