My Quick Summer Beauty Tips

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It’s hot, hot, hot!!!!  A broken record I am but it’s so hot even that doesn’t describe the furnace in which I live.  Summer months here can be brutal.  But getting ready for the day???  From a steamy shower to blow drying then hot curl ironing (all instruments of satan)  and then done!  Except for the makeup now dripping down my face.  Vegas for all your sparkle you make me shine in exactly the opposite way I want! 

I run A LOT of errands.  Driving around, getting in and out and then in and out, makes me an intimate enemy of this summer heat.  I’ve learned to be prepared!  I’ve become a proponent of the “less makeup is better” in the summer.  And less when I’m in and out.  No sense, girls, to waste precious makeup.

 You know what I love?  Walgreens.  There’s one on every corner it seems which makes it comfortable and old towny like.  They always seem to have the latest and greatest and every now and then something unique.  If you are a Balance Rewards Member, the sweet little discount makes the wait for your prescription worth the extra minutes so you can shop for more nail polish!


My summer face in 5 minutes!

Depending on my time or mood I may or may not use a tinted moisturizer.


I swipe my eyelids with a bone/vanilla/bare shadow to open up my eyes and add a little light.  I use Almay’s eyeliner to draw a thin line just to outline the top of my eye. I love Almay because my eye lids are easily irritated. Almay is mild enough for all day wear!

Next – Mascara


I am a sucker for ads, so when I saw the commercial for this Pumped Up Mascara by Maybelline, I went for it.  More so for the big fat brush.  I LOVE big brushes, the bigger the better!  Maybelline did not fail me.  It doesn’t clump or flake and has currently replaced my Maybelline Falsies Mascara!


Then my favorite lips: Revlon.  I think I own about 20 Revlon lip colors. They are wonderfully made. What I love about them is their lip stains. Swipe a bit on your lips before you walk out the door.  After your bagel and drink the color is still there. It slowly fades, but keeps your lips kissed with color!



It is just the right amount of pink!

I love second day curls, but what I appreciate even more is a hairspray that doesn’t make your hair crunchy and sticky. Mark Hill Fabulous Spray is simple and great. No fuss, no muss. I also can’t help but love the cute print on the bottle!



If you know me, you know my slight obsession with nail color. The perfect summer color is by essie called In the Cab-Ana.  See this perfect summer blue?


It’s nice to have good products that last me throughout the day.  At night, when it’s much cooler, I can put on the makeup I didn’t have to lose during the day!

All ready for work!



You can find all Revlon, essie, Mark Hill and Maybelline products including my lash curler at Walgreens in the beauty aisle.


 Between now and August 30th, you can get a FREE travel-size make-up brush set with any $20 beauty and personal care purchase (excluding baby category). Just visit the Walgreens page or text a code to get the coupon! This is a great offer so take advantage! 

Thanks for reading! Happy Hump Day!


Boyfriend Jeans


A pair of boyfriend jeans that doesn’t make me look like a child wearing her dad’s pants.  This dad is 6’2 and 200 pounds!  

Why didn’t I buy another pair?!  Don’t you hate it when you find a perfect pair of comfortable boyfriends (that fit) and you didn’t buy one more??

I love the idea of these way casual jeans mixed with feminine hot pink heels, pink lips, pink clutch.  It works!    

Do you own a pair of boyfriend jeans, if so where did you get them?  If you don’t you need a pair!

Gap sells a great pair of Sexy Boyfriend Jeans.

IMG_4671Jeans: Gap Shirt: Target Shoes: JustFab Clutch: KateSpade Saturday Earrings: Forever21 Necklace: Brinn&Bell Bracelet: StelladotIMG_4683






Photography by Taylor White 

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Two Years

Today is our two year wedding anniversary! I always hear that the hardest year is the 1st. Looking back, I can agree. Luckily the struggles we have had in our marriage were his breathing while asleep and my messy habits (yes, I am the messy one) I married the perfect person for me. Nick is so kind, hard working and loyal to me and my needs. I sometimes have to remind myself how lucky I am. We reflected last night as to what has transpired in two years, two houses, two cats, two jobs, two miscarriages, and two cars. We hope the next year brings as much joy and love as it has in the past two years! I love you Mister Preston! Thank you for marrying me two years ago!

Here are some fun pics from our wedding day! 2012.07.28







Two For Tuesday

Age seems to sneak up on us and one morning you look in the mirror and see all those wrinkles you never noticed before.  

Some of my wrinkles were caused by careless years of sun bathing on the roof of my dorm.  In our backward thinking we believed those sun rays were good for us.  Now I don’t leave the house without sunscreen be it in my foundation or globs of it when at the beach or pool or in the mountains this week camping!  It will be the first item thrown in my bag.

But…sometimes you crave that sun burnished skin, the lines from the swim suit and your bright summer dress showing off your tan and you sort of want it fast.  These two products by Endless Glow – Smooth Glow Shaving Potion and Endless Glow Aerosol Airbrush Spray are perfect and safe to get you that instant tan.


First Step:

EXFOLIATE!  If you don’t exfoliate, START.  It’s important to sluff off that dead skin and uneven areas especially when using tanning sprays.  

Then SHAVE, using Smooth Glow.  It hydrates your skin while shaving leaving them soft and silky.  You know when you cross your legs and they feel scratchy?  This shaving lotion makes your skin amazingly smooth!  Your legs look flawless.  Think of how your spray tan is going to look. 


Second Step:

Put a light, almost minuscule amount of Endless Glow Airbrush Spray on your elbows and knee caps.  These areas tend to go darker and you don’t want them to be obvious.  Then spray evenly.  All over.  It’s the easiest spray I’ve ever used.  Just spray a few hours before you show up at the pool, beach or summer party.  I get compliments on my tan, it looks that natural and it really lasts for days.  Seriously! 

Go to this website for more information on this wonderful product:

Before and after photos are forth coming.  You just need to try these products to see for yourself.  You will love it as much as I do, guaranteed.

 For purchasing information see here: Endless Glow

Thanks for reading and I’m looking forward to my camping in the mountains adventure!

Thanks for reading! aliablogsignature