Every girl's must-have makeup!

Every girl loves shoes. That is pretty much a given, right? Ok, maybe I’m a tad bit biased, but aside from shoes, the other things that each and every girly girl loves is makeup! From the time we are wee ones, us gals somehow manage to dig in our mom’s make up cases and smear on that lipstick, and rose up our cheeks with some blush. And from then on, we are always on the hunt for the perfect cosmetics – the right tint or hue, the blush with the most natural look, just the right red for our lips, and the mascara that makes our lashes look most luscious.

During my hunt for the perfect make up, my priorities have changed a bit, and over time it’s become increasingly important for me to have natural, healthy make up. I’ve had my fair share of breakouts and blotchiness due to bad, cheap make up – but those days are over now that I’ve discovered tarte cosmetics! tarte is a leader in high-performance naturals, all cruelty-free products, with pure and healthy ingredients. How do they do it, you ask? Their ingredients include nothing but fruit and plant extracts, vitamins, minerals, essential oils and other naturally derived ingredients. No dangerous parabens for your gorgeous skin, no mineral oil, or other synthetic fragrances that us health-conscious gals try and stay away from. Love it! So I thought I’d share with y’all a few of my favorite tarte cosmetics products – add it to your summer wish list, ladies! Trust me.

The ‘Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush’ is not only a “Best of Beauty” Allure magazine award winner, but also the best long-wearing blush out there. Infused with true Amazonia clay harvested from the banks of the Amazon River, this blush is perfect for all skin types, giving a dash of color and shimmer, while balancing and hydrating skin as you wear it all day long. If you have dry, flaky skin (which you may this summer!) this is the perfect mask for your case!
I love a perfect go-to color. And my tarte ‘LipSurgence™ matte lip tint’ is that color. Another bestseller, this formula moisturizes naturally, glides on smoothly, and has a scented hint of mint to finish. Packed with color as well as vitamin C & E, pepperming and jojoba oil, you won’t want to put anything else on those smackers of yours! The ‘lucky’ color is perfect for summer, and I dig the ‘envy’ color for the fall/winter months. Lasts forever, too! Adore.
If you’re looking for a lengthening, curling, volumizing, and conditioning mascara, the tarte ‘lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara’ is literally the answer to your prayers. Considered the “push-up bra for your lashes” this mascara will give you that BOOST that your eyes have been looking for! As usual, tarte brings a clinically proven formula that is safe, and effective in increasing lash volume. Va-va-voom! Throw on some of this for summer, and you’re beach-ready!
So this summer, as you throw on those cute sandals and perfectly, styled outfit, make sure you’re primping yourself with some of these hotlist items from tarte – you will thank me for it!

holly in heels


I miss heels.

It's official. I miss heels. I may get to wear spandex a whole lot, and tighter dresses than I've worn since my college days...and I do get the occasional "you're the cutest pregnant girl!" comment (which I do appreciate), but nothing compares to wearing heels. I miss standing in front of my shoe closet, looking for the perfect pair to my outfit. I miss the long look my legs used to have in a good pair of heels or wedges - the way it would finish an outfit and make me feel like a million bucks! Only a few more months of this...but in the meantime, excuse me while I drool over these 'Abby' wedge espadrilles with the clear heel, by French Connection. Love me some turquoise!

So all you NON-preggo girls out there, do me a favor. Wear some heels in honor of yours truly. I'll be joining you in about 6 weeks (along with a margarita)!

holly in heels


If the moccasin fits...

The one thing I love about shoes is that there are so many different types of shoes. If it's heels, you've got stilettos, wedges, kitten heels, classic pumps, peep-toe heels, round and pointed toe--to name a few. When it comes to flats, you've got ballet flats, pointed-toes, peep-toes, trendy tennies...and my new fave: moccasins! Being 8 months pregnant (holluh!), I will confess that I'm turning to flats more and more these days. Don't worry, I'll get my heel action back on in no time, but in the meantime, I've discovered all kindsa cute flats.

This week, I'm lovin' my moccasins from LAMO footwear! LAMO's 'Gabrielle' mocs are full suede material, fringed at the toe, and filled with a contrast color at the toe box. Love! They come in a few different colors--including the coveted leopard color, but this hot mama opted for the chocolate-colored moc (could it be the cravings? Jury's still out). Check it.

If you wanna see more of these pretty mocs, and other shoes by LAMO, check out their website, Facebook and follow @LAMOFootwear on Twitter! Hey, and if the moccasin fits, wear 'em.

holly in heels