Happy almost spring, everyone!
If you have curly hair like me, it can be hard to find products that leave your hair looking healthy and shiny during the winter months. I'm always on the lookout for products that keep the frizz down, despite freezing temps, wind, and random bursts of humidity!
If you have curly hair like me, you also know how annoying it can be waiting for your hair tools to heat up to maximum capacity. Lucky for us, usmooth's straightener has titanium plates that allow the tool to heat up fast, and your hair to recover even faster. Finally having a safe way to quickly straighten your hair, without taking away from your precious "snooze-button" time... t's a win-win!
usmooth also offers a complete line of haircare products made to keep your hair shiny and protected from season to season, with natural ingredients such as sunflower oil. All of their products are sulfate, gluten and paraben free, making them safe to use on any hair type. From shampoo and conditioner to post-shower curl lotion, they have your hair covered from roots to tips.
What are your favorite cold weather hair remedies? Ready to give usmooth a try? Let me know in the comments below!
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Here's a hint: It's mostly Glossier.
Ever since I came back from winter break where my sister helped me revamp my beauty routine, I've been getting soooo many questions about how I do my makeup. As such, I've finally gotten around to sharing all of my fave products with all of you!
Read on to see how I craft the perfect, dewy, no makeup-ish makeup look (yes, that I'm wearing in the photo above!):
PHASE ONE: WASH, PRIME, MOISTURIZE & TINT
Wash: Glossier's Milky Jelly Cleanser. This face wash is seriously the best. It's silky and smooth, and the perfect way to start your day. I use mine in the shower with my Clarisonic Mia 2 brush.
Moisturizer/Primer: Glossier's Priming Moisturizer. Exfoliating your face regularly can leave it pretty dry, so it's important to give it some juice. I love this 2-in-1 because it a) takes a step out of my already packed morning routine and b) is a light-weight alternative to using multiple products that achieve the same effect. I apply a thin layer with my fingers and give it some time to settle in before moving onto the next product.
Skin Tint: Glossier's Perfecting Skin Tint in Medium. I think you're supposed to use this product as a foundation itself, but I haven't achieved that level of confidence yet (lol). I've always had issues with acne and uneven skin coloration, so a thin layer of this gives my foundation an even base to sit on top of, which helps give me that flawless final look. I apply this directly to my face and rub it into my skin with my fingers. Keep in mind it is VERY concentrated, so a little goes a long way!
Foundation: L'Oreal's True Match Lumi in W5. Can you believe the key secret to my new beauty look is a drugstore foundation?? This product seriously has a flawless finish that gives me a dewy glow. I love how it gives me hardcore coverage without feeling heavy. I apply this with a damp beauty blender and blot it evenly onto my face, gently pressing until I have even coverage.
PHASE TWO: BROWS, LASHES, BRONZE, HIGHLIGHT & SET
Brows: M.A.C's Veluxe Brow Liner in Dirty Blonde. A good brow starts with a good threading, but it comes full circle with this amazing brow pencil. I first set the shape with the built-in brush, and then outline my brows before filling them in to my desired look. I also go over them with a Q-Tip to take off excess product and give them a more natural, blended look.
Bronzer: Physician's Formula Butter Bronzer in Light. Once again, another key ingredient to my look is a drugstore product! This bronzer is true to its name with its buttery, soft feel. I love how easily it blends into my foundation to give me the perfect contoured complexion. I start out by hollowing out my cheekbones, followed by even circles on my temples. I then outline my chin and blend around my entire face to create an even look.
Highlighter: Glossier's Haloscope in Quartz. THIS PRODUCT IS MY ALL-TIME FAVE. It glides right on (reminds me of a glue stick, but it doesn't feel sitcky!) for the perfect glow. I glide it a few times over the top of each cheekbone, then on the bridge of my nose and my cupid's bow. I then use my finger to blend around the edges, and use my beauty blender to take any extra shine off the edges.
Mascara: Too Faced's Better Than Sex Mascara. You'll never know just how true the name of this product is until you try it. It glides easily onto my lashes for a full, Insta-ready look.
Setting Spray: Urban Decay's All Nighter. To complete my look, I spray this beauty over my entire face and wave it dry with my hands. It keeps me looking fresh all day long, while giving me the perfect dewy sheen.
That's it! It can seem like a lot at first (it's certainly WAY more than I used to take the time to put on everyday), but it gets easier over time and is definitely worth it. Let me know what you think and which products are your fave!
P.S. this is NOT a sponsored post, but feel free to use my link to save 20% on your first Glossier purchase!
Until next time,
How are we already halfway through the second month of 2017?! It's been a while, but I'm back with a super exciting post for y'all.
If you've been texting me lately, you've probably been wondering why your texts have been coming through green instead of blue. It's because -- wait for it! -- I've been using an Android phone! I've partnered up with Coolpad to test out their new Conjr smartphone, and although I've been all iPhone all the way for quite some time now, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoy this phone.
First of all, I really like how sleek the design of the phone is. The metal casing is super lightweight and durable, with the fingerprint sensor on the back! I actually prefer it here instead of on the front like the iPhone, as it's a lot easier to pick up and use -- and it can store up to 5 prints for easy access!
As far as the camera goes, it actually has slightly better specs than the iPhone 6s. It also has a "beauty" mode when taking selfies, which is like that one Snapchat filter for everyday! There's also a pretty cool feature that guesses your age when taking a photo, which is actually crazy-accurate.
The other thing I really like about this phone is just how easy it is to multi-task, which I appreciate as a busy girl! If I'm on the phone and want to check my email (or scroll Instagram...), or I'm messaging someone on Facebook and want to do something else while I wait for them to reply, a small, movable icon pops up on my screen that allows me to switch between tasks with ease.
As a city girl constantly on the go, I always need to be connected to my email accounts, messages and social feeds no matter where I am. The Coolpad Conjr makes that possible, especially since it connects seamlessly with my (Android Wear) Michael Kors Access smartwatch!
The best part? The Coolpad Conjr clocks in at just under $180, making it an accessible smartphone that doesn't compromise on features!
Making things happen is a lot easier with the Coolpad Conjr. Ready to give it a shot? Go check out the rest of the specs here, and make the Coolpad Conjr your next smartphone!
GIVEAWAY! Think you've got what it takes to win A Coolpad Conjr for yourself? Share your best selfie with #OhMySelfie between 2/20 and 2/26, and be sure to tag @CoolpadAmericas!
Happy Weekend, everyone!
Temps are cooling off across most of the U.S., but that doesn't mean you have to put away all of your pineapples and bright colors! Tami and I are happy to announce that we've partnered with Pura Vida Bracelets to show you how we style some of our favorite pieces day to day... all the way from Portland to New York!
Add some sunshine to your life no matter the weather with handmade, tropical-inspired jewelry from Costa Rica-based Pura Vida. From hailing a cab to morning coffee with a view, our Pura Vida bracelets and necklaces are the perfect accessories for not only looking good, but feeling good, too.
Give back this holiday season by purchasing items from the Pura Vida Charity Collection, where a portion of the proceeds from each sale is given to a variety of charitable organizations. Thus far, Pura Vida has partnered with over 190 charities and has donated more than $1,000,000 to worthwhile causes, while giving back to the community with full-time jobs and support for 100+ artisans in Costa Rica!
Where will you take your Pura Vida -- or better yet, where will your Pura Vida take you? Whether you're wanderlust-ing across the globe or just looking for the perfect accessories to brighten a rainy Monday at the office, Pura Vida is your one-stop shop for everything happy.
Shop our favorite looks below, and check out all of the other amazing items they have to offer! If you're a first-time customer, be sure to sign up for their mailing list to receive exclusive coupons while you're there.
Be sure to follow us on Instagram (@tami.cheri & @laravlw) to stay up-to-date with all of our upcoming travels and adventures, and for more Pura Vida styling tips!
Until next time,
L + T
This post is sponsored by Pura Vida Bracelets. All opinions are our own. Thank you for supporting all of the brands that make Coffee to Cosmos possible!
I'm sure you've seen more than your fair share of NYFW-related content across social media lately (and my pages were certainly no exception!) but I thought I would recap everything I loved here! I will also be dumping in all of my extra photos from the past week in order to spare your Instagram feeds -- there were so many inspiring designers and collections and I am so honored to have been able to attend so many shows and parties.
And that's a wrap! Click through the slideshow above to check out all of my favorite looks, events, and OOTD's from this year's NYFW, and stay tuned for even more fashion week magic this coming February!
Thank you to all of the designers and brands who had me at their events this year!
Happy Friday! It's officially the weekend, and there's a lot to celebrate, but I'll tell you all more about that later! For now, it's time to dress up and get down -- in style, of course!
One major trend I've been coveting this season is the slip dress. It can be hard to pull off such a sensual style during the day, but it is possible! Cover up by layering your slip dress over a crisp white tee shirt, and toss on your fave sneakers for a comfortable look for running errands around the city. Fill a chic and lightweight canvas tote bag with your daily essentials, throw on some killer shades, and you're out the door in no time! Shop the look using the widget above.
Whether you're heading out for date night or a night on the town with your girls, this silky LBD is ready for anything. Show some skin by removing your white tee, and trade out your sneakers for some statement heels and you're ready to dance the night away! Add a choker necklace for some added appeal, and toss your phone, keys, and wallet into a clutch in the hottest shade of the season to stand out all night long. Once again, I've linked identical and similar items above for you to shop these trends for yourself!
What are you up to tonight? Let me know in the comments below, and I'll see you next time!
Affiliate links are used in this post. All opinions are my own.
If your Instagram feeds look anything like mine, you've probably seen these adorable boho wall hangings pretty much everyday. You can find them at places like Urban Outfitters or West Elm, but they can cost several hundreds of dollars -- so I decided to make my own!
The whole process took a few hours, but I was also distracted by Gossip Girl so I went at a leisurely pace ;). It was a lot of fun and I LOVE the way it turned out in my room, so I'm excited to make more (and potentially sell some as well??). Here's everything you need to know:
I got everything from my local Michaels for around $8! You can also use a ruler or piece of cardboard to measure out and cut even pieces of yarn, but I just eyeballed it since I went for a more relaxed look.
Start out by cutting 8 strips of yarn in your desired length. How many clumps you need will depend on your desired look and the length of your dowel, but I spread 13 sets of 8 out evenly across mine.
Fold your yarn in half and place the loop over your dowel. Pass the ends of the yard around the dowel and through the loop to create the simple knot shown above. Repeat this until your dowel is covered!
The process isn't hard but can take some time, so settle down and get comfortable with your favorite Netflix series! When you've used all of your yarn, spread out the knots as desired and then use your scissors to even out the ends of the strands. The possibilities here are endless -- I went for a messy look, but you can also cut the ends straight across or cut them into a simple shape such as a chevron.
If you try out this DIY project, be sure to tag me and let me know! And if you'd be interested in having me make you one for cheap, hit me up because I may be adding some to the shop soon :).
Until next time,
Things have been super crazy lately, including apartment hunting in NYC (!!!), but I'm super excited to continue sharing my journey with y'all! Although I've since taken these bad boys out, I still wanted to blog a little bit about my experience with having box braids this summer. Being half African American and living in Brooklyn, I really wanted to get back to my native roots and partake in the local culture while trying to keep cool this summer. And boy has it been a hot one in the city!
Box braids are by no means a new trend, but it was fun for me to be able to try something new with my hair. They are traditionally used as a protective style during the warmer months, and it was so amazing not having to deal with my hair in the humidity and having it instantly styled when I woke up each day. I also had lots of fun experimenting with different styles, wearing it up and down (and even braiding it some more!) as I went from work to the beach to drinks and beyond. It only took two hours from start to finish to have my hair braided at a local salon, which was a lot less than I was expecting.
Overall I was only able to keep my braids in for two weeks due to some important events, but they would have lasted much, much longer, and I would definitely get them again. If you're considering having them done just know that you can't (and don't need to!) wash your hair very often while they're in, but that's part of the magic of it! I washed my braids once a week and used dry shampoo and styling cream throughout the days that followed to keep them looking neat. However, everyone's hair type is different and it's important to keep in mind whether you'll be using only your real hair like I did, or whether you'll be adding in extensions.
Have you tried box braids, or are you thinking of getting them done? Let me know in the comments below and tell me what ya think!
Thank you Her Campus, Amtrak, Juicy Couture, and Ulta Beauty for sponsoring this post and for making this amazing possible. All opinions are my own!
Wow -- what a weekend!
As I'm sure you've seen from my abundance of social posts over the past few days, I was fortunate enough to attend and cover Her Campus' Her Conference in New York City this weekend. If you haven't heard of it, it's basically one amazing weekend of networking and gathering information and resources to help lead you to a better life! Having started the Her Campus chapter at my alma mater, HC will always mean a lot to me, and I was honored to be amongst so many powerful individuals who share passions and dreams similar to mine.
The weekend kicked off with an incredible party with Rebecca Minkoff herself at her flagship store in SoHo. There's nothing quite like sipping champagne with friends while shopping Rebecca's gorgeous designer collection at steep discounts. It was so amazing getting to meet and talk to her and even have her sign my handbag!
After an inspiring first day chock full of keynotes and panels by industry icons like Joyce Chang (EIC of SELF Magazine) and Rebecca Minkoff, it was such a treat hanging out at Juicy Couture's #TRACKISBACK party. Popsicles & Prosecco, inflatable flamingos, and cozy velour tracksuits (thanks for the hookups, Juicy!) are a few of my favorite things, and I'm looking forward to bundling up in style all fall and winter long. Bring on the cold weather and hot cocoa!
We got to hear from some pretty inspirational women during the conference -- ranging from a former Bachelor and Bachelorette star to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations -- but I think these two stood out to me the most. Hearing Joyce speak about her rise to leadership at Condé Nast and the fact that she knows she could have gotten there without earning a masters degree gave me major goosebumps and hope, and having witnessed the ups and downs of Nastia Liukin's amazing career during my childhood made it even more incredible and inspirational to hear things from her perspective.
Meeting the founders of Her Campus was definitely one of the highlights of my weekend. I loved being able to introduce myself to Co-Founder and President Windsor Western as it truly brought my journey of founding a college chapter full circle.
Here are some other glimpses into my incredibly busy but unforgettable weekend!
Throughout the weekend, we learned how to...
Innovate like Rebecca.
Lead like Joyce.
Persevere like Andi.
Win Like Nastia.
Empower like Vanessa.
(P.S. This charging phone case by Rebecca Minkoff is seriously a journalist's best friend).
Tinder had the CUTEST activation at the conference, bringing in the perfect selfie wall made up of thousands of roses!
Thank you Ulta Beauty for keeping us looking gorgeous all weekend long, even though we're all busy af! (mug will be available from the Her Campus Shop soon!)
Did you miss the conference this year? Don't worry! Her Conference will be back even stronger in 2017, so stay tuned for event date and ticket announcements. It'll definitely be something you don't wanna miss.
I hope you all enjoyed following along with me this weekend, and I can't wait to bring you even more events and experiences as I continue to explore NYC!
Until next time,