Day-to-Night Selena Gomez Inspired Smokey Eye With Rimmel #BeautyInspiration

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To celebrate Rimmel’s 180th anniversary I decided to kick off with one of my favorite Selena Gomez inspired makeup looks. It’s really a bit of a hybrid with one of J-Lo’s looks but this is mostly Selena.  Can you believe I’m using drugstore foundation?!  I’m really impressed with the Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation.  It’s lightweight, blendable, and has a smooth texture.

So, how do you get the Selena Gomez Look?  Let me show you!

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First, head to Walmart to pick up all the beauty products for this look.

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- Prime face with Fix and Perfect Pro Primer and let dry.

- Apply Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation to your face and blend out with a blending sponge.

- Highlight with Wake Me Up Concealer under the eyes in a triangle shape, on the brow bone, and down the center of the forehead, nose, and chin.  Feel free to highlight directly under where you will contour.  Blend it all out with a blending sponge, your fingers, or a brush.

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- Apply ScandalEyes Eyeshadow Stick in 003 Bad Girl Bronze to lid.  Grab your blending brush and blend to just above your crease.

- Tap ScandalEyes Eyeshadow Paint in 006 Rich Russet on the center of the lid.

- Using the Glam Eyes Trio (621 Orion) apply the darkest shade to the “outer v” and the lightest shade on the brow bone.

- Take a clean fluffy brush and blend away any harsh lines.

When in doubt, blend.

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- Apply two coats of Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara to the top and bottom lashes.

Side note: don’t mind my chapped lips

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- Line waterline with Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Liner in 005 Nude.

- Grab a bronzer brush and contour with Natural Bronzer 021 Sun Light.  I suggest hitting the hollows of your cheeks, top of the forehead, under the chin, along the jawline, and down the sides of the nose.

- Take a clean powder brush and blend where you just contoured to buff away any harsh lines.

- Dab Stay Blushed Liquid Cheek Tint in 004 Sunkissed Cherry on the apples of your cheeks.  You can either lightly blend with your fingers or use a blending sponge.

- Optional: with your favorite highlighter/illuminator apply to the top of the cheek bones, the brow bone, down the center of the nose, and on the cupid’s bow.

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- Line along lip line with Exaggerate Lip Liner in Natural

- Apply Kate Moss Lipstick in 113

- Finish with Stay Glossy Lip Gloss (color was not listed on gloss)

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Ready to go out at night?  Or maybe you just want a little extra sass to your look?

- Simply line the upper and lower inner rims of the eyelids with the Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Liner in 001 Black.

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Shine A Light On Autism With Sevenly

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This week I have teamed up with Sevenly and Autism Speaks to help keep autistic children safe.  Perfectly fitting since today, April 2nd, is World Autism Awareness Day.

As you may know, Sevenly donates $7 of each purchase to the week’s charity.  However, this week a whopping $14 of each purchase goes straight to purchasing locating devices for autistic children.

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Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the U.S., affecting 1/68 children.  Children with autism tend to have behaviors associated with the disorder, on of the most dangerous being wandering.


  • 48%, of children with an ASD attempt to elope from a safe environment, a rate nearly four times higher than seen in children without ASD (wandering).
  • More than half of these wandering children go missing – often into dangerous situations.
  • More than 1/3 of ASD children who wander are never or rarely able to communicate their name, address, or phone number
  • Wandering was ranked among the most stressful ASD behaviors by 58% of parents

Being a parent is scary enough.  These days it seems everyone knows someone who is affected by autism.  My husband has two cousins with autism and their parents are heroes to me.  Parents always give themselves to their children, but those with special needs children give even more.  I don’t want to sit here and say I am an expert on the topic because I’m not.  What I am is deeply humbled and hope to bring awareness to an all-too-common disability.

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Help bring a little piece of mind to those parents who worry about their children with autism wandering off by purchasing this flowy racerback top or any other merchandise.  Remember, $14 of your purchase automatically helps children and families in need.

Shine A Light On Autism.

Grilled Cheese Salad Swap with Fresh Express

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Salad is a staple in my life, minus when family is in town, but sometimes it can get boring.  I still crave my favorite not-so-good-for-you foods.  All. The. Time. Whoever said the cravings stop if you only eat healthy foods lied.  Big time.  Luckily, Fresh Express launched the Salad Swap website and app to promote their 30 Day Salad Swap.

The recipes are inspired by our favorite high-calorie foods like fried chicken, alfredo, and shrimp scampi, and recreated into low-calorie salads.  It’s an ingenious way to eat and feel better without feeling like you’re sacrificing.

I decided to use the Grilled Cheese Salad Swap recipe inspired by my beloved grilled cheese and tomato soup into a salad.

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I finished every single bite.  I’m talking all the lettuce from the bag not the bowl.  It was that good.  I ran out of the Spring Mix as suggested, so I replaced it with a bag of Italian.  I also used less dressing and more sundried tomatoes because I felt like it.  The sundried tomatoes really made the dish come together along with the grilled cheese croutons.  Delish!


Salad Ingredients:

1 bag Fresh Express Spring Mix
4 slices sprouted-whole grain bread (you can also use whole wheat bread)
4 slices (4 oz) of reduced-fat cheddar
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes packed in extra virgin olive oil, drained and rinsed, chopped
spray butter (2 second spray)


1/3 cup your favorite light balsamic vinaigrette


For the croutons:

1. Place two slices of cheese on a slice of bread. Top cheese with another slice of bread to form a sandwich. Repeat to form another sandwich.
2. Then, spray both outer slices with spray butter.
3. Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat. When the pan is hot, add sandwich. Cook until golden brown, about 3-5 minutes, and then flip and cook another 3-5 minutes.
4. When finished, carefully place the grilled cheese on a cutting board and let it rest for approximately 5 minutes.
5. Then, carefully cut off the crust. Discard the crust and cut the grilled cheese into large dices (the size of a crouton).

For the salad:

1. Place greens and sundried tomatoes in a bowl.
2. Toss with vinaigrette.
3. When dressing is fully incorporated, portion into 4 salad bowls. Top each salad with grilled cheese croutons.

The free Salad Swap website and app are filled with recipes for salad swaps and the apps has a progress tracker, motivation, inspiration, and coupons for Fresh Express salads.  The app is completely free!


Get started using Fresh Express salad coupons found at

Check out the Fresh Express 30 Day Salad Swap website, “like” them on Facebook, and follow them on Pinterest.

A big thank you to Moms Meet for introducing me to the Fresh Express Salad Swap!

Stop Human Trafficking With Sevenly

You read that right.  I have teamed up with Sevenly and Not For Sale to help stop human trafficking.

How you ask?  Sevenly is one amazing lifestyle brand.  They use fashion and art to raise funds and awareness to their partnered charities. For each item purchased, $7 goes straight to charity.  Simple and stylish!  In fact, in the past two years Sevenly has raised over 3 million dollars for various causes.

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Recently, my life has revolved around my own little world and I haven’t done anything to help anyone.  I am ashamed to say it but it’s true.  It is so easy to get caught up in us that we start to lose sight of helping others.

Sex and human trafficking has always been a topic that pulls at my heart strings.  50% of modern-day slaves are children.


I could never begin to imagine being in that situation as a kid.  These poor children are forced to beg for money, forced into prostitution, or used for drug trafficking.

Let Them Be Free.

Sevenly has partnered with Not For Sale this week to raise funds to rescue at risk children.

Not For Sale works to fight modern-day slavery. They provide direct services to victims of human trafficking and people vulnerable to exploitation, and attack the root causes through education, skill development and job creation. can you help?

Easy.  Buy a cute shirt or hoodie and $7 will automatically be donated to Not For Sale.  Your sale could make a huge difference for a child in need.

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Buy style.  Feel good.  Do great.

Let Them Be Free.

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Beauty Box 5: March 2014

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Beauty Box 5 is back!  This month’s box was a winner and I will tell you why.  If you have never heard of Beauty Box 5 it is a monthly subscription service that delivers five cosmetic samples to your door for only $12 a month.

This month’s theme is spring cleaning.  It’s all about focusing on clean, gorgeous skin.  I think that is something we can all get on board with.

Tree Hut Shea Body Butter – It’s starting to feel like summer!  My sample scent was coconut lime and man was it divine.  Did I just rhyme right there?  Put the lime in the coconut and (let your skin) drink it all up.  The body butter was extra thick, conditioning, and even provided natural anti-aging properties.

Bellapierre Cosmetics Makeup Base – This product was the sneak peek product and I have been waiting to try it.  I love love love.  It retails for $18.99 so my box was well worth it for this one product.  Not only does it serve as a fantastic eyeshadow primer, but it also serves as a concealer or illuminator.  The staying power for eyeshadow is strong!  One of my favorite things to do is add a little over my concealer to really brighten up my undereye area.  Win win win!  You will be seeing this future videos for sure!  Do yourself a favor and buy it now.

Swissco Dual-sided Facial Pad – One side is soft to cleanse and buff and the other is a natural loofah to exfoliate.  I was a little weary of this product but I actually liked it.  Just don’t exfoliate near the eye area!  It always needs to be handled with care.  It’s only 2 bucks, but I wonder how often it needs to be replaced.  Shower loofahs should be replaced every month so I’m curious if the same rule applies.

H2O Plus Hand and Nail Cream – I love H2O+ products.  This lotion was an automatic everyday, “put it in the handbag to take everywhere” kind of product.  It’s non-greasy, absorbs fast, and restores your skin with silk proteins, Vitamin E, and marine botanicals.  I have been neglected my nails since having a baby, but at least I can keep them healthy with this award-winner.

Jane’s Pick All Natural Soaps – I have to be honest.  I’m not a huge floral fan.  I love that the soaps have no chemicals and each bar is unique. I have no idea what scent I received because it wasn’t checked off on the back.  I used the BB5 tip on the card and used it as a shaving cream replacement.

All in all I am very happy with this month’s box.  I didn’t hate any product which is always a good sign.  The Bellapierre Cosmetics Makeup Base is hands down my favorite product.  I might even dare to say it is one of my favorite products in general.

Pick up your Beauty Box 5 Subscription for only $12 a month!

Disclaimer: I was sent a box in exchange for my 100% honest opinion.