18 Jan 2014
in Simple D-I-Y
Tags: beauty, china glaze, d.i.y, diy, essie, luxury, makeup, matte nails, Nail polish, nails, Paint your nails
Personally, I think that matte nails are so chic! Applying matte and glossy nail polish adds a creative contrast to just regular ol’ nail polish. This tutorial contains two versions to create these matte nails. The steps contain hardly any materials and are effective every time. Let’s begin!
Type one: Steam
All you will need is a bowl, boiling water, and any color nail polish. Paint your nails like you normally would with any type of nail polish. Using a base coat won’t alter the tutorial, but I just didn’t do it for the sake of the experiment.
Pouring the boiling water into a bowl might be challenging with wet nails. Instead, you could just hold your hand over the water-filled pan on the stove. Be careful not to get too close or you could get steam burns, or the hot water could hit your skin. Hold for about 30 seconds with the steam getting on your nails.
Excuse the quickie paint job, but your done! Altogether it took 1-2 minutes. Applying a top coat won’t be necessary or else it will add the shine back into the nails. Using a quality polish like O-P-I, Essie, or China Glaze will prevent chipping.
Type 2: Powder
You will need a powder (baby, corn starch, or baking powder, nail polish, and a brush. This brush can just be a regular powder brush that has been freshly cleaned. Paint your nails like regular.
While your nails are still wet, dust on the powder evenly onto each nail. Leave the powder on for about one minute.
While you are waiting, wipe the brush clean with a paper towel. Brush back over the nails after the minute is up and try to remove all of the powder. This may be difficult with the hand you don’t write with!
All done! The powder was a bit more difficult than the steam just because it is difficult to get off from the corners of your nails. Both were very effective, though. Apply a design with regular nail polish and your nails are going to look amazing!
18 Jan 2014
Tags: drugstore, e.l.f., fit me, foundation, makeup, Maybelline, milani, Revlon, revlon colorstay foundation, rimmel london, skin tone
I have spent years scouring through the local drugstores to find the best products for daily usage. All of these products listed have withstood my scientific studies and have been voted my favorite drugstore products. When all else fails, these are the products to turn to. This list could go on and on, but I felt that these products were the most noteworthy. Let’s begin!
First is this Maybelline Fit Me concealer. Typically, when you go to the drugstore they only have like 3-5 concealer shades that range from really light to a deep dark color. The Fit Me collection has tons of different colors that are designed to match any skin tone. Even though this concealer is a liquid, it builds very easily and doesn’t leak into any fine lines. This product is also great for covering under-eye circles. Simply stroke the brush in downward lines and blend with a small brush.
My favorite foundation is, of course, the Revlon ColorStay foundation. This foundation is a full-coverage foundation with a matte finish. It comes in different formulas for different skin types. I use this foundation everyday and if it were ever to be discontinued I honestly don’t know what else I would wear. If you prefer a more dewy finish rather than the matte, Neutrogena Healthy Skin has a nice formula that is light and glowy.
The best blush is the Milani Blush collections. They come in either shimmer or matte. The shimmer blushes are supposed to be a highlight and blush combo, while the matte is just regular matte. Milani blushes have often been compared to Benefit blushes because the pigmentation and quality is so high. The packaging also makes them look very luxurious in your makeup container! I also really enjoy NYX blushes.
Rimmel London Natural Bronzer is one of my all-time favorite bronzers. This bronzer comes in a few colors, but all look great no matter the skin tone. Although this bronzer does have a light shimmer, the pigmentation out-weighs the shimmer. I blend this on my face with a fluffy brush and then apply my blush. This bronzer has a natural look so if you accidentally put too much on you won’t look dirty. I also really love the Covergirl bronzer that I found in the Ulta clearance.
When it came to eyeshadows, I was at a draw. My two favorite eyeshadow palette are the E.l.f. Essential Beauty School Eyeshadow Compact in Neutral and the Wet n’ Wild 8 Eyeshadow Palettes. Both come in a variation of colors. I really like this E.l.f. one because it has a combination of shimmer, sparkly, and matte colors. And the Wet n’ Wild one is a favorite because the color pay-off is amazing and if you are new to makeup, each color is labeled where to place it.
My favorite lipsticks are the Maybelline Color Sensational lipsticks. They come in these gorgeous plastic packaging and have been compared to high-end lipsticks all the time. The texture is creamy and the colors work well with all skin tones. These shades aren’t completely matte, but aren’t super glossy. My favorite lip-stain would have to be Revlon Just Bitten.
04 Jan 2014
in Product Reviews
Tags: BB cream, beauty, beauty products, dove, Garnier, luxury makeup, luxury product, luxury products, makeup, Maybelline, NYX, palette, Products, regret, reviews
Winter officially started on December 21st, ending a long and enjoyable fall. With every season that passes, more products are added to the list of products that robbed my cash. Most of these products can be bought from a drugstore, but a few are luxury. I typically scouer the internet for reviews on beauty products before I buy them, and these just didn’t cut the mustard. Let’s begin!
The first product is the Nude’ Tude palette by The Balm. This palette costs $36.00 and is known as a “luxury product”. With most luxury products you get what you paid for, but this product was so just so basic. Thankfully, I had a gift certificate so I didn’t have to spend full-price. This palette has 12 colors that go from light to dark. The colors included are highly pigmented, but they just don’t offer much. I would much rather pay a bit more for a Naked palette. The brush included is the typical grade makeup brush that accompanies palettes.
The next item is the Maybelline Big Eyes mascara. This product is an offspring from the Falsies collections and is double-ended for upper and lower lashes. I first saw the commercial for this and thought finally! My bottoms lashes are a lot smaller than my top and so it is difficult to apply with large brushes. Unfortunately, this formula smudges like crazy. I would be wearing the mascara for an hour and it would already be smudged down onto my eyelids. Eventually, I just couldn’t use the product anymore and cleaned off all the product on the brushes to use with other mascaras. The upper lash side made minimal volume. The only real steal was the bottom lash brush. This mascara costs $7.99.
The Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream is an unfortunate regret as well. This costs $12.99 and promises nutrients along with light, natural coverage. After a few uses I decided it was too much work. It did not set, it just sat on top of the skin. I do not have oily skin (quite the opposite) and it looked greasy. It needs powder to set. It does not provide much coverage and is not buildable. It will become orange and cakey looking. I also found the light shade was not light enough for my skin tone.
NYX has always been a great drugstore brand, but this gloss has got to go! This is the NYX Round Gloss and it costs around $3.00. This gloss has a good formula, yet smell like soap. Not the quality, fresh soap. The old, skin-drying soap smell. After a day of wearing it, my mouth started tasting the soap and I had to wipe it off. Old soap smell isn’t the most flattering of scents.
The final product I recieved as a sample, but was so bad it made it on the list. This is the Dove Smooth & Soft Anti-frizz Cream. Dove has started a new line of hair care items that are more than just the usual soap and shampoo. This is probably the worst anti-frizz cream I have ever used. I have naturally curly hair and with these curls comes along lots of frizz. Dove’s product made my un-frizzy hair heavy and greasy, while the frizz shows up within a half hour. Thankfully, I did not buy this product, but I have heard countless bad reviews from other beauties. Will definitely not be buying this!
04 Jan 2014
in Weekly Fashion Update!
Tags: Fashion, fashion week, floppy hat, floppy hats, hats, lookbook, NY & London Fashion week, Shailene Woodley, spring, street style, style, Weekly Fashion Update, winter
It seems that you can’t escape the flop! Floppy hats are taking the headgear world by storm. These hats aren’t just for the beach anymore. They add a retro flare to any outfit. Along with everything else from the 70s, the wide brim floppy hat is having a serious moment this upcoming Spring. All of the street style shots from NY & London Fashion week included adorable girls on the street rocking these hats with wide leg jeans, mini skirts, long dresses, white tee shirts, you name it. But how do you style one? Let’s begin!
There is some form of logic behind these floppy hats, and it consists of making sure it fits your proportions. Shailene Woodley’s outfit looks sloppy, especially since her hat doesn’t seem to fit her correctly and isn’t angled right. A good floppy hat hits your chin when the sides are pulled in toward your face.
Match the color of your hat to your outfit in a neutral way. Over-matching will overwhelm the whole concept. Suki Waterhouse’s topper adds a great final touch to her crop top and long camel coat. Wearing a hat that doesn’t match your hair color adds more depth to your face and seems more inviting.
If an outfit already has several moving pieces, a hat won’t make it any better! First plan the outfit then apply the accessories. For example, Ke$ha’s look consists of many different prints, patterns, and accessories that a floppy hat topped with flowers can’t save the day. Sorry, Ke$ha!
The final tip is for you short haired lovelies! If you are aspiring to wear a floppy hat, style your hair as usual (or just wear it natural), but try to put more volume in the front. By having short hair, your hair can get sucked up by the large hat. Don’t fear the flop!
23 Dec 2013
in Simple D-I-Y
Tags: Candy cane, candy canes, Christmas, Coconut oil, Olive oil, Peppermint, Peppermint bark, Peppermint extract, peppermint oil, Sugar
With two days away from the Christmas holiday, people are scrambling for any idea that will keep them out of the long store lines. This DIY is simple, quick, and easily under $5. This peppermint scrub is perfect for anyone and the ingredients are items typically found in your pantry. Let’s begin!
The ingredients include a jar, I used a mason jar, 1 cup of sugar (Epsom salt or sea salt can be substituted), 1/2 cup of coconut oil, 1/2 tsp peppermint extract, optional 6-7 drops of red food coloring, candy canes, and a bag to crush the candy canes in. Sugar can be substituted for salt for a more coarse texture. I simply used whole coconut and melted it down into an oil. You can buy the coconut oil separate as an oil, though.
Mix sugar, coconut oil, and peppermint oil. For a more moisturizing scrub, add about 1/2 cup of olive oil to the mixture. Olive oil isn’t necessary, but will make a more liquefied substance.
Place atleast 5-7 candy canes depending on how much scrub mix you want to make into a bag and begin smashing. I used a rolling pin to crunch the candy canes into a near powder formula. You can either drop 6-7 drops of red food coloring into the candy cane mix for brighter canes or drop the food coloring into the sugar mix.
Spoon even amounts of the mixtures into your jars and decorate them with ribbons and stick-on letters. Pick out your favorite bow and place it under the tree. Be sure that whomever you are gifting this body scrub to does not have any allergies to the ingredients. Wrap it up or simply enjoy it for yourself!
22 Dec 2013
in Who Wore it Best?
Tags: Actor, beauty, Business, Dress, Erika, Erika Christensen, Keke, Keke Palmer, Los Angeles
Naven’s Siren Gown in ‘Vegas blue’ was both worn by Keke Palmer and Erika Christensen. The question is, which wore the dress to its full potential? Keke alters the dress by shortening, adding a leg slit, and modifying the fit. She pairs it with black platform strap sandals and a light grey clutch. Keke keeps the makeup very neutral paired with a light smokey eye. Both celebs have their hair in similar up-dos consisting of low buns. Erika keeps the dress in its formal fit from the runway. She adds a pop of color with a bright red lip and larger earrings than Keke’s. The larger earrings adds more glamour to the blue gown. Erika has a black clutch and a more dramatic smokey eye. The winner of the Naven Siren Gown is…. Keke Palmer! Long, effervescent gowns absolutely need to be altered unless you have a model-like frame of 6’1 and a size 0. Keke shortens the dress and the leg slit adds a sexy touch, but isn’t so high that it is in the danger zone. Erika would have received higher marks, but the dress looks like it is too large and overpowering her small frame. Keke did a swell job pairing basic items to emphasize the gown.
22 Dec 2013
in Fitness Fun
Tags: Calorie, calories, Christmas, Christmas and holiday season, food, Health, Physical exercise, Tis the season, Weight gain, Weight loss
‘Tis the season to be jolly–and to gain weight. You spend all year working out and eating right, just for the holiday sauce to come and smother your plan with fat. Don’t let those Santa cookies and powerful punch turn your hard work into the ghost of Christmas past! Use these tips to maintain your healthy diet and stay active through this time of temptation. Let’s begin!
Most holidays are associated with certain foods. Christmas at your house might not be the same without your aunt’s green been casserole, but that doesn’t mean food has to be the main focus. Instead, throw yourself into the other rituals a holiday brings, whether it’s caroling or tree trimming. Focus on the fun and family, not the food. Drink lots of water so you won’t feel as hungry and will be more energized each day.
Skip the store-bought cookies at Christmas, but do save some calories in your ‘budget’ to sample treats that are homemade and special to your family, such as your special Yule log cake. Training yourself what to indulge in and what to skip is much like budgeting your mad money: Do you want to blow it on garbage that you can buy anywhere or on a very special, one-of-a-kind souvenir? Just don’t completely deprive yourself on festive days – your willpower will eventually snap, and you’ll end up overeating. Making your own meals also allows you to remove useless sugars and healthify your treats.
The habit: Staying physically active during the holidays. The result: Gaining less weight over the years. The proof: A study conducted by the U.S. government found adults gained, on average, more than a pound of body weight during the winter holidays – and that they were not at all likely to shed that weight the following year. (That may not sound like a lot now, but it means having to buy roomier pants after a few Christmases pass.) The good news is that the people who reported the most physical activity through the holiday season showed the least weight gain. Some even managed to lose weight. This doesn’t mean drop talking to your relatives for the gym each day. Simply add in small exercises throughout the day. Crunches, squats, and back exercises can all be done in bed or near a bed.
You may be celebrating, but that doesn’t mean that that you should send your meal plan (and your judgment) on holiday. Alcohol can interfere with your blood sugar by slowing the release of glucose into the bloodstream; it also contain a lot of calories – 89 calories per glass of white wine or champagne, 55 calories in a shot of vodka, and 170 calories in a pint of stout beer. What’s more, alcohol breaks down your inhibitions and judgment, which makes you that much less likely to resist the junk foods that you would otherwise be able to pass up. Plus make the office Christmas party one that you won’t, regrettably, be able to forget.
07 Dec 2013
Tags: beauty, Business, Consumer Goods and Services, cosmetic, eyeliner, eyeshadow, Gloss, Stocking stuffers, Ulta
The holidays are right around the corner which means buying gifts for all your loved ones. Using Naked palettes, Nars lipsticks, and Benefit blushes as stocking stuffers can really add up. Below are 5 products that equal to be $20.27 all together and can be used to create full faces of makeup. Let’s begin!
e.l.f. Essential Holiday Get The Look Set – Limited Edition $5.00
This holiday set is perfect for the makeup newbie! It comes with one eye shadow brush, black pencil eyeliner, black mascara, an eyelash curler, and one shadow available in two colors.
Essence Beauty Secrets Fancy Lashes (Ulta, $1.79)
These lashes are sure to stand out and come in a thin packaging for easy stocking storing. They are perfect for holiday parties!
Makeup Sponge Blender $3.48
Beauty Blenders are all the rage in the world of makeup, but who want to spend $20 for a little sponge? These are knock-off beauty blenders that are the same formula and under $5!
NYX Butter Gloss $5.00
NYX Butter Glosses are highly pigmented lip glosses that are so moisturizing it is like butta! These can be ordered online or at your nearest drugstore. NYX glosses have received several awards for being high quality at a low price.
e.l.f. Essential Beauty Book Eye Sets $5.00
The final product a full eyeshadow palette under $5! This e.l.f. palette comes in 3 colors: Natural, Bronzed, and Smokey, along with a primer, eye shadow brush, and eyeliner. This Beauty Book also comes with step-by-step instructions how to apply for day and night looks.
13 Nov 2013
in Product Reviews
Tags: beauty, blush brush, Color, Laguna, NARS, NARS Cosmetics, NARS Orgasm, NYX, pink color, Sephora
NARS Orgasm is one of the company’s best selling blush. So successful that NARS created a line based off of Orgasm. Blush should be applied to the apples of the cheeks with either an angled brush or a thick powder brush. Soon after Orgasm, NYX released Pinched which is nearly the same color, but a fraction of the price. This will find out which blush is worth the money. Let’s begin!
NYX Pinched is a gorgeous pink color with light flecks of shimmer. It is sold in a medium size container and costs $5.00. To get this color I didn’t have to apply much to my finger. The color is a light pink and the shimmer isn’t too noticeable on the skin. I went to my local drugstore to buy this product and was applied with an angled blush brush.
The NARS blush in Orgasm has shimmery pink tone. It is very similar, if not exactly the same to the NYX Pinched blush. This blush is $29.00 and a bit larger than the NYX blush. This casing comes with a mirror and is a compact case. NARS came out on my skin having more shimmer than the NYX. The blush also didn’t seem as pink, but if built-up would have a more pink color. To buy this product you would have to drive to the mall or your local Sephora. I already had it so I didn’t have to drive there this time.
The winning product is… NYX Pinched! The color was more potent, not overwhelmed with shimmer, and beyond cheaper. Paying $29.00 for blush isn’t really worth it to me when there is a dupe for $5.00 that is even better. NYX Pinched can be purchased at your local drugstore and is well worth it!
10 Nov 2013
in Who Wore it Best?
Tags: beauty, Graydon Carter, Gwyneth, Gwyneth P., Gwyneth Paltrow, Hair, Health, Kim K., Shopping, Vanity Fair
Two celebs, one dress, and one winner. Who wore this Pucci two-piece dress best? These two stars could have more different fashion senses. Kim K. a beautiful curvy woman enjoys embracing her curves, while Gwyneth P. enjoys lovely elegant pieces. Kim wore the dress with a longer skirt and statement earrings. She kept the hair back which added more focus onto the dress than her hair, nice touch! Gwyneth had a more cropped top and wore heels with metallic toe’s to add a spice of shimmer under the long dress. The winner? Gwyneth Paltrow. Personally, I love when curvy women embrace their body’s, but Kim K. should have altered the skirt so it wasn’t so long. Maybe it is just the picture but it looks like she is stepping on the back! Gwyneth’s more cropped top shows her toned physique and the minimal jewelry correlates with wearing her hair down.