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EASY HALLOWEEN DEER MAKEUP

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Halloween is juts a few days away! If you are like us, there hasn’t been a second to plan your costume and plans are still getting worked out. Luckily, we’ve got an adorable deer makeup tutorial that will turn you into a foxy fawn in less than 15 minutes & won’t distress your skin! Plus, it’s adorable. See what I mean below! – xoxo, LK


Woodland creature makeup is all the rage this season! From foxes to owls, they are a super low key way to get dressed up for Halloween. I’ve completely fallen in love with the fawn makeup look, probably because it still focuses on really feminine features and is simply cute! I’ve seen lots of different deer makeup tutorials but it seems most of them require some sort of Halloween face painting kit.

While those kits are certainly useful, the paints are typically greasy and not great for your skin. Not to mention, hard to control once you start putting it on your face. Sort of the last thing you need, especially when you don’t want to spend hours getting ready for an evening out.

Processed with VSCOcam with b1 presetI wanted this look to be one you could create with all the products in your cosmetic bag, save one or two. The only thing you may need to pick up is a super light concealer, and a highlighter of choice.

STEP ONE:

Start with your normal makeup base of concealer, mascara, brows, etc.

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STEP TWO:

Apply bronzer liberally across your forehead, sweeping down the temples. Also sweep from the top of your cheekbones to the apples of your cheeks. I’m talking super dark everyone!

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Next take your concealer and apply under your eyes, trying to blend as best as you can into the dark bronzer. You’ll also apply down the bridge of your nose, lightly blending slightly up towards your forehead.

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Next, and this is totally optional if you want to have a matte look, apply some white highlight powder in the corners of your eyes and down the nose on top of the concealer to really make it pop.

Processed with VSCOcam with s2 presetSTEP FIVE:

Fill in your brows dark and bold (here is how we do it), then bring that brown filler in two lines down the sides of the bridge of your nose – similar to contouring.

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Take some black eyeliner and paint on a cute little button nose. Give yourself a cat eye, and bring the liner slightly downward in the inner corner to really make your eyes look bigger. You can apply a bit of liner to the crease of your lower eyelid to give the illusion of doe eyes.

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Finally apply little dots of your light concealer across your forehead and cheeks. Finish with a pink or nude gloss.

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For antlers, I stuck some little twigs and branches in my hair.

fawn makeup 3VOILA! You my dear, have just become a gorgeous deer!

I think what I love most about this look is that it only took me about 15-20 minutes to complete it, and I didn’t have to spend any additional money on paints and other makeup supplies that I’ll only use once for Halloween. Not to mention, it really brings a lot of attention to your face, without being overdone.

The only thing I will warn you about is you may need to wash your face a couple times to get it all off!

Processed with VSCOcam with s2 presetYou know the drill – try it out & tag us! We (seriously!) would love to see your adorable deer looks, so make sure to use #LKBeauty and/or tag @laurenkelp

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VAMPY HALLOWEEN STYLE

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If you’re anything like me, you’ve been trying to find ways to sneak some Halloween style into your every day routine. Whether it’s home decor, food, movies or makeup, it’s never a bad idea to really get into the holiday spirit. One of my favorite looks lately has been to incorporate a vampy style into my beauty regimen. Since I work during the day, it’s still important that I keep everything office appropriate. Today I’ve got three products that’ll be sure to put a bit of spook in your step this October!

First is the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Scarlet Red. This is honestly the best matte lip color I’ve ever used. Although it’s a bit pricey at $26, the quality is hard to beat. The color is super pigmented and it glides on smoothly for a perfect vampire style lip!

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Second is the Rocky Horror Picture Show” set of nail lacquers from Morgan Taylor. I love that these guys are so little, but pack a powerful punch. The red lacquer, “Pretty Woman”, is the perfect shade to match your lip color. However the black is my favorite this time of year. It says “Halloween” without being over the top or inappropriate. Top any one of these colors with a clear top coat or even the glow in the dark lacquer the set comes with.

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Lastly, and I’ve shared this before, is this MAC highlighter. Now Twilight totally ruined vampires with the fact that they “sparkle”, but there’s something to be said for having a nice glow. Simply sweep this on the tops of your cheekbones for a more defined face, or dust all around your eyes to really draw in some attention.vampy3


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HOW TO GET TEXTURED HAIR

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Hello & Happy Thursday! Breann here and let’s be real, I love textured hair. There’s nothing better than looking like you have some natural curl, or like you just got home from the beach. Sea salt sprays are all the rage in replicating that textured style, but a lot of them can easily dry out your hair. With all the damage we get from heating tools, hair color, and the sun, the last thing we need is to dry out our locks. That’s where Bloke Body’s Sea Salt Mist comes in. It’s infused with coconut and other oils to help hydrate your hair! The best part is, you can also apply it to your hair while it’s dry to give you that messy, matte finish. Here’s how I used it on my lifeless hair that needed a bit more body.

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I hadn’t washed my hair for a few days before this post, and didn’t have time to shampoo and blow it out before I left for the day. It was pretty dull and on the verge of being thrown up into a bun.

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Taking the Sea Salt Mist from Bloke, I flipped my hair over and sprayed all over, concentrating on my roots.

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After it was applied, I scrunched my hair and rubbed a bit of the product into my scalp… that way it could really settle into my hair. IMG_5270.JPGAfterward I used the curling iron on a few different pieces to give it a bit more texture. Concentrate on the pieces surrounding your face. I you feel like you need it, spray a bit more of the mist on your ends, and you’re done!

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FLAWLESS FACE MAKEUP

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You know how every once in a while you have a really great makeup day? Like so good that you can’t help but look at your reflection in windows and take an embarrassing amount of selfies? I love those days, but for the longest time it seemed like they just never happened – or if they did it was only once in a blue moon. For most of us, the stars need to align perfectly or we need to spend hours primping to have a flawless face. After years of learning all about skincare and makeup, I’ve finally unlocked a few secrets to having perfect face makeup regularly!

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To start, cleansing your skin with an exfoliating wash will make a world of a difference. Not only does exfoliating help with acne, it also clears away dull and dry skin, leaving you with a smooth glow. I love the Coffee and Sweet Orange scrub from Bloke Body – I use it about twice a week. A good moisturizer is the next step. I typically do both these steps at night so that my face has a few hours to soak up the moisture.

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I always recommend a good liquid foundation for flawless skin. There are so many great options at Target, like Sonia Kashuk brand, but I recently picked up the Studio Fix Fluid from Mac while I was on vacation and ran out of makeup! (My color is Nc20) I love that this has such great coverage and SPF. Sun protection is serious guys! I’m not a huge concealer fan, so if you find that’s absolutely necessary, apply that first, then your liquid foundation, then blend. I apply my foundation with a kabuki brush by first dotting along my face to distribute the product, then I blend in.

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IMG_5195.JPGI got this color earlier in the summer when I had a bit more color to my skin, so blending along my jawline to my neck is critical. Even if your color matches, make sure to blend, blend, blend! I apply my liquid foundation all over my face, except for directly under my eyes for now.

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Next apply bronzer and blush. There are two places I apply bronzer. 1. Along my cheekbones back towards my ears 2. From my temples sweeping upward to my forehead. I’ll then apply blush to the apples of my cheeks.

IMG_5199.JPGAfter blush and bronzer is done, I’ll usually take that time to apply my eyeshadow and eye makeup before putting foundation or concealer under my eyes. (You don’t want dust from the eyeshadow sticking to the foundation making you start your makeup all over again.) When that’s done, I’ll use my finger to apply the liquid foundation all under my eyes in a triangle. Use light taps with the tip of your finger to apply – don’t rub or sweep it on. This can cause streaks, and you don’t want to pull on your under-eye skin. It’s sensitive!

IMG_5203.JPGSince my skin is naturally really dry, I never apply powder. However, if you have a translucent or setting powder you like to use, apply with a fluffy brush. Next, I use the Lalita Facial Elixir from Flora Apothecary to set my make up and give me an extra boost of hydration!

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IMG_5202.JPGLastly, I’ll apply mascara to my bottom lashes and my favorite lip color! I’ve been all about that matte Kylie Jenner lip lately (minus the obvious use of injectable fillers) – this matte lip color from ELF in “Natural” is the best I’ve found!

With help from eyelash extensions, I do all my makeup in under 10 minutes – including my brows and eyeshadow/ liner. The best part is, it lasts for hours and my skin always looks flawless!

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DIY KNOT BRAID

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Whether you’re a new reader of LK Beauty or have been following along for a while, most of you know I’m all about effortless and simple beauty. After working in a salon and learning the in’s and out’s of hairstyling, there’s hardly anything I can’t stand more than spending an abhorrent amount of time on my hair. AKA, longer than 15 minutes! Braids are my go to, but with all the different styles, learning how to do them can get a bit tricky. Enter the knot braid. If you know how to tie your shoelaces, you can do this!

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STEP 1:

Take a section of hair and split it into two pieces. (P.S. Please pretend that you can’t see my hideous roots!)

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STEP 2:

Take the two sections and tie it into a knot like you would your shoelaces. Bobby pin into place if needed.

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STEP 3:

Grab a bit more hair to add to the two sections, similar to a french braid. Then tie into a knot.

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STEP 4:

Repeat until you reach your desired spot to stop.

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STEP 5:

Tie off with a small clear elastic, and try not to get into a fight with the wind resulting in a tangled mess as shown below! Pin the end into place, and remove any bobby pins you used to secure the knots.

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STEP 6:

Finish off with some hairspray and you’re done!

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DIY BATH MELTS

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July in Arizona has only two types of weather : blistering hot or monsoons. Usually towards the end of the month, we start to see some pretty crazy rain storms hit the valley. Although the days after are a bit muggy, the bit of relief from the sun is extremely welcome. During those summer showers, one of my favorite things to do is take a warm bath and listen to the thunder.

One of the best things about taking a bath is choosing which cocktail of bubbles, skincare products, and scents we want to add to it. I’m always looking for something to jazz the water up a bit, but I also need it to take care of my skin. Summertime calls for lots of hours spent in the pool. When I’ve been in the chlorine water for a long time, the effects of pool chemicals paired with being out in the sun really takes a toll on my skin. I need products that can do a bit of a detox, as well as keep it from drying out. Enter bath melts. These little guys have been my favorite things to make on weekends! The best part is they only require 3 ingredients!

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DIY Bath Melts

– 1/2 cup Baking Soda

– 1/2 cup Epsom Salts (y’all know how much we love epsom salts!)

– 1 TBS Coconut Oil

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Simply combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk together until well blended. You want the mixture to stick together, but not be so wet that it sticks to your hands. If you find it’s too thin, just add a bit more baking soda. You’ll want to be able to pick it up in your hand and have it be mold-able.

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Next, pat into the bottom of a cupcake tin – use cupcake liners to avoid an oily mess and for easy removal. Let it set for a couple hours in the fridge, or overnight on the counter to harden and take shape.

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When done, simply pop out and store in a tupperware container. Use one per bath. The coconut oil will help moisturize your skin, and the baking soda with epsom salts help with a light detox!

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Plan on making some of your own bath melts? Snap a pic and tag us on Instagram or Twitter with @laurenkelp and #LKbeauty.


 

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TWISTED UP SUMMER HAIRSTYLE

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I could not be more excited that it’s 4th of July weekend! This holiday is one of my absolute favorites, I have so many wonderful memories of times spent BBQing, swimming, and celebrating our beautiful country.
Most of the time, we try to get out of town for the fourth to avoid the heat, the crowds, and the heat. Anyone will tell you that July temperatures in Arizona are nothing short of brutal. Unfortunately, it looks like my family will be stuck here for the holiday, so styling my hair to make the back of my neck a little more comfortable is a must.
It’s really easy to default to an easy ponytail or top knot when the heat is too unbearable to wear your hair down. I myself have fallen victim to the constant bun when the going gets rough. For the holiday though, I want to do something a little different, something that stands out. Now you guys all know I’m not a fan of anything that takes more than a few minutes. I was inspired by this summer hairstyle Riawna Capri did on Julianne Hough for a DWTS event. I love the separation of the hair, so I came up with a more dramatic effect using twists instead. Here’s the simple how-to:
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Start with 1-2 day dirty hair. The grit will help to hold the style together. If you feel like it’s a bit to oily, spray a bit of dry shampoo at your roots.
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Grab a handful of bobby pins and maybe some hairspray if your hair doesn’t want to stay put.
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Starting from your hairline, grab a 1-1.5 inch section of hair and begin twisting back.
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Secure with a bobby pin and continue around your head.
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You can loosen the twists and make them bigger by gently pulling the outside of it until you reach your desired volume. If you pull a lot of it, be prepared to secure the twist with extra bobby pins.
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You’ll be left with the long pieces in the back. Simply twist around, or form into small buns to give the back of the style a bit of volume.
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Pull some wispy pieces around your face if you so desire, then top of with a bit of hairspray and you’ll be ready to watch fireworks and enjoy some BBQ well into the evening!
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Plan on trying this style? Take a pic and tag us on Instagram/ Twitter with @laurenkelp and #LKbeauty.

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HOMEMADE INSECT REPELLENT

BREANN0008A few months ago, Lauren, Stancy and I headed out to a gorgeous Phoenix neighborhood to take a few photos of moi for the website. It was a warm Autumn evening, and the lighting was seriously dreamy. Having your photo taken can be a really awkward experience, but Stancy and Lauren gave me the best direction, and really helped me to feel confident and comfortable. Their work definitely resonates in the images Stancy captured, but there was one thing about the shoot they just couldn’t help me with.

You can’t see it in the photos, but there were about a MILLION mosquitos swarming my legs. (Okay, maybe a million is a bit dramatic, but there were definitely a lot.) I could feel several at a time biting at my shins and ankles. My face may seem cool and collected, but I was screaming inside. I had about a dozen large welts on each of my legs for about a week afterward – not pretty.

Since then, homemade insect repellent is one thing that always remains in my cosmetic bag. Sure, it’s kind of like medicine rather than a beauty product, but if you guys had seen my legs, you’d definitely consider it for vanity purposes too!

IMG_3908One thing I can’t stand about store-bought insect repellent is obviously the scent. Most repellents smell like poison to me, and to be honest, I don’t like using products with so many chemicals on my skin. All you long time subscribers of #LKbeauty know I love to take a natural approach to things, and this is no exception. After a little online research, I came up with my own blend of insect repellant!

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YOU WILL NEED:

– A small spray bottle – really any size will do.

– Witch Hazel (can be found at Walgreens and even Target)

– Lemon or Citronella Essential Oil

– Melaleuca Essential Oil

HOW TO MAKE IT:

– Simply fill the bottle about 3/4 full of Witch Hazel.

– Next add 5 drops of each oil

– Shake the bottle vigorously before each use and apply liberally.

– It’s THAT simple!

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Since the weather has been warming up here in Arizona, we are starting to see little mosquitos re-populate. I’ve been using this blend for a few weeks now, and all the pests have steered clear of me. What I love most, is the citrus scent! It’s really perfect for this time of year, and I doubt anyone will tell you that your essential oils smell bad. I now look forward to a Summer of bite free legs, and more time spent outdoors!

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Plan on making some of your own insect repellant? Snap a pic and tag us on Instagram/ Twitter with @laurenkelp and #LKbeauty.


 

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FAUX TAN AT HOME

Processed with VSCOcam with c3 presetWe’ve all been there. You’re at a beginning of Summer pool party/ BBQ, ready to soak in all the rays and enjoy a little home-cooking. You’ve worked on your swimsuit body for months and are ready to show off the fruits of your labor. As you’re getting ready and put on that cute new swimsuit, you look in the mirror and realize one thing: You are paler than the freaking moon.

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This has basically been the story of my life for the past seven years or so. I was addicted to tanning beds my senior year of high school, and was never seen without a golden hue of skin. I loved having a sun-kissed glow – until I learned about a little thing called melanoma. Ever since then, I’ve sworn off of almost all contact with the sun and am a huge advocate for sunscreen. While I no longer worry about the health of my skin, I still crave having a dark tan when the warmer weather appears. While I would never step foot back into a tanning salon again, there are quite a few ways to get a perfect faux tan at home! Today, I’m going to share a few of my tried and true tips for achieving the perfect sunless tan.

My first and most important piece of advice is to take it slow. Too many times I’ve seen girls attempt to go from their ivory skin to “I just spent two weeks in Hawaii” tan in one go. This will almost ALWAYS leave you with streaks, spots, and uneven color. I suggest picking up a tanner that works gradually, like this one from L’Oreal.

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Start with shaving your legs (or arms if you feel so inclined) either a couple hours or even the night before you apply self-tanner. The reason being is that you always want to scrub and exfoliate your skin just before applying the self-tanner. If you shave and then scrub, you can irritate your skin, creating a hostile surface for the tanner. Not to mention, the scrub can even burn your new smooth legs if it has ingredients like salt in it, which most products do.

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Step 2.

Find an exfoliating scrub that has moisturizing elements in it, such as coconut oil. I highly suggest using the coffee and sweet orange scrub from Bloke Body. Most folks will tell you to avoid anything oils in it before applying tanner, because it creates a barrier between your skin and the faux color. While that is true, I don’t necessarily believe they should be avoided entirely. Most of us do not have perfectly even skin. You very likely have dry patches on certain surfaces – I know I especially do on my shins. By using a scrub that has a bit of moisturizer, you will help to even out those parts of the skin. If you’re worried about it not allowing the tanner to really soak in, wait a couple hours after scrubbing for your skin to dry completely.

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Step 3.

Apply the tanner in a well lit area – preferably in natural sunlight so you can see exactly what you’re doing. I always start with quite a bit of the tanner in my hands so I can cover a large area quickly. Use large strokes and plan on blending in afterward. Small strokes and only covering small areas will cause overlapping and streaking. If you see any streaks or weirds spots near areas like your ankles, take a damp washcloth and gently rub in until blended.

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As soon as you have applied the tanner, get to a sink and wash your hands as quickly as you can with soap, warm water and a washcloth. Make sure to wipe in between your fingers – there’s nothing more obvious about a faux tan than orange hands.

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Step 5.

Let it dry for a couple of hours before putting any sunblock or lotion on.  To build up your tan, wait a day to shower and apply again. It will always come off when you get your skin wet again, but if you’re consistent it will definitely start to stick!

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Plan on trying out any of this tips for a faux tan at home? Be sure to snap a pic and tag us on Instagram/ Twitter with @laurenkelp and #LKbeauty


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MOTHER'S DAY BEAUTY

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With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I’ve been thinking of all the beauty tips and tricks my mom taught me. Like most girls, my mom was the first to introduce me to the beauty world. From the time I had enough hair for pig tails she took special care to make sure her little girl was the cutest thing. (Including making me sleep with foam/ plastic rollers in my hair – the torture!!!) From there, I remember my mom bought me clear mascara in 6th grade because I wanted to wear makeup SO bad, but was too young for it. As a teenager she always reminded me to wash my face to get rid of zits and use moisturizer so I don’t get wrinkles when I’m old. I’ll never forget watching her get ready on Sunday mornings for church, putting on Chanel No. 5 and a sweep of lipstick.

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Growing up, I was always told “Oh my goodness, you look exactly like your mom!” Whether it was at family reunions or by the nice ladies giving us pedicures, I have always known I’m practically a carbon copy of her.

As a kid, I didn’t think much of it. Now as I’m older, it’s one of my favorite compliments. Maybe it’s because she has aged so well that I’m hoping those genes will manifest in me! Really though, I think it’s because she is my biggest role model, and I really hope that I grow up to be just like her.

With Mother’s Day this Sunday, I’ve been trying to figure out the best gift to get her. This holiday is the perfect opportunity to really spoil mom and buy her the stuff she normally wouldn’t get for herself. This year, I’m opting out of the typical flowers and card, and treating my mom with some fun products from Flora Apothecary.

IMG_3606.JPGAfter a long day, I love taking a long soak in the tub, and I’m sure most of our mothers do too! What with trying to raise decent human beings and all. A candle is a perfect gift to tell mom to take a few minutes to herself and unwind.

IMG_3607.JPGAnother product to throw in the gift basket is this all-natural body polish. Not only will it leave mom feeling like a new woman, it smells incredible too!

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Lastly, don’t forget to tell your Mother how much you love her. Let her know how grateful you are for the obvious stuff like giving you life, but also for the little things. For being understanding when you were a snotty teenager, or buying you lipgloss when you were at the cash register at Target. Mostly, tell her how lucky you are to have a built-in best friend.

“All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my mother.” – Abraham Lincoln


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