Posts

Watch: A New & Updated Way To Use Your Hot Rollers

I don’t care who you are. Everyone (especially if you grew up in the 80’s!) had a set of hot rollers. Whether it was to a school dance or just to head to class, I used them non-stop. I grew up in Kentucky so the bigger the better!

Once I got a bit older, the sky-high hair trend left us (RIP!) But that doesn’t mean we have to throw our hot rollers away, though! I still have my old set and I’ll be honest…I tend to like them better than using my regular curling iron. It’s super easy. You can throw them on, make the kids breakfast, and clean the house all while letting your hair do it’s thing. Remember those older women who used to wear them to the grocery store? We used to make fun of them but they may have been onto something!

Today on my YouTube channel, I’m going to show you how to use your hot rollers to get a new & updated look: 

The Products:

Hot Rollers: T3 Volumizing Hot Rollers Luxe

Thermal Protective Spray: Joico Iron Clad Heat Protectant 

Shine Serum: Honest Beauty Honestly Polished Dry Condition + Shine Serum 

Hairspray: VERB Ghost Hairspray

Dry Shampoo/Texturizer: Dry Bar Triple Sec 3-In-1 

photo credits: Erica Hampton Photography

And, there you have it! A new and improved hot roller look. Let me know what you guys think by subscribing and commenting on my YouTube channel

Watch: My Summer 2017 Beauty Favorites

When the seasons change so does my beauty routine. For summer, I’m all about a fresh and natural glow…while still keeping my skin protected from the sun.

And, look who decided to join me today…BABY GREY!!!

Click the video below to see what I’m OBSESSING over for summer:

Shop My Summer Favorites:

1. Kopari Coconut Body Glow 

2. Captain Blankenship Sail Away Bug Spray

3. Ouai Dry Shampoo Foam 

4. Philip B Maui Wowie Volumizing & Thickening Beach Mist

5. Wander Beauty On-The-Glow Blush & Illuminator 

6. Supergoop Sun Defying Sunscreen Oil 

7. Bobbi Brown Dual Ended Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Truffle/Bronze

8. Orlando Pita Play Ampli-Tint Color Depositing Hair Mask 

9. Yuni Beauty Shower Sheets 

For more beauty tips + tricks, make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel here!

Watch: Drugstore Dupes With Ani And Nora From Moda Mob

Excuse my language but I’m a bit of a beauty product WHORE! I seriously can’t get enough. That’s why I decided to invite Ani and Nora from one of my favorite beauty channels on YouTube, Moda Mob! They are the queens at tutorials, hacks, and one very important topic: drugstore dupes.

photo credit: Erica Hampton Photography

When the girls told me I was going to be tested on which was which, I was a little nervous. They are so similar, people!

Click on the video below to see how I did + the difference between the two:

How amazing is that!? You really don’t need to spend tons of money on makeup. The drugstore dupes are more similar than I ever thought! Here’s a recap on what we tested:

The Dupes:

Drugstore Dupe #1: Red Lipstick 

Wet N Wild Red Velvet ($1.99) vs Mac Cosmetics Ruby Woo ($17)

Drugstore Dupe #2: Blush


Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso ($7.50) vs Nars Orgasm Blush ($30)

Drugstore Dupe #3: Highlighter 

Loreal Paris Magic Lumi Highlighter in Light Pale ($5) vs YSL Touche Eclat Radiance Perfection Pen in 02 ($42)

Drugstore Dupe #4: Concealer

Maybelline New York Fit Me Concealer Camouflage in Sand Sable ($10) vs Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Nutmeg ($30)

Drugstore Dupe #5: Foundation

NYX Invincible Fullest Coverage Foundation in Light Medium ($12) vs  Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation in Light Medium ($35)

DON’T FORGET to stop by Ani and Nora’s channel, Moda Mob, to catch us talking about my favorite mom beauty hacks!  As a momma, you gotta do what you gotta do! Click here to check it out. 

Watch: How To Master The Modern Pony

Whether it’s sleek and straight or full of volume…everyone knows I love a good pony. Over the years, I’ve learned some tips on how to make a ponytail good for any occasion.

Click the video below to get all the steps for this chic and modern pony: 

The Products: 

1. Dove Style + Care Flexible Hold Hairspray 

2. Dry Bar Triple Sec 3-In-1 Spray

3. A Paddle Brush 

4. A Teasing Comb

5. IGK Broken Dreams Texturizing Paste 

6. Blow Dry Clips 

For more beauty tips + tricks, make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel here!

The Beauty Products You Can Actually Wear To The Gym

I’ve been in #BikiniAfterBaby mode so I’ve been working out a lot. As much as I would love to always hit the gym bare faced, there are times when I need a little something. But, what do you get when you mix certain beauty products and sweat? A complete and utter skincare disaster!

To avoid clogged pores and irritation (and major streaking, of course!) it’s all about choosing the right products.

Here are some of my must-haves for sweatproof and gym-ready beauty:

An Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer:

The key words here are oil-free. The worst feeling in the entire world is sweating with a heavy face product. It normally results in clogged pores and irritation. Not cute!

Instead of wearing a full coverage product, I switch up my routine with a tinted moisturizer. I actually have a few in my rotation depending on what type of workout I’ll be doing. If it’s something less strenuous like yoga, I’ll use a mid-coverage product like Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint. It gives me a little color but it’s still light enough so it doesn’t irritate my skin. For those super sweaty workouts, I stick to the classic Embryolisse Emulsion Hydra-Mat. A model favorite! It’s colorless but if your workout is hard enough, you won’t need that much color anyway.

A Full-Coverage Concealer:

Okay, I know I just said to skip the full coverage but keep reading. If you really feel that you need some spot correction, go ahead. You can use your heavy matte concealer! I know this sounds a little counter intuitive but those light and luminous concealers are just going to sweat off and streak.

With that said, I still wouldn’t put concealer on the areas of your face that are prone to clog (forehead, around the nose, cheeks.) The heavy product should only go under your eyes or maybe for any hyperpigmentation. For dark circles, Laura Mercier’s High Coverage Concealer for under eye is everything.

If you’re trying to cover up acne, be careful. The wrong product can be like adding fuel to the already huge fire. Bare Minerals has a special Blemish Remedy Concealer that is non-comedogenic and heals redness with aloe. I would still only use for a pimple emergency, though. Bare is best!

A Water-Based Blush

An oil-free and lightweight blush is better than a cream if you are sweating. I’ve made this mistake many times. Cream blush ends up melting all the way down your face…literally. Recently, I discovered a new watercolor blush that I’m OBSESSED with. It’s from Stila’s Aqua Glow collection. This product adds just a splash of color like it was meant to be there anyway. Oh, and it’s waterproof and buildable which means you can add a bit more while leaving the gym. Love it!

A Waterproof Mascara

If you work out and you wear makeup, you’ve had raccoon eyes. That’s just how it is. I’ve actually had to stop a workout because of the stinging pain of mascara in my eye. It should go without saying that waterproof mascara is a lifesaver.

The only downfall of waterproof? It can damage your lashes. Most formulas are designed to stay on through anything which means the removal of the product can cause some wear and tear. Luckily, some beauty brands have come out with their own waterproof mascara with vitamins that actually promote healthy lash growth. Tarte Cosmetics Lifted Sweatproof Mascara is a great pick (even for everyday use!)

If you want to stick to your same waterproof formula, just make sure you are removing it correctly. A lot of people assume that their cleanser will take care of it but that’s not usually the case. It’s important to use a gentle remover such as micellar water (I like Garnier’s Waterproof version or Bioderma!) and a cotton pad. Pour the water on the pad, press in the product continuously, and wipe downward. This allows the mascara to dissolve quicker and not cause as much damage.

A Shadow Stick

Put down the powder eyeshadows! If you wear them to work out, you will probably end up with color down to your chin. Instead, use a long-wear shadow stick that stays in place even during a major sweat sesh. Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Shadow Sticks are the easiest to use. I can tell you for a fact that I’ve gotten through an hour long cardio workout and I still have a pretty gold sheen on my lids. My favorite and most natural pick is the Dual-Ended stick from Bobbi Brown in Peach Mimosa or Truffle. Add a bit at the water line for an even bolder look, if needed.

A Light Brow Gel

I’m a firm believer that brows frame the face. I’m also one of those types of people who wears brow gel even when they are just hanging around the house. When I work out, I use a sweatproof version like Glossier’s Boy Brow because it also has a subtle tint to it. Not only does it keep my brows in place but I’ve also realized it helps sweat not run into my eyes as much. I know, it’s super weird but true.

You’ll actually find that if you just use a brow gel you might not need any other product. It truly makes a difference to the face.

Extra tip: when you are applying brow gel, always brush the direction the hair is growing! 

An Invisible Setting Powder

I love a nice glow but there’s a difference between looking dewy and looking sweaty. If I’m done with my workout and I’m not able to cleanse my face right away, I always have an anti-shine product on hand. It’s the next best thing to avoid excess oil and clogged pores.

I’ve always been a huge fan of blotting papers because of how convenient they are. The black charcoal blotting linens from Boscia are some of the best. Charcoal is one of the best ingredients to detoxify the skin post-workout. The budget-friendly brand, NYX Cosmetics, also has a charcoal version that does the same job.

NEW PRODUCT ALERT! I was at Sephora recently (not a surprise!) and saw that Supergoop! has a translucent setting powder with a built-in brush. It actually sets the makeup so you can avoid shine before it happens.

Nourishing Lip Balm

My lips always get chapped when I work out even if I’m constantly sipping water. It can be really painful. I normally would just grab one of my favorite thick balms (I live and die by By Terry Baume de Rose!) but they don’t work as well when you are sweating. Not only do they slide right off but the stickiness isn’t the best feeling either.

The key is to use a lighter balm that will stay on and sink in. Stila Cosmetics has a great Color Calm lipstick in neutral colors that match the color of your lips. It’s honestly just like an Instagram filter for your lips. You won’t even be able to tell you have anything on!  If you’re the type that likes to wear a bit of color, try the Color Balm in the shade Misty.

A Heat Mask

As you know, I’m all about the double-duty products. This particular product is an actual game changer. One of my favorite new brands, Yuni, has come out with a Hot Head Microveil Hair Treatment, which is a heat-activated leave-in conditioning mist that actually treats and repairs your hair while you’re working out. Ummm, how amazing is that?! You don’t even need to rinse it out afterward.

What are your favorite sweatproof products? Comment below! I’ll need some suggestions for summer, too!

Watch: 3 Tips To Treat + Conceal Dark Circles

Ugh, dark circles are the WORST! As a momma of three, they are pretty inevitable for me. The key is to treat AND conceal…not one or the other!

Click on my YouTube tutorial below to watch how I fake a night’s sleep when I really, really need it: 

The Products:

1. Jade Roller 

2. Klorane Smoothing Eye Patches 

3. Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Concealer 

4. MAC Cosmetics Brush

5. Nars Cosmetics Radiant Creamy Concealer 

6. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

For more beauty tips + tricks, make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel here!

A Gift Guide For Every Type Of Momma

Being a MOMMA is hard work! We all need a little me time every now and again. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for a momma who needs it, scroll below for my top picks! Happy Mother’s Day!

For The Momma Who’s Obsessed With Beauty:

1. Dr. Barbara Sturm & Monika Blunder Anti-Aging Primer 

2. Tom Ford Soleil Eye & Cheek Palette 

3. DNA EFG Restoring Mask 

4. Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer 

5. GLAMGLOW Gravity Mud Firming Treatment 

6. Bobbi Brown Dual-Ended Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick 

7. Saguara Perfumes Desert Lavender 

8. Sara Happ Sweet Clay Lip Mask 

For The Momma Who Needs To Relax & Recharge:

1. REN Skincare Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil 

2. Beauty Counter Sugar Body Scrub 

3. Dirty Lemon Energy

4. LoRox Aligned Foam Roller 

5. Eberjey Pajama Set 

6. Binchotan Charcoal Eye Mask

7. Overose Nudesse Candle

8. This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray

For The Momma Who Loves To Entertain:

1. Williams Sonoma Marble & Copper Ice Bucket 

2. Le Labo Palo Santo 14 Candle 

3. Serena & Lily Marble Serving Tray 

4. MATCH Pewter Bedside Carafe And Tumbler 

5. Heather Taylor Home Napkin Set

6. An American Girl In London By Marissa Hermer 

Watch: My Favorite Must-Haves For Spring

I’m not going to lie–I love when the seasons change because it’s a serious excuse to shop. Whether it’s new clothes, shoes, iPhone cases, or beauty products, I have you covered with my favorites for spring. Watch my latest video to see!

Gianvito Rossi Suede Mules // Budsleeves // Bare Minerals Gen Nude Buttercream Lipgloss in Minx // Makeup For Ever Artist Liquid Matte Lipstick in Neutral Beige // O.R.G Skincare Mineral Peel Body Spray // iPhone Charge Hub // Spiritual Gangster Athleisure // LuMee Duo iPhone Case // My Spa Life Radiant Undereye Treatment 

For more of my favorite must-haves + more, make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel here!

 

 

 

 

 

Watch: My Easy Glossy Eye Tutorial

I’m OBSESSED with this glossy eye look! It’s not only pretty, it’s also super easy! All you need is a few products to achieve it. Click the video below to get the full tutorial today on my YouTube channel: 

 

photo credit: Vanessa Tierney Photography

The Products:

Make Beauty Face Gloss 

Rodin Olio Lusso Lip Balm 

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Long-Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in New Moon 

Bobbi Brown Crystal Lip Gloss 

For more beauty tutorials and my product must-haves, follow me on the blog and YouTube channel! Subscribe here

Watch: A Peachy Makeup Tutorial For Spring

photo credit: Vanessa Tierney Photography

I’m OBSESSED with a peach look this spring. It’s definitely becoming my go-to look. Check out my YouTube tutorial and product recommendations below!

Moisturizer: Tarte Cosmetics Brighter Days Highlighting Moisturizer 

Foundation: Tarte Cosmetics Rainforest Of The Sea Water Foundation 

Blush: Too Faced Peach Glow Highlighter 

Highlighter: Milk Makeup Highlighter 

Eyeshadow: Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette 

Eyeliner: Urban Decay Razor Sharp Water-Resistant Longwear Liquid Eyeliner in Fireball 

Mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt Mascara 

Lipstick: Beauty Counter Sheer Lipstick in Coral

For more beauty tutorials and my product must-haves, follow me on the blog and YouTube channel! Subscribe here