April Beauty Favorites Video

April Beauty Favorites. The products you have to try out!

It’s another addition to YouTube Monday! Today, I am revealing my beauty favorites for the month of April. I love trying out new products and telling you all about them. Check out my newest video where I reveal my favorites. I will give you links to them all under the video too.

Elf Lip Exfoliator

Beauty Box 5

Saltwater Sandals

Elf Makeup Remover Wipes

Kleenex Balsam Nose and Lip Balm (apparently this is only sold in the UK so you will have to do some searching for this! Sorry!)

What are your current beauty favorites?

Zoey Deschanel Inspired Makeup Look

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Who’s that girl? Who’s that girl? It’s Kenz! I am obsessed with New Girl. I think every girl who watches that show somehow feels a connection to Zoey Deschanel’s character, Jessica Day. Inside we are all a little quirky and awkward just like Jess. Although Zoey Deschanel plays such an awkward character, there is nothing awkward about how absolutely gorgeous she is. She has the greatest style in and out of character in every show she is on. I always love her makeup, so I created a tutorial for a makeup look inspired by her.

Zoey Deschanel Inspired Makeup look on www.girllovesglam.com #shop #makeup

I always love the makeup that Zoey wears. I like that it isn’t totally polished and that it looks a little messy sometimes. That makes it more realistic. The two things that always stand out to me with Zoey Deschanel is her flawless, porcelain like skin and her gorgeous eyelashes that frame her blue eyes. I knew that teaming up with Rimmel for this look would be perfect because of their Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara and Stay Matte Foundation. Drugstore mascara usually gets a bad reputation, but I absolutely love the Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara! It makes lashes fan out perfectly, while giving them plenty of volume too. Drugstore foundation has an even worse reputation. I can honestly say that the Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation was the first drugstore foundation that I have really loved! It totally perfected the flaws on my face, while still letting my face feel like it could breathe.

Rimmel Makeup Tutorial #shop

You can find both of those Rimmel products at Walmart, in the makeup section. Rimmel is also celebrating their 180 year anniversary and will be putting a $1 off coupon in the Sunday newspaper for each of these two products so make sure to grab your coupon before you head to Walmart to buy your makeup!

Now for the fun part. How YOU can create a Zoey Deschanel inspired makeup look of your own. You need…

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 *Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation

*Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara

*Blush

*Cream colored eye shadow

*Plum colored eye shadow

*Rose shimmer eye shadow

*Dark brown colored eye shadow

*Eyebrow makeup

*Bright colored lipstick

Zoey Deschanel Makeup Eye Map #shop

1. Apply foundation on your face with a sponge.

2. Apply blush to the apples of your cheeks.

3. Brush rose shimmer eye shadow to your eyelid, from crease to lash line.

4. Brush dark brown colored eye shadow in crease and edge of eyelid.

5. Brush cream colored eyelid from eyebrow down to crease, blending the other colors together.

6. Smudge rose shimmer eye shadow into the bottom lash line.

7. Line upper lash line with plum colored eye shadow. Use an angled eyeliner brush and smudge it into the lash line.

8. Fill in eyebrows using the eyebrow makeup of your choice.

9. Apply bright colored lipstick.

Bam! You have officially created a Zoey Deschanel inspired makeup look!

Zoey Deschanel Makeup Tutorial #shop

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Beauty Favorites: March

It’s Monday! You know what that means? Monday means a new video for you. Today’s video is the beginning of a monthly video series. Each month, I will share some of my favorites with you. They will most likely be beauty products because that is really what I love, but sometimes it will have more in there!

March Beauty Favorites on www.girllovesglam.com

Now without any further ado, my March favorites!

Here is where you can find each of these favorites…

Twinkle Eyebrow Shaver Razor 36 Razors

PMD Personal Microderm System

Lauren Conrad Spring Line

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Genius Kit 3 piece

Pantene Pro-V Expert Collection Advanced+ Keratin Repair Keragloss Oil Mist, 3.4 Fluid Ounce

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Today I’m thrilled to share an amazing giveaway! I’ve collaborated with a group of fabulous bloggers to give 100 very lucky readers the chance to win a PMD, A Personal Microderm Tool! There will be 100 winners with a total prize pool valued at $20,000! The secret to smooth, clear and gorgeously glowing skin? Microdermabrasion – and instead of paying expensive salon prices, now you can do it yourself at home with this wonderful tool! If you’ve ever struggled with acne, are seeing new fines lines and wrinkles appear, are sick of old scars and want smooth and delicious skin, you’ve gotta try the PMD. We are so excited to be working with such a valued brand and to share with you our secret weapon to gorgeous skin.

PMD Personal Microderm GIVEAWAY!

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Gold and Mint Spring Polka Dot Nail Art

I teamed up with nine other bloggers to bring you some fun gold projects inspired by gold! Go check all of them out!

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My gold inspired project, is this awesome Gold and Mint Spring Polka Dot Nail Art!

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Spring Gold and Mint Polka Dot Nail Art

 The signs of spring are finally starting to show and I can’t wait to embrace the soft colors and and lightweight clothing. One thing I can’t wait to do this spring is incorporate gold into my wardrobe. When you mix fun spring colors with gold, magical things happen. It is the perfect way to transition your winter wardrobe to spring! I couldn’t wait any longer to embrace the spring season so I brought it in in a little way… my nails! These gold and mint spring polka dot nails are so easy to do and can have the colors switched so you can embrace any season! For these nails you need…

Spring Nail Art Tutorial

*Mint finger nail polish (Honestly, this polish is really old. I have no idea where it is from but Essie has a great mint color)

*Gold glitter nail polish

*Gold nail polish (this matte gold polish from OPI is perfection)

*Clear top coat polish

*Two paint brushes with small tips

Spring nail art tutorial on www.girllovesglam.com #tutorial #beauty #nails

First, paint all of your nails but your ring finger with two coats of mint polish. I chose to paint one pinky with the matte gold polish. Paint the ring fingers with the gold glitter nail polish.

Nail Art Tutorial

Put a little gold polish and mint polish on a paper plate.

polka dot nail art tutorial on www.girllovesglam.com #tutorial #beauty

Dip the brush in the gold nail polish and put dots in a line on your nail and move along down the nail. Do this on all of the mint colored nails. Next, dip the other paint brush in the mint nail polish and do one or two little stripes on your gold glitter polished nails.

After your nails have all dried, put the clear top coat on them and you are done!

Gold and Mint Polka Dot Nail Art on www.girllovesglam.com #beauty #nail #tutorial

They are the perfect way to add a little spring color to your wardrobe!

Be sure to check out these other glittery nail art tutorials too!

Black and Gold Glitter Burst Nail Art How to do glitter nails at home

 

All Natural Handmade Skin Exfoliant

I am trying to take better care of my skin. Sometimes I get a little lazy about my routines when it comes to my skin, but this year I am trying a lot harder to be better about washing my face and doing the extra things like exfoliating my skin. I told my friend who is an esthetician that I wanted to find a great skin exfoliant to use that wouldn’t make my skin burn. She recommended the greatest homemade skin exfoliant recipe that I am going to share with you today! (By the way, if you live in the Idaho Falls area, you have GOT to go to her for all of your skincare needs! Her name is Bailee and she works at Retreat Day Spa. You will NOT be disappointed!)

I love this exfoliant because it is made with items that you have in your house already! 

All Natural Handmade Skin Exfoiliant

Here is what you will need…

Baking Soda

Water

homemade skin exfoliant

That is all you need! Isn’t that awesome? A box of baking soda costs less than $1! No more spending so much money on expensive exfoliants. This homemade skin exfoliant is also great because you have total control of how gritty it is. Depending on what your skin is like, you will  most likely want the grit to be different during different times of the year.

handmade exfoliant

Poor some of the baking soda into a small bowl. I don’t have an exact amount that I use. Baking soda is so inexpensive that I don’t worry about being careful about the amount that I use. I just make an educated guess of how much exfoliant I will need.

natural skin exfoliant

Get a small glass of water and start adding it slowly to the baking soda. The more water you add, the less gritty your exfoliant will be. I usually like a softer grit, so I add enough water to make the mixture kind of creamy. Mix the water and the baking soda together and you are done!

Rub the exfoliant on your face after you have washed your face. Rub it around in circular motions. Make sure to keep it away from your eyes. After you have rubbed it on your face, wipe it off with a wash cloth.  Your face will instantly feel softer! Don’t forget to moisturize after you exfoliate!

I recommend doing this about two times a week. Your skin will feel incredibly soft and healthy! If your skin is more damaged and you feel like you need to exfoliate more than two times a week, try doing it three times a week. I don’t recommend exfoliating more than that though. A lot of people may even be able to get away with exfoliating only once a  week too. Just try it out and do what you feel fits you and your skin type the best.

While you are taking such great care of your skin at home, try dying your hair at home while you are at it. Check out my tips for dying your hair at home too HERE!

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Beauty Box 5: Beauty Product Review

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It is time for another honest to goodness beauty product review for you guys! Beauty Box 5 sends me a box each month for me to try out the products and tell YOU all about them. They aren’t paying me to say anything positive about these products. I try them out and tell you what I think. If you don’t already know what Beauty Box 5 is, it is a company that sends out one box a month to their subscribers that has five beauty products in it. It is a really fun way to try out new products without having to make a large investment. These subscriptions start at just $12 so you can try out new beauty products every month without feeling guilty about it.

Now, who’s ready to see what I got in my last beauty box?

Beauty Box 5 January

This time, I got some body wash, cuticle oil, exfoliating gloves, moisturizer, lip balm, and a (bonus product) mirror compact. I have been pretty happy with all of them as a whole, but there is one product I literally cannot live without now that I have tried it. Can you guess what one it is? Here are all of the product details and the reviews for each of them…

H2O Plus Spa Sea Lotus Body Wash- I love that this body wash is made to be unisex. You can totally share this with your husband without feeling like he smells like a girl or that you smell like a manly man. It has a really great, refreshing scent too. The full size bottle retails for $17.

Nubar Cuticle and Nail Oil- I love cuticle oil. I hadn’t ever tried this brand before, but I really liked it. My poor cuticles get pretty bad during the winter months and this stuff does wonders to them. This retails for $10.

Swissco Bath and Shower Exfoliating Gloves- Guys! These are literally life changing. These may be my favorite product of all time. These are the perfect way to get baby soft skin. If you use self tanner or get spray tans, you need these gloves in your life for sure. My skin feels awesome and it takes no time at all. I think everyone needs a pair of these gloves. These retail for $5!

Jergens Daily Moisturizer- My skin gets so sad during the winter. This moisturizer gave my skin just the right amount of moisture it needed to get through the harsh weather. I hadn’t ever tried it before and I am a total believer. This retails for $6.99.

Epic Blend Hemp Coconut Lip Balm- This lip balm felt like any other lip balm to me. The selling point for it, is that it is organic, gluten free, and not tested on animals. If you are a fan of being gluten free, petroleum free, and non-GMO this could be your new favorite lip balm. It retails for $3.39.

That Awkward Moment Mirror Compact- This was just a bonus product they sent to promote the new movie, That Awkward Moment.

Well, that is all for now! If you want to try out new products like this every month, sign up to get your own Beauty Box 5!

Check back next month for more beauty product reviews too!

 

Conversation Heart Inspired Nail Art

Conversation Heart Inspired Nail Art Tutorial

I love conversation hearts. I know there are the haters in the world who think they taste like flavored chalk (cough, cough, MY husband), but I love them! When I was looking at some advertisements that came in the mail, I saw a few pictures of conversation hearts and it got the wheels turning a little bit. What if I did some conversation heart inspired nail art?! I didn’t want anything overly flashy or too literal, just nail art inspired by my favorite Valentine’s Day treat.

Conversation Heart Nails

I love how they turned out! To create your own, you need…

Nail Polish Valentine Tutorial

*Five different pastel colored nail polishes

*Red outdoor vinyl

*vinyl cutter

*Clear top coat polish

Valentine Nail Tutorial

First, paint all of your nails. Do each nail a different color of your pastel polish, but keep both hands the same so it isn’t too busy. Make sure they are really dry before moving onto the next step.

DIY nail stickers

Cut out a few different conversation heart sayings out onto your vinyl. I chose to cut out enough for all of the nails and then see how I liked them on each nail to decide how many I wanted to keep on there. In the end, I chose to just put decals on two of the nails on each hand.

Conversation Heart Valentine Nail Art

Either use a weeding tool or transfer tape to place the letters onto your nails. Your nails will start looking like little conversation hearts!

Conversation Heart Nails

Paint the clear top coat polish over all of your nails and let them dry.

Valentine Nails

Now you have some fun conversation heart inspired nails for the big day of love!

Winter Essentials to Protect Your Natural Beauty

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Our hair, skin, teeth, and nails aren’t big fans of winter weather. The dry air can create serious damage to our bodies that we may not even be aware of. Because I live in Idaho and have to endure what feels like is an 8 month long winter, I have come to find some winter essentials that help me protect my natural beauty so that I don’t have to suffer the effects of the winter all year long!

My Winter Beauty Essentials #shop

I went to Walgreens and picked up the five beauty essentials that I can’t survive without during the winter and I am excited to share them with you!

1. Dry shampoo. I am a licensed cosmetologist and I still go for Suave dry shampoo. I have tried several different brands and Suave is my favorite kind and it is also the most inexpensive kind that I have used too! The reason why dry shampoo is so important during the winter? The air is so dry, that it is important that you do not wash your hair every day. By washing your hair, you are actually drying it out a little more each time. Try skipping a day or two and using dry shampoo on your roots on the days you don’t wash your hair.

2. Hand creme. If you suffer from painful, cracked hands during the winter, an intensive hand creme is going to be your answer. I really like the Eucerin Intensive Repair, but there are several brands to choose from. I like to get a smaller size so I can keep it in my purse.

Eucerin Intensive Therapy #shop

3. Firming night cream. I know that I have already said it, but I am going to say it again. The winter air is so dry! It is really hard on your skin. One of the best times to really give your skin an extra boost of moisture is at night. Use a firming night cream such as the Olay Night of Olay Firming Cream to give your face a boost of moisture while helping your skin firm up while you sleep! You can find this in the facial care section of Walgreens.

Olay Night Cream at Walgreens #shop

4. Teeth whitening strips. I know this might sound like a strange essential for winter, but I find that when my teeth are white, my face looks a lot more tan. Heaven knows I am anything but tan during the winter, so any help I can get is welcomed! I also think that when people are around the beautiful white snow, their teeth will look a lot more yellow than they do in the summer. When I use teeth whitening strips, I just buy the store brand 14 day kit like this one from Walgreens. They work surprisingly well!

5. Lip repair. Lips seem to suffer a lot during the winter. It is important to find some sort of lip repair that will protect your lips and will repair them from any damage that has already been done. I really like the Eucerin Aquaphor Lip Repair. It doesn’t have any strange taste and it makes my lips feel healthy and smooth.

Aquaphor lip repair #shop

Now I want to know. What are YOUR winter beauty essentials?

Winter Beauty Essentials #shop

Robert Jones Beauty Academy

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Words can’t even describe how excited I am to share this news with you today! Dreams really do come true!

A few months ago, I was given the opportunity to go listen to Robert Jones speak. If you don’t know who Robert Jones is, you are missing out. Just because you don’t know his name, doesn’t mean you haven’t seen his work. He is a celebrity makeup artist who has done makeup for celebrities like Selena Gomez and Cindy Crawford. He has also done the makeup for many makeup ads, especially mascara!

 Robert Jones Beauty and Girl Loves Glam Collab

Robert was charming, funny, and crazy talented. He reminded all of us that it is okay to be a perfectionist! It is actually good to be a perfectionist. I also loved that he pointed out that it is beneficial to do your hair before doing your makeup. I am a strong believer in that! Don’t melt your makeup off with your hot tools, ladies!

Well, here is the exciting part! Robert Jones has started his very own Robert Jones Beauty Academy! Let me explain to you what that means. It means, that up until now, if you want to become a makeup artist, you were pretty much self taught. Many makeup artists have gone to special effects makeup school, cosmetology school, or gotten a degree in some sort of art. Robert Jones created an online course to teach people how to be makeup artists without having to go to school for something they aren’t interested in. It is amazing! You have to test out of each level in order to move up in the system, so you know you are becoming a real pro as you learn more. To attend the Robert Jones Beauty Academy, it is only $24.95 a month, or $299 a year (it is actually on a special for $249 right now)! Amazing, right? I am going to be starting as a student in his academy next month and I can’t wait to tell you all about my experience! I will keep you updated. If you are interested in becoming a makeup artist through the Robert Jones Beauty Academy, you can find more info HERE.

Robert Jones Beauty Makeup Kit

This is the makeup that Robert brought to teach one class. It was out of control amazing!

But what if you don’t want to be a makeup artist? What if you just want to learn how to do your own makeup? Robert Jones has an option for you too! He is offering 7 days of free lessons for real girls like you! Learn about your face shape, your eye shape, and how to customize your makeup to who you are! You can sign up for free, HERE.

Who’s excited to join me in my Robert Jones Beauty Academy journey?!