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A fashion blog about weekend style

 

Lash Boost

Jessica Wagner

How To: Longer, Natural-Looking Eyelashes

Minimalism has taken the fashion world by storm, and that fresh, modern, simplistic style has carried over into the world of beauty.

I’m personally mission to perfect the “no-makeup - makeup look.”  What I’ve discovered is it’s way more high-maintenance than it seems! I love the idea though. (Especially on these hot, humid days when you layer on foundation and mascara end up slowing sliding down your face!)  

So, where does one start? For me, its all about lips and eyes.

Minimal lips can be pulled off with a little exfoliating and a swipe of shine. (I’ve been using this all summer and I am obsessed! It’s super moisturizing and offers protection from the sun.)

So what about naturally, bigger, brighter looking eyes?

If eyes are the windows to the soul, then eyelashes are the curtains, and I want my soul-shades supple and lush!

Let’s talk options: falsies, extensions and boosting serums.


Falsies:

Pros: Inexpensive, Immediate effect

Cons: Not as natural looking, Requires time/precise application

I am notoriously terrible at applying fake eyelashes. You can always see the clumpy glue, they end up un-even when I try to trim them down, and they usually irritate my sensitive eyes. I am a contact lens wearer and have allergies year round like it’s my job. The last thing I need is another element making such a sensitive area red, puffy, angry, or irritated looking. Maybe with more practice, but in the end I just don’t think I have the time or patience to perfect this technique.


Lash Extensions:

Pros: Natural-looking, Immediate effect (No mascara needed!)

Cons: Expensive, Last 3-4 weeks, High-Maintenance

While I am totally open to trying these out, from what I have researched/ heard from friends, is they are expensive and super high-maintenance. These are totally appealing in that fact that there is an immediate result upon application, longer, thicker lashes. I also have heard application can take up to 3 hours!!! (Who has that kind of time?!) Maybe the process is improving, but after that… I am sort of freaked out by them. I heard you can’t rub your eyes and must sleep on your back! Also how long will they really last... I can’t imagine spending all that time (and money $$$) only to have them last a couple weeks before needing maintained/replaced.


Serums:

Pros: Easy to apply, low-maintenance

Cons: Only lasts while using the serum, takes 6-8 weeks to see results

I’ve been an eyelash-batter since can remember. Not in the flirty come-hither kind of way – in the my-contacts-are-dry and I need to blink every couple seconds kind of way.

That being said, I’ve been hesitant to use the above eyelash options in fear of them having a negative effect on my already sensitive eyes. Since I already have dark lashes, I am after achieving volume and length.

So what’s a lash-batting girl to do? To me, this is the best option and here’s how I deiced to give a serum a try.

I was with my friend Hannah (amazing gal who also runs Top Knot Boutique – check out this post here) and I could not stop staring at her gorgeous lashes! So I had to ask – real or fake babe?? When Hannah told me real - my mouth literally dropped. Hannah said she has been using Rodan + Fields Lash Boost for the last 10 weeks. No doubt, I immediately called up my R+F consultant Jill to order some for myself. That’s how amazing Hannah’s eyelashes looked! Jill filled me in on the serum and I want to share what I’ve learned so far with you.

R + F Lash Boost is an eyelash conditioning serum clinically shown to visibly enhance eyelash volume and length in just 4 weeks, (I can attest to that already, as you will see below!) with best results at around 8 weeks. It’s silly-easy to use and requires little maintenance except you HAVE to apply it EVEY night! No skipping! (It’s actually also made me better about my nightly skin care routine! Bonus!!.)

Here’s the run down:

-Before bed wash your face like normal. You want your lashes clean and dry.

-Take the serum, (which comes in a mascara-like tube) and yield the wand/application brush so you can glide it along the upper lash line of both eyes (like you would with eyeliner but only on the lash-line where they meet the lid, but avoiding the actual lid.) Dip the brush once per eye and wipe off any excess! Go to sleep! That’s basically it!!!

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So how does it work?

Enhancements Lash Boost serum moisturizes, nourishes and protects lashes, which promotes flexibility and resilience. ***Avoid getting the serum in your actual eye though! And do not share this product with other people --germs guys. Plus you can also use this stuff on you r eyebrows! So Cool.

A consistent routine is the key to fast results; so don’t do what I did! Which is start the treatment, and forget to bring it with you on vacation. I started usuing the serum at the end of June for a couple weeks and was religious… until I wasn’t. I left it at home while we were away over the 4th of July! (SOB!)

RODAN + FIELDS : ENHANCEMENTS LASH BOOST

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Before:

 4 Weeks, (No mascara)

 

I took the photo above showing use of a combined (but not consistent) 4 weeks. (So much for keeping things scientific, ay.) Anyways, my goal is to use Lash Boost for the next 4 weeks and share with you the end results!

The only thing to remember, like other eye-enhancement options, is this is not a permanent effect. Once you achieve your desired length/appearance, you need to continue with Lash Boost to maintain your lush, longer-looking lashes! 

I can honesty say after using Lash Boost for the past few weeks, my lashes have never felt healthier. The best way I can describe it, is they feel strong. (Which something, since having kids they have felt rather brittle.) Rob actually thought I had mascara on for this photo, when in fact I am au natural! When I do apply a coat, they look rather doll-like, which I has been my goal. 

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Now, for the best part!!!!

My R + F Consultant Jill is offering a 20% off discount to anyone who wants to try Lash Boost along with me! All you have to say is you read about R+F Lash Boost on my blog and give her a follow on instagram @jillcalo!

If you have any questions, I’m happy to share more on my journey and Jill is an incredible R + F expert. I can't wait to share my final results in a few more weeks, so stay tuned for a Lash Boost update! (Plus a run-down of my favorite mascaras!)

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Are any of you thinking of getting lash extensions? Or have you already been there, done that? Would you try a serum? Any tips on applying falsies?! Details, please!

Ready, Set...

Jessica Wagner

Floral Two-Piece Set

I always find it interesting that the hottest days of summer coincide with the end of season. While some may be gearing up for sweater weather, I'm not ready to give up the unhurried isle lifestyle.

I've been soaking in long lazy days at the shore, enjoying wearing next to little in the ways of featherweight fabric. I found this gauzy floral set a few weeks ago on a weekend trip to Ann Arbor, exploring their quaint boutiques and side street cafés. My favorite kind of adventuring. ;)

Can't you imagine wearing this on a beach somewhere in the jungle or on a Hawaiian shore? That's our dream lately! I'd take an aloha vacation in a heartbeat or up that to a more permanent residence! I get depressive at the thought of shorter days and looming skies.

When I was younger we did a Hawaiian cruise as a family, and I imagine this would be the perfect outfit for attending a Luau set against a black sand beach. Instead, I settled for this little abandoned haven on the side of the road. 

Surrounded by colorful bursts of overgrown flowers, the forgotten felt somehow enchanting in a deserted and poetic kind of way. Free from restraint. Wild. Outcast. And yet, somehow absolutely perfect in it's own forsaken affairs. The intrigue only lasted until I heard a branch snap behind me and scuttled across the clearing into Rob's arms.

I did manage to wear this during our weekend trip to Put-In-Bay, which is an island, just not on the same size scale. If you are like me and want to ride out these last sultry days of summer, this is the way to do it, free as bird.

Outfit Details:
Top & Bottom Set: Pitaya Sunglasses: Zara (Old) Bag: Cult Gaia Ark Shoes: Chanel via Luxury Garage Sale Necklace: Anthropologie

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Scalloped

Jessica Wagner

Dresses: It’s All In The {Pretty Little} Details

I’ve been on an über femme kick lately, and nothing is daintier than a scalloped edge detail. 

Scallop hems are finding their way all over summer wear. The simple addition of a scalloped piece to your outfit invokes visions of sunshine-filled city strolls and sandy beaches.

The best part about this versatile look? It doesn’t matter what your body type. There are endless types of scalloped silhouettes that are cut to flatter. Dress them up or dress them down, scalloped edges instantly elevate any outfit.

Two tips when going for a noteworthy hem line. Choose a dress in a solid color and a modern cut. It plays off the whole “less is more” ideology, and nothing is more classic than a LBD with girlish edge. (Ha ha ha – ho ho ho literally!)

Scalloped fashion just screams summertime! Here are three scalloped styles from TOBI that will carry you through the next heat wave - preppy and polished.


Scalloped LBD:

This halter style stunner looks just as first-class with black strappy heels, as it does paired down for an in-the-heat-of-summer casual night out. 

Pearl slides and a straw topper have been my go-to add on accessories this season. They give this oh-so-cute skater dress it’s own #mood. Something about the open back scallops is a little Audrey Hepburn-ish, no? (Perhaps a younger and cheekier take on the LBD queen.) This dress is on sale (!) and also comes in blush pink and cherry red.

Whenever my summer tan kicks in I don’t mind taking my skirts a little shorter, (thanks to spanks!) and find the leggy freedom all-around marvels and every bit alluring.


While summer calls for simple white dresses, when you find a shade that makes your summer glow sing you have to.

This wavy pretty little detail is giving me major 90s vibes with it’s structured crop. While I have been a little on the fence with this revival, I love that you can dress up this two piece set with a pair of playful heels or go “West Coast” with a more laid back attitude.

The soft color and double scallop trim are street-cute without even trying. Be prepared to see a lot more of this Lack of Color hat, as I am currently channeling my inner Pretty Women.

This little set also comes in 4 brilliant colors. Shop it below.


Rose Shift

A dress that matches my current wine obsession? Yes way! I can just picture sipping some bubbly at brunch or a daytime celebration in this sweet and easy one-and-done.

Really you can wear this style cut anywhere, anytime. Day to night, work to play. The loose drapey fit allows you to actually order more than one mimosa at brunch (yay!) and the sweetly scalloped hem and sleeve, make for a sophisticated combo.

This dress comes in seven shades and each as positivly dandy as the next! (I’ll take one of each!)


All of these dresses are available to shop (and on sale) at TOBI. If you are into brilliant prices, trending pieces, and pretty little details, you need to go check them out (they have an amazing insta account here too!) And don’t be afraid to try this cute and edgy detail on everything from your sunnies, sandals, sundresses and shorts!
 

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Thank you TOBI for collaborating on this post!