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Sensor Mirror Trio

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Simple Human Illuminated Mirror c/o || Floral Fleece Robe c/o || Pink Bow Hair Tie ||

Good morning and happy Tuesday! One of my favorite parts about the morning is getting ready for the day. I find it very relaxing to take my time sipping my coffee while I go through my daily routine, which includes doing my makeup. Having good light is essential, especially when applying eyeliner. This illuminated mirror, with three different magnifications (1x, 5x, 10x) gives exceptional detail and allows you to achieve flawless pro-quality makeup application. The mirror has numerous light settings as well with simulated natural sunlight and even a candlelight setting. I really love the built-in motion sensor, which lights the mirror up automatically as you approach it. I personally use the 5x magnification side on a daily basis and love love love the sunlight mode. The light is truly amazing and worth every penny. This mirror is a game changer for makeup application.  


xo, Amanda

LipSense

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Red Pearl Sweater c/o || LipSense in Blue Red c/o || Stella & Dot Ring || Jackie Kennedy Cascade Ring ||  

Good morning, friends and happy Tuesday! The holiday season is in full swing and with that comes holiday makeup! My obvious favorite color to wear for any holiday party is red, but we all know how hard it is to maintain with the worrisome smudging or rubbing off. I was recently introduced to LipSense by a friend of mine and was completely impressed with it! No smudging or rubbing off. Itโ€™s kiss proof too! I tested the lipstick out for a few weeks and can honestly say it works wonders. It comes in a set with the lipstick color, a top gloss, and a remover for any mistakes made during the application. Below is a step by step guide on how to apply the product and a discount code for my followers! 

  •  Thoroughly clean and dry your lips
  • Shake your LipSense  
  • Start on the bottom lip and apply from corner-to-corner in one swipe on the outer lip. Then repeat on he inner lip.  
  • Apply from corner-to-corner on the top lip in one swipe. Then repeat on the top inner lip.  
  • Once you have applied your first coat, let it dry. This should only take a couple seconds. Try not to touch your lips together. Your lips will feel sticky.  
  • Repeat steps 3-5 two more times for a total of 3 layers of color. Be sure to let dry between layers.  
  • Once the color is dry, youโ€™ll apply your gloss and even out by gently rubbing your lips together. 
  • Apply gloss as needed throughout the day

This may seem like many steps, but once you practice a few times youโ€™ll get the hang of it. I can do mine in about 1-2 minutes and itโ€™s totally worth it! LipSense does have to be purchased through an independent distributor (kind of like Avon.) I get mine from Maddie. She is great and totally helped me the whole way!

Use the code  enchant10  to receive 10% off of your order! 

xo, Amanda  

November Glossybox

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Grateful November Glossybox c/o || AG Skinny Jeans || Rose Velvet Flats || Similar Pearl Bead Sweater || Stella & Dot Ring || Jackie Kennedy Ring ||  

Hello dear friends and happy Monday! I hope everyone truly had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with their family and friends. Mine was very relaxing spent with loved ones. We ended up having some nice weather too so everyone made sure to spend some time outdoors. Ava and I also decorated our home for Christmas! She loves all of the twinkle lights.  

In the spirit of giving, Glossybox created their Grateful beauty box for November. Inside are goodies that will not only look good, but do good too. Ava wanted to be a part of the fun also! She loves looking through all of the beauty products, especially the lipstick and perfumes. She had a ton of fun during the shoot! Below youโ€™ll find whatโ€™s included: 

  •  Tarteist Brow Gel : Tame and maintain those brows! A paraban-free, water-infused formula means no drying, no flaking, and a naturally clean finish with just a few strokes. I have thick brows and love how this product kept mine in place all day! 
  •  Kat Von D Beauty Saint Eau De Parfum : This parfum is customized based on your own body heat. SAINT features classic floral notes of vanilla, musk, and jasmine. Ava and I both loved it! 
  •  Nature Queen   Shampoo & Conditioner : Nourish, balance, and cleanse your hair more beautifully with help from this cult-loved natural hairline. Aromatic ingredients like honey locust, lemongrass, and patchouli make every hair wash a home spa experience! 
  •  Evoo Beauty Green Tea Primer : This silky green tea and avocado oil blend means a smooth start (and finish( every time.  
  •  Laqa & CO Cloud Lips Airy Matte Lipstick In Daydream : This chubby lip pencil packs a long-lasting, just-applied look that stays put all day. This has avacado oil in it making it a smooth finish thatโ€™s high on pigment too! Another favorite of Ava and mine! The color is a dark blush which I tend to wear as my everyday color. Very flattering!  

xo, Amanda  

September Glossy Box // Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful

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September Glossy Box // Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful- Enchanting Elegance
September Glossy Box // Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful- Enchanting Elegance
September Glossy Box // Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful- Enchanting Elegance
September Glossy Box // Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful- Enchanting Elegance
September Glossy Box // Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful- Enchanting Elegance
September Glossy Box // Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful- Enchanting Elegance

September Glossy Box c/o || Glossy Box x CEW Beauty Insider Awards 2017 Box c/o || Gray Skinny Jeans || Similar Chambray Top || Bauble Bar Bracelet c/o ||

Good Morning and happy Tuesday! I'm super excited to talk about one of my favorite beauty subscription boxes, Glossy Box, for the month of September. I don't know about you, but I am a confessed beauty junkie. I always get a giddy as a school girl to try new products out, which makes this subscription box so great. You can try out new products, some full sized and some travel size.

Not only does Glossy Box have their regular monthly box for September, but they also have a special limited edition collaboration box with CEW for the Beauty Insider Awards 2017. Think of it as the Oscars of the beauty awards. This special box contains 7 full sized finalist products. For those of you who do not know, CEW is compromised of over 9,000 members across the U.S., U.K., and France. These are influential professionals driving the conversation around the industry's most game-changing trends and brands. I absolutely ADORE every product in this box, especially the perfume, which Ava loved as well! Below is a list of all that's included.

  • IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfection Brush #702: Each bristle is infused with anti-aging collagen, silk and antioxidants to deliver beautiful results with ever swipe!
  • Butter London Sheer Wisdom Nail Tinted Moisturizer In Fair: This do-it-all nail moisturizing treatments infuses nutrients like vitamin E, tea tree oil, and keratin straight into your nails, while leaving them shiny and perfectly polished in the process.
  • Bare Minerals Gen Nude Matte Lipstick In Scandal: This creamy liquid lipstick offers a universally flattering color in a unique cream-to-matte finish. Its infused with a lip primer and lip softening ingredients too!
  • Jafra Paris Et Moi Eau De Parfum: Inspired bythe perfumer's seasonal journey through Paris, essences of Mara strawberries, rose petal macaron, and silky woods are like the beautifully bottled scent getaway.
  • Supergoop Shine On Lip Screen SPF 50: This lip shine offers a glossy finish and serious SPF 50 protection against sun damage. Wear alone or atop your favorite lip color to prettify now and protect for sunny days to come.
  • Laneige Water Bank Soothing Gel Mask: This soothing gel mask is packed with healing mineral water and a propietary Biogen technology that relieves tension and stress on contact, while giving a dose of long-term hydration.
  • Manuka Doctor Drops Of Crystal Cashmere Touch Serum: This cult-favorite face serum is compromised of skin plumping active ingredients to smooth and firm on contact. The formula's star ingredients include a rare oil derived from a Greek evergreen tree, purified bee venom, and Manuka honey. 

xo, Amanda

Fab Fit Fun Spring 2017

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Fab Fit Fun Spring 2017- Enchanting Elegance
Fab Fit Fun Spring 2017- Enchanting Elegance
Fab Fit Fun Spring 2017- Enchanting Elegance
Fab Fit Fun Spring 2017- Enchanting Elegance
Fab Fit Fun Spring 2017- Enchanting Elegance

It's that time of the year again for another Fab Fit Fun box. I've mentioned this many times before, but this is without a doubt my favorite lifestyle subscription box. One year ago I started receiving them and haven't looked back since then. I'm always impressed each time I receive a box and think they keep getting better and better each time. Each season you get a new box filled with goodies perfect for that time of the year. This one is chalk full of springtime favorites! Here's what is included:

  • Gyypsy Roundie: These blankets are fantastic if you're headed to a picnic, going to the beach, or even a concert. They would even make for some cool wall art of a nice photo backdrop! Mine is the blue tie-dye.
  • Milly Zip Pouch (Mine says Beach Please): These zip pouches are super cute, especially if you need something to carry your wet bathing suit in or to keep your valuables safe in this water resistant bag. You can even use it to stash your beauty products in.
  • Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioner: I used this the night before I took these photos. I loved that it is a light weight formula fortified with a unique blend of rosehip, argan, and coconut oils to help improve hair's softness, strength, and moisture levels. This even acts as a barrier against heat. I used mine as soon as I got out of the shower, focusing on the middle to ends of my hair. 
  • Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator: I also used this the night before and loved the creamy texture and how soft my skin felt afterwards! The formula contains aluminum oxide crystals, lactic acid, and smoothing botanicals to polish away dead skin cells and leave you with bright, smooth, healthy-looking skin.
  • Karuna Hydrating + Face Mask: I'm pretty excited to try this out. These deep-conditioning single use face masks contain 100% natural wood-pulp fiber, allowing pores to fully adsorb essential nutrients and nourishing ingredients for ultimate hydration.
  • Realher Lip Kit in Deep Red, Deep Nude, Or Neutral Pink: This liquid lipstick, plumping lip gloss, and lip liner are made from natural ingredients making for quite a pretty trio. A little tip is to draw an X with your liner where your lips meet your cupid's bow to define and contour your pout.
  • Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish Set in Blue Orchid/ Like A Virgin, Shape of My Heart/ Like A Virgin: Talk about springtime in a bottle! I got the blue orchid, which is such a lovely soft shade of baby blue.
  • Either a Emerald DUV Cage Bracelet or Luv AJ Diamond Kite Ear Crawler Set: My box contained the cage bracelt which is inspired by the vibrant and destinctive nature of the West Coast. Add this piece for some effortless flair to your timeless look.

You can use the code ENCHANTING for $10 off your first box at wwww.fabfitfun.com.

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xo, Amanda

Beauty

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Beauty Products- Enchanting Elegance

I thought I'd try something a little different today and do a beauty post instead of fashion. One of my favorite parts of the day is when I'm "primping" in my room getting ready for the day. I can sip on my tea, get myself put together, and start the day feeling like a million bucks.

I always start out with Simple Moisturizing Face Wash in the morning and night to rinse off any oil or makeup. It takes both off fantastically without leaving any residue behind and most importantly not causing any breakouts. I've used this since it came out a few years ago and have never looked back. Secondly, I use Proactiv Step 3. As someone who has suffered from acne most of my adult life, this has been a life saver more times than I can count. I know it works for some and others claim it does nothing, but for me, I need it to keep my skin smooth and I do notice a difference when I stop using it. Only a small amount is needed, about the size of a dime. The other steps I find unnecessary and too costly. Lastly, for both morning and night, I use Philosophy's Hope In A Jar original formula. I have never used a better moisturizer than this, which my mom actually got me to start using. It has a whipped consistency and only the smallest amount is needed for your face, neck, and chest. I feel that Proactiv and Hope In A Jar combination is the only thing that has kept my skin clear. Before I used the Hope In A Jar along with Proactiv, I would still get my monthly breakouts.

Now onto the fun part! I've used Neutrogena products since college and have found they work just as well as the higher priced items. Mostly everything I use, except Proactiv and Philosophy can be sound in your regular drug store like CVS or Rite Aid. Anyway, I use the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup and their Healthy Skin Bronzer. The foundation gives my skin a little glow that I love and the bronzer is matte without any shimmer so it looks very natural. Next, I apply the Loreal True Match concelar, in "light cool", to my cheeks, forehead, under my eyes, and chin to hide any shadows or post acne marks. This blends quite nicely into my skin and does not feel cakey at all. I use a beauty blender sponge for any blending with the concealer and bronzer. Blend, blend blend!!! After the concealer I use the Neutrogena bronzer and Revlon Highlighting Palette to add some warmth to my face. Both are applied to the hollows of my cheeks and the bronzer to my forehead, sides of my nose, and under my chin. The last product I use for my face is Revlon's Photo Ready Blush. It is a cream and blends fantastically with a blush brush. It gives me the nicest flushed appearance. 

Lastly are my eyes. I started using Maybelline's The Nudes Eye Shadow Pallete when it came out and fell in love. I use the nude and champagne sparkle shades on my lids, and a darker taupe in my crease. Next, I curl my eyelashes with E.L.F.'s Eyelash Curler. It's only $1 and works perfectly! I then apply Mark's Liquid Eyeliner in Cleo, the only one that I have ever used because of how preciously it works without much hassle, to create my winged cat eye. It's the one makeup product I would say is my signature item. I look very different without it! Lastly, I apply two coats of Circa Beauty's Absolute Icon, wait about one minute, and then apply two coats of Maybelline Lash Sensation. The Circa line is new, but I've been using the Absolute Icon for about two months now and can say that it feels great on my lashes. No clumps or stickiness and it even has avocado as an ingredient for moisture. Love that!

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***Nothing has been endorsed. All opinions are my own.

xo, Amanda

Soft Lips with Epic Blend

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Lip Balm: Epic Blend c/o || Ring: Pink Peonies || Blazer: Target|| Blouse: LC Lauren Conrad, sold out (SIMILAR) || Watch: Boutqiue, (SIMILAR) || Clutch: Shoedazzle || Mirror: antique ||

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today I wanted to share with you my secret to getting incredibly soft lips while using epic blend lip balm. I'm always on the lookout for brands that use all natural ingredients in their products and was pleasantly surprised to find out epic blend uses only the top-shelf natural ingredients without any of the harsh chemicals or synthetics. This was right up my alley and I loved all of the yummy flavors they have in their lineup. The formula's are petroleum-free, gluten-free, non gmo, not tested on animals, and only include natural flavors. My two personal favorites are the citrus kick and pineapple-mint.

The balms come in three categories:

Hemp: Using organic hemp seed oil, which is a great anti-oxident, super-nourishing, and quickly absorbs into the skin.

More Moisture: A total of seven moisturizers are used, including organic shea butter, to come together to provide a generous dose of moisture to your lips while having a long lasting staying power.

Vegan: 100% plant-based and beeswax-free. All natural grade candelila was is used, which gives these balms an incredibly smooth texture.

The Hemp Collection Includes:

Vanilla, Coconut, Mint, and Citrus Kick

The More Moisture Collection Includes:

Unflavored, Cherry, Grape, Green Apple

The Vegan Collection Includes:

Pineapple-mint, Wild Berry

Don't Forget to visit my online Pop Up Shop which opens today and closes this Friday! Click on the post below for all of the pretty details. Make sure to use the pop up shop link and let me know if you'll be attending. Hope you enjoy all of the sparkly goodness!


Moody Eyes

Fun for Fall

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Happy Friday everyone! I thought it would be fun to try something new for a change. I wear the same eye makeup all the time. A shell base all over the lid, brown in the crease, liquid black eye liner winged out at the corner, and two coats of brown/black mascara. It's my signature look and if something works for you then stick with it. Every now and then I get the urge to change it up a bit though and the perfect place to try new makeup is the eyes. I really liked this look, especially the light wash for a daytime look. To compliment the eyes, pair a neutral pink lipstick.

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  1. Apply a gunmetal shadow to your lid, this will make the products we put on later pop that much more.
  2. With a fluffy brush, apply a tangerine color to your crease.
  3. Using that same fluffy brush, apply a charcoal brown shadow into the crease.
  4. Take a flat stiff brush and apply a silver pigment all over your lid.
  5. Take a smaller blending brush and a matte black shadow and apply this on your outer lid and into the crease just a touch.
  6. Taking whatever is left over on that blending brush, run this on your lower lash line, tapering in as we go.
  7. Apply a glitter-y gold shadow (wet it first) to the inner third of your lower lash line. This color is going to play off of the silver really well because it is not too warm of a gold.
  8. Apply a shimmering light gold shadow on the inner corner, but you can totally use a matte color. This is going to attention to your eyes.
  9. Apply a mechanical black gel pencil on your lower lash line.
  10. Apply black mascara and you are good to go!

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I decided to go very light with all of the colors since it was day, but for nighttime, see more below!

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Moody Eyes Nighttime Look

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For the nighttime look, follow the same steps as above, but use more pigment instead of a lighter wash. I also added a black shadow eye liner right before the mascara to deepen and intensify the look. Again, I stayed with a neutral pink lip, nothing too harsh since the eyes are the main focus here. My eyes seem to get lost in pictures if I do not have some kind of eye liner on so I felt a little more comfortable with this addition to the look. Have you tried any new beauty looks lately? Remember, it's only makeup so it will wash off at the end of the day. Try something new if only for one day. Have fun!

Beauty Basic

The Braided Bun

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Once the dog days of summer finally hit I always find myself inevitably pulling my hair up and off of my face to keep cool. Rather than hap haphazardly doing this, I prefer to keep a styled look whether it be the classic ballerina bun, top knot, classic pony, sock bun, vintage roll up and so on. Today I wanted to show you the braided bun, another way to keep your hair effortlessly stylish.

I first pulled my hair into a classic pony and secured with a hair tie while leaving the top half of my hair out and secured with a pin until ready. Braid the pony and tie with another hair tie. Start twisting the braided pony into a bun and secure with pins. Take the top half of hair left out and wrap that around the base of the bun to hide the elastic tie. Pin the hair underneath the bun. Simple, chic, and lets you stay cool in the warm summer sun.

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Crazy for Coconuts

Coconut Oil

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One of the biggest health and beauty crazes of 2014 is coconut oil. The best kind to use is pure, unrefined, cold pressed, organic extra virgin. This can easily be found at any grocery store for around $7-10. What's all the fuss about you ask? Well, after conducting a 2 month test, I'll let you in on all the goodies this yummy oil has to offer.

Cooking:

To start off, coconut oil is a healthy alternative for butter and fats in the diet. You can use it to saute vegetables, roast kale or sweet potatoes, add into smoothies or oatmeal (which I do every morning), use it in baked goods, and even over popcorn. Not to mention it tastes great too, just like a coconut, go figure. I use this oil as much as I can in my cooking or baking. If I juice some vegetables or fruit I mix some in, if I make a smoothie the oil goes in. Any more when I bake up some treats, this is the oil I use or when I need to coat some veggies for sauteing or roasting, you guessed it, coconut oil.

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This light weight oil, jam packed with vitamin E, can be used on your skin or hair. I like to add some oil, heated so that it turns into a liquid state, into my hair before I take a shower for about 1 hour. Then I shampoo it out and continue with my normal conditioning. Also, sometimes I put the oil on after my shower, while my hair is still damp, as to moisturize the ends and keep them shiny. Only a little bit is needed though or the hair looks too greasy and no one likes that. As a body moisturizer, I put this on after my shower, within 3 minutes of getting out so as not to loose any of the moisture from the shower. It does smell faintly of coconuts, which I like, but that does fade after a little while if you are one who does like the scent as much.

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Oil Pulling:

The reason why most people are becoming aware of coconut oil is because of a morning ritual technique called oil pulling. Before brushing or flossing, you take a spoon full of the oil, swish it in your mouth for 20 minutes like a mouth wash, spit it out preferably into a trash can as to not block up your drain, rinse your mouth with salt water, and then continue on with flossing and brushing as you regularly would. What happens within those 20 minutes really is quite remarkable. The oil literally pulls out all of the bacteria from inside the mouth and creates a clean environment. Your breath smells fresher over time, your teeth become whiter, and the bacteria becomes non existent. I do this about 3 times a week for the full 20 minutes. When I'm traveling I take it down a notch to about 10 minutes. One thing to remember is not to swallow any of the oil while swishing. In doing that, you basically swallow the bacteria back into the body.

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Health:

This do it all oil not only helps hair stay shiny, skin stay moisturized, eases cooking and baking, but it is also extremely good for you as well. Where has this magic oil been all of my life!?  Health benefits include, helps in easing digestion, improves bone health, healing damaged tissue and infections, treats pancreatitis and Alzheimer's disease, rich in lauric acid that helps maintain blood sugar and cholesterol, prevents diseases affecting the liver and kidney, prevents and effectively cures candida, and strengthens the immune system.

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