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    My First Time

    DSC_0911I remember the first time I officially wore makeup…and no, I’m not counting the times I snuck into my mom’s bathroom and plastered her red lipstick all over my face. I was in the 6th grade and going through the “I just want to be an adult, already” phase. The phase where I loved to tell people I was 13, even though I was 11 (only to have my little sister call me out for it in front of my summer crush — true story).

    I started carrying a purse, wearing perfume and migrating into the realm of scented chapstick and Wet n’ Wild. Then, one day while on vacation with my entire family, my older cousin pulled out her makeup bag…

    This is the part where things changed.

    Discovering a generously-filled makeup bag was how I imagined Christopher Columbus felt when he discovered the Americas. It was by complete accident, but it was all kinds of awesome. Lipgloss? The shinier and more flavored, the better. Eye shadow? I’ll take the powder blue, please. Glitter? Yep, let me just roll that all over my face (remember this stuff?).

    It snowballed from there.

    A year or so later — when the glitter fad became less sparkly — my mom treated me to my first “real adult” makeup experience at the Clinique counter. By the time I had reached 8th grade, my teenage skin was a complete disaster and this line worked like a charm. Now as a semi-adult, in addition to skincare, I can’t get enough of Clinique’s makeup products. Have you guys tried their new Chubby mascara? Mind. Blown. When Clinique asked me to try it, I said yes…times infinity.

    Now, for the really good part.

    The brand recently launched this new site called “The Wink,” which is so cool, guys. It’s a beauty and lifestyle blog wrapped into one, and will definitely become my new BFF when I’m on the hunt for makeup tips (seriously, where was this when I was bathing in glitter?). I bookmarked this post to give me a bit of inspiration with my new mascara. And can we just talk about this recipe for a second — popsicles in the name of good skin? Well, twist my arm…

    “The Wink” just launched today and I think you guys will love it. Check it out here and let me know what you think!

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    And because I rambled on about my first makeup wearing experience, I’m dying to know your story. Share in the comments!

    This post was sponsored by Clinique through an opportunity with Collectively, Inc. All opinions, ramblings and embarrassing stories are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make NWH a fun place to be!


    September Beauty Faves

    So, we’re already feeling the October vibes at this point, but that doesn’t mean we can’t sit back and reflect on what rocked during the month of September. And friend, where beauty products are considered, you know I loved more than just a few.

    Let’s dive in…

    Untitled design-31. e.l.f Perfect Finish HD powder

    septfaves2I’m a huuuuuge fan of e.l.f. products. This translucent powder has been a favorite of mine for awhile. It’s super easy to apply and gives skin an airbrushed finish. They recently repackaged it to come in a convenient compact, which I am 100% behind. I have the loose powder version and it’s a hot mess. Let’s just say there have been one too many incidents where it exploded in my car. Thanks, e.l.f. for saving me from myself.

    2. NARS Bronzer in “Laguna”

    septfaves4I feel like NARS “Laguna” is the Pumpkin Spice Latte of bronzers. People rave about it. They can’t live without it. And because I’m naturally curious, I just had to find out first-hand what the hype was all about. Let’s be honest, you could probably buy 10 PSL’s for the price of this bronzer, but in the end it’s worth it. The color looks great on most skin tones, and it isn’t shimmery or orange-toned like most of the bronzers I’ve tried.

    3. Essie Nailpolish in “Devil’s Advocate”


    This nailpolish is the perfect fall color. It’s a deep black/brown with a tint of burgundy. If you’re the girl who wants to try something other than black (which can be a bit too harsh on most skin tones), than this is your go-to shade.

    4. e.l.f. Studio Matte Lip Color in “Wine”

    septfavesI. love. this. lipstick. That’s all there really is to it. I wear it almost every day to work, and for the price (just $3), it has some serious lasting power.

    5. e.l.f. Studio Endless Eyes Pro Mini Eyeshadow Palette


    I never wore eyeshadow. Like, ever. This pallet changed everything. The lighter, neutral colors are my go-to’s for daytime, and the deeper, cooler colors are perfect for a night out. If you don’t want to fork out the cash for Urban Decay’s Naked pallet, then I highly recommend giving this one a go (it’s less than $10).

    6. Benefit High Beam Liquid Highlighterseptfaves5

    I’m pretty sure I received this sample size in a Birchbox forever ago, and recently rediscovered it. I’m hooked. The paintbrush applicator makes it super easy to apply, and the finish gives you that “lit from within” glow. Beyonce, I think I found your secret.

    And that’s a wrap! Now, I’ve got to know — what are some of the products you loved last month? Share in the comments!

    Disclaimer: The e.l.f. Studio Matte Lip Color and the e.l.f Perfect Finish HD powder were given to me through an opportunity with Collectively. All opinions are 100% my own…as in, I’m 100% obsessed with them.



    August Beauty Faves

    This series helps me justify my beauty/skincare addiction. Do if for the blog, right?augbeautyfaves3I’m no stranger to the beauty aisle. If you and I go to Target together, chances are you’d find me wandering the bright white aisles with five or so lipsticks in my basket (an addiction I’m trying to break). When it comes to makeup and skincare, I’ll try just about anything — from green tinted primers and clay masks to colored mascara.

    Here are a handful of things I couldn’t keep my hands off of in August:

    Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick in “Let’s Get Naked”: The perfect nude lipstick. I told myself I’d never in a million years wear nude lipstick. I’m fair enough as it is, so concealer lips? No thanks. But this. It’s orangey pink and the formula is more hydrating than any other lipstick I’ve tried. I love it so much that I picked up a pretty red shade, too.

    Supergoop! Setting Mist with Rosemary, SPF 50: I remember telling my best friend once that I had this brilliant idea that was going to make me a millionaire. I think our conversation went something like this. Me: “So, you know how you’re supposed to reapply sunscreen every two hours? Well, what do you do if you have makeup on….remove your makeup and start all over? What if there was a spray you could just spritz on over your makeup!? Why has no one thought of this?” Well, needless to say, I’m not a millionaire. Supergoop! beat me to the punch. But it’s cool, because this product is pretty great. It’s a makeup setting spray that controls oil and gives your layer of SPF a refresh.

    L’Oreal True Match Foundation: I don’t even want to know how many foundations I’ve tried in my lifetime. I’d probably embarrass myself. I’ve experimented with almost every brand on drug store shelves, and I’ve even dabbled with some of the high end stuff like Chanel and Bobbi Brown. But I have to say, guys, nothing beats True Match. Its lightweight consistency sinks into the skin giving the best, natural-looking coverage. And the best part? ZERO breakouts. A major win in my book.

    NYX HD Concealer: I went to Ulta once in search of the perfect concealer. Top beauty bloggers rave about the NARS one, but I just couldn’t justify spending an arm and a leg on a tiny tube of concealer (where’s the fun in that?). When the girl helping me pointed me to the NYX aisle, I was sold. This stuff compares exceptionally well to higher end versions, but for a fraction of the cost. It’s creamy, blends well and brightens up those pesky under-eye circles in a flash.

    Rimmel London Exaggerate Waterproof Eyeliner in “Noir”: The perfect black eyeliner. Nuff’ said.

    What are some of the beauty/skincare products you’re loving right now?


    April Beauty Favorites + A Special Invitation

    DSC_0162I know it’s already May (oops), but I honestly don’t know why I haven’t posted a series like this sooner. Now that I’m moving, I’ve come to realize how many beauty products I actually own (here’s a hint: it’s a lot). I’m flirting with hoarding, and things might be getting serious soon.

    So, I made a little pact to myself moving forward: I will try and use what I have before buying new stuff. For a beauty junkie like me, this is going to be tough. Walking into Ulta is a trap, and I really don’t think I’ll make it out alive.

    But even though my collection is enormous, there were several standouts that knocked my socks of in April. From a bright pink lipstick to light blue nail polish, it’s obvious I’m in full on spring mode.

    Freeman’s Charcoal & Black Sugar Polishing MaskThis product combines two of my favorite skin care rituals (a clay mask and sugar scrub) into one bottle. It’s ah-mazing.

    YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara: I never thought anything could replace my Maybelline mascara until I was sent this one to try. And to be honest, I didn’t understand why people invested in the high-end, ridiculously expensive, I could buy a shirt with that money, mascaras. Now I know why. This little tube is a lash changer.

    Essie Nailpolish in “Find me an Oasis”: I’m all about the light polish colors for spring. This color from Essie is a whiteish blue, and has me dreaming of days at the pool.

    Revlon Lipstick in “Sultry Samba”: This lipstick is the perfect hot pink (as seen in the picture above). I’ve been layering it on constantly lately, and love to increase the intensity for nights out.

    Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Advanced Face Serum: I have a naturally red tone to my skin, especially around my cheeks. This daily serum helps to calm and reduce redness — I love it!DSC_0176

    What are some of your go-to products? Share in the comments! And as always, thank you for reading along.

    P.S. – What are you guys doing Thursday night? Thread Cincinnati is hosting a little happy hour at Sundry and Vice starting at 6 p.m., and we’d love to see you there. Click here for more details!


    Tutorial: Criss Cross Hairstyle for Short Hair

    DSC_0632Calling all ladies with lobs, bobs and mobs (apparently this is a new thing)! Did you recently make the chop or have you always rocked a shorter do? Short hair requires less time with a blow dryer, but can call for a bit of creativity in the styling department.

    Luckily, Melissa Leitru at Alba Beauty Studio knows a thing or two about styling short hair. We got together a few weeks back and I played guinea pig while she worked magic on my hair (rough, I know). This criss cross hairstyle was my favorite look from the day, and I’ve already recreated it several times at home. It’s super fun, and would be great for date night, girls’ night or the office.

    Here’s how you can recreate the look in a few simple steps:

    Products used: Kevin Murphy Gritty BusinessKevin Murphy Hair ResortKevin Murphy Young AgainKevin Murphy Powder.PuffKevin Murphy Body Builder.

    1. Start by teasing hair at the crown. This will help give the hair some texture and extra holding power.
    DSC_06132. Gather a strand of hair from one side of your head, and use a bobby pin to secure it to the other side.

    DSC_06193. Continue this pattern with three or four strands of hair on each side. You can alternate their thickness to give the look more dimension.

    DSC_06264. Finish with hairspray. Rock your new look!DSC_0632What do you guys think? Give it a go and let me know how it turns out! And if you’re looking for more short hair inspiration, learn how to style this simple braided top knot here.

    If you’re in the Cincinnati area, check out Alba Beauty Studio on Wasson Road in Oakley. Read more about the salon here

    Photography by Caroline Koehler Photography. Check her out on Facebook and Instagram



    Tutorial: Braided Top Knot for Short Hair

    Top Knot for Short Hair | NatalieWasHere.comA few months ago, I randomly booked an appointment at my favorite salon, told my girl Melissa what I envisioned for my new look, and she joyfully chopped off five inches. I hopped on the lob bandwagon that day, and I’m lovin’ it. Hasta la vista, long hair.

    If you’re contemplating making the chop, chances are you’re thinking, “How in the world do I style short hair?” Believe me, I had the same thoughts. But trust me, it’s not as hard as you think. This top knot for short hair is the perfect solution.

    Scroll below to see how you can easily accomplish this look at home in less than 15 minutes!

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    Products used: Kevin Murphy Gritty Business, Kevin Murphy Hair Resort, Kevin Murphy Young Again, Kevin Murphy Powder.Puff, Kevin Murphy Body Builder.
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    When hair is wet, spray roots with a root lifting foam like Kevin Murphy’s Body Builder. Evenly distribute a texturizing product like Gritty Business onto ends to give hair the “next day” look when dry. This will help your hair hold the style much longer.Braided Top Knot for Short Hair |

    Tutorial: Braided Top Knot for Short Hair |


    1. Using a wand or spiral curling iron, curl strands to achieve a messy look. It helps to alternate the curling iron. Curl some pieces away from the face and towards the face to achieve a tousled beachy look.

    2. Part hair on each side directly in line with the arches in your eyebrows. Secure with an elastic.

    3. Braid strand. Dust with a texturizing powder like Kevin Murphy’s Powder.Puff to hold the braid in place.

    4. Wrap the braid around to create a bun and secure with bobby pins. Spritz with hair spray and you’re good to go!

    Braided Top Knot for Short Hair | NatalieWasHere.comVoila! Easy peasy, right? Give this braided top knot for short hair a go and let me know how it turns out!

    Photography by Caroline Koehler Photography. Check her out on Facebook and Instagram


    Why I Love Washing My Face: The Morning Edition


    I’m making a conscious effort to take better care of my skin. This means washing my face morning and night, eating a balanced diet (trying to say no to donuts/cake/cookies), and taking a multi-vitamin and fish oil capsules daily (if I remember).

    This also means accepting the fact that a half-assed attempt to remove makeup with a wipe does not count as washing my face (a sad, sad discovery). I’m still working on the drinking more water part, so if you have any tips, help a girl out. My coffee to water ratio is sad.

    Confession time: I am not a morning person. Never have been. So this might sound a bit weird when I say I actually look forward to my morning skincare routine. From the orange scented cleanser to the light-weight moisturizer, these are the products that help me get out of bed in the morning: DSC_1325_edited

    Burt’s Bees Orange Essence Facial Cleanser ($7.99): If a face wash that smells like straight up oranges isn’t enough to entice you, then maybe the quality of this cleanser will. I love Burt’s Bees products, and this one is no exception. DSC_1341_edited

    Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads ($12.99): The pads are soaked in exfoliating glycolic acid and witch hazel to help resurface skin and keep wrinkles at bay. I know I’m only 24, but it’s better to be early to the wrinkle prevention party than late. Glycolic is everywhere. These pads aren’t drying at all, and are great for daily use. I’ve definitely noticed a difference since I’ve started using them, and they smell pretty great, too.DSC_1343_edited

    Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30 ($17.99): Speaking of wrinkles, I’m a firm believer in SPF, always. I think 40-year-old me will thank 24-year-old me for this later. And my dermatologist would be so proud. Cetaphil is one of my favorite drugstore brands and I love this facial moisturizer. I lather it on my face daily before my foundation. It’s extremely lightweight, doesn’t make me breakout and has SPF 30. Hollaaa.

    Have you tried any of these products? Are you currently using something you absolutely love? Share your thoughts!