The Handbag Essentials

We all have those few things that we store in special pockets and corners of our handbags: those essential items that we carry with us, at all costs. It is a fearful thought that one of us should be caught in a predicament with one of our vital possessions not on our person…right ladies? I know you all have at least three items in your bag that you wouldn’t even think of leaving the house without. Here are a few of mine:

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Skintelligence Daily Moisturizer: With all this crazy cold weather and harsh wind chill, my skin is need some extra love. To fight off icky dry skin, I keep my favorite moisturizer handy. Buy it here!

Cherry Chapstick: Chapped lips can be both painful and distracting. With my Cherry Chapstick, I keep my lips feeling great and still add a little pink to my pout at the same time.

Motives for LaLa Mineral Mascara: If I’m ever in a rush, I’ve always got my favorite mascara to brush over my lashes. It’s a quick and effective way to make your eyes look more open and alert–perfect for those mornings when you forgot to set that alarm. Buy it here!

Motives for Loren Ridinger Mineral Pressed Powder: Perfect for the afternoon touch-up, I keep this Powder close at hand. Light but with full coverage, it is my essential makeup go-to. Buy it here!

Motives for Loren Ridinger Kabuki Brush: And to apply my powder, I keep the right brush on me. This soft kabuki makes my powder application a breeze, gently placing a light layer to my skin. Buy it here!

Business Card Holder: I never leave the house without it! It is absolutely vital that I keep my business cards in my bag. After all, you never know who you might meet while you are out and about.

What are some things you simply can’t go without? Leave a comment and share!



Golden Girl

Somehow this year has managed to fly by and the holidays are suddenly upon us. Have you decided yet what to wear to your friend’s party or the work Christmas event? Well, I’ll give you a little hint that you simply can’t go wrong with this year: go for the gold. Whether it’s your dress, accessory, or even eye shadow, glam up with the queen of metallics.

DV by Dolce Vita Misha Goldie Dress Gold

Tis’ the season for some sparkle. This DV by Dolce Vita Misha dress is your golden ticket to getting noticed at your next Christmas event. Buy it here!

Sequined Dolphin Shorts Forever 21

Add some glam to your gold with sequins. Pair these Dolphin shorts from Forever 21 with a white button up and black blazer for a sophisticated twist to your party look. Buy it here!

motives mineral paint pot allure

Accentuate your eyes with a light golden shadow. Motives Cosmetics mineral paint pot in Allure is just the product to get you that sultry evening look. Buy it here!

Sabine Stargazing Statement Necklace Gold

You will be catching more than snowflakes with this Sabine Stargazing statement necklace. Pair it with your favorite little black dress and throw on a dash of red lipstick to stop everyone in their tracks. Buy it here!

Well ladies, there you have it: Gold is glam, chic, and sophisticated. Try it for your next holiday look and see those heads turn!


Gifts for Mom: Ideas, Stores, and Sales!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and with it comes the scramble to find your special lady a gift that is as wonderful as she is. Fortunately for you, I have a few helpful hints and deals that can make this Mother’s Day perfect for Mom and affordable for you!

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In celebration of mothers everywhere, multiple stores have increased their cashback offers. Partner stores ranging from The Body Shop to 1-800-Flowers will actually pay you just for purchasing their products! Go to the Special Mother’s Day Event to check it out.


Lumiere de Vie is a revolutionary new skincare line. Give her the gift of beautiful, luminous skin with top of the line products including eye balm, volcanic exfoliating mask, intense rejuvenation creme, and much more. Find this incredible (and affordable) new line here.

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Motives Cosmetics also makes a great gift for Mom. Everything from shadows, mineral foundations, blushes, lipsticks–give her the gorgeous colors found in this line to enhance her natural beauty. See what products she will love here.

Hopefully this helps you find your mother just what she deserves on her special day. Live beautifully!


Prom Diaries: Haylee Pellegrino, the Natural Vintage Beauty

This past Saturday, I had the absolute pleasure of doing Miss Haylee Pellegrino’s makeup for her 2013 prom. Haylee has a gorgeous complexion and a natural beauty. To embrace her simple elegance, we decided on a minimalistic approach when applying her makeup.

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For her eyes, we blended several tones to enhance their lovely green hue. I applied Vintage Glam pressed shadow to the inner corner and half of Haylee’s lid. Then I took Plum Frost pressed shadow and swept it across the outer half of her lid. In the crease, we lightly added some Hazelnut pressed shadow to add shape and dimension. Once we were finished with her shadow, I took a wet angled brush and used the Hazelnut pressed shadow to line Haylee’s top lid, very close to the lashes. We then finished off the look with a sweep of Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara to the top and bottom lashes.

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Haylee has naturally beautiful and luminous skin, so she didn’t need much in the way of foundation. We applied Full Coverage Photo Finish Powder to her face with a soft brush just to even the skin tone and take away any shine.

I then took Lust pressed blush and brushed it on the apples of her cheeks, sweeping upwards to highlight her cheekbones. Afterwards I added Miami Glow bronzer directly underneath her cheekbones to define and contour.


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And lastly, we finished off Haylee’s prom-ready look with a sweep of Amber lip plumper.


I want to say a great big thank you to Haylee and her family for letting me be a part of this wonderful experience! I had such a great time doing Haylee’s makeup; she looked absolutely stunning! All products featured in this article can be found at; If you are interested in your own private consultation and color matching with Motives Cosmetics, please feel free to email me at


My First Customized Color Profiles

This past weekend, I was fortunate enough to use two beautiful ladies for my first ever Motives Cosmetics Customized Color  and Style Profiles. I sat down with Haylee and Amanda and had them complete a questionnaire to gauge their color preferences, personal style, skin tone and type, and eye color. Afterwards, I took each completed questionnaire and created my consultant recommendations for the girls based on their answers. I included color suggestions for eyes, lips, and cheeks, as well as skin care products that would best suit each woman and her individual needs. We had such a wonderful time! If you are interested in having your very own customized profile completed with  me, email me at You can find all products used in this consultation and more at 




You can also find more beauty tips and tricks in the beauty section of my blog. Live beautifully!


Our Perfect Girls’ Night In

Last night, my lovely roommates and myself hosted a girls’ night at our cozy little house in East Nashville. We had wine, snacks, and a giant array of beautiful Motives Cosmetics products to choose from. After sipping on wine and grabbing some brownies and crackers with cheese, we moved into the living room where I gave a brief presentation on the hottest makeup trends for Spring. I drew inspiration from New York’s Mercedes Benz Fashion week (still going on now!) and spotlighted pastels, red lips, and bold eyeliner just like what we have been seeing on the runway. Silly me forgot to take many pictures because I was so excited about chatting to all of the beautiful girls about Motives, but I did get one of our cosmetics table at the end of the night!

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Thank you again to all of the women who came out and to my roommates for hosting the event; it was an awesome success and we must do it again soon!




The 4 Makeup Essentials You Should Never Leave Your House Without

Ladies, it happens to all of us; we put on our morning makeup and step out feeling fresh and beautiful. But by the end of the day, we get home and catch a glance in the mirror..aaand whoops, could have used a little touch up to keep our faces looking like that morning glow we had earlier!

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It is for this plight of women everywhere that I have made this kit of “cosmetic essentials” that you should never leave your house without!

1. Concealer: Oftentimes our blemishes or dark spots that we cover up in the morning start to show as our makeup wears off throughout the day. Be sure to keep a touch-up concealer with you so that your blemishes don’t overshadow your natural beauty!I recommend Motives Creme Concealer; it covers up any spots and blends easily.

2. Powder: To get back to that gorgeous matte complexion you had this morning, be sure to keep your powder and an application brush with you. Quickly brush the powder over your face (this will also help to blend in any concealer you might have put on) and say bye-bye to that afternoon shine!Try Motives Full Coverage Photo Finish Powder to polish off your look.

3. Mascara: Add an extra coat to your lashes during your lunch break. This will open up your eyes and help you look more awake than you might feel during the post-meal drowsiness. My favorite product to use is Motives for LaLa Mineral Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara; it coats every lash and leaves your lashes full and your eyes looking lovely.

4. Lip Treatment: When you speak, people naturally tend to look at your mouth. Don’t let your dry lips detract from your conversation! Add a swipe of a moisturizer to your lips to keep them looking sweet and pretty, not dry and distracting. Motives Vitamin C Lip Treatment will give your lips the rejuvenation they need.

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With these four products, your makeup will remain flawless throughout the entire day! You can see  more makeup hints and tips on my blog here.

Thanks for reading!