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Gift Guide: 7 Pretty Gifts For Her

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

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Top sponsored by Pink Blush.

I made a list on my blog post today about some of the gift ideas for the women in your life. These are great, whether they’re for your wife, mom, best friend, sister, or in-laws! There are many products popping out this season and I know it can be overwhelming. That’s why I wanted to help by giving you some ideas for your shopping list, to surprise the special women in your life.

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  1. Sleek Petite OrganizerThis a 12-month planner, spanning from January to December 2018. It comes with a gorgeous golden metallic pen and pen loop. It is sleek and would be perfect to hand-carry and easily fits inside the purse or bag.
  2. Best of brushes set  – These brush sets are perfect for gifting, including yourself (Why not?! You deserve good brushes too!). It comes with a powder brush, angled brush (to contour some bronzer), and two kinds of eyeshadow brushes. Most brushes are expensive when you buy them individually, so the set is a good deal, as you get four brushes for under $60! It’s a limited edition release, so they are only available this Holiday season.
  3. Photo Clip Firefly String Lights – If you want a gift that involves pictures, this is a great way for gifting printed photos. String together memories from the past year with these fun Photo Clip String Lights. These can be use on the living room wall, a workspace, or even bedroom wall.
  4. Poppy lip duoThis set is a perfect lip duo of lipstick and lip gloss, that are just in time for  the Holiday season.The shade of pink-red is good for every type of skin tone.  All products contain natural ingredients and are safe to use, so you are not only giving gorgeous makeup this Christmas, but are also sharing a clean and safe product for your loved ones.
  5. Fringe Boots – Neutral colored booties are easy to style and match for this season. If you have someone who loves to dress up, from casual to flowy dresses, this is fun to wear because of its boho style fringe! I like how the heels aren’t so high and can be worn by moms with little kids.
  6. Bubble Wrap Calendar 2018 – A clever and fun idea to mark each day. This poster-size Bubble Wrap Calendar allows you to pop dates throughout the year. A fun gift for women who love unique Christmas gifts.
  7. White Marble Phone CoverMarble has been so popular, and this white marble cover gives your phone a sophisticated look!

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What’s your favorite product from the list?

Disclosure:This post has some affiliate links. By clicking or purchasing the product from the links, I may earn a small commission. I’m also part of Beautycounter to support clean and safer beauty products.  When you purchase Beautycounter products from my site, I get a 25% commission. All opinions on this post are honest and my own. Thank you for supporting my blog. I really appreciate it!

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How-to apply lipstick for the Fall

Monday, November 6, 2017

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Anyone here love wearing dark lipsticks for fall? Are any of you hesitant to wear a darker shade? Well today, I’ll be sharing how to apply dark lipstick like a pro, and how to enjoy this look without looking gothic, but fab! Wearing a dark shade of lipstick can be intimidating and messy, especially if you don’t wear it often. However, with a few simple steps you’ll love wearing it, and with confidence! Below are some simple steps to follow. I’m also sharing on today’s post how I colored my hair at home, with the help of >Schwarzkopf Color Ultime. Scroll down for tutorials!

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1) Exfoliate and Moisturize – Before applying your dark lipstick, make sure to exfoliate your lips to get rid of flakes. This gives you a smooth surface and even base before applying your lipstick. I like to use a simple mixture of sugar and some olive oil. I then rinse with warm water. Don’t forget to moisturize your lips afterwards with your favorite lip conditioner.

2) Pick your dark lipstick – Choose the right shade by focusing on your undertone. I like to use lip brush when applying dark lipstick so I can control where to apply it. I blot with a tissue and reapply again. Lipliners are optional.

3) Balance the look – When wearing dark lipstick, it’s better to opt for a simple look by having a clean eye makeup look, adding a touch of blush or bronzer (to compliment your dark lips), and filling up your brows. However, if you are going for a more dramatic look at night, you may go for a different eye makeup look.

I also want to share with you all how I colored my hair using Schwarzkopf Color Ultime in Cinnamon Brown, available at Walmart. I just had a haircut a few weeks ago to get a new look for this new season. It was also because it was hard to maintain my long hair with my three little kids around… I often color my hair at home and my mom would help me out. Since she wasn’t visiting the United States this year, I had a chance to color my hair on my own. I actually felt nervous not having assistance, but surprisingly, it wasn’t as hard as I thought! Schwarzkopf has a ready to mix color cream and application bottle with developer lotion. It’s convenient to use and you can see the results beforehand! Here’s how I did it.

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Prepare these items above before coloring your hair so they’re easy to grab. Don’t forget to wear your gloves. Cover your clothes with an old towel and grab a watch so you can time the process. To start the application, unscrew the application bottle and pierce the tube of the Color Cream tube. Squeeze this Color Cream inside the application bottle and close the lid firmly. Then, start shaking it to mix all the creams together. Make sure you hold the bottle away from you, so that when removing the cap it won’t squirt out on your face. Unscrew the upper cap and start applying directly from the Application Bottle onto your dry, unwashed hair.

For a full head application, apply the cream throughout all of your hair thoroughly, strand after strand. I focus more on my gray hairs. I used a dye brush that my mom left here at home. Allow the hair color mixture to work for 30 minutes.

After the process time, rinse your hair with warm water until it runs clear. Afterwards, shampoo and rinse well. It also comes with Intense Conditioning Treatment to massage into your towel dried hair. Wait for 2-3 minutes after massaging, then rinse your hair thoroughly.

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Here are the before and after shots of the process, with Schwarzkopf Color Ultime in Cinnamon Brown. I love how it’s still vibrant even though it’s already been a week now. It leaves my hair softer and has beautiful shine too!

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There is a Try Me Free Rebate where you will be given a rebate to cover your purchase with your original receipt. You can also go with another option of earning up to $5 on Ibotta when you purchase any shade of Schwarzkopf Color Ultime.

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What new look are you planning to try this season?

 

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Instagram Filter Inspired Makeup Tutorial (VIDEO!) + DIY Golden Leaf Crown

Thursday, October 26, 2017

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Today, I’m excited to share my first makeup tutorial video. Thanks kids for taking a nap, so that Mommy could put this together. 😉 This look is inspired by Instagram Filters. I know some of you are enjoying these filters, like I am. That’s why I wanted to do a pretty makeup look and also share an easy DIY golden leaf crown, that you can wear for Halloween. As some of you know, I liked creepy Halloween looks before and I’ve been slowly trying to stuff on pretty side rather than the scary side. I have kids around me now and I don’t want to scare them. I also conducted a poll on my Instagram Stories asking friends if they prefer “something scary” or “something pretty” for Halloween looks. Most votes went for something pretty. With that being said, here’s a video on how I created this look. Scroll down for product details and a step-by-step tutorial for the DIY leaf crown.

Products I used:

Foundation (My shade is Honey) 

Concealer Pen (I used Medium 1)

Matte Bronzer (I used No.1)

Eyeshadow / Eyeliner Powder /Highlighter Palette (Love this palette with its removable mirror!)

Eyebrow Pencil (I used a medium shade)

Lengthening Mascara

Lipstick Sheer (I used the shade of Brunch from this Holiday lip set. I also used this lipstick on my cheeks.)

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HOW TO MAKE A DIY GOLDEN LEAF CROWN

Materials:

Headband

Artificial Flowers in gold (I got mine from a Dollar Store)

Glue stick and glue gun

Scissors

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STEP 1 While waiting for the glue gun to get heat up, remove all the golden flowers and cut off all the petals individually. I only used the petals of these artificial flowers for this crown, and I kept the rest of flowers to use for something else. These petals will be used as our leaves.

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STEP 2 Apply hot glue to the center of the headband. Carefully, put two leaves on the top, facing in opposite directions (as the image shows).

STEP 3 Continue to put the leaves on until it covers the headband. You may also add small details like artificial nectar to customize your crown.

That’s it! It’s easy and will complement your pretty makeup look for Halloween parties.

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(This is my DIY Marble Makeup Brush Holder, tutorial here)

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What do you want to see on my next makeup tutorial?

Disclosure: I’m part of the Beautycounter company to promote safer ingredients for beauty products like makeup. I only share these products because I love to use them, and I believe in Beautycounter’s mission. If you have questions about products, email me directly at smith.inquiries@gmail.com. If you want to shop for these products, please use my personal Beautycounter website www.beautycounter.com/emsmith. Thank you for your support!

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Why I joined Beautycounter

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

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Ever since I was in college, I was always interested in makeup. I would even help out my friends, family, and relatives with their questions about makeup. I would also get messages from people with questions like: what foundation is good for their skin type and skin tone, how to apply eyebrow makeup, how to lessen the oiliness on their makeup, how to achieve a certain kind of makeup look, and what makeup I wear and what I would recommend for their needs.

Today, I’m excited to share with you that I have joined Beautycounter as a consultant to continue helping out others with their makeup and skincare needs. I’m looking forward to taking part in their mission, to get safer products into the hands of everyone. The safe ingredients are not the only reason why I became a part of Beautycounter. I joined them because I love how their products improve my skin and makes it feel clean. I’m also thankful that I am able to become a part of this movement while I’m still a stay-at-home mom with three boys. Using their products, I feel safe kissing my kids, especially my newborn. This is because Beautycounter’s products give me peace of mind. I know that the makeup I’m putting on my face has safer ingredients, strictly screened by Beautycounter. Skincare and makeup products that are effective and safe like these are worth investing in. Plus, they last longer too. Beautycounter has avoided the use over 1,500 harmful and questionable ingredients in their products, to make sure that they don’t have links to cancer or any other harmful effects. It amazes me how the people who work here, are very devoted in making sure that they only promote products that are non-toxic and safe for the whole family.

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Here are some of Beautycounter’s most popular products for makeup and skincare.

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1 Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer

2 Color Pink Cream Blusher

3 Lengthening Mascara

4 Sheer Lipstick

5 Touchup Skin Concealer Pen

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1 Rejuvenating Eye Cream

2 Rejuvenating Day Cream

3 No. 2 Plumping Facial Oil

4 No. 3 Balancing Facial Mask

5 Cleansing Balm

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I’m here to help if you need color matching suggestions, product questions, or need my advice on how to apply Beautycounter products such as makeup… I’d love to help! You may email me directly at smith.inquiries@gmail.com or you can shop at my personal website: www.beautycounter.com/emsmith

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Blog GIVEAWAY: WIN beauty goodies and a makeup pouch!

Monday, July 31, 2017

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It’s finally here! As promised, here’s my other giveaway celebrating Hello Island Mama’s first birthday! I’m excited to partner again with ShkadoodleNoodle to give away summer goodies to one lucky winner! How to enter:

  • Follow @helloislandmama and @shkadoodlenoodle on Instagram.
  • Like the giveaway image.
  • Tag two friends in the comment box.
  • BONUS: Tell us in the comment box which product you are excited to have if you’re the winner!
  • That’s it!

Giveaway runs from July 31 to August 5th at 11:59 PM (Texas time). Winner will be notified and announced within 48 hours after giveaway ends. Open to U.S. residents only.

Good luck everyone and have a fabulous Monday! :-)

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How to Achieve a Fresh Makeup Look

Thursday, July 13, 2017

This shop/post has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company; all opinions are mine alone. #ColorMeHydrated #CollectiveBias

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I have a fun and fresh-looking makeup tutorial today a look for a clean summer look. I’m sharing my favorite makeup techniques and tips to achieve glowing skin, and to keep you feeling fresh and hydrated. Summer in Texas is getting seriously hot, so I have to keep myself well-hydrated. I make sure to drink plenty of fluids for my skin and body. I was inspired to create this fresh makeup look by vitaminwater, which I found at Target. Drinking a refreshing bottle helps keep me hydrated. It tastes great and is perfect for busy lifestyles like mine. Staying hydrated is one of the most important ways to get glowing skin and to achieve a fresh makeup look. Scroll down for a step-by-step tutorial on how to create this look!

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1 ) After washing your face and moisturizing, use a tinted moisturizer and apply to your face with your fingers.

2 ) I opt for liquid concealer to even out the dark circles and red spots around my nose. Use a dampened sponge to even out and blend the application well.

3 ) To fill in the brows, use a retractable brow pencil and a brow brush. Blur the edges and lines.

4) Use less powder on specific areas, like under the eyes and around the nose (if you have oily skin in this area), to set the concealer. I like to keep the other areas of my face free from powder so that it looks natural, healthy, and radiant.

5 ) I love using a liquid type of blush. Pat it down on your cheeks, using your fingers to blend. You may also use a cream blush or even lipstick with a creamy texture.

6 ) For this look I prefer a simple style without eyeshadow. This allows you to pat powder on your eyelids for a clean look and matte finish.

7 ) Curl lashes to the side and immediately apply mascara to lock the curls. Do the same for the other eye.

8 ) Apply your favorite lipstick. I’m using pink tone for this look, which is inspired by kiwi-strawberry vitaminwater.

9 ) Finally, use a bronzer to dust around your face and neck.

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Makeup tip: Use a spray bottle of water or facial mist spray on a rounded highlighter blush before applying highlighter powder. This makes it stand better, but keeps it looking natural (not flaky or powdery) on the skin. I love using this technique for myself and for my makeup clients.

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Highlight upper cheekbones, bridge of the nose, chin area and tear ducts using a small brush or your pinky finger.

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Have you tried “Shelf-Selfie”?  I did! Get 15% off when you buy vitaminwater, by simply following the instructions below:

1) Visit your local Target.

2) Snap a Shelf-Selfie (selfie in front of the vitaminwater shelf).

3) Text your image to 89000 to receive the hidden Cartwheel offer link for 15% off a 20 oz bottle of vitaminwater.

That’s it! Easy and simple

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vitaminwater offers a great variety of flavors. Check out other inspiring posts on how vitaminwater fits their lifestyles for the summer.

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How do you keep yourself looking fresh and hydrated from the inside out?

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Pregnancy Style and Essentials

Monday, May 15, 2017

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When I was pregnant with my first son, I was clueless in terms of what pregnancy essentials were. If you are a first-time mom, I’m sure you’re also wondering what you actually need for yourself, aside from prenatal vitamins. Today, I’m sharing the things that helped me feel comfortable and relaxed during my past and current pregnancies.

 

Bio Oil Skincare Oil

Stretch marks….  I still have stretchmarks from my past pregnancies, most are from my first one. I wasn’t consistent with moisturizing my belly then. I regret it now due to the stretch marks that appeared after my pregnancy. If you have tan skin like mine, you may experience darker stretchmarks like I did. Mine were actually almost black from my first pregnancy. Although, it eventually will lighten after a year or so. That’s why, this time, I’m using this Bio Oil to prevent darker stretch marks around my belly. I really like it, especially the smell! I use this in the morning and before I go to bed at night. One of my sister-in-laws used the Bio Oil when she was pregnant, and she loved the oil too!

 

Pregnancy Support Pillow

My former boss gave me a pregnancy pillow that truly helps me to sleep better at night. You might hear that the best sleeping position for pregnant women is laying on her left side. The pregnancy pillow that I have has a big C-shape design, supporting my back and can be placed between my legs as well. Before I used this pillow, I experienced leg cramps at night a lot. However, now that I use it, I find it really helps me to sleep better and greatly reduces aches and pain. Although, My husband can’t wait for me to be done using this pillow. He says it’s taking up a lot of space in the bed. Haha!

Comfy sneakers

When I’m pregnant, my feet and legs get tired easily, especially when I’m standing for a period of time (I get more varicose veins during pregnancy). I love to use comfy shoes (I use these shoes from this style post) for outdoor errands with the kids. I think it’s easier to move around if you are comfortable with what you’re wearing on your feet. When you’re pregnant you also have to remember that you’re carrying extra weight from your baby bump.

 

Comfy Bras

Pregnancy will cause a lot of changes to your body. This includes changes in clothing sizes and your underwear. I avoid bras with underwire because it’s not comfortable to wear underneath my clothes. I love to use a bra that has a good fit, gives a good support, and is comfortable; something I have is similar to this. I also like to use strapless, tube top bras (or bandeau bra).

 

Water

Keeping yourself hydrated during your pregnancy is very important for you and your baby. It can make you have to go to the bathroom often, but it really helps your body stay strong and healthy. During my first trimester, it was hard for me to drink water since I was nauseated and vomiting. What I do to help with the nausea, is add flavor droplets to my water. I also don’t forget to bring a water bottle whenever I go out. I currently love to use a similar bottle which I keep inside my bag.

 

Snack

In addition to water, I love to bring snacks. Being pregnant makes me feel hungry all the time. I think this little boy I’m carrying eats a lot, like his brothers… My favorites snacks to bring include granola bars and animal crackers. 😉

 

Exercise Ball

Lastly, I don’t want to forget to mention this amazing exercise ball. I love to use this while working on my work desk while pregnant. It’s more comfortable on my belly to sit on a big bouncy ball compared to a normal chair. This exercise ball was actually such a big help for when I went into labor. There’s a rocking technique I used (check it out online. Search for “Birthing ball”), which really helped. Another cool thing about using this ball, is that I can use it after I give birth. When my newborn is fussy or crying (even if he’s been changed and fed), I’m sure I’ll be able to calm him down while sitting on it. When my other two kids were babies, they loved it when I sit here. I think it’s because it gives a gentle bouncing motion, helping them fall asleep.

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(A good friend of mine lent me this top. I’ve been using this a lot, especially this season. Here’s are some similar items to my outfit that you can check out online: TOP, HAT, MATERNITY PANTS )
Is anyone else expecting this year too? What are your pregnancy essentials?

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Side Braid Hair Tutorial

Sunday, April 30, 2017

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It’s been a while since I’ve shared a hair tutorial on my blog (my other hair tutorials are here and here). Today’s post showcases my absolute favorite hairstyle, which I’ve been using all the time since becoming a mom. You have may noticed that I love using this hairstyle often. I think it’s perfect for thick and long hair, like mine. It helps keep my hair in place and looks pretty with an outfit, or even for a normal day at home with the kids. Here’s what I used:

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1 First, brush your hair to remove any knots and tangles.

2 Begin by gathering a small section of your hair on the top right side.

3 Divide the hair into 3 even sections. Then, start to braid without pulling any hair.

4 Add more hair by pulling on the right side before crossing underneath the middle section of hair.

5 Next, do the other side. Add more hair from the left side before crossing it underneath the middle section of hair.

6 Continue repeating #4 and #5 until there is no hair to gather and combine to the braid. Continue to braid until you reach the end.  Secure it with hair elastics. You can also use hairpins on the left side to secure the hair, if you have short layers like mine.

 

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What are your favorite easy hairstyles that you like to do?

I hope you had a great weekend!

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Hello Island Mama is a makeup, DIY, design, and lifestyle blog by Em Smith. She is the mother of two boys and a wife, who loves to inspire and encourage others through her works and stories. Originally from the Philippines.

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