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Kristen Love

Kristen Love resides in the Chicago area with her husband & two kiddos-- an energetic toddler who will do anything to make his sweet, baby sister giggle (which doesn't take much). She is the author behind The Love Notes Blog, a YouTube beauty vlogger, an extreme DIY’er, obsessive chick flick watcher, lover of all things pretty & her spirit animal is Li’l Sebastian. Connect with her! Blog: www.thelovenotesblog.com | Instagram: @thelovenotes | Facebook: The Love Notes Blog | Twitter: @lovenotesblog | Snapchat: @thelovenotes | YouTube: www.youtube.com/kristenlove13

10 Luxury Beauty Products Worth the Splurge

With so many makeup brands and products it’s hard to know: what’s worth the splurge and what isn’t? New products are constantly being launched and it can be overwhelming to keep up with everything that goes on the market. We’ve got a list of luxury beauty products worth the splurge — from tools and foundation to highlight and lipstick, we’ve got you covered with ten products that would be a great addition to any makeup collection.

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The Ultimate Makeup Routine Guide

Primer, foundation, concealer, highlighter, powder — with so many makeup products, it can be intimidating to establish a makeup routine if you don’t even know in what order they should be applied. Don’t fret! In our ultimate makeup routine guide, we’re taking it back to the basics and walking you through what each product does as well as when and how to apply them. If you’re new to makeup or just lack confidence in the makeup department, we’ve got you covered. Read on to learn some of our tips and tricks on how to get natural looking makeup with simple techniques that even beginners can do.

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10 Easter Sides Anyone Can Make

One of the best parts about holiday get togethers is eating delicious food. Whether you treat Easter as a pot luck or you pride yourself in cooking the entire meal yourself, these side dishes are tasty, simple, and sure to be a hit with your guests. We’ve got you covered on all the good stuff — fresh salads, roasted vegetables, and creamy mac and cheese. Read on to discover 10 Easter sides that anyone can make.

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The No Fail Method to Applying Eyeshadow

With all the trends in makeup, it can feel overwhelming to keep up with all the new techniques and makeup products. We’re taking it back to the basics to bring you this post on the no fail way to apply eyeshadow in just four steps. It doesn’t matter what eye shape or skin tone you have, this method looks good on everyone and couldn’t be more simple.

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Biggest Beauty Trends of 2017

With all the beauty trends that come and go, sometimes it’s hard to keep up with what’s new and now. We’ve got the skinny on this year’s hottest beauty trends to look out for in 2017. With everything from glitter lips to holographic nail polish, it’s going to be a fun year for beauty! Along with the more daring trends, there’s something for even the minimal makeup wearers to look forward to. Read on to have a look at some beauty trends you’ll be seeing this coming year.

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ikiki Toddler Shoes

As a parent, one of the most exciting milestones to witness is our child taking their first steps. We encourage them with outstretched arms and feel so proud when they finally get the confidence and balance to move their feet on their own. Once our littles gain their mobility, it usually leads to the following thought — we need shoes, but which ones should we get? A good shoe is essential to the development of good walking habits and with so many options out there, some parents don’t know where to begin. We’re taking the guesswork out for you with the adorably fun ikiki toddler shoes and we’ll tell you why.

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How To Fix Broken Makeup

You’re getting ready to put your makeup on and all of a sudden the unthinkable happens… you drop your favorite eye shadow palette. You hold your breath as you slowly open it up, praying that miraculously it’s all still intact, only to find a powdery explosion inside. Your favorite shade is shattered. Thankfully, there are ways to save even the biggest mess, and you only need one unexpected household ingredient to do so!

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DIY Eyeliner Using Eyeshadow

If you’ve read our post on “Beauty Products You Didn’t Know Were Multi-Purpose,” you know that makeup products can be used in many different ways. Today we’re going to show you how you can make eyeliner using any eyeshadow you have. Not only will you be saving money and time from buying new eyeliners, you can also create your eyeliner in any shade you want, using products you already have in your makeup bag. Read on to see what you need and how you can step up your eyeliner game using this simple method.

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Affordable Makeup Must Haves

With all the makeup products out there, it can be hard to know which ones are worth the money. We’ve compiled a list of our top favorite affordable makeup products to take the guesswork out of your decision. From primers and foundation to blush and false lashes, we’ve got you covered with amazing products with a wallet friendly price tag. Whether you’re in need of new makeup, you’re just starting your makeup collection, or you just love trying and learning about new makeup, read on to see which ones made our list and why!

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How to Keep a Natural Looking Tan Through Winter

Unless you live somewhere tropical, winter usually means dry, chapped skin and zero tan lines. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with fair skin, some people just feel more confident when they have a golden glow. We have the perfect sunless tan routine to get you through winter, and not only can you do it in just a few hours, it doesn’t involve unsafe tanning beds! We’re sharing our favorite way to get a natural, olive toned tan using Loving Tan’s 2 Hour Express Tanning Mousse. Read on to learn all of our tips and tricks on how to get a beautiful tan and how to maintain it during these cold winter months.

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Beauty Favorites for Winter

The changing of the seasons usually means we’re also changing up our beauty products and routines. In winter, we’re switching to products that hydrate, nourish, moisturize, and do us all the favors to combat the harsh elements that winter brings. We’ve got you covered with some of our favorite beauty products to not only give your body the nourishment it needs, but keep you looking and feeling your best throughout winter.

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Everything You Need to Know About Wearing False Lashes

Everyone loves long, voluminous lashes, but unfortunately we aren’t all naturally blessed with them. Thankfully, we have the option of using false lashes to give us the look of beautiful, plentiful lashes we love. False lashes can elevate even a minimal makeup look and add that extra “something” to make your eyes look stunning. False lashes can be intimidating if you don’t know how to apply them, much less how to make them look natural. Read our detailed post filled with all the tips and tricks on applying false lashes, and you’ll be a pro in no time. 

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25 Holiday Treat Ideas

The holidays are jam packed with parties, dinners, and gift exchanges. For most people, this means baking or whipping up something sweet to bring along or serve to their guests. We’re giving you some sweet inspiration with 25 treat ideas and recipes that are sure to be a hit this holiday season. We’ve got a mix of elegant and kid friendly sweets, so no matter what your occasion there is something for everyone.

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