Archives for June 2016

June Favorites 2016

I can not believe half the year is gone!!!  I mean seriously, I blinked and June was over.  Is it just me or are the months getting shorter and shorter?  My monthly favorites list is on the short side too, as I haven’t had a lot of time to test/try out new products but here you go!



Marc Jacobs Glow Stick Glistening Illuminator:  DISCLOSURE  I did receive this product complimentary for testing purposes from Marc Jacobs Beauty & Influenster.  I was stoked to receive this product because I have been wanting to try it and I love it.  If I didn’t, it wouldn’t have made it into this month’s favorites. This is a cream stick highlighter (which resembles a deodorant stick) that comes in a universal shade called Spotlight, which is flattering to all skin tones.  It has pearly gold and silver pigments which allows both warm and cool complexions to beam on the skin to create that “dewy glow from within” look.   It can be applied directly to the skin, or can be applied with your fingers or with a brush and blends out smoothly for a natural, radiant look.  I like to use it as a base under my powder highlighters to really boost that shimmery glow.

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Quick Tip Tuesday: Castor Oil For Eyebrows & Lashes

If you were an “over-plucker” like most people were back in the day (yours truly included) and are having trouble with eyebrow regrowth, try applying castor oil to eyebrows using your finger, cotton swab or a spoolie.  The fatty acid content, protein and vitamin E in castor oil helps stimulate blood circulation which triggers hair growth.  Castor oil can also be used for eyelashes to help thicken the re-growth.



  1. Thoroughly cleanse skin and dry.
  2. Apply 1-3 drops to eyebrows/lashes using your finger, cotton swab or spoolie.
  3. Let sit untouched overnight.
  4. Wash away any excess in the morning.
  5. Repeat regularly for best results.

You should start to see results within 5-6 weeks with regular use.

Other uses for castor oil:

  • Thickening and strengthening of hair when massaged into the scalp
  • Moisturizes the scalp and helps with dandruff
  • Reduces frizz when applied to the hair shaft
  • Moisturizes the skin
  • Relief for cuts, burns and wounds

Ipsy Bag Reveal: June 2016


Rebel Rebel

(Y’all this may be one of my favorite bags yet!  I love the graffiti design.  It is too cute!  I love most of the bags that I receive but something about this one made me giddy)


  • ColourPop Cosmetics Creme Gel Liner in Get Paid (rose gold)
  • Bombshell Cosmetics Pout Potion in Famous (purple-pink with blue undertones)
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Lounge (reddish-brown topped with teal-green shimmer)
  • Rodial Stem Cell Cleansing Cream
  • Youth Revival 5 Oil Hair Treatment Mask

If interested in joining Ipsy, click here for further details.


Quick Product Description:

  • ColourPop Cosmetics Creme Gel Liner:  A super creamy formula with intense color that lasts all day on the lid or the waterline. Glides on with smoothly and can be blended out easily for a smokey look.
  • Bombshell Cosmetics Pout Potion:  This lipgloss is full of shine and smells like a piña colada.  Perfect for summer!
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow:  You all know I’m obsessed with UD products so I always love getting them in my bags!  Luckily I don’t own this shade!  It’s a multifaceted shadow that changes it color in different lighting.  Glides on easily, doesn’t crease and is long wearing.
  • Rodial Stem Cell Cleansing Cream:  This 2-in-1 cleanser/mask is infused with stem cells from Alpine Rose to strengthen and moisturize your skin.  Ingredients included are antioxidants, Coconut Oil, Rose Hip Oil, Rose Wax and Coco Butter.  Also contains Vitamin E.
  •  Youth Revival 5 Oil Hair Treatment Mask:   A 3 minute hair mask that will leave your hair feeling soft and smooth.  Includes five oils:  Abyssinian, Baobab, Mongongo, Broccoli Seed and Kukui Nut.

Re-Work Your Denim Skirt

In keeping with the denim theme from last week, today I’m going to share some ways to revamp that denim skirt in the back of your closet.  I haven’t been this excited about something from my past resurfacing since NKOTB reunited.  I started noticing denim skirts popping back up in my favorite stores and immediately regretted discarding my old skirts.  Thanks to Express I now have one recirculating in my wardrobe.


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9 Ways To Style A Denim Skirt

  • Elevate the look with high heels.

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Quick Tip Tuesday: Mascara Mishap

Don’t you hate it when you’re applying your mascara and suddenly hit the wand against your skin and leave behind a nasty mark? Don’t immediately try to wipe it clean because you could just smear it more and make a bigger mess.  The key is to let it dry completely and gently wipe it away with a Q-tip.  It will come right off!

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How To Style A Denim Dress

Give your favorite pair of jeans a break this summer and try wearing a denim dress instead.  Not only is a denim dress much cooler in the heat of the season but it’s a fun and flirty alternative from traditional jeans.  The dress, much like jeans, can be dressed up several ways simply by adding jewelry, bags and accessories.

 (My Denim Tunic Dress.  Purchase exact here)


8 Ways To Style A Denim Dress:

  • Glam it up by wearing sexy pumps and statement pieces.

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One Year Anniversary + Giveaway!


Last June I started embarking on a new journey, with huge help from my husband, by starting this blog and my own freelance business.  So to celebrate this one year milestone I’m doing another giveaway for you guys as a thank you for all your love and support.

Read below and enter for a chance to win these beauty products.


Products Include:

L’oreal Sublime Bronze Sample / Urban Decay Lip Gloss Sample /  Benefit Porefessional & Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Samples / La Roche-Posay Mineral Tinted Sunscreen SPF 50 / Eva Nye Hungry Hair Oil Treatment / Anderson Lilley Hand Cream / imPress Press-On Nails / Beauty & Pin-Ups Lavish Cleanisng Conditioner / Pacifica Natural Lipstick  / Catherine Malandrino Romance de Provence Perfume / Coola Makeup Setting Spray / Hikari Shimmer Bronzer / BH Cosmetics Essential Eyes To Go Palette / Pacifica Natural Mineral Eye Shadow Trio / Pixi Eyeshadow Duo / YourMinerals Eye Pigment / City Color Creamy Lip Stain / Vera Mona Single Shadow / Chella Taupe Eyebrow Pencil / Margaret Dabbs Crystal Nail File

(Value over $200)

Same rules as the last giveaway.

To Enter:

  1.  Simply like and share my Facebook page (click here to like).  If you already like my page share your favorite post in your news feed and/or invite people to like my page.
  2.  Or follow me and repost picture on Instagram with #HalieHolleyGiveaway1 @HalieHolley (click here to follow)
  3.  Or follow me and retweet picture on Twitter with #HalieHolleyGiveaway1 @HalieBess (click here to follow)

Every share, repost or retweet equals one entry.  To increase your chances of winning complete the tasks as many times as you want!

For an added bonus of three automatic entries, subscribe to my blog here.

Giveaway ends Saturday, June 11 at 11:59 pm (est).  I will announce the winner on Sunday, June 12.

Thank you all so much and good luck!!!!!!


May Favorites 2016

May was a busy but great month for me.  I’ve been on the go-go-go all month long; from entertaining guests, traveling and doing hair & makeup for weddings, I’ve hardly had time to tend to the blog.  I apologize for the sparse posts but I will always make time to share my favorite products of the month with you.  In no particular order here are May’s favorites:


This may take a while to get through as I have quite a few this month!!!


Lavinalla Pure Vanilla Body Butter:  I received a sample of this lotion in one of my monthly subscription boxes and carried it with me while traveling and instantly fell in love with it.  I ordered a full size immediately online and had it waiting for me when I came home.  This is the most hydrating, non-greasy lotion I have found that is all natural.  It’s 100% pure Shea & Cocoa Butters blend with antioxidants and essential oils for long-lasting hydration and absorbs instantly into skin, leaving it feeling extremely soft.  If you are a fan of vanilla scents this one is for you.  There are six vanilla scents to choose from:  Pure Vanilla, Vanilla Coconut, Vanilla Grapefruit, Vanilla Lavender, Vanilla Lemon & Vanilla Summer.  These products are also paraben, aluminum and cruelty free.


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