Review: Kismet Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick

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If you're wracking your brain as to where you've heard the name Kismet Cosmetics, it may be on TV!  The Louisiana company isn't a huge national brand (yet!), but did gain national attention on CNBC's Billion Dollar Buyer.

The product that caught the eye of host and billionaire hospitality mogul Tilman Fertitta was Kismet's liquid lipstick.  He even puckered up on TV to try it out himself!

I've been wearing a lot of their products lately and their entire line is fantastic, but the liquid lipstick really is a standout. 

My favorite shade is "Elope."  It's a beautiful pinkish brown hue, which is so trendy right now, but it's neutral enough that I can wear it just about anywhere.  I've been living in it for fall!

The color is rich and long-lasting, even though the formula feels more like a gloss that you'd expect to wear off quickly.  I also like that it's nourishing and doesn't dry out my lips.

You can by Kismet's liquid lipstick in select boutiques and online.  It retails for $22.

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The 'Flying T' race team takes on Halloween

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Halloween just might be the best holiday in New Orleans.  Mardi Gras is fantastic, of course.  Christmas is downright magical.  Halloween, though, has it all.

The weather is mild, there are family events, adult parties and enough haunted history to fill a library.  Not to mention, with our above-ground tombs, Spanish moss hanging from the oaks, and centuries old homes and buildings, this city just looks spooky!

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Folks in New Orleans know a thing or two about dressing up as well, so the costumes are fantastic!  Beau wanted to be a race car driver this year.  Coincidentally, that's the exact same thing he wanted to be last year.  So, I decided to switch things up with a vintage take.

I pulled inspiration from my father's real-life 'Flying T' lakester that he drives in land-speed races at the Bonneville Salt Flats.  For Beau's first Christmas, Grandpa Coco (Cole Cutler) tricked out a Restoration Hardware rider with decals mimicking the actual 'Flying T."

Cole Cutler's Flying T race team

Using that for Beau's car, I then found some amazing photos of vintage racing teams online.  I purchased coveralls and bowties for the boys, a leather helmet and googles from Amazon for Beau and plastic tools for Beau's "pit crew." I dressed as the trophy girl with a vintage silver trophy cup.

Beau felt like a real life speed racer... just like his Grandpa Coco!  

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Vintage race car driver family costume.JPG

 

 

 

New Orleans Jazz-Inspired Nursery for Baby Brooks

New Orleans Jazz-Inspired Nursery

Sweet baby Brooks is nearly 6 months old already!  How did that happen!?

He's still sleeping in the pack-n-play in mom and dad's room, which has given me ample time to get his nursery in tip-top shape.

Like his brother's nursery, I didn't want a room that screamed "baby!" Instead, I wanted something that will grow and adapt as Brooks does.

New Orleans Jazz-Inspired Nursery

I was inspired by the beautiful sounds of New Orleans in designing the space.  The theme is subtle, but encapsulates the charm that makes the Crescent City so unique.

I started with grey-blue walls, mimicking the rushing waters of the Mighty Mississippi.  The floor-length curtains are made of burlap, offering a casual, rustic feel.  The room is anchored with neutral grey Restoration Hardware rug.

The crib, changing table and leather chair are re-purposed from Beau's old nursery, while the end table and bookcase were leftovers from our guest room.  The only new "furniture" elements are a woven hamper and toy chest from Restoration Hardware.

New Orleans Jazz-Inspired Nursery

The decor is what really brings the nursery to life.  I clad a vintage mirror with burlap music note pennants, handmade by my amazing friend, Chriss.  On the opposite wall are two prints of antique New Orleans maps, framed in grey driftwood.

You'll find stuffed animals scattered about, with navy ticking stripe and Belgian linen bedding.  Shining over the space is a stunning Restoration Hardware chandelier that offers a warm glow and casual, rustic appeal.

Although he may not be the next Louis Armstrong, I hope the nursery will foster in Brooks the same love and appreciation for New Orleans jazz that I have!

Review: Kismet Cosmetics Semi-Matte Lipstick

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When it comes to makeup, I've started seeking out healthy, natural products more and more. As a breastfeeding mom, I have to think about everything I put in my body and ON my body, because it affects my baby as well.

Enter: Kismet.  This company is awesome.  It's all made in the USA and actually comes from right here in Louisiana!  Plus, I don't have to freak out over chemical ingredients I can't pronounce.

I'm absolutely loving their super popular semi-matte lipstick.  The velvet collection is all-natural.  It's paraben, phthalate, talc and lanolin free.

The texture is smooth and a little heavier than what I'm used to, almost like a lip balm.  I prefer wearing it with a liner on air, but it works great alone for a more casual feel.  It's also moisturizing, so my lips don't feel dry or chapped like they do with other brands.

I'm love the "Amber Energy" shade.  It's sort-of a mauve tone, but really changes depending on your complexion and hair color.  You can tweak the tone with a slightly more pink or brown lip liner.

Kismet lipsticks start at $16 and are available on their website.

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kismet semi-matte lipstick

Review: Putting Arbonne's RE9 Advanced to the Test

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Julia Bruck is a dear friend of mine.  We both started our television careers in the tiny town of Casper, Wyoming longer ago than I'd like to admit!  Over the years, we've moved up the ranks and around the country, but we've always kept in touch.

Recently, Julia stepped away from the grueling life of a journalist to do something she's become incredibly passionate about: helping friends and family look and feel their best with a company called Arbonne.

Arbonne's products all use pure, botanically based ingredients and scientifically-tested products.  I've purchased some of their skincare serums and creams from Julia before, and was incredibly happy with the results.

Recently, she asked me to test out their brand new line called RE9 Advanced.  The line features ingredients like sustainable orange stem cells, peptides and alpha hydroxy acids, to combat the signs of aging.  Usually I only pick and choose one or two products, so it was exciting to try an entire line.  I used almost the entire regimen for two weeks and was very pleased with the results!

The standouts for me were the toner, serum and night cream.  I love that the RE9 Advanced Regenerating Toner is a spray!  It doesn't dry out your skin, but really helps remove excess makeup and prepare the skin for your creams.

My favorite product was the RE9 Advanced Intensive Renewal Serum.  Because I have to wear so much makeup at work, I need something light to go underneath.  The serum is a powerful treatment, but is immediately absorbed by the skin, so it doesn't feel heavy.  On weekends, I coupled the serum with the RE9 Advanced Restorative Cream SPF 20 Suncreen.  During the week, I wore it alone.

I also enjoyed the RE9 Advanced Night Repair Cream.  There's nothing like a rich, high-quality cream overnight to make your skin glow the following morning!  This one features a hydrating blend of botanicals and collagen-supporting ingredients.  My skin definitely looked and felt more youthful in the morning.

If you're interested in checking out the line or other Arbonne yourself, Julia would love to hear from you!  You can visit her website to purchase products and get in touch.

I loved using the serum under my work makeup

I loved using the serum under my work makeup

My skin looks healthy and youthful after using the night cream, even with my crazy morning show anchor schedule!

My skin looks healthy and youthful after using the night cream, even with my crazy morning show anchor schedule!