Archives for March 2016

March Favorites 2016

End of the month = My beauty favorites!  I’ve been on a glowing skin kick this month and this month’s favorites revolve mainly around skincare products.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kits:  These palettes come in two shades, Gleam (for lighter skin tones) and That Glow (for darker skin tones).  They come with four velvety finishing powders that can be used for highlighting or bronzing to create perfect glowing skin.  I like these because you get a lot of bang for your buck, they can be worn together or separately, the powders are very pigmented, a little goes a long way and they are long-lasting.  I highly recommend one of these (or both) if you’re in the market for a good highlighter. [Read more…]

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Quick Tip Tuesday: Red Lipstick Tips

A red lip is timeless and classic, and one of my favorite all time looks.  However, many people are scared of bold red lips or have trouble picking out the right color. Whatever your issue with red lipstick is, here are a few quick-and-easy solutions to questions you may have to help pick the perfect one.

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“HOW DO I FIND THE RIGHT SHADE?”

If you google “finding the right red lip shade” you will come across many, many, MANY answers and all of them will be different.  So what’s a girl to do?  A quick trick is to look at your jewelry.  If you have more silver pieces or tend to prefer silver then you’d probably like cooler or blue-red undertones.  If you prefer gold then try warmer or more orange-y shades.

If you are like me and love both, don’t be afraid to try out different shades and tones.  Contrary to what most articles say, (such as: fair skin should stick to blue-red undertones only) I feel like it’s not necessarily the color as much as it is the brightness or intensity of a lipstick. I like to go against said rules, and wear brighter or orange-y reds in the spring/summer time.  Yes, it does pop against my fair skin more so than it would darker skin tones, but I balance it out by wearing lashes and/or darker eyeliner without going too dramatic.  I remember being a freshman in high school and wearing either a bright coral lipstick or a dark brown lipstick and nothing else.  The look screamed “look at my BOLD lips” and left me looking oddly unbalanced.  [Yikes]

IMG_8831It’s all about trial and error, which is why I share my experiences and tips with you, in hopes to make things easier and more helpful.  As you can see in the picture above, the red lip is my main focus, but I didn’t want it to be the only focus. By wearing neutral eyeshadows, winged black gel liner and two coats of mascara, it balances out the eyes and pulls the look together.

“RED LIPS MAKE MY TEETH LOOK YELLOW.”

It’s true that certain red lipsticks can make your teeth appear yellow, but choosing a shade with cool-blue undertones will create an illusion of whiter teeth.

“IT RUBS OFF EASILY, HOW DO I MAKE IT LAST?”

To make lipstick last longer try these prep tips.

  • Exfoliate and buff away any dry skin with a sugar lip scrub (dry skin on the lips will cause the lipstick to be patchy and will apply unevenly)
  • Hydrate lips with vaseline or a shine-free lip balm and blot away any excess (moisturized lips helps reduce fine lines and makes the lips appear fuller, also helps lipstick glide on more smoothly)
  • Use a liner to fill in your lips (this creates a base so your lipstick has something to cling to)
  • Don’t have liner?  After applying lipstick, take a thin or one-ply kleenex/toilet paper and lay against your lips and apply loose powder over the top with a powder brush (this will set the lipstick and keep it in place)

Also, avoiding gloopy formulas and sticking to lightweight or matte lipsticks will help not only keep it in place, but will help prevent it from smearing onto the teeth

“I’M SCARED OF TOO MUCH COLOR.”

If you’re not used to bold colors on the lips, it can be scary and you may not feel like you can pull it off.  Try using a lip stain that’s not too loud or vibrant so you can get used to some color, then work your way up to brighter and richer shades.

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(picture via Pinterest)

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Quick Tip Tuesday: Prevent Shoe Blisters

Buying new shoes is probably one of the best feelings in the world!!  However, the blisters that those new shoes can cause, is not!  Here are three quick hacks to help prevent blisters:

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  • Stretch out too-tight shoes using a hair dryer & big fluffy socks.  How to: Put on the socks and slip into your shoes.  Aim the hairdryer on the tight areas for a few seconds on high heat .  Stretch your feet by wiggling your toes for maximum effect.  Keep the shoes on as they cool.  Once cool remove socks and test out the shoes.  If your shoes are still a tad tight, repeat the process.

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  • Apply a clear gel deodorant to the backs and sides of your feet before wearing new shoes.  This helps as a barrier to protect your skin against friction.  I would not recommend applying deodorant if you already have a blister forming.  You don’t want to add chemicals to an open sore or sensitive spot because it will cause more irritation.  You could also apply mole skin to the backs of shoes to prevent friction.

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  • TWO WORDS:  Heel Grips!  The biggest blister issue I have is from my shoes sliding up and down on my heels.  I add heel grips to the back of most of my stiletto shoes to prevent slippage. It has been a life saver, or heel saver I should say.
     
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Boxycharm Reveal: March 2016

Hey everyone!  Keeping this reveal short and sweet tonight, kind of like the theme of this month’s box.  “Sugar Is Sweet But This Box Is Sweeter”.  Products included:

  • Clark’s Botanicals Anti-Puff Eye Cream – $87
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Frappe (matte) – $6
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Shima Shima (shimmer) – $6
  • Catherine Malandrino Style de Paris perfume – $20
  • Luxie Beauty Small Contour Brush – $16
  • Chella Eyebrow Pencil – $18

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Product Description:

  • Clark’s Botanicals Anti-Puff Eye Cream:  Targets fine lines, dark circles and puffiness with a high concentration of vitamins A & E and botanicals.  Also with vitamin K for lightening the look of dark circles.  Gluten Free, Cruelty-free, Paraben-free and sulfate-free.  (I love receiving these high priced products!!!!)  🙂

  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Frappe (matte) & Shima Shima (shimmer):  All shades are creamy in texture, glides on evenly and are highly pigmented.  They’re all paraben- free and cruelty-free.
  • Catherine Malandrino Style de Paris perfume:  Notes of ruby red grapefruit and nashi pear, with blends of orange blossom and gardenia.  Also with mid notes of violet and ocean breeze.  Great spring time scent.
  • Luxie Beauty Small Contour Brush:  This pink and rose gold brush is coated with an antibacterial solution, keeping it clean. (Still recommend regular cleaning). The bristles are lush and dense providing a precise application.  Also cruelty-free, paraben-free and vegan.
  • Chella Eyebrow Pencil:  A fine-tipped pencil with a creamy texture for easy application.  
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Flawless Foundation Routine

Hello beauties!  Do you struggle with foundation application or do you have a problem getting an even, flawless finish?  Outside of using an airbrush machine, it can be tricky from time to time.  I’ve played around with a few techniques and have found that this one is perfect for me.  Today I’m going to share some of those tips and my complete flawless foundation routine.  I hope this will be helpful to some of you.

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STEPS:

  • Apply moisturizer to the face.  Foundation applies smoother and more evenly to moisturized skin and it also helps make fine lines appear less noticeable.  I usually go ahead and apply my eyeshadow and fill in my brows so that my moisturizer has time to soak into my skin.  Allowing it time to soak in helps prevent foundation from possibly sliding around your face.  [Foundation can stick to dry patches and apply splotchy so be sure to not skip this step if you have dry skin].

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  • Apply primer to the face.  Allow primer to dry completely so that it’s not sticky to the touch. This step is optional, but I do notice a difference when I use primer vs when I don’t.  I highly recommend it.  Not only does it help even out your skin tone, but it also helps your makeup stay put and smudge-free all day.  A little bit goes a long way so try using a pea size amount. Start in the center of the face and work your way outward.   You want a light layer, not heavy.  Nivea Men’s Post Shave Balm is still by far my favorite product for primer.  Read full review here.

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Ipsy Bag Reveal-March 2016

THIS MONTH’S BAG:

Hello, Spring!

Products:

  • Vera Mona Lotus Eyeshadow in Clover
  • Pixi by Petra Beauty Blush Duo in Rose Gold
  • Beau Gachis Paris Eyeshadow Brush – Always a good bag when a makeup brush is included!!!
  • Marc Anthony Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco 3 Day Smooth Perfect Blow Dry Cream
  • NYX Liquid Suede Creme Lipstick – I actually already have this lipstick so this will be given away to one of you lucky beauties.  I’ve been putting together some products for a giveaway in the near future.

Description of each product per ipsy.com:

  • Vera Mona Lotus Eyeshadow in Clover:  This beautiful pink-toned shimmer eyeshadow is the perfect shade to achieve a soft glowy look for Spring.
    • Travel-size
    • Pink shimmer shade
  • Pixi by Petra Beauty Blush Duo in Rose Gold:  This silky blush gives the perfect sheer flush on the apples of your cheeks. Its natural mineral powder formula reflects light, applies true to colour, is hydrating and feels lightweight on the skin. Each duo features two shades to be worn alone or layered.
    • Natural-looking glow
    • Apply with a fluffy soft brush
  • Beau Gâchis® Paris’ Eyeshadow Brush:  Enables beautiful, flawless application of loose and cream shadows. This handmade brush distributes pigment evenly and smoothly, and can be used to apply powder, liquid or cream products as well.
    • Individually constructed from the finest animal hair and purest synthetic fibers for quality and durability
    • Ultra soft bristles that blend easily and soften lines
    • Matte black wooden handle and durable ferrules as used by professionals
  • Marc Anthony Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco 3 Day Smooth Perfect Blow Dry Cream:  A unique combination of ultra-light Mediterranean Olive Oil and Argan Oil – the ancestral beauty secret of Morocco – plus Shea Butter and our exclusive anti-frizz lock technology makes curls and waves desirably straight. Keratin deeply penetrates to strengthen while Vitamin E nourishes. Your hair will be glossy, ultra-smooth and full of body.
    • Maintains smooth hair for up to 3 days
    • Frizz lock technology removes frizz
    • Strengthens and seals split ends
  • NYX Liquid Suede Creme Lipstick:  Doll up your lips with plush and vibrant color! NYX’s Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick glides on smooth and sets into a striking matte finish. Velvety soft and waterproof, this long-lasting lippie creates a positively polished look with every swipe.
    • Waterproof, liquid lipstick infused with avocado oil and Vitamin E
    • Super pigmented lipstick goes on opaque and dries to matte finish
    • Delivers long-wearing, vivid color in one creamy swipe

 

If interested in joining Ipsy, click here for further details.

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Quick Tip Tuesday: The Correct Way To Use Bobby Pins

Yes, believe it or not there is a wrong and right way to use bobby pins.  The correct way to use a bobby pin is to anchor the hair with the wavy side facing down.  Mind blown?  The wavy side is designed to grip the hair by anchoring it in place and prevents the hair from sliding out.  Give it a try!  You’ll notice a difference and you won’t have to adjust your hair nearly as much, if at all, throughout the day.

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The Shirtdress-Why It’s Perfect For Spring

Spring is in the air….SPRING IS IN THE AIR!!!!!  At least it was here in the DC area last week.  We had 70 degree, sun shiny weather, just long enough for a teaser.  I even got to throw the top halfway back on my Jeep for a few days (was still a little too chilly for complete toplessness).  Which brings me to the topic of clothing.  By March, I’m usually tired of sweaters, pants, jackets, boots, etc.  The teasing warmer weather makes me ready to break out those summer dresses, sandals, flip flops, pedicures that you can actually see….you get the point.  So this leads me to today’s post and why I think the “shirtdress” is the perfect dress for spring.

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A shirtdress is basically an oversized version of a button down shirt and they come in all kinds of prints, colors and fabric.  The versatility of a shirtdress is just about endless.  They can be casual, chic, dressy and even sexy, if styled correctly.  For those cooler days/nights you can unroll the sleeves for added warmth or roll them up on warmer days.  They are perfect for a cold-to-warm weather transition, and can be worn to work (long as they are length appropriate, knee length), lunch dates or for a night out.

STYLE TIPS:

  • BELT IT  

-Usually the shirtdress comes with a matching belt, which helps elongate the body and gives the dress a waistline for a feminine shape.

-Forego the matching belt and style with a regular belt, wether it be a solid color or print.

-For a even bigger punch, style with a colorful scarf for the belt.

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Quick Tip Tuesday: Olive Oil Uses For Beauty

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) has been used for beauty purposes since ancient Egyptian times.  We can thank Cleopatra for being the true Queen of Beauty.  EVOO is a natural product full of anti-oxidant ingredients and hydrating nutrients such as Vitamins A & E.  It’s not only good for your diet, but it’s great for your skin and hair too.

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Here are some uses for olive oil, other than to cook with:

  1. Dab a little on your lips with you finger to relieve dry/chapped lips.  (Try not to lick off the yumminess).
  2. Use EVOO as cuticle oil.  It softens your cuticles and helps strengthening your nails.
  3. Can be used as a shaving agent.  EVOO acts as a lubricant so it prevents razor burn while softening the skin for a smooth shave.
  4. Removes eye makeup.  Apply a few drops to a cotton ball or pad and gently remove eye makeup.  It will even remove waterproof makeup.
  5. Add EVOO to  your bathwater.  Adding 4-5 tablespoons (or more if you’d like) to your bathwater leaves your skin feeling soft & smooth.  Sit back, relax and enjoy a glass of wine and let the olive oil do it’s thing.
  6. Don’t have time for a bath?  Can also be used in the shower.  Apply to skin after cleansing with soap or gel and rinse away.
  7. Use a body lotion.  Apply to semi-damp skin after shower and allow to absorb fully into the skin before dressing.  EVOO helps dry, itchy skin and also promotes skin’s elasticity.
  8. Apply as an eye cream.  Dab a little around the eye area before bed.  It nourishes the skin and helps soften fine lines.  Could also add a few drops to your night cream before applying to the skin for extra healing power.
  9. Hot oil hair treatment.  Heat olive oil in the microwave and apply to the hair starting from roots and pulling through the ends.  Be sure it’s not too hot before application.  Leave treatment on hair for 10-30 minutes.  Place shower cap or plastic bag over hair to prevent a mess and it will also hold the heat in.  This also helps with dandruff, dry and itchy scalps.
  10. Add a few drops to the ends of your hair to tame fly-aways or static.  Will also add shine.
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On The Go Quick & Easy Makeup Tips

Hey beauties!  Today I’m going to share some quick and easy makeup tips for all you gals on the go.  It’s hard enough juggling family, school, work, etc.  Plus not everyone has an hour or so in the mornings to get ready or to apply a full face of makeup.  These tips also apply to those lazy days when you just don’t feel like wearing a full face but still want some enhancing.

  • Don’t skimp on skincare ever.  Always apply a moisturizer.  However, if don’t have time to do so, please invest in a BB or CC cream that includes a moisturizer and spf.  Such as Aveeno Positively Radiant CC Cream.   It is a SPF 30 tinted moisturizer that color corrects, protects and perfects your skin. This will give you an even natural look.  It’s a 3-in-1 product you can’t go wrong with.  You can apply with clean fingertips, sponge or brush.
  • Dab concealer under your eyes to hide any darkness and also onto your eyelids (to act as a primer).  This will brighten your eye area and give you an awake look and hide any veins or discoloration on the lids.
  • Set the concealer and T-zone area with a translucent powder using a sponge or brush.  Lightly dab powder onto these areas.  (There is no need to do the whole face.)  Setting the concealer prevents creasing and setting the T-Zone helps keep your oily prone spots, matte.
  • Run a brow gel or brow mascara through your brows to give them a little definition, fill in slight sparse areas and tame unruly hairs.  Brow products such Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel or WNW Ultimate Brow Mascara are good examples.
  • Apply a cream shadow or shadow pencil to lids (up to the crease) and blend out with a concealer brush or finger.  You can also sweep onto lower lash line.   MAC Paintpots, Maybelline Color Tattoos or NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils are great examples also.
  • Using a shimmer bronzer or blush can give you some color but also will give you a natural glow. Apply to hollows/apples of cheeks and blend in.   To really stretch it, you can use on your eyelids as well instead of a shadow (like in the above tip).  Such as Smashbox Baked Fusion or e.l.f Studio Bronzer.  Cream bronzers/blushes will work as well.
  • Don’t skip mascara!
  • Apply a tinted lip balm to give your lips some moisture and color.  You could also apply a bold lip for a more glamorous or polished look.

You don’t have to do ALL the steps, but simply applying a few of them into your rushed schedule will brighten your appearance.  I did set a timer and went through all the steps and was finished in under 7 minutes using just these products

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  • Another way to save on time is to purchase palettes that have multiple uses and/or a natural variety of colors.  This way you have one palette in front of you and you aren’t digging and searching for a product for every part of your face.  Also, don’t be afraid to use a rosy/pink/peach eyeshadow as a blush or a shimmery white/gold shadow as a highlight.  Challenge yourself and make your products work for you in multiple ways.

Here are a few palette ideas:

  1. BH Cosmetics Pride + Prejudice + Zombies palette
  2. NYX Underneath It All – similar palette here
  3. Urban Decay On The Go-review here  (no longer available)  🙁
  4. BH Cosmetics Carlie Bybel palette
  5. NYX Go To palettes

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  • You could also use contour palettes as well.  Use the darker shades for bronzer and crease eyeshadows.  The lighter shades can set concealer, be used for a highlighter on the face and as an eyeshadow.  This NYX Highlight & Contour palette is a great all around palette.

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I hope some of these tips were helpful.  What are some quick time savings tips that you use?  Let me know!

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