Everyday Makeup Look


Let me preface this by saying I am in no way a makeup expert.  In fact, I would call myself a beginner who doesn’t really know what I’m doing.  I’ve found certain things that work for me and have pretty much been sticking to my super simple makeup look for the past few years.  Yes, there are occasions when I go all-out, but for the most part this is the routine I stick to.


I’ve been subscribing to Birchbox for a couple years now and could not recommend it more.  Every month you get a box with five beauty samples in it that are personalized to what you put on your profile.  The majority of the makeup I use comes from Birchbox and honestly the sample sizes are so big that I hardly ever buy makeup anymore because everything I need just seems to come in the mail at the perfect time!

I try not to use too much foundation. In fact, most days I skip the foundation.  Normally I just put a little bit of concealer on the problem areas and jump right into my eye makeup (the most fun!).

The Urban Decay Naked 2 palette is my goto.  I start with “bootycall” all over my eye.  In the crease I use “tease” and for the lid I mix it up but have been really into “half baked” recently.  I like to use “blackout” as liner most of the time.
Side note: I do recognize how weird the names of the eye shadows are:)

My all time favorite mascara is the Benefit Roller Lash Curling Mascara.  Some days I just stick with that mascara and nothing else!

For blush I use Laura Geller New York Baked Blush-n-Brighten in Tropic Hues and sometimes I use the Laura Geller New York Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey highlighter.

Most days I finish off my look with Burt’s Bees chapstick.  Sometime I add lipgloss but not very often.

I tend to keep my makeup routine simple and easy.  If there are any products you can’t live without, leave them in the comments below!  I love new ideas!

xo Carolyn





Everyday Curls


IMG_9F8D84DFABF2-1.jpegMy hair is naturally textured so curling my hair is generally a lot easier than straightening it or doing anything else!  My hair also holds curl really well so how I curl my hair might not work as well for people with thinner or naturally straight hair.


What I Use:

Before curling, when my hair is still wet, I use this Aveda heat protectant.

I like to use a wand and have been using this one since Christmas.

I prefer this hairspray because it’s super light and keeps my hair from getting crunchy but if your hair doesn’t hold curl as well you might need to use a stronger product.

I recently tried a curling trick I had seen on the internet but didn’t believe actually worked.  Come to find out…it does!!  It probably works better for me now that my hair is longer and it has become my goto!

All you have to do is put your hair in a high ponytail and curl small sections.  I then take my hair down and do touch-up curls where I need!  But if you have shorter hair, or more layers this technique won’t work.

My other method is to curl the hair in layers.  I section off the bottom layer and curl 1in sections away from my face on both sides.  I repeat the process until the bottom layer is done and then move onto the next layer.  If you want the curls to be more relaxed you can hairspray them right after curling and then brush through your hair at the end, creating bigger curls.  For beach waves I recommend curling small sections and in different directions, not just all away from the face.

I love curling hair because curls can be dressed up or dressed down depending on how you style your hair! Let me know if there are any products you love for your hair or if you have any questions!

xo Carolyn

Miracle Hair Product


I have tried SO MANY different hair products.  My hair is always my primary focus when I’m getting ready and because it’s thick and textured, most of the time I don’t wake up with it looking perfect.  When I need a quick fix, many times I use sea salt spray.  But the issue with salt spray is that your hair ends up crunchy or sticky and you aren’t capable of changing it up later in the day.  Thus, most of the time I resort to lots of heat.  I blow dry, straighten, or curl and basically ruin my hair.  Of course I use a heat protectant but that much heat every day takes a tole on the hair.  That’s why I was so so so happy to discover this product!!

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Phytodefrisant Straightening Balm is by far the best product I have every used in my hair.  And I’m not exaggerating in the slightest!!  All you have to do is put it in wet hair and if you want, you can be done!  My hair dries so smooth and straight just letting it air dry!  The product is also super light and doesn’t make my hair feel heavy or weighed down whatsoever.

But that’s not all!!  If you don’t want to air dry, the product also works amazingly well when you blow dry!  The label says it’s heat activated and I believe it!  After using a blow dryer I barely have to go back through at all with a straightener!  There’s no frizz, no fuss, and it takes hardly any time at all to make my hair look great!

Yes, it is called a straightening balm however I’ve used it and then curled my hair and get super big and loose curls that hold.

I would recommend this product to anyone looking to get gorgeous hair with no fuss!  Waking up for early classes and not having to worry about how my hair is gonna look has been a blessing in college!

xo Carolyn

Phytodefrisant Straightening Balm

This post was not sponsored.  Everything I have said has been my own opinion without any prompting by the company.

Easy Summer Hairstyles


During the school year I feel the need to always have my hair done and looking good.  But in the summer I’m all for just letting it be.  However there are times when I like to jazz it up just a tad while still looking super casual while putting in minimal effort.  Here are a few of my go-tos when I can’t just leave it alone but want something super easy…

Classic Ponytail//


IMG_9965 2.jpgA ponytail is as simple as it gets.  Super easy, super cute, what more can you want?

Simply Straight//



Straight hair can be a pain for me sometimes because my hair is naturally wavy and thick.  Sometimes I’m not down for the whole blow-dry then straighten situation but when I’m not being lazy, straight hair can be super easy.  It can also be dressed up or down!

Beach Waves//


Now, my hair is naturally pretty wavy so beach waves with salt spray is super easy and works super well with my hair!  There are so many ways to get those beach waves they may need a post all on their own! But for these waves I used this salt spray to do the trick!

Half Up Half Down//


One of my favorite hairstyles!  Probably half the time my hair is in one variation of this style! It is so easy and so so cute!!

Honestly in the summer my go-tos are beach waves or natural.  If I absolutely have to dress up, I go for the straight hair or try to style my beach waves.  Seriously, the least amount of effort I can put in with my hair still looking good is what I go for!

xo Carolyn

Spring in February


With the lovely weather we have had this weekend, I couldn’t help taking advantage of all the outdoor activities!  It started with going on a walk to the beach at sunset with my sister and her friend and ended with taking my dog on a walk to the same beach but when there was a little more light out.  Yes, the crazy changes in the weather are probably going to make everyone sick…but for now it feels great!!img_9696img_9680img_9682img_9703img_7226img_7225img_7224

Comment your favorite ways to spend those weird and wonderful warm winter days!

xo Carolyn

My Latest Adventure: Disney World


Over Thanksgiving I had the opportunity to go to Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida with my whole extended family on my dad’s side.  Let me tell you, it was quite the experience.  While Cleveland was in the brisker temperatures, Florida was sunny and 80 degrees most of the time!  As much as I love fall and cooler weather, it was a nice change to be in the heat for a short time.  From the weather, to the rides, to the food the trip was amazing!  It’s a wonder I was able to come up with a list of just some of my favorite parts!

Number 1: Disney Springs at Night


View from the dock


On the boat to Disney Springs with my sister:)

On our last night at the resort (we stayed at Saratoga Springs), my family took a boat ride to Disney Springs (previously called “Downtown Disney”).  The ride was much better than taking the bus and looking across the water was absolutely gorgeous.  We ate at Bongos Cuban Cafe and it was delicious!!  As busy as Disney Springs was, the incredible new shops and great food made the trip over the river worth it!

Number 2: World Showcase at Epcot



Buche de Noel (aka log of chocolaty goodness!) from the French bakery


Pizzeria in Italy with some of the greatest pizza I have ever had!

My brother says you should only go to Epcot when all the other parks are busy or closed but I strongly disagree!  I love Epcot mostly because of the World Showcase.  If you haven’t had the chance to experience it, you should!  Across a small body of water in the park, Disney has created a semi-circle of countries.  They have included Mexico, Norway, England, France, Italy, China, Germany, Japan, Morocco, Canada, and the United States.  Each country has food and shops special to the country they are based off of and I have to say the French pastries and Italian pizzas are two of the greatest things the park has to offer.

Number 3: Hollywood Studios

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Storm Troopers in Hollywood Studios

One of my all time favorite parks, Hollywood Studios, did not disappoint.  The moment I walked in the gate, a swarm of Storm Troopers were patrolling, led by Darth Vader.  The little parade was incredible!  From then on, it was a great day!  We went to the Frozen sing-along and ate at the amazingly tasty Prime Time Cafe!  The best part about  Hollywood Studios is definitely the atmosphere.  The park is decked out old fashioned, making it a fun place to just walk around!

Number 4: Magic Kingdom at Night


The gorgeous Cinderella castle at night

The epitome of Disney World, the Cinderella Castle is even more beautiful and magnificent  all lit up at night.  The view is absolutely stunning and causes a sense of awe in everyone within eyeshot.  Seeing the castle during the day is one thing, and quite another at night.  I would recommend going to see the castle at night and then leaving before the parade ends so you don’t get caught in the mass of people trying to leave the park (like how I got caught).

Number 5: Diagon Alley

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Dragon clinging to Gringotts Bank (it will occasionally blow fire)

Yes, I am a Potterhead and proud!  I absolutely LOVED going to Diagon Alley in Universal Studios so much that I am putting it on my post about Disney.  A few years ago I had been to the Hogsmeade they have created but was absolutely blown away when I stepped into this other quintessential area of the Harry Potter world.  Of course it was busy, but the business was unimportant compared to the environment.  I felt like a Harry Potter character!  Even if you are not the biggest Harry Potter fan, I would still recommend going!  It was so fun to see the world and to see all the workers playing along.

All in all, I had an AMAZING time in Disney World and Universal Studios!  It doesn’t matter how old you are, you can still feel the magic of the parks!

Comment some of your favorite things to do in Disney World!  I would love to have some more ideas before I go back!

xo Carolyn

Fall Favorites

Image-1.jpgFall is almost over and I am just starting to get used to the cooler weather.  November is the best month because you have the stresses of midterms over and the hype of Thanksgiving and then Christmas to keep you going through the end of the year.  With the ending of November right around the corner, fall is going to be close to follow.  Luckily I was able to compile a list of a few new favorite makeup products, clothing items, and lifestyle finds for my favorite season that are worth passing on!

Number 1: Navy Puffer Vest

img_6602This vest is by far my favorite purchase of the season.  You can easily wear it up or down and it looks fabulous with a flannel or dress.  The style is also perfect because the vest isn’t heavy enough that you would have to take it off inside, yet still warm enough to wear outside in the brisk fall air.  I also love the navy because I find it goes with almost everything I already own!  I’m sure you’ll be seeing this vest in many posts to come!

Number 2: Laced Boots

I am in love with these boots.  Mine are getting worn out but I keep wearing them because they go with literally everything.  They are timeless and so easy to throw on with any outfit.  I’ve owned mine for three years and they are still holding up.  These boots are so comfortable and can easily be worn with jeans, leggings, skirts, or even dresses!  Once my current pair is ready to retire, I am definitely getting another!

Number 3: LOC Ultra-Gloss Lip Pencil

loc_ultra-gloss-lip-pencil_cupids-bow_p_p_1500x1500.jpgI love a good red lipstick for fall and the LOC Lip Pencil in Cherry Bomb is literally the bomb!  It goes on smooth and stays on all day.  I don’t have to reapply at all!  I’m generally not into bold lip colors but I can make an exception for fall and fall colors.  A nice red lipstick will add a pop to any outfit whether you are dressing in neutrals or fall reds, blues, and plaids.  The lip pencil also adds a touch of shine so you don’t have to worry about bogging your lips down with both a lipstick and a gloss.

Number 4: Pumpkin Spice Latte

img_4424Yes, I had to throw this classic fall beverage onto the list.  As “basic” as people say, it’s always a fall must for me.  I feel like a good Pumpkin Spice Latte is the season in a mug!  Starbucks has made the drink famous but even the hipster or independent coffee shops make good PSLs.  The reputation of the drink has become something of a joke but that does not make the drink any less amazing!

Number 5: Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup

It isn’t truly fall until my Mom makes this delicious soup.  I absolutely love a good hot soup during the colder months of the year and this one is phenomenal.  It is both easy to make and delicious both the day you make it and the next day (if you are lucky enough to have leftovers).

Those are just some of my all time favorites for the month of November!  In my opinion, fall is the greatest season!  I love all the amazing products, clothes, and food that come with the season but unfortunately, December is just a few days away.  I hope you take advantage of these fall favorites before winter takes over:)

Leave a comment with some of your favorites for the month of November and even December!  I love trying new things!

xo Carolyn