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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 Ulta.com, 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?
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.”
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!
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.
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.
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!
When I first became a subscriber to Ipsy, it was just about receiving an e-mail each month, telling me my bag was on its way. The next few days would be all about me stalking my mailman as he delivered my mail. The shiny pink package brings me such joy every month!
With the Ipsy App, I can get a glimpse of my Ipsy bag (and it’s contents) before it even arrives! That means my excitement is to the point where I will tackle the mailman if he fails to deliver my bag on time. (Kidding, sort of. The Ipsy App lets me track my bag, so I know when my mailman is holding out on me.)
I can easily manage everything right on the Ipsy app. Currently, my hair is red, and my fair skin is pretty normal. What if I suddenly went blonde, and my skin started to get oily? I just update everything right on the App, and they send me products based on my new information! Not too shabby. I can also update my billing information, link my social media accounts (for sharing my beauty goodies), and cancel my subscription (if I ever need to).
Ipsy has a pretty fabulous points program, allowing me to review my Ipsy contents (right on the App), in exchange for points. These points can be used to score free products! All of the samples I receive in my bag are available for purchase in full size, and during the month you receive them, you can get them at a discount! Ipsy offers their own monthly offers, right on the App, that you can shop for at a discounted rate. Only while supplies last!
Are you unsure how to use a certain product, or you don’t even know what it is for? You can click on the “learn more” option beneath each product and read about what it’s for, how to use it, and even what’s in it! You can also read the reviews by other Ipsy subscribers to find out what they think about it!
The Ipsy App has How-To videos, contests, and current beauty articles! How could you not love this FREE app, and a beauty subscription for only $10 a month? I am probably just a little obsessed, but I love trying new products, and it’s even better when they are sent straight to me! You can click here to get yourself signed up with Ipsy (if you haven’t already), and make sure to download the App!
Last week, I told you about this amazing cash back App called Ibotta! It was just a few days before Amazon Prime Day, and they were offering some pretty great cash back offers from Amazon!
Today, it is all about my favorite cash-back App, Ebates! Ebates was the first App I joined, to start earning cash-back and things I was buying anyway!
Ebates is a free App, that has over TWO THOUSAND stores you can shop at, (online and in-store) and earn cash back! I’ve already earned cash back on plane tickets back to visit my friends, Ulta beauty purchases, and all my Amazon goodies! If you think the rewards stop there, then you need to keep scrolling!
First things first, to get the cash back, you need to check into your Ebates App to see what’s being offered at the store you want to shop at. If you are shopping online, you will want to click “shop now,” and the App will automatically take you to the online store, and keep track of your purchases. That’s it! The cash back will be in your account in a few days! (Or even a few hours!) For trips made to the store, just check the App, link the card you will be using, and you are good to go!
I am home a lot with my daughters, and I am usually blogging on my laptop (like now, for instance). That means, sometimes it is more convenient to just shop on my computer. You can log into Ebates right onto your computer! Ebates installed it’s little logo right at the top of my computer, and it lights up when I go to one of it’s qualified stores, and asks me if I want to activate the cash back. Just click yes! After that, Ebates does the hard work for you. When you are done shopping, Ebates has already loaded all the applicable coupons for the site you are on, saving you even more money! Yup, not only are you getting cash back, but Ebates is always finding you coupons you may not have even known were available!
Okay, so let’s talk a little bit about the cons. Do you see the cash back offers on the stores listed up above? They change. Sometimes you are going to get an e-mail about a super cash back day, and find that the places you love to shop are all offering 10 percent (or more)! Unfortunately, there are going to be days when you only see a 1% return on your money.
On stores like Amazon, they limit the cash back to certain items, but those items do consistently change. The other downside is, Ebates only pays you quarterly, so don’t plan on having your cash back immediately available to you. I kind of like that my money builds over time. I already have a good chunk of change pending in my account, ready to be paid to me next month!
Back to the Pros: There are two different ways you can choose to get paid! As you can see in the photo below, you can choose to have a check mailed to you, or it can sent right to you via Paypal. I like to receive a check in the mail. It’s a nice change of pace when I find a check, instead of a bill.
Interested in signing up, and getting cash back? If you use my referral link, you will get $10 automatically added to your account (after you make your first qaulifying purchase of $25 or more). After that, you just go to Ebates before you shop, and Ebates will hook you up with coupons and cash back!
Click Here to sign up with Ebates!
I became an officially Certified Makeup Artist in 2012, but my love for makeup goes back years. I have always loved bold colors, and out of the box looks! You can see some of the makeup looks I have done on photo shoots under my “portfolio” tab. This post, however, is just about some of my favorite makeup looks I have done on myself.
I have a very fond relationship with the Covergirl Aquasmooth Foundation. In most of these photos, that is what I am wearing. For less than $10 you can get a beautiful coverage, that can be worn lighter or heavier, depending on how you apply it. (Smaller foundation brush means heavier coverage).
Now that I am living in South Carolina, I find myself not wanting to wear any sort of foundation when I go out. It is just too hot, and no one wants to feel like their face is melting off in the heat. For those days, I like to wear Aveeno CC cream. It gives me the right amount of coverage and tint, but I don’t feel like I have anything on.
Both products can be found at Ulta, or any local drugstore.
This first look, is my most natural, and takes only 10 minutes. I used the Aveeno coverage, with a white eyeliner on the bottom to brighten my eyes (tired mom status), and a pretty pink eye shadow from Urban Decay.
I tend to use a lot of Nyx, Urban Decay, and Kat Von D right now. Urban Decay and Kat Von D have some beautiful, bold pigments, that get the job done. Nyx is really expanding their line, and you get some great quality for the money. This next look is using the Covergirl Foundation, and Urban Decay eye shadows.
When I say I love bold color, I mean it. When Urban Decay came out with their Electric Palette (right around my birthday), I had it on pre-order. It is still one of my favorite palettes to use! This next look I call my “Barbie” makeup.
To give you an idea of what my skin looks like before foundation, the next photo shows a before and after. I used the Covergirl foundation. I am very pale, with freckles, and some minor sun damage from my childhood days of not wearing sunscreen. I tend to get dark circles very easily when I don’t get enough sleep. You can thank my daughters for that one.
My absolute favorite time of the year is October. I love the Autumn, and try to do some crazy makeup looks for Halloween. I will miss being in New England for the Fall Foliage this year, but I look forwards to my first Halloween in the south!
This next look was using my airbrush machine, with some cool stencils I found at the craft store. I also re-created this look on my oldest daughter for her school Halloween party, and she won most creative in the Halloween contest! (She was a dead pirate).
I have so many looks that I have created over the years, but when I am looking for something colorful and easy to do, I revert to my sunrise eyes. The next look is the makeup I tend to wear most often, because it is quick and easy, and I like the way it looks.
Last, and certainly not least, is this next look. I created it last night, using the Nyx glitter, and the Urban Decay electric Palette. I wanted to do something fun and fierce. It is a little over the top, and the glitter was a little difficult to work with, but that’s how you learn!
I live in the Charleston, South Carolina area, and I am always willing to collaborate! Message me with any questions, or interest in the products I used.
xoxo – Kat
It goes without saying that the Fourth of July is a pretty big celebration day in America! To help you celebrate in high style, I have created a few 4th of July inspired looks. You can shop these looks by heading on over to my Polyvore site. (Click Here).
This first look is more conservative, and so adorable! Don’t think you can handle the heels? Change them out for a cute pair of red sneakers!
The next look is for those of you that aren’t into the whole “Red, White, and Blue” look, but still want to look chic during the celebration.
If you are all about showing your American flag pride, this next look is for you! Isn’t that top great?
Still not keen on wearing Red, White, and Blue? Check out this sassy outfit! I am all about those shoes.
This last look is for my pin-up ladies, and fellow Navy Wives. Not only does this outfit look great for the 4th of July, but it also would make a great homecoming outfit!
Click Here to check out more looks on my Polyvore account, and to also shop these amazing pieces! Have a Happy and Safe Fourth of July!