Fresh Love #ilooktoher

I was scrolling though the Gram the other day (my social media of choice since I had to physically block FB on my phone so I wouldn’t just delete the app and use Safari to get at my people…I have a problem.), and I was really struck by a photo and its caption.

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photo credit: @susana_starbuck

susana_starbuck of Little Flower Studios posted a snap of two delicious bouquets of fresh flowers – which she often does so you should follow her for a little extra beauty in your life. What was different this time is that she captioned the photo, “When I’m pregnant during Lent (which is like always) I have to get creative. This year I’m giving up fresh (and fake) flowers in the house. So obviously I had to stock up this weekend.”

How often does this gal (who also shares my love for hot lipsticks) have fresh flowers around that she can give them up for Lent? I want to have fresh flowers around so much that I need to give them up for Lent. What a beautiful life that would be!

If Susana’s life is anything like the gorgeous photos she takes, I want a little slice of that. I want me some fresh flowers.

Maybe you’re hopespecting some for Valentine’s Day. Or maybe instead of filling your house with mucho disorden, you can make it your new treat yoself gift. I like the latter.

I decided to treat my momma with some nice purples last week. She just got herself two new knees, and that warrants a little floral celebration.

While my mom is a huge flower lover, she was never much of a recipient this time of year. It’s not that my dad is a jerk (he’s totally the best dad ever), it’s just that my mom spent years working in a flower shop ON Valentine’s Day, so she wasn’t around to actually celebrate it herself. She worked for the sole purpose of sending my brother and I to private school. That’s it.

So, beauties for my mommy:

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I feel like Leslie Knope right now loving on these two beautiful women, and that makes TWO Parks and Recs references in one post. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

So, add a little fresh to your home with FTD just because, or celebrate your favorite lady this Galentine’s Day (three).

#5Faves: Products for Looking Fresh Without a Shower

A big round of applause and thank you to Rachel for taking over this gig while I reworked some scheduling around these parts. If you’re not a regular over there by now, get it.

Shall we?

There are a lot of mornings that my bright eyes and bushy tail are a bit more racoon-ish. You know the excuses: baby teething, baby eating, toddler teething, someone needed snuggles, someone peed the bed, someone’s toe hurts, someone’s sock fell off her hand, someone wants popcorn tomorrow, someone is worried she will not have a nose in heaven, and so on. (All reasons I have woken up. Really.)

And honestly, I should really stop saying I am lazy in the mornings. Look, I have kids. We have kids. There are legit reasons we are dead to the world when the sun comes up. I don’t know about you, but I like to get myself prettied up anyway. It makes me feel like I am ready to take on the day. I feel productive. I feel refreshed. I feel like a grown up! I feel like I can at least fake all of this.

You know what else I can fake? Lookin’ fresh. And you can too! So raise your face to the sun, you beautiful sunflower, you! And, here are my 5 Fave products to help:

Super cheap products I can’t live without for those times when waking up in the morning is the hardest thing you’ll do all day. These are my 5 Favorite tried and trues on days I can’t afford a shower but still want to look on point. Includes tips for hair, hairstyles, eye makeup remover, and skin care.

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Almay Smart Shade Makeup: I love this “foundation” because it is super light and moisturizing. It gives me a bit of coverage to even out my skin tone, but it isn’t cakey or heavy. Great for low-makeup days. Honestly though, I use it everyday.


Fashion Glasses: A pair of thick frames will hide tired eyes and make you look like you put some effort and thought into your look which you totally did not and that is the way I roll, baby. If you wear real glasses, you’re so lucky! (Do you hate it when people say that?) I have the 20/20 or so I think. Mike begs to differ.


Suave Dry Shampoo: I have blonde hair so this brand works really well for my color and budget. I’m not sure how it will work on all y’all brunettes. Anyone care to share? Anyway, just spray this miracle stuff into your hair, give it a fluff and be off with you.


MagSoul Knot Twisted Headband: Sometimes you just have a crush on an accessory, and you wear it everyday and buy a ton of them. This would be my thing. It’s the only headband I’ve ever had the truly stays in place and is so comfy. It also covers greasy hair so perfectly.


Kirkland Makeup Removing Wipes: I’m fully aware that there are tons of wonderful makeup removing recipes on Pinterest, but you know what is easier? These.

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What are your go-to products for looking fresh on the fly, fly girl? Leave them in the comments or link up your #5Faves (about anything!) below. 

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Sweet & Simple 5-Minute Makeup Demo

Have you seen the winged liner look and are wondering if it’s OK for everyday? I’m here to let you know that yes, you can rock that winged liner and red lipstick as an everyday look.

It’s so hard to find an everyday makeup tutorial. This 5 minute makeup tutorial will show you how to look polished but not overdone. And you can even transition this look from day to night with a trick for a cat eye makeup how to / winged eyeliner tutorial.

© Liv Friis-larsen / Dollar Photo Club

Since pictures are worth 1000 words and videos are worth a whole lot more than that, grab a cuppa and let me show you how I get it done in the morning!


What is part of your daily makeup routine? Let us know in the combox. Until Next Time!


Meet Karianna! My goal is to put forth my best self everyday and inspire others to do the same. There will be days when I want to do nothing more than to lounge around in my sweats and eat chocolate… but that’s not going to happen, so I might as well look nice while going through what I’m going through. I am a social person and I would love to hear from you whether it’s here in the com box or on Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter. I used to blog under the name Caffeinated Catholic Mama… and those descriptors still apply, more so than ever!

VLOG: Applying Bold Lips

I love applying bold lips while playing down the rest of my makeup. It makes me feel a bit more fancy without a big commitment. What would a really fancy big commitment look like anyway? Tattooed makeup? Is that even fancy?

If you’ve been wanting to try a bold lip but you’re unsure of how to execute it, watch my quick tutorial. And remember, it wipes away later. No fear!

A lipstick tutorial that will help you wear bold lips each and every day! Trust me, they aren’t that scary. Go for a vintage look or just wear it with a casual t-shirt. It’s not a tattoo after all. Best tip? That lipliner! I had no idea they made it like that!

Applying Bold Lips Tutorial

Applying Bold Lips Tutorial from Jenna@CallHerHappy on Vimeo.

Do you rock a statement lip? What’s your fave color? Any tips for applying bold lips?


#5Faves: Makeup Tips

One time, my friend’s mom told me to squeeze my butt cheeks together before pulling on my pants, and then my underwear wouldn’t give me a wedgie after suiting up. I’ve been a sucker for hot tips ever since. Here are my #5Fave makeup tips. Not butt tips. Sorry.

I use these makeup ideas and tricks It’s like life hacks for makeup. My favorite is the eye makeup removal trick. Makes nights so much easier.



Stick Your Finger in Your Mouth: After applying lipstick, stick your finger in your mouth and purse your lips. While pursing, pull out your finger. All that lipstick could have been on your teeth. You’re welcome.


Hold Your Makeup Remover Cloth on Your Eyes: Do this for 10 secs before removing your eye makeup. It loosens up the mascara and eyeliner and makes it a breeze to wipe away after that.


Never Put Concealer on Your Eyelids: It just ends up creasing and looking oily. And, if you put eye shadow on top of it, that gets all creasy too.


Hot Pink Blush: No idea what color blush to use? Try a hot pink. It is flattering to almost every skin tone. Just don’t go crazy brushing it on like tribal stripes, Cindy.


Green Makeup: If hot pink isn’t enough, buy a tube of green makeup (I like Physician’s Formula) for blemishes. Just dab some over any red spots or areas, and then conceal as usual. It really hides the redness. I would know.


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#5Faves: Tips for Styling Mocs

Turns out some people really did want moccasin tips. My bad. So, I’m here with my 5 Favorite ways to wear mocs. If I show you mine, then you have to show me yours. Only fair.

You’ve got moccasins shoes, but you’re unsure of how to style them. Give your moc fashion a boost with these style inspiration tips. Find out what kind of outfits to wear, mock no-nos and more!



Minnetonka are forever and ever my favorite mocs to rocks. I’m on my second pair in many years, so they last and last. Also, they are beautiful. Some of my favorite pairs:

Suede Skimmer Mocs
Classic Fringe Boot
Sheepskin Ankleboot Slippers


Leggings and skinny jeans are your best option when wearing moccasins. They don’t hide your pretty shoe with too much material, and they tend to be a little more casual. My mocs are absolutely my everyday shoe, but I have to make sure that the feel of my outfit matches my footwear. Anything too fancy ain’t gunna werk.


Sockless forever. Please don’t try to wear socks with your mocs if they show any skin. I personally have not seen someone pull this off. If you can, send me a pic. Maybe I’m in need of lessons. Even if it is cold outside: no socks. Like my mom always taught me: it doesn’t mater how you feel; it’s how you look.


Allover look: if you’re playing it safe, go with a baggy cardi/tunic/casual style in earthy colors with your moccasins. And avoid too many trends. The last thing I want to do is put on my oversized Aztec sweater, geometric leggings, statement necklace, slouchy beanie, and vanity glasses. Slow and steady, grasshopper. While mocs are really versatile and neutral, just pick a few pieces to make a statement.


Gold Jewelry: I have a thing for gold and antique brass jewelry. I love wearing heavy chains or simple gold studs when I wear a moc outfit. It just feels earthier and more cohesive with the style.



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#5Faves: Ulta & Sephora Haul


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What just happened?

You ain’t in Kansas anymore, baby. Or I suppose Heather actually lives in New York. Whichever. Anyway, I am so SO grateful that she is passing the 5Faves torch on to moi. Based on my predecessors, I feel like a donkey among horses. But, I’m your donkey now. And I’m here to make a donkey out of myself.

So why are we wasting time? I have makeup to show you.



Christian Dior Contour Transparent Lipliner

I DO NOT have room for 85 shades of lip liner. So, I just about died when I found this transparent lipliner that works with…wait for it…any color ever. The quality is insane, and I have used it every single day since I bought it.


L’Oreal Paris True Match Powder

I watched the coolest contouring video on the Youtube last week. Just like Leighann Says, I bought a pressed powder in a couple of shades lighter than my skin color. So subtle but so effective. Turns out I can fake cheekbones.


Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

And I highly rec this brush to do your contouring with. I looked through a ton, and this one seemed to be the best quality for the least amount of dough.


Essence How to Make Nude Eyes Palette

The reason I love this so much is that it creates two different natural/nude looking eye shadow looks, and it comes with a cheat sheet showing you how to do it. So, you just pull out the little card and apply. It’s like a little makeup class in yo bag.


Nyx Primal Colors

I’m going to do more sugar skull makeup for Halloween this year. But, I wanted to add more colors to my arsenal. This time I picked up yellow and pink to add the the teal and red I have. Maybe next year I will go crazy and do some purple. These colors can be applied wet for darker precision or dry for a lighter look.

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Oh Hot Damn: Tips for Your Jams

I know. I know. I’ve been doing a lot of sponsored posts lately, but I hope they are at least…helpful? I had quite a few backed up after my break, so you’re getting them now. And, best of all? They are all my own thoughts and opinions! Woo!

I think I’ve made it pretty clear that I like having my nails done. As a matter of fact, I went to a nail place a month or two ago to get a gel manicure. I love those – when they are done correctly. This time it was, like, $60 for a real disaster of a job. I vowed that I’d had it. Mama don’t got that kind of cash flow for nonsense. 

Mama don’t got that kind of cash flow for nonsense.

So, I started a Facebook hunt for something cheaper that would still last. I came up with a great base and top coat combo, but I also found Jamberry.

Lots of Pictures of Phalanges


Fancy for a wedding


What’s left after one mani on Ellen


Toes last up to a month










  • Last up to two weeks, although they do start to look like they need a change by then
  • Fancy colors and graphics that are impossible to create by yourself no matter what Pinterest tells you
  • No drying time
  • Depending on how big your nails are, it comes out to about $3.75 per mani and pedi


  • Definite learning curve (my third time was a charm)
  • Take a long time to put on (30 minutes), but I guess if you consider getting a manicure at a salon and drying time, this is MUCH less time consuming.
  • Not as many solid colors; I’m a plain Jane
  • I don’t know if this is from the gel or from the jams, so I can’t really say for sure, but my nails seem a bit brittle right now. I DID peel gel off my fingers instead of getting it removed, so there’s that…


  • There are a few methods for applying your jams (check Youtube), but stick with the traditional heat method on the package. It lasts much longer.
  • Once you initially heat the wrap and place it on your nail, use tweezers to really stretch it out over your nail to get rid of wrinkles
  • Heat up your tweezers and use them to iron out any imperfections or to seal the tips of your nails
  • If you are really hard on your nails, consider sealing the tips with a bit of nail glue
  • Tips and videos from Jamberry .

Follow Jamberry on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook: @JamberryNails


My Daily Makeup Routine

A quick little look into how I put on my face. My daily makeup routine, if you will. Plus, a Wantable (affiliate) review which I got a free box for and, and, and, here we go.

Get real makeup tips and a daily makeup routine for normal girls who want a fresh, Lauren Conrad look. This make up tutorial was done while my kids were awake, so you get a true look into a 5 minute makeup routine with young ones underfoot. Watch to the end for my best lipstick tip. Ever.

© beckystarsmore / Dollar Photo Club

Movie: My Daily Makeup Routine from Jenna Hines on Vimeo.

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We all know I have really warmed up to the idea of bright lipstick during the day. Now I love incorporating it into my daily makeup routine!

This Mother’s Day gift guide is better than that other one you read.

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Or maybe it’s not. But, I really do think you’ll enjoy it. Let me present my case:

1. Everything is pink.
2. So much pretty.
3. I love all of the items hard.
4. There is a giveaway and a discount code.
5. I don’t like even numbered lists.

So, head over to Raising Barnes and win yourself something nice. You deserve it.