What I Learned from a Lesson with a Makeup Artist

Receiving blog post suggestions is something that makes me so happy. It's not always easy to come up with something new to write about every day. One of my friends suggested I interview a makeup artist and write about it. I loved that idea because makeup is definitely not an area of expertise for me. Thanks for the great idea Jackie! :) 

I thought Ebie's wedding would be the perfect time to talk to a makeup artist because we would already be getting our makeup done. I had the list of questions my friends and I came up with, and I was ready to go. However, it's actually not easy to look down and take notes while getting your makeup done, and wedding days are definitely time-sensitive days. At some point, my mom asked the fabulous makeup artist if she taught makeup lessons because that would be a great birthday gift for me. She said she did, and I decided I would put my laptop away, relieved to know that I could ask her all the questions during the makeup lesson!

The makeup artist I'm talking about is Courtney Matthews, and she worked for Bobbi Brown for years. If you're in the Mobile area, we highly recommend her! Her email is cocokat5712@gmail.com. She did our makeup for Ebie's wedding, and then she came over to our house in Mobile and gave my mom and me a makeup lesson. This was one of my very favorite birthday gifts!

I tried to consolidate my notes, but I took over 3 pages of Word document notes while she was giving us our makeup lesson. I learned SO MUCH! When you see words in Italics, you can click on them to be taken directly to the product mentioned. 

Skincare

Before we even got started on makeup, Courtney gave us a whole spiel on skincare. To sum things up, she said the skin is so important, so start there- get your skin looking great and makeup will be so much easier.

-Use a gentle cleanser every day but substitute an exfoliating cleanser twice a week.

-Also use toner if you’re prone to breakouts because it makes your face extra clean. You can use it to clean your face after exercise. Try to find an alcohol free toner that is very gentle, like a micellar water because it freshens up your skin.

-Double cleansing is something that is trending right now. What this means is you use a cleansing oil to absorb makeup, wipe it off, & rinse it off and then use a cleaning cleanser like Cetaphil.

-After cleansing, apply serum- use a dropper to put it on fingertips, rub your fingers together to warm it up and make it body temperature, press it into your skin, and let it seep in.

-Next, use a little bit of moisturizer and rub your fingers together to let it warm up to body temperature. This allows it to seep into your skin better.You want to use your hands to mimic your own body. This strategy takes advantage of the products we buy. Courtney used Brandless facial lotion. She said every product by Brandless is around $3. They wanted to create a company that has high quality products that are affordable.

-Courtney could not suggest eye cream more. She said it is SO important. Use the tiniest amount, rub it together between your fingers to warm it up before pressing it in there where the puffiness is. Bobbi Brown Eye Cream is the one Courtney used. It helps with so many things, but one thing in particular- it makes concealer go on smoother.

-Don't have a lazy night! If you don’t want breakouts, jump up and do the bare minimum before going to bed- cleanse your face and put on moisturizer at least. It takes 2 weeks for your skin to recover when you do not take makeup off before bed!

-Don't be scared of oils- use plant oils or organic coconut oil to take off makeup or for hydrating purposes. 

Makeup

Outfit Details: Robe | Leggings

-Concealer- start with concealer under your eyes to brighten. She said if you start with concealer, you will find that you don’t have to go overboard with foundation. You want the concealer to brighten and lift your eye, like an eyelift without surgery. I’m in between colors of my Tarte Shape Tape concealer, so both colors together worked the best to conceal the circles under my eyes. Courtney used a cream blending brush, but she said you can also just use a regular concealer brush and then pat with your fingers. She also reemphasized the importance of hydrating before using it.

-Foundation- Courtney used a Bobbi Brown foundation stick in warm sand. It's very versatile. You can use a foundation brush or pat with your fingers. Bobbi Brown trains her employees to use their fingers a lot and not a beauty blender because beauty blenders waste so much product. Foundation can be applied on your whole face, but make sure to go around your concealer.

-Powder- use something that is as colorless as possible so you don’t look like you have a ton of makeup on. Powder should just be used to keep the shine down. Courtney said the concealer and foundation combo was enough for me. She said I could apply powder if I got shiny, but she suggested that I not use it on a day to day basis.

-Bronzer is supposed to be color correcting and not give you a tan. It should only be used on the cheekbones and then leftover product can be swept lightly over your forehead (my bronzer has shimmer, and I definitely don’t want that all over my face). You have to have a really good bronzer brush. It is worth the money because it is shaped properly and has softer bristles so its not grabbing tons of color. It is lightly putting color on our face. We want it to go on as sheer as possible, and then we can use leftover bronzer to warm up nose, under chin, and rest of face to bring the color up from your chest.

-Blush- concentrate on the apple of your face. Come up the cheekbone making downwards strokes. Use a blush brush. My color is Bobbi Brown pale pink. My mom's is dessert rose or apricot or coral shimmer. My blush is from high school and needs to be replaced. It does not necessarily go bad. It just loses pigment over time. Another type of blush that can be used is a pot rouge. Courtney called this the best purse product because it can be used on cheeks and lips. It's the same color but looks a little bit different on cheeks and lips. You just tap your finger in it and apply. Courtney’s favorite is Maui.

-Eyebrows- Courtney used an eye cream pencil and said start at the inner part and go out. Do it little by little on each side and then use eyeshadow with a brow brush to fill in. Courtney used Bobbi Brown wheat. She said it lifts your eyes and makes you look more awake.

-Eyeshadow- I have the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette. Courtney said press your eyeshadow into your eye to concentrate it into your eyelid. If you’re feeling diva like, don’t use concealer first so you can go back under your eyes to cover the fallout and you don’t have to do it twice. Start with Bone for a good base shadow (no shimmer) to mimic the color of your skin. This takes the color out of your eyelid. Apply it all over from eyelid to eyebrow. Then, press in Half Baked all over lower lid. Build it with Copper in the corner and bring it lightly to inner eye. Then go over that with Snakebite. Start in the corner again and then all over the crease. Blend it out in the corner so it doesn’t stay too concentrated and chop your eye. Blend it outwards and upwards to look more like your eye sockets.

-Eyeliner- Nothing is going to brighten your eye up like black. If you don’t want black, go as dark brown as possible. Start at the outside and stay right at the base of the lashline and go all the way across as far as you have lashes. Then, you can go over it and draw more of a line or cateye if that is your thing. Courtney used Bobbi Brown gel liner with an ultra fine eyeliner brush. She suggests using a waterproof eyeliner and only putting it on the top.

-Mascara- The best drugstore mascara is Loreal Voluminous. It's great in waterproof and regular. Super helpful tip- don’t pump your wand! It puts a bunch of air and bacteria in there. The more air that gets in there, the thicker it gets. Courtney said she also loves Bobbi Brown smoky eye mascara and said to never redip mascara because there is plenty of product on your wand to do two coats on each eye. After doing 2 good coats on top, graze whats left on the bottom. Use very little on the bottom lashes so it doesn’t pull you down.

-Lips- No matter the color, when you choose a lipstick, make sure it does something for you, and it's not just a color on your face. Don’t let it take away from your eye color. Courtney used Bobbi Brown lip color. She used a basic lip brush, and that always makes lipstick stay on longer because it is pressing it into the lips. She said my lips are very defined, so I don’t necessarily need a lipliner. However, she did use a lipliner to fill my lips in at Ebie's wedding before lipstick, so that it would last longer. Wrong lip colors take the attention away from your eyes, so you want a color that will compliment your eyes! 

I learned SO much and clearly tried to be as thorough with my notes as I could. I'm so excited to share this with you! I hope it helps! Thanks so much for reading! Have a great day!

Outfit Details: My Mom's Dress | My Dress (similar) | My Sandals

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Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Mother's Day is right around the corner, and I have enlisted the help of my mom to create this post for you! She has some items I'm sharing today and would like to have others! Click on any of the items in the collage below to be taken directly to the link!

I want to point out some things about a few of the items in the collage above. The blanket in the first row is extremely soft and made even cuter with a monogram! My mom, mother-in-law, sister, and I all have and love it! 

My mom is not a coffee drinker, so that coffee maker in the first row would be a terrible gift for her. However, if you have a coffee-loving mama, Parker and I just upgraded to this coffee maker when our 5 year old Keurig bit the dust, and we cannot say enough positive things about it! This version is a little less pricy and looks amazing too!

My mom just purchased the makeup brush set in the bottom row of the collage, She said it was packaged in the cutest way and comes with a great variety of brushes for under $10! Throw in the under $5 makeup cleaner, and this would make a gift we would love to receive! Especially if it was thrown into the under $50 scalloped pink tote (that also comes in ivory!

If you are not familiar with Coton Colors, then the velcro on the soap dispenser in the last row might have seemed a little strange. We LOVE Coton Colors! You buy a base which has a piece of velcro on it (the soap dispenser in this case), and then you get attachments that have velcro on the back. The attachment can be stuck onto the base, and they can be changed out with each season or celebration.

I'll include some bases and attachments below, so you can get a better picture of what I'm talking about. All of the bases and attachments I'm linking are mini. If you order these, make sure you order a mini base and mini attachments or big base and big attachments. One base and a few attachments would make the most adorable gift!

Coton Colors Mini Bases

Coton Colors Mini Attachments

I could not fit all of my gift ideas into one collage, so I will include more options below! Thanks so much for reading! Have a great day!

More Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Ebie's Wedding Weekend via iPhone Photos

Ebie and Patrick's wedding photographer was amazing. I can't wait to see her photos, but I thought I'd go ahead and share some (actually A LOT of) pictures I have from my little sis's beautiful wedding weekend!

Thursday

We kicked things off Thursday with a family dinner at Florbama Yacht Club! Our adorable cousin Mary Hanlon came and joined us, and then Ebie, Mary Hanlon, and I went to Florabama for a bushwhacker after dinner.

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Outfit Details: My Mom: Top | White Jeans Ebie: Top Shorts Me: Dress

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Friday

We started Friday with brunch, manicures, and pedicures thanks to Patrick's mom and aunt! Then we went back to my parents' condo and had Master Joe's sushi and some other delicious treats for lunch before heading out for a beach day! 

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Outfit Details: My Coverup | My Sunglasses | Ebie's Swimsuit | Ebie's Sarong

We went to the church for the rehearsal, and then we headed to the house where Patrick's family was staying for the rehearsal dinner. It was one of the most fun and stress-free rehearsal dinners I've ever been to! Plus, they had the most delicious food- crawfish, shrimp, sausage, jambalaya, gumbo, etc. Such a treat!

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Wedding Day

We got ready at my parents' condo! My mom's friend Kim did our hair, and Courtney Matthews did our makeup (blog post on all the things I learned about makeup coming soon!). The wedding ceremony was at Our Lady of the Gulf, and the reception was at Cobalt. Ebie wanted to keep it small, and she and Patrick invited mainly family and very close friends. 

It was supposed to rain all day, but we lucked out with weather! After the reception, one of my dad's friends and his wife picked Ebie and Patrick up in their boat and drove them away- a STUNNING exit! 

The after party was at Florbama, and it is definitely safe to say we had an absolute blast!

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Our bridesmaid dresses were by Hutch. This exact dress is not available anymore, but they have some other beautiful options! You can click here to check them out. My mom and I both wore these shoes, and they were the perfect heel height!

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Outfit Details: My Dress | Ebie's Dress | My Mom's Top  

Thanks so much for reading! Have a great day!

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Ebie's Wedding Weekend!

Y'all, my little sis gets married TOMORROW! We could not be more excited for Ebie and Patrick! We kicked things off yesterday with spray tans, a celebratory dinner, and bushwhackers at the Florabama. Manicures and pedicures are on the schedule today before brunch, beach time, the rehearsal, and a shrimp and crawfish boil!

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Outfit Details: My Mom: Top | White Jeans Ebie: Top | Shorts Me: Dress

I will be taking next week off from writing blog posts, so that I can enjoy every minute this weekend. You know I will be taking pictures galore! #MOHduties

My one year blogging anniversary is April 17, so I have lots of fun blogging content to share with you the week after next! Make sure you stay tuned because there will be an exciting giveaway coming your way!

I am a creature of habit and love consistency, so I wanted to update you on the changes happening over the next couple of weeks. I'll be sharing some shots from Ebie's special weekend on Instagram if you want to see what's going on! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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Gift Ideas for a 29 Year Old AKA My Birthday Wish List

My birthday is coming up next week, so I thought this would be a great time to share some things that this soon-to-be 29 year old thinks would make great gifts. I don't understand how I could possibly be turning 29, but it's happening. Parker has asked me 4 million times what I want, so I'm making it easy for him. And any of you that are trying to buy logical or frivolous gifts for 29(ish) year olds!

Believe it or not, I seriously struggled when trying to come up with ideas for this post. Parker said if I don't give him any ideas, he will just give me a gift card for a shopping trip at the Shops of Saddle Creek in Memphis. And I think that must have thrown off my brainstorming process because I am 100% ok with that idea! However, I enlisted the help of some of my best friends who are 28 and 29, and they suggested some fabulous ideas that I have included in the list below!

I'm going to break it down into 3 parts. In the first part, I'm sharing an outfit that would be perfect for a birthday girl. In part 2, I'm sharing 10 specific products 29 year old girls would love to receive. In part 3, I'm sharing 10 general ideas that would have to be narrowed down based on the girl receiving the gift. Also, NEVER FORGET the birthday dessert. Parker learned this lesson the hard way. There must be some sort of sweet treat- cupcake, cookie, cake, pie, something!

Part 1: The Outfit

Outfit Details: Top | White Jeans | Wedges | Clutch

Part 2: 10 Shoppable Gift Ideas

Glamour Wash Diva- the BEST smelling laundry detergent

Neulash- lash enhancing serum (haven't tried this product but have heard amazing reviews)

Tarte Concealer- to brighten up our under eye area

Lisi Lerch Earrings- the most adorable statement earrings

Nude Block Heels- a comfy shoe to wear to all the weddings and showers (my mom actually got these for me, and I'll be wearing them this weekend!)

Ugg Slippers- because the pair we've had for years is getting reallllly worn out

Pajamas- my favorites are by PJ Harlow, but I had a friend say she adores her Lake Pajamas 

Zella Leggings- because we need more than one pair of the most comfortable leggings :)

Anything from the Anthropologie Home Collection at Nordstrom

New Comforter- it's about time to replace the one we've had for years

Part 3: 10 General Ideas

A Nice Camera

Experiential Gifts- like tickets to a fun show, event, or concert

Art- I know a great place where you can find this :)

A Trip- tropical for me please

A Nice Piece of Jewelry

Furniture- I'm on the lookout for new bedside tables

Home Decor- a new mirror is on my list

A Piece of Silver or Fine China- to finish off any incomplete sets

Skin Care Gift Certificates- for things like facials, dermaplaning, serums, and lotions

Basically Any Gift Card- my picks would be Nordstrom, Anthropologie, Target, Chickfila

I feel like I need to add so many more ideas to this list! If you have any gift ideas, please let me know! Thanks so much for reading! Have a great day!

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Side Hustle Feature

One of my best friends in elementary school created a positive online platform recently that I am so excited to share with you today! The title of my post is ambiguous because Virginia was thoughtful enough to feature me, and I am more than happy to feature her new site right back!

Virginia created Side Hustle (https://keepyosidehustle.com) to celebrate and encourage women and all of our passions that we devote our time and creative energy towards. How amazing is this? Some of the women featured on her site are photographers, jewelry designers, bloggers, artists, mamas, writers, nutrition specialists, etc. If you have a side hustle and want to be featured, click here to share your passion.

The questions she asked really made me think. A few of them include: What is your dream for your side hustle? Do you have any advice for others working on a side hustle? Have you received recognition for your work? What are the rewards and challenges of your side hustle? You can click here to see my answers. 

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 Virginia's hope is that "Side Hustle will continually be the embodiment of the foundation on which it was built: women pursuing their passions and lifting each other up in the process." I could not be more thrilled to be a part of Virginia's new site. Be sure to check it out if you want to be inspired or share your side hustle! There are several familiar faces over there that I surely enjoyed reading about!

Thanks so much for reading! Have a great day! And thanks again to Virginia for thinking to feature Art Fashion Fun on such an amazing platform!

Easter Essentials

Can you believe Easter is this coming weekend?! Lots of people say Christmas is their favorite holiday, but Easter is my favorite. In addition to it being the holiest day of the year in the Christian faith, it involves precious time with family, beautiful pastel colors, Reese’s eggs, pretty dresses, spring weather, Lilly Pulitzer, and Easter basket fun! 

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I have been traveling so much lately that I am very excited about spending Easter weekend in Southaven with Parker, Bailey, and Rosie. Parker and I love planning out our holidays, so today I’m sharing some Easter essentials with you that will be included in our Easter celebration! 

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-A delicious Easter breakfast and coffee

-A dress for church

  Option 1-     Colorful Dress

Option 1- Colorful Dress

  Option 2-    Blue & White Striped Dress

Option 2- Blue & White Striped Dress

-A comfy dress to change into after church 

   Embroidered Shift Dress

Embroidered Shift Dress

-Mimosas in Lilly Pulitzer glasses

-Reese’s eggs and Easter candy (kept to a minimum- Ebie’s wedding is the weekend after Easter!)

-Family walk

-Put away your cell phone time (Parker's favorite)

-Easter basket fun (my favorite!)! 

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I saved the best for last! Yes, I’m 28 and still do Easter baskets. Why quit such a cute and fun tradition?! Blue Door NoCo, the adorable gift shop I worked with for Valentine’s Day (see blog post here), sent me the cutest and most unique Easter goodies. AND they gave me another discount code and free shipping code to give you! Use code HALEY10 for 10% off and code FREE for free shipping! Their shipping is amazing. I got my package in less than 48 hours!

The items linked below will be an adorable addition to any Easter basket! Click the words in Italics to be taken directly to the site. And don't forget to type in the discount codes at checkout!

-Card Holder (only $10 and looks so similar to a designer one I have, comes in 7 colors)

-Lilly Pulitzer Glass Set (so perfect for spring!)

-Hand Painted Bath Bomb (made with coconut oil and essential oils- this made my entire package smell AMAZING!)

-Sugarfina Candy, Pink Bunny Tails- (wins the award for cutest packaging- there are pom pom tails on the back of the boxes!)

-Easter Cookies (the perfect $2 Easter basket stuffer)

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Do you still do Easter baskets? I don't think I will ever outgrow them! Thanks so much for reading! Have a great day!

All You Need to Know About a Honeymoon Shower

A few years ago, my friend Caroline introduced me to the idea of a Honeymoon Shower. She was the first person I've ever known to have one of these parties, and I LOVED the idea! I copied Caroline and also had a Honeymoon Shower before Parker and I got married. We had Ebie's Bachelorette Party last weekend in Nashville, and we decided to do the same thing for her!

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If you're curious about what a honeymoon shower is, I'll fill you in! It is a party where a bride-to-be is showered with gifts that she can use on her honeymoon (and well after)! This party can be given in place of a lingerie shower during the bachelorette party.

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The fun part was that Ebie had no idea what any of our plans were for the weekend. Her flight got in Saturday morning, so we kicked off her festivities with a Brunch & Honeymoon Shower at her friend Natalie's house!

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Before Ebie got there, we set up the decorations and got the food and drinks ready. We had a mimosa and bloody mary bar, but I only have pictures from before it was actually set up (whoops). 

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Natalie also added some nice touches, like place cards, her fine china, flowers, and cute napkins!

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Another friend thought to decorate Ebie's chair. So cute and fun!

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Another friend brought a veil and sash to make the bride feel extra special!

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Of course the fun part was showering Ebie with gifts that she can use on her honeymoon!

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Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture of all of Ebie's gifts after she opened them. However, I have some of them at my house right now, so keep scrolling to see a picture!

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Ebie's friends also made it more fun by adding in a couple of games after she opened her gifts!

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Maid of Honor duties include taking lots of pictures for the scrapbook! But getting one with the bride was also a requirement!

  Outfit Details-   Our White Jeans  //  My Top

Outfit Details- Our White Jeans // My Top

One of Ebie's friends texted me asking about gift ideas for the honeymoon shower. I clearly forgot to explain that when planning this party, so today I'm making sure to include this info for you! Check out the picture below to see some of her gifts, and the links will be underneath the picture!

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Ebie's going to Antigua for her honeymoon, so we wanted to shower her with gifts she could use while there. However, the best part about the gifts given at a honeymoon shower is that they can be used for years and years to come! Some things Ebie received include:

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I had to include this little blooper. :) Flat lays aren't the easiest shots to take in this house. Bailey and Rosie love Ebie's gifts!

If you have any questions, let me know! We had the best time celebrating Ebie, and I think any bride would love a shower like this! Thanks so much for reading! Have a great day!

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How to Throw a Sweet Shower

Several of my aunts threw Ebie the nicest bridal shower last week. So today, I'm excited to share some pictures, as well as what I learned about planning a shower. My aunt Peggy does not take party planning lightly. She paid attention to every last detail and worked with my other aunts and mom to create such a special event for Ebie!

How to Throw a Sweet Shower

1. Find a pretty invitation that goes with the color scheme of the bride's wedding.

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2. Order cute cups and napkins that continue the theme.

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3. Prepare decorations by cutting cute flowers and greenery from your generous friends’ houses (saves money!).

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4. Order a pretty cake. Ebie’s was the Tie the Knot cake from Publix and SO delicious!

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5. Select your caterer. Ebie loves Mexican, so Fuzzy’s Taco Shop was what we had! 

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6. Now the important part- drinks. :) Ebie's shower had margaritas and Coronas to continue the Mexican aspect, but wine was also offered. As well as water and tea.

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7. Designate a person who will be the photographer for the night. That was me! 

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8. Decide a way that the gifts will be opened. Ebie doesn’t like to be the center of attention, so she chose for everybody to open a gift and share what it was with the group. This is a time saver too. 

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9. Don’t forget your music!

10. Clean up is an important step. Ebie had the best hostesses who all pitched in to make sure our house was all cleaned up before they left!

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More Photos from Ebie's Bridal Shower + Outfit Details

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Outfit Details

My mom got her dress during the Lilly Pulitzer sale in January. You can click here to be taken to the color that is available now. I also purchased it during the Lilly sale, so you will see it on me soon! :) 

Ebie's wearing a dress by Camilyn Beth. I bought it when I was working at a boutique when Parker and I were living in Arkansas. This exact style is no longer available. However, Camilyn Beth makes beautiful dresses. You can click here to check them out. 

Like my mom, I also got my dress during the Lilly Pulitzer sale in January. It is no longer available either. However, you can click here to check out other special occasion dresses by Lilly!

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If you have any other tips, please let me know! Thanks so much for reading! Have a great day!

My First Experience with Self Tanner

I honestly cannot believe that I am writing a blog post about this. I was always the girl in the Tridelt house saying ew gross, I will never use that. The smell of the Jergens tanning lotion has been what I've associated sunless tanner with for years. If you've ever gotten a whiff of it, then you know it is NOT a pleasant smell.

However, after learning how much damage the sun does to our skin and doing a good bit of research on self tanners, I have found one that I can stand behind. And if you follow many fashion bloggers, you will not be surprised by what I am sharing today. A great majority of bloggers who use sunless tanner use St. Tropez Classic Bronzing Mousse

I actually purchased this product in October, but I was too nervous to try it until I bought a skirt and an off the shoulder top in December. My skin is naturally very fair, so goodness knows that I get extremely pale in the winter. I feel better in my clothes when my skin has some color, so this new outfit motivated me to try self tanner for the first time ever!

Before I Applied Sunless Tanner:

  • I read every word on the bottle and spent hours reading reviews online. I also stumbled upon this video and watched it several times to make sure I knew the right way to apply it.
  • I learned that I needed to shave my legs and exfoliate the day before applying.
  • I also put on lotion after shaving and exfoliating.
  • I'm using the pictures below as my before pictures because it was the metallic skirt and off the shoulder top that inspired me to try self tanner!
    Turtleneck    //    Metallic Skirt    (currently $27.49!)

Turtleneck // Metallic Skirt (currently $27.49!)

    Ruffle Top    (currently $13.99!) //    Peplum Velvet Skirt    (currently $18.99!)

Ruffle Top (currently $13.99!) // Peplum Velvet Skirt (currently $18.99!)

While Applying Sunless Tanner:

  • I used this mitt, so that I wouldn't get streaky orange hands AKA one of my biggest fears (because I could hide a lot of my body since it's winter, but hands aren't as easy to hide).
  • I pumped the self tanner onto the mitt and applied it using upward circular motions.
  • I read that you don't need a new pump of self tanner when applying to hands and feet, so I just used the excess tanner on the mitt for those two areas (after I had used the majority of it on my legs and arms).
  • I struggled to reach my back and prepared myself to have a super splotchy back.

After Applying Sunless Tanner

  • The directions said to wait until touch dry before getting dressed. This stuff dries immediately, so I did not have to wait long at all.
  • I put on loose fitting clothing.
  • The bottle says that there is no self tan smell, but I have a strong sense of smell and was able to smell it.
  • I was supposed to wait 4-8 hours before getting wet. I took the picture below after having the tanner on for 4 hours and thought I was looking pretty dark, so I decided to hop in the shower right after snapping this pic.
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  • Once I got out of the shower, my tan (thankfully) did not look as dark.
  • Lots of things I read stressed the importance of moisturizing every day to prolong the tan.
  • I moisturized every day, and I'd say my tan lasted about a week. It never got streaky or weird looking. It just disappeared naturally. I'd call that a win!
  • The picture below shows what my tan looked like after 2 days (when I could get Parker to take a picture for me :) ).
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My Final Thoughts

I really like this stuff! I would never use it without a mitt because I think it would leave my hands streaky. However, the mitt kept my hands protected and allowed me to apply the tanner very evenly!

I don't know how it's even possible because I know I was unable to reach all of my back, but my back was not splotchy. Everything looked evenly applied! Also, I did not use it on my face. I would use this tanning product that is actually made for the face, if I were to put self tanner on my face.

The only negative I can think of is the smell. It was nowhere near as bad as the Jergens smell, but I could still smell a slight self tan smell (even after my shower).

Oh wait, one more negative is the price. It is not cheap, but it is a lot cheaper than going to get spray tans. After 2 uses, I still have about 80% of my bottle left. So I believe it will last a while.

I actually used it again yesterday (for the second time) to make sure none of my thoughts changed before publishing this post this morning. :) None of my opinions changed. I do think it gets easier with time though. The first time I used it, I was so nervous that it took me 25-30 minutes to apply. It took me less than 10 minutes yesterday. 

My skirt and ruffle top are SO affordable right now! They are on sale plus an additional 50% off with code SAVENOW. I've never seen an article of clothing for under $15 at J.Crew! Amazing!

Anyway, I can officially say I am a fan of St. Tropez Classic Bronzing Mousse! Let me know if you have any questions! Thanks so much for reading! Have a great day!

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