The Southern Style Diaries

The Southern Style Diaries

Where a love for beauty, style, and home collide

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Best blushes for fall

Best blushes for fall

YA’LL. I’m married! I took a little blogging break to focus on planning the final details of my wedding and to actually enjoy the wedding and all its festivities, but I’m back in the game and it’s already the holiday season! I have a bunch […]

An almost fall outfit for this weather

An almost fall outfit for this weather

Hi ya’ll! I’ve been in a creative rut lately, but now that the cooler temperatures are finally coming I am feeling more inspired. Here in Alabama, the weather is STILL reaching the 80s in the afternoons– not cool October. But, the only plus side of […]

My fall bucket list

My fall bucket list

Happy Thursday!

Ya’ll know I love fall, and even though we’re still sweating in Alabama, I am already dreaming of red leaves and cooler temps. Fall is the best season to get outdoors and enjoy the cooler temps with good company and a good hot cup of coffee!

Here are some of the things I know I want to do this season… ending with the best one, getting married!! The countdown is on! I have a feeling this fall will be my best yet.

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What are you most looking forward to this season? Let me know!

XOXO

Ivana

 

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Taking time for yourself, even when you’re busy

Taking time for yourself, even when you’re busy

With all the hustle and bustle of the world, it can be easy to get drained. You know the feeling, when you’re so over your day job, but too tired to even enjoy your hobbies. By the time you feel recharged, its Monday all over […]

Best eyeshadow palettes for your money

Best eyeshadow palettes for your money

Hey y’all! When I was in high school, I hoarded single eye shadows from Maybelline, MAC, and Covergirl. But, in the last 8 years or so, I feel like palettes have taken over the game. Palettes have such pros and cons to me. The pros […]

How I apply undereye concealer

How I apply undereye concealer

Hey ya’ll! I have gotten several requests on doing a how-to for applying undereye concealer. Well, ya came to the right place… I have some straight zombie dark circles, and I’ve tried just about everything at one point or another to combat and cover them!
Here’s a quick tutorial on how I do my undereye concealer, and the drugstore products I use. Yes, I said drugstore! You don’t have to pay a lot for good coverage. I will link all the products underneath the video.

Enjoy! 

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind in Brightener

Coty Airspun Translucent Powder

If you’re interested, the high end products I use sometimes are the Tarte Shape Tape and It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye. To combat eye dryness that can come with wearing makeup almost everyday, I use eye cream every night and sometimes under my makeup! Again, I think the drugstore has great options like the Cerave Eye Repair Cream.

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Fall fashion picks from Amazon

Fall fashion picks from Amazon

We’re so close to fall, and I can’t wait! Fall is my favorite time of the year for many reasons– a chill in the air, the upcoming holidays, pumpkin-flavored everything… and fall fashion. To me, there’s nothing better than a good pair of boots and oversized […]

How light-coverage foundation stole my heart

How light-coverage foundation stole my heart

Ya’ll know I love a full coverage foundation. That’s why I don’t want anyone to have a heart attack when I say in the past few months, all I’ve been wearing is light, sheer coverage. I KNOW. I KNOW. But before you have the reaction […]

How I whiten my teeth, plus giveaway!

How I whiten my teeth, plus giveaway!

Hi ya’ll! Today we’re taking about something that’s essential to my confidence- my smile.

I know, I know, but hear me out. I had a lot of dental and orthodontic work done when I was younger, which was’t exactly a pleasant experience nor a cheap one. Since I went through so much to get this smile, keeping my teeth pretty and healthy is a priority to me. Having aligned, straight teeth is one thing— but another thing that makes a difference to me is the color of my teeth.

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My smile has always been linked to my confidence, because I smile (and talk) a lot! Because I’m constantly showing them off, I want to have white teeth that I feel confident in. And also, let’s be real— red or bright colored lipstick can really accentuate stains! 

I’ve done at home teeth whitening before in high school with a kit from my dentist. While I loved the results, it was very pricey and it made my teeth so sensitive. I haven’t had any whitening treatments since then though, and with my wedding quickly approaching (less than 4 months!) I needed to get these coffee teeth corrected! When I heard about Smile Brilliant, I knew I wanted to give it a try.

Before and After

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(before: top | after: bottom)

SB comes with super easy, foolproof instructions on how to create your customized whitening trays. Simply mix the two putties together like Play Doh to make your impressions, and send them back with the included envelope! Within days, I had my teeth whitening trays and was ready to whiten.

I did my treatments every other night to cut down on tooth sensitivity, and I really didn’t have an issue with it. I found my back teeth get the most sensitive, so I just put less whitening gel there and concentrated it on other areas. Before bed, I put my trays in and turned on The Staircase, and an episode later I took them out. It’s that easy! (and, are you watching that show on Netflix? I am so convinced he is guilty as sin!)

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After several weeks of this pattern, I am so impressed with my results. I will probably keep up my whitening several times a week until the wedding, just so my coffee addiction doesn’t turn on me again.

How do you feel about your smile? Are you confident in your teeth, or do you feel like you’re just giving up on all the work you’ve had done on them in the past? If you’re ready for some improvement, give SB a try! The people there were so nice to give me a $149 credit to gift to one of my readers so you can try it out yourself! To enter, hit the link below and leave your name and email address. Winners will be announced via email in two weeks! 

Happy whitening! 

Enter the giveaway!  

P.S. If you can’t wait to see if you’ve won the contest, get 10% off your Smile Brilliant order with the code ivanasuzette


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A grateful heart is always in style

A grateful heart is always in style

This is something that’s hard for me to put into words, but I’m going to try. I love new makeup, and a good pair of shoes, and my fancy KitchenAid mixer, but I think we’ve all started taking these things for granted and started giving […]