Archives for September 2017

Quick Tip Tuesday: Protect Your Skin

Halloween is my favorite holiday and I love playing around with different types of products to create different looks.  However, sometimes those products can be harsh to the skin and cause irritation.  So before you lather on those paints or adhesives, test the product out on a small patch of skin.  Wether it be behind your ear, your hand, on your wrist or the bend in your elbow.  If you haven’t noticed any bumps or irritation after a few hours, you’re probably good to go.  If you do notice a reaction, immediately wash off the product and seek an alternative product.

I made the mistake of not doing a patch test last year and slathered some liquid latex on my neck for and had a reaction.  I had redness from a small chemical burn from the latex for at least a week.  My alternative to liquid latex is Elmer’s non-toxic school glue.  I still use the latex for SFX looks but I put down a barrier of Elmer’s glue first to protect my skin.  Learn from my mistakes and do a patch test!  I can’t wait to see everyone’s costumes this year.  I’ll be sharing a few of my own soon.

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How To: Cover Your Eyebrows

With Halloween lurking right around the corner, it has given me inspiration to create some new costume ideas. Which I will be sharing on the blog in future upcoming posts.  Today I’m going to show you how to cover your eyebrows for Halloween makeup.  You could also use this method for drag makeup, cosplay or if a certain look you want requires a different eyebrow shape.

What you’ll need:

  • Disposable mascara wand
  • Elmer’s Washable Glue Stick (disappearing purple)
  • Translucent Loose Powder
  • Concealer in your skin tone
  • Powder brush or Beauty Blender

Steps:

  1. Make sure face and brows are thoroughly cleansed
  2. Cover entire brow surface with glue.
  3. Brush brows upward and towards the way they would naturally grow with a mascara wand.  If you brush them like normal, there will be a slight hump and still be rather noticeable.  The glue will be tacky but continue to brush until brows lay flat.
  4. Let glue dry (when the purple from the glue turns clear) then apply loose powder over the brows.  This sets the glue and acts as a barrier for the next layer of glue to adhere to for smoother application, and shows brow hairs that were possibly missed by the first layer.  Dust away any excess powder.
  5. Apply another thick layer of glue.  Two layers should be plenty but can repeat if necessary.
  6. Allow glue to dry.
  7. Dab concealer onto brows and blend into skin.  Do this lightly because you don’t want any of the glue to flake away and mess up all the work you just put into it.
  8. If wearing foundation, apply now.  If you’re doing a specific Halloween look you can apply your face paint now.

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Quick Tip Tuesday: Concealer Hack

I swear, once you hit the age of 35 everything changes!!  I can no longer set my concealer with powder because it’s too drying and looks cakey.  So after a lot of experimenting, I finally figured this trick out for myself.  Apply your concealer under the eye (my favorite is Maybelline’s Age Rewind) and dab into skin with your finger.  A little goes a long way, so don’t slather it on too thickly. The warmth of your finger will heat up the concealer and make it blend out easier.  Then take a damp beauty blender and press the concealer into skin.  Once you’re finished blending out the concealer, spray that same beauty blender with a setting spray (I like to use a dewy setting spray like NYX) and press beauty blender into under eye area to set. Only one or two squirts will suffice.  This keeps it in place while smoothing out the concealer without having that heavy powdery look.

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Fall Makeup Trends 2017

Fall is right around the corner y’all!  In celebration of that, I thought I’d share some of the makeup trends I’m seeing this season (same as I did last year).  I’m just going to post these trends and let you form your own opinion…

BOLD ONE COLOR SMOKY EYE:

This is probably the easiest trend of the four I’m showing you today.  Basically, all you have to do is buff a bold color of your choice all over your lid and blend into the crease and blend down into the lower lash line.  Curl lashes and apply two coats of mascara of your choice, you could apply lashes for more oomph.

I’m not going to lie, I am actually kind of digging this, but to make this trend more wearable you could wear a light to medium bold shade of choice or keep it simple and go with a neutral shade.

GLOSSY EYELID:

This really isn’t a new trend so to speak, but I have been seeing it a lot online and on runway shows.  Out of these trends, this is the one I recommend the least.  It is the least wearable option in my opinion, due to the fact it can be messy and can’t be worn for long periods of time.  Apply a tacky clear gloss or balm by patting it on the eyelid.  You could use vaseline but it will be a little too greasy and will make a bigger mess.  The tackier the gloss, the better.  It can be worn alone or over eyeshadow.  Finish off with mascara.  Now this look will end up creasing so don’t expect to wear it all day/night.  For demonstration purposes I applied some gloss over the bold smoky eye so you could see the difference.

**As a rule always be mindful of putting products around the eye area that isn’t formulated for the eye**

GLITTER FRECKLES:

Yes, you read that correctly….glitter…freckles….(pause for thought).  This might be a fun look if you’re Punky Brewster or 12.  I could see maybe doing this for a music festival, Halloween or even a Christmas party, but I wouldn’t recommend going into the office with glitter freckles.  Apply “freckles” by lightly dabbing on the glitter in areas you want (pretty self explanatory there).  Apply different sizes to give it a less uniformed look.  I recommend using a glitter gel/eyeliner such Urban Decay’s Metal Glitter Eyeliner or Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter for easier application.  If all you have on hand is loose glitter, sprinkle some in the lid of the container and spray with setting spray to make it a wet paste, then dab on with a pointy eyeliner brush.

(My facial expression says it all)

REVERSE CAT-EYE:

You can make this as natural, smoky or as bold as you’d like.  If you need a guide, you could use scotch tape to get the precise angle you want.  Tear off a small piece of tape and remove some of the stickiness by dabbing it on the back of your hand a few times.  You don’t want to immediately stick it to your face, as it will pull the sensitive skin around your eyes.  Apply tape about 1/4″ away from lower lash line (if you stick it right against your lash line you’re defeating the purpose of “reverse” cat-eye).  Take a flat definer or angled eyeliner brush and apply shadow of choice from outer corner of eye up towards the tail of the brow and blend into lower lash line.  Blend half way onto upper lash line to meet at the outer V.  This marries the two together, but the majority of the shadow should be on the bottom.  Remove tape and apply mascara.

Now, what I want to know is would you wear any of these?  If so, please send me pictures of your looks or tag me on social media, I’d LOVE to see them.  (My social media links are on the upper right hand side of the site).

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Boxycharm Unboxing: September 2017

Most of you know this, but for those that don’t, Boxycharm is a monthly subscription box where you receive 4-5 full size products worth over $100 for only $21 a month! If interested in signing up you can subscribe here.

This month’s box included the Soirée Diaries eyehsadow palette by PUR Beauty, a brush duo by Bodyography, a MAC brow pencil in Lingering, Studio Makeup loose pigment blush, a Briogeo hair mask and a Colourpop liquid lipstick in shade Strut. (Some products may vary).

Fall look I created using everything in the box.

(I even washed my hair for y’all so I could use the mask.) [Read more…]

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Blue Lace Romper + Paris

I have always had a love for Paris (even before visiting), there was always this magical pull that tugged at my heart-strings.  I have Paris decor in my beauty room and even our vacation rental is decorated in a Parisian theme.  A lifelong dream was always to go there and experience the sidewalk cafe’s, croissants, the yummy cheese, and of course to see the beautiful architecture and Eiffle Tower.  I finally got the chance to visit the beautiful city on a European trip the husband and I took last month.  It didn’t disappoint!

On our last night we watched the sunset on a rooftop bar and it was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.  If you ever get a chance to visit Paris, I highly recommend finding a romantic spot and watching this phenomenon.

Before leaving, I was rummaging through a cute little boutique in Annapolis and ran across this amazing blue lace romper.  I tried it on and thought it would be a great date-night outfit in Paris.

Outfit details:

I kept it very simple with the accessories.  When I travel, I travel very light…like two weeks in a carry on type light (I plan on doing a how to post on this in the near future).  Besides, the star was the romper.

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Quick Tip Tuesday: Necklace Travel Hack

Ever travel and get annoyed when you go to unpack your jewelry and your necklaces are all wadded in a knot?  A trick I’ve learned over the years is to thread the necklace through a straw and latch it to prevent any tangling.  They still pack well since they don’t take up any space and the straw can also be cut to fit shorter chains.  This hack has been a lifesaver for me many times. You’re welcome.  😜

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Fall Purse Haul 2017

Technically fall is right around the corner, but to me it started September 1st, as it does every year in my book.  I’m one of those annoying people that breaks out the fall & Halloween decor early, start wearing boots and sweaters (even though it’s still 80 degrees outside) and naturally pumpkin spice everything.  OH and I can’t forget to mention FOOTBALL!!!! I can’t help it, I just LOVE this time of year.

I normally am not one to buy purses much anymore, (that was another story years ago) because I tend to carry small clutches now.  That being said, I decided to get some much needed new handbags since I purged my closet the other day and discarded several that were battered and tattered and what not.   So today I’m sharing with you some affordable styles I’m loving this year for fall (which you could carry these bags all year round, I just needed a good excuse for a purse post).

BACKPACKS ARE BACK!!  But did they actually go away?  I haven’t had a backpack handbag since I was probably in the 7th or 8th grade.  I remember it very well.  It was a black faux leather mini backpack with drawstrings.  I wonder whatever happened to it….ANYWAY….I’ve been noticing a lot more backpack style purses in stores and online recently and fell back in love with them.

The other day I was shopping with my sister and we both picked up this cute velvet floral backpack at the same time.  Great minds think alike!!  So what did we do?  Bought matching purses of course!!!

Victoria Floral Velvet Mini Backpack ($25):  Similar here and here

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