Favorite Photo Editing Apps For Instagram

      I've been editing videos and photos for a while now for Instagram and currently have 3 favorite apps I wanted to talk about. These are my go-tos I use when editing a picture on my phone and I have barely used anything else in the past few months. 

1. Afterlight

      This seems to be everyone's favorite - I love messing around with making photos brighter and using the saturation to enhance color or lack of color creating a faded look. I've been to beauty events at night where some of the pictures/selfies I'll take with people will look too dark (I can't stand the flash on my phone, I think it makes everyone look ghost-like lol) using Afterlight helps brighten a photo so much! It reminds me of Picmonkey where you can brighten the background of photos by turning up the highlight. I also love the filters you could use in Afterlight. Although I don't use them often, they can really change the tone of your photos.


Boho // Grunge

     This outfit has been my recent go-to - it's casual yet dressed up and comfy. I've loved maxi skirts for years and own a few but this one is my favorite, it goes with everything! I especially love wearing crop tops with it or tucking in a tank/shirt. The leather jacket instantly gives this look a bit of an edge and I think pairing everything with the heels creates a polished outfit. 
 I've been working with the LIKEtoKNOW.it team and am really excited to share some more fhasion pics soon! Plus beauty products I've been loving. Click here to see the outfit details for this look and follow my LIKEtoKNOW.it page for more! Signing up by email will keep you updated on some of the fashion finds I've been rocking lately.


Makeup Manual - For Everyone From Beginner to Pro by Bobbi Brown

      I've had a copy of Makeup Manuel by Bobbi Brown for a while now and realized I never did a proper book review on it. As a huge fan of Bobbi Brown's work and of makeup, I am still thoroughly impressed by this book. Whether you're starting out with makeup or a seasoned professional, this book is a must have for all makeup lovers out there. It's quite simply the best.  
 I love that each chapter covers so much information in a condensed yet helpful form and it ranges from several topics. Brushes, different makeup products and how to use them plus tips for building your portfolio and more. There's also so many pictures showing off her technique when applying makeup which is very helpful.


Winter Lookbook 2016

      Wanted to share some of my go-to winter looks today! Here are some of the looks in today's beauty video, let me know which outfit you like best. Follow me on Instagram to see sneaky peaks of future blog posts and new videos! This is my LIKEtoKNOW.it page where you can shop the looks I wore in this video. I 'm planning to add more photos soon to my liketoknowit page every week!

Check out my Winter Lookbook video here and let me know if you'd like to see more fashion videos, or if you prefer to see pictures instead =) I love doing both but am curious to know what you think! Also, if you missed my Fall Lookbook, click here.


winter lookbook - sneak peak

      Wanted to give you guys a sneaky peak of this Saturday's beauty video - my Winter Lookbook! Here's one of the outfits I'll feature in the video. My favorite blazer, a button up shirt, jeans to give it a casual feel and my go-to boots I've been obsessed with the past few months. 
      I'm also rocking my tan Forever 21 purse that I think goes well with the colors of the outfit, including the subtle gold details of the buttons on the shirt, blazer & chain of the bag.


make up for ever ultra hd concealer // Giveaway

       Recently I was lucky to be sent some products from Make Up For Ever and stashed a few aside for another giveaway! Introducing the new Ultra HD Invisible Cover Concealer..
      For the past month I've been wearing Make Up For Ever's Ultra HD Foundation and have been really loving it. This formula gives a light to medium coverage, click here to see a makeup tutorial I filmed using it. I've only had the concealer for a couple of weeks now and have gotten to try it a few times. I was impressed by the lightweight formula and how the concealer instantly brightened my eye area and remained crease-free without having to apply a setting powder over it. The foundation and concealer are a great match together if you're someone who likes a lighter coverage. Both apply smoothly and give a very natural makeup look. This concealer is meant to correct dark circles and is a must-have for instant undereye perfection. 


Favorite Beauty & Fashion Bloggers

       For being still fairly new to the blogging world (this will be my second consistent year blogging!) I've read and kept my eye on a few key beauty & fashion bloggers I think you guys will love if you're not following them already. Do it! Here are my top 4 I've loved all last year and even some before then. I've also included ipsyOS at the end for beauty Youtubers and bloggers. Their blog is filled with incredible tips and advice for anyone who loves creating online content.
               *image taken from Instagram
1. Katie's Bliss
      I first found out about Katie from watching her Youtube channel a few years ago and really enjoy her channel and blog. She's got a great taste in fashion and she also shares lifestyle videos on her channel. Just scroll through her Instagram and you'll be hooked. I constantly get inspired by her posts and you will too. I also enjoy watching her Snapchat, Katie'sBliss - go check her out!


Best In Beauty: 2015

       There were a few products in 2015 I couldn't stop using obsessively and wanted to share them with you guys! Hair, skin care and makeup items I loved and will continue to use throughout 2016. Check out my video here if you're interested in seeing every product. Here's just a few from that video:
1. Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Refreshing Dry shampoo
       This is the best dry shampoo I've ever used! I'm especially very picky when it comes to dry shampoos and was very impressed when I tried this one out. It left my hair feeling as if I really just washed and blow dried my hair! That's the aim when you pick these up but when I usually try out a dry shampoo, I'm left with white bits in my hair I can't brush out, a gross/gunky feeling in my hair or just see that nothings changed. How irritating. One my friends said she gave up on dry shampoos a few months back and I agreed with her.. until I tried this. I picked it up from Walgreens and it was $7 - I'll definitely buy this again!


Beauty Giveaway Winners Announced!

       Hey guys! Hope you all had an amazing New Year celebration and I'm excited to FINALLY announce the winners to all of my giveaways that took place in December for Vlogmas and on my main beauty channel! Thank you all for being so amazing and patient, there were so many giveaways I got a little overwhelmed keeping track of them all but I think this will be the best way to announce everyone's prize! I'm just asking you to shoot me an email if you are one of the winners and I'll send your prizes to you ASAP! My email address is sarahrocksdale@gmail.com 
And here we go!
1. The winner of the TooFaced Cosmetics Bon Bons Palette is.... Elsa Beckford!!!!!!