chamomile {tea bath}

It’s often hard at the end of the day to completely unwind from the stresses of our day. Personally, I love to relax with a nice cup of tea right before bed; I find it calming and soothing. But for those of you who need a little extra, I recommend taking a chamomile tea bath. You all know how much I love to drink tea, so I’m thrilled to let you know that using tea and essential oils in a bath has endless benefits as well, both cosmetically and spiritually. Continue reading “chamomile {tea bath}”

small ways to reduce {toxins in your home}

I am a big advocate of balance. I do not believe there is one magical way of life that everyone should abide by, and even if there were, how practical would that be? Chances are not very. It’s all about making a lifestyle change, not falling into a fad that is tricky to maintain. There are so many simple and easy changes you can make to better your health, be it what you eat, what your put on your body, or how you care for your home. Continue reading “small ways to reduce {toxins in your home}”

makeup tips {every bride should follow}

On your big day, you want to look like yourself. This seems like a no-brainer, but this cardinal rule of bridal makeup often gets overlooked. Do you normally go au natural, full on Kim K smokey eye, or somewhere in between? Your daily look is your jumping off point for picking your bridal look. If you’re a minimalist, a subtle eye with neutral tones is probably the best way to go. You’ll want to be sure to still contour your face and eyes so that your face has dimension for the photos, but your color palette can be based on your skin’s natural tones, rather than something so dramatic that people won’t recognize you. Hate lipstick? There’s no reason to pick your wedding day to start wearing it: you’re going to be smooching your groom all night anyway. Rocking a bare lip or working with a lip stain is a great low maintenance way to go. If you rarely leave the house without being completely dolled up, then a more dramatic look might be suitable for you.¬†And don’t be afraid to wear those false lashes–they photograph beautifully. The most important thing for any bride to be is to do a test run of your makeup. You should book a consultation with a makeup artist well before your big day, or if you’re doing your makeup on your own, be sure to practice the look you want over and over. And over.

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image: alice’s wedding

prep, prime {& set}

A lot of girls miss this essential first step in their beauty routine not realizing that it is one of the most important steps and should never be skipped. Preparing the face for makeup is just as essential to your look as your foundation or blush. Skipping this step can leave your skin looking flawed and cause your makeup to wear off quickly. Here’s how you prepare your skin for your makeup application: Continue reading “prep, prime {& set}”