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Degrease and Moisturize..At the Same Time!


A HUGE thank you to the good folks at Maple Holistics for sending this fabulous shampoo and conditioner over for me to try out. And for hooking us up with a giveaway for a lucky winner to try, see the bottom for details!

Honestly I am almost never overwhelmingly WOW’d by shampoo/conditioner, but this one really blew me away.  Usually I feel like the scent or fragrance is usually the make or break factor in whether or not I want to purchase it again. As long as its fairly moisturizing and color safe, Im pretty ok with it. All major “issues” , i.e. frizz control, root lift or extra shine can be handled in the styling portion of the program.

But then came these guys….

mapleholisticsshampooandconditionerI had this product for a little while before I had the need to add any more shampoo/conditioner to my shower. One day I was headed to the gym with my kids and was planning to treat myself to a shower there while they were playing in the Kid Zone. Knowing that I need to pack some color safe shampoo/conditioner and not do an emergency wash with the head to toe, all in one body wash/shampoo, I threw this in my bag and hit the road.  I mean, I can pretty much bet that whatever is in that soap dispenser is NOT color safe. 

After a pretty intense workout and a few days since the last shampoo, I was ready to lather up! Usually when my hair is on the oilier side, I have to shampoo twice but I only had to use the Degrease shampoo once! It instantly got my hair and scalp clean and smelling fresh without feeling stripped or dried out.


I wouldn’t call my scalp itchy but at times it is pretty darn oily and down right greasy. I love that the Degrease shampoo is a homeopathic, sulfate free formula that is super cleansing. It has a naturally antibacterial formula that stimulates circulation while still being incredibly hydrating.  It has a fresh, clean scent too!

As to be expected, I followed my shampoo with the conditioner. I am guessing that is what we all do!

The Argan conditioner is fragrance free, silicone free and sulfate free. It includes argan oil, jojoba, aloe vera, shea butter, pomegranate, green tea, sea buckhorn and hibiscus packed full of vitamins and essential fatty acids. The botanical keratin helps maintain strong and healthy strands and prevent breakage. For best results, leave in for a few minutes.

What caught my attention and made me fall in love with this product was how soft and shiny my hair was after one quick shampoo in the gym shower. I didn’t use any product after but instead just rough dried it with the cheapie locker room hair dryer and my hands. Normally my hair is a bit frizzy and pretty much a hot mess if I don’t give it some love in the drying portion of styling.

I snapped this quick selfie to show you how smooth it was, even on a hot, sticky, humid day in Virginia! I had to include this sweet baby girl of mine because she has the best hair ever!

IMG_9761For a product made with these high quality ingredients, it is surprisingly affordable, less than $10!

But because you are awesome, we are giving someone a free shampoo and conditioner. Enter below. Available for the US only. Everyone can get a free product by requesting theirs here. Good luck and Happy Holidays!

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In addition to the shampoo and conditioner, they also sent me the Vitamin C serum to try. Now that I am a certain age, I desperately need to be more diligent about my skin care. Products like this are best when used daily over a period of time since the benefits are cumulative. I haven’t been great at using this every day but I have been using it several times a week and I can see a visible improvement in the texture and clarity of my complexion.



Do you want to WIN your DREAM wedding? For FREE!

YES, you read that correctly! Some of the best of the best vendors are joining forces to create a dream wedding giveaway for one lucky couple! 

Wedding Collective Insta 1 More info can be found over at Katelyn James blog on how to enter and win this amazing, once in a lifetime wedding experience.  Hurry, you only have a little over a week to enter. 

Participating vendors include..

Bridal Hair and Makeup by ME!

Photography by Katelyn James

Venue is Big Spring Farm

Cinematographer Shaina Koren

Floral Design by Amanda Veronee

Vintage Rentals by Paisley and Jade

Graphic Design by Jess Creates

Southern Apparal for men by High Cotton Ties

Event Coordination by Tart Event Co.

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You may have seen all the buzz on Instagram from the vendors and people who are excited to enter to win this amazing giveaway. Follow my Instagram page and connect with all of the above vendors to stay connected on this and other super fun things we are up to.


It is FINALLY here! The website update is live!

Can you tell that I am a little excited!?!?! I am trying to play it cool but with MUCH sweat and tears, mostly tears, the new website is FINALLY here and I am pretty darn proud of it.

As a creative person and super busy working artist,  I am not a techy expert. I really struggle in this department. Thankfully I pulled in some support from good friends who gave me their perspective. Between that and searching for answers in the Squarespace forums, emailing them for help and spending hours on the phone with tech support, it is done.

Some things you may notice are new images in the portfolios, it had been awhile since I had added new images. The old website wasn’t on the easiest platform for me to manage. Squarespace is MUCH easier. My last website and blog had my photo from 2010 and I had long dark hair with purple bangs! I have probably had 1,000 hair changes since then. Shouts out to my husband for taking a nice photo of me to add to my about me page. 


This was one of 3 big projects that I am trying to work on before the end of the year. I will update you on the last two when they are complete. I am on a roll now! Im hoping to get the next one started before my birthday, at the end of the month.

In honor of my birthday month, and accomplishing this big goal, I want to give you a treat. Some really great Smashbox makeup goodies!!!

All you need to do is check out the new website here. And leave a comment to let me know what you think. Feel free to point out any spelling errors or broken links or anything that I need to get cleaned up.

Congrats to Nell and Kelley! The 2 winners of the Smashbox kits that we gave away this week!!!!!

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I want to give a big old thank you to my dearest of dear friends who took the time to edit and proofread to catch my spelling, grammar and punctuation errors. Why is it that you can reread your own writing 1 million times and not see that you typed the twice or spaced things weird. You need those fresh eyes to catch those mistakes that your eyes just won’t see. THANK YOU FRIENDS!

Have you missed me here? When my son was born last year and life got so busy after I went back to work, I neglected the blog. I used to post daily but now I am going for 1-2 solid posts per month. I would love to know what type of posts or videos you would like to see from me now? I am also working hard to update content at Money Making Makeup Artist.

Are you interested in working together on an upcoming photo or video shoot? Send me a message here and I will check availability. Thanks!

Thank you for your support GIVEAWAY!

For those of you who have known me for awhile, either in person or on the internet, you know that I have hustled and built my freelance artist business from the ground up on my own, and I totally boot strapped it. Now I teach other folks to do the same thing with my program Money Making Makeup Artist. We are currently enrolling the March group, the last one until late fall so snag your spot!

Just minutes ago, I found out that Marie Forleo, an awesome entrepreneur that I follow opened up a spot in her B-School and I submitted a video entry for a scholarship!

There are NO words for how much I want to be in this program. It only happens once a year and it is $2,000. Why do I want this training? Because I think, WAIT! I KNOW!that Marie can teach me what it takes to really launch my coaching program and get it into the hands of the people who would benefit most from it.

Watch this video on YouTube, give it a thumbs up and comment. That is all I need. Here is my video entry….

Now I need YOUR help to really stand out and snag this spot. And to thank you for that, Im going to give you some fabulous Smashbox makeup! The extra entries just help get the word out!

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Giveaway is for US only. But no matter where you are, I would love you a lot if you like and comment on my video:)

Beauty Blog Coalition Valentine’s Day Giveaway!

LOVE is in the air! Because we love you and you love our beauty blogs, we want to give you a chance to win this awesome prize!


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Participating bloggers include:

Aquaheart’s Obsessions    http://www.aquaheart.net/
Beauty and Fashion Tech    http://beautyandfashiontech.com
BeautyTidbits    http://beautytidbits.com
Blushing Basics    http://www.blushingbasics.com
Blushing Noir    http://www.blushingnoir.com
Cosmetics Aficionado    http://www.cosmeticsaficionado.com/
Emily Hudspeth, hair design and makeup artist    http://blog.emilyhudspeth.com/
FutureDerm    http://www.futurederm.com
Glamorous Mama    http://www.glamorousmama.com
Lawless Lacquer    www.lawlesslacquer.com
Love For Lacquer    http://www.loveforlacquer.com
Madame B Fatale    http://www.madamebfatale.com
Midnight Manicures    http://www.midnightmanicures.com/
MinaSlater.com – Fabulous Awesomeness    http://www.minaslater.com
Moxie Reviews    http://www.moxiereviews.com
My Beauty Bunny    www.mybeautybunny.com
My Highest Self    http://myhighestselfblog.com/
Peek & Ponder    http://www.peekandponder.com
Phyrra    http://www.phyrra.net
Polarbelle    http://www.polarbelle.com
polish insomniac    www.polishinsomniac.net
PolishGalore    http://www.polishgalore.com
Portrait of Mai    www.portraitofmai.com
Prime Beauty    www.primebeautyblog.net
The Crow and the Powderpuff    www.thecrowandthepowderpuff.com
TheFabZilla    http://www.thefabzilla.com/