beauty

Take a Brow

Hello, loves!

Today, I’ll be offering a little step-by-step how-to (or brow-to…ugh, I instantly regret typing that) guide for how I get my eyebrows in tip-top shape!

A little disclaimer: I am by no means an expert in anything beauty-related — I try to be relatively low-maintenance with my beauty routine and typically opt for drugstore makeup over high-end.  But I know what works for me, and who knows?  Maybe it’ll work for you, too!

So, let’s get into it!

1. Tweeze

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I don’t have the time or money to get my eyebrows waxed or threaded in a salon, so I tackle them all by myself!  I pluck mine pretty often, as I like to keep up with them so they don’t get too unruly — I also think it’s less painful to do a little bit at a time!  I like to use these scissor-like tweezers from Revlon.  They are available with either flat or slanted “blades” (I prefer the flat ones!) and are super easy to use.  Make sure to pluck in between your eyebrows, as well as any stray hairs underneath, but never pluck above your brows.  Also, be sure you’re not over-plucking!

2. Tame

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Next, I apply a clear mascara (usually this one from Maybelline) to keep my brows neat.  No need for a lengthy explanation here — just glide the brush along your arches from the inside to the outer edge, making sure to account for your natural arch.  Tip: brush slightly downward from the height of your arch to the end of your brow to avoid getting a rounded or flat shape.

3. Fill

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I’m not a huge fan of filling in my brows with a pencil, as I think it can sometimes make them look overdone and artificial.  Instead, I opt for this brow powder from NYX.  They offer a limited variety of shades — I use #05 Brunette — but you should be able to find one that works for you!  The key is to go slightly darker than your natural hair color, but not too dark.  Using a small angled brush, I apply the lighter shade (right) on the entirety of my brows, then add the darker color (left) from the arch to the end, just for a little dimension.  I then brush through with an eyelash & brow brush, from the inner corner to the outer.

(Note: if you’re wondering what that off-white circle in the palette that I have ignored until now is, it’s eyebrow wax!  While I’m not super into the wax in this palette, it can be substituted for the clear mascara I use.  Just apply with a small angled brush before applying the powder!)

While this NYX palette comes with tiny applicator brushes, I use larger brushes, as I think they are easier to use and give better results.  I’ve been using these ones from e.l.f.  They’re great brushes, and inexpensive — I paid $4 for both!

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Here’s a close-up of the bristles (e.l.f. Small Angled brush, left, and e.l.f. Eyelash & Brow brush, right):

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And that’s it — my everyday brow routine!  Easy enough, right?!

I hope these tips help you keep your brows lookin’ lovely.  Have any additional advice for eyebrow maintenance?  Let me know in the comments!

XOXO,

Brenna

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Four For You!

Hello, loves!

Hope you are all enjoying the warmer weather and the summer vibes that come with it — I know I am!

Today, I have a fresh batch of Four For You.  Here are my latest faves!

1.  Milani Baked Blush in “Luminoso”

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I did it.  I finally gave in and tried the holy grail item that everyone raves about — and I loved it.  I’ll admit I was skeptical about this peachy blush, as I tend to gravitate towards cool tones for my makeup.  I kind of thought it would disappoint me.  But when I’m wrong, I say I’m wrong, and I was definitely wrong about Luminoso!  It gives me the perfect healthy glow and I can’t stop reaching for it.  If you haven’t tried it yet, don’t wait another minute!

2.  Kate Spade Passport Holder

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Okay, I’ll admit it — this summer is basically just one long countdown to my study abroad year in Ireland, beginning in August!  I am so hyped about it, and I cannot wait to go abroad.  This passport holder from my girl Kate will most likely be my favorite travel accessory.  I adore it, and am so excited to put it to good use!

3.  Urban Decay Naked 2 Eyeshadow Palette

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I have loved this palette since I received it as a Christmas gift, but I have been especially into it as of late!  I have found myself reaching for these shades on the daily to create a variety of natural looks.  The shadows are very versatile and can work with any skin tone or eye color.  My favorite shades?  “Bootycall” (third from left) and “YDK” (third from right).

4.  Lush Ocean Salt Self-Preserving Face and Body Scrub

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This thing is a little jar of magic.  Seriously, I am obsessed!  Real talk: I was a little panicked when I saw that I had accidentally picked up the self-preserving version of Lush’s bestseller, but I am so glad I did!  While it’s not as colorful and has finer salt crystals, I like it better than the original.  It’s a lot gentler and seems to make my skin smoother and brighter than it’s original counterpart — I swear it’s helped clear up breakouts, too!  It also still has the same yummy scent and is chock full of ingredients like lime, vodka (yes, really!), coconut, and avocado. Added bonus: it’s vegan!

There ya have it…four for you, Brenn Coco, you go, Brenn Coco!

XOXO,

Brenna

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The Need to Read

Hello, loves!

With summer comes a lot more free time, which for me means a lot more time spent reading!  While I love the occasional novel or two, I usually like to skim through articles on different blogs and online magazines.  You know I love sharing my favorite things with everyone, so — you guessed it — I’ve compiled a list of my favorite sites for you!  Here they are:

1. Twenty Something Living

This is one of my favorite blogs!  Obviously aimed at girls in their twenties, this blog’s got you covered when it comes to beauty, fashion, entertainment, health, and more.  New posts are uploaded regularly, and there’s always something interesting to gloss over!  Check it out!

2. The Lala

The Lala has great content, with tips and inspiration related to fashion, music, college, travel, food, and much more!  The site description asserts that “a true Lala girl oozes personality, owns her individuality, and gives a damn about the world around her.”  Um, sign me up!

3. Pink & Black

Pink & Black is an online magazine devoted to girls making the transition from carefree teenagers to independent, goal-oriented women.  But don’t let that fool you — the site still has a fun and fresh feel, with lots of interesting content!  See for yourself!

4. CHAARG

This is SUCH a feel-good blog!  Born out of the CHAARG college girls’ fitness program, this blog has a focus on physical and mental health and well-being.  It’s basically like a Pinterest board of positivity guaranteed to inspire you!  Take a look!

I hope you check out these blogs, and I hope you love them as much as I do!

XOXO,

Brenna

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advice

Tip Slip!

Hello, loves!

If you’re like me, you are currently (desperately!) looking to snag a job before the summer really gets rolling!  I’ve had a few interviews recently, so I thought I’d share some tips I’ve learned that might help you during your own interviews.  Here they are!

1. Research the Company

It is very important to be familiar with the company or organization you’re applying to work for.  Know a bit about their history and their goals — this is usually on their website, on a page titled something along the lines of “About Us”.  If your interviewer were to ask you “What do you think we do here?”, you should be able to answer them with confidence!  It sounds like an easy question, but it’s very easy to draw a blank when you’re put on the spot (it has happened to me).  Be prepared!

2. Ask Questions

Nine times out of ten, the interviewer’s last question will be “Do you have any questions?”.  DO NOT say no!  There is no way you know everything you need/want to know after they’re finished speaking, and saying “no” can make you seem apathetic.  I usually ask what they consider to be the most important quality for the holder of the vacant position to have, or what their favorite part of working for the company is, and those questions almost always receive positive feedback!

Of course, also ask questions about things you need clarified, or ask for more information if you need it.  Remember, you are essentially interviewing the company, too, in order to see if it would be a good fit for you!  Just make sure you’re not asking for information they have already given you.

3. Take Notes

Interviewers always take notes during interviews, but candidates rarely do.  This should change!  I recommend taking a planner or notebook with you and jotting down notes and key points during an interview.  It shows that you’re engaged and taking this seriously, and that you want to remember all the information the interviewer is giving you!  I do, however, recommend asking the interviewer if you taking notes is okay with them, as I think it’s a bit more polite.

4. Stand Out

Your interviewer will likely be meeting with a number of candidates, so you don’t want your interview to be forgettable!  The best way to stand out is to show a little bit of your personality.  Relax, smile, and have fun.  Obviously approach the interview with professionalism, but make sure the interviewer gets a sense of who you are as a person.  Being personable and comfortable with yourself goes a lot further than you think!  As long as you’re not being inappropriate and unprofessional, showing your personality in an interview will only help you.

5. Follow Up

This is important!  Within 24 hours, shoot an email to the person who interviewed you.  Be sure to thank them sincerely for taking the time to meet with you, and tell them you hope to hear from them soon.  Let them know how much you enjoyed speaking with them — bonus points if you can reference something they said and how it stuck with you!  This is just a courtesy more than anything, but it can really improve your chances of landing a position.  A little kindness goes a long way!

Alright, I know this was a more serious (and lengthy!) post, but it’s important.  Everyone will have interviews at some point, and it’s important to do all that you can to ace them!

I hope these tips help you land the job of your dreams!

XOXO,

Brenna

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music

Tre Songs

Hello, loves!

I have a roundup of Tre Songs for you to enjoy today.  Lend your ear to some of my latest favorites!

1. “Until We Get There” by Lucius

I first heard this song on an episode of New Girl (thanks, Netflix!) and I immediately looked it up.  I can’t get enough of it.  It has a chill but uplifting vibe and can instantly improve my mood.  Love!

2. “She Moves In Her Own Way” by The Kooks

Another feel good track!  While this song is almost a decade old (!!!) it’s still hip in my book.  I can literally play this song any time of day and jam out — it’s that good.

3. “Barcelona” by George Ezra

George Ezra is the man.  Seriously, his voice is unbelievable and his music has an authentic and original vibe.  This song is one of my favorites off his album…well done, George.  So well done.

End of roundup…open Spotify & enjoy!

XOXO,

Brenna

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Four For You!

Hello, loves!

I am (finally!) sharing another round of Four For You today!  Have a look at my latest faves!

1. Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray

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My prayers have been answered!  I have been blessed/cursed with the straightest hair.  It’s great when I want a sleek style, but when I want a little texture, my hair sometimes won’t have it.  This spray has been a game-changer!  I’ve found it works best for me when I wash my hair at night, spritz this throughout my damp or dry hair, and braid it.  I’ll wake up, take the braid out, spritz a bit more, and style it with my fingers.  Ta-da!  Perfect beach waves.

2. Real Techniques Bold Metals Brushes 

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Okay, someone pinch me.  I have been long overdue for some new face brushes but could not find any that seemed worthy — until I stumbled upon these in Ulta!  I went for the Arched Powder (#100) and the Tapered Blush (#300) brushes and I am in love.  Not only are they excellent brushes, they’re totally glam, too.

3. Rimmel Stay Matte Primer

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This has been my go-to primer for a while now, but I’ve just started to really appreciate it (better late than never!).  Seriously, I love this primer.  It helps my makeup last all day, keeps me matte as promised, and most importantly, doesn’t give my face that slimy feeling other primers do.  So, I guess what I’m trying to say is thanks, Rimmel Stay Matte.  You’re a true homie.

4. Essie’s “Play Date” Nail Color

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I love a good Essie.  This purple color is a fun way to incorporate my favorite color into my beauty routine!  It’s one of my absolute favorites for the spring & summer months.

There you go…four for you, Brenn Coco, you go, Brenn Coco!

XOXO,

Brenna

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Sunnies Side Up

Hello, loves!

Today I’m sharing my top picks for one of my favorite accessories — sunnies!  As someone with eyes that are ultra sensitive to sunlight, I know the importance of picking the perfect shades to protect my eyes and keep me lookin’ fresh.  Here are a few pairs that I’ve been lusting after!

Quay Fleur Round Cat-Eye Sunglasses

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I adore these statement shades from Quay!  The metal geometric cut-outs are unique and fun without being too over the top.  I personally love them in black, but they also come in gold if you’re looking for a bit of shine!  Buy them here at Urban Outfitters.

Zara Striped Sunglasses

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While I usually go for classic black frames, I’ve been on the hunt for some patterned sunglasses to spice it up.  These striped ones from Zara definitely caught my eye.  The black and white pattern is versatile and fun!  Snag them here.

Forever 21 Oversized Round Sunglasses

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I have wanted to try round-framed sunnies for a while now, but always back out at the last minute!  This pair from Forever 21, however, just might be the one to break the cycle.  They’re simple and chic, and only $5.90 — I’m sold!  Pick them up here.

Steve Madden S5575 Sunglasses

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Tortoiseshell is one of the most iconic and timeless prints when it comes to sunglasses, which means it can be hard to make your turtle-y shades stand out.  Luckily, Steve Madden knows how to help a trendsetter out — these tortoiseshell shades are basically ombré, so they’ll make a statement for sure.  Grab a pair here.

I hope you love love love these shades as much as I do!  Now snag one of these pairs, or use them as inspiration to discover your own signature shades for the summer — happy shopping!

XOXO,

Brenna

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