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Country sensation Carrie Underwood is back in action! With her new album Cry Pretty out in September, lets take a look at Carrie’s favorite mane moments that we adore in this issue.


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Get a hot new look this summer with mane inspiration from our special “Celebrity Style” section with your favorite hair stars!


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The ‘80s are back with these gorgeous retro-inspired hairstyles by Sharon Blain and Peter Gray.


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Check out the easy, breezy tresses these hot celebs are rocking!


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We’re giving away over $5,000 in hot beauty products and hair tools in our September 2018 issue! Grab a copy and enter our Big Beauty Giveaway for your chance to win big.


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Get in the know and check out what’s new in beauty right now. Be ahead of all your friends with the latest and greatest hair and makeup products!


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Check out these fabulous hair transformations in the September 2018 issue. Get inspired to redo your ‘do with these stunning tress changes from the hair pros at Fantastic Sams!.

   

My Mommy Makeover


When I started pondering about my new blog, my favorite makeover story popped into my head! My girlfriend, Cat, is a mommy of three beautiful children and an amazing photographer (catwatson.com). We connected a few years ago because her husband and my new fiancé joined the same pro-soccer team in Vancouver. I always thought Cat was adorable and really had such a spunky vibe that I loved.

Cat sent me a text me one day and asked if I would be up for giving her a makeover. I was like….duh! Project! Yippee! For the first time in a long time, Cat took the afternoon for herself and stopped by my house for a lesson in hair and makeup, plus some much needed juicy girl talk. We started at my favorite upscale thrift store, My Sister’s Closet (all proceeds go to a women’s battered shelter), and snagged some cute, very inexpensive statement pieces to vamp up her wardrobe.

Our next stop was the grocery store to grab some easy-to-apply L’Oréal Preference hair color in a box. We decided to go a little darker with a tint of auburn to give her some edge, but nothing too drastic on our first go round. Once we landed back at my place, the transformation began.

We kicked it off with some makeup tips like: use moisturizer with an SPF, a good eyebrow pencil is a necessity, and always add a pop of color to your cheeks for an instant glow. Oh, and a little mascara goes a long way!

Then we moved on to her hair. After I taught her how to apply the new vibrant color, we rinsed and added a leave-in conditioner which does wonders. I gave her step-by-step instructions on how to round-brush blow-dry and do a quick flat iron. Then she revealed she wanted blunt bangs! I was secretly jumping up and down that she trusted me with this task! I think I freaked her out, because when she said go, I went to town with the scissors acting all pro and stuff… haha! Starting from about two inches back from her hair line, I took a comb and made sure I had an even amount of hair on both sides of her face to gather what would soon be her new bangs. With the hair directly in front of her face and placed in between my index and middle finger, I slid down to right at her eye line and the trimming began. I carefully blended the sides up from her ear to the edge of her brow at an angle. A tiny clip of her ends and an added spritz of Thermafuse dry oil and sha-bam! Brand new hair and brand new confidence!

We dolled her up in a fun sweater, leather jacket, and scarf and she was officially made over. She’s always been a cutie, but she had a new found swag about her. I can’t imagine having this much time to spend on yourself every day when you are a mom, but I at least gave her the tips of how to make herself feel and look fresh even if she’s on the go. I will never forget how she looked at herself in the mirror for the first time after our makeover was complete. She was radiant. She just needed a little guidance and it was well deserved.

It took us about four hours total and less than $150 for a full head-to-toe transformation. So Mommies, even if you don’t have all day, at least take a minute for yourself once in a while. Your husband and kiddos will thank you for it. Not like they don’t have enough to thank you for, right?!

Follow me on Facebook at KimberlyCaldwellOfficial and on Instagram and Twitter @_kimcaldwell for fun hair and makeup pics. Make sure to catch my column in every issue of Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide! Heads up ladies!

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