Long Hair Don’t Care

When it comes to my hair I’m very low maintenance. I keep it long enough to throw up in a bun when I’m at home tending to the little monsters.  Basically, I just shampoo my roots, condition the ends, comb, part (location depends on my mood) and let it air dry. I hardly use any product unless it’s the Husband’s hair gel to tame stray hairs and leave-in conditioner for my ends.  I haven’t colored it in about 4 years which means I’ve quite a few grey strands here and there, which I don’t mind at all.

I also cut my own hair. Yep, I do!  Last night, I tried out the ‘pony tail method’ (this one) and I’m happy to say it gave me the long face framing layers I wanted to achieve.


From the back it essentially looks like a v-cut shape. Since my hair is straight and fine, I need the layers for movement and volume when I do style/curl it.

Overall, I cut about 3″ off all around. My longest layer is still just above my waist and the shortest is just below my shoulders (not including my grown out bangs).


Sure, it’s risky to give yourself a haircut but I figured since mine is long enough that if I did end up with a disaster, it could still be salvaged with a trim to a salon. Fortunately, it didn’t come to that but if you were trying this method for the first time I’d definitely start off with cutting a minimal amount to make sure you like the results.

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Makeup Monday : Moisturizer

Kicking off the first installment Makeup Monday with a must have product every one needs – a great moisturizer!

Over the years I’ve tried quite a few different products from drugstore to high end. For a long while I was a die hard fan of Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar. It was (and possibly still is) a great product and one I would definitely recommend. The only negative I found was the price point and scent. I stopped using it when I got pregnant with my first because I found it too overpowering during that time.

For the past six years or so I’ve consistently used  the Olay line. Specifically (and usually) the Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer with SPF15 in Sensitive.


Call me old school (or an old lady, ha), but I love this stuff! In fact, my mom introduced me to this when I was a teenager as it was something she loved as well.

– moisturizing
– easily absorbed
– affordable and widely available
– SPF 15 or 30
– has vitamin E and aloe
– light weight, non-greasy formula
– clean, light and pleasant scent
– available for normal and sensitive skin
– doesn’t clog pores or cause breakouts

– no pump
– not available in travel size

Olay Complete works well for my skin. As I’ve gotten older (and with pregnancy/breastfeeding hormonal changes) my skin has changed from very oily to normal/dry and this has kept it smooth and supple. What’s more, it doesn’t feel heavy or greasy. The scent goes away once you’ve worked the product into your skin. I use about a quarter size dollop every morning right after my shower and in the evenings after I’ve washed my face.

While I’m always willing to try new and different moisturizers, this is one product I’ll always have on hand.

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Makeup Mondays

I’m a beauty/makeup addict from way back. One of my first purchases was a Bare Minerals kit back when it was still referred to as Bare Escentuals. I believe that was around 2003? In any case, with that purchase I inevitably fell down the rabbit hole that is the high end beauty and makeup industry.

Since then I’ve tried and tested numerous products from moisturizers to lip plumpers, to bronzes and setting sprays. I’ve watched countless YouTube tutorials and viewed dozens of swatches. Over the years I’ve learned which ones work the best for my skin, style and routine.

I thought it would be fun to do weekly highlights of my tried and true beauty and makeup products here. There may be a few of you who, like me, love to try new brands and maybe discover old favorites. I think it would be a great way to not only showcase my favorite products but, to review them as well.

I’ll begin Monday, November 14th.  Follow along here or on my IG @_beatnikbeauty. Let me know if you’re doing this, too!

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Master Palette by Mario

Y’all, the Master Palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills and Mario Dedivanovic palette is so… well, pretty!

Admittedly, I was a bit hesitant to purchase this due to it having two less shades than the Modern Renaissance palette and the cardboard packaging (meh), BUT it makes up for it in the quality of the shadows. Loving the jewel tones and the shadows swatch buttery smooth.

I believe it’s out of stock (or sold out) on ABH and Sephora. I purchased mine through Macys about a week ago. However, today (10/31) I noticed Ulta has it back in stock.

Suffice it to say, between this and the KVD Shade + Light Obsession vault, I’ve pretty much maxed out my makeup buying quota for the year, ha.


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KVD Shade + Light Obsession

For about a year now I had been debating whether to purchase the Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour and Eye Contour palettes. I always seemed to end up buying other things and/or putting it off for one reason or another. I’m a creature of habit, with sensitive skin, and I tend to stick to products and brands I love.

It wasn’t until early October when I saw the little IG video tease KVD beauty put up about the pending release of the whole Shade + Light line that I knew it was time to take the plunge.


The Kat Von D Shade + Light Obsession Collector’s Set ($200) is exactly what I’d anticipated and more. While it is a bit pricey, I feel it’s great for those new to the KVD line (like myself) and those who are major fans and/or  makeup collectors.

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New Lippies!

I couldn’t resist these limited edition Kat Von D Studded Kiss lipsticks in Lolita II and Double Dare. Lure me in with the pretty silver packaging, why don’t ya?

These lipsticks are my first foray into the KVD line. I’m not normally a matte lip kind of gal, but these apply smoothly and wear quite well. I will definitely look into her liquid lipstick line as well.

Also, trying out these (limited edition) Bite Beauty Perfect Pair High Pigment lip pencils in Rhubarb and Chablis. So far, they kind of remind me of my Nars pencils.

I tend to always gravitate toward the mid-tone rosy brown shades mostly because my natural lip color is similar. Since my lips are pigmented anything too light pink/nude looks odd.


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