Ice Princess Makeup Tutorial

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I absolutely love getting all dolled up for everything this time of year! Whether it’s a trip to the Nutcracker or just celebrating the holiday with family at home, I think it’s a great excuse to be beautiful! Lately I’ve been loving the winteresque Ice Princess makeup look, and when I heard about the COVERGIRL #GirlsCan campaign it seemed like the perfect time to share it with you all!

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Effortless {Late} Summer Beauty Tutorial

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Can you believe that it’s mid August already?! Here in Texas summer is just really kicking off with the temperatures climbing up-up-up and they’ll continue that way until October! With the mix-mash between scramble and lazy that only the last few weeks before school and regular routine once more brings; these days I’ve been relying on my favorite makeup tips, tricks, and products for a look that’s as fun and effortless as sleeping in late after staying up till the wee hours of the morning watching Sherlock Season 3 on Netflix (which I may or may not have just done…..favorite tv show ever!!)

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Two Fun 5 Minute Makeup Looks

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If you’re a frequent reader (if you’re not already I hope you’ll become one!) you know that I am a SUPER busy gal! That means that while I love to look and feel my best I don’t have very much time each day to fit it in. The good new is that putting on a cute outfit takes the exact same amount of time as a frumpy one does, and fun makeup looks don’t have to take all morning or be boring! In fact, bold, fun looks are often much quicker and easier than achieving a “no makeup-makeup” look is, because you just need a few key items that attract all the attention and you downplay the rest! Don’t believe the looks above took me 5 minutes from start to finish? I thought you might say that–so behold the proof! I timed doing my “Bold Lip” make up look on a regular morning and it took me just 4 minutes and 50 seconds–a whopping 10 seconds to spare to add one additional tweak if needed.

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Hot Holiday Look – 40s Silver Screen Siren Beauty Tutorial

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It’s no secret that I looooove makeup! So when I was approached by Conde Nast to see if I’d like to try out a whole bunch of Mary Kay Makeup in exchange for re-creating a hot holiday look with my own twist, well let’s just say I was dancing around the Christmas tree full of joy and glee! (no, I’m not exaggerating, just ask my Mom-in-Law!!) I’ve used and loved Mary Kay over the years, and I remember my mom always using their foundation the entire time I was growing up.

The look I was selected to recreate was the Silver Screen Siren–the classic beauties from the 40s era! I was sooo excited because this is one of my favorite eras, so I was tickled to get to re-create it! I knew it would be the perfect look for going to the Nutcracker with Amber and Diane. There is an awesome production of it here in Tyler with accompaniment of a live Orchestra & the main dancers are flown in from the New York Ballet Company. Although I went to The Nutcracker nearly every year growing up (and was in it once!) this year was the very first time either of them had been, so we all got “dressed to the nines” to celebrate!

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Before & After with L’Oréal Paris Magic Nude makeup!

Before & After with L'Oréal Paris Magic Nude makeup!
Legalese Nonsense: I’m always looking for the latest & greatest new makeup products so when SheSpeaks gave me the chance to bare it all (on my face of course!!!) and dare to show you my before & after shots with Before & After with L’Oréal Paris Magic Nude makeup! I decided I was up to the challenge! They sent me the bottle to use but, as always, what you see is what you get with me!

Ok–by now it’s NO surprise to anyone that I looooove makeup and that I can’t live without the most important part of it–my foundation! Though I’ve been currently crushing on the Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream from Loreal with summer ending I felt like it was time to switch to something with just a wee bit more coverage–enter the all new L’Oréal Paris Magic Nude makeup!

Now–for this product I decided to do something I’d NEVER done before and give you the full effect of what this product can do for you with Before and After selfies—that means–you see me with absolutely *no* makeup!! Yes, a little scary!

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No Makeup Makeup for Summer

No Makeup Makeup for Summer
Legalese Disclosure Nonsense: To make sure I’d be super cute and fresh for the summer the lovelies over at Influentster and Iman sent me goodies to add to my summer beauty routine. All tips, tricks, and cheesy pinterest selfies are my own!

It’s mid May and here in Texas that means that summer is pretty much here and no matter where you live it’s well on it’s way! Summer is the perfect time to scale back on your makeup–no one wants droves of sweat wearing off your foundation and eye shadow and making your mascara streak! Ick! I want to share my No Makeup Makeup for Summer that I do whenever it gets super hot, I have a splash park date, or even when I am just going to be around the house all day so I want to feel and look nice without all the fuss!

The first step to a no fuss summer look is to have great skin since you won’t be able to cover up the flaws as well with this easy, five minute look.

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Mamavation, Motivation, & Makeup!

This week’s “selfy” wearing a fun Spring dress and modeling Iman’s new BB Crème

 This week my slim & trim quest continued along with the norm of juggling all it is that I do and trying to adjust my schedule as new curve balls my way!

After a few weeks of trying running at night I’m definitely going to stick to it, however I’ve found that trying to run 3 nights a week just isn’t happening with how busy our schedule is and how many different people I have to try to work my schedule around right now. So for the time being I’m going to switch to 2 nights a week (Thursday and Friday) for one mile.

 I’m excited to finally see my time improving, my weight going down, and I no longer DREAD running–I’m not loving it but those 3 things are huge motivation boosters!

Here’s my update for the past week:

The Scale: 134 –back down again!!! Now it’s time to keep it there and keep it going down, down, down
The Treadmill: Ran twice for 1 mile clocking in at 11:16 & 11:15 –personal bests!
 This Week: Easter–oh Easter. The kids have 5 (yes FIVE) Easter Egg hunts this week–so that means that there will be a huge influx of candy! I’ve been doing really well lately with my cookie in a mug trick-instead of wasting my “sweet tooth” calories here and there and over doing it by snacking ALL night long I have one cookie in a cup and I’m left satisfied–plus knowing I can have something I love makes it easier to say no to things that I don’t (like cupcakes at a party, a pop, or candy).

In the meantime keeping myself looking and feeling pretty is always important in terms of motivation and making the most of what I have right now! If you’ve been paying attention you’ll know that my latest makeup love is BB Cream! Now that I’m hooked on it I want to try it all and see what works perfectly for me!


My latest BB Cream to try was IMAN’s new BB Crème! It’s actually made for women of color and, well…., you can probably tell that despite some hispanic roots (Grandpa was 1/2 Irish, 1/2 Spanish) I’m about as pale as they come! 🙂 Because of this even the lightest shade is just a smidge too dark for me (see the picture of me modeling it up above) However this means that it will be *perfect* this summer when the hot Texas sun gives me a tiny bit more color!

This BB Creme also contains SPF 15 so it has that kind of a texture to it as well and spreads on like a mix of foundation & sunscreen would. It also provides the coverage that I’ve come to expect from a BB Creme–slightly lighter than a light foundation. It provides evening without thick coverage-so for any problem spots don’t forget to touch up with concealer!

One very cool thing is that IMAN’s is having a bunch of awesome in-store events where you can find out more information about this new product! Be sure to check out the IMAN’s Facebook Event list  to find one near you!

Two Lucky Winners Will Receive BB Crème samples: Shades Clay Med and Earth Med, IMAN Cosmetics Luxury Lip Shimmer: Crystal, and Luxury Lip Pencil: Tan. (Total Package Value $20.00)

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Make Up for a Night Out ( at a fraction of the normal price! )

 It’s no secret–I’m crazy about all things Beauty related! But even as much as I love makeup–when I go to the store and see ALL the products to choose from it can definitely be overwhelming–even for me!

This past week was Spring Break for hubby and his Mom encouraged us to take advantage of his time off and to go have a fun date day & night. Since we just sold my car, and got our income tax back, we decided to take her up on her offer to babysit the kiddos and make a day of it!

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ALL these options can be intimidating-even for a makeup savvy gal like me!

Of course a fun date night means I need a great look; but of course we’re also operating on a back to college budget so that doesn’t leave a lot of room for makeup and skin care products. When I heard that there was going to be an Expert Beauty Consultant at Walmart I got excited! Finally I can shop for the inexpensive products I already use and love with the added bonus of getting a Walmart Beauty Consultant’s second opinion and getting to try out samples first!

I had no trouble finding the Beauty Consultant–she was hanging out in the CoverGirl aisle in Walmart.  As excited as I was I was also a little apprehensive. I once did a consultation at a department store-you know–all those makeup counters with the gals behind them pushing products and waving perfume samples? While it wasn’t a bad experience it wasn’t a very good one either. I felt like the gal was pushing her highest priced products on me and she didn’t match my vibe and kept suggesting products that I would have never selected for myself and that I couldn’t use for myself. I walked away with one overly priced mascara that I didn’t end up liking that well–and never went back.

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My Beauty Consultant got right to work picking out perfect products for me!

So how was my experience with this beauty consultant? I was *completely* different–in all the right ways! I was so very impressed with my gal–I walked up to her and said, “I completely love makeup and I’m looking for a fun, flirty date night look–what do you think?”

Her eyes lit up and you could see the wheels start turning in her head. After asking a few questions like what my normal makeup routine was, what products I normally use, and what my date night outfit looked like she went right to work. I let her know that I already use and love CoverGirl Foundation, Eyeshadow, and Blaststicks and pointed out which products I already own.

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Looks like I should have gotten a cart–I was loaded with great new products!

While we chatted and shopped she had me try samples of the different products before deciding on them, and gave me some great tips! She let me know that Covergirl.com has some great makeup tutorials from how to do a smokey eye to eyeliner tips.

She also reminded me that as fun as makeup is having great skin is the base to build upon! Along these lines she brought me over and showed me the new Olay Fresh Effects line.  She told me that after 27 is when our skin starts to gradually wear thin and it’s all up to genetics if it will stay looking great or not-so it’s good to get on top of that! I loved how Olay has this “in between” step for skin–I hate it when companies try to push off high priced anti-aging products on me when my skin looks great right now. What she said made perfect sense, however, and I was excited to try out the Shine, Shine Go Away Cleanser that’s created for women like me with a sometimes oily T-zone.

For a moisturizer she recommended that I try using a Night Cream and she mentioned that if I just use a damp cloth on my face in the morning it re-activates it and I can use it for all day that way. I expressed my concerns about it breaking me out and she said I just need to use less of it–a little goes a long way especially with skin like mine-this was a great tip, I’ve tried different kinds before but probably glooped way too much on!

The experience was SO much fun and I was so impressed with it! I loved how she really listened to my answers, and then drew upon what she could see from the makeup I had on and the clothes I was wearing to pair me with products and colors that truly felt like “me”. To get the entire scoop on my experience be sure to check it out here!

Here are the products I ended up with! I love that they are all things that I felt totally comfortable with and excited about buying–but honestly if she hadn’t been there I don’t know that I would have ever tried a single one of them! So it was great to have someone to direct me to products that were perfect fits for me but that I definitely would have overlooked on my own! 
After we got home I decided to do a little homework, we all know that Walmart brands save you tons of money–but I wanted to see just how much money I did save so I looked up all the products that I bought from CoverGirl and Olay and found their closest behind-the-glass-counter counterparts that I would have purchased with a makeup consultation anywhere else. Here is what I found!
Walmart CoverGirl & Olay Pricing:
$6.47 Firming Night Cream Moisturizer
$12.97 Oil Cleanser & Brush
$12.97 BB Cream (plus a bonus FULL sized Oil Cleanser exactly like the kind that came with my brush!)
$6.94 Mascara
$4.84 Eyeshadow Quad Pack
$4.94 Nail Polish with built in topcoat
$5.94 Lipstick
Total: $55.07
Well Known Company Behind-The-Glass-Counter Department Store Pricing:
$70 Firming Night Cream Moisturizer
$23 (x2) Oil Cleanser
$39 BBCream (significantly smaller size)
$26 Mascara
$48 Eyeshadow Triple Pack
$20 Nailpolish (no built in top coat)
$30 Lipstick
Total: $279
Do you see that??!! I SAVED $223.93 by purchasing Covergirl and Olay products! At those kinds of savings I decided to take a part of that money I saved and use it to buy a fun, new accessory for my date night!
Wilson's Leather Outlet

On Clearance–of course! 😉

Wilson's Leather Outlet Purse

With the additional clearance price and hubbies veteran discount I ended up getting this beyond darling purse for just $30!!! So that still leaves me with a savings of $193.93 that I could use to pay not only for my new purse but dinner, a movie, and even a whole entire date night in the future!

I know what you’re thinking, however. Sure the prices are great but that doesn’t matter at all if the products are awful, and I totally agree!!! So how did my new Covergirl and Olay products preform for my date night look?

Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss

The first product I tried out was the CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Polish. I had mentioned that I don’t normally paint my nails because as a busy mom of two kids they usually chip right away and I don’t have time to be taking them off and repainting constantly. She let me know that this nail polish has a built in topcoat, so it’s a fast, easy way to get heavy duty nail polish that won’t chip! I did notice the drying time was a little long since it’s so thick, but once it dried it is staying strong–plus it looks so cute! Just perfect and happy for Spring and I loved that it would pop against my black and white outfit!

Olay Shine, Shine, Go Away Cleanser

Next I tried out the Shine, Shine Go Away cleanser–it came with this amazing little brush that you use to apply it. It vibrates and so it’s like getting a little mini facial every single day.

Olay Shine, Shine, Go Away Cleanser
It left these cool little patterns on my face from the brush!

It feels SO cool and the cleanser by itself has a wonderful fresh, cleaning feeling as well. I’m in love with it so far, and I’m super picky about my cleansing products. Time will tell if it helps keep my complexion clear but in the mean time I’m seriously loving that crazy little brush!

Olay Fresh Effects BB Cream
I couldn’t believe how BIG this was for how little I paid!

Then it was time for the BBCream. I’m seriously impressed with how HUGE this container is compared to most BBCreams! She pointed it out to me over in the section with the cleansers and moisturizers–I would have never thought to look for Olay for a BBCream. Since it has a built in sunscreen (which I love) it has more of a sunscreen type texture to it. I love that it gave me a little bit more coverage than other BBCreams I’ve tried, and it blended seamlessly with my skin!

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My date night look all complete!

And Volia!!! Yes, you CAN get a totally glamorous date night look for a fraction of the cost! I loved how all the products she gave me really worked together and complimented each other!

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I was going for fun, flirty, & hot without it coming across as “too much”

It left me with a fun, flirty, hot look that wasn’t over the top or “too much”. I never want to look like one of those girls that you’d have to take a shovel to get the makeup off of her face!

I loved my Smokey Eye courtesy of CoverGirl! I’m in love with the Mirror, Mirror eyeshadow palate that I bought (how could I not with a name like that–totally awesome!) It gave me such a fun smokey eye and I loved that it wasn’t too dark so it popped out against my new Clump Blaster Mascara (which as you can see also worked great!) I’m also totally in love with the lipstick I bought-it was the dreamy, creamy mix between lipstick and gloss that I love and the sparkily pinky color she picked for me set this look off perfectly!

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After all that work it was time to go show it off! Luckily my hubby is pretty stinking hot himself so together we just made one gorgeous couple! (and no–not at all biased over here!!!)

Outback Steakhouse

For our date we went to my *favorite* restaurant ever–Outback! A completely fun day was topped off by a delicious Victoria Filet and Sweet Potato and when the sweet couple behind us gave us their gift card that had $9 left on it it was like the raspberry glaze on top of a deliciously fun and wonderful day!

Outback Steakhouse Cheesecake

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