Beauty Note: To Gel or Not to Gel

This past weekend I headed to the nail salon with my roommate for a mani-pedi. I don’t get my nails done very often because I prefer to do a color change every few days and enjoy painting them myself so this was a treat. When we arrived I selected my color (cherry red) and she, […]

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Beauty Essential: My Must-Have Mascara

My favorite mascara is a bargain at just around $7. Maybelline Full N’ Soft Mascara is the best one I’ve found to date. I use both regular and waterproof depending on the occasion. It gives volume without clumping and it lasts until the tube is empty (unlike other brands that often dry up in just […]

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Tuesday Ten: Your Q’s Answered

As promised, I went through all of your comments and questions in response to my Tuesday Ten: Style Q&A post and selected ten questions to answer today! Below are the most popular questions with my answers. I hope you enjoy reading this! Sabrinchen – “Hey Lauren, What are your favorite perfumes that you use? Hugs […]

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Beauty Note: Up in the Air

Fasten your seat belts ladies! I have spent a lot of time traveling in the last couple months, which can really take a toll on your appearance. So, I thought I would share a few helpful beauty tips that I have picked up along the way… Moisturize! I can’t stress this one enough. The recycled […]

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Chic Peek: Being Bouquet-ed

I took this self-portrait during a website shoot. You might have seen the final photo here on the homepage or in a post on TheBeautyDepartment.com. We wanted to do a shot with flowers in my hair and Kristin (my hairstylist), ended up putting an entire bouquet on top of my head. It seemed so silly […]

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Beauty Essential: What The Blush

To be honest, I am not committed to a particular blush. While a few of my favorites are Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in #55 In Love and NARS Blush in Amour, I don’t really stick to one brand over the other. I also alternate between powder and cream blushes depending on my mood. For […]

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Saving Face: Aloe-Ha Summer

I hope that everyone had a fun and safe holiday weekend! And if your weekend was anything like mine, then you spent plenty of time in the sunshine. While those early summer days are oh-so-enjoyable, they can sometimes leave you with an unwanted souvenir… a sunburn! I was able to avoid the burn this time […]

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Member Spotlight: Patriotic Polish

Thank you to everyone who shared photos of your Independence Day inspired manicures in response to my post, Polished: 4th of July Nails. I love all the different variations of the red, white and blue look. Below are three of my favorite photos from your submissions. Afton Williams’ star spangled manicure… Annie Stamell’s patriotic polka […]

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