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"Spray It Forward" with Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer

This sponsored post was written while participating in my partnership with Vaseline and One2One Network.

I have long suffered from dry skin...and really have done nothing about it.
But I am getting older and I must take action!.
It seems simple enough, right?
You have dry skin you use lotions.
No biggie, right?
Well, I am always in a hurry...always rushed...
due to my time management issues.
So when I saw the Vaseline Spray &Go Moisturizer commercial with the lady
who sprays her self down and gets dressed in like "2 seconds,"
I thought "Hey! This is made for me!"

Vaseline Spray and Go #sprayitforward


DIY Hair Chalk (tutorial)

A few days ago we were at a friends house and one of the older girls
used hair chalk on my daughter (with permission of course!).
Jules loved it - thought is was the best thing ever.
I had no idea what it was.
I had seen the girls dye their hair with Kool Aid...
I had seen the cans of spray on stuff...but the chalk thing was new to me.
Of course I had to try it!

DIY Hair Chalk

I asked around and was told you could buy hair chalk at Claire's boutique
and I saw a kit at Target...
but being a DIY,
over the top,
I-have-to-have-more girl that I am...
I wanted lots of colors...lots of colors.

Then I started think...why can't I just use chalk?
No...that won't "stick" enough...ah-ha...
I had an art class flashback...pastels!

DIY Hair Chalk by 504 Main

I did some digging around and thinking (it is amazing what you can think of!) 
all over and discovered this is a pretty simple process!
I also ran across this video tutorial from HauteBrillance and it is really good!

I do have to be honest at first I was hesitant.
My daughter is almost 6....and I wondered if hair chalk was too grown up.
After playing around a bit...I decided it is just plain fun
and I am all good with colorful hair (to an extent)...
and I am waiting for the comment that say they cannot believe I did this on a 6 year old.
BUT my husband even thought it was cute 
(and he is not a creative outside the box thinker!)

Here are some notes:
  • This lasts with good color for about 1 day (maybe 2).
  • It may take 2-3+ days for the color to completely wash out.
  • Do this at your own risk (I see no/little risk... but think for a second...if you are taking senior portraits tomorrow or going to a wedding and multi-colored hair is not appropriate...WAIT until it is over!)
  • The pastels may discolor your clothing while you are applying it...I have not had it happen...but there is the possibility.
  • Different hair colors look better with different colors - experiment. I did this on a blonde girl and a girl with brunette hair...both looked great.
  • I have done this method 2x now! Once as the tutorial states and, last night we reapplied chalk to her hair...I washed it, applied the chalk; blew it dry and braided it for her to sleep in. In the morning we heat set it.
DIY Hair Chalk from 504 Main

  • Pastels (find them in the art supply section). Aaron Brothers has them and so does Michael's and other craft stores...best yet look for a coupon...A set of 24 at my local store was $10.99 and I had a 40% coupon...Yippee! I have also seen sets for as little as $5 without a coupon!
  • Small spray bottle and water
  • Comb
  • Blowdryer
  • Curling iron or flat iron
  • (Old) towel
  • Gloves (optional)

How to Apply DIY Hair Chalk
  • Drape an old towel around the shoulders to protect clothing from the pastels.
  • (Optional) Wear gloves if you do not want you hands dirty. I did not use gloves and it all washed off easily.
  • If you need to, you can section off the pieces and secure with a clip. I found it to be quite easy to start on one side of the head and grab 1" sections (some were bigger, some were smaller). I flipped the hair to one shoulder and worked my way across.

  • Spray the small section of hair with the water. (I did try this twice and the second time...we did it fresh from the shower...so her whole head was wet)

  • Select your color of pastel and working in a downward motion, begin to color the hair, from where you want your color to begin (top) through the end of the hair.
  • You may have to go over the section 2-3 times (I also added some to the back as well).
  • I alternated my colors randomly.
    • NOTE: If you go up and down with the chalk it almost teases the hair. By just going in one direction (down) the hair will be less "teased."
  •  Once you finish with your first section "move" it to the other shoulder and select another section...repeat as necessary.

  • Once you have chalked all the pieces you want...the hair will most likely still be wet.
  • Use a blow dryer and dry the hair thoroughly
  • Once dry, use a curling iron or flat iron to heat set the color (this help it from discoloring your clothing, etc.)

504 Main DIY Hair Chalk

That's it.
It is fun and actually kind of makes me happy when I look at the pretty colors in my daughters hair. I also may have told her that she is lucky to have a mom who likes to try crazy things!  

Have you tried Hair Chalk?
Would you try Hair Chalk?
This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre
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Seeking the Secret to Beautiful Hair! Clairol Professional Review and Giveaway

I am perpetually hair challenged.
I made peace with the curly waves I possess a long time ago
(as a young girl I DREAMED of shiny straight hair).
In fact I grew to love them, but just as I did, the need
(OK, and want)
for color and highlights came along and
then there may be a few gray hairs to cover up...
and then there is all that pregnancy does to your hair
and just growing older in general.

I have tried almost everything...almost...
and yes I have paid up to $50 for a bottle of shampoo
(and let's not forget the conditioner to go with it).
I am not proud of that moment...
but am willing to face my ridiculousness.

I have a great hair stylist and to compliment that really need a great hair care line to use at home. I like to be able to wash my hair and let it dry naturally, so the curl and waves come out all on their own.  Easy-peasy for my busy schedule.

Recently I had the opportunity to try out the Clairol Professional line. I received the full line of Care and Styling Collection to try for a few weeks. Clairol Professional debuted this Care & Styling collection to provide color safe professional products at an affordable price. It features PRO4PLEX: Pro Technology, Pro Grade, Pro Results, and Pro Heritage.
Clairol Professional has three Care collections: Repair, Smooth and Curl, and two Styling products: Volume Mousse and Shaping Gel and is customized Radialux™ technology targets areas where extra care is needed for luminous shine from roots to ends.

I was especially interested in the Care products. Here is a bit about how it breaks down:
• REPAIR: Ideal for dry, damaged hair. Helps smooth to repair and condition dry, damaged hair and replenishes moisture to leave hair strong and conditioned with incredible shine.
• SMOOTH: Ideal for frizzy hair. Fights frizz and sleeks hair even after one application and leaves it shiny and smooth.
• CURL: Ideal for naturally curly hair. Gives curls amazing shine and definition.

There are also styling products to compliment the care line:
• VOLUME MOUSSE: Provides extra strong hold, giving fullness and body for all day volume.
• SHAPING GEL: Holds, defines and accentuates any style, while washing out easily.

I tried all of the products, but found for my hair and personal styling preferences, the Curl products were my absolute favorite. This chart made it super easy to see what might work best on my hair and for your too.

Clairol has a fabulous duo of CELEBRITY STYLIST BRAND AMBASSADORS:
Torsten Witte, Hair Stylist: Torsten’s work spans celebrity hair styling, editorial shoots, concert stages, movie sets and advertising campaigns. He has earned a long list of A-list clientele and his work frequently appears in top-tier publications.

Kiyah Wright, Colorist: Kiyah works with artists in the film, TV and music industry such as Ciara, Jennifer Hudson and Gabrielle Union. Kiyah’s work can be seen in top fashion magazines and is frequently featured on-camera on hit television shows. When not on-set, Kiyah works with a loyal client base at the Warren-Tricomi Salon in Los Angeles.

Since I cannot have an individual consultation with these amazing stylists...I have a few questions for them:
  • How do you keep hair healthy when using blow dryers, straighten irons and curling irons? 
  • Any ideas for taming this random grey hairs on my head? I find the greys to be thick and wiry and very distracting (and at least for me...not flattering), as they tend to not take the color well or hold it for very long?
  • What is he best way to keep your color/highlights fresh or even maintain them between visits to the salon?
  • What is the number one worst thing ladies do to our hair that damages it and how can we prevent it?

I truly loved the way the Clairol Professional line made my hair feel and "behave."
Be sure to visit the Clairol Pro on Facebook 
for more tips, tricks and product information.

Now, how about the opportunity to win a full set of the
Clairol Professional Care & Styling Line:
I use rafflecopter for my giveaways...you can easily enter without a facebook account by using your email address. Only the first entry in mandatory - leave a comment!
Open to Continental US 

This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre

I participated in this sponsored post campaign for One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own.


Makeup...A Love Story and (Video) Tutorial #eyeslipsface

I have loved makeup as long as I can remember.
I used to swoon over the pages of Teen magazine,
just waiting for the day my Mom and Dad would say it was OK to wear it. 
Finally the day came, and I was allowed to join a makeup club.
It was the advertisement in the back of Teen Magazine
and I received a huge shipment of makeup and
then smaller shipments after that...OH HEAVEN!

That love affair has continued, but it has been perfected. 
(at least I think so!) 
You can even tell me what you think...I did 2 VIDEO TUTORIALS!

I enjoy trying new products and learning new techniques and recently had the opportunity to shop for e.l.f. cosmetics at eyeslipsface.com.

Oh my goodness...what a treat!
I have seen elf cosmetics at retail stores, but honestly had no idea how many amazing products they offered. And, it just so happens that I was out of pretty much everything in my makeup bag...with e.l.f. I remedied that quickly and at a very reasonable cost!

 I began my shopping experience with a list of my daily "must haves" for me.
The selection of e.l.f. everyday cosmetics made me truly happy.
I was like a kid in a candy store! 
(Or a lady in the makeup store!) 

One of my favorite features of the site was Get the Look.
You see a look and e.l.f. shows you all the products you need for that look and a tutorial! 

Here is a little peek at my shopping experience.
You can check out the entire path to purchase on Google+

Now let's get down to business.

I have used mineral foundations for years  - I have flip flopped a bit - but always come back to the minerals and for 3 years have wore nothing other than mineral foundation. In my opinion they give a smooth even look. It feels light but has total coverage and I never have to worry about that ugly jawline/neck mismatch-catastrophe.

Studio Eye Primer and Liner Sealer

I definitely think the face primer and the eye primer is a must for my routine.
It really helps the makeup stay on and looking fresh all day long.
I do get a lot of compliments on the way my eye makeup looks, so here is a brief explanation...and be sure to watch the video tutorial to get the full scoop!

Mascara in Very Black

Now, take a peek at the video makeup tutorial!
(be gentle!)

1. Apply the Eye Primer all over the lid with a brush or your finger.
2. Use the e.l.f. Mineral Eyeshadow, natural to cover the entire area up to the eyebrow.
3. Use the "crease" color (each color is labeled) in the e.l.f. Essential Flawless  Eyeshadow
and apply the color from the outside of the eye to just past the center of the eye and up through the crease (you can do this allover the lid too).
4. Next, apply the liner color (dark brown) in the outer corner of the eye on the lid up to the crease.
5. Use a larger brush and blend in a downward stroke (from the brow). This blends in all of the colors.
6. This is my secret weapon...I take a small brush and twirl it in the Base color of the Flawless Eyeshadow palette. and then just put it in the very inner corner of each eye and "swoosh" it in (toward the eye) just a bit...A little touch of the same color just under the outside brow area does wonders for opening the eye too.
7. Use the Liner Sealer portion (of the Studio Eye Primer and Liner Sealer) and mix it with the liner color in the flawless eyeshadow. Apply the liner at the lash line across the entire lid.
8. I like to add some liquid liner in black on the very outside corner of the eye, top and bottom. It just give my eye a little boost and opens it up (remember I do not sleep enough!)
9. I finish it with a "Very Black: Mascara.
NOTE: I use a brush to apply all of my eyeshadow and I always work from the outside in.

To  finish off the look...

Add some e.l.f. Essential Shimmering Facial Whip at the temples...just a bit for some highlights.

And, of course, a gorgeous lip!
e.l.f. Studio Lip Definer and Shaper, natural/nude gives the lips a great shape and fills them in with a subtle color.

I also purchased the e.l.f. Studio Lip Stain, which also has a gloss on one side...so a swipe of gloss was a must!

And, there you have it a fresh, flawless day time look with e.l.f., #eyeslipsface
Be sure to connect with e.l.f!
e.l.f. on Twitter
e.l.f. on Facebook
 This post is written and created by 504 Main by Holly Lefevre

I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and e.l.f. #CBias #SocialFabric


GIVEAWAY! bareMinerals Skincare Firming Eye Treatment - UPDATED ENTRY QUALIFICATIONS 4/5/11


So, here is the scoop...I just realized that not everyone has a Facebook account. Woo-whoo for people who are not connected to the computer all the time like me. So, I have UPDATED ENTRY QUALIFICATIONS on 4/5/11...see "How to Enter" below. If you have already entered you are fine and your entries will be counted as such. Sorry for my oops!
Do you remember about one month ago I told you about the launch of bareMinerals Skincare line...well, about two weeks ago I received their Firming Eye Treatment in the mail.
I was - am - giddy.
In case I have not ever told you, I love makeup and skincare
about as much as I love crafting.

As I get older (that was hard to write), I am looking for that skincare line that I can use and be confident with...I think this may be it.

Even before receiving the Firming Eye Treatment, I went down and purchased some of their Purifying Facial Cleanser. This cleanser is amazing...it makes my skin soft and smooth and clean...and I was have some blemish issues (that age thing again) and so far nothing!

But what I really want to tell yo about is the Firming Eye Treatments because I have TWO of these to giveaway!...Yes...TWO!
When I look for makeup and skin care I look for effective treatments and I also need simple. 27 steps to wash and moisturize my face does not fit into my schedule.

The Firming Eye Treatment comes in a a perfectly sized tube (I seem to be doing a lot of traveling these days - so that is great) tube. I have been using it morning and night and can really see the difference in my eye area - the entire area definitely has had some improvement. I wish I would have taken photos...but I was so psyched to try it I just jumped right in.

The Treatment goes on smoothly and feel light...but it so effective. And yo know I never sleep, so I definitely need a good eye treatment. I do believe this is a winner!
bareMinerals Skincare
"A transformative new way of caring for your skin that’s simple, super-effective and incredibly easy to use. Powered by 100% pure RareMinerals Active Soil Complex, enjoy increased cell turnover, fewer fine lines and wrinkles and the famous bareMinerals Naturally Luminous glow. If that’s something you’re looking for, then this might be the revolution for you."
bareMinerals Skincare line also includes:
*Cleansers include a purifying facial cleanser, deep cleansing foam, and exfoliating treatment cleanser
*Moisturizer to hydrate and improve firmness, texture, and radiance
*Treatments that include firming eye treatment, blemish therapy, and pure transformation night cream.

Thanks to bareMinerals, I am giving away 2 - TWO - Firming Eye Treatments.

** - Must have a US Mailing Address - **
** - Leave a comment for EACH entry - **
** - Be SURE your EMAIL address is linked to your profile or leave it in the comment - **
Giveaway closes at 12 pm (NOON) PST on Sunday, 4/10/11
TWO Winners will be announced on Sunday 04/10/11. The winner has 48 hours to respond to the post and send me their required information.

1 - MANDATORY: Follow 504 Main (if you already do, just say so) on GFC
2 - Like Bare Escentuals on Facebook  (if you already do, just say so)
3 - Like 504 Main on Facebook (if you already do, just say so)
4 - Tweet the giveaway: Win bareMinerals Firming Eye Treatment from @504 Main #bMskincare http://tiny.cc/xmsc7
5 - Go Vote for Your favorite craft blogs on Babble (hint, hint, 504 Main should be one of them)
6 - Subscribe via Feedburner or email  (those pink icons up at the top of the page)

Want to see the series of rethink - I will be reposting some of them soon anyway - click right to read the last rethink post which has links to all others.

Disclosure: I have received no monetary compensation for this post. These are my honest opinions. I receive a sample of the eye firming eye treatment and 2 additional products for a giveaway.


Introducing bareMinerals Skincare!

If you have been reading 504 Main for a while, you may remember last year I did a series of posts with Bare Escentuals as part of their Rethink campaign. Those posts were some of my favorite. At that time I had never tried bareMinerals...Oh I had seen the infomercials, but had never taken the next step....
Well, I finally did it...marched down to Macy's picked up a starter kit and let me tell you, I was hooked. I wish I would have started wearing bareMinerals wen I first saw the infomercials. Seriously my favorite makeup.

And now...guess what...they are launching a skin care line...oh I am so excited. As I get {cough, cough} older I am looking for that magic to maintain my skin and keep it healthy!

bareMinerals Skincare
"A transformative new way of caring for your skin that’s simple, super-effective and incredibly easy to use. Powered by 100% pure RareMinerals Active Soil Complex, enjoy increased cell turnover, fewer fine lines and wrinkles and the famous bareMinerals Naturally Luminous glow. If that’s something you’re looking for, then this might be the revolution for you."

I am beyond excited to try this. The products all are "Powered by our RareMinerals ActiveSoil Complex with its unique electrolyte delivery system, it’s formulated to perfectly moisturize combination skin. It also includes a powerful blend of antioxidants that help protect against environmental stressors."
- Bare Escentuals website -
The bareMinerals skincare lines includes:
*Cleansers include a purifying facial cleanser, deep cleansing foam, and exfoliating treatment cleanser
*Moisturizer to hydrate and improve firmness, texture, and radiance
*Treatments that include firming eye treatment, blemish therapy, and pure transformation night cream

Want to see the series of rethink - I will be reposting some of them soon anyway - click right to read the last rethink post which has links to all others.

Guess what, there will be another giveaway coming up too!
Go check them out on Facebook too!


Disclosure: I have received no monetary compensation for this post. In exchange for this post I will receive a sample of the skin care line for myself and one for a giveaway.


Rethink A Natural High

Hey Everyone! Happy Friday!
It's time for Rethinking day...
the last rethinking day...
with Bare Escentuals at Rethink What Matters.
 Today's topic is Rethink A Natural High.
Yeah, don't ya just love the themes.
I know you are always thinking I am
going to talk about something else.
My Natural High
As a mom I have flashes of brilliance, with a lot of sparks and misfires in between.
...I am not patient...I admit it that being a mother has been a test of patience for me.
...I like to move quickly...ya know "you can rest when you are dead" sort of philosophy, but tell that to a 2 year old collecting rocks for her brother.
...I am selfish, but have had to learn and fully accept that I made the decision to have children, and although I am still important, they are my #1 responsibility...they come first.

Even with all that {and I could go on}, there is one thing they give me that I could have never imagined...ever...they bring me a pure, simple, innocent joy...they are my natural high. Even on bad days, a smile, a giggle, a hug from them melts my heart. I can think of nothing that makes me happier than simply stopping and being in that moment, any moment, with my kids.

I will walk by Joe's room and hear him singing to Taylor Swift, and just stop in the hallway and listen. Sometimes I hear him telling himself a story or playing with his Pokemon {which I still don't get!}. He tells me silly jokes and I laugh and his eyes light up.
Jules makes me "coffee" all day. She gathers her baby dolls, has me swaddle each one perfectly, and reads to them. When I sing to her, she joins in and she always asks for more. I can often hear her singing to herself and am just simply delighted to hear that little voice.

The two playing together...their giggles, their love, it fills my home and my heart. Jules runs and hugs Joe after school - she misses him all day long. Joe reads to Jules, Jules snuggles with Joe. Just this week, Joe has been really sick and while "Monkey see, monkey do" Jules also wants to be sick, she is tending to her brother, making sure he is OK.

So at the end of the day, when Joe tells me "I love you more than the whole galaxy" and Jules tells me "I love you more than toast," I am higher than a kite and so very grateful for these little people who teach and test me on a daily basis.

So what's your natural high?
Go visit Rethink What Matters. Answer the five questions...{did I mention there are prizes?}. See below for a listing of previous posts in this series.
Happy Rethinking!
BIG, HUGE thank to everyone who participated in this series with me.
Next Friday begins "I'm Tickled Pink" an on going feature highlighting cool products, ideas, writings, bloggers - you name it..if it is fun, newsworthy, useful, or inspirational, I am looking for it. Just drop me an email if you or someone you know should be featured....and grab a button too!
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Check out the previous posts in this series:

Rethink What Matters is a campaign by Bare Escentuals that challenges me...challenges all of us to Rethink What Matters. Each Friday through March 26, 2010, Bare Escentuals will pose a new topic for us to consider, to ponder, and to discuss. It is not just about makeup...it is about living your life and what is truly important. So gather your girlfriends...you never know what you'll discover! 

Want to join in on the discussion...
There are prizes and free products to be had..and more importantly thought provoking topics coming your way. Just visit Rethink What Matters to answer 5 simple questions. Then you can see how your answers compare with others. Seriously it takes no time at all to do this...and you may learn a little something about yourself or your friends! And if you are lucky enough to live in San Fransisco, New York, or Chicago the Quickie Van could be coming your way.
DISCLAIMER: So, here's the back story and legal who-ha I must include. I was contacted via email about this campaign and checked it out myself. I thought it was interesting and thought provoking. I was not paid for this review/post or compensated in any way (products or otherwise).