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Urban Decay Brings The HEAT

I should just tell you now that I really have no self-control when I go into Ulta.  I’m safer shopping online (usually).  I had just placed an order online at, because the Ulta brand was having a pretty good sale (Buy 3, get 2 free), and I wanted to take a look at the new Urban Decay Heat Palette.  The colors of the Heat palette were pretty, but I felt like I was in the market for something different.  I ordered the Brunch Palette by Lorac instead.

Well, I forgot to order dry shampoo in this quick online shopping trip.  No biggie, I’ll just pop in to my local Ulta store after I run to Target for diapers.  I’m going to pause here for a moment, to mention that there is some evil genius out there sitting on a giant pile of money, for deciding to put an Ulta directly next to a Target.

It was a lovely Saturday morning, my husband was at home with the kids, and I found myself standing at the check out counter in Ulta, with dry shampoo in one hand, and the new Urban Decay Heat palette, in the other.  WHY DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF?

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To be fair, pictures of this palette really don’t do the colors justice.  I think that’s why I didn’t buy it online.  I didn’t do any research beforehand, because honestly, Urban Decay has never let me down.  I wasn’t worried about pigment, or quality for the cost.  They certainly take the cake with this palette, because it is AMAZING.  Even my photo (above) really doesn’t show the sheer fire this palette brings to the table.  Go see it in store if you are on the fence.

After my daughters’ were in bed that night, I settled into my bathroom to play with makeup.  It has been awhile since I have sat myself down to create something a little more “fun” and a little less “practical.”

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Products Used.

I paired this palette with some of my favorite products from Nyx.  I wanted to use a red eyeliner, because I have never used a red eyeliner before, and it felt fitting.  Nyx is one of my favorite makeup brands because of the cost to quality ratio.  I really feel like you are getting your money’s worth on pigment, quality, etc. for not a lot of money.  This was my first time trying their vivid brights eyeliner (in Fire) and it was gorgeous!

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Unfiltered image of makeup.  Foundation: Maybelline Fit # 120

The sun was fading pretty fast by the time I was done this look, but I managed to catch some good light to take this photo.  I should also mention that these colors really bring out the green in my eyes.  Score!

The filter game with this palette is strong, as you will see in the next photo.  This is the one I uploaded to Instagram (pretty_and_practical), and it got a pretty good response.  I even got a like from Karity.  If you aren’t familiar with their products, Click Here.  I have been stalking their Instagram for awhile now, drooling over their pigmented shadows.  I’ve had their products applied to my face by other Makeup Artists, but I haven’t purchased from them myself.

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Filtered image for Instagram.

That filter makes me look like I’m caught in a sunset, and I love it!  I can only say good things about the new Heat palette by Urban Decay!  The colors have enough range to do a pretty day look, and a bolder evening look.  It’s the perfect palette for summer, and an even better option for autumn!

After I got the beauty look, I did have a little bit more fun before I took it all off, and crawled into bed.  The look below shows my inspiration photo, along with the “fun” look.  I’m obsessed with Egypt, and since I wanted to create a golden sunset look, I thought this photo was fitting.

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So happy with this palette!

You can buy this palette wherever Urban Decay products are sold.  If you are interested in seeing it in person, your local Ulta should have it on display, allowing you to play with the colors.  I managed to snag the last palette at my local Ulta, so don’t be surprised if they are sold out in store.  There are probably tons of other people out there who saw it in person, and just couldn’t resist!

xo Kat


A Family Of Fashionable Girls

I have loved fashion for as long as I can remember.  I wish I could say I was the most stylish kid on the block, but let’s be honest, my mom dressed me most of the time. (Plus, it was the late 80’s, into the 90’s.  Fashion wasn’t doing anything fantastic).   When I look back at my childhood photos I see a lot of leopard, velvet, and bright colors.  I can’t tell you how often I could be found rocking corduroy pants!

My daughters are growing up in a completely different world.  The fashion market for children has really expanded since I was a kid.  I love that I have girls to dress, but it can also be a challenge.  I never thought I would have such completely different daughters!

Zia (oldest), Fae, and Charlie (youngest).

  My oldest daughter, Zia, is ten years old, and she has a style all her own.  She will coordinate entire outfits based on her favorite color of the moment.  Purple, pink, gold etc.  I can’t tell you how many times she has begged me for gold shoes, so she can make up an entire gold outfit!  I haven’t caved yet, but back to school shopping is starting soon.

Having three girls, I shop all the sales.  I sometimes shop in store, but I am usually purchasing online, because leaving the house with 3 kids isn’t the easiest task.  The younger two girls, Fae and Charlie, are easy to shop for online.  Zia and I will usually take a girls day and hit the stores, so she can try everything on.

My girls on Easter

I like to dress my girls up in modern fairy-tale type outfits.  Not all the time, because let’s face it, kids get dirty.  Holidays are my favorite time to get them each a special outfit and dress them up.  I was working on a project a few months ago where I had to create a look based on one of my Pinterest boards.  I chose my Once Upon A Time board, and worked with Zia to create a look.  You can view my Pinterest board Here.

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My daughter Zia, wearing her Fairy-tale look.

My daughter Fae, is very much the middle child.  She can go from my sweet little fairy, to my cranky gremlin in 2.6 seconds.  She will be three years old in a few weeks, and she is also starting to experiment with her fashion.  We put her to bed in her pajamas, and she wakes up in an entirely different outfit!  I call this a mom win, because it means she is learning to dress herself!  Her current obsession is hats.

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Fae reminds me of Edith, from Despicable Me.

Fae could not be more different than her older sister, Zia.  Zia has jet black hair, and warm almond eyes, with gorgeous bronze skin.  Fae is as pale as the moon, with wispy blonde curls, and blue-green eyes.  Zia is wild and free, Fae is cautious and moody.  As much as I struggle with them sometimes, I enjoy watching them grow into these little people.  Charlie, being the baby, is just starting to show her personality, and I think she is going to be more like Zia.

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Fae’s Boho Look.

Charlie, as the youngest, has inherited most of her wardrobe from Fae, (and a few pieces leftover from Zia).  I do make a point to occasionally buy her an outfit that is all her own, especially for special occasions.  I have turned into the mom who loves to have her children match.  It’s hard to find outfits for all three of the girls to match sometimes, because of the age difference, but we still try because Zia insists.

The little ones matching, and Zia having a pink day.  (Zia did have an outfit that coordinated with the little ones).

I recently came across this online boutique that has some of the most adorable little girls clothes I have ever seen, and falls right into that whole fairy-tale vibe.  It’s called Little Chocopink.  They have an entire section of Mommy & Me outfits!

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Mommy and Me Lily Skirts

I have been looking into doing another family photo shoot, now that Charlie is older, and we are living in South Carolina.  Charleston is absolutely beautiful, and the perfect backdrop for some great family photos.  I now know where I will be shopping for some cute matching outfits, for when that days comes!  Little Chocopink also carries accessories, to add to any adorable outfit!  (Shoes, headbands, sunglasses, you name it!)

Helena Tulle Dress
Helena Tulle Dress $33

The only down side I’m seeing (and this doesn’t apply to me), is no boy clothes.  Moms of boys will have to search elsewhere for stylish clothing, but I am sure they have their own adorable options!

Have you found any chic kids boutiques that you love?  Let me know, so I can check them out!