Beauty & Hair

My Favorite Summer Scent

We all know that in the summer, it can get pretty hot. For me, one of the best ways to cool down is with a refreshing spritz of perfume or body spray.

This summer, the scent I wore the most and absolutely adore is Light Blue by Dolce & Gabbana. The Light Blue scent is the epitome of summer: It’s fresh, light and smells like pure sunshine.

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 Dolce&Gabbana Light Blue

xo – Amber

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Change Is in the Hair


I’m constantly tempted to change my hair in some way–cut it, dye it, just try something different. This has led to short bobs, choppy layers and even blunt bangs in the past.

I’ve been resisting the urge to chop all my hair off and have let it grow for once. It’s almost at the length I want, but I just had to give in and ended up dying my locks this week. I decided to go lighter for the summer, similar to Caroline’s new look. It ended up blonder than I expected, but I’m diggin’ it!

Anyone else trying new looks for the summer?!

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xo ॐ – Amber

 

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Many of you probably know that I am a makeup addict. I love getting dolled up and taking my time blending and creating looks. But as summer approaches and the temperature rises, wearing makeup in the heat is not ideal. My perfect compromise is wearing a “no makeup-makeup” look, which includes concealer, powder, mascara and bronzer, combined with a bold lip color.

HEROFor this look I wore ‘Impassioned’ by M∙A∙C.

A couple of my other favorite M∙A∙C lipstick colors include:

‘Rebel’

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‘Cosmo’

‘Whirl’

‘Velvet Teddy’

Mahal,

Bella

 

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Tattoos & Piercings

Many of Clare’s and my friends have asked us about our experience getting our first tattoo. Although Clare and I both follow many beauty gurus on Youtube, and have found a ton of videos that explain a tattoo’s meaning or how painful a piercing is, none (that we have watched or found) give a first-timer’s point of view. So Clare and I made a video for you (and our friends) explaining the process and pain level—and we threw in some helpful tips, too.

Disclaimer: We are not claiming we are experts, these are just our opinions from our personal experiences.

Mahal,
Bella

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The Beauty Trend Show

Every year, my mum and I wake up bright and early for the Beauty Trend Show at our local Nordstrom. The tradition continued this past weekend, and it was awesome—as always.

We arrived around 7:45 am, received pink gift bags, filled up on some much-needed caffeine, and grabbed some seats for the show. Before the show started, we filled out raffle cards, hoping to win something. (My mum ended up scoring some Smashbox goodies!)

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Spring was in full bloom this year, and pink was definitely the theme color. We saw gorgeous new looks from YSL, Estée Lauder, MAC, Clarisonic and more.

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I absolutely loved hearing about all the new beauty and hair products, then trying them out after the show.

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After lots of sampling and shopping, we took lunch break at the Nordstrom Cafe.

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Crab Mac & Cheese and Earl Grey tea. So good… So, so good.

Before leaving I had the opportunity to get my hair done by Morroccan Oil stylist Michelle. Michelle was so sweet and showed me all the tricks and tips to get that relaxed wavy look.

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Check your local store listings to see if any beauty events are happening near you!

xo ॐ – Amber

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Prom is right around the corner. You’ve got your dress, but how are you going to do your makeup?  My best friend, Kenya, is a great makeup artist, and she volunteered to show you how to do a glam gold eye that’s perfect for prom.

Step 1: Prime eyelid with Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer

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Step 2: Apply a dark brown shadow (Urban Decay’s “Darkhorse is a great choice) on the outer corner of the eyelid and in the crease of the lid, blend thoroughly.

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Step 3: Place gold glitter (Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eyeshadow Beige ) is a great choice to complete this look.) on the inner part of the eye and the center.

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Step 4: Apply mascara to your own eyelashes, or apply false lashes for volume.

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Step 5: Look GOLDEN!

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Even if you’re not attending prom, this look is perfect for any future event that requires a touch of subtle glamor. Hope you like it!

Photos by Kenya Thomas

– James

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I’ve recently been obsessed with avocados. I find myself putting avocados on almost everything, like eggs, toast and pizza, or even eating them alone with a little salt and pepper. Not only are avocados super tasty, but they’re also amazing for your skin.

So today I have a yummy, quick and easy avocado face mask!

Ingredients:

– 1/2 avocado
– 2 tablespoons honey
– 1/2 cup uncooked oats
– 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
– 1 teaspoon lemon juice

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The only step here is to mix and mash up all your ingredients.

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I love this mask, but I’ll admit it ain’t the prettiest sight. It kinda looks like guac gone wrong???

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But now all you have to do is apply the mixture to your face!

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Once you’ve applied this green goodness to your face, wait 20 minutes then rinse with warm water.

I’d love to hear how this mask works for you! Use #nordstrombp so I can see all your beautiful avocado faces!

xo ॐ – Amber

 

 

 

 

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Everyone loves having their makeup done for special occasions, but I am one of the few who actually enjoy doing my makeup.

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Brows:
“Faint” from the Urban Decay ‘Naked Basics’ Palette

Eyeshadow:
Lid- “Naked 2” from Naked Basics Palette
Crease- “Mugshot” from Urban Decay ‘Naked3’ Palette
Outer corner- “Darkside” from Naked3 Palette
Inner corner-  “Venus” from Naked Basics Palette
Lips: “Velvet Teddy” from MAC Matte Lipstick

For most looks, a variation of a smoky eye is a safe bet. I went without liner and added a defined highlight to contrast the dark shadows.

Check out the Nordstrom library of beauty how-to videos for some great how-to videos for the smoky eye and other prom-night looks.

Mahal,
Bella

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Lipstick Diaries: Rebel

This is more for a girls’ night or a fancy dinner with your family. Dark lipstick is harder to wear than a lighter, more neutral lip color, but it’s worth the effort!

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In this look I’m wearing a fur vest, v-neck midi sweater dress, and simple strap heels.

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Rebel by MAC

Mahal,
Bella

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My perfect spring lip color (even though spring is a few weeks away) is Impassioned by MAC. But it’s not the most practical shade for a day-to-day lip color. When paired with a dark, monochrome outfit, however, a bright lip is perfect.

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Here I’m wearing a statement coin necklace, a cropped sporty tee, velvet leggings and Nike Roshes.

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Impassioned by MAC

Mahal,
Bella

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