HOLIDAY BEAUTY WITH TRACY MELTON

Holiday Beauty With Tracy Melton ArtistryRemember this gorgeous Bridal Beauty look from Tracy Melton Artistry? She’s back and giving us the perfect hair+makeup holiday beauty combo for holiday parties! Here’s Tracy with a few tips and tricks to help you achieve this festive look!

Holiday Beauty With Tracy Melton ArtistryHello, lovelies – Tracy here! For the makeup, we’re going bronzy glam this holiday season! Start by applying a gold base shadow. Be sure to take it all the way to the tear ducts for a little extra glimmer in the corners. Then take your bold bronzy shade and sweep it into the crease for a little smoldering look. Add flirty lashes and a wine pout for the finishing touch.

Holiday Beauty With Tracy Melton ArtistryFor this crown braid, the object is effortless chic. You’re going to start off this look with a texturizing spray to make the hair naturally piece-y. Then, part about a 2 inch section back from your forehead to start your braid. This is using a French braid technique but you won’t add hair to front section, only to back. Keep taking the section from the back and braiding them in until you get around the temple area.

From here, continue braiding as normal (a 3 strand braid) and pin the ends underneath the back of the hair. I like to crisscross bobby pins underneath for extra security. Pull and tug on your braid strands ever-so-gently to make it more textured and lived-in.  Finish off with hairspray and you’re ready for a night out! Gorgeous photos by Danielle M. Sabol and gown from BHLDN!

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BEAUTY HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

lipstickIt’s the most wonderful time of the year when we get to share gifts with our loved ones and friends. We love to see the smile on their faces as they open presents on Christmas morning. If you’re like me, that one smile is all the gratification we need for the endless hours of stressing, agonizing, and usually procrastinating what the crap to get them. This especially rings true for the ladies in our lives. Today I’m sharing a list of some great holiday beauty gifts. They’re perfect for stocking stuffers, or complimenting a different gift from her wish list.

My first recommendation on our Beauty Holiday Gift Guide is from the photo above of the best red holiday lipstick of all time. It’s the perfect “red” and compliments any skin tone. It can be found at Sephora, here.

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My second recommendation on this list, is a bottle of perfume. It’s not only thoughtful, but a really nice gift for any lady in your life. My absolute favorite is Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel, which can be found here. It’s a really elegant fragrance, sure to wow anyone sitting by the Christmas tree!

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1. Flowerbomb by Victor & Rolf Rollerball

2. Two Faced Kabuki Brush 

3. Marc Jacobs Nail Laquer 

4. GlamGlow Super Mud 

5. Urban Decay Naked 2 Eyeshadow Pallette

These five products are on my personal wish list, I’m hoping to find one or two in my stocking this year.

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Lastly, is my favorite Winter nail lacquer, OPI in Black Cherry Chutney. It’s dark with just the right amount of sparkle, and can be found here.

Plan on buying any of these beauty finds for a loved one this holiday season, or perhaps just for yourself? Tag your finds on Instagram/ Twitter with @laurenkelp and #LKbeauty.


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5 MINUTE FRENCH BRAID STYLE

H1DMsJdqUrNlmE_IgxoFaSkVf2O1WWvIB0e_lYwbAvsBetween working a full-time job, blogging, being a wife and mom to two pups, I honestly don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to my hair. As much as I would love to have it blown out every day, the truth is most mornings I end up doing my hair in the office bathroom. For the past year or so, I’ve been pretty grossly obsessed with Julianne Hough. Her hair is always flirty and perfectly tousled. Even better than her cut and color are the amazing braided styles her stylist, Riawna Capri, creates. Last week on Dancing With the Stars, she had an around the world french braid that was off the chains. Here is a 5 minute version of the french braid tutorial for all you gals who are short on time, but want to look like you spent all morning primping your hair!

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Take your hair from the opposite side of your braid, twist back and pin into place.

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DIY NATURAL BERRY LIP BALM

Now that fall is finally upon us here in Arizona (yes, it took THIS long), we are super excited for sweater weather and breaking out all our favorite autumn color palettes. I always look forward to sporting a berry lip this time of year. It’s such a versatile color and looks fantastic on all skin tones. While I love browsing the makeup counters and adding to my endless collection of lip color, sometimes I get a little… well, nervous about all the chemicals and additives they contain. It’s never a bad idea to periodically swap out your products for a natural alternative. Here’s a fun and easy DIY for your own berry lip balm, and it only contains TWO ingredients!

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The second ingredient is coconut oil. You’ll just need one teaspoon – make sure to scoop it out while still somewhat solid.

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In a small bowl, smash the berries together and mix in with the coconut oil. It’ll be pretty lumpy, don’t worry!

Next, place your small bowl in the microwave for about 10 seconds until the coconut oil is liquified. Stir it all up real good, and pour through a mesh strainer into small containers to remove the seeds. If you don’t have one, no need to worry your balm will just have some bumps in it!

EjfscnoysV1FIVwwLtNlyMBmsIsp8usBi947Ej34Cy8Place your small containers in the fridge for about 30 minutes to cool the oil again until solid. The juice and the oil will separate, naturally. Simply rub your finger across the top when your ready to use. The warmth from your finger will help the ingredients mix on a top layer and you can apply as liberally as you like!

Plan on making your own natural berry lip balm? Be sure to tag us in your photos on Instagram/ Twitter by using #LKBeauty and @laurenkelp so we can see your masterpiece!


 

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WEDDING DAY BRIDAL BEAUTY

IMG_1049Between wedding magazines, Pinterest boards, and suggestions from your friends, planning a wedding has become a full time job – even with the help of a planner! Thankfully, there is this amazing platform called Lover.ly that helps with the process immensely! Drawing inspiration from their wedding dress feature, Breann created the most amazing wedding day look! We were immediately drawn to this gorgeous, romantic piece. The gorgeous trumpet silhouette and delicate lace perfectly spell out what it means to be a classic bride.UntitledIMG_1051When creating this bridal look, I wanted something romantic and ethereal. I was super inspired by the classic shape of the dress and wanted to go for an upscale glam look but instead of dark, smokey eyes, play on the youthful waistline and create a fresh face and shimmery eye.  My makeup inspiration immediately came from Interstellar actress, Jessica Chastain. Every time she’s on the red carpet, she glows.

I wanted to compliment the material of the gown and go for a dewy skin and flirty lip. Sonia Kashkuk’s Perfecting Illuminating liquid foundation does the trick. A light sweep of this blush bronzer duo tops my face off with the perfect amount of color – a blushing bride, if you will. We kept it simple on the eyes, nothing too heavy. False eyelashes create a focal point, and the light use of cream eyeliner compliments them perfectly. Finally, this YSL lipgloss finishes off the look. The coral pink color perfectly compliments any skin tone, and because it’s a lighter, it reduces the need for constant touch-ups like a berry or red lip color would.

IMG_1053  IMG_1052When it came to the hair, I wanted to keep in the same line of a classic bride. French twists have been a bridal staple for decades. I opted for a looser version, and added my own twist by creating a dutch braid on one side. What’s great about this style is it can be accomplished with long or short hair, and all you need are a handful of bobby pins and some hair spray. It can be beautifully topped off with a hair accessory like an antique clip, flower cluster, or a veil with a comb can slide right on top. Untitled 3

NARS Blush + Bronzer | YSL Rouge | False EyelashesLuminous Foundation | Creme Eyeliner


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LIVING PROOF

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Their product, Prime, has become something I can’t live without. This style extender not only holds for a couple extra days, but also serves as a fantastic heat protector. Not to mention, it smells like heaven.

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Plan on picking up any Living Proof products? Tag @laurenkelp and #LKbeauty in your Instagram/ Twitter pics and show us how your styled your hair!


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BOLD BROW TUTORIAL

vPFg_c6tWwZx1DD_Zhno1kVfFqgwkhxLlNKMUkhCWIMWomen stop our Beauty Editor Breann on the street asking her how she does her eyebrows & what her secret is. Well lovely LK readers, we thought we would share this amazing, super easy secret that will only cost you $3 over the course of a year! A YEAR! See what we mean below! – xoxo, LK


What do we want? Brows! How do we want them? Bold! When do we want them? Now!

If Cara Delevinge has taught us anything, it’s that thick, bold brows are EVERYTHING. Unfortunately for most of us, those precious face accessories don’t come naturally. Learning how to master the art of filling in your brows isn’t difficult at all, and I’m here to show you how with these easy breezy eyebrow tutorial.

All you need is your favorite eyebrow filler. I personally love this Elf Eyebrow kit in “light”. You can pick it up at Target for just $3.00!

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Start with a clean fresh face and tweeze away the unwanted hairs. Apply your base of foundation, bronzer, blush, etc. After seeing this photo, I hope we can still be friends. I would rather go outside without pants on than not have my eyebrows done.

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Starting at your arches, elongate the tail of your brow with the gel filler and fill in as thickly as you like.

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Line the bottom side of your brows, then fill in the tops by sweeping the gel in the same direction of growth as the natural hair.

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When you get to the inner corner, sweep the gel directly upward in small strokes to resemble hair. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect or doesn’t match the other side perfectly. Your brows are supposed to be sisters, not twins.

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Use the powder to blend in the strokes you made. You don’t need a lot, just enough to smooth things out.

W2yJV5KVbNc0zIap2Ww4V-zMk-eAPkl5U2aHm_JojukVoila! You’re done and you’ve got some fantastic full brows! All you need now is a cat eye and your favorite lip stain to complete the look. Plan on trying this tutorial? You know the drill – try it out & tag us! We (seriously!) would love to see your bold brows, so make sure to use#LKBeauty and/or tag @laurenkelp


 

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LAST MINUTE HALLOWEEN MAKEUP

With Halloween just days away, those of us without costumes are starting to stress a little over what to dress up as. Whether you don’t want to spend your hard earned cash on a costume, or maybe got invited to a party last minute, here are 3 Halloween makeup tutorials that can be done in under an hour!

THE PERFECT BLACK CAT MAKEUP

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Prep your face as usual with foundation, bronzer/ blush, brows, etc. Take a white eyeliner and apply to the inner corners of your eyes and along your bottom lashes.

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Apply your cat eye skills and create a dramatic winged effect with black eye liner of choice.

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Apply mascara to top and bottom lashes. For a more dramatic effect, add in some false eyelashes.

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Draw on your nose and whisker spots with eyeliner. Make sure not to wipe your face while partying!

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Step 5.

Add a colored gloss, rough up your hair a bit and slip into your favorite black dress!


 

FLAPPER HAIR & MAKEUP

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Prep your face as usual with moisturizer and foundation. When filling in your brows, go for a more rounded look rather than arched, and elongate the tail of your brow a bit longer than usual.

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Sweep a bright blush on the tops of your cheekbones up into the hair line. Avoid the apples of your cheeks!

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Taking a darker eyeshadow, apply all over your eyelid, focusing on the inner crease. Basically the opposite of how you apply your shadow now.

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Sweep your eyeshadow on your bottom lids, apply mascara, and false eyelashes.

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Curl your hair and brush out. Next, shape your hair into waves, one by one, using bobby pins or clips. Hair spray the crap out of it, and let it set for about 15 minutes until dry. Remove the pins and loosely comb with your fingers.

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Apply lip color in a heart shape avoiding the corners of your mouth. Think Betty Boop! Add a sparkly headband, some pearls and a midi dress for a complete Flapper look!


GHOST MAKEUP

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Apply your eye and brow makeup from the flapper tutorial. Next, smooth white paint all over the rest of your face.

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Using the black paint, contour along your cheek bones and temples and blend in. Tease your hair into a funky, messy style away from your face.

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Spread the white paint back into your hair and top with baby powder for a dusted look. Pair with a white dress and dead look for a great haunting effect!

Planning on using any of these makeup tutorials? Tag @laurenkelp in your photos and use the hashtag #LKbeauty so we can check out your magnificent work!


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PUMPKIN SPICE SUGAR SCRUB

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The Fall Season is officially in full swing and basic girls everywhere are picking up pumpkin-spice anything to enjoy while watching Hocus Pocus. I’m not afraid to admit, I do love when pumpkin spice starts filling the stores. It’s truly the perfect Fall scent, and it just makes me feel cozy! What’s not cozy about this time of year is having itchy, dry skin due to the change in weather. This homemade scrub will slough off the dryness, and leave your skin silky smooth and smelling oh so sweet! You’ll be slipping into those leggings and knit sweaters in no time!

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Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

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Mix oil and sugar together in a bowl, then add vanilla. Mix in the pumpkin spice and cinnamon last. Next transfer into a jar you can keep in the shower/ bath. Make sure to secure the lid when not in use. To use, simply scrub onto wet skin in circular motions. Rinse completely and pat skin dry. Use a moisturizer afterwards for best results.

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