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10Mar 2015

Did You Use Expired Mascara This Morning?

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When To Dispose Of MakeupChances are that you’ve been using expired makeup products for months and didn’t even know it! Since spring is right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to finish up some Netflix series, eat a Soba Noodle Bowl from Panera, and reorganize your makeup bag.

Since expired cosmetics can irritate the skin and cause eye infections, it’s important to pay attention to the lifespan of your makeup. Most products will have a jar symbol on them with a numeral that signifies the number of months you have until the item is no longer usable. The easiest way I have found to keep track though, is simply to write on all of my makeup products with a sharpie to help me remember when I opened them.

There are a lot of times that your makeup can even tell you that it is officially done! If your gloss is goopy, your nail polish is separating, or your mascara is flaking all over the place, then it is time to bid it adieu. If you are a makeup expert and know when to get rid of your cosmetics, then your makeup should serve you well. If not, here are some guidelines to help you know when to replace your favorite makeup products:
When To Dispose Of Makeup

24Feb 2015

What Are Your 5 Favorite Makeup Brushes?

Posted by at in Beauty, Favorite Products, Makeup

shutterstock_181902668_opt YAY, you made it through Monday! Happy Tuesday everyone. I was wondering what your absolute favorite makeup brushes are at the moment? Here are some of my favorites…

1. NARS Ita Kabuki Brush

If you are a makeup addict, then you have probably heard about the NARS Ita Kabuki brush that everyone is currently raving about. Unfortuantely, it’s sold out almost everywhere! Thankfully, I was able to order it online and give it a try.

First, I would usually NEVER spend this much money on a brush, but after trying it out in stores, I knew it would be a great investment. This brush is designed specifically for contouring. It has a sleek thin handles and super soft dense bristles. The bristles are dense enough to evenly spread out the product, but soft enough to blend out harsh edges and leave a seamless finish.

If you struggle with contouring, this brush will be your new best friend! It really will make the process SO much easier!

NARS Kabuki Ita Brush

2. Laura Mercier Fan Brush

This is one brush that many people think they don’t need. It is often overlooked in the makeup world, but EVERYONE needs a fan brush in their collection. There’s no better way to apply highlighter than with this little number.

This is a pricier fan brush, but if you are going to purchase one, don’t you want it to be awesome? A lot of other fan brushes are flimsy and way too soft to get the job done. The Laura Mercier Fan Brush is great because it is denser and holds its shape better. I think that it is the most perfect brush for setting powder. It is such a great fan brush and it is oh-so-soft too!


3. Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki Brush

If there was only one face brush that I was ever allowed to use again, it would for sure be this one! This is my holy grail makeup brush, without a doubt. I don’t like to apply anything with my fingers, so I use this brush because it’s great for almost everything.

The greatest part…it’s only $20 dollars! For a holy grail brush, you can’t beat that!! I use it for everything — foundation, contouring powder, bronzer, blush, and even highlighting! It’s just that great. You may notice that some brushes leave lines and streaks on your face, but with this brush there is none of that. Everything looks so smooth and blended evenly.

This brush is like a bunch of little brushes in one, it has so many uses. You may never need another brush again….

Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki Brush

4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Mini Duo Brush #7

I think that the eyebrows are the hardest part of makeup to master. I had the most difficult time filling them in the beginning. Then I found the amazing Anastasia Brow products, and I was officially saved.

This brush is perfect for lining underneath of the brow so you get that crisp clean look. It is also great for blending product throughout the brow. It makes your eyebrows look so much more natural. If you’re really good you can combo this brush with an eyebrow pencil, but if you’re a beginner you need to start with this brush. It will make the learning process so much easier!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Mini Duo Brush #7

5. Bare Minerals Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush

Ah! This brush is just amazing!

It can be SO hard to cover up dark spots or circles sometimes, but this brush will help you do the job. It has flat stiff fibers that won’t clog up with creamy concealers. It enables you to carefully cover any unwanted blemishes because it has a perfectly tapered tip. Concealer is one product that I will not leave the house without, and this brush makes it super quick and easy to conceal before running out the door.

It’s also the perfect size for putting on eye shadow primer! A little pricey at $20, but well worth the money.

Bare Minerals Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush

11Feb 2015

Ultimate Valentine’s Gift Guide: Gifts For Her

Posted by at in Beauty, Favorite Products, Makeup, Nails

To all of the amazing men in the world…this gift guide is for you. Sometimes it can be hard to come up with perfect gifts to make her melt, but these gifts should dazzle any woman. Give her any of these little goodies for Valentine’s Day and you can be sure that she will love it!

Valentine's Day Gifts for her...any girl would love these!

1. Vans Light Pink Sneakers: Just plain adorable pink shoes.
2. Too Faced Travel Kit: Essentials for that special Valentine’s Day date.
3. Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 (Pink): This is the perfect little gift for any girl out there, creative or not.
4. Givenchy Lipstick: Perfectly pink pouty lips will make her Valentine’s Day look.
5. Kate Spade Purse: What girl doesn’t need a new bag? Especially a new bag in this color!
6. Gucci Flora Perfume: The most beautiful floral scent ever created is in this bottle!
7. Kate Spade Heart Earrings: Don’t give her diamonds this V-Day, give her these incredible gold heart earrings that she’s sure to love.
8. Heart Cookies: So pretty and pink, but especially delicious.
9. Essie Nail Polish: Nail colors that are a necessity for the upcoming season.

10Feb 2015

Kim Kardashian: Best Hair & Makeup…Worst Grammy Date!

Posted by at in Fashion, Hair, Makeup

Of course, I wanted to go ahead and talk about the Grammy Awards, since they were just the other night. I always LOVE watching the Grammys too see what everyone is wearing, what their hair looks like, and of course, their makeup! This year, I was a little disappointed by the outfit choices though. Rihanna’s dress was huge, Kim Kardashian wore a bathrobe, and I don’t even know what Madonna was wearing…it just wasn’t good!

BUT…Did you see Kim Kardashian’s hair and makeup? LOVED it! Her new “bob-ish” hair is my fave! It was perfectly texturized for the Grammys, and even though I would expect something a little more glam, I was still super happy with this hair. I think that this was probably the best choice since I don’t think she could have had super glam hair because she was already wearing a super glam…bath robe.

Anyways, I still loved her hair and makeup look. Here is a video so you can see too, incase you didn’t watch. I’m sure you did though!

I kind of had a change of heart for the Kimye couple after the Grammys the other night though. We all remember back in 2009, when Kanye West decided to interrupt Taylor Swifts Grammy win. Well, he almost did it again the other night while Beck was receiving an award. Everyone laughed because they all though it was a big joke. Then Kanye went backstage and bashed Beck saying he didn’t really deserve the award, Beyonce did.

It was a little weird that he felt the need to come to Beyonce’s defense…AGAIN. I don’t really see him going to Kim’s defense too often, but he is always there for Beyonce.

He wasn’t even in that category though! So, just sit down Kanye.

Here is his speech about how beck should have respected “artistry” and given Beyonce the Grammy.

Who is he talking about when he says, “We tired of it!”? It seems like a direct diss towards white people. If a white artist had dissed a black artist like this at multiple Grammy awards, there would be an uproar. They’d be destroyed by the media and the music industry. It is hard to know what his intentions were with that speech, but there has been no clarification, so I’m going to have to take it as it stands.

He sort of apologized to Beck in a Kanye type of way. So, hopefully that resolves things, and maybe at the next Grammy awards Beyonce will make the best album so we can keep him in his seat!

03Feb 2015

How to Find the Perfect Lipstick for Your Skin Tone

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How to Find the Perfect Lipstick for Your Skin Tone!

Most of us have a few tubes of lipstick sitting at the bottom of our makeup bags, some that we wear often, and some that we never even touch. There’s a reason for that! You may see the “perfect pink lipstick” while scrolling through Pinterest, but that “perfect” shade just doesn’t work for you.

There’s a reason you love it on the model and hate it on yourself. You probably don’t have the same skin tone! So, I want to give you some tips and tricks for finding the right shade and loving every lipstick that you purchase.

1. Know Your Undertone

Everyones skin has an undertone of either yellow or pink. Knowing the color of your undertone can be tremendously helpful when choosing lipstick.

One quick way to identify your undertone is by looking at the veins in your wrist. If they appear blue, then you have a more pink undertone. If they appear green, then you have a more yellow undertone. If they appear to be a more blue-green, then you are one LUCKY woman because that means you have a more neutral skin tone and can wear just about any color!

2. Know Which Shades Work With Your Specific Undertone

To know which undertone matches your skin best, you have to follow these very basic rules. If you have a more pink undertone, then you should stick to lipstick hues that have darker tones in them, such as blue or purple. For a more yellow undertone, stick to warmer colors with pink undertones.

If you are that lucky girl with a neutral skin tone, then you can try a bigger variety of colors. I love when a neutral toned girl wears a bold lip, it just screams confidence!

3. If All Else Fails, Pick Based On Your Actual Skin Tone

Olive Skin Tones

Olive skin tones generally have a more neutral undertone, so it is hard to go wrong with any color here. For the olive tone girl, you can pick from a variety of nudes, pinks, oranges, and reds. Try to determine your color based on your outfit and that will help immensely with deciding on the perfect color.

How to find the perfect lipstick for olive skin tones!

Fair Skin Tones

Really fair skinned people, look great with a bold bright red lip. A bold lip is a fun way to change up your look and can look fantastic. Try avoiding anything to light because some nude or light pink lipsticks can make you look washed out or sickly. We definitely don’t want that!

How to find the perfect lipstick for fair skin tones!

Darker Skin Tones

For women with a darker tone, deeper colors look best. Go for a dark plum or dark red. Berry colored lips are also very nice on your skin. These will flatter your skin like no other! Like those with fair skin, you should try to avoid colors that are too light. You don’t want chalky-looking lips to ruin the rest of your fabulous look!

How to find the perfect lipstick for darker skin tones!

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