Wednesday, October 8, 2014

October is Here!

Is it just me or is this year flying by? We are already in October!! I've been working hard on my plans so far this month! I am starting to get my Event Business up and running, and working on my book. The book wasn't in the initial plans, but since I wrote it years ago, I decided to edit a few things. Finding time to work on the book has been a little harder than I expected. That goes with the territory.
 
In addition to my business plans we (myself, husband, and my kids) made a "Fall Fun List" that we are trying to tackle. Its basically a bucket list of things we want to do for the fall! So far we have accomplished:
 
*baking homemade apple pie
*baking homemade pumpkin pie
*carving pumpkins
*Going to a corn maze
*Game night
 
Next up we will be making a scarecrow, going on a haunted hayride, and making candy apples. It has definitely been fun so far! I'm excited to see what the rest of October brings! Here are a few moments via Instagram!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Happy October! Love and hugs!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fall Makeup Look and New Series!

With my crazy schedule I haven't taken the time to post any makeup looks. It has definitely been a long time. I pulled out the camera yesterday and thought I would snap a few pictures while I got ready. Halfway through my camera died, so I switched to my phone.

After rushing through this look I started thinking that it would be fun to do a series on several wearable fall looks! I plan to include daytime and evening looks for the Fall Makeup Series! Here are the step by step photos with details below!


There is no set way I apply my makeup. Some days I will apply foundation first and some days I apply it last. It usually depends. Today I waited because some of the shadows cause a good bit of fallout and I don't like all the touchups. So here is what I did today:

1) I grabbed my Urban Decay eye primer  and 2) applied it to my lids.3) Then I grabbed my Urban Decay book of Shadows and patted "Sin" on my lids. 5) Using the UD Electric Palette I opted for the orange shade called "Burnout" and put it along the crease and outer corner. Then added some lighter shimmery orange with "Freelove". 8) Freelove application. 9) I decided to darken the orange with the two purple shades "Flash" and "Tornado". 10) I kept these more on the outer area and crease. 11) I used my Vice Palette and put 12) "Toxic" all over the lid and crease to add shimmer. Then I used "Rewind" 14) to deepen and 15)started to blend. 16) More deepening with "Derailed" 17) more blending 18) Time to clean up the fallout 19) I used my Avon Glimmerstick liner and then (not shown) went over the liner with "Blackout". 20) Foundation time. 21) I buffed the two together 22) Then grabbed my Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer and 23) put it under my eyes. 24) Time to add shadow to the bottom. These were Derailed and Rewind shadows. 25)lashes curled 26) pulled out the UD Perversion (They sent me a trial before it launched and I loved it so much I have a full size that I haven't opened)27) Upper lashes 28) Lower lashes 29) Avon Glimmersticks brow pencil in Blonde. 30) filling in before I grab my favorite 31) Too Faced Brow Envy then 32) Filling in and 33) using the spooly. 34) This picture looks crazy the way the flash showed up, but this is Too Faced Chocolate Solei bronzer 35) applying and then 36) blush from elf. 37) on the apples . I did highlight but that isn't pictured either lol. 38)Time for setting powder. This is a mix of two powders. 39) Elf matte nude lip with 40)Smashbox gloss on top.

 
Love and hugs!
 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Makeup Shopping List from Makeup Geek

It has been a while since I shared one of my shopping lists with you! I have been working on another list that I plan to get soon! I am always finding new products I want to try out, and the Makeup Geek brand is on my list. I loaded my online cart and thought I would share the items I've added so far. Here is my list!

The shadows:

Sea Mist and Moondust:
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pan - Sea MistMakeup Geek Eyeshadow Pan - Moondust
Cupcake and Burlesque: 
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pan - CupcakeMakeup Geek Eyeshadow Pan - Burlesque
Stealth and Ice Queen:
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pan - Ice Queen
Purely Naked and Preppy:
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pan - Purely NakedMakeup Geek Eyeshadow Pan - Preppy
Latte and Razzleberry: 
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pan - LatteMakeup Geek Eyeshadow Pan - Razzleberry
Beaches and Cream and Hipster:
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pan - Beaches and CreamMakeup Geek Eyeshadow Pan - Hipster
Blush:

Makeup Geek Blush Pan - Rendezvous
Empty Palette for Storage of tins:

The price of the shadow tins is $5.99 and the blush is $9.99. The empty palette I picked is the large Z palette and is $19.99. You can check out the Makeup Geek website by clicking HERE! You can also follow my shopping list as I go on my pinterest board by clicking HERE!

Love and Hugs!!


Friday, September 19, 2014

New Venture

I just wanted to write a quick note and thank all of my friends and family for being so supportive of my new business venture! I am excited to get started with my event planning business! For those of you who are interested you can check it out HERE or follow on FACEBOOK. Thank you all so much!

Love and Hugs

xo,
Brandi

Thursday, September 18, 2014

New Plans and Upcoming Posts

Its a little after 9 pm and I am sitting in my living room planning out a new business venture. The rest of my family is busy doing what they do best (video games, computers, and of course my youtube guru) . I am the thinker and planner in the group. I'm not saying they don't think or plan, but I am the one who always has something in the works. The latest is the new business venture.



My husband and I essentially work from home, though we do have appointments on a regular basis which means we are still out a good bit of the time. I love what we do and I love the extra time it allows us to spend with each other and our family. I have several things planned to branch off from our current business, but I've recently decided to get off my butt and FINALLY do something I've been talking about for years...Events and Weddings!

As I mentioned already, I am a planner. I am good at planning and I'm definitely detail oriented. I love mapping out something and seeing it come together. I also love setting goals and working to achieve them. Besides that who doesn't love a great party? I am working to get everything started in addition to collaborating with a few other great people. I figured if I was going to do this I might as well have all my bases covered! With that being said in addition to the planning we will also offer wedding officiants, planning, decorating, rentals, photography, makeup artists, setting up, and of course the clean up. I am working to make sure all bases are covered!

I've been talking about doing this for years, but I never seemed to really motivate myself to get started. Since we've basically been working from home for the past six months to a year I thought now would be the perfect time. I don't have to worry about scheduling between jobs since I already have that taken care of. I make my schedule so now is the perfect time.

I came up with "Flair" back in 2010 because I had plans of opeing a boutique. I opted for buying into another existing business so I didn't go full force with the title in that aspect. I did, however, start a jewelry line that was titled "Flair by Brandi" and eventually formed my blog with the same title. Since most people who know me already associate everything with "Flair" I decided to keep it somewhere in the title so "A Touch of Flair : Weddings and Events " is slowly coming to be!

I am working on a website currently, but for now I may just start out by using the blogger platform. I'm excited about getting this up and running and will definitely keep everyone posted on our latest venture.

Stay tuned for some reviews I have planned on some of my latest Urban Decay purchases and don't forget about my newest Erin Condren planner!

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Love and hugs as always!!


Thursday, September 11, 2014

September is Here: Insta Update

Time has seriously flown by the past few months. I have been so busy with work, family, and projects here and there. I am working on getting more organized and will hopefully be able to share a few things on that subject soon! I plan to do a series called "Project Organize" which will kick off soon! 

I am also happy to say that I recently ordered my 2015 Erin Condren life planner. I was so thrilled with the one I purchased last year that I decided to go ahead and grab another one! I carry mine with me everywhere and it definitely helps me stay on track! I will be doing another review on the new planner in the next few weeks! 

Here are a few photos to update whats been going on lately! Stay posted for "Project Organize" and my latest reviews!

Loved that saying and how cute are these kittens??

Came across these and saved them!
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Parts of my bedroom...I am still in the process of redoing everything!


Painted this while pretending to be artsy and using my Electric palette from UD.

My morning in a collage and me.

Blue look for the day and me and my oldest son.

A day at the dog park...no makeup! And sweet little Caroline.

Another eye look. This clip was too funny .

Ok, if you know me then you know coffee is a must! My baby boy and Berto.

Yet another quote and another eye look.

And finally more from Urban Decay. Can we tell they are my favorite!

Love and hugs until next time!