I’ve been getting my eyelashes done for over a year and a half now. I’ve been to a few different places and a lot of different lash girls. When I first started getting my lashes done I went to a specific girl constantly, but she got pregnant and had a baby so I had to find a new one. Let me tell you the process of finding a new good lash girl was not easy. I asked around and I went to at least 5 different lash artists before I found another that I really loved. My lashes were falling out like crazy, the artist wasn’t doing what I was asking for, and I barely had any left between my 2 week fills and let me tell you if you can’t go at least 2 weeks, you need to find a new lash girl. Now I can go a month and they still look great, given I don’t want to go a month but if I needed to I could. I would try to go twice to everyone to get a good feel on if they’re going to work for you and what you’re wanting or not, but if you know right away don’t waste your time or money. If you’re having clumps of lashes come out or the extensions themselves are just constantly falling off, your lash girl isn’t doing something right. Everyone goes through shedding phases or even when you’re not going through a shedding phase I would say most (not all but a good amount) of your lashes that do fall out (unless you’re picking them off or yank one accidentally) should have a natural lash connected to them. Check the lash artists Instagram page (most have them). Ask questions. Be sure to find someone who is LICENSED. Price doesn’t always ensure quality. It really goes both ways on that one. The girl I am seeing now is cheaper than some of the others I have seen and she is way better!
The lashes I get are Classic, they are cheaper than the Volume lashes (actually kind of a win) but I love the Classic because the lash itself is so thick and dark. I love a drama drama looking lash and not a super curly lash. I typically get a C curl with mixed lengths to create volume and a thick bold looking lash, but I have long and plentiful natural lashes so this works for me, but I would talk to your lash artist because she knows what will work for your lashes and what won’t. If you don’t have a lot of lashes volume might be a good option for you. Also, I know some people say that extensions damage your natural lashes, but that is actually a myth. As long as you have a trained lash artist who truly knows what she is doing your natural lashes will still be beautiful if you ever decide to stop getting them done. WARNING : after you have them you will not want to go back to just natural lashes because you will feel naked!
Getting my lashes done has increased my quality of life a lot. As silly as that sounds its totally true! (Hahaha) It only saves me a few minutes in the morning which is neither here nor there for me and maybe thats the thing that seals the deal for you, but I love the fact that they’re always done. Swimming? Great lashes. Just woke up? Great lashes. And most importantly they’re not uncomfortable! I was super worried that they would irritate me, however, you get used to them and after a day or so cannot even feel them. I used to use a strip lash and even thinking about having that thick band glued to my eyelid literally gives me the heebie jeebies. I HATE STRIP LASHES! They poke you and jab you and feel sticky. You can’t cry with them or swim. Half the time they fall off even without doing those things.
Finally I have some tips to help you get the most out of your lashes!
- Don’t get them wet for 24 hours after you have them done. (This allows the glue to set).
- No rubbing! With your hands, a towel, ect.
- NEVER wear mascara on them, especially waterproof.
- Don’t wear oil-based products near your face (including lotions).
- Groom them daily, but gently. (I use the brush my lash artist provides and a clean lip gloss wand along with diluted baby shampoo foam).
- Get them filled regularly. 2-3 weeks.
If you’ve been thinking about it, I highly recommend doing it but just understand that it is an investment and it can be expensive. Don’t get them if you aren’t ready to pay $50-60 every few weeks for a fill.
Fall is by far my favorite season not only because I love fall fashion, but also because of all the pumpkin spicy goodness! Pantone came out with falls fashion color report and it’s amazing. I know I said the same thing about spring. They just have the perfect colors and they obviously know what they’re doing. This makes me that much more excited for fall and hopefully you feel the same and like it gives you a little bit of direction when out shopping!
Here are a few of my favorite fall pieces I have found so far!
- Boho Midi Dress – Navy Peony
I fell in love with this piece the moment I saw it. I work in an office and I MUST have it. I love that florals can still be used during the fall, but not look out of place.
2. Music in Time Embroidered Top – Autumn Maple
3. Smoke Screen Jumpsuit – Tawny Port
4. Holly Pine – Shaded Spruce
I’m sorry if this post gives you PTSD like it does with me, but soften the blow a little bit and buy yourself a few supplies to get excited about it!
1. Tons of cute Note Pads
2. Velvet Pencils
3. Charging Key Chain
This made the list for obvious reasons. Moms calls are pretty important.
4. Good Reusable Water Bottle
With all the go go go you have to stay hydrated!
Staying organized is the only way to handle so much at once. A planner helps me a ton to make sure I never forget an appointment or an event. It also helps to get a visual on how much time you have before you have a test or paper due!
6. Gel Pens
7. Cute Packpack that will MAKE IT THROUGH THE YEAR!
Because we’ve all had that backpack that falls apart halfway through the year and we have to stick it out and make the best of the second half.
8. Quality Headphones
If you’re running around on campus and you want to avoid having to talk to people headphones are a must. KIDDING! But seriously when you’re in a noisy setting trying to study or unable to hear these are great and they’re wireless!
9. Pencil Pouch
To keep all the essentials together.
10. On The Go Coffee Cup
Good luck with your new school year! Remember that C’s get degrees, KIDDING again! Maybe.
This one is a shout-out to my girls with oily skin because I am right there with you. In high school I had perfect skin, not too dry not oily and I had no idea how good I had it. Life happens and things change and now I get SUPER oily in my T-zone. One of the things you can do to help prevent the mid-day oil breakthrough is to find a good oil-free foundation. I’ve created this little cheat sheet of foundations that are oil-free! There is a shade, price, and coverage for everyone.
- Estee Lauder Double Wear
- Semi-Matte Finish
- Medium to Full Coverage
- 24 HR wear
2. Clinique Stay Matte
- Matte Finish
- Sheer to moderate coverage
3. Lorac POREfection
- Medium to Full coverage
- SPF 20
- Paraben & fragrance free
4. Maybeline Fit Me Matte + Poreless
- Natural matte finish
5. Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder
- Illuminated natural finish
- Light coverage
- SPF 15
6. Smashbox BB Water
- Sheer to medium coverage
- SPF 30
- Natural finish
7. Dior Diorskin Forever Perfect
- Medium-Full coverage
- SPF 35
- 16 HR wear
- Luminous matte-finish
8. MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof
- Medium to full weightless coverage
- 24 HR wear
- Repels moisture
- Satin Finish
9. Too Faced Born This Way Absolute Perfection
- Medium to full coverage
- Naturally Radiant
- Hyaluronic Acid infused
10. L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte 24HR
- Demi-Matte Finish
- 24 HR wear
- Medium Coverage
11. Tarte Amazonian Clay
- Buildable Coverage
- Vegan & Hypoallergenic
- 12 HR
- Matte Finish
- SPF 15
There are tons of amazing oil-free foundations. Obviously I couldn’t list them all so do your research, read reviews and find the best fit for your skin!
I struggle with not only finding a nice black pair of jeans, but keeping a nice pair of black jeans BLACK. I’ve gone through so many different pairs and they always end up looking grey and faded. Flying Monkey jeans are by far my favorite brand of jeans so when I found these babies with rips in the knees at a local boutique I HAD to have them (fall is still a ways away but I couldn’t wait!). These will now be my favorite go to pair because they are so soft and comfy and they look hot hot hot! BONUS they’re not too expensive especially for the quality of these pants.
You can find them HERE! or if you’re local to Utah I found them at Bohme.
For those of you who follow along on my Instagram for my blog @ninexxnine you probably already saw this recipe, but here is a solid copy that doesn’t disappear in 24 hours! I make these on Sunday for my week and eat them whenever I’m needing a little burst of energy. I love them before the gym or after work. The best thing about these little bites is that if you have a sweet tooth this will help satisfy that and it’s not bad for you!
1 C. Old Fashion Oats
2/3 C. (Natural) Peanut Butter
1/3 C. Flaxseed Meal
2 TBS Honey
1/3 Chocolate Chips
2 TBS Chia Seeds
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. *Note: if you decide to add the Chia seeds add a little extra honey so that everything still sticks together good when you’re making them into balls. Allow them to chill in the fridge for an hour. Scoop them into bite size pieces using a cookie scoop and store them in a tupperware container until you’re ready for them!
So easy and yummy! I made them for my boyfriend and now he asks me all the time to make more for him!