Sunday, July 28, 2013

New Mascara!

Clump Crusher
Clump Crusher mascara was another product I received after doing the Fashion Show. It's bright green packaging gives it a fun summer feel, and the name makes a huge claim! No one likes clumpy lashes, but in order to get the volume we often want,
clumps are the price we pay from product build up for lash length.
Here is what the packaging looks like so that you can easily spot it in stores:
I rarely stray from my False Fiber Lashes mascara, but you can't pass up trying something free! Surprisingly I really love this mascara! It didn't flake all day, went on smooth and really did crush any clumpage! I love to layer my mascara. Seriously, coat after coat until I have every lash covered in product. After I know my lashes are covered, I do one or two  of what I call "shakey swipes" to try and separate the lashes as much as possible. The wand on Clump Crusher allows me to skip that step all together and have lovely evenly
 spaced lashes in less time than my old mascara.
  Here is a picture of product on one eye, and nothing on the other, check out the difference!
As of now, I would recommend this mascara, but I've only worn it once. I'll be wearing it all week to see if any clumping, drying or flaking occurs and will be back with an update if it fails me :) What's your favorite mascara?

Friday, July 26, 2013

COVERGIRL OUTLAST shine brilliant

Nail Polish Review!
At the fashion show I did back in June I received a bunch of CG products, as they were the main sponsor. I usually steer clear of polishes that are done by drugstore cosmetic lines like CG, Revlon and Maybelline because they tend to need 1000+ coats to achieve the advertised color AND they are only a few dollars less than Essie, OPI, and China Glaze (great polish brands, of which I love). Since these CG polishes were free, I figured I'd give them a shot.
stay brilliant
In Peaches & Cream

The first color that caught my eye was Peaches & Cream. Surprise, Surprise right?! I've been wearing pastel colors since February and have NOT gotten over them!
This is a light pastel orangey coraly perfect color that is a bit more fun than a "nude" peach that we are all used to. It has a subtle neon tone too without being loud, which I love! 
Overall, I love the color. It's fun for all seasons and compliments my skin tone well. I did have to apply three coats to get out the streaks and get full coverage, but the good news is that it dries surprisingly fast!
The other colors I received were tickled pink - a dark hot pinky purple. mint mojito - a pastel teal color and vio-last- a pastel/ neon purple. I am currently wearing mint mojito on my toes, I like the color and so far it hasn't chipped at all! The only thing these polishes are missing is a shine factor... they are a bit chalky and I would recommend a top coat or two!
What are your favorite polish colors?! 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

How to make a comfy spot for Client Trials!

Client Room

Today I had my first in-home bridal trial! Usually I'd go to them, or we would meet at the place we would be meeting before the wedding  / event. I was asked late last week to take over this client through another Artist that I worked with in June. They had already arranged a trial for today (Tuesday), so I went to work prepping our second room as a client room to keep our Bride on schedule! I've been wanting to do this since I've been doing a lot of before and afters for the blog so, needless to say, I was excited to have a push to do it :)
Here's what I did:
1. Spiced up the ole futon! I dressed her up and made her a couch with a few decorative pillows and a funky piece of wall art to accent. This is a sort of lounge area of any guest who may be accompanying my lovely clients.

2. Next, I created a "me" space. Picture this : my cards are out, one of my favorite candles is lit, and my phone is plugged in with a little John Mayer Pandora on :) these all help me get in my zone (yes, even the cards)!
3. Lay out the products. I was told upon getting the client that she would like something with golds and purples. So, I got out all of my palettes and shadows that catered to that specific look. I also got out all the base wear, foundation, concealer, blush, bronzer, lip stick/ gloss, mascara, and of course, clean tools!
Here's how it looked when they arrived!

After a few hours of trying different depths of shadow, two sets of false eyelashes, and multiple pictures, we were able to mentally create a list of things that were a GO and things that were just not gonna work! I can't wait for her to come back over and try a few more things out so that we can create her perfect wedding look for her big day!!

Monday, July 22, 2013

How to Contour!

Contouring 101
There are two things that frighten me in this world... 
  and this....
 Ok, Ok there are a few things that are a bit scarier, but really though...
Lindsay has left the house without BLENDING the pound of bronzer on her cheeks. There are two things wrong with that. #1, she didn't blend. #2, the bronzer is on her CHEEKS! The angle is so high that there is zero room for blush allowing for zero contouring. It looks like someone took a brown bar of chalk and smeared it along her face. Do NOT make this mistake, and if your friends let you walk around like that, they aren't friends! If you know someone who does this, stop it, STOP IT NOW!! Have the talk, lightly suggest blending, or in a motherly way, blend that smudge out for them upon seeing them. They will appreciate it, and/or get the hint!
Now, home girl #2 looks likes she got punched in both cheeks. DON'T leave your home looking like you got punched in both cheeks! The blush belongs one place, and one place only, the apples of your cheeks! Not from the apples of your cheeks to the beginning of your ears! I REPEAT, do not pull your blush out to the edge of your face. It will turn out like Christina up there, and you will either look like you got punched in both cheeks, or like you love having a big red stripe across your face (aka a crazy person).
As a side note, I love both of these girls, breakdowns and all, but they have so many better looks to attempt to copy ;)
Here's how you can contour properly
1. Blush goes (again) on the apples of your cheeks. Where are those? should see one lump that has formed under each eye. If your "lumps" aren't very big just dot a bit of blush on the center of the bulge and blend well.
* Please note, each time I tell you to blend, I mean really blend. I don't want to be able to tell exactly where the blush begins and your natural skin color is, they should become one, gradual, well blended, beautiful, glowy color *
2. Bronzer is what I most often use for contouring. I suck my cheeks in, and swipe a small amount of bronzer into the angle created by sucking my cheeks in. Look at the picture above, make sure your bronzer is at an angle! Remember, we don't want the Christina stripe in brown! I also rub a tiny amount on my temples, and blend into my hairline. Now: blend, blend, blend, EVERYWHERE! I use a small amount at first, and always check with natural light to see if I need a bit more. Natural light will help show you the true color, the one everyone will see when you are out in the world! Use it, it's free and never lies!
3. Illuminator is one of my favorite products! I use this lightly on my T-zone and cupids bow to create more definition to my face. With my face shaped by the shading of bronzer and blush, Illuminator acts as a great contrast. I use illuminator in a powder form, but there are some that come in creams and gels as well.
There you have it! Make sure you are blending ( I can't stress this enough) and these simple directions should help tremendously!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Smoothie Recipes!

Smoothies For Cheap!
Recently I've been posting , pinning and tweeting about the wonderful smoothies I have incorporated into my every day life. I purchase  most all of my ingredients in Bulk from Costco, costing a mere $20 every 2-3 weeks. The Mangos and Pineapples already come pre cut and frozen in a sealable bag. I buy the spinach bulk and it is freezable, so I divide it up into 2cup baggies and freeze. Bananas only run $1.29 for a bundle of 8, and these freeze as well!
Every time I post, at least one person asks for the recipe. Truth be told, I have many, so I will lay them all out for ya here!
Items I always use:
Spinach / Kale or Both!
1 cup Organic Apple Juice base
 5 Ice Cubes
Green Machine 
1 cup Spinach
1/2 cup Kale
1 banana
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
1/2 cup frozen mango
1 cup spinach
1/2 cup Kale
1 banana
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
1/2 cup frozen mango
2 tbsp. coconut oil
Mango Morning Glory
1 cup spinach
1 banana
1 cup frozen mango
1/2 tsp coconut oil
Pineapple Express
1 large Kale leaf
1/2 cup spinach
1 cup pineapple
1 banana
1/2 tsp coconut oil
Strawberry Peach Bananarama
1/4 cup strawberry banana yogurt
1 banana
5 frozen peach slices
*1 cup spinach optional*
I have been drinking a smoothie for breakfast (around 5am) each day, and have been full until about 12:00, not bad! They average about 350 calories, and the main source of calories is the coconut oil. Coconut Oil is high in calories and fat, BUT remember, it's the good kind! The kind your body needs and wants as opposed to the kind you get from a big ole' juicy cheeseburger!
I recommend a good blender, as greens (especially kale) can been a bit finicky when it comes to blending. I use a Ninja, and it was one of the best investments I've ever made!
 If you want to cut back on the calories because you are looking for a quick snack, nix the oil and do 1/2 cup of water + 1/2 cup of apple juice instead of 1 cup of apple juice.
Over the past few weeks I have noticed that I am not craving as many sweets ( and I am the QUEEN of ice cream and candy), I haven't been hungry as frequently and am not snacking out of boredom. I have also had more energy which is working out great with my new early morning work schedule! Also, I start my day off happy with the decision to fuel my body with fruits and veggies instead of cereal and breads. It always helps when you start your day off with good decisions :)
Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe?!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

FOTD with Sugarpill!

Sugarpill Smokey Foil!
So, tonight I am home alone with the pups and decided I needed a good new FOTD for this lovely Hump Day evening! I wanted to use Sugarpill because I don't get to use those products as much as I'd like and I truly MISS them. It was time for a much needed comeback!
Here is the look I came up with :
 First I started with white Kryolan Aquacolor as my base (as always) which I mix with saline solution to create a paint like substance. I pat this on my lids and wait a minute or two for it to set until adding color. Next, I added Half Baked and Toasted by Urban Decay to the lid to create an even thicker base for my Sugarpill bling! I then added some saline solution to the lid of Goldilux by Sugarpill, and mixed a tiny scoop of the loose pigment with the saline to create a metallic paste ( if you will). The paste is then patted softly with a stiff bristled brush onto my lid, without touching the crease. * This will be wet for a few seconds, don't touch it, don't add more color, just let it dry!* After the Goldilux is dry I cut the crease with Cork and Satin Taupe by MAC! For finishing touches I patted a bit of Lumi by Sugarpill into the corners of my eyes, lined my upper lash line, added Ardell falsies, colored my brows and added Smolder by MAC to my water line. TA DA, my eyes are done!!
 For my face I moisturized with Jergens Skin Firming Lotion and used a squirt of Matchmaster by MAC for full coverage.
 * I love starting out with my face being ALL one color, then contouring*
I then sculpted with my Blush Too Palette by Coastal Scents and added Myth lipstick by MAC with a bit of tinted gloss on top.
Here is my lid up close, so you can get a better look at the blending :
Now it's time for dinner :) a delicious green smoothie to help keep my skin healthy!! YUM!!
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Essie Polish

Nail Design
Lately I haven't been into 1 color designs. I like to wear one different color on a finger on each hand, or place a cool geometric design on a finger.
Lasts week I used tape to tape off a design for each ring finger. I painted first with a Navy color by Zoya, called Natty . After my nails were dry I took strips of tape and created my design across my nail. When placing the tape strips you need to make sure you press extra hard otherwise the top color will seep underneath and leave you sad because you don't have a crisp line! I then painted with Mint Candy Apple by Essie, let it dry, and carefully pealed away the tape.
 Here's how it came out! A little sharp angled heart :)

My next look is with Tart Deco and Set in Stones by Essie. I used Tart Deco on all of my fingers except my ring fingers, on which I used Set in Stones. Set in Stones is a very, very, very, sparkly color that you really only need 2-3 layers to make your finger look like it IS a huge diamond. I love this polish, but it is NOT fun to take off, hence why I only use it on two fingers!
I always use Double Duty by Sally Hansen as a base AND top coat which keeps my polish on perfectly for at least a week! Invest in this stuff, its really only $3 a bottle!
How do you like to do your nails?!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Nude Smokey Eye

More Bridal Trials
As the Wedding I am working this Saturday approaches, I am getting more and more excited to try new subtle looks on myself and see how they react to the camera flash!
I know the bride wants a nude, natural look which can be tricky to photograph when a flash is being used. The picture below on the left is of my normal daytime nude smokey eye... the picture on the right is a picture of a nude smokey eye that is played up in order to photograph properly! Notice the difference in the crease color. I had to use a nude color 4 -5 x deeper than my skin tone in order for the camera flash to capture the effect!

When a nude/ natural look is being used on the eyes, it is extremely important to play up the face and lips. Illuminating powder should be used on the apples of the cheeks on top of blush, as well as on the temples, nose and cupids bow. Illuminating powder helps your look from looking "flat" while being photographed. Contouring your face will also help, so chisel away! Also, even if you are a "no lip color" person such as myself, you NEED to get over it for the day, or else you will have invisible lip syndrome and be very very upset that you didn't listen to me! I don't usually do lipstick, I'm more of a chapstick person. Lip color is just too much on my huge lips, it throws people off, and Kevin hates it. However, although you can tell in the below pictures that I am wearing lip color, it isn't too much because the flash takes away a lot of the intensity. Please enjoy these silly pictures and remember this tips upon being photographed :) Good Luck!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Bestie Makeover : Before & Afters Part II

Kelly is yet another dear friend! We've been close since before I can remember and have been known for spontaneously jumping in a car and heading to WV to gamble, only to spend our winnings at the McDonalds across the street! Oh, those were the days! This girl giggles more than anyone I've ever met, and I absolutely love her for it! She also is one tough cookie, and I like a girl who isn't afraid to be herself. Again, she is yet another friend of mine with a strong personality,haha!! This morning she agreed to drive her happy little butt down to Baltimore and let me do her up before going to a family get-together with her boyfriend.
Here is Kelly's buck naked before face!
As you can see, Kelly is a babe. She is lucky enough to have beautiful silky hair, gorgeous eyes and those eyebrows that just don't seem to need any maintenance! I was SO excited to get to play with her face because she rarely wears eye makeup. This was going to be FUN!
First, I added moisturizer to her face, she has dry skin which can make concealing and placing foundation a little hard, BUT, after a few coats of lotion and some priming gel, her face was as smooth as a baby's bottom! I recommended the clarisonic to her, as that is what helped my dry skin issue around my nose. I've had that puppy for two years and have never looked back!
Once her face was set and ready, I used Visible Lift foundation all over. I love this foundation because you twist the tube and the product is dispensed onto a brush which is located at the end of the tube. This is awesome for anyone with sensitive skin because you don't have to touch your face with your fingers, and the brush is super easy to clean! I put the foundation all over her face and down onto her neck so that she didn't end up with makeup lines around her jaw!
Next was her eyes! I primed those puppies and layered them with shimmery whites, tans, pinks and peaches. Once I had a good base on the lids, I began to create a smokey look with some soft grays and rich chocolate browns. After several minutes of blending I ran liner on her top and bottom lids and finished her eyes up with mascara and illuminating powder on the inner eye and upper brow bone. After the basics are done for the eye I always like to fill in the brows lightly to give them definition and call more attention to the dramatic smokey features.
After the eyes I did some contouring and  brightening with her cheeks and added a few light NYX lip colors to define her lips. The only thing left was to spunk up her hair, so I took my wand to it and soon enough, she had a great fun new look!
Kelly, I know you are neither a morning person, or a Baltimore person, so it means a lot that you would travel over an hour to come down and let me play with your face and hair :) You are one hot lady, and I hope you have a great time at your family get together ! OWE OWE!

Bestie Makeovers: Before and Afters!

Kristine and I instantly became friends upon meeting. We both worked our butts off at a local coffee house and pushed each other to do well in the classes we shared together. We both are loud, energetic and constantly smiling, so naturally whenever she is around, I know a good time is to be had! We grew up and went to Towson together and now live 15 minutes apart :) there have been times when we haven't spoken for months, but it's never stopped us from picking right back up where we left off and filling each other in on our life's adventures! Finally being so close to me again, she agreed to let me practice on her for an upcoming wedding I'll be doing, here's how it all went down!

Here is her buck naked before picture!

As you can see, she's got great freckled skin, a cute button nose and a great smile! Making her even prettier was going to be a toughy! She's always worn heavy mascara on her amazingly long lashes (swoon) and I rarely see her without makeup, so it was interesting to get to play her up in a different way.
First, we started with a fresh clean face that we primed to prepare for the major makeup. I also concealed her lids, under eyes and mouth area, as those areas have the most redness/ visible veins on our face.
I went with a very soft brown smokey eye that I layered just about every brown shadow I could find onto, and then cut the crease with a bit of black. After some black liner on the top and bottom lashes and three coats of mascara, her eyes were done!
For her face I used true match foundation all over and set it with e.l.f. HD powder. It is very important when you have a lighter skin tone and freckles to blend your foundation down into your neck. You also don't want to completely cover your freckles, let em' show, otherwise you can get a cakey look. I contoured her face with concealer that was a few shades deeper than her regular skin tone, along with bronzing powder and a fluffy brush.
The final touches included filling her eyebrows with a light brown powder brow filler and going over the apples of her cheeks, forehead, chin and eyes with illuminating powder. I topped off the makeup by gaving her a light lip color to keep the attention on her eyes!
Lastly, she was going out on a date and mentioned never being able to curl her hair, so with the help of a wand, I gave this baby some bomb curls that held for her all night despite the 100 degree weather! YAY! :)
Here is the after picture!

Kristine, my love, I am so happy you let me get you dolled up for your date. You are a babe and I hope you let me continue to try new ideas on you :) I love you!!

More pictures from our session!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Gettin Festive for the Fourth!

Here's the look I'll be sporting to show my Love for my country, if you like it, read along and find out what I used and how I achieved this look :)
As you can see, I went for blue and white eyes and red lips. I'll take you from start to finish
1. Start with a nice clean face. Right out of the shower, I apply Jergens Skin Firming lotion ALL over, including my face and neck. This lotion smells lovely and moisturizes all day long. Make sure you moisturize, and of course, if you will be outside, smear on that sunscreen!
2. While your moisturizer is setting/ drying, gather your products! I decided beforehand what look I would be achieving, so I went to my handy dandy cart  o' makeup and pulled out my best white and blue products! I also of course used my Kryolan Aquacolor, in white. Check it out here!
3. Paint your lid with Kyrolan Aquacolor. Once it dries pat on any type of white eye shadow you have, I used Tako by Sugarpill. Make sure the white is EVERYWHERE! This is going to be the base of the whole look.
4. Take any blue you have and run it in the crease. BLEND! Next, you want to smoke it out a bit by connecting the crease to the lower lash line by making a < or > shape, depending on which side you are working on. Blend.Blend.Blend!
5. Take any kind of black eyeliner and line your top lid, getting as close as possible to your lash line. This is ESPECIALLY important if you will be using false lashes. Once the top is done, go ahead and line the bottom waterline. 
6. Since darker colors are very apparent when fallout has occurred, you are going to want to take a fluffy brush and go back over the inner corner of your eyes with white, to keep that area nice and bright!  
7. Time for foundation! Take your every day foundation and apply as normal. I recently purchased HD powder by e.l.f for a whopping $6, and brushed that over my foundation to keep it in place. You can also contour your face with bronzer and apply blush. *tip: when using a matte finishing powder you always want to use a highlight overtop to keep your face from looking flat*
8. Time for the lips! Line those puppies with any red liner you have, and apply your red lipstick! If your lipstick doesn't have any shine to it, apply a clear coat on top OR a red gloss!!
TADA! There you have it! If you want curls, dry your hair with a defuser, straighten out the top 3 inches or so, near your roots. Curl the rest with a curling wand, start the curl 3 inches from the root so that the top of your hair is still straight. I separate my hair into three tiers, and section those tiers into about 4, 2 inch pieces. After your whole head is curled, turn your locks upside down and give em a good shake! Finish with a spritz of hairspray and a shiny gloss spray :) Tie up with bandana and you're good to go!
Have a Happy, Safe 4th of July! 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Healthy Smoothie!

Green Goodness
 I always post ways to make you look great by using products, but today we are going to talk about a way you can get great skin and feel wonderful by putting good things into your body!
Recently I've been making smoothies for breakfast and/or lunch replacements. After about a week I have to say that I feel pretty great. I have more energy, and don't feel bad after one of these "replacements". I also feel way less bloated and all around heavy, and I'm full for a very long time after one of these bad boys!
Here's the before picture of my delicious healthy blend
Lean Green Day Conquering Machine Smoothie
1 handful of frozen peaches ( 5 slices or so, equivalent to 1 small peach)
1/4 cup of yogurt ( Greek strawberry banana or Yoplait smooth style strawberry banana)
1 cup organic all natural 100% apple juice
1 handful of spinach leaves (nix the stems)
1 medium sized banana
1 packet of Truvia
5-6 ice cubes
Here is the final product Picture:
This smoothie is delightful and gives you a healthy heaping of everything you need to kick-start your body, bright and early! Along with the smoothies I've been tracking my water intake and am trying to get as close to 10 glasses of water as possible.
What do you do to feel good!? Do you have a favorite supplement, shake or smoothie?