Spring Makeup Look

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Now, I’m not a makeup artist or anything, so take this for what you will (probably just a grain of salt is recommended), but I thought I would film myself during a normal weekend makeup session. Prepare yourself for my bare face (which, I just realized, I have graciously provided en force in the thumbnail of the video. Genius, Kristina). This was the first time I’ve ever tried the Rimmel Stay Matte Mousse foundation and so far I really like it! I also repurchased my trusty Stay Matte powder in translucent (old favorite). For me spring makeup means fresh faced pink blush (usually a cream formula), a little color on the lids (usually light), and a bright pop of lip gloss. I hope you enjoy!Please Click To View The Full Post →

Today’s Face: Pink Lips, Winged Liner

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“Getting Ready With Me” videos are popular on YouTube, and I personally like to film them more than “makeup tutorial” type videos, largely because I’m not a makeup artist and you probably do your makeup way better than I. But “GRWM” type videos are nice because they’re a casual, laid back way to see how the YouTuber does their makeup. Now, this isn’t my everyday makeup by far (I think I’d frighten my patients with that neon lip) but on weekends or days off in general I like to spice it up since I have to be so boring at work.

For a list of makeup products, and to watch the video, click below! Enjoy!Please Click To View The Full Post →

Bombshell Silver Sunset Tutorial & Giveaway

Covergirl Bombshell silver sunset smoky eye tutorial

Hey guys and gals! Welcome to 2014! I’m so happy it’s an even-numbered year. Is anyone else like that? I just automatically assume odd-numbered years aren’t going to be as good as even-numbered ones. But then again, I’m a little superstitious, and a lot OCPD. Go figure. Let me know in the comments if I’m not alone.

Anyway, I’m going to share with you one of my favorite glam looks lately, and I’m calling it (for lack of a better phrase), my “Silver Sunset” look, and if you’re wondering about the sunset part, well–you’ll just have to watch the video to find out, won’t ya? It’s one of my smoky eye tricks!Please Click To View The Full Post →

Dramatic Autumn Makeup Tutorial

While you’ll normally see me with a bright pink lip most days (that I’m not working, that is), when it comes time for autumn, I can’t help but gravitate towards a deep, plum berry lip. Case in point: this gorgeous color called Amethyst #165 by Dolce & Gabbana. Gorgeous shade. As with all darker lipsticks, make sure your lips are well conditioned and exfoliated before applying. Try mixing granulated sugar in some olive oil for a quick, DIY lip scrub!

Makeup In This Tutorial

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation (not pictured/filmed)
Anastasia Perfect Brow Pencil in Blonde (not pictured/filmed)
Aerin Rose Lip Conditioner*
em Michelle Phan The Great Cover Up concealer in Fair/Neutral*
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light* (from the ambient lighting palette)
Real Techniques Powder Brush
Too Faced Milk Chocolate Bronzer*
Real Techniques Blush Brush
TheBalm Cabana Boy blush
Jane Iredale blush brush
MAC Paint Pot in Painterly
Clinique All About Shadow Neutral Territory 2 palette*
e.l.f. eyeshadow brushes
Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal pencil in Brown
Urban Decay “Verve” from Naked 2 Palette
Shu Uemura eyelash curlers
Maybelline Big Eyes mascara in black
Clinique Bottom Lash mascara
Dolce & Gabbana “Amethyst” lipstick*

Also mentioned:
• Revlon Super Lustrous Shine – Plum Velour
• Revlon Super Lustrous Shine – Berry Couture
• Revlon Super Lustrous – Berry Haute

*Items noted with an asterisk were provided by the respective brand or PR company for the possibility of review. Only gifted products that I love and use regularly are mentioned here.

My Updated Haircare Routine

Lately I’ve been trying a new thing with my haircare routine and I thought I would share it with you, in case you happen to be one of those unlucky women cursed blessed with fine, limp hair like mine. Warning, this is NOT for thick or very dry hair! I use this shampoo and this conditioner, but I’m not sure you actually need this particular set-  just a nourishing, hydrating, sulfate-free set will do the trick just fine. Let me know how it works for you! What do you think? Any hair care tips you’d care to share with us?

How To Do Shellac & Rockstar Nails At Home

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Once again, thank you for the outpouring of support from you as my family and I endured through such a difficult day yesterday. I love you guys!

Since two of the most popular posts on my blog are involving shellac, I figured it was about time that I showed you how I have been doing my own Shellac nails at-home using a CND starter kit + UV lamp. I absolutely LOVE getting my nails done professionally (and recommend Ruth at Urban Oasis Houston any day, hands down), but my budget just wasn’t cutting the twice monthly $35+ manicures. So I decided to do it myself. Mind you, I’m pretty adept at painting my nails with regular polish, so if you struggle with regular polish, chances are you won’t have a great time with shellac, either, since this requires you to be pretty precise at where you lay down the gel in certain steps.

I’ve outlined the entire tutorial for you in the video above, AND I’ve included a tutorial on how to do ROCKSTAR (i.e. completely luxurious, 100% glittery shellac nails) within the same video! Also, here is the starter kit I purchased from Amazon, and here is the UV nail lamp I use. Have fun!

Super Simple 2 Minute Eye Makeup Look

Hey friends! A bunch of you asked for a tutorial on my favorite eye shadow combo that I mentioned in my August favorites video, so I thought I would film a quick little mini-tutorial (I call them mini-toots in my head…is that weird?). I hope you enjoy! This is seriously the easiest 2-minute eye makeup look ever, and it’s so simple it’s almost ridiculous to film but as always, ask and ye shall receive!

Love ya!

Makeup Used

No-Makeup Look Makeup Tutorial

I have decided once more to venture out into the world of makeup tutorials! Please excuse the bare face, I’m envisioning a banshee scream every time each of you watches this video–try not to be too terrified, ‘kay? For a list of the products used and links to purchase them, please see the description bar here.

Also, my husband just told me that once we reach 10,000 subscribers on YouTube, he will make his debut in a video, attempting to do a full face of makeup on me, in the ever-hilarious “Boyfriend/Husband Does My Makeup” tag video! So spread the word! I know you’ll definitely want to see this cowboy-boot-wearin’, beard-sporting, manly-man put makeup on his wife’s face.