Braided Hair Tutorial & Free Goody Hair Elastics from Kotex!


If there is one thing I am constantly in need of, it is hair elastics. It is one of those things that you have in every handbag and in every drawer yet you always need more. Am I right? Right now you can get some free Goody hair elastics when you’re shopping for some other girl essentials. Text “KOTEX” to “TARGET” (827438) and get your coupon. Then you can keep both of your essentials on hand at all times!

We were tasked with creating a hair tutorial that uses hair elastics from one of our favorite brands; Goody. Being the hair novice that I am, I had to rope in Product Girl Jr. for a little assistance. Kayla and I broke out some hair chalk, starting braiding and we came up with a look that I think is fun for the end of summer or even the first few days of school.

Here’s how we created this look:

  • Start by parting your hair to the side then section your hair into three even pieces.
    For a little something extra, we added a little of hair chalk into each section. To make the color pop, use a pomade before you add the color to your hair.
  • Braid each section so that you have three separate braids. We used two different types of elastics, some smaller Goody hair elastics for each section, then a larger, stronger Goody hair elastic for the end braid.
  • Finally, take each section’s braid and braid that into one larger braid securing it with a Goody hair elastic. We went with pink since we use some pink hair chalk.

And there you have it! We’ve been rocking braids non-stop this summer and this look is perfect for those hot summer days. To transition from day to evening, just undo your braids and you’re left with gorgeous, beachy waves.

This post is sponsored by U by Kotex and Style Coalition.

DIY Nail Polish Rack!

Confession time: How many of us store our nail polish in a shoebox? Guilty as charged. I’ve been trying to find a better nail polish storage solution so I wasn’t lugging out the 1995 Caboodle (don’t judge me) every time I wanted to have a little me time.

So, the Internet, in its vast knowledge, showed me how to make a nail polish rack with foam board. I watched a ton of YouTube videos and read a lot of tutorials –  you can check some out herehere and here.

So with great joy, I bring you: DIY NAIL POLISH RACK. Woo. Keep reading for step by step instructions.

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Revlon Bronzy Look + New Video

While bronzer is a four seasons product, it does seem to have its official season in spring/summer. We’re welcoming the season with a new Revlon video. You may recall, last month we announced our partnership with Revlon in 2012 to create videos highlighting beauty trends each month. The fun continues in April with BRONZY goddess-ness.

The products used in my Bronzy Look video include:

  • Revlon PhotoReady™ Color Correcting Primer
  • Revlon PhotoReady™ Concealer in Light
  • Revlon® Bronzer in Natural Bronze
  • Revlon PhotoReady™ Sculpting Blush Palette in Peach

I really liked the Revlon Bronzer in Natural Bronze. It reminds me of my beloved Tarte Park Avenue Princess. In addition to applying it in the “3 shape” I mention in the video, I like to take a fluffy eye brush and apply it just above the crease and below the brow bone. It’s great when you’re going for the monochromatic bronze look and is very natural.  

You can also view my Bronzy Look video here, along with the other bloggers teaming with Revlon. Let us know what you think!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Revlon has contracted us to develop videos each month to highlight trends on

Beauty VIP of the Week: Hair Bungee, and a Tutorial

Happy Friday everyone! Looking back on this week, it’s been the week of the Hair Bungee. Now that my hair is growing out, I often throw it back in a ponytail or messy bun. And I inevitably fidget with it all day long and end up with creases galore in my locks. Enter the Hair Bungee. I first started using this after it came in the November Birchbox. At first it confused me, but now I prefer it to my regular elastic bands. It’s this week’s Beauty VIP for being a simple solution to wearing my hair up. I put together a brief Hair Bungee tutorial to show you just how easy it is to put this in your hair.

Let us know if you’ve tried these and what you thought!

Say Hello to Makeup By Risa

Before I really started blogging about my favorite beauty products, I use to post FOTD shots in the MAC Cosmetics LiveJournal community. There was one gal who blew me away with her FOTD posts, that was Risa. She posted the most insanely amazing shots of her work that would leave you speechless. Now she’s started a YouTube channel and you have to subscribe to it… just look at some of her work below.

You can thank me later. 🙂

Easy False Eyelashes in 5 Minutes

One of the most intimidating and life-changing beauty tools has to be false lashes. They seem scary, hard to apply, and cause a plethora of worries yet they can really make the difference for a special occasion or fun night out.

With Halloween approaching, I decided this would be a great time to share my easy 5 minute method for applying false eyelashes. I actually prefer “strip” lashes to individuals for the quickest application so I used them in this tutorial. I used my friend Vicky and her gorgeous green eyes to demonstrate my method.

Here are the tools needed:


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An Easy DIY Lipstick Palette

Have too many lipsticks and want a better option to carry them around? Jenbabae from the Makeup Alley forums has an easy do-it-yourself lipstick palette you can do at home. All you need is your favorite lip balms or lipsticks, a palette with however many wells you would like (you can find some great empty palettes at Japonesque), 1 teaspoon stainless steel measuring spoon, floss and flame. With that, you can achieve this:

Cute right? I’m going to try this one of these days.

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