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How To Create A Skincare Routine

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Skincare is one of my favorite parts of my beauty routine. There is just something special about washing your face a feeling refreshed and moisturized. I believe that having a skincare routine is essential to keep your skin youthful and clean. You may want to have a routine but, it can start to become overwhelming as you are standing in the skin care aisle. So, today I am going to be sharing my tips on how to find the right products for you are for your skin type.

The Basics

I feel the first mistake most people make when going through their routine is the order they use each product. You want to apply your products from the lightest to heaviest. For example, makeup remover is super light and most of the time doesn’t leave any product on your face. The last product you should use (the heaviest) should be a night cream (moisturizer). I also recommend not being cheap when buying your products.

Step One: Makeup Remover

You should NOT, I repeat should NOT leave your makeup on while you sleep. Even if you are so tired you just feel like doing nothing you should at least take off your makeup. This can be as simple as using some makeup wipes. My favorite is the Simple Cleansing Wipes . These wipes are perfect if you have sensitive skin. I love them 10x more than the Neutrogena makeup wipes. Another way you can remove makeup is with the Simple Cleansing Micellar Water. You can simply pour some product onto a cotton round and wipe off! The last way to remove makeup is with the The Makeup Eraser. I did a review of this on my blog, click here to learn more about it.

Step Two: Cleanser

For an additional cleanse, a cleanser will wash off an excess makeup and dirt. There are an infinite amount of cleansers on the market and it is hard to find the one for you. No matter what your skin type is the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser is perfect. It has a nice creamy consistency and leaves your skin feeling soft and clean. For a mini facial scrub and deep cleaning, I use the Conair True Glow Facial Brush. This is a dupe for the Clarisonic and works just as well. It even comes with 2 attachments. If you have sensitive skin I wouldn’t use this everyday as it can be too harsh and create mini tears in the skin. About once to twice a week using a scrub can get rid of any dry skin on the surface of the skin. It also leaves it smooth and easier for other products to work into the skin. If you are sensitive to find a scrub that is not as harsh.

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Step Three: Toner

There are so many great benefits that come from a toner. To name some, they remove any leftover dirt, restores pH, prepares ski for next products, hydrates, and calms. You do not want a toner that has alcohol. These tend to be too harsh for the skin and can even leave a burning and dry feeling after using it. pH is important for the skin because it acts as a barrier for the skin to keep out toxins and lock hydration in. If you are on any social media accounts you have probably heard about the Pixi Glow Tonic. This is great for adding a radiance to the skin and it also exfoliates the skin very gently.

Step Four: Face Oil

This was a product I just added to my skin care routine and I can tell that my skin has been more hydrating when I wake up. The Pixi Rose Blend Face Oil has such a pleasant smell and feels great to pat into the face and also down the neck. If you have oily skin you may want to skip this step and jump right into the next step. For use dry skinned gals, this step can make all the difference.

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Step Five: Eye Cream

One of the most delicate areas of the skin is the under eyes. These are super important because they can show wrinkles very easily and also show your dark circles. To keep this area looking youthful an eye cream is what you need. I love the Benefit It’s Potent Eye Cream. This helps to defeat dark circles and fine lines. It also hydrates the under eye area making concealer blend much easier.

Step Six: Moisturizer

At last, the last step! Hydrating your skin is important for any skin type you are. At night, it is nice to use a heavy cream so it can work into the skin as you sleep. In the morning,  you want to moisturize but not use heavy products. Use something with SPF in it to battle the sun throughout the day. I have been using the Pixi Beauty Sleep Cream recently and am loving it! It is almost like a mini mask while you sleep.

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I hope this helped you and I you have any other questions about skin care feel free to comment below! Or you ca ask me on my social media accounts too!

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Where To Start: Starting A Wedding Guest List

Welcome to the idieh design GIRL TALK SERIES! We’ve made it our mission to guide brides in their wedding journey with some legit advice about wedding stationery, planning, and all things in between.

We want every bride’s experience to be as smooth as possible. So we’ve gathered all the best tips and advice you could possibly need to help plan the wedding of your dreams.  Find more tips & tricks here.

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The dates have been set and you’ve selected your venue. Yay! Now that you know when & where it’s all going down, you can now focus on the next step in the wedding planning process – inviting your guests. But wait a minute, who do you invite? Yikes.

Before you get overwhelmed with the potential wedding guest list, let us guide you towards an easy way to get started. That way you can have the confidence to be sure you don’t miss that important distant relative or your fiance’s best friend from his college days. 

Prepare Yourself

Take a moment for yourself to think about all those faces and names coming to mind. Grab a cup of coffee (we prefer tea or hot chocolate!), and a pen and paper.  Also, make sure you have a chunk of solid quiet time to yourself so you can focus and get some serious shit done.

It’s important to realize that the blank piece of paper in front of you won’t be blank for long and you’ll have names circled and crossed out before you know it. You simply just need to START! So, let’s get started!

Start to Brainstorm

Make three columns on TWO sheets of paper. One sheet is for the bride’s invites and the other is for the groom’s invites.

Label at the top:     FAMILY    FRIENDS    OTHER

Start with yourself and place the faces and names that are swirling around in your mind onto the paper. No particular order needed at this point, just put them in the appropriate columns. Use the “labels” to help you focus on different relationships in your life. PRO TIP: Try not to let your mind get ahead of your pen. We know it’s hard, but you’ll save yourself the hassle of trying to read your writing later in the game.

We recommend focusing solely on the names. Don’t even begin to tackle the actual addresses of this list. That can quickly become overwhelming and we don’t want that.

Now once you’ve finished with all the peeps you know and love, get started on the groom’s invites. Although you might find that you know all his family and friends, often times there are a few random people you didn’t think of, so this is a great time to have him give the list a once over to add or remove any names. (Or better yet, have HIM make his own list! Hells yeah.) This is also a great way to get the groom involved. Win win! 

Master List It Up!

Consider these two lists together to be your master list and a great start to your FINAL wedding guest list! Your list is sure to evolve over time and you’ll continue to think of people you forgot as well as people you are okay with removing, but these first steps will have you on your way to stress-free guest list in no time.

Next up will be compiling all the addresses, but you can use this list to check those each off, one by one. And once you start to gather those addresses, have a look here at our Importance of Invites to find out more!

Still having trouble tackling the guest list? Tell us, what’s holding you back from starting your wedding guest list?

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Tikka Masala Meatballs

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I would assume that when most of us think meatballs, we think of the classic plate of spaghetti topped with beef and red tomato sauce. But what if I told you showed you a new way that veered far away from the Italian classic that we are used to? Turkey meatballs are one of my favorite ways to feel like I am eating a comfort food, without the guilt. Plus, when you stuff them full of fresh veggies and herbs, you get the most insane flavor combination! I have been getting more and more involved with Indian spices, like curry pastes and such. By topping the meatballs with a mildly spicy Tikka Masala sauce, you get to experience something fun, healthy, and on a different flavor level than most of us create or indulge in our day to day regimens. I buy my sauce at my local farmer’s market, but feel free to make your own, or use your favorite Indian simmer sauce and use these Thai meatballs as your base.

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Tikka Masala Meatballs

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 2 tbsp. cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 tbsp. coconut aminos (or soy sauce)
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • pinch of crushed red pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup tikka masala sauce (I prefer this one)
  • 1 cup cooked jasmine rice

Preheat oven to 400 degrees, then line a muffin tin with squares of tin foil (makes for easy clean up).

In a bowl, mix together all of the ingredients, except for the masala sauce and the rice. Then roll the mixture into 2-inch sized meatballs, and place into the prepared baking sheet.

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Bake for 20-25 minutes until cooked through. During the last 5 minutes of baking, heat up the masala sauce in a small saute pan. Serve the meatballs over a scoop of jasmine rice, and top with masala sauce.

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DIY Cinco De Mayo

It’s that time of year to get out your sombrero’s and make those margaritas – and we’ve got the perfect DIY Cinco De Mayo projects to help you get started! With a little help from your Cricut Explore™ you can make the perfect invites and margarita glass markers so your fiesta is muy caliente.

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Get your guests excited for the big day with these fun and unique DIY Cinco De Mayo Party Invitations. These funky invites are a great way to brighten up your guests’ day (and mailbox for that matter!).

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The Cricut Explore™ makes it easy and effortless to get the word out about your fiesta with these DIY invitations, giving you more time to party, plan, and prep.  MAKE IT NOW

We all know it won’t be a real fiesta without those pitchers of margaritas. However, sometimes you can lose track of your margarita glass when you are mingling or dancing or having a go at a piñata. A creative way to let your guests keep track of their glasses are with these spectacular Cinco De Mayo glass markers. How cute are they?!

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Using these glass markers are a unique way to spunk up a margarita. And with the five different designs your guests can have fun creating their own memorable design. Not only are the simple to use, your guests will be able to keep track of their glasses – creating less mess when the party comes to an end. We can all cheers to that!  MAKE IT NOW

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Kick your fiesta up a notch with these DIY Cinco De Mayo projects!

It’s so easy to create with CRICUT EXPLORE

For more projects visit my Cricut Design Team project page.

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This post was created in partnership with Cricut. All content and opinions are that of my own! We only promote brands we heart.

Importance of Invites

Welcome to the idieh design GIRL TALK SERIES! We’ve made it our mission to guide brides in their wedding journey with some legit advice about wedding stationery, planning, and all things in between.

We want every bride’s experience to be as smooth as possible. So we’ve gathered all the best tips and advice you could possibly need to help plan the wedding of your dreams.  Find more tips & tricks here.

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The big day has been finalized and it’s time to start sending out the invitations. YAY! While it might seem like a daunting task because of all the details you need to think about, don’t worry! We’re here to help! Making sure you DO send out invitations is vital for having a successful wedding and/or reception. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t want that?

Many times the wedding invitations are overlooked or rather viewed as a minor part of the wedding. Furthermore, it is often said ‘Don’t worry about getting nice invitations or doing them at all. People just throw them out anyways.’ GASP! We die.

However, this initial part of your wedding planning will set the tone for the overall wedding itself. Not to mention, the information you are sending out will be more than necessary for a successful wedding. While there will always be a few out there who will try to convince you it’s not worth the hassle or the money, there are a few reasons you will absolutely need to send out invites. Not to mention all the fun you will have during the process.

 

 Setting the Tone

The wedding invitations are what sets the tone for the entire event. Something we like to call “leaving a paper trail of pretty for your guests”. When your guests open the envelope for the first time they will automatically start to envision the big day. The chosen fonts and styles of the invitation will reflect your personality and love story for your guests as well as give them hints to the wedding day celebration.

If you are planning an extravagant event with fireworks – um, AWESOME!, – your invitations should reflect this. If you opt for a Halloween-themed wedding, your invitations should showcase this and we’ll consider you as the “coolest person on the planet”. The same concept applies for the more private and intimate wedding ceremonies. Bottom line, the wedding invitations let guests know right away what to expect about your big day.

 

Creating Feelings of Excitement and Anticipation

Checking your mail and seeing a fancy envelope creates a sense of excitement of something great to come. Since mail is fewer and far between these days, sending out the save the dates and wedding invitations will have your guests looking forward to checking their mail on the regular as well as attending the romantic event itself. EEK! How excited are YOU?!

Once the guests open the invites, there will be a sense of glee and excitement that THEY get to attend YOUR wedding in a few weeks. If one thing is for certain, people love celebrating happy occasions and weddings are one of the happiest events in life to celebrate. Your guests will be counting down the days while they look forward to attending the celebration of your love story.

 

All the Details Your Guests Need to Know

Giving your guests the wedding invitations will provide them with all the essential and necessary information they need to know for your wedding. A great invitation will not only have style and reflect the personalities of the soon- to- be wedded couple, but it will serve the purpose of informing your guests about all the details of your big day. In other words, an invitation stationery suite is a MUST HAVE for any wedding. No ifs, and, or monkey butts about it. 

Keep in mind that the more personalized an invitation looks and feels the more your guests will see that YOU have put your heart and soul into organizing your special day. We can all fist bump to that!

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Are you in the process of picking out your invitations? What are you finding challenging? What are you loving about the process? Share your story with us here!

Should I Use Escort Cards or Place Cards

Welcome to the idieh design GIRL TALK SERIES! We’ve made it our mission to guide brides in their wedding journey with some legit advice about wedding stationery, planning, and all things in between.

We want every bride’s experience to be as smooth as possible. So we’ve gathered all the best tips and advice you could possibly need to help plan the wedding of your dreams.  Find more tips & tricks here.

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One of the more debatable parts of wedding stationery is the wedding escort cards versus the wedding place cards, the question of which is which and if I need both? More often than not, the two are often confused as being one and the same, but they each have their own purpose. Super confused? Don’t worry! We’re here to explain the pros and cons of these special little cards that are one of the many wedding stationery pieces that help put your love story on display.

Escort Cards

If you recall, the escort cards are used to inform guests where they will be sitting during the dinner. Typically, your guests will pick up their cards before they enter the reception and these cards contain the guests’ names (as a couple) and their assigned table number. *Note: If your guests are choosing a meal selection on the RSVP, you’ll need to create the escort cards per person instead of per couple so their individual meal selection can be identified in some way for the catering staff.  (More on this later!)

When it comes time to decide on the look of your escort cards, this is where your artistic self-expression can run wild. Our favorite part of planning! This is where the modern-day brides can cease the opportunity to let their personalities and love story sparkle. And who doesn’t love that?

Pros of ESCORT Cards

  • The chance to express your creativity and personality through the individual cards.
  • Fun and unique opportunities in how they are displayed.
  • An easy way to tie your theme (what we like to call “wedding brand”) together.
  • Your guests are going to love them! Especially if they are off-beat and unique.
  • Guests can have a little personalized keepsake to remember your big day.
  • You have control over where your guests sit, making sure they are with friends & family.

Cons of ESCORT Cards

  • Sometimes guests can have difficulty finding their name.
  • It requires some time commitment and organization on your end.
  • The process can be stressful, but there are ways to minimize that! (We’ll share more on that, too!)
  • If you are choosing not to hire a wedding planner, who will be setting the escort cards up on the big day? (It definitely can’t be you!) PRO TIP: Put your escort cards in ALPHABETICAL order BEFORE the big day and it will be MUCH easier & quicker to set up the display.

Place Cards

The place cards are used at the actual tables to determine the seats of your guests. Typically, it’s not advised to have place cards without escort cards, or your guests will be spending the entire reception searching for their seat. (The only exception would be if you are having a smaller wedding and there only a few tables, preferably 1 or 2, then it would be okay to opt for just place cards.)

The place cards make it easier for any catering or wait staff to deliver food, as well as let your guests know where they need to sit. (Like we mentioned above, the escort cards can help with the food selection, too, if necessary.) Once again, you can let your creativity soar when it comes to the design of the place cards.

Pros of PLACE Cards

  • The pros of place cards coincide with the pros of escort cards.

Cons of PLACE Cards

  • The same as listed above under the escort cards.

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  • The place cards require even MORE time & organization as it’s an extra step to assign each person to their specific seat outside of first assigning them to a table.
  • An additional expense for stationery that isn’t always necessary. Instead, put the investment towards a festive wedding menu to add more punch to each place setting.
  • Additionally, your guests might have a hard time finding their own place card. That’s when you’ll start to see people wandering around in circles at each table searching for their designated seats. Who wants that?!
  • Outside of escort cards that still require someone to set them up, it’s more time consuming to set up place cards as you have to go seat by seat and make sure they all coincide with your diagram.

If you prefer, wedding couples sometimes opt to have place cards for the head table ONLY to assign the wedding party to a specific seat. This is easily manageable and doable.

When it comes down to it, you should choose to use whatever system will work for YOU and your guests in helping them find their seat. And now that you know the pros and cons of each, you can guide your guests in the right direction with your own know how. SCORE!

Did you learn something new today? How are you designing your wedding escort cards or place cards? Are you using one or the other, or even both? Let us know below!

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