July 30, 2014

Sparkle And Shine From Head To Toe

It's never a bad thing to add a bit of sparkle, shimmer, or shine to your look.  In small doses of course so you don't end up like a human disco ball!  Just one piece of the shiny stuff added to your makeup, jewelry, or clothing can make you feel like the STAR that you are!

Metallics, sequins, shimmers, diamonds (or fake rhinestones!) or whatever floats your boat, add a little bling to your everyday outfit and you will feel fancy even if you're headed to the grocery store!   Here's why I'm loving these pieces...

1. Ear Cuffs.  All the rage in the accessory world (in addition to #11), and I've been looking for the perfect one.  This droplet one from Bauble Bar is insanely cool and adds an edge to the boring one hole earring!
2.  Glitter Mani.  Polish is probably one of the easiest ways to pull off shimmer and this extreme gold and silver one will get those nails noticed for sure.
3. Diamond Lips.  Buxom lip glosses do it for me every time and it comes in a silvery shimmer shade called "crushed diamonds." Need it say more to get me to buy it??
4. Neck Bar.  Apparently metallic bar necklaces are THE accessory anyone can pull off. This C Wonder one is affordable and simple enough to go with any outfit.
5. Temporary Jewelry. I can't go every other Instagram without seeing these metallic temporary tattoo jewelry all over the place.  You can wear them on your wrist, fingers, neck, and they add major decoration without the needle commitment. (You can also layer multiple bracelets minus the clanging noise!)
6. Shimmering Skin. Who doesn't want glowing skin??  This Becca skin perfecting powder would do wonders applied to the tops of those cheekbones and give you that warm glow even when cold winter rolls around.
 7. Hologram Clutch.  I just ordered this for myself because I figured what cooler way to add some shine to an outfit than with a rock star ASOS clutch like this?! And it's bigger than most, because I carry a lot of stuff with me!
8. Metallic Legs.  Shiny sequin leggings with a denim shirt or oversized sweater for fall?  Sign me up for that killer combo.
9. Metal Ankel Bracelet.  Nude heels go with every outfit imaginable, and this metal ankle bracelet adds some extra bad girl vibe. (and they're currently on sale at Nordstrom!) 
10.  Sequin Cardi.  I saw an image on Pinterest here, of a girl wearing a sequin cardi/jacket with cut off denim shorts, and now I know this is one Rachel Zoe piece in my wardrobe I could wear now and into Fall! (it would be a splurge piece for sure though)
 11. Cool Eyelid Shimmer Shadows.  Bobbi Brown is showing you that this palette of sand and surf shimmer can add a cool summer vibe on your lids all year round!

I'm not one to hold on to a special sparkly piece because I don't have a special occasion for it.  Life is short, wear your sparkly pieces today! Live and wear in the moment! 
How do you sparkle and shine?

**Don't forget to enter my GIVEAWAY HERE with Balance Bar and Ball Canning going on now! It's all about staying active and healthy this summer!**  

July 28, 2014

MAC Most Wanted Brown Eyeshadows

As much as I love fun rainbow colored eyes, neutral browns will always hold a special place in my heart.  Browns are comfortable, easy to wear, and MAC has like a gazillion brown choices!  But these are the 3 MAC brown shadows that are currently getting lots of eye time :
 Swiss Chocolate, All That Glitters, and Sable. 



How I applied these shades on my eyes : 
  1. I took the "sable" from lash line up to my crease, 
  2. then played up just the crease area (following the eye socket area) with the "swiss chocolate," 
  3. then finished off the lower lash line with "all that glitters."  
^^ Excuse the creepy sultry look! Was trying to get a good hair shot of my dye job!!^^

I have gotten approached lately about my hair color and so I shared this Garnier Nutrisse Color Foam in Darkest Brown above in my shop post.  It's one of my go-to's when I want an all over shiny rich brown that borderlines on black.  And the lipstick, "British Red," by L'Oreal is a hot hot orange based red that brightens my complexion immediately!  
Red lips + neutral brown eyes + no gray hairs = Always a winner!!

I'd love to know - What are your most wanted brown shadows? (If I could choose a 4th runner up brown that I has been a staple in my makeup kit, it would be MAC "Cork.")

**Don't forget to enter my GIVEAWAY HERE with Balance Bar and Ball Canning going on now! It's all about staying active and healthy this summer!**

July 25, 2014


^^ My recent gift from Moon and Lola received at the #sbscon^^

(Hash-tag)... Noun  
On social networking websites a word or phrase preceded by a hash mark (#)
used within a message to identify a keyword or top of interest and facilitate a search for.

I know you saw this necklace already from my recent post here, but it pretty much sums up my life as a blogger, every other blogger, and social media addicts alike.  Everything is about key words and trying to make it easier for people to find you.  As much as I love getting creative with hashtags, I also get annoyed at myself trying to always attach one to my everyday life.  When did hash tagging everything become such a "thing?" Remember this hilarious skit all about hashtags with cutie Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon?!  If not, I've attached it for your enjoyment.

So this weekend I am going to be busy busy with wedding makeup and teaching sessions then we are off to spend some time with my hubby's and my family out of town. (#makeupartist #ilovemyjob)So that means a lot of preparation and packing to do. (#norestfortheweary)  I always love visiting my parents bc I do little to no laundry or dishes and we get to go out to eat a lot!  (#score) And the kids can get away from their boredom of being at home which will be refreshing bc I think the summer time is getting to them since we don't have much of a schedule.  Honestly, it's getting to me too. We love each other, but we've had a lot of time together, and sometimes that can backfire! (#winkwink #family) You work from home moms know where I'm coming from. (#workfromhome #impossiblewithkids) What are you up to this weekend?  

*Don't forget to enter to win my recent giveaway with Balance Bar HERE and come see my at my event in Atlanta on August 7th HERE.*
I'm going to leave you with the most appropriate hashtag for today....#TGIF

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July 24, 2014

Balance Bar Summer Shape Up Challenge & Giveaway

*This giveaway is now closed.  LANEYBREWER you are the winner of this giveaway!! Please email me at jennysuemakeup@gmail.com with your contact info.  
Thanks to everyone who participated!*

Summertime always gives me more inspiration to work out rather than the cold winter months (hello bulky sweaters).  I mean it's swimsuit season for goodness sakes!  Since my kids are home with me all summer, I haven't been hitting the gym as much, because well, they hate the day care at the gym.  So we compromised, got creative, and hit the pool for exercise instead...

Balance Bar has kicked off a campaign to challenge everyone to stay healthy and active this summer with at least 30  minutes a day along with fitness expert and trainer Holly del Rosso.  I mean, I can throw my 6 year old around the pool for 30 minutes and that gives me an awesome upper body workout, right?!! Walker really had a blast with all of the takes we took to try and get this image above.  And I must say, I did too.  A cool water pool beats a workout in a smelly gym any day!

So I am teaming up with Balance Bar to giveaway to one lucky JennySue Makeup reader, a box full of goodies to motivate you to keep in shape for the rest of the summer months.
Your package will include :
  • Variety of Balance Bar flavors.  (Mine had peanut butter and cookie dough - cookie dough was my ultimate fave). Check them out on Pinterest for active inspiration!
  • Ball&#0174 Jar + Ball&#0174 Wide Mouth Jar Infuser (perfect for fresh cucumber/lemonlime/watermelon water during your workout!). Check out their Pinterest and Twitter page for some refreshing ideas!
  • Balance Bar branded ear buds (because it's easier to workout with your favorite tunes!) 

Here is all you need to do to ENTER :

1.  Leave a comment in this post about your most creative way to workout.  It can be as simple as doing squats while you blow dry your hair (yes, I try to do this every now and then!!)
2.  Like these Facebook pages : Balance Bar and Ball Canning.
3.  Follow JennySueMakeup on Instagram and leave me a quick comment there too!  My images are all about my family and makeup of course, and I LOVE LOVE my Instagram followers!!

Be sure to hang out with Balance Bar on their Twitter page for a chat on July 31st at 3pm!

This giveaway is open to one U.S. winner and the contest will end on Friday, August 1st, 2014. 
Good luck to everyone and celebrate summer by staying active! 

July 22, 2014

Girls Day Out With Star 94 At The Outlet Shoppes At Atlanta

I am so thrilled to be a part of a ladies day out event of pampering now that back to school is about to hit and we mamas will be able to shop without the crazy kiddos around in a relaxing environment.  Sounds lovely right?!

Come join me for mini makeovers and tips for getting your face ready in the shortest amount of time along with Star94's awesome on air personality Cindy Simmons, and stylist Elizabeth Herrin of the blog, MzSavvyStyle.  In addition to the makeup and styling tips, there will be giveaways to win, snacks and beverages from Taqueria Tsunami, plus a FREE GIFT to the first 25 people to show up!  
It will be a fun day just for the ladies to get into the back to school spirit!

Here is a link with all of the details
Where :The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta in Woodstock, GA 
Time : 11am-1pm.

I hope you will take some time for yourself and come hang with us! I'd love to meet my Atlanta readers and help you out with some fresh new makeup tips and tricks! 

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July 21, 2014

Happy Anniversary

They say 13 is an unlucky number.  I'm here to prove that is completely untrue because today I am celebrating what I consider to be 13 lucky years of marriage to my best friend.

I'm not hear to paint a picture like everything in our past 13 of years of marriage has been perfect, because picture perfect would be boring and we have grown stronger from our ups and downs.  Cliche, maybe, but very true. I think the downs and the way they are handled in a marriage, are a true testament of what your bond is really made of.  This man has had the best outlook on our trying times and it carried over into my views on everything and made me love him more.

I have found a partner in crime who truly gets me and cares for me (and our children) more than I thought humanly possible for one person.  Scott makes even ordinary moments more fun in our house.  He is an encourager who makes me and the kids feel like we can do anything and supports me in my decisions.  Even if he doesn't agree with them, he talks them through with me and never makes me feel like my ideas or ways of doing things are stupid.   Overall, Scott brings out the best in me and I hope I do for him as well.

I never could have dreamed that becoming parents would also make us so much stronger and closer.  Not to toot our own horn, but toot toot!, I think we're pretty fun parents to our three.

I mean these pics above shows that Scott helped me conquer my fear of heights with a zip lining tour and we as a family have a blast together (even in the car waiting out the rain!). We both have parents that are still together (mine just celebrated 45 years together) which I know is a pretty big deal nowadays.  Our parents have set a standard of what it means to love each other unconditionally and I think they are a great example for our relationship.  Like the Pooh bear quote above says that caring too much equates to love, I truly believe and feel that in our own marriage.  I definitely already pray and hope that my children never settle for anything less in choosing a spouse or relationship.

Even though we got married fairly young, me 23 and him 25, I guess we just got lucky that our hearts knew they were meant to be together.  I'm sure this sappy blog post has you a bit uncomfortable right now Scott but I just had to put it out there how much you mean to me.  Happy 13 years and cheers to many more.

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July 17, 2014

Southern Blog Society Coffee Talk Recap

This past weekend I attended the 2nd annual Southern Blog Society Coffee Talk and it was F.U.N!!

Blogger friends from around the Atlanta area : Natalie, Kate, Elle, and Mae.
I've linked their blogs - def check these ladies out! 

Image courtesy of Rebekah Carson Photography.

 The cutest notebooks from Tiny Prints for us to doodle on.

I snuck up on the SBS co founders Cathy from Poor Little It Girl and Jessica from My Style Vita 
while they were posing for the camera. Because that's what bloggers do.

Can I get some leg exercises advice from these ladies?? Wow!
Co founders Cathy and Jessica along with Lauren from Edit by Lauren
Remember this great post she did for my readers?!

Awesome vendors like ASOS (cool chic clothing for great prices!) & Kendra Scott (crazy glam jewelry line) who handed out goodies to all of us attendees.  
Images courtesy of Rebekah Carson Photography.

The acrylic moon and lola hashtag necklace we got in our swag bag. Awesomely hilarious and relevant to bloggers.

Image courtesy of Rebekah Carson Photography. 

My new favorite lip gloss, Sheer Love, by PLA Beauty we also received at the coffee talk. 
(Future blog post on some of their other lipstick + glosses to come!)

The contents of my swag bag.  I'd say I racked up with some pretty cool stuff.

This was just the tip of the iceberg of what the Southern Blog Society weekend consisted of.  I missed out on the night before and the rest of the weekend which included a luncheon, pool party, and MORE swag items!! Not to sound greedy (but here it goes) I've been a little jealous of some of the other SBS bloggers I follow and seeing the oodles of other free stuff they got that attend the remainder of the weekend!   

Thank you to Jessica and Cathy for gathering all of these wonderful and talented women together.  And for creating such an awesome environment to learn and play together in! I know it was hard work, but it certainly paid off!

If you are blogger living in the south, definitely check out becoming a member of The Southern Blog Society.  And maybe next year you can attend this awesome event!  I hope I can be a repeat attendee:)

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July 15, 2014

How To Master The Bold Lip

Never underestimate the power of a BOLD SHADE OF LIPSTICK and what it can do for your face when you have little time (or the creativity) for anything else...

Shop My Look:
Lips : MAC "Flat Out Fabulous" | Eyes : Anastasia Brow Wiz in Soft Brown, Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette (colors used - "strange" all over, "burnout" lashes to crease, "factory" in the crease only  Cover Girl Lash Blast mascara |  Skin:  Nars "Mata Hari" blush, Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse, Too Faced Primed & Poreless Primer, Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz Shimmer Brick (on tops of cheekbones and bridge of nose)

The easiest way for me to feel fancy in a split second, is to put on a look-at-me lipstick.  I can be wearing the most minimal amount of makeup and a simple slicked back ponytail (which is seriously the result of 3 days worth of no time to wash my hair) and when that bold lip color is swiped on, I immediately feel put together.  I know it seems scary if you are a minimal makeup gal, but you're probably the perfect person to pull this look off then!!

Don't doubt yourself when it comes to trying out this look.  Here are my keys to to making it work:

1.  If you are a newbie to a daring lip, go for a matte or semi matte formula (which means no shine).  A matte formula looks a bit more sophisticated on everyone when choosing a bold color which makes it a bit easier to pull off without look cheesy.
2.  Skip the lip liner, add a coat of your foundation over your lips before applying.  Keep it fresh and youthful without the stuffy perfect lip liner, who has time for that anyway!  Wiping your foundation over your lips while you're doing your skin will also help give the lipstick a clean base to make the color pop!
3.  Choose a blush with similar undertones to your bold lip choice.  I chose the Mata Hari bc it has a purple-plum base that my fuchsia lipstick also had.  They don't need to be copycat shades, just close in color.
4.  Keep the eyes very simple. This means you can skip the eyeliner, use a couple of neutral shades of shadow (feel free to make one of them a shimmer!) and load on the mascara!

Do you go for BOLD?  What is your go-to shade?

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July 14, 2014

Monday Beauty Mantra

"Andy Warhol realized ART could take any form.  
Putting on your MAKEUP is kind of a self portrait."
Francois Nars, creator of Nars Cosmetics

This photo was a car-makeup-selfie-check before I arrived at the Coffee Talk hosted by the Southern Blog Society I attended this weekend at the W Buckhead hotel. (If you are a southern blogger, you should def check out becoming a member.  A fun recap of the event will be posted on my blog later this week!).  

As a makeup artist, beauty blogger, and female who just all around adores what cosmetics can do for my self confidence, it really is all about using your makeup to express who you are or what you want to be that day.  I had to pull my look together for a 6am drive into Atlanta that morning, and was thankful that my green eyeshadow (MAC "Club"- seriously an all time fave greenish-brown I've owned and re-purchased for the past 5 years!) and liner combo (a recently discontinued Revlon green - boo) I picked helped make me look more awake than I really was!

Makeup is all about experimentation, playing around, and working with different products until you find that just right shade or techniques that make you feel most like you.  And if at first you don't succeed, try try again. That's why God made eye makeup remover and face wash:)  

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July 10, 2014

BodyBrite Pure Oxygen Facial Review

I recently had the opportunity to try out an oxygen facial at my local BodyBrite franchise here in Athens.  Which honestly when I heard the description was a bit wary.   They were going to shoot oxygen into my skin??  Well yes, kind of...

^^The tools and skincare products used on me during the treatment.^^

^^The big ole oxygen machine!^^

^^ Car selfie - My skin AFTER treatment was completed.  Makeup free (okay tinted lip balm + leftover mascara) and the pics really don't do it justice.
It really was glow-y and very dewy looking!^^

^^ From left to right - Owner Annie, and Christy who performed my treatment.^^ 

*I'm really taking one for the team here people posting these pictures sans makeup! Hahaha!*

The 45 minute oxygen facial proved to be more relaxing than expected.  On their official website it is marketed as:
After the age of 25, the skin's normal oxygen supply decreases and skin loses up to 65% of its moisture content, resulting in a tired, dull complexion. We’ll put that life-giving oxygen back into your skin, neutralizing free-radicals, strengthening the immune system against acne-causing bacteria and fighting skin redness, wrinkles and pigmentation. Adding back oxygen also strengthens your existing collagen and elastin, which keep your skin young and dewy.  
In the DermaOxy O2 treatment, concentrated oxygen combined with five different herbal mixtures is sprayed on the face and décolleté. This cocktail penetrates deep and delights the skin, smoothing it from the inside out to stimulate blood circulation and cell renewal.
My Experience :
  • There is no soothing music like in a typical spa atmosphere but the hum of the big oxygen machine is enough white noise to put you to sleep.  However with me I was asking questions the entire time so no sleeping here - but between the questions in my head, I felt myself dozing.  
  • When it came to the oxygen part with a tiny blower (looks like an airbrush makeup  stylus) that pushed O2 into my skin, I had a tickle takeover.  I could NOT stop giggling bc it tickled so bad on me!! I was actually kind of embarrassed but couldn't help myself.  I think I gave Christy a big kick that I couldn't pull it together.  She said it doesn't usually have that effect on people so guess I am the exception!
  • My facial consisted of skin cleaning, serums, moisturizing, exfoliating, and this cool flat instrument (above) that rolled the products in and felt awesome.  
  • The description of the facial on the website says it goes all the way down to the décolleté (chest) however my treatment didn't go past my neck. 
  • The after look of my skin was beautiful and glowing.  I have dry skin, so this treatment kept it feeling super hydrated and dewy throughout the rest of the day which I loved.
They said the oxygen facial is a great treatment for brides the day of their wedding and that makeup goes on really smoothly afterwards.  I however chose to go makeup-less the rest of the day and let my skin enjoy the rest since I'm ALWAYS caking on the makeup.  Overall, this wasn't the type of facial experience I am used to.  Typically my facials are done in a spa atmosphere which involves low lit rooms, soothing music playing, the smell of candles burning, and cushy bathrobes followed by hot tea or a glass of water.  The BodyBrite facial is more about the facial without all of those other bells and whistles, with a clean and bright simple interior.  You have to get that elaborate spa environment out of your head and realize you're there JUST for the treatment and not the ambience.

Three other treatments offered at BodyBrite include their most popular, which is HAIR REMOVAL then SKIN REJUVENATION and TEETH WHITENING.  All of their facials are performed by licensed estheticians.  Big thanks to Christy who did my treatment (and answered all of my annoying questions!!) and to the owner Annie who has had this business for 2 years and was also super friendly and welcoming.   After chatting with them both about their successful hair removal treatments, I'm thinking seriously that underarm hair is the next to go! 

Follow them on Facebook here to find out specials they are constantly having - just saw that this same oxygen facial is HALF PRICE ($44.50) thru this Saturday the 12th of July!! 

Have you visited a BodyBrite before?

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July 8, 2014

Help PRIMP Grow! : Empower The Mobile Beauty Shopping Cause

I believe in the entrepreneurial spirit of women. I believe that cosmetics and beauty products are a simple way to make us feel like better versions of our natural selves.  I believe we should be able to shop the vast beauty aisles of a department store and/or drugstore without being completely overwhelmed and confused.  
I believe there is an app for that - it's FREE and it is called Pretty In My Pocket.  It is now looking to expand its audience and provide more help to the masses through a crowd funded project with Plum Alley.   

You MUST watch this short video above by the female creator, Caroline Van Sickle.  She is not a makeup professional, just an everyday woman who saw a gap in the beauty market and wants to fill it to make our lives easier when it comes to shopping for our beloved beauty products.  Especially when there is no one in a one mile radius around you in the makeup aisle at Target and you just need to find that right lipstick or eyeshadow in a hot minute or find honest reviews on a product from real women, not the advertisers.  The bar code scanner on this app is your saving grace when it comes to this issue!  I'm obsessed with it.

Although I am a makeup artist and beauty blogger, I am still just as curious as you when it comes to various products on the market when I'm in a store and there is nobody from that specific brand around to help me or answer my questions.  
What I provide on the PRIMP app as one of their Power Primper experts (as well as some of your other favorite beauty bloggers + professional makeup artists from around the country) is : 1. A collection of my own personal PHOTOS of looks I have created, 2.  Honest REVIEWS on products I have purchased and used, and 3. "MY BAG" which contains my very favorite products I can't live without for you to look through!

Pretty In My Pocket has partnered with Plum Alley to run this crowd funding project to help them grow!  So I'm here to spread the word because I truly believe in this product and it's future.  I know since I'm an expert for this app, people might assume I get paid for this post or to say these things.  I do not.  Not a penny.  But I believe in the entrepreneurial spirit of women like Caroline and I fully support anything that is being designed to make our lives easier and more cost efficient when it comes to making purchase decisions on our must have beauty products.  If this app grows and reaches more women, that means more beauty brands jump on board to offer "perks" (discounts/coupons) to us right from our phones (no annoying paper trail).  And that means I do make money, because I am saving on the things I would already be buying!  

PRIMP is the FREE mobile beauty shopping tool that is going to revolution how we discover and get rewarded while we shop.  Please donate if you are a fan of the app or if you are in support of women-owned startups.  Remember, NO amount of support is too small!!   

July 7, 2014

Photos From Washington D.C. Part 2

Here is part 2 of 2 of photos from our travels to Washington D.C..  (Part 1 right here if you missed it!) I already love looking back at these pics and reminiscing even though it was just a couple of days ago!

^^If you follow me on Instagram, you already saw this lovely pic.  What is a family vacation without a little attitude?!! I like to caption this one, "IMAGINE a family vacation with no meltdowns!"^^

^^Great pizza place rec around the Capitol Hill area, called We, The Pizza which was created by a Top Chef contestant Spike Mendelsohn.  I highly recommend the chicken and andouille slice - out of this world super yummy and creative pizza options!^^

^^ The Capitol is WAY bigger than it looks on TV!!^^

^^ How do you get around in a big city like D.C.?  Why Uber of course!! My kids were thrilled to not have to sit in car seats and to get to ride in mini vans - HA! We found it actually cheaper, more efficient, and a thousand times cleaner than the metro or cabs.^^

^^Paddle boating to the Jefferson Memorial.  Cool, but not as relaxing as it looks when you have small people that do little, to no paddling!!^^

^^ We went to a Nationals game because what's more American than a good ole baseball game?!^^

^^Thumbs up from Walker with his "W" Nationals hat, thumbs down from the Braves fans!^^

^^Took a visit to Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, which was such a neat place on the water!!^^

^^Got to visit with a friend I've known since elementary school who lives up in the Virginia area which made this trip even more special! We hadn't seen each others children in person since our oldest ones were born, so that was such a neat experience!  Wish we were closer in distance Claire!! 
I love how you can pick right up with old friends despite the years being apart.  Obviously the sun was not Vivian's friend in this pic -HA Ha!^^

^^Goofing off was a big part of this vacation.^^

^^On the plane ride home, we realized that our last row seats had NO window view! This was a huge bummer for the kids, but luckily Vivian ended up falling asleep 15 minutes once 
we got off the ground. ^^

Overall, D.C. was a huge success and I would highly recommend it to anyone that with kids.  The history of the place is amazing and it's so neat to experience all of the monuments and buildings you see in your textbooks and on TV.  Truly a great city to visit and I would definitely go back again.  

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