New Year’s Eve Glam {Beauty Look}

I love playing with my makeup, but I don’t often wear a whole lot. Most days, if I leave the house, I wear a BB Cream, some mascara, and a bit of lip gloss. It’s on special occasions – date nights and holidays – that I play it up a bit.

For New Year’s Eve, I wanted to do something a bit more dramatic than is typical for me, so I began playing with some looks a few days before the big night. I found some great cosmetics at Walmart that are new to me – the Flower Beauty line. I picked up a foundation stick, some eyeliner, new 3 in 1 mascara, and an eyeshadow palette.

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My goal was to try to perfect a smokey cat eye, without appearing to have two black eyes. Before now I haven’t been too successful, but I think I managed to do okay this time. Hopefully I can recreate this look for New Year’s Eve!

Smokey Cat Eye

First, I used the lightest eyeshadow in my palette over my whole eyelid, focusing under my eyebrow and in my inner eyelid.

Next, I used the card under the eye trick to get my cat eye angle just right, and I lined my bottom lash line, using the Eye Marker for both.

Then, I used the darkest shadow along the cat eye line, as well as a bit in the outer crease, blending towards the middle of my lid with the medium hues.

Last, I applied my mascara and touched up the inner corner with the light shadow, making my eye pop.

I completed my look with some new gloss I picked up while doing my Christmas shopping.

My New Year's Eve Look - a subtle smokey cat eye

I am very pleased with the look and hope to recreate again even beyond New Year’s Eve!

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Don’t Miss Out on Spa Week!

I am so excited about Spa Week. Spa Week’s bi-annual event takes place every spring and fall. That means that October 14th through October 20th, hundreds of spas across the US and Canada will offer full-service, signature spa treatments at the major discount of just $50 each! In the Austin area alone, I can choose from massages, facials, pedicures and manicures, and more! It is a perfect time to try something new.

In fact, I was treated to a “Mascara Look” eyelash extension application at Face to Face Spa at Avery Ranch. Oh my, was it divine! The application itself was incredibly relaxing. For over two hours I “had to” keep my eyes closed and lay perfectly still. Bummer, huh? 50 artificial lashes were applied to each of my eyes to create the “mascara look.”

My friend warned me that artificial lashes were “like a drug” and that I’d be “addicted” right away. Boy, were you right, Beth! Not only were the ladies at Face to Face Spa absolutely amazing (and super sweet, to boot), but take look at my before and after images…

eyelash extensions before and after

Wouldn’t YOU be hooked? I’m thinking about becoming a monthly member of Face to Face Spa for the eyelash extensions alone, but considering they threw in an eyebrow wax and were all just wonderful, I’m seriously hooked!

Check out Spa Week Daily for the latest and greatest spa, health and wellness news. You can also find the spas nearest you that offer the Spa Week $50 deals, including the “Mascara Look” eyelash extension application from Face to Face at Avery Ranch!

Disclosure: I received the eyelash application in exchange for the promotion of Spa Week. The opinions expressed are completely my own.

Beautiful Savings

I was so excited when my sister-in-law, Lisa, told me about her amazing beauty find and asked if she could tell you about it, too. Lisa always looks gorgeous, and I can tell you she is super picky about the makeup she uses, whether it’s for her own face or the hundreds of faces she paints as lions, super-heroes, and butterflies.

So, without further ado, a few words from Lisa…


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It’s hard to find the time to do your makeup every morning when you’re a mom, but for me, it’s worth the effort. Makeup helps me to feel fresh and put together. It gives me an extra boost of confidence knowing that I look my best.

Over the years, I’ve found a few tricks that help me to save time on my makeup routine, and one huge contributor is using high quality makeup that’s easy to blend and looks and feels good on my face. Unfortunately, as we all know, high quality makeup usually comes with a very high price tag. Because of this, in the past, a large portion of my extra spending money would get dumped into the pockets of high end store’s cosmetic departments.

When my family decided to cut costs, some of the first things to go were my ridiculously expensive beauty products. I hit the drug stores with fervor, determined to find items that were just as good at a cheaper price. Unfortunately, what I found was that you get what you pay for. In most cases, the makeup had poor color selection, chalky consistency, and cheap packaging.

Feeling discouraged, I went home and hit my trusty computer. That’s when I stumbled across a video of a woman giving a makeup tutorial using products from Coastal Scents. She raved that she couldn’t believe such high quality products could be bought at such cheap prices. I immediately visited the website and was shocked to see the amazing selection that was offered, but even more shocked to see the price! 88 eye shadows for 21.95? It just can’t get any better than that!

After seeing the prices, though, I was a bit skeptical. I really didn’t believe that anything this inexpensive could work as well as some of my favorite brands, like Mac or Stila. Luckily, I was pleasantly surprised to find that not only is the Coastal Scents line just as good, some of it is even BETTER! Also, the packaging is beautiful and sturdy. It looks expensive and feels expensive for about a quarter of the price!

I’ve put together a video to show you some of my favorite products from Coastal Scents. In this video I have also given some quick tips on how to shorten your makeup routine, so you can spend less time in front of the mirror and more time with your wonderful kiddos, even while using your favorite brand!

Thank you so much for reading, and I hope this helps you to save some money and look beautiful doing it!

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Lisa would love to have you visit her at her website – IllusionFaceArt.com. Oooh, and let me know if you decide to try Coastal Scents.