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MOST-USED MASCARA

 

Maybe it’s because I’m a new Mama but I can’t tell you the last time I purchased a “designer brand” mascara from Sephora or Ulta.  I just don’t see the point in spending extra $ when something cheaper works just as well!

So today I want to share 3 of my favorite mascaras and not only are they “drugstore brand” but I also love combining any of these 3 for a max effect, of which that price combo is still cheaper than one Sephora mascara!

1.) Loreal “Telescopic” Mascara $6.59

This mascara is my favorite for length, although it’s a great all-around mascara too!  It thickens well enough and the brush is more of a hard comb so it really helps prevent caking or clumps. You always want to make sure that you curl your lashes before you apply any mascara, and you want to curl them well.  The majority of people do not curl their lashes well enough and once you learn the right way it makes a world of a difference!!  This mascara is great for someone who has full lashes but needs added length.

2.) Maybelline “Voluminous” Mascara $5.29

This one is my favorite for thickness.  It creates fullness around each lash and really boosts the volume of your lash appearance overall. This mascara is great for someone with long but thin lashes.  I also love it because it isn’t too runny or dry and again it doesn’t clump.  I will say this one dries out the quickest of all 3 but for $5 bucks you won’t cry any tears over it.

3.) Maybelline “Great Lash” $3.79

This one is my favorite for waterproof.  It’s 100% clump free in my opinion and it glides on perfectly with it’s thin brush wand.  The regular version works just as well and it would work especially well combined with the Maybelline Voluminous formula.  This one is also perfect for preteens who need something to start with because it’s so easy to apply.  It would be very hard to make this look heavy or thick and it gives the most natural look out of all 3 on this list.


And there you have it!  Comment below with your favorite mascara, us girls always like to “shop” around for the best!

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WINTER SKINCARE HACKS

Winter has hit and we are making up for lost time with the warm fall season that we had.  Today I’m sharing tips that will help keep your skin soft and hydrated.  What’s most important is that you stay consistent with these steps.  Consistency will make the biggest difference and it’s what your skin needs during the constant stress of the cold.

1.) SWITCH TO A CREAM OR OIL BASED CLEANSER.

This is more important to do if you are already normal or dry skinned.  If you’re prone to excess oil you don’t have to include this step, but for those who feel tight and dry after using their face wash, it’s vital to switch to something creamier.  It’s also helpful to cleanse and moisturize morning and night so that you can wash away excess impurities but to also use that second time to moisturize.  See my recommendations here and here.

 

2.) USE A BODY LOTION THAT CONTAINS AN EXFOLIATOR

Friends, I don’t know why all lotions do not contain an exfoliator within themselves.  Pure genius I tell you.  This one that I recently bought contains malic acid which helps to slough off flaky, ashy skin.  If I could exfoliate every hour of the day then I would…this is the next best thing.  This link that I’ve included gives you a selection of all their yummy scents as well!

3.) ADD AN OIL TO EVERYTHING

Whether you’re applying moisturizer to your face or your body, it’s always best to incorporate an oil into it during the wintertime.  This makes a huge difference in how your skin feels.  If you’re applying it to your face, put it on very last after your moisturizer.  For larger areas like your body, put several drops into your lotion and massage it in.  I also love to nuke the lotion & oil in the microwave for a few seconds before I put it on, so comforting!

For face oil recommendations click here and here.  For body oil recommendations, click here.

4.) GET MASKY WITH IT

Incorporating a weekly mask into your skincare routine will do wonders for your skin.  There is no magic number here but I would advise using a hydrating mask like this 2-3 times a week, depending on how dry you feel.  If you’re too tired to rinse if off before you fall asleep, just cleanse your skin the morning after like you normally would.

Click here to purchase this one or here to purchase this one.

 


And there you have it!  Four simple steps to keep your skin in prime condition for the holidays. Comment below if you have any rituals or products that you swear by for these cold winter months.  Now on to more important things, like gift wrapping and hot cocoa…

To read up on how to get cashmere hands for winter, click here…

 

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BLUSHING BRIDE :: MISS TIFFANY

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Do you ever look at a picture of someone (or a couple) and think “they look like the picture frame picture!”  You know, when you buy a new picture frame and it’s the picture that sits in the background of the frame…picture perfect if you will.

Meet Tiffany & Preston.

Tiffany and Preston got married on a beautiful sunny day in Lee’s Summit at The Stanley and it made the perfect backdrop for photos. Natural beauty goes a long way on a wedding day and I truly think that accentuating your features will always produce the best look on camera.

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Tiffany made a gorgeous bride because she paid attention to detail, but she didn’t go overboard. She knew she wanted big lashes, but on top of that we kept everything else complimentary.  Her pink glossy lips paired perfectly with her soft smokey eyeshadow.  Her hair and bouquet were beautiful on their own, but with that dress of hers she knocked it out of the park!

Sometimes brides overthink their makeup look for their wedding day and I too, was guilty of it.

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Here’s the thing though…

If you stick with neutral makeup, take great care of your skin and visit your spa regularly to keep brows polished and shaped, you truly cannot go wrong.  You want to look like the best version of yourself and you do that by wearing makeup that compliments your skin tone, with colors that are warm and brightening.  Stick with a smokey eye that uses shades of brown and/or plum.  A lot of brides will bring pictures to their trial and they’ll show me a picture of a black shaded smokey eye.  If you are on the fair to light side, this will not compliment your skin the way you want it to.  Black can fade the skin, turning it pale.

If you’re someone who never wears winged eyeliner, please do not pick a look that has liner extended to your temple.  You will regret it just like any other trend of the moment when you look at your photos in a few years.  A clean and fresh makeup look will take you further than anything else and it’s what makes a bride glow.

Never worry, classic makeup will always be in style and it will always look good in pictures.

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All Photos by Ashley Cross Photography

 

 

 

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I’M INTO IT :: ICE BLONDE LOCKS

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I know what you’re thinking, everyone always recommends going darker for the colder months…

But let me tell you…this is a modern-girl beauty blog & around here we like to keep things fresh.

I wanted to share some inspiration pictures from Pinterest because no matter what your base is, I think that going lighter with your haircolor lights up your face.  I know this look is too bold for most but take a few highlights into consideration.  Lighter locks add dimension to your haircolor and it warms your complexion up instantly.

And of course, I LOVE the idea of ice blonde for winter.  A grown up Elsa if you will?  Pairing it with a neutral black and cream wardrobe elevates your look and I also think dainty, delicate jewelry accentuates it well.

Because let’s be honest, this haircolor is the star of the show…

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P A R T Y P E R F E C T: HOLIDAY LOOKBOOK VOL.2

 

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Today is all about glitter eyeshadow!  It’s Friday and some of you may already be heading to a Christmas or work party.  This quick tutorial is so quick and easy that anyone can do it!  You will just need a few items…

  • An amazing foundation – matte looks best with this type of look because it accentuates without over-empowering
  • A lip color that you love, you can do matte or glossy with this look
  • A thick glitter eyeshadow
  • A cheap, flat eyeshadow brush that will you don’t mind ruining
  • False lashes elevate this look but they’re not necessary

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I would recommend doing all of your makeup first and then saving the glitter application for last. I used the “Bleached” shade by Wet N Wild for this look & I also bought this brush to go with it because I knew there was a good chance I wouldn’t ever get all of the glitter out of the brush (I was right.)  This look is fun because it incorporates glitter but it’s not overly flashy.  It’s subtle and it’s pretty because it helps your eyes to sparkle even more. #goals

Once you’ve done all of your makeup, tap your flat eyeshadow brush into your glitter, start with less than you normally would.  Apply it by using tapping motions while letting it dry.  Add more or less depending on your own style.  You can also use this glitter for an undereye eyeliner, in which case green or red would also look fab.

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2016 BLUSH HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

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IT’S HERE!!!

Today we cover some AMAZING gift ideas at unbeatable prices. I would consider this a gift that I have, finding these deals and steals. Originally I had planned not to include anything outside of makeup but then I realized that as a mother/daughter/sister/friend, we ALL need ideas for gift giving!

I shall step up to the plate and offer my sacrifice…

Here we go!

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1.) Brushed Metal Cake Stand, H&M $17.99

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A few ideas with this one: it makes a great hostess gift (especially if you add yummy treats on top), it can hold a small vase of flowers along with making a great table setting, it’s great to keep next your sink to hold your soap bottles…

I also love the idea of this as a gift for a mom (from siblings) with a few new perfume bottles on top & and don’t forget a pretty bow!

2.) Clarisonic (Mia 1) $109 with Coupon Code

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I cannot say enough great things about my Clarisonic face brush. Hands down nothing compares to how well it cleans your face and how soft it makes your skin feel. I was able to find an amazing discount code from Clarisonic’s website. Just enter the code “SHOPANDSAVE” at your checkout and receive $20 off! That beats any other online deal!

3.) Sonia Kashuk Lipliners $7.99 at Target

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I’ve blogged about these liners before and also here, and the fact that they are only $8 each (and carry an amazing color selection) means that you should have at least 2 or 3 on hand. Also great for stocking stuffers and girlfriends! The SK liners are also a great option for your wedding day!

4.) Honest Beauty Creme Blush $22

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Between this and the Tarte BB Tinted Primer I recently blogged about, I would say these are the top 2 best makeup products I’ve EVER used. The finish that this creme blush gives is second to none. It’s the best way to keep your skin looking hydrated in the winter months and it gives a beatuiful glow in the summer months as well. I love this color shown above “Truly Thrilling” for this winter season as well as the “Truly Exciting” shade.

5.) “All Nighter” ColourPop Eyeshadow Foursome $18

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Can we just take a moment for the simple fact that a regular-sized Urban Decay single eyeshadow retails for $18 at Sephora? And this ENTIRE SET is $18!! Ahh!! These colors are gorge-us and they have pigment like nobody’s business. My favorite way to wear these are wet and while doing so they take on a 2D effect. These shadows look best on the lid with a matte shade in the crease and they also work great as a bottom eyeliner. Best part? They’re all neutral and you can combine them with any other shades you already have at home!

6.) “The Good Times” Ultra Matte Lip Kit by ColourPop $18

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Quite honestly I don’t get it. I don’t understand how ColourPop puts out amazing products at such low prices. FIVE lipsticks for $18? Is it because they know we’ll be buyers for life and never buy another brand again?

I picked this set because you get a good variety of everything, a merlot, a poppy red, a dusty rose, a cool toned pink and a flattering nude. And I think any of these shades would pair perfectly with the eyeshadows and blush above!

I also love how CP always includes 3 different shaded skin tone swatches next to their products. This helps show how the color will “fall” on our own skin tones…

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7.) Penn Light 1 Globe Mini Pendant $79.20

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Obsessed doesn’t even begin to cover it with lights like these. I could probably put one of these guys in every single room in my house and it would just “work.”

I love it for a little boy or girl’s room and I also love it for kitchen lighting. It would look adorable with 2 or 3 in a row above an island or above your kitchen sink! See also: bathrooms.

8.) Viv + Rae Lily Cloudy Rug, $85 and up

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Ok so I just love this rug for a playroom. To me it embodies the magic of kids and it helps entice daydreaming. And you’ll be happy to hear it also comes in pink for us girlie girls!

9.) Star-Patterened Throw $24.99, H&M

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A few ideas for this blankie: it makes a great newborn gift (who says you can’t pre-buy?), it would look adorable hanging over a bench in the mudroom or, you can include it in the Christmas Eve pajama present for your kids along with a good book or movie to use it with.

10.) Pottery Barn Silver German Glitter Letter Ornaments, $2

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Man-oh-man are these a great gift idea! PERFECT for teachers or that someone who is hard to buy for. They look great on the tree and they also look magical hanging over your mantle. You can also use them to spell out a special word if you wish. Here is another initial ornament that’s similar as well…

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11.) “Bambi” Choker $33.50 @ Nordstrom

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If we’re going 90’s style it better be in solid gold. Case in point, this metallic choker. It’s neutral, it goes with everything and it’s a more stylish version of the ones you’ve already seen.

12.) H&M V-Neck Camisole Top, $12.99

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I think I need about 12 of these, for $13 bucks are you kidding me?? I love it for work (you better believe I’ll be sporting this in the facial room) and I love it for play of course. It’s great for date night and the shine makes it holiday appropriate…which brings me to gift #13.

13.) Leith Floppy Felt Hat, $12.98 (50% off) @ Nordstrom’s

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I got this hat for my birthday and have no fear, it’s as fabulous as it looks. At first I didn’t realize how stylish I would feel until I actually put it on and realized that I needed a better coat to accentuate it. Don’t you worry, I pulled through and found the CUTEST coats for it…

14.) Free People Midnight Bomber Jacket, $54.60

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At first I thought, “that gray hat has to be worn with a trenchcoat.” And then I nixed that idea because it was too predictable, I needed something a little more modern than that. I was lucky enough to stumble upon this bomber jacket and the fact that it comes in 3 colors!

I love all the colors but I think the red paired with the gray hat is very “Christmasy” but in a good way. Red is so festive and the gray hat keeps it toned down.

15.) H&M Mauve Faux Fur Jacket, $49.90

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I have to admit, I also love the idea of wearing that gray hat with this adorable dusted rose faux fur jacket. This would look so, SO cute with the previous metallic v-neck cami and gold choker! I’m daydreaming about it now…#addtocart.

16.) ASOS Chiffon Satin Pajama Set, $28

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Last but not least…

Listen, when I turned 30 (yesterday, literally) one of the first thoughts that honestly came to mind was how I needed a few pairs of nice satin pajamas and let me tell you why:

Nice pajamas make you feel extravagant, they are cozy, they help create a beautiful 24/7 wardrobe, they look beautiful no matter where they reside – in a closet or on a hanger, they hold value in that you strive for quality in all areas of your life.

How many of you watch a good movie with someone beautiful like Michelle Pfeiffer in it, and do you notice what she wears to bed? Sorry but it’s not your 2007 Turkey Trot 5K t-shirt. It’s often something in silk or chiffon and it assists in creating a relaxed and serene atmosphere before you fall asleep. These soft colors and silky fabrics help relax your mind and promote your way to more rejuvenating rest…and what’s better than rejuvenating rest?

All these gifts.

Just kidding.

Happy Shopping…


I hope you enjoyed this 2016 gift guide and comment below on what you plan to purchase for yourself or loved ones!

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HOLIDAY CHEMICAL PEEL SPECIAL

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Winter weather has hit and we need to start giving our skin the TLC it needs!

Did you know that 70% of your overall skin health is comprised of your at-home routine?  70% of what you do at home determines how healthy your face looks.  The other 30% spent in the treatment room is important for two main reasons.  One, it determines how well our skin absorbs product and two, it also allows a custom treatment best suited for our skin’s current needs.

The holiday peel special at Blush is perfect for the winter months because:

  • The fruit enzymes in the peel eat away at dry, flaky skin.
  • It’s safe for any and everyone to use, including pregnant women.
  • Great for acne.
  • It dries out oily areas where it needs to.
  • It resurfaces and smooths out your skin texture, reducing pore size and revealing a more flawless complexion with makeup on or off.
  • It brightens and it tightens.
  • It aids better absorption of at-home products, making the $ you spent on them more effective.
  • It softens, allowing the skin to feel more soothed and hydrated.

To book your appointment, call or text 785.393.9991

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BLUSHING BRIDE :: MISS SARAH

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It’s Friday!!

Should we celebrate with an amazing wedding video and photos of my recent bride, Sarah?  I think so!

Studio 213 Films really knocked it out of the park with this video.  Not not only does Sarah look absolutely gorgeous in the film, but the true beauty and landscape of Kansas also shines through in it.

Sarah, it was such a joy to paint your face and laugh together that entire morning.  Cheers to the gift of love and new adventures!

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Photos by Allison Wonderland Photographie

Film by Studio 213 Films

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D A R K & D R E A M Y: HOLIDAY LOOKBOOK VOL.1

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Sometimes we need a little inspiration…

The holidays are here and it can be a fun time to experiment with makeup so I decided to create a digital “lookbook” featuring holiday makeup looks to inspire you.  In the weeks leading up to New Year’s Eve I will be showing you product recommendations and tips & tricks for amping up your holiday game-makeup style!

Today features the 1st volume, a fabulous spotlight on dark lipstick.  I know it’s a little “out there” but I am obsessed with dark lipstick.  If you are nervous but willing to try, start at a color you’re comfortable with and work your way up to a darkened hue.  You can also try buying a lip liner a few shades darker than what you normally wear and pair it with a medium toned lipstick you already have in your makeup bag.  Apply the lipstick and liner like you normally would but gradually add more lipliner to the outer corners of your lips, working your way in.  Stop when you feel comfortable and use your ring finger to blend it in if you need to.

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Dark lips are not for date night, they are for girls night and weekend brunches.  Boys do not appreciate dark lipstick the way we do so do not even try to go there.  I had my gorgeous model Taylen pair the look with a far side hair part and messy beach waves.  This counter-balances the dark lipstick perfectly along with the soft and cozy oversized sweater.

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Not only is Taylen gorgeous, but she’s also a talented hairstylist and styled her own hair for our shoot!  She used “Beach Waves” spray by Loreal Professional to create this look and I think it added an amazing look and texture to her hair.  Excuse me while I go buy 15 bottles!

For lips, we used NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in “Transylvania.”  I also used the NYX lip liner in “Dark Red” to shape her lips before I filled them with the stain.

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Taylen currently works a Studio 39 Salon in KCMO.  To make an appointment with her, call 913-827-6271.

 

 

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Once Upon A Lip Balm…

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Every girl dreams of finding her one true love…

You all know what I’m talking about…

Not Prince Charming…

Lip Balm.

Today I want to share an amazing balm for keeping your lips soft but also recommending a DIY lip exfoliator because you can’t have one without the, oooother.  (Please tell me you get that reference.)

First, you have to exfoliate.  Everyone has their own routine but I would suggest exfoliating 2-3 times a week.  Keep it in your shower or next to your toothbrush.  It is important to remove the dry flakiness as much as possible for your lip balm to penetrate.  No need to get fancy with it, you can just use a homemade mixture of brown sugar, honey and olive oil.  Use a very minimal amount of the liquid to keep the paste more granular.  Buffing this on and around your mouth will do more for your lips than you realize.  Originally I wanted to include a link to an “all-natural” lip scrub but I couldn’t find one that was completely chemical free.  Let me be honest, you don’t want your lip scrubs to have chemicals such as glycol, alcohols, or polymers.  My eyes got as big as Lawanda’s from Problem Child 2 when I realized that polymers are a derivative of PLASTIC.  This will do nothing to help your lips, it will in fact dry them out even more.

Next comes Prince Charming…the love of my life and what keeps my lips protected from dry cold wind.  I’ve been applying it every day as much as possible (1-3x a day and at night) and noticing a real difference.  The balm is called Dr. Dan’s CortiBalm and it actually contains 1% Hydrocortisone. This is the magical ingredient that keeps your lips protected and creates a barrier between wind and extreme cold/hot air while helping heal inflammation.  Their website even contains a comparative chart against leading other brands and reveals their minimal ingredient list, a must for people who are conscious of what they put into their body!

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The lip balm was originally designed for patients suffering from extremely dry lips due to chemical peels, acne treatments like Accutane and other medications.  The hydrocortisone also helps reduce inflammation caused from cold sores – something I have yet to find for cold sore sufferers.  Prescription strength? Yes please!

Comment below and tell us your current favorite lip balm!