Makeup Expiration Dates!

Unfortunately, all good things must come to end, resulting in makeup expiration dates. Once makeup goes past a certain amount of time, the colors can start separating and breaking off mutating into an unwanted product. Makeup should be used up or replaced within this time. Let’s begin!

Mascara’s lifetime is between 2-3 months. If you continue everyday wear then you will finish within a month. Signs to ditch that mascara is if the formula starts hardening, clumping, or smelling really weird. Sharing mascara can promote bacteria growth causing the expiration date to arrive sooner than planned.

The shelf-life of lotion is about 2 years. A change in color or scent is a dead giveaway for expired lotion. Go for a bottle with a pump rather than one in a jar. Lotion with a pump is less prone to airborne bacteria meaning it will last longer because is much more sanitary.

Foundation and concealer only live for 6-12 months. The average daily foundation wearer goes through 2-3 foundation bottles per year. If it has separated into layers or the color has lightened, it’s time to buy a new one! Tip: Keep makeup out of sunlight. UV rays can destroy preservatives which will make your products spoil faster.

Lipstick and lip-gloss have an expiration date of 2 years for lipstick and 1 year for lip-gloss. If you notice your lipstick has become dry or your gloss is extra sticky, they’ve probably gone bad! Testing out shades at the makeup counter is totally fine but NEVER apply directly from the tube. Ask an associate to disinfect it for you then apply with a disposable applicator.

Eye shadows, powders, and blushes last up to 2 years. Expired powders tend to be more dry and flaky than new ones. Invest in a cosmetic sanitizer and brush shampoo! Cleaning your makeup and tools on a regular basis will help prevent both bacteria growth and breakouts!

My Nightly Beauty Routine!

Usually, I do this same infamous routine every night. It consists of fully removing all makeup, prepping my skin, cleansing, and moisturization. Some nights I may add a natural face mask or a gentle teeth whitener. This process does not include my shower though. I like to fill my evenings with relaxing music and good products. Let’s begin!

To begin, I take off both my eye makeup and face makeup with Clean & Clear Facial Cleansing Wipes. They are oil-free and do a great job of fully removing all makeup. I don’t typically use liquid makeup remover unless I have a lot of eye makeup, for example liquid eyeliner. If I have lipstick, I will make sure to remove all of it fully so that it doesn’t stain my lips overnight.

For my face I use the Dermalogica Oil/Normal Skin Care Kit. It can be purchased at Ulta and Sephora and comes in various sets according to your skin type. Within the stores there are skin-matchers who test your skin for free to find the perfect kit for you. Within it comes a Special Cleansing Gel, Multi-Active Toner, Skin Prep Scrub, Active Moist, and Total Eye Care. First, I scrub the Skin Prep Scrub with clean hands all over my face to remove any excess dirt or makeup from the day. I wash it off with a warm wash cloth and use my facial brush the gently apply the Special Cleansing Gel. I use a Face Secrets facial brush that I got from Sally’s Beauty Supply for less than $3.00. I rinse that off with the same warm rag and spritz my face with the Multi-Active Toner. While that dries I brush my teeth and then apply the Active Moist moisturizer.

Next, I apply Vaseline on my lips and eyelashes, Massaging Vaseline helps my eyelashes to grow longer and thicker. Every other night I will apply a hair mask to my hair. Lately, I haven’t found the perfect hair mask so if you have any recommendations comment down below.

Before bed, I usually french braid my hair down. In the morning when I undo the braid I will have big voluminous curls that were heat-free. If I want to wear my hair straight tomorrow, I will straighten it in the evening so that I don’t have to waste time in the morning straightening it. This process saves me tons of time in the morning.

After all of these facial steps, I lay in bed and apply Organix Coconut Milk & Hibiscus lotion. This lotion smells like the Carribean with a gentle scent of coconuts. I also like the Organix lotion with Cherry Blossom and Rice Milk. I apply this to my arms, legs, feet, and hands. This product isn’t greasy and dries quickly. I prefer lotions that dry quickly because they don’t leave my hands slippery.

And after a long day, I like to unwind with Tazo Calm Tea and either a good book or some good TV. With my doggies by my side, I know it will be a relaxing night!

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!

Oatmeal Skin Remedy

Do you know that oatmeal is an incredible cleanser for the skin? It has the ability to relieve itchiness, redness of acne, dryness and minor irritations. It absorbs and removes dirt & impurities whilst exfoliating the skin gently without all the harmful chemicals (found in a lot of our skincare products). It also helps the skin to fight against free radicals because it’s so abundant in anti-oxidants. Result? Smoother, clearer and brighter skin without the big bucks. If you have redness or irritation, it could be due to the chemicals in the products you use. Oatmeal is a chemical-free way to heal your skin and fills it with anti-oxidants. Let’s begin!

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For supplies, all you will need is plain oatmeal, a sink, and a hand, preferably your own hand. Now, take a hand-full of oatmeal and enclose it into your fist. Run the fist under a sink of running lukewarm water. Keep it there for about 30 seconds then turn the water of and open your hand. Now, squeeze out the water from the oatmeal into your other hand and rub that liquid on your face. This will help open your pores so the oatmeal can fully cleanse. Start rubbing the oats onto your face into circular motions. The circular motion will help get the blood flowing to your face. After a minute of cleansing, wash off with lukewarm water and pat dry.

Afterwards, your skin should feel clean and be glowing, but you are not done yet. Apply a gentle moisturizer to help maintain the subtle glow on your face. If you like the oatmeal on your face, then why stop there! Weekly oatmeal baths can give you softer skin. Just strain out the oatmeal and have the liquid, or use the oats as a scrub.

Beauty Travel Guide 101

Finally! An extended period of time where you don’t have to worry about what meeting to go to, what day it is, and whose calling my phone. Yes, traveling can be thrilling, but if you didn’t pack accordingly it could get frustrating. To go on a relaxing vacation, you simply don’t need 5 suitcases just for makeup. You’ve finally picked your perfect destination (sunny beaches, snowy mountains, lakeside resort, etc.) and have your tickets ready to go. But you just need to do one important thing – pack! How will you fit all of your clothes, shoes, and toiletries without being forced to pay excess baggage fees? Especially for you fashionistas who try to pack your whole closet. My tips and tricks will ensure that your luggage won’t be the burden on your trip Let’s begin!

First, lay out only the clothes that you need. Packing 3 pairs of shorts, 1 pants or jeans, 2 dressses, 4 shirts, a belt, heels, undergarments, and sneakers are the perfect outline. If you are going to the beach, don’t bring Louboutins. Try to be sensible. Whenever I go on vacation in the summer, I always bring rubber flip-flops. These are waterproof, sturdy, and work great as shower sandals. Make sure the shoes are already broken-in that you do bring because blisters aren’t fun. This picture shows packing for my friend’s wedding months ago. This amount of clothing lasted a little over 2 weeks. Yes, I did wash my clothes, but didn’t need a different pair of shorts each day. Plan to bring mix-and-match outfits and bathing suits.  On my most recent vacation, I only brought 2 dresses; one for the club, one sundress. All of these clothes can fit in a medium-small suitcase and can fit as a carry-on. The perfect amount for traveling.

For toiletries, only bring the items you need. Tagging along the family size bottle of lotion you haven’t use in years isn’t the best. Opt for travel size items, especially for flights. I went on a flight years ago and I didn’t really know of the 6 oz liquids rule. And all of my toiletries got thrown in the garbage for being over 6 oz. Putting your toiletries in clear traveling bags are flight securities best friend. It let’s them go through it easily and quicker. They can be found at Ulta or your local drug store. For makeup, palettes are your best friend. I usually accompany the Naked palette with my usual foundation, loose powder, peach blush, and a lipstick palette. Using palettes creates less makeup clutter.  Bring the stuff you can’t go a day without, not a year without.

And that’s it! You are now ready to board that plane, bus, train, ship, or car and soak in your fabulous get-away. I posted some of my vacation photos for your reading enjoyment. As you can tell, many of my friends are photography majors. Comment below your dream vacations!

Pool party at a friend’s condo.

On the main beach.

Beach at night. So pretty!

At the beach house.

Hardest picture to take EVER!

Shout-out to my lovely  friend, Tiffany, for taking this with her waterproof camera 🙂

 

The Best Eye Makeup For Your Eye Color

Picking from what seems like an army of eye makeup shades on store shelves can feel like a perplexing task, but instead you can rely on certain hues that are guaranteed to work for your eye color. Much like a simple ribbon that pulls together and brightens wrapping paper for a gift, eye shadow can make your natural eye color pop! Every eye is different and beautiful. Whether it’s a bright green or a deep brown. These simple styles can help your eyes stand out. Let’s begin!

For blue eyes:

Day: Warm shades of gold brighten the blue hues in your eyes. Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo in the color of Bold Gold, $5.59.

Night: Sweeping a dark grey smokey eye across your lids creates an inviting sultry look. Adding a light grey highlight in the corner of your eyes really makes those baby blues pop. Covergirl Eye Enhancers in the color Smoke Alarm, $3.48.

 

For brown eyes:

Day: Blending a shimmer-bronze or taupe eye shadow on lids and the lower lash line brings out gold flecks in the iris. Loreal Paris Infallible, $6.99.

Night: First apply your favorite black mascara, and then apply an aubergine mascara just on the lash tips—the interplay of shades is subtle yet stunning. Medusa’s Make-up Mascara, $7.00

 

For green eyes:

Day: Apply copper eye shadow to lids and the bottom lash line, and then wet your brush and go over the color to moisten it, which will intensify both the shadow and your eye color. NYX Single Eye Shadow in the color Copper, $5.00.

Night: To accent with a touch of playful color, wet an eyeliner brush and apply a deeply pigmented purple shade to the top and bottom lash lines only. Or if you’re daring, sweep the vibrant hue over the entire lid. Rimmel Glam’ Eyes HD Quad Eye Shadow Palette in the color Purple Reign, $5.68.

 

 

For hazel eyes:

Day: Wear a creamy or glossy nude shadow similar to your skin color all over lids, which will make your hazel eyes appear to slightly change colors depending on what you’re wearing.

Night: Use an antique gold to bring out the amber flecks in your eyes, or if wearing other eyeshadow colors, apply amber gold in the spot just straight over the pupil for the same effect. BareMinerals Mini Eyecolor in the color Radiant Rebecca, $6.50.

 

If you have dark eyes or just want to brighten your eyes, focus on blending light around the eyes, and stay away from muddy colors that will look overdone with dark lashes, brows and eyes. Apply concealer on lids to brighten the base, and try shimmery beige tones or a nude pencil along the inner rim of eyes. Everyone’s eyes are different, but these techniques are guaranteed to bring out the natural beauty of your eyes.

How To Grow Luscious, Healthy Eyelashes

After years of continuously gluing fake lashes and applying countless strokes of mascara, eyelashes look quite dull. The limp fibers seem to be of no use at their natural state. These days, not many people even wear their own lashes in the public eye. I was one of those gals who would spend the extra time in the morning just to get the perfect line of glue on my upper lash line. Being a frequent user of eyelash growth serums, I feel everyone’s pain. Back in my cheerleading days, I was one of the ladies who would catch the girls being thrown in the air, known as a base. One day, as she was coming down her foot flew back, striking me in the eye. When I finally was able to open my eye I felt soft little hairs all over my face. Those little hairs were no other than my top row of right eyelashes. I searched high and low for a remedy that would regrow them as fast as possible. It almost sounds too good to be true: Swipe an applicator over your eyelids and you’ll grow enviably thick, longer eyelashes. That’s what eyelash growth enhancers – both over-the-counter and prescription – claim to do. And if you’ve lost your lashes, growing new ones isn’t just for cosmetic appeal. Using serum after serum, until eventually I found a cure right in front of my face. This remedy is quick, easy, and extremely affordable. Let’s begin!

To begin this process, you will only need one item: petroleum jelly. This product can be found in local drug stores or even some grocery stores. I bought Vaseline Petroleum Jelly for only $2.99 at my local drug store. I recommend doing this process right before you go to bed because you need all of your makeup from the day to be removed from your face. It also helps to have a clean canvas to work on, so washing your face is recommended.

 

 

First, take a finger size of jelly and rub it between your fingers. This will heat up the petroleum jelly making it moisturize a lot better. Close one eye and gently rub this along your top lash line. Avoid any contact with the inside of your eye. If you do make contact with the jelly and your eye, wash eye out immediately and read label for further precautions. Continue rubbing and massage the jelly on your eyelashes as if you were applying mascara with your fingers. Proceed and apply to the lower lash line as well.

If you have a desire to enlarge your eyebrows, then you can also apply this to the needed areas. This will lubricate the hair follicles and help produce growth. Every person has a different rate of hair growth, but this treatment has a high guarantee of working. Petroleum jelly is a very moisturizing product and is used all over the world. It is used as a base product of many lotions and skin treatments. Your eyeballs and eyebrows may seem greasy now, but in the morning they will be soft and supple. Within a few weeks results should be noticeable.

Petroleum jelly can also be used to lubricate chapped hands, lips, and soften the finger cuticles. It reduces the amount of moisture loss and is a very inexpensive, efficient purchase. Petroleum jelly is truly an item to have in your pantry. Who doesn’t want long lashes and soft skin?

Prom is in the Air!

Prom, short for promenade, is what little girls dream about daily. When I was in high school I only got to go to prom once due to that I graduated early. When I did attend the theme was “California Dreaming”. Which no one knew how to dress according to the theme and once we got there the decorations were like old Hollywood. Prom is truly one night where you just feel free. Surrounded by your friends, date, and ready to make the best memories of the school year. In order to have a good time, a lady must overcome obstacles. Finding the perfect dress, finding the perfect makeup that won’t melt off your face from dancing the night away, etc. Much like a prom scavenger hunt.  This makeup look is my favorite and is guaranteed to last the entire night. Let’s begin!

First using Make Up Forever HD Microperfecting Primer, I spread this across my face. I usually buy the green primer and use one squirt on my whole face. If you are prone to be greasier in certain areas, like your t-zone, then apply a small bit more in those areas. The green primer is more beloved than white because the green works along with your foundation to cover up anything from blemishes to sun damage. It really keeps the face together the whole night.

 

 

Next is the foundation. The foundation I recommend can be used for prom and also every day wear. I wear it every single time I wear foundation and I truly adore it. It is Revlon ColorStay foundation for combination/oily skin. I like it because it contains salicylic  acid which helps fight breakouts. This foundation shows up great in photos as well. It doesn’t get splotchy or shiny. I apply this using a foundation brush all over my face. I will use a Covergirl concealer to my under-eye area and any blemishes or troublesome spots. This face mix sets fantastic with Neutrogena press powder. Using a thick powder brush, gently apply this powder to your face.

 

 

If you have an issue with your brows then using the Benefit Brow Duo shadow set gently shade in your desired shape. I do not have to shave in my eyebrows because they are already voluptuous, but if you have to this set has amazing reviews by everyone I know. It has two colors inside that help you get the preferred shape. For gently blushed cheeks I applied Bobbi Brown blush in the color Nectar on the apples of my cheeks using an angled blush brush. I applied just enough to add definition to my face, but not consume the whole look. This color is completely matte and is a gorgeous color. I don’t apply a highlight on my face or contour, but if you do it will bring more shape to your face. Afterward I primed my eye lids using Urban Decay’s Eye shadow Primer. Priming the lids will ensure that the makeup doesn’t ooze off your face mid-prom from all that dancing. Eye shadow time! For my eyes I will be using the NAKED2 palette by Urban Decay. I use this palette for everything from formal events to going into town.

 

 

First, cut off two 1 inch rectangles of household tape and from the corner of the eye to the edge of the brow tape it down. As weird as this process sounds, it will ensure the eye shadow will have a winged flare. Using a flat shadow brush, pat Verve across the lid. The names of each shadow are found below the shadow in the palette. Apply Tease with a medium fluffy brush to the outer 1/3 of the eye, blending outwards towards the tape. Using a blending brush, apply YDK into the crease and outer portion of the lid. Smudge busted in the outer lash liner and apply a small amount into the crease. Apply Blackout to the lower lash line with a liner brush and the top line. You could also apply liquid liner to the top liner if needed. For an inner eye highlight I highly recommend using Ellis Faas Light Pen. Apply this to the inner corners of the eye to lighten your eyes. The shimmer in this brings out the color pigments in your eyes. Taking off the tape, the shadow should have a sharp wing to it. If you would like more sparkle to it, add a shimmery shade to the middle of the lid.

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For eyelashes the choice is either natural or fake. Since this event is very formal I would recommend using fake, because it shows up a lot better in pictures. For long-lasting lashes, I recommend using any Kiss eyelash product. I have used them for years and they have never un-glued themselves unexpectedly from my eyelids.

Since this eye shadow is a more dramatic look, for lips I will apply and lighter color. Using Mac lipstick in the color Myth, apply this to your lips. For bigger looking lips, take a white liner pencil and outline the cupids bow on the top lip and the middle thickest part of the lower lip. This will highlight your lips when picture taking time comes around.

And that’s it! You are officially prom ready. Along with the gorgeous dress, every girl needs to bring essential items. For inside the clutch, I recommend bringing cover-up, blotting facial papers, your cellphone, money, I.D, a camera, keys, and, of course, your tickets to get inside prom. For many girls, prom is a night like no other, and I wish everyone the same for their prom experience.

Recently, my cousin went to prom and here I did her makeup with the same look, but added orange to compliment her dress. Have fun!

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