Aloha my LOVES!!!! Ahhh, you guys are the BEST! Thank you so much for all of the wonderful feedback yesterday on my video and part 1 of this blog-post! I know I keep saying this but I worked so hard on this video, I wanted it to be perfect and interesting for you guys (& helpful for anyone planning a trip!) – so to know that all of these sleepless nights paid off is an amazing amazing feeling. I loveddd reading all the comments from those of you that have trips planned already or are now planning trips because of my episode, to know that you all are actually engaged with the content is incredible. I felt so cheesy recording my voiceovers but I wanted to be super informative and share things that I wish I knew before my trip!
Enough with my rambling though, let’s get on to Part Two of my Hawaiian vacation where we spent a few days on the gorgeous island of O’ahu. Each Hawaiian island is supposed to be completely different in terms of the landscape, culture, and all around vibe. While O’ahu is by far the most modern and Maui is super lush and relaxed, I found O’ahu’s mishmash of modern & utopian to be fascinating. Within very short drives you can see the city’s high rise buildings, lush rainforests, mountains, cliffs, charming towns and villages, gorgeous sandy beaches and crystal blue water. I’ve said this twice already but in my opinion, O’ahu is the absolute perfect way to close out a Hawaiian vacation because it’s a great transition back to city life. I was still living in Chicago when we went on this trip, if we had come back straight from Maui I think the harsh contrast would freak me out LOL! Alrighty, as usual.. I’ll blab as we go :) Enjoy!… View Post
I completely underestimated how incredible Hawaii would be, in my mind I thought tropical is tropical they’re all the same – I was in the Maldives two weeks prior so I was under the impression that I’ve already set the bar so high on beachy vacations that Hawaii wouldn’t even compare. Wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong!!! Hawaii has so many different landscapes and visuals… cities, mountains, rainforests, beaches, the ocean, cliffs. All it takes is a short drive to see all of these things within minutes. Hailing from the FLAT midwest, this completely blew my mind; I couldn’t believe just how beautiful everything is. No question, this trip is my favorite yet, my chest actually felt heavy when we were leaving to come back home after 8 days. I usually feel antsy after a couple days to get back into my routine but this time around I had absolutely no desire. Every island has a completely different look and feel, we only explored Maui and O’ahu but I know we’ll be back asap to experience the remaining six.
You all know that I’m very.. generous with the camera(s) so after narrowing down thousands of photos and hours of footage, this is the final result. A long vlog and a blog-post so long that I had to break it up into two parts after completing, ha! Part one today will be the first leg of our Hawaiian vacation on the lush island of Maui, grab a snack and get comfy – I’ll chat and reminiscence as we go! Part two in O’ahu will be posted tomorrow so don’t forget to check back! xo… View Post
As you all know, I love a good cream contour – my skin as super dry (even more so than usual in this video :-/) and i love to layer tons of product so I try to do most of the work with liquids and creams, then finishing off with powders. My routine is constantly changing as my skin roller-coasters so this tutorial includes all of my current favorite products, including the highly requested Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Kit! Enjoy!
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Whenever I feel a pang of wanderlust I end up zoning out in front of the computer for hours searching for flights and making bucket-lists of things to do and places to explore. For me there are two types of vacations: 1. unplugging everything and checking out or 2. throwing on sneakers, exploring sights, and taking in as much history as possible. During my latest wanderlust session I yearned for something tropical, someplace where I could shut everything off (except my camera of course), and just relax and be pampered.… View Post
Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Summer Collection is available today! 7 new eyeshadows, 6 creme colors and 2 liquid lipsticks!! I’ll get swatches (& hopefully a look!) up tomorrow using the products but today I finally have my lip swatch video of all 22 shades of ABH Liquid Lipstick!!! It took me forever to get around to film this but I’m glad I waited because I was able to include the two new shades that are releasing today: Craft & Unicorn. These lippies have been so popular and all of the swatches I saw when they released got me super excited but I was nervous because I wasn’t able to find swatches on anyone with a similar skintone to mine… View Post