How I Store My Beauty Products


I came across this company called MakeSpace. They are  an on demand self storage service. You know what that means? No annoying trips to the storage unit and more time for the stuff that really matters. They pick up, store and bring back your stuff! Through the use of their app, you can tell them to bring you whatever you need out of storage! I was inspired to clean out my makeup storage and thought I would share my storage tips, as this has been a highly requested post. Well here it is folks… Continue reading How I Store My Beauty Products

Natural Makeup

Ever feel like putting on a full face of makeup is a chore? You would rather gamble with the fact that you may or may not see someone from high school. Just praying that no one notices you when you look like you stumbled into Target because of some sleepwalking episode. I’m guilty. Actually I did it today. For those days that you don’t wake up in that sleepy perfection where your hair falls just right and you have no purple bags under your eyes… I got chu’ covered girl.

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There’s something to be said about “no makeup makeup” or “natural makeup”. I get the most compliments when I look my most natural. When people think you aren’t wearing much, if any, they see the ‘enhanced’ you. So let those compliments roll in like thunder, cuz you fooled them while looking perfectly real. I have a few products and techniques that leave me feeling fresh, light and confident. Which is what we all want to feel right? Here are the steps I take when achieving this natural face… Continue reading Natural Makeup

Cedar & Sage Trading Co.

cedar and sage tc cactus logo1In case you haven’t already heard, my best friend & {long lost} twin, Kristen and I have started our own company. Cedar & Sage Trading Co, a beautiful and eclectic online women’s boutique. Our vision; contemporary meets bohemian. We want to encourage and inspire women everywhere to go on adventures, wander, travel, experience life and everything it has to offer. God gave us one life, and it’s up to us to make it the BEST we can. And for us that means, dressing well, eating healthy, traveling often, thanking God for all we have, and giving back to those less fortunate. After many years of joking and dreaming, we officially took the plunge. As we dove head 1st, we fell in love with our dreams all over again. But this time we aren’t dreaming. It has become our reality. She spends her days at her corporate job and getting her MBA, while I stay home and raise my two babies. We couldn’t be more different in our educational background and career choices. I come from esthetics, beauty, sales and retail management. She comes from graphic design and business. What we both lack, we make up for it in each others experiences. Like we always joke… much like coffee & cream or donuts & frosting, we are just better together. After some careful thought we landed on “Cedar & Sage”. Cedar being steady and firmly planted, Sage is healing and cleansing. Continue reading Cedar & Sage Trading Co.

What’s your Bra Personality?


Ahhh, can you smell it? I can… the smell of fresh roses and petite yummy chocolates in heart shaped boxes. That’s right, Valentines day is right around the corner. What does that mean for you? Probably a night of romance with bae {uhhh, did I just say that?}. Or if you’re single, maybe you have a night out with the girls planned. Whatever your V-day plans are… the one thing you need is A GOOD BRA! ThirdLove is a very nontraditional company, and I say that as a good thing. Their philosophy: “We believe fit should come first”, which is a rarity in today’s sell sell sell mentality.

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How to Bake Your Face


When you think your makeup game is strong, you mastered the art of contour & highlight, you just starting to get to swing of strobing, AND then the makeup Gods speak. BAM a new technique is born and you’re in the dark again. Damn. The new internet makeup craze is called “Baking” but fear not my friends, this is NOT new. It is a much loved technique used by professional makeup artists and LOVED by drag queens. It has been taught for many years in makeup schools all around the world. This is one of the many techniques I learned in school. Baking is the same as “cooking” or setting {with powder} on steroids. Things to consider before you wake & bake. Continue reading How to Bake Your Face

Beauty 101: Brush Care

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I have touched on this topic before BUT I have heard from clients and friends that they have never cleaned their makeup brushes! Gasssssp! Gross. Think of your makeup brushes like your bed sheets, pillow case, carpet, and dishes… we use these things over & over so we wash them. Could you imagine the amount of bacteria and build up on our dishes if we didn’t clean them? Or how nasty your carpet would get if you didn’t vacuum? Nasty thought huh? Well makeup brushes can hide crazy amounts of bacteria. If you keep breaking out but don’t know why… give your brushes a deep clean. This could be the hidden culprit. I suggest deep cleaning your brushes once a month AND spot cleaning/sanitizing them after every three days. {If you wear makeup daily} Your tools soak up product, oils from your face, dust and bacteria. Making sure your brushes are clean is essential to keeping your skin clear and making sure your makeup is preforming like it is supposed to. Using a dirty foundation brush can lead to not only acne, but streaky or patchy application. Frustrating? Ya, I think so. Follow my two ways to spiff up those tools and who knows… maybe it will inspire some early Spring cleaning?!   Continue reading Beauty 101: Brush Care

2015 Favorites


2015 was a year of pretty {little} things. My love for makeup, skin care & fashion was, somewhat, put on hold this year because of the exhausting job of incubating my sweet baby girl. BUT I did manage to find a few holy grail items this year. My incessant need for coffee and tea leads me to my number one favorite… Continue reading 2015 Favorites