hellokorin holiday: travel makeup

For a lot of people, myself included, the holidays are usually a time for traveling. This year Ginger is coming along, so that means I’m down to one overhead bag and Ginger’s carrier. While packing 10 days worth of clothes, accessories, and doggy supplies into my trusty yellow bag is going to be difficult, one way to create space is to pare down my beauty routine to the essentials. I don’t wear a ton of makeup regularly anyway, but like most of the ladies I know, I’ve amassed more than my fair share of products. So if you’re jet-setting this Christmas, instead of just tossing your entire cosmetics bag into your suitcase and praying for the zipper to close, give my trusty makeup essentials a try!

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bareminerals bareskin foundation
light feel, just enough coverage, and easy on skin (aka liquid gold)
maybelline highlighting concealer
does the work of both concealer and highlighter in one, in a portable easy-to-use container
it cosmetics brightening face disc
gives winter skin a beautiful, healthy glow (and contains anti-aging ingredients!)
maybelline “the nudes” eyeshadow palette
my new go-to! in love with the mix of neutrals and shimmer, plus it can do double duty for
filling in brows, too
l’oreal smoldering eyeliner
from subtle waterlining to bold cat-eyes, this little pencil does it all (and lasts ALL DAY)
l’oreal voluminous mascara
the perfect amount of volume and definition, and won’t run if you shed a tear or two
watching It’s A Wonderful Life
eyeslipsface jumbo lip gloss stick
be ready for an impromtu fancy dinner or night on the town with an inexpensive lip color
you won’t be applying all night long

Have you tried any of these products? What are your beauty essentials when traveling? Comment below, or use #hkholiday to share your holiday travels!

XO Korin

hellokorin holiday: decorating small spaces

If you love decorating for the holidays, but don’t love the idea of trying to cram a 6-foot tree and mounds of garland, lights, stockings, and other decorations into your apartment, you’ve come to the right place. Getting into the Christmas spirit doesn’t mean having to squeeze past the tree to get to the bedroom or eat with your dinner in your lap because the nativity set and snow globes and stocking holders are crowding every flat surface within sight. I’ll show you how to get maximum festivity with minimal square footage in just a few easy, creative steps:

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The golden rule for decorating an apartment: small space = small decorations. Opt for a miniature tree, and hang fewer, more deliberate ornaments. Not enough space for a full wreath? Hang a few fir sprigs tied with a pretty ribbon!

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An easy way to save space with decorations is to hang them up on the wall! Try out a fun Christmas tree alternative, or hang ornaments from a light fixture! And instead of bulky figurines taking up valuable space, hang festive banners or wreaths on the walls.

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Decorating can start to feel cramped when you add special holiday pieces to your existing decor; try swapping them out instead. Box up your everyday dishes and give them a rest, swapping them with fun holiday plates and place mats; stash your normal throw pillows away and replace them with Christmas-themed ones; and switch out the art on the walls with framed holiday pictures or lyrics to your favorite Christmas song!

I wanna see your apartment’s holiday style! Snap a pic of your digs and tag me @hellokorin_ on Instagram.

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XO Korin

hellokorin holiday: wishlist exchange

It’s the first week of December, and that means the start of my new blog post series—hellokorin holiday! As a countdown to the Christmas holidays (and to my vacation time, yay!), I’m putting together several #hkholiday guides to get you through the season.

First up: holiday wishlists with Basically Bubbly! The items topping her list are fun, flirty, and on-trend—just like her! Take a peek and read more about her picks below, then head over and find mine here.

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LSTN Headphones
“During my day job I work in an open office, and these gorgeous headphones would be perfect to help keep me focused.”
Gold Flatware
“This flatware is a dream item! With our new love of hosting parties, Jas and I could really stand to have some beautiful matching flatware, and gold matches everything!”
For Love and Lemons She’s a Knockout Bra
“Lacey and sexy. Need I say more?”
Sincerely Jules Cali Palms Tee
“Every girl needs a reminder that it’s summer somewhere and it might as well be on your tee.” (Oh no, already sold out! Similar here, and more Sincerely Jules tees here.)
Korres Lip Butter in Wild Rose
“I am always looking for a rich hue without always having to use a lipstick. The wild rose shade is a perfect blend of berry for fall and winter.”
K.Slademade Clutch in Tan Calf Hair
“What’s not to love about this clutch? I have been drooling over one of these since they first come out!”
Impossible Project Polaroid Film
“Obsessed with Polaroids, but without film. It’s a problem.”

What are you hoping to find under the tree this year? Tell me below!

xo Korin

Currently Craving: Fall Accessories

The air is finally a bit cooler in Texas, and I’ve been able to pull out my sweaters and start layering a little. While I don’t need many new fall or winter pieces (notice I used the word “need”), a fun way to give my wardrobe a fresh & versatile look for less is by adding a few new accessories for fall! And of course, my favorite store‘s online inventory offers up SO many adorable options. Here are a few of the fall accessories I’m currently craving from TJ Maxx:

cc_fall accessoriesblack bootie | brown bootie | necklace | men’s brown watch
men’s black watch | tan satchel | teal satchel

 

Monday Motivation

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Hello! I’m alive!

Sorry for the blog pause, things have been pretty busy/hectic around here. But what better way to welcome you all back that with this quote? This one’s really spoken to me lately, and is especially relevant now that I’ve managed to gather the courage/time to open up shop (finally)! I have known for a while now that I want to break into the wedding/organization/decor scene, and now I’ve made a (small) step towards that goal! It all started when my best friend from back home got engaged, and since I can only do so much from 900+ miles away, I put together a binder to help her with all the planning. She loved it, and her friends loved it, and now you all can love it too!

I now have a small shop on Etsy (and I mean small, only two items right now. But two great items!). You can find it at etsy.com/shop/hellokorin. Soon I hope to be adding more wedding-related items, decor pieces, etc. But for now, here it is in all its glory:

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Stop by and take a peek, and if you know any brides-to-be, send ’em over! Or better yet, buy them one as a sweet gift! Then report back here, I would love some feedback.

Happy Monday, guys! What are you starting today?

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Friday Five: Fresh Decor

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Happy Friday, guys! I’ve been in a bit of a redecorating mood lately (what’s new), so I’ve been scouring the internet for ideas of ways to add a fresh look to my space without buying all new everything. Maybe my finds will inspire new ideas from you! Here are 5 pieces I’m loving right now:

STATE WALL ART
Add a personal touch to your space by showing some state pride! I’ve been debating adding one of these to my walls ONLY because I can’t decide between getting my home state or my current state. Seriously, these unique pieces are handcrafted and the price can’t be beat. Maybe I’ll just get both.

TURTLE DISH
A small, charming dish is the perfect way to add some color that serves a purpose. Set it on a console by the front door to toss your keys into, or put it on the counter in the bathroom as a jewelry catch-all.
Oh no, it’s already sold out! Here are a couple of similar ones.

TUFTED OTTOMAN
I love how versatile and easy a little ottoman like this is. It’s perfect for apartment living because you can easily move it around to change up the look of your room, and it doubles as a table for mini projects (or food) while you’re watching tv 😉

FIG TREE
I love the idea of adding some greenery to my apartment, but I’m not confident in my abilities to keep something this big alive, so I’m starting out small with a few cacti on my balcony. If this goes well, an indoor tree may be in my future!

GRAPHIC PRINT
I ordered this print and just hung it on my dining room wall, and I LOVE it as a graphic element. The wall it’s on faces the front door, so it’s one of the first things I see when I get home after a long day. Side note– the Etsy shop owner is doing a little reorganizing, but she’ll be back up and running next week! Trust me, it’s worth the wait.