Saturday, November 15, 2014

Sephora Haul & Review

Sephora Haul & Review

Hi all! I got some downtime from nursing school so I figured I should go ahead and do another blog post since I haven't in so long.

This blog post is going to be about what I have purchased periodically in the past 5 months or so from Sephora. I've had a while to try all of these products so I definitely know the pros and cons.

1. Acne Solutions Clear Skin System Starter Kit $37

About two months ago I was having random series of cystic acne. I decided just to try something different. About 7 yrs ago when my blemishes were a lot worse I used this and it worked for me. However, I used this recently and it was way too harsh on my skin. If you have severe acne or very oily skin this product would be great for you. I have oiliness in my t-zone and my skin is kind of sensitive so I didn't think this was a good product for me.

2. Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores (1.7 oz) $17

I bought this mask because I thought it might be a good alternative to the GlamGlow charcoal mud mask. Comparing the two masks, GlamGlow is a much better mask because I feel like it really penetrates deep into the pores. I didn't feel like this mask did that. After using this mask, my skin felt cleaner and softer but it did not have the intense charcoal effect I was expecting.

3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Taupe $21

I have heard so much hype about Anastasia's brow products and I was running out of my brow pencil so I decided to try this. Compared to my Mary Kay Mechanical Brow Pencil, I don't see what all the hype is about. I think the brow pencil and the spoolie brush in one is handy, but I think you can get the same polished brow effect with any other product. 

4. Too Faced Twice The Sex Mascara Duo in Black $23

 I thought this duo was a great deal considering the full size tube is also $23. So in the set you get a free travel sized mascara. I've tried this mascara in the past and I really like it. I feel like this mascara is great because it thickens, separates, and curls your lashes without getting clumpy. The only major downside to this product is the price.

5. bareMinerals Original Foundation SPF 15 in Fair $

I feel like you can never go wrong with this foundation. This foundation is perfect to apply following BB cream to set and add more coverage, or to wear on the beach that gives you sun protection and coverage. You can layer this foundation without worrying it's caked on because of its natural finish. I've heard many mature women use this foundation and they have expressed that this foundation does not settle into their fine lines. 

6. Drybar Triple Sec 3-in-1 $25

This product is very interesting. It claims to be a dry shampoo, volumizer, and texturizer all in one. I bought this shampoo because I have used a lot of dry shampoos but not any that claimed to be a volumizer as well. I used it solely as a dry shampoo by spraying into my roots like I normally would and I didn't like it. I felt like it made my hair sticky. Then I used it into my roots before teasing my hair prior to putting on hair extensions and it was perfect for just that. Also, this product is great for very fine or thin hair. 

7. Benefit Cosmetics They're Real! Push-Up Liner $24

I am a big fan of gel liners because it gives me a lot of control. Particularly, the Maybelline gel liner but I didn't like constantly washing my eyeliner brush and the product drying out fast so I wanted to try this one. I really love this product. It was hard to get used to at first because it's very different. The product has a twist up at the bottom and an angled rubber tip where the gel comes out. Overall, I really like this product.

8. NARS Matte Multiple in Laos $39

I was interested in this product because I was looking for something multitasking for my busy mornings. This color stick provides color for the eyelids, lips, and cheeks. NARS overall is a great company. However, I was a tad disappointed. Not only is this product overpriced in my opinion, but it did not hold up through delivery. I had to send the product back because it was completely destroyed. I own Mary Kay cream blush that is really smooth and easy to blend onto the cheeks and lips. I didn't think this product was very creamy. I will just stick to my Mary Kay.

9. beautyblender Two Original beautyblenders & liquid blender cleanser $39.95

I've tried the beautyblender sponge in the past and fell in love with it as well as the cleanser. The sponge is great for blending in concealer or dabbing on liquid foundation. To keep your sponge in "tip top" shape use the beautyblender cleanser. I used dawn soap when I ran out and it just dried out my sponge and made it crack. This cleanser is wonderful for washing all of your makeup brushes as well.

10. Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo (1.4 oz) $12

I'm a dry shampoo junkie. I'm a believer to not strip your natural your hair of its natural oils. And who doesn't want to save time getting ready? This dry shampoo is heavy duty. If you're looking for a dry shampoo that can soak up a lot of oils by keeping your hair looking natural, this product is the one you need. One downside to this product is the smell. It has a very strong powdery scent. But I have to say, this is the best dry shampoo ever.

11. Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation Mattifying Oil-Free Foundation in Shell $55


I really wanted to like this product. I was interested in the liquid to powder property. I tried everything with this product. Applying with my fingers, a sponge, and a foundation brush. Any way I applied it, the foundation tried to this cakey mess on my face. It was extremely mattifying to the point it made my face look flat and looked like I piled powder on my face. Not to mention, it did not last long at all on me. If you struggle with very oily, greasy skin, this product will work for you.

I hope you enjoyed the recent post! I hope to do more in the next month or so. Have a good day!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Product Rave: Primal Elements


Hey y'all! I haven't posted in a couple weeks because I was busy traveling and I was getting ready to start nursing school tomorrow.

Last month when I was in Colorado, I was browsing through a boutique at a ski resort and came across these wonderful products. Not planning on buying anything, I tried the Primal Elements hand lotion and fell in love so I also bought the scrub. 

What is Primal Elements?
Primal Elements is a company that sells hand made, high quality bath and skin care products. All products are not tested on animals and are environmental safe.
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The scrub is called Sugar Whip which I think is perfect because it consits of pure cane sugar with moisturizing ingredients. When you first apply the scrub you can feel that it's really exfoliating and then when you mix it with water it turns into a more creamy texture. Not to mention it is cupcake scented and it smells amazing. I think I love the packaging probably the most. It's pink with rhinestones so it's perfect for a gift that you wouldn't have to wrap!
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Not only do I love the scrub, but I love this lotion even more. This product was what really sold me. The lotion has the perfect consistency because it's not too greasy and not drying. When the lotion completely dried, my hands felt the smoothest I have ever felt it. Many creams I have tried don't seem to penetrate through the skin deep enough like this one does. Just like the scrub, it smells like fresh, yellow cake.

To purchase:

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Benefits of Getting a Facial Monthly

What is your skin concern? Acne? Wrinkles? Dark spots?
For years, acne was my main skin struggle. I started getting facials when my breakouts first erupted. I found that it really helped control my skin.
My breakouts are controlled now thanks to removing stress and my recent trip to the dermatologist. I started to get facials again specifically for the extractions to remove any clogged pores and blackheads. I recently have gotten two facials in the past two months and I have noticed a huge difference! Anyone can benefit from facials and heres why:
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So why should YOU get a facial monthly?
1) Facials increase blood circulation under the skin by massaging and can prevent aging.
Estheticians are skin care experts. They know what products to use and how to use them. They know how to massage the skin properly that can stimulate your skin cells and allow skin rejuvination to take place. Think of a facial as a skin booster.
2) A monthly consultation from your estitician of what habits and products you should be using on your skin for improvement.
The more you build a relationship with the esthetician, the more she will not only get to know you but your skin. Overtime, she will know what to expect and can give you extra customary advice.
3) Extractions cannot only help your acne, clogged pores, blackheads, whiteheads and shrink pores, but also it will allow whatever skin care products you apply to your face to penetrate deeper, therefore, making them even more effective.
Extractions can do what your scrubs at home can't.  Never had extractions? Bascially, the esthetician will first open of the pores with a steamer and then put a bright light on your face you see what you may not see at home. Then they will remove any clogged pores one by one with a specialized skin care needle. They're kind of painful but it is the most effective step in a facial. Just be careful to never try this yourself or anyone else who is not properly trained. It will cause even more damage to the skin. Take it from me!
 After extractions, your skin will usually take two to three days for the inflammation and redness to go down. So if you're planning on getting one before a special occation, get it a few days in advance.
Bottom line is, if you're going to get one spa treatment in your lifetime, get a facial. It will be 100% worth it. Not all facials are super expensive. You can actually get some facials that are not long and are a decent price. 

Recommended Med Spa:


The past two facial appointments have been at face it! Med Spa in Kingwood, TX. If anyone is in the Houston area, I highly recommend this spa. I love all of the staff because they are always polite and very helpful. I used to be nervous with extractions but the estheticians at face it are very well trained and give you estractions that are not painful. While I was there, they gave me tons of samples of the skin care line they carry which I LOVE (in depth post TBA) and they have other skin care or makeup tools there to purchase so you don't have to make a trip to the busy mall. 
Face it has so much to offer other than facials like lasers and injections. If you want more information on face it Med Spa click here to go to their official website.

* I am sponsored with Mary Kay Cosmetics; however, I vow to keep all opinions and reviews 100% truthful. All other companies or brands listed above I have no affiliation to*
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Friday, August 1, 2014

Friday Favorites

Yay yay yay it's Friday! I apologize I haven't posted in the past two days. I've been busy on vacation. These favorites are mainly regarding moisturizing possibly because I'm in a much dryer climate. All of the products listed are affordable and easily accessible. Here are my five favorite products of the week and why:
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Evian Mineral Water Facial Spray $12* for 5 oz, $17.50* for 10.1 oz
I posted a picture a few days ago briefly discussing how this product is great for dry skin or anyone who lives in dry climates. It has been a lifesaver since I came to Colorado. My skin is normally a little dryer here so I have less blemishes but I still like to keep my skin hydrated. This spray is perfect if you need to moisturize your face quickly without stickiness and before applying or setting your makeup. I like to use this while I'm snowboarding too in between runs to keep my skin from getting chapped. If your hair is damaged, tame your flyaways with this spray versus hair spray (thank you Melissa Joan Hart). It also has a cooling effect when you spray it so you could actually bring it to the beach to cool off and feel refreshed. Dry skin girls double up with this to look fresh and dewy.
Where to buy: CVS, Walgreens, Nordstroms, Sephora
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Burts Bees Soothing Lip Balm $3.3o*
This 100% natural lip balm is a little different than the usual Burts Bees. It contains beeswax like the original but it contains Eucalyptus and Menthol. Not only does it moisturize with added shea butter, but it also tastes like mint and gives you a cooling feeling on your lips. However, if you have severe dry lips I would stick to Carmex.
Where to buy: BurtsBees.com, Ulta, CVS, Walgreens, Walmart...
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Matrix Biolage Conditioning Balm *$28
This paraben and dye free conditioner is thick enough for the driest of hair but leaves the hair soft and light. This product contains Aloe and passion fruit and can be used daily. I love all Matrix brand products. I started using ever since I can remember getting my hair cut and I always will go back to their products when I'm looking for stuff because I know I will be happy with it. After all these years, I still haven't found one product I disliked from the brand.
Where to buy: Matrix.com/Biolage, Target, CVS, Walgreens, Amazon, Groupon (ending in less than 24 hours)...
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Mederma PM Intensive Overnight Scar Cream $27.99* for 1 oz,
This is a ultra concentrated scar cream that contains peptides, antioxidants, and collagen you use before you go to bed. Since I have started using it after my surgery over a month ago, I have seen a big difference in my scars. My scars have flattened more, faded from a purple shade to a red shade, and one out of my three scars is almost completely gone. I use the regular formula in the day and this cream before I go to bed. Keep in mind scars in general are hard to get rid of so be patient. It will take about two weeks to see visible results.
Where to buy: Mederma.com, CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Ulta, Amazon...
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Dream Angels Love is Heavenly Eau De Parfum Victoria Secret *$42 for 1 fl oz, *52 for 2.5 fl oz
I have a sample size of this I received from a limited edition holiday set which I use for traveling. This scent is perfect for summer because it's not too sweet or warm it just smells fresh. The main scents blended are water lily, mandarin flowers, and orange zest. Perfumes are a little tricky because they are very personal. If you like fresh scents, you will love this.

*prices may vary 

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Tip Tuesday: Eyeliner

Hey y'all! 
First things first- the point of applying eyeliner is to make the lashes appear thicker and make your eyes bigger. 
I'm going to share with you a common mistake women make while applying their eyeliner that actually makes their eyes look smaller.

Eyeliner DO
As you can see, my eye in the picture above appears much larger and awake than my eye in the second picture. 
Why?
I applied my eyeliner right along my lash line versus directly on my waterline (shown on second picture). I also applied Milani Brow and Eye Pencil along the waterline to brighten up my eyes.
Eyeliner DON'T

This very small detail makes such a big difference...

Thanks for reading! 

Manicure Monday: The Neon Trend

Happy Manicure Monday everyone! Today, I wanted to talk about a huge nail trend for this summer, which is... NEONS! Not only are neons on trend, but they also give you an optical illusion of being more tan. I picked out some of the best neon polishes that are affordable from less expensive to more expensive:
Essie The Neons 2014 $8.50* each, $51* Collection
I'm in love with all these colors because they are bright but not too bright. All of these polishes are sold separately, or you can buy the entire collection. The collection includes too taboo (neon pink), chills & thrills (darker blue/purple), I'm addicted (turquoise), vices versa (lime green), serial shopper (tangerine shade), and sittin' pretty (pastel lavender). Essie is a great nail polish brand that's high quality because they have infinite shades to choose from and always up to date with the latest trends. 
Where to buy: CVS, Walgreens, Ulta, Essie.com

Sephora Paint Rio in Neon Collection $11.00  (originally $20)
This nail polish set that is sold exclusively at Sephora, comes with 4 neon shades in Caipi Freeze (neon green), Brazilian Sun (neon yellow), Papaya Daiquiri (neon orange), and Pink Bikini (neon pink). This set does not only come with 4 polishes, but it also comes with nail art lessons inspired by Rio. For $2.75 a piece, you can't really go wrong.
Where to buy: Sephora
OPI Little Bit of Neon Mini Set $19.95*
This formaldehyde free collection includes high shine shades such as Juice Bar Hopping, Life Gave Me Lemons,  You Are So Outta Lime, Push & Pur-pull, Hotter Than You Pink, Down The Core-al (left to right from picture). These small polish bottles are perfect for your seasonal neon fix and traveling.
Where to buy: Ulta, OPI.com

Keep in mind really anyone can pull of neons. It's all about how you use them. If neons are too loud and bright for you, pair it with nude polishes to tone it down.

* I am sponsored with Mary Kay Cosmetics; however, I vow to keep all opinions and reviews 100% truthful. All other companies or brands listed above I have no affiliation to*
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Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! I have four Friday favorites, as usual. Good news- you can find them all at your local drugstore!

1.     Maybelline Dream Lumi-Touch Highlighting Concealer $6.44*
This is a concealer that doubles as a highlighter. You can use this anywhere on the face. It will highlight perfections but conceal imperfections. I really like it under the eyes because it covers dark circles and highlights without any irritation. This is a great dupe for MAC’s Prep + Prime Highlighter and YSL Radiant Touch Highlighting Pen.
2.     John Frieda Luxurious Volume Fine to Full Blow Dry Spray $8.99*
I’ve been looking for a root plumper or any kind of volumizer that makes blow-drying easier. This blow dry spray is not sticky or greasy and pumps up the hair for volume.
3.     Neutrogena Naturals Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover $7.49*
This product gently cleanses and removes all makeup. It also smells fresh like green apples.
4.     Revlon Color Burst Lip gloss in Bellini $8.49*
This specific lip-gloss is a nude color. It would go perfect with a smoky eye or you
can use it with another lip shade to tone it down. Out of all drugstore products, Revlon
has the best lip products. The packaging of this lip-gloss reminds me a lot of NARS which makes you feel like you actually bought a high end product.

Thanks for reading! Come back next week for Manicure Monday…

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Skin Intervention: How I Cured My Acne For Good

Hey everyone! So I took a trip to a dermatologist this summer for a yearly check up. As he was examining my skin, he noticed I had quite a bit of acne that needed to be treated. This surprised me because the day I went I thought my skin was actually having a good day. While I was there he recommended me some face products and gave me great tips that I want to share with you today that I hope will help you.
Thanks to puberty, my acne started whenever I was an 8th or 9th grade and I hated it. For the longest time, I felt like I couldn't go anywhere without wearing foundation and I felt ugly. I tried countless acne products from drugstore to high end and nothing seemed to work. It was always too drying or not strong enough. I finally went to the dermatologist in high school and they did not really give me a lot of options. I took an antibiotic pill specifically for my type of acne, but after having a rare reaction to it, my only option was Accutane which I did not want to do due to the risky side effects. Luckily, as I matured the acne got a little better but my acne scarring got worse. I have very fair skin so just about anything will show up like a white sheet of paper. The picture above to the left was when it was probably the worst which was in 2007. At age 21, I still suffer from breakouts due to stress but nothing like the breakouts I had years ago. Thankfully, I am more comfortable in my own skin and know what works for me and what doesn't. I am still constantly in the process of improving my skin everyday.

Daily Skincare Routine:
Makeup Remover:
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Neutrogena Naturals Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover $7.49*
This is a cream cleanser and makeup remover. I used to use makeup wipes but I was getting annoyed always running out and using a separate eye makeup remover. I wanted to find a product that could do both. I just picked this up yesterday and I really like its. Its a gentle creamy cleanser that makes taking off your face and eye makeup all at once. This cleanser is free of any harsh chemicals, sulfates, parabens, petrolatum, dyes, and phthalates which I was really happy with. When using any makeup remover whether it's a cleanser or wipes, it is always important to find something organic and gentle if you're going to be using a face cleanser after.
Face Wash:
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SkinMedica Purifying Foaming Face Wash for Acne Prone Skin *$45
I was really nervous to use this product because I immediately thought since it was for acne prone and it was a foam wash it was going to be too over drying but I was SO wrong. Wow. This product is worth every penny. I feel like even if I don't use my Clarisonic with it, it still feels like it deep cleans in my pores. It is not over drying at all and makes my skin feel smooth but not greasy. The main ingredient in this wash is 2.0% Salicylic Acid. I was very surprised to see how many natural ingredients were in this face wash such as Willow Bark extract (the natural form of Salicylic Acid), Witch Hazel extract, Sage extract, and Tea Tree oil. I would recommend this to anyone who has issues with breakouts whether it is mild or severe. All of these ingredients treat the number of blemishes, exfoliates, reduces appearance of pores, and provides antioxidants. I'm aware that this face wash is expensive but trust me I have tried a LOT of acne products in my day and nothing will compare to this.
Skin Care Tool:
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Clarisonic Mia 1 $99*
This product is a serious game changer. You may ask yourself, why would I need a cleansing brush? Why cant I just use my hands or a rag? Well, this brush head will cleanse your skin 6X more than your fingers or a rag. Your fingers won't exfoliate the skin enough and a rag is actually too harsh for your delicate skin especially around the eyes. Once again you're probably thinking, this product is so expensive I can just buy something similar at the drugstore. Well, honestly, this doesn't compare to any other brand. I know many brands like Olay, Neutrogena, Mary Kay, and many others have come out with cleansing tools. Those are better than nothing, but Clarisonic is the best because it's customized to your specific skin type. They have over 8 different kinds of brush heads for every type of skin. I have the cheapest one which is the Mia 1, but there are over 5 different kinds devices to choose from based on speeds and other features. I have had this brush for at least 8 years and it's still going strong. They last forever and are extremely durable. Ladies and gentlemen, you need this.
Antibiotic Topicals:
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Clindamycin Phosphate Topical Lotion 1% (day) * 
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Erythromycin Topical Solution USP 2% (night) * 
*price will vary based on insurance
Out of all of the products I have listed, these have made the biggest difference in my skin. When I went to the dermatologist, he identified the root cause of my acne being bacteria related so he prescribed me these antibiotic topicals. I use Clindamyacin in the morning. This lotion feels like of watery but it's fast absorbing and makes my skin really soft. I feel like it controls my oil all day without over drying.
 I use the Erythromyacin solution at night and just use it on specific areas where my skin is breaking out. It's a higher solution so right after I apply it the water feeling but then it turns to kind of a sticky feeling. I love this solution because I feel like all my blemishes will go away the next day.
Moisturizer:

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CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM for Normal/Dry Skin $12*
I was so surprised to see my dermatologist recommend this product to me because they don't make any lotion specifically for acne prone, oily, or combination skin. I was worried that it was going to be heavy even if I used it just once a day but it isn't!  It makes my skin feel amazing and it's actually light weight. This lotion contains ingredients like ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and niacinamide. The ceramides and hyaluronic acid in this product increases the skin's ability to hold moisture and penetrates deep into the first layer of the skin to replace the essential lipids your skin needs to protect itself. The niacinamide in this product helps reduce any inflammation in the skin. The thing about this lotion that separates it from anything else is that is does not absorb when it immediately hits the skin like other moisturizers do. This lotion's ingredients penetrates the skin slowly over time in order to properly distribute deeply into the skin. This lotion is suitable for all skin types because all of the ingredients are essential for any ones skin to restore. The best part about this product? You can get it at any of your local drugstores.
*Prices will vary

If you're struggling with breakouts...
Identify the root cause of your blemishes.
Is it hormonal when you break out close to your menstrual cycle? If so, you can control this by hormone therapy like birth control. 
Is it bacterial? Make sure you are not touching your face during the day, cleaning your makeup brushes, and replacing your pillowcases every two days (yes, two days... oils from your hair and face will build up). If you are still having concerns, then your dermatologist can prescribe you antibiotic topicals and/or antibiotic pills.
 Do NOT touch your face under any circumstances. 
I know I used to be absolutely terrible at this. I would break out because of stress and because I was stressed, I would touch and pick my face even more. My dermatologist calls them "blood tattoos" which could not be a more perfect name. This will cause you to have red scars that can turn darker shades like purple and brown with sun exposure they are very difficult to get rid of. They will eventually fade, but it takes months to years. With microdermabrasion therapy or at home microdermabrasion products, and/or peels, you can speed up the process of fading your acne scars. Not only does microdermabrasion and chemical peels help with fading scarring, but they help your products penetrate deeper into the skin. 
You just have to be patient. I have finally broken this habit of touching my face throughout the day, and I have seen a huge difference.
Get extractions monthly.
What are extractions? Extractions are the process of removing any blackheads and whiteheads using a needle and must done by a licensed esthetician. Extractions are usually done after cleansing and exfoliating which helps open up any hardened sebum that cause blackheads. It is important that you go to a trained a professional instead of trying this yourself. If extractions are done incorrectly, it can cause more problems like hyperpigmentation and infections.
Switch to BB Cream and/or Mineral Makeup 
I used to wear a medium to full coverage foundation everyday. I switched to wearing a BB cream and then setting it with mineral powder afterward and I have noticed a great difference in my skin especially since it is getting warmer outside. I now wear heavier foundation only a couple times a week. I asked my esthetichian about the best and worst foundations. Her answers? Best= Bare Minerals and Worst= MAC. Bare Minerals is best for daily use and MAC is best for special occasions. If Bare Minerals is not enough coverage for you, wear a BB cream under it or wet your beauty blender and apply mineral powder.

That's all I have to say about my "skin intervention". After reading this post, ask yourself- do you need a "skin intervention"? Don't hesitate to ask me any questions or concerns!
Come back tomorrow for Friday Favorites! Thanks for reading :)

* I am sponsored with Mary Kay Cosmetics, however, I vow to keep all opinions and reviews 100% truthful. All other companies or brands listed above I have no affiliation to*
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

How to Wear Bold Eye Liner

Hey guys! So, I have owned these eyeliners for a few months now and decided to do a blog post about it because I know that a lot of people will automatically be intimidated by these bold eyeliners because they are so colorful. Bold, colorful eyeliner is a huge trend right now. I have recently been seeing so many pictures and articles about these types of eyeliners. I have seen Revlon, Urban Decay, Maybelline, Covergirl, Rimmel, Stila, NARS, and so many more.
I'm not going to sugar coat it, at first these eyeliners were very difficult to work with because they are not your usual neutral eyeliner colors. In this post, I'm going to show you looks that are actually wearable and that you can mimic at home.
And before I move on, I just would like to say I am not posting about these eyeliners just because I sell Mary Kay. These were just the most accessible colored eyeliners I had at the moment.
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Swatches of MK @ Play Bold Fluid Eyeliners
These eyeliners are so pigmented! I think that is a big reason why they can be difficult to work because they show up very easily versus your regular eyeliner shades like black and brown.
All of these looks work because the eyeliner is the main focus. When using these eyeliners, try to stick to all neutral colors for the rest of the face to avoid looking "overdone".
Blue My Mind
Blue on My Mind is a bold cobalt blue color that I think looks best with a black cat eye. Anyone can wear this look but especially people with brown and hazel eyes. 
How To:
1) Apply concealer to prime and conceal the eyes
2) Apply a transition color with a big fluffy brush in the crease. I used MAC Soft Brown (Dupe: Makeup Geek Creme Brulee)
3) Apply a liquid eyeliner and create a cat eye by winging it out 
4) After letting the black liquid eyeliner dry, apply MK @ Play Liquid Eyeliner in Blue My Mind. Apply using short, small strokes. Don't drag.
5) Highlight under the brow using a frost white shade. I used MAC Shroom (Dupe: Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma)
6) Apply Black Eyeliner in the water line
7) Apply mascara on the top and bottom lashes
The Real Teal
This is probably my favorite color out of the eyeliners. It's a beautiful true turquoise color that looks amazing when you pair it with gold. 
How To:
1) Apply MAC's Soft Brown (Dupe: Makeup Geek Creme Brulee) as a transition color
2) Apply Bare Minerals Pigment in Gold (I don't think they sell this shade anymore). Really any shimmery gold looks will work perfectly.
3)  I applied a deeper brown shade on the outer crease to create more depth on the eye
4) Apply MK @ Plays  Liquid Eyeliner in The Real Teal just above the lash line using short strokes
5) Apply Urban Decay Glitter Eyeliner in Gold just above the turquoise eyeliner
6) Apply a metallic gold eyeshadow right under the lower lash liner and blend with a shade or pencil brush
7) Apply a highlighter right under the brow and in the inner tear duct of the eye. I used MAC's Nylon (Dupe: NYX Barely There) because it is a little more yellow than Shroom to bring out the gold tones.
8) Apply brown eyeliner in the waterline
9) Apply Mascara on the top and bottom lashes
Hello Violet
Out of all these looks, this one is the most simple. I love this purple shade and I think it would look amazing on hazel and green eyes.
How To:
1) Prime and conceal the eyes for a clean slate. I used MAC Prolongwear Concealer in NW15
2) Dust a transition shade in the crease with a fluffy crease brush. I used MAC Soft Brown (Dupe: Makeup Geek Creem Brulee)
3) Apply MK @ Play Bold Fluid Eyeliner in Hello Violet using short and soft strokes. Slightly extend the eyeliner past the edge of the eye and fling it up to create a cat eye.
4) Highlight under the brow with a white frost shade like MAC's Shroom (Dupe: Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma)
5) Apply a thick coat of mascara on the top and bottom lashes
I hope this post helped inspire you to get more creative with your makeup :) Don't be afraid to branch out!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tip Tuesday: Get Every Bit Out Of Your Products

Happy Tuesday yall! Today I am going to share you a quick and simple tip that believe it or not my boyfriend taught me. 
I have a lot of body lotions and hair products that still have a product left but arent coming out of the containers like very easily. A simple solution to this is to simply cut it in half with a pair of scissors to get the remander of the product.
You can do this with about any container and it really makes a difference. Check out how much product was left in the picture below after I cut it in half.
Thanks for stopping by and come back tomorrow for tutorials on how to wear bold colored eyeliners!