My husband gave me roses that are the most beautiful pink color! As the day turns into evening, I’m inspired to find the perfect pink lipstick to match! Enjoy your day!
Until next time,
I’ll let you in on a little secret. A smokey eye does not have to be done in black. I absolutely LIVE for playing around with different colors to “smoke” my eyes and this month, I’m going with shades of blue. I’d almost forgotten about my Make Up For Ever Aqua Eye Liner in Blue (metallic teal) since I hadn’t used it in a while. After combining it with some OCC pigment in Saturate and Inglot in #315, I got the look I wanted! When you make the switch from black to other colors, you’re also giving yourself the freedom to wear a smokey eye for the daytime, which looks really modern and sets you apart from everyone else. There are makeup rules, but some are meant to be broken!
Until next time,
What do you plan to do for yourself this year? Any new beauty goals? Are you planning on treating yourself well this year? I am making this year one of discovery, change, growth, and preserving my pretty.
Santa dropped off some helpful gifts (shoutout to my niece Brittany for the Sephora gift card), and I’ve already started adding new items (and old standbys) to my personal makeup kit. Sometimes, I forget to splurge on things for myself, because as an artist, I’m always thinking of cosmetics that I can use on clients. This year, I’m allocating money toward my “pretty fund”, which is allows for beauty purchase per month on something that I’ve always wanted to try. I won’t be going berserk, as I am a bargain hunting superstar, or at least one who has learned how to maximize her beauty budget by utilizing industry perks, and requesting cosmetic company gift cards (hello MAC) in lieu of other gifts. I kicked off the new year right by gracing Sephora, MAC, and Nordstrom with my presence and treated myself to some of my favorites (and some new, instant classics).
A new year should bring about new beginnings, a fresh start. Toss out any makeup you’ve been holding on to for years, go get a consultation or a makeover (if you’re in Chicago, you can always contact me), and start paying attention to what’s in style now for beauty. Little changes can totally transform your look, but the change starts with you. Sign up for exclusive deals from makeup companies and start actually using your discounts to score new, exciting products that can help you step into the new year the right way!
Until Next Time,
I can’t help myself. I try to refrain from buying too many beauty products and for the most part, I’ve been pretty good this year. But since the year is almost over (where did the time go?) I decided to treat myself to a little cosmetic retail therapy by heading over to Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics to drool over some pretty polishes. I tried to trick myself by focusing on getting ONE bottle of NAIL POLISH but I was only fooling myself. I am literally obsessed with OCC’s vegan, non-toxic super shiny nail polishes. Not only are the colors bold and beautiful, but they go on smoothly and dry quickly. They aren’t toxic and that makes me feel good. The guilt kicked in immediately when I saw how quickly I had filled my shopping cart, so I had to stop, regroup, and remind myself that I should only be REPLACING my nail polish favorites! I’m proud to say that I only bought 4 new nail colors (“Tarred” is my standby black nail polish) and one pigment for my eyes (a bright magenta)! I’m already trying to figure out which color to use for my next mani/pedi. OCC can be ordered from their website or you can check out your local Sephora store for some of the products.
It seems like I was just creating my summer palettes and looks and all of sudden, the hot (or lukewarm for us Chicagoans) summer has swiftly become a cooler fall. As you all know, I am a Beauty Budget Babe, meaning that I love to make the most of all cosmetic purchases. I splurge sometimes, but I really try to use colors and products until the package/pot/compact is EMPTY!
Changing up your makeup according to the season does not have to be a daunting task NOR do you have to run out and raid your local cosmetic stores to create a new look. I am recycling last year’s “Black Dahlia Metallic” Lip Tar by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC), which is a super sexy, electric take on the traditional Black Dahlia. I call this color a deep burgundy with a hint of fuchsia and gold, while OCC describes Black Dahlia Metallic as,
“Blackened burgundy with red pearl.” Whatever the description, I love how this color looks on its own, or when I’ve paired it with MAC Lip Pencil in Vino, an old standby that I’ve used on countless folks. I bought mine via OCC’s website but you can also purchase lip tar at Sephora. If you don’t know, let me tell you this: PLEASE use a lip brush to apply this product. A TINY dab will cover your lips completely! The highly pigmented formula does just what it promises, and you won’t be disappointed.
Until next time,
Recently, I had to have a “come to Jesus” conversation with my new relatives Mrs. Beard and her brother Mr. Mustache. They pop up periodically on my face like those relatives you don’t want to see! Both of them know that I despise their sneaky, pesky, and coarse facial hair attacks that decide to make appearances at various times of the month, but I’ve found an easy solution.
In a past post, I wrote about hair removal for the face and my thoughts on which products worked best for me. I’m officially hooked on Olay Facial Hair Removal Duo! I know that I’m probably late to the party but I’ve been busy trying so many other skin and cosmetic products that it’s only now that I’ve been able to use this product and report my findings. Unlike other home removal hair products, Olay does not include wipes and oils. Instead, the removal system (for hair textures ranging from fine to coarse) contains one balm that you massage into the area being treated before using the actual removal cream, which comes in a slim tube with an applicator at the tip. Olay did a great job with keeping the application process simple and they figured out how to almost completely eliminate that noxious odor that usually accompanies facial hair removal creams.
After removing the cream with a tissue and rinsing with lukewarm water, Mrs. Beard and Mr. Mustache had been officially evicted! On a serious note, I have dry, sensitive skin along with eczema, so I was elated to my skin felt smooth and suffered zero irritation issues. The removal system is available at your local mass merchandise stores (I purchased mine from Target) and the price tag was a little heftier than other brands, but totally worth every penny!
My skin USED to just be dry with sporadic eczema flare-ups, but lately, due to hormonal changes, I now have to experience something I’ve never dealt with before: acne. What the heck? I have pimples now, and I am genuinely confused about how to care for my used to be parched skin. I had to ask myself: do I chuck my “dry” skin moisturizer in favor of oil free products or do I just spot treat the acne areas?
If you’ve graduated from dry skin to combination skin, welcome to my world, where things are not making sense. I have to roll with the punches and so I’ve started using a combination of oil-free cleansers and moisturizer along with my normal dry-skin products. So far, this regime is starting to work, and I’m thankful because I’m frustrated with the way my skin looks right now.
As a makeup artist versus being a licensed esthetician, I am a great “cover up artist,” with just a little bit of skin care knowledge, so I know how to make my skin (and the skin of others) “look” good, however, getting to the root of the blemishes is a better long-term solution. I know better so I have to do better. Upping the ante on my water intake, insuring that I remove all traces of makeup before bedtime, and being consistent with how I use my skin-care products will help my face get back to “normal” or at least MY version of normal. Wish me luck!
Until next time,