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Easy Everyday Contouring and Highlighting

Contouring and highlighting has been a huge makeup trend in recent years, and with good reason - you can use concealer to achieve more defined cheek bones, to make your lips look bigger, and my personal favorite - to hide a double chin. And despite all of the intricate tutorials out there, I want to show you that it can actually be quick an easy!

The first trick is to start with the right concealer shades. First, let’s get one thing straight: when I say highlighter, I do not mean the super light and shimmery highlighter that should only be reserved for above the cheekbones. I’ve seen all too many makeup vloggers apply that all over, from the forehead to the tip of the nose, to the cupid’s bow and the chin. Those however, are rather places for a creamy skin-tone concealer.


How to Pick the Right Shade of Concealer

For the highlights, you want a concealer that is one to two shades lighter than your foundation. If you just go one shade lighter, as I have, pick one with a yellow tone, so y…

Simple Ways to Lighten Up Your Home for Spring


Spring Decor

1. Use scent to brighten up your home. Swap out your fall and winter scented candles for something lighter, like lavender or citrus. Better yet, make your own natural air freshener by simmering sliced citrus fruits in a pan of water. Pictured above: Women's Malie Organics 'Mango Nectar' Organic Soy Candle, $35 - nordstrom.com
2. Lighten up your kitchen decor quickly and inexpensively with bright-patterned tea towels. I'm always in need of new kitchen towels, so I tend to by them in designs that match the season and/or upcoming holiday. Pictured Above: kitchen towels by Williams Sonoma (sold out) similar here

3. Use spring toss pillows or throw blankets in light fabrics like cotton or linen. Pictured above: currently sold out - similar here



4. Put your produce on display with a three-tier fruit stand. Citrus fruits and green fruits like apples and pears really freshen up a kitchen. If you like to go to a farmer's market in the spring, you can also display your fresh veggies in a rustic wire basket. Pictured above: Crate & Barrel Two-Tier Fruit Basket, $20 - crateandbarrel.com  /  set of three vintage style metal baskets

5. My favorite way to add Spring to my home decor is with fresh flowers. For as little as $5, I can get a small bouquet at my local grocery store. Considering they last at least a week, it's quite affordable to have fresh flowers on display. However, I do rely on artificial flowers as well. Faux plants and flowers used to be a big no-no in home decor, but artificial flowers have come a long way. By springing for the more expensive kind at the craft store, you can have a beautiful Spring bouquet that lasts year after year. Best of all, you don't have to worry about watering it. Pictured above: arrangement by Nearly Naturals - currently sold out (similar here

6. Update your place settings for Spring with brighter colors. Simply pick some place-mat chargers that can go under your current dinner plates. Pictured above: Pier 1 Imports Antiqued Wood Charger - Green, $16 - pier1.com

7. A great way to bring the outdoors in for Spring is by planting herbs. You don't have to have a large garden to plant herbs. Just plant a few of your favorite in small pot to keep in your kitchen. It'll freshen up your kitchen for Spring, and you'll have fresh herbs on hand for cooking. Pictured above: Herbs in Ceramic Pots Set of 3, $23 - homedecorators.com

8. Another inexpensive update for your Spring table setting is stemware. Find water goblets or wine glasses in bold, bright colors. Pictured above: Lenox by One Rusty Nail on Etsy - sold out (similar here)


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  1. Yes, I too love to buy a bundle of tulips or daffodils to bring the spring into my home. Feels far from spring right now though... it's been snowing non-stop since 6 am. We have about a foot of snow in our yard!

    Thanks for the tips. Wishing you a lovely day!

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  2. That's a peculiar shade for a goblet...

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