Braids are the perfect (and chic) solution to the long nights and hair-ruining humidity of summer. From causal to flirty, there are endless ways to style your braids which makes them perfect for every occasion. Try these 3 looks this summer for beautiful braids that will last all day. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram (@state_of_ruin) for even more summer-time inspiration!

Bluemercury. Haven’t heard of it, yet? You will. Bluemercury was created by Marla Malcolm Beck in 1999 as a one-stop shop for people to find their favorite department beauty brands in one relaxed environment (they even have spa treatments available in store!). Growing from one storefront to multiple locations and eventually getting picked up by Macy’s this year for a cool 120 million dollars,  Bluemercury has the promise of spreading like wildfire. Plus, since it boasts lines like Bobbi Brown, NARS and Estee Lauder, not to mention top-of-the-line skincare products, you can bet your bottom

It’s time to let go of those smokey eye pinterest tutorials. S/S 16 RUNWAYS had us drooling over surprising pops of color. This summer, take a page from fashion week and brighten your lids with bold monocromatic looks. To get started, check out my three takes on this season’s hot new trend. Which one is your favorite? Comment below! Do You Dare is a new ASOR series for the badass babe. In this blogging series, I will uncover the newest, most daring trends in beauty and style. All you have to worry

My fellow State of Ruin-ers!!! It is time for a MAJOR giveaway. A State of Ruin teamed up with the ladies of Thread Cincinnati to give you a chance to win one of seven $50 gift cards to the Cincinnati Premium Outlets!

Love long-wear mattes but hate shrink wrapping your lips into a dry desert? Matte lipsticks are great but they aren’t exactly known for their luxe, soft formula. Enter Jeffree Star Cosmetics. JS has taken over with his Velour Liquid Lipsticks. From naughty nudes to bold hues, these lipsticks are taking the internet by storm. The surprisingly breathable formula packs a major color-punch that lasts all day and well into the night. Move over mattes, there is a new babe in town. **Jeffree Star Cosmetics is cruelty free and vegan, yay! DIRTY

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