Monday, August 25, 2014

Messy Bun for Shoulder Length Hair

Messy Bun Tutorial for Shoulder Length Hair, Chic Messy Bun, Messy Bun for Short Hair

I recently posted a tutorial for a messy bun that is meant for longer hair but can be adapted for shorter hair. Within the video, I included written instructions for how to modify it for those with shorter hair styles. Sometimes seeing it written isn't quite as simple as seeing it being done, so today I'm showing you how I do the shorter-haired version.

This video is how I do my messy bun when it's anywhere from just below chin-length to just below my shoulders. Once it's long enough, I add back in the double bun featured in the other tutorial.

Basic Steps:
  1. Pull hair up into low, small bun
  2. Tug loose ends up and around ponytail holder, making the bun bigger and adding fun, messy spikes
  3. Twist & tuck shorter pieces that fall out of bun into hair tie
  4. Pull & tug crown to add volume
Is that a quick and easy messy bun or what? This is typically how I wear my hair to work during the week (because it's so fast and I get ready at the gym) and for a low-key style on the weekends. In fact, my hair is almost always up in one of these funky buns.

Style tip: This updo works best for me if my hair has some curl/wave/kink to it. Try curling your hair with this heat-free curling method or sleep in a French braid the night before—it makes a big difference and when you pull and tug to add volume, having either face-framing soft curls or waves really takes this style up a notch (as seen from a distance here—see the face-framing curls?)!

The little details: Eyes & Lips: Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes and Younique Lucrative Lip Gloss c/o my cousin & Younique Presenter Lindsay, Sterling Silver Wrap Ring: c/o The Vintage Pearl

Monday, August 18, 2014

They Look Like Falsies, But These 3D Lashes Are Real

Younique 3D Fiber Lashes, Fiber Lash Mascara

Always a huge mascara fan, I'm never against trying out something new if it promises big, beautiful, bold lashes. My holy grail mascara has always been Covergirl Professional Super Thick Lash and I've never been able to find anything that can top it. But this—Younique's 3D Fiber Lashes—might just make it even better.

My cousin Lindsay, a Younique consultant, told me about this "mascara" recently and I knew I needed to test it out. I think what I love most about it is that you can still wear your favorite mascara with it, and it just adds a nice "pop" on top of your overall look. For those of you that don't know what these "3D Fiber Lashes" are—it's essentially a mascara & green tea fiber combo (it comes in two tubes) that you layer on top of your regular mascara. You apply a coat of your regular mascara, let it dry, apply a coat of their "transplanting gel," immediately swipe the fiber wand over your lashes—the fibers stick to your lashes and add instant length & volume—and then seal it with another coat of the transplanting gel. It's like a mascara/fiber sandwich! Removal is simple—all you need is warm water and makeup remover (depending on your mascara/eyeliner combo). Wash your face per your usual routine, and you'll see the fibers come right off.

At first, I was a bit of a skeptic. But after a coat of the 3D Fiber Lashes, I was a believer. See for yourself below in my before and after photos.

Younique 3D Fiber Lashes, Fiber Lash Mascara

3D Fiber Lashes, I love you. And here's why... they are buildable. If you want to do one coat for a bit of added length and volume, it's all good. But if you want a truly dramatic, glam look, you can keep layering the fibers and they make your lashes bigger and bigger. Also, if you just want to just add length, simply add the transplanting gel & fibers to the tips—not the whole lash, as I did.

These 3D Fiber Lashes will transform the way you look at your regular mascara. I've worn the fiber lashes for the last two days, and today—without them—my lashes just don't have that added oomph. I'm telling you, this product is so great for creating that glam look. You will feel your eyes sparkle when you wear it. But that's just my two cents!

Also, 3D Fiber Lashes retail for about $29, which is definitely on the higher end of the price range, but when you think about how you only need to use a little bit at a time, you can really make this product last. If you've considered spending about that much on a higher-end mascara, this product is worth its weight in gold because it will deliver much more pack for the punch than any mascara ever could.

If you'd like to pick up a set of these 3D Fiber Lashes, head to my cousin Lindsay's page to place an order, or shoot her a quick email here. Thanks for supporting her business!

Younique 3D Fiber Lashes, Fiber Lash Mascara

Products used in this look // Cheeks: MAC Refined Golden Bronzer, Base Eyeshadow: Younique Sexy Moodstruck Minerals Pigment Powder, Eyeshadow Liner: Lancome Liner 5 in the Sienna Sultry Palette, Eyebrow Shadow: Anastasia Brow Duo in Medium Brown, Mascara: Covergirl Professional Super Thick Lash, Fiber Lashes: Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes, Lipstick: MAC Modesty, Lip Gloss: Younique Lucrative Lip Gloss in Loyal

/ / The Younique products featured in this post were provided to me by my cousin & Younique Independent Presenter, Lindsay NcCorchuk (email her here!). All opinions are my own (and true—I love these products!).

Monday, August 4, 2014

Messy Bun Tutorial

messy bun tutorial for long or short hair, hair tutorial, low bun tutorial

I'd like to preface this post by saying that I filmed this tutorial last year—the day before I whacked off 12-inches and donated my hair to charity. Looking back, I don't regret my decision to opt for a shorter 'do one bit, though this does make me miss my longer hair.

This messy bun is my go-to look for 2nd (or 3rd or 4th!) day hair. Though my hair is currently shoulder-length, I can still do a bun like this—I just have to modify the steps a little. My favorite part about this look? That it's a messy bun—it doesn't have to be perfect and will look different each time you do it.

Here are the basic steps:
  1. Make a little bun
  2. Double the bun
  3. Twist and tuck loose ends into hair tie
  4. Pull & tug bun to add volume
  5. Secure loose & floppy bun pieces with bobby pins
  6. Pull & tug crown to add volume
If you're trying this look on shorter hair, that's no problem! When you make your bun, skip step 2. Instead, twist and tuck the loose ends into your hair tie above your bun, creating what looks like a mini bun on top. It will give that "double bun" effect. And then, just like in the tutorial, pull & tug to add volume and secure loose pieces in place. I used this same method to create this bun and this bun on my much shorter hair.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Just a Little Bit of Blonde...

Brunette to Blonde, subtle highlights, medium length hair

Change! I love change! After giving up highlighting my hair for Bye Bye Beehive back in 2011, I thought it was time to go "back to my roots," (figuratively, of course) and put a little bit of blonde back in my life. Of my 27 years, I've been blonde for 25 of them—you can see the evolution of my hair's many colors here—so most people know me best as a blonde. In fact, each time I talk to Nanny (my grandma), she asks me if I'm back to blonde yet. I'm fairly certain I made her day when I emailed her a photo of my updated 'do.

I haven't highlighted my hair since May of 2011, and after that I let it grow out to a natural ombre until I dyed it brunette in March of 2013. I haven't touched it since April 2013... the dark brunette faded & grew out and I was more or less at my hair's natural dark (dirty) blonde state until now. I'm not sure where it will go from here (I have a tentative appointment to go blonder next month)... but it's fun to play with it. Hair is hair, right?

If you're in the Boise area and looking for a stylist, I go to Kendall at Roots Salon. I'm happy to give you her number if you'd like to book an appointment!

P.S. This is the best before & after I could muster—you've gotta love the iPhone selfie shot!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

BeauTrichful Magazine

BeauTrichful Magazine, Trichotillomania support magazine

Every quarter, a new edition of BeauTrichful Magazine is released—a publication from that strives to increase trichotillomania awareness and help those suffering connect to people who can help provide services and treatment at lower costs.

Since BeauTrichful Magazine has been released, I've read every edition, and even have had feature articles in their Spring 2013 and Summer 2013 editions. This quarter, I was lucky enough to be chosen as the cover and feature story for the Autumn 2013 release. Inside the magazine, you'll see my article about how trich is my "gift", read inspirational stories from many other people who also have trich, check out a makeup tutorial for creating thicker lashes, and see tons of before and after photos of people who are making changes in their lives to overcome this disorder.

If you're interested in giving back or helping support this amazing organization, click here for a variety of opportunities. I'm so grateful for this magazine and the support and awareness it's bringing to the trichotillomania community. Please take a moment to read the Autumn 2013 edition of BeauTrichful Magazine below. Enjoy!

Friday, September 20, 2013


In the past month or so, a lot has happened. I turned 27, we bought and moved into a new home, my dad got engaged, we sold our SUV and are now sharing a vehicle, and I've been running my heart out in preparation for my first marathon in under a month. That's a lot!

But I think the biggest surprise came this morning when I got a text from a friend that said, "Chic of the Week again?!? I think that makes you Chic of the YEAR!" And there's only one thing I know of in regards to "Chic of the Week," so I immediately got the biggest smile on my face and clicked over to Lauren Conrad's blog. And there it was... the Chic of the Week.

Lauren Conrad Chic of the Week: Aunie's Cute Hair Cut

I was featured for my haircut that I did on the spur-of-the-moment the day before my 27th birthday. What an honor! I've been a member of LC's blog community for over a year and a half, and I'm always uploading my photos into her gallery—and that's how they found out about my haircut & chose me as their Chic! You can seem my profile here, and to join the community, click here—you never know, you may be featured as their next Chic of the Week! To read the full Chic of the Week post, click here!

To Allison on Team LC, thank you so much for your kind words and for choosing to feature me and my haircut! To Lauren & the rest of Team LC, thank you so much for your support ... it means so much to be chosen as your Chic... again! It's such an honor to be featured among all the other talented women on Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

Friday, September 6, 2013

The Hair Cut Details

I posted last week about cutting my hair, but I didn't have a chance to break down the details. As most of you know, back in October of 2011, I started a project & blog called Bye Bye Beehive. It was a 365-day journey to "stop doing" my hair. I stopped teasing, highlighting, hairspraying, using any heat tools, and any products other than shampoo and conditioner. Basically, I only shampooed, conditioned and air dried my hair every day for a year. It was in an effort to help grow the long hair I'd always wanted and had never had. I've been a blonde almost my whole life, and due to all the over-processing over the years, my hair never seemed to get longer than just past my shoulders. At the end of the year-long project, my hair ended up growing 6.5 inches and was so thick and healthy, I couldn't even believe it! (If you're looking to grow your hair, give my Bye Bye Beehive Challenge a try!)

In addition, after a year of "not doing" my hair and learning to love air-dried, natural hair, it was hard for me to want to go back to blow-drying and processing. So I didn't. I did make the jump and dyed my hair brunette back in March (and had it touched up in April), but since then, I hadn't touched it. It had been almost a year since Bye Bye Beehive ended and I was starting to crave a new style. My hair started seeming a little stringier (I'm sure a trim would have fixed that), and I know Daniel loves my hair when it's short, so I finally made the decision to change it up, and I knew if I was going to do it—I had to go big or go home. I took this photo the night before I cut my hair, showing the growth I had achieved over the almost two-year period (the left photo was Month 1 of Bye Bye Beehive, the middle was the end of Bye Bye Beehive, and the right photo was almost a year later after still not using heat tools).

Hair growth, donate your hair

Despite how much I had grown to love my long hair, it was so much longer than I was used to, and to be honest—if your husband gives you the googly eyes and says how cute you'd be with short hair... why not give it a shot? It's just hair, right? So I chopped off 14 inches, and donated 12 to Children With Hair Loss. I picked their charity because they take hair that has been highlighted & color processed, which many organizations do not accept.

Donate your hair

And now here I am with this new shorty-short hair cut, and I'm having so much fun with it. I haven't worn it the same way yet, opting each day for waves, beach curls, a front braid, a ponytail, air-dried waves, pinned half back... seriously, the options are endless and since it's so much shorter, it just takes a minute or two to style. It's also just the right length to fit in a ponytail when I'm running so I don't have to worry about hair in my face or on my neck. And hey, if I decide I want to go long again, now I know how fast my hair grows, right? I could be back to longer locks in no time!

Short hair cut, short hair soft beachy waves

Have you ever donated your hair? Made a drastic change? Cut your hair because your husband thought it would be cute (and no, I didn't just cut it because he wanted me to—I love short hair, too!). I would love to hear your thoughts!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


Today is my twenty-seventh birthday. It's my Golden Birthday... 27 on the 27th. I'm not sure why, but for my whole life, I've always told myself that 27 would be my favorite year... and now that 27 is finally here, I can't wait to see what it brings.

Also, I kicked my birthday off with a "why not" of all why-nots:

Long to short hair cut, Haircut before and after
Long to short hair cut, Donate your hair
Long to short hair cut, Haircut before and after

I've always been a fan of change, and for this new year of mine, I'm embracing it fully. I ended up having 12 inches cut, and I'm donating my hair to Children With Hair Loss—they accept all kinds of hair and since the tips of my hair were bleached a few years ago, I picked their charity because some of the others have requirements against bleached & highlighted hair. I went to Kendall of Roots Salon in Boise (208-514-5895) and can't recommend her enough. This new cut is spunky, sporty, and of course—extra saucy. Why not, right?

Last year as I blew out my candles, I made sure that I didn't wish for "babies or anything crazy like that." This year, let's just say I can't promise the same, though I'm in no rush to make any changes that big (or small) quite yet. Oh, 27, I can't wait to see what joy you'll bring.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Basic Makeup Tutorial

Basic Makeup Tutorial

Today's post is a first... a video makeup tutorial! I've gotten quite a few requests to demonstrate how I do my makeup, including how I do my winged eyeliner and smoky eyeshadow, so today's tutorial takes all my basic makeup tricks and fits them into a 7-minute video... Enjoy!

Products used in this video (shop other items in my vanity here):

Brushes used in this video:

Basic Makeup Tutorial

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial! Here's a pinnable image if you'd like to add this to one of your Pinterest boards, and don't forget to subscribe to my channel on YouTube.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Yes To Spring & Summer Essentials

Spring and Summer Essentials

I have a new post on the Yes To Carrots blog—it's about my warm weather essentials. And let me tell you what, that little red Spot Stick in the middle works wonders... I kid you not—it's a little miracle pimple zapper. Click HERE to see the full post and my 3 must-haves for this season's warm weather!

Oh, and in case you're curious, to find out how I became the Yes To Carrots "Yes To Stylista," read this post. Now it's your turn—what are your essentials for spring & summer?

Monday, April 1, 2013

The Ideal Body

the ideal body

I read a lot of blogs. I watch TV. I browse magazines. I see pinned images on Pinterest... and MANY of the images I see in these media outlets feature the same idea of "the ideal body."

In fact, there's no shortage of people out there wanting the perfect body, going on diets, searching for the miracle pill (or more desperate options) and ogling pictures of "thigh gaps," hoping to someday have their own.

What do I see? I see an idolization of tiny, rail-thin bodies, a lack of muscle, protruding bones, plates "filled with food" that don't even top 100 calories, photoshopped photos, and an obsession with the thigh gap and desiring to be perfect.

But what is "perfect?" What is "ideal?" 

It's so hard to not be influenced by all this media and to not feel like you need to "make a change"—despite how good you may look or feel. I know I've been caught several times thinking that my body is less than ideal. And I tell you what—that's not right. It's one thing to eat well, live an active lifestyle and seek a healthy body. It's another to obsess about restricting my diet, spend grueling hours in the gym each day, and take drastic measures to achieve that desired body—so I refuse to do any of that. The unrealistic picture that so many girls and women set for themselves needs to stop.

No, I'm not perfect. No, I'm not ideal. But I'm healthy. I go to the gym almost every single day. I don't kill myself there, though. I usually spend 30 minutes doing cardio and then lift weights or do high-intensity exercises for another 15-30 minutes. My total time at the gym every time is less than an hour. And it feels good to work out and sweat a little.

Now ask me again, "What is ideal?" IDEAL is a body you feel comfortable in. Ideal is healthy, active, glowing, beautiful. For me? That's currently 137 pounds... one-hundred and thirty-seven normal, healthy pounds. But to me, that's just a number, because more importantly—my clothes fit (many that I've had since college), I can churn out a 6-minute mile, and if you asked me to go out for pizza—you'd better bet I'm going to join you and have 2-3 slices.

No matter your number or your size, if you are comfortable being you—it may not be perfect—but it sounds pretty ideal to me.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Yes To Glowing Skin

steps for glowing skin

It's no fun waking up with crunched eyelashes and pores full of makeup. I know I'm not the only one who has gone to bed with my makeup on—too tired (and lazy) to take a minute to wash it off. This year, I promised myself that I would stick to a nightly routine and wash my face and moisturize each night before I go to bed. What I didn't realize about this routine was how awesome it would make my skin look and feel!

Want more details? Click HERE to read my newest Yes To Stylista post—my 4-step nightly regimen for glowing skin! 

Friday, March 15, 2013

Yes To Tips

yes to carrots tips

Being the Yes To Stylista for Yes To, Inc. has its perks. I've gotten to try so many of their products, and I've found a bunch of new favorites in each of their body, face, lip and hair lines. Did you know that they have different natural fruit & veggie products that center around cucumbers, blueberries, grapefruits, tomatoes and carrots?  I use all the lines, depending on the day and what I'm looking to combat!

I've also found that I like their products so much that I go through them rather quickly. I think it's because I use their products for so many things. To me, chapstick is not just chapstick. A lotion tub is not just a lotion tub... there are tons of other uses for these products, and today, I'm showing you 4 of my Yes To Tips to maximize your bang for your buck. Click here to read the full post!

What's your "get more for your money" tip?

Thursday, March 14, 2013

What My Hairstyle Says


My hair is always doing something different... wavy, braided, curly, twisted, or all slicked back & out of the way. The style always seems to match my mood. In honor of my brand new blonde-to-brunette hair change, I've compiled a fun little list of what my hair is "saying" on a given day.

My hairstyle says:
  1. All down & Hollywood curly: This took a long time so I must be going somewhere where I want to look goooooooood.
  2. Loose, messy braid: Let's keep it low-maintenance & playful, this hairstyle is for the girls.
  3. French braid: Don't pay attention to me today.
  4. Tight ballerina bun: I mean business.
  5. Messy bun: My hair is really dirty, I hope no one notices...
  6. Hat: My hair is really really dirty. I knew I should have washed it.
  7. Ponytail: Feelin' sporty.
  8. Top knot: I am a blogger—take my photo. (Hence, the photo above... obviously).
  9. Pinned bump on top: I know my husband hates this, but it's so convenient.
  10. Wet so it can air-dry: I just don't care today.
  11. Side ponytail: Feelin' sporty & chic.
  12. Updo: Must. Be. Fancy. Updo. Means. Fancy.
  13. All down & straight: Finally... just me & natural.
What does your hair say about you? If you do Thursday 13 (any topic) this week, link it up in the comments!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Ombré to Brunette

ombre to brunette
Bracelet: c/o Outfit Additions (use code SAUCE for 15% off)
ombre to brunette

And... my 2-year long no-coloring-my-hair streak is over—I'm officially a brunette!

You may remember a year ago when Daniel wrote his one (and only) post on this blog, and showed you a photo of me with brunette hair. Let's just say that since he stumbled upon that photo, he's been asking me with big puppy-dog eyes to go darker, and finally—I did it—though I let him pick the color... if I'm gonna do it, you bet I'm gonna do it right!

Of the 26 years I've been around, only about 1 of them has been enjoyed as a brunette (I've gone dark 3-times before... 3 short times), so here we's to new hair! If you're wondering about my natural color—it's the top left photo's roots! I believe it's a light brown, though my mom calls it dishwater blonde. Bye bye blondie!

PS // I'm a dork and accidentally deleted this original post, deleting all your sweet, sweet comments. If you commented, thank you so much. I got to read each one, but now of course—they're gone. Anyway, thanks again for all the love ♥

Tuesday, March 5, 2013


Scarf: c/o Heart of Gold Made // Bracelet: c/o Massi // Ring: c/o The Vintage Pearl (use code luckysauce for 15% off in March) // Earrings: c/o Jersey Girl Design (use code SAUCE for 10% off)

When it comes to makeup, I usually prefer neutrals. On a daily basis, I use a basic eyeshadow palette, black eyeliner and mascara, a little eyebrow shadow, light coral blush, and I finish it all with powder (to see the exact products I use, click here). It's a really simple beauty routine, and occasionally I'll pump it up with a bit of bright eyeliner, but most days I prefer to just keep it fairly natural—or as natural as wearing makeup can be.

But the one thing—the one thing—I can never convince myself to use? Lipstick. I'm a huge lip balm fan, and the one I use is clear, always keeping my lips their natural color. Every time I use lipstick, I feel like my thin lips completely disappear. I see girls all over wearing these beautiful reds, luscious pinks, and perfectly pouty plums... but they're just not my thing.

What's your "lip" take—do you love neutrals and chapstick like I do? Do you opt for a bold lip? Should I branch out & give bright lips a shot? Let's here it!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

And Hearts

heart nail art
Scarf: c/o Heart of Gold Made // Nails: Here
heart nail art

Shades of pink.
Small painted hearts.
Hand-knit scarf.
Sun-warmed alley.

Friday, February 15, 2013

The Friar Tuck: Curl Your Hair Without Heat

curl your hair without heat, curl your hair with a headband

About a year ago, I made a post called Curl Your Hair Without Heat about how to curl your hair with a headband after watching a video on YouTube. It has since turned into my most-viewed post and has generated a ton of emails from readers who want to know exactly how to do it.

Today, I bring you my very own video tutorial for what I like to call the "Friar Tuck."

More details:
  • I have fine hair—and a lot of it. It holds curl well.
  • This curling method does not work if your hair is wet. It must be completely dry.
  • If your hair falls out of this easily, try wrapping your hair in a silk scarf before going to sleep.
  • If you have long hair, try using two headbands to reduce tangles & make it easier to tuck!
  • Dry shampoo used for 2nd day oil absorption & extra volume: Suave
  • Sea salt spray used: Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Spray
  • Songs in the video: (1) 1234 by Feist (2) New Soul by Yael Naim
  • The photos below show my hair after an entire day. Some days the curls don't last quite as long.

Products used in this video:

curl your hair without heat

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Yes To Besties!

I have a new post up on the Yes To blog. It's all about the perfect girls-day-in—including best friends, pampering, a recipe for a delicious mocktail, and getting ready for Valentine's Day!

Make sure to check the Yes to Facebook page all through the month of February because this month, Yes To is doing a special feature for Valentine’s Day—all about best girlfriends—and they'll have tons of awesome deals, prizes, and even a big contest that you definitely won’t want to miss!

Monday, January 28, 2013

My Daily Hair Styling Routine

 Glasses: c/o Firmoo

Lately, I've gotten quite a few emails from ladies who want to know how I style my hair on a daily basis. Frequently asked questions include:
  • What do I do with it when I sleep?
  • What dry shampoo do I use?
  • Do I tease it?
  • Do I use hairspray?
  • How do I get natural-looking waves?
  • How do I style my bangs?

Today, I'm answering your questions. Here's a short video tutorial of exactly how I style my hair when I wear it down.

More details:
  • Fave overnight keep-it-out-of-your-face methods: ballerina bun, French braid, or Friar Tuck (video tutorial HERE)
  • Fave dry shampoo for 2nd day oil absorption & extra volume: Suave
  • Fave hairspray: Lamaur Sprayage (I used Big Sexy Hair in this video)
  • If I shower in the morning, I just let my hair air-dry naturally. It ends up with this same wavy texture. Once it's dry, I follow the same process.
  • To keep my hair healthy, I avoid heat styling tools and I haven't colored/highlighted my hair since May, 2011.
  • My bangs are longer here than usual--I'm growing them out!
  • Song in the video: White Sky by Vampire Weekend

Products used in this video:

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