Messy Wavy Twist Hairstyle and Giveaway!

 The big day is here! Remember THIS post last week? I told you about the holiday hairstyle I was creating with Pantene products and here is the big reveal! Messy Wavy Twist


I must admit, I was a little worried about trying Pantene products because I am a cosmetologist and I tend to use salon hair products. I got to try several products from Pantene that are all geared to protecting your hair from the heat. The products I used were…


Pantene Heat Protecting Products


    • Pantene Pro-V Heat Shield Shampoo


  • Pantene Pro-V Heat Shield Conditioner



  • Pantene Silky Moisture Whip



  • Pantene Heat Protection Spray



  • Pantene Advanced+ Keratin Repair KeraGloss Oil Mist



  • Pantene Smooth Lisse Serum



  • Pantene Triple Action Volume Mousse



  • Pantene Volume Root Lifting Spray Gel



  • Pantene Shaping Hairspray Extra Strong Hold




I was really impressed with the way that these products felt in my hair! My hair was so soft! I was a little concerned that by using all of these products, my hair would be weighed down and would look greasy, but that wasn’t the case at all. I am glad that I got to try these out! If anyone needs heat protection, it is me! I have naturally curly hair, so my hair gets a lot of heat. I blow dry it, straighten it, and then use a curling wand to create loose curls or waves in my hair. I love the look, but it isn’t good on my hair at all! By using hair products made to protect my hair from the heat, I am able to continue styling my hair the way I like it without feeling like I am totally destroying my hair!


I wanted to create a perfect holiday look for the parties that I attend during this season. I don’t go anywhere formal, so I wanted something that I felt like was a little dressed up, but still had enough edge to it that I could feel casual and comfortable. To create your own messy wavy twist look, follow these directions below. Beware! There are a lot of photos of me without makeup, fresh out of the shower coming up! You may not be able to get these images out of your head.


Holiday Hair Look




1. Wash and condition your hair with the Pantene Pro-V Heat Shield shampoo and conditioner. It is so important to start with a strong foundation to work off of. If you start with great shampoo and conditioner, your hair will be much happier!


2. Put just a little bit of the Pantene Silky Moisture Whip into your damp hair. A little of this goes a long way. It makes your hair feel so soft and it smells fantastic!


3. Put the Pantene Smooth Lisse Serum through the ends of your hair. Keep this away from your scalp, or else you will start looking a little greasy. This helps protect your ends a little more while keeping your hair looking nice and smooth.


4. Next is the Pantene Triple Action Volume Mousse. Put this all over in your hair. This helps add volume to all of your hair. A lot of products that are made for volume can really dry out your hair, but this one is made to keep your hair nice and healthy so that is a total bonus.


5. Spray the Pantene Volume Root Lifting Spray Gel onto your roots and rub it in.


6. Spray a very healthy dose of Pantene Heat Protection Spray into your hair. It is so important to use heat protection spray before using any sort of heat on your hair. It helps build a barrier to keep that heat from frying your hair off.


7. (These next two photos got switched! Forgive me! Look at photo 8) Blow dry your hair and then spray the Pantene Advanced+ Keratin Repair KeraGloss Oil Mist into it.


8. (Now look at picture 7) Straighten your hair. If your hair is naturally straight, I’m totally jealous. You can skip this step!


9. Make sure to brush it out really well before curling your hair.


10. Take medium sized sections of your hair and section them off.


11. Use a curling wand to curl those sections. Leave the ends off of the wand so they will stay straight. Brush through your curls after the hair has been all curled.


12. Take two sections from the front and pull them back. Tie them around each other, creating what would be the base part of a knot. Loop the hair through 2-3 more times to make the twist a little longer.


13. Take bobby pins and pin the twist into place.


14. Check where the hair is falling and pin anywhere you may need extra support.


15. Spray your hair with Pantene Shaping Hairspray Extra Strong Hold to keep everything in place.


Now you are done! The perfect, done up look that will look effortless and amazing!


Now for a giveaway! One lucky reader is going to receive all of these awesome Pantene Heat Shield products that I got to use! To enter, use the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!


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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Holiday Party Makeup Look

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Let the holiday parties begin! It is fun to dress up a little for holiday parties and it is time to have a perfect makeup look to go with your gorgeous holiday look! Adding the perfect makeup can bring your entire look to the next level. It can make you feel fabulously confident so you don’t have to worry about anything but enjoying your holiday fun!

I was given some Younique makeup to create this holiday makeup look by cute AnnieMarie of Cozy Couture Boutique. I am obsessed with these products! They are really high quality and they are jam packed with pigments so the color turned out just as vibrantly as I hoped they would. The makeup also stayed on all day long with the help of the amazing primer too!

Younique makeup Holiday Look

I used…

Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

Moonstruck Minerals Pigment Powder in Infatuated, Heartbroken, Curious, and Gorgeous

Moonstruck Minerals Blusher in Seductive

The Moonstruck Glorious Face and Eye Primer

Lucrative Lip Gloss in Lovesick

I am totally obsessed with these products! I can’t tell you enough how impressed I am by the quality of these Younique products. For the price, they are completely affordable and are a great deal! When I created my holiday look, I used my own foundation, eyeliner, eyebrow pencil, and an additional red lipstick color that is totally optional depending on how bright you want your lips to be.

Now for creating the look…

For your facial makeup:

1. Apply moisturizer

2. Apply primer to your entire face. I used the Younique Glorious Face and Eye Primer. It’s totally amazing.

3. Put your foundation on.

4. Put blush on the apples of your cheeks. I used the Younique Minerals Blusher in Seductive. For this look, I didn’t do any other facial contouring because I like to keep the face looking more naturally colored during the winter. Because there isn’t much sunlight to get tan, I stayed away from the bronzer. I wanted it to look like my cheeks had gotten a little rosy from the cold weather. When you use the Younique blush, be sure to put a little on your brush and then tap most of it off onto your hand. The pigments are so powerful, you can get too much on your brush pretty easily.

5. Pencil in your eyebrows.

For the eyes:

Holiday Party Eye Makeup

1. Apply eye primer to the entire eyelid. I used the Younique Glorious Face and Eye Primer.

2. Brush the dark brown eye shadow in the crease of your eyelid from the outside edge of your eye in about halfway across your eye. I used the Younique Infatuated color.

3. Brush the reddish pink colored eye shadow below the dark brown eye shadow. Brush it from the crease down to the lash line. I used the Younique Heartbroken color. This is one color you won’t find anywhere else. I’m obsessed with this color!

4. Brush the gold colored eye shadow from the inside edge of the eye into the previous two colors. Brush from the crease down to the lash line. I used the Younique Gorgeous color. This is another color I haven’t really seen before. It is SO gold. It is really beautiful!

5. Brush the gold colored eye shadow under the bottom eyelashes along the lash line.

6. Apply cream or white eye shadow from the crease up to the eyebrow. Brush into the previous colors just a little bit so you can blend them together. I used the Younique Curious color.

7. Apply a thick line of dark eyeliner. come out a little past your eyelid so you can create a small cat eye effect.

8. Finish of the eyes with some mascara. I used the Younique 3D Fiber Lashes. This isn’t just any mascara! This is kind of like wearing false eyelashes, without all of the hassle of applying false eyelashes. It is just two different tubes that look like mascara tubes that you use to create the perfect eyelashes.

For the lips:

1. Put some pink or red lipstick. This is optional depending on how bright you want your lips to be. I used a red Kat Von D lipstick and then kissed most of it off onto a tissue. I just wanted to add a bright color, but didn’t want it to be overwhelming.

2. Apply lip gloss on top of the lipstick. I used the Younique Lucrative Lip Gloss in Lovesick. Adding the lip gloss helps make your lips look fuller and more glamorous for your party!

Easy Holiday Party Makeup Look

Now it is time to go knock the socks off of all of those party goers!

Be sure to go like Cozy Couture Boutique on Facebook to get more details about ordering these Younique products and to see all of the other cute stuff AnnaMarie has! She has some great deals going on right now! The Younique eye shadow pigments are $10 each or 4 for $35! These pigments will last you a very long time too! The pigment is so high in them that you don’t have to use very much each time you apply it. She is also offering free boot socks with any purchase over $20! Holla! Perfect Christmas gifts!

Don’t forget to get my book, The Busy Girl’s Guide to Makeup for your Christmas gifts too!

I was compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. I really do love these products!

How to Steal for Your Own Blog (the right way!)

I am excited to have a guest post for you guys today! It is from one of my favorite bloggers, and my most favorite person in the world… My husband! I asked him to write a post for my readers about stealing content. I personally have had to deal with this far too many times and I have seen it happen to a few blogger friends as well. It is really sad to see what it does to those bloggers after they have worked so hard to be unique and create something of their own. I love how Dave has laid it out for us in this post…

How to Steal for Your Own Blog the right way

Bloggers get burned out. That’s a fact. The pressure of constantly churning out creative and engaging content for our readers is likely to give us gastrointestinal problems. That’s why it’s nice to hear that if you are constantly trying to summons new ideas for blog content, then you’re blogging all wrong.

Mark Twain, one of the most prolific writers in American history, wrote in his biography, “There is no such thing as a new idea. It is impossible. We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope. We give them a turn and they make new and curious combinations.”

That’s why I am in favor of stealing, but only when it is done ethically.

Using other people’s content, including actual words, images, logos, and videos without their permission is definitely wrong. In fact, it can get you into legal trouble, yourself, and can quickly get your blog or social media profile taken down from the Internet.

So, what can you steal to rejuvenate your blog and gain the attention of your readers? Content structure and topics. In fact, if you want to consistently drive traffic to your blog, you should be stealing these two things more often than not.

The way that you structure and compose your next blog post doesn’t have to be created from scratch. You can base the flow of your article on other bloggers’ content structures to leverage your voice and ideas more clearly. But, what does that mean? It means writing a “How-to” article of your own, a “Top 10” post about a topic of your choice”, a “Myth busting” post about something that your readers are interested in, or a “Failure to Success” story after reading one that inspired you on one of your favorite blogs or website.

Additionally, stealing content topics is a great way to remove the writer’s block that has turned your blog into a slow uninspired chore. One of my favorite ways to do this is to read blogs and articles from friends’ websites and other media outlets that I am personally interested in and always seem to captivate me with whatever is posted. Reading the work of bloggers that I admire is a source of inspiration that I owe a lot of my writing success to. In fact, my book If You Can’t Fail, It Doesn’t Count was inspired by the writing of one of my favorite bloggers, Seth Godin. And while my book reads a bit like many of his own, I wrote all of the content myself using my own language and expertise.

That’s where stealing content topics isn’t so much stealing anymore, when you use an idea that you are inspired by to write a blog post using your own language, voice, and personality.

Nevertheless, regardless of the ethics of the situation, if you want to be welcomed as a respected member of a blogging community, you need to follow certain blogger etiquette. While there aren’t any stone tablets with the Ten Commandments of Blogging inscribed on them, blogger etiquette can be summed up in four words: don’t be a jerk.

While stealing content topics and structures is perfectly fine to do, as long as you write your own content, stealing the content topics and structures from the same person and posting your “How-to” article about the same topic two days after their original post was published is a quick way to lose credibility and respect among the blogging community and your network of friends and readers. The same goes for Facebook status updates, Tweets, and Instagram photos and videos as well.

The reason we blog is because we enjoy sharing our ideas and passions with others by creating high value content that our readers might enjoy. And ethical stealing is a major part of producing high value content for our audience. However, it’s important to keep it ethical. Crossing the line not only puts your website at risk, it also tarnishes your reputation faster than you think, turning what was once a thriving lifestyle of blogging and connecting with others into a sequel to the movie Mean Girls.

Thanks Dave!

Dave Headshot

Dave Guymon is an online middle school teacher and educational technologist from Idaho Falls, Idaho. In addition to teaching his students, Dave also hosts professional development classes to teach educators about digital citizenship and integrating technology into their own classrooms. You can read Dave’s book, If You Can’t Fail, It Doesn’t Count, here. You can also follow Dave on Twitter @DaveGuymon.

How to Apply False Eyelashes: Guest Post from Simply Sadie Jane

What up guys, I’m Sadie from Simply Sadie Jane!
 I am SO excited to be apart of Kenzie’s MONTH OF MAKEUP!
Kenz and I have been friends for what feels like forever and I am so proud of this girl for all the amazing makeup goodness!
These posts have been so informative and helpful, I just had to get in on it!
…so I asked Kenzie if I could jump on board and share my EVERYDAY EYELASH TUTORIAL with all of you!!
I know what you’re thinking…seriously fake eyelashes for the everyday look!?
YES…it’s true!!
Fake eyelashes aren’t just for Snooki and the Kardashian’s anymore!!!
Now…I’m not talking about the extreme sky-high fake eyelashes…just the PERFECT lash to take your everyday look up a notch!
The lash to give you the thickness and volume that all the mascara commercials promise but the result is NEVER what you were hoping for!
For a while now I’ve been using lashes with a lot of my looks…
NO…not on the days when I run to the store or I’m cleaning house and such…but on the days when I know I am going to go somewhere other than the grocery store or if I know I will be going out that night…
here are some examples!!
 Fake eyelashes can be a sticky hot mess!
SERIOUSLY…they can be intimating, annoying and sometimes turn out WAY TOO fake to even bother with them…
Today I am going to teach all you Girl Loves Glam readers how to properly apply the perfect, simple fake eyelash!!
FOR REALS…I wish I was getting paid or getting free eyelashes for this post…but I’m not!}


1. REVLON: lash adhesive {I use the DARK on dates and nights out…and the CLEAR for my everyday look}
2. Tweezers
3. REVLON Beyond Natural Synthetic Lashes, 4 Sets of Lashes {the DEFINING kind} 
*About 10 dollars a pack…REMEMBER you can reuse them! Just pull the access glue off the lash carefully before using it again!
 Make sure to start with a CLEAN EYE!!
My eyelashes stay on great ALL DAY LONG and sometimes I will sleep in them and use them for 2 days EVEN!!…WATCH OUT!
Usually eyelashes are the FIRST thing I do after I moisturize!
STEP 1: Start at the inner part of your eye {right above where your tear duct is…} and place a thin line of lash adhesive directly on top of your lash.
STEP 2: Place a thin line of lash adhesive on the end of your fake lash
STEP 3: Grab the outside end {the longer lash end} of your lash with the end of your tweezers
STEP 4: FIRST place the OUTSIDE corner of your fake lash onto the top of your lash {make sure to wedge the lash onto the top of your eyelid as well} Hold in place for a few seconds
STEP 5: Grab the other side of your fake lash with your tweezers…
STEP 6: Place the inside corner of your fake lash right on top of your natural lashes…remember to push the lash onto the skin and hold it there for a few seconds
STEP 7: Push the middle of your fake lash onto the top of your natural lash like you did with the ends.
STEP 8: To make the fake lash ‘blend’ with the natural lash and make it look more ‘natural’…take your tweezers and wedge both lashes between the tweezers…then squeeze them closed so they kinda ‘adhere’ to each other.
STEP 9: Do a bit of a touch up with your lash adhesive on each corner
STEP 10: Use a cotton swab to place a bit of concealer on the lip of your eye, right above your eyelash {make sure you use the concealer to hide that access glue that might shine through your eye shadow}
STEP 11: blend concealer into your crease and up the arch of your eye
STEP 12: Use a liquid liner and put a thin line over the top of the bottom of your lashes {this will hide the ‘root’ of the lash}
STEP 13: ALWAYS USE MASCARA! Don’t you dare put your fake lashes on and think that your other little natural lashes will just disappear underneath them…THEY WON’T! Mascara blends them together!! SO USE IT!


to compliment your ginormous forehead…

oh wait…that’s just me!

Make sure you try them out for your next hot date night.