THE ULTIMATE BEGINNER'S PHOTOGRAPHY GIVEAWAY

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Have you had an interest in getting into Photography? Or maybe you want to up your photography game to help your blog or small business grow.  Either way, this beginner photography giveaway is just the ticket for you, and I have luckily teamed up with some awesome ladies to be able to offer it to you-this package has roughly a value of  $550 (or more, since I found some killer steals on what is included) so you definitely don't want to miss it.

NEW YEARS EVE MAKEUP x DEUX BELLE

Monday, December 28, 2015

Deynece & I (Melissa) are two best friends who now live 2500 miles away from each other. One of the ways we stay connected is sharing our love of all things beauty, style, home, travel and life. Between the two of us we have over 20 years of experience in the beauty & esthetic industry. Deynece is currently a national artist and trainer for Bobbi Brown cosmetics. She loves traveling and teaching women all over the country. I am an esthetician, makeup artist and psychotherapist who is currently practicing the art of being a WAHM. We have 2 husbands, 2 fur babies, and 3 kids between us! So we understand that a beautiful life is not just skin deep. Our goal is to share our knowledge, to help others and ourselves create a beautiful life and recognize that this looks different for everyone. Most importantly we want to build connections with other like minded women and foster a community of living life beautiFULLY!

Can you believe 2016 is so close? The end of one year and the beginning of another is such a special time and the perfect time to celebrate! So when Kaci had the genius idea of collaborating on a NYE makeup look, we were beyond excited! 

For this occasion, we wanted to create something extra special with a pop of color. So today it’s all about SEQUINS, because nothing seems to say New Years like a little sparkle, whether it be on our shoes, bags, clothes or in this case- EYE SHADOW!  The star of this look is the BOBBI BROWN COMET SEQUIN EYE SHADOW which we used to create a fun, pretty & bold New Year’s Eve Party makeup look.

THE DETAILS

EYES
In this look you will start with a primed eye. Something neutral, similar to your skin tone but a little bit lighter. This can be an eye shadow primer or a little bit of your concealer with a sweep of powder over top to set it. 

For the color you will use a nice warm transition shade called Toast, sweeping it up into the crease and down below on your lower lash line- creating a “halo” around your eye. 
Next you will use the Comet Sequin shadow DRY with a blending crease brush to create more depth, like a baby smokey eye. 

When using these awesome shadows, you will get the most intensity when they are “foiled”, meaning that they are used wet. So that is exactly what we will do for our next step! You will want to wet your eye shadow brush (we like to use the Smashbox Priming Water for a longer lasting effect than regular water). 
What we love about Comet Sequin Eye Shadow: Infused with flecks of metallic shimmer, this highly-pigmented shadow mimics star-filled skies for a dramatic, high-shimmer eye. 

HERE’S HOW IT’S DIFFERENT:
“The baked, densely pigmented, pearl-infused formula provides a lightweight velvety texture that applies easily and seamlessly. Can be worn alone or layered to create a multidimensional effect. Silky shadows go on smoothly with no creasing, flaking or fading.”

Next you will do a small wing and inner rim of lash line using black gel liner to bring the look all together, and a small amount of shimmer in the corner of the eye for extra pop! 
Finish the eye with black mascara and you are set! 

CHEEKS
If you have a medium, olive or darker complexion you can use a soft coral blush color that coordinates with the “toast” and warm tones of the shadow.

For those with fair skin, use minimal blush and a soft champagne highlighter on the apples of your cheeks for a soft luminous look. 

LIPS
Use a berry lip color to complete. 

A note about lips- when it’s cold outside we find most peoples lips are drying out. So during these winter months, turn the occasional lip luxury’s to a lip must-do-all-the-time’s, otherwise the lip color looks crackly and dry. You can use lip masks, like the Agave one from Bite and then scrub with the Sugar Lip Polish or a DIY lip scrub. 

For more in-depth directions, techniques and products used please refer to the video tutorial or let us know because we are always here to help!

XOXO

WHO SAID DECEMBER HAS TO BE COLD?

Saturday, December 26, 2015

The winter season is always nice when you can spend your days sipping hot chocolate and wrapping yourself up in a fleece blanket, but spending it in a tropical paradise is even better!

Ever since I was little I've always been a summer person. Although my favorite season is Fall (plus I really wish the weather was cooler here in Texas during that time) and I love whipping out my winter outfits, I would much rather be hot than cold. So this year I decided to be a real "Snowbird" and migrate down South for a week in beautiful Cozumel, Mexico.

DIY GIFT IDEAS x FIVE FOOT DARLING

Monday, December 14, 2015

Hello, I'm Kourtnee from Fivefootdarling! I was so stoked when Kaci contacted me to guest post on her blog - her blog is goals. I'm going to be sharing with you guys a few DIY christmas gifts that I am personally giving as gifts this year.  They are all super affordable, and really easy to make.  Trust me, if I can make them, so can you.  I decided to take a couple of smaller gift DIYs, that can also be used together as one big gift.  I thought this was perfect for all different price ranges. 

Homemade Cocoa 

CHRISTMAS TREE CUPCAKE RECIPE

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

It's no surprise that people love to bake during the holidays. I'm no exception. However, when I do bake, I try to go for the easiest recipes possible (already made cake batter, three ingredients, etc), which is exactly why I decided to make these delicious christmas tree cupcakes.

MY FAVORITE CHRISTMAS CANDLE SCENTS

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

It's FINALLY DECEMBER! There is no better season to light up some candles than winter and what better place to get all your Christmas scented goodies than Bath & Body Works!

MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT HUNTING (+ why you should try it)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

"If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try." -Seth Godin
It's that time of the year again and if you're from the south, you know I'm not talking about huge Thanksgiving feasts. It's hunting season.

Although I grew up in the Lone Star State and had friends that went to their ranches with their dads all the time, I never hunted or even held a gun until I met my boyfriend. Trying something new will benefit you more than not trying anything at all.

Hunting is one of the most controversial topics within the world and I thought I'd like to share some light on the misconceptions some people have on it.

WHY COLLEGE STUDENTS SHOULD TRAVEL

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

"I'd rather have a passport full of stamps than a house full of stuff."

Traveling seems to be every college student's dream. We always tend to say things like, "Why does it have to be so expensive?" or "I wish I had time to travel!" And I completely get it. Money is scary, but we shouldn't let it determine our experiences.

FAUX FUR LOOK BOOK x THE FAB REHAB

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Hi everyone! My name is Abbey and I am the creator of the Instagram blog, Fab Rehab. My goal is to inspire all types of women to express themselves through fashion and beauty, both inner and outer. I started my blog almost two years ago but its had a makeover since then and I have made the decision to share it with the world. I have big things planned for my blog, so follow me as I continue to grow through this industry here.

2015 has been filled with chic fall trends. Everything from camel suede, to ribbed fabric, I’m loving the fashion the season is bringing. One trend I plan on rocking all throughout winter is faux fur.

Personally, I’ve been accumulating fur pieces for a couple years now, but I’ve recently noticed a frequent representation of this cozy texture throughout the fashion community. Although its becoming more accepted, rocking a full on fur coat is not exactly comfortable for most people. I’ve played with different looks over a few fall/winters and figured out how to style this tricky trend without feeling like I just walked out of one of Gatsby’s parties. I’m going to share a few ways I styled faux fur in an everyday wearable way. Hope you enjoy! –A

LIEBSTER AWARDS NOMINATION

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

While most of my readers aren't bloggers, some are. Bloggers from all over the world know of the Liebster Awards, which is an award given to bloggers by bloggers and recognizing all of their hard work.

A while back, I got nominated by Kyah at www.weekendtempo.com. Accepting it allows me to build relationships with other bloggers as well as give new blogs the recognition they deserve. With that being said, thank you Kyah!

BLOGTOBER DAY 13: HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

"When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam, may luck be yours on Halloween!"

Let me start off by saying what a fun month it has been! It was filled with fun crafts, many laughs while trying to do people's makeup, and the best fall scented candles around. My first Blogtober was more or less one of the coolest things I've done. It really made blogging so exciting, but also allowed me to be disciplined and follow a deadline. It was such an awesome experience!

BLOGTOBER DAY 12: LAST MINUTE COSTUMES

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Halloween is exactly 2 days away and many people still have no idea what they're going to dress up as (not me, I've been planning since July) and the Pinterest search "last minute Halloween costumes" has been clicked on at least 1,000,000 times so far, so I figured why not do a last minute costume blog post! Here are some of the best last minute costumes (in my opinion)!

BLOGTOBER DAY 11: CARVING PUMPKINS

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Pumpkin carving is the one Halloween tradition that almost everyone participates in. It's like a right of passage for the best October possible. Personally, I love carving pumpkins!

BLOGTOBER DAY 10: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES MAKEUP TUTORIAL

Saturday, October 24, 2015

It's time for another Halloween makeup tutorial! This tutorial was inspired by the vampires in the hit CW show, The Vampire Diaries. While watching the show and other tutorials of people inspired by this look, I knew I wanted to try it!

My friend Cassidy volunteered to have her makeup done which ended up in a night full of laughter and shenanigans. So here's my rendition of a Vampire Diaries inspired makeup.

BLOGTOBER DAY 9: #TBT PAST HALLOWEENS

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Well it's Thursday so you know what that means... THROWBACK THURSDAY! Like I have said in many posts before, I have been a Halloween fanatic for as long as I can remember and it's always fun to look back on the ridiculous and cute costumes I wore!

BLOGTOBER DAY 8: PUMPKINS AND MAZES AND SCARES, OH MY!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

For my family, no October is complete without our annual Halloween weekend. Every year, I go back home for a few days to spend time with my family, binge watch scary movies, dance to Halloween-song singing decorations, and go to the South Texas Corn Maize.

BLOGTOBER DAY 7: FALL FAVORITES

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Fall is the time for pumpkin spice and everything nice. No one will judge you when you buy 5 candles that pretty much smell the same but they're "actually completely different" or when you binge watch Halloween movies while eating so much candy you just know you're going to get cavities. During this time of the year, all of that is normal. So, I decided to put together a Fall Favorites list of everything you just NEED to get through the season.

BLOGTOBER DAY 6: WITCHES BREW

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Just like Halloween treats, Halloween drinks are extremely fun to make! I thought it would be cool to do two extremely different drinks; one alcoholic, the other non-acoholic, one pumpkin flavored, and the other citrus flavored. Both are extremely easy to make and don't take long… So lets get started!

BLOGTOBER DAY 5: TOP 13 HALLOWEEN MOVIES

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Let's face it. October is a month full of awesome movies. They range from family friendly flicks to jump scares galore and everything in between. Since it is in fact October 13th, I thought it was appropriated to list my TOP 13 HALLOWEEN MOVIES OF ALL TIME! So without further ado, let's get started!

BLOGTOBER DAY 4: NO TRICKS, JUST TREATS

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Nothing screams holiday fun like tasty treats for all to eat! Halloween snacks and desserts are always so much fun to make (and eat), so here are some of my favorite Halloween themed treats!

BLOGTOBER DAY 3: BLOODY MARY MAKEUP TUTORIAL

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

When I was little, I was always told scary stories. The famous story of "Bloody Mary" was definitely one of the scariest (especially when my friends locked me in the bathroom with the lights off and screamed her name three times)!

BLOGTOBER DAY 2: HALLOWEEN DIY

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Holidays are the best time of the year because you can decorate your house however you want and, personally, I think Halloween is the most fun! So why not kick off a fun and spooky holiday season with some easy DIY decorations!

BLOGTOBER DAY 1: THE BEST MONTH OF THE YEAR

Thursday, October 1, 2015

It's officially here. The month where its socially acceptable to wear crazy socks with candy corn on them, dress up in costumes, and ask strangers for candy. The month filled with corn mazes, pumpkin patches, and haunted houses. The month where we deck ourselves out in pink and honor the strongest women struggling with breast cancer. The month where it starts getting cooler (and by cooler I mean MAYBE a couple degrees). The absolute best time of the year. IT'S BLOGTOBER!

HOW TO DRESS FOR AUTUMN WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE AN AUTUMN

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


The South is considered public enemy #1 for all of us who love autumn. It's too hot to wear the typical, yet adorable autumn outfits you vigorously pin onto your "dream closet" board on Pinterest and the leaves stay the same old boring green so there's absolutely no such thing as autumn colors. In other words, dressing for the best time of the year is incredibly difficult.

SOUTH AFRICA: MY TRAVEL SCRAPBOOK

Thursday, September 17, 2015

As I mentioned in previous posts, I wanted to make a scrapbook of all things South Africa. So while I was there, I collected everything from pictures, receipts, flyers, and even leaves! Here are just a few pictures of some of my favorite pages. Enjoy!

THE BEAUTY OF LUSH

Monday, September 14, 2015

This may come as a surprise to many of you, but I, Kaci Alvarez, have never been to Lush Cosmetics until recently. I know… I must be crazy, but I'm not! I have a perfectly good excuse. I live in a town that sadly doesn't have a Lush store, so who could blame me when I just HAD to check it out while I was in South Africa. And let me tell you, it was love at first sight!

SOUTH AFRICA: WHAT AN EXPERIENCE

Saturday, August 22, 2015

My time in South Africa has officially come to an end. I'm so incredibly blessed to have been able to have the opportunity to have experienced such a different place. From cricket games to night clubs and cities to bushveld, South Africa has been nothing less than amazing.

SOUTH AFRICA: CROSS IT OFF MY BUCKET LIST

Friday, August 14, 2015

A while back I made a bucket list, which you can access here, and I am proud to announce that I have successfully achieved another one of my goals.

I WENT ON AN AFRICAN SAFARI!

SOUTH AFRICA: THE BERG

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Let me start off by explaining what "The Berg" is… "The Berg" is a nickname the locals call The Drakensberg, which is the world famous mountain range that runs through Kwazulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape and reaches the border of Swaziland.

Our accommodations for the weekend were in a quaint town called Underberg, not too far from the Drakensberg, in an adorable little cottage on a huge piece of farmland. The cottages were so nice and cozy with an antique fireplace in the middle of the room to keep us warm since the weather was constantly at freezing temperatures during the day as well as night.