December 20, 2014

All Black Smokey Eye

When I do a smokey eye, I usually try to make it not too severe by using browns, grays, or purples and throwing in a couple light shades of each.  But sometimes I get the urge to go all out and get a TRUE black smokey look!  
Here's how I achieve that.

Shop My Products Used :

Bobbi Brown "Slate" eyeshadow (to create 1st step outline on eyelid)
the balm Nude'tude Naughty eyeshadow palette (used the dark matte black shade to fill in)
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in "Trooper" (created upper lid wing)
Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in "zero" (black liner on inner waterline & trace tear duct area)
Sonia Kashuk Brow Alert Kit (used the medium brown shade)
Buxom Full On Lip Cream in "White Russian" (my fave sexy nude/pink gloss)

To keep this all black eye look from taking over my face, I like to pair it with a pretty soft pink cheek and subtle glossy sheer light pink lip! 

And speaking of black, have I mentioned my new black pant obsession? These Spanx Faux Leather Leggings, $98.  They are the JAM and are getting worn constantly!!! They are SO comfortable but look killer on.  You know usually things that are comfy aren't necessarily the most fashionable!! I'm wearing a size large (they run really small) but could probably be wearing a medium if I REALLY wanted to be sucked in.

I hardly ever do fashion pics because I'm more comfortable being a beauty and makeup gal.  I'm a horrible poser which is part of the reason I like shots from the neck up!! But I would like to take a moment to thank my 8 year old photographer, Jack, for helping mom out with these pictures.  He did a pretty good job right?!!

**Don't forget to enter my GIVEAWAY with CoverGirl + Rent The Runway HERE that ends tomorrow, Sunday the 21st!! Just in time to help you with your New Years Eve look!! **

December 17, 2014

The Perfect NYE Look + Giveaway With CoverGirl & Rent The Runway

It may not even be Christmas yet but I'm already thinking about what my New Years Eve look will be!!

I am teaming up with SheSpeaks, CoverGirl, Walmart, and Rent The Runway today to giveaway a $50 gift card to Rent The Runway and a tube of COVERGIRL Colorlicious lipstick for one lucky reader to get the outfit dreams are made of to ring in the New Year! (details at end of post). With RTR, you can choose anything that is going to make your outfit shine - from jewelry, handbags, to fabulous dresses, there are so many designer options you'll have a ball trying to choose!!

You can look through various "occasions' when trying to pick the perfect piece on their site,, which helps depending on how fancy or low key your new years eve is going to be.  We usually party at a friends home every year because kids are involved (the one night we parents let them stay up super late!).  The adults always dress up to make it more fun and there is always champagne and funny NYE tiaras involved!  Here are a few pieces I would definitely want to try on while pretending I'm hanging out with Ryan Seacrest...

And what is a New Years Eve look without the perfect finishing touch... a lipstick!!  CoverGirl is introducing their newest Colorlicious line available at Walmart and I am sporting "Yummy Pink" that would pair perfectly with any fancy look. The formula is super velvety on the lip due to the yummy shea butter!  This shade is definitely girly and is a white based cotton candy pink.

And now for the GIVEAWAY!!

SheSpeaks is going to ship one lucky lady a COVERGIRL Colorlicious Lipstick AND A $50 Rent The Runway gift card!  You can visit and to see which Colorlicious shade is your favorite (please note Walmart will carry all 36 shades in stores but only 9 are listed on their site), then come back here and tell me what your perfect New Years Eve night would consist of!

This contest ends Sunday, December 21, 2014 and is open to residents with a U.S. shipping address only.  Winners will be drawn at random and emailed next week! Good luck to everyone!!

*This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks and P&G.*

December 15, 2014

Make Merry With These Makeup + Manicure Ideas

I recently did a blog post swap with professional stylist Lauren Lefevre from the blog Edit By Lauren. She shared with my readers the keys to perfectly layering up this winter and her favorite pieces you must have in your wardrobe HERE.  
And since I asked her to do a post on fashion with you all, she asked me to do the same with beauty for her followers!  So I created these three looks to inspire you to try something new for your holiday parties, family get togethers or even for New Years Eve...

  • Shimmery Silver Belle Eyes
  • Pantone's color of the year - Marsala Mouth
  • Glittery Red Tipped Manicure
Click on this link, Merry Makeup & Manicure Ideas For The Holidaysto see the full post and my how to tutorials for all 3 looks over on her blog.  I'd love to hear your comments on which look was your favorite!

Happy happy Monday everyone!

December 12, 2014

Guest Post : Layering For The Holidays With Stylist Lauren Lefevre

I'm so thrilled to have my super stylish blogger friend Lauren Lefevre from Edit By Lauren back over here guest posting on today.
I always struggle with how to look cute during these cold winter months without looking like a marshmallow cream puff!  So Lauren is here to school us on the most stylish way to layer up!  Take it away Lauren...

One of the most frequently asked questions during my personal styling sessions is how to layer during the fall and winter seasons.

Layering is more than just a practicality when the weather cools. Layering has the power to take any outfit from good to great! 

There are three essential layering peices that every woman should own :: a denim jacket, a fitted blazer and a vest. With these three pieces, the possibilities to mix and match and create multiple outfits becomes limitless!

A denim jacket :: A denim jacket is a wardrobe staple year-round…particularly during the transitioning of seasons. It works layered over fitted sweaters and can provide a casual look for your favorite dresses.  Pair one with a pencil skirt or slacks for the office, as well as with colored cords, pants, and jeans for your weekend looks.
When shopping for a denim jacket, I recommend buying one that is cut comfortably slim through the body and arms.  Make sure to choose a denim that is soft with a hint of stretch to ensure movement and comfort.

Lauren's Favorite DENIM JACKETS to Shop:
Denim 1  \\  Denim 2  \\ Denim 3

A fitted blazer :: A fitted "boyfriend blazer" is another essential and the perfect “jacket alternative” layering piece that can be dressed down with jeans, slacks to the office, or with a cocktail dress for a dressier occasion. Because this style of blazer is more fitted and casual, it sets itself apart from the traditional suit blazer.  Its characteristics tend to be a bit shrunken in the length, fitted through the arms, and the material is often a brushed-cotton.

Lauren's Favorite BLAZERS To Shop :
Blazer 1  \\   Blazer 2  \\  Blazer 3 

A vest :: Vests are my favorite layering pieces this season.  They are not only stylish, but effortless, and super comfortable to wear.  A vest can be worn pretty much over anything including basic tees, button-downs, tunics, and dresses. I particularly love faux-fur vests and "sleek" puffer vests.   Both pieces act as "neutrals" that can be dressed up or down.

Shop Lauren's favorite VESTS:
Vest 1  \\  Vest 2 \\  Vest 3 \\  Vest 4

Shop Lauren's Fave Layering ACCESSORIES :

As far as what to layer over, the answer is pretty much anything. My favorite tops to layer with this season are plaid and chambray button-downs, flowy blouses, and tunic length tops.  The trick is making sure there is balance to your entire outfit.  Keep the outer layering pieces as fitted as possible and make sure blousier tops are paired with slim pants or leggings.

Finish your layered look with a statement necklace or scarf. I call these accessories the "completer piece" that make an outfit feel pulled-together. Open jackets and vests look fabulous accessorized with a long pendant necklace. Short statement necklaces are perfect layered with button-down shirts. Scarves add interest, texture, and a touch of pattern/color to any jacket, blazer, or vest looks.

Don't be afraid to experiment with layered looks.  Find a combination that feels comfortable for you and have fun! 

For more style inspiration, follow along with me on Instagram @laurenlefevre. Thank you to the lovely Jennifer for inviting me to guest post today! XO, Lauren

Can you believe all of the cute outfit ideas Lauren has given you??  Be sure to follow her blog Edit By Lauren to keep up with her great style inspirations and wonderful ability to pair the affordable pieces with the pricier ones.  She has a huge talent!! Now I need her to edit my closet....

December 10, 2014

From Everyday To Holiday Glam Makeup With Q-Tips®

Tools are everything when it comes to creating a flawless makeup look.  So you won't believe your eyes how handy the classic Q-tips® Cotton Swabs and their fancy friend,  Precision Tips, are at implementing a festive look this holiday season.  I am going to show you how I take my basic everyday look, and transform it into a glamorous party look with the help of Q-tips®!

It's one of those items my bathroom ALWAYS has in stock.  And I have learned, NOT to buy the cheap imitators because they seriously don't work as well and the cotton falls right off! I'm a big fan of the Q-tips® Precision Tips which are tapered at the ends and allow for better handling when it comes to actual makeup application due to their flexible stick.  I use the original cotton swabs for cleanups and blending.  

Here are a few ways Q-tips® can take your makeup to glamour girl status in minutes...

Can you believe how many ways these two different types of Qtips® can be used?? It is absolutely amazing!

  • From smudging eyeliner to create a softer line,
  • to easily adding glitter to my eye makeup with glitter glue,
  • precise contouring and highlighting different areas of the face AND being able to blend in with the same tool,
  • applying lash glue with no mess then being able to use the precision tip to comfortably press the strip to my lash line,
  • and lastly applying my cream lip colors mess free and no lip brush necessary! 
Now I know that if I ever forget my actual makeup brushes, I can just pop in a drugstore and purchase these bad boys and not have to bat an eyelash!!  Oh, and not shown, was how much they help clean up the mess of glitter that fell underneath the bottom of my eyes just by dipping them in some makeup remover and then swiping it all away!  So so handy.

If you want to get some other fun Q-tip® beauty inspirational ideas click HERE

Many thanks to Q-tips® for sponsoring today's post and for encouraging me to create my glam look with ease with Q-tips® Precision Tips and the original Cotton Swabs!

Have you tried applying your makeup with these mess free tools?

December 9, 2014

Winter Accessory Of The Moment :: The Beanie, Baby

No no no, not the tiny stuffed toy beanie babies, the cool warm little hats you wear on your head.  I'm obsessed this winter...

 Beanie Shop :

I just love the beanie, especially now that the temperatures are finally dipping.  I don't like having a cold head or ears, and I just can't get into earmuffs, they make me feel like I'm 12 years old!  The beanie looks so hip, cool, and is functional!!  I own a few from years past but this striped one from Target above ($17) is now getting lots of wear because of the multiple colors in it - it literally matches almost everything in my winter closet!  

And it wouldn't be a beauty blog if I didn't fill you in on my hair and makeup right!!  Granted, I use beanies when I don't want to do a dang thing with my hair, but if I want to do a bit of extra effort into my beanie baby look - I'll either do a large loose braid underneath or use my new favorite curling wand by Conair.  It heats up so fast, curls in an instant, and stays put.  Best $20 I ever spent on a hair tool.

 Shop My Look:

My Too Faced palette is starting to look kind of sad and worn, but that just shows the true love I have for matte shadows and colors it offers! When looking at my colors placement above, #4 is actually the only shimmer I used and it is courtesy of THE best nude shimmer product on the market -the BareMinerals Glimmer in "nude beach," $14 and I apply it right in the tear duct to brighten everything up.  I know that's a big statement but trust me, I've had it for over 5 years - going on number 3 bought.  You know that's a good product because it hasn't been discontinued!  I use my butter London cream blush in "honey pie" because well, my skin is about as dry as you can get and powder blushes just sit on top of that scaly skin.  Lips are courtesy of this Mally Beauty gloss in "southern peach" which just seems right for this Georgia girl:)

What's your favorite winter accessory right now?

December 8, 2014

The Best Beauty Gifts For Everyone On Your List Under $100

^^ Glamour girl Sophia Loren at Christmas somewhere during the 1950's ^^ 

We've got 17 days until Christmas.  My 6 year old made sure I knew that this morning as he got today's advent calendar candy out.  And after receiving countless magazines and fliers enticing me to buy stuff for myself (happens every year), I decided after scouring them all that it's time for me to share my own personal best beauty gifts guide that will surely fit anyone on your list - from the Glamour Gal, the Little Diva, to the Manly Man.  Today is also GREEN MONDAY, so some of these retailers are offering extra discounts or free shipping!  

**Disclaimer - I'm a BIG fan of palettes and gift sets when it comes to Christmas gifts.  Anything mini and put in bunches, feels fun and like I'm giving my gift recipient options! ** 




So don't let gift giving stress you out because now you've got at least a few ideas and you don't have to even step foot in a store.  Speaking of holiday stress, if you didn't catch me on on Friday talking on the topic of how I handle holiday stress, you can watch it now here!

This was my first live web cam experience on a panel and even though I was crazy nervous before we went on, once we all started chatting, I had an absolute ball!! You'll even catch a shot of this years family Christmas card they flashed on the screen along with a great terrified Santa pic from last year! Now if I can just follow my own advice:)  I'd love to know what you thought of this segment!