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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…

DIY Dried Rose Petal Ornament


How many of you have put up your tree already? I used to religiously put it up the day AFTER Thanksgiving, but I've come to enjoy having my tree and Christmas decorations up before Thanksgiving so I can enjoy them for the holidays. Besides, it's nice to have that work out of the way before the full holiday season is here, right?

I love that my fiance also loves Christmas and all of the decor that comes with it. We put our tree and decorations up last weekend, and I'm happy to have it out and enjoy the beautiful Christmas lights as I cook our Thanksgiving meal and have some family time this week.

I haven't done a lot of DIY projects this holiday season, as we have our wedding coming up in less than a month; I've learned from past experience that it's alwasy best to not take too much on. However, I did make one DIY Christmas ornament today, and it was so easy.

You may have heard me mention a few times on the blog or instagram...okay, more than a few times...how red roses are very meaningful to me and my fiance. In fact I have several little plastic bags filled with dried petals from both the first bouquet he ever brought me and from the roses he included with my engagement ring. I will definitely be making a few more of these ornaments tonight.:)

You could do this with a wedding bouquet or even other sentimental items. I'm thinking about making one filled with all of the ticket stubs I've saved from our movie dates.

All you need to make your own are some clear ball ornaments, ribbon, and whatever you plan to fill them with. You could also use a metallic Sharpie to write something over the front of the ornament, like a special date or "First Family Christmas" or whatever you like. It is a bit tricky to get dried petals inside without breaking them, so make sure you pick ornaments with a wide opening.




For the ribbon, you can loop it once and make a simple knot, or you can leave excess and tie a ribbon where you would normally tie the plain knot. The pull it around to where the bow is down by the ornament, and you'll be left with a smooth, seamless loop at the top for hanging it on your tree. If you aren't great at making pretty bows, you could always start with these pre-made mini bows and simply use an ornament hook to hang the ornament on your tree.





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  1. As beautiful as the designer trees are, I prefer our tree to be very personal. Each ornament represents a member of our family or an important moment or a favorite movie. I still have the ornament I had made for Collin when he thought he wanted to attend culinary school....

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  2. We have some dried roses in the garden due to very hot weather. I will be picking them up and make this Christmas ornament.

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