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    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! 


    My (Drugstore) Skincare Routine

    I envy minimalists. You know who I’m talking about. They’re the people who live in a micro homes, bike to work and claim their glowing complexions resulted from excessive amounts of green tea and bars of charcoal soap. They make it look so easy, don’t they?

    But the truth is, this fantasy life where I’d fit all of my belongings into a garbage bag…yeah, it’s not going to happen. I’m a product nerd. My bathroom doubles as my own personal drugstore, with half-used products overflowing the drawers. So, as you can imagine, I’ve tried everything under the sun. This is largely due to the fact that I’ll believe anything a product claims to do (a marketer’s dream).

    But guys, I finally have a skincare routine (sounds so fancy, right?)! It definitely wasn’t easy, and it took some time and serious commitment to find products I love that actually work. These products were right in front of my face all these years (i.e. the drugstore aisle). But you know what they say, something good comes along when you least expect it. These gems have convinced a product commitment phobe like me to settle down:

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    Step 1: Splash my face with cold water (it’s brutal, but helps me wake up).

    Step 2: Apply Thayer’s Cucumber Witch Hazel Toner to a cotton ball and apply to my face. It’s super refreshing and doesn’t dry my skin like other toners.

    Step 2: Apply Cetaphil’s Oil Control Moisturizer with SPF 30. LOVE this stuff. It blends easily, and SPF is key, people.


    Step 1: Neutrogena’s makeup removing wipes are my go-to.

    Step 2: Wash face with CeraVe’s Hydrating Cleanser. This stuff has more of a lotion consistency, but it doesn’t irritate my skin.

    Step 3: Just like in the morning, at night I apply Thayer’s Cucumber Witch Hazel Toner to a cotton ball and apply to my face.

    Step 4: I layer on the Cetaphil’s moisturizing cream. It’s the bomb.

    Step 5: Aquaphor lip balm. Always.

    I’d love to know (because I’m always on the hunt), what are some of your favorite drug store products? 


    Mother’s Day

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    8. Her favorite flowers


    Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and although my Mom is notoriously difficult to buy for, the internet makes gathering ideas so much easier. While I usually go the homemade route, I can’t help but make a list of all the pretty things I know she’ll love.


    And of course, any gift pairs fabulously with warm chocolate chip cookies and homemade body scrub.
    (*note: Mom, if you’re reading this, don’t worry. I am not gifting you anything on this list. Surprises are my thing.)