January 31, 2017

Happiest in Los Angeles + Good HUES-Day Linkup

This past weekend the weather was SO nice- it was around 80-degrees and the sun was out shining. Unfortunately I had to leave this fab weather for the ultra-chilly weather in Toronto, where I'm at today. Everything out here is so dry and brown-- it's nice to actually have some greenery in SoCal from all the rain we had the past few weeks. I have to say, nothing beats the weather in Los Angeles. 

Aside from the weather, I do love being from the LA area. There's always something to do, somewhere new to try, and people to see. Plus, all my friends and family are out this way so it's hard not to be at my happiest in LA. Keep reading for more + join this week's Good HUES-Day linkup>>

January 24, 2017

How To Wear: Wrap Choker Necklace + Good HUES-Day Linkup

How-To Wear It: Happiness Boutique Timeless Wrap Choker

Growing up as a kid of the nineties, of course I had a couple choker necklaces-- mainly of the stretchy plastic variety-- but I honestly didn't like the feeling of something so tight around my neck. I'm happy to see  that chokers are having a moment again and have actually been liking the updated styles, such as this Happiness Boutique Timeless Wrap Choker. With this style, I can wear them a bit loose so they don't 'choke' as much (Know what I mean?? I can't even wear turtlenecks) and I can customize how it looks, which is pretty cool. 

Below are three ways you can wear a wrap choker necklace, plus this week's Good HUES-Day Linkup>> 

January 23, 2017

Makeup Monday: Glossier Haloscope Review

Glossier Haloscope in Quartz Review

For me, a swipe of highlighter is a must to help my skin look more hydrated and fresh during the drier winter months. I've been wanting to review the Glossier Haloscope, an illuminizing dew-effect face highlighter, for months now-- since purchasing, it has quickly become one of my go-to's, especially when I'm in a hurry.

Keep reading for my full review>>

January 20, 2017

Brand Collaborations Pt. 1: How to Not Get Brands to Work With You

Blog Tips: Brand Collaborations

As a blogger who manages influencer outreach for a cosmetics company, I'm able to experience being both a pitcher and a pitchee when it comes to sponsored posts, blog coverage, product reviews and more. As a blogger, I know the time and creativity it goes into creating posts for sponsored content or product coverage and what I need to include in my pitches to other companies that I want to cover. As a PR manager, I know what I look for in other influencers and blogger's pitches that allows me to want to move forward with a collaboration.

While I typically send more pitches than I receive, I do receive a good number of pitches coming from all types of influencers-- bloggers, You Tube beauty reviewers, and Instagrammers for both product reviews and sponsored posts. Sadly, some of these pitches are horrible, which leads me to today's blog post on brand collaborations. I've read several posts from the blogger's perspective or working with brands, but want to provide some insight coming from the other side. Continue reading for my top don'ts when it comes to getting brands to work with you ->

January 19, 2017

GIVEAWAY: Get Poppin' with Oogie's Gourmet Popcorn

Oogie's Gourmet Popcorn Review + GIVEAWAY

Happy National Popcorn Day, readers! I don't normally celebrate too many "national days" but how can I not celebrate the greatness that is popcorn? Not just a movie snack, popcorn is good pretty much any time-- at the office, on-the-go, at theme parks, pretty much anytime you need a light pick-me-up. Lately I've been reaching for Oogie's Gourmet Popcorn-- they have so many yummy flavors and I love that it's premade... no waiting for it to pop! 

Continue reading to find out which flavor is my favorite plus a chance to WIN a huge box of your very own Ooogie's Gourmet Popcorn! 

January 18, 2017

Ultra-Hydration: Winter Dry Skin Fixes

Winter Dry Skin Fixes: Sara Happ Lip Scrub and Lip Slip, Perfectly Posh Call It a Night Nighttime Facial Oil, Caudalie Grape Water, Pixi Glowtion Day Dew

Steve and I recently bought a new bed, one of the cool Sleep Number ones that we can adjust to our personal preferences and it's been so comfy. Like, so comfy in I-don't-want-to-get-out-of-bed-because -it-feels-so-good comfy. One thing that hasn't been feeling, or looking, too good though is my skin. It's been super dry, even flaky in some spots, and my regular moisturizer is just not cutting it. Here's a look at a few skin savers I've been using lately>>

January 17, 2017

Lashes & Lips + Good HUES-Day Linkup

Lashes and Lips Tee Shirt with The Limited Skinny Jeans and Booties

Finally,  the first outfit post of the new year! I had every intention of posting an outfit AND linkup last week, however the day I was supposed to take the outfit photos I was fairly hungover. Oops... One word: Lightweight. I could have made up for it by shooting the next couple of days but the rest of the week was rainy. Like crazy rainy, complete with thunder and lightening, which is so not the norm for SoCal! Lucky for me, the sun was shining bright this weekend (no hangover this time!) and I was able to get outside. And yes, in a tee shirt.

This tee has become one of my favorites, it's a total must for any beauty gal! Would you believe that I picked it up for under $10? Keep reading to find out more + join this week's Good HUES-Day linkup >>

January 13, 2017

Style & Beauty Money Saving Tips for 2017

Style & Beauty Money Saving Tips for 2017

Happy Friday the 13th! Since January is the month everyone starts creating goals and resolutions, I wanted to share a few of my tips that I've picked up over the years on easy ways to save money. Most of these are style and beauty focused-- I don't know about you but I feel that I sometimes overspend especially in these areas-- and a few general tips to help save a buck. Here are my top 10 money savers:

1. Shop Sales: If you're looking to overhaul your current wardrobe for the upcoming year, be on the lookout for sales, coupon codes and special offers. Keep an eye out for sales from your favorite stores, such as Nordstrom,  that you can score some great finds at even better prices. One of my favorites to shop is Kohl's-  I love that they offer Kohl's Cash and you can sometimes combine coupon offers. I did this during the holidays and was able to use my Kohl's Cash to get items for free. I feel like I'm just a step away from having Kohl's pay me to shop there.

2. Subscription Boxes: Are you a total beauty addict? If you love trying anything and everything beauty but are looking to cut back on the expenses, try a subscription box like Birchbox. Each month you'll get an array of different products and brands and it's only about $10! If you like a mix of beauty, style and home, I recommend the PopSugar Must Have boxes- you get SO many goodies each month under $40.

3. DIY Nails: Getting a weekly mani/pedi can add up super quick and really start burning a hole in your wallet. While it's nice to feel pampered, you can save so much from painting your own nails and giving your self an at-home pedi. Think about it-- one man/pedi costs more than buying a couple bottles of Essie polish.

4. At-Home Coffee: That daily coffee run can rally start wrecking havoc on your bank account. If you're buying a coffee or tea drink every single day, that's more than $100 a month... and more than $1,000 in a single year! You can save so much more by purchasing a coffee maker at home and bringing your own. I'm a huge fan of Starbuck's Iced Passion Tea Lemonades but will even make a batch of these at home. Get the how-to here!

5. Bring Lunch: Another money saver for me has been to bring lunch to work at least 3 times a week. I'll pack salads, leftovers, sandwiches, sometimes even frozen meals, which helps keep costs down and is more healthy as well.

6. Buy in Bulk: I found that I can save more money if I buy in bulk, even when it comes to beauty supplies. Makeup remover wipes, toothpaste, soap, all that can be bought in bulk, saving a few bucks in the long run. If you have the space to store it, I highly suggest buying items in bulk. Likewise, if the item is on sale- stock up!

7. Bar Night... At Home: Going out for drinks can get ridiculously expensive, especially when I go out around LA and a drink can run you around $15. Ridiculous! Save your money and host a night for your friends-- you can cut drink costs down even more by making it BYOB. Another perk? Not having to drive and if someone has too much, they can easily crash.

8. Shop Drugstore Beauty: Working in the beauty industry and for a cosmetics company I can let you in on a little secret- there's only so many ingredient suppliers in the world so both prestige and mass (aka drugstore) brands are using a lot of the same materials and same quality ingredients, especially when it comes to mascaras, eyeliners, lips and the like. Check out @DupeThat on Instagram to find some perfect (or near-perfect) drugstore dupes of popular prestige shades.

9. Sell Clothes: If you're in a pinch and need some cash, clean out your closet (another resolution, anyone?) and start listing your items on sites like Poshmark or ThredUp. I recommend looking up like items to see what they are selling for (don't just look at list prices, look at what has actually sold!) Just be careful not to get sucked in and start buying even more :P

10. Library Love: I am a voracious reader and would probably be broke by now from spending so much on all the books I've read over the last few years. Instead of purchasing so many books (especially ones that I'll only ever read once), I'll check them out from the library. LA county has a fantastic online system that allows me to search and place popular titles on hold, and even lets me set which library I want to pick up from. They also have a great e-book/audio library where I can checkout books to read on my Kindle app. If you are one of those that HAS to buy the books, I recommend visiting a local thrift shop- you can score so many good books at much lower prices.

How are you planning to save money this year?

January 11, 2017

5 Simple, Time-Saving Beauty Hacks & Tips

A Good Hue's Time Saving Beauty Hacks

Even with the holidays being over, it seems like life is being kicked into high gear and it's go-go-GO! I don't know about you, but if I can get a shortcut I will gladly take it, and that even goes with my beauty routine. Keep reading for my top timesaving beauty hacks and feel free to share yours in the comments below >>

January 6, 2017

How-To: Party Pretty with Pixi Palette Rosette

Get The Makeup Look: Pixi Palette Rosette

Get The Makeup Look: Party Pretty with Pixi Palette Rosette

Let's face it, holiday party season may have come to an end but shimmery eyes and bold lips are a party look must year round. Today I'm sharing a makeup look created using the Pixi Palette Rosette, an all-in-one kit that contains rose and taupe-hued shades for eyes, brows, blush, bronzer and more. I love that there are so many versatile look options with this palette- I can create a soft no-makeup look using the lightest shades, or a deep smoky cranberry eye using the darker shades. For my party look, I went in-between using golds and copper to create a fun and flawless winter party makeup look with a bold berry lip. 

Ready to get the look? Here's how:

January 3, 2017

Best of 2016 Outfits + Good HUES-Day Linkup

A Good Hue's Best of 2016 Outfits

Welcome to the first Good HUES-Day linkup of 2017! Before sharing any new outfits, I like to look back on the outfits I've shared from the past year and pick out a few of my favorites and I like to think that my styling has gotten better from past years. Each outfit featured has a unique quality to them-- either a favorite piece, or maybe it was somewhat outside my comfort zone of what I typically wear. For 2017, I hope to do more of the same and maybe even push it a bit more and not play it so safe. Continue reading for some of my top outfits from 2016>> 

January 2, 2017

Makeup Monday: 2016 Beauty Favorites

A Good Hue's 2016 Beauty Favorites

Ah! 2 days in to 2017 and I'm still having a hard time believing 2016 is gone. Gone, but not forgotten, at least not yet. I thought today would be the perfect Makeup Monday to highlight my top beauty favorites from the past year. There's been a lot of beauty products that I tried in 2016, but these are the ones that stood out as favorites for me. Continue reading to get the full scoop on each product and why it's a 2016 winner:

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