Cheap Tricks + a giveaway! {CLOSED}

These are awesome tips!

Tip #1


This is the coolest thing I’ve learned in many moons. It not only saves me money and time by not having to go to the stylist, it also let’s me rid myself of split ends without having to go shorter. ( lord knows I don’t deal well with length-loss)
1. Start with clean, dry, combed hair and bright lighting.
2. Slide a 1″ piece of hair weaved through your middle 3 fingers down the shaft of the hair clipping the very ends of the hair that pops up.
3. Repeat.
Pretty simple huh? You will be amazed at how much softer and silkier your hair is once you’ve sliced off all of the crusty edges. Plus, If you get tired of it before your whole head is done? No worries. It’s a great boredom activity so you can pick it back up next time your hub says “the game only has 10 minutes left!” Between time outs and overtime, you’ll finish the job.

Tip #2

Make your own eye shadow primer! This stuff REALLY works!

I have a whole post about this if you want more deets. HERE

Tip #3

Great idea to stretch the use for foundation!

Favorite trick. I do this ALL the time.

FIY: I LOVE this moisturizer, Dr. Oz told me to get it and the guy knows what he’s talking about.
I grab it over other moisturizers that nearly put me in the poorhouse. It costs like 6 bucks for a jar the size of Texas!
{St. Ives Moisture}

Tip #4 + a GIVEAWAY!

Stretch the use of your bronzer!

{theBalm Bahama Mama Bronzer HERE}

This is a trick I use constantly, I love the base color that bronzer provides, just enough warmth and it goes on so smooth.
OH and HEY! I am going to give one Bahama Mama away! All you have to do to enter is pin one of the photos from this post to your pin board. Then comment to let me know you did. Enter before tomorrow (Jan. 31) at noon and cross your fingers!
Tip #5

Makeup Multitasker! Kill two makeup needs with one product!
Maybelline Color Whisper in Petal Rebel

I use this trick all the time. Not only does it save me cash it is a nice trick to have when you are out and about and need a little color. I usually have lip stuff in my purse.


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    Becky Wheeler
    February 1, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    I love all your stuff,but mostly you.

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    February 1, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    I have been following since forever and I am not sure how to ask…but I thought maybe commenting was a good way?!? Anyway, i think it would be so fun to see a whole bunch of makeup and hair tutorials on the cast of the NEW 90210! They are all beautiful ladies but have different summer kissed glowing looks!!! I would love to see your take on them! Please?! Thanks!!

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    February 1, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    I’ve been reading forever, but this is my first comment. I just need to tell you that you saved my long hair! I had a bad ombre that left the lower half of my hair so damaged and gross that I thought I was going to have to chop off 5 or 6 inches, but I just did your selfie trim and it’s saved! So eternally grateful!!!

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    Rachel Kuykendall
    February 1, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    I LOVE your eye shadow primer recipe I’ve made it twice and it works so well! Please keep little tricks like these coming, they’re amazing! Thanks for all you do! You’re such an inspiration.

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    February 1, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    LOVE the Maybelline Color Whisper in Petal Rebel! Thanks for mentioning it!

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    February 3, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    I am definitely trying the hair trimming tonight! I’ve been needing a cut so bad, but no time. Great idea!

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    February 4, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Where do you get St Ives Timeless Skin Moisturizer??? I’ve looked at Walmart, Walgreen’s, and Target and cant find it! I prefer to buy in a store rather than online, where do you get yours????

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      April 9, 2013 at 9:30 pm

      I always buy the St Ives at Wal-Mart. It’s the only moisturizer I have ever used and I love it.

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      February 8, 2015 at 2:53 pm

      if you click on the link, you can buy it from!

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        February 8, 2015 at 2:53 pm

        oops, sorry just saw where youd rather buy it from the store. 🙂

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    February 4, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    I have heard to avoid anything with mineral oil in it, and in the St. Ives moisturizer it’s listed as the second ingredient. I’ve also read that on one of Dr. Oz’s posts. Confused about that. Your thoughts?

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    February 5, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Where can I find TheBalm Bahama mama bronzer? Sephora doesn’t carry it anymore and I can’t find it online as well as ULTA!!! Please help. Is there a product similar?

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    February 6, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    H! I Love the post about trimming your own hair, but the steps/instructions are super hard to understand. Could you do a video or repost how to trim your own hair?! I love it, and I really want to learn I just dont understand that segment.

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    February 7, 2013 at 1:55 am

    Hi Cara! What nail polish are you wearing in the hair trimming video? It’s so pretty!

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      February 10, 2013 at 6:17 am

      I was wondering also!

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        March 19, 2013 at 8:47 am

        I was wondering the same! It’s the perfect color for Spring!

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    Michelle Laurent Latiolais
    February 11, 2013 at 12:23 am

    For the illuminizer, how much moisturizer to eyeshadow? Thanks!

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    February 25, 2013 at 6:09 am

    I found mine at Walmart…only it came in a tube not a container like the one shown. It was with all the other St. Ives stuff. (I almost didn’t see it because I was looking for the container lol.) HTH Libby 🙂

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    Tina Marie
    April 9, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    What kind of scissors do you use??? I’m worried about using crappy ones and making it worse 🙁

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    April 23, 2013 at 6:46 am

    I love love love your blog!! you look like megan fox by the way <3

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    May 19, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Some lovely tips, I’ll have to remember them!

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    Kay Elizabeth Kerns
    June 9, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    I’ve been reading a ton of blogs like this lately and i have to say, i like yours the best…well-written and practical, witha dash of humor! kudos

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    kati @ knit babies
    June 11, 2013 at 3:55 am

    so glad i found your blog–love all your advice. especially this diy dead-end trim. i did it right before i went to my hairdresser and she complimented how good my ends looked! 🙂

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    July 13, 2013 at 5:21 am

    Ahh- mazing!
    I Love the bronzer and blush trick!

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    Andi Rudyy
    July 23, 2013 at 8:47 am

    I also been using Maybelline Color Whisper 🙂

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      September 7, 2013 at 10:38 am

      I bought it too but it’s not as pink as cara’s in the pic. Mine hardly shoes on me 🙁 how about you?

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    August 6, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Hi Cara! Can you possibly do a video tutorial for the ‘selfie trim’ ? Thanks!

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    August 8, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Cara, how much foundation and moisturizer do you use to make the tinted moisturizer? I love that Idea!! Could you do the same with a moisturizer with SPF and make a tinted SPF?

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    September 5, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    CARA! I have a question, I’ve always heard that trimming your ends with house scissors is a no-no. Because the edges are dull and will only promote more breakage. But you and BarefootBlonde swear by it, I’m just wondering if this is because you’ve bought NEW house scissors and devoted them to trimming exclusively or if you sharpen them before using them on hair….? I used to spot trim my hair with any old scissors and it ended up seemingly making my hair worse so I’ve been avoiding it and focussing on getting trims (which due to the loss of length I’d rather not do).

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    September 7, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Hi Cara! I love this post. I bought the Maybelline color whisper in Petal Rebel too but it doesn’t look nealy as pink as on you 🙁 mine is barely visible on me. Did u mix it with another color? Keep up the great work!

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    November 17, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Will try this

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