Friday, June 27, 2014

Friday Favorites


Happy Friday! Here are 4 of my favorite products of the week:

1) Coconut Oil
This is literally the best and cheapest eye makeup remover. Ever. Coconut oil is great not only for makeup removing, but also hair conditioning treatment, cuticle treatment, and many others. Not to mention it's yummy and healthy to cook with!

2) Milani Lipstick
This brand is commonly over looked because it's drugstore. I bought this lipstick in a deep red for holiday and never used it so I tried it on the other day and fell in love. It tastes terrible and smells like the lipstick I used to use growing up, but it has amazing color payoff.

3) Vaseline Spray Lotion
This lotion is perfect for summer. I loveee using it after self tanning or just for the summer in general because its super light weight, easy, and doesn't give you that sticky lotion feel.

4) St Tropez Self Tanning Bronzing Mousse and Bronzing Face Lotion
If you want spray tan quality self tanning product you need this. Yes, it's pricey but doesn't show a sign of fake bake and you get a lot of applications with it.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

How to Grow Your Hair Fast


Hello everyone! I'm excited to do this blog post because I've heard SO many girls make comments about how their hair doesn't grow fast. I went to go get my hair done last week and specifically asked my hair dresser what is "the secret" to grow your hair fast and healthy. 

1) Make sure your getting the proper nutrients. 
Whatever you out IN your body will come OUT through your hair. Make sure you are eating healthy.

2) Take Biotin.
Biotin is B-complex vitamin that is essential for cell proliferation, so that is why Biotin helps your hair grow. You can take biotin in supplement form or you can find it in common foods like eggs, fish, almonds, peanuts, and many others. The recommended amount of biotin is 35 mcg a day. Just keep in mind it will take about 3 months to see results.

3) Maintenance is key!
Keeping your hair healthy will prevent split ends. It's really important to prevent split ends because when you have split ends, your hair isn't really growing. Getting a trim one month- three months will keep your hair healthy and allowing it to grow. 
Make sure you are not washing your hair everyday. Even if you have oily hair, it's important that you still keep the natural oils in your hair to keep it healthy. Wash your hair every other day to three days and use shampoo in between. 
Keep your hair conditioned. Use a daily conditioner after shampooing and then a hair mask at least once a week. This is especially important if you like to style your hair with heat. The heat will automatically take moisture out of your hair. Last but not least, use a heat protectant. Also, conditioning will detangle, preventing breakage.

These all sound pretty simple, but if you follow all of these tips you WILL see results.

Check back tomorrow for Friday Favorites!



Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Shimmery Bronze Smokey Eye Tutorial

Hey ya'll!  I really loved doing the "Pop of Eye Color Tutorial" last week and I got a really great response, so I figured I would do another one. I really wanted to do a smokey eye but something that is wearable and not too harsh for summer.
This makeup look is perfect for summer because it's not your typical black and gray smokey eye. This look will brighten up the eyes and make them look bigger but still adding drama. I love this smokey eye because you really can play it up or down.



Products Used:
Shimmer Smokey Eye

How to:
1) Apply a generous amount of Mary Kay's Cream Eye Color in Iced Cocoa from lash line to crease with a concealer brush or your finger.
2) Apply a transition crease color like MAC's eye shadow in Soft Brown or a matte bronzer as a transition shade in your crease with a big fluffly crease brush.
3) With your finger, pat Mary Kay's mineral eye color in Chocalate Swiss on top of the cream eye color from lash line to crease   
4) With your finger, pat Mary Kay's mineral eye color in Rose Gold from lash line to crease on the inner half of your eye
5) Using Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Palette, apply the Semi Sweet (matte dark brown) shade to your crease using wind shield wiper motions with a stiffer crease brush 
6) Using the same palette, apply Triple Fudge (brownish black matte) on the outer crease of your eye creating a V
7) Take your transition color soft brown with the blending crease brush and go back and blend the darker colors*
8) With a shader or pencil brush, apply Chocolate Swiss, Semi Sweet, and then Triple Fudge right under the lower light line all the way. Since this is a smokey eye, you can bring any darker colors all the way to the inner lower lash liner. The purpose of this step is to tie the entire eye colors together and smoking it out more.
9) Pencil in your eye brows with Mary Kay's Mechanical Brow Liner, brush out, then apply brow gel. Penciling in your brows will frame the face*
10) Apply a highlighting eyeshadow like MAC Nylon in the inner rim of the eye and right under the brow bone to highlight
11) Apply Mary Kay's black eyeliner along the upper lash line
12) Coat the lashes with Covergirl Clump Crusher mascara in blackest black
13) Apply Ardell's Demi Wispies False Lashes*
14) Apply Maybelline Staletto liquid Liner over any areas where the false lash is still shown*
15) Apply Mary Kay's black eyeliner in the lower water line and mascara on the lower lash line
16) Apply Mary Kay Nourishine Lip Gloss in Gold Rush. They discontinued this shade, but any lipgloss that is neautral with gold tones will work.

Once again, I know these are a lot of steps but the makeup obsessed in me doesnt care how many steps I have to do to make it look good. Any steps with "*" indicates that the step is optional.

If you like this look but think it's a little too dramatic, use brown liner instead of black and skip the false lashes.


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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tip Tuesday: Makeup Edition

Happy Tuesday! From how to make your curled eyelashes last longer to how to fill in your brows, here are 9 makeup tips that will make your makeup look more professional:

- When filling in your eyebrows, start at the end and work your way to the middle. Blend with a spooley brush. This will prevent your eyebrows from looking too harsh and more natural.
- If you choose to fill in your brows, stay to your true color. Don't try to go darker if it's not needed.
- Look up what type of eye shape you have and plan your shadow accordingly. Just like every one has different body types, everyone has different eye shapes. Not everyones eye application should be the same.
- Don't put eyeliner under the upper lash line. I used to do this all the time until I learned it will damage your lashes overtime.
- Curl your lashes right at the basline, in the middle, then at the tip of your lashes to keep your eyelashes curled longer.
- Just like teasing your hair, tease your lashes for more volume. Start at the base line of your lash and wiggle your way up to the tip.
-If your lashes get clumpy, get your tweezer and use the tip to comb through the "knot". 
-Use black eyeliner then a blue eyeliner on the bottom waterline to bring out the eyes. Red carpet tip from Mally Roncal :)

- NEVER put foundation or face powder on your lips! Even if your lips are not dry, it will make them look very dry and settle into your lines. It won't make a difference in making your lip product last. If you want a nude lip there are tons of great lip primers and true nude lipsticks.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Manicure Monday: Birthday Confetti Nails

Happy Monday! Today I'm going to show you a fun manicure idea that's really easy. Wednesday is my birthday so I wanted to do something that was fun, colorful, and reminded me of birthday confetti or sprinkles.
Left: Nicole by OPI in Be Awesome; Right: Essie in muchi muchi
How To:
1) Start with a clear base coat 
2) Apply two coats of Essie's Muchi, Muchi
3) Apply two coats of Nicole by OPI's Be Awesome
4) Apply top coat 

Too colorful? Skip Confetti top coat
Not office appropriate? Apply Essie for the week and on weekend just add two coats of So Awesome!

Hope everyone has a good week! Come back tomorrow for Tip Tuesday: Makeup Edition

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! Here are my four favorite products of the week:
Friday Favorites 6/20


1) Pantene Pro-V Ultimate 10 BB Creme
I discovered this product when I heard beauty blogger, Tiffany D compare it to Caviar CC Cream. I definitely don't think it's as good as Caviar, but it's still a good drugstore buy. This cream does ten tasks in one: repairs, strengthens, softens, adds shine, smooths, moisturizes, controls frizz, protects from heat, manages, and tames fly aways. My ends were a little dry and dull from styling so I put some of this on my ends and it revived my hair nicely. You can also use it wet or dry.

2) Mary Kay at Play Baked Eye Trio in Electric Spring
Okay, it's gonna seem like I'm talking all about Mary Kay in this post just because I sell it, which I do, but I stand by all of these products listed. I really like all the products I used in my tutorial yesterday. I love intense shimmery eye shadows especially for night time, so I really like these eye trios. My only complaint is there is fall-out in these shadows (meaning some shadow or shimmer may fall from the lid down to the cheeks). However, you can set it with eye drops, Mac Fix +, or skin setting spray and it should help. I probably will do more tutorials with the other eye trios.

3) Mary Kay at Play Jelly Lip Gloss in Teddy Bare
This was the only lip gloss I purchased for my inventory because it seems that every girl is looking for a nude lip. This gloss is the perfect nude because even though it's nude, it still has color so it doesn't wash you out.

4) Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color in Rose Gold 
This is one of Mary Kay's new mineral eye colors. It's definitely more gold than rose toned.  I love it because it's shimmery not chunky. It looks beautiful patting from lash line to crease and you can pair it with any other eye shadow colors.

For my makeup tutorial using these Mary Kay products click HERE
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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Pop of Color Eye Makeup Tutorial

Hey y'all! So I recently got some new inventory for Mary Kay. I now have the Mary Kay at Play collection for all of my customers to try first hand! All of the collection is really fun and colorful as you can see in the image below.
Mary Kay at Play Baked Eye Trio in Electric Spring Swatch

While I was sorting through all of my inventory, I immediately thought how many people might not know how to work with such bold colors. So in this post I'm going to teach you how to work with these shades without looking like you stepped out of the 70s.

 I definitely think this look is best for a special occasion. If you don't like shimmery eyeshadows then this tutorial is not for you. I don't recommend this for an "everyday look".

Products Used In Tutorial:

How To:
1) Prime and conceal the eyes with MAC Prolongwear concealer
2) Apply a brown transition color like MAC Soft Brown. Your matte bronzer can work as well
3) Apply Mary Kay's mineral eye color in Rose Gold with your finger and pat from lash line to crease
4) Apply the purple shade on the crease from the Mary Kay at Play Baked Eye Trio in Electric Spring
5) Blend the purple shade with a crease brush while adding a little more soft brown*
6) Apply the purple shade on the lower lash line
7) Apply the blue shade on the upper and lower lash line 
8) Apply Rimmels ScandalEyes Eye Shadow pencil on the water line*
9) Apply the sparkly white shadow in the inner rim of the eyes (I noticed some fall out so set with MAC Fix + or setting spray)
10) Apply a matte cream highlight shadow all over under the brow bone. I used the shade in the Too Faced Natural Eye Palette.
11) Apply the sparkly white shadow on the arch of the brow*
12) Apply Maybelline Gel Liner in Black
13) Apply Ardell Demi Wispies False Lashes* 
14) Apply Liquid Liner over any areas where false lash glue still shows*
15) Apply Black Eyeliner Pencil on the lower lash line
16) Apply Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara on the top and bottom lashes
17) Intensify the blue shadow by applying Mary Kay @ Play Eye Crayon in Teal Me More*

I realize this tutorial seems like a lot of steps, but it's only because I'm a perfectionist when it comes to makeup. The "*" indicates steps that are optional that you can skip to shorten the length of time.

You can look at the difference below of intensifying the blue shadow by using the teal eyeliner in the lower lash line.

WITHOUT Teal Eye Crayon:

WITH Teal Eye Crayon:


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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

NEW Giveaway: EOS Lipbalms

Hi everyone! I'm excited to announce that I will be holding my second giveaway! My next goal is to reach 100 likes on Facebook, Twitter, or both. Help me out and you could win these two EOS lipbalms:



The EOS Lipbalms I will be giving away are in sweet mint (left) and strawberry sorbet (right). These lip balms are all natural and antioxidant rich.

How to enter: This giveaway is only open to US residents and you must be 18 years or older to enter. Enter for this giveaway using Rafflecopter below, reading the terms and conditions, and following the instructions. To be eligible, you must like Scrubs & Blush on Facebook, Twitter, or both. Good luck, thanks for participating!

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tip Tuesday: Hair Editon

Here are 8 basic tips every girl seriously HAS to know to have healthy hair

1) Know your hair type! Take time in picking the right shampoo and conditioner...its crucial

2) Take time in massaging your scalp to stimulate the scalp

    3) Condition before you shampoo. Sounds backwards, but this actually will reduce weighing your hair down. Victoria Secret models abide by this rule... Just sayin ;)

4) DON’T wash your hair every day. Even if you have oily hair. It will strip the natural oils of your hair.

5) Invest in a dry shampoo for in between washes and cut styling time. It will become your best friend.

6) Condition everyday. Some people think to only do it once a week but doing it everyday will keep it healthy especially if you style everyday

7) Deep condition/mask at least once a week

 8) Hair thining or falling out? Invest in a exfoliating, thickening shampoo and conditioner (Aveda has a great one)

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Introducing: Manicure Monday

Mondays... not every ones favorite day of the week. But I'm so excited starting today every Monday I will be giving manicure ideas and tips that will give you more confidence throughout the week and will last through the weekend! 

I recently have decided to not go to nail salons for many reasons. First and for most, it's cheaper, it's more sanitary, its less time consuming, and I actually like doing my own nails! Painting my nails is actually therapeutic for me and allows me to experiment with fun ideas.

Ever since Carrie Underwood released her own limited edition nail polish line in January, I was really interested in trying it. Not only because I'm a big fan of Carrie, but I love all of the colors she chose because there truly is a color for every season, occasion and that every age group can wear.
Nicole by OPI


The colors from left to right are Carnival Cotton Candy, Lips are Dripping Honey, Backstage Pass, Southern Charm, Carrie'd Away, and Sweet Daisy.

Swatches
The colors from left to right are Lips are Dripping Honey, Carnival Cotton Candy, Southern Charm, Backstage Pass, Carrie'd Away, and Sweet Daisy.

I did not purchase the entire collection. I purchased six out of the fourteen shades as you can see by the pictures. Unfortunately, I think this collection is selling out in stores at my near by locations, however,  you can find them available online.

This nail idea is sooo easy and fun. First, I used Nicole by OPI's polish in Southern Charm which is a beautiful warm nude shade that is office appropriate. This nude color is perfect for any season, occasion, or age group. The top coat I used is the gold sequin and glitter shade called Dripping Lips of Honey. I love this polish because the sequins and glitter is really buildable

How to:
1) Apply two coats of Southern Charm
2) Apply two coats of Dripping Lips of Honey
(optional) apply a base and top coat for more shine and prevent chipping

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Friday Favorites

Yay it's FRIDAY! My favorite day of the week and the perfect day to share my favorite products I've been enjoying recently-
  
Favorite Facial Cleanser

I usually have to switch off my skin products every once in a while because I feel like my skin gets used to them. Lately I've noticed I haven't had any breakouts but my pores have enlarged so I decided to stop using the foaming cleanser for a little bit of a change. I had a travel size of this so I decided to try it out and I really like it! This sulfate-free cleanser is made for all skin types and has fruit acids in it to decongest your pores. This was the change my skin needed!

Favorite Eye Shadow Pigment


This eye shadow pigment is gorgeous. I've tried high-end pigments and I honestly think the Maybelline ones are just as good. Its a pink champagne color that works beautifully with all all eye shadow colors. I love this color for summer. Not to mention it's $6.99.

Favorite Hair Product

This spray is like a heat protectant spray and hair spray all in one! Its perfect for spraying on dry hair before curling. Your curls will stay all day.

Favorite Skincare Tool


The title of this product is so fitting. This clarisonic brush head is suitable for those who have extremely sensitive skin and literally feels like cashmere silk on the face. I used the Deep Pore brush head and found it too harsh on my skin so I picked up this one. I still feel like it could do more deep clean so I think I will choose the normal one next time but I still really enjoyed this. Its soft enough to use day and night.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Tip Tuesday {Makeup}



Hello all! This is my very first "Tip Tuesday" post. Starting this week, every Tuesday I will post a short list of tips based on makeup, skincare, or hair that I think everyone should know.

This week I'm giving you 9 tips all about MAKEUP:

- Choose a concealer color two colors lighter than your skin tone

- You don't have to match your foundation exactly to your face. Your face a lot of the time is paler than your body because of the constant exfoliating from washing your face. If this is the case, choose foundation that matches your body.

- Instead of a translucent powder, use a powder that has color to avoid looking cakey. Thank you Mally Roncal ;)

- You don't have to use a primer for your foundation to last, but you do have to have SOMETHING on your face. Moisturizer, BB cream, CC cream, or even makeup mineral or setting spray will work as a primer before applying foundation.

- Make your blush last longer by applying cream blush then powder on top to set it. 

- Never use cream or liquid products over powder... its a recipe for your skin to look fake.

- You don't necessarily have to buy a product that says "bronzer". Using a face powder that is two shades darker than your skin tone is perfect for contouring. 

- Applying shimmer or glittery bronzers all over your face can actually make your face look dirty. But on the cheekbones works beautifully as a bronzer, highlight, and blush all in one!

- The key to success in makeup is blend, blend, BLEND. 


Monday, June 2, 2014

MAC Haul & Review {Beginner}

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After years and years of seeing many people rave about MAC, I finally caved. I recently bought ten products: 3 eye shadows, 2 blushes, 2 concealers, highlighting powder, face powder, and face spray. Everything I purchased are some of their most popular items. I figured this is best since I have never really tried anything from MAC. I noted that this haul and review is probably for a "beginner" to MAC cosmetics because those who have already tried MAC most likely have tried all of these products shown since they are so popular.


So, what did I buy and do YOU really need them?

Soft Brown: I was really excited about finally getting this shadow after countless makeup artists and bloggers have been talking about how this shadow is such a necessity. I have to say, after always using a similar shade in my eyeshadow palettes, I don't know if I agree this is a necessity. Sounds like I'm bending the rules a bit, but I simply just use my bronzer if I don't have any similar shadow shades. 

Shroom: Out of all the eye shadows I own, I didn't really have a "perfect" highlight for under the brow bone besides one shadow in a palette I've been plowing through. This shadow is a white and frosty. It doesn't look completely natural, but it's not an over powering shade that does trick.

Nylon: This shadow is another highlight color but it's more intense than shroom. It also is more of a yellow base versus shroom that is more of a white base. I'm all about intense highlighting shadows, so I really like this color.

Overall, I really like the MAC eye shadows they are pigmented and easy to blend I just wish they were cheaper. Makeup Geek is a cosmetic company that has eye shadows identical to MAC but are half the price. 

Melba: I learned about this shade from Jaclyn Hill, YouTube Beauty Guru, who used to work as a MAC makeup artist and the first time I went to the MAC store an associate recommended it to me. She recommended this blush to every one because it is a good neutral blush and will look good on every skin tone. I have such fair skin that this color actually seemed to be really peachy toned for me. However, I really like this blush and would recommend to anyone, I just did not expect it to seem so peachy.

Tendering: I discovered this shade by another MAC associate. She recommended this shade specifically for my fair skin tone. I have to say I LOVE this color. Out of all the things I bought, this is definitely my top pick. I'm surprised I have not heard of this shade by more people. It really is the perfect neutral blush that gives me color but isn't distracting. I think this shade would not only look great on fair skin tones, but all skin tones.

Overall, I really like these blushes they are very pigmented and easy to blend. 

NW 15 & NW 20: I picked up two shades of concealer because I've been in and out of the sun so I could use either shades depending on my tan, or I could mix them for a specific color. Once again, Jaclyn Hill introduced this concealer to me promising the spectacular coverage and priming the eyes. I really like this under eye concealer because it stays on forever and lets my skin the step in priming my eyes. 

You can use this concealer not only on the eyes but other sections of the face as well. Just make sure its the same color of your foundation so your not highlighting things you actually want to camouflage.

Light Plus: This powder lives up to its name. It's simply a mineral powder that has a natural finish. This powder is perfect for setting foundation without showing any signs of cakeyness. 

Don't get me wrong, I really like this powder but I still think you can find something close to this or almost the same as this at the drugstore.

Soft & Gentle: This is a shimmery highlighting shade that is perfect to apply to the cheekbones and even use as a brow highlighter or an eyeshadow. It gives you glow that will blend nicely with your other face products.

I haven' tried a ton of highlighting powders, but I really like this one!

This is a multi-purpose facial setting spray. It has vitamins and minerals in it to keep your skin refreshed. I tried this as a facial setting spray and it left my face a tad bit too shiny. I bought the travel sized of this product because I intended it to be just for setting loose eye shadows or pigments to avoid fall out under the eyes. Using this spray to set eye shadows will bring out the color more intensely and give it more of a metallic look.

 Keep in mind that the colors look different in the pan than they do on the face.Overall, I really like all of MAC's products and probably will be repurchasing.

Hope everyone has a great week! 

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