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On the Fifteenth Day of Christmas

On the 15th day of Christmas

My fashion Santa drove me nuts, Coco-Nuts

coconut oil

Coconut Oil has so many benefits both inside and outside of the body


I have to say that an all around magic oil would be coconut oil. It has so many benefits. It’s not just for cooking or eating you can use it in your day-to-day beauty routines too.

Here is a list of things you can try for yourself and see if you like it too. (I’m sure there are many more uses but these are what I have personally tried.)

  1. Hair Mask- put some in your hands to melt and then apply to dry hair and let penetrate for at least 15 min (the longer you can leave on the better), then wash as usual. Your hair will feel so soft.
  2.  Eye makeup remover
  3. Moisturizer, yes just apply this as you would your regular lotion or cream, smells amazing and moisturizes perfectly.
  4. Mix with sugar or salt and make an exfoliator, you can even add some essential oils for an aromatherapy treatment.
  5. Chap-stick for dry lips
  6. Pulling for teeth whiting, take about a tablespoon and use like a mouthwash moving it between all your teeth and around your mouth for 15-20 min. DO NOT swallow, I don’t spit in my sink or drain as the coconut oil will go back to a solid state and could clog drains.
  7. Cook with it, coconut oil has a high smoke point.  I have also made homemade granola bars that my children LOVE.
  8. Give to the dog/cat for winter dryness. It makes their coats look so soft and silky and no more scratching.

Coconut Oil is not just good for cooking but also for your everyday beauty routine

coconut oil

This is what I use from Trader Joe’s, Organic Coconut oil


I always use an organic coconut oil and you can find them in almost all grocery stores as well as retail locations like WalMart, Target, Christmas Tree shops and if you are lucky enough to be around a store like Ocean State or Job Lots they usually have it too.






Ho Ho Ho and Happy Healthy Christmas to All!

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On the Fourteenth Day of Christmas

On the 14th day of Christmas

My fashion-Santa got a B+ on face moisturizer, BB cream! BB cream is a primer, corrector and moisturizer and stands for beauty balm. I often just use the BB cream alone and do not apply foundation with it on the days that I don’t want to bother wearing a lot of makeup. I love the added benefit of having a moisturizer with a color corrector in it.

BB moisturizer

Photo taken from L’OREAL website

My favorite is the L’OREAL BB cream although it does not have an SPF. I highly recommend getting one with a built-in SPF or at least make sure that you add a foundation or moisturizer with an SPF. If you want to read more of my L’OREAL BB cream review check out this blog post from 2013.



BB and CC cream is like a moisturizer on steroids with all its added benefits

CC moiturizer

Photo taken from Origins website

From the last time I posted about the BB cream I came across Origins CC cream which does have an SPF. I am a huge fan of most Origins products so wasn’t surprised when I feel in love with this item too. The cream smells so good and does all the same things the BB cream does. Most CC creams are just targeted towards correcting the color (hence CC) but Origins is also great for skin hydration on any skin type.




You can find BB or CC cream in any price range as L’OREAL is near the $10 range while Origins is in the $36 range.

L’OREAL Magic BB cream can be purchased at stores like Wal Mart, Target and drug stores. Origins CC cream be found on their website

Ho Ho Ho and don’t forgot your basic beauty A, B, C’s!

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On the Thirteenth Day of Christmas

On the 13th day of Christmas 

My fashion-Santa gave my Big Sexy® Hair

One of the biggest obstacles with my beauty routine is my hair. I am never satisfied with it and change it constantly and this is probably the worst thing you could do to your hair. I change color, I use heat, I pull it up into different style all the time. Well guess what, all those things can cause major split ends and breakage.

Soy renewal oil

Photo from Sexy Hair web site

I recently received a free sample of Sexy Hair’s Soy Renewal oil and WOW. I think I’m in love, or at least for now. I used it before I flat ironed my hair and not only did it assist in sealing in the cuticle when ironing but it looked so shiny and healthy….

I have used other oils in the past like Chi’s Silk Infusion and Paul Mitchell’s Super Skinny because at the salon that is what the stylist used and I loved the way I looked when I left but let’s be frank, can anyone ever get their hair to look the same as when we leave the salon after a professional styles it? So in trying this new little magical oil I was thought to myself, “Oh, I kinda look like I just left the salon” AND I had compliments on my hair that day from a couple of people out and about.


You only need a tiny bit of this in your hair and that runs true of any oil/serum you use. I also only applied it to my ends so my roots did not get too shiny and look greasy.


My Hair before the soy oil


After product and heat

Sexy Hair Starts here with a little bit of Oil

Find your Sexy Hair products here, Sexy Hair can also be purchased at any professional salon that is authorized to sell Sexy Hair®


Ho Ho Ho– and Oil Away

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On the Twelfth Day of Christmas


On the 12th day of Christmas

My fashion-Santa brought me a brush, a body brush

I’ll first start by saying that I have had three children so stretch marks are definitely a repercussion of that! Now, I will also say I am proud of my body and each scar does tell a story and I am truly blessed to have my children but if you think for one minute I wouldn’t do something to help my body heal or look better you’d be nuts. I am not going to age gracefully I WILL fight it every step of the way.

Now you are probably thinking what the heck does a body brush have to do with stretch marks, well…… I found that dry brushing your skin has so many benefits. First, it’s an awesome exfoliate. I have also noticed less in-grown hairs and less dry skin. Second, dry brushing promotes circulation and circulation promotes new cell renewal and speeds up the process of healing and repairing scars. Third, my sloughing off the dead skin cells results in opening up your pores and allowing the moisturizer to penetrate better into the skin (thus less dry skin). Fourth, guess what the best part is? This has been knows to help with cellulite by helping to breakdown unwanted toxins.


Dry Body Brush

Dry Brushing your skin should be added to everyone’s morning routine

I could actually go on and on about all the proven benefits. Some I learned in esthetics school but these are the ones I have personally noticed and wanted to share. It does make sense, what is the biggest organ of the human body? Skin, if we don’t take care of our skin we are opening the gates of a lot of unwanted effects like aging and bad circulation.

So now one might ask, how should I brush my body???? I stand in the shower to do it but don’t turn on the water yet. I suggest you start at your ankle area and work up using small circles. I find it works best and then you can do shorter strokes. You do want to make sure you are brushing toward your heart for as this is the same path lymphatic fluid flows.  You will want to be careful of sensitive areas like stomach and breasts and never brush over open soars, sun burn skin or skin cancer. After you have finished continue with your regular shower routine and don’t forget to moisturize!


Ho Ho Ho, brush your teeth, hair and skin for a full beauty regiment!

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On the Eleventh Day of Christmas

nail oil

On the 11th day of Christmas

My fashion-Santa Nailed it with Nail Oil

This stuff is great, both OPI and Creative Nail make a version of this oil. If you suffer from excessive cuticles, hang nails, dry skin or brittle nails then you need this nail oil. I keep a bottle beside my bed, in my diaper bag and in my travel makeup bag. It just brushes on and soaks in. It’s not too oily and smells amazing.

Nail oil

OPI Avoplex

Nail oil

Taken from CDC web site


Another great use of this oil is when you paint your nails, apply a little bit on the nail after your top coat and if there are any smudges you can just smooth them out and the oil works as a good barrier. Once the polish is dry you can massage the oil into your cuticles and hands. The nail oil will leave a beautiful sheen and you can apply the nail oil numerous times throughout the day. I had neglected to take care of my cuticles and I noticed I had a bunch of hang nails, and they are the really bad ones, like have to put band-aids on bad. So I use the oil, pushed back the cuticles that were neglected and kept applying 3 times a day for 2 days and everything was healed and hydrated.

nail oil

Applying the oil to the cuticles

Nail oil is the perfect size for your stocking

OPI and CND  items can be purchased at many professional salons. OPI brand is also sold at Ulta. If you are local to Make Up by CG, I am also an authorized retailer for both of these brands so I can take orders for pick up!

Ho Ho Ho– Happy Painting

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On the Tenth Day of Christmas


On the 10th day of Christmas

My fashion-Santa said I was riding a thin line, thin black line of eyeliner!


Image from Make Up Forever Website

Make Up Forever, has the BEST liquid eyeliner and I usually hate liquid liner. It’s messy, wet, smudges and runs. But this one is so different. It’s not waterproof but I find if you set it with black shadow it fixes any wobble line mistakes and helps set the liner to stay all day. This is such a perfect black, not light and definitely not glossy looking, just perfection!


You will stay within the lines when you

use this eyeliner


I find the hardest part of liquid liner is just getting the line perfect. The trick I found to this is to start to apply in the middle of the eye working outward. Then go back near the center with a really thin line. By the time you start in the inside of the eye you have the perfect amount of liner left on the wand where it won’t smudge in the corner. Now you can take black shadow and just go back over the line to set it with a small, thin angle brush.





My final look


The final Look






Here is a link to Make Up For Ever (You might want to check out their HD foundations while you are there, another favorite of mine)


Ho Ho Ho, just wing it

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On the Ninth Day of Christmas


On the 9th Day of Christmas

My fashion-Santa brought me shampoo, but this shampoo is for my makeup brushes.

It’s just as important whether you are a professional makeup artist or a makeup lover to wash your brushes. It will make them last longer and also prevent against spreading germs and sickness to yourself. ShampooClean Apothecary has their soap in little plastic canisters that make it so easy to wash your brushes, it’s suds right up, swirl it around then rinse them thoroughly. It’s so easy!  Best part are the scents you can get them in. Right now I am using the lavender scent. This one is really nice to use on my models and clients if they are nervous about their shoot or just day to day stressors. Once I put my brush near their face and they take a whiff of that lavender scent they just relax and calm down. I also love the eucalyptus and spearmint which I find helpful for people with headaches or that are super stressed. And then there is Vanilla, which is like having dessert applied to your face when your brushes are cleaned. Clean makes two different formulas, Olive Oil shampoo and Goats Milk Shampoo. I personally have only tried the Olive Oil but will order the Goats milk next time.

Wash Rinse and Repeat- You know,

your normal Shampoo regiment!

Major differences that I have found with Clean’s shampoos vs other brands are the brushes truly feel clean.  I find all the product is removed and I don’t feel like there is still residue left on the bristles.


Clean Apothecary Web Site, check out their other products, everything from home to kids and essential oils.


Ho Ho Ho,  and happy washing


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On the Eighth Day of Christmas

On the 8th day of Christmas

My fashion Santa told me to brows, from Anastasia Beverly Hills brow products

Dipbrow pomade is the best thing to hit your eyes since sliced bread, ok none of that made sense but I can’t tell you how revolutionary changing this product is for brows. Anastasia makes a whole line of makeup but I have personally only tried their brow pomade with their brow brush  #12. This is a double ended brush with a thin slanted brush on one end and a spoolie on the other end.

My Brows










My brows are probably the vein of my existence, I have a love hate relationship with them. Spending the first part of my life looking like Bert from Sesame Street with a uni-brown to then tweezing WAY too mach but not even having them match, I think I can even comb them over to my hair line at times some can get ridiculously long…. Anyway, now that you have some awesome visual how crazy my brows are I do know how to tame them now with lots of help from this product. I found this about a year ago when I was browzing (no pun intended) makeup in Sephora, thought I would give it a try and OMG I can’t live without it. Even on days when I don’t want to put my face on, I am one of those people who has to at least put my brows on.

This is a video from Anastasia’s YouTube channel showing how to use the products, I love this video as I think it shows the best way to do the brows and how easy it is to use their product and tools. The cream she puts is just a concealer or foundation to highlight and make that arch stand out.


Here is a link right the pomade, but this will bring you to their website too. (11/20/15 web site states, free shipping orders over $25)

Ho Ho Ho

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On the Seventh day of Christmas


On the 7th day of Christmas

My fashion-Santa gave me a Spray Tan from Island Tan 2 Go Mobile Airbrushing.

Don’t be the ghost of Christmas past at the holiday parties this year, make sure when you get dressed, you include a tan!

Karin is a licensed esthetician  and owner of of Island Tan 2 Go Mobile Airbrushing. She started  her business in Hawaii and has been doing airbrushing for over 7 years!

I don’t know about you but around November I am starting to feel blah….  it’s getting colder, my summer glow is just a mere memory and I’m starting to feel a little “thicker” in certain areas from all the pumpkin spice awesomeness. The effect of a little color can really make you feel awesome!

Airbrush tanning is such a safe alternative to a tanning bed and looks much better then a self applied self tanning lotion.  I recently got airbrushed in July just to prevent sun damage and risk of cancer during a family vacation.  I mean really, if you are that concerned with your skin looking good then shouldn’t you be as worried about dark age spots and wrinkles???? 

Spray tan

Before- Photo from Island Tan 2 Go


After- Photo from Island Tan 2 Go










Karin is an expert and  knows how to match your skin so there isn’t the “orange” hues. She is detailed oriented and takes extra steps to prevent patches and trouble areas (like elbows, knees, etc). She is a true professional and knows her stuff.

Tan Parties…What?!?!

If you haven’t noticed by the name of her business, Karin come to you to do all the airbrushing that means in the privacy and comfort of your own home. Not only will she spray individuals but she also does PARTIES!!!! What’s more fun than a girls night with wine, food, chocolate and a FREE tan for the host! The savings for each attendee is crazy! (FYI Parties must have 4-5 people plus the host)


Book your appointment today– Mention this blog and local clients can save $10 on their tan, contact Karin for more details. 


Ho Ho Ho & Glow Glow Glow


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On the Sixth day of Christmas

On the 6th day of Christmas

My fashion-Santa called it a wash, Face wash that is. Origins face products not only work well but they smell so amazing. I’m very picky about the products that I put near my face and the aromatherapy is has, I mean it’s so close to my nose if it don’t smell good I don’t want it near there….. I specifically love the white tea products they have, the ingredients are natural and so good for you.

Face care

Photo from Origins website- A Perfect World


This is probably as crunchy as I get when it comes to being at one with nature, but you can’t beat their skin care line. 

Face Care

Photo From Origins website- Make a Difference Plus




A Perfect World is a facial moisturize containing an SPF and the white tea.








Make A Difference Plus is a treatment lotion that you apply before your moisturizer or in my case, A Perfect World. These are two of my favorite items.






Take care of your face with Origins


Face Care Set

Photo from Origins web site, a Holiday set of A Perfect World



Origins always puts some great gift sets together for the holidays that have amazing savings and no brainer on what you need for a full skin care regiment. I find that most people feel overwhelmed and confused on what to buy and how to use face products but this is seriously like paint by number for your face, tells you the steps to use them and when to use them. Doesn’t get much easier than that.





 Order your products here at the Origins Web site,  or you can also find Origins in some major department stores like Macy’s and Sephora

Ho Ho Ho– and Happy Face Washing

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