Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Sweet As Sugar Lip Scrub Recipe

just in time for Valentine's Day. everyone could use some soft, sweet lips to kiss their Valentine and this scrub will do just the trick! it is so simple to make and a lip scrub will keep your lips moisturized, soft and kissably sweet.


the ingredients are simple:

2 Tbs brown sugar
1 tsp coconut oil
1 drop or 2 of Vanilla

mix all ingredients together and store in a small container near your toothbrush. it will be an easy reminder to 'scrub' a time or two this week to get your lips in shape for smooching.

Happy Valentine's Day!


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Five Ways To Wear Rose Quartz

the Pantone color(s) of the year include Rose Quartz. for those of you who read my blog you already know that blush is a big favorite of mine. i like the versatility it has as a neutral and i love wearing it through every season. today i have partnered with some of my favorite bloggers to show you how to style the Pantone Color of the Year: Rose Quartz.

one of my favorite ways to style Rose Quartz is to pair it with other neutrals. grey, white, black and camel all look gorgeous paired with Rose Quartz. in this instance i chose black and white as my coordinating colors. i like the black leather jacket paired with the soft tulle of the skirt. speaking of the skirt, this skirt feels like you are walking on a cloud. it has just the right amount of billow when you walk to give it great movement.

the jewelry i accessories with were some of my favorite Kendra Scott pieces including items from last year's spring collection as well as items from this year's collection. i appreciate that they have some continuity from season to season to make the pieces work well together.

be sure to scroll to the end of the post for shopping information on all items featured, including links to my blogger babes other posts.


Monday, February 1, 2016

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Get Ready For Your Big Event With Crest

we had the opportunity to attend the wedding of the year #CraytonAnnie just a few weeks ago and i put together this video to share with you how i prepared for this big event. getting yourself ready for events like these is typically a little bit of a process. there are several steps i like to cover including hair, nails, teeth whitening, etc. to make sure i look and feel my best.

check out the video below to see what steps i took to prepare myself for this fun and memorable day:

please sound off below if you have any tips for preparing for big events such as weddings, etc.


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Monday, January 18, 2016

The Secret To Sea Salt Spray

i just received the latest shampoo, conditioner and sea salt spray offered by the Drybar. i love the Drybar products because they really know how to 'do' hair. i was particularly pumped to give the sea salt spray a try because tousled, beach hair is not only super hot right now, it is my go-to look for summer.

the question is, how do you use sea salt spray (without ending up with a frizzy, hot mess on your head)? here's my tips for getting the most out of your sea salt spray.

first you are going to begin with blow-dried hair. it may sound backwards but if your hair is anything like mine, when it air dries it dries into pure frizz. i don't care hair much serum you put on this mop, the natural kink takes over and frizz city pops up. i want my beached out hair to look 'perfectly tousled' which actually takes a little bit of work. so please, blow dry away.

second, you are going to add your sea salt spray. i am using the sea salt spray by Drybar. it smells amazing, adds just the right amount of texture and coarseness to your hair and leaves you look tousled without the frizz. add your spray until hair is damp.

next you are going to scrunch the heck out of that hair. don't be shy. take your hands and scrunch till you can't scrunch anymore.

last, let the remaining moisture evaporate and you are left with textured, wavy, beach-y, gorgeous hair.


ps. here's your 'pinnable' image if you're interested:

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

How To Fix A Broken Chapstick

let's start off the New Year right with a quick and easy tutorial - the bread and butter of Blushing Basics! i decided to create this simple how-to due to the outrageous amount of chapstick we are currently using and the outrageous amount of chapstick that is getting destroyed by my toddler. if you have found yourself in the annoying predicament of having the entire chapstick stuck in the cap, here's how to fix it.

stand the chapstick upright and blow dry for 30 seconds. yep, it is that easy. the chapstick will melt and fall back into the chamber. let it stand until it solidifies again (roughly 30 minutes) and your chapstick is as good as gold.

hopefully this will help keep a few tubes of chapstick out of the chapstick graveyard this winter.


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Faux Bob Hair Tutorial

getting good hair involves a variety of things: good tools, good products and a little know-how. fortunately, i'm here to tell you about all three! with the holidays just around the corner, everyone could use a little 'hairspiration' to style your hair

a good hairstyle can begin with a lot of things, but the easiest way to begin is with curly hair. curly hair provides volume, flexibility, better hold and just makes for easier styling. last year i picked up the Infiniti Pro by Conair® Curl Secret® right before the holidays and it made for the easiest hairstyling. i posted my first review here. a few months later i put together a tutorial sharing how to get easy Holiday hair in just a few steps. you can see the step by step hair tutorials here. this year, i wanted to share an updated tutorial showing just how easy hairstyling is with the Infiniti Pro by Conair® Curl Secret®.

first, i headed to my nearest Walmart to pick up a new Infiniti Pro by Conair® Curl Secret®. i have gifted one, loaned one and shared one so a replacement was necessary. along with my Infiniti Pro by Conair® Curl Secret® i picked up some Conair bobby pins for easy styling and a Conair French Twist styler. 

finding the Infiniti Pro by Conair® Curl Secret® took a few minutes because it was located on the outer wall of the Beauty Section at Walmart. along with the Infiniti Pro by Conair® Curl Secret® in this section you can also find the new Pro 3Q Blow Dryer reduces drying time by up to 70% with lower temperature and faster airflow to minimize heat damage. this dryer has not yet been released but will be soon and is not a bad addition to your styling arsenal.

to get started with your Faux-Bob Hair tutorial it is best to begin with straight hair. section the top portion of hair with clips and braid two braids using the underside of the hair section. pin up the braids using your Conair bobby pins and get to work curling the top half of your hair. after curling tuck ends of hair under and pin into place. take a few minutes to get the shape the way you like it and you're on your way. really, it is THAT simple.

for my Pinterest friends out there, below is a Pinterest friendly 'pin-able' image:

hope your hairstyling is easy. may your curls be perfect and your pinning be swift.