Eyelash Extensions and A Burrito Dress. Yep.

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Fun fact: when I wore this dress to work at my first job out of college, an older coworker of mine asked if there were miniature burritos all over it. He was our graphic designer and, as you can imagine, a little kooky, and I crack up thinking about a dress covered in burritos any time I wear this dress. Maybe I should just save this dress to wear when I go eat burritos? That story has absolutely nothing to do with the rest of this post, but I love it. So there you go.

Anyway! The sky began falling in Dallas today. Can you tell from these photos? The weather is supposed to keep up the madness — thunder, lighting, wind, and lots and lots of rain — for the next EIGHT DAYS. April showers and all that, I guess. But I’m pretty happy today nonetheless because a) I love overcast weather and rain (even when it’s windy as all get out), and b) I’m giving a new beauty fad a little test run. And so far, I’m pretty obsessed.

I stopped in to Flirty Girl Lash Studio on Saturday and met with Crystal, the owner, to get some eyelash extensions! I love me some long and luscious eyelashes, and I have since I started wearing makeup, like, ten years ago (and now I feel old). If I had to bring one beauty product with me to a deserted island, I’d definitely choose sunscreen. But my second choice would absolutely be mascara.

I’m constantly on the hunt for the best mascara out there that’s lengthening, but not clumpy, and my girlfriends can tell you I am the first to jump on any occasion where false lashes might be of good use. So the thought of not even needing to use mascara, yet getting the look of long, beautiful eyelashes, was pret-ty appealing.

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The other perfect part about eyelash extensions is that I’m sort of the laziest when it comes to my day-to-day makeup. I use about, oh, five products, and it takes about five minutes for me to apply them. But now I don’t have to use ANY eye makeup (unless I want to throw on eye shadow or eyeliner, which I don’t typically do on a normal day). So literally, y’all, my makeup routine now is a three-minute process. In this post, I’m wearing concealer, face powder, and bronzer. I’m in lazy-girl heaven.

Plus, getting the extensions applied was relaxing and painless, so much so that I fell fast asleep during the process. It took about an hour, and laying there with my eyes closed for that amount of time is bound to end with me nodding off once or twice. Every once in a while, I’d feel Crystal re-align my head, which had literally nodded to the side as I dozed off to sleep. Whoops.

Before starting, she showed me a few different looks to choose from, from minimalistic extensions (a more natural look) to super-diva (thick, voluminous, dramatic). I chose the simpler ones, and Crystal adapted the style some to make my eyes look larger per my request. I loved that she tailored it to exactly what I wanted.

If you’re on the fence with this fad like I was (I wasn’t sure if I would like the finished look as much as I do), I’d say absolutely give it a shot. And if you’re in the Dallas or North Texas area, I 100-percent recommend Flirty Girl in Plano (at The Shops at Legacy)! Crystal and her girls will take great care of you. Pinky promise.

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THIS WEATHER THOUGH.

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Babydoll (burrito) dress: old, similar here and here // Ankle boots: Dolce by Mojo Moxy // Eyelash extensions (LOVE): Flirty Girl Lash Studio

Noruz Organics Skincare Products For One, For All!

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I am very particular about what I put on and in my body (unless it’s chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream; in that case, I have zero standards and will eat it all). But really, I like to consume as many organic, fair-trade, non-GMO foods and beverages as I can — without breaking the budget, of course — and I prefer my skincare products to be just as wholesome. There is a difference between treating your body with natural nutrients and products versus pumping yourself with harmful chemicals. You can feel the difference, and you can see it.

That’s why I was so excited to partner up with Noruz Organics. It’s a Dallas-based, organic (as the name implies) skincare company whose products are so good for your skin while also making it feel like its dreamiest version. Trust me. I got to sample two scrubs, the Cinnamon Sugar Scrub and the Green Tea Scrub. I used the latter on my face two to three times a week, and my skin felt significantly refreshed afterward. Green tea is an antioxidant, and antibacterial (good, especially, if you’re prone to breakouts like I am), and it soothes the skin while reducing inflammation. Love.

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I used the Cinnamon Sugar Scrub, which by the way smells like the best coffee cake you’ve ever tasted, on my entire body. Not only did I smell like a Yankee Candle every time I used it, I also sloughed away dead skin on my whole body while the raw sugar moisturized and exfoliated and the cinnamon restored suppleness. It’s just as heavenly as it sounds.

The best part is that you won’t find one lick of chemicals in any of Noruz’s products. It’s all organic essential oils, vitamins, and herbs that moisturize, scrub, and anti-age your skin to its most luminous state. Like, where was this stuff in my adolescent, horrible skin-awkward stage? Next on my list to try is the Coffee Scrub, for the obvious reason that I would love to smell like coffee all day, and also because coffee beans help with cellulite and evenness of skin tone. (I’m not too high and mighty to admit that I could use some more help with each of those.)

Enough bragging about my experiences with these fun skincare products. I want y’all to try them out, too! Go to NoruzOrganics.com to browse the rest of their yummy products (they have moisturizers and body butters, too), and get 10% off of your purchase by using the code FRECKLES at check-out!

(Giveaway details below.)

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I’m also hosting a giveaway to win a sample set of all four Noruz Organics scrubs — green tea, coffee, rose petal, and cinnamon sugar — for you AND a friend each on my Instagram! Follow these rules to enter:

  1. Follow me (@frecklesandfigs) and Noruz Organics (@noruzorganics) on Instagram.
  2. Like my Instagram post featuring a photo of me with my Noruz products (posted today).
  3. Tag a beauty-junkie friend who you’d like to get a sample set in a comment on the IG post.
  4. BONUS: repost my photo for an additional entry to win!

Contest ends at midnight central time on Sunday, March 20, and I’ll announce the winner Monday the 21st! Let’s make our skin happy. Good luck!

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Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts

If you’ve been procrastinating shopping for a Valentine’s Day gift for your beloved, don’t even worry. I’ve got you covered. I compiled a list of seven sure-to-impress gifts for both the ladies and the fellas out there. Even if you aren’t spending February 14 with a significant other and just happen to really like a holiday celebrating love (I’m right there with you on that), these could be some perfect presents for other people you’d like to shower with your affection. There are no rules here.

I tried to gather items at all price points from places you can run out to in the next few days–Target, Anthropologie, Nordstrom Rack–except for one Amazon item during a minor brain fart. Eh, that one you can just wrap up the receipt for and tell her (or him) it’s in the mail. She(he)’ll be stoked either way. Trust me.

Enjoy the day of love, drink mimosas and coffee, and have lots of chocolate this weekend. And let me know in the comments what you plan to get (or have already gotten for) your honey!

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“Swedish” Braid Updo Tutorial

Here I am again in video form and slightly less grainy than last time. A few things to note about this tutorial: it’s slightly longer than I’d hoped it would be (14 minutes), but I kept talking and explaining things and then felt like I couldn’t cut them out. So we’re left with a solid quarter hour of chit-chatty ol’ me, trying to teach y’all how to do a cute little braid ‘do. Allot yourself enough time and (please) roll with it, if you don’t mind.

And, let me just clarify, when I say, “learning process,” I mean: “I have no idea what I’m doing.” I strive for honesty here.

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