Tuesday, December 24, 2019

WINTER TONES with Femme Luxe Finery


Winter is a strange time in Texas.
One day it's 70 degrees, the next Jack Frost is choking you with his wind chill.


Neutral seemed to be the tone of 2019, so these pieces arrived just in time to let me end the year in style!

Sweaters are a must have this time of year. They're perfect for layering, wearing alone, and add that cozy element to even the most dressed up outfits! This oversized one is so versatile. Pair with leggings or biker shorts (it was one of those warmer winter days) and let the split sides tease your figure, or remix it by knotting the front & slipping on your favorite blue jeans. You basically get two sweaters in one!


I chose to also drape this duster coat over my shoulders. This is one of my favorite ways to wear coats, however if you prefer to wear it the more traditional way you will still look and feel incredibly chic!


I know I said these were the hottest tones of 2019, but I'll definitely be taking these pieces with me in the new decade!



shop the pieces here;

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Happy Holidays!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

BLACK FRIDAY & CYBER MONDAY 2019 DEALS



It's that time of the year!! You're all caught up on family gossip, on to your second (or third) plate, and ready to shop the sales! While some enjoy the commotion of the crowds, others, like me prefer to shop from the comfort of our couch and cozy clothes. Which is why I've once again rounded up all the best steals and deals this holiday weekend!

*all sites linked


30% off site-wide
NO CODE NEEDED
*some exclusions apply


50% off site-wide (excluding kits)
20% off Midnight Maven Palette
up to 55% off merch
CODE: BFCM


40% off site-wide
NO CODE NEEDED


60-80% off EVERYTHING *even sale*
+ an additional 10% off
CODE: GOGOGO


30% off site-wide
+ different deals all week;
TH- 30 pan palette & brush roll
FRI- Fourth Ray beauty sets over 40% off
SAT- $5 lashes
MON- holiday collection launch
NO CODE NEEDED


50% off EVERYTHING
*excluding sale*
CODE: HUSTLE


ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS:
25% off eye palettes, brow, blush & bronzer
40% off lips & glow kits
50% off contour kits & eyeshadow singles
+ palette collection launch at discount
+Norvina blockbuster collection
+ 10 piece sets at discount
+ $10 limited edition magnetic palettes or FREE with purchase of 6 eyeshadow singles


30% off site-wide
NO CODE NEEDED


Buy one get one FREE
NO CODE NEEDED


up to 70% off select items site-wide
*excludes new collection


up to 90% off site-wide
NO CODE NEEDED


30% off site-wide
NO CODE NEEDED


30% off site-wide
CODE: HOLIYAY


50% off orders of $30 or more
NO CODE NEEDED


30% off EVERYTHING
CODE: THIRTYOFF


FREE SHIPPING OVER $50
+ free kylie skin headband
NO CODE NEEDED


50% off site-wide
NO CODE NEEDED


up to 80% off EVERYTHING
+ an extra 20% off
CODE: PROMO20


up to 70% off brush sets, palettes, & more
*some exclusions apply
NO CODE NEEDED


30% off EVERYTHING
CODE: BIG30


buy one get one free
NO CODE NEEDED


65% off site-wide
NO CODE NEEDED


30% off site-wide
+ free shipping
NO CODE NEEDED


up to 75% off EVERYTHING
+ an extra 20% off
CODE: EXTRA


50-80% off site-wide
NO CODE NEEDED


55% off site-wide
$5 off mystery boxes
CODE: BLACKFRIDAY


MILK MAKEUP:
25% off site-wide
+ FREE glitter bag & werk it set with purchases $65+
NO CODE NEEDED


JEFFREE STAR COSMETICS:
BLACK FRIDAY;
40% off all lip products
35% off all highlighter products
30% off all fashion & accessories
30% off all palettes
25% off concealers & setting powders
CYBER MONDAY;
25% off entire site
*excludes holiday collection
+ FREE SHIPPING all weekend
NO CODE NEEDED


GLOSSIER:
20% off EVERYTHING
NO CODE NEEDED


OLE HENRIKSEN:
20% off site-wide
+ FREE mini 5 piece set with purchase of $75 or more
+ FREE 2 day shipping on orders $50 & up
NO CODE NEEDED


BATH & BODY WORKS:
40% off EVERYTHING
+ free shipping on order $40 or more
CODE: CYBERDAY


SEPHORA & ULTA
both having online


DANESSA MYRICKS:
45% off EVERYTHING
CODE: DMB45


WINDSOR:
30% off EVERYTHING
+ free shipping
CODE: CYBER30


LA GIRL COSMETICS:
40% off site-wide
CODE: CYBERMONDAY



Most brands are starting their sales early this year, so I will be updating this post throughout the weekend.
Be sure to check the IG's and websites of any additional brands you love in case I miss any!



Happy Shopping & Happy Holidays!


Sunday, November 24, 2019

I tried Kylie Skin for a month, do I have BILLION DOLLAR SKIN?!


Okay, so it wasn't the whoooole Kylie Skin line, and it was a little over a month. But, the mystery of "do I now have billion dollar skin" still reigns true.


Let's start with my skin- a little history if you will. 2019 definitely brought some changes, (more sensitivity) but my skin has relatively remained the same. I have dry skin; and when I say dry I mean, temperatures dropping taking my moisture levels with it, dry
While I like to keep my regimen fairly simple, I am a sucker for anything skincare and have dabbled with new products throughout the year. Some affected my skin negatively, while others found their permanent home on my bathroom counter. That said, I wanted to start small when venturing into the over hyped, trendy skincare world.

I'm sure you remember being a young teen and your mom taking you to buy your first Clinique three step system, which of course, included a toner.
Okayyy, but what exactly is a toner?!
Toners can be formulated for all different skin types. Containing good for your skin ingredients such as, anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatories, acids that target specific skin concerns, even vitamins and other nourishing properties. Just like our beloved Clinique step 2, they still help to balance pH levels, while acting as an additional post cleansing step to ensure that your skin is free of all the makeup and grime from the day!

As I used the last drop of my tried and true toner, I began to feel like maybe my skin was becoming stagnant, or that some of the ingredients were becoming too harsh.

This is where I embarked on my journey to billionaire skin status!

Blame my curiosity, my love of baby pink, and vanilla being one of my favorite scents, but after reading countless reviews I decided to visit my nearest Ulta and shell out $22 (+tax) on my newest bottle of hope.


Kylie's Vanilla Milk toner is just that. A milk like, alcohol-free substance packed with good for you ingredients such as:
Squalene- helps to strengthen & restore skin's moisture barrier
Avocado Oil, Apricot Oil, & Jojoba Seed Oil- helps restore hydration, soothe, and condition skin
Sodium Hyaluronate- a derivative of hyaluronic acid
plus other extracts and antioxidants to further improve skin!

After just one use my skin was left feeling soft and glowy, not sticky and tight like previous toners have left it. 
Oh, and I can't forget to mention the calming vanilla scent that's just mild enough to add a cozy feminine feel to your skincare routine!
**This fragrance is added, and for some can cause irritation. However, my skin is highly sensitive, and I have yet to have any reaction.**

After a month, I have to say I'm honestly impressed by Kylie Skin! The redness of my skin has drastically reduced. My skin feels supple after each swipe of the cotton round, which in turn has helped absorb the benefits of my serums and other products. Even the overall appearance of my skin has improved! The spots of past pimples that haunt me have faded, and my skin ultimately looks more youthful!


So, will I be upping my skin's net worth? Possibly. 
I have had my eye on the moisturizer, and rumor has it she's coming out with minis for the holiday season!





Thursday, October 31, 2019

I tried turning myself into Morticia Addams, and it didn't go quite as planned...


Halloween, one of the best holidays.
From the spooky energy in the air, the giant bags of candy, creative costumes, and all the fun festivals and parties! For me, it's also a time to dive into my creative bag- and list, of all the ideas and characters I want to transform into!

The Addams Family is a cult classic, and with the cartoon remake coming out this Halloween season I thought, why not turn myself into this modern day Morticia Addams!


I pulled inspiration from the movie itself, along with various drawings I found online. This type of animated character was something completely different than I've ever done, but I was up for the challenge.


There were definitely points throughout this transformation where I thought to myself,
"where exactly is this going?"
Even the occasional,
"WTF am I doing?!"
came to mind, but these thoughts can arise throughout any creative process, so I kept going!


By the finishing touches, I knew she wasn't the Morticia I envisioned. However, I spent sooo many hours on her that I couldn't let this haunting Halloween look go to waste! Like, is she part Jessica Rabbit, is she a cast member from Planet of the Apes that got cut last minute, or is she just a creepy af Morticia?! It's up to your interpretation.

Were there parts of this look that I think I killed? Absolutely.
Do I look back and think what I could do differently next time? Totally.

I normally wouldn't share something like this, but it's funny, and it's real life what happens sometimes when creating something for the first time.

At the end of the day Halloween is supposed to be fun, it's supposed to be spooky, and I honestly spooked myself with this transformation!!



There may be more "Halloween Looks" coming, because why should we only do creative looks one month out of the whole year?!
(and I was blessed to be so busy that I ran out of time to create a few more I wanted to do)
In the meantime, head over to my Instagram to see some of the client Halloween looks I did this year!





Happy Halloween 👻


Monday, October 21, 2019

How to look luxe for less, with Femme Luxe



If you're anything like me, you turn to IG and blogs to discover the latest trends and brands. And like me, often find yourself disappointed once on the brands website. Whether it be overpriced items, bad reviews, shipping complaints, or something to that nature. 

Femme Luxe is a brand that has been on my radar for quite some time now, so I was more than happy when they came into my life (and inbox) and wanted me to showcase some of my favorite pieces from their collection!


"Mesh overlay mini in Louise"


Everyone needs a little black dress in their wardrobe. To me, they're like nude lipsticks- they may seem the same, but are totally different than all the others in your closet! I love how the mesh overlay and piping details bring a sexy feel to the rather traditional lbd.
The ruching also creates a flattering 3-dimensional fit. Perfect for dinner dates, you can indulge as much as you want without worrying about showcasing your unborn food baby!

This dress would also be cute dressed down in a more causal way. Think denim or leather jacket, trendy sneaks, and you’re ready for all the daytime activities!


"PU corset top in Amy"


Let’s chat about corset tops. Personally, I love them. They bring this flirtatious, almost risqué element to any outfit (especially with this one being faux leather).
I chose to pair mine with a white tee for a 90s vibe, Cher from Clueless will always be my style inspo, but you can totally rock this top so many ways!
On it’s own and have the girls sitting great,
Paired with an oversized flannel for the ultimate fall look,
Even over your favorite band tee,
This truly is such a versatile piece and one that will have you all saying, 
“You Kitty, are an OUTFIT REPEATER!"
*we’re def friends if you know where that line is from*


"Co-ord set in Maria"


It’s a known fact that I looove cozy fits. I especially love them paired with heels, basically I couldn’t put this co-ord on fast enough!
Not only do the pants hug your curves just right, but come equipped with an elastic waist and ankle for a fit that stays in place. 
There’s nothing I despise more than the ankles of my pants making me look like an extra in Aladdin, or having to constantly adjust my pants up throughout the day. 
Cozy, comfy, and chic this outfit will keep you looking cute and feeling snug all season long!



Thanks again to Femme Luxe for saving me from all my fashion foes!
Quality items from the latest trends, to the everyday staples at too good to be true prices.
Plus great customer service, and estimates on delivery date before purchasing. It doesn't get much better than that!
Femme Luxe can save you too, while keeping you looking fab all fall!





O U T F I T  L I N K S;

Mesh Dress:

Corset Top:

Co-Ords & Sets:







Tuesday, October 15, 2019

PINK DEVIL; Halloween Glam


Halloween, one of my favorite times of the year! 


I always say I'm going to plan my looks throughout the year, but somehow October still creeps up on me! My future self was looking out however, when I saved a picture late last year.

"White Whisper" by Amber Carr Art was the image I stumbled upon, fell in love with, and instantly knew I had to recreate for a Halloween look.



There are so many different versions of devils; from the more common evil red character, to the more sexy version, the extreme mythical demonic creature found in movies and tv, even the silly cartoon baby.

What drew me to these devil babes (as Amber calls them), are all the emotions they exude. They're beautiful in this melancholy way, yet still possessing this mythical almost mischievous edge. There's also so many stories you can conjure up from this piece. Are they two friends sharing secrets, or are they trapped in the underworld longing for something more?! 
I ultimately wanted to embody the moody feel portrayed through the eyes of the character. 
While I was inspired by Amber Carr, she actually found inspiration for the pink character from Hedy Lamarr. That's where the slight old Hollywood vibe comes from.




From a makeup standpoint this look is fairly simple. The most challenging part (besides painting half of your body pink), would be covering and creating new brows. To do this I used the tried and true glue stick hack! 
*tip: the purple one works the best*


The shading on my eyes and face was all done with the same two-three eyeshadows.
I started with a lighter pink to define the crease and build the shape of my eyes. Then using a darker pink to deepen the hollows from the brow to the contour of my nose. This gives that theatrical, moody effect to the look. Using an even darker, more purple toned shadow, I created a baby wing to add even more expression and elongate the eyes. I opted for a deep purple rather than a black to not overpower the other shades in this look.

I followed the same gradient technique to contour, highlight, and sculpt my face. Applying blush higher into the under eye area also gives a more natural flush to the cheeks.


I decided last minute to pop some individual lashes to my lower lash line to play up the doe-eyed look, further adding even more expression!


The devil horns I got at a local Halloween store and just painted pink.
The wig, I've had for a while and is actually pink! It photographed blonde, and I'm not mad at it. I think it brings a different, fun element to the overall character.








M A K E U P  D E E T S:


e y e s;

MORPHE: light pink shadow (crease/ transition)
MORPHE: 15s palette- #Besties (crease)
COLOURPOP X ILUVSARAHII: Through my Eyes Palette- Divina (liner/brows/ a little in hollows)
SNAZAROO: face paint & KKW BEAUTY: Brigtehning powder- shade 1 (lid)
CLINIQUE: High Impact Mascara
SALON PERFECT: 615 Lashes
KISS LASHES: medium individual lashes


f a c e;

SNAZAROO: face paint
COLOURPOP X ILUVSARAHII: Through my Eyes Palette- Divina (darkest contours)
MORPHE: 15s Palette- #besties (contours)
KKW BEAUTY: Brightening Powder- shade 1 (highlights)
BH COSMETICS: Hot pink blush

l i p s;

ULTA: Lip liner- Rose
MAC: Viva Glam Lipstick- Miley Cyrus

*I edited my eyes pink in post, because ya girl does not fuck with contacts*









Wednesday, April 3, 2019

KITTY WITH THE GOOD HAIR- my shampoo secret!


We care about the ingredients in our food, our skincare, even our makeup, so why should our hair care be any less important?!


Maple Holistic is a brand I've mentioned [here] before- a brand that is cruelty free, naturally formulated and designed to enhance your life and spirit!

I was fortunate to receive one of their newest shampoos, and after a few uses became "Kitty with the good hair!"


Being someone who colors their hair and only washes 1-2 times a week, I enjoy a shampoo that really cleanses without all the harsh additives. Silk18 shampoo is literally that!

A rejuvenating blend of 18 silk amino acids that helps to strengthen and protect hair from dryness, breakage, split ends, even the amount of hair fall out we all ball up and stick to the shower wall. Remember how I said I don't like harsh/ abrasive shampoos.. yeah, the Silk18 line will leave your hair, and scalp feeling fresh not fried.
While this shampoo gently cleanses to remove dandruff, excess sebum, and product build up, it still provides a luscious lather for all my girls (or boys) who like to feel like their shampoo is doing something!

Oh, I can't forget to mention the scent! Infused with natural vanilla fragrance, this amazing aroma fills your shower and your senses, instantly transporting you to a cozy tropical island!


Do I honestly feel like it's made a difference to the overall appearance of my hair? YES
Has it replaced all the other shampoos in my shower? YES
Do I think you should try it? AB-SO-FUCKING-LUTELY

& lucky for you, Maple Holistic's is letting you!


A new year, a new look, the same great feel good products.