Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Contouring the Face

Three easy steps to contouring your face: 

1. Contour
2. Highlight
3. Blush

What you'll need:

1. Fan Brush / Blush Brush
2. Bronzer
3. Highlighter
4. Contour Powder
5. Blush

Smashbox Cosmetics
(sorry, I couldn't get the video to upload on my page)

Makeup Geek
She shows how to contour using cream or powder products

This one is a bit long, so start around the 3min mark. She also has a cool tip on how to get rid of some of the powder-look (if your face starts to look too powdery).

Before now, I hardly contoured my clients because for one, I never really knew how to, but also, I always thought it was hard. After watching these tutorials, I'm going to start contouring ALL of my clients!! I think their pictures will come out soo much nicer too!

Tools of the Trade:

1. Urban Decay Blush Brush - $32

2. MAC 168 Large Angled Contour Brush - $34

3. Sephora Pro Natural Fan Brush - $27

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Open House

I'm SO excited! The company I work for has a new location & is hosting an Open House today from 1-4p! We are at 7th & Elwood, in downtown Tulsa. April, the owner has come so far since she first started her business (I forget exactly, but around 5yrs maybe?). When I started working for her she had only started about a year before. But WOW! Congrats April!! This year will be by far the busiest!! Yesterday she had a segment on Fox 23, here's the video!

Look beautiful on your wedding day

Friday, February 24, 2012

Good Nights Sleep

Ever wonder how some beds are more soft & comfortable than others? Or how to achieve that fluffy look? I know for me, the bedroom is my weakness for decorating! I see a lot of bed stuff I like, but can't ever create them in my room. I came across this video and thought it was SOO helpful. I especially like how she layers the lighter blanket under the heavier one so you can take away a layer if you're too hot (or add it if your cold). I hope to create this idea into my room as well as my daughters.

Check out Martha Stewart's Guest Bedroom Ideas

Check out PB Teen's layering steps

Fresh Home Ideas website

Steps to having a comfy bed:
1. Mattress
2. Mattress Pad
3. Fitted Sheet
4. Flat Sheet
5. Lightweight Blanket
6. Duvet
7. Decorative throw*
8. Pillows


Thursday, February 23, 2012

[Free] Spring Printable Art

Oh so cute :)

Find it here:
Tatertots & Jello

Cat Eye Makeup

Ever wonder how to get that perfect cat eye look with your eye makeup? In essence, it should be easy since after all, its just a mere triangle on the outer corner of your eye. But, the "cat eye"look can be tricky if you don't know what you're doing. . .you might end up looking like you have a black eye :) I know for me personally, its harder to do on myself than on my clients. I've found a few videos that show easy step by step directions to achieve a cat eye look. 

Here are a few tips I find helpful:

1. Use a gel liner w/brush - I find the brush is easier to glide and make more detailed strokes. You could use a liquid liner, but the liquid is harder to correct if you make a mistake. 
2. Start by lining your eye how you would normally. 
3. Decide how far out you want the "winged" tip & how angled up/across you want it. Draw that line to connect with the liner you just put on your eye in step 2. 
4. Now, starting with your brush at the tip of the wing, draw a straight line across toward the center of your eye, all while gradually bringing the line to your lash line (this is the confusing part). I've found that if you do this with your eye open, then close your eye when your brush gets to the round of the eye (your wing should not be on the eye itself), it helps get that cat eye shape better. The eyeliner should be thicker on the outer half, then get thinner as it comes to your inner eye. 
5. With your brush back at the wing tip, pull it down to meet the bottom lash line. You can line the bottom lash line as thick or thin as you like. 
6. Go back over the winged part and fill in any spots with liner & you're done!

Cat Eye with liquid liner View here

Gregory Arlt with MAC Cosmetics Pin-Up Girl look (Notice his version of the cat eye is a simple slanted line)

LOVE this makeup tutorial video!

Saw this yesterday & I LOVE how she does this look!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

How to trash paint

Recently I've been looking for a way to get rid of a bunch of paint buckets sitting around our house, so here's what I found out:

   1. Most recycling locations do NOT take paint
   2. Home Depot & Lowes do NOT take paint
   3. Stores like the above sell a product you can put into the paint that will dry it out in less than 24hrs
   4. If you leave the lids off of your paint cans they will dry out in 24-48hrs (depending on how much paint there is)
   5. There are places that take reusable paint. I've heard they'll mix all the paints together to make one paint, then send it to 3rd world countries.
   6. Trash-men cannot take paint in a liquid form (of course if its in a bag I'm not sure how they'd know)  :)

Tuesday's Tutorial: Recipe Clip

Recipe Clip Tutorial

*Large clothes pin (I found mine at Michael's for $3)
*Flower, ribbon, button, etc...
*Mod Podge & scissors

_Gather your supplies & start by cutting paper to fit the front/back sides of your clothes pin. I covered both sides of my clip. 
_Glue paper to clothes pin & let dry. 

_Decorate with ribbons, button, flower etc...
_You can sand the edges of the paper if you want to give it a more distressed look as well. 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Blog love

I have been following this blog for a few months now, and I just LOVE how her tutorials are so simple & relate to what I would like to do! So, thought I'd share it today :)  Here's one of my favorites: 

[I need this tutorial for when I make new curtains for Zuri's room]

 I also love her ideas for tracking her pregnancy each week. So many cute ideas! 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Tuesday's Trash to Treasure: 52 Reasons I love you

I Love You Cards Tutorial
Reuse: Playing cards

*Pack of 52 playing cards
*Hole punch
*1" Binder rings
*Scissors, glue etc
Stolen from Pinterest :)

_Punch holes in one of the Joker cards to use as a template. 

_Start punching holes in all of the cards (yes, one by one).
_Place cards in binder ring.

_I used this website to get an idea for the papers that will be placed on each card stating what you love about the person you're making this for. 
_Once you have all your reasons typed out; print & glue/tape to each card. 

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Big Freeze 5k

A friend of mine encouraged me to join her on her very first 5k this morning, so I went! I warned her I hadn't done any running since she could run her pace if need be. BUT we actually stayed together the entire race! With the help of a buddy, I made the 5k in 40:34!!

I got the race results from

Overall: 57th
Female division: 28th
Age division: 4th

Friday, February 3, 2012

Hobby Challenge

I always amaze myself at what I can do. Many of us want to do things in life, but never do. This past year I have done more with my life than I have in a long time. So my challenge to you: GET UP AND DO SOMETHING! Life's too short to always want to do something. Here's a short list of things I did this past year (and yes, I did still spend quality time with my daughter):

Ran a few 5k's:

Started violin lessons:

Started Fluffcake Tutu's:

Started this blog:

Coached a JV girls Volleyball team: 

Traveled to California, San Antonio, Las Vegas & took a cruise:

hobby turned job: Worked as a makeup artist for Ronz Photo & Faccia Bella

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