Link Love + Outfit Details

Happy Valentine’s day! I hope you had time to shop my Valentine’s day gift guide and for some extra special last minute gifts you can check out my Wishlist too! I know it’s a special day so I’ll keep the post short and sweet. I rounded up a few of my favorite links of the moment, and to see more of my favorite links be sure to check out my Facebook page because I always post my current favorites!

How are you spending Valentine’s this year?

 

I’ve been listening to Ashley Tisdale’s new song ‘Love Me or Let Me Go‘ nonstop!

This Heart Sweater from Madewell is so fun even for after Valentine’s day

How to make Homemade Valentines Cards to send to friends and family

I’ve been eyeing the new Fenty Beauty Foundation and I think I just found my perfect color

Did you check out my recent Lash Lift post? It’s all about the process and has before and after shots!

Have you signed up for The Newsette? Such a cool girl must for getting your news every morning!

Glasses : Quay Australia  // Shirt : (similar) (similar) // Thigh Highs : Steve Madden // Bag : H&M x Moschino (sold out)

Lash Lifts

I had a great response from everyone wanting to know more about Lash Lifts and my experience with them! I have had about three or four lash lifts now ever since I heard about it from my Little! I’ve had them done at two different places, one in Texas and one in LA and the process and everything was the same. ALSO, I am not a lash lift expert and do not know all of the terminologies and what goes into the chemicals used, however, I have had positive experiences with the process and wanted to share that with my readers!

I’ve heard it described as a lash perm! Really it is just a chemical put on your lashes that curls them and keeps them standing up instead of straight down. I have thin hair so obviously, my lash hairs are no different. I struggled with getting lash extensions for a while and was scared of the damage it did to your natural lashes. I was told the first time I went for a lash lift that extensions probably would not be best since my lashes were so thin and would struggle to hold up the extensions which would increase fall out. Also, I am so not ready for the upkeep of it!

I go once every four or five months and the lashes usually last about 6-8 weeks depending on how you take care of them. I buffer in a month or two for some down time to let my lashes have a break. I never see any breakage or anything out of the ordinary, I just like to be cautious.

Lash lifts are different from extensions!!! They are your natural lashes just curled upward so they look longer and like you just put on a single coat of mascara. Extensions tend to make your lashes fuller and more visible. Lifts make them longer and for some extra oomph, I like to just use a mascara with my bristles to separate them for a fuller look. Also, you save on mascara since you do not need to apply extra coats.

WHAT IS A LASH LIFT?
A lash lift is a non-invasive lash service that uses cream solutions to “lift” the eyelashes. Lash lifting is essentially a new age lash perm that uses cream-based products and silicone shields to curl eyelashes — eliminating the need for traditional lash curlers. Unlike old school lash perms, which use barrel rollers and give lashes an unnatural curl, lash lifts use silicone shields to lift the natural lashes upward, simultaneously giving height, length, and volume. Lash lifts often accompany lash tints (although a tint may be down on its own) and darken the lashes. When a lash lift and tint are used together, they replace the need for daily eyelash curlers and mascara.
ARE LASH LIFTS SAFE?
When provided by trained and experienced technicians, lash lifts are safe. Since they are cream-based products, they are easy to control and will not run into your eyes the way liquid solutions would. Always get your lash lifting service from a trained and certified lash lift technician.

*Some photos and answers provided by @ingelashes

 

How long it lasts : about 6-8 weeks

How much it costs : I would say anywhere from $70 – $100 depending on where you go. Mine usually cost $75

How long it takes : About an hour

Taking care of the lashes : No oils after getting this done! It can take away the product and make it not last as long. Carefully wash your face, I try to get my lash lifts with no makeup on and then go to sleep and not wash my face until the next day to really let the product set in even though you probably can use most cleansers. I am gentle around my eyes for a while to make the lift last as long as possible.

Don’t try if you are prone to eye problems!

Self-Health + Bloopers

Rolling in the New Year with a much-needed laugh! As a huge part of self-health, I think it’s important to laugh at yourself. Take the few bumps in the road and laugh at it just because you can. Here are a few of my unedited shots from my past shoots.

My face when people keep interrupting my shot

My favorite go-to face

*thinking about how I’m going to get through the rest of this shoot*

In all seriousness though, it is important to take some time for yourself. Eat your veggies, drink your water and handle your stuff. Put a face mask on or go for a long drive. Dance it out like on Grey’s Anatomy. Good ole’ retail therapy can give you a quick fix. Read a book that you actually enjoy, or a magazine you haven’t picked up in a while. Take a friend to lunch and dish it all out. Do whatever you need to do to release the stress and get it all out.

Like why am I holding my leg?!

Living in LA has been so amazing and challenging at the same time. I miss my group of friends and my support system. It has been such a growing experience from learning when your car needs a jump start and not knowing anyone that knows how to a first real job and getting scammed out of an apartment. Honestly, there have been times where I left work and just called my mom crying because I was so stressed and poor and not happy. But I think this is a really big rollercoaster because I have also had times where I cannot help but just thank God at the moment and when I look at a Malibu beach it’s hard to imagine anything could be more beautiful.

I could honestly have gone back at almost any time, and I would have gone back to not having to share a room, to my little pup, to eating out and hanging out with my friends and family and being happy the majority of the time. As I am writing this I am not sure why I didn’t honestly. I think I needed this period of time in my life though and I think I just let my pride get in the way and wanted to keep pushing through for reasons only God knows why. Actually… I think it’s because I always wanted to live here and I always wanted to get out of the San Antonio area and I felt like a failure if I went back. But I always knew I would go back, so at some point I would “fail”. I’m still not sure how I feel about the whole situation. I know one thing and that’s my style and taste, and adventure and possibilities will always belong here in Los Angeles, but my happiness and safety and home will be back home in Texas.

So what’s up with my legs? And that face??

Okay, rant over. I guess at the end of the day it’s all about your health and happiness. Always make sure the good outweighs the bad and when it doesn’t question its worth. This goes for people too, it sucks letting people go but it’s worst holding on to them sometimes. Do the things that make you happy and when you can’t reward yourself. Do your nails, take your time away from electronics, block out life and just take a good nap. Hope this helped a little! I’m probably saying things that are pretty obvious, but obviously, need to be heard.

Holiday Giveaway!

The holidays are all about giving and this year I wanted to have the chance to give to one lucky reader! I thought since everyone is so busy buying for others, I could put together a gift with lots of products that you could use for a self-health day! The bag is full of skincare products, makeup, hair care and even a new straightener! I thought it would be great for a girl on the go since it also includes products that I have received (and used) from past collaborations!

*None of these products were gifted to me for promotion, I have acquired these samples and products on my own from past events and from buying them. This giveaway is not promoted by any of the brands named.

It’s easy to enter into the Giveaway! 

  • Follow me on Instagram (@briana.nicole03)
  • Tag two friends in the comments on my GIVEAWAY picture (each tagged friend after your initial two counts as an extra entry)
  • Leave a comment on any blog post OR comment on any of the posts on the BeYouTiful Brunette Facebook page

But what products are in the Giveaway?

(products linked are similar if not the exact product)

Friday Faves

I honestly love a good roundup! It always mixes up content on any blog and I love sharing fun links, pieces I love and even an old blog post or two! I As Christmas gets closer I added a few pieces I am loving but not exactly asking for! Let me know what you would like to see more of in the comments below! I’m thinking of adding a recipe or two in a Friday Faves to come! What do you think?

Vestique pick of the week!

By the Campfire Earrings – $16

Use my code ‘BriTrev10’ for 10% off any of your purchases!

 

Discount of the WeekFrisky Britches Discount

Use code ‘Briana’ for 15% off of your order!

The perfect panty subscription service gifted me a discount code to share with you! I already wear them daily and I only share pieces I really love! Hope you love them too!

Old-ish Blog Post

Taking a look back at one of my old-ish posts! I loved collab-ing with Dermovia and I I loved the charcoal mask! So cool that the piece had been on the Ellen show! The lace part of the mask worked so well and really held the charcoal in place!

 

Song

Light on – Maggie Rogers 

Links

I’m all for sustainable clothing but I’m not sure if I would wear these as street wear!

I’m all for a good activewear look! Cosmo shared their favorite activewear brands here!

Check out what actress/personal trainer Alice Liveling eats during the day!

I love fun pieces so I am all for these sweater pants!

Actual Things I do to Stay Small

I’m a typical girl and I get frustrated when I feel like I’ve gained a pound or two.. or three. I want to starve myself but as soon as I get hungry I give in and totally eat whatever is in front of me. I snack way more often then I have meals some days just because I get full off of veggie chips/popcorn/granola. But I have tried to find things that help me stay fit and here is a few things I have come up with. Honestly, I’m not sure if this is dietition approved but these are just a few things I have heard and actually tried!

One thing I have not tried is the apple cider vinegar every morning! Have you tried it? Does it work? Let me know!

  1. Drink lots of water : I do this almost as a detox. I will do at least three days a week where I chug water all day and make sure I finish at least six bottles. It’s not too hard now actually! And I get thirsty quicker on the days I do not do it! I try to do these every few days as a small detox.
  2. Juice Cleanses : I do not do these often and I wouldn’t recommend to. If that is your thing then go for it! But aside from the fact that you are not feeding your body the same way as it is used to, you want to save a juice cleanse for when you are really noticing you gained weight, not just on a day where you feel fatter. You don’t want your body used to a cleanse, you want it to be your secret weapon!
  3. One big workout a week : I work out almost daily. But I focus on for sure working out 3-4 times a week. What I just realized though is if I do regular/moderate workouts and then one really hard workout a week where I will be sore the next day it will keep me in shape!
  4. Walk everywhere : I sit so much for work and sometimes I honestly get frustrated and want to bust out a few squats! What I like to do to combat that is park a little farther, walk to the mall nearby (it’s literally the next street over) or to a CVS and I feel like I combatted that effect a little bit.
  5. Count my calories : I am always counting my calories. I can honestly feel it when I go over them a lot too! But there are days also where you just need to have a cheat meal and enjoy it. Balance yes, but favoring the healthy side of the scale!

Jean Jacket : Abercrombie  // Crop Top : Forever 21 // Biker Shorts : Forever 21 // Sunglasses : Quay Australia

Frisky Britches x Briana Nicole

At the end of every Summer, right before I would go to school, my mom would take me to go get new clothes. I always went to private, Catholic school so I wore uniforms. The one thing I did get to pick out though was my underwear. I would always get to buy new underwear from wherever I wanted before I began school. I guess it was because she thought I outgrew them? But it was great! I thought about it the other day because now I no longer attend school, but I feel underwear is one of those items you still need to be buying to treat yourself (and out of necessity) every once in a while.

Bring in Frisky Britches. If you’re like me and do not always have time to be going to the store to treat yourself to a cute new pair, this subscription service will help! Honestly, I love subscription services because every month it is a gift from you, to you! The best part is it cost only $14! Super cheap for two pairs of some much-needed undergarments!

There are three different packages to choose from : The Kitten that has two cheekies, The Kitty with one thong and one cheeky, and The Kougar with two thongs. I went for The Kitty to try out both products. I am wearing the cheeky in the pictures and I love how it fits! I am wearing a size small and they were so comfortable I wore them all day, even after the shoot!

In all honesty, this is what I wear when I am home 90% of the time anyway, a big shirt and some cute panties! So I might as well feel good about what I am wearing whether I am home or not!

Are you one of those girls that hate the word panties? I actually am the total opposite! I love that word, I think its super feminine and fun, just like the garment itself!

For some super fun inspo and a look at older/newer styles follow @friskybritches on Instagram!

Use code ‘Briana’ for 15% off of your order!