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I’m Back! With ColourPop!!!

Published August 14, 2015 by lesleyhope

Yes! After months of a hiatus for no apparent reason other than life… I’m back in action on this blog. First, a little about what has been up. I moved out of my old place (thank God), I now live alone in a cute lil apartment in the best part of the city, I have started a new job, actually 2 new jobs (just started working at the yoga studio last week for some free yoga), I have gone on handfuls of dates with men (and boys), many were not good experiences (more on that later- the woos of single life in the big city!, I played in a volleyball league this summer and have started spinning religiously. That sums up my life!

On another note, I’m fricken obsessed with liquid lipsticks. And I’ve been trying different brands to see if I can get a good bang for my buck. I bought a few of the Anastasia Beverly Hills, 2 Kat Von D and one Stila. My thoughts thus far: ABH has the best formula. Not drying, stays a good amount of time, nice array of colors but expensive for the amount of product you receive. Kat Von D has twice the product for the same price but her colors are a little more cray (which is cool with me), and the formula is a little tacky (don’t like). Stila is, again, on the expensive side, not that many colors to choose from and I don’t like the smell of them. They smell kind of like paint or something.

Enter Colourpop Cosmetics and their Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks. Ok first of all they are $6 which is less than HALF the cost of the other 3 brands. Second, their color selection is by far the best. Ranging from taupe, dark brown, BLUE, lavender to red. Third, they are matte. Like, really, really matte. Matte like they hurt my lips when I tried to get off the color swatching. They are also very drying. They are a very dry film over your lips so if you like moisture I would not recommend. They’re straight up liquid too. One thing I did not like was that one of the colors actually DRIPPED out from the tube when I was applying. Not good for that Louis Vuitton I slaved for. But damn they are some beauties.

Let’s get into it shall we? Below from top to bottom: Trap, Bumble, Sundae, Mars, Seesaw

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I have swatched any colors beside each that can be considered “dupes”. Or, I guess, what these ColourPop colors could be considered dupes for.

IMG_1036Trap- Sephora Lustre Matte in Fig on L & ABH Pure Hollywood on R

Bumble- Stila All Day Liquid Lipstick in Amore

Sundae- Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Backstage Bambi

Mars- ABH in Carina

Seesaw- ABH in Lovely

Now I will go into each color as I swatched each on me. This is on 12 hours of makeup and fourth day washed hair PS. Don’t judge the swatching either. Just judge the colors.

TRAP. Purple-taupe. Heard a lot about this color prior to buying and I am IMPRESSED! Very wearableIMG_1026 for everyday makeup, beautiful shade and very unique as I was not able to swatch any dupes that had the same taupey intensity.

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Bumble: UM OK I CAN’T EVEN. This color is…. the most perfect   medium raspberry pink. There were really no colors that even came close to this shade. Incredible unique and I think it would look good on a lot of skintones as well

IMG_1029Sundae: bright fuchsia with purple undertones. Kat Von D is pretty similar but.. this one is $6 sooo…

Mars- this is a bright, red/pink. I would not go so far to call it coral- it’s definitely more pink as you can see

IMG_1030Mars- this is a deep pink coral. Very similar to ABH Carina above. A bit with more of a blue undertone rather than warm.

IMG_1028Seesaw: light to medium pink with lavender undertones. Didn’t have anything in my arsenal that close to it. Very wearable. Again, unique shade.

Ok that is it. I will absolutely recommend these to people. I would be careful of the application as one of my colors did drip out of the tube. But finish, color payoff, (no) smell and price are WONDERFUL! Go Colorpop!!!

XO,

Lesley

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After a Long Hiatus… Let’s Do Some Cream Contour!

Published April 2, 2015 by lesleyhope

Cream contour is all the rage right now. Well, contouring at least is. Using creams is a little tricky and daunting but VERY, VERY easy IF you break it down to the basics. So… let’s break it down to the basics!

Here are the products I use:

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Yes I do use my fair share of brushes and that’s NOT needed but I will verify which steps are required and optional.

Step 1: apply moisturizer (not pictured). The key with cream contour is that your skin needs to be SUPPLE!

Step 2: apply primer (OCC Skin Primer) with a foundation brush (first brush pictured). It can be any kind of foundation brush or even your fingers. I apply it this way because the primer is water based (similar to Mac Fix + Spray) so it kind of primes my brush too.

Step 3: apply foundation (Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Mousse) all over the face- shade: Nude. Ok so **sidenote**- I bought this foundation on clearance at Target for 50% off so I am still up in the air to if I like it or not. It’s not my exact color (about one shade darker than what my skin is). I figure that in the summer I can get decent use out of it. The formula is very light weight which I do like, especially for a cream contour routine since I am applying various products to my face.

Step 4: Apply using either your fingers or a small foundation brush the cream contour (ABH Cream Contour Kit) on the hollows of the cheeks, temple and along the sides of the nose. Apply with your fingers the highlight color on the bridge of your nose, middle of your forehead, under your eyes, cupid’s bow and middle of chin (I like to mix a pink from the kit along with the shade vanilla to get a color much lighter than my skin tone). NOTE: For this post, I did half of my face at first to show the difference.

Exhibit A:

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Step 5: Blend it out! I use my beauty blender but you can use any smaller (or larger) synthetic brush.

Step 6: SET! It’s crucial that whenever you apply a cream to the face (no matter if it’s foundation, highlighter, blush, concealer, etc) that you set it with some kind of powder. I used the ABH Contour Kit to set my contour in all the places I applied it with cream. Then I set my highlight with one of the lighter (keep it matte though) to all of the places I applied the cream highlight. I used my Wayne Goss brush for the contour but I would suggest Real Techniques Contour Brush for a cheaper option. I used my Sephora #80 to set most of the powder under my eye, nose and forehead.

Step 7: Buff it all out. I learned this step from Wayne Goss. I used my Smashbox Photo Filter Powder and a large, fluffy powder brush to buff it all over my skin. This will not disrupt the cream, powder or placement of either- it actually just adds a beautiful finish and makes everything blend that much more.

Exhibit B:

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OK I kind of cheated and did one of my eyebrows and eyes so you could see a transformation but I don’t even think it does my skin justice…. so here’s more.

Exhibit C:

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Do you see that? A SERIOUS transformation of my skin. And super subtle too… this wasn’t even a going out look- just a simple, daytime cream contour. It proves that makeup can transform and bring out your best features.

Going to rest now… I am sick but had to get this post up!

xoxo,

Lesley Hope

Holiday Night Out Transformation

Published December 24, 2014 by lesleyhope

Merry Christmas Eve! 

I went out last night and decided to take pictures throughout my routine. I came across a few products that I really think are essentials (at least they are for me).

I recently purchased BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfecter at Sephora- I believe this was a mini tube or something because I can’t find it on BECCA’s site or Sephora. It would make sense because it was around $19-22.

I used it as a primer last night to get that glow-y look. You can see that it DEFINITELY makes your skin shimmery. PS- Do you guys also like my teal robe? It’s super comfy and warm (Target).

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Products used: Lush Skin Drink Moisturizer (PS I am almost out! Need suggestions for another good one otherwise I’m repurchasing!) and BECCA Shimmery Skin Perfecter Cream.

Don’t fret… I did not go out looking like this. I next put L’oreal True Match Lumi Foundation in W3 (Nude Beige). I purchased this at Ulta on Black Friday and had to get a little crafty with testing the foundation on my skin without anyone seeing. Why don’t they have testers for drugstore foundation!?! Anyway, I decided on this one- it was between the N3 and C3. This color is a little darker than my skin but it’s not a heavy formula and you can really build it up so I thought I’d go for it.

20141223_185707Products used: everything I used in my last pic + L’Oreal TruMatch Lumi Foundation W3

Ok now this is where I get to TWO of my go-to products. I used MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW15 under my eyes and set it with Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder. Let’s just talk about these two products for a quick second- I have tried DOZENS of concealers for under my eyes and it’s a different beast. You need something that is thick/matte enough to actually set and lighten, but something creamy enough you can blend out without dragging your skin and rubbing. MAC Pro Longwear is hands down the best I’ve used. I do believe that getting color matched plays a huge role so I would not suggest anyone purchase this on the fly. Go to the MAC counter and talk it over with the artists about what you’re looking for, what you’re looking to accomplish and have them match you based upon that.

Moving on to Laura Mercier… this powder. I have also tried many translucent setting powders and finishes and they all come off chalky and white looking. You don’t want that ghostly monochrome look on your face (at least I don’t). This powder has little crystals that seem to reflect light and set what you already have on. I love it! See from the pic below how it evens out my skin tone under my eye and mattes where I set on my forehead, nose and chin.

 

20141223_190016Products used: Everything in the pics before + MAC Pro Longwear Concealer & Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder.

Well now this is where I ran out of some time and had to put on the rest of my makeup without taking pictures in between. So I basically go from 0-100 but it took like an hour and I’ll try to list all of the products/colors I used. ** Note: MUG Eyeshadows were used (HOLY GRAIL).

Viola! Me! Done!

20141223_194849Products used on eyes: Ardell’s Curvy Lashes, MAC Paintpot in Soft Ochre, Anastasia Perfect Brow Pencil in Dark Brown (might not be my right color but I got it as a gift and left my Brow Wiz in Caramel in Chicago so it’s been working for me), MUG shadows in Frappe, Creme Brulee, Bitten and Corrupt (GRAILS), mascara is Urban Decay Fatty Mascara (I never use brand name mascara but Ulta had a great Black Friday deal on this baby). Face: MAC Sculpting Powder in Taupe (only available at Pro stores FYI), an unknown blush from one of my z-palettes (the only bad thing about z-palettes). Lips: MAC Blankety and MAC Chili mixed together (mixing colors is really my thing).

I hope you guys enjoyed! Leave any questions at the bottom and have a fabulous day! Let it snow!!

Xo, Lesley Hope

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Fever

Published December 23, 2014 by lesleyhope

It’s been a longgggg time since I’ve last posted. Blame it on life going really, really well. Let’s see… since the last time I’ve posted there have been many things that have changed in my life. 1) I have gotten to do makeup for 2 real events and have REAL clients (pretty cool). 2) I have changed so many things in my makeup routine. 3) I have winged eyeliner down pat- I will write a how-to post shortly. 4) I tried Makeup Geek eyeshadows out and… I. Can’t. Even. I will begin this post with MUG…

I’m a makeup phene- but I have been in this game long enough that I know the difference between low quality and high quality. The MUG eyeshadows I purchased are the best quality shadows I have used. I got a variety of colors and I did buy only matte finishes. Matte, to me, is the hardest kind of finish in shadows to find a GOOD quality. These are creamy, none of them chalk, highly pigmented, unique colors, I could go on and on… To sum it up, I’m highly impressed with Marlena and her squad and I HIGHLY recommend these shades below.

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Left to right starting in the top left hand corner… Barcelona Beach, Peach Smoothie, Creme Brulee, Frappe, Latte, Preppy, Chickadee, Cupcake, Unexpected, Simply Marlena, Bitten, Corrupt.

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I am very pleased with the colors that I chose which are mainly pinks and neutrals but I needed good matte colors to put on my crease for everyday looks, smokey looks and nights out. These all hit it out of the park. I can use ANY of these (besides Corrupt) in my crease for whatever kind of look I am going for. I am beyond satisfied. The colors are all extremely versatile and just so great.

This post was weak, I know. It’s almost Christmas and I’m just excited to be able to post! Maybe I’ll swatch these better on my arm and update this. Maybe I won’t. I will blog at least one more time this week.

I hope everyone enjoys time with their families and friends.

Xoxo, Lesley Hope

Pageant Interview Tricks Unveiled!

Published October 1, 2014 by lesleyhope

Well, I’m am officially morphing into a pageant girl for the next 6 weeks! I will dedicate at least one blog post per week on my tips for a pageant (when it comes to makeup at least). A lot of the “tips” I talk about can be applied to anyone, anyday- in a pageant or not. So here’s the thing- there’s such a difference between day makeup and night makeup. Those words are also interchangeable for interview and stage makeup. When I first started learning about how to do a cat eye and contouring, I would practice in the mornings before work and sometimes I probably looked like I belonged on the street corner instead of my cubicle. I’ve learned a lot since then, to say the least. I have picked up a few tricks of the trade for owning your interview makeup. Here they are:

-Self tanner. It’s a plus. But not for day of. I like to use Loreal Sublime Bronze for about a week or two before the day of an interview to get a nice glow going on. This builds on itself so you don’t need to use it everyday. I would say once every other day or two days. I would highly recommend going lighter on the color opposed to darker- nothing worse than streaks or pumpkin-esque skin tone. I recommend this one because it is subtle enough, but it does have enough pigment for you to start seeing changes. I’ve used it for years with little to no orange situations.

-No false lashes. None. Those are for the stage or a night out. Never during the day. There are many great mascaras but I’m going to let you in on my little secret: these. Too Faced Better than False Lashes. This is an interesting product- but I love it. It comes with a mascara and another tube of nylon lash fibers. You put the mascara on as a base coat first (I would suggest doing one eye at a time so it doesn’t clump or dry too fast). After that is on both the top and bottom lashes, you use the nylon lash fibers over it. These come out in a spidery, wispy texture so it’s odd the first time. Just go with it. Put enough on so you can see the little white fibers over the base coat. You can probably skip the bottom as the nylon fibers tend to clump and look a little messy on shorter lashes. After that is done, put on another coat of the mascara. Go thick with this. You will see that the white fibers turn black and act as extenders to your lashes. Put on a decent 1-2 coats of the mascara and you will look like you have LONG, voluminous lashes- that are real! Warning: this product is fairly expensive ($35 at Sephora). An inexpensive option that has long been my go to is Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Blackest Black. It’s $3.99 at Target and you cannot go wrong with it. 2-3 coats and your lashes will be just beautiful!

-Eye shadow colors. Don’t try new tricks for an interview. I will go more in depth about what colors look good on skin tones and eye colors, hair colors, etc but stick to neutral colors- the pictures attached are the color families you should stick to for your eye shadow. I would consider many of these “transition” shades. And by that, I mean shades that can be applied in the crease either alone or with accent colors. You could also call them versatile shades. You can see that some of them have a little shimmer finish but the rest are matte. They are all in the mauve/nude/brown/pink or green shade range- those colors look good on everyone no matter what your skin tone.

 

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The swatches are all without primer and if anyone needs details I can give you the actual colors later (they were all individuals in my Z palette- Inglot, Too Faced & Mary Kay).
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For so long during my younger years I wanted the brightest, most shimmery, glittery shades (ok let’s be honest, I still do- moderation is key!) but as I’ve gotten older- you can’t wear that stuff all the time at a big girl job! I have discovered transition shades are my favorite types of eye shadows because you can use them with anything, any look, anytime. For the interview, I would put a medium color (at darkest) into your crease and blend it out. Along with a lighter shade on your lid, that is all you need to give depth to your eyes during the interview. You want the judges to see your natural beauty and not be distracted by that cat eye or iridescent highlight underneath your brow.

-Lipstick colors. Again, save the brights and the bolds for the stage. Stick to medium pinks, nudes, browns and matte finishes are a plus because they are subtle enough to flatter but are not overly distracting. Pictured here are a few I would recommend along with the shade and name.

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Lydia, Ophelia, Melange, Marion (ALL OCC LIP TARS in matte finish of course). NYX Matte Lipstick Euro Trash and Butter (enticing names I know).

-Blush colors. A little will go a long way in natural lighting so pick a color that compliments your coloring and brush over the top angle of your cheekbone. Don’t place it only on the apples of your cheeks- big misconception. You should start the brush on the very top of your apple and blend it upwards towards your ear with the product applying evenly. Go light handed on this as well. If you are unsure of what color looks best on you- peach tones are universal for all skin types i.e.

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OR Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso – don’t have a pic for this sorry ($7.50 at Target/Walgreens/CVS)

-Blend blend blend! Blending is one of the things that has been my savior for makeup. After you make sure your foundation is a good match to your coloring and tone, blend it into your neckline so there are no harsh lines. Blend bronzer (MATTE ONLY!!!!) into your hairline and the angles of your face to frame your beautiful face. Blend your eyeshadow so there are no edges to see where color starts/ends.

-Last, skip the eyeliner all together. Dip a small, angled brush in chocolate or black shadow, lining your eyes as close to the roots as possible. The thinner the brush the better.

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These are a few of my tips for a flawless interview look! Remember, soft and subtle is good! You want your personality to shine and your beauty is just a backup for it 😉

Xo, Lesley Hope

Make a Stunning Entrance… Into Fall!

Published September 30, 2014 by lesleyhope

So it goes like this. I check the weather on my phone this morning: high of 73! Walk to work in my cute skirt with flip flips (brought my heels obvi). Go about my day… work, spin, sauna. Come outside in my workout clothes and flip flops: HELLO FALL! I could feel it on my skin, I could smell it in the air, hell, I even could taste it when a leaf blew into my mouth. Winter takes no prisoners, especially in the Midwest. BUT, winter gives us this beautiful thing called fall and I am going to breakdown what you need to make the easiest and classiest transition. Warning: this list does not include zip ups, Pumpkin Spice Lattes or Uggs.

1. Matte. Everything. (Almost) all of the time. I am not condoning shopping sprees but if you cannot go into your makeup bag and pull out a medium matte brown eyeshadow a medium matte any color eye shadow, I highly suggest you hop on Sephora.com, makeupgeek.com or go to your nearest Ulta. You need those mattes in your life. Especially the medium shades for everyday. We’re done with the corally shimmers and golds for a little bit right now. Put them away for like a week. Then you can get them back out. My favorites? The Naked Basics Palette sold online and in stores a Ulta and Sephora. It’s great for beginners. If you’re a tad more advanced or already have it, try the Lorac Pro Palette from Ulta. Awesome range and what a great bang for your buck.

2. More Matte. Everything. But now I’m talking about lips. And let me be more specific, matte browns and nudes. YEP I said it. This woman of color has said it and there is no going back. This summer was all about the color but this winter is about them warm toned shades. I can’t get over these colors because they were the colors I wore when I first EVER started wearing makeup. The mocha shades, the berry colors, the muted roses. I went to Ulta yesterday and NYX is PACKED with these type of colors- they are $3.50 too! My favorite shades and MUST HAVES for anyone are Whipped Caviar, Maison, Butter, Euro Trash. MAC has some awesome colors as well: Pink Plaid, Kinda Sexy and Velvet Teddy are a few.

3. Last but not least- I have talked about matte this and medium this. I am leaving you with ONE last item that you will need this fall. A true bold ass lip color. And maybe a little haircut or style. But definitely a bold, daring, dark or vampy lip color. And not for everyday- hold those horses. For the night you go out for dirty martinis with your girlfriends, or the day you pull on your sweater and sunglasses and go window shopping downtown, or the night you go on a third date to the pumpkin patch or haunted house (I swear I’m not naming these from experience). Really though! Get on that dark purple, those dark jeweled tones and get a little lose. But wear your pearls. Check out this new collection from NYX that I’m about to obsess over. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Those are pretty crazy but there are tons of other deep, rich colors that will do the trick just fine. Suggestions: MAC Cyber, OCC Anita, OCC Vintage, Loreal Lip Crayon in Petite Plum. Do it.

I am dedicating the next month and a half to….. The MISS SJ 2014-15 Pageant! I have been asked to do the make up for it and I could not be more excited!

I also have a bomb project I have been working on for Halloween… the 7 Deadly Skins. Can’t wait to show you guys!

Lots of love,

Lesley Hope

Lips For the Bold and Brave Only!

Published August 12, 2014 by lesleyhope

Hey ya guys! I’ve created a few posts so this blog aint gonna be dry this week!

Allright let’s see…. I feel like I should update you all on some life events. I GOT BRACES! On my bottom teeth but whatevs. They hurt real bad and for the first month (no lie) they were sooo sore. I could barely chew crackers. No lie, no lie, no lieeee (Drake voice). I’m going on 2 full months with these babies and I am proud and impressed with the improvements! I will show a progress pic after the next adjustment.

K let’s quit babbling and talk MAKEUP baby! Anyone who knows me knows that I’m, like, obsessed with lipstick. And color. I love bright, I love dark, light, nude, mute, purple, green, black. You get the point. I never say never with lip color because, I mean, who knows?

So I’ve got a ton of lip tars and I thought, why not start swatching them to actually see the colors. I’ve swatched about 14 so far and boyyyy I have definitely learned a lot of things about my undertone, skintone, what looks better with a tan, what colors I am apprehensive to pull of. This first round of colors are… bright. Really bright and really bold. I look at this as the “secondary” colors. The primary ones are kind of boring to swatch… red, black, white yellow, blue. Secondary lippies are colors that you can create with any of the above ^^ but also, ones that you could possibly wear alone if need be.

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So minus the blue- they are secondary colors. Left to right… RX, Mannequin, PowerPlant, Nylon and Cha Cha.

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RX. Kinda blurry- but just a true blue. Can make any purple shade under the sun with a black or white mixer which is why I ❤ it!

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Mannequin. DAAAAMN check that out. It’s a for real light, BRIGHT, matte pink. The thing with mattes is, they are harder to blend out. You can see the unevenness on my lips and I still had a lot of product on! They are tough- and this is a really tricky color to pull off alone, I always pair it with a little some some else.

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Power plant- it’s a metallic emerald. Honestly, you might be able to pull this off if you’re going to a club since it’s metallic. But probs not. I LOVE pairing this with a true red- it creates the most beautiful muave/purpley/brownish color along with that bomb ass metallic finish. Like this a lot to pull off many different looks, but wouldn’t say it’s a staple in anyone’s makeup kit.

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Nylon- it was a Sephora exclusive when OCC first came out and it was my first lip tar. Ever. I have a special affinity for this color. It actually looks waaay brighter and Barbie pink in person but regardless, it’s a bright, summer pop of pink that looks swell on some tan skin (but skin the rays guys- just use some bronzer).

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Chacha. Last but not least. And I thought I’d hit ya with a selfie. That’s me! Hey! Check out my freckles, ha. Ok I used my picture for this color because it’s one of the colors you can wear just alone (I mean you can wear of them alone but this one looks the least cray cray). It’s a beautiful pale coral- but it’s still super bright. One of my favorites.

In conclusion… I am really into the brights right now. We’ve got 1 more solid month of summer and I say, GO FOR IT ALL! I am going to Spain in exactly 32 days soo I’m trying to swatch my life away now so I can bring the perfect few colors over there. Definitely going to bring either ChaCha or Nylon- need to look up with Spanish guys like more. 😉 ha just kidding, kinda.

More to come… stay tuned!

And stay beautiful! Go Spartans!

xo, Lesley Hope