Makeover Monday – Abby

Have you ever seen a more beautiful set of eyeballs in your life?!
This is Abby. She is lovely and I had such a good time chatting about babies and making her over the other day.
She was feeling like she’d gotten into a rut and she was dying for something fresh in her makeup routine!
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What I used:

IIID Foundation in sunlit (highlight) + walnut (contour) + pink grapefruit (blush & lips)+ pearl (illuminator)
I blended it all in with the beauty blender and it re-reminds me constantly how glorious a sponge can be.
Also I have a bunch of different kinds of alternates and I’ve yet to find one that is as soft and cloud like, and its the softness that makes all the difference! It blends the makeup to pure flawlessness instead of moving it around or buffing it off.

OCC Sebastian Lip liner to contour her lips

Esqido False Lashes in Miss Dolly  lashes really drew attention to the sapphires in her eyes

Brun mac eyeshadow on his brows

Using Mocha from the Naturally Pretty Palette I lightly swept some shadow around her lash line top and bottom.

***OK so I’m getting together some REALLY fun stuff for mother’s day and I need some help!
One of the things I’m planning to do is a series of mother’s day makeovers and phtooshoots but I need some lovely deserving moms that will be in the SLC area and available next friday afternoon (Arpil  24th) for a makeover.  Please shoot me an email at [email protected] with the subject MOTHER and let me know why this mother is inspiring and beautiful. ***

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PS be sure to check out the #swiftestmakeup hashtag on instagram and youtube. it’s a delight!

The dress.

I’ve always been a dress person.
People will say “You look fancy! Where are you going today?”
And the answer is “To the place that only requires that I put one article of clothing and I don’t have to match it to anything. That place.”

Cause dresses are SOOO easy. And if they fit right/are made of the right fabric they are soooo much more comfortable than jeans. No Muffin tops or ride up shirts to contend with.

SO I’m always keeping my eyes out for dresses I will actually wear. You know the comfy washable ones that are suitable body coverage and all of that.

Well, my friends, I hit the JACKPOT when I stumbled across Sonnet James (thank you Elyse)
When I first saw her dresses I fell completely in love and my love only deepened when I actually got my hands on them. Such amazingly soft yet sustainable fabric. Beautifully fitted. Even better in person.

The woman who started the company has two adorable little boys and she wanted dresses she could wear and still be able to be the playful mom she is.

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(Poor billy was just starting to get sick and I didn’t know it yet, now when I look at those little sick eyes I don’t know how I missed it!)

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Photos by Ashley Flowers Photography

I know these dresses are a splurge so I asked Whitney (the creator) if she’d be willing to do a giveaway for you guys and she was all about it! So here’s what you’ll need to do to enter: follow Sonnet James on instagram and comment here thatcha did and which dress is your fav.

I’ve been having so much fun this week with these giveaways! Cannot wait to see more #swiftestmakeup entries over the weekend! Be brave!

Love you all!

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Get Swift

Makeup and beauty have always been more of a hobby for me in my own life than they have ever been a necessity.
For most of my teens and twenties I took a sort of pride in the fact that I could look like a death warmed over half the time and a total wannabe super model the other half (OK so it was more like DWO 80% of the time and hottie %20 but you get the drift) There really was no in between for me. Either I spend zero time getting ready or half the afternoon.

Then I had a kid.

And half the afternoon makeup sessions were but a fond memory. So I had to downsize a bit.

Then I had two kids.

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And half an hour makeup sessions became a coveted for slice of day that was RARELY presenting itself.
So I started rocking the legit “I woke up like this” every. single. day.

Here’s the thing: I feel better, treat people better, smile more, am a better mom, am more outgoing and (oddly enough) think about the way I look LESS when I look put together.
So I decided to come up with some CLUTCH strategies that would encourage me to take a few minutes in the morning, every morning to look nice.

So I could ‘get pretty and get on with it’ I needed four things:

A beauty routine that:

  • takes under 12 minutes a day TOTAL. Including hair, makeup and outfitting.
  • takes very few products. (rummaging through my makeup to find things is time consuming)
  • takes very little thought.
  • is fun.

Kind of asking a lot but I was up for the challenge!

I started with tackling the makeup part. Obviously:) SO I asked the unicorn sisters (also known as Janae & Jamie of amazingly talented artist fame) to help and here’s what we came up with.

The Swiftest Makeup Challenge.

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In which I do my makeup whilst rocking out to, and only during the duration of, a Taylor Swift song.
This makeup video is in real time. No cuts, no speed ups. I will say that I cheat by having lash extensions (we will talk about that later) but I makeup up for mascara time with a lot of (incredibly awkward) dancing and hair flipping.

Makeup used in video: IIID Foundation walnut (contour) + sunlit (highlight) + pink grapefruit  (blush & lips) + pearl (illuminator)
MAC Brun on the brows, Naturally Pretty Palette on the eyes.
Too Faced Milk Chocolate Bronzer for a little extra color on my cheeks.

Now I challenge you to do the same! (you can’t possibly be as dorky as me. not a chance)
If you do and you post it on any social media outlet with the hashtag #swiftestmakeup you will be entered to win
THE ENTIRE BEAUTY CAPSULE!

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(you don’t have to post the whole thing! Just a snippet will do!) You have a 1 week to do it!! I am SOOOO excited to see your videos!

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IIID Foundation Pictorial (& giveaway below!)

Contouring, foundation, bush, illuminator and concealer all in one clutch palette! Best compact ever!

Photography by Jessica Janae Photography

IIID FOUNDATION 

STEP ONE: USING THE LARGE END OF THE HAC BRUSH APPLY THE CONTOUR FOUNDATION ROUND THE EDGES OF YOUR FACE, DOWN THE NECK, THE SIDE OF YOUR NOSE AND BENEATH YOUR CHEEKBONES.

STEP TWO: USING THE SMALL END OF THE HAC BRUSH APPLY THE HIGHLIGHT FOUNDATION SHADE TO THE BRIDGE OF THE NOSE, BENEATH YOUR EYES AND DOWN THE SIDE OF THE NOSE IN A PIE PIECE SHAPE, BETWEEN YOUR BROWS, ON THE CHIN AND ALONG THE JAWLINE.

STEP THREE: TAP THE BLUSH INTO THE APPLES OF THE CHEEK AND BLEND TOWARD THE TEMPLES. DAB SOME ON THE LIPS AS WELL FOR A GORGEOUS LIP COLOR.

STEP FOUR: WITH THE TIP OF YOUR FINGER ILLUMINATE THE TOP OF YOUR CHEEK BONES AND BENEATH THE BROW BONE. YOU CAN ALSO HIT THE BOW OF YOUR LIP (to get them looking pouty) AND THE BRIDGE OF YOUR NOSE.

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