• Fashion Friday- Men’s Casual Business Look

    Check out the outfit I made on #WGWT!

     

    After doing my Fashion Friday posts for a while, I had this thought, I need to put together a men’s fashion post. To be completely honest, I love men’s fashion. Secretly I follow men’s fashion blogs, I check out men’s fashion articles and magazines while in line at the cash register. So here is my hand on my first men’s fashion post. What perfect timing is this for Father’s Day! So this particular post is dedicated to my amazing hubby, who is such a wonderful daddy to our princesses.

    I told you last week about the new site, What Goes With This. It is so much fun. This outfit was actually inspired by a fellow WGWT poster. He had asked about a business casual look that he could do with a pair of jeans. It was so much fun to see this come across my feed, he had another look put together wanting to know if it was ok. I kept his pair of jeans and then switched up the rest a bit.

    • Jeans– For a business casual attire, jeans are acceptable; with the right shirt and accessories. The jeans need to be dark in color, no holes or tears, and they need to sit on your hips. No sagging jeans- sorry guys. (But come-on its not the 90’s anymore and your in a business office, pull up your pants)
    • Shirt– If you are going to be wearing jeans then your shirt needs to be dressy. For an office look, it needs to be a full button up (not just the top three buttons), needs to be collared and it needs to have a classic pattern (pinstriped is the best but you can have others). The shirt needs to come to just a hair past your wrists and you need to be able to fit a finger in the collar once the top button is buttoned.
    • Shoes– Depending on where you are working, and which side of the country you are on will determine your shoes. You can’t go wrong with a pair of solid leather business shoes.
    • Belt– Please Please Please wear a belt. Not just a cloth, something that you would wear with shorts belt. But a real leather belt with a sleek buckle. And please have the belt match the shoes. If you are wearing a black belt wear black shoes, if you have a brown belt wear brown shoes and so on.
    • Extras– If you want to bring this look to the next level then add a suit jacket. Since you are wearing a patterned shirt, the jacket needs to be a solid linen jacket. You can get away with a lot of colors: black, blue, gray are all good. The jacket needs to end just above your wrist crease, so you can see about an inch to an inch and a half of the cuff of the shirt below it. Also, you can add a watch; if you need a little bling.

    This is my absolute FAVORITE look on a man. My hubby knows this and often wears this to the office just because I like it. What about you, do you like this look on a man? What is your favorite look?

  • Benefit Big Easy… Not So Easy

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    I have been looking for a really great BB Cream for this summer. Something that is way lighter then a foundation, but still has some coverage. I have tried a lot of the drugstore ones, and I really like Maybelline BB Cream. But it is not world altering, if you know what I mean. Just good, I want great.

    Benefit has a Bigger Than a BB- Big Easy. Which is a liquid to powder formula, exactly what I am looking for. (Sorry but I am just not a fan of all this dewey look. As someone who battles shine, I like a matte powder look much better) To say I was excited to try it, is a major understatement. Then on my last trip to Sephora, when at check out they ask if you would like to use your points or save them, I saw it! They had a sample of this product. There may have been some jumping in the store. I eagerly scooped it up. To me this was a sign, it was the universe saying that I had found my product.

    The next day, I was so happy as I was trying this for the first time. And immediately after applying it looked amazing. Great coverage without being heavy, it did dry into a wonderful powder look, I was so pleased. And off I went, thinking that I looked sexy as all get out. A little spring in my step.

    When I returned home, only a few hours later, I saw a reflection of myself walking in. What I saw horrified me. It had sunken into ALL of my little lines (even ones that I did not know that I had), I had spots on my nose/chin that were just gone (where they went is anyone guess but it was very evident that it was gone), then it had like bubbled up on my cheeks (like the oil from my skin was trying to get out, but was trapped under a film). Seriously I looked like I was about 30 years older then I really am. Then to make it sting just a little bit more, I broke out like no other then next day.

    While I am happy that I did not sink the $30 into getting a full size of this product, I am quite bummed to lose 150 points to get it. Has anyone else tried this? Did you have a better result? Let me know what your thoughts are.

  • Chocolate Bar In Depth

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    I just realized that, I had an intro to this pallet and a tutorial on it, but I never actually listed the colors or done any actual review on it. No idea how that happened. I guess in all my excited it just slipped my mind. That is how much I am loving this pallet!! Well no fear, I caught my mistake and here is my full review on all the colors/shades/and textures of this fantastic makeup.

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    Starting on the top left corner, moving across the right top row, then going down to the middle far left color, moving across the middle row, then finishing up on the bottom left and moving across the bottom row. Make sense? Okay lets go……

    1. Gilded Ganache– A dark shimmery green-brown.
    2. White Chocolate– A matte white. This is my most used color, I use it as a base color to every look I do with this pallet. Even though it is a matte light color, it covers all the little veins on my eyelid creating a nice blank canvas.
    3. Milk Chocolate– A matte light brown.
    4. Black Forest Truffle– A dark shimmer reddish-brown.
    5. Triple Fudge– A very dark matte brown.
    6. Salted Caramel– A medium orange brown. While at first, I did not think that I was going to love this color, it is quickly becoming one of my favorites.
    7. Marzipan– A shimmery light brown, with a hint of pink. This looks great with Salted Caramel.
    8. Semi-Sweet– A matte medium brown.
    9. Strawberry Bon-Bon– A matte light pink. This was another color that I thought that I was not going to like, but turns out I really love it. It works well with ALL of the colors in the pallet.
    10. Candied Violet– This is a glittery purplish shade. Not one of my favorites, and it has the most fallout of the lot, but it is a really pretty shade. It gives the browns a nice little subtle color.
    11. Amaretto– A dark shimmery burgundy brown.
    12. Hazelnut– A medium shimmery brown.
    13. Creme-Brulee– A light shimmery golden brown. This colors looks amazing over anything, and with all the shades in the pallet.
    14. Haute Chocolate– A dark shimmery brown.
    15. Cherry Cordial– A dark shimmery red.
    16. Champagne Truffle– A light shimmery white with a tinge of pink.

    As you can see there is a huge range of colors and textures to work with. The possibilities are endless. All of the colors are so creamy, and they are so easy to blend. I am not sure if the cocoa powder in them melts with your body heat or what, but they seem to melt into a perfect consistency making them a dream to work with. And lets not forget the amazing chocolate smell that you get with this shadow. Even after using it everyday, I still LOVE that smell. If you only get one new pallet this year, I would HIGHLY recommend this one.

    What are you thoughts on this pallet? Did I miss anything important?

     

  • LOTW- Chocolatier

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    I am so in love with Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Collection. So the next few tutorials I will be using it, because I have yet to use any other makeup since I got it. Hehe. It really is a fantastic pallet, if you are looking for a great natural colored pallet. Many people like having some more “pop” of colors in theirs and I understand that. For me, personally, I like more natural colors; browns and earthy tones are what I typically wear. You can have a wide range of looks from those. Everything from light nude looks to dark smokey eyes. While this pallet has some pops, they are still in the earthy range.

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    Today’s look will be quite simple using only this pallet (at least on the eyes). It will be a matte light look, very natural. We will only be using four colors: White Chocolate, Semi-Sweet, Strawberry Bon Bon, and Milk Chocolate.

    MakeUp Needed:

    Step 1-
    Apply White Chocolate all over eyelid, from lash line to eyebrow

    Step 2-
    Apply Semi-Sweet to the outer third of your eye, from Lash line to crease.

    Step 3-
    Also apply Semi-Sweet under your eye, from your outer corner in about a third.

    Step 4-
    Apply Strawberry Bon-Bon in the middle of your eyelid, from lash line to crease. You are going to want to overlap the colors Semi-Sweet and Strawberry Bon-Bon a little so they are blended well and there is no line from the two colors.

    Step 5-
    Apply Milk Chocolate into your crease and slightly above it.

    Step 6-
    Apply your foundation in a stippling motion under your eyes, around your nose, on your chin, and on your forehead. Then blend in with large circular motions.

    Step 7-
    Apply Bobbi Brown blush to your cheek bones, very lightly. Then blend in circular motions.

    Step 8-
    Apply lipstick to your lips.

    Step 9-
    Last and final step, curl your eyelashes and apply mascara.

    Super easy look, using very minimal product and giving you a fresh looking face. Has anyone else tried this pallet? What are your thoughts or favorite colors to put together?

  • Monday Morning MakeUp Madness… Party #17

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    Party #17

    Happy Monday!!!! How is everyone’s summer break going? Mine has had some really great points, but it is odd not doing school every day.

    We had some really great link ups this week. I loved going through them all!! Last week we had a tie for the most click though links:

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    Beauty Under 10:
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  • Fashion Friday- Vintage Inspired

    Check out the outfit I made on #WGWT!

    For my Fashion Friday posts, I normally put together through PolyVore, and while I really honestly enjoy that site I found it lacking a few items. So I was beyond excited when What Goes With That reached out to ask me to use their site. Not only can you put together outfits, it is a full social media site. You can post your outfits, you can ask questions (so if you get a new pair of shoes you can get advice on what to wear with them) and you can give advice to other who have asked for help pulling together a look. It is so much fun how interactive it is. They are a brand new site, so they are not quite as robust as PolyVore, but it is fun being on the ground floor of something new. If you have a moment, and enjoy fashion then go take a moment and go play over there.

    This is my first outfit that I have pulled together though their site. While I miss the fancy templets of the other site, I really enjoying the simplicity of What Goes With This. And I LOVE this vintage look. Everything about this outfit from the earrings to the shoes.

    • Dress– While I am not a huge fan (don’t dislike it, just kind of indifferent) of the horizontal stripes, this one I think works. I mean who really wants a horizontal line across your behind making it look wider then it is? But this one I think that I like. Whats the difference? I like that the stripes get thinner and closer together through the waist. This will make your waist look thinner and smaller, giving you a more hour glass figure.
    • Earrings– There is nothing classier then a good pair of pearl earrings. This pair looks great with a small drop down. Very simple, very elegant.
    • Shoes– What a great pair of nude sandals. Aren’t these just screaming summer??

    So what are your thoughts? Do you like this or not quite your cup of tea? Did you take a moment to look at WGWT? What are your thoughts on that?

  • e.l.f. Haul

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    Gotta love Target. I swear I go in for a single item and leave with a cart full of stuff. Lets be honest for a moment, it’s all the kids fault. Yup totally just threw the girls under the bus and blamed this on them. But before you get all upset and stop reading me forever, let me explain. I pop in to our local Target, you know for a simple gallon of milk (so the girls have something to drink with the totally healthy nutritious dinner that I have been slaving on all day) and then Tink sees something that she, “just can’t live without”. Now how fair is it to just get her something, so then we have to find a little something for each of the other princesses. And if we are looking for something for all of them, then the hubby too needs a little something.  Before you know it, cart is full of stuff that was not on the list; all because Tink just had to have something.

    {deep breath} Okay so maybe that is not exactly how it always happens, maybe the girl that starts the ball rolling…. might…. occasionally… be… me. It really does not take a lot to get me over to the makeup aisle. Then it is all down hill from there.

    So this last trip, I was able to score a few e.l.f items. It is a brand that I have heard a lot about, and the pricing is wonderful. Most of their items are between $1-$3 dollars. Seems like a stretch to me, a $1 for lipstick that (1) has good color and (2) any amount of lasting power. So I started with a small haul.

    1. MakeUp Removing Wipes- $3.00 for a pack of 20. They did an impressive job. While I do have a whole routine that I like (you can see the product here and I have started using the Soniclear which is awesome), there are some nights that a good makeup wipe is just so much better. It was able to get off all my makeup; including my eyeliner and mascara. A few draw backs though; it stings a bit taking off my eyeliner and two you need to use a washcloth to wipe off the residue it leaves. But for $3.00 I think I can look over those small items.
    2. e.l.f. Baked Blush- $1.00 for a decent sized blush. The color is great, it is a bit of a peachy color once applied. It is applies very easily, the color is pretty sheer but build-able. But there is no staying power. I applied it mid-morning, and by after lunch it was completely gone. No idea where it went. So while pretty, and a great price point, I just don’t have time to keep re-applying it through out the day. So to the girls it went.
    3. Matte Lip Color- $1.00 for a crayon style lipstick. I love a good nude lip color, and to find one that was a matte, I was so excited. It really is a great little product. Lots of pigment, looks like the color on the box, not drying. All in all a good find. Not a great color on me though, boo. But again the girls were so happy to get this little find.

    Have you guys tried e.l.f. and if so what are your thoughts? What are your favorite cheap finds?

  • lush hair product

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    I will totally admit that I am horrible to my hair. I wash my hair every, single day. Do I use great expensive shampoo? Ha, I am a stay at home mama to three kids, there is no way that I am spending $40 a month on shampoo. So whatever is on sale is what I use. Now, if I wash my hair, then I have to blow dry it. Not much of a fan air drying, or wet hair. Then I curl it most days. Plus with it being summer time, I like a little lighter look. Like clockwork, I am at my salon getting all bleached out. Really I am amazed that I still have hair with how harshly I treat it. Do I have dried, died, fried hair?

    Nope. In fact, I get so many compliments on how soft, shiny, bouncy, and touchable my hair is. My girlfriends often ask me what I do, since they know that my habits are less then ideal. My response is always a smile, a thanks, then just a wave of the hand saying that I must have gotten great genes from my mom. (My mom has the exact opposite of my hair… I am straight, hers is curly; mine is fine, hers is coarse; mine is thin, she has more then what she knows what to do with. So exact opposite ends, but no one can argue with how fickle genetics can be) I am going to share with you all my secrets; but you have to promise not to be telling everyone.

    The big secret is just one word… LUSH. Yup, it is that easy. They have AMAZING hair care products. All of them, just like all of their products, are all natural, no testing on animals, and smell heavenly. This is my little army to fix all of the “stuff” that I do to my poor hair.

    The routine:
    1) Twice a week I use: Jasmine and Henna Fluff-Eaze. You put this on before you get in the shower. Rub it throughout all your ends, and all over. Don’t rub on your scalp, it takes FOREVER to wash off lol. Leave in for 10-15 minutes, then jump in the shower and wash like normal. It leaves my hair so soft and fluffy. The days that I use it, the hubby cant keep his hands out of it.

    2) On the days that I don’t use Fluff-Eaze, I use R&B. You apply a tiny, and I mean tiny, amount to clean hair. When I get out of the shower, I comb out my hair then flip upside and shake it all out so its loose. Then grab an amount that, at most, is the size of a pea. Rub into your palms then apply to the ends of your hair. This is full of butters and oils so you want to stay away from your scalp. Then blow dry and style as normal. It add so much shine and softness, plus it smell so wonderful. It keeps al the fly-aways and frizz completely away. That smell lasts too, going to bed I still get whiffs of it.

    3) After curling my hair, I use their Sea Spray. For the life of me, I can’t get curls to stay. My hair is so fine and so thin that curls just fall out. Not with this. No idea what they use to make my hair hold, and frankly I don’t care. After styling, just spray this on like hairspray. It really leaves your hair looking and feeling like you have spent the day at the beach, lots of texture and shine.

    Thats it. No other products, no other items. So what is your hair routine? Do you spend a lot on shampoos or products? What products do you live by?

  • LOTW- Maleficent Inspiration

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    Has anyone had a chance to see this yet? I am so looking forward to seeing it. Maybe I will take Tink out, and have a mommy-daughter date. It has been a while since we had one and I know that this movie is a bit to dark for the little girls.

    Today’s look is inspired by this movie. Those chiseled cheeks, those red lips, and the perfectly heavy lined eyeliner. While we will never have Angelina’s bone structure, we can copy this look. This look will be a bit more intensive than some of the other looks, but won’t be any harder to accomplish.

    MakeUp Used-

    • Black Eyeliner- Both in a pencil and in a gel
    • Mascara
    • MAC- Brule (eyeshadow)
    • MAC- Omega (eyeshadow)
    • MAC- Brun (Eyeshadow)
    • MAC- Shroom (Eyeshadow but we will be using as a highlighter for your cheeks)
    • MAC- CopperPlate (Eyeshadow)
    • Clinique Better than MakeUp (Foundation)
    • Too Faced- Chocolate Soleil (Bronzer)
    • Clinique- Sugared Maple (Lipstick)

    Step 1-
    Line both your upper and lower water-lines (that rim around your eye) with the black eyeliner.

    Step 2-
    Line your upper eyelashes with the black pencil as well. This will give you a guide for later when we apply the black gel liner.

    Step 3-
    Apply Brule all over lid, from lash line to eyebrow.

    Step 4-
    Apply Copperplate over lid, being careful not to go above the crease.

    Step 5-
    Blend Omega into the crease and slightly above it.

    Step 6-
    Apply Brun heavily along both the upper and lower lashes.

    Step 7-
    Apply your gel eyeliner along the top lash line.

    Step 8-
    Apply your foundation all over your face by stippling it on (under your eyes, around your nose, on your chin and on your forehead) then blending with large circular motions. (I am on vaca and totally left this foundation at home. Please forgive me that it is not in the picture.)

    Step 9-
    We are going to apply quite a bit of bronzer, the look will be harsh and dramatic. You want to apply this just under your cheek bones. It will accentuate your cheek bones making them pop a bit. The darker the bronzer the more they will pop.

    Step 10-
    Now we want to highlight the tops of your cheek bones, again to help make those bone pop. Apply Shroom to the tops of your cheek bones. (The great thing about highlighter, is that you don’t need to go out and buy any additional product. Any light, slightly shimmer eyeshadow color will work)

    (Note- we are going to skip on the blush with this look)

    Step 11-
    Apply a dark red lipstick. Personally I like Sugared Maple.

    Step 12-
    Last but never least, curl your lashes and apply mascara.

    What are you thoughts. Do you ever wear this much makeup? Is this a look that you might wear on a date night out?

  • Monday Morning MakeUp Madness.. Party #16

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    Monday Morning MakeUp Madness
    Party #16

    This was my girls first week off of school. Since we homeschool, in the past we have just schooled year-round. Taken a week here and there, but no big long sumer break. This year we doing things different, and we are having a proper summer break. Not entirely sure what to do for next 9 weeks, or how to keep the kids from bickering for the next  9 weeks. They really are great sisters, and they are each-others best friends. But, my girls are very scheduled kids, they like the routine of knowing what goes on every day. So this whole, no plans, lets see how the day goes, maybe we will go out or maybe we will stay in. Going by the seat of our pants type of life, is not sitting to well with them. So maybe it will just take a bit to get use to. Knowing my luck, once they are use to it; school will be starting back up. Any tips from mama’s that have survived past summers would be greatly appreciated.

    *I know that last week’s party fell on a holiday so we were all busy with BBQ’s and parties. But our click through ratio was really low. For the first time we just posted and ran. I hate nagging, but make sure that you take a moment to check out what everyone has been up to. If you like what you see leave a little love, everyone likes getting a comment. It is a party after all*

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