Throughout this blog, you will find daily inspiration on fashion, makeup, and lifestyle tips. I want women to always feel beautiful and good about themselves. This blog will be a pathway for women to find empowerment and inspiration daily.
Happy Friday!! A power suit is everything.. it makes you feel like you can conqueror anything. Why is it when you get new shoes, makeup, or get your hair done you feel so good?! I know I love when I have my hair, makeup, and nails done. Or even a new suit! I know it’s been way too hot to wear this suit or anything longer than shorts and a dress lol with these record breaking temps but as it cools down, this would be perfect business attire for Summer. Pink is such a youthful, flirty and bright color. Although you can never go wrong with a suit. They go with anything and you can never be too under or over dressed with one I feel like.
On another note, It feels so good to be back..it’s been such such a chaotic summer so far. With traveling, working, and other commitments I feel like I haven’t had anytime to do anything! It doesn’t matter how many hours are in a day… because it never feels like enough!
I get so many questions on my hair on a daily basis. The most asked question is what is my favorite hair product? Or what curling iron is the best? In this drugstore edit, I am sharing the best products that are affordable from every drugstore! Personally, I love my hair curled rather than straight, and my very long hair does not hold a curl. No joke, I have used pretty much used and tried every brand and product on the market, so I have some pretty great insight as to what products you need or the ones you can live without.
I have partnered with Marc Anthony a few times before here and there and have been loving these affordable drugstore products. I have raved over this texturizing spray on my IG and use it every time I curl my hair! This is a close front runner though, The Big Dream Volume Volumizing Super Powder that gives instant volume for 24 hours! This was just featured last month in People Magazine as one of the Spring Beauty Must-haves. There are also other great products you can get them from them like, detangler, shampoo and conditioner, texturizing cream, hairspray (which is another fav), and so much more! I love finding dupes for high end brands and I know this won’t leave you disappointed! I have noticed that when I use this mouse on wet hair and let it air dry overnight my curls last throughout the next day!
Check out my other posts from Marc Anthony Hair here and here!
The TOP 15 THINGS you should ask your makeup artist BEFORE you book with them! Asking these questions upfront will save you time, money, and unwanted stress. One thing everyone forgets to ask is #4 people because they don’t think about it as a makeup artist does. Has #4 ever happened to you?
15 Things to ask your Makeup Artist
Do you mind if I wear false lash extensions?
Do you use strip or individual lashes?
How many different shades of foundation do you have?
Is this a package price or is everything separate charges?
If you have acne scarring, is this something you can cover up without looking cakey?
Are you use to doing natural makeup or what is your background in makeup and most common application?
What kind of prep should I do before the wedding for my skin type?
Do you have a backup makeup artist incase you are unable to make it?
Are you doing any other weddings or commitments the day of my wedding?
With the products you’re using, will my makeup last all day and night?
Should I get a spray tan? Or will it affect my makeup?
Other common questions would be:
Do you charge a travel fee?
Would you give a discount on a party of x amount or more?
Does a trial come with?
If I need to ask you questions before the wedding about my skin or what should I do will you be available?
If you ever had a bride not like their makeup on their wedding day, how did you handle it? Did you completely redo it?
If you are confused why you should ask some of these questions… keep reading until you get to the bottom of this post!
Answers to some of the questions above:
A lot of makeup artists actually don’t like it when you are wearing lash extensions. A few reasons why: they get in the way of the eye makeup, you can have be very careful so you don’t pull any out, and many girls don’t want you to use eyeliner and mascara because it ruins them. So, your makeup doesn’t look right without both of those things, it pulls the look together.
Strip vs Individual Lashes
Strip lashes look so great in photos and makes your lashes look fuller. Individual lashes look great too but the makeup artist may use them to only fill in bare spots. Making them look not as full as strip lashes.
Question #3, Having enough shades of foundation. Make sure the makeup artist has foundation and concealer shades for ALL SKIN TONES. If they don’t, your foundation may not match your skin.
Question #4, Anything a separate charge? I get so many brides that call me after their wedding or after they’ve booked to realize the quote they were given was only for a basic application. I had one bride tell me they were charged extra for eyeshadow, blush, and highlighter! When you book with me everything is included but you have to be careful.
Question #5, What is your makeup background? I wish I had asked a makeup artist this once when I was younger. He was a GREAT makeup artist and did Drag makeup. I really liked him, but I left with blonde eyebrows and I am a brunette!! He told me this was how he was taught. So maybe have that conversation so you can tell them “hey I want this look..” wish I did! I talked about this story in this post about whether to get your makeup done for prom.
Question #10, having good products used on your skin. Not only could you break out, but I had a bride once and it was the hottest day of the year, over 100 degrees and her makeup lasted all day and night!
Question 11, Getting a spray tan I know everyone wants to look tan and bronzed on their wedding day but DO NOT TAN YOUR FACE! This is one of the biggest mistakes. I hear complaints from photographers all the time that it gives you face a ton of shadowing, and a grey-ish tint. We can match your skin with foundation!
Are you debating on whether you should get your makeup done for prom? Wondering if it will be worth it or something you should pass on? Here are some tips from a makeup artist!
Should you get your makeup done for prom?
I get this question very often…
Should I get my makeup done for prom? Or am I wasting my money?
Getting your makeup done for Prom
Personally… I think anywhere you’re getting pictures taken that you want to have for a long time, then it will ALWAYS be worth it! You will look back at these photos years from now. Whether you’re showing your kids, husband or even your grandkids these photos will always be memories you will look back on.
The day is about YOU! It s a time to pamper yourself, feel good, and a time to celebrate with close friends. I have so many memories from my prom and I remember literally getting ready the entire day and was so excited! I went to prom three years and I would say every year it was just as exciting. Its so fun getting asked first of all, especially with all the prom-posals now they make it such a big deal. I remember the talk at school was always who was asking who and how they were getting asked lol. We knew how they were getting asked before they even knew! Of course the girls were always so nervous to see who was asking them it was this big thing!
How to book makeup for prom
Booking a makeup artist is super easy. There are so many different ways you can reach out: websites, social media, calling/ texting, email, or calling a salon they work at! The problem with going to stores is that they apply your makeup for “FREE” I did that once. Although they can do a great job, almost all of them require a $50 or a minimum purchase you have to spend on their products. If you’re like me and leave not liking your makeup, you just spent all that money on their products! So you have to be careful. I am a brunette and left once with blonde eyebrows! How does that even happen??
Tips for booking a makeup artist
1. Check their reviews
2. Ask to see their portfolio & how long they’ve been in business
3. Ask if they will drive to you
4. See if they give group discounts
5. Don’t ask what products they use, we all use different products we think would look the best on you. Not every makeup artist is going to use the exact same products. You don’t know you might like their products way better than you thought you would.
Booking a makeup artist
As I mentioned above, ask if they give group discounts! I always give group discounts if 6 or more book, but you don’t know if you don’t ask. That way you can get ready with your friends and so its more affordable. You can have a girls day with a few of your best friends within your budget. There are so many ways you can book but I recommend looking at professional websites like The Knot, Wedding Wire, or their own websites. Most wedding makeup artists are freelance so I know they would be happy to help with prom if they didn’t already book a wedding that day.
If youre looking for a very neutral and versatile eyeshadow palette this would be the perfect prom eyeshadow palette!
This is one of my most worn blazers I own! Everyone has a classic closet staple and this one is mine. I love the ruffle detail down the middle with the ruffle overlay. I love this look for a classy Winter White look.
Closet staple in my closet! I am also obsessed with this tweed jacket with gold buttons! I love a good blazer you can wear with different accessories. If you’re going to spend the money, then its better to get more than one use out of it! I love how versatile this blazer is. Although the only thing that is a pain about dressy jackets is you have to dry clean them! Does anyone else throw them in the washer and pray they don’t get ruined? Or am I the only one! LOL! I do not like going to the dry cleaners because I never remember to pick them up. So..thats the only bad thing about buying nice things! But I make up for it when I save on major deals..My post I did on Designer Duplicates you can get exact looks for less!
The Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Sale is still going on and you can get so many things 50% OFF! I have stocked up and spent way too much money there the past two weeks…
Denim on Denim is like the all American look. It’s super chic and a closet staple in every women’s closet. I have been looking for a jean jacket I really loved for almost 2 years! THIS JACKET was the one I have been waiting for and I scored it 40% off!
The perfect jean jacket can be so hard to find. Like I said above it took me almost 2 years to find one I really loved. I wanted it to have two things: stretchy/ soft denim and a belt that tied at the waist. Sure enough when I came across this one at Express I knew this was perfect, and I got it 40% off! Pair this jacket with your favorite ripped jeans for the perfect casual night out! I have my eyes on these ripped jeans with frayed bottoms, and these black jeans!
This is the sales of all sales seriously! Ulta is having their 21 days of Beauty Sale going on now and the sales for the most part are so good! I have picked the best products from the sale and the most award winning products you will love! Most of them are on major sale and a majority are 50% off too! Honestly, you probably won’t see sales like this until next year.. See what I got below!
Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Sale
Below are the items that are the best part of the sale and the dates they come on sale. Then, you will see if you click on the links BEFORE or AFTER, the sales price won’t reflect. Therefore, if you find something you want you can’t wait another day or they will go back to original price. Every single product listed below I have used before and loved!
The other items in the sale, I have not used or haven’t fallen in love with so I didn’t post about those. These are my favorites and you can get them for GREAT deals too so I had to share! Check out Ulta’s website for more!
If your looking for ways to stay motivated during the winter months although Spring is almost here…read this post! I can’t wait for warmer weather so these Spring makeup color palettes are making me very excited!
*Links above may contain affiliate links. All products above I have loved and used the past. All thoughts and opinions are my own*
I think in todays post you will see that I found almost exact duplicates for my favorite designer items! If you are looking for something specific but don’t want to spend a ton of money on one item I think you will love these dupes! Most of them are under $25 too!
My mom had purchased a dupe years ago before they were even popular and she didn’t know the real version was even a thing! She got so many compliments on it she looked it up and realized she had an exact replica! How funny..you can see how much she loves fashion lol!
A lot of fashion bloggers actually prefer the duplicates over the real ones because they are more comfortable. I actually prefer the dupes as well because I use my shoes so much and with this Ohio weather…ugh!
Instead of spending $4,000 on a purse then this is the best dupe for the deal I think. $4000 is a lot of money for a purse although you can tell the difference if you love the look of it then I would get it! Chanel purses, especially this vintage style, will always be in style!
Designer Duplicates from Amazon
I also am going to add this incase you are not familiar with dupes. Even if it says the brands name on the dupe does NOT mean that it is from that brand or gently used. Don’t be mislead if you see the brands name and think it is an original with defects because it’s not. Most of the time it is different material such as stitching, interior colors, and not real leather. If you are interested in telling the difference between real and duplicates let me know and I will write a post about my experience buying real ones and talking with authenticators!
*Some links may contain affiliate links. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
This look is super affordable, cute, and romantic for Valentines Day. I’m also sharing luxury items too, if you are looking for a splurge item! I love wearing pink throughout the year so Valentine’s Day gives me such a good excuse!
This look is super affordable, cute, and romantic for Valentines Day. I’m also sharing luxury items too, if you are looking for a splurge item! I love wearing pink throughout the year so Valentine’s Day gives me such a good excuse! I’m actually wearing these heels in the photo, but my photographer (my mom!) didn’t take ANY photos with them lol! These are my favorite pink heels -I would love to splurge on someday! Valentine’s Day is is such a fun holiday. You can never go wrong with wearing anything pink or red. Finish your look with either a pink or red lip, some heels and you’re good to go! I on the other hand am a total home body and prefer to be at home! Anyone else? Would you rather go out or stay at home? Comment below, I’m interested to hear! I hope everyone has a great Valentines Day!
I love planning special events and important milestones in peoples lives. Paperless Post makes it so easy to send invitations and manage guest lists at a click of a button! This saves you so much time so you can focus on the important things for your big day.
Looking for an easy way to manage invitations and interact with guests? Paperless Post makes it so easy! From my best friend getting married this year, to my cousins graduation party this has been so helpful for planning for these big events! Paperless post is an online invitation the guests get via email. No need to wait for invitations to come through the email, write addresses on all envelopes, and then stamp them. So time consuming! When you use an online invitation specialist it takes all those steps out for you so you can focus on your big day!