Blog Spotlight: Megan Joy

Blog Spotlight: Megan Joy

It’s a no-brainer as to why people love contouring so much. Besides the fact that it’s Kardashian-approved, contouring makes you look younger and thinner.

But contouring is not for the weak of heart (or the clumsy of hands). If you’ve ever seen what it looks like when someone is contouring their face, you know what I mean. It looks COMPLICATED.

Megan Joy has an excellent contouring tutorial for beginners on her blog. It’s not one of the most intricate techniques, but the results speak for themselves.

Perfect for if you’ve always wanted to try contouring but didn’t know where to start.


Confession: I am really bad at contouring. I can apply winged liner in the backseat of a car, but contouring is something that I’ve just never gotten the hang of. While I love a good highlight I usually skip bronzer altogether because I often end up looking orange and no amount of blending can save me.

Maybe I simply need more practice, or maybe I should just leave it to the Kardashians. Either way, now that I’m a mom I am all about easy to use, fast to apply products. Bonus points if it can pull double duty!

Continue reading at Megan Joy!

Blog Spotlight – the Cinnamon Hollow

Blog Spotlight – the Cinnamon Hollow

A lot of us dye our hair for specific reasons. Most of us are just trying to cover up some gray. Or maybe you just think chestnut hair fits your features better.

But have you ever dyed your hair because you wanted to try something different and new? How about “mermaid hair” with multicolored, luminescent jewel tones that remind you of exotic fish and buried treasure?

Don’t think I’ve gone off the deep end – pun intended.

The Cinnamon Hollow has an excellent DIY guide to achieving mermaid hair of your own. It’s perfect for a night in of destressing and self-care. It’s a cute, creative idea to try on your daughters or nieces, too!

This trendy yet unique hair idea is even achieved with cruelty-free, acid dye-free semipermanent dye. That’s a huge plus in my book. It even has advice on how to bleach your hair for maximum pigment and long-lasting color – the safe way.

Don’t be scared to try it if you’re interested. As long as you wear your confidence with it, no one’s going to look at you like you’re a fish out of water.


Mermaid Hair. How I Bleached And Colored My Hair At Home.

Back in the summer, my sister-in-law and I decided to give ourselves mermaid hair for our trip to the beach. She has blonde hair so she was all set to color. I had a crap ton of brown dye in mine. It had gotten too dark and needed to bleach it to get the colors as bright as I wanted. Oh boy!

This is a long post with several pictures of the process to get my hair blonde enough for DIY Mermaid Hair. Instructions on doing your own Mermaid Hair are also in the post so please bear with me and welcome to 75 shades of Crystal’s hair! lol  😀

Keep reading at the Cinnamon Hollow!

Blog Spotlight: The Miller Affect

Blog Spotlight: The Miller Affect

Miller Affect Coutouring Makeup

While a good anti-aging skin care routine is important to keeping your skin looking fresh and youthful, it doesn’t happen overnight. And sometimes, the damage we do over the years to our skin is irreversible.

For the little flaws that you have (that none of us notice but you – I promise), using makeup to contour your face can really work wonders. It can smooth wrinkled areas and even make you look thinner!

Anyone who’s ever watched MUA tutorials on Youtube probably thinks contouring looks pretty complicated. But it really doesn’t have to be.

The Miller Affect is a beauty and fashion blog with a really helpful post reviewing her favorite contouring products. If you’re new to contouring, it’s a must-read!


Favorite Contouring Products

I recently went into Nordstrom to try out some new makeup and I cannot wait to show you guys what I found!

There are pictures and explanations of each below, but make sure to check out Instagram Stories today to see me apply the makeup on video!

These are the products I use for my daily contour routine now and have gotten so many questions from you guys since I changed it up!

…Here are my four favorite products for contouring! Contouring is a lot easier to do than I thought and these products make it even easier.

In the wintertime it is hard to keep your face looking fresh since we don’t get a lot of sun. These products from Nordstrom help keep that gorgeous glow!


Visit The Miller Affect to keep reading!

Blog Spotlight: Blog- The New Black

Blog Spotlight: Blog- The New Black

In life, only three things are certain: death, taxes, and stretch marks.

But seriously though, stretch marks along with acne and cellulite are some of the most annoyingly persistent skin issues across the board. Many of us struggle with at least one of these skin conditions (if not more), enduring expensive treatment after treatment with no luck.

Blog- The New Black has an interesting guide, Proven Fixes for Your Most Annoying Skin Complaints with a few solutions that are proven to give you results. Take a look!


The Proven Fixes for Your Most Annoying Skin Complaints

Good skin is one part heredity, one part lifestyle, and one part dumb luck. Some issues, such as sun damage, are preventable; others are almost completely unavoidable. But for every problem, there’s a solution — whether it’s at the drugstore or in a doctor’s office. Here, let’s explore 3 of the most common and most bothersome skin issues, as well as what we know really works.

Keep reading at Blog- The New Black!

Blog Spotlight: Thrifty Jinxy

Blog Spotlight: Thrifty Jinxy

We all need a little retail therapy once in a while, but there’s nothing like the satisfaction you get from making something on your own.

So when I saw Thrifty Jinxy’s recipe for a D.I.Y. sugar scrub, I knew I had to share it with you.

It’s easy, quick to make, and versatile enough for you to customize the scent and color. Perfect for a gift or a Sunday afternoon project.

What’s better than a nice bath or shower with luxurious bath products? One with luxurious bath products you made yourself like this DIY Whipped Sugar Scrub! If you have ever looked at the label of most bath products there is a looooong list of all kinds of chemicals. By making your own, you know exactly what’s in them and what you’re putting on your body. We already love a basic sugar scrub, but this whipped sugar scrub makes a fluffy, smooth scrub that’s really a treat to use.

Get the sugar scrub recipe on Thrifty Jinxy!

Blog Spotlight: Nneka Elliott

Blog Spotlight: Nneka Elliott

Winter isn’t particularly known to be a season when we look our best.

Unless you live in sunny South Florida like I do, winter can be a time of perpetually dry skin, dreary colors, and layers upon layers of clothes.

Nneka Elliott’s winter makeup tutorial is a lifesaver (and even has tips for applying to darker skin!) These quick and easy winter makeup looks will DEFINITELY make your beauty pop well into the spring season!

Easy Winter Makeup Ideas 2018

On this episode of NNEKA I once again partnered with Clore Beauty and Absolute New York. I’m gonna show you some easy winter makeup ideas to try today!

For me winter can often be creatively uninspiring for me when it comes to fashion but also beauty. Thanks to makeup artist Elizabeth Taylor of Faces By Pureness, I’m gonna try a ting this winter!

Watch the makeup tutorial on Nneka’s blog!

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