The Modern Twist Updo Tutorial

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If you are looking for a way to pull your hair up in a slightly fancy way without being overly conservative, I would highly recommend this modern take on a french twist. I love the ends sticking out as a way to soften and relax the style. . . it feels a bit more casual to me which was exactly what I was going for.

A few key products to help assist the style are great bobby pins, a strong clear elastic, and perhaps some texture spray or powder to build a little chalky texture in the hair for hold. I love the Diane bobby pins, the Blaxx clear elastics, and either Amika Un.Done Volume and Matte Texture Spray, or IGK Texture Powder.

2 Eye Looks with One Palette

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This post is sponsored by Sephora.

I love an eyeshadow palette but only when I can use every single one of the shades in it! I hate buying a palette and only using, like, 80% of the shadows because there are some obscure colors that I know I’ll never touch for my pretty classic and simple eye makeup looks!

So, I’m sure you can imagine how pleased I was to discover the Charlotte Tilbury Super Nudes Easy Eyeshadow Palette at Sephora. It has 6 shades that are highly pigmented, so a little goes a long way, and I use every single one of them. The palette also contains a helpful guide on the back to show you how to use the shades together!

I created two eye makeup looks featuring this palette along with two other great finds at Sephora.

The Velour Lashes Fluff’N Brown 3-in-1 Brow Pencil and Balm is everything I need in a brow product in one single unit! I use shade “taupe” and love that my three main tools (defining pencil, brow balm, and a spoolie) are all included and strategically worked into the unit. My brows last all day and look full but still realistic and natural.

Lastly, the Sephora Collection LashCraft Length & Volume Mascara is everything I want in a mascara, and at a great price point as well. It defines my lashes with thickness and length but doesn’t build into clumps. It dries quickly which typically means it will hold a curl better than other more wet feeling mascaras, and I’m so pleased with the results from this mascara. The wand is just the right size for wiggling at the base of my lashes to great thickness right at the root for maximum impact.

My daytime eye look was warm browns and lots of mascara.

And then to shift gears into something a little bit spicier for date night, I used the darker, smokier shades from the Super Nudes Easy Eyeshadow Palette to create a smoky eye with a subtle cat-eye.

I love how this turned out! A cat-eye, or a kitten-eye in my opinion, is my top choice for an eye look that needs to have more impact than what I typically wear for daytime. It elongates my eye and adds darkness to a flattering part to make the eye look bigger. The eyes become the focal point of the face!

These three products have become a regular part of my day-to-day rotation of makeup products that I love using. You can only find the mascara at Sephora, and you can find the other two products there as well!

Strawberry Margarita with Homemade Strawberry Syrup

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Last year, a few months into lockdown, my friend Caroline texted me and said “I’m bringing something over! On the way now!” I had spent the morning cleaning the house from top to bottom and was so happy to see my friend (albeit from the driveway since we were being socially distant!).

She left a strawberry margarita on my porch, we did an “air hug”, chatted quickly, and then she drove off. It was such a treat!

Since then, especially when strawberries are in season, I’ve enjoyed making my own strawberry syrup and making as close to what she made me as possible.

Find my go-to recipe below!

Strawberry Margarita // makes 1 drink

(adapted from Tideandthyme.com)

1.5 oz Grand Marnier

2 oz Tequila

3 oz lime juice

4 oz fresh strawberry simple syrup*

salt and a lime wedge for the rim

Run lime along the rim of the glass then dip in salt. You can also use sugar here but I prefer salt. Pour liquids into cup, stir, and top with ice! Garnish with strawberries and/or lime.

Enjoy responsibly! 

*After making a few batches, I’ve figured out the most simple and flavorful way to make strawberry syrup. Wash and quarter 1 lb of strawberries and place in a pot. Pour 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar over the top, stir to mix, then bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn down to a simmer and allow to simmer for 15 minutes. Then, pour mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a glass or heat-proof container and enjoy! You can use this over ice cream, waffles, or any other thing you would use syrup on!

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