Blushing Valentine’s Day Look

Some days are easier than others when it comes to getting ready. Some days it’s out of the question. Since becoming a mom to two boys under 3 I’ve had to adjust my makeup routine. It’s now all about timing and what I can get done in 15 minutes or less, and this is honestly a really great routine I have now that can look really clean and polished or glam like my days back at the MAC counter.

My skin has went through a roller coaster in the last year. Before Remi it was combination with a decent amount of oil in the t-zone, come shortly after finding out I was pregnant it became extremely irritated by everything and dry as a desert. My whole pregnancy my skin was so dry and it seemed like no matter what I used nothing helped long term, it did clear up though on the plus side! Once Remi arrived the clear skin lasted about 3 weeks and then the oil came back with a vengeance. What didn’t disappear though was the dryness, how could my skin be so oily and so dry at the same time!?! Hormones.. simple answer is hormones.

Fast forward to now and my hormones are finally leveling themselves out and I’m able to do a makeup routine I don’t have to adjust so much because of dry or oily skin. I pretty much have my skin figured out at this point.

To achieve this look I started with some Image Skin Care Matte Face Lotion, which has some SPF in it also. Since the matte helps control the oil, to add a little hydration back into my skin I used the Tula Face Filter Blurring & Moisturizing Primer. This is nice because it helps hide pores, blocks oil but adds hydration, and adds a tint of color to the skin. My go to foundation since literally high school has been MAC studio fix fluid, I will sometimes switch between this and Estée Lauder Double Wear but usually only do DW when it’s hot out since it helps fight humidity a little better. In Studio Fix i am NC37 for reference. For Concealer I like an oldie but goodie tried and true MAC Pro Long Wear Concealer (NW20). I use this under my eyes and down the bridge of my nose just to high light a little. To set I like Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder since it’s light weight and a small amount dusted over the face goes a long way. To Bronze I use MAC Harmony and just hit the high points on my face where the sun would normally tan. You can add blush if you like to the apples of your cheeks, today I did but normally I just stick with bronzer to quicken up my routine. Blush used was Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic in First Love. For Eye brows I prefer a pencil, I really like Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in the color Carmel for my blonde hair and olive skin. Her pencils are precise and don’t smudge no matter how hot it gets which is great for the oily girls! Since we seem to see a long wear trend here can you guess what eye liner and mascara I prefer!? MAC again! I LOOVEEEEEEE MAC’s Pro Long Wear Eyeliner in the shade Definedly Black, it is so dark and Smokey and it glides on like perfection. I used to love showing this liner to customers when I worked at MAC because you can draw a line on your hand, let it set for about 30 seconds and then try and smudge it and it won’t budge, It’s amazing! For Mascara I like MAC Extended Play Mascara in Giga Black. To finish off the look I wanted to go against the usual red lip and reach for a Pink. So I chose Candy Yum Yum by you guessed it, MAC! For those who don’t want such a bold pink you could try MAC Angel or Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk. If you want to take this one more step fancy just add you a nice strip of lashes and you are date night ready!

I hope you enjoyed this little “how to” Valentine’s Day look!

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Danielle

How To Make Dirty Hair Look and Feel Refreshed Again, A Step By Step Guide

So I here I am two months after giving birth to our second child, while I manage to be able to sneak in the quick daily body showers it’s not every day that I get to wash my hair. If we’re being brutally honest I probably wash my hair every 3-4 days, sometimes I stretch it to 5. Some of you may think “ew gross” but honestly if you really read into it or ask most hairstylist the less you wash your hair the better. Now I’m not a professional so I will give no advice on this but, I can give you my personal experience with it and how I make it work with the busy schedule of being a mom.

My typical week after washing my hair looks as follows:

Day 1: Hair is so fresh and so clean! No products generally needed this day, maybe hair spray if the style calls for it!

Day 2: Oh girl you’re looking a little deflated! Let me just throw in some dry shampoo at those roots to give you a little life again! *spritz spritz* “ahhhhhh!” Much better! Maybe a little teasing to top off that extra volume!

Day 3: (Looks in mirror) Yikes! Normally this day is the WORST for me. My hair is looking greasy, it’s laying all kinds of funky ways, looks totally dull and flat, and has no volume at all. So first things first I brush my hair and part it the way I want for the day. If it’s not working like I’m wanting it to I’ll take my spray bottle and pump a few bits of water onto it, grab the blow dryer and rough dry for about 30 seconds until it’s no longer damp, and doing what I want. Next I will grab my dry shampoo and section my hair, spray, and massage into my scalp. For me this helps fluff the root and massage the dry shampoo into the extra oil I’m trying to rid. Next I address the volume at the ends and body of my hair I am lacking. I like to use either a texturizing or volumizing spray and position the bottle below my hair facing the nozzle pointing up into the ends and middle of my hair. Do a few spritz of this and then again do a little fluff at my root and *BAM!* she’s a whole new woman!

Day 4: I basically do everything the same as above except by this point I usually almost always have to back comb my hair after I put in my products so that the products don’t make my hair heavy. Normally I will only back comb the very top section of my hair around the part line and that does the trick!

Day 5: If it gets to this point I repeat everything from Day 4!

Let me just tell ya, mommin’ ain’t easy BUT it is the most amazing thing ever! Babies are only babies for a short time so enjoy it. Basque in the oily pits of your hair, love them littles so hard, because before you know it your routine will return to “normal” and you’ll miss the days where they needed you so much you couldn’t even wash you hair.

Favorite Dry Shampoos:

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Favorite Texturizing Spray:

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Favorite Volumizing Spray:

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Favorite Hair Spray:

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Best Spray Bottle:

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What No One Will Ever Tell You About The Best Photography Spots

Have you ever been scrolling through your feed and just been stopped in your tracks by a beautiful photo? Literally stop and think “holy cow I don’t know where that was shot but dang thats so freaking stunning, I would love to do something like that!” Well, I’ve got some news for you, those shots are usually either right on private land, in a VERY awkward spot to get to, or smack dab in the middle of the public where every waking eye is looking at you. Now, don’t get me wrong, not all photo ops are that way but I can guarantee you lots are.

I have a little story of my own that just so happens to fit right in to all three of the categories I just described. However, like I mentioned these are THE seemingly best spots for a stunning picture. It also helps when you have a bad ass photographer who’s down to conquer it all with you.

A couple weeks ago my family and I were on vacation in Estes Park, Colorado. We go usually once maybe twice a year but within the last couple years our family has experienced a major baby boom. Tons of littles which is the BEST but, also makes family vacations a little more complicated. We braved the 9 hour road trip and all headed into Estes though. While we were there I thought it would be the perfect place to take some mountain maternity pictures since my husband and I married in Estes Park in 2015.

My sister is a photographer based here in Wichita, Kansas. Newer to the game but you would NEVER know it. She is one of those girls who can pick up any talent and kill it. Annoying right? I freaking love it, and she is so inspiring. She suggested we drive around to look for some spots to take pictures. I had two different dresses so I wanted two different locations. Now recently Estes, Devil’s Gulch, and Glen Haven were hit with some major flooding which changed a lot of the land down along river in the canyon. We used to have a spot we would go to that was perfect for wading but also walking through some waterfalls without being deep. Hoping to find this spot we quickly realized it no longer existed after the flood came through 😦 .

This lead us to plan B, what plan B was we really didn’t even know. We kept driving and noticed this gorgeous open pasture surrounded by trees on the foothill of the canyon. It was picture perfect I tell you… pristine, well kept, beautiful sunlight peeking through the trees and a gravel drive that lead right up to it. We whip in and park the car and the first thing we notice is a “Private Property” sign.. Sh*t. Thinking quickly I googled the area we were in and actually come to find it is a public housing development where many homes are rented out for the year. I figured if we park and take pictures no one is going to know if we are staying there for our visit or else where. We even had multiple cars drive by, one being a firetruck and no one said a word about us not being allowed to do so.

Still nervous as hell we ran out to quickly snap some shots and let me tell you.. it was all worth it! Let me also add I don’t condone you breaking the law if you see a Private Property sign, do a little research and see if its actually private.. We just got lucky and it happened to be open land with an outdated sign.

Afterwards we called my husband and told him to get ready since we were on to shoot dress number 2. We were staying on Estes Lake and right by the golf course. Thinking it was peak time for Golden Hour the golf course had some beautiful land on it that would be perfect for pictures. We pick him up and make the minute drive down to the lake/course and EVERYONE.. like EVERYONE is out walking enjoying the evening all along the path. If people weren’t walking they were fishing along the path or on the course finishing up their golf round for the evening. We figured we were already there we might as well just go with it and find whatever spots we want and ignore every waking eye watching us.

The first spot was literally right by a fisherman. My sister being the awesome creative mind that she is was able to work out angles that cut him out but, he literally was staring at us every time I looked over at him. SO AWKWARDDDD…! Again though, the final images made it all worth it. I have some of the most beautiful photos of my husband and our baby to treasure in the same town we got married in 4 years ago.

This last spot was tricky one. You would never know it but behind me was a steep slope with a little pond of yucky moss water just waiting for me to eat it and fall into. Now if you didn’t know this, you don’t exactly have the best balance when your pregnant. My husband was sweetly talking sh*t in the background telling me “don’t go falling in!” -_- Thanks dear. Happy to say I made it out alive.

I want to give a BIG thank you to PinkBlush for sending me this gorgeous Burgundy maternity dress, It truly is a perfect piece! #sponsoredbypinkblush . You can also shop the yellow dress I am wearing here , also PinkBlush. I highly recommend checking them out for ANY of your maternity needs. They are one the best places to shop in my personal opinion, with so many options from casual wear, to maternity, to hospital and home wear. For reference in Both dresses I am wearing a size medium.

Buxom PillowPout Creamy Plumping Lip Powder

You heard it, a Creamy Lip Powder!!! When I first received these I didn’t know what to expect. The product has a sponge tip style applicator and at the top of the cap is product (which is where the sponge sits when it’s closed). I’ve tried products like this before and the coverage from the “lipstick” was always so sheer and disappointing. With this however, not even close to the case! I was able to get buildable full coverage with just a few swipes. The Powder once on the lips is very light weight and not thick at all which, is surprising with how much pigment you get! I’m sure we’ve all had that matte lipstick we’ve tried to build up and then it ends up just balling up and making our lips look worse than what they actually are. Never fun! Normally I always prefer to line my lips with lip liner and I’m pleased to say I noticed no problems at all with the two products together. I also am an avid gloss user, I will layer gloss on top of liquid lips and the gloss on top of the PillowPout was seamless. The product didn’t break up at all or separate even after 5 plus hours of wear in the hot Kansas humidity. PillowPout’s launch date is July 19th so I am so excited to be able to put up an early review for all of you! The color I’m wearing is Cuddle Me a medium rosey tone. I also received “Turn Me On” a beautiful Strawberry Red! If you have any other questions about the product please leave them down below or feel free to ask me on any of my other social media platforms! A big THANK YOU to Buxom Cosmetics❤️.

Xoxo,

Danielle

High Waisted Festival Denim Style Skirts

Yep, it’s a mouth full alright! But you heard it correct! DENIM SKIRTS… yes I said it, denim skirts are BACK! Now, if I’m being totally honest I never thought this was a trend I would get back into. I’ve looked into old photos recently seeing my early to mid 2000s girl living her best life and I couldn’t help but think “Buzz, your girlfriend.. Woof!” Mainly because all I wore were the classic denim skirts with the “In” name brand shirt with their name displayed all across it. Thankfully trends evolve, am I right? Now days it’s like all past trends have just kind of mushed together into one, and to be honest, I’m DIGGING it! There has never been such a wide array of style before and it’s such a beautiful thing to see! Which brings me back to denim skirts. There are all kinds of them out there right now! From high waisted, to distressed, embellished, button downs, multi colored, colored denim.. I mean the list goes on and on!! If you’re a big Coachella follower you probably noticed this a ton then. I highly recommend you take a little look into if you haven’t. If you would even like I can do a complete post on differently styles and places you can find them. If you need a little inspiration as well I would be happy to tag some of my favorite bloggers in the post too.

What I love most about these denim skirts is just how easy it is to style them. You could take a simple white tee like I did with any style shoe you like! I paired it with a nude block heel from Steve Madden and some white earrings to dress it up. You could also pair it with a crop tank, a body suit, a crop top, band tee (my favorite), and if you’re feeling frisky a Lacey bra. Throw on some mules, booties, or your favorite Converse, Keds, or Vans and you’re good to go!

Xoxo,

Dani

 

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The perfect EASY Fall makeup Look!

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The leaves have started to fall, the air is finally starting to feel brisk, and it’s that time of year you may also notice your skin changing. Maybe not just by losing that gorgeous summer glow from the Sun Gods but also losing some of that glorious (and maybe not glorious for my combo/oily gals) hydration the hot humid air summer lends you. So with changing skin tones comes changing your makeup tones!

Now I personally still like to self tan (I love THIS self tanner and swear it gives the best golden streak free color) to keep year round color but I love to change my makeup routine. I feel like makeup truly can set your mood so what better way to help get in the Fall Spirit than to incorporate those gorgeous brown, tan, and Burgundy tones. Plus they are so complimentary on fairing skin tones! Some of my favorites colors are Kat Von D Bow n Arrow , MAC Kinda Sexy , MAC Sin , and Anastasia Beverly Hills Ashton .

My current go to Fall Look consists of darker brows, bold lashes, and a dark neutral lip. I will list all details below of the products used to accomplish this look.

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Now I’m normally a oily skin sufferer but during pregnancy I became really dry around the outer parts of my face and extremely oily in my t-zone. Now most people would be like you’re getting a compromise isn’t that good? Yes, but no. I found myself looking for a new skin care routine that wouldn’t over dry my already dry areas but would also help control my oily areas that were tending to break out more. So with a lot of trial and error I finally came across a cleanser that helped fight off oil without turning my skin into the Sahara Desert. The brand is Image Skin Care and I have turned to them for my entire skin care regimen! I use the Salicylic Acid Acne Facial Cleanser and it is Heaven! After using that three times a week I follow up with their Medicated Acne Masque. Now I don’t suffer from terrible Acne by any means but I do still have those crazy hormonal (especially postpartum) break outs.   I feel like this help keep my skin in check and when I do get some little guys that like to pop up and say hello its quick to rid them! After I wash my face (and on the days I use the masque) I follow up with their Mattifying SPF 50 lotion. Its very thick but not heavy by any means. It is the perfect mixture of hydration that you can feel penetrate into your skin but leaves you with a matte no shine finish. Its so perfect in my honest opinion that I use this as my makeup primer because I feel like it really grabs onto my makeup and keeps it in place all day!

I hope you all enjoyed this little skin care and makeup post! I will try and do an updated makeup routine every month since I like to try new products all the time but if I don’t change anything I will definitely update you on products I’ve found and am loving! Have a wonderful Veteran’s Day.

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Chic Fall Wedding Attire

As the busiest part of Wedding Season passes most people tend to move on and focus on other things like Homecoming and Winter Formal etc. etc. etc. But if you are beyond that age you know Wedding Season truly never ends!

We had the pleasure of the going to/being a part of a beautiful Fall Wedding in Kansas City recently and as you can imagine with temperatures dropping it was becoming hard to find something I wouldn’t completely freeze my butt off in but wasn’t quite cold enough for a heavy jacket to tote around. I was also looking for something that I could be comfortable eating in (something not skin tight to show my food baby) and something I could dance and move around in. This dress was the answer and is something I can get SO much wear out of!

There are so many ways to pair THIS dress I feel like it could be endless! It would be gorgeous with a black fur vest and knee high boots, belted with booties, or belted with chunky retro heels.

I can’t believe I go back to work next week. Its been an amazing 3 1/2 months home with my little guy. I think back to the day we brought him home, how anxious I was but ready to have him here with us. I was a new mom and no clue what I was doing, but I quickly learned and began to overcome fears little by little. Like is his head going to fall off? NO. will be okay to cry just while I make his bottle? Yes. He has made our hearts so full and has made so many leaps. From lifting his head, scooting, grabbing things, babbling, blowing spit bubbles, and now learning how to sit up it just blows my mind to think about how quick he is growing up. I would be lying if I said it didn’t scare me to go to back to work and miss all of his little smiles and cuddles and new quirks he starts doing. However I’m ready to get a little bit of normality back into our routine and I know it will be good for all of us! I’m so happy that God has Brought this little angel into our lives. We love you little fox.

Side note, how handsome does my Husband look?! All makeup details on this look can be found on my Fall Makeup Post. Have a great day everbody!

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