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Unicorns and Rainbows are What Party Dreams are Made of

This birthday bash is what dreams are made of. Sprinkles, unicorns and rainbows are at the center of the festivities crafted by Morgan Hutchinson of BURU for her lucky little lady. Plus she’s giving tips for crafting a balloon arch that slays without sending you to the looney bin in the process. Get your colorful party inspo with even more captured by Becky Kimball  in the VAULT.

For her daughter’s 4th birthday, BURU founder Morgan Hutchinson wasn’t going to forgo a big celebration – even though she was 37 weeks pregnant (!!). At her Salt Lake City, UT home, she created a rainbow-inpsired party complete with a pony, colored balloon arch, and a very pregnant mama.

I would start by saying that I truly believe most things on Pinterest are created exclusively for Pinterest – not necessarily for real parties created by busy mamas who will no doubt be making the project with the help of a toddler – which we all know is the opposite of a helper! Read below for my top three tips for creating a similar arch at your next party.

Perfection is boring and doing something identical to someone else is too! I like Pinterest for inspiration, but it’s important to put you own twist on it. For starters, this will make it easier to accept your work when it looks nothing like the Pin! For our arch, we didn’t have an easy way to create and hang the chicken wire in a full rainbow shape, so we went with a more abstract approach. Symmetry is TOUGH so if you can avoid it, I say go for it!

When following the directions, know when to give up and go it your own way. For the arch, it suggested using a low heat glue gun to attach the first layer of the balloons. We had crazy wind that day and it was drying the glue too fast for the balloons to stick (and taking forever!!). Rather than keep trying because “that’s what the instructions read”, I said forget it (or something like that) and starting using white duck tape and heavy packing tape that I had on hand. As I wrote above, consider a back up plan (especially if you are making the project in your robe only a few hours before guests arrive like me!)

Give your toddler assistant a project that makes her feel important during the process (so you can actually finish!). While Brett (my fab hubby who supports all my ridiculous ideas) and I blew up all the balloons a few days ahead of time, we had Olive sort them by color and place in plastic bags. And, while I climbed up and down the ladder attaching the balloons with tape, Olive decorated the step ladder with said tape. Okay—so this wasn’t a productive task, but it kept her busy and I actually finished with enough time to throw on a dress before the first guest arrived!

Photographer: Becky Kimball | Private Home: Morgan Hutchinson

5 Must-Know Tips to Avoid Over-Bronzing Your Face

Bronzer is a staple in my beauty routine year round but often times, with my slightly lighter skin tone during the winter, I have to remind myself not to overdo it. Raise your hand if you’ve ever walked out of the house looking like an oompa loompa without knowing it until hours later? Guilty. No more friends—with these 5 tips in your back pocket, over-bronzing will be a thing of the past.

Pick the Right Shade

It might not be that you’re putting too much bronzer on, but that you’ve got your shade all wrong. When in doubt, always go a shade lighter than you think. For fair skin, duos or mosaic palettes in pale pink and tan are your ticket. For medium and olive skin tones, go for warm undertones—peach shades are perfect for you. For darker skin tones opt for deeper hues with accents of shimmer to bring out your natural glow.

The Correct Consistency

If you’re finding that by the end of the day your ‘tan’ looks a little smeared like watercolor on your face, you might have the wrong consistency. Powder isn’t right for everyone and can sometimes look cakey if you’ve got combination or oily skin. Try a cream bronzer if you run into this problem! On the other hand, if you’re finding that cream doesn’t cut it, try a matte bronzer without shimmer like this one for smooth results.

Use the Right Brush

One of the biggest mistakes made in applying bronzer is using the wrong brush. Think of it like this… dense = drama, loose = lovely. The denser brush you use, the more concentrated your bronzer will be on that area of your face. Bronzing is all about giving yourself a sweep of color, not full coverage like foundation, so you’ll want to go with a looser, angled brush like this one for that just-walked-off-the-beach look. Also, remember to give that brush a tap before applying as well!

Mind Your Lighting

We’ve all been there… it’s a dark rainy morning and the lighting in your bathroom is terrible to say the least. When you get to your brightly lit office? You look like you let a 5 year old have a go at your face with the makeup brush. Natural light is ideal when applying your bronzer, but when those sweet sun rays aren’t shining, warm white light, like LED, is the next best thing.

Less is More

We’ve all heard the saying and it definitely rings true when it comes to bronzer. In most cases, if you look like you’re over-bronzing, that’s exactly what you’re doing. Focus on the main areas of the face that naturally tan—the forehead, cheekbones, along your jawline and if you prefer, a touch down the bridge of your nose. A great way to make sure you’re not overdoing it is by practicing on just one side of your face so you can see exactly how much drama you’re adding.

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The 5 Beauty Essentials You Need for a Gorgeous Winter Glow

Cold winter temps can do a number on your beauty game. Pale, dry, lackluster… you know the drill. But what if we told you a winter glow is totally at your fingertips and it’s as easy as 5 essential ingredients. These makeup wonders from Tarte are about to become the MVP’s of your winter beauty bag and that dull skin? You can give it a big smooch goodbye.


1. Maracuja Oil

A vegan face oil for a healthy, glowing complexion with no greasy feel.

2. Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush

A long-wearing blush infused with clay harvested from the banks of the Amazon River and naturally baked by the sun.

3. Amazonian Clay 12 hour Highlighter

A 12-hour highlighter powered by Amazonian clay for a radiant glow.

4. Maracuja C-brighter Eye Treatement

This eye treatment visibly hydrates, firms and brightens the delicate eye area.

5. Timeless Smoothing Primer

A smoothing primer with innovative blurring and filling technology for a youthful appearance perfectly primed for makeup application.


It’s as simple as moisturize, highlight and glow. With these Tarte Beauty Essentials you will be well on your way to radiant and all with a cruelty-free line of products chock full of healthy ingredients. A.k.a no parabens, mineral oil, phthalates or other harsh elements. So go ahead and get cozy with Tarte Cosmetics‘ natural beauty essentials and get ready to glow, baby, glow this Winter.