Spring Forward

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Elie always delivers the goods!

Need style inspiration for Spring?  Then look no further and spring forward with the always-on-point Elie Saab. For me these gorgeous dresses are inspiring color, fabric, texture…la vida!  Let’s talk about the gold one I have shown first!  Jaw dropping.  Normally, I am not interested at all in gold clothing or shoes, but like I mentioned in my last post I have been all about it lately.  Could it be due to repeated exposure?  I don’t know, but I am not complaining,  sign me up!

Photo Source: Style.com

Gold Member

Gold makeup brushes

For the last year and a half I have been noticing that I have a growing attraction to all things gold, so when these little pretties caught my eye I could not resist. I found them at Target, they’re limited edition Sonia Kashuk.

They aren’t as soft to the touch as I prefer my brushes to be, but the real test will happen during my makeup application.  I can’t wait to try them! I will keep you guys posted.

Purple Smokey Eye – Easy

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So excited to share!  I finally got around to learning how to do a smokey eye. I have been so inspired and obsessing over purple smokey eyes and had to make it my mission to learn how to do it for myself.  If you would like to see a step-by-step video demonstration you can find it here:

Eye Shadows Used:

MAC – Brown Script – All over my lid and just above my brow bone.

MAC – Folie -Brow bone and crease.

MAC – Embark – Crease.

MAC – Vibrant Grape- Lid.

MAC – Carbon – Outer 1/3 of my lid.

MAC – Era – To high light my eyebrow.

How I Prevent Winter Itch

Prevent Winter Itch

My skin used to be incredibly itchy during winter months, but after some trial-and-error I have found relief by doing the following:

Limit my shower time to 3-5 minutes and I moisturize as soon as I step out and I NEVER skip.  I also avoid taking showers that are steaming hot, it robs your skin of moisture.  And I blot my skin dry with my towel, I don’t rub (though it feels soooooo good whew!).

I avoid commercial lotions, even the ones that are supposed to help dry, itchy skin, cause they don’t work for me.  I moisturize with either coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter,  or castor oil (rarely, I use it if my skin is feeling extra parched).  And if I want to change things up a bit I take a few drops of my favorite essential oil and mix it with all 4 to make a nice, creamy lotion of my own.

For cleansing my skin I use Dove Sensitive soap. In fact Dove soap is one of the very few soaps that are actually ph balance for our sensitive skin.  I have tried an obscene amount of soaps that are supposed to be moisturizing, non-drying and they never worked for me and they often made me itch more!

So that is what I do to stay moisturized and baby’s butt soft!  Do you have any tips you’d like to add to this mix? I would love to hear about anything that helped you stay moisturized and itch free!