April 27, 2017

It's My Birthday!

Banana Republic Red Tie Neck Dress

It's my birthday! I can't really believe that I'm 32 today... ahh, did I just admit that?!? This month also marks A Good Hue's fourth blogiversary so there's lots of celebrations going on over here.

Apologies to all my readers for being MIA for the past week. I was on vacation in Napa for a very long weekend (more on that later) and between getting caught up at work, getting the pets back into their routines, and cleaning up the house (who ever thought 1 cat could make such a mess while we were gone??), I just haven't been able to get myself back on track just yet. Soon, soon I promise! I decided to take my birthday week off and will be back next with an all new outfit post (here's a sneak peek), beauty posts and maybe even a super yummy margarita recipe just in time for Cinco de Mayo festivities.

Thanks to all for your continued support and the birthday love, I truly appreciate it!


April 18, 2017

Blushing Blooms Outfit + LINKUP


Photos by: miysl photography

Growing up if you had asked me what my favorite bird was, I would probably have said the swallow. They have an unmistakable shape and are so acrobatic yet graceful when in flight. Each spring after having migrated to Argentina for the winter, they return to Mission San Juan Capistrano here in Southern California. Yes, some 6,000 miles away! Funny enough, I found out that they are now nesting in and making Chino Hills their home, which is where these photos in this post were taken. Once after touring the mission, my grandparents bought me a tiny glass sparrow that I kept on my dresser for years afterwards, in fact, I'm pretty sure I have it in a box somewhere. It's a special reminder that life is full of journeys but there's still no place like home.

Continue reading the rest of this post to see more of this outfit, plus join this week's Good HUES-Day link!

April 17, 2017

How-To: At-Home Mani

How-To: At Home Manicure with Lauren B. Beauty

I remember that once in my early teens I was getting a manicure at a salon and had thought to myself, "I can do this". From then on I started giving myself at-home manis and pedis... and anyone else who would let me. I even had one of those cool foot spas that bubbled and had a massager on the bottom... fancy, huh?

While I will still occasionally get my nails done in a salon (usually if I want gels), more often I still give myself manis. Here's how to get the perfect, salon quality manicure at home:

Step 1: Soak nails & hands
You can make a basic nail soak of water and baking soda or mix up a more elaborate DIY nail soak. I tried a soak with coconut oil, jojoba oil, honey and lavender oil and it left my skin feeling super soft and moisturized.

Step 2: Exfoliate
Remove dead skin with the Lauren B. Beauty Polishing Hand Scrub. This luxurious feeling hand scrub gently exfoliates removing dry skin and includes Vitamin E, aloe, and sunflower seed oil to help soften skin, cuticles and reveal more healthier looking hands.

Step 3: Moisturize
Apply the Lauren B. Beauty Nourishing Hand Creme to soften and hydrate hands. This hand lotion is weightless and has a thin formula but packs some major moisturization. When first applied, I thought it might be too greasy but it absorbed quickly and left hands feeling soft, hydrated with a soft floral scent. I made sure to really massage the lotion into my cuticles to help soften them. Skyy Hadley, the owner of As U Wish Nail Salon, is a firm believer in tending to your cuticles for strong and healthy nails. She points out that having dry, scraggly cuticles is not a good look and may even make you want to pick at them, which can lead to a bacterial infection... yuck! She also recommends to keep the nail beds and areas around nails moisturized, which will help the nail polish stay in place longer.

Step 4: Shape Nails
Push back softened cuticles using  and orange stick and then file nails. I like using block files that also include a buffer and shiner to add a healthy shine to nails.

Step 5: Apply Serum
Brush on the Lauren B. Beauty Nail Growth Serum and let sink in for a few minutes. I have been applying this a couple times a week for the past few weeks and find that my nails feel stronger. The serum contains a blend of antioxidants, amino acids Vitamins E and C, and biotin to help strengthen and grow nails and is great for those with fragile nails that break easily.

Step 6: Paint Nails
For nail color that lasts, start by applying a base coat. Let dry, then apply two coats of your favorite polish. Seal with a top coat and let dry completely.


*I received product from Lauren B. Beauty for review purposes. All opinions are my own, no monetary compensation has been provided. Thank you for supporting the brands that support A Good Hue.

April 14, 2017

Spring Floral Easter Dress

H&M Floral Dress | LC Lauren Conrad Runway Collection Heels (similar) | Felt Fedora Hat | Stella & Dot Necklace 

Can I just say that I am thrilled tomorrow is Friday? This week has felt long. Work has been crazy busy, which is good because I like keeping busy, but it's that week of the month and I just feel fatigued and sluggish. I have lists and so many things to get done but I just cannot get on it this week. Do you ever have days like that? 

I am looking forward to a nice, Easter weekend but I have a few things I need to do, especially since next week we'll be heading to Napa! I'm excited to take a few days off, sip some good wines and just relax. I've barely even had time to go shopping lately, although last time I did I came across this pretty floral dress. Doesn't it just scream 'spring is here!' to you? Continue reading to see more of this springy floral outfit>>

April 12, 2017

Holographic Makeup Must-Haves

Holographic Makeup Must-Haves from Sephora
Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner is Distortion | Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Prismatic Amethyst | Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Halo | Bite Beauty Prismatic Pearl Crème Lip Gloss | Bite Beauty Opal Crème LipstickMilk Makeup Holographic Stick | Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette | Farsali Unicorn Essence | stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow - Duo Chrome in Into the Blue | tarte
Make Believe In Yourself: Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter

I walked into Forever 21 last week and no joke, it looked like a unicorn threw up it's lunch all over the place. It was bright colors, rainbows and holographic pieces everywhere. This holographic unicorn craze has even made it's way over to the beauty section and honestly? I'm not hating it.

It's no secret I love a good highlighter and there has been some beautiful ones released recently (hello, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Prismatic Amethyst!) in shades you wouldn't normally see a highlighter in such as various tones of purples and blues. I'm loving how these iridescent beauties have made their way into other aspects of the beauty aisle- lips, eyes, even skin with the Farsali Unicorn Essence.

Above are some of my picks that I am dying to try-- most especially the Milk Makeup Holographic Stick, Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Halo and the Bite Beauty Opal Creme Lipstick. Truth be told, I'll gladly add all these to my makeup bag.

What do you think of the holographic craze? Would you rock holographic makeup?

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April 4, 2017

Classic Prep & Denim Outfit + LINKUP

Outfit: Denim jacket with mid-rise black jeans and loafers

The beginning of spring always seems to be one of the busiest seasons. Maybe it's because the weather is warming up and I'm able to (and want to) do more. Or, maybe it's because of Daylight Savings and the longer daytime hours. April is especially going to be a busy month-- it's my birthday month (woohoo!) and we have a trip planned to Napa at the end of the month, I can't wait! 

This week I'm sharing an everyday, classic preppy look. Has anyone else been addicted to loafers lately? They're super cute and I love the lighter shade selections for spring! Keep reading to see more of this outfit, plus join this week's Good HUES-Day linkup>>

Photos by: miysl photography

April 2, 2017

Makeup Monday: March Beauty Favorites

March Beauty Favorites

I had the most uneventful weekend and honestly, I had no problem with that. I ran a few errands (super fun stuff like buying a new toothbrush and doing the weekly grocery shopping), relaxed, took the dog for a walk and a whole lot of nothing. Good stuff, right? I did make some chicken enchiladas with a from-scratch enchilada sauce (recipe here) that was super yummy. At the beginning of each month I'm always surprised at a couple things. First, how it's already April (my birthday month!) and second, how I still have so many beauty products to share, which is either a really cool thing or it could be indicative that I have a problem... nah, no makeup addiction here. Here's the beauty products that I was loving in March:

How pretty is the Pixi Beauty x ItsJudyTime It'sEyeTimeEye Shadow Palette? This palette of 12 eye shades contains shadows that are silky smooth and blend nicely. I love mixing up the colors and trying new combos-- so many pretty looks to create from soft, champagne eyes to a smoldering smokey look. Plus, this palette is under $25--- insane!

While I don't think it will take the place of my HG Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, I found myself reaching for the Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara all month long... and still am. While I don't get the mega volume like my HG, I do get amazing lash definition. The formula is fantastic- not heavy and doesn't clump- and the wand pulls the mascara through lashes perfectly for volume and definition. Definitely a winner!

Eye shadow primers can make such a difference in the wear of your eyeshadows. Lately I've been using Physicians Formula #InstaReady Eye Primer Duo-- yes, you read that right, "duo" as in you get two in one. One of the primers is a typical matte primer- perfect for everyday looks, especially when wearing matte or satin shadows and is especially great for those with oily lids. The other duo is this gorgeous champagne shimmery pink shade designed to be worn with shimmery shadows. I've been wearing this shimmery primer on it's own-- it's the perfect go-to for those on-the-go type of days when you don't have time to create a full eye look. So pretty!

I've actually been using these Luxie Beauty Makeup Brushes on the daily for almost a year now and realized I haven't featured them! They are synthetic brushes, meaning they're cruelty-free and vegan. I've been using both eye and face brushes and find that the quality is fantastic, especially for the price.  The bristles are soft, easy to clean, and how cute are the pink handles and rose gold detail??

Speaking of rose gold, I have been loving the Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Crown of My Canopy, which is a gorgeous coppery rose gold shade. This highlighter applies super smooth and the payoff is WHOA- an intensely perfect glow. While I typically reach for lighter highlight shades, this one looks absolutely stunning on. Best part? It's only $5!

What beauty products have you been loving lately?

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