feeling pretty shouldn't hurt

Friday, July 1, 2016

I Just Ordered Morphe!!

Good morning Beauties!!

Let's chat about makeup brushes for a sec, shall we? I started using brushes to apply my makeup about 22 years ago LOL. It started with Clinique and Estee Lauder, just whatever came with my GiftWithPurchases. Those were the days before we could really do all this awesomeness online!

More recently, I used and loved everything MAC.  And then I tried Sigma. {hearts and flowers!} And now, after much thought and research (LOL, I watch Jaclyn Hill!!!!) I have submitted my very first Morphe order!!

Check them out HERE>>>https://www.morphebrushes.com/ (This is not an affiliate link!)

So, I have been researching makeup and brushes for my kit at Strands. Everything just really needed to be refreshed. I wanted high-quality brushes (where everything matched!!) that were affordable, but more importantly, I wanted to know that other makeup artists loved to use them. And due to my semi-obsessive habit of YouTube, I knew I had to try Morphe!

I didn't even apply for the Pro discount that's available! I used a discount code from Jaclyn Hill (yes, semi-obsessed!) and got free shipping since it totaled more than $100. Can you say MEGA-HAUL?!!

I can't wait to get my hands on these brushes!!! I will let you know when they come in!!!

Tell me which Morphe brushes you are in love with!!!

Hope you all have a great holiday!!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

My Salon!!

Hey, beauties! It has been soooo long since my last post, I know. I have been very busy planning, creating, and opening my very own salon!

I opened Strands Salon in April. This is pretty much what it looks like right now, but I am slowly bringing in more finishing touches and decor. It has been such a fabulous growing experience, but I am looking forward to getting a bit more time to write!

I will keep you updated on my progress, and I will definitely be back to sharing my work and beauty insight soon!

Yours in beauty,

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Prom or Wedding, Glam Hair For All!!

I know it has been a hundred years since my last hair tutorial, but I think this will be worth the wait!!



Friday, April 3, 2015

Sephora MiniHaul:benefit, beautyblender, Viktor&Rolf

Hello, beauty lovers!  Are there any beauty brands that intrigue you?  Any company that the name just sounds like you are going to love their goods, but you just don't try for some reason?  (Like, maybe, you could potentially go broke "trying" Ha!)

Believe me, I have tons of brands that I already believe I love!  It starts as an attraction, then turns to a craving and before you know it, it's an addiction!  This time I'm gonna tell you about benefit!

I have been quietly obsessed with this company since my first trip to Sephora. Picture it, New York City, 2003. We were in town for the big hair show (IBS:International Beauty Show, not irritable bowel syndrome lol!).  I think this had been my very first visit to the hallowed halls of the mecca (aka Sephora)...I was stunned and fell in love immediately! 

I found myself pulled the benefit beauty section.  Every product, beautifully and artistically packaged, had a kitschy-retro theme.  I had always been infatuated with old-fashioned ideas, but I think this was my intro to the full Vargas/pin-up ideal of beauty.  I was hooked.  I couldn't afford to buy a single product that night, but that didn't matter to me.  I was excited about this new world of beauty I had just discovered.

In this order is the delicious How To Look The Best At Everything Flawless Complexion Makeup Kit.  It holds minis of thePOREfessional pore minimizing primer, Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow foundation, two boi-ing concealers and hello flawless powder with a mini brush. I love these kits, usually in a storybook-type box, for the opportunity to try a whole selection of benefit products without committing to full size portions (or prices!)  This kit cost $32 on Sephora's website.

The other little goody I found was the beautyblender + benefit airport-friendly kit.  I had wanted to try the bb but I jumped on this because it came with a mini solid cleansing bar and two minis from benefit: "girl meets pearl" liquid highlighter and "that gal" brightening face primer.  This kit cost $38 online.

The last item in this order is a rollerball of my signature scent, Flowerbomb by Viktor&Rolf.  There is nothing I can say to describe this perfume...it is my heaven in liquid form.  ($29 for .33fl oz.)

I hope you enjoyed peeking into this box of Sephora magic!  See you next time!

Friday, March 13, 2015

New Name, Same Mama!

Hello, beauty junkies! I have been taking care of life over the past few months, but I feel like the coming of Spring has revived my drive!  After several months of not buying anything beauty-related, I just got a beautiful little order from Sephora. Oooh, so fun!  More about that soon, but the reason for this post is to share the new title for my mommy blog...

Come visit me over at Beautiful Life by Lindsay!

After spending the winter cleaning out and organizing other corners of my home and life, I realized I needed to rearrange my blogging life, too!  I think I've finally found a title that suits the point of my personal blog, so I will be more motivated to post regularly.  This is something I find to be true in a blog, a closet or anywhere...if something doesn't fit just right, you're not going to wear it!

Hope Spring finds you quickly!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Year of Trying>>>

So this year, I was going to be a mega-blogger, make a ton of videos for my Youtube channel (www.youtube.com/beautybylindsayc) and dominate in my own world every day!  And I started out fairly strong...but life totally took control.

We lost my stepdad unexpectedly right before last Christmas, and I took a lot of time to help my mom navigate her new landscape of loss.  My beloved chocolate Lab/Rottweiler mix, Lila Jane, became gravely ill, and I took care of her until she passed at the end of March.  I've been trying my best to make our new house a loving and joyful home each day I get to wake up, and the rest was pretty much laundry.  For real, we have enough laundry for a family of 13.

I found myself feeling really guilty for ignoring my blogs and YT channel, like I was letting some huge legion of fans down...I do have a few followers, to whom I am always grateful for their support...but really I knew I was allowing myself to let go of those little things that I really found joy in, outside of my children and family.  But I readily pushed those things aside so I could take care of my loved ones.  And I will never feel guilty about that.

I want to keep writing, but writing for real can be a painful journey.  Life will always get in the way but I love writing about it, nonetheless.  So I hope you will still check in and see what I've been up to.  I can't promise new and exciting beauty or life threads every day, or even every week, but I don't plan on giving this up.

Thank you! Enjoy the holidays with your loved ones!  See you in the New Year!

Much love,