Ginger Blue Naturals Product Review | Allison Marie

Winter is the best time to focus on skin care. With the dry
air inside and cooler temperatures outside,  it’s very important to exfoliate,
moisturize, and use lip balms. Ginger Blue Naturals has you covered with all
three. An all-natural body care line that is handmade in Roanoke, West
Virginia. The owner, Lee Gainer, can be seen at Tamarack, Oglebayfest, and the
Bridgeport Farmer’s Market selling these products
If you like essential oils, then you will LOVE her products because they’re very therapeutic. There are no fragrances or additives. And
you only need a small amount. The logo and packaging are so lovely and one of my favorite things about her brand. I love that her packaging is an extension of her
natural theme with flowers, antlers, and dark glass jars to protect the
essential oils. I had the chance to sample a few of her products and my skin
truly does feels great after using them for a couple weeks.
Keep reading to hear more about about these local products and what I thought of them… You’re going to want these for Christmas, I just know it! ; )
The Lavender Sage Salve smells like menthol with a little hint of peppermint. It does an excellent job to soften up dry cuticles and moisturize elbows. You can use it on any chapped surface.
The Patchouli Body Butter has a musk, almost forest-like scent. It made my skin soft for the entire day and the scent did not fade away.
The Chai Spice Sugar Scrub has a spicy but sweet scent. It makes my skin smooth, even the backs of my arms which tend to be a little rough. It also allowed my spray tan to go on more evenly! 
The lip balms make your lips kissable. She has several scents like: Lemon-lime and Clove & Sweet Orange. But my personal favorite would have to be the “Blush” lip stain (far right). It adds a little touch of color that is a pretty pink that is very natural-looking and I love to use this on my minimal makeup days for a fresh look!
Thank you, Lee, for allowing me to review a few of your products! I have been spreading the word about Ginger Blue! Ladies, I definitely recommend her products and would love for you to try them and let me know what you thought! Who doesn’t want all-natural products that smell and feel great?
Go and check out Ginger Blue Naturals’ website: www.mkt/gingerbluenaturals. She does have other products and even carries a few products for the men in your life! You can shop the online store (FREE shipping!!) or catch them at the next indoor winter farmer’s market in Bridgeport on December 13th. I will be picking up some of their Lemongrass all-natural deodorant when I go.
Remember to support small businesses everywhere and shop local this holiday season! These products would make great stocking stuffers, too!
 If you have any winter skin concerns, please e-mail me at

Highlighting + Contouring Basics | Allison Marie

Highlighting and contouring is the new black. (That’s how that goes, right?) You see and
hear about it everywhere, and I don’t think it’s going out of style any time
soon. Now is the perfect time to learn! In this tutorial, I will cover the basics: must-have products, where & how to apply, as well as my before & after photos… so let’s get started:
 “Highlighting” means to accentuate or
brighten up your best features, while the definition of “contouring” is to
darken, minimize, or diminish the less flattering ones. If you have a small
nose, you can highlight it to make it look bigger or by contouring the sides and
tip of the nose, you can make it appear smaller. It’s a play on lighting. You
are creating depth and shadows where there aren’t any (for example, making cheekbones). With this technique, you can change the shape of someone’s face.
In my profession, I personally contour and highlight my face
every single day. But for others, it may be saved for
photos or special events. That’s not to say you can’t add a little highlight or
bronzer here and there whenever you want. It just takes more time, that’s all.
Now, let’s talk about products. Highlighting and contour
kits come in two forms: cream and powder. I recommend cream for dry skin and
powder for oily skin. Anastasia Beverly Hills has both kinds of contour kits. Plus,
they each come with six different shades: three light + three dark. Also, NYX has an awesome cream stick called the Wonder Stick. One end has a highlighter and the other has a darker
color for contouring, which is less confusing for the beginner.
The next thing you will absolutely need to have is a contour
brush. This is a must. I think when you see women with that dark streak across
their cheek, it’s because they didn’t use or have the right brushes to properly
blend it in. I recently purchased the Lorac Pro Contour Palette which came with
their Pro Contour Brush. It’s a great palette and you are getting a pretty good deal
by getting the brush to go with it. It even comes with instructions! Once you have your kit and brush, it’s time to get down to
First, apply your moisturizer and primer, followed by foundation and
setting powder. I always start with contouring first and save the highlighting
for last. Either way is okay. I begin by applying the medium shade to the
hollow of my cheeks from the corner of my nose to the top of my ear. Then, I go
down the sides of my nose, blending as I go. This placement works for almost all
face shapes.
Next, I take the light shade and go from the temple, across
the forehead, and down the other side. Blending up into the hairline. For a
longer forehead, blend down towards the browbone.
Lastly, I dust the dark shade along the jawline, under the
chin, and down the center of the neck. Blend upward from the jawline to the
cheekbone for square shape faces. If you are wearing a low cut blouse, you can
add a contour to the base of your neck and chest. And that’s it for contouring! It’s that simple.
Before I use the highlight or shimmery shade, I like to
conceal with the banana or yellow powder (shown above). It is my absolute favorite and I always seem to run out of it! But the good thing about the Anastasia Kit is that they sell
individual refills for each color. I use the banana powder under my eye, and I also
mix it with the light pink or fawn shade and dust it between my cheekbone and
jawline contour. I like to make three straight lines in the middle of my
forehead and blend. It is also great for around the nose to cover redness and
between the cupids bow on your lip. It’s even good to apply around you lips to
keep your lipstick from bleeding. 
As for the highlight, I apply it under the eye
and brush across the cheekbones. If your skin is oily– you may want to stick
with the matte contour and skip the shimmer to avoid less shine throughout the
The key is to blend, blend, blend! The other day, I started to walk out the door and my husband noticed that I hadn’t blended my contour well enough and I had to go back and finish blending! It was so funny! I guess he has learned a few things over the years ; )
You can finish up this look with blush, eye makeup, filled-in brows, and lip color. By doing that, you will be able to have a put-together look. Definitely try it out and make it your
own. If you have questions about this tutorial, please e-mail me at
or visit me at Ulta in the Meadowbrook Mall. We want your feedback– so let us
know what you think or what you would like to see in future posts.


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