Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Beach Waves Tutorial

i decided to put together a beach waves tutorial using the HANA flat iron. you may remember the video Beach Waves Tutorial i posted last year, but after receiving feedback that the info graphics were helpful, i decided to revisit the Beach Wave idea.

beach waves are surprisingly simple to achieve and are the ideal summer hairstyle offering a casual, (seemingly) effortless glam. all you'll need is a good flat iron (like the HANA Elite, natch) and some hairspray & wax. the rest comes with the twist of the wrist.


Friday, April 11, 2014

Fashion Friday Exercise Wear

if you follow me on my Instagram you may have noticed that i have become a fan of the workout. i have gone from anti-fit to exercise loving, Body Pump pumping, outdoor working fanatic. i love the way i feel when i am taking care of my body and the fact that i get to purchase an entirely new wardrobe for my new hobby makes me love it even more!

i wanted to share with you this ingenious idea for transforming all of your workout wear to media friendly, pocket storing goodness. the Flipbelt. a small, moisture-wicking band made of a spandex lycra blend fits comfortably and carries your phone, keys and whatever small items you like to exercise with. plus it adds a stylishly colorful element to your gear. perfect.

so what are some of your favorite work items?


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

How To Choose An Eyebrow Shape

let's discuss how to choose an eyebrow shape. here's a video tutorial i put together almost three years ago!

since that vlog i have had several people ask me what is the right shape of eyebrow for their face. since we are all made differently, there is no one single shape of eyebrow for everyone. the best way to determine the most flattering shape for yourself would be to follow these guidelines:

step 1: determine the shape of your face. grab a mirror and measure.

oval: your face is longer than it is wide, with a curved jawline and soft cheekbones. heart: the widths of your forehead and cheeks are about the same with a pointed chin. circle: your face is about as wide as it is long with a softly curved chin and full cheeks. square: the wides of your forehead, cheeks, and jawline (which is usually well defined) are all equal.

step 2: choose an eyebrow shape that will best flatter your bone structure

oval: looks best with an extra long brow. drag the tail of your brow out just a bit to add width to your face. this creates more dimension. heart: looks best with short and thick brows. if the brow is too wide it makes your chin appear more narrow and the thickness will help offset your forehead space. i think i could add a spare bedroom with all of my extra 'forehead space'. circle: looks best with strong, arching brows. the higher the arch, the more dimension your face will have. square: looks best with a gently rounded arc. because your bone structure tends to be a bit sharp, choose a shape that will soften it.

using these tips work with the natural shape of your brow and groom it to your desired look. good luck.


Monday, April 7, 2014

Day To Night #BeautyInspiration Tutorial

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as a mom my goal is find ways to make my 'get ready' routine quicker and easier. i like wearing makeup and i like getting dressed up, however convenience and time are always an issue. finding products that will do double duty, last all day, or cut down on maintenance time are essential. finding this new Stay Matte foundation from Rimmel has been a game changer.

apply it in the morning and once evening rolls around it will still be fresh. Rimmel Stay Matte is no joke.

to make my days and nights a little simpler, i've created this Day to Night tutorial for #CollectiveBias showing how you can go from 'fresh faced' to smoldering without doubling your steps.

begin by applying your morning makeup. my morning makeup routine always includes the following: foundation, mascara, blush & lip gloss. other elements are always optional but those four always make the cut.

evening is where it becomes a bit more complicated. it is the extra steps that bring on the wow factor, and these extra steps are worth the time. first, contouring is a must. adding some extra bronzer to your hairline, cheek bones and neck will give your face structure more depth. define your brows. adding definition to your eyebrows will bring more interest to your eyes, which is basically the area you always want to draw attention to! a little eyeshadow in the crease will help to give your eyes more smolder and eyeliner will help make lashes appear bolder and longer. add some concealer for porcelain skin and define your lips to create some pout. your day to night transformation is complete.

these products below are honestly going to save you time and money. head to your local Walmart to find your #BeautyInspiration match.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Fashion Friday FabKids

i wanted to share the adorable outfits offered in this month's FabKids shop. i love this shop which gives you the option of selecting an outfit and purchasing it or registering for VIP service which delivers an outfit to your door monthly. the girl's love getting their monthly outfit deliveries and i love the dresses so you could say it is a win/win.


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Venus Snap Razor

i'm obsessed with all things miniature and to say i am obsessed with the new Venus Snap with Embrace Razor is an understatement.


the amazing-ness of a razor in a compact, portable shape and case. seriously, don't you love it?!

the blade will fit any cartridge. it comes with the five blade trustiness of a Venus, the water activated Ribbon of Moisture for smooth shaving and an adorable blue case to portably store it any where. the Snap with Embrace Razor is a tiny package of cute practicality.