My Mascara Tips for Big Lashes

WARNING: You might get an overload of my face after reading this post. I am so sorry.

I always have people ask me if my eyelashes are real or what kinda of mascara I use!  The answers…

My eyelashes are real and I use Cover Girl Professional – Super Thick Lash Mascara… (it’s their cheapest one and it’s in a red bottle that is usually at the bottom of the displays. Be sure not to get waterproof mascara.) I love this mascara because it still uses the traditional brush and not one of those weird silicon spikey brushes.

What I wish I could tell everyone when they ask is how I put it on! I think that is the real trick to my lashes… so I am going to tell you all!

That’s me on the left with no mascara on. Unrecognizable, I know. Kinda scary with blonde eyelashes. And then that’s me on the right after I put my mascara on!  Yay, much better!


Step 1: Mascara first!  Apply mascara before you put on concealer, eyeshadow, bronzer or blush!  You are going to get the mascara all over your eyelids…and I mean all over… don’t worry!  You can easily clean it up with a Ponds Make Up wipe.

Step 2:  Start applying the mascara. Quite a few coats.


Step 3:  THE TRICK IS TO GET RIGHT DOWN TO THE BASE OF THE LASHES!  That way you can really lift up those lashes.


You really can’t get down to the root to lift up the lashes without getting it everywhere!

Step 4:  Then wait a minute or two, until the mascara has dried a little.  You don’t want it to be wet but you don’t want it to be fully dried.  Touch it first and if its too wet don’t do it.  It’s kinda like a Goldilocks thing… Not too wet, not too dry… Just right.

Then take your little finger and spread out your lashes.  Getting to the root – pushing them up and then spreading them out.  A little bit of the mascara will come off on your finger, but that is good!  You don’t want too much mascara on or soooo many layers that it looks clumpy.


Step 5:  Now, apply a few more coats of mascara.  This time, really focusing on the tips of your lashes.


Step 6:  Wait another minute and then spread them out again.  (You can repeat these steps again, if you want them even bigger!)

Step 7:  You want to make sure the mascara on your lashes is fully dry before you wipe away the unwanted mascara.  Now, take your make up wipe and wipe away all the mascara around your eyes!


See, all clean!  And now you can put on the rest of your make up!


Not too crazy or hard!  Let me know if you try it and if it works for you!

In Front of the Ivy: My Favorite Summer Color Combo

This is the inaugural post of a new series… In Front of the Ivy. (Title inspired by Between Two Ferns by Zach Galifinakis.)  Here I will share with you some of my favorite things from Milly & Grace!
ColorCombo-Blue&White Blue & white: A classic color combination.  It also happens to be very on trend right now.  It seems like every fashion and home magazine I pick up is featuring this color combo.  You can tell from my instagram that I’m partial to blue & white these days. 
Ok let’s get down to business.   If you haven’t already tried a white earring, you have to.  It is a great summer look – especially when you are tan.  White earrings actually make you look tanner!   I’m loving these white & blue earring by Dannijo.IMG_9853Need a pop of color with a white dress?  This is your answer: A blue clutch with a white closure by Kayu! IMG_9874
ColorCombo-Blue&White2What do you know… The Love Shack Fancy dress made an appearance!  I bet you are thinking…obsessed much??  Yes. Yes I am.  This blue & white tie dye is just too pretty!
BlueandWhiteI’m in the processes of trying to decorate my house in blue & white.  It’s taking me forever to make decisions.  But the good news is that home decor vendors are all over blue & white right now – like this blue & white pillow from Lacefield. Hopefully it will inspire me to speed things along. Check out some more of our blue & white pieces on the Milly & Grace online boutique!
IMG_9944Can you tell I can’t resist anything blue & white tie die??  A scarf is such an easy way to incorporate this color combo into your life.
IMG_9917I’m going to make a bold prediction. I think tie dye is going to make a big come back next summer season. We’ve seen touches of it this season but I think we are going to see more of it next year. I’ll report back in January after I go to the summer market!IMG_9930Thanks for being such a cute model Caroline!!IMG_9925


Swim at Sunset

A couple days ago, we decided to go jump in the ocean after a long day of work.  I (Allison) was skeptical of this plan.  Swimming.. in the ocean.. on this cold.. windy.. night?!  Um, I don’t think so.









^^Steve was the first one in!



^^Emily and Caroline going in!



^^ Ivy the Water Dog!


^^Ivy the Anti Water Dog.  (Ahh water!)


^^Don’t they look like they were having the best time ever!?!

^^I had to go in!  Proof – That’s me on the left in the neon!

It felt so refreshing and good for our souls!  We forget that a little thing like that, in the middle/end of a crazy day, can change your whole perspective!   It turned out to be a lovely little adventure.