Sunday, November 27, 2016

SMALL BUSINESS EVERYDAY with Friends and Fundera


With all the madness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it's easy to forget about another very important day- SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY!

Being an entrepreneur myself, (djkittybeauty) I like to keep the company of other people who are also turning their dreams and passions into a business.

Fundera, a free service for small business owners to help them get the proper funding needed to be successful, is spreading the word about Small Business Saturday. I wanted to take the pledge too and showcase some of my friends and their local small businesses this weekend! 
(most are running holiday specials too!)



If you follow me on social media (or know me in real life). then you probably know my best friend too! Valerie is the BEST waxer in Dallas- and I'm not just being biased. From brow shaping, under arms, even brazilians in 15 minutes, Val has you covered- or uncovered if you prefer. Valerie educates her clients on before and after waxing procedures, while making it feel as if you are just catching up with a friend every 4-6 weeks!



 
styleseat.com/voila



Channing, better known as Chan-Lo, the sneaker queen, and now founder of cnkdaily.com. From daily #chickspiration (get it), to showcasing some of the dopest female entrepreneurs, Chan wanted to design a platform by women for women, where we could be empowered and inspired by one another! Channing inspires me everyday to be a better you than yesterday, and to never give up on your passion. You might even run into the whole ChicksNKicks gang at your local sneaker expo!



cnkdaily.com



Brittany, aka FitXBrit (fit-by-brit) is another friend who inspires me daily. Not only is Brit a mom, but has a full-time job and still makes time to turn her love of a healthy lifestyle into a brand! - But I'll let her tell you in her words...

"I strongly believe that my calling is to educate others and throughout my life I have done that in different venues and on different platforms. In this chapter of my life I am specifically working on educating others on the benefits of fitness and nutrition in a way that is long lasting and easy to commit to. With FxB our goal is simple: assist as others adopt a positive mindset to increase health, everyday living, and a lifestyle rich in positive energy. While customized meal plans and recipes to make your weekly meals time and cost efficient are our forte, we'll also offer label reading tips, advice on choosing the best products for your body, and even positive affirmations to enhance your mental fitness.  We want our audience to foster a life of fit choices minus the dread. We pride ourselves in taking your family’s favorite meals and transforming them into clean eats in an effort to help anyone at any stage transition to Live YOUR Fit, meeting you exactly where YOU are."


fitxbrit.com
**$5 off all purchases in her shop over $15, CODE: THANKFUL (ends tonight, 11/27)**



What started as a brand geared towards the guys with snapbacks and jerseys, El Chuy slowly became dominated by the ladies! While most of the products are unisex, Chuy has specific items such as chokers, crops, and swimsuits just for us girls. From the 972, to the 214, El Chuy represents and embodies every pocket of Dallas street style. While you will probably see his items all over social media, you'll never actually see the man behind the brand. Chuy let's his products do the talking for him, which might be the coolest aspect of El Chuy (besides the free shipping to anywhere in the U.S.)!


elchuy.com



Small businesses contribute to 54% of all sales, and 55% of all jobs in the U.S. I hope this inspires you the next time you crave a cup of coffee, grab a bite to eat, or go shopping to check out some of the local small businesses in your area!





Thursday, November 24, 2016

BLACK FRIDAY & CYBER MONDAY DEALS



Now that we've all recovered from our turkey comas, it's time to let the holiday shopping begin! I browsed through the internet (so you wouldn't have to), and put together some of the best beauty and fashion deals happening this weekend!

*all sites are linked


20% off EVERYTHING, no code necessary (black Friday- cyber Monday)

ARTIST COUTURE:
40% off ENTIRE SITE, code: GLOWMONDAY (cyber Monday)

25% off- new brushes
20% off- illuminators
20% off- stick foundations
20% off- brow products
10% off- glow kits
+ Makeup by Mario limited edition palette back in stock *while supplies lasts* (now- cyber Monday)

25% off select glitter, CODE: BLACKFRIDAY2016
+ 99 cent shipping on all orders (black Friday- cyber Monday)

KYLIE COSMETICS:
20% off ENTIRE SITE, no code necessary
+ launch of new "kylie brushes" (cyber Monday)

BH COSMETICS:
Up to 75% off ENTIRE SITE, no code necessary (black Friday- cyber Monday)

20% off SITE WIDE, code: TAKE20 (black Friday- cyber Monday)

JEFFREE STAR COSMETICS:

Holiday Collection Launch: 7 limited edition shades for $99.99 (or $18 each)
2 NEW Skin Frost Shades- $29
(black Friday- cyber Monday)
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Velour Liquid Lipsticks- $15
*excludes holiday collection
Beauty Killer Palette- $24.75
Skin Frost- $23
Lip Ammunition- $10.50
(black Friday- cyber Monday)
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Dreamhouse Liquid Lipstick Launch- $18 (cyber Monday)
+ FREE SHIPPING all weekend!

COLOURPOP COSMETICS:

20% off ENTIRE SITE (now- cyber Monday)

MORPHE BRUSHES:
25% off ENTIRE SITE, code: CYBER25

NATASHA DENONA:
20% off EVERYTHING, code: CYBERMONDAY16 (cyber Monday)

THE BALM COSMETICS

50% off ENTIRE SITE, no code necessary (cyber Monday only)

MISSGUIDED:
50% off EVERYTHING, CODE: YESYESYES (now through cyber Monday)
*excludes sale

Up to 60% off unreleased items
EXTRA 10% off, code: CYBERMONDAY (cyber Monday)

30% off ENTIRE SITE, code: CYBERMONDAY (cyber Monday)

30% off EVERYTHING, code: CYBER30
*excludes sale itmes (now through cyber Monday)

30% off EVERYTHING, CODE: THANKFUL30 (black Friday- Tuesday)

$75 bundles ft. new "PLAYA" style (black Friday- cyber Monday)

40% off select items, CODE: TAKE40 (black Friday only)
*excludes new and sale merchandise

30-90% off ENTIRE SITE, code: CYBER (cyber Monday)



**Be sure to check Instagram and other social media outlets of your favorite brands for updated sales!**


You all should know this by now...
Shop through EBATES to receive cash back for all your online purchases! They even have special cash back percentages this weekend.







Happy Shopping!









Thursday, November 3, 2016

Candy Girl SK8TR Skull; Halloween Glam


How has Halloween (and October) come and gone already?! Since I didn't get around to creating any pre-festivities glam, I figured I would showcase some of the looks I rocked!

The gang and I slayed Halloween all weekend, and while this was a last minute look I put together Sunday night, it may be my favorite Halloween glam to date!


I knew I had to rock this wild wig one last time with something low-key, since the place we were going that night was nothing short of fancy. I also wanted to do something different, something I have never done but always wanted to- a version of a skull!

This is the perfect, quick skull glam for every level of makeup lover, for it only involves half of the mouth and the same colors throughout the entire look!


I started this skull glam like I would any other of my makeup looks: foundation, concealer, and cream contour. 
I chose to keep it pretty simple and bronzed, while using the same shades I would to smoke out my eyes to define and carve out the hollows of my face (cheekbones, jawline, and temples). I used the same method to create a harsh nose contour, exaggerating it up into the brows.

Even though this glam is a little harsh, I still wanted everything to be very blended and blown out without any lines of demarcation. I kept to the same theme when creating my smokey eye and skull nose. By focusing the majority of the product toward the base of the nose and blending upwards to create desired shape.


For the mouth, I started by applying white face paint as a base with a small buffer shadow brush. After drawing the lines with black shadow (just follow the natural pattern of teeth), I added depth by shading below the bottom lip, outer corners, and edges of the teeth to give a more 3-d appearance.

Of course I had to finish off this skull with a touch of glam! I added subtle glow to the high points of the face and a gold tooth to remind everyone what a bad ass she really is...because she can probably kick flip better than the boy next door!







*makeup deets:

e y e s;
MAC: Give Me Sun Bronzer (transition shade)
URBAN DECAY: Naked (deepen crease)
ANASTASIA BH: Noir (lid/ blended into crease)
ULTA: Gel Eyeliner Pencil- Black (upper and lower lash line)
COVERGIRL: Lash Blast Mascara
SALON PERFECT: #615 Lashes
ANASTASIA BH: Crushed Pearl (inner corner highlight)
NYX: Eyebrow Pencil- Black
ANASTASIA BH: Clear Brow Gel

l o w e r  l a s h - l i n e;
ULTA: Gel Eyeliner Pencil- Black (line water line)
ANASTASIA BH: Noir (set/ smoke out liner)
MAC: GMS Bronzer & URBAN DECAY: Naked
 (to blur out black/ create hollowness around outer corners)
COVERGIRL: Lash Blast Mascara

f a c e;
SMASHBOX: Pore Perfecting Primer
RCMA: Foundation Palette (foundation/ cream contour)
LA GIRL: HD Concealer- Light Ivory & Porcelain (correct/ conceal & highlight)
RCMA: No Color Powder (to set)
MAC: GMS Bronzer (to bronze face)
URBAN DECAY: Naked & Faint (to create/ define the hollows)
ANASTASIA BH: Gleam Glow Kit- Mimosa & Gleam (highlight)

n o s e;
ANASTASIA BH: Noir
ANASTASIA BH: Gleam Glow Kit- Crushed Pearl

m o u t h;
MEHRON: Clown White Light- Face Paint
RCMA: No Color Powder (to set face paint)
ANASTASIA BH: Noir (teeth/ depth around mouth)
MAC: GMS Bronzer (to add depth to teeth/ around mouth)
ANASTASIA BH: Metallic (gold tooth)


*outfit deets;
with links

beanie:Walmart
wig: Amazon (added color with eyeshadows)
choker: Sam Moon- similar here
shorts: Urban Outfitters- similar here
sneakers: Vans
tank: Fruit of the Loom (cut into a crop)
flannel: Asos




















Thursday, October 13, 2016

Forget FOMO and GOMO with Eventbrite!


We've all heard of FOMO (fear of missing out), but what if we could stop that sense and start GOMO...

I love the idea of Going Out More Often- shoutout to Eventbrite for this brite idea- and wanted to showcase how my friends and I spent a fall night, plus some other way to squash FOMO! Because let's face it, Netflix and chill will always be there.


Fall time in Dallas = the State Fair. I mean, you can practically smell the fried goodness in the air October 1st! So I got the gang together one night to experience this Texas tradition. 



The fair is all about the food. From the cult favorites like corn dogs, turkey legs, and funnel cakes, to the crazy award-winning concoctions!
Games, rides, and attractions will have you laughing off all the calories while brining out your inner child. 


We laughed, we danced, and we snap chatted (👻:djkiitty), but most importantly we enjoyed our time together and the memories we made!


Before we talk about other ways to embrace GOMO, let's talk this fair night glam. 
I wanted something no-fuss, comfortable, but still chic. I opted for two things that never let me down, a top-knot and my go-to glam! 



Bronzed, glowing skin, and lots of lashes will make it seem as if you spent tons of time in front of the mirror, while a topknot is effortlessly cool and keeps hair out of your face (and your lipgloss).
I traded my heels for my sneaks, grabbed a fair appropriate clutch, and threw on a lightweight knit. Weather is Dallas is always bi-polar, so this sweater can also double as an accessory around your waist!


Some other ways you, your family, and your friends can leave FOMO behind:

-- Grab your girl gang, head to a pumpkin patch then go home and see who can create the best jack-o-lantern.

-- Sports are huge this time of year and what's better than watching it on tv with your friends, watching it live in person! Really get into the team spirit with matching gear, foam fingers, and all the stadium food!

-- Outside art festivals or concerts. A chance to enjoy the breezy weather, experience new artists, and meet new people.


-- Brunch in the park. Get your girls together, cook all of your favorite brunch foods, pack them in a cute basket and enjoy them at your local park. You'll save money and make memories!



I hope this post inspires you to GOMO and start your own fall bucket list!

 Life is too short to not go out have fun, and enjoy it with the ones you love!

Thanks again to Eventbrite for encouraging us all to forget FOMO. Be sure to check out their website for all the tools you need for your next big event!






*outfit deets:

white tank (underneath sweater): TOPSHOP
similar- here, & here
sweater: HOLLISTER
similar- here
jeans: ZARA
similar- herehere, & here
shoes: VANS- here
clutch: SAM MOON
similar- here & here
choker: WINDSOR
similar- here, & here


*makeup deets:

eyes;
LA GIRL: HD Concealer (to prime)
MAC: Give Me Sun Bronzer (in the crease/ lower lash-line)
THE BALM: Mary-Lou Manizer (inner corner/ lid)
COVERGIRL: Lash Blast Mascara
SALON PERFECT: #615 Lashes
NYX: Micro Brow Pencil- Ebony
ANASTASIA BH: Clear Brow Gel

face;
MARIO BADESCU: Rose Facial Spray
SMASHBOX: Hydrating Under Eye Primer
TOO FACED: Born This Way Foundation
RCMA: Foundation Palette (cream contour)
LA GIRL: HD Concealer- Classic Ivory & Porcelain
RCMA: No Color Powder (to set)
MAC: Give Me Sun Bronzer
THE BALM: Mary-Lou Manizer
ANASTASIA BH: Gleam Glow Kit- Crushed Pearl (extra highlight)
MAC: Melba 

lips;
OCC: Pennyroyal Lipliner
ANASTASIA BH: Liquid Lipstick- Pure Hollywood










Saturday, October 8, 2016

Turn Up Date Night with TURO


Imagine spending the night cruising the city in your dream car, or having your date pick you up in a classic town car- Carrie and Big style. That's exactly how Turo can turn up your date night!



With hundreds of different cars from classic to rare, and rates at 30% less than most rental car agencies, Turo is like the Air BnB of cars!
Sign up, choose your date and location, browse through all the unique models, pick up your car and let the date night begin!

Okay so you rented a car, now what?! With the help of Turo.com, I put together a list of things to do to switch up your date night! Plus, a glam look both you and your man will love!


💗  Unleash your artistic side (or discover who lacks one), at a painting with a twist class.

💗  Turn on all the feels of nostalgia at a local arcade or fair. From bowling, laser tag, and vintage arcade games you'll be able to act like kids for the night!

💗  Rent a convertible, put the top down, and really go back in time with a drive-in movie.

💗  Visit a museum. You'll get to experience some great works of art- which can lead to good conversation, and see who can come up with the wittiest captions!

💗  Get into the fall spirit with something cute like visiting a pumping patch, or making s'mores but the  fire. Or something spooky, such as a haunted house or hayride. Which is really just an excuse to get close to your date- right?!

💗  Finally, a cooking class. Because there are usually not two chefs in every relationship. Besides, it will be rewarding to laugh about the class while enjoying all of your delicious hard work!


Men are simple creatures. Most love a "natural" look, but I wanted this to be both girl and guy pretty. I achieved this by creating a monochromatic look, with elements that are soft, feminine, and glowy!

Pinks are universally flattering and proven to give a sense of adornment and passion, without being too bold. Metallic, shimmery lids and wispy lashes keep this look flirty, while pink flushed cheeks gives the feel of a childhood crush. I finished off this glam with two different lippies. A creamy matte shade as the base, topped with a sheer pinky-nude to give the look of glossy lips, without the stickiness.


The fun doesn't have to stop at date night! Use Turo for your next vacation, road trip, or even girls night out! Head over to Turo.com to find out more, plus how you can make some extra cash!



*makeup deets:

eyes;
ELF: Eyeshadow Primer
RCMA: No Color Powder (to set)
NYX: Maybe Later (brow bone highlight)
MAC: Brown Script (crease and base on lid)
URBAN DECAY: X (lid)
COLOURPOP: Lovely (center of lid)
ANASTASIA BH: Starburst (inner corner highlight)
COVERGIRL: Lash Blast Mascara
SALON PERFECT: #615 Lashes
NYX: Micro Brow Pencil- Ebony

lower lash-line;
URBAN DECAY: Naked
MAC: Brown Script
THE BALM COSMETICS: Bahama Mama Bronzer

face;
NARS: All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation
SMASHBOX: Hydrating Under-Eye Primer
RCMA: Foundation Palette (cream contour)
LA GIRL: HD Concealer- Classic Ivory (to color correct)
LA GIRL: HD Concealer- Porcelain (conceal/ highlight)
RCMA: No Color Powder (to set)
MAC: Give Me Sun Bronzer
BENEFIT: Watts Up (cream highlight)
ANASTASIA BH: Gleam Glow Kit- Mimosa & Starburst
NARS: Super Orgasm Blush
BENEFIT: Dandelion (blush topper)