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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween Makeup Tutorials

Hey Ladies, 


In honor of Halloween, I decided to post a few of my favorite looks over the years. 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Urban Decay Limited Edition Shadow Set: The Mother Lode

Hey Girls,

I just thought I would share this new set that I came across as I think it is amazing. This is like crack to a makeup junkie. Although this Urban Decay Limited Edition Shadow Set is expensive, it is a GREAT starter kit for a makeup artist. The kit comes with 68 FULL SIZE shadows in a variety of colors. Each shadow is normally $18.00 and when you do the math, these come out to less than $9.00 each which is 50% off. So, looking at it from that perspective it is a bargain. The set costs $595.00 which is a pretty penny but if you are looking to become a makeup artist it is worth the investment. Also, if you are a fan of the brand and have the cash to spend it is worth it. Urban Decay shadows are very pigmented and creamy and come in some really awesome colors. 

Urban Decay The Mother Lode Shadow Set $595.00 at Sephora
The holidays are coming up and a girl can dream can't she?

What do you think about this set? Would you purchase this if you had the money?

Monday, October 28, 2013

Drugstore Versions of Department Store Makeup

Hey Ladies,
I came across this cool website on Pinterest. The website/blog is called The Drug Store Princess. On the site, the girl gives reviews on cosmetics. She also tells you where you can find similar "inexpensive" versions of department store and higher end make up. While I do love my M.A.C., Urban Decay, and Too Faced, it is very useful having this information. Especially when not everyone is willing to spend the money on these products. Click the name above for a link to the site!

Let me know if you try any of the "dupes" that actually did compare to the real thing.



Thursday, October 24, 2013

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Makeup Tutorial: Contour and Highlight like Kim Kardashian

Hi Girls,
Here is a video on contouring. I found this on youtube. This video is located on gossmakeupartist's youtube page. There is a step by step tutorial on how to contour your face. The makeup artist also explains what he is doing when he does it. If you want to know the tricks to contouring check it out!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Makeup Review: Urban Decay Naked Palette

Most of you makeup lovers have probably heard of the infamous Naked palette by Urban Decay. They also have come out with a Naked 2 palette. Both palettes have received rave reviews. I have not tried the Naked 2 but do own the original. I use this palette frequently and definitely think it is worth the $52.00 that it cost. The colors are very pigmented and last pretty long. After a long day the shadow does crease, but I find that this happens with most shadows. Especially if you have oily skin.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Recipe: Crockpot Cream Cheese Chicken Chili

Here is a super easy crock pot recipe. My husband loves it. You basically put a handful of ingredients into the crockpot, set it for 8 hours on low, and then enjoy! You can eat the chicken chili like a soup (which is what I do), pour it over rice, or put it in tortillas. I sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese over it when I make it. Once you shred the chicken it thickens up and isn't so soupy.

Here is a link to the recipe:


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Get the Look for Less

Hi Girls,
 Here are some outfits/pieces worn by celebrities that I found similar affordable versions of :

Look#1 :Kim Kardashian in Military inspired jump suit

Military Jumpsuit $38.98 at Nordstrom

Cotton Frock Handsome Jumpsuit $55.99 at MAYKOOL.COM

Scoop Back Woven Jumpsuit $27.80 at Forever21

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Makeup Tutorial: Olive and Brown Shades

Hi Girls, 
Here is a look that I have done recently. It is not super hard but the key to all multi shadow looks is BLENDING BLENDING BLENDING. When you are initially creating a look and you are adding different colors to eyelid, you look like you have never applied makeup in your life. So when you are trying out looks do not give up if you think it looks silly. Once you start blending the colors, that is when the look starts to come together.

The colors that I used to achieve this look are M.A.C. Sumptous Olive, M.A.C. Ricepaper, M.A.C. Texture, and M.A.C. Tempting . If you don't have these colors they are basically a pearl olive green/kakhi, a peachy gold with shimmer, a pearly peachy brown with shimmer, and a rich cocoa (shimmer). I also used the Kat Von D tattoo liner in Trooper but any black liquid liner will work. Lastly, M.A.C. Zoom Lash in Zoom Black but any mascara will work.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Skin Care Favs

Skin care is very important if you want to have nice skin and help it age gracefully. While there are many factors that affect your skin such as genetics, habits, and the environment, taking care of it may counteract many of these things. Washing your face at least twice a day is a must.  Also, it is very important to take off all of your makeup before bed. Sleeping in your makeup on is a BIG no no. Keeping your face moisturized is also important.  I recommend doing this twice a day as well. While there are many great brands out there, expensive and inexpensive, I have come up with a list that I swear by.

Here are the skin care products that I love and use daily:






 I worked at Estee Lauder for a year back in college and found out about this awesome moisturizer. It helps prevent and fight the signs of aging. Its oil free so it works for all skin type and is packed with vitamins and anti oxidants. The moisturizer has cucumber extract in it so it has a clean, refreshing smell. I have tried a handful of other moisturizers and always end up back with this one. 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Stitch Fix # 3

Hi Girls,
For those of you that didn't read my first post about Stitch Fix, you can click here to read more about what the company offers and see my first two fixes. To sum up my previous post, Stitch Fix is an online personal styling site/company. You fill out a detailed profile about your style, size, etc  then schedule "fixes" where they send you 5 items based on your profile and requests. There is a $20.00 styling fee but if you purchase even one thing, that fee gets subtracted from the cost of the item. Buy all five items and you get 25% off your entire fix.

Here is what I got in my most recent fix. 

Kut From The Kloth Nolyn Chambray Button Up Tank $25.00

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Makeup Tutorial: The Natural Eye

Here is a natural look that is quick and easy. I usually spend a little bit less time on my eyes during the work week. To achieve this look you would use matte neutral shades. Start off with an off white or pale tan on the whole eye from lash line to brow. Next you would sweep a taupe or light brown on the lid and a little bit on the crease. Lastly, line your upper lash line with black or dark brown liner and smudge it for a natural look. You could also use a deep brown shadow to line your upper lash line then smudge it. Finish off with a few coats of mascara. In this photo she is also adding single false lashes to the outer corners of or eyes but this is obviously optional and not necessary.

Here is where I got this look from: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/174373816794588138/

Monday, October 7, 2013

Hair Tutorial: The Bouffant Bun

Here is another cute hair tutorial for a quick updo.

I got this tutorial from Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/174373816795962457/

Have any hair tutorials that you find easy and love? Share them below!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Easy Recipes: Oreo Cheesecake Cupcakes

From time to time I will post recipes that I found on Pinterest and sites that I have tried out and were a success. I don't like super complicated recipes or ones with tons of ingredients. Most are quick and easy. As  you can see in the name of my blog site, I LOVE cheesecake! It is my favorite dessert. Here is a recipe for Oreo Cheesecake Cupcakes. This recipe was fairly easy but a little messy. Mixing the cheesecake with the other ingredients was the hardest part. They turned out awesome though and were very delicious.

Oreo Cheesecake Cupcakes

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

E.L.F. Cosmetics-Super Affordable Makeup

I'm sure many of you have heard of e.l.f. Cosmetics before but if you haven't  e.l.f. stands for eyes, lips, face. This cosmetics line can be found on their website eyeslipsface.com as well as at Target. While I don't consider the line high end, it is very affordable and worth checking out. There are some eye shadows that are very pigmented but there are also some shadows that aren't so good. The items are so inexpensive (most items between $1.00-$5.00 each) that buying a handful of stuff just to try out wouldn't hurt your pocket.

They constantly have special offers so make sure you sign up for their emails. A recent offer was spend $25.00 (which can get you A LOT of things) and get a free gift with offer code "xxx". The free gifts often come with a variety of their products such as liners, mascaras, primers, shadows. It is a good way to try out a bunch of their products. They also have a new subscription offer where you pay a certain price and get a bunch of items shipped to you monthly, every couple of months, twice a year, etc. I have not tried it but they are definitely following the trend of subscriptions.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Get the Look for Less

Hey Ladies, Here is my latest edition of Get the Look for Less:

Look 1- Katie Holmes Peplum and Leather Pants

Lace Embellished Peplum Tee $34.90 at Express

Zippered Moto Pants $27.80 at Forever 21

Metallic Tim Single Sole Pump $30.00 at Charlotte Russe

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