The Itty Bitty Boutique

The Itty Bitty Boutique

The Itty Bitty Boutique is a hair and makeup business based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, that serves the Hampton Roads area and beyond. Katlyn specializes in traditional makeup application and hairstyling services that last the entire day.

Her wedding hair and makeup services include blowouts, updos, traditional makeup, natural makeup, glam makeup, and false lashes. Katlyn only uses prestige makeup brands that tailor to all skin types and colors. The Itty Bitty Boutique can accommodate entire bridal parties of up to 7-10 people. She also offers hair and makeup trials prior to the event to make sure you look and feel your best.

Operating as usual

I know this one is going to be hard but....up or down?!?!
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I always say I can't choose..and I mean it this time๐Ÿ˜

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My Intense Skin Care Routine | Katlyn's Itty Bitty Blog

Do you want to know my BEST tip for makeup that always looks bomb?!?
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I promise, it's not what you think it is๐Ÿ˜‰
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The best way to make sure your makeup always looks flawless is a good skincare routine!!
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I know it seems counterintuitive since you're covering up your skin with your makeup but think of it this way..
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Your skin is your canvas!
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Any artist out there knows that your canvas is EVERYTHING which is why I value skincare so much!!
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Check out my blog about my intense skincare routine here!

ittybittyblogg.com Taking good care of your skin will help you age more gracefully and increase your confidence! Everyone's skin is different, but I am sharing my routine.

Let's level up your hair game, boo!!

You guys know I'm allllll about a good before and after!!!!
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We did a partial package on Reagan and added some lowlights and I am sooo happy with the results๐Ÿ˜

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3 Vital Makeup Shopping Tips | Katlyn's Itty Bitty Blog

It's really hard to shop for new makeup products, amiright???!
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Most of us just end up buying the same stuff we always use!
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OR if we try something new, we get home and HATE IT!
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I want you to feel excited to experiment with new products, and also know what to choose!!!
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This is why I wrote this blog for you, to help you shop effectively and efficiently for makeup products!
https://ittybittyblogg.com/2020/04/makeup-shopping/

ittybittyblogg.com Do you feel overwhelmed when you go makeup shopping? No need to fret! There are ways you can plan beforehand so it can be an enjoyable experience!

SO obsessed with both of these styles!!! Which one is your favorite?? I personally can't choose for once๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

What questions do you have about Invisible Bead Extensions?!
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I'm here to help, so let's chat!!!

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Should I Bring My Own Makeup? | Katlyn's Itty Bitty Blog

"Should I bring my makeup to my trial??"
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Makeup trials, whatever they're for, can be stressful and confusing!!!
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I'm here to guide you through the ins and outs of scheduling and preparing for your makeup trial, and whatever your big event may be!!!
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That includes answering some questions, like WHY your makeup artist doesn't want you to bring your own makeup!!
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Check out my blog here answering allll your q's!
https://ittybittyblogg.com/2020/02/bringing-makeup/

ittybittyblogg.com I know you probably have your own makeup preferences, but I will only use my professional makeup kit at your appointment. Here I will explain why!

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Hair Myths Debunked: False vs. Fact | Katlyn's Itty Bitty Blog

Let's talk HAIR MYTHS!
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We are constantly being bombarded with information, opinions, and sometimes just flat out myths!
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I know there's a ton false information out there about caring for your hair, so I want to clear some of that up!!
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Check out this blog I wrote debunking some of the most common hair myths!
https://ittybittyblogg.com/2020/03/hair-myths/

ittybittyblogg.com If you're using extra conditioner or skipping it altogether for your oily hair, you're falling for oily hair myths. What other hair myths do you believe?

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How I Saved My Father's Life Part 1 | Katlyn's Itty Bitty Blog

I am SO EXCITED about this month's charity that I'm donating to, and I can't wait to tell you why!!!
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This month I have chosen The American Living Organ Donor Fund for super personal reasons!
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In 2011 my father was diagnosed with renal kidney failure. This was extremely hard on my family, and for many years after, I thought about ways that I could help my dad get through this.
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When I was 18 I decided I wanted to donate my kidney to my father, but found out I wasn't a match, so we had to figure out another option.
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A year later, I discovered something called a 'domino surgery' where you donate your kidney to a stranger, in order to get one donated to your loved one. It could be a chain of 4 people, or it could be a chain of 10 people!
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In February 2018, we found a match and our chain was complete!!! The surgery was a success and we are both happy and healthy. I seriously would do it all over again because my dad does so much for me, this is the least I could do.
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I choose this charity because I wanted to help living donors. Being a living donor myself was not easy. The recovery was harder, longer and to me, scarier. But it was one of the most rewarding things I could ever do, so I wanted to show my support to all the living donors out there.
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When you come in for your hair appointment you have to opportunity to donate also!! You can donate however much you want and at the end of the month I will put 100% of the money raised into that charity!
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If you want to know about my story and experience I have written a 2 part blog post about how this experience changed mine & my family's lives.

ittybittyblogg.com In February 2018, I participated in a domino transplant surgery. I donated my kidney to a stranger, and another stranger donated theirs to my dad!

Curly or straight?! ๐Ÿ˜
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I swear invisible bead extensions make EVERY hair style look good!!

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Tips from an Entrepreneur on Creating a Work-Life Balance | Katlyn's Itty Bitty Blog

Work-life balance...we hear about this concept sooo much, but I swear it's something we ALL struggle with!!
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Even I'm not perfect and I have my own challenges that I face!!!
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I wanted to share a few tips that I've learned since opening my own business, that have helped me differentiate my work time, from my personal time!
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https://ittybittyblogg.com/2019/10/work-life-balance/

ittybittyblogg.com How do you balance your work and life? Being your own boss means the work NEVER stops, but here are some tricks I learned to create a better balance.

[01/22/21]   Wanna know one of the QUICKEST ways to change up your look?!
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Clip in extensions, girl!!!!
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So many of my clients & friends tell me they don't have time for clip in extensions but here's the reality of it-
EVERYONE HAS TIME FOR CLIP IN EXTENSIONS!!
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I know they seem a little intimidating at first, but once you get the hang of it, putting in clip ins is seriously one of the fastest processes out there!!!
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I'll prove it to you in this video!

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Why I Became a Hair and Makeup Artist | Katlyn's Itty Bitty Blog

What is your WHY?!?
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Why do you wan up every morning?? Why do you trudge off to work even when you don't always want to go?!
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With the New Year here, and everyone setting goals, I've heard a lot of talk about everyone's "WHY" and I LOVE it!!! I love hearing what motivates you to be the best you!!
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Check out this blog post to find out more about WHY I became a hair & makeup artist!
https://ittybittyblogg.com/2019/11/my-why/

ittybittyblogg.com It's hard to nail down the exact answer to why I became a hair and makeup artist. Here, I am going to try to explain my why, the why behind my passion.

You KNOW it was a good appointment when you can see the confidence radiate through the hair follicles!!! ๐Ÿ˜‚
Obsessed with this transformation we did on Madeline!๐Ÿ˜

Getting hand tied extensions is now EASIER THAN EVER!!!
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95% of my day is spent thinking about ways that you can EASILY get your DREAM HAIR!! So if you've been on the fence about INVISIBLE BEAD EXTENSIONS, this one is for you!!!!!
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The first big change is that before your in person consultation for extensions, we will do a phone consultation!!!
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This is a super convenient way for us to get to know each other, and for me to answer ALLLLL of your questions so that we can decide together if these extensions are a good fit for you!
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After this consult, and after you have decided YES on the best extensions ever, we will schedule an in person color matching so that everything will be absolutely FLAWLESS at your install appointment!!
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And the best news of all!!!!???!
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I am now offering payment plan options on Invisible Bead Extensions!!!
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There are 4 different options that you can choose from, to make getting hand tied extensions a total reality for you babe!
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Just shoot me an email at [email protected] for all of the details & we can get to chatting!!!

I'm obvvvvviously all about a half up/half down boho style๐Ÿ˜
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Which would you choose for your big day, the 1st or 2nd style?!

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What You Can do to Prepare for Your Wedding Trial | Katlyn's Itty Bitty Blog

Bridal trials can be kind of weird...amiright?!
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Most brides only do trials once or twice in their life, so honestly NO ONE expect you to be an expert, boo!!!
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Because of that, I have written alllll of my best tips and tricks on how YOU can best prepare for your trial, so you can get the most out of it!
https://ittybittyblogg.com/2019/10/trialtips/

ittybittyblogg.com I am going to answer all those questions about the dos and donโ€™ts about preparing for your wedding hair and makeup trial.

NEW YEAR NEW ME, RIGHT?
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I'm just kidding, that actually always makes me chuckle!!
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I think it's a little silly to wait around for a whole new year to make positive changes in our life, when we get to wake up to a new day every day!
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I love taking the time to set goals for myself prettttty frequently! At the start of a new month, week, day, sometimes even hour LOL!
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But I know what a new year signifies, and I think we're all ready to welcome 2021 with open arms!!
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Tell me about some changes that you plan on making this year!

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Airbrush vs. Traditional Makeup | Katlyn's Itty Bitty Blog

I get asked ALLLL the time how to choose between traditional makeup or airbrushed makeup for your wedding and let me tell you....it's not an easy selection!!
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There are so many things to factor in when making your decision!!
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Cost, skin type, consistency!
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I know it can be overwhelming, but no worries girl!!!
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Check out my blog post here where I talk alllll about the differences between the 2 types of makeup
https://ittybittyblogg.com/2019/10/airbrush-and-traditional-makeup/

ittybittyblogg.com Is airbrush makeup really so much better than traditional? Both can help you achieve the flawless makeup application you desire with the proper skin care.

We LOVE a good transformation, am I right?!?
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We gave Shelby 2 rows of Invisible Bead Extensions for extra length and fullness!

Merry Christmas from my family to yours!!!
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I just love the holidays because of all the extra time that I get to spend with my loved ones!
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That and alllll of the things that keep me warm. Like hot cocoa, cozy blankets, and snuggling by a fire!!
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I hope your Christmas is filled with so much love & happiness!!

One of my VERY favorite parts of my job is that I get to express my creativity in so many different ways!!
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Whether it be in fun new hairstyles, trying new makeup techniques, or creating exciting content for YOU!
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This week I got to spend some time filming some awesome hairstyles, because I heard that videos and reels are ALL THE RAGE these days!!!
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How do you feel about videos on Facebook?? Do you usually scroll right by them, or do they catch your eye??
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Keep an eye out for some fun new content here AND on my Instagram soon!!

Okay be real with me....how many of you still have Christmas shopping to do?!? ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ
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I cannot believe that Christmas is only a WEEK away!!!
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I loooooove giving gifts, but it can be difficult because you want to get something meaningful, but something useful, but something personal and AHHH!!
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So many things to think about!!
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Are you still struggling to find gifts for someone special to you?? Tell me about it in the comments, maybe we can help each other out!๐Ÿ˜‰

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How I'm Transitioning to Cruelty Free | Katlyn's Itty Bitty Blog

There are SO many brands out there that are NOT cruelty free!!!!
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A while ago, I started doing a lot of research on cruelty free hair & makeup brands, so that I could slowly begin my transition to totally cruelty free, and let me tell you, I was SHOCKED at how many brands still test on animals!!!
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It seems like it should be wayyyy easier in this day & age for companies to not test on animals, which is why I'm making the switch!
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I do hope that if enough hair & makeup artists make the switch, it will help their clients make the switch as well! And if alllll of those people stop supporting companies who test on animals, well, they may just stop testing on animals altogether!
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Check out my blog here on transitioning to cruelty free to see all the brands I'm ditching!

ittybittyblogg.com There are plenty of ways to test beauty products without using animals. I decided to join in this cruelty free movement, and here I explain why!

FOREVER obsessed with how clean these Invisible Bead Extensions look!!!!
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The name is SPOT ON too, because I swear I can't even see these wefts!
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Have you ever thought about getting extensions??
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Tell me why or why not in the comments!

Who DOESN'T love a good before and after?!
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I mean COME ON๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
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I am allllll about a transformation, and let me tell you NOTHING can make me feel like a brand new babe like a fresh cut & color!
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I know we're gearing up for a entirely new year, and as they say NEW YEAR, NEW ME๐Ÿ˜‚
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Have you started thinking about a hair transformation for 2021 yet?!

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Tips for 2-3 Day Old Hairstyles | Katlyn's Itty Bitty Blog

I DO NOT wash my hair every day!!!
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I looooove when my hair has some texture to it, because it helps me achieve the cutest, funkiest, day old hair styles!
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Not to mention- washing your hair every day is NOT good for it!!
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Check out this blog post for a few of my go-to 2-3 day old hairstyles!
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If you try them out, don't forget to tag me or post pics in the comments!! I LOOOVE to see your takes on some of my fav hairstyles!

ittybittyblogg.com What do you do when you haven't washed your hair in 2-3 days? Here are some suggested hairstyles for 2-3 day old hair and tips on how to style them!

I gotta know.....
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When do you put up your Christmas decorations?!
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I know SO many people who put them up the SECOND that Halloween is over! Here's the thing...Fall decorations are just my vibe so I look for any reason I can to keep them up as long as possible!
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Would you believe that I JUST put up my Christmas decorations this past weekend?!
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I know I'm a little late to the party, but I really advocate for keeping whatever decorations up in your home that make your heart HAPPY! If that's Christmas all year round, do ya thang! If that means you have skulls and bats up in June, more power to ya!
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Are you one of those November 1st people, or do you wait until after Thanksgiving?!
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What's one holiday that you'd LOVE to keep decorations up for all year round?!

Did you know that I have an Umbrella Cockatoo named Besha?!
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I love her SO much but honestly, birds are a ton of work!!
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I honestly wouldn't trade her for anything though! She is so cuddly and fun to have around!
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If you could have any pet, what would it be?? Tell me in the comments!!

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Drug Store Makeup Gems You Need | Katlyn's Itty Bitty Blog

Makeup doesn't have to cost an arm & a leg!!!!
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I know we ALLL get tempted every time we walk into Sephora, and I don't know if it's the endless eyeshadow pallets or the millions of lip color options, but I feel like I get hypnotized into spending a TON of money!
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Believe it or not, there are soooo many drug store options that your wallet will thank you for!
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Check out this blog post where I spill my secrets on hidden drug store gems I simply CAN'T live without!!

ittybittyblogg.com Makeup can be really expensive sometimes. However, these are some of my favorite drug store gems that really get the job done while saving money!

Let's talk DOPPELGร„NGERS!!
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I feel like EVERYONE has a celeb doppelgรคnger!
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I get told I look like Anna Kendrick a lot, but recently have been getting Lacey Chabert!!
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Which one do you think is most accurate?!
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Show me who your celeb doppelgรคnger is in the comments!!

It's time for BLACK FRIDAY SALES!!!
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I have SO many amazing deals that I've been itching to share with you!!!!
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I'm currently offering:
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$300 off your hand tied extensions!!!
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$50 off your makeup and/or hair trial if you're a bride who hasn't booked with me yet!!
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$30 off coloring services!!
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And double loyalty points until the end of the year!!!
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If that's not cool enough, head over to my Instagram @katlynsainz where I am doing a giveaway RIGHT NOW!!!
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I neverrrr do sales so this is a huge deal and I'm SO excited to be able to offer you these amazing deals!!!

Happy Thanksgiving from my fam to yours!!!
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I love Thanksgiving because, while we should always think about the things we're thankful for, I feel like it's so easy to get caught up in the hustle & bustle of life!
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Thanksgiving gives me a day to sit back and enjoy time with the ones I love and really enjoy what it's all about!
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Especially after this crazy year we've been having, RIGHT?!?
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A few things I'm super thankful for are boho braids, apple pie with hot cider, my itty bitty family, my father's health, and all of my amazing clients who make my world go round!!
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Tell me all of the things you're grateful for in the comments!!

Why I Became a Hair & Makeup Artist

I get asked this question so much as a hair and makeup artist: โ€œWhy do you do what you do?โ€. Honestly, it has been hard to answer this question right off on a whim. I really have to think about it. I donโ€™t want to say the typical answer, โ€˜I want to make people feel beautifulโ€™, because itโ€™s not just that. Of course I want to do that, but thatโ€™s a given, right? If Iโ€™m doing hair and makeup, of course I love to see people light up when they see themselves. I feel like this question has a deeper meaning. Answering my โ€˜whyโ€™ is not easy for me because there is no straight answer.

Iโ€™ve always been passionate about hair ever since high school. I always had a new hairstyle (that looked pretty good too!), and I colored my hair A LOT. I helped my friends try new hairstyles as well, and I loved being creative with hair. I knew I wanted to be a hairstylist. I love what I do and I love meeting new people. I fell in love with making people light up when they look at themselves in the mirror. But I feel like thatโ€™s not the full reason why I do what I do.

I tried getting into other things as well, and I even thought about going to school again for a different degree. However, it always came back to hair and makeup. I couldnโ€™t shake the happiness it brings me to see a clientโ€™s smile after enhancing their natural beauty. I love how instinctive using a makeup brush feels and feeling the texture of hair as I mold it into the style someone loves.

I feel like my โ€˜whyโ€™ involves all these things and just that Iโ€™m good at what I do. If I wasnโ€™t good, I wouldnโ€™t be in this industry. I love serving people in any way I can, but in order to serve them, I have to be good at it. Styling hair comes very natural to me and I knew that since I went to beauty school. Makeup also came pretty easy, and when I went to makeup school, I understood the techniques taught and I picked up on it relatively quickly.

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