Courtney Leiva
Courtney Leiva is a lifestyles writer who has contributed to Women's Health, SheKnows, NewBeauty, Byrdie, HelloGiggles, StyleBistro and many more. Aside from being a failed Disney Princess, Courtney is a proud salted caramel aficionado!

Latest Articles

I Used Bra Inserts To Apply My Makeup & It Worked

If the struggle for seamless foundation is something you’re very familiar with, you may have already heard that beauty vloggers are starting to use special silicone sponges to achieve the perfect blended look. But being that most of these jellyfish-l…
By Courtney Leiva

I Washed My Face With Rice Water For A Week

Confession: Reddit is probably my biggest addiction as of late. Not only do I fangirl over the ingenious recipes, bra-hacks, and TV show theories found on countless subreddits, but it’s probably the best way to find off-the-cuff beauty tips I have ne…
By Courtney Leiva

I Tried A Parasite Cleanse To Clear Up My Acne

Holistic beauty dares have somewhat become my middle name, as I’ve tried insane new age beauty hacks that probably would make most people’s head spin. But while I’ve investigated DIY probiotic skin care, fell in love with fossilized algae face washes…
By Courtney Leiva

I Washed My Face With Fossilized Algae

Being a devout member of the Korean beauty coven, I love hoarding exotic sheet masks like a greedy Lord Of The Rings dragon. But while I eagerly flock to masking and K-Beauty trends like a moth to a flame, I’m even more obsessed with unconventional h…
By Courtney Leiva

I Dressed Like The Heathers For A Week

When it comes fictional high school alphas, the Heathers clan from the 1988 dark comedy Heathers definitely set the standards for mean and vicious cool girls. OK, so maybe the Flawless Four from Jawbreaker deserve to share the title of Cruelest Teen…
By Courtney Leiva

8 Things Not To Ask Your Waxer

Selecting a hair removal method in the summertime can be tricky. From shaving to waxing to sugaring and lasering, there are just so many options, all of which seem to have equal amounts of pros and cons. While it's not the most painless method, waxin…
By Courtney Leiva

I Tried Adding Probiotics To My Skin Care

When it comes to hip, new skin care, probiotics are probably the last thing you’d think to name. Unlike gold-infused products or bubbly face masks, probiotics aren't exactly fun and sexy. But it turns out that the buzzworthy ingredient found inside o…
By Courtney Leiva

Hair Color Trends To Try Before 2016 Is Over

Last year’s biggest hair color trends were all about bright and bold tones, which popped up on runways and social media posts everywhere. But as 2016 color trends continue to permeate into the second half of the year, know that some color styles of 2…
By Courtney Leiva

I Recreated The Makeup I Wore For My Senior Pic

Time really does move at lightening speed. It’s strange to think that the year 2006 was only 10 years ago. I mean, reality TV (Flavor of Love anyone?) was still in its prime, MySpace was still a top social media platform, and Motorola was the hot pho…
By Courtney Leiva

How To Dye Your Brown Hair Rainbow

Breathtaking rainbow colored hair has definitely been tickling our color fancy as of late. But while unicorn and mermaid colored hues may look irresistible on social media (just look at the rainbow hair tag on Instagram!) it's sadly a little challeng…
By Courtney Leiva

What To Know Before Your First Hair Dye

Whether you’re dreaming of a soft and natural ombre, or find yourself lusting after adventurous rainbow locks, it’s definitely safe to say that dyeing your hair has become a major form of self expression. But while the dream of achieving your flawles…
By Courtney Leiva

Perfectly Stylish Raincoats For Dreary Days

Sundress and bikini season may be approaching fast, but until then, it's wise to arm your wardrobe with essential staples, that can help you get through all those rainy days in-between. While you may have some rain boots on hand, investing in a good …
By Courtney Leiva

I Tried Greta Garbo's Favorite Beauty Hack

Testing old Hollywood beauty hacks has kind of become a hobby of mine. This particular time around, I decided to take some inspiration from Greta Garbo, an iconic '30s film actress, best known for her roles in Anna Karenina and Grand Hotel. And altho…
By Courtney Leiva

I Recreated All The Hairstyles From 'Clueless'

Even 21 years after it’s release, I’ll proudly admit I still have Clueless very much on brain. Maybe it’s because being cool-girl Cher Horowitz has always been goals for me: My love for the teen queen stems back to ‘90s, when my sisters and I would p…
By Courtney Leiva

How To Know If You Have Heat Rash

Like blisters and chafing, heat rash can be a super uncomfortable condition that can make your summer a living nightmare. And although that prickly and itchy red rash usually seems to strike once the temperatures rise, conditions like these can occur…
By Courtney Leiva

How Dry Shampoo Actually Works

Dry shampoo is one of those super convenient beauty tools we really couldn’t imagine living without, especially since it comes in handy on all those dirty ‘do days, when our locks need a well-deserved break. But while a spritz of your go-to formula c…
By Courtney Leiva

Read This Before Your Next Waxing Session

As summer grows gradually closer, you may already have short shorts and bikinis on your mind. And for some people, that also means thinking about the best ways to wax, shave, or otherwise get rid of the hair all over your newly exposed skin. Now list…
By Courtney Leiva

How To Know You're Wearing The Right Bra

Like the tedious task of selecting the perfect bathing suit, finding the right bra can be a difficult, frustrating challenge. Not only can certain bras make your boobs look super awkward, but some fits can be so bad they’re just flat out unwearable. …
By Courtney Leiva

Bikinis That Actually Fit Bigger Boobs

Finding the perfect bikini top is much like finding the perfect bra: The search can seem endless, and not all tops are created equal. But to take the confusion out of finding your best match, it’s important to remember that the first step to finding …
By Courtney Leiva

Signs You're Not Washing Your Face The Right Way

The act of washing your face every day may seem like a pretty fool-proof task, but surprisingly, it’s something people do more incorrectly than not. And even when you arm your beauty arsenal with the best cleansers, masks, and toners possible, a care…
By Courtney Leiva