Summer Makeup & Half Top Knot Hair Tutorial

photo 3 (8)In this post here, I show you how to achieve the half-up top knot hair tutorial, as well as show you some simple summer makeup I’ve been wearing lately. Enjoy!

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First, I prime my face. I’ve been testing out the Maybelline Master Prime and so far I’m liking it. Maybelline is one of my favourite lines from the drugstore, so I’m always willing to try their products over others.

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Next, for a lighter summer foundation, I’ve been mixing my L’Oreal Lumi True Match foundation with the Covergirl BB Cream to give me some light to medium coverage whilst still not having my makeup feeling “heavy” overall. After this, I add my usual Rimmel concealer stick to cover up any blemishes or zits on my face. For my under eyes today, I used my Lancôme concealer (which I had misplaced for months now, but finally found!).

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I set my foundation with my Rimmel Matte face powder and then added the new bronzer I’ve been trying from their line, as well as the Hard Candy Fox in a Box blush in the shade Skinny Dipping to my cheeks.

Moving on to the eyes! By this point I’ve lightly filled in my brows using the Made for Mocha shade my Maybelline. I primed my eyes with Nyx’ jumbo eye pencil in the shade Milk to make the shadows pop, and smudged it out with my finger.

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I’ve been texting out this Wet N Wild palette I bought in the name California Roll. The top two colours I used all over my lid. The orange colour I lightly swept over my crease blending it out. Finally, I added in the red colour with a pencil brush in the outer v and into my crease where I blended it out with a blending brush.

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After I curled my lashes and then added my favourite mascara over top!  Next, moving on to the hair.

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To start you’ll need: a curling wand, hair spray, a thin hair tie, teasing comb, and some bobby pins.

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You’re going to start off by sectioning out the top portion of your hair and securing it with the hair tie.

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Next, you want to take your teasing comb and tease individual sections of that pony tail.

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Now’s the tricky part: you want to take your pony and wrap it around the base of it (where the tie is) until you come to your desired bun shape. It can take a couple tries. It took me about 5 mins or so to finally get my bun right. Once you have the shape, you’re going to secure it with bobby pins. Just start pinning the heck out of it until you feel like it’s not going to fall out if you move around. I probably have about 10 pins in my hair here. So, you could keep your hair like this and be done, but my hair doesn’t really have volume so that’s why I decided to curl it.

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First, I just section off my hair right side from left, and tie one side with another hair tie so it doesn’t interrupt me while I curl the other section.

Then, I take individual sections of hair in each portion and curl it with my wand. I like to curl a few pieces towards my face and a few away from my face to add more volume.

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I do this to both sides of my hair until voila! it’s all done. I spray the heck out of my bun and my curls and I’m ready to go!

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Hope you enjoyed the tutorial! I hope to continue to get the urge to post again soon! 🙂


How To: Beachy Waves

I love the idea of big, voluminous curls, but can never quite get it to work on my hair. And since I’ve cut it shorter in the past couple weeks, curls are kinda out of the question. BUT, the beachy wave look? That’s juuuuuuusssst perfect.

I have finally mastered the art to get perfect beachy waves! It has taken me a good amount of time to perfect just how many braids I need to do, but I have done it, and so I guess I can let you in on my little secret. P.S. you’ll get tons of compliments!

Looking awesome with no makeup and in my pjs!

Looking awesome with no makeup and in my pjs!

You’re going to want to start of with damp hair. It shouldn’t be dripping wet or soaked though, so air drying it for an hour is best. Next, I added a curling mousse to help hold the waves in place. I use the Tresemme Naturals Lightweight Mousse.

Grrrrrrl, I'm fancy huh

Grrrrrrl, I’m fancy huh

Next, I section off my hair to braid it. I like to move my hair over on the top of my head to where I want to have it parted the next day. The front two sections closest to my face (one on each side), I start with french braiding them. Eventually, I’ll run out of viable hair to put in the french braid, so then I just braid the rest of those pieces normally and tie them up with elastics.

Usually, I’ll just have two leftover sections of hair, but yesterday I had three (I think it’s because of all the layers I have now), so I just separate them and braid them normally, tying them up at the end. And then you’ll have a crazy hair-do like the one pictured above.

And then you do the best thing ever! You sleep on your hair until you wake up! Sleeping with braids takes some getting used to but it’s not horrible.



The next day, I normally wait until I’m finished getting ready (makeup, outfit, breakfast etc.) before I take the braids out. I like to think this helps with holding the wave. When you take the braids out, just weave them apart, and they’ll kind of look like what I have above.


Finally, I usually shake out my head (the bottoms tend to just look straight because of the elastics) and add a little hairspray. I use the Herbal Essences Set Me Up #1. Now you’re good to go, and ready to take on the day!

I hope you liked this tutorial! I may do more in the future if I ever stop wearing my hair three ways, haha! 🙂