Despite the copious number of beauty-related posts I publish on hollyhabeck.com, you might be surprised to learn that I’m not actually all that into makeup. Well, scratch that. I love makeup…buuuuuuut I’m picky about it. Looks that take forevvvvver to accomplish or are completely overdone? Ain’t nobody got time for that. What I do love though are simple hacks that help me feel more confident in my own skin, because I know they highlight my natural beauty. I don’t want to look like a completely different person when I take my makeup off. I want to look like me. Always. That’s why I was excited when Perricone MD asked me to share some tips with ya’ll on creating a “natural” makeup look. And in truth, it was pretty easy, since I wear this “no makeup” makeup look almost every day! Whether I’m headed to the office, shooting blog photos, or…

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As a kid, my days and nights often revolved around the latest book I was reading. Even now, I still remember my parents nagging me to put down the Harry Potter books at family functions and interact with my relatives (which was, of course, a waste of my parents’ time 😌). In my teenage years however, the stories that used to preoccupy my entire days as a child suddenly seemed unimportant. Cause let’s face it, when you’re 16 & stupid, ain’t nobody got time for that. Recently though, I’ve reacquainted myself with the old hobby, and I dare say I’m an addict yet again. I’ve whipped through lotsa books over the past few months, so I wanted to be sure to roundup some of my favorites in hopes of inspiring your fall reading list. Perhaps I’ll make this a quarterly, seasonal series? Either way, fall is THE perfect time to pick…

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This shop has been compensated by Schwarzkopf. #CareWithKeratin #sponsored Even as a self-dubbed fashion and lifestyle blogger, my personal style is a constant work in progress. To be honest, I’m not always sure what exactly I’m aiming for. What kind of persona do I really want to exude? Edgy? Feminine? Trendy? Literal hobo? My guess is as good as your’s some days. Not to mention, I still remember (and am haunted by) some of the worst fashion fails of my past (i.e. solid white eyeshadow, zebra print everything, etc.). Without these setbacks however, I probably wouldn’t be where I am today. I’ve made some bold (and outright WRONG) fashion choices over the years, but I do believe that my willingness to experiment with different pieces and rise above the criticism is part of what has kept my heart so invested in fashion throughout all these years. And despite the fact that…

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It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted a DIY project, but being on the brink of the fall season somehow has me feeling re-inspired. Since I hadn’t done one of my seasonal candle runs to TJ Maxx or Bath & Body Works yet, I thought it’d be fun to venture out of my comfort zone a bit and try making a few of my own. After all, I must say that hanging out in bed with a nice candle going & a good book in hand is one of my favorite fall activities. It’s so cozy! My favorite candle of all time (a limited edition, apple cider scent from Yankee Candle) is also almost burnt to the bottom after enjoying it for the past few seasons, so this festive project was totally appropriate, even despite some of the turmoil it caused (…like spilling hot wax all over my kitchen floor…).…

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“5 Things You Need in Your Life This Week” is a recurring series on HollyHabeck.com. New edits are published every Friday, and the intent is to give readers a concise list of amazing thoughts/projects/trends to try over the weekend and into the next week. I hope that you are as inspired as I am by these finds!  +++ How is it already September 1st?! I. am. SHOOK. Wasn’t it just Independence Day weekend, like a few weekends a go? Somehow the summer always seems to breeze by. That being said, I’m all in for fall. Bring on the pumpkin spiced lattes and other #basic (but oh so amazing) seasonal classics. Since we’re heading into a long weekend here, I hope ya’ll will have some time to try a few more my favorite finds. Whether you create this easy DIY watermelon vase to show off at your Labor Day pool party or…

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If you’d have asked me a month ago what my thoughts were on Newport, RI, the answer would’ve been less than enthusiastic. I’d only ever heard of Rhode Island in reference to one of my uncles who used to live there long before my time…wait, actually that was Long Island…so scratch that, I’d never really heard much of Rhode Island at all… Little did I know however, the Newport area is full of charm! Its historic downtown and stately mansions obviously suit my taste just fine, not to mention the abundance of seafood shacks and beautiful beaches just about every which way you look. I ended up on a four day mini-trip to RI thanks to Richard’s family who were heading down for his brother’s navy graduation, but it turned out to be one of my favorite little places I’ve found in awhile. All in all, I want to go…

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One of the first things I prioritized when I started to focus on my health more was staying hydrated. There’s so many of us who don’t drink nearly enough water! Not to mention, I’ve been known to get major headaches and dizziness if I haven’t hydrated properly. Even though I’m more conscious nowadays about drinking enough water, I’m still always seeking new ways to incentivize myself to get enough of it (see this post on 15 Non-Boring Ways to Drink More Water). Not only does this make me feel healthier, but it also nips those soda cravings right in the bud. In addition to creating all sorts of fruit-infused water recipes to keep my water intake up, I’ve also started taking advantage of the FIJI Water home delivery service. I’ve always loved FIJI Water, which actually does come from the islands of Fiji. I still remember in elementary school how…

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