Nude Lipstick Affordable Makeup

I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want to do on a 90º plus summer day is cake my face with makeup. No one I know enjoys the feeling of thick makeup melting off their face as it approaches happy hour. Oil and sweat is not equivalent to dewy skin, so less is more when it comes to summer time makeup. With my less is more approach, I like the look of a comfortable, nude lipstick. Bright lipstick is also fun for summer, but for an everyday basis, a nude lip is pretty and close to maintenance free.

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New Wash Hair Story Review

My hair story is one that could be described as a love hate relationship. I love my natural blonde color, but I hate thin and unmanageable it is. I was born with bright yellow hair that fell in ringlets around my head. As I got older it became slightly wavy, long and very thick. Now, thanks to an unfortunate run with birth control, my hair is thin and oily. I can’t go more than two days without washing it, and it feels like my hair refuses to grow. I’m afraid I’ll be stuck with shoulder length hair the rest of my life.

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How To Improve Blog Photos

When I first started blogging I knew absolutely nothing about photography. All I had was my iPhone, some makeup, and iPhoto to edit them in. I used overhead lighting to shoot and had no idea how to stage a photo. It’s safe to say my blog photos have come a long way since I first started With Love.

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The complete guide to makeup brushes. What they're called and how to use them.

When I first started using makeup I owned about three brushes. I used all three for multiple products and hardly washed them. I figured if the makeup got from the pan or bottle onto my face than that was good enough! As I’ve grown older and more knowledgeable about makeup, my collection of makeup brushes has grown. I now know that each one has a specific purpose and place in a makeup routine. That’s not to say that you can’t break the rules and use a blush brush to apply highlighter (*gasp* THE HORROR!). However you’ll find that your makeup goes on much easier when you use the right brushes.

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Office to Cocktails AUrate

Even if you’re not conscious of it, clothing plays a big part in our lives. Every day we wake up and decide what outfit to wear. We base our decisions off of the weather, how we’re feeling that day, and what we plan on doing. For most of us, our jobs are a big influencer when it comes to what we choose to wear each day. Maybe you work in a casual office where jeans and a nice top are acceptable on an everyday basis. Or maybe you have to wear a suit or dress to work every day, complete with pearls and a modest neckline.

Whatever it may be, you probably can’t go right from the office to the bar to meet up with your friends without making a few changes. If you plan it right, making the switch from day to night can be as easy as one two three! By simply changing your shoes and earrings your outfit can look completely different. Switch out your purse for a clutch and swipe on a more daring lipstick and you’re ready to go! Need some inspiration? Check out my ideas below!

Office Outfit AUrate

I like more of a monochrome look, so I went with black and white with a pop of pink from the purse. The gold and black onyx earrings and bracelet from AUrate provide just enough bling without being too flashy. I think the white pants are a nice addition to the outfit and break up all of the black. The blazer and top are both from H&M, which is a great place to shop for affordable work wear! I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want to do is wear heels to the office for 8 hours. Instead I went with these cute flats from Steve Madden.

Night Out Outfit AUrate

To take this outfit from day to night I’d first start with removing the blazer. Switching your earrings from studs to a more dramatic pair can instantly change the whole feel of the outfit. AU rate has some beautiful statement earrings that would complete any outfit! What do you think? You could stick with the flats, but if you feel like being a little extra, now would be the time to throw on a pair of killer heels. Throw the essentials into a clutch, put on a red lip, and you’re now ready to meet up with the girls!

With a little planning, any work appropriate outfit can also be the perfect outfit to meet up with friends. There’s no need to stress about going home to change! Throw a few things in your car, make the change when you leave the office, and you’re all set! What do you think of my outfits? Let me know in the comments below!

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Today we’re talking about the chocolate aspect of chocolate, beauty, and grace. Before making these, I’d never made brownies from scratch, I’ve always just made them from a box. Brownies have never been my favorite dessert, as boxed brownies are always just meh (except for the ones my friend Maria makes, I don’t know what she does to them but man, are they good!). However I thought I’d try making brownies from scratch and see if I liked them any better. Well folks, these are now one of my favorite things.


I have never had a brownie that is as dense, fudgey, and delicious as these ones are. This recipe uses a lot of butter and eggs to get that perfect texture that comes with a good brownie. Two types of chocolate, bittersweet and unsweetened, are used to provide a strong, rich flavor that you’ll only get from brownies that are made from scratch. I hope you enjoy making these brownies, let’s get baking!

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1 cup semisweet chocolate chips plus 3/4 cup to fold into mixture (optional)
1 1/2 sticks salted butter, cut into pieces
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour


Preheat the oven to 350. Line a 9 x 9 baking pan with foil, spray with cooking spray, and set aside.

Melt the butter, bittersweet chocolate, and 1 cup of chocolate chips for one minute. Stir, and then continue to melt the chocolate for 30 second intervals until just combined and melted. You don’t want to burn the chocolate.

Set the chocolate aside to cool while you beat the sugar and eggs for three minutes, or until white and thick. Add in the vanilla extract. If your chocolate is still really hot, wait another few minutes before mixing it with the sugar and eggs. If the chocolate is too hot it will scramble the eggs.

Mix in your flour before mixing in 3/4 cup chocolate chips, or anything else you may be adding to your brownies (nuts, butterscotch chips, etc.).

Bake the brownies for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out almost clean, but with a few crumbs on it. You don’t want to over bake the brownies as that will eliminate the chewy, moist texture that you’re going for.

Let cool to room temperature or stick them in the fridge to have later.


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