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Living in Hawaii during the Summer months can be beautiful and a well worth living experience, but it also means that my hair absolutely hates me due to humidity and funky weather.  My naturally curly hair tends to feel dry during the warmer months, leaving me using the same ol’ hairstyle each day to keep the frizz at bay.  All that craziness helps me to have a better appreciation for those who can use heat on their hair often, because straightening my hair during the summer not only causes my body to over heat, but my hair becomes damaged and takes a toll if I am not using the proper hair tools or products.  Now that Fall is so close – I can smell it in the air, I’m looking forward to using a tried and true hair style I have done for years and I want to share it with you today.

My Quick and Easy Fall Hairstyle Featuring CHI

It’s been over a year since I decided I would try to wear my hair much more natural so I haven’t used any heat on my hair since.  Because of this – I am excited to show you my straight locks for the Fall season.  But, as many who have naturally curly hair like I do know, it is not easy to go from super curly to straight without having a few challenges.  With curly hair going straight, you may experience frizzing, dryness and in my case – when I straighten my hair, I want my style to last at least 3 days before having to wash since it takes me almost two hours to create this perfection.  Here are some tips and what I do to keep my hair style looking fresh and great.

My Quick and Easy Fall Hairstyle Featuring CHI
Before – Straightening my hair

Since I haven’t added heat to my hair in over a year and recently just cut and had my hair layered, I made sure to straighten my hair the day after I washed it.  This way some of my natural oils in my hair were able to develop and help to protect my hair in the straightening process.  I added a heat protectant spray to my hair to help protect from damage while my Ultra CHI Tropical Splash 1″ Flat Iron heated up.  This light weight heating tool heats up quickly – up to 392 degrees Fahrenheit.  While the heat is not adjustable, it is the perfect temperature to flatten and straighten my curls without burning my locks.  When the iron has reached the full temperature, I then start flat ironing my hair – each strand about an inch in size.  The iron adds moisture and shine and penetrates the hair from the inside out so you reduce frizz and static electricity.   This is perfect for me and my curly hair gals as the last thing we want is the dreaded FRIZZ.

My Quick and Easy Fall Hairstyle Featuring CHI

Even after a lengthy trim, my hair is still fairly long, so it usually takes me about an hour to go through the strands and straighten completely.  Once that is done, I can leave my hair as is – but I like to add some coconut oil to help with the fly-aways, frizz and to help add some much needed moisture back into my locks.  To finish this very easy hairstyle, I spray my hair from mid length to the ends with CHI’s Dry Conditioner to help add extra shine and luster to my hair and leaving my hair soft and manageable.  This spray will help to keep my hair soft, easy to work with and even assist in extending the style for a few days until my next wash.  CHI’s Dry Conditioner is a waterless conditional spray that helps to make hair manageable in between shampoos.

My Quick and Easy Fall Hairstyle Featuring CHI

If I am to skip washing my hair for a couple of days, I’ll also use the CHI Dry Shampoo to help absorb excess oils and keep my hair looking refreshed between my next wash.  This Dry Shampoo from CHI smells great, works well and I love the waterless formula that helps extend the hair I worked so hard to create.

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After – Straightening My Hair. This was taken immediately after.

To add a little bit of texture or volume to the crown of my style, I will use the CHI Texturizing Spray at the roots to help add some volume.  This spray is lightweight and has great hold so it’s perfect for those days when you are looking to add a little vavavoom to your hair.  I especially enjoy this on the 2nd or 3rd day I have my hair straight to allow me to still give my crown some volume without weighting down my hair.

My Quick and Easy Fall Hairstyle Featuring CHI

Once I do decide to wash my hair – CHI offers a variety of products that will also work well to keep my curly hair at bay as well as offer definition to my curls.  The CHI Styling Cream Gel is is Paraben free and helps to create sleek, smooth styles with a gel that is workable without flaking.  You get incredible shine and control and it keeps my curls soft and defined.

My Quick and Easy Fall Hairstyle Featuring CHI

The CHI Reworkable Taffy is a go-to when I want my curls to to look defined and my flyaways controlled.  It’s a non-sticky taffy that has impressive style memory to create reworkable styles that have texture.  It’s perfect for curly hair and a little goes a long way.  I use this product mostly on the tips of my hair to keep my curls in place and from frizzing.  Finishing off my curly hair look with the CHI Finishing Pomade which adds shine and a light hold.  It gives your look a polished shine and leaves your curls looking frizz free and your hair ends controlled and gorgeous.

My Quick and Easy Fall Hairstyle Featuring CHI

At the end of the day – my hair styles (no matter the season) are easy and manageable to allow me to go about my time without hassle.  The CHI Styling Line Extension has products that have been useful for my hair whether I decide to rock it straight or curly and they work well for any season.  Each product in the Styling Line Extension is enriched with silk and CHI Ceramic Compound which works hand in hand to achieve maximum shine and resist thermal damage.  The silk instantaneously works to provide your hair a layer of protection while steal leaving your hair looking fab and enhancing shine.  The weightless formulas are perfect to keep your favorite style in place without losing volume and each product offers a zesty, fresh-smelling fragrance with lavender and jasmine that leave your hair feeling replenished and ready to go.  Using CHI Styling Line Extenstion products with thermal styling tools help to seal the hair cuticle and secure the proteins in each strand of hair to increase strength and ensure protection for your styling needs.  I have been able to keep my hair straight for three days before washing due to the assistance of these products and even with my curly hair – I have enjoyed my style.

My Quick and Easy Fall Hairstyle Featuring CHI

Have you tried any of the CHI Styling Line Extension products or the Ultra CHI Tropical Splash 1″ Iron?  How could you incorporate these tools into your Fall hair style routine?  Do you wait till the colder months like me to add heat to your hair too?  Comment below and tell me, share your thoughts and tips too.

My Quick and Easy Fall Hairstyle Featuring CHI

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Spring flowers and refreshing showers!  I am so excited Spring is finally here.  For me, Spring is the time of year where I embrace my more natural side wearing minimal makeup or a soft eye look that looks effortless and is easy to create.  Since I’m a busy mom and constantly on the run, I am always on the hunt for a makeup look and brand that will provide me “easy mommy makeup” that caters to my style and my skin’s needs.  Today, I have teamed up with the lovely ladies of The Beauty Council in collaboration with Glo Minerals to bring you gorgeous Spring looks for the season.

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With my sensitive skin, I’m constantly adapting to new products or changing my needs as I feel required.  The same goes for makeup for when the seasons change, so does my makeup routine.  From deep, sultry, smoky eyes I tend to switch things up a bit and concentrate on looks that are quick, effortless and allow me to be done in a hurry.  Most of my Spring routine consists of mascara and a lippy or a soft highlight, but when time allows, I love to add just a touch of drama to pull the look all together.

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For my look today I chose to use Glo Minerals for a soft and sweet Boho Chic inspired look.  This look is all about the blending and each shade is applied with a blending brush to create a soft look that is both wearable and easy.  The goal for this look is to create added dimension while still giving your overall appearance an almost “no makeup” look.

As with any of my makeup looks, I start with a moisturized face that also includes sunscreen since I plan to take advantage of the sunshine that Spring shared with us.  Since I do not use foundation, I started on with my eye makeup.

Glo Minerals Eye Shadows

Next, I applied an eye shadow primer to my eye lids to keep my eye shadow in place so it will last all day and night through the warmer  and humid weather.  I used Glo Minerals Eye Shadows in Twig (blended into my crease and used as transition between my crease and browbone shade), Haze (swept under my brow bone for a natural highlight) and Sand Pebble (applied on my lid and inner corner for a soft shimmery pop of color) and Orchid (blended softly into my crease to create definition).

Once I finished applying the eye shadow, to keep with a more natural look, I decided I would apply two coats of my favorite mascara and let my lashes peek through instead of applying eye liner like I would normally.

Glo Minerals blush

To add a soft touch of flush to my cheeks, I applied Glo Minerals Blush in Papaya.  With a fluffy brush I swept the shade over the apples of my cheeks, blending it out so that the shade would offer a soft kissed glow to the look.

Glo Minerals Candle Dual Shimmer

For a soft glow and a little highlight, I took a soft large face brush and swirled both sides together of the Glo Minerals Candle Dual Shimmer compact.  With a light hand I swept the brush along my cheek bones for the perfect highlight.

A cool note is that Glo donates a portion of the proceeds from sales of the Candle Dual Shimmer to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Way to Go!

Glo Minerals Suede Matte Stick

To add a subtle shade to my puckers, I used Glo Minerals Suede Matte Stick in Bliss and applied directly to my lips.  This lipstick feels like satin on the lips, applies wonderfully and has lasting color.  If you are a matte lipstick lover like I am, you will surely love this one.  It’s a great nude if you want something to add a little “Your lips but better” to your pout.

Conditioning ingredients include:  Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Mango Seed Oil and Shea Butter. 

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Since I have really sensitive skin I am always looking for products that provide great skin loving benefits.  Glo Minerals offers mineral makeup that is designed especially for skincare professionals and their clients.  Their formulations provide coverage, UV and environmental protection and offer a wide spectrum of mineral pigments.  Each product is formulated without Talc and since they are non-comedogenic, Glo Minerals is an ideal choice for me and my sensitive skin.

Since my skin can go crazy on me while transitioning between seasons, I’m always looking for a cosmetic product that will not cause it to stress out.  I am loving the powerful blend of antioxidants Vitamins A, C, E and Green Tea Extract that you can find in their products as well as UVA and UVB broad spectrum sun protection.  These products are definitely a great addition to anyone’s makeup arsenal, but for me, I find these make for great wearable shades and provide my skin with the love it needs during the Spring months and year round.

What I love is that Glo Minerals is perfect for different skin tones and ages.  Looking for more inspiration?  The lovely ladies of The Beauty Council have also put together wonderful looks and pictorials using Glo Minerals.  Search hashtags: #glominerals #thebeautycouncil and #getGLOing on Social Media for photos and links and check out what they have in store for you too.

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So what is your go-to makeup look for Spring?  Do you like a soft and neutral look or something bold and dramatic?  Do you switch up your makeup style during different seasons?

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Dear Locks, 

After years of running away from you, I can finally embrace what you are and I love it.  No more are the days where I wish to wear you straight because I’m afraid of the torment and teasing your curliness brings.  Today – I am proud to have you, proud to say you are mine and happy to be your owner!

Love,

Honey

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Spring is here… woohoo!  But, with the gorgeous blooms of spring come the repair of damage that Winter has done to my hair.  This particular cold season even had Hawaii experiencing the weather that does heavy damage to my ends and my lengthy locks.  In order to have gorgeous hair for Spring (which is the season I wear my hair down the most), I need to add in extra moisture to hydrate and repair the hurt that Winter has done.  This is no easy task and it is essential that the products I use nurture and revive my hair to the beauty it can be.

Macadamia Professional Hair Care

Macadamia Professional Hair Care products have been a favorite of mine for years and recently I incorporated some of the Nourishing Moisture line in my hair care routine.  The Nourishing Moisture Shampoo (net wt. 10 fl.oz. / 300ml), Conditioner (10 fl. oz / 300ml) and Oil Spray (4.2 fl.oz. / 125 ml) have provided my long locks with much needed moisture to combat the cold winter blues and adding lustre and softness that my hair desperately needed.  Perfect for Medium-Coarse textured hair, this product line provides much needed benefits like re-hydrating, restoring and re-balancing our hair and prepping it for the heat of summer months.  These products include their Pro Oil complex of Macadamia and Argan Oil blend which help to repair my hair giving it life once again.

Macadamia Professional Hair Care

Since I tend to use my hair natural now a days, no heat or styling tools in order for my curls to look soft and pretty, I need to ensure that the products I am using do not strip my hair of natural oils and provide my locks with much needed moisture to keep from frizzing.  All of Macadamia Professional Hair Care products are formulated to contain the highest amount of Omega 7 than any other oil out there.  This oil is the closest to resemble the human hair sebum and because of this, it mimics the scalps natural oil product, keeping my hair looking and feeling healthy, but also ensuring my scalp is protected to encourage good hair growth and a healthy hair shaft.  The products are created with a key value to repair the hair from the inside out, rather than just repairing the surface.  Honestly – it’s kind of like taking vitamins to encourage health, these products offer a similar concept and its goal is to renew your hair texture.

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These products from Macadamia Hair are free of Sulfates, Parabens and Gluten, which further helps to keep my hair moisturized without the added chemicals that other products can include and I love that I don’t have to worry about my colored hair since this line is Color Safe.  Furthermore, Macadamia Hair is Cruelty-Free which is great for my fur and animal friends.  As I mentioned previously, I’m a long time supporter and user of Macadamia Hair Care and their line of products and after using the Nourishing Moisture line in my hair care regimen, I noticed my hair is softer, much more manageable and shiny.  With Winter waving Aloha and Spring getting started, I know my hair will be ready to show itself off.  I’m excited!

Dear Hair,

I’m excited to show you off!  

Don’t worry – I got you!

xo Honey

Have you tried any products from Macadamia Professional Hair Care before?  If so, what is your favorite?  If not, what products from the brand do you think would work for your hair needs?  Do you experience crazy hair like I do during the Winter months? What are your remedies for soft, gorgeous locks?

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FTC:  Products mentioned or discussed in this post were sent to me for editorial purposes.  While I did receive this product for free, all thoughts and opinions stated are my own and 100% honest & unbiased.  This post includes Affiliate links through out.  You are under no obligation to click the links, but should you do and purchase, I may receive a small commission from your sale.  This is a collaboration post with The Beauty Council Network.

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I love being in love and I am lucky in that I have a great relationship with my husband… so Valentine’s Day usually consists of some time spent with one another.  But, I also whole-heartily agree that Valentine’s Day should be every day – not just once a year.  Flowers, sweet whispers and stolen kisses should be done more than just one day a year and I’m fortunate that my husband does that for me.  But, let’s face it, not everyone celebrates Valentine’s Day and it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.  While I love the notion of being in love, I really wanted to focus on Falling in Love With Yourself this time around.  As a busy wife and mother, my days are bunched up into a whirlwind of trips to the store, to the schools, date nights with the dishes and pots and pans and sometimes I forget to take the time out and pamper myself.  So today we celebrate ourselves!  Today we are the Unicorns… objects of desire and mythical creatures to be honored – today, tonight… we take the time to fall in love with ourselves.

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I think the number one thing to do when trying to Love oneself is to take the time for a great pampering.  Now in some cases pampering could be a long warm bubble bath and if that’s the case, nothing says “You are a Unicorn” than a beautiful, glittery, sparkly Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar from LUSH.  One of my ultimate wind down and feel good bath essentials, the Unicorn Horn fills your tub with luxurious essential oils, colorful candy stars and sparkle with a soft Lavender scent to calm your being.  After a soak in this greatness, you’ll definitely feel inspired to take on the World.  Sparkle not your thing?  Well, don’t you worry because LUSH has you covered with their Floating Flower Bath Bomb.  Relax and take in the scent of jasmine and cypress oil and watch as the gorgeous colors dissolve into your water creating a colorful escape.

LUSH Floating Flower Bomb

If baths are not your thing, then how about a beautiful manicure to help give your hands some pampering and relief.  Here’s a quick recipe of what I use to give myself a personal manicure in the comforts of my own home.

  • Fill a bowl, big enough to fit all your fingers in at one time (I suggest two bowls) with warm water.  If you use two bowls, you’ll have one for each hand, but either way – one will work.
  • Add two to three drops of your favorite essential or moisturizing oil.  I like to use Coconut Oil or jojoba oil.
  • place your fingers into the bowl and soak them for about 3-5 minutes.  This will not only moisturize your fingers but it will also soften your cuticles so you can use a cuticle push to gently push your cuticles back.
  • After 5 minutes of soaking, remove your fingers and lightly dry your hands.
  • Go ahead and softly / gently push your cuticles back so they are out of the way.
  • Apply your favorite hand cream or polish and then hand cream.

Sometimes the oils can leave your nail bed too slippery to apply polish, so if you are planning to add polish to your nails, wash your hands to remove the oils.  You can add your favorite hand cream after applying the polish of your choice.  A favorite nail combo for me to add a little sparkle would be a soft nude cream polish and a textured polish that looks like diamonds.

Diamond Sparkle featuring Zoya

Of course, what Unicorn doesn’t want to be showered with gifts, flowers or even a glass of bubbly.  All of these things can easily be accomplished all on your own.  Pick flowers from your garden, or head out to your local florist or farmer’s market and grab a bunch of the most colorful flora you can get your hands on and put them in a vase and on display.  Don’t forget to stop by your favorite store and pick up a bottle of the best champagne and pour yourself a glass, sit on the porch, by a window or near a fire place and just take five minutes to yourself.  If hanging around is not your thing?  Well, grab your purse and do some shopping… this is about pampering yourself and loving yourself – so do what makes you feel wonderful.

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At the end of the day, each and every woman, whether married, single, with children – whatever the case may be, deserves to pamper themselves.  That extra five minutes you take in the tub soaking in a bath filled with LUSH goodies is that time for you to unwind and relax, tape a deep breath and celebrate who you are as a woman.  No matter what the occasion be… Valentine’s Day, Birthday, Mother’s Day or just because – you are a Unicorn and deserve to fall in love with yourself.  Now you know that Unicorns DO EXIST! 

Wishing you a fabulous Valentine’s Day whether you are celebrating with the one you love or just taking time out for you.

Avec Amour – With Love!

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One last thing loves… if you are looking for some feel good music while you are relaxing – check out my playlist here.  Keep in mind that this is music that gets me inspired and motivated so it is not necessarily going to calm everyone down – but it may get you in a good mood.

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Be sure to stop on by the links below and see what other ideas the lovely ladies of The Beauty Council have got for you for Valentine’s Day.

Disclosure:  Some of the products mentioned were sent to me from LUSH for this collaboration.  All opinions are my own and honest.

Lipstick Lovers Giveaway

The beautiful ladies of The Beauty Council have come together to bring all of you a fabulous MAC lipstick giveaway.  A total of 17 MAC lipsticks were hand picked and selected by members of The Beauty Council to give to one very lucky winner.  I’m so excited for this winner I can’t contain my excitement – who wouldn’t want to build their collection with a plethora of MAC lippies?

Check out the shades the winner will be receiving and the reasons behind the selections (pictured below).  A gorgeous blend of shades have been chosen for this giveaway and I know whom ever the winner shall be – it will be an EPIC prize.  Good luck!

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This fabulous giveaway runs from Feb 2, 2015 at 12:00 am PST until Feb 13, 2015 at 11:59 pm PST and the winner will be randomly selected via the widget below.  This is a Worldwide Giveaway – so anyone can enter, even my International friends.  Follow all the rules in the widget below and Good Luck!

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2015 Beauty Resolutions???  Well, I am the type of person to make goals each year, but I’ve never taken the time to make one that is beauty related.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not perfect… but I’m just the type of person that learned that sometimes I just need to do things as they come.  Yes, I think Goals are important… I do have a list as a guide.  But, I also think when it comes to beauty, I just can’t seem to strap on the cuffs and settle down – so to say.  Either way, doing this collaboration with my girls from The Beauty Council had my gears turning in my brain.  What could I possibly have as a beauty resolution?  Is there something I want to change or improve on personally when it comes to beauty?  Well, let’s just see what I came up with.

2015 Beauty Resolutions

Let me be honest with all of you for a quick second… I contemplated saying that this year I would take a backseat in purchasing cosmetics and taper my spending a bit when it came to makeup.  Then, I realized I couldn’t stop laughing because we all know that this will probably never happen.  I could consider myself a makeup addict, swooning over the newest release and yearning to make my next purchase.  But, I’m also a blogger and realistic.  There will be times I know I just can’t resist.  I can say that I have cut down my spending on makeup dramatically over the last few months… so maybe I can consider this resolution a win. #winning

On a serious note, I really did think hard about what I could possibly do for a beauty resolution this year and here are a few things I came up with.  Some people may not necessarily agree with me, but hey – they’re my resolutions… right?

  1. Start using and utilizing the makeup I currently own.  No one needs 4,200,601 makeup palettes or pieces of makeup.  Don’t get me wrong… no one can really have that much (I think), but my makeup collection is just too much and many pieces are purchased to use just once or twice and then thrown into the black hole that I call my makeup stash and forgotten about.  I get so caught up in the hype of a new makeup product release, trend or just the overall that my brain automatically buys on impulse… kind of like eating – no wonder I’m a plus sized girl. lol j/k
  2. Stop buying cosmetics based on their cute packaging.  Yeah – I don’t know that I’ll stick with that one… but I tried anyway. teehee!
  3. Get more rest / sleep.  Oh now I think I might be kidding myself with this one.  I have said for years I would be getting more rest and stop revolving around 2 hours or less of sleep each night.  I don’t think this one is possible, but one can dream… right – literally! lol  Sleep is an important part of any beauty regimen.  A good nights sleep will not only rejuvenate your body but your face and keep you looking younger, longer.  I’ll do my best to try it this year.
  4. Stop comparing myself to the “Elite Instagram Famous”.  Let me clarify on this one a little… I do look at Instagram photos and think to myself… what does this person have, that I may not.  Why do I not have as many likes on my photos as this person does?  Come on now, who doesn’t?  But the fact of the matter is that I need to remember that I don’t need to blur my skin, over saturate my images, add filters and make myself look like a doll.  My face looks great without makeup, without a filter, without editing and when I do those things, it’s never to hide imperfections that I’m uncomfortable with but for fun and creativity.  I’m not bashing on those that do, to each his own… but I don’t need to feel inferior in comparison to these people.  I’m comfortable in the skin I’m in and I can rock it too!
  5. Love Myself!  Last but not least, I thought this one would be important.  Like I mentioned before, I love the skin I’m in and I’m comfortable with me and who I am… but it took a long time to get to that point in my life.  Insecurities are something each person may have and have to deal with on their own.  I need to remember to take time for me and take care of me.  I must love myself, love me for all that I have done, all my accomplishments and most important celebrate who I am as a person.

2015 is going to the best year of my life and I am determined to ensure that it is.  Whether it means I need to make goals for life or for beauty, family or anything in general – I am confident that any resolution whether or big or small will be a great inspiration for success.  All kidding aside while this post was meant to poke fun on a few things I do, it was also meant to be a serious side of who I am.  I seek to be an inspiration for those who feel they just “cannot” and with a little self love and push – I know it can happen.  Don’t forget to stop on by and show some love to my girls from The Beauty Council.  Read what made their Beauty Resolutions list for 2015.

Wishing you all a wonderful 2015.  May all your resolutions be accomplished and may you get all the happiness, love and prosperity your heart desires. xo!

Signature Honey

 

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Winter in Hawaii this year has been pretty interesting and offering a cold front that Hawaii islanders are not quite used to.  With weather at it’s all time coldest… we’ve been experiencing low 50s most evenings and during the day we don’t get above 75 degrees.  I know for my buds on the East Coast or Canada, this is nothing, but considering we have warmth here year long, this has been quite interesting on my body and my skin.  That’s one of the reasons why I’m so excited to be bringing to you another post along with my girlfriends from The Beauty Council.  Each of us live all over the United States and some from other parts of the World, so it’s interesting to see what our winter beauty staples and favorites are for this year.

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Winter does both positive and negative things to my skin but who’s really counting, right? lol I have super sensitive skin and it really forces me to concentrate my winter beauty products around moisturizing and keeping my skin supple.  As most know about me already, I have severe Eczema and it takes a lot from me to keep it all at bay.  While I love makeup – my essential staples for Winter… are all skin care type products.

Winter Staples

My entire beauty regime now revolves around Coconut Oil.  About two years ago (maybe a little longer), I decided I would eliminate foundation from my beauty routine and focus on trying to keep my skin flare ups and sensitivities controlled.  The creams that my Dermatologist gave me were honestly… quite horrible.  My dad reminded me how important coconut oil was and my husband and I did a lot of research.  It is now an essential part of my skin care from my overall skin, face, lips and even hair.  I even do oil pulling and consume coconut oil to help me with my overall health.  So – you will see that it is mentioned consistently.  I make many of my own masks, lip scrubs, body scrubs and moisturizer… but wanted to include products I know I pull for quite frequently during the winter.  These are my Quint-essentials.

winter hair care staples

Besides Coconut Oil, Argan Oil and Macadamia Oil are important in my hair care.  Having very curly and long hair means that I need to pamper my tresses as much as possible, especially since I am pretty brutal on them already.  While I am not really selective when it comes to Argan Oil, I do love Josie Maran, Voila Ve and BebeLush.  I purchase from these brands consistently.  Macadamia Hair and Moroccan Oil, DermOrganic and Briogeo also offer some of my favorite hair care products which I use consistently and most recently, Dove’s Pure Care Dry Oil line.

Facial Winter staples

Again – Coconut Oil is essential.  See the large bottle in my photo… I buy those in the double pack from Costco because we use it for many things… one bottle for beauty, one for kitchen and consumption.  I use this as a daily/nightly moisturizer for my body but most importantly my face.  Mixed with Argan Oil I use Coconut oil to remove my makeup as well as to moisturize.  While I do also have an Facial Oil Cleanser, I find that by using the coconut oil it will remove all of my makeup thoroughly without drying out my face.  I also apply Vitamin E from moisture cream from The Body Shop.  I apply this as a heavy moisturizer, but do not use it daily and when needed to protect my skin if I have an eczema flare up – Cheryl Lee MD’s True Lipids Relieve & Protect Ointment.  This skin protectant is my absolute favorite and I recommend it to anyone who has eczema.  When I need a little exfoliating… I will either make my own Honey, Coconut Oil and Sugar scrub (I will do a post on that later) or I’ll use any one of my favorite Freeman Beauty Masks.  Freeman Beauty masks are not only affordable, but they have different types which offer you a wide range of pampering at your finger tips.

Winter Lip Staples

My lips get very chapped and dry during the winter months and to keep them looking luscious I make sure they are consistently hydrated and moisturized.  EOS (Evolution of Smooth) lip spheres are my favorite for on the go moisturizing.  My favorite flavor is Passion Fruit which is a limited edition scent that only releases a few times a year, I love the flavor and of course, the sphere is purple which is my favorite color.  I have a recipe for a lip scrub that I love to use as well, which includes coconut oil, honey and sugar to exfoliate my lips and keep them soft and supple.  On days when my eczema has a flare up I use Cheryl Lee MD Skin Protectant and each night before bed I apply one of my favorite lip butters from The Body Shop to keep my lips soft and moisturized through the night.

Body Winter Staples

Overall, anything and everything I use in my skin offers a variety of benefits as well as a lot of moisture.  Besides Coconut Oil, Argan Oil and Vitamin E, I also love lathering The Body Shop’s Body butter over my skin, especially in the evening to keep my skin well moisturized.

Like I mentioned previously, while I love makeup – taking care of my skin is very important during the winter months and skin care products are my number one winter beauty staples.  I would love to know what Winter staples make your must have list.  Leave a comment below and tell me what important beauty essentials make your staple list.  Don’t forget to visit some of the lovely ladies linked below and show them some love… see what kind of winter beauty staples they selected.

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Romantic Sparkle New Year's Eve Makeup look

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Seriously, where did the year go?  I can’t believe I’m sitting here at my desk typing a post about New Year’s Eve Makeup and I could have swore I just did this a year ago. lol  All kidding aside, it has been quite a year of reflection, positive and negative changes in my life and everything in between, but I eagerly welcome a new year filled with its many blessings I call life.  Today I bring to you a New Year’s Eve Makeup Tutorial in collaboration with some of my gorgeous friends from The Beauty Council.  Many of us are including some gorgeous products from Mirabella Cosmetics, so I’m so eager to see all the different creations that the ladies put together.  Without further adieu, let’s get with it!

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For New Year’s Eve looks, I usually will add in something blue or silver, but this year I decided I would use blue and gold as accents in my look – more so for my outfit.  My little sister Harmony found me the perfect scarf that is not only fashionable but cozy and warm.  Since I figured out the accessory for my look, I opted to go for a romantic look featuring warm bronze and brown shades and created a smoky, sexy, sultry eye look with nude lips to compliment my scarf.

Romantic Sparkle New Year's Eve Makeup look

For those of you that are looking for an eye look that will have a bold statement without having a bold color like blue or silver shadow, I think this would be a great look.  Check out my video tutorial embedded below or click here to watch directly on YouTube.  All products used as well as photos are posted below.

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Romantic Sparkle New Year's Eve Makeup look

Products used for this look:

With a soft sultry look like this one, I wanted to make sure that I had products that would add a little sexy and these products from Mirabella Cosmetics are perfect to complete the look.

  • Luminosity Colour Luxe Lip Gloss- retails for $26 USD
  • Myth Visionary Long Wear Eyeshadow- retails for $29 USD
  • Swirling Pearl Brilliant Highlighting Powder- retails for $40 USD

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Romantic Sparkle New Year's Eve Makeup look

My goal for this look was to ensure it would be easy to create, but that it would last through the Holiday festivities.  Eating, drinking and talking… sipping on some Crystal… spending time and popping fireworks with our children.  I paired this look with a soft nude lip because I knew it would be low maintenance and easy to reapply if needed.  I also wanted to add warmth and drama to the eyes.  This sexy smoky eye is easy to achieve but definitely something that will work with all eye colors and add some sexy to your New Year’s Eve look.

Romantic Sparkle New Year's Eve Makeup look

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to all of you from my house to yours! 2014 has been a fabulous year and I’m so thankful for new blogger friends, YouTube friends and everyone for their support on my blogging and vlogging journey.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart <3 Best Wishes to all of you for a fabulous 2015 with many blessings and lots of love!

xo

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Don’t forget to stop on by the other links posted below… check out what some of my girls from The Beauty Council put together for New Years Eve Looks too!

DISCLAIMER:  Some of the items discussed in this post were provided to me for review/consideration/use and are Press Samples (Mirabella Beauty Cosmetics).  Any opinions or thoughts on the items are my own and unbiased.  My thoughts have not been swayed in order to receive free product.  The rest of the products were purchased by me.


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Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!  Thanksgiving or the Holidays in general always excites me and I find that I am not only very happy and looking forward to making memories with my family but also a little on the emotional side as I remember past memories with loved ones who are no longer here.  While family time is important to me, I also consider my “beauty buddies” my extended family and the Beauty Council includes some of my favorite beauty loves.  Along with the Beauty Council, I bring to you Beauty products that I’m Thankful for… so grab a coffee, tea or cup of cocoa, have a seat and enjoy!

Beauty products that I am thankful for

I say this time and time again that finding and choosing a favorite product for me is kind of like asking me to choose between my sons.  Don’t get me wrong, I do have those that I cannot live without, but I also feel that I either love it or hate it and if I love it, I will definitely make use of it.  This year (2014) was all about either rediscovering old favorites or brands I stopped using or trying out products again that I haven’t used in a while.  I do have some new goodies on my list, but overall these are items that I know I have grown to love or have loved from the first use.  Some are newly introduced, others have been a favorite of mine for a while… but overall, these are the products I think I would thank the Beauty Gods for.

Beauty products that I am thankful for

Colour Pop Eye Shadows – These gorgeous shades with a weird and unique texture have captured my heart a few months back and I use them so often, how could they not be favorites?

Lorac Mega Pro Palette – I’m definitely thankful for this one, because I literally stalked the site to make sure I got my hands on this palette.  I’m thankful most importantly that I got a chance to get one… because it’s awesome.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Dress Your Face Palette – I’ve been rocking out the colors in this palette consistently, how could it not make this list.  Gorgeous shades for year round and pretty much any skin tone.

Milani Baked Blushes – It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Milani, but their baked blushes or any of their blushes are definitely favorites of mine and great for everyday use.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette – Have you tried Hourglass Ambient lighting powders?  Well, this is a great set to try out some of these powders and fall in love as I have.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette – These are so gorgeous in the pan I don’t even want to use them sometimes… but they are worth it and you will fall in love with these too.

Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara – Hey, my lashes are so short and sparse but I have found the best “hands down” mascara on the market for volume and some length and it’s normally less than $4.00

Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara – Top 5 of my favorite mascaras.  A mascara that I can use on it’s own and it offers me enough length and volume so you can see my little wittle lashes. lol

NYX Matte Bronzer in Deep – We all know I love my Sunny Bronzer from NYC, but this one is definitely a favorite and perfect for my skin tone.

Too Faced Shadow Insurance & Coastal Scents Step One Eye Primer T – My Holy Grail Primer is from Too Faced but lately I’ve been crushing on my Coastal Scents Primer.  Definitely must haves that I can’t live without.

Teadora Nourishing Lip Butter in Dusk – a great asset year round but especially during the colder months.  I’m so glad that I got to try this lovely treat for my pucker.

Beauty products that I am thankful for

Bite Beauty Lippies – they have definitely stolen my heart this year from their lipsticks and high pigment pencils to their Agave Lips Mask.  Fabulous brand and awesome lip goodies.

Maybelline Color Sensational Matte Lipsticks – these are a new release and I own three of them.  So creamy, moisturizing and I love how awesome they feel on the lips.  Looking for a great matte lipstick, yup – check these out.

Milani Color Statement Lipsticks – my #1 love of lipsticks from the drugstore.  If you know anything about me, it’s that these are still my favorite.

Jordana 12 Hour Made to Last Liquid Eyeliner Pencils – I will pull for these before my Urban Decay 24/7 liners, because they really don’t budge on my waterline.  Less than $3.00 each these give high end eye liners a run for the money.  I can’t wait for Jordana to come out with a larger variety of shades.

New York Color Liquid Eyeliner in Black – If you watch my videos or follow me here you know this is an important one for me.  I’ve been using this eye liner now for over 6 years, before it became a cult favorite.  Back then, it was an affordable option that I loved and still do.

Paula Dorf 2+1 For Brows Kit – this is a new favorite but I’m glad to have had the opportunity to try it out because it makes doing my brows easy as pumpkin pie.

Color Switch Duo – The Beauty Gods know I have more than my fair share of makeup brushes and sometimes I’ll use 8 or more in one look.  This awesome little gadget allows me to switch between shades for blending or placing color and I can still use my same brush.  Of course, it is not meant to take the place of cleaning your brushes – you still have to do that, but it’s such a dandy tool.  A makeup artists’ dream.

Beauty products that I am thankful for

Be Delectable by Cake Beauty’s Lemon & Cream Hair & Body Mist – I need to get the rest of the scents, but these are fabulous.  A light mist of yummy on the body or hair makes for a showstopping entrance.  Yes, this is affordable and no it does not replace my love for perfume, but this is great for every day.  My favorite body mist.

Freeman Feeling Beauty Facial Masks – I pictured the Facial Brightening Mask but most of them are favorites of mine and considering I have super sensitive skin, I’m very thankful that these work pretty well for me without any issues.

Michael Todd Soniclear Cleansing Brush – Last year I had many issues with my Clarisonic.  While it does work for others, it just did not work for me and it was difficult to find something similar that would wow me.  This cleansing brush is gentle on my sensitive skin, anti-microbial and most importantly – it’s purple. lol

Argan Oil & Coconut Oil – pictured is one of my favorite Argan Oils from BebeLush. Used in combination with my Dr. Bronners coconut oil, these products have definitely improved my skin’s texture, look and overall appearance.  These oils have made a huge difference in my skincare and used alongside some of my favorite serums, it’s because of these products and caring for my skin that I no longer need foundation and concealer.

DermOrganic Hair Products – pictured is the Leave-In Spray Therapy which I use often, but DermOrganics products have really been a huge asset in how awesome my hair is.  Soft and manageable and my curls are pretty.  My hair loves these products to the end of the earth.

Dove Pure Care Dry Oil – African Macadamia Oil, Coconut Oil and more.  Yes, I knew I would love this product.  The ingredients alone scream volumes of why I love it so much… so no explanation needed. lol

Be Delectable Triple Moisture Body Lotion in Strawberry & Cream – one of my all time favorite body lotions because who doesn’t love to smell like vanilla and strawberry?  Moisturizing with shea butter, coconut oil and aloe vera, this is one that I know I will continue to love for years.

So – my very very long list of products is finally over.  I know, I know… I need to start learning how to narrow down my options.  But, there is nothing wrong with options and I’m thankful that I’ve had the opportunity this year to try out so many awesome products.

Happy Thanksgiving loves and don’t forget to head on over to the blogs below and check out what made my buddies thankful list. <3

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Can you believe that the Holidays are literally just a few short weeks away.  I’m super stoked to get going on the rest of my Christmas shopping and I’m hoping to get a few goodies on my list of must-haves at a good deal and bargain.  I think it is never too late or too early to make a list of Holiday wishes for Santa and together with the Beauty Council, we bring to you another awesome collaboration with ideas for your lists.  We present to you a Holiday Gift Guide.

The lovely ladies of the Beauty Council bring to you a shopping guide to use while writing those long letters to Santa. In my list I bring to you a combination of items that I own and those that I have been swooning over.  Don’t get me wrong – this is just a small summary of loves I’ve been coveting… but definitely a bunch of goodies to keep on your list.

Holiday Gift Guide 2014

Viseart Eye Shadow Palettes $80.00 – I haven’t tried these EVER but I really wanted to add this to my list since several of my friends say this is gonna be the palette to sweep the beauty trend by storm.

Tarte Dream Come Hue Collector’s Set $175.00 – I am a huge fan of Tarte and while I may have not tried specific colors in this set, how can you not go wrong with all the goodies included.  Definitely a steal.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Rose Gold $38.00 – I have been really crushing on anything Becca lately and I really really would love to try out there shimmering skin perfectors.  This highlighter addict would love to add this to my collection.

Bite Beauty Mix n’ Mingle Set $98.00 – It is no secret that I really love Bite Beauty lippies and this set would make the ultimate gift for any lippy lover.  If you haven’t tried Bite Beauty products before, this would take the cake – offering you a chance to try some of their awesome products.

Givenchy Palette Extravaganza Lip & Eye $66.00 – I don’t own any makeup from Givenchy but have been a huge fan of the fragrances and the brand altogether.  This would make a great gift for anyone that is interested in trying something highend and getting the opportunity to test more than one type of product.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette (Limited Edition) $58.00 – I have had my eye on this palette since I heard it was to be released and luckily I finally have it in my possession.  Anyone looking to dive into the world of Hourglass would absolutely love this palette.

Tory Burch Lip & Cheek Tint in Cat’s Meow $38.00 – Did I tell you I was a blush and highlighter addict?  Yeah – I am and this has been in my radar for a while now.  Why not indulge in a great brand and some golden luxury… lol.

Buxom Lip Gloss Roulette $59.00 – I love Buxom glosses (White Russian being one of my favorites) and my husband bought me a 15 pc set last year which I still continue to love.  I figured I would include this as a part of the gift guide since I know it would make any makeup lover excited to receive.

Now – this list looks a little bare to me seeing as I am a huge bag and shoe lover too… but if I had to add in my love for those, I think Santa’s sleigh would be stuck on the ground for most of his deliveries. lol What’s on your Holiday Wish list or what would be some products you suggest I buy?  Are there any favorites of yours on my list too?  Be sure to check out the lovely ladies from the Beauty Council (links below) and see what they selected as their must-haves for the Holiday Season.

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With a love for pixie dust and mystical creatures alike, Bella, a human girl wished she could become a faerie.  Without wings but a heart pure of love and beauty, the Faerie Queen welcomed Bella into their woods and asked her to be the Guardian of their Forest, protecting the winged creatures she loved so dearly.
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Who says that a human creatures cannot be a part of a mystical world?  Join me in this easy Halloween makeup tutorial as I join my fellow friends from The Beauty Council for a Halloween Makeup extravaganza.  This makeup creation was one that I thought of last minute, knowing I wanted to create a look that was both simple and easy to do for those who needed a costume in a pinch of time.  Pair this with your favorite hooded cape or a gorgeous lace scarf and you are good to go.  This look is meant to be mysterious, sultry, smoky and just a tad bit dark.  Don’t forget to check out the other looks from the gals from The Beauty Council for inspiration too, links all posted below.
Bella Guardian of the Faeries
Meet Bella, Guardian of the Faeries and honorary faerie at heart.  Pull out your favorite purple shades and get ready to create an eye look that is easy but sultry.  Check out my video tutorial embedded below or watch directly on YouTube here.

To create this look, I added a dark but bright purple shade over my natural brows to create a whimsical look.  To create my eye look, I chose shades of brown and purple and blended them all over my eyes to give that sultry and smoky look I wanted to achieve.
Bella Guardian of the Faeries
Products used:
  • Milani Brow and Eye Highlight Pencil – Vanilla & Taupe
  • Coastal Scents Step One Eye Primer
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna “Dress Your Face” Palette – Bengal (transition shade) and China Rose (inner corner highlight)
  • NYX JESP in Black Bean
  • Sedona Lace 168 Pro Palette
  • Jordana 12 Hour Made to Last Liquid Eye Pencil in Black Point
  • NYC Liquid Eye liner in black
  • Benefit They’re Real Mascara
  • KISS Lashes in 05
  • Colour Pop lip liner in Grind
  • Colour Pop lipstick in Grind
  • L.A. Girls Glazed Lip Paint in Tempt
Bella Guardian of the Faeries
I love Halloween and dressing up but I realized that it is a good thing to do a simple look for those that may be finished with work late or that don’t have much time to spend on creating their costume.  Head on over to your local costume store and pick up a cape in the color of your choosing and throw it on with a fierce smoky eye or glittery eye look and your costume is complete.
Bella Guardian of the Faeries
Bella Guardian of the Faeries
I’ll be posting one or two more Halloween tutorials in the next week and these will be fairly easy to replicate as well.  Stay tuned.  Don’t forget to stop on by the links below and check out the other creations from the rest of the lovely ladies from The Beauty Council.  Wishing you all a fun and safe Halloween.
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First off… I have a lesson for you before getting into the look.  I am so excited to  introduce you to The Beauty Council, a new group that consists of beauty and lifestyle bloggers that have come together to bring you beauty in all forms, shapes and sizes.  I’m thankful to be a part of this elite bunch of lovelies that will bring to you a new series of looks and posts two times a month featuring an array of inspirations.  You can expect us to cover beauty and makeup trends, inspired looks, collections of favorite products and everything else I haven’t mentioned.  This time around, The Beauty Council takes on the VMA’s (Video Music Awards) from 2014 and looks that are speaking to our souls.  Check out all the lovely ladies and their fabulous recreations (links below).

If you know anything about me… it’s that I’m a huge believer that every woman should have at least one red lipstick in her makeup arsenal.  Red lips offer a huge statement and in my opinion say that you are “Confident, Sexy, Sultry, Daring and Showstopping”…. plus countless other things. lol Rita Ora really wowed me at this years VMA’s with her statement red lips and bold lashes and because of that I used her makeup that she wore on the red carpet as inspiration for my look.

Rita Ora VMA 2014

Rita’s look screams “timeless” to me.  While red lips can be a bit too daring for some, I think that it can be a bold statement for many and done up the right way – it’s glamorous and beautiful.  Besides the bold red lips she wore on camera, she also had rich black winged liner and fabulous spike-like lashes.  Check out my video tutorial for this look embedded below or click here to watch it directly on YouTube.

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Rita Ora VMA's 2014 Red Carpet

Products used on my eyes and how to get the look

  • Milani Bella Taupe Bella Eyes Gel Powder Shadow – this shadow was used to fill in my eye brows to make them look darker and more defined.
  • Milani Brow Wax was then applied on my brows to keep my brow hair in place.
  • Maybelline Color Tattoo Leather in Creamy Beige (80) was then applied to the lid from lash line to the crease and blended out well with my finger.  This color is used as my base and primer.
  • Milani Bella Caffe Eye Shadow was then applied to my eye lids with a fluffy brush and blended into the crease so that there are no harsh lines.  This shadow is used as a base lid shade and is similar to my natural skin tone.
  • Milani Brow & Eye Highlight Pencil 01 – I apply Matte Beige to my brow bone to highlight below the arch of my brow.  I blend this creamy pencil well so that there are no harsh lines but making sure I still have a soft highlight.  Then I take the opposite side of the pencil in High Glow in the inner corner of my eyes as a base for the shadow I’ll be laying down shortly.
  • Milani Bella Chiffon Eye Shadow was then applied with my finger to the inner corner of my eyes over High Glow (Milani Brow & Eye Highlight Pencil).
  • Jordana Fabuliner Liquid Felt Tip liner was then applied to the upper lash line.  I created a small but defined wing and a thin liner on my lid.
  • Jordana 12 Hour Made to Last Waterproof Liquid Pencil liner in Black Point was then applied to my inner rim (tight line) to give my lashes a thicker look.  I would normally apply this before my liquid liner, but I forgot.
  • I then curl my lashes and apply two coats of L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara.  Once that’s done, I apply a set of lashes from ebay (sorry – I do not have a name for them, but they had the spike like look I was aiming to achieve).

Rita Ora VMA's 2014

Products used on my face / lips and how to get the look

  • Olay Total Effects 7-in-One CC Cream was applied to my face and neck area to help even out my skin tone, protect my skin with SPF as well as moisturize.  I applied this product with my fingers.
  • I then applied NYX Matte Bronzer in Deep and used this product to contour my face, defining my cheek bones and applying to the temples of my forehead, along my hair line and on my jaw bone.
  • Milani Rose Powder blush in Romantic Rose was applied with a stippling brush to my cheeks and blended up towards the top of my cheek bones
  • Wet n Wild’s Centerstage Fergie Shimmer Palette in Photobomb was applied to the high points of my face and cheeks to give my face a soft golden glow.
  • Milani Color Statement Lip liner in True Red was applied to my lips – lining my lips on my natural lip line and then slightly filling in my lips.  Then pursing my lips together to distribute the color.
  • Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Ruby Valentine was then applied to my lips.
  • To finish the look, I applied Milani Brilliant Shine lip gloss in Red My Lips to add a nice shine.

Rita Ora inspired makeup look

The look is now complete!

Rita Ora VMA's 2014 Makeup

I hope you all enjoyed my recreation of Rita Ora’s VMA’s 2014 Red Carpet look.  Don’t forget to check out the other gorgeous recreations by my lovelies from The Beauty Council (links below).  If you haven’t already – check out my tutorial for this look, which can be found here.

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