The #FWSBeautyChallenge is HERE!! Plus a BEAUTIFUL Giveaway for YOU!

There are only two days left in June, which seems crazy to me. I mean, it just absolutely flew by, didn't it? I always look forward to a new month, though, and especially when it's looking as good as July! I'm excited for so many things coming up, but one in particular is topping my list right now...

The introduction of my first Instagram challenge!

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I had such a fun time challenging myself to try new beauty looks this month and get out of the- shall we say- "industrial" beauty phase I was heading towards with all the apartment moving going on. It was such a boost to my routine that I now want to pass the baton on to all of you!

 I'm basically challenging you to simply put a little extra thought this month into feeling beautiful. Whether it's trying a cute summer braid or trying a green smoky eye, it's all about taking pleasure in the process and celebrating feeling beautiful!

Not sold yet? Here's why I think you should absolutely join in...

1. You'll feel awesome. Is there anything better than feeling "done" and ready for the day? I'm not talking Hollywood hair and makeup teams here or anything, but I really believe something as simple as investing an extra five minutes in your style can do wonders for your self-confidence, don't you?

2. You'll get the creative vibes flowing. It's really easy to get into a less-than-exciting routine with our looks. It's like, "This worked last week, let's just do it again every day this week!" Am I right? This is why I love style prompts so much. They give a perfect little nudge towards trying the things we're always pinning and not actually doing. You might just remember how great you look in a dark lipstick or discover a hidden talent for DIY manis. Whatever it is, it's sure to add a fresh pick-me-up to your routine.

3. You'll make it your own. Not sure you want to commit to a 31-day Instagram challenge? Great! Don't! Stick with the challenge for all 31 days or just do a couple of days- it's totally up to you! And so are the prompts for that matter. Feel free to put your own spin on everything. This is not about rules or signing a contract. However, for every post you do put on Instagram...

4. You could win big! Tag your pics #FWSBEAUTYCHALLENGE (and tag me, @freewillsstudio, so I can comment and share!) and each day's post will act as an entry for this gorgeous prize pack, valued at over $200!

Feast your beautiful eyes on all this!...

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See! July's starting to look especially beautiful, isn't it?!

Here is the official challenge calendar. Please let me know in the comments if you would like any explanations or ideas for any of the prompts! But do also keep in mind that they are really what you make of them! Let your imagination run wild! :)

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Get a head start on your giveaway entries simply by sharing this calendar on your Instagram account with the tags #FWSBEAUTYCHALLENGE and @freewillsstudio! You can even earn MORE giveaway entries (up to five) for each of your friends that you tag to take part with you!

I'll of course be taking part, too. I'm looking forward to sharing styling ideas on the blog each week and sharing some of your pics along the way! I can't wait to see all the awesome looks you come up with!

Here's to a beautiful summer! :)

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Five Minute Friday: Taking the Time to Feel Beautiful (plus a New Instagram Beauty Challenge!)

One of the goals I made for myself this month involved fixing my hair and doing my makeup everyday. I see how that might sound completely silly, but between a lot of work-at-home days and being a horrible sweaty monster moving into a new apartment, these things had really become last priority. And I was feeling much less than my most beautiful self.

The thing about it is, I truly love beauty: hair, makeup, nails, whatever. It's just fun, right?! So I set this goal to kind of challenge myself to bring the fun back into it, and it definitely has!

 

Whether it was trying a darker lip color, a fun mani, or an easy braid, I was really only spending a couple of minutes more than in my regular routine but it was a whole lot more inspiring!

I liked it so much, in fact, that I created a beauty-related Instagram challenge for July to keep the fun going!

I'll be going into more detail on Monday's post, but here's a sneak peek for now...

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I hope you'll join in and tag your pictures with #fwsbeautychallenge! There are so many reasons I'd love for you to take part (one of which is a PRIZE!!!). But like I said, more on that Monday. ;)

In the meantime, why not head on over to my Instagram and make sure you're following? July is already starting to look so much more beautiful!

 

Happy weekend, friends!

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Let's Talk About... Regimens

I love a good system. A schedule. A list to cross off. They don't always work for me and I don't always follow through 100%, but consistently jumping into a challenge is the only thing that keeps me (arguably) from being a complete mess. Lately I've been particularly fond of two bloggers that are creating awesome challenges that help me strive for the life I want. So in case you're like me, with a daily to-do list, a cleaning schedule, and even a rotating thrift shopping schedule, I wanted to share these gems I've found.

And if you really like one, leave me a comment and we can go through the programs together!

 

Cassie Ho of Blogilates' Pop Pilates Workout Calendar

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I will never, ever be one of those people who loves working out (who are those people and what planet are they from?). But I will always be one of those people who has to work out a lot. It's hard work to look this out of shape, haha.

But that's why I'm so obsessed with this program. Cassie makes everything really fun. Her workouts are hard but they're short (about 8-12 min.) so you can do your daily videos all at once or spread them out. I find myself much more willing to do five different ten minute workouts than a 50 minute one, which even though I recognize the equality here, just seems like such a commitment.

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Plus, they're different everyday. And I noticed results in the first week. Everything felt lifted a little higher, if you know what I'm saying. Bonus: There are also recipes that are super low-cal and work for a lot of dietary restrictions (gluten free in the house!).

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 You can access all of the awesomeness here and see all the videos on her YouTube channel here.

 

Hilary Rushford of Dean Street Society's #StyleMe Challenge

I've talked about this before and if you follow me on Instagram you may have seen a few StyleMe hashtags on my photos, but I just love these prompts!

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As someone who mainly freelances, I have a tendency to work in sweats and no makeup a lot, only getting ready when something requires me to do so. But whenever I'm in one of those slumps, I notice it makes me feel kind of sad and my overall energy level tends to drag. Pushing myself to participate in each daily prompt really gets me excited about getting dressed and posting on Instagram (another thing I need a push to stay motivated with).

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Plus Hilary herself is just very cute and inspiring. In her Style & Stylability series she gives styling tips and lessons that are just so smart. I usually tend to find those things to be a little boring, feeling like I can anticipate all the tips (like no duh a belt creates an hourglass), but she has some really valuable advice and a very interesting perspective.

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That click won't work, by the way. The videos are time-sensitive, so you'll want to subscribe to check them out. You can do so on her blog here. I am signed up for all her newsletters and they never disappoint.

 

I try to follow these programs every month but have yet to have a month where I don't miss any days, so that is my goal for November! Anyone with me? If either of these look like fun challenges to you, leave me a comment and we can track our progress together! Here's to tighter bods and better outfits! ;)

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