June 2013 - Natalie Inspired | Southern California Lifestyle, Fashion, Beauty, & Travel







Money Saving Tips!

I love shopping, and as bad as it sounds, I probably buy things every week or two. However, I am super careful with my spending and I use several money saving methods so my weekly purchases are actually quite affordable. I hope this post will offer some insight so you can save a lot of money next time you shop!


Clio Kill Black Waterproof Brush Liner and Mascara Set Review

My favorite eye look of all time is a light, simple eyeshadow with bold black liner. Clio's Kill Black Liner and Mascara set is the perfect addition to any girl's makeup bag.


Summer Staples

When I go shopping for summer clothes, I sometimes lose sight of what I'm shopping for due to the overwhelming amounts of trendy clothing that I am tempted to buy. Often times, these trends don't last forever and I find my compulsive buys stuck in the closet after the season ends. 

I've learned the hard way that it's really important to buy clothes you can wear again year after year. It's okay to have some trendy pieces, but you don't want your entire wardrobe to be comprised by it, otherwise you'll be spending a lot of money every season shopping for the latest trends. 

I've compiled together my favorite summer staples that work time and time again. If you're from Southern California like I am, you could even wear these things year round. I hope this guide helps you with your summer shopping!

Face Mapping: What Does Your Acne Mean?

Have you ever noticed that you always seem to get acne in the same spots? That's no coincidence. Your acne can tell you a lot about your internal health. The areas of your face where you get acne are directly correlated with specific organs in your body. Face mapping is an ancient Chinese diagnosis of your health. By charting your face into several zones, you can find the underlying causes of your skin problems.

All throughout my early teenage years, I was blessed with nearly flawless skin. I never broke out and would only find the occasional small pimple every so often. But as I got older, I was attacked by an army of tiny bumps all across my forehead and in between my eyebrows. I could never understand why only that part of my face broke out and everything else looked fine. After studying face mapping, I understood my bad habits better and discovered the solutions to clearing that area up. My skin is still not perfect, but I have seen a great deal of improvement since then and I expect my skin to clear up completely someday if I continue what I'm doing!

DIY Vitamin C Serum/Moisturizer

Skincare products containing Vitamin C are all the rage, but they are extremely pricey! You can make your own serum or moisturizer cheaply at home, and it will be just as effective. You only need a few ingredients and you can get most of them at Walmart/Target, health stores, or on eBay! I got all my ingredients for under $4 each!

One reason why it's not worth it to purchase Vitamin C products is because they are rendered ineffective after a period of time. L-ascorbic acid, or Vitamin C reacts to sunlight and heat, so after a while of using the product, it just gets oxidized and does not work well anymore. That's why we will be making our serum/moisturizer in small batches! It will last a few days and then  you can make more. 

What's so great about Vitamin C anyway? It protects skin cells from UV radiation, improves skin texture, stimulates collagen production, improves appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, brightens skin, and fades dark spots!

Now that you've heard some of the wonderful benefits Vitamin C provides, let's get started.


Lioele Carry Me Blusher Review

Lioele's Carry Me Blusher is one of the most unique blushes I have ever seen! It's small, portable, and includes a built in puffy sponge. I love cute packaging and the blusher's adorable design is a big plus. I'll be reviewing the blush in the shade Cutie Peach.


PoreBrush Review

You may have heard of the Clarisonic, you may know about the cheaper alternative by Olay, but have you heard of the PoreBrush? A little over a week ago, I received the PoreBrush and I have been using it since. Here are my thoughts on this handheld brush.


DIY Head Chain

Head chains are a simple, elegant way to give your outfit a bohemian vibe. In today's tutorial, I'll show you how you can make your own. It's very cheap and very simple. :)

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