March 27, 2015

Fail Proof Date Night Style Details

I do my makeup fancy for blog posts all of the time, but typically take it right off to do laundry in my pajama pants and no one ever sees it.  But recently I had the pleasure of having a reason to keep on that fancy makeup AND get dressed up for a night out with my hubby.  Even though we don't get out much (unless it's with our three little ones!) I do have a few outfit + makeup ideas that will never fail me when going into a dressy casual date night...

^^ Heels : Steve Madden \\  Grey Stone Bracelet : Stella & Dot \\  Stone Cuff : INC International  \\  Earrings : INC (similar style here)


Crazy what a little extra eye makeup, false lashes, and some light contouring can do for a gal when getting dolled up, right??  Here's a step by step visual of how I create my favorite date night smokey eye with my original Urban Decay Naked Palette, $54. 

Eye Palette : Urban Decay Naked.  
Colors Used - gunmetal (step 2 & 4), creep (over black eyeliner on upper and lower lid) , 
sin (step 3 & in tear duct), buck (accentuated crease in step 7)
Brow Pencil : MAC "Brunette"
Foundation : Estee Lauder Double Wear in "Ecru" (post review on it here)
Blush : Nars "Orgasm"  \\ Bronzer & Highlight : Charlotte Tilbury FilmStar Duo



Unfortunately I didn't get many pics of us at the actual event benefiting Downtown Ministries, so the two above are it!  We were too busy mingling with great friends and listening to the message about this fundraiser that we didn't have time to mess with our iPhones...refreshing though.  

So when it comes to figuring out what in the world I'm going to wear for a date night, 
there is some simple style math that comes into play...
  • LBD (little black dress)  It might sound cliche, but you seriously will always look chic, sexy, and appropriate in one.  Oh, and yes I included my Spanx Slim Cognitos in the shop post above because no dress is complete without some shape wear.
  • FANCY JEWELRY (costume is totally ok!) So since your LBD might be a bit plain, it's okay to jazz it up with some killer costume jewelry.  I die for big shiny bracelets and/or earrings.
  • SMOKEY EYE.  Seriously one cannot go wrong for a night on the town when choosing to wear a smokey eye. Why do I usually choose this look?  Because when I know I'm going to be eating, drinking, and chatting with people, I don't want to have to worry about touching up a high maintenance bold lip. I'd rather wear a neutral no fuss lip with WOWZA look at my eyes look!
  • STRAPPY HEELS.  I always feel more confident in heels. They make you stand tall and instantly give your calves a mini workout which in turn makes your legs look hotter! I don't wear them often since I've got kids to deal with, but when it's just Scott and me, I know I've got him to hang on to if I need to balance myself because I chose super high heels:)
What are your date night style must haves that make you feel your best?

March 25, 2015

Cinderella : Storytelling Through Makeup

Disney fairytales are the stories that stick in my mind most when growing up and reading as a little girl. I remember those Little Golden Books like it was yesterday and what it felt like to hold them and read them every night.  The story of Cinderella has always been one of my favorites.  I mean it centers around a fantastical glass shoe, turning into a princess by the wave of a magic wand, and good people overcoming mean people - how awesome is that!! So I was ecstatic when I found out they were making a revised "big girl" version of this beloved tale.  Our whole family went to see it the 2nd day it was out and it was just as wonderful as I had hoped it would be. Even my 2 boys, their grandfather, and my hubby went, and everyone loved it!

What struck me most, was how brilliantly the makeup and hair matched the stories of each female character.  Here's how storytelling was played out perfectly through lipstick and curling irons...
^^ Lady Tremaine and her wicked stepdaughters Anastasia & Drizella ^^

If you have seen the movie already, lets be honest, these characters even though nasty, are the most entertaining to look at!  It's because they are SO over the top with their clothing, makeup, and hair. Anastasia is the fiery red head who is clumsy and awkward but tries to make up for it by being mean to Cinderella and Drizella is the meaner of the two sisters (in my opinion) who is haughty and bossy to Cinderella and her own sister.  Then mother Lady Tremaine is about the scariest and intimidating stepmother you can think of.  However, despite those descriptions of Cate Blanchett's character, you don't want to take your eyes off of her because she's so striking!

How they are conveyed through makeup : All 3 women are made to look SO perfectly vain from the outside as to cover up their ugly insides.  Not a hair is out of place in their super tight curled  1940's inspired updos.  Their makeup follows the same suit with dramatically arched eyebrows, highlighted cheekbones, striking winged liner, and bold bright lips perfectly outlined.  Such perfection in hair makeup makes these women seem almost untouchable or approachable. Which is exactly what they are wanting to convey to Cinderella.

When I see a female in a lip as bold red as Lady Tremaine's, I definitely don't think wallflower, I think "this woman means business."  "Dragon Girl" by Nars that I reviewed HERE is the perfect matte mean girl red lipstick...but gorgeous at the same time!

^^ Ella, who turns into Cinderella ^^

This was the only part of the movie that surprised me.  Does anyone else remember the main character starting out as Ella?  Then the stepsisters tag her with Cinder-ella because of the cinders that end up all over her face as she sleeps by the fire to stay warm.  Anyway, the character of Cinderella is so good hearted, strong, and quietly courageous, I loved her instantly and was rooting for her all the way...obviously.

How she is conveyed through makeup :  The actress Lily James is a fresh faced beauty with very little makeup color from the start. She has a bitten lip color and flushed cheeks throughout the movie with very little eye makeup.  Long flowing sandy blonde hair with sun kissed highlights that doesn't seem fussy at all like her step family's hair does.  Her brows are fuller with a bit of wildness to them, which is refreshingly pretty and gives her a sort of don't care attitude about looks. This makes it seem as if she truly doesn't realize how beautiful of a girl she is throughout the story. Even when she gets turned into a beautiful princess by her fairy godmother, (which you can tell she enjoys for the moment) she maintains the good hearted and kind daughter that her mother and father raised her to be. She's beautiful on the outside as well as the inside.

For that natural flushed cheek and lip look, I would recommend the old school classic Benefit Benetint, Cheek and Lip stain.  There's no product that compares when this is what you're going for.   It's the no makeup makeup look!
^^ Fairy Godmother ^^

Immediately when Helena Bonham Carter turned into the Fairy Godmother, my 4 year old leaned over and said, "She doesn't look like the RIGHT fairy godmother."  She was remembering the granny-like full faced bippity boppity boo FG from the original cartoon here!! This was the most revamped main character of them all.  But she was fantastic!!  I couldn't get over how dreamy, whimsical, and slightly kooky they made Fairy Godmother who had Cinderella's best interest at heart. 

How she is conveyed through makeup : Since she is considered a "fairy" of sorts without the wings,  she needed to be really dreamy.  Her hair had rhinestones in it which made her look like she was glowing!  Her false eyelashes were super dramatic and she batted them constantly when she seemed to get overwhelmed with turning lizards into coachmen!  And her teeth were shining bright and white like a diamond so when she smiled at everything she had created, it showed pure joy and happiness (obviously they gave Helena fake teeth for this, bc they were just too over the top perfect!).  To top it off, her nails were super long like the trendy talons you see Khloe Kardashian wearing, which added to her clumsy kookiness.  Because lets get real, you can't do anything with nails that long...unless you have a magic wand that is. 

For lashes like fairy godmother, I would use fake strip lashes on the top and bottom lash line with Ardell Fashion Lashes in "Wispies."

Overall, if you haven't seen the movie, you need to.  It's truly enchanting to watch and reinvented in the most delicious-eye-catching-fairytale-way that still stays true to the original story you remember growing up.  

*Extra Goodies* Did you realize MAC Cosmetics developed a limited edition Cinderella makeup line inspired by the movie? You can check out these dreamy products on here.  And for more insight and beautiful pics of Lady's Tremaine's character outfit inspiration, check out this great article on

Have you seen Cinderella yet? I'd love to know what you thought of the remake!

March 23, 2015

WalMart Giveaway + Silky Smooth Legs With Gillette® Venus Swirl

Now that the temperatures in Georgia are finally starting to get up to where I need to put my jeans away and bust out my shorts, that also means I can't leave home without giving some TLC to my forgotten legs!! Hey they've been in hibernation for almost 5 months!! Luckily it was great timing that I got sent the newest Gillette® Venus Swirl razor plus the Violet Swirl Shave Gel to prep my legs for a little sunshine.

I have extremely sensitive skin on my legs that somehow can get cuts and knicks from razors no matter what, so I was curious if this new duo could break that ugly cycle. The razor is really pretty and purple (and surprisingly lightweight), which I'm not sure if anyone else cares about, but I felt it very luxurious.

The razor is special because it has :

  • 2 moisturizing strips
  • 5 blades with Contour Blade technology - they have thinner finer edges that cut hair at a lower force 
  • Flexiball technology - there is a round metallic joint that allows the blade to swivel side to side (instead of just up and down) meaning that the blades can pivot more easily around the curves of the tricky areas of the female body!

I took one for the team and put this fancy schmancy razor to the test by trying to shave my legs in the quickest amount of time possible.  I am a mom of 3, so showers often get interrupted by someone needing something so there's never a whole lot of time to dilly dally and take my time with anything!!   This razor passed the test and I never once had to think about if I was going to look like Edward Scissorhands when I was done.  But voila, the lovely violet razor passed the test!  The shave gel smelled fresh, not overpowering though,  and was extremely moisturizing.

NOW FOR THE FUN PART!  One of my readers can win a $20 Walmart gift card to buy the best beauty products at the lowest prices and maybe your own Venus Swirl Razor!  This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will close by March 27, 2015.  It's super duper easy to enter - just follow the instructions in the rafflecopter widget below.  Best of luck to everyone!!!

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*This is sponsored post in collaboration with SheSpeaks and Gillette ®Venus. All ideas and opinions are honest and my own as usual!* 

March 18, 2015

Video : Physicians Formula Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit

Lashes lashes and MORE lashes!!! If you read my blog regularly, you know I harp on my love of eyelashes and how I believe they are what makes a face so feminine and flirty.  So I was over the moon when I was recently sent the newest Physicians Formula Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit, $14.95, to try out.  Spoiler alert, it's AWESOMELY AMAZING.  I've got a VIDEO for you spilling the beans on my personal impression of this product plus a tutorial on how best to apply it...

Here's a reminder on how to use this kit :
  1. Mascara - sweep the lash boosting mascara on lashes to prep for fibers and layer on lash boosting ingredients.  I found that doing one eye at a time was best so the mascara didn't dry too quickly before you applied the fibers.
  2. Extensions - brush on the extensions to the upper lashes while mascara is still wet to instantly build lashes. 
  3. Mascara (again) - reapply the mascara to seal and set your extensions. You can repeat this process if you want to, but honestly, once delivers some amazing results!! 
Key benefits are : 1. that you see an improvement immediately, 2. the fibers are all natural made from cellulose, botanical extracts and vitamin E, 3. also conditions and nourishes lashes at the same time! 4. no smudging or flaking after completed application (except for the flakes that fall when applying!).  

I also thought it would be a great testament to this product to show how it works on different eyes other than mine.  So I asked my dear ole (not old!) mom to let me take some before and afters of her 60-something eyes.  She always complains how she has NO lashes, but after applying this system, she is now a believer!  Check out her incredible before and after...

^^ There is my completed eye makeup look ^^

I've tried other lash extension kits before, both actually more expensive than this $15 one and they were from a department store, not an easy to access drugstore.  And hands down, this one is my favorite for sure.  This is absolutely a kit I will repurchase for myself over and over again!  I adore that it gives me false looking lashes without having to wear strip lashes.  Hello feminine fringes!!!! 

If you like what you see, then shop the Physicians Formula Eye Booster Instant Lash Extensions Kit here.  And if you liked my video, be sure to subscribe to my >> YouTube Channel << because the more I see of you all sign up, the more videos it will inspire me to keep making!!

*This is a sponsored post for Physicians Formula through Sway Conde Nast.  All opinions are honest and my own.*

March 17, 2015

St. Patty's Day Pretty

I have always liked celebrating St. Patricks Day.  I'm an all around sucker for any holiday that gives you an excuse to dress up, wear a certain color, or celebrate just about anything!!  Fun fact (maybe!) - my maiden name is 'Greenhaw.' I remember growing up my dad would purposefully NOT wear green on SPD bc he I really think he wanted the excuse to tell people who asked why he wasn't wearing green that, "We don't have to wear the color green to not get pinched because our family wears it every day in our name...GREENhaw"  This might have seemed lame to some, but don't think I didn't use that excuse if I ever forgot to wear the shade of the day!! Thanks Dad.

Back in college it was about the green beer (why does that gross me out now??) but maybe now it's about dying my kids rice krispy treats green!  I do love the idea of "luck" associated with St. Patty's Day and as a kid I would spend forever trying to find a 4 leaf clover in a field of the green stuff and when I did find one, (think that only happened once or twice) you would've thought I hit the lottery and was the luckiest little girl on earth.  Isn't that a great feeling for something so small to create such joy??

Here are some links around the web that I found fun for St. Patty's Day inspiration today:

*  My favorite green eyeshadows - Urban Decay "Zodiac" \ NYX Matte "Covet" \ and MAC "Club"
*  Remember how Katy Perry pulled off green hair beautifully for Cosmopolitan?
*  20 neat Patty's Day inspired nail designs
*  One of the most popular green nail polishes of all time - Essie Mint Candy Apple
*  Linda Hallberg creates a beautiful green shadow look to copy
*  Emerald green heels to die for from Ted Baker.
*  Maxine's St. Patricks Day humor always makes me laugh, here and here
*  Yummy and green Lucky Charm Leprechaun treats
*  The Wiki definition behind St. Patrick's Day

I want to know, do you get into celebrating St. Patrick's Day or is it just me? What do you do to celebrate?

March 16, 2015

3 Spunky Spring Beauty Looks To Try For 2015

Thank goodness the 70+ degrees have hit and spring is close to officially arriving on March 20th (that also happens to be my oldest sons birthday, just FYI).  Can I get a "WA-HOOOO!!!" Which means, I am ready to incorporate some spring-like looks into my makeup and hair! 
Here are 3 fun ways to get into the spring mood...popsicles and blooming flowers are a good start...

I know you might be thinking, "this looks like a kids hairdo," or, "I do this out of necessity when I'm washing my face before bed??"  But trust me, this is super cute, super spunky and super easy when done right...

How to:
1. Take the front section of your hair back towards your ear and pull it straight up towards the ceiling.
2. Tease the back of this sectioned off hair a bit to give some volume.
3. Twist that small ponytail upwards until it starts to coil down on top of your scalp.
4. Secure with a small elastic (I did use my daughter's small clear hair elastic!).
5. Pull a few hairs up and out of the crown of head to give it a slightly messy look and secure with a bobby pin or two around the bun to keep to head.

And yes, even you short haired gals can pull this off and it looks pretty rad, see visual here at

My BRIGHT EYELINER necessities all from
Additional eye shadows : Urban Decay Naked 3 palette

When it comes to the bright eyeliner, choose whatever color makes you happy, easy as that - it can be a flat bright color or a shimmering one like I have on here, whatever floats your boat really.  I love blue, I love purple, I love green, etc etc.  As long as you pair it with the most simple eyeshadow routine and lots of mascara, you're good to go.

How to wear bright eyeliner :
1. Apply a light brow bone color, matte preferably, I used "Strange" from my UD naked 3 palette.
2. Apply a neutral shade of shadow from lash to crease.  I used a golden neutral shade from the same palette, "Trick."
3. Then line only the upper lash line with your favorite bright eyeliner and create a slight flick at the edges of the eye. Don't worry if it looks a little thick at the ends, we will fix that in the next step.  I used this NYX waterproof extreme shine eyeliner in "Sunrise Blue." (these are some of my fave fave drugstore liners, so soft, so pigmented!)
4. To make that flick even wispier, use this slanted bristled brush to pull the color up towards the ear to get that thin flick that tapers off.
5. *Extra Step* I secured my eyeliner even further with a matching stay proof shadow on top with the same brush, L'Oreal Infallible eye shadow in "Midnight Blue." This is a most GORGEOUS shade of blue with a hint of shimmer that makes an incredible navy smokey eye too - I  need to do a future blog post on this one!

Shop my favorite palette for matching cheeks and lips :

Nothing is easier than using ONE product for cheeks and lips.  And spring for me is always about throwing out the clutter and simplifying.  So simplify your look by matching those lips and cheeks!  I reviewed this thebalm palette before here, but I have to express my love for it again.  Most of the shades in it are pretty bright and punchy (think corals and pinks) with the exception of one very wearable bright red and a muted brown that I use to tone down some of the brighter corals.  It's pretty much the bomb for my dry skin and skins in to my skin to create the most beautiful flush.  And, yes, it works on your lips and cheeks!  

From this palette I'm wearing :
On cheeks - mixture of Cider + Crisp
On lips - mixture of Pie + Crisp

For spring it's all about lightening up your makeup and making every thing look fresh, easy and all around effortless.  No lipliner or makeup brushes need for these cheeks and lips, just your good ole handy dandy finger!!

I'm also obsessed with open shouldered tops to welcome in spring. It's sexy but not over the top.  The one I'm wearing is an oldie from one of my fave lines, Free People, so here are a few other options from the brand to shop this look:

I love that Vivian and I can now pull off the same hairdo - she thought this was awesome, and honestly, this 'do is going to be on replay for a lot of this spring and summer bc it's just so darn easy to pull off!!  If you don't follow me on Instagram yet (go HERE!) you will see that my middle son got in on the beauty post action and added a special something to my top knot from our garden after we ended shooting!

Will you incorporate any of these fun and easy looks into your spring routine?  Let me know your favorites (or even which ones you think I might be crazy for!)

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