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| Eyebrow Do's & Don'ts | Beginners Eyebrow Tips for Natural Looking Brows |





Before getting into makeup, I had no idea my eyebrows would be so important to me. I used to never do them, and now even if I'm not wearing any makeup, I always have to do them! I really feel like they make my face look so much more complete, if that makes any sense. 

Anyway, through some serious trial and error, I think I've finally gotten the hang of doing my brows. It took a lot of horrible and hilarious mistakes, but you have to fail a few times before you can master something. I'm in no way an expert, but I'm getting there!

I figured I'd put together a list of some eyebrow do's and don'ts to help others avoid the mistakes I made!

Here are my tips for natural looking brows:


Don't brush your eyebrow hairs down

Even if your hairs naturally grow downwards, don't do this. When you brush the hairs down, it brings your whole eyebrow down.

Do brush your eyebrow hairs up

When brushing your eyebrow hair, do so in an upwards motion. It lifts the hairs and makes your eye area appear bigger and brighter!

Don't use a color that is too dark or too light for your eyebrows

Finding the right color for your eyebrows can be a little tricky, trust me I know. I went through blondes and light browns before realizing my perfect shade was taupe. 

Do use the correct color for your brows

Although it may be hard to find the perfect match for your brows, it makes all the difference when it comes to creating natural looking brows. 

Don't draw your brows on with straight lines

It may seem easier to just draw a straight line when doing your brows and although you'll be saving time, your brows will actually end up looking too harsh. 

Do feather in the product

If you carefully feather in the product you'll for sure be spending a little more time doing your brows. However your brows will appear much more natural than if you just drew a straight line across. 

Don't use a heavy hand when applying product

This is an easy mistake to make when using a pomade, but you never want to do your brows using a heavy hand. This will make your brows look harsh and blocky.

Do use a light hand

When you use a light hand you'll have better control of how much product you're applying. Your brows will look much more natural if you use light strokes and if you go in the direction towards your ears.

Don't square off your brows in the front

This just makes your brows look big, blocky, and fake. Your natural brows aren't squared off in the front, so when you do them you shouldn't square them off.

Do go really light in the front

If you notice, you actually have less hairs in the front of your brows than you do throughout the rest of them. When you do the front, you should do light strokes going up to create the most natural looking brows.

Don't drag your brows down at the ends

When you get to the ends of your brows, you may want to extend them a bit. Don't drag your brows down though, this just brings the whole brow down which could make your brows and eyes appear more droopy.

Do extend your brows in the natural direction they go

When you go to extend your brows, just extend them a little going more straight out. This way you don't bring down your whole eye look.





Remember I'm not telling anyone that the way they do their makeup is right or wrong. I'm just providing some helpful tips for making your brows look natural. You can do your makeup however you choose to, it is a creative outlet used to express yourself, you're allowed to do whatever you want with it.❤

I hope you enjoyed my eyebrow do's and don'ts! Do you have any tips for doing your eyebrows? Let me know in the comments!

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| May Birchbox |



There is something so exciting about subscription boxes arriving in the mail. You know they're coming, but it's always a fun surprise when you get to open them up and see what's inside! My May Birchbox has arrived and I'm super excited to see what's inside!

For those of you who don't know what Birchbox is, it's a monthly subscription box that features makeup, skincare, and beauty products. Each month you receive 5 samples that are curated to your needs and preferences. The best part is, it only costs $10 a month!

If you would like to subscribe to Birchbox, just click this link:
https://www.birchbox.com/invite/alexandraquinlann


Now let's see what I got!




Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle 

When my hair was longer I would have killed for a good hair detangler. This one smells amazing and looks promising so I'm going to save it for when my hair gets a little bit longer, no need to detangle when my hair is this short! 

COOLA Mineral SPF 30 Daydream Makeup Primer

I'm always looking for new primers and this one sounds pretty nice. Its also SPF 30, which is super important especially with summer coming up! I can't wait to try this primer out!

Etat Libre d'Orange You or Someone Like You 

I actually really like the smell of this perfume. It smells so fresh and cool! I'm seriously considering buying the full size!

The Beauty Crop Fabulous Flocking Lashes Mascara

I think this mascara might be full-size which is so exciting! The packaging is also so adorable, it's pink with flamingos all over it! I love trying out new mascaras and I can't wait to see how this one works!

Whish Firming Body Cream

Body creams are always cool to get and this one sounds great! It's supposed to diminish the appearance of blemishes and scars and it smells really good. I can't wait to start using this!


That's everything I got in my May Birchbox! I'm really happy with all of the products I received this month and I can't wait to start using them and trying them out!

I'm thinking of subscribing to other beauty boxes! What are some of your favorites? Leave me your recommendations in the comments!


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| This Time Next Year Tag |





Hey ya'll! I was tagged by one of my favorite bloggers, Jen over at BeautyLifeMom to do the "This Time Next Year" post! I'm beyond thrilled that I was tagged to do this post! I love posts like these because it gives me an opportunity to set some goals for myself and reevaluate certain things in my life! Goals are important because they can help you accomplish things and they help keep you on track, which I clearly need to be, Jen tagged me back in March and I've finally got around to doing this now! 


Here are the rules of this tag post:

1. Thank the person who tagged you
2. Set yourself goals for the next year
3. Write about how you'll achieve these goals
4. Tag at least 5 of your blogger friends to do this post
5. In 365 days, write a post reflecting on your goals & what you achieved!


So first things first, thank you Jen for tagging me! I'm so excited to set some goals for myself!

My Goals:

1. Be more organized

I try really hard to be organized but to be quite honest with you, I don't have my shit together at all! I really want to become more organized with everything; my apartment, my blog, my life in general. The more organized I am, the easier it will be to keep track of everything. I find myself constantly searching for things, and I'm always rushing to complete stuff because I'm so disorganized. 

To accomplish this goal I'm going to first clean, declutter, and organize everything I have. I'm also going to start planning everything such as my blog posts, social media content, general ideas, and maybe even start using a planner for my day-to-day life, that way I get everything done and I never miss out on anything! 

2. Buy a new car

Well, actually save up to buy a new car first, then buy a new car! The car I'm currently driving has tons of problems and honestly, it's probably not going to last me much longer. I really want to buy a newer car but I'm going to have to save up some money first!

To accomplish this goal I'm going to cut back on unnecessary expenses, like take-out and spontaneous shopping sprees. I'm also going to save a set amount of money every time I get my paycheck that way I'll have money to buy myself a new car! 

The car I have my eyes on is a Subaru WRX!

3. Take better care of myself

I force myself to stay up late and wake up early to get stuff done, but I'm doing my body harm by not getting enough sleep. I also don't eat very well, I'm a junk food lover but I really need to start eating healthier. 
I also need to look after my mental health more. I struggle with anxiety and depression, and sometimes I'm too hard on myself. I really need to practice more mindfulness and I certainly need to start giving myself a break more often. 

I'm going to start allowing myself to get more sleep and I'm going to start trying to eat better, as hard as that may be. I'm also not going to get upset with myself if I have a rough day and I'm going to try to stop letting one small panic attack set me back for a week. 

This will definitely be the hardest goal for me to accomplish but it's the most important, and I'm going to try really hard to focus on this one.

Those are my goals for the next year! I'm going to try as hard as I can to accomplish these goals and I can't wait to share with you my progress with each of them!

Here are the amazing bloggers I'm tagging to do this post! No stress ladies if you don't want to do it! 

1. Ashley Simmons from piecesofashley.blogspot.com
2. Megan Anne from lovemegananne.com 
3. Natalie C Benton from gorgeousandgeeky.wordpress.com
4. Melina from ivefoundwaldo.com
5. Desire Chanteuse from desirechanteuse.com

And of course, anyone else who would like to to this post! Make sure you tag me so I can check it out!


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| April Favorites |



For whatever reason April went by really fast, and I cannot believe it's May! I'm excited for beautiful weather and I'm even more excited for my One Year Blog Anniversary at the end of this month! 

As with every month, I'm sharing with you the products I've used and loved throughout the month! I tried out lots of new products and I've fallen in love with a few! 

Here's my April Favorites!





Favorite Skincare Product: Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque

This stuff is absolutely amazing! I have crazy sensitive skin so I never really know how my skin is going to react to a product, but this stuff never irritates me! It's made with Amazonian white clay and it deep cleans to remove impurities. You just put it on your face for 10 minutes and remove with warm water. I really like this stuff because you can actually feel how clean your face is after using it!

Favorite Lip Product: L.A. Colors Matte Liquid Lip Color in Fierce and Suede

I actually swatched and tested these liquid lipsticks on my Snapchat last week and I was pretty impressed with them. I picked these up for only $2 each, yes $2! The application was the only thing I wasn't super happy about with these lipsticks, however, the color and wear were both incredible! I'm in love with the shade "Suede", which is a really pretty light nude brown color. I totally scored with these!

Favorite Eye Product: Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eyeliner in Deep Purple

Now I don't wear purple eyeliner everyday, in fact I rarely ever wear it, but this eyeliner is amazing! It goes on really smoothly and when I do use it, I always get the perfect wing with it. I would love to get this eyeliner in black because then I could use it everyday! 

Favorite Face Product: L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation

This foundation might officially be my new favorite drugstore foundation. I love how my face looks whenever I use it, it always gives that perfect matte finish! It also lasts all day, never oxidizes, and it blends great!

Favorite Hair Product: Phyto Paris Botanical Straightening Balm

This stuff always makes my hair look so good, like I just left the hair salon. You just put some in damp hair, distribute throughout with either a comb or your fingers, and blow dry. It makes my hair look straight but also voluminous and it keeps it frizz-free!

Songs I've Had On Repeat This Month:

It Ain't Me - Kygo (Feat. Selena Gomez)

Despacito - Luis Fonsi (Feat. Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber)

Also, I've been listening to Frank Sinatra non-stop this month!


That's everything I've been loving this April! What are your favorite products this month? I'd love to hear! Drop me a comment! 

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| How to Use Twitter To Promote Your Blog | Twitter Tips |



Twitter was the first social media platform I started using when I first created my blog. It's the best platform to post direct links to your blog posts and it's, in my opinion, the easiest social media platform to meet other bloggers and make new friends! However, in order to get the most out of your Twitter account to insure you're getting your content not only out there on the internet, but also seen by many people, you need to make sure you're using it right! 

I'll also be doing a post like this for Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook so stay tuned!

Here are a few tips to help promote your blog on Twitter!

Follow other bloggers

Sounds pretty obvious, right? Whatever your "niche" is, follow other bloggers who have the same one, follow other people who have the same interest even if they don't have a blog, and follow brands and companies that specialize in what you write about. 

Following other people on twitter is the easiest way to gain more followers. Just be wary of the "follow-to-unfollow" game that goes around almost every single social media platform. People will follow you, so that they'll gain a follow in return, only to unfollow you immediately. Don't play the "follow-to-unfollow" game, people know and you will start to lose followers as well as fellow bloggers' trust. You're allowed to unfollow accounts that you're not interested in, I do it all the time. Just don't follow people to gain a following and then unfollow them once they follow you back, that crap is rude. 

Make friends!

The "blogosphere" is surprisingly a very friendly and supportive place. Don't ever be afraid to say "hi" to other bloggers or comment on their posts! I've made friends with plenty of bloggers this way and we all support each other! 

It may feel like blogging is a competition, but it's not. I've found that the more I support other bloggers, the more they, and others, support me. It's also a good idea to make friends with other bloggers in case you have any questions or need help with anything! 

Remember: "We rise by lifting others".

Interaction & Engagement

Having a high follower count is cool and all, but do you wanna know what's even cooler? Having less followers, but followers that constantly engage and interact with you! I've seen blog accounts with 10,000 followers but maybe 1-2 likes and retweets per tweet and I've seen accounts with less than 1,000 with 3 times the engagement. Now which do you think is better?

You also need to make sure you're interacting with other bloggers on their tweets! Leave a comment, retweet something, give it a like! If someone comments on one of your tweets make sure you reply back. 

Brands love people with a big following, but they love people with a following that's consistently interacting and engaging even more!

Hashtags

Hashtags exist for a reason, use them! Just make sure you're using the right ones. I usually use #bbloggers and #bloggers in all of my tweets. I'll also use #makeup, #beauty, #motd, etc. Just use hashtags that are related to what you're posting.
I heard once that the amount of hashtags you use do matter, so I try to only use three in each post. That way my tweet is getting more exposure but I'm also not coming off too spammy.

Scheduled Tweets

This is something I have yet to do, so I don't have a ton of information about it, but it's highly recommended and I'm planning on starting to schedule my tweets soon. 

Here's the basics. The average lifespan of a tweet is less than 20 minutes, that means the chances of somebody stumbling upon your content decreases greatly after 20 minutes. Now you obviously can't be tweeting something out every 20 minutes, you might not even be able to tweet every hour, especially when you're sleeping or you're at work. That's why scheduling tweets is so important. It allows you to constantly share your content without having to actually physically do it.

There's plenty of apps to choose from for scheduling tweets like Hootsuite and Buffer. Find one that you like and start scheduling those tweets!

NO AUTO DMS!

There is nothing worse than automatic direct messages asking you to read a blog/follow on social media/subscribe to a YouTube channel. They're honestly so tacky, so annoying, and I don't think anyone actually clicks on the links provided in them. I know I sound like a mega bitch here, but this seems to be the popular opinion among other bloggers as well.

There's nothing wrong with promoting yourself, that's why you created a Twitter account in the first place, but if you want to message someone with your links, do it personally. You'll come off less spammy and more like you're actually excited about having a new follower. 




Those are a few of my tips for using Twitter to promote your blog! Now, I'm in no way a social media marketing expert, but I've been using my Twitter account to promote my blog for almost a year now and my stats are increasing, so I figured I'd share with you some of my tips to get the most out of your Twitter account.

Do you have any Twitter tips? Leave them in the comments!

And of course, follow me on Twitter! (I obviously had to promote my own account at the end of this post lol.)  https://twitter.com/heyitsaliquinn :)


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| My Favorite Face Products Under $10 | Best Affordable Face Products




Creating the perfect flawless face look with makeup shouldn't and doesn't need to be expensive! Some of my favorite face products are ones you can find at the drugstore and for less than $10! In this post I'm going to share with you my favorite affordable face products.




Wet n Wild PhotoFocus Foundation: $5.99

I was skeptical trying this foundation out but it's actually one of the best drugstore foundations I've ever used. The smell is horrible but that's easy to get past because everything else about this foundation is amazing.
Wet n Wild has really been stepping up their game!

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation: $5.99

This is my go-to drugstore foundation and has been for about a year now. I love a matte finish because of my oily skin and this one is definitely one of the best drugstore matte foundations out there. The coverage is amazing, it lasts all day, and it doesn't oxidize. It also gives off the perfect matte finish and never appears cakey.

CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous Concealer: $5.99

I always hear mixed opinions about this concealer but, I personally love it. It never creases, it blends out nicely and it does a great job at hiding under eye darkness and circles.

Wet n Wild Contour Makeup Stick: $3.99

This contour stick is my favorite new Wet n Wild product! I use it every single day when I contour. The color is a great match for my skin tone and it blends so perfectly. My favorite thing about it is how easy it is to use. I feel like all I have to do is draw on my face and I have a perfect contour!

e.l.f. Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder: $4.00

e.l.f. is one of my favorite affordable brands, they're consistently releasing amazing products that don't cost a lot. This contouring blush and bronzing powder duo in St. Lucia is so good. The blush is a super pretty, light pink color and the bronzing powder is a perfect cool-toned shade to use for contour. 




Those are 5 of my favorite face products under $10! What are your favorite affordable face products? I'm always looking for new recommendations, so let me know in the comments!


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| My Favorite Things To Do In The Spring! |





I love the spring! It's definitely the season with the best weather. I really love how everything starts looking pretty again and the feeling of being able to go outside without freezing my butt off is so amazing! I feel like I come out of some kind of hibernation in the spring and I start to actually do things again. 
In the spring I spend a lot of my time outside enjoying the beautiful weather. In this post I'm sharing with you some of my favorite outdoor springtime activities! 


Geocaching

Honestly, I can go geocaching every single day. If you don't know what it is, it's an activity where you use GPS to find caches, which are usually some sort of container with a log book and random items inside, hidden all around the world. There's tons of apps you can download on your phone so you can play.
I love looking for caches in the woods and on long hiking trails, but you can even find them in more residential areas, you might even be able to find one on your own street!
My favorite thing about geocaching is that you're getting an awesome outdoor workout and having fun at the same time! If you want to learn more, visit the official geocaching website linked here.

Hiking

There's not many things I like more than going on a long hike! Luckily, there are so many different places close to me that I can hike. This is a great springtime activity because the weather is perfect. It's not cold anymore, and it's not too hot out yet. 

Spontaneous Trips To NYC

One of the best things about living on Long Island, is how fast I can get to the city. I live within walking distance to the train station, so I can just hop a train whenever and be in the city in less than two hours!
I love the city every time of the year, but it's perfect in the spring. The weather is great for walking around, and the parks look beautiful with all the flowers and trees blooming. I don't even need to really have something to do there, I'll find something to do there!




Outdoor Workouts

I've been really stepping up my work out game lately. Exercising is great for the body and the mind and I've finally found a good routine that's easy to stick to. I really like working out outside though, there's just something about the fresh air and openness. The spring is the best time to do this because the weather is perfect! It just feels so refreshing to be able to go on a run or walk outside after being trapped in due to the cold winter weather. 


Go To The Beach

Now obviously the beach is better in the summer, but have you ever gone to the beach in the springtime? It's not crowded, it's not too hot yet, the breeze feels amazing, I could really go on forever. I love going to just walk around or chill out for a little, it's very calming and relaxing.


Those are a few of my favorite outdoor springtime activities. What are your favorite things to do in the spring? I'd love to hear! Let me know in the comments!


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