Maskcara Beauty’s Highlight and Contouring Kit

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Happy Monday everyone!! I hope you all had a great weekend!! Is anyone else super excited to watch the bachelorette tonight? I am so excited for today’s post and to share with you all my favorite new makeup and stylist – Jessie Haddock  with Maskcara Beauty. She is not only a hard working mom, and ER Nurse with (CRAZY) hours, but she is also a fantastic makeup artist!

So to start this off, I have a confession to make, I have never really been one to wear or go crazy over makeup. It was just never my thing. Even in middle and high school, I had a pretty clear face so I never felt it super necessary. Not to mention I played sports and worked out every day so I hated sweating my makeup off. Until a week or two ago I truly stuck with the basics – a good tinted moisturizer, occasionally a little bronzer, a pretty pink blush, eyeliner, mascara, and of course a little eye shadow from my favorite Naked pallet.

I had seen people both using and showing how to highlight and contour and LOVED it but it was never something I took seriously for myself. That was until I met Jessie. You guys she totally changed the makeup game for me.

In a little under 30 minutes, she taught me how to highlight and contour my face using Maskcara’s totally affordable “HAC” kit. Not only did she take the time to make sure I fully understood all of the steps to create the look, but she really listened to my concerns and taught me that with practice how to create an easy 10 minutes look. That was great for me, especially for those times that I am literally running out the door in the morning (which is always).

Y’all the products from Jessie’s Maskcara sight are gorgeous. Not only the way it looks on your face, or the way it makes you feel, but the packaging itself is stunning. I received this entire kit for a little over $70 dollars. At first I thought that was a little more expensive than I wanted to pay for makeup, especially compared to my usual 15 dollar moisturizer but it is totally worth it. Once you have the kit, you are able to buy replacement separately for anything you run out of. That has to be one of my favorite parts about this product and company. For $12 you can get any piece of the contour and highlight kit your run out of without buying a whole new kit. I have always found it so annoying that if you run out of one color on a pallet you have to buy the entire thing again, so this is amazing!!!

I have posted the step by step instruction video below, you guys it is seriously so helpful! I have also added and linked every single piece in my kit. Don’t forget to make sure Jessie is your stylist when you hit the product page:) Her stylist ID is #1266 and she can be reached via Instagram @jess.face.forward or using her email so be sure to follow her and ask any questions!

  1. HAC Brush (seriously so soft!)
  2. Beauty Blender (Even softer and way better than a drugstore brand!)
  3. Palette (This includes your highlighter, contour, illuminator, and blush – I am using the Medium Tan Palette)
  4. Stay Spray (This was not part of my original kit, I just got a sample but I am seriously in love and will be stocking up! I took pictures in 100 degree heat and my makeup stayed flawless! )

Be sure to check out this video for a step by step tutorial:
A special thank you to Jessie for providing me with this kit. I can’t wait to continue using it!As always, all opinions are my own. Be sure to brows her site and let us know if you have any questions or would like to see any before and afters 😦

XO - Courtney B.



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Hi Everyone! On Instagram Stories yesterday I asked you all, what you wanted to see more of on The Finishing Touch. I had a wonderful outpouring of suggestions and recommendations and am going to work on implementing them. One of the tops was a FAQ post.

I really want to be open and honest with you all. This is one of my favorite spaces on the internet and I want it to be yours too. With that being said, I will work on letting you  into my personal life a little more but I would also love to get to know you all! I would love for you to email me ( a little about you and what you want to see here. In the meantime, I have taken the top 10 questions I am asked and answered below. Let me know if there’s something I am missing and I would be happy to add it or answer for you!

How did you get into blogging/ Why “The Finishing Touch”?

Fun Fact: I am a Stella and Dot stylist and have been since September of 2016. I originally created The Finishing Touch – OKC on Intagram as a creative outlet and a way to share my #stelladotstyle. After a month or so, I realized that I was sharing more outfit post than I was jewelry and accessories and I wanted to do more. After a lot of thinking, I finally told Russell I wanted to start a Blog. He was fully onboard and even offered to start taking my pictures (needless to say he got good at Iphone 7s in the beginning). A few weeks later, I started working on my site. I was on the computer day and night (well – before and after work) creating and designing my website. There were tons of changes daily to my theme, the header, and everything in between.  Finally on February 27th of 2017, Russell finally talked me into publishing The Finishing Touch an Oklahoma City life and style blog.

The name goes back to my original Stella & Dot Instagram. When I was thinking about names I really wanted something that reminded me of Jewelry and my initial mission which was sharing Stella & Dot. I always thought of accessories as “finishing touches” to your outfit and the name kind of stuck. Since then, I have considered changing my name but so far I have not thought up anything I was in LOVE with.

Do you have any advice on getting accepted into Reward Style?

This is a question I get all of the time. Truthfully, I am no expert on reward style or blogging and I can’t be sure exactly why I got accepted but my biggest advice is this… Stay engaged. For two months leading up to finally applying for Reward Style I posted every week day at the same time of day and worked to tag all of my photos with what products I was wearing. I actively commented and engaged with fellow bloggers and even my followers. Finally, I tried to make sure all of my photos were edited the same and had a consistent flow. I am not one of those bloggers that has an amazing color scheme that just mesmerizes you, but I did try to keep my outfits bright and simple which attracted a lot of my followers in the first place. For those of you still trying to apply to  GOOD LUCK – you’ve got this. If you have any other questions I would be happy to do my best to answer them.

What sizes do you typically wear/ how tall are you?

I am a 5’6.

I am a 34D to a 34DD so I typically size up in dress and tops to a medium. If I am wearing a small I will be sure to mention it in the post. I have a bigger back side 😉 so I really try to find higher waisted jeans but depending on the brand I wear between a 26 and a 27 in jeans and jean shorts. I am almost always ordering mediums in rompers, sweatpants, and any shorts that are sized like that.

Who is Russ/Russell?

Y’all don’t get me started on Russell. He is not only the best man I have ever met but I have been lucky enough to have known him since middle school and to call him mine for the last 2 ½ years. He is totally my rock, my best friend, my adventure buddy, and as of late he has been the one to make my little corner of the internet possible.

Who takes your photos?

I have a few different people I work with to take my photos. Who take them usually depends on the look, the week, and the vibe I am going for. I have a great friend Meredith Croak who has been taking my photos once or twice a month for the last few months. You can find her website here. I also have a couple of great blogger friends I occasionally meet up with to take pictures as well – Courtney from Life of a Medschool Wife and Abi from Abigail Say. I also am super lucky because Russell has played a huge role in taking my photos and that role is constantly growing with the new camera and equipment.

What app do you use to edit your pictures on your IPhone?

I try not to edit my photos too much but I do use a couple of apps. I have the full package on Rookie Cam – I love it. This app is great because it will allow you to adjust the brightness and contrast without turning your photos a weird color like the IPhone camera does. I also tend to use the “Bluebell” filter in the Vivid Focus package. It is a fairly bright filter with a blue tent that can be adjusted. It also has a blurring effect that can be adjusted which helps give your photos that expensive camera lenses “glow’.  I also use the app ColorStory occasionally. There are a ton of great filters to brighten your photos or give it a warm glow. The great thing about this app is the free version has a ton of amazing filters!

Is that your natural color or do you use a go tanning/ use self-tanner?

I was honestly surprised by how often I get this question. I am definitely lucky because I was blessed with Olive skin. I do not go tanning nor do I use self-tanner (not that I am opposed to it – if you have a good self-tanner please comment below – winters are not my friend). Like my dad, I tend to tan very easy and most summers I am darker than I am now. I also have a pretty even completion so I tend to only use tinted moisturizer with SPF in the summer rather than my usual makeup base.

What is the pink lip color you always wear?

I love love pink lipsticks but I also wear a lot of Nude, especially in the office. I like that a good pink lip not only adds little color but also make your teeth look 10X whiter which is great in pictures (haha). I go back and forth between drugstore lipsticks and nicer brands like Clinique and Mac.

The bright pink I wear is “flat out fabulous” by Mac. I also wear a lighter pink called “fire and ice” and it is my first lip sense! As far as drugstore brands go I use a couple of different ones. The first is NYX Matte Lipstick in “Shocking Pink” and Wet n Wild’s MegaLast lip color in Smokin’ Hot Pink or a gorgeous nude called “Bare it All

What store/s do you shop at the most?

Unfortunately, we do not have a Nordstrom’s in Oklahoma (yet – I am convinced we will get one) so I do most of my shopping from there online. I also love Dillard’s, Francesca’s, various boutiques around the city, Loft, and of course I am a loyal DSW customer. I am constantly mixing cheaper clothing (TJ Maxx / Target) with more expensive clothing from Dillard’s & Nordstrom’s. The majority of my work wear does come from Loft so I am constantly looking in their stores and on their websites for sales.

What are your favorite “reasonably priced” accessories brands?

I have heard from a lot of you that you would like to see more accessories, especially those that are reasonably priced or under $50! I totally hear ya! Accessories can completely transform you look but it’s so hard to spend a ton on an outfit then even more for the right accessories. I tend to go with these four stores when buying accessories:

Nordstrom – between their various partnerships they have a ton of vary reasonable priced jewelry, purses, and other accessories.

Stella & Dot – With new collections and pieces launching both quarterly and now monthly there is always something I need. Their signature engraveable necklaces have become a wardrobe staple. I throw mine on with everything. They also offer a ton of trendy pieces that are very versatile in every price point. One necklace can take you through the whole year by adding or removing a layer.

Charming Charlie – I have recently fallen in love with their on trend jewelry. They have several pairs of earrings and necklaces that are not only affordable but come in so many colors that you can always find one to match your outfit. I also love that they have perfect designer dupes when it comes to purses. This adds an extra element to your look without having to spend an outrageous amount of money.

Target – Y’all I love target. I am always finding perfect designer dupes on bags here. They also have a great selection of jewelry, and they have even stepped it up a notch with their SugarFix collection. I have been living in a few different pairs of their tassel earrings and I was shocked at how well they are holding up.

A few other places I shop for bags, jewelry, shoes, and other accessories are Dillards, Forever 21, & Francesca’s.

XO - Courtney B.

Outfit Diaries: Cancun, Mexico

Happy Friday & Memorial Weekend!!! Who else is ready for pools to be open and summer to start?

Sorry I have been MIA the past couple of weeks, I have been so busy with work and vacation. If you follow me on Instagram then you know I was in Cancun, Mexico  with my family and my boyfriend, Russell. It was so much fun!

Not only did we have  some of the best food including some of the best seafood I’ve ever eaten, but we also had a blast partaking in the activities and entertainment that resort offered. Sunday, the four of us were able to take a sail boat out to an island where we drank, ate, and snorkeled for the whole afternoon. Russell and I also had the opportunity to go scuba diving in a nearby reef. For those of you who don’t know, I am a certified diver, so I had so much fun getting to experience a new reef with Russell and see tons of sea turtles and other aquatic life. It was so great getting to recharge ourselves and celebrate my mom’s retirement.

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Before I share my looks this past week, I wanted to share with you all a little about my home for the past week –  Palace Resorts. This is my 5th time staying in this particular Palace Resort and I still can’t get enough! Moon Palace Cancun is the perfect vacation.The resort itself is breathtaking. There are 4 Lobby options within the Moon Palace Resort, each with its own set of perks. I am talking 2-3 pools per lobby each connected by bridges. They also offer a large with lots of activities. For those of you who prefer to stay in the resort, there are so many restaurant options and nightlife options available to you, including: a steakhouse, the best Italian food you will eat in the south, an amazing and authentic Mayan restaurant, a super fun “discotech”, and the best of bars and fruity drinks. If you are into exploring, this is also the place for you. You are not to far from the city so you are still able to partake in all that Cancun has to offer. My two favorite spots to eat in Cancun are Senior Frogs & Hacienda Sisal.(Sidenote: to experiance the best waves and the bluest water, I suggest going into the Moon Palace Resort’s – Beach Palace Cancun at least one time on your trip – it is included in your stay at Moon Palace!).There are also tons of fun bars and outdoor eats along the Cancun strip. This resort is truly the best of both worlds! Click here to see more pictures of the resort! (Note: All opinions are my own, this was not a sponsored trip or post 🙂 ).

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Shop: BuddyLove Dress // Wedges (Similar)

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Shop: Dress (Under $30) // Clutch (Similar) // Shoes // Earrings

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Shop: MuMu Romper // Clutch // Earrings 

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Shop: Dress (Under $15)

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Packing & shopping for this trip was so fun. Judging from most of my outfits I think it is safe to say I am a little tropical print/ bright color obsessed, but I couldn’t resist how perfect they all were for Mexico. All of these outfits are super affordable and perfect for the summer or any upcoming vacations. Most of the dresses also can be found in other colors :). Shopping the look is super easy, just click on the shop links under each picture. If you would like to know about sizes/fit or can’t find what you are looking for please let me know, I would be happy to help!

XO - Courtney B.