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June Instagram Roundup

Blonde Boss Babe June 2017 Instagram roundup

 

 Console Table | Chair

 

Office Chair | Leopard print Throw | Rug

 

Mercury Glass | Console Table | Lamp Dupe

 

Leaning Shelves | Pink Heels | Black Heels | Nude Heels | Blue Heels 

 

Tie-up Espadrille Wedges | Rug 

 

Diptyque Candle | Gold Paperclips

 

Diptyque Candle | Chanel Perfume | Marble & Gold Vanity Tray

 

Faux Garland | Pink Accent Roses | White Accent Rose Sprays

 

Metallic Gold & White Leopard Pillow | Leaning Shelves 

 

DIY lace floral teepee

 

Porcelain Plate Set Dupe | Porcelain Pitcher Dupe

 

Goodness gracious, y’all, with a new month came a new round of crazy schedules – funny how we always hope that the summer season will bring more rest than busyness but usually the opposite is true! In this post I’ve linked up all the details from the most popular/asked about Instagram posts from the month of June – as always, if there’s something I’ve missed that you would like more information on, feel free to comment below and I’ll add the related info to this post! July Instagram roundup coming in the next few days! 

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Clean Your Makeup Brushes Like a Pro

how to deep clean your makeup brushes and prevent breakouts

Oh goodness, sometimes nothing is worse than waking up with a fresh breakout or ending your day with two new “friends” on your cheek (UGH). While blemishes on the skin can be caused by a number of issues, one easy fix that is often forgotten is simply deep cleaning your makeup brushes on a regular basis. I definitely don’t mind being the first to admit that I don’t deep clean mine nearly as often as I should, so I totally understand a crazy schedule getting in the way of consistency here. Thankfully though, these 3 steps take literally less than five minutes, and if completed in the afternoon (aka after work, school, gym, etc.) your brushes will be fresh, dry, and ready-to-go by the next morning. 

For super clean brushes, I always recommend using the Daily Clarifying Shampoo by Suave, because it’s formulated in such a way that it’s gentle enough for contact with skin yet powerful enough for cleansing oily hair; essentially the perfect combo for delicate brushes covered in makeup and other unmentionable gunk. Ideally, these steps should be completed once a week, but if all else fails, at least try to use a daily cleanse spray. The one I like to use by bareMinerals is linked here

To deep clean your makeup brushes, I recommend:

Daily Clarifying Suave Shampoo

 Makeup Cleaner Silicon Finger-Glove

Tower Tree Standing Dryer

Let’s get clean!

how to really deep clean your makeup brushes

clean your makeup brushes like a pro

 

Step 1: Squirt the Daily Clarifying Suave Shampoo directly onto the silicon finger glove. Turn on the faucet & with the brush angled downwards, begin gently scrubbing the bristles against the glove’s ridges. For smaller brushes, focus the bristles more on the compact round ridges than the larger linear ones. 

 

clean your makeup brushes like a pro

 

Step 2: Add more shampoo if needed & continue gently scrubbing until run-off water is clear. Squeeze out excess water from bristles and place brush into the tower tree holder to dry. 

 

 

Step 3: Repeat steps 1-2 for remaining brushes & allow  at least 2 hours for the brushes to dry (as mentioned earlier, it’s usually best to clean your brushes in the evening so they have enough time to fully dry out before you need them again the next day) 

 

 

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clean your makeup brushes in 3 easy steps

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Your Next Formal Event Must-Have

 

Today’s post is extra fun and I’m so pumped to share with y’all this amazing company, Borrowed By Design – AKA your next number 1 go-to for formal events. There are so many reasons I love this company and what they stand for: women supporting women (YES!), and their business concept is genius too! Shoppers can go to the Borrowed By Design website and choose to either purchase or rent a dress for any type of event imaginable. Whether you have prom coming up, an engagement photo session, a fun date, or even a midsummer themed photoshoot (like we did here 🙂 ), there are so many options available that are perfect for any budget.

Or, if you have the opposite problem and want to downsize, there are options for that too! How many times have you stood in your closet unable to giveaway or sell a formal dress that you know is just taking up space but you’re too attached to it to let it go? If you’re anything like me, then it’s definitely been more than once, or even three times, but who’s counting? How cool would it be if you could rent out that dress to other women? REALLY COOL! The gown featured in this post is a rental that Borrowed By Design provided for the shoot, and now that the shoot is over, it’s on the way back to its owner – instead of sitting in my closet never to be worn again.

As you can tell, I’m already obsessed and am so excited to provide y’all with a code to get 25% off your first purchase or rental: MALIALYNNW. Y’all there are dresses listed for $11 – that means only a little more than 8 bucks for a new date night dress! AND (yes caps are necessary here hehe) Borrowed By Design is also hosting a special $500 shopping sweepstakes giveaway – so get your entry in asap before the sweepstakes ends on August 15! (Click here to enter)

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Dreamy Lace Teepee DIY

Oh my goodness y’all, today’s DIY is SO easy and fun & I’m super pumped with how it turned out in only 8 steps! The best thing about these trending little teepees is how versatile and customizable they are for almost any event or purpose. This one in particular is perfect for bridal showers, baby showers, reading nooks, pet corners, or even just for looking super cute in your living room or home office – priorities, right? This DIY teepee is super stable and requires no sewing and zero hardware. As J and I do not have children, and Toby is pretty small, I chose not to secure the wooden dowels with additional hardware. However, if you do have children in your home, I definitely recommend using a drill and adding hardware to ensure additional stability of the teepee. Ready to get started? Me too!

Supplies: 

Wooden Dowels  5/8″X72″ (4-6 dowels depending on preference – Can use 48″ height instead if preferred)

Lace Tablecloth 60″x20″

Twine & Scissors

Hot Glue Gun with Glue Sticks

Faux Roses, Leaves, & 6′ Garland

Safety Pins x 2

 

Step 1: Get out two of your dowels, and make an “X” toward the top. Wrap your twine around and in between the dowels, then tie a knot to secure them together. (If you aren’t sure the height you want your teepee to be, stand the dowels up and adjust the X before tying the twine around them)

Step 2: Plug in your hot glue gun (be sure to put a piece of cardboard or a couple paper plates under the nozzle so that glue doesn’t drip everywhere!) Dab a couple dots of hot glue underneath the twine on the “X” to secure the knot.

Steps 3 & 4: Stand up the dowels and add in the third and fourth dowel. Before securing, make sure the angles are what you prefer – then repeat steps 1 & 2 for each additional dowel. Add in dowels 5 & 6 following the same steps. Once all have been added, wrap twine around all of the dowels and secure with hot glue.

Step 5: Get out your lace tablecloth. Holding opposite parallel corners, begin draping the lace around the teepee frame. (One benefit of unfinished poplar dowels that is particularly awesome for this is that the lace will lightly catch on the wood – making it a lot easier to drape it around the teepee by without extra help!)

Step 6: Taking the two safety pins, secure the ends of the tablecloth together a few inches below where the teepee frame was tied off with twine. Don’t worry about the pins affecting the look of the teepee – they won’t show when you begin adding your garland and flowers.

Step 7: It’s garland and flower time – but first garland time! This is the really fun part, because there are soooo many different options here, from what colors you choose to use to what types of flowers/leaves you want to use, the possibilities are endless. Wrap the garland around the frame first before adding flowers. Slide one strand of it in between the dowels and allow each end to drape down the front of the teepee opening. Your safety pins should now be covered completely by the garland.

Step 8: Begin adding your flowers in! I used a couple of these sprays from Hobby Lobby, and then these long stem roses – which were so easy to secure thanks to tiny openings in the lace! Just take the stem and poke it through where you want the rose to be, then bend the stem so that the rose will stay in place. Continue with leaves and flowers until desired look is reached.

 

That’s it! Now you can stage and set up the inside of the teepee for whatever you choose! If using it as a reading or pet nook, some faux fur rugs (I love these) and a couple soft pillows are perfect to finish the look! If you’re using it for a shower or similar event, this teepee will be the perfect touch of rustic glam for photos, or even a very sweet spot to have guests place their gifts for the bride or mom-to-be 🙂

 

If you want to make the teepee opening a bit smaller, you can tie the lace off about a foot down from where you put the safety pin. Then add a flower or some extra twine to keep the rustic vibe going. Here’s what it will look like if you decide to do that:

 

By the way, Toby is loving this spot. Seriously, I can’t even handle this little nugget sometimes, he makes my heart so full – keep scrolling to see what I mean 🙂

 

Ugh all the heart eyes for that little pup. Are you completing this DIY with your own twist? I would seriously love to see! Please comment below or tag me in the completed project so I can see your dreamy new DIY teepee!

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