DIY Gifts [Mother’s Day Edition]

Happy Mother’s Day to all my readers; whether you are expecting, have expected and lost, have one, have a few, foster, adopted, or a father who plays both roles. Even though we should be treating you amazingly every day, today is just a day to recognize you even more for the responsibilities that you have taken on. YOU are an amazing person. YOU are an amazing wo(man). You are one of the most important people in our lives. You’re out hero, our role model, our everything. Thank you.

For those looking for a last minute DIY gift, below are my top 5 favorite from Pinterest. Yes, I love Pinterest. Only because it has been a while since I have actually made my mom something. I did not list the details but you can click on the links to find the women who actually took the time to create these gifts.

1. Hand-shaped Ring Dish by mamapapabubba.com

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2. Nail Polish (or makeup) Storage made from a frame

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3. Candle with image by evite

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4. Custom Mug by pounds4pennies

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5. Mother’s Day Photos (even though this says FATHER)

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*there was no tutorial for this. My instructions- take a few photos with of your children with hand written signs, print them at Target and buy a collage frame (very good prices at Target.)

Saturday Styles in LA 5/9 [Mother’s Day Edition]

A little late, sorry.

In honor of Mother’s Day tomorrow, check out these super cute Mommy + Me styles from Pinterest! Be sure to check back tomorrow for my last minute top 5 DIY Mommy gifts. You’re never too old to create something from the heart β™‘

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Photo Ready Makeup for Graduation!

Ah, graduation day! There’s two weeks left until my graduation and I’ve caught a bad case of senioritis. I wish I could just plop a nice spring break down in the midst of playing catch up with piles of writing and reading, taking graduation photos and trying to find the perfect shoes to go with my dress and oversized black graduation gown.

So, whether you are the graduate this year or you’re attending a graduation, I have a few beauty tricks to help you survive, and quick too!

The PrepΒ 

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SPF Moisturizer or Face Makeup with SPF

I hate to sound “old,” but it’s always better to be safe rather than sorry and sitting under the sun, listening to speakers drone on about your university and your classmates that you don’t really know can leave a lot of time for the sun to work its magic or nightmares on you. For me, I get burned really easy, especially right underneath my eyes. Add a SPF moisturizer into your routine, ELF’s is only $3! I like to add the moisturizer first and let it sink in for a moment while I brush my teeth or what not.

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Shine Eraser

Whether you feel a bit misty from heat, nerves or emotions (don’t cry, mom, graduation is aΒ goodΒ thing!), shine erase pads are always great to have! I love the ELF brand because the pads are only $1 and the green tea extracts leave my skin feeling smooth.

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Bobby Pins!

These little babies are life savers! You always have to account for the unexpected and you never know when that extra gust of wind could knock your cap off! They’re also buddy magnets, guaranteed a girl-in-need will spot your prepared self and ask to borrow some.

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Waterproof Eyeliner

No, I don’t think you’re a pansy and I’m not a pansy either… well, sometimes, but that’s not the point. The point is wind, pollen, confetti, SOMETHING could get in your eye and irritate it and you wouldn’t want your eyeliner to smear all over your lid! Now, let me tell you a secret, I actually used to avoid this $3 Wet N’ Wild eyeliner because it worked TOO WELL! This is a potent, long-lasting eyeliner and I often use it for just the wings of my eyeliner. It is easy to apply and really does work.

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For the Makeup!

Now, I know this can sound silly, but here is my theory for graduation beauty. You don’t want to do a hair style or makeup style that is so completely out of your norm that it doesn’t represent you properly! Trust me, you don’t want to look back at your grad photo in 20 years and have your kids ask you what you were thinking.

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I believe that spicing up your usual routine is the best way to go for graduation. Add a classic red lip, go a little heavier on the mascara or toss a pair of false lashes on, but don’t mask your natural beauty too much!

Saturday Styles in LA 5/2 [Graduation Edition]

To those who are graduating within the month or two, congratulations!

If you’re like me, you’ve already started the hunt for the best graduation dress over a month ago. If you haven’t here are my top 5 favorite dresses from Forever 21. Don’t forget to pick out some cute shoes, too! The shoes are going to be the first thing people see (because you’ll have your gown on.)

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*Click on the images to be taken to Forever 21

Song of the Day: Death Cab for Cutie – Black Sun

Song of the Day: LTN ft. Christina Novelli – Hold On To Your Heart

Song of the Day: Cosmic Gate ft. Emma Hewitt – Going Home (Gareth Emery Remix)