My Favorite Hair Products & Tools

Hey Beautiful!

I wanted to start by saying that I truly hope you have had a wonderful weekend. My weekends are always great because I have my hubby home to hang out with us!

Anyhow, this video has been requested a lot so I figured I would go for it and make a video about my hair products and tools that I have been using religiously for awhile now. I hope you like it! If you have any questions or comments, you know what to do 😉.

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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.

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! 😘

 

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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This Makeup is HAWT!

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Ya’ll! I feel like I would be doing all of you a disservice if I didn’t tell you about a new foundation that I have been using the mess out of lately. Again, not affiliated with the product, I just use it and ❤ it so much. That’s why I’m here right? To make you aware of some phenomenal products out there that you may not have heard about otherwise! Have you heard of @ashleysievertbeauty ? If not, thank me now! She is a MUA out of NOLA and she has her own freaking amazing makeup line that you have got to try. Follow her on insta and purchase her tester pack to match your color. You don’t have to wear primer or moisturizer underneath this flawless velvety foundation! It’s the best thing ever. You will see!
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My Biggest and Best Hair Secret

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Hair Extentions: Sally’s Beauty Supply

So… Do you know what it is?  Those that know me well know, those that ask know, professionals probably know, but do you?  Is my hair REALLY that long and thick?  Heck no!  I wish.  If this is a shock to you that I wear hair extensions…sorry!  Almost every girl does something to enhance at least one feature on their body.  Makeup to enhance facial features, eyelash extensions, Botox to hide fine lines and wrinkles, boob jobs… I get hair extensions!  I mean, I love trying different hairstyles on my hair as well as on others so, naturally, if my hair isn’t as long as I want it for certain styles or looks I am going for I’m going to use extensions!  I got some last October and have been hooked ever since.  My hair is not short by any means, but they help my braids become longer and fuller, and I sometimes just like the look of super long hairstyles!

My hair has never been as long as I wanted it to be because I always get bored with it after a while and cut it off to match the latest short style that’s “in” at the moment.  This has actually been the longest that I have been without chopping off my locks in a while, but it’s still not as long as I want it to be.  I always thought that I needed to get a good trim every 10 weeks to keep my hair healthy, so that is what I have always done.  Trimming that often may be a good idea for those who wash their hair every day, blow dry, curl, straighten… whatever!  However, those that don’t damage their hair to that extent do not necessarily need to trim that often!  I haven’t gotten a trim since October and my hair is still good to go.  My tips are: eat healthy, drink water, take your vitamins, don’t wash your hair every day, and DEEP CONDITION LADIES.

Tips for applying and using your hair extensions:

1. They usually blend better with wavy or curled hair.  You can also straighten, just make sure you put them in PERFECTLY and that the color matches your own color exactly.

2. Use the two smaller wefts on the bottom of your head and the two bigger wefts near the top.

3. Don’t wash them often.  When you do wash them, let them air dry.

4. You can use curling irons and straighteners on them, but don’t use the highest heat.

5. Don’t brush them out with anything other than a hair extension brush.  You can find one here.

I use the 18 in. Remy Straight Clip-In extensions in Cool Blonde at Sally’s Beauty Supply.  They blend so well with my highlights!

***Starting tomorrow, if you decide you want to try some out you can get 20% off using PROMO code: 555377 on ONLINE ORDERS ONLY. You must use this link for the code to work: http://www.sallybeauty.com/online-offer/save-20-percent,default,pg.html ***

If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to ask!  Get you some extensions and HAVE FUN!

Age-Defying Skin Care

AshleyI have had the pleasure of trying several new beauty products lately that I am so excited to share with you!  Like I have mentioned before, I am always on the lookout for a great anti-aging product to help fill my fine lines and wrinkles that I have started to appear on my face.  When most girls like myself get into their late twenties, we most definitely start losing that “youthful” glow we had as an 18 year old!  So, what do we then begin to do?  Right!  We start looking at anti-aging products and some of us begin looking into different cosmetic treatments such as Botox.  Well, if you ask me I would rather find a product that I can use to gradually reverse the aging process without having to resort to needles!  For now =).

This beauty I have picture above asked me to try two anti-aging products that I felt compelled to share with you.  These products are truly amazing.  They only left me wanting more!  She works with a company called Nerium with a line of incredible anti-aging products.  Ashley sent to me two bottles – the NeriumAD Age-Defying Night Cream along with the Day Cream.  Like I have mentioned before, I was so excited when I received these in the mail because I am all about trying new skincare!  When I took my makeup off that first night after receiving my products, I applied the night cream.  This cream is a clinically tested age-fighting product with Nerium exclusive, patented NAE-8 extract.  This extract is a synergistic blend of Nerium oleander and Aloe Leaf Juice.  NAE-8 works to inhibit the oxidative stress that comes from aging and environmental aggressors and promote younger-looking skin while a potent peptide blend helps tighten skin.  This formula reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, discoloration, enlarged pores, increases firmness of the skin (which is that I noticed the most), and improves radiance and provides an even-toned complexion.  I have very sensitive skin, so I often wonder if a new product will irritate my skin and this product did not at all.  My skin felt so soft after just a couple of days.

The next morning after my workout, I applied the day cream.  The day cream works in conjunction with the night cream to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, discoloration, enlarged pores, and improves uneven skin tone and texture.  Like I mentioned with the night cream, the day cream seemed to most definitely increase the firmness of my skin.  I am always looking for a product that will provide me with a reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, especially on my forehead, and increase my skin’s firmness.  Because this product provided that for me, I wanted to share with the rest of you.  I thoroughly enjoyed using this and after it ran out, it left me wanting more!  If you decide to check it out for yourself, message me and let me know how you liked it!

You can check out this product for yourself through Ashley’s website: http://nerium.com/join/ashleytillman

You can e-mail her from the website, or you can reach her at:  (228) 223-7674

New Ab Routine!

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Hey gorgeous ladies!  I’m writing to share with you a little bit of info about a new ab workout that I just started today.  I apologize for my attire in these videos ha!  I seriously need to purchase more workout attire since I am doing so many videos!

Yes, I am going to continue the one that I was previously doing, I’m just adding this one in the mix.  Let me start by saying that you do NOT need to be doing ab workouts everyday.  I usually go two days in between, and I think even that may be a little too often.  You have got to give your body time to recover after you break down your muscles like you do in these exercises – ESPECIALLY after the workouts that I am doing.  These are condensed, 15 minute ab workouts that I am currently doing to get the results that I have gotten.  I also want to say that to get results like these, you have got to work.  I am not going to sit here and sugarcoat it for you.  There is no “magic” shake, tea, or pill that is going to give you tone and muscle in your body.  On top of that, physical exercise will help improve cardiovascular function, which helps improve all systems in your body.  Your systems work together, so improving one will help improve all.  So if you are looking for a quick and easy way to lose weight I am here to tell you that if you do lose the weight at all, it will not stay off!  You WILL gain it back whether it be one month down the road or two years.  To see similar results or just to see the results you want, you have to sweat.  You have to work.  You MUST inconvenience yourself and take a few minutes out of each day to spend on your body and mind.  I know it’s hard to find time.  I have a flexible job now (feel free to ask me about it if you want), but it wasn’t always that way!  With a newborn, I worked 8-5 everyday but guess what, I got my butt up early in the mornings and spent 30 minutes on my body each and every day!  That helped me lose the baby weight and bounce back just like I wanted to.

Here is a little info about these 2 exercises!  I explained what plank/sphinx workouts were yesterday.  There are endless ways to do these workouts!  In these videos, I again, am in the sphinx position.  In the top video, I put myself into sphinx with my forearms directly below my shoulders.  Yes, I could work on my form but I just discovered these moves not too long ago so I will get there!  Once in sphinx, I take my right leg and bring my knee as close to my elbow as possible.  I then hold it there for a few seconds and bring it back behind my body.  I repeat this move on the left side.  In the program I am doing, we hold each move a little longer and do a LOT more of these.  I have condensed it for the purpose of quickly showing you HOW to do them.  In the bottom video I begin in sphinx.  I bounce my feet up as close as I can toward my arms 3 times, then bounce all the way back into sphinx.  Tip: engage your core best you can on each move, especially while in sphinx position.  What does that feel like you say?  Well, it feels like you are pushing your tummy together into a knot almost!  It makes it hurt, but it makes it TIGHT.

My abs are now right where I want them.  Yes, they fluctuate a little if I have eaten a big meal or have had a beer, but all-in-all they are there.  Want to know how quickly I got them there? 3 months.  That being said, I eat fairly healthy, I drink water, and I workout.  However, I started working on my abs 3 months ago and I am now where I want to be.  You can get there too, you just need to work.  You need to find a fitness program or exercise that you love and is fun for you.  No, it may not be fun right while you are doing it, but if you say “I’m really glad I did that!” after it’s done you have found it.  If you ever need help, don’t hesitate to email me at stunninglysouthern@gmail.com or message me on Instagram, Facebook, or my blog!

To find out more about my program, click here.

My Favorite Foundation

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This post has been a long time coming! I am not a girl who was naturally born with a pretty complexion, but I must say, my foundation does help me look like I have one!  I have been on the hunt to find a foundation that evens out my skin tone, covers dark circles and sun spots, and helps me look less wrinkly.  I haven’t tried every foundation out there, but I have tried plenty to know that I wanted something with more coverage than Bare Minerals, but didn’t look cakey on my face.  I will add that I am not at all opposed to trying new foundation products in the future, but for now I just can’t seem to find something that I like better than the one I am about to describe to you.

Last summer, I came across a foundation called “Get Flawless 8-in-1 Foundation” by Femme Couture at Sally’s Beauty Supply.  I have never said that I am using the perfect foundation before, but I know that I am now.  This foundation moisturizes, primes, perfects, and leaves a matte finish on my skin.  It literally gives my skin a doll-like appearance.  Let me tell you, ever since I began using this product women are constantly asking me what skincare and makeup I use.  I am not getting these questions because my actual skin is pretty, I am getting them because my foundation makes it appear to be pretty.  It’s all an illusion! Ha.  No but seriously, it really does make me feel like I have pretty skin for the first time ever.  This foundation provides the best coverage I have ever noticed in a product before and I can’t deny that one bit.  I do use separate products for contouring or bronzing, but most of the time even when I plan on doing a contour, I use a little of this foundation as a base.  Do you want to know the best thing about this foundation?  It’s under $10.  You are not breaking the bank to at least give it a try.

If you decide to use it, please comment on this post and let me know how you liked it!  There are so many deals going on at Sally’s right now.  Spring is the season for bright, pretty nails right?  Well, if you shop here, you can buy 2, get 1 free on polish!

To find the Femme Couture foundation, click here, or on the picture below.
Femme Couture Get Flawless 8-in-1 Foundation Light Medium

Front Row Dutch Braid Tutorial

Hi everyone!  This is the Front Row Dutch Braid that I love and wear all of the time.  If you learned how to do the Dutch Braid (side strands UNDERNEATH the center strand instead of over like in the French), then you will find this one pretty simple.  This is a very pretty braid for when you are wanting to dress up your look a little bit!  You can do it several different ways, but here is how I did this one…

**Tip: It’s very important to angle the braid downward the entire time to keep it on your hairline.**

Steps:

1. Start by grabbing a small piece of hair near your part and divide it into three sections.

2. Grab the strand of hair closest to your forehead and cross it underneath the center strand.

3. Grab the strand of hair farthest from your forehead and cross it underneath the center strand.

4. You now need to start incorporating hair from outside of the original braid.

5. Grab hair from underneath the strand closest to your forehead and incorporate it into that strand by your forehead.  Cross this piece underneath the center section.

6. Grab hair from beside the hair farthest from your forehead and incorporate it into that strand. Cross this piece underneath the center section.

7. Repeat these steps down the braid, making sure to angle downward, until you get to your ear.

8. Once at the ear, just do a simple 3 strand braid all the way down until you are out of hair.  You can pin this braid around the back of your head with a bobby pin.

**You can also do the same thing on the other side of your part to do a total front row braid look.  It’s really pretty that way as well!**

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! For some of my latest looks, be sure to check out my Facebook page: Stunningly Southern, and my Instagram acct: @whitneycornett

Until next time! =)