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Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifts Sure to Make Your Love Swoon!

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Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifts Sure to Make Your Love Swoon!

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and although I think it's one of the sillier holidays, I do still enjoy a good date night out and giving gifts. In return though, I usually have to then receive a gift, which can be great too, or ya know, not so good sometimes. So, in order from most cliche to least and to keep the gifts from being not so good, here are some no brainers to get the people in your life who deserve a little something extra this Valentine's Day!

LAST MINUTE VALENTINE'S DAY GIFTS

ORCHIDS: Get them here, $21

Roses are played out. I'm over 'em! I've literally been telling Danny this for a year and I think he's finally starting to get the hint. If you're special someone is a little bit wilder (like me), grab them something a little different this year. Orchids are great because they remind me of somewhere exotic. I also love peonies because they're so gorgeous. Switch it up. If they get mad, blame it on me!

LAST MINUTE VALENTINE'S DAY GIFTS

GODIVA CHOCOLATES: Get them here, $27

Good chocolate is hard to come by. Maybe I'm picky, but the last minute chocolates from the drug store taste like plastic. Do your due diligence and grab some chocolates from a good candy shop in your town or order these. Almost everyone has a bit of a sweet tooth. Satisfy with something truly yummy.

LAST MINUTE VALENTINE'S DAY GIFTS

LAST MINUTE VALENTINE'S DAY GIFTS

STATEMENT NECKLACES: Get Them Here, $158 & $138

I'm obsessed with statement necklaces. It's an accessory that can take a plain t-shirt or dress from boring to glam in 2 seconds flat. Green and orange are my favorite colors so I love these, but check out my Chloe and Isabel Boutique for tons of other options to choose from. Jewelry is always a good choice.

LAST MINUTE VALENTINE'S DAY GIFT

DEBORAH LIPPMANN GOOD GIRL, GONE BAD NAIL LACQUER: Get it here, $18

It's all in the name. Yes, it's a nail polish, which is fun. And yes, usually girls like those kinds of things. But it's also fun to get a little sexual with your gifts right? This is the kind of things that is small, relatively inexpensive, but also has a hidden message for the evening ahead. Good luck fellas.

LAST MINUTE VALENTINE'S DAY GIFTS

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY SOUNDTRACK, Get It Here on iTunes or Here on Amazon, $12

The soundtrack of your good girl, gone bad evening? I think so. Just about every girl on the planet went gaga for these silly books pretty recently. (I admit it, I was one of them for a second.) Also, a good number of girls are secretly excited about going to see the movie (also include me in this group). I'm not trying to get all red room-ish on Valentine's Day, but since I love new music, this would be a great gift for me.

You only have a few days left to get something. Just wanted to give you guys some easy options. I've got your back!

Much Love, Lindsey

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Best Running Playlist

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Best Running Playlist

BEST RUNNING PLAYLIST

I've been working out like a maniac to get into bikini shape before the weather gets warmer. I've also been doing it because it would be nice to feel good and be healthy. However, I HATE running. I enjoy how I feel afterward, but I truly dread the lead up and motivational moments where I have to talk myself into going. So, I sat down and made myself a new little playlist. I figured this would be something a lot of you are interested in while you're getting ready for Spring Break (sorry Aussies, maybe you just need some new music?). I've added some links so you can get the songs from either iTunes or Amazon. I'm not saying you have to get them all, but it's seriously the musical formula for running success if you do!


Best Workout PlaylistGet It On iTunes: Gimme More - Gimme More - Single 

Get It On Amazon: Gimme More (Main Version)

Start with an oldie, but a goodie. This reminds me that if Britney can get through this time in her life, then I can get through this run.


Best Running Playlist

 Get It On iTunes: Haunted - BEYONCÉ

Get It On Amazon: Haunted (Explicit Version) [Explicit]

This is in the new 50 Shades of Grey movie and I love the beat once it gets going!


Get It On iTunes: Best Running PlaylistCheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix Radio Edit) - Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix Radio Edit) - Single

Get It On Amazon: Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix Radio Edit)

This is my favorite song of the moment. Chill, but upbeat. Relaxing, but with a saxophone solo. It's just so unexplainably good.


Get It On iTunes: Best Running PlaylistSway (The Chainsmokers Remix) - Sway (The Chainsmokers Remix) - Single

Get It On Amazon: Sway (Chainsmokers Remix)

I think girls are dominating the music scene right now. Women like Meghan Trainor, Marian Hill and this newcomer, Anna of the North, are dominating my playlists and making me so happy!


Get It On iTunes: Best Running PlaylistBang Dem Sticks - Title (Deluxe)

Get It On Amazon: Bang Dem Sticks

Speaking of Trainor, she came out with my jam on her debut album, Title. A song all about loving drummers? This. Is. My. Anthem.


Get It On iTunes: Best Running PlaylistBitch I'm Madonna (feat. Nicki Minaj) - Rebel Heart

Get It On Amazon: Bitch I'm Madonna [feat. Nicki Minaj] [Explicit]

This song's a little weird, but it's produced by my favorite ever, Diplo, so I want to give him the support. Plus, a good laugh about how ridiculous Madonna is can really take your mind off of running.


Get It On iTunes: Best Running PlaylistI Lived ([RED] Remix) - I Lived ([RED] Remix) - Single

Get It On Amazon: I Lived (Arty Remix)

This is one of those really great, uplifting songs that everyone should listen too when they're having a bad day. Just try not to start crying while running because it's that good.


Get It On iTunes: Best Running PlaylistOpen Wide (feat. Big Sean) - Motion

Get It On Amazon: Open Wide [Explicit]

This is our Vegas anthem. If that doesn't get you excited, I'm not sure what will!


Get It On iTunes: Best Running PlaylistSometimes You're the Hammer, Sometimes You're the Nail - Common Courtesy

Get It On Amazon: Sometimes You're the Hammer, Sometimes You're the Nail

This is about the time in the run where you need something to pump you up. This should do the trick!


Get It On iTunes: Best Running PlaylistEcho - Echo EP

Get It On Amazon: Echo

Another lady making it to the running playlist! I try and harmonize to this one and forget that other people can't hear the song, just me with the headphones. Whoops.


Get It On iTunes: Best Running PlaylistGot It - Lips / Got It (Single) - Single

Get It On Amazon: February 23rd :(

This girl is my life. I feel like this new EP of hers is amazing. I only see good things in her future and am so glad I discovered her music.


Get It On iTunes: Best Running PlaylistWhat I Did For Love (feat. Emeli Sandé) - Listen (Deluxe Version)

Get It On Amazon: What I did for Love (feat. Emeli Sandé)

Now it's about time to be starting the cool down. This is a good transitional song to either run it out or slow it down.


Get It On iTunes: Best Running PlaylistEarned It (Fifty Shades of Grey) [From The" Fifty Shades of Grey" Soundtrack] - Fifty Shades of Grey (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Get It On Amazon: Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey) (From The "Fifty Shades Of Grey" Soundtrack)

Let's finish about where we started, with a little 50 Shades soundtrack material. Awesome for cool down.


This has totally helped my motivation. Maybe it can help you too? Tweet me (@lindseybell) and let me know!

Much Love, Lindsey

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New Year, New Beauty Routine: MAKEUP

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New Year, New Beauty Routine: MAKEUP

Lindsey Brooks Bell

It's the last day of my new beauty routine posts. It's been so fun talking about all my new additions to my routine and I've loved talking to you all on Twitter about your opinions on the subject. Today is my favorite day and definitely going to be the longest because I am always on the look out for a new makeup to try. Before I get started, I want to know more about your all time favorite beauty products or some new ones I'm missing out on! Tell me in the comments or tweet me (@lindseybell)! Alright, let's get started!

New Year, New Beauty Routine: MAKEUP

Get It: Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation - Cream Ivory, $47

I spoke yesterday about how I mix my moisturizer with this foundation to create more or less coverage depending on my skintone at the time. It also makes this little tube of foundation last FOREVER. I've had my current one for over a year now. I bought a new one months ago thinking I was bound to run out any day and it just hasn't happened. That's when you know it's worth it to splurge a little. If I had stuck with my old Neutrogena foundation, I would have paid less ($15ish), but probably easily gone through 4 bottles in the last year. So technically I saved money. More upfront, less over the long run. I use the color Sand Beige.

New Year, New Beauty Routine: MAKEUP

Get It: BOBBI BROWN Creamy Concealer BEIGE, $23

I'm kind of meh about using concealer. I have dark circles, but I also am developing fine lines from smiling so hard. Not the worst reason I guess. I don't always wear it, but when I am feeling super worn out, I'll slide some of this on. It doesn't settle into my little eye wrinkles and brightens up well. Good stuff.

New Year, New Beauty Routine: MAKEUPGet it: Smashbox Cosmetics Smashbox Cosmetics Step-By-Step Contour Kit, $62

This, of everything I have added to my daily routine, has been the most significant to my overall look. Kim Kardashian is the queen of contour and has built an entire beauty movement based entirely on accentuating your positives and camouflaging your negatives. So, I wanted to be able to do that too. It just takes a little bit of knowledge and practice to learn how to contour. I watched a ton of YouTube vids on it, checked out Pinterest and followed the pointers included with the compact. You don't have to be a makeup artist to pull off the look. Such an easy all in one compact.

New Year, New Beauty Routine: MAKEUP

Get it: Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil - Blonde, $23

Filling in my brows is relatively new to my routine. I've been through a couple of brow pencils and this one definitely looks the most natural. Your brows frame your eyes and I feel like finish your whole look.

New Year, New Beauty Routine: MAKEUP

Get It: L'Oreal Paris Pencil Perfect Self-Advancing Eyeliner, Carbon Black, 0.01 Ounces, $6.99

 I feel like eyeliner is the first thing you start experimenting with when you first start wearing makeup. Sometimes you can go your whole life using the same kind (my mom's been using Clinique since forever). But seriously, it's worth a shot to check this one out. I usually layer my smudgeable eye pencil with a liquid liner that stays all day, but I could wear this one a little smokier and by itself. And you can't beat the price.

New Year, New Beauty Routine: MAKEUP

Get It: L'Oreal Paris Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner, Carbon Black, 0.05 Ounces, $6.99

I say step out and try new things, but alas, I've been wearing this liquid liner on and off since I first started wearing winged eyeliner while dancing in the ballet in 2nd grade. This is one of those suggestions that aren't because it's new to my beauty routine, it's because if it isn't new to yours, it should be. It's seven dang dollars. I can't justify spending more money on something that has never, ever done me wrong at the lower pricepoint. Liquid liner can be scary, but I just got my mom to changeover recently. It's just so sexy to rock a little winged eye every once in a while, or in my case, every damn day.

New Year, New Beauty Routine: MAKEUP

Get It: Naked Basics Eyeshadow Makeup Palette, $45

The Naked palettes are amazing, however, I am not a huge eyeliner person. I like using neutrals here and there and adding a little color here and there. I still wanted to get in on the fun though! So, I got one of the basics palettes. I feel like this is my go-to over all of the other shadows I am carrying around. It complements my current makeup trends really well. Sometimes less is more in a palette ya know?

New Year, New Beauty Routine: MAKEUP

Get It: Too Faced Cosmetics, Shadow Insurance, 0.35 Ounce, $12

Speaking of eyeshadow, have trouble making it last all night? This stuff legit works.

New Year, New Beauty Routine: MAKEUP

Get It: Yves Saint Laurent 'Rouge Pur Couture' Lip ColorNet Wt. 0.13 Oz., $52.99

I KNOW! I know. I can't believe how much I paid for this either. Basically an arm and a leg. BUT. It's the best, best, best lipstick ever. I have tried so many reds trying to get one that works for me that doesn't make me feel yucky. This one smells like lavender, stay on all night, looks creamy on my lips and makes me feel like a movie star. It's single handed most noticeable thing I add to my face for a night out and my hands down favorite. I love my Marilyn Monroe lips!

Makeup should be fun and I have had a blast trying out some new things recently. I'll keep updating you guys on anything new I find! Don't forget to write me some suggestions of things to try!

Much Love, Lindsey

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New Year, New Beauty Routine: SKINCARE

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New Year, New Beauty Routine: SKINCARE

Lindsey Brooks Bell

I’m always on the lookout for new beauty products that can make my life simpler or make me feel prettier. I spend everyday with a camera in my face so making sure I look my best is important. I did a beauty video in June of last year, but have made some updates over the last few months that are seriously amazing. I have a ton of new suggestions so I’ve decided to split them up over a couple of posts. Today I am talking specifically about my skincare routine!

Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser

New Year, New Beauty Routine: SkincareGet it: Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser, 16 Ounces, $9-$64 (depending on size)

Let's start with the basis of my routine, this easy peezy one step cleanser. I use this in the morning and at night with my Clarisonic. Afterwards my skin feels clean and smooth. I feel like very simply, it cleans my face without any of the other crap. Pricey, but if you buy it in bulk you can save a little bit.

Clarisonic Mia 1

New Year, New Beauty Routine: SKINCAREGet it: Clarisonic Mia 1 Skin Cleansing System, White, $99

I've spoken a lot about my ever-growing love of my Clarisonic. This is a skin care necessity in my opinion. I had read a lot of conflicting views before I bought it that made me question spending the $130 (at the time) on this thing that cleans my face. The people who are vocal about their issues with Clarisonic are very vocal. Finally, after suffering multiple breakouts in early 2014 and seeing some of the comments on our YouTube vlogs (people are not nice sometimes), I was willing to try anything. I haven't looked back. I haven't had a single breakout since, and beyond that, I can count the number of blemishes that have developed on my face since start using this twice daily on one hand. There is a new version of device that just came out and I would love to try it, but will have to wait until my current Clarisonic bites the dust before spending upwards of $250 on a new one. Love, love, love this thing.

Karuna Brightening Face Mask

New Year, New Beauty Routine: SKINCAREGet it: Karuna Karma Kit, $28

I have grown to really love face masks. I usually try two or three different ones a month. Karuna makes different kinds, targeting different things that you want to change in your skin. I like them all. My skin always feels and looks amazing afterwards.

Olay Moisturizer

New Year, New Beauty Routine: SKINCAREGet it: Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer With Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 - Sensitive, 4 fl. Oz., $6.94

I have oily skin, but with patches of dry spots. I am starting to notice fine lines, but still, as recently as last year, had crazy issues with acne. It's been hard to find something that balances all that. This moisturizer works well with my skin, has SPF in it and is inexpensive. I mix this daily with my makeup base. Originally it was going on a little thick and looking cakey. So I mix it with a little moisturizer to make it go on smoother. It's like creating my own tinted moisturizer that I can decide how much coverage it has over my skin.

Neutrogena Makeup Remover

New Year, New Beauty Routine: SKINCAREGet it: Neutrogena Cosmetics Makeup Remover, 3.8 oz, $4.92

The majority of my life I've just washed my face at night, gotten off whatever makeup I could, woke up the next day, tried to get the rest and just put new stuff on over the old stuff. Full makeup removal was a step I just didn't have time for. Now, with having to vlog, sometimes before I have full face on, I would rather have a completely clean slate than be filming myself with raccoon eyes so I've started taking it off. I don't splurge on anything crazy. Neutrogena's Makeup Remover does the job and the price is right.

Skincare is something that is super personal. I like trying new products and I've found that it's sometimes best to try the pricier option to see the best results. Lucky for us though, there are also some great everyday options that save time and money. Hopefully, I've helped you find something new that works for you. Tomorrow we'll talk makeup!

Much Love, Lindsey

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New Year, New Beauty Routine: HAIR

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New Year, New Beauty Routine: HAIR

Lindsey Brooks Bell

I'm always on the lookout for new beauty products that can make my life simpler or make me feel prettier. I spend everyday with a camera in my face so making sure I look my best is important. I did a beauty video in June of last year, but have made some updates over the last few months that are seriously amazing. I have a ton of new suggestions so I've decided to split them up over a couple of posts. Today I am starting at the top with some of my new, favorite, must-have hair products!

Davine's Love Shampoo New Year, New Beauty Routine: HAIR Get it: Davines Love Smoothing Shampoo, 8.45 oz, $23.45

I have been blessed with some crazy hair. The positives are that I have a ton of hair and it holds a curl really well, but the negatives are that it is always frizzy. Add in a little Florida humidity and my hair is a recipe for disaster. Luckily, I found Davine's. This was suggested by my stylist at Apartment 12, Emily, and I have been using it since I dyed my hair pink in September. It's pricey, but makes such a difference during my routine it's been worth it.

Davine's Love Conditioner

New Year, New Beauty Routine: HAIR

Get it: Davines Conditioner, Love, Smooth, 8.45-Ounces, $27.20

The conditioner comes with all the amazingness of the shampoo and also smells amazing. Love this stuff.

VO5 Hot Oil Treatment

New Year, New Beauty Routine: HAIR

Get it: VO5 Hot Oil Treatment with Vitamin E, 1 oz, $3.54

VO5 Hot Oil Treatments are not new, but boy do they make a difference on the softness of your hair. I've started doing one of these a week. There's two treatments per box, so your paying less than $2 per treatment. Love that. Such an easy and cost effective addition to my hair routine

Pantene Pro-V Texturizing Styling Wax

New Year, New Beauty Routine: HAIR Get it: Pantene Pro-V Stylers Texturizing Sculpting Wax 1.7 Oz, $4.79

When the frizziness gets really bad, a little bit of wax does the trick to tame the fly aways. I've tried a number of different brands and have noticed no difference except for the price. That's why I go with this one, less than $5 and totally helps keep my hairstyle in tip top shape.

Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo

New Year, New Beauty Routine: HAIR Get it: Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo Spray, Beautiful Clean, 5 Ounce, $8.65

We've spent a lot of time traveling in the past year. I did at least three full weeks of total of Warped Tour last summer! Traveling means that showers and time to shower are sometimes scarce. Luckily, this dry shampoo came into my life and saved me from being a big, greasy mess more than I'd like to admit. Just like hair waxes, I've tried a number of brands of dry shampoo, but have continued to use Suave because of the smell and price. This $9 bottle lasted a whole summer and seriously has the best scent ever. It's also good for those days that you want yesterday's style to go into today or when you sleep through your alarm and need to get moving quick!

Remington Silk Ceramic Elliptical Styling Wand

New Year, New Beauty Routine: HAIRGet it: Remington Ci96z1 Silk Ceramic Elliptical Waving Wand, $24.96

My last suggestion, and my favorite thing I have ever purchased for my hair routine, is this Remington wand. This is how I put the soft waves in my hair and is the easiest piece of hair equipment I have ever used. Because of this, and the price, this is a must have. This is one I have discussed before, but I cannot stress what a difference this makes to my life. Wanna know how to use it? Here's my video about how I do my beach waves.

There are some products that are worth shelling out the extra dough for, but luckily, there are also some really amazing ones that are easy on the pocketbook. Check back tomorrow for my favorite skin care items!

Much Love, Lindsey

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