2 looks, 1 romper!

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Off the shoulder is such a huge trend at the moment. It’s honestly everywhere! I have some off the shoulder stuff but sometimes I get sick of it and I honestly haven’t worn this romper in forever so I tried it strapless!  I don’t even think you can tell.  It’s a great way to get more wear out of your trendy clothes.  I think it will work best with the off the shoulder tops/dresses/rompers that have the ruffle top.  You just pull it under your arms and voila!  Just make sure it’s secure before you wear it out.  Don’t want to be losing tops or having nip slips!

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And there you go! 2 looks, one romper! You could even try it on one shoulder for another look.  I got this from Irene’s story, this one is very similar.  Here are some similar ones that can be worn both ways: here, here, here, and here.

I have a new blog instagram @blackberriesandsparkles. I post daily and I have day-to-day snippets, beauty loves and outfits that I don’t always post on here!  Go check it out! 😉

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Bodysuit Szn + Rambles

I have some pictures to share so I’m gonna ramble about what feels right for each of them! Lol.  It’s always bodysuit szn but it’s wayyyy better when its bodysuit, shorts and sandal szn!  Summer is in full-effect and I love it!

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Topshop Lace bodysuit: similar here, here and here. // Levi shorts.

I love a bodysuit with high waisted shorts because #1 buh-bye muffin top and #2 it’s so summery and easy.  I really like a bodysuit with texture, too because it smoothes everything while still showing your shape! It’s super easy to throw on and look totally put together which I love.

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I’m so frustrated with my hair.  I feel like its getting better then it looks short in the picture and I feel like it’s breaking off.  I feel like I should chop it and start off fresh but I really want long hair!  🙏🏻 Hoping I look in the mirror next week and am like whoa it grew! Because I got the roots so it’s growing but where is it?

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My mom is my photographer, lol. I can’t even remember what she said but I have a bunch of pictures that are literally the laughing-crying emoji.  Hahah.  In the moment poses sometimes are the best photos!

 

New Glossier Goodies!!

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I have been waiting for this package to come!!!  I finally got around to ordering some glossier goodies because honestly I’m so late to the party.  I really wanted the new birthday cake balm dot com so I just went for it and got that and the concealer.  I absolutely love the packaging!!!!  I ordered two things and got a bag and lots of stickers so I love that.  It’s all so aesthetically pleasing and of course its in the famous, glossier/millennial pink!

So far, love the balm dot com. I love the scent!  Its a vanilla cake flavor in a mature and cool sort of way.  Not lip smackers fake and plastic-y.

I tried the concealer on before showering.  I got the color medium and it’s too light for me. 😦  After 5 minutes of applying it my face got really hot!  I went to wash it off my face and now I have red blotches in all the places I applied the concealer.  I’M SO BUMMED! I really wanted to give this concealer a good review but I honestly can’t even sorta.  I’ve only heard good things about it and I expected a lot so I’m really not sure what happened.  I want to try it again but I’m scared at the same time.  There is wax and oils in the concealer so it has an oily/ dewy texture.  I’m thinking maybe the waxes covered my pores and my skin couldn’t breathe so thats why my face started to get super hot.   I just put some fresh aloe from my aloe plant on it (which is amaze) so I hope that helps the redness!

Any glossier products you recommend?  I’m thinking boy brow and the cloud paint for my next purchases!  Also that sunscreen that doesn’t feel like sunscreen. Big fat yes.

On another note I made an instagram for my blog! I used my personal one before and was hesitant to post blog stuff on there so I made a separate one and I’m really excited to get that going!  It’s @blackberriesandsparkles 

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3 step summer glow!

I love bronzed, glowy, summer makeup.  So much so, it’s pretty much my go to look year round.  For that I stick with golden highlighters, nude blushes and lotsa bronzer!  It’s a monochrome sort of look that takes bronzed and glowy skin to the next level!  It also looks like you didn’t try very hard and isn’t that what summer makeup is all about?

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STEP 1: BRONZER.  I like to bronze all over the face so I go for the hollow of the cheekbones, nose and forehead.

Hourglass Ambient bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light.  I wore this once, loved it. Wore it again, was orange!  I’m not sure if I’m not tan enough?  This has a subtle shimmer thats very flattering on the face. I want to explore shades and won’t discredit it!

Benefit Hoola Bronzer. Cult, matte bronzer that works for warming up the face and contour. You can’t go wrong with this.  No orange, no muddy look.

Too FacedChocolate Soleil Bronzer.  This is very blendable and comes in a few shades.  No orange or no muddy look and it smells like chocolate!

Physicans Formula Butter Bronzer. Great drugstore bronzer.  Has a creamy pigmented formula and blends out super nicely. It’s one of my favorites!

Benefit Dew the hoola bronzer. This is a liquid bronzer which I really like.  It gives a natural look and can be worn on it’s own or under powder bronzer.  It’s very easy to apply with a beauty blender!

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L-R: Butter Bronzer, Hoola, Too Faced, Hourglass.

STEP 2: NUDE BLUSH.  I have always loved nude pink blushes. I’m pretty exclusive to that, but the only color/color blush I’ll wear is Nars orgasm and thats just because it’s such a good color.  I apply to the apples of the cheek. You can also bring some onto the nose to give that ‘flushed, just spent some time in the sun look.’

Tarte Blush in Paaarty. This is a great nude blush that’ll last all day.  I also like it as an eyeshadow.

Benefit Dallas blush: This is a blush/bronzer mix which I love because it’s a perfect nude pink blush.

STEP 3: GOLDEN HIGHLIGHTER.  Ahh, I do love me some highlighter.  I find golden shades to be so flattering because I honestly just love warm tone neutral looks.  They are so complimentary to a tan and since I love being tan, I love them!  For highlighter I like to apply it on tops of cheekbones, nose, cupids boy and eyes. I’ll take my brush and apply whatever is left to my eyelids for a barely there shimmer.

Maybelline Master Chrome highlight in Molten Gold. This is a great drugstore highlighter in a true gold color.  Perfect for light-tan skin tones.

Becca Pressed Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop.  This is the most perfect color, it’s a peachy gold hue.  Probably my favorite highlighter I own, you can never go wrong with Champagne Pop!

Jeffree Star Skin frost in Siberian Gold:  This is the prettiest golden bronze shade. It has a wet/foiled look to it so this is not for the faint of heart!  I find that I like it best mixed with a smoother highlighter like the Becca ones.

Milk Makeup highlight stick.  This stick gives a very dewy look.  Use it alone or apply a little bit of powder highlighter on top to get an intense glow!

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Bottom to top:  Milk Highlight Stick, Champagne Pop, Jeffree Star Siberian Gold, Maybelline Molten Gold, Dallas Blush, Tarte Blush Paaarty.

 

Saving my hair!

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IF YOU DYE AND/OR USE HEAT ON YOUR HAIR KEEP READING!!!!!!

I have to preface this by saying I dye my hair often and I blow dry and use heat on it almost daily.  I love having my hair done; it’s like my security blanket and it makes me feel confident! I feel so sloppy when it’s not done.  My hair is a VERY dark brown that is close to black and it’s way too dark for me.  I dye my hair lighter because I love it and it’s much more flattering than my natural color.

Needless to say I am VERY hard on my hair.  I expect a lot from it and it shows.  I have some breakage pieces that I’m trying to grow back, I have split ends and my hair gets very dry.  I have to be careful with it but it’s getting better!  It may not be where I want it to be but I feel like I’m slowly getting there.  I used to have really thick and long hair when I was younger and didn’t dye it. I’m slowly trying to work my way back to it and this is how I’m doing it:

OLAPLEX freakin 3.  This stuff comes from the GODS.  If you dye your hair I recommend this with every bone in my body that you get olaplex!!  The whole treatment is around $25-$50 depending on the salon and it is literally worth every penny.  Your hair will feel healthier after it’s dyed. It’s insane.  Olaplex 3 is the last part of the treatment that they put on your hair after the shampoo.  I wet my hair and put this all through my hair before I go to sleep and I wrap it in a bun and sleep on it. (You have to sleep with it in your hair because you’ll get the most out of it.) I’ll wash my hair when I wake up and the difference is insane.  Your hair will be so much softer and way less dry.  AKA it will feel like healthy hair! 😄  It also tones your hair!! It’s just SO good.  I’m on my 4th bottle and I love it because it gives instantaneous results. The bottle is small so I get 3-4 uses from it.  Olaplex 3 is around $22-$25.  It’s not the cheapest thing in the world but its so worth it.  I buy mine on Amazon or Walmart. (They don’t sell it at Walmart, the Walmart website is oddly weird like you can buy Celine sunnies.) Just be careful on Amazon because after reading reviews some people got fake olaplex!

Living Proof fresh cut split end mender.  I was skeptical about this product at first because it sounded too good to be true. I can report back that it really does work!  I use it every time I was my hair and it makes it not only softer but gives life to your ends!  I can get some crazy split ends and this seals them up.  I want my hair to keep growing and I don’t want to cut it so if you’re in that boat this will save your ends so you don’t have to cut it.

Ouai Thin hair supplements.  I just finished my first month of vitamins. They recommend 3 months for results but after a month I can totally say I see a difference in my hair!  It’s stronger and it’s getting longer and looks fuller.  I can’t wait to see how it’s going to look after the next 2 months!  The supplements come in thin, dry and oily.  They have a quiz on the website that recommends which ones are best for your hair.  My hair isn’t thinning.  It feels thinner because I had some breakage from heat/ crazy sleeping.  Those little pieces that stick out are so pesky so I really want to grow those.  I think this will help me get there!

Silky / satin pillow sheets!!!!!!!!!! I’m a psycho sleeper.  Like all over the place, pillows on the ground,  blankets twisted in the morning, sleeping sideways and CRAZY hair.  Whenever I wake up without sleeping on a silk/satin pillow case, I bet $100, the back of my hair is full of tangles and is in a poof at the top of my head.  It resembles a nest.  So when I go to brush the mess a ton falls out and it breaks.  I don’t know if this is a me thing.   High maintenance (!!!!) but silky or satin pillow cases are a game changer. I have satin ones that feel silky. Those work great.  They’re smooth on your hair and don’t cause friction like cotton pillow cases so when I wake up I don’t have tangles and my hair is smooth and tamed. My breakage is in the back of my hair and since switching to my silky / satin pillow case I have had no breakage.  Crazy but it works.

Dying your hair.  I used to dye my hair around 4 times a year.  I can honestly say I will be dying my hair for the rest of my life.  I love being full blonde but it’s so high maintenance and damaging.  Especially since my hair is so dark: I get the skunk line at like 4 weeks.  The hair I have now is perfect for me because it’s still blonde but its grown out highlights so when it grows out it looks like thats the way it’s supposed to be.  I have the dirty blonde with the lighter brown/blonde /grown out highlight/ darker roots looking hair that a bunch of other girls in LA have. hahahah.  It’s so in because it looks amazing and its low maintenance.  Personally, I don’t mind having dark roots if it grows in nicely. This style with the grown out highlights / balayage / painted  look allows you to get your hair done every 6 months or longer while still looking awesome.  The less you dye your hair the better.  ***If you click on the ‘outfits’ tab to the right you can see the progression of my hair and how it’s grown. The last time I got my hair done was the beginning of March.

Use heat protectant!  I like the bumble and bumble hair primer.  I’m not sure how much it helps but I like it.  Heat protectant is your friend.

Take days off of heat if you can.  I’m home for the summer so since I’m mostly chilling I don’t do my hair as much and I give it a chance to air dry. I honestly hate it but it makes a difference.  I put it up in a loose bun.  Nothing too tight!

Try to cut down the amount of times you wash your hair during the week.  It really dries it out.  It may feel gross at first, I know the feeling but its mostly psychological.  I go 3-4 days between washes and it has really helped my hair’s health. The ultimate trick is apply dry shampoo all over BEFORE you go to bed.  You want to combat the oil before its there, not get rid of it once you have it. This will fix that and when you wake up your hair will feel fresh which will make you feel like its cleaner.

What are your hair tips?  Its a marathon to healthy hair, not a sprint! 😝

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Little Black Romper

If you know me, you know I love a little black romper!  I almost prefer rompers over dresses because they’re usually more flattering on me and I feel free in them!  I’m a romper girl for sure and I have a collection of black ones all for different occasions.  Like a little black dress, they are a classic wardrobe staple that works for everything!

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Free People Romper / Cole Haan sandals. 

This is a Free People one I got last year. I can’t find it online but it’s called the “gallows” romper so you may have some luck in stores. I’ve rounded up some other ones I like!

This free people one. This Nordstrom BP one and this Nordstrom one. This forever 21 one.

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I want what she’s having…

I love sneakers and at the moment, old school styles are really going strong.  I had a pink pair of Nike Cortez’s in 2nd grade and they’re back!  I love the full on red, white and blue, Forrest Gump Cortezs and the styling opportunities are endless.  They give a basic tee and shorts the kind of vibes I want!  Here is some inspo I’ve found on my favorite place, pinterest. 

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