Go-To Cat Woman Halloween Costume

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Spooky enough for you?  Happy Halloween ladies!  Or soon-to-be…

I wanted to put together an outfit, hair and makeup tutorial for you ladies that may be in a bind to find a last minute Halloween costume.  I am cat woman for Halloween A LOT.  Why?  Well, it’s cheap, sexy, and EASY to do!  Did I go and purchase a $50 cat woman costume?  No, why would I do that?  Cat woman is easy.  Liquid leggings, leather, and high heels are IN right now so throwing together a last minute cat woman costume is about as easy as it gets.  Here is what mine consists of…

  • Cat woman ears plus mask
  • Liquid leggings
  • Leather peplum top
  • Black high heels
  • A sleek hairstyle and cute braid
  • Dark Makeup

Now that you know what my costume looks like, how about a hair tutorial?  Check out this YouTube video below.

I wanted this hairstyle to be sleek, which is why I wanted it straight.  I now have Bellami Hair Extensions that are SUPER long so I did end up curling the bottom of the hair so that my natural hair blended well.  I pulled back the front in a sleek style and pinned it underneath the chunk of hair that I teased then put into a fishtail braid.  Of course I had to include a braid in my cat woman hairstyle!  Now on to makeup…

I recently learned how to do somewhat of a Smokey eye that I am extremely pleased with.  I also learned that I can use this same technique with different eyeshadow shades and end up with a gorgeous look.  This is an easy look because I literally used a total of 5 eyeshadow/liner products on my eyes.  The key is to blend, blend, blend.  Blend until your eyelid hurts because if you don’t, you WILL look like you have a black eye.  Honestly, this look stays pretty ugly until I get a full face of makeup on.   I start out the YouTube video below with a completely clean face.  I never apply my foundation, concealer, or anything else until I finish my eyes because of the fall-out of the eyeshadow.  Here are the steps below so that you can skip around the video instead of watching every step.

  1. Eye primer – This step isn’t included in my video, but I used a primer from Urban Decay Cosmetics.
  2. I put tape on the sides of my eyes to help me achieve a more dramatic look.
  3. Apply an eyeshadow that is around the same color as your skin over the primer.  I learned this from “Batalash Beauty”.  It helps smooth out the primer to give a nice, clean slate to start.
  4. Start with a transition color in your crease.  I started with a brownish/orange color.  For a blacked out Smokey look, I transition from browns to black.  I am using the Morphed 35N palette for this entire look.
  5. Next, I used a brown transition color a little beneath the orange and piled it on in the outer corner of my eye.
  6. I then took a black Urban Decay pencil and (sloppily) applied this to my upper lash-line.  I blend that color upward toward my crease.  Blend, Blend, Blend!
  7. Take a black shadow and blend all over the lid focusing heavily on the outer corners.
  8. Line the lower waterline of the eye and smudge down and out.
  9. With your smudge brush, take a brown shadow and smudge and blend along the lower lash-line.
  10. Apply a thin line of eyeliner on top of eyelid.
  11. Apply a highlight to upper brow and inner corners of eyes.
  12. Apply mascara and lashes and your done!

You can get a better idea of what I am doing in my YouTube video.  I don’t have a full face of makeup until the very end, which kind of pulls the whole thing together! It’s over 8 minutes long, so skip around and hopefully you can learn.

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Hopefully you learned something that you can try on your own today. I promise, at some point I will invest in a better camera so that my tutorials will be higher quality. One day, one day. =)

I hope you all have a HAPPY and SAFE Halloween! Muah!

Hello October

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I woke up this morning simply ecstatic about it being the first day in October.  Even though my birthday is in September, I don’t really start getting excited until October.  Why?  Well, football is in full swing, the leaves change, the weather gets cool, and the holidays begin to creep up.  I love Halloween, Thanksgiving, AND Christmas no matter how hectic that time of year seems to be.  And believe me, being married with a baby and living hours away from family tend to make it more and more hectic.  Nonetheless, I look forward to it every year.  This is HANDS DOWN my absolute favorite time of year!

Unfortunately, this time of year can be sad for many people including myself for several reasons.  There are some of us having trouble within the family, sick loved ones, or loved ones that have passed either recently or years ago.  Because this time of year can be difficult for some, I want to make sure that I do everything in my power to try and bring happiness to my readers and followers through the power of pictures!  During these months leading up to the holidays I want to make sure that I post funny, happy, and/or inspirational pictures for everyone following me through my blog, Instagram, and Facebook.  I will try my very best to bring a smile to your face or a laugh out of your mouth at least a couple of times a week.

The “pineapple” has become a phenomenon in our culture as a symbol of warmth and welcome that has been a part of Southern hospitality for centuries.  In my picture you see above, a pumpkin means the same thing!  Each year when I see my very first pumpkin in the grocery store, I see the beginning of fall and all of the love this time of year has to offer.  As soon as I see a pumpkin I think of leaves changing, cool weather, rich food, and the gathering of family.  Pumpkins make me feel so warm and so happy.  The sight of them brings a smile to my face so I thought, well why not include one in a picture of a hairstyle that I created myself!  I’m thinking of doing a tutorial on it.  What do you think?

I have been cooking with pumpkin lately and will be posting several recipes throughout the next few months!  Feel free to share any yummy pumpkin recipes that you have tried with me!

I truly hope that something I have posted in the past or will post in the future will somehow bring you joy.  I hope you have such a wonderful end to 2015 and I wish you nothing but pure cheer and joy as the holidays begin to roll around. =)

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National Coffee Day

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I’ll take any day I can get to celebrate my first true love.  Happy National Coffee Day lovers!  Here’s you a yummy homemade pumpkin coffee to try:

  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • a splash of unsweetened almond milk
  • a dash of pumpkin pie spice
  • a dash of cinnamon
  • your favorite coffee

Blend it all together in a blender and voila!  You now have your very own homemade pumpkin spice latte.  Better yet, it’s even healthier than your Starbucks one.  Enjoy! =)

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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Sideways French Twist + A Thought For Today

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Hey Ladies!  I figured I would add something positive to the internet world today by adding a cute little hair tutorial for you beautiful ladies to try out.  At the end of this tutorial, I’ll add my little thought of the day on…you guessed it… Ashley Madison.  If you want to skip my thoughts on that dreaded topic, go right ahead and end your read at my YouTube video of my tutorial.  Oh and thank you “MCTY” for my fabulous top. You know who you are ;).  Enjoy!

Side French Ponytail – (If you know of a way to make my YouTube videos clearer, please let me know.  I have been taking them on my phone which is probably the problem, but if there is something I can do on the YouTube side – would love to know!)

This style is excellent for unwashed hair!  Here are the steps!

  1. Put dry shampoo in your hair then curl with a curling iron on lowest heat.
  2. Take all of your hair to one side of your head and tie off with a ponytail holder.
  3. Open up your hair above the ponytail holder and put the hair on the bottom over and bring through.
  4. Pull ponytail holder tight, then pull apart the hair in the twist.
  5. Pull out all of the pieces that you want and your done!


My Thought of the Day on Ashley Madison

Those of you that know me, know that one of my worst fears aside from something happening to my child or husband is being married with kids and being cheated on.  I’m sure many married men and women can relate.  Because of that fear for myself, the events that have happened due to the Ashley Madison hack have been heavy on my mind and my heart.  I am one of those individuals that will hear about something terribly tragic and it will literally keep me up at night.  Some of these things include: people I know or know of dying, cancer, wars overseas, politics, even thinking about countries that hate Americans keep me up at night!  I get caught up in the emotion of what other people are going through and feel, while imagining what I would feel in each of those situations and it ends up weighing so heavily on my heart.

My initial thought when my husband told me about the hack was, “Good!  That’s exactly what those idiots deserve!”.  After I lovingly asked my husband if he was on this list because I could now easily find it if he was, I pulled up the released list for myself and began to aimlessly scroll through it.  It only took seeing one name I so much as recognized (don’t even know personally) and knew they had a wife and kids to literally make my heart palpitate and make my stomach churn.  My initial actions to the Ashley Madison hack were knee-jerk reactions to the situation without thinking in depth about the future outcomes of it.

Let me go ahead and make myself clear.  Do I for one second feel sorry for those individuals who were stupid enough to sign up for a service such as this?  NO.  I would like to think divorce is off the table in a marriage, but why an individual can’t simply ask for a divorce if he or she wants it instead of going behind their spouse’s back, cheating, and taking their disgusting germs back to their spouse is beyond me.  (Yes, germs disgust me and I wash my hands like a doctor).  So in one way am I happy these people were caught?  Well, for their spouse’s sake, yes.  Do I think it’s ok for people all over social media to be making a game out of catching names on the list they recognize?  NO.  NO.  NO!

I looked at my child today and thought to myself, “There is another baby boy or girl out there who’s whole world is about to be turned upside down and inside out because of this”.  Not only that, there are men and women who are having to find out about this from a published list.  Their entire worlds coming crashing down before their eyes, and there are actually people out there making a game and a joke about this.  I would love to ask those people who are posting these lists everywhere one question.  Is there a list out there that if it was hacked could bring your entire world upside down?

A friend from college shared on Facebook yesterday afternoon very insightfully said, “We all have our Ashley Madison’s.  Be careful when casting your stone from your glass house”.  She’s right – we all do.  Whether it’s lying, stealing, alcoholism, drug addiction, hate, porn, envy, lust, etc… Everyone has something.  There are people committing suicide over this – families breaking, kids about to have to split households…  What we SHOULD be doing instead of posting these lists everywhere and getting excited about “catching” someone you know on it is praying for these people on the list, AND those who have a spouse on there.  Pray for those people on that list and give them an opportunity to turn their lives around instead of making them dread the rest of their life.

***Whitney’s thought of the day is done.  Be kind.  Use your brain.  Worry about yourself.  Peace.***

On another note, how awesome was the Fear The Walking Dead premier last night? OMG =) !!!

 

Get This Casual Look Now!

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Get this casual go-to look for the day before you want to wash your hair, but have somewhere to go.  You know what I mean?  It’s like.. your hair is to the point where you really just want to go ahead and wash it but you don’t NEED to, and you have somewhere you have to be and must look presentable.  This look is easy!  Follow along…

  1. Apply dry shampoo to your hair!  I sometimes even apply a hint of baby powder.  I’m blonde so it’s ok.
  2. Curl your hair in BIG sections on the lowest heat your curling iron has, then brush it out!
  3. Take the section of your hair that you want to pin up.  Don’t try to make it look perfect.  This look is not polished in any way!
  4. Put the section into a bun and put a ponytail holder around it.
  5. Wrap the extra hair around the bun on top of your hair and pin with bobby pins.
  6. Put on your favorite must-have tee, some distressed jeans, and your favorite fringe booties or sandals and go! ❤

See pictures below for details!

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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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Dutch Pigtail Tutorial

Hey there!

It’s been so long since I have done a hair tutorial, so this one may be a little rough! But hey, it’s still helpful in my opinion =).

This is such a great look for Summer. It helps get your hair out of your face, but it’s more fun than a bun or ponytail! My little boy loves it as well. He thinks they are so fun and enjoys pulling the mess out of them!

Here are the steps to achieving this look:

1. I was going on about 3-day-old hair when I filmed this, so I had applied LOTS of dry shampoo to cover up the grease, but it also kept the braid intact. I don’t recommend styling your hair like this on the same day that you washed your hair. It won’t hold as well! I have done this look with extensions and without. It’s so cute both ways!

2. Part your hair to the side or the middle. It looks good either way =). Your part does not have to be perfect! I think a messy style looks best!

3. Start with the side you are most comfortable with and take a chunk of hair close to your part.

4. Divide that hair into three sections.

5. Take the section closest to your forehead and cross it underneath the middle strand.

6. Take the section on the other side and cross it underneath the middle strand.

7. Now start incorporating hair outside of the braid on both sides. Make sure to include all of your hair by the time you get to the base of your skull.

8. Once at the base of the skull, do a normal 3-strand braid and tie off with a clear elastic.

9. Repeat the exact same thing on the other side!

10. Pull apart the braid (if you want to) at the very end.

Hope you loved this! There are so many adorable styles of pigtail braids out there! I love this one to death so I thought I would show you all! Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook at “Stunningly Southern” and on my re-named Instagram page, @stunninglysouthern!

XO!

My Contouring Technique

IMG_3016Hey y’all!  It’s been awhile, right?  So sorry about that.  We have been on the go a lot lately, but we’re back for a while and ready to get back at it.

So, I have had several people ask me about contouring.  Contouring is not easy, and I am in no way an expert.  I learned how to contour my face about a year ago now and have been doing it ever since.  I know you have all heard about Kim Kardashian’s famous, heavily contoured face.  Whether you love it or hate it, it’s amazing what it can do to the shape of your face.  You can bring out your cheekbones, make your nose appear smaller, and make your forehead appear smaller all by applying your makeup a certain way.  I normally don’t do as dramatic of a contour as the ones that tend to “wow” you on the internet, but I do apply mine in a way that brings out my cheekbones the most.  I am going to demonstrate in the pictures below.  Note: BLENDING IS KEY IN MAKING THIS LOOK GOOD.  Take your time and blend, blend, blend!  By the way, it’s ok to laugh at my unblended makeup in the first two pics.  My husband likes to tell me I look like a total freak!  I don’t mind, really!

1. I like to start with the contour (the dark makeup that helps bring out cheekbones, sharpens the nose, makes the forehead look smaller, etc…).  After I apply my contour, I blend with my beauty blender.  I blend like a madwoman.  There is nothing worse than seeing a horrid makeup line.  I normally bring my contour up a little higher on my cheekbone than I did here in this picture, but this will give you a good idea.  Note: I also have a contour on my jawbone.(null)2. Funny, I know!  After I blend in my contour, I add the highlight you see in this picture.  I blend several different colors together to achieve the look I want.  I love the under-eye highlight.  It really helps bring out my cheekbones and stands out in pics so well! After I apply my highlight in the areas that I like, I then begin to blend in with the contour.  Like I mentioned before, please blend best you can or else you really will look super weird!  IMG_29993. Next, I add a little more cream contour and highlight colors to get it perfectly blended.  This process is not a quick one! After I add more cream, I then take my powder contour kit and blend powder over the cream.  I use a cream and powder contour kit from Morphe Brushes.  I will say that I am in no way affiliated with Morphe Brushes, it’s just what I use and love!  I have had people ask me what I use, so there you go. =)06cf_1024x1024 06f_1024x10244. Voila!  There’s your finished look.  ((Notice the cheekbones. I worked hard on those babies.))  I am constantly working on this because I absolutely love the look.  I will eventually try and achieve a more dramatic look, but this is what I use most of the time.  I do not do this everyday.  I usually use this technique when I am getting dressed up!IMG_3016

 

I hope this was somewhat helpful to those of you who were interested.  If you ever want me to do a video tutorial to show my full application process, let me know and I will make time to do so!  I appreciate you all for reading!  You can keep up with me on Instagram @whitneycornett and FB at Stunningly Southern!  By the way, how fabulous is this dress from Lulus?  I fell in love when I saw it on their website, and was so pleased at the fit!

 

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Peace!

Whitney