Valentine’s Day for One

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Valentine’s day is supposed to be all about showing feelings of love, affection, and friendship.  I have always believed you should show this to those you care about everyday.  Sometimes, February 14th can be overrated.  Even when I was in … Continue reading

Winter Storm and PJs

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Okay… so what a glorious day!  Snowed in and loving it!  Confession: Yesterday I got everything done…except the workout!  BOO!  I wanted to ensure I got what I needed done for work before bed after cleaning up the house.  I … Continue reading

Soft Sweet Beauty

Keeping things minimal this season is becoming more and more attractive to me.  To get this look try… 1.  Using INK…Cosmetics Foundation stick in Almond (pick your appropriate skin tone).  Swipe the foundation stick across the forehead, above the cheeks, … Continue reading

Plaid Threads

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Earlier this week I headed back from Mom’s and couldn’t help but stop at JR Cigars on 67 JR Road, Selma, NC.  I saw signs for miles prior to it’s location and thought it was a great place to take … Continue reading

Easy DIY Breaded Gold Nut Bracelet

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Great Do It Yourself (DIY) fashion accessory. Use what you have around the house for an easy industrial look.  Pair with other bangles for a trendy chic statement. XOXO Besos, Anna Castillo Want INK…?  Get it at Shop INK…Cosmetics!

Balance within the Sacred Circle

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As part of my new look on life I have decided to start by re-energizing my spirit.  Today I spent my afternoon in Old Town Alexandria, VA, and my first stop was the beautiful Sacred Circle.  I recently purchased my … Continue reading

Red Beauties

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Question: Hi Anna, I have seen posts going around social media regarding bold red lipsticks.  How should I wear the color? Answer:  It is easier than you think.  Bottom line is to keep it simple.  Your eye makeup should be … Continue reading

16 years of Service

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I cannot believe it!  Today marks 16 years of active duty Air Force service.  I have been blessed!  I am grateful for the simple fact that I have been able to build what I have off of a military salary. … Continue reading

VMA 2013 Beauty

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Our pick for the best VMA beauty babe? Let me just say I have never been so happy!  In 2011 I was afforded the opportunity to do Aubrey O’Day‘s make up for the Indashio show and she was a complete … Continue reading


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“ALONE” “From childhood’s hour I have not been As others were; I have not seen As others saw; I could not bring My passions from a common spring. From the same source I have not taken My sorrow; I could … Continue reading

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TWO HATS: I feel so blessed!  I must admit my life has been interesting to say the least. During the day my responsibilities include investigating criminal allegations and  on my off time it’s picking the perfect look for a bride, … Continue reading

Anna’s Beauty Picks

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The heat is here and trying to keep that city chic look in the sunshine can be hard to achieve.  I recommend you try products that last all day.  Here are my current favorite product picks to kick off the … Continue reading

Bath and Beauty Organizing Tips

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1.  Check out your local antique stores for old silver treasures that can act as a make-up brush holder for your vanity! 2.  Having family or over night guests?  Try this idea.  You can pick up inexpensive items at your … Continue reading

Summer 2013 Beauty

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Summer is creeping around the corner…THANK YOU GOD!  This is a great time to let your natural beauty shine through.  The key to mastering this look is great skin.  Not everyone is born with a perfect complexion.  No worries!  Here … Continue reading

P and BC Salad

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Okay, so I am stuck on blue cheese!  There is something about a good salad-one that is creamy, crunchy, chewy, sweet, sour, bitter, and tangy.  This salad is just that.  The sweetness of candied pecans is an important balance to … Continue reading

Iris Apfel – INK Cosmetics Brand and Blog Inspiration!

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We are right there with the lovely Iris Apfel!  She has been a fashion and lifestyle icon for years.  Her thought process on having fun with what you wear and being comfortable with who you are has inspired freedom of expression … Continue reading

Peachy Keen Sangria

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Peachy Keen Sangria Recipe type: Drink Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 2 hours Total time: 2 hours 15 mins Serves: 5-6 Ingredients 1 bottle of white wine of your choice 1 cup peach schnapps ½ cup frozen lemonade concentrate, … Continue reading

Everything’s Peachy

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I am loving everything in the peachy coral tones.  For some reason this color makes me smile.  Plus it makes my not so suntanned skin look tanner!  So, I am trending this color all by myself at the moment.  I … Continue reading

Studs and Spikes

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I am hooked! I stumbled across this fabulous creature earlier today and couldn’t help but share it! The Felony case with studs is the ultimate attitude accessory.  The studs are screwed in not glued and it is made of a … Continue reading

Cruisin’ for Mother’s Day

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What at week! Please excuse my tardy blog post! I decided Mother’s day should have lasted 4 extra days so I took some much needed time off!  My family got together to surprise my amazingly beautiful and radiant Grandmother for … Continue reading

Met Gala 2013 Beauty

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GET THE LOOKS using INK… Cosmetics! Smoking Eyes: 1.  Start with a clean and moisturized face. 2.  Work on eyes first by applying INK… shadow primer on the entire lid. 3.  Use a smudger brush to apply INK… Color Trio shadow … Continue reading

GET THE LOOK with INK… Cosmetics: Smokey Eyes

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Dare you to try this twist on the smokey eye. *Using all cosmetics from Step 1:  Start with a clean and moisturized face. Step 2:  Apply face foundation primer all over. Step 3:  Add shadow primer to you lids. … Continue reading