Happy Friday ya’ll! Today I am sharing a special post about HAIR! I get lots of questions often about what tools I use to create my curled looks and today I am dishing on one of my favorite hair tools… the T3 Interchangeable curling wand! If you all remember a few posts back I shared their amazing featherweight hair dryer and straightener that I use and today I wanted to share my curling “secret.” The T3 wand is made for any length hair and any look you are going for! The Interchangeable Wands include a 1″ straight barrel, a 1.5″ straight barrel, and a 1.25″ – 0.75″ tapered barrel. [Read more…]
Happy Sunday everyone!!! I just de-boarded a cruise ship here in Florida and I felt like I needed to share with you guys my current summer product favorites that last through HOT WEATHER! I have created a boutique below for you with all of the products I am currently using and loving! I have linked my favorite moisturizers, primers, eye shadows and hair tools that are perfect for hotter more humid weather! I don’t know if it is just me, but my beauty routine changes up when it get hotter and I am always looking for primer and moisturizer that help keep my skin nourished through the elements, while still making my makeup last and not “fall off!” I have linked all of my favorites below for you guys! All you have to do is click the “Read More” Tab and click any item you like and it will take you where you can purchase! Please let me know if you have any questions!
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Happy Tuesday everyone! This week I have wedding on the brain because my brother is GETTING MARRIED this Saturday and I can’t wait to have a new sister-in-law! I am one of four children and each of my siblings has gotten married except for my older brother, until now, and I can’t wait to celebrate him! With Easter now officially over guess what that means?!?!? BRING OUT THE WHITE CLOTHES!!! I am not one that follows the white after Easter rule, however, I usually don’t wear all white until I get a tan so that usually means after Easter 🙂 Today I have gone through some of my all time favorite retailers and made a boutique for you guys of ALL WHITE DRESSES, hope you enjoy and let me know your favorites!
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Happy Wednesday babes!! Today I wanted to share some beauty favorites I am trying and loving! I have had lots of questions recently on what foundation, mascara and hair products I am using so today I wanted to share a few of my obsessions. So lets get started with my new favorite hair care line for BLONDIES!! [Read more…]
Happy Monday everyone! This past weekend I welcomed my baby niece Charley Grace into the world and who knew you could love someone so much and so quickly?!?!?!? I am hoping to catch up on some work and head to see her today, she’s the GREATEST! Today I wanted to share a few new products that I have been trying for my HAIR!! I get lots of questions on how to curl, straighten etc. so today I am sharing a few new products I am trying and that I am really loving!
The first product I have been trying is a shampoo/conditioner duo by brand; Function of Beauty! I had seen a few other bloggers post about this one-of-a-kind PERSONALIZED shampoo and conditioner so I had to try! If you are a blonde that colors your hair often you know our hair can be porous and brittle! I can not wash my hair without conditioner (lots of it!) So I created a quick profile on their site about my hair and i created a shampoo and conditioner for straight, fine and dry hair! My goals were to replenish, straighten, nourish roots and strengthen! You even get to choose a fragrance and I went with essential oils and it smells like a rejuvenating spa! If you are a blonde you know that purple shampoo is our best friend and helps pull the yellow and brassy color from our hair so this duo is perfect! The formula is then names fro YOU on the outside of the bottle, I mean how cute is that?!?! The sets start at $36 and totally worth a try! [Read more…]
Happy Thursday everyone! Today I wanted to share some of my latest and greatest beauty obsessions! I have been sharing some of these products on Snapchat and Instastory, but I have yet to review them for you all! So today will just be a few products that I am loving/using on a daily basis and, in my opinion, worth the splurge!
The first set of products is by one of my favorite new brands First Aid Beauty! First Aid beauty is a line that is all about your skin and the ingredients used in the products! I originally stumbled upon this brand in Sephora on one of my “quick” trips and noticed this primer as I was checking out!
The Vital Greens Mist is a wonderful spray for the skin! This spray is formulated with ingredients like spinach and kale (don’t worry it doesn’t smell) and then calming ingredients to keep your face guarded from all the environmental stressors we come in contact with daily! This spray is great as an after makeup primer!
The Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming moisturizer is such an ingredient rich pre-makeup primer! I have dry skin and this primer helps keep my skin hydrated and supple without making my makeup look “cakey!” I love the calming ingredients in this product and it makes my skin look extra dewy (which I think looks fresh!)
The Caffeine Matcha Makeup Remover Wipes are THE BOMB!!! These little wipes truly give your face that refreshing feeling in the morning and you don’t have to wash it off! These wipes remove any makeup leftover or for me are just a morning refresher! I am SUPER funny about making sure ALL of my makeup is off at night so I will use these, but I do wash my face (not necessary) but I do! However, in the morning when I have no makeup on anyway I run this across my face to “Wake Up” and don’t have to wash it!
Tarte recently came out with a concealer that I contemplated purchasing and then after so many people suggested I finally got it… SHAPE TAPE!! THIS CONCEALER IS A MUST HAVE! If you purchase 1 item from today’s blog post, let this be IT!!!!! This concealer is beyond amazing! I purchased it in the “light” shade because I use it under my eyes to brighten BEFORE & AFTER foundation! Yes, I use it twice daily! The consistency is thicker, but smooth! I have never found one so full coverage that was also ‘buildable’ and DOES NOT CREASE! I set my under eye concealer with my Laura Mercier Translucent Powder and they are so much brighter and bolder!
Tarte also just released a new mascara… MANEATER! I’m not gonna lie, I wear false lashes WAY too often! I was noticing that I was wearing them 4 times a week practically and I decided this was too much and needed to get back to the basics! The eyes are the most sensitive skin on the face and I was nervous I was doing damage I couldn’t reverse long term buy putting glue on my eye lids that often! With that said, I went on a search for a mascara that would help me feel like I had falsies on and I stumbled on the MANEATER mascara! I AM OBSESSED!!!! I put probably 10 coats on each eye and this mascara instantly opens and separates my lashes! Everyone’s lashes are different, but for me this mascara really does elongate and separate (so hard to find in one formula)! The Maneater and the Shape Tape are both only sold at Ulta so grab them quickly before they are SOLD OUT! [Read more…]
Happy Hump Day!!! Today I have a very exciting and special post for you all because I am spotlighting a local business who I absolutely adore, Wake Plastic Surgery! Ok, so before you jump to quickly I haven’t done any invasive work or anything major, however I did get the best microdermabrasion at their amazing facility yesterday! For those of you who have never heard of microdermabrasion here is a quick overview from their website:
The microdermabrasion process:
During a microdermabrasion treatment, your Wake Plastic Surgery skin care professional uses a wand with diamond chips to gently exfoliate the skin. As dull outer layers of skin are sloughed away, smoother, more even skin is revealed.
The procedure produces instantly noticeable results. For optimum results, our Cary, NC microdermabrasion specialists recommend a series of treatments.
- Creates smoother, more youthful skin
- Minimizes acne scars, sun damage & large pores
- Evens skin tone & complexion
- Reduces the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles
- Effective on all areas of the body, including face, back, chest and arms
Images: Carrie Gilliam Photography
As a child I suffered from psoriasis from an early age! Psoriasis caused my skin to be very red, dry and itchy. Since then in my adult life, I have had VERY sensitive skin! There is only one brand I used as a child and continue to use now: Dove!
When I had an opportunity to partner with Dove, one my all time favorite brands, I was so excited because it is a name that I can truly stand by and will continue to pass along to my children! One of my favorite products is Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant. It provides 48-hour odor and wetness protection, plus it’s formulated with Dove ¼ moisturizers and NutriumMoisture for softer, smoother underarms. In addition to offering a unique combination of protection and care, the Dove Advanced Care line is available in a variety of 18 signature fragrances to meet the wide range of women’s needs. Check out all of Dove’s amazing products here at their website! [Read more…]
HAPPY CYBER MONDAY, again 😉 I wanted to, “Thank You” all as my followers on the social media SALE OF THE SEASON DAY and wanted to do a blog/Instagram giveaway for you all with one of my absolute favorite Christmas Sets by MAC Cosmetics for the Hollydays!! MAC came out with a Nutcracker edition of lipsticks, glosses, pigments, brushes (pretty much everything you can think of 😉 ) While I was Christmas shopping last weekend I stopped at MAC and HAD to get the NUDE lipstick set for one of YOU!! This is a set of nude shades in the cutest box ever! These shades are neutral, sheer and moisturizing so they are perfect for ANY beauty lover and the colors are not too pigmented so they are great for ANYONE on your list, even if lipstick scares them 🙂 This set is a great stocking stuffer for a friend or you can keep it all for yourself! The Giveaway with run from 12pm EST. Nov. 28 – Wednesday Nov. 30th at 9pm EST.
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Happy Thursday love bugs!! I am sitting here in my office at home eating those Sugarfina Sugar Lips you see in that photo and listening to Chainsmokers song: Closer so loud getting this day started with my FAVORITE beauty product for Fall; lipstick! Fall is such a fun time to change up that neutral natural- glow look you had for summer and switch to a soft matte eye pallete and BOLD lip! Fall to me means wines, purples, blood reds, browns and the perfect mauve neutrals that don’t make you look washed out! I also wanted to link my nail color above because I had questions on it and it is OPI: Lincoln Park After Dark and ya’ll it’s the perfect midnight color without going black! Now on to the dish on some of my long time and current favorite FALL Lip Shades!
One HUGE tip before applying a dark shade to your lips is PRIME them! There is a new product I have been trying and it is a lip mask by Kaplan MD and it is the Lip 20 Mask and this product is amazing at nourishing your lips with papaya extract as well as plumps! This mask truly does plump the lips and gives them the appearance that they are bigger and fuller! I have been using the product this week and can already tell my lips are much more moisturized and my lipstick goes on so smoothly! The Lip Balm also comes with the mask and it is super nourishing for longer results after using the mask! I highly recommend this product for when the seasons start changing and we start using more heat and everything gets all dry! I also recommend using a primer on the lips before applying a dark stain to them and my favorite is the MAC Prep + Prime Lip. I apply this all over my lips as a barrier to keep from staining them so much! Now on to my favorite colors!
- Ruby Woo by MAC is the truest of true reds I have found with a blue undertone and looks FABULOUS on every skin tone! This is a matte shade so you definitely need a primer underneath so it isn’t too dry
- Urban Decay Vice 714 is a new shade by one of my favorite brands and it is a creamy red with slight pink undertones and is an everyday red that I can’t get enough of!
- Afghan Red by Nars – a more burgundy red that is stunning! My mom actually found this one and I loved it so much I bought it that same day!
- Urban Decay – Manic – the perfect plum red and super moisturizing and smooth
- Vampire by Kat Von D – this is a DEEEP red that is soo HOTTT on and puts those from the movie Twilit to shame hahaha; this color is dark and deep but so fantastic for a night out on the town and just plain SEXY!
- “Rebel” by MAC! THIS COLOR IS MY FAVORITE FOR FALL!! I am wearing it in the photo above and LOVEEEEEEEEEEE – if there is one lipstick you by from this post GET THIS! I tried it in Vegas 2 years ago when my sister had her makeup professionally done and this color was INSANELY GORGEOUS
- Plumful by MAC – a lighter pink purple that goes great for someone who is scared to try Rebel (which don’t be 🙂 ) but if you are more neutral it is a neutral purple
- Kat Von D Lolita – this is an everlasting liquid lip that sets matte and was sold out for weeks last year and the perfect brown purple and does not move! This lip stain will stay put for hours!!!! It is the most amazing color and is neutral with just enough color!
- Too Faced Melted Chihuahua – this name is hilarious, but this color is AHHH-MAZING! It is a darker mauve neutral but so stunning on every skin color! I recently used it on an entire bridal party and they LOVED it!
- Anastasia Pure Hollywood – a lasting lip stain and is a TRUE neutral! This shade is light, but seriously the perfect NUDE! I love how is goes on as a gloss but sets matte and stays put all day!
- Tarte Lip Sculpter color VIP – OBSESSED! I love that this is the lipstick and lip gloss all in one! I seriously wore this color for a straight month and did not change because I loved that it was neutral but also had a little more color to make my skin a little brighter
- Whirl by MAC – this color is a true beautiful darker brown and everyone looks amazing in it
- Flat Out Fabulous by MAC – this color is just that!! This is a lip color that I was introduced to in Vegas 2 years ago and every time I wear it I get compliments! It is a deep pink/purple, bright and stunning!!! I wear this color with a light matte eye and can’t get enough! It is my FALL PINK!
- Hot Gossip – the tried and true PERFECT SHADE for ALL SKIN TONES and I have worn it for 9 years!!! I found this color back in 2007 and have been rocking it ever since! Tip: I use this on ALL brides in the Spring/Summer and no matter skin color it works! This is a STAPLE in my purse EVERY DAY!
*** Now for many of us who don’t have the fullest lips and have the problem of lipstick coming off quickly, LIP LINER is going to be your BEST FRIEND! I think people in their 20’s are scared of lip liner, but ya’ll if you aren’t using it with your lipstick then you NEED TO! MY FAVORITE LIP LINER EVER is MAC WHIRL! I can literally wear this lip liner with almost any color I have mentioned minus a few of the bright reds and in that case I use the MAC Cherry Lip Liner. I have mentioned so many lipsticks I wanted to let you all know a pretty universal liner that can vary depending on how hard you press for color!
So after checking this out, let me know what your favorite Fall Lip Shade is! I LOVE nothing more than hearing other people’s favorites so I can add to my collection (although my husband may not like that 🙂 ) I can’t lie, makeup is my PASSION and I hope to be able to share more of my favorites soon! Don’t forget I created a Fall Boutique on the blog with outfit looks I’m LOVING here so check that out for some Fall inspiration! Now all we need is this rain to stop and the temps to decrease! Happy Thursday “Hollyday” babes!
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