5 Tips for Keeping Your Dyed Hair Red

My hair is naturally a medium to deep brunette color but within the past couple of months, I decided to venture out and dye it a bright auburn. I’ve loved this recent change for the spring/summer months and with the help of my hair stylist have picked up a few tricks to keep my hair red. Anyone that’s ever dyed their hair a shade of red knows how difficult it is to keep it that way. Red fades faster than any other color, making upkeep essential.

5 Tips to Keep Your Dyed Hair Red

  1. The most important thing is to switch out your normal shampoo to a color safe option. I’m still using the one my hair stylist recommended, Gemstone by R+Co. After washing your hair the first time after getting your hair dyed, your shower will look like a murder scene and there’s really no way around that. Using a color safe shampoo will reduce the amount of dye that leaves your hair drastically. I’d also recommend using old towels you don’t care about the first couple times you wash your hair because chances are your newly dyed hair will bleed a little bit.
  2. The second thing I’ve been loving is a conditioner specifically formulated for red hair. My go-to is the Joico Color Infuse Red Conditioner. They also make a shampoo that I might pick up when I finish my R+Co. I use this conditioner every time I wash my hair by running it through my entire head, starting with my ends. It’s a color depositing product so this conditioner has a bright red tint to it and it’s recommended that you leave it in your hair for 1-3 minutes. I love this conditioner because it really keeps my red hair vibrant and also makes my hair feel silky and smooth.
  3. To end your shower routine, a deep conditioning product is a must. I’m absolutely in love with my dp HUE Color Boosting Gloss+. I have this is in the shade burnt copper but they also have other shades so this is available for more than just red heads. This is the perfect deep conditioning product that also adds color back in to revive your red hair. I use this about every other time I wash so about 1-2 times a week. It doesn’t contain any peroxide or ammonia but does contain color that’s added to your hair. It’s recommended that you use this product for anywhere from 3-20 minutes, with the longer time equaling to more color being deposited. If you have lighter hair and are scared this is going to be too intense, they recommended mixing this with a conditioner. The biggest downside about this conditioner is that it’s a mess! This product will get all over your shower, dye your hands and be super careful with your towels. It is easy to clean up out of your shower and if you’re quick to wash your hands you won’t have any problems.
  4. The biggest tip I can give to make your red hair last longer is to not shower every day! Every time I’ve gotten my hair dyed my hairstylist has also recommended this. Try to find a dry shampoo that you love because it’ll make skipping washing your hair for a day or two so much better. Every time I wash my hair I can tell its fading slightly and it’s the most heartbreaking experience. This is why it’s important to try and stretch the time between shampoos as much as possible.
  5. Lastly, it’s important to keep up with your dye appointments! If you want to keep your fiery hair red, there’s a lot of upkeep. Any hair stylist will tell you that red is the hardest color to keep from fading so it’s important to take care of your hair and get it dyed regularly. 
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KKW by Kylie Cosmetics | Swatches & Thoughts

I haven’t purchased anything from Kylie Cosmetics in a while – and by a while I mean since the Valentines Collection. I’m a sucker for any good (trashy) reality show and my obsession definitely started with the Kardashian clan. Although I’m embarrassed to admit it sometimes, their show is one of my guilty pleasures and love a good marathon on E! When I saw Kylie was collabing with Kim and how gorgeous the packing and products looked, I jumped right back on the Kylie bandwagon and made a purchase.

Packaging:

Okay, let’s be honest – the packaging is truly what sold me on this product. I have enough nude lipsticks to last me a lifetime, I did not need 4 new, very similar, ones with a formula I knew I wouldn’t be thrilled by. But the matte baby pink on the box and the lipstick tube really drew me in. These just look so sleek and classic. Any brand that switches up their packaging like this for collaborations really just knows how to get me.

Product:

Now the product itself is really so/so in my opinion. Hopefully, she starts selling these as separates because I would recommend waiting until then and chose one color you really enjoy – if you must purchase from this collection. The colors are extremely similar that I do not believe it’s necessary to have all four. It’s more of a ‘collectors’ piece in my opinion.

On the lips, they don’t perform all to great as well. I would describe it is a melted down tube lipstick in a liquid lip tube. These don’t dry down matte and are not long wearing what so ever. These lasted at most 2 hours on my lips, without any eating/drinking, or excessive talking. Another big negative for me is how streaky the apply. It’s hard to get an even coat without putting multiple layers on and that point it looks like you have a river of lipgloss on. After they dry down slightly they do look a little better which is nice. Since these don’t last that long on the lips, touching up the go I think would be difficult because of how streaky they perform.

L-R: Kimberly, Kim, Kiki, Kimmie

Overall:

Alright, clearly I’m not the hugest fan of these but I do have a couple of reasons that I have been enjoying them. The names! It’s obviously very egocentric for Kim to name all four shades after herself but let’s be real, she made a book with solely pictures of herself in it. It’s just a very Kim thing to do and it’s why we all (okay only me) love her so much. The colors are gorgeous, yes very similar, but gorgeous. The one I reach for the most at the moment is Kimmie, I think it’s just the perfect pinky nude. These are all very light pink nudes so if that isn’t your cup of tea I would 100% pass on this.

Another positive is these do feel great on the lips. They’re super lightweight and moisturizing. I’m definitely not the biggest fan but if you do like light lipsticks that feel very smooth and like nothings on your lips these may be up your alley. Kim included a note with each packaging saying there are more surprises coming so crossing my fingers that I enjoy what’s coming much more.

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How I Whitened My Sensitive Teeth + Giveaway!

**this product was sent to me complimentary for review. all opinions are 100% my own. there are affiliate links and codes in this article – these do not charge you extra but I do earn a percentage of the sale. all of the earnings go to bettering erinkanee.com**

p.s. I know why you really clicked here! Giveaway information is at the bottom of this article along with a coupon code!!

Background:

Besides my quick experience with crest white stripes in high school, I only have one other experience with a professional whitening kit. I purchased this through my dentist office several years ago and was determined to brighten my smile. I opted not to purchase the custom fitted tray for my teeth as my dentist recommend just using the retainer I had from getting my braces off. Without the tray, this kit was easily $200 and if I did receive the tray it would’ve been another $100 on top of that. Professional whitening kits aren’t cheap!

The few things I do remember about this experience, besides how expensive the trays were, were how little results I was seeing and how beyond sensitive this process was making my teeth. The days after whitening I would have to avoid drinking anything colder or hotter than room temperature. This is something I could’ve forced myself to put up with but because I was seeing little to no results I had to give up. It was horrible and turned me off from purchasing any type of whitening kit in the future.

So of course when Smile Brilliant contacted me about trying out their professional whitening kit I was highly skeptical but excited as my teeth were in direr need of a whitening. The first thing I noticed upon looking at their system online is that they offer two options, one for non-sensitive teeth and another for sensitive that included a desensitizing gel. This automatically sparked my interest considering my horrid experience years ago.

Getting Started:

Smile Brilliant offers six different packages so you can truly customize your experience. The packages range from how heavy the stains on your teeth are to whether you have sensitive teeth or not. After selecting which packages interests you, the company sends you your whitening and desensitizing gels, if applicable, and also the needed materials and instructions to mold your teeth for your customized tray. This is really the unique part. I was very intimidated by molding my teeth and nervous I would mess my trays up but it turned out to be fairly easy. The instructions are super easy to follow and they included extra product in case you do mess up your mold.

When you’re finished molding your teeth, they included a prepackaged envelope so that you can easily send it back. Once they receive your impressions it takes 3-6 business days to create your tray before they ship to back!

Whitening Process:

I started out whitening my teeth for 45 minutes at a time since I was so nervous about them becoming sensitive. After whitening them I would use the desensitizing gel in my tray for another hour. They recommend doing this before bed so you are not eating or drinking anything afterward. I would do this every other day and slowly increase the amount of time I was whitening my teeth until I reached the four-hour mark.

Obviously, this takes a large chunk of time out of your day, so I do also recommend starting after you eat dinner and before, if you’re like me, getting settled in to watch Netflix before bed. These trays are super sturdy and stay on your teeth so you don’t have to worry about them moving around. Because of this, I found it so easy to do tasks around the house while I was whitening, taking showers, cleaning out the litter box, doing laundry. Since I would use these after I ate dinner, they would prevent me from having that after dinner sweet snack I so badly try to avoid.

My biggest tip here would be to only put as much gel as you need into your trays. You want to prevent it overflowing from the trays when you put them over your teeth. I won’t say it necessarily tastes bad but it is unpleasant in my opinion. The ingredients are vegan and cruelty-free! You really only need a small dot of product on each tooth in the tray to cover all your teeth once the tray is on. This will also prevent the product from getting on your gums which can cause them to become sensitive as well.

Results:

I was beyond shocked when I started noticing results right away – no, I am not making this up. At first, I thought it was all in my head but my boyfriend noticed as well without me having to ask him. The more I used this the more impressed I was. Now don’t get me wrong, you can’t use this one time and bam you have a movie star smile. It really does take time to get to where you want your smile to be. The biggest thing I noticed is that by using the desensitizing gel my teeth were not sensitive from whitening whats so ever which is a huge positive in my book. If you’re scared to whiten because of this problem, I would highly recommend checking Smile Brilliant out.

Another huge positive is that you can easily purchase more of the whitening and desensitizing gels online, without buying the whole package, when you feel like your white teeth are dulling throughout time. Obviously having white teeth and keeping them white is a commitment, so having a product in your corner that you can trust and easily fall back on is important.

Giveaway Time!

To enter the giveaway follow this link and all you have to do is enter your name and email address! The winner will be selected in two weeks and will win a $139 credit to their website – this is the full price of one fo their kits! It’s open to the USA, UK, Canada, and Australia

Smile Brilliant has also given me an affiliate coupon code to pass along to you guys. You’ll receive 10% off with the code: erinkanee


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Best & Worst Drugstore Brow Products

I know I can’t be the only one who has been on the hunt for the perfect brow products. I love a good brow pencil and pomade like the next girl but on my everyday quick natural looks, a tinted brow gel is what I reach for. Since I have naturally pretty full and thick eyebrows I don’t necessarily need to fill them in on a daily basis but I do like using a tinted product to add color and make sure they look full. Much like anyone else I naturally have spaces that I like to fill in on my brows. When looking for a tinted brow gel, I want something that is pigmented and keep my brows in place.

Left: NYX Tinted Brow Mascara Right: Maybelline Brow Precise Fiber Volumizer

Worst Drugstore Brow Gel:

The hands down worst brow gel – worst brow product- I have ever used is the Maybelline Brow Precise Fiber Volumizer. First of all look at the brush, what is that? I really can’t tell you. This causes the product to lay on your brows pushing them down and making them flat against your head. It’s one of the weirdest products I have ever tried. The ‘fibers’ don’t really do much for me and since the wand is so thick it’s incredibly hard to not get product around your brows where it is unwanted. I have this in the color deep brown which I do enjoy because it is a little cooler toned than most brow products I have tried. This product runs for $9.99 at Ulta and you receive .27 fl. oz.

I can slightly (maybe) see the idea behind the brush head but since the product is so thick because of the fibers everything gets caked into it and just causes the brush the be full of product and won’t comb through your brows. It’s honestly one of the most disappointing products I’ve tried. Eventually, I have gotten to work for me with a very light hand and only using it on the beginning of my brows where my natural brows are thicker. Please save your money though and walk right by this product at your local drugstore.

Best Drugstore Brow Gel:

On the opposite spectrum though I have my beloved NYX Tinted Brow Mascara that I have repurchased time and time again. This a must have product for me. The brush makes it so easy to comb through your brows, even while on the go. It’s a pigmented product which I love and keeps your brows in place all day. I have this in the color espresso which is perfect for medium to darker brunettes. This product runs for $6.99 at Ulta and you receive .22 fl. oz.

Since I’ve dyed my hair to an auburn, I was hoping they had a red color but they don’t. After looking through other brow products at the drugstore, I couldn’t find an auburn brow product anywhere. I was super disappointed by this and it caused me to splurge on the Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel. After using both of this, I would definitely say the NYX Tinted Brow Mascara is a great dupe. If you’re on the market for a new brow gel, I highly recommend checking this one out!

Left: NYX Tinted Brow Mascara
Right: Maybelline Brow Precise Fiber Volumizer

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DryBar Detox Whipped Dry Shampoo Foam Vs. Ouai Haircare Dry Shampoo Foam

Dry Shampoo Foams are something that have recently hit the market. I’m a dry shampoo junkie, you can bet that most days out of the week I have some in my hair. I even use it like a texturizing spray on clean hair. When I first saw these I knew I had to check them out. It seemed like the perfect way to avoid the white cast dry shampoos normally leave on dark hair. I’ve already made a post about the Ouai Dry Shampoo Foam, long story short – I hated it. Everything I’ve tried from DryBar I’ve loved, so I had high hopes for this product as well.

Price and Ingredients:

DryBar Detox Whipped Dry Shampoo Foam retails for $23 for 4.5 ounces.

Ouai Haircare Dry Shampoo Foam retails for $28 for 5.3 ounces.

These both contain volcanic ash which is supposed to attract dirt and debris, absorbing them. These both also have panthenol which is a plant protein containing vitamin B5. This helps strengthen your hair and prevents breakage. The biggest difference in their ingredients lists is the presence of aluminum starch in DryBars dry shampoo. This is in plenty of cosmetics and helps prevent products from caking up.

How They Preform:

The biggest differences in the products asides from their caps, is they way they feel and come out onto the hand. Drybar‘s is much more smooth and a whip creamy texture. Whereas Ouai’s a much more traditional mousse like product. They both smell pretty similar, imagine that clean scent you get from other dry shampoos. In the hair, they also perform very similarly. If you read my previous post about Ouai‘s then you already know. I don’t find these make my hair look any less greasy or less dirty. If anything I find they create more of a product build-up on my hair and leave it looking slightly wet. This is even after working it in. Right after I apply this product, I do notice a difference in my hair looking less oily but after an hour or two, it’s exactly how it was when I woke up, if not worse. These are such a fun and different idea but I think it’s 100% gimmicky and regular old spray dry shampoo works much better.

Left: DryBar Detox Whipped Dry Shampoo Foam

Right: Ouai Dry Shampoo Foam

The biggest positive is these don’t leave any white cast on dark hair, mine is a dark auburn. The biggest negative is that these don’t do anything for your hair. I feel like my hair looks worse afterward and then I’m forced to throw up in a greasy bun for the day. So my conclusion (if you haven’t already guessed) DryBar Detox Whipped Dry Shampoo Foam versus Ouai Haircare Dry Shampoo Foam: Pass on both!

 

 

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Unboxing Influenster’s Daisy VoxBox

these products were sent to me complimentary for review but all opinions are my own

I recently just qualified for and received Influenster’s Daisy VoxBox. If you are unaware of what Influenster is, it’s a completely free social media type website and app. You create an account and connect your social media accounts. Then leave reviews on some of your favorite or not so favorite products to complete ‘badges’. Every so often they send out VoxBox’s to a select group of people who qualify for them with the intention of reviewing the products. This is my second VoxBox so far and have been really enjoying the site.

Inside the Daisy VoxBox:

This box included:

  1. SkinnyPop Sea Salt Microwave Popcorn – This retails at $1.95 for an individual bag and $4.99 for a 3-pack. I’ve tried this in the pre-popped form found at grocery or convenience stores and enjoyed it! I’m such a huge fan of popcorn (it’s a great snack!) so I was definitely pumped to see this in the box.
  2. Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Paper Mask – This retails at $2.99. I’ve actually already tried this mask out and was a fan. I love this brand as a whole, my favorite has to be the cucumber products though. Charcoal is a product that’s really become huge in the skin care industry and I’ve really loved what it’s been doing for my skin.
  3. Live Clean Coconut Milk Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner – $5.99 each, which I think is a great price for a nice shampoo/conditioner! I love the smell of coconuts so these smell fantastic and I’m sure they leave your hair smelling great. I have color treated hair so unfortunately I don’t think I’ll be testing these out anytime soon but I’ve passed them on to my boyfriend to try out for me.
  4. Always Infinity – $6.99 for a 24 count. I’m more of a tampon kind of girl but I do wear pads occasionally for when I’m sleeping. These are made of their FlexFoam so they supposedly form to your body so you can’t feel them which will be cool to test out.
  5. Nature’s Bounty Probiotic Gummy  – $19.99. I’m a lover of any type of a vitamin so I’m excited to add this to my everyday routine. They also included a coupon for a discount when I repurchase these. I have tried these for a couple days and I can say that aren’t the greatest tasting vitamins out there.
  6. Dannon Light & Fit Greek Yogurt – $1.19 single serving. I eat greek yogurt occasionally for breakfast with granola mixed in so this coupon was a great addition to this box! For breakfast, I’ll have a serving of vanilla greek yogurt, with fruit (usually blackberries or blueberries) and granola mixed in. It’s a great healthy breakfast that will keep you full.

Altogether this was such a fun box with great products from all different categories. I’ll definitely be trying these products out throughout this month!

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It Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow – Swatches and First Impressions

I was so excited when I saw that It Cosmetics was coming out with such a beautiful blush/bronzer/highlight trio. These give me total Kevyn Aucoin Neo Bronzer vibes, which I love but is a little out of my price range. It Cosmetics has to be one of my favorite brands, if not my favorite. All their products are of great quality and I love how they promote self-love through their products.

Confidence in Your Glow | $32

This product contains 14.76 grams for a highlighter, blush, and bronzer (a Nars blush contains 4.6 grams and a Benefit blush contains 5 grams). It comes in three colors, Instant Nude Glow, Instant Natural Glow, and Instant Warm Glow. I was definitely torn between which color to choose but eventually settled with Nude Glow as it seemed to be the one I would reach for more often. This product is paraben free, cruelty-free, and talc free. It’s infused with ceramide complex, peptides, collagen, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, antioxidants, colloidal oatmeal, and drops of light technology that all help your skin look instantly younger, softer, smoother and promises to give you an airbrushed appearance. I think mt favorite part of the packaging is when you open the box, right on the flap is a note saying “you are beautiful, you are it!” Signed by Jaimie the CEO of It Cosmetics, if you’ve seen the infomercials you know exactly who she is.

Instant Nude Glow

I chose this trio because it looked like it would work the best with my skin for everyday use. This seems like a great product to throw in your bag for touch-ups during the day or for traveling with. And I was right, this is the perfect size to put in your purse or a traveling makeup bag. Touching the product for the first time I was blown away by how smooth and silky it felt. I can’t wait to try this one skin because I think it’ll just blend beautifully. All these colors are slightly muted so it’s nothing too in your face, making it perfect for an everyday look. The portion you get for each product is pretty much equivalent to a full-size individual product.  So there will be no issue just dipping your brush into a specific portion. Overall, I’m really impressed by this product and excited to put it to use.

(L-R) Highlight, Blush, Bronzer
(Bottom Row) Highlight and Blush mixed, Blush and Bronzer mixed

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Lorac Pirates of the Caribbean Collection – Swatches and First Impression

I was so excited when I first saw this collection announced and decided to pick up some of it with my Ulta 20% off coupon. Lorac makes one of my favorite eyeshadow formulas and I usually jump on the opportunity to pick up their palettes. This collection was no exception. I couldn’t just stop at the eyeshadow palette, I also bought the cheek palette and one of the 6 lip duos.

Eyeshadow Palette | $52

Unfortunately, my mirror came broken in the top right corner, but that’s not that big of an ordeal. At first, I was a little disappointed with the shades but after seeing swatches and them up close they grew a little on me. Now that I have the palette in my hands, I’m a huge fan. Looking at them in the palette just doesn’t do them justice. You recieve 18 eyeshadows and a deluxe sized mini eye liner. This palette is a little chunky but includes a side compartment that the cheek palette fits right into. I think the packaging is gorgeous, although a little bulky.

These eyeshadows are all new shades in their PRO formula. If you have not tried this formula I highly recommend it. It’s beyond creamy and easy to work with. All the shades can be used wet or dry. As you can see below most of the shades are gorgeous but a couple of the mattes swatched a little choppy and stiff. These included Silent Mary, Bones, Tell No Tales, and Ghostly. I haven’t used these on my eyes yet, so I’m unsure if how they swatch translates to the eyes. The shade I’m most excited to use on the eyes is Black Pearl as it looks like a typical black gray shade but is really a duo-chrome purpley blue black shade. I’m also excited for the eye pencil, as I had a very hard time removing it from swatching it on my arm.

(L-R) First Row: Ghostly, Starry Night, Compass, Arrgh!, Black Pearl, Yo Ho, Bones, Silvermist, Treasure, Tell No Tales
Bottom Row: Shiver Me, Cursed, Matte-y, Lost at Sea, Pirates Chest, Sea Haze, Menace, Silent Mary, Black Eye Pencil

 

Cheek Palette | $30

I haven’t tried any of Loracs Color Source Blushes or Light Source Highlighters but have heard phenomenally things about them so was super excited to try them in this palette. These are all gorgeous and I can’t wait to try them out on the face. I was blown away by how creamy these felt when soft, they almost felt wet in a way. There are 4 shimmer shades and two mattes, three blushes and three highlights. The mattes are just as creamy as the highlights. The palette was a little smaller than I expected at first but I think that’s just because the packaging is a little slimmer, making it easy to put in the compartment on the eyeshadow collection. This would be a great palette to travel with.

(L-R) Top Row: Star Reader, Destined, Fortune
Bottom Row: Bold Spirit, Caribbean, Lost Soul

Lip Duo | $26

I also haven’t tried out any of Loracs lip products but I almost passed on these. They looked a little cheap but last minute I decided just to try it out. Unfortunately, I was right. Ultimately the packaging looks gorgeous but once fully opened the lipstick has clear looking plastic which just screams cheap to me. There are six colors to choose from. one being a bold teal but I stuck with a neutral pink in Me Hearties.

On one side of the lipgloss tube, there’s a small mirror which is a nice touch. To me, the lipgloss side seems perfect and then it’s almost like they gave up on the lipstick. These swatched okay, nothing out of this world. The lipstick pulls a little and takes a couple passes before it’s completely opaque. The lipgloss is pretty standard. It’s not super glossy and has zero shimmer in it. It seems like it may be a little sticky on the lips but I haven’t tried it out yet.

(L-R) Me Hearties Lipstick, Lipgloss

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Best Spot Treatment for Acne Prone Skin

I’ve been on the hunt for a spot treatment for my adult acne prone skin for awhile now. Everyone I try is either too drying or I feel like doesn’t do much. Earlier in the month, Mario Badescu was 50% off at Ulta so I decided to check out his products. The only thing I had tried before from him were both the facial sprays – yes, anything that can be easily spritzed onto the face has me sold. I saw the Drying Lotion had amazing reviews and was on the cheaper side at $17 but after the 50% off this was under $10.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion –

In a 1 ounce bottle, this is a little smaller than your average skin care item. With that being said you need the smallest amount of this so I think this bottle will last me a very long time. The ingredients in the bottle separate but the bottle warns you not to shake the solution. You dip a contain swab into the pink part, that sinks to the bottom, and place the product onto blemishes you have on your skin. I use this as the last part of my night time routine and then sleep with the solution on. This helps dry out blemishes to remove them from the skin but isn’t overly drying on the rest of your skin. Since this product is made with alcohol it does have a strong alcohol scent. This fades after a couple of minutes of having the product on though. I’m a huge fan of this and think it’s great for anyone who has acne prone skin. It’s a great targeted solution for troubled skin. This is a quick step to add to the end of anyone’s skin care routine.

Ingredients:

Isopropyl Alcohol, Water, Calamine, Camphor, Sulfur, Zinc, Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Talc, Glycerin, Salicylic Acid

This product is cruelty-free and paraben free

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5 Cheap Ways To Brighten Up Your Apartment For Spring

I know we’ve all heard of the term spring cleaning before but what about spring redecorating. After the dreary winter, I always feel like every aspect of my life needs a little sprucing up, my makeup routine, wardrobe and even my apartment. I don’t know about you but my budget right now doesn’t allow for large furniture purchases or a complete makeover of my apartment. So these are my five quick and cheap tips to add some life back into your apartment for spring.

#1 – Easy to take care of plants

As much as I’d love to have a large colorful garden, my living space would not allow it. I don’t have a balcony or backyard but I do have lots of natural light. I picked up these glass vases, soil, rocks and plants from home depot and decided to make my own terrariums. They turned out just as good as the premade ones in my opinion! These were so much cheaper than some I’ve seen already put together to purchase and were fun to put together. Small cactuses and succulents are beyond easy to take care of and bring that spring look to your apartment. I love the small cactus because it does have that pink flower on it but doesn’t require the amount of upkeep.

#2 – Bright kitchen accessories

Besides my bedroom, my kitchen is probably my most used room so I thought it was important to brighten it up this spring. I picked up these cute Cooking Utensils off Amazon and love how they look. These were pretty cheap but are such great quality. Another great idea to add a pick me up in your kitchen is new floral kitchen dish towels. I love these ones also from Amazon.

#3 – Spring candles

Another easy way to freshen up your apartment is to switch out your candles with bright floral scents. I don’t think you can beat Bath & Body Works candles but of course, there are cheaper alternatives out there. I’m a sucker for a good floral scent and right now this Lilac Blossom candle is one of my favorites. I also have Fresh Cut Lilacs in my living room (yes I know they sell other scents). I think this is a great way to brighten up your apartment – scent wise. Candles always make me feel warmer and at home, finding scents you love is really the key.

#4 – Fresh picture frames

What’s an apartment without the personalized touch of adding pictures you love? I’m a sucker for a good photo and annoy everyone by wanting to take pictures everywhere. Cute, cheap picture frames are definitely the way to go. I bought these at Ikea and plan to paint the bottom portion of them a bright blue or green for spring. The hardest part for me is selecting which photos I want to put in them!

#5 – Girls night out spring paintings

Where I live those ‘paint and sip’ nights are all over the places and I’m always finding Groupons for them. It’s where you go with a group of friends, your boyfriend or by yourself (hey! I love doing activities solo and then no one’s there to make fun of your lack of artistic abilities) and attempt to copy a painting with the help of an instructor. There’s usually wine served as well which could either work for or against you. Right now most places are offering a variety of spring paintings like these cherry blossoms (this could also be because I live so close to DC). You feel great at the end because you painted something all on your own and get to choose where to hang it in your apartment.

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