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!

Channing, better known as Chan-Lo, the sneaker queen, and now founder of 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!

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."
**$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.)!

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


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)

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)

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

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

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


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


20% off ENTIRE SITE (now- cyber Monday)

25% off ENTIRE SITE, code: CYBER25

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


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

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: 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

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