Beauty Tip Tuesday: Natural Looking Curls

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Happy Tuesday everyone! It’s that time of the week were we talk all things beauty! Today I’m sharing a little tip you can add to your routine when curling your hair. It’ll give your curls a fuller more natural look and it’s literally the easiest thing you never thought to do!

How To Get Natural Curls @ Made2Style

I’ve mentioned in this video how to curl your hair, making sure you start at the root rather than at the bottom of your hair. Today’s tip is about alternating your curls. Ideally, we curl away from our face but in order to create a natural look with your curls as well as more body something you can do is curl away and then curl towards the face.

Starting with the hair framing your face curl the hair away from your face.

How To Get Natural Curls @ Made2StyleThen take the next piece and curl it towards your face.How To Get Natural Curls @ Made2StyleBy alternating you are allowing the curls to look more natural. When you curl them in the same direction they often tend to stick together and create one big curl. This avoids that from happening! Secrets out! Just remember, the hair that is framing your face should be curled away and then alternate after that. When the clamp is in the front you’re curling away. When the clamp is in the back you’re curling towards.How To Get Natural Curls @ Made2StyleThere are sooo many different ways to curl your hair and achieve different looks! This is just one of many and will make a difference the next time you curl! You can also try it with a curling wand for beautiful beachy waves. Give it a try the next time you curl your hair! How To Get Natural Curls @ Made2Style






M2S in the Kitchen: Minestrone Soup

It’s Fall ya’ll!! Ok I’m not sure if I can really pull off saying ya’ll being the New Yorker that I am but I am so excited for the cooler temps! Although these days it’s more like sweater mornings and tank top afternoons! Either way there is a lot to look forward to and one of my favorite things about the Fall is Fall cooking! Mainly lots of soups, stews, and hearty food! 

Today I wanted to share with you one of my absolute favorite recipes and is pretty much a staple in this house. Minestrone soup! It’s chock full of veggies and so incredibly tasty! I’ve seen minestrone cooked a few different ways but this is a fool proof way to get a delicious warm bowl of goodness in your hands.  Now every once in awhile I like to be naughty and add some bacon. I mean why wouldn’t you add bacon to it? Bacon is an extremely flexible ingredient and often can be a major part of a recipe. In this case the bacon creates a beautiful base that saturates all of the veggies and gives it the perfect kick that it needs! 

The beauty of this recipe is that you can throw just about any vegetable that you have in your fridge into it! 

Minestrone Soup I Made2Style

I’m cooking for a crowd tonight so I’m doubling the recipe but here’s the normal one! 

2 cloves of garlic
2 large onions
2 celery stalks
2 large carrots
2 large potatoes
2 large handfuls of green beans
1 zucchini
1 yellow squash
2 tbsp butter
1/4 c. olive oil
2 strips of bacon
6 c. vegetable or chicken broth
2 tbsp. tomato paste
3 1/2 oz. small pasta (I use Ditalini)
salt and pepper
freshly grated parmesan cheese
Remember, you don’t have to use these specific veggies.  If you wanted to throw in some kale or white beans you absolutely could!


1. You’ll want to chop the garlic, onions, celery, carrots, potatoes, green beans, zucchini, squash and bacon.
Minestrone Soup I Made2Style
2. Heat the oil and butter together and then add the bacon.  These three work beautifully together to make a coating for all the veggies. Cook for about 2 minutes.Minestrone Soup I Made2Style

3. Add the garlic and onions and cook for 2 minutes.
Add the celery, carrots, and potatoes and cook for 2 minutes.
Add the beans, zucchini, and squash for 2 minutes.
Make sure you are mixing the veggies you add into the bacon butter goodness!
Cover the pan and cook all the veggies for 15 minutes.
Minestrone Soup I Made2Style
4. Add broth and tomato paste. Bring to a boil the lower the heat and simmer for 1 hour.

5. Add your pasta to the pan and cook for 15 minutes. Add salt and pepper.

6. Serve in a large bowl, because you’ll want a lot, and sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan cheese.
Minestrone Soup I Made2Style

Here are some links to some other favorite soups I love!

White Bean and Kale Soup
Carrot and Ginger Soup
Hearty Lentil Soup
Butternut Squash Soup

Let me know what you think if you give it a try! 

{Stool Makeover} Gold Dipped Legs

The school year is off to a great start! I must say I’ve got a cute class or at least they have me believing that! The verdict is still out ;) While putting my classroom together over the summer I came across a stool that someone was tossing and I am all about turning trash to treasure so naturally I did a little makeover!

Stool Makeover - Gold Dipped Legs I Made2Style

Stool Makeover - Gold Dipped Legs I Made2Style

I started by giving the top a light sanding since there were some worn out spots.  I also followed it up with some wood filler in between the pieces of wood since I felt that the paint would fall inside those cracks and not allow for a smooth finish.

Stool Makeover - Gold Dipped Legs I Made2StyleI had a quart of primer that I began brushing on and it took me about 5 minutes before I realized I was crazy and went and got some spray paint of the primer instead.  With there being so many sides to tackle with the legs it was very hard brushing the primer on and spraying it made it soo much eaiser! When I had sprayed some paint over a part the I had brushed for whatever reason this happened…
Stool Makeover - Gold Dipped Legs I Made2Style

I mean really? Since the paint was still wet I used a paper towel to wipe as much off as I could and then sanded the rest off and re-painted. Point of this? Not every project runs smoothly!Stool Makeover - Gold Dipped Legs I Made2StyleStool Makeover - Gold Dipped Legs I Made2StyleNext I used what I had for paint and even mixed some colors to make sure I had enough.

Stool Makeover - Gold Dipped Legs I Made2StyleI would recommend using spray paint for this but I didn’t want to spend any money on this project so I was all about using what I had.
Stool Makeover - Gold Dipped Legs I Made2StyleStool Makeover - Gold Dipped Legs I Made2StyleI left the bottoms free of the blue paint because I wanted to paint those gold. To make sure the gold went up the same length on all legs I simply cut a piece of paper and marked how high it was and then added painter’s tape all around.Stool Makeover - Gold Dipped Legs I Made2StyleStool Makeover - Gold Dipped Legs I Made2StyleThen with some gold spray paint I sprayed the bottoms! Of course I don’t remember what I used #bloggerfail
Stool Makeover - Gold Dipped Legs I Made2Style
And here it is in its new home!

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Hopefully I can get around to updating my classroom photos! In the meantime you can check out the last time I posted some photos here!

{Beauty Tip Tuesday} Make Your Lips Pop

Beauty Tip Tuesday BannerBig lips are all the rage right now. Between Kylie Jenner and sucking lip plumpers it seems like everyone is walking around looking like Lisa Rinna these days! If injections aren’t your thing you can always try overdrawing which when done right can really add the appearance of plumpness! If you’re not comfortable with the lip liner then there is another little trick you can try to help draw attention to your lip and make it stand out. It’s as simple as a little highlighter right on your cupid’s bow. Where is your cupid’s bow you ask?
Make Your Lips Pop

It’s the little v at the top edge of your lip.  Adding a bit of highlighter to this area will make it stand out and draw attention to it making the area appear larger. 

Make Your Lips Pop

If you don’t have any highlighters (we can’t be friends) then you can always use any shimmering eye shadow!
Give it a try and see what you think! 


Beauty Tip Tuesday: Coconut Oil Hair Mask

Beauty Tip Tuesday BannerHappy end of summer! I know, so depressing :( It’s ok though because Fall has so many great things to offer like fattening food and lots of couch stewing! So I have to say this whole Beauty Tip Tuesday seems to be a huge hit and I’m so excited you guys like it! And also a big thanks to all the love on my video, I can’t wait to make more! Today I thought I would kinda cheat and repost a beauty routine I absolutely love. It is also one of my top viewed posts and has been featured on BuzzFeed as well as tons of other blogs and websites. It’s all about that coconut oil!

After all the sun and swimming we’ve put our hair through these past few months it’s so important to take care of our tresses.  My most favorite hair mask to use is coconut oil.  I do it about once every 2 weeks but you can do it once a week if you want! I’m going to repost my step by step photos and also leave a link to the original post which has over 150 comments/questions/answers, so if you have any questions you can check there and might be able to find it.  Hope you enjoy and definitely give it
a try, it’s amazing what coconut oil can do for you!
Coconut Oil Mask-Coconut Oil Mask 1Coconut Oil Mask 3Coconut Oil Mask 4Coconut Oil Mask 9Coconut Oil Mask 8Coconut Oil Mask 5Coconut Oil Mask 6You can leave the oil in your hair anywhere from 20 minutes to overnight! When showering, I like to do two shampoos to make sure it’s all out!

Coconut Oil Mask

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GRWM: Date Night

Woohoo! The day has finally come! I have finally filmed a hair and makeup video! I can’t begin to tell you how many videos I filmed that either uploaded incorrectly, were completely out of focus or my camera died mid recording. But I finally got it together and am popping my makeup video cherry.  I have filmed some hair videos in the past. This one and this one but this is my first video working with makeup and I can’t wait to do more!

Since I really wanted to try out the whole lighting, and editing of this type of video first, I don’t actually speak.  It’s a simple Get Ready With Me video. I also sped up most scenes since it would have been a long one! 

Anyway, I hope you enjoy and all the products I used are listed under the video on Youtube.  I’ll post the video here for you to watch or you can go straight to my channel to check it out there along with all the details! While you’re there don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss out on future videos and tutorials and give it a thumbs up! Thanks so much for all the love :)

Here’s the link to the video on Youtube!

Beauty Tip Tuesday: The Correct Way to Apply Concealer

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Welcome to another week of beauty tips! As I have been trying to come up with ideas on tips I want to share I find myself saying, “Oh people already know that,” or “Who hasn’t seen this before?” But the truth is when working with my clients I have found that many, and I mean many women are uneducated when it comes to makeup. So I am just going to give you all I got in my bag of tricks!

Today I am going to share the proper way to wear concealer.  That is not to say there is a wrong way to wear it. Let’s just say there is a better way to wear it than we are used to.  Ideally, concealer is used to do just that, conceal. Whether you have a blemish, a scar, or dark circles under your eyes, concealer can hide all those flaws.  I’m going to focus on the under eye area today when it comes to concealing.

Due to lack of sleep and the majority of the time, genetics, dark circles are hard to avoid.  Concealer not only hides them but worn properly it can brighten your face and certainly make you look way more awake then you actually are. Makeup is magic people! 

Most woman will take there concealer right under their eye to their problem area when in fact you should be bringing the concealer down in a triangular shape. Also, try using a concealer one shade lighter than your skin to help with brightening! 

How to Properly Wear Concealer I Made2Style Applying the concealer just under the eye like on the right will give you the look like you’ve been wearing the goggles for too long in the tanning bed! Applying it like I did on the left will not only cover your dark circles but it will give the appearance that your face is lifted! 

How to Properly Wear Concealer I Made2StyleOnce you’ve blended the concealer out, whether you used a brush, a sponge, or your finger, make sure you set it with powder. Continue with your bronzer/blush.

How to Properly Wear Concealer I Made2StyleHow to Properly Wear Concealer I Made2StyleBoth sides have concealer, bronzer and blush but you can clearly see the difference based on how the concealer was applied!
How to Properly Wear Concealer I Made2StyleWhich side looks more awake to you? 

How To Properly Apply Concealer I Made2Style