Outfit of the Day: Casual Friday

OOTD Casual Friday

Happy Friday, Sweets! I have to say, I am really happy to be back doing these plus size outfit of the days. I love every single part of these posts and videos; from the primping, to the shoots, to the editing. They are my favorite thing to do. I really enjoyed this outfit, because it is something that I would wear all over the place. I like being casual. As much as I enjoy the full on glam, super fitted skirts, crop tops, and faux leather everything… I like being casual, most of all.

This “Casual Friday” outfit, was actually inspired by casual Friday. Crazy, right? I’m a visionary, I swear. I worked many office jobs before becoming this awesomesalsa blogger/vlogger (hey, if I don’t toot my horn, who will?). At every single one of those jobs we had a super casual Friday and it was my faaaavorite day of the week. I love pairing jeans and blazers together. So that’s just what I did, like every single week.

Anyway, I seriously needed an excuse to wear these new espadrilles that I just picked up from Target. Why am I so obsessed with them? I kind of hate them and think they’re fugly, but at the same time.. I never want to take them off my feet because they are crazy comfortable and sorta cute. Cute, but feisty. If you zip them up too fast, you’re going to lose some flesh off the top of your foot. Buyer beware.

OOTD Casual Friday

 

OOTD Casual Friday

 

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OOTD Casual Friday

What I’m Wearing:

Ponte Ruched Sleeve Blazer//Torrid
Jeggings in Medium Wash//Torrid
Meredith Espadrille Wedge//Target (On sale now!)
Knit Dolman Top//Walmart
Earrings//Torrid (Similar, kinda)
Hair//Bellami

S/O to Perlita over at LapineOurs Vintage for turning me onto the word awesomesalsa, because now I can’t stop saying it haha.

New Video: How To Be Confident

After I posted the “He Doesn’t Love You” video a few weeks ago, I got a HUGE response. Everyone loved the Blue and Red analogy and I’m so grateful that people were able to clearly understand my message. In the hundreds of comments, everyone wanted to know how to be a confident fat girl so I filmed a follow-up video on “How To Be Confident” and just posted it.

This video is slightly geared towards how to be a confident fat girl, but it really is broad enough to apply to either gender, any weight, and really anyone.

In case you haven’t watched the previous video and want to see what it is all about, you can watch it below.

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Beauty of Spring

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Neutrogena and Latina Bloggers Connect. All opinions are obviously my own.

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Even though there is snow on the ground, I’m still over here thinking about the beauty of spring. I’ve been shopping a ton lately to get mine and the babies wardrobes ready for warm weather. I’ve spent hours in stores and filling shopping carts online to make sure we are totally prepared for Springtime. It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it.

In addition to filling our closets with new goodies, I’ve been adding lots of new makeup to my vanity. I am beyond ready for the switch from cooler winter looks to bright and fun spring makeup. I’ve been on the hunt for some new foundation that I could wear during the warmer months of the year. Basically, I needed something with a solid SPF and some serious staying power.

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This spring is all about having a smooth and clean complexion, so I recently started using the Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Makeup and have been really enjoying it. It has an SPF 20, which is perfect for me, because I am super pale and the sun hates me. It takes all of about 5 minutes for my skin to burn when the sun is out. It’s a little ridiculous.

This new foundation from Neutrogena has some serious staying power, too. I don’t touch up my makeup. Ever. It’s just not my thing. So I need a foundation that is low maintenance. I apply it, set it with powder, set it with a spray, and then expect it to stay in place until I wipe it all off at the end of the night. This foundation does just that.

I’ve been all about fun lip colors lately, too. I tried out the Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Sweet Watermelon and looove it. It’s a super low maintenance lip product and is totally on trend. Soft berry lips were all over the runway during Fashion Week and this Color Stick fits right in. I’m wearing it in the photo above. ;)

How are you getting ready for Spring?

Makeup Looks: Retro Glam Tutorial

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Do you ever get in a rut with your hair and makeup looks? I feel like I’ve been doing the same ol’ face with the same ol’ hair, and wanted to switch it up a bit. I’ve been testing out some new makeup looks recently and fell in love with this one. This retro glam face look is just what I needed to spice things up a bit.

For this beauty tutorial, I’m working in conjunction with #CollectiveBias and drawing my #BeautyInspiration from the one and only, Marilyn Monroe. You can’t talk about retro, vintage, hollywood style glam and not mention Marilyn. Her beauty was flawless. Her personal life might’ve left some things to be desired, but there is no arguing that gorgeous face.

A new look requires some new makeup. I dropped by Walmart to pick up a bunch of new goodies. As I was browsing the shelves, I was drawn into the Rimmel London area when I saw the Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara. I had to buy it, obviously, it has retro glam in the title! Also, because the weather is changing, my skin is changing and I wanted to test out some new foundations. I picked up the Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation, because I’ve seen so much about it all over YouTube.

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In order to achieve this retro glam look, I started off by putting my hair in pin curls. I curled my natural hair, no extensions (GASP!), and pinned the curls to my head while I did my makeup. Because I love you so much, I actually filmed a makeup tutorial. You can watch my never ending struggle with the cat eye below… ;)

Don’t have time to watch my video? Not a problem. I have a 15 step tutorial for you below.

Retro Glam Tutorial

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  1. We are starting off with a primed face, and applying the Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation. Mine is in the color 091 Light Ivory. I LOVE the porcelain look this gave my skin. Plus it’s only like $5, score.
  2. After you’ve blended in your foundation, go ahead and pop on your usual brow. The bolder, the better for this look.
  3. For this look, I wanted the shadow to be subtle so I used the Rimmel Glam Eyes Quad Eye Shadow in 018 Romantic Cool.
  4. I dampened a shadow brush with some setting spray and took the white color “3″ from the quad and packed it on all over both lids.
  5. I took the pink color “1″ into my crease with a dome brush and the golden brown “4″ into the outer edges of my eyes.
  6. I used the Rimmel Scandaleyes Thick & Thin Eyeliner for this look.
  7. I wanted my liner to be the focal point of my eyes so I created a dark and thick cat eye. Not too over powering, but enough that you can see it.
  8. Then I hit each eye with about 4 coats of the Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara in the color 004 Carbon Black. Hold off doing your bottom lashes for now.
  9. I swear by a black waterline.. but not today. I went in with the Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Liner in 005 Nude on my waterline. The nude color on bottom helps to open up your eye a bit and leaves the attention on the top liner. After you’ve applied the liner, hit it with some mascara. Just for good measure, I did another coat on my top lashes.
  10. I grabbed the Rimmel Match Perfection 2 in 1 Concealer in the color 125 Fair during my Walmart trip.
  11. I applied it all over beneath my eyes to cover up those dark circles. I also put it on the bridge of my nose and forehead to highlight.
  12. I set my concealer with my favorite powder ever, the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in 011 Creamy Natural.
  13. I contoured my cheeks, jaw, forehead, and nose with the Rimmel Natural Bronzer in 021 Sun Light. This stuff is amazing. It’s a little daunting in the package because it’s so dark and I’m so light, but wow. It give the perfect sun kissed glow.
  14. After you’ve blended everything out, we are going to hit those lips. I used the Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in 111 Kiss Of Life. This is the PERFECT RED LIPSTICK. Not too bright. Not too orange. Not too clown like. It’s just freaking perfect.
  15. I topped the lipstick with the Show Off Lip Lacquer in 400 Big Bang. I like a little shine on the lip and holy cow this stuff works amazingly. It lasts for awhile. The color pay-off is insane, and it’s not sticky or annoying.

There you go, baby. Pop those pin curls out, throw on some pearls, channel your inner Marilyn, and you are ready to take on the world.

You can score a $1 coupon for the Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara and the Stay Matte Foundation in the Sunday paper. The makeup is already super inexpensive, but this really just sweetens the deal.

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Now that you’re itching to recreate this look, wouldn’t it be awesome if you didn’t have to buy a bunch of new makeup to do it? Well, it just so happens that Rimmel London is celebrating 180 years and we are celebrating by having a Gift Basket Sweepstakes! The sweepstakes will include $50 worth of popular Rimmel London products to achieve your favorite looks, and there will be 25 winners selected!

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OOTD: My Daily Escape

I lathered up with #HerbalEssences4Body as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars by Crowdtap. 

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I don’t know about you, but my showers are about the only daily escape I have sometimes. I go all out when it comes to my time in the shower. I spare no expense in buying the most luxurious products. I have the best hair care products, body scrubs, shaving creams, razors, shower tablets, and the list goes on and on. My new favorite shower addition is the Herbal Essences Body Wash

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Lucky ducky me, was able to try out 5 different Herbal Essences Body Washes as a member of CrowdTap to find out which one I liked the best. Crowdtap is an exclusive community of people who come to discover and try new products from popular brands, create content, and spread the word with their friends. It’s pretty awesome.

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I looooved the Happy Go Lather body wash with rose extract because OMG roses! It just smells so freaking amazing and roses make me feel super feminine. Cliché much? Meh, sue me. I like to smell like a lady sometimes. Instead of smelling like a mother of toddlers with mashed banana stuck to my shirt and apple juice down my leg. I’m a walking fruit salad.

I was feeling inspired by my Herbal Essences Body Wash bottles, which are way cute and colorful. So, I decided to do a complimentary outfit of the day, yay!

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I thought I would keep with the Daily Escape theme and show off my new outfit for a little weekend escape I recently took. Chicago weather isn’t totally cooperating with the Springtime thing, so I headed to the desert for a few days. The Herbal Essences bottles are super bright and colorful so I picked up a new dress that incorporated some of the colors from my favorite body washes.

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What I’m Wearing:

Printed Button-Front Challis Dress//Torrid
Braided T-Strap Espadrille Wedge//Torrid
Earrings//H&M
London Fog Sunglasses//Sears
Hair//Bellami

5 Places to Buy Trendy Plus Size Swimwear

Remember the days when shopping for plus size swimwear basically meant we were forced to wear those horrid super full coverage skirt and tank top bathing suits? How about the one piece suits with the extra foot of material to cover our thighs? I remember those days, and I’m glad they’re long gone.

Growing up, I was always forced to wear fugly “old lady” swimsuits, as I came to call them. I was also way more self conscious and aware of how different my body was from all the other girls. I’m still aware of my larger body type, but I’m not nearly as reserved as I once was. My twenties have been treating me well in the self-esteem area.

I’m actually looking forward to bathing suit season. That is kind of a big deal, because I’ve never said those words in my entire life. Eeek.

I’ve been ogling swimsuits for the last few months and thought I would share with you some of my favorite places to buy super trendy plus size swimwear. Obviously, I want us all to look fabulous this season. Alright alright alright… let’s get it.

Monif C.
Monif C

First of all, can we all just take a second to appreciate Nadia’s yams. Omg. This chick gives me so much life on a regular basis. If you don’t follow her fashion blog, you’re clearly trippin’.

Now, Monif C. is known for having high quality swimsuits. They are some of the priciest I’ve seen, but completely worth it. Nadia is wearing the “Sao Paulo” Plus Size Bikini Fringe Top with Underwire and high waisted plus size bikini bottom – Rude Gal. They are sold separately at $98 and $80, respectively. Even if you’re not planning on buying it, please just visit the webpage to gain a new appreciation for Nadia’s cheeks. Omg.

Forever 21+

Forever 21+

Not looking to spend a ton of money on swimwear? Check out Forever 21+ and you’ll find a large variety of quality swimsuits. I tried a bunch on last week and fell in love with them. They are very reasonably priced and are surprisingly high quality, considering they are coming from Forever21. They have some similar styles to Monif C. without the price.

Also, Denise Bidot looks like a damn goddess in every single photo. She also models for Monif C. but I have to contain myself when it comes to posting pictures of her. I could go all day.

Swimsuits For All

GabiFresh Nala Swimsuits for All

Ooooo, kill ‘em! GabiFresh is doing the damn thing in her newest design for Swimsuits for All. This gorgeous midkini is called “Nala” so naturally, I’m in love with it. That’s my daughter’s name, incase you’re new here (with a variant spelling – Nahla).

The top of this swimsuit does have underwire, something most plus size ladies need in their swimwear (not me, itty bitties over here hehe). This two piece midkini is totally affordable at $58.50. “Nala” will definitely be finding her gorgeous way into my closet this season. I can’t wait!

ASOS Curve

ASOS Curve

One of the things I love about the ASOS Curve swimwear selections is that the tops aren’t specifically designed for ladies with big ol’ boobies. I wear a C-cup and regularly have trouble finding swimwear that doesn’t make have my top half swimming. HA! Get it? Swimming…? Okay, let’s move on.

The prices are decent, but not great. You’re going to be paying around $30 for each piece of this type of bikini. Whereas if you went to say, Forever 21+, you could get a great two-piece for about $35. Your call, sweets.

Nakimuli

Nakimuli
Finally, we come to this gorgeous lady. Every single time that Essie Golden posts a picture in swimwear it reminds me how unready I am for swimsuit season. This chick’s body gives me so much life. Her style, her personality, her everything. Ugh.
In the photo above she is sporting the Nakimuli Bright Aztec Serengeti Swimsuit top and bottom priced at $75 and $65, respectively. I love the Nakimuli styles, because it isn’t something you’ll see everywhere. Head over to the website to check out their gorgeous swimwear selection.
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If you’re looking for more bathing suit ideas I would definitely recommend heading over to the The Curvy Fashionista and checking out her super comprehensive plus size swimwear roundup with over 50 suits you can rock this season. 

Where are you buying your swimwear this season?

[New Video] Plus Size Shopping Guide

Guess what? I made a plus size shopping guide. Holler holler money dollar. Pull up those Spanx girl, because my plus size shopping video is a wee bit long, but you won’t want to miss a single second.

My most asked question EVER is “Where did you get that ____ ?!” I thought it was time I finally answer that question. Even though I list every single outfit detail from my outfits at the end of my blog post, I thought it might be nice to do a comprehensive plus size shopping guide.

In this video, I cover where I buy my tops, jeans, leggings, bras, lingerie, panties, casual wear, and more. I will be doing a follow up video with more summery items like swim suits, shorts, etc. For now, this list should give you a lot of great insight on how I shop for clothes to fit my body. You’ll see who has awesome quality, who has great prices, and who has my heart when it comes to intimates. ;)

As a reference, I’ve listed some of my outfit of the day posts and videos that include pieces of clothing that I mention throughout the video.

OOTD video with Torrid Top – http://goo.gl/rnwsoi
OOTD video with Forever 21 Top – http://goo.gl/ighk5y
OOTD video with Torrid Skirt – http://goo.gl/zjEGrn
OOTD video with Forever 21 Skirt – http://goo.gl/8GtZvu
OOTD video with Forever 21 Jeans – http://goo.gl/fHPdiX

OOTD post with Forever 21 Skinny Jeans – http://goo.gl/y3D5Fo
OOTD post with Forever 21 Jeggings – http://goo.gl/uJsq7V
OOTD post with Old Navy Metallic Rockstar Skinny Jeans – http://goo.gl/2nmbbr
OOTD post with Old Navy Rockstar Skinny Jeans (MY FAVES!) – http://goo.gl/JXTm3t

I’m always looking to expand my shopping options so if you have ever shopped at Hips and Curves, Lane Bryant, or ASOS Curve, let me know what you think of those stores. I would love your tips and tricks when it comes to shopping there. Do they run big, small, overpriced, long shipping? Spill it all in the comments.

PS. I actually posted this video last week, so if you are following me on YouTube you would’ve already seen it and shopped your heart away by now. Go on now, girl, hit that subscribe button. You totally won’t regret it, I promise. Also, you can use the time stamps in my video description to jump around from topic to topic in the video.

Where do you love to shop?

My March on YouTube

Hi there sweets. My YouTube channel was super busy this month. I have such amazing things in the works with my channel in the next few months. Also, I totally gained over 5K new subscribers to my channel last month, and would like to say “Heeeeeyy”. Let’s dive right in to what you might’ve missed from Ravings By Rae this month.

Oh man, “He Doesn’t Love You” really touched my viewers. I explained why I say that if you don’t love yourself, no one else can love you. I’ve had some backlash at this statement and wanted to clarify my thoughts. Even I’m impressed with the clarity I was able to deliver in this video. If you only have time to watch one video, make sure it’s this one!

I wrote an entire post featuring this Mary Kay tutorial video and all the extra info about it. Go check it out.

So, spill it. Are you comfortable naked? This one has a Part 2 in the works and you won’t want to miss it.

I decided to do some straight up vlogging this month. I had a few things to get off my chest including potential meet ups. I’m actually on a plane heading to Phoenix, AZ as I type this. I will likely have a meet up in Phoenix this Sunday and in the coming months in San Diego, Chicago, Anaheim, NW Arkansas, and possibly NYC. Do you live in any of these areas? Want to meet me in person and take hella selfies?! Let me know. ;)

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The Best Chicago Seafood for Meatless Recipes

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I love seafood, and I love Mariano’s. This post is going to be a big ol’ love fest! I’ve always sort of sucked at cooking seafood. Actually, I suck at cooking a lot of foods (sorry, future hubby!). So, I recently enlisted the help of my would-be chef of an older brother to teach me a few of his mad kitchen skills. I selected the dish, bought the best Chicago seafood I could find, and headed to his house for the feast!

Obviously, I went straight to Mariano’s when I knew I would be looking for fresh ingredients and quality seafood. There is really no other option. Plus, I recently bought my 10th gelato (for the 5th time) and my kiddies were looking to cash in on their free Vero Gelato using my Mariano’s Rewards Card. The promise of gelato and strawberry milk kept them sitting tight while we browsed the aisles looking for the ingredients on my list.

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The seafood section of Mariano’s is actually one of my favorite parts of the store. They have a wide variety of fish, shrimp, crab, oysters, clams, just about everything. My favorite part, is that they will grill it for you on the spot. No cooking skills required on my part? Sign me up!

I won’t lie to you and tell you that this jumbo shrimp and scallop mushroom risotto meal is budget friendly, because it isn’t. Good seafood isn’t cheap. Though, I think Mariano’s has totally fair prices considering the quality of food you get. Plus, any excuse to drive out to Mariano’s for a little foodie experience is fine by me. I can’t wait until they open the Aurora location! I’ll be there every week. :)

If you’re looking to fancy up dinner for you and the beau one night, I would TOTALLY recommend this dish. If you’re looking to feed a family of picky ankle biters, not so much. I tried to get both of my toddlers to taste the decadence on my plate and they stuck their noses up at me. Boxed mac and cheese, they’ll eat. Culinary masterpiece, they’ll pass. One day they are bound to develop taste buds.

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One of the things I learned is that having a mega hot pan is vital in searing your scallops and shrimp. I once “seared” my scallops in a cold pan, with no oil. Gotta tell you, there wasn’t much sizzle happening. #ScallopFail

This dish was surprisingly easy to make. That’s easy to say, considering I mostly just watched it being created. I did assist in the plating portion! And really, what’s the dish worth if it doesn’t look amazing on a plate? There are a few tips on plating at the end of the post.

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The finished product really is something to behold, isn’t it? This dish was inspired by a meal I had while out to dinner for Valentine’s Day. In total, it was about half the cost (per plate) of the one I got from the restaurant and dare I say, twice as good. I did prefer my dinner date that night to the rowdy toddlers that joined me for this meal. You can’t win them all, I suppose.  ;)

Jumbo Shrimp and Scallops

Ingredients

  • Scallops & Shrimp
  • 6 Scallops
  • 6 Jumbo Shrimp
  • Sea Salt & Peppercorn to taste
  • 4 Tbsp Olive Oil

Directions

  1. Season the scallops and shrimp on each side with a generous amount of coarse sea salt and coarsely ground peppercorn.
  2. Bring a frying pan to a high heat and add olive oil.
  3. Once oil is hot, add the scallops and shrimp in a clockwise manner beginning at twelve o’clock.
  4. Sauté the scallops and shrimp for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown and then begin flipping the scallops and shrimp in a clockwise manner, once again beginning at twelve o’clock.
  5. Sauté for another 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown on both sides and then remove from heat.
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Mushroom Risotto

Ingredients

  • Risotto
  • 4 Tbsp Butter
  • 2 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/2 Medium Onion (chopped very fine)
  • 1 Finger's Length Celery (chopped very fine)
  • 1 Cup Arborio Rice
  • ¾ Cup White wine
  • 3-4 Cups Vegetable stock
  • 4 Tbsp Parmesan cheese (shredded)
  • 1 Cup Mushrooms (any desired type)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tsp Basil
  • 2 Tsp Thyme
  • Sea Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Bring a frying pan to a high heat and add the olive oil.
  2. Once the oil is hot, add the chopped mushroom.
  3. Season the mushrooms with basil, thyme, salt, and pepper and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes or until they are nicely seared, then remove from heat.
  4. Bring the stock to a boil in a separate saucepan.
  5. Melt the butter in a sauté pan with olive oil over a medium heat.
  6. As soon as the butter is melted, add the onions and celery and sweat them until the onions are tender and translucent, but not brown.
  7. Add the rice to the onions and celery and toast the rice for 1 to 2 minutes (coat the rice with oil to keep it from absorbing liquid too quickly). Add the white wine to the rice and stir until the wine is absorbed.
  8. Once the white wine is absorbed, add some hot stock to the rice about 1 cup (or ladle) at a time and stir frequently until the liquid is absorbed. Keep adding stock to the rice until the rice is fully cooked and the bright white kernel fades away completely, usually about 20 minutes.
  9. Once the rice grain is fully cooked and the rice mixture has a creamy consistency, add the butter and parmesan cheese to the rice and mix together.
  10. Take the pan off the heat and cover with a lid for about 3 minutes.
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Plating Tips:

Place a scoop of risotto on the center of the plate and gently shake it up and down while turning it to spread it over the center of the plate. Garnish with parmesan cheese and extra virgin olive oil.  Place the scallops and shrimp atop the risotto in alternating order in a circular fashion. Garnish with micro greens or chopped spinach, as we did. Enjoy!

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Pretty Pastels Mary Kay Tutorial + BIG Giveaway!

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Pretty Pastels Mary Kay Tutorial + BIG Giveaway!Do you have Spring Fever? The weather in Chicago is flirting with actually being bearable and I’m itching for Spring to finally arrive.  The calendar claims Spring will be here in just a few days, so I’m already beginning to switch up my makeup and wardrobe in preparation.

I’m so ready for the ever trendy pretty pastels to make their way back into rotation. I’ve even been rocking a more natural looking face this last week. I recently tried out a bunch of new Mary Kay products and found that I really love some of them. I’ve never been much of a Mary Kay makeup wearer, but I was impressed with the Mary Kay CC Cream.

When I don’t feel like going through the hassle of applying a full coverage foundation I usually reach for a BB Cream, but this CC Cream had awesome coverage while still feeling light. It’s my new go-to for when I need a little coverage, without a lot of weight.

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Another one of my favorite new products is the customizable Mary Kay compact. My compact has a beautiful semi-matte cheek color in Shy Blush,  three mineral eye shadows in Crystalline, Moonstone, and Copper Glow, and a few small brushes.

When I received all of my new makeup I headed right over to the Mary Kay website to get some inspiration from the Pretty Pastels video featured on the site and in People StyleWatch. Pastels never go out of style, so if you’re looking for a fresh new face for this upcoming season, check out my makeup tutorial below.

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GIVEAWAY TIME!

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You want to hear the really good news? One of you is going to win all of the makeup mentioned in the video along with a bunch of other stuff I didn’t mention, for a grand total of over $300 worth of Mary Kay Cosmetics! Don’t forget that Mother’s Day is right around the corner and I’m sure the moms in your life would seriously appreciate such an awesome gift. ;)

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