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Makeup Tips & Tricks That REALLY Work!

He ya’ll so last week I read a blog by Oh! Apostrophe (who by the way is the darlingest thing ever so do go check her out!) and she had re-blogged about this 30 day makeup challenge where you have a different task to do daily.

At first I was all psyched, like “Yeah, cool got me some new ideas! Totally gonna do this! ” (said in radical white surfer dude voice), but here I am four days later and well, lets just  say it….FAIL! 🙂

So what I decided to do instead was pick and choose the tasks that I liked best and share my idea with you all. The first one that stood out to me the one about sharing tips and tricks that I may know….so here I go:

1. Concealer brushes were made for a reason! While I do believe you can use any brush for any task you want, concealer brushes are that perfect size to cover your problem areas. So ladies put down the spatulas, and brushes the size of your head and just use the tiny brush (or ur finger) to only cover the problem area. You save product and you avoid the cake face. So conceal, dab dab dab to blend edges…done

2. Clear Mascara isn’t just for your lashes! It is also a great brow setter and a quick way to make your wispy fly-away hairs stay in place.

3. Lipstick is a multi-tasker! Lips, cheek stain, eye primer…it does it all.

4. Gloss=gorgeous lips! Just dab some gloss in the center of your bottom lip and BAM! sexy lips…OH add a small highlight to your cupids bow for extra plumpness

5. Bronzer is your friend! I was never a bronzer girl cause I always feared looking like Snooki or overdone. However, with the right color I found it can do wonders. Applied in a “3” motion on my round face and then WATCH OUT sexy face! (Plus I can now hide my double chin without dieting 🙂  OOOOO and if you dont want a powder bronzer, just buy a foundation colors a few shades darker and tada you got your self a liquid bronzer

6. Look wide-eyed with white: I think everyone already knows that if you put white liner on your lower inner lid that it will make your eyes look wider and alert. For me I find the white to be too harsh, so I  use a nude pencil which works the same way 

7. Baby Powder/Baking Soda to the rescue: If you are a grease ball or just lazy and don’t like washing  your hair, use baby powder or baking soda to suck up all the oils in  your head. Get a small amount, work it into roots, comb out, done! (more suitable for lighter hair)

8. STOP smiling when applying blush! This is as an old school trick that we have all used but need to stop. When you smile your cheeks are higher, when you stop smiling they go back down. So while you might have thought you just applied some sexy blush to your gorgeous cheeks…think again because now its down to your jowls 🙂

9. Use mascara to cover your pesky greys! Enough said.

10. Make your own tinted moisturizer! Foundation+ Moisturizer=$ saved 

11. Make your OWN exfoliator: Recipes everywhere online but basically sugar+oil/lotion= cheap natural alternative

12. No SPF for photos! I know this is controversial, but in order to avoid the ghost face in pictures, avoid makeup with titanium dioxide or SPF. Usually the setting powder is the culprit.

13. Brush your lips! For smooth kissable lips, gently exfoliate your lips with your toothbrush to buff off all the icky dead skin and apply a balm to finish off.

14. Layer you Mascara! Love the idea of water proof mascara but hate taking it off? Well first apply a regular mascara and then top it with a waterproof one. This way the water  proof formula locks onto the regular mascara and not your lashes making it easier to remove 🙂

15.Instant facelift! Go look at yourself in the mirror and smile. anywhere you see a shadow (upper and lower lip, corner of eyes) apply a small amount ofshimmer or off white color to give you a quick pick me up effect 🙂

16. Base coat and buff your nails! If you have ever worn nail polish only to find it stained your nails once you removed it, don’t worry. Simply use a buffer to remove the stain and apply a base coat next time.

17. Burn you pencil Liner! When your pencil  liner dries out or breaks and you can’t sharpen it, use a lighter to gently warm up the tip and within seconds, you got a functioning pencil.

18. Starighten Up! For extra volume when straightening hair, pull hair up and away from scalp instead of straight down for instant volume

19. Suck a finger! NOW DONT YOU ALL GET ANY WRONG IDEAS! LOL! when you wear a darker lipstick they have a tendency to get on your teeth. To avoid that after you have applied the lipstick, put you finger in your mouth like a lollipop, close mouth and pull finger out.  All the excess color will have come off on your finger 🙂

So ladies, these are just a few tips for you all to try if you  didn’t already know them, I have TONS more to share  with you all, but I would love to read about your tips and tricks so please do share in the comments or make a post of your own 🙂

MASSIVE $255 MAKEUP HAUL!!!!

Oh dear lord, what have I done!!! Yes, you read right, my dumb butt just bought $255 worth of makeup. WHAT!!! But to save face, I swear it wasn’t ALL my fault. The evil lady at ULTA, distracted me with her caked on makeup and spiderlashes and fooled me into buying stuff I didn’t even need:)

I went in originally to buy some higher end products for my lovely mother. It’s her birthday in a few days, and gosh darnit, the woman deserves some pretty products as well. However, I got selfish. Whoops. If you’ve been to ULTA then you know that they sell higher end products on one side and drugstore products on the other. So jee, hmmm where do you think I ended up? Yup!

I practically skipped to checkout line thinking I had done fairly well, but when the handsome man behind the counter said ” That will be $255″ I literally passed out. Seriously, my evil sister who I only see every other month and had egged me on to buying half the stuff, literally had to grab my hand, cause I was seeing stars before my eyes.

Sighhh……so what does one get with that much money? Not much.

Ladies, ladies, ladies. Luckily ULTA has a really good return policy, because there is no way I could live with myself if I spent 1/3 of my rent money on MAKEUP! I mean I love cosmetics, but I love a roof above my head more 🙂 And, yes some of you may be thinking, why didn’t I just return some products then? Well, soorrry,I got I selfish again. I thought it would make for some reviews, so be prepared 🙂

ELF Studio Line Blushes with Swatches

Okie dokie, so the last couple of nights, I have been up till almost 1am reading beauty blogs. Why? I don’t know, I’m just weird like that, but because of my sudden fascination with reading blogs, I have gotten a good feel about what products people are blogging about. One surprisingly controversial product I have  read about are the E.L.F Studio Line Blushes. While some girls swear by them, others loathe them. So here’s my review, hope it helps y’all out 🙂 (Yup, a Cali girl just said y’all)

Okay so I own three of the Studio Line blushes:

s:

Tickled Pink: A gorgeous baby pink, that can be built up to a true cotton candy color (this is my current favorite)

Candid Coral: A beautiful coral/peachy color. It is VERY similar to NARS Orgasm. It has small shimmer particles making it a really nice highlight on darker toned women. I usually layer this over other colors for a nice glow.

Blushing Rose: This is really nice berry colored blush. I use mostly around the holidays, but it’s still a great buildable color. This one has small gold flecks which look really nice when they catch the light, yes even on oily skin 🙂 Don’t worry they are so small, you won’t look like a disco ball.

Packaging: The blushes come in a rectangular black case. In my opinion the packaging is a knock off of the NARS, packaging, but then again, most of E.L.F’s packaging is a knock off of a higher brand. Becareful when handling these blushes they break very easily. As you can see from my pictures, I’ve done some damage 🙂

Product: Here’s where the trouble begins. While some girls complain that the blushes are to rough and chalky, others rave that they are so pigmented and soft. In my opinion, it depends on the color. While some colors are chalky and others are soft, I feel they are all very wearable and workable. For example, on of favorite blushes is Tickled Pink. It’s a light baby pink, gorgeous color, but it is very chalky. I have to swipe with my brush a few times to get some color, but the color that I do get is really really nice.

Price: $3 USD

Overall: It’s a luck of the draw. I personally love theses blushes because they are so cheap, blendable and versatile. Yes, some of the blushes are chalky and maybe a little difficult to work with, overall, E.L.F offers a beautiful range of colors, that you really can’t hate on. So, in my opinion, I would say give these blushes a try, all you gotta loose is $3, and when you compare it to some of the $25 USD that the blushes are dupes are for, these are a real steal. Plus, they are surprising very long lasting. For a girl, whose face looks greasy within and hour, these blushes last me all day without fail 🙂

🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

PS: Sorry for the low quality pictures, bad lighting + cheap camera = bad pictures

TAG! Ur it! Beauty Secrets Tag

Okay so she doesn’t know it yet, but Fancieland is my new BFF 🙂 Without sounding too stalkerish, I love this girls posts and I think she’s the more calmer version of myself. A few minutes ago she posted a beauty tag, and duhhh, I had to respond!

1. What is one product that makes your feel like a million dollars?

Pshhh, right off the back I’m conflicted. If we are talking about makeup, then it HAS to be my Maybelline Falsies mascara. In my mind I always think that people will be so distracted by my fabulous lashes, that they won’t notice my dark circles and giant zit 🙂

If it’s clothing, then it’s gotta be my heels! Mind you I couldn’t walk in heels if my life depended on it, but I love them and own waaaay to many pairs 🙂

2. What is your skin care secret?

For YEARS I have been using St.Ives Apricot Scrub. Products have come and gone, but this has been a staple item. I have ridiculously oily skin that is prone to blemishes. So when I wear makeup, it is very important that I remove my makeup every night. Then about three times a week I exfoliate to clean off the dead skin cells and clean out my pores.

3. Share your hair care secret.

Like my awesomely slick face, I have oily hair….yuck! However, because I have naturally oily hair, I also have long hair. The oil provides natural nutrients for my scalp to grow healthy hair. So given this, I always thought any extra oil was my enemy, buuttt, recently I discovered the power of Almond Oil. About once every two weeks, I give my scalp a nice massage with the oil, leave it in for a few hours and I’m set for the rest of the month with gorgeous, soft, healthy hair.

4. What is your biggest diet rule?

Arghhh… this is where my  friendship with Fancieland ends 🙂  While she’s naturally too skinny, I’m naturally overweight and have always been so. But I made a commitment this year to put my health first and have actually been successful at loosing some weight and gaining some muscles. What’s been my motivation is I actually took “Before” pictures of myself. So on the days I feel down and frustrated, I look at the pictures and in a weird sadistic way, the pictures motivate me to keep going.

As far as actual diet, snacking has made the biggest difference. I read an article a few months ago that  said something about how is your body going to burn anything if there is nothing to burn. That really stuck with me, SO instead of  2 or 3 big meals, I eat about 5 small meals, this way my body is constantly working to burn the calories, instead of storing.

5. Any workout tips?

Do what you like! I hate running, so I avoid the treadmill. However, I love weight training and cycling, so those are the things that I do regularly at the gym. I mean come on, if you hate someone, I doubt you would want to hang out with them, same thing applies when working out.

6. Which perfume is your secret weapon?

I’m not much of a perfume person. No, I don’t stink, I do use deodorant, but I’m a lotions kind of girl, especially Bath & Body lotions, yumm!

7. Show us a clothing item that always turns heads.

My 7 forallmankind Jeans. Love them! Finally found a brand that fits my curves the way they were meant to  be  shown off. SECRET TIP: NOOOO way will I pay more than $40 for a pair of jeans. That’s just me, I’m cheap like that. I get these high-end jeans at TJ Maxx, for $5-$25 a pair!!!

8. What is your most treasured piece of jewelry?

I love the bling!!!!!! My current obsession is hoop earrings with small hanging  diamond balls   (eww…get ur mind out of the gutter 🙂

9. Who is your style crush?

I’m a mentally promiscuous person. Now, before you get all judgmental let me explain. I have a very undefined sense of style. Some days I’m a jeans, t-shirt and converse kinda girl, others I am a hippie chic, and yet others I’m a glamazon. So I don’t really have a style crush but I do like a bunch of different celebrity styles, but this is also always changing.

However, I’m obsessed with Marc Jacobs!!! More so for the person versus the brand, because I mean come on who else can rock neon blue hair with a pink dress. Yup.

10. Tell us something we don’t know about you.

I loooooove Disney. If I wasn’t a graduate student, I swear I would be a pretty princess at Disneyland! Seriously! Now without sounding like a Match.com ad, here are some others things about me: I’m scared of birds, I love chocolate, I’m obsessed with all things beauty, I love shoes, my eyes change colors depending on my mood, I live in California (totally just sang the Katy Perry song in my head, and now you will too!), my sister is my best friend, I played soccer in high school, I love reality tv shows (shhhhhh!), I have like 10 celebrity crushes, my ethnicity is Indian and my dog Lucky is the LOVE OF MY LIFE! Big boy turns 10 this year 🙂

 

Ok………..too much information 🙂 Now its your turn, I would love to read about who you all are!!! SO go on, stop thinking “naaahh not me.” Just push new post and start typing 🙂

 

Beauty Rush Glossy Shinestick

Ohhhhh Victoria’s Secret how you did me wrong!!!! You suckered me in with your yummy  smells and frilly undies and blinded me into buying a lip thingy I didn’t even waaaaaannnt.

Alright I’m a typical chick. I like all sorts of pretty frilly things and when I saw these colorful glossy lip shine thingy’s I was all over them. Not only did they come in an assortment of colors but FLAVORS as well. Pina colada, cherry, berry, strawberry, yum yum yum!

But that’s where the fun stops (READ IN EPIC DOOM VOICE)

Packaging: Typical lipstick style wind up design with clear cap. Very slim and compact making them easy to travel with.

Product: The texture is almost that of a thin lip balm. It slides on fairly easily,  but some of the shinesticks have glitter which makes the texture a little rough when applying. 

Payoff: The colors are fairly pigmented. They give a tinted balm affect which is really nice because it looks very  natural.

Overall: Don’t do it ladies, don’t get suckered in by the heavenly feminine store. This product SUCKS! For the first few days I fooled myself into thinking that these shinesticks were awesome and that I looked like Miranda Kerr in the ads. Yeah, FAIL! The product exaggerated the lines and cracks in my lips and after a period of time they dried up my once hydrated lips. They had weak lasting power and overall were just blah. However, I still love the smells and they don’t taste half bad.

If you own these and have found a way to make them work for you, please share! I’d hate to waste the four that I bought.

🙂

Drugstore Liquid Liners Comparison

I looooove me some liner! Not only does it  help my hooded eyes pop, but it gives an overall more put together look. Now I would be  lying if I said I’m  not curious about higher end liners, but why spend so much when drugstore liquid liners do the exact same thing 🙂

Below is a comparison of three very popular drugstore liquid liners : Loreal Linear Intense, Maybelline Stiletto, and N.Y.C Liner

Brushes: While both the Loreal Linear Intense and the Stiletto have felt tips,  the NYC liner has a really thin brush

Color Payoff:

Comparison: For overall intenseness of color, the Maybelline Stiletto is the BEST! Not only is it the darkest of the three, it also has the longest staying power. I found  that with the Linear Intense (which is also the most advertised and over hyped on YouTube), I had to go over the line multiple times and even then it wasn’t very black and it had a tendency to turn grey and flake on my oily  lids. The NYC liner was great in color, but the flimsy brush and liquidy formula made it more difficult to work with.

Overall: I’ve been using the Maybelline Stiletto Liner for years, and even when I experiment with other brands and styles, I always find myself going back. Most definitely worth a try 🙂

Side Note: the images are recycled from my once YouTube channel

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