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

Curly Hair Recipe

August 15, 2016

Thanks to Cantu for sponsoring this post. 

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I get questions all the time from readers about my curly hair.  Whether it’s the color, cut, style or products used, curly girls often seek out advice because curly hair is so unique!  I remember being younger and trying out the products that my straight-haired friends were using.  Almost none of them worked for my hair, and I would become so frustrated {not to mention tired of wasting money on stuff that didn’t work}.  It took me a while, but I eventually realized that I need specialized products that are made for curly hair.  An even bigger discovery?  Almost no two curl patterns are alike, so it’s essential to mix up your own “curl cocktail” for your hair!  That’s why I love Cantu products – they are perfect for mixing and matching, to create the perfect recipe for each unique curl type!

First, I start with the Complete Conditioning Co-Wash to cleanse my hair.  I am a huge fan of co-washes, because they are still hydrating and don’t strip your hair of moisture {like many other shampoos}.  After I’m out of the shower, I use the Coil Calm Detangler, which softens my hair and gets out any tangles.  I also always apply the Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream, which helps reduce breakage, frizz and flyaways!

Now comes the fun part – your curl cocktail!  Everyone’s will be slightly different, but, essentially, I mix together products to create something that is perfect for my hair type!  For me, it’s a 50/50 mix of the Coconut Curling Cream and the Twist & Lock Gel.  The curling cream defines my curls and moisturizes, while the gel controls frizz and holds the style.  You can also layer these products for a different result, and it still looks so fabulous and makes your hair feel amazing!

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016

July 22, 2016

It’s my very favorite sale of the whole year – the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!  I’m sure you’ve been hearing about it all over social media, but today is the first day the sale is public!  Up until today it’s been “Early Access” only, so if you didn’t have a Nordstrom credit or debit card you weren’t able to take advantage.  Lucky for you I’ve been scouring the sale for the past two weeks, and even made a trip in to Nordstrom to check out fit, quality and sizing in person {if you know me, I rarely online shop so this is a BIG deal}.

Most major sales take the items that didn’t sell well or are going out of season, but the #NSale features brand new merchandise from the best brands on major discount!  I’ve been saving my pretty pennies for the past few months {I even have a separate “Clothing & Beauty” savings account, thanks to my gal pal Tess’ tips on multiple savings accounts}, so I was able to snag up a ton of amazing fashion and beauty items for fall.  The best part about shopping with Nordstrom is the amazing customer service – they offer free shipping on every order and their return policy is in a league of it’s own!  I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite items from the sale, including a few that I already purchased myself.  Seriously guys, there is some fabulous stuff on major sale!

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Nixon Watch | Patagonia Zip-Up | NARS Perfect Cheek Palette | Lace Up Flats | Tory Burch Crossbody | Cowl Neck Sweater | bp. Plaid Scarf | Hudson Distressed Jeans | BeautyBlender Set | Steve Madden Booties | Kendra Scott Earrings | Deborah Lippman Nail Polish Set

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I’ve never been willing to splurge on a Patagonia jacket, because they are just so darn spendy!  When I saw this one on sale, I knew it would be perfect to snatch up for the winter months.  Plus, who doesn’t love a quarter zip?!  Cowl neck sweaters are a fall necessity, and the fit on this one looks absolutely fabulous {plus it’s under $30}.  I also am totally drooling over these Hudson jeans – the distressing is so perfect!  When I first started browsing through the sale, these lace up flats were the first think I knew I needed to have.  How adorable?!  I can already tell I’m going to be living in these this fall!  And how cute are these booties?  I love the cut out detail – it seriously makes your legs look ten times longer!

Accessories:

Okay, I’m a total watch lover and I’ve been eying this Nixon beauty the entire sale.  That rose gold detail?  Obsessed!  You can absolutely never go wrong with some Tory Burch, and it rarely goes on sale.  Now is the perfect time to snatch up this wine colored crossbody {or any of the other fabulous Tory goodies}.  I’m also a huge Kendra Scott fan, and these earrings are the perfect fall colors.  I love the unique stone, and the different metal options are perfect.  Lastly, nothing screams fall like a plaid scarf.  I love that this one is huge and oversized, plus it’s under $20 which is a major steal!

Beauty:

Everyone knows I’m a beauty junkie, and I can’t tell you how many of these beauty items are sitting in my cart waiting for me to pull the trigger!  If there’s one thing you absolutely need to buy, it’s this BeautyBlender set.  I swear by my BeautyBlender, and in this set you get two of them PLUS the blender cleanser!  I’ve also totally been drooling over this NARS Perfect Cheek palette.  Not only do you get some of the most iconic blush shades in the beauty world, but you get their amazing Laguna bronzer and highlighter in one palette!  There are a few great nail polish sets included in the sale, but I’m loving the beautiful shades featured in the Deborah Lippman set.  It’s so stunning for fall and winter!

I’ve included a few other items I’m loving from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale in the widget below, so be sure to shop your little hearts out!  Let me know if you’d like to see any of these pieces styled, or if any other items are catching your eye.  Happy shopping!

3 Easy Ways To Give Back

July 18, 2016


When it comes to giving back to the community, it may seem like a daunting task.  With so many worthy causes and organizations, it can be difficult to know where to begin!  Whether you choose to volunteer your time, donate items or make a financial contribution, there are so many great options to give back to your community!  Today, I’m sharing three easy tips to give back within your community.

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1. Donate unused items

This one may seem so simple, but it’s one of my absolute favorite ways to easily make a difference within your community.  Every season, I like to clean out my apartment and compile unused items to donate to local organizations.  Items that are often needed include clothes that you no longer wear or don’t fit properly, beauty products and makeup items, bedding and towels {animal shelters love these} and household items like cleaning products, toilet paper, etc.  Of course, you can always donate any food items that may have piled up in your pantry.  By pulling together items you may have that you aren’t using, not only are you able to donate to those who need them, but you are also clearing up your space!

2. Utilize company offerings

Many companies offer volunteer events, paid time to volunteer for approved causes or even full days where employees can spend the day giving back.  Often times employees don’t take advantage of these benefits, but it is such an easy way to volunteer with the support of your employer!  Check in with your company’s volunteer and community service events to make an impact with these organized events.  A bonus?  Get your coworkers to participate with you!  It will be a fun way to connect with them outside of the office, and you’ll all feel great about spending the day making a difference in your community.

3.  Use your talents

Do you love to read?  Volunteer to read to children at an after school program!  Are you an excellent business woman?  Work with a local organization to review resumes for those trying to enter the workforce!  Do you have an obsession with animals?  Volunteer at a local animal shelter!  There are so many incredible organizations looking for people to volunteer their time and talents.  By leveraging your strengths and talents to give back to your community, you’ll be able to enjoy your time and have fun while doing it!

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Another easy way to help the community?  Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company is donating a total of $2 million as part of their Band Together campaign to support three important causes – health, home and hunger. The nonprofits benefiting are: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, and Feeding America or Food Banks Canada.  YOU can vote to decide which cause will receive the money from July 11, 2016 at 11am CT – July 31, 2016 at 11pm CT.  The cause that receive the most votes by the end of July will receive a $1 million donation from Jewelers Mutual. The runner-up will receive $700,000 and $300,000 will go to the third-place winner.  Another bonus?  Voters will be entered for a chance to win weekly jewelry prizes from STACKED New York to receive a set of 3 stacking bands ($450 retail value)!

Click here to band together with Jewelers Mutual, and vote for your favorite charity!

What are your favorite ways to give back to your community?  Let me know in the comments below!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

5 Secrets Makeup Artists Don’t Tell You

June 23, 2016

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I get tons of questions from friends, readers of my blog and even acquaintances about tips for makeup application.  Makeup is such a personal thing, and there are so many different ways to apply and wear makeup for your own liking.  Between my previous makeup application training and consistent product research, I have picked up a bunch of tips to achieve a flawless makeup look.  Since I totally love all things beauty and makeup, I’m always more than happy to share my recommendations and advice with those who ask.  Surprisingly, there are a few tricks that make a huge difference that I’m always shocked by how few people know about!  In today’s blog post, I’m sharing my top 5 secrets that makeup artists don’t tell you but will TOTALLY change your makeup game.

  1. Do your eye makeup first This one is such an easy change, and I’m always SO surprised by how many people have never heard this advice.  Think about it – if you do your foundation first, spend time getting it looking flawless and then do your eyes you can totally ruin it by fall out from your eye shadow, a messed up eyeliner wing or a number of other possible problems.  By switching the order and doing your eye makeup first, you can simply wipe away any fall out or unclean lines with a tissue and then move on to your foundation.  In my opinion, it helps make both your eye and face makeup look more clean and professionally done.
  2. Prime, prime, prime! – Most of the questions I get when it comes to makeup center around how to get a smooth, even looking makeup look.  No one wants patchy looking foundation or eye shadow that creases throughout the day!  I always recommend a primer, especially an eye primer and face primer.  Not only does it help your makeup apply smoothly and evenly, but it helps your makeup last all day long {even in the heat}!
  3. It’s not you, it’s your brushes – So often people tell me they “don’t know how to do their makeup,” and then when I ask them what brushes they use they look at me with a confused look.  If you are using those brushes you use in a cheap kit {or even worse those little sponge, or no brushes at all} you are seriously doing yourself a disservice!  You don’t need 50 different brushes do do your makeup, but you do need at least a few high quality brushes each with an intended use.  I would recommend at least two eye shadow brushes, a powder brush, a bronzer blush and a blush brush.  Even easier?  Pick up a brush set so you have all the basics you’ll need for a flawless face!  You may think you can get away without, but I promise you your makeup will thank you when you invest in a few quality brushes!
  4. Spend a bit more on what’s important to you – This one may seem a bit obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people skimp in areas that they complain about.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about finding great products at the drugstore but also like to spend a little more when it makes sense.  Think about your makeup look, and pick 2-3 things that you care most about.  For me lately, I want flawless skin, glossy lips and bold eyelashes.  Since those areas are my priority, I tend to spend a bit more on a glowy CC cream, my favorite lipgloss and a great mascara.  That means I usually go a little cheaper on my blush or lipstick.  Everyone’s focus areas will be different, so choose what’s important for you and don’t be scared to spend a little bit more to get a high quality product!
  5. It’s an art, not a science – The thing with makeup is that it’s SO subjective – what one person loves another might hate!  I could tell you a million tips or tricks, but there really are no rules.  If anyone tries to tell you there’s a right and a wrong way to do makeup, they are taking themselves a bit too seriously.  With makeup, feel free to experiment, try things out, make mistakes and try again.  It’s only makeup and at the end of the day you just wash it off, so make it fun and unique to you!

What are your favorite makeup tips?  Let me know in the comments below!

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