Beauty & Hair

I’m a girly girl at heart and usually feel my best when I’ve at least but on a couple coats of mascara! Most days I do a quick 7-minute makeup routine and put my hair in a topknot.  Here you’ll find my beauty and hair posts including my over-40 skincare routine, my experience with microblading (wish I’d done it sooner) and lash extensions (took them off but miss them), and my easy hair curling tutorial for loose waves.

 

 

How to Get Beachy Waves

How to Get Beachy Waves

I want to give each and every one of you the biggest bear hug for showering James with such kind comments on his first post yesterday!  It’s one thing for y’all to be so sweet to me, but when the love is directed toward my son, it really touches my heart.  Thank you!  He read every comment and was so thankful!  You guys are seriously the best.

Some of you also asked me to include the link to LOG YOUR EXERCISE at the top of every post, so I’ll do that from now on. 

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Microblading Eyebrows Review with VIDEO

Microblading Eyebrows Review with VIDEO

Hi friends!! I hope you had the best weekend and a wonderful Mother’s day!  We certainly did and on Sunday, we did a big grocery haul and meal prep, so hopefully this week will go smoother with healthy lunches and dinners ready to go. That should make life so much easier with all the million extra things that have been on the agenda with the end of the school year approaching. But let’s get into today’s weekend recap and microblading eyebrows review!

WEEKEND RECAP

Some of my girlfriends and I kicked off the weekend early with a mom’s pool party! 

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How to Grow Your Eyelashes

How to Grow Your Eyelashes

Good morning friends!  How was your weekend?!  We did lots of celebrating around here! It started on Friday night with my longtime girlfriend Trisa’s 40th birthday party, followed by the last baseball game of the regular season, and then on Sunday, I finally got to meet the newest member of our family- my sweet nephew Carter!  I’m totally smitten with him! I haven’t held a baby this tiny since Jordan!

Isn’t he sweet!!  I swear he’s giving me #babyfever!!

Today, I’m going to tell you my secret for getting long, full lashes! 

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Your Guide to Youthful Skin After 40 | My Morning …

Your Guide to Youthful Skin After 40 | My Morning Skincare Routine

Good Monday morning to you!   I hope y’all had a great weekend! Ours was super special because the kids got baptized and James also got Confirmed and had his First Communion!  I’m not Catholic (I was raised non-denominational), but I know that Confirmation normally comes later for kids. They let James do all three at once since he’s grown up with a Catholic education and we took some classes and studies to prepare.  He was so excited for it and took it very seriously, which I really admired for a young kid.  Jordan screamed when the Priest poured water on her head,

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Date Night Makeup Tutorial with Easy Contouring

Date Night Makeup Tutorial with Easy Contouring

Last week I shared my Easy Everyday Makeup tutorial with you and that’s a great way to look put together quickly! Today, it’s time to take it up a notch for when you want to feel a little bit Extra!  I usually do my makeup like this when shooting professional photos for my blog or for a party or date night.  It’s only a few more steps, but the difference is dramatic and includes an easy way to contour your face to emphasize your best assets!

The Makeup

You can look at the Easy Everyday Makeup tutorial to see how I fill in my brows and apply my eye makeup. 

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Easy Everyday Makeup Tutorial

Easy Everyday Makeup Tutorial

Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved playing with makeup!  When I was little, I used to watch my mom get ready for work in the morning and I’d tell her, I can’t wait until I can wear makeup!  Later, when I got to high school, she used to let me make her up (including her hair) and it was so fun! I was also doing all my friends hair and makeup and even last weekend some girlfriends came over and I took turns curling their hair!

I’ve shared how I get loose waves in my hair,

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How to Use a Curling Wand To Get …

How to Use a Curling Wand To Get Loose Waves

Good Monday morning! How was your weekend?!  Too fast here!  We had a busy weekend with a basketball game – I love watching James play, he’s small, but really good! I’ve been telling him since last year to visualize himself on the court, making baskets and owning the ball.  At first he was skeptical and said he didn’t think it would work, but now when he goes out onto the court he proclaims to himself, “I OWN this ball!”  It’s great to see his confidence build up!

And I got a start on planning Jordan’s 2nd birthday with one of her favorite shows as our theme- Paw Patrol! 

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 | Best of Beauty

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 | Best of Beauty

Now that I’ve had a chance to peruse all the women’s fashion from the Nordstrom Sale (see my Must Haves here), I’ve been slowly but surely working my way through the other categories.  I haven’t seen much I was crazy about for kids, but I sheepishly admit I really only looked for Jordan so far.  I did snatch up these pink sneakers for her and she’s the cutest in them (size 5)!  And, I got my hubby to choose his men’s picks, so I’ll have that for you next week,

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My Grown Up Skincare Routine

My Grown Up Skincare Routine

“What do you use on your face?” is a question I’m frequently asked and today I’m spilling the beans and sharing everything I swear by!  I’m 42 now and have definitely upped my skin care regimen this year!


Boyfriend Jeans 0P | Ruffle Sleeve Top XSP | Bar Necklace | Tassel Earrings 

SKIN CHANGES AFTER 40
I’m not sure what changed when I hit my 40’s, or maybe everything changes then! My usually good-looking skin started looking dull and didn’t have that smooth texture that I was used to.

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My Eyebrow Microblading Results

My Eyebrow Microblading Results

It’s been 4 weeks since I got my eyebrows microbladed and today I’m sharing all about the process with lots of before and after photos and answering all of your questions – Does it hurt? How much did it cost? It is an actual tattoo? Where did you go? Does it look real? etc.

Isn’t that wild?!?!  See . . .  I told you I had no brows!

The morning of my appointment, I snapped a picture of my face with makeup on, but no brow makeup.

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Eyelash Extensions

Eyelash Extensions

Happy Monday friends! We’ve got the first full week of 2017 behind us now and we’re starting to get back into the swing of things over here.  But, I still didn’t finish the project post I was hoping to have ready for you today, so I thought I’d just share some highlights from this last week.

First off, it got COLD here.  We’ve had such a mild winter here that we were begging for cold weather and it finally hit hard! But, just as quickly as it came, it’s supposed to get back up to the 70s soon!

When you don’t get cold weather often,

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Hair Update & Shoulder Baring Tops

Hair Update & Shoulder Baring Tops

Hello Monday friends! Did y’all have a good weekend?  We had such a nice time with family celebrating my Mom’s birthday on Saturday.  We don’t take her for granted for a minute and she’s been in heaven loving on her two new grandbabies.  My little brother has a 6 week-old too and I’m so happy to see our small but tight family growing!  Over the weekend, Jordan also graduated to full-on sitting on her own and now we have to watch her even more closely because she’s prone to tipping over and already bumped her head twice.  I have a baby update coming for you next week,

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Brunetteish

Brunetteish

Gah! Why does hair have to be such a drama??!?!  It’s been almost a week since I screwed up my hair got lowlights and I still haven’t gotten used to it yet.  It has already faded/washed out some with lots of shampooing (even liquid dish soap!), but until I can get it ‘fixed’ I’m just living with it.  And I can’t even look at my profile picture on the top right of my blog or I’ll cry!  #passthetissues On the bright side, my roots are no longer a problem! And my hair looks more like Jordan’s, which makes me smile.

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How to Curl Your Hair for Loose Waves

How to Curl Your Hair for Loose Waves

I am so happy to finally have my hair curling tutorial ready for you today!  Y’all are so sweet and know how to make a girl feel good about her hair and this is one of the biggest requests I get- to show you how I do mine.  All you need is a 1-1/2 inch curling wand to achieve loose, wavy curls and I’ll show you how to use it with a step-by-step pictorial below.

But first, let’s start with the hair products. I sometimes switch up shampoos, but I really like Biolage Color Last since I get highlights and low-lights every 6 weeks  (#highmaintence)  and it smells great.

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Organized Makeup Drawer & Lancome Free Gift With Purchase

Organized Makeup Drawer & Lancome Free Gift With Purchase

For the longest time now, everyday when I opened my makeup drawer to put on some makeup and get ready for the day, I was greeted with a mess!  Not a great way to start the morning.  I’d see overturned eyeshadows, pencils strewn all over, pencil shavings everywhere, and old makeup that needed to be tossed.  I kept saying to myself, “I really need to clean out and organize this drawer” but I never got around to it.  I knew it would make getting ready that much nicer if the drawer was organized, so I finally tackled it last weekend.  Avert your eyes to the ugly before (but true) before makeup drawer.

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5 Tips for Getting Out of Schlumpadinkaville

5 Tips for Getting Out of Schlumpadinkaville

The other day, I referenced a post I had written back in September 2010, when my son was just six months old, titled “The Road to Schlumpadinkaville?” In that post, I was feeling that I had gotten into a serious beauty slump as a new stay-at-home-mom.  Everyday, I was putting my hair up wet, wearing no makeup, and my uniform was a pair of khaki capri pants and a tank top.  Jewelry was out of the question, even my wedding ring!  Even if you’re not a SAHM, you might be able to relate to “letting yourself go” and you want to get your spark back.  

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Beauty Lover’s Gift Guide

Beauty Lover’s Gift Guide

Good morning!  I’m waking up today, already feeling a little behind in the holiday department!  My cards are only halfway out the door (I still have to address and mail the rest), only the dining room and Christmas tree are decorated (I still want to spread the cheer into the kitchen, my room, nursery, and bathrooms), and my shopping isn’t nearly done!  Are you with me or ahead of the game?  I’m marking today as a day to GSD! So, after my morning workout, I’m gonna get after it today and hopefully, tomorrow, I’ll have more holiday decor to share with you!

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Weekend Steals & Deals

Weekend Steals & Deals

It’s Friday and finally the night we get to go see Usher in concert!  He’s on repeat on my iPod during my workouts, so I’m super excited to see him live! We saw Pink in Las Vegas last year and her show was amazing too.  And while we’re talking shows, if you do go to Vegas, definitely see the Michael Jackson show- it was one of my favorites ever.  Onto the Weekend Steals & Deals!

 

Who needs a top that covers your rear that you can throw on with leggings?  I found the perfect one –

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