The Curly Diaries | A life + style blog by Lindsey Schaefer

Festival Beauty Trends

April 21, 2016


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With festival season right around the corner, it is one of the most exciting times for fun and unique fashion and beauty trends.  As someone who isn’t heading off to Coachella, I’m constantly browsing Instagram, Snapchat and all other social media to see what fun trends are hitting the festival scene!  Last year it was all about the flash tattoos and fishtail braids, but this year things are a bit more simple when it comes to the major festival trends.  This summer it’s all about the strong brow, natural skin and earthy tones in makeup and beauty.  I know there’s no surprise when I say that Target is my favorite place to shop for new beauty items, so I’m sharing a few of my latest finds to embrace the festival trends!

  • Earthy Shadow – I’m normally someone who totally reaches for neutral toned eyeshadows, regardless of the season. It’s hilarious looking at my eye palettes, because the neutral shadows are always the first ones gone!  With festival season upon us, I’m totally loving the earthy tones for my eyes and this NYX Go-To palette is my go-to option for a budget-friendly palette.  With a nice winged liner {like this NYX one}, you’ve got a perfect eye look that’s festival-ready!
  • Natural Skin – When it comes to face makeup, I tend to tread the line between “full coverage flawless skin” and “natural finish”. It definitely depends on the day which side I fall on, but for festival season, the trends all center around making the skin look perfect, dewy and natural.  So much of this trend is all about the skin prep, which is why I’m all about the La Roche Posay sunscreens and CC creams with SPF.  It may sound dramatic, but the biggest skin enemy when it comes to aging and wrinkles is the sun!  That’s why it’s SO critical to use a high-quality sunscreen to keep your skin protected {without the risk of breakouts}.
  • Bold Eyebrows – Lastly, one of my favorite trends this season {and the past little while} is a well-defined, bold brow. I am obsessed with the L’oreal Brow Plumper for every type of brow, since it helps fill in sparse areas and keep stray hairs in place.  For those looking for a pencil/gel duo, the Pixi Natural Brow Duo is the perfect choice for the festival heat and sweat.

For those who may not be heading off to Coachella this weekend, it’s still SO easy to embrace the festival beauty trends!  Be sure to check out Target for all of their amazing new beauty products and brands that are festival-ready.  Plus, follow along @TargetStyle for all of the fabulous #TargetStyle posts.

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What are your favorite trends for festival season?!  Be sure to let me know in the comments below!

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5 Makeup Tips For Glasses

April 14, 2016


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I’ve been wearing glasses since like the fourth grade, and wasn’t allowed to wear makeup until middle school {and even then I was only allowed to wear clear mascara… does that even do anything?!} 😂 By the time I was wearing makeup, I was pretty religious about wearing my contacts every day.  However, a few years ago I needed to give my contacts a break and wear my glasses for a few weeks.  During that time, I quickly realized that applying makeup for glasses requires different techniques to ensure your eyes look fabulous behind your frames!  Today, I’m sharing my top 5 makeup tips for glasses so you look fabulous and feel confident while wearing your glasses!

  1. Undereye Concealer – The frames of your glasses can cast a shadow beneath the eyes, which will accentuate any dark circles and make the eyes appear sunken in.  When your eyes are behind glasses, it’s important to make them look bright and awake.  Use a brightening concealer under the eye, making sure to apply in the inner corner of the eye.  Blend with a sponge, brush or clean finger to leave the eyes looking luminous without any dark shadows.
  2. Choose Neutral Eyeshadow Shades – The last thing you want is for your eyeshadow to compete with your frames, so choose neutral eyeshadow colors that make the eyes pop.  Some flattering shades include champagne, bronze, taupe, nudes and chocolate browns.  By keeping your eyeshadow neutral, you can let your frames enhance your eyes!
  3. Curl Your Eyelashes – This is an essential step when wearing makeup with glasses!  Without curling your eyelashes, you can end up with last breakage if your eyelashes are constantly hitting the glass in your frames.  Especially with mascara, this can cause damage to your eyelashes and even get pesky mascara flakes on your lenses.  Instead, use your eyelashe curler to give your lashes lift and make your eyes look open behind your frames!
  4. Define Your Eyebrows – Just like your glasses frame your eyes, your eyebrows frame your glasses!  It’s essential to make sure your eyebrows are well groomed and fully defined to enhance the look of your glasses.  Use an eyebrow pencil or powder to fill in any sparse areas, and finish with a clear brow gel to keep the hairs in place.  By ensuring your eyebrows are looking their best, your glasses and eyes will serve as the main focus of your face!
  5. Choose The Right Frames – The most basic step in making your eye makeup look great behind glasses, is choosing the right frames for your face!  Luckily, you don’t have to try on hundreds of pairs to find your perfect pair.  VSP Direct offers eyewear consultations with their style experts, and right now you can enter their “Frame Your Fashion” sweepstakes to get a free eyewear consult and designer sunglasses!  You can enter weekly through May 25th by sharing a selfie with #VSPStyleSweepstakes, and one grand prize winner {selected from 10 weekly winners} will receive one year of VSP Direct vision insurance and a $250 gift card.

What are your favorite tips for when you wear your glasses?  Let me know in the comments below!


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Gym Bag Essentials

March 30, 2016

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When it comes to working out, I’m all about keeping things as easy as possible before and after my work out.  I mean, if I’m getting my butt kicked at the gym I don’t want to mess around with forgetting items!  I try to avoid going straight from a workout to any social gatherings, but sometimes happy hour is calling my name!  On days when I need to run errands or go meet friends after working out, I like to keep a few key items in my gym bag to make the transition as easy as possible.  Here, I’m sharing my gym bag essentials that will make going from the gym to happy hour a breeze!

  • Sneakers – If you’re running errands, sneakers are the way to go!  If you can find a pair to transition from your workout, even better.  My workout of choice is yoga, so I don’t wear any shoes while I’m working out.  However, I recently picked up some new sneaks {this pair is similar} since they’re perfect for running errands and an adorable “athleisure” look.
  • Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant – You guys know I’m a huge fan of Dove, so when they asked me to partner with them to try their new spray antiperspirant I of course said YES!  I’ve gotta say, I’m a huge fan of this product.  One of my biggest pet peeves is when a deodorant leaves white residue under the arms, or even worse… on your clothes!  The Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant goes on clear and is instantly dry, which means you don’t need to waste any time while getting ready!
  • Dry Shampoo – I’m a firm believer in not washing your hair every day, but after a workout it’s important to refresh your hair to get rid of any sweat/dirt/etc.  I love keeping a mini dry shampoo in my gym bag so I can freshen up my hair after a workout, without washing it!
  • Water Bottle – This one may seem obvious, but having a great water bottle is important for before, during and after your workout!  Especially if you’re heading off to happy hour {or even just running errands} it’s essential to hydrate after a work out.
  • Face Wipes – I absolutely cannot workout with makeup on, so I keep face wipes in my gym bag to make sure I can remove any makeup before a workout.  They are also great if you’re working out somewhere without a shower or sink, since you’ll be able to clean your skin quickly and easily!
  • Towel – Especially since I am doing hot yoga most days, a towel is essential for me during my workouts.  If I’m heading somewhere after my sweat session, I like to keep an extra towel on hand to use for a shower, washing my face or even to just freshen up.

These are just a few of the items in my gym bag, but when it comes to essentials these are it!  What items do you keep in your gym bag?  Let me know in the comments below! :)

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Spring Shopping Ideas Under $100

March 28, 2016

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Spring is officially here {even though it may not feel like it}, and it can be hard to dress for the new season.  I always find spring to be a difficult season to dress for, since the weather can fluctuate so much!  It’s also a great time to add in some color, but if you’re anything like me you’re hoping to avoid spending a ton of money on spring clothes.  To help you out, I’ve picked out a few of my favorite dresses, shoes and beauty products for spring!  Even better?  Every item is under $100, so you don’t have to break the bank to pick up some new spring items! :)

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What items are you picking up for spring?!  Let me know in the comments below, or over on Instagram @LindseySchaefer.  Happy shopping!