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May Favorites + New Video

Posted in Beauty + Hair

Hooray for Wednesday, just one day closer to the weekend! Push through friends. I have a new video up on my channel today, and it’s a collaboration with my gorgeous friend, April, who is also a blogger at DarlingApril.com. She recently launched her YouTube channel so we wanted to partner on this video and share some things we have been loving in May!

With June right around the corner (literally tomorrow) what better time than today?! Read more…

May 31, 2017
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Favorite Charcoal Mask

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My favorite charcoal mask | The Blonder Life

Honestly, I love testing and trying out new skincare products. It’s so fun to try on a new face mask, or use a new night time moisturizer. I love getting to find new products to implement into my nighttime routine!

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February 22, 2017
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15 Simple and Easy Ways To Improve Your Skin

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15 easy and simple ways to improve your skin. Giving tips + my favorite products to implement into your routine.

Let’s talk skincare!

15 easy and simple ways to improve your skin. Giving tips + my favorite products to implement into your routine.

This has been something that has been super important to me lately, and honestly, I have wasted so many years not taking care of my skin. Our skin is oh so important! It’s one of the few things we will be stuck with for well, ever so why not take care of it like our first born child?

I have been very blessed with clear skin all throughout my life, but have gone through the awkward bumps and redness here and there. So I do feel ya if you struggle with not-so-great-skin. Feeling comfortable in your own skin all starts with a great skincare routine!

I try to switch up my routine based on the seasons since depending on the weather our skin will react different! During the summertime, I make sure to wear a foundation that has SPF, or even a tinted moisturizer. This one’s my favorite! In the winter months, my skin gets extremely dry. This is when I will switch over to all hydrating products, and I try to let my skin have a break from foundation when I can!

15 easy and simple ways to improve your skin. Giving tips + my favorite products to implement into your routine.

15 easy and simple ways to improve your skin. Giving tips + my favorite products to implement into your routine.

Mirakle Cream | BB cream | Mud Mask | Brightening Mask | Clarisonic | Neutrogena moisturizer  

15 Ways to Improve Your Skin

  1. Drink more water. Try fruit infused water if you’re not a big h20 fan.
  2. Exercise more
  3. Sleep more, stress less
  4. Eat (or drink) your vegetables
  5. Sleep with a humidifier
  6. Stop touching it
  7. Take a break from makeup
  8. Apply a face mask weekly
  9. Exfoliate often
  10. Take off your makeup every night
  11. Change up your routine with each season
  12. Cut back on sugary foods
  13. Take Omega3
  14. Use sunscreen always
  15. Invest in a Clarisonic, or another skincare tool.

SHOP SKINCARE FAVORITES

January 25, 2017
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The Beginners Guide To Hair Extensions

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A Beginners Guide To Hair Extensions | How to put them in, what color to pick and how they will look on - The Blonder Life

A Beginners Guide To Hair Extensions | How to put them in, what color to pick and how they will look on - The Blonder Life

A Beginners Guide To Hair Extensions | How to put them in, what color to pick and how they will look on - The Blonder Life

A Beginners Guide To Hair Extensions | How to put them in, what color to pick and how they will look on - The Blonder Life

A Beginners Guide To Hair Extensions | How to put them in, what color to pick and how they will look on - The Blonder Life

A Beginners Guide To Hair Extensions | How to put them in, what color to pick and how they will look on - The Blonder LifeRevlon Rose Gold Curling Iron

Today’s post is a little bit different than the typical style, or lifestyle post I usually share with you all! We are talking about hair extensions! Something I never thought I would be sharing with you guys. But nonetheless, a post I am really excited about!

About a month ago Irresistible Me reached out to me literally minutes after telling a co-worker I was looking into buying hair extensions – funny how that works? Talk about awesome timing! So, of course I emailed them immediately back and here we are today talking about hair extensions!

I was clueless when it came to the world that is hair extensions. I knew I wanted longer hair, but didn’t know how they would look on me. There are a million different kinds that all come with different colors, lengths and even thickness. Working with Irresistible Me took all of the guessing work out of it. They were SO helpful and made sure I got both the length and color I was searching for!

What length should I choose?

I knew going into it that I wanted a noticeable difference in length. I have always wanted long hair, but have never been patient enough to let my natural hair grow out. Or when I do let it grow out I always end up chopping it off. Top 10 things I always regret. I think most girls have gone through this phase. Anyway, Irresistible Me has a hair chart that shows all of the different lengths you can choose, which was really helpful while picking. I could visualize what my length would like, and sort of figure out which one would be too long, and what would be just right!

A Beginners Guide To Hair Extensions | How to put them in, what color to pick and how they will look on - The Blonder Life

I am wearing the golden blonde Royal Remy hair 18 inches in 200 grams.

How do you find your perfect color?

What’s really great about Irresistible Me is they have a video specifically to help you find the right color! In the video they show all of the color options in natural light, so you can see what they genuinely look like. Also, they compare all of the same tones to each other so you can really see which one works for you! I have lots of natural highlights in my hair, so didn’t really know what color would work best for me but the video was a life-savor. It was super helpful that I could compare all of the different shades of blonde! I could pick out which ones were like platinum as opposed to the more dirty blonde!

I am extremely happy with my hair extensions! They are so soft, and natural looking. And since they are real you can color, wash, cut and style them however you want! I have been wearing them in lots of different braids lately. It’s so fun to have so much hair to play with.

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And surprisingly almost no one has noticed me wearing them. Which is crazy to me because they add SO MUCH length to my hair! I have worn them to work, a few events and even on Snapchat! I was expecting a few messages from people asking about them, but nope. But guess it’s all out for everyone to know now huh? Ha!

And another tip for those of you with hair extensions already, or those about to purchase: bring your extensions to your local salon and have your hairdresser cut your extensions and hair together to make them more blendable! They will know what to do!

How do you put them in?

YouTube was my go-to as soon as my package came in the mail! There are a bunch of influencers and beauty vloggers that have tutorials up on how to put your extensions in! Also, just practicing. Everyone’s hair is different, and you will start to learn where to put your extensions in! It’s all trial and error.

If you have any questions about hair extensions please feel free to leave me a comment, or email me at theblonderlife@gmail.com.

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January 18, 2017
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Easy Fishtail Side Braid

Posted in Beauty + Hair, Style

Christmas Eve is tomorrow, people! I cannot wait to eat too much and get all dressed up.

Tonight I am having a friend reunion with a bunch of girls from high school!  I am bringing over my favorite caramel apple sangria that is always a crowd pleaser. If you are still in need of a festive adult drink this one is the best!


One of my go-to hairstyles for the holidays is a side fishtail braid. I actually only learned how to fishtail a few months ago, but have since then become a pro. Or so I like to think. They’re really easy to do once you practice a few times. Once you get the hang of it I promise it will be your go-to as well!

I am a big fan of any type of braid for a holiday look. I think it’s a fun spin on the classic curls or straight hair! It gives your outfit just a little bit more in my opinion.

Step 1. Pull all of your hair to one side

Easy Fishtail Braid | The Blonder Life

Step 2. (Optional) Tie into a pony tail

If you choose to do this step cut off the clear elastic when you are finished.

Step 3. Divide into two sections

Easy Fishtail Braid | The Blonder Life

Step 4. Grab a small piece from behind opposite section

Easy Fishtail Braid | The Blonder Life

Step 5. Take that piece and cross over to front

Easy Fishtail Braid | The Blonder Life

Repeat steps 4 + 5 until you reach your desired length.

Easy Fishtail Braid | The Blonder Life

I hope that helped you guys! I know it’s sometimes to learn off of photos, but once you try it out and practice you will get the hang of it!

 

December 23, 2016
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Subscription Box Review: Lilee

Happy last day of November! In honor of December and Christmas coming up, I figured it would be a perfect time to share Lilee with you. It’s a box full of beauty and lifestyle goodies plus comes in the cutest packaging!

Lilee: Subscription Box Review | The Blonder Life

Lilee: Subscription Box Review | The Blonder Life

Lilee: Subscription Box Review | The Blonder Life

Lilee: Subscription Box Review | The Blonder Life

Lilee: Subscription Box Review | The Blonder Life

I was so excited when Lilee reached out to me and wanted me to try out their subscription box! I love the whole idea of subscription boxes. You pay a monthly fee and get so many new goodies to try out! Bonus, Lilee gives you full-sized items, not just testers!

I’m always on the hunt for new items, so subscription boxes are the perfect test run. You can try new products, and decide whether or not you want to continue purchasing said products.

Lilee is a lifestyle and beauty subscription box- meaning you could receive anything from bath salts to cocktail mixes! How fun. Lilee boxes are priced at $49 a month and you receive $120 worth of goodies. Who doesn’t love a good deal?

What I love the most about Lilee is that each box is themed! The box I was given was an Indie theme, so I was ecstatic! It’s fun because you aren’t getting only beauty items each month, and it will always be a little bit of a surprise.

With the Holidays upon us, a Lilee box would make a great gift for any girl in your life! It would basically be a gift that keeps on arriving on their doorstep. Who wouldn’t love that? Lilee offers three different options for payment: a monthly payment of $49, $189 billed every 4 months, and then a yearly option of $499!

What’s in the box

  • Jelly Pong Pong mascara. I am pretty picky about mascara since my eyelashes are basically non-existent, and I really need a fiber filled product. This mascara is perfect for a more minimal look, and dries super quick.
  • Chella eyebrow pencil. Love a good brow product, and this one did not disappoint. I have been using this pencil every day to tame my crazy brows!
  • Chella eyebrow highlight. I have been using this both under my eyebrows, and in the inner corner of my eyes to add a little brightness!
  • Bath soaking crystals. They smell amazing! They’re made of blood orange and jasmine and left my skin super soft after. Perfect for a self- care night !
  • Glamour Dolls waterproof mascara. This will be so handy to throw in my purse during the summertime.
  • Jeri Warlick earrings. How fun are these? I love the shape, and how much of a statement piece they are. Will be wearing these lots for Holiday parties!
  • Briogeo Rasarco leave-in conditioner. I love me some hair products, and this leave-in product has so many good ingredients for your hair!
  • Kaplan MD Microfoliant. I have been dying to try Kaplan MD out! I have seen this brand promoted a bunch lately on Instagram and was so excited to finally get my hands on it! I have sensitive skin but my skin did not get irritated and I have been using this microfoliant about twice a week.
  • The Beter Skin Co. miracle cream. Obsessed with this packaging, and this product. I have such dry skin and am always looking for a super hydrating moisturizer. This stuff is amazing!

That’s everything from my Lilee box! If you loved what I got, be sure to sign up and get ready for some really awesome products coming your way. Also, on Friday I’m sharing my first gift guide of the holiday season so be sure to check that out!

Thanks to Lilee for sending me their products, and sponsoring this post. All opinions are always my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that make The Blonder Life possible.

The Blonder Life

November 30, 2016
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Best Black Friday + Cyber Monday Sales

Posted in Beauty + Hair, Style

It is finally here!
Drumroll please…. BLACK FRIDAY!

The best shopping weekend of the year, and the best time to grab all your Christmas gifts. Also, a great time to treat yourself too! Black Friday + Cyber Monday are the absolute best shopping times of the year. Stores have made it so easy to get all your Christmas shopping done all from the comfort of your own home. Plus they have basically made sales last all week this year, which is awesome!

Sit back, and grab a cup of coffee because I have compiled all the best sales going on this Black Friday!

Make sure you load up your cart fast because all the best stuff goes first! Remember the above graphic is completely shoppable. Just click the item you’re loving and it will direct you straight to the sale!

 Sales + Codes

Anthropologie 20% off full price STACKS

ASOS 30% off THANKFUL30

American Eagle 40% off Ends 11/29

Bath & Body Works Lots of different sales + extra 25% off whole site

Free People 50% off select styles

Urban Outfitters $50 off $150 / $15 off $75

H&M 20% off $30 5144
25% off $50 0275
30% off $100 8284
Ends 11/28

Kendra Scott 20% off SALE20

LOFT 50% off everything CYBERMONDAY + free shipping

Forever 21 Extra 30% off sale EXTRA30 + free shipping

Nordstrom Extra 20% off sale items Ends 11/28

Old Navy 40% off + free shipping on $50

 

Let me know what yall end up buying!

The Blonder Life

November 24, 2016
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