Friday, February 27, 2015

Fashion Friday Destination Dress

winter may be coming to a close and now is the time when we are desperately trying to get out of the cold weather in search of warmer, sunnier destinations. this week's fashion friday features this gorgeous Vince Camuto dress that is your perfect resort wear. along with it is a lightweight scarf that helps add a colorful element as well as plays as a functional accessory to bring a little bit of warmth on breezy days. my accessories are bright and reflective like my RayBan mirrored sunnies and my neutral shoes pair perfectly with any dress. 

spring is just around the corner and this outfit will be making a regular appearance soon.

Danielle (@DTPHOTOG) caught me in a compromising position in the above photo LOL! nothing like a little quick break dance sesh in the middle of shooting.

hope your weekend is bright and your sunny days are plenty. for information on where to shop the products above use the links the from the widget below.


ps. don't forget to enter our Beauty Blogger Giveaway on Instagram. only a few hours left! 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Style Made Simple At Walmart & Giveaway

this post is sponsored by Lunchbox however all thoughts and opinions are my own

getting gorgeous hair is something that doesn't come easily. that glossy shine, the smooth locks, the voluminous curls, the messy just-woke-up-like-this look - all styles involve work. sure you have the occasional woman who rolls out of bed with perfect hair but most of us don't have that texture, volume, shine or curl without a little know-how. the question is, do you have the know how?

get the look you want in just 4 easy steps with Style Made Simple. whether you want volume, shine, or curls Walmart has the right products for you. check out  Style Made Simple for how-to styling videos and product recommendations. beautiful hair has never been so simple.

i was given the chance to try out the products to create shine. i used the four products below to get smooth, shiny hair:

Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Shine Shampoo
Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Shine Conditioner
TRESemmé Get Sleek Blow Dry Serum
Keratin Smooth Shine Spray

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wash with Suave Moroccan Infusion Shampoo & Conditioner

blow dry with TRESemme Blow Dry Serum

finish with TRESemme Keratin Smooth Shine Spray
 getting gorgeous hair is just a few simple steps away. be sure to enter the giveaway widget below for your chance to win a Walmart gift card to purchase your own hair products for whatever your styling needs are.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

#BeautifulYouWM - Walmart's Beauty Brushes

this post is sponsored by Lunchbox however all thoughts an opinions are my own.

alright ladies - i am so excited about today's post. a good makeup brush is essential to a great face of makeup. this makes finding good makeup brushes for an affordable price in an accessible location a major, major occasion. some of my favorite brushes can be found the beauty aisles of your local Walmart. listed below are the three brands of brushes and you can complete your makeup with any of these brushes which are available for any budget you have.

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Real Techniques is a brush line designed for the woman who knows about makeup, loves playing with makeup and is up to date on the different makeup techniques: smoky eyes, contouring etc. this complete line of brushes is designed by one of my favorite YouTube duos and is honestly the best bang for your buck when it comes to brushes.

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Essential Tools is a makeup brush line exclusive to Walmart that is targeted towards those who are just beginning to learn the techniques of makeup or are looking to add to their makeup. the brushes are a great starter for learning and are budget friendly. with brushes specific towards makeup techniques it is a great way to test a style without breaking the bank.

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EcoTools is a brush line that is targeted towards the eco-friendly shopper as well as shoppers who are familiar with brushes. these brushes are a great quality and are perfect for those with a moderate to high-level understanding of how to use them and are looking for a higher quality brush to improve their brush collection & selection.

want to get your hands on some of these brushes? enter to win your own Walmart Beauty Basket giveaway to help upgrade your makeup brush collection. use the widget below to enter. good luck!

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The Truth About Eyelash Extensions

eyelash extensions are one of the most popular trends in the world of beauty. having been worn by celebrities and stay at home moms it is a trend that transcends.

what are eyelash extensions? eyelash extensions are single strands of synthetic eyelashes that are curved to replicate a natural lash. each individual synthetic strand is attached to an eyelash with a permanent glue. (note: this is a specially designed glue for eyelash extensions - do NOT try this at home) the synthetic lash then remains in place until your natural lash falls out. before you freak out about losing lashes please realize that the average person loses about 1-3 lashes per day and it is a natural loss pattern that occurs.

i recently visited my salon for a spray tan and was informed of the new lash extension special - a full set of lashes for $50. having dipped a toe in the pool of eyelash extensions a few years ago i was a little hesitant. i tried lash extensions and loved the fact that i always had long dark lashes whether i had applied makeup or not. my lashes looked good in all different circumstances: swimming, working out, waking up, shopping, running around the playground, going on long walks down the beach, drinking (virgin) piña coladas…but i digress.

so why was i hesitant? because previously i had the lashes applied by my sister (who was in training at the time) and it wasn't the prettiest of applications, my eyelids ended up getting glued together and as the lashes wore off i looked majorly cray. i'm talking lashes pointing in every direction: up, down, left and right.

did i want to go through that again? no, but just like spray tans i was sure this beauty treatment had evolved into a more finely tuned craft.

thankfully, i was right.

my experience at the salon was a walk in the park. i arrived and was promptly placed on a warmed massage table and laid my head back while the technician quickly and proficiently applied my lashes. i may have taken a nice 30 minute nap and within 45 minutes from arriving, my lash set was complete. they were even, they were straight, they looked gorgeous and my eyelids weren't glued together.

the downside is that maintenance is a bit more cumbersome. you do have to take extra care washing your face and particularly washing your eyes. you must avoid oil based face wash and eye makeup products. a mascara wand is a lifesaver in cleaning out eyeshadow debris from lashes as well as straightening any strays. the picture above is after one week of wear and i am two weeks in and still looking good. i do have a tendency to pick at them, which is a major no-no, but i am a picker and it is inevitable. i will admit to having tiny moments of panic because i cannot remove them, kind of like wearing acrylic nails and wishing you could remove them so that you can pop a zit. once you make it over that hurdle, you are smooth sailing.

eyelash extensions have improved over the last few years, have become much more affordable, are applied quickly and look more natural. the truth about eyelash extensions is that they are kind of awesome.


Monday, February 23, 2015

Fashion Friday on Monday - Closet Versatility

this week's Fashion Friday is coming on a Monday because i have had spotty wifi for the last week and a half and i am about to pull my hair out from trying to get online! i had so much fun shooting this look for several reasons. first, shooting with Danielle (a.k.a. dtphotog) is always a good time. she is so creative and i love seeing her frame a shot and sharing her ideas. second, i love the idea of this week's shoot. the fact that i can wear the same base layers: jeans, top & jewelry but switch out the coat and shoes completely transforms the outfit. it goes to show that you have so much versatility and potential in your closet!

we all tend to get in outfit ruts and i am guilty of this myself. you have a pair of pants that you always wear with the same shirt and jacket. give that outfit a second look and see if it would pair well with a different pair of shoes or jacket and you might be surprised how much more mileage you can get out of the same clothes.

for purchasing information check out the shop widget below. happy Monday!


Friday, February 20, 2015

Crest 3D White Supreme FlexFit Whitestrips Get Me Red Carpet Ready

this post is sponsored by Procter & Gamble however all thoughts, opinions and experiences are my own.

it has been the craziest couple of weeks here at Blushing Basics. between family vacations, New York Fashion Week and now T-man's work conference i am left scrambling. i have packed and unpacked my luggage several times in two weeks and today i want to share one of my essential top secret tools that i pack with me: Crest 3D White Supreme FlexFit Whitestrips!

with all of this traveling comes a lot of picture taking. saying cheese for the camera is no big deal but when you do it you want your smile to radiate. white teeth help make your smile bright and you don't need special trays or dental visits for custom fittings when these easy to pack strips will do the trick! the Crest 3D White Whitestrips are so easy to pack. throw them in your purse and you can whiten whenever you'd like. i can whiten during a layover - or in my recent case my two day extension in New York would have been a white teeth overhaul had i remembered to not pack these in my checked luggage! whatever the case whitening has become quicker and easier than ever with these Whitestrips.

i just landed in Houston, Texas last night and i made it here with Tman for an Allergy & Immunology conference. i will not be attending the conference (phew!) but i will be joining T for all of the dinners and evening events. tonight in particular is an Art Trust Fundraiser that is a semiformal event. i have packed along my favorite black dress from NYFW in September as well as some great jewelry and shoes. with my Whitestrips going to work on brightening my smile i am all set. the FlexFit technology allows the Whitestrips to flex and stretch to your teeth for superior coverage and better whitening.

now that i have shared with you how i get red carpet ready for all my high stakes moments when i want to look my best i would encourage you to check out the E! Live from the Red Carpet Pre-Show special on Sunday, February 22. check out the stars and how they prepared for the awards, what dresses they chose and what hairstyles and makeup helped compliment their look. you can also follow @3DWhite and the #StrikeASmile conversation on Instagram and Twitter to stay informed.

hope ya'll have a great weekend!


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Vaseline Rose Lip Therapy - Valentine's Day Gift Guide

finding a good Valentine's Day gift is an art. you don't want to spend too little money - that might give the wrong idea. you don't want to spend too much money - that might also give the wrong idea. so spending just the right amount with that sends the message you want whether it is 'I love you', 'You are special' or 'Treats for a sweet'. you want your gift to be thoughtful and not a hasty last minute decision.

your solution?

pick a gift that is just what they want. are they a treat lover - hunt down some specialty treats. pick them up a cute cupcake or select your own chocolate assortment from a treat shop. skip the pre-boxed goodies and make your own. do they love flowers? bouquets don't have to cost you a fortune on Valentine's Day. my favorite place to purchase flowers is Costco. get your loved one two dozen roses for $20. that is a steal of a deal for great quality bouquets especially on Vday. do they love beauty? this Swarovski bejeweled Vaseline can be found online at Kitson. add it to your box of chocolates and you have yourself a thoughtful and sweet gift.

i'm a girly girl. i like pink. i like sparkly. i like all things makeup. this bejeweled Vaseline speaks to me. if you don't have the $$ for the bejeweled option you can simply pick up the regular Vaseline Rosy Lip Therapy at your local drugstore or major retailer. pop that in your box of chocolates or bouquet and you have a pretty sweet gift.

i hope your Valentine's Day is filled with love. remember that in order to receive love you need to give it, so be sure to have your sweetheart's gift ready.


Vaseline sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine.

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