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{ Photo Diary } Almay’s #SimplyAmerican Tour Bus Visits Philly

This Independence Day I hopped on the Almay #SimplyAmerican tour bus for some pampering on the Parkway. I love my city. Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway turned into one of the biggest Fourth of July celebrations in the country called Wawa Welcome America. The all-day extravaganza, complete with music and food, was a pretty fun way to spend the holiday despite the weather being less than stellar. Thanks to Almay I was able to take refuge from the rain and get a little makeover. Continue Reading

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Inspiration

Beautiful landscapes

I remember speaking with a web designer I had collaborated with on a few projects about a sabbatical that he took a while back. He had felt himself burning out and decided that he wanted to take six months totally away from his job. Now, few of us can just walk away from our work for half a year, but he planned it out and made preparations so that he could make it happen. He looked hard at his budget and made some changes so he could save some money and give himself a cushion that would allow him to go without any income during his time off. He admitted to me that it was difficult, but workable, and he did take that time off after about a year of working and saving. Continue Reading

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Inspiration

Fashion flowers

I love being a web designer and I’m incredibly thankful that I decided to join this industry many years ago. Still, despite my love of this profession, there have been a number of times during my career when my passion has waned and I’ve found myself simply going through the motions instead of fully applying myself to my work. This scenario is likely familiar to many of my fellow web designers. It is called burnout. Continue Reading

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Inspiration

Food+Landscape Photography Workshop

I love being a web designer and I’m incredibly thankful that I decided to join this industry many years ago. Still, despite my love of this profession, there have been a number of times during my career when my passion has waned and I’ve found myself simply going through the motions instead of fully applying myself to my work. This scenario is likely familiar to many of my fellow web designers. It is called burnout. Continue Reading

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Inspiration, What I wear

Interview with awesome women

I love being a web designer and I’m incredibly thankful that I decided to join this industry many years ago. Still, despite my love of this profession, there have been a number of times during my career when my passion has waned and I’ve found myself simply going through the motions instead of fully applying myself to my work. This scenario is likely familiar to many of my fellow web designers. It is called burnout. Continue Reading

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Inspiration

City Photography Workshop

I love being a web designer and I’m incredibly thankful that I decided to join this industry many years ago. Still, despite my love of this profession, there have been a number of times during my career when my passion has waned and I’ve found myself simply going through the motions instead of fully applying myself to my work. This scenario is likely familiar to many of my fellow web designers. It is called burnout. Continue Reading

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Beauty, Hair, Makeup, Skin

{ Earth Month } Eco-Friendly Beauty Brands

Going green isn’t as hard as it seems. By being conscious of what you shop for, you might be able to reduce your carbon footprint. As Earth Month comes to an end, what better way to love your planet by bringing a few eco-friendly brands into your life?

So, get pretty and go green with these five eco-chic beauty brands we love.

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Beauty

6 Beauty Tips to Read Before Your Next Trip

Becoming a travel aficionado is 70 percent on-the-road experience, 20 percent coaching and mentoring (i.e. your trusted partner telling you to nix the seventh pair of shoes) and 10 percent reading articles like this one! Since you can’t take every single beauty product you own with you, these six beauty tips will come in handy whether you’re going out of town for the weekend or about to embark on a two-week trip to Europe.

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1. Get clean quick and calmly.

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Face wipes are so convenient when you’re having a late night. I like to take face wipes with me on trips because they’re less likely to spill and cause damage compared to bottled products. I alternate between two different kinds – Pond’s Evening Soothe Wet Cleansing Towelettes with Chamomile & White Tea and Aveeno Ultra Calming Makeup Removing Wipes.

2. Look alive, pack white eyeliner.

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Use white eyeliner on your inner lash line to make your eyes appear bigger and ultimately make you look more awake, an essential for the jet setter.  Oh look, it’s in nano size. The Sephora Collection Nano Eyeliner may be small in size and price ($5), but packs the power with this highly-pigmented product.

3. Dry shampoo to fix your ‘do.

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Dry shampoo powder or aerosol sprays help prolong your blowout and soak up oily roots.  Hold a few inches from the roots and do a quick spray to the oily spots (your part, front hairline). Tousle hair then finish with a brush to work in product and work out yesterday’s messy locks. I like this Pssssst! Instant Spray Shampoo. Other than the outdated logo and funky name, the actual product works great!

4. Cover roots with mascara.

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If your roots are creeping in, you most likely don’t have an extra bottle of hair dye in your suit case. Use mascara as a make-shift, on-the-go solution for a quick touch up. Sorry blondes, this trick is for dark hair only.

Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara, $12.00 at Sephora.

5. Invest in multipurpose products.

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Multipurpose items like a lip-&-cheek stain are practically made for traveling. After a long flight, particularly in the middle seat, you may not have gotten the beauty rest you needed. A stain adds some color to your face and keeps you from looking overly tired. This Stila Lip & Cheek Stain comes in a wand which makes more easy applications while on the go.

6. Red lip = instant glam.

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A bold lip color instantly transitions your look from day to night. This Relentlessly Red Lipstick from MAC is one of my personal favorites. It’s so beautiful that you won’t need much else.

Have a beauty tip you’d like to share? Leave it in the comment section below.

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Beauty, DIY, Hair, Nails, Skin

10 Coconut Oil Beauty Recipes

Ladies, let’s prep our hair & skin for spring! Chrissy wrote about understanding the chemicals in your cosmetics and, I agree with her. It is SO SO SO important to know what you put on your skin and hair. One product I’ve been obsessing over is coconut oil (I’m even cooking with it!). Coconut oil is natural and can give you soft, hydrated skin and is pretty much a beauty lifesaver.

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Considering its many uses, organic coconut oil is inexpensive. I bought a jar from my local Whole Foods for $14. It’s also found at Trader Joe’s and most grocery stores. The DIY beauty recipes below only use 1-2 ingredients. The jar is huuuuge and I’ve been experimenting with its never-ending beauty uses.

Here are 10 ways you can get spring-ready hair and skin by stirring up beauty recipes in your own kitchen. 

1. Lip Scrub

Mix coconut oil with raw sugar and scrub.

2. Face & Body Moisturizer

A one-ingredient wonder. Simply apply generously to your face and body. It’ll feel super greasy, but the oil absorbs fast.

3. Face Wash

Combine equal parts of coconut oil & baking soda.

4. Cuticle Oil

Melt the oil and use as cuticle oil when doing your nails.

5. Body Scrub

Combine coconut oil with raw sugar and scrub.

6. Hair Mask

Melt 2 tablespoons of coconut oil  with 2 tablespoons of honey.  Apply to your hair in the shower, coveryour hair with a shower cap, and wait 15 minutes before shampooing and conditioning.

7. Hair Conditioner

Apply a small amount (as needed) of coconut oil to your ends prior to shampooing.

8. Lip Balm

Dab some on for soft glossy lips.

9. Hair De-frizzer

Add about 1 teaspoon to your hair for instant shine and frizz free locks.

10. Makeup Remover

Use like a regular make up remover and apply with a cotton ball or swab. I think this works better than most make up removers (especially with stubborn eye makeup).

 

Do you use coconut oil in your beauty routine? Is there a beauty use we should have included? Do tell in the comments below!