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A Winter Glow Makeup Look

Sometimes it’s just time for a glowy berry lip makeup look. Winter does that to me. And as much as I love a classic red lip, I LOVE wearing a berry...
21-11-2017 21:40

At home gel manicures are not as hard as you think

Gel manicures (like, actual gel polish NOT Essie’s Gel Couture) are the only thing that I can get a guaranteed week or so out of. I have pretty wea...
15-11-2017 21:39

10 amazing gift + value sets from Sephora

one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten Guys Sephora is killing it right now with amazing gift and value sets! I’ve never seen th...
10-11-2017 21:39

Two products I use on “light” makeup days

I prefer a full coverage foundation on days that I’m shooting anything for the blog, but on off days I’ll either roll with a naked face or simply ...
09-11-2017 21:39

Makeup for family photos

We had family photos taken recently and since I know a lot of people have their picture taken around this time of the year I thought I’d run throug...
02-11-2017 21:39

How to flat iron your hair for a soft, volumized look

Remember back in 2011 when I filmed a tutorial in which I looked like I was physically suffering (because I was. . . I was so scared to film videos wh...
25-10-2017 21:38

5 beauty products I always repurchase

These are the winners, the front-runners on my vanity table. I use these more than any other makeup product, and have for the longest amount of time. ...
23-10-2017 21:40

What blush do I wear with red lipstick"

I received a great question on instagram that I thought I’d answer here today! “What color blush do you wear with red lipstick"!” Since the hol...
18-10-2017 21:40

My favorite hair tutorial videos

I’ve noticed a shift in what people say when they run into me in public and recognize me. A few years ago, perhaps only 1 year ago, people would sa...
16-10-2017 21:41

Fall and Winter Nail Colors

1.The Taupe of the Iceberg, 2.Winning Streak ,3. Krona Logical Order, 4....
12-10-2017 21:40

The Cutest Benefit Holiday Kits

Can you believe the we’re already talking about HOLIDAY kits today!" I’m so excited to be sharing these really fun Holiday Kits from Benefit with...
10-10-2017 21:39

A super matte-ifying setting powder

I found the most matte-ifying translucent setting powder in history. It’s no surprise that it comes from IT Cosmetics, they have a huge line of pro...
03-10-2017 21:39

Warmer Shades for Cooler Weather

I think most people have heard about darkening their hair for the fall and winter season. This isn’t a rule, but it’s something I saw happen a lo...
26-09-2017 21:42

Dutch Braid Messy Bun Hair Tutorial

I was out to dinner with some girlfriends a few weeks ago and I arrived a few minutes late. I slid into the booth and jumped right in to the conversa...
22-09-2017 21:41

Do you use Vitamin C serum"

Vitamin C serum is one of those products that Iknew I should be using years ago but I never started. I think it fell into the category of “I’m n...
20-09-2017 21:47

Which eyebrow product is right for the look you want"

Eyebrows have always been important for completing a makeup look, but thick statement brows really hit the scene a few years ago. And a lot of people ...
11-09-2017 21:41

Summer Detox: skin edition

I love trying new skincare products, but sometimes my skin doesn’t like when I change things up too much. By the end of July my skin was angry. I w...
29-08-2017 21:40

Summer Detox: hair edition

**This week I’m focusing on “detoxing” our hair, skin (face and body), wardrobe, and home as a final step in closing out summertime. In each pos...
28-08-2017 21:37

Post-Gym Make Up Refresh

For over a year now I’ve been going to bootcamp on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8:30am. The classes are about 45 minutes, super intense, and I...
25-08-2017 21:42

The hair product that is often overlooked that you should be

Raise your hand if you want to save some time getting ready in the morning. ::all hands are raised:: Anytime I hear someone complain about how long it...
24-08-2017 21:43

2 Makeup Products I Can’t Stop Using

  I love cream eyeshadow and cream blush so much. They are usually really easy to wear and blend, and I find that they last long and can look really...
10-08-2017 21:38

A lipliner trick

I don’t regularly wear lip liner, and the only time I’ll go to wear it is if I’m wearing a bold color that I want to look super clean around my...
02-08-2017 21:40

My two favorite nail colors to wear in the summer and new pr

I love the bright nail polish that pops up more during the summertime. I’ve never been a red nail kind of girl, but anything with a slightly orange...
26-07-2017 21:39

Mid-summer beauty favorites

I’m rounding up a bunch of new products I’ve been loving, from cleaners to foundation! I mentioned this blog post in the video if you want to le...
25-07-2017 21:38

First Impressions: 2 new Smashbox products

I used to do “first impression” videos, or “get ready with me” live videos over on Periscope and then Periscope pretty much died so I moved to...
21-07-2017 21:42

Makeup for a Wedding: how I’ll do my makeup for my sis

I’m assisting Lauren with her makeup and doing her hair for the big day. She’s pretty good at doing her own makeup, so I may just help her with a...
13-07-2017 21:44

My favorite piece of wedding day advice

I know I’ve shared this before, but it’s worth revisiting again for anyone who missed the first post! I was working behind the chair while I was ...
06-07-2017 21:39

A liquid blush feels like a cloud

I have a thing with attributing a cloud-like feeling to clothes. You may remember when I talkedabout cloud pants. Or perhaps this postabout a clou...
05-07-2017 21:37

A forehead wrinkle product that requires almost zero effort

I remember when the term “sleeping mask” came onto the scene about a year or so ago. I always thought, “are we just talking about night creams h...
03-07-2017 21:39

On wrinkles, aging, and how to care for your skin

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all my own. I’ve had dry and dehydrated skin for my ent...
30-06-2017 21:43

The 2 step bun (aka the way I’ve been wearing my hair

I’ll save you my usual paragraph about how humid it is here and jump right into the tutorial. A friend recently asked me for a quick style that is ...
28-06-2017 21:38

A soft cat eye with eyeshadow tutorial

I like routine, but MAN I was getting bored with my eye makeup routine recently. Even using different shades of eyeshadow wasn’t cutting it. So I t...
26-06-2017 21:40

Neutral Makeup for Any Lipstick Color

I tend to go a bit lighter with my makeup in the summertime for a few reasons. It’s pretty hot and humid where I live, so a full face of makeup can...
21-06-2017 21:37

How to Use a Curlbar and WHAT THE HECK IS IT"

I saw this curl thing in a magazine a month or so ago and decided that I would try it as soon as I could get my hands on it. It looked weird, but als...
19-06-2017 21:42

stacked reverse french twist hair tutorial

June is here andwe’ve entered into the season of “get my hair off my neck” here in the south. My default, like many of you, is to just pull it...
13-06-2017 21:37

2 FUN drugstore lipsticks

Do you ever feel like you are in a makeup rut" Adding a new, bright lipstick to your routine is the fastest and easiest way to freshen up your look. I...
06-06-2017 21:36

Laid Back Waves Tutorial

It may feel repetitive to be sharing yet ANOTHER curling tutorial, but I’ve received so many requests that I had to! You can find all my other curl...
05-06-2017 21:38

Nail Colors: finger + toe combinations

For so long I thought it was important to match my fingernails to my toenails. Then I wised up and started doing a french manicure on my nails and a ...
02-06-2017 21:39

The 5 cosmetics I use on a day off

concealer, lipstick, blush, mascara, brows Somewhat recently I shared a really quick demo of the 5 cosmetics I use on a minimal makeup day, or a day ...
30-05-2017 21:39

The item you need for a precise DIY manicure

Nail prep is one of the most important steps to a home manicure. If you don’t take the time to clean your nail beds and prep the surface for polish...
26-05-2017 21:37

Summer in a Swipe Makeup Tutorial

I must admit that I saw this palette on Instagram and that is what compelled me to go out and buy it! I really love the two Benefit bronzers I have, ...
22-05-2017 21:39

April + May Beauty Favorites

lipstick, top It’s that time again, I’m rounding up my favorite beauty products from the last month (or so!). I’m a little behind on these vide...
18-05-2017 21:37

A quick blow dry tip

One of the biggest game changers in my getting ready speed in the morning has been showering and blow drying my hair the night before. I sleep with m...
10-05-2017 21:37

5 Most Commonly Asked Questions about Makeup + Hair

From time to time I’ll pop onto Instagram stories or Instagram live and do a little Q & A session! I’ve learned that a lot of the same questions ...
08-05-2017 21:38

A bubble ponytail hair tutorial

It was so fun to do Nicole’s hair for this look! Not only is her hair a shiny, rich brown shade but it was also the perfect length to show off this ...
05-05-2017 21:39

The 2 products I’ve loved the longest

If you’ve been around the blog since the beginning (6 YEARS AGO), these products may be very familiar. I’ve been professing my love to Kenra Volu...
04-05-2017 21:42

How I style my little boys’ hair

I’ve always preferred short little men’s haircuts for my little boys. Not only do I think it’s adorable, but there’s also less risk of it get...
02-05-2017 21:38

I got a lash lift and it blew my mind.

I first heard about a lash lift when I watched a ...
01-05-2017 21:44

3 Rules For Rocking a Bold Lip

I’m wearing “Spectacle” by Smashbox Really these aren’t RULES as much as basic suggestions. Wear a bold lip color in whatever way you feel m...
27-04-2017 21:38

A Golden Glow Makeup Look

I love the makeup look of a super bright lip paired with a light eye, loads of mascara, and a strong brow. Like this! I feel like my features are bet...
24-04-2017 21:40

I found a sunless tanner that works!

Before these last 8 weeks or so I’ve had essentially zero interest in bothering with a “fake tan” through a tanning lotion. But I have so much ...
21-04-2017 21:42

a shimmery cream eyeshadow that kicks your eye makeup up a n

As the temperatures are warming up, I’m starting to simplify my makeup routine a bit. Cream eyeshadow is the fastest and easiest way to apply dimen...
17-04-2017 21:36

Tousled Half Up Double Knot

I’ve been on a serious journey toward hair health after discovering some intense breakage at the nape of my hair a few weeks ago. I do hair masks qu...
13-04-2017 21:35

Your nails, but better

A new kind of nail polish hit the shelves this year, and I was thrilled about it. I love bright nail colors, along with a healthy mix of grey and tau...
11-04-2017 21:47

“I’m not trying” lipstick that is a VERY s

I’m late to give this product a go, but to be honest I haven’t heard all that much about it! I’ve seen it in store, but never tried it on. Of c...
06-04-2017 21:36

My “my skin feels like junk” evening routine

You know those days that for some reason your skin just doesn’t feel right" On this particular day I had gotten up early and applied my usual makeu...
03-04-2017 21:33

My favorite (and easy to use) eyebrow products

I’ve never had full or thick eyebrows, but I’ve always known that they matter to framing and “finishing” one’s face. So that may mean filli...
30-03-2017 21:35

Fresh Makeup for Spring

I have a new favorite foundation that has a ridiculous backstory. For years, I’m serious, readers have asked me if I’ve ever tried the Tarte Ama...
28-03-2017 21:45

A bronzer for the palest of pale girls

Benefit’s Hoola Matte bronzer was sitting in my beauty closet unused for I’m not even sure how long. I forgot about it, to be honest. I never LOV...
20-03-2017 21:33

The LOC Collection

Aren’t my lips just so sad without lipstick!" If you missed it, I tried on all 3 shades of the trio to give you a variety! The finish is matte and ...
16-03-2017 21:37

Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip swatches + review

Given the nature of what I do here on the blog, I’ll occasionally receive new product launches from brands. These always come without any strings at...
13-03-2017 21:33

Monochrome Brown

As much as I’m craving a bit more color for springtime, I still love the sophistication of a muted nude/monochrome makeup look. I think it gives of...
10-03-2017 21:33

My Simple Makeup Routine

On the weekends or days that I don’t have much going on, I usually opt for a simple and light makeup look. I’ve hopped on snapchat or instagram st...
06-03-2017 21:35

What happened when I tried the new Kristin Ess Shampoo and C

shampoo was nice, and I immediately noticed a strong floral smell. It wasn’t a bad smell, but compounded with the steam of the shower it made it a ...
02-03-2017 21:38

Recent Beauty Tries

I tried some new beauty products recently, and I wanted to do a quick review to share my thoughts! ...
22-02-2017 21:37

The simple trick to making your eye makeup look better (and

  HELLO, pardon the extreme close up shot, but I had to show you what I’m talking about today. Let me start by sharing this makeup tip that will m...
21-02-2017 21:34

The Textured Ponytail

  Well, since I shot this tutorial I’ve cut about 4 inches off the bottom of my hair! Looking back at these photos is nostalgic. Okay, I’m kiddi...
20-02-2017 21:34

Eyeliner School, the basics of applying with a brush

I’ve been usingthe same method for applying eyeliner for months and months, and I thought I’d film a quick tutorial today for you! I had such po...
13-02-2017 21:45

January Beauty Favorites

Another month has come and gone, and today I’m looking back at my favorites for the month of January! Also, I’m offering a little/huge giveaway o...
06-02-2017 21:35

links + loves + REALLY FUN NEWS

I HAVE FUN NEWS!!!!!!! I’ve created Playful, and I really wanted something that you could wear every day no matter what your outfit or makeup look ...
05-02-2017 21:42

Warm and Toasty with Pixi

  I’m making an effort to find more amazing drugstore cosmetics that I love this year! I have a few tried and true products that I’ve mentioned ...
02-02-2017 21:35

How to find a Hairstylist

I’m sure you can understand why I’m picky about my hair. If you are new around here, my background is in doing hair, and the blog really started ...
26-01-2017 21:37

On my Radar [beauty edition]

nail polish, berry lip glow, tinted lip oil, blush Around this time of year I start to crave a bit more color on my face. It’s the perfect way to r...
25-01-2017 21:35

3 Pink Drugstore Lipsticks for Winter

If you caught my post recently on my favorite dusty rose pinks for wintertime, this is the follow up to that with some drugstore versions! I chose 3 ...
17-01-2017 21:34

Is your New Year resolution to treat your hair better"

Listen, hear no judgment from my end on this post, okay" My hair is as dry and damaged as ever. In fact, when I had my hair done recently ...
16-01-2017 21:36

Eyeshadow School, the basics

First things first, I’m wearing the always perfect Arbonne Perfecting Foundation on my face. I’ve loved this foundation for years and YEARS. It...
13-01-2017 21:33

my favorite way to apply eyeliner

My lipstick is Tatin by Bite. I can’t remember the last time I applied eyeliner without using an angled brush pressed into a cream or stick eyeline...
12-01-2017 21:35

Is your skin dull and resembling the Sahara desert" Me

My skin is sensitive and dry. It’s been dry my entire life, but the sensitivity has increased with age. Flakiness around my nose and cheeks is some...
11-01-2017 22:08

THE BEST Beauty Products of 2016

I know, I KNOW we are already 10 days into the new year. Wecan barely remember 2016. It all feels like a dream. Or nightmare" Both" Sounds about rig...
10-01-2017 21:34

the Pull Thru Half Up

I’m about a year late on the pull-thru trend, but now that my hair is long enough to really play around with, I’ve been enjoying trying out new ...
04-01-2017 21:35

The best dusty rose nude lip shades

from left: one, two, three, four I love a good rosy nude shade for the lips, but I’ve been loving the deeper + slightly more brown in some cases ro...
03-01-2017 21:37

Highlights of 2016: Beauty

Despite integrating a greater variety in content over the years, I’ll always be a beauty blogger at heart! Here are the top beauty posts from the y...
29-12-2016 21:35

No More Black Shirt Fear

I grew up in northern Illinois, just outside of Chicago. My family is mostly all still around that area, and I hate living so far away from them. The...
28-12-2016 21:34

A smokey eye with the Tartelette in Bloom palette

Sometimes I get in such a repetitive cycle with eyeshadow palettes, that I only use the same shades over and over and over. I picked up the Tartlette...
23-12-2016 21:33

A Holiday Hair Tutorial, The Twisted Tuck

It’s almost mid-december and holiday parties are in full swing! I have a fancy DIY updo to teach you today, created on my beautiful model Michele. I...
12-12-2016 21:36

December Beauty Favorites

My sweater is from Target! I have some favorites! It’s true! I also have some *special* footage in there that truly depicts me in my natural state...
07-12-2016 21:33

Dryness Fighters, for hair, skin and body

one, two, True Blue Spa (found at Bath and Body Works) ...
06-12-2016 21:36

New Makeup “tries”

If you follow on snapchat, you may have seen that I’ll receive mailings from brands to try new products! It’s a fun perk to the job for sure. And...
06-12-2016 21:36

Sephora Exclusives for Cyber Monday!

Justin, the boys, and I were out doing a bit of casual shopping this past weekend, and we actually ended up at a sporting goods store of ALL places a...
29-11-2016 21:37

Quick and Simple Contour Video Tutorial

I hope you don’t automatically think “Kim Kardashian” when you think of contouring because it doesn’t always have to be so strong and chisele...
29-11-2016 21:37

Day to Holiday Party Makeup in 2 steps

Motherhood brings many opportunities to practice efficiency and time management. And with that said, I almost never have time to get “freshly” re...
18-11-2016 21:35

Balancing a Bold Lip

This post is sponsored by Colgate Optic White One of the looks that I see a lot on the red carpet is a strong lip with a really simple eye. Oftent...
15-11-2016 21:38

a pretty *almost* all-in-one palette

I’m very picky when it comes to makeup palettes. When scanning them over, I want to be able to use every single one of the colors available to make...
08-11-2016 21:34

The eye shadow trick that will save your face!

For years I’ve been on the receiving end of questions about why I do my eye makeup before my face makeup. I did an entire post about it here, but t...
01-11-2016 21:38

My Favorite Fall and Winter Nail Shades

In the summertime, I’m all about a bright nail color. Give me all the oranges, pinks, and bright lilacs. But come fall, as my wardrobe darkens a b...
27-10-2016 21:37


My skin goes through stages of being totally fine, and then suddenly being struck down with a few blemishes. It’s generally normal to dry, but I do ...
21-10-2016 21:36

3 Curling Iron Mistakes You Might Be Making

I saw a lot of the same mistakes made by so many women when I was teaching hair classes. Sometimes just the littlest change can make an enormous diff...
20-10-2016 21:37

The long-wear lipstick test!

Long wear lipstick has come a LONG way. I have to give it a little credit. The first time I tried any long wear shade, my lips felt and looked so dry...
13-10-2016 21:34

Everyday Look

I know I talk about a lot of different products and have a lot of different hair tutorials on the site, but Nicole and I have noticed that the questi...
06-10-2016 21:35

Rose and Navy Makeup Look

A deep navy blue liner is really a shade that anyone can wear. Blue eyes, green eyes, brown eyes-it doesn’t matter! The deep blue shade will often ...
03-10-2016 21:34

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