Steal or Splurge Contour Kits

Britt and I have jumped into the contouring world head first… and after a little practice we are loving it! We’ve all seen the pictures on Pinterest that show how to contour your makeup, but end up looking more like Halloween tutorials. {these pictures can be terrifying} However, if you follow the guide and use light strokes it works like magic. We now use our contour kits instead of bronzer or highlighter, because it contains both products. It’s also a great space saver if you need to finish your makeup on the go, you can just throw it in your bag (oh wait, I’m the only one that finishes my makeup at my desk, right?).  Britt and I have been testing out countless products over the years and wanted to share our two favorites. One is a steal and one is a splurge.

Splurge: Anastasia Contour Kit $40

We are pretty obsessed with every item in the Anastasia makeup line and this kit is no different. The palette has 6 different shades to choose from which makes for a more natural look. It also comes with a guide that shows you where to use each color – so helpful! This is a good choice for someone who plans to contour regularly. Below is my before & after after using the Anastasia kit, it makes a big difference! (I also contoured my lips with regular lipstick & a highlighter.)

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Steal: Ulta Contour Kit $18

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This kit has the same layout as the Anastasia edition. However, the price makes it more approachable for anyone that is still feeling intimidated by contouring. It is a great starter kit, perfect for experimenting and seeing what looks best on your face. Also, the powder is in larger containers, so technically you are getting more bang for your buck with this kit. Plus, look at the handy dandy guide that comes right on the cover! Britt’s before & after pics using this kit are shown below.

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 If you end up like this, please send me a pic :) Or just start blending! AmySchumerMakeup

ALT Summit Stars You Need To Know About

We were so thrilled to be invited to host a round table discussion at Alt Summit. If you don’t know about Alt, it is a 4 day conference, held in Salt Lake City, where creatives from around the world come together to learn. {As well as party hard together in some of the most insanely gorgeous set ups you have ever seen.} Britt and I spoke on creating a relationship with the media and how to make the most of your opportunities. We were overwhelmed by the caliber of women that were asking US for help! It was intimidating but so gratifying. Women working together to help one another achieve goals feels so good. As we met with attendees we found some new gals that made us wish everyday was ALT Summit. They are inspiring, funny, creative, and well just nice.

#1 Rachel Ryle: She was named the top Instagrammer to follow by Buzzfeed. She is a creative genius and her stop motion videos are just so dang CUTE! She was one of the Keynote speakers and was able to share her story of success. Come to find out she is a wonderful person who has stayed incredibly humble despite her catapult to success. Thanks to her popularity she is moving to New York City and opening her own studio! We loved interviewing her.

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#2 Danielle Kryssa: Homegirl is the best. She has worked with Oprah among other big names, yet she still had time to chat with us. She lives in a picturesque town in Canada where she runs the website The Jealous Curator. She is an art expert and curates her favorite contemporary art and then shares it with the world. {Little does she know that we are planning a trip to stay with her ASAP…jk, but not really.} Up next she is releasing her second book. We miss you already Danielle!

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#3 Reachel Bagley: Rachel is a Phoenix fashion stylist. She is as sweet as pie and so fun to chat with. If you have a fashion question – she’s your girl!  She has helped thousands of women across America find their sense of style. It was fun to have Rachel do the color test on us, we’re hoping she returns to Utah soon!

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#4 Nancy Soriano: (the one is glasses below) Nancy is author of “The Jewelry Recipe Book“. She is a true New Yorker and is incredibly refined. We were lucky enough to be at the same dinner as her and delighted to hear about her life in the city. Her book is full of SO many fun projects. We will just be making our own necklaces for the next 24 hours nbd.

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#5 Gabrielle Blair: (bleach blonde next to Brooke) Gabrielle is known in the blogging and writing world as Design Mom, she is also the brains and beauty behind ALT Summit. She has created something truly amazing, it’s in it’s 11th year! She recently came out with her own book called “Design Mom”. We got a copy and spent every spare minute reading it. The book is full of fun tips and tricks and appeals to pretty  much every person on the planet. It’s fun to read about Gabrielle’s life in the Bay area. We want to send out a special thank you to Gabrielle for inviting us to be speakers. We had the best time!

Below we have posted a few more fun moments from the summit! xo

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Maui Wowie

DSC_1473 Our striped maxi dresses are from Island Company. So soft & comfy! If you’ve been searching for a maxi dress that looks cute, but feels like pajamas, this is it!

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Britt loved wearing the Albion Catalina Pin up top and cute ruffle bottoms… just enough coverage to feel fine about eating dessert, but still getting a great tan :) I’m wearing the flattering-on-everyone Albion Venice Beach one piece.

We were lucky enough to spend a week in Maui with one of our favorite couples in the entire world. Britt and I met Erin while attending BYU and going through the Broadcast Journalism program. While there we were able to watch Erin meet Cole, fall in love, and eventually get married. They are one of those all around amazing couples that make you want to be better. Right now they live in California so we jumped at the chance to be able to spend 7 uninterrupted days with them in Hawaii. Erin is the type of friend that goes above and beyond to make everyone feel comfortable and have fun. Not to mention they have the worlds cutest baby who did not cry the entire trip! We love them dearly and are so grateful they introduced us to such a pretty piece of paradise! We stayed at their condo on Kaanapali Beach and tried to pack in as much as possible.

Our top 5 favorite things we did were:

1. Swimming with turtles at Napili Beach. They are ginormous and so cool to see in their element.

2. Bamboo Forest Hike. This is along the road to Hana and was a definite highlight. Although I fell so many times I stopped counting. It gets a little muddy :) You pass countless waterfalls and the scenery can’t be beat.

3. Jumping off Black Rock. Every night a local man jumps from the rock at sunset as part of an island tradition. We decided to give it a try and it was extremely fun!

4. Hula Pie, anywhere and anytime. We fell in love with this dessert and most definitely ate waaaaay too much of it while we there. We loved all of the restaurants we tried on the island. Some favorites included: Leilani’s, Hula Grill, and Cheeseburger in Paradise.

5. Paddle boarding along Kaanapali Beach. Paddle boarding is always fun and the water is the perfect temperature so it doesn’t matter if you fall in!

We can’t thank Erin and Cole enough. The trip was fabulous and we hope they become our permanent travel buddies! IMG_3934-1 IMG_3920-1 IMG_3962 IMG_4002-1 DSC_1274 DSC_1289 DSC_1306 DSC_1345 DSC_1305 DSC_1335 DSC_1391 DSC_1396 DSC_1407 DSC_1493 DSC_1302 DSC_1306 DSC_1370 FullSizeRender-6 IMG_3660 IMG_3790 IMG_3793 IMG_3860 FullSizeRender-9 IMG_3870-1 IMG_3975-1 IMG_3976 DSC_1437

Big Announcement

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We are so excited to announce that we have accepted positions as hosts of Fox 13’s new lifestyle show! We never thought this opportunity would come up in our lives where we would be able to work on something we are both extremely passionate about – and do it together! We feel extremely blessed and could not be more excited to get the show going! We are so grateful to all of our family, friends, and mentors who have been so supportive all along the way. We look forward to working with some fun, new faces. We will be posting details about the show as the launch gets closer. Wish us luck!

What is Barre?

FullSizeRender-14 As many of you know, Brooke and I have recently become obsessed with Barre and Pilates class at Xcel Fitness. Most people are familiar with Pilates, but Barre is a somewhat new workout. I have been asked more than once why I’m going to go to a bar to workout and not drink. So, here’s a little explanation about what Barre class is if you’ve been wondering:

– You workout at a ballet barre, not necessarily doing ballet, but it is ballet-inspired

– You never lift heavy weights, the maximum is 3 pounds, but oh my goodness it feels like a million at the end of the workout!

– It’s great for any age group (we recently had our Mom try it out and she was terrified, but she keeps coming back!)

– You don’t have to be a good dancer (we grew up dancing, but there is no choreography or technique that you need to know before you begin taking classes)

– It makes everything high and tight. We originally tried it out after hearing several of our fit friends say they had never done a workout that lifted their booty more than Barre and it’s true, lots of the moves are targeting towards lifting your “seat”, the Barre way of saying bum :)

– It’s a full body workout

– It’s fun. Seriously, we have kept going because the one hour classes fly by.

– Your legs will shake uncontrollably the first time you try it – that’s a good sign it means your muscles are working!

If you want to switch it up with your workout routine, try it and let us know what you think! Promise it’s better than running on the treadmill :)

 

Quick Treat: Smores Rice Krispie Treats

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After making these 3 times in the last week I decided this recipe was worth sharing. Britt and I are no experts in the field of baking… BUT we are obsessed with treats and like to share recipes when we think they could be beneficial to someone else. There are a few things that make me instantly love this recipe.

1. It takes under 10 minutes to make.

2. You can take it, share it, eat it… or all of the above.

3. No turning on the oven.

I have seen a number of different recipes for these online but just decided to do my own because I am more of a “fly by the seat of my pants” type of baker. They are ridiculously simple, yet a crowd pleaser. My husband regularly requests them as his favorite treat. I took them to a youth group activity and a dozen, hungry teenagers devoured them in minutes. These are especially yummy fresh out of the oven when the marshmallows are lightly browned and ooey gooey!

Smores Rice Krispies

  • 1 bag of mini marshmallows
  • 1 bag of chocolate chips
  • 2 cups of rice krispie cereal
  • 2 cups of Golden Graham’s
  • 4 TBS of butter

Melt butter in pot on medium heat. Slowly add in 3/4 bag of marshmallows. Stir continually until well blended and melted. Take off heat and add rice krispies and Golden Graham’s until desired thickness. Last add 1.5 cups of chocolate chips. Quickly pour into pan. Cover the top with remaining marshmallows and a sprinkle of chocolate chips. Broil in oven for 2 minutes. Voila! You are done!

 

 

5 Keys to Flawless Foundation

Flawless Foundation7 When Brooke and I hit the age of 12 a terrible thing started happening… zits! We were cursed with acne and it took years to find out how to get it under control. Our advice for that — go to a great dermatologist and get on something that cures it from the inside out. You can try all the topical creams in the world, but you have to stop the actual cause of acne and I can almost guarantee it’s not because your face is dirty. For us, it was birth control pills and an antibiotic. Worked wonders and cleared up our faces. Anyway… along the way we experimented with just about every concealer and foundation out there. We finally found a favorite that does everything a great foundation is supposed to: covers, blends and makes skin look flawless. People ask us quite a bit what kind of foundation we use, so we figured it was time to do a post about it. Either we are total cake faces and they are trying to give us a hint, or they actually want to know, so if you fall into the “actually want to know” category, here are 5 keys to flawless foundation!

1. Moisturize Your Skin

There is no foundation that will look good if your skin is not moisturized. It will look splotchy and flaky and be hard to apply evenly. We love Phytomer Hydracontinue 12 Hour Moisturizing Flash gel.  If you’re looking for a lower price point, Cetaphil works great and can be purchased at the grocery store.

Flawless Foundation1 2. Use a Primer

No one has perfectly even skin and this product fills in holes and smooths bumps, plus it feels like silk on your skin. Our hands down favorite primer is Too Faced Primed and Poreless. Let your moisturizer dry before you apply it. Primer gives your foundation something to stick to, which will make it last longer.

Flawless Foundation3 3. Find a Foundation You Love

We have used everything from Covergirl to $65/bottle foundation. After years of buying and trying, we have found one that does everything you want a foundation to do. Our favorite kind is Makeup Forever HD Makeup. Now don’t stop reading because you know this stuff is kind of pricey at $43 per bottle. It is worth the price! It will not clog your pores or make you break out. It lasts a very long time. I have applied it on dozens of different skin tones and textures and it looks great on everyone. We love finding great deals on other makeup products, but spending a little extra on foundation can go a long way. It is on your skin nearly every day, so you want a high quality product that is not causing more problems than it’s concealing. (climbing off my foundation soap box  :) )

Flawless Foundation5 4. Use Your Fingers to Apply Foundation

This is so not politically correct in the makeup world, but fingers are truly the best makeup brushes for foundation. If I am doing someone else’s makeup,  I will do the main application with a brush and then blend with my fingers. If I am doing my own makeup, I hate wasting foundation, so I just use my fingers. Actress Diane Kruger said it best, “I never understand makeup artists who only use sponges and brushes. Cosmetics need to be worked into the skin in order to look natural.” By the way, she always does her own makeup and it always looks fabulous.

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5. Set with a Powder

I know everyone loves a dewy glow, but in order to make foundation stay on your face, you must set with a powder. I love using MAC Studio Fix or Setting Powder from Dermablend. This will ensure that your makeup does not slide off your face 5 minutes after application. I do use a brush for the setting powder and apply a light layer on my entire face.

I hope this answers a lot of your questions, but please feel free to ask away if I missed something!

 

Interview with ‘A Beautiful Mess’ sisters

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Britt and I were lucky enough to interview bombshell sisters Emma & Elsie of ‘A Beautiful Mess’ while they were in Utah for the SNAP Conference. What started out as a bakery and vintage clothes shop for the sisters has turned into a hugely successful company and brand. The two could not have been sweeter. And they don’t try to… but they just ooze cool vibes.

Here is our quick interview with them:

Q: Why are you guys in Utah?

Elsie: We are in town speaking at the Snap Conference about being creative

Q: If you go online and see a new trend, you guys are the trendsetters and probably started it. What do you guys think is next?

Elsie: My favorite trend is the color blush. It is what I want to buy for my clothing, paint my walls, just everything.

Emma: I do a lot of cooking and recipe development at our site so I am really excited about different flavors for spring like lavender, lately I have been putting lavender in everything. Drinks, brownies, everything.

Q: You guys are sisters, we are sisters. How do you guys get along?

Elsie: It’s really bad. No (laughing) we love each other. We are normal people so we have little fights and stuff but we have really open communication and also, I mean – we’re best friends.

Emma: We have different strengths and weaknesses, you guys might be the same I don’t know, so we try to kind of focus in on “oh Elsie is really good in this area so I’m going to let her make the decision” and not try to be the leader all the time. I think that helps us kind of come together and make projects happen.

Q: For the people that are not familiar with your website you guys also have 2 great books. What can people expect to find in those?

Elsie: The first one is called “A Beautiful Mess: Photo Idea Book”. That is where we give tips for photography and it is just kind of a kickstarter for creativity.

Emma: And the second one is called “A Beautiful Mess: Happy, Handmade Home”. We have a thing for long titles, right? (laughs) That one is all about home decor and how to make your space feel more like you, adding personality and color all over your home. And we share our houses in the book.

Britt: Which are so beautiful!

After the interview the sisters told us they are tentatively working towards a TV show and may release a new app soon. Over achievers! We loved meeting them and look forward to following all their adventures.

5 Ways to Make Your Color Last

 

aubrey nelson hair done There was a time about three years ago when we both had our natural hair color… a nice dark, mousy brown color. You know when you look at old pictures and cringe… I totally do that now! Wishing I had been a little more adventurous with my hair color. A bunch of our friends tried “hair painting” several years ago and loved the results. There is only one person in Utah who does hair painting and her name is Aubrey Nelson and she is a color genius. We have trusted her with our hair ever since because she creates gorgeous color that lasts! As if that’s not enough, she is also the sweetest person with a heart of gold. We’ve been trying to find ways to make color last longer since it can be a pricey habit. So, naturally, we went to Aubrey to find out how to make our color stay longer.

1. Stop washing your hair so often. Aubrey says you should wait at least 24 hours right after you dye your hair to wash it. She also suggests trying to go at least one or two days in between washing. It may take your hair a couple of months to get used to it, so make sure you have some dry shampoo handy to get you through the greasy days!

2. Use color safe shampoo. She says this is the most important note. If you don’t use color safe, every time you wash your hair, you will strip the color. Aubrey also suggests using a clarifying shampoo sparingly during the summer if you have a tendency to get that greenish tint from chlorine.

3. Use professional oil products. Aubrey says using moroccan or argan oil on your hair can be helpful in keeping the color moisturized and vibrant. Our favorite shampoo & conditioner combo is Oil Wonders Micro-oil Shampoo & Conditioner available at Ulta.

4. Put down the heat tools. Aubrey says that straighteners and curling irons are the most damaging products on hair because of their high temperature. If possible, only use these every other day. She also suggests blow drying your hair on medium heat rather than high heat.

5. Get your hair painted rather than foiled. The method allows hair to grow in natural looking so you can go longer in between appointments. We both usually go anywhere from three to five months in between appointments without any weird grow out. You can go to Aubrey’s website to learn more about the hair painting process. She is doing a lot of traveling across the country this summer teaching workshops, so make sure you are also following her on Instagram @ilovehairpainting to see her adventures!

Are there any other tips we’re missing?

How to Stop Fighting With Your Spouse in Bed

We both pretty much scored the jackpot when it comes to husbands. We have some pretty crazy sleep habits and they are the kind hearted people that have to deal with them.

CarilohaCollage Here are a couple of things we have learned since getting married and learning how to share a bed:

1. Make it comfortable. We grew up sleeping in twin beds til college, so anything bigger than that always feels huge. This is not the same for our husbands, who are both pretty tall. One thing they both agree on is the fewer pillows the better and comfy sheets are critical. We were both given bamboo sheets recently. They are a GAME CHANGER! So soft, yet silky and breathable all at the same time. Our girlfriends have been telling us about them for a while, we were a little skeptical because we didn’t understand the magic of bamboo. Now that Spring is here they are seriously perfect for warmer nights. They actually stay cool the entire night so you never wake up sweating, it’s gross but true! Ours are from Cariloha and we are obsessed.

2. Watch out for sleep walkers! Britt and I have been sleep walkers since we were young, crazy I know. Instead of growing out of it, we still sleep walk regularly. It usually involves getting in the shower, doing our hair & makeup, or eating breakfast in the middle of the night. It is extremely odd but a little bit hilarious too. I’m sure you can imagine how thrilled our husbands were to first find us eating breakfast at 2am or changing into our work clothes shortly after midnight :) Over the years we have found that stress and sleep deprivation are the main triggers. Now we try to control both of those things to avoid sleep walking in middle of the night and scaring our husbands to death.

3. Snoring=the sad realization that we are turning into our parents! A little nudge or in desperate times plugging each other’s noses work like a charm.

4. Cold feet. This is the number one reason to get married, so that you have someone to warm you up ha! I sometimes am guilty of putting my cold feet on Parker’s warm legs. Oops. He is a good sport and always warms me up, but I do need to reach for some socks more often!

5. Make the bed. We have a rule that whoever gets out of the bed last makes the bed. Since we are both more of early risers than our husbands – it works out perfectly.

What are the tips and tricks you use for staying happy in bed?

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