Patchology Eye Gel Patches

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Hi guys, Lauren here! 

I have a confession to make.

I, Lauren Smith, have an addiction to Eye Gel Masks. I mean, a full on obsession. If you follow me on Snapchat (Lauren_Smith6), then there is a pretty good chance you guys have seen me wearing my gel eye patches  almost every day. 

& let me note, this is not a sponsored post. Just straight realness.

When I wake up in the morning, the dark circles under my eyes are gnarly. Which probably has something to do with the fact that I sleep straight on my face…. but none the less, gel eye masks save me every time. When I first noticed my eyes really starting getting bad, I started going crazy over eye creams and saw little to no results until I started using gel eye patches

When it comes to these eye patches, Patcheology, are the best you will find. Remember, this is not sponsored! I love them because, not only do they really work, but because they also work really fast. For most eye gel masks, you have to leave  them on for 20 minutes or more, but these from Patcheology patches work in 5 minutes. Which is literally perfect for me, because I wear these before getting ready for work. 

When I went to Nordstrom’s a few weeks ago , one of the ladies in cosmetics was trying to sell me on these Patchology Gel Eye  Patches and I just wasn’t buying into it at first. Long story short, she talked me into putting one patch on one eye and not the other, to see the difference between the two eyes and OH MY GOSH the difference. I turned to her and I go, “okay, we have to do the other eye now! I cannot walk out of here with one eye looking fab and the other one looking like the grim reaper – lol”. 

For a pack of 30 eye gels, these bad boys run for $50, but if you are not ready to spend that and just want to try them out first, you can get a sampler pack for $15. That’s what I did and then immediately ordered more! 

For the longest time I was using Skyn Hydro Firming Gels, which worked GREAT, but it was $30 for only eight patches….and I had to wear them for 20 minutes….so when Patchology came in my life, it was kind of a no brainer. 

I wanted to share this with you because this is my most requested post from Snapchat. Like, I am not lying when I say I am commited lol. If you guys decide to try them, try keeping them in the fridge to keep them extra cool! It’s just amazing how in 5 minutes, they firm the skin under my eyes and take away the dark circles.

They are literally miracle patches!

You can find them online at Nordstrom’s, Amazon,  Neiman Marcus & Ulta

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xo,

Lauren

Life to Lauren Approved Shampoos & Conditioners

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More and more recently, I have been getting a lot of questions concerning my hair. Where I get it done, what products I use, how I curl my hair, how often I wash it and etc. 

I know a lot of people swear by only washing their hair once or twice a week, but I am not one of those people. Having greasy hair is a true pet peeve of mine. As in, I literally cannot stand it and since I do workout so often, rarely washing my hair is not an option. I would say that I wash my hair every other day. I love the feeling and look of fresh, clean hair. Which is why I love the following shampoos and conditioners so much. They make my hair soft and shiny as well as giving it that certain glow. 

The following are all of my favorites! 

Pai ShauYou know those times when your hair is constantly greasy and no matter what you do or how many times you wash it, it just always feels gross? It happens to me all the time and is usually the result of a chemical build up in your hair. I promise when I say that this brand has been awesome for fixing this. I bought it over 4th of July weekend on a fluke, after forgetting my Moroccan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner. I hate using hotel products, so I ran down to the hotels salon to pick something up different up. While there, one of the ladies convinced me to try Pai Shau. After the first wash, I was hooked! I love it because it doesn’t have any oil in it, but instead uses tea extracts! You can find the shampoo here & the conditioner here

Moroccan Oil: I was introduced to Moroccan Oil my freshman year at Baylor and immediately felt like I had been missing out of the best shampoo & conditioner combo of all time. Up until this time, I was just using store brands like Pantene Prov and what not, but the moment I tried Moroccan Oil, my hair changed for the better. Softer & shinier.  I use the Hydrating Shampoo and the Hydrating Conditioner. Although since it is a hydrating shampoo, if your hair is prone to get greasy, I wouldn’t use this one everyday. Although if you have dry to normal hair, then this is a great option

Redken: In my mind, this is the perfect every day shampoo & conditioner combo for normal hair. It makes my hair super shiny and is sold at almost any store that holds beauty products. As of right now, this is the combo I use almost daily! While I do normally like to switch up my brands, this one has been the one I have been gravitating to the most recently. 

Oribe: The perfect purple shampoo & conditioner combo that every blonde needs in their life. It keeps my highlights looking fresh and takes the brassiness out of your hair without actually making it look purple lol. I use this about once or twice a week. Especially before shoots or parties. It’s also a little but on the pricer side, which is another reason I do not use it everyday. I suggest using both the shampoo and conditioner for the best results. 

It’s a 10: I started using this shampoo and conditioner after I had been using their miracle leave in product (AMAZING) for about  year. When it comes to this combo, I use it like a hair treatment. I love it because I literally feel the shampoo cleaning my hair, as well as replenishing . It truly repairs my hair. It’s sulfate free, and for a shampoo & conditioner, it oddly has a lot of vitamins in it! I only use this product once a week though, because if I used it any more than that, my hair would get greasy super fast. 

What are your favorite shampoos & conditioners?? 

xo,

Lauren

 

Back 2 Blonde

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For the first twenty years of my life, I was as blonde as it gets. I was always the blondest kid in my classroom and strangers would ask if my mom bleached my hair. 

Throughout high school and early college, my hair was something I could always rely on and loved telling people that my blonde locks were truly all natural. Thennnnn, somewhere around my junior year in college, my hair just started changing. It started getting darker & darker, which for me was the most horrible thing that could have ever happened. So what did I do? I rushed to my hair stylist to get my bright blonde color back. 

I love getting highlights because they make me feel like “me” again, but the truth is, I just can’t get it done as much as I would like too. The first time I got highlights, my mouth dropped as to how expensive they were. Like HOLY COW! Needless to say, this is why I only get highlights twice (maybe three times) a year. In addition to the cost, sometimes I just can’t make it to the salon. I’m technically working two jobs here haha, so time is not my friend -lol. 

The truth is, because I can’t make it to my stylist before every single party, blogging event, meeting, or photo shoot I may have, when I was introduced to Back 2 Blonde , I couldnt help but be intrigued.  Back 2 Blonde is basically a temporary fix for your dark roots, that is easy to use and washes out in the shower. So to me, this product was looking like a true #lifesaver. Back 2 Blonde comes in three different shades and for my hair, I chose the lightest option, called Light Blonde. When I first tried Back 2 Blonde, I was a little bit skeptical, because, well.. I am skeptical about all things. My first thought was that it reminded me of a dry shampoo, but I quickly learned that it is nothing like it! I was worried it was going to leave my hair feeling chalky (like dry shampoo does), but after spraying it in my hair and brushing it out, it actually left my hair looking softer and shinier than it did before. Like it’s kind of crazy -lol. 

Now, will this make you look like you just walked straight out of the salon? No – lol, but it really will give you a great temporary fix when you need it. For the times when you just really cant make it to the salon but hate your dark roots.  

You can find Back 2 Blonde at your nearest Walgreens, CVS or RiteAide. For a special $4 offer, check out Back 2 Blonde at Ibotta.

If you have any questions on Back 2 Blonde, feel free to shoot me an email or just leave a comment! Have you guys tried this product before?!

xo,

Lauren

Thank you Back 2 Blonde for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

www.back2blonde.com 

#LiveLife2TheBlondest

My Every Day Makeup Routine

Happy Friday you guys!

Man, oh man has it been a rainy week here in Houston. 

I hope it doesn’t rain all weekend, but at the same time, I wouldn’t hate having a lazy movie weekend – lol! After getting a lot of messages from you guys, on my make up routine, I realized I hadn’t exactly done one yet. So here it is – lol. 

Of course I change my make up routine, considering the occasion. But if you’re looking for my every day, work, errands, and life routine. This is it!  Besides the lipstick, this is also the routine I usually do for photoshoots as well! 

Here it goes 🙂

Skincare

 Before I put my make up on, I always prep my skin. I told you all about my skin care routine in this post. First, I was my face with this foaming cleanser using my Foreo. Next, I apply this (life changing) eye creamwhich helps with dark circles, followed by this serum. Then I apply daily moisturizerwhich has SPF in it. Last, I use this lip exfoliator on my lips to get any dead skin off. 

Cauadlie Cleanser  Caualie Eye Cream Caudalie Serum    Caudalie Moisturizer Foreo  lip scrub

Primer // Foundation // Concealer 

After my face is ready, I use this primer. I have tried multiple over the years, but this Laura Mercia Blemish-Less Primer takes the cake every time. Next, I use Dior Air Flash for my foundation and apply it with this brush. It’s pricey, but I love it! I have used every “top” foundation under the moon, but this is my go-to every time. It really leaves that air brush look. Then, I apply this Nars Radiant Concealer under my eyes in a triangle shape, as well as over any blemishes or pimples I may have. My absolute favorite, is this Cle De Peau Beaute Concealer, but it’s just a little to pricey for everyday use. 

Laura Mercier Blemishless Primer  Dior Airflash  dior brush  Nars Radient Creamy Concealer

 Bronzer // Blush // Highlighters

This is my absolute favorite bronzer for a natural healthy glow. I’m not going to lie, I usually just apply it all over my face -lol. I love a good bronzed look. After I apply my bronzer, I apply this Chanel blush to my cheek bones and then use this Hour Glass Illuminating Powder for my highlighter.

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Brows // Eye Shadow // Mascara

I use all Anastasia Beverly Hills products for my eye brows. I use this brow powder and this brow gel.  For my everyday eye shadow, I use just a little bit of this Bare Minerals Glimmer Eye Shadow. A little goes a long away.  (I’ve had the same one since I was 16!) Then I use this SmashBox Brightener on the inner corners of my eyes and right under my eye brows. I’m probably the most loyal to this brightener, I love how it looks and how it immediately brightens my eyes. For an every day look, I do not use eye liner. Instead, I just really make my mascara dramatic. I am not super loyal when it comes to mascara, but I am recently love, love, loving this Dior Mascara

Anastasia Beverly Hills  Brow Gel    eye shadow  Smashbox   dior mascara

Lipstick

For an every day look, especially for work, I like to wear more subtle, almost nude colors. I’ll either wear this light pink YSL Lipstick (Shade: Lingere Pink), this nude YSL Lipstick (Shade: 24 Blond Ingenu), or this Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment (Shade: Petal)

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Finishing Power 

Last but not least, I apply this Laura Mercier Translucent Powder and spray this Cauadelie Beauty Elixir all over my face before I leave! 

Laura Mercier Power  beauty elixir


If you have any questions, leave a comment! 

Have a great weekend! 

xo,

Lauren