hair care friday – styling tools

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I have thick, fine, very straight hair. If I let my hair air dry it takes hours. Even though my hair is super straight, I still need a solid straightener to tame any waves or kinks that happen to magically appear (especially when I go to bed with damp hair!)
I’ve been using this Amika flat iron for at least 5 years now and the results are just as amazing now as they were the first day I got it. The price is a little on the higher side at $135, but I would’ve had to replace a cheaper straightening iron at least 2-3 times in the past 5 years I’ve had my Amika flat iron. I’d rather pay more up front for a product that will last me a longer time.
I had quite a few people asked me how I got my curls in this photo:
I used my absolute favorite curling wand, the Nume Titan 3
It’s so easy to use and you can create tons of gorgeous hairstyles with it. Please make sure to always use the protective glove that’s included or you’ll end up with some serious burns- this thing gets HOT! I use my curling wand at an angle to achieve perfect curls. I hold the handle and point the wand toward my scalp at about a 45 degree angle. I hold the hair for 5-10 seconds and voila! You have the most gorgeous curls!
When I curl my hair with a regular curling iron, I’m lucky if the curl will last through that first day. When I use the Nume curling wand, my curls will easily last three days! It’s definitely an investment at $229, but I’ll be using this set for years. 
The Nume Classic Ionic Hair Dryer has changed my life.. No, really! Not only is it so funky looking (love my hot pink zebra print!) but it cut my dry time in just about half. I couldn’t believe how quickly it dried my hair the first time I used it! There’s nothing better than not having to spend forever drying your hair.. And this dryer makes that possible! It also is on the expensive side.. It’s on sale now for $179. I would pay every penny and more of that price for a hair dryer that cuts my dry time in half though.
I didn’t pay full price for either of my Nume hair styling tools because I bought an awesome deal through Lifebooker that was $10 for $120 gift certificate. So I got $120 off my curling wand (making it $119 before taxes & shipping) and also $120 off my hair dryer (making it only $69 before taxes & shipping) by using a gift certificate on each. Sadly, Lifebooker isn’t running this deal any longer.
BUT.. Groupon is actually running an amazing sale right now on Nume products- $15 for $120 gift certificate towards anything Nume! This is almost the same sale I got! You can get the code here for the Nume Groupon deal, however, it doesn’t say when the sale is over so I would take advantage of this deal right away so you don’t miss out.
I highly recommend all of the above styling tools. If you have any hair products you would like me to review for Hair Care Fridays, please leave your request in the comments section below. 
Have a gorgeous Friday! xo

Guest post & Smokey Eyes

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Today you can visit me over at The {colored} Married Life Blog and learn a little bit more about me! The blog author, Iris, is a super sweet girl with an adorable blog. Go check it out!
I’d like to introduce you to my very favorite eyeshadow palette, Urban Decay Naked 2.
I’m a browns and golds kinda girl when it comes to eyeshadows. To me, there’s nothing sexier than a golden smokey eye! Naked 2 is definitely my go-to eyeshadow palette. Here are a few photos of the palette and shades I found..

You can create so many amazing looks with this palette! You can go completely natural with it using only Foxy and Bootycall or make a gorgeous smokey eye with any of the colors. I love using Verve for a highlight on the brow bone and inner corners. Half Baked is the most beautiful shade of gold and Chopper is not far behind.
My favorite eyeshadow base/primer has always been MAC Paint Pot in Painterly. It’s a great natural colored base. It’s such a great color and consistency that I sometimes wear it as my eyeshadow! There are several different shades of paint pots and I love how easy they are to use. 
Below is a tutorial using this palette by one of my favorite beauty bloggers, Carli Bybel. The look she creates her is so gorgeous and easy to do!
Have a gorgeous day!

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leggings – forever 21 
tank – forever 21 
blazer – bebe (old) similar here 
heels – gojane on sale for $19! 
necklace – forever (old) similar here
bangles – stella & dot 
pinkie ring – topshop (old) similar here 
black ring – old similar here 
chain bracelet – stella & dot 
various bracelet set – charlotte russe (old) similar here and here
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