VMA’s Best & Worst Dressed!

VMA’s, known as Video Music Awards, aired last night and left many of us with our jaws dropped. To overview, Lady Gaga opened the show with her newest song and was actually pretty good. She sang it live and danced which is better than 90% of the stars these days. Afterwards was Miley Cyrus singing her new song and then accompanied Robin Thicke. Wow. If you were to recap anything from that show, watch Miley’s moves. She is definitely putting her brand out there that she isn’t Hannah Montana anymore. Nevertheless, after several hundred camera shots of Taylor Swift and the Smith family, Justin Timberlake was given the Video Vanguard award and blew everyone’s minds with a 20 minute performance of all of his hits over the last few decades and a reunion with NSYNC. Although, they only sang a few songs, it was better than having the silly boy bands they have now perform even one song. Ending the show was Katy Perry who lip-synced to her new song and jumped around in a tiny sports bra. All in all, a decent way to spend 2 and a half hours. Before the show, they aired the red carpet. The best and worst dressers were all there posing for the bright cameras. Let’s begin!

Best dressed:

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Selena Gomez in Atelier Versace.

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Miley Cyrus in vintage Dolce & Gabbana. Pre-performance though! During her performance everything went south and well, you will have to see for yourself:

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Taylor Swift in Herve Leger.

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Jennifer Hudson in Christian Dior.

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Ellie Goulding looked absolutely gorgeous and this dress is amazing!

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Ciara in Givenchy Couture.

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Alicia Quarles in this amazing cropped top and pencil skirt combo.

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Robin Thicke & Paula Patton.

Now, for the worst:

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Riff Raff, just why?

Lil Kim’s jumpsuit was so tight it literally looked like it was painted on.

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Foxy Brown.

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I thought Willow & Jaden Smith were usually fashionable, what happened?

Homemade Honey & Sugar Facial Scrub!

Glowing clear skin! It’s what we all crave, yet only few have naturally. Thankfully, this face scrub made of only honey and sugar cleans out the dirt from your pores and hydrates your skin. You can use this as a face scrub, or even a body scrub. It is best to fully exfoliate with this mixture 2-3 times per week. Mixing this up, putting it in the jar, and placing in the fridge is perfect to preserve the scrub. Let’s begin!

First pour a little more than a quarter size amount of honey into a small dish. Depending on the size of the area where it should be applied. Just regular honey is best. It doesn’t have to be 100% pure, just don’t use a honey that has something extra mixed into it.

Pour equal amounts of sugar into the mixture. In this picture it is exaggerated and if you put that much into the mixture it will most likely turn solid and be useless. Equal or even a little less than equal is great.

Scrub this mixture gently all over your face and especially in problem areas. Grab those cucumbers for the eyes and keep this on for 3-5 minutes to really soak into your pores. Massaging this scrub in little circles on your face will get the blood flow moving and keep you absolutely relaxed. This honey and sugar treatment is perfect for troubled skin because the sugar exfoliates and dries up any blemishes while the honey moisturizes your skin. Your face will be glowing after this. Which is perfect for keeping that summer glow in the upcoming fall months!

5 Ways to Makeover Your Look Without Spending a Dime

Whoever first coined the famous phrase “Beauty is pain,” was spot-on. Between trips to the hair salon, waxing appointments, and splurging on expensive skincare products, beauty is pain…painfully expensive! However, that doesn’t always have to be the case. It is great to have these foolproof tricks in your back pocket at all times in case you are tired of the same old routine. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing every day and expecting a better result. If you want to start something new, today is the day. Let’s begin!

Changing your hair part can shape the way your face seems. If you always sport a side swept ‘do, mix things up by parting your hair down the middle. Similarly, if you’re a center part kinda gal, go for a deep side part. You will be surprised how much it changes your facial features. And the best thing about it is that you can go back to your classic favorite in a matter of seconds. If you don’t know how to part your hair and match it to your correct facial shape, here will help you. 

Wearing a bold lip or cat eye can really make you stand out. Daily, I usually just apply either liquid lined cat eye or pencil liner on my lash lines. I discovered this beauty look because I was not a huge fan of eyeshadow when crunched for time and I wanted to try something new. It instantly updated my look, and as you can see, I haven’t strayed from it since! Using a bold red, coral, or pink lip color can have the same effect. It adds a touch of glamour to your everyday beauty routine. If you don’t have liquid liner or a bright lipstick, you can always visit the beauty counters at your favorite department store and play around with a makeup artist until you find what suits you.

It’s crazy how many face masks you can make with items you use for cooking your meals everyday. Sounds crazy, I know. One of my favorite DIY masks is this Greek yogurt mask that calms acne and hydrates dry skin. Comment below if you would like a tutorial on that. I’ve also read that you can make a mask by mixing up ½ avocado and the juice from ½ of a lemon. So grab your leftovers and get to work for refreshed and moisturized skin!

Drugstore whitening strips are great for brightening up your pearly whites. But if you’re looking for a wallet-friendly option, try mixing baking soda and lemon juice into a paste, then brushing it onto your teeth with a toothbrush. Leave the mixture on for about a minute, then brush it off. According to Health.com, the baking soda will remove stains from your tooth enamel while the citric acid in the lemon juice will have a bleaching effect.

Many of the best beauty secrets I’ve ever heard have been simple tips that help you not only look your best but feel your best too. Case in point: perfect posture. When I make an effort to stand up straight during the day, I find myself with a perky attitude and a more carefree disposition. Slumping over will do just the opposite, leaving you feeling lethargic and jaded. Stand up straight, ladies!

Step By Step Eyebrow Tutorial

Eyebrows are the fur of the face that many people have yet to master. The key of eyebrows is that the hair color and thickness matches with your face shape and correlates with your hair color. Unfortunately, not everyone is graced with perfect natural eyebrows, thus we shade them in. This tutorial will show you how to prep, prime, and create the perfect brows. Let’s begin!

First, you must find out what your correct brow shape is. Your shape depends on the shape of your face and eyes. The peak of your brow should be vertical to the middle of your pupil. The brow should start where your tear ducts begin.

The products used in this are tweezers, a short angled brush, a razor, matching matte eye shadow, a highlight, possibly scissors or brow gel. A brow pencil was also used in this tutorial, but isn’t mandatory for every one. All of the maintenance products are from Sally’s Beauty Supply. You should go for a matte shadow or it wouldn’t be natural.

To begin, tweeze any stray hairs that don’t correlate with your natural shape or the shape that matches your face. Using a brow razor after will get those minuscule hairs that you can’t see. If your brows are really thick, brush the hairs upward with a spoolie and trim them with scissors.

Underlining the brow with pencil on the bottom will create an outline of where to shade and make it look more precise. Take the angled brush and start lightly shading in the brow.

If you make a mistake, then just take concealer after and blend it out. Go slowly at first so you don’t put too much on and keep checking if you need to make it longer.

I like to do my eyebrows before I apply eye shadow because it sets the construction of the face.

 

3 New Ways to Add Hair Bows to Your ‘Do!

Lady Gaga made them famous, and now we stare at them puzzled of how to make them. I am talking about hair bows! Not fabric hair bows, but hair bows made from the hair on your head to make a bow. Go it? 😉 These little bows are adorable and are easy to make. I will show step by step how to create this looks with my darling model, Katie. All of these looks are heat-less  and go great with second day hair. Let’s begin!

The ponytail bow is first and is one of the easiest. Back comb around the crown of your head to take your ponytail into a more sophisticated style zone. Pull into an elastic in the upper mid section of your head. Pull out a piece of hair that is thick enough to create a bow and spray it with hair spray. This will ensure no fly- aways. Using a small elastic, pull the section of hair you just sprayed through the elastic to create the first loop. Tighten the elastic and then add the other end of the same piece of hair to create the second loop. There should be a small section of hair still remaining – this is what you’ll use to cover your elastic. Fluff the bow loops to create a little more body. A different way to do this look would to create the ponytail in a half-up-half-down style and create the bow.

This style is a bit harder beacuse of the fishtail braid. Pull hair to the side of your head and begin your fishtail braid. Once you get about 2 inches of braid, it’s time to pull out a small piece of hair – this will later turn into a bow. Keep braiding and pull out another piece of hair before you reach the end – this is for the second bow! Take the first strand of hair you pulled out and loop it through the braid. Use an elastic to secure the loop. Separate the loop into two loops. Use the remaining hair to tighten and wrap around the elastic. Secure in the fishtail braid using a bobby pin. Repeat with the second strand of hair to create another bow. So cute!

Last, we have the most dramatic look of the bunch. We have to admit, this one might not be the most wearable but it is definitely my favorite.  Flip your head upside down and french braid up the back of your head, starting at the top of your neck and ending close to the crown of your head. Use hair spray to secure the braid. Pull the rest of the unbraided hair into a high ponytail. Use an elastic to create one large loop – be sure to leave hair at the end to secure your bow. Separate the loop into two loops. Wrap part of the remaining hair around the center of the bow. Use bobby pins to secure remaining hair around the center of the bow.

Comment down below which one is your favorite!

What’s In My School Bag & Tips For School Success

To finish up my back-to-school series of posts, I thought I would show you what is exactly inside my backpack for college. Someone actually requested this via Twitter. I usually carry general items so this could even work for someone who is in high school or just wants to revamp their purse. I will also attach some tips and tricks that will lead you on the path of organization and success for the upcoming school year. Let’s begin!

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I got this backpack from Forever 21 and I probably won’t use it again this year but I just prefer plain backpacks. First, I will start with the hefty objects and they are my books. Some classes make you bring certain books to class so make sure you have a backpack that has enough space. You don’t need 20 million folders. Just bring the things you know you will use. If you find school to be difficult, then here is your tip: buy a planner! I have one that my school hands out yearly at orientation and it has the holidays listed, the rules, and any cool information. Bring your school I.D. and your wallet. Your school I.D. will get you into the classes and give you discounts at local places. Don’t forget your car keys, shades, and  phone, obviously. I bring gum because if I get bored I will start to zone out, so gum keeps me focused on the task.

For makeup, I keep it in a small bag that I got from Macy’s with a makeup bundle. I bring the basics. Just blush, lip gloss, lipstick, an eyeliner, and a translucent powder for touch-ups. Blotting papers are really important too. I keep these in my little blue pocket folder and they are Clean & Clear blotting papers that don’t mess up your makeup. A camera is also a necessity because as frustrating and boring that school can be at times, it will end and you are going to want to have snapped some good memories. And finally, my personal favorite, don’t forget a snack. Those late night study sessions are worthless if your growling stomach is distracting you. I usually grab some crackers or roasted almonds for a quick bite.

For tips for success, don’t get carried away. Go to the football games, paint your face, attend all the events to make it memorable, just don’t forget about your work. Either you or your guardians is paying for your schooling, so don’t mess it up because you wanted to see the basketball game. Creating a routine and finding out how you study is key before you start school. Show interest and talk often in class and to one another. I know it can be hard. I was the shy one, too. But you aren’t going to be fun if your only friend on campus is your roommate. Stay humble, work hard, laugh a lot, and enjoy your experience. And yes, these guys go to my school.

Rosemary Avocado Coconut Oil Hair Mask!

From 410 degree curling irons to ripping the knots out, our hair goes through a lot on a daily basis. We embrace so many beauty rituals for our skin, but what about the hair? Hair masks are the easiest ways to nourish your hair back to the way it was before months of damage. Using all natural ingredients, like this mask, brings hair down to the basic oils that helps it stay strong. This easy to make, deliciously rich hair mask is a great natural treatment for dry hair. The rich oils from the avocado and coconut oil make your hair feel soft and thick. The rosemary will also contribute to soft, shiny hair. On top of that it is a great scalp simulator, fights hair loss and also is anti-bacterial. Let’s begin!

Avocado Coconut Hair Mask @Rawmazing.com

For this mask you will need 1 avocado, 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil, a bowl, an applicator, possible shower cap, and 10-20 drops of rosemary essential oils. Scoop all of these ingredients into a food processor and blend until creamy.  I use an old basting brush to apply the mask to hair but you can also just spread it on with your fingers. Make sure you massage it into your scalp, too. Don’t worry, it won’t turn your hair green!

Apply evenly and massage into scalp. Try to use all of the mask and any excess oils. If your ends are dry, apply an extra amount at the end on the hair from your ears down. Wrap the hair up in either a plastic bag or a shower cap for 30-60 minutes. For more damaged hair take the full hour.

Rinse it gently out of your hair and finger through the damp pieces to get all of the mushy goodness out. If you can’t get all of it out in the sink, hop in the shower and moisturize your hair with a conditioner out so your hair won’t have clumps of avocado in it.

DIY~ Destroyed Denim Shorts

Those rips and frays are okay nowadays! Destroyed denim has been very popular on the fashion scene. This DIY is very simple and can turn those unwanted mom jeans into adorable shorts! All you will need is a pair of jeans or jean shorts, scissors, an X-Acto knife, and if you want them to be ombre then bleach, a bucket, and gloves. I actually made this for my dear friend Natalie’s birthday vacation. So you will see her modeling them at the end. Afterwards you could stick studs through the fabric or hot-glue them for your own unique affect. Let’s begin!

If you are using jean pants, then put them on and make a marker with white crayon or pencil where you want to cut and slice them. Using another pair of shorts as a guide will help you get the angles correct. Start by cutting at a longer length in case you want them shorter. This will insure they won’t be too short! For the shape of mine, I cut them diagonally so they were higher on the sides (I like the look it gives when they are on). I also made the back slightly longer and rounded that way there is more coverage and they are more comfortable (I don’t like anything showing)!

Open a pair of scissors part way and run them back and forth along the bottom edge of the shorts. White threads should start to appear. Do this repeatedly on the back and front until lots of white threads are hanging down. Keep in mind that more will appear and they will be perfect after washing.

To begin, start by finding a picture of a pair of shorts that you want to base your rips off of. You definitely don’t have to do this, but it will help to give you a little more guidance. Fold a magazine, and place it inside of the shorts when you are using the X-Acto knife. To prep the shorts for distressing, apply an X-Acto knife’s blade at medium pressure diagonally across the areas of the shorts you want to distress. Make sure the entire area has been scored by your X-Acto knife.

To rip/destroy the shorts, take the X-Acto knife, and again applying medium pressure, run the blade repeatedly straight across the area you want to distress. This is going to take a little while, but as you continue to swipe the fabric with the blade, white threads will begin to show and little clumps of blue will form. Repeat this in all sections you have scored and want distressed.

Very gently separate the clumps of white threads by pulling them apart with your fingers (thread by thread). Be very careful, as you don’t want to rip the threads (they should be still attached on both sides), but you want to separate them from the blue material. This will help to define the distressed/ripped areas.

If you would like them to be light wash (like mine), put on gloves to protect your hands, fill up a large bucket with warm water, and and pour around a cup of bleach into it (depending on how much water you use, it could be different amounts. I put in too little at first and had to add a lot more. Go slow to find your correct amount.) Submerge the shorts fully in the water and let them sit, stirring often with a wooden spoon. If they are not lightening after 5-10 minutes add more bleach (1/4 cup at a time). Continue to stir and let them soak until they have lightened to your desired color (a note: they will be even lighter after you wash them). If you want to dip-dye them, then just dip the ends of the shorts into the bucket for several minutes. Or fill bleach into a spray bottle and spray the ends of the shorts and let it sit overnight.

Your dip-dye should look like this afterwards. Rinse well or hand wash the shorts in the sink to get the excess bleach out. Wash them again in a wash machine. I would recommend washing them alone if you want to be on the safe side, though because I hand washed them first, I was able to wash them with a dark load of laundry. Dry them completely in the dryer. This will help to soften the shorts and define/fluff the rips.

I decided not to dip-dye just because of the timing. But here is Natalie’s darling shorts. I used high waisted jeans and just cut them and completed this process. Good luck!

Weekly Fashion Update~ Back-To-School Shopping Guide!

Unfortunately, for all students every where the clock is ticking until school starts in the fall. This means fighting back the crowds of people at malls and in cramped stores. The biggest tip I can give someone going back-to-school shopping is have a list in mind of the styles you want to abide by this fall. That way you won’t be persuaded to buy something you don’t need or won’t wear. The best knowledge to have is what trends you like, what your dress code is, and if you can picture yourself proudly wearing it. I am in college so I don’t have a dress code, but I still do like to look cute for school. Putting on that cute outfit every morning will help you stay positive and boost your confidence. Let’s begin!

Maxi skirts are still flying off the shelves every where. Recently, I bought one for only 5 dollars from Charlotte Russee and it is a spandex cotton blend and probably the most comfortable thing I’ve ever worn. Maxi dresses, with a cute top, and comfy sandals are an easy way to seem dressed up. You can accompany it with a crop top, denim jacket, over-sized top, or an adorable tank.

Chiffon tops and blouses are probably one of the easiest types of clothing to wear. They literally go with anything. From fancy slacks for a meeting to light-colored jeans for study hall. Buying these tops in solid colors make them easy closet staples. H&M and Forever 21 have some of the best selection of chiffon tops.

Circle skirts and crop tops are the next fashion pieces. Circle skirts are much like skater skirts, but aren’t as pleated. Circle skirts are high waisted which is perfect with a crop top so that your mid-drift isn’t hanging out. Crop tops can also be paired with high-waisted jeans or pants for more coverage. If you don’t like getting all dressed up for school but still want to look cute, try a cotton-spandex blend circle skirt and a solid or printed cotton crop top (much like the blue skirt look above).

Military green is also a hot item for fall. Military green jackets and pants look amazing paired with a printed top. Strap on a pair of combat boots and you are ready for battle! These pieces add a punk flare without going overboard. The thickness of a military jacket will keep you warm all winter. Just sew on your favorite embellishments or patches and make it unique.

Over-sized cardigans and sweaters are perfect for the upcoming school year. Knit has been especially popular lately. In order to make it seem like you are not getting swallowed into the sweater or cardigan, keep it simple. Wear solid colors and big printed cardigan. Or, when it’s cold, wear your favorite knit sweater with leggings or tights and cute calf-length combat boots.

Backpacks can be fashionable too! You especially want a cute backpack if you are going to be lugging it around for a whole semester or school year. The latest backpack trends are pull-overs with leather zippers or buckles and a printed design. Lace and crochet have also graced the best of backpacks. When choosing one, go for a look that fits your personality and style.

Flawless Foundation Routine!

Foundation, the magician of makeup. It can makeup your blemishes, redness, and dark spots vanish in thin air! Well, not literally, but it does a great job in covering it all up. I usually wear this foundation routine daily, with the occasional quick swipe of concealer when I am rushing. This routine is truly for people with problem areas, but if you just enjoy the even coverage then you can just switch a few steps around. All of my products used are from the drugstore, but you could substitute your own precious products where needed. Let’s begin!

First, you have to use a good primer. Lately, I have been using the Alway Smart Shade Primer. I started using this because my old primer ran out and just wasn’t cutting the mustard anymore. So I went to the drugstore and saw that there was only one left of this and it looked a lot like the Stila primer so I bought it. It comes out with green and purple swirls that are supposed to cover and correct your skin. I don’t really notice it, maybe it does do that. Using a makeup wedge, put about less than a dime squirt onto the wedge and rub it all over. If you get really oily in your T-zone then apply a little extra there.

Now this step can vary depending on your skin. If you don’t have many blemishes or unwanted areas, then just skip to foundation and apply concealer if necessary. But I do have troubled skin, so I apply this concealer to my unwanted areas and blend them in with my middle finger. Applying concealer first will allow you to not use as much foundation.

For foundation it is of course the beloved Revlon Colorstay for Combination/Oily Skin in the color 110 Ivory. Yes, my paleness is verging on transparent lately. I usually apply this with the same makeup wedge that I put the primer on. I prefer makeup wedges because they are cheap, blend well, double sided, and keep everything clean. For more coverage, apply with a makeup brush. This will apply the most possible product without using too much. I typically save using the brush for special occasions or where pictures will be taken. Apply, wait for it to dry which takes about 10-15 seconds, then apply any extra concealer. This is mainly for spots you missed or the under-eye area.

When using powders you truly need to look at how much coverage you need. I prefer a loose mineral powder because it covers without caking makeup on. I really like Physicians Formula Mineral Loose Powder because it works great and is exactly like Bare Minerals. Using a powder brush just dab this across the face. Powder is used to set the face and without it the whole thing would just melt off and be pointless.

On occasions, I will apply this shimmery powder from Physicians Formula only to highlight my face more. It adds light and natural-looking shimmer. I don’t typically use this as a highlight because it does have a brightness to it that isn’t meant for every day wear. I wouldn’t recommend this for full-face wear or you might look quite odd.

Now your complexion is completely flawless! Not that it already wasn’t 😉 Just add contour, blush, or a matte highlight of your choosing to finish it off.

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