JAG: Jewelry and Goods

JAG Pink Ruffle TopWhen it comes to my daily style, I always look for pieces that are comfortable yet stylish.  As a mom of two, I often don’t have a ton of time to get ready in the mornings.  There is usually only about a 20 second window before Hughie starts ripping all of the shoes off of my shelves, so I need pieces that are easy to grab and don’t take a lot of effort.  I first discovered JAG awhile back while shopping at a local Fort Worth boutique, You Are Here.  I was immediately drawn to the effortless style and impeccable quality.
Read More

Spring Fever

Spring FeverI don’t know about you, but I am ready for Spring! Although Texas weather is totally unpredictable, January and February are usually the coldest months of the year.  I am to the point where I am tired of bundling up in sweaters and scarves so I have been stalking all of my favorite online retailers waiting for the latest and greatest spring arrivals.
Read More

New Year, New Me: Mini Makeover with Kari Ann Shuler

 My obsession with makeup started when I was in elementary school.  I remember always playing with my moms makeup and always asking if she had any “old makeup” that she didn’t want anymore so that I could keep it in my room.  Fast forward to my first job in high school when I worked at a tanning salon and every week when I got paid, I would immediately head to the mall and spend it all on makeup.  Despite the fact that I have loved beauty products my entire life, there are still areas of my makeup routine that I felt like I needed improvement on.  For example, I have never been super confident in my eyeshadow routine.  I will buy an eyeshadow palette with 16 colors and practically hyperventilate when it comes time to decide what colors to pair together, so I usually only end up wearing a few.  With two little ones, I couldn’t tell you the last time I had my makeup professionally done, but it has been years!  I reached out to Fort Worth’s top makeup artist, Kari Ann Shuler who owns Kari Does Makeup.  She has been in the makeup industry for 11 years now and knows all of the tricks! She came over to give me a mini makeover and answer all of my beauty questions and as you will see from the photos, we had the BEST time!

I started off with no makeup on except for a little mascara…I wanted to make a good impression! 😉  Kari gave me one of her Lime Light Make-Off Wipes by Alcone and I couldn’t believe how fast my mascara came off.  At night, I usually take off my makeup with my gel based cleanser, dry my face, and then wash a second time to get all remaining product off. I have honestly ruined a lot of towels this way so I told Kari I was going to need to order some of those makeup wipes stat!

One of my biggest questions was what is the correct order of applying makeup.  I have always done my foundation and concealer first and then my eye makeup.  I don’t really know why other than it’s just what I have done my whole life and it’s a hard habit to break!  Kari prefers to do the eye makeup first and then move on to concealer and foundation so that you can easily wipe away any excess product that may have gotten under your eyes and not risk ruining your foundation.
Kari started off by filling in my brows.  Typically, this is one of the last steps that I will do, but Kari said that she likes to start with brows as it sets the tone for the rest of your face.  This totally makes sense to me as you don’t want to overcompensate on the rest of your makeup and then compete with a really strong brow.
Kari Does Makeup Next, she moved on to eyeshadow.  Ahhh! My trouble zone.  She started off by using a Pro Longwear Paint Pot by MAC in the shade ‘Painterly’.  With it’s cream like consistency, it goes on smooth to cover any dark veiling or discoloration on your eyelids while providing a longwear base for your eyeshadow.  Next, she said you want to add in a little bit of depth in your crease by using a shade that is just a little darker than your skin tone.  She then used a light pink shade over my lid and a darker brown in the crease as well as an eyeliner for my lower lid.  She finished with a pop of MAC’s Pigment in ‘Naked’ in the inner corners of my eyes.

When it comes to eyeliner, I dabble back and forth between this MAC pencil and the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner.  I think the liquid liner allows for more precise line but I told Kari I always stray more towards the pencil as to me it is easier.  Today, Kari used LimeLight’s Perfect Eyeliner Pen and said when it comes to a liquid liner, her tip is to dab the applicator straight down, as if you are making a dashed line across your lash line, then connect the lines.  I was really impressed by the control of this liquid eye pen and highly suggest it if you are on the hunt for a new eyeliner!
Now on to my complexion. Before she started, she wiped away any excess eyeshadow that landed in my under-eye area.  This is why she always prefers to do eye makeup first, so that the still has the flexibility to wipe away product without compromising your concealer.  Kari says there aren’t many rules when it comes to the order of application for concealer and foundation.  She prefers to start with the concealer and follow-up with a foundation.  The main areas you want to apply concealer to are the under-eye area, around the nose and on the chin.  Once my concealer was applied, Kari moved on to the foundation.  She used LimeLight’s Botanical Foundation which is completely made from two vegetable oils, pure waxes and FDA approved colors.  One really interesting thing that she pointed out was that most foundations have an average of 18-23% pigmentation, whereas, this foundation by LimeLight is 50% pigmented, which means you can use less.  I was extremely blown away by how light the foundation was; it didn’t feel like I had any makeup on at all.  I was also really impressed with how natural the finish was and it truly lasted all day.
Next we moved on to blush.  Kari used a cream blush which I had never used before.  Cream blushes are more pigmented and will also allow for a more natural finish.  You can also layer a powder blush on top for a more defined look.  The cream base will hold that powder in place longer.
Next we moved on to eyelashes.  We almost put on false lashes, but decided that since I didn’t have anywhere else more fabulous to go than Target later that day, we would just opt for mascara. However, I still told Kari I wanted all the tips which I plan to reveal in a later blog post so I can demonstrate with photos.  Today she used this mascara by LimeLight that contains lengthening fibers.  I told Kari that I usually have to do 2-3 coats of mascara so I was so impressed that we only had to do one coat of this mascara! When it came to my bottom lash line, I needed all the tricks.  I always take my mascara wand and just barely touch my bottom lashes.  It is usually a hot mess because I walk a fine line between not getting enough on them to using one too many strokes and making them look like spider lashes!  She kind of blew my mind when she took one of her business cards, ripped it in half and proceeded to place it under my lower lash line while moving the wand up and down across my lashes.  Not only did it fully cover my bottom lash line, but there was no mess under my eyes…it was like magic!
Aside from doing makeup for weddings and special events, Kari says her favorite service that she offers is called the “Makeup Bag Makeover”.  This is basically a 2-3 hour process where Kari will come raid your makeup collection and teach you how to properly use those palettes that have been collecting dust.  She uses a very hands-on approach that will step-by-step allow you to learn and establish a routine.  She will also give recommendations on what you can do to improve your makeup routine working with what you have.  Before we applied my lipstick, I showed Kari what I was working with and we had a mini “Makeup Bag Makeover” with my lip products.  I have about twelve lipsticks, 6 glosses and multiple lip liners currently in my Glambox, however, I always rotate between the same 3 which leaves a lot of my products unused.  Kari thought that all three of my go-to’s were great for my skin tone, she just recommended when they would work best for me.  For example, my splurge-worthy Tom Ford lipsticks are great for everyday, but my Chantecaille Liquid Lipstick is more pigmented which will show up better in photos.  Which brings me to my next point, never wear nude lipstick for photos! It will totally make you look ill and washed out.

To end our mini makeover, we used Charlotte Tilbury’s lip liner in ‘Pillow Talk’ and Chantecaille’s Liquid Matte Lipstick in ‘Christy’.

And now it’s time for the final reveal…drum roll please! 😉
But first, can we talk about this mirror? This is the Glamcor Riki Mirror and you need it in your life now.  It has 5 different light settings as well as a rechargeable battery.  It has Bluetooth capability and comes with a stand, an attachment for your phone (hello selfies) and a 3x magnifying mirror as well.  This is the perfect mirror to put on your vanity, or travel with as hotel lighting is usually awful.  I ordered mine the other day and I can’t wait to get it in!
Overall, I could not be more pleased with my Mini Makeover! I had the best time working with Kari and I highly suggest you give her a call!  To learn more about Kari’s services, you can visit her website here and visit the “Shop” tab to order any of the LimeLight Products mentioned today.  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!



My Outfit
Top: Anthropologie | Jeans: J Brand | Shoes: Gucci

Photos by Maria Ciszek

Get Resort Ready…

Resort Ready
I definitely consider myself to be more of a Spring/Summer gal, not only because a loathe being cold, but also because I am all about living in color.  I am certainly no stranger when it comes to bright colors in my wardrobe and throughout my home, so I always get really excited when I start seeing the Spring and Summer collections roll out every year.  We are taking the kids to Seaside in a couple of months, so I had the best time putting this collage together as it got me really excited for our trip.  I actually had a hard time narrowing it down as there are so many cute things out right now, so expect to see more of these over the next few months!
Read More

A New Year

Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a wonderful New Years Eve!  We spent ours at home and I’m happy to report that I made it to midnight.  Truthfully, I only did it because my step-daughter, Brailey, told me that she didn’t think I could do it, but I’m always up for a challenge! Every year, on New Years Day, I write out a list of my resolutions for the upcoming year.  I won’t bore you with the full list but today I thought I would share a few. It’s no surprise that some of these resolutions stay constant year after year, such as, eating healthier and getting into shape. I always start off on the right foot come January 1st, but I think it’s only human nature to slowly fall back into our old ways once the New Year wears off.   My thought was that if I made these resolutions public, I would hold myself a little more accountable than I have in the past, so without further ado, here are a few of my New Years resolutions for 2018.
Read More

Designer Shoe Review

Designer Shoe Review
If there’s one thing a girl can never have enough of, it’s shoes.  They can make a $20 dress look like something off of the runway, but sometimes shopping for shoes can be tricky.  Sure, they might be beautiful on the outside, but are they going to leave you feeling like Monica on the episode of Friends when she drops a tiny fortune on a pair of designer boots and then can’t even walk in them?  There’s nothing worse than purchasing a pricey pair of pumps and then never actually getting to wear them because they make you miserable.  Now I certainly do not have a huge shoe closet by any means, but over the years I have invested in several designer pairs and today I thought it would be fun to share my review on a few and if I think they are worth the splurge.
Read More

How to Elongate Your Legs In Over-the-Knee Boots

over the knee bootsRecently, a girlfriend of mine reached out to me about these over-the-knee boots.  She said that she had always wanted a pair but worried that she couldn’t pull them off because she is 5’2 and thought they would make her look shorter than she actually was.  For reference, I am 5’5 (and a half 😉 ) and personally, I think that they make me look taller.  I truly think these boots can work anyone, you  just have to style them right!  Today I thought it would be fun to share a few tips for wearing over-the-knee boots because nobody deserves to live without a pair of these Stuart Weitzman beauties! 😉
Read More