Lash Extension 101

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Hello and happy Wednesday!

Today I’m talking eyelash extensions! I know I’m a little slow to get on this- especially for someone who is obsessed with lashes and *was* a regular lash strip wearer (more here). But I was held back for 2 reasons: the price and honest skepticism on how long they would actually last.

However, if you’ve seen my Insta or Snap stories lately, I am most definitely on the lash extension bandwagon now. But not without a lot of questioning and getting them done right (more on that later). But I know I’m not the only one with a million questions so my lash stylist, Margarita of Margarita Style, broke it down and gave me all the details..

The Process

First and foremost, if you’re planning on giving these extensions a try, make sure you go to a licensed esthetician who is certified in eyelash extensions. It can seem much easier to go to a nail salon that offers a new set of extensions for $50 than pay the big bucks for an esthetician- but do you really want to go cheap with a product close to your eyes?

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3 Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep

Cute robe is a must/ Essential Oils/ the best sleepy tea

Getting a full, good night’s sleep feels like it’s hard to come by these days. More often than not, I find myself waking up and feeling exhausted throughout the day- and I’m definitely not the only one. And unfortunately, I’m guilty of medicating that exhaustion with extra-large iced coffees. Oops ;)
So I’ve been trying to change my routine at night. One of the main reasons we struggle with sleeping well is that we  don’t set ourselves up for success pre-pillow time.

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Birthday Recap

What a weekend!

If you follow me on Snapchat (@melissa_ann7) or on Instagram, you saw that I was all over the place celebrating my birthday weekend.

My parents took me out to lunch  to P.F. Chang’s on Friday (I live for the Dynamite shrimp!).

Carl and I explored Coronado all day Saturday and met friends in Encinitas at night for bar hopping. If you are ever in San Diego, I highly recommend checking out both areas! I never realized how big (and insanely beautiful!) Coronado is- perfect for an all day date.

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Wedding Makeup

Happy Sunday loves!

Today I wanted to share a quick roundup of the makeup I used for my wedding day!

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I debated hiring a makeup artist of course. I did hire a mobile hairstylist to do my hair because I’m absolutely awful at styling my hair in anything other than a messy bun or half ponytail. She did a fabulous job, and anyone who can tame this mane is a magician in my eyes.

As far as makeup, I decided against hiring a professional for two major reasons. First, makeup is a passion of mine, and as such I’m extremely particular about how mine looks. The last few events where I had my makeup done professionally I really didn’t love. The artists, while talented, didn’t use colors or techniques that I personally felt didn’t complement my features. Second, by electing to do my makeup on my own, I used the budget I would have spent on an artist to purchase high-quality makeup to do myself. This meant that the money would go much further, since I can continue to use these products post-wedding day.

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