Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Make Up Products That Make You Glow!

I've been getting asked a lot about my makeup routine, so I thought I would post some of my favorite products that I have found. I wanted makeup that would give me that "glow" and I finally found some! You can glam it up or wear less of it depending on your time and where you are going, but on average I spend about 15 minutes a day on makeup. Nothing too crazy :) The links to these items will be found at the bottom of the post!

1- Rohto Cooling Eye Drops-  I have very dry eyes here in the desert, and squirting this little over the counter eye drop magic into them works wonders. They are the best eye drops, and are great eye drops for red eyes. I've been putting them in right before I put any other product on my face.

2- Liquid foundation and concealer- I absolutely love liquid foundation, and Mac has the best I've ever used. It's great for dry and oily skin, and adding a concealer on top of it adds extra light and coverage to your face.

3. Gel Eyeliner- game changer. Get it, and never turn back

4. Eye Shadow Base- You can use this by itself and it will last all day. Put it in the creases around your eye as well and it's seriously sooo pretty.

5. Golden tone eyeshadows- they light you up!

6. Bronzer- right below those cheek bones… add some color to your face!

7. Pink blush- find a good tone for your skin, blush fixes everything.

8. Mac highlighter- Okay, I just started using this a month ago and I wish I would have found it years before. This is what adds the ultimate "glow" to your face. Put it above your blush, on your chin, and right above your lip. Invest in this…it will last you forever and is seriously amazing.

Lucky for you, Rohto is giving you a chance to win a sweet prize to help with your daily beauty routine!

Add Rohto Cooling Eye Drops to your morning beauty regimen for a bright, clear start to your day. Enter to win a box of Rohto Cool MAX along with a $25 Visa gift card to put towards the rest of your beauty regime.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

3 Things To Do While Pregnant

photos by: Mallory Fraughton , makeup by: Harley Chapman

My sister, BFF, business partner and favorite person is having her baby any day… which makes me… almost an aunt to the cutest little guy I've ever seen! Today, Brooke is sharing three things to do during pregnancy… We'll miss her around the office for two months, but can't wait to see the next phase of her life and be a part of it!

Here's Brooke.

1.  Be easy on yourself: I think it's safe to say that I cause myself more stress than anyone or anything else does.  I expect myself to always go a million miles a minute.  To keep a clean house, cook healthy meals, exercise daily, work, get this done and that done.  The list never ends and that is how I function.  It has only taken me several occasions to realize if I over do it while pregnant, the next day I will pay for it.  Although my husband has always done a lot for us I have learned during this time it's okay for me to ask him for extra help.  I have slept more than usual, cut my exercise way back, and allowed myself time to read and relax.  Doing this has made my pregnancy so enjoyable.  It's a great excuse to take a step back and really enjoy the moment you are in.  I know this time will soon come to an end and I will be back to going a million miles a minute with a new baby around to join the party.

2.  Spend more quality time with your husband: My husband and I have have known each other for a really long time.  We both realize that a new baby will change our family completely.  We are ready for that change, but have also used these past nine months to soak up the final time we have as two.  These past couple of months we have enjoyed lots of dates eating at new places we have wanted to try, running errands together, picking out furniture for our new house, going on walks, watching movies on the couch and just being together.  We know these things will be difficult to do with a new baby, so we have used the free time we have to be together.  Not only has it been fun, but we have become closer than ever during my pregnancy and I know we are prepared for this big change and to become parents together.

3.  Work as long as you can: Ya, this sounds like a weird one and maybe it is for most people...but I guess I have a really cool job.  I know it's not possible for everyone, like my best friend who was put on bed rest for practically her whole pregnancy.  People always tell me how anxious they have gotten towards the end or even the beginning of pregnancy.  Since everything else about my life is changing, it has been a nice constant to be able to continue working hopefully until I go into labor.  It has helped me focus my attention on something else as well as interact with people on a daily basis since soon I will be going into hibernation with my baby.  Another added bonus is the money that we are able to save during this time since a baby means additional expenses now and in the future.  Not everyone works and that's fine, but try to keep yourself occupied with meaningful jobs, hobbies, and tasks that you would typically do.

I can honestly say these past nine months have been some of the best times of my life.  Nothing is as important or significant as this little baby growing in my tummy, so my perspective has changed.  I am happier, more easy going and focused on what's important in my life. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Where There Is No Struggle, There Is No Strength

Shirt, photos by Mallory Fraughton 
This is the final shirt in our 7 week employee campaign. Meet Jasmine, our 19 year old employee who has been with us for about 2 years. This fall she starts college and will be the first in her family to do so. She's a woman of few words, but the ones she says really count. Thanks for helping her pay her way through college.

"I've been through financial issues, loss of a parent, physically and emotionally beaten and bruised.Strength doesn't just come to you. You have to work hard even when you feel like giving up."

When there is no struggle, there is no strength.

You can purchase Jasmines shirt, along with our other employee designed shirts here.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

French Fishtail Side Braid Tutorial


Happy Sunday!
I am going to start our weekly hair tutorials back up :) Boy, have I missed them.
I'm all about loose hair, and when I was playing around with fishtails this happened, and I loved it. If you don't know how to fishtail, just search my past hair tutorials and there's a very easy tutorial for it.

Step 1: Grab two small sections from the part of your head, and you will start fishtailing them.

Step 2: Do three rounds of fishtailing

Step 3: Just like you would in a french braid, grab a piece of hair on the outside of your braid, and cross it over to add it into the fishtail.

Step 4: On the side of your hair closest to your face, you will grab another strand, and cross that over to the opposite side to add it into your fishtail.

Step 5: Repeat this all the way down. Stop halfway down your hair.

Step 6: Pull the braid apart and make the strands loose. Pull them away from each other and make the braid as large as you want!

Step 7: Repeat on the other side of your hair.

Don't get caught up in making it look perfect… pull random pieces into the braid and add some spunk to it. Enjoy!

Tag me @theshineproject and #daily_braid on Instagram so I can see your hair!