New Blog Designs Available!

Wordpress Template by The Haute Blogger


Guys, I am so excited. When I launched my web design business a few weeks ago, I had some very clear goals in mind. Phase one was to launch media kit themes. Phase two was to launch blog templates. Phase three, well that’s under wraps until it launches. I’ve had a really fun time working on this business.

Today I posted two new, super simple, ultra chic WordPress templates that can easily be used for beauty, fashion, lifestyle…or any blogger for that matter. They are ultra customizable and I couldn’t be more excited! View them both here at my shop!

Base Guide: L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup in N8 Cappucino

After many months, I’ve finally decided to dive in and try L’Oreal True Match. Other than Black Opal Stick Foundations and Revlon ColorStay (which I can never find my shade in), this is the foundation I hear about the most.

L'Oreal Truematch N8 Cappucino Review and Swatches

L'Oreal Truematch N8 Cappucino Review and SwatchesThis is a foundation that’s basically available at all drugstores and convenience stores. It’s under $10, and there are enough shades that lots of us can take advantage.

L'Oreal Truematch N8 Cappucino Review and Swatches and comparison

I purchased N8, Cappucino, because it looked like most of the other shades of foundation that I own.  I swatched the foundation next to a couple of my old faithfuls, Urban Decay Naked Skin and Becca Ultimate Coverage. It’s got a good mix of warm and cool (hence neutral), so I was optimistic from the start. [Read More…]

My First Week as a Business Owner. WHOA.

The Haute Blogger Media Kit ThemesLast Monday, I finally started my new business. The Haute Blogger Design Co. is my blog design and web development company that I’ve been dreaming about for a couple years now. I can’t believe how many hours I’ve put into it! So many hours, in fact, that I haven’t been doing much with Scandalous Beauty. I can’t tell you how much I miss beauty blogging!

At the moment, I sell media kit themes that help advertisers, sponsors and collaborators learn more about your blog or small business. The traditional, more well known method is a PDF or other paper document that you can submit via email or in person. But what if you really want to stand out and do something different than the hundreds of others competing with you? You share a web media kit, of course! It’s loaded with links, photos, videos, etc. I’ve got several of those templates (along with a crash course media kit guide, and some media kit PDFs available here.

I’m thinking ahead and I have some exciting things to share, but I just wanted to let you know what it’s like over here. Since it’s my first week as a Etsy shop owner, I thought I’d share some of that experience. There have been a lot of highs, and not so many lows. I’ve only had one sale. I’m not upset about that, because in all honesty, I didn’t know what to expect. I get a lot of questions about the media kits, because a lot of people don’t realize how powerful they are.

So here’s what I do all day, every day. I check my shop stats to see if anyone has looked at or favorited any items. I analyze the keywords. I continue working on templates that I plan to debut in March. I pin a few more items to my blogging board on Pinterest. I jump in the Etsy groups I’m part of on Facebook and see what they’re talking about. I check my social media accounts and email to see if anyone has made inquiries. And then I do it all over again the next day.

Overall, it’s a very different experience than blogging. I put tons of time into creating themes, making installation documents, writing descriptions and the 30 other tasks to list products. It’s exciting to be able share that product with the world! Next up, I’m working on some WordPress themes that should be out before the second week in March. It’s a really exciting time for me, and I am anxious to show you what’s next!!

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The Sephora Cleanser Set is WAY Better Than I Expected


Remember this picture that I shared on Instagram the other day? Well, it’s a huge set of cleansers that Sephora curated, and it has loads of winners inside. I’m used to getting samples that are less than an ounce. But let me tell you, most of these products are 2-3 ounces. This set will last me months.

Sephora says:

What it is formulated to do:
Grab ahold of the first step in beauty—cleasning. The Great Cleanse was created to let you try all the newness and innovation in cleansing by offering some of the very best products. Featuring makeup removing cleansers, cleansing water formulas, cleansing oils and powders, and an exfoliating Konjac Cleansing Sponge, this set includes all your essentials to perfectly clean, refreshed, and hydrated skin.

This set contains:
– 1.69 oz Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover
– 3.38 oz Caudalie Make-Up Remover Cleansing Water
– 0.5 oz Nude Skincare Perfect Cleanse Nourishing Cleansing Oil
– 1.7 oz Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil
– 1.7 oz Fresh Soy Face Cleanser
– 1 oz Origins Checks and Balances™ Frothy Face Wash
– 2 oz Philosophy Purity Made Simple
– Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser™
– 0.5 oz GLAMGLOW POWERMU™ Dualcleanse Treatment
– 1.5 oz Algenist GENIUS Ultimate Anti-Aging Melting Cleanser
– 0.36 oz Boscia Tsubaki Oil-Infused Exfoliating Powder
– Boscia Mini Konjac Cleansing Sponge

So now, I have to figure out which cleansers I like the most. I’m too excited to use one product at a time, so I use several different products all the time. Today I used Philosophy Purity, yesterday it was Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, and the say before it was Ole Henricksen. It’s going to be tough to use one at a time!

I also scored samples of the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask and  Glamglow Thirstymud. I’m telling you now, I’m purchasing full sizes of both! Full review to come.



Stop Comparing Yourself to Everyone Else

stop comparing yourself to everyone else

I have to admit that I can be a jealous person. It’s happened on too many occasions to count. There were times where I’d see my blogging peers on a trip and wonder why I wasn’t invited. I’d often see people receiving samples and wonder why I wasn’t sent the items too. When I saw the LinkedIn profile of the woman who got the dream gig I thought I deserved, I was upset.

But I had to put things into perspective. Maybe they’re working on their blogs while I’m doing more frivolous things. The person that scored my dream job was way more qualified, with awards and diverse work experience to boot.

And then I realized what everyone else is doing has nothing to do with me. What’s the point of wasting energy on something that’s all in your head? Everything I have to say is in the video. I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments.