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Red lips will forever be my personal favorite. I love pairing them with a simple OR completely smoked out eye. With my lips, red has always looked best and has always been a game changer as far as my look goes.

Check out this Kismet Cosmetics red lip in the color BURNOUT. It’s a semi-matte that is absolutely stunning. It’s all natural. Paraben-Free. Phthalate-Free. Cruelty-Free. USA Made.

Rituals Cosmetics Product Review

 

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I had the pleasure of being able to try out an entire box full of goodies from Rituals Cosmetics, a luxurious collection of high quality products to enrich body and soul. I can’t brag on this company enough. These products are some of the absolute best that I have tried, and you won’t break the bank to purchase them.  When I run out of these products, I will definitely be going back to purchase them for myself!

I was able to try out several products from the Ritual of Sakura collection.  Here is a rundown of the products that I reviewed for you in my YouTube videos.

Body Cream
Ritual of Sakura Body Cream
Body Scrub
Ritual of Sakura Body Scrub
Shower Foam
Ritual of Sakura Shower Foam
Miracle Balm
Miracle Balm

Now that you know which products I am highlighting, on to the videos!  For a full review, you can watch the first video.  For a shortened version that went to Rituals Cosmetics for advertising, feel free to watch the second!  If you are serious about trying the products, I recommend watching the lengthy one =).  Let me know if you end up trying a product from Rituals Cosmetics!

Rituals Cosmetics In-Depth Review

Enjoy!

Rituals Cosmetics Shortened Review

Valentine’s Date Night/Walker Makeup

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It’s a HAPPY HAPPY day!

Many of you know that my husband and I have been fans of The Walking Dead since the beginning, so naturally our Valentine’s Day “date night” will consist of watching the show as well as Talking Dead after the show.  If you haven’t seen the show, which you most likely have by this point, you need to buy every season beginning with season 1 and just let that be your Valentine’s date night.

To celebrate this glorious day, I thought I would create a half Valentine’s Day date night look and half walker look!  I just felt like having a little fun and getting in the spirit.  I didn’t have fake blood, so I had to use red lipstick which made it look a little more silly than scar!  I was nervous at first that my baby boy would be scared of mommy, but he actually liked it and thought it was funny!  Once I took the makeup off, he wanted me to go put it back on!

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this look and Happy Walkertine’s Day to you! 😘

 

How To Apply False Lashes

 

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I decided to make a quick video on this because I get asked all of the time how I apply my falsies and its just really not that hard.  Falsies can add so much to a look, especially if you are going to be photographed.  This is why I think every girl should know how to apply them! I have attached a video tutorial at the bottom of this page, along with step-by-step instructions.  Give it a try and see how easy it really is!

STEPS:

  1. If you have never applied eyelashes before, I recommend an inexpensive set.  If you shop at Sephora non-stop like me, you know you can spend a fortune.  If this is your first time, go to Sally’s and get the lashes made from human hair.  They run around $15 for a set of 6, but you can wear one pair more than once.  I generally get at least 3 uses from one pair.
  2. Get your tweezers.  This is the easiest way for me to apply the lashes.  I used to use the applicator or fingers, but I have way less accidents using tweezers.  I find the glue doesn’t stick to them as easily as the applicator.
  3. Apply a THIN layer of glue on the false lashes.  trust me, you don’t need a lot.  Put most of the glue on the two ends.
  4. Let the glue sit for a few seconds.
  5. Grab the middle of the eyelashes with the tweezers first and gently apply to the very middle of your lash line.  Get as close to your natural eyelashes as possible.
  6. Next gently apply the two remaining ends.
  7. Look down and let the glue sit for several seconds.

I seriously used to have the most trouble applying my eyelashes!  Once I learned to use the tweezers, it became a piece of cake.  Trust me, I’m one of those who still wears glasses because I don’t like touching my eyes, so if I can do this, you can too!  Enjoy!

 

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New Year’s Eve Glam

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If you are like me, you LOVE to get dolled up!  There is no better time to go full-on GLAM than on New Year’s Eve!  When I think of NYE, I think of lights, glitter, sequins – basically any and EVERYTHING shiny!

Well, NYE is quickly approaching!  I decided to bring to you the perfect NYE outfit, makeup, and hair ideas so that you can be the princess of your NYE party!  Be a SHOW-STOPPER this NYE!

Here are the details to my NYE look:

Dress:

  • Ah, the dress!  Sequins make the *perfect* party dress for NYE!  This gorgeous sequin cocktail dress came from a New Orleans, LA based boutique that I have been following for a while on Insta called Armoire Boutique!  Do you know what the best part about this dress was, it was just around $50, so you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg for it!  Sequins are all the rave right now, so you won’t have a problem finding a sequin dress if you are thinking about going that route.  I know that online boutique, Lulus.com has several options from dresses, skirts, and pants!  Modern Vintage Boutique has options as well!  These are all some of my faves, so be sure to check them out!

Makeup:

  • Eyeshadow: When I do a full glam makeup look, I usually use shimmer-based eyeshadows with bold colors!  For this look, I chose the Urban Decay Vice4 palette!  These colors are bold, rich, and beautiful!  My dress had a mermaid color scheme to it, so I chose the colors Arctic, Flame, & Deadbeat from the palette to complete my look.
  • Eyelashes: I used one of my new faves from Batlash, another popular Instagram company!  These lashes are thick and gorgeous!  I have had no trouble at all using them several times.  The style I used here is “Chica”.
  • Lips: I wanted a fun “Barbie” pink lip for this look, so I chose Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in a color that I can’t find in stock anymore! You can find a similar color here.

Hair:

  • Hair extensions: I started out by putting in my Bellami Hair, Bellissima 220g 22″ hair extensions in Dirty Blonde.  Note: these look darker on the computer screen than they do in real life!  I consider my blonde hair pretty light even though I keep low lights in it most of the time and they fit PERFECTLY!  These are AMAZING!  I literally wear them anytime I want to achieve the perfect mermaid hair!
  • Mermaid curls… Ladies, you have GOT to check out the company Xtava! They have a 5-in-1 curling iron that is to die for!  I am going to do a tutorial soon *promise* on how to use this product.  You can find them on Amazon and on their XTAVA website!
  • The braid: A little braid can go a long way when you’re wanting to go glam (and look like you know how to style hair)!  All I did was part my hair to the side that had the most volume that day, braid the front into a Dutch braid, then bobby pinned everything behind my ears!  Here is an old tutorial of mine where I did a front row Dutch braid: https://youtu.be/g6fGnIV4y5I

I hope this gave you a few ideas for your own NYE Glam look!  Here is a fun little video from Cork’s & Cattle in Enterprise, AL where I was able to get a few shots of my own look!  Enjoy!

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Toni Riales

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I wanted to take a beauty-related post and give a shout out to the gorgeous lady up top!  Toni Riales is so remarkably talented in the sense that she can take an idea from her clients and turn it into more than you could have ever imagined!  Toni specializes in fashion/commercial photography, but also works with other professionals in the business world who may need polished and professional images to use for their advertising, website, and personal needs.  She is located in Mobile, AL, but is available to travel to work with clients and agencies in any other market.  If you need professional, creative, or unique pictures for your business website, actor/model headshots, or just for your personal needs, Studio TRP should be your first stop.  I know I will be going back!

We took over 400 pictures in 4 hours with 3 different makeup looks but I figured I would just stick a few in here to give you a sample of Toni’s work!  For more stunning samples of her work, head on over to her website, Instagram, and Facebook to see more of her work.

Photographer: Toni Riales

MUA: Alexandrea West

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Alabama – Where You Can Go To Get Gorgeous

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Can we just start out with the fact that I finally have my computer back (Hallelujah)!  MOVING ON…

I had a fashion/fitness photoshoot last week with professional fashion/commercial photographer, Toni Riales Photography, located in Mobile, AL.  Toni is AHHH-MAZING and I will soon have a post dedicated to her and my makeup artist, Alexandrea West.  You guys, I’m not going to just blog about anyone and any product.  If I don’t like it, why waste my time unless a group of people actually want a review on it.  So, until then, please do yourself a favor and click on their links that I have provided within this text and at the bottom of this post to see their work.  If you are a working or aspiring actress, model, blogger, heck even an insurance agent; Toni and Alexandrea can have you looking like a celebrity.  Not even kidding.  However, we will come back another time in the near future.

I want to talk a little about what I did to prep myself for my photo shoot.  Aside from drinking gallons of water (which is pretty typical for me anyhow), taking care of my skin and hair, working out, eating healthy, and shopping (!!!), I knew I didn’t need to forget my tan.  No, not a tanning bed tan.  If you do go to the tanning bed just stop now.  Save yourself!  No, really.  Not only did I need a beautiful glow, I needed an EVEN tan because well, part of my photo shoot was in a bathing suit and you will be able to see about 80% of my skin.  A long time ago I stopped going to a machine to get sprayed because I always felt the color didn’t last, it wasn’t the prettiest color, and most importantly it was rarely 100% even on my body.  It was never even enough for me to feel comfortable wearing a bathing suit in if you know what I mean.  All of this to say I called this lovely higher-end, luxury skin spa that I had used in the past here in Enterprise, Al – LUXE Airbrush Skin Spa.

I have met and spoken with the owner, Kalina (who is strikingly gorgeous BY THE WAY), several times in my community and had previously gotten a spray tan before.  That first tan was the most gorgeous tan I ever had, so I knew I needed to contact her about concocting something for my photo shoot that would looking pleasing on camera.  LUXE uses Fantasy Tan, which in my opinion is the most gorgeous spray tan out there.  Kalina uses one machine to spray the body and a totally separate machine to spray hands, feet, and face for an even and beautiful looking tan.  We spoke about my photo shoot and she also wanting to get me in to do a facial.  Of course I was absolutely ecstatic!  Can I just humbly say that my face and the color of my body looked 100% camera-ready on the day of my shoot thanks to Kalina and LUXE Airbrush Skin Spa.

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Ladies, if you live in Alabama around the Dothan/Enterprise area, or are just coming through town, do yourself a favor and stop by the most fabulous luxury skin spa there is.  LUXE Airbrush Skin Spa provides:

  • Specialty facials
  • Chemical peels
  • Derma-Planing
  • Aromatherapy Paraffin Hand/Foot Treatment
  • Waxing of all types
  • Massages (Swedish, Deep-Tissue, Prenatal, Hot Stone)
  • Professional Makeup Application
  • Spa Packages
  • Private Spa Parties
  • Now offers hair services

Kalina, owner of LUXE Airbrush Skin Spa, has a nursing degree, business degree from Harvard, AND is one fabulous esthetician who has definitely found her niche in making other women look and feel absolutely STUNNING!  If you are looking to try new professional skin care or a new brand of makeup, LUXE carries:

I had the privilege of trying each of these products and they may very well become a staple in my skincare/makeup routine.

Very soon, I am scheduling another photo shoot with Toni Riales Photography for my headshot.  Not to try and become a model (I’m too old to just be getting into that), or an actor, but to send it off to attempt to become a walker on The Walking Dead!  Yes, becoming a walker would absolutely help complete me haha!  Anyway, before I do that I am definitely coming back to Kalina with LUXE to help beautify me again.  Please visit the links I have listed below for LUXE Airbrush Skin Spa, Toni Riales Photography, and Alexandrea West Makeup Artist.  You won’t be sorry!

LUXE Airbrush Skin Spa Facebook

Luxe Airbrush Skin Spa Website

Toni Riales Photography

Toni Riales Photography Facebook

Alexandrea West Website

Alexandrea West Facebook

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Braid Tutorial From My “Fall Look”

Oh my gosh I swear I cringe every time I hear myself talk in a video!  I really am not that boring in real life!  I am just HORRIBLY camera shy and do so much better with a script.  Maybe I should start doing that… Make myself a script!  I tell my husband all the time that I am never going to get a part as a “walker” on my fave show The Walking Dead if I can’t even do a voice over for my tutorials!  AHH!  By the way, if you know where I can go or what I can do to audition for a walker part on TWD, let a girl know.  Put me in a herd.  I don’t need any camera time, just want to be there!  No, seriously.  Anyway!  On to the braid…

I had several of you ask me about this braid and I’m so glad you liked it!  I promise you it’s the easiest thing ever.  Don’t be a perfectionist with this either because it is supposed to be messy.  Here are the steps:

Step 1: Comb your hair out and pull it all to one side.  You can wear your hair in the middle or parted to the side.  I did use extensions on this braid by the way.

Step 2: Divide your hair into 3 strands and braid until you get half way down!

Step 3: Transition by pulling all of your hair together, then split in two chunks to start your fishtail braid.  {If you aren’t sure how to do a fishtail braid, I have a tutorial on my website.  Look in the “Hair” section.}

Step 4: Tie it off with a clear elastic.  Wrap some hair from the ponytail around the elastic and pin with a bobby pin!  Or don’t.  It’s pretty left alone as well.

Hey, I also wanted to tell you how much I absolutely love all of you guys that have followed and encouraged me ever since I began blogging.  I truly enjoy doing this from the bottom of my heart and have been thrilled to death to even have the opportunity.  This is 100% my passion and I enjoy learning new tricks along the way that I can bring to all of you!  Thanks again and don’t ever hesitate to mention tutorials you would like to see or products you would like for me to blog about.  Love you all! =)

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It’s My Fave Time Of Year!

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It’s the first official day of fall so I absolutely had to do this post! Yes, here in Alabama we are still experiencing the suffocating 90 degree heat, but there are obvious signs that fall is here (or coming at least).  The afternoons are cooler, the leaves are beginning to turn, and the stores are filled with the most gorgeous fall apparel out there!  Oh and of course – the “PSL” has made its’ appearance!  You know, the Pumpkin Spice Latte that nobody in their right mind would do without this time of year.   Ahh… freaking love it.  So now I am going to list the details of what is helping me complete the perfect fall “look”!  Here we go…

Skin: To keep your skin from drying out as the weather gets cooler…

This time of year, my skin always starts to dry out.  My knuckles crack and my cheeks start to peel.  I have recently  found the most amazing product that I swear by.  I use the Light 100% Argan Oil, Tinted Moisturizer, & Hydrating Milk by Josie Maran.  I use this at night and during the day.  You can find these products at Sephora.  Try them out.  Trust me, you won’t regret it.  This post isn’t necessarily about my skin, but a clean, fresh look always looks best when the base of your look is healthy and glowing.  What is that you say?  Your skin!

My Makeup

Many of you that follow me know that I have a new foundation OBSESSION with Ashley Sievert Beauty’s foundation.  Y’all, seriously… you don’t even need moisturizer OR primer underneath it.  If you skin is ridiculously dry, I recommend the Josie Maran 100% Argan Oil Tinted Moisturizer.  Back to the foundation… So you can purchase her brush to apply it.  The foundation has tremendous coverage and literally will make your skin look absolutely flawless.  The best part about it?  You don’t even need much at all to cover your entire face.  I think 2 pumps of the foundation is recommended and I only use one.  I purchased the foundation in “Milan” and it is beautiful.  I do blend a little bit of my dark Morphe concealer from my contour palette into the foundation to make it a tad darker.  Anyway, it’s fabulous and I don’t even really want to try anything else!  I mean, I will try other things but this is tough to beat.

I used Morphe’s 35N eye shadow palette which I am obsessed with!  There are some beautiful colors for fall in this palette that I believe you will all love!

On my lips I used something I purchased at Wal-Mart!  Elf Cosmetics has a beautiful lipstick pen in the color “Wine” that is drop dead gorgeous for fall.  If you love a bold lip, this will do the trick!

“The Braid”

I purchased this hat and knew I HAD to do a braid with it.  I’m obsessed with this hat and will give you the deets on where it came from below.  This is a wool hat – very trendy right now – that looks fabulous with all different styles of hair.  Up, down, long, short… You name it, it probably looks good.  So I wanted a simple side braid with hair in the front to frame my face.  All I did was start with a basic 3-strand braid half way down into a fishtail.  I pulled A LOT of hair out in the front and curled it quickly around a curling iron.  After I finished the braid, I pulled it apart (of course) to make it big!  Anyway, that’s it! Simple simple.

The Outfit

I live in a small town in Alabama with the most adorable boutique located in our little downtown area.  The name is “You Nique Boutique”.  This store was the first place I shopped at when we moved here a year and a half ago, and I still love to shop there when I’m not shopping online at some of my other faves.

I drive by the store almost every day and once I saw this dress with this hat on a mannequin in their window, I knew I had to have it!  So here we are.  You can find them on Facebook: You Nique Boutique or on Instagram @ayouniqueboutique =).  Check them out!

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Lolly Blossom Designs – Mississippi Handcrafted Jewelry

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Needless to say, I was absolutely thrilled when the creator of this stunning bracelet messaged me about collaborating with her on a blog post.  Why?  First off, she is the owner of one of my favorite boutiques, Oh…So Sassy, a women’s clothing and accessory boutique located in Biloxi, MS.  When I lived in Hattiesburg, MS during and post-college, Oh…So Sassy was where I always went first when I had something specific I was looking for.  I absolutely loved the boutique and knew I could always find what I wanted.

Lindsey Mickle is the owner of Oh…So Sassy Boutique and has recently started making her very own line of jewelry!  This line of jewelry is under the name of “Lolly Blossom Designs”, and let me tell you, her designs are simply gorgeous.  When Lindsey mentioned making me a Family Birthstone Cuff Bracelet with a birthstone for each member of my family, I was beyond excited.  I have been keeping up with her on Facebook and I had totally fallen in love with these cuff bracelets!  See the gorgeous pics below.

11289891_10206868586855111_1644440697_nThe Family Birthstone Cuff Bracelets are made with Swarovski crystals.  You can get one crystal with each member of your family OR one with just the kids.  A 3 stone bracelet is $38.  The bracelets can be done with anywhere from 2-6 stone.  The 2 stone bracelet starts at $34.  These bracelets take 2 weeks to make, and you must pre-pay.  You can customize your bracelet however you want!  My personalized bracelet is the picture you see at the top of this page.  I chose to put my baby boy’s birthstone in the middle because, of course, he is the center of our entire world!

Now that you know what these bracelets look like and what they are about, it’s time to order yours!  These beauties are unique and stylish!  They will go with anything that you have in your closet!  On top of that, they have sentimental value and you will want to wear it everyday for that reason alone!

{{{{Here’s the best part!}}}} When you order your personalized bracelet, you can enjoy 10% off when you use PROMO code “OhSoStunning”!  How awesome is that?  To order, you can email Lindseycb@yahoo.com or message her on her personal Facebook page. (Click the link to get to her page.)  Any way you choose to order, use that promo code to get the 10% discount! Check out more pictures below.  I hope you enjoyed getting to learn more about my friend Lindsey and her fabulous businesses!

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