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amika love.

One of the highlights of our trip to MAGIC was our stop at the Amika Braid Bar at BCBGeneration. We just couldn’t resist the offer to get new hair after a long plane ride. And seriously, what’s better than someone playing with your hair? NOTHING.

Super-talented hair and makeup artists Erica Preus and Mireille Bertrand gave us each a new braid. L got a double braid into a fishtail, and J got a sweet little braid and a few curls.

J and L at the Amika Braid Bar
new hair, new us.

We love the Amika products – especially the nourishing mask – and we highly recommend them. You might have received a sample in your Birchbox! If you didn’t (or even if you did!), comment on this post and you could win a few Amika samples! Good luck!

BONUS: Shop for products at shop.loveamika.com and save 20% off your order when you use the code AMIKASTYLE. Valid through 10.27.3.

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currently obsessing: moroccan oil.

Moroccanoil has made its mark on the world with innovative and revitalizing hair care products. Everyone has fallen in love, including us.

the glitter life moroccanoil

1. hydrating shampoo: perk up your dry summer strands with antioxidant-rich argan oil, Vitamins A and E and red algae—for hair that looks and feels healthier.

2. moisture repair conditioner: color, chemical processing and heat styling can really take a toll on your hair. use this conditioner to infuse hair with antioxidant-rich argan oil, reconstructive keratin and fatty acids.

3. restorative hair mask: this product came highly recommended by j’s hairstylist and now we know why. this once a week treatment quickly repairs hair that’s weak, damaged or color-treated.

4. moroccanoil treatment: this started it all! argon oil- a versatile and multitasking product. it is an essential for hairstyling that can be used as a conditioning, styling and finishing tool. it even speeds up drying time!

5. luminous hairspray: we have both been using this spray for quite some time. fights frizz and humidity. it’s not sticky. smells amazing. a must have.

What are your go-to Moroccanoil products? Tweet us! @glitter_blog_xo.

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friday five: back to school beauty.

It’s been a while since we geared up for “back to school” shopping madness. Still, we want in on the excitement of creating a new look for the new school year. So instead of new clothes, we’re opting for a beauty refresher. It’s time to switch up our hairstyles and tweak our beauty routine. We’re making the following changes, starting this weekend:

1. Sophisticated Hair. Bye bye, side braid. It’s time for something more polished. Try a simple side twist to add interest to gorgeous loose curls. Now, if only the humidity would cooperate…

The Glitter Life Lauren Conrad
our girl Lauren Conrad can do no wrong.

2. Fresh Nails. J came across the most PERFECT fall color by Essie (shocking!) this week. You need Bahama Mama in your life this season.

The Glitter Life Nail Polish
burgundy bliss.

3. Dark Lips. Fall means darker, richer everything, so ditch your summer nude gloss for a spicy lip color. We heart this deep red lip + LBD combo.

Whitney Port The Glitter Life
we’re having a hills moment, clearly. LOVE this look.

4. Mermaid Eyes. We’re firm believers in easy make-up that takes you from day to night. Smokey eyes can do just that – just refresh your eyeliner and add a layer or two of shadow. This teal smokey eye is a nice update from our usual black and grey look.

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amanda seyfried rocking a modern mermaid eye.

5. Skin Care. Undo your summer sun damage with a retinol product. L swears by this SkinMedica Tri-Retinol Complex. Don’t believe us? It was recently featured in Marie Claire magazine! Add it to your usual anti-aging routine: switch your usual anti-wrinkle products to every other night, and use this on the off nights. If you’re in Statesboro, you can scoop this at Dr. Marc Bisseck’s Med Spa.

tri-retinol-complex
available here.

How are you planning to update your beauty routine for fall? Tweet us at @glitter_blog_xo. And don’t forget to follow along with us on Instagram this weekend at @glitter_blog_xo.

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friday five: things to try.

Weekends are the perfect time to break out of your rut and try something new. Read on for our suggestions for a fabulous summer weekend, starting now!

1. Make a Golden Girl Cocktail. We love, love love trying new cocktails…especially when they’re easy to make. And ESPECIALLY when they’re named after one of the most fantastic sitcoms of all time. Click here for the recipe.

The Glitter Life Golden Girl Cocktail
image and recipe: a beautiful mess

2. Have Dinner Somewhere New. J and Jay dined at at Atlanta hotspot The Optimist for the first time last week and absolutely loved it. Their menu changes daily, and if you’re lucky enough to dine there when bank scallops are an option,  DO IT. You’ll be glad you did.

The Glitter Life Optimist
dress: h&m // ring: ann taylor loft // nails: essie- dj play that song.

3. Try a Waterfall Braid. We’ve been dying to try a waterfall braid, but um…it doesn’t look easy.

The Glitter Life Waterfall Braid
must…learn…how to do…

We’re going to attempt it though, using this helpful video tutorial from Hair and Makeup By Steph.

4. Bring on the Bling. We love the idea of a simple white dress paired with amazing statement earrings for the weekend. These Kate Spade beauties fit the bill.

The Glitter Life Kate Spade Earrings
color + sparkle.

5. Style Your Coffee Table. The weekend is the perfect time to tackle one area of your home and re-style it. If you’re like us, you’re more creative on the weekends, and you have time to run out and scoop some new accessories if you need them. Plus, tackling one area at a time keeps us from getting overwhelmed. So dust off your table and clear away the junk (and the remotes). Add some pretty books (check out Lauren Conrad’s list of favorite coffee table books here), a scented candle, and a few of your favorite random objects. We also love these inspiring links: the every girl, cupcakes and cashmere, and house beautiful. Re-styling this oft-neglected area can really change the feel of your home.

The Glitter Life Coffee Table Styling
image: the every girl

Send us your weekend pics (or videos!) on Twitter and Instagram at @glitter_blog_xo.

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beauty buys.

We’ve been doing some shopping lately – no surprise – and we’ve been feeling especially grabby in the cosmetics department. Here’s the low-down on what we scooped in the last few days:

1. Dior: Diorskin Airflash Spray Foundation. Worth every penny. It’s not heavy- looking, but it does give you a nice finished look that lasts throughout the day. It dries a little darker, so try a shade lighter than your skin tone. And wear a headband when applying so it doesn’t look like you’re due for a dye job!

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2. Benefit Cosmetics: Dandelion Luminizer. This product typifies the great quality I’ve come to expect from all Benefit products. Apply it lightly for a subtle, natural-looking pink; build up from there.

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3. Tigi Your Highness Shampoo/Conditioner. Sometimes our long, heavy hair needs a LIFT. J’s mom introduced her to the Your Highness (cute!) Volume Collection, which does the trick and smells delicious.

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4. L’oreal: Sublime Bronze Airbrush.  We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. We’re obsessed with L’Oreal’s sunless tanning products. J was super eager to try their new deep natural tan shade. It’s perfect (we could have guessed that).

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5. Garnier Nutrioniste Ultra Lift Pro Intensive Deep Wrinkle Night Cream. It’s a mouthful…but L loves this stuff. It feels nice and thick going on, but dries to a super smooth finish on your skin.

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6. Wet N Wild MegaSlicks Lip Gloss in Bronze Berry. You know we’re suckers for a neutral (and cheap) lip-gloss. This Wet N Wild gloss may replace our go-to gloss this summer. It’s a little darker than our beloved NYC Everlasting Blossom…but we’re feeling it!

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What are your go-to beauty products!? Tweet us @glitter_blog_xo or Instagram your finds @glitter_blog_xo.

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friday five: inexpensive indulgences.

We’re looking for {inexpensive} ways to indulge this weekend. Here are our favorites for around $50 or less. So do a little shopping. Pamper yourself. Grab a sweet treat. Let’s do this, ladies.

1. Accessory. This BCBGeneration bright coral leather clutch {$58} dresses up your standard jeans and tee outfit. Arm party optional. (No, it’s not.)

The Glitter Life BCBGeneration
available at social statesboro. call 912.681.7008 to order.

2. Something for the bar. Jay and J are in the process of moving into new digs soon, and J is craving an update to her standard glassware. Celebrate your home (old or new) with these sophisticated glasses {$54} from the affordable-yet-always-amazing C. Wonder. Then pour yourself a drink!

The Glitter Life C.Wonder
cheers!

3. Beauty Boost. Sephora is offering their Beauty Insiders 15% off EVERYTHING on their site this weekend (including this Dry Bar round brush). Isn’t there a new product you’ve been dying to try? Use code CHIC if you’re ordering online.

Dry Bar Round Brush The Glitter Life
get smooth strands with this sephora exclusive. {$40 before discount}

4. Mind/Body. Relaxation doesn’t have to be an all day, super fancy affair (although that would be NICE). Grab a quick massage and start your weekend off nice and loose. Massage Envy has 22 Atlanta area locations and offers a 1-hour massage for the crazy-low introductory price of $49. If you’re further south, try a 30-minute massage at Serenity Day Spa. {$40}

The Glitter Life Massage Envy
ahhhh.

5. Sweet Treat. We think it’s time to check out the Atlanta Food Truck Park and Market that everyone has been raving about. Food? From a truck? Why not? Let’s start with a sweet treat {$2.50} from King of Pops. We’ve heard GREAT things.

The Glitter Life King of Pops
deliciousness on a stick.

How are you indulging this weekend? Tweet/Instagram us pics! @glitter_blog_xo.

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April 2013 Birchbox.

Hi Glitter Girls!

This month’s Birchbox review is brought to you by our favorite nail artist and most loyal West Coast reader Jennifer Favela.

“So excited about April’s Birchbox! Let’s get into it!:

Atelier Cologne, Orange Sanguine.

I wasn’t too sure about this one just because I am not big on reeeeally citrus-y (that’s a word right?!) scents. But I was so wrong! It smells wonderful! And a big plus that I always look for in a scent? It lasts the whole day without needing to re-apply! Win-win right? This particular scent is very concentrated so you only need a little dab and you are good to go.

fresh, crisp, sweet.
fresh, crisp, sweet.

 Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate.

I LOVE anything Kiehl’s. AND since I am now in my last year of my 20’s (eek!) I have found myself starting to freak out about lines and wrinkles so I was so excited about this product. It is packed with vitamin C which apparently not only helps me kick colds to the curb but is great for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. Yay!

pure vitamin c, ladies.
pure vitamin c, ladies.

Nexxus Youth Renewal Rejuvenating Elixer.

Okay, how did Birchbox know I wanted this?? As an avid flat-ironer, curling iron user, hair color-er, my hair is always in need of extra moisture! I may just have to purchase the full size on this one…

rejuvenate and hydrate. it is key.
rejuvenate and hydrate. it is key.

Mirenesse Glossy Kiss.

Lipstick pencils are my new obsession and this one is awesome! It is a mix between a lip stain and a creamy balm. Mine came in the perfect shade of red (called, “Flirty Kiss”) and I can’t wait to wear it out this weekend during my mini-getaway to San Diego! It glides on SO smooth and feels very moisturizing. Bonus: it can double as a cheek stain! I don’t know if I would use red for my cheeks, but the pink color they make (“Cheeky Kiss”) would be adorbs! The one downside? It’s not very long lasting on the lips. BUT it is the perfect little skinny size to fit in my clutch for re-application throughout the night!

a birchbox exclusive! get it here.
a birchbox exclusive! get it here.

Simple Revitalizing Eye Roll-on

Not only is this an amazing product at a great price that you can pick up at your local drugstore, but it really works! I just swipe it under each eye, let it absorb and go on with my morning beauty routine! It reduces puffiness AND softens. I love how it rolls on smooth and I think my favorite thing about it is that it doesn’t have any harsh perfume scent to it. Just clean and refreshing! It is just what I need when wedding planning has kept me up all night and I only get 4 hours of sleep!”

wake up those tired eyes...
wake up those tired eyes…

And there we have it! What was in your April Birchbox? Tweet/Instagram us! @glitter_blog_xo.

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running late.

Girls. We’ve all been there. You’re running late, and you don’t know WHAT to do with your HAIR.

Never fear. Tess Christine has all the answers. Check out her tutorial:

Which quick style will you be trying when you’re running late? Tweet us! @glitter_blog_xo

P.S. Social and Dish Boutiques are SO close to reaching 2000 fans each on Facebook. Like them and share with your friends to be entered to win a $25 gift card!

Social and Dish Giveaway
GIVEAWAY!
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march ’13 birchbox.

My March Birchbox arrived last week, and I must say it was one of my favorites to date. I was beyond excited to try every product. Let’s get down to it, shall we?

March Birchbox
obsessed. with. everything.

1. Macadamia Natural Oil™ Deep Repair Masque: This product is *perfect* for thick, long hair like mine. Smells great and left my hair feeling silky smooth after one use. Recommend.

Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque
reconstruct strands from the inside out.

2. Macadamia Natural Oil™ Healing Oil Treatment: Want to cut your drying time and have soft, shiny hair? This product is for you! Mix with the Repair masque for ever more amazing results.

Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment
weightless moisture.

3. Madewell for Birchbox Nail Emery Board: It is well-documented that L and I are pretty obsessed with doing our nails, so you can image how psyched I was to see this super cute emery board in my box! Every girl needs a “purse file.”

Madewell for Birchbox Nail File
charming.

4. Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow: Y’all. I’ve sampled several BB creams since they became a trend, and I can honestly say this is the best. Goes on weightless and smooth, and leaves you with flawless skin. Just try it.

Marcelle BB Cream
hydrates and calms skin, evens tone, controls shine, lightly masks imperfections, and infuses skin with a fresh-from the-yoga-studio radiance.

5. Stella Cadente Miss Me Discrete? Eau de Toilette: This fresh-out-of-the-shower scent is really nice, but I wish it lasted longer.

Stella Cadente Miss Me Discrete? Eau de Toilette 50ml
La Vie En Rose.

6. Supergoop!® Endless Summer SPF 30+ Everyday UV Lotion: I had heard *great* things about Supergoop!, so I was uber-excited when it showed up in my Birchbox. The non-greasy formula has a high degree of photo-stability, which means that it can withstand strong solar rays. This is what I NEED for long days on the lake.

this is one sophisticated sunscreen.
one sophisticated sunscreen.

So tell us…what was in your Birchbox this month!? Tweet or Instagram us at @glitter_blog_xo.

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friday five.

Happy Friday, glitter girls!

This week has been total madness. J has had a bazillion work meetings & tried to get to the gym in the interim; L has been doing everything from shipping orders to ordering inventory to hosting a trunk show (more on that next week!). So thank you, Friday, for showing up on time. We’re looking forward to putting our work aside and trying some new things this weekend! Here’s what we’re thinking:

1. Pop of Color: Spring is the perfect excuse to brighten your interior. Start small – pick a room and add a little “P.O.C.”, as Mr. Brad Goreski would say. We found five images to inspire you on The Glitter Guide. (And tune into It’s a Brad Brad World on Wednesdays at 10PM on Bravo. Love him.)

Pop of Color
obsessed with this neon door.

2. Nails: Ease into spring with a bright, fun mani! (And glitter, naturally.)

essie tart deco. perfect peach.
essie tart deco. perfect peach.

3. Fun Recipe: It will be warming up in Atlanta this weekend (finally). Sixty-five and sunny = patio lunch/dinner. So glad the Brown Eyed Baker is sharing ninety-five of her favorite spring recipes. Why not try 1, 5, or 10?

Cucumber-Tomato Bruschetta in Phyllo Cups anyone?
Cucumber-Tomato Bruschetta in Phyllo Cups, anyone?

4. New Necklace: Speaking of a pop of color, why not shop for something to add a little pizazz to the basic chambray shirt you’ll be wearing all spring? 31 Bits is a socially-minded jewelry business giving women in Northern Uganda an opportunity to counter poverty by making jewelry. The “beads” on these beautiful necklaces are handmade using recycled paper. Thanks to 31 Bits, these women who make these necklaces now have access to English lessons, finance training, AIDS and health training, and more. We can’t think of a better way to update your wardrobe.

31 Bits Collage
$52 // $44 // $58 available at dish. call 912.871.3989 to order.

5. Recover: Cold temps and whipping wind can do a number on your locks. This weekend, get your hair back in business with the Winter’s Grasp Dry Scalp Mask from Homemade Living: Home Dairy with Ashley English. You can thank us later.

Winter Hair Care
a little damage control…

What are you ladies up to this weekend? Shopping? Cooking? Eating? Drinking? Tweet or Instagram us pics! @glitter_blog_xo. You could be our next Glitter Girl

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J+L

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