Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Urban Decay Naked HEAT Palette + SWATCHES!


UPDATE: Check out my NEW Youtube video with SWATCHES & Review of the Urban Decay Naked HEAT Palette + Collection, Here: https://youtu.be/fGvkTQlKLQE






It's happening, beauties! 
Urban Decay is about to drop the fifth Naked palette, Urban Decay Naked HEAT! 
Featuring "12 all-new, cant-live-without amber-hued neutrals- including warm browns, burnt oranges and rich siennas."
Terracotta shadows have been having a moment for the past few years, so I am beyond thrilled that UD is giving us beauty junkies the palette of our sunset-hued dreams! I'm always drawn to warm toned shades, so I will definitely be picking this palette up!










































PHOTO: Emily Kemp, Glamour



The 12 Shadows Included in Naked HEAT:
  • Ounce: a satin champagne
  • Chaser: a nude clay
  • Sauced: a warm taupe
  • Low Blow: a toasted almond
  • Lumbre: a burnt rose gold
  • He Devil: a spicy paprika
  • Dirty Talk: a fiery gold
  • Scorched: a shimmering rust
  • Cayenne: a baked brick
  • En Fuego: a charred red
  • Ashes: a deep oxblood
  • Ember: a blackened copper


PHOTO: Hannah Choi, Allure


The Naked HEAT palette will retail for $54. 

UD is also releasing a Limited Edition HEAT Collection, featuring three new Vice lipsticks in the shades, Fuel (warm, peachy nude), Heat (metallic rust), and Scorched (Shimmering Copper). Lipsticks will retail for $17 each. There will also be two new 24/7 Eye Pencils in Alkaline (deep burgundy), and Torch (burnt cayenne), available for $20 each.

Pre-Order: Urbandecay.com, June 12
Available: June 30, stores

Will you be picking up this palette? Let me know in the comments below! 



Saturday, January 14, 2017

DIY Farmhouse Bench Tutorial | BentleyBlonde



Hey Ya'll. 

I'm so excited to finally share this DIY Farmhouse Bench Tutorial with all of you!
After adding board and batten to our entryway last year, I knew I wanted to complete the look with a farmhouse style bench for our guests! Unfortunately, after searching at a ton of local retailers, I had no luck finding what I was looking for.
As luck would have it, my friends over at Osborne Wood graciously offered to provide a set of their beautiful turned legs for another DIY project, and I just knew they would be the perfect fit for the farmhouse bench we'd been dreaming of!
If you've followed my blog for awhile, then you probably remember our DIY Farmhouse Table and Dining Set Makeover, using Osborne Wood Husky Dining Table Legs (my absolute FAVORITE diy of all time!) 
For this project, we decided to go with a smaller version and perfect compliment to our dining room table legs, the Country Bench Leg.
After visiting Lowes to pick up additional supplies, and with the help of my amazing dad; we created the perfect farmhouse bench for our entryway! Read on to find out how we did it.



Materials Needed:
(2) 2x4x8 (apron)
(2) 2x6x8 (top)
(4) Osborne Wood Country Bench Legs (hard maple)
Wood Glue
DeWalt Plate Joining No. 10 Biscuits
(1) box Fine Thread Drywall Screws (6 x 1-5/8")
(4) 6 inch lag screws & washers (optional)

Tools Required:
Table Saw
Biscuit Jointer
Clamps
Screwdriver
Drill Motor
Sander






Can we all just take a moment to swoon over these gorgeous hard maple Country Bench Legs from Osborne Wood? They are a beautiful addition to our farmhouse bench, and a perfect match to the Husky Dining Table legs we used in our DIY Farmhouse Table Makeover!






Bench Top:

-  Cut the 2x6s into (3) lengths of 41 inches.

(We cut our wood down using a table saw, however if you dont own a saw, you could have the hardware store cut your wood to length for you).





- Cut the remaining 2x6 pieces into lengths of 15 inches.



- True the edges of the 2x6's so that the edges are perfectly straight.




- Put a bevel on the top edge of each of the 2x6 pieces before jointing.

- Then cut biscuit slots on the edges of each of the 2x6 pieces (as shown below).

- When all biscuit slots have been cut, glue up edges, insert biscuits, put them together, and clamp until glue is dry. (check glue bottle for drying times)










Bench Apron (base):





-  cut legs to desired length (we cut ours down to 17 inches tall )




- Cut 2x4 into (2) lengths of 43 1/4 inches, and (2) lengths of 7.5 inches.

- Place one leg at each corner, placing 2x4's between the legs as shown below, and center on the top.
(The 2x4's are placed 1/8 in. inset from each leg for aesthetics).

- Cut biscuit slots on the end of  each 2x4, and corresponding slots on each leg where the 2x4 and leg meet.

- Once this is done, glue and clamp the 2x4's to the legs ensuring the base (apron) is squared.






- Once glue is dry, place base on bench  top, and install 6 corner blocks (we used scrap wood) as shown below, using drywall screws and glue.

- We pre-drilled the 1-5/8" holes and countersunk the heads.
Adding 2 drywall screws vertically into the bench top, and 2 horizontally into the bench base.






























- Sand entire bench until smooth (we used 400 grit, followed by 800 grit, and finished with 1200 grit).








- After sanding, use tack cloth to ensure there is no dust on the bench surface.
- Apply (1) coat of Minwax Pre-Stain Conditioner on bench top (according to product directions).
- Then apply (2) coats of Minwax English Chestnut stain on bench top (according to product directions).
- Apply (3) coats of Polyurethane, wet sanding in between each coat.
- Apply (2) coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White on bench legs and apron.
- Seal legs & apron with wax if desired.


Bench top after stain application:




Finished:






Decorated for Christmas:




I'm so happy with how our DIY Farmhouse Bench turned out! It adds the perfect contrast to our whitewashed board & batten entry, and gives our guests a much needed place to set their things. It will also be a great place for Colton to sit and put on his shoes for school one day, thankfully for this attached mama, those days are far in the future! ;) 




A huge thanks to my dad for all of his help with this project, and to Osborne Wood for providing the beautiful bench legs for this post.






Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Sephora Collection Relaunched at JCPenney!


Exciting news, beauties!

Sephora relaunched Sephora Collection, which you can find at Sephora inside JCPenney! 

I've shopped at our local JCPenney for years, and they have always offered affordable and fashionable options for our family. Since opening Sephora Inside JCPenney in 2006, I've found myself shopping there even more! We live in a super small town, and I never dreamed that I'd be able to shop Sephora anywhere but online, so it's really the icing on the cake! 
Sephora Inside JCPenney offers a unique one stop shop environment that features Sephora's own private label, Sephora Collection.
As you all know, I'm a total beauty junkie so I love having plenty of options when it comes to makeup, and skincare. And what girl doesn't love a good deal? Sephora Collection, which will be relaunching this fall, offers makeup, tools and skincare at a great value; the collection starts at just $10!

Want a peek at an exciting new product available in Sephora Collection? 
Then check out this fun tutorial video showing you how to match the lip to the look with Sephora Collection's Cream Lip Stain in Always Red: 


Do you love shopping at #SephorainJCP as much as I do?! Leave a comment down below! 







ftc: This post is in collaboration with JCPenney.

Monday, March 28, 2016

My Skin Care Routine for Combination Skin using Paula's Choice!

disclosure: This post is in partnership with Pretty in my Pocket & Paulas Choice. However, all opinions are my own. We keep it real here at BentleyBlonde :) 




After having our first child in October, I started noticing more breakouts and fine lines than ever before, and decided it was time for a total skincare overhaul. When I was approached by Pretty in My Pocket and Paula's Choice to try out their skincare, I jumped at the opportunity! I've used a few of Paula's products in the past and have always been impressed.

My skin is the true definition of combination, oily in the t-zone and dry everywhere else. I also struggle with occasional acne breakouts, fine lines, and dark spots. Really the whole sha-bang wouldn't you say?! ;) 

I had a brief skincare consultation over the phone, and was recommended the Paula's Choice Resist Anti-Aging Advanced Kit for Wrinkles & Breakouts, appropriate for normal to oily skin types. My consultant explained to me that the products in this AM/PM regimen work together to improve the appearance of multiple signs of aging, shrink enlarged pores and keep oil in check, leaving your skin with a youthful, breakout-free glow. Hallelujah! 

This kit includes the following products:

 1. Paula's Choice Resist Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser


2. Paula's Choice Resist Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner


 3. Paula's Choice Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment with 2% BHA


4. Paula's Choice Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum


5. Paula's Choice Resist Youth Extending Daily Mattifying Fluid SPF 50 

6. Paula's Choice Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foam with 4% BHA

7. Paula's Choice Resist Anti- Aging Clear Skin Hydrator 


In addition to the basics, my consultant also recommended a couple of specialized treatments to add to my regimen:
  • Paulas Choice Resist Skin Firming Line Minimizer (all skin types): Diminishes crows feet and frown lines
  • Paula's Choice Resist Vitamin C Treatment (all skin types): Brightens skin tone and banishes brown spots.

How cool is it that the kit also includes AM/PM Step stickers to help keep everything in order?!

 The first step in my morning skincare regimen is the Resist Foaming Cleanser which leaves my skin feeling clean and refreshed, and I absolutely LOVE the creamy, foaming lather! Next I apply the Resist Toner all over my face and neck with a cotton pad. The toner works to refine enlarged pores and help diminish red marks from acne. Step 3 is the Pore-Refining Treatment with 2% BHA, I also apply this little miracle worker with a cotton pad. This exfoliant unclogs pores, and reduces signs of aging. For Step 4, I apply the Concentrate Serum which also helps fight signs of aging. The final step in my skincare routine is to apply my AM moisturizer; the Daily Mattifying Fluid has a thin consistency and is very light on the face which will be great as the weather warms up, it's also SPF 50! :) 
In the evenings, I apply all of the same products as my AM regimen with the exception of the Daily Mattifying Fluid. Instead, I use the night moisturizer, Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator. I apply this to my face, neck and eye area. Once a week I will also apply the Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foam Exfoliant with 4% BHA, this product contains salicylic acid and is a total game changer for those with unruly skin! Twice a week in the evenings, I apply my specialized treatments, the Skin Firming Line Minimizer and Vitamin C Treatment.

I've been using the regimen for about 4 weeks, and have honestly noticed a big difference in both the texture and appearance of my skin! My skin looks and feels softer, and I've experienced less breakouts. I will have to update you guys on my fine lines, as I don't feel that 4 weeks is substantial time to see big results in this area. However, I will say that my makeup has been applying much nicer, and my pores are less noticeable. 



Overall I'm very pleased with the results of this skincare line, and would definitely repurchase. I highly recommend the Paula's Choice Resist Line for those with stubborn, combination skin like myself! 
I’m happy to say that in partnership with Pretty In My Pocket, I’m able to give you all a 20% off discount +FREE shipping! Just CLICK HERE to shop Paula's Choice online (expires 5/31)


Have you ever tried Paula's Choice before? What are your favorite products from the line? Leave a comment below! :) 






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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Whats in My Diaper Bag? JJ Cole Freeman Bag



I would liken my pre-baby handbag to a sack of magic tricks. You never knew what would come out of that thing next.. lipstick, hair ties, tums, a rubber chicken.
Ok, the chicken might be a bit of an exaggeration, but seriously I carried a ton of stuff! ;)
After having our son Colton, I took my magic trickery one step further. I started carrying TWO bags; a small diaper bag for him, and my regular handbag. Needless to say, this method didn't last longer than four months. Carrying two heavy bags and a baby was not only nearly impossible, but completely impractical. 

This momma needed to downsize and organize ASAP.
It was then that I discovered the JJ Cole Freeman in Black & Cream. A diaper bag that didnt just scream "Hey I'm a mom!" It was stylish enough to work as my everyday handbag and roomy enough to house all of baby and I's necessities.




 I love that the exterior style and color is versatile enough to go with almost any outfit. 
It has 10 total pockets inside & out, including insulated easy-access side bottle pockets. The front compartment is made to hold all of mommy's essentials; ID, cards, cell phone etc.
The bag has over the shoulder straps, and a removable cross-body strap. It also includes a coordinating wipeable changing pad and Grips stroller attachments (absolutely love these!)



After 4 months of outings with the little guy, I had a much better idea of what I really needed in my diaper bag and have been able to cut down substantially on what I lug around. Hallelujah!
My mom, best friend, Colton and I recently spent a beautiful day on Solomons Island, enjoying a seafood lunch on the dock and walking the boardwalk. So I decided it was the perfect time to show you all "What I Pack in my Diaper Bag" for a typical daily outing! 

First, the exterior pockets.
One one side, I have a matching JJ Cole Pacifier Pod (super convenient for quick access!) that holds Colton's paci and JJ Cole Pacifier Clip. 


The insulated side pocket holds a bottle. I usually fill the bottle with fresh water before leaving so that it's ready to go for a feeding.



The back of the bag has a large pocket with magnetic closure. I carry the coordinating changing pad, and a change of clothes for Colton in here. You never know when he might need an emergency outfit change!





The front pocket is zippered, and I use it to carry a few of my essentials, including, my cellphone, lipstick, gum and sunglasses. It also has convenient pockets for your ID and cards, but I prefer to carry a wallet.


The inside of the JJ Cole Freeman is very roomy, and has 4 pockets. You can see a picture of the interior of this bag empty earlier in this post.
I use the first mesh pocket to hold diapers, wipes, and scented bags. The other mesh pocket holds baby food, a Boon Serve Spoon (Colton LOVES these) and crackers for mommy.
The other two pockets hold burp cloths, teething toys, baby sunglasses, pacifier wipes and tissues.

In the main part of my bag, I typically carry my wallet, a water bottle and Colton's formula in a container.






My Diaper Bag Essentials: 





What do you pack in your diaper bag? I'd love to know how you stay organized with baby! :) 
Thanks so much for being here, and be sure to "subscribe by email" to my blog so you never miss a post!
& Colty says, "Bye!" too :) 




disclosure: Bag provided by JJ Cole for review consideration. This is not a sponsored review, all opinions are my own. Links are not affiliate links.