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Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty Sale is back again and I couldn’t be more excited! The sale this year includes some awesome products, and I already managed to snag a few. 

I’ll be sharing some of my favorite picks from the sale with you all in this post. Don’t forget to tell me what you’re planning on purchasing!

My Picks from the Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Sale

You can see all the products on sale by visiting this website.

I grabbed two products from the sale already. The first is Benefit Cosmetics Rollerlash Mascara. The mascara is marketed to be super-curling and lengthening.

According to Ulta.com, Rollerlash Mascara is:

  • Easy – to – remove
  • Contains Provitamin B5 and Serin, ingredients known for their lash – conditioning benefits
  • Water – resistant
  • Ink black
  • Satin finish

Sign me up!

The other product I picked up from the sale is Clinique’s Take the Day Off Makeup Remover. I’ve used this product before and love how gently + effectively it removes my makeup.

The product (according to Ulta.com) is:

  • Allergy Tested
  • 100% Fragrance Free
  • Ophthalmologist tested
  • Appropriate for contact lens wearers
  • Paraben Free
  • Non-irritating, non-stinging
  • For all skin types

I have my eye on a few other items from Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty sale. If you want to see those items, click here to be taken to the board I made over at Maven.com


*This post is sponsored in partnership with Maven.com and Ulta Beauty. All opinions are my own and honest. 

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I still can’t believe that just this past weekend, I was in NYC for Fashion Week. It’s been a dream of mine to attend NYFW ever since I first learned about it as a little girl, and I still have to pinch myself when I realize I made that dream come true (and at age 20!)

My first Fashion Week experience was amazing, exhausting, exciting, and everything in-between. You really can’t prepare for what Fashion Week will throw at you…you really just have to face it head-on and experience it for yourself.

I’m sharing my experience with you all on the blog so that I can document this moment + also (hopefully) give some of you inspiration. I definitely left New York with a new boost of motivation + creativity injected into my veins.

My First-Ever NYFW Experience

I flew myself out to New York + attended most of the shows alone. While I met up with other friends + bloggers while I was in New York, it’s hard to really align your NYFW schedule perfectly with someone else. Plus, I got to do what I wanted to do since I was alone, and I don’t mind traveling alone at all!

I got to New York late Thursday night and headed to sleep early to prepare for the next day of attending shows.

Friday, September 8th

The first event I attended in New York was with my Obviously Team. Obviously is an advertising agency that I work with when creating content for my blog + social media platforms. Obviously was hosting an awesome “Relax + Refresh” event for their influencers throughout Fashion Week. I got to see the Obviously New York office, sip on some bubbly, get my makeup touched up by professionals, and charge my phone before heading out to shows. (Big THANK YOU to Obviously + Mae ❤️)

I then headed over to Pier 59 studios to attend the 831 Minhle Runway Show. I was so excited + nervous to attend my first-ever show and honestly had no idea what to expect. The show exceeded my expectations and I will never forget the experience.

I had a break in my day after the 831 Minhle show, so I grabbed some dinner before my next event, which was the Michael Costello Presentation.

The presentation was (probably) my favorite of the whole weekend. If the name Michael Costello sounds familiar, it may be because Costello was previously on Project Runway (he also designed Beyonce’s 2014 Grammy gown). The collection was absolutely dreamy + I loved how I got to walk around the space to see all of the models.

Saturday, Sept. 9

Saturday was a lot longer of a day for me…and it was pretty exhausting. But, I loved every minute of it and would totally do it again if I could.

I started off seeing the Taoray Wang runway show at Skylight Clarkson Square. After a series of very fortunate events, I was actually able to sit FRONT. FREAKING. ROW. at this show.

 

I then headed over to the Intrepid Air + Space museum to see the Linda Gail runway show. It was so interesting because the museum was open to the public and then there was also a fashion show going on in the back…which I had never seen before.

After Linda Gail, I headed over to Chelsea for a sushi dinner date with a fellow Chicago-blogger babe, Christina of Cuddlepill. I loved hanging out with her + getting to have a little piece of Chicago with me (check out her blog and Instagram! Her style is killer + she is the funniest).

My next show on Saturday was Irina Vitjaz. I loved the metallic fabrics Irina Vitjaz used in this collection, and really liked the model’s sleek hair + makeup.

My last runway show of the weekend was an Art Hearts Fashion show. The show was hosted by Nick Cannon + showcased multiple different designers, which was fun to watch and a good ending to the day.


New York Fashion Week left me with so many memories, and I can’t be more thankful for the opportunity to attend. It really goes to show that you can achieve any dream you put your mind (and hard work!) into.

 

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If you’ve been following me for a couple years now, you may know that I am (what Amelia Rose Studio’s owner Jodi calls) a “blonde-a-holic.” I love my blonde and have been bleaching + lightening my hair for years.

That’s why I jumped at the opportunity to get my hair colored by Jodi Shachar at Amelia Rose Studio. Jodi specializes in blondes, and I trusted her with my locks.

The sad truth is that my hair was waaaay overdue for a color. I had been double processing my hair (bleach + tone) for about a year, but “let it go” and my darker roots were overgrown. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my hair anymore, and I was a little lost.

Want to know how I used to dye my hair at home? Read my post “How to Bleach Hair at Home for the White Blonde Look”

But Jodi knew just what to do, and consulted with me during my appointment, suggesting that she add in both highlights + lowlights to give me a softer blonde. I was down for the cause, and in just a few hours, my hair was completely transformed into a beautiful, ashy, blonde.

About Jodie Shachar

Jodi’s story is really cool, and I loved being able to hear it told by her personally. She always wanted to have a baby girl but instead was blessed with 3 boys. Instead of giving up on that dream, she decided to create Amelia Rose Studio, a space that reflects all of the traits she would want her daughter to have: elegance, beauty, confidence.

Jodi’s energy and attitude is contagious, and I had such an awesome time chatting with her during my appointment. She really takes time with all of her clients + recognizes that blonde hair coloring requires a little extra patience + attention.

Another cool thing about Jodi + the salon? It is sustainable + a certified Green Circle Salon; which means that she recycles everything she can: foils, color, and even hair.

Before + After

Before you look at these photos, I’m going to ask you to not judge me 😂 I am well aware that I let my blonde go for far too long, and that’s why I needed Jodi’s help so badly.

Before

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After

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Book an appointment

Interested in getting the perfect blonde? Visit Amelia Rose Studios’ website by clicking here, or calling the salon at 773-519-1336.


*This post was made in collaboration with Amelia Rose Studios. All opinions are my own and honest.*

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Chicago’s most exciting music festival is happening this weekend and the city could not be more ready! I’m planning on attending Lollapalooza for my first time ever, and can’t wait to share my experience with you.

Before hitting the park, it’s important to make sure you have everything you need to look + feel your best. I’m partnering with Bed Head to show you how to get ready for this weekend in fun + stylish way!

Lollapalooza Hair Styling Essentials

There’s no doubt that it is going to be HOT outside at Lollapalooza, so it’s important to make sure your style stays in place and that you are not damaging your hair in the heat.

I’m using a few Bed Head products before + during Lollapalooza to keep my hair looking fresh. The great part about Bed Head products is that all the products were signed to be blended, layered, and cocktailed together! 

To protect my hair from the harsh sun, I’m using the TOTALLY BEACHIN’ Shampoo + Conditioner. The shampoo cleanses hair to remove sweat, sea, and sand (and trust me, there will be lots of sweat at Lolla!) The conditioner helps treat stressed locks and replenishes shine.

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I’m also going to be using my HAUTE IRON spray from CATWALK by TIGI to protect my hair from any heat styling I may want to do before going to the festival.

I love flat ironing my hair to get a super sleek look, but hate the damage it causes my tresses. Luckily, HAUTE IRON spray protects my hair from high temperatures while adding more shine to my look.

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Lollapalooza-Hair-Essentials

Like what you see? Bed Head products can be purchased at Ulta Beauty or at Ulta.com!

Come party with Bed Head!

You’re invited to an exclusive event at The Bed Head Hotel! Bed Head Hotel is taking place at The Hard Rock Hotel (230 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601) on August 4th + 5th from 12 PM until 6 PM.

I’ll be at The Bed Head Hotel on Saturday night and would love to see some of my blog readers there! Check out the picture below for more information.


*This post is brought to you by Bed Head by TIGI and Her Campus Media All opinions are my own and honest.*

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