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10 Under $10 / No. 2

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leopard dress / hat / salt spray / shoulder bag / cardigan / gingham top / infinity scarf / striped tunic / jeggings / leopard top

10 Under $10

Another great round of smokin’ deals! Don’t miss out – my last post of deals had several things sell out pretty quickly and prices have increased on a few others. You can see those deals here.

A word of caution: jump on these great deals while you can, items are sure to sell out quickly because they are majorly ON SALE!! All items were $10 or less at the time of posting, prices may change at any time!

Lemon Blackberry Infused Water

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If you follow me on Instagram (click here to follow!) you have noticed that I’m focusing on drinking more water this month. It has been a great conversation with my IG pals with lots of tips and ideas shared. If you are looking for some easy ways to increase your water intake, follow along with my hashtag: #choosewaterwithbrit. You can upload your own pictures and ideas and use that hashtag so we can all benefit from your posts!

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite tips, a recipe for infused water. I love water but I get bored with it, especially now that I am trying hard to get enough each day! Sometimes I look at the full glass in front of me and I just can’t bring myself to drink it!

I try to switch up my plain water with an infused water as often as I can. It’s such a healthy way to change the flavor! Here is one of my favorites:

Lemon + Blackberry Infused Water www.britonalo.com

Lemon + Blackberry Infused Water www.britonalo.com

Lemon + Blackberry Infused Water www.britonalo.com

Lemon + Blackberry Infused Water www.britonalo.com

Lemon + Blackberry Infused Water www.britonalo.com

Lemon + Blackberry Infused Water www.britonalo.com

Lemon Blackberry Infused Water

1/4-1/2 lemon, washed and sliced (I really love lemon so I use 1/2)
5-6 blackberries, washed

In A 32 Oz. Canning Jar:
Combine lemon, blackberries and ice. Add 16 oz. water. Screw on the lid and give it a few good shakes. Refrigerate 4-24 hours. Muddle the berries with the back of a spoon or fork, enjoy!

Choose Water- Tips, Tricks, and Recipes to help you get the water your body NEEDS! www.britonalo.com

Check out these water bottles to help you with your goal- I love the ones that are made for infusions!

Like this post? You’ll LOVE this one! (click the picture for the recipe)

Pineapple Jalepeno Lemon Infused Water www.britonalo.com

Do you have a favorite way to flavor your water? I’m always looking for more ideas!

10 Under $10 / No. 1

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10 Under $10

I’m starting a series for some of the great deals I come across. I’ve been thinking about it for a few months actually but the holidays were busy and I just haven’t had a minute to sit and do it! Things are starting to settle down and the routine of school is helping a ton.

I will be posting deals on all sorts of things- clothes, makeup, accessories, home goods. I’d love to do additional series under $25, $50, and $100 so stay tuned!

A word of caution: jump on these great deals while you can, items are sure to sell out quickly because they are majorly ON SALE!!

While we’re on the subject of great deals and saving money, check out this post I recently did for Rad Mom Cool Kid!

Deep Side Part + Skinny Side Braid Tutorial

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Deep Side Part + Skinny Side Braid Tutorial

Deep Side Part + Skinny Side Braid Tutorial

1. Part wet hair deep on one side. I use the outside of my eyebrow as a guide and go straight up from there. WARNING: if you go too far over it’s going to look like a bad old man comb over. If you have to ask if it’s too deep it probably is…

2. Spritz your damp hair with a heat protection product. I use this one.

3. Blow dry your part to set it- My hair tends to rebel and want to creep back to my usual part but it stays put much longer if I blow it dry. Here’s a great salon-style blow out tutorial you can do yourself.

4. On the short side of the part, take a thin section of hair from the part to your ear, divide the section in in three then braid. Keep your fingers close to your head as you move to the center of the back of your head. Secure the braid with a small clear elastic like these,
then with two bobby pins. I use these.

You could also do a French braid, Dutch braid, or corn rows.

5. On the long side, get volume by back combing with a brush like this.
icon Several of my friends rave about this volumizing powder.
iconI haven’t tried it…yet!

6. Finish with a little hair spray
icon and you are good to go.

I love this hairstyle because it is REALLY easy yet looks pretty rad.

5 Can’t Live Without Drug Store Skin Care Products

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5 Can’t Live Without Drug Store Skin Care Products

1. Make Up Remover Wipes
These are the BEST when I’m traveling because they won’t spill and you can stash them in your carry-on if you’re flying. I also love them when I’m having a lazy night.

2. Blistex Medicated Ointment
I recently did a post about lip balm addiction (read it here) and I’m now only using Blistex sparingly. After some research I learned that lots of make-up artists use it because it’s a great lipstick base because it makes your lips smooth. Just apply the ointment, wait 5 minutes, then apply your lipstick.

3. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen
iconI really love this sunscreen because it isn’t as greasy and slimy as most on the market. I’m a Melanoma survivor so sun protection is something I don’t skimp on! This one is great because I can layer my make-up over it and it doesn’t slide off.

4. e.l.f. Zit Zapper
I was skeptical of this when I first saw it but I’ve been using it for several months and am happy with it. I don’t break out often but I get the occasional blemish when I’m stressed out. This product is applied with a roller ball so I prevent zits by rolling it all around the places I usually get them. If one starts to appear I treat it several times a day until it disappears. It’s not going to completely erase Mt. Vesuvius overnight but it will help if you use it regularly over a few days.

5. Charcoal & Black Sugar Mask
I LOVE this exfoliating mask! I have used St. Ives once or twice a week in the shower for years but I think this is going to shake up my usual routine! This mask is really quick- just 5 minutes but I can tell the difference immediately. Since moving to Maryland over the summer my skin has been adjusting. I have seen more black heads and after using this, there were noticeably fewer. I also love that it isn’t a mask that dries and gets hard and itchy. Also, my skin didn’t feel tight and super shiny afterward which is another thing I dislike about other masks.

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Color Block Bags

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I really like color block- I think it’s a great timeless trend that can be applied to both fashion and beauty. A nice color block bag can be a wonderful heirloom piece if you care for it correctly and choose a classic style that will stay current through the trends that come and go. Check out some of my favorites for fall below (click on the bag for details) and links to similar styles at the end of the post!

Color Block Bags

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5 Ways to Beat Lip Balm Addiction

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I have used lip balm pretty heavily since middle and high school. Nobody wants to kiss somebody with crusty lips so I carried around my trusty Carmex
iconand it never left my pocket. I kept them in my car, purse, locker, make up bag, night stand drawer…pretty much everywhere. I would get a little panicky if I ended up somewhere without it.

Now, you’re probably laughing about this little “addiction” of mine but hear me out.

I was not addicted to the act of putting it on. My lips stopped producing the natural oils they are supposed to because I never gave them the chance. If I went longer than a few hours without applying something my bottom lip would split right down the middle. My lips would also get hard, dry patches on either side of the split that would flake off after a few days. It was painful and made wearing lipstick impossible.

I had heard of lip balm addiction a few times before and sort of just shrugged it off but after a few days with a gnarly split lip recently, I looked into it a bit more.

After reading several articles and browsing Lip Balm Anonymous (I’m not even kidding, it’s a real website) I decided to try to get my lip problems under control. Here’s what I’m doing:

5 Ways to Beat Lip Balm Addiction

1. weaning- I decided to go the route of slowly eliminating lip balms. I started tossing out my tubes of Carmex as I came across them. I also made an effort to wait longer periods of time before I reapplied lip balm.

2. licking- I read over and over the advice, “just stop licking your lips!” I kept shaking my head, “I don’t lick my lips, I’m not 5!” Guess what? I kept catching myself licking my lips. Not sloppy and all over like a kid but I was still doing it enough to dry out my lips.

3. natural moisture- As I started weaning my lips off the balm I increased applying coconut
and sweet almond oil. My lips still needed some help as the cracks healed and I felt much better about these natural oils than the Carmex.

4. gentle exfoliation- I started doing a better job of exfoliating my lips to help get the flakes off. Previously I tried brushing with my toothbrush, sugar scrubs, and chewing on my lips. None of that really worked and the chewing made it worse. I found that gently scrubbing my lips in a circular motion with a wet washcloth in the shower has helped a lot.

5. Blistex Medicated Lip Ointment
iconI hesitated listing this because it can probably be just as addicting as Carmex but it has helped heal my deep splits. Instructions say to apply no more than 3-4 times a day so I am sticking with 2-3 for now and will step it down as my lips are still in the weaning process.

Another option is to quit “cold turkey.” You have to just suffer through and not use anything on your lips until they heal. It has a lower success rate and sounded terrible and painful and disgusting so I went with the weaning option! It has been about 3 weeks and I’m starting to feel like my lips are getting back to a good place. A place where smiling wont crack my lips and make them bleed!

Triple Braid Bun Tutorial

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This triple braid bun tutorial is super easy! if you can manage a simple three strand braid, you can master this hairstyle. I love having really long hair but it isn’t practical when I’m out and about with my kids and family having an adventure. It gets trapped under my purse strap, slammed in the car door, and pulled when I pass Hollis off to Luke. A pony doesn’t help but styles like this triple braid bun or this one keep my hair out of the way and protected.

Triple Braid Bun Tutorial

1. Spray hair with dry shampoo like this, or any product that adds texture.

2. Divide hair into three even sections.

3. Braid one section. Don’t braid too tight, leave it a little loose and messy. Secure with clear elastics like these.

4. Repeat on the other two sections. You should have 3 braids.

5. Braid the three braids together. Again, not too tight.

6. Wrap the braid into a bun, pinning with bobby pins like these as you go.

7. Finish with hairspray. This
iconis what I use.

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5 Can’t Live Without Drug Store Hair Products

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5 Can’t Live Without Drug Store Hair Products

1. I use Coconut Oil right out of the shower. Experiment with how much you prefer and remember: a little goes a long way! I put a teeny tiny amount, not quite pea-sized, into my palm, rub it all over my hands and fingers, then press the oil in the very ends of my hair.

2. I use this Heat Protectant if I’m going to blow-dry, curl, or flat iron my hair. Here’s a great tutorial for a DIY Blow Out.

3. This is my go-to Hairspray. It’s inexpensive, holds up well, and can be found almost everywhere.

4. I use this Conditioning Treatment in the shower every other week.

5. This is my favorite Dry Shampoo, hands down! I’ve tried fancier brands and brands that are similarly priced and I ALWAYS go back to this! Because of dry shampoo I can go several days between washing my hair- this is HUGE for two reasons. One, I have a toddler and I don’t always have the luxury of taking a long shower. Unless she is in there with me I’m stressing about what she might be getting into! Two, I have some crazy long hair. Washing and drying over and over causes damage that can make long hair start to look rough and thin. The less I wash, the longer I can keep my long locks looking great. I also use dry shampoo to get my braids, like this one, to hold all day!

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One Sided Dutch Braid + Milkmaid Braid Tutorial

I am totally obsessed with braids for fall. Here’s a One Sided Dutch Braid + Milkmaid Braid Tutorial of a style I did recently if you want to try!

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One Sided Dutch Braid + Milkmaid Braid Tutorial

1. Spray your hair with dry shampoo. This will keep your braid from slipping. I have super fine, slippery hair and braids are a joke unless I start with this step. I’ve tried countless brands- find my favorite here.

2. Part you hair- you can do a center part or a side.

3. One sided dutch braid (great tutorial here). Start dutch braiding your hair but only pick up new sections from the side against your face. Keep your braid tight and close to your scalp. Stop picking up new sections of hair when you reach the center of the back of head. Now finish the braid by doing a traditional 3-strand braid. Secure with a clear elastic band. I use these.

4. Repeat Step 3 on the other side.

5. Take the first finished braid and wrap it around your head, using hair pins like these
to secure the braid as you go. (I have the best luck using the pins I linked to- my hair is very fine and other brands slip out.) Tuck and pin the end of the braid inside the french braid. You can remove the small elastic if it shows and just use hair pins. I prefer to leave the elastic in for extra support.

6. Repeat Step 5 on the other side.

7. Finish with hairspray- I usually use this.

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