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HOW TO GET A NATURAL, HEALTHY GLOW

vandi-fair-dallas-fashion-blog-lauren-vandiver-southern-texas-blogger-juice-beauty-natural-glow-makeup-skincare-routine-0When it comes to my makeup routine, there’s one thing that’s always consistent – I want it to look natural. Whether I’m at a black tie event or at the beach, I look for makeup that allows me to look like me (because no one wants that awkward, not-so-complimentary-comment, “wow! you look so different without makeup!“) Thankfully, Juice Beauty has makeup and skincare products that allow me to create endless natural beauty looks.

Today I’m sharing how to get a natural, healthy glow wherever you go with some of my fave products from Juice Beauty. As you can see from my before and after photos above, this makeup look just enhances rather than alters my look, and I love it!

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Let me start off by explaining why I’m such a fan of Juice Beauty. The largest organ we humans have is our skin, so what we put on it matters, and Juice Beauty has built their brand around creating skin and makeup products that are free from those harmful chemicals that so many popular beauty products contain. Each of their products starts with an organic, botanical juice blend (hence the name) and rich, powerful skincare ingredients are added for products that feed your skin with nutrients while enhancing your natural beauty.

Follow the steps below to get a natural, healthy glow with Juice Beauty!

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STEP 1 – Apply the Juice Beauty antioxidant serum to your freshly washed face. This lightweight serum packs powerful antioxidants and vitamins, smoothing the appearance of fine lines and acting as an extra moisturizer too. I’m all about moisturizing, especially in the summer when my skin can get pretty dry from the sun, and this is an extra step to do in between your face wash and regular moisturizing routine to get that ultra dewy glow.

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STEP 2 – Add extra moisturization the Juice Beauty Anti Wrinkle Moisturizer. Y’all – this moisturizer is my absolute favorite that I’ve ever tried! It smells absolutely amazing (even Cole comments on it!) and it has this thick, creamy texture that easily penetrates into your skin. I use it before I go to bed at night and before I put on my make up, too.

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STEP 3 – Get the glow with the Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream. Next up, is this amazing color correcting cream that does so much more than just even out your skin tone. The color corrector comes in several colors that will blend into your natural skin tone, and I’m wearing the “desert glow” shade. Since I’m not a regular foundation or base user, I love that the cream is so lightweight and natural looking, but I also love a good multi-tasker and this is certainly one of them. The cream also has an SPF 30 built-in, and powerful antioxidants that nourish your skin all day.

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STEP 4 – Brighten your eyes with the Juice Beauty phyto-pigments perfecting concealer. I absolutely love this concealer because you don’t have to worry about any creases showing in that sensitive skin area beneath your eye and the texture is perfect parts creamy and matte. Using a brush, simply swipe below both eyes above your cheek bones and rub in with your fingers to blend. Since I have an olive skin tone, I went with the middle-of-the-road shade, “cream.”

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STEP 5 – Lock in the glow with Juice Beauty phyto-pigments flawless finishing powder. This ultra lightweight, loose powder is the perfect finish to complete that natural glow. I also keep it in my purse for those summer days when you have a need-to-powder-my-nose moment. The powder is translucent and come sin just one shade that will work for every skin tone.

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STEP 6 – Accentuate your cheekbones with Juice Beauty phyto-pigments last look cream blush. This blush is perfect for everyday and to keep in your purse when your on-the-go because all you need is your fingers to blend this cream blush shade onto your cheekbones and you instantly look more fresh and awake. I have the blush in a few shades to correlate with my look for the day, but the one I’m using here is “bright coral”.

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STEP 7 – Finish with your favorite shade of Juice Beauty phyto-pigments liquid lip. This liquid lip is the perfect in-between a matte lipstick and a glossy lipgloss. It stays on all day without drying out your lips as so many liquid lips do. My favorite, and the one I’m wearing here, is “Apple – Strawberry Pink”.

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Voila! Your natural, glowy look is complete, no eyeliner, shadow or mascara required.

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SERUM  //  MOISTURIZER  //  CC CREAM  //  CONCEALER  //  POWDER  //  BLUSH  //  LIP GLOSS  //  MAKEUP BRUSH  //  NIGHTGOWN  //  HEADBAND  //  PAINTING

**A huge thank you to Juice Beauty for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

Fair-well xx,

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MY SECRET TO LONGER, THICKER HAIR

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If you follow me on instagram, you may have noticed (unless you read the entirety of my giant captions) my hair seemingly grew overnight. No I don’t have magic golden hair like Rapunzel (but a girl can dream, right?), but today I’m going to let you in on my secret to longer, thicker hair:  Bellami clip-in hair extensions! My new Bellami clip-in hair extensions give me magic golden (more like ash blonde) hair everyday and I love them! SIDE NOTE (in case you don’t wanna read to the bottom of this post) you can get $5 off your set of Bellami hair extensions with code VANDIFAIR at checkout!

What many people don’t understand about extensions is that you don’t have to go to a salon and pay $$$ to get them permanently put in every other month. Thanks to Bellami, you can get longer and/or thicker hair every day by simply clipping in some of their 100% natural human hair extensions (I know the human hair things sounds a bit weird but I promise you’ll love them – they’re like the super soft, tangle-free hair you’ve always dreamed of!).

If you look at the photos above, you can see the natural length of my hair and thickness (or should I say thin-ness?) at the top. I have naturally super fine, straight hair that I have colored since middle school, so it’s hard to get my hair much longer than it is now without it breaking off (it’s just the price I pay to be blonde!) These clip-in extensions allow me to get the fuller, longer hair I’ve always dreamed of when I want to dress up, but are easy enough to take off before I go to bed or for days when a messy top bun is necessary.

Bellami offers all sorts of hair lengths and colors in their extension sets, so let me tell you a little bit about mine and how I’m wearing them in the above photos. Since I was looking for both length and fullness, I went with the 22 inch length in ash blonde. The set comes with 10 clip in pieces, ranging from small, 1.5 inch wefts to large 8 inch wefts and everything you need in-between. Since my hair is so naturally fine, I’m actually only wearing 1/2 of the amount of wefts offered in each hair extension package because I didn’t want to make it look too drastic or unnatural, but to show you the effect, I’ll do an outfit post soon where I wear all of them (it’s SO much hair y’all!).

I went for the ash blonde shade because over the summer I’ve shifted the color of my hair from golden to a bit more silver/ash-toned. The extensions didn’t match perfectly when they arrived in the mail, but not to fear! A simple application of some toner from your beauty store will make them more silver-toned if your hair is closer to my color.

You can see how simple it is to put the hair extensions in with the above photos. Simply using your index fingers or a fine tooth comb, separate a horizontal line of your hair at the nape of your neck and clip up the remaining hair on the top of your head. Then, simply take the largest weft of your extension set and clip them across your head. Repeat these steps with several or all of the wefts. Personally, I use one 8 inch weft on the very bottom, one 7 inch weft above that and one 6 inch weft above that, then I use all 4 of the individual 1.5 inch wefts on either side of my head to even out my hair length. It literally takes me 5-10 minutes to put them in, and voila! I have magic, Rapunzel-like hair.

Don’t forget, you can get $5 off your purchase of Bellami hair extensions with code VANDIFAIR. Whether you want them to add length or fullness to your hair, I promise you will love them!

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HAIR EXTENSIONS: Bellami Bellissima 22 Inch Ash Blonde Extensions  //  DRESS: Sanctuary Clothing Spring Fling Raceback Slipdress //  LONG NECKLACE: Moon and Lola  //  MONOGRAM NECKLACE: BaubleBar  //  WEDGES: similar here

Fair-well xx,

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MY NIGHTLY ROUTINE

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Get Squeaky Clean… I grew up in a family where mornings weren’t our favorite. It was a major struggle for my mom to get us all out of bed each morning (I remember literally kicking and yelling sometimes – and this was in high school y’all), so my mom started giving us baths at night from an early age. Flash forward to now, and I still prefer to shower at night. SweetSpot Labs has quickly become my go-to for that squeaky clean feeling no matter what.

What I love about SweetSpot Labs is that it’s specifically formulated with gentle ingredients and the right pH for women. Most cleansing products contain harsh ingredients like glycerin, which can cause major irritation for women! Any sort of irritation is the last thing I want to wake up to after my nightly shower. SweetSpot Labs is glycerin-free and safe for use all over (gynecologist recommended, just saying that makes me blush, but you ladies know what I mean!).

The SweetSpot Labs Gentle Wash is perfect for a luxurious, effective shower after a long day. It comes in the yummiest scents – Grapefruit Verbana, Vanilla Blossom and Neroli Mandarin (I tried the Vanilla Blossom – smells SO good!). I love how the wash is so versatile it works triple-duty thanks to the unique 97% natural formula. Its coconut base gently cleanses from head to toe while emollient oils moisturize the skin. You can even use it as a shaving cream! It has special ingredients that soften skin and hair, making shaving easier. Hello silky smooth legs and goodbye irritation!

…Even When I’m Exhausted! Okay so I’ll admit that I don’t shower every single night, and sometimes even after a workout (and as a night owl, my work outs are almost always in the evenings), I find myself simply too exhausted to spend 15 minutes to take a shower, and go through my entire nighttime ritual of washes, creams, etc. Thankfully, for those nights when I can’t even make it into the bathroom before bed, SweetSpot Labs has their On-The-Go Wipes so I can easily wipe down any sweat on my body from my workouts and go to bed with that sticky-free, fresh feeling with minimum effort.

Like the wash, the wipes are made for women and safe to use all over.  They’re made from 98% natural ingredients and infused with “good for you” extracts like aloe, cucumber, pineapple and cranberry. They come in the same three yummy scents as the Gentle Wash (the Vanilla Blossom is my favorite, but the Neroli Mandarin comes in at a close second, especially for summer!). The wipes are available in both large packages to keep at home and the On-The-Go Wipettes, which come with individualized packets in all three scents and are perfect for your purse. When I’m traveling or on-the-go, I grab a Wipette for a quick refresh anywhere I need to keep squeaky clean in between showers. These wipes along your favorite dry shampoo are a must for you busy ladies!

Take Off My Jewelry. The first thing I want to take off after a long day of shooting is my jewelry. If you follow me on Snapchat (username = laurenvandiver), you may have seen the magic mirror I got as an early birthday gift from my Gigi. I’m not the most organized person, but this over the door hanging jewelry armoire that doubles as a mirror is already changing my life. Of all the accessories and clothes I have as a blogger, the easiest thing for me to misplace is my jewelry, so having an organization tool that allows me to take off my jewelry in an easy, organized way each night is absolutely essential.

Furbaby Snuggles. One thing that’s always part of my nightly routine is snuggles with my furbaby Lucky. Whether I get home and call it a day before Cole or not, Lucky is always there to greet me at the door with so much love he cannot even contain himself. No matter what kind of day I’ve had, he’s always in the mood for some feel-good snuggles. This is perhaps my favorite part of my nightly routine.

Wine-d Down. I’ll admit it – I’m a certified wine-o. Not only do I enjoy the taste, but it also helps me unplug and unwind each night. Working in social media, it can be hard to put my phone and laptop away even for 30 minutes to watch a TV show or enjoy dinner with my guy. A glass of red wine helps me to relax, destress, and focus on the important things like quality time with my little family.

You can find all of the SweetSpot Labs products at Target online or at your local Target store.

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WASH: SweetSpot Gentle Wash  //  WIPES: SweetSpot On The Go Wipes  //  TRAVEL WIPES: SweetSpot On-The-Go Wipettes  //  Jewelry Armoire Mirror  //  Flamingo Print   //  Palm Leaf Pillow

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CROP TOP  //  SKIRT  //  NECKLACE  //  PUMPS

A huge thank you to SweetSpot Labs for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

Fair-well xx,

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LUXURY SKIN CARE WITH OROGOLD COSMETICS

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As promised, I’m going to be sharing more on my beauty routine here on the blog and today I’m so excited to team up with Orogold Cosmetics to talk about their luxury skin care products.

Every girl needs a little luxury in her life, so why not indulge on something that aids the largest (and most visible) organ we have – your skin! I remember hearing in my teens that 25 was the age that women should really amp up their skincare routine, investing in those eye creams and products that are a bit more expensive that the cheapest-you-can-find moisturizer at the drug store. With my 26th birthday around the corner, I’m finally starting to really pay attention to what I use to care for my skin. I was so excited to try the 24K CryogeniC Diamond Gommage from Orogold Cosmetics.

Here’s the technical explanation for this stuff, straight from the brand’s website:  “it’s a powerful anti-aging serum that will help restore smoother, balanced brilliance and a more youthful appearance to your skin. This silken gel elixir glides onto your skin to deliver highly potent peptides and supercharged antioxidants. Vitamins A, E, C and green tea with Centella Asiatica, and real gold and diamond dust balance your complexion, giving you a luxurious boost in luminosity.”

In short, it’s an exfoliator you use after you wash your face and prior to putting on your daily moisturizer. Unlike any exfoliator I’ve ever used; however, it just seeps into your dry skin, and there’s no water required. The site mentioned this stuff rejuvenates your complexion and diminishes the look of dry, flaky skin. After spending hours in the sun on my recent trip to Costa Rica, this couldn’t have come at a better time! A week after returning, my skin was starting to flake a bit on my forehead and around my nose. After two day’s uses of this gentle exfoliator, the dryness was gone – amazing!

The actual product is a pretty blue color and when you put it on your clean, dry skin, you can feel a gentle texture followed by a refreshing cooling effect as it goes into your skin. Then, you simply follow up with your moisturizer (I’ll give you the deets on my fave moisturizer soon on the blog!) and voila! Your skin routine is perfected.

Since this is a luxury product that definitely works, I’ll only be using it 1-2 times a week. Check out all of the 100’s of luxury skincare products Orogold Cosmetics has to offer here! And if you happen to be a Texas gal like me they have a location here where you can try out all of their products and/or get an amazing facial.

A huge thank you to Orogold Cosmetics for sponsoring this post and to Shoppinglinks for supporting this post. All opinions are my own.

Fair-well xx,

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MY TOP 8 BEAUTY SECRETS

non expert beauty secretsmy beauty routineI’m often sent questions from my followers via email, messages and comments about various aspects of my life. From my fitness routine to tips on Disney trips, I feel so tickled that people seek advice from little ole’ me (as I am certainly no expert in any of those topics), but I’m beginning to realize that’s exactly why people are looking for tips from bloggers like myself – we’re all just regular girls faced with the same everyday problems as our readers. So, today I’m starting a new series where I list a round up of advice on a particular topic. Since one of the questions I’m most often asked is related to beauty, today’s post is a list of my top 8 beauty secrets, listed in no particular order. So, here it goes! 

PS – I will be doing a list of the actual products I use for those who have similar hair and skin as me soon, so stay tuned for that, but for now, this is a general guide for every gal! 😉

1. Moisturize ALL the Time!

Ever since I can remember, putting lotion on my entire body has been a part of my daily routine. It was something my mother always did (and still does!) every time after she took a shower and did the same for us after we took our baths when we were little. To me, it was something as obvious as washing your body, but once I got older, I began to realize that while many of my friends moisturized their face every day, they didn’t do the same with their bodies. People ask my sister and I how we make our skin soft (especially my sister’s y’all – it’s like as silky and smooth as a baby’s bottom) and the answer is simple – we lather it up in lotion every single day. While I do think splurging a bit on face moisturizer is necessary, especially after the age of 25 (the Tula Hydrating Day & Night Cream is my current favorite!), you don’t have to splurge on body lotion. My go-to’s are the yummy scented lotions from Bath and Body Works or some good ole’ St. Ives or Aveeno from the drug store do the trick perfectly.

2. If The Makeup Isn’t Necessary, Don’t Wear It

People often ask what base, coverup or powder I wear and they’re surprised to hear that I don’t wear any at all. In fact, the only time in my life that I did wear it was in 7th grade after going to a “makeup” party with my friends where I was told that it was just part of every woman’s beauty routine. To think I covered my 12-year-old skin in thick, goopy makeup each day still pains me. I soon realized my face looked much better without it, and just opted for concealer beneath my eyes and to cover up those sneaky pimples and whiteheads, and powder every once in a while for when my skin is oily (this translucent perfecting powder by Mirabella is absolute magic!) and I still do that today. Side note – I actually think the overuse of foundation creates more problems and irritations with skin in the long run. I do realize that base and coverup is absolutely necessary for some girl’s daily routines, but my point is, whether it’s foundation, eyeliner or anything in between, if you don’t need it, don’t wear it! Your makeup routine should help you look like the best version of yourself, not make you unrecognizable when you take it off. PS – on this note, if you’re looking to switch up your coverup for something lighter and more natural, I just received and tried the Phyto-Pigments Illuminating Primer by Juice Beauty (it’s tinted so it still provides coverage!) and it’s absolutely amazing!

3. Decide Where to Splurge and Where to Save

I remember hearing a beauty expert speak in high school and one specific piece of advice she said stuck with me – splurge on your brushes (there’s  a good starter kit here by MAC!), and you can save on your shadow. I can tell you this is so true because I’ve tried eyeshadow from super high end brands to drug store brands, and as long as you have good makeup brushes, there’s not much of a difference. In fact, I am always asked what eyeshadow I use directly on the top and bottom of my eyelids and it’s a shade from I get from Walgreens called L’Oreal Paris Infalliable Eye Shadow in Eternal Sunshine (I found it on sale here for under $6!) It is this gorgeous, golden, creamy shade (not actually creamy – just the color of it – it’s powder!) and it is better than any other I’ve found. One more place to splurge – your hair styling tools! The cheap curling irons and straighteners can absolutely ruin your hair, so it’s totally worth it to spend a little more on those. My recommendation for a curling iron is the T3 Twirl 360 Curling Iron (free shipping on it here!) – I recently started using it and not only does it make curling your hair so much easier, but it also gets the perfect curl every time and they last all day!

4. Join a Beauty Subscription Box or Two and Share It!

Navigating the world of beauty can be overwhelming, to say the least, because there are so many products out there. With so many colors, types and textures of hair and skin, every person is completely unique, so you have to find what works for you. I’ve found several of my go-to beauty staples that I otherwise would have never even known existed through subscription boxes. One way to save on these subscription boxes is through sharing one or two with a sister or friends (or at least passing the samples onto each other to try!). I actually found my go-to shampoo and conditioner (it’s Nelson J Argan Oil Non Foaming Shampoo and Conditioner and nothing else works quite like it on my fine, tangle-prone hair!) through sharing my mom’s Birchbox subscription.

5. Switch Up Your Scents!

Our sense of smell is so unique in that it can completely take us back to a particular time or place. For that reason, I recommend switching up your perfumes every now and then rather than sticking to one for year’s upon year’s. I’ve done this my whole life and now there are certain scents that will take me back to a time in my life or a place – like a vacation spot, or whatever it may be, and I absolutely love it. Nostalgia is the best feeling and I embrace it whole-heartedly. Currently, I’m wearing Diptyque Eau des Sens and it’s unlike anything I’ve worn before (and one I know that is so distinct it will take me back to this time in my life eventually).

6. Do It Yourself (when you can!)

In the age of Pinterest and social media, beauty has become much more fun because there are so many tutorials and inspiration just at the tip of your fingers. If you want to try out a new hairstyle, you no longer have to ask your beautician at the salon to do it (I’m talking about hair styling, not coloring – I definitely recommend a professional for that!) For me, the things I’ve always done myself are my nails and my makeup (I didn’t even hire a makeup artist to do it my makeup on my wedding day!) Finding the parts of your beauty routine that you can do for yourself will save you so much time and money in the long run, but more importantly, it inspires you to get creative and have fun with your beauty routine.

7. Adopt a Signature Look

Whether that’s in your hair styling or color or your makeup, as much as you incorporate new things into your beauty routine, try to find something that is your signature, go-to that never changes. For me, that’s my winged eyeliner that I wear every time I put my makeup on, without fail (I always use liquid eyeliner and my go-to drug store finds are this one by Revlon and this one by Almay, both under $10!) I started doing this my junior year of high school, and I still get compliments on the eyeliner and asked how I do it all the time!

8. And the Most Important Part of EVERY Beauty Routine…

…(uhhh ohh here comes the cliche!) Yes you hear it all the time, but it is SO true, a smile is the absolute most beautiful thing you can wear. There’s nothing worse than seeing a beautifully done up face with a scowl (so don’t let that be you!) whereas a smile from a stranger can instantly brighten your day. I promise you this is true – I know my smile lines will be the worst of my wrinkles because I do it so often, but it’s SO worth it (and that’s what those pricier face moisturizers are for!) Fun fact – my nickname in college was “Cheese” because I always “cheesed so hard” (aka smiled).

And that’s a wrap! Phew! I didn’t think I had nearly that much to say on beauty advice. Stay tuned for more non-expert, real-life advice in this new series.

**wedding photo by Matt and Julie Weddings

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Fair-well xx,

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