BEATING WINTER SKIN BLUES

happy winter! we've made it through the thick of it [but how can i complain -- it's california :)] but somehow 60 degrees now seems freezing to me [who have i become!?]. although the temperatures lower + the rain seems almost endless, winter is actually one of my favorite seasons in los angeles. it's finally cool enough to wear sweaters, hats, + boots without regretting your choices by noon, you get asked "HOT or iced" when you order coffee, + you can be outdoors without feeling like you're melting. the only thing that gets me about winter in california is what it does to my skin! not only does the air have less moisture making my skin dry, winter brings about the most stressful time in school - two factors that can wreak havoc on my face. luckily, two unlikely ingredients are a win over this winter problem!

when i heard about Bioré's new line of Blue Agave + Baking Soda line, i was intrigued! not only had i never heard of blue agave before, but the fact that they had a whipped mask got me super excited! i love a good facemask, + this one has menthol* for an intense, tingly clean! applying it to a wet face + leaving it on for 3-5 minutes makes it the easiest addition to your morning routine + it's sure to become an everyday favorite. the facewash is incredible too! especally for those with combination skin [i'm raising my hand too!], it's got the same great ingredients that deep clean pores, leave a tingly, fresh feeling, soothe, + repair all at the same time! dirt + oil are lifted away in less than five minutes! goodbye winter skin blues, hello blue agave!

p.s. — these products are available at walmart, target, + amazon!

*Please note: Not for sensitive skin consumers or those with sensitives to menthol as it may cause short term flushing of the skin.*


post, images, + film by molly garvin

this post is sponsored by Bioré but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. thanks for supporting the companies that T+T loves!

MY WEEKDAY MORNING ROUTINE

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morning routines! i feel like i'm not even worthy to share mine because it's usually so quick, haha! if you've been following this blog for a while, you would've heard me mention multiple times how i'm not super into makeup or hair - i can usually get by with some drugstore gems! BUT, i thought i'd document what goes on during my weekday mornings + share with you all the products i'm currently using, including  the most amazing new hairspray from tresemme!!

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after waking up, the first thing i do is make my bed. picking up the pillows off the floor + straigntening out the creases of my duvet is a simple way to keep my bedroom looking neat + tidy. i'll then go brush my teeth + wash my face, which usually takes about 10 minutes. then i'll come back + open the window for some fresh air + pick out an outfit for the day. if it's a day where i'm really in a hurry, i'll usually set out the clothing the night before. 

next comes makeup. usually i'll moisturize after washing my face, but if i'm extra tired + need a little facial pick-me-up, then i'll use glossier's super glow serum before. after making sure my face is hydrated, i'll dab on some powder to remove shine, fill in my brows, + darken my lashes. then i'll add some color onto cheeks + lips. [see some of my favorite lip colors here!] 

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finally, i move onto hair. usually i'll keep my natural hair + i almost never brush it, or else it kinda explodes, ya curly hair girls fee me?! if i think it needs a little touch up or i'm just really feelin' fancy, i'll throw in a few soft waves. i finish it off with a few sprays of tresseme's new compressed micro-mist hairspray! i have the boost version, + i seriously love how it provides amazing hold + volume, but without being stiff or crunchy! not to mention that the design + bottle are super stylish.

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+ that's seriously it! takes only about 10-15 minutes every morning, which means i sleep in as late as possible, haha! if you want to try out tresemme's new compressed micro-mist hairspray, click here! it's also available at walmart, which is a total win! cheers to quick + easy morning routines! i'd love to know yours! comment here or head to my instagram + let me know what you wake up to! happy tuesday! =)

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post + images by molly garvin

in partnership with tresemme + linquia

THE PRETTIEST FALL LIP COLORS

even though it doesn't feel quite like it here in california,  F A L L  is among us --- which means sweaters + boots + scarves + hot drinks + alllll the colored leaf pics are among us as well. i'm not complainin'! i actually wish it was colder here in cali so i could fully surround myself in coziness, but in the mean time i've been adding as many fall colors as possible into my wardrobe, including makeup looks! to share the autumnal love with you, i've rounded up a short list of some gorgeous fall-inspired lip colors that are sure to compliment any chunky sweater or pumpkin patch selfie :)

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stilla / stay all day liquid matte / tesoro

colorpop / ultra matte lip / are n be

mac / matte lipstick / chili

fenty beauty / gloss bomb universal lip luminizer / shimering rose nude

BONUS: a mascara guide to rule them all --- compliment your lips with some pretty lashes!

if you've been following along for a little while, you'd know that i'm a  B I G  fan of any + all lip colors [see a list of my faves, here!]. i hope this little round up helps you complete your perfect fall look + fully embrace the autumn chill! cheers to sweaters + coziness + the holidays returning +  H A L L O W E E N T O W N  + apple picking + basically everything fall. happy lip-coloring!

MY "NO-MAKEUP" MAKEUP ESSENTIALS

we all have those days. you know, the ones where we feel like wearing nothing but yoga pants + baseball caps? i've been sporting my fair share of lazy-girl-chic styles thought these past four weeks of college, + i highly recommend it =) dotting on some concealer + swiping my lashes with a bit of mascara is the best way to go about casual looks in my opinion, + my new favorite addition to the lineup is perricone MD's "no makeup instant blur" --- read: magic!! in seriously 20 seconds, i can blur away imperfections, redness, pores, + more. effortless beauty? count me in!! [watch the film above to see how i incorporate "instant blur" into my lazy-day morning routine!]

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why spend more time on your makeup look than you have to? instant blur is where it's at, people!! i'm telling you this truthfully. it goes on clear, dries instantly, + mattifies/smoothes in seconds. a miracle worker + an essential for literally anyone else who sports a baseball hat + yoga pants look. lazy-girl-chic forever. + ever + ever. click here to learn more about it, + here to head to my youtube channel for more little films like the one above. cheers to "no-makeup" makeup!

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post, images, + film by molly garvin

sponsored by linquia + perricone MD

PROJECT: POM-POM DANGLE EARRINGS

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would you believe me if i said i've been trying to publish this post since last december? ya... things are going great over here! but in all seriousness, i think this may be one of my favorite posts i've ever done. these photos are so good you guys - SO GOOD! + these earrings are so good. everytime i wear them i get compliments. one lady even made me move my head back + forth so she could she them swing, ha! keep scrolling for the full DIY as well as a multitude of photos :) #oversharer

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DIRECTIONS for the earrings

  1. begin by 
  2. use the pliers to open a jump ring + thread the hole of the straight post onto the ring
  3. place the jump ring + post combo onto the earring hook
  4. place a little glue onto the end of the post + insert into the center of your pom-pom. 
  5. let dry + look fly!!

SUPPLIES for the earrings

  • yarn
  • scissors
  • pom-pom maker [optional]
  • hot/super glue
  • earring hooks
  • jump rings
  • long straight jewelry posts
  • jewelry pliers
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^^^^ the photos from december

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^^^ look at those two --- babes, i tell ya, babes! 

^^^ it's always a party with my bestie! long-time readers might recognize lauren, my tried + true gal pal --- she started this blog with me + is still down to help out + model for my silly DIYs while she's in town. love you, friend!!

^^^ also, can we talk about this cute moped?! my dad found it on craigslist + we've fallen it love. especially him - it's like his baby! i literally think he loves it more than his children ;)

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i hope you liked this little DIY + are inspired to whip some up yo'self! these types of earrings can be sold for $200 + i think i made mine for about $4! they seriously look great with any outfit, + i truly get compliments on them all the time. also, if you made it this far, thanks! i know there were a lot of pictures, haha! anyway, happy pom-ing!

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post + diy by molly garvin

images by molly + claire garvin

modeling by molly garvin, claire garvin, lauren baukus