Friday, January 6, 2017

30 Second Makeup Tutorial


i filmed this video before Christmas break to show you a quick tutorial of how i get ready on the go! i took some time off during the holidays to focus on family and my sweet little newborn (who doesn't seem to want to stay healthy). i can't wait to get back into the swing of things and continue to bring you new content for the new year. i hope you enjoy this quick video tutorial.

xo,
kristie

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Complete Holiday Makeup From CVS & Giveaway

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

with the holidays in full swing there is no better time to look and feel your best. CVS Pharmacy is THE destination to help you achieve just that. not only can you pick up your prescriptions or small grocery items you can also get the best drugstore beauty products available. as a busy mom of four it is a great one-stop shop for everything i need from diapers & wipes to lipstick & lashes.

the great thing about CVS Pharmacy regularly launches new beauty from leading brands like NYX, L’Oreal and Revlon, global imports and boutique brands. one of my absolute favorite French brands - L'Roche Posay - can even be found here. dozens of new products are introduced every month. 

if you are in a hurry they have made these products even more accessible. you can make a quick stop at their Cosmetic Wall that houses beauty tools for face, brows and nails. if you don't have time to browse the beauty aisles CVS Pharmacy you can find travel-friendly and on-trend beauty products placed conveniently in the checkout aisles as well as other health and wellness items for on-the-go grabs.

one of the questions i am most frequently asked is what drugstore products do i recommend in place of their expensive department store counterparts? there are some absolute holy grail beauty products that i love and i put together this tutorial to show you that look great doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg or take too much time.


Complete Holiday Makeup in 10 Steps for Under $50


  1. apply foundation to entire face. i prefer the L'Oreal True Match LUMI Cushion foundation. i love the way it blends into your skin and offers build-able coverage.
  2. apply concealer under eyes, between brows and onto chin. i prefer a stick concealer for heavier coverage. this one is the Rimmel London Concealer.
  3. apply bronzer to contour and add color to your face. i also have the bronzer double duty as my crease color on my eyes for a natural, radiant look. i am using the MAYBELLINE Master Contour palette which includes a bronzer, blush and highlight powder.
  4. apply blush to the apples of your cheeks and blend upwards.
  5. apply highlighter to the cheekbones, along the bridge of the nose and as a highlight to your brow bone.
  6. the L'Oreal eyeshadow stays in place for 24 hours and maintains its glow long after its application. apply to eyelids from lash line to crease.
  7. using the ELF eyebrow palette fill in eyebrows.
  8. apply a small line of liquid liner to emphasize eyes and lashes. i prefer the ALMAY liquid liner in black. the applicator is easy to use and the liner stays put all day.
  9. finish the eyes with mascara. my hands down, holy grail of mascara is L'Oreal Voluminous. i absolutely love this mascara.
  10. complete your look with lipstick. COVERGIRL's Outlast lip color in Cherry Cordial is the perfect pink lip color of a natural glow.





enter to win a $50 gift card from CVS Pharmacy to pick up your favorite beauty products to help you look your best this holiday season. what are your favorite drugstore products? follow rafflecopter instructions below for entry:


xo,
kristie


Friday, December 16, 2016

Easy Gift Ideas With CVS

This post is sponsored by CVS however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

this last week was filled with crazy - i had family visiting, a sick child, one car accident and three doctor appointments. with all the hustle and bustle of the holidays it felt a little overwhelming. luckily with CVS i can grab cold medicine, wrapping paper and clever gifts for teachers and friends as winter break quickly approaches. that’s why i decided to partner with CVS this holiday season to get all of my holiday essentials in order!

i put together a few gift bag ideas to get you started on your way to holiday gifting. the first is the Grab & Go Beauty essentials. i like to keep a small makeup bag filled with emergency beauty items for quick touch-ups, repairs and fixes on the go. the great part is that i can easily swap the items from purse to purse because they are all housed in one place. included in that bag are tweezers, nail clippers, a multi-purpose makeup stick, mascara and a brow pencil. put all those items in a cute makeup bag and you have Grab & Go Beauty Essentials.


next, i put together a Manicure Gift Bag. included in the bag were items i picked up from CVS for the perfect mani. Essie polish, base coat and top coat are fantastic for a complete and gorgeous manicure. i picked out a holiday color to add a little festivity to the gift. also included are a nail file and buffer all-in-one and my absolute favorite cotton pads, Swisspers. these cotton pads don't leave behind ANY fuzzes which can be a nightmare to a manicure.


last, i needed a gift for friend who can be a little picky about products. she prefers things that are natural and free of irritating ingredients which makes the Yes To products perfect. at CVS you can find these products. i picked up the Yes To Coconut face mask, Yes To Coconut paper mask and Burt's Bees moisturizing lip balm. packaged together as a gift you have the ingredients for a perfect pampering night.


in order to gift these items you will need gift wrapping. CVS carries all your gift-wrapping needs in one place. that is the beauty of CVS - you can stop in and get everything you need in one trip! i picked up some gift bags and bows along with a few gift cards and gift card boxes. i'm all set for gifting this week. phew!


in order to get you ready for gifting i am giving away one CVS gift card for $50. be sure to enter the rafflecopter below.

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xo,
kristie

Thursday, December 15, 2016

BabbleBoxx Party Me Pretty

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media.

'tis the season for party prep. i know this mom is not running out to a ton of parties but i do have a few planned and i would like to look my best considering i haven't seen a lot of friends and family since the baby was born. i put together this list of products that are going to help me (and you!) look and feel your best for the season.

first and foremost you want to make sure your lips are kissably soft in case you have an encounter underneath the mistletoe. but seriously though, winter wreaks absolute havoc on your lips. going between the dry heat of indoors to the severe cold of the outdoors causes that delicate skin to chap and your lips are practically begging for hydration. ChapStick® Total Hydration gently exfoliates lips leaving them soft, smooth and silky. with a blend of Vitamin E, Shea Butter, Maracuja and Coconut Oil it helps condition while it softens. 

finish off your exfoliated lips with ChapStick® Total Hydration Moisture + Tint. it is like a tall glass of water for your lips. it is ChapStick's first-ever tinted lip balm from the lip care experts. it is available in three shades and enhances your lips natural color while moisturizing. you can pick up your ChapStick® Total Hydration here http://www.shopchapstick.com


next requirement is making sure you smell wonderful. your brain processes odors and memories when smells get routed through your olfactory bulb, which is the smell-analyzing region in your brain. it's closely connected to your amygdala and hippocampus, brain regions that handle memory and emotion. a woman's scent is going to leave a lasting memory so you want to make sure you choose your perfume wisely. the new scent Mad Love made in collaboration with Katy Perry has notes of Pink Grapefruit, Peony Petals, Jasmine, Coconut and Sandalwood. the delicate balance of scents creates a playfully mischievous scent that will leave you smelling gorgeous.


great hair is an essential ingredient to looking your best. lately i have been loving loose curls and my secret to getting shiny, soft hair with curls that hold is MarulaOil. this genius MarulaOil Perfecting Hairspray is a layering hairspray meaning you have more control over your hair hold strength. it is a flexible hold that helps replenish the hair thanks to its infusion of pure, cold-pressed marula oil. i spray this all over my hair before and after curling to get just the right balance of hold. the fine mist will effortlessly add the perfect finishing touch to any style. 


one last feature i want to focus on is my skin. pregnancy was good and bad to my skin. i had such clear skin, virtually blemish free my entire pregnancy. on the down side i notice a large increase of fine lines and wrinkles. because of that this Dr. Brandt 3-D Filler Mask is miraculous. after cleansing you apply this from your chin to cheekbones using the brush provided and it instantly plumps and filled out wrinkles and visually reshapes your natural face contour. this leave-on facial mask is a game changer. if you are interested in trying it out i have a discount code for 20% off when you use the code BABBLE3D.


tomorrow night you'll find me partying it up with my friends. image a bunch of thirty somethings and their gaggle of children and you'll have a vision of our party and i cannot wait to enjoy every second.

xo,
kristie

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Rebecca Minkoff Handbag Giveaway!


last week i left a teaser on the Instagram post above letting you know that i would be giving away that cute Rebecca Minkoff handbag. well, today's the day! be sure to enter through the rafflecopter below and stop by the other blogs to enter their giveaways as well.


This giveaway is a part of the 12 Days of Giveaways.  Twelve bloggers, twelve days, twelve amazing prizes! Be sure to check the calendar below, and to visit each site to enter on their giveaway day.  All giveaways will be open until the 18th......so lucky you, you can enter them ALL!12-days-of-giveaways-calendarGiveaways (click to enter each one):

December 2: American Girl Doll  - Lipgloss and Crayons 
December 5: 4moms bounceRoo - Walking in Memphis in High Heels
December 6: Evy’s Tree hoodie and Fawn Design bag - Sandy a la Mode
December 7: $100 Matilda Jane Gift Card - Momfessionals
December 8: Beauty Stocking Stuffers - Hairspray and Highheels
December 9: Minted Credit - Veronika's Blushing
December 12: Rebecca Minkoff handbag - Blushing Basics
December 13: Erin Condren planner - Lauren Mcbride Blog
December 14: Wild Dill credit - Still Being Molly
December 15: Skin Care Gift Basket - Makeup, Life, Love
December 16: World Market Credit- Kendall Rayburn
December 17: Mama Essentials Gift Basket - Elisabeth Mcknight

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xo,
kristie

Friday, December 9, 2016

Get Great Hair With Pantene


With the holidays here and a new baby having just arrived my time is limited these days. Great hair is always something that I want to achieve but I want to be able to achieve it in the least amount of time possible. In order for that to happen I need products that are super-efficient in making my hair look great and style easily. Thankfully products like Pantene Pro-VSheer Volume Collection fit the bill.

Pantene Pro-V Sheer Volume Collection is a customized product line designed specifically for women who want full-bodied, thick hair. It helps to prep hair for an amplified look inspired by collagen, but it also provides manageability which allows you to create that great full-bodied style. There are several products in this line that help reinforce the hair's structure for a full, healthy look thanks to lightweight ingredients for weightless body that lasts up to 24 hours.

For my go-to holiday hair I used the Pantene Pro-V Sheer Volume Silicon Free Shampoo and Conditioner to help wash and condition my hair to prep it for easy styling. To style, I used the Pantene Pro-V Air Spray Strong Hold Hairspray to hold the curl and give it that extra amped look.

Follow the instructions below to get this casual curled look:

Step 1: Begin with clean hair using Pantene Pro-V Sheer Volume Shampoo and Conditioner.

Step 2: Section 2/3 of hair up with a clip. Spray hair with Pantene Pro-V Air Spray Strong Hold Hairspray.

Step 3: Sse a small comb to tease hair at the root.

Step 4: Using a large barreled curling iron, curl hair from root to ends while leaving the remaining 4 inches of hair uncurled. This helps create that "casual curl" look.

Step 5: Remove 1/3 of hair from clip and repeat steps 2-4. Do this again with final 1/3 portion of hair.

Enjoy!










This is one of my favorite hair looks because it looks done without looking "done", and looks great all day and night. As the day wears on the curls loosen slightly to give it a great look. To pick up your Pantene Pro-V Sheer Volume products visit Amazon to order them easily.

xo,
kristie

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PANTENE. The opinions and text are all mine.

Friday, December 2, 2016

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

This is the 12 Days of Giveaways.  Twelve bloggers, twelve days, twelve amazing prizes! Be sure to check the calendar below, and to visit each site to enter on their giveaway day.  All giveaways will be open until the 18th......so lucky you, you can enter them ALL!12-days-of-giveaways-calendarGiveaways (click to enter each one):

December 2: American Girl Doll  - Lipgloss and Crayons 
December 5: 4moms bounceRoo - Walking in Memphis in High Heels
December 6: Evy’s Tree hoodie and Fawn Design bag - Sandy a la Mode
December 7: $100 Matilda Jane Gift Card - Momfessionals
December 8: Beauty Stocking Stuffers - Hairspray and Highheels
December 9: Minted Credit - Veronika's Blushing
December 12: Rebecca Minkoff handbag - Blushing Basics
December 13: Erin Condren planner - Lauren Mcbride Blog
December 14: Wild Dill credit - Still Being Molly
December 15: Skin Care Gift Basket - Makeup, Life, Love
December 16: World Market Credit- Kendall Rayburn
December 17: Mama Essentials Gift Basket - Elisabeth Mcknight
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