August #OOTD’s & Makeup Details

little black dress


Leith LBD (under $80) | Burberry ‘White Gold’ Highlighter

rachel barkules


Sanctuary Camo Hoodie


Jaclyn Hill x Morphe ‘Ring the Alarm’ Eyeshadow Palette | Too Faced ‘Better Than Sex’ Mascara | Chanel Foundation | Burberry ‘White Gold’ Highlighter | Jeffrey Star Cosmetics ‘Mannequin’ Liquid LipstickBlinking Beaute Lashes

quay bum bag and joggers

quay bum bag


Distressed Tee | Zella Joggers | Steve Madden Sandals | Quay Bag (only $40!) | Morphe ‘Hot Shot’ Liquid Lipstick

how to wear biker shorts


Topshop Jacket | Topshop Tank | Lululemon Biker Shorts (sold out), similar Here & Here | Chanel Sneakers, similar Here, similar for less

express tee


Express Tee | Lana Jewelry Necklace


Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Eyeshadow Palette | Too Faced ‘Better Than Sex’ Mascara | Chanel Foundation | Dior Backstage Glow Highlight Palette (obsessed!!!) | Kat Von D ‘Ophelia’ Liquid Lipstick

street style

topshop denim jacket


Topshop Jacket | Tank | Madewell Shorts | Lana Jewelry Necklace, similar under $50 | Chanel Sneakers, similar Here, similar for less


Jaclyn Hill x Morphe ‘Dark Magic’ Eyeshadow Palette | Too Faced ‘Better Than Sex’ Mascara | Chanel Foundation | Burberry ‘White Gold’ Highlighter | Jeffrey Star Cosmetics ‘Mannequin’ Liquid Lipstick | Blinking Beaute Lashes

distressed white tee


White Tee | Express Denim | Rag & Bone Hat, similar under $20 | Natori Bra | Lana Jewelry Necklace | Burberry ‘White Gold’ Highlighter | Kylie Cosmetics ‘Penelope’ Liquid Lipstick 

Sephora Beauty Insider Event – Up to 20% OFF! What’s in My Shopping Bag

sephora beauty insider 2018

Rouge Members: Aug 24th- Sept 3rd – 20% off – Use Code: YESROUGE
VIB Members: Aug 30th – Sept 3rd – 15% off – Use Code: YESVIB
Beauty Insider Members: Aug 30th – Sept 3rd – 10% off – Use Code: YESINSIDER

Twice a year Sephora shows appreciation to their customers by offering a discount off your entire purchase. I love to use this time to stock up on my favorites items.  And also try a few new things.

Favorites I’m Re-Purchasing
These are all makeup items I can not live without.  I couldn’t even do my makeup one time without them.  I know I will use them time and time again.  So I always get at least one of each while they are on sale.  I get my favorite mascara (the only one I ever wear!), eyebrow pencil (I wear shade ‘soft brown’) and brow gel, face setting powder, eyeliner pencil, under eye setting powder.  I also like to pick up a mini Champagne Pop highlight for travel.

I also get some of my favorite hair and body products as well.  My fave volume texture hair spray, dry shampoo, both of my favorite perfumes Coco Chanel & Chanel Chance, body lotion & face wash.

New Things I’m Trying
LIPSTICKS: I’ve been loving nude liquids lipsticks lately.  I know that I love the Bare Minerals and the Kat Von D liquid lipstick formulas.  So I am going to pick up a couple different shades to try out.  Last fall I wore the Kat Von D ‘Lovecraft’ so much and was obsessed!  This year I want to try the shades: Ludwig, Ophelia & Lolita.  I have several of the Bare Minerals shades, but most of mine are bold colors. I do have 1 nude shade in the color ‘Infamous’ and I love it.  I’m also going to get the shade Wink.

FACE: When I was at my sister’s house last time I used this Dior highlighter that was on her vanity.  I was so obsessed with it I have to get one of my own.  I want to try the new GlamGlow highlighter palette.  The colors look gorgeous!  And this under eye setting powder says it blurs lines, yes please!  Ordering this :)

morphe dark magic palette

Reviewing My Hair Extensions & My Holy Grail Hair Products

I have had hair extensions for about 6 months.  I originally put them in because my hair in the front wasn’t as long as my back, and the front was much thinner.  I’m trying to grow my hair out, and for some reason my front is having a hard time growing. While my back is growing like a weed!   So I added extensions for length and fullness in the front.  My stylist uses the tape in extensions from hairtalk.

You can see the picture on the left how thin and short my hair is in the front.  Picture on the right is with my extensions in.  Much more length and fullness!

extensions review

My hope is to have the tape in extensions in while my hair grows out.  Then once all my hair is past my shoulders I won’t need the extensions any more.  But I have gotten used to all the fullness, I am wondering if I will ever be able to live without them now.  I’m totally obsessed!

My review:  The extensions are very comfortable, I rarely ever notice I have them in.  For the first couple days to a week of having them freshly done, they can feel a bit tight.  I can wake up a few times a night because I notice them when I move my head around on my pillow.  But this is only the first couple days to a week.  After that I don’t notice them at all.

I only have to wash my hair twice a week.  Which is a huge plus!  The extensions never really look dirty.  I shampoo like regular, I am a little more gentle on my scalp.  I don’t want to tug on an extension and pull on my real hair.  Since I do work out several days a week, I plan my sweaty work outs for the days that I wash my hair.

Absolutely no conditioner on the tape!!!  This is a big NO NO!  No conditioner or oil products on the tape ever.  It will loosen the tape and the extension will fall out.  I put some conditioner on the ends of my real hair without it getting anywhere close to the tape.  I some times apply a very small amount of conditioner on the ends of my extensions.  But not too much because they hang funny and separate when dry.  I think extensions actually look best and more full without conditioner (even though it’s more of pain to dry them).

I have my extensions redone every 10 weeks.  For me, at 10 weeks they have grown out enough that they become hard to style.  You can start to see the tape if my hair moves in the wrong way.  And plus my roots have grown out and it’s time for highlights anyway.

When you purchase a pack of hair, it can be used 3 times.  So when I go in at 10 weeks, my extensions are first removed.  Then whatever color/highlights I’m doing that day.  Then the same extensions are put back in.  After they are used 3 times I have to buy new packs of hair.

It is very difficult to put my hair in a pony tail with extensions.  Mostly because my length is a little shorter.  A low pony is about all I can do.  If I try to put it any higher it’s very uncomfortable on my hair, it feels like it is tugging.  And most of the time you can see the tape.  This is why I wear hats a lot.  I wear baseball hats to the gym a lot and when I’m out running errands.  After I have had the extensions in for about a month and my hair has grown out a little, the extensions are looser and easier to wear a pony.

1 & 2: Oribe Bright Blonde Shampoo & Bright Blonde Conditioner: I have tried so many different shampoos and conditioners. This one is my absolute favorite.  This is my daily shampoo and conditioner.  My hair feels clean and hydrated (feeling hydrated can be very difficult for blondes). When I shampoo, I leave the shampoo in my hair for several minutes before I rinse it out.  This makes sure my hair is always the perfect shade of blonde that I love.  The conditioner is amazing.  It keeps my hair moisturized without weighing it down.

3 & 4: Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray & Bumble & Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish Spray: Both of these products are similar but sooooo different! And so necessary!  They both are a texturizing spray that you put on your dry hair.  But they have very different textures and feels to them.  After I have curled my hair, I shake the curls out with my hands.  Then I spray both of these all over of my hair. I make sure to not just spray on the top.  I lift my hair and get the product through out all of my hair.  I even spray underneath my hair. Using both of these is what gives my hair all the texture and volume. The Oribe one gives more texture, the Bumble & Bumble one gives more volume. I’ve tried to use one without the other, but the overall look is not the same.  I need both!  These texturizing sprays with my teasing brush is my secret to my hair look!  I rarely use a hairspray because these texture sprays works so amazing.  But if I do, I use Oribe Hairspray.

5: Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream: I apply a small amount of this to my wet hair before I brush and blow dry.  My natural hair texture is more wavy and frizzy.  This helps tame my hair down and be more smooth and shiny.  It also protects my hair from heat tools.  It adds moisture and shine without weighing my hair down or making it look greasy.  I’ve been using this for years and I still love it!

6: Teaser Brush: I use this brush to tease my hair for more volume.  I will use this brush before and after I spray the texture sprays.  Gently back comb your hair with this brush at the root and at the ends.  When I’m done my hair will look huge, but it will fall a little bit so don’t be afraid :)

7 & 8: Matrix So Silver Shampoo & Brass Off Shampoo: These are both toning and color correcting shampoos.  I use the So Silver every 2 or so weeks.  This will remove any yellow tones that have tried to creep in.  I apply the shampoo and leave it in for 5-10 minutes.  Every time I use this shampoo I see a noticeable difference in the brightness and iciness of my blonde.

I got the Brass Off because a couple months ago my hair turned no joke… pink!  It had some kind of reaction to the pool I was in and the sun.  My hair looked horrible.  I tried all my other shampoos and nothing helped.  I got this Brass Off shampoo and it helped sooo much.  After 2 washes and my hair was back to normal.  This one helps if you hair has turned orange, brass or pink (in my case).

tape in hair extensions

How I style my hair: After I apply the Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream, I blow dry my hair using my hands and with a round brush.  I don’t focus on every single hair being perfect.  I mostly focus on the top and front being smooth.  And make sure there are any weird kinks in my hair that will make it difficult to style.

After my hair is dry, I will straighten just the ends of my hair if I need to.  I only do this if my ends are flipping in a direction I don’t like.  I then take a 1″ curling wand and curl about half my hair very loosely.  I’m looking for more of a bend than a curl.  I don’t like to curl all my hair because I want that “undone” look.  Then using a straightener (it has to be one with rounded edges) curl a few pieces of hair.  I also will use it to straighten out some of the curls I just put in if they are too curly.  I like to play around with it until I get the look I want.  Using both the curling wand and straightener creates a lot of movement and texture, giving that effortless look.

I finish up with shaking my hair out with my hands, spraying both texture sprays and fluffing with my teaser brush.  My attitude towards styling my hair to not do it perfect.  Play around with your hair and have fun!

2017 Holiday Gift Guide

2017 holiday gift guide

I am sooooo excited to share my 2017 Holiday Gift Guide!!!!!!  Every year I have so much fun putting this together!  I found so many amazing gifts that my Christmas list grew much bigger :) I added 2 new gift guides this year: Fitness Junkie & Homebody.  I seriously want everything on both of these! I also have Splurge on Her, Beauty Guru, For the Hostess, For Her.

Christmas is my favorite time of year!  I am so excited to start this holiday season!

XO, Rachel

Recent Beauty Purchases

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Being in my 30’s, with 2 kids and a full time job, it’s very easy to get out of the loop of the best beauty products.  I know I should be better at knowing what the best makeup is since I work around it all day long.  But it’s so easy to get stuck in the same routine every day…  3 years later my routine isn’t working any more.  I realized this recently and decided to update things!

I have been very fortunate to be around some of the best makeup artist in the industry to ask my questions, Jaclyn Hill and Nicole (lipsticknick).  I mostly needed help with my face routine.  I asked them both their favorites and purchased everything they said.

I’m sharing today everything they told me to get, plus a few of my picks.

Don’t forget that today, November 15th is the last day for the Sephora Rouge/VIB 20% off sale.  Don’t forget to use your code for extra savings!!!

1. Sisley Primer: I think a primer before foundation can make or break your foundation thru out the day.  I have struggled finding the right primer for over a year.  Within a couple hours of applying my foundation it breaks up and looks messy all over my face.  Jaclyn has been telling me this is best primer but I haven’t wanted to spend the money on it.  I finally broke down (after a year of bad foundation looks) and decided to try it.  I’ve used it every day for the last 10 days with all different foundations and my makeup has not moved!!!  At my age, with my many skin issues, this primer is worth the money to keep my foundation smooth and flawless all day long.

2. Too Face ‘Better Than Sex’ Mascara: This is a repurchase to me!  It’s been my favorite mascara for more than a year.  I can’t live without it!  It makes my eyelashes thick and long.

3. Quai Finishing Cream: I love my hair to have that bedhead, lived in, messy look.  With my blonde highlights I have to make sure I don’t use anything that makes my hair look dry.  A cream that is lightweight is the perfect solution.  I’ve used this several times in the last week and I’m in love!  It’s lightweight and doesn’t weigh down my hair.  It gives it lots of texture, body, shine and smooths out the ends.

4. & 5. Chanel Foundation & Powder: This is the foundation and powder that came recommended by Nicole.  It’s what she used on me for the Halloween party.  The foundation is incredible!  It’s a medium to full coverage.  I have applied a thin layer for a daytime look and it looks like natural skin (just better!).  For a nighttime/going out look I apply a little more, it still has a natural look with more full coverage.  It also feels weightless on my skin.

The loose powder is a great setting powder!  I love using a big fluffy brush to apply all over my face to set my foundation.  It feels amazing going on and give a smooth, gorgeous finish.

6. Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream: This is a hair product I can not live a day without!  This is a holy grail product for me!  I apply to wet hair before I blow dry my hair.  It is moisturizing, texturizing, smoothes frizz, adds shine, heat protection, lightweight (won’t weigh down your hair)

7. Make Up Forever Eyeliner: I’ve always preferred an eyeliner, I’ve never mastered a gel liner.  I love one that stays on and won’t budge, but yet will buff out as I’m blending my eyeshadow.  This one is perfect!!!!  It’s what I was wearing in my Halloween makeup look.

8. Kat Von D Shade & Face Contour Palette: I’ve really struggled with what powder to set my under eye area.  I always feel like my under eye looks old and wrinkled.  And that my makeup settles and creases really quickly.  Jaclyn told me to get this palette and use the lightest color to set my under eye.  It’s been life changing!!!!  You can also purchase each color separately.  I choose to purchase the whole palette because I may want to use the other colors.

9. Chanel Chance: I’m obsessed with pretty much all Chanel perfumes!!  I think they are the best!  My all time favorite fragrance for going out (more of a sexy fragrance) is Coco Chanel Mademoiselle (different than the traditional Coco Chanel fragrance).  I also love their new Gabrielle fragrance.  I’m probably thru half my bottle by now.  I wanted to get this Chanel chance (pink color) because I was looking for a great daytime, light fragrance.  I like to spray perfume every morning, no matter what.  Even if I’m going to they gym.  Ok… especially if I’m going the gym.  I never want anyone to smell any sort of stick off of me.  I give myself a few sprays every time I leave the house, and drench myself when I go to the gym :)

10. Quai Soft Mousse: I have very thick, naturally frizzy hair.  But I’m always looking for something that can give me texture and volume.  I’ve used this once and it seems perfect.  It gave me tons of body in my hair and texture.  While feeling soft and looking very natural.

11. Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick: Obsessed with this formula!!!!!  I’ve heard it’s amazing and it did not disappoint!  With all my liquid lipsticks, I take the time to apply 2-3 layers before I leave the house.  Waiting several minutes in between applying each layer.  The first time I wore this lip it was to a party, with a lot of eating and drinking.  I wore the lip without reapplying for over 6 hours. When I got home I saw that the lip had not moved! Absolute perfection!  The shade I have been wearing is ‘Lovecraft’.  I plan on getting more shades :)

12. Charlotte Tilbury Perfecting Powder: Powder can be a tricky thing.  We need it, but if it’s not good it can make your makeup look really bad.  In my attempt to switch up my face routine I asked Jaclyn what powder she suggested for me.  She told me to get this one.  It just came in the mail today and I haven’t had a chance to use it yet.  I swatched it and it looks amazing!!  I can’t wait to try it and see what it does to my foundation routine.

13. Make Up Forever Foundation: This is the foundation that Jaclyn recommended to me.  I have loved it!  It is a full coverage foundation and gives my skin a flawless finish.  It lasts all day without moving.  Although it’s a full coverage it does not feel heavy on my skin.  I wore it to a birthday party this past Saturday night and everyone kept asking what I did different to my makeup because it looked so good. I give all the credit to my new foundation!

XO, Rachel