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Storing False Lashes For Travel & Reuse

14 Jun

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I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect container to store false lashes I wanted to reuse, as well as something that could hold a lot of lashes for travel, since I’m always flying out of the country. . .

I FOUND IT! I Found it!

The perfect plastic container that can easily fit in a large makeup bag, or even in your purse, and can hold 10 or more pairs of lashes PLUS it even has a compartment for holding lash glue! And I managed to squeeze a second Clear lash Glue bottle in there for individuals. The compartments are even 4 slots wide enough to hold the longer strips of lashes, and then there are a 6 smaller slots to store regulars and halfsies.

I found these re-useable plastic containers in the Nail section at Rite Aid (Walgreens, Walmart, Target, CVS, and other pharmacy/beauty supplies will probably have them too!) This one pictured is by KISS NAILS, and it originally comes stocked with glue on nails and nail glue.

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I took all the nails and nail glue out and I am now just using the perfect little container to store my lash strips. There was one by Nailene Nails there as well, but it didn’t have the big slot at the top to store the lash glue tube. . . but it can hold more lashes if that’s what you prefer. So I got the container with nails and glue included for only about $6.00 total. I actually used the nails that came with it too, so they didn’t go to waste, but if you don’t need them, and just need the container, it’s so cheap it’s worth it.

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I fit about 15 pairs of lashes inside. I had 5 pairs of Whispies style lashes, that I stacked together.  (So the really thick looking ones you see in the container are actually 5 pairs of the right side, and 5 pairs of the left side stacked on top of each other gently).

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You can use a label maker if you are really organized to even label your lashes if you wanted to.

Hope this little Beauty Organizing Tip by Sunset Blonde helps you out! It is a great idea also for Pro-Makeup Artists on the go!

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Love,

Sunset Blonde

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Obsessed! My New Monda Studio LED Makeup Case

4 Mar

Obsessed! My New Monda Studio LED Makeup Case

I attended this year’s The Makeup Show LA, and fell in LoVe! This year was my second year attending, so I knew what to expect and came prepared. What I wasn’t prepared for, was my newest obsession, the Monda Studio LED Makeup Case that I bought for a STEAL at the show!! The glistening bright lights that rim the mirror in the top of the case called to me as I walked by them in the Nigel’s booth, and I couldn’t help but stare in awe of this beautiful invention. I had seen lighted makeup cased before, but they were huge, had actual lightbulbs and were over $1000. The price tag was so reasonable on these cases, and the size was absolutely perfect. I first decided that I would get the smallest size, but at the last minute changed my mind to get the medium sized one.

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The cases when I first spotted them and fell in love at The Makeup Show LA

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The MSC-810 LED Lighted Mirror Make Up Station is the one I purchased. I comes on wheels, and has a handle to pull like a suitcase when it is closed and upright. It’s a little on the heavy side, but because it’s on wheels it’s manageable.

The best part, for me, are the lights! They work really well and are LED lights, which last a really long time 30-50,000 hours, you don’t need to replace them, and you can even brighten or dim them for the proper lighting effect! These lights also emit a minimal amount of heat and save 80% of the energy that incandescent lights use  It plugs into an outlet, and just press the button to turn them on, and you are ready to go!

For professional makeup artists, this is a great way to get better lighting on the go, and for personal use, the smaller sized ones are perfect for your own personal vanity!

 It comes in 3 Sizes! (mine is the medium size.)

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It’s dimensions are 12.5x19x9.5″

The mirror is 18×11.5″

Sides inside: 12x3x3.5″

Drawers: 11×5.5×1″

Inside Compartment: 10.5x11x2″

Drawers open to 23.5″ wide

Weight: 15 lbs-so as you can see it’s a bit heavy.

It has adjustable storage dividers, and has locks & keys to lock it for security.

I love my new Monda and can’t wait to use it soon!

You can but them here at https://www.nigelbeauty.com/t-mondaled.aspx or you can find them through google for cheaper (like on amazon)!

Love,

Sunset Blonde

Makeup Vanity

7 Feb

For you girls that want a vanity, Pier One sells this mirrored one.

So classy! I’d buy it if I didn’t already have one. . .

If you don’t want to spend the extra $149 for the mirrored part that sits on top of the desk, you can always just use another mirror and attach it to the wall instead.

www.pier1.com – check the website for more information

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If you already have this one, or have another cute vanity set up, send me a photo of it to sunsetblnd@gmail.com and I will repost it below in this post.

Share your cute vanity areas to give girls inspiration!

Here’s one from Lindsey Hughes:

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Here’s another one for inspiration that I found on google that I just Love!!!

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Love,

Sunset Blonde

Less Is More & Buy It Once, Buy It Right

7 Feb

Sometimes good things happen on Instagram

I just wanted to share this recent Instagram post that I did. I got a few great comments and what I think is some great information & answers to questions that girls asked me. I wanted to share it with you all in case you missed it on my Instagram. (Thanks to all the girls for their input and comments!)

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Follow me on instagram at @sunsetblonde

So I will start by letting you guys know why I did this post, 2 days ago reorganized my clothing closet and got rid of a bunch of clothes I haven’t worn in the last month. I try to go through my closet often and simplify it, getting rid of the items that I haven’t worn recently, or just realize that I don’t really like anymore. I tend to give things away to friends, neighbors, the cleaning lady, or sometimes goodwill, really anyone that wants it. . .I like knowing that my old things get a new life with someone else. I also go through my shoe closet and I used to have a ton of shoes, the whole thing was filled from ceiling to floor with shoes. A few months ago, I decided that when I comes to my complete wardrobe, Less is More! So, now I really only have about half of the shoes that I used to have, and I really love and wear all of the shoes that are in my closet. I took a photo today of some of my favorite pairs, lined up all pretty on the shelves and wrote a simple caption below it briefly stating some of my favorite wardrobe advice that has helped me a lot.

HERE IS THE POST:

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“My best fashion advice, and what I have learned over the last year…. Less is more & buy it once, buy it right. Of course trends are always changing, and nothing lasts forever, but when it comes to your wardrobe, it’s better to have less clothes that you will wear more. And if you are going to buy something, don’t buy 10 of the same thing. Its better to spend a little more and get a good quality one, one that you LOVE, one that fits, & looks amazing on you. Also, alterations are super important, find a good tailor that can make that dress fit you perfectly, so that you will actually wear it. If you have nothing to wear & lots of clothes, get rid of all the ones you don’t like, are outdated, don’t fit, etc. What u have left are the items that you actually wear. It is easier to see what you have when it’s not cluttered by all the items that you don’t wear. Don’t hold on to clothes you don’t wear! Don’t forget to keep your closet organized & items in sight so that you know what you have. ***Girls, please feel free to add to this post with your fashion opinions and advice!”

COMMENTS & MY REPLYS:

  • northernvagirl: Love the advice! Best part is how you suggest getting things altered to fit perfectly !

  • sunsetblonde: @northernvagirl thanks! I get dresses altered all the time. Altering an item is usually the difference between whether you wear it or not. Clothes need to fit right and be flattering. Sometimes I may like a dress but it’s too big, or the hemline isn’t right. Also, buying something cheap, and getting it altered to fit you perfectly makes it look expensive! *** but can save you hundreds!!! Alterations are not very expensive, and are worth it if you will wear it.

  • lexus9090: @sunsetblonde I’ve been dying to splurge on a pair of loubs. What style do you recommended? All the ones I’ve worn are uncomfortable

  • sunsetblonde: @lexus9090 as pretty as they are, if the don’t fit right you will never wear them. Loubs run narrow and small. I can’t even fit my feet into most of them, so you won’t likely find me wearing them. Try for a more strappy pair, or a slingback style if you don’t find the pumps comfortable. But to be honest, just because they are expensive doesn’t make them comfortable. I love YSL pumps as an alternative to a louboutin pump if you want to splurge. You can also find a trusted shoe repair to alter or stretch them a little. . . Sometimes that helps, but not always.

  • alessiademaria: In looking to purchase a really good pair of basic black heels, I’ve looked at Louboutins and YSL what would you suggest? @sunsetblonde 🙂
  • lexus9090: @sunsetblonde thanks girl! I appreciate it! I will def be looking into the YSL pumps! xx3h
  • sunsetblonde: @alessiademaria both designers make some beautiful basic black pumps. If you can fit into and wear a louboutin, I would buy those, they are classic, and highly recognizable. They won’t go out of style anytime soon! (Like I mentioned above,) loubs are too narrow for my feet and I can’t wear them, so I chose YSLs over loub personally, plus I like the shape of the YSLs a little better. Hope this helps, just make sure you really try them on and they don’t kill your feet. Otherwise they will just be nice to look at. Lol. *** for the girls that can’t spend big $$ and want the same look as the YSLs, try Pour Le Victore pumps in styles “irina or Zimmer”. I also have a few of them and I love them, a beautiful pump, comfortable and way cheaper than the Tribtoo
  • ecuadoll: @sunsetblonde I was browsing your blog I love it! Love the beauty tips & loved the helicopter post! Xo
  • sunsetblonde: @ecuadoll thank you!
  • alessiademaria: Yeah I’ve heard they are narrow and I have a wide foot, so I think I need to try them on to see. Yeah I don’t want to buy them and then they hurt. Are the YSL’s comfortable because I really do like the shape of them. And plus they’re going to be for my 18th birthday 🙂 so I’m just doing my research! The YSL’s would be so much easier to buy in America in Australia there’s not really anywhere so it’s a bit unfortunate.
  • shopwithjenna: I prefer to buy expensive accessories and shoes vs clothing. Clothes change every season! Great advice Rachel hope you are well! Xo
  • evelynkrupa: I love the look of louboutin, own 2 pairs, lady peep and highness, both equally uncomfortable but I don’t go to a marathons in them. I would not buy more, two classics in two basic colors is just enough, and they are good investment, after you get bored with them you can sell them on eBay for almost the same amount you bought them!
  • sunsetblonde: @shopwithjenna <<<<——–FOLLOW HER! She has amazing style and a beautiful closet. Thanks for the comment Jenna, I totally agree with you. You do it right!
  • sunsetblonde: @alessiademaria I wouldn’t say they are comfortable, but they fit my wider feet better than loubs. I can wear them for an evening out, but not all day. I also wear them in 1/2 a size up. Normally I’m a 7.5 but I buy them in an 8/38. ** always try things on, shoes & clothes always need to be tried on to make sure the flatter, fit, and are comfortable.
  • lisavizcarra: @Sunsetblonde Great advice! Thanks!
  • alessiademaria: Aw thank you @sunsetblonde for the great advice! I’m definitely going to have to try them on!!
  • shopwithjenna: Thanks for the shout out babe! Hope all is well with the wedding planning!
  • constanze_schmuckstueck: True!!

Love,

Sunset Blonde

NEATNIX TOOL BOX

31 Oct

I love organizing.

I love the way it looks when things are neat and organized.

Although, I must admit, I’ve never been good at it, and I’m especially bad at maintaining organization. I’ve been trying really hard to self-teach myself how to be more organized this past year. It’s working, I am so much more organized than I have ever been.  One of the things that has really helped me is learning to use tools/organizing products to help me stay organized and to find a “place for everything.”

Last night I was working at Fairy Studios, and as a Thank You, Katerina Van Derham gave me a Tool Box from a company called NEATNIX. This tool box is really a great size, and I’m excited to use it to organize some things in my own makeup studio! She knows that I’m really into organizing, and this was a great gift! I checked out the neatnix.com website and discovered that they have many other different types of organizing products that are not only practical, but they have great colors and designs!

Their products are also reasonable priced, and if something helps you to stay organized, I think it is worth a little extra $. The Tool Box that I have is $37.50, and it is well made, and durable. It has to large compartments, a top handle that makes it easily portable,  3 small velcro pockets, and 8 slots.

I can’t wait to use it to organize my stuff! Stay tuned for more photos of how I use it to organize!

 

Love,

Sunset Blonde

Bra Care & Washing in the Washing Machine

16 Oct

I love my bras. They can be expensive, and I like them to last a long time. Hand washing them is a great way to care for them. But I don’t like to take the time to hand wash them, plus I have a lot of them.

I like to have lots of them so that I don’t have to wash them all the time. But, when the laundry piles up, there is a special way that I wash them in order to keep their shape, protect them from getting tangled and ruined. I don’t have the patience to hand wash them, so instead I wash them in the washing machine and hang them to dry. I DON’T suggest ever just throwing them in the washer!!!

Here is how to wash your bras in the washing machine:

1. Clip the backs/or fronts closed. This prevents the little hooks to get stuck on anything. In the washer, those hooks will cause them to get all twisted, snagged, and can ruin your bras.

2. Stack them with like-colored bras. Separate and pair lights, darks, colors.

3. Place them inside lingerie bags and zipper closed. These lingerie bags are a MUST for laundry. They come in handy not only when washing bras, but any delicate item. I use it to wash delicate sweaters, dresses, tops, anything that says “hand wash” is usually pretty safe in one of these bags. I’ve never had something come out ruined.

I have several, they usually come in packs of 2 or 3.

4. Wash on a delicate cycle. I usually wash it in warm or cold water. I prefer warm to really get dirt out.

5. Hang dry. Use a door knob, hanger, or clothes drying rack to hang dry your bras.

Nothing lasts forever, but learning to take care of your things, makes them last longer…

 

Love,

Sunset Blonde

Sunset Blonde’s How to Pack

20 Aug

I know there are tons of different strategies, tips and tricks for packing, and I’m always trying to discover new ways of making packing for a trip out of town easier. It always seems like I bring too much, or too little, or I forget something. The thing about going on a trip, especially for females, is you never quite know just what you might need.

What makes this post different than others? I’m packing for 2 different climates/locations in 1 suitcase. HOW TO PACK FOR 2 Climates!

Recently, I have been doing a lot of research to possibly discover new packing ideas. Why? Because packing for 1 location is hard enough, but this time I was packing for 2 different locations/climates over a 2 1/2 week trip. Which means I need a LOT of different things. One hot location (Greece) and one cooler location (Norway). Packing for 2 locations can get pretty complicated, and you could end up packing way more than you need.  I wanted to pack only 1 suitcase, plus 1 carry on bag. I’ve over packed many times, and so this time I was determined to try and make it as simple as possible.

In my carry on bag, I put my purse, my jewelery holder, my digital camera, a scarf & jacket, toiletries and makeup for freshening up on the long plane flight, cell phone charger, my laptop, and a few other things that I wanted with me on the airplane.

In my large suitcase I packed my clothes, shoes, flat iron, and other toiletries, and and extra empty fold up bag.

Let me explain our 2 locations: We flew to Norway from California, stayed for 24 hours at our home in Norway, dropping off our “Norway Luggage” and then left for Greece the next day, for 5 days. We will then return to Norway where we will stay for another week and a half.

So, How did I pack for this trip you wonder?

Here’s How:

My strategy was to simply use 1 gallon plastic freezer Slider bags with Smart Zip to pack everything in. The ones I used were Hefty Brand, but any brand will do.  I put like items together, for example, all my tank tops in one bag, my casual tops in another bag, my bikinis in another bag. . . After putting the items in the bag, I squeezed all of the air out, and sealed it closed. I then labeled it “Greece,” “Norway” or “Both” and then I labeled what items were inside of the bag. (see photos below**) I know this might sound tedious and kind of OCD, but I’m sooo not an organized person, and this wasn’t so bad to do. It actually really helped me.

When I arrived in Norway, I emptied the contents of my rolling carry on bag, into another bag that I had (empty, folded up in my large suitcase.)

Then, from my large suitcase  I took all the bags labeled “Greece/Both” and packed them inside my rolling carry on bag. I checked this bag on my flight to Greece, which was much smaller than my large suitcase.

Here’s what my Greece packing looked like:

Before (everything all packed up in bags) and after (everything unpacked and laid out on the bed)

My small Carry-on rollerbag

What everything looks like packed into the suitcase.

Everything packed into Zip Lock Bags. **

Labeled- “Greece-Tanks” the tank tops that I packed inside a plastic bag. **

I even packed my shoes in plastic storage bags to keep them from getting my clothes dirty. **

Labeled my lingerie: “Both-Bras” “Both-Nighties/panties. **

If you noticed in the above photo, I used 2 different sizes of plastic bags, using the smaller bags for smaller items and accessories.

I also found it really helpful not only to stay organized by using the plastic bags, but it also helped to keep my clothes neatly folded and certain items together. If you are really good at making outfits, you can put each outfit in 1 bag, instead of by type of clothing. Because everything is labeled it is easy to pack things back in their proper bags when I am packing to leave. I could also write “dirty” or “clean” on some of the bags as well, so I know what I need to wash when I return home.

What I packed

Everything I packed was either white, coral, turquoise, black, tan, blue or denim. All of the items I brought could be mixed and matched with other pieces, which gives me a lot of options. I also wanted some bright colors, but not too crazy. I can also layer different pieces together, or change it up just by adding a belt or wedges. I tried to pick lightweight fabrics because I knew Greece was going to be very hot. I knew I could also wear a bikini top underneath outfits instead of a bra, so I chose bikinis that were also in the color pallet.

Here’s exactly what I packed:

2 Dresses. 1 floral print & 1 cotton white dress- both from Target

1 romper- easy to throw on for breakfast or over a bikini- from AQUA at Bloomingdale’s

1 pair of jean cutoffs-American Eagle

1 long black dress (traveled on the airplane in)- From Jill Roberts

1 chambray shirt-American Eagle, the light colored one.

2 light weight 100% cotton button-ups, 1 white & 1 coral colored-both from H&M

1 light weight pullover-Roxy

4 tank tops, sheer black, white, turquoise & coral-Feel the piece & Target

1 pair of comfy neutral flip flops-Aldo

1 pair of neutral wedges-Aldo

1 sheer black cover-up/can also be used as a night time fancy top. (havefaith.com from Have Faith Swimgerie)

5 bikinis-some can be mixed and matched – Bswim & Have Faith Swimgerie

2 satin nighties-lightweight and cool to sleep in-Victoria’s Secret

1 denim jacket, for the plane ride and cool nights-American Eagle

1 dressier dress (on the more causal side) for a nice dinner out– MICHAEL Michael Kors Chain Lace-Up Dress

1 light weight white 3/4 sleeve boyfriend cardigan to layer over if cool out- by Mossimo/Target

1 pair of white denim

Accessories:

1 scarf-Beige (good to carry on to the plane in case I you get cold) doubles as a wrap for nighttime-Gucci

1 silk scarf (leopard print) to wear as a headband, head scarf, or bracelet-Henri Bendel

2 belts, 1 adjustable camel colored leather belt that can be worn on hips or around waist.
1 gold buckle & straw stretch belt that is also fully adjustable-MICHAEL Michael Kors Stretch Belt

1 day bag-Louis Vuitton 25 Speedy with Strap

1 nighttime clutch-Louis Vuitton

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2 Bras, 1 nude, and 1 black-Target

The 2 dresses and romper.

Top: scarf, 2 nighties, Bras & accessories, cut-off shorts.
Middle: 4 tank tops rolled up, white jeans.
Bottom: jean jacket, chambray shirt, white cardigan, dress & romper.

Mix and match bikinis-mostly solid colors, in turquoise, coral, blue, and black.

Cute & comfy neutral flip flops that go with everything and can be worn at the beach/pool/or in town.

All my toiletries & Makeup.

Makeup bag.

Here I am wearing just one of the outfits. Coral button up over the coral bikini top, with cut-off shorts and belt.

I will do a post when I get back to Norway of all the things that I packed for Norway, and how I packed them as well…

 

Love,

Sunset Blonde

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