Thursday, September 30, 2010

Makeup Mistakes: Face Mask

DON'T: TOO DARK
 
My latest makeup mistake is the dreaded face mask.  This happens when a person wears foundation or bronzer that does not match their skin tone.  You can then see a “mask” on their face, especially from the side, where the two colors meet.  To avoid this, don’t go darker than about two shades from your skin tone or blend the makeup better so the line is less noticeable.






DO: MATCHING NECK AND FACE


FOTD

Face Of The Day: This is another everyday makeup look that is very wearable and professional.  I think the light colors around the eyes can help to open up tired eyes.
Products used:
1. e.l.f. Mineral Infused Face Primer
2. Maybelline SuperStay 24HR Makeup in Porcelain Ivory
3. Maybelline Dream Mousse Concealer in Light 2-3.5: Ivory (undereyes)
4. e.l.f. Translucent Matifying Powder
5. Palladio Herbal Eye Shadow Primer
6. Covergirl Eye Enhancers 3-Kit Shadows in Shimmering Sands (center shade on lid, left shade as contour in crease, right shade as highlight)
7. wet n wild Kohl Eyeliner in white (on lower waterline)
8. Jordana INCOLOR Fabuliner Liquid Eyeliner in Brown (top lashline only)
9. wet n wild Idol Eyes Cream Shadow in Pixie (Used as a highlight on the inner corner of eyes and also using an eyeliner brush to line the lower lashline all the way across.)
10. Maybelline Colossal Volum’ Express in Glam Brown (on top lashes only)
11. N.Y.C. Blushable Crème Stick in Plaza Pink (apples of cheeks)
12. Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Color in Citrus Bloom (over crème blush)
13. N.Y.C Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder in Sunny (to contour cheekbones)
14. e.l.f. Studio Cool Bronzer (matte white shade to highlight bridge of nose and high point of cheekbones)
15. N.Y.C. Liquid Lip Shine in Dusty Rose

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

September Favorites!

These are my favorites for the month of September and why I have enjoyed each one.
Item:
Why I Love It:
1. Tresemme No Frizz Ultra Light Shine Spray
I love this product for its ability to stave off the humidity and heat that we continue to have in Florida, even through September.  It keeps my hair smooth in this weather!
2. N.Y.C. Blushable Crème Stick in Big Apple Blush
No matter what shade you choose (I now have 5 out of the 6), I love these crème sticks for their ability to outlast the heat.  Big Apple Blush is a great shade to go with pink or peach powder blush.
3. Maybelline Colossal Volum’ Express in Glam Brown
I have actually used an entire tube of this and had to replace it.  I love the brush for natural but beautiful eyes.  The brown shade is dark but not as harsh as black can sometimes look on my fair skin.  I will never be without this mascara in my life!
4. e.l.f. Mineral Infused Face Primer
This is a good primer that is non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores) and highly affordable.
5. Covergirl Cheekers Blush in Golden Pink
I love this shade as a contour for cheekbones.  I think it looks more natural than bronzer on my fair skin.
6. wet n wild Kohl Eyeliner in White
This and coffee are two staples that help me seem less tired after getting up for work at 5:00 AM.  Applied to the lower waterline, this brightens and opens eyes, no matter how little sleep you got that night.
7. Jordana INCOLOR Fabuliner Liquid Eyeliner in Brown
This is another product I have used in its entirety.  It is user friendly and makes a well defined line quickly and effortlessly.  For around $1.50 – 2.00, this is another product I must have at all times.
8. N.Y.C. Liquid Lip Shine in Sun Gold Pink
This is a gorgeous color that just makes my lips look natural and pretty.
9. Essence of Beauty Crease Brush Duo Eyes
These brushes are amazing for getting into the crease and defining even small eyes.  For rather small brushes, they even do a decent job of blending.
10. Maybelline Dream Mousse Concealer in Light 2 – 3.5: Ivory
If I had to pick only one makeup item, this would be it.  I have horrible dark circles under my eyes all the time and this is one of the only concealers I’ve found that can hide them!

Makeup Mistakes: Lip Liner

DON'T
 This mistake deals with lip liner.  I know it's called lip liner but it's actually not meant to be used to draw a line around your lips.  Lip liner is meant to create a barrier so that your lipstick doesn't feather or travel outside of the line of your lips.  Consider it a fence, keeping your lipstick from wandering away.  That said, it is very important that if you use lip liner, you either blend it in onto your lips or line your lips then fill them in with the liner.  This way, if your lipstick fades away, you will not have a line left around your lips that is a different color than the rest of them.  In the DO photo below, I lined my lips then filled in with the lip liner before applying red lipstick.
DO

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Fashion Find: Metallic Border Scarf

This weekend I went to the outlet mall and found a great deal at New York & Company.  I found this beautiful taupe scarf on clearance for only $5.00.  Then I did some research on the internet and found that the same scarf is still available through their website for only $2.99!  The one I chose is the Brown Excursion shade.  The scarf is very soft and has square metallic studs along the border.  It is triangle shaped and I think the point looks great in the front.  It has metallic threads under the studs that are around the outside border.  Below the thread are a row of feminine fringes.


Monday, September 27, 2010

Mary Kay Mini Haul


I ordered just a few things from Mary Kay a few weeks ago and my order came in today!  So far, the brush is very soft and the blush and shadow are good quality and highly pigmented.  Listed from left to right are the items I chose.







1. Mineral Eye Color in Amber Blaze (shimmery amber with gold undertones) $6.50
2. Mineral Cheek Color in Citrus Bloom
(matte pink with coral undertones) $10.00
3. Mineral Foundation Brush $10.00

FOTD


This was the makeup I wore to work today.  It’s just a simple everyday look that is very pretty yet still wearable and professional.  Here are the products I used.

1. e.l.f. Mineral Infused Face Primer
2. Maybelline Super Stay 24HR Makeup in Porcelain Ivory
3. Maybelline Dream Mousse Concealer in Light 2-3.5: Ivory
4. N.Y.C. Smooth & Natural Matte Powder Foundation in Urban Light
5. e.l.f. Wet Gloss Lash & Brow Clear Mascara
6. NYX Eyeshadow Base in Skin Tone
7. N.Y.C. Color Wheel Mosaic Eye Powder in Brown Eyed Girl
                * pink shade on lid
                * brown all over crease
                * red on outer ½ of crease
                * beige as a highlight
8. Covergirl Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner in Espresso (upper lashline)
9. e.l.f. Eye Widener in Pearl (on lower waterline)
10. Maybelline Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara in Glam Brown
11. N.Y.C. Blushable Crème Stick in South Street Seashell (apples of cheeks)
12. Covergirl Cheekers blush in Soft Sable (apples of cheeks)
13. N.Y.C. Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder in Sunny (contour cheeks)
14. e.l.f. Studio Blush in Gotta Glow (highlight cheekbones)
15. N.Y.C. Liquid Lip Shine in Au Natural

Beauty Bargain Shopping

With the economy still struggling, I think most of us can agree that there is less money these days for anything that isn’t a necessity and as much as I love to shop for makeup, even I can admit that I probably don’t need 15 different shades of blush or 8 different foundations.  Since I know I would be terribly sad if I had to stop buying makeup altogether, I have tried to be smart about the way I shop for makeup so I can get the most for my money and I’d like to share my tips with you.

1. Keep an eye out on sales or coupons.  If I’m looking to buy a particular product or brand, I’ll check the weekly ads for Walgreens, CVS, and ULTA to see if they happen to go on sale.  These stores often have buy 1 get 1 for 50% off sales or even 40% or 50% off certain brands or coupons.
2. Sometimes discount stores like Big Lots have popular items name brands like Covergirl or NYX that were overstocked or have special packaging.  For example, sometimes when stores do a mascara and eyeliner packaged together, the stores don’t sell them all so they sell the extras to Big Lots.
3. The same sort of thing happens with the Dollar Tree, except they usually sell discontinued colors or discontinued items.  They also sell some regular items from less known brands that are still decent quality.

These items are always $3.00 or less.
4. Then there are brands that are always inexpensive, such as wet n wild, e.l.f., and N.Y.C.  These brands may not have a high price tag but they are still good quality and you can find some wonderful things from each that may end up being your favorites.  The photo to the right shows 9 products that are amazing quality, yet always $3.00 or less.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Little Black Dress Makeup

This look was inspired by my husband, who suggested I do a post on date night makeup.  Date night made me think of that little black dress, so this look was designed around that idea.  I chose feminine pinks with gold undertones and winged black liner.  Enjoy!

1. e.l.f. Mineral Infused Face Primer
2. Covergirl Clean Liquid Foundation Oil Control in Ivory
3. Maybelline Dream Mousse Concealer in Light 2-3.5: Ivory (undereye)
4. e.l.f. Translucent Matifying Powder (T-zone only)
5. e.l.f. Wet Gloss Lash & Brow Clear Mascara (eyebrows only)
6. NYX Eyeshadow Base in Pearl
7. NYX Single Eyeshadow in Flamingo (over eyelid)
8. ULTA Baked Eyeshadow in Covet (dark shade in crease; light shade as a highlight)
9. Jordana Easyliner for Eyes Retractable Pencil in Smokey (lower water line only)
10. wet n wild Mega Eyes Defining Marker in Blackest Black to line upper lashline.  Starting at the center of the eye, thicken the line towards the outside.  Wing the liner out at the end, lining it up with the outside edge of the eyebrow.
11. wet n wild Mega Length Mascara in Very Black
12. Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush in Soft Plum (apples of cheeks)
13. Covergirl Cheekers Blush in True Plum (apples of cheeks)
14. N.Y.C. Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder in Sunny (to contour cheekbones)
15. wet n wild MegaGlo Illuminating Powder in Catwalk Pink (to highlight cheekbones)
16. N.Y.C. Liquid Lip Shine in Dusty Rose

Pamper Yourself Treats

Ever have one of those days where you just need some “me” time but can’t afford to go to a spa for the day?  Here are some inexpensive items I enjoy using for an at home pamper yourself treat.

1. Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips
* Make your skin feel so smooth!
2. e.l.f. Nourishing Cuticle Pen
* Feels great on cuticles.
3. Body Prescriptions Foot Spa Grapefruit Sage Scented Foot Scrub
* Smooths feet.
4. Heart Shaped Foot Soaking Salts
Softens feet.
5. Inflatable Foot Soaking Tub
Great for the foot soak and foot scrub!
6. Gel Eye Mask
Can be heated or chilled to reduce puffiness and relax muscles.

Caring for Straighteners and Curlers: Cleaning

Some of us have learned this lesson the hard way.  If you don't clean your curling irons and flat irons, they get ruined.  That is because the hair products we use to style our hair can hurt our irons.  Below is a a flat iron that I got lazy with and didn't clean.  The products I used baked onto the plates.  I didn't clean the build up off of the iron.  With time, the baked-on residue deteriorates the ceramic coating.  The coating chips off and now you are putting your hair directly onto the heating plates.  And that fries your hair no matter what products are in it.  Long story short, you have to clean the iron.

First, if your iron is in really bad shape and you are hoping to save it, you could try the product above in the pink spray bottle.  This is Dissolve All-Purpose Extra Strength Styling Iron Cleaner.  Basically, this is a cleaner that you can buy from Sally Beauty Supply that is meant to clean off the build up.  You spray it on your iron, let it sit for 30 seconds, then magically wipe your iron clean with a paper towel.  Personally, I own this and have tried it.  If your iron is already dirty, I find this doesn't do a whole lot, but it does help.

Second, if you don't feel like shelling out the $5 - $7 for Dissolve, there are a few household items you can use to clean your irons.  You can use rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover.  Put some on a cotton ball and rub over your iron.  I find this works just as well as the Dissolve and you probably already have it at home.

Third, and most effective in my opinion, is to prevent the build up from ever happening.  You really need to clean your iron every day to prevent the build up.  Also, this is really easy to do and free.  After straightening or curling your hair, allow your iron to cool until it is lukewarm to the touch.  (You don't want to burn your hands!)  Then dampen an old towel or paper towel and simply wipe away any residue.  Free, easy, and keeps your iron in great condition!

Caring for Straighteners and Curlers: Cords

Many of us have a fair amount of money invested in our hot tools.  Depending on your budget, you might spend anywhere from $10 - $100 or more on a flat iron or curling iron.  So we need to be sure that we are taking care of our beauty investments.  I learned this the hard way.  I'd like to share some of my lessons with you in this two part series on caring for your hot tools. This first segment discusses cords.

DON'T: WRAP CORD AROUND IRON
This is what you should not do to store your cords.  After months of storing your cord this way, the electrical wiring inside can begin to weaken.  This can cause a bad connection, causing your iron to not heat properly which can cause your iron to not get as hot, or worse, to start an electrical fire.



DO: FOLD CORD & USE A CLIP
 There are a few alternate ways to store your cord.  One would be to simply fold the cord neatly and lay it flat.  However, I found that doing this doesn't really help because the cord comes unfolded easily.  Another idea would be to fold the cord and clip it in the center.  I think the cheap hair clips I already have work well.


DO: FOLD CORD AND USE VELCRO
Another idea would be to fold the cord and secure it with a velcro strap.  I was lucky with the flat iron I bought because it came with this handy velcro strap.  If your iron doesn't and you like the idea (also great for computer cords), here is a website where you can buy the velcro straps in fun colors!

FOTD: Indian Summer

Today’s Face of the Day is inspired by the warm colors of fall combined with the warm weather of the Indian Summer we are continuing to have here in Florida.  I wore this to a get together for my husband’s birthday so I went for some extra sparkle around the eyes.  Here are the steps to achieve this look.

1. Use a cosmetic wedge to spread a thin layer of e.l.f. Mineral Infused Face Primer all over face.
2. Use a foundation brush to stipple on Covergirl Ultimate Finish Liquid Powder Makeup in Ivory to entire face.
3. Use ring finger to pat on Maybelline Dream Mousse Concealer in Light 2-3.5: Ivory to undereye circles.
4. Apply Maybelline Mineral Power Finishing Veil Powder in Light over T-zone with a fluffy powder brush.
5. Tidy up eyebrows with e.l.f. Wet Gloss Lash & Brow Clear Mascara.
6. Line lower waterline with wet n wild Kohl Eyeliner in White.
7. Use index finger to wipe on Palladio Herbal Eyeshadow Primer from lashline to browbone and to inner corner of eyes.
8.  With a flat shader brush, pat on NYX Eyeshadow Single in Golden over eyelid.
9. Use a medium-sized crease brush to apply Covergirl Eye Enhancers 3 kit in Golden Sunset (darkest shade) to the crease.
10. Use a fine crease brush to apply Covergirl Single Shadow in Brown Smoulder to the outer ¼ of the crease to deepen.  Blend with a fluffy crease brush.
11. Using the same fluffy crease brush, lightly sweep on NYX Eyeshadow Single in Sahara as a highlight below the brow bone.
12. Line top lashes, close to lashline with Covergirl Perfect Point Plus Eye Pencil in Espresso.
13. Rub some wet n wild Idol Eyes Crème Shadow in Pixie onto an eyeliner brush.  Use to brush to highlight inner corners of eyes, as well as to line the inner ¼ of bottom lashline, below lashes.
14. Line the other ¾ of the bottom lashes with Jordana Glitter Rocks Retractable Eye Liner Pencil in Rockabilly Brown.
15. Curl lashes.  Use a disposable mascara wand (traditional style brush) to apply two light coats of Covergirl Lashblast Volume Waterproof Mascara in Black Brown.
16. Use ring finger to apply N.Y.C. Blushable Crème Stick in Berry New Yorker to apples of cheeks.
17. Go over crème blush with Covergirl Cheekers Blush in Iced Mocha with a duo fiber blush brush.
18. Use an angled brush to sweep on Covergirl Cheekers Blush in Golden Pink as a contour to cheekbones.
19. Use a small blush brush to sweep on Savvy Luminzer Illuminating Powder in Warm Beige (bottom two shades) as a highlight on top of cheekbones.
20. Apply wet n wild Mega Slicks Lip Gloss in Bronze Berry to lips.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

NYX Single Shadows

NYX single shadows are well known for their quality.  The shadows are pigmented, silky soft, smooth, and come in a wide range of shades and finishes.  However, be aware that not all of these shadows are created equal.  Many people rave about these single shadows, but if you’re looking to buy some, I’ve heard numerous reviews that the shade called My Favorite Color is chalky, chunky, and not up to par with the other shades, so be aware.  With that said, don’t be put off because of that one shadow.  Many others are wonderful and amazing quality for around $6 per shadow.  These are the shades I have, their description, and some notes on each.  They can be found at nyxcosmetics.com and ULTA stores.

# in Photo
Shade Name
Description of Shade
Finish
Notes
1*
Flamingo
Light golden pink
Sheer/Metallic
Love as a highlight or base
2
Golden
Bronzey gold orange
Metallic
Great shade for fall
3
Sahara
Light cream/off white
Frosty
Great for a highlight
4*
Champagne
Light gold champagne
Metallic
LOVE this as a highlight or to sweep lightly all over to add shine to any eye look
5
Volcano
Burgundy brown
Shimmer
Great to warm up crease
6
Rust
Orange red
Frosty/Shimmer
More orange than looks in packaging
7
Golden Dune
Brown toned bronzey gold
Metallic
Okay

* = favorites


Autumn Shades Eyeshadow Palettes

Here are three eyeshadow palettes that I think make perfect shades for autumn looks.


Covergirl
1: Covergirl Eye Enhancers3 – kit Shadows in Golden Sunset
* Left to Right: (highly shimmery shades) a warm burnt sienna, a golden orange shade, a soft golden yellow.






wet n wild

2. wet n wild color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in Knock on Wood
* From top down: (lightly shimmered shades) soft mauve pink, deep warm brown, maroon burgundy












L.A.  Colors
3. L.A. Colors Baked Eyeshadows in Galaxy
* Left to right, top row: (highly shimmery shades) white, warm golden tan
* Left to right, bottom row: (highly shimmery shades) copper, dark taupe