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!