Holiday Cocktail | Moscow Mule

   
                       
    A Moscow Mule, also known as a Vodka buck, is a mule made with a high-quality vodka, a spicy ginger beer (I love Reed’s Ginger Beer), and lime juice, garnished with a slice or wedge of lime. It is usually served in a copper mug. This simple cocktail has been a go to for me for months now. I prefer to add muddled mint leaves to mine for added flavor. Dropping a few cranberries into your mugs is a great way to add a seasonal touch to this yummy drink! 
    Main alcohol: Vodka
    Ingredients: 4 oz Ginger beer, 1 1/2 oz Vodka, 1/6 oz Lime juice
    Preparation: Combine vodka and ginger beer in a copper mug or highball glass filled with ice. Add lime juice. Stir gently and garnish with a lime slice. 
    Served: On the rocks; poured over ice.
    Drinkware: Copper mug or highball glass

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 allisonmarie87.beauty@gmail.com.

Target Gift Guide + a GIVEAWAY!

December is here and we couldn’t be more excited for all we have in store for you this month! Amanda and I spent a Saturday morning at Target a couple weeks ago sipping Starbucks and browsing the aisles for cute, practical gifts for the ladies in our lives, and we wanted to make sure ALL of the gifts were $30 or under! Luckily, Target never disappoints (am I right?) so it was pretty easy to pick out what we wanted to include in our holiday gift guide. These were some of our favorites that made the list:

8. Cabin Fever Sweatshirt
This marble + wood cheese board is really nice! For $19.99, you could put that in a gift bag with a copper mug and that would be such a fun + ideal gift for your favorite hostess. 

 

Because Target and Starbucks just get together. ; )

GIVEAWAY announcement! Our Target Gift Guide launched today, so how about a chance to win a Target Gift Card and some beauty goodies from ULTA? 


To enter:


 1.Follow our Instagram

 2. Share this post on Instagram (screenshot it!)
 3. Tag @thewildrevival and use the hashtag #TWRGiftGuide.

Follow, Like, Share….it’s that simple!


Giveaway ends at midnight on Thursday, 12/3 and the winner will be announced on Friday, 12/4. United States residents only.
Per Instagram rules, we must mention this is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s term of use.

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 business…


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 day.

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 allisonmarie87.beauty@gmail.comor 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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**Stay tuned to the blog this week for announcements on a holiday contest which includes a makeup giveaway!

‘Hosting with Heart’ | eBook

We are SO excited to release our very first e-Book entitled Hosting with Heart, and it’s coming to you TODAY — just in time for the holidays! This sweet and simple guide will encourage you to focus on what matters most when gathering people around a table.

For us, gatherings are the heart and soul behind The Wild Revival. The sense of community and unity we feel when we bring people together has been so life-giving for us, and it has been so worth our time. Hosting is about so much more than just the food + decor. It’s about creating a space where the walls can come down and people can be heard. 

We hope to point you towards creating a relaxed atmosphere centered around connection and heritage rather than perfection and stress. We have truly shared a big piece of our hearts with you in Hosting with Heart and we envision you printing it out and fumbling through the pages as you stand in your kitchen preparing for you next dinner party or get-together.

Hosting with Heart also includes a delicious recipe we’ve made and served to our guests at our gatherings. And don’t even get us started on how beautiful the photos are in the eBook! Go see for yourself! This labor of love means so much to us and we hope it inspires you this holiday season. Follow this link to download your FREE copy today!

Festive December | Preview



Hey, tribe! The holidays are upon us and we’re feeling festive! We are so pumped for December because we have a month FULL of exciting activities, posts, contests, and a gathering lined up for YOU, our readers!

Starting on December 1st, we will be sharing our hearts as we work through Naptime Diaries’ “Make Room” Advent study. Every morning, we will be posting a recap of the daily devotional on our Instagram (@thewildrevival) We would LOVE for you to follow along + join in! You can buy your copy HERE for $22. We pre-ordered ours and it came in the mail this week and WOW!…it is so nice! Make sure to use #TWRAdvent when you share your advent study, photos + thoughts. Join us as we make room for Jesus this Christmas season.



We will be sharing our holiday gift guide during the first week of December. We spent a morning at Target finding great gift ideas, and the best part is — they’re all under $30! 

Contests are so fun, right?!  Be sure to follow The Wild Revival’s social media pages to get in on the goodies we will be giving away in December! 

Our beauty contributor, Allison, will be sharing holiday makeup tutorials to help get you ready for holiday parties and get-togethers. We encourage you to try out her looks and make them your own using #TWRHolidayGlam. Doing that just might enter you into a contest to win some free makeup! 😉 but we can’t give away all of our secrets just yet!

The most exciting announcement of all is… The Wild Revival’s Holiday Gathering! After a month off from hosting, we’re so ready to bring you all together for a little bit of creativity + connection. We’re looking forward to gathering together with our favorite ladies in a cozy, laid-back atmosphere full of festive touches. We’ll be making DIY Christmas ornaments while enjoying live music, complete with a hot chocolate bar + sweets. 

You can get your tickets HERE. A portion of each ticket sold will be given to our local Salvation Army Angel Tree program to help provide Christmas presents to children in need this season. Once you register + pay, we’ll send you an e-mail with details and directions to our event location.

This is going to be a lot of fun! Bring yourself (and a friend!) and join us for our holiday gathering! We want to get more women involved in our gatherings. 

Super Easy Pumpkin Pie Recipe | Thanksgiving Prep

It’s the week before Thanksgiving so now it’s time to prepare for the busy month ahead. But first, let me say what a good month #RestfulNovember has been! We’re looking forward to being gathered around the table with our loved ones. Maybe you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner at your house like Amanda and her husband are, or maybe you’re house-hopping like my husband and I will be doing. One thing is for sure — I will be making several pumpkin pies next week and THIS is the no-fail recipe I’ll use!

 If you’re a guest, do what I did: tell the host that you’ll make the pies this year. It will be a weight lifted off of their shoulders. It tastes completely homemade but there are a few shortcuts… and I promise, no one will ever know the difference! 😉

Are you ladies ready for how easy this pie is?! If you do it my way, you’ll use just 5 ingredients! 


Semi-Homemade Pumpkin Pie Recipe:

Ingredients needed:
1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin (I use Libby!)
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
2 eggs
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
**1 frozen traditional pie crust (comes already in a tin pan) 

Directions:
Set out your prepared pie crust. Use a medium size bowl to mix the following ingredients in: pumpkin, eggs, milk, and pumpkin pie spice. Mix those together until smooth and creamy. Pour mixture into prepared pie shell. 


Now for the baking! Bake for a full 15 minutes on 425 degrees, long enough for the edges of the crust to get golden brown. (Note: place a thin piece of tinfoil around the edges of the pie crust to keep the edges from getting too brown too fast.) Then reduce the temperature to 350 and bake for about 40 minutes. Every oven is different; check it around 30 mins by sticking a butter knife in the center of the pie. If it comes out clean, then it’s done. If it’s still a little “soupy,” continue baking for 5 or so minutes at a time until pie is completely done.  


**If you don’t want to use a frozen pie crust, you can use rolled pie crust instead (Pillsbury brand; usually found in the refrigerated section with the biscuit dough and pre-made cookies) and then just roll the crust out into a 9 inch glass pie pan, sprayed first with PAM. Using a frozen crust is so much easier though, and the edges of the crust are already pretty. So that means LESS WORK for you! I’ve made this recipe both ways and liked them both. And if by some act of magic you’ve got extra time, you can make your own pie crust! Also, I don’t always bake at 425 and then reduce the heat to 350. Sometimes I just bake it at 350 degrees for a little longer amount of time. Either way will work! 

There you have it! Super easy, semi-homemade pumpkin pie. My mom and I make this pie recipe every year! I hope you’ll try it for yourself! You’ll spend less than an hour in the kitchen and that will free up more time for you to prop your feet up and visit with family. Sounds like a win-win to me. 




Ok, now I’m drooling and I’m not sure if I can wait till next week to make this again… Oh, the struggle!