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The Triple Topsy Tail: Guest Blogger

Blair Badge is one multi-talented lady: she’s a social media manager, a beauty editor for fashion site Chictopia, a model, a newlywed and an all-around awesome gal with a penchant for witty banter. We think she, and her dreamy blog love, blair, are so awesome that we had to ask her back for a second stint as a guest blogger. This week, she’s sharing her must-have products for a night out clutch, the secret to a triple topsy tail (!), and makeup tips to get you photo-ready in a flash.

Back in the ’90s I remember owning a topsy-tail hook for making those perfectly looped ponytails. Who would have thought that almost two decades later I’d still be donning a similar look. Perhaps a new iconic hairstyle? I think yes.

I like this look as a casual day style, ideal for lounging around on the weekend. And what makes it brilliant is that it only takes three minutes or less to create! Just follow these easy steps:

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Photo Makeup 101: Guest Blogger

Blair Badge is one multi-talented lady: she’s a social media manager, a beauty editor for fashion site Chictopia, a model, a newlywed and an all-around awesome gal with a penchant for witty banter. We think she, and her dreamy blog love, blair, are so awesome that we had to ask her back for a second stint as a guest blogger. This week, she’s sharing her must-have products for a night out clutch, the secret to a triple topsy tail (!), and makeup tips to get you photo-ready in a flash.

How many of us are plagued with those cringe-worthy images from our best friend’s wedding, family photo session or a business headshot? You know, the ones with a blown out complexion, invisible lips or marble-like eyes? Regular makeup just won’t cut it if you’re looking to snap some professional photos, so here are a few of my quick tips for mastering makeup in front of the camera:

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Plague of the Dirty Bristles: Guest Blogger

Blair Badge is one multi-talented lady: she’s a social media manager, a beauty editor for fashion site Chictopia, a model, a newlywed and an all-around awesome gal with a penchant for witty banter. We think she, and her dreamy blog love, blair, are so awesome that we had to ask her back for a second stint as a guest blogger. This week, she’s sharing her must-have products for a night out clutch, the secret to a triple topsy tail (!), and makeup tips to get you photo-ready in a flash.

We’ve all heard it before. Those basic beauty rules that have been recited time and time again: “Buy a new mascara every 3 months”, “Don’t pick blemishes”, “Wear sunscreen” and the like. However, I recently discovered that many of us frequently overlook one crusty, unsanitary beauty tidbit—The Plague of the Dirty Bristles. 

If you think about it, our makeup brushes not only contain excess product from our most recent application, but also the build up of oil on the skin, bacteria from blemishes and environmental particles. I know, it’s pretty gross. 

But the good news is that it only takes an investment in mild hand soap and makeup brush cleaner to keep those bristles clean and bacteria free! Not to mention it will help your makeup brushes last longer too. Here’s my breakdown of the cleaning process:

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Get In My Purse: Guest Blogger

Blair Badge is one multi-talented lady: she’s a social media manager, a beauty editor for fashion site Chictopia, a model, a newlywed and an all-around awesome gal with a penchant for witty banter. We think she, and her dreamy blog love, blair, are so awesome that we had to ask her back for a second stint as a guest blogger. This week, she’s sharing her must-have products for a night out clutch, the secret to a triple topsy tail (!), and makeup tips to get you photo-ready in a flash.

Stocking one’s purse with the necessary items for a night on the town is all about strategy. With the limited amount of space inside most fashionable clutches, it’s important that your arsenal of goodies are all necessities for a productive and enjoyable evening. Hence, I’ve broken down the contents of my handbag as inspiration for your next night out!

1. Statement Clutch: Obviously it’s important to have a bag to hold one’s contents, but also key? Picking one with an eye-catching exterior that compliments your wardrobe ensemble. 

2. iPhone and Earbuds: Like most people, I can’t go anywhere without my cellphone. I’ve also become obsessed with listening to Spotify while walking to meet-up with friends. It’s a great way to pass the time and discover new artists!

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Paper Lashes Are The Coolest New Makeup Trend: Guest Blogger

Blair Badge is one multi-talented lady: she’s a social media manager, a beauty editor for fashion site Chictopia, a model, a newlywed and an all-around awesome gal with a penchant for witty banter. Her dreamy blog, love, blair, is a heady mix of all her talents in one and we can’t get enough of her style and beauty advice. This week, she’s sharing her DIY beauty tips, like how to create a pretty custom lip color and how to get perfect beachy waves.

(Photo: Paperself)

I never would have considered paper lashes if it wasn’t for The Hunger Games movie, which showcased Effie Trinket (a.k.a. Elizabeth Bank) wearing them in tons of promo shots. I know, I totally got pulled into the whole Katniss craze!

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Undone Summer Hair: Guest Blogger

Blair Badge is one multi-talented lady: she’s a social media manager, a beauty editor for fashion site Chictopia, a model, a newlywed and an all-around awesome gal with a penchant for witty banter. Her dreamy blog, love, blair, is a heady mix of all her talents in one and we can’t get enough of her style and beauty advice. This week, she’s sharing her DIY beauty tips, like how to create a pretty custom lip color and how to get perfect beachy waves.

For you gals who prefer a simplified morning routine, this undone summer hairstyle is especially for you!

Step #1: Give your second-day “bed head” hair a boost with Redken’s Powder Refresh Dry Shampoo. Spray directly at roots throughout the crown section and rub in for extra lift.

Step #2: Smooth out the front sections by creating a gentle wave with a flatiron. I get this effect by rock the flatiron back and forth along the hair shaft.

Step #3: Lightly flatiron the bottom two inches of hair to rid your mane of any scraggily pieces.

Step #4: Spray TIGI Session Series Salt Spray generously from ears to ends and tousle with fingertips. Twist a couple bottom pieces with your index finger for the finished boho-effect!

For surfer girl waves, we love Oribe’s Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray.

The Perfect Polka Dot Mani: Guest Blogger

Blair Badge is one multi-talented lady: she’s a social media manager, a beauty editor for fashion site Chictopia, a model, a newlywed and an all-around awesome gal with a penchant for witty banter. Her dreamy blog, love, blair, is a heady mix of all her talents in one and we can’t get enough of her style and beauty advice. This week, she’s sharing her DIY beauty tips, like how to create a pretty custom lip color and how to get perfect beachy waves.

Polka dot manicures are incredibly east to do. Perfect this adorable design with just a few simple steps!

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How to Prep Your Skin for Summer: Guest Blogger

Blair Badge is one multi-talented lady: she’s a social media manager, a beauty editor for fashion site Chictopia, a model, a newlywed and an all-around awesome gal with a penchant for witty banter. Her dreamy blog, love, blair, is a heady mix of all her talents in one and we can’t get enough of her style and beauty advice. This week, she’s sharing her DIY beauty tips, like how to create a pretty custom lip color and how to get perfect beachy waves.

Let’s face it—bikini season is a challenge. It’s often daunting to think of those upcoming summer months knowing our post-hibernation bods will soon be on display. Here are a few tricks for whipping your skin into shape for summer!

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Mix ‘n Match Lip Color: Guest Blogger

Blair Badge is one multi-talented lady: she’s a social media manager, a beauty editor for fashion site Chictopia, a model, a newlywed and an all-around awesome gal with a penchant for witty banter. Her dreamy blog, love, blair, is a heady mix of all her talents in one and we can’t get enough of her style and beauty advice. This week, she’s sharing her DIY beauty tips, like how to create a pretty custom lip color and how to get perfect beachy waves.

(Photo: Aura Cosmetics’ “Just Out” + “Hollywood”)

Lipsticks are like socks. You never know when they might sprout legs and run off! I’m notorious for misplacing (a.k.a. losing) my lipsticks. Then I’m faced with the conundrum of replacing said color or making due with what I already have.

I’m here to advocate thriftiness. Before you rush out the door to replace that missing color, let’s try something new: Channel your inner child and get creative by mixing your current lip shades for a custom color!

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