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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: A NEW Baby Grey Update!

BABY GREY IS 5 MONTHS OLD! Here’s an update:

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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 

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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 

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Watch: Real Talk About Body After Baby With Jen Chae

Your life isn’t the only thing that changes after pregnancy. Your body definitely goes through some major changes, too. I’m so excited to be finally filming with the adorable #supermomma, Jen Chae from From Head To Toe. We’re getting as real as we can possibly get about the changes we went through and how we’re getting our groove back!

Click on the video below to get ALL of the details:

Want more post-baby realness? Check out our collab on Jen’s channel! We’re talking all about things we NEVER knew about having the actual baby. Click here and also make sure to subscribe to her channel. Tons of great momma content + more! 

By the way…how adorable is this little playdate?! 

Stay tuned for more fun collabs and content right here on the blog & my YouTube channel. Subscribe here for all my updates!

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

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Watch: Frozen Blueberry Bites For Your Sweet Tooth

blueberry bites

Even though I’m on my #BikiniAfterBaby program, I still like to enjoy a healthy treat. You can’t completely deprive yourself, right!? It’s all about fighting that sweet tooth with something that will satisfy your cravings without completely derailing your diet.

This Frozen Blueberry Bite recipe is extremely simple. The best part is you can make ahead of time and store for later. I catch myself going to grab a few when I’m needing a little something. But, don’t feel guilty! Even if you eat 12 of these bites in one sitting, you’re only consuming around 38 calories. I mean, can it get any better?

I’m sharing this recipe right now on my YouTube channel. Click the video below for details on how to make your own: 

Ingredients:

blueberry bites

1-pint container blueberries

1 cup vanilla, nonfat Greek yogurt

1 tablespoon agave nectar

Directions:

STEP 1: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside

STEP 2: In a mixing bowl, stir together the agave nectar and yogurt

STEP 3: Once thoroughly mixed, add blueberries into the mixture and gently spoon around making sure to coat the berries evenly

blueberry bites

STEP 4: Place blueberries on a baking sheet. Make sure to keep them separated as much as possible so they don’t freeze together.

blueberry bites

STEP 5: Place baking sheet in your freezer for about 1 hour. Once they are completely frozen, take out and enjoy! Store your leftovers in an airtight container.

blueberry bites

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Watch: My Top 7 Beauty Secrets Of All Time

I LOVE a good beauty secret. And let me tell you…I have a ton. When I was a model, I didn’t just sit in the makeup chair quietly. Nope. Not me! I asked question after question. I wanted to know exactly how they got that look and all of their secrets. And today, I’m sharing them with you on YouTube!

Watch the video below to learn my top 7 beauty secrets…OF ALL TIME!

photo credit: Vanessa Tierney Photography

Here’s a recap:

Beauty Secret #1: Use A Green Concealer To Counteract Redness

Dab it around your nose or anywhere there is a little redness. Blend it all in and use foundation to conceal those problem spots even more.

Product Recommendation: L.A Girl PRO Conceal High Definition

Beauty Secret #2: A Nude Eyeliner Makes Your Eyes Pop

One of the best tricks I’ve ever learned! I literally found out about this over 20 years ago from my makeup artists. Use nude eyeliner on the waterline to open up your eyes and look more awake and bright. After applying, squeeze your eyes together so it transfers to your lash line. It will give you an even brighter look!

Product Recommendation: Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Inner Rim Brightener

Beauty Secret #3: A Nude Liner=Fuller Lips

Choose a lip liner almost the exact color of your natural lips and slightly overline. The keyword here is slightly. If you go too overboard, you’ll end up looking like a crazy person. The last step is applying gloss for the final touch.

Product Recommendation: MAC Cosmetics Lip Pencil in Boldly Bare

Beauty Secret #4: The Tissue Trick

Let’s be honest–lip color can fade pretty fast. If you’re like me, I don’t want to reapply during the day so long lasting lip color is a must-have. I’ve been using this tissue trick for a long, long time. All you do is apply your lip color normally, place a tissue over your lips, dust with translucent powder, and voila! Top it off with one more coat of color and you’re good to go!

Product Recommendation: Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Luminous Modern Matte Lipstick in Lost Cherry & Honest Beauty Invisible Blurring Powder 

Beauty Secret #5: Lip Balm As A Multi-Use Product

This is an old model trick from way back in the day. All you do is dab some gloss on the top of your eyelids, brow bone, cupids bow, and anywhere the light hits. It sounds simple but makes a major difference! A natural, dewy glow that takes little to no effort.

Product Recommendation: Rodin Olio Lusso Lip Balm 

Beauty Secret #6: No McDonald’s Arches

I know this may sound funny but it’s one of my biggest hair pet peeves. What’s a McDonald’s Arch you ask? It’s basically when the front portion of your hair actually arches. I love fullness and volume as much as the next person but sometimes it can go too far. To stop these arches, all you need to do is blow dry it down, spray with a bit of hairspray, clip it down with a tissue to prevent creases, spray again, and leave it. I know this may sound complicated but start your routine with this so it can set while you are doing your makeup. Take out the clips and no more arches!

Beauty Secret #7: Alcohol Pads For Sweating

What’s worse than sweating through your dress or shirt? Um, nothing! It’s horrible and embarrassing and I hate every second of it. I always, always pack some alcohol wipes in my purse for this reason. It’s super discrete and with one swipe can counteract the sweating.

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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!