Pops Of Red

Even though the Holidays have long since come and gone (I mean seriously, how is it MARCH?), I am still absolutely loving a pop of red.  Whether it’s a red dress, a red top, a red pump, or a swipe of red across the lip, red is a color that always has a place in my wardrobe or beauty routine-no matter the season.DSC_4522 DSC_4527DSC_4547 DSC_4509 DSC_4519 DSC_4558 DSC_4514 DSC_4526 DSC_4549 DSC_4583Dress: H&M, same dress different print | Necklace: Macy’s | Hat: Macy’s (under $30!) | Sunnies: Karen Walker (on sale!) | Clutch: Clare V. (on sale!) | Pumps: Jeffrey Campbellidentical, LOVE these and these for Spring

Happy almost weekend!  Don’t forget about the Shopbop sale which ends soon.  You can shop my favorite from yesterday’s post.  Just enter code: BIGEVENT16 at checkout to save up to 25% off of your favorite brands!

xoxo,

Abby

 

 

 

 

Hair Care Must-Haves

Happy Friday, sweet friends!  I get so many questions via email and on my Instagram about my hair, that I wanted to take a minute and share a few of my must-have products with all of you.  And you know what that also means? Getting a little more personal than I usually do!  So be sure to read on to see my hair story and why I swear by the below products!

About 2 years ago, I noticed that I was absolutely exhausted.  No matter how much I slept, I was tired all of the time and didn’t have a lot of energy.  I was traveling a lot for work so initially blamed it on that.  But then I started gaining a ton of weight (despite eating healthy and sticking to a strict workout routine), experiencing crazy night sweats, intense head rushes, puffy hands and feet, forgetfulness, numbness in my fingers and toes, and the biggest kicker?  My hair started falling out in handfuls.  It took a few months, lots of blood tests, and 2 different specialists to finally determine that I had an underactive thyroid and my body wasn’t producing any T3 or T4.

Once I got on the proper medication, my body regulated itself and I started feeling like my old self again.  But one of the lingering side effects was the damage done to my hair!  It was an absolute disaster.  I had so much breakage, and such large chunks had broken off in awkward places, there was no way to cover it up.  And so, in an effort to stop any further damage, my hair stylist (who is INCREDIBLE!) convinced me to go a little darker with a melt, get hair extensions to cover up the breakage, and make sure I had an arsenal of product that would protect and nourish my hair and help it to grow.

And I have to tell you guys, my hair has never been better! By using the below products, my hair is the BEST it’s ever been.  In the past year, my broken pieces have grown an incredible amount, I have shine, I have volume, and despite the dry Utah climate, my hair is growing faster and stronger than it ever has been before.  So if are looking to achieve healthier hair, definitely check out the below!Hair Care Products

  1.  Kevin Murphy Angel Wash and Rinse: I have to admit, I was a little sticker shocked when I first started using Kevin Murphy product.  BUT it has made SUCH a difference for my hair, I think it’s worth every penny.  Plus, I find with this hair routine I am only washing my hair 2x per week, so I am not going through product nearly as quick as I once did.  The Angel line also keeps my blonde from getting brassy.
  2. Kevin Murphy Shimmer Shine Repairing Mist: I spray this on my hair when I get out of the shower, and not only does it smell amazing, but it makes my hair really easy to comb through, preventing any damage from brushing when wet.
  3. Moroccanoil: This stuff is the bomb.com.  I can’t get enough!  It is SO dry here in Utah and this stuff has literally transformed my hair to be the softest it has ever been.  I will never go without this product for as long as I live (or have hair!)! lol
  4. It’s A 10 Miracle Spray: I had read about this particular product on a lot of blogs, but HATED it when I first tried it.  I found it left a weird residue on my hair.  But I learned from a friend that this is not a product to douse all over your hair-which I was obviously doing. So when I started applying it to just the places that needed a miracle (i.e. the fuzzy ends of my horrible breakage), I immediately noticed a difference.  And now that I understand that this is more like a spot treatment, I can’t go without it.  It has really made a HUGE difference for my breakage.
  5. Wet Brush:  I didn’t knot until recently, but I love me a good wet brush!  With long hair, it gets so tangled, and I love knowing that I can brush my wet hair with something that will not damage it.
  6. NUME Classic Wand 25mm: If you read blogs, then you are probably familiar with Cara Loren.  And she seriously has the BEST hair ever.  She swears by these wands and so when they ran a promo right before Christmas, I pounced.  And I am SO glad that I did.  Not only does this wand create perfect curls, but they last.  AND they are running a promo right now where you can get 40% off your purchase!
  7. Babyliss Flat Iron:  I swore by my Chi for YEARS!  And it took a lot of effort for me to make a change.  But I noticed a HUGE difference the first day.  I would suggest if you are still using a Chi, it might be time to look into something else.  There are so many great brands out there who have advanced their technology beyond Chi.
  8. Redken Wax Blast: I am obsessed with this stuff!  It gives hair a little grit and texture, but also tames frizzies.  I probably wouldn’t be able to survive a day without this stuff.  TOTALLY kidding.  But at least it paints the picture of how much I love this product!
  9. Redken 18 Quick Dry Hairspray: Another product I can’t live without.  It dries fast, and doesn’t feel sticky or hard like other hairspray.  In fact, I even feel like it gives my hair a little extra volume, while still maintaining excellent hold.  Definitely worth checking out!

Alright you babes, that was a REALLY long post.  So if you stuck with me through the end, THANK YOU.  And more importantly, I hope I was able to answer all of your hair care questions!  Feel free to send me a message here or on Insta if you have any more questions or need more info!

Happy weekend!

xoxo,

Abby

Current Beauty Faves

Happy hump day, lovelies!  I wanted to change things up a bit today and do something that I haven’t done in a while-share my current beauty faves!  Typically I’m pretty loyal to my tried-and-true products, but over the last couple of months, I’ve stumbled on a few new things that I’ve added to my routine.  So I wanted to take a minute and share both the old and the new with all of you.  Details, and why  I love these products can be found below!

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  1.  Moroccan Oil: I am obsessed with this stuff.  I color my hair and have extensions and it does wonders for both.  Since I started using this regularly about a year and a half ago, I have seen a huge change in my hair.  Plus, if you live in a dry climate like I do, it will help with static and dryness during the harsh winter months!
  2. Karen Walker Sunglasses c/o Ditto: I am obsessed with sunglasses, so I have absolutely fallen in love with a company called Ditto.  They let you rent any designer sunglasses of your choice for just $24/month.  There is no contract and you can change them out as often as you want (with free shipping!).  Plus, if you use code: ALLDOLLEDUPBLOG at checkout, you can try one month for free!
  3. Urban Decay Naked Smokey Eye Palette: I’ve been super loyal to the original Naked palette for years, but I finally bit the bullet and picked this smokey one up.  And I am SO glad that I did!  It has great colors in it that I don’t already have, and it’s helped me to be more bold when experimenting with date night looks.  But it’s not just for dressing up either!  There are amazing neutrals for daytime as well.  It really is just a great all around palette and definitely worth every penny!
  4. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Foundation: this is a new product for me.  I have been wearing Estee Lauder Double Wear Light pretty religiously for over a year. I love the matte finish, that it stays in place all day, and I never get oily.  BUT, this winter has been so dry, it started to make my skin look dry and cakey.  On the recommendation of another blogger (Mckenna Bleu-check out her blog here), I tried this one.  And you know what?  I LOVE it! It stays in place all day, I never get oily, and it doesn’t leave my skin looking dry like the Estee Lauder.  And even better? It doesn’t feel like I’m wearing anything on my face.  This is probably my favorite out of all of the new products I’ve tried!  It’s also free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates! I use this powder to set it.
  5. Benefit High Beam Highlighter: I was having dinner with a good friend a few months ago and I couldn’t stop staring at her skin.  It looked so radiant!  And when I asked her what her secret was, Benefit High Beam was it.  So obviously, I immediately purchased some for myself.  And the verdict? I am obsessed with it!  It’s super easy to apply, gives the most beautifuly radiant finish, and looks great blended using this.
  6. Benefit Roller Lash Mascara:  I am a tried and true fan of Bare Minerals Lash Domination. But I’ve found that mixing Lash Domination with this mascara gives me both incredible length and volume.  Plus, if I finish it off with a little Younique 3D Mascara for special occasions, it looks like I’m wearing false eyelashes!  So good!
  7. Rodan + Fields Sunless Tanner: this stuff is the bomb.com.  Not only is it super easy to apply (you can even put it on your face!), but it gives you a gorgeous, gradual tan that you can build as much as you want to.  When I went to the Bahamas with friends a couple of weeks ago, the weather was too cold to get any sun.  But I used this stuff for a little color and everyone talked about what a nice, natural tan I had when I came back! ha!  Plus, it doesn’t get streaky or blotchy around the wrists, ankles, or knees when you apply it or when it wears off.  This is hands down the best sunless tanner I’ve ever tried.
  8. Butter London Lippy Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayon: I am a gloss girl and most lipsticks can drive me nuts.  But not these!  The color is super vibrant, they wear really well, and are comfortable on the lips.  Plus, the lid has a built in sharpener making it the perfect all in one! Ladybird (a fiery red/orange), Primrose Hill Picnic (the perfect bright pink), and Trout Pout (a great bright coral) are my go-to colors.

Let me know if you guys have any questions!  Would love to hear if you use any of these products, or what your favorites are!  I am always on the lookout to try new things!

xoxo,

Abby

 

Holiday Casual (and an amazing skincare giveaway!)

This week I want to show you guys three different looks to wear for your Thanksgiving festivities.  Whether your dinner is a casual affair, or a dressier event, this weeks posts will hopefully provide some inspiration to help you dress for any Thanksgiving occasion!  And today, I wanted to start with a super comfy, casual look (similar to what I will be wearing for our Thanksgiving feast!).  I mean really, what could be better than pairing your favorite leggings with a comfy tunic and over-the-knee boots?  A look as comfy as pajamas, but totally appropriate for any holiday meal. And be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post to learn about my beloved skin care regiment and your chance to win some of my favorite products!

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Tunic: Loft (obsessed!), also love this | Leggings: INC Skinny Ponte Pants (BEST pants ever-trust me!) | Sunnies: Karen Walker, similar (less expensive version) | Watch: Michael Kors | Clutch: Clare Vivier, flat version here | Boots: TJMaxx, similar, similar, similar

Today, I also wanted to share my skin care regiment with y’all and give you the opportunity to win some of my favorite products!  I have been using R+F  (Rodan + Fields-the same doctors who created Proactive!) for about 4 months, and my skin has never looked or felt so good.  A few months ago, I would never have considered sharing a no-makeup selfie (let alone 2!) with all of you, but now that I am using R+F, I feel completely confident au naturale, and I wanted to show you guys not only how great my skin looked after just one month of use of this product, but how much better my skin looks even now!

Please be sure to check out the R+F site and take the test here to see which R+F skin care regiment is right for you (I use Redefine)!  You can also enter for your chance to win a mini-facial below!  Trust me, you don’t want to miss out on your chance to try this phenomenal skin care! It’s been a life changer for me and I know it will be for you too!

Click on the RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY link below for your chance to win a mini-facial (5 winners will be chosen!)!!

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Winners will be announced Monday, December 1st!  Good luck and thank you for stopping by!!!

Spring Beauty Essentials

One thing I love about a change in season, is the chance to freshen up my beauty routine.  And because I am so enamored with the below products, today I thought I would share my current beauty must-have with all of you…
Spring Beauty Essentials
1.  Bare Minerals BB Primer: this stuff is AWESOME! I am a huge fan of primers and have tried all of the cult favorites, but this is by far the best.  It goes on silky smooth, has a slight tint to even out blemishes and redness, I no longer get oily in my t-zone after a few hours (like I do with every other primer I’ve tried), and, of course, it has all the benefits of a BB Cream!
2.  Bare Escentuals Pressed Powder:   I have been a fan of the loose powder for years, and was super excited when they launched the pressed.  However, I was initially turned off by the fact that the colors weren’t interchangeable with the loose, and by the fact that it didn’t get rave reviews right away.  However, my favorite Bare rep got me to try it a couple of months ago and I’m hooked!  Initially, you do have to be aware of the difference in application (it goes on a little heavier than the loose if you aren’t careful), but once you get it down, it’s super easy and natural looking.  PLUS no more mess all over the bathroom counter!
3.  NARS Orgasm Blush: I use this year round.  Hands down my favorite blush and works with just about any skin tone.  If you haven’t tried this, you must-it’s a staple in my beauty bag.
4. Bare Minerals Moxie Lipstick in Fly High:  I always gravitate towards YSL and MAC lipsticks, but when I saw a photo of my favorite blogger, Julia, from Gal Meets Glam, wearing this color during NY Fashion week, I HAD to try it.  And am SO glad I did!  The color is the perfect shade of pink for Spring, and it is super comfy and long lasting-in fact, it reminds me a bit of a gloss.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this stuff!
5.  Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Apricot:  Another tried and true favorite that I have been wearing for years. In the summer I wear the bronze, but in the spring, the Apricot is the perfect amount of warmth and glow and looks great layered with Orgasm.
6.  Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner:  BEST.  EYELINER.  EVER.  I recommend this to everyone, and everyone who tires it is hooked.  Super easy to apply, doesn’t smudge (I can wear it without any touch-ups all day long), and yet, it super easy to remove.  I guess you could say it’s easy on the eyes in more than one way!
7. MAC Prep+Prime Translucent Finishing Power:  After constantly reading about this product, I recently decided to give it a test drive.  And the verdict?  It’s fantastic!  It is the perfect setting powder, gives my makeup a perfectly finished look, and reduces the look of fine lines and pores.  I think it’s safe to say I’m hooked!
8.  Urban Decay Make Up Setting Spray:  Another tried and true favorite in my beauty routine.  Now that I’ve used it, I can’t go without it.  And let me just tell you, all make up sprays are definitely not created equal.  So if you are in the market, this is the one.  Trust me, try it and you’ll be hooked.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  And please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions about the above products!

Pucker Up!

I get a lot of questions about the different red lipsticks that I wear on my blog.  And so today, I wanted to share my four favorites with you.  Now truth be told, I am a total lip gloss junkie and don’t usually tend to gravitate towards lipstick-mostly because I have always found them to be messy and uncomfortable.  BUT since discovering  these 4 products, I find myself wearing lipstick more and more often.  And more importantly, actually liking it!
NARS Heat Wave: really fun orange/red; my go to in the summer; lightweight, but not super long lasting
STILA Fiery: burgundy red color; long lasting vinyl gloss that wears like a lipstick; pretty comfortable, and amazingly long lasting (even through drinking and eating); sponge applicator makes it easy to apply
URBAN DECAY Revolution in 69: true bright red, my personal favorite lipstick (in all colors!); super comfy, long lasting, easy to apply
MAC Ruby Woo: super fun color; cool red tone with a matte finish; a little drying-definitely pair with a gloss
Happy, happy Friday to all of you!  Thank you SO much for stopping by!

FPF: Smashbox Brow Tech To Go

Eyebrows are important. Like really important. They frame the eyes and give definition to the face. But all too often, I see women neglecting their eyebrows. And while I must admit that at first I found the thought of penciling in my eyebrows to be a little bit daunting, ever since I discovered Smashbox Brow Tech To Go, my eyebrows are neglected no longer.

Brow Tech To Go is quite simply a pared down, travel version (but full size) of the famed Smashbox Brow Tech. There is nothing intimidating about this brow pencil, and it’s so easy to use, there is virtually no room for error. And not only that, but I love that it is one piece instead of 3 or 4 (like most brow kits) which makes it a quick and easy step to add to your beauty routine. Just define eyebrows with the angled pencil (glides on easily and naturally), and then brush on the gel to hold in place. Easy as pie! Plus this product lasts and lasts. It’s really just all around awesome…

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Smash Box Brow Tech To Go

For those of you in the SLC, don’t forget about the Fashion Fusion event at Fashion Place Mall tonight!  Fashion show starts at 7pm!

And to everyone else, happy, happy weekend.  I hope it’s a good one!

P.S.  Be sure to follow along on Instagram for pics from tonight’s event!

Get Your Tan On

Get Your Tan On
With Memorial Day weekend upon us, the official start of summer just around the corner, and warm weather here to stay (fingers crossed!), I am ready to bust out the shorts, dresses, and tank tops.  But what I am NOT ready to put on parade, is my pasty winter skin.  And while you couldn’t pay me to step foot in a tanning bed, I do love the look of a nice bronze glow.  Over the years I have tried a lot of different products in order to achieve a natural looking faux tan, but have either hated the results, or the smell.  But a couple of years ago I discovered L’Oreal Sublime Glow lotion and I have never looked back.  It’s a fantastic product that I use year round, and can’t imagine using anything else.  And because I love the lotion so much, I have tried several of the other tanning and bronzing products in this line, but haven’t been super impressed.  That is until I recently tried the tanning towels.  And let me tell you, they are AH-mazing!!  They are super easy to apply, are relatively odorless, and I find when I use them in tandem with my lotion, I am able to achieve that beautiful, natural looking faux tan I have been trying forever to create.  Hallelujah!
So if you are looking to try a new tanning product, give these two a whirl.  I am pretty sure you won’t be disappointed.
Hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend!
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FPF: Best Make Up Primers

Best Make Up Primers
While it might seem like just another added expense, I assure you that a makeup primer is an essential step to your beauty routine.  Not only do primers help to hide fine lines and wrinkles, creating a silky, smooth canvas to apply your make up to, but because they drastically improve the application and look of your make up, you will find that you need to apply less make up.  Particularly if you use a neutralizing version (my favorite!) which helps to reduce the appearance of any redness, spots, or blemishes.   An added bonus?  They also help to make your makeup last longer throughout the day.
Happy weekend!
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FPF: The Perfect Glossy Lip

The Perfect Glossy Lip

Bonne Bell Lipsmacker (you can find this in any drug store) |  Smashbox Limitless Lipgloss | Chanel Glossimer Lip Gloss

I LOVE a good glossy lip.  And while Chanel Glossimer remains at the top of my list, I also recently discovered another lip gloss that I am enamored with-and that is Smashbox Limitless Long Wearing gloss.  It is a fantastic product and lasts an amazingly long time.  BUT it is a touch sticky on the lip so I like to layer it with my favorite chapstick.  And then recently, on a whim I layered on my favorite Glossimer (Sweet Beige) over the top and the results were perfect.  An ultra glossy lip with incredible staying power and none of that uncomfortable stickiness! 

Happy Weekend!

xx