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Beauty is as Beauty does.   

This basket is MUCH more than just fun products and everyday routines… it’s about bringing beauty and belonging to the life of those who have families waiting and longing to wrap their arms around them and say you belong with me.  

After adopting Abel we quickly knew that we would want him to share in the joy of having a sibling with a similar story as his.  So we renewed our home study and got back on the NDSA registry and after lots of calls and possible situations we have been matched!!

It’s a girl! Due October 20th! And she will not only share the love chromosome bond with her brother but also his birth state of Nevada! Yes, we will have another Vegas Baby! We will strike it rich there twice… what are the odds of that?


#theluckyfew is used because the numbers of babies diagnosed with T21 who are aborted is around 93%. So we are over the moon excited that our family will belong to two of these lucky few!

Our Adoption being a private domestic special needs adoption* will be around 7 Thousand for fees and then whatever travel to Las Vegas, lodging for us while she is in the hospital and once she’s discharged while we wait for ICPC to clear us to go home.   (*domestic special needs adoption costs range from nothing… to 25K… it really depends on the agency you go through, in our case it will be through Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada) 

But something that IS happening sooner… like as you are reading this soon… is our friends The Gerber family is heading to China to bring home an adorable little girl who also has the super power that’s found in that extra 21st chromosome!

Check out this sweetheart! Ruthie is a 4 year old little girl with Down Syndrome who can’t wait to have a family of her very own.

A portion of this basket’s donations will go to help her family bring her home and get settled into her her family and community.


So without further ado….


I love love LOVE stores like Sephora, Ulta and Mac. I think my many years as a cosmetologist and in the wedding industry  as well as desiring a simple life has given me a love for quality products. I want a few products that I know work and last and that I will use all of it. How many of you have lots of products you don’t use but are taking up space in your makeup bag or bathroom?

This collection is worth $600!! Again, quality is costly but if it’s things that lasts, and stands the test of time and saves you time then I find them to be very worthwhile investments.

So… Here’s how this basket of goodies can be at your front door in a few weeks!

GIVEAWAY CLOSED!!!! Thank you to everyone who participated and helped bring our baby girl home. You are Beautiful! 

Alright now…. on to the good stuff!


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Face the music:  The first step to awesome looking makeup is awesome looking skin.  Origins skincare has been a favorite of mine for some time now. They are paraben free and free of lots of toxic ingredients. Now, while I may not be able to have everything natural… I can choose some things to get my routine started on a great foot.   Modern Friction is the BEST face scrub… it’s soft but definitely is doing it’s job! Then I follow up with Check and Balances... Ya’ll this is so gentle and creamy and minty and works great even for my combination skin issues.  Then about once or twice a month… I use Clear Improvement. This stuff is BLACK and uses charcoal to make your skin feel cleaner than ever. I even use the tiniest dab on my blemishes and they take care of them super quickly! It’s the best face mask to use for a sleepover because it is so fun to put this dark as mud mask on!

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All about those lips…bout those lips:   This is my Favorite combo… okay, I probably should stop saying favorite because these all are obviously my favorites.   I’m a MAC girl. I love this brand. And one thing I swear by is their Lip Liners and Lip sticks. But since lipstick is tricky to pick just one, I went with a lip liner that is super versatile and will look great on anyone and can be used for a dark look or a super natural one. The shade you’re getting is Whirl and is one of my favorites as well as supposedly one of Kylie Jenners go-to liners.  It just so happens to pair super nicely with my TOP pick Lipgloss which is Buxom (gotta love these names) in Dolly. Of all the lip glosses I’ve tried… this is the winner, it’s minty, it’s not sticky, it lasts, and it delivers great color! This is a pinkish nude color which everyone will love!  Elf…. okay, as much as people swear it has a lot of dupes for high end brands… it just doesn’t in my opinion. BUT I do love their Lip Exfoliator. It looks just like a lipstick and it goes on like a rough sugar and even tastes fine if you get any in your mouth, you scrub and then wipe off and you’re set for any type of gloss or lipstick!


Day and Night: That’s the difference a good concealer and contour will provide.  There are actually a lot of pretty good drugstore brand concealers out there but I find that after you spend $8-9 on them and they don’t last as long I’d rather invest a little more and get something I know works and lasts!  And Bo-ing by Benefit takes the cake!  It’s Industrial Strength y’all… but it’s not cakey at all and can be layered well. It’s perfect for under eyes! TRUST me as a mom of lots of littles I know A LOT about undereye issues!!

Benefit Cosmetics also brings us our contouring powder. Benefit Hoola comes in a cute box and goes on beautifully matte. I hate bronzers with shimmer… so this does not have any it in.  It’s also important that you have a bronzer that isn’t super orange… this is really neutral.  For super ivory pale skin I’ve found that NYX eyeshadow in taupe is great to use for contouring. You can dust this all over or use it to help give your face some definition!  Some go overboard with contouring and unless you’re having photos taken then I’d just use it in one or two ways in this chart. ———————->




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Monica and I got to each pick one of our favorite fragrances and get a purse size bottle of it for you. Hers was Happ & Stahns Tear Catcher from from Anthropologie. Can I just say that I love that they now carry makeup!! This scent is a light mix of wisteria… grapefruit and alba roses! I’m now a fan. I want to try their lipsticks but just need to wait to use up the ones I have first.

Did I make you Blush?:  Picking a favorite blush was a bit tricky for me because I LOVE blushes! I think they add instant life to my face and they just make me happy! A lady one time told me that it’s scientifically proven that looking at all the colors of makeup increases seratonin levels in women. hmmm… Well, not really sure about that, but whatever the case… I get happy when I play with blushes! I really like Mac, Cargo and The Balm blushes. They all pack color and are beautiful. But this one by Tarte…. it’s all of those and it LASTS 12 hours!! Their Amazonian clay line is great and every color is awesome. But this one, as shocking as it looks is the perfect natural looking flush.  The shade is actually called Natural Beauty. I used it the other day on Monica’s daughter who is 12 and she texted me the next day and said… where do I get that?

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Eyes are the window to the soul: If that’s the case.. then let’s draw some attention to them. I typically use Mac eyeshadows on myself but it’s hard to pick a few shadows that go with everyone’s style. So I wanted to give away a eyeshadow pallet.  As a makeup artist at many weddings I’ve come to call this Natural Eyes Eyeshadow pallet by Too Faced as my go to Winner!! It gives several beautiful looks and can do day looks as well as night. It’s shadows are pigmented and it lasts ALL day. Especially when paired with their Shadow Insurance. It’s sheer so any skin color can use it. And you can use it under any eyeshadows to give you a long lasting look. (as much as I love the look and colors of the UD Naked Pallets they just have so much fall out that I feel like my whole face looks glittery after just a little while)

Ask any makeup artist and they will tell you that Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliners are the BOMB!! And they are. They go on like butter and they won’t budge once dry! These are great for all day lines and to kick it up a notch they are perfect for lining your waterline (the secret to getting those smokey sultry eyes). This one is the best deep black… but they have a ton of other shades as well. This one is just the one that looks great on everyone! (especially you brown eyed beauties!)

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You’ve got to bat your eyes like this….: Mascara is probably second runner up to my favorite make up product. But it’s tricky too because so many mascaras flake off and leave my eyes a hot mess by the end of the day.  They’re Real by Benefit… it goes on and STAYS on. Actually, you’ll want to remove this with makeup remover or coconut oil works great too. But I’ve found that with mascara I get the high end travel size and it’s really great because once I go through it it’s about time for me to get a fresh tube.

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Brushing up on Tools: If you’ve never purchased quality makeup brushes… then you’re missing out. They are by far my best investment in my makeup bag. They last forever. I’ve had some for probably 10 years and with proper care they still work great. (proper care does not include your child dumping fingernail polish on them… I might have cried that day.) But the two brands of brushes I use are Mac and Sigma (which are made to be a duplicate of Mac brushes) So I got you two Mac brushes.  The 129 is a blush brush! Works great for blush and/or contouring. And the 224 A F SAVVwhich if you know the secret to a professional eyeshadow look it’s blend… blend…blend, and this is a wonderful blending brush.  There are many more brushes to add but these are a great start to having a quality set!

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Two things I feel are the key to fuller hair! Roller Brushes and a good root lifting and finishing product. My favorite one right now is It’s a 10 Miracle Blowdry Volumizer spray. It smell great and works! It’s pricey… but I had to include it for you.  In all my years of hairstyling… I wouldn’t be without my Kenra 25 hairspray. It’s won so many awards as a hairspray and it earned every one! It’s incredible! So you’re getting a can of it.

Also drying your hair with a roller brush. Well, actually I recommend drying it with a dryer and your hands and then finishing it off with the roller brush!  These are Jibere lightweight ceramic roller brushes that I have used for decades now.

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Get’er done: I HATE spending a ton of time fixing my hair. I don’t have a ton of time to fix my hair. And as a hairdresser time equals money. So when I started using the Rusk Speed Freak Hair Dryer I knew I had found my best friend! It seriously cuts time off of drying and it’s super powerful!   I also use Hot Tools curling iron which heats up so nicely and makes curling my hair not such a daunting task.  I’m linking to Kate’s How to Video on curling hair HERE.  She even uses a Hot Tools Iron!!  A curling iron is a must have… even if you have curly hair already, you’d be surprised how you can take it to the next level with a few curls here and there with a curling iron. If you get this basket we will order the size that best fits your needs!

And my little loves… bobbi pins! If you buy bobbi pins in the store, they hold like crap, or so I’ve found. So I get the professional ones and those can take a hairstyle from blah to wow in a few minutes! So I’m including some for you whatever your hair color may be. Also… I love using little dishes to keep bobbi pins (so they don’t fall into the abyss behind my bedside table) and I love this gold and white one, so you’re getting that too!!

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After 12 years behind the salon chair, I can’t think of a salon brand shampoo I haven’t used.  My very first salon was an Aveda Concept Salon and their Shampure shampoo and conditioner became my first love I guess you’d say. And I still LOVE it. The smell is heavenly, lightweight and It’s also paraben free.

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One of my closet friends Kristin introduced me to the light airy scent of Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue when she lived with us a few years back. It’s wonderful and makes me think of her! And you’ll love it too.


These goodies might seem like nothing fancy… BUT they are essentials and I really had to include them!

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* My Tweezerman Tweezers! MUST HAVE!!! And they are in bright colors so you don’t lose them in your purse or makeup bag! These are so precise and I’ve had a pair last me years! (and gals, they are ONLY $5 at Sallys… right near the checkout)

* Nail buffer. It just makes such a huge difference when you use this and then paint your nails!

* Target Makeup Removing wipes. I’ve also used these for years and when you have 5 kids and you want to fall in bed at night, these are perfect for taking the day off without a huge nightly face washing routine.

* My mother in law gave this razor to me last christmas and I absolutely love it. It’s something I probably would never have bought for myself but I haven’t used anything but these razors since! It’s so super smooth and very forgiving when you go days… ahem… weeks between shaves!

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And my basket wouldn’t be complete without OPI. Seriously, I try new polishes all the time and nothing yet holds a candle to OPI staying power! These are my three top classic colors, Big Apple Red, Bubble Bath and How Great is your Dane, and a top coat!!  This collection will have your nails looking fabulous for fall, everyday and even into the holidays!

AND FINALLY… You get to also be a giver when you get this basket!! Giving is SO fun! Whoever gets this bundle gets to give an Adoptive mom of their choice a $50 gift card to Sephora! How fun would that be for a mom who probably would love nothing more than a little shopping spree at a makeup store!

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So there you go…. THE BEST of Beauty Favorites!  $600 worth of wonderfulness and pampering!Best of Beauty Basket-015This benefit is closed but I hope you still enjoy looking at all my favorite recommendations!!

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